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Wine and cheese auction preview in Cazenovia to benefit Symphoria

An evening of wine, cheese and music will be offered in Cazenovia next week as part of a fundraising event to support Symphoria, the orchestra of Musical Associates of CNY.

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Thom Filicia to headline Cazenovia College’s 41st annual Student Fashion Show

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy celebrity to speak at “Urban Chic” on April 26

Cazenovia College’s 41st Annual Student Fashion Show, “Urban Chic,” will take the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at The Landmark Theatre, in Syracuse. Special guest Thom Filicia, interior designer, author, television personality and chief creative officer of the New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc., will offer remarks to an estimated packed house.

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Critz Farms, Owera Vineyards win medals at international wine competition

Two local craft beverage producers — and members of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail — recently brought back to Cazenovia multiple medals from the 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery won silver medals for its Cherry Moon and Heritage Hops hard ciders, and a bronze medal for its Rippleton Original champagne-style hard cider; while Owera Vineyards won silver medals for its 2012 Frontenac Gris and its 2011 Cabernet Franc, and bronze medals for its 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 dry Reisling.

Madison County given ‘disaster’ designation due to agriculture losses caused by winter freeze

Madison County was one of three counties in Central New York to have been designated “disasters” due to losses caused by a freeze that occurred this winter, U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna announced Wednesday, April 9. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for an assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.

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Village board gets Chenango Street zone change request update, schedules public hearing for May

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees has scheduled a public hearing for May 5 to discuss the requested zone change for Eric Burrell’s building at 4 Chenango St., which would, if approved, allow Alicyn Hart to move her restaurant Circa to that location. The hearing was scheduled last week after Burrell gave the board on update on his proposed building expansion project.

Madison County field crops meeting coming to Caz April 4

The Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. Lunch is provided, courtesy of Empire Tractor, and requires pre-registration. Please call Empire Tractor at 655-8146. Two and a half pesticide recertification credits will be given.

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Junior’s Caz Bar opens on Albany Street

New restaurant offers high-quality food and full bar in family-friendly atmosphere

There’s a new restaurant and bar in Cazenovia that the owner believes will fill a gap in the current food and beverage offerings in the village — a place that serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with high quality food, a fully stocked bar with multiple televisions at which to relax and an overall family-friendly atmosphere. “I just felt it was a place the town needed — a place where family, friends, everyone can meet,” said Geoff Zimmer, owner of Junior’s Caz Bar at 64 Albany St. “It’s different. We cater to a crowd looking for an atmosphere conducive to conversation, community and camaraderie.”

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National gaming table company sets up office in Cazenovia

People in Central New York interested in buying high-quality billiard tables — as well as table tennis, shuffleboard, foosball, air hockey and dome hockey tables — recently were able to get a taste of some of the finest choices on the market at a retailer booth at the Syracuse Home and Garden Show in mid-March. The event was not a one-time local visit from a national retailer, however, but rather the “coming out” of a newly enlarged, locally owned business that has relocated its operations to Route 13 in the town of Cazenovia.

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40 years and counting

Sno Top owners Vince and Kathy Giordano reflect on the past and look towards the future for the Manlius landmark

If you live in or around Syracuse’s eastern suburbs, chances are you’ve been to Sno Top. And if you haven’t, you are missing out – at least that’s what some of the ice cream shop’s most loyal fans say.

First rabies case of 2014 confirmed in Madison County

An unvaccinated cow is the first confirmed animal to be infected with the rabies virus in Madison County. The County Health Department is again warning farmers and owners of livestock to be aware that rabid wildlife is present throughout the Central New York area.

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Drinking the life fantastic: Reilleys to open craft distillery in Nelson, Cazenovia

Former Owera operations director to create own brand of wine and spirits

Ever since Ben Reilley resigned from his top position at Owera Vineyards last August, his friends and fans in and around Cazenovia have been wondering what he was going to do next professionally. Surely, it must be some project connected to wine and spirits, they thought. And they were right. After six months of intense work, Ben and his wife Shioban have announced their new endeavor: a small batch, hand-crafted spirits and wines business to be named “Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Company.”

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

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Planning board opposes zone change for new Circa location

Neighbor opposition spikes another village business proposal

Neighbor opposition to a proposed village business has claimed its second victim. The village planning board voted 3-1 at their latest meeting to oppose the zone change application of landlord Eric Burrell and restaurateur Alicyn Hart in their proposal to move Circa, Hart’s restaurant, from its current location on Albany Street down to 4 Chenango St.

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Fire department battles chimney fire at Brewster Inn

Guests of the Brewster Inn were minorly inconvenienced Wednesday night, March 5, when a chimney fire forced a building evacuation. Cazenovia volunteer firefighters arrived on the scene at approximately 10 p.m. where they saw flames coming out of the chimney, said Fire Chief Nick Enders.

2014 Central New York Dairy Day looks to the future

Dairy farmers and their advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend the upcoming 7th Annual 2014 Central New York Dairy Day program on Tuesday, March 11, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. To attend you must preregister by noon on Friday, March 7. The cost of $30 to attend includes buffet lunch.

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