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Simple, handcrafted furniture: Route 20 Sofa Company now open in Nelson

After 35 years working in the furniture industry, Shawn Gilmore knows what type of furniture business he wants to create — one that offers high-quality, hand-crafted furniture at mid-level prices in a good geographical location. Gilmore also wants a place where he can indulge his love of art and music and occasionally cater to non-profit organizations for events. At Route 20 Sofa Company in Nelson, Gilmore believes he has found what he has been seeking.

Number of winter farmers’ markets in New York state set new record in 2015

Cazenovia markets continue to grow, find success

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office last week announced that winter farmers’ markets in New York have reached an all-time high, now with 120 markets located across the state – a 198 percent increase since the 2007 season. Cazenovia has contributed to this increase in winter farmers markets in the state with the establishment of the new 20/East Winter Farmers Market held in the Cazenovia Cut Block showroom on Route 20, as well as the continuing and growing success of the market at the American Legion on Chenango Street.

It’s a go: Town planning board approves Owera events building

The Cazenovia Town Planning Board last week approved the request of Owera Vineyards to construct a permanent 6,300 square-foot “Promotion and Marketing Facility” to replace its three-season events tent for special winery functions on its East Lake Road property. The approval came with numerous conditions and limitations, however, many of which, if ignored or violated, will revoke the approval.

Good Nature Farm Brewery to purchase 5-acre parcel for new facility

Good Nature Farm Brewery and Tap Room has announced plans to purchase a five-acre parcel of land just south of the village of Hamilton on the west side of state route 12B in the town of Hamilton. The land, currently owned by Colgate University, will be used for the construction of a 6,000-square-foot building to serve as a brewing facility with ancillary indoor and outdoor retail and event space including a tasting room.

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Owera wins double gold, silver medals at San Francisco Wine Competition

For the second time in two years, Cazenovia’s Owera Vineyards has won two medals at the annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

CACDA receives grants to support art and culture in Cazenovia

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) was recently awarded grants from CNY Arts to support two annual events in Cazenovia. Both grants were made through the CNY Arts 2015 Decentralization Program.

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State of the area: U.S., N.Y. politics as partisan, detrimental as they appear

The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

4-H tractor safety and certification course to be held for youth 14 and 15 years old seeking employment on farms

Did you know that in New York State, farm employees must be 16 years old in order to be hired to operate farm equipment or machinery? Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension will soon be hosting the 2015 4-H Agriculture and Tractor Safety Certification Program available to 14 and 15 year-olds interested in gaining employment on a farm.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

Madison Field Crops Meeting scheduled for March 17

The annual Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia.

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Village board moves forward with proposed Creekside Development District law

A few village residents in and around the Riverside Drive/Chittenenago Creek corridor, which the village board is currently looking to rezone to help future development, had some concerns about the proposed zone change legislation currently pending before the village but, overall, they did not outright oppose the law at last week’s public hearing on the issue. Mayor Kurt Wheeler said the law’s wording needs to be “tightened up” and “clarified,” but otherwise the village’s efforts to help potential development in the creekside area are moving forward.

Annual State of the Area meeting scheduled for Jan. 22

This year’s State of the Area meeting, sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Nelson Odeon, 4035 Nelson Road, Nelson.

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Local H&R Block branch to host free Affordable Care Act information day

Find out how ‘Obamacare’ will affect your 2014 taxes

The federal Affordable Care Act, popularly called Obamacare, which was made to create universal healthcare in America, took effect Jan. 1 of this year; and now than 2014 is coming to an end, the new health care will also affect people’s tax returns. Whether someone bought healthcare from a federal marketplace or not, there are issues to be taken into account at tax time, from reconciling the healthcare tax credit to calculating the penalties to knowing the penalty exceptions — and one local tax preparation company is offering free help to next week in navigating and understanding the tax effects of the new law.

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State gives more than $1 million in grants to Cazenovia-area businesses

Four Cazenovia-area businesses last week were awarded more than $1.8 million in state grant funding by the New York State Regional Economic Development Council. The funds will go towards the creation of a new Cazenovia hotel, the expansion of an existing Cazenovia vineyard, the expansion of a Cazenovia restaurant and inn and the transformation of a commercial building in Nelson into an agri-tourism-based destination.

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Cazenovia Lions Club awards TV raffle

Jill Dudley of Cazenovia won a 50 inch LG Smart Television in the recent Cazenovia Lions Club’s TV Raffle. The winning ticket was sold by Lions Club member Steve Burrell.

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