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Owera Vineyards, town of Caz square off in state supreme court

Two sides argue merits of planning board site plan approval for winery’s proposed new event center

Attorneys for the Town of Cazenovia, Owera Vineyards and East Lake Road neighbors of Owera Vineyards this week appeared before State Supreme Court Judge Dennis K. McDermott in Wampsville to argue whether the town planning board exceeded its authority in its February site plan approval for Owera’s proposed 6,300 square-foot permanent promotion and marketing facility.

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Green Lakes State Park announces $9 million in renovation projects

The nearly one million annual visitors and campers to Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville will soon be able to enjoy upgrades and renovations to the flagship state park as construction begins on several projects that amount to about $9 million from the NY Parks 2020 initiative.

Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce to hold 13th annual golf tournament in July

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 13th annual golf tournament on July 20. The tournament will be held at the Cazenovia Golf Club, on Rt. 92, in Cazenovia for a 1 p.m. tee off.

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Lounsbury honored by downstate agents’ group

Cazenovia Insurance executive and school board member receives award for ‘unselfish dedication and commitment’

Lisa K. Lounsbury, CAE, AAI, senior vice-president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, in DeWitt, received the Bob Morris Award from a downstate insurance agents’ group last week. The Tri-County Independent Insurance Agents Association presented the award to her during a ceremony at its annual installation dinner, held June 15 in Carle Place, N.Y.

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Incoming housing development South Meadow unveils first speculation house

The first house in the South Meadow housing development was constructed last week — the first step in what the development company says will be a new offering of moderately priced housing in the village.

Cazenovia Equipment Company holds annual ‘Feed the Gator’ food drive

Cazenovia Equipment Company is holding its second annual “Feed the Gator” food drive during the month of June. The company is accepting donations of non-perishable food items at each of its nine New York State locations, with the goal of filling the bed of a John Deere Gator utility vehicle at each location. The food collected at each location will be donated to the nearest local food bank to be distributed to people in need.

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Brian Tait loses funeral director license, registration for funeral home

Cazenovia funeral home director Brian Tait has had both his funeral directing license and the certificate of registration of the Tait Funeral Home revoked by the state department of health, and he must surrender both to the department in 60 days, a Department of Health spokesperson has verified.

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Cazenovia Golf Club builds new practice range

Local residents driving down Route 92 in Cazenovia have seen for many weeks past an 11-acre swath of land by the intersection with West Lake Road shorn of trees and made into a large dirt field studded with golf flags. This is not the start of some new housing development or business track, but the location of the Cazenovia Golf Club’s new practice range.

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Yellow Brick Road Casino officially opens in Chittenango

More than 1,000 people stood in line, in groups, in the parking lot of the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango Tuesday waiting for the area’s newest tourist attraction to officially open its doors. Some people started lining up at 11 p.m. Monday night in order to be the first ones inside the casino.

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Hamilton Inn to close on June 6

The Hamilton Inn, located on Lake Moraine in Hamilton, is scheduled to close as of June 6, The Hospitality Concepts Group of Central New York announced today.

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Red Apple gas station revamp underway

The Kwik Fill Red Apple gas station on Albany Street has been closed and under construction for the past two weeks as crews work to revamp the station to make it not just more updated, but also more user friendly.

Kinney holds more raffles for Children’s Hospital

Thanks to an outpouring of support from local businesses, Kinney Drugs in Cazenovia has arranged additional fundraising raffles that will directly ensure critical medical support services for our area youngsters. One hundred percent of all funds raised will remain local, supporting the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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Ground broken for Hampton Inn and Suites on Route 20, scheduled for April 2016 opening

For the second time in two weeks, a major economic development project that will have a vast local and regional impact has broken ground in Cazenovia. This latest event, held Friday morning, May 15, in the Village Edge South area across from the Town and Country plaza on Route 20, was the official dedication ceremony for the new 80-room Hampton Inn and Suites hotel and conference center being built by Cazenovia Hospitality LLC.

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New wine and liquor store opens on Albany Street

Oenophiles in Cazenovia now have a second option in the village on where they can purchase their wine, as well as liquor, with last week’s official opening of J.S. Hight and Sons wine store at 58 Albany St.

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Shovels in the dirt

Empire Farmstead Brewery breaks ground on Rippleton Road

The shovels were in the ground, the dignitaries were in place, the firkin was tapped — and after years of planning, discussions and municipal approvals, construction has begun on Empire Brewing Company’s farmstead brewery on Rippleton Road.