Celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards to benefit Food Bank of Central New York

The Madison County Farm Bureau will host a celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. All tips generated at the event will benefit the hunger-relief mission of Food Bank of Central New York.

CNY Flooring to hold grand opening

CNY Flooring will hold a grand opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 254 Genesee St. in downtown Chittenango. The store will be serving coffee, cider and “spooktacular” treats. Also, between noon and 2 p.m. there will be pizza slices.

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Critz Farms celebrating 30 years in business, announces plans to open farm brewery, make beer

Critz Farms is known across Central New York as a premier place to visit to get apples, pumpkins, maple cider and Christmas trees — not to mention the animals to see and pet, the playground for the kids and the food to eat — but what most people may not know is that 2015 is the 30th year of business in Cazenovia for Matt and Juanita Critz. And after 30 years in business the Critzes have no intention to slow down — they have announced that by spring 2016 they plan to start brewing their own beer and selling it under the company name of Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Company.

CAP to host annual fundraising gala and silent auction

Community Action Partnership (CAP) for Madison County is hosting its third annual gala and silent auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Owera Vineyards in the tent. This year CAP is acknowledging and honoring four foundations that have supported and reinforced CAP’s work with families in Madison County for the past 33 years, including The Gifford Foundation, CNY Community Foundation, Mid York Foundation and Hinman Foundation.

Upstate University Hospital physicians bring back the ‘house call’

Upstate at Home will send a doctor to your residence as an option for individuals who may want medical care in the comfort of their home. The program will treat a variety of symptoms and is offered currently in the eastern suburbs: Dewitt, Fayetteville, Minoa, Manlius and the villages of Cazenovia and Chittenango and Kirkville.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County seeking board members

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County is currently seeking volunteer board members to replace outgoing members. CCE, which prides itself in having a diverse board with members of many skill sets, is especially looking for Madison County residents with some background in agriculture, nutrition, youth development, legal, education or marketing, according to a release from the organization.

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Circa to reopen at Nelson Corners in 2016

Alicyn Hart said she will never move a restaurant again — but she’s also hopeful she won’t have to. The former proprietor of the popular Cazenovia restaurant Circa, that closed its Albany Street doors more than one year ago due to rising rent costs, is planning to reanimate her signature establishment in a new building and a new location early next year — on Route 20 East at the four corners of Nelson.

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New coffee roaster opens in Nelson

Construction crews currently can be seen working on two houses at the four corners of Nelson that, when completed, promise to forever alter the food and beverage landscape in the Nelson-Cazenovia area. While a restaurant, nanobrewery and cigar shop are currently in the works to be created inside the two buildings — officially to be called Nelson Corners — a coffee roaster business is now up and running, selling coffee online and preparing for a storefront grand opening event on Oct. 3.

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Hundreds enjoy Taste of Cazenovia, raise funds for CCH and local family

More than 250 people turned out last week to eat, drink, mingle and — most importantly — help raise funds for the Cazenovia Children’s House during the organization’s annual Taste of Cazenovia fundraising event, held this year at the Cazenovia Country Club.

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Wild apples wanted for Critz Farms 'Community Cider'

The wild apple crop this year has been huge in Central New York, and it gave Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and Harvest Moon Cidery in Cazenovia, an idea: Why not ask community members to bring in their wild apples and use those to make a Cazenovia “community” hard cider? Contributors could help press the apples, receive some free bottles of the finished product and even designate a local charity to receive apportion of the proceeds from bottle sales.

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A new look for a new era: Eagle News redesigns, rebrands

After working throughout the summer on a new look and feel for Madison County's oldest industry, I’m proud to announce in this week’s edition that the Cazenovia Republican and all of Eagle News’ weekly publications are launching redesigned newspapers with a modular advertising grid and expanded space for local content. Eagle is also rebranding itself under the moniker of Eagle News (formerly Eagle Newspapers), to better reflect our product line, which includes six community weekly newspapers, Syracuse Parent, Syracuse Woman Magazine, RealEstateCNY, and 10 web sites.

Cazenovia Equipment to host John Deere Drive Green Demo Days

Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. is hosting its 2015 Drive Green Demo Days event at the dealership on Saturday, Sept. 19. This event will give area residents a chance to check out the latest utility tractors, lawn and garden tractors, loaders, implements and other equipment from John Deere.

Creekside redevelopment plans moving forward

The Creekside area redevelopment project along Riverside Drive in the village is moving forward, with area plans and designs taking shape and discussions underway with a developer interested in potentially building a senior living center on the property, the village board announced at its Sept. 8 meeting.

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New tea lounge opens on Albany Street

For more than a year Cazenovians have been wondering what business would be going into the former Circa location at 76 Albany St., that downtown corner space wrapped in windows? On Friday, Aug. 28, the answer opened its doors for business: The Loka Leaf Tea Lounge.

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Empire Brewing Company to produce official beer of Madison County HopFest

The Madison County Hop Fest is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week, and Empire Brewing Company, whose owner lives in Cazenovia and who is currently constructing a new farmstead brewery in the village, is making the festival’s official beer.