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Medical marijuana dispensary opens on Erie Boulevard

Medical marijuana can now be obtained by registered patients at a newly opened dispensary in the Syracuse area. Medical marijuana company Etain's dispensary, located in a 3,000-square-foot building at 2104 Erie Boulevard, opened its doors for patients on Feb. 3.

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Cazenovia College to expand inclusion program for adults with intellectual disabilities

Receives donation from Berkshire Bank

Cazenovia College recently received a $5,000 donation from Berkshire Bank which, added to a recently received Common Grounds challenge grant, will allow for the expansion of the college’s inclusive daytime programming for adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to participants.

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Farm distillery tasting room opens in Lebanon

A new whiskey distillery and tasting room has opened its doors to the public in the Madison County town of Lebanon. Old Home Distillers, owned and operated by longtime area residents Gerald and Marlene Carvell, in partnership with their two adult sons Aaron and Adam, is now open for tours, tastings and sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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Local municipal partnerships, state politics discussed at annual State of the Area event

The state of the Cazenovia area is good and continues to improve, although there are always challenges along the way. This was the message received by about 30 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, held this year at Cazenovia Country Club, offered local residents a chance to hear updates from, as well as ask questions to, their local, regional, state and national elected officials on a variety of topics.

Madison County Tourism eliminates membership dues

New ‘partnership’ structure will give the county’s tourism-related businesses better access to promotional opportunities

Madison County Tourism, the county's official tourism promotion agency, has eliminated membership dues and is now encouraging in-county tourism-related entities to become official “partners.”

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New greenhouse, florist coming to Nelson

Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design expands business

The four corners of Nelson has become a hub of business activity, with a new coffee roaster, nanobrewery, cigar shop and restaurant either in place or coming in 2016 — and now, just around the corner on Erieville Road, Spruce Ridge Landscape and Design is opening a new garden center and florist in the former Brookside Greenhouse location.

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Empire Farmstead Brewery one step closer to completion

New 60-barrel brewhouse, bottling line delivered to site

The Empire Farmstead Brewery on Rippleton Road moved one step closer to completion this week with the delivery of a brand new, state-of-the-art 60 barrel brewhouse, as well as a brand new bottling line and cutting-edge water treatment facility. The machinery arrived during a three-day delivery process — and in the midst of a snow storm that shut down the Cazenovia school district — and all was installed immediately upon delivery. The new brewery is on schedule for opening to the public in May.

4-H Tractor Safety and Certification Course to be held for teens

Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension will soon be hosting the 2016 4-H Agriculture & Tractor Safety Certification Program available to 14 and 15 year olds interested in gaining employment on a farm. This seven-session course will cover many components of agriculture safety. With the successful completion of this course 14 and 15 year olds are eligible to be hired on a farm.

Farm transition planning for women to be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Annie’s Project, “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, will begin on Thursday, Feb. 4, and will be held at CCE Madison County, 100 Eaton St., Morrisville.

‘Jazz at Noon’ returns to Palace Theater Underground in Hamilton

The first Jazz at Noon event of 2016 will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Palace Theater Underground, located at 19 Utica St. in Hamilton. The event, hosted by trumpeter Jim McDowell, will feature two top Syracuse musicians: vibraphonist/percussionist, Jimmy Johns, and Symphoria bassist, Darryl Pugh, as well as performances by surprise guest vocalists.

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Remembering 2015 -- A look back at the top stories of the year

It was another big year in Cazenovia in 2015, with major headlines in the areas of community news, crime, business and sports that made us rejoice, lament, commiserate and, at times, shake our heads in utter consternation and confusion. Whatever the adjective used to characterize what has happened these past 12 months, taken all together, it has all been the story of Cazenovia.

Free grant writing course offered at Colgate

Colgate’s Max Shacknai COVE (Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education), Upstate Institute, and Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations has announced a 12-week, non-credit bearing class on grant writing and invite community members who are involved with local non-profits to participate by attending class weekly and working with Colgate students on grants research and writing. There is no fee for participating in this class.

Nearly $600,000 awarded to tourism projects in Madison County

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $581,535 in economic and community development funding has been awarded to tourism projects in Madison County through Round V of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI). This funding will be used to help build a hand boat launch for kayaks and canoes at Lakeland Park in Cazenovia, create better access to the National Abolition Hall of Fame’s second floor assembly room in Peterboro, prepare a joint Waterfront Revitalization Plan for the waterfront communities located along the Old Erie Canal and more.

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Girl Scouts to hold first Cookie Convention

Event to be held Jan. 9 at Le Moyne

Local Girl Scouts will have a chance to flex their cookie-selling muscles next month at the inaugural Cookie Convention. More than 1,100 people have registered for the one-day event, which will be held Jan. 9 at Le Moyne College, said Kim Dunne, media manager for Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways, the regional Girl Scout council.

Madison County CCE announces 2016 programs

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County has announced three programs it will offer in 2016, including the reorganizational meeting date for Open Farm Day 2016.