Cazenovia’s 36th Annual Christmas Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown area this Friday, Dec. 6. Downtown merchants’ shops will be open for business, not-for-profit vendors will line the streets, the Cazenovia Community Band will play along Albany Street throughout the evening and the international gift bringers will circulate the streets spreading good wishes and good cheer.
Seasonal beer offered exclusively at Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles – Cazenovia-exclusive beer coming next year
Empire Brewing Company’s holiday seasonal beer, Dickens Christmas Ale, made exclusively to be sold in Skaneateles during its “Dickens Christmas” celebrations, was so popular in its inaugural year in 2012 that Empire is offering it again this year — and the beer-maker is already planning to create a Cazenovia-exclusive holiday beer in 2014 once the new Farmstead Brewery is built on Rippleton Road.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County has announced its 2013 winter farmers’ markets locations and dates:
The Cazenovia Beverage Trail has a new, although unofficial, location at which patrons can stop and get a homemade drink — but this drink is non-alcoholic. It is, in fact, milk. Fresh, raw milk is an up-and-coming commodity in terms of local production and local consumption in this age of “buy local,” and Ju-Vindale Holsteins, located at 2074 Ballina Road, recently became the second dairy in Cazenovia and one of the few in Madison County to become licensed by the state to sell directly to the public the fresh, raw milk its cows produce.
After four months of discussions, public hearings, investigations, surveys and unresolved votes, the Nelson Town Board last week approved a new local law to prohibit parking along the north side of a portion of North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe Grill. The law also included a sunset clause stating that after work improving the north side culvert on that same stretch of road is completed next summer, the board will review the parking situation and could possibly reopen parking along the north side if it feels public safety would not be endangered by doing so.
Cazenovia resident Marion Secor and her staff at Skanda Equine were honored recently by the Central New York SPCA for their rehabilitation and care of 15 wild ponies from the Onondaga Nation that had struggled through the 2012-13 winter without food and access to water and were in critical condition.
Nearly 100 members of the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce and guests filled the downstairs rooms of the Lincklaen House for the chamber’s annual dinner meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 12. Outgoing GCACC President Gene Gissin gave brief remarks on the state of the chamber during 2013 and mentioned many of the new businesses that have joined the chamber’s ranks this year.
Cazenovia College and Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer a program on “QuickBooks for the Equine Business Owner,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Cazenovia College’s Equine Education Center, Woodfield Road.
This year’s AP Government class at Cazenovia High School is taking part in the planning to rezone Village Edge South, the land across from the Tops Plaza. Residents of Cazenovia have been asked to give feedback on the possible design layouts for the Village Edge South property by taking a Visual Preference Survey, offered by the village. The survey is quick, easy and extremely beneficial to the planners of Cazenovia development. The AP Government students have played an instrumental part in promoting the survey throughout the community.
The Tops store manager and meat department manager last week chased down on foot a man who grabbed more than $200 worth of seafood and ran out of the store.
Practically the entire East Lake Road neighborhood by Owera Vineyards attended a town planning board public hearing last week concerning Owera’s proposal to build an events building. The neighbors showed up to not only oppose the winery’s proposed new building but also to demand an audit of the winery’s books to determine whether or not it has been holding its numerous weddings and events in violation of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets law.
After a nearly two-hour meeting and public hearing last week, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board told Owera Vineyards owner Peter Muserlian that it will not approve his request to build a new events building on his East Lake Road property unless and until the state Department of Agriculture and Markets makes a determination that the building — and the numerous proposed, year-round events that will be held inside it — actually have anything to do with farming and with promoting Owera’s wines, as the state DAM laws say they must.
Neighbor opposition kills bakery idea at 8 Farnham St.
The controversial proposal to rezone a Farnham Street house in order to create two food-related businesses at the location has died — neighborhood opposition has caused 8 Farnham St. owner Susan Light to withdraw her application from the village planning board and take her business idea to a different location.
New islands will allow better car accessibility at the gas pumps than currently available
Seeking to upgrade its equipment and retain its competitive business edge in Cazenovia, Red Apple gas station has begun the permit process to undertake a construction program to upgrade its gas pumps, gas tanks and station canopy at its Albany Street location. The changes, if approved and allowed by the village planning board, will make the gas station more environmentally friendly, more aesthetically pleasing and, perhaps most important for its customers, more spacious and accessible for cars in between its gas pumps.
A New York State Supreme Court judge has sided with the village of Cazenovia and refused to overturn the village zoning board’s April decision to require full site plan review for a proposed perimeter fence around Cazenovia College’s athletic complex rather than issuing a simple building permit.