After two years of planning and development, Owera Vineyards, located at 5276 East Lake Road, will open to the public and present Taste of Cazenovia on Wednesday, June 12. Owera will offer a VIP tasting hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., which will include an exclusive tour of the winery, tastes of select Owera wines such as new release Frontenac Gris, hors d’oeurves, delicious foods direct from local farmers and a commemorative Taste of Cazenovia wine glass.
After three years of discussion and research by board members, the DeWitt town board voted to ban hydrofracking and oil exploration throughout the town on May 13. All seven members agreed that town board’s commitment to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its residents could be put into jeopardy by the possible health and environmental risks posed by fracking.
Groundbreaking brings the Challenger baseball league one step closer to making its Field of Dreams a reality
For years, children and teenagers of the Syracuse Challenger baseball league have had to play their games in the heat of the summer after the other Central New York teams have finished their seasons. After the groundbreaking for the Challenger Field of Dreams on May 11, the kids are one step closer to having a stadium of their own. Dewitt residents, elected officials and members of the Central New York baseball community gathered at the Carrier Wills Recreation Center in East Syracuse to celebrate the beginning of construction for the Challenger Field of Dreams.
Not much was accomplished between the village of Manlius’ planning board and Morgan Management, the new developer for the Madison Row project at the board’s May 7 meeting. Landscape architect Scott Freeman and Morgan Management project manager Matt Lester stood before the board with a request for an amendment on the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the project, specifically for the proposed pickup window and a change in the parking ratio for Kinney Drugs, which is the first announced tenant for phase 2. However, because the duo did not make the changes to the project footprints that the board requested after the last meeting on April 16, the board was not able to approve the PUD amendment.
Construction for phase two could begin as early as late summer
When driving into the village of Manlius via Route 92, it’s impossible not to notice the wasteland at the intersection of Highbridge and F-M roads which greets visitors to the village with dirt, rubble and weeds. As most residents know, the site is planned to be the future home of Madison Row, a $5 million retail, office and residential project which was first proposed in 2009. Many have given up hope that anything will come of the development after three years of passing by the site and seeing no progress made. But Manlius Mayor Paul Whorrall said he’s been making moves to assure the project will get off the ground this summer.
Steinway Piano Gallery offers prestigious pianos for Central New Yorkers
A Steinway piano is a bit different from the piano you may come across at a typical music store. For one thing, it takes one year to assemble one from start to finish. Many artisans who put these pianos together have been perfecting their trade for 30 to 40 years. It’s the combination of a dedication to craftsmanship and the use of the finest materials that makes the Steinway brand the best in the business.
Business is hosting a “Fun, facts and fitness” senior activities expo in May
As of 2013, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. As that number climbs higher every year, not many people have the time or are educated on how to take care of family members living with Alzheimer’s. And that’s where Senior Home Care Solutions steps in – for the last three years, they’ve been providing personalized care to seniors all across the Syracuse area to help ensure that their clients can live in their own homes for as long as possible.
Home repair teacher is looking for a classroom to get her unique program off the ground
Diane Bostick grew up in a nice house and attended private school in Dewitt, but she lived a less sheltered life than some of her peers, thanks to the summers she spent working on the assembly line at her father’s business - Microwave Filter Company in East Syracuse. While most of her friends were off at summer camp, Bostick was working with people who were on welfare, who had husbands with a drinking problem, or were in domestic abuse situations. It was here, on the assembly line, that she learned how not everyone’s life was as happy as hers.
Kellish Hill music barn: a music venue with family values
Kathy Kellish is a ball of energy. Whether she’s getting up at 4 a.m. to make breakfast on two hours of sleep or rocking out onstage with her autoharp, you can bet she’s doing it with all the enthusiasm and vigor she has inside of her. It’s this unfading drive she has that’s helped her to turn her old family farm into one of Syracuse’s best new music venues- called the Kellish Hill music barn.
From cruise ships to giraffes to the Carrier Dome, Syracuse Cake Art can make almost anything into a cake. Kathy Felser began experimenting with baking 3D and wedding cakes in her own home five years ago. She says that even though she struggled at the beginning and had cakes falling apart left and right, she knew right away that baking and decorating cakes is what she’s meant to do.
18th century upholstery, signatures and handwriting, bullet holes in furniture add to the Lincklaen family story
At some point during the 19th century, the gun cabinet in the front hallway of Lorenzo was shot with a .30 caliber pistol. The 18th century sofa in the formal dining room not only has remnants of its original upholstery on it, but is a nearly-unique fold-out bed and one of only a handful in the entire country to still exist in such good condition. And numerous pieces of Lorenzo’s furniture are inscribed not only with Lincklaen family names and initials, but also of the local Cazenovia furniture makers who crafted the pieces. These are just a few of the curatorial discoveries found by state history conservators and shared last week with the docents of Lorenzo State Historic Site as they returned to the site to prepare for the upcoming 2013 tourist season.
Tim Etter is hard at work preparing for the annual antique show
Tim Etter has been collecting antiques since he was just ten years old. He’s always had a knack for art - which is why he opened his own photography and custom framing business. His interest in preservation and art and his appreciation for history led him directly to the Manlius Historical Society and his new position as office administrator.
Village of Manlius mayoral candidate Paul Whorrall announced today that high-profile Rochester developer Morgan Management will take over the construction and leasing of Phase 2 of the Madison Row development in the heart of the village.
Twenty members of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce gathered for a “lunch and learn” at Limestone Grille in Fayetteville. Members from the financial, construction, business management and small businesses learned about the DHS STC Campaign, InfraGard’s Alliance and asked questions along with the FBI – Mike Dubois, SSRA, Manlius Police Department Captain Brian Ackerman and Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan. The keynote speaker was Laurie Venditti, President of the Syracuse InfraGard Alliance.
Committee plans to hold fundraiser Mar. 2
With a deadline of Apr. 21 rapidly approaching, the J-D turf and track campaign members are doing all they can to encourage donations to make their dream of a brand new turf field and renovated track a reality. Amy Burns is a co-chair of fundraising for the turf and track campaign and she thinks that a main reason why people have been so hesitant to donate is because of rumors flying around about who’s making donations and how much has been raised so far.