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Side Hill Farmers expand and innovate

Larger retail location opens with more local products and interactive space

The 2014 culinary forecast is in: according to more than 1,000 chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association, locally sourced meats are the most sought-after food item in the country. The farm-to-table movement has energized chefs and consumers alike to demand more local, quality foods. Indeed, the most recent census shows farms selling directly to consumers increased sales by more than 300 percent since 1992, and are growing twice as fast as the country’s total agricultural sales.

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Bringing the (infrared) heat

First infrared sauna spa opens in Manlius

There’s a new holistic healing technique sweeping the United States, and Renee Greco, one of the owners of Cure Infrared Sauna Spa, knows it’s more than just a fad.

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Into the ‘Fab Lab’ and beyond

How the Fayetteville Free Library transformed from a small suburban library into an internationally-recognized industry leader

Fayetteville Free Library Executive Director Sue Considine doesn’t play by the rules – she makes them. Since joining the FFL in 2001, Considine has moved the library from its 4,500 square foot building on East Genesee Street in 2003 to the vast 46,000 square foot space in the former Stickley Furniture Factory. She’s grown the staff from a handful of people to almost 50 and has increased the library’s budget from $300,000 to $1.6 million over the last ten years.

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F-M students gain real-world work experience through internships

Several Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently had the opportunity to compete for a scholarship while earning some real-world work experience.

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All in the family

Local father-daughter team sells insurance in the heart of Manlius

If you live in the village of Manlius, chances are you drive past the Webb Agency every day and may not know it. Although the independent insurance agency has only been at its current location across from the Swan Pond for two years, Lisé Hodinger said she and co-owner Calvin Webb, who is also her father, have been making an effort to make their company an active part of the Manlius community.

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Mapping the world, one village at a time

Google Street View visits Manlius and Fayetteville

Now that the weather is getting nicer, a number of people are beginning to flock to Central New York to enjoy it – including representatives from Google.

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En garde!

Bulgarian champion athlete teaches fencing in DeWitt

When Lubo Kalpaktchiev arrived in Syracuse from his hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1999, he had nothing – no money, no knowledge of the English language or American culture.

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Side Hill Farmers to expand after an explosive first year in Manlius

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Side Hill Farmers Head Butcher Kevin McCann is still cutting pork chops. “I’m a little behind today,” McCann said, as he prepares the meat to be put on the top shelf of the glass display case for the day. “This morning I got caught up doing some research.”

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The ‘mystery’ behind the White House

Historic building with rich history now serves as office space for local professionals

You may have noticed the big white house nestled between the trees right in the middle of Lyndon Golf Course on Route 5 and wondered, “What is that building, anyway?” It’s called the White House, named after Ernest Ingersoll White, who built it as a summer home and farm in 1904. White believed that there would eventually be a lot of development on Syracuse’s east side, and wanted to create a “green belt” amongst all of the buildings and asphalt.

On-demand lawn mowing app launches in Syracuse

New Smartphone app MOWZ offers reliable, efficient, lawn mowing service at the touch of a button

Isn’t it about time? Think of the things you could do if you weren’t facing grass cutting chores and yard cleanup—play catch with your little leaguer or help your daughter build a lemonade stand. Even read a book on your hammock.

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Schepp Family Funeral Homes looks to expand into pet cremation services

Schepp Family Funeral Homes is going to the dogs – and cats, and rabbits, and gerbils, for that matter. On April 28, the long-time Central New York funeral home received approval from the Manlius Planning Board to construct a pet crematorium on Kirkville Road, just around the corner from Schepp Family Funeral Homes’ facility in Minoa.

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Banking on success

ESM and CORE FCU team up to educate students, community about financial literacy

Some high school students may be waiting around, hoping to inherit a parent’s old car to call their own. Meanwhile, students at East Syracuse Minoa High School are being proactive: several of them already have a detailed plan of how and when they can afford to get their first cars with the money they’ve saved over the years.

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Schepp Family Funeral Homes welcomes new directors

Schepp Family Funeral Homes is proud to announce the welcome of two new directors. Katherine Velasco and Kurt Benedict have joined the funeral homes as licensed funeral directors. Velasco and Benedict both graduated from Simmons Institute of Mortuary Science in Syracuse where they both received a bachelor’s degree in funeral service. Both served their residency locally and were issued their New York State licenses in March of 2014.

Village of Fayetteville’s first State Farm agent celebrates 40 years in business

As someone who used to hide in the backyard when insurance agents would come knocking, the last thing Nick Roppo thought he’d be doing was working in the insurance business.

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Do you CrossFit?

New high-intensity exercise program explodes in the Syracuse market

As recently as seven years ago, very few people in the Central New York area had ever heard of CrossFit. When CrossFit DeWitt opened at Sports Center 481 in 2008, it was the first CrossFit gym within a 70 mile radius. Tex Jones, who co-owns CrossFit DeWitt with Joe Commisso, said people get “addicted” to the short, high-impact fitness classes and can’t help but come back for more.