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Is ‘Ash for Trash’ the way to go?

Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County

For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”

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Greyrock Farm CSA begins fourth growing season, opens CSA enrollment

On any given day during the planting season, a person driving down East Lake Road in Cazenovia may see Matt Volz, or his partner Gillian Goldberg, out in the fields driving a horse-drawn plow. Occasionally, Volz, dressed for the weather and dirty from work, may be standing on the stopped plow, while the horses patiently wait, as he talks or texts on his iPhone. This juxtaposition of tradition and technology, of old and new, is the essence of Greyrock Farm’s Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) program: a year-round offering to members of not just seasonal vegetables, but also grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken — all of which are raised, slaughtered and processed on-site — as well as eggs from pastured laying hens and raw milk.

OCM-BOCES to hold referendum on building purchase

On Thursday, Jan. 23, voters in 23 school districts across three counties will be asked to go to the polls to approve a building purchase that will have no impact on their wallets. Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES is looking to purchase the former Nationwide Insurance building, located at 110 Elwood Davis Road in the town of Salina. According to BOCES information officer Laurie Cook, the purchase would allow OCM-BOCES to relocate several programs now housed in leased space.

Manlius Chamber of Commerce honors distinguished citizens

Each year, the Manlius Chamber of Commerce selects four community members who have gone above and beyond to serve the community as leaders in business, education, public service and all-around citizenship. This year’s ceremony was held at 6:30 p.m. at Limestone Grill, where the chamber honored Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent Corliss Kaiser, Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan, owner and founder of Trapper’s family restaurants Greg Rinaldi and Manlius Town Board member and president of Sno Top Vincent Giordano.

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Keeping seniors comfortable since 2004

Comfort Keepers lends a helping hand to busy families

As the baby boomer generation pushes into retirement, the need for long term care has become more critical each year. An estimated 10 million Americans needed long term care in 2000, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, and that number has continued to rise as the years progress. And Ian and Michele Webber wanted to help local families who need extra assistance caring for a parent or loved one, which is why they decided to open a Comfort Keepers franchise in 2004.

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An ‘eclectic’ approach

Audobon Eclectic Antiques to hold grand opening Jan. 18

Six months ago, Audobon Eclectic Antiques owner Nikki Waters wasn’t sure if she’d still be in business at this time – and that shows how much can change in six months. Today, she’s seeing a steady stream of customers and is prepping for her store’s Grand Opening in its new location, still at 131 West Seneca Street in Manlius, but in the space directly above where the store used to be.

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More than just a gym

Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club members join together to keep community center afloat

It’s been known as Track and Racquet Club, Fitness Forum, Aspen Athletic Club and most recently, Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club. But a few key components have stayed the same throughout the years within the gym located across from Wegmans on East Genesee Street: the members’ dedication to a fitness center that’s been around for around for three decades, combined with an unquestioned volunteerism and passion to see it succeed makes Koinonia different from your average gym.

Caregivers in crisis: New York ranks 48th in support for family caregivers

The lack of available help from senior care agencies is just one of the reasons New York state was ranked 48th in a 2011 national report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation out of 50 states with regard to support for its family caregivers. Caregivers also face extensive waiting lists for adult day care programs and rehab facilities, a lack of support for in the work environment, limited or no access to transportation and inadequate informational resources regarding care options for their loved ones. And with the Baby Boomer generation moving into their golden years, the problem is only going to get worse.

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On the road

Manlius natives prepare to share their handmade goods on a trip across America

For as long as they can remember, Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler have had wanderlust – which is a big reason why the young couple said ‘farewell’ to the East coast after graduating from college in 2008. They moved to San Francisco, where they started their company, The Local Branch, as a part-time creative outlet. But now, they’re abandoning their West coast life and jobs to sell their goods full-time in a mobile pop-up shop while traveling across the country.

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The spirit of Christmas

Tillie’s Touch and St. Matthew’s Church provides food, clothes and toys to families in need

When Dale Johnson was a kid growing up in East Syracuse, he remembers Christmas time was a lot different from what he saw on TV and in the movies. “Christmases were difficult times in my house,” said Johnson, the president of Tillie’s Touch, a not-for-profit which is hosting its second official Adopt-A-Child for Christmas event this year. “I used to watch my mom struggle, my dad was very stingy when it came to giving her money for anything. When it came to Christmas, it was very tough around the house – a lot of fighting and arguing. So I wanted to do something for a child who may be going through the same hardships.”

COLUMN: A Cautionary Tale

What exactly are the 'Planet Aid' boxes?

Gold is a color associated with autumn, school buses, and cautionary road signs. Recently my friends and I have puzzled over the gold bins for clothing collection appearing at three sites in Manlius and two in Fayetteville. The bins are not associated with local offices of the Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army, or any other local organization.

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Plowing your driveway? There’s an app for that

FMHS grad launches snowplowing app

A brand new app has arrived exclusively for Central New York residents and it’s here just in time for the long winter. Plowz is a free app, available for both Apple and Android devices, which allows users to request a snow plowing completely through their smartphone or tablet. It was created by co-founders William Mahoney, of Manlius, and Andrew Englander, of New York City.

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Half Moon Bakery & Bistro: Jamesville’s new community retreat

Debbe Titus always talked about how she’d like to open a bakery in her hometown of Jamesville. And when she retired from the education industry a couple years ago, she decided there was no better time than now to make that dream a reality.

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‘The way medicine should be’

Manlius doctor follows national trend, makes the switch to personalized care practice

A couple years ago, Dr. Christopher Stringer realized that he was unhappy with the way he was doing his job. When Stringer began practicing as an internist 33 years ago, he would usually see patients for at least 30 minutes at a time and he enjoyed the connections he made while talking to them. In recent years, practice focus has changed, and physicians are encouraged to see as many patients as possible each day. Appointments were cut down to about 10 to 15 minutes at a time – and for much of that time, Stringer was focused on the computer.

Fleet Feet opens Clay store

When you’re named the top running store in America, it would seem there’s nowhere to go but up. That’s exactly where Fleet Feet Sports went — well, north, anyway. Fleet Feet, a locally owned and operated store “dedicated to creating an inclusive environment in which all types of people receive outstanding service in the fitting of running, walking and cross training shoes as well as accessories and apparel for the active lifestyle” (according to its website) opened a second location in Market Fair North Plaza at 4136 Route 31, Clay, across from Great Northern Mall Friday, Nov. 1. The expansion was a result of expanding business in the original location in DeWitt, as well as a growing customer base in the north suburbs.