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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.

Second annual Manlius buy local campaign set for October

The Manlius Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to discover Manlius throughout the month of October through its buy local campaign.

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Goodbye, Friendly’s

When Angie Costello heard Friendly’s in Fayetteville was closing for good, she couldn’t believe it. “Friendly’s is the center of everything in Fayetteville,” Costello said. “At least that’s the way I felt when I lived there. If you had to meet someone, you met them at Friendly’s or if you wanted ice cream late at night, that’s where you went. Fayetteville needs something like that. I can’t imagine the village without it. I view the closing as tragic.”

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Fayetteville author publishes cook book with a twist

Sharon Bailhe’ spent much of her young adult life traveling the world and eating in the finest restaurants. She credits her acute taste in food to both her travel history and her experience eating in some of New York City’s best restaurants as a child growing up in Wilton, Connecticut. When she and her husband finally settled in Fayetteville about thirty years ago, she said she wasn’t in love with Central New York restaurants.

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Side Hill Farmers presents ‘meat your grandmother would recognize’

New Manlius shop specializes in local meat, dairy and more

Greg Rhoad and Kevin McCann know firsthand that many Central New York farmers have to bring their products down to New York City or into Pennsylvania to sell them- which is a trend that they want to see end. And that’s part of the reason why they’ve opened Side Hill Farmers in Manlius: a cross between a grocery store and a food cooperative that only sells products from within an 80 mile radius of the store.

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New Fayetteville bake shop takes the cake

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.

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Mayor’s turkey dinner raises $4600 for Fayetteville senior center

It may be eight months to Thanksgiving, but nearly 140 people gathered at the Fayetteville senior center on Sunday, March 3 for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Volunteers served turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and apple pie to hungry guests for the benefit of the senior center. This year, the event raised nearly $4600.

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Dewitt Rotary Club gears up for ‘Pancake Day’

The fundraiser is expected to raise over $35,000 for local charities

The griddles won’t be heating up till May, but the Dewitt Rotary Club has already started collecting money for its biggest fundraiser of the year- Pancake Day. The event is essentially an all-you-can-eat pancake extravaganza in which volunteers make thousands of pancakes, complete with almost any kind of topping you could imagine. This is the rotary club’s 59th year hosting Pancake Day and they’re expecting over 5000 people in 2013.

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Authors, farmers, entrepreneurs ‘The Fabulous Beekman Boys’ eager to visit Cazenovia

There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.

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Olive on Brooklea presents olive oil in a whole new way

Michelle Watts puts a twist on traditional cuisine

You may use olive oil as your salad dressing, or to cook with, or to dip your bread in. Michelle Watts, the owner of Olive on Brooklea, is pushing the envelope with her discovery of olive oil topping over ice cream- something she has lined up waiting to be sampled at her store.

Columbian Presbyterian in LaFayette invites all to Christmas Cookie Cafe

The Columbian Presbyterian Church has a suggestion for how to thank someone for hosting a holiday party: a tray of delicious cookies.

Plowshares crafts fair celebrates peace, justice this weekend at Nottingham High

For thousands of years, this special season has promised peace, and for the past four decades the Syracuse Peace Council has risen to the occasion by hosting the annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival.

East Syracuse man’s light show to help feed hungry

Jeff Koehler, of 6514 Kermit Lane, East Syracuse, has created elaborate and entertaining light displays on his family home for several seasons, and this year he has decided to add a charitable aspect to the production.

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Jamesville first grader Melissa Crossett collects goods for food pantry

Melissa Crossett is a first grade student who attends Jamesville Elementary School who had an idea to help people in her community.

Celebrate life through chocolate Thursday in Fayetteville

Hospice of Central New York presents "Celebrating Life Through Chocolate" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Stickley showroom in Fayetteville Towne Centre.