Jason Emerson

Editor, Cazenovia Republican
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Jason Emerson can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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Local veterans honored by congressmen

Local World War II veterans Karl W. Monson, of Cazenovia, and Don Fida, of Syracuse, were honored Wednesday, Nov. 11, by their friends, family, fellow veterans and local congressmen during a Veterans Day ceremony at Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango. Monson, 97, received the World War II Victory Medal from Cazenovia area Congressman Richard Hanna, and Fida, 91, received a flag from the Seventh Infantry — his regiment during his service in World War II —from Syracuse Congressman John Katko.

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Critz Farms celebrating 30 years in business, announces plans to open farm brewery, make beer

Critz Farms is known across Central New York as a premier place to visit to get apples, pumpkins, maple cider and Christmas trees — not to mention the animals to see and pet, the playground for the kids and the food to eat — but what most people may not know is that 2015 is the 30th year of business in Cazenovia for Matt and Juanita Critz. And after 30 years in business the Critzes have no intention to slow down — they have announced that by spring 2016 they plan to start brewing their own beer and selling it under the company name of Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Company.

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Historic DeWitt cemetery on the road to repair

It’s been more than 110 years since the last burial occurred at Messina Springs Cemetery on James Street in DeWitt – and for decades the cemetery looked like what it was: abandoned. During the past few years, however, members of the community and DeWitt town officials have been working to rehabilitate this historic spot and have made great strides this year.

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Near-extinct snails repopulated at Chittenango Falls

Chittenango ovate amber snails coaxed into reproduction at SUNY ESF

Scientists from SUNY ESF made history today after releasing into the wild at Chittenango Falls State Park 200 endangered Chittenango ovate amber snails that were bred and grown in captivity. These rare, delicate snails, that measure about 1 millimeter in length when first hatched and grow up to 20 millimeters in length as adults, can be found in only one place on Earth — alongside this Central New York waterfall. And until today, there were only about 300 of them in the wild.

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Wild apples wanted for Critz Farms 'Community Cider'

The wild apple crop this year has been huge in Central New York, and it gave Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and Harvest Moon Cidery in Cazenovia, an idea: Why not ask community members to bring in their wild apples and use those to make a Cazenovia “community” hard cider? Contributors could help press the apples, receive some free bottles of the finished product and even designate a local charity to receive apportion of the proceeds from bottle sales.

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Local residents bring home state fair ribbons

The New York State Fair ended Monday, and among the myriad state residents who won ribbons in competitions in everything from arts and crafts to agriculture to animal husbandry to cooking to talent competitions, a number of residents in the Eagle Bulletin coverage area of Fayetteville, Manlius, DeWitt, East Syracuse, Minoa, Jamesville and Kirkville have claimed prizes. As of press time, ribbon winners from our area include:

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Flags of Our Heroes program seeking veterans’ photos

The next mission of Honor Flight Syracuse to bring veterans of World War II and the Korean War to visit the memorials in their honor in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for Oct. 3 — and officials with the Flags of Our Heroes program are currently seeking photographs of deceased veterans of these two wars to bring with them to Washington and be honored through the Flags of Our Heroes program.

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Cazenovia American Legion gives $7,500 to local veterans program

More than 100 members of Post 88 spent the past four months selling $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win a foursome of golf at one of 10 different golf courses in the Central New York area. On Wednesday, June 10, Post 88 members donated the money they raised — $7,500 — to the local veterans’ support organization, Clear Path for Veterans, in Chittenango.

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DeWitt cuts ribbon on Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail

After more than a decade of work to create a local park system connected through trails and walkways over the old Erie Canal, the ribbon was cut last weekend on the Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail in DeWitt to celebrate the opening of the new wooden boardwalk.

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Yellow Brick Road Casino officially opens in Chittenango

More than 1,000 people stood in line, in groups, in the parking lot of the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango Tuesday waiting for the area’s newest tourist attraction to officially open its doors. Some people started lining up at 11 p.m. Monday night in order to be the first ones inside the casino.

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