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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: NYFarmNet reaches local farmers

National Ag Week recognizes the abundant crops harvested by farmers all over the nation and the contributions they make to the economy. In New York alone, the agriculture industry recorded $5.68 billion in cash receipts in 2013, up more than $1 billion from 2010.

Feet on the earth

Willow Health and Wellness Center hosts Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K April 19

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by dashing through the dusty paths of local farmland, enjoying the view and the breeze? The Willow Health and Wellness Center is teaming up with CNY Solar Inc., Emmi and Sons and Reeves Farms for the Earth Day Half Marathon and 5K. The race takes place April 19 at Emmi and Sons on West Genesee Road in B’ville.

Lysander addresses county’s land plan concerns

The town of Lysander continues to tweak its revised Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

Lysander seals the deal for ice arena

The town of Lysander is finally hanging up its skates. The $550,000 sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena closed March 5. Back in January, the Lysander Town Board voted unanimously to approve a purchase offer from Rochester-based developer and property management firm DHD Ventures.

Lamson Road area eligible for community development grant

A block in the town of Lysander may be eligible for up to $50,000 in homebuyer assistance grants for low-income populations, town engineer Al Yager announced at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Lysander Town Board.

Wide open spaces

What you need to know about Lysander’s new land use plan

For the past year and a half, the Lysander Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Committee has been working to revamp the town’s nearly 24-year-old guidelines for development. Now, the committee is ready to present its finished CLUP in a public hearing Feb. 9.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

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Dealing with invasive species in CNY

Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure

Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.

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Empire Buffalo bringing bison into style

One can buy just about anything off Craigslist on the Internet — including a herd of bison. So when Aileen Randolph and Joe Lazarsky, she a corporate PR executive and he an attorney, decided they wanted to change professions and raise bison, they went online. They bought a herd from Tennessee in November 2010 and brought them to their farm in Fenner, right next to Chittenango Falls, in February 2011. And now there is a bison farm, with about 50 head, that raises and sells bison meat, just a few miles outside of Cazenovia.

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Peony Fest to feature music, talks and plenty of peonies

The Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum's seventh annual Peony Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 46 Canton St. in McHarrie Park, Baldwinsville.

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Farmers market returns to village

Weekly event will take place Wednesdays beginning in June

It has been years since residents could purchase produce direct from local farmers within the village of Baldwinsville. But, thanks to the efforts of Mike Samoraj and willing participants, a farmers market will take place every Wednesday this harvest season in Village Square.

Farm Fest returns this Sunday

Final plans are underway for the second annual Farm Fest scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 19.

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B’ville Farmers Co-op honors dedicated service

Manager of the Baldwinsville Farmers Co-op, Dennis Gawarecki, left, and president of the Baldwinsville Farmers Cooperative Association, Harold Crandon, right, congratulate Al Huntington for his recognition by the organization, which acknowledged 40 years of dedicated service by Huntington to the Farmers Co-op.

A legacy for Grace: Valesky signs on as co-sponsor for animal abuse legislation

State Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) has signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation introduced in the last legislative session that will allow those charged with animal abuse or neglect to be charged with a felony under New York State Penal Law. Currently, crimes against companion animals are legislated under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.

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