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County agricultural council launches ‘Onondaga Grown’

The Onondaga County Agriculture Council kicked off its newest “buy local” initiative June 24 at Reeves Farms. The “Onondaga Grown” campaign seeks to promote the more than 700 farms in Onondaga County, which generate a $152 million agricultural economy.

ATMs for Good benefit local nonprofits

Many people balk at the idea of paying a hefty surcharge at the ATM. But what if a portion of that surcharge went to a good cause? That’s the idea behind ATMs for Good, a project of Syracuse ATM. Kathryn Bolster, who owns Syracuse ATM, said she thought of the program as a way to bring more meaning to her work.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor moves from ‘three men in a room’ to ‘one-man parlor’

It is not a secret that New York is a challenging state in which to do business because of our high taxes and oppressive regulatory scheme. Some, but not all, of these policies originate out of New York City which faces different demographics and economic conditions than we do in Upstate New York.

Stewart’s Shops looks to expand to B’ville

Stewart’s Shops is looking to set down its stakes in Baldwinsville. The eastern New York-based convenience store chain known for its ice cream, which opened its first Syracuse-area shop on Morgan Road in the town of Clay in October 2014, is in talks with the village’s planning board to build a 3,975-square-foot shop at 120 Oswego St. If all goes well, the store and gas station will be open this fall.

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It’s fun to stay at the YMCA

Northwest Family YMCA celebrates opening week

Half an hour before the facility’s 5:30 a.m. opening June 8, new members of the Northwest Family YMCA began lining up at the door of Onondaga County’s newest — and biggest — YMCA.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Proposed scrapyard a giant step backwards for Onondaga Lake

I need your help. More precisely, I need your voices. n mid-May 2015, the sale of the former Roth Steel scrapyard, located at 800 Hiawatha Blvd. in Syracuse, was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz to a Canadian company, American Iron and Metal Company.

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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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Program Log Baldwinsville PAC-B (Channel 98, FiOS 30) - May 23 to 29

Baldwinsville PAC-B, the public access cable channel 98 for Time Warner and channel 30 for Verizon FIOS, is available 24 hours a day to provide video and information of local interest. For the convenience of the public, the schedule of the next ten programs is aired on PAC-B TV at 9 AM, noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily. For anyone that missed a program on TV, many of the programs are available on the Internet. To access the previous videos online, a link is available at pacbtv.org.

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Seneca Savings announces new Liverpool location

Bank plans to open new branch this summer

Joseph G. Vitale, president, CEO and director of Seneca Savings, recently announced that in the summer of 2015, the bank’s Liverpool branch will be relocating.

Lysander turns $255K profit on ice arena

After sinking more than $2 million into ice arena, the town of Lysander is finally turning a profit on the property — now that it’s been sold. Lysander Town Supervisor John Salisbury announced the final numbers on the town’s sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena at Monday’s town board meeting. The town’s $550,000 sale to Home Ice 1 resulted in a profit of $255,002.45, which will be added to Lysander’s general fund balance.

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Filling the talent gap

Stirpe, CenterState CEO announce manufacturing jobs initiative

Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) is making good on one of his campaign promises: the manufacturing pre-apprentice program for which he garnered state funding is set to launch later this year.

Phoenix Community Garage Sale is May 16

The fifth annual Phoenix Community Garage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at St. Stephen’s Church parking lot at 469 Main St. $20 for individuals and organizations.

‘Cause for the ‘Cuse’ golf tournament to benefit Syracuse schools

Terakeet is hosting a golf tournament to raise money for the Syracuse City School District Saturday, June 6, at Foxfire Golf Course in Baldwinsville.

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Onondaga County Legislature not yet ready for ‘Ash for Trash’

It looks like OCRRA will have to cool its heels on the Cortland-Onondaga Regional Solid Waste Partnership. The Onondaga County Legislature won’t vote on the agreement until this summer.

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Working by the Fireside

Renovations begin at Baldwinsville inn

The old Fireside Inn is getting a facelift, but it will be nearly a year before it’s open for business once again.

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