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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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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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Beak & Skiff vodka striking gold (and silver and bronze)

Beak & Skiff Apple Farms recently was awarded a gold medal for its artisanal vodka at the 2012 American Wine Society Spirits Competition in Portland, Ore. — marking the fourth time in less than four months the LaFayette distillery has won awards for its signature spirit.

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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Amberations Fall Festival Planned for Sept. 30

Live music, country art, food, games and raffles will be featured at the annual Amberations Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Otisco Lake Community Center in Amber. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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Mirbeau hosts third annual New York Wine Festival

For the third consecutive year, Mirbeau Inn & Spa will take the reins in hosting the New York Wine Festival in the village of Skaneateles from Sept. 28 to 30.

Invasive lake species workshop coming to Skaneateles next week

Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an invasive lake species workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Skaneateles YMCA, 97 State St. The event will feature Asian clam and hydrilla identification, prevention and monitoring, and will be free and open to the public.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to hold country fair

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is holding its annual Country Fair Saturday, Aug. 18.

First annual Conservation Day on the Farm arrives Aug. 18

The first annual Conservation Day on the Farm sponsored by the Onondaga County Soil & Water Conservation District will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Rohe Farm on 4207 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. The public is invited to attend.

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Market matters: Q&A with Karen Pardee, Serendipity Saori Studio

The Marcellus Open Air Market opened Thursday, June 7, in Marcellus Park. Throughout the summer, the Eagle Observer will interview farmers and other vendors at the local market to find out what’s in season and what’s in store for the coming months.

REACH CNY hosts Camp Green Teen

Looking for a different kind of summer camp experience for your kids this summer? Look no further than REACH CNY’s Camp Green Teen, a day camp for 10- to 15-year-olds based at Liverpool Community Church. The camp is aimed at helping teens make healthy decisions for themselves and their surroundings and making them aware of the many unique facets of the Central New York environment, according to program coordinator Christina Mills. The camp’s activities are almost too numerous to mention. They range from a visit to the Onondaga Lake restoration site to fishing to an egg drop to a zipline and ropes course to discussions about healthy eating and local food. “We’re doing so much,” Mills said. “It’s all about having fun and learning, too. We’re going to be doing very active learning.”

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Market matters: Q&A with Mary Carlic, the Wren’s Den

The Marcellus Open Air Market opened Thursday, June 7, in Marcellus Park. Throughout the summer, the Eagle Observer will interview farmers and other vendors at the local market to find out what’s in season and what’s in store for the coming months.

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Marcellus Open Air Market debuts with local, homemade goods

Seventeen vendors set up shop Thursday, June 7, for the debut of the Marcellus Open Air Market in Marcellus Park.

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Buerkle tours local agri-businesses, listens to farmers concerns

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle recently came through Skaneateles and visited Anyela’s winery as part of a day-long tour of local agricultural businesses in her district.

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Camillus Erie Canal Park to celebrate 40th birthday

Liz and Dave Beebe have dedicated the better part of their lives to the project.

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