Brewster Inn in Cazenovia proposes an expansion

Brewster Inn signThe Brewster Inn in Cazenovia wants to expand, converting two properties to the west into additional areas for dining and overnight accommodations.

Robert L. Kent, architect for the proposed project, said Brewster Inn owner Richard Hubbard wants to buy the properties at 6 and 8 Ledyard Drive for the expansion.

The property closest to the existing inn would become a venue for weddings, with room for about 80 diners. No food would be prepared there; the weddings would be catered by the Brewster Inn ktichen, he said. That property also would have three overnight suites.

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Circa, Cazenovia’s ‘farm-to-table’ restaurant pioneer, to close this month

Alicyn Hart

Alicyn Hart of Circa New American Bistro in Cazenovia. The restaurant will close June 21. Hart said she can’t afford a proposed rent increase. (Mike Greenlar)

CAZENOVIA, NY — Circa-New American Bistro in Cazenovia helped pioneer the wave of ‘farm-to-table’ dining in Central New York when it opened in 2006.

On June 21, owner Alicyn Hart will close it up — reluctantly. She blames increased rent demands from her landlord in the space at 75 Albany St. (Route 20).

After that, she’ll take some time to figure out her next move — which could be a new place, possibly in or around Cazenovia.

“We’ve built so many relationships here, from our customers to our local farmers (who supply many of her ingredients),” Hart said. “I’m sad for me, but I’m really sad for them.”

Hart announced a year ago that she was having difficulty meeting the rent increase and might close this spring. Her original lease ended May 31, but she won a 1-month extension.

The landlord, Richard Raiford of Westchester County, declined to extend the lease again, Hart said.

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Mann Supports Porter for Cazenovia Village Board

To the Editor:

I am so pleased that Dave Porter has decided to pursue a third term on the Village Board and write to offer my support.

Dave’s accomplishments in his four years on the board are far too numerous to list and would quickly deplete my 500 word limit. He has one of the heaviest workloads on the board and has had responsibility for a wide range of areas, some of them the most challenging and labor-intensive. He has made measurable improvements and initiated new progress in each one.

Rather than provide a laundry list of Dave’s projects, I would like to describe what it is like to work with Dave. Dave is the very best kind of board member because he understands the difference between being a public servant and being a politician.

This is a huge distinction at our level. We are servants, nothing more, nothing less. When we are elected, we are not issued a crown and a throne; we are assigned real and important responsibilities for which we are accountable to the public. There is no prize or special status to be expected in exchange for our work – only the satisfaction of giving back.

We are expected to organize our outside lives around designated public meeting times, we are expected to be available to the public, and we are expected to check our outside interests at the door and make objective and well-thought out decisions that we feel are in the best interest of the community we serve. I would venture that most people’s perceptions of the board’s work are shaped by their attendance at our monthly meetings. In truth, most of our work does not actually happen at the table. It happens throughout the month; most of us attend several other meetings each month for our various individual committees, we shoehorn preparation and research in at weird times when we would probably rather be with our families or getting a little more sleep or exercise, and we spend time talking with residents just about anywhere we run into them.

For four years, I have watched Dave meet these demands without complaint. He is thoughtful, thorough, detail-minded, well prepared, fair, and cares deeply about our work. I know that when he shows up each month, he has put the work in and has pulled his weight. I know that when he expresses an opinion or asks a hard question, he is also able to provide his rationale and reasons.

There is a ton going on in the Village right now. The rubber is about to hit the road on much of the big picture work we have slowly put in place over the past several years. Dave has been a huge part of all of this progress, and his expertise and selfless service are essential to seeing it through. Please join me in supporting Dave’s continuation on the board by voting for him on June 17.


May 21, 2014


TV chef, Cazenovia native Anne Burrell to make New York State Fair debut

14507635-mmmainFood Network star Anne Burrell, who grew up in Cazenovia, will make her New York State Fair debut with an appearance at Chevy Court.

Burrell appears at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. She’ll cook and perform on a stage that did not host any food celebrities during last year’s fair, but in the past has hosted chefs like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali.

In an interview with last August, Burrell said she grew up a big fan of the fair and would jump at the chance to do a show there.

Here’s what she said about the fair in that interview:

Continue reading at: The Post-Standard.

Cazenovia makes final 15 for “America’s Coolest Small Town;” who are the others?

Cazenovia is a finalist in the annual survey of “America’s Coolest Small Towns, ” compiled by Budget Travel.

The Madison County town is among 15 small towns across the U.S. on the finalist list.
People may vote online for their favorite small town. Voting continues until Feb. 25, and only one vote is permitted per 24 hours per IP address.
“It’s fantastic; a great thing,” said Cazenovia Town Supervisor Bill Zupan, who said he’s been casting his vote in the contest. “I don’t know how we got nominated to be on the list, but it will be great for us. People will want to drive by, and it will help promote tourism here,” he said.

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Cazenovia High School Students to Launch Balloon into Space

(Cazenovia, NY – Nov. 14, 2013) After spending 10 weeks designing and building a space-bound cooler full of electronics, a Cazenovia High School senior engineering class on Nov. 22 plans to launch the payload into the stratosphere – by way of weather balloon.

Their goal: To capture video and data from an altitude of 105,000 feet.

The launch will take place, weather-permitting, at 8:30 a.m. at Pittsford-Mendon High School near Rochester, along with two balloons from a local class there. Cazenovia students plan to track the launch from Room 231 in the high school, on computers equipped with specialized tracking software and radio equipment installed in the balloon, which is expected to land somewhere within a 50-mile radius of Binghamton.

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Celebrity chef Anne Burrell entertains a hometown crowd

VERONA (WSYR-TV) – It was a homecoming for Anne Burrell Saturday as she cooked in front of an audience filled with childhood friends from Cazenovia.

Burrell’s passion for cooking comes from her mother, who still owns a flower shop in downtown Cazenovia.

Burrell said, “We always had a giant garden. That got me interested in cooking and going out to the garden to pick stuff and understanding seasonality.”

Burrell hosts several shows on the Food Network and has written many books.

“It’s exciting and it takes me to really amazing places,” Burrell said. “I get to do a lot of exciting things, but really I’m just a cook.”

The cook with Central New York roots has a message for the folks in charge of the New York State Fair: she wants to visit.

Burrell said, “They’ve had Mario Batali, they’ve had Bobby Flay. What about the hometown girl? I’ve worked with both of those guys. Hello I’m from here.”

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As Madison County’s hop fest approaches, the area finds itself on the leading edge of a brewery boom

Agriculture, tourism, construction, history… Madison County (and especially Cazenovia) is at the confluence of upward trends in all these areas!

As Madison County’s hop fest approaches, the area finds itself on the leading edge of a brewery boom |

Cazenovian Kristie Kleine wins SUNYAC award

Fredonia State freshman midfielder Kristie Kleine has been named the SUNYAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the week.

Source: SUNY Fredonia – Freshman midfielder Kleine wins SUNYAC award.

Volunteer Drivers Needed for CRIS-CAT

(Cazenovia, NY – Sept. 2013) CRIS-CAT (Cazenovia Area Transportation) has successfully been providing the greater Cazenovia community with a free transportation service for seniors since 2010.

To date, 1,200 rides have been provided by volunteer drivers who have driven a total of 40,000 miles to medical appointments, grocery stores, libraries, social events and many other locations. The drivers donate their own vehicles and fuel to transport residents age 55 and older in the Cazenovia, Nelson, and Fenner townships.

Continue reading at: Madison County Courier.