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.

Continue reading at Madison County Courier.

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.”

Read story and watch video at Newschannel 9.

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.

Cazenovia’s Circa ponders options, next chapter

From the Eat First blog: Cazenovia’s Circa ponders options, next chapter. Circa restaurant will be moving on beginning in May 2014; the article describes the circumstances and contains an interview with chef/owner Alicyn Hart.


Residents warned to avoid shoreline areas of Cazenovia Lake due to harmful algae

cyanobacteria-2jpg-ee4c50acdad07f2fSwimmers and their pets are being advised to avoid shoreline areas of Cazenovia Lake where blue-green algae blooms are visible.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae blooms in the lake, according to its website.

Not all shoreline areas are affected; there are patches here and there and they can move from day to day, said Cazenovia Town Councilor Liz Moran, who runs Ecological LLC, a water quality consulting firm. People and their pets should avoid areas of discolored water or surface scum.

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Is Owera a Farm Winery or an Event Center?

Weekend events that last until 11 PM, loud noise, and bright lights have neighbors of Owera Vineyards asking whether the Town of Cazenovia’s approved plan for the property is being neglected by the winery.