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Local WWII veteran receives insignia of the French Legion of Honor

World War II veteran Karl Monson of Cazenovia recently received the insignia of Chevelier of the Legion of Honor at the French consulate in New York City on Nov. 7, and then four days later attended the Onondaga County Veterans Day ceremonies at the Syracuse War Memorial last week, where he was honored by Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.

Residents ask school board to change religious education release time policy

About two dozen district parents coordinated their attendance at the Cazenovia Board of Education meeting last week in an effort to convince the board to change the district’s policy that allows for students to leave school to attend hour-long religious education classes at local churches. This “religious release time,” as it is officially called, is not transparent in how it is administered, unfair to the students who do not attend it because they are not taught anything of value during that hour and should not take away learning time in a public education system, according to the parents’ complaints.

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Middle school students honor veterans

Cazenovia Middle School students last week honored Veterans Day by forming a human flag, singing the Star Spangled Banner and thanking five local veterans invited for the occasion.

Actor Frank Runveon to speak at St. James Church

TV and film actor tells the inside story, with humor

St. James Church will be hosting actor Frank Runveon on Monday Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. for a Hollywood vs. Faith speech.

Town of Fenner votes to adopt 2015 budget

Tax rate to stay the same as 2014

The Fenner town board last week voted to adopt the 2015 preliminary budget as the final budget, which will have the same tax rate as last year.

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Local 8-year-old to be honored at Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast

Harry Hausser, of New Woodstock, will receive award for summer rescue of man who fell into DeRuyter Lake

When 8-year-old Harry Hausser and his 11-year-old cousin rescued a 63-year-old man who had fallen out of his boat into DeRuyter Lake in August, they were not trying to be heroes, they just saw a man who needed help and they helped him. On Dec. 3, however, the boys will be honored as heroes when they receive the Youth Good Samaritan Award at the 16th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast Event of Central New York at the OnCenter.

Christmas at Lorenzo bedecked in holiday plumage

The spicy aroma of wassail, the shimmer of handbells — it’s “Christmas at Lorenzo,” and the magic of the holiday season takes flight this year in each room of the mansion. From peacocks in the formal dining room, to cardinals in the gentlemen’s library, the artistry of volunteer decorators will bring the theme “Birds of a Feather” to life in every room.

Absentee ballots counted: Magee retains assembly seat

Nearly two weeks after Election Day, the race for the NY-121 State Assembly seat has concluded, with challenger John Salka conceding that incumbent Assemblyman Bill Magee won the election.

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Bob Dubik, recently retired Cazenovia CSD superintendent, passes away

Dies after short battle with cancer

Less than five months after retiring as superintendent of the Cazenovia Central School District, Robert S. Dubik last week passed away at the age of 61 after a brief battle with cancer. Dubik “passed away quietly at home with his family by his side,” according to his obituary from Thomas J. Pirro Jr. Funeral Home.

Deadline approaching for Common Grounds Challenge Grant

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 15 for the pilot year of an annual grant program in Cazenovia. The Common Grounds Challenge Grant will be awarded to one or more organizations that develop and justify a proposal to improve the quality of life in Cazenovia.

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Community Chest supports Madison County interests

The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson awarded $31,200 to 11 nonprofit organizations in 2014 through the generosity of 200 area donors. Grants enabled Madison County residents as young as 3 years old to participate in preschool programs, summer camp, after school activities, job training and recreational therapy.

Creekside zone redevelopment analysis completed, presented to village board

After months of analysis and public input on how best to redevelop the Riverside Drive/Chittenango Creek area behind the library, the village’s hired community planner has presented his findings and recommendations to the village board. In short, accomplishing a solid redevelopment of the area will require probable rezoning, along with a nature trail and public park development plan, Dan Kwasnowski, of Applied Planning, told the board during its Nov. 3 regular monthly meeting.

Cazenovia town board approves final 2015 budget

After making some final adjustments to the numbers and holding a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke, the Cazenovia Town Board last week approved the final version of its 2015 town budget. The final budget includes a $3 million total budget with $1.4 million to be raised by taxes. The proposal includes a 4 percent tax rate increase townwide, with a 1 percent tax rate increase for town residents outside the village.

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Lakers surrender sectional title to Homer

Seven turnovers doom Caz football three-peat quest

All of the history, tradition and vast success the Cazenovia football team has gained through the decades meant little in the face of a turnover wave that helped deliver Homer its first Section III Class B championship since 2005. Seven different takeaways, five of them in the first half, doomed the Lakers in a 38-24 defeat to the Trojans Sunday afternoon in the Class B title game at the Carrier Dome.