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The changing face of Cazenovia’s downtown business district

The nature of communities is that they are often in a constant state of flux. Businesses change and adapt, close and move, while new businesses come in to offer something different to the local market and hope their business model works. In Cazenovia during the past eight months, there has been a great deal of change to the local business community with shops closing or moving locations, and others coming in to take over the newly vacant store fronts. Whether such change is, or will be, positive or negative remains to be seen — but many local officials and business owners see potential in what is happening, although they also see a need to change and adapt to certain realities of the marketplace and the needs of customers.

George Brescia named speaker of Cazenovia College’s 42nd annual Student Fashion Show

George Brescia, the man behind George B Style, and a top-tier NYC-based stylist and image consultant, will be the speaker this year at the Cazenovia College 42nd Annual Fashion Show, “Fashion: The Fifth Element.”

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Owera brings home five medals from Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Cazenovia’s sole winery, Owera Vineyards, added recently to its ever-growing list of awards and accolades by bringing home five medals from the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Fenner town office building, stop signs vandalized

Four stops signs in the town of Fenner and the main entrance door into the Fenner town office building were vandalized with spray-painted swastika signs recently, an action that will cost town taxpayers around $400 to fix.

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Cazenovia district officials to allow silent reading for students who opt-out of state testing

The Cazenovia school district administration team has decided to change its policy for students who opt-out of grades 3 through 8 math, science and ELA state assessment tests this month. Instead of sitting at their desks for 90 minutes staring into space each day for the six days of the testing, students not taking the tests now will be allowed to read quietly at their desks.

Village board approves tentative 2015 budget, taxes to increase slightly

Also announces 6 percent increase in village water rates

The Cazenovia Village Board unanimously adopted its tentative 2015 budget last week and, although tax rates for the coming year will decrease, village assessments this year have increased after last year’s property revaluation, which means the average homeowner will see a slight rise in their taxes.

Caz Rotary announces food drive and scrap metal drop off to benefit ‘Feed Our Vets’

The Cazenovia Rotary Club is partnering with “Feed Our Vets” of Utica from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, to sponsor a food drive and scrap metal drop off to benefit local Veterans in need.

Cazenovia and NYS police blotters

Cazenovia and NYS police blotters for the week of March 27 to April 3

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Eagle Newspapers reporter receives state award

Ashley M. Casey, reporter for the Baldwinsville Messenger and the Eagle Star-Review, was recently honored with an award at the New York Press Association 2014 Better Newspaper Contest held March 27 and 28 in Saratoga Springs.

Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up coming April 18

On April 18, the Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up will start at 10 a.m. at the Buyea’s Hardware parking lot and end around noon. All are invited to show up and help.

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Years ago in history: Week of April 8

News from the historic archives of the Cazenovia Republican newspaper

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Three local teens arrested in February bomb incident at home of Cazenovia High School teacher

State Police in Morrisville have arrested three teenagers and charged them with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and trespassing in connection to the February incident in which a Cazenovia High School teacher found two homemade bombs outside of her house.

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Cazenovia native named finalist in Realtor Magazine’s 30 under 30 contest

Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Parker, a native of Cazenovia who currently lives in Tallahassee, Fla., sold more than $22 million in Florida real estate last year. That achievement, among other factors, earned him a place as one of the final 50 candidates in Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30 2014 national contest recently. And, while Parker was ultimately not chosen last week to be one of the final 30 honorees, becoming a finalist and earning the experience and exposure of the contest was the achievement of a years-long goal for him.

High School PTSA seeking ‘After the Prom’ sponsors and volunteers

The Cazenovia High School PTSA is sponsoring the annual drug and alcohol free “After Prom Party” and is looking for support from the Cazenovia community.