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Cazenovia Public Library survey results are in

In June, members of the Cazenovia community were asked to assist the Cazenovia Public Library by responding to “Your Thoughts, Our Future,” a survey intended to elicit public opinion to help the Library plan for the future needs of the community. Now the results are in, and as in the past, the Cazenovia community continues its unflinching support of the library by responding to the survey in great numbers and with great consideration.

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Caz field hockey sectional streak hits nine

Lakers smash Holland Patent in one-sided Class C final

It's getting to a point for the Cazenovia field hockey team where it's not a question of whether or not it ends a season with a Section III championship - just what are the details that lead to the title.

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Cazenovia refuge: Local residents give former laboratory test dog foster home

A four-legged friend in need of a home has found refuge in a Cazenovia household. On Oct. 11, Cazenovia resident Claire Hayes took in “Stevie Nicks,” a 4-year-old female beagle that served as a laboratory test dog for most of her life. Stevie had been rescued by a member of the Beagle Freedom Project only days before.

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Years ago in history: Week of Oct. 29

150 Years Ago November 2, 1864 — Union Meeting at New Woodstock. On Wednesday evening last a large and enthusiastic meeting was held in the Baptist church at New Woodstock. A fair delegation from Cazenovia reciprocated the good feeling displayed by the Union men of New Woodstock in their attendance upon our meeting the evening before … Excellent singing was furnished by the New Woodstock and Cazenovia Glee Clubs.

Madison County holds Ebola preparedness meeting

Last week in Wampsville, the Madison County Health Department met with hospitals in the county, Madison County Emergency Management, first responder agencies, colleges and universities, and other partners to discuss local plans for coordinating an Ebola response.

School board approves ice hockey, wrestling combination teams with other districts

Sets groundwork to make cheerleading a sport next year

The Cazenovia school district Board of Education last week approved two combination sports teams with other school districts, added a new combination team and set the groundwork for making cheerleading a school sport in 2015-16.

Project Cafe to host election night dinner

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Project C.A.F.E. is hosting an Election Night Dinner Fundraiser, all members of the family are welcome. Place your vote them come to Dave's Diner to enjoy an affordable dinner of your choice with proceeds supporting Project C.A.F.E. community activities.

State Board of Regents approves new graduation options

In the hopes of both improving graduation rates, the New York State Board of Regents last week approved a plan to add flexibility to its graduation requirements. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Board of Regents agreed to create a 4+1 pathway option, which would allow students to opt out of one of the social studies exams currently required for graduation. Instead, they could take a "comparatively rigorous" assessment in career/technical education (CTE), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the humanities, foreign languages or the arts.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

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Caz cross country third in girls, boys league meets

Ridings fourth in boys race; Rowles also fourth on girls side

One more big race remained before Cazenovia’s cross country teams could turn their collective attention to next Saturday’s Section III Class C championships at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.

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Magee, Salka talk state assembly issues at Cazenovia debate

Despite the cold, wet weather in Cazenovia Tuesday night, nearly 100 people showed up at the Cazenovia Public Library to attend a debate between Democrat Bill Magee and Republican John Salka, the two candidates running for election to the 121st district in the state assembly. The debate, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, covered issues ranging from raising the minimum wage, to state electoral redistricting, public funding of political campaigns, state school funding, casinos in New York state, alleged corruption in the state legislature, gas drilling in New York, marriage equality and how to keep residents and businesses from leaving the state due to high taxes.

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Cazenovia Crop Walk raises more than $2,500

More than 200 community residents — mostly high school and college students — turned out on a cold, windy Sunday last weekend to participate in the annual Cazenovia Crop Walk for hunger. And they raised more than $2,500 for local and world hunger programs.

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Business First ranks Cazenovia in top five school districts Upstate

Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the 100 top school districts throughout Upstate New York, last week released its 2014 results — and named Cazenovia Central School District no. 5 Upstate, no. 3 in the Syracuse region and no. 1 in Madison County.

Nelson town board adopts tentative budget, approves tax cap override

The Nelson Town Board is moving forward with its work on the town’s 2015 finances, and last week adopted the tentative budget and approved a local law to override the state tax levy cap. The tentative budget is only the first stage in the budgeting process, so the current working numbers and potential tax rate for 2015 have not been released to the public.