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Village looking for public input to improve usage of Lincklaen Street pay parking lot

It has been nearly one year since the opening of the “Peggy’s Lot,” the paid public parking lot next to the post office on Lincklaen Street, and usage of the lot has not been as robust as the village board had hoped. In an effort to address this issue of the parking lot’s under-utilization, the village board is seeking public input on ways the village can improve the lot’s attractiveness for parking.

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Thousands turn out for 2014 Madison County Open Farm Day

More than 5,000 people spent the day on the farm last Saturday, July 26, for the seventh annual Madison County Open Farm Day event. Farmers from all corners of the county, offering everything from beef to bison, from honey to mushrooms, from fruits to vegetables and everything in between, opened their farms for the day to allow the general public to come and see exactly where their food comes from and what it takes to make it available.

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Onondaga Community College, Cazenovia College announce ‘2+2 Partnership Agreement’

Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno and Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill last week formally signed a “2+2 partnership agreement.” Effective immediately, students can register for the new 2+2 program, which will require completion of two years of prescribed coursework at Onondaga to earn an associate degree, and then continue on at Cazenovia to earn a bachelor’s degree in two additional years.

Grant opportunity for innovative projects in Cazenovia announced

The supporters of Common Grounds have announced a new grant opportunity available for any person or group wishing to serve the Cazenovia community. 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. This is the pilot year for this annual grant.

Town board working on four proposed laws, joint sewer district consolidation agreement

The Cazenovia Town Board last week moved forward on four proposed local laws and the proposed joint sewer district consolidation agreement by holding three public hearings, introducing one new law and setting five more public hearings to occur between now and Sept. 8.

CACDA announces bike rack design competition

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) is sponsoring a competition for the design and installation of a unique bicycle rack to be installed in the village of Cazenovia. This project will seek to bring art into village public spaces, while also serving a practical purpose. The creative energy of Central New York artists and designers is being sought for the creation of this high-profile community art installation.

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Cazenovia will have a hotel and conference center

Planning board approves proposed hotel site plan for Village Edge South on Route 20

Cazenovia will have a four-story, 82-room hotel and conference center located in the Village Edge South area on Route 20 across from the Town and Country plaza — the result of last week’s unanimous approval by the Village Planning Board of the subdivision, site plan, architecture and special permit application of Cazenovia Hospitality LLC.

First Annual GCACC Ladies’ Golf Tournament to be held Aug. 15

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce will host its First Annual Ladies’ Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 15, to raise money for the GCACC scholarship fund.

Cazenovia High School Quarter 4 Honor Roll

The Cazenovia High School honor roll for the fourth quarter has been released by the district.

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Smithfield Tornado Benefit scheduled for Aug. 10 in Morrisville

What started as a conversation between fire departments and ambulance corps has become a community benefit complete with music, food, fireworks and an opportunity for individuals to gather and support those impacted by the Smithfield tornado on July 8. Scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Morrisville Fireman’s Field (corner of Maple and Union streets), the benefit starts at noon and runs until dark.

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Cazenovia College uses summer to modernize classrooms, buildings

Construction has taken off this summer for Cazenovia College — as both the South Campus, renamed Jephson Campus, and Eckel Hall undergo restoration and modernization for the upcoming fall semester. The upgrades are part of the college’s five-year plan, “Building Futures One at a Time,” which is intended to update the college’s science laboratories, create a turf field, add scholarships, ensure academic excellence and restore the Jephson Campus.

Madison County Historian to speak at the Cazenovia Public Library

All are invited to join Matthew Urtz, Madison County historian, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room for a discussion entitled “Madison County Exposed.”

Yard sale to benefit Haiti planned for July 26, 27

St. James Haiti Committee has finalized plans for its annual yard sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27, on Route 20 East past McDonald’s just outside the village of Cazenovia. Furniture, household items, appliances, athletic equipment, camping gear, tools, toys, decorations, games and crafts will be available.

School board approves annual appointments

New superintendent presides over first meeting at head of Cazenovia district

The Cazenovia Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting last week, during which it made its yearly appointments and authorizations for the upcoming school year. New district Superintendent Matt Reilly, who officially took over as head of the district on July 1, presided over the meeting and said he has had an excellent and welcoming beginning to his new position.