The town of Nelson is looking into the possibility of approving a town road use agreement as a way to protect its roads from damage caused by heavy industrial trucking.
The Cazenovia Public Library will offer two public programs next week: one an information program about Alzheimer’s Disease, and the other book talk and signing with local author Rob Briggs.
Absentee ballots bring the final vote difference to seven votes
Amy Mann and Fritz Koennecke have been elected to the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees. Final results: Mann - 226; Koennecke - 205; Peggy Van Arnam 198. There were 21 absentee ballots. The results were officially certified by the Madison County Board of Elections at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: Cazenovia College asked the state supreme court to reject a decision by the village zoning board of appeals requiring the college to seek approval to build a fence around its new turf field ... The attempt to evade review and push through the fence plan is unfriendly and confrontational, contemptuous both of abutting neighbors and the village at large.
Madison County Tourism, Inc. today announced the appointment of Scott Flaherty as executive director. Flaherty will be responsible for directing and implementing all marketing and public relations efforts as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the corporation. He will report directly to the president of the board of directors, Joan Johnson.
Owera Vineyards cuts ribbon, opens facilities for business
The first and only winery in Madison County officially opened its doors and cut the ceremonial ribbon last week — and it is located on East Lake Road in Cazenovia. Owera Vineyards, owned by the Muserlian family and already producing award-winning wines, welcomed local and state politicians, business owners, friends and visitors on one of the few sunny days in recent weeks to inaugurate its new facilities.
Local opponents of the controversial business of natural gas exploration and drilling through hydraulic fracturing appeared at the Fenner and Nelson town board meetings last week to deliver petitions signed by more than 1,100 people demanding the towns outlaw hydrofracking.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dear friends and neighbors: It has been a privilege to serve you as the village of Cazenovia mayor for the past two years. I ask for your support and your vote on June 18 so that I might continue in that role.
The three candidates for trustee for the June 18 village election explained to voters who they were, where they stood on the issues and why people should vote for them at the June 11 candidate forum held by the League of Women Voters. Incumbents Amy Weber Mann and Peggy Van Arnam, both seeking reelection, and challenger Fritz Koennecke, Jr., current president of the Cazenovia Board of Education, spent 70 minutes before a crowd of about 30 people answering questions on topics such as what Caz will look like in 10 years and how the village should get there, what should happen to the Riverside Drive property, how can the village have a better relationship with Cazenovia College, should the new Lincklaen Street parking lot be paid or free and whether or not the village should consolidate with the town.
Farmstead brewery project now continues forward with site plan and architectural review
The Cazenovia village board unanimously agreed on June 11 to change the zoning of Empire Brewing Company’s land on Route 13 from a residential to a Planned Development District, and also to amend the village code to allow the milling of flour, feed or grain in the village. Both actions allow Empire to move forward with its project to build a farmstead brewery in the village of Cazenovia.
One can buy just about anything off Craigslist on the Internet — including a herd of bison. So when Aileen Randolph and Joe Lazarsky, she a corporate PR executive and he an attorney, decided they wanted to change professions and raise bison, they went online. They bought a herd from Tennessee in November 2010 and brought them to their farm in Fenner, right next to Chittenango Falls, in February 2011. And now there is a bison farm, with about 50 head, that raises and sells bison meat, just a few miles outside of Cazenovia.
To the editor: Vicki Reutter, library media specialist at Cazenovia High School, is retiring. If you are currently the parent of a high school student or had a child attend Cazenovia High School since 1978, this news matters.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: My mom, Bette McNear Campbell, a former Cazenovia community leader, died at the age of 89 last month in Delaware. We spent many years in Cazenovia while growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mom and dad, Jim McNear, started the Hi Neighbor paper from our kitchen, before moving it to an office behind the Chocolate Shop.
The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) Board of Directors has announced their selection for the 2013 CACDA Signature Project. This project will create visibility and encourage use of the vast trail network and recreational amenities in the Cazenovia area.
‘William Benson: Abstracting Realism’ will from June 13 to July 28
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced its summer art exhibition of “William Benson: Abstracting Realism,” will run from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, July 28, in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and is open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, Mr. Benson will conduct a live portrait demonstration of Dorothy Riester, founder of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The demonstration will be held in the Art Park gallery at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, for a $15 suggested donation. Later that day, from 1 to 4 p.m., interested artists can attend a workshop, “Figure Drawing with Bill Benson.”
Lakers rally past Bronxville in Class C title game
A high school state championship is special enough. Two of them, in a three-year span, indicates something more, that a program, once it has climbed to the top, has the ability to stay there and thrive even more. That is the sweet reality for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team after it rallied to defeat Bronxville 13-11 in Saturday's state Class C final at St. John Fisher College, near Rochester.
The League of Women Voters of Cazenovia will hold a forum for candidates for village trustee at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Municipal Building, 90 Albany St. The public is welcomed to attend and submit questions to the candidates on issues facing the village of Cazenovia.
Community Action Partnership and Shephard Links Mini-Golf Fun Center in Cazenovia at 4691 Robert Road is hosting a family fun day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit programs at Community Action Partnership that support local families.
On June 1, at an undisclosed location (Black Belt Island) Cazenovia fourth grader Lily Sorbello earned her black belt and reached a personal goal at the age of 10. Miori Martial Arts owner Rick Miori said she is one of the youngest he’s ever seen go through his organization.
The Cazenovia Village Board officially approved its contract with L.L. Bean to establish the outdoor apparel company’s use of Cazenovia Lake and Lakeland Park for its newest Outdoor Discovery School. The approval came two days after the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks was parked near the north wall by the public swimming area in Lakeland Park, and five days before the new school begins kayaking excursions on the lake.