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Public meeting coming to Caz for CNY Regional Recreation and Heritage Plan

The CNY Regional Planning and Development Board is developing a Regional Recreation and Heritage Plan to improve local quality of life and revive regional economic growth by guiding future improvements to the connectivity of existing regional recreational and heritage resources and by augmenting regional identity through recommendations for a wayfinding system to guide future visitors. They are holding a public meeting in Cazenovia soon.

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Cazenovians bring home state fair ribbons

The New York State Fair is in the middle of its annual two-week run, and so far, among the myriad state residents who have won ribbons in competitions in everything from arts and crafts to agriculture to animal husbandry to cooking to talent competitions, a number of Cazenovians have claimed prizes.

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Laidman places second in CNY ‘everyday champion’ competition

Brings home $1,000 for his designated charity, CRIS

After more than 17,000 votes were cast online by the public during the month of August to choose the Today’s Options Competition Grand Champion and send that champion home with a $10,000 prize for the charity of their choice, finalist and Cazenovia resident Hume Laidman placed second.

Local attorneys support O’Sullivan for county court judge


To the editor: We have been practicing law in Madison County as friendly competitors for about 100 years collectively and, although we have disagreed with each other from time to time, on what follows we are in total agreement. In the primary on Sept. 10, we will select the Republican candidate for Madison County judge. In all our years, there has never been a clearer choice. By experience, education, temperament and character, Patrick O’Sullivan is the best choice.

Mayor Wheeler urges voters to support O’Sullivan for county court judge


To the editor: We will all have the responsibility of selecting a new county judge this fall, beginning with the primary process on Sept. 10. Madison County is fortunate to have multiple well-respected candidates who are seeking this important office. I am writing to encourage you to vote for Judge Patrick O’Sullivan.

A new era for youth programming

Project CAFÉ ends after-school program, supports RecDesk effort

After more than 16 years of after-school programming based out of the Common Grounds space, Project CAFÉ leaders decided that the timing was right to try a new approach to serving the community’s youth. Attendance at the program has declined in recent years as more and more parents rely on technology to keep track of their children after school and are less reliant on a traditional “latch key” site.

Qualities of a Judge


To the editor: Judge Patrick O’Sullivan is the only candidate with the experience as a judge. He knows firsthand the difference between a good attorney and a good judge. He is both.

CRIS and Hume thank community for support


To the editor: As I write this I don’t know the results of the recent “Vote Hume” campaign to win a $10,000 grant from the Universal American Medicare Champions Program for CRIS (Community Resources for Independent Seniors). What we do know is that the Cazenovia community has been of tremendous support and help in our campaign. “Win or lose,” I am so proud of being a member of this community and to have participated in this effort.

Owera neighbors applaud state supreme court rejection of winery lawsuit


To the editor: In today's world it is easy to lose our sense of community. Over the last three years our neighborhood came together for a common purpose. Our goal, to preserve the quiet enjoyment of our neighborhood and protect the value of our homes.

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Caz athlete runs in Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria

Local triathlete Heather Ketcham spent last weekend in the Austrian alpine town of Zell Am See — she was not sightseeing on an end-of-summer vacation, but rather competing against approximately 2,700 athletes from more than 70 countries in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

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More than 50 kids attend Caz tennis camp

More than 50 local youths, ages three to 10, recently attended the first community “Free Kids Tennis Camp,” hosted by 22 members of the Cazenovia Varsity girls and boys tennis teams.

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Caz golf professionals make PGA Tour cut

The two professionals at Cazenovia’s two golf clubs beat out some of the region’s best golfers last week to earn a spot in the 2016 PGA Professional Championship next June. Both Mark Tucker, of Cazenovia County Club, and Dennis Colligan, of Cazenovia Golf Club, earned entry into next year’s PGA event being hosted at Turning Stone.

Nelson Democrats to caucus Sept. 9

A caucus of the Nelson Democratic Party for the purpose of nominating candidates for the Nov. 3 general election will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Nelson town office.

Cazenovia Democrats to caucus Sept. 9

A caucus of the Democratic Party for the purpose of nominating candidates for the Nov. 3 elections will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

Support the American Red Cross when you park at the state fair

Visitors to The Great New York State Fair can help the Central New York Region of the American Red Cross, and have a convenient parking spot, by parking their cars in the Red Cross lot on State Fair Boulevard, directly across from the Crucible Industries plant and just a short walk from the fair’s main entrance.

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State supreme court decides against Owera

Judge upholds eight of 10 town conditions for winery to construct new events building

The Cazenovia Town Planning Board has the legal right to impose nearly all of the conditions it included in its site plan approval for Owera Vineyards’ proposed new event center on its East Lake Road property and, if the owners of Owera find these conditions too onerous, their best recourse may be to relocate their operations to a town parcel more appropriately zoned for the commercial activity in which the winery seeks to engage. This was the opinion of Acting State Supreme Court Justice Dennis K. McDermott in his Aug. 26 decision on Owera’s Article 78 lawsuit against the town of Cazenovia.

Caz has new head coach, same high standards

Steinhorts suceeds Neidl after 25 years as Lakers assistant

Few things change in the Cazenovia football program. Year after year, a group of committed, well-conditioned athletes, led by a core of veteran coaches who have run the show for decades, take the field in September and October, where they run wild on offense and shut down the opposition on defense, leading to plenty of wins for the Lakers and an annual shot at championship glory.

Football Bears look to bounce back

Chittenango hungry after one-win season in 2014

The pain that Chittenango football players, coaches and fans felt during a 2-6 season in 2014 had several sources. Some of it was due to the youth in the lineup. Some of it had to do with poor execution of the game plan. But Bears players that return for 2015 said a lot of it could be pinned on a lack of cohesion within the team, which makes it far more difficult to win.

Caz field hockey prevails in F-M Tournament

Second-half surge key to finals win over Hornets

Just maybe, against the odds of sustained success and in defiance of cold, hard numbers, the Cazenovia field hockey team will turn out just fine. That was the message the Lakers sent during the season-opening Fayetteville-Manlius Tournament, culminating in Saturday's final, where a late scoring surge produced a 3-1 victory over the F-M Hornets.

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Algae blooms close Cazenovia Lake beaches again

The Madison County Department of Health has confirmed the presence of potentially harmful blue-green algae blooms within the bathing beach areas of both Lakeland Park and Willow Bank Yacht Club, and the beaches have been closed for wading, swimming and any water contact activities until further notice.

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