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.
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.
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.
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.
Credit Union Classic draws top women's golfers looking for LPGA cards
Nearly two decades old, the Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic has turned into a late-summer fixture on the Central New York golf calendar. And once again, the future stars of women’s golf are heading to Drumlins Country Club’s East course this weekend, battling for $100,000 in prize money and improving their odds of being one of the 10 players that, at season’s end, will earn an LPGA Tour card.
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.
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.
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.
The Lucas name is well known in the Cazenovia area. That’s because the Lucas family has been selling farm equipment since approximately 1891. That certainly says a lot about a business if it’s been successful for more than a century. J.C. Lucas was not only a farm equipment dealer, but also a dairy farmer until the mid 1970s. J.C. Lucas and Sons started out as a McCormick-Deering dealership, eventually becoming International Harvester. In the mid 1950s, Ron and William Lucas took the reins of the business and it grew so much that in 1980 they moved into their current location on Route 20.
Cazenovia Equipment Co., Inc. was started in 1961 by the Larry Love family and originally served the farming community in the immediate area. In the early 1970s, Larry’s son-in-law, Bob Frazee, joined the company, and in 2003 Bob’s sons, Mike and Jim, became partners as well. The company’s first expansion took place in the late 1980s and opened the door to offering lawn and garden equipment to their customers. Since that time, the company has continued to grow and currently operates a total of nine stores throughout Central and Northern New York.
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.
The Cazenovia High School honor roll for the fourth quarter has been released by the district.
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.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: The proposed Western Gateway commercial district attempts to address multiple issues in the guise of ensuring the protection of existing homes and businesses on Ledyard Avenue. The proposed zoning provides no additional legal protection over what the homeowners have today.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: Residents of Forman Street, Albany Street, Hurd Street, Sullivan Street and residents of any others residential areas in Cazenovia should be concerned, as are we, about the apparent willingness of the village board to change existing zoning laws simply to accommodate special interests.
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.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: We would like to clarify a few issues that were miscommunicated in the article about St. Joseph’s Physicians, The Heritage Group in Cazenovia, published July 2 in Our Town Cazenovia.
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.”
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.
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.