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Griffin used $1.2 million in defrauded investors’ money to buy luxury items for himself and wife, SEC says

Federal Securities And Exchange Commission files civil complaint against Cazenovia businessman

One week after Cazenovia businessman James P. Griffin was arrested by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and indicted on a $1.6 million scheme to defraud investors since 2009, he has also been charged by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding investors, many of them upstate New York residents, who purchased the companies’ securities and so-called “charitable gift annuities.” According to the SEC’s complaint filed in U.S. district court in Syracuse, the alleged scheme raised at least $8 million from 125 or more investors in shares and promissory notes issued by the companies over more than seven years, starting in 2007.

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Mad Cow 5K race coming this weekend

You ran the mountain with the goat, the lake in red, white and blue — now run in the country with the cows! The annual Mad Cow 5K Race will be held this Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Nelson town office building, located at 4085 Nelson Road. Sign-up will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m.

LDC thanks community for support


To the editor: On behalf of the Lorenzo Driving Competition board and show committee, I would like to thank the Cazenovia Community for supporting the 39th annual Lorenzo Driving Competition held on July 18 and 19 at the Lorenzo State Historic Site.

St. James to host dinner for fundraising cyclists

On Sunday, Aug. 2, a group of more than 80 cyclists and support crew will gather at St. James Church to enjoy dinner prior to a Monday departure on a 500-mile journey through the Finger Lakes en route to Pennsylvania in an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Nelson town board to consider changing two elected positions to appointed, make supervisor four-year term

The Nelson Town Board is considering making a change in the way three of its elected town positions are administered. The board is preparing to discuss at its next monthly meeting proposals to make both the town highway superintendent and town clerk positions appointed rather than elected, as well as to change the term of office for the town supervisor from two years to four years.

West Nile Virus found in mosquito pool in town of Sullivan

The Madison County Health Department announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) was found in a mosquito pool collected in the Town of Sullivan in Madison County on Moore Road. This mosquito pool was collected on July 22 and is the first positive WNV mosquito pool found in Madison County this year. Previously this season, two mosquito pools at the same site tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

State DMV sending misleading renewal notices

Despite state notices, you can process renewals, obtain driver abstracts, order a duplicate license or registration, along with the hundreds of other transactions that you have always been able to do in our Madison County Office in person or by mail. New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is now sending registration renewal notices to some customers stating “you may only renew by mail or online…” Customers receiving these notices believe they will be unable to renew their registrations in person. According to Denise Roe, Madison County Clerk, “that is false and misleading.”

Tourism rises in Madison County and Central New York

Following news of a study showing that travelers spent a record $62.5 billion in New York State last year, it was announced today that this same study shows traveler spending in the Central New York region rising 4.7 percent in 2014 to a total of $2.015 billion. “This is terrific news,” said Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism and Chair of the Central New York Vacation Region, which includes Broome, Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

Closing of Erieville church is a tragedy


To the editor and community: As is probably well known by now, at the end of June the Erieville United Methodist Church had to close its doors. We are all saddened and disheartened by this event. Though we pleaded to the end, the decision was not ours, but a forced closure (discontinuance) by the UNY Annual Conference.

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Wheeler to become new officer in charge of field history branch for Marine Corps History Division

Armed with a notebook, recording device and the standard issue Marine gear, Col. Kurt Wheeler recorded world history in real time on the field of combat. As a field historian with the Marine Corps History Division, Col. Wheeler, a reservist, gathers the Marine’s unvarnished perspective. In August, Wheeler, 48, will become the new officer in charge of the field history branch for the Marine Corps History Division. They investigate, record and document Marine Corps operational and institutional experience home and abroad.

Greene named director of communications and marketing at Cazenovia College

Timothy Greene has been appointed director of communications and marketing in the Division of Institutional Advancement at Cazenovia College.

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Historic marker dedicated at former Belmont Schoolhouse in Cazenovia

A distinctive blue and gold roadside historic marker was dedicated Sunday, July 26, at the former District No. 11, Belmont Schoolhouse on Juddville Road in the town of Cazenovia. The Belmont School served the community from before 1849 until 1941, when District No. 11 consolidated with the Cazenovia Central School System.

Cazenovia town board to hold special meeting

The Cazenovia Town Supervisor has called for a Special Meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 30.

Cazenovia Lions Club Thanks Contributors to Annual Fireworks Fund

The Cazenovia Lions Club would like to thank and acknowledge all of the contributors including the anonymous donors who made our 2015 fundraising drive a success. We especially want to thank those of you who have continued to support us throughout the years.

We will no longer patronize Cazenovia because of unfriendly, unwelcoming parking enforcement


To the editor: Our family of between 50 and 60 people has been traveling to Cazenovia for an every-other-year family reunion. We stay and spend in Cazenovia and the surrounding area for four to six days each time... Many of us received tickets for overnight parking outside the dormitory on Sullivan Street. We have paid those under protest.

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VIP parking for Caz Laker football up for grabs

Cazenovia Laker football draws fans from far and wide causing a run on prime parking at or near Buckley-Volo Field on fall game days. The Cazenovia Athletic Association (CAA) has a solution for avid spectators eager to attend the varsity team’s four home match-ups: CAA is coordinating a raffle of three exclusive VIP parking spaces located at the upper west parking lot, closest to the stadium. In addition, raffle winners will receive free game tickets for four, and fast track entrance and concession access.

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Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory celebrates 10-year anniversary with special photo exhibition

Originally located in Cazenovia, Kimberly’s Ice Cream Factory will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in Manlius on Aug. 13 by re-creating each of the photographs that hang in the store taken more than 10 years ago.

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Monson honored for WWII service by Congressman Hanna

Karl W. Monson, 97, of Cazenovia, was honored Monday, July 20, at a ceremony for World War II veterans that Congressman Richard Hanna hosted in Whitestown (Oneida County). Monson was recognized for his service with the U.S. Army.

EDITORIAL: Let’s all help build a new community playground

Every community needs a great public park and playground, and plans are underway to create one in Cazenovia in the Riverside Drive area behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The village board has been working for months on plans to redevelop the “Creekside” district, which would include a park and playground surrounded by nature trails, and their board meeting next Monday, Aug. 3, will include a public hearing to discuss the issue. What is just as exciting as creating a new park for our community, however, is the opportunity for all of us to contribute to the project.

Local and state police blotters

Cazenovia and New York State police blotters for the week of July 17 to 24

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