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Local spinners and fiber artists to compete in state fair

The Cherry Valley Country Spinners and Fiber Artists of Cazenovia will be competing at the New York State Fair this year in the annual Sheep-to-Shawl contest. On Sunday, Aug. 31, five teams of five members each, all from New York state, will prepare, spin, ply and weave a whole sheep's fleece into a full length shawl in the space of four-and-a-half hours.

Village to hold public input session on proposed Creekside district redevelopment

The village will conduct a public input session as part of the planning process for the Creekside Planned Development District at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the village offices, located at 90 Albany St.

Cazenovia Central School Agriculture Advisory Committee to host meet and greet with new district administrators

The Cazenovia Central School Agriculture Advisory Committee invites the Cazenovia school district agriculture community to a meet and greet event with the new district administrators from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Lamplit Farm, 2489 Carey Hill Road, Fenner.

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Cazenovia again achieves high state test scores for 2014

Average math scores increase while ELA scores decrease for students in grades 3 through 8

The state education department Thursday released the results of the 2014 English Language Arts and math test scores for students in grades 3 to 8, and Cazenovia Central School District remained a high achieving district, scoring more than 20 percentage points above the state average in both subjects. While Cazenovia’s continued high scores is good news for the district, the results were a mixed bag, with math scores having improved by more than 7 percent, but ELA scores declined by nearly 5 percent.

Nelson town board works to improve alternate process for planning board, ZBA

The Nelson Town Board last week discussed how to improve the quality of its planning board and zoning board of appeals alternates by ensuring that candidates for the positions understand the requirements, education and dedication necessary to do the job.

Cazenovia HS announces fall sports schedule

Football Lakers open at home Sept. 6 against Camden

Cazenovia High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Thanks from Special Olympians for fundraiser help

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Thank you for the nice article you wrote about our “Cops on Tops” fundraiser for Special Olympics. I want to thank the police officers for taking time to help us.

Horrified by clear cutting of trees on East Lake Road

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: I drive up and down East Lake Road quite frequently and last week was horrified upon seeing the ruthless clear cutting of dozens of mature trees along the winery frontage.

Cazenovia town board continues public hearings on noise ordinance, special event permit

Board approves new law on permitted uses in New Woodstock hamlet

In a relatively quiet, quick and straightforward meeting last week, the Cazenovia Town Board held four public hearings, scheduled four more and attended to other basic business. The board continued for the third time each public hearings on the proposed noise ordinance and special events permit laws that have been under consideration since May. The proposed laws would prevent and control excessive noise and establish procedures and requirements to hold special events throughout the town.

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Boys aged 8, 11 rescue man who fell into DeRuyter Lake

“You are our heroes,” man says in thank you note

An 8-year-old New Woodstock boy and his 11-year-old cousin on vacation at DeRuyter Lake acted quickly and decisively last week when they rescued a middle-aged man who fell out of his boat about 100 yards from shore and was wearing an unsecured life vest.

Final version of proposed Western Gateway zoning law now online

Village board may vote on law at Sept. 2 meeting

Three months, five public hearings and vast amounts of public comment after the introduction of the proposed Western Gateway zoning district law, village officials have posted online the fifth and final version of the proposed legislation. The village board intends to continue receiving public input on the proposal until its next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at which time it will officially close the public hearing and could possibly vote on the law.

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Local five-year-old offers lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer this Saturday

Five-year-old Morrisville resident Jeremiah Rutkowski was in the grocery store recently when he saw a little girl with no hair. Wondering why she decided to be hairless, he asked his mother, Brandy Rutkowski, about it. Brandy explained that the girl probably had cancer and that the medicine she has to take for the cancer makes her body weak and her hair fall out. When Jeremiah heard this, he wanted to help. The Rutkowskis decided to open a lemonade stand at their house on Route 20 in Morrisville this Saturday, Aug 16, in hopes that people who go to the Madison Bouckville Antique Show will stop by for a cup of lemonade and a snack of zucchini bread and/or lemon cupcake, and help Jeremiah in his quest to raise $300 for childhood cancer research.

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Beezie Madden Named to the United States Show Jumping Team to compete at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Cazenovia equestrienne Beezie Madden has been named a member of the United States Equestrian Team that will compete under the stars and stripes for the United States at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Madden will join her teammates with her choice of horses, Simon or Cortes ‘C’, both owned by Abigail Wexner.

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Babe Ruth Team Wins Tri-Valley Championship

The Cazenovia Babe Ruth East Team won the Tri-Valley Babe Ruth Championship Game on Aug. 1 at Vet’s Field against a team from Vernon-Verona-Sherrill by a score of 5-0. Matt Regan pitched a shut-out, aided by a great throw in the first inning by Cole Wilson to emergency catcher Kevin Stalder who made a diving tag on a VVS runner preventing the visiting team from getting an early lead and momentum.

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Post 88 honors World War II veterans

On Monday evening, Aug. 11, Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 held an informal picnic at the Post home to honor the area’s remaining veterans of World War II.

CCH to celebrate opening of new Windy Willow Playscape

Cazenovia Children's House will hold a celebration to mark the completion of the Windy Willow Playscape at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2757 Route 20 East in Cazenovia. This marks the finish of a three-year initiative to transform the playground for preschoolers and school age children into an outdoor classroom.

Skanda Equine to host ‘Goat Daze’ this weekend

Skanda Equine will hold its Goat Daze fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at its farm at 4000 Mosley Road in Cazenovia. Activities will include running with the goats, an elf and troll house building workshop, a fishing derby for kids, a bouncy house, live music, face painting, a goat mask station and lots of animals to love.

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Cazenovia wine continues to receive accolades

Owera wins three medals at state fair, Wine Spectator magazine recognizes local restaurants

Wine producers and wine purveyors in Cazenovia have a history of receiving recognition and awards for their high quality products — and the trend shows no signs of stopping. In recent weeks, Cazenovia’s only winery received three medals at the 2014 New York State Fair and two village restaurants were recognized by Wine Spectator magazine for the quality of their wine lists.

Moonlight Medley: Music and Movie at Lorenzo on August 14

The Friends of Lorenzo and the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a free night of entertainment on the front lawn of Lorenzo on Thursday, Aug. 14. So grab your lawn chairs and blankets, and plan to spend a nostalgic summer evening at the home of Cazenovia’s founder.

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

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