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Village celebrates Arbor Day, dedicates four new trees for Lakeland Park

More than 100 people gathered on a warm, sunny spring morning in Lakeland Park this past Saturday for the Cazenovia Tree Commission’s annual Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony. Members of the commission were present to explain the history and significance of Arbor Day as well as to talk about the future of Lakeland Park and its trees; the five middle school members of the Earth Club helped honor the day by reading the official Arbor Day proclamation and Burton Street Elementary School students sang the song “This Pretty Planet.”

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Project Café sponsors annual Earth Day village clean-up

More than one dozen members of Project Café, along with a few members of the Cazenovia community, spent an hour on Sunday, April 19, walking village streets picking up winter garbage.

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Madison County Tourism names Foothill Hops 2015 Champion of Tourism

Madison County Tourism, the county’s official tourism promotion agency, recently named Foothill Hops as the recipient of the 2015 Emily Marshall Champion of Tourism Award. The award was presented to Kate and Larry Fisher, owners and operators of Foothill Hops, during Madison County Tourism’s annual dinner on April 2 at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton.

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Madison County Farm Bureau donates funds to help local FFA kids attend state convention

Madison County Farm Bureau was pleased to donate over $3,600 to local FFA chapters to help defer the costs of attending the State FFA Convention in May at Morrisville State College. The recent donation was part of their commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by helping develop their potential for leadership and while preserving and protecting agriculture for future generations.

Governor Cuomo announces 59 percent growth in NY craft beer industry in one year

Impact on New York economy is $3.5 billion

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced the craft beer industry in New York State grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion. These results, according to a research report prepared for the New York State Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, are another example of the incredible growth the industry has been seeing.

Caz girls go 2-1, defeat J-D with comeback

Willard nets game-winner after tough loss to Westhill

One bad half threatened to undo all of the good work the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team was doing – but it showed plenty of character and heart recovering from that situation.

Cazenovia track sweeps CBA in opener

Nichols, Satchwell, Rowles among multiple winners

Though they had to wait an extra week to get going due to the lingering cold weather, each of Cazenovia’s track and field teams did not mind, given the results.

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The changing face of Cazenovia’s downtown business district

The nature of communities is that they are often in a constant state of flux. Businesses change and adapt, close and move, while new businesses come in to offer something different to the local market and hope their business model works. In Cazenovia during the past eight months, there has been a great deal of change to the local business community with shops closing or moving locations, and others coming in to take over the newly vacant store fronts. Whether such change is, or will be, positive or negative remains to be seen — but many local officials and business owners see potential in what is happening, although they also see a need to change and adapt to certain realities of the marketplace and the needs of customers.

George Brescia named speaker of Cazenovia College’s 42nd annual Student Fashion Show

George Brescia, the man behind George B Style, and a top-tier NYC-based stylist and image consultant, will be the speaker this year at the Cazenovia College 42nd Annual Fashion Show, “Fashion: The Fifth Element.”

Cazenovia College visual communications seniors to host design exhibition

The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall will host the 2015 Visual Communications Senior Exhibition, titled, “Strike Up the Brand.” The show runs from Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 24. An artist's reception is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

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Owera brings home five medals from Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Cazenovia’s sole winery, Owera Vineyards, added recently to its ever-growing list of awards and accolades by bringing home five medals from the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Caz lacrosse survives 3-OT battle with Westhill

Lakers win it on quick Lewis goal at end of third OT

True, 2.1 seconds isn't a lot of time - but it was more than enough for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team to put an end to one of the longest and most tense games in program history. In those 2.1 seconds, Derek White threaded a pass to Jake Lewis, who one-timed a shot past Westhill goalie Dan O'Connell, and gave the Lakers a 7-6 victory over the Warriors in Tuesday's draining battle between state-ranked powers.

Fenner town office building, stop signs vandalized

Four stops signs in the town of Fenner and the main entrance door into the Fenner town office building were vandalized with spray-painted swastika signs recently, an action that will cost town taxpayers around $400 to fix.

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Cazenovia district officials to allow silent reading for students who opt-out of state testing

The Cazenovia school district administration team has decided to change its policy for students who opt-out of grades 3 through 8 math, science and ELA state assessment tests this month. Instead of sitting at their desks for 90 minutes staring into space each day for the six days of the testing, students not taking the tests now will be allowed to read quietly at their desks.

Village board approves tentative 2015 budget, taxes to increase slightly

Also announces 6 percent increase in village water rates

The Cazenovia Village Board unanimously adopted its tentative 2015 budget last week and, although tax rates for the coming year will decrease, village assessments this year have increased after last year’s property revaluation, which means the average homeowner will see a slight rise in their taxes.

Girls lax Laakers handle LaFayette, Tully

Cazenovia recovers well from opening loss to General Brown

All of the struggles the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team faced in its season-opening loss to General Brown on March 28 were put to good use. A week of tough practice followed, and by the time the Lakers returned for last Tuesday’s game against LaFayette at Cazeonvia College’s Christakos Field, it was ready for prime time.

Cazenovia baseball opens at Myrtle Beach

Lakers take defeats before salvaging late-week victory

When the Cazenovia baseball team enters Onondaga High School League Liberty division play this week (weather permitting), it does so much more seasoned thanks to its week of games at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina during the school break.

Lacrosse Lakers split duels with Homer, J-D

Caz takes title-game rematch before OT loss to Red Rams

Whether the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team must beat Homer again to lay claim to another Section III Class C title, as it did in the Carrier Dome a season ago, it certainly knows the challenge it will face.

Transgenerational housing presentation coming to Cazenovia Public Library

Local resident James Pirkl, professor emeritus and past chairman of Syracuse University’s department of design, will present a two-part transgenerational housing series at the Cazenovia Public Library in April—“The Housing Challenge: Maintaining Independence” on April 16 and “The Transgenerational House: Answering the Challenge” on April 30.

Caz Rotary announces food drive and scrap metal drop off to benefit ‘Feed Our Vets’

The Cazenovia Rotary Club is partnering with “Feed Our Vets” of Utica from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, to sponsor a food drive and scrap metal drop off to benefit local Veterans in need.

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