Zoning board hears further arguments in Owera codes enforcement appeal, says decision will come in August
After listening to an hour of legal arguments and public comments concerning Owera Vineyards’ appeal of code enforcement decisions regarding winery operations, the town Zoning Board of Appeals Monday closed its public hearing on the issue and declared it would make a decision in the case by its August meeting.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: On July 5 and 6, CAVAC (Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps) held its annual Cazenovia Arts and Crafts Fair at Lorenzo State Historic Site. There were more than 100 craft and food vendors who participated in CAVAC’s only fundraising event of the year. We had a record high of more than 10,000 visitors who attended the event over the weekend. The huge success of the event can be attributed to the efforts of many people and organizations throughout the community.
Annual Franklin Car Parade to be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3
When the 61st Annual Franklin Trek makes its visit to Cazenovia, Aug. 2 to 9, the classic automobile owners won’t only be bringing nostalgia and history to the village community, but also non-perishable goods to be donated to the local food pantry, CazCares. More than 200 Franklin cars will be on display during the week-long visit to Cazenovia and Central New York. The highlight of the week is the Franklin Car Parade, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Connor joins Sean at Denver, leaving Maryland behind
At least for one year, Sean and Connor Cannizzaro, two of the greatest players in Cazenovia lacrosse history, will get to play on the same field again.
EEE found mosquito pool in town of Sullivan
The Madison County Health Department announced today the county’s first positive Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) mosquito pool this season, collected July 21 at a trap site on Moore Road in the town of Sullivan. The test results from the State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories were reported to the Madison County Health Department late yesterday afternoon.
Ladder trucks from Cazenovia and DeWitt fire departments were poised in front of the Cazenovia Fire House on Monday, July 28, a U.S. flag suspended between the two extended ladders, as firefighters from Cazenovia, DeWitt, and numerous other local, regional and state fire and emergency services organizations said goodbye to their colleague, John Haley.
Last week, local youths and seniors teamed up to build bluebird nesting boxes to be placed on the Fairchild Hill nature trail, in an attempt to bring more bluebirds to Cazenovia. The project — a coordination between Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation — will not only help attract more wildlife to Cazenovia, but the activity offered an opportunity for some inter-generational teamwork.
The Cazenovia Children's House Board of Directors elected two new volunteers to serve on the board and the full slate of officers and board members for 2014-15.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: This Sunday will mark my final shift as a waitress at the Brewster Inn. After graduating college in May, I have been fortunate enough to land a job in my field of study—however I did not expect it to feel so bittersweet.
Howie Hawkins is hoping to change the political landscape of New York state. “If you do public polling, the majority is very progressive on economic issues, but they never get what they want,” Hawkins said. “A study just came out, the oligarchy study, looked at 1,799 federal issues. They went to the top 10 percent. Any time [the top 10 percent] wanted one thing and the 90 percent wanted the other, of course, they got their way on every issue there was conflict. This goes back to 1979. That tells you. They say, is this a democracy or a plutocracy or an oligarchy? And I think it is [an oligarchy] until we organize a party that can speak for the majority of the people. That’s been the thing that I think we need to do, what we’re trying to do.” That’s why Hawkins is running for governor, taking on the Democratic political establishment and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
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.