Friday, December 30
In sports, like life, people mess up, so why act surprised?
Lazy thing for a writer to do at the end of the year – list all the big events that happened, offer some pithy commentary, then proceed to 2012, hands washed of the dirt of 2011. More instructive, though, would be to take what happened and gleam some sort of lesson from it, and that’s what we’ll do here.
There's a new theatre company in town.
A portion of State Route 92, just west of West Lake Road in Cazenovia, was closed for about one hour on Dec. 28, after two cars were involved in a collision at approximately 3:54 p.m.
The Cazenovia Lions Club is one of the area’s leading service organizations, whose strength is derived from the membership of men and women dedicated to community service.
Sherman hikes more than 2,000 miles in less than five months
Earlier this year, Chris Sherman laced up his hiking boots and set off on a 2,181-mile, five-month camping trip along the historic Appalachian Trail.
Letter to the editor
The banner that the Cazenovia High School varsity ice hockey team was awarded for winning last year’s state championship, will be raised on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Morrisville Iceplex.
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The holiday season is generally thought to be the giving season, and the Humane Association of CNY has been the recipient of a number of furry “gifts” left during the night.
Thursday, December 29
Aside from a few dustings, Onondaga County has been virtually snow-free this season, a far cry from last winter when 179 inches fell, about a foot short of the record 192.1 that accumulated in 1992-93.
Nourse named top wrestler for Lakers
Cazenovia’s wrestling team would work hard during the holiday break, spending Tuesday and Wednesday at Central Square facing eight different opponents during the Brett Dixon Memorial Duals.
Wednesday, December 28
Residents of New York can receive 10 flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.
Tuesday, December 27
Baldwin, Bregou families unveil CMB Fund vehicle
With a small gathering of family and friends, the Baldwin and Bregou families unveiled a Jeep Laredo donned with the “Fight Like a Girl” logo to spread awareness for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc.
At the 34th annual Christmas Walk on Dec. 2, the village of Cazenovia announced its Community Survey initiative.
On Monday, Dec. 19, Rural/Metro Medical Services of Central New York announced that Butch Hoffman, a NREMT-paramedic and special operations supervisor from Cazenovia has been selected to serve as the chair of the Safety Committee for the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council.
Saturday, December 24
Burton Street uses new technology, becomes environmentally friendly
Even though blue and gold are the official colors of the Cazenovia Central School District, Burton Street Elementary has been slowly turning green.
The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They have been printed as-is. This is the third and final installment, so we at the Cazenovia Republican hope each of the students receive what they were wishing for and have a happy holiday.
At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Cazenovia Board of Education, District Transportation Supervisor Karen Cowherd presented board members with 2010-11 use statistics, outlined the new emission-reducing Espar engine-heating systems 21 buses will utilize this winter and proposed the acquisition of four new buses and a Chevrolet Suburban.
Don and Kathy Barone recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., with their 145-pound three-year-old Great Dane, Izzy, and returned to Cazenovia with two first-place awards from the 2011 American Kennel Club Eukanuba National Championship.
The Cazenovia Public Library will debut a new activity, “Unplug and Play,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 30 in the Community Room.
Mohawk Valley GIS, creators of the NYSnowmobileWebMap.com interactive trail map and trip planner website, has just released a trail app for Android smart phone users.
Friday, December 23
'Dragon Tattoo' film maintains book's character
Long ago, the drumbeat started. It was faint at first, but over weeks and months it gradually built, and by December it turned loud and unavoidable.
Thursday, December 22
Not everyone wrote letters to Santa this year. Nancy and Joan Stoker, of 23 Farnham St., wrote a letter to the "Grinch" who stole a piece of their Christmas spirit.
Throughout the year, The Friends of Lorenzo support numerous preservation and educational activities at Lorenzo State Historic Site with a host of creative and energetic fundraisers.
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When a respected funeral director is accused of sexual assault on young girls in the community, we need to have an open discussion.
Letter to the editor
We want to thank the people of Cazenovia, as well as all the town boards for all their help and support over the past several months.
Letter to the editor
Community Resources for Independent Seniors would like to sincerely thank the over 40 volunteers in the community who have driven for CRIS-CAT (Community Area Transportation) over this past year.
Cazenovia Community Preschool, Inc. has recently begun to plan for the incoming class of students for the 2012-13 school year.
For many in the community, the medical equipment loan program at Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps plays a vital role when the need arises.
Three pins are earned in 21 seconds or less
Cazenovia’s wrestling team took a large step toward the front of the OHSL Liberty division standings when it went to Skaneateles Wednesday night and dominated the annual battle of Laker teams, winning by a score of 62-18.
Wednesday, December 21
Biviano claims high jump, 55 hurdles for victorious Lakers
Make it two consecutive victories for the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team in Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meets. In the second of the contests, held Tuesday at Colgate University’s Samford Field House, the Lakers again finished on top, its 90 points well clear of runner-up Clinton (65 points) and the rest of the nine-team field.
Hourigan's triple-double overcomes Kleine's 24 points
Part of the reason for the Cazenovia girls basketball team’s rough start, as defending Section III Class B champions, is that it has faced a long list of high-quality opponents – including Jordan-Elbridge.
Late surge negates 52 saves from Maroons goalie
By the time it neared the holiday break, the Cazenovia ice hockey was enjoying the familiar – and happy – sensation of a win streak. A key in that process was Tuesday’s game against Auburn at the Morrisville State IcePlex, which was in doubt before a clutch play in the third period turned it in the Lakers’ favor and led to a 3-1 win over the Maroons.
Tuesday, December 20
Cazenovia resident Scott Griffin was recently awarded a 50-inch LG Plasma Television by the Cazenovia Lions Club. Griffin was the winner selected from the local Lions Club’s TV Raffle.
The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council recently received $103.7 million of in-state economic development funds for 74 projects in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties.
A “Book to Film Club” is one of the enriching new programs planned for the upcoming year for the Cazenovia Public Library at 100 Albany St.
Students volunteer for Salvation Army, collect community donations
As holiday light displays add to the festive sights around town, the spirit of the season can also be heard ringing from volunteers standing in front of the familiar Red Kettle.
Monday, December 19
Councilors unanimously approved the commencement of the application process for the 2012 chemical treatment of Cazenovia Lake, at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board.
Varsity squad donates time to CazCares, serves up dinner for community
This holiday season, the Cazenovia varsity boys basket ball team has been doing more than just practicing their layups and free throws - they have been busy helping out local organizations and fundraising for the community basketball program.
The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They have been printed as-is.
When he first started, Tom Armstrong bottled his homemade barbecue sauce in wine bottles and sold it out of his car trunk. Now, 14 years later, Tom’s Bootleg BBQ Sauce is sold in stores across Central New York, used in multiple restaurants and recently was named one of the best barbecue sauces for chicken by the National Barbecue News.
Sunday, December 18
Lakers rebound with home win over New Hartford
Instead of the constant winning drumbeat enjoyed a season ago en route to a state championship, the Cazenovia ice hockey team is still searching for consistency in a tough early slate.
Saturday, December 17
Caz holds off Clinton, earn 80 points for top spot
All through the 2011-12 indoor track and field season, Cazenovia will compete in Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association events at Colgate University's Sanford Field House. In the first of those MVITA meets Friday night, the girls Lakers finished on top, earning 80 points to fend off Clinton, who was second with 69 points.
Friday, December 16
It was my choice to see “The Sitter.” I chose poorly.
At the Dec. 5 Cazenovia Village Board Meeting, Deputy Mayor Amy Mann accepted a check for $550 from National Grid and updated citizens on the progress for the village’s application to become a “Tree City USA.”
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a provision in the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act, prohibiting disposal of most rechargeable batteries as a solid waste in the state, started Dec. 5.
Defending Class B champs have 1-4 record
Even with a new coach and mostly new personnel on the floor, the Cazenovia girls basketball team, as the defending Section III Class B champions, is getting every opponent’s best shot.
Thursday, December 15
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park recently announced that unique pieces by Betty Munro and Rodger Mack will be available for purchase during this holiday season.
As residents of Cazenovia plan their year-end charitable giving, Project CAFE hopes they’ll keep them near the top of their lists.
Community Resources for Independent Seniors recently applied for, and received, a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to develop a senior resource directory for the Cazenovia, Nelson and Fenner areas.
From 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, the Cazenovia boys basketball teams will serve dinner to community residents and athletic supporters at Dave’s Diner.
Without moving, I travel the universe searching for an eternal passageway, a landmark to the infinite, the razor’s edge. Perhaps it’s just a concoction, this portal to enlightenment, to be there and here at the same time, but this quest for the holy has become my holy quest.
A respected Cazenovian businessman and a long-time Syracuse basketball coach are each accused of separate crimes involving sexual abuse – terrible acts that are difficult to mention in a community newspaper, let alone contemplate.
Wednesday, December 14
The holiday season has arrived once again, and that means lots of giving. Jessica Amidon, owner of Caz Cans regularly collects bottle and can donations for CazCares throughout the year, rasiing an average of about $400 annually.
Hunt Real Estate is proud to announce a new realtor team working in Cazenovia, Manlius, Chittenango and the surrounding areas.
Letter to the editor
Friday nights in Cazenovia have gotten a little more interesting for high school students, thanks to the support of so many families, local businesses and community groups.
Letter to the editor
The annual fund drive for the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson has begun with a goal of raising $40,000.
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The Board of Directors of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park would like to wish you a joyous holiday season, and to express our appreciation those who have responded to our Annual Fund letter with generous contributions.
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We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Brian Tait, of Tait Funeral Home, for the heartfelt way he handled everything at the time of Anne Giddings’ death.
CORE Federal Credit Union in Morrisville recently donated $1,000 to local food pantries, splitting funds between CazCares and Community Action Partnership’s food pantry programs.
William Burns Driscoll and Carolyn Knighton Brandi were recently married on Sept. 4, in Skytop, Penn.
Lakers' win streak broken in loss to Ludden
Even before 2011 would end, the Cazenovia boys basketball team had a chance to really announce its presence as an OHSL Liberty division and Section III Class B title contender. Step one in that process was taken last Tuesday night, at Skaneateles, where a tense battle of Laker teams spilled into overtime before Cazenovia pulled out a 57-55 victory to move to 4-0 on the season.
Tuesday, December 13
SU basketball took different path to no. 1 ranking
So it came to pass that, 12 days before Yuletide, an early gift appeared under the tree of Syracuse University basketball fans that did not involve birds, gold, maids, dancers, lords, pipers or drummers.
Toggenburg Junior Race Association’s Gatebuster 2011-12 season opens with a three-day camp Dec. 27 through 29 at Toggenburg Mountain, in Fabius. The camp is designed for skiers ages 5 to 8 and focuses on fun, foundational ski skills, and a basic introduction to ski racing.
Monday, December 12
The Drug Quiz Show is struggling for funds and the community can help. Saving the program is a personal appeal from at least three of our staff members who participated through two different schools in the early 2000s.
Drug Quiz Show, formerly sponsored by Eckerd and Rite-Aid, is seeking a new sponsor to save the program. The show, brought to the students in middle-schools across the state, is a buzzer-style competition among students. The questions range from the technical aspects of hallucinogens, depressants and alcohol to social topics including decision-making, conflict-resolution and self-esteem.
The following letters to Santa were submitted by second-grade students at Burton Street Elementary School. They are being run as-is.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp Program offers one-week adventures in conservation education for students, ages 11 to 13, at four locations in New York state, including camps in the Adirondacks, Catskills and Genesee River Valley.
Cazenovia Junior Girl Scout Troop 111 planned a community service project for each month of this past year.
During the Dec. 5 Cazenovia Village Board Meeting, trustees unanimously approved a resolution naming Sphere Development, LLC., as the lead agency for development of the Riverside Drive project.
Travellers look to combine faith and service for an ecumenical experience
Dec. 26 to 31, Cazenovia teens and parents from Eastern Hills Bible Church and St. James Catholic Church will travel to Haiti sharing faith and providing service to St. Ives Catholic Church in northern Haiti.
The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the Advent Season by lighting the angel candle, the fourth candle on the Advent wreath, during the morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18.
Sunday, December 11
A 17-year-old from Cazenovia was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, operating out of class, illegal turn signal and two junior driver violations.
Downstate, where I grew up, they called it “protection.” It went beyond the police department or the government; it was more personal. Basically, the bullies in the neighborhood would ensure my safety for a fee.
Missed Black Friday? Too full of turkey? Too tired? Too sane? Not to worry. The best is yet to come.
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The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson has launched the Neighbors Helping Neighbors 2011 campaign drive.
The teachers at Burton Street Elementary School are not only educating students in reading, writing and arithmetic; they are also teaching the children how to be good people.
Saturday, December 10
On Sunday, Nov. 20, the 2011 Cazenovia junior varsity girls soccer team assembled together one last time to celebrate their season, and honor their teammates’ achievements.
Big second-period surge enough for 3-2 win
Whatever concerns that arose when the Cazenovia ice hockey team lost its Nov. 30 season opener to CBA/J-D have quickly been cast aside. The Lakers are meeting its own high expectations and gliding into the Division II race again, as evidenced by Friday night's 3-2 victory over Oswego in the home opener at the Morrisville State College IcePlex.
Friday, December 9
Carousel Center has been named one of the top malls in the nation by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
The owner of Tait Funeral Home pleaded not guilty to forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child on Friday, Dec. 9.
Thursday, December 8
There is no better way to describe the Muppets – or “The Muppets,” the movie – than sweet, charming and very funny.
The Grace Bible House Church has recently moved to their permanent location in Fayetteville.
Lakers also claimed Sherburne-Earlville Tournament title
So far at least, the Cazenovia boys basketball team has found nothing but success. Fresh off winning the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament on Dec. 2-3, the Lakers entered OHSL Liberty division play Tuesday night, going to Solvay and taking over in the second half to beat the Bearcats 52-34.
Blanding wins showdown with Finocchario in 5-3 decision
Both individual and collective narratives were found for the Chittenango wrestling team in last Wednesday night’s 57-24 defeat to Canastota.
Wednesday, December 7
Families with high school or college students are invited to join Paul Celuch, co-founder of College Assistance Plus, for a stimulating workshop entitled “Get a Degree…Not Debt,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Community Room of Cazenovia Public Library.
The Drug Quiz Show is an interactive drug prevention program for middle school students with a 26-year history of providing essential information and life skills to Central New York youth.
National Grid awards $550 to village board, tree commission
Following the removal and replanting of 11 trees under power lines along Lincklaen Street this past spring, National Grid recently presented the village of Cazenovia with $550.
Football, religion at heart of debate surrounding Broncos star
Okay, it sounds straightforward enough. The Denver Broncos were once 1-4, boring and irrelevant. Then it turned things around, winning six of seven to give itself a shot at the AFC West title in the closing stretch.
Tuesday, December 6
Defense forces long Bearcat drought in 39-22 decision
While the personnel and leadership on the bench may have changed, the Cazenovia girls basketball team still understands what its winning formula contains. Mostly, that involves lots of effective defense, which was on display Tuesday night during the Lakers' 39-22 victory over Solvay at refurbished Buckley Gym.
The Lincklaen Shamrocks 4-H group has been very active in the past two months doing arts and crafts, cooking and community service.
Following a month-long, area-wide contest to find a new company slogan, Cazenovia Jewelry recently chose a victor, and the winning catchphrase.
‘Jobs Express’ visited 200,000 times in first weeks
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that “Jobs Express,” the state’s new website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment, now lists 52,000 job openings and has introduced improved search tools.
While the 4-year-old students at Cazenovia Children’s House are relatively new to this planet, they have already learned a great deal about prehistoric species that once inhabited it.
Lakers sweep home meet, go 4-1 at M-E Duals
By the time the Cazenovia wrestling team makes its way to Marcellus for Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty division opener, it has a fair amount of confidence generated by the way it performed in its first two outings of the season.
The Cazenovia College Chorale and Cazenovia College Singers recently performed "Amahl and the Night Visitors," along with other seasonal pieces on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Chittenango Presbyterian Church.
Monday, December 5
Madison County chair says state tax cap is ‘unsustainable’
For the 2012 budget year, New York state has ordered counties to do more with less. Counties have seen an increase in responsibility for mandate funding, despite a limit on increasing taxes.
Although the snow was sparse, holiday cheer was plentiful at the 34th Annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk and Village Tree Lighting, Dec. 2. More than 1,000 residents from Cazenovia and the surrounding area gathered downtown for caroling and the ceremonial lighting of the village tree, a Norway Spruce on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church.
Saturday, December 3
Chittenango holds off Oneida 30-28 in season opener
Having claimed two of the last three Section III Class B championships, the Cazenovia girls basketball team know that, in 2011-12, it would not be as easy. From a 21-2 side that went all the way to the state final four in Troy last March, the Lakers saw four starters depart – Ashley Stec, Raeanne Clabeaux, Ellen Burr and Taylor Malmsheimer.
Bears beaten by Cortland, Mexico
Without wasting any time, the Chittenango girls volleyball team leapt into its 2011-12 season with a long battle at Cortland last Tuesday night. And while the Bears lost in five sets to the Purple Tigers, it gave early notice that it could improve upon last season’s 9-11 mark.
Friday, December 2
From Dec. 3, 2011 to Jan. 28, 2012, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy unique and varied artworks exhibited by the MAD Art Group.
Cazenovia Community Preschool’s “Cut Your Own Christmas Tree” sale is a great way to start the holiday season.
From the Cazenovia Garden Club
This time of year, the Cazenovia Garden Club members are gathering greens for all of our projects. We need to fill village store front window boxes for the holidays and assemble centerpieces and baskets for the sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Community Room at the Cazenovia Public Library.
My dream is to be an Olympic athlete in Tae Kwon Do. I remember watching the summer Olympics on television when I was 7-years-old. I was in awe of all the athletes and the gold medals hanging around their necks.
Black Friday, that carnival of capitalism, has come and gone. The day after Thanksgiving is when retailers across the country lure shoppers out of bed by opening their doors at dawn and offering deep discounts.
The phrase “silent majority” fits well as a euphemism for the dead.
Thursday, December 1
For more than three decades, the festive tradition of “Christmas at Lorenzo” has been delighting visitors of all ages to the 1807 estate and home of Cazenovia’s founder, John Lincklaen.
Students design “Shoe Tree” for city festival
Cazenovia College’s Fashion Connection Club says, “We Wish Shoe a Merry Christmas,” with a small holiday tree decorated with hand-made shoe ornaments.
Edlestein to play Witch Winter White in ‘Rudolph’
A Central New York holiday tradition, “The Adventures of Rudolph” live stage show, is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year.
The teachers of the Cazenovia Central School District all deserve a pat on the back.
If it were not so blessedly charming, “The Descendants” would be rackingly heartbreaking.
On Nov. 30, New York State Police in Morrisville investigated a two-vehicle, head-on collision which occurred on Constine Bridge Road in the town of Cazenovia.