Tuesday, January 31
There are few bonds stronger than that of a boy and his dog. When Jonathan Peter English, an 11-year-old Boy Scout in Cazenovia, noticed his 16-year old Italian Greyhound “Juliet” was unable to walk properly because of poor eyesight and stability, he immediately began to think of ways to help.
Cazenovia College’s art gallery at Reisman Hall saw the opening reception to the Sabbatical Returns Exhibition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.
A collection of works by multitalented and storied artist Tom Whitmarsh will be on display Feb. 4 through 29 at the New Woodstock Free Library.
Master and Scholastic members of the Cazenovia Rowing Club will be conducting a Learn to Row clinic from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Auxilliary Gym at the Cazenovia High School.
I read with some interest the article in the Jan. 25 Cazenovia Republican entitled “Benjamin Brewster: Friend of Rockefeller, owner of present-day Brewster Inn.”
At the Jan. 23 meeting of the Cazenovia Board of Education, members discussed their 16 newly defined goals and approved the budget calendar for 2012-13 school year.
Cazenovia Community Preschool is now accepting applications for enrollment in all programs. In order to give area residents an opportunity to learn more about CCP programs, the organization is hosting a Winterfest Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 in CCP, at the corner of Lincklaen and Nickerson streets in Cazenovia.
Giants-Patriots quite similar to Super Bowl four years ago
Sequels, the cliché goes, are never like the original. Whether at the movies or in the world of sports, we let our happy and pure memories of the first chapter color our feelings about any chapter (or chapters) that may follow.
Caz senior has best overall efforts in 55 hurdles, long jump
Led again by senior Paige Biviano, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team added to the collection by going to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena and claiming first place in Monday’s OHSL Liberty division championship meet. Overall, Cazenovia earned 151 points and outlasted another Laker squad from Skaneateles, who finished second with 101 points. Homer, with 49 points, was well back in third place.
Monday, January 30
The relationship between veterans and dogs is being fostered at Clear Path for Veterans, a non-profit organization that aims to help veterans returning from war re-acclimate to American life. It provides Dogs2Vets, among other programs, to help re-acclimate and reintegrate veterans into their daily lives after returning to the States.
Over the last decade, administrators at Cazenovia Central School District have watched fewer students graduate as seniors and even fewer register as kindergartners.
Board moves toward continuing Eurasian Milfoil management with herbicide, Renovate
With the invasive plant Eurasian Milfoil still present in Cazenovia Lake, officials are planning another herbicide treatment this June.
Sunday, January 29
Lakers put five in finals; Petroff takes 120-pound title
As the newly-minted Onondaga High School League Liberty division regular-season champions, the Cazenovia wrestling team now hit the post-season circuit, which would consume three consecutive weekends. It all began with Saturday’s OHSL Liberty/Patriot tournament, where the Lakers repeated its regular-season glory, earning 195 points to beat 11 other opponents as Hannibal (178.5 points) and Port Byron (157 points) rounded out the top three.
Lakers' Marshall earns six points in 7-3 win
A full week of rest, practice and recuperation was just what the Cazenovia ice hockey team needed as the homestretch, and the Section III Division II playoffs, loom close. The Lakers all but sealed its return to the post-season when play resumed Saturday, at New Hartford, as Cazenovia’s offense gradually took over in a 7-3 victory over the Spartans.
Saturday, January 28
Event times and locations subject to change. Dates will soon be finalized and posted.
Albany Street restaurant becomes community sports bar
When the familiar Cazenovia eatery The Golden Pheasant closed its doors for renovations on Monday, Jan. 16, owner Peter Kuzawski wasn’t planning on reopening the same restaurant.
Jimmy Golub, of Peth Road in Cazenovia, recently accepted a position as a sales representative for CNY Solar.
Cazenovia Community Preschool, Inc. will hold its annual Winterfest “Snowball” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Brae Loch in Cazenovia.
Highland Forest in Fabius will once again be the setting for area snowshoe racers to gather on Feb 12.
Lakers beat RFA in invitational at Colgate
Back in a familiar setting, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team knocked off eight opponents to win the Independents Invitational Friday night at Colgate University's Sanford Field House. The Lakers, who had not competed since its win at the Bob Grieve Invitational on Jan. 16, shook off the 12 days of rest and, with 148.66 points, soared to the top as Rome Free Academy (94.33 points) took second place in the meet held alongside the Center State Conference Championships, won by West Canada Valley.
Friday, January 27
Defense helps Lakers in comeback; Whiteman 3-pointer forces extra period
Even at 10-3, with twice its win total from a season ago, the Cazenovia boys basketball team still lacked the pressure-filled, attention-grabbing victory that could leap them into contender status. That changed, though, on Friday night, when the Lakers, down by eight to two-time defending Section III Class B champion Westhill late in regulation, came back and forced overtime, and went on to top the Warriors 48-46.
OCC victory fuels winning streak
Undefeated though six Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Invitationals to start the season, the Cazenovia indoor track girls were pleased with their start, but couldn’t help but wonder how they would fare in the larger, more competitive meets of the CNY Indoor Track Association held at the new SRC Arena at OCC.
Defeats hurt Lakers' hopes of making Class B sectionals
A simple, yet difficult assignment faced the Cazenovia girls basketball team, as it still needed two more victories to secure a Section III Class B playoff berth.
Thursday, January 26
The Cazenovia sixth-grade boys basketball team won four straight games to win the Eighth Annual Patrick Fetterman Basketball Tournament on Jan. 15 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.
Redhouse Arts Center recently announced they will present award-winning actor Steve Hayes in his one-man comedic play, “Steve Hayes’ Hollywood Reunion,” at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 through 11 in Redhouse’s location at 201 S. West St. in Syracuse.
A new year rings in with excitement at the Cazenovia Public Library as we look forward to all of the events and programs planned for 2012.
Can you sing, dance, act, play music, or do you have a special talent? Do you like performing in front of an audience and hearing the cheers of adoring fans? Are you hoping to be discovered and someday be a star? If so, we need your participation in this year’s Winter Festival Talent Show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.
Please extend our heartfelt thanks to my neighbors in Cazenovia for including the American Red Cross in their 2011 charitable giving.
The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment released new district maps for all 213 legislative seats Thursday afternoon, creating a new seat in the state senate, eliminating a seat in the assembly and shifting district lines across the state.
Wednesday, January 25
Goris, Donovan, Baldwin, Gates declare college lacrosse intentions
On Thursday, Jan. 12, four Cazenovia High School students declared their intentions to play lacrosse at the college level.
Mild winter weather costs less for municipalities
Although it took longer than expected, winter weather officially arrived in Cazenovia on Friday, Jan. 13, with snow, cold temperatures and the school district’s first snow day.
I awoke last night with a scream and the sweats. I tried to face my fears and recollect my nightmare, to no avail.
Monday, January 23
Cazenovia’s first winery awarded grant, plans for expansion
Although the winter season isn’t conducive for cultivating grapes, Owera Vineyards is growing.
Throughout recent weeks, students and faculty from Cazenovia High School have come together in support of local resident Diane Tedesco, as she battles Leukemia.
From 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday, Calixto Suarez, a retired engineer with extensive computer knowledge, will provide free computer tutoring at the Cazenovia Public Library.
On Jan. 6, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the recipient of $57,000 from the fourth-round of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
Saturday, January 21
Cuomo’s budget proposal brings ups, downs for CNY, Cazenovia
Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a $132.5 billion budget on Tuesday, Jan. 17, earning praise from some and derision from others.
Friday, January 20
Perspective families, current families and the community are invited to an open house for the Cazenovia Children’s House preschool programs, located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
From the editor
This past week, I was able to sit down with the staff of the newly formed East-Wellington Times.
Lakers stay in good position for playoff berth
Lodged in third place in Division II, the Cazenovia ice hockey team’s only real chance to move up the top of the standings came when it faced the first and second-place teams in the league in consecutive games – and against them, it could only manage a single point.
Lakers battle past Marcellus, Solvay; girls earn split
With a chance to reach double digits in the win column and clinch a winning record for 2011-12, the Cazenovia boys basketball team did not squander that opportunity.
Thursday, January 19
Lakers assume OHSL Liberty lead with 49-24 romp
Now the Cazenovia wrestling team is exactly where it wants to be - atop the Onondaga High School League Liberty division. In Wednesday night's first-place showdown with Hannibal, the visiting Lakers won six of seven matches in the higher weight classes, five of them pins, accounting for most of the points in a 49-24 win over the Warriors.
The public is invited to participate in “Great Decisions 2012”, a discussion group about U.S. foreign policy, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, , starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Library Reference Room at the Cazenovia Public Library.
Schools and Scholars
Kiley A. Barr, of Cazenovia, a senior working toward a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual communications. Megan E. Kim, of Cazenovia, a sophomore working toward a bachelor of professional studies degree in management specializing in fashion merchandising.
I’ll cut right to it. Meryl Streep is phenomenal; she is remarkable as “The Iron Lady,” the biographical story of Dame Margaret Thatcher.
“Appalling.” That’s how Town Historian Sara Chevako characterizes developer David Muraco’s proposal to demolish the historic farmhouse on the Enders property.
The old Chinese proverb goes like this: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” My daughter got an A in every subject for the marking period and I yelled at her. Why? Because I didn’t even know.
Publication looks forward to featuring more successes of women in CNY
Readers and fans of Central New York’s first women’s magazine gathered to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Syracuse Woman Magazine, a publication of Eagle Newspapers, on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Café at 407 in Liverpool.
Great music can be found far from the realm of TV singing contests
For millions of viewers, this Wednesday and Thursday night was a second Christmas. Their most-anticipated present, a new season of ‘American Idol”, rolled out.
Wednesday, January 18
I would like to recommend for our community that the post office install a new drive-up mail box that we can have access to without getting out of our vehicles.
Your recent mailbag headline, “County conservative chair wary of Tea Party members and political ideals,” grossly misleads the reader as to the true meaning of Chairman Chris Kendall’s satirical letter.
There are a number of reasons why the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Board of Directors opposes this application.
Along with his duties as Cazenovia Town Supervisor, Ralph Monforte also has numerous responsibilities at the county level.
An enthusiastic group of six young journalists, ranging in age from 8 to 11, recently started a new monthly-publication in Cazenovia, covering the news and all happenings in and around Wellington Drive and East Road.
Tuesday, January 17
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-13 executive budget closes the $2 billion budget gap faced by the state without assessing new taxes or fees, and it even leaves room for more local aid to school districts. Cuomo presented his budget proposal in an hour-long address Tuesday, Jan. 17. He said putting together this year’s budget was easy because much of the hard work was done in formulating the 2011-12 budget. “The good work we did last year is paying dividends in many ways,” Cuomo said. “Last April, we reduced the deficit and we made real cuts. Late last year, we reformed the tax code so that we could avoid major problems when we sat down to do this year’s budget.”
According to information provided by the New York State Police School and Community Outreach Unit, 42 percent of children have been bullied online. Somewhere between 10 percent and 33 percent of teens face harassment online. The same information indicates that the prevalence of internet harassment appeared to be stable as of 2008.
Lakers knock off large-school powers F-M, J-D for top honors
With one field of opponents fully conquered, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team turned its attention to a larger crowd – and beat them, too. Individual titles from Paige Biviano, Ashley Winn, Jillian Vogl and Molly Woodworth pushed the Lakers to the team title at last Monday’s Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College’s brand-new SRC Arena.
Monday, January 16
Attorneys Mark D. Goris and Patrick J. O’Sullivan are pleased to announce their new partnership, Goris & O’Sullivan, LLC, located at 5 Mill St. in Cazenovia.
The Cazenovia Town Board held their first meeting of 2012 the evening of Jan. 9 in the town offices at the Gothic Cottage. Newly elected councilor Liz Moran was absent.
Show focuses on work done during sabbaticals
The Cazenovia College Art Gallery in Reisman Hall opens Thursday, Jan. 26 with a “Sabbatical Returns” exhibition that features work by Cazenovia College professors recently returned from sabbatical leave.
Lady Lakers remain undefeated
The Cazenovia girls track and field team won their third consecutive Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association title, Jan 10, at Colgate University.
Sunday, January 15
Chittenango ninth out of 16 teams despite Blanding, Carbery wins
Cazenovia’s wrestling team hoped to conclude one of its busiest portions of the season by hosting its own invitational meet on Saturday, featuring 16 entrants. Overall, the Lakers had 75 points, taking seventh place, while Chittenango was seventh with 87 points. Vestal, with 198 points, topped the field, with Baldwinsville (145.5 points) in second.
Friday, January 13
Melissa Zomro Davis, the owner of The Show Trunk, and Dragonfly Beads proprietor Erin L.M. Harris recently announced they are combining efforts and retail space to form the new store “Wishlist” at 53 Albany St.
Elizabeth Gagné, of Oneida, recently joined Cazenovia College’s Division of Institutional Advancement as director of advancement information systems.
Resident runners gear up for Eighth Annual Chilly Chili
This year’s race will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29. The race will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the Cazenovia Middle School at 31 Emory Ave. All who pre-register online or by mail on or by Jan. 20 will receive a 2012 Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk T-shirt.
Thursday night, Jan. 5, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board held a public hearing on the proposal of David Muraco to demolish the house and barn known as the Comstock property or Enders property.
I am not associated in any way with any Tea Party organizations, but I have met and know many people who identify with and are involved with those organizations.
Laker squad breaks ten records in three meets
The Cazenovia girls indoor track team remained unbeaten as they won three meets in an eight-day span.
Thursday, January 12
Syracuse Woman Magazine held its first anniversary party at the Cafe at 407 in Liverpool on Thursday, Jan. 11.
I used to think that demonic possession was pretty standard stuff.
College football might finally get long-awaited playoff
Well, that finally did it. Take nothing away from Alabama. The Crimson Tide’s absolute shutdown of LSU, the limiting of a 13-0, no. 1-ranked team that beat the Rose, Orange and Cotton Bowl champs in the same year to a mere 92 yards of offense was convincing enough. Fine, we get it. ‘Bama is no. 1. Yet the whole thing felt like a gigantic letdown. Instead of a dramatic resolution and redemption for a college football season gone mad on and off the field, we had a sense that, wait, that’s all? No one else gets a shot?
Wednesday, January 11
More than 100 Cazenovia residents and local business owners spent the evening of Jan. 10 listening to area officials discuss the last 12 months in Central New York and outline their hopes for the upcoming year at the annual State of the Area Forum, hosted by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Just four months after administrators and faculty of Cazenovia High School began seeking accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, they have moved into the fourth stage of a five-phase plan to craft a new mission statement, establish a seven-year outlook and enhance relationships within the school and community.
They say it’s time to come in from the cold. Like a hunter in the tall reeds, winter has decidedly pounced in full flagrance here in our chapter of the woods.
Caz completes season sweep of meets at Colgate
Capping off a month of unbroken success, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team earned the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Division I championship Tuesday night at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House. Though Rome Free Academy offered a serious challenge, the Lakers, with 209.5 points, still took the top spot, leaving the Black Knights second with 148 points.
Girls Lakers also record lopsided win over Trojans
Instead of sitting out the post-season, as it did a season when it went 5-13, the Cazenovia boys basketball team will gladly take part in this winter’s edition of the Section III Class B playoffs. When the Lakers dismantled Homer 46-24 Tuesday night in its only game action of the week, it secured the eighth win that, at worst, guaranteed a .400 or better regular season, and automatic playoff qualification.
Tuesday, January 10
Even for likely first NFL pick, success is not a guarantee
So it’s settled. A few months from now, the Indianapolis Colts will select Andrew Luck first overall in the NFL Draft. Then he will take over, at some undetermined point, for Peyton Manning, start for 10 or more years, and attain unimagined heights of glory. Or he won’t.
Caz gets titles from Phillips at 182, Wilson at 160
A week before hosting its own invitational meet, the Cazenovia wrestling team had a strong showing during Saturday's Port Byron Invitational. The Lakers, helped by titles from Jake Wilson at 160 pounds and Dan Phililps at 182 pounds, earned 170 points for third place in a 14-team field. North Rose-Wolcott won with 222.5 points and Hannibal (175.5 points) edge out Cazenovia for the second spot.
Monday, January 9
The police blotter is compiled by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.
Eighth-graders use exam results, websites to find preferred careers
With many college students and young adults still struggling to find their professional roles in society, Cazenovia High School Counselors Bob Oldfield and Britt Zumpano are giving eighth-graders a jumpstart.
Officials discuss status of Riverside Drive, Clark Street bridge
The village board discussed the Riverside Drive project and reviewed bid documents for the repair of the Clark Street bridge during the Jan. 5 meeting.
It was standing room only at the Town of Cazenovia Planning Board’s public hearing on the future of the Zephaniah Comstock House Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Gothic Cottage.
Amid some debate, the village amended local law to allow PVC and HDPE pipe to be used for water mains in cases approved by the village.
Back by popular demand, Paul Celuch, of College Assistance Plus, will present an informative lecture entitled “Get a Degree…not Debt,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.
Sunday, January 8
I have learned that certain animals have heart and nobility beyond description.
Biviano set school records in 55 hurdles, long jump; boys improve
Twice in the first week of 2011, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team went to Colgate University’s Sanford Field House to vie for top honors in the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Partner Relays, and won easily on both occasions.
Lakers stunned by Whitesboro on banner-raising night
Past glory, and present reality, collided in a big way when the Cazenovia ice hockey team started the 2012 portion of its schedule. The Lakers chose Tuesday night’s home game against Whitesboro at the Morrisville State IcePlex as the night to unveil the 2010-11 state Division II championship banner, since most of the graduated players would be back in town to participate in the ceremony.
Girls Lakers fall to Hannibal, 48-39
Entering 2012, the Cazenovia boys basketball team carried a solid 5-2 mark. More importantly, it was well-rested and energized, having not played since a Dec. 22 defeat to Bishop Grimes, and that refreshment translated into back-to-back wins.
Friday, January 6
Chittenango runs into Fulton, takes 55-20 loss
Midway through the first week of 2012, activity picked up again for the Cazenovia and Chittenango wrestling teams following some holiday rest. For the Lakers, that meant taking on Homer Thursday night at Buckley Gym, and a key push in the latter stages of the meet helped Cazenovia beat the Trojans 42-34.
Thursday, January 5
As it nears annual school budget season, the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education will hold its annual community forums this week.
Probably half the Western world has already read Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The novel is an exceptional mystery, layered with subplots and wonderful characters.
From the editor
With the publishing of this most recent issue, I have officially been editor of the Cazenovia Republican for one year.
Wednesday, January 4
At approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, officers of the Cazenovia Police Department detained five illegal immigrants after a routine traffic stop and brief roadside investigation.
Tuesday, January 3
The biggest change for the village during 2011 was bidding farewell and saying thank you to Tom Dougherty for his 17 years of service as a Cazenovia Village Trustee and Mayor. His long-term concern for our village and good stewardship of our resources provided a solid foundation for me as I began my service as mayor on July 1.
The officers and the department have embraced a community policing attitude and I feel that the community has responded very positively to this. Such as the donation from SecureIt Tactical for the second TASER.
There is nothing better than to know something. Not just know it, but be right about it. The worst is to think you know something that you really don’t know at all. That’s why I’m always on the fence, without too many convictions.
Over the past month, the members of the historic Countryside Community Choir have been performing seasonal favorites around Madison County under the direction of Cazenovia High School alumnus Eric Feola.
Sam and Barb Usborne recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29.
Monday, January 2
On Dec. 31, New York State Police charged Cazenovia resident, James H. Nichols, 45, of 3587 Pompey Hollow Road, with two misdemeanors, after neighbors called 911 to report a stray bullet that struck their house.
Sunday, January 1
Lakers earn another indoor track win by big margin
In three 2011 appearances, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team never lost, which might bode well for 2012, too. The Lakers overwhelmed all competition at Friday's John DiMao Memorial Invitational at Colgate University's Sanford Field House, earning 146.5 points. Rome Free Academy was second with 71 points, not even half Cazenovia's total.
Lakers pull out OT victory in consolation game
Nostalgia about recent glory will be on everyone's mind when the Cazenovia ice hockey team starts 2012 action in Tuesday night's home game against Whitesboro at the Morrisville State IcePlex.