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Tuesday, January 31

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Young Caz inventor builds wheelchair for dog

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.

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Cazenovia College Art Gallery presents ‘Sabbatical Returns’

Cazenovia College’s art gallery at Reisman Hall saw the opening reception to the Sabbatical Returns Exhibition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.

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NWFL exhibits work of artist Tom Whitmarsh

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.

Caz Row Club to hold ‘Learn to Row’ clinic

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.

LETTERS: Hubbard is current owner of Brewster Inn

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.”

Caz BOE sets goals, approves budget calendar

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.

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CCP to hold Open House event during Winterfest

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.

This time, it’s Super personal

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.

Biviano gets three wins as Lakers sweep OHSL meet

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

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Leading the way: Clear Path for Veterans works to heal wounds of war

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.

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Caz school district examines declining enrollment

Over the last decade, administrators at Cazenovia Central School District have watched fewer students graduate as seniors and even fewer register as kindergartners.

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Town Councilors review Caz Lake treatment

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

Cazenovia wrestlers win OHSL Liberty/Patriot meet

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.

Caz hockey pulls away from New Hartford

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

Tentative schedule for 2012 Cazenovia Winter Festival

Event times and locations subject to change. Dates will soon be finalized and posted.

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Cazenovia's Golden Pheasant undergoes transformation

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.

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‘Our Farm’ owner joins CNY Solar

Jimmy Golub, of Peth Road in Cazenovia, recently accepted a position as a sales representative for CNY Solar.

CCP to host annual ‘Snowball’

Cazenovia Community Preschool, Inc. will hold its annual Winterfest “Snowball” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Brae Loch in Cazenovia.

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Highland Forest to host USSSA qualifier

Highland Forest in Fabius will once again be the setting for area snowshoe racers to gather on Feb 12.

Caz girls indoor track gets another title

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

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Caz boys basketball rallies for OT win at Westhill

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.

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Laker girls indoor track tops CNY

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.

Caz girls fall to Bishop Grimes, Westhill

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

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Caz sixth-grade boys capture Cooperstown hoops crown

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.

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Cazenovia native Steve Hayes to perform ‘Hollywood Reunion’

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.

LETTERS: Caz Library thanks community for ongoing support

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.

LETTERS: 2012 Winter Festival Talent Show looks for participants

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.

LETTERS: American Red Cross thanks Cazenovians for donations

Please extend our heartfelt thanks to my neighbors in Cazenovia for including the American Red Cross in their 2011 charitable giving.

State redistricting committee releases maps to public

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

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Caz students sign letters of intent

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.

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Village, town snow budgets in good standing

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.

What are we really afraid of?

Community Columnist

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

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Owera Vineyards improves with age

Cazenovia’s first winery awarded grant, plans for expansion

Although the winter season isn’t conducive for cultivating grapes, Owera Vineyards is growing.

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Group rallies behind Tedesco

Throughout recent weeks, students and faculty from Cazenovia High School have come together in support of local resident Diane Tedesco, as she battles Leukemia.

Library offers computer tutoring and eReader drop-in lab

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.

CAVAC awarded $57,000 grant

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

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The good, the bad and the ugly

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

CCH to hold three-day open house

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.

The times they are a changin’

From the editor

This past week, I was able to sit down with the staff of the newly formed East-Wellington Times.

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Caz hockey falls to Oswego, ties Skaneateles

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.

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Boys hoops Lakers improve to 10-2

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

Caz wrestlers beat Hannibal, seize first place

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.

Great Decisions discussion group to meet at Caz library

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.

Cazenovia students recognized for academic accomplishments

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.

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Wigge Reviews: The Iron Lady

I’ll cut right to it. Meryl Streep is phenomenal; she is remarkable as “The Iron Lady,” the biographical story of Dame Margaret Thatcher.

Clearspeak: Wanton destruction

Community Columnist

“Appalling.” That’s how Town Historian Sara Chevako characterizes developer David Muraco’s proposal to demolish the historic farmhouse on the Enders property.

Teaching to teach

Community Columnist

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.

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Syracuse Woman Magazine celebrates anniversary

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.

Random Thoughts: No need for an ‘Idol’

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

LETTERS: Resident requests consideration of drive-up postal mailbox in village

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.

LETTERS: Subscriber says recent letter headline mislead readers

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.

LETTERS: CPF reacts to DEIS request for demolition of Ender’s Property

There are a number of reasons why the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Board of Directors opposes this application.

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Monforte named Chair of Planning for Madison County

Along with his duties as Cazenovia Town Supervisor, Ralph Monforte also has numerous responsibilities at the county level.

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Young journalists start neighborhood newspaper in Cazenovia

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

Cuomo presents his executive budget

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.”

Battle against cyberbullying underway in local schools  

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.

Cazenovia beats track powers at Grieve Invitational

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

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Goris, O’Sullivan begin new partnership

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.

Caz town board discusses 2012 lake treatment, hydrofracking

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.

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Caz College Art Faculty to exhibit recent work

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.

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Track girls claim MVTA title

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

Caz wrestling claims seventh as Invitational host

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

Albany Street stores join to form ‘Wishlist’

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.

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Gagné joins Caz College workforce

Elizabeth Gagné, of Oneida, recently joined Cazenovia College’s Division of Institutional Advancement as director of advancement information systems.

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The heat is on...

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.

LETTERS: Comstock/Enders property: an irreplaceable piece of Cazenovia’s history

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.

LETTERS: County conservative chair wary of Tea Party members and political ideals

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.

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Indoor track girls rewrite Caz record book

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

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Syracuse Woman Magazine celebrates first anniversary

Syracuse Woman Magazine held its first anniversary party at the Cafe at 407 in Liverpool on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Wigge Reviews: The Devil Inside

I used to think that demonic possession was pretty standard stuff.

Playoff time at last?

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

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State, local officials address constituents at State of the Area Forum

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.

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Caz High School continues move toward accreditation

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.

The wintry flight of hawks and angels

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.

Girls Lakers win MVITA Division I crown

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.

Caz boys hoops handle Homer, move to 8-2

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

Luck of the draft

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.

Wrestling Lakers rise to third at Port Byron meet

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

Cazenovia Police Blotter

The police blotter is compiled by the Cazenovia Police Department, located at 90 Albany St.

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Cazenovia counselors help students look at their future

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.

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Village board reviews current projects

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.

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Planning Board considers Ender’s Property demolition

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.

Caz Village Board authorizes new water main pipes

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.

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College planning workshop returns to library

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

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Wigge Reviews: War Horse

I have learned that certain animals have heart and nobility beyond description.

Girls indoor track Lakers sweep Partner Relays

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.

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Cazenovia hockey splits, gets key OT win

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.

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Caz boys hoops wins twice, improves to 7-2

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

Cazenovia wrestlers rally past Homer

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

CCSD to host community forums

As it nears annual school budget season, the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education will hold its annual community forums this week.

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Wigge Reviews: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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.

Auld Lang Syne

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

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Caz Police discover, detain five illegal immigrants

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

Cazenovia Mayor: Reflecting on 2011, looking ahead to 2012

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.

Caz Chief of Police: Looking back at 2011, ahead to 2012

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.

American building blocks

Community Columnist

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.

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Feola fills in as director of historic area choir

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.

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Usbornes celebrate 55 years of matrimony

Sam and Barb Usborne recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29.

Monday, January 2

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Local man charged with criminal possession of weapon, reckless endangerment

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

Caz girls dominate John DiMao Invitational

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.

Caz hockey takes third at Cortland-Homer tourney

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.