Saturday, March 31
Lakers open defense of 2011 state Class C title, bash B'ville
The last time the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team was together on June 10, 2011, it was celebrating the program's first-ever state Class C championship, which followed a first-ever sectional title. From there, all that head coach Jim Longo's Lakers can do in 2012 is match those feats - a tall order, but the initial results are encouraging.
Thursday, March 29
From thinking it, to making it so; in the beginning there was the word. We live our lives by what we say and how we say it, but in order to record and organize these thoughts we must be taught the word; it doesn’t embrace us independently through some sort of natural maturation.
Each spring, as the wildlife becomes more active, it is a good time for us all to keep in mind the danger of rabies and make sure our pets are current on their rabies vaccination.
I want to take a moment to voice my feelings about current discussion related to the 2009 comprehensive plan in general, and Village Edge South in particular.
The bluebird we photographed less than three weeks ago in South Carolina is now singing at the top of my pine tree. Bulbs of all kinds and colors are carpeting the ground and my star magnolia is about to pop its bright white blossoms. Is spring (or is it summer) really here?
Cazenovia College will present its final Great Minds / Great Ideas Faculty Library Lecture Series of the semester at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at both the Cazenovia Public Library and Manlius Library.
I was recently informed that the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is considering cutting the high school agriculture program in half.
I am somewhat confused by a letter from Richard Brown published in the March 14 issue, in which he alleges that a newspaper delivery vehicle ran over his American flag, and wonders if “Maybe I should hold out for an apology from Obama!”
As a member of the Madison County Board of Health and a pediatrician who sees the direct effects of secondhand smoke and tobacco marketing on children in my office every day, I have a strong interest in protecting the health of youth.
Wednesday, March 28
Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were or what role your family played in history? Through the continued generosity of the Friends of the Library, the popular online resources Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest are now available at the Cazenovia Public Library.
The Second Annual Silent Purse Auction to benefit Community Resources for Independent Seniors will be held on Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10.
Stec succeeds in Cazenovia, Siena, Denmark, Holland
While the majority of college athletes become professionals in fields other than sports, Cazenovia High School alumna Heather Stec is one of the few exceptions.
Monday, March 26
LaPorte’s internship leads to work on ‘Showhouse Showdown’
Cassandra J. LaPorte, of Hadlyme, Conn., recently had an unexpected opportunity to work on a design challenge for HGTV’s “Showhouse Showdown.”
District officials weigh in on date change, budget updates
After initially changing the next meeting date for Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education from March 19 to March 26, last week the district postponed the next public budget work session until 6:30 p.m. April 2 in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium.
Wellness is varied and includes all of the aspects of everyday life, animal companions, Planet Earth and so much more. The Third Annual Natural Healing and Wellness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 in the Cazneovia American Legion Hall, 26 Chenango St.
The Burton Street Parent Teachers Association recently donated an electronic piano to replace an old classroom piano which was rendered unusable in Burton Street Elementary School.
Sunday, March 25
Boys lacrosse will defend state Class C title
Cazenovia High School’s boys lacrosse team begins its state Class C title defense Saturday against Baldwinsville at the new Cazenovia College turf field. Here is the 2012 spring sports varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.
Chittenango High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
SU's defeat to Ohio State closes memorable, eventful season
Saturday afternoon passed into Saturday evening. Hours and minutes passed. Nerves clashed with excitement, everyone from diehard fan to casual follower aware of the contest, the stakes, the meaning of this night.
Friday, March 23
“A Separation,” now playing at the Manlius Art Cinema, is a powerful, thoughtful domestic drama that has the significant perspective of contemporary Tehran.
Although I hesitate to call further attention to it, I am compelled to speak up for our daily newspaper carriers, whose reputation was assailed last week by a self-proclaimed “proud flag flyer” in a letter that appeared on these pages.
LETTERS: Resident says school board prefers litigation to transparency on $2-to-3 million expansion plans for Fenner Fields
On Feb. 15, the state Supreme Court in Madison County denied our petition to require the Cazenovia Central School District to comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which stipulates it tell the community its long-term plans and review the environmental impacts thereof.
Dr. Samuel G. Usborne, practicing chiropractor in Cazenovia for the past 53 years, recently announced the closing of his office.
As a local volunteer for AFS Intercultural Programs (formerly the American Field Service), I am writing with a plea that more area families consider becoming AFS host families for high school students from abroad.
Simulation aims at providing insight for solid financial futures
Most teenagers don’t have a firm grasp on upcoming financial realities of buying a home, raising a family, planning for a sound financial future and dealing with unexpected expenses.
Thursday, March 22
Documentary centers on anthropologist Gregory Bateson
Cazenovia College, in collaboration with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Cornell University and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, will present a screening of the award-winning film “An Ecology of Mind,” a portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist and filmmaker, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre.
For whatever reason, I’ve followed sports for most of my life, and have seen Mickey Mantle, Jim Brown and Michael Jordan. I saw Mookie’s grounder go through Buckner’s legs and Warrick’s block on that final shot.
Wednesday, March 21
The Cazenovia School Board and administration are to be commended for the exceptional efforts they have made during the past two years to rein in spending in the face of millions of dollars of lost state and federal aid.
Last week I talked about how our posture affects our health and well-being. This week, as promised, I’ll give you some advice and a few exercises to help you achieve and maintain correct posture, balance, and ultimately, better health.
A water main break that occured the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21 has caused all academic buildings in Cazenovia Central School District to close for Thursday, March 22. Burton Street Elementary will also be closed Friday, March 23.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Cazenovia American Legion on March 5, Marilyn Koglmeier presented to Post 88 a brass bell that was donated by her mother, originally given in honor of her deceased father, Maurice Roche, to his local American Legion Post 15 in Queens, N.Y.
Community Resources for Independent Seniors recently announced the election of three new members to its board of directors.
Director of the Cazenovia Public Library Betsy Kennedy will be presenting “Every Child Ready to Read” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Cazenovia Children’s House.
Central New York’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) will hold the latest in a series of public forums from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the Morgan Room of Hubbard Hall at Cazenovia College.
Tuesday, March 20
Concerns about costs could threaten championship dreams
We just had a big weekend in high school sports, with state basketball championships decided in Glens Falls and Troy. This on the heels of other state titles, handed out over a month’s span, everything from wrestling and ice hockey to boys swimming, indoor track, girls gymnastics, even rifle and skiing.
Monday, March 19
Community voices concerns of cuts to staff, academic programming
At the March 12 Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education meeting, board members and administrators discussed the preliminary 2012-13 budget with more than 40 community members and educators.
Team captures seventh state title in eight years
Cazenovia High School’s Academic Decathlon team has brought the state championship title back home and is now preparing to make the trek to Albuquerque, N.M., for the national competition.
The Cazenovia Town Board held its most recent meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the New Woodstock firehouse. Dozens of local residents were in attendance.
Local knitting club raises funds, donates to Project Café
The Project Café after-school program at Common Grounds recently received a financial boost from a local knitting club. Matt LeBlanc, head coordinator of the after-school program, accepted the donation on Monday, March 12.
Army National Guard Spec. Joseph E. Duszak recently graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training.
Sunday, March 18
Classical guitarist Sachiko Miyashita, of Sapporo, Japan, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre, located at 16 Lincklaen St. in Cazenovia.
My initial inclination about a movie with real (or former) Navy SEALs conducting an operation across several continents was skeptical. I was wrong.
Saturday, March 17
There is a lot happening on Cazenovia’s main drag these days.
On Jan. 27, the Burton Street PTA hosted over 250 people for Game Night. Students entered the event with a bingo card and the hopes of winning big!
The family of Doris Lucas wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, notes and acts of kindness.
Thursday, March 15
Since 1943, the month of March has been declared “Red Cross Month” by every United States president. To celebrate, the American Red Cross is sending its Disaster Response Vehicle (DRV) out into Central New York, and thanking its many donors.
In marking another year of achievement, President Casey Frazee and the trustees of The Friends of Lorenzo will be hosting the 37th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Lorenzo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in Stone’s Throw of the Lincklaen House.
Wednesday, March 14
Got raw milk? Greyrock Farm CSA in Cazenovia does. Owner Matthew Volz began selling unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk on East Lake Road almost two years ago, hand-milking his one Brown Swiss cow named Minnie.
In hopes of expanding Cazenovia’s tax base, a committee to reevaluate the Comprehensive Plan and examine what areas in the village may benefit from development, was established at the March 5 village board meeting.
New Springsteen album speaks out on current events
Bruce Springsteen did not forget where he came from. And he didn’t pay too much heed to the voices around him that doubted his path. For both reasons, we should be eternally thankful.
Tuesday, March 13
Construction on Albany Street dance studio continues
About one year into a renovation project at 52-54 Albany St., owners Mark and Patricia Burritt are anxiously awaiting the completion and opening of Allure, their planned dance and fitness studio.
The Cazenovia Tree Commission invites the public to its third annual educational seminar from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.
March 11 to 17 is “Sunshine Week,” a nationwide effort to call attention to transparency in government and freedom of information.
The family of Michael Bodley would like to thank everyone for their kindness and thoughtfulness during Michele’s courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The many acts of kindness are appreciated.
Last Sunday morning, after “brushing my teeth,” I looked out my bathroom to see that my American flag had blown of my flagpole and ended up by my neighbor’s mailbox.
If you’ve ever been to a school board meeting in Central New York, you’ve probably noticed something on the agenda called an executive session. You probably didn’t know that the school board isn’t allowed, under New York state’s Open Meetings Law, to schedule an executive session on its agenda. Odds are the members of the board who put together the agenda weren’t aware of that fact, either.
For many, the heady dreams and lofty ideals of the 1960s gave way to more pragmatic goals; it was less about saving the world and more about saving for retirement. But that wasn’t necessarily the case for Bob Freeman. “When I was in college in the late 1960s, it was the era of protest and idealism,” Freeman said. “Many of us were very much involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements. So what did we do? We sat around talking about how we were going to change the world. What I’ve discovered is that if we can make a dent in the world, that is a sign of success.”
Monday, March 12
Students participate in annual Shakespeare competition
Cazenovia High School sophomore Orresta Paddock was recently declared the winner of this year’s English Speaking Union Annual Shakespeare Competition.
David Kaczynski, the executive director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NYADP) and the brother of so-called “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski, will deliver the next Cazenovia Forum lecture, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street.
The Cazenovia Village Board is continuing to move toward creating a preliminary budget for 2012-13. At the March 5 meeting, trustees held a public hearing and then passed a resolution which will allow them to surpass New York state’s 2 percent cap on property tax levy, if need be.
Sunday, March 11
The Cazenovia Lions Club began awarding yearly scholarships to Cazenovia High School Seniors in 1984. Since that time, more than $27,000 in scholarships has been awarded.
Area professionals add experience, insight to board
Steven J. Infanti, Sr., of Syracuse, and Richard Smith, of Canastota and Albany, have recently joined Cazenovia College’s Board of Trustees.
In the summer of 2009, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who has done much to clean up the Hudson through the Waterkeeper Alliance he founded, enthusiastically declared that natural gas production from fracking “has made it possible to eliminate our dependence on deadly, destructive coal practically overnight.”
When I was young and impressionable, I read a book on my own. It was Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” Being a musician in a rock band, I found the “different drummer” quote to be compelling, but really, I thought the book was about camping.
Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to put away the shovels and mittens and get out the lawn rakes. It’s time to take off the studded snow tires and get out the bicycles.
Thursday, March 8
While many high school seniors anxiously await acceptance letters from the colleges and universities to which they have applied, Cazenovia’s Korean foreign-exchange student Bora Kang can rest easy.
Everyone is invited to the “State of the Lake” Summit on from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 in the Cazenovia Village Office upstairs meeting room.
Coach Axelson and I would like to thank all the players on both the seventh and eighth grade girls modified basketball teams this past season for their efforts in fundraising with “Free Throws vs. Cancer.”
Even though this was a very mild winter, with lots of people skeptical about whether we would be able to have the derby, a week of cold nights and then snow the night before made for a safe and beautiful day on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Mighty Molar delighted pre-school students with his recent visit to CazCares at Cazenovia Public Library’s dental health awareness program, “TEETH.”
Wednesday, March 7
Cazenovia Preservation Foundation will kick off the 2012 Walk ‘N Talk Series from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library.
With the sparse amount of ice almost off of Cazenovia Lake, this year’s almost nonexistent winter is coming to a close. It has been an unusual year, and as a result, it seems as if spring is coming much more quickly this year than it has in previous years.
The League of Women Voters of Cazenovia will examine the topic of privatizing government services during a meeting at 7 p.m. on March 14 in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library. The event is free and open to all interested persons.
Kentucky favored, SU flawed? Might not turn out that way
So it is March, the month when casual college basketball fans join the die-hards, all intoxicated by the smell of newly printed brackets in the morning and the certain thought that they, the greatest experts of all, will win their NCAA pool and take home the (technically illicit) dough.
Tuesday, March 6
Tait appeared before Chenango County Justice Brian D. Burns at 1:45 p.m. March 6 in the Madison County Courthouse for a chamber conference with the prosecuting team and defense counsel.
The Girl Scouts have grown significantly since their first meeting in the Low mansion in Savannah, Ga. on March 12, 1912, where topics covered ranged from caring for babies to securing a burglar with eight inches of cord. The meeting was headed up by Juliette Gordon Low, known colloquially as “Daisy,” who believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, she created the Girl Guides to offer them the opportunity to do just that. Under her guidance, those first 18 girls hiked, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars and studied first aid. As time went on, the Girl Guides — later called Girl Scouts — became more and more popular. In addition to outdoor activities, the organization began to take on community service activities, especially after America became mired in World War I and later the Great Depression. It’s now a staple of the institution.
Monday, March 5
Despite the season’s unpredictable weather conditions, construction has continued on Cazenovia Equipment Company’s new headquarters.
New York state will celebrate its 17th annual Maple Weekend March 17 and 18, as well as March 24 and 25 at more than 140 locations across the state, including Critz Farms in Cazenovia and Sterns Farm in Erieville.
Over the last few months, the seventh- and eighth-grade girls modified basketball teams have been fundraising for a teammate’s mother who has been battling cancer.
Pursuant to Section 3635 Education Law: Each year it is necessary to request transportation to non-public schools.
The Cazenovia Academic Decathlon Team competed in the Section III regional competition on Jan. 28, and came in first place overall, winning 25 individual medals and placing second in the “Super Quiz” category.
Saturday, March 3
The leadership of Cornell University’s School of Applied Economics and Management has been named in honor of a Cazenovia agricultural leader.
Tickets are now on sale for the Cazenovia High School Drama Club production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair,” to be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, as well as 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium.
Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico promoted Rodney W. Campbell of Richfield Springs to the rank of major, effective Feb. 17, and assigned him to the position of Troop Commander at Troop D Headquarters in Oneida.
Winn, Biviano both reach sprint semifinals
Cazenovia's girls indoor track and field team had a large presence, and would record some high finishes, during Saturday's New York State Public High School Association championship meet at Cornell University's Barton Hall.
Thursday, March 1
Betsy Chanatry and Cassidy Rockwood are taking action to help save endangered animals. The two children — Chanatry, 10, and Rockwood, 9, need the help of fellow Cazenovia residents.
Last week, when I wrote this column during winter break, we had the presidents’ birthdays and Ash Wednesday to acknowledge.
Back in the bad old days, before the Clean Water Act had a chance to do much good, the Cuyahoga River where it runs through Cleveland was so polluted it periodically caught on fire.
Did you know that many health insurance plans are now providing benefits for exercise and fitness activities? That’s not out of the goodness of their hearts. It’s because healthy people have fewer medical problems and fewer insurance claims
Spring is just around the corner, but the Earlville Opera House’s West Gallery is already bursting with color. Celebrating 19 years in 2012, the annual KidsArt Exhibit arrives March 3 and remains through April 7.