Stories for March 2012


Saturday, March 31

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Caz lacrosse starts next chapter

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

On the wings of words

Community Columnist

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.

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Paw prints: Strong defense is good offense

Community Columnist

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.

The 2009 comprehensive plan has been a huge success

Guest Column

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.

Floral Notes: Do you believe?

Community Columnist

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?

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Caz Library to host O’Baoill lecture

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.

LETTERS: Keating supports Caz High School Agricultural Program

I was recently informed that the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is considering cutting the high school agriculture program in half.

LETTERS: Pvt. Holstein confused by wonderings of March 14 letter

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!”

LETTERS: Keep tobacco products out of sight, out of mind of youth

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

Caz Public Library offers new genealogy resources

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.

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CRIS invites all to discover their purse-onality

The Second Annual Silent Purse Auction to benefit Community Resources for Independent Seniors will be held on Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10.

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From Laker, to pro, to coach

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

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Caz College student designs for HGTV

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.”

Caz BOE budget work session to be held April 2

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.

Third Annual Natural Healing and Wellness Fair to be held in May

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.

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BSPTA donates gift of music

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

Cazenovia announces spring sports schedule

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 releases spring sports schedule

Chittenango High School’s 2012 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

End of the Orange run

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

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Wigge Reviews: ‘A Separation’

“A Separation,” now playing at the Manlius Art Cinema, is a powerful, thoughtful domestic drama that has the significant perspective of contemporary Tehran.

LETTERS: Area newspaper carriers deserve recognition, benefit of the doubt

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.

LETTERS: Dr. Usborne announces retirement after 53 years

Dr. Samuel G. Usborne, practicing chiropractor in Cazenovia for the past 53 years, recently announced the closing of his office.

LETTERS: Open your home to an AFS exchange student

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.

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Caz high school students prepare for financial reality check

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

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Caz College to present ‘An Ecology of Mind’

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.

Regardless of legitimacy, reason happens

Community Columnist

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

A vote for local control of Cazenovia’s future

Guest Column

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.

Oscar’s track: Improve your posture, improve your life

Community Columnist

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.

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Water main break closes Caz schools Thursday, BSE Friday

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.

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Post 88 receives commemorative bell

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.

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Caz residents join CRIS Board of Directors

Community Resources for Independent Seniors recently announced the election of three new members to its board of directors.

CCH to host ‘Every Child Ready to Read’ program

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.

Cazenovia College to host CNY Economic Development forum

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

Are state tournaments doomed?

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

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Caz BOE presents preliminary 2012-13 budget

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.

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Caz students bring Academic Decathlon title back home

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.

Town discusses New Woodstock aquifer overlay, local road repairs

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.

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Fibers of the Cazenovia community

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.

Caz alumnus graduates OSTU

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

Mityashita to perform in Cazenovia

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.

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Wigge Reviews: ‘Act of Valor’

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

Movin’ and shakin’


There is a lot happening on Cazenovia’s main drag these days.

LETTERS: BSPTA thanks local contributors of ‘Game Night’

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!

LETTERS: Lucas family thankful for caring community members

The family of Doris Lucas wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, notes and acts of kindness.

Thursday, March 15

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Red Cross DRV to tour Cazenovia, CNY this month

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.

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Friends of Lorenzo to celebrate successes of past year at meeting

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

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Greyrock Farm flourishes, caters to all tastes

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.

Caz committee to review Comprehensive Plan, zoning of Village Edge South

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.

Bruce, with something to say

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

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Still waiting in the wings

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.

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Caz Tree Commission to host Bassuk presentation

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.

LETTERS: Caz LWV reminds public of importance of transparent government

March 11 to 17 is “Sunshine Week,” a nationwide effort to call attention to transparency in government and freedom of information.

LETTERS: Bodley family thanks Cazenovia community

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.

LETTERS: Resident disgusted with recent treatment of his American flag

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.

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Executive sessions often improperly scheduled by school boards

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.

Committee on Open Government director an idealist at heart

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

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‘With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come’

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.

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Anti-violence activist Kaczynski to speak at Cazenovia Forum

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.

Caz village budget nears completion

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

Lions Club increases scholarships

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.

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Cazenovia College Board of Trustees welcomes two new members

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.

Clearspeak: By their loopholes shall ye know them

Community Columnist

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.”

Connecting the dots and the twinkling stars

Community Columnist

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.

Oscar’s track: Play ball!

Community Columnist

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

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Caz foreign-exchange student to attend HWS

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.

LETTERS: All are welcome to attend ‘State of the Lake’ Summit

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.

LETTERS: Girls Modified teams do more than learn basketball

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.”

LETTERS: Proceeds from 21st Annual Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby used to restock lake

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.

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Local dentist, ‘Mighty Molar’ assist CazCares

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

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CPF to help residents build a bluebird house

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.

Caz Lake Association to hold ‘State of Lake’ Summit March 10

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.

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Caz LWV to host discussion on privatization

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.

Never a sure thing in March

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

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Tait trial set for July 16

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.

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Girl Scouts commemorate 100 years

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

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Caz Equipment constructs new headquarters

Despite the season’s unpredictable weather conditions, construction has continued on Cazenovia Equipment Company’s new headquarters.

17th annual Maple Weekend approaches

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.

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Caz girls modified B-ball teams make free throws against cancer

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.

Notice for parents of students attending non-public school

Pursuant to Section 3635 Education Law: Each year it is necessary to request transportation to non-public schools.

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Caz decathletes prepare to take on New York

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

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Nolan family support boosts Cornell’s Dyson School

The leadership of Cornell University’s School of Applied Economics and Management has been named in honor of a Cazenovia agricultural leader.

Tickets now available for CHS production of ‘State Fair’

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.

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NYS Police announce new Troop D Commander

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.

Indoor track Lakers compete at state meet

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

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Caz locals raise funds for endangered animals

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.

Thank God for apples and oranges

Community Columnist

Last week, when I wrote this column during winter break, we had the presidents’ birthdays and Ash Wednesday to acknowledge.

Clearspeak: Burn on, big river

Community Columnist

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.

Oscar’s Track: Fit for life

Community Columnist

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

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Caz artists to show work at 19th annual KidsArt Exhibit

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.