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Community cider project gets 200 bushels of apples

Harvest Moon Cidery to make 2,000 bottles of cider

When Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and the Harvest Moon Cidery on Rippleton Road, decided to invite the public to contribute wild apples to help make a new “Community Cider” by Harvest Moon, they were hoping at least a few people might find it interesting and participate. Their goal was to receive at least 50 bushels of apples, which is half of what is necessary to make one batch of hard cider, and if their collection fell a little — or a lot — short, they would just use their own apples to fill in what was needed. On Sunday, Oct.4, the final day of the weeklong community apple collection project they were doing, the Critzes were somewhat surprised to find they did not make their goal – they quadrupled it.

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Missing Fenner woman arrested day before disappearance

Ragina Garrison, the 49-year-old Perryville Road woman missing since Tuesday, was arrested by state police the day before her disappearance because of a reported domestic dispute with her 22-year-old daughter.

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Fourth time not a charm — Burglar caught red-handed in Caz Sports Bowl

Police encircle building, find suspect hiding in bowling alley ceiling

Cazenovia Sports Bowl was burglarized for the third time in three weeks this past Wednesday, Oct. 7, and then, only 24 hours later, the alleged burglar returned for a fourth robbery. And this time, Cazenovia police caught him in the act.

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Massive search underway on Perryville Road for missing 49-year-old woman

Woman identified as Ragina Garrison of Perryville Road

Police personnel from three counties and the state parks are currently searching for a missing 49-year-old woman on a stretch of Perryville Road in Fenner just before the Canastota town line.

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Hurd Street house destroyed by fire

No people injured, new puppy does not survive

A local family has lost their residence — and their new puppy — after the Hurd Street home they were renting was completely destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Within 30 minutes of passersby seeing smoke emanating from the roof and neighbors calling 911, the house was engulfed in bright orange flames and a thick trail of black smoke was rising into the sky, according to neighbors. The family that lives in the house was not at home, and so no people were injured in the blaze, but the family’s new puppy, which they had for only one week, did not survive.

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Algae blooms close Cazenovia Lake beaches again

The Madison County Department of Health has confirmed the presence of potentially harmful blue-green algae blooms within the bathing beach areas of both Lakeland Park and Willow Bank Yacht Club, and the beaches have been closed for wading, swimming and any water contact activities until further notice.

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Griffin used $1.2 million in defrauded investors’ money to buy luxury items for himself and wife, SEC says

Federal Securities And Exchange Commission files civil complaint against Cazenovia businessman

One week after Cazenovia businessman James P. Griffin was arrested by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and indicted on a $1.6 million scheme to defraud investors since 2009, he has also been charged by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding investors, many of them upstate New York residents, who purchased the companies’ securities and so-called “charitable gift annuities.” According to the SEC’s complaint filed in U.S. district court in Syracuse, the alleged scheme raised at least $8 million from 125 or more investors in shares and promissory notes issued by the companies over more than seven years, starting in 2007.

Lakeland Park beach closed again by health department

Blue-green algae blooms have returned in some places in Cazenovia Lake, and Madison County Health Department officials have recommended that swimming at Lakeland Park Beach should be restricted until the BGA blooms observed have dissipated or otherwise cleared from swim area. Swimming at Willow Bank Yacht Club may continue, and all swimmers / boaters advised to simply rinse off promptly with clean water after leaving the lake, the department stated.

Cazenovia Lake closed to swimming due to algae blooms

Due to the presence of blue-green algae (BGA) blooms within the bathing beach areas of both Lakeland Park and Willow Bank Yacht Club, the Cazenovia Lake beaches have been closed for swimming until further notice, according to an announcement from the Madison County Department of Health.

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Brian Tait loses funeral director license, registration for funeral home

Cazenovia funeral home director Brian Tait has had both his funeral directing license and the certificate of registration of the Tait Funeral Home revoked by the state department of health, and he must surrender both to the department in 60 days, a Department of Health spokesperson has verified.

School district budget passes, new board members elected

Mehlbaum, Orbach, Parmalee to be next school board members

Cazenovia Central School District residents approved three ballot propositions, including the annual budget, by a 5-to-1 margin each and elected three new school board members during the annual budget vote on May 19.

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Three local teens arrested in February bomb incident at home of Cazenovia High School teacher

State Police in Morrisville have arrested three teenagers and charged them with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and trespassing in connection to the February incident in which a Cazenovia High School teacher found two homemade bombs outside of her house.

Steinhorst named new Cazenovia varsity football head coach

Jay Steinhorst, a longtime assistant coach with the Cazenovia Lakers varsity football team, Monday night was approved by the school board to become the new head coach.

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Magee claims victory in state Assembly race, Salka not conceding yet

Twelve-term state assemblyman Bill Magee has declared victory in his election race against challenger John Salka in the 121st district – but the margin is so slim, and with more than 1,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, Salka is not conceding the race.

Police anticipate arrest in college bomb threat case within 24 hours

Culprit will face felony charges for making a terrorist threat

Cazenovia police believe they are close to an arrest in the case of the Cazenovia College bomb threat that occurred late Tuesday night, Sept. 16, and the culprit, when caught, will face felony charges for making a terrorist threat and could face time in state prison.