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School board approves 2014-15 budget, prepares for election

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week voted unanimously to adopt a $26,495,954 budget proposal for 2014-15 that increases spending 0.29 percent and carries a property tax increase of $168,237, or 1.01 percent.

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Investigation closed on bullets found in high school

The investigation into how, why and by whom two .22 caliber bullets were brought into Cazenovia High School on April 4 — prompting a three-hour lockdown and a general anxiety in students, parents and teachers that day — is closed, according to Cazenovia police and school district officials.

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High school students create prom dress donation and loan program

Looking for a dress for the upcoming spring formal dance season? Then the Cazenovia Posh Affair is what you need. The Cazenovia High School Fashion Marketing Class is collecting gently used dresses for students to wear for either the Junior Prom on May 10 or the Senior Ball on June 6. Dresses have been sent in from all over the town, including from students, Cazenovia Central School faculty and local families. The dresses can either be donated or loaned to the class to be borrowed by students.

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Planning board approves Cazenovia College athletic field fence

After nearly two years of meetings, discussions, proposals, counter-proposals, disagreements and even litigation, the Cazenovia Village Planning Board last week approved the request of Cazenovia College to build a six-foot-high, 1,420-linear-foot perimeter fence around its Schneeweiss Athletic Complex in the heart of the village.

Preservation month activities planned in Cazenovia

Cazenovia’s Historic Preservation Committee (HPC), Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF), the Cazenovia Public Library and Lorenzo State Historic Site have partnered this year to host a series of engaging and educational events focusing on the cultural heritage of historic Cazenovia. All programs are free and open to the public.

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Thom Filicia to headline Cazenovia College’s 41st annual Student Fashion Show

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy celebrity to speak at “Urban Chic” on April 26

Cazenovia College’s 41st Annual Student Fashion Show, “Urban Chic,” will take the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at The Landmark Theatre, in Syracuse. Special guest Thom Filicia, interior designer, author, television personality and chief creative officer of the New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc., will offer remarks to an estimated packed house.

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Project Café students help clean up Caz

Project CAFÉ organized the annual Earth Day Community Clean-up on April 13 with over two dozen high school students as well as adults from the community helping to clean up.

School break explorer days at Cazenovia library

The Cazenovia Public Library and Common Grounds Service Learning once again team up to offer School Break Explorer Days. During the April vacation week, children ages 5 and older with their families are invited to the Library Community Room where all will be given a chance to explore new topics and activities.

CCE looking for Open Farm Day sponsors

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County’s Agricultural Economic Development Program is looking for local businesses in the Central New York region interested in sponsoring the county’s seventh annual Open Farm Day on July 26.

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Academic Decathlon team receives $2K donation, schedules fundraising dinner

Oneida Savings Bank last week donated $2,000 to the Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon team to help the group raise funds to attend the national championship competition in Hawaii later this month. Also last week, the team announced that it will hold its final major fundraising effort — a Mother’s Day basket raffle and spaghetti dinner — at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Cazenovia American Legion on Chenango Street. Event tickets will be $10 per person, with a limit of 100 tickets available.

Cazenovia named one of nation’s best communities for music education

Cazenovia Central School District has been named one the nation’s 376 “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

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Reduced state aid means increased budget cuts for Cazenovia school district

With the passage of the state budget last week and final state aid to school districts now known, the Cazenovia school district budget received $200,000 less in aid than it expected. This fact, combined with the limited revenues allowed to the district through local taxes due to the state tax levy cap mandate and the dwindling amount of district fund balance reserves available to plug budget gaps, means that the 2014-15 district budget will reduce district staff by 9.4 positions (full-time equivalent positions) rather than the six previously planned.

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Bullets found in hallway prompt high school, middle school lockdown

Students never in danger; police, district pleased with overall emergency response

Two days after the Cazenovia high school and middle school buildings endured a three-hour lockdown when live bullets were found in a high school hallway and later flushed down a toilet, local police and school district officials still don’t know how or why the bullets got into the school and ended up on the floor — what they all agree on, however, is that there were no guns involved, no malicious intent has been discovered, no students were in immediate danger and the overall situation was handled well by district staff and local police.

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Syracuse lacrosse standout joins Wildcats coaching staff

A four-time All-American at Syracuse University, two-time Major League Lacrosse most valuable player, and captain of the 2010 gold medal winning USA team, Ryan Powell has returned to Central New York to serve as the offensive coordinator for the Cazenovia College Wildcats men's lacrosse team.

Helpers of all ages sought for annual Chittenango Creek clean-up

On Saturday, April 12, the Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up will start at10 a.m. and end around noon at the Buyea’s Hardware parking lot. Bags for trash and donuts from Tops will be provided, and some gloves will be available to borrow. Wear older clothes and boots. Helpers of all ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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