Cazenovia Forum announces 2015 speaker series

A former acting general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency, the nation's top expert on current events in Ukraine and a leading anti-corruption activist are among the upcoming speakers at the Cazenovia Forum, Central New York's premier public affairs lecture series, which recently announced its 2015 lineup.

Madison County Head Start now accepting applications for 2015-16 school year

Madison County Head Start, a preschool program from 3- and 4- year-olds, is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year.

Cazenovia High School honor roll – second quarter

Cazenovia High School has released its honor roll for the second quarter

Magic, movies and more: Cazenovia Public Library offers family fun events in March

The Cazenovia Public Library has announced its schedule of community programs for the first half of the month of March, including family fun events, family and adult movies and an adult lecture. All events at the library will be held in the community room and are free and open to the public.

Agricultural fair scholarships applications now available

The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and New York State Showpeople’s Association (NYSSA) are currently accepting applications for their annual scholarship program, which will award up to ten $1,000 scholarships in 2015.

President Lincoln featured in 2015 programs at National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) in Peterboro has suspended its two-year cycle of inductions and commemorations in 2015 in order to address President Abraham Lincoln as The Great Emancipator. During this Sesquicentennial year of Lincoln’s death, the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, NAHOF and its Peterboro heritage partners will provide public programs on Lincoln from March to October 2015.

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Burton Street Elementary students exhibit art

The Earlville Opera House opened KidsART, an art exhibit celebrating elementary school artists, on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Will we sit back and watch as our schools are decimated by the GEA?


On Jan. 30, I was privileged to help supervise 50 Cazenovia High School students who joined more than a dozen other local citizens at forum held by representatives of Governor Cuomo to present his budget and other proposals. The audience was respectful but intense. They asked hard questions, such as, “Why is there a ‘Gap Elimination Adjustment’ when there is no gap in the state budget, but rather a surplus?” to which they got few answers. More than two weeks later, we still haven’t gotten any answers, or even a response, to the questions that were posed both verbally and in writing. The message below is from my follow-up communication to the governor’s staff:

Dave’s Diner to host Robert S. Dubik Scholarship funding dinner

Cazenovia eatery Dave’s Diner will host a special evening of northern Italian cooking and silent auctions on Saturday, March 21, in order to support the Robert S. Dubik Scholarship Fund, with the focus of increasing scholarship funding.

Caravaggio presentation coming to Cazenovia Public Library

All are invited to join local resident Paolo Amadio who returns to the Cazenovia Public Library at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, for a continuation of his earlier presentation on “Caravaggio: His Life and Work in Baroque Rome.”

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High school technology department receives major donations

Weather station, automated switch manufacturing workcell will give students hands-on learning experience

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week accepted two donations of technology equipment worth more than $170,000 that will give Cazenovia High School technology students unique opportunities to construct and maintain both a weather station on the high school roof and an automated switch manufacturing work cell once used by Marquardt Switches. Once the switch machine is situated and implemented, Cazenovia will be the only high school in the country with an operational manufacturing work cell in its building for instructional use.

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Cazenovia College athlete reaches career basketball milestone

Senior Erin O’Malley becomes seventh women’s player to score 1,000 career points

Cazenovia College senior Erin O’Malley, from Torrance, Calif., made history Jan. 13 by becoming just the seventh player in Cazenovia College women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone. Early in the second-half of the Wildcats 79-65 win over North Eastern Athletic Conference rival Wells College, O’Malley went coast-to-coast on a steal to score points number 1,000 and 1,001 for her career.

School district predicts 2.1 percent tax levy increase for 2015-16

Cazenovia district assistant superintendent Bill Furlong told the school board last week that he has been accruing the pieces of the budget puzzle during the month of January and by the board’s February meeting “we’ll have the tax limit calculation and know right where we need to be.”

Next ‘Art for Kids’ event to focus on works of Matisse

Pat Hill and Jenna Wright are calling children ages 8-14 to the Cazenovia Public Library on Friday, Feb. 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., for “Matisse, The Astonishing World of Cut-Out Art,” the fourth installment of the Art For Kids program series.

Three technology classes to be offered during February at Cazenovia Public Library

During February at the Cazenovia Public Library, three technology classes will be offered. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Margaret Teitsch Mulvey will conduct a class on the “Basics of Microsoft Word” and Amy Wyant returns to conduct two intermediate classes — “iPad Intermediate” on Feb. 18 and “iPhone Intermediate” on Feb. 25.