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Kempton selected for all-state chorus

Timothy Kempton, a Cazenovia High School junior, has been selected to the New York State Conference All-State Mixed Chorus. He will participate in a concert held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester during the annual winter conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to be held Dec. 4 through 7.

Residents ask school board to change religious education release time policy

About two dozen district parents coordinated their attendance at the Cazenovia Board of Education meeting last week in an effort to convince the board to change the district’s policy that allows for students to leave school to attend hour-long religious education classes at local churches. This “religious release time,” as it is officially called, is not transparent in how it is administered, unfair to the students who do not attend it because they are not taught anything of value during that hour and should not take away learning time in a public education system, according to the parents’ complaints.

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Middle school students honor veterans

Cazenovia Middle School students last week honored Veterans Day by forming a human flag, singing the Star Spangled Banner and thanking five local veterans invited for the occasion.

Christmas at Lorenzo bedecked in holiday plumage

The spicy aroma of wassail, the shimmer of handbells — it’s “Christmas at Lorenzo,” and the magic of the holiday season takes flight this year in each room of the mansion. From peacocks in the formal dining room, to cardinals in the gentlemen’s library, the artistry of volunteer decorators will bring the theme “Birds of a Feather” to life in every room.

Learn to prepare healthy Mediterranean meals at Cazenovia Public Library

Come hungry and join Rhonda Hammond Arnsby, certified chef and nutritional counselor, for “Healthy Mediterranean Meals” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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First Annual Pet Paw-ty coming to Hamilton

Wanderers’ Rest and Colgate Bookstore sponsor pet-themed story-time and adoption event

Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association and Colgate Bookstore will host the First Annual Pet Paw-ty from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the bookstore located at 3 Utica St. This event — a combination pet adoption, story-time and book-signing — is free and open to all humans. Animal guests will be limited to those brought by the staff of Wanderers’ Rest.

Cazenovia Public Library survey results are in

In June, members of the Cazenovia community were asked to assist the Cazenovia Public Library by responding to “Your Thoughts, Our Future,” a survey intended to elicit public opinion to help the Library plan for the future needs of the community. Now the results are in, and as in the past, the Cazenovia community continues its unflinching support of the library by responding to the survey in great numbers and with great consideration.

Madison County holds Ebola preparedness meeting

Last week in Wampsville, the Madison County Health Department met with hospitals in the county, Madison County Emergency Management, first responder agencies, colleges and universities, and other partners to discuss local plans for coordinating an Ebola response.

School board approves ice hockey, wrestling combination teams with other districts

Sets groundwork to make cheerleading a sport next year

The Cazenovia school district Board of Education last week approved two combination sports teams with other school districts, added a new combination team and set the groundwork for making cheerleading a school sport in 2015-16.

State Board of Regents approves new graduation options

In the hopes of both improving graduation rates, the New York State Board of Regents last week approved a plan to add flexibility to its graduation requirements. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Board of Regents agreed to create a 4+1 pathway option, which would allow students to opt out of one of the social studies exams currently required for graduation. Instead, they could take a "comparatively rigorous" assessment in career/technical education (CTE), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the humanities, foreign languages or the arts.

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Magee, Salka talk state assembly issues at Cazenovia debate

Despite the cold, wet weather in Cazenovia Tuesday night, nearly 100 people showed up at the Cazenovia Public Library to attend a debate between Democrat Bill Magee and Republican John Salka, the two candidates running for election to the 121st district in the state assembly. The debate, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, covered issues ranging from raising the minimum wage, to state electoral redistricting, public funding of political campaigns, state school funding, casinos in New York state, alleged corruption in the state legislature, gas drilling in New York, marriage equality and how to keep residents and businesses from leaving the state due to high taxes.

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Cazenovia Crop Walk raises more than $2,500

More than 200 community residents — mostly high school and college students — turned out on a cold, windy Sunday last weekend to participate in the annual Cazenovia Crop Walk for hunger. And they raised more than $2,500 for local and world hunger programs.

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Business First ranks Cazenovia in top five school districts Upstate

Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the 100 top school districts throughout Upstate New York, last week released its 2014 results — and named Cazenovia Central School District no. 5 Upstate, no. 3 in the Syracuse region and no. 1 in Madison County.

13th Annual Wheler Family Conference to focus on justice

Cazenovia native Emma Buckhout will deliver keynote address

Cazenovia College will host the 13th Annual Wheler Conference on World Affairs at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College. Emma Buckhout, program assistant with the Latin America Working Group in Washington, D.C., will kick-off the event.

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FREE center in Fenner breaks ground for new educational building

The Fenner Renewable Energy Educational (FREE) Center has broken ground for construction of an educational building that is being added to the center to teach about renewable energy options.

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