Area school districts named as finalists for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant

In the Madison County area, two school districts have been announced as finalists in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Canastota Central School District and Stockbridge Valley Central School District are among the top districts in New York in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.

Cazenovia College names Margery A. Pinet interim president

Professor emerita began role July 1

Margery A. Pinet has been appointed by the Cazenovia College Board of Trustees to serve as interim president while the college undergoes a presidential search to replace Mark Tierno, who completed his 15-year tenure on June 30.

New Woodstock Summer Reading Program and Old Home Day Upcoming

The popular Summer Reading Program begins Monday, July 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the New Woodstock Free Library. A new program or event will be held at 2 p.m. every Monday throughout the summer.

Birds along the Chenango Canal

The Chenango Bird Club’s third walk in its summer evening bird watching series will be a stroll along the Chenango Canal north of Hamilton at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8.

Summer of fun coming to the Cazenovia Public Library

From July 1 to Aug. 15, Children’s Program Coordinator Jenna Wright will have the library brimming with activities for children of all ages and their families.

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A time for celebration and gratitude

CHS Class of 2015 celebrates commencement

It was an overcast day with the threat of rainstorms last Saturday, June 27, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2015 celebrated its commencement inside the Cazenovia College gymnasium. Hundreds of family and friends of the graduating seniors, along with teachers and district staff, watched as the 146 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a white rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.

Furlong resigns as Cazenovia school district assistant superintendent

After 18 years as second-in-command of the Cazenovia Central School District, Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong has resigned his position in order to make a lateral job transfer to the North Colonie Central School District in Latham, N.Y. Furlong was appointed assistant superintendent of business for the North Colonie district at a special meeting of its Board of Education on June 1. His resignation was officially accepted by the Cazenovia Board of Education at its June 15 regular monthly meeting.

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Cazenovia school district ranked third in the state in new survey

Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the top school districts throughout New York state, last week released its 2015 results — and named Cazenovia Central School District the third-best school district in all of the 431 Upstate New York school districts. Pittsford, a southeastern suburb of Rochester, ranked no. 1, followed by Fayetteville-Manlius at no. 2.

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Art teacher Bill Paben to retire after a 30-year career at Cazenovia High School

After 30 years teaching and inspiring young artists in the Cazenovia Central School District, art teacher Bill Paben is retiring at the end of this school year. “I have no regrets. I’ll miss the kids but I’m ready to make more memories,” Paben said. “Teaching has been so great, especially in this community. There has never been a day where I say ‘Oh I don’t feel like going to work today.’”

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Longtime school board members say goodbye

Vogl, Tobey and Marris end collective 30 years of board service

The Cazenovia Board of Education handled some routine year-end matters at its June 15 monthly board meeting, but the real events of the night were a bevy of goodbyes given to departing teachers, administrators and school board members.

Full and partial scholarships are being offered this year to the Signature Music Camp

Signature Music Camp, held on the campus of Onondaga Community College in July, offers talented young musicians the exceptional opportunity to hone their skills working with outstanding musicians from a variety of colleges and institutions from across the country.

Class of 2017 to hold ‘Color Run’ fundraiser

On Sunday June 7, the Cazenovia High School Class of 2017 will host a color run as a fundraiser.

Cazenovia Rowing Club hosts annual learn to row event

As part of the national Learn to Row Day, the Cazenovia Rowing Club will be hosting a three-hour Learn to Row workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 6 at Gypsy Bay Park.

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Riester sculpture unveiled at Burton Street Elementary School

Burton Street Elementary School students, staff, parents and guests saw the unveiling of a new addition to the school’s sculpture garden last week — an original creation by local artists Dorothy Riester and David Harper.

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CCH welcomes new executive director

Cazenovia Children's House (CCH) Board of Directors is excited to announce that Torrey Lansing has been selected as executive director.