Erin Craig to be Cazenovia High School 2014 commencement speaker

The Cazenovia Central School Class of 2014 is proud to announce that Erin Craig will deliver the Commencement Address at graduation at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 28.

Students to host CPR training class

The Cazenovia Student Health Initiative group is hosting a CPR training class. The goal is to make CPR training available to the community and to encourage Cazenovia High School students and local community members to get CPR certified.

Cazenovia district may fail to meet state math test participation number requirement

High number of opt outs may cause district to submit ‘improvement plan’ to state education department

In 2013, 100 percent of Cazenovia students participated in the state-mandated English Language Arts and Math tests for grades 3 through 8. This year, many parents chose to “opt out” their children from the tests and, in Math at least, the lower participation may have caused Cazenovia to fail to meet the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, Superintendent Bob Dubik told the board of education last week.

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AIDS Walk/Run raises more than $181,000

The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.

Fairy garden workshop to be held at Cazenovia library

Cazenovia Public Library and Cazenovia Children's House (CCH) are presenting a workshop for families to create their own fairy garden. The program, for families with children ages four to young at heart, will have a wonderful literacy component. To begin, Jenna Wright will read a story about fairy houses and gardens and each family will leave with a journal to draw/write about their creation and a book list of titles to borrow from the library.

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Local choral directors receive ‘Service Above Self’ award from Cazenovia Rotary

During its May 12 meeting, the Cazenovia Rotary Club presented the “Service Above Self” award to Teresa and Bruce Campbell for their years of dedication to music in the community.

Cazenovia voters approve $26.5 million budget; elect two board members

On May 20, Cazenovia Central School District voters approved the district’s $26.5 million 2014-15 budget proposal, elected two board of education members and approved two propositions.

Three events wrap up May at the Cazenovia Public Library

All are invited to attend three exciting events that wrap up the May program schedule at the Cazenovia Public Library.

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In profile: Cazenovia Board of Education election candidates

The 2014 Cazenovia Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 20, will have three candidates vying for two seats on the board. Incumbents Leigh Baldwin and Jan Woodworth are both seeking reelection to second terms, while challenger Abby Hartwell is seeking a first term. The candidates gave personal and background information to the school district public information officer for use in the district’s “Blue and Gold” newsletter, and answered questions from the Cazenovia Republican concerning educational issues, priorities and philosophy.

Middle East expert sheds light on Syria conflict

NBC analyst Rick Francona headlined recent Cazenovia Forum event

The war in Syria seems to exemplify that notion, but retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and CNN and NBC Middle East analyst Rick Francona knows that the problems in the region stem from many reasons. A guest speaker for the Cazenovia Forum, Francona told an audience of more than 100 people on Friday, May 2, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre that the complexities of the region can partly be traced back to the end of World War I when the victorious Allies carved up the former Ottoman Empire into artificially constructed “countries.”

Digital magazines now available at the Cazenovia Public Library

The world’s largest newsstand, called Zinio, is now available at the Cazenovia Public Library. People who love magazines can now enjoy the complete digital editions of their favorites — many of which are only available in this format. With Zinio, readers can find the stories they want to read quickly and easily with an intuitive navigation and all-inclusive keyword search.

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Upcoming talk to explore endangered migration of monarch butterflies

Monarch numbers have plummeted in the past 15 years — by as much as 81 percent between 1999 and 2010. This year’s monarch migration area was the smallest in 20 years. What are the causes of this downward population trend? What exciting conservation initiatives are underway to counter the decline? At 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Cazenovia Public Library, The Nature Conservancy will present a lecture by Dr. Ernest Williams, a biologist at Hamilton College, on the threatened migration of the monarch butterfly.

Mother Goose tea to be held at Cazenovia Public Library

Nursery rhymes take center stage in the Cazenovia Public Library community room with “Mother Goose Tea: Food and Fun for the Whole Family” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Gallery announces new retrospective exhibition of multi-media paintings

The Stone Quarry Hill Art Gallery has announced a retrospective exhibition of multi-media paintings by Shelter Island resident Janet Culbertson titled, “Paradise Gone?” This exhibit will display works from the artist’s “Industrial Park” and “Billboard” series as well as works from 40 years of her paintings and drawings. Many works are a politically charged response to global disasters, pollution, over-population and the obliteration of the landscape at the hands of our own species.

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National historic recognition

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park’s ‘Hilltop House’ and studio listed on National Register of Historic Places

The board of directors of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced that “Hilltop House,” the former home of Dorothy and Bob Riester, and the studio used by Dorothy for much of her work, have recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as notified by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (SHPO). The house was designed by Dorothy and Robert Riester in 1959, with the construction completed in 1960.