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Local H&R Block branch to host free Affordable Care Act information day

Find out how ‘Obamacare’ will affect your 2014 taxes

The federal Affordable Care Act, popularly called Obamacare, which was made to create universal healthcare in America, took effect Jan. 1 of this year; and now than 2014 is coming to an end, the new health care will also affect people’s tax returns. Whether someone bought healthcare from a federal marketplace or not, there are issues to be taken into account at tax time, from reconciling the healthcare tax credit to calculating the penalties to knowing the penalty exceptions — and one local tax preparation company is offering free help to next week in navigating and understanding the tax effects of the new law.

CACDA working to create community programs for seniors, parents

Has scheduled two needs assessments focus groups for community input

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) is currently undertaking a project to see if there is both a desire and a need by the Cazenovia community to have facilities and programs for local senior citizens and stay-at-home/homeschooling parents.

To get our fair share


It’s coming up on budget time again, and the outlook for the Cazenovia Central School District is … dismal. It may be fair to say catastrophic. We have all been forewarned by the district that unless something changes, there will be severe budget cuts to school programs and staff, and, although it has not been stated, it is logical to surmise there will be high tax increases. This is not the fault of our district administrators or our school board members. This is the fault of our state government.

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School board, district looking to regain lost state funding through advocacy push

In the past five years, the Cazenovia Central School District has lost $6.2 million dollars in state aid, due to the way the state legislature and governor divvy up money at budget time using the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment program. Cazenovia has survived the low funding coupled with increased unfunded state mandates by cutting programs and staff, increasing the district tax levy and using up its reserve funds. But now, coming into the school year 2015-16 budgeting process, Cazenovia is nearly out of money with nothing left to cut.

From the school board president: District faces deep budget cuts due to continued loss of state aid

This time it’s for real. I’m referring to the issue of school funding here in Cazenovia, and specifically the cumulative impact of six years of diminished state aid in the wake of the Great Recession. Although state finances have long since recovered and are now well into the black, the ongoing and relentless drive in Albany to cut support to local school districts is about to be felt here in our community in ways that will be all too real.

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Religious release time conversation continues at school board meeting

More than 100 people — at least 50 from St. James Roman Catholic Church — attended the Cazenovia Board of Education meeting on Monday; most of them were there to stand up, literally, in support of the district’s religious release time program for district students.

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Middle School names citizens of the first quarter

The Cazenovia Middle School has named its first quarter Citizens of the Quarter for the 2014-2015 school year.

Cazenovia High School First Quarter Honor Roll

Cazenovia High School last week released the first quarter honor roll.

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Art for Kids: Norman Rockwell at the Cazenovia Public Library

Pat Hill and Jenna Wright are once again calling children ages 8 through 14 to the Cazenovia Public Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, for the third installment of the popular series “Art for Kids.”

Students to bring Shakespeare to high school stage in January

This winter, Cazenovia High School students are bringing William Shakespeare’s words to life through a modernized production of the iconic play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This well known-comedy will grace the CHS stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the high school’s auditorium, and it is open to the public.

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Passing the baton

Two Laker greats run in successive seasons

When Jeanette Cudney graduated from Cazenovia Central School in June 2014, it was the end of an era for Cazenovia’s cross country and track programs. The standout distance runner had set every school record for cross country and finished her career with the all-time CCS marks for the 3,000 meter and four relays in indoor track and the 2,000 meter steeplechase and 4x800 meter relay in spring track.

Students to bring Shakespeare to high school stage in January

This winter, Cazenovia High School students are bringing William Shakespeare’s words to life through a modernized production of the iconic play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Brown, Mitchell make commitments for college sports

Two Cazenovia High School athletes last week signed their letters of commitment to attend and play lacrosse for two different colleges.

Seminar coming to discuss grieving during the holidays

The Grief Group of Cazenovia is sponsoring a seminar on “Grief during the Holidays” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Cazenovia Presbyterian Church.

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.