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CACDA to sponsor presentation by local Amish community

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) is sponsoring an upcoming presentation and discussion of the local Amish community as part of their 2015 Community Building Signature Project.

CCP’s annual fundraising gala coming March 6

Cazenovia Community Preschool’s second annual event, The Gala at Lincklaen, scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 6, at The Lincklaen House, will help erase the winter blues with a night of activities, raffles, auctions and lots of food and drink.

Syracuse Press Club offering $2,000 scholarship

The Syracuse Press Club is now accepting applications for the 2015 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is studying print, broadcast or digital journalism at a college or university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

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School board awards bid contracts for $7.4 million capital project

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week officially awarded the bid contracts for both the $7.4 million district-wide capital improvement project and for a $100,000 electrical work project at Burton Street Elementary School.

School administration says: No increase in state funding means definite district program cuts

The Cazenovia school district administration last week discussed the current estimates for its initial 2015-16 budget and Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong said he feels “pretty comfortable” that all current district programs will be maintained — as long as Cazenovia receives at least half of its expected state aid funding, or $450,000. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides to eliminate state education aid increases this year, the effects will be “devastating” to Cazenovia, and will result potentially in the loss of some district programs and possibly high school electives, and an increase in elementary class sizes, Furlong said.

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?

GUEST COLUMN

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.”