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Chenango Bird Club presents ‘Canoe Journey’ presentation

The Chenango Bird Club presents “Sherburne to Chesapeake — A Canoe Journey” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Rogers Environmental Education Center’s Bird Exhibit Cabin. Local paddling enthusiasts Fred and Patti von Mechow will share their July 2014 adventure of paddling the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers to reach the Chesapeake Bay.

Former Cazenovia College student indicted for on-campus rape charges

A man suspended from Cazenovia College last year after being accused of raping a fellow student has been indicted by a Madison County grand jury and was arraigned Friday, April 3, in Madison County Court. Jeffrey Diaz, 22, of New York City, was arrested by Cazenovia Police and charged with rape in the first degree and performing a criminal sex act in the first degree, both Class B felonies.

Cazenovia school district receives slight increase in state GEA funding restoration

Dire district program cuts now less likely than feared, superintendent says

The New York state legislature’s passage of its 2015-16 state budget on April 1 means that school districts throughout the state can now complete their 2015-16 district budgets, knowing approximately how much state education aid they will receive – which they previously did not know. For the Cazenovia Central School District, this equates to a $357,000 increase in GEA funding – about $130,000 more than the district received in 2014-15 – which will allow the board of education to complete a budget most likely without dire cuts to district programs and personnel, as had been feared.

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Cazenovia named a top public school district in New York state in latest ranking

Cazenovia Central School District has been selected as one of the top 100 school districts in New York state, according to a list developed by research analyst company Niche.

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CHS Mock Trial team bests J-D, headed to finals

The Cazenovia High School Mock Trial team bested Jamesville-Dewitt High School on Thursday, March 26, to advance to the final round of county competition.

Spring Break: Something for everyone at the Cazenovia Public Library

Jenna Wright is calling children of all ages and their families to the Cazenovia Public Library as it gears up for another fun and exciting break week. There are a variety of activities for all ages, giving children a chance to dive into interesting new topics and activities.

Cazenovia’s music education program receives national recognition

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Cazenovia Central Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. Cazenovia joins 388 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015.

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Burton Street students participate in Health and Wellness Fair

Students at Burton Street Elementary School last week spent a day learning and even teaching about physical and mental health at the school’s first Health and Wellness Fair.

Cazenovia High Schoolʼto hold 13th Annual Jazz Night

The Cazenovia High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kathleen DiNardo, will present its 13th Annual Jazz Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Cazenovia High School auditorium. The Hartwick College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Gregg Norris, will work with the CHS Jazz Ensemble during the day and will be featured in the concert that night.

Three school board seats up for election, at least two incumbents not running

Two of the three Cazenovia Board of Education members whose seats are up for election on May 19 confirmed Monday night that they will not seek reelection. Current board President Pat Vogl, a 12-year member, and Karin Marris, a 12-year member, both said they have decided not to run again simply because they have been on the board long enough and are eager to give someone else a chance to serve.

Amish culture discussed at community event

More than 100 residents of the greater Cazenovia area crowded into the Cazenovia Public Library community room last week to hear from members of the Peterboro-Cazenovia-Canastota Amish community who offered a discussion on Amish life, history, tradition and culture.

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Cuomo, Valesky, Magee respond to Cazenovia first graders’ letters about state school aid

Students in Catharine Taylor’s first grade class at Burton Street Elementary School received some surprise mail recently — from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senator David Valesky and State Assemblyman Bill Magee. The three officials all wrote responses to letters sent by Taylor’s 25 students, mailed in early February, in which the students asked Cuomo, Valesky and Magee to restore Cazenovia’s state school aid funding to this year’s state budget.

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Cazenovia singers, musicians participate in spring All-County festival

Nearly 50 Cazenovia student musicians and singers in grades 5 through 12 performed in the annual Madison County Music Educators Association’s Spring All-County Music Festival, which was held March 13 and 14 at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

School district releases preliminary budget, considers exceeding tax levy limit

If New York state lawmakers do not pass a state budget by their April 1 deadline, the Cazenovia board of education may be forced to seek a tax levy limit increase in its 2015-16 budget to ensure it can continue to fund all existing district programs. Such a move is a gamble, however, because to exceed the limit requires a 60 percent voter majority or else the budget goes back to the community for a re-vote. This was the message conveyed to the Cazenovia Board of Education at its March 16 budget work session by Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong during his presentation on the preliminary budget.

Free technology classes offered at Cazenovia Public Library

Technology classes continue at the Cazenovia Public Library in March—“Syncing Your Life with iCloud” on Monday, March 23, and “Discovering Your Digital Library” on Wednesday, March 25.