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High school technology department receives major donations

Weather station, automated switch manufacturing workcell will give students hands-on learning experience

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week accepted two donations of technology equipment worth more than $170,000 that will give Cazenovia High School technology students unique opportunities to construct and maintain both a weather station on the high school roof and an automated switch manufacturing work cell once used by Marquardt Switches. Once the switch machine is situated and implemented, Cazenovia will be the only high school in the country with an operational manufacturing work cell in its building for instructional use.

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Cazenovia College athlete reaches career basketball milestone

Senior Erin O’Malley becomes seventh women’s player to score 1,000 career points

Cazenovia College senior Erin O’Malley, from Torrance, Calif., made history Jan. 13 by becoming just the seventh player in Cazenovia College women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone. Early in the second-half of the Wildcats 79-65 win over North Eastern Athletic Conference rival Wells College, O’Malley went coast-to-coast on a steal to score points number 1,000 and 1,001 for her career.

School district predicts 2.1 percent tax levy increase for 2015-16

Cazenovia district assistant superintendent Bill Furlong told the school board last week that he has been accruing the pieces of the budget puzzle during the month of January and by the board’s February meeting “we’ll have the tax limit calculation and know right where we need to be.”

Next ‘Art for Kids’ event to focus on works of Matisse

Pat Hill and Jenna Wright are calling children ages 8-14 to the Cazenovia Public Library on Friday, Feb. 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., for “Matisse, The Astonishing World of Cut-Out Art,” the fourth installment of the Art For Kids program series.

Three technology classes to be offered during February at Cazenovia Public Library

During February at the Cazenovia Public Library, three technology classes will be offered. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Margaret Teitsch Mulvey will conduct a class on the “Basics of Microsoft Word” and Amy Wyant returns to conduct two intermediate classes — “iPad Intermediate” on Feb. 18 and “iPhone Intermediate” on Feb. 25.

CHS Mock Trial Team preparing for new season

After making it to the semi-finals of last year’s competition, the Cazenovia High School’s Mock Trial Team is already gearing up for what should prove to be a challenging season.

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State of the area: U.S., N.Y. politics as partisan, detrimental as they appear

The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

Educational advocacy groups to host forums on school funding

Our schools are losing money every year — and New York state is taking it from them.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

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Girl Scouts gear up for sales pitches, service projects

Between earning awards and serving their communities, area Girl Scouts had a busy 2014. This year will be just as busy as the girls set their goals for the annual cookie sale — which is available online for the first time ever — and continue pursuing service projects within their communities.

Madison Field Crops Meeting scheduled for March 17

The annual Madison County Field Crops Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Empire Tractor, 2893 Route 20 East in Cazenovia.

Technology classes offered at the Cazenovia Public Library

During January and February, seven technology classes will be offered at the Cazenovia Public Library. Three classes will be conducted by Margaret Teitsch Mulvey, beginning with “Windows 7” on Friday, Jan. 23, followed by “Windows 8” on Wednesday, Jan. 28, and “The Basics of Microsoft Word” on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Free income tax preparation offered for some Madison County residents

If you are a Madison County resident who earned less than $53,000 this tax year, you may qualify to have your tax preparation done free of charge. Trained community volunteers can help you with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly for which you may qualify.

Syracuse University to name indoor facility after Cazenovia resident

Latest addition to Syracuse Athletics facilities will be named for three-sport star Cliff Ensley following multi-million dollar gift

Syracuse University will name the new indoor practice facility the “Ensley Athletic Center,” on behalf of Cliff Ensley, a walk-on who earned a football scholarship and became a three-sport standout at Syracuse in the late 1960s. Ensley’s multi-million dollar gift, combined with previously announced major gifts from Dick and Jean Thompson and others to be announced later this year, made the construction of the 87,000 square-foot practice facility possible. Ensley, a part-time resident of Cazenovia, earned the 1969 Syracuse Athlete of the Year award, an honor that had previously been given to Jim Brown, Larry Csonka, Floyd Little, Ernie Davis and Dave Bing.

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Cazenovia Athletic Association works to revive high school Hall of Fame

Currently seeking nominations for 2015 awards

Many Cazenovia community members, including Cazenovia High School student-athletes and alumni, may not know that just inside the main high school entrance from the west parking lot there is a display case dedicated to honoring Cazenovia’s greatest athletes. But there have been no additions to the case since 2010. But now, after a four-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Cazenovia Athletic Association is working to revive the program — and the hall of fame committee is actively seeking nominations for this year’s induction ceremony.