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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.

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Academic Decathlon team earns three medals at Hawaii nationals

The Cazenovia Academic Decathlon team’s three senior members each won a medal, and the team placed 17th out of 51 teams in the “super quiz” category at the national competition held April 24 through 26 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

After prom party made possible by parents and local businesses

For many years now, the Cazenovia High School Parent Teacher Student Association has put its efforts to the task of crafting a “must attend” After the Prom Party for high school juniors. This year is no exception. According to the event’s organizers, “Our goal is to create a fun filled evening in a chaperoned, safe, drug and alcohol free environment.”

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GoCaz.com highlights recreational opportunities in Cazenovia

A new interactive website has recently been launched that will help guide visitors to the vast array of trails, recreational activities and cultural sites in the greater Cazenovia area. GoCaz.com is an innovative, user-friendly way to discover more about recreational opportunities in this region.

School board candidate forum to be held May 14

The 2014 Cazenovia Board of Education election, scheduled for May 20, will be a contested affair, with three candidates vying for two seats. All three candidates — incumbents Leigh Baldwin and Jan Woodworth and challenger Abby Hartwell — have agreed to participate in a candidate forum to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Cazenovia High School.

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Local library operational funding proposition included in May 20 election

On Tuesday, May 20, Cazenovia Central School District residents will go to the polls to either approve or reject the district’s proposed $26.5 million budget, as well as to select two of the three candidates running for seats on the school board. While these are the marquis items that will be on the ballot, there will also be included a lesser-known proposition – although not less important to many community members – that approves or rejects nearly $550,000 in operational funding for both the Cazenovia Public Library and the New Woodstock Free Library.

School board approves 2014-15 budget, prepares for election

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week voted unanimously to adopt a $26,495,954 budget proposal for 2014-15 that increases spending 0.29 percent and carries a property tax increase of $168,237, or 1.01 percent.

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Investigation closed on bullets found in high school

The investigation into how, why and by whom two .22 caliber bullets were brought into Cazenovia High School on April 4 — prompting a three-hour lockdown and a general anxiety in students, parents and teachers that day — is closed, according to Cazenovia police and school district officials.