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Middle school orchestra, band placed first and second at Darien Lake competition

The Cazenovia Middle School orchestra and band traveled to Darien Lake amusement park last Saturday, May 16, to compete in the annual Darien Lake Music Festival, where they placed first and second, respectively, in their competition groups.

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School board candidates square off at LWV forum

More than 50 Cazenovia Central School District residents came out to the high school Wednesday night to meet and hear the issue positions of the four candidates seeking seats on the school board in the upcoming May 19 election. The four candidates — Jennifer Bradstreet, David Mehlbaum, Louis Orbach and Jennifer Parmalee — all participated in the forum, which was sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters and moderated by Anne Redfern.

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Cazenovia Board of Education election candidates profiles

The May 19 Cazenovia Board of Education election will feature four candidates running for three open seats. The candidates are David Mehlbaum, Louis Orbach, Jennifer Parmalee and Jennifer Bradstreet. The three highest vote-getters will be elected to the board. Each will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. The Cazenovia Republican sent each candidate a questionnaire in order to publish a profile to inform potential voters of who they are and what they stand for, although not all candidates followed the template we provided.

Cazenovia College to host 190th commencement ceremony on May 16

Professor Emerita Margery A. Pinet and the Christakos family to be honored

Cazenovia College will host its 190th Commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16. Alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, parents, friends and neighbors of the college community will join together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2015. Alumnus Shane O’Dell ’02, will be commencement speaker. This year’s candidate for the doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, will be presented to Margery A. Pinet, and the Christakos family of Cazenovia will receive the college’s Distinguished Service Award.

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Middle school announces third quarter Citizens of the Quarter

Cazenovia Middle School has announced its recent citizens of the quarter.

What is the value of an art park?

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This question of value is at the forefront of our thoughts as we gear up for an exciting season of events at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. For many non-profits and arts and cultural organizations, value is intangible and unique. Perhaps you value the outdoors and enjoy having a place to hike. Perhaps you value coming to the gallery, enjoying the sculptures or challenging your imagination. In order to be of value to a wide range of people, the Art Park must offer a variety of experiences and opportunities. This year, we’re doing just that.

Cazenovia Forum examines Ukraine crisis

Ukraine analyst Adrian Karatnycky placed the ongoing crisis in that country squarely at the feet of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the latest Cazenovia Forum lecture. Karatnycky, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and one of America’s leading experts on Ukraine, spoke on Friday, May 1, in the Morgan Room at Cazenovia College.

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Friends of Lorenzo support preservation month in Cazenovia

Each year since 2003, in celebration of “Preservation Month,” The Friends of Lorenzo sponsor a variety of programs and presentations that focus on noteworthy historic preservation topics in and around Cazenovia. These activities have included various walking tours throughout the village, site visits to exemplary restored buildings and presentations by experts on an array of subjects — from preservation policy, to significant restoration projects, to sources of funding for historic preservation.

Book clubs and ‘Spare Parts’ announced for May at the Cazenovia Public Library

The Cazenovia Public Library has announced its next two book club events as well as its upcoming May movie.

Cazenovia High School third quarter honor roll

Cazenovia High School has released its third quarter honor roll list.

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Canastota author, angler writes book on fishing Oneida Lake

Spider Rybaak has been fishing the waters of Central New York for half a century, and fishing heavily in Oneida Lake for the past 15 years; he is an angler, a teacher and a writer; and he has recently parlayed his trio of skills into his latest book, “Fishing Oneida Lake.”

Cazenovia College alumna named 13th annual Schupf Lecture speaker

Author Nina Esperanza Serrianne to deliver keynote address in early May

Cazenovia College’s 13th Annual Schupf Lecture will feature alumna Nina Esperanza Serrianne ’09, author of “America in the Nineties.” Serrianne, current Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University, will come back “home” to address the campus community during her nationwide book tour at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 4, in McDonald Lecture Hall, Eckel Hall.

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Phillips named Mr. Caz 2015

Eleven Cazenovia High School students from grades eight through 12 strutted their stuff before a sold-out crowd last Friday, April 24, for the sixth annual Mr. Caz Pageant. In the end, only one could walk away with the crown — and that was senior Danny Phillips.

School board offers first reading of revised religious release time policy

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week received the first “reading” of the proposed revision to the district’s religious release time policy for students who attend religious education during the school day. The changes in the policy do not effect whether or not the program will continue to exist — it must under state law — but rather how it is administered and how it ensures that all students in the district receive “appropriate educational opportunities” throughout the school day.

Bike safety event to be held on May 2

Caz Bike Day 2015 will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Burton Street Elementary School parking lot.