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Four from Cazenovia High School selected for all-state music ensembles

Three Cazenovia High School students have been selected for New York State Conference All-State Choral Ensembles, while a fourth has been selected as an all-state orchestra alternate.

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Ready for the holidays

Garden Club, DPW crews, decorate village for the season

The holiday season has arrived in Cazenovia and, and with it, the annual holiday decorating of the buildings and lampposts on Albany Street. Village Department of Public Works crews, members of the Cazenovia Garden Club and students from Cazenovia College spent hours last week hanging wreaths and garlands along the village’s main street.

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Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church to undertake renovations, awarded sacred sites grant

The New York Landmarks Conservancy has awarded a grant of $25,000 to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, under the Sacred Sites grant program, to be used for a portion of the cost of replacing the wood shingle roof over the St. Peter’s sanctuary on Mill Street in the village.

Artwork of Barbara Bickford showcased at the Cazenovia Public Library

A visitor to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery once commented, “It’s so nice to be able to enjoy good art without driving to a museum and spending an entire day in the process.” And good art is what visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery will enjoy with a remarkable exhibition of abstract paintings by award-winning artist Barbara Bickford currently on display.

Local authors book release party coming to library

Alan and Ann Rothschild to discuss and sign copies of their new book, ‘Make: Inventing a Better Mousetrap’

On Friday, Dec. 11, the Cazenovia Public Library will host a release party and book singing event for local authors Alan and Ann Rothschild to celebrate their new book, “Make: Inventing a Better Mousetrap.” All proceeds from book sales at the event will be donated to the library.

Cazenovia College announces holiday chorale concert, arts and crafts fair

Cazenovia College has announced two upcoming holiday events for the community. A Cazenovia College Chorale concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre, and then on Friday, Dec. 4, in conjunction with the Village of Cazenovia’s 38th Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Walk, the Cazenovia College Art Gallery will be the site of the Sixth Annual Arts and Crafts Fair.

Celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards to benefit Food Bank of Central New York

The Madison County Farm Bureau will host a celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. All tips generated at the event will benefit the hunger-relief mission of Food Bank of Central New York.

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Lorenzo celebrates Christmas season in the spirit of ‘The Nutcracker’

Inspired by the original German tale and the beloved Russian ballet and music of Tchaikovsky, Lorenzo celebrates Christmas this year with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, Mouse King and the Land of Sweet, as well as the exotic influences of Russia, Spain and China. Beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Friends of Lorenzo will host their annual “Mansion Preview Party” for members and member-guests. The mansion will then open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday evening, Dec. 4, for “Christmas by Candlelight;” the merriment will then continue throughout the weekend (from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday Dec. 6).

Cazenovia Boy Scouts plan food drive

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Good Turn, Scouting for Food, returns to Cazenovia in November. The Scouts will distribute door hangers announcing the food drive from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8.

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College students seek community input for potential Creekside Park design

The senior landscape architecture studio at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry ran a short design charette project this month focusing on the proposed playground for the linear Creekside Park to be developed along Riverside Drive. As a result of this brainstorming and design process, the class has published a website to encourage community input and discussion of the site.

Cazenovia College to offer ‘Science is Fun’ event

Cazenovia College students and faculty will present “Science Is Fun!” with hands-on activities for children ages 5 to 12. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in rooms 204, 208, 305 and 306 Eckel Hall on the Cazenovia College campus on Lincklaen Street.

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Grand Champion at 13

Erin Curtis-Szalach wins top prize at World Dairy Expo

Erin Curtis-Szalach has been busy the past two months. In addition to normal school and family responsibilities, the Cazenovia eighth grader — and the Ayrshire cow she owns and raises, named “Colata” — has won five grand championship awards at three national dairy shows in three states since the end of August. And Curtis-Szalach is only 13 years old.

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Critz Farms celebrating 30 years in business, announces plans to open farm brewery, make beer

Critz Farms is known across Central New York as a premier place to visit to get apples, pumpkins, maple cider and Christmas trees — not to mention the animals to see and pet, the playground for the kids and the food to eat — but what most people may not know is that 2015 is the 30th year of business in Cazenovia for Matt and Juanita Critz. And after 30 years in business the Critzes have no intention to slow down — they have announced that by spring 2016 they plan to start brewing their own beer and selling it under the company name of Critz Farms Brewing and Cider Company.

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For the love of reading

Little Free Library book exchanges set up in Cazenovia

Change occurs constantly in the Cazenovia community, whether through the repaving of Route 20, the construction of new houses and businesses or the planting of new trees. One recent addition to Caz has probably been noticed by many but understood by few. What, exactly, are the two wooden boxes in the village filled with books that say, “Little Free Library,” and how are they supposed to be used?

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Nichols Pond Park — Not the site of Samuel De Champlain’s battle with the Iroquois

On the 400th anniversary of the famous battle, local history enthusiast debates the accuracy of the event’s Fenner location

Set amid sprawling dairy farms and towering wind turbines, Nichols Pond Park is tucked into the wind scoured uplands of rural Fenner, a long way from anything except the stubborn swirl of historic debate. Just getting there is an issue since two of the four original markers between Cazenovia and the park have long since disappeared. And even when you locate the park, you have not, in all probability, arrived at the site of Champlain’s violent 1615 battle with the Iroquois, despite claims that it occurred there.