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Franklin Trek Comes to Cazenovia Aug. 2-9

Annual Franklin Car Parade to be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3

When the 61st Annual Franklin Trek makes its visit to Cazenovia, Aug. 2 to 9, the classic automobile owners won’t only be bringing nostalgia and history to the village community, but also non-perishable goods to be donated to the local food pantry, CazCares. More than 200 Franklin cars will be on display during the week-long visit to Cazenovia and Central New York. The highlight of the week is the Franklin Car Parade, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Cazenovia youth, seniors work together to build bluebird nesting boxes

Last week, local youths and seniors teamed up to build bluebird nesting boxes to be placed on the Fairchild Hill nature trail, in an attempt to bring more bluebirds to Cazenovia. The project — a coordination between Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation — will not only help attract more wildlife to Cazenovia, but the activity offered an opportunity for some inter-generational teamwork.

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Thousands turn out for 2014 Madison County Open Farm Day

More than 5,000 people spent the day on the farm last Saturday, July 26, for the seventh annual Madison County Open Farm Day event. Farmers from all corners of the county, offering everything from beef to bison, from honey to mushrooms, from fruits to vegetables and everything in between, opened their farms for the day to allow the general public to come and see exactly where their food comes from and what it takes to make it available.

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Cazenovia will have a hotel and conference center

Planning board approves proposed hotel site plan for Village Edge South on Route 20

Cazenovia will have a four-story, 82-room hotel and conference center located in the Village Edge South area on Route 20 across from the Town and Country plaza — the result of last week’s unanimous approval by the Village Planning Board of the subdivision, site plan, architecture and special permit application of Cazenovia Hospitality LLC.

First Annual GCACC Ladies’ Golf Tournament to be held Aug. 15

The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce will host its First Annual Ladies’ Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 15, to raise money for the GCACC scholarship fund.

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Smithfield Tornado Benefit scheduled for Aug. 10 in Morrisville

What started as a conversation between fire departments and ambulance corps has become a community benefit complete with music, food, fireworks and an opportunity for individuals to gather and support those impacted by the Smithfield tornado on July 8. Scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Morrisville Fireman’s Field (corner of Maple and Union streets), the benefit starts at noon and runs until dark.

Madison County Historian to speak at the Cazenovia Public Library

All are invited to join Matthew Urtz, Madison County historian, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room for a discussion entitled “Madison County Exposed.”

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Cazenovia equestrienne wins PA pony derby

Annie Walsh, 11, of Cazenovia, recently won the $2,500 pony derby at State College, Pa. Walsh was competing on her pony “Terian’s What a Fox,” and was the champion out of 23 ponies.

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Happy ending: wheelchair-bound boys allowed to join July 4 Foot Races after initial denial

Syracuse Chargers Track Club reverses controversial decision amid public outrage, national media exposure

The news broke early Wednesday morning, July 2, that the Syracuse Chargers Track Club had denied the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race. After nearly 36 hours of public outrage and national media attention, the Chargers board reversed its decision and announced that the Willis brothers would be allowed to participate after all.

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Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races

Syracuse Chargers reverse course on previous denial of wheelchair-bound boys request to participate

A solution has been found to the quell the recent brouhaha over the Syracuse Chargers Track Club's denial of the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race tomorrow. After nearly 36 hours of outrage and criticism directed against the club for its decision, the Chargers board announced that the Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in the race.

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Goodbye, Mr. Dubik – a look back at superintendent’s 38-year career in education

In his 14 years in the Cazenovia Central School District — 10 of those as superintendent — Bob Dubik has achieved many successes, made institutional changes, passed 10 budgets, attended at least one event for every school sport and extracurricular activity offered and been a constant and visible participant in community organizations and events. “I’m a proud father,” Dubik said after ticking off the numerous accomplishments of Cazenovia students he has fostered and witnessed since he became superintendent in 2004. “I’m proud of everything, not just one thing that we’ve accomplished. … Certainly there are things I will miss, especially the kids — seeing them every day, getting hugs, cards, well-wishes from parents, the thank yous and appreciation from community members.” Last Saturday’s commencement ceremonies for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 were, in fact, Dubik’s last as superintendent. He retired on June 30, after a career of more than 30 years in education.

Art park receives gateway project funding

The John Ben Snow Foundation awards grant to enhance the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park entrance

John Hunt, board president of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, has announced receipt of a $9,500 grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation to enhance the main entrance of the park. The Snow Foundation grant places the art park half-way toward reaching a funding goal to complete a comprehensive gateway project in time for the park’s 25th anniversary in 2016.

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Graduation: Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 crosses the stage

It was a sunny, 80-degree day in Cazenovia last Saturday, June 28, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 celebrated its commencement on the green outside the Cazenovia Middle School. Hundreds of white folding chairs were packed with family, friends, teachers and district staff as the 132 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a yellow rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.

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Lions Club adds more, louder shells to Fourth of July fireworks show

The 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks over Cazenovia Lake will be the largest, loudest, most impressive show the Cazenovia Lions Club has ever sponsored — and the club is excited to show off the results to the community.

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Brewster Inn offers new, farm-fresh menu

The Brewster Inn on Ledyard Avenue is known for its elegant cuisine and farm-fresh menu items, but owner Richard Hubbard has been taking actions in recent months that he hopes will enhance his restaurant’s already impressive reputation. To do this, he has recently unveiled a brand new menu, one that includes 20 new items, offered in half-size as well as full-size portions, and all farm fresh from Cazenovia as well as from some of the highest quality farms and purveyors around the world.

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