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Town board hears earful on proposed noise ordinance and special events laws

One month after the Cazenovia Town Board officially proposed new town laws to prevent and control excessive noise and to establish procedures and requirements to hold special events, numerous town residents and business owners attended a public hearing to voice their concerns and criticisms of the potential actions.

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Village board braced by extensive opposition to Ledyard Avenue ‘Western Gateway’ rezoning proposal

The mayor and village trustees received an earful of resident concern and opposition last week regarding a village proposal to rezone the Ledyard Avenue/Route 20 entrance corridor into the village — what the board is calling the “Western Gateway” — as a way to promote economic development as well as to maintain the appearance and historical integrity of the grand homes on the road. Calling it an ill-conceived and under-developed plan that could turn the spacious residential corridor into a village-soul-killing commercial strip, neighbors questioned numerous aspects of the proposed law, including the allowed commercial uses in the new zoning district, the availability and aesthetics of parking, the danger to the existing historic homes, the benefits and potential spot zoning for the owner of The Brewster Inn and even the way in which the village notified the neighbors of the proposed zone change.

Friends of Lorenzo kicks off summer season with upcoming Garden Gala

The Friends of Lorenzo invites the Cazenovia community to kick off the summer season at the annual Garden Gala from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the gardens at Lorenzo.

Preservation month activities planned in Cazenovia

Cazenovia’s Historic Preservation Committee (HPC), Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF), the Cazenovia Public Library and Lorenzo State Historic Site have partnered this year to host a series of engaging and educational events focusing on the cultural heritage of historic Cazenovia. All programs are free and open to the public.

Cazenovia Tree Commission to present fifth annual public seminar March 22

Ever feel intimidated when it comes to pruning? You are not alone. While pruning is both desirable and necessary for the health of a tree — and particularly young trees — many approach the task with unease, a lack of confidence and an outright fear of failure. To help overcome these feelings, the Cazenovia Village Tree Commission will hold its annual free public seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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Hillcrest Jephson estate now protected under CPF easement

The historic Hillcrest Jephson estate on Ridge Road is protected by deed restrictions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and now seven acres of the estate as well as the four buildings on the property have been preserved against future development through an easement that the current owners have donated to the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation. The easement means that the appearance of the landscape and exterior architecture of the estate buildings will remain unchanged for future generations.

Madison County Habitat for Humanity plans veteran build for 30th anniversary

In 2014, the Madison County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To d so, the group has set a goal to construct two houses in the village of Chittenango. The houses will become homes for veterans and their families. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for late spring or early summer.

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Friends of Lorenzo raise nearly $5K at annual garden gala

More than 100 people — many in suits, dresses and fashionable hats — spent the evening last Friday enjoying food and wine in the Lorenzo formal gardens, touring the mansion and supporting the Friends of Lorenzo for the group’s annual Garden Gala fundraiser. The non-profit group, which is dedicated to preserving the Lorenzo mansion and grounds, raised nearly $5,000 through attendance and raffle ticket sales.

Friends of Lorenzo annual Garden Gala to feature sneak preview of new costume exhibit

This year’s Friends of Lorenzo Garden Gala will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and will feature light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests at the gala will be treated to a sneak preview of the new costume exhibit opening in the mansion, “From Bustle to Bodice: Layers of Elegance at Lorenzo.” Full-length replicas of the dresses worn by Lorenzo owners Helen Clarissa Lincklaen and her daughter, Helen Lincklaen Fairchild, for their portraits will be on view, and displays also will include illustrations and examples of servants’ clothing, undergarments, children’s costumes and accessories from Lorenzo’s historic collections.

Lake weed prevention mats now available from town

Lakeside residents interested in renting lake weed prevention mats to clear lanes from their docks to the middle of the lake may now do so from the town. The benthic mat rental program, approved by the town board May 13, has received final department of environmental conservation approval and is now ready to go, said Town Councilor Bill Zupan.

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‘Hillcrest’ to host CPF fundraiser

On Saturday, May 18, Linda and Brian Osborne will host a fundraiser to benefit the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation at the beautiful Jephson “Hillcrest” Estate. A Champagne Preview for patrons starts at 5 p.m., with the main event including hors d'oeuvres, wine and Empire Brewing Co. beer beginning at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy self-guided tours of the historic main house.

Nelson Town Board to amend town law

Change would allow alternate members on planning and zoning boards

The Nelson Town Board is preparing to amend its town law to allow for alternate members to be added to both the town planning board and zoning board of appeals. The change is being made to ensure a full complement of each board when in session if a member is absent.

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4-H Lincklaen Shamrocks give back to community

The local 4-H group, the Lincklaen Shamrocks, located in Cazenovia, completed a number of activities last month.

Floral notes: Shine a light

Community Columnist

Christmas is upon us. As a firm believer in go-big-or-go-home, when it comes to decorating, I’ve amassed quite a large inventory of shiny and sparkly baubles.

Paw prints: Lumps and bumps

Community Columnist

Finding a lump on your dog is quite common, especially as they age.

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