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Town moving forward with plan to redesign McNitt State Park lake access

The proposed engineering design for a new lake access area at McNitt State Park was received with unanimous enthusiasm from the Cazenovia Town Board last week, and will now be sent to officials at the state parks office for final approval.

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Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby was a great event

The 24th Annual Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby took place on Feb. 7. It was a grand weather day with the temperature in the 20s. The ice was plenty thick and a blanket of snow made for good conditions for the many snow vehicles.

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WinterFest 2015 wrap-up

Results of the annual talent show, sculpture competitions and Fat Bike Race

Cazenovia’s annual Winter Festival certainly lived up to its name this year, as the temperatures stayed frigid and the snow just kept falling — but local residents were out of their houses, in the street and participating in large numbers in the weekend’s events.

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2015 Cazenovia Winter Festival final schedule of events

The annual Cazenovia Winter Festival starts Thursday, Feb. 5 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 8. Here is the finalized schedule of events:

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Fat Bike Race added to WinterFest events

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) BikeCaz Committee and GoCaz.com are pleased to announce a new event added to the Cazenovia WinterFest this year. With sponsorship from Syracuse Bicycle and Empire Brewery, a Fat Bike Race and Demo is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 8. The event will take place at 5 Ledyard Ave. with the race on the adjacent Lorenzo State Historic Site fields. A free snowshoe demo will be available at the event as well.

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Conceptual drawings of Lakeland Park to be unveiled at public hearing

The village of Cazenovia extends an open invitation to a public meeting at which Saratoga Associates consultants will present the first drafts of conceptual drawings for a master plan for Lakeland Park. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the municipal building at 90 Albany St.

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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park names new executive director

After more than one year of being run by an interim director, the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Board of Directors last week announced the hiring of a permanent executive director for the park — Emily Gates Zaengle. Zaengle, 27, a native if Unadilla Forks, holds advanced degrees in both landscape architecture and museum studies and during the past three years has served as both an intern and a volunteer at the art park.

2015 Cazenovia Winter Festival schedule of events announced

The schedule of events for this year's Cazenovia Winter Festival has been released. The festival will take place from Thursday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 8.

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37th annual Winter Living Celebration in Sherburne features old favorites and new classics

Experience the magic of winter during the 37th annual Winter Living Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne. Hosted by the Friends of Rogers, this fun-filled day will be packed with outdoor activities and demonstrations.

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Five new trees planted on the Green

Members of the Cazenovia Tree Commission, assisted by local volunteers and certified arborists, planted five new trees on the Green on Emory Avenue this past weekend as part of the commission’s ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the scenic beauty, health and environment of Cazenovia.

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Public invited to participate in Lakeland Park planning session

If you are one of the hundreds of people who enjoy using Lakeland Park each summer, or if you have gazed at Carpenter’s Barn and envisioned what it could be, and especially if you are looking for a fun and creative way to engage in your community this fall, the village wants to pick your brain. At 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, in the Village Municipal Building boardroom at 90 Albany St., the village will be holding the first in a series of three public meetings designed to lead to the production of a master plan for Lakeland Park.

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Limestone Creek Hunt Club prepares for Parade of Hounds

Annual tradition will be Sept. 7 and go from downtown Cazenovia to Lorenzo

The baying of hounds, the call of the horn, the clatter of hooves … is this a scene from Downton Abbey? The pageantry and tradition do evoke a bygone era, but this is present day Cazenovia and the sights and sounds are coming from the Limestone Creek Hunt. Our local hunt, now celebrating its 75th anniversary — a diamond jubilee — is devoted to educating people about the traditions of foxhunting, the working of hounds, the appreciation and stewardship of nature and the conservancy of land.

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Madison County Highway Department removes three dozen trees on East Lake Road

Many Cazenovia residents were alarmed last week when Madison County Highway Department crews showed up on East Lake Road in front of Owera Vineyards and started strip-cutting trees of all sizes along the roadside. Some people were concerned at the loss of vegetation done with no public notification and no public explanation; East Lake Road neighbors feared that their controversy with Owera Vineyards had taken a new twist by the winery receiving special treatment by having its private/business viewshed improved using taxpayer dollars.

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Local teen builds picnic tables for Lakeland Park

Village residents and visitors have been enjoying the newest addition to Lakeland Park this summer: four new, wooden picnic tables. They may not know, however, that these are not pre-fabricated, mass-produced pieces of furniture purchased by the village board, but hand-crafted pieces made and donated to the community by local teen Garret Hansen as part of his final Eagle Scout community service project.

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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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