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What is the value of an art park?

GUEST COLUMN

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.

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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.”

Annual Spring Migration Nature Art and Craft Festival coming to GSC this weekend

The annual Spring Migration Nature Art Festival at the Great Swamp Conservancy in Canastota happens this Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3.

Willow Festival to celebrate history, ecology and art

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation has announced that it will host a Willow Festival from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25, in the Cazenovia Willow Patch, just south of the center of the village.

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Village celebrates Arbor Day, dedicates four new trees for Lakeland Park

More than 100 people gathered on a warm, sunny spring morning in Lakeland Park this past Saturday for the Cazenovia Tree Commission’s annual Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony. Members of the commission were present to explain the history and significance of Arbor Day as well as to talk about the future of Lakeland Park and its trees; the five middle school members of the Earth Club helped honor the day by reading the official Arbor Day proclamation and Burton Street Elementary School students sang the song “This Pretty Planet.”

Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up coming April 18

On April 18, the Annual Chittenango Creek Clean-Up will start at 10 a.m. at the Buyea’s Hardware parking lot and end around noon. All are invited to show up and help.

Chenango Bird Club presents ‘Canoe Journey’ presentation

The Chenango Bird Club presents “Sherburne to Chesapeake — A Canoe Journey” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Rogers Environmental Education Center’s Bird Exhibit Cabin. Local paddling enthusiasts Fred and Patti von Mechow will share their July 2014 adventure of paddling the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers to reach the Chesapeake Bay.

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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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