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Think it’s cold now? Dave Shephard can tell you a story about February 1934

If you mentioned to Cazenovia resident David Shephard how cold it was at the start of this past February, he will point out that the start of February 1934 was even colder. In fact, the first two weeks of February 1934 were colder than 2015. Dave won't tell you this because he remembers that February, but it was a pretty important time in his life, nonetheless.

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Reminiscences of Cazenovia: Life in the 50s and 60s – Part 1


Cazenovia in the 1950s and 60s was a wonderland for kids. Its rich environment surely made it one of the best places in the country to spend your childhood.

Cook family thanks community for its support


Dear Cazenovia community: It has taken me a while to write this note of thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of our journey from Oct. 4, 2014, through now. As most of you know, that is the date my soul mate of more than 50 years was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed from this life to his eternal home on Dec. 10, 2014.

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From the Perrson family: Every adventure has an end

Every adventure has an end; it is time for us to move back to Sweden. We came to the U.S. and Cazenovia in October 2012 from Sweden on a two-year expat contract due to Saab’s acquisition of Sensis. The fact that we ended up in Cazenovia was a coincidence, and through pure luck we found a house to rent.

Please park responsibly at Fairchild Hill trail head


To the editor: Parking for the CPF Fairchild Hill trail at the south end of Cazenovia Lake is generously provided by the Trush family behind the brown building at the south end of the lake, but only if trail users do not block truck delivery traffic behind the building.

Thanks for a successful Winterfest Pancake Breakfast


To the editor: Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 would like to thank Carl Stearns of Stearns Farms, Jim Barr of Brae Loch Inn, Bill Tilison of Dave's Diner, Scoutmaster George Schmit and BSA Troop 18, Anna Marie Neuland and the GCACC for their help in making the Winterfest Pancake Breakfast a wonderful success.

Support the movement to eliminate the GEA


To the editor: Our local school district has done its part. We have lost more than $6 million in state aid and as a result we have raised taxes, cut programs and, most importantly, used our “rainy day” reserves, a concept too often lost on our politicians, so that we are now essentially broke. We have bailed out Wall Street and we have bailed out New York State with respect to their commitment to education. Yet the “temporary” GED remains.

Will we sit back and watch as our schools are decimated by the GEA?


On Jan. 30, I was privileged to help supervise 50 Cazenovia High School students who joined more than a dozen other local citizens at forum held by representatives of Governor Cuomo to present his budget and other proposals. The audience was respectful but intense. They asked hard questions, such as, “Why is there a ‘Gap Elimination Adjustment’ when there is no gap in the state budget, but rather a surplus?” to which they got few answers. More than two weeks later, we still haven’t gotten any answers, or even a response, to the questions that were posed both verbally and in writing. The message below is from my follow-up communication to the governor’s staff:

Thanks to community for support of Cazenovia YoungLife Women’s Basket Brunch


To the editor: It was a brisk Saturday morning, Jan. 24, when 100 women arrived at The Lincklaen House to attend the Cazenovia YoungLife Women’s Basket Brunch. This wonderful event raised $7,000, which is very exciting as it will provide a portion of YoungLife’s financial needs here in our community.

Thanks to everyone for their help with our chimney fire


To the editor: We sincerely thank our neighbors Nathan Bliss and Marge Jones for their timely alert to our recent chimney fire and to the Cazenovia Fire Department for their prompt and professional response.

Impressed by inquisitive, informed high school students who questioned Cuomo representative at town hall meeting


To the editor: One of the most elementary lessons that teachers learn during the teacher education process is this: Don’t punish the whole class for the mistakes of a few class members. It’s unfair, unjust and, as a result, it will breed resentment between the class members and their instructor. It was precisely this issue (among many others) that was addressed by a student in Kurt Wheeler’s AP Government class to a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Cazenovia Public Library.

Who are we in Cazenovia?


As an interesting exercise in recent weeks, we have been looking into the demographics of the village of Cazenovia and the surrounding greater Cazenovia area. The intention, from a business standpoint, was to see who exactly our readers are and if we are reaching everyone and writing about every interest they have. From an academic standpoint, we found this just plain fascinating to see the numbers.

DeRuyter supervisor thanks emergency responders for Jan. 28 incident resolution


To the editor: The Town of DeRuyter is thankful to the many agencies responding to the hostage situation occurring on Best Road in the Town of DeRuyter the evening of Jan. 28. A total of 13 agencies responded providing both police support and background support to those actively involved with the situation.

My grandfather’s ‘good neighbor policy’


When he turned 18, my father left home on a northern hard scrabble farm and headed south to the big city. He found a job with the railroad and enjoyed getting paid for hard work. He’d worked hard on the farm, too, but there was little money and barely enough to eat some winters. And his father, my grandfather, made things even harder with his “Good neighbor policy.”

When will citizens wake up and send a message to Albany politicians?


To the editor: Once again the State of New York finds itself in a morally embarrassing situation where our top elected legislative leader is placed under arrest for what many believed has been an ongoing activity for years. This comes not long after our own governor disbands a commission for studying corruption in his administration for fear of what it may uncover.