From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

What to Read: Books and the Reading Life: Holiday Wish List: Books for Christmas

Looking for that perfect gift? Books are always the right size. They’re simple to wrap and never go out of style. They’re also relatively easy on the wallet. My favorite Christmas presents are always books. I make sure my family knows what’s on my wish list. But I also like surprises. Here’s a list of books for a range of readers on your Christmas list. Recommended by Cazenovia Public Library staff, the selection includes fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s picture books.

Protect Cazenovia’s town ethics and zoning laws


Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., a public hearing will be held during the monthly meeting of this very same planning board where the discussion will, once again, be focused on an application submitted by the developer to build an even bigger event center. Please plan to attend this public hearing and make the members of the board abide by the very same laws to which they were sworn into office to uphold.

Letting the culinary spirit shine


To the editor: Two weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to let my culinary spirit shine once again. Nancy and Peter Mesurlian of Owera Vineyards hosted a cozy Harvest Dinner at the winery, drawing about 50 community members. As the sun set, we could see lights twinkling on the vines in the light rain, and the lake off in the distance. Cazenovia sure is beautiful.

Cazenovia Children's House urges all to support UCC’s annual fund drive


To the editor: November is a month in which we focus on giving thanks. We have much to be thankful for in our community, and this is especially obvious during challenging and stressful times. There are many organizations who step forward to help and The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign drive recognizes those organizations.

Downtown pedestrian danger comes from poor street configuration


To the editor: In response to the letter from the Wilsons in the Republican issue of Nov. 12 regarding traffic and pedestrians in Cazenovia: The main problem, in my opinion, is the unfortunate lack of street symmetry at Cazenovia's main traffic light: Lincklaen Street and Mill Street don't match up, creating a complex traffic situation that can only be handled, but not solved, by a confusing system of traffic signals.

Cazenovia should build a dog park


To the editor: I, and other canine-loving patrons of the Pewter Spoon Cafe, propose that town officials consider a request for the implementation of a dog park in or near the village of Cazenovia.

Mourning for Mr. Dubik


To the editor: Cazenovia mourns the loss of Mr. Robert Dubik, a consummate Cazenovian whose magnanimous personality, sincere compassion and visionary leadership enriched our community. His inexhaustible optimism and perpetual kindness made him a beloved superintendent and universally adored friend.

All should attend upcoming gas compressor project meeting in Morrisville


To the editor: Last month there was a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) meeting in Madison County regarding a proposed natural gas compressor station in Georgetown. The compressor project would essentially be for fracked gas from Pennsylvania much of which is planned for export.

All are invited to attend the annual Cazenovia Lake Summit on Nov. 22


To the editor: The 2014 Cazenovia Lake Summit will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, upstairs in the village municipal building. Many lake health projects that have taken place will be reported on, along with presentations and discussion by field experts regarding options for future action.

Grave concern in village about drivers running red lights downtown, endangering pedestrians


To the editor: I write this letter to the editor with grave concern over a major problem we have here in Cazenovia. Just recently, both my wife and I have nearly been struck by vehicles running the red light at the intersection of Albany, Mill and Lincklaen streets. In my wife’s case, she was already proceeding to walk across the crosswalk, with the legal right of way pedestrian light, and was nearly run over by a motorist running the red light heading east bound. I have had three close calls in just the past week, twice while on foot and one while behind the wheel, of people speeding through the changing lights.

CPF thanks community for successful Walk Among the Spirits


To the editor: The weather was great and the ghosts ready to share their stories in Cazenovia’s Evergreen Cemetery for Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s first annual Walk Among the Spirits. More than 400 people toured the cemetery and visited the grave sites of eight colorful ghosts whose lives spanned most of the first 200 years of Cazenovia’s settlement.

What freedom, independence and Veterans Day mean to me

As conflicts continue today and our armed forces face adversaries on multiple battlefields, I would ask if, in our current conflicts, on this Veteran’s Day we are fighting toward the altogether same insurgent “pyrrhic” victory with modest gains whose cumulative effect does not significantly change the strategic state of the current 12-year Afghanistan “siege”? Most importantly, a “victory” in which the cost (the loss of so many lives) far outweighs the benefit? I want to believe the cost was and is worth it, but history will be the judge.

GCACC thanks community for successful fall festival


To the editor: The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who participated in our First Annual Fall Festival.

Concerned about lack of meaningful instruction during religious release time at Cazenovia schools


To the editor: At the Cazenovia School District Community Forum meeting on Oct. 9, parents had an opportunity to meet with Matthew Reilly, Cazenovia School District superintendent, and Jan Woodworth, member of the Cazenovia Board of Education. Parents at the forum expressed their concern about the lack of instruction provided to children in the district who remain in class during religious release time.