Thanks for support of United Community Chest


To the editor: On behalf of Community Bikes, thanks so much to the residents and businesses of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson for your generous support of the United Community Chest.

Update from the Cazenovia town board

The town of Cazenovia undertook a number of projects — some more visible than others — in 2015, and we would like to update the community on some of our work over the past year.

Kudos to congressmen Richard Hanna and John Katko


To the editor: Both congressman voted against repeal of the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood. They were two of only three Republicans out of 435 house members who did so. As moderate Republicans, we appreciate the common sense that both Katko and Hanna have shown on these issues.

Hughes and Houseman families thank community for support


To the editor: On behalf of the Hughes and Houseman family, we would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to our wonderful community. More than a month ago, our lives were forever changed by a sudden and saddening shock. Our family, friends, neighbors and community members did not hesitate to sweep us up and carry us through each day.

Thanks for support of United Community Chest


To the editor: The board and staff of Community Action Partnership (CAP) for Madison County would like to give our sincerest thanks to the members and supporters of the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson for their years of commitment to the community and strong support of our mission.

In support of a John Lincklaen statue


The proposal to erect a statue of Cazenovia founder John Lincklaen in Lakeland Park is an excellent idea, and one that we wholeheartedly support — and we encourage all of our readers to do the same.

Thoughts on winter etiquette around town

Blunt Belle Column

The year is off to a good start. I only have a few complaints. Which is rare.

Disappointed by town’s refusal to do chemical treatment of lake in 2016


To the editor: I wish to share my reaction to the decision by the town board not to treat the lake in 2016. The town, in cooperation with the CLA (Cazenovia Lake Association) have been actively partnering in lake treatments since 2009. For the first time since herbicides were applied to the lake, we will have two consecutive years without treatment. Based on the conditions lake users experienced this past year we may see greatly impaired recreational use of the lake in 2016.

Cazenovia Lake has never been in worse shape


To the editor: I recently attended the Cazenovia Lake Watershed annual forum and then read the follow up article in the Cazenovia Republican. My concern is, had I only read the article, I would have concluded that Cazenovia Lake is doing just fine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone I have spoken to says the lake has never been in worse shape.

CazCares thanks community for support in 2015


To the editor: Before the new year races off, CazCares would like to take a moment to thank the Cazenovia community for the wonderful support we have received during 2015.

Movie Review: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ – Moby Dick revealed

“In the Heart of the Sea” is not your typical fish story. Based on the book by Nathaniel Philbrick, the film offers the unrelenting, thumping peril offered by dangers from weather above and beasts below.

CRIS Timebank is a great program


To the editor: I have been a member of the CRIS Timebank for nine months and am so excited about this program. I am able to find people to do the chores I can no longer do by myself — such as cleaning out closets and organizing items for a garage sale. I even found someone to bake a pie for a special occasion — and it was delicious.

Thank you from Second Chance Thrift Shoppe of CNY


To the editor: Thank you volunteers. Without your tireless efforts, the Shoppe could not operate. Thank you donors. Without your generosity in donating usable household goods, the Shoppe could not operate. Thank you customers. Without your patronage and support, the Shoppe could not operate.

I don’t want to hear about your New Year’s Resolutions

Blunt Belle Column

You know what really grinds my gears? New Year’s resolutions and the people that tell you about them. I simply don’t have time to stand around hearing how you waited until January first to “be a better person.” Why didn’t you get off your lazy tush like I did and change a few months ago? Does Jan. 1 mean something in another language that I’m not aware of except for “New Year’s Day?"

How I quit being a domestic engineer

Blunt Belle Column

About nine months after I moved to Cazenovia, I was invited to an elite philanthropic party. I practically forced someone to go with me and dress up, as I thought this was the moment where I had “made it” in town.