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Poem in honor of Veterans Day: Ambush: 1969

The following poem was written about Lt. John Marsh, USN Seal Team 1, and his action in Vietnam which resulted in wounds so serious his career was ended. The poet, Tom Hayes, created the work from bits and pieces of conversation and stories between him and Marsh in Cazenovia.

Plutonic relationships

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Since when can’t a guy be friends with a girl, without wanting more? And since when can a girl want to be friends with a guy, without wanting more? It’s difficult for people in relationships to trust each other enough to have these boundaries. No one wants their girlfriend going out to chat with a guy, in a small town, because as we all know, gossip will spread.

Saving strays brings a reward worth the risk

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Bizmark, Oliver, Schatzi, Blue, Walnut, Duncan, Cali, George, Prince, Pita, Lady, Dice, Penny, Indy, Epiphany, Jake, Max, Bruin and Colt are only a few of the names of animals that were rescued by people … and at the same time, rescued those people as well. When we, as humans, need guidance and comfort, it’s often that we find it humbling and embarrassing to talk to others. That is where we find love and restfulness in animals.

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In honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel (widely known as Dr.Seuss), this week's column about gossip will be written in what I call “his fashion.” His works were always friendly, yet conveyed a deeper message when read in their entirety.

The spirit of the ‘Cazenovia Curmudgeon’ lives

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Donald Kruger, whose insight over the years has been irreplaceable, was known as the “Cazenovia Curmudgeon,” and would write eloquent rants about the town. I believe in the antiquity of the written word, as did he; I believe in newspaper opinion columns that have a free voice, as did he. So I will now be contributing a weekly column to the Cazenovia Republican written in his spirit — not to replace his legacy, but simply to honor his time and commitment.

Book review: The story after the fairy tale – ‘The Isle of the Lost,’ by Melissa De La Cruz

I bet you think you know all about our beloved Disney animated princess movies, with their heroic endings and vanquished villains. But did you ever think of what happened to the villains after the “happily ever after?”

Gabor welcome speech to Sept. 11 commemoration event

Project Café President Mimi Gabor gave a brief speech to welcome the approximately 100 community members who attended the 9/11 commemoration and candlelight vigil last week in Cannon Park. Her remarks are printed below with her permission.

‘The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,’ by Daniel James Brown


“The Boys in the Boat” is the story of an eight-man University of Washington crew team that rose to national prominence and competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The book’s inspirational tale of college underdogs and athletic achievement is a story of personal transformation for its central figure, crewsman Joe Rantz, but also shows a wider view of American life during the Great Depression.

Graduation, summer parties... What could possibly go wrong?


Graduation day June 2006 was truly a time for celebration for both parents and daughter. It represented a significant, hopeful and joyful milestone, marking the beginning of adulthood. On that joyful day in June 2006, could we possibly imagine it would all end in tragedy seven years later … as a victim of a drunk driver?

Album review: Twenty One Pilots – A change in sound, but for the better

Just in time for summer, Twenty One Pilots released “Blurryface,” a fun, upbeat and easy listening album comprised of 14 songs with relatable and comical lyrics that are accompanied by mainly percussion and guitar instrumentals.

Trout Unlimited is protecting your local stream


The Madison County Trout Unlimited Chapter 680 will begin monitoring Chittenango creek starting in March. A program instituted at the national level encourages chapters to be proactive on tracking changes in local streams. Much concern for the streams began when hydrofracking became more prevalent throughout the country. Other possible contamination sources are industrial, agricultural or unforeseen random events.

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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.

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:

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.