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People working together help keep our community safe

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On the evening of Monday, July 7, or, probably more accurately, in the very early morning of Tuesday, July 8, someone visited our Sullivan Street backyard and turned over all of our lawn furniture and then helped themselves to our lacrosse goal, which has lived in the back of our yard for about eight years with no incident.

On the campaign trail: Katko named Republican ‘Young Gun’

Congressional candidate John Katko has earned the status of “Young Gun” from the National Republican Congressional Committee after reaching the third and final tier of the group’s recruitment program. Founded in the 2007-08 election cycle by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program provides financial support to candidates in races across the country.

On the Campaign Trail: Katko calls out Maffei; Kessner backpedals on primary

At a press conference on July 2, Republican Congressional candidate John Katko criticized Democratic opponent Dan Maffei, the incumbent representative for the 24th Congressional District, for his grandiose infrastructure plan as well as his vote against a House measure that encourages oil drilling within the U.S.

From the mayor: Preserving our future

There are many exciting new initiatives taking shape this year. This is not an accident, but part of a conscious effort to choose a constructive, sustainable path for our community. In 2011, the village of Cazenovia celebrated its 200th anniversary, an inspiring legacy of history and continuity. Yet community leaders simultaneously face major challenges related to infrastructure, demographics and revenue. Meeting those challenges will require vision, teamwork and shared commitment to forging a path that connects our heritage to our future.

Why I still do this

State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports

So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?

A committee’s thankless task

Group that decides NCAA Tournament field deserves some love, right?

This Sunday night, just after 6 p.m., anyone who cares about college basketball will see the only bracket that matters. Ron Wellman, athletic director at Wake Forest, and the rest of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will unveil the 68 teams for our annual Dance – who they are, where they are going, when they’ll be playing.

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I’m going bald in March for my mother — want to help?

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I only write columns for the paper when I really have something to say; and while I have no bylines in this week’s paper (because I was on vacation last week) the one thing I wanted to write for this issue was that I am shaving my head (and possibly my beard and mustache) for the March 16 St. Baldrick’s fundraising event in Cazenovia, and I hope as many people as possible will participate or contribute.

Town looking for citizens to serve on municipal boards

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Are you interested in learning about and serving your community? The Cazenovia Town Board is looking for a few good neighbors to fill openings that come up on our Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Review, and the Cazenovia Advisory Conservation Commission (CACC).

Best against best

Broncos' offense, Seahawks' D makes for compelling Super Bowl

To save you a whole lot of time between now and Sunday night’s football game in New Jersey with a Roman numeral title that decides the championship of the National Football League, here is the lazy, tired narrative that will get repeated millions of times before they kick it off.

Home considerations

Even if Dome is maintained, new arena would help Syracuse

More than 30,000 packed the Carrier Dome on Jan. 11 as SU’s undefeated men’s basketball juggernaut dismantled North Carolina. Way more, perhaps up to 35,000, will be on hand next Saturday night for the arrival of Duke, even if they’re not as imposing as Blue Devil teams from seasons past.

Community members invited to join Cazenovia Lions Club

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The Cazenovia Lions Club is one of the area’s leading service organizations. The strength of the club is based on a membership of men and women dedicated to community service. The club is currently seeking to increase its membership to be of greater service to the community. To have potential members meet with Lions, the Lions Club is holding a mixer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Morgan Room at Cazenovia College’s dining facility.

Sanity at South Jefferson

Top basketball coach returns; will we learn from it?

This was getting all too familiar. Again a successful, accomplished high school coach in Central New York was getting scrutiny from his employer. Again the coach’s future was put in jeopardy. Again a large part of the community organized itself in support of the coach.

A Civil War Christmas letter home

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With the holiday season in full swing, sometimes we focus on the hustle and bustle and lose sight of what is truly important. I am as guilty as the next person of this and when transcribing a series of letters recently, I came across a Christmas letter from a Civil War soldier to his sister shortly before Christmas in 1862. It reminded me of all the reasons the holidays are special and that these times should be cherished.

Mandela, man and hero

Great man fought for freedom, forgiveness in extraordinary life

A Sunday morning, February 11, 1990, and I was still a freshman in high school. We were all about to head out to church, but we turned on CNN – and the most astonishing, remarkable and wonderful sight greeted us.

Uncommon grace

Show of sportsmanship in state soccer final a teachable moment

Jerry Mackey was, no doubt, elated that his Oneonta girls soccer team had just won the state Class B championship on a windy, wet Sunday night at SUNY-Cortland. But before he could celebrate with the girls he coached, he had a more important task at hand.

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