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Cook family thanks community for its support

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.

Please park responsibly at Fairchild Hill trail head

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.

DeRuyter supervisor thanks emergency responders for Jan. 28 incident resolution

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.

Saddened by the death of Anne Hartt-Barbey

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Anne Hartt-Barbey. Because of her advanced age, many Cazenovians are unaware of the contributions she made toward the preservation and conservation of the landscape they now enjoy.

CCH offers thanks for a successful Chilly Chili

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: More than 600 people registered for the 11th Annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk benefiting Cazenovia Children’s House on Jan. 11 and enjoyed running past the stores and restaurants, by the lovely homes and along our wintry roads.

A call to action for the education of our children

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Preserving opportunities for students is the top priority of our school district. I am not convinced that our elected representatives in Albany share that same priority. They all say education is important to them, but what have they done to make a difference? The Cazenovia School District has lost more than $6.2 million in state funding since the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was implemented in 2009 as a short term “fix” to the state budget crisis. In response to this significant reduction in state aid, the school district has cut staff, programs, increased class size, collaborated with other districts and plugged the hole in our budget with reserve funds for the past five years. We as taxpayers have also shouldered the burden.

Cuomo and GEA endanger student opportunities

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: In the short time I have been part of the Cazenovia school community, I have come to recognize what a special place this is for kids. I have also come to realize the endangered nature of the many opportunities our students enjoy. The threat to student opportunity in Cazenovia exists because of a state aid funding formula that for years has been both inadequate and inequitable.

Don’t let Cazenovia become a tourist trap

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: It deeply disturbs me that all four of the Cazenovia area business grants just awarded will greatly increase tourism. Residents of our village and town will lose a quality of life we cherish. Gone will be our quaint little village. Cazenovia will become a tourist trap with hundreds of visitors crowding our sidewalks and their cars and buses clogging our streets. Is this what we want?

Owera Vineyards: Misled and ill-placed

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Despite our love of agriculture, from day one we were concerned about the “vineyard coming to town.” As owners of a farm in Cazenovia, albeit not a vineyard, our agricultural experience told us immediately that a landholding the size of Owera would never be able to sustain itself as a vineyard. So what was the true intent? We found that out in the summer of 2013. As the largest landholding abutting Owera, we went from the “quiet enjoyment” of our farm to bright lights and loud city. No more sitting outside late at night and watching the stars.

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