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Cazenovia Middle School students get safety tips at recent assembly
Wendy Fical likes to start her middle school presentations about Internet safety with a story about a teen who scored the winning touchdown at his latest football game. The boy loves online gaming, and tells one of his online partners that his team won 21-20 in their division championship game. That doesn’t seem like excessive personal information, right? But from just that little amount of information, the teen’s male online gaming partner used the Internet to find out enough information about the boy to show up at his house. That is just one of thousands of examples that Fical, a program director with the national Center for Exploited and Missing Children, has told middle schoolers about how even the most basic of personal information they put out onto the Web can be used unsavory and dangerous people.
Cazenovia centenarian and family celebrate his rare milestone
Frank Lacko Sr., of Ballina Road in Cazenovia, turned 100 years old last week — and he seemed to take it all in stride. “It’s better than 90,” he said during a family birthday party in his honor last Saturday, Oct. 3. “I’m that much older and I know that much more.”
Alicyn Hart said she will never move a restaurant again — but she’s also hopeful she won’t have to. The former proprietor of the popular Cazenovia restaurant Circa, that closed its Albany Street doors more than one year ago due to rising rent costs, is planning to reanimate her signature establishment in a new building and a new location early next year — on Route 20 East at the four corners of Nelson.
Chittenango ovate amber snails coaxed into reproduction at SUNY ESF
Scientists from SUNY ESF made history today after releasing into the wild at Chittenango Falls State Park 200 endangered Chittenango ovate amber snails that were bred and grown in captivity. These rare, delicate snails, that measure about 1 millimeter in length when first hatched and grow up to 20 millimeters in length as adults, can be found in only one place on Earth — alongside this Central New York waterfall. And until today, there were only about 300 of them in the wild.
An auditor from the New York State Comptroller’s Office recently spent more than one month working in a makeshift office in the Cazenovia Central School District offices reviewing the finances of the district to ensure that Cazenovia is spending its money responsibly. The state audit was not the result of any district incompetence or malfeasance — and the results showed none of either — but rather from the Comptroller’s determination that Cazenovia CSD is suffering from “moderate” fiscal stress.
Cazenovia is a community that comes together to support its neighbors in times of adversity – and this Saturday, Oct. 3, a community-wide event is occurring to raise money to help pay the medical bills for the Reger family, whose patriarch, Kyle, suffered a stroke less than one month ago. The family, which includes his wife Marla and their two young children, Max, 6, and Jackson, 3, and is facing medical bills of around $50,000.
Construction crews currently can be seen working on two houses at the four corners of Nelson that, when completed, promise to forever alter the food and beverage landscape in the Nelson-Cazenovia area. While a restaurant, nanobrewery and cigar shop are currently in the works to be created inside the two buildings — officially to be called Nelson Corners — a coffee roaster business is now up and running, selling coffee online and preparing for a storefront grand opening event on Oct. 3.
Eight inducted into Cazenovia High School Hall of Fame
More than 200 people drove out to the Rusty Rail in Canastota last Friday night to celebrate the 10 individuals and four athletic teams that were inducted into or otherwise honored by the Cazenovia High School Hall of Fame. Ranging in history from the 1937 Cazenovia Corn Huskers football team to a 2009 CHS graduate, the honorees all were a “pretty incredible” group of athletes that brought home to Cazenovia a combined 15 sectional championships and 12 all-league honors, as well as represented three high school All Americans, two coaches of the year and one national collegiate champion.
The New York State Department of Transportation will begin the reconstruction of Albany Street beginning Monday, Sept. 28, with an anticipated completion date of Nov. 1, according to Bill Carr, Cazenovia village public works administrator.
More than 250 people turned out last week to eat, drink, mingle and — most importantly — help raise funds for the Cazenovia Children’s House during the organization’s annual Taste of Cazenovia fundraising event, held this year at the Cazenovia Country Club.