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Village board approves fees and policies for Lakeside Park kayak rack
Cazenovia Lake is becoming even more kayak and canoe friendly thanks to two projects currently underway in both Lakeland and Lakeside parks in the village. Last week, the village board approved the use fees and policies for the incoming kayak racks to be erected in Lakeside Park this year, and chose a company to perform the construction of the new hand launch and wall repair at the canal behind Carpenter’s Barn.
Beautiful baldness is returning to Cazenovia for the third consecutive year next month, when the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser to battle childhood cancer takes place at Burton Street Elementary School. Last year’s event saw more than 100 community members shave their heads and raise more than $50,000 — a feat organizer Sean Kelly said he hopes can be repeated this year.
Cazenovia High School senior Jake Shaffner, one of the standout players on the Lakers 2015 state champion football team, has announced that after graduation he will attend Colgate University, where he will study liberal arts with a pre-engineering focus and play football for the Raiders.
Receives donation from Berkshire Bank
Cazenovia College recently received a $5,000 donation from Berkshire Bank which, added to a recently received Common Grounds challenge grant, will allow for the expansion of the college’s inclusive daytime programming for adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to participants.
The Cazenovia Central School District is, once again, facing a dire financial situation as it prepares its 2016-17 budget, thanks to the lack of state school funding aid proposed by the governor this year. If the state funding numbers do not change, the Cazenovia Board of Education will once again face the choice of exceeding the state-mandated tax cap in its budget or making major cuts to district programming, according to district officials.
The Cazenovia Lakers varsity football team was honored on Jan. 27 with the Joe LaGuardia Male Team Award at the annual Believe to Achieve Awards in Syracuse. The awards, sponsored by Visit Syracuse and Syracuse Sports Corporation, recognize meritorious contribution to the Central New York sports community through the hard work and commitment of individuals and teams. The state champion Cazenovia football team shared the award with the Liverpool boys cross country team.
The Cazenovia board of education this week approved the reinstatement of an honors chemistry class in the high school to better prepare students for AP chemistry and give them a more positive science experience that may encourage them to continue to pursue the discipline.
Friends remember Dave Campbell, who passed away last week
Dave Campbell was a well-known figure around Cazenovia. He was a great friend, a longtime local mechanic and, for the past two years, delighted in playing Santa Claus at Cazenovia’s Christmas Walk. So, as is so often the case when people pass away, the community was shocked to hear that Campbell, 65, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Jan. 18.
The state of the Cazenovia area is good and continues to improve, although there are always challenges along the way. This was the message received by about 30 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, held this year at Cazenovia Country Club, offered local residents a chance to hear updates from, as well as ask questions to, their local, regional, state and national elected officials on a variety of topics.
Special legislation is currently pending before the state assembly and state senate to allow the town of Cazenovia to take over ownership and operations of the Madison County Sewer District treatment plant and corresponding sewerage system. The legislation has been supported by the municipal boards of the town and village of Cazenovia and the town of Nelson — all of which are stakeholders in the sewer district — and is seen as a way to keep the creation of sewer rates in the hands of those who actually use the system rather than having Madison County, which no longer wants to run the district, transfer operations to some other entity.