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At the Jan. 5 village board of trustees meeting, Trustee Fritz Koennecke, liaison to the village court, said the court handled 50 percent more felonies in 2014 than it did during the three previous years, which is having an impact on the workload of the court, the court clerks and the police. Koennecke’s report to the board led the Cazenovia Republican to inquire to the village court clerk and police chief about the current statistics from their two departments and what the numbers mean.
The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.
The start of a new year often brings change; and, to kick-off 2015, the town of Fenner recently launched a new town website that will offer community members more user-friendly access to vast amounts of town information, including local history, geneology, local photographs, links to local laws and regulations and a local business directory.
Six local organizations receive Common Grounds Challenge Grants during pilot year
Six local organizations — from municipalities to non-profit groups to student groups — recently received more than $15,000 in grant funding in order to undertake projects that will benefit the Cazenovia community. The projects were selected as awardees of the local Common Grounds Challenge Grant program, which is in its pilot year.
During its first meeting of the new year, the Cazenovia Town Board last week approved its annual organizational appointments for the town government as well as attended to regular business.
After more than one year of being run by an interim director, the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Board of Directors last week announced the hiring of a permanent executive director for the park — Emily Gates Zaengle. Zaengle, 27, a native if Unadilla Forks, holds advanced degrees in both landscape architecture and museum studies and during the past three years has served as both an intern and a volunteer at the art park.
The Fenner Town Board last week held its first meeting of the new year, during which the board made its annual organizational appointments.
If you go to the website for the Animal Planet television show “Monsters Inside Me,” you will find clips from various episodes and some of the show’s best moments. If you watch the clip titled, “Creepy, exorcist-like spider walk horrifies one mother,” you will see the first television performance of 15-year-old Siobhan Kiernan, who is currently a sophomore at Cazenovia High School.
The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Board of Directors has announced the hiring of Emily Gates Zaengle to the position of executive director. Zaengle assumed the role on Jan. 5 and has already been busy meeting with various community organizations and strategizing for the 2015 summer season at the Art Park, according to a statement on the park website. “I can’t tell you how thrilled we are,” said SQHAP Board of Directors President John Hunt.
Currently seeking nominations for 2015 awards
Many Cazenovia community members, including Cazenovia High School student-athletes and alumni, may not know that just inside the main high school entrance from the west parking lot there is a display case dedicated to honoring Cazenovia’s greatest athletes. But there have been no additions to the case since 2010. But now, after a four-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Cazenovia Athletic Association is working to revive the program — and the hall of fame committee is actively seeking nominations for this year’s induction ceremony.