A few local residents who wanted to thank former Town Supervisor Liz Moran for her service to the community ended up doing that, and also providing over $1000 to support the Cazenovia Children's House.
The group -- Cindy Sutton, Mary Jo Thomas, Barb Dahn, Kristi Andersen, Jack Rooney and Sharye Skinner -- organized a party on Jan. 22 at the Lincklaen House.
"We felt strongly that Liz had given four years of really hard work to Cazenovia, and that her tenure had resulted in so many positive things for the community -- including a new Comprehensive Plan and bringing people together to initiate the clean-up of the lake. We wanted to give people the opportunity to express their appreciation," Sutton said.
The get-together featured brief remarks from Kristi Andersen, who served on the Town Board with Moran, and from John Becker, Chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisors. Becker praised Moran for her effective leadership of the county legislative committee on Planning as well as the Madison County Economic Development Strategy Task Force.
"I feel privileged to have worked with Liz and to count her as a friend," Becker said.
Money raised from those who attended the party was intended to cover the costs and to purchase a gift for Liz Moran: a painting by Mary Padgett, well-known local artist. Padgett selected a landscape painting framed by two old maple trees, "The Sentinels".
"I thought this was appropriate," Padgett said. "This is a scene in the town of Cazenovia, and the trees are watching over the landscape, just as Liz was a watchful steward of Cazenovia."
So many people responded to the invitation, however, that Moran was able to direct the excess funds, $1150, to a charity of her choice.
"Cazenovia Children's House is dear to my heart," said Moran, "since all our kids were enrolled, and I served on the Board of Directors. But, even more, the accomplishments we made together will strengthen our community for the future -- and support to children, working families, and our local employment base is the foundation for ensuring that we continue to thrive."
Established over 40 years ago, Cazenovia Children's House provides quality early childhood care and education to over 140 children in our community, with programs for children six weeks through fifth grade in a safe and nurturing environment.