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The Cazenovia Republican in 2009

At the end of each year, we remember the events that made headlines during the previous 12 months.

January

The town board banned phosphorus in the watershed as a manner of combating Eurasian milfoil and other weed species in Cazenovia Lake.

Local restaurant Nirchi's closed after two years of business. "Restaurants are a risky business, and no matter how hard we tried we just were not able to make that particular restaurant work in the location we were in," said manager Sarah Roche.

At a Jan. 6 state of the area forum, officials discussed the village of Cazenovia's lake boat launch policy, restoration of the CAVAC building, dwindling sales tax revenue and overall progress made by the town of Cazenovia, the town of Nelson and the village of Cazenovia.

February

Village board members debated lake access details. "What we're trying to balance is the use and enjoyment of a wonderful resource versus the protection of that wonderful resource," said Village Trustee Kurt Wheeler. Russ Brownback argued more strongly for a 100-percent inspection policy for boats coming onto the lake.

Richard McLaughlin was awarded the Chief's Award from the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department. He was praised for his methods of training younger firefighters, his ability to share the history of the department with others and his standing as a good husband and a proud father.

March

The Cazenovia school district faced the possibility of finalizing a budget despite the uncertainty of funds coming from the state and federal government. "There's been some mixed messages coming out of Albany," said Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong.

Alfonso Annotto of Cazenovia performed with the Syracuse Opera Chorus in the company's production of Charles Gounod's "Romeo & Juliet."

The village of Cazenovia raised the out-of-town permit fee, adding a $35 environmental impact fee to a base $40 cost, as part of an effort to fund increased boat inspections.

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