One can buy just about anything off Craigslist on the Internet — including a herd of bison. So when Aileen Randolph and Joe Lazarsky, she a corporate PR executive and he an attorney, decided they wanted to change professions and raise bison, they went online. They bought a herd from Tennessee in November 2010 and brought them to their farm in Fenner, right next to Chittenango Falls, in February 2011. And now there is a bison farm, with about 50 head, that raises and sells bison meat, just a few miles outside of Cazenovia.
To the editor: Vicki Reutter, library media specialist at Cazenovia High School, is retiring. If you are currently the parent of a high school student or had a child attend Cazenovia High School since 1978, this news matters.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor: My mom, Bette McNear Campbell, a former Cazenovia community leader, died at the age of 89 last month in Delaware. We spent many years in Cazenovia while growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mom and dad, Jim McNear, started the Hi Neighbor paper from our kitchen, before moving it to an office behind the Chocolate Shop.
The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) Board of Directors has announced their selection for the 2013 CACDA Signature Project. This project will create visibility and encourage use of the vast trail network and recreational amenities in the Cazenovia area.
‘William Benson: Abstracting Realism’ will from June 13 to July 28
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has announced its summer art exhibition of “William Benson: Abstracting Realism,” will run from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, July 28, in the John and Virginia Winner Memorial Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, and is open to the public. In addition to the exhibition, Mr. Benson will conduct a live portrait demonstration of Dorothy Riester, founder of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. The demonstration will be held in the Art Park gallery at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, for a $15 suggested donation. Later that day, from 1 to 4 p.m., interested artists can attend a workshop, “Figure Drawing with Bill Benson.”
Trip to Virginia, dairy farms
Along the Lakeshore column from the June 12 edition of the Skaneateles Press.
On June 11th, the White House will honor twelve people as museum and library “Champions of Change.” This Champions event will focus on libraries and museums who make a difference for their neighborhoods and for our nation. Sue Considine, executive director of the Fayetteville Free Library, was chosen as one of the champions.
A couple of local housing developers want to extend village borders to get sewer service for a potential development project. Bob Casper and Mike McCracken met with the Skaneateles Town Board at its June 7 meeting to discuss annexing a property to the village to be the site of a future senior housing development. The property, on Route 20, is currently owned by Pat Bombard and sits adjacent to the village border.
The village of North Syracuse has established a 911 Pet Fund, so that, through community fundraisers and donations, such animals can receive the care they need immediately.
Proposed 18-house development in Skaneateles seeking planning board approval
The public will soon have a chance to give input on a proposed 18-home development on West Lake Road in Skaneateles. The town planning board will hold a public hearing to get comments on the proposed development sometime this summer.
The Liverpool Central School District has named Mark Potter as its new superintendent. Potter, who is currently serving as executive director of secondary education, will start Aug. 1, replacing Interim Superintendent Edward P. Backus. Backus took over for Dr. Richard N. Johns, who went out on medical leave in March. Johns joined the district in 2009. Potter’s appointment was announced at the June 10 LCSD BOE meeting.
On June 18, 2013, voters in the North Syracuse Central School District will be asked to vote on the district’s revised budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year. The revised proposal includes a property tax levy increase of 3.45 percent or $2,621,388 compared to the 2012-13 school year.
East Syracuse church performs traditional Gregorian chant with a twist
Jared Shepard isn’t afraid to go against the norm. When he was hired as the Minster of Music and Organist at St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse two years ago, he was already experienced as a classical musician, having studied with pupils of legendary Juilliard pianists Irwin Freundlich and Eduard Steuermann. Though his experience in sacred music was limited, in the two years he’s been developing the music program, he has successfully made St. Matthews different from nearly all other churches in Central New York by performing Gregorian chant: a type of music that was once a staple in the Catholic Church, but is now rarely performed.
Liverpool stars both notch top-five individual finishes
Liverpool track and field stars Ore Akinpelu and Ryheim Lawes refused to let a little rain – or a lot of rain – affect the way they performed at last weekend’s state championship meet at Middletown High School.
C-NS makes second straight appearance at SUNY-Delhi
For the second consecutive year, Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring ended her season on the hills of SUNY-Delhi’s course, playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.
Hair, Donnella, Roney represent F-M, J-D
The rains stopped in time for a trio of local girls high school golfers to make their way to SUNY-Delhi’s course for the 2013 edition of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.
F-M runner prevails in 3,200, takes second in mile
In his last big meet for the Fayetteville-Manlius boys track and field team, Nick Ryan came within half a second of pulling off a state-championship double, all in a span of a few hours.
4x100 relay girls break own school record
Six girls from the Skaneateles girls track and field team found that they had to cram all of their activities in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet into a single day.
Marcellus senior also takes second in Division II mile
A little rain – okay, make that a lot of rain – was not going to keep Marcellus boys track and field senior Ryan Manahan from offering the perfect coda to a decorated high school career. Manahan went out in Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet and beat the entire field, large and small-school runners alike, in his specialty, the 800-meter run.
O'Hara leads Northstars past Brockport, East Meadow
All the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team wanted to do was win one more game than it did each of the last three seasons - to "Finish It", as they so succinctly put it. And the Northstars did finish the task on Saturday, winning the state Class AA championship for the first time since it prevailed on its home diamond in 2006.