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Three school board seats up for election, at least two incumbents not running

Two of the three Cazenovia Board of Education members whose seats are up for election on May 19 confirmed Monday night that they will not seek reelection. Current board President Pat Vogl, a 12-year member, and Karin Marris, a 12-year member, both said they have decided not to run again simply because they have been on the board long enough and are eager to give someone else a chance to serve.

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Burton Street students participate in Health and Wellness Fair

Students at Burton Street Elementary School last week spent a day learning and even teaching about physical and mental health at the school’s first Health and Wellness Fair.

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Moore appointed vice president of development and executive director of OCC foundation

Onondaga Community College announced that it has appointed Lisa R. Moore as vice president of development and executive director of the OCC Foundation.

Amish culture discussed at community event

More than 100 residents of the greater Cazenovia area crowded into the Cazenovia Public Library community room last week to hear from members of the Peterboro-Cazenovia-Canastota Amish community who offered a discussion on Amish life, history, tradition and culture.

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Cuomo, Valesky, Magee respond to Cazenovia first graders’ letters about state school aid

Students in Catharine Taylor’s first grade class at Burton Street Elementary School received some surprise mail recently — from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senator David Valesky and State Assemblyman Bill Magee. The three officials all wrote responses to letters sent by Taylor’s 25 students, mailed in early February, in which the students asked Cuomo, Valesky and Magee to restore Cazenovia’s state school aid funding to this year’s state budget.

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Cazenovia singers, musicians participate in spring All-County festival

Nearly 50 Cazenovia student musicians and singers in grades 5 through 12 performed in the annual Madison County Music Educators Association’s Spring All-County Music Festival, which was held March 13 and 14 at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.

School district releases preliminary budget, considers exceeding tax levy limit

If New York state lawmakers do not pass a state budget by their April 1 deadline, the Cazenovia board of education may be forced to seek a tax levy limit increase in its 2015-16 budget to ensure it can continue to fund all existing district programs. Such a move is a gamble, however, because to exceed the limit requires a 60 percent voter majority or else the budget goes back to the community for a re-vote. This was the message conveyed to the Cazenovia Board of Education at its March 16 budget work session by Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong during his presentation on the preliminary budget.

Free technology classes offered at Cazenovia Public Library

Technology classes continue at the Cazenovia Public Library in March—“Syncing Your Life with iCloud” on Monday, March 23, and “Discovering Your Digital Library” on Wednesday, March 25.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Take a break from spring cleaning at the library

Welcome to mud season, when the ice curtains fall from the roof and the snow recedes enough to reveal the things lost and abandoned in the winter season. It’s time to open the curtains, dust the far recesses of our rooms and get ready for the challenges and delights of the next season. In the meantime, don’t forget the library is here to help you plan your projects and calm the fevered nerves of impatient gardeners and sportsmen.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

This circa-1909 photo shows the new north side location of George Peck’s coal and wood dealership. Although it is faint, the far left side of the photo gives a clue as to the location. The business would continue for another half a century under the ownership of several well known local entrepreneurs. Can you identify the location? Perhaps you know some of the successors.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Assembly’s budget puts students first

I helped craft a state Assembly Families First budget proposal, which would help expand opportunities for all of New York’s students, especially during a time when a college education is becoming increasingly difficult to afford.

LHS Senior of the Week: Tyler Popp

Tyler Popp is making the most of his high school career.

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Community supports J-D basketball coach McKenney at school board meeting

District officials said no decision has been made regarding boys' basketball program

More than 200 Jamesville-DeWitt community residents, students and former players attended the March 16 meeting of the J-D Board of Education to show their support of Bob McKenney, the varsity boys' basketball coach who is reportedly being forced to leave his position. Mark Schulman, president of the board of education, made a statement in the beginning of the meeting, which was moved to the high school auditorium because of the expected large turnout, that the board would take comments from the public, but would not make any decisions regarding the boys' basketball program that night.

F-M speaker to discuss his personal history of substance abuse

A former high school and college athlete will share with the Fayetteville-Manlius community how his use of drugs and alcohol negatively impacted the choices he made as a student and later in life as an adult.

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Fayetteville-Manlius High School students to hold dance marathon to raise money for Camp Good Days and Special Times

On Saturday, March 21, from 4 to 8 p.m., Fayetteville-Manlius High School, along with campers from Camp Good Days and Special Times, will collaborate for Dance Marathon 2015 (FM DM).