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State offers scholarships, assistance with higher ed

Fall is the time of year when many graduating high school seniors start to look toward the future. According to the New York State Education Department, in 2010, 82 percent of high school graduates in New York entered postsecondary education which includes either two- or four-year institutions.

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F-M educators named PE teachers of the year

Three Fayetteville-Manlius School District physical education teachers have been named teachers of the year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD).

Kempton selected for all-state chorus

Timothy Kempton, a Cazenovia High School junior, has been selected to the New York State Conference All-State Mixed Chorus. He will participate in a concert held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester during the annual winter conference of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to be held Dec. 4 through 7.

Residents ask school board to change religious education release time policy

About two dozen district parents coordinated their attendance at the Cazenovia Board of Education meeting last week in an effort to convince the board to change the district’s policy that allows for students to leave school to attend hour-long religious education classes at local churches. This “religious release time,” as it is officially called, is not transparent in how it is administered, unfair to the students who do not attend it because they are not taught anything of value during that hour and should not take away learning time in a public education system, according to the parents’ complaints.

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Middle school students honor veterans

Cazenovia Middle School students last week honored Veterans Day by forming a human flag, singing the Star Spangled Banner and thanking five local veterans invited for the occasion.

Christmas at Lorenzo bedecked in holiday plumage

The spicy aroma of wassail, the shimmer of handbells — it’s “Christmas at Lorenzo,” and the magic of the holiday season takes flight this year in each room of the mansion. From peacocks in the formal dining room, to cardinals in the gentlemen’s library, the artistry of volunteer decorators will bring the theme “Birds of a Feather” to life in every room.

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Marching Bees gear up for Macy’s parade

B’ville-area residents gathered ‘round the TV to watch the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will have another reason to be thankful next week: C.W. Baker High School’s Marching Bees band will march in the parade. The Marching Bees are the first marching band from Central New York to participate in the parade, and the first New York band in about a decade.

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J-D board of education moves forward with turf field capital project

The Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education has approved plans to move forward with the $3.1 million capital project to enhance the current athletic stadium, including installation of a turf field. At the Nov. 3 regular meeting of the J-D Board of education, members unanimously voted to approve the capital project, which was voted on and approved by residents with more than 350 votes during a referendum on Oct. 28.

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LHS hosts VEX competition

Liverpool High School welcomed 16 teams from 12 different school districts at its first VEX Robotics Competition, held Nov. 8 in the high school gym. Students — and their pre-built robots — competed in this year’s “Skyrise” edition of the VEX competition.

B’ville schools lose $111K to Agrana PILOT deal

Due to a change in the PILOT agreement for Agrana Fruit, the Baldwinsville City School District will lose $111,000 from its tax levy for the 2014-15 school year. Assistant Superintendent for Management Services Jamie Rodems explained the issue to the BCSD Board of Education at its Nov. 3 meeting.

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Baker, Corcoran students work to improve diversity

If you want to teach tolerance and respect, it’s best to start young. That’s exactly what students from Baldwinsville and Syracuse are doing. Through InterFaith Works of CNY’s “Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism” program, a group of Baker High School and Corcoran High School students spend a few days a year “shadowing” each other at school. The goal is to start a dialogue about race and create connections with each other. A group of Corcoran students spent the day immersing themselves in Baker life Oct. 29.

Learn to prepare healthy Mediterranean meals at Cazenovia Public Library

Come hungry and join Rhonda Hammond Arnsby, certified chef and nutritional counselor, for “Healthy Mediterranean Meals” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

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First Annual Pet Paw-ty coming to Hamilton

Wanderers’ Rest and Colgate Bookstore sponsor pet-themed story-time and adoption event

Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association and Colgate Bookstore will host the First Annual Pet Paw-ty from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the bookstore located at 3 Utica St. This event — a combination pet adoption, story-time and book-signing — is free and open to all humans. Animal guests will be limited to those brought by the staff of Wanderers’ Rest.

Cazenovia Public Library survey results are in

In June, members of the Cazenovia community were asked to assist the Cazenovia Public Library by responding to “Your Thoughts, Our Future,” a survey intended to elicit public opinion to help the Library plan for the future needs of the community. Now the results are in, and as in the past, the Cazenovia community continues its unflinching support of the library by responding to the survey in great numbers and with great consideration.

Smart Schools Bond Act could bring millions in technology aid for local school districts

Proposal will be on the ballot Nov. 4

On this year’s election ballot the Smart Schools Bond Act, a New York State legislative proposal, will be up for vote. If approved, this act could bring $2 billion in aid for technology to public school districts in the state, including roughly $60 million to those in Onondaga County.