Cazenovia High School was one of 123 schools nationwide to be named GRAMMY® Signature Schools semi-finalists Nov. 20 by the GRAMMY Foundation.
When I was a kid in the 1950s and ’60s, we used to buy caramel-covered popcorn at the Karmelkorn Shoppe in downtown Syracuse. In 1986, Dairy Queen bought the franchise which had been founded in 1929 in Casper, Wyoming, by Bill O’Sullivan. A Karmelkorn Shoppe later opened at the Carousel Center mall. Now that the mall has morphed into Destiny USA, Karmelkorn’s no longer there. But the Kandied Kernel is.
Ask any parent, and they’ll tell you: a baby changes everything. And no more for an unwed teenage mother carrying the child of God. That’s the message behind the musical the North Syracuse Baptist Church (NSBC) is putting on this year as it annual Christmas pageant. “A Baby Changes Everything” is based on the popular Faith Hill song, which came out in late 2008.
Helping others around the holidays doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. It can be as simple as cleaning out your linen closet or picking up some extra pet food. Joelle Litz of Liverpool is conducting a donation drive for the Humane Association of CNY and the CNY SPCA from now until Dec. 22. Both shelters are always in need of supplies (see the sidebar for their wish lists), and Litz said every little bit counts.
ChronicleMe allows people to post secrets, funny stories anonymously
Anthony Richichi launched his social media website ChronicleMe (chronicleme.com) in October. The site allows users to anonymously post personal secrets in a safe environment.
The town of Cicero has been very busy making improvements to Riverfront Park, located on the Oneida River in the hamlet of Brewerton
Most people in Cazenovia know Kurt Wheeler as the mayor, as a high school teacher, as head of Project Café and as a U.S. Marine Corps colonel. What people may not know is that Wheeler is also a writer, editor and historian and his second book, “Pathbreakers: U.S. Marine African American Officers in the Their Own Words,” was published earlier this year by the U.S. Marine Corps History Division.
Ethan Bramoff went into the Target in Cicero the morning of Sunday, Dec. 1, with a $100 gift card, a list and a mission: to purchase Christmas gifts for everyone in his family. “Usually I go with my mom and dad,” said Ethan, 6, a first-grader in Mrs. McAvoy’s class at Cicero Elementary, “and I get everything with them.” But this year, Ethan had a different shopping buddy: Cicero Police Officer John Fortino.
Cazenovia’s 36th Annual Christmas Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the downtown area this Friday, Dec. 6. Downtown merchants’ shops will be open for business, not-for-profit vendors will line the streets, the Cazenovia Community Band will play along Albany Street throughout the evening and the international gift bringers will circulate the streets spreading good wishes and good cheer.
Seasonal beer offered exclusively at Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles – Cazenovia-exclusive beer coming next year
Empire Brewing Company’s holiday seasonal beer, Dickens Christmas Ale, made exclusively to be sold in Skaneateles during its “Dickens Christmas” celebrations, was so popular in its inaugural year in 2012 that Empire is offering it again this year — and the beer-maker is already planning to create a Cazenovia-exclusive holiday beer in 2014 once the new Farmstead Brewery is built on Rippleton Road.
Volunteer recognition celebration and Caz school student art exhibit to be held at New Woodstock Library Dec. 7
The New Woodstock Free Library annual volunteer recognition celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the library, 2106 Main Street (Route 13). The opening of the annual Cazenovia schools student art exhibit will coincide with the volunteer event.
The holidays are here again at historic Lorenzo State Historic Site, and next week visitors can experience the neoclassical Ledyard family mansion bedecked in holiday ﬁnery.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County has announced its 2013 winter farmers’ markets locations and dates:
Forty years ago we had no Twitter. No cell phones. No iPods. No email. Now that we have those things, and more, you might think it would be easier to stay in touch with all those folks you knew back in the day. But no, things have only grown more complicated. Joe Pirro, an alumnus of Liverpool High School Class of ’74, found out the hard way. He and a determined committee of 10 are planning a 40th reunion for this coming June. “In the early 1970s, computers were the size of tractor trailers,” Joe remembers. “The computers ran off punch cards. Flash forward to today when six out of 10 people own a smartphone.” Here are more of Joe’s thoughts on creating a catalyst for reconnecting:
FMHS grad launches snowplowing app
A brand new app has arrived exclusively for Central New York residents and it’s here just in time for the long winter. Plowz is a free app, available for both Apple and Android devices, which allows users to request a snow plowing completely through their smartphone or tablet. It was created by co-founders William Mahoney, of Manlius, and Andrew Englander, of New York City.