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Cazenovia equestrienne wins PA pony derby

Annie Walsh, 11, of Cazenovia, recently won the $2,500 pony derby at State College, Pa. Walsh was competing on her pony “Terian’s What a Fox,” and was the champion out of 23 ponies.

Bringing the Swing Era into the 21st century

The future of the Bear Cat Jass Band may be a bit cloudy right now, but one thing’s clear as day: the hot octet will swing with abandon at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at Johnson Park.

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Happy ending: wheelchair-bound boys allowed to join July 4 Foot Races after initial denial

Syracuse Chargers Track Club reverses controversial decision amid public outrage, national media exposure

The news broke early Wednesday morning, July 2, that the Syracuse Chargers Track Club had denied the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race. After nearly 36 hours of public outrage and national media attention, the Chargers board reversed its decision and announced that the Willis brothers would be allowed to participate after all.

14th annual Fayetteville Jazz Concert to be held July 17

The village of Fayetteville is pleased to announce the 14th annual Fayetteville Jazz concert. This year the free concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 in Beard Park, Fayetteville. Bring the whole family, lawn chairs and outdoor blankets and listen to some great jazz.

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Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races

Syracuse Chargers reverse course on previous denial of wheelchair-bound boys request to participate

A solution has been found to the quell the recent brouhaha over the Syracuse Chargers Track Club's denial of the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race tomorrow. After nearly 36 hours of outrage and criticism directed against the club for its decision, the Chargers board announced that the Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in the race.

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Goodbye, Mr. Dubik – a look back at superintendent’s 38-year career in education

In his 14 years in the Cazenovia Central School District — 10 of those as superintendent — Bob Dubik has achieved many successes, made institutional changes, passed 10 budgets, attended at least one event for every school sport and extracurricular activity offered and been a constant and visible participant in community organizations and events. “I’m a proud father,” Dubik said after ticking off the numerous accomplishments of Cazenovia students he has fostered and witnessed since he became superintendent in 2004. “I’m proud of everything, not just one thing that we’ve accomplished. … Certainly there are things I will miss, especially the kids — seeing them every day, getting hugs, cards, well-wishes from parents, the thank yous and appreciation from community members.” Last Saturday’s commencement ceremonies for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 were, in fact, Dubik’s last as superintendent. He retired on June 30, after a career of more than 30 years in education.

Art park receives gateway project funding

The John Ben Snow Foundation awards grant to enhance the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park entrance

John Hunt, board president of Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, has announced receipt of a $9,500 grant from the John Ben Snow Foundation to enhance the main entrance of the park. The Snow Foundation grant places the art park half-way toward reaching a funding goal to complete a comprehensive gateway project in time for the park’s 25th anniversary in 2016.

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Graduation: Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 crosses the stage

It was a sunny, 80-degree day in Cazenovia last Saturday, June 28, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 celebrated its commencement on the green outside the Cazenovia Middle School. Hundreds of white folding chairs were packed with family, friends, teachers and district staff as the 132 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a yellow rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.

Eastern suburbs summer concert guide 2014

Some great news for local music lovers: there will be free live music most weeknights during the month of July in the Eastern suburbs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a full month of great bands and good times!

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Volunteer of the Month: Kim Rieppel, ACR Health

As a member of the Rotary Club of Dewitt, I am exposed to interesting and informative guest speakers from a wide range of organizations at the club’s weekly meetings. I have found that most of these organizations rely on volunteers to accomplish their mission. This is where many of these Volunteer of the Month columns originate from, and this was the case when I heard Jacqueline Coe, development associate of ACR Health, speak at a Dewitt Rotary meeting.

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‘Cherry Orchard’ on Orchard Street

Redhouse artistic director and longtime professional actress Laura Austin will star as Mrs. Lyuba Ranevsky, an aristocratic pre-revolution Russian matriarch, in “The Cherry Orchard,” being staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Fayetteville Free Library, 310 Orchard St. Tickets cost $25 or $15 for Redhouse members; theredhouse.org; 362-2785.

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Lions Club adds more, louder shells to Fourth of July fireworks show

The 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks over Cazenovia Lake will be the largest, loudest, most impressive show the Cazenovia Lions Club has ever sponsored — and the club is excited to show off the results to the community.

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Brewster Inn offers new, farm-fresh menu

The Brewster Inn on Ledyard Avenue is known for its elegant cuisine and farm-fresh menu items, but owner Richard Hubbard has been taking actions in recent months that he hopes will enhance his restaurant’s already impressive reputation. To do this, he has recently unveiled a brand new menu, one that includes 20 new items, offered in half-size as well as full-size portions, and all farm fresh from Cazenovia as well as from some of the highest quality farms and purveyors around the world.

Teddy Bear Parade coming to Cazenovia Public Library

Amid all the July 4th festivities, there is a parade just for children and their teddy bears. The Cazenovia Public Library and Cazenovia Children’s House, Inc. will again sponsor the “Teddy Bear Parade” at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5.

Win a chance to audition on ‘The Voice’ at the Madison County Fair

Local singers could win a blind audition on NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” The Madison County Fair, along with several other New York State District 5 county fairs have teamed up with Northern Star Productions to offer a karaoke contest that could land singers an audition on “The Voice.”