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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.

Peterboro to hold Gerrit Smith’s Annual Birthday Party

Stewards for the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark invite the public to the annual Gerrit Smith birthday party at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, to learn of Peterboro in 1864.

Friends of Lorenzo to hold annual meeting, celebrate another year of success

In marking another year of achievement, President Casey Frazee and the trustees of The Friends of Lorenzo invite the public to attend the 39th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Lorenzo at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia.

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Stone Quarry Hill Art Park has ’active and successful’ 2013

Susanna and David Harper receive Reister Award at board of directors’ annual meeting

Cazenovia’s Stone Quarry Hill Art Park had an excellent year in 2013 with more than 15,000 visitors, a new permanent sculpture by an internationally acclaimed artist and the recommendation to be added to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, according to the SQHAP board of directors, which held its annual meeting on Feb. 27.

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Skaneateles High School Drama Club to present ‘The Secret Garden’ this week

Skaneateles High School students will be giving six performances of this year’s musical, “The Secret Garden,” this week in the high school auditorium. Following a senior citizen performance Wednesday afternoon, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Cazenovia Artisans to hold artist reception

Cazenovia Artisans has announced that Celeste Friend Designs will be the featured member for the month of March. The artisans will host a show and reception for Friend from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Cazenovia Artisans shop located at 39 Albany St.

Birthday Celebration for Dr. Seuss at the Cazenovia Public Library

Children ages 4 and older with their families are invited to join Jenna Wright in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room on Saturday, March 1, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for “A Birthday Celebration for Dr. Seuss.”

Tickets still available for high school drama club spring musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’

There are still many good seats left for Cazenovia High School Drama Club's spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” The show will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, and at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 each and may be reserved by calling 655-5309 or visiting the Drama Club web page (“HS Musical 2014”) at caz.cnyric.org.

Theorem painting exhibit now on display at Cazenovia Public Library

From now through March 31, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy theorem paintings by Cazenovia resident Janet McCobb.

New Woodstock library offering digital photography class

An introductory digital photography class will be taught by expert photographer Jerry Weimar from 9 a.m. to noon (with a 15-minute break) Saturdays in March at the New Woodstock Free Library. The class is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. The library is located at 2106 Main Street (Route 13) in New Woodstock.

Music meant the world to Mike Casale

Born with spina bifida in 1949, Mike Casale spent his entire 64 years wearing various contraptions designed to hold his body upright to offset the effects of the congenital spinal disorder. A naturally affable fella, Mike often commented frankly on his disability. “I’m 64 years old, 4-foot-3, and I use a cane,” he said, but he never complained about it and never let it hold him back. A talented bass guitarist who lived in Liverpool, Mike became of the most recognizable entertainers in Central New York. He made his initial mark on the local music scene from 1970 to 1985 as one-half of the duo Neighborhood Friends alongside six-string guitarist Gary Sprague.

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Historical treasure hiding in plain sight at Cazenovia High School

No one knows for sure how long it’s been here. But, chances are, it was from almost the very beginning: a simple wooden podium at which generations of Cazenovia High School teachers and students probably delivered speeches, gave pop quizzes, engaged in debates and read aloud. The maple podium, it turns out, was crafted in the original L. & J.G. Stickley factory on Burnet Avenue in Syracuse — the same craftsman workshops in which the company’s first signature mission furniture was built in 1900.

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Teenage rock band Kill the Lites nominated for Sammy Award

A rock’n’roll group featuring four Fayetteville-Manlius High School students and their lead singer from West Genesee High School have been nominated for a 2014 Syracuse Area Music Award. The band, Kill the Lites, is one of five nominees in the Sammys “pop” category. The awards show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Palace Theater, in Eastwood.

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Skaneateles alum visits school, tells about life as a working musician

Five years after he graduated, Shane Aaserud carried his bass back into Skaneateles High School and spent the day in the orchestra room with teacher Karen Veverka and a group of young musicians.

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Cazenovia takes second place in ‘Coolest Small Town in America’ contest

It was an enthusiastic battle, but when the final votes were tallied Cazenovia came in second place by seven percentage points behind Berlin, Md., in the Budget Travel “Coolest Small Town in America” contest. Budget Travel announced the contest winner at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.