All are invited to attend the annual Cazenovia Lake Summit on Nov. 22


To the editor: The 2014 Cazenovia Lake Summit will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, upstairs in the village municipal building. Many lake health projects that have taken place will be reported on, along with presentations and discussion by field experts regarding options for future action.

An open letter to the residents of the village of Fayetteville


To the editor: Our elected trustees are all fond of saying how much they value the “quality of life” in the village of Fayetteville and how hard they fight to ensure that the “quality of life” here is safeguarded. For the most part, I doubt that this motivation can be questioned. However, there are times when the policies they enact and defend defy both common sense and the “quality of life” that they so desperately want to defend. One such example of a misguided policy is their support of Richard Green’s revival of an old law that interferes with a resident’s right to contract for snow removal services.

LETTER: Praising the cast and crew of ‘Young Frankenstein’

To the editor: Just a brief letter to sing the praises of the cast and crew of the show "Young Frankenstein," staged by the Baldwinsville Theater Guild. We attended Saturday night, Nov. 1, and we were thoroughly entertained and enthralled with the talent, commitment and professionalism of every actor and actress, as well as all the stage hands, orchestra and production staff.

LETTER: Thank you to the 129th Assembly District

To the editor: I wish to thank each of the voters of the 129th Assembly District for allowing me to continue to represent you in the New York State Assembly. Please know that I will return to Albany committed to working in a bi-partisan fashion to represent all of my constituents. My office remains open to hearing from you on any concerns, problems or issues you have with state government. I truly believe that New York State is on the right path to restoring economic viability to upstate New York and I will do my best to continue bringing resources back to our district that enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Again, thank you for electing me your assembly member.

Conway thanks supporters for election


To the editor: I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the people of Onondaga County for your support on Election Day. I am honored that you have put your trust in me to become the next sheriff.

Grave concern in village about drivers running red lights downtown, endangering pedestrians


To the editor: I write this letter to the editor with grave concern over a major problem we have here in Cazenovia. Just recently, both my wife and I have nearly been struck by vehicles running the red light at the intersection of Albany, Mill and Lincklaen streets. In my wife’s case, she was already proceeding to walk across the crosswalk, with the legal right of way pedestrian light, and was nearly run over by a motorist running the red light heading east bound. I have had three close calls in just the past week, twice while on foot and one while behind the wheel, of people speeding through the changing lights.

CPF thanks community for successful Walk Among the Spirits


To the editor: The weather was great and the ghosts ready to share their stories in Cazenovia’s Evergreen Cemetery for Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s first annual Walk Among the Spirits. More than 400 people toured the cemetery and visited the grave sites of eight colorful ghosts whose lives spanned most of the first 200 years of Cazenovia’s settlement.

What freedom, independence and Veterans Day mean to me

As conflicts continue today and our armed forces face adversaries on multiple battlefields, I would ask if, in our current conflicts, on this Veteran’s Day we are fighting toward the altogether same insurgent “pyrrhic” victory with modest gains whose cumulative effect does not significantly change the strategic state of the current 12-year Afghanistan “siege”? Most importantly, a “victory” in which the cost (the loss of so many lives) far outweighs the benefit? I want to believe the cost was and is worth it, but history will be the judge.

GCACC thanks community for successful fall festival


To the editor: The Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who participated in our First Annual Fall Festival.

Concerned about lack of meaningful instruction during religious release time at Cazenovia schools


To the editor: At the Cazenovia School District Community Forum meeting on Oct. 9, parents had an opportunity to meet with Matthew Reilly, Cazenovia School District superintendent, and Jan Woodworth, member of the Cazenovia Board of Education. Parents at the forum expressed their concern about the lack of instruction provided to children in the district who remain in class during religious release time.

Excellent column on suburban deer control


To the editor: I commend Steve Chamberlain, who, in his excellent Oct. 29 column on deer-resistant plants, gently reiterated the point that the deer population in residential areas (like Manlius) needs to be reduced.

Fred’s Barber Shop closing


To the editor: I am sad to announce that Nov. 22 will be the last day open for Fred’s Barber Shop in Cazenovia. It has been my pleasure to meet and serve the many wonderful people of Cazenovia and surrounding areas. I consider myself lucky to have established fulfilling relationships with my clients and their families and will truly miss them.

Attend dinner and support veterans


To the editor: I would like to alert the Central New York community to an upcoming opportunity to support our area veterans. On Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), the inaugural Annual CNY Veterans Day Dinner will be held to raise funds for Honor Flight Syracuse (HFS).

Get your flu vaccine

Have you had your flu vaccination yet? You’re going to get one, right? We’re enjoying unseasonably warm weather, the fall colors are beautiful and the flu is far from our minds, but the truth is, the flu season is here; now is the time to act. Those beautiful fall colors are our first reminder to protect ourselves from the flu, and the flu vaccine is the best way to get that protection. Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months. I realize that many people equate the flu with the common cold, but that’s not true. The flu is serious; it can put you in the hospital and is a killer. Every year thousands die from the flu.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.