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GCACC thanks community for successful fall festival

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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.

CAP thanks community for success of recent gala

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: On Wednesday, Sept. 24, community members came together at the Owera Winery to join Community Action Partnership in honoring Tom Driscoll, Patricia Race and Jerry Romagnoli, all local residents who have supported CAP for many years. Tom and Patricia are former board members who are still helping out, and Jerry is an advocate and friend of CAP who has helped on construction and building projects.

New Zogg owner devoted to democracy in Thailand

We haven’t even met him yet, but we already know that the new owner of Liverpool’s historic Zogg Building is one of Thailand’s most outspoken proponents of democracy in his troubled country of 66 million people This past August, Liverpool Community Church, which has owned the former A.V. Zogg Building for 11 years, sold it for $1.1 million to Dr. Pramote Nakornthab, a retired professor of political science from Cornell University.

Vote for Tom Driscoll for town board

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: During the last 10 months that Tom Driscoll has served on the town board, he has repeatedly demonstrated an open minded, unbiased method of operation. I encourage you to elect him Nov. 4 so he can continue making a difference in Cazenovia.

Cazenovia Fire Department thanks community

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Cazenovia Fire Department wishes to thank the community for joining us at our annual open house. We enjoy connecting with our fellow community members, demonstrating our training, equipment and skills, as well as having the opportunity to educate the public about fire safety.

LETTER: Thank you to our veterans

To the editor: The members of American Legion Auxiliary of Liverpool Unit 188 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

LETTER: Stirpe for assembly

To the editor: Assemblyman Al Stirpe has done a lot for the people of our community. Taxes are always a big issue. According the CPA who prepares my family’s taxes, New York State is a great place to live for retirees. The truth is that many middle-income retirees pay little or no state income tax because of our tax laws. Further, many of us 65 and over benefit from the Enhanced STAR Program, a program that reduces our school property tax obligation that Al helped preserve. And lowering property taxes help us all.

Onondaga County budget cuts taxes

This year marks my fifth working on the budget as an Onondaga County legislator. In that time, the economy made a dramatic downward turn, and has shown signs recently of a slight recovery. Fortunately, our county has been able to weather the economic changes fairly well. As I spent the past few weeks combing through the 2015 budget from the county executive, I am pleased to share the budget as presented proposed to keep the property tax levy flat, and even reduced spending by $6 million. In dollars and cents, that is a proposed tax rate of $5.17 per $1,000, a new historic low for our county.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.