Many people know he was here, but few know the details of the village’s first presidential visit
It seems most everyone in Cazenovia knows that at one point in the village’s history President Grover Cleveland came here for a brief visit in 1887. Some people even know that President and Mrs. Cleveland held a reception at Lorenzo and spent the night there. Other than those few details, the visit of a sitting U.S. president to the small Cazenovia community appears to be relatively unknown but, at the time, it was one of the biggest events to ever happen to this small village.
The area around the Cazenovia College quad was a busy place last Friday, as approximately 300 new students, along with their parents and family members, descended on Cazenovia for the annual freshman move-in day and welcome ceremonies.
After 23 years in New Woodstock, Kyle Doan has recently relocated his chiropractic office into the White Lilacs building in downtown Cazenovia and has added a second chiropractor to his practice.
The Nelson Town Board last week discussed four significant issues facing the town in terms of governmental administration and resident safety, and while the board dropped consideration of changing some town offices from elected to appointed, it did move forward on contracting for town ambulance services, improving the safety of a dangerous intersection and creating a process to condemn dangerous buildings.
Hamilton Hearing of Cazenovia is now offering a unique program that will allow people to “test drive” hearing aids for a free 14-day evaluation. The Unitron “Flex-Trial” hearing devices analyze and record what the wearer is hearing, allowing the hearing counselor to recommend the best possible hearing device for the customer.
During its regular monthly meeting last Monday, Aug. 10, the Cazenovia Town Board attended to routine monthly business and had no major issues to address. The board approved one new local law and proposed another, scheduled two public hearings, approved three work contracts and received an update from the town attorney on the status of the ongoing litigation between the town and Owera Vineyards. The board also announced that its next regular monthly meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, will be held in the New Woodstock firehouse and not in the Gothic Cottage.
The retirement of Madison County Court Judge Biagio DiStefano this past April left a vacancy on the county bench that four candidates currently hope to fill. Their first electoral test will come Thursday, Sept. 10, when the Democrat, Republican and Conservative parties all will hold primary elections.
New owner Michael E. Brown now open for business
The former Tait Funeral Home, located at 2333 Fenner Road in Cazenovia, has reopened under a new owner and a new name. Michael E. Brown Funeral Services, LLC, acquired the funeral home as of Aug. 6 and is now open for business.
Life of Reilley Distilling and Wine Company, headquartered in Nelson, celebrated its one-year anniversary in business only last week — and already its three kinds of vodka are selling in 65 outlets across 23 counties in New York state, with requests to expand to California, Arizona, Georgia and New Jersey. But the big news owners Ben and Shioban Reilley announced on social media on Aug. 4 was a different kind of landmark: the upcoming release of their new canned cocktail, “Disco Lemonade.”
The Cazenovia Village Board on Aug. 3 held a public information session to discuss the proposed plan for the nature trail and development options behind the Cazenovia Public Library as part of the Creekside Planned Development District. Part of that plan includes the construction of a “linear park” along the creek that will be a play space for children.
Nobody in town except Cazenovia police officers and partygoers knew it, but last week Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner (R-Ohio) was in Cazenovia attending a fundraising event for fellow Republican Congressman John Katko (R-NY).
North Area Meals on Wheels Board of Trustees President Bob Graves is in the running to win $10,000 for the organization.
As the movie crew filmed, beautiful Juliet of fair Verona stood in the night on the balcony of the Hillcrest Jephson Estate and spoke to her dear Romeo. His cybernetic arm reached up touch her hand, his blue eye glowed before he raced back to the dark, post-apocalyptic wilderness from which he came. “This is a sci-fi action film with overall adventure that takes the classic tale [of ‘Romero and Juliet’] and spins it around into something fresh and new,” said Matthew A. Peters, director and co-writer of “Romeo 3000” that filmed last weekend in Cazenovia. “The best way to describe it is Shakespeare meets Mad Max.”
Winner through online voting receives $10K for charity of their choice
Hume Laidman does not like to be in the spotlight; he just wants to give back to his community. But last week, Laidman found himself standing on the pitcher’s mound at NBT Bank Stadium throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and being celebrated as a finalist for a $10,000 prize in the Today’s Options Champions Competition. Laidman, 83, a 58-year resident of Cazenovia, is in the running as a representative of the charity of his choice, Community Resources for Independent Seniors (CRIS), to whom the prize money will go if he is crowned the competition grand champion.
Griffin used $1.2 million in defrauded investors’ money to buy luxury items for himself and wife, SEC says
Federal Securities And Exchange Commission files civil complaint against Cazenovia businessman
One week after Cazenovia businessman James P. Griffin was arrested by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and indicted on a $1.6 million scheme to defraud investors since 2009, he has also been charged by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding investors, many of them upstate New York residents, who purchased the companies’ securities and so-called “charitable gift annuities.” According to the SEC’s complaint filed in U.S. district court in Syracuse, the alleged scheme raised at least $8 million from 125 or more investors in shares and promissory notes issued by the companies over more than seven years, starting in 2007.
Nelson town board to consider changing two elected positions to appointed, make supervisor four-year term
The Nelson Town Board is considering making a change in the way three of its elected town positions are administered. The board is preparing to discuss at its next monthly meeting proposals to make both the town highway superintendent and town clerk positions appointed rather than elected, as well as to change the term of office for the town supervisor from two years to four years.
Cazenovia police officers raised more than $1,800 last week when they partnered with the local Dunkin Donuts on Albany Street to give away free coffee and T-shirts to raise awareness and funds to support the Special Olympics of New York.
The Cazenovia Board of Education last week approved the appointment of Thomas P. Finnerty, director of management and finance for the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES in Malone, N.Y., to be the new assistant superintendent for the Cazenovia Central School District.
Members of the Cazenovia High School Class of 2017 this week presented a check for $500 to the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department, part of the funds raised from the class’s June 7 Color Run fundraiser. The Color Run was a 3K/5K run/walk for all ages held at the Sean Googin Memorial Sport Complex on Fenner Road.
Cazenovia Village Police Chief Michael Hayes this week was recognized as a top law enforcement officer in a 10-county area when he received the District 6 Law and Order Award from American Legion posts in those 10 counties.
The proposal to create a new water district in and around the Seven Pines neighborhood no longer qualifies for Cazenovia town board consideration after a number previous proposal advocates withdrew their support, Supervisor Bill Zupan announced at the board’s July 13 regular monthly meeting.
Cazenovia Town Clerk Connie Sunderman would like to remind Cazenovia residents and visitors that the town has resumed selling hunting and fishing licenses on July 1 after an 18-month hiatus. Licenses may be purchased at the town office at 7 Albany St. during regular business hours, which are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. A driver’s license is required.
At the first meeting of its new fiscal year, the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education welcomed three new members, elected a new president and vice president, made annual appointments and said goodbye to longtime assistant superintendent Bill Furlong.
After more than one year of discussion and study, the Fenner Town Board last week approved the purchase of 15 new welcome signs to be posted on multiple entrance roads to the town at a cost not to exceed $3,000.
Owera Vineyards has been winning medals for the quality of its Cazenovia-made wines for years, and now Madison County’s only winery is seeking to make a new mark on people’s palates with its food. Owera has started the 2015 summer season with a new chef and a new tasting room menu — with all the ingredients coming not just locally, but many from Owera’s own backyard.
At the start of the calendar year for the Cazenovia Village Board, the mayor and two trustees who were reelected during the June 18 village election were sworn-in to office, and the board made its annual appointments to village positions and committees.
Four new 15-minute parking spots potentially will be added to Albany Street in the near future in order to give shoppers the ability to find a convenient space to park while they run quick errands downtown. The village board discussed the potential parking change to add the new spaces — two at each end on different sides of the Albany Street downtown shopping district — at its July 1 meeting.
On May 21, Cazenovia resident Katie Woodworth, 23, was in a serious head-on car collision on Nelson Street that sent her airlifted to Upstate Medical Center. Matthew’s Salon is currently raffling off a year’s worth of free haircuts (eight total) to help raise money for Woodworth’s recovery.
Two sides argue merits of planning board site plan approval for winery’s proposed new event center
Attorneys for the Town of Cazenovia, Owera Vineyards and East Lake Road neighbors of Owera Vineyards this week appeared before State Supreme Court Judge Dennis K. McDermott in Wampsville to argue whether the town planning board exceeded its authority in its February site plan approval for Owera’s proposed 6,300 square-foot permanent promotion and marketing facility.
CHS Class of 2015 celebrates commencement
It was an overcast day with the threat of rainstorms last Saturday, June 27, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2015 celebrated its commencement inside the Cazenovia College gymnasium. Hundreds of family and friends of the graduating seniors, along with teachers and district staff, watched as the 146 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a white rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.
A routine traffic stop on Albany Street turned into a drug arrest that netted nine different types of narcotics, as well as drug paraphernalia and weapons, by the Cazenovia Village Police Department.
It was a tight competition with many excellent entries but, in the end, only one photograph could be crowned winner of the first Stone Quarry Hill Art Park / Cazenovia Republican photo contest, “Casting Shadows: Sculptures and Spring.”
Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 holds “Flags of Our Heroes” commemoration event
On this Father’s Day just passed, more than 50 deceased military veterans from World War II, the majority from Cazenovia, were honored, along with their families, by the Cazenovia American Legion through the “Flags of Our Heroes” program, which is a subset of Honor Flight Syracuse.
After 18 years as second-in-command of the Cazenovia Central School District, Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong has resigned his position in order to make a lateral job transfer to the North Colonie Central School District in Latham, N.Y. Furlong was appointed assistant superintendent of business for the North Colonie district at a special meeting of its Board of Education on June 1. His resignation was officially accepted by the Cazenovia Board of Education at its June 15 regular monthly meeting.
Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the top school districts throughout New York state, last week released its 2015 results — and named Cazenovia Central School District the third-best school district in all of the 431 Upstate New York school districts. Pittsford, a southeastern suburb of Rochester, ranked no. 1, followed by Fayetteville-Manlius at no. 2.
Cazenovia town highway crews last week began erecting a new salt storage shed and cold storage shed on Constine Bridge Road in the town as part of a $250,000 capital project. The new buildings will allow the town to store winter salt and seasonal town equipment in a covered structure.
The Cazenovia Town Board spent more than one hour last week hearing arguments for and against a proposal to create a new water district in and around the Seven Pines neighborhood.
Vogl, Tobey and Marris end collective 30 years of board service
The Cazenovia Board of Education handled some routine year-end matters at its June 15 monthly board meeting, but the real events of the night were a bevy of goodbyes given to departing teachers, administrators and school board members.
The Cazenovia village election occurred on Tuesday, June 16, and with none of the three candidates having any opponents, the incumbent mayor and two trustees were all reelected to their respective positions.
More than 100 members of Post 88 spent the past four months selling $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win a foursome of golf at one of 10 different golf courses in the Central New York area. On Wednesday, June 10, Post 88 members donated the money they raised — $7,500 — to the local veterans’ support organization, Clear Path for Veterans, in Chittenango.
After more than a decade of work to create a local park system connected through trails and walkways over the old Erie Canal, the ribbon was cut last weekend on the Butternut Creek Recreation and Nature Trail in DeWitt to celebrate the opening of the new wooden boardwalk.
Cazenovia funeral home director Brian Tait has had both his funeral directing license and the certificate of registration of the Tait Funeral Home revoked by the state department of health, and he must surrender both to the department in 60 days, a Department of Health spokesperson has verified.
Local residents driving down Route 92 in Cazenovia have seen for many weeks past an 11-acre swath of land by the intersection with West Lake Road shorn of trees and made into a large dirt field studded with golf flags. This is not the start of some new housing development or business track, but the location of the Cazenovia Golf Club’s new practice range.
On April 25, 2015, dozens of local World War II veterans flew to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial as part of the annual Honor Flight Syracuse program. Unfortunately, many veterans from the Cazenovia-Nelson-Fenner area have passed away without getting to see their memorial in the nation’s capital. So a new subgroup of Honor Flight, called “Flags of Our Heroes,” created a way to honor their fallen comrades and bring them to the memorial — in photographs.
More than 1,000 people stood in line, in groups, in the parking lot of the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango Tuesday waiting for the area’s newest tourist attraction to officially open its doors. Some people started lining up at 11 p.m. Monday night in order to be the first ones inside the casino.
The Kwik Fill Red Apple gas station on Albany Street has been closed and under construction for the past two weeks as crews work to revamp the station to make it not just more updated, but also more user friendly.
Burton Street Elementary School students, staff, parents and guests saw the unveiling of a new addition to the school’s sculpture garden last week — an original creation by local artists Dorothy Riester and David Harper.
Mayor, trustee races uncontested
The Cazenovia Village elections are set for Tuesday, June 16. Up for election are the mayor’s office and two seats on the board of trustees — all three races have incumbents running unopposed.
CPF honors local residents, public servants for community restoration efforts
Projects including the restoration of a commercial building on Lincklaen Street, a residence in New Woodstock and the Lakeland Park stone wall, and the institution of a community-wide climate action plan were the honorees last week at the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s annual meeting and awards ceremony.
Mehlbaum, Orbach, Parmalee to be next school board members
Cazenovia Central School District residents approved three ballot propositions, including the annual budget, by a 5-to-1 margin each and elected three new school board members during the annual budget vote on May 19.