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Missing Fenner woman arrested day before disappearance

Ragina Garrison, the 49-year-old Perryville Road woman missing since Tuesday, was arrested by state police the day before her disappearance because of a reported domestic dispute with her 22-year-old daughter.

Caz College student arrested for threatening females with knife

Cazenovia police have arrested an 18-year-old Cazenovia College student on menacing, weapons and drug charges after he allegedly threatened two female students with a knife, and allegedly held a knife to one girl’s throat.

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Fourth time not a charm — Burglar caught red-handed in Caz Sports Bowl

Police encircle building, find suspect hiding in bowling alley ceiling

Cazenovia Sports Bowl was burglarized for the third time in three weeks this past Wednesday, Oct. 7, and then, only 24 hours later, the alleged burglar returned for a fourth robbery. And this time, Cazenovia police caught him in the act.

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Historic DeWitt cemetery on the road to repair

It’s been more than 110 years since the last burial occurred at Messina Springs Cemetery on James Street in DeWitt – and for decades the cemetery looked like what it was: abandoned. During the past few years, however, members of the community and DeWitt town officials have been working to rehabilitate this historic spot and have made great strides this year.

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Massive search underway on Perryville Road for missing 49-year-old woman

Woman identified as Ragina Garrison of Perryville Road

Police personnel from three counties and the state parks are currently searching for a missing 49-year-old woman on a stretch of Perryville Road in Fenner just before the Canastota town line.

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Are your kids safe on the Internet?

Cazenovia Middle School students get safety tips at recent assembly

Wendy Fical likes to start her middle school presentations about Internet safety with a story about a teen who scored the winning touchdown at his latest football game. The boy loves online gaming, and tells one of his online partners that his team won 21-20 in their division championship game. That doesn’t seem like excessive personal information, right? But from just that little amount of information, the teen’s male online gaming partner used the Internet to find out enough information about the boy to show up at his house. That is just one of thousands of examples that Fical, a program director with the national Center for Exploited and Missing Children, has told middle schoolers about how even the most basic of personal information they put out onto the Web can be used unsavory and dangerous people.

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Turning 100 is ‘better than 90’

Cazenovia centenarian and family celebrate his rare milestone

Frank Lacko Sr., of Ballina Road in Cazenovia, turned 100 years old last week — and he seemed to take it all in stride. “It’s better than 90,” he said during a family birthday party in his honor last Saturday, Oct. 3. “I’m that much older and I know that much more.”

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Circa to reopen at Nelson Corners in 2016

Alicyn Hart said she will never move a restaurant again — but she’s also hopeful she won’t have to. The former proprietor of the popular Cazenovia restaurant Circa, that closed its Albany Street doors more than one year ago due to rising rent costs, is planning to reanimate her signature establishment in a new building and a new location early next year — on Route 20 East at the four corners of Nelson.

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Near-extinct snails repopulated at Chittenango Falls

Chittenango ovate amber snails coaxed into reproduction at SUNY ESF

Scientists from SUNY ESF made history today after releasing into the wild at Chittenango Falls State Park 200 endangered Chittenango ovate amber snails that were bred and grown in captivity. These rare, delicate snails, that measure about 1 millimeter in length when first hatched and grow up to 20 millimeters in length as adults, can be found in only one place on Earth — alongside this Central New York waterfall. And until today, there were only about 300 of them in the wild.

Cazenovia school district audited by state comptroller’s office

An auditor from the New York State Comptroller’s Office recently spent more than one month working in a makeshift office in the Cazenovia Central School District offices reviewing the finances of the district to ensure that Cazenovia is spending its money responsibly. The state audit was not the result of any district incompetence or malfeasance — and the results showed none of either — but rather from the Comptroller’s determination that Cazenovia CSD is suffering from “moderate” fiscal stress.

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Community ‘rally’ for Reger family scheduled for Oct. 3

Cazenovia is a community that comes together to support its neighbors in times of adversity – and this Saturday, Oct. 3, a community-wide event is occurring to raise money to help pay the medical bills for the Reger family, whose patriarch, Kyle, suffered a stroke less than one month ago. The family, which includes his wife Marla and their two young children, Max, 6, and Jackson, 3, and is facing medical bills of around $50,000.

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New coffee roaster opens in Nelson

Construction crews currently can be seen working on two houses at the four corners of Nelson that, when completed, promise to forever alter the food and beverage landscape in the Nelson-Cazenovia area. While a restaurant, nanobrewery and cigar shop are currently in the works to be created inside the two buildings — officially to be called Nelson Corners — a coffee roaster business is now up and running, selling coffee online and preparing for a storefront grand opening event on Oct. 3.

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‘A great time to be a Cazenovia Laker’

Eight inducted into Cazenovia High School Hall of Fame

More than 200 people drove out to the Rusty Rail in Canastota last Friday night to celebrate the 10 individuals and four athletic teams that were inducted into or otherwise honored by the Cazenovia High School Hall of Fame. Ranging in history from the 1937 Cazenovia Corn Huskers football team to a 2009 CHS graduate, the honorees all were a “pretty incredible” group of athletes that brought home to Cazenovia a combined 15 sectional championships and 12 all-league honors, as well as represented three high school All Americans, two coaches of the year and one national collegiate champion.

Albany Street to be under construction until November

The New York State Department of Transportation will begin the reconstruction of Albany Street beginning Monday, Sept. 28, with an anticipated completion date of Nov. 1, according to Bill Carr, Cazenovia village public works administrator.

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Hundreds enjoy Taste of Cazenovia, raise funds for CCH and local family

More than 250 people turned out last week to eat, drink, mingle and — most importantly — help raise funds for the Cazenovia Children’s House during the organization’s annual Taste of Cazenovia fundraising event, held this year at the Cazenovia Country Club.

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Hurd Street house destroyed by fire

No people injured, new puppy does not survive

A local family has lost their residence — and their new puppy — after the Hurd Street home they were renting was completely destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Within 30 minutes of passersby seeing smoke emanating from the roof and neighbors calling 911, the house was engulfed in bright orange flames and a thick trail of black smoke was rising into the sky, according to neighbors. The family that lives in the house was not at home, and so no people were injured in the blaze, but the family’s new puppy, which they had for only one week, did not survive.

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Caz Sports Bowl burglarized again

Only one week after Cazenovia police began investigating a reported break-in burglary at Caz Sports Bowl at 3 Carriage Lane behind Tops, a second burglary of the bowling alley has allegedly occurred.

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CPF old-fashioned barn dance a success

The sounds of the fiddle and guitar, stomping feet, clapping hands, the caller giving directions and a lot of laughter filled the air last Friday night as nearly 100 people turned out for the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s Old-Fashioned Barn Dance at Deer Hawk Farm on Rathbun Road.

Cazenovia police investigate two break-in robberies in village

Cazenovia police officers are currently investigating two separate incidents of break-ins and burglaries that occurred in the village last week.

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Wild apples wanted for Critz Farms 'Community Cider'

The wild apple crop this year has been huge in Central New York, and it gave Matt and Juanita Critz, owners of Critz Farm and Harvest Moon Cidery in Cazenovia, an idea: Why not ask community members to bring in their wild apples and use those to make a Cazenovia “community” hard cider? Contributors could help press the apples, receive some free bottles of the finished product and even designate a local charity to receive apportion of the proceeds from bottle sales.

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Four parties, six candidates to vie for Fenner town board seats

Four other town positions will be uncontested

The town of Fenner will have a large slate of candidates listed on the Nov. 3 ballot, with six candidates from four different political parties running for two seats on the town board, as well as uncontested elections for the positions of supervisor, clerk, highway superintendent and tax collector.

New Woodstock revamped state police barracks taking shape

Construction of a new state police substation in the hamlet of New Woodstock has started and, while the completion date was hoped to be this fall, it seems more likely that the building will be completed next spring, the Cazenovia Town Board announced last week.

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When Theodore Roosevelt came to Cazenovia

The village of Cazenovia shone with a glowing pride for years in the aftermath of the 1887 two-day visit by sitting President Grover Cleveland, while residents also were proud that Cleveland’s former treasury secretary, Charles S. Fairchild, lived in their town after he left Washington. Just 13 years later, another nationally known figure stopped in Cazenovia, one who would also sit in the presidential chair and make an indelible mark on the country — Theodore Roosevelt.

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More state fair ribbon winners from Caz

In last week’s issue, the Republican listed as many ribbon winners from the then-ongoing New York State Fair as it could, in competitions in everything from arts and crafts to agriculture to animal husbandry to cooking to talent competitions. Further ribbon winners have been announced since that time, and we take the opportunity to share their achievements:

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Nelson town board race will be contested

This year’s Nelson town board race will be a contested election for two seats between three candidates: two incumbents – one Democrat, one Republican – and a Democrat newcomer. In addition, there will be uncontested elections for town supervisor, town clerk and town highway superintendent.

O’Sullivan, Cerio, Rapasadi to square off for county court judgeship

Republicans, Democrats and Conservatives went to the polls last week to elect their respective candidates to run in November for the currently-vacant position of Madison County Court judge.

Fenner town board monthly meeting notes

The Fenner Town Board held its regular monthly meeting last Thursday, Sept. 10, at the town office, where they voted on two approval actions and discussed general town business.

Creekside redevelopment plans moving forward

The Creekside area redevelopment project along Riverside Drive in the village is moving forward, with area plans and designs taking shape and discussions underway with a developer interested in potentially building a senior living center on the property, the village board announced at its Sept. 8 meeting.

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Cazenovia Town Board race will be contested

The nominations have been made, the candidates are set and the town of Cazenovia will have a contested election for town board seats this November. Up for election this year is the town supervisor’s position — which is an uncontested race — and two seats on the town board, for which three candidates are running: two Democrats and one Republican.

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Local residents bring home state fair ribbons

The New York State Fair ended Monday, and among the myriad state residents who won ribbons in competitions in everything from arts and crafts to agriculture to animal husbandry to cooking to talent competitions, a number of residents in the Eagle Bulletin coverage area of Fayetteville, Manlius, DeWitt, East Syracuse, Minoa, Jamesville and Kirkville have claimed prizes. As of press time, ribbon winners from our area include:

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Empire Brewing Company to produce official beer of Madison County HopFest

The Madison County Hop Fest is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week, and Empire Brewing Company, whose owner lives in Cazenovia and who is currently constructing a new farmstead brewery in the village, is making the festival’s official beer.

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Cazenovians bring home state fair ribbons

The New York State Fair is in the middle of its annual two-week run, and so far, among the myriad state residents who have won ribbons in competitions in everything from arts and crafts to agriculture to animal husbandry to cooking to talent competitions, a number of Cazenovians have claimed prizes.

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Laidman places second in CNY ‘everyday champion’ competition

Brings home $1,000 for his designated charity, CRIS

After more than 17,000 votes were cast online by the public during the month of August to choose the Today’s Options Competition Grand Champion and send that champion home with a $10,000 prize for the charity of their choice, finalist and Cazenovia resident Hume Laidman placed second.

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Graves wins $10K for NAMOW

North Area Meals on Wheels Board of Trustees President Bob Graves today was named the Today’s Options Competition Grand Champion — which means that NAMOW will receive $10,000 in prize money to spend however they choose.

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Caz athlete runs in Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria

Local triathlete Heather Ketcham spent last weekend in the Austrian alpine town of Zell Am See — she was not sightseeing on an end-of-summer vacation, but rather competing against approximately 2,700 athletes from more than 70 countries in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

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Caz golf professionals make PGA Tour cut

The two professionals at Cazenovia’s two golf clubs beat out some of the region’s best golfers last week to earn a spot in the 2016 PGA Professional Championship next June. Both Mark Tucker, of Cazenovia County Club, and Dennis Colligan, of Cazenovia Golf Club, earned entry into next year’s PGA event being hosted at Turning Stone.

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State supreme court decides against Owera

Judge upholds eight of 10 town conditions for winery to construct new events building

The Cazenovia Town Planning Board has the legal right to impose nearly all of the conditions it included in its site plan approval for Owera Vineyards’ proposed new event center on its East Lake Road property and, if the owners of Owera find these conditions too onerous, their best recourse may be to relocate their operations to a town parcel more appropriately zoned for the commercial activity in which the winery seeks to engage. This was the opinion of Acting State Supreme Court Justice Dennis K. McDermott in his Aug. 26 decision on Owera’s Article 78 lawsuit against the town of Cazenovia.

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Flags of Our Heroes program seeking veterans’ photos

The next mission of Honor Flight Syracuse to bring veterans of World War II and the Korean War to visit the memorials in their honor in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for Oct. 3 — and officials with the Flags of Our Heroes program are currently seeking photographs of deceased veterans of these two wars to bring with them to Washington and be honored through the Flags of Our Heroes program.

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When Grover Cleveland came to Cazenovia

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.

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Cazenovia College freshman move in for fall semester

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.

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Doan Chiropractic relocates New Woodstock office to Cazenovia

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.

Nelson town board discusses, rejects proposed changes to elected town positions

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.

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Hamilton Hearing offers free hearing aid trials

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.

Cazenovia Town Board approves new local law, work contracts and hears Owera lawsuit update

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.

Four candidates face-off in two party primaries for Madison County Judge

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.

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Brown Funeral Services acquires Tait Funeral Home

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.

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Keeping it disco: Life of Reilley announces latest product – canned cocktails

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.”

Village board meeting notes

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.

U.S. House Speaker Boehner visits Cazenovia

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).

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Board president could win $10,000 for NAMOW

North Area Meals on Wheels Board of Trustees President Bob Graves is in the running to win $10,000 for the organization.

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