The Cazenovia Board of Education last week filled the fifth grade teaching position in the middle school that was added the week before school started — but not until the board had a lengthy discussion over district hiring policies and whether or not the board itself should get involved in selecting position candidates. Such a change — the board currently only approves or rejects new hires put forth by the superintendent after being selected by a committee — would fundamentally alter the hiring policy and give the board a responsibility that is currently held only by the superintendent.
Seven people — all Morrisville College students — were arrested and more than two dozen criminal charges issued last week when Cazenovia village police closed out a months-long investigation into a series of thefts at Tops grocery store in Cazenovia.
A Cazenovia couple spent their wedding night in jail last week after being involved in a bar fight at Henneberg Tavern and then resisting arrest when Cazenovia Village Police and Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the disturbance.
The Christenson building at the corner of Nelson and Peterboro roads in Fenner will not be torn down, and the town will receive reimbursement for legal costs for the four-month process it has taken to reach the resolution with the building owner. The deal between the Fenner Town Board and town resident Jim Christenson was reached at the board’s Sept. 11 regular monthly meeting.
Town board takes no action to limit parking to one side of North Lake Road
After more than one hour of discussion at a Sept. 12 public hearing, the Nelson Town Board took no action to change the parking regulations on North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe restaurant after residents who in July overwhelmingly wanted no parking along the north side of the road this month declared the south side should be the no parking side.
Cazenovia Democrats held their nominating caucus for the November elections last week and chose Councilor Bill Zupan to run for town supervisor and Councilor Kristi Andersen to run for reelection to her current board seat. With the Democratic caucus completed, all party candidates for the Nov. 5 town election have been chosen, and the entire slate of positions to be elected will be uncontested.
The Cazenovia Town Board last week approved the expense of $8,000 to survey aquatic plants in Cazenovia Lake to help assess the possible need for future chemical treatments of the lake to kill invasive species.
The 16-year-old Manlius teen who was arrested in August after admitting his role in the Lakeland Park bathhouse graffiti incident has a curfew, mandated community service and a date to reappear in village court on Nov. 6.
Town reveals it has issued two codes violations to vineyard
The owners of Owera Vineyards this week declared themselves heartsick over their neighbors’ complaints about bright lights and loud music from the winery and said they will resolve these issues for the 2014 season. Until then, they gave their word they would address the lighting issue with new fixtures and close the vinyl flaps on the event tent at 10 p.m. for the rest of the 2013 wedding season in order to reduce the noise level of the wedding music. Their statement came during 90 minutes of discussion on the issue at the Sept. 8 town board meeting during which the winery’s East Lake Road neighbors unloaded a litany of complaints, accusations and demands for action to the board, and board members responded that they have been actively working on the problem for weeks.
The village board last week approved the annexation into the village of an 18-acre plot of state-managed wetland at the south end of the lake. The land is located between Lorenzo State Historic Site and the Trush property, and its annexation was completed in order to make the Trush property contiguous to the village so the owner of that property can request annexation.
It’s official: Empire Brewing Company is coming to Caz. The village planning board Monday night unanimously approved Empire’s site and architectural plans for their farmstead brewery on Route 13.
75th annual Parade of Hounds draws crowds throughout the village
The chilly, overcast and wet morning did not dampen the spirit of the spectators, riders — and especially the dogs — for the Limestone Creek Hunt Club’s 75th annual Parade of Hounds through the village on Sunday, Sept. 8. The parade, which started on Emory Avenue and continued right onto Sullivan Street, right onto Albany Street, left onto Rippleton Road and onto the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site, is the official beginning to the hunt club’s season.
The new public parking lot at 22 Lincklaen Street will have a soft opening this week with an official dedication ceremony to name the lot in honor of former village Trustee Peggy Van Arnam at the end of the month. During the Sept. 3 village board meeting, the trustees approved the final resolutions necessary to complete the new village parking lot, including setting the parking fee, approving a handicapped spot and designating the official name.
Farnham Street residents presented a petition to the village board this week opposing the requested zone change of a house on their street from a residential to a commercial district. The petition is the latest salvo in the continuing — and increasingly passionate — uprising of the Farnham Street neighborhood against the proposed “Farnham Kitchen” at 8 Farnham St. that will, if it comes to fruition, create a wedding cake business and ready-made meal business inside a historic house on the edge of the neighborhood near Albany Street.
Owera Vineyards, which has been embroiled in recent weeks in a dispute with neighbors and the town over excessive light and sound pollution that many claim negatively affects the neighbors’ quality of life, is now looking for new production and events sales managers. Top Owera staffers Ben Reilly, who started as the director of operations but was changed to production manager two months ago, and Kristi Fondario, who started as director of sales but was changed to event sales employee, both resigned their positions in the days between Aug. 19 and 27.
The New York State Fair may have ended on Sept. 3, but the glory of the thousands of residents who won awards at the numerous fair competitions remains — and a number of Cazenovia residents have shared in that glory again this year. The thousands of visitors who thronged the fair daily during its two-week run witnessed the skills and creations of Cazenovians in the horse arena, at the wine competition, and in the arts and crafts, fine arts, culinary and floral creations exhibits.
When school goes back into session this week, one of the first questions students are asked is what they did over the summer. While many teens will have good answers to that question, Cazenovia teen Sam Evans might have the most unique response — he spent a week as a national senator in Washington D.C.
With the conclusion of the Nelson town Democratic caucus last Friday, Aug. 23, all Nelson town office candidates for the two major political parties, as well as on the Independent line, have been chosen. Numerous town government positions are up for election this November, including town supervisor, two seats on the town board, town clerk, town highway superintendent and town justice. None of those elections will be contested in Nelson.
A black bear has been seen multiple times in the village during the past week, on Chenango Street and near Lorenzo.
The argument over the process through which Cazenovia College must go to build a proposed fence around its turf athletic field is now in the hands of a state supreme court judge after attorneys for the college and the village appeared in Wampsville last Friday.
After agreeing in July to add an extra third grade teacher at Burton Street Elementary School due to parent and teacher concern over higher-than-expected class sizes in the coming school year, the Cazenovia Board of Education last week unanimously agreed to add another fifth grade teacher as well — and for the same reason. The action will lower fifth grade class sizes by about five students per class, but it also means that some fifth graders who already received their homeroom assignments will have to be switched to a different class.
More than 50 members of the Cazenovia Lake Association turned out last week to hear an update on the health of Cazenovia Lake at the association’s annual meeting, including information on current lake health studies, invasive species issues, storm runoff retention programs, boater safety and the preliminary plan for chemical treatments of the lake in 2014.
It has been seven weeks since the Cazenovia Lake Boat Patrol took to the water to educate and, when necessary, enforce boating rules and safety issues on the lake, and the program, now manned by village police officers rather than county sheriff’s deputies, has been extremely successful.
The Fenner Town Board unanimously approved a new local law at its Aug. 14 meeting reducing the number of members of the town’s Board of Assessment Review from five to four. The action was part of a larger plan by the town board to reduce the total number of BAR members to three by October 2014.
Neighbors complain that new winery is ignoring original limits set on it by town planning board
Is Owera Vineyards the farm winery it was proposed to be or has it turned into something larger, louder and more commercial than was originally approved by the town? This is a question the Cazenovia Town Board is now directly addressing after multiple neighbors’ complaints about excessive noise, traffic and lighting have brought attention to the issue and have caused the town planning board chair and town codes officer to question whether Owera has turned into an events center it was never anticipated to become. It has also brought a visit to the winery from an official from the state department of agriculture and markets.
Swimmers warned to avoid patches of green water
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of blue-green algal blooms in Cazenovia Lake. This type of algae can be irritating – even toxic – to humans in large enough concentrations, and the DEC is recommending no one drink the lake water and swimmers be sure to avoid contact with any floating rafts, scums and discolored water.
Cazenovia village police arrested three teenagers for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia after being alerted to suspicious activity in the McDonalds parking lot on Aug. 9.
Local teen turns self in, police suspect more perpetrators
Cazenovia Village Police have arrested a local, 16-year-old male in connection with the Lakeland Park Bathhouse graffiti incident from last week. The teen, whose name cannot be released because he is a minor, was charged with a Class E felony for criminal mischief and will be arraigned in Cazenovia Village Court on Sept. 4. If convicted, a Class E felony is punishable by up to four years in prison.
The Cazenovia Town Board has selected the Syracuse-based architectural firm of Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates to be the lead architectural consultant on the Gothic Cottage renovation assessment project. The decision, which was followed by a unanimous board vote to officially contract with the company, came after a brief executive session during which the board had to review additional information it had requested from HKK and Landmark Consulting, of Albany. These firms had made the short list of candidates for the job, with the board finding a final decision difficult.
The parking lot at 22 Lincklaen St. is continuing to take shape, with the Lincklaen Street sidewalk repaved last week and lot paving expected to occur Aug. 26 and 27, the village board discussed at its Aug. 8 regular monthly meeting. The only detail left to decide was what to charge for parking once the lot is completed, with the recommendation being $1 per hour.
Police have fingerprints, evidence and say “Loner” soon will be apprehended
The rash of spray-painted graffiti that has been spreading throughout Cazenovia has taken a turn from misdemeanor annoyances to felony criminal mischief after graffiti clean-up on the Lakeland Park Bathhouse was determined to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. The spray-painting of the four-foot-long word “Loner” on the bathhouse last week was the latest in a string of graffiti incidents that have occurred on sidewalks, mailboxes and sign poles from Lakeland Park up Albany Street all the way to the Tops plaza.
The village of Cazenovia now has a new handicapped-accessible fishing dock on the banks of Chittenango Creek behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The fresh, bright umber-colored wood is somewhat hidden within the tall grass on a little-used part of the village, and, like the dock itself, the story of its creation is bright and inspiring yet little-known — the community addition was the creation and work of a Cazenovia Eagle Scout candidate that took him two-and-a-half years to complete.
The state education department Wednesday released the results of the 2013 English Language Arts and math test scores for students in grades three to eight, and, while test scores were down throughout the state due to the higher overall difficulty of the tests, Cazenovia students scored more than 20 percentage points above the state average.
The man who struck and killed 25-year-old Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler with his minivan in Pickstown, S.D., on July 8 has been indicted by a Charles Mix County South Dakota Grand Jury on multiple counts of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and faces life in prison if convicted.
Discussions take place behind closed doors despite supervisor’s objection
The Cazenovia Town Board last week interviewed the three final architectural firm candidates for the planned renovation work to the Gothic Cottage to get a sense of which firm may be the best fit for the town’s project. The interviews, which lasted about an hour each, were closed to the public and the press by a split vote of the board, although board members said they plan to discuss the issue publicly at their next regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 12. While the board’s decision to take the interviews into executive session was in accordance with the New York State Open Meetings Law, the way in which the action was taken violated that law by not detailing the specific reason(s) for the executive session, according to the state Committee on Open Government.
Cazenovia native Lisa Kendrick always wanted to do her own thing. After living and working 16 years in New York City as a graphic designer, she returned to Cazenovia a little more than one month ago to open her own business. The day after she arrived in her old hometown, Kendrick opened the door to her new endeavor — Foxgloves Flower Shop. Foxgloves, located at 53 Albany St., is a full-service flower shop that also creates and sells home decorations and Cazenovia-related creations; Kendrick also offers floral work for bridal showers, weddings and other events.
What started as a passion for home-brewing beer seven years ago is taking shape as the first farm brewery to be created in the Cazenovia area this year. John and Maria Henneberg, owners of the Henneberg Tavern on Albany Street, are in the process of creating a micro-brewery called Henneberg Brewing Co. on their 97-acre farm in New Woodstock. The new brewing enterprise will be one with a smaller, more local scale of production versus the upcoming Empire Brewing Company farmstead brewery on Route 13 — and one less likely to cause controversy.
Hundreds of people spent hours perusing tens of thousands of books that were boxed and stacked in three different areas of the Cazenovia Public Library this past weekend for the annual Friends of the Library book sale. The annual event is one of the library’s biggest fundraisers of the year, as well as a much-anticipated event for area residents and bibliophiles.
In response to concerns from Erieville residents and the Erieville Fire Department, the Nelson Town Board is working to change the parking ordinance along North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe Grill to improve safety and ensure better emergency vehicle passage.
After a false start three years ago, the village of Cazenovia is once again looking the possibility of extending the Fenner Street sidewalk from where it currently ends between Naomi Drive and Carriage Lane to the Sean M. Googin Memorial Sports Complex. The village and town boards held a joint meeting on the issue recently and the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association has submitted an application for state grant funding to pay for the project.
The man who struck and killed 25-year-old Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler and her co-worker with his minivan in Pickstown, S.D., on July 8 was arrested last week and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.
As negotiations continue between the town of Fenner and resident Jim Christenson over the fate of Christenson’s building at the corner of Nelson and Peterboro roads, the Madison County Highway department has now become interested in the issue and has even offered to tear down the building free of charge.
The Cazenovia Board of Education held its annual reorganizational meeting July 9, at which it elected new officers, made its yearly appointments and approved its annual policies.
Three weeks after Cazenovia Schools Superintendent Robert Dubik announced his intention to retire at the end of the 203-14 school year, the Cazenovia Board of Education has started laying the groundwork for its search process to hire a successor.
The Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon Team, which has a national reputation as a competitive opponent, has been struggling to stay viable for the 2013-14 school year in a fiscally austere environment; but on top of the funding uncertainty facing the team in recent months, a new problem has emerged — the loss of both team advisors.
The First United Methodist Church of Cazenovia is in the process of receiving a new roof, along with some necessary — although unexpected — building renovations along the way. The problem, however, is that the church congregation needs some assistance to pay for the cost of the work to the 141-year-old building.
Local food-related businesses, fire department parking lot currently underway
Two houses at the end of Farnham Street near the Albany Street intersection may soon be rezoned from a residential to a commercial district to make way for two new food-related businesses and a new fire department parking lot. The zone change requests were addressed by the village board of trustees at its regular monthly meeting on July 1.
A 25-year-old Cazenovia resident was killed this week in Pickstown, S.D., when she was struck by a minivan while standing in a parking lot.
After more than one year of work, the village Economic Health and Heritage Committee recently released its recommended changes to the Village Edge South section of the village Comprehensive Plan, and scheduled two public hearings to discuss the issue with village residents.
The winners of the June 18 village election were sworn in and the annual appointments to village positions and committees approved by the Cazenovia Village Board of trustees at its July 1 meeting.