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COLUMN: Saying goodbye, looking forward

From the editor

And so it is the New Year, and this Cazenovia Republican is my final issue as editor.

COLUMN: Reflecting on the last two years

From the Editor

As 2012 comes to an end and we all have the chance for a fresh start in 2013, I will be looking forward to a new beginning.

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In memoriam

Cazenovia community gathers in wake of recent national tragedy

Five days following the tragic deaths of 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., members of the Cazenovia community gathered together to grieve those lost, and show support to those affected.

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Hundreds attend 11th Annual Caz Men’s Night Out

For the 11th year, local men gathered in downtown Cazenovia to complete their holiday shopping under the cover of darkness while enjoying some camaraderie.

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Gallery of CNY to host ‘Last Blast,’ change ownership

Jennifer Schutzendorf, the proprietor of The Gallery of CNY, recently announced she is looking to sell the space at 58 Albany St. after six years of ownership.

Caz Village Board adopts standards for new streets

During its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 3, the Cazenovia Village Board unanimously approved the amending of existing standards and establishment of new regulations for the future construction of streets and sidewalks within the village.

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Marshall returns to Caz, speaks to students

Recent graduate, field organizer for presidential campaign visits high school

One year after graduating from Cazenovia High School and becoming a field organizer for President Barack Obama, Caroline Marshall found herself walking the familiar hallways once again.

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Two trees removed from Cannon Park

Historic Maples taken down due to old age, safety

Although many trees withstand the tests of time, all fall eventually. For two Maple trees in Cannon Park, their time has come.

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VIDEO: 35th Annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting a success

The 35th Annual Christmas Walk and Tree Lighting ceremony took place the evening of Nov. 30 in the village of Cazenovia.

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Cannizzaro, Nardella sign letters of intent

CCSD students headed to college on lacrosse scholarships

After school on Monday, Nov. 19, two senior students of the Cazenovia Central School District signed official letters of intent to attend college, both as students and athletes, in fall 2013.

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Burrell sisters share recipe for success, donate 10K to juvenile diabetes research

Cazenovia resident Jane Burrell-Uzcategui recently traveled to New York City to visit with her sister Anne Burrell, a celebrity chef on Food Network, and to cook some good food for a great cause.

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Caz Village Board approves purchase of 22 Lincklaen St., plans public parking lot

In a continual effort to appease parking frustrations in the village of the Cazenovia, trustees have begun to plan for the inclusion of a new parking lot between the Catherine Cummings Theater and United States Post Office on Lincklaen Street.

Caz Village Board looks to draft sidewalk codes

The village of Cazenovia is one step closer to defining a set list of regulations for local business owners to follow when looking to include tables, chairs and other items on the sidewalk outside their stores.

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Laughter abounds with ‘Showgirls’ in Caz

Native performer brings character-driven comedy to town, again

Cazenovia native Travis Barr returned to Cazenovia the weekend of Oct. 27 to see family, observe the autumn foliage and visit the Catherine Cummings Theater — this time as a performer.

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Caz crossing guards Stevens, Davies recognized for service

Muriel Stevens and Suzann Davies, two of the Cazenovia Central School District’s most dedicated crossing guards, were honored by village officials for their combined 53 years of service to the youth of Cazenovia.

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Marathon (wo)man

Chary Griffin competes in World Triathlon Championship

Cazenovia resident Chary Griffin recently traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband, Jim, but sightseeing and observing the Kiwi culture were low on her to-do list.

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Scarecrow Fest winners announced

A number of friendly scarecrows, created by Cazenovia High School art students, were visible throughout the Historic Cazenovia Business District from Oct. 25 to 31 as part of the First Annual Scarecrow Fest.

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Magee, Spires partake in Caz LWV candidate forum

On the evening of Oct. 18, a crowd of about 60 area residents packed the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room to observe a candidate forum for the two politicians seeking a seat in the 121st Assembly District.

Seasonal scarecrows to inhabit Caz village lampposts

This Halloween season, the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce is hoping to start a new tradition.

Caz, Hamilton hockey teams to merge

The Cazenovia High School athletes who plan to tryout and play for the varsity hockey team this coming season may notice a number of new faces with them on the ice.

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History for sale on Caz's Main Street

Current P.E. Mulligan’s owner looks for new buyer, successor

The four floors of retail and office space located at 65 Albany St. were recently put on the real estate market, listed at $350,000.

Caz Village Board moves forward with plans for South Meadows

After months of consideration and a number of public hearings, the Cazenovia Village Board declared that the proposed development of 68 houses on approximately 48 acres on the easterly side of Number Nine Road (known as South Meadows) would not have a negative impact on the surrounding environment, and approved the zone be changed from R-30 to R-6.

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Let the games begin

Cazenovia College names turf field in honor of the late Nicholas J. Christakos

While numerous athletic matchups had already seen action on Cazenovia College’s new turf field behind the Schneeweiss Sports Complex, on Sept. 29, the pitch was officially named “Christakos Field.”

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Tait case concludes

Funeral home director who pled guilty of sexual misconduct to undergo three years of probation

After pleading guilty to two misdemeanors in July, Brian H. Tait, director of Tait Funeral Home in Cazenovia, was sentenced to three years of probation on the morning of Sept. 20 at the Madison County Courthouse.

Caz Town Board discusses local road work, hydrofracking

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 18, Lincklaen Road will be under construction between the intersections of Summerfield Drive and Lucas Cross Road, for two weeks.

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Be sure to ‘Feed the Chickens’

New art installation uses recycled material, encourages viewer involvement

Although the keeping of chickens has been prohibited by the village of Cazenovia, a flock of mechanized fowl has found its way onto Albany Street.

Congrats, Burton Street Elementary students and staff

From the editor

On Friday, Sept. 7, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan verified what many Cazenovia residents already knew, by recognizing Burton Street Elementary School as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.

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Burton Street Elementary named 'Blue Ribbon School'

Burton Street Elementary School was abuzz with excitement the morning of Sept. 7, as district officials were informed the school was recognized as a 2012 Blue Ribbon School by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Caz Village Trustees further examine South Meadows development

Residents packed the Cazenovia Municipal Building on Sept. 4 to attend a public hearing regarding a zone change of about 48 acres of village land for former mayor Dennis Gregg’s proposed development, “South Meadows,” on the easterly side of Number Nine Road.

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Cazenovia High School, Middle School classes cancelled Sept. 5, 6

Water main break causes two schools to close, while elementary school remains open

While all students of the Cazenovia Central School District returned to classes on Tuesday, Sept. 4, only elementary students attended classes again on Sept. 5 and 6.

Oneida man faces multiple charges after two-county, three-hour pursuit

Chase came through Cazenovia, ended on college campus

Cazenovia and Morrisville colleges issued a lock-down notice to students in the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 31, as an Oneida man reportedly led Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase through Madison and Onondaga counties.

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Caz residents receive ribbons at NYS Fair

As visitors to the New York State Fair make their way through the bustling crowds and past the various attractions, many eyes will come to rest on the numerous contest entries by Cazenovia residents this year.

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Caz College students return to campus

Last week marked the return of Cazenovia College students. Freshman were invited to the campus on Aug. 23, giving them a few days to assimilate to college life before returning students moved in Aug. 26 and classes officially begin Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Sheriff’s deputies investigate fatal crash in Fenner

On Saturday, Aug. 25, Madison County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on Peterboro Road in the town of Fenner.

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Attempted burglary at New Woodstock Post Office

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies are currently investigating an attempted burglary at the United States Post Office located on School Street in New Woodstock.

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Lorenzo offers historic twist on camp

While some local children enjoy a week of summer camp on area lakes, or visiting faraway relatives, others choose to step back into history and visit another time period.

Village, town discuss sanitary sewers, dog control

The concept of including sanitary sewage systems around portions of Cazenovia Lake is no longer a focus of just the town board; the Cazenovia Village Board has also expressed interest in the potential project.

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Annexation talks begin

Empire Brewing Company moves forward with plan for Cazenovia location

Empire Brewing Company’s petition for annexation of 22 acres off of Route 13 in Cazenovia was officially received and acknowledged during the village and town joint public hearing on July 31 in the Municipal Building.

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Franklins to make annual trek to Caz

When the 59th Annual Franklin Trek makes visit to Cazenovia Aug. 4 to 11, the classic automobile owners won’t only be bringing nostalgia and history, but also non-perishable goods to be donated to the local food pantry, CazCares.

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Albany Street: Looking a-maize-ing

Local residents join forces to grow some of the season’s tallest cornstalks

The numerous cornstalks outside of Marlene Burrell’s shop, Flowers on Main Street, located at 85 Albany St. in Cazenovia, are now about as high as an elephant’s eye and expected to yield upward of 20 ears.

Local officials: License, vaccinate dogs

Currently only 496 registered dogs in Cazenovia, many unlicensed

As Cazenovia residents spend more time outdoors enjoying the summer weather, many choose to do so with their canine companions.

Moore looks to recuse himself from Benedict case

Benedict pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charge

On July 24 during Cazenovia Town Court, Justice Timothy Moore said he would look to recuse himself from the case involving Assistant United States Attorney Craig A. Benedict.

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‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’

Caz resident creates social networking site specific to village

There is a new social networking website gaining popularity in Cazenovia, with hopes of uniting village residents and serving as a virtual bulletin board.

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Now open for business

Cazenovia Equipment Company unveils new headquarter location

Eleven months after a large fire claimed Cazenovia Equipment Company’s headquarters in Nelson, the new $3 million building in the town of Cazenovia was opened for business.

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Caz Police see rise in bath salt-related incidents

Bath salts, the synthetic designer drugs commonly found in smoke shops and some gas stations, have been receiving much attention from legislators and law enforcement lately, but also from local residents.

Caz resident, assistant US attorney charged with criminal nuisance

Loud Benedict party yields assault complaint, misdemeanor charge

Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies charged a town of Cazenovia resident with second degree criminal nuisance, a class B misdemeanor, in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 15 after a large graduation party got out of hand.

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Making homes out of houses

New Cazenovia business looks to enhance area residences

John David Hunter and Bob Winston, two of Cazenovia’s newest residents, are also the owners of one of Albany Street’s newest businesses, J.D Hunter Home.

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Caz village residents sworn in to respective boards

Cazenovia Village Trustees Dave Porter and Jim Joseph were officially sworn in for two-year terms on Monday, July 1 in the Municipal Building, as they took their oaths of office in front of the village board and members of the public.

One canoeist dead after incident on Caz Lake

County deputies currently investigating incident

Arthur Morris III, a 64-year-old Manlius resident, died the evening of July 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse after falling out of his canoe around 4 p.m. in the southwest corner of Cazenovia Lake.

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Village names bridge in honor of Assemblyman Magee

Now that drivers and pedestrians crossing the Chittenango Creek via Clark Street in Cazenovia are able to do so once again, they will have to refer to it by its new title, the “Assemblyman Bill Magee Bridge.”

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