Funeral home director accepts plea bargain for two misdemeanor charges
Cazenovia funeral home director Brian H. Tait, 46, of Lincklaen Road, pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, during his latest court appearance on July 7 at the Madison County Courthouse in Wampsville.
Members of Common Grounds of Cazenovia Inc. have begun to put their heads together with village officials and local non-profit organizations in order to establish a digital 24-hour community calendar and meeting center for Cazenovia residents and area visitors.
Anyone driving along Routes 20 and 13 in the last month has probably noticed construction crews hard at work on one of Cazenovia’s most historical structures.
Defense counsel claims case includes insufficient information, no lack of consent
On the morning of June 21 at Madison County Courthouse, Syracuse-based lawyer Emil Rossi filed a motion to dismiss the case against Brian H. Tait, director of Tait Funeral Home Inc. in Cazenovia, on the grounds that Tait’s actions did not indicate a lack of consent, although they could be considered “deceitful seduction.”
From the editor
Last week I fielded a phone call from a Cazenovia resident and veteran of the Korean War, who was upset about the lack of coverage of the 2012 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in the Cazenovia Republican.
New website offers fixed annuity rates, fiscal security
In an effort to continue to educate local and area residents of financial prudence and planning, the Cazenovia-based business 5 Ledyard Avenue Corp. recently launched CertainRate.com.
Porter, an incumbent who ran on the Democratic and Strong party lines, received a total of 305 votes. Joseph, who ran on Republican and Independence party lines, received a total of 291 votes. Incumbent Tim Mahoney also ran on the Republican and Independence party lines, and received 225 votes.
The Lions Club of Cazenovia is busy coordinating the biggest fireworks display that has ever been prepared for the annual July Fourth celebrations Cazenovia.
Light Up Fenner illuminates Field One at Sean Googin Memorial Sports Complex
Following almost a year-and-a-half of conceptualizing, planning and fundraising, the group “Light Up Fenner” officially switched on the lights at Field One of the Sean Googin Memorial Sports Complex on June 2.
During the June 11 meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board, councilors scheduled a public hearing to introduce Local Law No. 1 regarding alternative septic systems within the town for the evening of July 9.
Track, basketball, field hockey star makes big splash on college rowing team
Just eight months after first learning to row competitively, Cazenovia native Ellen Burr has been selected to partake in the 2012 USRowing Women’s National Team Freshman Camp.
At the June 4 Cazenovia Village Board meeting, trustees discussed moving toward establishing a set of specifications for future road construction and repair as well as the inclusion of additional benches and tables on the sidewalks of the Historic Cazenovia Business District.
Local lacrosse star assists with, acts in major motion picture
Lacrosse star Jamison Koesterer is the latest Cazenovia native to have their name appear in the credits of a major motion picture.
Over Memorial Day weekend the Republican Committee of Cazenovia moved into 82 Albany St., established the location as its headquarters and began distributing material regarding local candidates running for seats at the village, town and state levels.
19 local youths honored as Pop Warner All-American Scholar nominees
While 11-year-old James Pavelchak undoubtedly enjoyed touring Walt Disney World during his recent trip to Florida, he was on official business as a representative of the Cazenovia Pop Warner Association.
Spires seeks seat for 121st district
As area politicians begin to campaign for the upcoming New York State 121st Assembly District election in November, Cazenovia village resident Levi Spires has decided to throw his name into the mix.
Cazenovia College Extended Learning helps students learn about life beneath the surface
Not only New York state biologists have been testing the aquatic life of Cazenovia Lake. An education program offered by Cazenovia College’s Office of Extended Learning has given area children the chance to monitor indigenous fish.
In its 38th year of operation, the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps recently appointed two of its youngest officials, 41-year-old President Greg Widrick and 24-year-old Chief of Operations Ryan Ammann.
Voters say ‘yes’ to proposed budget, bus purchases, library support
Seven hundred and sixty residents of the Cazenovia Central School District visited the high school auditorium on May 15 to cast their ballots for the 2012-13 proposed budget, the purchase of school buses, funding for area libraries and for four candidates vying for three seats on the board of education.
Cazenovia High School seniors were invited to take a little time out of their schooldays, and enjoy some cake on May 1.
Testing of aquatic life, water quality to continue this summer
Although local anglers have traditionally depended on word-of-mouth to get the scoop on prime fishing areas, they will soon be able to learn more about the vitality of aquatic life in Cazenovia Lake through reports released by the New York State Department of Conservation.
Restoration of the 122-year old structure located at 1 Forman St. in Cazenovia is finally ready to begin. At a ceremony outside of Carpenter’s Barn on May 4, local officials and members of the Carpenter’s Barn Committee discussed the grants that have been received and thanked all involved on the project.
In preparation for the upcoming vote on May 15, the four candidates hoping to occupy one of the three available seats on the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education gathered for a forum on May 3 in Cazenovia High School.
Three-hundred and sixty-two days after the Clark Street bridge was deemed unsafe and closed by the New York State Department of Transportation, it was reopened for public use.
Local food pantry, community closet gears up for fundraiser
As CazCares members and local volunteers gear up for the fourth annual “Open Your Heart” fundraiser on May 12, the organization is also preparing to celebrate its 30th birthday.
Fallon resigns as Caz Joint Youth Program Director, welcomes DiGiacomo
After 21 summers as director of the Cazenovia Joint Youth Recreation Program, Joe Fallon will be not be reprising his familiar role, due to a recent ankle injury. Elizabeth Digiacomo, a Cazenovia resident and health and wellness professional, will head up the popular program, which runs from June 25 to Aug. 3 at Lakeland Park.
Teaching positions, academic programming taken off list of possible BOE budget cuts
Mary Kate Lonergan loves her job. Currently employed as a social studies teacher at Cazenovia High School, her position was in jeopardy last month, when initially listed as a possible cut in the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education’s tentative 2012-13 budget.
Cazenovia Town Highway Department gains sterling reputation online
While the Cazenovia Town Highway Department has maintained excellent standing with local residents for its ability to cope with unexpected overnight blizzards, the department has also been gaining a sterling reputation online, on the Internet auction site AuctionsInternational.com.
New pizzeria opens for business, brings Friday fish fry back to Cazenovia
Owahgena Pizzeria, the newest eatery to inhabit 118 Albany St., is hoping to give the established pizzeria up the road a run for its money.
At the April 9 meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board, councilors updated the public on the upcoming chemical treatment of Cazenovia Lake and approved a resolution authorizing the official naming of School Street in New Woodstock.
Cazenovia Arts redesigns walls of Dave's Diner
Dave’s Diner in Cazenovia underwent substantial changes on Sunday, April 15. While no adjustments were made to the menu, the artwork displayed on the restaurant’s walls was updated by local group Cazenovia Arts.
Sears Hometown Store eyes space in Town and Country Plaza
After more than a year of dormancy, the vacant 8,750-square-foot retail space at Town and Country Plaza on Route 20 East will soon be occupied by a Sears Hometown Store.
During the recent repaving of Burr and Williams streets, village employees unearthed a three-foot segment of original wooden water line, which was placed there and used sometime prior to 1890. As much of the existing water lines in the village of Cazenovia were installed around the same time period, local officials have begun to plan for the future of the community’s infrastructure.
As spring progresses and the summer season nears, Cazenovia’s many hiking trails will no doubt begin to see increased traffic from nature-enthusiasts, near and far.
After recently receiving an additional $40,893 in state aid, the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is continuing to move toward finalizing the 2012-13 budget.
Stec succeeds in Cazenovia, Siena, Denmark, Holland
While the majority of college athletes become professionals in fields other than sports, Cazenovia High School alumna Heather Stec is one of the few exceptions.
District officials weigh in on date change, budget updates
After initially changing the next meeting date for Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education from March 19 to March 26, last week the district postponed the next public budget work session until 6:30 p.m. April 2 in the Cazenovia High School Auditorium.
A water main break that occured the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21 has caused all academic buildings in Cazenovia Central School District to close for Thursday, March 22. Burton Street Elementary will also be closed Friday, March 23.
Community voices concerns of cuts to staff, academic programming
At the March 12 Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education meeting, board members and administrators discussed the preliminary 2012-13 budget with more than 40 community members and educators.
Local knitting club raises funds, donates to Project Café
The Project Café after-school program at Common Grounds recently received a financial boost from a local knitting club. Matt LeBlanc, head coordinator of the after-school program, accepted the donation on Monday, March 12.
In hopes of expanding Cazenovia’s tax base, a committee to reevaluate the Comprehensive Plan and examine what areas in the village may benefit from development, was established at the March 5 village board meeting.
Construction on Albany Street dance studio continues
About one year into a renovation project at 52-54 Albany St., owners Mark and Patricia Burritt are anxiously awaiting the completion and opening of Allure, their planned dance and fitness studio.
The Cazenovia Village Board is continuing to move toward creating a preliminary budget for 2012-13. At the March 5 meeting, trustees held a public hearing and then passed a resolution which will allow them to surpass New York state’s 2 percent cap on property tax levy, if need be.
While many high school seniors anxiously await acceptance letters from the colleges and universities to which they have applied, Cazenovia’s Korean foreign-exchange student Bora Kang can rest easy.
Tait appeared before Chenango County Justice Brian D. Burns at 1:45 p.m. March 6 in the Madison County Courthouse for a chamber conference with the prosecuting team and defense counsel.
Despite the season’s unpredictable weather conditions, construction has continued on Cazenovia Equipment Company’s new headquarters.
Lyga advances efforts of Irish employment initiative
Although 21-year-old Tom Lyga is currently a full-time student at Champlain College and will be looking to begin his professional career upon graduation in 2013, he has already helped more than 2,500 unemployed workers find jobs.
Focus for 2012: Expand company’s portfolio, customer base
2011 was an eventful year for Marquardt Switches Inc. in Cazenovia. The company had been busy improving its products, facility and workforce at 2711 Route 20 East.
54Freedom moves into 5 Ledyard Ave., restores structure
As the Cazenovia-based national financial planning firm 54Freedom continues to increase its workforce and improve its headquarters at 5 Ledyard Ave., everyone involved shares a common bond: their zipcode.
Amid recent talks of a medical center being built within the village of Cazenovia, it seems the vacant lot on Riverside Drive will remain vacant in the following months.