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Tait pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

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.

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Common Grounds Inc. looks to establish community calendar, center

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.

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Carpenter's Barn undergoes stablization

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.

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Tait attorney pushes to dismiss charges

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.”

An apology to local veterans

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.

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5 Ledyard Corp. launches CertainRate.com

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.

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Porter re-elected, Joseph elected to Caz Village Board

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.

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2012 July Fourth Fireworks: bigger and better than ever

The Lions Club of Cazenovia is busy coordinating the biggest fireworks display that has ever been prepared for the annual July Fourth celebrations Cazenovia.

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Local group ‘lights up’ Caz sports

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.

Town board looks to approve new sewage systems, disposal methods

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.

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Caz athlete transitions from turf to surf

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.

Caz village board discusses area roads, sidewalks

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.

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Caz native featured in ‘Crooked Arrows’

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.

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Republicans occupy Albany Street in Caz

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.

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Caz Pop Warner athletes recognized

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.

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Caz village resident to run for state Assembly

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.

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Local youths study Caz Lake ‘Creatures of the Deep’

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.

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The call of duty

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.

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CCSD 2012-13 budget approved, incumbents re-elected

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.

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Caz High School seniors prepare for departure

Cazenovia High School seniors were invited to take a little time out of their schooldays, and enjoy some cake on May 1.

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DEC surveys Caz Lake wildlife

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.

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Local officials: Carpenter’s Barn is ready for restoration

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.

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Caz LWV hosts BOE candidate forum

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.

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Clark Street bridge reopens to traffic

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.

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CazCares turns 30

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.

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Passing the torch

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.

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Saved from the chopping block

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.

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Internet auction maestros

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.

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Building a better pizza pie

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.

Caz Town Board names School Street, moves toward lake treatment

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.

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The season of change

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.

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National retailer to move to Cazenovia

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.

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Caz village board addresses water infrastructure

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.

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NCTA pursues legal action after clearing of county trail

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.

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Caz BOE solicits community input, works toward 2012-13 budget

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.

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From Laker, to pro, to coach

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.

Caz BOE budget work session to be held April 2

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.

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Water main break closes Caz schools Thursday, BSE Friday

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.

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Caz BOE presents preliminary 2012-13 budget

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.

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Fibers of the Cazenovia community

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.

Caz committee to review Comprehensive Plan, zoning of Village Edge South

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.

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Still waiting in the wings

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.

Caz village budget nears completion

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.

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Caz foreign-exchange student to attend HWS

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.

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Tait trial set for July 16

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.

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Caz Equipment constructs new headquarters

Despite the season’s unpredictable weather conditions, construction has continued on Cazenovia Equipment Company’s new headquarters.

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Caz alum helps establish ‘Hireland’

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.

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Marquardt Switches continues to grow, improve

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.

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With a little help from some friends

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.

Medical center pulls out of Caz's Riverside Drive project

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.

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