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Pierce Smith

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Bridge to a better future in Cazenovia

The Clark Street bridge is expected to be reopened for public use almost a year to the day it was closed by the Madison County Highway Department.

Empire Brewing examines viability of Cazenovia location

As Empire Brewing Company’s award-winning beer and gastronomic offerings continue to garner attention at the Walton Street location in Syracuse, owner and Cazenovia resident David Katleski is evaluating the possibility of opening a microbrewery in Cazenovia.

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Changes ahead for Town & Country Plaza

It seems the Town & Country Plaza on Route 20 in Cazenovia will be undergoing substantial modifications during the next year.

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Vogl announces commitment to Monmouth

On Friday, Feb. 3, yet another student-athlete from Cazenovia High School declared her intention to play NCAA Division I sports.

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Driscoll visits Caz Library, presents 2012-13 NYS budget

As members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet made their way across New York presenting the 2012-13 budget and reform messages on Feb. 3, former Syracuse Mayor and current President of the Environmental Facilities Corporation Matt Driscoll visited the Cazenovia Public Library.

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Brewster Inn chefs named best in area

Although Cazenovia residents have suspected it for some time, on Jan. 29 it was made official that the chefs of The Brewster Inn are the best in Syracuse.

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Young Caz inventor builds wheelchair for dog

There are few bonds stronger than that of a boy and his dog. When Jonathan Peter English, an 11-year-old Boy Scout in Cazenovia, noticed his 16-year old Italian Greyhound “Juliet” was unable to walk properly because of poor eyesight and stability, he immediately began to think of ways to help.

Caz BOE sets goals, approves budget calendar

At the Jan. 23 meeting of the Cazenovia Board of Education, members discussed their 16 newly defined goals and approved the budget calendar for 2012-13 school year.

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Caz school district examines declining enrollment

Over the last decade, administrators at Cazenovia Central School District have watched fewer students graduate as seniors and even fewer register as kindergartners.

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Cazenovia's Golden Pheasant undergoes transformation

Albany Street restaurant becomes community sports bar

When the familiar Cazenovia eatery The Golden Pheasant closed its doors for renovations on Monday, Jan. 16, owner Peter Kuzawski wasn’t planning on reopening the same restaurant.

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Village, town snow budgets in good standing

Mild winter weather costs less for municipalities

Although it took longer than expected, winter weather officially arrived in Cazenovia on Friday, Jan. 13, with snow, cold temperatures and the school district’s first snow day.

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Owera Vineyards improves with age

Cazenovia’s first winery awarded grant, plans for expansion

Although the winter season isn’t conducive for cultivating grapes, Owera Vineyards is growing.

CAVAC awarded $57,000 grant

On Jan. 6, United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the recipient of $57,000 from the fourth-round of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The times they are a changin’

From the editor

This past week, I was able to sit down with the staff of the newly formed East-Wellington Times.

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Monforte named Chair of Planning for Madison County

Along with his duties as Cazenovia Town Supervisor, Ralph Monforte also has numerous responsibilities at the county level.

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Young journalists start neighborhood newspaper in Cazenovia

An enthusiastic group of six young journalists, ranging in age from 8 to 11, recently started a new monthly-publication in Cazenovia, covering the news and all happenings in and around Wellington Drive and East Road.

Caz town board discusses 2012 lake treatment, hydrofracking

The Cazenovia Town Board held their first meeting of 2012 the evening of Jan. 9 in the town offices at the Gothic Cottage. Newly elected councilor Liz Moran was absent.

Albany Street stores join to form ‘Wishlist’

Melissa Zomro Davis, the owner of The Show Trunk, and Dragonfly Beads proprietor Erin L.M. Harris recently announced they are combining efforts and retail space to form the new store “Wishlist” at 53 Albany St.

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State, local officials address constituents at State of the Area Forum

More than 100 Cazenovia residents and local business owners spent the evening of Jan. 10 listening to area officials discuss the last 12 months in Central New York and outline their hopes for the upcoming year at the annual State of the Area Forum, hosted by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Caz High School continues move toward accreditation

Just four months after administrators and faculty of Cazenovia High School began seeking accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, they have moved into the fourth stage of a five-phase plan to craft a new mission statement, establish a seven-year outlook and enhance relationships within the school and community.

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Cazenovia counselors help students look at their future

Eighth-graders use exam results, websites to find preferred careers

With many college students and young adults still struggling to find their professional roles in society, Cazenovia High School Counselors Bob Oldfield and Britt Zumpano are giving eighth-graders a jumpstart.

Auld Lang Syne

From the editor

With the publishing of this most recent issue, I have officially been editor of the Cazenovia Republican for one year.

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Feola fills in as director of historic area choir

Over the past month, the members of the historic Countryside Community Choir have been performing seasonal favorites around Madison County under the direction of Cazenovia High School alumnus Eric Feola.

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Local man charged with criminal possession of weapon, reckless endangerment

On Dec. 31, New York State Police charged Cazenovia resident, James H. Nichols, 45, of 3587 Pompey Hollow Road, with two misdemeanors, after neighbors called 911 to report a stray bullet that struck their house.

Caz Fire Dept., CAVAC respond to two-car crash

A portion of State Route 92, just west of West Lake Road in Cazenovia, was closed for about one hour on Dec. 28, after two cars were involved in a collision at approximately 3:54 p.m.

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Cazenovia hiker conquers Appalachian Trail

Sherman hikes more than 2,000 miles in less than five months

Earlier this year, Chris Sherman laced up his hiking boots and set off on a 2,181-mile, five-month camping trip along the historic Appalachian Trail.

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Going... going... green!

Burton Street uses new technology, becomes environmentally friendly

Even though blue and gold are the official colors of the Cazenovia Central School District, Burton Street Elementary has been slowly turning green.

School buses to receive eco-friendly engine heaters

At the Dec. 19 meeting of the Cazenovia Board of Education, District Transportation Supervisor Karen Cowherd presented board members with 2010-11 use statistics, outlined the new emission-reducing Espar engine-heating systems 21 buses will utilize this winter and proposed the acquisition of four new buses and a Chevrolet Suburban.

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Local Great Dane wins big at AKC Eukanuba Nationals

Don and Kathy Barone recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., with their 145-pound three-year-old Great Dane, Izzy, and returned to Cazenovia with two first-place awards from the 2011 American Kennel Club Eukanuba National Championship.

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'Grinch' steals Cazenovian's shining star

Not everyone wrote letters to Santa this year. Nancy and Joan Stoker, of 23 Farnham St., wrote a letter to the "Grinch" who stole a piece of their Christmas spirit.

Owera, Marquardt receive NYS funding

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council recently received $103.7 million of in-state economic development funds for 74 projects in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties.

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'Doing the most good'

Students volunteer for Salvation Army, collect community donations

As holiday light displays add to the festive sights around town, the spirit of the season can also be heard ringing from volunteers standing in front of the familiar Red Kettle.

Town councilors approve 2012 lake treatment

Councilors unanimously approved the commencement of the application process for the 2012 chemical treatment of Cazenovia Lake, at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Cazenovia Town Board.

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Caz basketball players share holiday spirit

Varsity squad donates time to CazCares, serves up dinner for community

This holiday season, the Cazenovia varsity boys basket ball team has been doing more than just practicing their layups and free throws - they have been busy helping out local organizations and fundraising for the community basketball program.

Village moves towards developing Riverside Drive

During the Dec. 5 Cazenovia Village Board Meeting, trustees unanimously approved a resolution naming Sphere Development, LLC., as the lead agency for development of the Riverside Drive project.

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Caz elementary students celebrate pride

The teachers at Burton Street Elementary School are not only educating students in reading, writing and arithmetic; they are also teaching the children how to be good people.

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Cazenovia funeral director pleads not guilty at arraignment

The owner of Tait Funeral Home pleaded not guilty to forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child on Friday, Dec. 9.

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Cazenovia recognized for responsible tree management

National Grid awards $550 to village board, tree commission

Following the removal and replanting of 11 trees under power lines along Lincklaen Street this past spring, National Grid recently presented the village of Cazenovia with $550.

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Cazenovia Jewelry names winning slogan

Following a month-long, area-wide contest to find a new company slogan, Cazenovia Jewelry recently chose a victor, and the winning catchphrase.

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CCH students recreate history, with cardboard

While the 4-year-old students at Cazenovia Children’s House are relatively new to this planet, they have already learned a great deal about prehistoric species that once inhabited it.

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Residents flock to the 34th annual Christmas Walk

Although the snow was sparse, holiday cheer was plentiful at the 34th Annual Cazenovia Christmas Walk and Village Tree Lighting, Dec. 2. More than 1,000 residents from Cazenovia and the surrounding area gathered downtown for caroling and the ceremonial lighting of the village tree, a Norway Spruce on the front lawn of the First Presbyterian Church.

Three sustain injuries in car accident

On Nov. 30, New York State Police in Morrisville investigated a two-vehicle, head-on collision which occurred on Constine Bridge Road in the town of Cazenovia.

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Cazenovians shop locally Black Friday

Area merchants experience increased sales after Thanksgiving

Last weekend officially began the holiday shopping season, and not only national corporations saw profits. In Cazenovia, local merchants saw increased sales due to “Black Friday,” as well as “Small Business Saturday.”

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Leading the way

High school nationally recognized for STEM education programming

Not only have students of Cazenovia Central School District’s Technology Department been busy building hydrogen fuel cells, rockets and robots – they have also been building a sterling national reputation.

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Land donation yields new CCP location

Organization plans move to 4.2-acre site on Sims Lane

Cazenovia Community Preschool will permanently change its address in 2013.

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Cazenovia High School seeks accreditation

Staff, students, parents to assist in forming new goals, improving performance

Cazenovia High School is preparing to add another line to their long list of accolades and accomplishments.

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Police Department receives second taser

Donation from community member allowed purchase of new device

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Cazenovia Police Department unveiled the newest addition to their force.

MCBE releases absentee vote count

Following the Cazenovia Town Election of Nov. 8, councilor candidates Bill Zupan and Jennifer Basic were separated by just three votes, with totals of 819 and 822 respectively.

Town land annexed into village

The village of Cazenovia just got a little larger. During the Nov. 7 village board meeting, a resolution was passed by both the village and town approving the annexation of 13.452 acres of land as village property.

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Cazenovia shops ready for holiday season

As the holidays approach, area business owners have begun to prepare for a busy season in Cazenovia.

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