Kangaroo makes a break for it down Route 96 in Trumansburg

As Darlynne Overbaugh was driving home from work Monday, she thought she saw a deer in the corner of her eye by Route 96 in Trumansburg. “I said, ‘Oh no, it’s a deer,’ because those live in our area,” Overbaugh said. “But it wasn’t.” Not quite. The animal she saw is more typically spotted in Australia than Trumansburg: a kangaroo.... more

Canandaigua fire chief cases moves to higher court

While the city is nearing a decision on hiring a new fire chief, the final determination on a court case involving former Fire Chief Mark Marentette may not be coming any time soon. Marentette in June filed an appeal of his termination in state Supreme Court and is seeking a return to his job with the city. The two sides... more

Pair of fatal opioid overdoses reported in last 10 days in Seneca County

Two more lives have been claimed in Seneca County by opioids in the last 10 days, according to Margaret Morse. Morse serves as the Director of Community Services in Seneca County and delivered an update to the Board of Supervisors about efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. “Painkillers were being prescribed like candy in the 90s,” she explained. Her theory,... more

NY agriculture chief: Cayuga County dairy’s cheese tests positive for listeria

The state agriculture commissioner is warning consumers not to eat three cheeses produced by a Cayuga County dairy after a sample tested positive for listeria. The alert applies to three cheeses manufactured by Hillcrest Dairy in Moravia — Old Fashioned Raw Milk Monterey Jack, Horseradish Monterey Jack and Chipotle Adobo Monterey Jack. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said an inspector... more

Pizza Hut demolished in Seneca Falls, property owners uncertain about next steps

It’s been a long year for the former-Pizza Hut in Seneca Falls, which closed seemingly for good earlier this summer. The restaurant was demolished this week, clearing up speculation about the future of the now-defunct restaurant. In January, FingerLakes1.com reported that Seneca Co. Code Enforcement closed down the location due to failure of a heating system. That was the system... more

Sex assault charges dropped against ex-Cornell athlete

The sexual assault charges against a former Cornell University men’s basketball player have been dismissed. All charges were dropped against Xavier Eaglin in April, and arrest records have been sealed, according to Tompkins County Court documents. Eaglin, of Raywood, Texas, was a 19-year-old freshman when he was charged with first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree criminal sex act, both felonies,... more

‘I didn’t do anything’: Auburn man’s sentencing postponed after he denies rape, robbery

Nearly two months after confessing to rape and robbery in Cayuga County, an Auburn man said he didn’t do it. Lucas Corrado, of 215 W. Genesee St., pleaded guilty to three felonies in June. The 24-year-old told Judge Mark Fandrich that he committed one count of third-degree rape and one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child when... more

Gardner supporter files with Appellate Division

Valerie Gardner’s supporter, Penelope Marchionda is not giving up the attempt to limit Todd Casella’s chances of being listed on the ballot for the November General Election. Casella, assistant district attorney in Steuben County, is attempting to unseat Gardner, Yates County DA, in her bid for re-election after her first term. Marchionda has filed a notice of appeal to the... more

Cayuga County legislators disagree on next phase for county administrator candidates

Five candidates remain for the Cayuga County administrator position following a review process of more than 60 applicants from “all over the world,” said Andrew Dennison, county legislator for District 2. Dennison gave a hiring update to the county Legislature Tuesday night, spurring a debate on how the body should move forward with the final interviews. The county has been... more

Canandaigua schools welcome 32 new teachers

Before students in the Canandaigua City School District return to school next month, more than 30 new teachers are attending classes of their own. Teacher Academy, a week-long orientation program, is in session this week, with the new educators building relationships, meeting administrators and community members, and learning about the district, its vision and plan for excellence. “I am so... more

Auburn City Council takes next steps on sidewalk, North Hunter Brook Bridge projects

The next steps for two Auburn construction projects were approved at the Aug. 17 Auburn City Council meeting. City council members unanimously voted to award the construction contract for this year’s Community Development Block Grant Sidewalk Replacement project to Concrete Slipform. The city will pay the Canastota construction company $147,420 to complete the project. All funds will come from the... more

Dryden Town Board approves solar project site plans

Two much-debated solar projects in the Town of Dryden have received unanimous approval for the site plan and special-use permits from the Dryden Town Board. The approval marks the end of nearly six months of review and numerous public input sessions on the projects by solar company Sun8. The projects will produce 28 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to... more

Community comes together to teach refugees how to fish in Owasco

Two local organizations will host an event in Owasco this weekend to teach a group of refugees how to fish. Love CNY ThinkTank is partnering with RISE to host Angling for Acceptance: Fishing, Food and Family at Emerson Park. The event will feature 25 refugees learning how to fish as well as a barbecue at the park’s picnic pavilion. Both... more

Walworth Democrats choose Town Clerk to run for Supervisor

The Walworth Democrats have placed Town Clerk Susie Jacobs on their November ballot for Town Supervisor. At the Monday night caucus, the Democrats also nominated Crystal Lewandowski for Town Clerk, Judy Markowski for Town Council and Cody Phillips for Town Council. There were no names put on the slate for either Town Justice or Town Highway Superintendent. Wayne Times: Read... more

Syracuse football’s 2017 schedule features five of AP preseason top 20

On Monday, the 2017 preseason AP Poll was released, and five Syracuse Orange opponents are included among the top 20. Florida State leads the list at No. 3 overall, and Clemson sits at No. 5. LSU comes in at 13th, with Louisville 16th and Miami 18th. Syracuse faces four of those five teams on the road — with Clemson being... more

Amphibious houseboat to take its maiden voyage on Cayuga Lake

Theon Parseghian’s houseboat, the Beast of Burden, will take to Cayuga Lake in its maiden voyage on Wednesday. The Aurora mechanic created his latest invention out of a 32-foot boat and tractor sprayer. Unsure whether the houseboat will float or sink, Parseghian is all about showing the truth behind innovating things, he told The Citizen in a June interview. Paseghian... more

SFDC continues working toward goals as 2017 moves forward

Seneca Falls is on the cusp of serious economic development, according to a progress report released by the Seneca Falls Development Corp. Director Greg Zellers said in the update that boosting the Town’s visibility, commercial growth and area appeal through planning and implementation are crucial to overall success. Zellers explained in the update that programs, projects, and outside interest would... more
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