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Children make their own shiny projects at Snowstorm in a Bottle event at Auburn library

Children at Seymour Library devised their own shimmering, swirling vortexes of color — contained in the confines of a plastic bottle. Children and parents alike poured corn syrup and glitter into bottles half-filled with water to make their creations at the Auburn library’s Snowstorm in a Bottle event Friday. Laura Taylor, a clerk at the library who runs some of... more

Cayuga Centers ending Residential Treatment Center; as many as 120 to be laid off

Cayuga Centers announced Thursday it's closing its Residential Treatment Center, laying off as many as 120 employees in the process. The Auburn-based institution said in a release "dramatic changes in the nature of the youths it has been treating" prompted the decision by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday. When the last resident is discharged, as many as 120 employees... more

Auburn Plaza welcoming new tenant from down Grant Avenue, relocating another

Auburn Plaza will be the sight of some movement in the coming months as it welcomes a tenant from Grant Avenue and relocates another. LZ Army Navy will move to the plaza from its current location at 393 Grant Ave. in Sennett. The new store will be located where GJP Italian Eatery was, and its grand reopening is scheduled for... more

Auburn to double size of Court Street parking lot, improve drainage

More details were released Thursday about the city of Auburn's plan to expand the Court Street parking lot to make up for some of the parking spots lost after the Lincoln Street lot closed early this month as construction begins on the Equal Rights Cultural Heritage Center. The current parking lot will double in size after the project is complete,... more

Tops Friendly Markets files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Tops Friendly Markets LLC has filed for reorganizational bankruptcy, known as Chapter 11. It’s a move to eliminate debt and position the company for success moving forward. The company employs over 14,000 workers, and according to reports, most stores that are good performers in New York and Pennsylvania will remain open. That said, the company has a debt problem that... more

Woman sentenced to prison for robbing store, forging checks in Auburn

A Port Byron woman will spend some time in prison for robbing a cell phone store and forging checks in Cayuga County. Last month, 20-year-old Courtney Donovan, of 8475 Baptist Hill Road, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, both class D felonies. At the time, she admitted... more

FLX WEEKLY: The dog days of winter & Facebook birthdays (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi & Josh Durso for a look at your upcoming weekend in the Finger Lakes and a round-up of the top news, local photos and activities at FingerLakes1.com this week. Will the extraordinarily warm weather continue. Is spring finally here? Also, how do you handle your birthday on Facebook? . more

Girl Scout ‘Cookie Season’ kicks off next week at Fingerlakes Mall

Next week thousands of cases of cookies will be unloaded and re-loaded onto minivans, cars, U-Haul trucks, and every other type of vehicle you could imagine — ahead of the March 1st kickoff of Girl Scout Cookie Season. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Communications Director Jaime Alvarez called the sight an incredible one, which she saw for the first time... more

What Auburn Rite Aid customers can expect as Walgreens, Albertsons take over

Over the next two to three years, Rite Aid customers can expect some big changes as Walgreens and Albertsons take over three Auburn stores. According to Rite Aid spokesperson Ashley Flower, two Genesee Street locations — 47 E. Genesee St. and 314 Genesee St. — have been purchased by Walgreens Boots Alliance, which reached a deal to buy nearly 2,000... more

Appellate Division upholds two sentences in Cayuga County

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced the affirmation of two Fourth Department of Appellate Division decisions after prosecution and sentencing from his office. On September 1st, 2016 Jermaine Gotham pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, and second-degree kidnapping — in addition to two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree attempted burglary. Budelmann says three separate... more

Police: Auburn driver charged after failing sobriety test

An Auburn man is facing criminal charges after being found intoxicated while driving Wednesday morning, the Auburn Police Department said. Joseph D. Adams, 24, 116 Owasco St., was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class E felony, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Adams was stopped by police for speeding on Osborne Street around 2:30... more

Art ordinance, Tubman statue, Auburn Public Theater expansion discussed at public art panel

Representatives from the city of Auburn, the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee and the Auburn Public Theater are continuing their efforts to further coordinate arts and culture programs in the city. Auburn Senior Planner Renee Jensen, Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee Chair Debra Brillati and APT staff members Janie MicGlire and Paula Kinev were part of the public art panel... more

Plans for city, county public safety complex at Auburn’s Save-A-Lot plaza moving forward

A plan to consolidate Auburn and Cayuga County emergency services into one facility has been resurrected on a smaller scale than initially proposed but nevertheless is moving forward. The proposed new facility would be located in the Save-A-Lot plaza on Seminary Street and would house the Auburn Fire Department. Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert and Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin... more

Auburn brewery announces opening date at new location

It'll be a good St. Patrick's Day for The Good Shepherds Brewing Co. The Auburn brewery announced on Instagram Tuesday that it will have a soft opening at its new location, the former PBJ on the Corner at 132 Genesee St., the weekend of March 17-18. The brewery's grand opening will be Friday, April 6. Performing at the brewery from... more

REPORT: Tops owners preparing for bankruptcy, local impact unknown

A report by Bloomberg says two U.S. supermarkets — one that has a number of stores in the Finger Lakes region — could be preparing for bankruptcy. The owner of Tops Friendly Markets could potentially seek court protection from creditors as soon as this month, the report says. It’s unclear how bankruptcy would impact local stores, but the report notes... more

Auburn police report increase in parking tickets, school incidents in January

The Auburn Police Department responded to more parking violations and school incidents last month. According to a monthly activity report, police received 63 more calls for service (total 2,838) and issued 285 more parking tickets (total 846) in January. Auburn Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony said the increase was likely due to "inclement weather," as the city saw several snowstorms... more

Inside the Schine: How the Auburn theater’s prospective new owner will restore it

The effort to restore the Auburn Schine Theater may have more momentum behind it now than ever before. It was 20 years ago in January that the Cayuga County Arts Council purchased the dilapidated South Street building in order to resurrect the art deco movie palace that opened there in 1938. The council started by replacing the building's leaky roof... more

Auburn connection to ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ discussed by Solomon Northrup descendant

Solomon Northrup’s great-great-great-granddaughter Melissa Howell delivered a presentation on Sunday about the hidden figures who played a role in the publishing of Northrup’s memoir, “Twelve Years a Slave,” in 1853. Howell presented “A freedom narrative’s coming of age: the hidden figures who brought ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ to publication,” at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park visitor center in Seneca... more
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