NO WINNER YET: Skaneateles businessman outlines his bid, plan for Fingerlakes Mall

The future of the Fingerlakes Mall is being negotiated. The plans for the facility, which has historically struggled since the opening of the Carousel Mall in 1990, now known as Destiny USA remain murky-at-best. While current mall management have moved away from seeking out national retailers to move into the facility, as shopping malls have struggled across the U.S., the... more

‘Caught the bug’: Aurelius beekeeper shares his love of hives and honeybees

In the woods behind a cornfield, Bucky Haines treads through burdock sprouting vibrant pink flowers to his beehives, carrying a smoker that looks like a cross between a tea kettle and an oil can. Wearing a bright white beekeeper suit with a zippered-on headpiece, he spritzes smoke around the hive to calm his busy workers. “Don’t swat,” he told The... more

NO WAKE: Restrictions put on canal system in Cayuga Co.

A No Wake Zone and 5 mph speed limit is being enforced on the Seneca River and Canal System in Cayuga County, effective immediately. The emergency declaration was enacted by the Cayuga County Legislature, after extensive rainfall over the last seven days has made travel along the canal system in Cayuga County difficult. The Seneca River and Canal System have... more

Fingerlakes Mall’s fate uncertain as online auction concludes

An online auction for Fingerlakes Mall is over, but a representative of the firm selling the Aurelius shopping center said bidding for it is still underway. The online auction, on commercial real estate site Ten-X, concluded at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with a final bid of $4.1 million. However, the New York City brokerage firm selling the mall for Siba,... more

Two Cayuga County highway superintendents receive awards

Two Cayuga County highway superintendents received attendance awards at the 72nd annual School for Highway Superintendents conference June 14 at Ithaca College. Patrick Steger, the superintendent for the town of Niles, received a 30-year attendance award. Kent Walter, the superintendent for the town of Aurelius, received a 25-year attendance award. The annual highway school consists of topics related to highway... more

Cayuga County seeks public’s help with documenting July 1 storm damage

The Cayuga County Office of Emergency Services is seeking the public’s help to document flooding damage from the July 1 storm that hit the southern end of the county with particular ferocity. Niel Rivenburgh, deputy director of the office, said the state Office of Emergency Management from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services began conducting a public assistance... more

Update: Aurelius, Union Springs fire departments extinguish hay fire on truck

Aurelius and Union Springs firefighters extinguished a fire that lighted in hay bales on the back of a truck in Friday just before noon. Aurelius Assistant Fire Chief Jim Burns said approximately 15 round hay bales caught fire as a truck was driving in the area of Route 326 and Sevior Road in Aurelius. Pieces of the lighted bales dropped... more

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES enters summer with unclear leadership future

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ chief operating officer said the institution is looking ahead to the coming school year despite not being sure what comes next for the district after the departure of its superintendent last spring. In an interview last week, Mark Vivacqua said a survey that is part of the state Education Department’s process in determining if a BOCES needs to... more

Cayuga County health officials offer flood cleanup tips; state DEC assisting on ground

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a list of recommendations to help residents whose households were impacted by Saturday’s heavy rain and flooding. Director of Environmental Health Eileen O’Connor advises homeowners of the following when cleaning after a flood: • Wear protective clothing including rubber boots and gloves. • When doing work that could create dust or flying debris, wear... more

CAYUGA FLOODED: Roads, basements swell as heavy rain falls (full-coverage)

Cayuga County was hammered with flooding rain on Saturday, along with the powerful storms that moved through the area. Combined with the rainfall that has been prevalent over the region in the last few days — it made for challenging circumstances. Auburn, Owasco and Moravia were the hardest hit communities, according to initial reports out of Cayuga County. More than... more

RV retailer to open location in Fingerlakes Mall’s former Sears space

Fingerlakes Mall’s biggest empty store will be filled with dozens of RVs when The Great Outdoors RV Superstore opens in the Aurelius shopping center’s former Sears space. The mall will be the fourth location for The Great Outdoors, a 29-year-old company with locations in Fulton, East Syracuse and Brewerton. The store will feature about 50 RVs year-round in an indoor... more

Owasco Lake council concerned over large building projects in watershed

Amidst work to update the Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations, construction in the watershed has garnered more attention from local officials. One particularly — a milk parlor expansion at Allen Farms in Scipio — had Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council members talking about how those larger building projects are permitted. Leslie Baxter, a Scipio town board member, told members... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Olan Mack of Seneca Co. House of Concern & holistic health practitioner Isabelle Wellauer of Auburn (podcast)

On this month’s edition of The Melissa Killeleagh Show on FingerLakes1.com, Seneca County House of Concern Executive Director Olan Mack is in-studio to talk about what inspires him to serve his community and to talk about an important fundraiser underway for the organization he leads. Then, meet Isabelle Wellauer, a holistic health practitioner from Auburn, NY. Check out the complete... more

The future of Fingerlakes Mall: As possible sale and Victor Bass Pro loom, local stores stay afloat

Fingerlakes Mall was a different place a decade ago. In 2007, a few years after cutting the ribbon on New York’s first Bass Pro Shops and one year after being purchased by Sam Abram, the Aurelius mall was thriving. With an 81-percent occupancy rate bolstered by national chain stores like Steve & Barry’s, FYE and Sears, the shopping center was... more

18th-century Cornell University Library map details Seneca & Cayuga villages

A newly acquired 18th-century map of what is now New York state, showing Seneca and Cayuga villages and native footpaths in addition to natural features, offers insights into colonial life that will enhance learning and research at Cornell. The manuscript, drawn by prominent Albany-based mapmaker and surveyor John Rutse Bleecker, is now part of the American history and culture collections... more
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