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

Finger Lakes Drive-In opens for season — what about the smoke shop behind it?

As many dramatic stories grace the screen of the Finger Lakes Drive-In this summer, one will drag on for the 70-year-old business itself. The drive-in’s owner, Paul Meyer, is one defendant in a legal action by the town of Aurelius. Another is Cayuga Nation member Dustin “Dusty” Parker, who on Aug. 8, 2016, accepted a 1.19-acre parcel of the drive-in’s... more

Motorcyclist injured after pet runs into Aurelius road; dog doesn’t survive

State Police say a male motorcyclist suffered minor injuries to his leg and was being transported to Upstate Medical Center for treatment after an accident in Aurelius. The crash happened around noon, when a dog ran out into the road. According to the owners, the dog had never run out into the roadway before. The road was never shut down... more

Man pleads guilty to secretly videotaping woman in Aurelius

A Cayuga County man has admitted to secretly videotaping a woman at her home in Aurelius. Nicholas Townsend, of Cayuga, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree unlawful surveillance, a class E felony. During his plea, the 24-year-old told Judge Mark Fandrich that he hid his cellphone in a woman’s bedroom closet and recorded her without her consent. Townsend was arrested in... more

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES nursing program chosen by website as best in state

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES’ Practical Nursing Program was selected by the website practicalnursing.org as the state’s top licensed practical nursing program. Andrea Ruff, coordinator of health care occupations for BOCES, believes the honor is a testament to the efforts of those involved, saying she’s glad the staff can receive some recognition for their hard work. The course is 11-months long, with... more

Liverpool man charged with attempted rape in Aurelius

A Liverpool man was arrested on child exploitation charges, according to State Police. Jason Holcomb, 36, of Liverpool was charged in Aurelius with first-degree attempted rape and first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to minors — both felonies. State Police say that Holcomb attempted to engage a 12-year-old victim into sexual contact in Cayuga County. He was arraigned in Aurelius Town... more

State Police: Man charged with attempted rape in Aurelius

State Police say an Amsterdam man was arrested in Aurelius after an investigation into attempted sexual contact with a 12-year-old. Officials say Victoriano Vergel-Marquez, 27, of Amsterdam was charged with first-degree attempted rape — a Class C felony, first-degree attempted disseminating indecent materials to minors — a Class E felony, and luring a child — a Class E felony. The... more

CEO: Cayuga Milk Ingredients lost $30M in sales ‘overnight’ due to Canada’s trade rules

Kevin Ellis knew his company, Cayuga Milk Ingredients in Aurelius, would take a hit when Canada implemented its new dairy pricing policy related to ultra-filtered milk. What he didn’t know is how soon the trade rules would affect sales. “The impact is our sales went to zero on April 1 because we have no sales into Canada at this point,”... more

Owasco Lake sluiceway sediment blockage remains a challenge

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program and a construction firm out of Syracuse made another attempt Friday to clear out the Owasco Lake sluiceway at the east end of the Emerson Park pier. The clog is something that local officials have been working to unplug for years. How did Friday's attempt go? No luck — at least not yet. Watershed... more

UPDATE: Deputy Chief charged with DWI suspended without pay

Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert and Police Chief Shawn Butler held a press conference on Monday to provide an update on Deputy Chief Roger J. Anthony’s status with the force. After being charged with driving while intoxicated in Aurelius over the weekend, Dygert said on Monday that Anthony has been suspended without pay. “There are still a lot of things... more

Farming groups host first watershed meeting in Owasco

Tim Fessenden and Jason Burroughs looked out onto about 100 people Monday night inside the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum in Owasco. Representing Cayuga County farmers, the two pushed their dislike of public speaking aside to show their respective farms’ best management practices and take questions. It was part of a kickoff meeting for a new agricultural-centered watershed group called... more

Cayuga County abandons old stretch of Aurelius road

An Aurelius road to nowhere will be taken off the county books and abandoned for good. Blanchard Road, a stretch of highway that runs east and west between Routes 5 and 20, was relocated by the state Department of Transportation as part of work on that intersection in 2003. The project left an approximately 500-foot portion of the former Blanchard... more

J.C. Penney locations Ontario, Cayuga counties will not close

It came to as a surprise to some. Others were relieved. On Friday, J.C. Penney named the 138 stores that would close due to poor performance, and a variety of other factors. No location between Syracuse and Rochester was included in the list of cuts. In fact, only three stores overall were in New York. A report last week indicated... more
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