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Despite the heat tens of thousands turnout for MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale

Despite the heat tens of thousands turnout for MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale
For people like Ann Affinito, the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale isn’t just a huge retail event. It’s a tradition. She’s gone to the Aurora store’s annual barn sale with her daughter for the last 10 years and has even camped overnight on the grounds to get into the event as soon as possible. “My whole house is MacKenzie-Child,” she said. Read more from The... more

Wells College placed on probation by accrediting organization

Wells College placed on probation by accrediting organization
Wells College has been placed on probation by its accreditation organization and given two years to come into compliance. The Aurora-based private college was told it received the designation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on June 28, according to a statement on the college’s website from President Jonathan Gibralter and board of trustees Chair Carrie Bolton. The commission said... more

Harmful algal blooms spotted on Cayuga Lake, triggering drinking water tests in Cayuga County

Harmful algal blooms spotted on Cayuga Lake, triggering drinking water tests
Widespread harmful algal blooms have been reported on Cayuga Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department announced Wednesday. The suspected blooms are “anticipated to continue due to the warm weather expected,” according to a press release, and have triggered drinking water testing protocols for the system that supplies the Aurora area in Cayuga County. Read more from the Auburn Citizen more

Turbide will lead enrollment at Wells College

Turbide will lead enrollment at Wells College
Wells College has named Gerard Turbide, an accomplished enrollment leader, as its new vice president for enrollment services. Turbide—who comes to Wells with a deep expertise in enrollment management, recruitment marketing and institutional strategic planning—will begin his position on July 1, 2019. He succeeds Kishan Zuber, the current vice president for enrollment services, who will depart Wells for a position... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Sheriff Schenck talks recruiting challenge, changes coming from Albany
Earlier this year Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck was in-studio discussing his first month on the job following an uncontested election last fall. He succeeded longtime Sheriff David Gould. Now, Sheriff Schenck has several months under his belt. He joined us for a follow-up conversation in this week’s Sunday Conversation. He talked about policing during the summer months, recruiting concerns... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Cayuga Lake Long Bridges (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Cayuga Lake Long Bridges (podcast)
Did you know that there was a time when you could cross Cayuga Lake by bridge? When it was constructed, the Cayuga Lake Long Bridge was the longest bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Find out the history of the first Cayuga Lake Long Bridge, and the bridges that would follow as Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents another episode of... more

Wells College celebrates another graduating class at 151st Commencement

Wells College celebrates another graduating class at 151st Commencement
During Wells College’s 151st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2019, President Jonathan Gibralter conferred undergraduate degrees upon 117 graduating students. In addition, three longtime professors who are retiring this year were granted honorary titles of professor emerita, and several students were honored with academic and leadership awards (see list below). The day’s events began at 10 a.m. in front... more

Aurora planning board approves early step for Taylor House project

Aurora planning board approves early step for Taylor House project
The Inns of Aurora took a preliminary step toward converting the Taylor House into a conference center Wednesday, after the village planning board accepted the project's application as complete. The planning board accepted the project application from the Inns of Aurora — the business entity that owns the Aurora Inn, Wallcourt Hall, Fargo Bar & Grill, and more — in... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Award-winning author Jamison to teach, read at Wells College

Award-winning author Jamison to teach, read at Wells College
Essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison will come to Wells College in Aurora for a master class and reading Wednesday, April 10. The master class, “Writing Other People’s Lives,” takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty Parlors lounge of the Main Building. The reading follows at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. The college is located... more

Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen, relaunches restaurant

Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen, relaunches restaurant
The Inns of Aurora has recently launched its newest food attraction, and relaunched its oldest. Open as of January inside the former Dorie’s Bakery is Aurora Cooks! A demonstration kitchen, it doesn’t just serve food. Instead, chef Patrick Higgins and taste curator Grace Mattingly combine eating with education. At the demonstrations, Higgins may show the guests gathered at his countertops... more

Prompted by sheep deaths, Aurora leaders plan temporary fireworks ban to protect livestock

After sheep deaths, Aurora planning temporary fireworks ban to protect livestock
The village of Aurora Board of Trustees plans impose a moratorium on fireworks so it can conduct more research over the summer before adopting a new law aimed at protecting animals affected by loud noises. In a special meeting Thursday, the village approved a motion to consider a nine-month moratorium on fireworks displays. The decision followed a 45-minute discussion about... more

The Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen & relaunches award-winning restaurant

The Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen & relaunches award-winning restaurant
The Inns of Aurora is delighted to announce the addition of two new culinary venues to their collection of experiences for visitors to the east side of Cayuga Lake: Aurora Cooks! demonstration kitchen and 1833 Kitchen & Bar. These additions support the region’s growing culinary reputation and increased desire for engaging experiences for travelers and local visitors. The Aurora Cooks!... more

Stairs stump the village of Aurora zoning board of appeals

Stairs stump the village of Aurora zoning board of appeals
Railroad history and court-made property lines complicate an Aurora resident's hope of adding stairs to her dock. During a regular zoning board of appeals meeting in the village of Aurora Wednesday night, a public hearing was held regarding Cynthia Koepp's request for an area variance at her 327 Main St. home. She is seeking a variance to be able to... more

Wells College graduate returns to give sustainability lecture

Wells College graduate returns to give sustainability lecture
A Wells College alumna recognized the state's mission to protect the environment despite the Trump administration's cutting of regulations that protected land, air, water and health, rolling back many Obama-era policies. Rachel Partington is an attorney for Knauf Shaw LLP, a law firm that concentrates on environmental and energy law. A 2013 Wells College graduate, she returned to her alma... more

Learning about a new life for old books in Aurora

Learning about a new life for old books in Aurora
The Aurora Free Library isn’t normally open on Sundays, but the library staff thought to switch things up a bit this weekend. Susan MacCormick, an assistant librarian, stumbled upon a neat way to put old, discarded books back to use on Pinterest, a do-it-yourself social media platform. MacCormick led a workshop at the library Sunday to show others how to... more

Aurora still discussing options for potential fireworks regulations

Aurora still discussing options for potential fireworks regulations
Following a December village board meeting that suggested the possible ban of fireworks in Aurora, the board continued discussions about possible regulations in a work session Tuesday. Banning fireworks was considered at the December meeting because a local farmer blamed Wells College’s 150th anniversary firework show in October for the death of seven of her rare Icelandic sheep. Two sheep... more

Wells College names interim dean of students to serve through next year

Wells College names interim dean of students to serve through next year
Wells College has named Charles Kenyon as interim dean of students, to serve in that capacity through the 2019–2020 academic year. As interim dean, Kenyon will provide leadership in all areas of student life, including activities and programming, residence life, and diversity and inclusion. He will begin his position on Feb. 4, 2019. Kenyon comes to Wells with an extensive... more
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