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Cato-Meridian school district’s $5 million capital project passes

Taxpayers overwhelmingly approved the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s capital project Tuesday night. Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project, with a budget set at $5,470,000, passed by a vote of 95 to 16. He said the district appreciates that community members “recognize the importance of providing for the needs of our students both now and for decades to come.” Work will... more

Syracuse woman faces felony DWI charge in Cayuga County

On Saturday Troopers arrested a Syracuse woman on felony DWI charges following a traffic stop on Short Cut Road in the Town of Meridian. Cali A. Farrance, 39, of Syracuse was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent, refusal to submit to a breath test, aggravated unlicensed operation... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Cato-Meridian schools superintendent search down to two

The Cato-Meridian Central School District has narrowed its pool of potential superintendents to two. Superintendent Noel Patterson's retirement, effective Jan. 2, was approved at a board meeting Monday, and school board president Michael Lees said the board is planning to select a superintendent by early December. Selected candidates for the superintendent spot met with the board in interviews Oct. 3... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

Cato-Meridian school district hashes out budget, scope of potential capital project

The specifics of the Cato-Meridian School District’s possible capital project are becoming clearer. The larger details of the project were discussed at a school board meeting Sept. 26. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said the project is currently set for a $5,470,000 budget. The project was also discussed at a board meeting earlier that month. A board decision on whether to... more

Cato-Meridian school district to buy new math textbooks, educational software

Cato-Meridian High School will be getting new math textbooks for the first time in years. The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education adopted books for algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2 at a school board meeting Sept. 26, district Superintendent Noel Patterson said. The high school’s principal, Danielle Mahoney, has decided to buy all of the texts at once... more

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in Cayuga County-area lakes

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in area lakes, but there is no indication that public drinking water has been negatively impacted. The Cayuga County Health Department on Friday said that, out of an abundance of caution, the Auburn and Owasco water treatment facilities had activated their carbon treatment systems to mitigate the chances of toxins getting into the... more

Cato-Meridian school district eyes preliminary plans for capital project

The Cato-Meridian Central School District is in the early stages of planning a capital project taxpayers could vote for by year’s end. The $3 million to $5 million project and the possible referendum for it were discussed at a district board of education meeting Monday. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said Tuesday that although the exact costs and scope haven’t been... more

Cato-Meridian school board picks Lees for president, Bratt for vice president

The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education appointed its leadership going into the upcoming school year at a board re-organizational meeting at the district conference room Monday night. Michael Lees was re-elected as board president, while Kathleen Bratt was made the new vice president following the board resignation of L. Lee Epprecht — who previously held the position —... 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

Cato-Meridian school board candidate gets seat following vice president’s resignation

A Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education candidate who lost by five votes last month now has a seat at the table. Monica Waite was appointed by the board at a meeting Monday night following board vice president L. Lee Epprecht’s resignation. Epprecht closed a deal on a home in Red Creek and moved from the school district in... more

Cato-Meridian superintendent set to retire in December

Cato-Meridian Central School District Superintendent Noel Patterson intends to retire in December because he feels it’s an ideal time to say goodbye. “The district’s in good shape. We have high graduate rates, our academic performance is high, we have a good reputation, and our facilities are in great shape,” Patterson said this week. The 62-year-old — who has been head... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

27 acres of hydrilla found in Cayuga Lake

Surveys from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management reveal 27 acres of Cayuga Lake are infested with an aquatic weed. The surveys, which were completed last fall, state there is a hydrilla infestation in 27 acres of the eastern portion of the lake by Aurora. Before last fall, hydrilla was found only... more

Cato-Meridian community supports 7-year-old girl fighting cancer a second time

In October 2016, Amanda Lamphere left her job. The single mother of two had been working at Dunkin' Donuts in Auburn when she discovered her 7-year-old daughter, Samantha, was sick with her second round of leukemia. And Amanda had no choice but to step back from work. Samantha was first diagnosed with leukemia in October 2013, but — after seven... more

W-FL Tuesday: Midlakes tops Gananda, Lyons drops 92 & Pal-Mac loses home opener

There were four games on Tuesday night that involved Wayne-Finger Lakes boys basketball teams and all four contests were won by the visiting team. In Palmyra, the Red Raiders hit the court for the first time since coming up short against Newark at the Blue Cross Arena in the sectional Class B1 championship game in February. Pal-Mac hosted former Finger... more
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