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Supervisor: Montezuma highway superintendent ‘double dipping’ in Brutus

The supervisor for the town of Montezuma has announced a public meeting to address the highway superintendent’s position. Dennis Lapp Jr., 25, was elected as the highway superintendent in Montezuma in 2015. A registered Republican, Lapp earned roughly $8,300 as superintendent in 2016. He also earned an additional $25,000 working for the town of Mentz. Now, Republican Supervisor John Malenick... 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

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

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

Volunteers clean up Montezuma Historical Park, help create new trail on Earth Day

Mellony Carner, president of the Montezuma Historical Society, explained in between raking debris from the Montezuma Heritage Park in Montezuma why she was tending to the grassy landscape Saturday morning. “I just feel it’s my obligation. I live here. I love the outdoors. People don’t know what they’re missing here, actually,” Carner said. Carner was one of the people cleaning... more

Montezuma Audubon seeks Wildlife Festival participants

The Montezuma Audubon Center seeks applications from vendors and exhibitors for its 11th annual Wildlife Festival. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. It will include live animal presentations, food, live music, children’s games and prizes, a bounce house, crafts, guided bird watching hikes, canoe trips,... more

Bird-banding event at Montezuma Audubon Center includes fun, education

Aidan Van Lueken, 7, his bright green coat sticking out from the pale, snow-ridden background of the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, studied the black-capped chickadee in his grasp. After walking with it for a while, Van Lueken released the bird and it flew off. Though he frowned slightly at the small peck marks the chickadee left on his hand... more

Bald eagle survey reveals new occupied nest at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

One of the largest groups of volunteers Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has seen for the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey counted 44 eagles from the north end of Cayuga Lake to the southern shores of Lake Ontario Friday morning. Though last year’s milder weather brought the eagles in droves — 77 of the raptors in total — experienced and novice birders... more

Season’s tweetings: Birders flock to Montezuma Audubon’s Christmas bird count

Two great horned owls court by the light of the moon and the stars, hooting and wooing from dusk until dawn. A male and a female, they finish this lovers' talk between 6 and 7 a.m. Monday — just in time for some volunteers to hear and identify them for the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Five bundled birders... more
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