Algae toxins appear in Skaneateles Lake drinking water, Owasco Lake’s untreated water

Low levels of harmful algae toxins were detected in some drinking water distributed from Skaneateles Lake, according to a statement from the state Department of Health, Onondaga County Health Department and the city of Syracuse Department of Water on Wednesday. Meanwhile, toxin and chlorophyll levels in Owasco Lake's blooms are high, though the city of Auburn and town of Owasco's... more

Solid passing lifts Lady Falcons over Moravia

South Seneca junior Jenna McDonald scored five goals in a 6-0 victory over Moravia Monday afternoon, more than doubling her season output in the cross-section match-up. She put away the first five, notching all three of the Falcons’ (3-3, 1-2 Fingerlakes) first-half goals, while senior Skylar Shaulis tapped in the final one with four minutes to play in the game... more

Owasco Lake Asian clam problem improving

It only takes one Asian clam to make 16,000 baby Asian clams a year. Small and brown and somewhat inconspicuous, the invasive species likes the sandy parts of Owasco Lake, and Michele Wunderlich, associate planner for the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, shared on Thursday the latest results of a survey conducted in July. Members of the... more

Volunteers help keep track of Owasco Lake’s bill of health

Though raindrops pelted on Michele and Mark Plis’ boat Tuesday morning, Owasco Lake looked a picturesque watercolor scene of dark grays and greens. The only waves came from fog billowing across the hillside, both revealing and hiding the landscape as the volunteers made their way about eight miles south. The Plises are one of two sets of volunteers on Owasco... more

Collectors gather in Moravia for Fillmore Auto Show and Flea Market

Sunday was a day for collectors of all kind at the 41st annual Fillmore Auto Show and Flea Market. The event, held at Fillmore Glen State Park in Moravia, drew car collectors, antique collectors and even "junk" collectors, as Carl Brigham put it. Brigham and his son Jeff had a booth set up for the flea market portion of the... more

Contractors to get first look at Owasco Flats, invasive species survey underway

Donning a tan-brimmed hat, rubber boots and a yellow and blaze orange vest, Bruce Natale waded through goldenrod and reed canary grass in the Owasco Flats Wednesday afternoon. Narrow boards ran across parts of the wetland in the muddiest areas, and Natale, environmental engineer for Cayuga County, walked across them, sweeping off dirt and debris with his boots as he... more

Cayuga County Legislature allocates $1 million for emergency road repairs

With flooding damage from July storms to southern Cayuga County roads wracking up large price tags, the county Legislature voted Wednesday night to allocate $1 million from the highway department’s fund balance for repairs. Cayuga County Highway Department Superintendent George Wethey said initial damage estimates are $1.3 million to county roads and infrastructure alone. “It could be better,” he said.... 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

Inside Moravia teacher Justin Vossler’s ‘Jeopardy!’ win streak

Justin Vossler told himself that if he was going to be beaten on “Jeopardy!” he would want to lose to a historian or a fellow teacher. That’s exactly what happened on the episode that aired Thursday. Shadi Peterman, a history teacher from St. Louis, defeated Vossler, a history teacher at Moravia High School, to end his five-game “Jeopardy!” winning streak.... more

State legislators urge Cuomo to help Cayuga County towns affected by flooding

As southern Cayuga County towns are still reeling after flash floods earlier this month, two of the county's state lawmakers are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to act. State Sen. Jim Seward and Assemblyman Gary Finch visited Moravia and surrounding towns Thursday to survey the flood damage and call on the governor to provide emergency relief. The flooding caused an estimated... more

Moravia teacher’s 5-game ‘Jeopardy!’ win streak ends

Moravia High School teacher Justin Vossler’s “Jeopardy!” run has come to an end. Vossler and his two competitors, Ryan Kious of Albuquerque and Shadi Peterman of St. Louis, were separated by $600 entering Final Jeopardy. Kious, a social media and web writer, led with $10,400, Vossler was in second with $10,000 and Peterman, who like Vossler is a high school... more

Moravia teacher gets win No. 5 on ‘Jeopardy!’; now has $100K in winnings

Justin Vossler's "Jeopardy!" success has netted him more than $100,000 in winnings. Vossler, a Homer resident and Moravia High School history teacher, won "Jeopardy!" for the fifth time Wednesday. He led the entire game and entered Final Jeopardy with $22,200. For the second consecutive game, he didn't have the correct response in Final Jeopardy. But it didn't hurt his standing.... more

Moravia teacher extends ‘Jeopardy!’ win streak to four games

Justin Vossler’s “Jeopardy!” run will continue. The Homer resident and Moravia High School history teacher registered his most dominating win yet Tuesday. He won $20,300 despite an incorrect response in Final Jeopardy. The Final Jeopardy clue stumped Vossler and his fellow competitors. The category was Europe. The clue for contestants was, “Once a feudal state, it has the highest capital... more

Three-peat: Moravia teacher wins again on ‘Jeopardy!’

It was another close game, but Justin Vossler remained “Jeopardy!” champion for a third consecutive day. The Moravia High School history teacher provided the correct response in Final Jeopardy to finish with $18,000. He defeated the runner-up, Shannon Hindahl, a pharmacist from Collinsville, Illinois, and Emily Bridges, a communications instructor from Laurel, Maryland. With his three victories, Vossler has won... more

Moravia history teacher now two-day ‘Jeopardy!’ champion

Justin Vossler, a Homer resident and history teacher at Moravia High School, is now a two-day “Jeopardy!” champion. Vossler, 28, defeated two challengers — George Buri, an educator from Winnipeg, and Connie Rudd, a writer from Oklahoma — with another large Final Jeopardy wager. Entering the final round, Buri had $16,800 and Vossler was in second place with $14,400. The Final Jeopardy... more

Owasco Flats restoration project one step closer to construction

A long-time project to limit sediment plumes from entering Owasco Lake came a little closer to construction late Friday afternoon after the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued Cayuga County its permits to build. Bruce Natale, environmental engineer for the county, said the DEC permits for the Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration and Riparian Buffers Initiative had very minor change requests... more

Moravia hammered again by storms (full coverage)

Another day, more rain. The entire summer has felt like one, prolonged rain event here in the Finger Lakes, and Monday was no exception to that rule. For parts of Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, and Ontario counties two rounds of torrential rain. Some parts of southern Cayuga County, which were hard hit by flooding last week — saw strong thunderstorms knock... more

Friday’s rain brings more flood damage to southern Cayuga County & Ithaca (full coverage)

More rain on Friday caused a deluge of calls into Cayuga County 911 for flooded roads and basements in the southern part of Cayuga County. County emergency dispatchers reported flooding conditions in Moravia, Genoa, Locke, Sempronious, King Ferry and Scipio. The Moravia Volunteer Fire Department called all available personnel to report to its department at about 3:40 p.m. and also... more
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