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

Katko wants more federal funding for Owasco Lake, CNY water infrastructure

U.S. Rep. John Katko visited Cayuga County Friday to highlight his recent calls for more federal funding to support water infrastructure projects in central New York. Katko, R-Camillus, held a press conference at Emerson Park in Owasco to outline the need for more federal aid to help communities improve water infrastructure. Specifically, Katko said he supports doubling two state revolving... more

Moravia woman sentenced for second DWI in two years

A Moravia woman was sentenced Tuesday for her second drunk driving charge in two years. Wendy Butler, 56, of 2626 Hathaway Road, was first arrested for driving while intoxicated in October 2015 in Tompkins County and sentenced to five years probation. Then, roughly a year later, she was charged with her second DWI after crashing her car in Cayuga County.... more

Moravia’s Funk strikes out 16 in no-hitter vs. Trumansburg

Maddie Funk struck out 16 batters in a no-hitter, as the Moravia softball team beat Trumansburg 9-0 Monday. Funk was perfect through five innings, and only faced 23 batters. The Blue Devils’ Julia Jandrew recorded a triple, Chloe McNabb had two hits, and Megan Nunes registered three hits and four stolen bases. The Citizen: Read More 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

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

Moravia woman pleads guilty to $12,000 welfare fraud

A Moravia woman has admitted to receiving more than $12,000 in benefits that she wasn't entitled to. Cindy Chavez, 60, of 6379 Crofoot Road, was one of 32 people arrested in 2015 after a welfare fraud investigation in Cayuga County. At the time, Chavez was charged with nine felonies — third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and seven counts of... more

Moravia wins Class C state title

As the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Class C state boys basketball championship, Moravia senior Gabe Short gave his coach Todd Mulvaney a huge bear hug, lifted him up and spun him as both could barely contain their joy. Mulvaney’s impenetrable bond with his players started years ago at youth camps and seeing first-hand the hard work... more

Moravia withstands rally, heads to state final

If any team knows how quickly a seemingly insurmountable early lead can evaporate, it would be the Moravia Blue Devils. They rallied from a 21-point first-quarter deficit Sunday to reach Friday’s state semifinals. Leading, 35-16, at halftime against Stony Brook of Section 11, Moravia coach Todd Mulvaney reminded his team there was still plenty of basketball remaining. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Moravia boys return to Class C final four

Moravia’s boys have been through much worse this season. Perhaps that’s why the Blue Devils so deftly recovered from a 21-point first-quarter deficit Sunday afternoon to defeat Section 3 champion Cooperstown, 66-59 in Class C state basketball quarterfinal at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Cayuga County officials prepare for blue-green algae season, meet with crisis communicator

From about 1955 to 1985, families and service members at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents that cause cancer and birth defects. Though the Marine Corps said it did not know the chemical was cancer-causing at that time and thus were not testing for it, families across... more

Health Department confirms individualized case of Legionnaires’ disease in Moravia

The Cayuga County Health Department confirmed on Thursday that an individual contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a kind of pneumonia caused by bacteria, at the Mill Stream Court Apartments in Moravia. Andrea Simmons, director of community health services, said the case was reported to their office on Feb. 27, and it appears to be an isolated one. The individual is currently hospitalized,... more

Moravia teen surprises team, makes first appearance on court since tragic accident

After a month in the hospital, Dustin Mondics was itching to get back on the basketball court. On Saturday, it was an exciting time for the Moravia Blue Devils as they made it to sectionals, but also a special moment as a familiar face stepped back on the court. It was a packed out gym as Dustin joined his team... more

Four charged in Moravia meth-lab bust with eight kids in the house

Four people have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and eight children were removed from a home following a police raid in the town of Moravia. According to a news release, a search warrant was executed at 5623 Sayles Corners Road Feb. 16 by members of the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, which is comprised of members of the Auburn Police... more

District wants to keep Owasco Lake Inspection Program, but council moves forward

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors does not want the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program to be pulled from its purview. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council passed a resolution in January to explore taking responsibility for the inspection program, something that Steve Lynch, director of planning and economic development, had said the council was... more

Moravia boys knock off Newfield for IAC Small School title

Tired of watching his team’s 16-point lead shrink to single digits in the fourth quarter, Moravia’s Jordan Crossgrove took the matter into his own hands Friday night. The senior guard scored 11 points, hitting five shots from the field, in the fourth quarter as the Blue Devils held off a late comeback by Newfield in a 55-49 victory for the... more

DEC works with town of Owasco on water line project following storm water violation

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a violation to the town of Owasco when construction of a water line caused sediment and nutrient runoff into Sucker Brook, a tributary of Owasco Lake. Through the engineering firm Barton & Loguidice, the town is constructing a water line connecting an old water tank to a new one. But along Melrose Road... more

Owasco Lake’s water quality better, but cyanobacteria problem worsens

John Halfman’s annual report on Owasco Lake called 2016 “a year of recovery.” While drought conditions distressed homeowners and farmers alike, the lack of rain gave the lake time to heal by preventing nutrients and sediment from running into the watershed. While the news appears good at first, Halfman, who is a professor at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart... more
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