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Show Moravia park some love at annual cleanup day

I Love My Park Day will be observed beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Fillmore Glen State Park, 1686 Route 38, Moravia. Volunteers are welcome to do cleanup work, including gorge trail cleaning, invasive species removal, flower bed maintenance and more at the park. Events conclude at 1 p.m. with a complimentary lunch for volunteers. The Citizen: Read... more

Union Springs boys track and field sweeps past So. Cayuga, Moravia, Marathon & Lansing

Union Springs was able to complete the sweep. Paced by Eric Ryan’s four first-place finishes, the Wolves won 10 events, as the Union Springs boys track and field team beat Southern Cayuga 96-35, Moravia 115-8, Marathon 103-24 and Lansing 80-61 at Union Springs High School Wednesday. Ryan took first in the 100m dash (11.85), the 200m dash (23.65) and the... more

Algae-fighting buoys may be too costly for Owasco Lake

A $1.2 million proposal to scatter about 30 ultrasonic buoys at the northern end of Owasco Lake to combat harmful algae may be too costly to implement, at least for now, local officials said Thursday. LG Sonic, a company out of the Netherlands, presented its buoy system to members of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council last month. Cyanobacteria, the... more

Owasco Lake watershed’s management plan could be complete by July 2019

The Owasco Lake Watershed Nine Element Plan has hit a couple of milestones this year, paving the way to its first round of public feedback set for this fall. A 9E Plan outlines ways to improve water quality by identifying where different pollutants are coming from and how to reduce them. Owasco Lake’s began at the end of 2016, following... more

Moravia school district debates tax levy for 2018-2019 budget

The Moravia Central School District debated which of two tax levies to present to the community for voting in May, ultimately opting to decide next month. The board of education debated the merits of a 2.79 or 3.29 percent levy — which is the district’s tax cap allowed by the state — for the district’s 2018-2019 budget during its meeting... more

Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes’ harmful algal bloom summit kicks off

Skaneateles, Owasco and Cayuga lakes took the spotlight Monday at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the second of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's four harmful algal bloom summits statewide. The summits are part of a $65 million proposal in the state budget to fund watershed plans for 12 priority lakes across the state at $500,000 each. Remaining funds are... more

Cayuga County to state’s U.S. reps: Change FEMA’s mind about disaster declaration denial

Cayuga County thinks the Federal Emergency Management Agency was wrong to dismiss a disaster declaration for the southern end of the county, and is calling on state representatives to fix it. Heavy rains pummeled the Moravia area with two storms between July 1 through 14, causing nearly $4 million in damage. Despite meeting its threshold for federal aid, in December... more

Village of Moravia experiencing significant water loss, cause remains unknown

The village of Moravia is losing 52 percent of the water that is being pumped into its water system, costing about $100,000 per year. During a regular meeting on Monday, the village board listened to a report from Mike Perkins, the head of the public works department and discussed the issue and ways they could address the dramatic water loss.... more

State police: Stranger attempted to pick up 9-year-old girl in Moravia

New York State Police have opened an investigation in Moravia after a 9-year-old girl reported that a man she didn't know offered her a ride. Police said the girl was walking in front of Moravia High School on South Main Street at about 11:45 a.m. Monday when a man stopped his car and asked if she wanted a ride. The... more

Cayuga County will get some federal aid, but no disaster declaration for summer storms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied New York's appeal for a major disaster declaration, but some federal aid will be available for Cayuga County and other counties affected by flooding and severe storms last summer. The state requested a major disaster declaration for Cayuga and 14 other counties due to severe storms in July. The state's application was denied in... more

Moravia brothers, wives celebrate 65 years of marriage

Over a year ago, two area couples from Moravia — both celebrating 65 years of marriage this summer — were nominated for The Citizen’s annual Valentine’s Day story highlighting couples who have been married for more than 50 years. The stories of Willard and Gloria Jackson and Charles and Mildred Jackson are unique. Willard and Charles are brothers, and they... more

Sheriff: Newark residents provided false information during Tyre accident investigation

Deputies say a Newark duo was charged with falsely reporting an incident after an accident at the intersection of State Routes 414 and 318 late-last month. Sacha Santana, 32, and Richard Barnes, 34, were each charged with one count of third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Barnes was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and three other minor traffic offenses.... more

Village of Moravia to install new sewer pipe

The village of Moravia will be replacing a sewer pipe on South Main Street in the spring. An old sewer line, back when the town had a gravity flow sewer system, is collapsing and needs to be replaced, Mayor Gary Mulvaney said after a village board meeting on Monday night. “We've got a sewer line that is buried down there... more

Rake the lake: Shoreline weeds, debris could be part of Owasco Lake’s harmful algae recipe

2017 was a rough year for Owasco Lake, but John Halfman has some ideas for improving its water quality and keeping harmful algal blooms from turning its beaches to pea soup. Halfman, professor of geolimnology and hydrogeochemistry at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, gave his annual lake water quality report Tuesday morning. It started out... more

Major flooding in Cayuga County; Port Byron among hardest hit

On Friday, as warm air held on in the Finger Lakes — several communities in Cayuga County were hit hard by flooding. While the National Weather Service reported that an ice jam along the Seneca River caused flooding from Montezuma to Port Byron and Weedsport, the excessive rainfall did not help matters. As of 10:30 am on Friday, the river... more

Slippery conditions leads to one-car crash in Moravia

Crews responded to a one-car accident in Moravia on Saturday around 4:30 pm. First responders were busy throughout the day, as crews scrambled to contend with multiple minor accidents due to worsening weather conditions. A burst of snowfall during the afternoon caused roads to quickly change from wet-to-slick. Long Hill Rescue and Fourtown Ambulance were called to the Moravia accident,... more

Woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle heroin, Suboxone into Moravia prison

A Queens woman was sentenced to a year in jail for trying to bring a package of narcotics into Cayuga Correctional Facility. Cassie L. Rodrigues was arrested in September 2016 after state police found 10 bags of heroin and 56 strips of Suboxone — a prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction — in her purse. And in October, Rodrigues... more
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