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Cayuga County taking lead to determine possible improvements to Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse theater at Emerson Park is moving toward potential renovations after a Cayuga County legislative committee approved leading a state review process. The Legislature’s Public Works committee on Tuesday approved a resolution to act as the lead agency for a State Environmental Quality Review, which requires a governmental body to identify and mitigate environmental impacts of any possible... more

DEC ‘pursuing’ Owasco dairy farm for clean water violations

An Owasco dairy farm previously cited for worker housing conditions is also being investigated by the state for violating clean water regulations. In February, four adults and five children moved out of the workers’ house at Melrose Farm after a town of Owasco cease-and-desist order was issued to the farm’s owner, Joe Tidd, due to unsafe conditions at the living... more

Owasco man pleads guilty to menacing family

Last fall, authorities said Eric Simmons parked a red tractor in a family’s driveway in the town of Owasco, placed a large cutout of a black bear in the front yard and fired a shotgun before fleeing the scene with his 14-year-old son. And while Simmons said most of that was true, he disputed some of the details during a... more

More details revealed in Nature Conservancy’s $1.5 million Owasco Lake project

The Nature Conservancy plans to acquire or restore over $1.2 million worth of land in the Owasco Lake watershed to protect water quality, part of an approximately $1.5 million project that relies heavily on state funding. The conservancy was awarded over $1.1 million in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council announcement in December, one of the largest grants in... more

UPDATE: Thousands without power in Auburn-area Wednesday evening

Thousands were without power around Auburn as of 8 p.m. Reports began circulating around 7:30 p.m. that locations along the Arterial in Cayuga County — starting in the City of Auburn were without power. It’s unclear what caused the power outage. NYSEG said 3,510 were without power at the time. NYSEG was estimating that power would be restored in all... more

Keith Batman enters Assembly race to challenge Finch

Keith Batman, a former chair of the Cayuga County Legislature and past Scipio town official, has formally announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the 126th Assembly District race. Batman created a campaign committee last month but said at the time he hadn't made a final decision on whether he would run for state Assembly. Nearly two weeks... 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

Could sound waves keep harmful algal blooms from Owasco Lake?

They've worked in a New Jersey reservoir and a lake larger than Owasco Lake in Malaysia — ultra sonic buoys that keep harmful algal blooms at bay. Could it work in Owasco? A Netherlands company thinks so. LG Sonic gave an online presentation Tuesday to the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council about its system of buoys that project ultrasonic sound... 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

Owasco Lake council elects new officers

The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, a nonprofit entity created by the city of Auburn, town of Owasco and Cayuga County, elected new officers to its corporation Tuesday morning. Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner was re-elected chair. County Legislator Aileen McNabb-Coleman was elected vice-chair. Auburn City Councilor Debby McCormick was elected secretary. The Citizen: Read More more

Owasco farm under investigation for worker living conditions

Nicole Catalfano said she wanted to cry. Four adults and five children have been living in squalor on a dairy farm in Owasco since December, and Catalfano helped them pack up their belongings Friday and leave. With temperatures dropping and a light sprinkle falling, young women and children carried out hampers and trash bags filled with food and clothes through... more

Low lake levels reveal a messy Owasco Inlet and bay

Low winter lake levels have revealed more side effects of summer flooding events — a very muddy, debris- and foam-filled inlet at the southern end of Owasco Lake. Owasco Lake Watershed Specialist Andrew Snell took drone photos of the inlet on Jan. 29, showing a sediment plume billowing into the lake surrounded by a soupy white foam. Parts of trees... more

Hundreds show outpouring of support at benefit for Owasco town councilwoman

At least 1,000 people flooded the Springside Inn Sunday afternoon to support Owasco Town Councilwoman Ashley Lattimore Melendez, who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at the end of last year. Friends and family held a benefit and dinner for the 35-year-old woman, who is recovering at The Centers at St. Camillus in Syracuse. Melendez's mother, Cindy Lattimore, stood in the inn's... more
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