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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

Sheriff: State police confirm Owasco menacing case was not hate crime

The New York State Police has confirmed there was not enough evidence to charge a man with a racially motivated hate crime in the town of Owasco, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said. On Nov. 5, sheriff's deputies were called to a "landlord-tenant dispute" on North Road. At the time, the sheriff's office said two males had parked a tractor... more

Broker of Owasco Country Club sale awarded $124K for breach of contract by club

The Supreme Court of the State of New York has awarded Owasco broker Michael DeRosa a judgment for breach of contract by the Owasco Country Club after the sale of the property in late 2015. According to court documents provided by DeRosa in a news release, the amount of the Jan. 22 judgment is $124,300.06. The judgment covers DeRosa's brokerage... more

Owasco Lake inspector leaves post for soil and water district

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program is down to one inspector. Former Owasco Lake watershed inspector Tim Schneider accepted a new position as a countywide watershed inspector with the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District at the beginning of the year. That means Owasco Lake watershed specialist Andrew Snell is that inspection program’s sole full-time employee. The Citizen: Read... 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

Hunter not injured after falling into Owasco Lake

A duck hunter was uninjured after he fell through the ice on Owasco Lake Thursday afternoon. A caller reported seeing a figure out on Owasco Lake and then not seeing the person reappear around 3:45 p.m. When crews from Owasco and Fleming water rescue arrived on the scene, the hunter was out of the water and was walking back to... more

Agriculture society’s plans for Emerson Park may conflict with master plan

The Cayuga County Agricultural Society has proposed erecting at least two buildings on the eastern side of Emerson Park for its annual fair, but local officials are concerned that they could impact current recreation and other proposals. The agricultural society moved its fair from Weedsport to Emerson Park last year, and expects to host the summer event at the Owasco... more

State police search for suspects in Owasco liquor store larceny

New York State Police are investigating a larceny that took place New Year’s Eve in the town of Owasco. Trooper James Wozniak said police are searching for a man and woman who stole several bottles of alcohol from Owasco Wines and Liquors on Owasco Road. Wozniak said state police received a complaint after the store owner realized several bottles were... more

Two hospitalized at Upstate after water rescue in Owasco Lake

Firefighters were involved in a water rescue, which took place on Sunday afternoon. The incident unfolded in Owasco Lake near 4768 West Lake Road, according to first responders, who said that it took around 30 minutes to retrieve the individual from the water. Scanner traffic indicates that the person was in a kayak when it overturned — resulting in the... more

Patients transported to area hospitals after Owasco crash

Multiple departments were called to the scene of a two-car accident in the area of Town Hall Road and Powers Road in Owasco, according to scanner traffic. It was a busy morning in Cayuga County for first responders, who had to contend with multiple incidents. Owasco Ambulance and Rescue, as well as Fleming EMS were called to the scene. AMR... more

Soil and water district asked to keep Owasco Lake inspectors into 2018

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District will decide this month if it will keep the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program for a while longer, after efforts to transfer its ownership have been delayed. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council, a nonprofit corporation created in 2010 by the city of Auburn, town of Owasco and Cayuga County, was meant... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Batman talks budget process, infrastructure spending, and local disasters (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of Inside the FLX the individual tasked with leading Cayuga County’s largest governing body – is in-studio talking about elections, the budget process, infrastructure, environmental issues, as well as the prospect of being excluded in a ‘disaster declaration’ by the White House. Keith Batman, Chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature, who recently won re-election to continue serving... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

More charges for Owasco man, victim calls incident racially motivated

In an update at 2:53 pm Sheriff David Gould says that 50-year-old Owasco resident Eric Simmons, who faces multiple charges, faces even more charges after a court ordered seizure of any, and all weapons possessed by him. Gould says Simmons was charged with six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony. He was found to... more

Owasco Watershed Lake Association leader steps down

Bob Brower has resigned from his position as president of the Owasco Watershed Lake Association due to an illness. President Elect Ken Kudla is taking over as president, and OWLA member Dana Hall will take on the management of the $600,000 state grant Brower had been managing for work and research in the Owasco Lake watershed. Rick Nelson, one of... more
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