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Second public hearing held on Shakelton Inn tax abatement request by Inns of Aurora

A second public comment session regarding the Inns of Aurora's requested tax abatement for their Shakelton House Project was held during a regular Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency meeting on Tuesday. An initial public hearing was held in the village of Aurora on March 22. The comment period during the CCIDA meeting was held to continue discussion on the issue... more

Aurora Mayor Bennett re-elected, plus Cayuga County-area results

The meeting room in Aurora's firehouse was somber as election results were called out after all the votes had been counted, and Bonnie Apgar Bennett was welcomed into her third term as village mayor. Of the 127 ballots cast on Tuesday, as well as absentee votes, Bennett received 86 votes, Marie Dentes received 49 and Barb Blom received eight. Incumbent... more

Aurora’s three mayoral and three trustee candidates participate in forum

Candidates running for mayor and two trustee seats in Aurora came together Tuesday night at the Morgan Opera House to share their platforms with the community so residents can cast informed votes at the polls next Tuesday. Incumbent Bonnie Apgar Bennett is seeking re-election, and two newcomers, Barbara Blom and Marie Dentes, are challenging Bennett for mayor. Incumbent Trustees Grace... more

Cayuga County-area village elections: Who’s running for office this year?

Several villages in Cayuga County and western Onondaga County will be holding elections March 20, and although many ballots are filled with unopposed incumbents, a few races are contested with a strong turnout of political newcomers. Village clerks reported the following information for the village elections scheduled for Tuesday, March 20: Follow the link below to see the list. The... more

Cayuga County authority report calls for $30 million water, sewer upgrades in Aurora

Significant water and sewer improvements amounting to just over $30 million were identified for the village of Aurora in a report prepared for the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority. The report, part of CCWSA's ongoing countywide water and sewer master plan review, recommends Aurora replace its over 60-year-old water treatment system, according to a news release issued Tuesday. Wells... more

Shakelton House to become the Inns of Aurora’s fifth inn, Inns seek tax abatement

The Inns of Aurora is renovating the Shakelton House at 418 Main St. to become its fifth inn and asked the county for a tax abatement for the project during a Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency meeting on Tuesday. The Inns purchased the former funeral home about three years ago and decided that the best use for the building is... more

Aurora considering activated carbon to combat threat of toxins in water

The village of Aurora held a public meeting Saturday to discuss solutions to the threat of harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake. Stephen Waldvogel of GHD Consulting Services Inc. was present to discuss results of a feasibility study that is being done at the Wells College water plant to see what is needed to retrofit the plant to handle algal... more

Aurora to hold public meeting Saturday on water issues

The village of Aurora is holding a public meeting on water issues Saturday, with the attendance of an engineering firm and representatives from the Cayuga County Department of Health and the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority. “In the last month the overlapping concerns of keeping Wells’ plant viable and securing a new water provider have become clearer, so it’s... more

THE LOVING CUP: Laura Colburn & Alex Schloop of Inns of Aurora (podcast)

Meet Laura Coburn and Alex Schloop of Auburn, NY and hear their take on gratitude and why they love their jobs as Programming Director and Creative Director at the Inns of Aurora as they join host Katie MacIntyre inside the FingerLakes1.com Studio for this week’s edition of the Loving Cup Podcast. . more

Wells College to state: Don’t discontinue financial support program

The president of Wells College is questioning Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate a funding source for private colleges, saying it takes money away from students. The 2018-2019 executive budget calls for the removal of a $35 million aid program for independent colleges and universities commonly called “Bundy aid.” The program divvies up the funds among over 100 private institutions... more

Progress 2018: Food and drink promotional trails evolve in Cayuga County

On the back of every menu at the Inns of Aurora, printed below a map of the Finger Lakes region, is a message from Executive Chef Patrick Higgins. “Respect for ingredients, for farmers, and for our shared environment is the foundation for a good meal,” it reads. “That’s why … we make everything from scratch whenever possible, and why we... more

Aurora, Skaneateles featured in Vogue magazine wine guide

A Jan. 19 guide to Finger Lakes wine in Vogue magazine heavily features wineries and restaurants in Aurora and Skaneateles. The travel guide is provided by Thomas Pastuszak, wine director at the New York City hotel and restaurant NoMad. “There’s no other region in the U.S. that really focuses on Riesling the way that Napa has Cabernet or Chardonnay, the... more

As Wells College looks to get out of water business, harmful algal bloom measures addressed

Wells College has been providing water for the village of Aurora since the 1920s, but the water plant is old and needs to be replaced, President Jonathan Gibralter said. “The reason we had a water plant is because we owned most of the village,” Gibralter said. But over the years that has changed as Wells has sold many of its... more

Few ‘bear’ the annual Aurora Polar Plunge to celebrate new year

Snow or shine, for the past 15 years, Adam Rossbach has celebrated every New Year’s Day the same way: First, he shimmies down to his swim trunks on the icy shore of Cayuga Lake. Then, with the help of a rescue diver, he jumps in. Jan. 1, 2018 was no different. Despite the 10-degree day and a wind chill of... 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

Multiple departments battle evening garage blaze in Aurora

Multiple fire departments in Cayuga County were called to the area of Main St. and Sunset Beach Dr. for a garage fire Monday evening. The first crew on scene declared a working fire, and the size of the blaze prompted a response from Aurora, Union Springs, and Poplar Ridge fire departments. Aurelius RIT was also called to the scene. Photos... more
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