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Wells College celebrates another graduating class at 151st Commencement

Wells College celebrates another graduating class at 151st Commencement
During Wells College’s 151st Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2019, President Jonathan Gibralter conferred undergraduate degrees upon 117 graduating students. In addition, three longtime professors who are retiring this year were granted honorary titles of professor emerita, and several students were honored with academic and leadership awards (see list below). The day’s events began at 10 a.m. in front... more

Aurora planning board approves early step for Taylor House project

Aurora planning board approves early step for Taylor House project
The Inns of Aurora took a preliminary step toward converting the Taylor House into a conference center Wednesday, after the village planning board accepted the project's application as complete. The planning board accepted the project application from the Inns of Aurora — the business entity that owns the Aurora Inn, Wallcourt Hall, Fargo Bar & Grill, and more — in... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

Award-winning author Jamison to teach, read at Wells College

Award-winning author Jamison to teach, read at Wells College
Essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison will come to Wells College in Aurora for a master class and reading Wednesday, April 10. The master class, “Writing Other People’s Lives,” takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty Parlors lounge of the Main Building. The reading follows at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall. The college is located... more

Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen, relaunches restaurant

Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen, relaunches restaurant
The Inns of Aurora has recently launched its newest food attraction, and relaunched its oldest. Open as of January inside the former Dorie’s Bakery is Aurora Cooks! A demonstration kitchen, it doesn’t just serve food. Instead, chef Patrick Higgins and taste curator Grace Mattingly combine eating with education. At the demonstrations, Higgins may show the guests gathered at his countertops... more

Prompted by sheep deaths, Aurora leaders plan temporary fireworks ban to protect livestock

After sheep deaths, Aurora planning temporary fireworks ban to protect livestock
The village of Aurora Board of Trustees plans impose a moratorium on fireworks so it can conduct more research over the summer before adopting a new law aimed at protecting animals affected by loud noises. In a special meeting Thursday, the village approved a motion to consider a nine-month moratorium on fireworks displays. The decision followed a 45-minute discussion about... more

The Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen & relaunches award-winning restaurant

The Inns of Aurora opens demonstration kitchen & relaunches award-winning restaurant
The Inns of Aurora is delighted to announce the addition of two new culinary venues to their collection of experiences for visitors to the east side of Cayuga Lake: Aurora Cooks! demonstration kitchen and 1833 Kitchen & Bar. These additions support the region’s growing culinary reputation and increased desire for engaging experiences for travelers and local visitors. The Aurora Cooks!... more

Stairs stump the village of Aurora zoning board of appeals

Stairs stump the village of Aurora zoning board of appeals
Railroad history and court-made property lines complicate an Aurora resident's hope of adding stairs to her dock. During a regular zoning board of appeals meeting in the village of Aurora Wednesday night, a public hearing was held regarding Cynthia Koepp's request for an area variance at her 327 Main St. home. She is seeking a variance to be able to... more

Wells College graduate returns to give sustainability lecture

Wells College graduate returns to give sustainability lecture
A Wells College alumna recognized the state's mission to protect the environment despite the Trump administration's cutting of regulations that protected land, air, water and health, rolling back many Obama-era policies. Rachel Partington is an attorney for Knauf Shaw LLP, a law firm that concentrates on environmental and energy law. A 2013 Wells College graduate, she returned to her alma... more

Learning about a new life for old books in Aurora

Learning about a new life for old books in Aurora
The Aurora Free Library isn’t normally open on Sundays, but the library staff thought to switch things up a bit this weekend. Susan MacCormick, an assistant librarian, stumbled upon a neat way to put old, discarded books back to use on Pinterest, a do-it-yourself social media platform. MacCormick led a workshop at the library Sunday to show others how to... more

Aurora still discussing options for potential fireworks regulations

Aurora still discussing options for potential fireworks regulations
Following a December village board meeting that suggested the possible ban of fireworks in Aurora, the board continued discussions about possible regulations in a work session Tuesday. Banning fireworks was considered at the December meeting because a local farmer blamed Wells College’s 150th anniversary firework show in October for the death of seven of her rare Icelandic sheep. Two sheep... more

Wells College names interim dean of students to serve through next year

Wells College names interim dean of students to serve through next year
Wells College has named Charles Kenyon as interim dean of students, to serve in that capacity through the 2019–2020 academic year. As interim dean, Kenyon will provide leadership in all areas of student life, including activities and programming, residence life, and diversity and inclusion. He will begin his position on Feb. 4, 2019. Kenyon comes to Wells with an extensive... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Wells College Book Arts Center announces 2019 Summer Institute

Wells College Book Arts Center announces 2019 Summer Institute
The Wells College Book Arts Center has announced that its 2019 Summer Institute will take place July 14 through July 27, 2019. During the Summer Institute, renowned instructors and artists will gather on the Wells campus in Aurora to offer courses in a variety of techniques relating to paper, printing and textual arts. Once again, the institute will include 12... more

Aurora Polar Bears host 29th New Year’s Day polar plunge

Aurora Polar Bears host 29th New Year’s Day polar plunge
More than 30 people — some for the first time, others with more than a decade of experience under their belts — stormed into Cayuga Lake at noon on New Year’s Day to welcome 2019 with a splash. When Zack VanOrman woke up this morning, he didn’t plan to take the plunge. But he changed his mind when he saw... more

Aurora may ban fireworks as a display may be responsible for farmer’s loss of sheep

Aurora may ban fireworks as a display may be responsible for farmer’s loss of sheep
The village of Aurora is considering banning fireworks as a local farmer believes a fall display is to blame for the death of a handful of rare Icelandic sheep from her herd. On Oct. 20, Wells College put on an “excessive” fireworks show as part of its 150th anniversary celebration weekend, said Trinity Farm owner Margaret Flowers at a village... more

Inns of Aurora approved to build new spa; some residents lukewarm to the plan

Inns of Aurora approved to build new spa; some residents lukewarm to the plan
Following a lively public hearing in Ledyard last week, the Inns of Aurora procured approval create a new spa facility. The town of Ledyard held a well-attended public hearing — with about 20 visitors to be heard — on Oct. 17 regarding a special permit the Inns needed to get in order to proceed with the project. While the decision... more

National Public Radio Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez to be featured guest at Wells College’s 150th Anniversary Kickoff

National Public Radio Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez to be featured guest at Wells College’s 150th Anniversary Kickoff
Wells College’s gala 150th anniversary celebration weekend will kick off this Thursday, Oct. 18th, with a panel discussion featuring Claudio Sanchez, renowned National Public Radio (NPR) education correspondent. The event will take place from 4:30PM to 6PM in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, on the Wells College campus. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Sanchez, who regularly contributes to... more
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