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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

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages
Sales tax collection is trending upward in the city of Auburn through the third quarter of 2018 and holding relatively steady in Cayuga County. According to the latest monthly sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer’s Office, the city of Auburn has collected more sales tax this year compared to last year, while the county has seen a very... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Running unopposed, Brian Schenck looks to build community in Cayuga Co.

INSIDE THE FLX: Brian Schenck looks to become next sheriff in Cayuga County
Who will be the next sheriff in Cayuga County? Lt. Brian Schenck believes it should be him; and after Sheriff David Gould announced that he would not seek re-election – Schenck stepped up to the plate. On Wednesday, he visited the FingerLakes1.com studio where he discussed his campaign, local issues around policing, and how he aims to continue improving community... more

Wells College drops tuition costs for 2019-20 school year by $10,000

Wells College drops tuition costs for 2019-20 school year by $10,000
Wells College has announced that they will be dropping their tuition by 25 percent for the next school year. The published cost of tuition for all new and returning students in the 2019-20 school year will be dropped from $39,200 to $29,400. “We firmly believe that this tuition reset will help strengthen our ability to compete in the marketplace, and... more

MacKenzie-Childs acquires Skaneateles’ Patience Brewster Inc.

MacKenzie-Childs acquires Skaneateles’ Patience Brewster Inc.
MacKenzie-Childs, the home furnishings company known for its whimsical designs, has acquired the business of Skaneateles-based ornament designer Patience Brewster. Aurora-based MacKenzie-Childs said Tuesday that Brewster will become a member of its creative team, supporting the design and development of products for what will be called the Patience Brewster by MacKenzie-Childs collection. Brewster, an artist and former children's book illustrator,... more

Inns of Aurora update village board on spa project

The Inns of Aurora gave an update on the upcoming spa project, located on 265 acres of land at 700 Sherwood Road in Ledyard, during a regular village of Aurora board meeting on Thursday. “As you know, we’re advancing our spa project up the road,” said Sue Edinger, the chief operating officer of the inns. She explained that not much... more

Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling

After the first confirmed harmful algal bloom of the season was detected on Owasco Lake last week, the Cayuga County Health Department has started weekly testing to monitor drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listed a harmful algal bloom (HAB) with confirmed toxins on the Owasco Lake tributary of Sucker Brook last Friday as part of its... more

Talk at CCC explores ‘explosion’ of harmful algal blooms

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor Dr. Greg Boyer delivered a wide-ranging presentation Thursday evening at Cayuga Community College on the topic of harmful algal blooms with a focus on what caused last year’s “explosion” of blooms on Cayuga County’s lakes. Boyer, who has been studying harmful algal blooms in some form for 45 years, started with a... more

Village of Aurora discusses 10-year zoning law violation

Residents of a Main Street home in Aurora have been violating the village's zoning law for more than 10 years and fellow residents have had enough. "I wish I didn't have to do this, but it's been 11 years," said Laura Holland during the public to be heard portion of the village's regular monthly meeting Wednesday night. "I've repeatedly spoken... more
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