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Aurora man builds amphibious tractor houseboat

Theon Parseghian is used to cars slowing down outside his Aurora residence and workshop. It’s hard to miss the 32-foot houseboat on tractor tires in front of it. The 29-year-old mechanic, fabricator and welder said he’d bought the boat a couple of years ago, intending to make it a guest cottage in the backyard. But where to put a 32-foot... more

NY tuition help at private colleges: Colgate opts out; Cornell, Wells College in

Colgate University has decided to join Le Moyne College in declining to take part in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new initiative that offers tuition assistance for students in New York private schools. Colgate, a prestigious private school in Hamilton, believes the program’s requirements for graduates to live in New York for up to four years are too restrictive, a school administrator... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

Public meetings will discuss Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations

It’s been more than 30 years since the Owasco Lake watershed’s rules and regulations were updated, and that’s one reason why Cayuga County will hold multiple public meetings to review and potentially update the document. Local officials hope to add and subtract from the current list, as some things may be outdated or irrelevant to today’s watershed, while other things... more

DEC’s Finger Lakes Water Hub talks Owasco Lake’s pollution diet

Save Owasco Now, an Owasco Lake advocacy group started late last year, has spent months calling on the state to implement pollution regulations on nutrient sources in the watershed. Specifically, the group sent in petitions and letters calling for a Total Maximum Daily Load — or TMDL — which includes a map of all the sources of pollution in a... more

A clean Slate: Inns of Aurora opening new pop-up restaurant this summer

In 2006, chef Thomas Keller opened a new restaurant in California. The casual eatery — called Ad Hoc — was created to temporarily fill a space. As such, it featured a new menu every day, scribbled on chalkboards throughout the restaurant. Now, the Inns of Aurora has taken a page out of Keller’s cookbook (so to speak), chalking up a new... more

18th-century Cornell University Library map details Seneca & Cayuga villages

A newly acquired 18th-century map of what is now New York state, showing Seneca and Cayuga villages and native footpaths in addition to natural features, offers insights into colonial life that will enhance learning and research at Cornell. The manuscript, drawn by prominent Albany-based mapmaker and surveyor John Rutse Bleecker, is now part of the American history and culture collections... more

Fish-killing disease VHS confirmed in Cayuga Lake, first in Finger Lakes in decade

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of a fish-killing virus in Cayuga Lake. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) has killed thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake, which runs north-south between Seneca Falls and Ithaca. VHS, which poses no threat to humans, causes hemorrhaging of fish tissue and internal organs. It has impacted fish populations... more

New pop-up restaurant coming in Aurora on June 14th

A new pop-up restaurant in Aurora will open its doors on Wednesday, June 14. Open from Wednesday through Sunday for just nine weeks, Slate is named for the large pieces of local stone that serve as menu boards. “We want to serve something fresh and new every day,” shares Kevin Sennett, Slate’s manager. “Every morning, we’ll literally wipe our menus... more

Wells College graduates encouraged to ‘dream big, act big’

The flowers were in bloom and the sun was bright as the graduating students of the 149th Wells College commencement gathered on the front lawn of Macmillan Hall to receive their much-awaited degrees. Family and friends filled seats and watched with excitement as words of encouragement and advice for life were given out to the 111 graduating students. “Your life... more

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES nursing program chosen by website as best in state

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES’ Practical Nursing Program was selected by the website practicalnursing.org as the state’s top licensed practical nursing program. Andrea Ruff, coordinator of health care occupations for BOCES, believes the honor is a testament to the efforts of those involved, saying she’s glad the staff can receive some recognition for their hard work. The course is 11-months long, with... more

Wells College receives grant to support sustainable dining operations

Wells College’s Center for Sustainability and the Environment has been awarded a grant to support bioplastics integration in the Aurora campus’s dining operations, enhancing its new food waste composting program. The grant comes from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling’s College Council Program. It will allow staff in the dining hall to integrate compostable materials in... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

Owasco Lake sluiceway sediment blockage remains a challenge

The Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program and a construction firm out of Syracuse made another attempt Friday to clear out the Owasco Lake sluiceway at the east end of the Emerson Park pier. The clog is something that local officials have been working to unplug for years. How did Friday's attempt go? No luck — at least not yet. Watershed... more

Farming groups host first watershed meeting in Owasco

Tim Fessenden and Jason Burroughs looked out onto about 100 people Monday night inside the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum in Owasco. Representing Cayuga County farmers, the two pushed their dislike of public speaking aside to show their respective farms’ best management practices and take questions. It was part of a kickoff meeting for a new agricultural-centered watershed group called... more

District wants to keep Owasco Lake Inspection Program, but council moves forward

The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors does not want the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program to be pulled from its purview. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council passed a resolution in January to explore taking responsibility for the inspection program, something that Steve Lynch, director of planning and economic development, had said the council was... more
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