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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

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

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Cayuga County

With five contested legislature races, two available seats on Auburn City Council, and a number of other Town Council races taking place in Cayuga County — voters will have a lot to decide on in less a little over a week. Candidates are in their final preparations, talking with voters, and getting to know their possible-constituents. What issues are the... more

Columbia University professor to speak at Wells College

A Columbia University professor will talk about the fight over moral ideas in a free event at Wells College in Aurora, according to a press release. Dr. Lydia Liu will give a lecture called "Who Owns Great Ideas?" at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Straton Hall. Liu will dive into ideas such as if... more

New York State Kayak Fishing Championships coming to Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake is no stranger to Fishing Tournaments, all year long if you look out onto the lake chances are you will see someone out there fishing. The Finger Lakes region has become known for world class fishing at its finest. However, on the 23rd and 24th of September Cayuga Lake will become home to a Fishing Tournament unlike any... more

Wells College releases schedule for Native American festival

Wells College, in collaboration with the Cayuga Nation and the college’s Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Louis Jefferson Long Library, Buildings and Grounds, Department of Visual Arts, and the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, will host the 13th annual Peachtown Native American Festival and Education Week Sept. 22-28 on the Aurora campus. Scheduled events include: 3:30 p.m. Friday,... more

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in Cayuga County-area lakes

Harmful algal blooms continue to be found in area lakes, but there is no indication that public drinking water has been negatively impacted. The Cayuga County Health Department on Friday said that, out of an abundance of caution, the Auburn and Owasco water treatment facilities had activated their carbon treatment systems to mitigate the chances of toxins getting into the... more
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