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Decorators to make MacKenzie-Childs pilgrimage for annual barn sale this week

It's the sale of the year for bargain loving decorators. Upscale home furnishings retailer MacKenzie-Childs will open its doors at its headquarters in the village of Aurora for its barn sale July 20 to 23. The sale attracts thousands of shoppers every year who wait in long lines. Eager shoppers have camped out overnight to ensure a good spot on... more

Aurora, Skaneateles restaurants win Wine Spectator awards for selections

Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards have recognized two Cayuga County-area restaurants for their wine selections. The Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora, and its wine director, Erin McElhinney, received an Award of Excellence. For more information about the restaurant, visit innsofaurora.com or call (315) 364-8888. The Krebs, 53 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, and its sommelier, Jared Stafford-Hill, received a... more

Cayuga County seeks public’s help with documenting July 1 storm damage

The Cayuga County Office of Emergency Services is seeking the public’s help to document flooding damage from the July 1 storm that hit the southern end of the county with particular ferocity. Niel Rivenburgh, deputy director of the office, said the state Office of Emergency Management from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services began conducting a public assistance... more

Aurora, Wells College boil water order lifted

The Cayuga County Health Department said Friday that it has lifted a boil water order issued July 5 for the village of Aurora, including Wells College. The order was put in place after the health department said there was a leak in a transmission water main at Wells College that led to inadequate disinfection. The health department reported that the... more

‘Don’t mind us’: Finger Lakes Institute monitoring Owasco Lake water quality

Many people know his pontoon boat by now, but sometimes John Halfman pulls up to the Owasco Lake shoreline and gets inquisitive looks by sunbathers. That happened Wednesday near Fire Road 20 in Scipio, when Halfman anchored and his small but mighty troop of science students got to work. “Don’t mind us!” he called. “We’re just sampling your water!” A... more

Cayuga Co. Health issues boil water order for Aurora residents

Residents in Aurora are being asked to boil their water until further notice, after a press release was issued this morning. According to that release, an “inadequate disinfection” resulted in the order, which may have resulted from a leak in a transmission water main at Wells College. The health department noted that they started bypassing the storage tank on Tuesday,... more

Cayuga County health officials offer flood cleanup tips; state DEC assisting on ground

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a list of recommendations to help residents whose households were impacted by Saturday’s heavy rain and flooding. Director of Environmental Health Eileen O’Connor advises homeowners of the following when cleaning after a flood: • Wear protective clothing including rubber boots and gloves. • When doing work that could create dust or flying debris, wear... more

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
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