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Dan Murn wins Paddle Keuka 5K for second straight year

Despite a stiff wind and choppy waters, paddlers took part in the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium’s second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race on Saturday, August 5th. Fairport’s Dan Murn was the overall first place winner for the second year in a row, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 30:30 minutes. The first place winner in the male... more

Algae watch on Keuka Lake

Those who live on and love to swim in Keuka Lake are becoming more watchful of their shoreline after algae that could cause health problems was identified on the lake’s surface last week. Swimming areas at Penn Yan’s Red Jacket and Indian Pines Parks remained closed through the weekend, Monday, and at least part of Tuesday while State Department of... more

Blue-green algae blooms found in southern Cayuga Lake

The swimming area at Taughannock Falls State Park is normally packed full of people on a sunny 82-degree day in Tompkins County, but a health concern has turned it into a ghost town. “This whole section would be full, and plenty of people would be pushed to the grass when sunbathing, but not today,” said 16-year-old Lenna Georgiadis, of Interlaken,... more

Lois McClure approaching Lyons on the Erie Canal (photo)

The replica 1862 schooner Lois McClure from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum approaches Lyons Sunday morning. The authentic replica, 88 feet in length, has no means of propulsion other than sail, so a 1964 tugboat, the C.L.Churchill, serves as power. As part of the Lois McClure’s 2017 Legacy Tour commemorating the Erie Canal Bicentennial, the Lois McClure docked in Lyons... more

Owasco teen swims across lake, fulfills family tradition

For years, the DeMeritt family has celebrated summer with a special tradition: a 1.2-mile swim across Owasco Lake. Every other year, the family of eight travels from their home on a U.S. naval base in Spain to spend the summer at a cottage on Owasco Lake. And every other year, the DeMeritts take a boat across the lake and try... more

Health department: Beaches in Aurora, Union springs now open

Beaches in Aurora and Union Springs that were closed by the health department last week due to harmful algal blooms are now reopened, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. As of late Wednesday morning, the swimming areas at the Wells College Dock in Aurora and Frontenac Park in Union Springs are now open, according to the health department. Public... more

Travel tribute along the canal in Lyons

It was as if the Erie Canal of the 19th century era had come back to life. Lyons’ residents and visitors anxiously stood watch along the famed waterway’s banks waiting for a glimpse of the five canal boats dubbed Vote Tilla. Their week-long passage began on July 17 in Seneca Falls and ended in Rochester on July 21, stopping in... more

Boat advisory issued for Canandaigua Lake

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has issued a boating advisory for Canandaigua Lake. Sheriff Povero urges boaters to observe caution while operation watercraft on Canandaigua Lake, due to floating debris caused by recent intense rainstorms. Boaters should operate their vessels at no more than five miles per hour within 200 feet of shore. Deputies of Sheriff’s Marine and Recreational Vehicle... more

Scuba diver finds Amerks legend’s Hall of Fame ring in Canandaigua Lake (video)

“X” doesn’t always mark the spot. It’s not often that we get treasure hunting stories in sports, but this quest for buried gold in Canandaigua Lake certainly fits — like a perfectly-sized ring. “Right then and there I knew, here’s a significant find,” Gary Gavurnik says. Gary Gavurnik has been searching for lost items for years. And with the help... more

Jet ski crashes into boat on Keuka Lake over weekend

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash involving a jet ski and boat with four people on-board that happened on Keuka Lake around 8 pm. When deputies arrived five people, who had been involved, were brought to the shore by quick thinking witnesses. EMT’s checked everyone over at the scene and each refused any further treatment, according to... more
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