Canal system closing early this year; locks close on Wednesday

The state’s canal system — including the Erie Canal in Wayne County and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca County — will be closing about six weeks earlier than normal. For the most part, the canals, now part of New York Power Authority operations, will be closed as of 5 p.m. today. There are some exceptions, noted Bob Stopper, a member... more

Cuomo to Trump administration: Don’t allow NY fishing industry to flounder

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the Trump administration to address quotas that are having adverse impacts on New York’s commercial fishing industry. In a letter sent Tuesday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Cuomo requested changes to summer flounder quotas. The allocations, he wrote, are based on “incomplete data” from the 1980s. The state gets 7.6 percent of the limit, while New... more

Seneca Falls Canal Harbor sees influx of boaters for Locktoberfest (gallery)

Seneca Falls benefited from more boaters visiting this past weekend than usually visit in an entire month of October. With over 40 boats staying over for Saturday’s Locktoberfest, some arriving as early as Wednesday, Seneca Falls furthered its position as a key destination for the active boating community. Local boaters as well as boaters from outlying locations like Baldwinsville, Fairport,... more

Yates County resident builds Viking boat

During his 30 years as an emergency room physician at area hospitals, Dr. Craig Hohm treated thousands of patients and — not surprisingly — dealt with a fair amount of job stress and dicey medical situations. How did he relieve that stress? By building boats. His latest creation, a traditional, 18-foot wooden replica of a Viking boat of a thousand... more

Locktoberfest set to go in Seneca Falls this weekend

This weekend marks the first Locktoberfest celebration in Seneca Falls. Offering events for the young and old alike, it will be a full day of activities and Live entertainment. The entire event will be held on the North side of the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor on Saturday the 7th of October. The day will kick-off with the Seneca Falls Rotary... more

World Canals Conference attendees visit Seneca Knitting Mill by boat

About 55 people attending the 2017 World Canals Conference in Syracuse arrived, appropriately, by boat Wednesday to visit the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the former Seneca Knitting Mills. They traveled up the Cayuga-Seneca Canal from the west through the canal locks and docked on the south side of the canal, close to the historic limestone... more

Lafayette man drowns on Skaneateles Lake

State Police are investigating the drowning of a Lafayette man on Skaneateles Lake. Investigators say it happened around 8:25 a.m. when the man, identified as 38-year-old Joshua D. Sharpe, and a friend were fishing in a boat about 80 yards from shore. Troopers say Sharpe ended up going into the water to swim and at some point he swam underwater... more

Seneca Falls to host Locktoberfest along canal next month

The New York State Canal Corporation has chosen Seneca Falls as one of the five locations throughout New York State to hold Locktoberfest which is a festival celebrating Autumn on the Canalways system. The event incorporates community markets, local artwork, Taste NY products, entertainment, and children’s activities. Collaborating with the Canal Corporation and partnering with I Love NY, Taste NY,... more

Yates County urges village alerts

Yates County Legislators have asked Penn Yan Village officials to communicate with the county when an incident at the Penn Yan Municipal sewage treatment plant might impact neighbors downstream from the plant. Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar and Director of Public Works Brent Bodine attended the county’s Human Services Committee meeting Sept. 5 to address concerns from legislators. As required... more
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