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

Cornell names research fund in honor of longtime state Sen. Michael Nozzolio

Former state Sen. Michael Nozzolio has received another honor from his alma mater. Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences launched the Senator Michael Nozzolio Fund for Viticulture and Enology, an endowment fund that will support the school’s wine and grape research. Nozzolio earned bachelor’s and master degrees at Cornell in the mid-1970s. During his career as a state... more

Area school budgets pass easily

Voters approved most area school budgets and spending propositions in voting on Tuesday. In Geneva, the $52.46 million budget passed by a 530-151 margin. A bus acquisition also passed by a nearly identical vote (530-150). “We are so grateful to this community for supporting us and believing in our initiatives,” Superintendent Trina Newton said. “Voters in Geneva have shown that... more

President Clinton in Geneva: ‘Our common humanity matters the most’ (full video)

“We are in one of the most exciting, rapidly changing periods in human history,” President Bill Clinton said before hundreds of people gathered Sunday for commencement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. The 42nd president of the United States and founder of the charitable Clinton Foundation delivered a commencement address filled with optimism. Clinton also challenged graduates —... more

Time to vote on more than $27 million capital project at Clyde Savannah

School district officials at Clyde-Savannah went out of their way to improve their schools and get everything they wanted on their wish list while ensuring the project would have no impact on local taxes. “This is an unprecedented opportunity for our district,” said Michael C. Hayden, Superintendent of Clyde-Savannah Central School District. “The amount of aid, 89.2 percent, is outstanding.”... more

Clyde-Savannah proposes $27.1M capital project

In three years, Clyde-Savannah’s swim teams might achieve something that has never been done in district athletics: Host a home meet. That’s because the Junior-Senior High School pool is 5 feet short of regulation size, said Superintendent Michael Hayden. While the boys and girls swimmers can practice in their own pool, they can’t host any meets. That will change if... more

Wayne CSD issues alert about suspicious vehicle in Ontario

The Wayne Central School District says sheriff’s deputies are looking to a report of a suspicious vehicle. In a Facebook post, the district says there have been alerts posted on social media about a suspicious older women in a maroon Chevy Malibu driving in Ontario. The district says the sheriff’s office received a complaint Thursday night and are now investigating.... more

Free SUNY tuition may reverse enrollment drop

Enrollment in the State University of New York system hit its lowest point in recent years, but the free tuition plan passed last month may very well reverse that trend. SUNY enrollment fell 7.4 percent between 2010 and 2016 — to 436,138 students at its 64-campus system. The Excelsior Scholarship, unveiled in January by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and approved by... 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

Victor seeks OK on $66M school district budget

It won’t be all business on May 16 for Victor Central School District voters. In addition to the action at the polls, a campus-wide, day-long celebration will include a chicken barbecue, carnival, robotics demonstration, art show, concert and lacrosse, baseball, tennis and basketball games. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. voters will also have a chance to weigh in on... more

Seneca Falls school board honors staff

Almost 125 years of total service to the Seneca Falls school district was feted Thursday night when the Seneca Falls school board honored four retiring staff members and one longtime school board member. Staff who were recognized were Caryl Chiarilli, elementary school health aide for 16 years; Rick Walton, middle and high school science teacher for 33 years; Diane Cappellino,... more

Keuka commemorates visits by MLK and Eleanor Roosevelt with unveiling of sculptures

Two of the most historic events in the 127-year history of Keuka College are commemorated in a new exhibit that was unveiled Friday afternoon. Visits to the college on the shore of Keuka Lake by civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice pioneer and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt are celebrated in the exhibit, which includes... more

Waterloo BOE will hold regular meeting on Monday

A public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 school budget will precede the regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday night. The board will listen to comments on the proposed $38.9 million spending plan, which would be a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget. The amount to be raised by property taxes is projected to rise from $12.3 million... more

Cato-Meridian superintendent set to retire in December

Cato-Meridian Central School District Superintendent Noel Patterson intends to retire in December because he feels it’s an ideal time to say goodbye. “The district’s in good shape. We have high graduate rates, our academic performance is high, we have a good reputation, and our facilities are in great shape,” Patterson said this week. The 62-year-old — who has been head... more

IC administrators, faculty make conflicting claims about anti-union activity

Members of a contingent faculty union at Ithaca College are continuing to push forward with a lawsuit against the school over three of their colleagues who were let go. Union members and their student supporters held an occupation-style protest at the college’s administrative offices this week. They say the three contingent faculty members weren’t asked to stay on for another... more

CRAMER: Pal-Mac voters should vote NO on May 16th to library proposal

Vote ‘NO’ on May 16th! I received in the mail, as most Pal-Mac residents did with a Macedon Library Tax Referendum proposal. As I read it, I could not believe what I was reading. Sure the reasons appeared to be done with great convincing and quality persuasiveness, but the reality is there should be NO referendum placed before the Pal-Mac... more

Tuition-free program will change lives, says Lt. Gov. Hochul

Saying the state’s tuition-free program will make college more affordable, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul called the initiative transformative. “It is going to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Hochul in comments Wednesday. The program, called Excelsior Scholarship, would pay for the portion of tuition — now $6,470 a year for four-year schools in the State University of New York... more

Next president at TC3 named by officials

The State University of New York Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Orinthia T. Montague, Ph.D. as the fourth president of Tompkins Cortland Community College. The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees selected Montague to succeed retiring President Carl E. Haynes following a national search that brought three finalists to campus for visits in March. Montague is... more
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