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Algae bloom appears near FLX Welcome Center in Geneva; busy HAB season on Seneca Lake

Even more HABs spotted along Seneca Lake over las
Bill Roege, who recently took over as HABs Director for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, says the last seven days have proven to be busy for volunteers working around Seneca Lake to identify harmful algal blooms. Last week, Frank DiOrio was a guest on FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation, outlining some of the things that SLPWA had seen throughout the season. The... more

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated in Seneca, as supervisors signal that update could come from DA on Sheppard-Deeds investigation

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated
Last year at this time the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution instructing Sheriff Tim Luce to lead an investigative effort into Former County Manager John Sheppard and Former Finance Director Brandi Deeds. In January of this year that investigation concluded, according to Luce. “The investigation has been completed, all the interviews are done, and we are ready... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information
Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September,... more

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County
Seneca County might finally be getting somewhere with one of its most-complex issues. The Board of Supervisors met in a special committee session Monday night to discuss the future of a sewer use law, which will be introduced to the full-board after successful passage through committee. “This has been one of the biggest issues in Seneca County for the last... more

Survey aims to identify where candidates stand on environment in Seneca County

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The Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee is sending out a survey to those running for office in Seneca County. The survey consists of eight questions; and aims to see where each stands on important environmental questions related to policy in Seneca County. For those on the SFEAC – it’s a way to create accountability moving forward. Candidates are asked to... more

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party
Tom Fox wants to be elected to another two-year term as chairman of the Seneca County Republican Party. Fox, a member of the Varick Town Board, served as Seneca County sheriff from 1991 to 2003. The county Republican Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fayette Fire House on Route 414 for its required reorganizational meeting, a gathering... more

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party
Attorney Christopher Folk of Waterloo, who lost the Republican Party primary election for Seneca County district attorney, has been endorsed by the Serve America Movement Party. Folk, who resisted efforts by county Republicans to have him drop out of the race, also will appear on the Libertarian and Working Families party lines in November. He will run against Assistant Public... more

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online
A formal draft of Seneca County’s economic development strategic plan is now officially available for public review and comment. The public comment period starts today and will continue through Nov. 1. Seneca County’s draft plan is available for public review and comments at www.seneca-economy.com. The Seneca County IDA started the strategic planning process last year by identifying the community’s economic... more

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’
Seneca Community Players announced today that they will hold auditions for their upcoming productions of both male and female versions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on September 16 & 17. Seneca Community Players will be producing both plays simultaneously and they will run on opposite nights November 15, 16 and 17 and November 22, 23 and 24. This classic... more

Boil water order lifted for Fayette, Varick in Seneca County

Boil water order still in effect in Fayette, Varick
The boil water order issued Friday for customers of Fayette Water District No. 5 and Varick Water District No. 3 was lifted on Wednesday. The order was issued by the Seneca County Health Department after a water main broke that fed water to the storage tank at Hillside Children’s Center in Varick. That jeopardized the safety of the water. The... more

BOIL WATER ORDER: Residents instructed to boil water in parts of Varick, Fayette

BOIL WATER:
Officials in Seneca County have issued a Boil Water Order for users of Seneca County Water District #1, Varick Water District #3, and Fayette Water District #5. “Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using,” emergency management officials said in a press release. “Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making... more

Hay stack catches fire in Seneca County; owner loses approximately $1K

Hay stack catches fire in Seneca County; owner loses approximately $1K
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 26th at approximately 9:15 p.m. deputies responded to 1811 Leader Road for a fire outside. Deputies say that a hay stack caught fire after an ember from a burning stump landed on the hay stack catching it on fire. The owner 27-year-old Israel R Stoltzfus, stated that he left the fire unattended for... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Fayette native Robert S. Duncanson (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Fayette native Robert S. Duncanson (podcast)
Born in Fayette in 1821, Robert Seldon Duncanson was one of few African American landscape painters of the nineteenth century, and he achieved levels of success unknown to his contemporaries. In this episode of Our Finger Lakes History, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the life and times of Duncanson. . more

Details of Seneca Dairy Systems project unveiled

Details of Seneca Dairy Systems project unveiled
Information about Earl Martin’s Seneca Dairy Systems project proposed for a 75-acre parcel on the former Seneca Army Depot was presented to the public Thursday. Martin and consultants focused primarily on the galvanizing plant that would be part of the $19.7 million, three-phase, 10-year project. Seneca Dairy Systems would be an expansion of Martin’s current business, Seneca Iron Works on... more

Fayette man charged with damaging septic pipe

Fayette man charged with damaging septic pipe
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on July 3, 2019 at approximately 11:30am, Investigators arrested John N. Amidon, age 65 of Canoga Island in the Town of Fayette. Amidon is alleged to have damaged a septic pipe on multiple occasions over the course of two years, by drilling holes into the line and filling it with spray foam, causing significant... more

Knocking down walls to build an educational community

Knocking down walls to build an educational community
For students at the Finger Lakes Christian School, spending a morning tearing down walls at the old Masonic lodge on Route 414 in Fayette was an opportunity to help others. Eight students and three adult volunteers from the school joined the Fayette Historical Society on June 14 for the school’s annual Serve-A-Thon. In its second year, the Serve-A-Thon was developed... more

Tohafjian claims he was ‘set up’

Tohafjian claims he was ‘set up’
“I didn’t rape her. She set me up.” Those were the words of Emerson “John” Tohafjian before he was arrested for rape and several other charges in June of 2018. A videotaped interview of Tohafjian at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was played during pretrial hearings in his case Monday in county court. Tohafjian faces felony charges of rape and... more
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