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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

Waterloo woman charged with assault after victim pepper sprayed during family dispute at Fastrac in Ovid

Waterloo woman charged with assault after victim pepper sprayed at Fastrac in Ovid
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation of a family dispute, which left a Waterloo woman charged with assault; and a victim pepper-sprayed. Deputies say that on September 27th at approximately 9:30 a.m. they were called to the Fastrac and McDonalds in Ovid for a family dispute. Following an investigation, deputies charged Heather N. Walsh-Forshay, 27, of Waterloo with... 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

RACING THE DEER: Seneca White Deer, Inc. hosts 5K, 10K, and 13K runs and fall festival

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Seneca White Deer, Inc. are set to host their historical and unprecedented Run With the Deer 5k, 10k and 13.1 half marathon race series this Saturday, October 5 at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. Runners will race the within bordered-fencing of the actual wildlife complex preserve where they may encounter the famed white white-tailed deer, which has been... 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

Volunteers needed for STEPS day of service

Volunteers needed for STEPS day of service
Volunteers are needed for the 3rd Annual Day of Service taking place this Saturday, October 5th for the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus being organized by Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS).  Participants who want to give back to their community by helping with a variety of projects, should gather at the South Seneca Middle/High School on... 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 deputies pick up man wanted on felony parole violations in Iowa

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The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 24th at approximately 2:30 p.m. deputies arrested a 35-year-old fugitive from justice who was being released from Willard DTC. Jeremiah R. Keppel, 35, was wanted for felony parole violations in Iowa, according to deputies. The felony violations are related to escape and methamphetamine charges. Deputies say Keppel was picked up at... more

Deputies: Waterloo driver resisted arrest while being taken into custody for driving while intoxicated

Deputies: Waterloo driver resisted arrest while being taken into custody for driving while intoxicated
Deputies report the arrest of a Waterloo woman following a traffic stop in the Town of Ovid on September 19th. Pamela J. Washak, 53, of Waterloo was stopped for speeding on State Route 96 in the Town of Ovid a little after 10 p.m., according to deputies. Upon further investigation it was determined that Washak was driving while intoxicated. When... 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

IDA says Seneca Dairy Systems won’t harm environment

IDA says Seneca Dairy Systems won’t harm environment
The Seneca Dairy Systems manufacturing and galvanizing plant proposed for Romulus will not have an adverse impact on the environment. That was the unanimous conclusion of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors Thursday. Seneca Dairy Systems is proposing to build a new, state-of-the-art facility on about 25 acres of land owned by company head Earl Martin at... more

New concerns arise as flood recovery stalls, frustrating South Seneca residents

New concerns arise as flood recovery stalls, frustrating South Seneca residents
It has been more than a year since devastating, historic flooding leveled Lodi Point and severely damaged other parts of South Seneca. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Point the day of the historic rains, which totaled more than 9-inches, according to the National Weather Service. State lawmakers, locally elected officials, and stakeholders alike worked together to bring resources into Lodi,... more
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