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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 IDA gives final OK to Seneca Dairy Systems incentives

Seneca IDA gives final OK to Seneca Dairy Systems incentives
Final approval was unanimously given Thursday by the Board of Directors of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency to a financial incentive package for Seneca Dairy Systems in Romulus. A package containing a $1.48 million Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) agreement, an exemption from paying an estimated $1.3 million in sales tax and a $90,000 exemption from paying the... more

Pumpkin chuckin’ and wine at Varick Winery in Seneca County

Pumpkin chuckin’ and wine at Varick Winery in Seneca County
From September through October, you can head to Varick Winery in Romulus to chuck pumpkins. The pumpkin chuckin’ opens at 9:30 a.m. on weekends ONLY! It works by putting pumpkins inside giant slingshots and aiming them at different targets. Large groups who are planning to attend are asked to call ahead of time at 315-549-8797. Continue reading from WSTM-TV 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

NY Department of Health, University at Albany to receive $1M grant to study PFAS

NY Department of Health, University at Albany to receive $1M grant to study PFAS
The New York State Department of Health announced it and the University at Albany’s School of Public Health received a $1 million grant to study PFAS over the next five years. Officials say the study will look at the exposures of residents living in communities with drinking water contaminated with per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). New York’s study will include participants... more

Keuka College to hold memorial for 2017 graduate who died in mass shooting

Keuka College to hold memorial for 2017 graduate who died in mass shooting
A memorial service will be held for the Keuka College graduate who died in a mass shooting in California. Trevor Irby, 25, was one of three people killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28th. Irby was born in Rochester and grew up in Romulus. Earlier this month, Keuka College announced the Trevor Irby ’17 Memorial Scholarship to assist a student that... more

Interlaken woman charged with felony DWI after traffic stop in Seneca County

Interlaken woman charged with felony DWI after traffic stop in Seneca County
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 62-year-old Interlaken resident on DWI charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Romulus. The traffic stop occurred on September 8th around 8 p.m., according to deputies, who released information about the incident on Friday. Deputies say they saw Marlene Hamilton, 62, of Interlaken operating her vehicle at a... more

EPISODE #28: Sunday Conversation with Casey McDonald on Congressional Campaign

EPISODE #28: Sunday Conversation with Casey McDonald on Congressional Campaign
W. Casey McDonald is running for Congress. The Republican says his challenge to incumbent Rep. Tom Reed is based on the things he’s observed over the last several years. While challenging an incumbent comes with difficulties, he’s optimistic that with the support of the 23rd Congressional District – he will be able to mount a winning primary; and general election... 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

Scholarship established in Trevor Irby’s honor at Keuka College

Scholarship established in Trevor Irby’s honor at Keuka College
Keuka College and the family and friends of Trevor Irby ’17 are honoring his memory the way he would have wanted: By celebrating life and learning in the form of a new scholarship. Trevor was one of three people who lost their lives in a mass shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., in July. Described as someone who... 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
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