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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the Finger Lakes Rural Health Network with Emilie Sisson (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the Finger Lakes Rural Health Network with Emilie Sisson (podcast)
This week Josh Durso sits down with Emilie Sisson, of the Finger Lakes Rural Health Network discussing her work raising awareness and community education in rural parts of the region. Specifically, Sisson walks listeners through a unique training opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that is crucial given the realities associated with suicide prevention and awareness in the Finger Lakes.... more

Cayuga Lake hit with 33 toxic algae blooms; none reported yet on Seneca, Canandaigua, or Owasco

Cayuga Lake hit with 33 toxic algae blooms; none reported yet on Seneca, Canandaigua, or Owasco
In the opening days of the toxic algae season that is expected to intensify and stretch into early October, Cayuga Lake has taken a wide early lead in dangerous blooms spotted in the Finger Lakes. While Seneca, Canandaigua and Skaneateles lakes, among others, have been spared — so far — Cayuga has already confirmed 33 reports of harmful algal blooms... more

THE DEBRIEF: Future of the Depot, Musselman, and War with Con Ed (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing the latest headlines in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast, Josh Durso is joined by Jackie Augustine and Ted Baker to discuss the week’s biggest headlines. The trio will discuss the latest on the waste-elimination efforts in Ontario County; the future of a galvanizing plant at the former Seneca Army Depot; a recently-filled Geneva City Council seat; the latest in Seneca Falls; Gov. Andrew... more

Town of Vernon denies Woodstock 50 appeal for festival to be held at Vernon Downs

Town of Vernon denies Woodstock 50 appeal for festival to be held at Vernon Downs
The town of Vernon planning board denied Woodstock 50’s appeal to hold the festival at Vernon Downs after a heated town meeting on Tuesday. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and Sheriff Robert Maciol both released statements prior to the appeal meeting condemning the possibility of Woodstock 50 being able to be held in August, calling the organizers “incompetent” and that... more

Rep. Katko: Trump’s tweets for congresswomen to ‘go back to their country’ were ‘wrong’

Rep. Katko: Trump’s tweets for congresswomen to ‘go back to their country’ were ‘wrong’
New York Representative John Katko reacted on Monday to President Donald Trump tweeting for liberal Democratic congresswomen to go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, calling the President’s tweets ‘wrong’. Katko is a Republican representative for NY’s 24th district, which includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga, and Wayne counties, and the western part of Oswego County.... more

DOCCS releases statement after local officials critical of ‘communication’ over escaped Skaneateles rapist

CAPTURED: Police apprehend paroled rapist who was on the run in Skaneateles
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) has released a statement after local officials criticized the department for a lack of communication after parolee and convicted rapist Christopher Block cut off his ankle monitor and evaded capture for 35 hours. In a statement from DOCCS spokesperson Thomas Mailey, the department says that “contrary to reported information and inaccurate public... more

International Building at the New York State Fair to be renamed ‘The Eatery’

International Building at the New York State Fair to be renamed ‘The Eatery’
So long, “International Building,” The New York State Fairwill now call the building known for its endless food options, “The Eatery.” According to a news release sent Wednesday, the Fair says the decision to rename the International Building came after discussions with the building’s vendors. “We meet with our vendor groups every year, and the International Building group suggested giving the... more

Concern grows over the potential for harmful algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake

Concern grows over the potential for harmful algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake
Harmful algal blooms are widespread on Cayuga Lake and have been spotted on Oneida, Otisco, and Cazenovia Lakes. But the concern for them on Skaneateles Lake is even greater concern because 200,000 families get their drinking water from there. There are no signs of harmful algal blooms right now, but according to Skaneateles Lake Association President Paul Torrisi, that doesn’t... more

Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX

Expert says busy year coming for toxic algae blooms in FLX
The first suspicious algal blooms of the season have been reported on Conesus, Honeoye, Otisco and Keuka lakes, although none has been confirmed with high toxins — yet.  But conditions are ripe for severe outbreaks later this summer, according to a leading regional expert on harmful algal blooms, or HABs. “I think this is going to be a very busy... more

More local parents relying on telemedicine for child healthcare

More local parents relying on telemedicine for child healthcare
Telemedicine is a rapidly expanding medical service. The use of telemedicine has almost tripled over the past two years in upstate New York, according to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. “Telemedicine, even though it’s been around for a while, it’s still relatively new technology and I think what’s happened is that there’s greater awareness and there’s a lot more word... more

Advance tickets for New York State Fair go on sale

Advance tickets for New York State Fair go on sale
The Great New York State Fair is offering admission tickets at a discount before the fair begins. Starting Monday, July 8 at 6 a.m. The fair’s website will start selling advance tickets for the fair for just $6. To purchase the advance tickets online, you can click right here. The website is also currently offering Ride-all-day wristbands for unlimited rides... more

High water levels will persist for months even if weather cooperates

High water levels will persist for months even if weather cooperates
Those who live near the shores of Lake Ontario and are hoping for fast relief from this year’s floodwaters are likely to be disappointed. It probably will be months before the lake returns to normal levels — and even that’s not a sure thing. The water in Lake Ontario has been at or above its previous record high since May... more

Syracuse police chief: Death of woman, three children possible murder-suicide

Syracuse police chief: Death of woman, three children possible murder-suicide
A woman and three children found dead in a car in Syracuse Sunday are possibly a murder-suicide, according to Syracuse Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner. Buckner, speaking at the scene on Berwyn Avenue, said the dead are an adult woman and three children – two-school age and one is younger than the other two children. He said they don’t know... more

More meeting scheduled this week about the I-81 project

More meeting scheduled this week about the I-81 project
More meetings about the future of I-81 in Syracuse will be held this week. The meeting are being put on by the New York State Department of Transportation. The first meeting is Tuesday, July 9th in the Town of Camillus Municipal Building. Another meeting will be held, Wednesday, July 10th at East Syracuse Minoa High School. Both of those meeting... more

Obesity, smoking rates high in regional report

Obesity, smoking rates high in regional report
What is being touted as an eye-opening regional health report shows promise in some areas but numbers that concern local officials in others. The inaugural Community Health Indicators Report was commissioned by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and compiled by the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO). It provides a glimpse into residents’ well-being across 13 regional counties, including... more

Challenges from Lake Ontario’s high water levels lead to frustrations for boaters

Challenges from Lake Ontario’s high water levels lead to frustrations for boaters
Daniell Fleig and Angelee Kenorr spent their morning getting their boat ready for a day on the lake. But getting there is more difficult these days. “Slow. It takes like 45 minutes to get anywhere,” says Fleig. With the high water levels, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is enforcing a 5-mile-per hour speed limit and no wake zone... more

Misso says he set fundraising record in first quarter of Congressional reporting

Misso says he set fundraising record in first quarter of Congressional reporting
Roger Misso will report one of the best opening fundraising quarters for a Syracuse-area congressional candidate when his campaign submits its financial records to the Federal Election Commission later this month. Misso, D-Syracuse, announced shortly after midnight Monday that he raised more than $167,000 in his first fundraising quarter as a candidate. The quarter spanned from April 1 through June... more
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