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Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling

After the first confirmed harmful algal bloom of the season was detected on Owasco Lake last week, the Cayuga County Health Department has started weekly testing to monitor drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listed a harmful algal bloom (HAB) with confirmed toxins on the Owasco Lake tributary of Sucker Brook last Friday as part of its... more

Talk at CCC explores ‘explosion’ of harmful algal blooms

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor Dr. Greg Boyer delivered a wide-ranging presentation Thursday evening at Cayuga Community College on the topic of harmful algal blooms with a focus on what caused last year’s “explosion” of blooms on Cayuga County’s lakes. Boyer, who has been studying harmful algal blooms in some form for 45 years, started with a... more

Village of Aurora discusses 10-year zoning law violation

Residents of a Main Street home in Aurora have been violating the village's zoning law for more than 10 years and fellow residents have had enough. "I wish I didn't have to do this, but it's been 11 years," said Laura Holland during the public to be heard portion of the village's regular monthly meeting Wednesday night. "I've repeatedly spoken... more

Swimming area at Wells College closed because of algae blooms

The swimming area next to the dock at Wells College has been closed under an order by the Cayuga County Department of Health due to the presence of harmful algal blooms. The college said in a news release Thursday that although the beach is on land owned by the college, the day-to-day operations of the beach and its swimming area... more

How to make the most of this summer on the lake

On warm days in the village of Aurora, a young Matt Bianconi would grab a pair of goggles and a snorkel and step outside his family’s lakefront home, climbing into the boat his parents built back when they were dating, and tossing toys into the contraption his engineer father built to tow them. With roots deeply entrenched in the banks... more

Aurora native launches Cayuga Lake boat tour business

Whether you call him an entrepreneur, a trustee, a minister or a captain, you’d be right. Matt Bianconi, an Aurora native, was born and raised on Cayuga Lake. In the summers, his day would start with breakfast before he and his three older siblings would spend hours on the lake in the family boat, or under the water’s surface with... more

Wells College hires registrar and director of institutional research

Wells College has hired a new registrar and director of institutional research. Paul Applebee will start at the Aurora college on Monday, according to a press release from the college. Applebee was most recently the academic adviser/registrar at Bryant & Stratton College in Liverpool. “Wells will benefit immensely from Paul’s experience at a critical time when the College is formalizing... more

Massive fire at Aurora Ridge Dairy under investigation

Firefighters were called to the scene of a barn fire in the Poplar Ridge Fire District around 9:20 p.m. First responders say there were approximately 300 calves inside the barn, and that there was an active structure fire confirmed when crews arrived. Barn fire in a calf barn in Ledyard. pic.twitter.com/jOiuHHz822 — Kevin Rivoli (@KevinRivoli) May 1, 2018 Poplar Ridge,... more

Second public hearing held on Shakelton Inn tax abatement request by Inns of Aurora

A second public comment session regarding the Inns of Aurora's requested tax abatement for their Shakelton House Project was held during a regular Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency meeting on Tuesday. An initial public hearing was held in the village of Aurora on March 22. The comment period during the CCIDA meeting was held to continue discussion on the issue... more

Aurora Mayor Bennett re-elected, plus Cayuga County-area results

The meeting room in Aurora's firehouse was somber as election results were called out after all the votes had been counted, and Bonnie Apgar Bennett was welcomed into her third term as village mayor. Of the 127 ballots cast on Tuesday, as well as absentee votes, Bennett received 86 votes, Marie Dentes received 49 and Barb Blom received eight. Incumbent... more

Aurora’s three mayoral and three trustee candidates participate in forum

Candidates running for mayor and two trustee seats in Aurora came together Tuesday night at the Morgan Opera House to share their platforms with the community so residents can cast informed votes at the polls next Tuesday. Incumbent Bonnie Apgar Bennett is seeking re-election, and two newcomers, Barbara Blom and Marie Dentes, are challenging Bennett for mayor. Incumbent Trustees Grace... more

Cayuga County-area village elections: Who’s running for office this year?

Several villages in Cayuga County and western Onondaga County will be holding elections March 20, and although many ballots are filled with unopposed incumbents, a few races are contested with a strong turnout of political newcomers. Village clerks reported the following information for the village elections scheduled for Tuesday, March 20: Follow the link below to see the list. The... more

Cayuga County authority report calls for $30 million water, sewer upgrades in Aurora

Significant water and sewer improvements amounting to just over $30 million were identified for the village of Aurora in a report prepared for the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority. The report, part of CCWSA's ongoing countywide water and sewer master plan review, recommends Aurora replace its over 60-year-old water treatment system, according to a news release issued Tuesday. Wells... more

Shakelton House to become the Inns of Aurora’s fifth inn, Inns seek tax abatement

The Inns of Aurora is renovating the Shakelton House at 418 Main St. to become its fifth inn and asked the county for a tax abatement for the project during a Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency meeting on Tuesday. The Inns purchased the former funeral home about three years ago and decided that the best use for the building is... more

Aurora considering activated carbon to combat threat of toxins in water

The village of Aurora held a public meeting Saturday to discuss solutions to the threat of harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake. Stephen Waldvogel of GHD Consulting Services Inc. was present to discuss results of a feasibility study that is being done at the Wells College water plant to see what is needed to retrofit the plant to handle algal... more

Aurora to hold public meeting Saturday on water issues

The village of Aurora is holding a public meeting on water issues Saturday, with the attendance of an engineering firm and representatives from the Cayuga County Department of Health and the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority. “In the last month the overlapping concerns of keeping Wells’ plant viable and securing a new water provider have become clearer, so it’s... more

THE LOVING CUP: Laura Colburn & Alex Schloop of Inns of Aurora (podcast)

Meet Laura Coburn and Alex Schloop of Auburn, NY and hear their take on gratitude and why they love their jobs as Programming Director and Creative Director at the Inns of Aurora as they join host Katie MacIntyre inside the FingerLakes1.com Studio for this week’s edition of the Loving Cup Podcast. . more
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