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Inns of Aurora approved to build new spa; some residents lukewarm to the plan

Inns of Aurora approved to build new spa; some residents lukewarm to the plan
Following a lively public hearing in Ledyard last week, the Inns of Aurora procured approval create a new spa facility. The town of Ledyard held a well-attended public hearing — with about 20 visitors to be heard — on Oct. 17 regarding a special permit the Inns needed to get in order to proceed with the project. While the decision... more

National Public Radio Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez to be featured guest at Wells College’s 150th Anniversary Kickoff

National Public Radio Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez to be featured guest at Wells College’s 150th Anniversary Kickoff
Wells College’s gala 150th anniversary celebration weekend will kick off this Thursday, Oct. 18th, with a panel discussion featuring Claudio Sanchez, renowned National Public Radio (NPR) education correspondent. The event will take place from 4:30PM to 6PM in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, on the Wells College campus. Admission is free and no tickets are required. Sanchez, who regularly contributes to... more

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages

Sales tax revenues up in Auburn, down in Cayuga County’s towns and villages
Sales tax collection is trending upward in the city of Auburn through the third quarter of 2018 and holding relatively steady in Cayuga County. According to the latest monthly sales tax report from the Cayuga County Treasurer’s Office, the city of Auburn has collected more sales tax this year compared to last year, while the county has seen a very... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Running unopposed, Brian Schenck looks to build community in Cayuga Co.

INSIDE THE FLX: Brian Schenck looks to become next sheriff in Cayuga County
Who will be the next sheriff in Cayuga County? Lt. Brian Schenck believes it should be him; and after Sheriff David Gould announced that he would not seek re-election – Schenck stepped up to the plate. On Wednesday, he visited the FingerLakes1.com studio where he discussed his campaign, local issues around policing, and how he aims to continue improving community... more

Wells College drops tuition costs for 2019-20 school year by $10,000

Wells College drops tuition costs for 2019-20 school year by $10,000
Wells College has announced that they will be dropping their tuition by 25 percent for the next school year. The published cost of tuition for all new and returning students in the 2019-20 school year will be dropped from $39,200 to $29,400. “We firmly believe that this tuition reset will help strengthen our ability to compete in the marketplace, and... more

MacKenzie-Childs acquires Skaneateles’ Patience Brewster Inc.

MacKenzie-Childs acquires Skaneateles’ Patience Brewster Inc.
MacKenzie-Childs, the home furnishings company known for its whimsical designs, has acquired the business of Skaneateles-based ornament designer Patience Brewster. Aurora-based MacKenzie-Childs said Tuesday that Brewster will become a member of its creative team, supporting the design and development of products for what will be called the Patience Brewster by MacKenzie-Childs collection. Brewster, an artist and former children's book illustrator,... more

Inns of Aurora update village board on spa project

The Inns of Aurora gave an update on the upcoming spa project, located on 265 acres of land at 700 Sherwood Road in Ledyard, during a regular village of Aurora board meeting on Thursday. “As you know, we’re advancing our spa project up the road,” said Sue Edinger, the chief operating officer of the inns. She explained that not much... more

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
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