Health department closes beaches in Aurora, Owasco due to algal blooms

Swimming areas at the Wells College Dock in Aurora on Cayuga Lake and the Owasco Yacht Club on Owasco Lake are closed until further notice “due to the presence of harmful algal blooms,” the Cayuga County Health Department said Monday. The health department monitors water quality at public beaches throughout the county and closes swimming areas when hazards are identified.... more

Moravia teacher’s 5-game ‘Jeopardy!’ win streak ends

Moravia High School teacher Justin Vossler’s “Jeopardy!” run has come to an end. Vossler and his two competitors, Ryan Kious of Albuquerque and Shadi Peterman of St. Louis, were separated by $600 entering Final Jeopardy. Kious, a social media and web writer, led with $10,400, Vossler was in second with $10,000 and Peterman, who like Vossler is a high school... more

Barn fire at Peters Dairy Farm quickly extinguished in Cayuga Co.

Multiple fire departments in Cayuga County were called to Peters Dairy Farm for the report of a barn fire in Auburn. Scanner traffic indicates that Poplar Ridge, Scipio, and Aurora Fire Departments, as well as Aurelius RIT Team, and Southern Cayuga Ambulance were called to the area of Route 34 and Gary Rd. for a reported barn fire. When Poplar... more

Health department: Beaches in Aurora, Union springs now open

Beaches in Aurora and Union Springs that were closed by the health department last week due to harmful algal blooms are now reopened, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. As of late Wednesday morning, the swimming areas at the Wells College Dock in Aurora and Frontenac Park in Union Springs are now open, according to the health department. Public... more

Moravia teacher gets win No. 5 on ‘Jeopardy!’; now has $100K in winnings

Justin Vossler's "Jeopardy!" success has netted him more than $100,000 in winnings. Vossler, a Homer resident and Moravia High School history teacher, won "Jeopardy!" for the fifth time Wednesday. He led the entire game and entered Final Jeopardy with $22,200. For the second consecutive game, he didn't have the correct response in Final Jeopardy. But it didn't hurt his standing.... more

Moravia teacher extends ‘Jeopardy!’ win streak to four games

Justin Vossler’s “Jeopardy!” run will continue. The Homer resident and Moravia High School history teacher registered his most dominating win yet Tuesday. He won $20,300 despite an incorrect response in Final Jeopardy. The Final Jeopardy clue stumped Vossler and his fellow competitors. The category was Europe. The clue for contestants was, “Once a feudal state, it has the highest capital... more

Algal blooms close two beaches in southern Cayuga County

Two bathing beaches along Cayuga Lake have been closed due to the presence of harmful algal blooms, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. The beaches at Wells College dock in the village of Aurora and Frontenac Park in the village of Union Springs are closed. The Health Department monitors the water quality at public beaches routinely and closes swimming... more

Decorators to make MacKenzie-Childs pilgrimage for annual barn sale this week

It's the sale of the year for bargain loving decorators. Upscale home furnishings retailer MacKenzie-Childs will open its doors at its headquarters in the village of Aurora for its barn sale July 20 to 23. The sale attracts thousands of shoppers every year who wait in long lines. Eager shoppers have camped out overnight to ensure a good spot on... more

Aurora, Skaneateles restaurants win Wine Spectator awards for selections

Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 Restaurant Awards have recognized two Cayuga County-area restaurants for their wine selections. The Aurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora, and its wine director, Erin McElhinney, received an Award of Excellence. For more information about the restaurant, visit innsofaurora.com or call (315) 364-8888. The Krebs, 53 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, and its sommelier, Jared Stafford-Hill, received a... more

Cayuga County seeks public’s help with documenting July 1 storm damage

The Cayuga County Office of Emergency Services is seeking the public’s help to document flooding damage from the July 1 storm that hit the southern end of the county with particular ferocity. Niel Rivenburgh, deputy director of the office, said the state Office of Emergency Management from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services began conducting a public assistance... more

Aurora, Wells College boil water order lifted

The Cayuga County Health Department said Friday that it has lifted a boil water order issued July 5 for the village of Aurora, including Wells College. The order was put in place after the health department said there was a leak in a transmission water main at Wells College that led to inadequate disinfection. The health department reported that the... more

‘Don’t mind us’: Finger Lakes Institute monitoring Owasco Lake water quality

Many people know his pontoon boat by now, but sometimes John Halfman pulls up to the Owasco Lake shoreline and gets inquisitive looks by sunbathers. That happened Wednesday near Fire Road 20 in Scipio, when Halfman anchored and his small but mighty troop of science students got to work. “Don’t mind us!” he called. “We’re just sampling your water!” A... more

Cayuga Co. Health issues boil water order for Aurora residents

Residents in Aurora are being asked to boil their water until further notice, after a press release was issued this morning. According to that release, an “inadequate disinfection” resulted in the order, which may have resulted from a leak in a transmission water main at Wells College. The health department noted that they started bypassing the storage tank on Tuesday,... more

Cayuga County health officials offer flood cleanup tips; state DEC assisting on ground

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a list of recommendations to help residents whose households were impacted by Saturday’s heavy rain and flooding. Director of Environmental Health Eileen O’Connor advises homeowners of the following when cleaning after a flood: • Wear protective clothing including rubber boots and gloves. • When doing work that could create dust or flying debris, wear... more

Aurora man builds amphibious tractor houseboat

Theon Parseghian is used to cars slowing down outside his Aurora residence and workshop. It’s hard to miss the 32-foot houseboat on tractor tires in front of it. The 29-year-old mechanic, fabricator and welder said he’d bought the boat a couple of years ago, intending to make it a guest cottage in the backyard. But where to put a 32-foot... more

NY tuition help at private colleges: Colgate opts out; Cornell, Wells College in

Colgate University has decided to join Le Moyne College in declining to take part in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new initiative that offers tuition assistance for students in New York private schools. Colgate, a prestigious private school in Hamilton, believes the program’s requirements for graduates to live in New York for up to four years are too restrictive, a school administrator... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

Public meetings will discuss Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations

It’s been more than 30 years since the Owasco Lake watershed’s rules and regulations were updated, and that’s one reason why Cayuga County will hold multiple public meetings to review and potentially update the document. Local officials hope to add and subtract from the current list, as some things may be outdated or irrelevant to today’s watershed, while other things... more
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