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Cayuga County-area village election results: Cayuga, Port Byron incumbents lose

Cayuga County-area village election results: Cayuga, Port Byron incumbents lose
Voters weighed in Tuesday as several of Cayuga County’s villages as well as Jordan and Skaneateles in Onondaga County held elections, with races for mayor, trustee, and in one case, village justice. Out of the races, only two were contested, with many incumbents going unopposed or newcomers taking vacated seats without a challenge. Here are results that were reported on... more

Cato-Meridian schools seeking help developing strategic plan

Cato-Meridian schools seeking help developing strategic plan
The Cato-Meridian Central School District is looking to others to assist mapping out its strategic plan for the next five years, the district recently announced. The district is making a plan that includes long-term goals and smaller objectives, according to a press release on the district’s website. The district board of education held a special meeting in October centered on... more

Cato-Meridian’s Chalon works to become one of the top players in Cayuga County

Cato-Meridian’s Chalon works to become one of the top players in Cayuga County
Despite being more than six feet tall, Cassie Chalon spent most of her freshman season on the bench. Not getting much playing experience or training before joining the varsity team, the young basketball player wasn’t trusted enough for regular minutes. But instead of complaining about playing time, Chalon did what she and her mom thought was right. She worked for... more

Change in Cato Town Clerk’s hours may go to referendum

Change in Cato Town Clerk’s hours may go to referendum
A proposed change to the business hours for the Cato Town Clerk was postponed Tuesday night after the town board decided to explore the possibility of putting the changes on the ballot. Originally, the board was considering a local law changing the hours for Town Clerk Jody Snyder to include three or four hours on Saturdays in order for residents... more

Cato Town Board to vote on local law changing clerk’s hours

Cato Town Board to vote on local law changing clerk’s hours
The Cato Town Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed local law that would change the hours of operation for the town clerk. According to Town Supervisor Charles Ray on Monday, the law would change the clerk schedule to work three or four hours on Saturdays. Currently, the clerks office is available nights and... more

Boil water order issued for Village of Cato

Boil water order issued for Village of Cato
The Cayuga County Health Department is advising residents of the Village of Cato and those who use its water supply to boil it before use. This order was issued Saturday afternoon. This comes after part of the village’s water system lost pressure due to a water line repair. Health officials say when this happens, it increases the chance that untreated... more

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind

Cayuga County year-end sales tax report: Auburn excels, towns, villages lag behind
The final sales tax numbers for Cayuga County’s multiple municipal governments show a strong year for the city of Auburn, but a weak performance by towns and villages in the area. As a whole, sales tax receipts in Cayuga County reached $46.27 million, up from $45.67 million in 2017. The increase was driven primarily by a strong performance in Auburn,... more

Cato-Meridian, Moravia school districts put projects before voters this week

Cato-Meridian, Moravia school districts put projects before voters this week
Residents in two Cayuga County school districts will decide on school project proposals this week, with neither expected to increase taxes. The first vote, on Tuesday, involves the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s energy performance contract for $2.4 million in upgrades to various systems in the district. The proposal asks whether district residents want the state to pay an additional 10... more

Cato-Meridian schools receive $15,000 from Dollar General campaign

Cato-Meridian schools receive $15,000 from Dollar General campaign
The Cato-Meridian Central School District was greeted with a surprise $15,000 donation Tuesday morning. Dollar General gave the principals for the elementary, middle school and high schools unexpected $5,000 donations for literacy and education initiatives, according to a press release. The donations were a part of a gift due to Dollar General’s “Thanks Giving” holiday campaign. The schools will be... more

Cato-Meridian soccer coach resigns after reported ‘incident’ involving players

Cato-Meridian soccer coach out after students made inappropriate gestures at game
The boys varsity soccer coach at Cato-Meridian High School has resigned in the wake of an apparent incident that took place last week after his team won an overtime match at Onondaga. The coach, Gordon (Geoff) Carvey, this week following an incident in which players apparently made inappropriate gestures around a concrete statue of a Tiger — Onondaga’s mascot —... 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

Cato-Meridian schools developing new security measures

In response to school security issues local and nationwide, the Cato-Meridian Central School District is looking at new safety and security measures. District Superintendent Terry Ward said the district has included card-reading systems on doors, interior security doors and window film in the $65 million capital project approved by the community in December. The security features were added to the... more

UPDATE: Wolcott woman ID’d as fatality in Cato crash

Sheriff David Gould reports that on Sunday at approximately 2:05 pm the Cayuga County E-911 Center dispatched deputies to a motor vehicle accident on Route 370 near Bradt Road in the Town of Ira. The investigation into that accident revealed that Carol Mastowski, 71, of Wolcott was operating a 2006 Volkswagon Jetta Westbound on Route 370 when she left the... more

Over a dozen fire companies called to Cato blaze on Friday (photos)

It took firefighters from four different counties to battle a garage fire that spread to another garage, and a home at an address in the village of Cato on Friday. The call came in around 2:20 pm for a garage fire at 2527 West Mechanic Street; and less than 15 minutes later – it had spread to a neighboring garage,... more

Proposed Cato-Meridian gym rental deal canceled

A proposed deal that would have allowed a Liverpool college’s basketball team to use the Cato-Meridian Central School District’s recreation center for games and practices has fallen through. District superintendent Terry Ward said in an email Thursday that the possible contract giving Bryant & Stratton College’s men’s basketball team access to the center’s gymnasium had been called off. “The proposed... more

Worth 1,000 words: Cato-Meridian students create portraits for Syrian children

On Tuesday, Cato-Meridian High School art teacher Shayna Burghdorf witnessed something she had never heard before: her sixth-period class reduced largely to silence. Burghdorf said that apart from some subtle sniffles, no sounds came from her 12 students. A video on painted portraits the students made of Syrian refugees was the culprit. Months earlier, the students participated in The Memory... more
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