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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

DEC: Discoloration on Owasco Lake not harmful algal blooms

An unidentified green discoloration on much of Owasco Lake seen earlier this week is not a harmful algal bloom, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday. The DEC's Finger Lakes Watershed Hub first collected samples from the discoloration after it was reported Monday July 30. Testing performed on the samples did not find any evidence of the cyanobacteria that... more

Moravia board of education sets goals for new school year

The Moravia Central School District's Board of Education has established its goals for the 2018-2019 school year, including the possibility of an extended homeroom at the high school. At a meeting Wednesday evening, Superintendent John Birmingham said the district was considering implementing an "advisement block" at the high school. This would provide students some additional time to interact with teachers.... more

Village of Moravia voters re-elect two village trustees

The village of Moravia held an uncontested election Tuesday which led to the re-election of two incumbent village trustees. Nancy McGuerty, a village trustee since 2004, and Anthony Peppe, a trustee since 2007, both ran on a Republican ticket for the two open trustee seats on the ballot. No other governmental positions were on the ballot. Among the ballots cast... more

Moravia students pitch product ideas in scholastic business competition

Instead of students counting down the seconds until the last day of school, Moravia Middle School principal Bruce MacBain wanted to keep students’ minds focused. So seventh-grade students spent Tuesday presenting product ideas to businesspeople. The idea is based around the TV show “Shark Tank,” so student groups presented ideas to people with actual business experience. The judges then decided... more

Moravia officials decide nonconforming use clause irrelevant to former school

The village of Moravia decided a nonconforming use clause in a zoning law was irrelevant to a historic property, in opposition to the building owner’s assertion, during a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Monday. The debate began a month ago when Gary Debele requested a ZBA public hearing for an interpretation of a 1988 local law. Last summer, Debele... more

Substance abuse film screened in Moravia leads to discussion on recovery

Kevin Jones said his life has never been the same since May 10, 2013. That was when his stepdaughter, Jessica Gentile, died of a drug overdose. Jones later founded the Heroin Epidemic Action League, which raises awareness of the idea that addiction is a disease and not a moral failing, among other services. Jones said he didn't know Jessica had... more

Show Moravia park some love at annual cleanup day

I Love My Park Day will be observed beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Fillmore Glen State Park, 1686 Route 38, Moravia. Volunteers are welcome to do cleanup work, including gorge trail cleaning, invasive species removal, flower bed maintenance and more at the park. Events conclude at 1 p.m. with a complimentary lunch for volunteers. The Citizen: Read... more

Union Springs boys track and field sweeps past So. Cayuga, Moravia, Marathon & Lansing

Union Springs was able to complete the sweep. Paced by Eric Ryan’s four first-place finishes, the Wolves won 10 events, as the Union Springs boys track and field team beat Southern Cayuga 96-35, Moravia 115-8, Marathon 103-24 and Lansing 80-61 at Union Springs High School Wednesday. Ryan took first in the 100m dash (11.85), the 200m dash (23.65) and the... more

Algae-fighting buoys may be too costly for Owasco Lake

A $1.2 million proposal to scatter about 30 ultrasonic buoys at the northern end of Owasco Lake to combat harmful algae may be too costly to implement, at least for now, local officials said Thursday. LG Sonic, a company out of the Netherlands, presented its buoy system to members of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council last month. Cyanobacteria, the... more

Owasco Lake watershed’s management plan could be complete by July 2019

The Owasco Lake Watershed Nine Element Plan has hit a couple of milestones this year, paving the way to its first round of public feedback set for this fall. A 9E Plan outlines ways to improve water quality by identifying where different pollutants are coming from and how to reduce them. Owasco Lake’s began at the end of 2016, following... more

Moravia school district debates tax levy for 2018-2019 budget

The Moravia Central School District debated which of two tax levies to present to the community for voting in May, ultimately opting to decide next month. The board of education debated the merits of a 2.79 or 3.29 percent levy — which is the district’s tax cap allowed by the state — for the district’s 2018-2019 budget during its meeting... more

Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes’ harmful algal bloom summit kicks off

Skaneateles, Owasco and Cayuga lakes took the spotlight Monday at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the second of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's four harmful algal bloom summits statewide. The summits are part of a $65 million proposal in the state budget to fund watershed plans for 12 priority lakes across the state at $500,000 each. Remaining funds are... more

Cayuga County to state’s U.S. reps: Change FEMA’s mind about disaster declaration denial

Cayuga County thinks the Federal Emergency Management Agency was wrong to dismiss a disaster declaration for the southern end of the county, and is calling on state representatives to fix it. Heavy rains pummeled the Moravia area with two storms between July 1 through 14, causing nearly $4 million in damage. Despite meeting its threshold for federal aid, in December... more

Village of Moravia experiencing significant water loss, cause remains unknown

The village of Moravia is losing 52 percent of the water that is being pumped into its water system, costing about $100,000 per year. During a regular meeting on Monday, the village board listened to a report from Mike Perkins, the head of the public works department and discussed the issue and ways they could address the dramatic water loss.... more

State police: Stranger attempted to pick up 9-year-old girl in Moravia

New York State Police have opened an investigation in Moravia after a 9-year-old girl reported that a man she didn't know offered her a ride. Police said the girl was walking in front of Moravia High School on South Main Street at about 11:45 a.m. Monday when a man stopped his car and asked if she wanted a ride. The... more

Cayuga County will get some federal aid, but no disaster declaration for summer storms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied New York's appeal for a major disaster declaration, but some federal aid will be available for Cayuga County and other counties affected by flooding and severe storms last summer. The state requested a major disaster declaration for Cayuga and 14 other counties due to severe storms in July. The state's application was denied in... more
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