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Firefighter lifer: Former Owasco chief celebrates 65 years of service

Firefighter lifer: Former Owasco chief celebrates 65 years of service
The Dunn & McCarthy building, the Deauville Hotel, the Auburn Country Club — if there was a fire large enough to make the news in the last 65 years, former Owasco Fire Department Chief Tom Burns was probably there. Burns was recently honored at the department’s annual banquet for his 65 years of service, a career he said he was... more

Agricultural stakeholders suggest changes to Owasco Lake rules draft

Agricultural stakeholders suggest changes to Owasco Lake rules draft
Farmers from throughout the Owasco Lake watershed raised an array of specific concerns and suggestions for the first proposed draft of new rules and regulations governing the watershed at the second of two stakeholder meetings Tuesday. Members of the agricultural community in the watershed, which includes farmers in both Onondaga and Tompkins counties in addition to Cayuga County, met at... more

Public rollout for Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations begin in Auburn

Public rollout for Owasco Lake watershed rules and regulations begin in Auburn
A draft of the first update to the rules and regulations governing Owasco Lake in decades is nearly ready for public presentation, and the leaders behind the effort are preparing for the rollout process, officials said Thursday at Auburn City Council. Last updated in 1984, the rules and regulations are an enforceable set of requirements designed to protect the lake... more

Former counselor returns to Camp Y-Owasco as new director

Former counselor returns to Camp Y-Owasco as new director
Melissa Cartner may be the new director at Camp Y-Owasco, but she will be known around the grounds by her old camp name: "Kanga." Cartner said everyone at the camp picks a nickname for themselves. She chose that name when she began as a cabin counselor there in the summer of 2009 because she liked Kanga, the mother kangaroo character... more

Experts in Aurora discuss Cayuga Lake harmful algae

Experts in Aurora discuss Cayuga Lake harmful algae
Dozens gathered at the Aurora Inn Saturday for a wide-ranging discussion on the interaction between harmful algal blooms, climate change, nutrients and more in the Cayuga Lake Watershed. Presented by the Community Science Institute, which partners with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network to monitor HABs on the lake, the discussion featured experts in biochemistry, climatology, meteorology and agriculture. Much of... more

Owasco Lake groups ready to take algal bloom project requests to Albany

Owasco Lake groups ready to take algal bloom project requests to Albany
The array of agencies and groups that work to protect Owasco Lake's water quality have narrowed down five projects to lobby for funding from Albany out of a $65 million pot unveiled last summer dedicated for projects mitigating harmful algal blooms. The Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council Tuesday unveiled the five priority projects they and other lake advocacy groups have... more

Owasco Lake council holds first meeting with new director at helm

Owasco Lake council holds first meeting with new director at helm
The newly-hired executive director of the Owasco Lake Watershed Management Council led the group's meeting for the first time Tuesday, and discussed several early ideas to protect the lake. After two weeks acclimating to the position, Dr. Adam Effler, hired in January as the council's first full-time director, has "hit the ground running," Council Chair Ed Wagner said. "He has... more

Owasco approves a bid for phase one of a water quality improvement project

Owasco approves a bid for phase one of a water quality improvement project
The town of Owasco accepted a bid for the first phase of the town’s water quality improvement project during a special meeting Thursday morning. The town’s Permanent Granular Activated Carbon Microcystin Treatment System Project has the purpose of transitioning the town’s temporary carbon filtration system into a permanent system. The carbon filtration units are able to remove microcystin and other... 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

Owasco Lake council close to hiring executive director

Owasco Lake council close to hiring executive director
The Owasco Lake Management Council is nearly ready to hire an executive director to coordinate the body’s work with all the groups that protect the lake. Council Vice Chair and Cayuga County Legislator Aileen McNabb-Coleman, D-Sennett, said Tuesday at a meeting of the council that the two finalists, down from the 30 resumes received and five interviewed, were put through... more

No new fines for Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers

No new fines for Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers
A judge Monday ordered no further fines in the case of Joseph Tidd, an Owasco farmer cited by the town earlier this year after he housed workers on his farm in violation of a town order. Owasco Town Justice Mark DiVietro on Monday did not issue any new fines against Tidd, owner of Melrose Farms, but ordered a one-year conditional... more

Two charged after fight, reported stabbing; one transported to Upstate Hospital

Two charged after fight, reported stabbing; one transported to Upstate Hospital
Two people were arrested after a fight and reported stabbing in Owasco last week. Sheriff Gould reports that on November 30th deputies responded to a domestic incident that occurred at 3582 Koenig Point Road in Owasco. The initial report indicated that two men were fighting and that one had stabbed the other, according to Gould. Investigation revealed that both of... more

Police in Auburn track down suspect after reported assault

Police in Auburn track down suspect after reported assault
Police followed footprints — and drops of blood — in the snow Thursday night in search of a suspect after receiving a report of a fight. Police were called to the area of Owasco Street near Walnut Street just before 10:30 p.m., where a bloodied victim was reported to have walked into the Owasco Mini Mart. Officers searched the neighborhood... more

Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers reimburses town

Owasco farmer who illegally housed workers reimburses town
Joseph Tidd, the owner of Melrose Farms in Owasco, reimbursed the town this week for attorney fees spent litigating his citations for illegally housing workers, according to Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner. The town first cited Tidd in February for a code violation after housing migrant workers on his dairy farm in a structure without a certificate of occupancy or... more
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