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Influence of farm-to-table movement in Finger Lakes explored

Influence of farm-to-table movement in Finger Lakes explored
Chefs using locally sourced food to create menu offerings is a growing phenomenon in the Finger Lakes. It’s also the subject of a day-long program at two locations in Geneva. The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the “al fresco” conference that will explore the influence of the farm-to-table movement and agritourism on the local culture and economy. It’s scheduled... more

Skaneateles arts group accepting grant applications

Skaneateles arts group accepting grant applications
The Skaneateles Area Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 2019 grant awards. Individuals and groups within a 15-mile radius of the village of Skaneateles are eligible for the grants, including artists, choral groups, museums, schools, theaters and other nonprofits committed to the arts. The application deadline is May 31. The council has awarded more than 90 grants since... more

Auburn native, Fuddruckers founder talks new book

Auburn native, Fuddruckers founder talks new book
Phil Romano divides his life into three phases. First, he wanted to make money. Then he wanted to make a name for himself. But now, he wants to make a difference. That last motive became part of the name of Romano's new book, "The MAD Entrepreneur: Making a Difference in the World, in Business and in Life." The Auburn native... more

Great ways to enjoy local waterways in warmer weather

Great ways to enjoy local waterways in warmer weather
Justin Hausner satisfies his kayak habit all year long, although he admits he’s not typical. As co-owner of Fuzzy Guppies Human Powered Watercrafts in Waterloo, he has easy access to kayaks. Nearby Seneca Lake doesn’t freeze over in winter, so he doesn’t mind bundling up for some cold-water fishing aboard a kayak. But with summer right around the corner and... more

Port Byron CSD scrambles to solve SRO problem after mayor’s controversial remarks

Port Byron CSD scrambles to solve SRO problem after mayor’s controversial remarks
The Port Byron Central School District is scrambling to figure out how to keep a school resource officer (SRO) in the district next school year. The village board voted Monday not to renew the current officer’s contract. Officer Frank Ryan has been protecting the halls of the Port Byron Central School District for years as the school’s SRO. “Liability. The... more

Auburn police: Woman slashed teen with box cutter

Auburn police: Woman slashed teen with box cutter
Auburn police said a woman broke into an apartment Thursday and slashed a 13-year-old with a box cutter. Auburn Police Department Deputy Chief Roger Anthony said that around 3:30 p.m., Lora M. Lupien, 32, of 10 Chestnut St., entered a residence on Derby Avenue and began swinging a metal bat. The occupants of the residence managed to take the bat... more

Syracuse man hit, threatened to kill woman in Auburn, police say

Syracuse man hit, threatened to kill woman in Auburn, police say
A Syracuse man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly striking a woman and threatening her life in a domestic incident, the Auburn Police Department said. Tyrone S. Davis Jr., 23, of 402 Ivy Ridge Road, was picked up on a warrant and charged with second-degree menacing and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing. Auburn Deputy... more

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

Census of Agriculture: Number of farms across region declines again

Census of Agriculture: Number of farms across region declines again
The number of farms in New York dropped again, according to the latest Census of Agriculture released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 2017 census found there are 33,438 farms in New York, down from 35,537 in 2012. The state’s farms occupy 6,866,171 acres, which is lower than the 7,183,576 acres farms had five years ago. David Fisher, president... more

Auburn Police Department remains nine positions down, recruitment still a struggle

Auburn Police Department remains nine positions down, recruitment still a struggle
Still dealing with nine vacancies, recruitment remains a challenge for the Auburn Police Department. The department hopes to fill at least some of those positions by next spring, but Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler said things are questionable right now. As he presented the police department’s proposed 2019-20 budget at a city council meeting Thursday, Butler spoke about the agency’s... more

FLX WEEKLY: Instacart, Herons & Thinking Spring (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Instacart, Herons & Thinking Spring (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi for another edition of FLX Weekly. We are well into the month of April and the weather can vary from wintry and oppressive to summer-like and pleasant. Which is in store for the region this weekend? Round-up your week in the Finger Lakes and check out some great local photos... more

NY Senate OKs bill to mandate inmate visitation program at jails, prisons

NY Senate OKs bill to mandate inmate visitation program at jails, prisons
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision allows inmate visitation at its 54 prisons, but there is not a law requiring the agency to offer the program. A bill approved by the state Senate this week would change that. State Sen. Luis Sepulveda, chairman of the Senate Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, sponsored legislation that would codify the... more

Visitor screening system coming to Auburn High School

Visitor screening system coming to Auburn High School
Auburn High School will have a new security system before the end of the month, with the same technology coming later to the other Auburn school district buildings. The Raptor Visitor Management System will be operational at the high school by April 22, according to a news release. The system will screen school visitors against custody, sex offender and other... more

Cayuga County Soil and Water stands behind digester operator after DEC citation

Cayuga County Soil and Water stands behind digester operator after DEC citation
During the first Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District board meeting since the state Department of Environmental Conservation cited the Cayuga Regional Digester in March, the digester plant manager gave an update of the operation. “The facility is running well,” said Plant Manager John Stapleton Wednesday. “We’ve responded to (DEC’s) letter … and we’ll wait to hear back from... more

Auburn Public Theater concert schedule includes Grammy winner Giddens

Auburn Public Theater concert schedule includes Grammy winner Giddens
Angela Daddabbo remembers when she first heard Rhiannon Giddens in 2010. Her and the Carolina Chocolate Drops raucously covering Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style” with a banjo and fiddle isn’t the only thing Daddabbo remembers, though. The performance made such a mark on her that she remembers where she was and what she was wearing, Daddabbo said Wednesday. She’s... more

Tessy Plastics acquires Pennsylvania companies, gets recognized for environmental record

Tessy Plastics acquires Pennsylvania companies, gets recognized for environmental record
Tessy Plastics Corp., a global contract manufacturer based in Skaneateles with local facilities in Elbridge and Auburn, announced it has acquired NuTec Tooling Systems Inc., located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and Custom Tool & Design of Erie, Pennsylvania. These acquisitions increase Tessy Plastic’s capabilities to support customer needs and expand the company’s tool manufacturing expertise, Tessy said in a press release... more

Auburn school board picks budget option that won’t include layoffs

Auburn school board picks budget option that won’t include layoffs
The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education has approved a tax levy increase and a budget option for 2019-20 that doesn’t include layoffs. The board selected one of three budget options presented by the district at a meeting Tuesday night. State aid is a boost of $745,135 from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s January budget proposal figures. Lisa Green, Auburn’s... more

Auburn forum highlights I-81 project — and need to move forward

Auburn forum highlights I-81 project — and need to move forward
CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson remembers the first conversations about the future of the Interstate 81 viaduct. The discussions were a decade ago. Simpson has seen other communities advance significant infrastructure projects while Syracuse and central New York continue to debate the fate of I-81. “Meanwhile, we have remained polarized and stuck,” Simpson said during the Wednesday Morning Roundtable at... more
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