Springside Inn owner plans to build $8.7 million boutique hotel near Emerson Park

Sean Lattimore, owner of Springside Inn in Fleming, has been trying to build a larger hotel near Owasco Lake. It may become a reality after the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council designated the $8.7 million hotel one of its 2016 priority projects. According to a description provided in the regional council's 2016 progress report, the "upscale, mid-range boutique... more

Couple returns $10,000 after finding cash in shopping cart at Tractor Supply in Sennett

A couple's trip to Tractor Supply Co. in Sennett took an unexpected turn Monday when the two found nearly $10,000 cash in their shopping cart. The money, stored in a bank envelope along with someone's checkbook, was left there from the night before, but the couple found it sometime between 8 and 9 a.m. Monday morning. Inside were stacks of... more

Eco Talk: Record-breaking temperatures continue to require our attention

Before I wrote this article, I took a quick look through my past Eco Talks. I was looking at what I’d written before on climate change, on how many times I’d discussed how we’d just seen the warmest year, the warmest month, the highest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, etc. There are moments I missed, but generally, whenever we... more

Skaneateles, Owasco residents: New I-81 means trucks will take shortcut on our roads

Some residents of Syracuse's western suburbs said they fear any change to the Interstate 81 sending traffic around the city would ultimately increase truck traffic on roads that run through small villages and rural towns. "The outcome will impact our region for generations to come," said Owasco Town Supervisor Ed Wagner, at a meeting attended by about 100 people in... more

Cayuga County gets new representation on CNY economic council

Two of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council's newest members will bring a Cayuga County perspective to the panel. Cayuga Strategic Solutions Executive Director Tracy Verrier and Currier Plastics President John Currier joined the regional council at different points over the past few months. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

At Auburn forum, candidates seeking to succeed Nozzolio disagree on recall elections

You usually don't see too many, if any, back-and-forth exchanges at candidate forums. That wasn't the case at this month's installment of the Wednesday Morning Roundtable. Kenan Baldridge and Pam Helming, two candidates running to succeed retiring state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, differed on whether New York should allow recall elections. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states... more

Schneider receives lengthy prison sentence after fatal Owasco crash

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced that Dain R. Schneider was sentenced this morning in Cayuga County Court to 7-24 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide in connection with the Fatal DWI Crash in the Town of Owasco on July 27th that killed 18-year-old Chloe Calhoun of Auburn. The District Attorney’s Office made the announcement in a press... more

State to spend $55 million for tourism; Auburn identified as site for welcome center

Auburn will be one of several locations across the state that will open a new welcome center to promote regional tourism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The intentions to allocate $55 million to several statewide tourism initiatives and programs were announced Tuesday during the New York State Tourism and Craft Beverage Summit at The Egg convention center in Albany. The... more

New York state’s promised $600,000 on blue-green algae research on Owasco Lake delivered

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday that the state's promise of $600,000 made last year to study algal blooms and implement pollution reduction projects in the Owasco Lake watershed has been delivered. The funds… The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Significant rainfall coming to the FLX, but flooding not expected yet

As far as big weather events go, the set up for this rain storm is fairly uncomplicated, at least at its onset. Tuesday night, a cold front pushed south through the Finger Lakes. After spending the day over Pennsylvania on Wednesday, this front will start to work back north Wednesday night. Areas of low pressure will move along the front,... more

Skaneateles police continuing to investigate strong-arm robbery at downtown fur store

The Skaneateles Village Police Department is continuing to investigate what it called a strong-arm robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at a village business. According to the department, a black male entered Skaneateles Furs, located at 36 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, at 4:20 p.m. Monday and asked the clerk for assistance. As she was showing him different fur coats, he came... more

Traffic stop for speeding, wrong-way driving nets three for heroin, cocaine

Three Syracuse men were arrested in Auburn early Monday morning after authorities said they found amounts of heroin and cocaine in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The Auburn Police Department has charged Anthony M. Sutton Jr., Nahshon T. Nance and Dyrell T. Ferguson each with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust reports on algae threat

The Finger Lakes Land Trust recently released a report highlighting the threat of toxic algae and sprawling development on the region’s land and water resources, and calling for an investment of $100 million over the next decade to address these threats. The report, “Lakes, Farms, & Forests Forever,” is based on a year-long comprehensive assessment of the region’s natural resources... more

City manager appoints Joe Morabito as new Auburn Fire Department chief

Auburn City Manager Jeff Dygert moved Monday to appoint his successor as chief of the city's fire department. Assistant Chief Joe Morabito will become the newest head of the Auburn Fire Department. Dygert said the appointment will be effective next Monday pending the finalization of relevant documentation. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Life in the Finger Lakes: A good time of year to read this short piece on firewood

It’s that time of year when I look forward to building a crackling fire in my wood-burning stove on a frosty morning. Even though we’re all savoring a week of splendid Indian Summer weather right now, it won’t be long before the mercury starts to dip below the freezing mark on a regular basis. And that’s when I’m grateful that... more

Generations Bank named 19th best place to work in CNY

Generations Bank was named the 19th Best Place to Work in Central New York, by Central New York Business Journal. The award was presented on October 13th at the 4th Annual CNY Best Places to Work event at SRC Arena & Events Center, on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y. The Business Journal News Network and BizEventz... more
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