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Sen. Pam Helming delivers meals for Meals on Wheels

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017 around 11:30 am, Senator Pamela Helming helped deliver meals to several participants on the Meals On Wheels program. This coincides with the March for Meals campaign taking place on a national level. All throughout the month, elected officials will be delivering meals, restaurants like UNO’s Pizzeria & Grill and Famous Dave’s will be donating money,... more

FORTUNE 100: Wegmans takes #2 on ‘Best Companies’ list

For the 20th year running, Wegmans made the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. This year, it sits at number two on the list. The 2017 list marks the 20th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Wegmans is just one of 12 companies that have appeared on the list for all 20 years.... more

BLACKED OUT: Latest power outages caused by major wind storm

Thousands are without power in the Finger Lakes Wednesday night as crews work to remove trees, clear downed power lines, and restore power for those who are without. The latest numbers by county from NYSEG and RG&E are as follows: Wayne: 8,011 customers are still without power. While nearly every community in Wayne County is experiencing some level of outage... more

Consignment boutique, salon open in new location in downtown Auburn

Last Christmas, Kari Anne Sawran and Dezarae Carr decided it was time to make a change. The owner and manager of Deja Vu Consignment Boutique and Salon had been operating out of a space at the corner of Genesee and Fort streets for years — Sawran opening the Auburn boutique in 2012 before hiring Carr as the manager for the... more

Credit rating agency: J.C. Penney at DestinyUSA among ‘most at risk’ of closing

A report released by credit monitoring agency Morningstar identifies 39 JCPenney locations it says are at "high risk" of closing; among them is the location at DestinyUSA in Syracuse. J.C. Penney announced last month it will close anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability... more

Longtime Auburn women’s event has new organizer, venue

The room has reopened. Room Full of Sisters, a Women's History Month event that started in 1993 as a local forum for female expression, returns after a three-year hiatus Monday, March 13. It does so with a new organizer in Auburn Public Theater, and a new venue in the Hilton Garden Inn. Angela Daddabbo, the theater's artistic director, said she... more

Temperatures will crash through weekend; gusty winds will make for coldest stretch all winter

It’s going to be cold. In fact, it could shape up to be the coldest stretch of weather we’ve seen in the Finger Lakes all winter. Some may see a little lake effect snow, but it won’t be enough in one shot to cause any significant concerns, according to forecasters. That said, the Arctic blast will definitely be enough for... more

Prison guards picket outside Auburn Correctional, raise concerns about violence inside

The New York State Correctional Officers union says assaults on prison staff have increased nearly 60% over the past five years and contraband, including drugs and weapons, has increased by 50%. “The drugs, the heavy gang activity along with the fabricated weapons inside the facilities are escalating to a point where it is beyond control. We don’t have any administrative... more

Cayuga County spent more than $965,000 on publicly funded defense in 2016

Cayuga County spent more than $965,000 on legal services for those who cannot afford it in 2016, about $65,000 more than in 2015. Lloyd Hoskins, executive director of the assigned counsel program, said the state refunded the county about $260,000 leaving the county’s net expense for indigent defense at about $705,000. The cost and case breakdown is part of the... more

DA Budelmann: Major Cayuga Co. drug bust will be ‘prosecuted to the fullest’

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that two individuals were arrested following an investigation into the illegal sale and distribution of narcotics last year. On December 8th, 2016 detectives arrested Brandon A. Dutcher, 31, of Auburn after he attempted to sell to undercover officers. He then attempted to flee the scene, according to Gould, which resulted in him being arrested... more

The Melissa Killeleagh Show: Meet Auburn’s Maureen Angotti and the Finger Lakes Classical Academy (podcast)

Maureen Angotti of Auburn is working towards opening a new private charter school, Finger Lakes Classical Academy, and is in-studio with Melissa to talk about the purpose of the new school and her philosophies on education. This episode focused on education and personal development initiatives, locally and globally, and on different levels, including recorded interviews with friends and colleagues Adam... more

FORECAST: Finger Lakes turning colder, remaining windy

The advisories and warnings from Wednesday’s major wind event have ended, but the National Weather Service and forecasters from around the area say that breezy weather is going to persist for several days. Some of those gusts could still exceed 40 mph, and while that will not be major — compared to the 50, 60, 70 and even 80 mph... more

UPDATE: Advisories upgraded to warnings as FLX braces for gusty winds

The National Weather Service has issued Wind Advisories and Warnings ahead of Wednesday’s weather event, which run from early-afternoon until evening, or around midnight for parts. The warned areas include: Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne counties. All points westward through New York are also included in the High Wind Warning, which was issued for gusts that could reach or exceed 60... more

Auburn Community Hospital board member Eric Allyn named to statewide leadership post

A member of Auburn Community Hospital’s board of directors has been elected to a leadership post for a statewide health-care organization. Eric R. Allyn has been chosen as vice chairman of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State Board of Governors. That organization is an affiliate of the Healthcare Association of New York State, for which Allyn, a Skaneateles resident,... more

Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn asking for donations to help buy newly discovered photo

The photos we have all seen of Harriet Tubman show her later in life. Most were taken decades after she helped rescue more than one hundred enslaved men and women though the underground railroad and in a daring raid during the Civil War. In her younger years, Tubman was careful not to have her photograph taken since bounty hunters were... more

Auburn police officer’s harassment claims are unfounded, says former city manager

A hearing held by the state Division of Human Rights concerning an Auburn police officer’s workplace harassment claims concluded Tuesday after testimonies from Auburn’s former city manager and a city police sergeant. Administrative Law Judge Michael Groben has not yet made a ruling on the case of Michael Warter, an Auburn police officer who has alleged several instances of workplace... more

Conclusions in conflict: State says Aurelius church fire was intentionally set, but county disagrees

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius was a more than century-old building on West Genesee Street Road, and the place of worship for a congregation of about 70. But Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, a flame somehow sparked under the church’s baptismal font, burning for some time through the solid oak base and eventually crawling up the sanctuary’s wall and into... more

Auburn men plead guilty to selling cocaine in Cayuga County

An Auburn man with a prior violent felony conviction has admitted to selling cocaine in Cayuga County. Travis Swift, of Auburn, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. During his plea, the 34-year-old told Judge Mark Fandrich that he sold cocaine in Auburn in March 2016. Swift was originally charged with four felonies... more
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