What is blue-green algae, and why is it a problem?

Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, is a filmy, paint-like scum that has been discovered on many water bodies across the country in recent years. Combinations of warm water and higher levels of nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorous, allow the algae to proliferate. Sometimes the algae contains toxins, called microcystins. Toxic blooms are known as harmful algal blooms, or HABs,... more

Meet Auburn Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2016 class

Today’s article is a salute to all of the 2016 Auburn High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. Many thanks to John Scanlan, Linda Mizro and Tam Ray for your help with these profiles. The induction dinner this year will be held Nov. 5 at the Springside Inn. It begins with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour and dinner at 6:15... more

FLL 360: Fall flowers in the Finger Lakes

The precious fall rains that began in the parched Finger Lakes Region several weeks ago have refreshed our lawns and flowers. It’s that time of the year when most plants and flowers are winding down their blooming season but here in the Finger Lakes, chrysanthemums or just plain mums take center stage. One of my mums is a perennial plant... more

Cayuga Museum elects new board president

The Cayuga Museum of History & Art Board of Trustees has elected Christina Calarco-Lukins to a two-year term as its new president. A science teacher at Auburn High School, Calarco-Lukins is an Auburn native who coaches the varsity cheerleading squad and serves on the board of young professionals group IGNITE. She is the daughter of former Auburn Fire Chief Frank... more

Local apples smaller but sweeter in this year’s harvest

It’s the height of the apple harvest and people who head to the u-pick fields might find themselves thinking, "Drought? What drought?" Apples are beautiful and abundant on fruit trees, making it appear that all is well. This year's drought and other weather factors, though, have had an impact. Democrat and Chronicle – News: Read More more

No criminal charges in Skaneateles boating accident that critically injured girl

A woman who critically injured her step-daughter in a July boating accident on Skaneateles Lake has been ticketed, but will not face criminal charges. The woman, Jamie Wheeler, was ticketed on several boating/navigation law violations, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday when it announced detectives had finished investigating. On July 6 Wheeler was driving a 17-foot Bayliner boat on Skaneateles... more

Frost Advisory, Freeze Warning issued throughout FLX

The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for the entire Finger Lakes region. The advisory runs from 1 am to 9 am Tuesday, when temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-to-upper 30s. Counties included in the Frost Advisory are: Yates, Seneca, Cayuga, Wayne, Ontario, Onondaga, and Monroe. Those areas outside the Finger Lakes, not named in the... more

Parenting: 7 DIY ideas for Halloween

In what’s sure to be a sea of political characters this year, let your child stand out in the crowd with these easy DIY costumes. I’m not sure we ever had store-bought Halloween costumes when I was a kid. We were more apt to get creative with things we had around the house and embellish, as needed, with accessories. Half... more

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail: Fall means it’s time to party

Fall has officially arrived here in the Finger Lakes. If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s throwing a party. The wine industry loves to a good reason to rock, so join us as we celebrate harvest. October is jam-packed… The Auburn Citizen – Life: Read More more

A look inside the new upscale apartments in downtown Auburn

The transformation of two historic downtown Auburn buildings is in the final stages. The orange barriers that once blocked an eastbound lane on Genesee Street are gone as the multimillion-dollar remodel of the Auburn Floors and Piccirillo buildings — listed as 12 and 14 Genesee St., respectively — nears completion. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Low algae toxin levels reported for latest Owasco, Auburn water tests

The Cayuga County Health Department on Sunday night reported detectable blue-green algae toxin levels for treated public water tested Friday and Saturday. Treated water from the Auburn system showed 0.17 and 0.19 micrograms of toxins per liter in water sampled Friday and 0.19 micrograms per liter in Saturday testing. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Cayuga County calls on state, feds for additional action around blue-green algae

The city of Auburn's slow sand filter plant is a pretty, white-stucco building tucked away behind the water treatment plant's main office on Swift Street. A few vines crawl up the sides and a bronze plaque out front shows that next year will mark its centennial, 100 years filtering the water of hundreds of thousands of residents, including approximately 43,000... more

Officials train with Auburn firefighters for firsthand experience

For years, Auburn Fire Department Chief Jeff Dygert has fought for a program to give people a taste of what it takes to be a firefighter. The program — Fire Ops 101 — was founded by the International Association of Fire Fighters as a way to let elected officials experience a fire firsthand and spend "a day in their boots."... more

Auburn, Owasco Thursday water samples detect no algal toxins

Results from Thursday, Oct. 6 samples of water from the town of Owasco and city of Auburn’s treatment plant showed no detectable levels of blue-green algae toxins. The results came back Friday afternoon from the Wadsworth Center, the state Department of Health’s laboratory in Albany, which has been conducting the analysis on a regular basis. The highest levels of detection... more
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