It floats! Amphibious tractor houseboat fares well on Cayuga Lake

It rolled down Green Street in Union Springs — a Frankenstein-ed tractor houseboat — arriving at Frontenac Park from Aurora sooner than Anto Parseghian expected. “No police escort,” he remarked. “That’s a good sign.” As the amphibious houseboat got closer to the boat launch, a crowd of hundreds began to shout and clap. Theon Parseghian, Anto’s son, stood with a... more

Jay Strongwater plant in Union Springs to close in December

A plant in Union Springs that manufactures high-end jewelry and home decor for the brand Jay Strongwater is scheduled to close at the end of the year after the company was sold, according to the New York State Department of Labor. The plant, located at 107 Salem St., Union Springs, is scheduled to close by Dec. 31 and all 29... more

Union Springs elementary school set to close for renovations

Union Springs students won’t be flooding Andrew J. Smith Elementary School when the new school year arrives, but the building will have plenty of activity. Renovations — such as a new wing, an updated library and updated cafeteria space — are set to be done on the building over the next year to make room for more students. The district’s... more

Health department: Beaches in Aurora, Union springs now open

Beaches in Aurora and Union Springs that were closed by the health department last week due to harmful algal blooms are now reopened, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. As of late Wednesday morning, the swimming areas at the Wells College Dock in Aurora and Frontenac Park in Union Springs are now open, according to the health department. Public... more

Algal blooms close two beaches in southern Cayuga County

Two bathing beaches along Cayuga Lake have been closed due to the presence of harmful algal blooms, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. The beaches at Wells College dock in the village of Aurora and Frontenac Park in the village of Union Springs are closed. The Health Department monitors the water quality at public beaches routinely and closes swimming... more

Police: Former Arc of Seneca Cayuga employee stole gas, items

A former employee of the Arc of Seneca Cayuga is facing a felony charge after he allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of items from his employer. The Auburn Police Department said Daniel A. Pantoliano of 7 Anthony St., Union Springs, had been using an employee key fob to steal gasoline for his personal use from about January through April... more

Ice covers the ground in surreal Tuesday afternoon scene in Union Springs

Strong storms powered through the region early afternoon on Tuesday and some storms contained a significant amount of hail. One Cayuga County community that saw the most hail was Union Springs. At around 1:00 pm today, Union Springs looked more like a scene from winter than an otherwise sunny, albeit cool, late-afternoon in June. Check out the images from these... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

18th-century Cornell University Library map details Seneca & Cayuga villages

A newly acquired 18th-century map of what is now New York state, showing Seneca and Cayuga villages and native footpaths in addition to natural features, offers insights into colonial life that will enhance learning and research at Cornell. The manuscript, drawn by prominent Albany-based mapmaker and surveyor John Rutse Bleecker, is now part of the American history and culture collections... more

Fish-killing disease VHS confirmed in Cayuga Lake, first in Finger Lakes in decade

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the presence of a fish-killing virus in Cayuga Lake. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) has killed thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake, which runs north-south between Seneca Falls and Ithaca. VHS, which poses no threat to humans, causes hemorrhaging of fish tissue and internal organs. It has impacted fish populations... more

Union Springs culvert fix may come next year

A Union Springs culvert installed by the state Department of Transportation in 2014 likely won’t have a permanent fix for its inability to handle large storm water runoff until sometime next year. DOT officials inspected the culvert, which runs along Madison Avenue under the Gillespie Chevrolet car dealership, in April following several spouts of heavy rain. Homes on Basin Street... more

Union Springs man who stole puppy from SPCA faces new charges

The Auburn Police Department previously reported a burglary that happened at the Finger Lakes SPCA located on York St. in Auburn on May 2nd. Now they say that in addition to burglary charges, a Union Springs man was arraigned on others, as well. In that incident a 10-month-old Pit Bull puppy named “Lil’ Jed” was stolen from within the SPCA.... more

FLX Waterfalls flowing in Spring of 2017 (photo galleria by Rachel Burkholder)

The wet spring in the Finger Lakes has meant the many waterfalls throughout the region are flowing at full capacity. Rachel Burkholder has been out to see quite a few as you’ll be able to tell in our FLX Photo Galleria in the player below… – Check out more local photos here. more

Southern Cayuga County schools team up to support Make-A-Wish

Two rival schools came together for the good of one cause on Sunday. Throughout the past school year, students with the high school honor societies from the Union Springs and Southern Cayuga school districts have been working within their own schools to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. But those efforts combined Sunday with an end-of-the-year final fundraiser at Union... more

Union Springs claims track and field title

The Union Springs boys and girls track teams clinched division titles Tuesday, as the teams swept Moravia and Southern Cayuga in a tri-meet. The Wolves’ boys team topped the Blue Devils 101-35 and defeated Southern Cayuga 112-25, while Moravia split on the day by beating the Chiefs 66-56. The Citizen: Read More more

DOT officials plan to fix Union Springs’ culvert and flood issues

With communities along Lake Ontario concerned about rising water levels and flooding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the Rochester area Tuesday and declared a state of emergency. He then commented on a contentious issue: Plan 2014, a Lake Ontario water level management strategy adopted by the International Joint Commission in December. It appears to be the first time he has revealed... more
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