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Just keep swimming, just keep swimming

Last week, my friend Paula reached out and said, “I think you might be interested in a swimmer in Ithaca, who swam Cayuga Lake recently (the long way), and is either preparing or already did the English Channel. She’s a Cornell Law student. Her name is Caroline Block.” My interest piqued, I did a little research, saw that Paula was... more

Harmful algal bloom on Owasco Lake prompts weekly sampling

After the first confirmed harmful algal bloom of the season was detected on Owasco Lake last week, the Cayuga County Health Department has started weekly testing to monitor drinking water. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listed a harmful algal bloom (HAB) with confirmed toxins on the Owasco Lake tributary of Sucker Brook last Friday as part of its... more

Skaneateles Lake beaches closed for third day due to algae blooms

Beaches at the north end of Skaneateles Lake remain closed for the third consecutive day because of potentially toxic algae blooms. Representatives of Clift Park beach and the Skaneateles Country Club said the beaches are closed pending the results of tests. The Onondaga County Health Department, which oversees beaches, issued a news release Tuesday saying the beaches were shut down... more

‘It’s an addiction’: Skaneateles hosts 40th Antique and Classic Boat Show

While some people seemingly fall into the art of restoring boats, for others it appears antique and classic boat restoration is in their blood. “I’ve been coming here since I was a baby,” said Katelyn Marsden, who was showing her own first-ever restored boat — which she affectionately called her “baby” — at the Finger Lakes Chapter Antique and Classic... more

Paddle Keuka 5 returns this weekend on August 4th

The Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium (FLM&A) announces the third annual Paddle Keuka 5K to be held Saturday, Aug. 4. “The past two years have been splashing successes with kayakers and canoeists attending from all over the Finger Lakes region and many prominent area wineries, restaurants and businesses joining in as sponsors,” says executive director, Natalie Payne. “The race is... more

View charm of historic Canandaigua boathouses

Geoff Hutchinson said his wife laughed when she learned he bought one of the historic Canandaigua boathouses on the City Pier in 1980, four years after coming to the area. Only at the time the boathouses weren’t so historic — that would come later, as would another key detail for owning a boathouse. ″‘You bought a boathouse but you don’t... more

Harmful algal blooms steal Finger Lakes swim days — and some lifeguards’ wages

Harmful algal blooms are doing more than just closing beaches this summer— they may also be pushing people out of jobs. Gavin VanHorn, a village of Aurora lifeguard who works at the Wells College dock on Cayuga Lake, came to Aurora’s board meeting last Wednesday to discuss getting a pay raise to help make up for the limited number of... more

Talk at CCC explores ‘explosion’ of harmful algal blooms

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor Dr. Greg Boyer delivered a wide-ranging presentation Thursday evening at Cayuga Community College on the topic of harmful algal blooms with a focus on what caused last year’s “explosion” of blooms on Cayuga County’s lakes. Boyer, who has been studying harmful algal blooms in some form for 45 years, started with a... more

Neighbors in the Village of Fair Haven fed up with weeds in the water

This is Little Sodus Bay-a slice of paradise that Nancy Howe and her family call home each summer. Just catching their breath after record flooding last year, Nancy says weeds in the water are spoiling this season. "I'm extremely upset about it. We do have weeds, but they never are like they are this year they're way above the water... more

Taughannock Falls swimming area reopens after negative test results of algal blooms

The Taughannock Falls State Park swimming area reopened Tuesday morning after being closed since Friday over the possibility of harmful algal blooms within the water. Lab results came back negative on Monday, according to Fred Bonn, regional director of State Parks in the Finger Lakes. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Another successful Aquacade in Seneca Falls

This past Saturday, the Aquacade Watercraft Parade entertained thousands during the 3rd Annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest. The floating armada of decorated boats travel through the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal in this unique parade celebrating the creativity of the recreational boating community. This year’s Aquacade included boats from outside the state to local businesses. As many... more

Seneca Falls Canal Fest enjoyed perfect weather in Seneca Falls (video)

This past weekend, the annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest was hosted and was just as successful as the other. People gathered in town for fun festivities such as duck racing, the annual boat parade and so much more! Check out highlights from around the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor during the weekend celebration…  . more

How to make the most of this summer on the lake

On warm days in the village of Aurora, a young Matt Bianconi would grab a pair of goggles and a snorkel and step outside his family’s lakefront home, climbing into the boat his parents built back when they were dating, and tossing toys into the contraption his engineer father built to tow them. With roots deeply entrenched in the banks... more

Canandaigua kids sail to new lengths

The Blue Heron, a small sailboat built this spring by eighth-graders at the Canandaigua Academic & Career Center, is in storage now. But she will be ready to catch some Canandaigua winds again in September when the kids return to school. Seven students in D.J. Kitzel’s woodcraft class retrofitted a skiff kit donated by Bill Wheeler into the small sailboat... more

COME SAIL AWAY: Great Lakes Thistle Regatta a success on Seneca Lake

Over 40 boats from all around the Great Lakes were in Geneva for the ‘Great Lakes Thistle Regatta. This event is a historic trip down memory lane for boat aficionados. Below are some photos from the event, as captured by David Kendrick. Be sure to check out Sydney Rogers’ “Get Local,” where she learned all about Regatta’s. Click on the... more

12-year-old Skaneateles girl competing in Lightning Regatta

A Central New York family is making waves heading into this weekend’s 80th Lightning Anniversary Regatta at Skaneateles Country Club. At just 12 years old, Agnes Collins of Skaneateles will compete as a fourth-generation family member in this weekend’s Lightning Regatta race, carrying on a legacy established by her great-grandfather, A. Brohmann Roth, in the 1940s. Roth purchased his first... more
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