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Wickham ends tenure as manager of Empire Farm Days

Melanie Wickham’s name is nearly synonymous with Empire Farm Days. After 32 years as organizer and manager of the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeast, Wickham is leaving. A town of Seneca resident in Ontario County, Wickham has served as executive director of the Empire State Potato Growers Inc., which sponsors Empire Farm Days every August. Since 1988,... more

Donovan leads Whitman over Bloomfield; Newark holds off Geneva (W-FL round-up 12/14)

Bloomfield senior guard Pat Geitner returned to his home gymnasium on Tuesday night after scoring 50 points in the Bombers double-overtime win at Honeoye two nights ago. Waiting for Geitner and Bloomfield would be Jon Donovan and the Marcus Whitman Wildcats in a match-up of a pair of 2-0 Finger Lakes West teams in a game that would be streamed... more

Despite a century of salt mining, Cargill getting local pushback on environmental issues

Cayuga Lake may not be seeing much activity on its surface lately as Ithaca’s temperatures continue to fall, but deep under the lake's shore more than 200 employees continue to operate a 13,000-acre salt mine. And, in the courtroom, things are only heating up: Environmental action group Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now (CLEAN) — with four Tompkins County municipalities —... more

Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing strongly favoring running for re-election

Tompkins County Sheriff Kenneth Lansing confirmed Thursday afternoon that he is strongly favoring running for re-election in 2018 after previously saying on multiple occasions that he would not seek the position again. "There's a lot of things going on, as you well know, that this office has supported whole heatedly…I feel that sometimes it should be my obligation, along with... more

Cayuga County legislators postpone move on pay raises

Cayuga County legislators tabled holding a public hearing on a draft local law raising their salaries Thursday night. Records show legislators haven't received a pay increase since 2005. They currently make a base salary of $10,100, and are slated to work 30 hours per week. After a Ways and Means Committee meeting Tuesday night, legislators suggested a local law that... more

Auburn City Council alters zoning code after hearing residents’ concerns

Auburn's South Street property owners filled Memorial City Hall's council chambers to express their opposition to a proposed change to the city's zoning code and how it would impact the historic district during Thursday night's Auburn City Council meeting. The proposed change would eliminate the current C-4 specialized commercial district and replace it with a new downtown district. The proposed... more

‘It was the ugliest house on South Street’: Inn to open at historic Auburn home

When Victoria VonRandall was a little girl, she made herself a promise. It was her grandparents' 50th anniversary, and Victoria and her family were visiting the Roberson Museum in Binghamton. The museum — a historic mansion built in the early 1900s — was filled with dozens of Christmas trees at the time, and it was there that Victoria had an... more

Sheriff: Seneca Falls woman charged with grand larceny, identity theft

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports that on December 8th at 10:00 am investigators arrested a Seneca Falls woman at the conclusion of a larceny investigation, which involved identity theft. Kayla M. Voit, 20, of Seneca Falls was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree identity theft, and two counts of petit larceny. Two of the four charges are Class E... more

Deputies: Lyons teen charged with DWI after after Clyde incident

Deputies arrested a 19-year-old Lyons woman after allegedly going to a residence to start trouble, while looking for a subject. Authorities say Victoria L. Tandle, 19, of Lyons was charged with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop, where she left the location that resulted in the call to law enforcement. Tandle is accused of going to a residence, looking... more

Sheriff: Prisoner possessed marijuana during shakedown

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports the arrest of a Seneca County Correctional Facility prisoner for promoting prison contraband. Luce says Tyler J. Lambert, 20, was charged with second-degree promoting prison contraband and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is accused of possessing marijuana and a lighter on December 10th while incarcerated at the facility. This incident was due to a... more

Seneca Sheriff: Investigators make pair of welfare fraud arrests within an hour

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce announced the arrest of two subjects following a welfare fraud investigation. Sheriff Luce reports that on Thursday at approximately 12:53 pm investigators arrested Jeremy U. Trapp, 32, of Waterloo on three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. The charges are Class E felonies, according to Luce, who reported that Trapp failed to... more

Deputies: Romulus man was drunk during crash

On December 13th around 8:20 pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on Bromka Road near Log City Road. The vehicle’s operator, Daniel M. Barton, 53, of Romulus was eastbound on Bromka Road when he crashed into the ditch. Upon further investigation Deputies determined that Barton was intoxicated, and was arrested for DWI. Sheriff’s Deputies issued... more