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Nate Kennedy: Whitetail deer, ruffed grouse conservation going strong
September 27, 2020, 12:00 am | Source
Get ready folks! Fall is here and hunting season is upon us. I’ve spent the last week fine tuning my gear for the season, packing my bags, and continuing my archery practice. As I loaded the truck on Friday to…

Auburn looks to shrink planned downtown events plaza footprint
September 26, 2020, 11:45 pm | Source
After years of legal issues, Auburn officials believe they are set to move forward on a project to turn a gravel-filled downtown lot on into a small events plaza.

Two Cato-Meridian high school students test positive for COVID-19
September 26, 2020, 8:30 pm | Source
The Cato-Meridian school district is tightening its face mask policy after two students tested positive this week for COVID-19.

Auburn restaurant worker tests positive for COVID-19; customers asked to monitor health
September 26, 2020, 7:18 pm | Source
The Cayuga County Health Department is asking customers to monitor their health after a worker at a downtown Auburn restaurant tested positive for COVID-19.

Cayuga County has 10 new COVID-19 cases in four days; testing clinic scheduled
September 25, 2020, 10:15 pm | Source
With 10 new cases this week, Cayuga County has more than 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past six months.

Another potential COVID-19 exposure at Cayuga County church
September 25, 2020, 10:14 pm | Source
After a cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to one Cayuga County church, there has been another potential exposure reported at a second church.

Weedsport student tests positive for COVID-19
September 25, 2020, 9:31 pm | Source
Officials are working out the details of when Weedsport Elementary School will have students return after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

John Mannion aims to represent Cayuga, Onondaga counties in NY Senate
September 25, 2020, 7:00 pm | Source
John Mannion is once again the Democratic candidate for the open 50th state Senate District seat. And after a narrow loss two years ago, he's back with a similar message.

Peach tree planting at Wells College recognizes Cayuga Nation history in Cayuga County
September 25, 2020, 5:40 pm | Source
Wells College and the Aurora community recognized the local history of the Cayuga Indian Nation Friday.

Helming, Renna aim to boost women with business agenda
September 25, 2020, 1:30 pm | Source
State Sen. Pam Helming and Angi Renna teamed with other Republican candidates and state senators to release their women in business agenda this week.

Inns of Aurora buys Pumpkin Hill property, bistro
September 25, 2020, 10:45 am | Source
The Inns of Aurora announced Thursday that it has purchased Pumpkin Hill, a 23-acre property south of the lakeside village that includes Pumpkin Hill Bistro & Vineyard.

Cayuga Community College plans to start COVID-19 testing next week
September 25, 2020, 10:45 am | Source
Cayuga Community College has so far had one COVID-19 case to manage, and it hopes to begin a robust COVID-19 testing program by next week.

Skaneateles schools closing Friday after student tests positive for COVID-19
September 25, 2020, 10:45 am | Source
The Skaneateles school district will keep all of its students at home Friday after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Helming: NY should expand free testing if COVID-19 test required for nursing home visitors
September 25, 2020, 10:45 am | Source
State Sen. Pam Helming thinks that if New York is requiring nursing home visitors to be tested for COVID-19, then there should be more free testing sites available.

Finger Lakes SPCA: Young cat Simba just can't wait to be adopted
September 25, 2020, 10:45 am | Source
Every Friday, The Citizen features a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York. This week, we spotlight Simba.

'Bipartisanship is cool again': Brindisi, Katko lauded for backing major conservation bill
September 25, 2020, 10:45 am | Source
Environmental groups praised two central New York congressmen, U.S. Reps. Anthony Brindisi and John Katko, for their support of legislation that will permanently boost federal funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and address the maintenance backlog at national…

COVID-19 cluster affects Cayuga County church
September 25, 2020, 10:45 am | Source
It began with a missionary from out of state who visited a northern Cayuga County church. It's now a COVID-19 cluster which, according to the church's pastor, includes 19 positive cases.

Man in U.S. illegally pleads guilty in fatal drunk-driving crash in Weedsport
September 24, 2020, 9:45 pm | Source
AUBURN — A man illegally living in the United States pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple charges in connection with a drunk-driving crash that killed a Weedsport man last fall.

Inspections found New York nursing home lapses as COVID-19 raged
September 24, 2020, 9:18 pm | Source
ALBANY — Health inspectors found safety shortcomings at 77 New York nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including basic infection-control violations like failing to have staff wear masks or wash their hands, according to records and state officials.

Balter, Katko respond after Trump doesn't commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses
September 24, 2020, 9:00 pm | Source
Even as Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko says the peaceful transfer of power is a "sacred process," Democratic challenger Dana Balter doesn't think he can support that principle while also endorsing President Donald Trump.

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