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HELMING: Let’s do what’s best for students in New York
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Posted in Education News Politics

HELMING: Let’s do what’s best for students in New York

On February 25, state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said he hoped to have updated guidance for school reopening within a week. He called the guidance a “high priority” and said his department was working on it. Yet here we are, more than three weeks later, and local parents, students and schools are still waiting on the state.

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Ithaca foundation boosts job seekers’ connectivity during COVID-19
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Posted in Life Tompkins County

Ithaca foundation boosts job seekers’ connectivity during COVID-19

– By Evan Williams A grant from the J.M. McDonald Foundation has been enabling Challenge Workforce Solutions to deliver remote job readiness services to participants who are staying at home during the…

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SAFETY MOMENT: ‘Get Out And Look’ to avoid blind spot issues
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Posted in Life Seneca County

SAFETY MOMENT: ‘Get Out And Look’ to avoid blind spot issues

Whenever possible at our facility, we aim to avoid backing any of our vehicles.  It is much safer to go around and make a loop.  When we do require a backing maneuver,…

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HALFTOWN: Focus on the good things the Cayuga Nation is doing
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Posted in Cayuga County News Seneca County

CLINT HALFTOWN: Focus on the good things the Cayuga Nation is doing

Editor’s Note: A link list at the bottom of this editorial cites each individual story published since the events of February 22, 2020. Those stories were published with cited sources, as well…

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OP-ED: Opponents of Horseshoe Solar project ‘distorting facts’
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Posted in Environment News Politics

OP-ED: Opponents of Horseshoe Solar project ‘distorting facts’

The fact is that since 2018, Invenergy has coordinated research, surveying and consultation of Horseshoe Solar’s proposed project site in Caledonia and Rush in close consultation with the Indian Nations and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The fact is that two independent, highly qualified experts confirmed that no human remains were discovered on the proposed project site.

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SAFET
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Posted in Life

SAFETY MOMENT: Staying warm in the cold is crucial for safe outdoor work

On our essential work site we stay on high alert and we watch out for each other especially this time of year so our team can prevent cold stress. Many on our team are outside for extended periods of time.  According to OSHA risk factors that contribute to cold stress while working in winter weather are: Wetness/dampness, Improper clothing, Exhaustion, Physical conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, and diabetes.

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SAFETY MOMENT: Walking safely in the winter
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Posted in Life Seneca County

SAFETY MOMENT: Walking safely in the winter

We have covered this concept in the past – safely walking on ice and snow.  It’s called the penguin shuffle.  It is the final offensive push, or last line of defense depending upon your perspective.  The snow has been shoveled, and the salt has been applied.  Your boots have good treads, and now walking like a penguin is the best way to avoid a slip and fall that might only be embarrassing, but likely to be far worse.  And please remember your COVID related personal hygiene essentials when leaving the house – mask and sanitizer. 

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LETTER: Holiday stress can mean gambling becomes coping mechanism
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Posted in Health New York State News

LETTER: Holiday stress can mean gambling becomes coping mechanism

The holidays can be a great time to connect with family and friends. There’s a reason why many dub this as the most wonderful time of the year.  However, anticipation and preparations…

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LETTER: Lyons resident voices frustration over cuts to ALS
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Posted in Lyons Municipal News Wayne County

LETTER: Lyons resident voices frustration over cuts to ALS service

A reader from Wayne County is concerned about the future of ALS service. Cutting down service opportunities could mean longer response times, which could also cost lives.

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MONTHLY REPORT:
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Posted in News Police Beat Seneca County Seneca Falls

MONTHLY REPORT: Seneca Falls PD report 1,576 duty-related events

In November 2020, members of the Seneca Falls Police Department documented 1576 duty-related events. These events include: responding to 653 calls for service, conducting 818 property checks on both business and residential properties, and 98 traffic stops. Fifty-three traffic tickets were issued consisting of 2 Felony, 5 Misdemeanors, and 46 Infractions.  Out of these traffic tickets, officers arrested two individuals for Driving While Intoxicated.   

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SAFETY MOMENT: Eight people die per day due to distracted driving
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Posted in Life Seneca County

SAFETY MOMENT: Eight people die per day due to distracted driving

In this month’s Safety Moment the CDC says that eight people will die in just one day due to distracted driving. A look at the definition and what you can do to take a safety pledge when on the road in a feature written by Kyle Black of Seneca Meadows.

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Posted in Health News

EDITORIAL: November can be a challenging month for problem gambling

November, particularly the 11th, is dedicated to commemorating the men and women who have served in the U.S. Military.  As a country, we strive to honor and protect these individuals after returning to civilian life.  While there are many mental health and addiction resources available throughout the nation, one issue usually remains hidden.  Problem gambling, or any time gambling causes financial, vocational, mental, or interpersonal problems in one’s life, is an issue that affects roughly 2 million Americans.  However, Veterans have elevated rates of problem gambling—at least twice the rate as the general adult population, (Westermeyer et al. 2013). Additionally, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) estimates that as many as 56,000 active duty members of the Armed Forces meet the criteria for Gambling Disorder.

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Law enforcement ‘reinvention’ process begins with survey in Cayuga County
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Posted in Cayuga County News

Law enforcement ‘reinvention’ process begins with survey in Cayuga County

Over the past month, City of Auburn and Cayuga County Officials have begun strategic measures to partner with our community to conduct an assessment and review of police services provided by the Auburn City Police Department and Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office.

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NOZZOLIO: We Must Do All We Can To Honor Our Veterans (editorial)
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Posted in News

NOZZOLIO: We must do all we can to honor our Veterans (editorial)

Many issues divide Americans today, but there’s one subject that everyone can agree: we must do all we can to honor our veterans and to thank them for their service and great sacrifices…

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SAFETY MOMENT: Take it slow, drive slow
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Posted in Life Seneca County

SAFETY MOMENT: Take it slow, drive slow

As mother nature turns down the thermostat, our team recognizes some site specific cold weather driving practices such as always leaving yourself an “out,” but there are many snow and ice driving…

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EDITORIAL: Don’t Vote. Cuomo only wants “assault weapons”
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Posted in News Politics Seneca County

EDITORIAL: Don’t Vote. Cuomo only wants “assault weapons”

– From Seneca County SCOPE There are many gun owners in New York (perhaps millions) who do not believe that Cuomo and company are coming for their weapons and, thus, there is…

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