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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The area hadn’t been disturbed for decades but construction crews laying in a fiber optic cable to the Finger Lakes Community College Geneva Campus project on Monday morning made an unexpected discovery — human remains.

Ontario County Director of Planning Tom Harvey said law enforcement and a county coroner were immediately notified.

A forensic archeological team from Mercyhurst College also was called in, which determined the age of the remains were consistent with the former use of the property at 63 Pulteney St. — a cemetery. The location is right along Pulteney Street right across from the former DeSales High School.

That was also the location of part of the old Pulteney Street Cemetry, which opened in 1794. It was believed that when Geneva High was built in 1920, all of the remains of the some 630 people buried there had been removed and transferred to Glenwood Cemetery.

The remains also were not determined to be of Native-American origin, Harvey said.
The archeology team is working to ensure that all remains are recovered. The Mercyhurst team is looking for further remains on the site and working to possibly identify the three people who were found this week.

Protesters, including members of clergy from ten New York counties, formed a human blockadeTuesday morning,at the entrance to Crestwood Midstream in Reading, and Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputies took all 17 into custody. They were charged with trespassing and then released.

The protest was an interfaith demonstration with members of the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Islamic faiths. The protesters were part of the We Are Seneca Lake Movement, which opposes Crestwood’s plans for methane gas storage expansion in the lakeside salt caverns north of Watkins Glen.

The campaign of civil disobedience against Crestwood has been continuing for the past eight months and has resulted in 296 arrests. In October of last year, Crestwood’s expansion plans were approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission despite broad public opposition to the project. Opponents of the Crestwood expansion are seeking federal and state agencies to halt the project on the grounds that large volume gas storage is incompatible with the area’s major tourism industry and would disrupt the region’s economy.

A coalition of municipal, county and business leaders in the Finger Lakes region have also publicly proclaimed their opposition to the project. Crestwood has indicated that it intends to make Seneca Lake the gas storage and transportation hub for the northeast, as part of the gas industry’s planned expansion of infrastructure across the region.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office says the New York Canal System, including Cross Lake, remains closed to motorized boats within Cayuga County. This restriction runs from Montezuma and Lock 1 at Cayuga Lake on eastward to Cross Lake.

Due to recent rainfall, water levels are elevated and hazardous. There is a large amount of dangerous debris including trees and branches that has washed into the waterways. Some of it is floating below the surface. Shorelines are submerged in many places making docks and other structures hard to see.

The New York State Attorney General’s Office advises citizens to hang up the phone; should you receive a call from someone who claims to be with the Office for the Aging and wants your personal information. It’s the latest phone scam making the rounds, and its targeted at older New Yorkers.

Scammers identify themselves as members of the Office for the Aging; asking whether you are 65 years old and if you would like to receive a free Medic Alert pin. The bogus callers will sometimes offer thousands of dollars in coupons for food and other items.

The calls are not legitimate as the Office for the Aging does not call people asking for personal information, and they do not give away money or anything else. If you receive such a call, you are advised to hang up and call the New York Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755.

The Canandaigua City Council holds a public hearing Thursday night on an measure to expand the uses permitted in the Boathouse Zoning District. Under the proposal special permits could be granted for gift shops, art galleries and studios, boating and sailing instruction schools , plus clothing , accessory and jewelry stores. The boathouses could still not be used for living space. The hearing is part of the regular monthly City Council meeting that will start at 7 at City Hall

ONTARIO, N.Y. — New York is a little more fireworks friendly this 4th Fourth of July weekend. This Fourth, New Yorkers can do something they haven’t been able to do in 75 years: Buy fireworks here – legally. Last fall, state lawmakers voted to allow sale of certain types of fireworks. Governor Cuomo signed into law Last winter the bill that allows sparklers, party poppers, cone fountains and other novelty items . Local governments had to opt in. Ontario, Yates and Wayne Counties now permit sales and use.

In Ontario, at the Wayne County line, people have been showing up for the past week and a half to buy fireworks. Fireworks vendor Jason Guck opened up in his hometown of Ontario after selling fireworks at roadside stands in Pennsylvania the past few years, He claims his sales are surpassing all his previous years combined.

The sale of fireworks is legal in 31 New York counties, but remember, it is still illegal to sell or set off fireworks in several counties, including Monroe.

Triple A is projecting 41.9-million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, an increase of .07 percent over last year, and the heaviest Independence Day travel period since 2007.

The travel period is defined as today through Sunday, July 5th.

Public affairs manager for Triple-A Western and Central New York, Diana Dibble, says there are several reasons for the increase in trave, including a five-year low on gas prices. Compared to the first 6 months of last year, Triple-A estimates Americans have saved about 65-billion dollars on gasoline, or 530-dollars per household.

Triple-A is projecting gas prices will either remain flat or even decrease a little bit this summer.

SENECA FALLS | U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer believes there’s no better location than the birthplace of the women’s rights movement to to discuss which woman should appear on the new $10 bill.

The U.S. Treasury announced in June that the $10 bill will be redesigned and the face of a notable woman will appear on the note — the first time a woman will be featured on U.S. paper currency since the late 19th century.

Schumer says Seneca Falls, which is home of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, should host one of the Treasury Department’s public forums on the $10 bill’s redesign. He also suggested it should be the first stop on the treasury secretary’s listening tour.

The Treasury will collect feedback through a web page and the hashtag #TheNew10. They also plan to hold public meetings on the $10 bill’s changes this summer. The new $10 bill will be unveiled in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Syracuse, N.Y. — Chris McCullough has signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets that will pay him more than $2.3 million in his first two years. ASM Sports, the agency that represents McCullough, confirmed today by text message that the former Syracuse forward signed with the Nets.

Brooklyn selected the Bronx native with the 29th pick of the NBA Draft last week. First-round NBA rookie salaries are preordained every year by the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and are based on where the player lands in the draft. McCullough’s contract is guaranteed for the first two years; the Nets then have the option of a third and fourth year.

The overall value of McCullough’s contract over four years could amount to more than $5.8 million.

McCullough, who wore No. 5 during his brief Syracuse career, will wear No. 1 with the Nets.


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