A Tale of Two Lakes, a video created by a team of Cayuga Community College students, has won the Documentary-Public Awareness category in the 2007 Hometown Video Festival. This award is presented by the Alliance for Community Media, a national organization of local-access cable TV providers. The overall competition attracted more than 1,000 entries.
This is the third major award for the student video. A Tale of Two Lakes also won a 2007 Bronze from the Telly Awards and a 2006 Accolade Award in videography. Both competitions attracted an international field of entrants. The producers, all of whom have since graduated from Cayuga, were Peter Cramer, Laura Harmon, Caleb Kerlin, Lindsey Needell, Brian O?Hare, and Eric Smith. Their project was completed in December 2006 for a Documentary Production class taught by Professor Steve Keeler and retired BBC producer Michael Hollingworth A Tale of Two Lakes traces the hidden connection between two tragically different Central New York lakes. In 1885, before a fateful political decision, Onondaga and Skaneateles Lakes were both pristine bodies of water. Today, Onondaga Lake is a toxic waste site, while Skaneateles provides some of the world's purest unfiltered drinking water.
The college's broadcasting department plans to screen A Tale of Two Lakes at the Auburn campus during September. Production of the 25-minute documentary was supported in part by a Labeille grant from the Cayuga Community College Foundation.