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FLX WEEKLY: Talking black bears, fashion shows & the first weekend of April (podcast)

Black bear sightings are becoming more common throughout the Finger Lakes region. What is the protocol if you encounter one in your own backyard? We also hear from Travelling Little Black Dress Spring Fashion Show creator Sharon Hoatland and we’ll tell you what the weather will look like for the first weekend of April. Join Jessica Lahr, Josh Durso, Jim... more

Public Hearing on Local Law No. 2 held Wednesday (video)

When the Seneca Falls Town Board convened to hold a Public Hearing on the controversial Local Law No. 2 of 2017 — the community saw a variety of speakers, take a variety of positions on the ongoing debate around the future of Seneca Meadows. Before it could begin, though, Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro had to ask residents to... more

No go on city funds for Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort

If it wasn't clear before, it is now — the city does not have the funds to help the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort developers recoup the $4 million they said they spent on city-owned property and eminent domain costs. Instead, the council's finance committee is asking city staff to provide more options for the stalled project moving forward, including the... more

Former Verizon employee accused of ‘tampering’ with customers device, information

Auburn Police are investigating allegations that an employee at the Verizon Store in Auburn allegedly improperly accessed materials on a customer’s phone, according to reports. Auburn Police Chief Sean Butler confirmed that an investigation was underway. “We did have a complaint back from the first of the year from a customer that felt some of her information from her phone... more

Colleen Wegman named president, CEO of Wegmans

Rochester's largest grocery store chain, and one of its largest employers, has officially passed the leadership torch from father to daughter. Wegmans Food Markets announced Wednesday afternoon that Colleen Wegman, 45, has been named president and chief executive officer of the 92-store Gates-based chain. Her father, 70-year-old Danny Wegman, will remain chairman of the grocery store chain, the company said... more

Cayuga County administrator, reorganization discussions move forward

Cayuga County is working to hire two different advisers — one to assist with assessing the roles and responsibilities of the county administrator position and one to complete an organizational assessment of the county. Chairman Keith Batman said he believes the Legislature is close to hiring an individual to consult on the county administrator position. Former administrator Suzanne Sinclair resigned... more

Geneva man receives 17 years to life behind bars in sex assault case

A Geneva man who admitted to sexually victimizing two young girls was sentenced to serve 17 years to life in prison during an appearance in Ontario County Court on Thursday. The sentence stems from a plea deal crafted by the Ontario County District Attorney's Office that had Anthony Calabrese, 32, of 3005 N. Genesee St., plead guilty to two counts... more

Memorial service honors Auburn firefighters who have died

For Auburn Fire Department Chaplain James Enright, there are two buildings that always stand out in a community: the churches and the firehouses. And once a year, he said, the two come together in the city of Auburn in a special, time-honored tradition. On Wednesday night, dozens of people packed the pews at Willard Memorial Chapel for the fire department's... more

Woman arrested on drug charges while trying to bail out inmate at Ontario Co. Jail

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of a Rochester woman after she arrived at the Ontario County Jail to bail out an inmate. Deputies charged Shaiasia Williams, 24, of Rochester with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after she sold narcotics to a subject in Canandaigua in February. The charges against her stem from an investigation between... more

Skaneateles superintendent will discuss 2017-2018 budget, Project 2021 at public forum

The Skaneateles Central School District will address subjects such as the 2017-2018 budget, the capital improvement project, Project 2021 and enrollment on Monday, according to a press release from the district. A community forum will be held Skaneateles High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Superintendent Ken Slentz will do an overview of the budget process and discuss how the building... more

Trumansburg superintendent finalists drop out, board votes to find interim

The Trumansburg Central School District Board voted to search for an interim superintendent for the 2017-2018 school year after both of the final candidates withdrew their applications. Final candidate Rick Moore received other offers from multiple districts and withdrew to take another position and candidate David Hamilton withdrew to pursue other options, board of education president Jane Gallagher said on... more

One-vehicle rollover in Scipio closes Rt. 38; DEC called to scene

A crash that happened around 8:38 pm on Tuesday resulted in the temporary closure of State Rt. 38, as well as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation being called to the scene. The accident happened near Fire Road 18 when a vehicle rolled over, which resulted in gasoline being spilled in the ditch. The accident scene, located in... more

Seneca Falls PD: Drug bust result of months-long investigation

On Tuesday at 4:52 pm members of the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested a Syracuse man following a months-long investigation into the sale of narcotics in Seneca Falls. Berain L. Winfield, 34, of Syracuse was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance – a Class C felony; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance – a Class B... more

Free registration for United Way of Ontario County food drive contest

United Way of Ontario County announced it has a sponsor for the food drive contest taking place at Eastview Mall. That means groups can enter the event with no registration fee. The contest highlights the 2017 United Way of Ontario County campaign theme Light the Way. To help 21 local food cupboards and coincide with the campaign, area organizations are... more

Unshackle Upstate Director discusses Workers Compensation in Seneca County

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Greg Biryla, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate, to Seneca Falls as part of the Chamber’s Coffee & Conversation Series sponsored by Holiday Inn Waterloo/Seneca Falls. Biryla reviewed several reforms supported by a coalition of business groups, including the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce, intended to improve the workers compensation system in New... more

Cornell University awarded $980K to boost oats

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday $980,000 in new federal funding for Cornell University. The grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support research and programs that help specialty crop growers, the senators said. Specifically, Cornell will use the funding to advance research in the genetics and seed composition of oats; developing and evaluating new methods for... more

Penn Yan American Legion marks 98 years with awards

Johnson-Costello Post American Legion post 355 celebrated its 98th anniversary March 25, when it recognized members, volunteers, and local law enforcement and emergency responders. Andy Swarthout was honored as the Seventh District Legionnaire of the Year, and was presented with a Lifetime Membership award for his contributions to the post and the needs of area veterans. For 16 years, he... more
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