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FLX WEEKLY: Early June weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Get ready for your second full weekend of June 2018 here in the Finger Lakes. Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi have your weather outlook, local events, sports line-up and favorite local photos from the past few days on Wednesday’s live edition of FLX Weekly. . more

Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office seeks information on string of burglaries in Locke

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office is interested in any information the community may have for a string of residential burglaries that took place in the town of Locke on Monday. According to a news release, the sheriff’s office and other police agencies received multiple reports of break-ins occurring between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the area of Route 38... more

Democratic hopefuls rally calling for Reed to be ousted this fall (video)

It might have been a chilly, damp day, but that didn’t stop the Democratic hopefuls vying to win this month’s primary for the 23rd Congressional District to turn out for a rally in front of Congressman Tom Reed’s office located in Geneva. “I don’t want to live in a society that gives up on the poor,” said Max Della Pia,... more

Brian Manktelow racks up GOP endorsements

Brian Manktelow’s quest for the Republican nomination in the race for the state Assembly’s 130th District seat seems to be lining up perfectly. On Thursday, he received the overwhelming endorsement of the Wayne County Republican Committee. Additionally, the Lyons town supervisor has landed the endorsements of the GOP committees in Oswego and Cayuga counties, which, with Wayne, make up the... more

DEC ‘pursuing’ Owasco dairy farm for clean water violations

An Owasco dairy farm previously cited for worker housing conditions is also being investigated by the state for violating clean water regulations. In February, four adults and five children moved out of the workers’ house at Melrose Farm after a town of Owasco cease-and-desist order was issued to the farm’s owner, Joe Tidd, due to unsafe conditions at the living... more

Keuka Outlet to be treated for sea lamprey this week

A program to combat the parasitic sea lamprey is scheduled to begin this week on Seneca Lake tributaries including the Keuka Outlet from Cascade Mills downstream. DEC officials say treatment can reduce mortality rates for fish targeted by sea lamprey, especially lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and landlocked salmon. Typically, immature sea lamprey live in streams for three to... more

Comptroller’s office auditing New York school safety plans

State audits have begun on school safety plan implementation. The office of the New York State Comptroller announced Tuesday it has started audits on the state education department and the New York City Department of Education to ascertain if they are properly ensuring schools have sufficient and up to date safety plans in case of a school shooting or other... more

Waterloo CSD Superintendent Bavis turns down job offer

School district Superintendent Terri Bavis is not leaving Waterloo — at least not now. Bavis, who is approaching her two-year anniversary as superintendent, informed staff members she has declined a job offer to become superintendent of another school district outside the region. She initially told staffers two weeks ago she had applied for other jobs, and was a finalist for... more

‘It’s huge’: First park rangers assigned to Harriet Tubman national park in Auburn

More than a year after the formal establishment of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, the first park rangers will be assigned to the Auburn landmark. Frank Barrows, superintendent of Fort Stanwix National Monument and project lead of the Tubman park, announced Tuesday that Jessica Bowes and Rufai Shardow will staff the Harriet Tubman Home property through September. Bowes, a... more

City: No demo for Linden St. building

A vacant building at 29 Linden St. that faced possible demolition is safe. For now. In May, City Council gave building owner Calvin Ruthven until May 11 to provide an acceptable plan for either demolition or repair. He apparently has provided such a proposal, as workers have been on-site doing some painting of what remains of the building that was... more

Next downtown Auburn mural to be painted on brewery

Art for Auburn has announced its next downtown project. The public art collective will create a painted mural depicting hops and wheat on the William Street wall of The Good Shepherds Brewing Co. later this month. Kendall Doub, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, designed the mural. A professional artist and graphic designer, Doub has worked on packaging, logo and branding for... more

Dairy Farms in Crisis Part III: A threat to our way of life

While many readers may think the survival of small, family-owned dairy farms is not important to their way of life, that would be short-sighted. Whatever your own occupation and source of income may be, the tax base and productive economy of Yates County is dominated by agriculture; and a large portion of that is in dairy farms or in service... more

Seneca County IDA to receive presentation on Greater Rochester Enterprise

Greater Rochester Enterprise has helped arrange site visits for new businesses interested in Seneca County. It has aided three local companies with strategic research. Company official Matt Hurlbutt will speak about Greater Rochester Enterprise’s organization and its relationship to Seneca County at Thursday’s county Industrial Development Agency meeting. The county has contributed $5,000 annually to Greater Rochester Enterprise, and is... more

Two plead guilty to attempted ID theft charges

Two Cubans who tried using a cloned credit card at Waterloo Premium Outlets will be spending the rest of the year in the Seneca County Jail — and will likely be deported when they get out. Rafael Quevedo, 38, and Yuri Duerte- Surera, 44, both pleaded guilty Monday in Seneca County Court to first-degree attempted identity theft. The charge is... more

Recently convicted rapist pleads guilty to conspiracy in unrelated Montezuma robbery

An Auburn man who recently admitted raping a 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to another crime in Cayuga County. On Tuesday morning, 43-year-old Paul Oattes addressed his second set of charges in Cayuga County Court. Oattes was first charged with three counts of third-degree rape and one count of first-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child for having... more

Milo supports farmland protection

At last month’s Milo Town Board meeting, the members agreed to sign a letter of support for Robert Henderson’s application for the New York State Farmland Implementation Program. Elizabeth Newbold, formerly of Cornell Cooperative Extension and now with the University of Vermont (but who still assists in these applications) says Henderson applied in the past for the Farmland Protection Program,... more
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