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THE DEBRIEF: Local workforce, local businesses, and a lack of affordable housing (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Local workforce, local businesses, and lack of affordable housing (podcast)
It was a busy week in the FingerLakes1.com Newsroom this week, as the polar vortex provided more issues than simple ‘chill’. On the Friday, February 1st edition of The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso is joined by Ted Baker, host of Finger Lakes Morning News on WGVA, and WAUB to discuss all of the headlines that made their way through... more

Lyons man found guilty of beating 42-year-old to death last summer

Lyons man found guilty of beating 42-year-old to death last summer
A jury has convicted the Lyons man accused of killing another during a violent incident over the summer. Martin Smallwood, 33, was convicted of second-degree murder after the July 21, 2018 incident. Police said after that 42-year-old Camila “Milo” Robledo was killed in the incident. Smallwood was initially charged with first degree manslaughter and first degree assault after beating Robledo... more

Owner discusses impact of migrant, domestic labor at Red Jacket Orchards

Owner discusses migrant, domestic labor at Red Jacket Orchards as annual need grows
“Statistics show that for every migrant farm position that we have out there on the farm, there are four additional full-time domestic jobs that are created to that business’ function,” said Mark Nicholson, co-owner of Red Jacket Orchards. Red Jacket Orchards, a 600-acre third generation family-owned farm has increased its participation in the H-2A visa worker program for this past... more

Woman extricated from car after collision with garbage truck in Ithaca

Woman extricated from car after collision with garbage truck in Ithaca
A woman was extricated from her car and airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after crashing into the side of a garbage truck in the Town of Ithaca. The crash happened at about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Hayts and Hopkins roads. When responders from the Ithaca Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene,... more

THE LOVING CUP: Mackenzie Green & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)

THE LOVING CUP: Jeff Shipley & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)
On this edition of the Loving Cup Podcast Seneca County Chamber of Commerce membership development director Mackenzie Green and destination marketing manager Rick Newman are in-studio with Katie MacIntyre to talk about their organization, the Finger Lakes region and gratitude. . more

Lawmakers want to bar ICE from state courts

Lawmakers want to bar ICE from state courts
State lawmakers are Thursday pushed legislation that would prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from making arrests at state courthouses without a warrant or court order. The legislation, introduced by Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and Sen. Brad Hoylman, is backed by district attorneys in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well advocacy groups like the Immigrant Defense Project, The Bronx Defenders,... more

Keuka College moving to Empire 8 Conference in 2020

Keuka College moving to Empire 8 Conference in 2020
Keuka College will join the Empire 8 Conference in the Fall of 2020, creating new rivalries and increasing opportunities for the College’s New York fans and alumni to attend athletic events. “We are extremely excited to be joining the Empire 8 Conference,” said Keuka College Athletics Director Dave Sweet. “The Empire 8 invitation is recognition of the incredible level of... more

Casella seeks county approval to operate organics depackaging system

Casella seeks county approval to operate organics depackaging system
Pizza boxes with cheese and sauce stuck to the inside. Yogurt containers not rinsed out. Those are examples of packaging that cannot be recycled because of the food contamination. However, there is a way to remove the food and organic material from packaging to be added to an anaerobic digester so it can be recycled properly and not dumped in... more

Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019

Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019
Groundhog Day has origins in Germany, where hedgehogs were first used as the season-predicting mammals, according to Groundhog.org. Since hedgehogs aren’t native to the United States, another hibernating animal was chosen in their stead: the groundhog. The year 1886 marked the first time Groundhog Day appeared in the local newspaper in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The tradition continued to grow and is... more

Adult-use marijuana likely not to be ruled on until after budget passes

Adult-use marijuana likely not to be ruled on until after budget passes
A measure that would legalize adult use marijuana in New York will likely wait until after the state budget is finalized at the end of March, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Thursday said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $175 billion spending proposal includes a marijuana legalization plan, which would reorganize how cannabis is regulated in New York as well as a tax... more

Truck, bus travel ban lifted on Thruway

Truck, bus travel ban lifted on Thruway
The ban on tractor trailers and commercial buses on the New York State Thruway in Western New York because of hazardous weather conditions has been lifted. The New York State Thruway Authority lifted the travel ban on Interstate 90 from Exit 46 to the Pennsylvania state line just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Earlier in the day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave... more

New owner of Skaneateles restaurant wants to preserve its legacy

New owner of Skaneateles restaurant wants to preserve its legacy
In 1996, shortly after Rosalie’s Cucina first opened in Skaneateles, Marc Albino applied to work at the Tuscan-style restaurant. He didn’t get the job. Albino then enrolled in cooking school. After graduating, he returned to Rosalie’s, where he started as a sous chef in 2003. Why did he want to return to a place that had initially rejected him? “It’s... more

Montezuma eagle survey, postponed by government shutdown, back on track

Montezuma eagle survey, postponed by government shutdown, back on track
After missing the original date due to the since-ended federal government shutdown, the annual survey of bald eagles in the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has been rescheduled. Volunteer survey organizer David Marsh said Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which coordinates the survey of the previously-endangered birds nationally, said the new date of Feb. 8 would still be... more

Webster student treated for whooping cough

Webster student treated for whooping cough
School leaders confirmed a case of whooping cough in the Webster Central School District. The district says a student at Spry Middle School was treated for pertussis. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease known for uncontrollable and violent coughing. Doctors say the best protection is to get vaccinated. The district encourages any parent with concerns about their children to... more

Elementary students learn power or writing

Elementary students learn power or writing
Writing Day at Dundee Elementary School was a success. “The students were able to meet new people from our very own community, and learn about how they use writing in their occupations. Teachers were just as inspired as the students. It was a great time had by all,” reports Julie Dunkelberger, the event coordinator. The following people volunteered their time... more

Fourth case of measles reported in Monroe County

Fourth case of measles reported in Monroe County
A fourth case of the measles has been reported in Spencerport, the Monroe County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday. The news comes less than week after two students from Canal View Elementary in the Spencerport school district had been diagnosed with the disease. The newest child is actually a neighbor of the two Canal View students, according to the... more
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