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Storm brings snow, sleet, freezing rain, and wind (full coverage)

Things will finally warm up this weekend
It wasn’t the biggest snowmaker of the season, nor was it a duration event that impacted residents for days-and-days. It was definitely a storm to be taken seriously, though. As the day progressed – a number of weather-related accidents were reported throughout the Finger Lakes. The National Weather Service had issued Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories, which remain... more

Section V wrestling: Favorites stay on track to state championships at SuperSectionals

Section V wrestling: Favorites stay on track to state championships at SuperSectionals
Some of the state and Section V wrestling champions Saturday at SuperSectionals were overpowering their opponents. Others stayed one and a half or maybe two moves ahead on their way to yet another win and the state meet. The best high school wrestlers in the Section V stayed with their routines, went back to the maneuvers they’ve done hundreds or... more

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard
Former Seneca County Sewer and Water Administrator Mary Anne Kowalski said this latest set of reports should move the board to rethink the “expensive, unnecessary and misguided proposal to ‘centralize’ the two County Sewer Districts in Southern Seneca County.” It’s a project that would cost at least $24 million. That doesn’t mean the direction the County is mandated to go... more

Section V hockey playoff primer: Power seedings & what you need to know

Section V hockey playoff primer: Power seedings & what you need to know
A thrilling Section V regular season ended on a high note as the Democrat and Chronicle’s top-ranked team Fairport downed No. 2 Penfield 5-4 in a back-and-forth season finale on Saturday. However, McQuaid’s 5-4 overtime win over the Red Raiders on Wednesday proved to be the difference in playoff seeding as the Knights narrowly took the top seed for the... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Victor Supervisor Jack Marren discusses landfill, pressure from Albany, and more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Victor Supervisor Jack Marren discusses landfill, pressure from Albany, and more
Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, who will seek another term in this year’s election, and serves as the Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has become a regional leader for the Finger Lakes. Ontario County is unique for Upstate New York. That’s largely due to the population increase that its seen in the last 7-8 years – while... more

Why Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh believes I-81 community grid is best for Auburn, CNY

Why Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh believes I-81 community grid is best for Auburn, CNY
There is universal agreement that the Interstate 81 project in Syracuse is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. But there isn’t consensus on whether the existing viaduct should be rebuilt, replaced with a street-level community grid or a tunnel. While some elected officials opt to not endorse any of the alternatives, at least publicly, one leader has thrown his support behind the community... more

Predicting the Yankees’ Opening Day roster

Predicting the Yankees’ Opening Day roster
As he prepares for his second season as the Yankees’ manager, Aaron Boone believes that he has a complete team at his disposal, excited by the promise that he senses while surveying the potential 25-man roster that could go north for the March 28 season opener against the Orioles. “You look at the moves we’ve made this winter, it’s hard... more

FLH unit will ‘discontinue’ services on Monday, despite not yet receiving state’s OK to shut down

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Little more than a week after a spokesperson for Finger Lakes Health told FingerLakes1.com that the behavioral health unit in Penn Yan would not shut down until the state approved it – employees of Soldiers & Sailors learned Friday that care would be ‘discontinued‘ effective Monday, February 11th. Hospital spokesperson Lara Turbide confirmed the decision on Friday, and told multiple... more

Former mayor announces bid for Town Supervisor in Seneca Falls

Former mayor announces bid for Town Supervisor in Seneca Falls
Former Village of Seneca Falls Mayor Bradford M. Jones announced his bid to seek the Democratic nomination in this November’s race for Seneca Falls Town Supervisor. The lifelong Seneca Falls resident and former ITT Goulds Pumps Water Systems Plant Manager said that unity, not division or divisiveness, will be his priority throughout the 2019 campaign. “The Town of Seneca Falls... more

Where is Syracuse football in recruiting rankings after National Signing Day?

Where is Syracuse football in recruiting rankings after National Signing Day?
National Signing Day 2019 has come and gone. For Syracuse football, it was a good one. The Orange inked both of its verbally committed prospects coming into the day in quarterback David Summers and defensive lineman Jason Munoz. SU also signed running back Garrison Johnson and defensive end Steven Linton, a pair of priority targets who announced their choices at... more

Auburn Community Hospital CEO responds to lawsuits, state report

Auburn Community Hospital CEO responds to lawsuits, state report
Auburn Community Hospital denies allegations of wrongdoing brought up in lawsuits filed by former doctors and says a recent state/federal deficiency report has nothing to do with the quality of care it provides. Hospital CEO Scott Berlucchi has provided a detailed public statement on the issues that came to light over the past two weeks, the first substantive comments hospital... more

NY legislators renew push for farmworker labor rights

NY legislators renew push for farmworker labor rights
The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act isn’t a new bill, but with Democrats controlling both houses of the state Legislature there’s a greater likelihood it will become law this year. The legislation would grant farmworkers with employment rights available to workers in other industries, such as collective bargaining and the ability to unionize. The measure would establish an eight-hour workday... more

Presidential history, Ontario County style

Presidential history, Ontario County style
A little piece of presidential memorabilia was hidden in the home of Wilma Townsend, the curator at the Ontario County Historical Society. Jammed behind the wall and wainscoting in the kitchen of the Townsend’s 1906 house was a tiny political pin that spelled the name “Hoover.” The brass artifact was likely worn to support the election of President Herbert Hoover... more

Teen charged with DWI, DWAI in Seneca Falls

Teen charged with DWI, DWAI in Seneca Falls
Police report the arrest of a 16-year-old female following a traffic stop on Ovid Street during the early-morning hours on Sunday. Around 3:31 a.m. the teen was stopped after her vehicle crossed the center line twice while traveling northbound. That’s when police say they initiated a traffic stop. Upon investigation it was determined that the 16-year-old operator was under the... more

No break in battling opioid crisis in Canandaigua

No break in battling opioid crisis in Canandaigua
Outside the Chapin Street home of Jeff and Suzanne Marinelli, Noah’s Blessing Box is never left empty. The box Jeff crafted two years ago in memory of their son, Noah, remains filled with donations of dry and canned food, clothing, personal products and other items for anyone who needs them. With the dangerously cold temperatures, the box — and the... more

Volunteer firefighters fight for law change for emergency medical calls

Volunteer firefighters fight for law change for emergency medical calls
Many rural fire departments that are already strapped for volunteers and other services want to be able to bill insurance companies for emergency medical calls. The cost of EMS calls in some rural areas is falling on the taxpayers. Richmond Fire Chief Rick Frost said his volunteer fire district in Honeoye lost one of its three ambulances because of fewer... more