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Victor brush fire destroys 30 acres; NYSP charge man for violating burn ban

State Police, NYS DEC investigating ‘significant’ brush fire in Ontario County
State Police have charged Roger Buckman, a Victor resident, with second-degree reckless endangerment and cited him for violating the state burn ban after a massive brush fire Sunday afternoon. The blaze burned through 30 acres of land. New York State Police, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Ontario County District Attorney’s Office are all working together on... more

Passenger airlifted after vehicle crashes into barn in Wayne County

Passenger airlifted after vehicle crashes into barn in Wayne County
Deputies say charges are pending the results of a blood test after a vehicle crashed into a barn Sunday around 2:23 a.m. in the Town of Galen. Deputies responded to 8896 Travell Knapps corners Road in Galen for the report of a vehicle into a barn. Matthew Diaz, of Galen, who was reportedly operating the vehicle was traveling south on... more

Getting online is nearly impossible in some very rural parts of the region

Getting online is nearly impossible in some very rural parts of the region
On some mornings when she gets into work, Tully Free Library Director Annabeth Hayes finds people camped out in her parking lot on laptops, logged onto the library’s free WiFi. Along with the local McDonald’s, the library is one of the few places in town to get free, reliable internet. In a place where one out of three households doesn’t... more

Greenhouse destroyed by fire at Cornell Agritech in Geneva (video)

Greenhouse destroyed by fire at Cornell Agritech in Geneva
First spotted by a police officer who saw smoke – a greenhouse was destroyed by fire at Cornell Agritech Saturday evening in Geneva. The blaze was reported around 7 p.m. and prompted response from several nearby departments. Both Geneva and Border City first responders were on-scene. Onlookers said smoke could be seen from miles away as the fire was brought... more

Primaries emerge in Auburn, Cayuga County after petitions filed

Primaries emerge in Auburn, Cayuga County after petitions filed
Designating petitions for upcoming elections in Cayuga County were submitted last week, setting the stage for some previously unannounced contested races, including a mayoral primary in Auburn. State election law changes approved earlier this year, which moved the local primaries from September to June, pushed up the deadline for political party line petition signature submissions to between April 1 and... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed. Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation – is proposed that way intentionally by the majority. “This legislation simply wouldn’t pass in a traditional, up-and-down vote,” explained New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). That said, it passed, and now... more

Sanchez goes yard 3 times as Yanks pound the Orioles

Sanchez goes yard 3 times as Yanks pound the Orioles
The big-swinging Yankees offense was back in action in Sunday’s 15-3 victory over the Orioles, and Gary Sánchez led the charge with his team-leading fourth, fifth and sixth round-trippers of the young season. It was the 11th multi-homer game of his career, and his first time hitting three. Sanchez cracked a two-run homer in the third inning off Orioles starter... more

Geneva location remains open as Friendly’s restaurants abruptly close

Friendly’s restaurants abruptly shut down; Geneva location has uncertain future
It looks like Friendly’s locations will be few-and-far between. Friendly’s locations throughout the state and region were abruptly shutting down on Sunday, with no plans of reopening. There were already very few Friendly’s locations left in the Finger Lakes. At this point, locations in Geneva and Victor – at the Eastview Mall – will stay open. That said, employees in... more

Buffalo Sabres fire HC Phil Housley

Buffalo Sabres fire HC Phil Housley
The Buffalo Sabres have announced that they have fired head coach Phil Housley. The move was announced in a brief press release on Sunday that simply stated “Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill has announced that Head Coach Phil Housley has been relieved of his duties.” Buffalo Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula issued the following statement: “We appreciate Phil... more

Equality group visits Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as part of state tour

Equality group visits Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn as part of state tour
Annabella Vargas-Figueroa read a book passage about iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman to the famous former Auburn resident’s great-great grandniece. Annabella, 8, read a section of “She Persisted,” an illustrated children’s book about different women who impacted the world, that focuses on Tubman to Tubman’s relative Pauline Copes Johnson at the visitor center of the Harriet Tubman Home Saturday. Annabella was... more

6’11 center Jesse Edwards commits to Syracuse basketball

6’11 center Jesse Edwards commits to Syracuse basketball
The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball center position figures to intrigue more than nearly any on the roster after Paschal Chukwu’s departure. On Friday, the Orange landed a potential replacement for the 7-foot-3 shot-blocker that helped anchor SU’s top-tier defense for two seasons. Jesse Edwards, of the IMG Academy in Florida, has committed to Syracuse according to Syracuse.com. The currently unrated... more

Bicyclist in stable condition after accident in Ithaca

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Police say a bicyclist was struck Sunday around 2:24 p.m. on West State Street at Floral Avenue in Ithaca. The Ithaca Police Department, Ithaca Fire Department, and Bang’s Ambulance responded to the scene for the report of crash involving a bicyclist. Upon arrive, police began investigating while Bang’s Ambulance and Ithaca Firefighters rendered aid to the bicyclist. Police say the... more

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles

Elephant and the Dove: Inside the new Mexican restaurant in Skaneateles
The decor at Elephant and the Dove is as enticing as anything on its menu. The new Skaneateles restaurant, opening Thursday, takes its visual inspiration from the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It also takes its name from the husband and wife, who were described as “an elephant and a dove” due to the contrast between their statures:... more

Proposed budget presentations to continue this week for Auburn city departments

Proposed budget presentations to continue this week for Auburn city departments
Following suit from last week’s Auburn City Council meeting, a number of departments are scheduled to present their proposed 2019-2020 budgets Thursday. This week’s lineup includes public works, police, finance and the office of planning and economic development and code enforcement. Each of the departments are requesting a budget increase. Last week as she presented the city’s preliminary overall budget... more

DRI-funded street projects to be unveiled in Geneva

DRI-funded street projects to be unveiled in Geneva
City officials, along with representatives of the design firm Barton & Loguidice, are hosting a meeting Tuesday to present draft designs for street and sidewalk improvements that are receiving funding under the state’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. “We really want to encourage folks to be there,” said City Manager Sage Gerling. “The goal is to present the information and... more

Physical altercation at Belhurst Castle leads to charges for Webster man

Physical altercation at Belhurst Castle leads to charges for Webster man
Deputies report that a 44-year-old was taken to the Ontario County Jail after a physical altercation at the Belhurst Castle early-Saturday. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that John Volker, 44, of Webster was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing after receiving calls about a fight around 3 a.m. at the Belhurst. Details of the incident were not released by... more
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