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Volunteer firefighters sought across New York

Volunteer firefighters sought across New York
More than 600 volunteer fire departments across New York are opening their doors to the public this weekend as part of an annual recruitment drive. The open houses on Saturday and Sunday are being held to help local fire departments recruit more volunteers. Visitors will get the chance to speak with active volunteers and participate in department activities. The ninth... more

Finger Lakes tourism confidence grows, environmental threats loom

Finger Lakes tourism confidence grows, environmental threats loom
Confidence is high in the Finger Lakes tourism industry, though not without worry about environmental threats and other concerns. Three professionals in local tourism shared their take Thursday on what is happening based on key points revealed in a recent survey by DestinationFLX. Michael Mills, founder of the DestinationFLX promotional/event platform, hosted the panel with about 25 guests attending the... more

Turn your single-use plastic bags into free reusable ones at Wegmans on Saturday

How to trade out your plastic bags for a free reusable one
Wegmans will be giving out coupons for free reusable bags this weekend according to their website. The grocery store chain announced this week it is getting rid of plastic bags before the statewide ban goes into effect next March. Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. if you bring in a tightly packed bag of plastic bags, you can receive... more

Meeting set on Route 96 roundabout in Victor

Meeting set on Route 96 roundabout in Victor
A $2.8 million state project designed to improve traffic flow on Route 96 in Victor is slated to begin in summer 2020. Specifics on a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Route 96 and Lynaugh Road will be discussed at a public informational meeting and open house for residents and business owners on Wednesday, May 1, from 4 to 7... more

Only 24 percent of class members file in McDonald’s 2015 hepatitis A case

Only 24 percent of class members file in McDonald’s 2015 hepatitis A case
With a deadline looming, only 24 percent of those eligible to share in the proposed settlement of class-action lawsuit over a hepatitis A scare at the Seneca Falls McDonald’s have filed a claim. A person involved in the case said notices were mailed to 2,875 potential class members. Of those, 690 claims have been returned thus far. Finger Lakes Times:... more

Legislators highlights Drug Take Back Day

Legislators highlights Drug Take Back Day
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats) reminded area residents that Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Law enforcement agencies across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will operate drop-off centers to allow for the safe and responsible disposal of unused prescription drugs. “It’s incredibly important that our local law enforcement leaders continue to participate in... more

Utica man could get life in prison for Cayuga County robbery

Utica man could get life in prison for Cayuga County robbery
A Utica man was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years to life in prison for robbing and assaulting a Sterling man in February 2017. Derrick Sedore, 32, was convicted of nine felony charges in October for his crimes involving unlawfully entering a Sterling residence, injuring a man by striking his head with the butt of a loaded, operable rifle, and... more

WEEKEND FORECAST: Temperatures struggle, conditions stay damp and windy

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Get ready for a miserable weekend here in the Finger Lakes. It’s going to be damp, raw, and windy. Here’s the day-by-day outlook for this weekend. Friday will feature gusty winds, which will develop during the afternoon. They will gust in the 35-45 mph range ahead of a cold front, which will bring temperatures crashing down this evening. Showers and... more

Couple caught with 60 bags of fentanyl in Ontario County

Steuben County couple caught with 60 bags of fentanyl
Ontario County Sheriffs deputies arrested a Steuben County couple shortly after midnight on Thursday after having been pulled over in Farmington on State Route 332 for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation deputies learned that Arkport natives 22-year-old Corrine Tierney and 28-year-old James Chapman had 60 bags of fentanyl in their vehicle. The Ontario County Special Investigation Unit interviewed Tierney... more

Concerns rising with Lake Ontario water levels

Yates County fire departments plan April 27 events
A rapid rise in Lake Ontario water levels has caused property owners and local governments on the shoreline to step up preparations for possible flooding. Lake Ontario's level was well above its long-term average from late fall through early spring, though by mid-April the gap between the two had fallen to an unremarkable 7 inches. But since then, a combination... more

Seneca County Mental Health reiterates mission, hours following South Seneca tragedy

Following the tragedy in South Seneca the Seneca County Community Counseling Center, otherwise known as the County Mental Health Department reiterated it’s vision for a community without suicide, and it’s dedication to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide through education, advocacy, and resources. Led by Margaret Morse, who serves as Director of Community Services – Seneca... more

Auburn man leads deputies on foot pursuit at Waterloo Premium Outlets

Auburn man leads deputies on foot pursuit at Waterloo Premium Outlets
Deputies say an Auburn man was taken into custody this week on charges related to a theft at a Junius shopping center. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 23rd at approximately 3:15 p.m. deputies arrested Shawn B. Morrison, 41, of Auburn on two counts of petit larceny, and one count of criminal possession of burglars tools. Deputies... more

Seneca Falls man charged with aggravated harassment after Fayette incident

Seneca Falls man charged with aggravated harassment after Fayette incident
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Seneca Falls man after a warrant was issued for his arrest stemming from an incident in April. Deputies say that Michael P. Erb, of Seneca Falls was arrested on a warrant out of Fayette Town Court for second-degree aggravated harassment. Deputies say Erb threatened a resident on April 14th during... more

Celebrate Service Celebrate Yates is Sunday, April 28

Celebrate Service Celebrate Yates is Sunday, April 28
Volunteers for the annual Celebrate Service Celebrate Yates will be working at various sites around Yates County Sunday, April 28. The day for Keuka College and community volunteers begins with a brunch at the Geiser Dining Commons in Dahlstrom Student Center followed by a kick-off and celebration ceremony at 1 p.m. Volunteers leave for work sites to conduct community service... more

Longs’ marks Independent Bookstore Day April 27

Longs’ marks Independent Bookstore Day April 27
Join Longs’ Cards and Books and more than 550 independent bookstores in 49 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise. Longs’ will be hosting 3 local authors: ‒ 10 a.m. – noon: Dr. John Avanzato: Author of The John Cesari Book Series – “Hostile Hospital,” “Claim Denied,” “Pace Yourself,” and five others. ‒ 11 a.m.-1 p.m.:... more

Ontario County Justice Coalition will host annual dinner on May 3

Ontario County Justice Coalition will host annual dinner on May 3
The Ontario County Justice Coalition will host their first annual dinner on Friday, May 3rd 2019 at Club 86 in Geneva, NY at 6pm. The event will honor President of the United Christian Leadership Ministry, Reverend Lewis W. Stewart III, and will bring together interfaith and law enforcement leadership with members of the community to create a stronger, more unified... more

Man sentenced to probation for stalking Cayuga County woman

Man sentenced to probation for stalking Cayuga County woman
An Oswego County man on Thursday was sentenced for stalking a Cayuga County woman. Ryan Fox, 21, allegedly hacked into into a young woman's Snapchat account and then posted private photos of her, Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Valdina said in Cayuga County Court Feb. 28. Valdina said Fox was trying to blackmail the woman into a relationship. Fox allegedly... more
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