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FLX WEEKLY: The busiest of summer weekends ahead in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY LIVE AT 12:30 PM: Peppermint Days, Wine Festival & Summer Scenes (podcast)
Summer in the Finger Lakes is here with the warm weather, a plethora of events and gorgeous scenery. We fill you in on everything going on in the region this weekend and share some awesome summertime photos from across the Finger Lakes. . more

Denied a local permit, Woodstock 50 promoters forge on

Town of Vernon denies application to hold Woodstock 50 at Vernon Downs
Woodstock 50 promoters say they’re appealing after being denied a local permit to stage the festival at an upstate New York horse track. The town of Vernon ruled Tuesday that the application to stage the festival at the Vernon Downs track and casino was too late and incomplete. Vernon Downs emerged as a possible site for the Aug. 16-18 anniversary festival after... more

Parents sue NYS after religious exemptions for vaccinations ended

Parents sue NYS after religious exemptions for vaccinations ended
A group of parents is suing New York state in an effort to reinstate a religious exemption to vaccine mandates. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., argue that state lawmakers violated the religious rights of parents when they repealed the exemption last month in the face of the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades. Kennedy joined... more

Harmful algal blooms spotted on Cayuga Lake, triggering drinking water tests in Cayuga County

Harmful algal blooms spotted on Cayuga Lake, triggering drinking water tests
Widespread harmful algal blooms have been reported on Cayuga Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department announced Wednesday. The suspected blooms are “anticipated to continue due to the warm weather expected,” according to a press release, and have triggered drinking water testing protocols for the system that supplies the Aurora area in Cayuga County. Read more from the Auburn Citizen more

Lakeshore community members brainstorm solutions after Lake Ontario flooding

Lakeshore community members brainstorm solutions after Lake Ontario flooding
As many along the Lake Ontario shoreline continue their fight with the International Joint Commission over the controversial Plan 2014, community leaders are coming up with their own ways to keep the waters at bay. Leaders attended a brainstorming session Wednesday afternoon in Greece. The meeting was part of the Lake Ontario REDI Commission. That’s the governor’s plan to invest... more

Waterloo man charged after hit-and-run crash in Yates County

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Authorities in Yates County arrested a Waterloo man on drunk driving charges following a hit-and-run accident on Pre-Emption Road in the Town of Benton late-Tuesday. Erick Hernandez, 32, of Waterloo was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to keep right and aggravated unlicensed operation. Police say a utility pole was damaged in the incident.... more

Concern grows over the potential for harmful algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake

Concern grows over the potential for harmful algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake
Harmful algal blooms are widespread on Cayuga Lake and have been spotted on Oneida, Otisco, and Cazenovia Lakes. But the concern for them on Skaneateles Lake is even greater concern because 200,000 families get their drinking water from there. There are no signs of harmful algal blooms right now, but according to Skaneateles Lake Association President Paul Torrisi, that doesn’t... more

Police: Waterloo man accused of verbally, physically abusing small child in Walmart

Police: Seneca Falls man accused of verbally, physically abusing child in Walmart
On Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. police arrested Jody L. Valentine, 41, of Waterloo. The arrest stems from a child abuse call received at the Wal-Mart Supercenter located on North Road. Police say it was reported that Valentine had a nine-month old baby in his custody. While inside the store, the baby was crying. Investigators determined that Valentine screamed at the... more

Sheriff: No treatable injuries after crash in Barrington

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike reports an accident, which occurred on Welker Road in the Town of Barrington. No injuries were reported. However, Spike says that Thomas F. O’Mara, Jr., 17, of Elmira; and his passenger, suffered some minor knee scrapes after a 2007 Chevy was traveling down a steep hill, failed to navigate a curve, and left the roadway.... more

Reclaim New York scales back, reduces staff

Reclaim New York scales back, reduces staff
Reclaim New York, an advocacy group backed by conservative investor Robert Mercer, is reducing its footprint and staff, the group announced on Tuesday in a statement. The group in its statement said it was going through a “period of re-evaluation” of its activities. “Given the scale of the challenges, and our own commitment to fiscal responsibility, we are reevaluating Reclaim’s... more

Water sports program for injured vets comes to Canandaigua Lake

Water sports program for injured vets comes to Canandaigua Lake
Healing the wounds of war, an organization is pairing up with local military veterans. Wake for Warriors connects with injured military vets through wake and water sports. It holds events across the country, with the only one in New York being held this week in Canandaigua. Wake For Warriors will be out on Canandaigua Lake again today. The organization brings... more

Jehovah’s Witnesses pull conventions from Blue Cross Arena, unable to reach deal with Pegula Sports

Jehovah’s Witnesses pull conventions from Blue Cross Arena, unable to reach deal with Pegula Sports
Over the course of two weekends in late summer for the past 30 years, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses have poured into downtown Rochester, filling its hotels. The annual conventions at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial drew 4,500 attendees each weekend from 90 congregations across Western New York. Not this year. Unable to reach an agreement with new... more

Doubledays drop rubber game to West Virginia in extra-inning marathon

Doubledays drop rubber game to West Virginia in extra-inning marathon
As contradictory as it sounds, Jackson Rutledge’s Auburn debut was a game powered by offense, and a humongous amount of it. In the end, the Doubledays (11-13) fell to the West Virginia Black Bears (14-10) 10-9 in game three of the series. This game was an absolute marathon. The back-and-forth affair lasted five hours and nine minutes, the longest game... more

Tugboat operator saves woman from drowning in Seneca Falls

Tugboat operator saves woman from drowning in Seneca Falls
A quick-thinking tugboat operator in town for Canal Fest helped save the life of a town resident who found herself in peril after jumping into the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Sunday night to retrieve her phone. Bill Ford, who lives in Wayland, Steuben County, was docked in Seneca Falls with the restored Ronald J. Dahlke, the oldest-working tugboat in New York state.... more
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