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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Country Schools in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Country Schools in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Seneca County Historian Walter Gable takes you through the history of country schools in the Finger Lakes. The country school was a very familiar institution in rural American until about 1940, Though most of these schools are gone, the school buildings built after the Civil War tended to be built so strongly that they are still used today for other... more

Two people now facing murder charges in Phelps homicide case

New murder charges filed in Phelps homicide
A second person is facing charges following a homicide over the summer in the town of Phelps. A sealed Grand Jury indictment for Luis Boffil-Leyro was opened on Monday afternoon, and the 34-year-old was charged with second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Boffil-Leyro is a co-defendant in the case. Omar Martinez-Salome, 21, was charged with... more

Regents backs $2B aid increase for schools

Regents backs $2B aid increase for schools
The Board of Regents on Monday backed a $2 billion increase in foundation for schools in New York, a move that is expected, but nevertheless unlikely given a yawning budget gap facing down state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The Board of Regents and I continue to make it our mission to ensure equity and excellence in education for all... more

Cuomo signs bill creating hemp regulatory plan

Cuomo signs bill creating hemp regulatory plan
A bill approved Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will establish a regulatory system for the sale and production of hemp and hemp-related products in the state amid the growing popularity of the ingredient in consumer products. Meanwhile, Cuomo announced plans to hold a hemp summit in January to discuss policies related in the industry. The bill was approved with a... more

Geneva City School District asks for public’s input on superintendent search

Geneva City School District asks for public’s input on superintendent search
The Geneva City School District is inviting the public to participate in a survey, which is aimed at developing an “Ideal Candidate Profile” based on feedback from the community. “An important step of a superintendent search process is developing an ‘Ideal Candidate Profile’ from the feedback of many different stakeholder groups,” Heather Swanson said in a prepared statement to the... more

The Crash Course Podcast streams episode #300 on Monday night in the FingerLakes1.com Studio

On September 30, 2013, Chris Marquart debuted a new demolition derby focused podcast on FingerLakes1.com. On Monday night, over 6 years later, The Crash Course Podcast streamed their 300th live episode from inside the FingerLakes1.com Studios. Since 2013 Marquart and a rotating cast of co-hosts, primarily Brian Tomkins have amassed over 300,000 views of the podcast and live streamed demolition... more

UPDATE: Phelps man who displayed firearm now facing animal cruelty charge

Deputies say Phelps man displayed firearm during Clifton Springs incident
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 20-year-old Phelps resident who was charged with two counts of menacing and one count of criminal mischief for displaying a firearm during an incident over the weekend has been arrested on animal cruelty charges in a separate investigation. In the first update Monday morning, deputies said Cody Mayo, 20, of Phelps displayed... more

Shop With A Cop event a big success in Ontario County (photos)

On Sunday the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Canandaigua Police Department and Geneva Police Department all participated in the 6th Annual Shop with a Cop. Officers were teamed up with 35 children who live in Ontario County and were provided with a $250 gift certificate from the Black and Blue Program. The kids purchased gifts for siblings,... more

Mandatory form now online for DRI project applicants in Seneca Falls

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Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for the Local Planning Committee to consider for Seneca Falls’ Downtown Revitalization funds will have to complete a request for information form, which is now available online. “The RFI is a short form requesting participants to provide basic information about potential projects including project scope, description, budget, and financing,” Seneca Falls Development Corp. Director... more

More than 14,000 calls for law, fire during November

More than 14,000 calls for law, fire during November
Sheriff Kevin M. Henderson reports the following statistics for the month of November 2019, from the divisions of the Ontario County Office of Sheriff: The 9-1-1 Center processed a total of 14,440 events, including 6,307 events for the sheriff’s office, 1,169 calls for emergency medical services, 389 calls for fire departments, 4,468 events for the Canandaigua PD and 2,107 events... more

Deputies: Two men trespassed, poached deer from private property in Seneca County

Deputies: Two men trespassed, poached deer from private property in Seneca County
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two men on a number of hunting violations after they were found trespassing on private property in the Town of Varick. Deputies responded to the report of hunters poaching deer on private property, and upon investigation – they located 36-year-old Richard Green, of Cicero, and 41-year-old Shawn White, of Brewerton. The... more

Cornell student studies plant pathology, insect disease at Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve

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A little bit of studying is happening at the Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve. Jasmine S. Peters a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at Cornell University is studying plant pathology and insect disease vectors in remnant and restored native prairie grass populations at the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve. “The Seneca Meadows Preserve is a beautifully restored and... more

Farmington woman charged with animal cruelty, abandonment after kitten found missing tail

Farmington woman charged with animal cruelty, abandonment after kitten found missing tail
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and Ontario County Humane Society report the arrest of a 29-year-old Farmington resident, following an investigation into animal abuse. Deputies say 29-year-old Amber Westenberger, of Farmington was found to have a 5-month-old dog and small kitten at her residence. The issue, according to deputies, was that a portion of the kitten’s tail was missing –... more

Yankees target Stephen Strasburg signs record deal with Nationals as Gerrit Cole’s price rises

Yankees target Stephen Strasburg signs record deal with Nationals as Gerrit Cole’s price rises
Stephen Strasburg has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Nationals worth $245 million, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. It is a record deal for a pitcher that will also have ramifications when it comes to Gerrit Cole‘s market. The deal includes a full no-trade clause and does not have any opt-outs, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo. The Yankees met with Strasburg and Cole... more

NY’s ban on flavored e-cigs set to expire before it can be enforced, but state has plan

NY’s ban on flavored e-cigs set to expire before it can be enforced, but state has plan
New York state’s emergency ban on flavored electronic cigarettes has been stalled in court so long it is set to expire before it ever gets enforced. The 90-day ban approved on Sept 17 was swiftly halted as part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by vaping industry leaders. Now, a key state Health Department panel is poised to vote on Dec. 12... more
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