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Challenges from Lake Ontario’s high water levels lead to frustrations for boaters

Challenges from Lake Ontario’s high water levels lead to frustrations for boaters
Daniell Fleig and Angelee Kenorr spent their morning getting their boat ready for a day on the lake. But getting there is more difficult these days. “Slow. It takes like 45 minutes to get anywhere,” says Fleig. With the high water levels, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is enforcing a 5-mile-per hour speed limit and no wake zone... more

Seneca Falls Canal Fest brings music, midway and more to town

Seneca Falls Canal Fest brings music, midway and more to village
Following the Fourth of July, the fourth annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest will deluge the village from Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7. The festival features amusement rides and a midway from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on the south side. Other highlights include a petting zoo every... more

Public-private partnership produces renovated marina at Sampson

Public-private partnership produces renovated marina at Sampson
What a difference a year makes. The marina at Sampson State Park — constructed in the 1960s — had crumbling concrete, questionable electrical service, a handful of boat slips in use and the look of years of neglect. Wednesday, the “new’’ Sampson marina was officially reopened showcasing a unique public-private partnership between the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Cayuga Lake Long Bridges (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The Cayuga Lake Long Bridges (podcast)
Did you know that there was a time when you could cross Cayuga Lake by bridge? When it was constructed, the Cayuga Lake Long Bridge was the longest bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Find out the history of the first Cayuga Lake Long Bridge, and the bridges that would follow as Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents another episode of... more

Issues arise over Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort docks

Issues arise over Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort docks
No official decision was made Thursday night on a request to add 32 boat slips for owners of condominiums as part of the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort project. But clearly, there is little, if any, support for the docks from members of City Council’s committee of the whole and planned development committee, which met Thursday night. Councilmember Renée Sutton, citing... more

Auburn boat club offering “doggy paddles” for pooches

Auburn boat club offering “doggy paddles” for pooches
An Auburn boat club is giving new meaning to the phrase "Doggy Paddle." Owasco Paddles is offering dog owners the opportunity to take their pups with them out on the water. The boat rental shop located right on the water in Emerson Park, rents Stand-Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks, and Canoes. They also carry a full line of "Doggy" life preservers... more

Sheriff issues boater advisory for Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua Lakes

Sheriff issues boater advisory for Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua Lakes
Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike released the following advisory June 20: “Sheriffs’ Marine patrols are reporting that with the heavy rains this week combined with today’s downpour many creeks and gullies that empty into Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes have washed assorted debris into the lakes, and they can be a floating hazard to navigation. Boaters are cautioned to be... more

What lies beneath could put Lake Ontario in exclusive company

What lies beneath could put Lake Ontario in exclusive company
Our side of Lake Ontario could be designated a National Marine Sanctuary, one of just 15 world-wide. The public input part of the process gets underway this week. The 1,700 square mile area has 21 known shipwrecks, some dating back to colonial times. At least 47 more and at least two historically important aircraft are believed in the area, and... more

Sodus Point ready for another year of summer fun despite flooding

Sodus Point ready for another year of summer fun
Even while Lake Ontario water levels are reaching record heights and lakeshore communities continue to fight the encroaching water, Sodus Point Mayor Dave McDowell is confident his resort community will not only overcome the struggle but will deliver its usual dose of summertime excitement. {span}He wants to assure folks from around the Finger Lakes that high lake waters won’t hold... more

Vine Valley celebrates historic marker, improved boat launch

Vine Valley celebrates historic marker, improved boat launch
The Middlesex hamlet of Vine Valley was the scene of dual celebration May 25 as town and county officials and residents gathered for the dedication of a new Pomeroy Foundation historic marker for the Robeson Store and the official opening of the improved boat launch on Canandaigua Lake. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, a Middlesex native, shared his childhood memories... more

Lakeside Arts facility opens June 2nd

Lakeside Arts facility opens June 2nd
Sunny Point, the Arts Center of Yates County’s seasonal lakeside facility will open for the summer Sunday, June 2 with a chicken barbecue and live entertainment. The property, located at 868 East Lake Road, was given to the Arts Center as part of an estate gift from Dr. Annie Smith in 2010. Consisting of a white cottage, a red “studio... more
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