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Opening day for Ontario County Fair

Opening day for Ontario County Fair
Amanda Coryn grew up showing horses in the 4-H Club. Now that the Canandaigua resident has young children of her own, she is encouraging them to participate in 4-H. Going to the Ontario County Fair is one way to get them hooked on what 4-H and agriculture have to offer. “At 4-H, I made lifelong friends and it taught me a... more

Calm GrassRoots Festival for law enforcement

Calm GrassRoots Festival for law enforcement
While there was much music, partying and fun to be had during a hot Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, the festival was quite calm from the law enforcement perspective. As of Saturday, the Trumansburg Police Department covered 50 cases, none of which were criminal, said Trumansburg Police Chief Joe Nelson. These cases were for the whole village, not just... more

France honors former Genevan, World War II pilot

France honors former Genevan, World War II pilot
It’s been about 75 years since Charlie Rogers dodged anti-aircraft fire — on numerous occasions — to aid in the liberation of France and help the Allies prevail in World War II. Now nearing 100, the longtime Geneva resident still remembers those days with clarity — and some humor — after receiving the prestigious French Legion of Honor. “This is... more

Students earn high school diplomas from FLCC

Students earn high school diplomas from FLCC
Finger Lakes Community College held a ceremony to celebrate 103 students that earned high school equivalency diplomas in the last year through FLCC’s free adult basic education program. Several students spoke about their reasons for leaving high school and enrolling at FLCC to get their diploma. Crystal Hartman, of Waterloo, passed an online exam for a GED diploma three years... more

Harriet Tubman event in Auburn honors former city resident

Harriet Tubman event in Auburn honors former city resident
Deanna Stanford Walz, a relative of iconic abolitionist former Auburn resident Harriet Tubman, said that although she believes the Auburn area has embraced her ancestor more in recent years, it wasn’t always that way. Stanford Walz, a member of the Harriet Tubman Boosters, which educates people about Tubman, recalled a vehement protest from Auburn High School students over a proposal... more

Wood Library 5K generates funds for summer reading

Wood Library 5K generates funds for summer reading
Wood Library’s fifth annual 5K, Fun Run and Story Walk recently generated almost $7,000 for summer youth programs. The Canandaigua event was attended by 153 runners from as far away as Ohio, Kansas and Florida, as well as Rochester and the Finger Lakes. Melissa Johnson-White, of Fairport, won the 5K with a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds. John Kohl,... more

Road closures outlined by Seneca Falls PD ahead of Right to Run race

Road closures outlined by Seneca Falls PD ahead of Right to Run race
On Saturday, July 20th the Town of Seneca Falls will be hosting the Right to Run. This event will take place in Seneca Falls betwee 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. Police say the race starts at 8 a.m., and there will be road closures and delays along the race route beginning at approximately 7:45 a.m. The roads that will be affected... more

Poetry in music at Anthony Road Winery

Poetry in music at Anthony Road Winery
In one of the most diverse concerts in this year’s Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the July 21 program beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Anthony Road Winery features the music of 19th-century Austrian composer Anton Diabelli and two tango masters, Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel whose tango made famous in Al Pacino’s dance scene in Scent of a Woman is on the pogram.... more

Emerson Park BBQ fest adds demos, psychic fair and more

Emerson Park BBQ fest adds demos, psychic fair and more
Ed Helinski knows that barbecue isn’t for everybody. But he believes the Rotary Ribs Rhythm & Blues Festival can be. That’s why the Auburn Rotary Club’s third annual festival, taking place this weekend on Deauville Island at Emerson Park, will introduce several additions. Among them will be a Psychic Fair featuring mediums from throughout the Northeast. Helinski, the festival’s chair,... more

Canandaigua Art and Music Festival kicks off Friday

Canandaigua Art and Music Festival kicks off Friday
This weekend will be one for the arts, from tie-dye to henna to jewelry to murals to glass to painting to wood-working to music and more. In two words, according to Denise Chaapel, manager of the Downtown Canandaigua Business Improvement District: “Awesome stuff.” The 31st annual Canandaigua Art and Music Festival kicks off Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday, and... more

Payne Fund names Ontario County Fair apprentices

Payne Fund names Ontario County Fair apprentices
The newly established George A. Payne Fund and Apprenticeship Program awarded two youth the opportunity to work with George Payne at the 2019 Ontario County Fair. Coby Reals, of Clifton Springs, will work as an apprentice and Avah Gladle, of Stanley, will work as an assistant. The program honors the lifework of Payne, who has served the fair since the... more

Hemp production part of Empire Farms Days presentations

Hemp production part of Empire Farms Days presentations
New this year, industrial grade hemp production will be discussed at Empire Farms Days Aug. 6-8 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farm on Route 414. The hemp program will include an Albany update by state Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, chain of the Assembly agriculture committee. She introduced the 2014 bill that allowed hemp to be grown in New York for... more

Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live not returning to Rochester

Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live not returning to Rochester
Operators of Disney on Ice, Monster Jam and Sesame Street Live! say their shows will not be returning to Blue Cross Arena “for the foreseeable future.” That is because after months of negotiations with the arena’s new operator, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, talks have reached a stalemate. Jehovah’s Witnesses cited a similar impasse last week as the reason for moving... more

Ribs, Rhythm and Blues coming to Auburn’s Emerson Park

Ribs, Rhythm and Blues coming to Auburn’s Emerson Park
Lots of food, including ‘cheap eats’ from ALL the vendors, are one highlight of next weekend’s Ribs, Rhythm & Blues Festival. Auburn’s Rotary puts on the annual event, which club member Heather Edmunds tells us also includes 35 professional cook teams looking for the NY State Championship ($5,000 in prize money is on the line. Some of the team will... more

Luke Byran brings “Sunset Repeat” tour to CMAC

Luke Byran brings “Sunset Repeat” tour to CMAC
Nashville came to Hopewell Friday night, as Luke Bryan brought his "Sunset Repeat" tour to Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC). The winner of nine American Country Awards in 2012 and multiple other industry awards since — and the highest-paid country star of 2019, Forbes reported this week — Bryan brought with him rising stars Cole Swindell and Jon... more
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