Girl Scout ‘Cookie Season’ kicks off next week at Fingerlakes Mall

Next week thousands of cases of cookies will be unloaded and re-loaded onto minivans, cars, U-Haul trucks, and every other type of vehicle you could imagine — ahead of the March 1st kickoff of Girl Scout Cookie Season. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Communications Director Jaime Alvarez called the sight an incredible one, which she saw for the first time... more

Wayne Brady coming to del Lago’s ‘Vine’ this spring

Del Lago Resort & Casin announced five-time Emmy award winner and Grammy nominee, Wayne Brady as an upcoming performer in May. He will be performing two shows at The Vine on Saturday, May 5th at 5 pm and 8 pm. Wayne Brady is a true show biz renaissance man. Actor, singer, dancer, improviser, songwriter ­¾ he’s done it all throughout... more

Canadian rock band lights up ‘FLX Live’ in Geneva

Canada lent the Finger Lakes one of their most up-and-coming bands this month. Montreal-based rock group, The Damn Truth, stopped by Finger Lakes Live in their U.S. debut. The performance is part of the band’s 2017-18 winter tour. The Damn Truth has one goal in mind and on stage – keep rock and roll alive. The band exudes classic rock,... more

Feeling the fire, seeing regrowth at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor

Back in the 1600s, a French settler, perhaps someone actively involved in the lively fur trade of the era, described the vast grasslands, surrounded by large oak trees, that served as a vibrant center for the Seneca people. This native grass — not the green, manicured sod of a suburban yard — grew as tall as a man, according to... more

Auburn connection to ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ discussed by Solomon Northrup descendant

Solomon Northrup’s great-great-great-granddaughter Melissa Howell delivered a presentation on Sunday about the hidden figures who played a role in the publishing of Northrup’s memoir, “Twelve Years a Slave,” in 1853. Howell presented “A freedom narrative’s coming of age: the hidden figures who brought ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ to publication,” at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park visitor center in Seneca... more

Ontario County Habitat team back from Nepal

A family that lost their home in a devastating earthquake in 2015 is safe and sound — and now in a sturdy, disaster-resistant house thanks to a team from Ontario County. The crew of 13 volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County returned last month from the journey that took them more than 8,000 miles across the world to... more

All in a day’s work for local playwrights at Geneva event

All in a day’s work for local playwrights at Geneva event
For the last two years, more than 50 local community members have come together at the Smith Opera House to write, rehearse, and perform eight original plays — in one night and one day. Finger Lakes Photo/Plays returns Feb. 23 and 24 as a fundraiser for the Smith Center for the Arts. The idea behind Photo/Plays was born in 2001,... more

Auburn Junior High School celebrates Black History Month in song, verse

The transformation from stage fright to confidence was quick for Auburn Junior High School student Serenity Scott. When Scott made it to the stage in front of hundreds in the school's auditorium to perform a speech by abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth, student Heaven James, in the center front row, made breathing motions to Scott. Scott nodded her... more

Cayuga County student hits perfect ACT score

Nathan Lesch's eight months of prepping paid off when he achieved his goal of receiving the highest possible composite score on the ACT test. Lesch, 17, who lives in Auburn and is a senior at the private Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, earned a 36 on the national exam, which is used for college admissions and includes tests in... more

Seneca County deputy named ‘Officer of the Year’

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office has honored a veteran deputy who has been called a teacher, counselor, friend, mentor and advocate for the youth of Romulus. Deputy Frank Eldredge was named the department’s “Officer of the Year” at the annual awards ceremony last month. He began his career with the sheriff’s office as a part-time deputy in 1988, became full-time... more

Night Ranger, The Platters both announced for del Lago’s ‘Vine’ in April

Del Lago Resort & Casino announced two upcoming shows. Night Ranger will perform April 26th at The Vine and The Platters with special guests Drifters Review will take the stage April 27th. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Feb. 16th, and may be purchased in person at the del Lago Resort & Casino box office, by calling the box... more

For the bird nerds: Montezuma Audubon Center to hold owl dissection workshop

Not everyone gets shipped a cooler full of dead owls, but Alyssa Johnson isn’t everyone. An environmental educator at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Johnson is bringing a whole new level of programming to the local bird branch — dissection. With about 30 dead barred owls at her disposal, Johnson will be offering a workshop in March for people to participate... more

‘Fire and Ice’ and good times in Canandaigua

Fire and ice paired well on Saturday for the annual Fire and Ice Festival in downtown Canandaigua. Chilly, but not too chilly, weather and no rain proved a fine fit with the several hundred people who came out for the event. Seeing large crowds of people enjoy the various events — including a fire-building competition put on by the Finger... more

Taking the stage: Students demand change to IHS show casting

Back in September, Ithaca High School announced that the performing arts program would be putting on the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the original book by Victor Hugo with music from the Disney movie. But after the announcement of the chosen cast, the show was thrown into the spotlight for what has become the controversial casting choice... more

Arts Center of Yates County Winter Exhibit – ‘Close to Home’

February won’t last forever, that’s a promise. But if you need a break from the cold and gloom, stop by the Arts Center and check out the talents and vision of four regional artists. The Winter Interlude Exhibit continues through Feb. 26, and creativity takes center stage, spotlighting various styles and mediums including oils, watercolors, collage and pottery. Fran Bliek’s... more

Tasty winter Ithaca Chili Cook-Off tradition continues in its 20th year

Walking through Ithaca Commons on Saturday would have been enough to make anyone hungry drool a river. The 20th annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off took place between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at locations on and around Ithaca Commons, where the smells of the combinations of tomatoes, seasonings, peppers, onions, meats and other ingredients filled the air. The cook-off... more

Girls are princesses for a day at Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius

Over 100 princesses held court at the Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius Saturday. The Princess for a Day event event featured young girls decked out as either royalty from Disney films or in their own regal outfits. The participants could get their makeup, hair and nails done by volunteers and get their photo taken on a stage with volunteers dressed as... more

FLCC speaker offers look at lingering legacy of slavery

The legacy of 300 years or slavery in America and other parts of the Western Hemisphere still overshadows the contributions made by Africans that helped create a marketplace and launch the nation’s early economic development and growth. That was the underlying theme of a talk Friday by Joseph E. Inikori, author and professor of African and African-American studies at the... more
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