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OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: When have the Finger Lakes frozen over? (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: When have the Finger Lakes frozen over? (podcast)
It is a very rare occurrence for the Finger Lakes’ two biggest bodies of water, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, to completely freeze over in the winter. It has, in fact, only happened a handful of times. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will tell you when it happened and what that meant for local residents throughout history. . more

Bristol Mountain founder, former owner dies in Florida

Bristol Mountain founder, former owner dies in Florida
The man who founded, and subsequently owned, Bristol Mountain for many years died earlier this month, according to family. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Demarse was 82-years-old. He was an entrepreneur and engineer who opened Bristol Mountain back in 1964. He had partnered with Ron Ratnick, and designed, built, and opened, the resort that gave skiers a 1,200-foot drop. That was the largest... more

Funeral set for Steve Sirkin, former DA, County Judge in Wayne County

Former Wayne County Court Judge Steve Sirkin funeral set for Monday
Funeral services are set to be held on Monday for a former Wayne County District Attorney and Wayne County Court Judge. Steve Sirkin died at 80-years-old last week. He was at his home in Newark. Sirkin graduated from Newark High School in 1957 and served as Wayne County District Attorney from 1971 to 1989. He then served as Wayne County... more

Speakers, marchers call for change as Women March rally draws crowd (full coverage)

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Despite constant snow and bitter cold, women and men ventured out for the fourth annual Women March in Seneca Falls on Saturday. Feminists of all affiliations rallied and marched along the closed-off streets of downtown Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the national women’s suffrage movement that started more than a century ago. more

GALLERY: Snow doesn’t stop Women March in Seneca Falls

GALLERY: Snow doesn’t stop Women March in Seneca Falls
The snow didn't stop approximately 2,000 from turning out to Seneca Falls for the 4h Annual Women March, held in the birthplace of Women's Rights. A number of high-profile elected officials and activists were in town. Check out the gallery from the day, and stay tuned for full-coverage from the march later on exclusively on FingerLakes1.com. more

Where Brave Women Winter tourism campaign for the Finger Lakes kicks off in Seneca Falls

Where Brave Women Winter tourism campaign for the Finger Lakes kicks off in Seneca Falls
As a way to embrace tourism in cold, snowy Upstate New York – specifically the Finger Lakes Region – New York State is backing a new tourism campaign. It’s called “Where Brave Women Winter” and aims to increase awareness of the region where some of the nation’s most-prominent equal rights trailblazers left their mark on the U.S. The Finger Lakes... more

Retired Judge Tim Buckley looks back at time on bench in Geneva

Retired Judge Tim Buckley looks back at time on bench in Geneva
Retired City Court Judge Tim Buckley is reflecting on his time spent on the bench. He spent nearly 25 years on the bench, and tried to encourage those he encountered to work their way onto the right road. “Everybody can get on the wrong road, myself included,” Buckley told the Finger Lakes Times. “You encourage people to get on the... more

Mansion on South St. in Auburn sells for $550,000

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A mansion in Auburn has been sold. It’s located on South Street, and isn’t the one that recently went viral due to it’s low price and high volume of bids. However, the South Street home is one that holds a lot of significance for the city’s history. The Auburn Citizen reports that 67 South Main Street, which once served as... more

Paul Volcker, who shaped U.S. monetary policy for decades had roots in Lyons

Paul Volcker is known as being one of the last ‘truly independent’ Federal Reserve chairs. Volcker died in December at 92 in New York City. He was credited with taming inflation in the 1970s, who did it by pushing Federal Reserve interest rates as high as 20 percent. Bob Schick, chief executive officer and chairman of Lyons National Bank told... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Upstate New York Canals (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Upstate New York Canals (podcast)
While the Erie Canal was the most important canal in Upstate New York, the history behind other canals that ran through the Finger Lakes and their relationship to the Erie is fascinating. In this episode Seneca County Historian Walter Gable discusses the histories of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Chemung Canal, and the Crooked Lake Canal.  This... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The complete history of the Erie Canal (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The complete history of the Erie Canal (podcast)
Canals played a very important part in the rapid and huge economic development of the Finger Lakes in the decades before the Civil War. The Erie Canal was clearly the most important of the canals in New York State. In this edition of Our Finger Lakes History Seneca County Historian Walter Gable describes the history of the inception, construction and... more

FLCC hoops tourney renamed to honor late coach

FLCC hoops tourney renamed to honor late coach
An annual basketball tournament between high school rivals Canandaigua and Victor is getting a new name in its eighth year to honor a former coach. The Scott Zahn Memorial Classic will be held Dec. 20 in Putt Moore Court at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell. Formerly called the Commodore Cup, the event was renamed this year... more

Coolest real estate listing in Auburn won’t sell to highest bidder

Coolest real estate listing in Auburn won’t sell to highest bidder
Real estate agent Michael DeRosa can’t keep up with all the calls, emails and texts he’s getting about 113 North Street. “This went viral, and I wasn’t expecting the interest to come from all over the world,” he said. People who live on just about every continent have reached out in some way – interested in buying the 10 bedroom... more

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
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