Traveling 9/11 exhibit brings firefighters’ stories to life, and Tyre

The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is in the Rochester region for the first time. It is part of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Siller, a NYFD firefighter, died on September 11, 2001 after running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center towers. The exhibit features artifacts from Ground Zero and lets you hear first-hand... more

Butterfly Nature Trail Volunteers meet with Town of Macedon

After 6 ½ years, one of the Butterfly Nature Trail Volunteers is no longer able to mow the beautiful Butterfly Nature trail located in the Canal Park-Lock 30 area. We would like to thank our volunteer, who would like to remain anonymous, for his years in volunteering his services. He helped to develop and create such a beautiful trail and... more

Women’s Rights Park commemorates 1865 freeing of slaves in Texas

President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared all enslaved persons in most Southern states free as of Jan. 1, 1863. That came during the Civil War — a conflict whose main cause was slavery. Many plantation and slave owners in the South migrated to Texas to escape the fighting, increasing the number of enslaved people in Texas just prior to the... more

Heritage Weekend at Historic Palmyra

WHEN: June 16, 10:30AM-4:30PM This NYS Path Through History Weekend, join Historic Palmyra in celebrating the vast history of Palmyra, NY. Join costumed docents as you explore the five museums on Historic Palmyra’s Trail Pass, beginning at the Palmyra Historic Museum, 132 Market St., Palmyra. Your tour will take you to the Palmyra Historic Museum, Erie Canal Depot, Palmyra Print... more

Midlakes students continuing Rachel Scott’s legacy

When Midlakes High School Principal Frank Bai-Rossi invited the Rachel’s Challenge program to present at his school on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, he knew the messages would have an impact. “What I’ve seen has really come to fruition,” he said. “We’re seeing kids be kinder to each other. I’ve seen kids go out of their... more

State agrees to return Willard Psychiatric Center suitcase contents to families

When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, workers discovered hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building. Many appeared untouched, looking just like they had been since their owners packed them before arriving as patients at Willard. And, many of those people never left, having died at the Seneca County facility. The suitcases were photographed and catalogued by... more

Honeoye students experience the French connection

The rain falling at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial the day a group of Honeoye students visited seemed apropos to them, considering the gravity of the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of Americans during World War II. “It’s very moving in the fact that you can really appreciate what took place over there by being there and just seeing... more

‘Not just a cookout’: Community celebrates Memorial Day parade in Auburn

Sitting on the steps of the Cayuga County Courthouse, Reece Coates held her dog Church and told her children why they were there: to pay their respects. Late Monday morning, Coates was one of hundreds of people who attended the Memorial Day parade in downtown Auburn, and while her son and daughter were excited to see the police cars and... more

Wayne History Group will unveil new historic panels

The Wayne History Group extends an invitation to join them on a tour of their newly installed historic interpretative panels on Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. The group will gather at the first panel in Keuka Village next to the old two-story Sackett store. From there they will proceed to the panel at the old Grove Springs Hotel site,... more

Remembering, learning from tragedy in Canandaigua

The ceremony planned for 10 Sunday morning by the flagpole out front of the Canandaigua Fire House is expected to be a quiet one, with a brief moment of silence and a few words said. Over the years, Bryan Kransler hasn’t shared many details of what happened in the early morning hours 40 years ago today, and frankly, he probably... more

Living History to show Civil War Engineering

History comes alive on Oak Island when area reenactors set up their tents at Celebrate Commemorate on Friday-Sunday, May 25th-28th. “We are excited that this year, the encampment will focus on the engineering that developed during the Civil War,” said Living History chair Marty Hillman. “ The encampment will attract reenactors from around the region and across the country, “... more

Freedom Parade honors Sampson’s 75th anniversary

This year’s honor float in the Freedom Parade pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Sampson Naval Training Station, now Sampson State Park. Parade Co-Chair Sarah Smolinski and Nicole Hunsberger invite all veterans of Sampson Naval Training Station and Sampson Air Force Base to ride on the float, being constructed by Romulus Girl Scouts. An estimated that... more

National Travel and Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off May 6-12, 2018 celebrating the value of travel and its impact on the economy, local businesses, and personal well-being. This year’s theme, “Travel Then and Now,” focuses on the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. Travel Community – a $2.4 trillion-dollar industry in the United States. The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC),... more

Rural Life Sunday

Seneca County Pomona Grange will be hosting it’s 72nd annual Rural Life Sunday program May 20th, 2018 at 3pm at Interlaken Grange hall in Covert. Grange hall is just off 96 between Interlaken and Trumansburg. Rural Life Sunday ties together the grange’s commitment to our Americans heritage through readings, singing, and celebrating the new spring season of the year. Members from... more

Historic stained glass art comes home

One of the most striking pieces of art ever inspired by Yates County has been restored to prominence in the heart of the county seat. A restored, six-panel, stained glass mural, depicting some of the most iconic architecture and scenes of Yates County’s history, was unveiled at Bank of the Finger Lakes in the atrium of the Village Centre at... more
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