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Literary Magazine Bluff & Vine Reception at Arc of Yates Dec. 13

A reception celebrating the release of the first issue of Bluff & Vine will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 at SkylArc Studio in Penn Yan. Bluff & Vine is a literary magazine celebrating Keuka Lake and the surrounding communities. The first issue features 15 stories, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as 16 pieces of... more

Batty brothers win George Bailey Award

Twins Reginald and Andy Batty have been selected to receive the 14th annual George Bailey Award at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wesleyan Chapel on Fall Street. Reg Batty will accept the award on behalf of himself and his brother, who died Aug. 2. The Batty twins were born in 1925 and moved to Seneca Falls in 1938. The nomination... more

It’s a Wonderful Life Festival underway in Seneca Falls

The It’s a Wonderful Life Festival is underway in Seneca Falls. Thousands made their way into the sleepy town as it was revived as the venue set in the classic Film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “We come up every year for this event,” Allen Picshaw, a Pennsylvania resident said as he grabbed a cup of hot chocolate for his daughter.... more

IT’S A WONDERFUL SCHEDULE: Events crowd festival schedule in Seneca Falls

Beginning Thursday Seneca Falls transforms into Bedford Falls for the annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival. It’s a holiday tradition for the small town of little more than 9,000 residents. It serves as a boon for businesses in the community, and provides residents with a break from the holiday norms. This year’s festival features the typical events and promotions put... more

World War II vets in Canandaigua tell their stories

Joseph Bader was 24, a student at Rochester Institute of Technology — with the girlfriend who would later become his bride — on the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Bader was driving over the Clarissa Street Bridge in Rochester, Estelle Doyle by his side, on Dec. 7, 1941. They were returning home after a house party on Conesus Lake,... more

Women’s March in Seneca Falls set to take place in January

Women March in Seneca Falls2018 (WMinSF) is hosting an opportunity to gather in solidarity on January 20, 2018, 10am, at Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, birthplace of women’s rights in America. Plans are well-underway for a public celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the 700 historic women’s marches of 2017. The 2018 march and rally is called... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The road to women’s suffrage in New York State (podcast)

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable documents the events that connected the first women’s rights convention of 1848 in Seneca Falls to the passage of suffrage from women in New York State in 1920 in an extended hour-long special edition of the Our Finger Lakes History Podcast on FingerLakes1.com. . more

Women’s March returns to Seneca Falls Jan. 20

A day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, roughly 10,000 people came to the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement to protest his political and social agenda. It was part of a nationwide reaction to Trump’s election. Women’s March organizer Melina Carnicelli of Auburn said a newly formed group, Pre-Sisters for Women’s Equality,... more

REMEMBERING SAMPSON: It’s been 75 years since the Navy built its training station on the shores of Seneca Lake

No one can say Seneca County didn’t do its fair share for America during World War II and the Korean War. In 1941, the federal government bought out hundreds of farms, homes and businesses in Varick and Romulus to create the 10,700-acre Seneca Army Depot. Hundreds were displaced, forced to move after being required to accept the government’s payment for... more

Celebrating and honoring vets on Veterans Day (photo)

The Color Guard and spectators stood at rapt attention during the Veteran’ Day Ceremonies this morning in Central Park in Lyons. Caylin Guest, a Lyons High School Student, shared her Girl Scout Gold Award Project titled “Finding Veterans.” So far, she has identified the locations of over 1500 veterans buried in the Lyons area and has placed them on a... more

When Yates County was ‘Little Denmark’

Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day — call it what you will, the intent of the Nov. 11 holiday is the same: to honor those who have served their nation and risked all in its defense. In the United States, with Memorial Day to remember those veterans who have died, we designate Veterans Day to honor those still living. But... more

U of R acquires unknown Susan B. Anthony letters found in old barn (video)

The picture most people know of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the women’s suffrage movement in America is one painted in broad strokes and grand designs. Beyond the vision, grit, and heroism, however, the workaday details of how the movement was actually run—the backroom negotiations, convention planning, grassroots organizing—are largely unknown to history. Until now. A recently discovered... more

It’ll be a Wonderful (busy) Life in Seneca Falls

Plans are being finalized for the annual It’s A Wonderful Life Festival on Dec. 8 through 10. The festival emphasizes the belief held by many in this community that the Bedford Falls setting for the classic 1946 Frank Capra movie was Seneca Falls, a place Capra visited in the 1940s. The similarities between Seneca Falls of the 1940s and Bedford... more

Organizers highlight new events scheduled for ‘It’s a Wonderful Weekend’

With just 6 weeks left for preparation, organizers of It’s A Wonderful Life Festival are busy preparing for the nearly 15,000 visitors expected during the 3 day December festival. Many new events have been planned to add to the already full three-day schedule as Seneca Falls transforms into Bedford Falls, the fictional town made famous by Frank Capra’s 1946 film... more

CEO of Tubman home in Auburn named to Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission

The head of an Auburn landmark is one of 14 people who will serve on the national Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. Karen Hill, president and CEO of the Harriet Tubman Home, was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand supported Hill’s selection. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called Hill a “champion for women’s rights.” “Her dedication to preserving Harriet... more

Meet Cayuga County’s new historian

Every Wednesday morning, Ruth Bradley stops by the King Ferry Corner Store on Route 34B. A native of Cayuga County, she sits among a small group of men and women, sipping her coffee and catching up with old friends. And inevitably, she'll reminisce about her family's history in the hamlet. Born in Auburn, Bradley was raised in King Ferry, where... more

1979 Cornell hockey game viewed as the most legendary in the history of Lynah Rink

The only loss in the last month was to Providence – the same team that had bounced the Big Red from the ECAC Tournament the previous year. So, of course, when the 1979 quarter-final matchups were announced, it was the Friars who would be coming to Lynah Rink. Providence jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period as... more
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