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

TOURING DEER HAVEN: Looking behind the fences at the former Seneca Army Depot (video)

If you asked Dennis Money what the herd of white-tailed deer would look like now at the former Seneca Army Depot a few years ago – he might have been uncertain about an answer. That uncertainty is gone now. Money, who is the president of Seneca White Deer, Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving and showcasing the world’s largest herd... more

Wayne history program covers history of the Willard Asylum

Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will give a presentation on the history of the Willard Asylum for Insane at 2 p.m. April 21 at the Wayne Town Hall, 9772 Silsbee Road, Wayne. The program, sponsored by the Town of Wayne History Group, is open to the public; donations accepted. Refreshments served. Call 607-292-3450 for details. Gable will provide information to... more

Nominations sought for Antonio Varacalli Award

Antonio Varacalli was a regular guy who, on April 12, 1917, made the decision to step up and selflessly help another person. The Italian immigrant was working on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal on that day when a distraught young woman named Ruth Darling jumped off the Bridge Street bridge into the canal. FL Times: Read More more

Waterloo’s original Rec Center demolition in 1997 (video)

Waterloo’s Dave Duprey has been uploading histotic video footage from the Village of Waterloo over the past month. The latest gives you one last look inside the old Rec Center on Oak Street and footage of the demolition in 1997. Then, take a tour of the new Community Center and view clips from the ribbon cutting ceremony in 1998. . more

Dundee history talk focuses on Hodinhs:ni’ Women

Join the Dundee Area Historical Society for dinner and an exciting presentation by Peter Jemison about the new Hodinöhsö:ni’ Women: From the Time of Creation exhibit at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan. The event will be held at the Tyrone Fire Hall on April 24. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. The... more

Chamber honoring Lyons icon Peter Stirpe

Newspaper publisher, police officer, county personnel director, Army veteran. Those are just some of the things Peter Stirpe has done in his impressive life. Now the lifelong Lyons resident can add Citizen of the Year to his long list of accomplishments. Stirpe will be honored by the Lyons Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 7, at Maitre D’ at Trombino’s,... more

Not ‘just some old building’: Auburn’s Osborne Library could face demolition if not repaired

A library that was once part of one of Auburn's most well-known families' home has been sitting vacant for over 20 years and although plans to save the historic building have been proposed in the past, none have come to fruition. Now, the library that was once home to Thomas Mott Osborne and his family is in danger of being... more

Vietnam veterans panel to mark Tet Offensive anniversary

Vietnam veterans Jim DeCamp, Tony Gurak and Roger Johnson will speak at “50 Years After Tet: Personal Reflections on the Vietnam War” at 12:45 p.m. April 10 in Stage 14 at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell. The free event will mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, which is considered the turning point of America’s... more

Geneva’s Parrott Hall: Storied past, troubled future

It was the place where one of the world’s preeminent agricultural research facilities got its start. And despite the orange fencing, the “Keep Out” sign and a big “X” indicating condemnation by its owner (the state of New York), the Victorian-era Italianate’s impressive architecture is undeniable even in its deteriorated state. Although Parrott Hall, which faces North Street on the... more

YE OLDE NOSTALGIA: Check out this video of the Ye Olde Wood Shoppe Village in Waterloo from the early 1990’s

Ye Olde Wood Shoppe Village was a unique shopping experience located in Waterloo, New York. From 1969 to 1995 the Nelson family greeted travelers and the community to a “World of Wood and Good Food.” Enjoy the memory of these shoppes, filled with candy, gifts, craft items and furniture that were captured in this video produced by Dave Duprey using... more

Town of Milo celebrates 200 years in Yates County

Two hundred years ago, the settlers of the west side of Seneca Lake and the east of Keuka Lake had grown beyond the simple needs of frontiersmen and women. Members of the Society of Universal Friends, their needs were now the needs of an organized community requiring its own government. In 1818 the new Town of Milo was set off... more

LEADERSHIP JOURNEY: Michele Jones Galvin, co-author of ‘Beyond the Underground. Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People’ (podcast)

Join Gwen Weber-McLoud for the March edition of The Leadership Journey Podcast where her guest will be Michele Jones Galvin. Michele is the co-author of the book, ‘Beyond the Underground. Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People’ and is featured on the cover of this month’s Syracuse Woman Magazine. . more

‘No human being is illegal’: Immigration panel discussion held at a Sennett church

The Sennett Federated Church held an immigration panel discussion on Sunday with the presence of the New York Immigration Coalition, Workers' Center of Central New York and two immigrants who shared their stories of struggle. Pastor George Huffsmith said he put the event together because he realized there was a lot more to the immigration discussion than he understood, and... more

400 AND COUNTING: Seneca Falls woman honored for marathon fundraising

When Cathy Troisi lined up for her first Boston Marathon in 1995, little did she know she’d still be at it more than two decades later at the age of 71. This year’s marathon on April 16 will mark Troisi’s 401st marathon overall and her 24th consecutive one as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, which raises money for... more

Seneca Falls Women’s Coalition honors Elizabeth Becht as Woman of the Year

Retired teacher Elizabeth Becht will be honored as Woman of the Year by the Seneca Falls Women’s Coalition. A Seneca Falls native, Becht graduated from Mynderse Academy and received a degree in physical education and recreation from State University College at Brockport. She returned to her hometown and taught physical education at the middle and high schools for 33 years... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Seward House in Auburn (podcast)

William H. Seward was one of the foremost politicians of 19th century America and his incredible legacy, and all his stuff, is on display at the Seward House Museum in Auburn. Seward made his mark as being a strong opponent of slavery while serving on the public stage as a New York state senator, governor and a U.S. Senator. He... more
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