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DEPOT DELAY: Seneca Co. Board members sound off over IDA bid process, lease agreement

For Seneca Falls Supervisor Stephen Churchill and Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti there were always questions about controversial Depot sale. The sale of the former Seneca Army Depot has been a contentious issue within the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, as well as with bidders and constituents who now feel they were misled through the IDA’s process. It was a... more

Developments in 30-year-old tower dispute in Hopewell

Disagreement over a communications tower installed on Route 488 in 1987 is still ongoing. A petition for reconsideration was submitted Jan. 6 to the Federal Communications Commission, seeking to overturn a Dec. 8, 2016 ruling that Verizon Wireless has to review the impact of the communications tower on the adjacent historic 1867 Oliver Warner Farmstead. It is the latest development... more

Proposed tomato farm may head to Ontario in Wayne County

A grower who is behind a controversial greenhouse project in Webster is now considering sites in Ontario, Wayne County. Intergrow owner Dirk Biemans proposed a tomato farm near the intersection of Salt and State Roads in Webster. Back in September, the town board said the plans could move forward. WHEC: Read More more

Seneca Co. Supervisors weigh future solar, wind, farm waste energy tax exemption

The meeting didn’t even last 90 minutes, but the Seneca County Board of Supervisors heard a number of issues on Tuesday. Two public hearings were scheduled for potential adoption of local laws; one addressed the salaries of select officials in Seneca County, while the second addressed a tax exemption in New York for property owners with solar, wind and farm... more

CCE presents Friend of Extension awards

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County recently presented its Friend of the Extension Award to Canandaigua Tractor Supply Store and Ontario County Undersheriff Dave Tillman. Canandaigua Tractor Supply and manager Steve Torkelson has been a strong supporters of the Ontario County 4-H program and are always willing to give 4-H clubs and members opportunities to display their 4-H projects and... more

New York Apple Association leader retiring in Victor

He was raised on a potato farm in central New York, but when people speak of Jim Allen, it’s apples that come to mind. Allen, 65, is retiring as president and CEO of the New York Apple Association, a group he joined in 1996 and has led since 2000. “I’m going to miss all of it,” said Allen from the... more

Cuomo: Canadian regulations would hurt Cayuga Milk Ingredients, NY farms

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting involved in the debate over Canada’s proposed trade regulations that could impact Cayuga Milk Ingredients and dairy farms throughout New York. Cuomo said Monday that he opposes the regulations and sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the Canadian government to adopt rules that will respect existing trade relations between New York and... more

The Great Pumpkin at Tomion’s Farm Market

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based upon the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schultz (click here). Most of my readers here in the Finger Lakes weren’t even born as 1966 was fifty years ago. But the sixties were a magical time when people believed in their own self-worth and... more

Frosty cold air making it’s way to the Finger Lakes this weekend

The cold front that worked its way through the Finger Lakes today will be replaced by another Canadian high pressure system. Like earlier this week, it will bring some sun and eventually some warmth, but not until another shot of cold air. Both Friday and Saturday morning will have the potential for frost across the region. Typically colder areas across... more

Local apples smaller but sweeter in this year’s harvest

It’s the height of the apple harvest and people who head to the u-pick fields might find themselves thinking, "Drought? What drought?" Apples are beautiful and abundant on fruit trees, making it appear that all is well. This year's drought and other weather factors, though, have had an impact. Democrat and Chronicle – News: Read More more
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