Sauerkraut Weekend continues with fireworks tonight in Phelps

Despite less than perfect weather, the Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend kicked off its 47th year August 4th with an afternoon of activities for the entire family. The cabbage head decorating contest brought in several creative entries with first place going to Lily Westcott in the 6 to 8 age range with her Minnie Mouse creation. The day also included food and... more

Solving the snarl: Reps looking at ways to make Rt. 96 commute easier in Victor

It’s arguably the longest 6-mile drive in Ontario County. The Route 96 corridor through Victor — on the way to or from work, on a weekend, or during holiday shopping season — has been a headache-inducer for commuters, business owners and residents for years. Town, village, county and state representatives are looking for solutions to ease that pain, and are... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Chad Lahr talks I Heart FLX, regional growth (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Chad Lahr, owner and operator of Community Proud Apparel was in-studio talking about his company, brand, and a locally iconic t-shirt that has taken the Finger Lakes by storm this summer. Lahr discusses the growth of the region as a whole, and how he harnessed the entrepreneurial spirit in his endeavors.... more

NO WAKE: Restrictions put on canal system in Cayuga Co.

A No Wake Zone and 5 mph speed limit is being enforced on the Seneca River and Canal System in Cayuga County, effective immediately. The emergency declaration was enacted by the Cayuga County Legislature, after extensive rainfall over the last seven days has made travel along the canal system in Cayuga County difficult. The Seneca River and Canal System have... more

del Lago problem gambling update

About 40 problem gamblers have self-excluded themselves from entering the del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre since it opened Feb. 1. None of them are from Seneca County. That information was provided to the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Mental Health Services Committee Tuesday by county Community Services Director Margaret Morse. Morse was asked by Supervisor Bob Hayssen, R-Varick,... more

Bristol Harbour blends lake, country living on the gold coast of Canandaigua

As an empty nester, Mark Buckley and his wife were seeking a resort lifestyle when he decided to build a home. Having always enjoyed Canandaigua Lake, Buckley, 62, formerly of Chili, decided to look to Bristol Harbour, a community on the west side of Canandaigua. The family purchased a newly built 2,600-square-foot home with a lake view for $355,000, moving... more

Fair Haven mayor: Lake Ontario levels down, but ‘a ways to go’

Sandbagging operations have ceased. Water levels are dropping, albeit slowly. That’s progress for the village of Fair Haven, which has been dealing with flooding since the spring. Heavy rainfall raised Lake Ontario to record levels and impacted several communities along the body of water. Fair Haven Mayor Jim Basile estimated that lake levels have dropped eight inches since the flooding... more

Gillibrand eyes study to establish Finger Lakes as national heritage area

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has launched a legislative effort that aims to designate the Finger Lakes region as a national heritage area. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited Lakeside Park in Watkins Glen Monday to announce her bill that would require the National Park Service to study whether the Finger Lakes should become a national heritage area. The feasibility study would focus on... more

Health department reopens Owasco Yacht Club beach following stricter toxin testing

Harmful algal blooms could close beaches for a bit longer this year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drafted more conservative guidelines for health departments concerning toxin levels. Eileen O’Connor, director of the Cayuga County Environmental Health Division, said the health department used to be able to use test strips that could detect whether levels of microcystin, a toxin released... more

INSIDE THE FLX: City Manager Matt Horn & Comptroller Adam Blowers talk development in Geneva (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast, Josh Durso was joined by Geneva City Manager Matt Horn and City Comptroller Adam Blowers to discuss the present and future economic success of Geneva. Growth has been present and visible over the last several years, with the most-recent high-profile success being the winning of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization contest,... more

Public hearing date set for SMI permit renewal

A date has been set for the Public Hearing on Seneca Meadows Landfill’s DEC permit renewal, which expires in October. The August 10th sessions, which will happen at 3 pm and 6 pm respectively — are likely to draw significant crowds, as the landfilling issue has been at the center of an intense debate in Seneca Falls. The hearing will... more

Taste of Wayne County, VoteTilla draws over 800 to Newark

Organizers are still counting, but it’s anticipated that over 800 people attended the first ever Taste of Wayne County event as Newark welcomed the VoteTilla to the village yesterday afternoon, July 18th. “It was successful beyond our imagination,” Mayor Jonathan Taylor said, adding, “Absolutely!” when asked if they will hold the event again next year. The event brought vendors from... more

WRNHP superintendent says Seneca Falls community unfriendly to, intolerant of visitors

Is the Seneca Falls community unfriendly to tourists? Ami Ghazala, superintendent of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, says it’s an unfortunate truth. Ghazala spoke to the town board hoping to find a way the town and park could work together to resolve the problem in such a way to benefit both the town and park. The Women’s Rights National... more

New trail opened at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca Falls

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge opened a new bicycling and walking trail in Seneca Falls last week. The one-way, stone-dust path — dubbed the Summertime Bike and Hike Trail — is 1.84 miles long and travels along the existing Wildlife Drive. It opened last week as the 19th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal riders passed through Wednesday. Refuge officials ask that... more

Cuomo asks for FEMA assistance for Lake Ontario flooding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the federal government to declare a disaster area for home and business owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline that have been hit by flooding in recent months. In a letter dated July 6 but not made public until Saturday, Cuomo wrote, "I am requesting an expedited major disaster declaration" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for... more

Lyons Peppermint Days draws huge crowds

Ask just about anyone wandering through the maze of vendors and games at this year’s Peppermint Days in Lyons what their favorite part of the whole weekend and they will tell you it’s the fireworks. For years the festival has honored its history with peppermint with the biggest fireworks show lighting up the sky over the Erie Canal – a... more

Blue-green algae closes Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake

Blue green algae strikes again. Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake was closed for swimming as of Tuesday and will remain closed until the state Department of Health gives the OK for swimming again. No specific cause has been identified as the culprit of the “unacceptable bloom,” according to town Councilman Steve Barnhoorn. In fact, on Monday, no blooms were... more
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