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CEO: Waterloo Holiday Inn will become Quality Inn this winter

The hotel market is evolving. In 2018, the Holiday Inn located in Waterloo will transition into a Quality Inn, according to Charter One Hotels & Resorts, Inc. CEO John Balliett who spoke with FingerLakes1.com exclusively on Wednesday about the move. “We have decided to make a change from Holiday Inn to Choice Hotel’s Quality brand,” he explained. “But our decision... more

Canal system closing early this year; locks close on Wednesday

The state’s canal system — including the Erie Canal in Wayne County and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Seneca County — will be closing about six weeks earlier than normal. For the most part, the canals, now part of New York Power Authority operations, will be closed as of 5 p.m. today. There are some exceptions, noted Bob Stopper, a member... more

COMPTROLLER: Seneca, Cayuga have highest percentage of ‘structurally deficient’ bridges

Billions of dollars are needed to correct issues with locally owned bridges throughout New York. According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli more than $27.4 billion is needed to fix local bridges. Several counties in the Finger Lakes — ranked among the top in the state for featuring the most ‘structurally deficient’ bridges. Seneca County led the way in... more

Gov. Cuomo says wine trails will receive $215M

The wine and craft beverage industry is a big deal in the Finger Lakes. There are currently 13 wine trails across the State that support New York’s vital agricultural, craft beverage and tourism industries. To enhance the current wine trail system, the State Department of Transportation has invested $214.8 million in significant upgrades to the region’s roadways, bridges and culverts,... more

Inside the FLX: Talking rural development in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Monday’s edition of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso was joined by Jillian Kasow, Director and Counsel to the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Christopher Stewart, Special Projects Coordinator with the USDA, and Jim Walfrand, Area Director for Rural Development with the USDA — who discussed shared efforts between regional, state, and federal officials to deliver valuable assets... more

20 years of apple touring in Wayne County

The annual Wayne County Apple Tour returns for the 20th year this fall. Since 1997, apple lovers throughout western and central New York have explored Wayne County to pick fresh apples, enjoy the fall colors, and enjoy a day of family fun. Wayne County is the largest apple-producing county in New York State. The tour runs throughout the month of... more

Plans afoot for tours of Seneca Army Depot

After years of fundraising, political wrangling and other hurdles, the former Seneca Army Depot is on track to open for tours. A welcome center is nearly built, a tour operations manager has been hired, and buses stand ready — almost — to take visitors beginning next month. “We are definitely excited with the mortar and brick being built, and it’s... more

New details about Auburn welcome center to be revealed Friday

Two top state officials will be in Auburn Friday for announcements regarding the new 7,000-square-foot welcome center across from Memorial City Hall. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will join Auburn Mayor Michael Quill and other local and state officials for an event at 1 p.m. Friday in... more

Inside the FLX: Chris Lejewski talks Montezuma, conservation efforts (podcast)

On Thursday’s edition of the Inside the FLX Podcast, Josh Durso was joined by Chris Lajewski, Director of the Montezuma Audubon Center based in Savannah. The organization cares for more than 50,000 acres of wetlands, and during the discussion Lajewski talked about the importance of young people, volunteers, and employees tireless work to continue preserving the Finger Lakes. . more

Finger Lakes’ tale told in the numbers

The Finger Lakes region appears to be doing things right when it comes to focusing economic attention on higher education, high-tech jobs and — in the Ontario County area in particular — food- and drink-related industries. But, poverty-stricken pockets throughout the nine-county region persist and young people are continuing to leave the state, which will continue to pose challenges for... more

Horn, Sheppard talk marina development in Geneva; boundary between Ontario, Seneca

Seneca County has questions, but Geneva doesn’t have all the answers just yet. A resolution was passed at last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, green-lighting a SEQRA response from Seneca County. The resolution authorizes County Manager John Sheppard to respond to a July 27 request for response to SEQRA efforts, as Geneva moves forward through the process of adding a... more

Where are the tourists in Ontario County?

For those in the tourism business in Ontario County — and it is big business — either 2017 has been the summer season that wasn’t, the summer that seems like most of the others or the endless summer with good news still to come. Finger Lakes Visitors Connection President and CEO Valerie Knoblauch prefers the latter. “Our season is not... more

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
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