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Former Tops Friendly Market site in Geneva being worked on for possible development

Old Tops site in Geneva being readied for new businesss
The closing of the former Tops Friendly Markets store in the plaza on Hamilton Street last fall was a disappointing development in a city with limited grocery options. However, the former store’s space is now being cleared for new development, although it’s unclear just what that might include. A company is working inside the former store as part of the... more

Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee

Use of landfill permit payments discussed by Ontario BOS committee
In 2014, Ontario County’s Solid Waste Management Plan was approved by the state. In 2015, both the county and Casella Waste Services, operator of the county landfill in the town of Seneca, received approval from the state DEC to expand the landfill within the existing footprint by 43.5 acres, extending its life to 2028. Upon getting the expansion approved, Casella... more

Phelps manhunt suspect calls News10NBC from jail: “I robbed the store”

Phelps manhunt suspect calls News10NBC from jail: “I robbed the store”
The man who led authorities on a manhunt that lasted more than 24-hours called a local newsroom as he sit in jail this week. Brandon Burgess called News10NBC from the Ontario County Jail. Burgess led police on that manhunt after robbing a convenience store near Exit 42 of the New York State Thruway in Phelps. He had previously called that... more

Apple farmers feeling the chill of a cold spring as harvest season continues

Apple farmers feeling the effects of a cold spring
From being shot out of a cannon to being distilled down to a cider, Western New York apple farmers have found many ways to make use of their crops. But this year, as farmers go through harvest season, some say there’s been a catch. “I think, overall, the crop load, in general, has been a little bit lighter,” said Dale Wickham,... more

What’s next for Port 100 after funding cut from Geneva’s 2020 budget?

Port 100 funding cut from 2020 budget in Geneva
A number of people were surprised when Port 100 lost it’s funding through the city of Geneva, as Council adopted the 2020 budget. Maureen Ballatori manages the Port 100 space, and presented to City Council during the budget process – making the case for continued financial support. “We were seeking $17,000 for 2020 to keep Port 100 open and vastly... more

FBI employee who grew up in Geneva found dead in North Carolina

FBI employee who grew up in Geneva found dead in North Carolina
A 60-year-old FBI forensic photographer was found dead in the Nantahala National Forest. According to WHNT-TV, a multi-agency law enforcement criminal investigation into Miller’s death is ongoing in North Carolina after she was found dead. Kathleen Miller, a Geneva native went to college in Rochester. Gail Jones, a lifelong friend of Miller called her a ‘beautiful person’. “She was fun-loving,... more

Two hospitalized after crash on Rt. 96 in Phelps

Two hospitalized after crash on Rt. 96 in Phelps
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation of a two-car personal injury crash, which occurred in the Town of Phelps around noon on Monday. Deputies were called to the scene at the intersection of State Route 96 and Phelps Junction Road. They say a sedan rear-ended an SUV resulting in injuries. The operator of the sedan was identified as... more

Schedules slashed for employees at Target after wage hike

Target wage increase leads to schedule cuts
Some target employees say they have seen their hours cut because of a recent wage increase. In the past few years, target announced that they are raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour. Recently, employees are complaining because they say that Target has cut their hours in recent years. This leads to more complexity when it comes to health... more

Fello joins Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association team

joins Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association team
Seneca Lake Pure Waters has welcomed a new face to their local environmental team. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announced on Monday that Kaitlin Fello has been hired as its part-time Administrative Coordinator. She will work with Pure Waters Officers and Board members to expand efforts to preserve, promote and protect Seneca Lake Water Quality. Fello is a Geneva HS... more

DEC allowing public comment on Naples surface discharge permit

DEC allowing public comment on Naples surface discharge permit
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has made a tentative decision to issue a new permit for the discharge of treated wastewater at the Naples Central School District bus garage at 8 Academy St. The facility houses and washes buses on site. The permit would allow the discharge to an onsite stormwater retaining pond and then to groundwater from an... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as some may believe. Richard Mayfield, who serves as State Director for Regional Development with the USDA returned to... more

Winners and losers in new Geneva city budget

Winners and losers in new Geneva city budget
The Port 100 co-working site was an initiative hatched by the city three years ago as a way to enhance the city’s entrepreneurial culture. In 2018, the city provided Port 100, on Castle Street, $26,487. However, under the 2020 budget adopted this past week by City Council, it will get no funding after city staff previously recommended it receive $9,000.... more

Geneva Council candidate Valerie Mallard dealing with health issues

Geneva Council candidate Valerie Mallard dealing with health issues
The Democratic candidate for Ward 2 City Councilor, Valerie Mallard, has announced that she is unable to personally campaign due to health issues. In a letter distributed to residents in Ward 2, Mallard shared the news that friends and neighbors would be campaigning on her behalf in the coming weeks as she takes time to “get back on (her) feet.” Continue reading... more

Hitting the streets for neighborhood harmony in Geneva

Hitting the streets for neighborhood harmony in Geneva
The relationship between a city and a college within its borders is a complex one. On one hand, the benefits are many — from a student populous that provides much-needed revenue for city businesses to the cultural amenities and educated faculty that enrich the community. In recent years, Hobart and William Smith Colleges graduates have often opted to stay after... more

Puppies from ‘Naples 85’ seized in new animal cruelty arrest

Puppies from ‘Naples 85’ seized in new animal cruelty arrest
Six puppies, offspring of one of the ‘Naples 85’ dogs, have been seized by the Ontario County Humane Society. According to the Humane Society, Jane Justice was stopped by an Ontario County sheriff’s deputy in a CVS parking lot in the Town of Richmond on Friday. When the deputy looked in Justice’s vehicle he saw the six puppies living in garbage,... more
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