Deputies respond to two-car crash in Hopewell

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday around 3:47 pm deputies responded to State Route 21 and Schutt Road in Hopewell for the report of an accident with injury. It was determined that Katlynn V. Ward, 26, of Williamson was traveling north on Route 21 in a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire when she was struck by a 2004 Dodge... more

Hopewell gets $1.96 million loan for water district

Nearly 80 people in this Ontario County town will be getting public water with the help of a $1.96 million federal loan. The loan, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, was announced Tuesday by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The funding will finance construction of water system upgrades in Hopewell and extend public... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Ritts is new DA in Ontario County

Ontario County has a new district attorney for the first time in 28 years. First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts, running on the Republican line, defeated Kristina “Kitty” Karle, 12,194 to 8,936, in unofficial results posted by the Ontario County Board of Elections Tuesday evening. Ritts had defeated Karle in the GOP primary in September and following that primary, Karle... more

Korean War veteran speaking at FLCC Veterans Day ceremony

A Canandaigua man who tirelessly advocated for fellow veterans and has been lauded for his efforts to save the Canandaigua VA Medical Center more than a decade ago will be the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day ceremony at Finger Lakes Community College. Korean War veteran Ralph Calabrese will speak at the 1 p.m. Nov. 10 ceremony in the Finger... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Ontario County

The race in Ontario County that has received the most coverage this cycle locally is that for District Attorney. While Jim Ritts has emerged as the front runner, after claiming victory in the Republican Primary held in September — Kristina “Kitty” Karle has continued seeing support. Even after announcing that she was ending her campaign several weeks ago, the race... more

Geneva man faces drug charges after Ontario County Jail incident

A 40-year-old Geneva man was arrested by deputies in Ontario County after an investigation into the sale of fentanyl at the Ontario County Jail. Deputies say Felvin Lebron, 33, of Geneva was arrested and charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband after he was found to be possessing fentanyl while incarcerated at the Ontario County Jail. He was arraigned and committed... more

Cider maker looks to branch out under Start-Up NY program

An Ontario County cider maker is taking advantage of a state economic program that provides companies the ability to operate tax-free for 10 years. Star Cider has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, Empire State Development announced. The family-owned company plans to build a new production facility and create at least five new jobs as part of its expansion.... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Charlie Evangelista talks elections, Ontario County (podcast)

On episode #73 of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso is joined by Ontario County Elections Commissioner Charlie Evangelista to discuss a host of local issues, including some local races taking shape. Over the summer, Evangelista transitioned from serving on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors to serving as the chief elections official for Ontario County. The Democrat has... more

Bicyclist suffers minor injuries after collision with SUV in Hopewell

On Tuesday around 12:21 am the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a vehicle-bicycle accident. Deputies say Roger I. Montanye, 38, of Canandaigua was operating his bike westbound against traffic and crossed into the path of a Ford Explorer, which was being operated by Stephen R. Melton, 60, of Canandaigua. The bicyclist was found at fault as he... more

Deputies: Improper U-turn caused wreck on Freshour Road

A 63-year-old Clifton Springs woman was ticketed following a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Freshour Road that occurred, deputies allege, when the woman made an improper U-turn and struck another car. Kathryn M. Drennan was driving a 2014 Toyota Rav-4 south on Freshour at around 7:48 a.m. when, according to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, she pulled to the right... more

Forgotten resting place in Hopewell gets TLC

Little Philome Benham, son of Barzil and Electa Benham, died Sept. 28, 1826, and was buried in the family cemetery. He was all of 2 months and 10 days when he died, according to a listing of those buried in Benham Cemetery, until recently a largely forgotten burial ground noted more recently for overgrown brush and debris, if thought of... more

Canandaigua Lake water quality improves

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Program Manager Kevin Olvany reported Thursday improved conditions on the lake following Monday’s occurrence of blue-green algae. Visual surveys of the shoreline on Wednesday showed clear water and “no signs of blooms or surface streaking” along the east side of the lake. “Overall conditions looked very good in the areas that we have been seeing isolated concentrations... more

Motorcyclist airlifted from Hopewell crash on Thursday

Deputies say a motorcyclist from Hall is in critical condition at Strong Memorial Hospital after an accident, which took place at the intersection of Rt. 5&20 and Kearney Rd. The crash took place around 5:13 pm when 43-year-old William Alexander, of Stanley, entered Rt. 5&20 — crossing into the path of James R. Snyder, 58, of Hall. Snyder was traveling... more

Number of inmates drops at Ontario County Jail

A few years ago the Ontario County Jail faced overcrowding. The 276-bed jail, nearly at its breaking point, saw annual overtime costs trending $700,000 over budget and the estimated cost of adding a new section on the facility came in at $8 million. Jail overcrowding happens when you get above 80 percent capacity, according to county Planning Department Director Tom... more

Driver ticketed, airlifted to Strong after serious Hopewell crash; two others hospitalized

In an update by law enforcement the accident that happened around 8:15 am at the intersection where a Sheriff’s Deputy was killed earlier this year resulted after a Union Springs man failed to stop at a stop sign. Deputies say the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Hopewell Fire Department, Canandaigua Ambulance and Finger Lakes Ambulance were dispatched to a two-car accident... more

Rain doesn’t dampen first-school-day spirits in Ontario County

Teachers and administrators donned umbrellas to greet students, some of whom covered their heads with hoods and backpacks to shelter from the rain. “Children eagerly arrived to Victor Primary School this morning, wet from the rain and excited for the promise the year holds,” said Principal Jennifer Check. “This year, we are looking forward to growing as a school community,... more

What are lowest rated bridges in Ontario County?

With just a few more weeks left before the start of a new school year, area families are busy wrapping up vacations, road trips and the annual treks “over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house.” But have you ever wondered about the safety of these summer jaunts — particularly the portion “over the river”? New York state... more
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