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Contest winners and hot deals at Naples Grape Festival

Quick poll: Nobody recalled a Naples Grape Festival as hot as this one, with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees both days for the weekend event. But it didn’t deter crowds from flooding the village of Naples for hot deals and more at the annual festival established in 1961. The event wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Sponsored by the... more

GALLERY: Saturday at the 2017 Naples Grape Festival

The 2017 edition of the Naples Grape Festival kicked off on Saturday throughout the streets of the Vine Valley image. Large crowds attended on the first of the two day annual celebration of the grape harvest on an unseasonably warm September afternoon in the southwestern Ontario County village. Check out these 61 photos below from FingerLakes1.com on Saturday in Naples... more

FLX WEEKLY: Summer in September for Grapefest weekend in Naples (podcast)

The mid-summer warmth will continue into the third weekend of September and will make for perfect conditions for getting out to all that is happening across the Finger Lakes, including the annual Grape Festival in Naples. Get all the details on the forecast, discuss the week’s top stories at FingerLakes1.com, hear the local weekend sports line-up and more with Jessica... more

Naples mourns victims of fatal plane crash

The community is grieving the death of a Naples native, his wife and their two children, who died Friday in a plane crash in Colorado. Jeff Makepeace, 47; his wife Jennifer, 45; and their 10-year-old children, Addison and Benjamin, were flying from Fort Collins to Moab, Utah when the plane went down about 10 miles north of Glenwood Springs. A... more

Ontario County DA candidates spar at debate

The Grand Ballroom at The Inn on the Lake was the site of a biting exchange between the two Republican candidates for Ontario County district attorney Tuesday night during a debate hosted by the Three Men and a Microphone radio program. Moderated by the program’s Tim Thornton, the candidates faced a full house and a full range of questions coming... 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

Wayland man charged with DWI in Naples

A 33-year-old Wayland man was arrested for driving while intoxicated, after deputies observed him crossing the center line on State Route 21. Deputies charged Jonathan H. Sabo, of Wayland with driving while intoxicated, as well as several other tickets after he was stopped and revealed to have a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent or more. The charges will be answered... more

Cash divide wide in Ontario County DA race

Kristina “Kitty” Karle has more than double the amount of cash in her kitty as her GOP opponent in the race for Ontario County district attorney. According to the last filing before the Sept. 12 primary, Karle has nearly $50,000, to just over $15,400 for Jim Ritts. The pre-primary report for the campaign filings at the New York State Board... 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

Hospeace House welcomes director in Naples

Jennifer Emmons, a registered nurse experienced in hospice care, took the helm Monday of the newly formed comfort care home opening at Hospeace House. “I am so blessed to have this opportunity,” said Emmons, a Naples native familiar with Hospeace House, which operated for more than a decade as a four-bed, state-certified hospice. Hospeace is scheduled to reopen later this... more

Eco-friendly vacation homes sprout up near Naples

Years ago, Ed Bebko was in the comedy business running the Buffalo Comix Cafe in Buffalo and later, Comix Cafe in Rochester. Both clubs eventually closed, and more recently, Bebko turned to a life off the grid. That life is planted on a 30-acre property in the woods, entirely solar powered, with three vacation homes called Shangri-La. “I love nature,”... more

Naples CSD teaching kids and staff to be positive online

Naples CSD teaching kids and staff to be positive online
Equipment to introduce elementary school children to coding and computer programming is included in the Naples Central School District’s Smart Schools Investment Plan recently approved by the state Smart Schools Review Board. Technology purchases include a Lego EV3 set, the coding programming component; along with a Padcaster to film various projects, events and programs; a large screen monitor; and a... more

Naples man arrested on warrant for criminal sex act

Deputies in Ontario County arrested a 62-year-old Naples man on a bench warrant for criminal sex act. Details of the alleged incident were not highlighted in a press release to the media, but the arrest took place on July 28th at approximately 8:04 pm. Deputies say that Dale J. Finster, of Naples was taken into custody without incident and will... more

Hospeace House in Naples soon to reopen

Plans to reopen Hospeace House as a two-bed comfort care home are moving quickly. Thanks to fundraising, donations and volunteer help, the hospice that closed last August should be ready to reopen this fall — and with an executive director to be hired within days, that goal will be even more solid, according to the president of the Hospeace volunteer... more

Retired teachers fund Naples project

Naples Elementary School is transforming an underutilized courtyard into an outdoor learning space for the entire school. Kyle Inda, a special education teacher and PLANT club advisor, recently received a $1,000 check from the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association Hudson-Kramer Memorial Grant fund. The money will be used to install a shade sail over one of the classroom spaces,... more

Deputies: Naples man threatened to kill employees at local restaurant

Deputies in Ontario County arrested a 58-year-old Naples resident after an investigation into a threat made at Luigi’s Restaurant on numerous occasions. Francis William Phillips is accused of threatening to kill employees at the restaurant on several occasions. He was charged with third-degree menacing, third-degree stalking and resisting arrest. He was arraigned in Naples Town Court and remanded to the... more
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