Dry summer = sweet apples

There are a couple of things you’ll notice about this year’s crop of New York apples: They’re smaller and sweeter. You can attribute both of those things to our drought-stricken summer. “It’s affecting the size of the fruit,” said Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, based in Victor. Finger Lakes Times – News: Read More   more

New York’s economic money lacks oversight, group says

New York is set to spend $8.6 billion this year on incentives and tax breaks to companies, but the money is being doled out without enough safeguards to protect the taxpayers, a report Monday charged. The report from the business-backed Citizens Budget Commission comes just days after 10 developers and former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo were charged in a... more

Wells gone dry in the Finger Lakes

Restricted water use, dwindling lake levels, parched fields and wells running dry have early autumn feeling like mid-July. David Shaw never thought when he bought property in a wooded area of Honeoye that he would run out of water, but he did. Shaw closed on the purchase Aug. 9 and in fixing up the house, started painting. When he went... more

#ICYMI in the Finger Lakes: Primary results, stabbing in Canandaigua, and the health of Owasco Lake

It was a busy week in the FingerLakes1.com newsroom, as absentee results continued to come in from the ongoing battle for the Republican nomination in the 54th Senate District race. The health of numerous local lakes has made headlines this summer, with Blue-Green Algae becoming a prominent and challenging problem. #ICYMI in the Finger Lakes takes a look back at... more

Fresh approach to Finger Lakes winemaking

Céline and Sébastien LeSeurre murmur with excitement as a car makes its way up the driveway of their winery on the east side of Keuka Lake. It’s a grape grower from a nearby vineyard bringing three bunches of grapes — Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Gewürtztraminer — for them to evaluate. The LeSeurres inspect the bunches and taste the grapes. They... more

Report: New York State highways among worst in country

We've brought you stories of local drivers upset with the condition of New York's highways. Now a new report ranks our state's roads among the worst in the country. The Reason Foundation listed New York as 45th in its annual highway report, which is down two spots from last year. more

Front brings late day showers to the Finger Lakes Monday

Showers ahead of a frontal boundary will bring some light rain to the Finger Lakes later today. Out ahead of the front, it will be a bit on the breezy side with near normal temperatures. Southeasterly winds, which could gust to 30 mph at times this afternoon, will erode away some of the chill from the weekend. Temperatures this afternoon... more

Drought held garden disease to a minimum in Finger Lakes

Those who were able to irrigate deeply and regularly this summer may have experienced the best yields of their gardening careers. Drought throughout the region created relatively arid conditions that are rare in the Finger Lakes, helping to keep all… Read More more

‘Extreme Drought’ continues throughout most of FLX

Extreme Drought conditions continue across the majority of the Finger Lakes region. Extreme, Level 3 drought continues across the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Those parts of the Finger Lakes not classified as a Level 3 Drought are placed in a Level 2 (Severe) Drought. There has been no change in the map locally during the past week, except... more

Student loan debt in New York doubles in last decade

New York state residents owe a combined $82 billion in student loan debt, a figure that’s more than doubled in the past decade. The numbers released Tuesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli show the number of borrowers and the amount they owe increased sharply in recent years as the cost of higher education went up. The state now has 2.8... more

Hot weather continues for the FLX as temperatures rise through 80s this week

Temperatures will be heating up across the Finger Lake once again, with three of the next four days expected to have highs into the 80s. The average high for this time of the year is about 70 degrees, so these temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Record highs will be safe at most of the longer running... more

Simpson Cup reaches out to veterans at Oak Hill

Millions of injured servicemen have trouble re-discovering life, whether it’s finding work – or finding peace. The Simpson Cup which began at Oak Hill on Tuesday, and its charitable arm, the On Course Foundation, uses golf to help these men and women re-connect with what they’ve lost. John Simpson, a big-time golf agent who suffered from polio as a child,... more

Soaking weekend rain leads to another dry week

It was a stormy weekend across the Finger Lakes. Thankfully for those with outdoor plans, the majority of this rain fell late in the day or during the overnight hours. For a region that continues to be parched by drought, this soaking rain was a welcome relief. Many areas saw over an inch on Saturday night alone, with some additional... more
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