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Residents, businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to halt Crestwood project

Residents are stepping up the fight against a plan to store millions of barrels of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in unlined abandoned salt caverns beneath the shores of Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. Nearly 500 local business owners, including leaders of the region’s winery and tourism industries, sent a letter to Governor... more

Land Trust receives donation of 62-acre easement

The Finger Lakes Land Trust has accepted the donation of a conservation easement that will conserve 62 acres. The easement protects a part of Taughannock Creek, a tributary to Cayuga Lake and the stream that forms Taughannock Falls. The property, owned by Richard Paige of Hector, was purchased in 1940 by his parents. He and his wife, Nancy Adams, established... more

Short on customers, group calls for end of Seneca Lake LPG storage plan

After learning that Arlington Storage Company could not find customers for additional fracked gas storage at Seneca Lake, Gas Free Seneca, represented by environmental law firm Earthjustice, sent letters to the two agencies with jurisdiction over the facility, asking for official disapproval of Arlington’s proposed expansion. The grassroots group, representing more than 400 local businesses and thousands of residents, asked... more

EXPLORING THE FLX: Watkins Glen State Park dries out after heavy rains (photos & video)

It was the perfect spring day. The sun was out, temperatures were hanging in the mid-60s, and there was just enough of a breeze to keep the air from getting too warm. Watkins Glen State Park is just getting tuned up. A day trip down to one of the best State Parks in the Finger Lakes was a mix of... more

Authorities ask for public’s help locating stolen Schuyler Co. excavator

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stolen excavator. They say the theft happened in the Town of Hector between Friday and Saturday on County Route 1. Deputies say it appears to have loaded onto a lowboy trailer The excavator was a 1995 Caterpillar 320L and belonged to the Schuyler County Highway Department. Anyone with information is asked to... more

LETTER: Underage drinking still a problem in Schuyler Co.

To the Editor – As an employee of Schuyler County Public Health I am concerned about the underage drinking problem in Schuyler County. According to the most current data 47.6% of 7th through 12th grade students report using alcohol at some point in their life and 25.5% report using it in the past 30 days. Many young people in the... more

Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling Earns Jefferson Cup

Chateau LaFayette Reneau is the proud recipient of a Jefferson Cup for its 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling at the recent 17th Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition, which took place in Kansas City, Missouri on November 17 and 18, 2016. With the addition of this recent award, winemaker Tim Miller celebrates a career total of five Jefferson Cups during his tenure... more

Grape-stomping good time at Finger Lakes harvest festivals

It’s fall in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, and if you take a drive down one of the lakes, chances are you’ll find vineyards and wineries a buzz with activity. It’s the celebration of another harvest that brings vineyard owners and winemakers together with the communities around them. Check out this video by Lauren Long of Syracuse.com featuring scenes... more

Quick Bites: Fine wines meet hot dogs at FLX Wienery

Here’s the challenge: while wineries seem to be everywhere in the Finger Lakes, there are long stretches where there just isn’t a place to eat. As luck would have it, we were a short drive from the FLX Wienery, on the west side of Seneca Lake. The elevated hot dog stand is the creation of Christopher Bates, together with his... more

Police: Schuyler home health aide charged with grand larceny

Delinda K. Buchanan, 41 years old of Savona, was arrested on Monday and charged with 12 counts Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, a class E felony and Grand Larceny in the third degree, a class D felony. It is alleged that Buchanan who is a home health aide submitted 12 time cards containing false information and... more