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Finger Lakes tourism confidence grows, environmental threats loom

Finger Lakes tourism confidence grows, environmental threats loom
Confidence is high in the Finger Lakes tourism industry, though not without worry about environmental threats and other concerns. Three professionals in local tourism shared their take Thursday on what is happening based on key points revealed in a recent survey by DestinationFLX. Michael Mills, founder of the DestinationFLX promotional/event platform, hosted the panel with about 25 guests attending the... more

FLX WEEKLY: Wine & Herbs, Seneca7 and Wild Water Derby for the last weekend of April (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Wine & Herbs, Seneca7 and Wild Water Derby for the last weekend of April (podcast)
There is a lot going on in the Finger Lakes for the last weekend of April. The Seneca7 relay around Seneca Lake, Wine & Herb Weekend on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, and the WIld Water Derby on Shortsville highlight the slate of event. Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Sydney Rogers and Josh Durso to get your weekend weather outlook,... more

Auburn man leads deputies on foot pursuit at Waterloo Premium Outlets

Auburn man leads deputies on foot pursuit at Waterloo Premium Outlets
Deputies say an Auburn man was taken into custody this week on charges related to a theft at a Junius shopping center. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on April 23rd at approximately 3:15 p.m. deputies arrested Shawn B. Morrison, 41, of Auburn on two counts of petit larceny, and one count of criminal possession of burglars tools. Deputies... more

Seneca County Mental Health reiterates mission, hours following South Seneca tragedy

Following the tragedy in South Seneca the Seneca County Community Counseling Center, otherwise known as the County Mental Health Department reiterated it’s vision for a community without suicide, and it’s dedication to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide through education, advocacy, and resources. Led by Margaret Morse, who serves as Director of Community Services – Seneca... more

Seneca Falls man charged with aggravated harassment after Fayette incident

Seneca Falls man charged with aggravated harassment after Fayette incident
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Seneca Falls man after a warrant was issued for his arrest stemming from an incident in April. Deputies say that Michael P. Erb, of Seneca Falls was arrested on a warrant out of Fayette Town Court for second-degree aggravated harassment. Deputies say Erb threatened a resident on April 14th during... more

‘Explosion-type’ sound heard around lunchtime between Mynderse & Frank Knight ruled no threat

Seneca Falls Central School District Superintendent Bob McKeveny released a statement following the investigation of a loud ‘explosion’ between the district’s elementary and high/middle school campuses around noon. McKeveny says that after receiving the report, the Seneca Falls Police Department was contacted. The matter was investigated, and it’s believed that the sound was fireworks being set off in a residential... more

Pair of Support Group meetings coming to Ovid after tragic loss of South Seneca student

A Support Group meeting is on the move after a recent tragedy in Seneca County. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition announced the change of venue for their next Sudden Loss Support Group meeting, which was slated for Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Sudden Loss Support Groups have been meeting in Waterloo and Ovid for the last year on... more

New executive director chosen by Finger Lakes Wine Alliance

New executive director chosen by Finger Lakes Wine Alliance
The Finger Lakes Wine Alliance has announced Carmela Barbagallo will serve as the organization’s executive director, a news release issued Wednesday said. Barbagallo comes from a background in marketing, wine sales, events, business and restaurant management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from SUNY Oswego and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Rochester. The Citizen:... more

South Seneca Central School District mourning loss of freshman

South Seneca Central School District mourning loss of freshman
The South Seneca Central School District is mourning the loss of a 14-year-old freshman. District Superintendent Stephen Zielinski said that the district was ‘heartbroken’ by the news that freshman Ryan Sibley took his own life on Tuesday afternoon. “We are heartbroken tonight to share the news of the tragic death of Ryan Sibley, who took his own life this afternoon... more

FRESH TAKES w/ RUSSO & FELICE: Bat Flips, Pitcher Celebrations & Retaliation in MLB (podcast)

FRESH TAKES – LIVE NOW: Bat Flips, Pitcher Celebrations & Retaliation in MLB (podcast)
This week, the unwritten rules of Major League Baseball. Bat flips after home runs, pitcher celebrations and retaliations throughout the baseball season will be discussed by Paul Russo & Nick Felice. Also, NFL Draft talk and the latest in the NBA and NHL play-offs. . more

It’s A Wonderful Life Museum ready to “go to next level”

It’s A Wonderful Life Museum ready to “go to next level”
Officials from the It’s A Wonderful Life museum in Seneca Falls appealed to the Seneca County Board of Supervisors Tuesday for $20,000 from its tourism promotion budget “so we can go to the next level’’ as a tourist destination. The board’s Economic Development & Tourism Committee expressed support for the request, but tabled a motion to allocate the money until... more

Peterson won’t challenge opponent’s petitions for SF highway chief

Peterson won’t challenge opponent’s petitions for SF highway chief
Incumbent Town Highway Superintendent Jim Peterson, a Democrat, said he will not mount a legal challenge to the nominating petitions of Brian Sparrow, a Republican. Sparrow’s petitions were subject to an objection from a town resident, but the Seneca County Board of Elections issued a split decision, which means the petitions will stand unless a court rules them invalid. Finger... more

SAFETY MOMENT: Get out and check surroundings

SAFETY MOMENT: Get out and check surroundings
I’ve recently developed the habit of physically checking around my personal vehicle when I need to back up.  Even with a backing camera, proximity detection systems and other technology that we take for granted, there are blind spots that can be missed, or technology could be malfunctioning.  There is no substitute for physically checking behind your vehicle.  Be it your... more

Kayak fishing tournament raises funds for Tristan Foundation

Kayak fishing tournament raises funds for Tristan Foundation
When you think “Kayak Fishing”, philanthropy might not top your list. It might not even crack the top ten words you think of when this fast growing sport pops into your mind, that was not the case this past Saturday. NYKBF (New York Kayak Bass Fishing) came together with local kayak shop Fuzzy Guppies, to put together the largest Kayak... more
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