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INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)

INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)
Moral injury is defined as damage done to a person’s conscience or moral compass when that individual perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct. It’s complicated. Dr. Marek Kopacz, of the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention is one of the researchers working to understand moral injury... more

THE DEBRIEF: Affordable Housing, Resisting Vaccines, Incinerator Bill, and MORE! (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Rent control measures, resistance to vaccines, and low speed access (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso and Ted Baker break down the latest headlines from around the region. The two discuss rent control advocacy across the state, a vacant Geneva City Council seat, access to high speed broadband (and the implications), as well as a veto power proposal that would give new power to voters. Watch below... more

Le Moyne lacrosse drops OT decision in NCAA semi

Le Moyne lacrosse drops OT decision in NCAA semi
The Merrimack lacrosse team unearthed some dramatic, last-second momentum in regulation on Saturday and then made sure not to slow that roll in overtime. Merrimack’s Christian Thomas scored 29 seconds into the extra period push the Warriors to a 15-14 win over Le Moyne College in a Division II NCAA Tournament semifinal game. The win sends the defending national champion... more

Kolb says costs to farms in labor bill ‘staggering’

KOLB: Costs to farms in Farmworkers Labor bill ‘staggering’
Republicans in New York are pushing back against a bill, which they say would have a huge impact on local farms. Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River), the Conference’s ranking member on the Committee on Agriculture, were among a number of signatories who penned a letter to the Assembly Majority leadership calling for... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Stakeholders wrestle with reaching rural vets for services as transportation, housing lag (Part 1)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing ways that the VA is reaching rural communities (podcast)
At this very moment there are more than 18 million veterans living in the United States. And the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for their well-being. At least in terms of provided care. However, vets aren’t automatically enrolled at their local VA hospital or clinic; and enrolling them is consistently the biggest challenge faced by professionals within the VA... more

Wanted: More foster care families in Finger Lakes

Wanted: More foster care families in Finger Lakes
Families are in the spotlight this weekend as the nation celebrates Mother’s Day. With that in mind, there is a significant gap between the number of children in the four-county area of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates needing foster placement and the number of foster care families willing to take those children in on a short- or long-term basis. Glove... more

Cayuga County resident takes No. 2 post with SBA in Syracuse

Cayuga County resident takes No. 2 post with SBA in Syracuse
Daniel Rickman has been appointed as the Deputy District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Syracuse District Office. Rickman joined SBA and the Syracuse District in 2013 as an Economic Development Specialist and most recently served as Branch Manager, supervising the Albany and Elmira offices in the district. As Deputy District Director, Rickman’s duties will include supervising district staff... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Karen Springmeier of Finger Lakes Works discusses local workforce

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Karen Springmeier of Finger Lakes Works discusses local workforce
Workforce development is that thing happening in the background that a lot of people take for granted in their local community. People are looking for jobs; and despite some of the narrative surrounding the Finger Lakes Economy – there are tons of them. Finger Lakes Works focuses on connecting employers and prospective employees. One way they do that is by... more

Finger Lakes Museum to plant trees and build trails

Finger Lakes Museum to plant trees and build trails
The Finger Lakes Museum (FLM) was one of 10 applicants awarded a Trees for Tribs Grant through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The FLM’s project includes the planting of over 3,000 native trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and climate resiliency along Sugar Creek. These riparian trees and shrubs will be planted on the... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing Geneva City Council Ward 6, Veto Power Proposal, and Decline in Local Enrollment (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing Geneva City Council Ward 6, Veto Power Proposal, and Decline in Local Enrollment
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso debate the future of rural school districts, as a FingerLakes1.com exclusive shows significant declines in student enrollment across the Finger Lakes. The duo also discusses the latest from Geneva City Council’s Tuesday session to find a Ward 6 Councilor; and the future of a veto power law, which... more

School districts struggle with providing opportunities for students as enrollment declines

ENROLLMENT DECLINE: School districts struggle with providin
What does the loss of hundreds, sometimes more than a thousand students over the course of several decades do to a school district? What kind of impact does it have on the community-at-large? These are very real questions facing rural school districts in the Finger Lakes. Editor’s Note: Last weekend we set out to evaluate the district enrollment trend of... more

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance celebrates 100 years

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance celebrates 100 years
A crowd of nearly 300 joined the celebration of 100 years of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance at a gala anniversary party Saturday, May 4 at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront. Attendees spanned local business owners, area not-for-profits, county tourism promotion agencies, supporters, and legislators. Founded in 1919 and based in Penn Yan since its inception, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance... more

Former St. Joe’s Dr. ordered not to prescribe controlled substances during investigation

Former St. Joe’s Dr. ordered not to prescribe controlled substances during investigation
The former St. Joseph’s cardiologist who is accused in the nationwide prescription drug crackdown has been ordered by the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct to not prescribe any controlled substance during the investigation. According to the Department of Health webpage, Dr. Andrew Rudin’s NYS medical license is “limited to preclude him from practicing medicine in New York State or... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing YEA! Program to help students grow skills, bolster the Finger Lakes

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing YEA! Program to help students grow skills, bolster the Finger Lakes
Student engagement isn’t easy – but with a relatively new program, which has seen incredible results within the Finger Lakes – students are learning skills that ready them for the business world locally- and beyond. This week on Inside the FLX, LaToya Collins, YEA! Program Manager; Michael Zellers, a senior at Mynderse Academy; and Megan Marley, a freshman at Mynderse... more

Katko says he doesn’t care who 2020 opponent is

Katko says he doesn’t care who 2020 opponent is
Democrats are already lining up for a chance to take on Congressman John Katko in the November 2020 election. They include his 2018 opponent, Dana Balter. “Their primary is over a year from now,” said Katko, R-24 of Camillus, expressing exasperation for the seemingly endless congressional campaign cycle that has evolved over the past few years. Three Democrats have announced... more

A sustainable wine future in the Finger Lakes

A sustainable wine future in the Finger Lakes
April 23, about 40 from the wine and grape industry met at Heron Hill Winery to chart a sustainable future for the Finger Lakes wine region. The group included area growers and winemakers, along with experts from Cornell University and New York Wine & Grape Foundation. They talked about a plan first promoted more than a decade ago — VineBalance... more

100 YEARS OF PROMOTION: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance celebrates decades of advocacy

100 YEARS OF PROMOTION:
The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is recognizing 10 decades of promoting the region and CK Cellars is honored to help support their 100th Anniversary Gala. “Without the support of CK Cellars, this event would not be of the high caliber that it is,” said Cynthia Kimble, President of the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. “Net proceeds from the anniversary celebration will... more

Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism

Finger Lakes National Heritage Corridor designation could boost tourism
Efforts to get national recognition for the Finger Lakes area as a tourist destination could bring tourists, and their spending power, from all over the country to Upstate New York. The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance has been overseeing the already years-long effort, which is about to begin a feasibility survey by the National Park Service. That step could take 2... more
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