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State announces action plans to combat algal blooms on Owasco, Cayuga, Skaneateles lakes

Owasco, Cayuga and Skaneateles lakes are among 12 “priority waterbodies” across New York that received tailored action plans to address harmful algal blooms and protect water quality, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Developed in part through regional summits that connected local stakeholders and nationwide experts, the action plans contain a variety of recommendations and proposals on how to use $65... more

Tuesday morning greets FLX residents with cooler temps

The latest Finger Lakes forecast heading into the overnight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 2:00 AM,. Cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 9 to 13 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Check out the latest at our Weather... more

Air quality alert issued for Upstate NY for Father’s Day

An air quality alert has been issued for much of Upstate New York for Sunday. High heat and strong sunlight are expected to boost levels of ozone during the day, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. The alert is in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The state Department of Health encourages people who have respiratory problems, including... more

Yates will seek grant to study water infrastructure

Yates County leaders and organizations in the Seneca and Keuka Lake watersheds are taking action to ensure clean water to area residents. The Yates County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution at their June 11 meeting supporting an application for a grant to help pay for a consultant to conduct a county-wide water infrastructure study. The proposed cost for such a... more

Teen charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law after traffic stop in Penn Yan

Police say a 16-year-old was arrested on a felony DWI charge under Leandra’s Law after a traffic stop on Wednesday in the village. William H. Rogers, 16, was charged with DWI Leandra’s Law, unlawful possession of marijuana and failure to keep right after the stop. Police say that when they stopped the vehicle the odor of marijuana was coming from... more

AROUND THE LAKES: Exploring the Keuka Outlet Trail with Friends of the Trail, Inc.

Getting engaged in the Finger Lakes has never been easier. The Keuka Outlet Trail is one of the region’s most-celebrated historical attractions, and the organization behind it is asking that the public continue getting involved.  . “We’ve seen great progress over the last several years,” explained Phillip Rahr, who serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for... more

THE DEBRIEF: Unpacking Geneva contracts, new DRI money, and mental health data (podcast)

The hosts of the Debrief Podcast are tackling the biggest stories in the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks. Hosts Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest in the search for Geneva’s next city manager, city contracts that could impact one elected official’s future, as well as new data released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding... more

Cruise in to Penn Yan Friday night

It’s time for the 22nd Annual Cruisin’ Night and Block Party in downtown Penn Yan. “The weather is going to be on our side and we are looking forward to setting a new record of show vehicles,” says Jessica Bacher, CEO of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, explaining organizers are planning a great night with classic and antique vehicles... more

Vine Valley store reopens in Middlesex

Perhaps one can go home. At least that is what Beth Armitage Muller is trying to do as she re-establishes the Vine Valley General Store. First opened in 1898, by Charles A. Robeson, it served the Vine Valley community on the shore of Canandaigua Lake until her family finally closed it in the 1980′s. After a leap of faith and... more

Marcus Whitman’s littlest Wildcats host spectacular Flag Day

Patriotic songs, music, poems and the wonderment in children’s voices filled the air outside of Middlesex Valley Elementary School Thursday as students in grades UPK-2 celebrated Flag Day and honored local veterans. “Good morning, Valley,” Principal Bonnie Cazer called from a podium on the edge of the sidewalk where first-grade teacher Joanne Emerson welcomed the Marcus Whitman Central School (Gorham-Middlesex... more

ReFIND— a creative exchange opens on Main Street

ReFIND, a new artists studio at 17 Main St. in Penn Yan opened its doors May 16 to offer co-working, workshops, events, and select retail items for the Finger Lakes Region. ReFIND is an open studio promoting the creative exchange of ideas. Behind the 1920s storefront and colorful window display, the studio is a flexible space that hosts their design... more

Former Lloyd’s Limited owner indicted on violent, felony sex offenses

A grand jury in Yates County has indicted the former owner of Lloyd’s Limited Pub in Penn Yan on multiple violent, felony sex offenses. Robert Champlin was arrested after an investigation into a Christmas Eve incident that resulted in serious charges and the closure of the downtown mainstay. Champlin was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sex act –... more

One dead in Penn Yan after suspected overdose

One person has died from what police are calling a suspected overdose in Penn Yan. When officers arrived on-scene they found a subject who was unconscious and barely breathing. Officers performed first aid in an attempt to resuscitate the individual, according to police. Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance personnel also performed first aid in an attempt to resuscitate the individual. At... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Vincent Esposito of Empire State Development talks economic development in the Finger Lakes

For the Finger Lakes – the road to economic development has been a long, and often bumpy one, with a multitude of challenges being faced. However, significant changes in policy over the last decade have paved the way for new economic development in the region. While Governor Andrew Cuomo’s methods for producing that economic development through competition and regional zones... more

Mr. Kriese’s Agricultural opus in Yates County

Penn Yan Academy Agriculture teacher John Kriese knows how to grow things, how to build things, and how to fix things. His ability to mentor, support, and guide young people, looking past weaknesses to help students find a direction for their future brought a large and appreciative crowd out for the 87th Penn Yan FFA Chapter Banquet at Penn Yan... more

Senate passes legislation focused on Lyme, tick-borne diseases

The New York State Senate recently passed a package of legislation to strengthen efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases. During this time of year, ticks are becoming active once again. In particular, Senator Helming – a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases – co-sponsored measures that would establish a pilot program for Lyme and... more

Bullet found inside Penn Yan Middle School auditorium

The Penn Yan Police Department was called to Penn Yan Middle School on Monday around 7:45 a.m. after a student found a .22 caliber bullet in the school’s auditorium. The student notified staff at the school, which resulted in an immediate search. Penn Yan Police, Yates County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police responded to the school and conducted... more
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