LATEST: Teen charged with making terroristic threat after Columbine reference on Snapchat

The Penn Yan Police Department and Yates County Sheriff’s Office have provided an update on the threat made on social media by a 17-year-old resident. Police say that on Friday around 9 a.m. Garret M. Wawrzyk, 17, posted a photo to Snapchat, which showed an item alleged to be a gun with the caption “Eric Harris v2.” Eric Harris was... more

THE DEBRIEF: Breaking down ACT Rochester report on the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #22 of The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest political news from the Finger Lakes. Special focus will be placed on a report published by ACT Rochester, which compares cities and counties throughout the Finger Lakes in a number of categories. Check back later for updated link lists, and more from today’s show.... more

Finger Lakes region struggles in key areas, per ACT Rochester report

ACT Rochester released compelling new data evaluating some of the long-term trends in counties and cities throughout the Finger Lakes. The Report Card looks at everything from socio-economic factors — to ultra-specific population data-points that may get lost in the grind of daily governing. The data was collected in an effort to give elected leaders throughout the Finger Lakes better... more

LOCATE Finger Lakes aims to bring young people back to region

To provide the young people of the Finger Lakes region with a dynamic educational program on business and free enterprise, KeyBank is pleased to announce the KeyBank Foundation is making a substantial donation to LOCATE Finger Lakes, a newly formed regional economic development initiative. This grant is part of the bank’s five year Community Benefits Plan. The $60,000 grant, given... more

Spring is about to arrive in the FLX: But will it stick around?

As temperatures begin to rise this weekend in the Finger Lakes — many are hoping that winter is officially behind us. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said on Friday that persistent, winter weather simply isn’t likely as spring rolls forward. “The forecast for the next 10-15 days seems rather confident that temperatures will hover around normal, which means plenty of... more

Schumer pushes for grape research funds

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, is urging the Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service to provide a robust investment in new equipment for the Grape Genetics Research Unit in Geneva. Schumer said in a press statement that upgrades to the unit’s technology are necessary to ensure researchers have the state-of-the-art tools needed to respond to the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Co. Legislature Chairman Doug Paddock talks Finger Lakes, issues, & future (podcast)

Whether it’s continued growth on the economic development front, or expanding on broadband access – the news for the Yates County Legislature has been overwhelmingly positive. Newly-selected Yates County Legislature Chairman Doug Paddock is in-studio talking about the future of the county he leads, the biggest challenges they face in 2018, and what taxpayers can expect with new leadership. Watch... more

FLX WEEKLY: When will the never-ending winter finally end? (podcast)

As we move into the second half of April, we’re still waiting for winter to end here in the Finger Lakes. On this week’s edition of FLX Weekly we’ll tell you if the end is in sight, round up the week’s top local stories, check out some of our favorite local photos from the past several days, round-up your sports... more

POLITICS & MUSIC: Trailblazers mini-musical focuses on increased engagement (video)

It was about telling the story of politics through music. On Tuesday, April 17th a popular venue in Geneva was filled, as actors, music and food brought a discussion about politics to the forefront. That was the purpose of the event, according to Trailblazers PAC Founder Leslie Danks Burke. She described the night as exciting — but also pointed out... more

Linda Andrei leads 23rd Democrats in campaign cash

Linda Andrei has the most cash on hand among the five Democrats expected to take part in the June 26 primary in the race for the 23rd Congressional seat, according to the latest fundraising figures from the Federal Elections Commission. Andrei, an Ithaca doctor, has $210,534 cash on hand after campaign- connected disbursements. “We all know that the only poll... more

Hear ideas for village parks, waterfront

Representatives from DesignConnect and the Village of Penn Yan will present work that’s been done on potential projects for the village at a meeting set for 10 a.m. to noon April 21 at the Penn Yan Firehouse on Elm Street. The DesignConnect team of Cornell University students have used information gathered at the March community charette to develop ideas for... more

Historic stained glass art comes home

One of the most striking pieces of art ever inspired by Yates County has been restored to prominence in the heart of the county seat. A restored, six-panel, stained glass mural, depicting some of the most iconic architecture and scenes of Yates County’s history, was unveiled at Bank of the Finger Lakes in the atrium of the Village Centre at... more

Dresden approves water deal with Penn Yan; Torrey water districts will have a supply

After a protracted negotiation period lasting over a year, the villages of Dresden and Penn Yan have reached an agreement on the expansion of Dresden’s permissive district to extend their municipal water mains, and sell the water they purchase from Penn Yan. The original permissive district included properties on Rte. 54 east of Penn Yan and Arrowhead Beach north of... more

For NY winemakers, tariffs mean trouble

The New York wine industry is going strong. With jobs, sales and tax revenue the industry now generates more than $13.8 billion, not to mention what wine and grapes do for upstate tourism and agriculture. In Albany, lawmakers recently stamped their approval with the 2019 budget backing programs and research for wine and grapes that includes $1.023 million for the... more

Thursday will offer one last shot of winter for the Finger Lakes

Wednesday will be a nice day in the Finger Lakes. It won’t feel like spring yet, but temperatures will moderate slightly — with highs pushing into the 40s, and the chance of precipitation going away almost completely. All of that will change on Thursday, though, as rain and wet snow returns to the Finger Lakes. While it shouldn’t provide much... more

Giants in the Sky come to Penn Yan

The Penn Yan Elementary Drama Club will present their spring musical “Giants in the Sky” this Thursday and Friday, April 19 & 20 at 6:30 p.m. on the stage of the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium. Tickets are $8, available at the door. A cast of 70 talented youngsters bring the magical story of “Giants in the Sky” to life, exploring... more

Dundee budget includes street work, new workshop

The Dundee Village Board has adopted a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that reflects a total increase in the property tax levy of $13,418, which falls within the 2.35 percent state mandated tax cap, according to Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. When the tax bills arrive in the mail, owners of property valued at $100,000 will pay an additional $31.... more

LNB sponsors June 2 Chamber of Commerce annual dinner

The Yates County Chamber of Commerce announced April 16 that Lyons National Bank will be the title sponsor for the Chamber’s Annual Dinner Dance, to be held Saturday, June 2 at and hosted by Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Craft Ale Company in Penn Yan. In making the announcement, Chamber President Jessica Bacher thanked the bank for its support and... more
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