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Keuka Park home devastated by fire on Thanksgiving

First responders were called to 3354 James Road in Keuka Park for the report of a working structure fire during the early-afternoon hours on Thanksgiving. Branchport-Keuka Park Fire Department was first on-scene, who requested engines from Penn Yan, a FAST Team from Benton, as well as a tanker from Potter. At that point, crews said that the two-story home was... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more

Yates County targets big pharma

Yates County has joined other New York State municipalities in engaging a legal firm for representation for a potential lawsuit against big pharmaceutical companies for aggressive marketing of opioids. The firm, Napoli Shkolnik is in the process of filing lawsuits on behalf of cities and counties against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain medications. Those lawsuits allege that the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Horse killed in Benton crash involving vehicle, buggy

A horse was killed after an accident on Pre-Emption Rd. in Benton, according to officials. The Yates County Sheriff’s Office reports that Bridgette Spicer, 20, of Lafayette was traveling south around 8:30 am when she approached a horse-and-buggy. Deputies say that buggy was traveling the same direction, and Spicer failed to slow down enough when approaching. She struck the wagon,... more

Casella will be the new Yates DA

While absentee ballots could change the results from election night, it appears Todd Casella has unseated incumbent Valerie Gardner in the race for Yates County district attorney. According to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night, Casella garnered 2,704 votes, or 52.6 percent, to 2,435, or 47.3 percent, for Gardner. Approximately 550 absentee ballots were sent out,... more

OUT & ABOUT: Early November Saturday on the Seneca Lake Wine & Finger Lakes Beer Trail

It has become an annual tradition for a group of our friends to spend the first Saturday of November on one of the area’s wine trails. Early November is a great time to tour wineries and craft breweries in the Finger Lakes as the foliage is usually near peak and the weather is still generally comfortable. Last year, we enjoyed... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Yates County

In Yates County, a hotly-contested race for District Attorney has made headlines for the last several months. However, two other legislative races, as well as a Town Supervisor race in Barrington will also be having voters thinking long-and-hard this November. Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella will battle in an election, which has been marred by residency questions, petition issues, and... more

Penn Yan bicyclist struck by car; driver had suspended registration

A 23-year-old Penn Yan woman was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after authorities say she was struck by a vehicle on Rt. 14A late-Saturday. Police say 44-year-old Frances Fiorilla, of Canandaigua was traveling north around 6 pm when she struck Kristine Leinbach, of Penn Yan, who was riding a bicycle. The accident took place in the Town of Benton, according... more

Esperanza mansion sued; in foreclosure

Esperanza Mansion, the landmark hotel, restaurant, and wedding venue overlooking Keuka Lake that closed its doors last year, has been dealt another financial blow. Facing a class action lawsuit filed by banquet servers for unpaid gratuities, Esperanza owner David Wegman has agreed to a $210,000 settlement for the local workers employed by Esperanza between Aug. 2010 and Aug. 2016. Named... more

Suicide Prevention Coalition organizes in Yates County

The Yates Suicide Prevention Coalition has continued to develop over the last year and would like the community know what that involved and current and future directions. A steering committee meets regularly in the Yates County Office Building. There are two Project Teams, one for Community Education and Awareness, a second for the development of a Suicide Postvention capacity and... more

Dan Murn wins Paddle Keuka 5K for second straight year

Despite a stiff wind and choppy waters, paddlers took part in the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium’s second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race on Saturday, August 5th. Fairport’s Dan Murn was the overall first place winner for the second year in a row, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 30:30 minutes. The first place winner in the male... more
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