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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

“Keuka Holidays” wine trail gets residents into the holiday spirit

Local residents were able to get a jump start at ringing in the holiday season with the annual “Keuka Holidays” wine trail. The tour was hosted at Heron Hill Winery and sponsored by the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Ticket holders were able to travel to seven different wineries, collecting ornaments and trying out different wines. When visitors started the trail,... 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

Barrington voters say ‘yes’ to alcohol; but there are other ‘dry’ FLX communities

For a region that prides itself on being a wine and brew destination in the U.S., some communities in the Finger Lakes still have regulations around alcohol sales that leave residents — and prospective business owners — scratching their heads. Barrington removed itself from the list of communities that were either ‘dry’ or ‘partially dry’, after Prohibition era regulations were... 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

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

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

FLL 360: Fall don’t pass me by (blog)

Fall is our favorite time here in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. It’s a time when all of the efforts of summer’s work yield its reward. The garden is now ready for its long winter nap. The onions are safely stored away in the cellar and those jars of lovely red canned tomatoes patently sit on the... more

Missing 15-year-old sought in Yates County

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 15-year-old runaway from Middlesex. Taylor Smith was last seen approximately one week ago.   Police say he could be in Canandaigua with Scott Wescott or in Rushville with Justin Chapin. Smith is described as being 5’11, 200 pounds. If you see Smith, or know of his whereabouts, please call the Yates... more

Contest winners and hot deals at Naples Grape Festival

Quick poll: Nobody recalled a Naples Grape Festival as hot as this one, with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees both days for the weekend event. But it didn’t deter crowds from flooding the village of Naples for hot deals and more at the annual festival established in 1961. The event wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Sponsored by the... more

GALLERY: Saturday at the 2017 Naples Grape Festival

The 2017 edition of the Naples Grape Festival kicked off on Saturday throughout the streets of the Vine Valley image. Large crowds attended on the first of the two day annual celebration of the grape harvest on an unseasonably warm September afternoon in the southwestern Ontario County village. Check out these 61 photos below from FingerLakes1.com on Saturday in Naples... 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

Seneca Heritage celebration held near Bare Hill

Not far from Bare and South Hills on Canandaigua Lake, the area recognized as the birthplace of the Seneca Nation, Peter Jemison shared the history and contributions of the Seneca Nation Sept. 2. Jemison, Ganondagan State Historic Site director, spoke to about 150 attendees during the 26th annual Seneca Heritage Day at historic Overackers Corners Schoolhouse in Middlesex. Another speaker,... more

A festive farewell to summer on Canandaigua Lake

An annual Ring of Fire observance around Canandaigua Lake began well before dusk again this year, and was celebrated with story, song and dance. The bonfires, flares and fireworks followed at nightfall, as families and friends gathered to mark the end of another summer and passage into autumn. In mid-afternoon, Middlesex Heritage Group hosted its 26th annual Seneca Heritage Day... more

One sent to hospital after three-car crash in Hopewell

On Wednesday at approximately 6:15 am deputies investigated a three-car accident with injuries at the intersection of State Route 21 and Andrews Rd. Deputies say Hazel Matus, of Canandaigua was traveling north on Route 21 when she failed to slow or stop for a vehicle that was stopped, waiting to turn off the roadway onto Andrews Rd. That vehicle was... 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

Middlesex Solar farm incentives approved

At an Aug. 2 special meeting of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (Yates County’s Economic/Industrial Development Agency) approved multiple resolutions related to two projects — one that will allow homeowners to buy power generated by a solar farm in Middlesex. SOLAR FARM: The SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review), PILOT (Payment in lieu of Taxes) Deviation, and Approving Resolution for... more
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