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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

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

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... more

Fundraising efforts to rebuild Benedicts’ studio in Milo

After over 40 years of teaching art to the school and college students of Yates County, Faith and Dexter Benedict find themselves bereft of a place to work, and even the tools and materials to work with following the disastrous fire that consumed their studios Nov. 1. The Arts Center of Yates County has established the “Fire Works Studio Reconstruction... 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

Fire giveth and fire taketh away

In perhaps the most ironic tragedy in recent local history, an artist couple whose works depend on fire, lost their studios, the tools of their craft, much of their work and many other possessions to the very same volatile element. Recently retired art educators for Keuka College and Penn Yan Central Schools, Dexter and Faith Benedict were awakened at 5... 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

Sculptor’s studio is ‘total loss’ after Milo fire

Fire destroyed the studio of a well-known sculptor Wednesday morning. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike deemed the Baker Road workspace of Dexter Benedict a total loss. Deputies said Benedict’s wife, Faith, woke up around 5 a.m. when she heard their dog barking. She looked outside and saw Fireworks Foundry, as the barn/studio is called, engulfed in flames. Firefighters were unable... more

Milo barn destroyed in early-morning fire on Wednesday

Firefighters say they were called to the scene of a Baker Rd. barn, which was completely destroyed by fire during the early-morning hours of Wednesday. Firefighters say the owners of the property, identified as Dexter and Faith benedict, were woken up by their dog barking when they looked outside and saw the barn fully-engulfed. Firefighters weren’t able to save the... more

One hospitalized in Yates County after motorcycle vs. mini van crash

A Hammondsport man was hurt and sent to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital following a collision between a minivan and motorcycle. Deputies say the accident occurred Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bath and Second Milo roads. Joseph Meade, 65, was traveling east on Second Milo Rd. When he failed to yield the right of way at the intersection and collided... 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

Yates legislator: I am ‘ostracized and ridiculed’

Saying he and others have experienced “orchestrated disrespect and resistance,” Yates County Legislator Mark Morris said he will not actively pursue re-election on the Conservative Party line after losing in a Republican primary. Morris made the announcement at last week’s Legislature meeting, and later sent his statement to media outlets. In September, he finished fifth in a GOP election for... 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

Penn Yan, Milo OK annexation for Tractor Supply

Penn Yan Village and Milo Town officials have taken steps to annex approximately 4.464 acres on State Route 14A where a developer plans to build a 19,097 sq. ft. Tractor Supply Store into the village. The boards held a joint meeting July 18 when they conducted public hearings on the annexation and completed the environmental review forms necessary for the... more

Country Estates residents want town to take over road

At the last Milo Town Board meeting Monday, June 19, about 17 residents of Country Estates, a residential development off Bath Road near the airport, attended to ask the board about the possibility of the town taking over the private road that serves their homes. Residents spoke for over an hour, stating that developer Bucky Lane had told them the... more
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