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

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

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

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

Yates County opposes waste-to-energy plant plan

The Yates County Legislature has agreed to join other municipalities around Seneca Lake in opposing the development of a waste-to-energy plant at the former Seneca Army Depot site in Seneca County. Circular enerG has announced plans to build the plant on 39.4 acres, and has filed documents seeking approval of the project from New York State after withdrawing an application... more

Yates County plans handgun safety training seminar for April 21

Yates County will be holding a Handgun Safety Training Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21 in the Yates County Office Building Auditorium. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office and the Yates County Chapter of SCOPE. Registration is being... more

Penn Yan man possessed metal knuckles, marijuana during investigation

An investigation into property at an apartment in Penn Yan resulted in weapons charges for a 22-year-old Vineland Apartments resident. Penn Yan Police arrested Dante A. Ortiz, 22, of Penn Yan on Tuesday at approximately 12 p.m. following an investigation into property that was located at the apartment. Ortiz was found to be in possession of metal knuckles, an illegal... more

Penn Yan grad becomes newest deputy with Yates County Sheriff’s Office

A newly-named deputy with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office is following in the footsteps of her father — a retired Lieutenant of the same department. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike announced the April 6th graduation of Deputy Sheriff Megan Sotir from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy affiliated with Corning Community College. The program is mandated basic training for municipal... more

FLX WEEKLY: West side Seneca wine trailin’ & weekend warm-up? (podcast)

Join Sydney Rogers, Jim Sinicropi & Josh Durso for a round-up of your week, and a warmer weekend ahead, here in the Finger Lakes. Check out a photo gallery of a Saturday spend on the wineries along the west side of Seneca Lake, get your weekend forecast, discuss the top local news of the week and enjoy some great local... more

Canandaigua tops Penn Yan in extra time on Friday night (highlights)

Another chapter was written on Friday night in what has become one of the best area high school lacrosse rivalries as the Canandaigua Braves defeated the Penn Yan Mustangs in sudden death overtime, 7-6. Austin Blumbergs led Penn Yan with 4 goals and one assist in the loss. Penn Yan falls to 1-1 while Canandaigua improves to 2-1.   HIGHLIGHTS: more

ALL CLEAR: Bomb threat at Penn Yan business deemed unfounded

On Wednesday, the Penn Yan Police Department was called to Silgan Plastics for a reported bomb threat. The call came in around 1:30 p.m. and resulted in a heavy response to the facility. Officers checked the grounds with Ontario County and New York State Police K9 units assisting. A thorough search of the building and grounds were conducted and no... more

Two more change lives in Drug Treatment Court

The Yates County Drug Treatment Court hosted its 34th graduation ceremony Wednesday morning, March 28 in the County Courthouse, adding two more successful graduates to the total of 86 since the court was founded in 2003. Attended by the YCDTC Team and many of its volunteers, as well as representatives from the county legislature, the ceremony was followed by a... more

Penn Yan village board organizes; sets $5.6 M budget

Village officials are ready for a new year, with two new trustees, a new committee structure, and a tentative $5.6 million budget. The budget reflects a 6 percent or $335,495 increase in spending. Teresa Hoban, Ray Spencer, and Carolyn Benedict were sworn in as trustees, and Mayor Leigh MacKerchar took his oath of office before the annual organizational meeting April... more

$800,000 to revitalize downtown Penn Yan

Penn Yan’s initiative to attract more upscale residential development in the upper floors of older buildings in the downtown business section, has received a double shot in the arm recently. Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC, Yates County’s IDA) says two grants awarded by the state will bring $800,000 to planned projects to develop apartments... more
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