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FLX WEEKLY: Holiday summer weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

With the slow start to the weather this season it is hard to believe June is coming to a close and Fourth of July weekend is here in the Finger Lakes. Join Jessica Lahr and the FL1 Staff for a look ahead at the extended holiday weekend, this week’s top local news stories and the top photos from across the... more

Penn Yan Academy Class of 2017 graduates

The 124 members of Penn Yan’s Class of 2017 celebrated their commencement in the academy gymnasium because of rain showers June 23. The guest speaker at the 159th commencement was Michael Griffiths, a 1972 PYA graduate who has been a teacher at the academy for the past 23 years. – Read more & see photos at the Chronicle Express website more

Community garden takes root at Penn Yan school

A planned visit by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand didn’t materialize, but that did little to dampen the enthusiasm over a new community garden unveiled Friday at Penn Yan Elementary School. Several PYE students received certificates for being part of the school’s new Garden Club. It was one of several after-school clubs established after the school district received a multi-year grant... more

Identifying what economic development looks like in Yates County

How far has Yates County come over the past 10 to 15 years, and what actions should be taken to enhance the community? Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, points to some favorable trends in the county’s overall picture, but he also acknowledges some areas that don’t look quite so favorable are detailed in the recent... more

Assembly hang up could hit local property tax bills hard

Will state lawmakers act before the 2017 legislative session ends June 21 on what has become a routine request from most New York counties — including Yates — to approve action allowing the local sales tax rate to remain at the current level? Or will Yates County property taxpayers have to withstand an increase in their tax bills and/or cuts... more

US Lacrosse honors for 12 players in Section V

US Lacrosse announced its annual national awards, and the governing body’s girls lacrosse All-American and All-Academic teams includes 12 players from Section V schools. A pair of the award winners are from Palmyra-Macedon, a team that made history in May by winning its first Section V championship. The Red Raiders advanced to the Class D state semifinals in Cortland with... more

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Inspired by son, mom raises $23K for The Homestead

When friends of Bill Struzzi — a man barely past the age of 30 — learned he had dementia, they reached out to his mother for ways to help. At first, Cathy Sperrick was at a loss for how to answer them. But after her son — now 32 — was moved to The Homestead at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Spike talks career, heroin epidemic (podcast)

Sheriff Ron Spike has been working in law enforcement his entire career. Ever since he graduated from Monroe Community College immediately following high school. Even then, Sheriff Spike – then a deputy with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office – knew his career and life would be spent in law enforcement. “I grew up in the jail,” he joked before cameras... more

Yates County pays $50K bill for air ambulance

Yates County legislators have agreed to settle a debt with Life Flight Air Ambulance Service by paying the company $50,699.45 for the transfer of a Yates County Jail inmate in April. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike explains the 25-year-old male collapsed in the jail’s recreation yard April 9, and was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital by Penn Yan... more

Hope Center Food Pantry will open in former VFW

Those involved call it Community collaboration at its best. Keuka Housing Council and Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc., together with grant awards from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Inc. and Nord Family Foundation are meking the creation of a new food pantry in Yates County a reality. The project is a joint effort of Keuka Housing Council,... more

Legislators seek comments on mission, vision, values

Yates County Legislators are requesting public input on their proposed vision, mission and values statement which was established during a May 11 workshop. At the June 12th Legislature meeting, Milo Legislator Mark Morris (District III), presented the statements in a resolution which was tabled unanimously so there would be time for public input. Legislative Chairman Timothy Dennis says Yates County... more

FLX WEEKLY: School’s out, summertime is here (podcast)

Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Josh Durso and Jessamy Uticone for a look around the Finger Lakes and everything you need to know about your weekend ahead. Get your first look weekend forecast, local event line-up, sports outlook, and discuss the top stories in our region this week.   more

Economic developer highlights Yates County’s success in attracting small businesses

Despite its small population and rural way of life, Yates County has been recognized for numerous economic development projects over the last several years. While the county’s economic developer is justifiably proud of that recognition, he said there are still perception issues that prevent the county from reaching its full potential. “People still view us as a poor, farming community,”... more

A Penn Yan man and the Dutch Resistance

Robert Fisher was born in 1922, the son of Leon and Anne Fisher who had a farm on Pre-emption Road, near the intersection with Havens Corners Road in Benton. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy along with the Class of 1939. After graduation, he went to work at the American Can Company in Geneva as a machinist. Facing the draft... more

Penn Yan angler wins Carp Derby with 38 pound lunker

He’s back! Anthony Travis of Penn Yan topped the leader board at the Waterloo Rotary Carp Derby annually for years. Once he even took four of the eight top spots. Then he moved to Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks. But this year, Travis returned. And, as the final minutes were counted down, Travis dropped his fish in the weighing basket... more

Dundee teen charged after hit-and-run accident

Penn Yan Police say they received a call for a hit-and-run accident on Brown St. on Monday morning. On location, a vehicle that was parked along the street had been pushed into the roadway with the suspect vehicle not being on scene. That vehicle was later identified and located on Route 14A, south of the village. The operator of the... more
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