Lack of quorum sends projects to local boards in Yates County

The last meeting of the Yates County Planning Board was forced into cancellation due to a failure to draw a quorum. Planner Dan Long says the attendance was expected to barely meet the necessary number of members, but at the last moment, one member was unable to attend due to a family emergency. Consequently, all the applications due for review... more

Fire strikes Martens’ organic farm in Torrey

Fire, one of any farmer’s worst fears, struck the Martens’ family farm, one of the largest organic grain producers in the nation, Saturday night, Sept. 23. At approximately 10:45 p.m. Yates County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Hansen was returning home from a long shift when he passed the farm on Ridge Road in Torrey, and saw the main barns already filled... more

Barn fire results in extensive losses

Torrey farm owners Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens are assessing the extensive damage from a large fire that happened at their Ridge Road farm overnight, Sept. 23 – 24. Mary-Howell has listed losses on her facebook post that include hay, straw, grain, equipment, pigs, calves and vehicles. Multiple fire departments were dispatched to the scene around 11 p.m. Saturday night, and... more

Torrey water district is back to square one

After a mistake in calculation, the proposed Water District # 1 in the Town of Torrey may have to go back to the beginning for approval from the residents. Clark Patterson Lee, engineers for the town, miscalculated the amount of water that would be used by a small winery tasting room, having assessed it at the same usage level as... 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

More residents seek water service in Torrey

With the progressing proposals for two water districts in the Town of Torrey, a third group has expressed their desire for municipal water. At the town board meeting Aug. 8, Linda Downs of Arrowhead Beach presented petitions signed by residents of Rock Haven Road, Rock Haven Beach, and Arrowhead Beach requesting a water district be formed. Downs says 100 percent... 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

Perry Point residents seek Dresden water

Residents of Perry Point on Seneca Lake who have been waiting for a solution to their water supply woes are becoming more frustrated by the day. Torrey officials have decided to approach the Village of Dresden to establish a contract to sell water to the Perry Point residents, despite objections from the Penn Yan Municipal Utilities Board, the source of... 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

Job Fair coming to Yates County

If you are seeking employment for a full or part time job, you will not want to miss the Yates County Job Fair that will take place Wednesday, May 17 from 2-6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on Keuka Lake. This event provides an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet employers. Free and open to the public, over 30... more

Latest from FLX as water levels continue to rise (full-coverage)

It’s a bad situation. As a whole, the region is several inches over “normal” rainfall amounts for the last two months. While the Finger Lakes didn’t see the snowmelt that sometimes contributes to springtime flooding — we have seen plenty of spring rains. On Thursday a road washed out in Geneva. Coastal communities along Lake Ontario have been on edge... more

Torrey approves two new water districts

Last Tuesday, the Torrey Town Board unanimously approved the two water districts proposed at the public hearing Jan. 12. With the formation of the districts, the town will now apply to the New York State Comptroller for approval. However, where the water for a small district in the Perry Point area will come from is stalled in communications between the... more

Torrey residents support creating two water districts

The two water districts proposed for the town of Torrey seem to have gathered enough support for the town to move forward. Torrey District #1 organizer George Thompson of Serenity Road submitted a report showing that of the 43 property owners who responded, 23 have agreed and 20 have said no. Several owners have not replied or still have questions... more

Greenidge pipeline work to begin soon

Construction of an underground pipeline that will carry natural gas to the Greenidge power plant is expected to start soon. “We have about 30 conditions to meet as part of our approval,” plant manager Dale Irwin said. “We’ve met most of them, but the last few should be in place soon, and then we can get approval to start.” New... more
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