Penn Yan woman stole upwards of $40K from business through falsifying records

The Penn Yan Police Department reports the arrest of a 61-year-old Flynn Road resident on felony grand larceny charges after an investigation into thousands of missing dollars. Jo Ann Gilbert, 61, of Penn Yan was arrested after her employer notified police that a large sum of money was missing. Police say Gilbert would take money out of the cash register... more

Syracuse to host Boeheim brother matchup when Cornell visits on 12/1

Syracuse Athletics announced Thursday that it will will meet with Cornell for the 124th time when the Orange hosts the Big Red on Dec. 1 in the Carrier Dome. Last season, SU head coach Jim Boeheim coached against then-freshman at Cornell and his son, Jimmy. This season, the matchup will add another Boeheim: Jim’s other son and soon-to-be Syracuse freshman... more

Report: Sewer overflow continues to contaminate New York waterways

Last year, billions of gallons of untreated sewage and storm water overflowed into more than 200 waterways in New York, and now the state comptroller is pushing to fix the problem. According to a recent report from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, in 2017, there were 807 discharge points where partially or wholly untreated wastewater was released into rivers, streams,... more

Cayuga Co. couple accused of faking son’s cancer for donations plead not guilty

The Cayuga County couple charged for pretending their child had cancer to get donations pleaded not guilty. Martin and Jolene LaFrance appeared in Montezuma town court Wednesday night and pleaded not guilty to charges of scheme to defraud and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s office, the couple created a Go Fund Me page... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Melissa Taylor of Seneca Co. Emergency Management talks ‘disaster prep’ (podcast)

Emergency Management offices throughout the region provide comprehensive, integrated programs of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, for several kinds of emergencies and disasters. Recently, FingerLakes1.com featured a conversation with American Red Cross – Finger Lakes Chapter Executive Director Brian McConnell, who talked about community-led efforts to ease the burden on individuals and families after local disasters. Now, Seneca County Emergency... more

Wegmans purse snatcher sentenced in Cayuga County

An Auburn man will spend time in prison for stealing a woman’s purse in the parking lot at Wegmans. Earlier this year, David Mitchell was at the Auburn store when he snatched a 72-year-old woman’s purse from a shopping cart. He was later found with the woman’s credit card after dumping her purse and other belongings near Memorial City Hall.... more

Pest threatens local produce — grapes, hops, apples

As if the fight against the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetles isn’t enough, now there’s a new threat to trees in the Finger Lakes region: the spotted lanternfly. Along with threatening forests and neighborhoods, this insect sucks the sap out of trees the Finger Lakes needs for tourism and agriculture. More than 70 plant species send the spotted... more

Forum will feature Democratic hopefuls in NY23

Sunday, May 20 Yates County residents will have the opportunity to meet with the five candidates who are running to be the NY-23rd Congressional District’s Democratic Nominee for Congress. The forum to meet the candidates is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Benton Fire Hall, 932 State Route 14A. The candidates will be available to meet at 1... more

New draft zoning code for village of Cayuga sparks controversy on adult entertainment

An open house to hear concerns on new draft zoning laws, the first revisions to the code since 1988, sparked controversy over adult entertainment and short-term rentals in the village of Cayuga Wednesday night. The goal of the open house was to get residents’ feedback on the draft zoning laws as well as provide an opportunity to field questions and... more

Seneca Lake Watershed welcomes local governments

All the counties, towns, and villages within the Seneca Lake watershed are being asked to join as voting members of the Seneca Watershed Intermunicipal Organization in a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection and improvement of Seneca Lake’s water. These number 40 municipalities in the five counties (Chemung, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, and Yates) with jurisdictions that geographically fall within the... more

Penn Yan’s Stars bring home awards

Penn Yan Academy’s musical Catch Me If You Can, was the show stopper at the 20th annual Rochester Broadway Theatre League’s “Stars of Tomorrow” competition at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester last week. Assistant Director and Acting Coach, PYA English teacher Brian Cobb says, “They all absolutely killed it on stage and had the audience screaming for them!” Penn Yan... more

Ontario County law officers recognize ‘a job well done’

Ontario County law enforcement officers celebrated their roots and, symbolically, the county’s future at their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, held Tuesday at the Ontario County Jail. For Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero, who has stood at the podium 27 times in as many years, it was both rewarding and bittersweet. For him, the coming months will be... more

Dryden girl’s suspension for dress code violation lessened after mom’s Facebook video

Twenty-four hours after Freeville mom Erin Kidney posted a live video asking Facebook users how she should react to her 17-year-old daughter’s two-day suspension from school due to a dress code violation, she was inundated with opinions. And the suspension, the Kidneys were later told after the video had been posted, was lessened to one day, the school said the... more

FLCC celebrating 50th graduation

The first Finger Lakes Community College graduate to serve on the college’s Board of Trustees returns to campus Saturday to give the commencement address. Nancy Langer, a Class of 1977 graduate, was a wife and mother of five when she enrolled in what was then Community College of the Finger Lakes. She later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, enjoyed a... more

Generations Bank supports Honor House Dedication

On May 11th, 2018, Habitat for Humanity of Seneca County and Women March Seneca Falls dedicated Honor House, a transitional home for female veterans. Generations Bank provided both financing and volunteer labor as part of the home’s rehabilitation prior to the dedication ceremony. Retired Lt. General Carol Mutter was on hand to present the keys to the House’s first veteran... more

Beverly Animal Shelter’s 14th annual HUGE garage sale

Beverly Animal Shelter’s 14th Annual HUGE Garage Sale will be held once again at the Rodman Lott & Son Farm (site of Empire Farm Days), 2973 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY on May 31st, June 1st & 2nd from 9am-5pm each day (NO EARLY BIRDS!!) We are still taking donations of good, clean, sellable items for the sale. We... more
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