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CONVERSATIONS WORTH HEARING: A look back at the most-important in 2019

CONVERSATIONS WORTH HEARING: A look back at the most-important in 2019
More than 100 episodes of the Sunday Conversation and Inside the FLX podcast were recorded in 2019, accounting for more than 4,500 minutes of locally-inspired conversations. Elected leaders, community advocates, educators, environmental experts, and so many others joined us for important conversations in-studio. Collectively, those conversations were played across all platforms more than 50,000 times. more

Heavy snow squall sprints through the Finger Lakes (video)

SNOW SQUALL WARNING: Line of heavy, wind-driven snow marching east across WNY, FLX
A round of heavy snow in form of a squall moved through the Finger Lakes this afternoon. It brought a quick dusting- to an inch of accumulation, plus gusty winds and poor visibility. The National Weather Service temporarily issued Snow Squall Warnings for the region as the line moved from Western New York, through the Finger Lakes, and into Central... more

Local student dies unexpectedly due to undiagnosed cardiac condition

Local student dies unexpectedly due to undiagnosed cardiac condition
Cornell University sophomore and Ithaca High School grad Paul Benton Fisher-York passed away unexpectedly on Christmas while visiting family, according to the Ithaca Voice. Family says Benton had a ‘previously undiagnosed cardiac condition’. Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life said Benton Fisher-York was active on several student project teams, including Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team, of... more

Shortsville family displaced, three pets die after overnight house fire (video)

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First responders say they were called to a report of smoke in the structure at 1916 County Road 19. Upon arrival, crews found a working fire in the rear of the structure. Three adults escaped the fire without injury – two through the door, and one through a window. One of the family’s pets made it out of the fire... more

Paul Volcker, who shaped U.S. monetary policy for decades had roots in Lyons

Paul Volcker is known as being one of the last ‘truly independent’ Federal Reserve chairs. Volcker died in December at 92 in New York City. He was credited with taming inflation in the 1970s, who did it by pushing Federal Reserve interest rates as high as 20 percent. Bob Schick, chief executive officer and chairman of Lyons National Bank told... more

Police: Canandaigua man accused of striking another person during incident

Police: Canandaigua man accused of striking another person during incident
Police say a 48-year-old Canandaigua man was arrested after striking another person – causing damage to a pair of eye glasses. Todd Derycke, 48, of Canandaigua was charged with harassment and criminal mischief after a disturbance at a residence on Thad Chapin Street. Derycke is accused of striking another person in the face, which caused damage to their eye glasses.... more

Large fight at Auburn skating rink prompts change in hours, policy

Violence at Auburn skating rink prompts change in hours, policy
Tension at a local ice rink? A rise in tension within the community directed at The Casey Park ice rink has resulted in policy shift at the community center, according to The Citizen’s recent reporting. Over the weekend, police responded to the parking lot of the rink around 8:20 p.m. for a fight between a large group of teens, which... more

Change of leadership coming now to Canandaigua City Hall

Change of leadership coming now to Canandaigua City Hall
This week longtime Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni ends a 28 year run that can only be described as historic. “It amazes me how much we addressed and how much we were able to accomplish,” Polimeni told the Messenger Post. The memories – good and bad – leave Canandaigua in a good place moving forward. Republican Councilor Bob Palumbo, who takes... more

Ferrara says public will have ample opportunity to speak under his leadership

Ferrara says public will have ample opportunity to speak under his leadership
When Mike Ferrara takes over as Town Supervisor in Seneca Falls this week – he hopes to be a catalyst for change. Ferrara, who defeated Doug Avery by 82 votes, plans to change the tone of meetings. He hopes that carries over into interactions between the Town and its residents. “As far as board meetings go, I plan to follow... more

Public’s assistance sought after SUV leaves scene of crash along Rt. 96

Public’s assistance sought after SUV leaves scene of crash along Rt. 96
Sheriff Kevin Henderson says his office is asking for the public’s assistance after a personal injury crash on State Route 96 in Phelps. The crash happened between County Road 6 and Hayes Road along Route 96 around 11:24 a.m. on Monday. Sheriff Henderson says Rachel Klein, 31, of Manchester was traveling east on Route 96 when she lost control of... more

Driver charged with aggravated DWI after one-vehicle crash in Ontario County

Driver charged with aggravated DWI after one-vehicle crash in Ontario County
Deputies report the arrest of a Victor driver following a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 9 and Valentown Road. William Schoff, 61, of Victor was arrested around 11:04 p.m. after deputies responded to the scene of the crash – finding his vehicle in a ditch at the intersection. Deputies say that 61-year-old was passed out inside the... more

Police: Man charged with resisting arrest after downtown Canandaigua incident

Police: Man charged with resisting arrest after downtown Canandaigua incident
The Canandaigua Police Department reports the arrest of a 34-year-old following an investigation into a disturbance on South Main Street. Police were called to a business on South Main Street around 5:17 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Houston Fountiane, 34, who had no permanent address at the time, was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. After officers were called to... more

How will small businesses cope with rising minimum wage? Higher prices eventually

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As minimum wage gets set to go up again in Upstate New York – small business owners have rallied to raise awareness about the challenges it provides them. The state’s minimum wage increased to $11.80 on Tuesday. Archimage part-owner Kim Fredell supports the hike, and notes that it’s a way for ‘people to feel a sense of dignity about their... more

Groundbreaking Autism test developed in Upstate NY can’t actually be used in NY yet

Groundbreaking Autism test developed in Upstate NY can’t actually be used in NY yet
A company working with SUNY Upstate says that testing children for autism through saliva could be possible in the near future. It’s the kind of technological breakthrough the medical community is excited about. Traditionally, children who are thought to have autism are put through a series of practical tests, the CDC says. Typically one in 59 children are diagnosed with... more

Canandaigua man accused of damaging downtown planter pot

Canandaigua man accused of damaging downtown planter pot
Police arrested a 31-year-old Canandaigua man following the investigation of a planter in the downtown business district, which had been significantly damaged. Anthony Peters, 31, was charged with criminal mischief after allegedly damaging the ceramic planter. He was issued an appearance ticket for the charge and will answer it at a later date. To have the latest delivered to your... more

TOP 20: Looking back at the most-read stories of 2019 on FingerLakes1.com

TOP 20: Looking back at the most-read stories of 2019 on FingerLakes1.com
For the third year in a row, FingerLakes1.com broke annual traffic records. In 2019, the region’s leading digital news website was visited more than 27 million times. Among the biggest stories covered in the newsroom, a manhunt that gripped the region for days, the end of white deer tours at the former Seneca Army Depot, local water tests that caused... more

FLX WEEKLY: Sparkling wine & bubbles for final episode of 2019 (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Sparkling wine & bubbles for final episode of 2019 (podcast)
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail Executive Director Katherine Chase is back in-studio for a special Monday edition of FLX Weekly as we taste some local sparkling wines from Hosmer & Knapp as we prepare for New Year’s Eve and close out 2019 here in the Finger Lakes.  . more
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