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Calling hours held for local victim of California festival mass shooting

One victim of Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting from Romulus, friends say
The Romulus community is still reeling from the death of Romulus-native Trevor Irby, 25. Irby was one of the victims of the recent mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. His family and friends gathered at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid to say their final goodbyes. A tribute to Irby was put up on a sign along the... more

New court date identified for Geneva cop accused of choking woman

Press conference to be held at 3 p.m. at Geneva City Hall following internal PD investigation
The Geneva police officer accused of choking a woman last month will return to court in two weeks. During a brief appearance in City Court Monday morning, Jack Montesanto was formally arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of criminal obstruction of breathing. Judge Tim Buckley told Montesanto and his attorney, Laura Vanderbrook, to be back in court Aug. 19 for more... more

FLX WEEKLY: Sauerkraut & NASCAR highlight first weekend of August (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Sauerkraut & NASCAR highlight first weekend of August (podcast)
On this week’s show we kick-off what looks to be a banner weather weekend to usher in the month of August in the Finger Lakes. It should be a perfect setting for NASCAR’s return to Watkins Glen, the Sauerkraut Festival in Phelps and all the other summer events happening across the region. Hannah Smith, one of the event organizers from... more

Fire planned in Finger Lakes forest to restore habitat

Fire planned in Finger Lakes forest to restore habitat
Officials plan to burn 30 acres of the Finger Lakes National Forest to clear overgrown brush and grass and restore declining wildlife habitat. U.S. Forest Service personnel will use prescribed fire in parts of the 16,000-acre national forest that have been identified as critical wildlife habitat. The controlled burns are planned within the next two weeks, depending on weather conditions.... more

More than a dozen projects given go ahead for Downtown Revitalization Initiative in Auburn

More than a dozen projects given go ahead for Downtown Revitalization Initiative in Auburn
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 13 transformational projects for downtown Auburn as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in downtown Auburn will build on the interconnected relationships between its many natural, multicultural, educational, and historic assets, serving as a meeting place for civic engagement, and sustaining its unparalleled quality of life supported by a... more

Upstate hospitals rank among best in all of New York

Upstate hospitals rank among best in all of New York
Where are the best hospitals in New York? Some of them are in Upstate New York, according to U.S. News & World Report’s new 2019-2020 ranking of the top hospitals in the country. Altogether 14 hospitals in Upstate New York were on the ‘best of’ list for New York State as a whole. U.S. News ranks hospitals nationally for their... more

MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Find Your Inner Warrior w/ Daniela Hess & James Duffy (podcast)

MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Find Your Inner Warrior w/ Daniela Hess & James Duffy (podcast)
This month on The Melissa Killeleagh Show, Melissa shares a pair of interviews with two inspirational go-getters. James Duffy, of the Warrior Mindset Project; and Daniela Hess, of the Radiant Living School at the Yoga Farm took time to chat with Melissa about their work, their goals, and hopes for those working to improve themselves. . more

Union Hill Fire Department to cease operations in Wayne County; Ontario Fire District #1 to handle transition

Union Hill Fire Department to cease operations in Wayne County; Ontario Fire District #1 to handle transition
In 1942 a group of residents formed the Union Hill Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. as a volunteer fire company in the Town of Ontario. Their objective was to provide additional fire protection services in the Hamlet of Union Hill that straddles the western side of the Town of Ontario and the eastern side of the Town of Webster along the... more

Debt collector allegedly bilked students, borrowers across New York

Debt collector allegedly bilked students, borrowers across NY
Narlene Arias-Gil rushed her feverish 2-year-old daughter to the emergency room without a second thought, but the resulting $6,400 medical debt is shrouded in uncertainty. Long after the health scare at Westchester Medical Center in 2016, Arias-Gil is headed to trial to fight the debt she says should have been covered by health insurance. Her courtroom opponent is the debt-collection... more

Town of Dryden looks at creating its own internet service for residents

Town of Dryden looks at creating its own internet service for residents
The Tompkins County Town of Dryden is looking at becoming its own internet service provider for its residents. A draft feasibility study of the project has just been completed for the Town. According to the Dryden Town Supervisor, it would make Dryden the first municipality in New York State to create and operate an internet service for its residents. Jason... more

Skydiver killed after plummeting into Wyoming County cornfield

Skydiver killed after plummeting into Perry cornfield
A skydiver was killed in an accident in Wyoming County on Saturday. According to New York State Police, the accident occurred around 12:04 p.m. near the Perry-Warsaw Airport in Wyoming County and involved three skydivers with the Rochester Skydivers organization. Police say Richard Cordero, 68, of Bergen died after they believe his parachute became tangled. The diver then landed in... more

Rep. Reed’s town hall meeting gets heated in Southern Tier

Rep. Reed’s town hall meeting gets heated in Southern Tier
Residents did not hold back at Tuesday’s town hall meeting, which was originally supposed to focus on Social Security. Instead, residents had some other concerns they wanted to address, including President Donald Trump’s recent tweets that democrats are calling attacks on lawmakers of color. One resident in the crowd asked Congressman Reed if he thinks the President is racist and... more

PILLS BY THE NUMBERS: How many painkillers got into each county throughout the Finger Lakes

Billions of opioid pain pills flooded New York during a seven-year stretch that ignited the historic drug-addiction epidemic, new records show. While devastating statewide, the deadly wave of prescription painkillers hit some communities hardest across the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley and Southern Tier, according to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration data obtained by The Washington Post and analyzed by the USA TODAY Network New... more

Rep. Chris Collins says ‘I am innocent’ and promises re-election decision in due time

Rep. Chris Collins says ‘I am innocent’ and promises re-election decision in due time
Declaring “I’m innocent of the charges” in regards to the pending federal case against him, Rep. Chris Collins addressed the topic when asked during a question and answer session Tuesday. The one-year anniversary of Collins’ indictment on insider trading is approaching. after which he suspended his campaign, only to be re-elected in November. Collins said he would not be making... more

LOCAL DEALS: Herman Bros Truck Load Sale & save 10% on lunch at Ciccino’s

LOCAL DEALS: Herman Brothers Truck Load Sale & Save 10% on lunch at Ciccino’s
We transition from July to August this week and there are some great local summertime deals to be had in the Finger Lakes. Check out the highlights below and remember to shop local! This week’s featured specials & deals: Get 10% off your lunch order at Ciccino’s in Geneva or Waterloo! Save in the Month of August (Monday thru Thursday... more
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