Taughannock Falls swimming area reopens after negative test results of algal blooms

The Taughannock Falls State Park swimming area reopened Tuesday morning after being closed since Friday over the possibility of harmful algal blooms within the water. Lab results came back negative on Monday, according to Fred Bonn, regional director of State Parks in the Finger Lakes. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Another successful Aquacade in Seneca Falls

This past Saturday, the Aquacade Watercraft Parade entertained thousands during the 3rd Annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest. The floating armada of decorated boats travel through the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor on the Seneca-Cayuga Canal in this unique parade celebrating the creativity of the recreational boating community. This year’s Aquacade included boats from outside the state to local businesses. As many... more

Seneca Falls Canal Fest enjoyed perfect weather in Seneca Falls (video)

This past weekend, the annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest was hosted and was just as successful as the other. People gathered in town for fun festivities such as duck racing, the annual boat parade and so much more! Check out highlights from around the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor during the weekend celebration…  . more

How to make the most of this summer on the lake

On warm days in the village of Aurora, a young Matt Bianconi would grab a pair of goggles and a snorkel and step outside his family’s lakefront home, climbing into the boat his parents built back when they were dating, and tossing toys into the contraption his engineer father built to tow them. With roots deeply entrenched in the banks... more

Canandaigua kids sail to new lengths

The Blue Heron, a small sailboat built this spring by eighth-graders at the Canandaigua Academic & Career Center, is in storage now. But she will be ready to catch some Canandaigua winds again in September when the kids return to school. Seven students in D.J. Kitzel’s woodcraft class retrofitted a skiff kit donated by Bill Wheeler into the small sailboat... more

COME SAIL AWAY: Great Lakes Thistle Regatta a success on Seneca Lake

Over 40 boats from all around the Great Lakes were in Geneva for the ‘Great Lakes Thistle Regatta. This event is a historic trip down memory lane for boat aficionados. Below are some photos from the event, as captured by David Kendrick. Be sure to check out Sydney Rogers’ “Get Local,” where she learned all about Regatta’s. Click on the... more

12-year-old Skaneateles girl competing in Lightning Regatta

A Central New York family is making waves heading into this weekend’s 80th Lightning Anniversary Regatta at Skaneateles Country Club. At just 12 years old, Agnes Collins of Skaneateles will compete as a fourth-generation family member in this weekend’s Lightning Regatta race, carrying on a legacy established by her great-grandfather, A. Brohmann Roth, in the 1940s. Roth purchased his first... more

GET LOCAL WITH SYDNEY ROGERS: Learning to sail at Seneca Sailing Academy (video)

Get your sails up and ready for the second episode of Get Local with Sydney Rogers on FingerLakes1.com! This time Sydney visits the Seneca Yacht Club and talks with members of the Seneca Sailing Academy about the life of sailing and their scholarship program to introduce people to the craft. Then, Sydney gets a sailing lesson and attempts to stay... more

Explaining lake foam in the Finger Lakes

The expanse of lake foam that recently resurfaced on Canandaigua Lake has people asking questions: What is it? What causes it? Can it make you sick? Rest assured scientists are on it. Though we know more than we used to about this sudsy substance seen on Canandaigua and other lakes, it still remains a bit of a mystery. “The good... more

Boat bursts into flames near Kershaw Park on Saturday (video)

Four people and three dogs suffered just minor injuries after a boat burst into flames near Kershaw Park on Canandaigua Lake Saturday. Deputies say Eugene B. Allaire, 56, of Penn Yan was aboard his 1989 Thompson Brothers boat with his passengers on the north end of Canandaigua Lake near Kershaw Park when a fire broke out near the engine compartment... more

Seneca Sailing Academy in Geneva wins grant award

The Seneca Sailing Academy, hosted by the Seneca Yacht Club on Boodys Hill Road, has been awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation at the Rochester Community Foundation that will allow the SSA to offer scholarships for an additional 18 openings to make sailing lessons more accessible to local youth. It is one of the first grants... more

Blue-Green Algae: The summer guest Honeoye didn’t invite

In the Finger Lakes, summertime is highly anticipated and upon arrival, cherished. The temperament of Upstate New York isn’t exactly amiable for a good part of the year, so when people can be on or near the lake — enjoying the sunshine — they take full advantage. Something has been threatening this prized lake time in recent years, to the... more

Volunteers needed to shore up Canandaigua Lake shoreline

Ask not what you can do for your country or city; instead, ask, “What am I supposed to do with this rock?” The city is looking for a few volunteer rock stars this Saturday to help remove rocks from Canandaigua Lake in the Kershaw Park area. According to Mayor Ellen Polimeni, small rocks along the shore have been thrown into... more

AROUND THE LAKES: Exploring the Keuka Outlet Trail with Friends of the Trail, Inc.

Getting engaged in the Finger Lakes has never been easier. The Keuka Outlet Trail is one of the region’s most-celebrated historical attractions, and the organization behind it is asking that the public continue getting involved.  . “We’ve seen great progress over the last several years,” explained Phillip Rahr, who serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for... more

Seneca Sailing Academy awarded grant for 2018 Sailing Camp Scholarships

Seneca Sailing Academy in Geneva Wins Grant Award from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports at Rochester Area Community Foundation Who: The Seneca Sailing Academy, hosted by the Seneca Yacht Club, on Boody’s Hill Road in Geneva, has been awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation at the Rochester Community Foundation to offer scholarships... more

Aurora native launches Cayuga Lake boat tour business

Whether you call him an entrepreneur, a trustee, a minister or a captain, you’d be right. Matt Bianconi, an Aurora native, was born and raised on Cayuga Lake. In the summers, his day would start with breakfast before he and his three older siblings would spend hours on the lake in the family boat, or under the water’s surface with... more

Seneca Falls 3rd annual Canal Festival

The Seneca Falls Business Association (SFBA) is inviting all groups, organizations, businesses, wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, restaurants, arts & craft vendors, food vendors, boaters, and watercraft of any kind to participate at this year’s Canal Fest. Last year’s Canal Fest drew an estimated 18,000 visitors over the 3-day event and anticipates that the amount of visitors will grow. SFBA is... more

Top Six Paddles in the Finger Lakes Region

On a warm spring afternoon, there is no better way to enjoy the beauty of the Finger Lakes than by boat. Exploring the region in a kayak, paddleboard or canoe can be incredibly rewarding. From two wild lakes to bayou-like swamps to a mighty river, the region boasts a diversity of opportunities for quiet water paddling. Recent interest has brought... more
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