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Summer Jam casts a shadow over Woodstock plans

Summer Jam casts a shadow over Woodstock plans
Summer Jam raised its ugly head at Monday night’s Schuyler County Legislature meeting. The session, attended by about three dozen people, mostly from the Town of Dix in the vicinity of the Watkins Glen International racetrack, expressed concerns about the proposed Aug. 16-18 Woodstock 50 festival at WGI. One, Charlie Ector of Townsend Road, said at first that he was... more

Wayne County 1961 homicide case still open

Wayne County 1961 homicide case still open
Nearly 60 years after a Wayne County teenager was beaten and shot at a gas station, state police are asking for the public’s help in the case. In their “Cold Case Tuesday” feature, police continue to investigate the December 1961 homicide of 16-year-old John Raymond Sutton. He was an attendant at Clark’s Esso station on Route 104 in Ontario. The... more

A heartfelt salute to veterans at Canandaigua VA

A heartfelt salute to veterans at Canandaigua VA
Mya Latini has been busy making Valentines. She isn’t the only one. Her homemade cards — more than a dozen — are among thousands of colorful, creative displays of heartfelt appreciation going this week to area veterans. Cards are still arriving at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, where Mya, 7, added hers for the 2019 annual National Salute to Veteran... more

Presidential history, Ontario County style

Presidential history, Ontario County style
A little piece of presidential memorabilia was hidden in the home of Wilma Townsend, the curator at the Ontario County Historical Society. Jammed behind the wall and wainscoting in the kitchen of the Townsend’s 1906 house was a tiny political pin that spelled the name “Hoover.” The brass artifact was likely worn to support the election of President Herbert Hoover... more

Mr. Canandaigua 2019 Richard McGavern leaves his mark on community

Mr. Canandaigua 2019 Richard McGavern leaves his mark on community
By any definition, Canandaigua is the best, so says Mr. Canandaigua himself, former mayor and longtime volunteer Richard McGavern. McGavern is the 2019 recipient of the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce’s Mr./Mrs./Ms. Canandaigua Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated service to the community and its citizens over and above what is expected of one person. John A. “Jack” Schuppenhauer,... more

New historic guide features Penn Yan Civil War monument

New historic guide features Penn Yan Civil War monument
Penn Yan’s Civil War Monument located at Court House Square is discussed and illustrated in the new book Column Monuments: Commemorative and Memorial Column Monuments from Ancient Times to the Twenty-First Century: A History and Guide recently published by the Edwin Mellen Press. The account of this notable New York State monument contains historical material, including its 1883 creation, and... more

Using fire to recreate history in Victor

Using fire to recreate history in Victor
The Senecas managed their hundreds of acres of grasslands in what today is Victor through the strategic use of fire — with some help from the 4,500 or so people who lived in the heart of the Seneca territory. Today, Peter Jemison, manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site, noted that a much smaller amount of land also is being... more

Auburn NAACP branch honors commitment to community

Auburn NAACP branch honors commitment to community
Several people were honored for making their mark on the community at the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Millennium Awards Luncheon in Auburn Friday. Robert Ellison, Deacon Shavonn Lynch, Kasha Fletcher, Brian Muldrow and Deacon Nicholas Valvo were honored at an event hosted by the Auburn/Cayuga branch of the NAACP. Former branch president and Auburn businesswoman and activist... more

Brutus’ court Judge Hook retires after 23 years

Brutus’ court Judge Hook retires after 23 years
After more than 20 years of service to Brutus’ town court, Judge Robert Hook celebrated his retirement from the bench last weekend. Hook said it was while he was an Auburn City Court bailiff that Judge James G. Cuddy talked him into running for Brutus judge. Hook then became Brutus’ court judge from 1996 through Jan. 18 of this year.... more

Ganondagan hosts 16th annual Native American Winter Games

Ganondagan hosts 16th annual Native American Winter Games
During the 17th-century when Ganondagan was an active Seneca town, winter was a busy time both indoors and out. On Saturday, February 23 from 10 am – 4 pm, the public is invited to experience what winter life was like at Ganondagan’s Native American Winter Games through a variety of traditional Seneca activities. All activities are free and include complimentary... more

Keuka College to Mark MLK Day with Day of Service

Keuka College to Mark MLK Day with Day of Service
Keuka College students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be among the millions of Americans participating in this year’s MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21. Volunteers nationwide come together on that day to donate their time and talents to honor the legacy of Dr. King, and help fulfill his vision for a better America. The College will take part... more

Woodstock 50 coming to Watkins Glen this summer

Woodstock coming to Watkins Glen this summer in multi-day festival
After months of rumors, Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang has confirmed to Rolling Stone that a three-day festival honoring the 50th anniversary of the original event is coming to Watkins Glen, New York on August 16th, 17th and 18th. Organizers won’t be announcing specific acts until tickets go on sale in February, but Lang says that over 40 performers have been... more

Navy pilot, Canandaigua native, laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Navy pilot, Canandaigua native, laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
A Canandaigua native and Navy pilot was buried at Arlington National Cemetery Monday. Lt. Christopher Short was killed during a training flight in New Mexico last year. Family members say he challenged others to live for something greater than themselves, and that he challenged himself to do the same. Lt. Short was 32-years-old. He was married less than a year... more

Geneva City Council balks at Parrott Hall legal papers

Geneva City Council balks at Parrott Hall legal papers
With $400,000 in state grant money available, a coalition hoping to save a city landmark from demolition is ready to make necessary stabilization repairs. However, fixing Parrott Hall — the first building on the campus of Cornell AgriTech at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station — is temporarily on hold until some legal paperwork is finalized. City Council has... more

Former mayor named Mr. Canandaigua 2019

Former mayor named Mr. Canandaigua 2019
Ordinarily, the recipient of the Mr./Mrs./Ms. Canandaigua Award is kept under wraps until the night of the award presentation. This year, the honoree is no surprise — in more ways than one. Richard McGavern, a former Canandaigua mayor and city councilman, is the 2019 recipient. The traditional silver bowl will be presented to McGavern at the Chamber’s 109th annual dinner... more

Four decades of service for Bristol Town Clerk Sharon Miller

Four decades of service for Bristol Town Clerk Sharon Miller
It didn’t take long for Sharon Miller to rise in the ranks. Born and raised in Bristol, Miller was hired as a bookkeeper for the town in 1978. It was obvious she was up to the job — and more. She was elected town clerk and took office in 1979. “Her unwavering commitment to the position and to the community... more

Saying goodbye to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero

Saying goodbye to Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero
Outgoing Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero had one goal when he started his four-decades-plus career in law enforcement. Completely eliminate crime in the county so the jail could close and he could then retire to Florida. “I didn’t achieve all of my goals,” said Povero, from his office at the jail. On this day, he’s in the process of trying... more
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