New home for historic boxcars in Manchester

It took a train, a crane, and an army of skilled volunteers to lift, tow and coax two historic boxcars into Caboose Park Saturday morning. But it will all be worth it when local residents, railroad enthusiasts and history lovers are able to revisit their railway roots at the 103 S. Main St. park in the village of Manchester. The... more

‘Finale of horror’: Remembering the 1968 circus tent collapse at Cayuga County’s Emerson Park

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of an infamous circus tent collapse in Cayuga County that left more than 100 injured but miraculously killed no one. On July 9, 1968, the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus was finishing its second performance of the day as a rainstorm raged outside the canvas tent set up at Emerson Park. As workers prepared for the... more

Community in unity for Canandaigua’s July 4th parade

Blistering heat was no match for hometown patriots Wednesday as thousands lined South Main Street to cheer on the city of Canandaigua’s longest Independence Day parade in recent history. Under pristine skies and blazing sun, 54 individual parade units powered by more than 1,000 men, women, children and four-legged volunteers made their way down the parade route toward Lakeshore Drive.... more

‘We make sure they live on’: Cayuga County Marines in the first World War

Nearly 100 Marines from Cayuga County who enlisted during the first World War were remembered Sunday through a presentation at the Cayuga Museum Carriage House Theater. The presentation, “Cayuga County Devil Dogs of the First World War,” was delivered by Moravia native Annette Amerman who is now the head of the historical reference branch at the Marine Corps history division... more

Back when the circus came to town in Yates Co.

After years of planning and weeks of work, Penn Yan’s beloved art teacher Robert Gillespie is completing his mural, “Main Street Circus Parade” this week on the front of Water Street Wines and Spirits. Depicting a parade of elephants photographed on Main Street Penn Yan in 1897, Bob believes this is his 10th mural in the Finger Lakes region, and... more

Geneva’s Dove holds pivotal place in art history

America’s first modernist artist, Arthur Dove (1880-1946), was born, not in a large metropolitan area, but in the city of Canandaigua. At the time, his father, William G. Dove, was the Ontario County clerk. About two years later, the Dove family returned to Geneva where they owned property and businesses. Arthur Dove grew up in homes on North and South... more

“The Diary of Theodosia Ford” exhibit at Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Ask the average person to name an important woman of the American Revolution and they might think of Betsy Ross, believed to have made the first American flag for George Washington. A fine art photographic exhibit opening on July 1st at Women’s Rights National Historical Park seeks to introduce a new name into the public consciousness: Theodosia Ford. The park... more

Blues set for Yates Concert series

The Yates Concert Series presents Hanna and the Blue Hearts Wednesday, June 27 on the Courthouse lawn at 6:30 p.m. The co-sponsors of this concert are the Water Street Wine Bar and FLE Event Group. Hanna and the Blue Hearts channel a wide variety of the blues, from pre-war styles to 50s and 60s Chicago blues, to boogie woogie. As... more

Traveling 9/11 exhibit brings firefighters’ stories to life, and Tyre

The 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit is in the Rochester region for the first time. It is part of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Siller, a NYFD firefighter, died on September 11, 2001 after running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center towers. The exhibit features artifacts from Ground Zero and lets you hear first-hand... more

Butterfly Nature Trail Volunteers meet with Town of Macedon

After 6 ½ years, one of the Butterfly Nature Trail Volunteers is no longer able to mow the beautiful Butterfly Nature trail located in the Canal Park-Lock 30 area. We would like to thank our volunteer, who would like to remain anonymous, for his years in volunteering his services. He helped to develop and create such a beautiful trail and... more

Women’s Rights Park commemorates 1865 freeing of slaves in Texas

President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared all enslaved persons in most Southern states free as of Jan. 1, 1863. That came during the Civil War — a conflict whose main cause was slavery. Many plantation and slave owners in the South migrated to Texas to escape the fighting, increasing the number of enslaved people in Texas just prior to the... more

Heritage Weekend at Historic Palmyra

WHEN: June 16, 10:30AM-4:30PM This NYS Path Through History Weekend, join Historic Palmyra in celebrating the vast history of Palmyra, NY. Join costumed docents as you explore the five museums on Historic Palmyra’s Trail Pass, beginning at the Palmyra Historic Museum, 132 Market St., Palmyra. Your tour will take you to the Palmyra Historic Museum, Erie Canal Depot, Palmyra Print... more

Midlakes students continuing Rachel Scott’s legacy

When Midlakes High School Principal Frank Bai-Rossi invited the Rachel’s Challenge program to present at his school on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, he knew the messages would have an impact. “What I’ve seen has really come to fruition,” he said. “We’re seeing kids be kinder to each other. I’ve seen kids go out of their... more

State agrees to return Willard Psychiatric Center suitcase contents to families

When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, workers discovered hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building. Many appeared untouched, looking just like they had been since their owners packed them before arriving as patients at Willard. And, many of those people never left, having died at the Seneca County facility. The suitcases were photographed and catalogued by... more

Honeoye students experience the French connection

The rain falling at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial the day a group of Honeoye students visited seemed apropos to them, considering the gravity of the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of Americans during World War II. “It’s very moving in the fact that you can really appreciate what took place over there by being there and just seeing... more

‘Not just a cookout’: Community celebrates Memorial Day parade in Auburn

Sitting on the steps of the Cayuga County Courthouse, Reece Coates held her dog Church and told her children why they were there: to pay their respects. Late Monday morning, Coates was one of hundreds of people who attended the Memorial Day parade in downtown Auburn, and while her son and daughter were excited to see the police cars and... more
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