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Large, historic church in Auburn could be demolished this year

A church built in 1886 could be demolished this year in Auburn. The City has applied to demolish the Wall Street Methodist Episcopal Church. It sits at the corner of Wall and Washington streets. The Citizen reports that the City is pursuing ... MORE
Boulder shows where towns of Farmington, Macedon, Perinton, and Victor meet

Boulder shows where towns of Farmington, Macedon, Perinton, and Victor meet

There was once a monument to identify the spot where four towns and three counties meet. The location is in Farmington, and that monument – established in 1788 – was converted to a large boulder. It shows where the towns of Farmington, ... MORE
OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The influenza pandemic of 1918 & 1919 in the Finger Lakes (podcast re-post)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: The “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1918-19 in our region (replay)

Looking back, it was almost prophetic when Seneca County Historian Walter Gable chose the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919 as his subject for the September 27, 2019 episode of the Our Finger Lakes History podcast on FingerLakes1.com. The “Spanish Flu” pandemic ... MORE
National Park Services names Ahna Wilson superintendent in Auburn & Seneca Falls

National Park Services names Ahna Wilson superintendent in Auburn & Seneca Falls

National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Gay Vietzke has named Ahna Wilson as superintendent of Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York. She will also oversee the management of Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York. Photo ... MORE
Family designs LEGO set in honor of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

“It’s a Wonderful Life” LEGO prototype could be built if it gets enough votes

The timeless Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the movie, could be immortalized in a different way if one local family has their way. Jason and Tina Middaugh, along with their daughter Jane, have been working tirelessly promoting the LEGO prototype, which ... MORE
What did cities

How cities like Auburn tried to compete, but lost battle with suburbs: What’s next?

What happened in Auburn during the 1950s-60s wasn't unique. It was happening everywhere. It's referred to as urban renewal, but really meant move-to-suburban. A look at Auburn's history through the lens of an urban planner who agonized the city's decision to destroy ... MORE
When and where was the first car accident?

When and where was the first car accident?

Thousands of automobile accidents happen across the United States on a daily basis. They have occurred so frequently that we have almost become numb to them. This numbness is largely due to the fact that cars have become such a ubiquitous part ... MORE
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DAILY DEBRIEF: Bill Fulton discusses how Urban Renewal failed Auburn (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Bill Fulton discusses how Urban Renewal failed Auburn (podcast)

Cities have been Bill Fulton’s life. The Auburn native now serves as the Director of the Kinder Institute at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He’s also served as the Mayor of Ventura, California; and Director of Planning for the City of San ... MORE
Bonafiglia Family donates $15,000 to It’s A Wonderful Life Museum

Bonafiglia Family donates $15,000 to It’s A Wonderful Life Museum

The Bonafiglia family has stepped up after the Town of Seneca Falls voted to reduce its annual donation to the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. The 65% reduction equated to approximately $13,000. The funds are used to help the museum with operational ... MORE
Edith B. Ford Memorial Library Roundtable series explores hard-work of harvest (video)

Edith B. Ford Memorial Library Roundtable series explores hard-work of harvest (video)

This is the second roundtable produced in conjunction with the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library and FingerLakes1.com. Archivist Monica Wilkinson-Kelly leads a panel discussion on the role of harvest in the wine and craft beverage industry in Seneca County. Watch Roundtable #2 ... MORE
REMEMBERING: Rev. Michael Francis Conboy, 85, of Skaneat

REMEMBERING: Rev. Michael Francis Conboy, 85, of Skaneateles

Reverend Michael Francis Conboy, 85, of Skaneateles passed away at home Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Father Conboy was a native of Auburn and the eldest of seven children of Philip J. & M. Elizabeth Maloney Conboy ... MORE
Celebrating 75 years together in Waterloo

Waterloo couple celebrates 75th anniversary in unique way

Ed and Jean Nelson have been a unified staple in the Waterloo community for decades. On Tuesday they celebrated a monumental milestone. Seventy-five years of marriage. It’s difficult to put that amount of time into perspective. It would be even more difficult ... MORE
Can the Manchester Roundhouse be saved? Officials will find out in 2021

Can the Manchester Roundhouse be saved? Officials will find out in 2021

An assessment of the historic Lehigh Valley Railroad Roundhouse in Manchester is set to take place in February 2021. That will likely determine whether it stays upright, or is taken down. At one time it was one of the largest of its ... MORE
WATCH: “Rockin’ Weedsport” The Movie (Part 1, 1980-1985)

WATCH: “Rockin’ Weedsport” The Movie (Part 1, 1980-1985)

It started in the early-1980s when a group of energetic music lovers in the village of Weedsport began an extraordinary run into live music. It served in compliment to Weedsport’s already-popular and successful dirt car racing. What started as a small, pavilion ... MORE
Design for new Seneca Falls statue unveiled

Design for new Seneca Falls statue unveiled

The design of a new statue that will be unveiled in the town of Seneca Falls next summer was revealed Thursday. The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission will pay the town $274,000 for a statue that will honor early women’s rights leaders Sojourner ... MORE