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Wayne County tech firm Optimax expanding, creating jobs

A Wayne County company is adding jobs as the result of a $21.7 million expansion, Empire State Development announced last week. Optimax Systems Inc. in Ontario is constructing a $21.7 million, 60,000-square-foot addition at its facility on Dean Parkway. Optimax, which was founded in 1991 and moved to Wayne County two years later, is involved in fiber optic telecommunications, solid-state... more

Former 84 Lumber location in Sennett lands new tenant

A major roofing supply company has signed a long-term lease to occupy the former 84 Lumber location in Sennett, the property’s owner has announced. American Builders & Contractors Supply Co., which is headquartered in Wisconsin, will occupy the 9.45-acre property and its 37,000 square feet of building space. Charlesbank Realty Group, which purchased the property from 84 Lumber in March,... more

del Lago Resort & Casino’s Savor del Lago raises $1,500 for Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Del Lago Resort & Casino hosted another successful Savor del Lago event on July 21st, with proceeds benefitting the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SVMC). Located in Romulus, NY, on the former site of the Sampson Naval Training Station and Sampson Air Force Base, SVMC provides veterans and their eligible dependents with a dignified final resting place of military burial. SVMC... more

Generations Bank announces the addition of Stacy Albro as AVP – Office Manager

Generations Banks announces the hiring of Stacy Albro as Office Manager. Albro will be responsible for managing the Generations Bank office of Seneca Falls. Albro has had over 20 years of experience in customer service, most recently at another financial institution. “I’m excited to be working for a company with a passion for serving the community. I look forward to... more

Why New York consumers, state regulators are taking aim at Charter Spectrum

When the cable guy walked to his Spectrum van as he was exiting an Upstate Dunkin’ Donuts last month, a motorist, not noticing the pedestrian, pulled out in front, coming close to hitting him. Pointing to the Spectrum tag on his shirt, the worker remarked: “It’s ’cause I’m from Spectrum. Everyone hates Spectrum now.” That about sums it up. Consumer... more

Tops Markets moves towards bankruptcy putting employee pension plans in jeopardy

Tops Markets continues to move towards bankruptcy putting the future of pension plans on the line for employees. The company just reached a significant agreement with the union representing a majority of its workers. Now, the decision is in the hands of those employees who met Tuesday night in Batavia to vote on the matter. UFCW Local One represents thousands... more

del Lago Resort & Casino announces Engelbert Humperdinck at The Vine

Del Lago Resort & Casino adds another show to its concert lineup at The Vine. Engelbert Humperdinck will perform at 8PM on Tuesday, Oct. 16th. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, August 10th, and may be purchased in person at the del Lago Resort & Casino box office, by calling the box office at 315-946-1695 or at dellagoresort.com/entertainment. Engelbert... more

Petition started to keep Canandaigua’s Salvation Army Thrift Store from closing

A store many people rely on is closing its doors. The Salvation Army Thrift Shop in Canandaigua is shutting down for good at the end of the month. It’s a loss that hits hard for some customers. The store is a popular stop for many, but for others it goes deeper than just good deals – it is a necessity... more

THE POWER OF FRIENDS AT WORK: Yvonne Conte joins Debbie Morello in-studio (podcast)

Join your host Debbie Morello on this month’s episode of The Power of Friends at Work Podcast as she sits down with Yvonne Conte to discuss business, humor and family inside the FingerLakes1.com Studio. If you work in an office, manage a team of employees, or own your own business, check out The Power of Friends at Work Podcast. .  more

Canandaigua Salvation Army thrift store closes for good

The Salvation Army thrift store in Canandaigua is closing for good and people who shop there regularly are angry and asking why. “I come here almost daily. I never know what I’m going to find…” said Matthew Dennis, Canandaigua resident. For years this store has been a lifesaver for people like veteran Matthew Dennis. He walks here regularly to see... more

Charter Spectrum says it’s ready to fight for ‘years’ to stay in New York

If you think Charter Communications is going to get booted out of New York without a fight, think again. Charter, which provides television, broadband and telephone service under the Spectrum brand, was ordered by the New York State Public Service Commission on Friday to cease operating its cable franchises in the state within six months. The commission said Charter, the... more

Classy Chassy car wash coming to Penn Yan

The corner of Lake and Brown Streets in Penn Yan will become the next high-visibility redevelopment site if all goes to plan. The Yates County Planning Board has given its highest recommendation to the Special Use Permit to build a Classy Chassy car wash at 206 Lake St., stating the project will have “a positive county-wide, intermunicipal impact.” Currently the... more

National Grid barred Charter from all its poles after cable worker electrocuted

The largest power company in Upstate New York temporarily barred Charter Communications – the largest cable company in the state – from its utility poles after a contractor for Charter was electrocuted last month. National Grid issued the stop-work order to Charter July 12, the day after James R. Fogg was killed while running cable television lines in Yorkshire, a... more

Auburn medical supply business under new ownership

A longtime family-owned medical supply company in Auburn is now under new ownership. Homecare Medical Supply Inc. announced that the business, founded in 1983 by Joseph and Joan Manning, became a branch of Respiratory Services of Western New York Inc. in July. According to a press release from the business, Homecare will retain its name and location and the founders’... more

Waterloo Premium welcomes Kate Spade store, H&M coming in August

Waterloo Premium Outlets is excited to welcome a new retailer. Now open, Kate Spade New York is known for their women’s handbags, ready-to-wear line, accessories and footwear. “We are excited to welcome kate spade new york to our center” said Daniella Conti, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Waterloo Premium Outlets. “This opening further exemplifies our commitment to providing... more

Community Bank N.A. ribbon cutting

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Community Bank N.A. (Waterloo Branch) in honor of recent facility renovations. Pictured left to right; Kassandra Rose, Diane Janes, Hal Wentworth (S VP Retail Banking), Alexis Spina (Vice President/Branch Manager), Mackenzie Green (Membership Development Manager), Richard Newman (Destination Marketing Manager), David Sloan (Southern Region Market Manager) and... more

Thrifty Shopper opens new location in Seneca Falls

Whether you’re looking for your next bargain, hoping to give back to the community or seeking to contribute less waste to landfills — Rescue Mission Alliance’s Thrifty Shopper stores have a solution. Another community has welcomed the 16th Thrifty Shopper store, with a grand opening in Seneca Falls on Saturday, which brought in more than 500 people within the first... more

Bustling Port Byron button business is headed to a big-box retail store

In this red barn, Alice Globus and her team run Winky and Dutch, a company started by her father and uncles in 1987 in New York City. “They were an inventor of one of the first panoramic cameras and you can actually see it at the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester,” explained Globus. Six years ago, Globus moved the... more
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