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Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County

Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County
On Thursday the Ontario County Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to impose an occupancy tax of up to three percent (3%) on lodging facilities of three rooms or less.  Currently, New York’s tax code exempts these facilities from the occupancy tax. According to the resolution, Ontario County’s tourism promotion agency is proposing the occupancy tax change to “level the... more

Bristol Mountain founder, former owner dies in Florida

Bristol Mountain founder, former owner dies in Florida
The man who founded, and subsequently owned, Bristol Mountain for many years died earlier this month, according to family. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Demarse was 82-years-old. He was an entrepreneur and engineer who opened Bristol Mountain back in 1964. He had partnered with Ron Ratnick, and designed, built, and opened, the resort that gave skiers a 1,200-foot drop. That was the largest... more

Henderson reflects on first year leading Ontario County Sheriff’s Office

Henderson reflects on first year leading Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
After three decades in law enforcement – it would be easy to tire of the work. At least from the outside perspective. That couldn’t be further from the case though for Sheriff Kevin Henderson. The 36-year-veteran, and elected leader of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office said recently in an interview with The Messenger Post that while the time has flown... more

Deputies: Bloomfield woman threatened person with steak knife on Christmas Day

Deputies: Bloomfield woman threatened person with steak knife on Christmas Day
A Bloomfield woman was arrested on Christmas Day after threatening someone with a steak knife, according to deputies. Patricia J. Sawers, 58, of Bloomfield was arrested following a ‘family trouble’ call on Baptist Hill Road in Bristol. Deputies say they made contact with the suspect, identified as Sawers, who is alleged to have damaged property inside a residence and threatened... more

New amenities, features at Bristol Mountain this year

New amenities, features at Bristol Mountain this year
Bristol Mountain is open for this winter season — every year more features are added that won’t disappoint. A new state of the art judge’s building sits right over Mikey’s Jump in the High Point Terrain Park. It will give a supreme vantage point for the judges and press at the jump site for the 2020-2021 U.S. Aerials Freestyle Championships.... more

Residents face roadblocks over safer Woodville

Residents face roadblocks over safer Woodville
Vicki and Francisco Garza will always remember Sept. 8, 2016. That’s the day a distracted driver speeding through Woodville smashed into their car, which was parked outside their cottage. The impact pushed their Lexus into the cottage, smashing it into a corner of the building. The driver’s car rolled over onto Route 21. The crash totaled both vehicles. The driver... more

Bristol Mountain welcomes region’s first snowfall

Bristol Mountain welcomes region’s first snowfall
While you might look at this snowstorm’s final snow total and say too much. Folks at Bristol Mountain are saying not enough. Yesterday’s snowfall and plunging temperatures were a welcoming site at the Bristol Mountain Ski Resort. “We started to get some excitement in the community,” said Steven Fuller, the resorts vice president. “As soon as we start to get... more

Canandaigua woman leads police on high speed pursuit after domestic incident

Canandaigua woman leads police on high speed pursuit after domestic incident
Deputies report the arrest of a Canandaigua woman following a domestic incident and high speed pursuit in Ontario County. On Sunday at approximately 10:57 p.m. deputies were called to 6298 Goodale Road in Canandaigua for the report of a domestic incident. Deputies were informed that the suspect, identified as Laura Rachel Baughman, 46, of Canandaigua was leaving the residence in... more

Sheriff: Canandaigua woman charged with grand larceny after Bristol theft

Sheriff: Canandaigua woman charged with grand larceny after Bristol theft
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Canandaigua woman following a stolen property complaint in the town of Bristol. Lori McDonald, 34, of Bristol was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. Henderson says that an investigation revealed that she stole property from a residence in Bristol valued at more than $1,000 on September 1st. She was issued an... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing HAB season with Frank DiOrio of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (podcast)
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region – spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae blooms; and where they pop up. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association is that organization, and Frank DiOrio... more

Residents warned as algae blooms grow in numbers around Canandaigua Lake

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Stay out of shallow areas of Canandaigua Lake. That’s the message from those watching intensifying blue-green algae blooms along Canandaigua Lake’s shoreline. The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association reported areas that show significant worsening of condition. “Although yesterday’s blooms were not experienced lake-wide, the areas they were observed were severe in some cases,” an update on Tuesday said. “Reported blooms were... more

Superintendent Christopher Brown says he’s ready to lead Marcus Whitman

Superintendent Christopher Brown says he’s ready to lead Marcus Whitman
As a new school year begins, Christopher Brown looks at a big opportunity to lead the Marcus Whitman Central School District. He sees himself as one of the individuals who can have a big impact on students lives. And he brings an important mix of experience – at both small and large districts. “Of all the people who can make... more

‘EYE ON THE COURTS’: Volunteers, publication serves as judicial watchdog in Ontario County

‘EYE ON THE COURTS’: Volunteers, publication serves as judicial watchdog in Ontario County
The Geneva Court Watch Coordinating Committee has recently released its summer 2019 edition of its periodic publication, “Eye on the Courts,” which celebrates its 51st issue. Founded in 2000, the Geneva Court Watch Coordinating Committee was created as an outgrowth from the League of Women Voters of Geneva. With assistance from Rochester’s League of Women Voters and their well-established court... more
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