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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

Ontario Co. neighbors fearful of looting & trespassing after home explosion

Ontario Co. neighbors fearful of looting & trespassing after home explosion
George VanGrol has made it his mission. “What I do is I look for the flashlights,” he says. “The first time after this happened, I looked out here and thought I saw flashlights.” He’s keeping an eye on the property where his neighbor’s house used to stand. “People stop and gawk and take pictures,” he says. “A lot of cars going... more

Victims of Richmond house explosion ID’d; propane leak led to blast

Victims of Richmond house explosion ID’d; propane leak led to blast
Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies have released the identities of the two people killed in Tuesday’s house explosion in Richmond, as well as the cause of the blast. Eric Higham, 80, and Gail Higham, 70, died when their Quayle Road home exploded early Tuesday. Deputies say the two were married. Deputies responded to the scene around 4:30 a.m. The home had already... more

Two bodies recovered from site of explosion in Ontario County

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An exhaustive search effort was undertaken by first responders in Ontario County after a blast and subsequent fire destroyed a home on Quayle Road. Neighbors in the Town of Richmond said they heard the first blast before 5 a.m. After first responders were working on the blaze, which followed that explosion – another blast was heard. #BREAK house explosion and... 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

INSIDE THE FLX: Randy Walker discusses how to make local government work for taxpayers (podcast)

PREMIERING AT 7 PM: Randy Walker discusses campaign on Inside the FLX
Randy Walker is not new to politics. He’s served on the local school board, which was an important experience for him; and also served on the Richmond Town Board for several years recently. Now though, he sets his sights on the job of Town Supervisor. As he runs, the focus of his campaign is on long-term planning and spending. He... more

Deputies: Richmond resident airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after ATV flips in crash

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The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on a personal injury accident involving a four-wheeler, which happened along Big Tree Road in the Town of Richmond on Thursday. Justin Buzard, 28, of Richmond was operating his four-wheeler on a friend’s property when he struck a log, according to deputies. They say this caused the ATV to roll backwards multiple... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Henderson brothers talk leading Brighton PD, Ontario Co. Sheriff’s Office

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Henderson brothers talk leading Brighton PD, Ontario Co. Sheriff’s Office
It’s not often that brothers share a career path. In this case, while not precisely the same – Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson and Brighton PD Chief of Police Mark Henderson have not only followed a similar career trajectory – but have grown to lead two important agencies in the region. This week they discuss modern policing together, talk about... more

Proposed property tax cap could hurt rural Ontario County town

Proposed property tax cap could hurt rural Ontario County town
Governor Cuomo made a stop in Rochester Friday, proposing to make the property tax cap permanent. It’s a bill receiving bipartisan support, but there are concerns of its long-term impact. The rural town of Richmond in Ontario County has 3,500 taxpayers, with 78 miles of road to maintain. Those same taxpayers also foot a bill of at least $600 every... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Kevin Henderson discusses potential policy changes, and future of Ontario County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Sheriff Kevin Henderson discusses potential policy changes, and future of Ontario County (podcast)
When Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson succeeded longtime Sheriff Philip Povero, the focus was on transitioning smoothly. Now, more than 50 days after taking office – Sheriff Henderson is establishing himself as a leader, not only locally, but in the region. This week he joined FL1 News Intern Reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio in the FingerLakes1.com Studio to get an update, and... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Victor Supervisor Jack Marren discusses landfill, pressure from Albany, and more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Victor Supervisor Jack Marren discusses landfill, pressure from Albany, and more
Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, who will seek another term in this year’s election, and serves as the Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors has become a regional leader for the Finger Lakes. Ontario County is unique for Upstate New York. That’s largely due to the population increase that its seen in the last 7-8 years – while... more

Volunteer firefighters fight for law change for emergency medical calls

Volunteer firefighters fight for law change for emergency medical calls
Many rural fire departments that are already strapped for volunteers and other services want to be able to bill insurance companies for emergency medical calls. The cost of EMS calls in some rural areas is falling on the taxpayers. Richmond Fire Chief Rick Frost said his volunteer fire district in Honeoye lost one of its three ambulances because of fewer... more

CR 40 in Richmond temporarily shut down on Thursday after tractor takes down wires (photos)

CR 40 in Richmond closed by National Grid after tractor pulls down power lines
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports the closure of County Road 40 in the Town of Richmond due to power lines, which came down earlier in the day. According to deputies, National Grid closed County Road 40 between Belcher Road and County Road 15 around 3:30 p.m. A couple of utility poles brought down by the tractor. It’s estimated that... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Povero reflects on nearly half-century in law enforcement (podcast)

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Povero reflects on half-century in law enforcement (podcast)
Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has made serving the community a career. He has also made it a lifetime achievement, setting the standard for what long-term, successful leadership looks like in a law enforcement setting. He’ll be staying involved. Even as Sheriff Povero approaches retirement, he says staying involved in the community he calls home; and has served for nearly... more

Richmond passes 12% tax hike; board member says it could have been avoided

The Town of Richmond has increased taxes in an attempt to raise funds for highway projects and costs associated with new equipment. Homeowners are bracing for the increase after the 3-2 vote this week. According to officials it will generate $111,000 for the Town. Of the money generated, $100,000 will go into the Highway Equipment Reserve Fund to replace aging... more

Double-digit tax hike looms over Town of Richmond

Double-digit tax hike looms over Town of Richmond
Homeowners in the Town of Richmond are bracing for a double-digit increase in their property taxes. On Tuesday, the town will hold its second public hearing to talk about raising the taxes by 12 percent. According to the town supervisor, the increase will generate $111,000 for the town. Of the money generated, $100,000 will go into the Highway Equipment Reserve... more

Deputies: Victor man charged with possession, DWI in Richmond

Deputies: Victor man charged with possession, DWI in Richmond
A 24-year-old Victor resident was charged with DWI and possessing a controlled substance after an investigation in the Town of Richmond. Deputies say Corey D. Myers, 24, was charged with DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was also cited for speeding. Deputies say he lost control of his vehicle and upon investigation it was determined that he... more
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