Midlakes appoints new superintendent

Matthew Sickles is excited to start serving as superintendent of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District (Midlakes) beginning Sept. 1. He brought his family Monday to a special meeting of the Board of Education, which unanimously approved his appointment through June 2021 with an initial annual base salary of $140,000. “Thank you,” Sickles told the board. “I’m humbled and honored... more

FLACRA receives funds for treatment operations

State Sen. Pamela Helming, R-54th District, recently announced that Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency is one of six projects to receive $18.7 million in funding. The money is part of the $491 million Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program to improve patient care in communities by developing medical facilities and programs that serve various needs. Funding was enacted... more

FLACRA gets $3.5M in state funds

For the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, the third time was indeed a charm. After losing out on two previous attempts at state funding to improve its headquarters in Clifton Springs, officials from the agency — commonly known as FLACRA — recently learned the organization was approved for $3.5 million through the state’s Health Care Facility Transformation Program.... more

‘Anything Goes’ for Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre’s 40th anniversary

The Phelps-Clifton Springs Community Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a production of a classic musical comedy. The cast of “Anything Goes” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 27-29 and at 2 p.m. July 30 in the air-conditioned Midlakes High School auditorium. The score includes such standards as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the... more

Funding announced for addictions counseling, recovery at FLACRA

Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency is one of six projects to share in $18.7 million to support the Finger Lakes region’s health care system. State Sen. Pam. Helming, R-Canandaigua announced the funding for FLACRA, based in Clifton Springs in Ontario County, which is part of an overall $491 million being spent for the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation... more

82-year-old sent to Strong after Short Rd. garage fire in Manchester

Port Gibson, Newark, Clifton Springs and Phelps Fire Departments were all called to the scene of a Short Rd. structure fire on Thursday. Upon arrival, deputies say that flames and heavy smoke were showing from the west side of the residence. The fire had been contained to the garage and some of the living area, which sustained major fire, smoke,... more

Calling all villagers — and hamlet dwellers — in Manchester

The future of the historic Lehigh Valley Railroad roundhouse will be one of the topics at an open house Thursday about a draft joint comprehensive plan for the town of Manchester’s communities: the villages of Manchester, Shortsville and Clifton Springs and the hamlet of Port Gibson. Town Supervisor Jeff Gallahan said the plan focuses on land use — permitted areas... more

Midlakes’ superintendent search down to two finalists

The search for a new superintendent to take over leadership of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District (Midlakes) is down to two final candidates, both of whom began their careers as social studies teachers. All-day interviews with multiple stakeholders will be conducted in the district Monday with Jeramy Clingerman, the current superintendent of Marcus Whitman Central School (Gorham-Middlesex CSD), and... more

Simonds accepts plea deal in Clifton Springs sex abuse case

Janiet Simonds, of Clifton Springs, is scheduled to be sentenced to 22 years in state prison Sept. 14 for her role in multiple crimes involving the sexual abuse of children, including the production of child pornography involving a 1-year-old girl. Simonds has accepted an agreement with the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree... more

Ontario Co. DA Tantillo talks career, prosecution, future on Inside the FLX (podcast)

It’s been 38 years prosecuting for District Attorney Michael Tantillo. He has served as District Attorney for 28 of those 38 years. “It’s not an easy job. I’ve continued handling trial prosecution on felony cases, but have developed an incredibly talented team that has made our office run incredibly well,” Tantillo explained. “While this is my last year as DA,... more

Dog reported stolen back with owner in Ontario County

The dog reported stolen from a private residence in Clifton Springs is back home with its owner and in good health. According to Ontario County Humane Society and Sheriff’s Office, the female Shih-Tzu mix named Katie was turned into Beverly’s Animal Shelter in Waterloo by a person who found her running in the area of Route 488 in the town... more

Deputies: Clifton Springs dog stolen from yard

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Ontario County Humane Society is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing dog. A Shih-Tzu mix, named Katie, was taken from a yard at a private residence on East Main St. in Clifton Springs between 11 am and 6:30 pm on Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to... more

Clifton Springs man drove drunk, struck utility pole

On Monday at approximately 10:25 pm deputies in Ontario County arrested William Wheaton Jr., 37, for driving while intoxicated following a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of Bunker Hill Rd. and County Rd. 27. Wheaton was traveling east on Bunker Hill Rd. in his 2003 Hyundai Sonata when he swerved to miss a deer, then failed to stop at a... more

Shed destroyed in Clifton Springs fire

Deputies say a Clifton Springs shed was a total loss after a structure fire on Monday. The fire was reported around 9:43 pm at 1762 Pearl St. in Clifton Springs. Clifton Springs Fire Department, as well as Phelps Fire Department responded to the scene. Christopher Santy, 38, was dismantling a shed and was burning the pieces of the shed as... more

Simonds pleads guilty in child sex abuse case in Canandaigua

Three months after a Clifton Springs man was sentenced to a potential life term in prison for sexually abusing two children, his girlfriend has pleaded guilty to related charges and will be spending more than two decades behind bars. Janiet Simonds, 26, pleaded guilty Friday in Ontario County Court to felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual act (two counts), first-degree... more

Clifton Springs man killed as motorcycle strikes deer, guardrail

A Clifton Springs man has been identified as the victim involved in a fatal motorcycle accident, which happened Thursday night in Mendon. The accident happened when Thomas Mincer, 28, of Clifton Springs hit a deer and then a guardrail around 8 pm on Boughton Hill Rd., near West Bloomfield Rd., in Mendon. Boughton Hill Rd. was closed for roughly two... more

Occupational therapy celebrated in Clifton Springs

Occupational therapists from across the country are gathering in Clifton Springs this Saturday, June 3, to mark the 100th anniversary of a landmark meeting in their field — the day occupational therapy was founded as a professional discipline, at a meeting in the village. On March 15, 1917, a small group of pioneers in the occupational therapy profession gathered in... more
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