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The Music Man wins awards, recognition at Stars of Tomorrow ceremony for Newark

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The Newark High School Spring Musical Production of “The Music Man” won awards and recognition at the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s 21st Stars of Tomorrow Recognition Ceremony May 16th at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester. The awards of recognition in Division B schools included: • Outstanding Dance Ensemble • Outstanding Acting Ensemble • Outstanding Production Crew • Tip of the Hat... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)

INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)
Moral injury is defined as damage done to a person’s conscience or moral compass when that individual perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct. It’s complicated. Dr. Marek Kopacz, of the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention is one of the researchers working to understand moral injury... more

THE DEBRIEF: Affordable Housing, Resisting Vaccines, Incinerator Bill, and MORE! (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Rent control measures, resistance to vaccines, and low speed access (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso and Ted Baker break down the latest headlines from around the region. The two discuss rent control advocacy across the state, a vacant Geneva City Council seat, access to high speed broadband (and the implications), as well as a veto power proposal that would give new power to voters. Watch below... more

Kolb says costs to farms in labor bill ‘staggering’

KOLB: Costs to farms in Farmworkers Labor bill ‘staggering’
Republicans in New York are pushing back against a bill, which they say would have a huge impact on local farms. Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River), the Conference’s ranking member on the Committee on Agriculture, were among a number of signatories who penned a letter to the Assembly Majority leadership calling for... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Stakeholders wrestle with reaching rural vets for services as transportation, housing lag (Part 1)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing ways that the VA is reaching rural communities (podcast)
At this very moment there are more than 18 million veterans living in the United States. And the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for their well-being. At least in terms of provided care. However, vets aren’t automatically enrolled at their local VA hospital or clinic; and enrolling them is consistently the biggest challenge faced by professionals within the VA... more

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario
Sandbags palletized and ready to go, and docks disappearing. We are reaching a breaking point along Lake Ontario, with water level just inches away from the 2017 peak that led to widespread flooding. So far, homes along the shoreline have been spared, but some docks have not. And that means decision time for boaters. Boaters in Charlotte near Lake Ontario... more

Former Morgan Management COO pleads guilty to conspiracy in multi-million dollar fraud

Former Morgan Management COO pleads guilty to conspiracy in multi-million dollar fraud
The former chief operating officer of Morgan Management pleaded guilty Monday for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. Scott Cresswell, a 52-year-old resident of Ionia – a hamlet in Bloomfield – pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Cresswell was COO of Morgan Management, LLC from March of 2017 to April of 2018. During that time, federal... more

Water level inches up on Lake Ontario as rains continue to fall

Water level inches up on Lake Ontario as rains continue to fall
As homeowners and businesses brace for potential flooding, the sandbags are a sign of what could be coming. As of this week, Lake Ontario’s water level stands at just over 248 feet. In Monroe County, 170,000 sandbags have been filled. There are also 30 operational pumps and 500 feet of aqua dams that have been laid down along the shoreline.... more

Wanted: More foster care families in Finger Lakes

Wanted: More foster care families in Finger Lakes
Families are in the spotlight this weekend as the nation celebrates Mother’s Day. With that in mind, there is a significant gap between the number of children in the four-county area of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates needing foster placement and the number of foster care families willing to take those children in on a short- or long-term basis. Glove... more

Boaters concerned about another season of possible flooding

Boaters concerned about another season of possible flooding
At Southpoint Marina on Irondequoit Bay, several people spent Saturday putting their boats in the water, but because of the rising lake level, some, including Ann Marie Denero of Spencerport, fear they might not be able to enjoy the water. “We made a lot of reservations to go to go places, to go to Toronto, to Wilson, so if that... more

Businesses along Lake Ontario brace for flooding

Businesses along Lake Ontario brace for flooding
Water levels at Lake Ontario are expected to continue to rise and some business owners are already dealing with water challenges. The dock at Bayside Pub in Webster is already underwater. "And I’m looking at it right now and everyone’s freaking out a little bit…So when it’s like this, happened in 17 it affected us, came over, you couldn’t feed... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Karen Springmeier of Finger Lakes Works discusses local workforce

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Karen Springmeier of Finger Lakes Works discusses local workforce
Workforce development is that thing happening in the background that a lot of people take for granted in their local community. People are looking for jobs; and despite some of the narrative surrounding the Finger Lakes Economy – there are tons of them. Finger Lakes Works focuses on connecting employers and prospective employees. One way they do that is by... more

Finger Lakes Museum to plant trees and build trails

Finger Lakes Museum to plant trees and build trails
The Finger Lakes Museum (FLM) was one of 10 applicants awarded a Trees for Tribs Grant through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The FLM’s project includes the planting of over 3,000 native trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and climate resiliency along Sugar Creek. These riparian trees and shrubs will be planted on the... more

Victor resident, 5LINX co-owner sentenced in fraud case

Victor resident, 5LINX co-owner sentenced in fraud case
The third and final former owner of 5LINX was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a multi-million dollar marketing scheme. Jason Guck, 43, of Victor was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing a false tax return. According to federal prosecutors, in 2001, Guck, along with Craig Jerabeck and Jeb Tyler, started 5LINX Enterprise, Inc., based in Henrietta.... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing Geneva City Council Ward 6, Veto Power Proposal, and Decline in Local Enrollment (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing Geneva City Council Ward 6, Veto Power Proposal, and Decline in Local Enrollment
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso debate the future of rural school districts, as a FingerLakes1.com exclusive shows significant declines in student enrollment across the Finger Lakes. The duo also discusses the latest from Geneva City Council’s Tuesday session to find a Ward 6 Councilor; and the future of a veto power law, which... more

School districts struggle with providing opportunities for students as enrollment declines

ENROLLMENT DECLINE: School districts struggle with providin
What does the loss of hundreds, sometimes more than a thousand students over the course of several decades do to a school district? What kind of impact does it have on the community-at-large? These are very real questions facing rural school districts in the Finger Lakes. Editor’s Note: Last weekend we set out to evaluate the district enrollment trend of... more
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