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Fayette barn fire temporarily shuts down County House Road (photo)

County House Rd. shut down as crews battle barn fire
County House Road was temporarily shut down in Seneca County on Friday around 6 p.m. as firefighters battled a barn fire. Crews from Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Fayette, Canoga, Magee, Border City, and Varick fire departments responded to the scene. The fire was reported at 1908 County House Road. It’s unclear what the barn was used for, or how the blaze... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Melissa Taylor, Seneca Co. Emergency Management Director (podcast)

WEBER THIS WEEK: Melissa Taylor, Seneca Co. Emergency Management Director (podcast)
Melissa Taylor resumed her position as Seneca County Director of Emergency Management in November after the Seneca County Board of Supervisors voted 13-0 to honor her request to withdraw her resignation letter from early in the year. On Monday, she is in-studio with Harold “Web Dog” Weber as a guest on Weber This Week to talk about her department, what... more

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard

Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard
Former Seneca County Sewer and Water Administrator Mary Anne Kowalski said this latest set of reports should move the board to rethink the “expensive, unnecessary and misguided proposal to ‘centralize’ the two County Sewer Districts in Southern Seneca County.” It’s a project that would cost at least $24 million. That doesn’t mean the direction the County is mandated to go... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing mental health, substance use disorders, and progress (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing mental health, substance use disorders, and progress (podcast)
In 2018, the CDC produced new, shocking data that showed a 30 percent increase in suicide rates over the last two decades. That increase prompted a lot of discussion, dialogue, and ideas about what could be done differently to improve mental health treatment, services available, and remove stigma. Those efforts are now being realized in a number of unique, exciting... more

THE LOVING CUP: Mackenzie Green & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)

THE LOVING CUP: Jeff Shipley & Rick Newman from the Seneca Chamber (podcast)
On this edition of the Loving Cup Podcast Seneca County Chamber of Commerce membership development director Mackenzie Green and destination marketing manager Rick Newman are in-studio with Katie MacIntyre to talk about their organization, the Finger Lakes region and gratitude. . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing needs in Seneca County with the United Way (podcast)
How well do you know your community? Each day the United Way of Seneca County has to fight to better understand the community they serve. It’s difficult work – determining where the greatest need is – and attempting to focus some energy and resources to help correct it. Thankfully, there are community partners, and the United Way has the opportunity... more

Supervisors battle over $122K owed to Varick over incorrectly billed water

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Over an hour of debate was sparked during this week’s meeting of Seneca County’s Public Works Committee. It all came down to a settlement owed to the Seneca Lake Water District in Varick. Last fall, the committee recommended that Seneca County settle it – by paying $122,000. The rogue bill was caused by a broken meter, which was also debated... more

The long road to economic development in Seneca County

The long road to economic development in Seneca County
When it comes to economic development in Seneca County – there are several entities working toward a common vision. At least on paper. The Seneca County Board of Supervisors, Industrial Development Agency, and Chamber of Commerce were tasked – approximately two years ago – with working together to generate leads and ‘wins’ for the whole county. It started quickly with... more

‘ONE SENECA’: Initiative to drive economic development, tourism looks for revival in 2019

‘ONE SENECA’: In
On Thursday, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors renewed one of their longest standing debates. It centrally revolved around ‘how’ funding used for the County’s Tourism Promotion Agency should be handed out. Occupancy Tax, or ‘Bed Tax’ as it’s called in other municipalities – takes monies that would otherwise go to the County for general use; and allocates them to... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: How do libraries shape communities in rural settings?

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Discussing the role of libraries in rural settings
Tens of thousands visit libraries each year in the Finger Lakes region. Local libraries host community events – both educational and recreational – frequently serving under-served populations. In rural settings these facilities are even more important. Entering the home-stretch of a busy holiday season – we caught up with two individuals tasked with leading the daily operations of two local... more

Supervisors ponder ‘Water & Sewer Authority’ while looking for consensus in 2019 (video)

Board of Supervisors hold December meeting in Waterloo (video)
It was the last regular session of the calendar year; and it’s been an active one for the Seneca County Board of Supervisors. While the supervisors will have a couple special sessions before the end of the year to take care of some clerical items – the lion share of legislating has concluded. Board Chairman Bob Shipley (R-Waterloo) said it... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing how tourism and economic development are linked (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing tourism in the Finger Lakes w/ local chamber reps (podcast)
The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce recently launched a new community guide aimed at connecting those staying and living in the Finger Lakes — with valuable local services. In this case, the most-recent publication – known as the “Finger Lakes Gateway Connections Community Guide” is aimed at decision makers who might be considering doing business or living in Seneca County.... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mitch Rowe discusses the current, future state of Seneca County (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Mitch Rowe discusses the current, future state of Seneca County (podcast)
There aren’t any hardline philosophies, and there has been a noticeable reduction in contention between the County Manager’s Office, and the Board of Supervisors since Acting County Manager Mitch Rowe took the helm in September. After the unexpected resignation of former County Manager John Sheppard — Rowe was tapped as an interim solution to the board’s short-term problem: Finding someone... more

Helming, Palmesano asked to set up south Seneca County sewer meeting

Helming, Palmesano asked to set up south Seneca County sewer meeting
The former administrator of Seneca County’s water and sewer districts is asking two state lawmakers to set up a public meeting in the south end of the county discuss a proposal to centralize the county’s two sewer districts. Mary Anne Kowalski, a Romulus resident, sewer district customer and administrator of the districts in 2014 and 2015, made the appeal to... more

Police: Fayette man charged with DWI after speeding on River Rd.

Police: Fayette man charged with DWI after speeding on River Rd.
On Saturday around 3:08 a.m. police arrested a 32-year-old Fayette man following a traffic stop on River Road. The Seneca Falls Police Department reports the arrest of Matthew J. Haws, 32, of Fayette, who was stopped for speeding. Upon investigation it was determined that he had a suspended license, and was operating his vehicle in an intoxicated condition. He was... more

Wilson gets 20 years for fatal DWI crash in Seneca

Wilson gets 20 years for fatal DWI crash in Seneca
More than three years after he killed two people on a motorcycle and following numerous court appearances in the case, a former Romulus man has been sentenced to a potential life term in prison. Acting Seneca County Judge Rick Healy sentenced Earl Wilson to 20 years to life after a hearing Monday in county court. Wilson, 45, previously pleaded guilty... more

RACE FOR SENECA JUDGE: Candidates receive endorsements ahead of Election Day

Two of the candidates vying to be the next Seneca County Court Judge updated voters on endorsements received in the days leading up to Election Day. Both David Ettman, Esq. and District Attorney Barry Porsch received important, local endorsements. Among those entities endorsing candidates was the United Steelworkers of America union, Local Union 3298, former Undersheriff Peter Lawatch, and retired... more
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