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TWO YEARS OF PROGRESS: A closer look at efforts to combat substance use disorders & mental health awareness (series)

TWO YEARS OF PROGRESS: Seneca continues addiction, mental health efforts
Part I: Identifying the problem, weighing current challenges When it comes to creating awareness around mental health issues and substance use disorders – officials believe positive ground has been made up in the last few years. Margaret Morse, Director of Community Services for Seneca County agrees. Morse celebrated her two-year anniversary leading community service efforts in Seneca on Jan. 31,... more

Wolfs plan open house to thank community after fire

Wolfs plan open house to thank community after fire
When a fire destroyed Doris and Walter Wolf’s beloved cobblestone house a little over a year ago, they were overwhelmed by the love and support they received from the community. Now they want to say thank you. They will do just that at an open house at their new home, built near the near the historic Birdsey Road house that... more

Traffic temporarily snarled after crash involving tractor-trailer near Exit 41 on Thruway

ALL LANES BLOCKED: Crash involving tractor-trailer snarls NYS Thruway near Exit 41
State Police are investigating a crash that involved a tractor-trailer along the Thruway near Exit 41 during the late-morning hours. While the roadway was temporarily blocked – those at the scene worked quickly to free the congestion. As of 10:50 a.m. the roadway was reopened. However, motorists were encouraged to remain cautious on all roads as they were remain snow-covered.... 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

Lago celebrates anniversary, remains optimistic despite Moody’s report last month

Lago celebrates anniversary, remains optimistic despite Moody’s report last month
As del Lago Resort & Casino celebrates their second anniversary, and looks ahead to another year in Northern Seneca County – management says the focus remains bolstering the region. Lago’s focus for 2019 will be in continuing to build community, increasing employment opportunities, boosting tourism, and helping local businesses grow. “As we mark our second year, we are thrilled that... 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

Wadhams Enterprises needs 40+ drivers, prompts launch of driving school

Wadhams Enterprises needs 40+ drivers, prompts launch of driving school
Wadhams Enterprises would love to hire nearly 40 more people to drive their freight-hauling trucks. However, there aren’t nearly that many people with commercial driver’s licenses lining up to fill those positions. So, the family-owned company on Bostwick Road has taken the bull by the gear shift and started two schools to generate a pool of drivers. The first 3-... more

Sheriff: Former worker stole thousands in merchandise from Waterloo Outlet store

Sheriff: Former worker stole thousands in merchandise while employed at Waterloo Outlet store
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Brooklyn man, formerly of Syracuse, who’s been accused of stealing thousands in merchandise while employed at the Waterloo Premium Outlet Mall. RaShawn D. Hightower, 31, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, and five counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing – all felonies. Investigators say that while employed... 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

Junius increases amount to be spent on water district improvements, subject to referendum

Junius increases amount to be spent on water district improvements, subject to referendum
The Town Board wants to increase the maximum amount to be spent for improvements to Water District No. 3, while reducing first-year costs for customers. The proposed increase is subject to a permissive referendum. That means if a sufficient number of signatures are obtained on a petition asking for the public vote, the town must schedule a binding referendum. At... 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

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

Eastview Mall, Waterloo Premium among most-popular shopping centers in Upstate New York

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Like to shop? The holiday season is here and shoppers are taking to area malls and shopping centers like always — and Yelp — has provided a regional ranking of the most-positively reviewed destinations for shopping. However, not all of them on the list are malls, exactly. Some of them are shopping centers and plazas that offer a slightly different... more

No injuries despite two multi-vehicle accidents on Thruway as holiday weekend concludes

A pair of crashes on the New York State Thruway between exits 40 and 41 snarled traffic in Northern Seneca and Cayuga counties on Sunday. While there weren’t any injuries reported at either accident – it was enough to keep local first responders busy on the last day of a busy holiday weekend. Magee Fire Department and North Seneca Ambulance... more
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