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Algae bloom appears near FLX Welcome Center in Geneva; busy HAB season on Seneca Lake

Even more HABs spotted along Seneca Lake over las
Bill Roege, who recently took over as HABs Director for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, says the last seven days have proven to be busy for volunteers working around Seneca Lake to identify harmful algal blooms. Last week, Frank DiOrio was a guest on FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation, outlining some of the things that SLPWA had seen throughout the season. The... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Mayor Kyle Barnhart discusses campaign for Lodi Town Supervisor (podcast)

NEW EPISODE: Kyle Barnhart discusses race for Lodi Town Supervisor (podcast)
Kyle Barnhart, while not a Democrat in affiliation, will be running on the top line of this November’s election in Lodi, Seneca County. Barnhart currently serves as mayor in the Village of Lodi; and wants to bring renewed focus to village, town, and county representation by serving as Town Supervisor. This week he sat down inside the FingerLakes1.com Studio to... more

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated in Seneca, as supervisors signal that update could come from DA on Sheppard-Deeds investigation

‘TRIAL BY FIRE’: New finance director celebrated
Last year at this time the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution instructing Sheriff Tim Luce to lead an investigative effort into Former County Manager John Sheppard and Former Finance Director Brandi Deeds. In January of this year that investigation concluded, according to Luce. “The investigation has been completed, all the interviews are done, and we are ready... more

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

Mark Benjamin continues Lodi supervisor campaign

Mark Benjamin continues Lodi supervisor campaign
Republican Mark Benjamin will have competition this fall in the race to become the next Lodi Town supervisor, as Democrat Kyle Barnhart will run against him in the Nov. 5 election. While he admits a competitive race is good for the community, his goal remains steadfast to improve overall quality of life in Lodi. “I’ve always been involved in giving... more

Trailblazers goes national, endorses Barnhart for Lodi supervisor

Trailblazers goes national, endorses Barnhart for Lodi supervisor
The Trailblazers PAC wants to see politics done differently. The organization was founded by Leslie Danks Burke following her own election bid for state senate in which she came up short against Republican Tom O’Mara. Several election cycles later, the organization she founded is having a bigger impact than anyone likely would have imagined. “We’ve gone national,” she explained this... more

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information

Seneca Lake-area water systems promise new data on PFAS, while state keeps tight lid on information
Blindsided a month ago by intense public alarm over reports that their public drinking water showed traces of PFAS-class chemicals, officials in Watkins Glen and Montour Falls and Waterloo confirmed last week that they are in the process of checking it out. No new tests results are in yet, but they’re said to be in the pipeline.  In early September,... more

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County

Supervisors make progress on draft sewer use law in Seneca County
Seneca County might finally be getting somewhere with one of its most-complex issues. The Board of Supervisors met in a special committee session Monday night to discuss the future of a sewer use law, which will be introduced to the full-board after successful passage through committee. “This has been one of the biggest issues in Seneca County for the last... more

Survey aims to identify where candidates stand on environment in Seneca County

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The Seneca Falls Environmental Action Committee is sending out a survey to those running for office in Seneca County. The survey consists of eight questions; and aims to see where each stands on important environmental questions related to policy in Seneca County. For those on the SFEAC – it’s a way to create accountability moving forward. Candidates are asked to... more

Volunteers needed for STEPS day of service

Volunteers needed for STEPS day of service
Volunteers are needed for the 3rd Annual Day of Service taking place this Saturday, October 5th for the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus being organized by Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS).  Participants who want to give back to their community by helping with a variety of projects, should gather at the South Seneca Middle/High School on... more

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party

Fox seeks new term as chair of Seneca County Republican Party
Tom Fox wants to be elected to another two-year term as chairman of the Seneca County Republican Party. Fox, a member of the Varick Town Board, served as Seneca County sheriff from 1991 to 2003. The county Republican Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fayette Fire House on Route 414 for its required reorganizational meeting, a gathering... more

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party

Folk endorsed for DA by Serve America Movement (SAM) Party
Attorney Christopher Folk of Waterloo, who lost the Republican Party primary election for Seneca County district attorney, has been endorsed by the Serve America Movement Party. Folk, who resisted efforts by county Republicans to have him drop out of the race, also will appear on the Libertarian and Working Families party lines in November. He will run against Assistant Public... more

Decades later, Lodi native receives Army medals

Decades later, Lodi native receives Army medals
A few years after he fought in World War II, including the renowned Battle of the Bulge, Gerald White contacted the Army about medals he believed he had earned. “The Army looked at my paperwork and said there was insufficient information,” White recalled. “I looked into it again about two years later, and they said again my paperwork was insufficient.... more

Lodi woman charged with DWI after driving into ditch on River Rd. in Seneca Falls

Lodi woman charged with DWI after driving into ditch on River Rd. in Seneca Falls
Police say a Lodi woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after officers observed her vehicle leave River Road and enter a ditch. Emmalea M. Jorgensen, 22, of Lodi was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving on the shoulder, and operating a vehicle with a BAC over 0.08%. Police say her vehicle left the roadway and entered a parallel drainage... more

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online

Seneca County IDA’s draft strategic plan for economic development now live online
A formal draft of Seneca County’s economic development strategic plan is now officially available for public review and comment. The public comment period starts today and will continue through Nov. 1. Seneca County’s draft plan is available for public review and comments at www.seneca-economy.com. The Seneca County IDA started the strategic planning process last year by identifying the community’s economic... more

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’

SCP to hold auditions for ‘Odd Couple’
Seneca Community Players announced today that they will hold auditions for their upcoming productions of both male and female versions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on September 16 & 17. Seneca Community Players will be producing both plays simultaneously and they will run on opposite nights November 15, 16 and 17 and November 22, 23 and 24. This classic... more

EPISODE #187: Mark Benjamin discusses campaign on Inside the FLX

EPISODE #187: Mark Benjamin discusses campaign on Inside the FLX
Mark Benjamin is running for Town Supervisor. This week on Inside the FLX, Benjamin was in-studio discussing the issues and opportunities the Town of Lodi has to grow and become more sustainable for taxpayers in 2020. If elected in November, he will succeed longtime Supervisor Lee Davidson. Check out Episode #187 of Inside the FLX below on YouTube, or listen... more

New concerns arise as flood recovery stalls, frustrating South Seneca residents

New concerns arise as flood recovery stalls, frustrating South Seneca residents
It has been more than a year since devastating, historic flooding leveled Lodi Point and severely damaged other parts of South Seneca. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Point the day of the historic rains, which totaled more than 9-inches, according to the National Weather Service. State lawmakers, locally elected officials, and stakeholders alike worked together to bring resources into Lodi,... more
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