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GUILTY PLEA IN SF: Donald Bovio avoids trial, admits to killing 3-year-old stepson

GUILTY PLEA IN SF: Donald Bovio avoids trial, admits to killing 3-year-old stepson in violent 2018 incident
Hours before his trial was set to begin – a Seneca Falls man pleaded guilty to killing his 3-year-old stepson last year. The Finger Lakes Times reports that Acting Seneca County District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz said Donald Bovio pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the death of Panagiotis “Peter” Stephanides-Vacchino. It’s expected that Bovio will be sentenced to 15... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: The Dog hangs it up after 50 years of local broadcasting… this is his last show (podcast)

WEBER THIS WEEK: The Dog hangs it up after 50 years of local broadcasting… this is his last show (podcast)
After 50 years in local broadcasting, Harold “Web Dog” Weber will be officially handing up the microphone after one last edition of his long running Weber This Week podcast on FingerLakes1.com on Monday afternoon. Join the Dog along with Dave Barnick, Jack Dipolito, Greg Cotteril and Jim Sinicropi to recap a career that started at WSFW radio in 1969. . more

Teen arrested on several charges, including felony after Seneca Falls incidents

Teen arrested on several charges, including felony after Seneca Falls incidents
On Friday at approximately 10:49 a.m. police arrested a 17-year-old male after he damaged property on two separate occasions. The male, whose name is being withheld due to age, intentionally damaged a cellular phone, bicycle, and light fixture, according to police. During one of the incidents, the male fled the scene leading police on a foot pursuit. He was found,... more

CUTILLO: 50 years of memories — The ‘Web Dog’ hanging up his microphone

CUTILLO: 50 years of memories — The ‘Web Dog’ hanging up his microphone
If you lived in Seneca Falls in the early 1960s and maybe were out walking the dog on a nice summer evening near Spring Street, you might have heard something like this: “Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the Spectrum. Tonight the Sixers are hosting the Boston Celtics … ” A radio broadcast of a Philadelphia 76ers game? Well, a... more

SF Heritage Preservation Commission considers six applications

SF Heritage Preservation Commission considers six applications
With the future of the Huntington Building still unresolved, the Seneca Falls Heritage Preservation Commission will move on to less controversial issues when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 130 Ovid St. On the agenda is: • An application from Andrew Morgan to remove the rear deck and install a new deck at 10 Clinton St.... more

Voters to decide if former SMS property in Seneca Falls can be sold

Voters to decide if former SMS property in Seneca Falls can be sold
The former SMS property at 109 Ovid St. could be up for sale. The property was purchased by the Bridgeport Fire District as a possible site for a new firehouse. Now the Board of Commissioners of the fire district has declared that it is seeking voter approval to sell it. The commissioners approved a motion April 9 authorizing the sale... more

Seneca Falls Development Corp. will hold public meeting for DRI grant on April 25th

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The Seneca Falls Development Corporation (SFDC) is inviting Seneca Falls residents, business owners, and community leaders to a public Community Workshop to discuss and gather potential projects for inclusion in this year’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant application. The open meeting will take place from 6 – 7 pm on Thursday, April 25th at the Seneca Falls Community... more

New leader set to guide National Women’s Hall of Fame to new era

New leader set to guide National Women’s Hall of Fame to new era
2019 promises to be an interesting year for the National Women’s Hall of Fame; in fact, just 3 1/2 months in, it already has been. The Hall will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its 1969 founding with a move to the renovated first floor of the old Seneca Knitting Mill this summer and also will induct a new class of... more

Public hearing set on state grant to National Women’s Hall of Fame

Public hearing set on state grant to National Women’s Hall of Fame
A public hearing will be conducted at noon Friday, April 26, on a proposed $500,000 state grant for the National Women’s Hall of Fame project at 1 Canal St. The hearing will be at the town Municipal Building, 130 Ovid St.. The Empire State Development Corporation grant will go toward the $2.5 million renovation of the first floor of the... more

Avery says planning will be a priority after SF audit draws up big concerns about planning, finances

Avery says planning will be a priority after SF audit draws up big criticism
Systemic change is needed. Following the release of a scathing report – condemning the accountability and oversight practices of the Town of Seneca Falls and Town Board – one of the candidates for Town Supervisor addressed the findings. Town Councilman Doug Avery has served on the board since winning election in 2017. The Democrat announced his bid for Town Supervisor... more

County manager says state of Seneca County is good

County manager says state of Seneca County is good
After a little over seven months on the job, Seneca County Manager Mitch Rowe said he can safely say that the state of the county is good. “Despite the critical 2017 audit, we are now in a strong position,’’ Rowe said. “All of the corrections and adjustments recommended for 2017 have been made. Halle Stevens, our finance director, is doing... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Seneca Co. Sheriff Tim Luce on progress, campaign, and future

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Seneca Co. Sheriff Tim Luce on progress, campaign, and future
Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce is seeking re-election. Four years into his first term as Sheriff – things have moved quickly. In this week’s Sunday Conversation – Sheriff Luce talks about his efforts to maintain and bolster accreditation, work toward a safer community, while balancing the needs of his office and its residents. He discusses the things he’d like to... more

‘UNREALISTIC BUDGETS’: State says Seneca Falls Town Board failed to budget properly, provide necessary oversight to finances

The second report highlighting the Town of Seneca Falls’ failure to maintain appropriate oversight and records was released by the New York State Office of the Comptroller this week. Auditors were tasked with determining whether the Town Board and Town Officials effectively managed and provided oversight to the Town’s financial operation. The findings report highlighted several issues. According to auditors,... more

Four charged after fight inside Seneca Falls home

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The Seneca Falls Police Department reports the arrest of four individuals following an investigation into a disturbance at a local residence on April 1st. Police say four people entered a home in the Town of Seneca Falls to pick up a friend. While inside the home, a physical altercation occurred – involving the six people. An adult female, and 15-year-old... more

UPDATE: Phelps woman admits to stealing $1.4M from SF business over 13 years

REPORT: Phelps woman stole $1.4M from Seneca Falls business over 13 years
The numbers just didn’t add up. Karen Owens, a Phelps resident, who served as finance director for Finger Lakes Conveyors for 13 years has been charged with wire and bank fraud in U.S. District Court. The charges carry a sentence of 30 years. It’s because over that period – $1.4 million was stolen. According to an affidavit in support of... more
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