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FLX WEEKLY: Your Easter Weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Your Easter Weekend ahead in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
As we move past the half-way point of April it is starting to feel more and more like Spring in the Finger Lakes. Easter Sunday is coming up this weekend and we’ll have your weather outlook and some options for brunch around the region. Also, an update on Sydney’s Instacart side-gig, reaction to Tiger Woods’ big win on Sunday and... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget

INSIDE THE FLX: Michael Kracker of Unshackle Upstate discusses $175.5B NYS budget
New York State has adopted a $175.5 billion budget. What does that mean for Upstate New York? Well, it has serious implications – as noted by Unshackle Upstate. Unshackle Upstate advocates on behalf of businesses and trade organizations in Upstate New York who are working to create a better, more-favorable environment for development. Michael Kracker, Director of Unshackle Upstate was... more

Finger Lakes Beef—It’s what’s for dinner

Finger Lakes Beef—It’s what’s for dinner
The New York Beef Council enticed five culinary schools from across New York State to experience a two-day “Farm to Fork” Beef Tour and Cooking Competition here in the Finger Lakes April 11 and 12. This event was made possible through continued support and funding from the South Dakota Beef Council. Five culinary schools, SUNY Cobleskill, Erie Community College, SUNY... more

Rep. Reed raises $347K in Q1 of 2019

Rep. Reed raises
Congressman Tom Reed’s re-election bid is off to a hot start, according to a press release issued by his campaign. Reed, a Republican from Corning, raised more than $347,000 in the first quarter of 2019. It’s more than 15-times that of his Democratic challengers – Tracy Mitrano and Dr. Scott Noren. Mitrano unsuccessfully ran against Reed in 2018, and quickly... more

Woman killed in head-on crash in Tompkins County

Woman killed in head-on crash in Tompkins County
A woman has died following a head-on crash involving four vehicles in Tompkins County on Friday. According to deputies, 63-year-old Kathleen Downes was traveling north on Route 13 when she clipped a car in the left lane while she was trying to merge from the right lane. Downes' car spun into the median and into oncoming traffic, hitting two vehicles... more

Cornell student recounts Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Cornell student recounts Notre Dame Cathedral fire
The flames were so intense in Paris Monday that a Cornell student studying abroad said you could taste the smoke in the air. “I initially found out about the fire because I saw the smoke cloud from my apartment,” said Kiersten Rhodes. Rhodes says she and a friend took the metro closer to the historic Notre Dame cathedral to see... more

Groton man jailed on child porn charges

Groton man jailed on child porn charges
A Groton man is accused of uploading sexually explicit photos of children at his Tompkins County residence. New York State Police arrested Christopher A. Barrows, 61, after a joint probe by the Troop C Computer Crimes Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations. Barrows allegedly uploaded the inappropriate images in August 2018, and on April 2, a search warrant was executed... more

Influence of farm-to-table movement in Finger Lakes explored

Influence of farm-to-table movement in Finger Lakes explored
Chefs using locally sourced food to create menu offerings is a growing phenomenon in the Finger Lakes. It’s also the subject of a day-long program at two locations in Geneva. The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the “al fresco” conference that will explore the influence of the farm-to-table movement and agritourism on the local culture and economy. It’s scheduled... more

Great ways to enjoy local waterways in warmer weather

Great ways to enjoy local waterways in warmer weather
Justin Hausner satisfies his kayak habit all year long, although he admits he’s not typical. As co-owner of Fuzzy Guppies Human Powered Watercrafts in Waterloo, he has easy access to kayaks. Nearby Seneca Lake doesn’t freeze over in winter, so he doesn’t mind bundling up for some cold-water fishing aboard a kayak. But with summer right around the corner and... more

GrassRoots Fest announces complete 2019 lineup

GrassRoots Fest announces complete 2019 lineup
Donna The Buffalo and the Taj Mahal Quartet are atop the full lineup for the 2019 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival Of Music & Dance. The 29th installment of the festival will take place at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg, New York July 18 – 21. Railroad Earth, Rising Appalachia, Willie Watson and Todd Snider are among the dozens of acts... more

Rep. Tom Reed visits IC for talk on student debt, climate change

Rep. Tom Reed visits IC for talk on student debt, climate change
Representative Tom Reed made his second visit of 2019 to Tompkins County on Thursday, speaking to a crowd of mostly students in a lecture room on Ithaca College’s campus. Invited by the Ithaca College Republicans, Reed briefly addressed the crowd prior to taking questions during an hour long stay on campus. It was not as heavily-attended as a typical Reed... more

Census of Agriculture: Number of farms across region declines again

Census of Agriculture: Number of farms across region declines again
The number of farms in New York dropped again, according to the latest Census of Agriculture released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 2017 census found there are 33,438 farms in New York, down from 35,537 in 2012. The state’s farms occupy 6,866,171 acres, which is lower than the 7,183,576 acres farms had five years ago. David Fisher, president... more

Barricaded subject arrested at West Village Apartment Complex

Barricaded subject arrested at West Village Apartment Complex
The Ithaca Police Department have issued a press release regarding Thursday’s police operation in West Hill. According to the release, the police responded to the West Village apartment complex around 12:48 p.m on April 11, regarding a subject with a handgun. “Once officers arrived at the scene, they established a perimeter around the apartment in which the suspect was known... more

FLX WEEKLY: Instacart, Herons & Thinking Spring (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Instacart, Herons & Thinking Spring (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi for another edition of FLX Weekly. We are well into the month of April and the weather can vary from wintry and oppressive to summer-like and pleasant. Which is in store for the region this weekend? Round-up your week in the Finger Lakes and check out some great local photos... more

Rod Howe leaving History Center for Ithaca Supervisor campaign

Rod Howe leaving History Center for Ithaca Supervisor campaign
The History Center of Tompkins County announced this week that Executive Director Rod Howe would be stepping away from his role in the organization after four years at the helm. While he will remain involved in “special projects” throughout the rest of the year, the History Center intends to have a permanent replacement for Howe installed by August. Howe is... more

Residents give feedback about Carpenter Business Park proposal

Residents give feedback about Carpenter Business Park proposal
At a public information session earlier this week, the proposed Carpenter Business Park was given a firm shakedown by residents living near the site as well as other members of the Ithaca community. One of the project’s leaders, Scott Whitham of Whitham Planning and Design, showed a presentation detailing the layout of the project. Whitham is working on behalf of... more

Are lawmakers teeing up a new tax to target golf courses in New York?

Are lawmakers teeing up a new tax to target golf courses in New York?
Senator Pam Helming joined local golfers and small business owners to oppose the Senate Democrats’ new “Golf Tax.” The so-called Golf Tax (S.4420) would allow municipalities to assess courses based upon the properties’ highest and best use rather than their current use. For example, many courses in the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario area have beautiful vistas. Under the plan... more

Debate continues around later start times for middle, high schools

Some CNY schools looking at later start times for schools
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District have been in talks recently to discuss the option of adjusting their school times to a later start time, including hiring an outside consultant to learn more on the effects of a later start time. Schools in 46 states have already made the change or will change in the next school year, including the Ithaca City... more
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