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Cuomo declares state of emergency along Lake Ontario shoreline

Cuomo declares state of emergency along Lake Ontario shoreline
Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for the eight counties impacted by potential Lake Ontario flooding: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. The Governor’s order directs state agencies to protect State property and to assist local governments and individuals in responding to and recovering from the flooding. The Governor also directed the Commissioner of the... more

Opening statements in Sodus double murder trial

Opening statements in Sodus double murder trial expected Monday
Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the trial of Tim Dean, a former Texas police chief charged with murdering a Wayne County couple. Dean is accused of shooting and killing Josh Niles and his fiancee, Amber Washburn, in Sodus last October. Jurors have all been seated. During opening statements, Dean’s attorneys are expected to outline their defense, while... more

Teen charged after Lyons stabbing; victim airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital

Wayne Co. man airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after Lyons stabbing
Troopers were called to a reported assault on William Street in Lyons Saturday night – and they found a man who had been stabbed multiple times. The incident involved 5-10 people, according to the Times of Wayne County. Troopers said that Shawn Baker, 32, of Galen was stabbed several times. He was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital. Baker is in... more

WATCH: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance 100 year commemorative video

WATCH: Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance 100 year commemorative video
On April 25, 1919, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance founders came together in Auburn, New York to organize a cooperative to promote tourism in the region. 100 years later the tourism industry in the region has grown beyond their wildest expectations. Below is an outstanding video the FLTA produced to commemorate their 100 year anniversary. more

The Music Man wins awards, recognition at Stars of Tomorrow ceremony for Newark

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The Newark High School Spring Musical Production of “The Music Man” won awards and recognition at the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s 21st Stars of Tomorrow Recognition Ceremony May 16th at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester. The awards of recognition in Division B schools included: • Outstanding Dance Ensemble • Outstanding Acting Ensemble • Outstanding Production Crew • Tip of the Hat... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor talks growth, massive downtown overhaul

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor talks growth, massive downtown overhaul
Downtown Newark is exploding with growth. Mayor Jonathan Taylor says that growth and progress is happening thanks to perseverance of current, and past elected leaders. South Main Street has experienced the most-apparent visual overhaul. That project was worth more than $6 million, which was federally funded thanks to years of planning and studies. However, with the added bonus of overhauling... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)

INSIDE THE FLX: Outreach to rural veterans, and moral injury (Part 2)
Moral injury is defined as damage done to a person’s conscience or moral compass when that individual perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct. It’s complicated. Dr. Marek Kopacz, of the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention is one of the researchers working to understand moral injury... more

60th annual Apple Blossom Parade in Wayne County

60th annual Apple Blossom Parade in Wayne County
The 60th annual Apple Blossom Parade kicked off in Williamson on Saturday afternoon. This is the longest continuously running festival in all of New York and is one of the biggest parades in western New York. The lineup for the parade began at Willamson Middle School. This year's parade theme was favorite things. RochesterFirst.com: Read More more

Economic developer says broadband access major challenge

Broadband challenges remain in Wayne County
Brian Pincelli, Wayne County’s director of economic development, said broadband service is no longer a luxury, but a necessity — nearly on par with a utility. However, said Pincelli, there are rural sections of Wayne County where broadband access is still lacking — and in far-greater numbers than government estimates. According to the Wayne County Department of Economic Development and... more

THE DEBRIEF: Affordable Housing, Resisting Vaccines, Incinerator Bill, and MORE! (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Rent control measures, resistance to vaccines, and low speed access (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso and Ted Baker break down the latest headlines from around the region. The two discuss rent control advocacy across the state, a vacant Geneva City Council seat, access to high speed broadband (and the implications), as well as a veto power proposal that would give new power to voters. Watch below... more

Kolb says costs to farms in labor bill ‘staggering’

KOLB: Costs to farms in Farmworkers Labor bill ‘staggering’
Republicans in New York are pushing back against a bill, which they say would have a huge impact on local farms. Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River), the Conference’s ranking member on the Committee on Agriculture, were among a number of signatories who penned a letter to the Assembly Majority leadership calling for... more

FLX WEEKLY: Clearing skies for a great spring weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY LIVE AT 12:30 PM: Clearing skies for a great spring weekend in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
We’ve certainly had our fill of wet, cold weather this spring but the end may finally be in sight. Find out what the forecast looks like for this weekend along with a great line-up of events happening across the region. Also, our top local photos of the week, the weekend sports outlook and more on FLX Weekly… . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Stakeholders wrestle with reaching rural vets for services as transportation, housing lag (Part 1)

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing ways that the VA is reaching rural communities (podcast)
At this very moment there are more than 18 million veterans living in the United States. And the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for their well-being. At least in terms of provided care. However, vets aren’t automatically enrolled at their local VA hospital or clinic; and enrolling them is consistently the biggest challenge faced by professionals within the VA... more

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario

Docks disappearing along Lake Ontario
Sandbags palletized and ready to go, and docks disappearing. We are reaching a breaking point along Lake Ontario, with water level just inches away from the 2017 peak that led to widespread flooding. So far, homes along the shoreline have been spared, but some docks have not. And that means decision time for boaters. Boaters in Charlotte near Lake Ontario... more

Newark couple charged after children found sleeping in cold basement

Newark couple charged after children found sleeping in cold basement
A Newark couple has been charged with child endangerment. According to our news partners at The Times of Wayne County, police reported that three children living in a home on Pierson Avenue were found to be sleeping in the residence’s basement. That basement had a broken window, and police reportedly say the temperature averaged around 47 degrees. Police reported there... more

Sodus double murder trial underway

Sodus double murder trial starts Wednesday
The trial of the former Texas police officer accused of killing two Sodus residents last fall begins Wednesday in Wayne County Court. Timothy Dean, 32, faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree conspiracy in the Oct. 29, 2018 deaths of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn. They were shot to death outside their... more

Water level inches up on Lake Ontario as rains continue to fall

Water level inches up on Lake Ontario as rains continue to fall
As homeowners and businesses brace for potential flooding, the sandbags are a sign of what could be coming. As of this week, Lake Ontario’s water level stands at just over 248 feet. In Monroe County, 170,000 sandbags have been filled. There are also 30 operational pumps and 500 feet of aqua dams that have been laid down along the shoreline.... more

North Rose-Wolcott schools announce 3Q honor roll students

North Rose-Wolcott schools announces 3Q honor roll students
North Rose-Wolcott High School and Middle School recently named students to its third quarter honor roll. Students with a GPA of 85.0 to 89.9 were named to the honor roll, students with a GPA of 90.0 to 92.9 were named to the high honor roll, and students with a GPA of 93.0 or higher were named to the principal’s honor... more
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