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Woman accused of practicing midwifery illegally enters not guilty plea in Yates

Woman accused of practicing midwifery illegally enters not guilty plea in Yates
The Penn Yan woman accused of performing midwifery without a licensed pleaded not guilty in Yates County Court on Tuesday. Elizabeth Catlin, who was indicted on 95 charges, including criminally negligent homicide – entered the not guilty plea in court. She was arrested in 2018 for posing as a midwife and exploiting pregnant women, according to state police. Supporters of... more

Gordmans stores in Geneva, Penn Yan, and Newark will have Amazon Counter

Gordmans stores in Geneva, Penn Yan, and Newark will have Amazon Counter
Some Peebles locations, which will become Gordmans stores next month – are going to get more than a facelift. Officials say that five stores will open in the Rochester-area, and in the Finger Lakes – locations in Geneva, Newark, and Penn Yan will serve in place of Peebles. Goldman’s offers home décor and clothing items that are priced lower than... more

Police: Penn Yan man violated order of protection

Police: Penn Yan man violated order of protection
Police arrested a 65-year-old Penn Yan man following a complaint in the village and subsequent investigation. Robert J.M. Mattero, 65, of Penn Yan was arrested on East Elm Street after he violated an active court order. He was found to be violating a stay away order of protection, and subsequently charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Police say Mattero was issued... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Ice Harvesting in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Ice Harvesting in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Before the days of electrical refrigeration much of the perishable foods that sustained the northeastern United States came from the vast ice harvesting industry on the Finger Lakes. Learn how ice was harvested and delivered to customers throughout the region and beyond in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.  . more

Barclay names Palmesano to Assembly leadership post

Barclay names Palmesano to Assembly leadership post
The Finger Lakes and Southern Tier gained a little extra traction in Albany, as Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay chose Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to serve as Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference. The new leadership post will take hold immediately. “I’m grateful to Leader Barclay for the trust and confidence he has placed in me. I look forward... more

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry

Closer look at Cuomo’s complicated relationship with oil, gas industry
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make the state’s fracking ban permanent by enshrining it in law earned due praise last week from a bandwagon of environmentalists. Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, called it “exactly the right thing to do.” Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo (right)  touted the governor’s “real environmental and climate change leadership.” more

How to file your taxes for free if you make less than $69,000

How to file your taxes for free if you make less than $69,000
It doesn’t have to cost you to file your taxes. At least not in New York State. If your income is $69,000 or less, there are a number of free tax filing services located across the state – both in person and online. Both federal and state can be filed free of charge. Some sites – like Turbo Tax –... more

Funding secured for human trafficking work in Yates County

Funding secured for human trafficking work in Yates County
The Yates County Youth Bureau and the Department of Social Services were approved for crucial funding through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Safe Harbour Program. That funding will go a long way to fighting human trafficking in Yates County. The funding will continue for a five year period, and is designed to provide services, create resources,... more

‘A NECESSITY’: USDA announces progress on $10.3M broadband investment in Yates County

‘A NECESSITY’: USDA announces progress on $10.3M broadband investment in Yates County
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $10.3 million in investment, which will bring rural broadband infrastructure to more than 1,600 households, more than 300 businesses, and will cover more than 80 square miles in Yates County. It’s part of the e-Connectivity initiative being driven by the USDA. “Today, e-Connectivity is no longer an amenity, it is a necessity. Our core... more

New programs, presentations at Keuka highlight expanded offerings in Asia

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From China to Vietnam to Sri Lanka, Keuka College officials spent part of December meeting with international education partners, crafting their vision for a coming decade of cooperation, and establishing new academic programs for students on both sides of the globe. “It was an excellent opportunity to meet all of the partners and have them meet each other in the spirit... more

Affordable housing units at Keuka Gardens filling up fast in Yates County

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Finger Lakes Economic Development Center CEO Steve Griffin says Keuka Gardens is already filling up. He reported that more than three-quarters of the units have been filled. It’s an excitement move in the development pushed forward by Home Leasing Co. The property boasts several two-bedroom apartments, as well as 36 one-bedroom units. There’s a community room, fitness center, secure storage,... more

Plastic bags will disappear from Wegmans stores this week; gone across NYS on March 1st

Plastic bags will disappear from store shelves this week in some stores
Single-use plastic bags will be gone when shoppers head to Wegmans locations this week. It's a change that will spread to all stores in a month - when legislation passed in 2019 is enacted. It means that reusable bags will be the prime shopping tool. It's something that Aldi shoppers have been accustomed to for years. more

Mitrano says major shift necessary in healthcare as listening tour stops in Geneva

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During the final leg of her five-city healthcare crisis listening tour Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano issued a campaign promise and publicly commented on Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-23) contemplation of a run for governor. Vying once again to represent the 23rd District, Mitrano challenged Reed in a rematch from 2018 for the coveted seat in Congress ahead of 2020. more

Managed care looming concern for those serving disabled population in Finger Lakes

Managed care looming concern for those serving disabled population in Finger Lakes
Allen Connely says it all began about 18 months ago. Several months before anyone in the public knew that a major change was brewing for two of the region's largest service providers for those with developmental disabilities. The Arc of Yates had lost their CEO; and it prompted a conversation with representatives from the Arc of Seneca Cayuga. He says... more

Penn Yan woman airlifted after crash shuts down Rt. 14A

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Deputies say a 66-year-old Penn Yan woman was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after a crash on State Route 14A in Ontario County. On Thursday around 6:35 p.m. Sandra Weaver, 66, of Penn Yan was traveling west on Route 14A when her vehicle crossed over the double solid yellow line, striking an oncoming vehicle. Deputies say that while four people... more

Police: Penn Yan woman sent threatening text messages to sister

Police: Penn Yan woman sent threatening text messages to sister
Police say a 43-year-old Penn Yan woman was arrested on Saturday after she sent text messages that made her sister fear for her physical safety. Rebecca Anderson, 43, of Penn Yan was charged with second-degree harassment after an investigation into text messages that were exchanged between she and her sister. Police say Anderson sent threatening text messages to her sister,... more

Penn Yan man released after violating court order, being arrested on felony charge

Police: Penn Yan man violates court order, charged with felony family offense, then released on appearance ticket
Police say Timothy Bennett, 51, of Penn Yan was arrested on Saturday after receiving complaint that an order of protection had been violated. Police located Bennett at the location, which was in violation of the court order. Investigation determined that Bennett had been contacted a protected party by phone, which also violated the court order. He was charged with aggravated... more
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