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Sheriff Spike gives update on 2002 homicide involving 16-month-old child

Sheriff Spike gives update on 2002 homicide involving 16-month-old child
Yates Sheriff Ron Spike has issued a statement following media inquiries regarding the investigation into a 2002 homicide – involving a 16-month-old in Dundee. The child’s mother, Kelly L. Axtell, who was 24-years-old at the time, found Ethan M. Eslick, the 16-month-old, deceased at a home in Dundee, according to Spike. Spike says Ronald McGuire Sr., 28, who also lived... more

When cancer treatments bust the budget in the Finger Lakes

When cancer treatments bust the budget in the Finger Lakes
Sarah Harling, 26 years old, just starting a new job in a field she is passionate about, and enjoying the freedom of a new young professional, should be a person others envy. Younger people look at her example to emulate, and older people recall that energy and joy with great nostalgia. But Sarah was just diagnosed in January with grade... more

Enhanced STAR: Deadline looms for seniors to get tax break

Enhanced STAR: Deadline looms for seniors to get tax break
Seniors who want to keep their Enhanced STAR property-tax rebates have until March 1 in most communities to make sure they are registered in the state’s new income-verification program. A new law in New York requires all property owners age 65 and over who are eligible for Enhanced STAR to complete a form with their local tax assessor to verify... more

Want to be a village or town judge? There’s no experience needed

Want to be a village or town judge? There’s no experience needed
If you find yourself in a local courtroom, you might be surprised to learn the judge deciding your fate likely only had one week of legal training before taking the bench. If you want to be a massage therapist here in New York, you need 1,000 hours of training before you can become licensed. Cosmetologists need 300 hours of training... more

FLX WEEKLY: Mardi Gras, Winterfest Weekend & plenty of hoops (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: Mardi Gras, Winterfest Weekend & plenty of hoops (podcast)
Join Jessica Lahr, Jim Sinicropi, Sydney Rogers and Josh Durso for a round-up of the week in the Finger Lakes and a look at the weekend ahead. Coming up for the final weekend of February is Winterfest in Penn Yan and Mardis Gras weekend on the Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail. Throw in a ton of postseason high school basketball and... more

Penn Yan School Board sees early budget figures

Penn Yan School Board sees early budget figures
The Penn Yan Board of Education got a first look at the 2019–2020 budget picture Feb. 13, with a presentation that Assistant Superintendent for Business Cathleen Milliman explained is simply a carry-over of this year’s budget, with no adjustments to individual line items. Mandated increases in such areas as salaries, benefits, and retirement expenses are included in this early plan.... more

Lower petition signature requirement signed into action; set to impact all local elections

Bill signed reducing petition signature requirements for elections
Bills that would reduce the number the number of needed petition signatures for ballot access were approved on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure were passed by the Legislature after lawmakers this year previously approved a bill unifying the state and congressional primaries to a single date, the fourth Tuesday in June. But with the earlier primary comes the... more

Marcus Whitman starts superintendent search

Marcus Whitman starts superintendent search
The Marcus Whitman Central School Board of Education has begun the process of searching for a new superintendent to replace Jeramy Clingerman, who leaves the post June 30, after 6 years of service, to become superintendent in Seneca Falls. Marcus Whitman has contracted with the University of Rochester to assist with the search, with former Midlakes Superintendent Mike Ford, and... more

National Heritage Area designation would benefit Finger Lakes Region

National Heritage Area designation would benefit Finger Lakes Region
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s legislation to take the first step towards designating the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage Area has passed the Senate as a provision in the Natural Resources Management Act. The Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Study Act, authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a feasibility study in 14 counties including Yates. Gillibrand has pushed... more

Yates officials look for changes in AIM structure

Yates officials look for changes in AIM structure
Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed budget amendments to the fiscal year 2020 Executive Budget to restore funds to towns and village that were cut in the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) program. According to a Cuomo press release, the proposal would use additional sales tax revenue from the Internet Fairness Act to keep towns and villages whole with... more

‘New vision’ could mean end to big landfills in Finger Lakes

‘New vision’ could mean end to big landfills in Finger Lakes
A growing number of people are fed up with the stench, traffic and health concerns posed by area landfills and will turn out at events next week in Corning and Rochester. These and meetings statewide hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will gather public input in forming a “new vision” for handling the state’s solid waste, DEC says.... more

WEEKLY DEALS: Beard Bros Giveaway, Ciccino’s 2 for 1 Happy Hour, Mardi Gras on Cayuga Lake & Coach’s Amazing Home Plate!

WEEKLY DEALS: Ciccino’s Sweetheart Special, CVDesigns Valentines Bundles, and MORE!
This week marks another week of deals here in the heart of the Finger Lakes. There’s plenty to see, do, and more-importantly SAVE by checking out this week’s biggest deals! Be sure to visit FingerLakes1.com’s brand new FLX Local Deals section for things to do, locally discounted experiences, goods, and so much more! FingerLakes Beard Bros Giveaway No purchase necessary! The... more

Penn Yan man gets prison for vandalizing churches

Penn Yan man gets prison for vandalizing churches
A local man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for vandalizing two area churches last June. Yates County Judge Jason Cook sentenced Michael Badamy to 2½ to 5 years in prison for breaking into the United Methodist Church in Penn Yan and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Benton. Badamy had been charged after a pair of break-ins... more

Local hospitals share millions through Excellus program

Millions shared around local hospitals through Excellus program
Millions was shared between several local hospitals and health centers in the Finger Lakes and Central New York, according to officials with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Thirty-six upstate New York hospitals and health centers, including eight in the Finger Lakes region, last year shared $25.7 million in quality improvement incentives from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The nonprofit health insurer’s performance incentive program... more

2019 Section V Boys & Girls High School Basketball Tournament Brackets

2019 Section V Boys & Girls High School Basketball Tournament Brackets
The 2019 Sectional Playoffs begin next week for boys and girls high school basketball teams throughout the region. There are 19 tournaments to be contested by class to determine Sectional Championships. The championship round will be followed by the state play-in rounds which will determine Section V’s representatives into the NYSPHSAA Tournament. Full brackets for each Classification for both the... more

Wegmans temporarily lowering prices in shutdown aftermath

Wegmans temporarily lowering prices in shutdown aftermath
To help those still working to make ends meet after the extended government shutdown, Wegmans announced it is lowering prices temporarily for certain foods. Among other products, Wegman’s pasta sauce will drop to 79 cents per jar, a dozen large eggs will be reduced to 99 cents and blended yogurt will run three for 99 cents. The lower prices will... more
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