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‘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

‘KEUKA TO GO’: New food delivery platform coming to Yates County

‘KEUKA TO GO’: New food delivery platform coming to Yates County
Food delivery platform will give options to rural customers – By Josh Durso Keuka To Go a new digital and mobile platform is helping to get dinner delivered to your front door. Beginning January 27th customers will be able to visit keukatogo.com, which will display local restaurants available for delivery – many of which will be participating in a program... more

Penn Yan driver airlifted after cement truck overturns, shutting down Rt. 54A for 12 hours

Penn Yan driver airlifted after cement truck overturns, shutting down Rt. 54A for 12 hours
A cement truck crashed in the Yates County town of Jerusalem on Wednesday, resulting in the closure of Route 54A for upwards of 12 hours. Finger Lakes News Radio reports that the truck, which was owned by Hansen Cement, had overturned and slid down an embankment at the intersection with Wager Hill Road. PHOTO BY MIKE DONOVAN The driver was... more

Laura Rideout’s attorneys call for murder conviction to be overturned

Laura Rideout’s attorneys call for murder conviction to be overturned
Lawyers for Laura Rideout were in court Wednesday, attempting to overturn her murder conviction. Rideout was convicted of killing her estranged husband, Craig Rideout, in 2016. She says she did not participate in the murder or its planning. Rideout and one of her sons, Colin Rideout, were both convicted of murder. Both were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison... more

Court to hear appeal in Rideout murder case Wednesday

Court to hear appeal in Rideout murder case Wednesday
On Wednesday, an appeals court is set to hear the case of Laura Rideout, the suburban mother convicted of murdering her estranged husband in 2016. Rideout, who is serving a life sentence, filed an appeal in May. In the filing, she blamed her two sons for the death of her husband Craig Rideout. Prosecutors say the fact that she went into her estranged... more

Ceremony to mark Esperanza reopening scheduled for this weekend

Ceremony to mark Esperanza reopening scheduled for this weekend
Nearly three years after the doors were closed, one of Yates County’s most cherished destinations is back in business. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday to mark the re-opening of Esperanza Mansion. “We are so excited to have Esperanza Mansion reopen after many years of being closed. We are thankful to the owners for their vested interest... more

10 fun things to do for under $65 on Keuka Lake

10 fun things to do for under $65 on Keuka Lake
Keuka Lake is a large and unusually shaped member of the Finger Lakes family. Sometimes called “The Crooked Lake,” Keuka Lake branches into two separate lakes on the north end. The lake is “anchored” by its two largest communities, Penn Yan on the north and Hammondsport on the south. Several small villages and hamlets dot both sides of the lake’s... more

Prosecutors pick holes in Laura Rideout appeal

Prosecutors pick holes in Laura Rideout appeal
Two months after Laura Rideout appealed her murder conviction and pointed at her sons as the killers, prosecutors have filed a response that seeks to debunk those claims and uphold her conviction and sentence. Rideout’s lawyers argued that the 2016 killing of her estranged husband Craig Rideout was an act of “impetuous violence” by young men who thought they were helping... more

Alex Rideout denied parole in connection to father’s murder

Alex Rideout denied parole in connection to father’s murder
Alex Rideout, who was convicted of tampering with evidence in the murder of his father Craig Rideout, was denied parole after his parole hearing on June 11. According to the New York State Department of Correction Parole Board Calendar website, Alex’s parole was “not granted.” He was found guilty of tampering with evidence and received one and one-third year to... more

Alex Rideout scheduled to meet with parole board this week

Alex Rideout scheduled to meet with parole board this week
A man convicted of charges related to his father’s 2016 homicide is going before the parole board this week. Alex Rideout was convicted of tampering with evidence in the death of his father, Craig Rideout, while mother and brother were both found guilty of murder. Rideout is scheduled to be interviewed by the parole board this week after meeting the... more

Craig Rideout’s sister opposes Alex’s early release

Craig Rideout’s sister opposes Alex’s early release
It’s been three years since the Penfield father of seven, Craig Rideout, was murdered. His body was dumped in Yates County. His estranged wife Laura Rideout and his son Colin were convicted of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Craig Rideout. Alex Rideout, another son, was convicted of tampering with evidence and could get an early release... more

Laura Rideout files appeal, says her kids killed ex-husband

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According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Laura Rideout has filed an appeal; and says she wasn’t present when her ex-husband – Craig Rideout was killed. Laura was convicted of murdering Craig at his home in Penfield over the summer of 2016. His body was found wrapped in a tarp in Yates County. Laura and Colin Rideout were convicted of murder... more

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to support continued growth in local digital content

FingerLakes1.com launches Patreon to continue growth in digital content
FingerLakes1.com has officially launched a Patreon Support model, for readers, viewers, and listeners who want to support our mission. For 20 years now, FingerLakes1.com has focused on delivering news and information in a unique, interactive way and on a relentless, 24/7. 365 day a year publishing schedule. Whether that’s live-streaming local high school basketball throughout the winter, or showcasing in-depth... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County
Scream louder than the pessimists. That’s how Steve Griffin has approached his role as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center. But, now that he’s been in the position for more than a decade – and closing in on his 12th year of service for the FLDC – the hard work is paying off. While Yates is a rural... more

Bank looking to sell Esperanza in Yates

A Rochester-based bank is working with possible buyers to acquire one of Yates County’s most historic and scenic sites. Genesee Regional Bank bought Esperanza Mansion for $100 at a public auction earlier this month at the county courthouse. It was most recently owned by Dave Wegman, but the bank foreclosed on the property in 2016. Esperanza was built in 1838... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Jemima Wilkinson, early founder of Penn Yan & Jerusalem (podcast)

Jemima Wilkinson was a charismatic American Quaker and evangelist. Wilkinson and her followers founded Jerusalem, New York, which also includes present day Penn Yan. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the second in his series of famous historic people with Finger Lakes roots. . more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more
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