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Drilling rig catches fire next to Starkey Town Hall on Monday afternoon

Dundee firefighters were called to Seneca St. on Monday afternoon shortly after 2:00 pm on reports of a Moravec drilling rig that caught on fire next to the Starkey Town Hall. According to reports the drill struck a pocket of methane which ignited the blaze. The fire has been put out and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has been... more

Olney Place in Yates Co. granted license by SLA

Seth Olney will be able to serve beer in the tap room that was added to his Route 54 store, The Olney Place, as long as he prevails in Fourth Judicial Dept. Appeallate Division court. Before granting the license Feb. 6, New York State Liquor Authority Commission Chairman Vincent Bradley cautioned Olney, “This whole thing is conditional on the court... more

Dog kennel moratorium passes in Starkey

No new dog kennels will be permitted in the Town of Starkey until after town officials write new local regulations for the operation of such businesses within the town. The town board enacted a moratorium on issuing permits for commercial dog kennels Feb. 8 after a public hearing during which several town residents and visitors offered their input. While a... more

Justice Davison to retire; voters voice support for Pinckney

At the Jan. 17 meeting of the Jerusalem Town Board, the members were to meet in executive session to discuss appointing a replacement for Town Justice Matthew Davison, who is retiring for reasons of health. As the Republican incumbent, Davison was re-elected to the post last November, defeating Democratic challenger Sharon Pinckney 650 to 502. According to Town Supervisor Patrick... more

Moratorium law in Starkey isn’t ready yet

Starkey Town officials want to hear comments from town residents about adopting a law that pauses issuing permits to operate commercial dog kennels in the town for up to a year. In December, the town board decided to consider a moratorium while town officials consider re-writing local regulations about establishing, constructing or modifying a kennel in the town. Commercial dog... 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

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

Barrington voters say ‘yes’ to alcohol; but there are other ‘dry’ FLX communities

For a region that prides itself on being a wine and brew destination in the U.S., some communities in the Finger Lakes still have regulations around alcohol sales that leave residents — and prospective business owners — scratching their heads. Barrington removed itself from the list of communities that were either ‘dry’ or ‘partially dry’, after Prohibition era regulations were... more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Casella will be the new Yates DA

While absentee ballots could change the results from election night, it appears Todd Casella has unseated incumbent Valerie Gardner in the race for Yates County district attorney. According to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night, Casella garnered 2,704 votes, or 52.6 percent, to 2,435, or 47.3 percent, for Gardner. Approximately 550 absentee ballots were sent out,... more

OUT & ABOUT: Early November Saturday on the Seneca Lake Wine & Finger Lakes Beer Trail

It has become an annual tradition for a group of our friends to spend the first Saturday of November on one of the area’s wine trails. Early November is a great time to tour wineries and craft breweries in the Finger Lakes as the foliage is usually near peak and the weather is still generally comfortable. Last year, we enjoyed... more

Grape harvest at Shaw Vineyard on Seneca Lake (photos)

The annual grape harvest is now complete for most wineries and farms across the Finger Lakes. In these photos below, winemaker Steve Shaw and the team at Shaw Vineyard process the harvest late last week in Himrod on the western shore of Seneca Lake. Shaw Vineyard is a artisanal winery dedicated to gentle processing, cellar aging, and risk taking. Since... more

ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Looking at all of the candidates, issues in Yates County

In Yates County, a hotly-contested race for District Attorney has made headlines for the last several months. However, two other legislative races, as well as a Town Supervisor race in Barrington will also be having voters thinking long-and-hard this November. Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella will battle in an election, which has been marred by residency questions, petition issues, and... more

Town of Starkey denies special use permit for dog kennel

The Starkey Town Planning Board has denied an application for a special use permit to build a 32 ft. by 96 ft. dog kennel to house 75 adult dogs. Planning Board Chairman Bob Schiesser reported to the Starkey Town Board that a large number of people attended the Oct. 3 meeting, where a motion to approve the project was turned... more

Suicide Prevention Coalition organizes in Yates County

The Yates Suicide Prevention Coalition has continued to develop over the last year and would like the community know what that involved and current and future directions. A steering committee meets regularly in the Yates County Office Building. There are two Project Teams, one for Community Education and Awareness, a second for the development of a Suicide Postvention capacity and... more

Three horses killed in accident on Route 14 in Starkey

Deputies say three horses were killed after an accident in Starkey on State Route 14 on Monday. The incident took place around 2 am, when the horses were struck by a sport utility vehicle on Route 14. Deputies say a Jeep Grand Cherokee, traveling north, operated by Christopher Chalfin, 37, of Pennsylvania did not see the horses. The horses were... more

Dan Murn wins Paddle Keuka 5K for second straight year

Despite a stiff wind and choppy waters, paddlers took part in the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium’s second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race on Saturday, August 5th. Fairport’s Dan Murn was the overall first place winner for the second year in a row, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 30:30 minutes. The first place winner in the male... more
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