Canandaigua, NY

Fire at Birkett Mills in Penn Yan

PENN YAN — An early evening fire with heavy smoke was reported at Birkett Mills at 2 East Main Street Thursday, Aug. 19. Penn Yan and Benton Fire Departments responded to the roasting room on Seneca Street, a separate concrete block building, divided from the historic 18th century mill.

Ontario County Historical Society to host “Gears and Beers” Bike ride fundraiser

On October 15, 2022, the Ontario County Historical Society (OCHS) is hosting a bike ride that will also highlight bicycle related artifacts to raise money and get people talking about history! OCHS is collaborating with Other Half Brewing Company and FLX BBQ to make this a fun and memorable experience inspired by our county’s history. Three routes, which are named after bicycles in the OCHS collections, have been designed by Tom’s Pro Bike (Victor, New York) to draw cycling enthusiasts and families alike. The shortest route is named after a 1930s bicycle – The Hawthorne – and is 8 miles. The mid-length route is named after an 1890s bicycle – The Columbia – and is 30 miles. The longest route is named after a bicycle from the 1860s – The Velocipede – and is 50 miles.

Labor Day - It starts with a burning Ring of Fire!

Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it really depends how you look at it. No matter how much I adore summer, fall gives me a little kick in the butt to ramp things up again and get rolling on new projects. But, before we bid adieu to those ‘lazy days of summer,’ let’s enjoy our last sun-soaked afternoons and balmy evenings with Labor Day weekend activities topped off by the awesome “Ring of Fire” celebrations on Canandaigua, Honeoye, and Keuka Lakes..

Her brother landed in a nursing home. She was sued over his bill.

I thought this was crazy." Medical Issue: None. She was billed for her brother's care. What Happened: Lucille Brooks was stunned to discover a nursing home in Monroe County, New York, was suing her. She had never been a patient there. Nor had her husband. "I thought this was crazy," she said, figuring it had to be a mistake.

Springwater Gala Finds Success with Summer Fun

On Sunday, August 14th, the Town of Springwater saw friends and neighbors flock to its annual Springwater Gala for a dose of summer fun! Highlights of the event included a tractor pull, car show, chicken BBQ, and duck race. A staple of the community for more than 20 years, the Springwater Gala has given local families and friends young and old something to look forward to!

Bath inmate arrested for fraud, grand larceny

BATH, N.Y. (WETM) — A Bath inmate has been arrested on fraud and grand larceny charges, according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. John Sabins, 32, of Bath N.Y., was arrested following an investigation of larceny by fraud in Wayland, N.Y. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Sabins allegedly received funds in excess of […]

Mini donkey gets big boost from pacemaker

Originally published at Nix, a miniature donkey with a potentially fatal heart condition, is on the mend after a successful pacemaker implantation by veterinarians at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals – the first surgery of its kind in a large animal species at Cornell. “It was either...

Lia Bush, a Yates County Distinguished Youth

PENN YAN — A second local youth was recognized with the Yates County Distinguished Youth Award at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Yates County Legislature. Yates County Youth Bureau Director Christine Yonge says the Youth Board was fortunate to receive two nominations this year, who are "examples of young people engaged in community service for several years and someone just getting started." That second youth awardee introduced to the Legislature is Lia Bush, the daughter of Emily Bush.

New flag stands for Veterans' graves

PENN YAN — The Veteran graves in Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan are getting upgraded by a three-man volunteer team from the American Legion Johnson-Costello Post #355. After years of individual Veteran flag stands in the nation's cemeteries being bumped askew by lawnmowers and trimmers, a new product attached to the gravestone itself will hold the flags securely and perfectly in line with each gravestone or memorial.

LETTER: 'Constitutional county' committee co-chair shows her bias

The Yates County Legislature has appointed an ad hoc committee to investigate the ‘pros and cons ’of establishing Yates County as a constitutional county. Proponents of the constitutional county believe counties should have the right to supersede legal precedents established by the state. Thus, if counties don’t like specific state laws, they don’t have to follow them. This concept began as a means to reject measures enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic such as mask mandates, the closing of businesses, schools and churches, vaccination requirements and quarantines. Persons disagreeing with these measures felt their rights to freedom of speech, religion, assembly, and other liberties were violated. Additionally, some citizens fearing that new gun legislation would compromise their Second Amendment rights wanted to find a way to resist by refusing to abide by the new state laws.

“Crazy Hot” Real Estate Market in the Finger Lakes

Have you wondered what’s going on with the current real estate market, with multiple offers for properties, specifically in the Finger Lakes? Locals have long known that the Finger Lakes Region is a very special place. Many who were once visitors are now buyers, having discovered the beautiful lakes, hills, hiking trails, parks and vineyards, great restaurants and shops and, of course, friendly local people – all within hours of major cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. People have even come to the area from the Midwest, South and the West Coast.

State Police arrest a Geneva resident for Petit Larceny.

On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, troopers from SP Waterloo responded to a larceny complaint at the Kwik Fill in the town of Waterloo. Michael Vandemortel, age 66, of Geneva, was subsequently arrested for Petit Larceny and a traffic violation. All charges are returnable to the Town of Waterloo Court on...