Geneva, 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.
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Auburn Police release details on early August murder

AUBURN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Auburn Police Department has shared some details about a murder that took place just after midnight on August 7, 2022. Police say that they responded to 49 Grant Avenue for a call reporting a dead man around 10:17 a.m. They share that developing evidence revealed that the man had multiple stab wounds.

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...

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.

Valley Bank, Community Preservation Corp. announce $100M commitment to ESG loans

In an effort to give back and do good for the communities it serves, Valley National Bank announced Thursday that it will partner with the Community Preservation Corp. to fund up to $100 million in permanent loans that meet various Environmental, Social & Governance standards, such as green building practices and reduced emissions.

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.

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.

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..

Sheppard takes SummerFAST race at Brewerton Speedway

CENTRAL SQUARE — Matt Sheppard left the first night of SummerFAST at Weedsport Speedway Monday night wanting more. Twenty-four hours later, he got it. Sheppard, of Waterloo, came back Tuesday on night number two of SummerFAST at Brewerton Speedway and led all 60 laps for his fourth Super DIRTcar Series win this year.

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.

Regional Forecast – Finger Lakes (8/18/22)

Happy Thursday! It is quite the foggy start to the day. The fog lifts by mid-morning. Aside from the fog today, we are mostly cloudy and see isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Temperatures today reach the low 80s for highs. Overnight, lows are in the upper 50s with mostly clear conditions as high pressure builds in. This allows for mostly sunny conditions on Friday and a dry day. A wind out of the southwest also allows temperatures to climb into the mid to upper 80s.

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...

Stormwater and partially treated wastewater in Owasco River prompt warning

AUBURN, NY — The Cayuga County Health Department is advising members of the community to not swim in the Owasco River due to the discharge of stormwater and partially treated wastewater into the river. Health officials say due to excessive rain on Tuesday, two combined sewer overflow facilities in the City of Auburn discharged the partially treated wastewater into the river. These combined sewer overflows are permitted to discharge by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, health officials said.

Goodwill Hosts First-Ever Thrift Crawl

Last night, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes celebrated its very first thrift crawl: Getting good bargains and giving back to the community. Anyone who participated in the crawl met at the store on South Avenue and made their way to other locations including those in Webster, Macedon, and Victor. The point of the crawl was to showcase the benefit of shopping at thrift stores, especially raising money for charities.