Wayland, NY

National Weather Service Says Tornado Touched Down in the Catskills

New York isn't often associated with tornadoes. However, the National Weather Service says three separate tornadoes have down in parts of the state over the past week. The NWS says a tornado struck the town of Wayland in Steuben County the evening of September 19. NBC says a second weak tornado struck late Sunday, affecting the hamlet of Mattituck on Long Island.
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Man charged in death of infant son

A Livingston County man has been charged with several felonies, including second-degree murder, in connection with the June death of his two-month-old son, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday. Zachary McCaa, 26, of Caledonia last week was arraigned in Livingston County Court on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter...
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Afternoon News Brief

A Livingston County man is behind bars after being accused of murdering his two-month-old son. According to the District Attorney’s Office, 26-year-old Zachary McCaa of Caledonia took the child’s life back in June by throwing him and violently shaking him. McCaa was originally charged with assault but he is now charged with murder, child endangerment and manslaughter. He returns to court in November.

Rangers burn marijuana plants, pull lost CNY hikers out of Rome swamp

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest rangers last week found 15 large marijuana plants unlawfully grown on land in Swift Hill State Forest, in Allegany County. Rangers cut and moved the plants to a safe area and burned them. Although DEC recognizes that marijuana laws have changed, unlawful agricultural use of state lands is prohibited under New York’s Environmental Conservation Law.

Naples Library expansion to begin

Community Q&A Event Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Naples Library, 118 S. Main Street, Naples NAPLES — The Naples Library Board of Trustees and staff say that construction is set to begin on the Naples Library Accessibility and Expansion Project this fall. Thanks in part to substantial funding from a State Aid for Library Construction Grant, this $1.3 million project will transform our community library into a space with increased accessibility for all patrons and visitors, and will also include much needed upgrades.

Jonny B’s Custom BBQ In Lima Is Closing

The popular food truck turned bricks-and-mortar restaurant, Jonny B’s Custom BBQ, at 1883 Rochester Street in downtown Lima announced they are closing their doors effective immediately. The veteran-owned business opened its doors during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in September 2020. Jonny B’s was one of a handful of Livingston County businesses who received funding from the New York State Community Development Block Grant program in 2020. Citing a nationwide trend of small businesses struggling in a post-pandemic economy, the business decided to seize operations. However, the last sentence of their notice posted to their Facebook page on September 26, 2022 does offer patrons some hope. The business didn’t rule out moving to a new location at some point in the future.

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires scenic woodlands above Canandaigua Lake

YATES COUNTY —The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) recently acquired 58 wooded acres on the east side of Canandaigua Lake, located on Viewboard Road in the town of Middlesex, Yates County. The land was identified as a priority for protection due to its location on a prominent hillside overlooking the lake’s eastern shore.

1972: Bellona Mill Restoration

Consolidation, January 1, 1926, of the Yates County Chronicle (1824) and the Penn Yan Express (1866); the Rushville Chronicle (1905) and the Gorham New Age (1902) The Yates County History Center’s volunteers have gleaned these entries for your enjoyment from their digitized newspapers. You can access them at the free site www. For more information about the YCHC, visit

Fun on the Farm opens county’s barn doors to the community

At the top of New York’s Canandaigua Lake, only 5 miles from the shore, is a 500-cow dairy called Fa-Ba Farms, and in 2022, they opened their doors to their community. Fa-Ba Farms was the host farm of a bi-annual event that Ontario County, New York, holds called Fun on the Farm. It’s a day where the community is invited to the farm to learn about their local farmers and agriculture. This year, it was held Sept. 24.

Three significant events worthy of comment

Three significant developments worthy of comment occurred in Yates County recently. First, is the sale of The Chronicle-Express to CherryRoad Media, breathing new life into this 198-year-old newspaper. The community response is encouraging, and hopefully an indication of the kind of support that can be expected in the future. The...

Transportation in Steuben County history

HAMMONDSPORT – Transportation’s significant role in Steuben County will be spotlighted during Local History Awareness Week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 – 8 at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, 8231 Pleasant Valley Road Hammondsport. The event will center on aspects of the county’s strong...

State News: Gov. Hochul Announces $4.5M Investment at Stony Brook State Park

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced construction will start this fall on a project to improve public facilities adjacent to the swim area at Stony Brook State Park in Dansville. A new modern bathhouse and lifeguard office will be the centerpiece of a $4.5 million investment in a park that is a popular summer destination for New York families.

Covid Update, Tuesday, September 27, 2022

299 more COVID cases have been reported since last week in Steuben County. The county remains in the medium community level. County Public Health officials say that if you’re at risk of getting covid because of other sicknesses that could make you vunerable, to please wear a mask and please take other precautions as well.

Wellsville volleyball rolls to 6-1; Fillmore, Houghton and C-R win

AVOCA — The Lady Lions of Wellsville, since the inception of their campaign, have been on fire indoors on the volleyball court. On Monday, a dominant conclusion to the evening over the road allowed them to keep igniting it behind a straight-set sweep of host Avoca/Prattsburgh, taking the 25-19, 25-10, 25-8 decision to record their sixth win in first seven games.

Harvest season means SMVs on roadways

Motorists must be aware, keep alert, and slow down when encountering a slow moving farm vehicles. The fall season is a busy time for agriculture workers and the need for motorists to be aware of slow moving vehicles (SMV) on rural roadways due to harvest season with agriculture equipment going from farm to farm and field to field.

Morning News Brief

A man from Brooklyn was arrested after leading Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies on a chase from Perry to Warsaw Saturday. 18 year old Donte Dennis was driving 63 mile per hour in a 40 zone when deputies attempted to pull him over in Perry Center. He took off and deputies gave chase. Dennis crashed his car at the top of East Hill in Warsaw and was taken into custody. He was found to be driving under the influence of drugs. Dennis is charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, speeding more than 55 miles per hour, speeding, failure to keep right, driving an unregistered vehicle, switched registration, driving without insurance, and passing in a no passing zone.

Acceptance, Belonging, and Community March a successful solidarity-building opportunity

PENN YAN — On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Finger Lakes Justice Partnership (FLXJP) held their first annual Acceptance, Belonging, and Community (A.B.C.) March. This was a peaceful solidarity march and networking event that led to great conversations and lots of new community connections. Participants gathered on the Yates County Courthouse lawn then walked a short course around the block. They had the fortunate timing to cross paths with the Penn Yan Academy homecoming parade on Liberty Street. With beautiful weather and people waving to one another, it truly was a successful demonstration of our values and our hopes for this community.

Pre-Emption Line Topic of YCHC Annual Meeting

PENN YAN — John Marks, the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Historic Geneva, will present a lecture titled “A Brief History of the Pre-Emption Line” during the Yates County History Center’s annual meeting. The annual meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov....