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Kolb applauds tax exemption for local breweries

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) applauded the governor’s signing of a new tax exemption for licensed breweries, farm breweries, cider producers, farm cideries, distilleries and farm distilleries. Leader Kolb first introduced the bill in January of 2016 after meeting with George Adams, owner and head brewer at Gael Brewing Company in Geneva. During that meeting, they discussed the... more

Helming, Morelle introduce legislation banning kratom from minors

Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Majority Leader Joe Morelle announced the introduction of legislation that will prohibit individuals under the age of 18 from purchasing, possessing, or using any products containing kratom. The bill would amend the public health law to define and regulate kratom as well as direct the New York State Department of Health to conduct a study... more

Rochester Rhinos cancel 2018 season after missing goal

The Rochester Rhinos’ 2018 season will not happen after the team missed its financial goals, officials announced Thursday. Earlier this month, Rhinos leaders announced the team would need to raise $1.3 million to make the 2018 season happen. Thursday was the deadline to raise that money, but in a statement, the team announced it would take a one-year hiatus. The... more

Ontario County takes over craft beverage trail promotion

The Ontario County Tourism Bureau is now in charge of promoting the new Rochester Finger Lakes Craft Beverage Trail. The bureau has taken over the trail promotion after the Rochester Craft Beverage Trail experienced some problems. The trail has expanded to include 17 craft beverage makers, including breweries, cideries and distilleries in the Monroe, Ontario and Wayne county areas. The... more

New York State Thruway preps for winter with new weather stations, GPS on plows

The New York State Thruway Authority is gearing up for winter, outfitting all of its plows with GPS devices and erecting a dozen real-time weather stations. The installation of GPS units on the plows will "not only provide improved real-time reporting of conditions, it will enhance our response to keep roads driveable and ensure motorists are kept safe," said authority... more

Great weather shaping up this weekend, but big changes coming in long-range

Want a nice weekend to get out in the Finger Lakes? This might be the best one of December, if the long-term trends hold together. Forecasters say that it’s looking more-and-more like big changes are in the offing – after the region experiences a nice weekend, and warming trend for the first part of next week. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew... more

Does Upstate NY climate make us cranky? Maybe a little, new study suggests

A new study suggests that growing up in a warm climate makes people a little more agreeable and emotionally stable. By implication, it means that people raised in cold climates (read: Upstate New York) might be a little more cranky and neurotic. The study, in the journal Nature, found that in both China and the United States, people who spent... more

HOLIDAY HEADACHE: Keep shipping stress free in the Finger Lakes

The first weekend of December is officially in the books. The holiday season, and shopping that comes with the territory is now underway for most. Last week, a Greece family made headlines after security footage from their front door showed a USPS package delivery person dropping a package on the porch. We asked readers to let us know about their... more

Rochester man charged with trespassing in Palmyra

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 34-year-old Rochester man following an incident at a residence in Wayne County. Deputies say George Haag, of Rochester entered and remained unlawfully in a residence in Palmyra after being told to leave by the resident. Haag was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and was arraigned in Palmyra Town Court. A... more

FORECASTED CHANGE: Weather will shift into ‘winter’ after front passes on Tuesday

Have you been enjoying this nice, unseasonably warm weather over the last several days, and even weeks in the Finger Lakes? Take the opportunity to get outside on Monday, because big changes are coming, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil. Temperatures will reach the upper-40s for most in the Finger Lakes on Monday, with a few locations reaching 50... more

Rising teen suicide rates creates need for greater awareness

There’s a deadly trend nationwide – more teens are committing suicide. Experts are blaming social media. WNYT reports health officials are noticing swelling suicide rates among teens in the capital region, and here in the Finger Lakes region, data shows similar trends. You might remember four Penfield High School students committed suicide over the course of 18 months, the most... more

Alpha Fire gets big win at Next2Rock in Syracuse, keeps grinding toward success

A band with history and roots in the Finger Lakes has checked off another major accomplishment in their drive to keep performing. The Alpha Fire, a local rock band based out of Rochester, won the Syracuse Showcase, within the Next2Rock competition. They competed against nine other bands in the contest sponsored by 95X and 105.9 The Rebel in Syracuse. The... more

Tuesday will feel warm, but some cooler changes are coming

It’s going to be quiet and warmer than usual on Tuesday. In fact, it’s going to make it feel like early-October, rather than late-November. Temperatures will soar into the upper-50s, with some parts of the region getting to- or above- 60 degrees. As FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil explains – change is on the horizon, though. “An area of high... more

Court hears Rose Chase appeal in Rochester

More than four years after she was convicted of murder for pushing her husband down a flight of stairs, an appeals court heard arguments Monday in the case of Rose Chase. Judges from the Fourth Judicial Department of state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division heard brief oral arguments from Ontario County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo and Rochester-area attorney Gary Muldoon,... more

STANFORD PERFORMANCE STUDY: Comparing local schools by a different measure

A study from Stanford’s Center for Education Policy Analysis took an alternative a somewhat unique look at academic performance. The study examined standardized test score results – but more-specifically, evaluates the ‘progress’ experienced by each academic year. Simply put: The study asks how much more students know in one grade this year – compared to what the grade before them... more

Temperatures get colder, lake effect snow possible in parts of FLX

Wednesday will be a sunny, but noticeably cooler day for the Finger Lakes. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil reports that lake effect snow throughout the region should be limited on Wednesday, as winds will still be pushing out of the southwest. That said, a change will be coming – and that will mean some measurable snowfall for those living in... more

Light snow possible in parts of the FLX on Thursday

Lake effect snow will be wobbling across the Finger Lakes, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil. The forecast is going to be cool, cloudy and dominated by snow showers. Montreuil says that the band of lake snow, which is hanging off of Lake Erie, isn’t expected to setup in one location, or persist long enough for accumulation. However, a... more

Seneca Falls PD: Driver had nine suspensions during traffic stop

On Wednesday at 10:50 am the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department arrested Michael H. Thomas, 32, of Rochester following a traffic stop on State Route 318. Thomas was originally stopped by police for speeding. During the traffic stop, Thomas admitted to having a suspended license. A check of DMV records returned with nine suspensions. Thomas was issued tickets for... more
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