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Eye on NY: Sen. Pam Helming reflects on first year in Albany

For freshman state Sen. Pam Helming, the most valuable moments of her first year in office weren't spent in Albany. It was the time she spent with constituents in her six-county Finger Lakes district. Helming, R-Canandaigua, had her share of achievements in 2017. She singled out passage of a $45 million aid package for communities affected by flooding along Lake... more

Mynderse stays unbeaten in Syracuse; Shaulis triple-double lifts South Seneca over Newark (W-FL round-up 12/29)

No rest for Kevin Korzeniewski and the Mynderse Academy Blue Devils boys varsity basketball team. Thursday night they defeated Clyde-Savannah 73-72. Friday night they were on the bus heading east on the Thruway to face Syracuse Academy of Science as part of a showcase at Onondaga Community College. Mynderse would head back home winners and remain undefeated after a 52-49... more

Clyde-Savannah bounces back; Midlakes girls are 10-0 (W-FL round-up 12/30)

The Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles were back on the court Saturday, just two days after a tough 1-point loss to Mynderse at the New York Chiropractic College. The Golden Eagles hosted Section 3’s Fowler High and emerged with a 83-79 win. Dru Carnevale scored 30 points, Derrick Chance had 23 and Marcus Chance had 18 points. Also on Saturday, the Midlakes... more

House Democrats pursue new candidate to take on John Katko in 2018

House Democrats say they're recruiting a top-tier candidate to challenge Rep. John Katko in the 2018 election in case Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner declines to launch a bid for the seat. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., the top recruiter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the National Journal that the party is pursuing a candidate who may be more likely... more

Downtown Lyons properties nominated for National Register of Historic Places

This Erie Canal community got an early Christmas present, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a large portion of its downtown, park square and adjacent neighborhoods are being recommended by the state Board for Historic Preservation for placement on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Lyons Downtown Historic District, containing 256 properties, is one of 23... more

Blankenberg drops 44 in Wayne victory; Marion girls beat Red Creek (W-FL round-up 12/27)

Mike Krauza’s Red Creek Rams will face Mynderse on Thursday at NYCC in Seneca Falls. The Lady Rams were looking to be undefeated heading into the matchup with Mynderse. On Wednesday night, however, Marion had other plans as they hosted, and defeated Red Creek 60-50. Marion held Red Creek’s top two scorers, Isabella Wilbur and Alex Mosqueda to just 12... more

Extreme cold continues in the FLX; New Years Eve looks frigid, too

Those who can tolerate Thursday’s frigid temperatures have truly acclimated to winter in New York. Forecasters say this is some of the coldest weather the region has experienced in a couple winters, and the pro-longed nature of the event, spanning several days – makes it one of the longest stretches of Arctic weather we’ve seen in about as long. FLX... more

Danielle Ponder to speak at Newark MLK event

Well-known greater Rochester area musician, attorney and social activist Danielle Ponder will deliver the keynote talk at Wayne County’s 31st consecutive observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15, at Park Presbyterian Church, 110 Maple Court. The day has been celebrated in Wayne County since its national inception in 1987, as a result of the leadership... more

Mynderse holds on to edge Clyde-Savannah; Midlakes girls now 9-0 (W-FL round-up 12/28)

In a highly anticipated boys varsity basketball game between a pair of state ranked Wayne-Finger Lakes teams, Mynderse held on to edge Clyde-Savannah 73-72 in the fourth game of a quadruple-header at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls on Thursday. Mynderse held a 12 point lead heading into the fourth quarter but barely held on for the 1 point... more

Snow coming, bitter cold will return for New Years Eve

The National Weather Service has upgraded expectations of forecasts for parts of the Finger Lakes this weekend. While much of the region will only see a period of light snow, lake effect snow warnings have now been issued for Wayne and Monroe counties. The National Weather Service said on Friday that a clipper system would bring a quick, burst of... more

DEBRIEF: Breaking down the biggest political news in 2017 (podcast)

Episode #15 of the Debrief Podcast marked the final show of 2017 from Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso, who has discussed a variety of political, social, and economic issues in the FingerLakes1.com Studio. On the special, ‘year-end’ edition of the pod, the duo discussed Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s viability in 2018, a number of state proposals that will be... more

Lyons hopes to make history

This Erie Canal community got an early Christmas present, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a large portion of its downtown, park square and adjacent neighborhoods are being recommended by the state Board for Historic Preservation for placement on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Lyons Downtown Historic District, containing 256 properties, is one of 23... more

Brutal wind chills, lake effect snow persist throughout the Finger Lakes tonight

Walking outside this morning might have felt like a shock for some, as the Finger Lakes experienced temperatures that haven’t been seen in recent memory. Forecasters say the temperatures will continue falling through Thursday, which will mean that staying warm, bundled up, and keeping children and pets safe is a priority. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories... more

Exodus from New York continues as state loses thousands

New York gained population in 2017 — but it wasn’t reason to celebrate for officials, who lived through another Census review, which highlighted significant losses to other states. In fact, even as the state’s population grew to 19,849,399 — up some 13,000 over the previous one — the state ranked 41st in overall growth. More troubling was the migration of... more

Sheriff: Savannah woman drove drunk, without a license plate

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Savannah woman for driving while intoxicated after deputies observed him driving without license plates. Lenay Richardson, 39, of Savannah was arrested after a vehicle and traffic complaint regarding a vehicle on the roadway without license plates led officers to the Village of Wolcott where that vehicle was located. It was... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Reporter Peter Mantius talks local headlines, changes in the news business (podcast)

How does a newspaper veteran with history and experience in Atlanta and the New York City-area get involved with covering some of the most-controversial topics in the Finger Lakes? For Peter Mantius, it started with a move to Watkins Glen. He moved to Watkins Glen from Long Island, where he ran a couple business publications. Most of his career was... more

Golden Eagles lose shootout to C.G. Finney in Clyde (W-FL round-up 12/21)

It was up and down action in the gymnasium at Clyde-Savannah High School on Thursday night as Section V Independent C.G. Finney came to town to face the Golden Eagles. Clyde’s Derrick Chance would bury three straight three-pointers to end the first half with C-S on top 51-44 but Finney would outscore the hosts 23-14 in the 3rd quarter and... more
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