Author: Josh Durso

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Superintendent says despite sharp language in letter to parents, Sodus students will have opportunities to close academic gap
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Posted in News Sodus Wayne County

Sodus superintendent says holding students back not a viable option after warning letters to 42 parents stirs controversy

Earlier this week community members sounded off about ‘mandated’ summer school for middle school students in the Sodus Central School District. A letter to parents explained that the district would host a…

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FL1 DAILY: Annual benefit, species spotlight, and late-spring opportunities at Montezuma Audubon Center (podcast)
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Posted in Environment News Savannah Wayne County

FL1 DAILY: Annual benefit, species spotlight, and late-spring opportunities at Montezuma Audubon Center (podcast)

Late spring is some of the most-exciting time to get over to the Montezuma Wetlands Complex or Montezuma Audubon Center all year long. As the weather warms up, foliage increases, and bird…

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NEVER A GUARANTEE: Leaders past and present reflect on evolution of Sampson Memorial Veterans Cemetery
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Posted in News Romulus Seneca County

NEVER A GUARANTEE: Leaders past and present reflect on evolution of Sampson Memorial Veterans Cemetery

Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery was simply at an advantage against others considered for status as New York’s first veterans cemetery. It had plentiful space, a long-standing record of strong management, as well…

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Sampson selected to be state’s first veterans cemetery
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Posted in New York State News Politics Romulus Seneca County

Sampson selected to be state’s first veterans cemetery

Seneca County will be the home of the state’s first veterans cemetery. That decision came on Monday with a vote to identify Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery as a state veterans cemetery. The…

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FL1 DAILY: Does the Finger Lakes have a vaccine hesitancy problem? (podcast)
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Posted in Health News

FL1 DAILY: Does the Finger Lakes have a vaccine hesitancy problem? (podcast)

This week there was some pretty significant news with New York State easing mask-restrictions in most public spaces. While there are some exceptions- the guidance, which aligns with the CDC looks like…

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Mary Anne Kowalski appointed to Seneca County IDA board
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Posted in News Politics Seneca County

Following appointment, Seneca County IDA leaders blast board’s decision to ‘circumvent’ public process

At its regular meeting for the month of May on Tuesday the Seneca County Board of Supervisors moved to overwhelmingly choose the next member of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency board….

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Editor’s Note: Gas taxes sound like an easy fix, but government will have to work harder than that
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Posted in News

Editor’s Note: Gas taxes sound like an easy fix, but government will have to work harder than that

What happens if New York imposes a steeper gas tax on motorists and families? Likely not the outcome that politicians and climate activists argue would occur. To suggest that families could simply take on an overall increase in their fuel costs without any cost-sharing by the state government is laughable at best.

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Posted in Lodi News Politics Seneca County

‘WE STILL HAVE CONCERNS’: Years later, Lodi supervisor looks back at flood, post-pandemic future

Years Of Recovery Since Devastating, Historic Flood If not for a global pandemic in 2020 the most-memorable catastrophic event that residents of Lodi might recall is the historic flood of August 2018….

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Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week shines light on keeping watershed healthy
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Posted in Environment News

Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week shines light on keeping watershed healthy

Lake Friendly Living is a concept that was born out of a desire to create sustainable habits for all residents of the region to preserve and bolster lake health. For obvious reasons,…

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Bar, restaurant owners say little will change on May 19 if social distancing requirement not dropped
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Posted in Business News

Bar, restaurant owners say little will change on May 19 if social distancing requirement not dropped

There’s one major issue with the reopening guidance that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced with state leaders from New Jersey and Connecticut. While Cuomo celebrated the capacity restrictions that will be lifted on…

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SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Keuka College President Amy Storey (podcast)
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Posted in Education News Penn Yan Yates County

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Keuka College President Amy Storey talks pandemic, higher education (podcast)

For area colleges the last 12 months have been incredibly complicated. There were shutdowns, reopenings, contact tracing, testing, and now vaccination- all on top of running an academic institution. This week we…

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Home prices skyrocket in the Finger Lakes as Q1 data shows ultra-competitive real estate market
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Posted in Business Cayuga County Livingston County News Ontario County Schuyler County Seneca County Steuben County Wayne County Yates County

BY THE NUMBERS: Home prices skyrocketed during Q1 in Finger Lakes, adding to ultra-competitive market

There’s mounting evidence around the region that buying a home is really difficult right now. There are a few factors at play- which real estate watchers say is making this happen. There’s…

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FL1 DAILY: What can we all do to
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Posted in Environment News

FL1 DAILY: What can we do in our back yard to improve lake health? (podcast)

During the first full week of May, a group of lake health advocates will be coming together for Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week. The goal will be to educate members of the…

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Torrey Planning Board gives 4-1 ‘super’ approval needed to advance Greenidge expansion
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Posted in Business Environment News Torrey Yates County

Torrey Planning Board gives 4-1 ‘super’ approval needed to advance Greenidge bitcoin expansion

The Torrey Planning Board gave its blessing for a second time to Greenidge Generation to expand its bitcoin mining operation along Seneca Lake. Earlier this year the Yates County Planning Board voted…

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Dollar General will open soon in Rose: Officials excited about opportunity for residents
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Posted in Business News Rose Wayne County

Dollar General will open soon in Rose: Officials excited about access, convenience for residents

Before the coronavirus pandemic the supermarket business was shifting– evolving to become more mobile, and less-reliant on brick-and-mortar stores. The prominence of grocery delivery services- spurred by the growth of Instacart– then…

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Can you get the COVID vaccine if you forget your insurance card? What if you don’t have insurance?
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Posted in Health News

Can you get the COVID vaccine if you forget your insurance card? What if you don’t have insurance?

If you’ve gone through the process of making a COVID vaccine appointment lately you probably recall the things it tells you to bring. The first is pretty obvious, it’s your driver’s license…

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