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Rebecca Swift

Rebecca is a veteran multimedia journalist serving as one of our core reporters in the Finger Lakes region. She is responsible for telling stories that matter to every day Upstate New Yorkers. Have a question or lead? Send it to [email protected].

What’s there to do at Eastview Mall this holiday season? Performances and time with Santa happening all month long

What’s there to do at Eastview Mall this holiday season? Performances and time with Santa happening all month long
Eastview Mall in Victor is hosting several holiday events this season. “Every holiday season, we invite local schools and organizations into Eastview to spread a little holiday cheer,” said Clare Canavan, Director of Marketing and ... more
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Coping with holiday Stress: How can you stay grounded during this hectic time of year?

Coping with holiday Stress: How can you stay grounded during this hectic time of year?
Representatives from the local affiliate of the National Alliance for Mental Illness are reminding those who struggle with mental illness during the holidays that they’re not alone. “Expectations in general make up a lot of ... more
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Fishers fire chief talks district election: What’s at stake for voters today?

Fishers fire chief talks district election: What's at stake for voters today?
There’s been a lot of interest in the Fisher Fire District’s operations and concerns about over-taxation from residents.  “There’s one faction that feels that the taxes are too high and the service doesn’t match what ... more
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Seneca Lake Guardian vs. Seneca Meadows Landfill: Two sides fight over messaging in the community (video)

Seneca Lake Guardian vs. Seneca Meadows Landfill: Two sides fight over messaging in the community (video)
Right before Thanksgiving, Seneca Lake Guardian, a community grassroots environmental organization, got a cease and desist letter from a law firm representing Seneca Meadows Landfill. The group has vehemently opposed the Landfill’s request to extend ... more
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Littlejohn & Barbi Orthodontics (Tile)

Shock, disbelief among students, alum at Cazenovia: College will shut down after spring semester

Shock, disbelief among students, alum at Cazenovia: College will shut down after spring semester
Hundreds of local college students are processing the shock that their Madison County educational institution is closing its doors for good once the current seniors graduate. “Unfortunately the last Senior class there is,” 23-year old ... more
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Sheriff Milby donates salary in solidarity with deputies: Contract negotiations struggle in Wayne County

Sheriff Milby donates salary in solidarity with deputies: Contract negotiations struggle in Wayne County
Several members of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office spoke at a packed County Board of Supervisors Meeting and Public Hearing in Lyons Tuesday night. “Last night’s meeting was a public hearing to give the opportunity ... more
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Ice skate for a good cause: Dick’s House of Sport’s ice rink hosting winter events (video)

Ice skate for a good cause: Dick’s House of Sport’s ice rink hosting winter events (video)
Dick’s House of Sport’s ice-skating rink is hosting several fundraising events for its second year in operation. This coming weekend it’s for Hockey Buddies, a non-profit that helps children who want to become involved in ... more
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Local winery awarded top Riesling in national magazine

Local winery awarded top Riesling in national magazine
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard’s staff is celebrating a big win they learned about last week. The Dundee Winery’s Riesling Seneca Lake placed 45th on the list of top 100 in Wine Spectator. “We’re showing up!,” ... more
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Local breweries teaming up for this year’s keg tree pub crawl

Local breweries teaming up for this year's keg tree pub crawl
Four Canandaigua breweries are competing to see who created the best decorated pyramid of kegs during an event Saturday evening. Twisted Rail Brewing Company, Young Lion Brewing Company, Frequentem Brewing Company and Peacemaker Brewing Company ... more
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Thinking of a career change? Finger Lakes Community College offers courses for in-demand jobs

FLCC selected to design, implement pilot program to spur rural growth, help students
Training for occupations in growing sectors throughout the Finger Lakes are available for the public to take through Finger Lakes Community College. The college recently expanded to hosting classes at the Waterloo Community Center. Now, ... more
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FLX Today: Three Brothers Winery talks holiday sales and events (video)

FLX Today: Three Brothers Winery talks holiday sales and events (video)
Dozens of people lined up at Three Brothers Winery in Geneva for its annual Black Friday sale. “This was the first year since Covid that we got to do it as big as we’d like,” ... more
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Caregivers get a special day of pampering in Cayuga County

Caregivers get a special day of pampering in Cayuga County
Next week, those who care for their ill loved ones can register for a body and soul wellness event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn. It's a new kind of event for Cayuga County ... more
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Pressure for big changes at RG&E grows: How could it be made a public utility company?

Pressure for big changes at RG&E grows: How could it be made a public utility company?
Members of the public are not sitting by idly while Rochester Gas & Electric schedules private meetings with the Rochester City Council, as customers continue to report billing errors and ineffective customer service. Things escalated ... more
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New state law prevents prosecution of children under 12: DA Antonacci says more discretion is necessary

New state law prevents prosecution of children under 12: DA Antonacci says more discretion is necessary
A new law signed by Governor Kathy Hochul earlier this year means children under 12 cannot be prosecuted in New York after December 31st. Under the new law, local social services departments will be required ... more
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Cannabis attorney weighs in on Judge’s decision to temporarily ban the issuing of retail licenses

Cannabis attorney weighs in on Judge’s decision to temporarily ban the issuing of retail licenses
Ryan McCall is an Attorney at Tully Rinckey PLLC out of Albany. He specializes in cannabis law. “I have a lot of friends who, growing up had convictions based on cannabis-related issues,” McCall said. “Now ... more
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Ontario County health official: “We got the trifecta going on out there,” with flu, RSV, and COVID cases on the rise

Ontario County health official: "We got the trifecta going on out there," with flu, RSV, and COVID cases on the rise
Ontario County Public Health Director Mary Beer says the numbers of people who have influenza, COVID and RSV aren’t being counted anymore, but she’s hearing from providers, hospitals and urgent care centers that there is ... more
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New York cannabis regulators can’t issue retail licenses: Will it hurt businesses in the Finger Lakes? 

New York cannabis regulators can’t issue retail licenses: Will it hurt businesses in the Finger Lakes? 
A federal judge has temporarily blocked New York’s Office of Cannabis Management from issuing conditional retail licenses in the Finger Lakes, according to the Times Union. This means the state can’t issue them in five ... more
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Gorham Town Board holds off on passing budget as residents continue to challenge it

Gorham Town Board holds off on passing budget as residents continue to challenge it
Wednesday’s meeting at Gorham Town Hall started off with privilege of the floor. One of the first people to speak was Tax Collector Adrienne Smith, who was one of the only town employees left out ... more
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Ontario County Sheriff-elect David Cirencione talks victory, plans for 2023: “So looking forward to the future for us”

David Cirencione
Sheriff-Elect David Cirencione had a late election night followed by an early morning today. And he’s ready to hit the ground running. “Right off the bat today I’ve got meetings with sub-committee groups of our ... more
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