Author: Samantha Goodman

Samantha is a Phelps native and reports on a range of topics central to the Finger Lakes. Have a tip? Send it to [email protected].
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Posted in Business Geneva News Ontario County

Geneva YMCA continues to work toward their future with the Capital Campaign

The Geneva YMCA has big plans for its future as it comes out of the pandemic ahead. Other YMCA’s weren’t so lucky and were forced to close after not being able to…

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Businesses in Downtown Geneva struggle as Streetscape Project moves forward so soon after pandemic
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Posted in Business Geneva News Ontario County

Businesses in Downtown Geneva struggle as Streetscape Project moves forward amid pandemic

The streets in downtown Geneva are getting a facelift, but some business owners feel it’s at the costing them at a crucial time. Fingerlakes1.com spoke with the owners of Captain’s Café, a…

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Friends of Parrott Hall works diligently at bringing the building back to its former glory
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Posted in Geneva History Life Ontario County

Friends of Parrott Hall works diligently at bringing the building back to its former glory

Parrott Hall in Geneva is rich with history, but in a sad state of despair, as a local organization called Friends of Parrott Hall attempt to salvage what is left. The organization…

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GOOD SPOTS: Cayuga Nature Center offers fun, outdoor educational opportunities
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Posted in Ithaca Life Tompkins County Trumansburg

GOOD SPOTS: Cayuga Nature Center offers fun, outdoor educational opportunities

Cayuga Nature Center located just outside of Ithaca offers various exhibits and programs to help visitors better understand nature. Animal lovers can stop by the outdoor animal exhibits and nature lovers can…

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Lincoln Hill Farms encompasses everything the Finger Lakes Region is all about
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Posted in Canandaigua Events Food Gorham Home & Garden Life Ontario County

Lincoln Hill Farms encompasses what the Finger Lakes Region is all about

Lincoln Hill Farms is one of the Finger Lakes Region’s best kept secrets. The farm has stages and bars to host concerts and events, multiple gardens ranging from sunflowers to hops, a…

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Local servers share experiences with restaurant industry during a pandemic
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Posted in Business Geneva News Ontario County Rochester Area

Local servers reflect on the last 18 months as the coronavirus pandemic enters a new phase

The pandemic brought a number of changes to many industries, but the service and hospitality space saw some of the most significant ones from the start- with shutdowns, turning to unusual operating…

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Historic Geneva has a new name with a stronger mission of connecting with community members
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Posted in Geneva History Life Ontario County

Historic Geneva has a new name with a stronger mission of connecting with community members

Historic Geneva has worked hard to rebrand themselves in order to become a more active part of the community, specifically to get the community to engage with them. Fingerlakes1.com was able to…

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Mother of deceased child tries to share with Waterloo School Board; is told to stop for “personal attack”
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Posted in Education News Seneca County Waterloo

Waterloo mother hopes for change after suffering loss of son

Angelicia Smith, of Waterloo, tragically lost her son, Giovanni Bourne, on June 22, 2021 just weeks before his 12th birthday. She has one message she wants parents, teachers, and other children to…

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Bella’s Restaurant in downtown Geneva thrives with authentic Italian cuisine
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Posted in Food Geneva Life Ontario County

Bella’s Restaurant in downtown Geneva thrives with authentic Italian cuisine

Bella’s, located at 93 Seneca Street in Geneva, is a local favorite, boasting a 4.5 star average on Google Reviews. Owner, Richard Austin, works hard and puts customer service as a top…

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GOOD SPOTS: Taughannock Falls State Park; easy hike with a beautiful view
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Posted in Ithaca Life Tompkins County Trumansburg

GOOD SPOTS: Taughannock Falls State Park, hiking with a beautiful view

Taughannock Falls in Trumansburg, New York is one of the most beautiful natural attractions the Finger Lakes Region has to offer. At 215 feet tall, the waterfall can be seen from above on…

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GOOD SPOTS: Geneva Lakefront on Seneca Lake offers a unique opportunity for individuals to experience the Finger Lakes Region
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Posted in Boating & Lakes Geneva Life Ontario County Travel

GOOD SPOTS: Geneva Lakefront on Seneca Lake offers a unique gateway to experience the Finger Lakes

Seneca Lake, located in the Finger Lakes Region in New York, is the biggest of the Finger Lakes, being the deepest lake in the state. The shores to the lake touch many…

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GOOD SPOTS: Joslyn Cemetery in Oaks Corners, small, quaint, and peaceful
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Posted in History Home & Garden Life Ontario Co. Ontario County Phelps Photos

GOOD SPOTS: Joslyn Cemetery in Oaks Corners showcases history around Phelps

According to the Phelps Historical Society, there are over 25 cemeteries in Phelps alone. The reason for so many cemeteries in such a small area is because in the 1800s many families…

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Smokin Pete’s Barbecue: Young entrepreneurs build their own local barbecue joint from the ground up
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Posted in Business Geneva News Ontario County

Smokin Pete’s Barbecue: Young entrepreneurs build their own local barbecue joint from the ground up

The pandemic hasn’t stopped local entrepreneurs from trying out innovative ideas in the Finger Lakes. One such venture, led by Peter Chapman and Maeve Beecher is bringing a little barbecue to the…

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Experts say diligence is necessary to continue to protect children from Covid-19 until they can be vaccinated
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Posted in Health News Uncategorized

Experts say diligence is necessary to continue to protect children from Covid-19 until they can be vaccinated

Covid-19 has been a stressful situation for many individuals, and while vaccinations have become available for adults to help curb the spread of the virus, children are left vulnerable. Fingerlakes1.com spoke with…

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Bear & Vine in Phelps has something for everyone
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Posted in Business Home & Garden Life Ontario County Phelps Tourism

Bear and Vine in Phelps has something for everyone

Located on Main Street in Phelps is one of the most unique stores the town has to offer. Bear and Vine has something for everyone. The stalling boutique items, antiques, collectibles, and…

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GOOD SPOTS: Ontario Pathways, Phelps
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Posted in Canandaigua Clifton Springs Life Ontario County Phelps Shortsville Travel Uncategorized

GOOD SPOTS: A walk along the Ontario Pathways, 25 miles of hiking in the Finger Lakes

Ontario Pathways is 25 miles long, 23.3 miles of multi-use, non-motorized pathways and three loops for 1.7 miles of hiking only trails. The paths are available year round from dawn to dusk…

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