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

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 speak with Anne ... more
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Local servers reflect on the last 18 months as the coronavirus pandemic enters a new phase

Local servers share experiences with restaurant industry during a pandemic
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 conditions, and most-recently ... more
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Waterloo mother hopes for change after suffering loss of son

Mother of deceased child tries to share with Waterloo School Board; is told to stop for “personal attack”
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 hear: If you ... more
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Bella’s Restaurant in downtown Geneva thrives with authentic Italian cuisine

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 priority. "Because of ... more
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GOOD SPOTS: Taughannock Falls State Park, hiking with a beautiful view

GOOD SPOTS: Taughannock Falls State Park; easy hike 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 the rim trail, ... more
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GOOD SPOTS: Geneva Lakefront on Seneca Lake offers a unique gateway to experience the Finger Lakes

GOOD SPOTS: Geneva Lakefront on Seneca Lake offers a unique opportunity for individuals to experience the Finger Lakes Region
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 different towns and ... more
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GOOD SPOTS: Joslyn Cemetery in Oaks Corners showcases history around Phelps

GOOD SPOTS: Joslyn Cemetery in Oaks Corners, small, quaint, and peaceful
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 on farms would ... more
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Smokin Pete’s Barbecue: Young entrepreneurs build their own local barbecue joint from the ground up

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 Geneva area. Chapman, ... more
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Experts say diligence is necessary to continue to protect children from Covid-19 until they can be vaccinated

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 Dr. Kristen Navarette, ... more
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GOOD SPOTS: A walk along the Ontario Pathways, 25 miles of hiking in the Finger Lakes

GOOD SPOTS: Ontario Pathways, Phelps
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 offering something that's ... more
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Bear and Vine in Phelps has something for everyone

Bear & 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 sitting inside is ... more
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GOOD SPOTS: Glenwood Cemetery’s beauty

Good Spots: Glenwood Cemetery
Glenwood Cemetery on Lochland Road in Geneva is one of the city's oldest cemeteries. What makes it so interesting to visit is that not only is it a cemetery, but when it originally opened in ... more
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GOOD SPOTS: Kashong Conservation Area offers unique opportunity in Finger Lakes

Good Spots: Kashong Conservation Area
Kashong Conservation area is 84 acres of land run by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. It was previously owned by Polly Spedding and her husband, who donated the land to  the the town of Geneva ... more
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Celebration of life ceremony held at Oak Island in Waterloo honoring the life of Giovanni Bourne

Local mother works to raise awareness surrounding kids and bullying
On June 27, 2021, family and friends of 11-year-old Giovanni "Gio" Bourne gathered with balloons and lanterns to celebrate his life. Giovanni was born to Angelicia Smith and Nicholas Bourne on July 10, 2009 and ... more
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Water Side Wine Bar owner shares journey of becoming a business owner amid a pandemic

Water Side Wine Bar owner shares journey of becoming a business owner amid a pandemic
Before Covid hit, Don Miller and his wife, JoEllen purchased the Water Side Wine Bar in Phelps, but since Covid restrictions are ending along with some bumps in the road, their business is thriving more ... more
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F.L.O.A.T. takes therapy to another level in Geneva

F.L.O.A.T. offers more than just your average therapy
With the pandemic winding down, many people are realizing they might need a reprieve when it comes to their mental and physical health. Finger Lakes Office of Alternative Therapies, better known as F.L.O.A.T., offers various ... more
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Chickpeas having big impact in Upstate New York agriculture

Chickpeas are discovered to be a viable crop grown in New York State
While corn and soybeans are some of the most profitable crops grown in New York, a new crop has entered the equation for farmers: Chickpeas. Chickpeas have become a staple of some local businesses, like ... more
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Victor Farmington Library has something to offer everyone as they outgrow their current space

Victor Library has something to offer everyone as they outgrow their current space
The Victor Farmington Library, located at 15 West Main Street, has something going on for everyone this summer. Children can enjoy story times or crafts, teens can participate in events like tie dye workshops or ... more
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Sugar+Snow offers more than shaved ice: Opportunities for redemption, acceptance with a community

New business Sugar+Snow has a bigger product to offer than just delicious treats
Local resident Erin Pownall Burns has started her own business selling snow cones with a twist and other sweet treats. While the business, Sugar+Snow, boasts a significant menu, snow cones aren't the only interesting thing ... more
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Geneva resident, Hannah Smith, chooses to clean up Geneva for her birthday

Geneva resident, Hannah Smith, chooses to cleanup Geneva for her birthday
Every year when Facebook sees a user's birthday is approaching, the option is provided to let them choose from over 750,000 nonprofits in the United States to ask friends to donate to on behalf of ... more
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Seneca Falls Fire Department helps hang graduating senior banners on Fall Street

Seneca Falls Fire Department helps hang graduating senior banners on Falls Street
On Wednesday the Seneca Falls Fire Department volunteered to help parents and teachers hang banners on light poles along Fall Street in downtown Seneca Falls to celebrate their upcoming graduation. Each pole is now adorned ... more
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