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From frost to dry weather: Finger Lakes vineyards hopeful that weather will normalize soon

Colloca Estate Winery will have a dinner in celebration of its expansion
The Finger Lakes region was struck by a devastating frost just a couple weeks ago causing extensive damage to vineyards and orchards in the area. Mark Karasz, owner of Rock Stream Vineyards, told WETM-TV that ... more
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Finger Lakes allergy season in full swing: How long will it last?

Finger Lakes allergy season in full swing: How long will it last?
The Finger Lakes region is currently experiencing a severe spring allergy season, with grass and tree pollen peaking at the same time. Dr. Emily Weis, clinical director for allergy at URMC, tells 13WHAM-TV that this ... more
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Investigation underway after state police find vehicle in a pond

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State police arrested a Horseheads resident following an incident that resulted in a vehicle being found in a pond. Troopers responded to Hanson Gravel Pits in Horseheads regarding a vehicle in a pond. Following an ... more
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Troopers: Property damage crash leads to aggravated DWI arrest

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State police arrested an Endicott woman for aggravated DWI after a property damage crash. Police were called to a one-car accident in Wellsburg, finding a vehicle operated by Margaret Palombaro, 41, was in an accident ... more
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Troopers: Breesport man threw rocks at a car in Elmira

Watkins Glen man arrested after attacking two people at Dunkin’
State police have arrested a Breesport man following an incident in Elmira. According to troopers they were called to a residence on Lattabrook Road in Elmira for a disturbance. While interviewing the person who filed ... more
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State and local leaders tour frost damage at Finger Lakes vineyards

State and local leaders tour frost damage at Finger Lakes vineyards
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball, along with representatives from various state and federal agencies, toured vineyards in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions on Friday to assess the impact of a recent freeze. The ... more
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Supreme Court rolls back protections for wetlands in broad ruling that favors farmers, developers, and polluting industries

Supreme Court rolls back protections for wetlands in broad ruling that favors farmers, developers, and polluting industries
New York State’s top environmental regulator today condemned the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that will remove millions of acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands from federal regulation. The Montezuma Wildlife Refuge in Seneca, Wayne and ... more
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DEC and DOH issue reminder for residents to stay vigilant as HABs season begins in Finger Lakes

DEC and DOH issue reminder for residents to stay vigilant as HABs season begins in Finger Lakes
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) have issued a reminder for New Yorkers to remain vigilant about harmful algal blooms (HABs) as the 2023 reporting season commences. The DEC's ... more
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Frost, freeze puts major stress on grapes across Finger Lakes

Frost, freeze puts major stress on grapes across Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes region, a critical area for vineyards, has experienced significant damage following freezing temperatures on Thursday morning that caused about 50% crop loss at Lakewood Vineyards and an estimated 35% at Fox Run ... more
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Elmira man charged with attempted murder after two people found with array of stab wounds

Elmira man charged with attempted murder after two people found with array of stab wounds
Michael G. Burchard, a 44-year-old from Elmira was charged with attempted murder after police responded to a distress call and found two individuals with multiple wounds. The incident occurred on Friday afternoon in a residence ... more
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Driver crashes into Erin home; driver airlifted from the scene

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On Wednesday afternoon, a car crashed into a house in the Town of Erin, causing significant damage to the property and requiring the temporary closure of a section of Breesport Road. The incident occurred at ... more
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County leaders worried about state shifting Medicaid funds and how it will impact budgeting

County leaders worried about state shifting Medicaid funds and how it will impact budgeting
The recently passed $229 billion New York state budget, which re-allocates Medicaid funds, is raising alarm among county administrators statewide. Wayne County Administrator Rick House and his counterparts worry about the impact of Governor Kathy ... more
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Finger Lakes Cider Trail gets ready for busy summer: “We have world class cider”

Finger Lakes Cider Trail gets ready for busy summer: "We have world class cider"
This week the Finger Lakes Cider Trail will celebrate its official launch. Cider Week just wrapped up, and for an industry that's been growing rapidly over the last several years in the region - having ... more
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DEC: Boaters can prevent spread of invasive species by cleaning watercraft

DEC: Boaters can prevent spread of invasive species by cleaning watercraft
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is appealing to residents involved in water sports to sanitize their watercrafts and gear, as a preventive measure against the invasion of local waters by harmful ... more
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Canal system gearing up for opening day: Scheduled start of season is this Friday

Canal system gearing up for opening day: Scheduled start of season is this Friday
As the onset of warmer weather hits New York, preparations are in full swing for the commencement of the boating season with the opening of the New York State Canal system scheduled for Friday, May ... more
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Horseheads man charged with aggravated DWI

Watkins Glen man arrested after attacking two people at Dunkin’
State police arrested a Horseheads man following an investigation. A traffic stop took place on May 7 along Ridge Road in the town of Horseheads. Following an investigation, Eric Connell, 50, was charged with aggravated ... more
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Drunk driver nearly collides with police cruiser in Penn Yan

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A Painted Post driver was arrested on several charges after nearly striking a police cruiser. The incident happened in Penn Yan when officers say David McNeil, 75, almost struck a cruiser near Elm Street and ... more
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Finger Lakes Land Trust wins important grant funding

Finger Lakes Land Trust wins important grant funding
The Finger Lakes Land Trust has been awarded two grants aimed at protecting open spaces and enhancing water quality in the region. Over $60,000 will be allocated to the Finger Lakes Forest Conservation Initiative, based ... more
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RG&E, NYSEG still negotiating customer rate hike with NYS

RG&E, NYSEG still negotiating customer rate hike with NYS
RG&E and NYSEG are still negotiating with the New York State Public Service Commission for approval of a rate hike to address its billing and customer service issues. The utility has requested a 19% increase ... more
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Will countywide EMS services become common across the Finger Lakes as staffing issues persist?

Will countywide EMS services become common across the Finger Lakes as staffing issues persist?
The ongoing EMS crisis, characterized by staffing shortages and concerns about Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates, has compelled Wayne County to establish its own ambulance service beginning July 1. The county aims to address response ... more
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Inmate serving 25 year sentence attacked twice: NYSCOPBA claims its gang activity

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A maximum-security inmate serving a 25-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter was assaulted twice in separate incidents within a week, likely due to gang-related violence. The first attack took place on April 25, as the inmate ... more
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