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Circular enerG representatives address a meeting of the Town of Romulus Planning Board
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


The monthly Town of Romulus Planning Board meeting drew hundreds to the Romulus Fire Department Monday night. A company called Circular enerG proposes to bring a waste to energy facility to the former Seneca Army Depot. No public comment was permitted during or after the presentation, but that didn’t stop the capacity crowd from reacting to Circular enerG attorney Alan Knauf.

Trash is a polarizing topic in the Finger Lakes. In addition to ongoing disputes over landfills, there’s a new proposal for a trash incinerator in Romulus on the site of the Seneca Army Depot. David Shaw from the Finger Lakes Times joined us in studio to talk about his reporting on the subject.

Stomping Grounds in downtown Geneva
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There are a number of national programs like Small Business Saturday that encourage shoppers to spend money in their local communities. Geneva has a year-round program that encourages people to shop and dine locally. Love Geneva signs are all around downtown Geneva including Stomping Grounds on Seneca Street.

Tours Resume at Former Seneca Army Depot

Nov 17, 2017
A white deer on the Seneca Army Depot
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The first guided tours inside the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot began Thursday morning. Finger Lakes Public Radio’s Greg Cotterill went along for the ride. Dennis Money has been working with his group Seneca White Deer for two decades to make the day happen.

“Welcome, welcome, welcome. I’ve been trying to think what to say today. After all of 20 years of frustration and political problems and so on we finally have this opportunity to showcase the Seneca Army Depot to the people of the world and we are delighted.”

Ontario County Supervisor candidate Lou Guard visits with voters
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

One of the incumbent candidates for Ontario County Board of Supervisors is also a first-time candidate. Lou Guard was appointed to the seat representing Wards 3 & 4 when Charlie Evangelista accepted a position on the Ontario County Board of Elections. Guard was the unanimous choice by the City of Geneva Council, but is now making his case to the voters to retain that seat.

A view of Keuka Lake from Keuka Spring Vineyards
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


My latest stop visiting Finger Lakes winemakers during harvest 2017 was with August Deimel at Keuka Spring Vineyards. On visits to other winemakers, we’ve heard how the wet summer and unexpectedly warm September delayed harvest. But, not only did the fruit come in late, it came in fast.

A view of Seneca Lake from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus
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If the unseasonably warm weather brought you out on or around Seneca Lake in late September, you may have noticed portions of the water were a bright, and somewhat smelly green. Aside from being unsightly, the algae blooms are harmful in a variety of ways. tonight at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association will hold a public forum on the harmful algae bloom.

Justice Organization of Youth (JOY) members rehearse for their upcoming performance
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


Rural and Migrant Ministry is a New York non-profit that has worked in support of farmworkers’ rights for more than 30 years. Today and tonight in Rochester, they they host their annual symposium and fundraising dinner.

A view of Hosmer Winery on Cayuga Lake.
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

My most recent stop visiting winemakers during harvest around the Finger Lakes was at Hosmer Winery on Cayuga Lake. It was a beautiful, sunny day when I visited last week. Head winemaker Julia Hoyle agreed with her fellow winemakers that the wet growing season had an impact, but that the warm dry spell in September was a big help.

 

 

A view of the vineyards at Red Tail Ridge on an overcast harvest day
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


As part of continuing coverage of the 2017 grape harvest in the Finger Lakes, I drove out to Red Tail Ridge last week on the west side of Seneca Lake. Winemaker and co-owner Nancy Irelan walked me around and introduced me to her staff and intern. Like many in the Finger Lakes wine industry, they’ve worked and have friends in the northern California wine industry that’s been affected by the historic wildfires.

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