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Tours Resume at Former Seneca Army Depot

Nov 17, 2017
A white deer on the Seneca Army Depot
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio

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
Heather May


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.

Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


On a recent weekday afternoon on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, students, faculty and staff gathered to help a visiting print artist install his work. They were on the lawn outside Houghton House where a pair of telephone poles had been sunk into the ground and a broad panel was being raised on a large boom lift.


Temperatures may keep approaching summer-like highs, but fall is undeniably here in the Finger Lakes. Days are getting shorter. Leaves are changing and grape harvest has begun. And, the businesses on Linden Street in downtown Geneva are celebrating their final weekend of closing the street to vehicle traffic with the 3rd Annual Cider Soiree.

Kelby Russell / Instagram


The fall grape harvest has been underway for a couple of weeks in the Finger Lakes. I stopped by Red Newt Cellars on Saturday to talk to winemaker Kelby Russell about how harvest is going.

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