NYS Awards Livingston County $3.5M for Major Projects

County Administrator Ian Coyle. (2015 file photo)

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – New York State awarded the County government about $3.5 million for four major local economic development projects. According to a press release from Livingston County, they are the recipients of four large awards through the 2016 New York State Regional Economic Development Council Awards announced on Dec. 8. The money will go towards: the County's Brew IN Livingston initiative; a County-wide public market study; the … [Read more...]

Stranger Leaves ‘Ben’s Bells’ to Inspire Kindness in Vandalized Conesus Park

Bells line the fence. (Photo/Conrad Baker)

CONESUS – Once again, someone showed up to Ricky Greene Memorial Park in the dead of night and left the park a changed place. This time, though, it was for the better. When the sun rose on the fresh snow on the park Friday, colorful little clay bells, Ben's Bells, hung from the basketball net and fence. Attached are plastic bags that say 'Take Me Home' as part of a national campaign to motivate people to realize the impact of 'intentional … [Read more...]

Finger Lakes Opera’s Shows Will Go On Independent of SUNY

(Photo/FLO via Facebook)

GENESEO – Though SUNY Geneseo will no longer fund the Finger Lakes Opera (FLO) as a 'resident professional company,' the company's director assures patrons that, as always, the show will go on. FLO Artistic Director Gerard Floriano released a statement via Facebook reiterating that the College will no longer support the FLO financially, but explaining that FLO will live on as an independent not-for-profit. His statement is as follows: "You … [Read more...]

SUNY Geneseo Cuts All Ties with Finger Lakes Opera

FLO Artistic Director Gerard Floriano. (Photo/SUNY Geneseo)

UPDATE: Finger Lakes Opera’s Shows Will Go On Independent of SUNY GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo President Denise Battles discontinued Finger Lakes Opera (FLO) operations, effective immediately. According to Battles' campus-wide email on Nov. 11, challenges with finances and enrollment has made certain cutbacks necessary. Until now, the FLO, which the College called in the past 'the resident professional company,' has only gained popularity. In … [Read more...]

Springwater’s AWOL Super Keeps Defending Absence from County Meetings

Babbitt-Henry. (Photo/Conrad Baker)

SPRINGWATER – Town Supervisor Deborah Babbitt-Henry continues to defend her near total absence from all of her Livingston County meetings. On Dec. 6, the GeneseeSun.com released an update reporting that Babbitt-Henry had officially missed all Human Services Committee meetings and 17 of 22 meetings of the Board of Supervisors. On Dec. 7, Babbitt-Henry posted the following as a Facebook comment on our story: "I answered the Suns negative … [Read more...]

Pearl Harbor Day Touches Navy Vet at National Warplane Museum


GENESEO – On Dec. 7, 1941, a clear, tropical winter morning in Honolulu, Hawaii, young American sailors woke to the dull hum of foreign airplanes. Hundreds of fighters, bombers and torpedo planes with the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service descended on the harbor, raining thousands of bombs and torpedoes on non-combatant American ships and planes. Loss of life was extremely high. The next day, President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on … [Read more...]

Mom Pilfers Geneseo Wegmans with Her Teens’ Help

(Photo/NY State Police)

GENESEO – The New York State Police arrested a Geneseo resident for allegedly stealing several items from Wegmans with the help of her two teenage children. According to a press release from the New York State Police, Sarah Shengulette, 41, was arrested for three counts of misdemeanor Petit Larceny and one count of misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child. State Police said that Wegmans' loss prevention contacted them regarding store … [Read more...]

Deputy ‘Rocks Around the Christmas Tree’ to Cheer Nursing Home Residents

(Photo/Livingston County Sheriff's Office)

MOUNT MORRIS – A Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy struck a chord with residents at the County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Murray Hill (CNR). A short video clip posted to the Sheriff's Office's Facebook page shows Deputy Michael Telesca and singing 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' for several residents. "As many of you know we have Deputy Sheriffs assigned to the Murray Hill campus," says a Facebook post by the Sheriff's … [Read more...]

Head-On Crash in Avon Hospitalizes 3


LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A head-on collision on East River Road seriously injured three people Wednesday morning. According to Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, a total of four people were involved. Three were transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The vehicles collided at about 7 a.m. on East River Road near Barber Road. The Sheriff's Office is investigating. Deputies reconstructed the accident and used one … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities’ Second Christmas Gala to Give to Neighbors in Need

CCLC's first gala, in 2015. (Photo/Conrad Baker)

GENESEO – Walk the red carpet for a good cause this weekend at Catholic Charities second annual Christmas Gala. Last year, sponsors and an estimated 190 guests took to the Oak Valley Event Center on Lakeville Road for dinner, dancing and raffles. All ticket sales support CCLC’s 10 signature programs for local people in need. CCLC’s goal is to help people become independent from temporary assistance benefits (TANF) offered by the Department … [Read more...]