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Is support for LPG storage near Seneca Lake growing? Crestwood Energy says yes. The Elmira Star-Gazette first reported on some new names supporting gas storage last week; on Monday, their sister newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle, ran the same story. We dig into the claims, starting with this: Why is a trucking company portraying itself as a Finger Lakes vintner? Why is the company's secretary quoted as a "grape inspector," which is not a title that even exists in the wine industry? Why did the company list Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a supporter, only to have the Senator's office insist they remove that claim? We have a variety of guests to discuss the topic.

The Finger Lakes region is trying to increase tourism in the dead of winter. There are a number of new events coming up, and we'll preview them. And I'll reveal my two favorite streets in the region, and encourage listeners to share their favorite quiet spots, the hidden gems, the small streets that can absorb an afternoon. In studio:

A conversation on the year for the Finger Lakes wine industry. How significant is the fracking decision? Is the region nearing a saturation point for number of operations? How has the region attracted top talent from Europe?  We discuss these topics and more with our guests:

More than 100 people have been arrested since October at the sight of a proposed expansion of liquid propane gas storage (LPG) near Seneca Lake. Many of the recent arrests are prominent business owners. The owners of a new high-wattage wine project -- one from California, one from Germany -- now say that if they had known this LPG project was going forward, they probably would have skipped coming to the Finger Lakes. So why has it gotten so heated? What's the latest development?

We've invited Crestwood Energy to join us. So far, no response, but they've given statements to other media outlets. We've also reached out to state lawmakers.

Our guest for this topic are:

We start this hour by talking to Cal State finance professor Jim Estes about how the big tobacco settlement money has become a potential disaster for states like NY. Estes wrote a piece in the New York Times explaining how the states have mismanaged the money in two ways:

1)      Less than 2% is being spent on smoking prevention, and

2)      Many states have taken advance payments, opening a big potential hole decades from now.

Then we’ll preview Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, which is aimed at convincing the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse markets to try new places. Joining us will be Christina Roberts of Finger Lakes Wine Country and Orlando Rodriguez, Executive Chef of Veraisons Restaurant.

We start off this edition of Education Friday by learning just how good this September was for the Finger Lakes. Some are calling it the “best ever” as it helped to get harvest cranking at vineyards across the region. Before September, the harvest was looking bleak. So how good was this September? We find out with Hans Walter-Peterson of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Finger Lakes Grape Program.

Then, we learn about new options to treat sleep apnea. Chances are someone you know, maybe even yourself, suffers from sleep apnea. In recognition of Sleep Apnea Awareness Week, we talk with Dr. Jason Lyons of the Rochester Regional Health System.  

Connections: The Beauty and Bounty of the Finger Lakes

Jul 28, 2014

Our guests this hour key us in on the beauty and  bounty of the Finger Lakes region's food,  beverage  and landscape/scenery offerings from the perspective of the photographer, foodie, and beverage connoisseur.

Our guests are: 

Valerie Knoblauch, president of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Trish Aser, owner of the Brown Hound Bistro

Nicole Heroux, co- owner and director of business development for Simply Crêpes

Dave Schlosser, owner of Naked Dove Brewing Company

Yahoo! Spotlights Finger Lakes

May 8, 2013

The Finger Lakes are in the national spotlight--they’ve made it to Yahoo’s online list of 10 lakeside vacation spots that "have it all." 

The Yahoo! Travel entry on the 11 lakes promotes the wineries, the Corning Glass Museum, Watkins Glen State Park and the village of Skaneateles. The Finger Lakes join global luminaries like Italy’s Lake Como, Switzerland’s Lake Geneva and Canada’s Lake Louise. 


Geneva General Hospital says after May 1st, the hospital will no longer deliver babies.

The understaffed hospital will be reduced from four full-time physicians to only two. The remaining physicians say they'll move their practices 15 miles away to Newark-Wayne Hospital. OBGYN physician Stephanie Ahmed tells WXXI's LeShea Agnew physicians at Geneva General can no longer handle the demands of the short-staffed practice. 

Need to Know Rochester: Master Sommelier Training

Feb 4, 2013

A new Master Sommelier program at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua hopes to promote New York wines here in New York State and beyond.