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Looking Back at 2023, Pictures from Finger Lakes Daily News


As the year comes to an end,  we look back at the events and news stories of 2023 from the archives of Finger Lakes Daily News.

Hope to see you smiling in 2024!

All Photos By Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes Daily News

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pays visits to all of New York’s 62 counties.  He stopped by in Seneca County.


US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stopped in Seneca County to talk about her her Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Legislation.


The Waterloo Lady Tigers celebrate a basketball State Championship.

The Hobart Hockey Team returns to campus after winning the Division III National Championship.

Retired NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ali Marpet returns to his alma mater Hobart College.

Ground breaking for the Geneva YMCA

Funding for the YMCA renovations comes from a $2.5 million donation from the Brenda & Dave Rickey Foundation. Dave Rickey, a Geneva native and DeSales High School graduate, retired in 2005 as president and CEO of California-based Applied Micro Circuits Corp.

Waterloo, New York the official Birthplace of Memorial Day


Governor Kathy Hochul visits New York’s first Veteran’s Cemetery in Seneca County.



Cruisin’ in Downtown Geneva



New Jersey pro angler Adrian Avena hooks up on Cayuga Lake


June is Pride Month and hundreds of people turned out on the Geneva Lakefront for the Pride Festival

The Waterloo School budget was defeated twice by school district voters.


The Finger Lakes Favorite Psychic Phil Jordan returns to Seneca Falls.


It’s a Wonderful Dodge Club on a famous bridge.


Seneca Falls is were it’s “A Women’s Right to Run.”


UR Medicine joined Finger Lakes Health taking over the hospitals, nursing homes and apartments.


Bob Ohmann, owner of the Geneva RedWings baseball team is joined by John Salone’s daughters as the baseball field was renamed in his honor.


A Summertime favorite – The Geneva Fireman’s Parade.

Geneva and area firefighters battle a house fire in the middle of the night.


Canandaigua’s Art and Music Festival


Yates County this summer celebrated 200-years. One of the events was a parade in Dresden, NY.


A Seneca County landmark, the Scythe Tree crashes to the ground.


July brought hundreds of the Equal Rights Amendment supporters to Seneca Falls including Governor Kath Hochul, and the Great-Great Granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Coline Jenkins.


Swim, Bike, and Run. Ironman (and Women) in Geneva.

Two people with my favorite T-shirts, Sim Redmond, and a hula hoop girl all enjoy the annual Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. The 4-day festival draws about 15,000 people to Trumansburg, NY.

April Showers Bring Floods, Not Flowers


Auburn takes ownership of iconic diner and it will be moved.


Auburn held it’s first chicken wing festival, the winner same guy that won the Great Chicken Wing Hunt!


In Phelps it all about the Sauerkraut,  and some hot dogs.



The White Deer have left the building (the former Seneca Army Depot).  These four were spotted in a backyard in Waterloo!


Thousands of dogs strut their stuff at the annual Wine Country Circuit Dog Show at Sampson State Park.


He “Knows What Love Is” Rochester rock star Lou Gramm signed autographs for hundreds of people before a Rochester Red Wings baseball game.  I was the only one without a Foreigner album, I brought Lou’s first group Black Sheep.


Waterloo sister and brother give back to their alma mater Ithaca College.  Monica Bertino Wooden donated $3-Million dollars for the replacement of the natural-grass field with artificial turf and the installation of lighting at Ithaca College’s Butterfield Stadium. Monica and John both were honored during ceremonies on the South Hill.


It was wet weekend, but it was fun for those who attended the “Drink Like Girl” race and music on the Geneva Lakefront.


1970’s local rocker and now Music Professor at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, Todd Hobin, signs an autograph at the Ohmann Theater in Lyons, NY.  Hobin was back in Lyons to celebrate Wayne County 200th Anniversary. He used to play at the famous Tom Jones bar in Lyons.



The creator and first Superintendent of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, Judy Hart, returns to sign copies of her book about the park’s beginnings.


The Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls is looking to expand, not everyone agrees with that plan.


Bob Dylan’s son Jacob Dylan preforms at Lincoln Hill Farms in Canandaigua. The Hobart and William Smith Dance concert was held at the Smith Opera House. The Beatles and Stones fight it out, and bands preform in downtown Waterloo.


The late Menzo Case at one of his last public events, the annual “Taste and Tunes” fundraiser in the People Park in Seneca Falls.


Serving twice as the Seneca County Manger, Mitch Rowe, retired this year.


If your going to get married, due it on Labor Day Weekend on the Geneva Lakefront.


Movie magic? No just the African Queen cruising Seneca Lake.



Aurora, NY celebrates with a parade Dead-icated to the Grateful Dead. Members of the legendary rock group reported stayed in Aurora before they played an historic show at Cornell University on 5-8-23. The show raised $2.5 Million dollars for charity.


Waterloo’s new water tower is set to go on line next year.


The Tin Can Tourists camped out at Sampson State Park.



The weekend celebrating the 1946 movie many believe that Seneca Falls is the real Bedford Falls. A cinnamon bun eating contest, Karolyn Grimes and Jimmy Hawkins from the movie, A FOX News TV crew working on a documentary for next Christmas, and pictures before the 5K Race on the Bedford Falls Bridge.


Taking a Jingle Train ride from Waterloo to Aurora.

Happy New Year!







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