Bird Tours at Former Seneca Army Depot .::. Around the Lakes 6/1/19

Bird tours have been a smash hit at the former Seneca Army Depot. A partnership between Seneca White Deer, Inc. and the Montezuma Audubon Center has brought bird tours to life. And during the same month they kicked off – Seneca White Deer celebrated their 10,000 visitor to the former depot. To discuss all of this, including how to experience this yourself in June – Chris Lajewski, of the Montezuma Audubon Center; and Dennis Money, of Seneca White Deer, Inc. were in-studio.

Check out the conversation below, or subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform – like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google.


Previewing ‘A Walk of Honor’ with student organizers .::. Around the Lakes 5/30/19

Over the last several months a group of local teens have been working to raise money for Honor House and the Habitat for Humanity. On Monday, those efforts culminate with their final fundraising effort with ‘A Walk of Honor’. It’s slated for Monday, June 2nd at 2 p.m. along the canal harbor in Waterloo. This week Abby Palmer and Gavin Rhinehart were in-studio discussing efforts to raise money for a good cause.

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Previewing the FLX Pride Festival slated for June 8th .::. Around the Lakes 5/24/19

This week on Around the Lakes one of the organizers behind the successful FLX Pride Festival sits down with to discuss the event, and how it has evolved over several successful iterations. The FLX Pride Festival will be held along the Geneva Lakefront property on June 8th. Festivities start at 1 p.m. and run through the evening.


Tory Carissimo of Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons .::. Around the Lakes 5/13/19

Tory Carissimo serves as the flight director for Overlook Horizon, founded in 2016 with the mission of inspiring students (& adults) into science, technology, engineering and mathematically careers using high altitude weather balloon flights to the edge of space and back as our inspirational platform. Tory recently attended a NASA Social event for the 17th SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS-17) which is a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


Previewing Seneca County Housing Fair .::. Around the Lakes 5/6/19

A free event slated for Tuesday, May 7th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is aimed at educating the community about housing options in Seneca County.

On this episode of Around the Lakes Melissa Nesbit, Executive Director of Seneca Housing, Inc. and Joe McGrath, CEO of the Finger Lakes Regional Land Bank discuss the implications of the Housing & Services Fair, which will be held in Waterloo.

The free event is open to the public, and will provide a forum for residents to ask questions about a variety of topics related to housing. It will also provide a range of experts the ability to chat with residents in a one-on-one fashion to address individual questions and concerns.

Hosted in conjunction with Seneca Housing, Inc. and the Finger Lakes Regional Land Bank – both organizations are working to make Seneca County better in different ways.

To learn more about the event, check out this episode of Around the Lakes – or visit the fair on Tuesday.


Local impact of Rural & Migrant Ministry of New York .::. Around the Lakes 5/3/19

Since 1981 Rural & Migrant Ministry, a statewide, non-profit organization, has been standing proudly with the rural and migrant communities throughout New York. They work to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate people within rural New York by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and fight for dignity and opportunity to all.

On this special episode of Around the Lakes – Gabriela Quintanilla, who serves as Western New York Coordinator – was in-studio talking about Senate hearings, and current challenges, as it pertains to migrant communities in the Finger Lakes.


Previewing the 13th Annual Montezuma Wildlife Festival .::. Around the Lakes 4/29/19

Coming up on May 4th the Montezuma Audubon Center located in Savannah, New York will host the 13th Annual Montezuma Audubon Center Wildlife Festival.

Beginning at 10 a.m. attendees will encounter the Center’s largest event of the year, featuring a great lineup of family-friendly activities.

This week on Around the Lakes Chris Lejewski, Center Director for Montezuma Audubon was in-studio discussing the impact of events like these. “This is an amazing event, and one that we’re really proud of. Not only because it captures the essence of our sprawling grounds, but because it allows us to bring in new visitors, families, and kids who are eager to learn about what we do,” Lejewski explained.

For more information about the festival click here, and be sure to listen to the full-episode of Around the Lakes in the video window, or podcast player above.


Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion Show Preview .::. Around the Lakes 3/20/19

In just a few weeks one of Seneca County’s biggest fundraisers will take place in Seneca Falls. Learn all about it today as we preview the event exclusively on Around the Lakes with event organizers. The Traveling Little Black Dress Fashion Show will arrive on April 4th and 5th in Seneca Falls, which will be a culmination of community-wide effort to make it a reality.


Fingerlakes Beard Bros talk success, efforts to grow business .::. Around the Lakes 3/17/19

The Fingerlakes Beard Bros have a simple philosophy: Provide the best products – for guys in the Finger Lakes to make the most of their beards.

Dustin Bovard and William Hanvey set out on this journey a relatively short time ago.

The duo have navigated an emerging marketplace that’s dominated by some big brands. Their products are already available in select retail environments – but most of their sales come online at this point.

Bovard said the reception from the community has been incredible thus far. “It’s been really overwhelming – in a good way,” Bovard explained during a chat inside the Studio. “The community – friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers – are buying into our products because they’re affordable and high-quality.”

Hanvey admitted that is likely the ‘formula’ for success. “There are a lot of products out there that you can’t even identify all the things inside it,” he explained. “That’s not the case with ours. They’re natural.”

As the two pointed out during their discussion in-studio – so much of their efforts have been constrained to staying focused on removing stigma around beards and facial hair. “It’s about making the beard manageable in a professional environment. We’re seeing the stigma go away, but this is our way of helping that effort locally,” explained Bovard.

Listen to their entire chat below, or be like the hundreds who have checked them out on Facebook.

You can also shop their products online, which have regularly been selling out due to high-demand by clicking here.


Auburn Chamber Orchestra Music Director Steve Frackenpohl .::. Around The Lakes (podcast)

Join Joe Salzone as he sits down in the studio on this episode of Around the Lakes with Auburn Chamber Orchestra Music Director Steve Frackenpohl as they discuss the beginning of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra as well as their upcoming performances.


Karolyn Grimes & Kevin Stillmock discuss special on “It’s A Wonderful Life” to be filmed in Seneca Falls .::. Around the Lakes 6/27/18

Karolyn Grimes, the acress who played “Zu-Zu” in “It’s A Wonderful Life” is in Seneca Falls this weekend along with Producer/Director Kevin Stillmock. Stillmock is filming for the production of an upcoming news magazine show focusing on the impact of “It’s A Wonderful Life” that will be available on Amazon Prime this upcoming Christmas season. On Wednesday morning they were in-studio to talk about the production and to encourage residents to stop downtown on Thursday to take part in the filming.


Exploring the Keuka Outlet Trail .::. Around the Lakes 6/14/18

Getting engaged in the Finger Lakes has never been easier.

The Keuka Outlet Trail is one of the region’s most-celebrated historical attractions, and the organization behind it is asking that the public continue getting involved.


“We’ve seen great progress over the last several years,” explained Phillip Rahr, who serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for ‘Friends of the Outlet, Inc.’ The organization owns the trail, which makes them unique to some other community trails in the Finger Lakes – but that hasn’t prevented them from making great progress. “We’re always pursuing new options and ideas when it comes to getting more people out at the trail. Having Keuka College nearby is an asset, and the community as a whole welcomes us with open arms.”

They host events throughout the year, and during the spring, summer, and fall months see people turnout from around, and even beyond the region to experience nature at its finest in Yates County. “It’s unique in that it really does connect the entire county,” he explained. “The trail is accessible, and we’re always working on ways to make the experience even better for those who might want to walk, run, bike, or even just photograph the scenery.”

The events hosted on the trail are not limited to physical ones, according to Rahr. He noted events range from artistic expression, to mindfulness walks – aimed at helping people disengage from a stressful day.

Getting involved with the organization has never been easier, either. Simply head over to their Facebook Page or website to learn more about the organization. Featuring more than 300 members, the Friends of the Trail is one of the most-established community organization in the region. “Our goal is to reach 500 members by the end of the year,” added Rahr, who was optimistic that the goal could be reached.

Here are some helpful links if you want to learn more about the Keuka Outlet Trail, or Friends of the Outlet, Inc.:

Facebook: @KeukaOutletTrail
Instagram: @KeukaOutletTrail