Welcome to the Finger Lakes! Our theme song:

In a town this size, there's no place to hide
Everywhere you go, you meet someone you know...
In a smokey bar, in the backseat of your car
In your own little house, someone's sure to find you out
What you do and what you think
What you eat and what you drink...

(Kieran Kane)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

George McGovern making final landing

George McGovern (rear, second from left) and crew with Dakota Queen

Former Senator and 1972 Democrat presidential candidate George McGovern, 90, is reported to be under hospice care and not responsive, according to family members.

McGovern, one of the most liberal presidential candidates in US history, was also a patriot and hero of WWII.  As an Army Air Force pilot, he flew 35 combat missions over Europe in B24 Liberator bombers, always named the "Dakota Queen."  Most Americans today cannot imagine the danger the bomber crews faced.

McGovern, 1972's anti-war candidate, had no qualms about taking on evil when it presented itself.

Update 10/21/12: George McGovern, RIP

Eleanor McGovern pins pilot wings on her husband, 1944

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Glenn Beck visits Finger Lakes

Talk radio superstar Glenn Beck was in the Finger Lakes this past weekend for his daughter's wedding.  After the happy event, Glenn and family returned to their rented cottage on one of our lakes.  As has happened to so many of us, the Beck family's unoccupied rental vehicle got away from its parking space, rolled over the cliff, and wound up on the beach.  There were no injuries.

Does anyone know where this took place?

Update:  Per FingerLakes1, the wedding was held at Suzanne in Lodi.

Photos: Glenn Beck

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Why did Cuomo delay fracking decision again?

What's that look about?

Why has Andy Cuomo suddenly decided to delay hydrofracking for another twenty-eleven years?  Today, Assembly candidate Bill Nojay theorized why Cuomo the Younger would write off the Southern Tier's 20 percent unemployed workers, and we think Bill has hit the nail on the head.

Bill blames Cuomo's decision to study the "health effects" of hydrofracking on the Lybian terrorists who raped, murdered, and mutilated our ambassador.  According to Nojay, the breaking story that our diplomats in Benghazi had requested increased security before the embassy was attacked, but were denied by Hillary Clinton's State Department, will mean the end of our former junior senator's political career.  And no mo' Hillary means Andy has an open shot the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination.   So, Nojay hypothesizes,  our most recent Governor Cuomo needs to keep the Democrats' environmental wacko majority on his side.

We think Mr. Nojay is on to something. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bat McGrath in Naples

Former Naples resident Bat McGrath returned to his old stomping ground, performing before an overflow crowd at the Naples Grape Festival on Saturday afternoon.  The seasoned crowd, many of whom may not have been strangers to the 1970s Alexander Street scene themselves, overflowed the large tent and spilled out onto the lawn behind the old Naples Town Hall.


Bat and his long time guitarist Ethan Porter shared the stage with a strategically placed tent pole.

Across the street, Republican Rep. Richard Hanna buttonholed a future voter.

Bat performed at the grand reopening of the Blue Eagle Tavern on Italy Hill on June 30th.  We don't know if Eddie Shank was able to attend.