April 25, 2013 by James
The New York Fairport Partnership for a Better Community will present the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ on at the start of next month at Eagle Vale.
Along with fabulous Mexican food, live music will [Read more]
March 18, 2013 by Mark
Fairport Canal Days, the popular two day festival, has been scheduled for late May and early June.
It will take place along Main Street in [Read more]
February 1, 2013 by Sarah
Fairport High School will be host to an American Red Cross blood drive next week in its cafeteria, with donors standing a chance of winning a prize.
With the constant need [Read more]
January 12, 2013 by Mark
Fairport Canal Days 2013, a popular annual two-day festival, will return to Fairport this summer. It will take place along Main Street and will consist of hundreds of displays of arts and crafts. For over 35 years, the Fairport Canal Days Festival has [Read more]
December 6, 2012 by Mark
A Family Holiday Concert featuring the Perinton Concert Band has been scheduled at Fairport’s Minerva DeLand School auditorium and is now just over a week away. The school is located at 140 Hulbert Road. The Perinton Recreation and [Read more]
November 4, 2012 by Sarah
Residents in fairport and throughout the greater Rochester region, know that icy temperatures and snowy ground will soon arrive in the area and hats, jackets, gloves, scarves, and coats become [Read more]
October 9, 2012 by James
Not far from Fairport, New York, a new regional specialty item could soon be in production thanks to Seneca BioEnergy. The company recently secured support from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council in its bid for state funding to transform grape harvest waste into kitchen treasure. For area restaurants that feature dishes prepared with local foods, it is a welcome development.
Though originally started to convert soybeans, corn, and grape seeds into biodiesel fuel, Seneca BioEnergy is enthusiastic about adding another product to its line — grape seed oil.
The processing of any fruit for juice leaves behind a mash-like material referred to as pomace. At the height of the fall production season, this means tons of raw pomace are delivered daily to the company’s storage facility at the former Seneca Army Depot. Shipments arrive from around 20 wineries located across the Finger Lakes region.
Michael Coia, CEO of Seneca BioEnergy, believes there are a number of opportunities created through the reuse of agricultural discards for other products like fuel, animal feed, dairy cow bedding, and farm fertilizer. He said:
“We philosophically decided it was important from the company’s position to link together environmental sustainability, renewable energy and agricultural processing.”
Seneca BioEnergy is looking to leverage financing by using state dollars channeled through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. The funds are needed to assist with infrastructure and equipment necessary to support the grape seed oil venture.
The Council is enthusiastic about this type of “transformative” project but also promotes small business development, such as the entrepreneur looking to start a print company using the latest technology or a local telecommunications operation looking for assistance with planning.
For Seneca BioEnergy, this is yet another way to turn by-product into a cash product that also benefits local wineries and cooking connoisseurs.
September 2, 2012 by Sarah
While final crop tallies for the 2012 season are not yet in, it appears that the grape harvests in the fairport area are going to be better than anticipated. This is good news for local [Read more]
August 3, 2012 by James
July 10, 2012 by Mark
Fairport’s Canal Days celebration started with an announcement well-suited to the event. At the start of the month, officials unveiled plans for improvements to the village’s canal area which include more than [Read more]