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Village of Dundee looks for public comments
Village of Dundee looks for public comments

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. to review the administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for water improvements. The meeting will be at the Dundee village offices, 12 Union St. for the purpose of hearing public comments on the village's current CDBG project for water system improvements.

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Watkins hears about firefighters' incentive plan
Watkins hears about firefighters' incentive plan

WATKINS GLEN--The agenda for the Watkins Glen village board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 included a presentation from an Albany-area actuary who spoke about how the village can start a new village-funded incentive program for qualifying village firefighters. Ed Holohan, owner and president of the company Penflex, based in Latham, New York, said his company has worked with firefighters in the nation for the past 20 years.

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DEC officials warn about ice safety
DEC officials warn about ice safety

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding ice anglers to use caution and common sense as ice fishing season begins across much of New York state. Four inches or more of solid ice is considered to be safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. Ice anglers should note ice thickness can vary on every body of water and even on the same body of water. "Ice fishing is a popular sport in New York and interest in it increases every year," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

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Chamber will host 'The Winter Gala'
Chamber will host 'The Winter Gala'

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual dinner and awards presentation Friday, Jan. 20 at the Harbor Hotel. The evening includes live music and dancing, the annual business award winners as well as silent and live auctions. The auction items will include a variety of products and services.

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Dundee Area United Fund exceeds goal
Dundee Area United Fund exceeds goal

DUNDEE--The Dundee Area United Fund has exceeded their $24,000 goal for donations. Fund chairs Carrie Wood and Joan Washburn said, "We will soon be distributing [over our goal amount] to our participating agencies and groups for this year." The money raised will go to benefit 13 area organizations.

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Cuomo pitches 750-mile biking, hiking trail
Cuomo pitches 750-mile biking, hiking trail

ALBANY (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination. "We want to build the largest multi-use trail in the nation," said the governor at a state of the state speech Tuesday in Westchester County. Cuomo proposed spending $200 million over three years to pave 350 miles of gaps in the existing greenways and connect them to create what he calls the Empire State Trail.

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Crews repair damaged utility lines
Crews repair damaged utility lines

PENN YAN--Numerous residents in the Penn Yan area were left in the dark Wednesday evening, Jan. 4. Municipal electric employees worked to fix power lines that were impacted by downed tree limbs caused by heavy gusts of wind. "This is the worst case we have seen since the fall of 2014," said Director of Public Works Brent Bodine. "The weather man was correct in his prediction earlier that day. The impetus of all three instances was fallen tree branches resulting in local neighbors and community members being without power."

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Business owner complains about taxes
Business owner complains about taxes

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Legislature started the new year with an unusual complaint during public comment time at the Monday, Jan. 9 meeting. Vic Franzese, owner of the Glen Motor Inn, spoke during the public comment session for nearly 30 minutes about personal tax bill concerns between the village, the town, the county and himself. He claimed the county was interfering with the town of Reading and he has been over-charged in the amount of over $100,000 for water, sewer and taxes.

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Yates County uncovers tax bill error
Yates County uncovers tax bill error

YATES COUNTY--Town of Jerusalem property owners will be receiving a new line item in their 2018 tax bill to correct an error discovered at the beginning of the month by the Yates County Real Property Tax Director. News of this error was brought to the Yates County Legislature at Monday afternoon's meeting by District I representative Douglas Paddock. The error that was discovered resulted in county and town tax bills being sent to property owners lower than they should have been.

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Greenidge will have court hearing
Greenidge will have court hearing

YATES COUNTY- The Supreme Court of Yates County will hear arguments concerning the Greenidge Article 78 filing next week. Ontario County Judge William Kocher will hear the arguments Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. regarding the Dresden power plant. The Article 78 proceeding, which is a challenge to the determinations of administrative agencies, public bodies or officers, was filed this past fall by the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes (CPFL) and the Coalition to Protect New York (CPNY), challenges the environmental review conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, stating the DEC conducted an inadequate review that did not comply with the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

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Federal agency denies second hearing request
Federal agency denies second hearing request

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied the second re-hearing request submitted by Gas Free Seneca regarding Crestwood's underground natural gas storage expansion project Friday, Jan. 6. "FERC's denial of our request is not unusual," said Vice President of Gas Free Seneca Yvonne Taylor in a recent press release, noting the organization would be looking into avenues for an appeal of the decision with the Circuit Court.

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Quick reaction leads to permanent memory
Quick reaction leads to permanent memory

DUNDEE--A momentary reaction by a Dundee resident sparked the interest of a Penn Yan tattoo shop on Friday this past week. Twenty-seven year old Sara Raplee was recognized by the Living Canvas Tattoo Studio on Main Street for her quick actions helping a young child who was choking at the Classic Cafe in Dundee last month. On Dec. 21, Raplee stopped to pick up an order placed by her grandmother.

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New state laws will impact residents
New state laws will impact residents

NEW YORK--As of Jan. 1, 2017 New York State has approved several new laws that will impact residents across the empire state. The law getting the most attention has been the state's acceptance of the phased-in $15 per hour pay increase. The $15 minimum wage legislation was passed as part of the 2016-17 state budget.

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Yates Transit Service underway
Yates Transit Service underway

Penn Yan--Buses hit the roads Tuesday, Jan. 3 as Yates Transit Service (YTS) begins providing public transportation in Yates and surrounding counties. YTS received final approval from the Yates County legislature earlier in December, clearing the final hurdle to begin operation after the new year. The public transportation system will provide affordable transportation for Yates and surrounding counties.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Ceremony marks beginning of new Yates judge
PHOTO GALLERY: Ceremony marks beginning of new Yates judge

PENN YAN--The Yates County courtroom was overflowing with people, Friday, Dec. 30 as Jason Cook was installed as the new judge. Retiring Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey led the ceremony that also saw Ronald Dailey (coroner) and Lance Yonge (Milo superintendent of highways) sworn in to their posts. Joining Cook for the event were his parents Lee and Beverly.

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Keep your pets safe in cold weather
Keep your pets safe in cold weather

FINGER LAKES--Keeping your pets safe from winter weather takes some extra precautions from pet owners. Bonnie Brewer, Yates County Humane Society executive director, said pets need to be protected from extreme winter weather since dogs and cats are prone to frost bite on the tips of their ears and their tails. Pet owners need to check outside water bowls to make sure they are not frozen and also provide a secure, comfortable space outside that provides a wind break for the animal.

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Governor announces revenue splits
Governor announces revenue splits

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced in late December that funding from Tioga Down's $20 million destination resort casino license fee will be distributed to six counties and one municipality in the Southern Tier, along with public schools throughout the state. Additionally, the non-host counties will also receive a portion of the $601,619 in revenues from the del Lago Resort and Casino license.

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Tourism by the numbers
Tourism by the numbers

NEW YORK STATE, FINGER LAKES--Oxford Economics provides the analysis for New York state with quantitative tourism and evidence-based economic studies. Looking at the year of 2015 compared to 2014, Oxford has published statewide and specific Finger Lakes regional comparisons. Overall, New York state tourism expanded in 2015 with a 1 percent growth in traveler spending. 8.3 percent of all New York state employment is sustained by tourism, either directly or indirectly.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/18/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/18/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Jan. 18 newspapers.

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Sports Photo Galleries
Sports Photo Galleries

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.

Mike Watson Invitational 1/14/17
Penn Yan boys basketball 1/13/17
Dundee girls basketball 1/11/17
Dundee wrestling 1/11/17
Penn Yan girls basketball 1/9/17
Odessa-Montour bowling 1/6/17
Dundee wrestling 1/5/17
Odessa/Watkins wrestling 1/4/17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/11/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/11/17

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team placed third in their own O-M Duals, Saturday, Jan. 7. Of the six schools that competed, Odessa was 3-2. The Indians beat Thomas A. Edison, 57-24; Whitney Point, 46-36; and Groton, 48-36. Odessa lost to Dryden, 42-38, and Tioga, 43-39. Andrew Hartford (120), Jeremiah Lynch (160), Cameron Pickering (170), Alex Repass (220), and Dylan Houseknecht (285) were all named 'Most Outstanding Wrestler' in their weight classes. The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team defeated Watkins Glen, 33-27, to claim the Schuyler County belt Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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SPORTS RECAP: Holiday contests from area schools
SPORTS RECAP: Holiday contests from area schools

BATH--The Penn Yan girls varsity basketball team lost to Bath-Haverling in the championship round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, Wednesday, Dec. 28. The final score was 47-36. The Lady Mustangs beat Owego Free Academy, 60-54, in the first round of the tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 27.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

PENN YAN--Listed is Penn Yan's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys Basketball
Jan. 17 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... Midlakes, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... @ Newark, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 18 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... @ Midlakes, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... Newark, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 17 ... Dundee, 4 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... Wayne, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 17 ... Geneva, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... @ League Championship, 4 p.m.
Jan. 21 ... @ League Championship, 9 a.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

DUNDEE--Listed is Dundee's winter sports schedule:

Boys Basketball
Jan. 18 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... Honeoye, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 ... @ Naples, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 17 ... Marcus Whitman, 6 p.m.
Jan. 31 ... Naples, 6 p.m.
Feb. 3 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 6 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 11 ... Lyons, 6:30 p.m.

Boys/girls Bowling
Jan. 18 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia (boys), 4:15 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia (girls), 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 ... Naples, 4:15 p.m.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

WATKINS GLEN--Listed is Watkins' winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys Basketball
Jan. 17 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 17 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... @ Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 17 ... @ Waverly, 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Union Springs, 4 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... Union Springs, 4 p.m.

Indoor Track
Jan. 21 ... @ 607 Invite, 9 a.m.
Feb. 11 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.
Feb. 25 ... @ State qualifier, 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming
Jan. 19 ... @ Southern Cayuga
Jan. 27 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 ... Corning, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 18 ... @ Dryden, 7 p.m.
Jan. 21 ... @ IAC Tournament, 10 a.m.
Jan. 27 ... @ Sectional duals, TBA.

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Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule
Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys Basketball
Jan. 19 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 ... @ Newfield, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 20 ... Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... Candor, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming
Jan. 19 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 ... @ Watkins Glen, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 18 ... Lansing, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 ... @ IAC Championships, 9 a.m.
Feb. 4 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Bowling
Jan. 17 ... Candor, 4 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Marathon, 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 ... @ Waverly, 3:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

HAMMONDSPORT --Listed is Hammondsport's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys Basketball
Jan. 20 ... Bradford, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 ... Canisteo Greenwood, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... @ Prattsbugh, 7:15 p.m.

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Dundee defeats Bradford
Dundee defeats Bradford

BRADFORD--The Dundee boys varsity basketball team defeated Bradford 46-39, Friday, Dec. 16. Wylie Hall recorded 18 points for the Scots. Bobby Strait had 13. Dundee's record moves to 4-2 on the season.

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Indians basketball falls, 59-43
Indians basketball falls, 59-43

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team lost to Tioga, Friday, Dec. 16. The final score was 59-43. Curtis Harris led with 24 points. Zach Elliott earned nine, while Nick Sgrecci had five. Brandon Ray scored three and Noah Austin earned two. With the loss, the Indians' record is 2-3.

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Penn Yan loses to Newark
Penn Yan loses to Newark

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team lost to Newark, 58-34, Friday, Dec. 16. Cade Curbeau and Dylan Stape each had eight points. With the loss, the Mustangs record is 3-3.

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Watkins tops Whitney Point
Watkins tops Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team beat Whitney Point, Wednesday, Dec. 14. In a meet dominated by forfeits, the final score was 42-41, Watkins. The Senecas only win that was not by forfeit was by Jake Johnson at 132 pounds. He won with a pin.

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Mustangs beat Attica, 50-32
Mustangs beat Attica, 50-32

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team topped Attica, Saturday, Dec. 10. The final score was 50-32. Desmond Battin scored 17 points. Dylan Stape added 13. With the win, the Mustangs' record is now 3-1.

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Watkins Glen boys fall, 52-50
Watkins Glen boys fall, 52-50

WATKINS GLEN-The Senecas' boys varsity basketball team lost to Tioga, 52-50, Friday, Dec. 9. Max Schimizzi scored 19 points, followed by Dayne Hughey with 12. Connor Seeley-Ion recorded 11 points. Michael Doane had six and Joseph Chedzoy two. Watkins record is now 0-2.

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Odessa basketball beats Newark Valley
Odessa basketball beats Newark Valley

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team topped Newark Valley, 50-34, Friday, Dec. 9. Gillian Clark scored 15 points, with nine rebounds. Olivia Grover added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson earned nine points, followed by Sara Gardner with five points and Kennedey Heichel with four points and five assists. Sage Garrison scored three points. Alyssa Crout recorded six rebounds and Coach Greg Gavich said she "did a lot of important little things on the defensive end that were big."

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Dundee boys lose, 71-42
Dundee boys lose, 71-42

DUNDEE-The Scots' boys varsity basketball team fell to Marcus Whitman, Thursday, Dec. 8. The final score was 71-42. Wylie Hall scored 12 points. Blake Cratsley added nine. With the loss, Dundee's record currently sits at 3-1.

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Dundee tops Hammondsport
Dundee tops Hammondsport

DUNDEE-The Dundee boys varsity basketball team beat visiting Hammondsport, 45-35, Thursday, Dec. 1. For the Scots, Bobby Strait scored 10 points. Tyler Brace recorded eight. For the Lakers, Parker Watson had 11 points, while Cody Kolodziejczak added 10 points.

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