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Schools wait for state decision this week
Schools wait for state decision this week

FINGER LAKES--After touring multiple schools and reviewing multiple district reopening plans submitted to the state, county health officials believe the Finger Lakes Region is on track to have schools open in the fall under a hybrid remote and in-person plan. While not in charge of authorizing reopening plans, Deborah Minor, county health director for Yates and Schuyler County, said after reviewing school district reopening plans across the region, she believes they will comply with the 84 requirements set forth by the state.

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Car parade, show this Sunday
Car parade, show this Sunday

DUNDEE--As the annual Hope Walk of Yates County approaches, the Angel Winged Warrior Crusin' Meet and Barbecue will be held this Sunday at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee. The event will follow all health guidelines with social distancing and masks as needed. The event begins with a parade from Dundee Central School to the racetrack at 1 p.m. The lineup starts at 12:30 p.m. All entries are welcome including classic cars, bikes, race cars, trucks or other drivable vehicles.

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The Glen further modifies schedule
The Glen further modifies schedule

WATKINS GLEN--While Watkins Glen International was once again named 'Best NASCAR Track' by USA TODAY Readers' Choice survey, the track announced last week, one of their only remaining races this year, Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, will be realigned. The COVID-19 global pandemic has affected many industries, however, entertainment such as racing has had to make major schedule and planning changes due to limitations on crowd gatherings and recently around travel restrictions.

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Penn Yan plans for options during school year
Penn Yan plans for options during school year

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Central School District Board of Education met Monday, July 27 and Superintendent Howard Dennis gave details of the district's reopening plan that has recently been submitted to the state. As it currently stands, Dennis explained the plan is to enter the school year under a hybrid in-person remote learning model for roughly two weeks before transitioning to in-person learning.

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Watkins waits on state guidance for next steps
Watkins waits on state guidance for next steps

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen Central School District Superintendent Greg Kelahan expressed frustration with fellow superintendents in the region and some district stakeholders regarding reopening plans mandated by the state. Kelahan said some other school districts have overstepped their authority regarding reopening plans which can give the impression the ones that haven't are somehow in a worse position or unprepared.

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Contact tracing helps limit virus spread
Contact tracing helps limit virus spread

FINGER LAKES--With positive cases of COVID-19 continuing to occur throughout the Finger Lakes, health officials in Yates County are urging people to participate in contact tracing investigations if called upon and quarantine themselves if deemed necessary. While the local county departments of health are working with people directly affected by the virus to identify who they may have come in contact with, the state is then handling the additional communication by contacting anyone identified as a result of the process.

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As deadline approaches, schools share plans
As deadline approaches, schools share plans

NEW YORK STATE--The 2020-'21 school year will be one of many changes for students, parents and teachers throughout the state and county due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. After guidance was recently released to schools, plans for the new school year are due to the state by Friday, July 31. Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck gave an over 50-minute Facebook Live presentation, Monday, July 27 detailing many factors for the new school year. She said the full written guidance would be available this week.

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Odessa discusses school reopening
Odessa discusses school reopening

ODESSA--Odessa-Montour Central School District Superintendent Christopher Wood detailed aspects of the district's reopening plans for the school board during a meeting Thursday, July 25. Wood said if schools are allowed to reopen in the fall, they may need to utilize a hybrid at-home/in-school model. With the state deadline for schools to submit plans that adhere to new state guidelines by July 31, Wood asked the board if there was a preference between two hybrid plans.

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Wineries adjust to state orders
Wineries adjust to state orders

FINGER LAKES--Wineries across the Finger Lakes are working with the Seneca Lake Wine Trail to get the attention of state officials about recent COVID-19 regulations impacting their business. The state has required food service to serve alcohol, however, a number of wineries were never set up for this type of business and had to change on short notice to stay open. "We are all coming together to take as positive an approach as possible," said Brittany Gibson, executive director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

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Watkins Glen sewer revenue comes up short
Watkins Glen sewer revenue comes up short

WATKINS GLEN-- The Watkins Glen Village Board of Trustees was informed that partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, another increase to the village's sewer rate might be in order. One contributing factor is major users such as the racetrack have greatly curtailed their usage with events being postponed or canceled compared to a regular year. Village Treasurer Rhonda Slater informed the board the new multi-million treatment plant has fallen short of covering its expenses.

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Virus vaccine put to first large volunteer test
Virus vaccine put to first large volunteer test

(AP)--The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government -- one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race. There's still no guarantee that the experimental vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., will really protect.

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State completes 1,100 COVID compliance checks
State completes 1,100 COVID compliance checks

NEW YORK--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the multi-agency task force to combat violations of coronavirus-related regulations at bars and restaurants conducted nearly 1,100 compliance checks between July 21 and July 23, documenting violations at 84 establishments. The task force is led by State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley and State Police Lieutenant Colonel Dominick Chiumento. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license.

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New York outlines school return guidelines
New York outlines school return guidelines

NEW YORK (AP)--New York parents and educators got some long-awaited answers to their back-to-school questions Monday, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying schools will be allowed to open in areas where the coronavirus is under control and education officials outlining a raft of guidance for whether that happens in-person, remotely or a combination of both. Each of the state's 700 school districts has until the end of this month to detail school-by-school reopening plans.

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Watkins questions school mascot, imagery
Watkins questions school mascot, imagery

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen board of education discussed the possibility of spending up to $90,000 to replace all school property, including uniforms, posters and other displays, bearing Native American imagery. This would include anything with the image of a Native American, arrowhead, feather and other related items. "It's both a philosophical and an economic conversation when discussing this," said Watkins Glen Superintendent Greg Kelahan.

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New state bar, travel regulations
New state bar, travel regulations

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced new regulations for all restaurants and bars statewide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food and all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers.

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Flynn: Yates should change treasurer role
Flynn: Yates should change treasurer role

YATES COUNTY--In a recent letter to the Yates County Legislature Finance Committee, County Administrator and Treasurer Nonie Flynn announced she is not planning to seek reelection for the treasurer position in the county and is recommending changes be made to the financial oversight positions. "Having spent the last seven years in that position, and examining the operations of Yates County and the State of New York, I believe that now is an appropriate time for the legislature to consider a change from a full-time elected treasurer position to a combination of a part-time treasurer with diminished responsibilities and a full-time director of finance," she stated in the note.

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Yates relief fund awards $106,035
Yates relief fund awards $106,035

YATES COUNTY-The Yates Community Endowment's Emergency Relief Fund, launched in early May, has distributed 23 grants totaling $106,035 to nonprofit organizations supporting residents and businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched in early May, the fund has raised more than $140,000 so far with contributions from individuals, businesses, family foundations, and organizations. Every dollar raised is being distributed to nonprofits providing critical services.

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NASCAR moves Watkins Glen race to Daytona
NASCAR moves Watkins Glen race to Daytona

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR announced last week it will move its August road course race from Watkins Glen because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona's road course, which is used by the IMSA sports car series and incorporates part of the famed 2.5-mile oval. The race on Aug. 16 was necessary to move from Watkins Glen because NASCAR cannot meet New York's quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors.

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NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date &  Cancel Fall Championships
NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date & Cancel Fall Championships

LATHAM-The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force when they convened as a working group for the third time this morning.

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NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee
NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has selected members to serve on a COVID-19 Task Force to examine potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year.

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Athletic association announces winter cancellation
Athletic association announces winter cancellation

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events. The impacted championship events include the boys and girls basketball regionals and state championships, as well as the ice hockey and bowling championships.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the March 13 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the March 4 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-26-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-26-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Feb. 26 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-19-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-19-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Sept. 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-12-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-12-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Feb. 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-5-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-5-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Feb. 5 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-29-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-29-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Jan. 29 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-22-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-22-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Jan. 22 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-15-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-15-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Jan. 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Jan. 8 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Jan. 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Dec. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Dec. 4 newspapers.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Feb. 4 ... @ Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 ... Romulus, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Feb. 5 ... Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ Romulus, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 4 ... Bloomfield, 4 p.m.
Feb. 6 ... @ Penn Yan, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 24-25 ... @ League Championship, TBA.

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