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Hector Fair kicks off Thursday
Hector Fair kicks off Thursday

HECTOR--The 59th annual Hector Fireman's Fair is preparing for its three day run, beginning Thursday, July 27 and concluding Saturday, July 29. The Route 414 firemen's field and firehouse for Valois-Logan-Hector host the event. One of the highlights during the weekend is the large parade held at 7 p.m. Friday night. Parade units line up at the Dandy Mini Mart and proceed on the nearly one mile parade route to the fire department.

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Combined school meeting produces ideas
Combined school meeting produces ideas

DUNDEE--"It's very clear that we are more alike than different." This was Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck's comment after the combined Dundee and Penn Yan school board public meeting last Wednesday, July 19. The two school boards met in Dundee to discuss the possibility of more student opportunities utilizing the resources of both school districts. Community members attended the meeting along with the school board members of both districts.

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Hospital receives $10.3M state grant
Hospital receives $10.3M state grant

MONTOUR FALLS--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $40 million to support six projects that will improve the Southern Tier's health care system. Locally, Schuyler Hospital receives $10,304,060 under the plan. The money is part of the $491 million statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, to improve patient care through the development of medical facilities and programs serving the inpatient, primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and long-term care needs of communities. Schuyler Hospital was awarded the highest dollar sum in the Southern Tier awards group.

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Watkins Glen wins best track, again
Watkins Glen wins best track, again

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen International has been crowned a repeat winner in the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice "Best NASCAR Track" poll. Friday, July 21, it was officially announced the road course led a list of twenty facilities throughout the country nominated for the honor. It is the second time The Glen has been named "Best NASCAR Track," with the last contest coming in 2015. The nearly month-long voting contest ended Monday, July 17.

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Rare tick virus is now in state
Rare tick virus is now in state

NEW YORK--The Schuyler County Public Health office wants the public to know there are three recent cases of the Powassan Virus identified in Saratoga County, New York. Infected ticks transmit the Powassan (POW) virus to people. Many POW infected people do not develop any symptoms; but those who do develop symptoms, often include fever, headache, loss of coordination, and seizures. The POW virus can lead to more severe symptoms including swelling of the brain and spinal cord and in a few cases, death does occur.

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Groups file appeal to challenge Greenidge
Groups file appeal to challenge Greenidge

DRESDEN--The Sierra Club, the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes (CPFL) and the Coalition to Protect New York have filed a notice of appeal in their case challenging the lack of an adequate environmental review of the Greenidge repowering project. The 1937 power plant in Dresden originally ran on coal, before being closed in 2011. The facility was then sold and converted to run on natural gas and biomass fuel. A reopening ceremony was held in October 2016, prior to a pipeline construction project connecting the generation facility to the Empire gas pipeline. The company announced in a March 31, 2017 letter that the plant was online.

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Dundee couple loves to ride
Dundee couple loves to ride

DUNDEE--Stacey and Doug Wills love their motorcycle rides. But Stacey and Doug love the results of their most recent ride across the country even more. Stacey is a second-grade teacher in Dundee. Her husband Doug has been interested in motorcycles since he was a teenager. Stacey says about 10 years ago, she quit resisting her husband's motorcycling passion and decided to join him with his hobby.

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A new look for Watkins Glen
A new look for Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--After the improvements to the state park are finished, residents can get ready for another construction project in the village. The next improvement project is scheduled to begin in spring, 2018 and involves pavement and sidewalk work, along with improving traffic signal boxes, improving pedestrian walkways and adding aesthetic enhancements to village streets. As a part of the project, the county has also secured funding to improve the northern gateway area into the village.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee Scottish Festival 2017
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee Scottish Festival 2017

DUNDEE--The eighth annual Dundee Scottish Festival was held Saturday, July 15 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) property in Dundee. The event featured artists, music, dancers, highland games and food.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Finger Lakes Wine Festival 2017
PHOTO GALLERY: Finger Lakes Wine Festival 2017

WATKINS GLEN--The Finger Lakes Wine Festival was held at Watkins Glen International, Saturday and Sunday last week, July 15-16. The event allows tasters the ability to sample wines from all across the Finger Lakes, enjoy live music and visit the various booths at the outdoor festival.

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'Kiss Me, Kate!' starts Friday
'Kiss Me, Kate!' starts Friday

PENN YAN--"Kiss Me, Kate!" goes onstage at Penn Yan Academy, July 21-23, as the Penn Yan Theatre Company (PYTCo.) presents its summer musical. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, the "Kiss Me, Kate!" production offers something for everyone.

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Schuyler home sales up 54 percent
Schuyler home sales up 54 percent

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Home sales and prices are both up double digits in Schuyler County for the first half of this year compared to the same time in 2016. The Elmira-Corning Regional Association of Realtors reported the number of sales is up 54.7 percent. From January to June of 2017, 82 homes were sold in Schuyler. This is an increase from the 53 sold last year.

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Dundee looks to green initiative
Dundee looks to green initiative

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee has a significant opportunity to pursue a greener, innovative initiative for the downtown area with the state potentially paying 90 percent of the cost. Representatives from the Rochester engineering and environmental firm Barton and Loguidice presented a summary of the Dundee project at the village meeting Tuesday, July 11.

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Guthrie Medical Group will close Watkins office Oct. 1
Guthrie Medical Group will close Watkins office Oct. 1

WATKINS GLEN--The Guthrie Medical Group will be closing their Watkins Glen office effective Oct. 1. Natalie Smart, manager of corporate communications for Guthrie, confirmed Tuesday, July 18 the medical group sent letters to patients last week regarding the Watkins office closing. Smart said, "Over the years, it has proven difficult to recruit a full-time primary care provider for the office, and following a few staffing changes in the office, it was determined that now is the right time to transfer services over to the Guthrie Big Flats office."

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Penn Yan board re-elects Morehouse president
Penn Yan board re-elects Morehouse president

PENN YAN--Jeff Morehouse was reelected school board president for the 2017-18 school year at Penn Yan Central School District. Kathy Guenther was elected vice-president for the board. Both were elected at the annual organization meeting Wednesday, July 12. In addition to the officer elections, during the meeting the board also approved school officials, teacher appointments, designation of banks, newspapers and committee appointments for the upcoming school year.

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Shared services group sees some common areas to pursue
Shared services group sees some common areas to pursue

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The state requirement for all New York counties to look at government services within a county that could be shared may already be finding some common ground again in Schuyler County. County Administrator Tim O'Hearn said, "The Schuyler County Shared Service Panel (SSP) has met five times since its inception. Included in that number were three public hearings. The SSP however has enjoyed great representation from the municipal leaders with all municipalities participating. School districts were invited but did not participate. We began by documenting all of the existing consolidations and shared services, both county and non-county involved."

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Lake group says Keuka in 'good health'
Lake group says Keuka in 'good health'

KEUKA LAKE--The Keuka Lake Association held their annual meeting Saturday, July 8 at Keuka College. More than 100 people attended and marked the 61st year for the organization with the mission, "to preserve and protect Keuka Lake." Dr. Timothy Sellers, professor of biology and environmental science and director of the Center for Aquatic Research at Keuka College, prepared a short slide presentation to highlight key parts of his "State of the Lake" report.

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Weekend festivals will entertain, inform
Weekend festivals will entertain, inform

FINGER LAKES--The summer is in full swing, and a number of weekend events will give visitors and locals alike the chance to experience something new. The Dundee Scottish Festival is a one-day event on Saturday, while both the Wine Country Classic Boats Show and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival run Saturday and Sunday. The events occur in Dundee, Hammondsport and Watkins Glen, respectively.

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NASCAR race gets new name
NASCAR race gets new name

WATKINS GLEN--A new partnership between Watkins Glen International and I LOVE NEW YORK, the state's tourism brand, was announced last week. Together, they will present The Glen's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race--the I LOVE NEW YORK 355--Sunday, Aug. 6. The race is the marquee event of the Aug. 3-6 race weekend at WGI. It is the only NASCAR Series race in New York state, and one of two road course races on the cup series schedule. Previously run as the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, the "355" denotes the distance of the race--90 laps for 220.5 miles--in kilometers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/14/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/14/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Dundee, Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the June 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/7/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/7/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Penn Yan and Dundee. These results appeared in the June 7 newspapers.

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Mustangs capture sectional title
Mustangs capture sectional title

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team won their seventh consecutive and 22nd total sectional title, Wednesday, May 31 at St. John Fisher College. This was the Mustangs first title in Class D, a new division formed in 2017. The second seeded Penn Yan boys improved to 10-9 on the season with the Wednesday victory over Waterloo. Penn Yan dominated in the game and won 13-6.

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Penn Yan loses in championship game
Penn Yan loses in championship game

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan girls varsity lacrosse team lost to Palmyra-Macedon in the Section V Class D championship game, Tuesday, May 30. Pal-Mac jumped to an early lead in the game and expanded it to 13-2 by halftime. Both teams scored three times in the second half to bring the final score to 16-5. Fourth seeded Penn Yan ends with a 12-7 season record. Pal-Mac was the second seed.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/31/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/31/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the May 31 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.
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 5-24-17
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 5-23-17
Dundee Track Invite 5-15-17

Penn Yan Softball 5-10-17
Watkins Glen Boys Golf 5-10-17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the May 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Hammondsport, Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the May 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17

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 May 3 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/19/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/19/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the April 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17

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

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Lacrosse
May 19 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Track and field
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.
May 31 ... @ State qualifier, 5 p.m.

Boys golf
May 18, 20 ... @ Section Medalist, TBA.

Girls golf
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Tennis
May 11-13 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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

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

Girls golf
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Boys golf
May 24 ... @ IAC Championship, 4 p.m.

Track and field
May 24 ... @ Sectionals, 3 p.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

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

Boys lacrosse
May 23 ... Sectionals, TBA.

Girls lacrosse
May 23 ... Sectionals, 6 p.m.

Track and field
May 26 ... @ Sectionals, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
May 10 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.

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