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Report: Where you live affects your health
Report: Where you live affects your health

FINGER LAKES --Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency has released their 2017 report documenting health conditions and statistics for nine counties in the region. Founded in 1974, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is located in Rochester and serves the nine-county Finger Lakes region. Information gathered for the report comes from a number of sources. The agency uses state health information and the census, student weight reporting, education and labor department numbers, Medicare and Medicaid data, state vital statistics and a number of other public and proprietary data sources.

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Voters reject revised Dundee capital plan
Voters reject revised Dundee capital plan

DUNDEE--Dundee residents rejected a proposed $15.9 million capital project on Feb. 8 for renovations and upgrades to the Dundee school building and bus garage. The vote was 242 "No" to 149 "Yes." Dundee Central School Superintendent Kelly Houck said she was surprised by the vote, stating she had been hopeful it would pass. In November 2016, a capital project of $29.5 million was rejected by voters. Houck stated, "It's a democratic process. The voters have spoken."

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Commission approves wine facility
Commission approves wine facility

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Planning Commission held its monthly meeting Feb. 9 and approved, with two conditions, plans to build a wine production facility at the Schuyler County Business Park. Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) was previously awarded $250K from the Regional Economic Development Council for the "ultra premium wine production, warehousing, and distribution facility" that will be created by Fagan Engineers Land Surveyors.

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Students, advisors want change
Students, advisors want change

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board met Feb. 9 for a special forum on student fundraising for trips, events, and activities. Students, teachers, and advisors gathered to describe their experiences with a system many called "outdated." Currently, all students are assigned one teacher who serves as the advisor to their class from seventh grade through 12th grade. The job of the advisor is to track all the accumulated volunteer fundraising "points" for each student in the group during the six-year period.

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Himrod salt mines: short-lived, some lingering questions
Himrod salt mines: short-lived, some lingering questions

HIMROD--They loom against the skyline standing guard over what looks like vast empty fields now, but once they served a very important purpose. Once engineering feats of wonder, now they are the decaying remains of what was a very lucrative mine. Enough time has now passed that the younger generations who live or visit in this area often ask, "What are those two towers in Himrod?"

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Winemaker tells some vineyard secrets
Winemaker tells some vineyard secrets

WATKINS GLEN--A friendly, expectant crowd greeted winemaker Chris Stamp, president of Lakewood Vineyards, when he stepped to the podium at the Motor Racing Research Library in Watkins Glen. Invited to speak at the noontime "Books Sandwiched In" program Feb. 8, sponsored by the Friends of the Watkins Glen Library, his program promised "Everything you always wanted to know about winemaking... Almost."

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Watkins outlines new capital project
Watkins outlines new capital project

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen Central School district residents will vote on a proposed $12.64 million capital project on March 28. The district says the project will have no increased tax impact. If the project is approved, the district expects 80.9 percent of the cost to be paid for by state aid with an additional $1.4 million coming from the capital reserve fund. The remainder of new debt will coincide with the payoff of a previous $36 million project resulting in no tax increase related to the proposed project.

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New telephone prefix changes dialing
New telephone prefix changes dialing

PENN YAN--A new telephone prefix will change the way people make telephone calls within the 315 area code starting Saturday, Feb. 11. The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) announced that beginning Feb. 11, residential, business and wireless consumers within the existing 315 area code in central New York will have to dial 10 digits when making a telephone call. The additional dialing is required as a result of the introduction of the new 680 area code which will take effect in March.

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Middle school association taps Phillips
Middle school association taps Phillips

INTERLAKEN--The New York State Middle School Association announced Feb. 3 that Thomas Phillips will become their executive director after he leaves his current position. Phillips is presently serving as superintendent of the Watkins Glen Central School District, a post he has held for the past 11 years. Phillips will be retiring as superintendent in the fall.

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Get ready for a weekend of wrestling
Get ready for a weekend of wrestling

WATKINS GLEN--Area wrestlers have been preparing all winter for the road to postseason success as the tournaments and competition get tougher. This year, the Watkins Glen Field House will host the Division II Section IV Wrestling Championships, Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11. This tournament has traditionally been held at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton in years past. The wrestling championships at this level serve as the state qualifier for wrestlers to compete in Albany, Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Chamber of Commerce presents awards
Chamber of Commerce presents awards

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Chamber of Commerce held the annual awards dinner at the Top of the Lake restaurant in Penn Yan, Saturday, Feb. 4. Three awards were presented during the event. The Emily Seager Memorial Pride Award went to the Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources Group and was accepted by Pam Worth, Corrine Stork and Katie Peterson. The awards were presented by Kathy Waye and Michael Linehan. The Robert Maxwell Memorial Director of the Year Award went to Derek Stork and in his absence, Steve Stork accepted the honor. Finally, Bob Curbeau won the Norman Snow Memorial Spirit Award.

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Economic chief talks about labor challenge
Economic chief talks about labor challenge

PENN YAN-- Steve Griffin, chief executive officer of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, made a presentation at the Penn Yan school board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1 about the critical importance of the area's labor pool. Griffin said, "In business the old saying: location, location, location has now turned into labor, labor, labor. Don't get me wrong, businesses looking to locate to an area still want to know how close a property is to the interstate and other transportation sources, but the labor question has now become an important consideration." Griffin added, "It's really a labor challenge."

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State files lawsuit against Spectrum-TWC
State files lawsuit against Spectrum-TWC

BUFFALO--New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications Inc. ("Charter") and its subsidiary Spectrum Management Holdings, LLC, (f/k/a Time Warner Cable, Inc.) (together, "Spectrum-TWC") for allegedly conducting a deliberate scheme to defraud and mislead New Yorkers by promising internet service they knew they could not deliver.

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Dundee honors emergency volunteers
Dundee honors emergency volunteers

DUNDEE--The Dundee Fire Department held their annual dinner and awards program Friday, Jan. 27. Gerald Zimmerman was named 'Fireman of the Year'. Chris Miller earned the award for most training hours (158) and received an outstanding service plaque for his contributions throughout the year. Harlan Nolt and Linus Martin also received the outstanding service award from the department. Lamar Sensenig and Dan Petersen received the special service award designation for the year.

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Home sales are up for 2016
Home sales are up for 2016

YATES COUNTY--Despite a low inventory of homes for sale, actual sales and the median sale price increased in Yates County for 2016 versus 2015. The Greater Rochester Area of Realtors announced sales of single family homes were up 8.2 percent in 2016 for Yates. The GRAR reported 250 homes were sold last year in Yates, compared to 231 in 2015. The median price also increased 5.9 percent. According to the GRAR, the 2016 median price for a Yates County home was $149,900. The price is up from $141,500 in 2015.

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State park improvements begin
State park improvements begin

WATKINS GLEN--Although work has been occurring for years to plan and redesign some key aspects of the Watkins Glen State Park, motorists passing through the village got to see some of the first signs of the work last week. The overhaul is expected to be a $6.5 million project and was announced in February last year. The main entrance on Franklin Street will be converted from a parking area to walkways with trees and green space as visitors approach the entrance to the Gorge Trail.

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Dundee school fund investigation continues
Dundee school fund investigation continues

DUNDEE--Local authorities are actively pursuing an investigation for a discrepancy with the funds of the 2017 Dundee senior class. Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck explained, "We recently found out there was a problem in the handling of the funds for the senior class." Houck said they are not stating the total of the missing funds now, but that forensic accounting will be completed to audit the totals.

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State plans Finger Lakes tourism hub in Geneva
State plans Finger Lakes tourism hub in Geneva

GENEVA--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included a rebranding the Geneva visitors' center into a state-of-the-art Finger Lakes tourism hub in the fiscal year 2018 budget. Last year, New York opened the Long Island Welcome Center--featuring a Taste NY store and showing visitors regional history, guiding travelers to new destinations and showcasing New York's food and beverage products. As tourism and agriculture are critical drivers of New York's economy, the state is bringing the concept of the Long Island Welcome Center to the Finger Lakes.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/15/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/15/17

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

Section IV wrestling championships 2017
Dundee girls basketball 2-10-17
Penn Yan girls basketball 2-10-17

Dundee girls basketball 2/4/17
Watkins Glen girls basketball 2/3/17
Watkins Glen / Odessa-Montour swimming 2/2/17
Penn Yan girls basketball 2/1/17
Penn Yan and Dundee wrestling 1/28/17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/8/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/8/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/1/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/1/17

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 Feb. 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/25/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/25/17

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. 25 newspapers.

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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 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
Feb. 14 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Feb. 15 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 6 ... @ Tournament, TBA.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys Basketball
Feb. 15 ... Red Jacket, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Feb. 14 ... @ Red Jacket, 7:30 p.m.

Boys/girls Bowling
Jan. 24 ... Naples, 4:15 p.m.

Wrestling

Feb. 10-11 ... @ States, TBA.

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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
Feb. 7 ... Newfield, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Feb. 7 ... @ Newfield, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 10-11 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Indoor Track
Feb. 25 ... @ State qualifier, 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming
Feb. 15 ... @ Sectional preliminaries, TBA.

Wrestling
Feb. 10-11 ... Division II Sectionals, 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
Feb. 9 ... @ Candor, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Feb. 10 ... @ Dryden, 7 p.m.

Boys Swimming
Feb. 15 ... @ Sectional preliminaries, TBA.

Wrestling
Feb. 10-11 ... @ Division II Sectionals, TBA.

Bowling
Feb. 10 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Boys Basketball
Feb. 22 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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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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