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Preliminary budget shows tax rate decrease
Preliminary budget shows tax rate decrease

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Legislature has approved a tentative budget for 2020 which shows a decrease in the tax rate of 3.07 percent. In this budget, the rate will be $7.18 per thousand of assessed value compared to $7.41 in 2019. According to Schuyler County Administrator and Budget Officer Tim O'Hearn, this is the eighth consecutive year the tax rate has been reduced, representing a 14 percent decrease in rate over that period.

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Water concerns prompt lake drawdown
Water concerns prompt lake drawdown

KEUKA LAKE--The Finger Lakes region of New York is known for the 11 lakes that span across the western and central part of the state. Water quality and clarity are often features that describe the region as well. However, as harmful algal blooms (HABs) have increased in quantity and duration they are beginning to impact the use of the lakes.

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Shooters group sponsors candidate forum
Shooters group sponsors candidate forum

MONTOUR FALLS--The Schuyler County chapter of S.C.O.P.E., or the Shooters Committee On Political Education, hosted a gun-rights themed political forum for county judge and legislative candidates Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge. Judge candidates included Matthew Hayden, Steven Getman, Jessica Saks and Daniel Fitzsimmons.

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Streetscape, wastewater projects change
Streetscape, wastewater projects change

DUNDEE--Village officials have designated changes with two Dundee capital projects that are planned to improve village streetscape and rainwater runoff along with a new addition to the wastewater plant. Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. and village officials approved Tuesday, Oct. 8 an amendment of services with the engineering firm Barton & Loguidice to change the work order and re-bid the project. The re-bidding process is necessary because the two bids that were received earlier this year for the streetscape work both exceeded the budgeted amount.

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Watkins chooses new village logo
Watkins chooses new village logo

WATKINS GLEN-- Mayor Luke Leszyk has awarded local resident Robert Kurcoba an honorary plaque for designing the new village logo during last week's board meeting. "Earlier this year we decided instead of a generic logo to do a contest, open to anyone, to come up with a logo and design for the village. We got a lot of responses, but one by far stood above the rest," Leszyk said. After the Oct. 1 board meeting Kurcoba, a graphic designer by trade, said he was encouraged in part to submit the design to show his three sons that their father contributes to his community.

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Social Security announces 2020 benefits
Social Security announces 2020 benefits

UNITED STATES--Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration announced in early October. The 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 63 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2020. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2019.

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New trail opens in Watkins Glen
New trail opens in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the opening of the Watkins Glen State Park trail connecting the lower park entrance to the North Rim Trail last week. The Indian Trail has been closed since 1983 due to the steep nature and eroded pathway.

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'Meet the Candidate' night set for Oct. 24
'Meet the Candidate' night set for Oct. 24

SCHUYLER COUNTY--A "Meet the Candidate" forum for Schuyler County candidates in contested November elections is set for Thursday, Oct. 24. The evening meeting will be at the Watkins Glen elementary school auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome.

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Downtown projects: Some changes, mostly on-track
Downtown projects: Some changes, mostly on-track

WATKINS GLEN--Despite some changes, downtown improvement projects totaling roughly $8.5 million are still on track in Watkins Glen. Originally granted $9.7 million through the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project, as it stands now $1.2 million worth of projects will not go through as originally planned with another $200,000 of projects identified that may not happen.

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Dundee United Fund is underway
Dundee United Fund is underway

DUNDEE--The 63rd annual Dundee Area United Fund Campaign is now underway. Donation letters have been sent to donors in September as part of the campaign's advance drive and the bulk of the mailings are now also being delivered. Campaign Co-Chairs Lois Larmouth and Carrie Wood said the goal this year is $27,900 and point out that the fund's only cost is the bulk mailing postage--other campaign work is completed by volunteers to allow 96.5 percent of all money raised goes toward the 13 participating organizations.

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Sheriffs voice concern over bail changes
Sheriffs voice concern over bail changes

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Local sheriffs are expressing concerns as new guidelines for the bail system are set to go into effect Jan. 1. Both Sheriff Ron Spike of Yates and Sheriff Bill Yessman of Schuyler County said that while they understand why the reform was implemented, it may go too far. "This is going to be a disaster," Yessman said.

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Village awarded for fighting climate change
Village awarded for fighting climate change

MONTOUR FALLS-- Despite having one of the smallest populations and average median income Montour Falls joined 33 other municipalities in New York by completing certification for New York's Climate Smart Communities program. Mark Lowry, assistant director of the state Department of Environmental Conversation, drove in from Albany to hold a press conference during the Falls Harvest Festival to personally award Mayor John King and Deputy Mayor Jim Ryan Bronze level certification in the program.

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State will try HAB removal process
State will try HAB removal process

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week the launch of a new pilot project to combat harmful algal blooms (HABs). The pilot program is directed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of General Services in partnership with the village of Southampton on Long Island. The state says if the project is successful, the technology could be used elsewhere in the state.

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Above average snowfall is possible
Above average snowfall is possible

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Despite the likelihood the Finger Lakes region will experience an average winter this year, experts say the possibility of some extra snow and cold exists. Farmers, school districts and folks who just need to get to work in the morning can only hope it stays closer to the average. "It looks like winter is more likely going to start out a little bit milder for November and December, but then indications are that January, February and March are going to be colder, even possibly more so than average," said Michael Murphy, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Binghamton.

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State court puts flavor ban on hold
State court puts flavor ban on hold

ALBANY (AP)--A state appeals court on Thursday last week temporarily blocked New York from enforcing a new prohibition on sales of flavored e-cigarettes after the vaping industry sued to block the ban. The stay comes a day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes. The decision also follows a state court's refusal last week to issue a temporary restraining order on the regulations approved in September by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Montour Falls Harvest Festival will celebrate the season
Montour Falls Harvest Festival will celebrate the season

MONTOUR FALLS--As the days get shorter and the temperatures cooler, many fall activities are available in the Finger Lakes. Montour Falls will have a number of favorites all in one place at the annual Falls Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 5 from 12 to 7 p.m. The day-long celebration has entertainment planned throughout the day with a child-focused family area. The kid zone will have face-painting, games, prizes and more.

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Yates sheriff releases new phone app
Yates sheriff releases new phone app

YATES COUNTY--In an effort to increase public engagement and catch more criminals, the Yates County Sheriff's Department has released a new public safety application designed for use on smart phones. The new app, which is free, is designed to help local residents stay informed through a number of features while also giving residents access to important resources.

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Lawsuit alleges death caused by hotel pool
Lawsuit alleges death caused by hotel pool

ROCHESTER--According to a lawsuit filed against Hart Hotels, Inc., The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is responsible for the 2018 death of Virginia resident Vera E. DeWeese. In July, 2018, DeWeese stayed at the hotel while attending a family wedding. During her stay, DeWeese and other family members spent time in the swimming pool and hot tub. After returning home to Virginia, DeWeese was admitted to the hospital where she was diagnosed with Legionella pneumonia. On Aug. 2, 2018, after a week in the hospital, Vera DeWeese died from sepsis due to Legionella pneumonia.

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SPORTS
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-16-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-16-19

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 Oct. 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-9-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-9-19

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 Oct. 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-2-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-2-19

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 Oct. 2 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-25-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-25-19

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. 25 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-18-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-18-19

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 Sept. 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-11-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-11-19

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 Sept. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-4-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-4-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Sept. 4 newspaper.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Oct. 19 ... Port Byron/Union Springs (@ WG), 7 p.m.

Boys soccer

Oct. 15 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 ... @ IAC Championship, TBA.

Girls soccer
Oct. 19 .. @ IAC Championship, TBA.

Cross country
Oct. 19 ... @ Marathon Invitational, 10 a.m.
Nov. 1 ... @ IAC Championships, 4 p.m.

Girls swimming
Oct. 17 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 ... @ IAC Championship, TBA.

Volleyball
Oct. 16 ... @ Candor, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 ... Odessa-Montour, 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Football
Oct. 19 ... Port Byron/Union Springs (@ WG), 7 p.m.

Boys soccer

Oct. 15 ... @ Trumansburg, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 9 ... @ Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Girls swimming
Oct. 15 ... Whitney Point, 5 p.m.
Oct. 17 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 5 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 15 ... Campbell-Savona, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 ... Elmira Heights, 6:30 p.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Oct. 18 ... @ Dansville, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Oct. 15 ... @ Wayne, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 5 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 1 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 15 ... @ Williamson, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 ... @ Wayne, 9 a.m.

Golf
Oct. 7 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 4 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 15 ... Waterloo, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 ... @ Attica, 6:30 p.m.

Tennis
Oct. 5 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, TBA

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Boys soccer
Oct. 15 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 ... Campbell-Savona, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 16 ... @ Lima Christian, 5 p.m.
Oct. 18 ... @ Dundee, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 16 ... Wellsville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 ... @ Caledonia-Mumford, 6:30 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 15 ... @ Jasper-Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 ... @ League championship, 4:30 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Oct. 19 ... Holley, 1 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 5 ... @ Romulus, 11 a.m.

Cross country
Oct. 15 ... @ Williamson, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 ... @ League Championship, 9 a.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 16 ... Bloomfield, 6:30 p.m.

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Sports Photo Galleries 2018-2019
Sports Photo Galleries 2018-2019

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries were taken during the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, a link is available showing all of the sports photos that have appeared in the newspapers this year. Click 'Read more...' for the links.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-19-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-19-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the sports awards from Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the June 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-12-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-12-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-5-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-5-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-29-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-29-19

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 May 29 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-22-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-22-19

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 May 22 newspapers.

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