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Memorial Day tributes honor sacrifice
Memorial Day tributes honor sacrifice

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring the memory of those who died in active military service. Towns and villages throughout the area will be honoring this sacrifice Monday, May 30 with memorial ceremonies, breakfasts and parades.

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Sheriff unveils officers' monument
Sheriff unveils officers' monument

YATES COUNTY--More than 80 people attended the unveiling of a new memorial to fallen Yates County officers Wednesday, May 18. The new monument is located outside the public safety building along Main Street in Penn Yan and honors the memories of four Yates County officers who fell in the line of duty. The officers include Dundee Constable Jay Close in 1910, Deputy Sheriff William Leach in 1957, Undersheriff Ralph Legg in 1958 and Trooper Ray Dodge in 1974.

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Yates, Schuyler top state in manufacturing
Yates, Schuyler top state in manufacturing

YATES, SCHUYLER COUNTIES--During the past 14 years, area counties have been exceeding the state and regional trends in manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing includes the production of merchandise for sale and ranges from machine parts and salt production to winemaking. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, from the time period between 2001 and 2014, Yates County has seen a 3.9 percent increase in manufacturing jobs, amounting to 1,062 jobs in 2014 versus 1,022 in 2001. Schuyler County has seen similar growth, charting a 4.9 percent increase in manufacturing during the same timeframe, amounting to 807 jobs in 2014 versus 769 in 2001.

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School charges dismissed, lawsuit pending
School charges dismissed, lawsuit pending

WATKINS GLEN--Another trespassing charge against Kristina Hansen was dismissed Thursday, May 19 in Watkins Glen village court. The charge against the Hector resident stemmed from a Wednesday, May 4 arrest while Hansen was watching a varsity tennis match on school grounds. Hansen's attorney Ray Schlather claimed the accusatory instrument was insufficient, which is the second time this has happened. He added "this has become a matter of harassment," noting they will be seeking substantial damages in their coming lawsuit. The attorney declined to comment on how much money they will seek.

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Veteran's Hall of Fame taps Earle Gleason
Veteran's Hall of Fame taps Earle Gleason

PENN YAN--To coincide with this year's upcoming Memorial Day observances across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I--Big Flats) announced he will induct P. Earle Gleason into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Gleason is a lifelong Yates County resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs in the county. Gleason will represent O'Mara's 58th Senate District and be among approximately 60 veterans statewide who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Inductees are chosen annually by state senators from within their respective legislative districts. A Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in the Legislative Office Building in Albany Tuesday, May 24.

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Dundee names valedictorian, salutatorian
Dundee names valedictorian, salutatorian

DUNDEE--The Dundee Central School District announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for this year's graduating class of 2016. This year's valedictorian is Jeanette Jayne, while the salutatorian is Courtney Fish. "Jeanette and Courtney have made the DCS community very proud," Superintendent Kelly Houck said. "Being named as valedictorian and salutatorian is no small feat. Perseverance is the mark of true leadership and a characteristic of success, not only in the classroom, however, in life."

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Indy racing will return to Watkins Glen
Indy racing will return to Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--Following discussions, IndyCar announced their official return to Watkins Glen International during a press conference Friday, May 13. IndyCar was looking to replace Boston in its 2016 racing schedule, and WGI was listed as one of the possible venues to fill the gap. The series will return to the Finger Lakes Sept. 1 through 4. The last time IndyCar raced in Watkins Glen was in 2010. The Verizon IndyCar Series event will be the 15th of 16 races on the 2016 series schedule. It replaces the Grand Prix of Boston that was canceled by the race promoter two weeks ago.

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Hobbs expects wine production in 2018
Hobbs expects wine production in 2018

BURDETT--International winemakers Paul Hobbs and Johannes Selbach -- whose latest venture includes establishing a winery in the Finger Lakes -- are expected to be producing area wine by 2018. That is what Paul's brother David Hobbs said while meeting with the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club Thursday afternoon, May 12, at the Watkins Glen Elks Club. David Hobbs gave a presentation to the club detailing what they have done so far to establish the winery, located along Route 414 in Burdett.

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Watkins board approves sewer rate increases
Watkins board approves sewer rate increases

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen village board adopted a new set of sewer rates during the regular board meeting Monday, May 16. Superintendent of Utilities Mark Specchio presented the board with the proposed numbers during the April board meeting, which include double-digit percentage increases. The village officially adopted these increases Monday night.

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NASCAR drivers test new, repaved track
NASCAR drivers test new, repaved track

WATKINS GLEN--On the second afternoon of a two-day Goodyear tire test at Watkins Glen International (WGI), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne met to offer their thoughts on the repaved road course. With work beginning last August, the $12 million project was the first time the track has been paved since 1998. The track officially cut the ribbon on the project during their opening weekend in April.

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Dundee plans to improve water quality
Dundee plans to improve water quality

DUNDEE--The Dundee village board approved taking the next step in a possible solution to brown water issues during their meeting Tuesday, May 10. E.J. Prescott Inc. Sales Representative Tim Leaf spoke to the board about a way to help improve Dundee's water system by helping reduce the amount of phosphates the village uses in the water, while also increasing the distance chlorine travels throughout the village water system. Phosphate injections into the water lines help keep the lines clean by preventing internal pipe corrosion. However, Leaf said the bacteria that travels down the pipes can build up on the phosphates on the pipe walls, which is referred to as "biofouling."

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Builder plans $1M Keuka tour boat
Builder plans $1M Keuka tour boat

URBANA--The town of Urbana is continuing work to finalize a deal to bring a new pier and tour boat to Champlin Beach on the Hammondsport waterfront. Town Supervisor John Webster said while no deals are officially in place yet, they are working to get a contract in place with Jeremy Fields of Fields Construction in Canandaigua for a new tour boat. Fields purchased the former Keuka Maid at auction in 2012, noting a complete renovation of the vessel would cost around $1 million.

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IndyCar date for Watkins in discussion
IndyCar date for Watkins in discussion

WATKINS GLEN--As IndyCar looks to replace Boston in its 2016 racing schedule, Watkins Glen International (WGI) has been in discussions to possibly fill the void. However, there is nothing officially in place as of Monday, May 9. The Empire State Region Ferrari Club has already booked the track and plans to run their event during the discussed IndyCar date of Labor Day weekend.

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Deputies detail heroic police dog stories
Deputies detail heroic police dog stories

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Sheriff's Office along with the New York State Sheriff's Institute hosted their annual K9 seminar last week. The certification course ran from Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, May 5, featuring around 40 K9 teams and instructors from across the northeast. Many of the officers and their dogs have worked together throughout the years and have had many accomplishments while working in the field. Yates County Deputy Brandon Jensen detailed a few stories of when he and his K9 partner Kinney were able to locate specific individuals or items using the dog's heightened sense of smell.

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Police uncover meth lab, 17 arrested
Police uncover meth lab, 17 arrested

BEAVER DAMS--Seventeen people were arrested on drug charges over the course of two days last week. After a five month investigation into a tri-county methamphetamine manufacturing operation, search warrants were executed throughout Schuyler, Chemung and Steuben Counties Wednesday and Thursday, May 4 and 5. The investigation was led by the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and was assisted by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET). The New York State Police Troop E Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Uniform Force and the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office also assisted on the case. Two of the search warrants were executed utilizing the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT).

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Speedway will race this Thursday
Speedway will race this Thursday

DUNDEE--Dundee will hear the roar of racing this Thursday, May 12 as Outlaw Speedway tries for the fourth time to hold their grand opening for the season. Although the official race schedule plans for shows mid-April through October on Friday nights, the past three weeks have seen rain on Friday causing racing to be cancelled or postponed. The forecast for this Friday again shows a strong possibility of rain, and caused the track to move up racing a day in order to get the season started. As of press time, Tuesday, May 10, the forecast for Thursday showed a 0 percent chance of rain.

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Police arrest Hansen at tennis match
Police arrest Hansen at tennis match

WATKINS GLEN--Hector resident Kristina Hansen was arrested again at the Watkins Glen Central School District the Wednesday afternoon, May 4. The arrest took place around 4:45 p.m. while Hansen was attending a tennis match at the district. Hansen is currently seeking dismissal of a separate trespassing charge stemming from a March 21 incident where she was led away in handcuffs while attempting to attend a school board meeting.

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Officials, residents debate public transportation
Officials, residents debate public transportation

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Legislature heard a presentation on public transportation during their regular session Monday, May 9. Finger Lakes Community Health CEO Mary Zelazny and President and CEO of the Arc of Yates Daniele Lyman spoke to the legislature about making their transportation services available to the general public, which extends five available routes throughout the county. Nearly 40 people were in attendance during the presentation, with people speaking both in favor and in opposition of the proposition.

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Penn Yan boys advance to semifinals
Penn Yan boys advance to semifinals

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team advanced to the Section V Class C semifinals by beating Mynderse, Wednesday, May 25, in the quarterfinals. The Mustangs won 19-1. Craig Gerhardt led with four goals and one assist. Austin Fingar scored three goals, with two assists. Ben Emerson, Tate Stewart, Austin Blumbergs, and Conner Fingar all recorded two goals. Emerson also had four assists, while Stewart had three and Blumbergs one. Preston Pederson, Nick Griffin, Austin Lafferty, and Dylan Stape each recorded a goal. Brandon Smith added an assist. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti and Kyle Welker both recorded five saves each. Penn Yan, the top seed in Class C with a 13-2 record, faces Gananda, the number four seed at 13-4, in the semifinals at Waterloo, Saturday, May 28.

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Lady Mustangs beat Geneva in overtime
Lady Mustangs beat Geneva in overtime

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan girls varsity lacrosse team beat Geneva in overtime, 13-12, in the Section V Class C quarterfinals, Tuesday, May 24. The third seeded Lady Mustangs battled sixth seeded Geneva for the lead from halftime to a 12-12 tie at the end of the second half. Hannah Keech scored the winning goal in sudden death overtime. With the win, Penn Yan advances to the sectional semifinals against Honeoye Falls-Lima at Victor, Friday, May 27. Keech had five goals overall, while Brie Yonge scored three goals. Individual goals came from Sydney Bloom, Brenna Voigt, Kelly Bray, Cassie Lafler, and Elissa Callaway to secure the win.

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Watkins, Odessa compete at IAC championships
Watkins, Odessa compete at IAC championships

TRUMANSBURG-The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour track and field teams traveled to Trumansburg to compete in the first half of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) championships, Thursday, May 19. Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge won the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:57.86) setting a new stadium and school record time. Patrick Hazlitt took the top spot in the 1600 meter run (4:27.29), also a stadium record. The 4x800 relay team (Jacob Carocci, Hazlitt, Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty) won with a 8:30.00.

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Penn Yan lacrosse wins, tennis falls; Lakers golf beats Campbell
Penn Yan lacrosse wins, tennis falls; Lakers golf beats Campbell

PENN YAN-The Mustangs' varsity lacrosse team blanked visiting McQuaid Jesuit, Wednesday, May 18. The final score was 16-0. The Penn Yan varsity tennis team fell to Geneva, 3-2, while the Hammondsport varsity golf team beat Campbell-Savona Wednesday evening.

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Penn Yan softball falls in sectionals
Penn Yan softball falls in sectionals

PENN YAN-The Lady Mustangs varsity softball team fell to Hornell, 13-10, in the first round of the Class B1 sectionals, Tuesday, May 17. Penn Yan was seeded eighth, while Hornell was ninth. Melanie Gleason and Ashley Owens both recorded three RBIs, while Sydney Gifford had one RBI.

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Dundee track hosts invitational
Dundee track hosts invitational

DUNDEE-The Scots' varsity track and field teams hosted the Dundee Invitational, Monday, May 16. For the boys, Geordan Conyers won first in the triple jump (40'10.25") and long jump (21'.25"), and was second in the 100 meter dash (11.74). Jovhannie Andrades took first in the shot put (41'11") and first in the discus (141'11"). Josh Cramer placed second in the 110 meter hurdles (19.84), while David Lamphier took second in the high jump (5'6", a tie). Michael Shearin finished third in the shot put (38'0"). Sam Richards was third in the pole vault (9'0", a tie). Jason Lovejoy took third in the 100 meter dash (12.04, a tie), fourth in the long jump (18'10"), and fourth in the triple jump (37'7"). William Hall took third in the 100 meter dash (12.04, a tie) and fifth in the triple jump (34'11"). Jeff Denmark placed fifth in the discus (101'9"). For the girls, Paige Easling took second in the Pentathlon high jump (1.27 meters), second in the Pentathlon shot put (7.45 meters), third in the Pentathlon long jump (3.85 meters), and fifth in the Pentathlon 100 meter hurdles (20.74). Tayler Morrison was second in the high jump (4'6"). Emily Oughterson placed fifth in the 200 meter dash (31.04).

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Watkins beats Odessa in boys golf
Watkins beats Odessa in boys golf

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team topped Odessa-Montour, 206-248, Thursday, May 12. Although Watkins won, Odessa's Tyler Clark posted the lowest score of 36, to win the green jacket in the annual inter-Schuyler County golf competition between Watkins and Odessa. Clark's score included three birdies: hole number three (par-5), four (par-5), and seven (par-4). Also for the Indians, James Terry recorded a 49. Anthony Humphries added 53, while Ryan Taylor contributed 54. Trey McCarty had 56. For the Senecas, Trentin Barber had a 37. Parker Pangallo added a 40, followed by Pat Bannon with a 41. Ryan Clark and Lucas Wickham both had a 44.

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Lady Scots top Harley, 11-10
Lady Scots top Harley, 11-10

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity softball team topped Harley Allendale Columbia, Wednesday, May 11. The final score was 11-10. Xavia Miller was 3-for-4, with a triple. Polly Dean was 2-for-4.

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Penn Yan girls beat Geneva
Penn Yan girls beat Geneva

PENN YAN-The Lady Mustangs varsity lacrosse team defeated visiting Geneva, 16-7, Wednesday, May 11. Penn Yan led 8-4 at halftime. Brie Yonge and Sydney Bloom both led with five goals each for Penn Yan. Hannah Keech recorded two points, while Brenna Voigt, Cassie Lafler, Elissa Callaway and Mara Keech all rung up one goal apiece. With the win, Penn Yan's record is now 9-5.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Heart of the Finger Lakes 5K
PHOTO GALLERY: Heart of the Finger Lakes 5K

DUNDEE--The Heart of the Finger Lakes 5K was held in Dundee, Saturday, May 7. The 5K run/walk took participants through the village from the start on Spring Street to the eastern limit of Elizabeth Street, to the southern limit of Dundee-Glenora Road before winding back to the start at Millard Park. Race results are available here: www.pcr-timing.com.

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Hammondsport girls blank Lima Christian
Hammondsport girls blank Lima Christian

HAMMONDSPORT-The Lakers varsity softball team left Lima Christian scoreless, Thursday, May 5. The final score was 15-0. Mikayla Pratt, Corinne Mori, and Hannah Walruth all earned three RBIs. Emily Davis had eight strikeouts.

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Lacrosse, tennis and golf host matches
Lacrosse, tennis and golf host matches

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen varsity lacrosse team lost to Elmira, 17-6, Wednesday, May 4. Jake Kelly and Jackson Dunham both scored two points each. Brandon Gould and Ian Chedzoy each recorded a point. At halftime, Watkins honored the senior players: Zach Kelly, Ian Chedzoy, Bradly Eslick, Jordan Rappleye, Brenen Murphy, Brandon Gould, and Hunter Madigan.

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Dundee boys take second, girls fourth
Dundee boys take second, girls fourth

DUNDEE-The Dundee boys varsity track and field team finished second out of four schools at a home meet, Tuesday, May 3. The girls placed fourth overall. For the boys, Jovhannie Andrades took first in the shot put (41'1.5") and discus (145'7"). Geordan Conyers won the long jump (20'1") and triple jump (42'6"), was second in the 100 meter dash (11.87), and fourth in the 400 meter dash (57.03). Jason Lovejoy took second in the long jump (19'11.5"), third in the 200 meter dash (24.66), tied for third in the high jump (5'2"), and was fifth in the 100 meter dash (12.24). Jeff Denmark placed second in the discus (109'0") and fifth in the shot put (36'1.5"). Josh Cramer was fourth in the 110 meter hurdles (19.81) and sixth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:12.30).

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Mustangs lacrosse defeats Westhill
Mustangs lacrosse defeats Westhill

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team beat visiting Westhill, 12-2, Tuesday, May 3. Sean Emerson led with seven goals. Tate Stewart scored twice. Austin Fingar, Craig Gerhardt, and Conner Fingar all had one goal. Austin Fingar also recorded an assist. In goal, Gage Ponsetti had six saves. The Mustangs' record is 8-2.

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Penn Yan beats Wayne
Penn Yan beats Wayne

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan girls varsity lacrosse team defeated Wayne, 16-4, in a home game Friday, April 29. Hannah Keech led with five goals, while Brie Yonge recorded four goals and six assists. Sydney Bloom scored three goals, with one assist. Elissa Callaway contributed two goals. Kelly Bray and Mara Keech both scored once. Bray also had an assist, while Brenna Voigt added two assists.

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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:

Softball
May 6 ... @ Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
May 25 ... @ IAC Championship, TBA.

Girls golf
May 17 ... @ Big Flats, 4 p.m.

Track and field
May 26 ... @ Class C championship, 3 p.m.
June 2-3 ... @ Sectional qualifier, 5 p.m.

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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:

Softball
May 9 ... Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
May 25 ... @ IAC Championships, 8:30 a.m.
May 26 ... @ Section IV Class D team championship, 9 a.m.

Girls golf
May 23 ... @ Corning, 4 p.m.
May 26 ... @ Section IV tournament, 9 a.m.

Track and field
May 25 ... @ Section IV Class D championships, 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 25 ... Sectionals, 5 p.m.

Girls lacrosse
May 27... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Boys tennis
May 24 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.

Track and field
May 27 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.

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