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Yates voters will decide propositions
Yates voters will decide propositions

YATES COUNTY--When residents of Yates County fill out their ballots, Tuesday, Nov. 3, or before, they will not only be voting for the president, they will also be voting on two propositions that could help shape the future of county government. The first proposition asks residents if county legislators should have their terms extended from two years to four years. The second proposition would create the position of an appointed director of finance and change the role of the elected county treasurer position. Yates County voters will find both propositions on the reverse side of their election ballot, with the candidates for public office on the front.

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Watkins Glen school lawsuit dismissed
Watkins Glen school lawsuit dismissed

WATKINS GLEN--A lawsuit filed by the Watkins Glen Faculty Association against the Watkins Glen School District and Superintendent Greg Kelahan regarding the possibility of faculty with preexisting medical conditions working remotely was dismissed in the district's favor Wednesday, Oct. 21 by New York State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Baker. According to union officials the lawsuit, which was originally filed on Oct. 1, was brought forth by the union after a teacher requested the ability to work remotely and had their request denied.

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Officials review business liabilities
Officials review business liabilities

SCHUYLER COUNTY--With the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading, county officials cautioned the local business community that non-compliance with pandemic guidelines will result in repercussions during the Thursday, Oct. 22 weekly pandemic response Zoom meeting. During the call, which was hosted for members of the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, SCOPED Executive Director Judy McKinney Cherry said of Schuyler's 360 or so businesses with employees, only 147 have signed affirmations that they are following state COVID guidelines.

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Village names Mosher new police sergeant in charge
Village names Mosher new police sergeant in charge

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen board of trustees voted to name interim Sergeant in Charge Ethan Mosher to the position full time during the Tuesday, Oct. 20 board meeting. The board also voted to name Mosher to the permanent rank of sergeant. Mosher replaces former interim Sergeant in Charge Brandon Mathews, who put on administrative leave in August.

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State targets coronavirus micro-clusters
State targets coronavirus micro-clusters

FINGER LAKES--As COVID-19 cases continue to go up in the Finger Lakes region, New York state announced last week it would use a color-code system to help target outbreaks of the virus. The state specifically noted Steuben and Chemung Counties as focus areas. "Cluster zone" focus areas are designated based on geographic case prevalence and restrictions are implemented accordingly based on the severity of spread.

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Epidemiologist explains new contact guidance
Epidemiologist explains new contact guidance

(THE CONVERSATION)--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidance clarifying what exactly "close contact" means when it comes to transmission of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The previous guidance suggested that a close contact occurred when a person was within six feet of an infectious individual for 15 consecutive minutes. Now, the CDC is acknowledging that even brief contact can lead to transmission. Specifically, the new guidance suggests that those spending a total of 15 minutes of contact with an infectious person over the course of a 24-hour period should be considered in close contact.

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Legislature hears update on Keuka College cases
Legislature hears update on Keuka College cases

YATES COUNTY--County Health Director Deborah Minor informed the Yates County Legislature during the Tuesday, Oct. 13 meeting of the recent COVID-19 outbreak at Keuka College and said it is likely to continue to get bigger. The root cause of the outbreak are two events Minor described as large gatherings. The Yates County Health Departments update to the public Monday, Oct. 19 said, "Since our Friday update, we have received 25 new cases, 21 are related to Keuka College and four are community cases not related to Keuka College. Total Keuka College cases due to this current cluster is 100. Sixty-one students have recovered."

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Schuyler reports first COVID-19 related deaths
Schuyler reports first COVID-19 related deaths

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler County Public Health received notification Monday, Oct. 19 that two Schuyler County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have passed away. These are the first reported deaths related to COVID-19 in Schuyler County. One of the individuals was a female in her 70s and the other individual was a male in his 80s. They were members of the same household.

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Travel rules in question as states hit threshold
Travel rules in question as states hit threshold

ALBANY (AP) -- The rate of COVID-19 infections has risen enough in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to require those states' residents to quarantine if they travel to New York, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York won't enforce the rules against those residents. New Jersey, New York and Connecticut had announced the joint travel advisory this summer at a time when the Northeast was seeing relatively low rates of infection while other parts of the country saw spikes.

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Legislature asks for more review
Legislature asks for more review

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Despite the strong objections of Legislator David Reed, the Schuyler County Legislature passed a resolution 7-1 seeking more state review and additional information pertaining to state permits relating to the construction of a planned solid waste recovery facility during the Tuesday, Oct. 13 legislative meeting. Despite seeking increased oversight and asking for permits to be refiled, County Administrator Tim O'Hearn said the legislature has no official position regarding the construction of the facility in Cayuta.

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Under the water: A cultural, heritage site
Under the water: A cultural, heritage site

SENECA LAKE--For many long, interesting years, Art Cohn has looked well beneath the surface of bodies of water. Where another person might think "shipwreck," Cohn finds an "underwater cultural heritage site." A self-described "professional diver and legally-trained person with a great interest in history," in 2018 he began exploring the treasures under Seneca Lake. This year, unable to assemble an exploration and dive crew due to pandemic cautions, he produced a report on his findings.

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Positive tests increase, including nursing home cases
Positive tests increase, including nursing home cases

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Last Thursday, Oct. 8, Schuyler County Public Health received notification that two residents at Schuyler Hospital's Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls tested positive for COVID-19. This came after they were screened due to an employee testing positive on the nursing unit. The entire unit in Schuyler has been placed in quarantine and residents and staff in that unit will be retested frequently to ensure any additional individuals who test positive or develop symptoms can be immediately separated from other residents. Retesting will occur until the facility goes 14 days without any new positive cases.

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Keuka moves to online learning
Keuka moves to online learning

KEUKA PARK--The Yates County Department of Public Health confirmed on Monday, Oct. 12, 14 Keuka College students tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the previous 24 hours. This brings the number of active cases among the college community to 49, with one case resolved. In addition, 108 students who may have had contact with the affected students are currently quarantined, roughly two-thirds of them on campus according to the college. An additional 43 students are isolating.

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Watkins Glen talks about Halloween planning
Watkins Glen talks about Halloween planning

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen village board of trustees discussed possibilities for Halloween this year and the cancellation of the Village Christmas event during the Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting. Regarding Halloween, Mayor Luke Leszyk said the village is in a holding pattern as it waits to see what surrounding communities are planning to do. Despite the fact the village might not have an official Halloween this year, Leszyk said he still expects some Halloween activities to occur.

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Early voting starts next week in NY
Early voting starts next week in NY

FINGER LAKES--With the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 3 fast approaching, there are options for residents to make their voices heard. With early voting, drop boxes, polling stations throughout the region and voting by mail, a large turnout is expected this year. Election commissioners have said that during presidential years it is not unusual for roughly 80 percent of registered voters to vote.

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DMV virus grace period is coming to an end
DMV virus grace period is coming to an end

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has urged New Yorkers to renew their expired documents as the extension on vehicle registrations and non-driver IDs nears the end. Vehicle registrations including temporary auto dealer registrations and non-driver identification cards that expired in March or after will no longer remain valid after Nov. 3. New Yorkers can renew their registrations and non-driver IDs on the DMV website or in-person at most locations with an appointment.

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New signs detail local history
New signs detail local history

MONTOUR FALLS--Dozens of area residents, including Montour Falls Mayor Jim Ryan, Schuyler County legislators and former Montour Falls Mayor John King gathered during a brief respite of nice weather Friday, Oct. 9 to see the unveiling of two new historical markers set up in the village of Montour Falls. With one marker for the Montour House and the other at the spot where a canal bridge used to reside on Main Street, the two markers contain information about why each site is important.

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Watkins approves off-season sports training
Watkins approves off-season sports training

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen board of education voted Monday, Oct. 6, by a 4-3 margin to begin an off-season training and conditioning program for students in grades 7-12. The board also voted unanimously to have Superintendent Greg Kelahan analyze and prepare a report on the offer of Pre-K through second-grade teachers to transition from a hybrid model (in-person and virtual online) to full time at school. Close to 20 teachers and staff members attended the meeting to show support for returning full time, arguing the current hybrid system is untenable.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-28-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-28-20

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 Oct. 28 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-21-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-21-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 21 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-14-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-14-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-7-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-7-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Oct. 7 newspapers.

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Football, volleyball, competitive cheer (fall) seasons moved to March 1, 2021
Football, volleyball, competitive cheer (fall) seasons moved to March 1, 2021

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced today that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March 1, 2021 to address membership concerns associated with high-risk fall sports. The decision was rendered by the elected NYSPHSAA officers late this afternoon. Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on September 21, 2020 as previously announced.

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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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