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PHOTO GALLERY: Jumpers embrace Seneca Polar Plunge
PHOTO GALLERY: Jumpers embrace Seneca Polar Plunge

The Anchor Inn and Marina Tiki Bar on Seneca Lake hosted the 13th annual polar bear plunge, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Saturday featured the adult jumpers, while Sunday was reserved for families. Those that jumped competed in a fun competition for best jump, splash and costume awards. The water temperature was 46 degrees.

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Crestwood joins with Con Edison
Crestwood joins with Con Edison

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Crestwood Equity Partners, owners of U.S. Salt in Reading, agreed last week to sell a 50 percent stake in its New York natural gas pipeline and storage business to Consolidated Edison Inc. for $975 million. As part of the deal, Crestwood's natural gas storage facility on Seneca Lake, along with three other Southern Tier gas storage facilities and three gas pipelines, will be transferred to a new joint venture company called Stagecoach Gas Services. Crestwood will manage the new company and share ownership of it equally with Con Ed. The agreement was announced Thursday, April 21 in tandem with a long-anticipated cut in Crestwood's quarterly dividend to shareholders. The new payout of 60 cents per share, set for May 13, represents a 56 percent reduction in the dividend.

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Windmill prepares for opening day
Windmill prepares for opening day

DUNDEE--Beginning Saturday, April 30, the Windmill Farm and Craft Market will reopen for the 2016 season. Located at 3900 Route 14A between Dundee and Penn Yan, this will be the market's 29th year of operation. Manager Lauren Welch said he and his staff have been working throughout the winter to keep the buildings in shape for opening this spring, adding many of the nearly 200 vendors have already begun setting up their shops. According to the Windmill's website, the concept for the Yates County market first began in 1978 by Bill, Ruth and Pat Gunderman, along with Ron Nissen following a visit to a Pennsylvania farm market. The Windmill officially opened June 27, 1987 with 64 vendors in two enclosed buildings and 25 vendors outdoors.

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Group warns of underage drinking problems
Group warns of underage drinking problems

WATKINS GLEN--The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCUDD) held their third community forum on substance abuse Tuesday, April 19 in the Watkins Glen elementary auditorium. This forum addressed the issue of alcohol abuse and its impact upon those in the community who drink while younger than the legal age limit. "Alcohol, more than any other drug, is the gateway to unintended consequences," said Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hayden, who moderated the event. According to Schuyler County Public Health, the amount of teenagers drinking in Schuyler County exceeds the national average.

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Candidates file for school board elections
Candidates file for school board elections

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Several area candidates have officially filed to run for school board following the Monday, April 18 petition deadline. Elections will be contested in both the Dundee and Penn Yan school districts, while only incumbents will be listed on the ballot in Hammondsport and Watkins Glen. Each district will hold their annual election and budget vote Tuesday, May 17 from noon to 8 p.m.

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Odessa-Montour adopts budget within tax cap
Odessa-Montour adopts budget within tax cap

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour school board voted to adopt their 2016-17 proposed budget during the regular meeting Wednesday, April 20. Superintendent Chris Wood said the budget totals $16,154,655, which is a 4 percent increase from the current year's budget. He also noted the school has remained within their 0.266 percent allowable tax levy increase in this budget. Wood explained the total tax levy amounts to $4,786,372, representing an increase of $23,278. The total budgeted amount increased by $632,473 in the newly adopted budget.

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Trump, Sanders win tri-county area primaries
Trump, Sanders win tri-county area primaries

TRI-COUNTY AREA--The Republican and Democratic Party Presidential Primaries were held throughout New York State Tuesday, April 19. Even though Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton were the day's winners statewide, Trump and Bernie Sanders were the winning primary candidates in Yates and the surrounding counties. While Republican voters in the tri-county area had their choice reflected in the final results, area Democrats showed a stronger support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders than Clinton.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins Glen honors members, installs new chief
PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins Glen honors members, installs new chief

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Fire Company held the annual banquet to recognize members and install new officers for the year, Saturday, April 16. Charlie Scaptura was presented the Charles Smith I Firefighter Award in addition to being named the new chief of the department. Among the individual award winners were: Errick Barber for most training hours, Nick Dalrymple for most call responses and Floyd Hull for 50 years of service.

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Dundee village approves Dandy Mart plan
Dundee village approves Dandy Mart plan

DUNDEE--Williams Oil and Propane Inc. will begin building a new Dandy Mart gas pump canopy and installing new fuel tanks after receiving approval from the Dundee planning board Tuesday, April 12. The canopy and tanks will be replacing the current ones, which will be removed after the new ones are installed. The planning board approved the measure following a public hearing held by the village board, which was attended by some 16 people. James Gensel, president of Fagan Engineers, spoke about the project, which will tear down the existing canopy located at 45 and 53 Water St. and locate the new one to the south. This area was formerly occupied by a neighboring building that was demolished in 2013. Gensel noted they have been working on this project since 2013, but any action was tabled by the company until recently.

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Hansen files claims against school, police
Hansen files claims against school, police

WATKINS GLEN--After the trespassing charge against Hector resident Kristina Hansen was dismissed April 7, Hansen has now filed notices of claim against the Watkins Glen Central School District and village police. Hansen was arrested March 21, prior to the start of a regular school board meeting. Previously, March 11, she was escorted off of school grounds by police after attempting to attend a closed staff meeting. After the March 11 incident, Superintendent Tom Phillips informed Hansen she must obtain written permission before visiting school grounds. Hansen did not follow this process when she attempted to attend the March 21 school board meeting.

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Village budget includes a 2 percent hike
Village budget includes a 2 percent hike

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee adopted their 2016-17 budget during the regular meeting Tuesday, April 12. The board held a public hearing prior to adoption, with the new budget including a property tax levy increase of $11,109. This is a 2.04 percent increase over last year. Village Clerk Christine Sutherland said the largest increases in the new budget are an additional $27,117 towards street maintenance, along with $2,500 to start a parking lot reserve fund. The Dundee village board had previously approved a tax cap override during their March 8 meeting.

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Officials highlight regional development
Officials highlight regional development

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Watkins Glen Area Camber of Commerce partnered with the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce last week for a regional projects update Thursday, April 14 at the Corning Country Club. Judy McKinney Cherry of the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) gave a rundown of several ongoing projects in Schuyler County during the gathering. During her presentation, she highlighted the area's economic growth, along with the progress of several development projects in the area. Cherry said Schuyler County is in the top 20 percent of counties in the state in growth, noting from 1998 to 2013, the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of Schuyler rose 2.4 percent.

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Village plans double-digit sewer increase
Village plans double-digit sewer increase

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen village board discussed the need to raise sewer rates during their regular meeting Monday, April 18. Superintendent of Utilities Mark Specchio said the sewer department is currently "running in the red," noting they need to request a rate increase since their funding agent has requested they take this step to balance their budget. Specchio presented the board with the proposed numbers, which include double-digit percentage increases.

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Penn Yan adopts new school budget
Penn Yan adopts new school budget

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan school board voted to adopt the proposed 2016-17 budget during their Wednesday, April 13 meeting. Superintendent Howard Dennis and Assistant Superintendent for Business Cathy Milliman gave the board a final update on the budget, which will total $34,641,298. The public will have a chance to comment on the adopted budget during a budget hearing May 4 at 7 p.m.prior to the regular board meeting in the elementary cafeteria. The public will then vote on the budget during the May 17 election from noon to 8 p.m. in the Penn Yan Academy gymnasium.

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Dundee Youth Center closes its doors
Dundee Youth Center closes its doors

DUNDEE--After 20 years of operation, the Dundee Area Youth Center officially closed Friday, April 15. The Dundee Area Youth Center has been open since 1996, but due to a lack of funding, the organization -- located at 15 Main St. in downtown Dundee -- will no longer offer free programming to area youth. The center was formerly open to youth living in the Dundee Central School District in grades seven through 12, operating Monday through Friday. "[This is] due to a lack of funding, reduced numbers and youth participation," Executive Director Beth Taylor said. "This was a difficult but realistic decision made by the board of directors at Monday nights, [April 11] meeting. For now, the Roy Wood Community Room will remain open to those groups using it."

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Justice dismisses trespassing charge
Justice dismisses trespassing charge

WATKINS GLEN--Trespass charges against Hector resident Kristina Hansen were dismissed Thursday, April 7, following her arrest at a Watkins Glen school board meeting. Watkins Glen Village Justice Connie Fern Miller dismissed the charges, with Defense Attorney Ray Schlather claiming there were insufficient circumstances for filing. As a result, Hansen is now planning lawsuits against both the Watkins Glen Central School District as well as the Watkins Glen Village Police.

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Teacher's departure spurs online reaction
Teacher's departure spurs online reaction

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board has placed Dundee English teacher Benjamin Duffy's resignation on the school board agenda for Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. The school listed Duffy as resigning for "personal reasons." The teacher's departure has caused an online reaction, generating 184 signatures in an online petition as of press time Monday, April 11.The petition is titled "Duffy Makes the Difference. Let's Make a Difference for Duffy," and the Internet site lists Dundee student Caitlyn Cornish as the creator of the petition. "What many cannot understand, is the impact he had on his students," according to Cornish's petition.

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Track plans opening weekend
Track plans opening weekend

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen International's (WGI) annual opening weekend will have something new to celebrate this year. The track will be cutting the ribbon on its newly repaved racing surface Friday, April 15, officially opening for the 2016 season. Opening Weekend will continue through Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, and include the fuel-efficient display of the Green Grand Prix, a run around the raceway and the chance for visitors to drive their vehicle on the newly paved track. The $12 million project marks the first time the track has been paved since 1998.

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SPORTS
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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Odessa softball falls to Candor
Odessa softball falls to Candor

ODESSA-The Indians' varsity softball team was blanked by Candor, Friday, April 29. The final score was 10-0. Megan Jenkins had a double and Breeana Bentley a single for Odessa-Montour. The Indians' record is now 3-10.

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Dundee tops South Seneca, 2-1
Dundee tops South Seneca, 2-1

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity baseball team won against visiting South Seneca, Wednesday, April 27. The final score was 2-1. Dundee recorded the first run in the bottom of the third, and won the game with a walk-off single by Devon Forman. Forman brought in Devin Jensen from third base with his hit. Austin Thompson also added one hit and one RBI. Jensen had 10 strikeouts on the pitcher's mound. The Scots' record is now 2-3.

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Penn Yan wins against Pal-Mac
Penn Yan wins against Pal-Mac

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan varsity baseball team topped Palmyra-Macedon, 2-1, Friday, April 22. Tyler Keech earned a double in the game. Jon McKay pitched a complete game, allowing four hits on only 68 pitches.

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Odessa golfers fall, 219-256
Odessa golfers fall, 219-256

WATKINS GLEN-The Odessa-Montour boys varsity golf team lost to Tioga, Friday, April 22. The final score was 219-256. Tyler Clark led the Indians with a 40. James Terry recorded a 46, while Ryan Taylor had 50. Andy Stevenson and Trey McCarty both earned a 60. Odessa's record is now 2-5.

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Mustangs lacrosse beats Canandaigua
Mustangs lacrosse beats Canandaigua

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team topped visiting Canandaigua, 9-5, Friday, April 22. Austin Fingar and Craig Gerhardt both led with three goals. Fingar also had an assist. The remaining three goals were scored by Tate Stewart, Sean Emerson, and Conner Fingar. Ben Emerson added two assists. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti recorded 14 saves.

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Watkins beats Moravia for first win
Watkins beats Moravia for first win

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team secured their first win of the season, Wednesday, April 20. They beat Moravia 4-3. In singles, Clint Craven beat Hannah Gibson, 6-0, 6-0. Liam Fitch topped Gabe Ammerman, 6-0, 6-2. Kendra Larson and Megan Hazlitt won against Colton Langtry and Joey Peppe, 6-3, 6-4, in doubles. Jill Cantieni and Elise Allington beat Melanie Powers and Cara Carmichael, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. Watkins' record is now 1-4.

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Penn Yan, Dundee track teams compete
Penn Yan, Dundee track teams compete

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan and Dundee varsity track and field teams competed in a meet held by the Mustangs, Tuesday, April 19. For the Penn Yan boys, Kyle Ingerick finished first in the 100 meter dash (12.04). Shawn Owen was first in the pole vault (10'3"), while the 4x400 meter relay team (Owen, Nick Kinsey, John Drozda and Sam Voak) was first in 3:46.54. Drozda was second in the 400 meter dash (56.44). Voak finished second in the 800 meter run (2:13.24).

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/20/16
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/20/16

FINGER LAKES--The Mustangs' boys varsity lacrosse team topped Carthage, 14-3, Saturday, April 16. Sean Emerson led with five goals and one assist. Austin Fingar earned two goals and three assists. Austin Blumbergs, Ben Emerson, and Tate Stewart each had two goals and one assist. Craig Gerhardt added one goal, with an assist, while Conner Fingar also had one assist. Goalie Gage Ponsetti recorded nine saves, while Kyle Welker had one. Penn Yan recorded a win against Thomas, Thursday, April 14. The final score was 14-6.

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Dundee softball falls to Romulus
Dundee softball falls to Romulus

DUNDEE-The Lady Scots varsity softball team lost to Romulus in a home game, Friday, April 15. The final score was 9-0. Dundee faced 14 strikeouts by the Romulus pitcher. The Lady Scots play next on Monday, April 18 at South Seneca.

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Indians softball loses, 17-0
Indians softball loses, 17-0

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team was topped by Tioga, 17-0, Friday, April 14. On the pitcher's mound, Grace Vondracek had nine strikeouts. With the loss, the Indians' record is now 1-5.

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Home teams see losses in Watkins
Home teams see losses in Watkins

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins' varsity softball team was beat by Union Springs, Thursday, April 14. The final score was 17-0. The Senecas' varsity lacrosse team suffered a loss to Whitney Point with a final score of 8-4 and the Seneca Indians' varsity baseball team lost to Union Springs, 14-1.

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SPORTS RECAP: April 12
SPORTS RECAP: April 12

FINGER LAKES-The Mustangs' boys varsity lacrosse team topped Palmyra-Macedon, 15-5, Tuesday, April 12. Tate Stewart recorded four goals and one assist, while Sean Emerson also scored four goals. Austin Fingar and Ben Emerson both had two goals. Craig Gerhardt, Conner Fingar and John Luppino all scored once. Gerhardt also added three assists and Fingar two. Austin Blumbergs recorded one assist. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti earned 10 saves and Kyle Welker one.

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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
April 25 ... @ Newark Valley, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 4:30 p.m.

Lacrosse
April 25 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 ... @ Whitney Point, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
May 2 ... @ Newark Valley, 3:30 p.m.
May 3 ... Thomas A. Edison, 4 p.m.

Girls golf
May 4 ... Horseheads, 4 p.m.
May 9 ... @ Corning, 4 p.m.

Tennis
May 2 ... Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 ... Lansing, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 28 ... @ CV One and Done, 4 p.m.
May 6 ... @ Legends of the Night, 4:30 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
April 25 ... Thomas A. Edison, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
May 2 ... Thomas A. Edison, 4 p.m.
May 5 ... Candor, 4 p.m.

Girls golf
April 26 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 4 p.m.
May 3 ... @ Waverly, 4 p.m.

Tennis
May 2 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 2 ... @ Candor (non-scoring), 4:30 p.m.
May 6 ... @ Legends of the Night, 4:30 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
April 28 ... @ Penfield, 5:30 p.m.
April 30 ... @ Clarence, 2 p.m.

Girls lacrosse
April 25 ... East Rochester, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 ... @ Waterloo, 6 p.m.

Baseball
April 26 ... @ Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 26 ... @ Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
April 25 ... Mynderse Academy, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 ... @ Waterloo, 4 p.m.

Track and field
April 26 ... @ Wayne, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 ... @ Lyons, 4:30 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Softball
April 25 ... @ Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 ... South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball
April 25 ... Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 ... South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 26 ... @ North Rose-Wolcott, 4:30 p.m.
May 3 ... Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Baseball
April 29 ... Alfred-Almond, noon.
May 2 ... Canaseraga, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 3 ... @ Bloomfield, 5:30 p.m.
May 5 ... @ Prattsburgh, 5 p.m.

Tennis
May 3 ... Naples, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 ... Wellsville, 4:30 p.m.

Golf
May 2 ... Canisteo-Greenwood, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 ... Arkport, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 3 ... @ Alfred-Almond, 4:30 p.m.
May 7 ... @ Alfred-Almond, TBA.

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