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So, you want to be a firefighter?
So, you want to be a firefighter?

YATES COUNTY--What does it take to become a volunteer firefighter? When a person volunteers for their area fire department, they are not only committing their time by being on call in case of an emergency, but are also training to improve and hone their skills. From the time someone becomes a member to when they are able to effectively participate in combating a fire, it takes several months of training and dedication. Dundee Fire Chief Steve Warriner said from the time someone submits an application to join the department to when they become an actual member, "the general rule of thumb is between one and three months." Warriner added, "That depends on how everything falls into place."

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Dundee approves water rate increases
Dundee approves water rate increases

DUNDEE--The Dundee board of trustees voted to approve new water rate increases during their regular meeting Tuesday, April 14. The new rates will be applied to bills produced after May 31. Trustee Judy Duquette said the increases are a measure to help pay for the village's new water tower and will go away once it is paid for. According to the village, the average Dundee family of four to five who uses 15,000 gallons per quarter will see a 15.3 percent increase in their water rates, amounting to an average $14.33 in additional costs beginning at the end of May.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Honoring volunteer service
PHOTO GALLERY: Honoring volunteer service

The Watkins Glen Fire Company honored the achievements of their volunteers at the annual banquet, Saturday, April 18. The awards that were given out recognized years of service, training and response, as well as the Charles Smith I firefighter award winner. This year, Tony Specchio was congratulated for 60 years of service to the department. Deputy Chief Robert DeDominick received the Charles Smith I Firefighter Award. Nicholas Dalrymple was the top responder with 343 calls in 2014. William Beardsley had 97.23 training hours last year, the most in the department.

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Penn Yan school levy up 1.42 percent
Penn Yan school levy up 1.42 percent

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan school board of education approved the 2015-16 proposed budget during their meeting Wednesday, April 15, which contains a $17,518,663 tax levy, an increase of 1.42 percent more than the current year. Superintendent Howard Dennis and Assistant Superintendent of Business Cathy Milliman gave a presentation to the board with the updated numbers, indicating a total budget expense growth of 1.62 percent from the current year to a total of $33,607,526. Milliman said the district received additional state aid for the 2015-16 budget, a $534,142 increase to $14,076,118. She added the district also reduced the amount they would be spending in reserves from $1.25 million in 2014-15 to $850,000 in 2015-16.

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Penn Yan Rotary Radio Day is Saturday, April 25
Penn Yan Rotary Radio Day is Saturday, April 25

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Rotary Club is auctioning off hundreds of unique items to raise money for Camp Onseyawa and other community programs. Bids are currently being accepted online and a live call-in event will be held Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the live event, call 315-536-0838 or 315-760-4544 to bid on the items. A full list can be found by clicking 'Read More'

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Design, trees, cupola location are highlights of vision plan
Design, trees, cupola location are highlights of vision plan

PENN YAN--Roger Brown of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) spoke to the village of Penn Yan's planning and development committee Tuesday, April 14 regarding the plan outlined by the 2020 vision committee. Brown summarized the highlights of the vision plan developed for the village while addressing some key points, which included a possible design plan, planting more street-side trees and the consideration of where to place the historic cupola from the former Empire State Winery building.

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O-M district plans to reduce levy
O-M district plans to reduce levy

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour school board decided to pursue a $15.5 million budget with a 1 percent decrease to the tax levy on the proposed budget at a workshop meeting Thursday, April 16. The meeting was for the purpose of forming a budget the board would vote on in a week, Wednesday, April 22. Thursday, May 19, the budget will go before the voters for their approval. The board debated whether, and how much, to reduce the levy, weighing reductions between 0 and 2 percent, estimating how much each option would impact the budget and planning for possible future developments. "The purpose of the meeting was to look at scenarios where, instead of going up to the cap, with a 23.7 percent increase, we looked at possibly reducing the levy or at least keeping it even," Robert Halpin, president of the board, said.

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Legislature approves emergency plan
Legislature approves emergency plan

SCHUYLER COUNTY--After being tabled during their February meeting, the Schuyler County Legislature voted to approve updates to the county's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). This action took place Monday, April 13 in the legislative chambers, where the measure was passed unanimously by the legislature. According to the resolution, the approved plan includes a Schuyler County Transportation and Emergency Evacuation Plan, which was completed and added to the CEMP. The resolution also updates the Schuyler County Hazardous Materials Incident Response Plan. The resolution reads the plan is needed to "enhance the county's ability to manage emergency/disaster situations that are a threat to the county and community."

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Dundee looks at 3.9 percent tax increase
Dundee looks at 3.9 percent tax increase

DUNDEE--Following the release of state aid numbers, the Dundee school board is looking at a 3.9 percent tax levy increase for the 2015-16 school year. School Business Official Melissa Lawson presented the board with the updated preliminary budget information during the Thursday, April 9, board meeting. The board later voted to have the public vote on the budget May 19. Despite having the same percent increase as approved last year, Lawson said the increase this year would exceed the allowable tax cap by 8.6 percent. She said this is due to the district receiving restoration of prior year building aid that was curtailed during the 2014-15 school year.

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Cheerleading coach decision draws comments
Cheerleading coach decision draws comments

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board held their monthly meeting for more than two hours Thursday, April 9. While board meetings usually only draw an attendance of three to four people in the audience, some 32 people attended Thursday's regular meeting. Of them, some 14 people spoke in support of former Varsity Cheerleading Coach Dawn Baker. Baker said she was told by Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck, March 24, she would not be brought back as coach for the fall cheerleading season. She said she has been the cheerleading coach at Dundee for the past seven years, adding two of those years were without pay. According to Athletic Director Sheldon Gibson, the cheerleading coach makes $4,568 for the fall season and $6,229 for the winter season. While there was no resolution to remove Baker from the position, Houck said there was no need for one since coaching positions are a year-to-year appointment.

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State will improve sidewalks, road
State will improve sidewalks, road

WATKINS GLEN--Residents walking along Fourth Street in the village of Watkins Glen may have noticed the sidewalks closed to pedestrian traffic due to construction recently. According to village officials, the work is being done by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and is intended to update the access to the sidewalks where it intersects with key streets in the village, including Franklin Street. "The DOT is redoing Fourth Street," village Superintendent of Streets, Parks and Cemeteries Don Perry said. "What they are trying to do is, you have the [access issue]. They are making it compliant with that." Perry said additional work on the sidewalks is meant to bring the access up to date along village sidewalks, while also adding access to where it was not included before.

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County wants more network access details
County wants more network access details

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Legislature delayed action on two agenda items regarding the Yates County Open Access Fiber Network project agreements during their regular meeting Monday, April 13. One of the resolutions was to authorize the chairman to sign a grant disbursement agreement amendment with New York State Urban Development Corporation. The other resolution was to allow the chairman to authorize entering into a dark fiber indefeasible right of use (IRU) agreement with the Southern Tier Network (STN). The agreement states "STN would construct, own, operate, manage and market the network using rights-of-way, facilities, aerial attachments, underground conduit, poles and towers of various utilities, railroads and governmental entities," while the county would receive an "IRU to use 12 strands of the network's dark fiber for the county's exclusive internal use."

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Health care deadline is April 30
Health care deadline is April 30

ALBANY--New York State of Health (NYSOH), the state's official health plan marketplace, reminds New Yorkers who were uninsured in 2014 that they have until Thursday, April 30, to enroll in a health plan. "New York State of Health staff and partners are out in communities across the state to ensure that New Yorkers know that even though open enrollment for 2015 has ended, there are many circumstances where they may still qualify for a special enrollment period to get coverage and financial assistance through the marketplace," said NYSOH Executive Director Donna Frescatore. To help create awareness for this Special Enrollment Period (SEP), NYSOH has partnered with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service to provide tax preparers across the state with SEP information for their clients. The SEP began March 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. April 30.

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Scottish Festival plans changes
Scottish Festival plans changes

DUNDEE--After years of being located at Black Rock Speedway, the Dundee Scottish Festival will attempt to bring the annual event to the middle of the village. Festival manager Fran Willis said the festival will seek approval from the Dundee village board Tuesday, April 14, to relocate the festival for its seventh year in September. Willis said while the board appeared to be in favor of the idea, they wanted to make sure the village businesses were in favor before it was made official. "We are in the process of moving it to Main Street and Water Street, two blocks in town for the vendors, and up to Seneca Street Park and down to Spring Street Park," Willis said.

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New officials delay appointment
New officials delay appointment

WATKINS GLEN--Three new Watkins Glen village board members took the oath of office Monday, April 6 during their regular meeting. Mayor Sam Schimizzi along with Deputy Mayor Gary Schmidt and Trustee Kevin Thornton were sworn in by Village Clerk Donna Beardsley, while new Village Justice Connie Fern Miller was sworn into office by previous justice Nicholas Dugo. Trustee Tony Fraboni is the only remaining member from the previous board, as his seat was not up for election in March, nor was it vacated. While Trustee Rick Evans was appointed by the previous board to fill the seat vacated by former Trustee Paul Clifford, the new board did not reappoint him to the role, instead choosing to delay filling the position. Schimizzi thanked Evans for his brief time on the board, but said they are planning to appoint someone else to assume the role at a later date.

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State park workers start the prep jobs
State park workers start the prep jobs

WATKINS GLEN, KEUKA PARK--With May opening dates, area state parks are beginning preparation work to make sure the park is in prime condition for visitors. Ron Roney of the Watkins Glen State Park said they are having crew members scale the mile and a half length of the gorge cleaning up the debris left over from the winter weather. He said the park plans to open the gorge by mid-May, with camping opening the second weekend in May, adding there are many preparation components to take care of before then. "All components take a considerable amount of time," Roney said. He added the scaling work generally takes the longest to do at six weeks, while other work like getting the water turned back on at their seasonal buildings takes about four weeks to finish.

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County plans for emergency medical dispensing
County plans for emergency medical dispensing

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Office of Public Health will be holding a "Full Scale Medical Countermeasure Point of Dispensing" drill at the Dundee Central School gymnasium Friday, April 27. Margaret Brinn of Yates County Public Health said the event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Brinn said Public Health is looking for volunteers to help simulate how long it would take to dispense medication to a sample population in the case of an emergency. The purpose of the event is to test the county's emergency preparedness plan. While the drill will only take place at the Dundee gymnasium, the drill will test the department's ability to dispense medical supplies to the entire Yates County population.

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U.S. Senators announce grape juice subsidies
U.S. Senators announce grape juice subsidies

NEW YORK--U.S. Senators Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-New York) and Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use up to $9.6 million in Section 32 funds to purchase concord grape juice for use in domestic nutrition programs. The grape industry currently has a surplus of Concord grapes thanks to a large 2014 crop. The senators had contacted the USDA to help purchase some of this surplus product to ensure prices remain stable for the industry. New York has 281 growers and over 9,700 acres of Concord vineyards. Schumer and Gillibrand announced a $9.6 million nationwide purchase of Concord grape juice, which will be used to supplement the USDA's supply for nutrition programs, such as the school lunch program.

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Dundee track wins at home
Dundee track wins at home

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity track and field teams dominated against four visiting schools, Tuesday, April 21. The boys had the lead with 138 points; Red Creek was next with 97 points. The girls held the top place with 85 points, followed by Waterloo with 83. Jon Huber finished first in the 100 meter dash (11.60) and 200 meter dash (24.81). Brennan Krall placed first in the pole vault (10'6"), while Lance Irwin won first in the discus (119'5") and shot put (41'4.5").

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Dundee baseball loses, 6-5
Dundee baseball loses, 6-5

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity baseball team lost to Naples, 6-5, Saturday, April 18. Ryan Sprague had two hits and two RBIs for Dundee. Naples led early scoring five runs, followed by Dundee earning four runs in the fourth inning. The Scots added a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Naples ended the game winning by one point. With the loss, the Scots' record is now 1-1.

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Watkins baseball loses to Notre Dame
Watkins baseball loses to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN-The Senecas' varsity baseball team lost to Notre Dame, Friday, April 17. The final score was 12-3. For Watkins, John Smith was 1-for-2, with a triple. Justin Kelly was 1-for-3, with two RBIs. Pitching for Watkins was Michael Doane and Justin Kelly.

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Senecas fall to Notre Dame
Senecas fall to Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen varsity softball team lost to Elmira Notre Dame, 16-1, Friday, April 17. Watkins Glen had hits from Katherine Meehan, Alexis Gonzalez, Nateah Cornish, and Brienna Solomon. Gonzalez pitched, while Cornish was the catcher.

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Hammondsport softball loses to Prattsburgh
Hammondsport softball loses to Prattsburgh

HAMMONDSPORT-The Hammondsport varsity softball team lost to Prattsburgh, Wednesday, April 15. The final score was 8-1. Alyson Binnert was 4-for-4 at the plate with four singles. She also struck out three on the mound. Olivia Makarick registered two singles and was walked once. Shanea Campbell also recorded a single for the Lakers.

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Indians softball loses close game
Indians softball loses close game

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour varsity softball team suffered a loss to Candor, Wednesday, April 15. The final score was 7-6. Dasia Herrmann was 2-for-3, with a run, while Nikki Crout was 1-for-4, with a run. Ashley Kot was 1-for-3, with a walk, two runs, and one RBI. Megan Jenkins was 1-for-2, with one run and one RBI. Brianna Struble had one run.

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Lakers fall to Prattsburgh, 12-4
Lakers fall to Prattsburgh, 12-4

HAMMONDSPORT-The Hammondsport varsity baseball team lost to Prattsburgh, 12-4, Wednesday, April 15. Jeff Thompson had four strikeouts on the mound, while Jordan Thompson had three. Damian Mathews and Jake Peacock were both 1-for-3 at the plate.

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Candor baseball tops Odessa
Candor baseball tops Odessa

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team lost to Candor, Wednesday, April 15, 20-6. Joel Kelly, Cody Smith and Jeremiah Holley pitched for the Indians. Chris Foote recorded three hits.

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Watkins Glen tennis beats Odessa, 6-1
Watkins Glen tennis beats Odessa, 6-1

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen varsity tennis team beat Odessa-Montour, 6-1, Thursday, April 9. For the Senecas, Hannah Pulis beat Sarah Norton, 6-0, 6-0. Hannah Morse topped Cameron Adams, 6-0, 6-0, while Liam Fitch beat Manley Gavich, 6-4, 6-3. In doubles, William Pastrick and Jordan Shea beat Brooke Collins and Billy Tague, 6-4, 6-3. Kendra Larson and Paige Robbins won against Bronwyn Stermer and Kate Ross, 6-0, 6-1. Keziah Fraboni and Makenna Fraboni beat Alec Betts and Syria Tague, 6-0, 6-1. For the Indians, Curtis Harris beat Luke Flahive, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

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Indians beat Newfield in track and field meet
Indians beat Newfield in track and field meet

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour boys varsity track and field team beat Newfield, 82-25, while the Odessa girls triumphed, 70-34, Wednesday, April 8. Watkins Glen also competed, but as a scrimmage. For the Indians' boys, Andy Fudala finished first in the 110 hurdles (17.5), first in the 400 hurdles (1:08.8), first in the high jump (5'), and first in the pole vault (7', a tie). Chad Sykes took first in the 100 meter dash (11.9). Luke Eberhardt was first in the 1600 (5:35.2) and first in the pole vault (7', a tie). Charles Sidle finished second in the triple jump (35'2") and second in the long jump (18'3"). Bryce Elliott finished first in the discus (119'2") while Zach Elliott was first in shot put (36'5"). Ryan Marsh took second in the 400 meter run (62.2). James Randolph was second in the 400 hurdles (1:10.7).

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Penn Yan boys, girls take fourth
Penn Yan boys, girls take fourth

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity track and field teams finished fourth in a meet held at Penn Yan, Tuesday, April 7. Five schools competed. For the boys, Andrew Davis was first in the 3200 meter run (10:56.7) and second in the 1600 meter run. Kyle Ingerick finished second in the 200 meter run, third in the 100 meter run, and third in the pole vault. John Drozda took third in the 400 meter run. The 4x800 meter relay team took second, while the 4x400 meter relay team was third. For the girls, Katie Worden won the high jump (4'), while the 4x100 meter relay team also finished first (58.7). Sabrena Parsons took second in the 100 meter hurdles. Lydia Anderson was second in the 400 meter run and third in the long jump. Emily Fingar was third in the 400 meter hurdles, while Stephanie Owens was third in the 800 meter run. Kayli Harling took third in the shot put. The 4x400 meter relay team finished second.

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Mustangs tennis team falls to Newark
Mustangs tennis team falls to Newark

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity tennis team opened the season with a 4-1 loss to Newark, Tuesday, April 7. The Mustangs' win came from Jon Lucas in singles, beating Matt Roelands, 6-3, 6-3. Also in singles, Jack Arnold fell, 6-2, 6-1, and Jake Moore lost, 6-2, 6-2. In doubles: Noah Terpolilli and Matt Lafferty, lost 6-2, 6-2; and Garrett Warren and Keegan Baxter fell 6-4, 6-2.

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Penn Yan tops Geneva, 14-3
Penn Yan tops Geneva, 14-3

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team improved to a 1-1 record by beating Geneva, 14-3, Friday April 3. Ben Covert led with five goals, while Sean Emerson scored three goals and had two assists. Craig Gerhardt also had two goals and one assist. Other scoring included: Austin Fingar, one goal and two assists; Tate Stewart, one goal and one assist; Casey Marsh, one goal and one assist; Connor Fingar, one goal; and Ben Emerson, one assist. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti had six saves.

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Notre Dame baseball tops Odessa
Notre Dame baseball tops Odessa

ELMIRA-The Odessa-Montour varsity baseball team traveled to face Notre Dame, Wednesday, April 1. The final score was 18-0, Notre Dame. Field conditions at Odessa made it so the scheduled home contests were changed to away games. The Indians return to action Wednesday, April 8 at Newark Valley.

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Odessa softball falls in season opener
Odessa softball falls in season opener

ELMIRA-The Indians' varsity softball team lost to Elmira Notre Dame, 22-1, in the season opener, Wednesday, April 1. Ashley Kot and Addi Rhodes each had a single. Brianna Struble pitched for three innings, while Maddison Lodge followed with two innings. Odessa plays next at Newark Valley, Wednesday, April 8.

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Mustangs lose season opener
Mustangs lose season opener

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team fell to Worthington Kilbourne, Sunday, March 29. The final score was 7-3. Sean Emerson scored one goal and had two assists. Connor Fingar and Craig Gerhardt each scored once. Tate Stewart also had one assist. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti had nine saves.

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Penn Yan girls open the season with a 14-3 win
Penn Yan girls open the season with a 14-3 win

PENN YAN-The Lady Mustangs' varsity lacrosse team started the season with a win against Wayne, 14-3, Friday, March 27. Brienna Yonge and Heather Conklin both led with four goals and one assist. Hannah Keech and Courtney Lafler each scored three goals. Keech also had two assists, while Lafler added one.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
April 22 ... Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 ... Honeoye, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 20 ... @ South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.
April 22 ... Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 21 ... North Rose-Wolcott, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... Red Jacket, 4:30 p.m.

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