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Lanternfly found in Yates County
Lanternfly found in Yates County

PENN YAN--The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) have confirmed the spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, has been found in Yates County. A single adult insect was reported on a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan. "DEC and our partners at the Department of Agriculture and Markets are closely tracking the spotted lanternfly, a destructive invasive pest, as part of our ongoing efforts to prevent its establishment and spread in New York. This pest has the potential to severely impact our state's agricultural and tourism industries," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

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Wineries look for a good harvest
Wineries look for a good harvest

FINGER LAKES--Despite the challenging grape growing weather in August, many area wineries say they're looking forward to a good harvest this year. "It's very much been a tale of two seasons," says Morten Hallgren, owner and winemaker for Ravines Wine Cellars, with tasting rooms in Hammondsport and Geneva. Hallgren's grapes come from vineyards at both ends of Seneca Lake as well as from Keuka Lake.

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Orr dies after motorcycle crash
Orr dies after motorcycle crash

GORHAM--A motorcycle crash on County Road 18 in Gorham has left Clifford Orr of Penn Yan dead after being airlifted from the accident scene. Deputies responded on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15 for the motorcycle accident. The investigation found the motorcycle was eastbound on County Road 18, west of Robson Road, when Orr stopped to avoid another motorcyclist. There was reportedly debris on the road that caused the group of motorcyclists to brake suddenly.

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Attorney challenges proposed rental law
Attorney challenges proposed rental law

WATKINS GLEN--The village board of trustees held a public hearing Monday, Sept. 17 to consider the details of a proposed short-term rental law. Short-term rentals are defined as any residential unit with one dwelling unit that is rented, in whole or part, to any person, group or entity for a period of not more than 30 consecutive nights in which at least one sleeping room is provided by the owner for compensation. Internet sites like airbnb along with others have helped to increase the prominence of short term rentals in Watkins Glen and most other areas in the country.

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Former Dundee teacher sentenced to jail
Former Dundee teacher sentenced to jail

PENN YAN--Amy Corron, 44, was sentenced Thursday, Sept. 13 by Yates County Judge Jason Cook to five months in jail and five years probation after pleading guilty to grand larceny in the third degree (a class D felony). The former Dundee teacher was also ordered to pay back $7,940 that she took from student funds for a 2017 senior class trip.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Glass in the Glen draws a crowd to the lakefront
PHOTO GALLERY: Glass in the Glen draws a crowd to the lakefront

WATKINS GLEN--The Corning Museum GlassBarge made its stop in Watkins Glen last week. Additional events in the village comprised the Glass in the Glen weekend celebration. Glass making demonstrations were held on the barge (pictured above) and a stage and vendors were setup in the harbor parking lot.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Wings and Wheels honors Curtiss
PHOTO GALLERY: Wings and Wheels honors Curtiss

HAMMONDSPORT--The annual seaplane event in Hammondsport, Wings and Wheels, was held Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16. Depot Park hosted a number of seaplanes for aviation fans to inspect. Above, volunteers move a 1914 Curtiss Model F which returned to Keuka Lake for the first time in 104 years at the event. Hammondsport's Glenn H. Curtiss is acknowledged as "The Father of Naval Aviation."

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Road work starts again this week
Road work starts again this week

WATKINS GLEN--The road and sidewalk construction project work resumes in Watkins Glen this week. Annette M. Burdett, public information officer for the state's Department of Transportation, said work is expected to resume with the sidewalks on the east side of Route 14, which will then continue to the west side of Route 14. Sidewalk and brick paver work will then continue just north of Division Street and south to Route 414.

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Curtiss will host weekend airplane event
Curtiss will host weekend airplane event

HAMMONDSPORT--The annual seaplane and car show event, Wings and Wheels, will be held in Hammondsport, Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16. The weekend is sponsored by and for the benefit of The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. The museum celebrates all things aviation, including motorcycles and local history. Glenn Curtiss is acknowledged as "The Father of Naval Aviation," with his early expertise in seaplanes. The weekend allows visitors to experience some of the history, as well as see various planes takeoff and land on Keuka Lake.

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Starkey board adopts new kennel policy
Starkey board adopts new kennel policy

STARKEY--In a 3-2 vote, the Starkey town council passed new regulations Thursday, Sept. 6 for the maintenance and oversight of commercial dog kennels. The council members were split supporting the new regulations with Jack Ossont and Fred Shoemaker believing the policy does not do enough to create direct oversight and accountability in the maintenance of dog kennels. Council members William Holgate and Alan Giles voted in favor of the regulations. Supervisor George Lawson, breaking the tie in favor of ratification, said the mandatory inspections by certified veterinarians were "concrete improvements" to the former policy, given that Starkey's local government could do only so much to regulate, compared to state and federal bodies.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Grand Prix Festival celebrates 25 years
PHOTO GALLERY: Grand Prix Festival celebrates 25 years

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival celebrated 25 years of commemorating the street racing era of motorsports, Friday, Sept. 7. Franklin Street was filled with spectators before the race was reenacted, and then they lined the streets taking photos of the race cars as they passed.

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Interim Keuka president updates legislature
Interim Keuka president updates legislature

PENN YAN--Keuka College Interim President Amy Storey visited the county legislature Monday, Sept. 10 to update Yates lawmakers on several college matters.
Storey has been in her position just over two months since her appointment July 1 due to a death in the family of the former president. Storey previously served as the college's vice-president for advancement and external affairs.

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GlassBarge travels to Seneca Lake
GlassBarge travels to Seneca Lake

WATKINS GLEN--2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company from Brooklyn to Corning. In celebration of this milestone, the Corning Museum of Glass launched a GlassBarge, a 30' x 80' canal barge equipped with CMoG's patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. The moving exhibit began in Brooklyn and has since made stops along the Hudson River and canal system. Watkins Glen is the final stop for the barge from Sept. 13-16 before an ending celebration at Corning.

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New academy addition begins in October
New academy addition begins in October

MONTOUR FALLS--A new field operations building has been approved by the state and construction on the $5 million project at the Montour Falls Fire Academy property will start in October. Kristin Devoe, director of public information for the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said construction crews are expected to begin site and foundation work around the end of October and take 14-15 months to complete.

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Grand Prix Festival set for Friday
Grand Prix Festival set for Friday

WATKINS GLEN--Seventy years after the first sports car races on village streets, Friday, Sept. 7, the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen is marking its own 25th anniversary. Since its debut in 1993, the Grand Prix Festival's mission has been to evoke the sights, sounds and feel of the early days of sports car racing through the streets.

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Votes are in: Finger Lakes takes top spot
Votes are in: Finger Lakes takes top spot

FINGER LAKES--According to a popular vote, Finger Lakes wineries have scored the top position in the USA TODAY newspapers' promotion for "Best Wine Region" throughout the country. The process for the selection is all about urging people to vote online. USA TODAY first has a panel of industry specialists partnered with the newspapers 10 Best online editors to pick the initial 20 nominees. The top 10 winners were then determined by popular vote.

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State adds Seneca Lake to water quality study
State adds Seneca Lake to water quality study

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, Aug. 29 Seneca Lake's inclusion in New York State's $65 million initiative to combat the growth of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in upstate New York. The program joins state and federal researchers with "cutting-edge advances in data collection and monitoring to identify contributing factors causing HABs."

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Woodcraft shop will close after 36 years
Woodcraft shop will close after 36 years

MONTOUR FALLS--Anyone driving on Route 14 through Montour Falls has surely noticed Falls Woodcraft Gift Shop. You couldn't miss it; it's been a fixture in town for 36 years. The house turned store was always surrounded by and covered with colorful wooden crafts and yard art, from animal cutouts to whirligigs to mailboxes. Now Falls Woodcraft is selling all of its inventory at 50 percent off, including one whole room of Christmas decorations.

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

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Sept. 19 newspapers.

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

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries were recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen Boys Soccer 9-14-18
Penn Yan Tennis 9-13-18
Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen Girls Soccer 9-12-18

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-12-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-12-18

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 Sept. 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-5-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-5-18

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

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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:

Seneca Indians Football
Sept. 14 ... @ Waverly, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... @ Elmira Heights, 1:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 11 ... @ Trumansburg, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 12 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 11 ... @ Tioga, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 ... @ Tioga, TBA.

Cross country
Sept. 11 ... Thomas A. Edison, 5 p.m.
Sept. 15 ... @ East Syracuse Minoa, 10 a.m.

Girls swimming
Sept. 11 ... Odessa-Montour, 5 p.m.
Sept. 17 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 5 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:

Boys soccer
Sept. 11 ... Newfield, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... Dryden, 5 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 12 ... Watkins Glen, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... @ Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Girls swimming
Sept. 11 ... @ Watkins Glen, 5 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... @ Whitney Point, 5 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 11 ... Waverly, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... Newfield, 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
Sept. 14 ... East Rochester, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 11 ... @ Geneva, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 ... @ East Syracuse, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 11 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... Waterloo, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 11 ... @ Wayne, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... Newark, 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 12 ... Geneva, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... @ Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.

Girls tennis
Sept. 10 ... Naples, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.

Golf
Sept. 12 ... @ Midlakes, 4 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... Naples, 4 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Sept. 14 ... @ South Seneca, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 ... @ Lyons, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 11 ... Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... @ Naples, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 12 ... @ Bloomfield, 6 p.m.
Sept. 17 ... Campbell-Savona, 6 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Boys soccer
Sept. 11 ... Arkport, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 ... @ Alfred Almond, 5:45 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 12 ... Friendship, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... @ Romulus, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 12 ... @ Addison, 7:15 p.m.
Sept. 14 ... Bloomfield, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 10 ... @ Avoca, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 ... @ Hornell, 4:30 p.m.

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Elliott wins first cup race at Watkins Glen
Elliott wins first cup race at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--Race fans had the opportunity to see just how close teams push their fuel mileage, Sunday, Aug. 5 at Watkins Glen International. First place finisher Chase Elliott ran out of fuel on his victory lap, while second place driver Martin Truex Jr. was out before the race even ended.

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Watkins announces driver appearance lineup
Watkins announces driver appearance lineup

WATKINS GLEN--As the Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR race weekend approaches, fans are looking to every opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers. A number of this season's most successful drivers will be appearing at The Glen's hospitality areas - The Bog, Pit Inn, and the Turn One Tavern, leading up to the green flag on Sunday, Aug. 5.

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Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018
Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries include the 2017-2018 school year games for Dundee, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport. Click 'Read more...' for the links.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the June 13 newspapers.

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Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title
Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title

PITTSFORD-The number one state-ranked Pleasantville Panthers showed how they earned that position, Saturday, June 9 at St. John Fisher College against the Penn Yan Mustangs. The final score was 16-2 with the Panthers being named the Class D state champions. The historically high-scoring Pleasantville team got on the scoreboard first, but strong defense by Penn Yan and some impressive saves by goalie Jeff Kinyoun gave the impression the Mustangs had Pleasantville under control.

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Mustangs stampede to state finals
Mustangs stampede to state finals

PITTSFORD--Penn Yan's storied postseason play lived up to its reputation, Wednesday, June 6 in the state semifinal game against Chenango Forks. The Mustangs came from behind to defeat Chenango Forks 10-7 at Growney Stadium on the campus of St. John Fisher. Section 4's Chenango Forks jumped out to an early lead in the game scoring four goals to Penn Yan's one. However, the momentum began to shift in a drastic way in the second quarter as Austin Blumbergs made a shot right before the buzzer and brought the score to 6-4, Penn Yan down by two.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18

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 6 newspapers.

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Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win
Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win

BUFFALO--The Penn Yan Mustangs defeated Section VI's Akron, Saturday, June 2 at All-High Stadium in Buffalo. The game went to overtime with Austin Blumbergs scoring the game winner, bringing the final score to 12-11. The young roster of Penn Yan was able to avenge the loss to Akron last year that went to double overtime (10-9). Freshmen Ayden Mowry and Devon Gerhardt combined for five of Penn Yan's goals, and sophomore goalie Jeff Kinyoun made eight saves.

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Penn Yan captures 23rd title
Penn Yan captures 23rd title

PITTSFORD--The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Aquinas in the Section V Class D championship game, Wednesday, May 30. The victory brings the Mustangs to 23 Section V championship titles. The final score Wednesday evening was 8-6, with Penn Yan recording five of the goals in the first quarter. They scored one goal in each of the remaining quarters to bring the total to eight.

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