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Election results: Casella tops Gardner
Election results: Casella tops Gardner

YATES COUNTY--The statewide general election was held Tuesday, Nov. 7, where residents voted for elected officials and weighed in on various ballot propositions. The two highest profile decisions the vote settled in Yates County were the district attorney race and the ballot propositions in Barrington relating to alcohol.

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Yates budget hearing this Thursday
Yates budget hearing this Thursday

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County legislature will hold a public hearing before the final 2018 county budget is approved. The budget meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16, in the legislative chambers, 7 p.m. The tax levy is going up 0.91 percent, and the tax rate is going down 1.07 percent. The levy moves to $16,191,848 from $16,045,571 last year. The tax rate goes from $6.5256 to $6.4556 with the proposed numbers. The budget is $342,839 under the New York state levy cap.

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Church extends its holiday table to many
Church extends its holiday table to many

BURDETT--When you're expecting a lot of guests for Thanksgiving, your day starts early. When you're expecting about 325 guests, give or take a few dozen, you're in the kitchen at 5 a.m. or so Thanksgiving day. Among the event's essentials are generous helpings of planning community support and a dedicated corps of volunteers.

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Transit service provides Yates legislature with update
Transit service provides Yates legislature with update

PENN YAN--The Yates Transit Service provided an update for the county legislature on their service vehicles and ridership numbers with a presentation by the Arc of Yates President and Chief Executive Officer Daniele Lyman-Torres Monday, Nov. 13. Lyman said they have received three new buses in October. The new vehicles are equipped to handle riders with disabilities and also have bike racks.

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New veterans' complex opens in Canandaigua
New veterans' complex opens in Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, Nov. 8 the opening of a $10.7 million housing development in the town of Canandaigua. Liberty Apartments at Parkside offers 48 homes and support services for veterans and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The complex is part of the governor's initiative to address the crisis of homelessness and strengthen services for veterans, and active services members and their families.

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State addresses employee shift scheduling
State addresses employee shift scheduling

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, Nov. 13 the state labor department is advancing regulations on "just in time," "call-in" or "on-call" scheduling, common practices that allow employers to schedule or cancel workers' shifts just hours before or even after they start. These practices can leave workers scrambling to find child care and force them to miss appointments, classes or important commitments. This affects workers in retail and other service sectors and can cost them hours and pay they had already budgeted. Once finalized, these scheduling protections will apply statewide.

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Veterans Day will honor service
Veterans Day will honor service

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Veterans Day is an opportunity to thank and honor all those who have served honorably in the military, in war or peacetime.

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Crestwood plans to sell U.S. Salt
Crestwood plans to sell U.S. Salt

WATKINS GLEN--Crestwood Equity Partners announced Tuesday, Oct. 31 it is selling U.S. Salt in Watkins Glen. Crestwood entered into a purchase agreement to sell 100 percent of the equity interests of U.S. Salt, LLC ("U.S. Salt") to an affiliate of Kissner Group Holdings LP for $225 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and is expected to close during the fourth quarter 2017.

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Yates plans for budget public hearing
Yates plans for budget public hearing

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County legislature has reviewed and revised the 2018 proposed budget for the county and a public hearing will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 before the final version is decided. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the legislative chambers. The changes to the budget from the first proposed version have resulted in a reduction in the tax levy, now $16,191,848 from $16,389,011, and also a reduction in the tax rate to $6.4556 from $6.5342.

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Schuyler County plans public hearing on budget
Schuyler County plans public hearing on budget

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County legislature has made changes to the proposed 2018 county budget, and will now move to finalize the numbers after a public hearing, Monday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Schuyler County Human Services Building in Montour Falls. The revised budget shows a reduction in expenses compared with the preliminary numbers, while also showing increased revenue over the first draft. This allows the levy to decrease by $78,916 compared to earlier numbers and makes the tax levy increase zero.

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Times columnist bullish on Finger Lakes
Times columnist bullish on Finger Lakes

FINGER LAKES--The Finger Lakes wine region and winemakers received only positive words from New York Times wine critic and author Eric Asimov, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5, at the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum. Asimov was the speaker at the Finger Lakes Community College auditorium and offered a 90 minute conversation about wines in the United States and throughout the world. The session was moderated by WXXI radio host Evan Dawson.

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Planning board hears puppy farm details
Planning board hears puppy farm details

PENN YAN--The Observer Nov. 1 edition included the story 'Planning board approves puppy farm expansion". There is a correction and a clarification for that story. The story said the Yates County Planning Board approved a special permit for a Barrington puppy operator to increase the number of dogs at their property. The correct wording from the planning board is that puppy farm operator Wayne Sensenig, 1714 Porters Corners Road, Dundee, was requested by the town of Barrington to get a special use permit for operating their existing dog breeding operation that includes 50-75 breeding females.

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Voters will go to the polls, Nov. 7
Voters will go to the polls, Nov. 7

TRI-COUNTY AREA--The general election Tuesday, Nov. 7 will decide the district attorney race in Yates County, elect a new supervisor in the town of Barrington as well as elect council members, legislators and judges in the three-county region. Three statewide ballot propositions and three propositions in Barrington will also be decided.

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Community gathers to discuss opioid crisis
Community gathers to discuss opioid crisis

YATES COUNTY--Concerned residents met with local officials in the Penn Yan middle school, Tuesday, Oct. 24 to hear more about the crisis with opioid drugs. A similar meeting was held at Dundee Central School Thursday, Oct. 26. Sheriff Ron Spike began the evening with a presentation on the current state of the problems his department was facing in the fight against drugs.

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Highway official updates Watkins paving project
Highway official updates Watkins paving project

WATKINS GLEN--Michael Griffin, New York State Department of Transportation assistant regional design engineer, spoke at the Harbor Hotel Monday Oct. 30 to update the status of the spring 2018 paving project. With regard to the work schedule, Griffin explained, "We're limiting the construction timeframe, we will be working in the spring and fall of 2018. We'll take off during peak season."

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Downtown $10M revitalization project proceeds
Downtown $10M revitalization project proceeds

WATKINS GLEN--Kristin VanHorn, director of planning for Schuyler County spoke at the Harbor Hotel Monday, Oct. 30 regarding the plans for the $10 million in funds to revitalize the downtown area of Watkins Glen. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) has entered its planning phase on the various visions and changes that would improve the village to both residents and visitors.

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Glen State park upgrades on budget, on time
Glen State park upgrades on budget, on time

WATKINS GLEN--Regional Director of State parks, Fred Bonn, spoke at the Harbor Hotel Monday, Oct. 30 regarding the state of the upgrades and enhancements to Watkins Glen State Park, the recipient of a $6.5 million grant. Bonn says the work is on schedule and on budget and should be completed by spring 2018. One of the most noticeable changes will be to the park's entrance on Franklin Street.

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Villages set Halloween trick or treat hours
Villages set Halloween trick or treat hours

FINGER LAKES--As Halloween nears, all of the local ghouls, goblins, witches and werewolves are gearing up to go on the yearly hunt for candy. The villages of Penn Yan and Dundee have announced trick or treat hours to run between the times of 6 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The village of Hammondsport will have trick or treat hours from 6 to 7 p.m. while the village of Watkins Glen will also be from 6 to 8 p.m. Watkins Glen, Montour Falls and Odessa have announced trick or treat hours to run between 6 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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SPORTS
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-15-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-15-17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Nov. 15 newspapers.

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

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Watkins Glen Cross Country 11-11-17 (State Finals)
Penn Yan Volleyball 11-4-17
Section IV Girls Swimming Prelims 11-1-17
IAC Swimming (Watkins/Odessa) 10-28-17
Hammondsport Volleyball 10-27-17
Penn Yan Volleyball 10-26-17

Penn Yan Football 10-21-17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-8-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-8-17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Hammondsport and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Nov. 8 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11/1/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11/1/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Nov. 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/25/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/25/17

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 Oct. 25 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/18/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/18/17

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 Oct. 18 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Seneca Indians fall in Watkins homecoming game
PHOTO GALLERY: Seneca Indians fall in Watkins homecoming game

WATKINS GLEN-The Seneca Indians varsity football team lost to Lansing 34-14, Saturday, Oct. 14. The game was the centerpiece of the Watkins Glen homecoming celebration as Clara Chedzoy was named the queen and Simon Wigmore the king. The candidates and royalty were announced at halftime during the football game. Zach Elliott led the Seneca Indians with 79 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Casen Weeden had 54 yards rushing and scored a two-point conversion. Noah Angle contributed 52 yards to the ground game. Quarterback Derrick Lewis had 87 passing yards.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/11/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/11/17

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 Oct. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/4/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/4/17

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 Oct. 4 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-27-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-27-17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Sept. 27 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan wins homecoming game against Midlakes
PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan wins homecoming game against Midlakes

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity football team improved their season record to 4-0 with a win, Saturday, Sept. 23 at homecoming. The Mustangs beat Midlakes, 37-8. During halftime, the 2017 class of athletic hall of fame inductees was introduced as well as crowning the homecoming queen. The newest hall of famers included: Paul Chapman, Michael Manley, Butch Mashewske, Jennifer Miles and the 1967 football team. Riley Kuver was named the homecoming queen and was escorted by Eli Moon.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Scots score 43 in homecoming loss
PHOTO GALLERY: Scots score 43 in homecoming loss

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity football team faced C.G. Finney in their homecoming game, Saturday, Sept. 23. The scores by quarter were: 14-0, 28-21, 34-27 and 46-43, Finney. Although the Scots trailed, a touchdown late in the fourth quarter combined with recovering an onside kick fueled momentum. However, an intercepted pass shutdown the Dundee offense, and ended the game at 46-43. Kyle Cratsley had three touchdowns in the game. Ryan Prior and Sam Richards each recorded one. At the conclusion of the game, Brianne Maloy was named the homecoming queen and Joshua Kane was selected as the king.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-20-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-20-17

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. 20 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan improves to 3-0
PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan improves to 3-0

PENN YAN-The state ranked Penn Yan Mustangs moved their season record to 3-0 with a win, Saturday, Sept. 16. Penn Yan won 36-16 over Newark. An explosive second half propelled the Mustangs to victory. The halftime score was 9-6, Penn Yan trailing. Dylan Stape had three touchdowns in the game. Desmond Battin and Conner Fingar also scored for the Mustangs.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee falls to Tri-Town
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee falls to Tri-Town

DUNDEE-The Dundee Scotsmen lost to the Tri-Town Titans, the combined team from South Seneca, Trumansburg and Romulus, Saturday, Sept. 16. The final score was 30-24.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Odessa-Montour celebrates homecoming
PHOTO GALLERY: Odessa-Montour celebrates homecoming

ODESSA-Odessa-Montour celebrated homecoming, Friday, Sept. 15, at the Seneca Indians football game. Jeremiah Lynch and Nakiaha Robinson were named the homecoming king and queen at halftime on Charles Martin Field. The football team lost a tough game to Oneonta, 40-14. Zach Elliott scored early for the Seneca Indians, however the second touchdown was not recorded until the fourth quarter, with less than two minutes remaining. Dayne Hughey scored on a passing play.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9/13/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9/13/17

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. 13 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

WATKINS GLEN--Listed is Watkins' spring fall schedule for the coming week:

Seneca Indians Football
Oct. 20 ... @ Dryden, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 21 ... @ Marathon Invitational, 9:15 a.m.
Oct. 28 ... @ IAC Championship, 9:30 a.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 17 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Boys soccer
Oct. 18 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Girls swimming
Oct. 19 ... Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 ... @ IAC Championship, TBA.

Volleyball
Oct. 18 ... Odessa-Montour, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 ... Thomas A. Edison, 6:30 p.m.

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