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Clute Park construction begins soon
Clute Park construction begins soon

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen village board voted to award $88,643.05 to Stantec for the design of the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Clute Park. The plans call for a new winter ice rink, a pavilion and new bathrooms. "We have a basic concept in terms of design, but it's not 100 percent going to be built as the design stipulates because as construction is going on we might have to change some things," Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk said. Costing roughly $4.5 million, Leszyk reiterated that none of the money going into the project is coming from the village.

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Local scouts persist as bankruptcy hits organization
Local scouts persist as bankruptcy hits organization

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Local Boy Scout officials are saying that local services will not be affected despite the bankruptcy filing by the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America, Tuesday, Feb. 18. The bankruptcy was filed in response to a bevy of lawsuits from former scouts alleging sexual abuse during their time in the Boy Scouts.

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Scams follow coronavirus concerns
Scams follow coronavirus concerns

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of fears surrounding the novel coronavirus. Scammers are using fake emails that contain harmful links designed to steal your personal information. While the New York State Department of Health, which is the medical authority on novel coronavirus in the state, has recently stated there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus anywhere in New York, people should still be on the lookout for scammers looking to take advantage of public fears surrounding this issue.

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Vaping ban, sick leave top priorities
Vaping ban, sick leave top priorities

ALBANY (AP) -- New York's governor is urging lawmakers to act swiftly on banning flavored electronic cigarettes and requiring paid sick leave. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using radio interviews and public appearances to argue those policy goals have the best chance of succeeding if the legislature passes them as part of his $178 billion budget. It's unclear whether lawmakers -- who are facing a shorter-than-usual session ending June 3 -- will pass the governor's legislative agenda in the state budget due April 1 or instead move ahead on their own bills.

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Auburn company buys building
Auburn company buys building

DUNDEE--The former Dundee Foods building, located at 74 Seneca St. in Dundee, was sold to Oneida Warehousing during the first week of February resulting in what village officials are hoping will be an economic boost to the village. In a press release announcing the acquisition, Oneida Warehousing said they plan on investing in the facility while at the same time working with local businesses to aid in their storage needs as well.

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State park attendance tops 1 million
State park attendance tops 1 million

WATKINS GLEN--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that New York's state parks, historic sites, campgrounds and trails welcomed a record-breaking 77.1 million visits in 2019. Of that, 1,037,138 visited Watkins Glen State Park in 2019. Statewide, the estimated attendance is up nearly three million visits from 2018, an increase of four percent. It reflects an overall increase of 33 percent--or more than 19 million visits annually --since 2011. Watkins Glen had 520,502 visitors in 2011, showing a 99 percent increase when compared to 2019 numbers.

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Village plans for sewer project
Village plans for sewer project

DUNDEE--The Dundee village trustees voted unanimously to award bids totaling roughly $800,000 to Kenyon Pipeline Inspection for the sewer rehabilitation project during the Tuesday, Feb. 11 board meeting. Coming in at about $200,000 under what was expected, Dundee Mayor Fred Cratsley said the money saved will be reinvested into completing more sewer rehabilitation work than was originally expected.

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Celtic festival features music
Celtic festival features music

DUNDEE--The Dundee Scottish Association will be presenting the midwinter Ceilidh (social gathering), Saturday, Feb. 22 at the American Legion in Dundee. The Celtic festival will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and include the music of the four-person group Three Stone Fire. The band is from Ithaca and plays songs from Scotland and Ireland with vocals, guitar, flute and fiddle. Additionally, guests who want to bring their instrument and join in the musical offerings are encouraged.

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DEC releases plastic bag regulations
DEC releases plastic bag regulations

NEW YORK STATE--Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Monday, Feb. 17, the release of the final regulations to implement the New York State Plastic Bag Waste Reduction Act, which goes into effect on March 1. After a review of the approximately 2,500 comments received from stakeholders and communities during the 60-day public comment period and a public comment hearing, these final regulations will be published in the state register on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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School board approves football merger
School board approves football merger

DUNDEE--The Dundee Central School Board of Education held the regularly scheduled meeting in the public meeting room, Thursday, Feb. 6. Included in the resolutions for the evening was the approval of a full-scale merger of the football and fall cheerleading programs for next school year (2020-2021). Although there was no discussion during the vote, Superintendent Kelly Houck addressed the change during her report to the board.

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Donations assist family after fire
Donations assist family after fire

WATKINS GLEN--A morning house fire on Route 28 in the town of Reading, Tuesday, Feb. 4, claimed the lives of two young people, as firefighters from around the region worked throughout the day to extinguish the blaze. The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office reported two victims were found in the residence, however, their identities have not been officially reported while the investigation and identification are occurring. Investigators from the Office of Fire Prevention and Control have assisted Sheriff investigators in the cause and aftermath of the incident.

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Dundee Winter Concert features guitar players
Dundee Winter Concert features guitar players

STARKEY--The seventh annual Dundee Winter Concert is quickly approaching and music fans will have the opportunity to experience a special concert at Starkey's Lookout, Friday, Feb. 21. Performers Loren Barrigar, Mark Mazengarb and special guest Katie Martucci will join together to help raise money for the Dundee Food Pantry with an evening that includes a pre-show get together at 6:30 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. concert.

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Village elections set for March
Village elections set for March

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Village elections are scheduled for March 18 with multiple seats up for grabs in Watkins Glen, Montour Falls and Odessa. In Watkins Glen, trustee seats set for four-year terms currently held by Democrat Laurie DeNardo and Republican Anthony Fraboni will be on the ballot. While DeNardo has registered to run for reelection Fraboni has decided to retire from public service.

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New bill could ban retail pet sales
New bill could ban retail pet sales

ALBANY (AP) -- New York could ban retail pet shops from selling dogs, cats or rabbits as soon as mid-2021 under a Democratic state senator's bill.
The state would join Maryland and California and hundreds of municipalities nationwide that have taken a stand to outlaw sales of those pets, Deputy Senate Leader Mike Gianaris said Monday.

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NY to sue over trusted traveler programs
NY to sue over trusted traveler programs

ALBANY (AP) -- New York state will file a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's decision to block New Yorkers from participating in "trusted traveler programs" in retribution for a new state law that could hinder federal immigration enforcement, officials said Friday. "It's an abuse of power. It's extortion. It is hurting New Yorkers to advance their political agenda. And we're going to fight back," Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said at a news conference in New York.

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Penn Yan will present musical
Penn Yan will present musical

PENN YAN--Forty-two students from the Penn Yan Middle School Drama Club will offer Penn Yan an amusingly different way to think about everyone's favorite fairy tale characters through their production of Into the Woods Jr. The show features students ranging from sixth to eighth grade and premieres on Friday, Feb. 7.

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Catlin pleads not guilty
Catlin pleads not guilty

PENN YAN--The upcoming case of Elizabeth Catlin has gained national attention with her indictment late last year on 95 counts related to helping Mennonite women with childbirth. With supporters showing up in droves at court appearances and even helping to raise bail, the charges against Catlin could potentially add up to hundreds of years of prison time if the felony maximums are added together.

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Hotline opens for virus questions
Hotline opens for virus questions

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday, Feb. 2 updates about the coronavirus which has impacted China and caused global concern about the spread of the illness. Samples from 12 New Yorkers have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing. Of those, 11 have come back negative. One sample, from New York City, is awaiting results but there have been no confirmed cases yet in the state.

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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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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20

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 Jan. 8 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19

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. 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Dec. 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19

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 Dec. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Dec. 4 newspapers.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Feb. 4 ... @ Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 ... Romulus, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Feb. 5 ... Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ Romulus, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 4 ... Bloomfield, 4 p.m.
Feb. 6 ... @ Penn Yan, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 24-25 ... @ League Championship, TBA.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Feb. 4 ... @ Waverly, 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Feb. 4 ... Waverly,7 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... Newark Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 4 ... Waverly, 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 ... @ Waverly, 1 p.m.

Boys swimming
Feb. 4 ... @ Waverly, 5 p.m.
Feb. 15 ... @ IAC Championships, 10 a.m.

Indoor track
Feb. 15 ... @ Section IV Championship, 12:30 p.m.

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Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule
Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Feb. 4 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ Candor, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
Feb. 4 ... Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... Candor, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Feb. 8 ... @ IAC Championship, 1 p.m.

Boys swimming
Feb. 4 ... Lansing, 5 p.m.
Feb. 15 ... @ IAC Championships, 10 a.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 28 ... Ithaca, 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 winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Feb. 4 ... Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 ... @ Mynderse, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Feb. 3 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 ... @ Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling
(Penn Yan/Marcus Whitman)
Feb. 7-8 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Bowling
Feb. 4 ... Wayne, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 ... Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 28 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 31 ... Addison, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
(Hammondsport/Bradford)
Jan. 27 ... @ Romulus, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... Canisteo-Greenwood, 7:15 p.m.

Wrestling
(Avoca/Hammondsport)
Jan. 30 ... @ Fillmore, 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 1 ... @ Avoca Invitational, 9 a.m.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-20-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-20-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport and Watkins Glen . These results appeared in the Nov. 20 newspapers.

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