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Tyrone town supervisor claims form was falsified
Tyrone town supervisor claims form was falsified

TYRONE--Tyrone Supervisor Don Desrochers informed the town council Tuesday, Oct. 10 he has become aware of a Tyrone document on file with the state Department of Transportation he says has been falsified. It was after the regular town meeting Tuesday Desrochers announced the problem. In addition to council members, more than 20 residents were in attendance at the meeting along with Schuyler County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan.

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Proposed budget shows flat tax rate
Proposed budget shows flat tax rate

YATES COUNTY--Yates County Treasurer Nonie Flynn has submitted the proposed 2018 budget for the Yates County legislature to review. The 2018 proposed numbers show the county will stay within the property tax cap and the property tax rate will stay flat at $6.53 per thousand, the same as the 2017 tax rate after rounding. The total revenues are projected to increase in 2018 to $24,976,144 compared to $24,440,129 in 2017. The difference is $536,015 or 2.19 percent. Expenditures increase 2.89 percent from $41,572,591 to $42,773,163 in the proposed numbers.

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IndyCar won't return in 2018
IndyCar won't return in 2018

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen International released a statement Thursday, Oct. 12, saying after two years of partnership, the track and IndyCar have agreed to separate for the 2018 season. The WGI statement said this is a decision based purely on an inability to find a date that works for the fans, the series and the track. Both groups agreed to continue a positive working relationship and will keep lines of communication open should opportunities become available in the future.

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Village of Odessa gets $691K for sewer project
Village of Odessa gets $691K for sewer project

CORNING--Sen. Tom O'Mara (R--Big Flats) and Phil Palmesano (N.Y. State Assembly), announced municipalities throughout Steuben and Schuyler Counties are among the localities statewide selected to share $255 million as part of the latest round of grant funding under the New York's "Water Infrastructure Improvement Act." The village of Odessa in Schuyler County was awarded $691,375 for a wastewater treatment project.

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District attorney candidates answer questions
District attorney candidates answer questions

PENN YAN--Incumbent Valerie Gardner (Republican) and Todd Casella (Independence and Reform) are both vying for the position of Yates County District Attorney.
With election day less than a month away, the candidates received questions from Yates County residents Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) forum in Penn Yan. John Prendergast, chairman of Yates County's SCOPE was the coordinator for the meeting at the Elks Lodge.

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Businesses send Cuomo letter against gas project
Businesses send Cuomo letter against gas project

SENECA LAKE--Residents are stepping up the fight against a plan to store millions of barrels of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in unlined abandoned salt caverns beneath the shores of Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen. Nearly 500 local business owners, including leaders of the region's winery and tourism industries, sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo condemning Crestwood's proposed industrial gas storage and calling on the governor to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner, Basil Seggos, to prevent it from moving forward.

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Wineries are optimistic with the harvest
Wineries are optimistic with the harvest

FINGER LAKES--It's grape harvest time and the wineries are optimistic with the results. Things are looking good for this year's harvest despite concerns over the heat for a majority of the summer and then the unseasonably early cool snap at the end of August. Chris Stamp, winemaker at Lakewood Vineyards, said, "What we're seeing is a much larger crop than we've seen in a few years. We have a bigger crop but we also had a lot of foliage due to all the rain we had over the summer.

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Motorist caution: deer season is here
Motorist caution: deer season is here

FINGER LAKES--Fall months are when deer are most active and more likely to be hit by cars. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Environmental Conservation has urged drivers to be aware that deer become more active and are more likely to enter public roadways in the fall months. Two-thirds of all collisions between deer and vehicles occur during the months of October, November, and December. This is the time when deer breed and when they travel the most.

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Schuyler will hold memorial service Friday
Schuyler will hold memorial service Friday

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler officials will conduct a memorial service Friday, Oct. 13 to honor the four county employees who were killed Oct. 15, 1992 while working at the county office building. Friday marks 25 years since the fatal shootings occurred. The legislature will remember and celebrate the lives of Florence Pike, Phyllis Caslin, Nancy Wheeler and Denise VanAmburg.

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Candidates will meet at forum  on Thursday
Candidates will meet at forum on Thursday

PENN YAN--The Yates County SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) chapter will hold a 'Meet the Candidate Forum' Thursday night, Oct. 12 at the Penn Yan Elks Lodge on Main Street. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. SCOPE Chairman John Prendergast said he has invited the seventh judicial judge candidates and the Yates County District Attorney candidates Valerie Gardner and Todd Casella to the forum.

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Legislators approve tourism funding amounts
Legislators approve tourism funding amounts

PENN YAN--The Yates County Legislature met Tuesday, Oct. 10 in the county office building and approved resolutions to benefit tourism in the county.
The Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) has reviewed submissions from 16 organizations requesting a total of $482,097.

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Legislators plan another tax rate reduction
Legislators plan another tax rate reduction

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The tentative 2018 Schuyler budget includes the sixth consecutive year of tax rate reductions for the county. County Administrator Tim O'Hearn said, "Almost all legislators participated in the (budget) review process and they met with each department in an effort to further reduce the burden on county taxpayers. They were successful in their efforts, concluding Thursday afternoon, Oct. 5, with the net result of a further lowering of the tax levy for 2018. After review, the tax rate is now .72 percent. (reduced from 2.39 percent). In addition, the tentative budget is $363,000 under the state tax cap.

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EMS team fights for sustainability
EMS team fights for sustainability

DUNDEE--After a two hour meeting at the Dundee fire department, it seems Yates County's EMS may need life support to survive. With concerns about funding, the lack of new volunteers and the widespread area of coverage, it will take time to see how the EMS team tackles the obstacles. The meeting was held on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Dundee fire department. The Yates County EMS team invited representatives from around the region to go over the issues they have been facing and the best ways of dealing with them in the future.

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Harvest Festival has some new features
Harvest Festival has some new features

MONTOUR FALLS--Celebrate the season with the return of The Falls Harvest Festival at its new location this Saturday, Oct 7. The festival will be held at Montour Falls Carnival Grounds, off Clawson Blvd./State Route 224. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and will include events for the entire family. Scheduled activities will include: donut eating, The Kids' Zone, crafts and live entertainment by Black Diamond Express. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest.

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Gas storage project is one step closer
Gas storage project is one step closer

READING--Crestwood LLC has won a battle that finds it one step closer to storing liquid propane gas (LPG) in salt caverns at Seneca Lake. The battle is currently awaiting a decision from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) James McClymonds has issued a 75-page decision stating they have seen all the evidence needed and hearings will not be required to move forward with the decision on whether or not to store millions of gallons of LPG under Seneca Lake. This comes in direct conflict with protests from Gas Free Seneca, Finger Lakes Wine Business Coalition (FLXWBC), the Seneca Lake Communities and Seneca Lake Pure Water Association.

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Governor takes new action against fentanyl
Governor takes new action against fentanyl

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a series of new actions Thursday, Sept. 28 to combat the fentanyl crisis in communities across New York state. The governor will advance legislation to add 11 fentanyl analogs to the state controlled substances schedule, giving law enforcement the ability to go after the dealers who manufacture and sell. To further protect New Yorkers, the governor is also directing the New York State Department of Financial Services to take immediate action to advise insurers against placing arbitrary limits on the number of naloxone doses covered by an insurance plan.

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Harmful Seneca Lake algal blooms expand with warm days
Harmful Seneca Lake algal blooms expand with warm days

Publisher's note: Many of the area lakes have experienced harmful algal blooms recently. This story is about the high number of blooms on Seneca Lake.
SENECA LAKE--The warm, calm days of September have triggered an unprecedented outbreak of harmful algal blooms, or HABs, along the shorelines of Seneca Lake. HABs are cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae, which often produce toxins that are harmful to people and their pets, particularly dogs. The blooms were first reported in Seneca in 2015. Last year, several more were reported, including a few that produced laboratory-confirmed high toxins.

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Joint school meeting prompts more questions
Joint school meeting prompts more questions

PENN YAN--The school boards of Penn Yan and Dundee held a combined meeting Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Penn Yan Elementary School to discuss the results of their recent community survey. The survey* was distributed in the past six weeks to parents, students, teachers and community members to gain feedback for the school's administration regarding school offerings for students and to look at the possibility of merging the two school districts.

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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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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.
Seneca Indians Football 10-14-17 (Homecoming)
Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour Swimming 10-12-17
Dundee Volleyball 10-12-17
Penn Yan Boys Soccer 10-11-17

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

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's spring fall schedule for the coming week:

Boys soccer
Oct. 10 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 5 ... Newfield, 7 p.m.

Girls swimming
Oct. 17 ... Whitney Point, 5 p.m.
Oct. 19 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 18 ... @ Watkins Glen, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 ... Newark Valley, 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
Oct. 13 ... @ East Rochester, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Oct. 13 ... @ Geneva, 5 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 5 ... Waterloo, 6:30 p.m.

Golf
Oct. 4 ... Newark, 4 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 17 ... @ Ontario County Park, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 ... @ Marion, 10 a.m

Girls tennis
Sept. 28 ... @ Naples, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 17 ... @ Midlakes, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 ... Newark, 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Girls soccer
Oct. 13 ... Canisteo Greenwood, 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Oct. 13 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 5 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 17 ... @ Canisteo Greenwood, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 17 ... Jasper Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 ... @ Marion Invitational, TBA.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Oct. 13 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 5 ... @ Honeoye, 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Oct. 9 ... @ Bloomfield, 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 ... Midlakes, 4:30 p.m..

Volleyball
Oct. 19 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 6 p.m.

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