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Crestwood abandons natural gas plan
Crestwood abandons natural gas plan

READING--Crestwood Subsidiary, Arlington Storage Company is abandoning efforts to expand natural gas storage in unlined salt caverns near Seneca Lake. In its bi-weekly environmental compliance report, filed May 10 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Arlington stated it has "discontinued efforts" to complete the project. The report stated, "Despite its best efforts, Arlington has not been successful in securing long-term contractual commitments from customers that would support completion."

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Lions install new Red Jacket playground
Lions install new Red Jacket playground

PENN YAN-Workers at Red Jacket Park Friday, May 12 began the installation of the new playground designed by Parkitects. The $70,000 project drew volunteers over the weekend in celebration of the Lions Club International centennial. Work at Red Jacket Park was mostly completed Saturday, May 13. The "universal design" equipment, shown Monday, May 15, appeals to children of all ages and ability levels including those with special needs.

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Dundee village accepts $1.5 million bid
Dundee village accepts $1.5 million bid

DUNDEE--The Dundee village board accepted the $1,498,250 bid of Fineline Pipeline, Inc. of Livonia, New York for the water main project scheduled to begin this summer in the village. The board reviewed a total of three bids. Fineline underbid the competition by nearly half a million dollars. At the board meeting Tuesday, May 9, Dundee Village Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said Fineline's labor costs were lower on a large number of line items. He said he checked Fineline's work record with other jurisdiction and they received good reviews.

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Wine, food festival set for Saturday
Wine, food festival set for Saturday

WATKINS GLEN--Seneca Lake Wine and Food will celebrate the best the Seneca Lake area has to offer, Saturday, May 20 at Clute Park in Watkins Glen. There will be over 200 wines to choose from, along with food vendors, live music and waterfront views.

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Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic is this Saturday, May 20
Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic is this Saturday, May 20

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Rotary Club and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic, Saturday, May 20. The event runs from 2 to 7 p.m at the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan. Twenty invited wineries will pour Finger Lakes wines, pairing tastings with eight food vendors at this second annual event.

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O'Hearn will head shared services panel
O'Hearn will head shared services panel

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Council of Governments will hold public meetings June 21 and July 12 to discuss the new county-wide Shared Services Panel (SSP) initiative. The first public meeting is May 17. This mandated law aims to reduce property taxes by requiring county officials to develop localized plans that find tax savings by coordinating and eliminating duplicative services and enhancing group purchasing power.

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Citizens will monitor lake blue-green algae
Citizens will monitor lake blue-green algae

SENECA LAKE--Undeterred by a recent setback in court, dozens of private citizen volunteers are gearing up to monitor expected outbreaks of toxic blue-green algae in Seneca Lake this summer. Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, are a growing statewide menace that feature cyanobacteria that release potent liver and skin toxins. HABs were reported in 157 waterbodies across the state last year, more than triple the number in 2012, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Yates County Job Fair set for May 17
Yates County Job Fair set for May 17

PENN YAN--If you are seeking employment for a full or part time job, a new county job fair is the place to look. The Yates County Job Fair will take place Wednesday, May 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn under the tent on Keuka Lake. This event provides an opportunity for job seekers to meet employers. The event is free to the public. Over 30 employers from different sectors will be recruiting for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions with over 200 jobs available for hire.

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Television series features Montour Falls scene
Television series features Montour Falls scene

MONTOUR FALLS--He's always liked the view down Main Street in Montour Falls toward Shequaga Falls. But when he saw it on the opening of a Hallmark mystery series on television, James Sgrecci said, "Nah, that can't be it." He saw it again, and thought the same thing. "By the time you think about it, it's already gone. It's only on for about eight seconds." The third time he saw it, he was sure. There was the village hall with its domed cupola, Quinlan's Pharmacy, the white pillared house in front of the falls.

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Shared service panel has state requirement
Shared service panel has state requirement

PENN YAN--The first meeting of the 2017 Yates County Shared Services Panel was held in the village hall Monday, May 8. Robert Lawton, county administrator, convened the meeting and presented an overview of the new state mandate intended to generate property tax savings by facilitating operational collaboration between local governments.

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Superintendent compensation at $165K, plus
Superintendent compensation at $165K, plus

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen school board approved the new incoming superintendent's compensation plan for Greg Kelahan Tuesday, May 2. The annual compensation contract is nine pages in length and includes an annual salary of $165,000, 25 paid days of vacation each year, 14 paid holidays per year, five days of paid leave per year to conduct personal business, 15 paid sick days per year and five days paid per year for bereavement time. He also receives a paid (85 percent paid by the school district) medical insurance plan.

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Sen. O'Mara honors cheese trail leader
Sen. O'Mara honors cheese trail leader

ALBANY--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) has named Carmella Hoffman, owner and operator of Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, as the 2017 New York State Senate "Woman of Distinction." Hoffman represented O'Mara's 58th District at the Senate's 19th annual "Women of Distinction" awards ceremony in Albany Tuesday, May 9. She was recognized along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts from across New York.

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EMT volunteers: Dundee has 'dire need'
EMT volunteers: Dundee has 'dire need'

DUNDEE--The Dundee Fire Department held an open house Saturday, April 29 to recruit firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Dundee Fire Chief Doug Miller said the need for EMTs is especially great. "The department has a dire need for EMTs," said Miller, "especially during the daytime hours." Miller said firefighters and ambulance drivers are also needed. Diane Warriner is a Dundee resident, retired fire chief and an active EMT. She said that often, only two EMTs are available during the week in Dundee.

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Seneca7 race runs through village, county
Seneca7 race runs through village, county

GENEVA--The "Renegade 7" team from Endicott, New York won the seventh annual "Seneca7" relay race Sunday, April 30. The 77.7-mile route around the lake began in downtown Geneva and ended at Geneva's lakefront park. Teams from 10 states, as well as Canada competed. The winning time was 7:34:02. The course circled Seneca Lake, traveling through Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, and Yates Counties, including the village of Watkins Glen.

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Dundee announces valedictorian, salutatorian
Dundee announces valedictorian, salutatorian

DUNDEE--Dundee Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2017. Calley Knapp is the valedictorian, while Alexa Wilderotter is the salutatorian. Knapp is the daughter of Brian and Tracey Knapp of Dundee. She is planning on attending SUNY Cobleskill in the fall majoring in therapeutic horsemanship. Wilderotter is the daughter of Patricia Sorce of Himrod. She will be entering the University of Buffalo in the fall majoring in chemical engineering.

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Watkins board sets village clean-up day
Watkins board sets village clean-up day

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Village Board met at their regular meeting May 1 and reminded residents Saturday, May 13 is the date for the annual village clean-up day. This event is held every spring at Clute Park so village residents can discard broken items or junk free of charge. The list of acceptable items includes household appliances, TVs, gas/charcoal grills, hot water tanks, plastic, wood or metal furniture and beds or mattresses. Items not accepted are hazardous waste, electronics and household garbage. There will also be a paper shredder on site this year. The board asks that you have proof of residency available.

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Penn Yan student has whooping cough
Penn Yan student has whooping cough

PENN YAN-A middle school student in the Penn Yan school district has been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Superintendent of Schools Howard Dennis sent a letter to parents April 26 advising them to make sure their family's vaccinations are up to date. He stated, "Remember it is still possible for vaccinated children to become ill."

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Have you tried an orange-colored wine?
Have you tried an orange-colored wine?

FINGER LAKES--Using a winemaking technique hundreds--if not thousands--of years old, several Finger Lakes wineries are creating a new set of flavor profiles using white grapes. The result is a complex amber or pale orange colored wine which has begun to capture the palates and culinary imaginations of many seasoned wine tasters.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Hammondsport, Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the May 17 newspapers.

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Sports Photo Galleries
Sports Photo Galleries

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Penn Yan Softball 5-10-17
Watkins Glen Boys Golf 5-10-17
Penn Yan Tennis 5-10-17
Penn Yan Baseball 5-10-17
Dundee Baseball 5-11-17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17

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 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17

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 May 3 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and Dundee. These results appeared in the April 26 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/19/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/19/17

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 April 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the April 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17

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

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen combined Baseball
May 9 ... Elmira Notre Dame (at O-M), 4:30 p.m.
May 12 ... @ IAC Championship, TBA.

Softball
May 11 ... @ IAC Championship, TBA.
May 19 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Lacrosse
May 8 ... @ Bath, 5 p.m.
May 9 ... @ Elmira Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
May 12 ... @ Dryden, 5 p.m.

Track and field
May 8 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 ... @ Fast Times Invite, 4 p.m.

Boys golf
May 8 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 3:30 p.m.
May 10 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.

Girls golf
May 8 ... @ Ithaca, 4 p.m.
May 11 ... @ Waverly, 4 p.m.

Tennis
May 11-13 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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

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

Softball
May 1 ... Tioga, 4:30 p.m.
May 3 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 4:30 p.m.
May 5 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
May 11 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Girls golf
May 8 ... Ithaca, 4 p.m.
May 11 ... @ Waverly, 4 p.m.

Boys golf
May 8 ... Tioga, 4 p.m.
May 9 ... Union Springs, 4 p.m.
May 10 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 4 p.m.

Track and field
May 8 ... @ Divisional Meet, 4:30 p.m.
May 13 ... @ Groton Invite, 10 a.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

PENN YAN--Listed is Penn Yan's spring sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys lacrosse
May 9 ... @ Geneva, 5 p.m.
May 12 ... Penfield, 7 p.m.

Girls lacrosse
May 9 ... @ Geneva, 6 p.m.
May 12 ... @ Aquinas Institute, 5 p.m.

Baseball
May 8 ... @ Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 ... @ Mynderse, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 9 ... Bath, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 ... @ Mynderse, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 9 ... Clyde Savannah, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 ... @ Marion, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
May 8 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Baseball
May 8 ... Avoca, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... @ Arkport, 4:30 p.m.
May 11 ... @ Bath, 6:30 p.m.

Softball
May 10 ... @ Arkport, 4:30 p.m.
May 11 ... @ Whitman, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 9 ... @ Addison, 4:30 p.m.
May 13 ... @ Wellsville, TBA.

Golf
May 8 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... @ Jasper-Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.
May 11 ... @ Bath, 4 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
May 2 ... Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 ... @ Honeoye, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 9 ... @ Naples, 4:30 p.m.
May 11 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 9 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.
May 26 ... @ Sectionals, 4:30 p.m.

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Watkins wins state championship at buzzer
Watkins wins state championship at buzzer

TROY-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game, Sunday, March 19 at Hudson Valley Community College. The Watkins girls claim the New York state title with a 22-2 season record and a victory over Port Jefferson 65-63, Sunday. Hannah Morse sunk the game winning shot for Watkins Glen as the buzzer ended the game, helping the team capture their first state title in school history. The big story in the game was the 28 point fourth quarter, which allowed the Senecas to overcome the 16 point deficit they faced at the end of the third quarter. The Schuyler County girls trailed every quarter except the fourth.

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Watkins will play for the state title
Watkins will play for the state title

TROY--The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team beat Mekeel Christian Academy 60-49 in the state semifinal Class C bracket Saturday, March 18 at Hudson Valley Community College. The Senecas took an early lead and finished on top, 18-12, at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Watkins lead had narrowed to five points, 29-24. The Senecas' defense kept Mekeel's top shooters under their average point totals in the first half.

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Watkins girls move to semifinals
Watkins girls move to semifinals

DRYDEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team defeated Thousand Islands, Saturday, March 11 to advance to the semifinal game in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament. The Senecas took an early lead, 12-10 at the end of the first quarter before expanding it to 28-19 at halftime. Watkins outscored Thousand Islands by six points in the third and nine in the fourth to secure the victory, 56-32, at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Amanda Pike led with 30 points and five rebounds in the game. Mariah Gonzalez recorded 13 points with seven rebounds and two assists. Taylor Kelly had six points, while Hannah Morse scored five points and added seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/8/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/8/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the March 8 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins secures championship in final minute
PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins secures championship in final minute

DRYDEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team won their third consecutive Section IV Class C championship, Saturday, March 4 at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The top-seeded Watkins Glen girls faced number two ranked Bainbridge-Guilford and won 37-35. Taylor Kelly shot the game winning basket with 17 seconds on the scoreboard.

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