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School elections move to absentee ballots by mail
School elections move to absentee ballots by mail

FINGER LAKES--While the Finger Lakes region continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, residents will vote for school district budgets and board elections universally through absentee ballot by mail. Many schools across the region have recently adjusted their proposed budgets in anticipation of a reduction in state aid.

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Dundee looks at Bradford sports merger
Dundee looks at Bradford sports merger

DUNDEE--Officials and board members from the Dundee and Bradford school districts met online Tuesday, May 19 to discuss a proposed merging of athletic programs between the two schools. While no final decision on the partnership was made, both districts walked away from the meeting confident they would work to finalize the arrangement.

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Watkins hears Clute Park ideas, updates
Watkins hears Clute Park ideas, updates

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen village board met Wednesday, May 20, and listened to an idea of using Clute Park as a drive-in movie theater during the summer. Eric Hollenbeck, board chair of the Finger Lakes Film Society, spoke during the public session to make the board aware he was exploring the possibility.
"We are in the early stages of asking to rent Clute Park for the summer to do movies in the park... it would be like a drive-in," said Hollenbeck.

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Association launches new lake program
Association launches new lake program
SENECA LAKE-The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association announced an initiative to make protecting Seneca Lake easy for those who depend on it most. Lake Friendly Living launched Friday, May 22, and is available to households and businesses throughout the Seneca Lake watershed, which stretches from Chemung County north to Ontario County.
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Two solar installations set for Yates
Two solar installations set for Yates

YATES COUNTY--Yates County and BQ Energy Development have signed a 35-year land lease for two capped landfill properties within Yates County that will allow for the installation of up to 37 MW of solar photovoltaic arrays on the surface of the landfills. The projects could operate by late 2021 and combined would be among the largest installations of solar energy on landfill properties in New York. Once the full build-out of the projects are completed, Yates County would receive almost $200,000 in annual rent plus additional benefits in reduced price electric power sales.

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The Glen announces schedule changes
The Glen announces schedule changes

WATKINS GLEN--As the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions begin to reopen after novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pause, Gov. Andrew Cuomo specifically said Watkins Glen International racetrack could reopen in a press briefing last week. "We're getting a little more nuanced in our analysis and starting to look for economic activities that we can start without crowds and gatherings - in this state we can do that with horse racing tracks and car racing at Watkins Glen and we're going to do that starting June 1st," said Cuomo.

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Dundee plans graduation; looks at sports
Dundee plans graduation; looks at sports

DUNDEE--District officials expressed hope that graduating seniors in the Dundee Central school district will be able to have a somewhat traditional, though limited, graduation ceremony during the virtual meeting Thursday, May 14. District Superintendent Kelly Houck expressed optimism students will be able to have a live, and in-person graduation ceremony on June 25 as opposed to one held virtually.

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O'Hearn details reopening plan
O'Hearn details reopening plan

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn updated residents and businesses Friday, May 15 as the county begins Phase One reopening. Beginning on Friday, Schuyler County along with the rest of the Southern Tier, was allowed to reopen construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, select retail and curbside pickup, agriculture, forestry and fishing industries from the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Penn Yan prepares for possible cuts
Penn Yan prepares for possible cuts

PENN YAN--Penn Yan school district officials announced during the Wednesday, May 13 board of education meeting they have put together a list of programs and services totaling $2 million that could be cut if the statewide budgetary shortfall affects state funding for the district. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to projections of a $61 billion shortfall in New York state.

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Holiday weekend will test health guidelines
Holiday weekend will test health guidelines

FINGER LAKES--With New York's regions slowly beginning to open in phase one after the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pause, many in the state and throughout the country are ready to get back to typical springtime activities. However, health experts are cautioning the public the virus still spreads quickly so continuing to clean hands, social distance, wear a face covering and disinfect surfaces frequently are extremely important. As testing continues to increase so will the number of positive COVID results.

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Watkins village approves new budget totals
Watkins village approves new budget totals

WATKINS GLEN-- The Watkins Glen village trustees voted to approve the roughly $2.7 million 2020-'21 budget during a special remote meeting Friday, May 8. The approved budget, which totals $2,749,294, is some $3,000 less than the previous year's, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, village officials say Watkins Glen is in good financial shape.

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Reed announces expanded  testing
Reed announces expanded testing

FINGER LAKES--Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY 23) announced Friday, May 8 $1,031,067 in grants for expanding coronavirus testing capacity for areas across the district. Funding will be awarded in the amount of $532,234 for Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care; $252,604 for the Southern Tier Community Health Network; and $246,229 for The Chautauqua Center. Funds will be disbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Three regions meet phase one requirements
Three regions meet phase one requirements

FINGER LAKES--Some 50 days after the New York state "pause" was first enacted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in reaction to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), three regions in the state will begin the phased reopen stage beginning May 15. On Monday, May 11 Cuomo detailed the seven metrics needed for the reopening, while stating the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions have met the criteria. He added the North Country and Central New York are also close to meeting the goals.

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Unemployment proves difficult for workers, businesses
Unemployment proves difficult for workers, businesses

FINGER LAKES--With unemployment numbers in America at their highest point since the Great Depression due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are reports of residents across the Finger Lakes having difficulty accessing unemployment benefits. State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, (R,C,I-Corning) said his office, which has been working remotely, has been spending 99.9 percent of its time trying to help residents get access to unemployment benefits.

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Census stirs uncertainty after virus
Census stirs uncertainty after virus

(AP)--It's not meant to be a trick question, but many filling out their 2020 U.S. census form struggle to answer: How many people were staying at your home on April 1? The pandemic has fostered sudden, unexpected dislocation, making a typically easy question confusing for the newly displaced. Some people living in coronavirus hot spots fled their homes or were hospitalized. Students living off-campus moved in with their parents once universities closed. Travelers got stuck far from home because of health concerns.

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Dundee streetscape project work begins
Dundee streetscape project work begins

DUNDEE--Work has begun on the $1.8 million streetscape improvement project in Dundee. When finished, the work will include new downtown sidewalks, a resurfaced Main Street, enhanced landscaping with new planters and new streetlights. Due to the fact the project is not only designed to improve the aesthetics of the village but also mitigate flooding, construction has been authorized to begin as other projects were stopped by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Finger Lakes meets many reopening metrics
Finger Lakes meets many reopening metrics

FINGER LAKES--While the various regions of New York look to reopen after the state mandated pause, May 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented new guidelines Monday, May 4 to show key statistics in the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On a chart in his daily press briefing, key metics he reported for regional reopening included hospitalizations, deaths, heath care capacity and testing with tracing. For the Finger Lakes region, it showed a 14-day decline in hospitalizations or under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day average); 14-day decline in hospital deaths or fewer than five deaths (3-day average); New hospitalizations (under two per 100K residents - 3-day rolling average); Share of total beds available at 53 percent; and Share of ICU bed available - 64 percent.

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School board expects less state revenue
School board expects less state revenue

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen school board held its regularly scheduled May 4 meeting online Monday evening. The public meeting began at 6 p.m. with residents able to access the meeting from the school's website. The board adopted the 2020-21 school year budget proposal that will go to voters June 9. In accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order, all school district voters will vote by absentee ballot. Ballots will be sent to eligible voters with return postage.

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NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee
NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has selected members to serve on a COVID-19 Task Force to examine potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year.

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Athletic association announces winter cancellation
Athletic association announces winter cancellation

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events. The impacted championship events include the boys and girls basketball regionals and state championships, as well as the ice hockey and bowling championships.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20

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 March 4 newspapers.

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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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