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Dundee ready to celebrate holiday season
Dundee ready to celebrate holiday season

DUNDEE--The holiday decorations are up, and the village of Dundee will hold its annual Christmas celebration, Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is held at the Seneca Street Park and offers many festive holiday activities throughout the night. One of the highlights of the evening includes an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, where they greet and take photos with children as well as give out goody bags to each child.

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'Christmas in the Park' comes to Hammondsport
'Christmas in the Park' comes to Hammondsport

HAMMONDSPORT--The village square in Hammondsport will be filled with children and adults alike to help ring in the Christmas season, Saturday, Dec. 9. The holiday event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and features many activities in the village. Before the night begins, the Hammondsport Fire Department will host a breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the fire station. Later that evening, Santa will rely on firefighters to drive him to the village square by fire truck.

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Gas Free Seneca files appeal
Gas Free Seneca files appeal

SENECA LAKE--The Gas Free Seneca coalition filed an appeal in November to a ruling by the Department of Environmental Conservation's chief administrative law judge. The coalition of Finger Lakes residents and business owners also separately renewed its call for Gov. Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to step in and reject permitting the proposal, which threatens surrounding communities--including 100,000 residents who rely on Seneca Lake for drinking water--and the region's wine and tourism industries.

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Out-of-view church cemetery needs attention
Out-of-view church cemetery needs attention

DUNDEE--Even though the Dundee Presbyterian Church cemetery is physically located in the middle of Dundee, you may not even know it's there. That's because the private cemetery is situated about one-quarter of a mile off Main Street via a dirt pathway about halfway in-between Bigelow and Saunders Streets in the village.

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Senators announce farm grant
Senators announce farm grant

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Monday, Dec. 4, $599,147 in federal funding for Cornell University. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. "To sustain our vital agricultural sector, we must ensure that young and beginning farmers have the tools and resources they need to lay the groundwork for successful farms," said Schumer.

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Rwanda trip creates lifetime memories
Rwanda trip creates lifetime memories

(Publisher's Note: Marie Fitzsimmons is a retired Watkins Glen teacher and is also a writer for the REVIEW&EXPRESS. Fitzsimmons has traveled extensively throughout the world visiting and serving communities in various capacities. In May through September of this year, Marie and her husband Kirk traveled to Rwanda, Africa and served as Peace Corps volunteers for five months.This story features some of the highlights from that trip).
SCHUYLER COUNTY--Marie Fitzsimmons and Kirk Peters have returned from Rwanda where they served as United States Peace Corps Volunteers for five months at a vocational secondary school.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Logan Broome wins Miss Penn Yan title at StarShine
PHOTO GALLERY: Logan Broome wins Miss Penn Yan title at StarShine

PENN YAN-The streets of Penn Yan were filled with people to enjoy the annual holiday celebration, StarShine, Friday, Dec. 1. In addition to the many activities throughout the downtown area, the crowning of Miss Penn Yan drew a large crowd to the stage/performance area in the village. Logan Broome was selected as Miss Penn Yan for 2018. The first runner-up was Maci Nicholson and the second runner-up was Rachel Wheeler.

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Keuka College winter concert set for Sunday
Keuka College winter concert set for Sunday

KEUKA PARK--Keuka College will present its annual winter concert Sunday, Dec. 3. The concert, highlighting performances from the Keuka College Chorale and band, as well as select soloists, begins at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.

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Chamber announces new leader
Chamber announces new leader

PENN YAN--Jessica Bacher has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, effective Monday, Dec. 4. Bacher is a Penn Yan native and most recently was the general manager of the Penn Yan Hampton Inn. Prior to that, Bacher served as the general manger of the Hampton Inn in Geneva for 10 years.

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Hammondsport will vote on capital plan
Hammondsport will vote on capital plan

HAMMONDSPORT--The Hammondsport Board of Education adopted a resolution at their October meeting approving a $8,628,535 capital improvement project and energy performance bond vote for the school district. A public vote on the plan will take place Thursday, Dec. 14 from noon until 8 p.m. at the primary gym. The project includes $7,300,000 for capital improvements and $1,328,535 for an energy performance contract.

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Penn Yan will celebrate StarShine Dec. 1
Penn Yan will celebrate StarShine Dec. 1

PENN YAN--The village of Penn Yan will celebrate the holiday season with StarShine, Friday, Dec. 1. Now in its 33rd year, the celebration takes place in various locations around the downtown area. The street will close at 3:30 p.m., and events run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. One of the highlights of the evening includes the crowning of Miss Penn Yan for the upcoming year. The ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m., for profiles of all the candidates see page 3.

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Village Christmas comes to Watkins
Village Christmas comes to Watkins

WATKINS GLEN--The 25th annual Village Christmas celebration will be held Friday, Dec. 1 in the village of Watkins Glen. Events will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. The highlight of the evening includes the "Visions of Santa's Workshop" parade, which takes place on Franklin Street and along with local groups, features Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Contestants vie for Miss Penn Yan title
Contestants vie for Miss Penn Yan title

PENN YAN--Each year during the holiday celebration in Penn Yan, the crowning of Miss Penn Yan for the upcoming year is always a highlight of StarShine. While events in the village begin at 5 p.m. the crowning ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. The contestants prepared essays about what they would do if they were in charge of Penn Yan for a day.

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Parking will change for Friday event
Parking will change for Friday event

WATKINS GLEN--Santa's arrival in Watkins Glen Friday, Dec. 1 will take some extra parking planning. The annual Village Christmas event will be held downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. The festival is held on Franklin Street (State Route 14) from Second Street to Seventh Street. The police department said Franklin Street will be closed during this time.

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Van Harp wins seat by one vote
Van Harp wins seat by one vote

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Official vote totals have been posted by the Schuyler County Board of Elections and they show Van Harp beat Joseph Campbell by one vote (313-312) for the District 2 legislative seat. Harp was the Republican incumbent while Campbell was the Democratic challenger. On election night the race was close, 295-291, favoring Harp. With the addition of absentee and affidavit votes it brought the total to the one vote difference that ultimately decided the election.

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Chamber leader unexpectedly leaves; authorities investigating
Chamber leader unexpectedly leaves; authorities investigating

PENN YAN--The interim director of the Yates Chamber of Commerce has unexpectedly left the area. That was the word from chamber board member and officer Kathy Waye in an email Thursday, Nov. 16. Waye said, "Recently it was brought to our attention there were some irregularities in financial matters. We immediately began an investigation. However, during that process, the interim director [Julie Coleman] departed the area unexpectedly. The investigation is ongoing and we are working with the proper authorities."

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Teacher shortage: Districts see the trend
Teacher shortage: Districts see the trend

FINGER LAKES--If you think it's easy to fill a teacher position, just ask a local school administrator about their experiences. In May 2017, the New York State School Board Association released their report concluding teacher shortages in New York are particularly acute in science, special education, foreign languages, mathematics and bilingual education and English instruction for students whose primary language is not English.

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New service available for drug crisis
New service available for drug crisis

FINGER LAKES--The Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) recently announced a new treatment service is available. The Center of Treatment Innovation (COTI) will focus on increased access to treatment, addressing unmet treatment needs and reducing overdose- related deaths for those in Ontario and Yates Counties. This new program is a direct response to the opioid and heroin crisis that has been seen locally as well as nationally.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-6-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-6-17

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 Dec. 6 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.
Odessa-Montour Girls Basketball 11-30-17
Hammondsport Boys Basketball 11-29-17
Dundee Girls Basketball 11-29-17

Penn Yan Basketball 11-25-17 (Scrimmage)
Watkins Glen Diving 11-17-17 (State Final)

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-29-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-29-17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Nov. 29 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Girls basketball
Dec. 5 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... Tioga, 7:30 p.m.

Boys basketball
Dec. 5 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 5 ... Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Newark Valley, 4 p.m.

Cheerleading
Jan. 6 ... @ Eye of the Tiger Competition, TBA.
Jan. 13 ... @ Schylar Hyer Memorial Competition, 10 a.m.

Indoor track
Dec. 9 ... @ Ithaca Bombers, 9 a.m.
Dec. 15 ... @ 607 Invite, 5 p.m.

Boys swimming
*Watkins Glen will follow the Odessa-Montour schedule for most home and away dual meets.

Wrestling
Dec. 13 ... Lansing, 6 p.m.
Dec. 15 ... @ Campbell-Savona/Bradford Tournament, 6 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
Dec. 5 ... Thomas A. Edison, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... Newark Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 5 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 6 ... @ Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... Thomas A. Edison, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Dec. 5 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 6 ... Moravia, 6 p.m.
Dec. 8-9 ... @ Arkport Duals.

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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
Dec. 5 ... @ Attica, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 8 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 ... @ Hornell, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 4 ... Geneva, 4 p.m.
Dec. 13 ... Wayne, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 7 ... Waterloo 6 p.m.
Dec. 9 ... @ Elmira Tournament, 10 a.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
Dec. 6 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... Addison, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 5 ... Romulus, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Addison, 7:15 p.m..

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Dec. 6 ... Honeoye, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 5 ... @ Honeoye, 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... Marcus Whitman, 6 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 6 ... @ Harley-Allendale Columbia, 4 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Penn Yan, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 8 ... @ Arkport Tournament, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 ... @ Arkport Tournament, 8 a.m.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-22-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-22-17

ITHACA--Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta placed 10th at the New York State Diving Championships, Friday, Nov. 17. This was Castellaneta's top finish in her fourth state competition. She had scores of 206.40 in the prelims, 331.40 in the semis and 459.40 in the finals. Danielle Scarano of Newburgh Free Academy won with a 495.80 in the finals at Ithaca College. Castellaneta currently holds the six dive and 11 dive records for a Watkins Glen student, all divers at the Watkins Glen pool and in Section IV.

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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 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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