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All federal agencies were closed Wednesday, Dec. 5, including the U.S. Postal Service, to honor the passing of President George H.W. Bush. The Observer and the REVIEW&EXPRESS were available on newsstands Wednesday and were mailed early Thursday morning. Mail subscribers can expect a day or two delay in newspaper delivery for the Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 paper.

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Dundee Christmas event adds a parade
Dundee Christmas event adds a parade

DUNDEE-Santa has a busy week in store with many stops planned throughout the Finger Lakes. One of those visits will be to Seneca Street Park in Dundee, Saturday, Dec. 8. The Touch of Christmas holiday event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with Santa's arrival at 6:05 p.m. New this year will be a holiday parade called "The Magic of the Season" from the school to the park. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature many families, businesses, as well as the Dundee Fire Department spreading holiday cheer.

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Watkins Glen celebration Friday night
Watkins Glen celebration Friday night

WATKINS GLEN--The village of Watkins Glen will host the 26th annual Village Christmas holiday gathering, Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will have many holiday favorites including the parade and time to visit with Santa. Christmas music will be played throughout the night. The Watkins Glen elementary school chorus will perform at the stage by Maguire Motors beginning at 5 p.m. There will also be cookie decorating at the Glen Mountain Market from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport hosts Christmas in the Park
Hammondsport hosts Christmas in the Park

HAMMONDSPORT--The 42nd annual Christmas in the Park celebration will be held this Saturday, Dec. 8, on the village square in Hammondsport. While the event officially gets underway in the late afternoon, the day begins with the Hammondsport Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. at the station.

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Watkins fire truck overturns going to Burdett
Watkins fire truck overturns going to Burdett

BURDETT--The Watkins Glen Fire Department responded to a mutual aid call from the Burdett Fire Department for a barn fire on Dolphsburg Road Tuesday evening, Nov. 27. Flames were coming through the barn roof and the request was for a tanker with manpower to the scene. Fire officials said manpower with the tanker responded immediately.

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With conditions, board approves housing complex
With conditions, board approves housing complex

WATKINS GLEN--The public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 28 for the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services three-story, 35-foot-high apartment complex was full of comments from neighbors and village residents of the planned building. The project includes 34 apartments along with a day-care center for children.

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Leaders update Lt. Gov. Hochul
Leaders update Lt. Gov. Hochul

WATKINS GLEN--Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Watkins Glen Thursday, Nov. 29 to get an update on the progress of the village's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) projects. Hochul met with county and village officials in the Watkins Glen village board room.

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Penn Yan planning continues
Penn Yan planning continues

PENN YAN-Residents, business owners and community leaders offered their thoughts and ideas during the Tuesday, Nov. 27 Downtown Revitalization Initiative meeting in Penn Yan. Additional public meetings will be held in the next 90 days to finalize the plans for the state-sponsored downtown improvement program.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dallos wins Miss Penn Yan 2019 title
PHOTO GALLERY: Dallos wins Miss Penn Yan 2019 title

PENN YAN--The annual StarShine Christmas celebration was held in the Penn Yan, Saturday, Dec. 1. Along with many holiday themed events on Main Street, Miss Penn Yan for 2019 was crowned at the event. Riley Dallos was the winner, followed by Triana Burgos-Farnan as first runner-up and Grace Worth as second runner-up.

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StarShine moves to Saturday evening
StarShine moves to Saturday evening

PENN YAN--When the Penn Yan village comes together for the annual StarShine holiday celebration, it will be on a new evening for the event. The 34th edition of the Christmas celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 instead of the traditional Friday. Activities will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. The arrival of Santa, activities for children and the crowning of Miss Penn Yan for 2019 are among the events for the evening.

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Wayne residents speak up about regulations
Wayne residents speak up about regulations

WAYNE--Town of Wayne residents attended a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 20 to share their thoughts regarding the new proposed land use regulations. Town officials have been talking about revising land use regulations for years and this past summer a 112 page draft document was prepared. A public meeting was scheduled in August to get residents' initial comments on the changes. The meeting Nov. 20 was a follow-up to the previous public meetings.

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Candidates compete for Miss Penn Yan title
Candidates compete for Miss Penn Yan title

PENN YAN--One of the highlights of the annual StarShine celebration in Penn Yan is the crowning of Miss Penn Yan for the upcoming year. This year, six candidates will compete Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. for the honor.

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Road salt prices higher as winter looms
Road salt prices higher as winter looms

ALBANY(AP)--Budget-busting road salt prices are leaving municipal officials in the Snow Belt hoping for a mild winter. Salt supplies are tight on the heels of a harsh winter last year that depleted reserves, leaving many localities in the Northeast and Great Lakes to pay prices that range from about 5 percent higher to almost double.

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Deadline for loans from flood damage approaching
Deadline for loans from flood damage approaching

NEW YORK-- The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in New York of the Nov. 30 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by severe storms and flooding Aug. 13-15, 2018. PNPs located in the following counties are eligible to apply: Schuyler, Seneca, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga in New York.

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Sears, Kmart stores will go to auction
Sears, Kmart stores will go to auction

SOUTHERN TIER--Area Sears and Kmart stores in Horseheads/Elmira and Bath will be headed to auction. Documents were filed Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Sears Holding Corp. In the filing, some 500 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide will be seeking bidders for the respective stores.

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Yates County approves 2019 budget
Yates County approves 2019 budget

PENN YAN--The county budget for 2019 has been approved. Some of the key numbers for the budget include the following: The combined budget of the three main funds (general, road and road machinery) results in a levy of $16.4 million. That is an increase of 1.51 percent over 2018. Total expenditures are $36,821,361. The tax levy for 2019 is $11,272,605.

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Barnes vote total tops Eslinger
Barnes vote total tops Eslinger

WATKINS GLEN--Schuyler County Legislator Phil Barnes is the unofficial winner in District 6 to retain his seat over challenger Brian Eslinger from the Tuesday, Nov 6 mid-term election. The final totals, including absentee ballots counted Tuesday, Nov 13, there were 496 votes for Barnes, 488 for Eslinger.

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Schuyler County passes 2019 budget
Schuyler County passes 2019 budget

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County legislature passed the 2019 budget for the county, Tuesday, Nov. 13. The total budget is for $49,280,353 with a tax levy of $11,116,913. The tax rate is $7.41 which amounts to a 0.71 percent decrease for the upcoming year. The budget shows that total appropriations and revenue have dropped when compared to 2018. Appropriations went down $169,892 and revenue $227,861. The tax levy rose $57,969 for 2019.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-5-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-5-18

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

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Sports Photo Galleries 2018-2019
Sports Photo Galleries 2018-2019

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries were recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Watkins Glen Girls Basketball 11-30-18
Odessa-Montour Boys Basketball 11-30-18
Penn Yan Boys Basketball 11-29-18
Dundee and Hammondsport Girls Basketball 11-27-18

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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
Dec. 4 ... Lansing, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... Thomas A. Edison, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 4 ... @ Lansing, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 4 ... @ Groton, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Union Springs, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Dec. 4 .... @ Odessa-Montour, 5 p.m.
Dec. 11 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 7 ... @ Arkport Duals, 5 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... @ Arkport Duals, 9:30 a.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. 4 ... Southern Cayuga, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 6:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 4 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 4 ... Lansing, 4 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... @ Candor, 3:45 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 7 ... @ Arkport Duals, 5 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... @ Arkport Duals, 9:30 a.m.

Boys swimming
Dec. 4 ... Watkins Glen, 5 p.m.
Dec. 11 ... @ Greene, 5:30 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
Dec. 7 ... @ Wayne, 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 ... Mynderse, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 4 ... @ Rush-Henrietta, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 11 ... @ Mynderse, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 4 ... Naples, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 ... Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling (Marcus Whitman/Penn Yan)
Dec. 1 ... @ Avoca Tournament, TBA.
Dec. 8 ... @ Elmira Tournament, TBA.

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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. 4 ... Alfred Almond, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Jasper-Troupsburg, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 5 ... @ Alfred Almond, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... Jasper-Troupsburg, 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. 5 ... Romulus, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Naples, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 4 ... @ Romulus, 6 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Naples, 6 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 4 ... @ Newark, 4 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Naples, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 4 ... @ South Seneca, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Arkport, noon.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-14-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-14-18

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. 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-7-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-7-18

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 Nov. 7 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Hammondsport win volleyball titles
PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Hammondsport win volleyball titles

BLOOMFIELD, GENESEO--Both the Penn Yan and Hammondsport varsity volleyball teams won sectional titles in their respective divisions, Saturday, Nov. 3. Penn Yan was the Class C1 champion over LeRoy, while Hammondsport defeated Batavia Notre Dame for the Class D3 title. Both teams won in five sets.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-31-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-31-18

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 Oct. 31 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-24-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-24-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Dundee, Hammondsport and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Oct. 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-17-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-17-18

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 Oct. 17 newspapers.

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Penn Yan tennis team wins first sectional crown
Penn Yan tennis team wins first sectional crown

GENEVA--The Penn Yan varsity tennis team won their first-ever sectional title in the Class CC finals against Marcus Whitman, Tuesday, Oct. 9. The win also marks a 15-0 perfect win record for the season. The final score against Marcus Whitman was 5-0.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-10-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-10-18

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 Oct. 10 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-3-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-3-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Oct. 3 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-26-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-26-18

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 Sept. 26 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-19-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-19-18

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 Sept. 19 newspapers.

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