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Crews repair damaged utility lines
Crews repair damaged utility lines

PENN YAN--Numerous residents in the Penn Yan area were left in the dark Wednesday evening, Jan. 4. Municipal electric employees worked to fix power lines that were impacted by downed tree limbs caused by heavy gusts of wind. "This is the worst case we have seen since the fall of 2014," said Director of Public Works Brent Bodine. "The weather man was correct in his prediction earlier that day. The impetus of all three instances was fallen tree branches resulting in local neighbors and community members being without power."

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Business owner complains about taxes
Business owner complains about taxes

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Legislature started the new year with an unusual complaint during public comment time at the Monday, Jan. 9 meeting. Vic Franzese, owner of the Glen Motor Inn, spoke during the public comment session for nearly 30 minutes about personal tax bill concerns between the village, the town, the county and himself. He claimed the county was interfering with the town of Reading and he has been over-charged in the amount of over $100,000 for water, sewer and taxes.

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Yates County uncovers tax bill error
Yates County uncovers tax bill error

YATES COUNTY--Town of Jerusalem property owners will be receiving a new line item in their 2018 tax bill to correct an error discovered at the beginning of the month by the Yates County Real Property Tax Director. News of this error was brought to the Yates County Legislature at Monday afternoon's meeting by District I representative Douglas Paddock. The error that was discovered resulted in county and town tax bills being sent to property owners lower than they should have been.

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Greenidge will have court hearing
Greenidge will have court hearing

YATES COUNTY- The Supreme Court of Yates County will hear arguments concerning the Greenidge Article 78 filing next week. Ontario County Judge William Kocher will hear the arguments Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. regarding the Dresden power plant. The Article 78 proceeding, which is a challenge to the determinations of administrative agencies, public bodies or officers, was filed this past fall by the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes (CPFL) and the Coalition to Protect New York (CPNY), challenges the environmental review conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, stating the DEC conducted an inadequate review that did not comply with the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

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Federal agency denies second hearing request
Federal agency denies second hearing request

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied the second re-hearing request submitted by Gas Free Seneca regarding Crestwood's underground natural gas storage expansion project Friday, Jan. 6. "FERC's denial of our request is not unusual," said Vice President of Gas Free Seneca Yvonne Taylor in a recent press release, noting the organization would be looking into avenues for an appeal of the decision with the Circuit Court.

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Quick reaction leads to permanent memory
Quick reaction leads to permanent memory

DUNDEE--A momentary reaction by a Dundee resident sparked the interest of a Penn Yan tattoo shop on Friday this past week. Twenty-seven year old Sara Raplee was recognized by the Living Canvas Tattoo Studio on Main Street for her quick actions helping a young child who was choking at the Classic Cafe in Dundee last month. On Dec. 21, Raplee stopped to pick up an order placed by her grandmother.

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New state laws will impact residents
New state laws will impact residents

NEW YORK--As of Jan. 1, 2017 New York State has approved several new laws that will impact residents across the empire state. The law getting the most attention has been the state's acceptance of the phased-in $15 per hour pay increase. The $15 minimum wage legislation was passed as part of the 2016-17 state budget.

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Yates Transit Service underway
Yates Transit Service underway

Penn Yan--Buses hit the roads Tuesday, Jan. 3 as Yates Transit Service (YTS) begins providing public transportation in Yates and surrounding counties. YTS received final approval from the Yates County legislature earlier in December, clearing the final hurdle to begin operation after the new year. The public transportation system will provide affordable transportation for Yates and surrounding counties.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Ceremony marks beginning of new Yates judge
PHOTO GALLERY: Ceremony marks beginning of new Yates judge

PENN YAN--The Yates County courtroom was overflowing with people, Friday, Dec. 30 as Jason Cook was installed as the new judge. Retiring Yates County Judge W. Patrick Falvey led the ceremony that also saw Ronald Dailey (coroner) and Lance Yonge (Milo superintendent of highways) sworn in to their posts. Joining Cook for the event were his parents Lee and Beverly.

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Keep your pets safe in cold weather
Keep your pets safe in cold weather

FINGER LAKES--Keeping your pets safe from winter weather takes some extra precautions from pet owners. Bonnie Brewer, Yates County Humane Society executive director, said pets need to be protected from extreme winter weather since dogs and cats are prone to frost bite on the tips of their ears and their tails. Pet owners need to check outside water bowls to make sure they are not frozen and also provide a secure, comfortable space outside that provides a wind break for the animal.

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Governor announces revenue splits
Governor announces revenue splits

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced in late December that funding from Tioga Down's $20 million destination resort casino license fee will be distributed to six counties and one municipality in the Southern Tier, along with public schools throughout the state. Additionally, the non-host counties will also receive a portion of the $601,619 in revenues from the del Lago Resort and Casino license.

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Tourism by the numbers
Tourism by the numbers

NEW YORK STATE, FINGER LAKES--Oxford Economics provides the analysis for New York state with quantitative tourism and evidence-based economic studies. Looking at the year of 2015 compared to 2014, Oxford has published statewide and specific Finger Lakes regional comparisons. Overall, New York state tourism expanded in 2015 with a 1 percent growth in traveler spending. 8.3 percent of all New York state employment is sustained by tourism, either directly or indirectly.

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State launches holiday driving enforcement
State launches holiday driving enforcement

ALBANY (AP) -- New York state has kicked off a two-week holiday crackdown on drunken and impaired drivers. The effort announced Thursday runs through Sunday, Jan. 1. It will include stepped-up patrols using marked and unmarked police cars as well as sobriety checkpoints. Both state and local authorities are participating. Officers will be looking for drunk and impaired drivers as well as motorists violating state seat belt laws and the ban on texting while driving.

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Voters pass Penn Yan capital project
Voters pass Penn Yan capital project

PENN YAN--Voters of the Penn Yan school district approved the resolution to complete a $16,234,575 capital improvement project. The vote results were 425 "yes" and 229 voted against the plan. Howard Dennis, superintendent of the Penn Yan school district said the school administrators will be spending the next few months working out the timing details for the work.

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Structure fires increase with cold weather
Structure fires increase with cold weather

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Officials are reminding area residents the colder weather of December can produce seasonal fire hazards. In fact, just in the past four weeks (since Thanksgiving weekend) there have been five structure fires in the county. Bill Kennedy, Schuyler County's emergency management coordinator, said, "We utilize the 'Keep the Wreath Blue' campaign to help area residents be aware of the fire hazards during the holidays." This is the 13th year Kennedy's office is using the blue wreath to promote fire safety.

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Local ski resorts now have trails open
Local ski resorts now have trails open

FINGER LAKES--If you've been waiting for months to get your skis back on--area ski resorts are ready for you. Greek Peak, Bristol Mountain and Swain all opened last week in the region and the colder winter temperatures have allowed all of the mountains to groom and make more snow for their base.

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State announces local economic grants
State announces local economic grants

YATES COUNTY -- New York state's 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in state economic development funding. The money will support hundreds of local economic development projects including private company expansions, new start-up businesses, local higher education programs and workforce development initiatives. The funding was announced Thursday in Albany at an event that attracted hundreds of local leaders and economic development officials from around the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the crowd the funding is a key part of his administration's efforts to reverse decades of economic decline in upstate New York.

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Reed answers healthcare questions
Reed answers healthcare questions

BARRINGTON--Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) held three Town Hall meetings, Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region. The meetings included stops at Barrington, Horseheads and Beaver Dams. At his Yates County stop, there were some 40 people in attendance filling the meeting space at the Barrington Town Hall. Healthcare questions and concerns filled a majority of the one hour meeting, but also covered were questions about gun stances, living in a digital age with fake news, the issues of climate change, mending a divided country and dealing with student debt.

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Sports Photo Galleries
Sports Photo Galleries

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded:

Mike Watson Invitational 1/14/17
Penn Yan boys basketball 1/13/17
Dundee girls basketball 1/11/17
Dundee wrestling 1/11/17
Penn Yan girls basketball 1/9/17
Odessa-Montour bowling 1/6/17
Dundee wrestling 1/5/17
Odessa/Watkins wrestling 1/4/17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/11/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/11/17

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team placed third in their own O-M Duals, Saturday, Jan. 7. Of the six schools that competed, Odessa was 3-2. The Indians beat Thomas A. Edison, 57-24; Whitney Point, 46-36; and Groton, 48-36. Odessa lost to Dryden, 42-38, and Tioga, 43-39. Andrew Hartford (120), Jeremiah Lynch (160), Cameron Pickering (170), Alex Repass (220), and Dylan Houseknecht (285) were all named 'Most Outstanding Wrestler' in their weight classes. The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team defeated Watkins Glen, 33-27, to claim the Schuyler County belt Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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SPORTS RECAP: Holiday contests from area schools
SPORTS RECAP: Holiday contests from area schools

BATH--The Penn Yan girls varsity basketball team lost to Bath-Haverling in the championship round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, Wednesday, Dec. 28. The final score was 47-36. The Lady Mustangs beat Owego Free Academy, 60-54, in the first round of the tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 27.

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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
Jan. 13 ... Geneva, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... Midlakes, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 11 ... @ Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... @ Geneva, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 ... @ Aquinas, 5:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 11 ... Geneva, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... Dundee, 4 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 17 ... Geneva, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... @ League Championship, 4 p.m.
Jan. 21 ... @ League Championship, 9 a.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys Basketball
Jan. 12 ... South Seneca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... @ Hammondsport, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 11 ... Red Jacket, 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... @ South Seneca, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... Marcus Whitman, 6 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 11 ... Lyons, 6:30 p.m.

Boys/girls Bowling
Jan. 11 ... Romulus (boys), 4:15 p.m.
Jan. 12 ... Romulus (girls), 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia (boys), 4:15 p.m.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Boys Basketball
Jan. 11 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 ... @ Candor, 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 12 ... Candor, 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... @ Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 12 ... Marathon, 4 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... @ Waverly, 3:30 p.m.

Indoor Track
Jan. 21 ... @ 607 Invite, 9 a.m.
Feb. 11 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.
Feb. 25 ... @ State qualifier, 9 a.m.

Boys Swimming
Jan. 12 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Southern Cayuga
Jan. 27 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 11 ... @ SVE/Candor/Tioga, TBA.
Jan. 13 ... Mike Watson Tournament, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 ... Mike Watson Tournament, 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
Jan. 11 ... Watkins Glen, 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Jan. 12 ... @ Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... Candor, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming
Jan. 12 ... Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 11 ... @ Marathon, 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... @ Watson Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 ... @ Watson Invitational, 8 a.m.

Bowling
Jan. 12 ... @ Tioga, 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... Candor, 4 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Marathon, 3:30 p.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
Jan. 13 ... Dundee, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 14 ... @ Barkley Showcase/Alfred University, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... Bradford, 7:15 p.m.

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Dundee defeats Bradford
Dundee defeats Bradford

BRADFORD--The Dundee boys varsity basketball team defeated Bradford 46-39, Friday, Dec. 16. Wylie Hall recorded 18 points for the Scots. Bobby Strait had 13. Dundee's record moves to 4-2 on the season.

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Indians basketball falls, 59-43
Indians basketball falls, 59-43

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team lost to Tioga, Friday, Dec. 16. The final score was 59-43. Curtis Harris led with 24 points. Zach Elliott earned nine, while Nick Sgrecci had five. Brandon Ray scored three and Noah Austin earned two. With the loss, the Indians' record is 2-3.

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Penn Yan loses to Newark
Penn Yan loses to Newark

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team lost to Newark, 58-34, Friday, Dec. 16. Cade Curbeau and Dylan Stape each had eight points. With the loss, the Mustangs record is 3-3.

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Watkins tops Whitney Point
Watkins tops Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team beat Whitney Point, Wednesday, Dec. 14. In a meet dominated by forfeits, the final score was 42-41, Watkins. The Senecas only win that was not by forfeit was by Jake Johnson at 132 pounds. He won with a pin.

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Mustangs beat Attica, 50-32
Mustangs beat Attica, 50-32

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team topped Attica, Saturday, Dec. 10. The final score was 50-32. Desmond Battin scored 17 points. Dylan Stape added 13. With the win, the Mustangs' record is now 3-1.

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Watkins Glen boys fall, 52-50
Watkins Glen boys fall, 52-50

WATKINS GLEN-The Senecas' boys varsity basketball team lost to Tioga, 52-50, Friday, Dec. 9. Max Schimizzi scored 19 points, followed by Dayne Hughey with 12. Connor Seeley-Ion recorded 11 points. Michael Doane had six and Joseph Chedzoy two. Watkins record is now 0-2.

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Odessa basketball beats Newark Valley
Odessa basketball beats Newark Valley

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team topped Newark Valley, 50-34, Friday, Dec. 9. Gillian Clark scored 15 points, with nine rebounds. Olivia Grover added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson earned nine points, followed by Sara Gardner with five points and Kennedey Heichel with four points and five assists. Sage Garrison scored three points. Alyssa Crout recorded six rebounds and Coach Greg Gavich said she "did a lot of important little things on the defensive end that were big."

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Dundee boys lose, 71-42
Dundee boys lose, 71-42

DUNDEE-The Scots' boys varsity basketball team fell to Marcus Whitman, Thursday, Dec. 8. The final score was 71-42. Wylie Hall scored 12 points. Blake Cratsley added nine. With the loss, Dundee's record currently sits at 3-1.

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Dundee tops Hammondsport
Dundee tops Hammondsport

DUNDEE-The Dundee boys varsity basketball team beat visiting Hammondsport, 45-35, Thursday, Dec. 1. For the Scots, Bobby Strait scored 10 points. Tyler Brace recorded eight. For the Lakers, Parker Watson had 11 points, while Cody Kolodziejczak added 10 points.

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Mustangs wrestlers lose to Midlakes
Mustangs wrestlers lose to Midlakes

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity wrestling team fell to Midlakes, 46-27, Wednesday, Nov. 30. Damien Snyder (120) pinned Matt Raes in 1:46. Jarred Calice (132) won over Caleb Eldridgeby by decision, 5-0. Nate Elliott (152) beat Jacob Wright in 0:42. Coty Bailey (160) pinned Jade Pressure in 5:50, while Cassie Lafler (106) won by forfeit.

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