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Hope Walk fund continues to grow
Hope Walk fund continues to grow

Yates County--The Hope Walk of Yates County is an independent, locally managed grass-roots organization of people who set out to make a positive difference for people in the county suffering from cancer. Hope Walk is succeeding with their mission. For this year, the group has already raised some $19,200 of their $40,000 goal. This Saturday, Aug. 24 the Hope Walk event will again be held in Penn Yan at 467 North Main St. from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Peebles will close; new store planned
Peebles will close; new store planned

PENN YAN--The Peebles store in Penn Van is closing. Peebles parent company, Stage, based in Houston, Texas, plans to convert the space into their company's off-price store brand, Gordmans. Stage's Brand Publicity Manager Blakely Graham said, "We are planning to convert the Peebles locations in Penn Yan and Geneva to Gordmans stores in early 2020."

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Dundee will delay street project until spring, 2020
Dundee will delay street project until spring, 2020

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee has decided to delay their planned $1.5 million streetscape project until spring 2020. Village Clerk Chris Sutherland reported Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the regular village meeting the bids for the project were recently opened and both bids exceeded the budgeted amount for the work. Board members officially rejected the bids and approved a motion to open a new bid process later this year for the work to begin in April, 2020.

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Wickham, Evans will lead United Way
Wickham, Evans will lead United Way

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The United Way of Schuyler County has named Lydia Wickham and Rick Evans to help lead the community toward this year's goal of $123,000. Evan's volunteer work involves his longtime involvement with the Boy Scouts for 20 years. He is also a winemaker for Castel Grisch Winery. Wickham is currently the director of human resources for Cayuga Addiction Recovery. She also volunteers for Boy Scout Troop 2674 in Watkins Glen and is a member of the Hector-area Lions Club.

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Sportscar legend will be marshal
Sportscar legend will be marshal

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen International has announced that Hurley Haywood has been named Grand Marshal of the 2019 Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, Sept. 5-8. "The name Hurley Haywood is synonymous with sportscar racing, especially at The Glen," Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. "He is a true living legend of our sport and a key part of racing history on and off the track. We are honored to have Hurley serve as Grand Marshal for this year's Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix."

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Judge denies shortened sentence
Judge denies shortened sentence

SCHUYLER COUNTY--On Aug. 13, Hon. Gerald A. Keene, Acting Schuyler County Judge, denied Chad Mack's motion for a resentence of his 25 years to life punishment, dating back to a 2002 murder. Mack was looking for the change so he could appear before a parole board. Judge Keene stated the original sentence imposed was not harsh or excessive and was justified considering the conduct of the defendant. Mack will continue to serve his original sentence of 25 years to life.

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Commission will monitor Frontier for better service
Commission will monitor Frontier for better service

ALBANY--The New York State Public Service Commission has received a report indicating that several Frontier Communications subsidiaries have significant service quality problems, including escalating complaint rates, lengthy repair durations, and localized network reliability issues. As a result, the state will work with Frontier to develop and implement a plan to improve poor localized network reliability conditions for four Frontier subsidiaries.

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The Woodstock weekend that wasn't
The Woodstock weekend that wasn't

WATKINS GLEN--It wasn't meant to be. The Watkins Woodstock 50 weekend festival planned for Watkins Glen International had problems from the start. The nagging problems of finances, festival attendance disputes, state permits and a host of other details eventually doomed the weekend concert dream of promoter Michael Lang.

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Wagner Vineyards takes 'Winery of the Year' award
Wagner Vineyards takes 'Winery of the Year' award

FINGER LAKES--The results of the 34th annual New York Wine Classic were announced last week and included in the top winners was Wagner Vineyards on Seneca Lake who won Winery of the Year. There were additional "best of" category and class awards presented to wineries around the state. The Wine Classic is open to the more than 458 wineries and included 883 entries from 113 wineries.

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Festival of Crafts starts Saturday in Hammondsport
Festival of Crafts starts Saturday in Hammondsport

HAMMONDSPORT--The 39th annual Festival of Crafts will be held in Hammondsport this weekend, Aug. 17 and 18. The festival takes place on the village square and includes many vendors offering a variety of unique items for sale. There will be more than 100 quality crafters and artisans including jewelers, potters, photographers, quilters, leatherworkers, floral designers, woodworkers, candle makers, gourmet food items and many other unique crafts.

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State announces downtown funding
State announces downtown funding

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan revitalization awards were announced Thursday, Aug. 8 by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul for 15 downtown projects totaling $9.7 million. Business leaders, officials and property owners gathered Thursday morning at the Belknap building, 106 Main St., to hear the project funding results. Lt. Gov. Hochul said, "The village of Penn Yan has a charming downtown that is primed for growth thanks to strategic investment. The projects funded as part of our Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) will build upon Penn Yan's strengths as a centerpiece of the region's craft food and beverage industry, expand the availability of housing, and improve quality of life to create a brighter economic future for the Finger Lakes."

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Bethel Center plans Woodstock celebration
Bethel Center plans Woodstock celebration

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) -- Woodstock will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary, but it won't be your hippie uncle's trample-the-fences concert. While plans for a big Woodstock 50 festival collapsed after a run of calamities, the bucolic upstate New York site of the 1969 show is hosting a long weekend of events featuring separate shows by festival veterans like Carlos Santana and John Fogerty.

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Freedom Village partner stops plan
Freedom Village partner stops plan

SUNSET, SOUTH CAROLINA--Freedom Village USA had planned to re-locate from their Lakemont, New York campus to a new location in South Carolina partnering with the not-for-profit group, Hannah Grace Homes. The new center was planned for Sunset, South Carolina which is a rural area in Pickens County. However, Hannah Grace Homes announced Thursday, Aug. 8 their intent to not proceed with the Sunset campus.

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Elliott wins again in Watkins
Elliott wins again in Watkins

WATKINS GLEN--Chase Elliott joined an elite group of drivers, Sunday, Aug. 4, as he dominated to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International for a second consecutive time. Elliott's career win total increases to five and this marks his second win this year. He led for 81 of the 90 total laps and gained seven playoff points with the performance.

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Italian-American Festival starts Friday
Italian-American Festival starts Friday

WATKINS GLEN--The annual Schuyler County Italian-American Festival returns to Clute Park, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11, with new features and vendors this year. The annual fireworks show is one of the highlights on Saturday and this year it will start at an earlier time of 9:45 p.m. The show is dedicated to the memory of Rocco Scaptura, longtime festival leader.

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Musical comedy show starts Friday
Musical comedy show starts Friday

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Theatre Company will present their summer production Urinetown: The Musical starting Friday, Aug. 9 in the academy auditorium. In the Urinetown musical, water has become so scarce that private restrooms have disappeared and everyday people need to pay a fee to use what are called "public amenities." These toilets, owned by business tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell (Jason Riley) and his "Urine Good Company," line the pockets of Cladwell and his rich cronies Senator Fipp (Jay Vollmer), Mr. McQueen (Carl Schwartz), and Mrs. Millenium (Izzy Hinkal) while emptying the purses of the city's poor.

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Penn Yan considers weighted grading
Penn Yan considers weighted grading

PENN YAN--The school board listened to a presentation from high school Principal David Pullen about his recommendation to adopt a weighted grading system for the Academy at last week's school board meeting.

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State wants to review graduation requirements
State wants to review graduation requirements

BUFFALO (AP) -- New York state is rethinking its requirements for a high school diploma, including the make-or-break Regents exams that have been around since the 1800s. Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa initiated the discussion after the latest data showed graduation rates, while inching upward, remain stubbornly tied to race, poverty and special needs.

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

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries were taken during the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, a link is available showing all of the sports photos that have appeared in the newspapers this year. Click 'Read more...' for the links.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-19-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-19-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the sports awards from Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the June 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-12-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-12-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-5-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-5-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-29-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-29-19

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 May 29 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-22-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-22-19

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 May 22 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-15-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-15-19

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 May 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-8-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-8-19

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 May 8 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-1-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-1-19

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 May 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-24-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-24-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the spring break sports results from Penn Yan. These results appeared in the April 24 newspapers.

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

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 April 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-10-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-10-19

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 April 10 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-3-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-3-19

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

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Softball
May 6 ... @ Trumansburg, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 16-17 ... @ IAC Championships, 4:45 p.m.
May 22 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.

Boys golf
May 13 ... @ Tioga, 4 p.m.
Mya 15 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, TBA.

Lacrosse
May 6 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
May 9 .. Whitney Point, 5 p.m.

Tennis
April 25 ... @ Elmira Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

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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:

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen combined Baseball
May 4 ... @ Lansing, 11 a.m.
May 6 ... @ Trumansburg, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 6 ... Candor, 4:30 p.m.
May 7 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
May 15 ... Tioga, 4 p.m.
May 22 ... @ IAC Tournament, 8:30 a.m.

Track and field
May 16-17 ... @ IAC Championship, 4:45 p.m.
May 22 ... @ Sectionals, 3 p.m.

Tennis
April 29 ... Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
April 30 ... Newark Valley, 4:30 p.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 14 ... @ Fairport, 6 p.m.
May 16 ... @ Webster-Thomas, 6 p.m.

Girls lacrosse
May 13 ... Wayne, TBA.
May 15 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 6 p.m.

Baseball
May 13 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
May 16 ... Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 13 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
May 14 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
May 13 ... @ Naples, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 ... @ Honeoye, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 7 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... @ Dundee, 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:

Softball (Bradford/Hammondsport)
May 16 ... Whitesville (@ Hammondsport), 5 p.m.
May 20 ... @ Friendship, 5 p.m.

Baseball (Bradford/Hammondsport)
May 13 ... @ Friendship,TBD.
May 14 ... Lima Christian (@ Bradford), 5 p.m.

Boys golf
May 13 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field (Bradford/Hammondsport)
May 13 ... @ Arkport, 5 p.m.
May 17 ... @ Campbell-Savona, 5 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
May 13 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 ... South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 13 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 ... South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 17 ... @ Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.
May 24 ... @ South Seneca, 5 p.m.

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