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Reed meets with business leaders
Reed meets with business leaders

DUNDEE--Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) met with business owners and representatives of the wine, micro-brewing and distillery industries Monday, April 17 at Glenora Wine Cellars. Reed fielded questions from the participants and presented his tax reform plan. Questions centered on immigration reform, health care, trade agreements, and financial support for start-up businesses.

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Dundee taxes going up, water surcharge added
Dundee taxes going up, water surcharge added

DUNDEE--The Dundee Village board approved a $1.27 million budget for 2017-2018 at their board meeting Tuesday, April 11. The village has chosen to go over the tax cap $16,653 which equals a 3 percent increase in the tax levy. The current tax cap is 1.38 percent. The overage amount will be spent as follows: The Youth Program, $3,764, maintenance to the historical society building, $4,000, sidewalk replacement, $8,000 and additional increases of $889.

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How do you steal an excavator?
How do you steal an excavator?

HECTOR--The Schuyler County Sheriff's office is investigating the theft of a 1995 Caterpillar excavator. Officials believe the heavy-equipment machinery was taken from a job site on County Route 1 near Lewis Road in the town of Hector sometime between Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. The excavator is a model 320L and appears to have been loaded onto a lowboy trailer. The county paid $90,000 for the excavator, according to Schuyler County Lt. Craig Gallow.

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Dundee board will get new members
Dundee board will get new members

DUNDEE--The Dundee Central School Board will have at least two new members after the May 16 vote. Two board positions on the seven-person board will be changing. At their meeting Thursday, April 13 the board accepted the resignation of Vice President Kristen Van Valkenburg, effective June 2017. Van Valkenburg's term was to expire in 2019. James Hill's term ends in 2017. He announced at the meeting that he will not be running for re-election.

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Work continues at state park
Work continues at state park

WATKINS GLEN--Work is ahead of schedule in Watkins Glen for the state park upgrade project. Fred Bonn, Finger Lakes State Parks regional director, said Thursday, April 13 he is pleased so far with the park's $6.5 million construction. Bonn said, "Everyone understands the significance to the village, it is a priority project." When complete, the park's new entrance will include a grassy park and room for pedestrians to stroll as they come and go from the trails. Parking is being relocated to across the street from the entrance. Those lots are expected to be ready soon.

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'Take-back' drug day is April 29
'Take-back' drug day is April 29

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Sheriff's Office will once again participate in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the National Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "I ask all Yates County residents to help reduce the availability of prescription (Rx) drugs in our community by safely disposing their unused, unwanted, and expired Rx drugs during this no cost event," said Sheriff Ron Spike.

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Historian will speak about suffrage
Historian will speak about suffrage

MONTOUR FALLS--Did you know the waterfalls in this region contributed to women finally winning the right to vote? How about the influence of the Erie Canal, the anti-slavery movement, the "burned over district" and the "second great awakening?" Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will answer all these questions and more during a presentation entitled "From Seneca Falls in 1848 to 1917: Securing Women's Suffrage in New York State." He will speak at the Schuyler County Historical Society annual dinner meeting Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in the Montour Falls Moose Club. The public is invited to this event that is part of the 100-year celebration of women's suffrage in New York state.

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Yates County honors responders
Yates County honors responders

YATES COUNTY-The Yates County Office of Emergency Management held the annual Emergency Responders Training Banquet, Friday, April 7 at the Benton Fire Department. Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians from county departments were recognized for their service and the thousands of training hours that were completed last year.

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Police chief out, paid through May, 2018
Police chief out, paid through May, 2018

WATKINS GLEN--Former Watkins Police Chief Thomas R. Struble and the village of Watkins Glen have executed an agreement for Struble to leave his position and get paid his $65,000 per year salary through May, 2018. The REVIEW&EXPRESS filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the village to obtain the details of the agreement. Struble and the village dated the memorandum Feb. 27, 2017.

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Waneta, Lamoka boaters fear low water
Waneta, Lamoka boaters fear low water

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Ever heard of "little lake level anxiety?" Terry Allison, president of the Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Association, said it is a fear experienced by boaters on small, shallow lakes where water levels can drop so low, boaters fear becoming literally "stuck in the mud." Allison said this year, the fear is especially acute on Lamoka and Waneta, the twin lakes located at the border of Schuyler and Steuben Counties that are connected by a canal.

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'Rideshare' will focus on carpools
'Rideshare' will focus on carpools

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler County residents will soon have a new way to get to work. Schuyler County has joined with Chemung and Steuben Counties in offering residents a free way to join a carpool. The program called "rideshare" focuses on the daily commuter and is designed to allow people to sign up and seek a ride match from either a radius base or along their path of travel.

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Sheriff details key activities from 2016
Sheriff details key activities from 2016

YATES COUNTY--Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike made a presentation to the legislature's safety committee meeting Tuesday, April 4. Spike presented the 2016 annual report for the Sheriff's Office, and he and 911 Chief Dispatcher Sandra Smith outlined the work of the 911 communications division for 2016. They noted statistical and serious incident information. The sheriff also introduced the newly appointed Chief Correction Officer Jared Bailey to the legislature.

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For sale: two historic Dundee buildings
For sale: two historic Dundee buildings

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee is ready for some new business development. Two prominent buildings on state Route 14A (Water/Main Street) are currently for sale. Tuesday, April 6, Steve Brown, of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center met with a special real estate exploratory group of Our Town Rocks (OTR). They toured the two buildings at 28 Water St. and 2 Main St.

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Chisom named Deputy Sheriff of the Year
Chisom named Deputy Sheriff of the Year

PENN YAN- Derek Chisom was recognized as the Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the Yates County Legislature at their meeting Monday, April 10. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said Chisom led the agency in arrests last year and was number two in traffic enforcement. "We are very proud of the work of this individual," he said. The sheriff also introduced a group of responders who had saved a person's life during an incident on March 27 in Branchport at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Each received a certificate of commendation.

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Track opens this weekend featuring three events
Track opens this weekend featuring three events

WATKINS GLEN-Watkins Glen International (WGI) launches its season this weekend with the Toyota Green Grand Prix on Friday April 7and with an opportunity for the public to drive cars on the 3.4-mile Grand Prix track on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9. The single-day Green Grand Prix will feature a fuel-efficiency competition for pre-registered drivers of alternate-fueled vehicles including plug-in hybrids, full electric vehicles, traditional gasoline-powered and diesel-powered vehicles.

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Crowd confronts Reed in Tyrone
Crowd confronts Reed in Tyrone

TYRONE-A lively and often confrontational crowd of over 100 met with U.S. Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) in the Tyrone Firehouse last Saturday, April 1 for the latest in his series of regional town halls. About half of the hour-long meeting focused on protection of the environment. Another 15 minutes was devoted to Reed's defense of cuts to Planned Parenthood. During the remainder of the time, Reed fielded questions on tax reform and President Donald Trump's refusal to release his tax returns.

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Route 14 repairs will cause delays
Route 14 repairs will cause delays

MONTOUR FALLS--Traffic is impacted on State Route 14 between Watkins Glen and Montour Falls due to road construction that started this week. The project, funded by the state and performed by Silverline Construction of Burdett, involves the replacement of two culverts and the repair of two others, followed by repaving. The work is scheduled to take place Mondays through Saturdays and expected to be complete by the end of June.

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Dresden starts up, with some opposition
Dresden starts up, with some opposition

DRESDEN--After a six-year pause, the electric power station in Dresden has started to produce electricity again, capping a controversial three-year bid for regulatory permission to convert the 80-year-old coal-powered plant to run on natural gas or biomass. Attorneys for Greenidge Generation LLC announced the successful restart in a March 31 letter to Ontario County Judge William F. Kocher, who since January has been considering a motion for an injunction to block the repowering.

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Sports Photo Galleries
Sports Photo Galleries

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Watkins Glen Lacrosse 4-22-17
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 4-22-17
Watkins/Odessa/H'port Track 4-21-17
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 4-19-17
Watkins Glen Lacrosse 4-17-17
Watkins Glen Softball 4-17-17

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

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the April 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17

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

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen combined Baseball
April 19 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.
April 21 ... @ Moravia, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 19 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.
April 21 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.

Lacrosse
April 19 ... Dryden, 5 p.m.
April 21 ... Oneonta, 5 p.m.

Track and field
April 21 ... @ Bath Invite, 5 p.m.
April 25 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
April 18 ... @ Elmira Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
April 19 ... Thomas A. Edison, 3:30 p.m.

Girls golf
April 17 ... @ Corning, 4 p.m.
April 21 ... @ Horseheads, 4 p.m.

Tennis
April 18 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 4:30 p.m.
April 20 ... Moravia, 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:

Softball
April 19 ... Groton, 4:30 p.m.
April 21 ... Watkins Glen, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
April 18 ... Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 20 ... Trumansburg, 4:30 p.m.

Girls golf
April 20 ... @ Waverly, 4 p.m.
April 27 ... Corning, 4 p.m.

Boys golf
April 18 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 4 p.m.
April 19 ... Notre Dame, 4 p.m.

Track and field
April 21 ... @ Bath Invite, 4 p.m.
April 25 ... Newfield, 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
April 18 ... @ Canandaigua, 5:30 p.m.
April 22 ... Clarence, noon.

Girls lacrosse
April 19 ... Webster-Schroeder, 11 a.m.
April 22 ... Ithaca, 9 a.m.

Baseball
April 18-21 ... @ Mingo Bay Baseball Classic, TBA.
April 24 ... @ Newark, 7 p.m.

Softball
April 16-21 ... @ Myrtle Beach, TBA.
April 24 ... @ Newark, 7 p.m.

Track and field
April 20 ... @ Waterloo, 10 a.m.
April 25 ... @ Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
April 24 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Prattsburgh, 4 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

HAMMONDSPORT --Listed is Hammondsport's spring sports schedule for the coming week:

Baseball
April 18 ... @ Avoca, 4:30 p.m.
April 19 ... Arkport, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 19 ... Arkport, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 ... @ Alfred-Almond, 5 p.m.

Track and field
April 21 ... @ Bath Invite, TBA.
April 24 ... Avoca, 4:30 p.m.

Golf
April 19 ... Canisteo-Greenwood, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 ... Jasper-Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
April 24 ... @ Red Jacket, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 ... Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 24 ... Naples, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 ... Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 25 ... Dundee, 4:30 p.m.
May 2 ... @ Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.

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Watkins wins state championship at buzzer
Watkins wins state championship at buzzer

TROY-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game, Sunday, March 19 at Hudson Valley Community College. The Watkins girls claim the New York state title with a 22-2 season record and a victory over Port Jefferson 65-63, Sunday. Hannah Morse sunk the game winning shot for Watkins Glen as the buzzer ended the game, helping the team capture their first state title in school history. The big story in the game was the 28 point fourth quarter, which allowed the Senecas to overcome the 16 point deficit they faced at the end of the third quarter. The Schuyler County girls trailed every quarter except the fourth.

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Watkins will play for the state title
Watkins will play for the state title

TROY--The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team beat Mekeel Christian Academy 60-49 in the state semifinal Class C bracket Saturday, March 18 at Hudson Valley Community College. The Senecas took an early lead and finished on top, 18-12, at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Watkins lead had narrowed to five points, 29-24. The Senecas' defense kept Mekeel's top shooters under their average point totals in the first half.

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Watkins girls move to semifinals
Watkins girls move to semifinals

DRYDEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team defeated Thousand Islands, Saturday, March 11 to advance to the semifinal game in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament. The Senecas took an early lead, 12-10 at the end of the first quarter before expanding it to 28-19 at halftime. Watkins outscored Thousand Islands by six points in the third and nine in the fourth to secure the victory, 56-32, at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Amanda Pike led with 30 points and five rebounds in the game. Mariah Gonzalez recorded 13 points with seven rebounds and two assists. Taylor Kelly had six points, while Hannah Morse scored five points and added seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/8/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/8/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the March 8 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins secures championship in final minute
PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins secures championship in final minute

DRYDEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team won their third consecutive Section IV Class C championship, Saturday, March 4 at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The top-seeded Watkins Glen girls faced number two ranked Bainbridge-Guilford and won 37-35. Taylor Kelly shot the game winning basket with 17 seconds on the scoreboard.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/1/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/1/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport . These results appeared in the March 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/22/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/22/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Feb. 22 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/15/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/15/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Dundee and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Feb. 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/8/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/8/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Dundee and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Feb. 8 newspapers.

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