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Weekend includes holiday celebrations
Weekend includes holiday celebrations

TRI-COUNTY AREA--As the Christmas holiday quickly approaches, there are a number of events this weekend to embrace winter and the festive season.

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Clarissa Enos wins Miss Penn Yan title
Clarissa Enos wins Miss Penn Yan title

PENN YAN-The village of Penn Yan celebrated the holiday season with StarShine, Saturday, Dec. 7. There were a number of Christmas themed activities on Main Street and at businesses downtown. One of the highlights of the evening was the crowning of Clarissa Enos as Miss Penn Yan for 2020. Above, the court included third runner-up Keira Maher, Miss Penn Yan Clarissa Enos, first runner-up Maddie Martini and second runner-up Casey Marcellus.

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Martini's grocery store will close in Dundee
Martini's grocery store will close in Dundee

DUNDEE--The Martini's grocery store at the four corners in Dundee is closing their business. Doug Martini, owner of the Shur-Fine market, said he is currently having a closing sale for all items in the store and he expects to be out of the building by the end of December. Martini said, "It's too bad but we just couldn't compete with the discount grocery stores in the area."

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Legislature asks for bail reform delay
Legislature asks for bail reform delay

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution to implore New York state to delay bail reforms set to go into effect Jan. 1 during the Monday Dec. 9 meeting. The resolution states that many criminals will be released back into the streets with nothing but a ticket to appear in court for multiple serious crimes "including several subcategories of homicide and manslaughter, resulting in those responsible for these deaths being released back in the community of grieving families."

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Dundee fund needs help to make goal
Dundee fund needs help to make goal

DUNDEE--The Dundee Area United Fund is $4,000 short of making this year's goal of $27,900. Alan Giles, board chair for the fund, said the shortage is through Nov. 30 and he hopes the Dundee community will respond during the holiday season to reach the goal. The fund committee and board are completely volunteer. There is no paid staff. The only expenses, which typically amounts to about 2 percent of their budget, are for paper, printing, postage and accounting fees for the government required 501-C3 filings.

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Yates County receives $328K
Yates County receives $328K

ALBANY--Yates County will be receiving $328,425 from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state grants announced Friday, Dec. 6 to improve emergency communications. The funding is part of Cuomo's Interoperable Grant program which is delivering in this round more than $45 million for 9-1-1 operations to 57 different counties across the state and New York City. The funding enables local governments to expand emergency response capabilities and enhance overall public safety operations.

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Phone scammers getting more aggressive
Phone scammers getting more aggressive

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Local law enforcement have been warning seniors to be wary of phone scammers who are growing both more technologically proficient in how they commit fraud and more aggressive in whom they target. Scammers now have the ability to change their phone numbers to make them look local while they impersonate a credit card company, the Internal Revenue Service or even a family member, and for many, senior citizens are their primary target.

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Donor pays $10K for customer layaways
Donor pays $10K for customer layaways

WATKINS GLEN--A lady who wants to remain anonymous, recently stopped in the Watkins Glen Walmart store and donated $10,000 to pay off some lucky customers' layaway accounts. Walmart Manager Kyle Nickerson said the anonymous donor, whom he referred to as Mary Jane, only had two conditions for her donation. "The first was that she remain anonymous, but the second was that we reach out to local press to let them know about the donation with the hope other people capable would do the same," Nickerson said.

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StarShine set for Saturday evening
StarShine set for Saturday evening

PENN YAN--The annual Christmas celebration in Penn Yan, StarShine, will move to a new day this year, Saturday, Dec. 7. Events will run from 4 to 7 p.m. including the crowning of Miss Penn Yan for 2020. Main Street will be closed to traffic at 3 p.m. as many of the street vendors begin to set up. The evening will include a variety of music, entertainment, colorful lights, treats, historic displays, an elf school, special sales, the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Yates Christmas program will serve hundreds
Yates Christmas program will serve hundreds

PENN YAN-- Starting this week the Yates Christmas Program began distributing toys, clothes, bedding and food to local families in need. Helping families for decades, Executive Director Donna Johnston said that Yates Christmas has become an indelible part of the local community. "Our program is a vital part of this community, it started with a program called Toy Shop started by three local women and we are 100 percent volunteer based, no one receives any salary for the work they do. We know for sure we are at least 30 years old, and last year we served 709 children representing over 300 families," Johnston said.

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Planning meeting set for Yates
Planning meeting set for Yates

PENN YAN--Yates County Planning will meet Thursday, Dec. 12 for the third of three public workshops to develop an update for the county's comprehensive plan. County Planner Daniel Long said the December workshop will focus on the ag community's farms and related businesses. The meeting will be held in the Yates County Auditorium, 417 Liberty St. in Penn Yan at 6 p.m.

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Social security offices will expand hours
Social security offices will expand hours

FINGER LAKES--In a move to improve customer service, Social Security offices throughout the area will expand their hours and increase the number of employees for direct service to the public. Area Social Security offices are located in Corning, Ithaca, Geneva, Rochester, West Seneca and Horseheads. Starting Jan. 8, 2020, Social Security offices nationwide will be open to the public Wednesday afternoons. This change restores Wednesday public service hours that were last in place in late 2012.

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Seneca Santa gets ready to deliver again
Seneca Santa gets ready to deliver again

SCHUYLER COUNTY--In preparation for helping those in need during the holiday season, members of the local non-profit Seneca Santa are gearing up to both raise money and distribute gifts across the county. "Nobody wants to think of a child not having a Christmas. And there is a need for it, people should understand our program is not intended to be a supplement for Christmas, for some kids this is it," said Peggy Scott, president of Seneca Santa.

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Yates approves budget, with some add-ons
Yates approves budget, with some add-ons

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County legislature approved the budget for 2020 at a special meeting Thursday, Nov. 21 in the legislative chambers. The budget includes a tax levy of $16,519,672 or $5.99 per thousand of assessed property value. The budget is below the state tax cap. There were three budget modifications at the meeting and additional resolutions allowing the creation and hiring of new employees. The modifications were covered by the fund balance so no change was made to the tax levy.

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Village looks at $16M for water upgrades
Village looks at $16M for water upgrades

WATKINS GLEN--In order to bring the water system up to code, the engineering firm hired by the village of Watkins Glen recommended up to $16 million in infrastructure upgrades to the board of trustees at the Tuesday, Nov. 19 board meeting. The study was commissioned by the village after consistent warnings from the state Department of Health regarding monitoring, water turbidity, chlorination, the presence of zebra mussels and additional issues regarding the water system.

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Odessa mayor offers village water updates
Odessa mayor offers village water updates

ODESSA--Mayor Gerry Messmer recently met with United States Department of Agriculture officials to begin the process of applying for a grant to determine the source of the village's brown water. Messmer said that the grant would be for $40,000 and, if received, would be used to commission an engineering study to determine the exact source of the iron contamination of the water.

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State awards $283K for water quality
State awards $283K for water quality

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, Nov. 19, $283.060 has been awarded for the region to support agricultural water quality conservation projects. The Finger Lakes area grant includes: $283,060 was awarded to the Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District to work with 10 farms in the Keuka Lake Watershed.

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Small biz Saturday promotions increase
Small biz Saturday promotions increase

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Shop small--shop local. Small Business Saturday is now a nationwide retail event. Started back in 2010 by American Express as a way to promote their thousands of small business customers, area chambers of commerce and individual stores have turned the day into a special shopping day for many.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19

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 Dec. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Dec. 4 newspapers.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Dec. 3 ... Avoca, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 ... @ Hammondsport, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 2 ... Campbell-Savona, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 ... @ Twin Tiers Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 3 ... Naples, 4 p.m.
Dec. 5 ... Newark, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 7 ... @ Avoca Duals, 9 a.m.
Dec. 12 ... South Seneca, 6:30 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
Dec. 2 ... @ Romulus, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 ... Dundee, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
(Hammondsport/Bradford)
Dec. 2 ... Romulus, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... @ Scio, 6 p.m.

Wrestling
(Avoca/Hammondsport)
Dec. 5... @ Jasper-Troupsburg, 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Avoca Duals, 9 a.m.

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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. 3 ... Dryden, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... @ Lansing, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 3 ... @ Dryden, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Lansing, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 2 ... @ Union Springs, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 ... Lansing, 3:30 p.m.

Boys swimming
Dec. 3 ... Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 ... Lansing, 4:30 p.m.

Indoor track
Dec. 14 ... @ Ithaca Bombers Invite, 9 a.m.
Dec. 21 ... @ Quinney Invite, 9 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. 6 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 3 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Southern Cayuga, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 3 ... Groton, 4 p.m.
Dec. 5 ... @ Tioga, 3:30 p.m.

Boys swimming
Dec. 3 ... @ Watkins Glen, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Greene, 5:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 4 ... @ Lansing 6 p.m.
Dec. 11 ... Moravia, 6:30 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. 2 ... @ Haverling, 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 ... Rochester Prep, 6:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 3 ... @ Pittsford Sutherland, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Marcus Whitman, 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling
(Penn Yan/Marcus Whitman)
Dec. 5 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... @ Avoca Duals, 9 a.m.

Bowling
Dec. 5 ... @ Naples, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 ... @ Geneva, 4:30 p.m.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-20-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-20-19

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. 20 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-13-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-13-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Nov. 13 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-6-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-6-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Dundee, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Nov. 6 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-30-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-30-19

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 Oct. 30 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-23-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-23-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-16-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-16-19

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 Oct. 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-9-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-9-19

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 Oct. 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-2-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-2-19

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 Oct. 2 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-25-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-25-19

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 Sept. 25 newspapers.

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

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 Sept. 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-11-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-11-19

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 Sept. 11 newspapers.

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