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Lake Country Players will present 'Shrek, the Musical'
Lake Country Players will present 'Shrek, the Musical'

WATKINS GLEN--The Lake Country Players will present "Shrek, the Musical" Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Watkins Glen high school auditorium. More than 40 community members are included in this show directed by Casey Manzer Smith, with musical direction by Kim Laursen and Sarah Mathews. The story is a fairy tale within a fairy tale which all begins Once upon a time, when young ogre Shrek (Collin McKenzie) is sent away by his parents (Phil Watson, Jen Kintz) at the tender age of 7 to find his way in the Big Bright Beautiful World.

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County names new acting administrator
County names new acting administrator

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Legislature named Winona 'Nonie' Flynn as the new acting county administrator Wednesday, Oct. 31. Flynn is currently the county treasurer and budget officer. She added the duties of administrator effective Nov. 4. The legislature created a County Administrator Task Force in June after receiving word that County Administrator Robert Lawton was to be appointed City Manager of Turlock, California. Lawton left Yates County in late June.

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Grand jury indicts Khouzam
Grand jury indicts Khouzam

PENN YAN --The grand jury of Yates County returned an indictment on Thursday, Nov. 1 charging Paul Khouzam, 37, with the crimes of murder in the second degree, burglary in the first degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, and aggravated cruelty to animals. These charges stem from a domestic incident occurring Aug. 6 on Arrowhead Beach Road in the town of Torrey. The victim is Magda Khouzam, the defendant's mother. District Attorney Todd Casella is prosecuting the case.

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State will provide flood assistance
State will provide flood assistance

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday, Nov. 2 he is making $13 million available for restoration and recovery efforts in Schuyler County and six additional area counties following the storms and flash flooding Aug. 13-15 that severely impacted communities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. A new residential assistance program has been created to provide funding to primary homeowners whose damages exceed insurance claims and other available aid.

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Revitalization committee will meet
Revitalization committee will meet

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) local planning committee (LPC) will have its first meeting at village hall, 111 Elm St., 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. Penn Yan was the recipient of the state $10 million DRI award in the Finger Lakes region to boost the economic and cultural base in the village. The meeting will provide an overview of the DRI program and Penn Yan's DRI application as well as the project's schedule.

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Forest still recovering from flooding
Forest still recovering from flooding

VALOIS--Flooding in August did nearly $400,000 worth of damage to trails and parking areas within the Finger Lakes National Forest. Particularly hard hit was the historic Caywood Point area just north of Valois on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. Jodie Vanselow, national forest district ranger, said the access road off Route 414 was partially wiped out, while a quarter mile length of Fossenvue Trail down to the lake is completely gone.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Halloween costumes on display in Dundee
PHOTO GALLERY: Halloween costumes on display in Dundee

DUNDEE--The Dundee Fire Department Auxiliary hosted a fun Halloween event for kids and their parents, Saturday, Oct. 27. While the outdoor parade had to be cancelled due to the rain, the events were moved inside to the Dundee school gym. Children in different age ranges were awarded prizes in a number of categories.

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Officials expect higher voter totals
Officials expect higher voter totals

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Voter turn-out for a mid-term election is usually much less than a presidential election year. Amy Daines, Republican commissioner for the Yates County Board of Elections said, "This year we are expecting voters to participate nearly at the same level of a presidential election- which can be around 80 percent of registered voters. We have had a huge turn-out for absentee ballots so we are expecting large numbers for election day." Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. This year voters will decide on the state governor's race, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general along with a United States Senator and state Supreme Court Justices.

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Man found dead in Barrington
Man found dead in Barrington

BARRINGTON--According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, sheriff's deputies received an order to execute a supreme court arrest warrant Monday, Oct. 29 for failure to comply with psychiatric treatment. The warrant was issued by Judge Richard Rich of Chemung County from an indictment in Chemung County Court. The individual failed to appear in court. The man had firearms and was barricaded in his residence on Bossard Road in the town Barrington. The Yates County Sheriff's Department requested mutual aid from the Ontario County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Emergency Response Team and the FBI. OCSO deputies were sworn in as emergency deputies for Yates County.

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DEC releases 2017 water quality statistics
DEC releases 2017 water quality statistics

FINGER LAKES--The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is responsible for reporting on the condition of water resources in the state, including more than 16,000 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs, to meet state and federal monitoring requirements and address multiple data needs. With such a large number of freshwater resources, the DEC acknowledges that more information is needed than can be collected by staff resources alone.

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State finishes task force heroin report
State finishes task force heroin report

Albany--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, joined the task force co-chairs and other members Oct. 24 to release a report detailing a series of recommendations for state-level actions to further address the burgeoning heroin and opioid addiction crisis impacting communities across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

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Penn Yan presents "A Wrinkle in Time"
Penn Yan presents "A Wrinkle in Time"

The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club will present "A Wrinkle in Time" this weekend at the academy auditorium. Shows run Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. "A Wrinkle in Time" has been adapted from the Madeleine L'Engle novel by James Sie. Meg and Charles Wallace have been without their scientist father for a number of years after he discovers the tesseract and travels through time and space. With their friend, Calvin, they set out on an epic adventure. Guided along the way by "the Mrs.", three characters who guide them on their journey to other planets to fight the dark thing and bring their father home.

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Preliminary budget shows lower tax rate
Preliminary budget shows lower tax rate

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The tentative county budget for 2019 is now available for public review before a hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 13. The 2019 budget of Schuyler County shows a reduction in both expenses (-0.34 percent) and revenue (-0.59 percent) over 2018. The budget is below the tax cap and has a tax rate decrease of 0.71 percent. This is the seventh consecutive year the tax rate has been reduced.

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Preliminary tax rate shows a decrease
Preliminary tax rate shows a decrease

YATES COUNTY--The proposed 2019 county budget increases the tax levy by 1.82 percent or $294,709, yet because of a 6.56 percent increase in the value of taxable county property, the preliminary tax rate shows a decrease to $6.26 per thousand. Overall, the county budget expenses for 2019 are proposed at $44,011,040 or a 2.7 percent increase over 2018. The three largest components of expenses consist of economic assistance (including social services), public safety and general government.

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Experts will discuss water quality issues
Experts will discuss water quality issues

DUNDEE--State Sen. Tom O'Mara (R-Big Flats) and Sen. Pam Helming (R-Canandaigua), will sponsor a public roundtable discussion, "The Future of Water Quality: A Discussion on Challenges, Crises and Responses." The forum, which is open to the public, is being held at Starkey's Lookout in Dundee, 5428 State Route 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Court will now handle off-hours arraignments
Court will now handle off-hours arraignments

PENN YAN--Yates County started a new program Oct. 1 that allows handling off-hours arraignments and ensuring every defendant is represented by an attorney at the arraignment. Under the program, judges in Yates County's local criminal courts will be assigned to the new facility on a rotational basis to hold arraignments resulting from off-hours arrests in the county --with a judge, prosecutor and public defender available at all hours. This is the fourth Centralized Arraignment Part (CAP) in the Seventh Judicial District, which along with Yates County includes Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben and Wayne Counties.

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Unemployment shows a 30-year low in the state
Unemployment shows a 30-year low in the state

ALBANY--New York state's unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in September, reaching its lowest level since June 1988, according to preliminary figures released Thursday, Oct. 18 by the New York State Department of Labor. Contributing to this statewide rate drop was another monthly decline in New York City's unemployment rate, which fell from 4.1 percent to 4 percent in September, its lowest level on record (current records date back to 1976).

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Peak colors delayed this year
Peak colors delayed this year

FINGER LAKES--The projections for peak autumn colors were delayed by many forecasters this year due to the wetter, warmer fall weather. Typically, peak colors are evident along Seneca Lake by Oct. 20-23. However, the photo at the right was taken looking east over Seneca Lake Sunday, Oct. 21. The colors of the 2018 fall foliage season will be delayed and less vibrant, predicts Taryn Bauerle, Cornell University associate professor of plant science, whose research focuses on how plants communicate water stress.

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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 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.
Penn Yan Volleyball 11-3-18
Hammondsport Volleyball 11-3-18
Section 4 Swimming Prelims 10-31-18

Hammondsport Volleyball 10-27-18
Seneca Indians Football 10-19-18
Penn Yan Football 10-19-18

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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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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-12-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-12-18

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 Sept. 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-5-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-5-18

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

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Seneca Indians Football
Oct. 26 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 7 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 18 ... Candor, 6:30 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 27 ... @ Marathon, 10 a.m.

Girls swimming
Oct. 11 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 5 p.m.

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Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule
Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Girls swimming
Oct. 18 ... @ Waverly, 5 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 19 ... @ Elmira Heights, 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 fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Football
Oct. 12 ... @ Midlanes, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 20 ... @ Marion, 10 a.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 18 ... Wayne, 6:30 p.m.

Golf
Oct. 4 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 4 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Oct. 13 ... Dansville, 1 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 3 ... @ Hammondsport, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 16 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 5 p.m.
Oct. 18 ... Mynderse, 6 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Volleyball
Oct. 17 ... @ Houghton, 7:30 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 26 ... @ Alfred U, TBA.

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