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Governor issues state of emergency after Schuyler flooding
Governor issues state of emergency after Schuyler flooding

SCHUYLER COUNTY-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Tuesday, declared a State of Emergency for Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, Yates, and contiguous counties through Aug. 21. The Governor made the announcement after surveying flooded areas and damaged property. Storms may cause additional flash flooding and New Yorkers are urged to prepare for potential extreme and unpredictable weather.

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Italian American Festival starts Friday
Italian American Festival starts Friday

WATKINS GLEN--Family fun will be the focus at the 39th annual Schuyler County Italian American Festival Aug. 10-12 at Clute Park. New vendors, more music each day and a host of special activities for children and adults are planned for Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Organizations involved in that special Sunday session include the Watkins Glen Fire Department, Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Head Start and Reisinger's Apple Country.

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'Wizard of Oz' production starts Friday
'Wizard of Oz' production starts Friday

PENN YAN--For its 40th anniversary summer production, Penn Yan Theatre Company (PYTCo) will perform "The Wizard of Oz" in Penn Yan Academy Auditorium at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Co-directed by Dusty Baker and Dave Smith, this rendition of the timeless story about a Kansas girl who finds herself "over the rainbow" after a frightful tornado will remain faithful to the beloved 1939 MGM film.

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Penn Yan closes three swimming areas
Penn Yan closes three swimming areas

PENN YAN--Two waterfront notifications were posted Saturday, Aug. 4 in Penn Yan, "BEACH CLOSED." Sara Christensen, RN, supervising public health nurse for Yates County, said, "The Red Jacket and Indian Pines swim areas in Penn Yan beach areas were closed due to blue-green algal blooms." Christensen added the state Department of Health will monitor the water and test again this week.

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Clute Park swimming now open
Clute Park swimming now open

WATKINS GLEN--Clute Park swimming is now open. Swimming was prohibited for six days (from July 27-Aug. 2) due to E-coli bacteria detected in water samples by the state department of health. Details of the water bacteria source and responsibility for the park closing and opening notifications has seen differing responses from local officials.

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Felony assault in Yates
Felony assault in Yates

TORREY--The Yates County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate a domestic violence incident that occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 6, near Dresden. Yates deputies have arrested Paul M. Khouzam, 37, of 3188 Guyanoga Road, Branchport. Khouzam is charged with assault in the first degree (class B felony), burglary in the first degree (class B felony) and aggravated cruelty to an animal (felony). He was arraigned in the Town of Benton Court and remanded to the Yates County Jail for grand jury action. Bail is set at $1 million or $2 million bond.

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NASCAR rolls in Watkins Glen
NASCAR rolls in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The Finger Lakes region is getting ready to host the annual NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International. Banners welcoming fans, driver appearance opportunities and merchandise are all part of weekend festivities that center around Watkins Glen but also spread across much of western New York.

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Area schools will offer free meals for all students
Area schools will offer free meals for all students

YATES, STEUBEN COUNTIES--All students preK-12 enrolled in Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport schools will be eligible for free breakfasts and lunches for the 2018-19 school year. The schools are taking part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Kyle Bower, superintendent for the Hammondsport Central School District, said, "There is no local cost to provide these meals. Reimbursement is provided through federal and state aid."

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Glorious Garlic Festival starts with Thursday night concert
Glorious Garlic Festival starts with Thursday night concert

SENECA LAKE--The 26th annual Glorious Garlic Festival Weekend will be held this weekend at Fox Run Vineyards. The festival features everything garlic as well as many demonstrations and music for attendees. A pre-event is held Thursday, Aug. 2 with a concert by The Town Pants at the winery. Music will begin at 6 p.m. and food and drinks will be available starting at 5 p.m. The main festival is held Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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A walking tour around Watkins Glen
A walking tour around Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--A dozen people gathered at the Watkins Glen pier Saturday, July 28, for the first historic walk of the village, led by Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson. The program encompassed the era of the Sullivan campaign to the present, exploring the many functions served by downtown buildings.

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Schumer joins opposition to newsprint tariff
Schumer joins opposition to newsprint tariff

NEW YORK--U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to push the U.S. Department of Commerce to reverse course from their decision to impose duties on groundwood paper, the raw material used by New York's local newspaper companies for newsprint. Schumer noted newspapers across New York are already being negatively affected by the Department of Commerce's preliminary duties of this paper. He indicated they could suffer even more should the tariffs be made permanent in a final determination Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Median home sales price goes to $168K
Median home sales price goes to $168K

FINGER LAKES--The median price of a home sold in Yates County is up 8.3 percent for the first 6 months of the year vs. the same time period last year. The greater Rochester multiple listing service reports the median sales price for a Yates home between Jan. 18 and July 19 of this year was $168,000. Last year between Jan. 18 and July 20, the median price was $155,000. This is an increase of 8.3 percent.

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Hector Fair starts Thursday
Hector Fair starts Thursday

HECTOR--The 60th annual Hector Fireman's Fair is coming this week to the east side of Seneca Lake. The Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department field will be transformed into a fair with attractions for the whole family, while the parade will attract fire departments and area groups from around the region. The event runs from Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28.

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Youth theatre stages 'The Rockin' Tale of Snow White'
Youth theatre stages 'The Rockin' Tale of Snow White'

PENN YAN--The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh with this funny adaptation. New characters and comedic twists come to life as a modern mom reads the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children. In addition to the cast of the kind princess, evil queen, multiple dwarves and the morally conflicted Huntsman, this musical introduces some new faces such as rhyme-happy ladies-in-waiting and a stick-in-the-mud governmental representative out to ruin everyone's good time.

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Cheese Festival is Saturday in Odessa
Cheese Festival is Saturday in Odessa

ODESSA--The Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is slated for Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa. Sunset View is a founding member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, which puts on this annual family-focused event. There are many new additions to this year's festival. Featuring 70 vendors, the event includes a full farmers market and features the creameries of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance sampling their cheeses as well as many local food and farm vendors.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Wooden boats converge on Hammondsport
PHOTO GALLERY: Wooden boats converge on Hammondsport

HAMMONDSPORT--The 36th annual Wine Country Classic Boats Show was held Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 in Hammondsport. Boats were displayed both on the land and water featuring many classic and antique wood boats. The theme this year was lapstrake boats, which are constructed with wood and have planks on the exterior that overlap to form the boat's hull. Although some persistent rain fell during the boat parade, a large crowd assembled to watch the boats pass by the lakefront.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee Scottish Festival
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee Scottish Festival

DUNDEE--The Dundee Scottish Festival was held at the Dundee VFW, Saturday, July 14. The event featured music, games and activities based around Scottish heritage. Josh Kane and Michelle Conner where officially crowned as Highlander and Lady Scot for the upcoming year at the event.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Finger Lakes Wine Festival
PHOTO GALLERY: Finger Lakes Wine Festival

WATKINS GLEN--The Finger Lakes Wine Festival was held at Watkins Glen International, Friday through Sunday, last week. The event included wine, food, music and pace car rides around the track. The garage area at the track was transformed into a large wine tasting venue with additional attractions located in tents around the main event. There were also seminars in the media center focusing on different wines and food pairings.

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Elliott wins first cup race at Watkins Glen
Elliott wins first cup race at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--Race fans had the opportunity to see just how close teams push their fuel mileage, Sunday, Aug. 5 at Watkins Glen International. First place finisher Chase Elliott ran out of fuel on his victory lap, while second place driver Martin Truex Jr. was out before the race even ended.

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Watkins announces driver appearance lineup
Watkins announces driver appearance lineup

WATKINS GLEN--As the Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR race weekend approaches, fans are looking to every opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers. A number of this season's most successful drivers will be appearing at The Glen's hospitality areas - The Bog, Pit Inn, and the Turn One Tavern, leading up to the green flag on Sunday, Aug. 5.

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Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018
Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries include the 2017-2018 school year games for Dundee, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport. Click 'Read more...' for the links.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18

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

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Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title
Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title

PITTSFORD-The number one state-ranked Pleasantville Panthers showed how they earned that position, Saturday, June 9 at St. John Fisher College against the Penn Yan Mustangs. The final score was 16-2 with the Panthers being named the Class D state champions. The historically high-scoring Pleasantville team got on the scoreboard first, but strong defense by Penn Yan and some impressive saves by goalie Jeff Kinyoun gave the impression the Mustangs had Pleasantville under control.

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Mustangs stampede to state finals
Mustangs stampede to state finals

PITTSFORD--Penn Yan's storied postseason play lived up to its reputation, Wednesday, June 6 in the state semifinal game against Chenango Forks. The Mustangs came from behind to defeat Chenango Forks 10-7 at Growney Stadium on the campus of St. John Fisher. Section 4's Chenango Forks jumped out to an early lead in the game scoring four goals to Penn Yan's one. However, the momentum began to shift in a drastic way in the second quarter as Austin Blumbergs made a shot right before the buzzer and brought the score to 6-4, Penn Yan down by two.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18

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 6 newspapers.

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Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win
Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win

BUFFALO--The Penn Yan Mustangs defeated Section VI's Akron, Saturday, June 2 at All-High Stadium in Buffalo. The game went to overtime with Austin Blumbergs scoring the game winner, bringing the final score to 12-11. The young roster of Penn Yan was able to avenge the loss to Akron last year that went to double overtime (10-9). Freshmen Ayden Mowry and Devon Gerhardt combined for five of Penn Yan's goals, and sophomore goalie Jeff Kinyoun made eight saves.

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Penn Yan captures 23rd title
Penn Yan captures 23rd title

PITTSFORD--The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Aquinas in the Section V Class D championship game, Wednesday, May 30. The victory brings the Mustangs to 23 Section V championship titles. The final score Wednesday evening was 8-6, with Penn Yan recording five of the goals in the first quarter. They scored one goal in each of the remaining quarters to bring the total to eight.

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Penn Yan falls to Pal-Mac in title game
Penn Yan falls to Pal-Mac in title game

PITTSFORD--The second-seeded Penn Yan Lady Mustangs fell to the number four seeded Palmyra-Macedon Red Raiders, Tuesday, May 29. The final score was 12-6 in the Section V Class D title game. Pal-Mac jumped out to an early lead scoring five goals to Penn Yan's one in the first half and then followed that up with seven goals in the second half to Penn Yan's five to take the win.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-30-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-30-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the May 30 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-23-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-23-18

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 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-16-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-16-18

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 May 16 newspapers.

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

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 May 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-2-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-2-18

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 May 2 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-25-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-25-18

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 April 25 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-18-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-18-18

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 April 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-11-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-11-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the April 11 newspapers.

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