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Legislature opposes gas project
Legislature opposes gas project

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Legislature has voted to request the state withhold approval for Crestwood's proposed salt cavern gas storage plans in Schuyler County. More than 50 people attended the Tuesday, Oct. 14 meeting where the legislature voted to take a stronger stance against the proposed liquid petroleum gas (LPG) storage project in the Schuyler County town of Reading. The county had previously sent a letter to the state expressing their concerns about the project, but had not taken an official stance until Tuesday night. Legislators Leslie Church and Dan Banach were the only two votes in opposition.

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Official on budget shortfall: 'I don't know...'
Official on budget shortfall: 'I don't know...'

TYRONE--Tyrone Highway Superintendent Paul Ernhout questioned what had happened to $73,000 in his budget that was carried over from the previous year, during the Tuesday, Oct. 14, town meeting. Ernhout reported on his finances as well as changes made by the board to overtime and the actual number of highway employees. At the meeting he said, "It's my understanding that when you people passed this budget last year I had $819,000, plus a $73,000 surplus balance. It's my understanding that it isn't there. I don't know where it is. It's not from the highway department's overspending that's for sure."

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Finger Lakes Beer Festival  set for Oct. 25
Finger Lakes Beer Festival set for Oct. 25

WATKINS GLEN--Formerly known as Glentoberfest, the Finger Lakes Beer Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. The event runs fromnoon to 5 p.m. and is presented by the Finger Lakes Beer Trail at Watkins Glen International. This is the second year of the event. "Our focus for all events starts right here in New York and our beautiful upstate region," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. "[...] We are thrilled to be able to offer more New York State brewed beer as the popularity continues to increase in our region."

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Preliminary budget increases levy 2.6 percent
Preliminary budget increases levy 2.6 percent

YATES COUNTY--Yates County Administrator Sarah Purdy released the 2015 tentative budget Monday, Oct. 20, showing a tax levy increase of $404,621, or 2.6 percent. In a letter to the legislature, Purdy said the tax levy increase remains under the amount allowed by the tax cap by $5,626. "The tentative 2015 budget [...] meets the budget guideline issued by the legislature's finance committee in June, to stay within the tax cap, by using monies from five dedicated funds and reserves to offset specific expenses, using a significant amount of general fund balance, curtailing costs wherever possible, and by only supporting new departmental requests that are urgent or critical in nature," said Purdy in her letter to the legislature.

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Heating assistance will be available Nov. 17
Heating assistance will be available Nov. 17

FINGER LAKES--As the temperature drops, many begin to look for assistance in order to heat their homes. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to provide aid to those living at or below a certain income threshold that determines if they are eligible to receive financial aid. Area residents can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance with the Department of Social Services Monday, Nov. 17. LIHEAP is the main federal program that helps low-income households and seniors with their energy bills, providing vital assistance during both the cold winter and hot summer months.

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Development will receive $727K incentive
Development will receive $727K incentive

MILO--The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC) held a public hearing where they detailed $727,000 in economic incentives for the residential development proposed for the former Penn Yan Marine site. The meeting was held Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Milo town hall, where FLEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Griffin said the incentives will be going toward a total project cost of $14.1 million. He said a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) will be put on the property itself while the construction and remediation is going on at the site.

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Without lowering, Keuka at last year's level
Without lowering, Keuka at last year's level

KEUKA LAKE--Even with Keuka Lake's annual water level lowering postponed 30 days, the current lake levels are below the minimum desired level. The summer desirable range for Keuka Lake is between 714.25 feet above sea level and 713.72 feet and was maintained until Oct. 1, prior to this year. At that time levels would decrease to winter levels between 712.50 feet and 711.95 feet over a period of about a month. The annual drawdown -- or manual lake lowering by manipulating the water gates in Penn Yan -- was delayed until Nov. 1 according to the Keuka Lake Association (KLA), but KLA President Bill Laffin said the levels are currently near where they were last year at this time due to the lack of precipitation.

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Audit: Neither treasurer properly performed
Audit: Neither treasurer properly performed

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The New York State Comptroller's Office said former Schuyler County treasurers Margaret Starbuck and Gary Whyman did not adequately perform their duties before fall of 2013. The result of a state audit, which analyzed the department between Jan. 1, 2011 and Sept. 11, 2013, were similar to an independent audit by Ithaca accounting firm Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Co. last August, which stated Schuyler County's financial managers lacked the "knowledge and ability" to prepare municipal financial statements that balance. The recently released state audit claims the treasurers "did not reconcile cash with the accounting records in a timely manner and subsidiary accounts were not reconciled to control accounts, resulting in inaccurate financial reports that were not prepared in a timely manner."

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Colleges address sexual assault, consent issues
Colleges address sexual assault, consent issues

FINGER LAKES--New York State has proposed a uniform set of practices regarding sexual assault to be established across the SUNY system. These practices include a uniform, system-wide definition of consent that is required between participants before engaging in sexual activity, an immunity policy to protect students coming forward to report sexual assault, a statewide training program for campus police and administrators regarding how to address sexual assault incidents, a public campaign to increase awareness among students and parents and a uniform Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights that will inform a student of his or her rights following an attack including the option of approaching state police. While Keuka College is not part of the SUNY system, Director of Marketing and Communications Pete Bekisz said the college is planning to upgrade their current policy on sexual assault this fall.

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Development office plans public hearing
Development office plans public hearing

MILO--The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center will hold a public hearing regarding the purchase and development of the former Penn Yan Marine site into a residential community. The public hearing will take place Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the town of Milo meeting room at 137 Main St. at 9 a.m. The proposed project and related financial assistance will be discussed during the public hearing. The proposed development calls for Keuka Outlet Development LLC to build a 41 unit condominium complex and a 24 slip marina at the former Penn Yan Marine site. The proposed project involves the purchase of the more than 14 acre property along with the construction of utility improvements to accommodate the development.

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Dundee sets public hearing for tax break
Dundee sets public hearing for tax break

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board agreed to set a public hearing for Wednesday, Nov. 5 to discuss the possibility of implementing a veteran's school tax exemption. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the board intends to decide the matter at their next board meeting Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. School business official Melissa Lawson said the board first held a public hearing on the issue in February, adding the board was recently approached to revisit the proposal. Lawson previously said there are different degrees of qualifications for combat zone, non-combat and disabled veterans which result in different levels of exemption.

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Reed in Schuyler to promote treatment act
Reed in Schuyler to promote treatment act

MONTOUR FALLS--U.S. Congressman Tom Reed (R--Corning) visited Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls Tuesday, Oct. 14. He discussed his bipartisan Ensuring Equal Access to Treatments Act, that would ensure seniors suffering from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses have access to the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art treatments. The bill would require Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use fair payment classifications for breakthrough bladder cancer treatments, as well as other clinically necessary services that are being negatively impacted by CMS policies.

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Federal commission approves gas project
Federal commission approves gas project

SENECA LAKE--Federal regulators say construction can start immediately on a methane gas storage project next to Seneca Lake that has galvanized opposition from many wine and tourism businesses across the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. The Sept. 30 decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) represents a major breakthrough for Houston-based Crestwood Midstream. The company has been waging a five-year campaign for permission to convert long-abandoned lakeside salt caverns into a regional storage hub for both methane gas and liquid petroleum gas, or LPG, from fracking operations in Pennsylvania.

CORRECTION--In the Wednesday, Oct. 8 issues of The Observer and the REVIEW&EXPRESS, in the story "Federal commission approves gas project," the photo cutline incorrectly states the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Crestwood's liquid petroleum gas expansion. The FERC approved the methane portion of the project, while the Department of Environmental Conservation has jurisdiction over the LPG portion.

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Heroin forum recognizes increasing trend
Heroin forum recognizes increasing trend

PENN YAN--More than 100 residents attended the Penn Yan community forum on heroin held in the academy auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 30. During the forum, several speakers ranging from law enforcement officials to former heroin addicts addressed their experiences with the drug, stating it is already an issue in the community. "It concerns me that heroin has found its way into our community," said Mike Ballard of the Council on Alcoholism and Addiction. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said at first he did not believe a small county like Yates would have a problem with a drug like heroin, but said recent trends seem to indicate otherwise.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Montour Falls festival hosts run
PHOTO GALLERY: Montour Falls festival hosts run

Montour Falls hosted their annual harvest festival, Saturday, Oct. 4. New this year was the Fierce Falls 5K Run/Walk which took participants up and then down the hills to the west of the village. The route included obstacles and runners crossed the scenic bridge over Shequaga Falls (pictured). Tim Vymislicky of Endicott finished the run first.

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Police watching out for 'distracted drivers'
Police watching out for 'distracted drivers'

FINGER LAKES--With the push during the last several years to reduce the amount of texting related accidents on the road, distracted driving incidents have been a focus of law enforcement officials. In Schuyler County, Watkins Glen Police Chief Tom Struble said distracted driving incidents have declined during the past year, but added it is still a concern with more people texting as opposed to talking on their cell phones. Struble said his department has a grant from the state to send patrols out to exclusively watch for distracted drivers, saying on average they issue between 10 and 15 tickets a month.

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PHOTO GALLERY: It's harvest time at the wineries
PHOTO GALLERY: It's harvest time at the wineries

The 25th annual Harvest Festival at Hunt Country Vineyards was held Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5. The festival had numerous food offerings as well as a grape stomping competition, demonstrations on food and wine and live music.

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Towns work to address hydrofracking
Towns work to address hydrofracking

YATES COUNTY--The Committee of Towns at their recent meeting in September featured a discussion of homeowner rights relative to hydrofrack drilling and its related activities. Committee Co-Chair Joseph Hoff said 17 towns were represented at the meeting which included supervisors and board members. He said it was the group's second meeting, adding they will continue on with meetings to learn more about the issue and discuss what can be done as municipalities to avoid negative impacts.

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Dundee dominates at home 52-14
Dundee dominates at home 52-14

DUNDEE--The Dundee varsity football team won their final regular season game against the Marcus Whitman Wildcats 52-14, Saturday, Oct. 18. Dundee takes a 6-1 record into sectionals. Dundee's first score came when Whitman snapped the ball over their punters head, which was recovered by the Scots in the endzone to take a 6-0 lead. After forcing Whitman to punt, the Scots scored again on a short rush by Brennan Krall, which was set up by a long run from quarterback Justin Neu. After failing to convert the two-point conversion, the score was 12-0 Dundee in the first. The Dundee defense held Whitman to another punt on their next offensive drive. Running back Christopher Cramer added more points on the first play of the second quarter to put the score at 20-0 Dundee.

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Penn Yan moves to 5-2
Penn Yan moves to 5-2

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan Mustangs improved their season to 5-2 with a win over Wayne, Friday, Oct. 17. The final score was 39-14, Penn Yan. Tanner Irwin had 66 yards rushing including four touchdowns and 119 yards passing with another touchdown. Jacob Covert recorded 68 yards receiving and had a touchdown. Austin Fingar helped the ground game with 107 yards rushing, nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Tyler Bray had nine tackles and a sack. Brandon Merkley contributed five tackles and a sack, while Jacob Moore added 16 tackles.

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Watkins wins homecoming 34-6
Watkins wins homecoming 34-6

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen varsity football team won their homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 11 with a score of 34-6 over Candor. The Senecas advance their record to 4-1 with the win. 
The Senecas received the opening kickoff, but punted after a quick three and out. Candor's offense also struggled to get moving their first drive, punting back to the Senecas. Keith Rekczis scored the first touchdown of the game on a six-yard rush. After a failed two-point conversion, the Senecas went up 6-0.

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Dundee dominates South Seneca 46-6
Dundee dominates South Seneca 46-6

SOUTH SENECA--The Dundee varsity football team defeated the South Seneca Falcons 46-6 in an away game Saturday, Oct. 11. The Scots are 5-1 going into their final game of the regular season. The Scots kicked off to start the game, holding the Falcons to a three and out. Senior running back Brennan Krall scored the first points for Dundee on their first offensive drive. The extra point was good to put the score at 7-0. Freshman defensive lineman Jovhannie Andrades blocked South Seneca's next punt, which was recovered by Dakota Hanes and taken to the nine-yard line. Dundee was unable to score, turning the ball over on fourth and goal at the 13-yard line.

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Mustangs win fourth straight contest
Mustangs win fourth straight contest

NEWARK--The Penn Yan varsity football team defeated the Newark Reds 19-6 in an away game Friday, Oct. 10. The Mustangs record goes to 4-2 on the season. The Reds had the first offensive possession of the game, but turned the ball over on downs, giving the Mustangs the ball on their 24-yard line. The Mustangs were forced to punt as well on their opening drive. The first quarter ended without either team scoring. The first score of the game came late in the second quarter from senior running back Casey Marsh to take a 7-0 lead into the half. The score came on a one-yard rush.

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Penn Yan boys tie Bath
Penn Yan boys tie Bath

BATH-The Mustangs' boys varsity soccer team tied with Bath-Haverling, Thursday, Oct. 9. The final score was 1-1. Scott Fingar scored for Penn Yan with an assist by Gage Ponsetti. Penn Yan had 10 shots and 22 saves.

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Lady Scots beat Harley, 3-0
Lady Scots beat Harley, 3-0

DUNDEE-The Dundee girls varsity soccer team blanked Harley Allendale Columbia, 3-0, Wednesday, Oct. 8. At halftime, the score was 2-0. Tayler Morrison scored both goals with assists from Nolleen Whetham. In the second half, the roles reversed and Whetham scored with the help of Morrison. In the goal, Brooke Howell had nine saves.

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Odessa volleyball loses to Edison
Odessa volleyball loses to Edison

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour varsity volleyball team lost to Thomas A. Edison, 3-0, Wednesday, Oct. 8. The scores were 25-10, 25-9, and 25-20, Edison. For Odessa, Vicky Ayers had seven service points, one ace, one kill, and six digs. Alexis Austin had one ace, two kills, one dig, and three service points. Kalie Thomas had two aces, one assist, one kill, three digs, and five service points. Starr Cole added four digs.

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Dundee suffers first loss against Red Jacket
Dundee suffers first loss against Red Jacket

SHORTSVILLE-The Dundee varsity football team suffered their first loss of the season against Red Jacket, Saturday, Oct. 4 on the road. The final score was 53-6. Both teams came into Saturday's game undefeated at 4-0. Dundee recorded their sole touchdown in the fourth quarter on a pass by Jon Huber to Cole Hartman in the end zone. The extra point was missed. The Scots will play South Seneca next Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.

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Mustangs top Scots, 3-2
Mustangs top Scots, 3-2

DUNDEE-The Penn Yan varsity volleyball team topped Dundee in a five game match, Friday, Oct. 3. The final scores were 19-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-10, 25-21, Penn Yan. For the Mustangs, Liz Wunder scored 21 kills, three blocks, and 13 digs. Brianna Yonge had five aces and three kills, while Kelly Bray added 21 assists and three aces. Dundee's Caitlyn Cornish contributed seven aces and two kills. Anna Gilbert had three aces and two blocks. Olivia Taylor added 10 set assists and three aces.

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Odessa-Montour defeats Candor
Odessa-Montour defeats Candor

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls soccer team beat Candor in a home game, Wednesday, Oct. 1. The final score was 2-0. O-M scored in each half of the game. Odessa's record is 4-6-2.

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Lakers beat Senecas, 3-0
Lakers beat Senecas, 3-0

HAMMONDSPORT-The Hammondsport varsity volleyball team topped Watkins Glen, Tuesday, Sept. 30, in three sets. The scores were 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.
 For the Lakers, Aly Binnert had five aces, 15 assists, and six kills. Lahra Weber recorded 16 kills, while Trehana Hoad and Tanessa Whitney assisted with four kills each.
 For Watkins Glen, Amanda Cherock had six aces, five digs, and four assists. Gabby
LaRosa added two kills and four digs. Gianna Willsey-Molene scored five digs and one block.

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Dundee remains undefeated with overtime win
Dundee remains undefeated with overtime win

DUNDEE--The Dundee varsity football team extended their undefeated record to 4-0 with a 23-20 overtime victory over the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles during their homecoming game Saturday, Sept. 27. Jon Huber and Nolleen Whetham were named the homecoming king and queen during the day's events. Clyde began the game with the ball, but were forced to punt after a three-and-out. Dundee's offense capitalized on their first offensive drive with a one-yard touchdown run by senior running back Christopher Cramer after converting on a key fourth and four situation during the drive. Cramer contributed more than 30 yards on the drive. The score would stand at 6-0 Dundee after a failed extra-point attempt.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Oct. 25 ... vs. Bishop Kearney @ Aquinas, 4 p.m.

Cheerleading
Oct. 25 ... @ RIT, 10 a.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 24 ... @ Geneseo, 6:00 p.m.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Oct. 24 ... @ Lansing, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Oct. 24 ... @ Lansing, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 22 ... @ Candor, 4:30 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 25 ... @ IAC Championships, 10 a.m.
Oct. 30 ... @ Section IV Championships, 10 a.m.

Girls swimming
Oct. 23 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 ... IAC Championships, 9 a.m.
Nov. 5 ... Sectionals TBA.

Volleyball
Oct. 24 ... Varsity Championships- South Site TBA.
Oct. 27 ... Sectionals, TBA.

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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 soccer
Oct. 22 ... Worcester, 3:30 p.m.

Girls swimming
Oct. 23 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 ... @ IAC Championships, TBA.

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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. 24 ... Waterloo, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 25 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 10 a.m.
Nov. 1 ... @ Sectional Championships, TBA.

Boys soccer
Oct. 22 ... Byron-Bergen/Elba, 7 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 23 ... @ Wayne, 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:

Girls soccer
Oct. 22 ... @ HAC, 3:30 p.m.

Cross country
Nov. 1 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Volleyball
Oct. 25 ... @ Avoca, 6 p.m.

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