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Drought conditions impact business
Drought conditions impact business

TRI-COUNTY AREA (7/20/16)--The drought conditions of the summer of 2016 have impacted many businesses in a negative way. The lack of significant rainfall over several weeks has left crops and grass thirsting for water, leaving many business owners claiming this is one of the worst dry spells they have experienced. Mary-Howell Martens, owner of Lakeview Organic Grain, described the drought as "definitely one of the worst droughts we have ever seen." She said with corn and soybeans, many farms are not going to be able to make their desired crop yield. Martens claimed she has seen corn in the area that is only thigh high and has already started to tassel, meaning it could lead to a total crop loss.

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Cheese Festival brings families to the farm
Cheese Festival brings families to the farm

ODESSA (7/20/16)--The fifth anniversary of the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival will take place Saturday, July 23, at the Sunset View Creamery in Odessa. The event is a family day of food, music, animals, games and classes. Visitors will have the chance to taste the cheeses of the farms of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance in one place. This includes 11 of the 12 alliance members, along with local foods and beverages provided by additional vendors.

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Dandy Mart plans may see village concerns
Dandy Mart plans may see village concerns

DUNDEE (7/20/16)--While the work progresses on the Dundee Dandy Mart's new gas canopy, the Dundee village board saw the dimensions for the proposed second phase of construction Tuesday, July 12. The second phase of work entails a new mini mart building at the site. While the plans for the new structure have not yet been reviewed by the village planning board, one aspect of the building's design has already sparked some concern among village officials: the front door of the new building does not face the new pump canopy.

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Watkins Glen tables zoning law updates
Watkins Glen tables zoning law updates

WATKINS GLEN (7/20/16)--The Watkins Glen village board tabled a proposed local law Monday, July 18, that would update the village zoning code. The board heard complaints from two residents regarding the wording in the law that limits how long a person can park a recreational vehicle (RV) on village streets and where on their property they can park it. This was brought up as it was claimed not all residents have room on their property to store their RV and it would be a financial burden to have to rent a campsite just to store the vehicle.

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Housing council seeks Dundee parking options
Housing council seeks Dundee parking options

DUNDEE (7/20/16)--Renee Bloom, executive director of Keuka Housing Council, spoke to the Dundee village board Tuesday, July 12 in regards to possible parking options for transitional housing apartments along Main Street. Bloom said the group got a $1 million grant, part of which will be used to renovate 12-20 Main St. for upstairs housing. Bloom said the Main Street apartments would be transitional housing for needy people, adding they need enough parking spaces for each unit to fit village zoning requirements. Adam Hunt of Keuka Housing Council later added this is funds from a Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP) grant that was awarded for community housing improvements.

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Bradford fire treasurer arrested
Bradford fire treasurer arrested

BRADFORD (7/20/16)--New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the arrest of Bradford Volunteer Fire Company Treasurer Sherry Hamilton. She was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony, after an audit and investigation by DiNapoli's office, working with the New York State Police and Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker. It was uncovered that Hamilton misappropriated more than $8,000 in fire company funds by allegedly taking "advance" payments on company activities and manipulating company bank accounts and records.

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Penn Yan board elects Morehouse
Penn Yan board elects Morehouse

PENN YAN (7/20/16)--The Penn Yan board of education held their reorganizational meeting Wednesday, July 13 in the elementary school cafeteria. During this meeting, the school board voted to elect Jeff Morehouse as the president of the school board. Kathy Guenther was also elected to serve as the vice president of the board. Both were reelected to their respective positions, having held them prior to the reorganizational meeting. Morehouse, Guenther and Phyllis Record Bacher were each administered the oath of office during the meeting as well. The three were reelected to their respective positions during the annual school board and budget vote held by the district May 17.

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PHOTO GALLERIES: Weekend events draw visitors to Watkins, Dundee and Hammondsport
PHOTO GALLERIES: Weekend events draw visitors to Watkins, Dundee and Hammondsport

FINGER LAKES (7/20/16)-The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, the Dundee Scottish Festival and the Wine Country Classic Boats Show and Regatta drew thousands of visitors to the Finger Lakes last weekend. Watkins Glen International hosted the wine festival, Millard Park in Dundee welcomed Scottish traditions and the Hammondsport waterfront was filled with both vintage and modern wood boats. The photo galleries feature photos from the events.

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Lifeguards enjoy their summer work
Lifeguards enjoy their summer work

WATKINS GLEN, PENN YAN (7/13/16)--When the summer heat gets too much to bear, many residents will often flock to the nearest body of water to cool down. Whether it is at a pool or the lakefront, there are often lifeguards on duty to respond in case of an emergency. Derek Sisson and Clay Kinyoun are part of the Penn Yan lifeguard crew who monitor the swimmers at Red Jacket and Indian Pines Parks. Sisson is a five-year veteran of the lifeguard crew, while Kinyoun is in his first year.

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Former Arc employee guilty of rape
Former Arc employee guilty of rape

PENN YAN (7/13/16)--A Steuben County woman pleaded guilty last week to charges that she raped and sexually abused an individual in her care at an Arc of Yates facility in Penn Yan. The plea was announced by Yates County District Attorney Valerie Gardner and New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning following the plea Tuesday, July 5.

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School board reelects McCarthy as president
School board reelects McCarthy as president

WATKINS GLEN (7/13/16)--The Watkins Glen school board held their annual reorganizational meeting Tuesday, July 5, in the district's board of education room. During this meeting, current School Board President Kelly McCarthy was reelected to her post. Board member Gloria Brubaker was also reelected as vice president during the meeting. The board of education meeting was pushed back to Tuesday due to the July 4 holiday. Other appointments were also made during the meeting, which included the swearing in of board members Kristin Hazlitt and Mark Franzese.

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Schuyler seeks $5.2M in project funding
Schuyler seeks $5.2M in project funding

SCHUYLER COUNTY (7/13/16)--The Schuyler County Legislature passed two resolutions Monday, July 11, seeking $5.2 million in funding for two area projects. The first resolution seeks $5 million in funding for the proposed Ultra Premium Wine Beverage Center in the county business park, while the second was for $200,000 for Project Seneca. Both of these resolutions supported the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) seeking this funding from the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process.

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Lake group reports two new problems
Lake group reports two new problems

KEUKA LAKE (7/13/16)--Keuka Lake has two more unwelcome species that have been identified in its waters in 2015. The Keuka Lake Association (KLA) marked their 60th year during their annual meeting Saturday, July 9, where they also reported on the state of the lake. While officials said the lake is in general good health, they did report the discovery of two new invasive species discovered in the Keuka Lake Outlet in the last year: the starry stonewort and the Chinese mysterysnail.

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Rain wanted: June shortfall nears record
Rain wanted: June shortfall nears record

TRI-COUNTY AREA (7/6/16) --The month of June saw many days of sunny weather and clear skies. So much so that it could become an issue going forward for local agriculture if there is not more rain soon. Samantha Borisoff, climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) said the precipitation numbers in Elmira are the eighth driest June on record with only 1.38 inches of rain. She said the average accumulation is 4.29 inches. Elmira's data records date back to 1894. The same goes for Ithaca, which marked June tied for the second driest on record, also dating back to the 1800s. Ithaca tallied 1.07 inches of rain in June, with an average June accumulation of 3.99 inches.

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Defense attorney: 'chaos in the courtroom'
Defense attorney: 'chaos in the courtroom'

READING (7/6/16) --In what Defense Attorney Sujata Gibson described as "chaos in the courtroom," the trial of a Seneca Lake gas storage protestor took an unusual turn Tuesday, June 28, in the town of Reading court. The hearing of Tom Angie, 63, of Aurora, was declared a mistrial after Reading Town Judge Raymond Berry prematurely declared Angie guilty before he was allowed to present his defense. Gibson added Berry also accepted her motion to recuse himself from Angie's case, along with all future cases of gas storage protesters. However, as of press time Monday, July 4, it is still unknown how concrete Berry's recusal is going forward.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Independence Day weekend events
PHOTO GALLERY: Independence Day weekend events

FINGER LAKES (7/6/16)--A number of community events were held in celebration of Independence Day last weekend. The following photo gallery has photos from the Branchport parade, Penn Yan Flying Club Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast, Finger Lakes Produce Auction quilt and craft sale and the Hammondsport parade.

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Yates County Fair opens July 12
Yates County Fair opens July 12

YATES COUNTY (7/6/16) --Celebrating its 177th year of operation, the Yates County Fair will officially begin next week. Running for five days, it kicks off Tuesday, July 12 and concludes Saturday, July 16. Located at 2370 Old Route 14A, the fair is one of the oldest continuously operating fairs in the United States. Festival activities will include live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, a demolition derby and truck pull.

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Village gets ready for Dundee Day
Village gets ready for Dundee Day

DUNDEE-- (7/6/16) The village of Dundee will once again offer "miles of yard sales" for the annual Dundee Day, Saturday, July 9. The village-wide sales will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Village residents have the opportunity to set up sales in their lawns for the annual tradition. Hundreds of people attend the annual event as residents line their yards with tables full of an assortment of things for sale. These range from vintage finds to common, everyday household items. Many years have included golf clubs, children's toys, a vintage railroad crossing sign, assorted articles of clothing, household appliances, old TV sets and a variety of new and vintage furniture pieces.

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SPORTS
Barbosa, Fittipaldi take six hour victory
Barbosa, Fittipaldi take six hour victory

WATKINS GLEN--Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi took the top spot in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race Sunday, July 3. The endurance race was part of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. "It was probably one of the fastest pace races that I've done in a while," Barbosa said. "The track really suits this kind of racing. They did an amazing job with the surface. We did a few changes after qualifying and we really hit it. The car was really good. It was a great race, very hard. We were really matched with the 31 so track position was really important." The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP methodically worked its way to victory lane, taking advantage of competitors' misfortune, while staying out of trouble just long enough to tighten their grip on the championship lead in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prototype class.

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PHOTO GALLERY: IndyCar tests at Watkins Glen International
PHOTO GALLERY: IndyCar tests at Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen International race track once again heard the roar of IndyCar open-wheel race cars, Monday June 20. Select teams participated in one-day testing at the newly paved road course. This test comes in advance of the race scheduled Sept. 1 to 4 at the track. The last time IndyCar raced at Watkins Glen was in 2010, but an opening in the schedule was created on Labor Day weekend due to the cancellation of the Grand Prix of Boston.The Monday event was open to the public in the Argetsinger Grandstand.

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Schools hold ceremonies for 2015-16 athletes
Schools hold ceremonies for 2015-16 athletes

FINGER LAKES--Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and Odessa-Montour recognized athletes from the 2015-16 sports seasons during ceremonies last week. The award winners are as follows:
The Dundee Central School District held its annual sports awards ceremony Wednesday, June 8, in the school gymnasium. During the ceremony, staff and faculty recognized the achievements of its student athletes throughout the year. Tayler Morrison was named the winner of the Dundee Female Athlete Award during the evening, while Ryan Sprague was named the top male athlete by winning the David Summerson Male Athlete Award. The Keith Cagle Award for football and baseball went to Talon Wright. Sprague was named the recipient of the Dale Howell Award for football, while Jeffrey Denmark received the Ray Fultz Award, also for football. Sprague was also recognized for his basketball prowess this past season by earning the Richard Kendall Award. In wrestling, Jayson Lovejoy was honored with the Skorusa Award, as well as the Half-Century Award for amassing 58 wins. Morrison took home the Bolvig Female Award for track, while Geordan Conyers received the Bolvig Male Award. Conyers was also honored for setting the school long jump record (21'2.5"). Morrison was also recognized for setting the record for most goals scored in a season in soccer with 26 goals.

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Penn Yan boys end with 17-3 record
Penn Yan boys end with 17-3 record

MIDDLETOWN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team competed in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final game against Cold Spring Harbor, Saturday, June 11. The final score was 15-4, with CSH taking the Class C state title for 2016. CSH got on the scoreboard first, but the Mustangs quickly responded making the score 1-1 early in the first quarter. The Seahawks went on to score four more goals before the end of the first, and added another five by halftime, bringing the score to 10-1. Although Penn Yan was able to record two points in the third and one in the fourth quarter, CSH continued their offensive push to end at 15-4. Tate Stewart and Sean Emerson each had two goals and one assist for Penn Yan. Craig Gerhardt added an assist, while Gage Ponsetti made seven saves in the goal.

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Andrades third, Conyers fifth at qualifier
Andrades third, Conyers fifth at qualifier

PENN YAN-The Section V track and field qualifier for the state tournament was held at Penn Yan, Friday, June 3. Finishing in the top eight was Dundee's Jovhannie Andrades with a third place distance of 142'2" in the division two discus throw. Geordan Conyers took fifth in both the triple jump (43'6.00") and the long jump (20'2.50"). Ethan Bower was seventh in the long jump for Hammondsport with a 19'11.50". The state finals will be held at Cicero-North Syracuse high school, Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Athletes had to win or post times or distances that beat the qualifying standards to advance. For discus the qualifier was 143'7", for triple jump it was 44'1.25" and for long jump 21'2.75".

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Hazlitt advances to state finals
Hazlitt advances to state finals

VESTAL-Watkins Glen varsity runner Patrick Hazlitt advanced to the state finals in the 1600 meter run, Thursday, June 2 at Vestal high school. Hazlitt finished in second place with a 4:18.33 at the state qualifier, breaking the current school record and setting a personal best time. The state meet will be held at Cicero-North Syracuse, Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Also running for Watkins Glen was the 3200 meter relay team that finished seventh with a 8:35.06. Shawn Rutledge recorded an eighth place finish in the steeplechase (10:12.46).

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Penn Yan claims 21st sectional crown
Penn Yan claims 21st sectional crown

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team topped Aquinas in the Section V Class C championship finals, Wednesday, June 1, securing the Mustangs' 21st Sectional title. Penn Yan won, 9-7. Ben Emerson led with three goals and two assists, and was named Most Valuable Player in the Class C game. Sean Emerson and Craig Gerhardt both scored twice and had an assist. Austin Fingar and Tate Stewart each added a goal. With the win, Penn Yan's record is 15-2. The Mustangs advance to face the Section VI Class C champion for the Far West Regional championship held in Buffalo, Saturday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m.

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Penn Yan boys advance, girls fall in semifinal
Penn Yan boys advance, girls fall in semifinal

WATERLOO, VICTOR-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team will advance to the Section V Class C championship game after recording a win, Saturday, May 28. The girls team ends their season with a 10-8 record after losing in the semifinal game, Friday, May 27. The boys played fourth seeded Gananda, winning 19-7. Craig Gerhardt had four goals and two assists for the Mustangs. Austin Fingar contributed three goals and five assists, while Conner Fingar and Ben Emerson also netted three goals each. Tate Stewart and Sean Emerson added two goals apiece. Austin Blumbergs and Preston Pederson both had one goal.
In the cage, Gage Ponsetti made eight saves and Kyle Welker two.

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Penn Yan boys advance to semifinals
Penn Yan boys advance to semifinals

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team advanced to the Section V Class C semifinals by beating Mynderse, Wednesday, May 25, in the quarterfinals. The Mustangs won 19-1. Craig Gerhardt led with four goals and one assist. Austin Fingar scored three goals, with two assists. Ben Emerson, Tate Stewart, Austin Blumbergs, and Conner Fingar all recorded two goals. Emerson also had four assists, while Stewart had three and Blumbergs one. Preston Pederson, Nick Griffin, Austin Lafferty, and Dylan Stape each recorded a goal. Brandon Smith added an assist. In the goal, Gage Ponsetti and Kyle Welker both recorded five saves each. Penn Yan, the top seed in Class C with a 13-2 record, faces Gananda, the number four seed at 13-4, in the semifinals at Waterloo, Saturday, May 28.

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Lady Mustangs beat Geneva in overtime
Lady Mustangs beat Geneva in overtime

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan girls varsity lacrosse team beat Geneva in overtime, 13-12, in the Section V Class C quarterfinals, Tuesday, May 24. The third seeded Lady Mustangs battled sixth seeded Geneva for the lead from halftime to a 12-12 tie at the end of the second half. Hannah Keech scored the winning goal in sudden death overtime. With the win, Penn Yan advances to the sectional semifinals against Honeoye Falls-Lima at Victor, Friday, May 27. Keech had five goals overall, while Brie Yonge scored three goals. Individual goals came from Sydney Bloom, Brenna Voigt, Kelly Bray, Cassie Lafler, and Elissa Callaway to secure the win.

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Watkins, Odessa compete at IAC championships
Watkins, Odessa compete at IAC championships

TRUMANSBURG-The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour track and field teams traveled to Trumansburg to compete in the first half of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) championships, Thursday, May 19. Watkins Glen's Shawn Rutledge won the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:57.86) setting a new stadium and school record time. Patrick Hazlitt took the top spot in the 1600 meter run (4:27.29), also a stadium record. The 4x800 relay team (Jacob Carocci, Hazlitt, Gabe Planty, Aaron Planty) won with a 8:30.00.

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Penn Yan lacrosse wins, tennis falls; Lakers golf beats Campbell
Penn Yan lacrosse wins, tennis falls; Lakers golf beats Campbell

PENN YAN-The Mustangs' varsity lacrosse team blanked visiting McQuaid Jesuit, Wednesday, May 18. The final score was 16-0. The Penn Yan varsity tennis team fell to Geneva, 3-2, while the Hammondsport varsity golf team beat Campbell-Savona Wednesday evening.

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Penn Yan softball falls in sectionals
Penn Yan softball falls in sectionals

PENN YAN-The Lady Mustangs varsity softball team fell to Hornell, 13-10, in the first round of the Class B1 sectionals, Tuesday, May 17. Penn Yan was seeded eighth, while Hornell was ninth. Melanie Gleason and Ashley Owens both recorded three RBIs, while Sydney Gifford had one RBI.

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Dundee track hosts invitational
Dundee track hosts invitational

DUNDEE-The Scots' varsity track and field teams hosted the Dundee Invitational, Monday, May 16. For the boys, Geordan Conyers won first in the triple jump (40'10.25") and long jump (21'.25"), and was second in the 100 meter dash (11.74). Jovhannie Andrades took first in the shot put (41'11") and first in the discus (141'11"). Josh Cramer placed second in the 110 meter hurdles (19.84), while David Lamphier took second in the high jump (5'6", a tie). Michael Shearin finished third in the shot put (38'0"). Sam Richards was third in the pole vault (9'0", a tie). Jason Lovejoy took third in the 100 meter dash (12.04, a tie), fourth in the long jump (18'10"), and fourth in the triple jump (37'7"). William Hall took third in the 100 meter dash (12.04, a tie) and fifth in the triple jump (34'11"). Jeff Denmark placed fifth in the discus (101'9"). For the girls, Paige Easling took second in the Pentathlon high jump (1.27 meters), second in the Pentathlon shot put (7.45 meters), third in the Pentathlon long jump (3.85 meters), and fifth in the Pentathlon 100 meter hurdles (20.74). Tayler Morrison was second in the high jump (4'6"). Emily Oughterson placed fifth in the 200 meter dash (31.04).

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Watkins beats Odessa in boys golf
Watkins beats Odessa in boys golf

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen boys varsity golf team topped Odessa-Montour, 206-248, Thursday, May 12. Although Watkins won, Odessa's Tyler Clark posted the lowest score of 36, to win the green jacket in the annual inter-Schuyler County golf competition between Watkins and Odessa. Clark's score included three birdies: hole number three (par-5), four (par-5), and seven (par-4). Also for the Indians, James Terry recorded a 49. Anthony Humphries added 53, while Ryan Taylor contributed 54. Trey McCarty had 56. For the Senecas, Trentin Barber had a 37. Parker Pangallo added a 40, followed by Pat Bannon with a 41. Ryan Clark and Lucas Wickham both had a 44.

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Lady Scots top Harley, 11-10
Lady Scots top Harley, 11-10

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity softball team topped Harley Allendale Columbia, Wednesday, May 11. The final score was 11-10. Xavia Miller was 3-for-4, with a triple. Polly Dean was 2-for-4.

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Penn Yan girls beat Geneva
Penn Yan girls beat Geneva

PENN YAN-The Lady Mustangs varsity lacrosse team defeated visiting Geneva, 16-7, Wednesday, May 11. Penn Yan led 8-4 at halftime. Brie Yonge and Sydney Bloom both led with five goals each for Penn Yan. Hannah Keech recorded two points, while Brenna Voigt, Cassie Lafler, Elissa Callaway and Mara Keech all rung up one goal apiece. With the win, Penn Yan's record is now 9-5.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Heart of the Finger Lakes 5K
PHOTO GALLERY: Heart of the Finger Lakes 5K

DUNDEE--The Heart of the Finger Lakes 5K was held in Dundee, Saturday, May 7. The 5K run/walk took participants through the village from the start on Spring Street to the eastern limit of Elizabeth Street, to the southern limit of Dundee-Glenora Road before winding back to the start at Millard Park. Race results are available here: www.pcr-timing.com.

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