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Seneca Film  Festival kicks off Friday
Seneca Film Festival kicks off Friday

WATKINS GLEN--The second annual Seneca Film Festival has announced its lineup of 31 diverse films in competition for this year. The selected films include a cross-section of international and U.S. filmmakers and were curated from over 100 submissions from 20 countries throughout the world. For the second year running, 35 percent of the selections are directed by female filmmakers. Six countries represented this year: United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Spain and the United States.

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Former chamber director arrested
Former chamber director arrested

PENN YAN --Julie A. Coleman, 35, of Italy Friend Road, Penn Yan, was arrested and charged Friday, Oct. 12 with two felony counts. The charges include second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (a class D felony) and fourth-degree grand larceny (a class E felony). Coleman was the former interim director of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce.

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Beer festival features 'best of New York'
Beer festival features 'best of New York'

WATKINS GLEN--New York state's thriving craft beverage industry will take center stage at the Ticket Galaxy Beer Festival, Saturday, Oct. 20, at Watkins Glen International. Over 40 breweries, distilleries, and cideries will be on hand, giving attendees plenty of opportunities to enjoy a wide array of offerings from throughout the region. "It's special for us to be able to showcase products that are from right here in New York," said WGI President Michael Printup.

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Counties get communication system grants
Counties get communication system grants

ALBANY--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) announced Thursday, Oct. 11 that Yates, Schuyler and Steuben County will receive grant money for emergency responders communication. Additional counties throughout the state have also been selected to share $45 million in state funding to help enhance and support local emergency communications systems. Yates County will receive $351,776, Schuyler $382,595 and Steuben County will receive $776,687.

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Board member: 'You have your own agenda'
Board member: 'You have your own agenda'

WAYNE--The town of Wayne officials have been talking and planning for a new Land Use Regulation (LUR) document for a number of years. At the town board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9 the talk about the proposed plan became heated between council members and Supervisor Stephen Butchko. At the meeting Butchko said he has now included all of the changes the residents suggested from the August public hearing in the latest LUR draft copy and he wanted to schedule another public meeting. At that point, council member Julie Haar said, "No, you have not included all of the changes that people want."

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Penn Yan earns $10 million grant
Penn Yan earns $10 million grant

PENN YAN--"This is a great day for Penn Yan!" That was the sentiment of Mayor Leigh MacKerchar and the 100 people gathered Friday, Oct. 5 at the Keuka Candy Emporium for the announcement from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul that Penn Yan was the latest recipient of a state $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.

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Seneca wine group names new director
Seneca wine group names new director

FINGER LAKES--It's been a very good year for Brittany Gibson. Currently tourism and marketing manager at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, she will leave there in mid-November to take up a new job as executive director of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. In a sense, that position will bring together much of her life, talents and work experience. "I am excited," she says. "It's also a little sad because I really, really enjoy what I do at the chamber. And I really love all the people I get to work with there. But it's not like I'm going far."

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Lake group documents algae growth
Lake group documents algae growth

SENECA LAKE--As cooler temperatures have come to the Finger Lakes region, the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) season is ending. The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association reported there was only one suspicious bloom left at the end of September and there were no confirmed blooms or confirmed toxic blooms. Exposure to cyanobacteria HABs can cause health effects in people and animals when water with blooms is touched, swallowed, or when airborne droplets are inhaled.

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State history group honors Carol Fagnan
State history group honors Carol Fagnan

ROCHESTER--Carol and Bill Fagnan, residents of Alpine, recently went to Rochester for dinner. After dinner, New York State Historian Devin Lander awarded Carol Fagnan the prestigious Franklin Delano Roosevelt Local Government Historian's Professional Achievement award. The longtime historian for the town of Catharine, who is also known to many as a world-class quiltmaker, Fagnan has lived in the same house in Alpine since moving into the area in the mid- 1960s, when she began teaching in the Watkins Glen School district. And she's always taken a lively interest in the area around her.

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Approval given to redevelop another downtown building
Approval given to redevelop another downtown building

The village of Watkins Glen planning board approved the final site plan Wednesday, Oct. 3 for re-developing the building at 29 N. Franklin St. Robert MacBlane plans to renovate the current structure both inside and out. His business will feature a retail cheese shop as well as a cheese, wine and craft beer tasting room.

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Time to check your smoke alarms
Time to check your smoke alarms

NEW YORK--Fire Prevention Month is underway, and Fire Prevention Week (Oct 7-13) is here. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is urging New Yorkers to take note of basic fire safety tips and advice that can help save lives. In particular, FASNY asks that all New Yorkers ensure their smoke alarms are in proper working order so that they, and their families, are protected against fire.

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Dundee school will remediate auditorium mold growth
Dundee school will remediate auditorium mold growth

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board approved a resolution Thursday, Sept. 27 to spend up to $170,000 to remediate mold that has been found in the school's auditorium. The school's architectural firm, King + King, discovered the auditorium mold on the existing plaster and around the air grills. Superintendent Kelly Houck said, "It was discovered in late August on the ceiling of the auditorium, specifically around the ceiling vents."

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Montour Falls holds Harvest Festival
Montour Falls holds Harvest Festival

Montour Falls--Enjoy a family-friendly, day-long celebration of the harvest in the Finger Lakes Saturday, Oct. 6, 12-7 p.m. on Main Street in Montour Falls. A kid's zone will be fully equipped with bounce houses, a puppet show, face painting, pumpkin decorating contest, balloon animals, games and a karate demonstration from Four Dragons Martial Arts.

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Oliver House hosts Cornell centennial exhibit
Oliver House hosts Cornell centennial exhibit

PENN YAN--The Cornell Cooperative Extension office in Yates County is celebrating 100 years. To mark the occasion, the Yates County Cornell Cooperative Extension along with the New York State Farm Bureau is hosting an exhibit at the Oliver House Museum Friday, Oct. 5 to celebrate the milestone. The exhibit opens at noon and will feature images and artifacts reviewing the past 100 years in Yates County agriculture.

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'Racetober' celebrates two anniversaries
'Racetober' celebrates two anniversaries

WATKINS GLEN--When two significant anniversaries come together there's only one thing to do--throw a party. So to celebrate the 70th anniversary of racing in Watkins Glen and the 20th anniversary of the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC), a celebration called "Racetober" is planned for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 5-8 p.m. at the IMRRC at 610 South Decatur St. in Watkins Glen --right next door to the Watkins Glen Public Library.

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School district changes, staff transitions
School district changes, staff transitions

WATKINS GLEN-- The Watkins Glen Central School District has undergone significant administrative, staffing and scheduling changes for the 2018-19 school year. At the same time, the district has unfolded philosophical and cultural initiatives designed around the theme of "From Ingenuity Comes Triumph." Now in his second year as district superintendent, Greg Kelahan, with board approval, has spearheaded a new branding of the school and a format he believes will guide the district in developing ingenuity in children.

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Officials open Dundee apartments
Officials open Dundee apartments

DUNDEE--Work has been underway in Dundee renovating and renewing three locations in the village for use as apartments. A grand opening celebration was held Monday, Oct. 1 showing the transformation at the properties. The event was hosted by the Keuka Housing Council. A ribbon cutting took place at 7 Hollister St., a house that was completely rehabilitated during the project. The other area to receive work was the second floor from 12-20 Main St.

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Judge hears lawsuits against Romulus
Judge hears lawsuits against Romulus

WATERLOO--In a packed courtroom, the Hon. Judge Doyle heard two Article 78 proceedings filed against the town of Romulus by garbage incinerator applicant Circular enerG. The first suit was filed by the corporation in objection to the town's decision to disavow the code enforcement officer's letters indicating that a trash burning plant was permissible within the town's zoning laws. The second suit was in objection to the town's recently revised zoning laws, which further clarify the town's original zoning law's intentions prohibiting any large scale handling of municipal solid waste.

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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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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.
Seneca Indians Football 10-13-18 (WG Homecoming)
Dundee Football 10-13-18
Odessa-Montour Girls Soccer 10-12-18
Dundee Volleyball 10-11-18
Penn Yan Tennis 10-9-18

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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. 19 ... Dryden (TBA), 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Oct. 5 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 4 ... Tioga, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 15 ... @ Newfield, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 ... Candor, 6:30 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 20 ... @ Marathon, 10:30 a.m.
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:

Boys soccer
Oct. 9 ... @ Moravia, 4:30 p.m

Girls soccer
Oct. 9 ... Candor, 5:30 p.m.

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

Volleyball
Oct. 15 ... Candor, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 ... @ Tioga, 6:30 p.m.
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. 16 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 ... @ Marion, 10 a.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 16 ... @ Hammondsport, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 ... Wayne, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 1 ... Sodus, 5:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Oct. 10 ... @ Wayne, 6:30 p.m.

Girls tennis
Sept. 27 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 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:

Boys soccer
Oct. 12 ... @ Campbell-Savona, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Oct. 11 ... Arkport, 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Oct. 16 ... Penn Yan, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 ... @ Houghton, 7:30 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 16 ... @ Campbell-Savona, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 ... @ Alfred U, TBA.

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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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