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State announces school graduation, prom rules
State announces school graduation, prom rules

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced updated guidance for graduation, commencement and other end-of-year ceremonies organized by schools, colleges and universities, Monday, April 12. Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the location (e.g., stadium, arena, arts and entertainment venue).

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Legislature approves assessment agreement
Legislature approves assessment agreement

YATES COUNTY--The impacts of a manufacturing error in the production of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are being seen in Yates County it was explained Monday, April 12 at the county legislative meeting. The timing of the loss of the J&J vaccine is poor, County Health Director Annmarie Flanagan explained, as there is a growing trend recently of young people in Yates County contracting COVID.

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Greenidge meeting set for next week
Greenidge meeting set for next week

TORREY--After some question about the date, it has been confirmed the Torrey planning board will take up the Greenidge Generation application to construct four buildings at their property on April 19. A second planning board meeting has also been scheduled for April 26 to examine the applications by different parties not associated with Greenidge. This will allow the meeting on April 19 to be solely about the power plant project.

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Legislature tables cryptocurrency resolution
Legislature tables cryptocurrency resolution

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Legislature voted 7-1 Monday, April 12 to table a resolution for one month that, if passed, would call upon New York state to study and develop regulations for cryptocurrency mining. This comes after the Seneca Lake power plant, Greenidge Generation, looks to expand its digital mining operation. Legislator Mark Rondinardo, who originally introduced the legislation, asked for the delay in part to give officials from Yates County an opportunity to have their voices heard.

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Lakefront project to begin this spring
Lakefront project to begin this spring

URBANA--Urbana town officials and staff at Saratoga Associates are currently in the beginning stages of a project at the south end of Keuka Lake to modernize and improve access to the park areas along the lake. This involves securing funding to address the old tour boat pier and beginning this spring on a new boardwalk bridge designed to connect Hammondsport with local natural areas.

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Watkins does not pass resolution
Watkins does not pass resolution

WATKINS GLEN-- The Watkins Glen Board of Trustees voted 3-2 against supporting a resolution that would have formally asked Torrey to pass a moratorium on expanding the Bitcoin mining operation at the Greenidge Generation power plant during the Tuesday, April 6 meeting. While the board formally voted against supporting the resolution, Mayor Luke Leszyk was implicit in that the rejection does not mean the board has formally taken a position on the matter.

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WGI opens this weekend
WGI opens this weekend

WATKINS GLEN-Watkins Glen International has announced its 2021 season officially kicks off during opening weekend, April 10-11. The event marks the first weekend the track opens its gates and provides fans with the opportunity to experience the iconic 3.45-mile circuit firsthand, with proceeds benefiting the facility's R.A.C.E. (Racing and Community Enrichment) Foundation.

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Yates, Schuyler each have 23 percent fully vaccinated
Yates, Schuyler each have 23 percent fully vaccinated

FINGER LAKES--As vaccine clinics continue to be held weekly, the New York state vaccine dashboard now reports 23 percent of people in Yates County are fully vaccinated. That number increases to nearly 34 percent for people with at least one dose. In Schuyler, 23 percent of people (4,185) are fully vaccinated. 6,074 people or 34 percent have at least one dose.

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Sheriff reminds motorists of spring hazards
Sheriff reminds motorists of spring hazards

FINGER LAKES--On rural roads, does less traffic mean fewer hazards? According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, special rural hazards exist, especially in the springtime when slow moving vehicles (SMV) like farm machinery and agriculture equipment are using the roadways to get to fields for plowing, cultivating and planting. These slow movers bear the bright orange/red reflective triangle that is an indication of traveling less than 25 miles per hour.

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Watkins native wins Grammy award
Watkins native wins Grammy award

FINGER LAKES--Grammy Award Winner is one of the newest memorable accomplishments a Schuyler County native can add to the list. Peggy Callanan, as a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, won a Grammy award for Best Choral Performance. A graduate of Watkins Glen Central High School in 1975, Callanan discovered her love for singing while growing up in Schuyler County.

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Humane society readies for expansion
Humane society readies for expansion

YATES COUNTY--The Humane Society of Yates County is putting the finishing touches on fundraising $750,000 for a 4,000 square foot expansion to their facility. The building project will allow for more animals to be served at the location, but will also help to ease their transition into new homes. With construction slated to begin in April, Humane Society staff are working hard to make sure they reach their funding goal before work begins.

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Investigation ongoing after incident
Investigation ongoing after incident

MONTOUR FALLS--Following the death of a 21-year-old man who suffered a medical emergency during firefighter training, New York Assemblyman Josh Jensen (R,C,I-Greece) recently sent a letter to Attorney General Letitia James to request her office investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Keuka College secures $11M federal loan
Keuka College secures $11M federal loan

KEUKA PARK--Keuka College has received some long-awaited good news: after a review of the college's financial stability, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a Rural Development Community Facilities loan worth upwards of $11 million. The approval, which caps a two-plus-year application process, comes with a letter of conditions requiring the college to meet a number of obligations before the loan is issued.

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All adults will be eligible for vaccine soon
All adults will be eligible for vaccine soon

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30, all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

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Lake health topic of recent web seminar
Lake health topic of recent web seminar

FINGER LAKES--With summer around the corner and regional tourism expected to expand after a year of COVID-19 pandemic changes, local environmental groups and scientists are cautioning boaters and residents to be on the lookout for invasive species like Hydrilla as they recreate. Invasives don't just impact biodiversity, but can change lake ecosystems drastically.

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Senators announce $6.3M for health center
Senators announce $6.3M for health center

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $396,801,375 in emergency federal funding for 63 community health centers (CHCs) across New York state. These funds, provided in the American Rescue Plan, will give New York's CHCs the support needed to expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for underserved populations. Throughout the pandemic, these health centers have provided their communities with testing, tracing, vaccine preparedness, and other health services.

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With protocols, del Lago extends hours
With protocols, del Lago extends hours

WATERLOO--The del Lago Resort and Casino has announced extended operating hours starting April 5, following the executive order from the state and the gaming commission. The casino will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.

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Reed will not seek reelection amid claim
Reed will not seek reelection amid claim

(AP)--U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican from New York's 23rd congressional district, who was accused last week of rubbing a female lobbyist's back and unhooking her bra without her consent in 2017, apologized to the woman on Sunday and announced that he will not run for reelection next year. Reed, 49, said in a statement that the incident involving then-lobbyist Nicolette Davis occurred "at a time in my life in which I was struggling." He said he entered treatment that year and realized he was "powerless over alcohol."

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-14-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-14-21

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 April 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-7-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-7-21

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 7 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-31-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-31-21

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 March 31 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-24-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-24-21

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 March 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-17-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-17-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and the Seneca Indians. These results appeared in the March 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-10-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-10-21

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 March 10 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-3-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-3-21

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 March 3 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-24-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-24-21

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 Feb. 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-17-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-17-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Feb. 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-20-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-20-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Jan. 20 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-23-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-23-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan and Dundee. These results appeared in the Dec. 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-16-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-16-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Dec. 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-25-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-25-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Nov. 25 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-18-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-18-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Nov. 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-11-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-11-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Nov. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-4-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-4-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Nov. 4 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-28-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-28-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 28 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-21-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-21-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 21 newspapers.

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