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PHOTO GALLERY: Thrills and spills from the cardboard boat regatta
PHOTO GALLERY: Thrills and spills from the cardboard boat regatta

WATKINS GLEN--The 25th annual waterfront festival and cardboard boat regatta were held Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 in Watkins Glen. Seneca Harbor Park was filled with spectators on Saturday to watch as the cardboard boats were tested on Seneca Lake.

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Cruisin' Night is this Friday in Penn Yan
Cruisin' Night is this Friday in Penn Yan

PENN YAN--The village of Penn Yan will be filled with classic, antique and modern specialty cars, Friday, June 15. The 22nd annual Cruisin' Night and Block Party has a number of attractions downtown, including live music, additional food offerings and activities. Many businesses on Main Street also have additional displays and hours for the event. The evening gets underway at 5 p.m.

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Peter Pan will be flying this weekend
Peter Pan will be flying this weekend

WATKINS GLEN--The Lake Country Players will present Peter Pan Jr., Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. There are two casts that will split the performances. Friday features a 7:30 p.m. show, Saturday has two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday has a matinee at 2 p.m.

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Legislature approves officer job
Legislature approves officer job

PENN YAN--Legislators met Monday, June 11 and passed a number of resolutions. Some of the key decisions included the following: Authorized the Sheriff to fill the position of Deputy Sheriff. This is a current vacancy due to a retirement effective in May. The net cost to the county was projected to be $76,000 including retirement and fringe benefits. The sheriff may also create and fill a full time correction officer/court security position. This post is not to exceed $83,900.15 including wages and fringe benefits. The resolution states there will be no cost to Yates County for this state-funded position.

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Waterfront festival is ready in Watkins Glen
Waterfront festival is ready in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Seneca Harbor Park will host the annual waterfront festival and cardboard boat regatta Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16. This is the 25th year of the festival. The fair-style food court will be available both days, with the Friday Night Lights event starting off the attractions.

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State issues mosquito warnings
State issues mosquito warnings

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, June 8 a mosquito plan to help increase awareness and protect New Yorkers against mosquito-borne disease this summer. In addition, the governor has directed the Department of Health to issue a seasonal mosquito advisory to all local health departments and health care providers outlining the plan. "With the beginning of summer upon us, it is important to keep in mind the health risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases," Cuomo said. "This advisory serves to help New Yorkers stay informed and take the necessary precautions to keep their families safe when spending time outdoors this summer."

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Keuka Lake septic systems: Different monitoring for businesses vs. homeowners
Keuka Lake septic systems: Different monitoring for businesses vs. homeowners

KEUKA LAKE--The Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC) met Thursday, May 31 in the town of Wayne and the differences between septic system monitoring for businesses and homeowners was a shock for many in attendance. At issue is The Switzerland Inn's current project to upgrade their restaurant's wastewater system located at 14109 Keuka Village Road (mid-way between Hammondsport and Penn Yan on the east side of Keuka Lake).

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Montour Falls plans festival event
Montour Falls plans festival event

MONTOUR FALLS--The Montour Falls Fire Department will host the 62nd annual festival, Thursday, June 7 to Saturday, June 9. Thursday and Friday the festival begins at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. As always, the parade of bands will fill the streets as the numerous groups march to the festival grounds. The parade will begin at 5 p.m., Saturday.

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Keuka Arts Festival welcomes additions
Keuka Arts Festival welcomes additions

PENN YAN--Painters, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, potters and artists in many other mediums from New York state, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maine will share their talents and their stories at the 11th annual Keuka Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, along the Outlet Trail in Penn Yan. This is the first year the festival has been run by the Arts Center of Yates County and Arts Center executive director Kris Pearson is excited about the opportunity.

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Yates Chamber presents awards at annual dinner
Yates Chamber presents awards at annual dinner

TORREY--The Yates County Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner and awards program at Climbing Bines Hop Farm and Brewery, Saturday, June 2.

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Village board considers recycling options
Village board considers recycling options

WATKINS GLEN--The cost of recycling is going up. Joe Gibson, owner of Cardinal Disposal and recycling contract provider for Watkins Glen, met recently with village officials and explained the reasons why recycling costs are increasing. Gibson said China issued a recycling ban in January due to finding contaminated material. This ban is having implications for recycling across the United States.

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Sea lamprey treatments start this week
Sea lamprey treatments start this week

SENECA LAKE--A program to combat the parasitic sea lamprey began Monday, June 4 on Seneca Lake tributaries in Chemung, Schuyler and Yates Counties, coordinated through the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). By effectively controlling sea lampreys, the DEC can reduce mortality rates for fish targeted by the sea lamprey, especially lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and landlocked salmon. In addition, fewer sea lampreys mean fewer unsightly scars and wounds on sportfish.

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State acts to reduce Lyme disease
State acts to reduce Lyme disease

ALBANY--The state Senate has acted Monday, June 4 on legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), a member of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases (TBDs), to strengthen New York state's response to the rise of these diseases. "We've taken important actions over the past few years to broaden the state's overall response to the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, but much more needs to be done, particularly in the areas of reporting, testing and treatment, and education and awareness.

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Yates court hears Greenidge details
Yates court hears Greenidge details

PENN YAN -- The Yates County Supreme Court judge hearing a legal challenge to state water permits for a Dresden power plant said this week he will disregard evidence in affidavits linking warm water discharges into Seneca Lake with recent outbreaks of toxic algae. In a lawsuit filed in November, Sierra Club and others argued heated water that pours from Greenidge Generating Station threaten to fuel future outbreaks of cyanobacteria, also know as HABs (harmful algal blooms).

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Crestwood will conduct new tests
Crestwood will conduct new tests

WATKINS GLEN--In response to fresh evidence of salt cavern leaks, Crestwood says it will conduct a new series of pressure tests of a unlined cavern near Watkins Glen that it proposes to use for high-pressure storage of liquid petroleum gas, or LPG. A subsidiary of the Houston-based company is asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation to suspend any decision on its controversial eight-year bid for an LPG storage permit pending the outcome of the new tests.

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'Walk for Water' at the Keuka Outlet
'Walk for Water' at the Keuka Outlet

PENN YAN--Those who walk along a portion of the Keuka Outlet Trail June 2 will have opportunities to make a paper turtle, hear a special story, paint rocks, learn about stream sampling and water quality, hear local history along the outlet and more as they help raise money to protect the land and water in the historic Keuka Outlet ravine.

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Starkey continues dog kennel review
Starkey continues dog kennel review

STARKEY--What kind of commercial dog kennel businesses do we want to support in the town of Starkey? That is one of the central questions the Starkey town council members have investigated and researched for the past 60 days. The town held a public workshop Thursday, May 24 at the Dundee Baptist Church (to accommodate the expected members of the public). Residents, veterinarians and current dog-breeders were among the 35 people attending.

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O'Mara hosts hemp forum  with experts
O'Mara hosts hemp forum with experts

ALBANY--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) hosted a "Hemp Forum" Tuesday, May 22 in Albany featuring experts from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the university's Industrial Hemp Plant Breeding Project, leading a panel discussion on the growth, manufacturing and processing of industrial hemp in New York state.

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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 Photo Galleries 2017-2018
Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 5-23-18
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 5-22-18

Dundee Track 5-14-18
Watkins Glen Lacrosse 5-11-18
Watkins Glen and Odessa Girls Golf 5-11-18

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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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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

WATKINS GLEN--Listed is Watkins' winter spring schedule for the coming week:

Softball
May 18 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Track and field
May 24 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.
May 30-31 ... @ State qualifiers, 5 p.m.

Girls golf
May 22 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Boys golf
May 21 ... @ Class C Tournament, TBA.
May 23 ... @ IAC Championships, TBA.

Lacrosse
May 14 ... Oneonta, 5 p.m.

Tennis
May 10 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule
Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's spring sports schedule for the coming week:

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen combined Baseball
May 18 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Odessa-Montour Softball
May 14 ... @ Bradford, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 22 ... @ Marathon, 4:30 p.m.
May 23 ... @ Marathon, 2 p.m.

Tennis
May 1 ... Watkins Glen, 6:30 p.m.

Girls golf
May 22 ... @ TBA, 9 a.m.

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