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Family Dollar to open in Dundee
Family Dollar to open in Dundee

DUNDEE--Dollar Tree, Inc. has announced a new Family Dollar store in Dundee is scheduled to open in January 2021. The 15,011 square foot store will be located at 1 Water Street, the location of the former Martini's grocery store. In addition to providing low prices, generally from $1 to $10, Family Dollar stores offer products including frozen and refrigerated food, beauty and essentials, household products, pet food, diapers, electronics, hardware and automotive supplies, and apparel. The offerings include name brands and private label merchandise.

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Trucks will return to The Glen
Trucks will return to The Glen

WATKINS GLEN-For the first time in more than 20 years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Watkins Glen International. The sanctioning body announced the 2021 Truck Series schedule last week, and it will include New York's home for NASCAR on Saturday, Aug. 7.

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Construction finds soil issue at Clute Park
Construction finds soil issue at Clute Park

WATKINS GLEN--Soil removed during excavation at Clute Park have revealed contaminated sediment at the revitalization project Mayor Luke Leszyk said during the Tuesday, Nov. 17 board of trustees meeting. Calling the contamination minimal and a non-risk, Leszyk said the decision has been made to re-purpose the soil on-site at Clute Park instead of shipping it to a specialized landfill.

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Watkins prepares for more on-site instruction
Watkins prepares for more on-site instruction

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen Central School District Superintendent Greg Kelahan sent a letter to parents, Monday, Nov. 23 informing them of upcoming planned changes at the school. There is currently a survey available online to help parents communicate their plans with a follow-up in the next few weeks to commit to an instruction plan.

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Sheriffs' association addresses executive order
Sheriffs' association addresses executive order

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Sheriffs' Association released a statement, Monday, Nov. 23 addressing a recent executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that limited "non-essential private residential gatherings" to no more than 10 individuals. "Since the first COVID-19 orders issued by the New York State Health Department, Sheriffs across the state have been responding to thousands of complaints of violations of those orders," the written statement said.

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Starkey project plans for 11 resort units
Starkey project plans for 11 resort units

STARKEY--After many years of spending summers in Starkey, Jose and Donna Medeiros have decided to move to the area full-time and build a new 11-building resort and restaurant on 14 acres just off of State Route 14. With the land already purchased and plans approved by the planning board, Jose said the project, called Red Cedar Falls Resort, is starting to ramp up. Phase one will have six buildings and phase two, five. The final design can handle 66 proposed bedrooms.

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Dundee will host holiday parade
Dundee will host holiday parade

DUNDEE--In a year filled with cancellations due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Santa has announced he will again visit the village of Dundee for the third annual The Magic of the Season holiday parade. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. beginning at the school and traveling through the community. All public health protocols will be followed including social distance and masks as required.

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Penn Yan will vote on project Dec. 8
Penn Yan will vote on project Dec. 8

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Central School District held a public information session virtually Thursday, Nov. 19 regarding the district's roughly $29,000,000 capital improvement project scheduled to go before voters on Dec. 8. District Superintendent Howard Dennis hosted the session and detailed how the funds of the project would be spread to different buildings throughout the district.

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Dundee plans for bowling as winter sport
Dundee plans for bowling as winter sport

DUNDEE--Dundee Central School District Superintendent Kelly Houck informed the school board Thursday, Nov. 12 the only sport currently scheduled for the winter season is bowling. Houck added there has been a lack of official information regarding what plans or alterations are currently being discussed by school athletic organizations.

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Schuyler approaches 5 percent positivity
Schuyler approaches 5 percent positivity

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler County Public Health provided an update, Saturday, Nov. 14 informing the community there were 15 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, and subsequently seven additional cases Monday and six Tuesday. The seven-day average percent positive metric, which is used by the state to determine further restrictions, was 4.9 percent on Monday and 4.6 percent Tuesday.

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Holidays challenge health protocols
Holidays challenge health protocols

FINGER LAKES--While health officials have universally recommended staying home during the Thanksgiving holiday, they have also acknowledged that will do little to deter many from taking the risk to be with family and friends. In light of this reality, health officials are asking residents who are insisting on celebrating in-person to do so in a safe manner.

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Schuyler Hospital celebrates 100 years
Schuyler Hospital celebrates 100 years

SCHUYLER COUNTY--In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Schuyler Hospital, the Schuyler Health Foundation is hosting a virtual celebration Saturday, Nov. 20. "The unique Centennial Celebration in a Box was born during the pandemic as a way Schuyler Hospital can celebrate their 100th year anniversary with the community that has supported us all of these years," said Michelle Benjamin, executive director of community relations for Schuyler Hospital. "This event allows us to engage our community members and business partners in a safe way."

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State will crackdown on seat belt use
State will crackdown on seat belt use

NEW YORK--Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the 21st annual "Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign is underway and will run through Nov. 29. The statewide campaign, supported by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, raises awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts. Throughout the mobilization, state and local law enforcement agencies are using marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to patrol for unbelted occupants.

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Cuomo orders end to late-night service
Cuomo orders end to late-night service

NEW YORK (AP) -- After months of loosening coronavirus restrictions, New York state took a step backward last Wednesday, limiting the maximum size of private gatherings to 10 people and ordering restaurants, bars and gyms to close no later than 10 p.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the new restrictions, which went into effect Friday, are a painful but necessary step to curb what has been an accelerating resurgence of the coronavirus.

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Residents can share sheriff experiences
Residents can share sheriff experiences

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Under direction from the state and despite his objections to the process, Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman is asking Schuyler County residents to fill out a survey to share their experiences and opinions of the department. The survey itself is part of the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, and while Yessman has said the department would follow the reform directives, he has also stated he feels they are punitive in nature.

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Yates reports unofficial election results
Yates reports unofficial election results

YATES COUNTY--More than 78 percent of county residents voted in the presidential and local election, Tuesday, Nov. 3. According to the unofficial results, county voters largely backed republican candidates and passed both propositions for changes in government.

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Budget gets approval in Schuyler
Budget gets approval in Schuyler

SCHUYLER--The Schuyler County Legislature has approved a tentative budget for 2021 that has a reduced tax rate of 0.63 percent and a flat tax levy despite reductions in revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed budget, which stands at $49,471,887, was approved unanimously. "I warned everyone that historical trends indicated a recession was on the horizon (but this was extreme)," said Tim O'Hearn, Schuyler County administrator and budget officer. "Despite that, this is the ninth year in a row that the tax rate has been reduced... and we would not have been able to do it without our employees."

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Pfizer says vaccine is looking 90% effective
Pfizer says vaccine is looking 90% effective

(AP)--Pfizer Inc. said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine may be 90 percent effective, based on early and incomplete test results that nevertheless brought a big burst of optimism to a world desperate for the means to finally bring the outbreak under control. The virus has killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide, including almost a quarter-million in the United States alone.

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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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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-14-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-14-20

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. 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-7-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-7-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Oct. 7 newspapers.

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Football, volleyball, competitive cheer (fall) seasons moved to March 1, 2021
Football, volleyball, competitive cheer (fall) seasons moved to March 1, 2021

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced today that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March 1, 2021 to address membership concerns associated with high-risk fall sports. The decision was rendered by the elected NYSPHSAA officers late this afternoon. Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on September 21, 2020 as previously announced.

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NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date &  Cancel Fall Championships
NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date & Cancel Fall Championships

LATHAM-The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force when they convened as a working group for the third time this morning.

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NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee
NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has selected members to serve on a COVID-19 Task Force to examine potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year.

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Athletic association announces winter cancellation
Athletic association announces winter cancellation

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events. The impacted championship events include the boys and girls basketball regionals and state championships, as well as the ice hockey and bowling championships.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the March 13 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20

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 March 4 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-26-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-26-20

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 Feb. 26 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-19-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-19-20

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 Sept. 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-12-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-12-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Feb. 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-5-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-5-20

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 Feb. 5 newspapers.

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