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Area seniors ready for graduation
Area seniors ready for graduation

TRI-COUNTY AREA--The 2018-2019 school year is quickly concluding and area schools will celebrate the accomplishments of seniors at graduation this week.

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Fourth events include parade, fireworks
Fourth events include parade, fireworks

FINGER LAKES--There's nothing quite like traditional fireworks for Fourth of July celebrations. This year again in Branchport, the Independence Day parade starts on Main Street at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 4 and will feature marching bands, area fire trucks, antique cars and tractors, clowns and floats. In Watkins Glen, fireworks are planned over Seneca Lake Friday, July 5 at approximately 9:45 p.m. with viewing from Clute Memorial Park.

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Yates Community Endowment gives $34.5K
Yates Community Endowment gives $34.5K

YATES COUNTY--The Yates Community Endowment awarded $34,500 in grants to eight organizations that are serving Yates County residents.

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How much rain have we had?
How much rain have we had?

FINGER LAKES--If you think we've been getting a lot of rain, you are correct. The National Weather Service recently posted statewide averages for the 12 month period of June 2018 through May 2019. The results: it was the wettest on record (from 124 years of record-keeping) for Pennsylvania and the third wettest for New York state and for the country overall.

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It's more than just wine on the trails
It's more than just wine on the trails

FINGER LAKES--The 85 or so wineries clustered around the largest three Finger Lakes, plus breweries, cideries and distilleries tend to take a collegial, "We're-all-in-this-together" attitude. Certainly having a large number and variety of purveyors of artisanal alcoholic beverages is a marvelous driver for tourism, bringing ever greater numbers of visitors to the area. But because the impossibility of visiting every winery around the larger lakes is clear to even the most dedicated tasters, most wineries have upped their game in a quest for a competitive edge.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins Glen graduation 2019
PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins Glen graduation 2019

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen High School held the annual commencement exercises, Saturday, June 22 at the school auditorium. There were 85 members of the Class of 2019. Valedictorian Joseph Chedzoy, Salutatorian Kathleen Clifford and Kai Sutterby delivered speeches at the ceremony, which included a number of monetary prizes being awarded to the graduates.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Seneca Lake tests cardboard boats
PHOTO GALLERY: Seneca Lake tests cardboard boats

WATKINS GLEN--The 26th annual Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival Cardboard Boat Regatta was held, Saturday, June 15 at Seneca Harbor Park. Boats of all classes competed to get to the finish line on the course around the marina slips.

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State announces $2.8M in grants to combat invasive species
State announces $2.8M in grants to combat invasive species

FINGER LAKES--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $2.8 million in grants have been awarded to 42 projects that will reduce the negative impacts of invasive species in water bodies through control or removal activities, research, and spread prevention. "New York state is leading the way in invasive species management to ensure our environment remains sustainable, healthy and strong," Cuomo said.

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Appellate division issues Trappler ruling
Appellate division issues Trappler ruling

ALBANY--The New York state Third Judicial Department of the Supreme Court Appellate Divison "affirmed" the conviction of Alice Trappler in a document that was decided and entered, Thursday, June 13. Trappler was convicted of murder in the second degree (two counts), burglary in the first degree, burglary in the second degree and conspiracy in the second degree at Schuyler County Judge Dennis Morris's court in 2013.

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Black bear visits Barrington front yard
Black bear visits Barrington front yard

YATES COUNTY--Friday morning, June 14, was a jarring sight for Barrington resident Jesse Jayne. At 7:15 a.m. Jayne looked out his front window at 5036 Bill Bailey Road and saw a large black bear just walking around his front yard. Jayne said, "It was quite a shocker. This thing was a monster--it was huge. I've been a bear hunter and this black bear was 300-400 pounds."

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Fire grants available from the state
Fire grants available from the state

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting applications for federally funded Volunteer Fire Assistance grants, Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced. The deadline for applications is June 28. "Volunteer Fire Assistance grants are a great way to help our local volunteer fire departments and personnel, which the DEC's Forest Rangers rely on to help battle wildfires and forest fires across the state," said Seggos.

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Paving resumes in Watkins Glen
Paving resumes in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The state Department of Transportation announced Thursday, June 13 that on Tuesday evening, June 18, paving work would resume on State Route 14 in the village of Watkins Glen. The paving will be done between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. the nights of June 18 to 20. During these times, traffic will be detoured onto Fairgrounds Lane, Decatur Street and First Street.

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Board wants to evaluate short-term rentals
Board wants to evaluate short-term rentals

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Village Planning Board approved five short-term rentals at its meeting Wednesday, June 12. Sites on Lakeshore Drive (the Watkins Glen Brewery location), 804 North Perry St. and 84 Salt Point Road were approved with no contingencies. Two sites--208 N. Monroe Ave. and 413-415 S. Madison Ave.--were approved pending updated insurance policies that indicate the properties are being used as short-term rentals. Planning board members asked that the permits be issued only after confirmation of the updated insurance policies.

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Cruisin' Night comes to Penn Yan
Cruisin' Night comes to Penn Yan

PENN YAN--The 23rd annual Cruisin' Night and Block Party are coming to downtown Penn Yan, Friday, June 14. Show vehicles and activities are planned to be presented from 5 to 9 p.m. In addition to the restaurants, this year will have additional options available; Smokin' Pete's BBQ, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, MighTEA Boba and Mac's Dairy Bar.

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Waterfront festival set for Saturday
Waterfront festival set for Saturday

WATKINS GLEN--The 26th Edition of the Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held this Saturday, June 15 at the Seneca Harbor Park. In addition to the activities on the lake, there will be vendors set up in the park with food and unique items for sale. The vendors will open at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m., Saturday.

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Woodstock will not be at WGI
Woodstock will not be at WGI

WATKINS GLEN--The on again, off again Woodstock 50 festival met what could be called an expected fate in Schuyler County, when Watkins Glen International announced it will not be hosting the anniversary event in August. The track issued a two-sentence statement saying it had "terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival." Shortly after the statement was released by the racetrack, event organizers said they were in talks with another venue.

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Legislature debates, then approves opposition to a 'sanctuary state'
Legislature debates, then approves opposition to a 'sanctuary state'

PENN YAN--Yates County lawmakers decided to join the state and national immigration debate Monday, June 10 at the legislators' regular monthly meeting. At issue: The legislature's resolution in opposition to making New York a sanctuary state. Seven residents, including Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano and Benton Supervisor Jack Prendergast, offered their thoughts about this political designation. Six speakers voiced their opposition to the resolution.

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Grand jury indicts former Barrington officer
Grand jury indicts former Barrington officer

YATES COUNTY--John Griffin, formerly the town of Barrington code enforcement officer, has been indicted by a Yates County grand jury on a felony-level for allegedly offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and issuing a false certificate. Yates County District Attorney stated in a news release from his office, "The investigation was conducted by the New York State Police in conjunction with the district attorney's office of conduct that is alleged to have occurred in 2014 and 2016."

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-19-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-19-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the sports awards from Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the June 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-12-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-12-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-5-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-5-19

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 5 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-29-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-29-19

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 May 29 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.
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 5-25-19
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 5-22-19
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 5-21-19

Odessa-Montour Softball 5-17-19
Seneca Indians Baseball 5-17-19

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-22-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-22-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the May 22 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-15-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-15-19

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 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-8-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-8-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Dundee, Hammondsport and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the May 8 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-1-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-1-19

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 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-24-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-24-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the spring break sports results from Penn Yan. These results appeared in the April 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-17-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-17-19

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 April 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-10-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-10-19

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 April 10 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-3-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-3-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the April 3 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Softball
May 6 ... @ Trumansburg, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 16-17 ... @ IAC Championships, 4:45 p.m.
May 22 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.

Boys golf
May 13 ... @ Tioga, 4 p.m.
Mya 15 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, TBA.

Lacrosse
May 6 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
May 9 .. Whitney Point, 5 p.m.

Tennis
April 25 ... @ Elmira Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

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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 4 ... @ Lansing, 11 a.m.
May 6 ... @ Trumansburg, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 6 ... Candor, 4:30 p.m.
May 7 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
May 15 ... Tioga, 4 p.m.
May 22 ... @ IAC Tournament, 8:30 a.m.

Track and field
May 16-17 ... @ IAC Championship, 4:45 p.m.
May 22 ... @ Sectionals, 3 p.m.

Tennis
April 29 ... Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
April 30 ... Newark Valley, 4:30 p.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

PENN YAN--Listed is Penn Yan's spring sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys lacrosse
May 14 ... @ Fairport, 6 p.m.
May 16 ... @ Webster-Thomas, 6 p.m.

Girls lacrosse
May 13 ... Wayne, TBA.
May 15 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 6 p.m.

Baseball
May 13 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
May 16 ... Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 13 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
May 14 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
May 13 ... @ Naples, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 ... @ Honeoye, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 7 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.
May 10 ... @ Dundee, 4:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

HAMMONDSPORT --Listed is Hammondsport's spring sports schedule for the coming week:

Softball (Bradford/Hammondsport)
May 16 ... Whitesville (@ Hammondsport), 5 p.m.
May 20 ... @ Friendship, 5 p.m.

Baseball (Bradford/Hammondsport)
May 13 ... @ Friendship,TBD.
May 14 ... Lima Christian (@ Bradford), 5 p.m.

Boys golf
May 13 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field (Bradford/Hammondsport)
May 13 ... @ Arkport, 5 p.m.
May 17 ... @ Campbell-Savona, 5 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

DUNDEE--Listed is Dundee's spring sports schedule:

Baseball
May 13 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 ... South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
May 13 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 ... South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 17 ... @ Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.
May 24 ... @ South Seneca, 5 p.m.

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