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Hope Walk will raise funds, awareness
Hope Walk will raise funds, awareness

YATES COUNTY--"We walk as one." That's the Hope Walk motto and this Saturday is the day. It's a pretty simple idea. A grassroots group of community members passionate about cancer support services have come together to raise money and awareness for people in the community. Here's the best part. All the money raised stays in Yates County and then assists county residents dealing with cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

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IndyCar series returns to road course, Sept. 1
IndyCar series returns to road course, Sept. 1

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen International will again host the IndyCar series Sept. 1-3. The Labor Day weekend racing lineup will include the season finales for IndyLights, Pro Mazda and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup and SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will also be competing throughout the three-day schedule.

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Schuyler will receive federal grant award
Schuyler will receive federal grant award

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Emergency Food and Shelter Board has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Schuyler County has been chosen to receive $2,800 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county through the State Set Aside Award.

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Reed announces Clearview grant
Reed announces Clearview grant

BRANCHPORT--Congressman Tom Reed announced Thursday, Aug. 17 that Clearview Farms in Branchport is the recipient of a Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency grant. The award is for $41,475 to help finance a 77kW solar array.

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State fair offers entertainment, food and more
State fair offers entertainment, food and more

SYRACUSE--The Great New York State Fair gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 23 and continues until Tuesday, Sept. 4. The fair features many signature products of New York, exhibits, entertainment and food options. More than one million people are expected to visit during the 171st edition of the event. New events and activities for this year include a new home for the popular New York State Police exhibit, Family Fishing Day and Timber Sports Day, and new midway rides and entertainment such as the Broadway Skyliner chairlift ride.

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Sheriff offers advisory for slow-moving vehicles
Sheriff offers advisory for slow-moving vehicles

YATES COUNTY--Sheriff Ron Spike has issued a travel advisory for motorists to be aware of slow-moving vehicles and to be in position for safe driving. Spike said, "It is not unusual to find yourself sharing the road with tractors, self-propelled farm equipment, horse-drawn buggies and road maintenance machinery. While familiar on many roadways in Yates County, these vehicles may also bring with them unfamiliar hazards."

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Teen dies after boating accident
Teen dies after boating accident

WANETA LAKE--A boating incident on Waneta Lake has left one person dead and sent two others to the hospital, Thursday, Aug. 10. According to the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office, the investigation is continuing into the cause of the accident which occurred at around 8:07 p.m. Emergency vehicles could be seen at the location on the lake known as Swarthout Point, which is on the east side, more than halfway up the lake, looking north.

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Torrey Ridge earns 'Winery of the Year'
Torrey Ridge earns 'Winery of the Year'

PENN YAN--Paul Curcillo's father and grandfather were especially proud last week. Curcillo is a third-generation winemaker and co-owner of CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery with his wife Stephanie King. Curcillo received the news Wednesday, Aug. 9 that Torrey Ridge was named "Winery of Year" along with Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery from Long Island. Buttonwood Grove Winery from the Finger Lakes won the Governor's Cup Award in the competition.

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Legislators reject public  safety percent  reductions
Legislators reject public safety percent reductions

PENN YAN--Legislator Elden Morrison introduced Resolution No. 239-17 to county lawmakers Monday, Aug. 14. The resolution was intended to direct the budget officer and the sheriff to make a 5 percent reduction for fiscal year 2017 and for their 2018 budget. Morrison said currently the Yates County public safety budget operates with 75 percent to 80 percent over the median expenses of other similar-sized public safety departments in the state. The resolution ended up only getting support from two legislators (Morrison and Terry Button) but the issue sparked a debate from both sides.

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Center will honor Andretti at sellout event
Center will honor Andretti at sellout event

Watkins Glen--Bosch and Firestone have joined the team of racing industry giants honoring Mario Andretti at the International Motor Racing Research Center's Cameron R. Argetsinger Award dinner Aug. 31, a sold-out event. The IMRRC, a research and archival library focused on the history of all types of racing and all race tracks worldwide, is presenting Andretti with its annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

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Casella wins Supreme Court case
Casella wins Supreme Court case

ROCHESTER--The New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Todd Casella, a candidate for Yates County District Attorney. The decision means Casella will be on the ballot for the Sept. 12 Republican primary election, and on the ballot on the Independence and Reform lines for the Nov. 7 general election. Further, the court decided Casella's residency is not an immediate issue. If he wins, Casella must move and reside in Yates County.

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County considers drug company lawsuit
County considers drug company lawsuit

WATKINS GLEN--The Schuyler County Legislature voted Monday night to pass a resolution that would authorize the creation of a special counsel agreement to consider the possibility of pursuing a lawsuit against the prescription drug companies. The special counsel agreement will consider whether it is feasible for the county to bring a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opiates.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Italian American Festival parade
PHOTO GALLERY: Italian American Festival parade

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Italian American Festival was held Friday to Sunday, Aug. 11 to 13. The Saturday parade through the village had many units including local fire departments, elected leaders and community groups. The large fireworks display in the evening drew many visitors to the lakefront area.

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Keuka Lake swim areas close due to algae
Keuka Lake swim areas close due to algae

KEUKA LAKE--Indian Pines, Red Jacket, and the Keuka Lake State Park swimming areas were closed Friday, Aug. 4 due to the presence of blue-green algae. While conditions can change based on wind and weather, beaches must be cleared by the state department of health. The department cleared three Keuka Lake swim areas to re-open after additional water samples were taken Monday, Aug. 7. Deborah Minor, Yates County public health director, said water samples from Red Jacket, Indian Pines and Camp Cory allowed them to re-open.

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Watkins Glen earns $10M state grant
Watkins Glen earns $10M state grant

WATKINS GLEN--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, Aug. 3 the village of Watkins Glen will receive $10 million in funding and investments as the Southern Tier winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. As in the first round of the DRI, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions will be selected as a $10 million winner, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities identify downtown projects to boost the local economy.

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Yates submits draft shared service plan
Yates submits draft shared service plan

YATES COUNTY--County Administrator Bob Lawton has submitted the county's draft plan from the shared service meetings and stakeholder collaboration since May for efficiency and/or improvements with county provided services. Members of the county legislature, the Yates' shared service panel and state officials received a copy before the deadline.

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Schuyler submits shared services draft plan
Schuyler submits shared services draft plan

SCHUYLER COUNTY--All counties in the state have been tasked with developing a 2017 shared service plan from within county stakeholders to help reduce taxes and increase county governmental efficiencies. Tim O'Hearn, Schuyler County administrator, said, "Local governments within Schuyler County have a well-documented reputation for collaboration and cooperation. The Schuyler County Council of Governments, formed in 2005 and still active and engaged, is a testament to the local commitment to improving efficiency while lowering the high cost of government in New York State."

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July rain was more than triple last year
July rain was more than triple last year

PENN YAN--If you thought we had a lot of rain during the month of July, you are right. Rainfall for Penn Yan during the first 28 days of the month totaled 5.52 inches. Last year the number was 1.76 inches for the same time period. That is 313 percent more than 2016. The average for the first 28 days of July is 3.51 inches. Schuyler County also saw a significant gain in rainfall.

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Truex Jr. takes I LOVE NEW YORK 355 race
Truex Jr. takes I LOVE NEW YORK 355 race

WATKINS GLEN--Martin Truex Jr. conserved fuel at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, Aug. 6, allowing him to take the checkered flag in the I LOVE NEW YORK 355. Competitor Brad Keselowski was allowed to pass, along with Ryan Blaney so Truex could conserve fuel for the end of the race. That strategy paid off huge for Truex as both Keselowski and Blaney's late fuel stops effectively put them out of contention. The top five drivers at The Glen were Truex, Matt Kenseth, Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer. With the victory, Truex is now up to four wins on the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race
Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race

WATKINS GLEN--Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 NOS Rowdy Toyota, won the 23rd annual Zippo 200, Saturday, Aug. 5 at Watkins Glen International. This was Busch's 90th victory in 336 NASCAR XFINITY series races. Joey Logano, who finished second, posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at WGI. Rounding out the top three was Brad Keselowski. Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events begin at 12:05 p.m. with qualifying. Driver introductions will begin at 2:20 p.m. before the 3 p.m. race. The drivers will compete for 90 laps, 220.5 miles.

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NASCAR race gets new name
NASCAR race gets new name

WATKINS GLEN--A new partnership between Watkins Glen International and I LOVE NEW YORK, the state's tourism brand, was announced last week. Together, they will present The Glen's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race--the I LOVE NEW YORK 355--Sunday, Aug. 6. The race is the marquee event of the Aug. 3-6 race weekend at WGI. It is the only NASCAR Series race in New York state, and one of two road course races on the cup series schedule. Previously run as the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, the "355" denotes the distance of the race--90 laps for 220.5 miles--in kilometers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/14/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/14/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Dundee, Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the June 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/7/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/7/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Penn Yan and Dundee. These results appeared in the June 7 newspapers.

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Mustangs capture sectional title
Mustangs capture sectional title

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team won their seventh consecutive and 22nd total sectional title, Wednesday, May 31 at St. John Fisher College. This was the Mustangs first title in Class D, a new division formed in 2017. The second seeded Penn Yan boys improved to 10-9 on the season with the Wednesday victory over Waterloo. Penn Yan dominated in the game and won 13-6.

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Penn Yan loses in championship game
Penn Yan loses in championship game

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan girls varsity lacrosse team lost to Palmyra-Macedon in the Section V Class D championship game, Tuesday, May 30. Pal-Mac jumped to an early lead in the game and expanded it to 13-2 by halftime. Both teams scored three times in the second half to bring the final score to 16-5. Fourth seeded Penn Yan ends with a 12-7 season record. Pal-Mac was the second seed.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/31/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/31/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the May 31 newspapers.

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Sports Photo Galleries
Sports Photo Galleries

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 5-24-17
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 5-23-17
Dundee Track Invite 5-15-17

Penn Yan Softball 5-10-17
Watkins Glen Boys Golf 5-10-17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17

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 May 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17

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 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17

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 3 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and Dundee. These results appeared in the April 26 newspapers.

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

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 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan and Watkins Glen . These results appeared in the April 5 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Lacrosse
May 19 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Track and field
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.
May 31 ... @ State qualifier, 5 p.m.

Boys golf
May 18, 20 ... @ Section Medalist, TBA.

Girls golf
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Tennis
May 11-13 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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