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Holiday tributes will honor the fallen
Holiday tributes will honor the fallen

FINGER LAKES--Memorial Day honors the ultimate sacrifice a military member can give; their life for the country. Memorial Day is Monday, May 27 and a number of services, parades and ceremonies are planned for the day.

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Woodstock 50 adds new partners
Woodstock 50 adds new partners

NEW YORK (AP) -- Organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival are signaling progress toward resolving a financial crunch after a falling-out with backer Amplifi Live. The festival announced Friday, May 15 that investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. has signed on as a financial adviser to pull money together. Meanwhile, organizers say preparations continue. The anniversary event is scheduled Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen.

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Mayors highlight village initiatives
Mayors highlight village initiatives

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Infrastructure and water projects are at the top of to-do lists in Schuyler County. The mayors of Burdett, Montour Falls, Odessa and Watkins Glen shared current projects and some on the horizon at the League of Women Voters' 65th annual meeting Monday, May 20.

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Waterloo is the origin of Memorial Day holiday
Waterloo is the origin of Memorial Day holiday

WATERLOO--The story of Memorial Day begins in the summer of 1865, when a prominent Waterloo druggist, Henry C. Welles, mentioned to some of his friends at a social gathering that while praising the living veterans of the Civil War it would be good to remember the patriotic dead by placing flowers on their graves. Nothing resulted from this suggestion until he advanced the idea again the following spring to General John B. Murray.

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What can you find underwater in Keuka Lake?
What can you find underwater in Keuka Lake?

KEUKA LAKE--If you've ever wondered what kind of things are on the bottom of Keuka Lake, the recent boating museum presentation by Joe Luppino and Jack Merriam revealed some facts and myths about the lake. Luppino and Merriam, both experienced divers and former employees of the Taylor Wine Company, spoke Thursday, May 16 to a filled Hammondsport museum lecture room with 70 people attending.

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School board, budget vote set for May 21
School board, budget vote set for May 21

FINGER LAKES--Area school districts will give voters the chance to weigh in on next year's budget and school board officials in the upcoming election, Tuesday, May 21.

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Festival will feature Seneca Lake wine, food
Festival will feature Seneca Lake wine, food

WATKINS GLEN--Twenty area wineries and 20 eateries in Clute Park ready to serve you. It's the 2019 Seneca Lake Wine and Food Festival. A visitor hoping to sample a taste of the area's wine and food offerings would need to dedicate several days of stop-and-go driving to do the area justice. Because it's not only stopping at wineries. Consider all the restaurants, makers of artisanal cheese and other food-related businesses.

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Legislators hear about Penn Yan wastewater
Legislators hear about Penn Yan wastewater

PENN YAN--The Yates Legislature regular monthly meeting always has time scheduled for public comments. Often times, only one person or many times no one from the public has a comment to offer. That was different at the Monday, May 13 legislature meeting. Eileen Moreland, who resides at 1292 Arrowhead Beach Road in Dresden, asked for legislators help to improve the water quality in the Keuka Outlet. Moreland said, "Based on testing by the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association over the past four years there is significant pollution in the Keuka Outlet."

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Village board considers short-term rental moratorium
Village board considers short-term rental moratorium

WATKINS GLEN--A member of the Watkins planning board asked for a two-year moratorium on short-term rentals at the village board meeting Tuesday, May 7. According to planning board member Brian Eslinger, there are approximately 60 short-term rentals currently in the village. Eslinger said after researching the issue with a goal to protect the integrity of residential districts and also wanting to support residents who wish to rent properties, he would like the village to establish a two-year moratorium on future short-term rentals in the village.

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Eight-man football comes to Dundee
Eight-man football comes to Dundee

DUNDEE--Eight-man football will become the new team size for varsity football in Dundee next fall. Sheldon Gibson, Dundee's varsity football coach, said, "We are looking forward to our new format for the varsity team. Obviously, we love 11-man football, but with a limited number of students that are available to play we decided we wanted to play football in a little different format than to not play at all."

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Dundee announces valedictorian, salutatorian
Dundee announces valedictorian, salutatorian

DUNDEE--Megan Sutherland and Sarah Boudinot have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Dundee Central School District Class of 2019.

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New mayor loves Watkins Glen
New mayor loves Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--It was hard to photograph new Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk without a halo. Standing in front of the large aerial map of Watkins Glen that almost fills the long wall of the village meeting room, the top of his head is just below the outlines of some of the looping roads outside the village. But he insists he's not an angel, just someone ready to use a lot of his energy to help a village he loves reach more of its potential.

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Yates, Steuben ProAction get $4.3M funding
Yates, Steuben ProAction get $4.3M funding

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $4,317,541 in federal funding for Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families in Steuben and Yates Counties.

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Assessment grievance day is May 28
Assessment grievance day is May 28

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminds property owners--homeowners and businesses--that the deadline to challenge their property assessment is the fourth Tuesday in May in most communities. That day, May 28 this year, is known as Grievance Day.

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Nerf battles, with light saber combat matches
Nerf battles, with light saber combat matches

WATKINS GLEN--Although the use of marijuana and prescription drugs among teens in Schuyler County decreased from 2013 to 2015, alcohol use is on the rise and surpasses national averages for students in grades eight, 10, and 12. That fact is according to the Schuyler County Coalition of Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD and was the impetus behind an event Saturday, May 4 at Watkins Glen high school, according to Ward Brower, project coordinator for SCCUDD.

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Yates history center opens Mennonite exhibit
Yates history center opens Mennonite exhibit

PENN YAN--The L. Caroline Underwood Museum in Penn Yan has opened a new exhibit, May 3, "How Should We Live? The Old Groffdale Conference of Mennonites in Yates County." Mennonites initially moved to Penn Yan and Yates County some 45 years ago from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Historians estimate the Mennonite population in Yates County is now comparable to the number of Mennonites in Lancaster. The Groffdale Conference Mennonite Church is also called Wenger Mennonite.

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Woodstock: Investor bolts, Lang persists
Woodstock: Investor bolts, Lang persists

WATKINS GLEN--Monday was a roller coaster day for the planned Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration at Watkins Glen. Is the event canceled or will it go on? That question depends on who you ask. Organizers of the beleaguered event say Woodstock 50 will go on despite the loss of a major financial partner.

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Yates County honors first responders
Yates County honors first responders

YATES COUNTY-The Yates County Office of Emergency Management held the annual emergency responder banquet, Friday, April 26. Members from all Yates County departments were recognized for their dedication and training.

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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 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.
Odessa-Montour Softball 5-17-19
Seneca Indians Baseball 5-17-19
Penn Yan Softball 5-16-19
Dundee Softball 5-15-19

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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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Senecas finish basketball season second in the state
Senecas finish basketball season second in the state

TROY--The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team fell to Cambridge, 57-43, in the New York state Class C championship, Saturday, March 16, at Hudson Valley Community College. Danielle Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon both scored 11 points for Watkins. Taylor Kelly earned 10 points. Hannah Morse netted nine points, while Kelsey Kernan added two.

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Lady Senecas defeat Cooperstown Hawkeyes, 60-49
Lady Senecas defeat Cooperstown Hawkeyes, 60-49

BINGHAMTON--The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team claimed the Class C Regional Championship, Sunday, March 10, and advances to the New York state Class C semifinals. The Senecas defeated Cooperstown, 60-49 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Leading Watkins Glen was Taylor Kelly with 20 points and three rebounds. Hannah Morse netted 17 points, including a pair of three-point shots, eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Danielle Leszyk posted nine points and six rebounds.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-6-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-6-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Hammondsport and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the March 6 newspapers.

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Houseknecht wins first-ever state wrestling title
Houseknecht wins first-ever state wrestling title

ALBANY--The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen wrestling team's Dylan Houseknecht won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 2 championship, Saturday, Feb. 23. Houseknecht won the 285 weight class in overtime against Newark Valley's Trentyn Rupert. He is also the first Odessa-Montour wrestler to win a state title.

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