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Watkins Glen votes against variance
Watkins Glen votes against variance

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Plans to build a three-story, 41-room Best Western hotel in Watkins Glen were dealt a major setback Sept. 14 when the Schuyler County Planning Commission voted 10-2 against a set of requested zoning variances crucial to the project. The new chain hotel was to have replaced the 16-room Seneca Clipper Inn at the intersection of S. Franklin Street (Route 14) and South Avenue. The commission refused to approve variances from local zoning law sought by Bharat Patel for building height, required parking and setbacks from streets and adjoining properties.

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Dundee water project work is on track
Dundee water project work is on track

DUNDEE--The water main project in Dundee is on track and continues to replace water lines in the village. Steve Dean, deputy superintendent of streets and water superintendent, said that about 25 percent of the work has been completed so far. The water line project began at the area of the new bridge and moved up 14A into the village. The route includes sections of Edwina Street, Saunders, Main, Millard and Union Streets.

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Local schools receive Rochester-area ranking
Local schools receive Rochester-area ranking

(Publisher's Note: New York state school test scores and school rankings can be a challenge for many parents to interpret. Business First in Buffalo has compiled a comprehensive study of western New York schools' test results, combined with graduation rates and averaged from the school's most recent four-year scores. You will find our area schools and their rankings within the 86 school districts of the greater Rochester area. Some Rochester-area schools in the rankings have been condensed in the following chart to make the list more meaningful for our schools, Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour and nearby districts. Reprinted with permission.)
TRI-COUNTY AREA--Business First has issued its 2017 academic, subject and specialized ratings for school districts and individual schools across western New York and the Rochester area, as well as school districts throughout upstate New York.

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Absentee ballots may decide some races
Absentee ballots may decide some races

TRI-COUNTY AREA-Residents from throughout the area voted in primary elections Tuesday, Sept. 12. Absentee ballots will be counted and added to the above totals. Official results are expected this week. With vote totals being so close, the final Republican candidates could change from the unofficial results.

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State: Barrington needs oversight
State: Barrington needs oversight

BARRINGTON--The Office of the New York State Comptroller released a report this month titled "Town of Barrington Financial Management," which audited the town's oversight and management of financial operations. The state examined the period from Jan. 1, 2015 to April 10, 2017, and also looked back to 2014 for trends.

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County recovering from computer attack
County recovering from computer attack

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler County's computer system is gradually recovering from an Aug. 29 malware attack that caused some county employees' screens to go blank for days. The incident triggered responses from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Rochester and Buffalo as well as the state division of cyber security, and it prompted the county legislature to hire a private cyber security law firm with expertise in computer attacks, data breaches and ransomware. "It's going to be weeks before we're fully recovered from this," Tim O'Hearn, the county administrator, told county legislators Monday.

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Seaplanes, cars head to Hammondsport
Seaplanes, cars head to Hammondsport

HAMMONDSPORT--Fans of flying will have an expanded event to enjoy this weekend in Hammondsport. The annual seaplane homecoming in the village has been renamed to Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum combined with volunteers, has held the seaplane event since 2003 on the Keuka Lake waterfront.

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New York sends help to Florida
New York sends help to Florida

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday, Sept. 10 that 124 Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard will deploy to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist in the response to Hurricane Irma. The team departed from Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. Additionally, the governor is deploying Task Force 2 (NYTF-2), a specialized team of first responders and equipment skilled in structural collapse rescue, excavation emergencies, technical rope rescues, confined space rescue, and other specialized rescues to Florida.

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Three plead guilty in meth conspiracy
Three plead guilty in meth conspiracy

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced three defendants pled guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. for their roles in a methamphetamine conspiracy: Scott Kennedy, 40, of Beaver Dams pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. The defendant a faces a minimum penalty of 20 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $20,000,000 fine; Jared Mendez, 32, of Bradford pled guilty theft of anhydrous ammonia with knowledge it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine and faces eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and Terry Champion, 48, of Bradford pled guilty to possession of a listed chemical with knowledge it will be used to manufacture a controlled substance. The defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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County approves hiring for new public safety, emergency staff
County approves hiring for new public safety, emergency staff

PENN YAN--The Yates County Legislature authorized the sheriff to fill three vacant positions at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 11. Sheriff Ron Spike was authorized to fill two deputy sheriff positions. The amount budgeted for 2018 is $47,920 for each starting deputy. Legislator Mark Morris said he could not vote yes for the resolution because he said the Yates public safety budget is already over-budgeted and over-staffed compared to other counties the size of Yates. The measure passed but Morris was joined by Legislators Terry Button, James Smith and Elden Morrison voting against the hiring.

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Without DA, primary election is on
Without DA, primary election is on

TRI-COUNTY AREA--The pre-election controversy for the Republican Yates County District Attorney primary race will probably far outweigh the Sept. 12 primary election results. In Yates County, District Attorney Valerie Gardner has been successful in securing the Republican position for the general election. Todd Casella had also previously filed as a Republican candidate, but was ultimately taken off the ballot by the Appellate Division due to an address challenge from his petition. Casella will appear on the November general election ballot for the Independence and Reform Party as a district attorney candidate.

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Vintage cars are in Watkins Glen Friday
Vintage cars are in Watkins Glen Friday

WATKINS GLEN­--The village of Watkins Glen will once again be transformed into the historic "road course" it is famous for this Friday. The Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen has a number of events scheduled throughout the day, Friday Sept. 8. Racing action will then continue the rest of the weekend at Watkins Glen International as the cars from the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association will compete in the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at the track.

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Dundee starts United Fund campaign
Dundee starts United Fund campaign

DUNDEE-The Dundee Area United Fund drive begins this month. The group is sending out requests by mail and then planning for area residents to respond. "Thirteen vital community organizations are sustained by these funds," said Joan Washburn, secretary of the non-profit group. She has been working for the last 20 years to foster the success of this unique organization that gives more than 97 percent of its collected funds directly to the local charitable and service organizations who need it. "Only the cost of stamps and envelopes is withheld," Washburn said.

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Comptroller presents Finger Lakes report
Comptroller presents Finger Lakes report

YATES COUNTY--State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli traveled to Penn Yan last Wednesday, Aug. 30. He was the guest speaker for a Yates County Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Hampton Inn and he shared some results of a recently published report on statistics and demographic data for the Finger Lakes region. DiNapoli said his office compiled the report so individual counties could utilize the data as they are recruiting new businesses or working with their existing groups and organizations.

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Andretti receives Argetsinger Award
Andretti receives Argetsinger Award

CORNING--International racing stars, captains of the motorsports industry, local dignitaries and race fans gathered to honor an American racing icon at the Corning Museum of Glass Thursday, Aug. 31. Mario Andretti, motorsports' greatest ambassador, was presented with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports by the International Motor Racing Research Center. This was the fourth year the glass trophy has been presented. Previous honorees were Chip Ganassi, Richard Petty and Roger Penske.

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It's time for back to school
It's time for back to school

TRI-COUNTY AREA-It's time for new classes, new teachers, new backpacks and new books. It's back-to-school time next week for students throughout the area and the state. Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport start on Sept. 5. Watkins Glen pre-kindergarten through ninth grade and Odessa-Montour begin classes Wednesday, Sept. 6. Watkins Glen high school classes begin Thursday, Sept. 7.

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Reed, area officials address opioid crisis
Reed, area officials address opioid crisis

SOUTHERN TIER--Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) stood with local law enforcement and community leaders Thursday, Aug. 24 at the Bath courthouse to address the opioid epidemic that is plaguing communities. Reed stressed the importance of awareness, treatment, funding, and enforcement in order to tackle this issue. In effect, Reed plans reintroduce the Help Ensure Lives are Protected (HELP) Act.

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DEC investigates wastewater discharge
DEC investigates wastewater discharge

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan village wastewater treatment plant accidentally spilled 35,000 gallons of partially treated sludge (without disinfection) into a storm drain that flows into the Keuka Outlet from Wednesday evening, Aug. 23 to Thursday morning, Aug. 24. The Keuka Outlet flows into Seneca Lake. Village officials report they contacted the Department of Environmental Conservation along with the Penn Yan Fire Department and reported the spill on the NY-Alert website network.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan wins homecoming game against Midlakes
PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan wins homecoming game against Midlakes

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity football team improved their season record to 4-0 with a win, Saturday, Sept. 23 at homecoming. The Mustangs beat Midlakes, 37-8. During halftime, the 2017 class of athletic hall of fame inductees was introduced as well as crowning the homecoming queen. The newest hall of famers included: Paul Chapman, Michael Manley, Butch Mashewske, Jennifer Miles and the 1967 football team. Riley Kuver was named the homecoming queen and was escorted by Eli Moon.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Scots score 43 in homecoming loss
PHOTO GALLERY: Scots score 43 in homecoming loss

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity football team faced C.G. Finney in their homecoming game, Saturday, Sept. 23. The scores by quarter were: 14-0, 28-21, 34-27 and 46-43, Finney. Although the Scots trailed, a touchdown late in the fourth quarter combined with recovering an onside kick fueled momentum. However, an intercepted pass shutdown the Dundee offense, and ended the game at 46-43. Kyle Cratsley had three touchdowns in the game. Ryan Prior and Sam Richards each recorded one. At the conclusion of the game, Brianne Maloy was named the homecoming queen and Joshua Kane was selected as the king.

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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.
Dundee and Watkins Glen Girls Soccer 9-22-17
Dundee Volleyball 9-22-17
Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen Volleyball 9-21-17

Dundee Boys Soccer 9-20-17
Penn Yan Football 9-16-17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-20-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-20-17

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 Sept. 20 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan improves to 3-0
PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan improves to 3-0

PENN YAN-The state ranked Penn Yan Mustangs moved their season record to 3-0 with a win, Saturday, Sept. 16. Penn Yan won 36-16 over Newark. An explosive second half propelled the Mustangs to victory. The halftime score was 9-6, Penn Yan trailing. Dylan Stape had three touchdowns in the game. Desmond Battin and Conner Fingar also scored for the Mustangs.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee falls to Tri-Town
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee falls to Tri-Town

DUNDEE-The Dundee Scotsmen lost to the Tri-Town Titans, the combined team from South Seneca, Trumansburg and Romulus, Saturday, Sept. 16. The final score was 30-24.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Odessa-Montour celebrates homecoming
PHOTO GALLERY: Odessa-Montour celebrates homecoming

ODESSA-Odessa-Montour celebrated homecoming, Friday, Sept. 15, at the Seneca Indians football game. Jeremiah Lynch and Nakiaha Robinson were named the homecoming king and queen at halftime on Charles Martin Field. The football team lost a tough game to Oneonta, 40-14. Zach Elliott scored early for the Seneca Indians, however the second touchdown was not recorded until the fourth quarter, with less than two minutes remaining. Dayne Hughey scored on a passing play.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9/13/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9/13/17

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 Sept. 13 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9/6/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9/6/17

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 Sept. 6 newspapers.

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Rossi wins at Watkins Glen as championship tightens
Rossi wins at Watkins Glen as championship tightens

WATKINS GLEN-Alexander Rossi completed a dream weekend with a win in the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen, Sunday, Sept. 3. Series points leader Josef Newgarden experienced a collision in the race, and with the points he lost, it now leaves the Verizon IndyCar Series championship battle wide open.
Rossi won the 60-lap race at Watkins Glen International from the pole position.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Scots lose in overtime
PHOTO GALLERY: Scots lose in overtime

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity football team lost to Lyons/Sodus 8-0, Saturday, Sept. 2. The game went into overtime scoreless. Lyons got on the board with eight points and Dundee was unable to respond.

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PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan and Seneca Indians win openers
PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan and Seneca Indians win openers

FINGER LAKES-The Penn Yan Mustangs and combined Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour Seneca Indians won their season opening games, Friday, Sept. 1. Penn Yan faced Palmyra-Macedon and dominated 60-0. The Seneca Indians came from behind to capture their first game 32-22 against Greene.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Seneca Indians Football
Sept. 23 ... @ Newark Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 ... @ Seton Catholic, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 19 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 5 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... @ Owego Invitational, 9 a.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 21 ... Spencer-Van Etten/Candor, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... @ Dundee, 4:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 20 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Girls swimming
Sept. 19 ... Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 19 ... Candor, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 6:30 p.m.

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

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

Boys soccer
Sept. 18 ... Trumansburg, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 ... Watkins Glen, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 19 ... @ Tioga, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.

Girls swimming
Sept. 19 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 19 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 ... Watkins Glen, 6:30 p.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Sept. 23 ... Midlakes, 1 p.m.
Sept. 29 ... @ Waterloo, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 20 ... @ Newark, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... World of Inquiry, 4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 21 ... Geneva, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 ... @ Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.

Golf
Sept. 18 ... Geneva, 4 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Midlakes, 4 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 19 ... @ Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... @ Victor, 10 a.m.

Girls tennis
Sept. 19 ... @ Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 19 ... @ Geneva, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 ... Midlakes, 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Girls soccer
Sept. 21 ... @ Alfred Almond, 5:45 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... @ Bradford, 11 a.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 18 ... @ Avoca, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... @ Bradford, 3 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 18 ... Addison, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 ... Canisteo Greenwood, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 19 ... @ Avoca, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 ... @ Addison, 4:30 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Sept. 23 ... Finney, 1 p.m.
Sept. 30 ... @ Red Jacket, 1 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 19 ... @ Romulus, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 ... South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 20 ... Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... @ Midlakes, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 22 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 6 p.m.
Sept. 28 ... Honeoye, 6 p.m.

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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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