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Canceled: Phish festival at the Glen
Canceled: Phish festival at the Glen

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Due to the severe flooding that occurred in Schuyler County over the past week, the prospect of additional inclement weather, and a mandatory boil water order for the Village of Watkins Glen issued Thursday, Aug. 16, Schuyler County and the New York State Department of Health were unable to issue the required permits for the weekend's Curveball Festival.

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Governor issues state of emergency after Schuyler flooding
Governor issues state of emergency after Schuyler flooding

SCHUYLER COUNTY-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Tuesday, declared a State of Emergency for Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, Yates, and contiguous counties through Aug. 21. The Governor made the announcement after surveying flooded areas and damaged property. Storms may cause additional flash flooding and New Yorkers are urged to prepare for potential extreme and unpredictable weather.

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Area wineries win top state awards
Area wineries win top state awards

WATKINS GLEN--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the winners of the 33rd annual New York Wine Classic Wednesday, Aug. 8. Two local wineries took the two top awards. Keuka Spring Vineyards in Penn Yan won the Governor's Cup, for their 2017 Gewürztraminer and Dr. Konstantin Frank winery was named "Winery of the Year." Cuomo said, "The annual New York Wine Classic celebrates and recognizes the best of the best of our craft beverage industry, and I congratulate the winners and encourage those interested to try these world-class products for themselves."

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Harbor Hotel closes pool, spa
Harbor Hotel closes pool, spa

WATKINS GLEN--The New York State Department of Health announced Thursday, Aug. 9 that individuals who were guests at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel between July 16, 2018 and Aug. 1, 2018 and were in proximity to the hotel's pool and spa may have been exposed to Legionella bacteria. The department is working closely with the hotel to reach guests who were on site during the period of potential exposure. At the request of the state health department, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel has closed their pool and spa to patrons as they continue to remediate the situation.

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Legislature gets tourism update; Hampton looks at expansion
Legislature gets tourism update; Hampton looks at expansion

PENN YAN--Tourism continues to increase in the Finger Lakes region and the economic impact of visitor spending is reaching new levels in the area and throughout the state. Jessica Bacher, president and chief executive officer for the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, presented highlights from the 2017 Oxford Economics report on regional and state economics at the legislator's monthly meeting in Penn Yan, Monday, Aug. 13.

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Starkey will decide: elect or appoint highway superintendent
Starkey will decide: elect or appoint highway superintendent

STARKEY--Should the town of Starkey highway superintendent be an appointed position or remain elected by ballot voting? This question will be for the public to decide in the upcoming general election Nov. 6. The resolution to include this on the upcoming ballot was unanimously passed (5-0) by the town of Starkey board Aug. 9. The ballot will read, "Shall the elective office of Town Superintendent of Highways be abolished and be replaced with the appointed office of Town Superintendent of Highways, effective January 1, 2020, as set forth in the proposed Town of Starkey Local Law #3 of 2018."

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Starkey approves new rental law
Starkey approves new rental law

STARKEY--Proprietors of short-term rentals in the town of Starkey are now required to obtain permits that comply with new regulations rectified by the town council. Existing short-term rental agreements are required to comply to these requirements by Dec. 31, 2018. Local law defines a "short-term" rental as "a dwelling unit that is rented, in whole or in part, to any person or entity for a period of less than 30 consecutive nights and is not regulated by any other section of the Code of the Town of Starkey."

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Italian American Festival starts Friday
Italian American Festival starts Friday

WATKINS GLEN--Family fun will be the focus at the 39th annual Schuyler County Italian American Festival Aug. 10-12 at Clute Park. New vendors, more music each day and a host of special activities for children and adults are planned for Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Organizations involved in that special Sunday session include the Watkins Glen Fire Department, Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Head Start and Reisinger's Apple Country.

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'Wizard of Oz' production starts Friday
'Wizard of Oz' production starts Friday

PENN YAN--For its 40th anniversary summer production, Penn Yan Theatre Company (PYTCo) will perform "The Wizard of Oz" in Penn Yan Academy Auditorium at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Co-directed by Dusty Baker and Dave Smith, this rendition of the timeless story about a Kansas girl who finds herself "over the rainbow" after a frightful tornado will remain faithful to the beloved 1939 MGM film.

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Penn Yan closes three swimming areas
Penn Yan closes three swimming areas

PENN YAN--Two waterfront notifications were posted Saturday, Aug. 4 in Penn Yan, "BEACH CLOSED." Sara Christensen, RN, supervising public health nurse for Yates County, said, "The Red Jacket and Indian Pines swim areas in Penn Yan beach areas were closed due to blue-green algal blooms." Christensen added the state Department of Health will monitor the water and test again this week.

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Clute Park swimming now open
Clute Park swimming now open

WATKINS GLEN--Clute Park swimming is now open. Swimming was prohibited for six days (from July 27-Aug. 2) due to E-coli bacteria detected in water samples by the state department of health. Details of the water bacteria source and responsibility for the park closing and opening notifications has seen differing responses from local officials.

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Felony assault in Yates
Felony assault in Yates

TORREY--The Yates County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate a domestic violence incident that occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 6, near Dresden. Yates deputies have arrested Paul M. Khouzam, 37, of 3188 Guyanoga Road, Branchport. Khouzam is charged with assault in the first degree (class B felony), burglary in the first degree (class B felony) and aggravated cruelty to an animal (felony). He was arraigned in the Town of Benton Court and remanded to the Yates County Jail for grand jury action. Bail is set at $1 million or $2 million bond.

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NASCAR rolls in Watkins Glen
NASCAR rolls in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The Finger Lakes region is getting ready to host the annual NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International. Banners welcoming fans, driver appearance opportunities and merchandise are all part of weekend festivities that center around Watkins Glen but also spread across much of western New York.

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Area schools will offer free meals for all students
Area schools will offer free meals for all students

YATES, STEUBEN COUNTIES--All students preK-12 enrolled in Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport schools will be eligible for free breakfasts and lunches for the 2018-19 school year. The schools are taking part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Kyle Bower, superintendent for the Hammondsport Central School District, said, "There is no local cost to provide these meals. Reimbursement is provided through federal and state aid."

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Glorious Garlic Festival starts with Thursday night concert
Glorious Garlic Festival starts with Thursday night concert

SENECA LAKE--The 26th annual Glorious Garlic Festival Weekend will be held this weekend at Fox Run Vineyards. The festival features everything garlic as well as many demonstrations and music for attendees. A pre-event is held Thursday, Aug. 2 with a concert by The Town Pants at the winery. Music will begin at 6 p.m. and food and drinks will be available starting at 5 p.m. The main festival is held Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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A walking tour around Watkins Glen
A walking tour around Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--A dozen people gathered at the Watkins Glen pier Saturday, July 28, for the first historic walk of the village, led by Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson. The program encompassed the era of the Sullivan campaign to the present, exploring the many functions served by downtown buildings.

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Schumer joins opposition to newsprint tariff
Schumer joins opposition to newsprint tariff

NEW YORK--U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to push the U.S. Department of Commerce to reverse course from their decision to impose duties on groundwood paper, the raw material used by New York's local newspaper companies for newsprint. Schumer noted newspapers across New York are already being negatively affected by the Department of Commerce's preliminary duties of this paper. He indicated they could suffer even more should the tariffs be made permanent in a final determination Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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Median home sales price goes to $168K
Median home sales price goes to $168K

FINGER LAKES--The median price of a home sold in Yates County is up 8.3 percent for the first 6 months of the year vs. the same time period last year. The greater Rochester multiple listing service reports the median sales price for a Yates home between Jan. 18 and July 19 of this year was $168,000. Last year between Jan. 18 and July 20, the median price was $155,000. This is an increase of 8.3 percent.

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Elliott wins first cup race at Watkins Glen
Elliott wins first cup race at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--Race fans had the opportunity to see just how close teams push their fuel mileage, Sunday, Aug. 5 at Watkins Glen International. First place finisher Chase Elliott ran out of fuel on his victory lap, while second place driver Martin Truex Jr. was out before the race even ended.

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Watkins announces driver appearance lineup
Watkins announces driver appearance lineup

WATKINS GLEN--As the Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR race weekend approaches, fans are looking to every opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers. A number of this season's most successful drivers will be appearing at The Glen's hospitality areas - The Bog, Pit Inn, and the Turn One Tavern, leading up to the green flag on Sunday, Aug. 5.

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Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018
Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries include the 2017-2018 school year games for Dundee, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport. Click 'Read more...' for the links.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18

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

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Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title
Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title

PITTSFORD-The number one state-ranked Pleasantville Panthers showed how they earned that position, Saturday, June 9 at St. John Fisher College against the Penn Yan Mustangs. The final score was 16-2 with the Panthers being named the Class D state champions. The historically high-scoring Pleasantville team got on the scoreboard first, but strong defense by Penn Yan and some impressive saves by goalie Jeff Kinyoun gave the impression the Mustangs had Pleasantville under control.

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Mustangs stampede to state finals
Mustangs stampede to state finals

PITTSFORD--Penn Yan's storied postseason play lived up to its reputation, Wednesday, June 6 in the state semifinal game against Chenango Forks. The Mustangs came from behind to defeat Chenango Forks 10-7 at Growney Stadium on the campus of St. John Fisher. Section 4's Chenango Forks jumped out to an early lead in the game scoring four goals to Penn Yan's one. However, the momentum began to shift in a drastic way in the second quarter as Austin Blumbergs made a shot right before the buzzer and brought the score to 6-4, Penn Yan down by two.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18

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 6 newspapers.

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Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win
Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win

BUFFALO--The Penn Yan Mustangs defeated Section VI's Akron, Saturday, June 2 at All-High Stadium in Buffalo. The game went to overtime with Austin Blumbergs scoring the game winner, bringing the final score to 12-11. The young roster of Penn Yan was able to avenge the loss to Akron last year that went to double overtime (10-9). Freshmen Ayden Mowry and Devon Gerhardt combined for five of Penn Yan's goals, and sophomore goalie Jeff Kinyoun made eight saves.

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Penn Yan captures 23rd title
Penn Yan captures 23rd title

PITTSFORD--The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Aquinas in the Section V Class D championship game, Wednesday, May 30. The victory brings the Mustangs to 23 Section V championship titles. The final score Wednesday evening was 8-6, with Penn Yan recording five of the goals in the first quarter. They scored one goal in each of the remaining quarters to bring the total to eight.

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Penn Yan falls to Pal-Mac in title game
Penn Yan falls to Pal-Mac in title game

PITTSFORD--The second-seeded Penn Yan Lady Mustangs fell to the number four seeded Palmyra-Macedon Red Raiders, Tuesday, May 29. The final score was 12-6 in the Section V Class D title game. Pal-Mac jumped out to an early lead scoring five goals to Penn Yan's one in the first half and then followed that up with seven goals in the second half to Penn Yan's five to take the win.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-30-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-30-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the May 30 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-23-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-23-18

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 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-16-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-16-18

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 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-9-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-9-18

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 May 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-2-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-2-18

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 May 2 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-25-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-25-18

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 April 25 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-18-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-18-18

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 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-11-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-11-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the April 11 newspapers.

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