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Teachers take on the plant-based challenge
Teachers take on the plant-based challenge

DUNDEE, PENN YAN--Eat plants, lose weight, save your health. That's the promise of the book "The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet" by Rip Esselstyn. That promise has propelled the book to a New York Times bestseller and the healthy-eating plan has become a teacher and staff challenge in Dundee and Penn Yan along with 23 other school districts in the BOCES region with some 1,300 educators participating.

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Sheriff reminds residents of pistol permit recertification
Sheriff reminds residents of pistol permit recertification

FINGER LAKES--Sheriffs from around the Finger Lakes recently reminded pistol permit holders of a recertification deadline coming up at the end of this month. If you obtained a pistol permit before Jan. 15, 2013, Wednesday, Jan. 31 is the last day a permit holder can submit a recertification. For those who obtained a pistol permit after Jan. 15, 2013, you must recertify by the five-year anniversary date from when you originally obtained your permit.

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Serious flooding evacuates Campbell
Serious flooding evacuates Campbell

CAMPBELL--Warm weather at the end of last week, combined with rain, created serious problems on the Cohocton River near the hamlet of Campbell. Ice jams forced water to go out instead of downstream and caused significant flooding in the region, Friday, Jan. 12. The Campbell-Savona high school was closed early and an evacuation of the hamlet was put into place.

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Dundee approves preliminary streetscape work
Dundee approves preliminary streetscape work

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee approved the preliminary work for the Gateway Streetscape Improvement Project. Dundee is the recipient of a $1,325,000 grant from the state to reduce the volume of untreated stormwater runoff to Big Stream, relieve stress on the existing storm sewer system, address the damage and safety hazards of standing water and to assist with reducing inflow to the village's sanitary sewer system.

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Legislators honor youth, longtime county staffers
Legislators honor youth, longtime county staffers

PENN YAN--The Yates County Legislature started their Monday, Jan. 8 meeting with an outstanding youth award, recognized longtime county employees for years of service and then approved several key resolutions for the county.

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Watkins Glen chamber will honor winners at winter gala
Watkins Glen chamber will honor winners at winter gala

WATKINS GLEN--On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Winter Gala at the Harbor Hotel. The evening, which will feature a Great Gatsby theme along with auctions, live music by the Rochester Rat Pack, dinner and the program honoring this year' award winners.

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Seneca Depot project gets attention
Seneca Depot project gets attention

ROMULUS--The Rochester company that plans to build the state's largest waste incinerator at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus abruptly withdrew its application for a local permit Jan. 5, but it's not walking away from the controversial project. As a result of the surprise move, the fate of Circular enerG LLC's proposed $365 million trash burner now rests with a state board that governs the placement of electric power plants.

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Outdoor animals face extreme cold
Outdoor animals face extreme cold

FINGER LAKES--As temperatures neared or broke record lows last week, animals left outside either on purpose or because they do not have a home suffered. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and humane societies around the area and state issued several warnings about animal welfare

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Social media video results in charges
Social media video results in charges

PENN YAN--An alleged sexual abuse incident caught on video and posted to social media has resulted in the arrest of Robert "Bob" Champlin, owner of Lloyd's Limited Pub in Penn Yan. The Penn Yan Police Department investigated a video which was taken inside of Lloyd's the night of Dec. 24 and early morning, Dec. 25. The police report the video shows the suspect "inappropriately touching a female victim."

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County approves veterans tax exemption
County approves veterans tax exemption

PENN YAN--The Yates County Legislature voted Friday, Dec. 29 to approve a local law authorizing an alternative tax exemption for cold war veterans.
Cold war veterans, as defined by the state of New York, includes military service rendered from Sept. 2, 1945 through Dec. 26, 1991.

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DEC encourages anglers to put safety first
DEC encourages anglers to put safety first

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has encouraged anglers to put safety first when ice fishing. Currently, Waneta and Lamoka Lakes are completely frozen over. Four inches of solid ice is usually safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. However, ice thickness can vary on waterbodies and even within the same waterbody.

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Newspaper celebrates 140 years of service
Newspaper celebrates 140 years of service

YATES COUNTY--The Observer reaches the milestone of 140 years of publishing during 2018. The Dundee Observer was founded in 1878 and has continuously published through two World Wars, the Great Depression, a number of international conflicts and two recessions during this time. The award-winning weekly newspaper has grown in size and coverage since the 1990s and now serves the area with an office in both Dundee and Penn Yan.

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Lakes get money for algal blooms
Lakes get money for algal blooms

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled the 12th proposal of the 2018 State of the State: implementing a $65 million four-point initiative to combat harmful algal blooms in upstate New York. The blooms threaten the recreational use of lakes that are important to upstate tourism, as well as sources of drinking water.

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Schuyler makes pre-payment possible
Schuyler makes pre-payment possible

WATKINS GLEN--Schuyler County officials tried to help property owners who itemize their deductions pre-pay 2018 property taxes in the hope residents can receive benefits before restrictions take effect under the new federal tax law. In late December, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order relative to tax payments made in 2017 for 2018 tax bills.

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State awards money for local projects
State awards money for local projects

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced projects across the state that have been selected to receive monetary awards. The greater Finger Lakes region received $63.9 million for 110 projects. Yates County had six projects awarded state funds. The largest dollar amount went to the village of Dundee for the "Green Gateway Streetscape Improvement" project in the amount of $1,325,000.

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Second public session draws a crowd
Second public session draws a crowd

WATKINS GLEN--The second of three public workshops for the Watkins Glen $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative was held Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Clute Park Community Center. Project coordinators had a brief welcome for the some 150 people gathered and then broke the participants into five different groups to brainstorm and discuss ideas for improvement for the Watkins downtown project. The five areas included Clute Park, downtown living, culture and entertainment, economic development and quality of life.

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Group spreads holiday cheer in Dundee
Group spreads holiday cheer in Dundee

DUNDEE-As the Christmas holiday approaches, Our Town RoCKS (OTR) hosted a holiday caroling and family fun event, Monday, Dec. 18. The night began at the OTR office on Main Street, where there were refreshments for those in attendance, as well as festive music. The group then moved to the village, where they stopped at Winner's Circle Deli, Save-A-Lot, Classic Café, Petersen's Pizza and Dollar General to sing and bring holiday cheer.

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Home heat assistance is available
Home heat assistance is available

FINGER LAKES--The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes. If a person is eligible, the recipient can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season and could also be eligible for an emergency HEAP benefit if a person is in impending danger of running out of fuel or having the utility service shut off. The application period normally begins in early to mid-November and continues into the winter, until funding for the program runs out.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-17-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-17-18

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 Jan. 17 newspapers.

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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.
Watson Tournament Wrestling 1-13-18
Dundee Girls Basketball 1-11-18
Penn Yan Bowling 1-11-18
Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen Girls Basketball 1-10-18
Dundee Boys Basketball 1-10-18

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-10-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-10-18

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 Jan. 10 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-3-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-3-18

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 Jan. 3 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-20-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-20-17

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 Dec. 20 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-13-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-13-17

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 Dec. 13 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-6-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-6-17

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 Dec. 6 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-29-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-29-17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Nov. 29 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Girls basketball
Jan. 16 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... Notre Dame, 6 p.m.

Boys basketball
Jan 16 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 16 ... Waverly, 4 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... @ Union Springs, 4 p.m.

Cheerleading
Jan. 20 ... @ NYSEG Cheer Spectacular, TBA.

Indoor track
Jan. 19 ... @ Hurley Invite, 5 p.m.

Boys swimming
*Watkins Glen will follow the Odessa-Montour schedule for most home and away dual meets.

Wrestling
Jan. 17 ... Moravia, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... @ IAC Championships, 9 a.m.

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

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Jan. 19 ... Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 .. Candor, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 19 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 ... @ Candor, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 16 ... @ Candor, 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 ... Marathon, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 9 ... @ Greene, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 ... Dryden, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 18 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 ... Watkins Glen, 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 winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Jan. 19 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 ... Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 19 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 ... @ Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 16 ... @ Wayne, 4 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... @ Romulus, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 19 ... @ League Championship, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 ... @ League Championship, 10 a.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 19 ... @ Avoca, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 23 ... Jasper-Troupsburg, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 17 ... Canisteo Greenwood, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... Scio, 7:15 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Feb. 15 ... Rochester Academy, 6 p.m.

Girls basketball
Feb. 13 ... Bloomfield, 6 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 16 ... Harley-Allendale Columbia, 4 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... @ Honeoye, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 17 ... @ Lyons, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 ... Penn Yan, 6 p.m.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-22-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-22-17

ITHACA--Watkins Glen's Lexi Castellaneta placed 10th at the New York State Diving Championships, Friday, Nov. 17. This was Castellaneta's top finish in her fourth state competition. She had scores of 206.40 in the prelims, 331.40 in the semis and 459.40 in the finals. Danielle Scarano of Newburgh Free Academy won with a 495.80 in the finals at Ithaca College. Castellaneta currently holds the six dive and 11 dive records for a Watkins Glen student, all divers at the Watkins Glen pool and in Section IV.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-15-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-15-17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Nov. 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-8-17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-8-17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11/1/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11/1/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Nov. 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/25/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10/25/17

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 Oct. 25 newspapers.

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