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State will provide more flooding assistance
State will provide more flooding assistance

YATES COUNTY--Yates County was selected by the state as one of 11 counties to receive additional state assistance for the damage sustained in the May floods. This assistance is meant to cover the local share of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public assistance costs in an effort to aid taxpayers. "Yates County is grateful that the state has agreed to pay for the portion of the flood recovery costs that are not being reimbursed by FEMA," Yates County Administrator Sarah Purdy said. "The non-federally reimbursed costs are about $300,000. We had anticipated needing to cover half of this amount, with the state picking up the other half, and we were holding our breath as to whether the state would come through on its portion."

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Odessa announces interim superintendent
Odessa announces interim superintendent

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour school board appointed Peter Punzo as the interim-superintendent during their meeting Thursday, Nov. 13. Punzo will be replacing Jim Frame, who is leaving the district to become the Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services (GST BOCES) district superintendent staring Dec. 1. "Mr. Punzo was recommended by Kevin MacDonald, the superintendent at Genesee Valley BOCES who is our search consultant for the new superintendent hire process, by Jim Frame and by others," School Board President Robert Halpin said. "He expressed interest in the position and is highly qualified."

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Grand Prix committee looks at options
Grand Prix committee looks at options

WATKINS GLEN--With the Watkins Glen International Vintage Grand Prix being moved to July in 2015, the annual Grand Prix Festival downtown may remain in September, with an additional event. The move comes due to WGI's repaving project taking place that year, which will begin in the summer starting with "The Boot" in July, and the rest of the track being completed following the NASCAR race in August. Carole Pierce of Watkins Glen Promotions said there was "nothing really resolved" during a meeting last week. Preliminary discussions regarding the Grand Prix Festival have indicated the event will remain in September, with a possible second event to coincide with the race.

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Snyder will step down as coordinator
Snyder will step down as coordinator

DUNDEE--Project Coordinator for Our Town RoCKS Lauren Snyder announced she will be stepping down from her position in February 2015. She announced her decision to the Dundee village board during their regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 13. Snyder said she made the decision because she was unable to continue to meet the full-time demands of the job and wanted to spend more time with her family. "For several months, I have felt that I needed more time with my family and that the OTR project really needed full-time attention which I was not able to do," Snyder said. "There are so many activities that the area residents want to accomplish, I truly feel the project deserves and needs a full-time coordinator."

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Early lake effect storm affects travel
Early lake effect storm affects travel

FINGER LAKES--The National Weather Service described the lake effect winter storm that hit the region Monday night, Nov. 17 as "near blizzard conditions" in parts of the state. The first major storm of the season brought between two and three feet of snow to some parts of western and northern New York. Even though Yates County only saw a trace of snow Monday night, the storm has forced a more than 100 mile stretch of the Thruway to close in both directions as of Tuesday morning, Nov. 18, between exit 46 (Rochester) and exit 61 (Ripley).

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Butchers are busy following deer opening
Butchers are busy following deer opening

TRI-COUNTY AREA--With opening day of deer season this past Saturday, Nov. 15, many hunters who were successful in their ventures are left with the task of butchering their take. While many hunters attend to the task at home, several area butchers offer deer processing to hunters during the season. "On opening day we got 52 [deer]," said Glen Sensenig of Log City Meats in Dundee. "Throughout the season we do just about 450 deer total. That's counting bow and rifle." Sensenig said the amount of meat one can get from a deer usually depends on where the shot is placed, adding he can turn the meat into a variety of products for customers.

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Veterans share their tax comments
Veterans share their tax comments

DUNDEE--More than 40 people attended a public hearing held by the Dundee school board to discuss the proposed veterans tax exemption in the district. Many of those in attendance were veterans, and while a majority of those in the room supported the exemption, others also spoke against the proposition. School business official Melissa Lawson said if the exemption were approved by the board, it would result in an increase of approximately 12 to 14 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for those who do not receive the exemption.

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Track repaving will start next year
Track repaving will start next year

WATKINS GLEN--For the first time since 1998, Watkins Glen International (WGI) racetrack will undergo a repaving project in 2015. WGI President Michael Printup announced Wednesday, Nov. 5 the track repaving project will begin in the summer of 2015, starting with "The Boot" in July, with the rest of the track being completed following the NASCAR race in August. As a result of the repave, the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix will take place July 24 through 26, 2015.

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Penn Yan will perform 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Penn Yan will perform 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club will be performing "Arsenic and Old Lace" this weekend, running from Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 16. The show times are at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows, along with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday afternoon. All shows will take place at the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium. "Arsenic and Old Lace" is a play by Joseph Kesserling that premiered in 1941. It is a dark comedy set in Brooklyn. The play was later adapted into a film in 1944, directed by Frank Capra.

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Employee dies in farm accident
Employee dies in farm accident

TORREY--A 31-year-old man died after being involved in a farming accident Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1466 Quenan Road in the town of Torrey. The victim was identified as Marco Antonio Ortiz Perez, an undocumented worker from Guatemala. The Yates County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene at 6:32 p.m. Sunday evening to what they describe as "an apparent farm accident" in their incident report. The report says Perez appeared to have entered a feed silo while it was in operation and was caught in the unloading mechanism. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said they received a call from dairy farm owner Guy Christensen regarding a farm employee they discovered in the silo.

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Building a boat, community-style
Building a boat, community-style

KEUKA PARK--A boat whose style hearkens back to the time of the Vikings, more than 1,000 years ago, is finding new life on Keuka Lake. Through a community craftsmanship program offered in the spring of 2014, Keuka College students and local residents had a hand in bringing the boat to life by working together to build the vessel using design methods dating back more than a millenium. The 22-foot-long vessel is now on display in Lightner Gallery in Lightner Library at Keuka College sporting a royal blue hull, with white and wood interiors.

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Barnes, Vickio get the votes
Barnes, Vickio get the votes

SCHUYLER COUNTY--District Six Legislator Phil Barnes has retained his position in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election. According to the unofficial election results (absentee ballots remain) posted by the Schuyler County Board of Elections, Barnes received 44.5 percent of the vote (313 votes). He beat out challengers Angeline Franzese's 29 percent (204 votes), with write-in candidates receiving 26.5 percent (186 votes), many of which went to Sylvia Fox. Also contested at the county level was the treasurer race, which was won by Harriett Vickio with 61 percent of the votes (3,288 votes) compared to Margaret Starbuck's 39 percent (2,081 votes).

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Dundee plans March vote on field house
Dundee plans March vote on field house

DUNDEE--Residents in the Dundee Central School District will be able to vote on whether or not to construct a new field house on the district's campus. The Dundee school board acted Thursday, Nov. 6 to set a public vote for March 3, 2015, which allows voters to decide the fate of the approximately 2,016 square foot field house project. The vote will take place from noon to 8 p.m. and will be held in the district's public meeting room. The proposition on the ballot would amend a project approved by district voters March 31, 2009, to include the field house, which if approved, will be located at the pre-kindergarten-12 grade athletic field. The total project cost "is not to exceed $300,000," according to the resolution passed by the board.

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Schuyler Legislature adopts 2015 budget
Schuyler Legislature adopts 2015 budget

MONTOUR FALLS--The Schuyler County Legislature approved their 2015 budget Monday, Nov. 10 at the Schuyler County Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. The final adopted budget contained a tax levy increase of 0.87 percent, with a tax rate decrease of 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Prior to adoption, the legislature held a public hearing where more than 30 people attended to hear a presentation by County Administrator Tim O'Hearn. O'Hearn said the budget remains within the tax cap, which would have allowed for a maximum tax levy increase of 2.32 percent. He said this will result in residents receiving rebate checks under the state's tax freeze program, which should result in a rebate of just more than $15.

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Propositions pass with mixed reactions
Propositions pass with mixed reactions

NEW YORK--In the aftermath of the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election, three New York State propositions on the ballot were approved by voters. These propositions included placing the task of redrawing district lines into the hands of a new commission, allowing the distribution of legislative bills electronically and spending $2 billion to technologically upgrade schools across the state. However, when it comes to the redrawing of district lines, not all are happy the motion went through. The first proposition has made it so a new 10-member committee will take over the role of redrawing district lines. The process that occurs every 10 years was formerly handled by the state legislature, with the proposition supposedly intending to make the system favor incumbents less.

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Police arrest 25 at Crestwood location
Police arrest 25 at Crestwood location

SCHUYLER COUNTY--In the past week, 25 people have been arrested while blockading the Crestwood compressor station along Route 14 in Schuyler County. Following protests at the site Friday, Oct. 24, continued efforts to block traffic from entering or exiting the site resulted in 10 arrests Wednesday, Oct. 29 and an additional 15 arrests Monday, Nov. 3. The Oct. 24 protest coincided with the date the Federal Energy regulatory Commission (FERC) said construction could begin on the methane portion of Crestwood's gas storage project at the site along Seneca Lake.

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Area ceremonies will honor veterans
Area ceremonies will honor veterans

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Several community ceremonies are being planned for this coming Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11. In Yates County, a ceremony will be held at the Penn Yan Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post located at 200 Elm St. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will have a lunch to follow. Keuka College will also hold their annual ceremony Nov. 11 at 4:15 p.m. in the Norton Chapel. The day after Veterans Day, the students and staff of St. Michael School will hold a 9 a.m. ceremony at the flagpole on the school lawn Wednesday, Nov. 12. In Schuyler County, the annual ceremony on the courthouse lawn will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. The ceremony will feature a keynote speech by Vietnam War veteran Michael Coolican.

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Schuyler Hospital unites with Cayuga Medical
Schuyler Hospital unites with Cayuga Medical

MONTOUR FALLS--Schuyler Hospital and Cayuga Medical Center announced the establishment of the Cayuga Health System Wednesday, Oct. 29 in a dual press conference held in Montour Falls and Ithaca. This regional organization unites the hospitals in a health-care network to better provide local and regional health care services. The idea behind the cooperation is to make sure there is quality care for both communities, while also providing needed services using specialists that were not available before.

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Area teams compete in post season
Area teams compete in post season

OWEGO--The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team took second place in the Section IV Class C championships, while Katherine Meehan won the 100 yard breaststroke competition and Lexi Castellaneta won first in the one meter diving, Wednesday, Nov. 5, to Saturday, Nov. 8. Meehan swam with a time of 1:10.04, beating the second place Lansing swimmer's time of 1:10.48.

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Watkins ties for third, Odessa fifth in swimming championship
Watkins ties for third, Odessa fifth in swimming championship

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team placed third in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships, while Odessa-Montour was fifth, Saturday, Nov. 1. For the Senecas, Lexi Castellaneta claimed first in the one meter diving competition, while Victoria Wixson was first in the 100 yard backstroke (1:03.21) and second in the 200 yard IM (2:22.81). The 200 yard medley relay team (Peighton Cervoni, Katherine Meehan, Wixson, and Emma Allington) placed second (2:01.14). The 200 yard freestyle relay team (Wixson, Meehan, Cervoni, and Allington) was fourth. The 400 yard freestyle relay team (Madeleine Ross, Sarah Gardner, Halle Phillips, and Bridgette Guild) was fifth.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan loses to Batavia 35-12 in semifinal
PHOTO GALLERY: Penn Yan loses to Batavia 35-12 in semifinal

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan varsity football team saw their season come to an end, Saturday, Nov. 1, as they lost to Batavia in the Class B semifinal game. The halftime score was 15-12 and Batavia continued their scoring attack to a final score of 35-12. Penn Yan ends the season with a 6-3 record.

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Hammondsport captures sectional title
Hammondsport captures sectional title

CALEDONIA-The Hammondsport girls varsity volleyball team beat Harley Allendale Columbia, Saturday, Nov. 1 to capture the Class D sectional title. The game scores were: 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18. Lahra Weber had five aces, 18 kills, and two blocks. Tanessa Whitney had four aces and 14 assists. Aly Binnert had 14 assists and 10 kills. Hammondsport will play Batavia-Norte Dame, Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Geneseo. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Whitney and Binnert were each named to the all tournament team. Weber was named MVP and coach Erica Webster was named Class D coach of the year.

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Watkins girls take first at sectionals
Watkins girls take first at sectionals

CHENANGO VALLEY-The Watkins Glen girls and boys cross country teams competed in the Section 4 championships, Thursday, Oct. 30. The girls took the top spot, finishing first in Class C. The top five Watkins runners include: Kai Sutterby took eighth with a 21:18.9. Brooke Shaffer was 10th with 21:25.2. Finishing in 12th was Taylor Kennard with 21:32.5. Cambria Weeden recorded a 13th place finish with 21:38.7 and Julia Reilly was 20th with 22:11.7. The boys finished second in Class C. The top five Watkins runners include: Patrick Hazlitt was third with a time of 17:01.9. Shawn Rutledge finished in seventh with 17:12.1. Jacob Carocci took 15th with 17:49.0. Gabe Planty was 20th with 17:56.1 and Brandon Pike was 28th with a 18:28.7.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Senecas fall in finale
PHOTO GALLERY: Senecas fall in finale

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen varsity football team faced Windsor in their final game of the season, Thursday, Oct. 30. Watkins jumped to an early 30-0 lead, but that was reduced to 30-28 at halftime. The ending score was 55-36, Windsor.

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Hammondsport will play in sectional finals
Hammondsport will play in sectional finals

AVOCA-The Hammondsport varsity volleyball team played in the sectional semifinal game against C.G. Finney, Wednesday, Oct. 29, and won 3-0. This brings their season record to 18-0. The game scores were: 25-21, 25-11 and 25-18. Lahra Weber had 15 aces and eight kills. Tanessa Whitney recorded six aces and nine kills, while Aly Binnert had 12 assists. Hammondsport will now play number three seeded Harley Allendale Columbia in the class D sectional finals, Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Kings eliminate Scots from sectionals 22-12
Kings eliminate Scots from sectionals 22-12

AQUINAS--The Dundee varsity football team lost to the Bishop Kearney Kings 22-12 in class D sectional semi-finals Saturday, Oct. 25. The two high scoring teams were reduced to a defensive struggle, as both defenses were able to create turnovers throughout the game. Both teams had a regular season record of 6-1. The Scots received the opening kickoff on their 36-yard line. After utilizing the rushing game, senior running back Dakota Hanes scored on a 19-yard touchdown rush. After a failed two-point conversion, the Scots led 6-0. Kearney started their first offensive drive from their own 13-yard line. Using a balanced mix of passing and running, Kearney drove to midfield, but after a holding penalty, the Kings punted on fourth and 15.
 The Scots started their second drive from their own 23. After going three and out, the Scots punted the ball back to the Kings.

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Penn Yan advances past Indians with sectional shutout
Penn Yan advances past Indians with sectional shutout

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan varsity football team defeated the Waterloo Indians 24-0 Friday, Oct. 24 at home. The sectional win will advance the Mustangs to the class B semi-finals, making their record 6-2. 
Both defenses dominated in the first half of the game. The Mustangs received a punt inside Waterloo territory, but a fourth-down interception gave Waterloo the ball at the Mustang 40-yard line. 
After gaining only two yards, Waterloo punted to the Mustang nine-yard line. Penn Yan would drive into Waterloo territory but again be forced to punt. The Indians started at their own 20-yard line after a touchback, punting again after picking up only five yards on three downs. 
The Mustangs started their drive on the Waterloo 42-yard line. Jacob Covert reeled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tanner Irwin for the first score of the night to go up 6-0. The play came on third and long near midfield. 


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PHOTO GALLERY: Senecas lose to Lansing
PHOTO GALLERY: Senecas lose to Lansing

LANSING-The Watkins Glen varsity football team lost a close game to Lansing, Friday, Oct. 24. Watkins led at halftime 32-27, but ultimately fell 47-38.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins soccer falls to Lansing
PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins soccer falls to Lansing

LANSING-The Watkins Glen boys varsity soccer team lost their sectional game to Lansing, Friday, Oct. 24. The final score was 3-1. Scoring for the Senecas was Luke Flahive.

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Odessa girls beat Worcester in overtime
Odessa girls beat Worcester in overtime

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls varsity soccer team advanced to the Section IV Class D quarterfinals by beating Worcester, 2-1, Wednesday, Oct. 22. Worcester scored first in the second half, but it was followed by a goal from Callie Stillman for the Indians. At the end of the regular game, the score was tied 1-1. April Dunn scored with an assist from Stillman to take the lead and win in overtime. Odessa was seeded sixth, while Worcester was 11th. The Indians play next Saturday, Oct. 25, in the quarterfinals.

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Penn Yan boys fall to Byron
Penn Yan boys fall to Byron

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity soccer team lost its Sectional match against Byron-Bergen/Elba, Wednesday, Oct. 22. The final score was 2-1. Penn Yan, at number eight, was seeded just above Byron-Bergen, who entered Sectionals as the ninth seed in Class B.

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Dundee dominates at home 52-14
Dundee dominates at home 52-14

DUNDEE--The Dundee varsity football team won their final regular season game against the Marcus Whitman Wildcats 52-14, Saturday, Oct. 18. Dundee takes a 6-1 record into sectionals. Dundee's first score came when Whitman snapped the ball over their punters head, which was recovered by the Scots in the endzone to take a 6-0 lead. After forcing Whitman to punt, the Scots scored again on a short rush by Brennan Krall, which was set up by a long run from quarterback Justin Neu. After failing to convert the two-point conversion, the score was 12-0 Dundee in the first. The Dundee defense held Whitman to another punt on their next offensive drive. Running back Christopher Cramer added more points on the first play of the second quarter to put the score at 20-0 Dundee.

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Penn Yan moves to 5-2
Penn Yan moves to 5-2

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan Mustangs improved their season to 5-2 with a win over Wayne, Friday, Oct. 17. The final score was 39-14, Penn Yan. Tanner Irwin had 66 yards rushing including four touchdowns and 119 yards passing with another touchdown. Jacob Covert recorded 68 yards receiving and had a touchdown. Austin Fingar helped the ground game with 107 yards rushing, nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Tyler Bray had nine tackles and a sack. Brandon Merkley contributed five tackles and a sack, while Jacob Moore added 16 tackles.

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Watkins wins homecoming 34-6
Watkins wins homecoming 34-6

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen varsity football team won their homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 11 with a score of 34-6 over Candor. The Senecas advance their record to 4-1 with the win. 
The Senecas received the opening kickoff, but punted after a quick three and out. Candor's offense also struggled to get moving their first drive, punting back to the Senecas. Keith Rekczis scored the first touchdown of the game on a six-yard rush. After a failed two-point conversion, the Senecas went up 6-0.

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Dundee dominates South Seneca 46-6
Dundee dominates South Seneca 46-6

SOUTH SENECA--The Dundee varsity football team defeated the South Seneca Falcons 46-6 in an away game Saturday, Oct. 11. The Scots are 5-1 going into their final game of the regular season. The Scots kicked off to start the game, holding the Falcons to a three and out. Senior running back Brennan Krall scored the first points for Dundee on their first offensive drive. The extra point was good to put the score at 7-0. Freshman defensive lineman Jovhannie Andrades blocked South Seneca's next punt, which was recovered by Dakota Hanes and taken to the nine-yard line. Dundee was unable to score, turning the ball over on fourth and goal at the 13-yard line.

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Mustangs win fourth straight contest
Mustangs win fourth straight contest

NEWARK--The Penn Yan varsity football team defeated the Newark Reds 19-6 in an away game Friday, Oct. 10. The Mustangs record goes to 4-2 on the season. The Reds had the first offensive possession of the game, but turned the ball over on downs, giving the Mustangs the ball on their 24-yard line. The Mustangs were forced to punt as well on their opening drive. The first quarter ended without either team scoring. The first score of the game came late in the second quarter from senior running back Casey Marsh to take a 7-0 lead into the half. The score came on a one-yard rush.

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