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Memorial Day tributes honor the fallen
Memorial Day tributes honor the fallen

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Memorial Day is dedicated to honoring the memory of those who died in active military service. People in towns and villages throughout the area will be honoring these heroes with events and tributes during the weekend along with several area parades planned for Monday, May 29.

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Seneca Lake Wine and Food event popular in Watkins
Seneca Lake Wine and Food event popular in Watkins

WATKINS GLEN-The Seneca Lake Wine and Food event was held at Clute Park in Watkins Glen, Saturday, May 20. Local wineries and food vendors were on hand to provide a taste of the Finger Lakes. The tents set up along the lake shore allowed guests to sample the offerings and listen to live music.

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New venue for wine and food event
New venue for wine and food event

PENN YAN-The Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic was held at the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan, Saturday, May 20. The afternoon included wine tastings and culinary offerings, along with music and demonstrations. This was the second year for the event. Chef Tyler LaCroix of Around the Corner Catering shows how to prepare a gluten-free and vegan pasta dish at a demonstration, Saturday.

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School budgets pass with ease
School budgets pass with ease

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Area school districts held their annual voting for budgets and board members, Tuesday, May 16. The budgets passed as presented at Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and Watkins Glen.

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Family business says goodbye to customers
Family business says goodbye to customers

ODESSA--Within a few days, a long-standing Schuyler County family business will close its doors for the last time. Old customers and friends have been coming by to say how much it will be missed. After George and Iona Tanner moved to Odessa in 1956, they began making friends. And their friends soon learned to appreciate how George Tanner combined mechanical creativity with problem-solving.

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Deer harvest shows increase over last year
Deer harvest shows increase over last year

NEW YORK STATE--Hunters in New York State harvested an estimated 213,061 deer during the 2016-17 hunting seasons, an estimated five percent increase over 2015-16 levels, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced.

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State releases draft document for education initiative
State releases draft document for education initiative

ALBANY --The New York State Education Department has released a draft document regarding the program Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This education initiative provides federal funds to improve elementary and secondary education in the nation's schools. ESSA requires states and school districts to take a variety of actions to ensure all children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, disability status, primary language or ZIP code receive the education they need to be prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers and citizenship.

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Crestwood abandons natural gas plan
Crestwood abandons natural gas plan

READING--Crestwood Subsidiary, Arlington Storage Company is abandoning efforts to expand natural gas storage in unlined salt caverns near Seneca Lake. In its bi-weekly environmental compliance report, filed May 10 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Arlington stated it has "discontinued efforts" to complete the project. The report stated, "Despite its best efforts, Arlington has not been successful in securing long-term contractual commitments from customers that would support completion."

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Lions install new Red Jacket playground
Lions install new Red Jacket playground

PENN YAN-Workers at Red Jacket Park Friday, May 12 began the installation of the new playground designed by Parkitects. The $70,000 project drew volunteers over the weekend in celebration of the Lions Club International centennial. Work at Red Jacket Park was mostly completed Saturday, May 13. The "universal design" equipment, shown Monday, May 15, appeals to children of all ages and ability levels including those with special needs.

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Dundee village accepts $1.5 million bid
Dundee village accepts $1.5 million bid

DUNDEE--The Dundee village board accepted the $1,498,250 bid of Fineline Pipeline, Inc. of Livonia, New York for the water main project scheduled to begin this summer in the village. The board reviewed a total of three bids. Fineline underbid the competition by nearly half a million dollars. At the board meeting Tuesday, May 9, Dundee Village Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said Fineline's labor costs were lower on a large number of line items. He said he checked Fineline's work record with other jurisdiction and they received good reviews.

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Wine, food festival set for Saturday
Wine, food festival set for Saturday

WATKINS GLEN--Seneca Lake Wine and Food will celebrate the best the Seneca Lake area has to offer, Saturday, May 20 at Clute Park in Watkins Glen. There will be over 200 wines to choose from, along with food vendors, live music and waterfront views.

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Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic is this Saturday, May 20
Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic is this Saturday, May 20

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Rotary Club and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce will host the 2017 Flights of Fancy: Finger Lakes Wine Classic, Saturday, May 20. The event runs from 2 to 7 p.m at the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan. Twenty invited wineries will pour Finger Lakes wines, pairing tastings with eight food vendors at this second annual event.

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O'Hearn will head shared services panel
O'Hearn will head shared services panel

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Council of Governments will hold public meetings June 21 and July 12 to discuss the new county-wide Shared Services Panel (SSP) initiative. The first public meeting is May 17. This mandated law aims to reduce property taxes by requiring county officials to develop localized plans that find tax savings by coordinating and eliminating duplicative services and enhancing group purchasing power.

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Citizens will monitor lake blue-green algae
Citizens will monitor lake blue-green algae

SENECA LAKE--Undeterred by a recent setback in court, dozens of private citizen volunteers are gearing up to monitor expected outbreaks of toxic blue-green algae in Seneca Lake this summer. Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, are a growing statewide menace that feature cyanobacteria that release potent liver and skin toxins. HABs were reported in 157 waterbodies across the state last year, more than triple the number in 2012, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Yates County Job Fair set for May 17
Yates County Job Fair set for May 17

PENN YAN--If you are seeking employment for a full or part time job, a new county job fair is the place to look. The Yates County Job Fair will take place Wednesday, May 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn under the tent on Keuka Lake. This event provides an opportunity for job seekers to meet employers. The event is free to the public. Over 30 employers from different sectors will be recruiting for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions with over 200 jobs available for hire.

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Television series features Montour Falls scene
Television series features Montour Falls scene

MONTOUR FALLS--He's always liked the view down Main Street in Montour Falls toward Shequaga Falls. But when he saw it on the opening of a Hallmark mystery series on television, James Sgrecci said, "Nah, that can't be it." He saw it again, and thought the same thing. "By the time you think about it, it's already gone. It's only on for about eight seconds." The third time he saw it, he was sure. There was the village hall with its domed cupola, Quinlan's Pharmacy, the white pillared house in front of the falls.

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Shared service panel has state requirement
Shared service panel has state requirement

PENN YAN--The first meeting of the 2017 Yates County Shared Services Panel was held in the village hall Monday, May 8. Robert Lawton, county administrator, convened the meeting and presented an overview of the new state mandate intended to generate property tax savings by facilitating operational collaboration between local governments.

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Superintendent compensation at $165K, plus
Superintendent compensation at $165K, plus

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen school board approved the new incoming superintendent's compensation plan for Greg Kelahan Tuesday, May 2. The annual compensation contract is nine pages in length and includes an annual salary of $165,000, 25 paid days of vacation each year, 14 paid holidays per year, five days of paid leave per year to conduct personal business, 15 paid sick days per year and five days paid per year for bereavement time. He also receives a paid (85 percent paid by the school district) medical insurance plan.

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Sports Photo Galleries
Sports Photo Galleries

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 5-24-17
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 5-23-17
Dundee Track Invite 5-15-17

Penn Yan Softball 5-10-17
Watkins Glen Boys Golf 5-10-17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17

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 May 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17

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 May 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17

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 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17

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 May 3 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/26/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and Dundee. These results appeared in the April 26 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/19/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/19/17

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 April 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/12/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the April 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4/5/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan and Watkins Glen . These results appeared in the April 5 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Lacrosse
May 19 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Track and field
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.
May 31 ... @ State qualifier, 5 p.m.

Boys golf
May 18, 20 ... @ Section Medalist, TBA.

Girls golf
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Tennis
May 11-13 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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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:

Girls golf
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Boys golf
May 24 ... @ IAC Championship, 4 p.m.

Track and field
May 24 ... @ Sectionals, 3 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 23 ... Sectionals, TBA.

Girls lacrosse
May 23 ... Sectionals, 6 p.m.

Track and field
May 26 ... @ Sectionals, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
May 10 ... Newark, 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:

Track and field
May 26 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Golf
May 17 ... @ Arkport, 4:30 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Track and field
May 9 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.
May 26 ... @ Sectionals, 4:30 p.m.

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Watkins wins state championship at buzzer
Watkins wins state championship at buzzer

TROY-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game, Sunday, March 19 at Hudson Valley Community College. The Watkins girls claim the New York state title with a 22-2 season record and a victory over Port Jefferson 65-63, Sunday. Hannah Morse sunk the game winning shot for Watkins Glen as the buzzer ended the game, helping the team capture their first state title in school history. The big story in the game was the 28 point fourth quarter, which allowed the Senecas to overcome the 16 point deficit they faced at the end of the third quarter. The Schuyler County girls trailed every quarter except the fourth.

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Watkins will play for the state title
Watkins will play for the state title

TROY--The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team beat Mekeel Christian Academy 60-49 in the state semifinal Class C bracket Saturday, March 18 at Hudson Valley Community College. The Senecas took an early lead and finished on top, 18-12, at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Watkins lead had narrowed to five points, 29-24. The Senecas' defense kept Mekeel's top shooters under their average point totals in the first half.

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Watkins girls move to semifinals
Watkins girls move to semifinals

DRYDEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team defeated Thousand Islands, Saturday, March 11 to advance to the semifinal game in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament. The Senecas took an early lead, 12-10 at the end of the first quarter before expanding it to 28-19 at halftime. Watkins outscored Thousand Islands by six points in the third and nine in the fourth to secure the victory, 56-32, at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Amanda Pike led with 30 points and five rebounds in the game. Mariah Gonzalez recorded 13 points with seven rebounds and two assists. Taylor Kelly had six points, while Hannah Morse scored five points and added seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/8/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/8/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the March 8 newspapers.

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