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Closing the mine: the news stunned the community
Closing the mine: the news stunned the community

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HIMROD--The Morton Salt Seneca Lake Mine's fate had been sealed without much warning on that day in May of 1976, when Morton's executives arrived to deliver the news that the mine was to be shut down immediately. This news stunned not only the immediate community of Himrod, but the entire county as well. A skeleton crew of office personnel, mine workers, and equipment operators was put into place to accomplish the work that was necessary to close the mine.

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Influenza spreads in the county
Influenza spreads in the county

Schuyler County--Flu season has arrived in Schuyler County with over 20 confirmed cases reported so far. People with the flu will often experience a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Typically, the flu does not cause stomach problems like nausea or vomiting. Influenza can be dangerous for anyone but is most dangerous for children, pregnant women, the elderly, and community members with weakened immune systems.

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Penn Yan school looks at 2-3 percent increase
Penn Yan school looks at 2-3 percent increase

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Central School District school board met Feb. 15 to review data to guide school decision making for 2017-2018. Budget projection updates for support services and information about student performance were presented. Howard Dennis, superintendent of schools and Cathy Milliman, assistant superintendent for business, presented data that projected an overall 2 to 3 percent budget increase for 2017-2018. The current tentative tax cap is 2.34 percent.

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Advocacy joins a wine promotion event
Advocacy joins a wine promotion event

BURDETT--More than a dozen Finger Lakes wineries and vineyard owners hosted a tasting at the new Forge Cellars production facility and tasting room on Matthews Road in Burdett, Friday afternoon in honor of National Drink Wine Day. They'd actually jumped the gun a little on National Drink Wine Day which is declared to be celebrated Feb. 18, the following day, but then, they were there to affirm their belief in being proactive. The declared purpose was to focus attention on the still unresolved issue of whether New York state will endorse the proposed expansion of Crestwood's storage facilities for liquid petroleum gas (LPG) near the Seneca Lake shore.

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Dundee plans bridge, water main work
Dundee plans bridge, water main work

DUNDEE--The bridge over Big Stream at the corner of 14A and Saunders Street in Dundee will be replaced. Work will begin in early April and is scheduled to end in October or November. A temporary bridge will be built near the old one to keep the road open while work is completed. Truck traffic will be detoured down Chambers Street off 14A and down Franklin Street into the village.

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Penn Yan will hire behavioral specialist
Penn Yan will hire behavioral specialist

PENN YAN--A plan to hire a behavioral specialist was approved by the Penn Yan Central School District Board of Education at its meeting Wednesday, Feb. 15. Increasing behavior problems at the school prompted the move. Greg Baker, assistant superintendent for instruction and staff development at Penn Yan schools, presented data that showed on average, about 10 percent of the student body has behavioral and discipline problems that interrupt the learning of all the students.

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Classes encourage healthy living
Classes encourage healthy living

SCHUYLER COUNTY--It's more important than money, because it makes every other good thing possible. Yet we rarely give health a thought until it's endangered by bad luck, unfortunate genetics or destructive habits. Some of these can be significantly helped and the Schuyler County Public Health Department stands ready to assist in myriad ways. One of these is the potential to empower individuals through evidence-based preventive programs, classes and workshops open to the community. It's not intended to be a secret, but it can often be difficult to get the information about classes to those who most need it. Health care providers may be too busy to mention it, public places have little room for posters, people may not be connecting to the news sources offering essential information.

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Report: Where you live affects your health
Report: Where you live affects your health

FINGER LAKES --Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency has released their 2017 report documenting health conditions and statistics for nine counties in the region. Founded in 1974, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency is located in Rochester and serves the nine-county Finger Lakes region. Information gathered for the report comes from a number of sources. The agency uses state health information and the census, student weight reporting, education and labor department numbers, Medicare and Medicaid data, state vital statistics and a number of other public and proprietary data sources.

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Voters reject revised Dundee capital plan
Voters reject revised Dundee capital plan

DUNDEE--Dundee residents rejected a proposed $15.9 million capital project on Feb. 8 for renovations and upgrades to the Dundee school building and bus garage. The vote was 242 "No" to 149 "Yes." Dundee Central School Superintendent Kelly Houck said she was surprised by the vote, stating she had been hopeful it would pass. In November 2016, a capital project of $29.5 million was rejected by voters. Houck stated, "It's a democratic process. The voters have spoken."

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Commission approves wine facility
Commission approves wine facility

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Planning Commission held its monthly meeting Feb. 9 and approved, with two conditions, plans to build a wine production facility at the Schuyler County Business Park. Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) was previously awarded $250K from the Regional Economic Development Council for the "ultra premium wine production, warehousing, and distribution facility" that will be created by Fagan Engineers Land Surveyors.

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Students, advisors want change
Students, advisors want change

DUNDEE--The Dundee school board met Feb. 9 for a special forum on student fundraising for trips, events, and activities. Students, teachers, and advisors gathered to describe their experiences with a system many called "outdated." Currently, all students are assigned one teacher who serves as the advisor to their class from seventh grade through 12th grade. The job of the advisor is to track all the accumulated volunteer fundraising "points" for each student in the group during the six-year period.

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Winemaker tells some vineyard secrets
Winemaker tells some vineyard secrets

WATKINS GLEN--A friendly, expectant crowd greeted winemaker Chris Stamp, president of Lakewood Vineyards, when he stepped to the podium at the Motor Racing Research Library in Watkins Glen. Invited to speak at the noontime "Books Sandwiched In" program Feb. 8, sponsored by the Friends of the Watkins Glen Library, his program promised "Everything you always wanted to know about winemaking... Almost."

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Himrod salt mine: short-lived, some lingering questions
Himrod salt mine: short-lived, some lingering questions

HIMROD--They loom against the skyline standing guard over what looks like vast empty fields now, but once they served a very important purpose. Once engineering feats of wonder, now they are the decaying remains of what was a very lucrative mine. Enough time has now passed that the younger generations who live or visit in this area often ask, "What are those two towers in Himrod?"

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Watkins outlines new capital project
Watkins outlines new capital project

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen Central School district residents will vote on a proposed $12.64 million capital project on March 28. The district says the project will have no increased tax impact. If the project is approved, the district expects 80.9 percent of the cost to be paid for by state aid with an additional $1.4 million coming from the capital reserve fund. The remainder of new debt will coincide with the payoff of a previous $36 million project resulting in no tax increase related to the proposed project.

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New telephone prefix changes dialing
New telephone prefix changes dialing

PENN YAN--A new telephone prefix will change the way people make telephone calls within the 315 area code starting Saturday, Feb. 11. The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) announced that beginning Feb. 11, residential, business and wireless consumers within the existing 315 area code in central New York will have to dial 10 digits when making a telephone call. The additional dialing is required as a result of the introduction of the new 680 area code which will take effect in March.

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Middle school association taps Phillips
Middle school association taps Phillips

INTERLAKEN--The New York State Middle School Association announced Feb. 3 that Thomas Phillips will become their executive director after he leaves his current position. Phillips is presently serving as superintendent of the Watkins Glen Central School District, a post he has held for the past 11 years. Phillips will be retiring as superintendent in the fall.

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Get ready for a weekend of wrestling
Get ready for a weekend of wrestling

WATKINS GLEN--Area wrestlers have been preparing all winter for the road to postseason success as the tournaments and competition get tougher. This year, the Watkins Glen Field House will host the Division II Section IV Wrestling Championships, Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11. This tournament has traditionally been held at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton in years past. The wrestling championships at this level serve as the state qualifier for wrestlers to compete in Albany, Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Chamber of Commerce presents awards
Chamber of Commerce presents awards

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Chamber of Commerce held the annual awards dinner at the Top of the Lake restaurant in Penn Yan, Saturday, Feb. 4. Three awards were presented during the event. The Emily Seager Memorial Pride Award went to the Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources Group and was accepted by Pam Worth, Corrine Stork and Katie Peterson. The awards were presented by Kathy Waye and Michael Linehan. The Robert Maxwell Memorial Director of the Year Award went to Derek Stork and in his absence, Steve Stork accepted the honor. Finally, Bob Curbeau won the Norman Snow Memorial Spirit Award.

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SPORTS
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/22/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/22/17

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 Feb. 22 newspapers.

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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.

Odessa-Montour girls basketball 2-17-17
Watkins / Odessa swim prelims 2-15-17
Dundee boys basketball 2-15-17
Penn Yan boys basketball 2-14-17

Section IV wrestling championships 2017
Dundee girls basketball 2-10-17
Penn Yan girls basketball 2-10-17

Dundee girls basketball 2/4/17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/15/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/15/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/8/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/8/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/1/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2/1/17

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/25/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1/25/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Jan. 25 newspapers.

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

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Jan. 18 newspapers.

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

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team placed third in their own O-M Duals, Saturday, Jan. 7. Of the six schools that competed, Odessa was 3-2. The Indians beat Thomas A. Edison, 57-24; Whitney Point, 46-36; and Groton, 48-36. Odessa lost to Dryden, 42-38, and Tioga, 43-39. Andrew Hartford (120), Jeremiah Lynch (160), Cameron Pickering (170), Alex Repass (220), and Dylan Houseknecht (285) were all named 'Most Outstanding Wrestler' in their weight classes. The Odessa-Montour varsity wrestling team defeated Watkins Glen, 33-27, to claim the Schuyler County belt Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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SPORTS RECAP: Holiday contests from area schools
SPORTS RECAP: Holiday contests from area schools

BATH--The Penn Yan girls varsity basketball team lost to Bath-Haverling in the championship round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, Wednesday, Dec. 28. The final score was 47-36. The Lady Mustangs beat Owego Free Academy, 60-54, in the first round of the tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 27.

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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
Feb. 24 ... @ Sectionals, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Feb. 22 ... Sectionals, 7 p.m.

Bowling
March 3 ... @ States, TBA.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys Basketball
Feb. 24 ... Sectionals, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Feb. 22 ... @ Sectionals, 7 p.m.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Girls Basketball
Feb. 24 ... Sectionals, 7 p.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:

Girls Basketball
Feb. 24 ... Sectionals, 7 p.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
Feb. 22 ... @ Sectionals, 7 p.m.

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Dundee defeats Bradford
Dundee defeats Bradford

BRADFORD--The Dundee boys varsity basketball team defeated Bradford 46-39, Friday, Dec. 16. Wylie Hall recorded 18 points for the Scots. Bobby Strait had 13. Dundee's record moves to 4-2 on the season.

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Indians basketball falls, 59-43
Indians basketball falls, 59-43

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team lost to Tioga, Friday, Dec. 16. The final score was 59-43. Curtis Harris led with 24 points. Zach Elliott earned nine, while Nick Sgrecci had five. Brandon Ray scored three and Noah Austin earned two. With the loss, the Indians' record is 2-3.

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Penn Yan loses to Newark
Penn Yan loses to Newark

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team lost to Newark, 58-34, Friday, Dec. 16. Cade Curbeau and Dylan Stape each had eight points. With the loss, the Mustangs record is 3-3.

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Watkins tops Whitney Point
Watkins tops Whitney Point

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen varsity wrestling team beat Whitney Point, Wednesday, Dec. 14. In a meet dominated by forfeits, the final score was 42-41, Watkins. The Senecas only win that was not by forfeit was by Jake Johnson at 132 pounds. He won with a pin.

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