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First school vaccinations held at Odessa
First school vaccinations held at Odessa

ODESSA--In a test case to see how vaccination clinics would perform at schools, 80 percent of Odessa-Montour Central School District employees got their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in the school gymnasium Wednesday, Jan. 13. District Superintendent Chris Wood discussed the clinic with the board of education during their monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 14, and said things went smoothly.

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COVID-19 challenges school budget
COVID-19 challenges school budget

DUNDEE--Dundee Central School District Superintendent Kelly Houck said during the Thursday, Jan. 14 board of education meeting the district is coordinating with the Yates County Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the coming weeks. While unable to say at the time of the meeting exactly when those clinics would take place or how registration will work, Houck said information will come out once it is made available.

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Seneca cable project earns award
Seneca cable project earns award

SENECA LAKE--It's not often you think of underwater projects when you hear the words "electric transmission line replacement." However, that's exactly what the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG) Seneca Lake Submarine Cable Replacement Project entailed--replacing four aging underwater cables in the waters of Seneca Lake. This unique project, which was completed in 2020, required comprehensive engineering and planning in partnership with many firms, including engineering contractor CHA Consulting. The engineering firm was recently recognized with an engineering award by The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York for the project.

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Area state legislators: Start high school sports
Area state legislators: Start high school sports

FINGER LAKES--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week to give the go-ahead to high school sports seasons.
In a joint statement, O'Mara, Friend, and Palmesano said, "Governor Cuomo focused his State of the State message this week on the need for reopening our local economies and to start getting the lives of New Yorkers as back to normal as possible now.

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Public health answers vaccine questions
Public health answers vaccine questions

YATES COUNTY--As vaccination efforts continue to increase across the region and state, Yates County Public Health has provided the following vaccination frequently asked questions.

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Schuyler holds law enforcement meeting
Schuyler holds law enforcement meeting

SCHUYLER COUNTY--As part of the police reform passed by the state in the wake of multiple killings of unarmed civilians nationwide by law enforcement, the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department held a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12. During the meeting, in which Sheriff Bill Yessman discussed possible issues and reforms, the county law enforcement official said racial profiling does not occur in his department.

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Penn Yan building will get $3M in funds
Penn Yan building will get $3M in funds

PENN YAN--The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) and REI REI LLC, whose principals are Cindy and Vincent Rosato, announced the closing of $1.5 million in construction and permanent financing to rehabilitate Liberty Street Lofts into an eight-unit property with ground floor commercial space in the village of Penn Yan last week.

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Watkins Glen will again seek proposals for waterfront area
Watkins Glen will again seek proposals for waterfront area

WATKINS GLEN--After receiving no official interest during a previous Request For Proposals for the land where the previous wastewater treatment plant is located, the Watkins Glen village board voted to send out a new RFP during the Tuesday, Jan. 5 meeting. Mayor Luke Leszyk said the new RFP will be more generalized to allow developers more room to imagine how they could use the land.

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Vaccination list expands, but supply is low
Vaccination list expands, but supply is low

FINGER LAKES--Yates County Director of Public Health Deborah Minor informed the Yates County Legislature Monday, Jan. 11 of the current county COVID-19 status along with the news of two additional deaths over the weekend. Minor, who said both deaths were associated with long term health care facilities, also asked for patience from the public as it relates to vaccine distribution.

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Gov. Cuomo delivers State of the State annual address
Gov. Cuomo delivers State of the State annual address

NEW YORK STATE--Despite saying New York state is suffering during the Monday, Jan. 11 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about the priorities for the new year he says will help the economy and residents of New York. With a budgetary shortfall on pace to be in the billions, and COVID-19 still impacting all aspects of business and the government, Cuomo again asked for additional federal government aid.

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New year brings new sick leave regulations
New year brings new sick leave regulations

NEW YORK--Residents of the Finger Lakes, along with the rest of New York, are now able to use what Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office is calling the strongest paid sick leave regulations in the country. Passed last year as part of the governor's budget and going into effect beginning Jan. 1, leave can be used to care for a sick family member or to address safety needs for victims of domestic violence amongst other protections.

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NY provides updates on vaccination efforts
NY provides updates on vaccination efforts

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the latest prioritization for New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning Jan. 4, eligibility is being expanded to include all outpatient/ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers who provide direct in-person patient care, as well as all public health care workers who provide direct in-person care, including those who conduct COVID-19 tests and handle lab specimens. Beginning this week, eligibility will also be expanded to include home care workers, hospice workers, and nursing home and other congregate setting workers who have yet to receive a vaccine through the federal nursing home vaccination program.

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Dundee, Penn Yan schools move remote
Dundee, Penn Yan schools move remote

YATES COUNTY--As counties across the state continue to deal with increases in COVID-19 cases, Dundee Central School announced Wednesday, Dec. 30, they utilized full remote instruction beginning Monday, Jan. 4. Penn Yan followed suit Tuesday, Jan. 5, transitioning to "distance learning 2.0." At this time, both schools plan their return date for in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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Schuyler will hire deputy county administrator
Schuyler will hire deputy county administrator

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County Legislature voted 6-2 Monday, Dec. 28 to create the position of a full-time deputy county administrator and to form a search committee to evaluate potential applicants. Originally the resolution for the creation of the position listed the salary between $70,000-$75,000 but was changed to list the salary as being commensurate with the experience of whoever is hired for the position.

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Legislature hears about testing, vaccine
Legislature hears about testing, vaccine

YATES COUNTY--It was reported to the Yates County Legislature Tuesday, Dec. 29 the Finger Lakes region of New York has been leading the state, behind only Mohawk Valley, in positivity rates for COVID. Yates County Health Director Deborah Minor also informed the legislature that while testing has been continuing to expand recently, as the vaccine dose supply increases locally, the health department will further shift their focus to the vaccine.

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Wage board delays farm overtime decision
Wage board delays farm overtime decision

NEW YORK STATE--After two short virtual zoom meetings last week, the New York State Department of Labor's Farm Wage Board decided Thursday, Dec. 31 to delay any recommendations for lowering the farm labor overtime threshold until November 2021 at the earliest. Discussion of the law by the three board panel included the possibility of reducing the 60-hour threshold to 40 for overtime, but in the end, it was tabled by the board in a move that was supported by board member and New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher.

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Winery light display set to stay
Winery light display set to stay

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The grounds of Castel Grisch Winery no longer contain just vines, they now include thousands of lights creating hundreds of figures that include lions, panda bears, reindeer, Venus flytraps, dinosaurs and more. Unveiled in December, Castel Grisch owner Daniel Lai said instead of being a seasonal event, the light show will now be a year-round fixture at the winery.

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Virus vaccine begins regional distribution
Virus vaccine begins regional distribution

FINGER LAKES--As the limited distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has already begun in Yates and Schuyler Counties, local health officials say it will be months before the vaccine is available for the general public. The vaccine will first be distributed based upon tiers of vulnerability created by the Centers for Disease Control with input from the state department of health.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-20-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-20-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Jan. 20 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-23-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-23-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan and Dundee. These results appeared in the Dec. 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-16-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-16-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Dec. 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-25-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-25-20

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-18-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-18-20

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-11-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-11-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Nov. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-4-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-4-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Nov. 4 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-28-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-28-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 28 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-21-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-21-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 21 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-14-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-14-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-7-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-7-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Oct. 7 newspapers.

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Football, volleyball, competitive cheer (fall) seasons moved to March 1, 2021
Football, volleyball, competitive cheer (fall) seasons moved to March 1, 2021

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced today that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March 1, 2021 to address membership concerns associated with high-risk fall sports. The decision was rendered by the elected NYSPHSAA officers late this afternoon. Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on September 21, 2020 as previously announced.

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NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date &  Cancel Fall Championships
NYSPHSAA To Delay Fall Sports Start Date & Cancel Fall Championships

LATHAM-The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force when they convened as a working group for the third time this morning.

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NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee
NYSPHSAA Selects COVID-19 Task Force Committee

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has selected members to serve on a COVID-19 Task Force to examine potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year.

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Athletic association announces winter cancellation
Athletic association announces winter cancellation

LATHAM-The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the cancellation of the remaining winter state championship events. The impacted championship events include the boys and girls basketball regionals and state championships, as well as the ice hockey and bowling championships.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-11-20

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-4-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the March 4 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-26-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-26-20

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

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