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Windmill opening celebrates 30 years
Windmill opening celebrates 30 years

PENN YAN--The Windmill Farm and Craft Market will open this Saturday, April 29 and also celebrate their 30th anniversary of retail service in the community. "One of the reasons the Windmill has been successful over 30 years in the area is because of the passion the vendors have for being here. It is very real. We have folks that have been here doing this for years and years, every Saturday from April to December, giving up their weekends and holidays, for years and years. We also have a very loyal base of shoppers who just enjoy coming out to the Windmill," explained General Manager Steve Wilson.

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Watkins Glen school faces $4M lawsuit
Watkins Glen school faces $4M lawsuit

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Central School District and its outgoing superintendent, Thomas J. Phillips, have formally denied allegations by a woman who filed a $4 million federal lawsuit after she was twice arrested and handcuffed on school property for failing to ask Phillips' permission to be there. In their April 10 response to the civil rights claim by Kristina Hansen, Phillips and the school district countered that she showed "a definitive desire to precipitate her arrest."

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Quarterly prices up, with fewer homes sold
Quarterly prices up, with fewer homes sold

YATES COUNTY--For the first three months of 2017, the median price for homes sold in Yates County is up 50.3 percent over last year. The Greater Rochester Association of Realtors reported the median price for a single family home sold in Yates County was $184,000, from January to March of 2017. In 2016 the median price in the first quarter was $122,400, equalling a 50.3 percent increase.

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Village tax levy is up 2.62 percent
Village tax levy is up 2.62 percent

PENN YAN--The budget numbers for 2017-2018 were finalized at the Penn Yan village meeting Tuesday, April 18. Village treasurer Gary Meeks presented data showing the final tax levy for the village will represent a 2.62 percent increase over last year rather than the initially projected level of 6.08 percent, a level Meeks called "a heavy burden." The new numbers place the village budget at $2,888,047 and $97,000 under the New York state tax cap.

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Kelahan will lead school district
Kelahan will lead school district

WATKINS GLEN--Gregory Kelahan has been named the school administrator to replace Tom Phillips as superintendent for the Watkins Glen Central School District. Kelahan is currently the superintendent of the Oriskany Central School District in Oneida County and has held that position since since January, 2010. The Oriskany Central School District, which includes portions of Whitestown, Floyd and Marcy, has an enrollment of approximately 610 students and has 120 instructional and non-school related staff members.

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Celebrate Service, Celebrate Yates embraces Linehan's legacy
Celebrate Service, Celebrate Yates embraces Linehan's legacy

YATES COUNTY-A beautiful day welcomed college students and community members for a day of service around Yates County, Sunday, April 23. The event is a collaboration between Keuka College and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce to help support non-profit agencies in the community. This year's event was dedicated to Mike Linehan, former president and CEO of the chamber, who passed away earlier this year.

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Milo enacts subdivision law changes
Milo enacts subdivision law changes

MILO--The town board of Milo held two public hearings Monday, April 17 regarding subdivisions and solar and wind energy tax exemptions. After hearing no public comments on the subdivision proposal, the board approved the new "Subdivision of Land" law for the town. The new guidelines include general requirements about development and also very specific stipulations about cluster development, lot consolidation, lot line adjustment and subdivision.

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Outstanding fire department service
Outstanding fire department service

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen Fire Department held their annual banquet to recognize members for exceptional service, Saturday, April 22. Training, response and special awards were presented. Joe Matwiejow was honored for 60 years of service by 50 year Tyrone veteran Ron Tormey during the evening. Matwiejow received plaques from the Watkins Glen Fire Department, Tyrone, Ray Miller (Dundee) and the state for his service.

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Reed meets with business leaders
Reed meets with business leaders

DUNDEE--Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) met with business owners and representatives of the wine, micro-brewing and distillery industries Monday, April 17 at Glenora Wine Cellars. Reed fielded questions from the participants and presented his tax reform plan. Questions centered on immigration reform, health care, trade agreements, and financial support for start-up businesses.

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Dundee taxes going up, water surcharge added
Dundee taxes going up, water surcharge added

DUNDEE--The Dundee Village board approved a $1.27 million budget for 2017-2018 at their board meeting Tuesday, April 11. The village has chosen to go over the tax cap $16,653 which equals a 3 percent increase in the tax levy. The current tax cap is 1.38 percent. The overage amount will be spent as follows: The Youth Program, $3,764, maintenance to the historical society building, $4,000, sidewalk replacement, $8,000 and additional increases of $889.

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How do you steal an excavator?
How do you steal an excavator?

HECTOR--The Schuyler County Sheriff's office is investigating the theft of a 1995 Caterpillar excavator. Officials believe the heavy-equipment machinery was taken from a job site on County Route 1 near Lewis Road in the town of Hector sometime between Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. The excavator is a model 320L and appears to have been loaded onto a lowboy trailer. The county paid $90,000 for the excavator, according to Schuyler County Lt. Craig Gallow.

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Dundee board will get new members
Dundee board will get new members

DUNDEE--The Dundee Central School Board will have at least two new members after the May 16 vote. Two board positions on the seven-person board will be changing. At their meeting Thursday, April 13 the board accepted the resignation of Vice President Kristen Van Valkenburg, effective June 2017. Van Valkenburg's term was to expire in 2019. James Hill's term ends in 2017. He announced at the meeting that he will not be running for re-election.

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Work continues at state park
Work continues at state park

WATKINS GLEN--Work is ahead of schedule in Watkins Glen for the state park upgrade project. Fred Bonn, Finger Lakes State Parks regional director, said Thursday, April 13 he is pleased so far with the park's $6.5 million construction. Bonn said, "Everyone understands the significance to the village, it is a priority project." When complete, the park's new entrance will include a grassy park and room for pedestrians to stroll as they come and go from the trails. Parking is being relocated to across the street from the entrance. Those lots are expected to be ready soon.

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'Take-back' drug day is April 29
'Take-back' drug day is April 29

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Sheriff's Office will once again participate in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the National Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "I ask all Yates County residents to help reduce the availability of prescription (Rx) drugs in our community by safely disposing their unused, unwanted, and expired Rx drugs during this no cost event," said Sheriff Ron Spike.

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Historian will speak about suffrage
Historian will speak about suffrage

MONTOUR FALLS--Did you know the waterfalls in this region contributed to women finally winning the right to vote? How about the influence of the Erie Canal, the anti-slavery movement, the "burned over district" and the "second great awakening?" Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will answer all these questions and more during a presentation entitled "From Seneca Falls in 1848 to 1917: Securing Women's Suffrage in New York State." He will speak at the Schuyler County Historical Society annual dinner meeting Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in the Montour Falls Moose Club. The public is invited to this event that is part of the 100-year celebration of women's suffrage in New York state.

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Yates County honors responders
Yates County honors responders

YATES COUNTY-The Yates County Office of Emergency Management held the annual Emergency Responders Training Banquet, Friday, April 7 at the Benton Fire Department. Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians from county departments were recognized for their service and the thousands of training hours that were completed last year.

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Police chief out, paid through May, 2018
Police chief out, paid through May, 2018

WATKINS GLEN--Former Watkins Police Chief Thomas R. Struble and the village of Watkins Glen have executed an agreement for Struble to leave his position and get paid his $65,000 per year salary through May, 2018. The REVIEW&EXPRESS filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request with the village to obtain the details of the agreement. Struble and the village dated the memorandum Feb. 27, 2017.

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Waneta, Lamoka boaters fear low water
Waneta, Lamoka boaters fear low water

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Ever heard of "little lake level anxiety?" Terry Allison, president of the Lamoka-Waneta Lakes Association, said it is a fear experienced by boaters on small, shallow lakes where water levels can drop so low, boaters fear becoming literally "stuck in the mud." Allison said this year, the fear is especially acute on Lamoka and Waneta, the twin lakes located at the border of Schuyler and Steuben Counties that are connected by a canal.

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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 Photo Galleries
Sports Photo Galleries

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries have been recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Watkins Glen Lacrosse 4-22-17
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 4-22-17
Watkins/Odessa/H'port Track 4-21-17
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 4-19-17
Watkins Glen Lacrosse 4-17-17
Watkins Glen Softball 4-17-17

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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:

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen combined Baseball
April 24 ... Newark Valley (at WG), 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ...Spencer-Van Etten (at O-M), 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 24 ... Newark Valley, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 4:30 p.m.

Lacrosse
April 25 ... Chenango Valley, 5 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Oneonta, 5 p.m.

Track and field
April 25 ... Chenango Valley, 5 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Oneonta, 5 p.m.

Boys golf
April 27 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 3:30 p.m.
April 28 ... Trumansburg, 3:30 p.m.

Girls golf
April 24 ... @ Corning, 4 p.m.
April 26 ... Waverly, 4 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Horseheads, 4 p.m.

Tennis
April 24 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Trumansburg, 4:30 p.m.

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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:

Softball
April 24 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
April 24 ... Newark Valley, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

Girls golf
April 27 ... Corning, 4 p.m.
May 3 ... @ Watkins Glen, 4 p.m.

Boys golf
April 24 ... @ Tioga, 4 p.m.
April 25 ... Thomas A. Edison, 4 p.m.

Track and field
April 25 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 ... Moravia Relays, 10 a.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
April 25 ... @ Livonia, 5 p.m.
April 29 ... @ St. Joseph's, noon.

Girls lacrosse
April 25 ... @ East Rochester, 6 p.m.
April 27 ... Waterloo, 6 p.m.
April 29 ... Aquinas Institute, 10 a.m.

Baseball
April 24 ... @ Newark, 7 p.m.
April 26 ... Mynderse, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Geneva, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 24 ... @ Newark, 7 p.m.
April 26 ... Mynderse, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Geneva, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 25 ... @ Wayne, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Lyons, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
April 24 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Prattsburgh, 4 p.m.
April 28 ... Waterloo, 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:

Baseball
April 25 ... @ Alfred-Almond, 5 p.m.
April 26 ... Whitman, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Addison, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 25 ... @ Alfred-Almond, 5 p.m.
April 26 ... Whitman, 4:30 p.m.
April 28 ... @ Addison, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 24 ... Avoca, 4:30 p.m.
May 2 ... @ Alfred-Almond, 4:30 p.m.

Golf
April 24 ... Jasper-Troupsburg, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 ... Wellsville, 4:30 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
April 24 ... @ Red Jacket, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 ... Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 24 ... Naples, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 ... Bloomfield, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 25 ... Dundee, 4:30 p.m.
May 2 ... @ Bloomfield, 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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PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins secures championship in final minute
PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins secures championship in final minute

DRYDEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team won their third consecutive Section IV Class C championship, Saturday, March 4 at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The top-seeded Watkins Glen girls faced number two ranked Bainbridge-Guilford and won 37-35. Taylor Kelly shot the game winning basket with 17 seconds on the scoreboard.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/1/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3/1/17

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

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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 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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