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PHOTO GALLERY: Emily Wunder wins Miss Penn Yan crown
PHOTO GALLERY: Emily Wunder wins Miss Penn Yan crown

PENN YAN-The 32nd annual StarShine event was held in Penn Yan, Friday, Dec. 2. Along with the vendors on Main Street, there were activities for children, the arrival of Santa by fire truck and the crowning of Miss Penn Yan. Emily Wunder won the title for 2017 after the 10 contestants spoke to the group of people assembled around the stage area. Hannah Yonts was the first runner-up and Brady Logan was the second runner-up.

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Christmas program will again serve hundreds
Christmas program will again serve hundreds

YATES COUNTY--The annual Yates Christmas Program, formerly Christmas for the Needy, is preparing once again to bring toys, clothes and food to families in need during this holiday season. This year's distribution days will be Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 8. The U.S. Armory, located at 198 Cornwell St. in Penn Yan, will distribute new items by appointment only. Appointment cards with each shopper's date and time have been mailed out. The First Presbyterian Church, located at 211 Main St. in Penn Yan, will distribute gently used donated items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8, with shopping open to anyone starting at noon.

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Watkins village will celebrate Friday
Watkins village will celebrate Friday

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen will hold its annual Village Christmas celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, throughout downtown Watkins Glen. The holiday event has something for everyone from student carolers, a festive parade with the arrival of Santa Claus and fireworks. From 5 to 5:15 p.m., Watkins Glen Elementary students will sing Christmas songs in front of Maguire Chrysler Dodge at 502 N. Franklin St., said Carole Pierce, director of events for Watkins Glen Promotions.

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StarShine starts the holiday season
StarShine starts the holiday season

PENN YAN--The 32nd annual StarShine event will be held this Friday, Dec. 2, in the village. The holiday celebration will take place along Main Street, with roads being closed to traffic from Water to Chapel streets from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. and run until the event ends at 9 p.m. One of the popular features of the event will be the annual Miss Penn Yan competition that begins at 7:30 p.m. This year, there are 10 participants in the program.

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Who will be the 2017 Miss Penn Yan?
Who will be the 2017 Miss Penn Yan?

PENN YAN-The annual crowning of Miss Penn Yan will take place during this year's StarShine event that begins 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the village. Each of the 10 contestants will discuss what they would do if they were in charge of Penn Yan for one day.

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Planning session set for state park project
Planning session set for state park project

WATKINS GLEN--A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1 to begin mapping out construction phases for the project to redevelop the entrance to the Watkins Glen State Park. "We've got our pre-construction meeting with our prime contractor scheduled for the first week of December," said Fred Bonn, Finger Lakes State Parks regional director. "We don't anticipate that that will have any effect on our completion deadline. We're aiming for June of 2018."

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Two charged with illegal deer hunting
Two charged with illegal deer hunting

HECTOR -- Two teenagers have been charged with attempted deer jacking in the town of Hector, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. On Nov. 8, Environmental Conservation Officer Erik Dalecki received a call from a Schuyler County sheriff's deputy regarding a report of an attempted deer jacking at 1 a.m. in the town. While responding to a call of shots fired and spotlighting, Dalecki found a truck matching the description from the complainant, as well as a loaded rifle at the scene, and seized the evidence, the DEC said.

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Professor intrigued by Jemima Wilkinson
Professor intrigued by Jemima Wilkinson

YATES COUNTY--One of the most fascinating--or odd--foremothers of the area has been given new life in a recent book by Professor Paul Moyers, Professor of Early American History & Associate Chair at SUNY Brockport. In "The Public Universal Friend," (Cornell University Press, 2015) he takes a fresh look at Jemima Wilkinson, a self-proclaimed prophet who settled with a band of her followers in the Penn Yan.

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Legislature sets special meeting

PENN YAN - The Yates County Legislature has scheduled a special session for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the legislative chambers at 417 Liberty St. At the meeting, the county lawmakers are to consider appointing a new legislator to fill the vacant District 1 position that was held by Gary Montgomery, who died on Nov. 2. Montgomery had represented the towns of Italy, Middlesex and Jerusalem since Jan. 1, 2014. He resigned from the position in October for health reasons. His term expires at the end of 2017.

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Dundee board rethinks propositions
Dundee board rethinks propositions

DUNDEE--After the overwhelming defeat of a $29.5 million capital project earlier this month, the Dundee school board is considering submitting one revamped proposition and submitting another and having voters weigh in. During the board's Nov. 17 meeting, board President James Koehler said the outcome of the vote gave the board some clear direction, he said. "It gave us a very clear picture of where we're at. We all knew at the time that it was very aggressive," he said of the original three-proposition capital project. "We found out it was too aggressive. We were trying to do the right thing. We're still trying to do the right thing."

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Schuyler official: 'Drugs a huge problem'
Schuyler official: 'Drugs a huge problem'

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Illegal drug use has become a tremendous problem in Schuyler County, and its impact has gotten worse in recent years, according to District Attorney Joseph Fazzary. In 2014, the county had a total of 15 drug-related felony cases, and in 2015, that had grown to a total of 27 drug-related felony cases, he said during a planning retreat on Nov. 14 hosted by the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs. Casey Allen, project coordinator for the coalition, said Fazzary started his talk by saying Schuyler is a safe county because it doesn't have a lot of crime. "However, we do have drug crime," she said, adding that he mentioned all the drugs he's seen in the county.

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Chamber encourages local shopping
Chamber encourages local shopping

WATKINS GLEN--Sunset View Creamery in Odessa said when people shop small, it allows them to hire more employees, primarily high school and college kids during tourism season, helping them prepare for the workforce. Graceful Arts Fiber Studio in Burdett said when people help the small business succeed, more money can be funneled back into the community through charitable donations to the food pantry and food bank. In fact, 48 percent of each purchase at a local, independent business is recirculated locally, according to the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce. More than 40 local businesses are participating in the chamber's Small Business Saturday promotion Nov. 26, said Brittany Gibson, tourism and marketing manager. They had 44 participating businesses last year, she said.

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Many people love a real Christmas tree
Many people love a real Christmas tree

FINGER LAKES--The day after Thanksgiving is Green Friday for Christmas tree farmers. Most local tree-growers open their doors for the start of the season that morning, hoping to welcome the sort of holiday shoppers who want to decorate their home with the sight and scent of a fresh Christmas tree. A lot of unseen work goes into growing Christmas trees. "You can live out amongst the trees if you want--there's always something to do," says Jim O'Brien, proprietor of Buttonwood Tree Farm, Route 14A, Watkins Glen. He bought an established farm five years ago, and has kept up the tradition, planting new trees every year.

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Yates tax rate will decline 2.8 percent
Yates tax rate will decline 2.8 percent

PENN YAN - The $42,022,591 Yates County budget for 2017 was adopted Nov. 15 without any comment from an audience of slightly more than a dozen people and with few adjustments by the county legislature. "The fact that we did not have a single public comment tonight speaks quite loudly to the fact that the public must generally be satisfied with the efforts that we have all put in as a team effort," Chairman Timothy Dennis said. His comment was immediately followed with a unanimous vote in favor of the 2017 spending plan that is $129,078 or .31 percent higher than this year's budget.

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Himrod man dies in auto accident
Himrod man dies in auto accident

GENEVA -- A Yates County man died of his injuries following a one-vehicle crash Nov. 18 on Route 14 in the town of Geneva, the Ontario County Sheriff's Department said. The victim was John R. Stryker, 22, of Himrod, the sheriff's department said. He was later pronounced dead at Geneva General Hospital. Stryker was northbound on Route 14 at about 6:30 a.m. when his vehicle veered off the west side of the road, went down an embankment and hit a cement culvert, the sheriff's department said.

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New casinos will boost Schuyler County revenue
New casinos will boost Schuyler County revenue

WATKINS GLEN -- Some of the good news in next year's Schuyler County budget -- and for years after that -- is gaming revenues anticipated to be received from two new casinos. The county already gets revenue from Seneca Nation casinos in Allegheny, Buffalo and Niagara, said Tim O'Hearn, county administrator. But it is also due to receive revenue from the new casino Tioga Downs in Nichols and del Lago in Tyre, he said. Tioga Downs is expected to reopen this month, and del Lago is to open in February 2017.

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Looking for 800 feet of Keuka shoreline?
Looking for 800 feet of Keuka shoreline?

BARRINGTON--If you've always wanted 800 feet of Keuka Lake shoreline, Sotheby's International Realty may have your dream property. Last week, Sotheby's listed 5.64 acres of the former Viking Motel property at 690 East Lake Road, for sale at $3,300,000. Kenneth R. Christensen, Sr. started the Viking Resort back in 1961. The location offered 52 guest rooms along with rowboat use, nightly bon fires, fishing and docking facilities. Christenson passed away in October, 2014.

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Voters reject Dundee school proposals
Voters reject Dundee school proposals

DUNDEE--Dundee school district voters overwhelmingly rejected three capital project proposals Nov. 10 that represented a $29.5 million capital project.
A total of 624 voters cast ballots, Superintendent Kelly Houck said. She gave the voting breakdown as follows: Proposition 1 - Yes, 164; no, 460. It involved a $28 million project to complete renovations to the district's main building and bus garage. The local share for this project would have been 12.28 percent. Proposition 2 - Yes, 121; no, 496. That involved renovation of the district's current tennis courts into "multi-purpose courts," a $1 million project that was not expected to receive state aid. Proposition 3 - Yes, 163; no, 452. That project was proposed stadium lighting for the track and field at a cost of $550,000. It also was not expected to receive any state aid. However, the district would have received a $250,000 donation for the project from the estate of a former Dundee alum if the proposition had passed. Propositions 2 and 3 were both contingent on the first proposition passing.

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Dundee tops Hammondsport
Dundee tops Hammondsport

DUNDEE-The Dundee boys varsity basketball team beat visiting Hammondsport, 45-35, Thursday, Nov. 30. For the Scots, Bobby Strait scored 10 points. Tyler Brace recorded eight. For the Lakers, Parker Watson had 11 points, while Cody Kolodziejczak added 10 points.

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Mustangs wrestlers lose to Midlakes
Mustangs wrestlers lose to Midlakes

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity wrestling team fell to Midlakes, 46-27, Wednesday, Nov. 30. Damien Snyder (120) pinned Matt Raes in 1:46. Jarred Calice (132) won over Caleb Eldridgeby by decision, 5-0. Nate Elliott (152) beat Jacob Wright in 0:42. Coty Bailey (160) pinned Jade Pressure in 5:50, while Cassie Lafler (106) won by forfeit.

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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
Dec. 2-3 ... @ Waterloo Tournament, TBA.
Dec. 7 ... @ Wellsville, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Dec. 3 ... @ Wayland-Cohocton (scrimmage), 11 a.m.
Dec. 9 ... Hornell, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Nov. 30 ... Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 ... Clyde Savannah, 4 p.m.

Cross country
Oct. 11 ... @ Honeoye, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Nov. 30 ... Midlakes, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 ... @ Avoca, 9 a.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:

Boys Basketball
Dec. 6 ... @ Newark Valley, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 ... Tioga, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Dec. 1 ...@ Horseheads (scrimmage), 6 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Newark Valley, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Dec. 6 ... @ Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... @ Newark Valley, 4 p.m.

Indoor Track
Dec. 3 ... @ Finger Lakes Invite, 2 p.m.
Dec. 10 ... @ Bombers Invitational, 10 a.m.

Boys Swimming
Dec. 3 ... @ Bath, 10 a.m.
Dec. 6 ... @ Waverly, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 3 ... @ Newark Valley Tournament, 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 7 ... Newark Valley, 6 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys Basketball
Nov. 30 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 ... Hammondsport, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Nov. 30 ... @ Harley Allendale Columbia, 5 p.m.
Dec. 7 ... South Seneca, 6 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 7 ... @ South Seneca, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 ... Red Creek, 6:30 p.m.

Boys/girls Bowling
Dec. 1 ... South Seneca (girls only), 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... @ Romulus, 4:15 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
Dec. 1 ... @ Dundee, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 ... Avoca, 7:15 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:

Boys Basketball
Dec. 2 ... Union Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Dec. 1 ... @ Union Springs, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Thomas A. Edison, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming
Dec. 6 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 ... Dryden, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 7 ... @ Moravia, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 9-10 ... @ Arkport Duals, TBA.

Bowling
Nov. 29 ... Marathon, 4 p.m.
Dec. 6 ... Tioga, 4 p.m.

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Odessa wins championship game
Odessa wins championship game

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team defeated Lansing, Saturday, Nov. 26 to win the Tip-Off Tournament they hosted Friday and Saturday. The final score was 57-22. Olivia Grover had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gillian Clark added 14 points. Alexis Saunders contributed nine points and six rebounds. Nakiaha Robinson had six points, while Sage Garrison and Alyssa Crout each had four points.

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SPORTS RECAP: Watkins boys win state Federation meet, Castellaneta 21st
SPORTS RECAP: Watkins boys win state Federation meet, Castellaneta 21st

WAPPINGERS FALLS--The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team claimed first at the New York Federation Cross Country Championship, Saturday, Nov. 19. The Senecas earned 145 points, beating Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake with 154. Warwick Valley was third at 189 points. Individually, Patrick Hazlitt placed 12th (16:33.5). Gabe Planty followed in 38th place (16:59.2), Shawn Rutledge was 44th (17:08.8), while Aaron Planty was 72nd (17:25.4). Sam Hanley took 74th (17:26.8). Jacob Carocci finished 139th (17:59.4) and Sean Holland was 169th (18:11.7).

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Watkins Glen boys win state crown
Watkins Glen boys win state crown

CHENANGO VALLEY-The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team won the New York State Class C championship title, Saturday, Nov. 12, out of 11 teams. Patrick Hazlitt led the Senecas in third place individually (16:00.2). Shawn Rutledge finished sixth (16:31.7), while Gabe Planty was eighth (16:35.7). Samuel Hanley placed 12th (16:41.1). Aaron Planty was 18th (16:45.2). Sean Holland took 33rd (17:15.7) and Jacob Carocci was 40th (17:21.7). For the girls, Kai Sutterby was 28th overall (20:16.0).

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SPORTS RECAP: Watkins boys take sectional title; Castellaneta wins
SPORTS RECAP: Watkins boys take sectional title; Castellaneta wins

CHENANGO VALLEY-The Watkins Glen boys varsity cross country team claimed the Section IV Class C Championship title at Chenango Valley State Park, Thursday, Nov. 3. The Senecas competed against 10 other schools in the class.

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Watkins captures IAC title
Watkins captures IAC title

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen varsity volleyball team won the Interscholastic Athletic Conference (IAC) Large School Championship, Friday, Oct. 28 at the Watkins Glen Field House. The Senecas beat Trumansburg 3-2. Watkins won the first game 25-21, but then lost the next two 23-25 and 24-26. Watkins then rallied for 25-23 and 25-16 wins for the title. For Watkins, Amanda Pike had five aces, four blocks, nine digs and 30 kills. Mariah Gonzalez contributed 23 kills with three aces, two blocks and 27 digs. Hanley Elliott added 18 digs and 50 assists. Megan Hazlitt had 16 digs and six aces.

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Dundee falls short against Perry/Mt. Morris
Dundee falls short against Perry/Mt. Morris

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity football team closed the season with a loss, Saturday, Oct. 29, against Perry/Mt. Morris. The final score was 14-6. The Scots trailed at halftime, but got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on a rushing touchdown by Jared Jayne. The ensuing two-point conversion failed. In the closing minutes of the game, down by eight points, Dundee drove all the way down the field and was in position to score. A Kyle Cratsley pass to Tyler Brace was intercepted in the end zone with 59 seconds left on the clock and sealed the game for Perry. They ran out the clock to end the Connors and Ferris Bowl game. Dundee ends with a 2-7 record, while Perry/Mt. Morris improved to 3-6.

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Hammondsport volleyball tops Belfast
Hammondsport volleyball tops Belfast

PRATTSBURGH-The Lakers' varsity volleyball team beat Belfast-Friendship, 25-8, 25-14, 25-13, in the first round of sectionals, Thursday, Oct. 27. At the service line, Luise Greszkowiak had nine aces and Hannah Walruth added seven aces. Greszkowiak also led at the net with eight kills, while Julia Bennett earned five kills. Hammondsport advances to the quarterfinals, Saturday, Oct. 29.

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Penn Yan ends with a win
Penn Yan ends with a win

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Mustangs ended their season on a winning note by beating Tri-Town (South Seneca/Romulus/Trumansburg), Thursday, Oct. 27. The final score was 40-30, Penn Yan. This was the final game in the Connors and Ferris Bowl Class B bracket. Penn Yan touchdowns were recorded by Dylan Stape (three), Will Rogers, Desmond Battin and Conner Fingar.

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Dundee football wins 20-0
Dundee football wins 20-0

DUNDEE-The Dundee varsity football team defeated York/Pavilion, Saturday, Oct. 22 at Scotsmen Field. The game was the first postseason contest for Dundee in the Connors and Ferris Bowl, and they came away with the victory 20-0. Sam Richards had two touchdowns for the Scots, and quarterback Kyle Cratsley had one. Dundee moves its record to 2-6, York/Pavilion goes to 0-8.

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Senecas win, Castellaneta breaks new record
Senecas win, Castellaneta breaks new record

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity swim team topped Elmira Notre Dame, 100-52, Thursday, Oct. 20. Lexi Castellaneta took first in the one meter diving event, breaking another Section IV record with her score of 310.05. Jillian Cantieni was also first in the 200 yard freestyle (2:14.18). Amanda Wilbur won the 200 yard IM (2:30.87). Allison Gibson finished first in the 50 yard freestyle (27.72). Peighton Cervoni was first in the 100 yard freestyle (59.53). The 200 yard freestyle relay team won first in 1:51.68. The 200 yard medley relay team took first in 2:07.90.

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Mustangs beat Indians in Connors and Ferris Bowl
Mustangs beat Indians in Connors and Ferris Bowl

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan varsity football team added another win to their record Thursday, Oct. 20, with a 38-12 win over the Waterloo Indians in the Connors and Ferris Bowl. The team's record stands at 3-5 this year. On offense, Will Rogers led the team through the air completing eight of 11 pass attempts for 215 yards and four touchdowns. Dylan Stape had two receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns of 44 and 62 yards. Desmond Battin added four receptions for 93 yards and one 50-yard touchdown catch. Conner Fingar had two receptions for 31 yards and a 19-yard touchdown catch.

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