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High-risk sports, Section IV postpones to spring season
High-risk sports, Section IV postpones to spring season

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced Wednesday, Sept. 9 that football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March 1, 2021 to address concerns associated with high-risk fall sports and the COVID-19 pandemic. Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on Sept. 21 as previously announced and reported.

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Yates sales tax revenue has been consistent
Yates sales tax revenue has been consistent

YATES COUNTY--Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn informed the Yates County Legislature she is optimistic sales tax receipts this year will remain flat compared to 2019 during the Monday, Sept. 14 meeting. With a strong beginning to the year, combined with a lack of big-box stores and malls, Flynn said Yates was uniquely positioned compared to other counties.

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Seneca Lake Guardian highlights waste facility
Seneca Lake Guardian highlights waste facility

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Seneca Lake Guardian (SLG), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to preserving and protecting the health of the Finger Lakes, recently publicized a proposal for a garbage transfer facility in Schuyler County. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation lists the completed application for the project with a date of Sept. 9. A public comment period is currently underway and concludes on Sept. 24.

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Kookalaroc's gives back to the community
Kookalaroc's gives back to the community

WATKINS GLEN--He got the nickname "Kook," which among some friends evolved into the nickname "Kookalaroc," for taking risks as a union carpenter and builder to get a hard job done. Some might say Roc Menio took a similarly huge risk by opening a restaurant/bar and grill, Kookalaroc's at 107 11th St. in Watkins Glen, in late May 2020. He and his family have taken on an additional challenge made harder by the current requirements for social distancing, that of raising money for local causes and individuals facing extraordinary economic hardship.

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School fitness center will open Oct. 19
School fitness center will open Oct. 19

DUNDEE--In a brief Dundee school board meeting Thursday, Sept. 10, district officials decided to allow selected sports for the fall season. As it stands for Dundee, this will include soccer and cross country. The decision was made following both state and local guidance. The board also briefly discussed the reopening of the school on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with Superintendent Kelly Houck stating she was impressed by how well students and staff have followed the rules and adjusted after being out of school for so long.

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Legislator voices opposition to Netflix movie release
Legislator voices opposition to Netflix movie release

SCHUYLER COUNTY--During a short Schuyler County Legislative meeting Monday, Sept. 14 most of the time was spent discussing attempts to take legal action against Netflix for their release of the movie "Cuties." Legislator Van Harp, who called the film's depiction of young girls to be "very pornographic," said he has already discussed the matter with the county district attorney and the county attorney's office to explore options regarding the film.

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41-page document details sports return plan
41-page document details sports return plan

NEW YORK-As schools get underway this week, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) issued guidance, Friday, Sept. 4 for schools planning to include sports for the fall season. There are 11 member sections in New York state and also individual decisions at each school that can impact how sports will return.

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Watkins Glen approves electric rate increase
Watkins Glen approves electric rate increase

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Village Board voted to approve electric rate increases recommended by the state Power Authority during the Tuesday, Sept. 1 meeting. Set to go into effect next year, the increase will be approximately a quarter of a cent per kilowatt. "We know the timing isn't great, but this isn't something we could put off until next year," said Mayor Luke Leszyk.

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New dashboard will show school virus cases
New dashboard will show school virus cases

NEW YORK--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced New York school districts will be required to provide the department of health with daily data on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. The information will be publicly available on a new online dashboard developed by DOH, which will be found at https://forward.ny.gov/dashboard-covid-19-data-schools beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9. DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker today sent a letter to all school districts informing them of the reporting requirements and the new dashboard.

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Libraries help with book and digital needs
Libraries help with book and digital needs

YATES COUNTY--While residents throughout the Finger Lakes have adapted to many changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, local libraries throughout the region have been hard at work to provide their services to the community. Along with offering curbside service while closed, many libraries have also been offering internet service from the parking lot, virtual storytimes and copying and printing services.

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Gyms help to provide exercise opportunities
Gyms help to provide exercise opportunities

FINGER LAKES--With COVID-19 numbers throughout the Finger Lakes remaining low many local area gyms have reopened and are serving area residents after being closed for the last six-plus months. In order to prevent the spread of COVID, gyms are operating under new restrictions and some local gyms have even installed new equipment to aid with cleaning.

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Additional guidance for school sports coming
Additional guidance for school sports coming

FINGER LAKES--Last week the New York State Council of Superintendents sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for school sports to be delayed until at least Jan. 1 as districts plan to reopen in-person instruction while mitigating the COVID-19 global pandemic. Some schools, such as Dundee, expect to have relatively regular class scheduling this fall with many extra precautions to protect both students and staff by limiting density and movement. Whereas Watkins Glen plans a hybrid model with cohorts coming in either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday.

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Campus shuts down after spike
Campus shuts down after spike

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the State University of New York's campuses will shut down for two weeks after more than 100 people in the college community tested positive for the coronavirus, officials announced Sunday. The positive cases at SUNY Oneonta represent about 3 percent of the students and faculty on campus this semester, said Jim Malatras, the chancellor of the state university system.

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Historical society honors World War II participants
Historical society honors World War II participants

MONTOUR FALLS--A special exhibit presented by the Schuyler County Historical Society marks the end of World War II and honors county residents' war involvement, both military and civilian. "Schuyler Answered the Call" opens on Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Gallery of the Brick Tavern Museum in Montour Falls. The special exhibit will be in place through the end of the year.

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Lake group webinar focuses on Seneca Lake
Lake group webinar focuses on Seneca Lake

SENECA LAKE--The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association held their first in a series of webinars Thursday, Aug. 27 discussing the health and history of Seneca Lake. With over 100 registrants, the webinar, titled A History and Status of Seneca Lake Water Quality, was hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Professor John Halfman.

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New York mandates more testing
New York mandates more testing

ALBANY--The New York State Department of Health has announced that confirmatory COVID-19 and Influenza testing will be required whenever a hospital patient or nursing home resident has a known exposure or symptoms consistent with either disease. Testing must also be performed on any hospital patient or nursing home resident where the person is suspected of having died of such disease, within 48 hours after death, if that individual had not previously received a COVID-19 and influenza test in the 14 days prior to death.

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Area schools answer reopening questions
Area schools answer reopening questions

FINGER LAKES--In accordance with directives handed down by the state for reopening school, districts across the region have held informative sessions for parents and staff to detail the steps to reopen in the fall. The Penn Yan, Dundee and Hammondsport school districts have all held community meetings to help answer questions about the upcoming school year.

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New York expands absentee voting
New York expands absentee voting

ALBANY (AP) -- New York will allow voters to request absentee ballots for the general election because of an outbreak -- like coronavirus -- under a new state law signed Thursday, Aug. 20. New Yorkers can now vote by absentee in any election through Jan. 1, 2022, over concern about voting in-person during an epidemic or disease outbreak. For weeks, Democrats and voting rights groups had called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the legislation, which the Democratic-led Legislature passed in late July.

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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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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-19-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-19-20

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-12-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-12-20

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-5-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-5-20

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. 5 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-29-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-29-20

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 Jan. 29 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-22-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-22-20

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Jan. 22 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-15-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-15-20

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 Jan. 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19

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 Jan. 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19

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 Dec. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19

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

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