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Happy Holidays!

The Observer and the REVIEW&EXPRESS published a combined holiday edition for Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. There is no new paper Dec. 31. The next new edition is Wednesday, Jan 7. Our offices reopen Friday, Jan. 2.

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State moves to ban hydrofracking
State moves to ban hydrofracking

NEW YORK--Following years of controversy and debate, New York state will officially move to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). The state Department of Health (DOH) has completed its public health review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and acting DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker recommended high-volume hydraulic fracturing should not be allowed in New York State. Zucker announced his findings and recommendations Wednesday, Dec. 17 at a cabinet meeting in Albany. "I have considered all of the data and find significant questions and risks to public health which as of yet are unanswered," Zucker said.

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Sheriff increases patrols for holiday drivers
Sheriff increases patrols for holiday drivers

YATES COUNTY--While the holiday season is a time for celebration, for some, it can also be a season of overindulgence. In order to safeguard area roads, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said his deputies will be on the lookout for drunk drivers during the holidays. "We budget for overtime for additional patrols during the holiday period and the days before and after holidays, especially Christmas and New Years," Spike said. "We anticipate scheduling a sobriety checkpoint at some point at a couple places in the county. That is the extra effort we make."

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Casino project draws mixed opinions
Casino project draws mixed opinions

FINGER LAKES--With the recent state approval of three casino bids, one approved for the nearby town of Tyre has the potential to impact the areas around it. The Lago Casino, a $425 million project, broke ground Friday, Dec. 19 and will be located in Seneca County, but there are some different opinions as to what type of impact the casino will have on Yates and Schuyler Counties. "Research shows that people who are attracted to a gaming facility largely stay within the bounds of that facility - meaning any visitors who are drawn to Lago are unlikely to travel outside the town of Tyre," Yates County Chamber of Commerce President Mike Linehan said.

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Deputies assist with Crestwood protestors
Deputies assist with Crestwood protestors

SCHUYLER COUNTY-- Following a resurgence of protests last week, the number of people arrested outside of the Crestwood gate now stands at 161. Yates County sheriff's deputies were called in for the first time Tuesday, Dec. 16 to assist the Schuyler County Sheriff's departments with arresting Crestwood protestors. Some 68 people were arrested -- 40 Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 28 Wednesday, Dec. 17 -- while blockading the gates leading into the Crestwood compressor station along Route 14, bringing the arrest total over 100 since the "We Are Seneca Lake" civil disobedience movement began in late October.

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Consolidation study prompts comments
Consolidation study prompts comments

SCHUYLER, YATES COUNTIES--As the Steering Committee for Exploration and Oversight of Collaboration Opportunities between Yates and Schuyler Counties continues to meet, some officials have differing thoughts about available consolidation options. The preliminary reports were prepared by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), which was funded by a $50,000 state grant to conduct the study. Following last week's meeting, Yates County Legislative Chairman Tim Dennis said he has not seen enough in the reports to consider a merging of the two counties without more information.

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Finger Lakes projects get state awards
Finger Lakes projects get state awards

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday, Dec. 11 that several Yates County projects received nearly $3 million in state awards during Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. The money will go toward area projects including construction of a Hampton Inn along Keuka Lake, increasing production at Emmi Roth in Penn Yan and renovations to the Finger Lakes Museum Discovery Campus. Schuyler County projects also received slightly more than $3.5 million in awards from the state. The money will go toward projects like a repaving project at Watkins Glen International racetrack and a regional wastewater treatment plant for Watkins Glen and Montour Falls.

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Milly Bloomquist: An inspiring local legend
Milly Bloomquist: An inspiring local legend

PENN YAN--Mary Camilla "Milly" Bloomquist died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Bloomquist's tireless devotion to community service leaves a legacy of caring in Penn Yan and Yates County. Bloomquist always said helping others came naturally to her. She said when she was young, her mother prepared soup for unemployed men in the Washington, D.C. area while she and her brother delivered the soup. Bloomquist and her late husband, Earl (Bud), moved to Yates County in 1958 when he took a position with Keuka College. Bloomquist served as school nurse at Penn Yan elementary school. During this time she saw many families' need for a helping hand, particularly for food. Her outlook on providing food was simple. Bloomquist said no one asks for food unless they need it.

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New company announces Dundee plans
New company announces Dundee plans

DUNDEE--After remaining empty since 2012, the Dundee Foods building at 74 Seneca St. has attracted a new multi-national company with new plans. KanPak is a Kansas-based aseptic beverage and dessert packaging company that is purchasing the Emmi Roth plant in Penn Yan. Emmi Penn Yan acquired CASP LLC manufacturing facility in 2010 and produces Siggi's brand yogurt, as well as bag-in-box milk and creamers for foodservice dispensers. Emmi Roth USA is a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Emmi Group and is also a provider of specialty cheeses.

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Law restricts disposal of electronics
Law restricts disposal of electronics

NEW YORK--As of Jan. 1, 2015 the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act prohibits certain types of electronic waste from being placed in the trash, or at the curbside for trash pickup. The new requirement is part of a state effort to reduce damage to the environment and human health caused by electronic devices in landfills or incinerators. Citing the potential for environmental harm from improperly disposing electronics, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens urges New Yorkers to properly recycle their unwanted computers, televisions and other electronics through the many free or low-cost options currently available.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee, Hammondsport hold Christmas celebrations
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee, Hammondsport hold Christmas celebrations

DUNDEE, HAMMONDSPORT--The village of Dundee held their "Touch of Christmas" and Hammondsport hosted "Christmas in the Park" Saturday, Dec. 13. In Dundee, children were lined up as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived on a firetruck to greet everyone and hear their Christmas wish list. Free food, drinks, hats and gloves were handed out to those in attendance while Christmas music played throughout the night. Horse-drawn carriage rides were also available, while the Crystal Valley Mennonite Church put on a live nativity scene. Santa and Mrs. Claus also arrived in Hammondsport by firetruck and were greeted by families, reindeer and a festive village square. Live music was also performed throughout the event and vendors were setup offering food and crafts.

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Emmi Roth moves into Dundee Foods
Emmi Roth moves into Dundee Foods

DUNDEE--Emmi Roth has leased a portion of the Dundee Foods building located at 74 Seneca St. in Dundee and is currently using it for warehouse purposes. Plant Engineering Manager with Emmi Roth Joe Dombroski spoke to the Dundee village board about the move during their regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9, saying they have been in the building since Monday, Dec. 1. He said while there are no plans to use the facility for production yet, they are expecting to use the location for warehouse purposes going forward. "We have been trying to lease the warehouse in Dundee, the old Seneca Foods plant, for warehousing," Dombroski said. "[...] We have finally come to agreements and we have been in there since Dec. 1." Dombroski said the company already has three people at the plant working full-time. Adding he learned in the past week his company is being purchased by Kansas-based aseptic beverage and dessert packaging company KanPak.

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It's time for Dundee's 'Touch of Christmas'
It's time for Dundee's 'Touch of Christmas'

DUNDEE--The village of Dundee is gearing up for a holiday celebration this weekend. "Touch of Christmas" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Seneca Street Park. "Touch of Christmas" is a village-wide gathering where area children can meet with Santa Claus while also enjoying holiday treats, gifts, live entertainment and horse-drawn carriage rides. Donations by business and community sponsors make the entire event free of charge for Dundee area families. Santa Claus will be arriving at "Touch of Christmas" at 6:05 p.m., while Village Trustee Judy Duquette said the line usually starts forming to see him around 5:30 p.m.

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Schools will look at football options
Schools will look at football options

WATKINS GLEN, ODESSA-MONTOUR--With Odessa-Montour's football season being prematurely cut short due to low team numbers, the prospect of potentially merging the program with Watkins Glen is again at the forefront of discussion. While the prospect faced significant public opposition prior to the season during a meeting of the Odessa-Montour school board, the fact the Indians were not able to field the minimum amount of players last season puts the program's future in doubt. The Watkins Glen school board recently passed a resolution at their last meeting to open discussions with Odessa-Montour regarding shared services, which includes athletics programs.

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Dundee presents 'Santa's Rockin' Christmas'
Dundee presents 'Santa's Rockin' Christmas'

DUNDEE--The Dundee elementary school will perform "Santa's Rockin' Christmas" this Friday night, Dec. 12. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.and will take place in the Dundee Central School auditorium. "The students have been rehearsing since October," Director Pam Rapoza said. "They have worked very hard and are extremely excited." "Santa's Rockin' Christmas" features a cast of 35 students portraying a variety of different Christmas characters.

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Hazlitt will host annual fundraiser
Hazlitt will host annual fundraiser

HECTOR--Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards will be hosting the 18th annual Seneca Santa fundraiser to benefit the underprivileged children of Schuyler County Saturday, Dec. 13. Seneca Santa, a not-for-profit organization, was founded by a group of Watkins Glen businessmen in the 1940s to provide Christmas gifts for Schuyler County's underprivileged children to age 12. The not-for-profit organization accepts monetary donations as well as hats, mittens, coloring books and crayons, family board games and children's books.

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Area vegetables, oven-roasted, are 'localicious'
Area vegetables, oven-roasted, are 'localicious'

WATKINS GLEN--The skies are gray enough that the lights in St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall (Sixth Street, Watkins Glen) glow warmly through the windows. Inside, there's a compact winter farmer's market, where tables of scrubbed bright vegetables invite thoughts of soup, winter salads and things you may want to grow in next year's garden but can meanwhile enjoy right away. "This is our fourth winter Watkins Glen Farmer's Market," says Liz Martin, who with husband Matthew Glenn owns Muddy Fingers Farm. Martin and Glenn are managers for the winter farmer's market. "We tend to bring root vegetables--turnips, different kinds of storage radishes, potatoes, onions, carrots, garlic, salad greens that are hardy for the winter, spicy greens, squash, celeriac..."

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Library celebrates namesake's 120th anniversary
Library celebrates namesake's 120th anniversary

ODESSA--The Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library in Odessa commemorated the 120th anniversary of their namesake Saturday, Dec. 6 with a gathering of Peterson's family and community members. The event also served as a family reunion for the members of Dutton's family as they exchanged stories of Dutton's life throughout the event. Executive Director of the Schuyler County Historical Society Andrew Tompkins gave a brief overview of Dutton's life and all he accomplished both in and outside of the community.

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SPORTS
Waverly beats Watkins
Waverly beats Watkins

WATKINS GLEN--The Senecas' girls varsity basketball team fell to Waverly, 39-34, Friday, Dec. 19. Madison Gates led with 22 points, while Amanda Pike had eight points. Maggie Bond and Amanda Cherock each scored twice.

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Odessa boys fall to Newfield
Odessa boys fall to Newfield

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour boys varsity basketball team lost to Newfield, Friday, Dec. 19. The final score was 82-35. Leading the Indians was both Joel Kelly and Bryce Elliott with 11 points. Cody Daugherty added four points, while Mitch Scata had three. Tyler Clark, Curtis Harris, and Zach Pyhtila each scored twice.

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Dundee defeats Harley-Allendale Columbia
Dundee defeats Harley-Allendale Columbia

DUNDEE-The Dundee boys varsity basketball team moved to 3-1 on the season with a win over Harley-Allendale Columbia, Thursday, Dec. 18. The final score was 56-37, Dundee. Jarrett Butler scored 13 points, Bobby Strait had 12 and Tyler Kelly recorded 10.

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Watkins wrestlers fall to Newark Valley
Watkins wrestlers fall to Newark Valley

WATKINS GLEN-The Senecas' varsity wrestling team fell to Newark Valley, 45-24, Wednesday, Dec. 17. Brandon Gould (126) won by decision against Gianno Silba, 6-2. John Brown (145) beat Dylan Williams, 3-2. Nick Cocola (152) won over Justin Post, 5-0. Ian Chedzoy (182) pinned Travis Ford in 3:55. Kurtis Edwards (195) beat Trenton Rupert by decision, 1-0. Dustin Goltry (220) pinned Jason Duke in 2:50.

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Mustangs top North Rose-Wolcott
Mustangs top North Rose-Wolcott

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan varsity wrestling team defeated North Rose-Wolcott, 52-28, Tuesday, Dec. 16. Courtney Lafler (106) earned her 100th career win in her match against Pedro Pascual, 3-1. Dylan Lackey (113) pinned Jacob Tuper in 2:49. Cole Kirch (132) won by decision against Mike Zerniak, 6-0. Coty Bailey (160) beat Crum Zach, 12-0. Gage Ponsetti (182) pinned Dylan Hicks in 1:42. Nate Elliott (126), Dakota Miller (138), Kevin Canalas (145), Miguel Santos (152), and Cassie Lafler (99) won by forfeit.

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Dundee boys win, 53-36
Dundee boys win, 53-36

DUNDEE-The Scots' varsity basketball team topped South Seneca, 53-36, Tuesday, Dec. 16. Cole Hartman scored 15 points for Dundee. Andrew Clark and Jon Huber each added nine points. With the win, Dundee's record is now 2-1.

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Indians top Newark Valley, 50-37
Indians top Newark Valley, 50-37

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour girls varsity basketball team triumphed over Newark Valley, 50-37, Friday, Dec. 12. The Indians led 38-15 at halftime. Nakiaha Robinson scored 18 points, with eight steals. Hailie Searles added 15 points and six rebounds. Gillian Clark and Addi Rhodes each had six points. Callie Stillman scored three points, while Olivia Grover had two points and four blocks. Odessa's record is now 3-0. "We came out of the blocks fantastic and used our pressure to create a lot of offense for us," said Coach Greg Gavich. "Was nice to play very well in our home opener."

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Penn Yan boys blank Geneva, girls lose
Penn Yan boys blank Geneva, girls lose

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity bowling team blanked Geneva, 7-0, Friday, Dec. 12. Meanwhile, the girls lost, 7-0.
Jacob Whitford led with a 600, followed by Bryce Johnson with 526. Steven Ottaviano bowled 409. Victor Sutton posted a 321 and Alex Gurba a 190. For the girls, Courtney Ottaviano bowled a 509. Kari Ayers had 487, Emily Snyder added a 391, and Emilie Thomas 364. Stephanie Ayers posted a 340.

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Dundee girls beat Naples, 70-39
Dundee girls beat Naples, 70-39

DUNDEE-The Lady Scots varsity basketball team topped Naples, 70-39, Thursday, Dec. 11. Tayler Morrison led the Dundee girls with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Megan Howell had 13 points, followed by Demi Battin with 11 and Brooke Howell with 10. Elyanna Eldridge contributed seven points and Cara Booth scored five. Olivia Taylor added three, while Paige Easling and Casie Farrell each scored twice.

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Mustangs top Bath, 71-55
Mustangs top Bath, 71-55

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys varsity basketball team beat Bath-Haverling, 71-55, in a home game, Friday, Dec. 5.
Sean Emerson led the Mustangs with 23 points and seven assists. Jake Covert scored 19 points. Tanner Irwin added 15. Penn Yan's record is now 1-0.

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Watkins girls beat Tioga
Watkins girls beat Tioga

WATKINS GLEN-The Watkins Glen girls varsity bowling team topped Tioga, 4-0, Thursday, Dec. 4. The Watkins boys lost, 4-0. Lucy Craig led with a 553, followed by Dakota Evans with 497 and Samantha Bradley with 463. Elizabeth Reed bowled a 450, while Liz Mason had a 449. Nikole VanDyke added 381. "Another good team effort, Lucy came up big today, and Dakota was solid as well," said Coach Ward Brower. "I'm very pleased with how well they are bowling this early in the season." Wyatt Brower scored a 445. Conlin Wysocki added 432 and Joe LaTorre 430. Rees Avery recorded 379. Nathaniel Rose bowled a 375 and Casen Weeden had 372. "We had some good individual games bowled by some of the guys, with maturity and consistency, they will surprise some teams as the season goes on," added Brower.

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Dundee teams beat Naples
Dundee teams beat Naples

PENN YAN-The Dundee girls and boys varsity bowling teams both beat Naples, Wednesday, Dec. 3. The girls blanked Naples, 7-0, while the boys won, 5-2. Tiffany Simmons bowled a combined 462, followed by Laura Miller with a 426. Ayla Lane had a 382. Amber Greene contributed 269 and Caitlyn Cornish had 229 each between two games. Ryan Goodman led the boys with 603, the highest cumulative score for all teams. Dustin Anderson bowled a 549. Devon Forman added 442, followed by Collin Goodman with 426 and Jared Hartman with 420.

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Penn Yan loses to Newark
Penn Yan loses to Newark

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan boys and girls varsity bowling teams faced Newark, Wednesday, Dec. 3. The boys lost 2-5 while the girls fell 0-7. For the boys, Kyle Mashewske had a 595, Nick Johnson a 556, Bryce Johnson recorded a 536, Jacob Whitford a 363 and Alex Gurba ended with 197. Courtney Ottaviano led the girls with a 511, Emily Snyder had a 468, Emilie Thomas recorded a 461, Kari Ayers had a 456 and Stephanie Ayers with 251.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 2-3 ... @ Watkins Glen tournament, TBA.
Jan. 7 ... @ Red Jacket, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 6 ... Red Jacket, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 6 p.m.

Cheerleading
Jan. 6 ... Red Jacket, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... Marcus Whitman, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 ... Penn Yan, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 7 ... @ Honeoye, 4 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... @ Lyons, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 30 ... Mynderse, 10 a.m.
Jan. 8 ... Red Creek, 6:30 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:

Boys basketball
Jan. 2-3 ... Watkins Holiday tournament, TBA.
Jan. 6 ... Trumansburg, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 26-27 ... Melissa B. Wilson Holiday Tournament, TBA.
Jan. 6 ... @ Trumansburg, 7 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 6 ... Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 7 ... Whitney Point, 6 p.m.
Jan. 9-10 ... Mike Watson Tournament, TBA.

Bowling
Jan. 6 ... @ Candor, 4 p.m.
Jan. 8 ... @ Lansing, 4 p.m.

Indoor track
Dec. 27 ... @ SUNY Cortland (11th and 12th grades), 9 a.m.
Jan. 2 ... @ SUNY Cortland (ninth and 10th grades), 5 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
Jan. 6 ... Candor, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... @ Tioga, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 2 ... Avoca, 2 p.m.
Jan. 6 ... @ Candor, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 6 ... @ Notre Dame, 4 p.m.
Jan. 8 ... Groton, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 6 ... @ Watkins Glen, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... Lansing, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Dec. 29-30 ... @ Windsor, TBA.
Jan. 7 ... @ Candor, 6 p.m.

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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. 29-30 ... @ Honeoye Falls tournament, TBA.
Jan. 6 ... Geneva, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Dec. 27 ... @ Bath tournament, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 30 ... @ Bath tournament, TBA.

Bowling
Dec. 29 ... @ East Tournament, 9 a.m.
Jan. 6 ... @ Newark, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 2-3 ... @ East Rochester tournament, TBA.
Jan. 7 ... @ Waterloo, 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

HAMMONDSPORT --Listed is Hammondsport's winter sports schedule for the coming week:

Girls basketball
Dec. 26-27 ... @ Prattsburgh tournament, TBA.
Jan. 6 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 7:15 p.m.

Boys basketball
Dec. 26-27 ... @ Jasper-Troupsburg tournament, TBA.
Jan. 5 ... Addison, 7:15 p.m.

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