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Watkins to present 'Once Upon a Mattress'
Watkins to present 'Once Upon a Mattress'

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Class of 2019 will present the comedic musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," March 29-31 at the Watkins Glen high school auditorium. "Once Upon a Mattress" will run Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 31, at 2:30 p.m. In all, over 20 students from seventh to 12th grades have been rehearsing since January, immersing themselves in the funny musical take on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Memorable songs include "Shy," "Yesterday I Loved You," "Song of Love," "Normandy," and "Very Soft Shoes."

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Yates Chamber of Commerce celebrates award winners
Yates Chamber of Commerce celebrates award winners

YATES COUNTY-The Yates County Chamber of Commerce held the annual Winter Ball Saturday, March 16 at Keuka College. The evening was rescheduled to March after a snowstorm earlier this year. Three awards were presented during the night.

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Woodstock goes through the permit procedures
Woodstock goes through the permit procedures

WATKINS GLEN--A reunion concert 50 years in the making now has less than five months to get its act together. Woodstock 50 has been the talk of the county and the country since it was announced in January. However, still no entertainment lineup has been named, no tickets have gone on sale and no permits have been issued. After an email to Watkins Glen International (WGI) President Michael Printup asking about the situation went unanswered, Chris Banker, director of public relations, responded, "We are going to decline comment at this time."

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Downtown projects now go to the state
Downtown projects now go to the state

PENN YAN--The meetings are done. The consultants have completed their work. Penn Yan's list of Downtown Revitalization Initiatives (DRI) will now be forwarded to Albany. The final DRI public open house was held Monday, March 18 and the final local committee meeting was held Wednesday, March 13. The final slate includes 15 projects with 70 new downtown residences and 100 projected new jobs.

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Dundee Library will expand
Dundee Library will expand

DUNDEE--The Dundee Library has approved a capital project plan to expand their facility. Kay Thomas, a library trustee said, "We will be adding a community room at the back of the library this year and then in 2020 the library will expand the children's room."

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Mayoral races highlight March elections
Mayoral races highlight March elections

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The contested races for mayor in Watkins Glen and Odessa highlight the March 19 village elections. There are also several contested trustee positions on the ballot. The REVIEW&EXPRESS sent a questionnaire to each of the Watkins Glen and Odessa mayoral candidates. The profiles include the candidates' comments about short term and long term goals for their respective villages. In Watkins Glen, Trustee Laurie DeNardo is facing Luke Leszyk for the mayor's position.

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Incumbents on the ballot next week
Incumbents on the ballot next week

RI-COUNTY AREA--The village elections Tuesday, March 19 will include a number of incumbents on the ballot with uncontested races. In Dundee, Mayor Fred Cratsley Jr., Trustees Greg Wright and Warren Smith are running for re-election. In Dresden, the Mayor William Hall is running unopposed and David Wernsing is running as a write-in candidate for trustee. In Hammondsport, Mayor Emery L. Cummings, Jr. and Trustees Stella Pulver and David Luppino are running uncontested to retain their positions.

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State reps rip Democrats' agenda
State reps rip Democrats' agenda

PENN YAN-- This year, for the first time in a decade, both houses of the state legislature are controlled by Democrats with a Democratic governor. State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, C, I-Corning) sounded their concerns Friday, March 8 in Penn Yan with some of the issues and said they were alarmed with some other issues now coming from one of the bluest-state legislatures in America.

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Odessa-Montour will present Guys and Dolls
Odessa-Montour will present Guys and Dolls

ODESSA-The Odessa-Montour Fine Arts Boosters will perform three showings of the spring musical Guys and Dolls this weekend. The performances will be at the Fetter-Brown Auditorium, Friday and Saturday. Friday's show begins at 7 p.m. and there are two showings Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for general admission.

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Dundee fund meets $27.7K goal total
Dundee fund meets $27.7K goal total

DUNDEE--The Dundee Area United Fund has again met their goal for the year. This year the goal was $27,700. Fund officials say the distribution to participating agencies and groups will begin soon. Fund Drive Co-Chairpersons Carrie Wood and Joan Washburn said, "We thank the many residents and supporters who responded generously to the needs of our local organizations."

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Upcoming meeting will address Woodstock questions
Upcoming meeting will address Woodstock questions

WATKINS GLEN--The Schuyler County legislature held their regular meeting Monday, March 11, again answering a number of public questions about the proposed Woodstock 50 concert at Watkins Glen International. Many of the concerns expressed were similar to last month's meeting, where residents shared their experience with the infamous 1973 Summer Jam concert and questioned how promoters and officials will keep the Woodstock event under control.

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Area state roadways will get funding
Area state roadways will get funding

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, March 7 $128 million in new state funding for renewing state roadways impacted by this year's harsh winter weather. Funding will support 91 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county and the city of New York. The projects announced will begin this spring and will be completed later this year.

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Legislature takes position against area incinerator
Legislature takes position against area incinerator

PENN YAN--The Yates County Legislature voted unanimously Monday, March 11 to support the New York State Assembly and Senate "Finger Lakes Community Preservation Act" bill which prohibits the construction of a trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes watershed region. The approved resolution counters the proposed incinerator construction in nearby Romulus at the Seneca Army Depot.

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State burn ban starts March 16
State burn ban starts March 16

NEW YORK STATE--The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminds residents that with spring approaching and conditions for wildfires heightened, residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York state. "While many people associate wildfires with the western United States, the start of spring weather and the potential for dry conditions increases the risk for wildfires in New York," Seggos said.

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Penn Yan prepares for spring musical
Penn Yan prepares for spring musical

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club will present Tuck Everlasting at four showings this week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday feature an evening performance at 7 p.m. and there is a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. When Winnie Foster (junior, Genna Elliott) discovers the magical secret of the Tuck family, Angus (junior, Collin Cummings), Mae (junior, Cami Webber), Miles (senior, Paul H. Gaston) and Jesse (senior, Noah Detar), she embarks on an extraordinary adventure that will change her life forever.

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Hammondsport will present pop musical this weekend
Hammondsport will present pop musical this weekend

HAMMONDSPORT--The Hammondsport Central School Drama Club will showcase a production of Cyrano de BurgerShack this weekend at the school auditorium. The show is a pop musical retelling of the classic "Cyrano de Bergerac" and was written by Jeremy Desmon. The audience will recognize pop hit songs in a fun and witty show.

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After 50 years, Smalley is optimistic
After 50 years, Smalley is optimistic

SCHUYLER COUNTY--An interest in engines and a natural talent for engineering led a young Frank Smalley to take apart his father's lawnmower engine before he was old enough to read. Probably his father helped him reconstruct it. "He was a great mechanic," Smalley remembers. And despite having a severe disability, the residue of childhood polio, his father served the village of Montour as supervisor for 25 years as well as working as a mechanic--and teaching his skills to his son. After 50 years in the business, Frank's Automotive Specialist, Frank Smalley, is almost ready to retire.

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Downtown projects nearing March deadline
Downtown projects nearing March deadline

PENN YAN--The local committee charged with choosing the downtown projects for the state's $10 million Penn Yan Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) met for the fourth time Tuesday, Feb. 26. The group narrowed their recommendations to 15 projects coming in at $15,205,308 for state grants.

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Senecas finish basketball season second in the state
Senecas finish basketball season second in the state

TROY--The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team fell to Cambridge, 57-43, in the New York state Class C championship, Saturday, March 16, at Hudson Valley Community College. Danielle Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon both scored 11 points for Watkins. Taylor Kelly earned 10 points. Hannah Morse netted nine points, while Kelsey Kernan added two.

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Sports Photo Galleries 2018-2019
Sports Photo Galleries 2018-2019

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries were recently uploaded. Click 'Read more...' for the links.
Watkins Glen Girls Basketball 3-16-19
Watkins Glen Girls Basketball 3-10-19
Watkins Glen Girls Basketball 3-2-19
Hammondsport Girls Basketball 2-26-19

Penn Yan Boys Basketball 2-23-19
Watkins Glen Girls Basketball 2-22-19

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Lady Senecas defeat Cooperstown Hawkeyes, 60-49
Lady Senecas defeat Cooperstown Hawkeyes, 60-49

BINGHAMTON--The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team claimed the Class C Regional Championship, Sunday, March 10, and advances to the New York state Class C semifinals. The Senecas defeated Cooperstown, 60-49 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Leading Watkins Glen was Taylor Kelly with 20 points and three rebounds. Hannah Morse netted 17 points, including a pair of three-point shots, eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Danielle Leszyk posted nine points and six rebounds.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-6-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-6-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Hammondsport and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the March 6 newspapers.

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Houseknecht wins first-ever state wrestling title
Houseknecht wins first-ever state wrestling title

ALBANY--The Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen wrestling team's Dylan Houseknecht won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 2 championship, Saturday, Feb. 23. Houseknecht won the 285 weight class in overtime against Newark Valley's Trentyn Rupert. He is also the first Odessa-Montour wrestler to win a state title.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-27-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-27-19

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 Feb. 27 newspapers.

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

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-13-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-13-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-6-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-6-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the Feb. 6 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-30-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-30-19

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. 30 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-23-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-23-19

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. 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-16-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-16-19

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. 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-9-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-9-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Dundee and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Jan. 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-2-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-2-19

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 Jan. 2 newspapers.

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

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. 19 newspapers.

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

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. 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-5-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-5-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Hammondsport, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Dec. 5 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

WATKINS GLEN--Listed is Watkins' winter schedule for the coming week:

Boys basketball
Jan. 25 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... Waverly, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 25 ... Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... @ Waverly, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 25 ... Odessa-Montour, 4 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... @ Waverly, 3:30 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 25 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 ... Greene, 5:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 26 ... @ Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, 10 a.m.
Jan. 29 ... @ Horseheads, 6 p.m.

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