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PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins Glen holds commencement
PHOTO GALLERY: Watkins Glen holds commencement

WATKINS GLEN-The Class of 2017 officially graduated from Watkins Glen high school, Saturday, June 24 in the auditorium. The ceremony included speeches from class Valedictorian Cambria Weeden, Salutatorian Jacob Carocci and the Senior Oration by Alexander Gibson. In addition to the students, school administrators including retiring Superintendent Tom Phillips addressed the class and audience. A number of monetary awards were also presented.

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PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport graduates celebrate at ceremonies
PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport graduates celebrate at ceremonies

TRI-COUNTY AREA-Seniors from Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport officially became graduates and alumni of their respective schools, Friday, June 23. The threat of bad weather Friday evening caused the ceremonies to be held indoors. While Penn Yan does not name a valedictorian or salutatorian, class leaders including Marina Coriale, Maxwell Race and Corrinn Cincotta addressed the audience. In Odessa, Emelia Paulisczak was the valedictorian for the Class of 2017 and Madison Morse was the salutatorian. Hammondsport had Graham O'Donnell as the valedictorian and George Ruddy as the salutatorian.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee bids farewell to the Class of 2017
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee bids farewell to the Class of 2017

DUNDEE-Dundee Central School celebrated the 78th annual commencement ceremony, Thursday, June 22. Although the forecast and a few clouds hinted at rain, the ceremony was held outside on the front lawn as 51 students were congratulated. Before the graduates were presented with their diplomas, a number of speeches were given by teachers, school administrators and students. Valedictorian Calley Knapp addressed the class offering some advice. "Do not spend your life trapped in a career that does not leave you with a sense of fulfillment. Adventure, but do so responsibly." She continued "Kindness has the ability to take you far, and don't forget that kindness can come in many forms. A simple 'hello' and 'how are you' can have the craziest impact on someones day."

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Graduation dates are set for this week
Graduation dates are set for this week

FINGER LAKES--Classes are complete, testing is in the final stages and the Class of 2017 is preparing for their commencement ceremonies. Graduation exercises will be held around the area beginning Thursday, June 22 and continuing to Saturday, June 24.

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Fishing report: Keuka less productive
Fishing report: Keuka less productive

KEUKA LAKE--Captain Dick Roller already knew most of what he heard at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Keuka Lake State of the Lake 2017 fishery report Monday, June 12 at Keuka College. That's because the captain runs a charter fishing boat in Hammondsport called 'Big Foot Charters' and he has fished Keuka Lake for 65 years. The captain lives the results every time he takes his boat out for a charter trip.

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Balancing wastewater plant and wildlife
Balancing wastewater plant and wildlife

WATKINS GLEN--Knowing the most important natural resource the area has to offer is water, the committee of legislators, variously-talented experts, county employees and other individuals who comprise Project Seneca has expressed a strong commitment to protecting and capitalizing on the natural environment in Schuyler County. The two interests go together, because a compromised environment could also negatively impact tourism.

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Dundee Fire Department now offers emergency access boxes
Dundee Fire Department now offers emergency access boxes

DUNDEE--The Dundee Fire Department has established a new emergency access program supporting homeowners in the Dundee fire district. The program uses the new Knox HomeBox single key vault. This will provide the fire department or ambulance rapid access to a home in an emergency without forcing entry. The HomeBox is a heavy-duty secure key vault installed outside your home typically on or near the front door.

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Welcome center will open in Geneva next spring
Welcome center will open in Geneva next spring

GENEVA--Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the renderings of the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva Friday, June 16. The Welcome Center, one of 10 being built throughout the state, advances the commitment to continue growing the tourism industry statewide by promoting local attractions, foods, craft beverages and other destinations. Work on the Finger Lakes Welcome Center is expected to begin after Labor Day and be open to visitors next spring.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cardboard Regatta at Watkins Glen
PHOTO GALLERY: Cardboard Regatta at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN-The annual Waterfront Festival regatta was held Saturday, June 17 at the Seneca Lake waterfront. The cardboard boats took on the race course around the harbor competing for a number of prizes. While some boats easily made the journey, others sunk almost immediately after entering the water.

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Cruisin' Night brings out the classics
Cruisin' Night brings out the classics

PENN YAN--It's a once-a-year event in Penn Yan. It's Cruisin' Night Friday, June 16 as the Yates County Chamber of Commerce and the Cruisin' Night committee will host the 21st annual venue for antique, classic, hot-rod cars and motorcycles. Main Street in Penn Yan will close to vehicular traffic at 4 p.m. and registration for the event begins at 5 p.m. Registration is $15 per vehicle.

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Dundee vineyard purchases Standing Stone
Dundee vineyard purchases Standing Stone

SENECA LAKE--Fred Merwarth and Oskar Bynke, the owners of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, have been named as the successors of Standing Stone Vineyards by the founders Tom and Marti Macinski. "Marti and Tom have been trailblazers in the Finger Lakes wine industry, helping to advance our region's vinifera, pushing our wines forward and into their rightful spot on the world stage," said Bynke. "It is with great admiration and respect that we continue the work of this iconic estate."

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Empire Access receives $3.2M state grant
Empire Access receives $3.2M state grant

PRATTSBURGH-Empire Access has received a $3.2 million grant award from the New York Broadband Program. The program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed broadband internet service in New York state, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that all New Yorkers have high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018. Empire Access is a locally owned and operated telecommunications company, offering high-speed Internet, digital television, phone and security services to homes and businesses--all enabled by fiber optic technology--to more than 25 communities in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.

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Burdett building comes down for expansion
Burdett building comes down for expansion

BURDETT--A long-vacant pair of buildings that long ago served as Burdett's post office, a furniture store and casket warehouse, later an office building and apartments, came down the first Monday of June. Abandoned for decades and dilapidated--"eyesores" is one word the owner used to describe them --they came down without much fanfare or trouble. Improvements to the now-bare ground are slated to begin immediately.

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State approves solar panel collection act
State approves solar panel collection act

Albany--The New York State Senate June 7 unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) to enact the "Solar Panel Collection Act" and establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program in the state. The legislation (S.2837) would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), working with solar panel manufacturers, to develop a program for the collection, transportation, recycling and disposal of out-of-service solar panels. Manufacturers would finance the program.

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Cuomo moves to expand craft beverages
Cuomo moves to expand craft beverages

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, June 12 that applications are now being accepted for the operation of custom craft beverage production centers to provide space and equipment to those looking to produce beer, wine, or cider for home consumption. The State Liquor Authority, the agency overseeing the application process, will provide new licenses to facilitate the production of homemade beer, wine and cider. Licenses are available to both current craft manufacturers seeking to establish a secondary business at their current location, or businesses seeking to open a standalone custom homemade craft beverage production center.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee is class champion
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee is class champion

GORHAM-Dundee competed in a number of categories at the annual Gorham Pageant of Bands, Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3. Dundee was named the class champion in the high school small division and took home first place finishes in the high school jazz class, junior and high school concert band and high school parade band. The parade through Gorham was held Saturday afternoon, where sunny skies met parade participants and spectators alike.

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Montour Falls festival starts Thursday
Montour Falls festival starts Thursday

MONTOUR FALLS--The Montour Falls Fire Department will host the 61st annual festival and Parade of Bands beginning June 8 and continuing to June 10. Live music will be featured each day, and the parade will include both school and professional performers. Admission is free to the carnival which is held at the fireman's field in Montour.

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Arts festival debuts this weekend
Arts festival debuts this weekend

PENN YAN -- The annual Keuka Arts Festival along the outlet trail is set for this weekend, Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. The festival, now celebrating 10 years, will feature the work of more than 75 local and regional artists and craftsmen. In the tented booths that stretch from the outlet boat launch to the Main Street bridge, a visitor will find jewelry, woodwork, photography, paintings, fiber art, glass and pottery, cards, metal work and more.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/14/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/14/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Dundee, Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the June 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/7/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6/7/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen, Penn Yan and Dundee. These results appeared in the June 7 newspapers.

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Mustangs capture sectional title
Mustangs capture sectional title

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team won their seventh consecutive and 22nd total sectional title, Wednesday, May 31 at St. John Fisher College. This was the Mustangs first title in Class D, a new division formed in 2017. The second seeded Penn Yan boys improved to 10-9 on the season with the Wednesday victory over Waterloo. Penn Yan dominated in the game and won 13-6.

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Penn Yan loses in championship game
Penn Yan loses in championship game

ROCHESTER-The Penn Yan girls varsity lacrosse team lost to Palmyra-Macedon in the Section V Class D championship game, Tuesday, May 30. Pal-Mac jumped to an early lead in the game and expanded it to 13-2 by halftime. Both teams scored three times in the second half to bring the final score to 16-5. Fourth seeded Penn Yan ends with a 12-7 season record. Pal-Mac was the second seed.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/31/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/31/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Dundee, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the May 31 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.
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 5-24-17
Penn Yan Girls Lacrosse 5-23-17
Dundee Track Invite 5-15-17

Penn Yan Softball 5-10-17
Watkins Glen Boys Golf 5-10-17

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/24/17

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 May 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/17/17

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Hammondsport, Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the May 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/10/17

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 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5/3/17

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 May 3 newspapers.

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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 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:

Lacrosse
May 19 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Track and field
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.
May 31 ... @ State qualifier, 5 p.m.

Boys golf
May 18, 20 ... @ Section Medalist, TBA.

Girls golf
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Tennis
May 11-13 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

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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:

Girls golf
May 25 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Boys golf
May 24 ... @ IAC Championship, 4 p.m.

Track and field
May 24 ... @ Sectionals, 3 p.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
May 23 ... Sectionals, TBA.

Girls lacrosse
May 23 ... Sectionals, 6 p.m.

Track and field
May 26 ... @ Sectionals, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis
May 10 ... Newark, 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:

Track and field
May 26 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Golf
May 17 ... @ Arkport, 4:30 p.m.

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