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Watkins will host Woodstock event
Watkins will host Woodstock event

WATKINS GLEN--Woodstock 1969's Co-Producer and Co-Founder Michael Lang announced Wednesday, Jan. 9 the return of the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair for its official 50th anniversary celebration. The three-day event will take place from Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18 at the acreage of Watkins Glen International. Woodstock 50 will be the only authorized commemoration of the iconic 1969 festival.

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County continues lawsuit
County continues lawsuit

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The former chief executive of Insys Therapeutics Inc., one of the pharmaceutical companies being sued by Schuyler County and other area municipalities over prescription painkillers, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Jan. 9 to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive opioid medication.

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Legislators adopt non-union, union salaries for 2019
Legislators adopt non-union, union salaries for 2019

PENN YAN --The Yates County Legislature adopted the 2019 non-union salary and union salary amounts for county employees Monday, Jan. 14 at the lawmakers regular monthly meeting.

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Schuyler Hospital's $10.3M project begins
Schuyler Hospital's $10.3M project begins

MONTOUR FALLS-- The construction work for the hospital's $10.3 million state grant will begin in late January. Matthew Rouff, executive director for outpatient and support services at the hospital said, "We call this the transformation project. The grant is from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program (SHCFTP) and it will allow the hospital to update our construction from the hospital's dated 1972 building."

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Former Yates chamber director pleads guilty
Former Yates chamber director pleads guilty

PENN YAN--Julie Coleman, 35, the former interim director of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce, has pled guilty to committing a felony criminal act. Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella said Coleman plead guilty Thursday, Jan. 10 to possession of a forged instrument in the second-degree in full satisfaction of a grand larceny fourth degree charge.

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Dundee's Outlaw Speedway plans track improvements
Dundee's Outlaw Speedway plans track improvements

DUNDEE--Outlaw Speedway owner Tyler Siri has announced the dirt racetrack will receive a number of upgrades in the next few months. Plans include the construction of a higher front straight wall with the included fencing and public address speakers. Other plans include renovation of the existing announcers and scorers rooms as well as many of the sponsor towers.

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Barrington supervisor Kuehn resigns
Barrington supervisor Kuehn resigns

BARRINGTON--Town of Barrington Supervisor John Kuehn has submitted his resignation. Kuehn submitted a short three-paragraph note to the town board at their January organizational meeting. He said in his letter, "I came into the office of supervisor with the sincerest intentions. I felt that my background and experience made me someone who could improve some of the day-to-day processes that would enable the town to serve its tax base better. But after a rather frustrating year for all of us I have found myself in a position where I am unable to effectively provide the leadership to make the changes needed and to resolve the issues the town faces."

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Annual winter concert returns to Dundee
Annual winter concert returns to Dundee

DUNDEE--Dundee's sixth annual winter concert will feature a blues party and dance at Starkey's Lookout, Friday, Jan. 25. Steve Grills and The Roadmasters with special guest Joe Beard will perform at the event which benefits the Dundee Food Pantry. Last year, the concert resulted in an $1100 donation to the pantry.

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Catlin matter adjourned until Feb. 12
Catlin matter adjourned until Feb. 12

PENN YAN--Elizabeth Catlin has been charged with the state department of education "felony of unauthorized practice of profession." After a Penn Yan court date Monday, Jan. 7, the matter has been adjourned to Tuesday, Feb. 12. Catlin's attorney, David R. Morabito, said after the Monday appearance of counsel, "More than 100 people turned out to support Catlin Monday evening. That is unusual to see such an outpouring of support."

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New state laws for the new year
New state laws for the new year

NEW YORK--Here's a look at some--but not all--of the new laws coming into effect in 2019. As 2019 begins, minimum-wage employees across the state can look forward to bigger paychecks.

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Officials confirm measles case
Officials confirm measles case

ROCHESTER (AP)--Health officials in Monroe County say they have confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated toddler. Public health department spokesman Ryan Horey said Thursday, Jan. 3 the child recently traveled out of the United States and likely contracted the disease outside of the country. Health officials say they believe this is an isolated case, and the risk to the public in Monroe County is very low.

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Law changes smoke detector batteries
Law changes smoke detector batteries

NEW YORK STATE--The low-battery beeping of old smoke detectors will be a thing of the past as state legislation goes into full effect, April 1, 2019. The bill, signed in 2015, prohibited the sale or distribution of smoke detectors that use removable batteries by 2017 but the date was later amended to 2019. New smoke detectors will only be allowed to have 10-year non-replaceable batteries or be hardwired into the home under the regulations.

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Seniors must verify income for tax break
Seniors must verify income for tax break

NEW YORK STATE--The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance reminded property owners age 65 and over who are applying or reapplying to receive the Enhanced STAR exemption in 2019 that they must now enroll in the Income Verification Program (IVP). Those already enrolled in the IVP don't need to take any action to continue receiving their Enhanced STAR exemption checks. New IVP enrollees will likewise automatically receive the exemption each year they're eligible.

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Local firms welcome year-end grants
Local firms welcome year-end grants

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more than $6,200,000 in community development funding for Yates and Schuyler County along with the village of Hammondsport. The awards are from the latest round of the state's regional economic development initiative. Some of the larger grants included: Village of Dundee, $1,268,000 for their wastewater project, $500,000 for the addition of a 300-seat conference center at the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan and $270,000 for the Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake Watershed Nine Element Plan (awarded through the town of Geneva).

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Lake groups will receive $270K grant
Lake groups will receive $270K grant

SENECA LAKE--Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association learned Tuesday, Dec. 18 that its proposal to complete a Nine Element Plan for the Seneca Lake watershed, which includes Keuka Lake, will receive a Consolidated Funding Application grant from New York state sufficient to cover the costs to retain Ecologic, a consulting firm from Cazenovia, New York.

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Watkins Glen rental law will affect many
Watkins Glen rental law will affect many

WATKINS GLEN--The village board recently approved a new law that will impact short-term rental properties throughout Watkins Glen. The short-term rental law applies to properties from one unit to multi-units in the village.

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Unemployment rate reaches all-time low
Unemployment rate reaches all-time low

NEW YORK STATE--New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent. In November reaching its lowest level on record (current records date back to 1976), according to preliminary figures released by the New York State Department of Labor. In addition, the number of unemployed New Yorkers fell in November, from 387,500 to 379,400, its lowest level since August 1988.

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Downtown committee looks at possible projects
Downtown committee looks at possible projects

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Local Planning Committee held its second public meeting Thursday, Dec. 13 at the fire department. The attendees heard details about the number and scope of the projects that have been submitted for consideration for state funding. Ed Flynn from LaBella Associates, the Rochester-based firm coordinating the Penn Yan DRI project, opened the meeting and said the committee has received more than 40 projects requesting assistance from the state $10 million DRI grant.

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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 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.
Penn Yan Girls Basketball 1-11-19
Odessa-Montour Boys Basketball 1-11-19
Dundee Basketball 1-10-19
Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour Swimming 1-10-19

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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. 16 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 15 ... Odessa-Montour, 7 p.m.
Jan. 25 ... Thomas A. Edison, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 15 ... Marathon, 4 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 15 ... Lansing, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 ... @ Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 17 ... Marathon, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Waverly, 9 a.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. 16 ... Watkins Glen, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... @ Moravia, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 15 ... @ Watkins Glen, 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... Moravia, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 14 ... @ Union Springs, 4 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... @ Tioga, 3:30 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 17 ... Marathon, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 ... @ Waverly, 9 a.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 15 ... Greene, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... @ Dryden, 4:30 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
Jan. 15 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... Wayne, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 14 ... Marcus Whitman, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 15 ... @ Honeoye, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 ... Waterloo, 4 p.m.

Wrestling (Marcus Whitman/Penn Yan)
Jan. 18-19 ... @ Wayne-Finger Lakes Tournament, TBA.

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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. 14 ... Bradford, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 18 ... @ Prattsburgh, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 14 ... @ Belfast, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 ... Arkport, 7:15 p.m.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 15 ... @ Romulus, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... Naples, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 16 ... Romulus, 6 p.m.
Jan. 18 ... @ Naples, 6 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 15 ... Waterloo, 4 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... Bloomfield, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 15 ... @ Red Jacket, 6:30 p.m.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-14-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-14-18

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-7-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-7-18

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 Nov. 7 newspapers.

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PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Hammondsport win volleyball titles
PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Hammondsport win volleyball titles

BLOOMFIELD, GENESEO--Both the Penn Yan and Hammondsport varsity volleyball teams won sectional titles in their respective divisions, Saturday, Nov. 3. Penn Yan was the Class C1 champion over LeRoy, while Hammondsport defeated Batavia Notre Dame for the Class D3 title. Both teams won in five sets.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-31-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-31-18

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 Oct. 31 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-24-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-24-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Dundee, Hammondsport and Penn Yan. These results appeared in the Oct. 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-17-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-17-18

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 Oct. 17 newspapers.

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