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Emergency responders honor Tom Carson
Emergency responders honor Tom Carson

MONTOUR FALLS--The lights and sirens of firetrucks from multiple departments sounded in Montour Falls Saturday, April 20. There was not a fire or emergency scene; the volunteer departments were paying tribute to firefighter and former chief Tom Carson. Carson also served as the Master of Ceremonies at many fire department award banquets and is pictured at the Watkins Glen dinner in 2015. Carson was battling cancer and got to see the outpouring of support from his porch as the Montour Falls, Odessa, Watkins Glen, Hector, Tyrone, Monterey, Beaver Dams, Burdett, Mecklenburg and other agencies made their way to honor his service.

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Planning board approves waterfront subdivision
Planning board approves waterfront subdivision

BARRINGTON--The Barrington planning board approved the Keuka Lake waterfront subdivision plans for the former Viking Resort property Wednesday, April 17. The subdivision allows for a total of seven waterfront parcels representing 19.30 acres to be sold for residential building lots. The combined list sales price for all seven parcels is $2,953,000. The property is owned by Ken Christensen Jr. and his wife Karen. The addresses on East Lake Road include 680-692.

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Woodstock ticket delay causes speculation
Woodstock ticket delay causes speculation

SCHUYLER COUNTY--For an event that has generated more questions than answers, perhaps one the biggest factors, what the event will cost, remains up in the air. However, an application filed last week with the Department of Health (DOH) does state an attendance number of 75,000 according to Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn. In the past few months, estimates were often in the neighborhood of 100,000.

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Departments will hold recruitment open house
Departments will hold recruitment open house

FINGER LAKES--If you ever wanted to learn more about your local fire department this weekend April 27-28 offers a special opportunity with the state-wide RecruitNY campaign. During the weekend, volunteer fire departments across the area and state will open their doors and provide the public with a glimpse of what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. Potential volunteers will have the opportunity to speak with active volunteers and participate in typical fire service activities. The event also enables citizens to better understand the role the local fire department plays in protecting their community.

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Officials seek mental health answers
Officials seek mental health answers

YATES COUNTY--Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY), state Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C, I-Big Flats), and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) sponsored a mental health community roundtable in Penn Yan Monday, April 22. The meeting, "Crisis in Care: Mental Health Services in Rural Communities," brought together regional leaders for a discussion on mental health needs and resources for the community. The meeting was held in the Yates County Auditorium and featured a panel of area lawmakers, health care professionals, community development specialists, school superintendents, law enforcement, and health care providers to examine the strategies for providing more mental health services and care.

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Penn Yan proposes $36.2M new school budget
Penn Yan proposes $36.2M new school budget

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan school board voted to adopt the proposed 2019-'20 school budget Wednesday, April 10 of $36,239,453 with a tax levy increase of 2.28 percent. The board also approved a resolution to spend $455,000 for four new vehicles. The purchases will include one 42 person passenger bus and three 65 passenger buses.

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Food pack operation expands in Watkins Glen
Food pack operation expands in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The Arc of Schuyler food pack business is expanding. This week, Glen Co-Pack hosted an open house for people to see their new re-configured 5,000 square-foot workspace at 203 12th St. Holly Baker, The Arc of Schuyler director of communications, said, "We have been doing food packing in our building since 2010 but now with our expansion we won't be so tight for space and can be more efficient. Our food pack operation is located in the existing footprint of the Arc production facility, but we have more room than we did previously with our next door new Arc construction project."

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Dundee Library names new interim director
Dundee Library names new interim director

DUNDEE--The Dundee Library has announced Linda Nichols as the new Interim Director of the library. Nichols has career experience in both grant and library administration, most recently working as a grant project director for the Oswego County Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). She has also worked for the Geneva Public Library, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Steuben-Allegany BOCES, Dundee elementary school and Prattsburgh Central School.

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MUSIC REVIEW: Watson loves music, Watkins roots
MUSIC REVIEW: Watson loves music, Watkins roots

LOS ANGELES--Willie Watson is the proverbial small town boy who has made it to the big screen. Known locally for his music talent and his success with Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie's national acclaim includes his solo albums of Folk Singer Volume 1-2 and his most recent success as "The Kid" in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Coen Brothers production was nominated for three Academy Awards including the best original song, "When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings," sung by Watson and Tim Blake Nelson.

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Burger King's veggie burger inspiration?
Burger King's veggie burger inspiration?

WATKINS GLEN--As one thing inevitably leads to another, a non-profit based in Watkins Glen has impacted food choices across the country. Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary president and co-founder with Lorri Houston, found his calling when he rescued a live sheep named Hilda from a stockyard "dead pile." Needing a place to house her and other animals taken by police and animal rescue groups from conditions where they were starved or otherwise mistreated, he began Farm Sanctuary in 1986 near Watkins Glen on 271 acres close to Sugar Hill State Forest.

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Measles count surges to 555
Measles count surges to 555

NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for the most illnesses in 25 years. Health officials Monday, April 15 said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago. While 20 states have reported cases, New York has been the epicenter. Nearly two-thirds of all cases have been in New York, and 85 percent of the latest week's cases came from the state. Most of the New York cases have been unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

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County requests lead for Woodstock review
County requests lead for Woodstock review

WATKINS GLEN--The Schuyler County legislature met Monday, April 8, for the regular monthly meeting in the legislative chambers at the county office building. All resolutions were passed unanimously with legislator Jim Howell absent Monday evening. During the public comment session at the beginning of the meeting, the group was asked some follow-up questions by a resident about the planning of the upcoming Woodstock 50 concert at Watkins Glen International. The event has been announced for Aug. 16-18.

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Legislature takes a stand against three gun proposals
Legislature takes a stand against three gun proposals

PENN YAN--The Yates County Legislature approved a resolution Monday, April 8 opposing three additions or amendments for gun regulation pending before state lawmakers.

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Nonprofits receive over $100,000 from Phish
Nonprofits receive over $100,000 from Phish

WATKINS GLEN--Seven nonprofits serving Schuyler County that assisted in the flood recovery last year received $14,875.06 each from the band Phish and their nonprofit foundation, The WaterWheel Foundation. The announcement was made last week and the check presentation was held Tuesday, April 9 at Watkins Glen International. Recipients will include: the Watkins Glen Fire Department, Humane Society of Schuyler County, Hector Food Pantry, Valois, Logan and Hector Fire Department, Arbor Housing and Development Foundation, American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes and the Dundee Fire and Rescue Team.

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DEC warns residents  of fire potential
DEC warns residents of fire potential

NEW YORK--The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a warning for residents to obey the statewide burn ban as conditions for wildfires have become heightened across most of the state, with temperatures and winds increasing. "Dry weather, warming temperatures, and strong winds today have elevated the risk of fires across much of the state," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Please heed the statewide ban and do not burn any brush or yard debris, both now and over the next several weeks as conditions for wildfire outbreaks likely increase."

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Hammondsport, Bradford now sports partners
Hammondsport, Bradford now sports partners

HAMMONDSPORT--The Hammondsport and Bradford school districts have put together a plan for sports team sharing that should allow students to compete even with declining enrollment numbers. Kyle Bower, superintendent of the Hammondsport Central School District, said his school has partnered with several districts for many years in several sports. Bower said, "We have previously combined with Bradford, Prattsburgh and Avoca."

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Woodstock founder answers questions
Woodstock founder answers questions

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center was filled with residents, fans and local officials Wednesday, March 27 for an information session and a question and answer period with the Woodstock 50 organizers. The three-day event is planned for Aug. 16 to 18. Among the presenters was Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang and a number of experts in various fields including transportation, security and medical.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-24-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-24-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the spring break sports results from Penn Yan. These results appeared in the April 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-17-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-17-19

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 April 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-10-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-10-19

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 April 10 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.
Odessa-Montour IAC Relays 4-6-19
Penn Yan Boys Lacrosse 4-4-19
Watkins Glen Softball 4-3-19


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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-3-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-3-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the April 3 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Softball
April 18 ... Dryden, 4:30 p.m.
April 22 ... @ Elmira Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 23 ... @ Candor, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Bath Invitational, 5 p.m.

Boys golf
April 15 ... Elmira Notre Dame, TBA.
April 22 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4 p.m.

Lacrosse
April 16 .. Dryden, 5 p.m
April 18 ... @ Whitney Point, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
April 22 ... Elmira Heights, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 ... @ Moravia, 4:30 p.m.

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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:

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen combined Baseball
April 22 ... @ Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 23 ... Newfield (@ OM), 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 22 ... Southern Cayuga, 4:30 p.m.
April 23 ... Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
April 22 ... Watkins Glen, 4 p.m.
April 24 ... @ Elmira Heights, 4 p.m.

Track and field
April 23 ... Tioga, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 ... @ Elmira Invitational, 9 a.m.

Tennis
April 22 ... Elmira Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 ... Trumansburg, 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 spring sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys lacrosse
April 17 ... @ Erie Cathedral Prep, 4 p.m.
April 20 ... @ Canandaigua, noon.

Girls lacrosse
April 17 ... Seton Catholic, 2 p.m.
April 24 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 5 p.m.

Baseball
April 18 ... @ Newark, TBA.
April 23 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 23 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 ... @ Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis
April 22 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 ... @ Wayne, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 23 ... @ Clyde Savannah, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Wayne Invitational, 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:

Softball (Bradford/Hammondsport)
April 23 ... Campbell-Savona (@ Bradford), 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Addison, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball (Bradford/Hammondsport)
April 22 ... Addison (@ Bradford), 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Addison, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
April 23 ... Campbell-Savona, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 ... Canisteo-Greenwood, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field (Bradford/Hammondsport)
April 23 ... @ Alfred Almond, 4:30 p.m.
April 26 ... @ Bath, TBA.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Baseball
April 23 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 ... @ South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
April 23 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 ... @ South Seneca, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
April 23 ... Gananda, 4:30 p.m.
April 30 ... Lyons, 4:30 p.m.

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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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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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