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After 30 years, Pratt buys Dundee property
After 30 years, Pratt buys Dundee property

DUNDEE--After leasing space for his business the last 30 years, Tom Pratt, Jr. is now the official owner of the corner property at 1 Millard St. in Dundee. The owner of Tom Pratt Automotive said it "feels really good," to finally own the property, which he purchased for between $230,000-$240,000. In addition to the business, he also owns the white house adjacent to it, which he is in the process of cleaning up and improving.

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Village approves zoning law updates
Village approves zoning law updates

WATKINS GLEN--After months of tabling action on the law and conducting revisions, the Watkins Glen village board finally passed a local law Monday, Sept. 19, updating their zoning code. One of the main concerns voiced by residents throughout the entire process was wording in the law that limits where and how long a person can park a recreational vehicle (RV). One village resident continued to voice these concerns Monday, noting many people in the village are not able to meet the requirements to park their RV on their property. She stated this will result in an increased cost for RV owners who will now have to pay to rent space to store their vehicle on other lots.

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Area schools conduct lead tests on water
Area schools conduct lead tests on water

FINGER LAKES--State legislators highlighted the signing of a new law requiring school districts to test for lead in their drinking water systems Sept. 6. Acknowledged as a "first-in-the-nation law," the law was sponsored by State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), after concerns over lead in drinking sources at schools were raised in their respective legislative districts and across the state. Earlier this year, school districts in Ithaca, Trumansburg and Binghamton had to shut down drinking water supplies as a result of tests which revealed elevated levels of lead above state and EPA standards for contamination.

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Airport work begins this week
Airport work begins this week

PENN YAN--The Penn Yan-Yates County Airport will see work begin on a new eight aircraft hangar this week. The hangar work will also include a 5,000 square-yard taxi lane extension. Estimates indicate the project will take four months to complete, putting the end date around the middle of January. The hangar will be a pre-engineered metal aircraft T-hangar building erected on a concrete floor supported by concrete pier foundations. The hangar will be for smaller aircraft around a 30-foot wingspan or less.

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Jason Cook tops primary vote totals
Jason Cook tops primary vote totals

YATES COUNTY--Jason Cook emerged as the front-runner in the race for Yates County judge after the primary election held Tuesday, Sept. 13. Cook won the Republican primary -- which had the largest turnout on election day -- by a wide margin, taking 1,203 votes (57.5 percent). Valerie Gardner had 456 votes (21.8 percent), while Matthew Conlon took 431 votes (20.6 percent). There were also two write-in votes. This was the only primary party election with all three candidates on the ticket.

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Wal-Mart reappraisal could cost area $100K
Wal-Mart reappraisal could cost area $100K

WATKINS GLEN--Wal-Mart's request for a reduction in their assessment from $11.7 million to $7.5 million has officials worried it could affect the area's tax income. If the reassessment were to go through, officials estimate it could cost the county approximately $25,000, with the impact going in excess of $100,000 for all municipalities collectively.

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Panel will promote faith cooperation
Panel will promote faith cooperation

YATES COUNTY--The Penn Yan Area Council of Churches and Yates County Progressives will be hosting a panel Monday, Sept. 26, to address the discrimination and prejudice being aimed at Muslims. The panel will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the basement auditorium of the Yates County office building, located at 417 Liberty St. in Penn Yan. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. "As a group, we want to provide a forum in Penn Yan to counter much of the negativity that is being aimed at the Muslim community as a result of ISIS and the presidential campaigns," according to a statement from the groups.

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Phillips announces his retirement
Phillips announces his retirement

WATKINS GLEN (9/14/2016)--In what will be his final full year as superintendent of the Watkins Glen Central School District, Tom Phillips said he will be officially retiring next fall. "This is my 33rd year in education and my 11th year here at Watkins Glen," Phillips said. "It's just that time of your life where you look around and go 'I think I've done all I can do.'" Phillips said his retirement will become official in October of 2017, adding he is hoping the school board would find a replacement so he could help them transition throughout the summer. He said he wanted to give the board of education plenty of time so they could begin the process of putting together the characteristics they are looking for and get their advertisements out.

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State police charge Galvin with forgery
State police charge Galvin with forgery

PENN YAN (9/14/2016)--After more than a month since election petition signatures were brought into question, the New York State Police have brought formal charges against Patrick Galvin, 55, of Penn Yan. Galvin was arrested Friday, Sept. 9, and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony. Galvin was arraigned in the Town of Starkey Court where he was released on his own recognizance. Galvin was a former Yates County legislator, Penn Yan village trustee and a current member of the Yates County Republican Committee.

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Keuka Lake wineries expect decreases
Keuka Lake wineries expect decreases

TRI-COUNTY AREA (9/14/2016)--While the hot, dry weather across the region has contributed to an exceptionally good grape quality anticipation for this year, the overall yield is still in question for many Finger Lakes wineries. Due to the drought and damage from previous winters, several Keuka Lake area wineries are projecting double-digit decreases for their grape intake.

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Seaplanes will return to Hammondsport
Seaplanes will return to Hammondsport

HAMMONDSPORT (9/14/2016)--The sky around Hammondsport will once again be filled with a variety of seaplanes for the 13th annual Seaplane Homecoming event Saturday, Sept. 17. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Depot Park, where attendees will be able to watch the seaplanes land and take off, as well as speak with their pilots. The Seaplane Homecoming is free and open to the public.

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Lake group will honor Dundee contributors
Lake group will honor Dundee contributors

DUNDEE (9/14/2016)--At its annual dinner and meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) will recognize those who have made significant contributions in assisting SLWPA fulfill its mission to enhance and preserve the quality of Seneca Lake. Barbara Schiesser of Dundee will receive the 2016 Bruce Adams Award for her dedication and support of SLPWA specifically for her service as secretary and as chairperson of the silent auction. Schiesser formerly worked as a clinical social worker and presently owns and operates Sunrise Landing Bed and Breakfast in Dundee. Richard Ahola of Dundee will receive the Founders Award for his significant role in the reorganization of SLPWA and for providing and leadership to the Seneca Lake Area Partners in 5 Counties and the committee that advised the formation of the Seneca Lake Management Plan.

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Officials host drought forum for farmers
Officials host drought forum for farmers

PRATTSBURGH (9/14/2016)--State Sen.Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) sponsored an "Agriculture Roundtable: The Impact of the 2016 Drought on Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Farmers" Tuesday, Sept. 13.
O'Mara was joined by New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, State Sen. Patty Ritchie (R,C,IP-Watertown), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee; State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Alison M. Hunt, district director for Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning).

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Yates judge primary set for Tuesday, Sept. 13
Yates judge primary set for Tuesday, Sept. 13

YATES COUNTY (9/7/2016)--The annual primary elections coming up Tuesday, Sept. 13, feature a contested three-way race for Yates County judge this year. The candidates include Matthew Conlon, Jason Cook and Valerie Gardner. Six different parties will hold primary elections for this seat, including the Republican, Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, Women's Equality and Reform Parties. Current Yates County Judge Patrick Falvey is not running for reelection. The term is for 10 years.

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Grand Prix Festival set for Friday
Grand Prix Festival set for Friday

WATKINS GLEN (9/7/2016)--The annual Grand Prix Festival and Vintage Grand Prix races will be reunited this weekend after being separated last year. This comes after the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix was held in July of 2015 due to the repaving at Watkins Glen International (WGI), while the festival was still held during its traditional September date. This year's events will begin with the festival Friday, Sept. 9, and will continue at the racetrack through Sunday, Sept. 11.

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Harmful algae blooms appear in Seneca
Harmful algae blooms appear in Seneca

HECTOR (9/7/2016)--The Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association (SLPWA) has confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algae at two locations on Seneca Lake. Lake water samples taken the last week of August have confirmed, for the first time this summer, the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as Blue-Green Algae (BGA) or Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs), on Seneca Lake.

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Farmers can get loans for drought loss, crop damage
Farmers can get loans for drought loss, crop damage

TRI-COUNTY AREA (9/7/2016)--Area farmers are now eligible for emergency loans due to crop loss and damages from drought conditions. Public Affairs and Community Outreach Specialist with the USDA Farm Service Agency Lynnette Wright said producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production to a maximum amount of $500,000. She added farmers must have suffered at least a 30 percent loss in crop production to be eligible for this assistance. Wright said when the U.S. Drought Monitor measured a D3 drought in 15 counties, those counties and any neighboring counties were fast-tracked to a Secretarial Disaster Designation.

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Senators urge consideration of gas concerns
Senators urge consideration of gas concerns

READING (9/7/2016)--U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) submitted another letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with concerns about Crestwood's underground natural gas storage in the town of Reading. The letter, dated Aug. 19, urges FERC to give full consideration to the safety and environmental concerns brought up by several groups and citizens in the area surrounding Seneca Lake. This comes following a decision by FERC in May to grant the project a two-year extension on construction that was initially approved in 2014.

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Dundee names Van Zile, Strait homecoming queen, king
Dundee names Van Zile, Strait homecoming queen, king

DUNDEE--Dundee celebrated their homecoming Saturday, Sept. 24, by naming K-Leigh Van Zile and Bobby Strait the homecoming queen and king. The crowning took place following the conclusion of the annual homecoming football game, where the Dundee Scots were defeated by the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles 49-6. The Scots are now 1-3 heading into a road contest at South Seneca Friday, Sept. 30. The Golden Eagles received the ball to open the game and drove down to the Dundee two yard line. While Clyde-Savannah fumbled on the next play, one of their linemen recovered the ball across the goal line to take a 7-0 lead. The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 14-0 after forcing Dundee to punt on their first possession, recovering one of their own fumbles and completing a tipped pass during the drive. The teams swapped turnovers on their next drives, with Clyde recovering a Dundee fumble before throwing an interception to Brayden Eatherton. The score would remain 14-0 Clyde to end the first quarter.

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Odessa-Montour celebrates homecoming
Odessa-Montour celebrates homecoming

ODESSA--The combined Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour football team lost to Newark Valley 61-0, Friday, Sept. 23. The night was Odessa's homecoming and during halftime, Kyle Frasier was named king, while Sage Garrison was selected as homecoming queen. Kyle Frasier, Andy Fudala, Collin Povoski, Nick Sgrecci and Andy Stevenson were the homecoming king candidates. The queen candidates included: Paxtyn Brown, Alyssa Crout, Sage Garrison, Dasia Herrmann and Taylor Sykes. The Seneca Indians trailed early, failing to stop the Cardinals on their opening drive and giving up a 20-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter. While Austin Dalrymple got an interception in the second quarter, Newark Valley extended their lead to 40-0 by halftime. The third quarter ended with a score of 54-0.

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Penn Yan golfers fall to Wayne
Penn Yan golfers fall to Wayne

PENN YAN-The Mustangs' varsity golf team lost to Wayne, 222-241, Thursday, Sept. 22. Bryce Johnson led with a low 38, including a birdie on hole one. John Travis had a 44. Clay Koivuniemi recorded 50, while Peter Nicholson had a 54 and Alex Gurba 55. Penn Yan's record is now 3-6.

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Watkins swimmers top Notre Dame
Watkins swimmers top Notre Dame

WATKINS GLEN-The Senecas' girls varsity swimming team beat visiting Elmira-Notre Dame, 105-69, Wednesday, Sept. 21. Peighton Cervoni was first in the 100 freestyle (1:00.01) and first in the 100 backstroke (1:08.87). Sara Gardner won first in the 50 freestyle (28.82), while Lexi Castellaneta took first in diving. Jillian Kilcoyne finished first in the 100 butterfly (1:12.37). Liza Carnes was second in the 200 freestyle (2:17.24) and second in the 100 butterfly (1:13.32). Amanda Wilbur placed second in the 200 IM (2:33.52) and second in the 100 backstroke (1:10.04). Elizabeth Kilcoyne was second in the 50 freestyle (28.95) and Jena Slater was second in diving. Isabella Fazzary took second in the 500 freestyle (6:19.53). Sarah Swinnerton finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.29).

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SPORTS RECAP: Soccer, football and volleyball
SPORTS RECAP: Soccer, football and volleyball

DUNDEE-The Lady Scots soccer team fell to South Seneca, Friday, Sept. 16. The final score was 6-0.
Goalie Andi Wood recorded 17 saves for Dundee. With the loss, Dundee's record is now 0-5.
WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen girls and boys varsity soccer teams lost in the final round of the GLM Memorial Soccer Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 17. The girls fell 3-1, while the boys lost 5-1. Both teams faced Dryden in their last game.
The Odessa-Montour boys team beat Dundee 8-0 in the tournament consolation game.

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Wayne defeats Penn Yan 2-1
Wayne defeats Penn Yan 2-1

PENN YAN-The Penn Yan girls varsity soccer team lost to Wayne Central, Wednesday, Sept. 14. The final score was 2-1. Sydney Gifford with an assist from Cassidy Prather scored Penn Yan's goal. Ashley Sisson made 12 saves in the goal.

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Mustangs beat Newark, 5-0
Mustangs beat Newark, 5-0

PENN YAN (9/16/16)-The Penn Yan varsity tennis team blanked Newark, 5-0, Wednesday, Sept. 14. Riley Pallar beat Andrea Hoe, 6-2, 6-2. Jenna Curbeau defeated Wiktoria Czekajska, 6-1, 6-1, while Shelby Woodard won against Anabel Darling, 6-1, 6-0. In doubles, Victoria Staff and Marina Coriale beat Kaitlyn Pieters and Cordelia Lalone, 6-3, 6-0. Katy Worden and Brittany Gavigan topped Lauren Mays and Nina Bishop, 6-1, 6-1.

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Seneca Indians lose to Susquehanna Valley
Seneca Indians lose to Susquehanna Valley

WATKINS GLEN (9/12/16)-The combined Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Seneca Indians football team lost their home opener against Susquehanna Valley, Saturday, Sept. 10. The Seneca Indians were down 14-0 at halftime, with the final score being 26-0 after Susquehanna Valley put up 12 points in the fourth quarter. On the ground, the Seneca Indians were led by Ryan Pruitt with 59 yards on 17 carries. Zach Elliott had 27 yards with 12 attempts, while Joe Chedzoy recorded 13 yards on seven plays. Pruitt also had two receptions for 13 yards. At quarterback, Jacob Kelly was 3-for-6 passing with 17 yards. The Seneca Indians had 99 yards of total offense. Pruitt, Jordan Dillenbeck, Kameryn Sheldon and Sean Kelly all had five solo tackles on defense for the game. Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour moves to 0-2 on the season as they prepare for Candor/Spencer-Van Etten this Friday. The away game will be played at Candor at 7 p.m.

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Odessa boys beat Dundee, 6-1
Odessa boys beat Dundee, 6-1

DUNDEE (9/9/16)-The Odessa-Montour boys varsity soccer team topped Dundee, 6-1, Thursday, Sept. 8. The score at halftime was 4-1, Odessa. Curtis Harris and Andy Fudala both scored twice for O-M. Preston Harris and Collin Povoski recorded one goal each. The Scots' Bobby Strait scored once. In goal, Dundee's John Clancy had 20 saves. The Indians' Fudala recorded three saves, while Trey McCarty had one save. Odessa had 20 shots on goal to Dundee's six. The Scots led in corner kicks, 7-4.

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Penn Yan girls lose to Waterloo
Penn Yan girls lose to Waterloo

PENN YAN (9/9/16)-The Lady Mustangs varsity soccer team fell to Waterloo, Wednesday, Sept. 7. The final score was 1-0. In goal, Ashley Sisson had seven saves. With the loss, Penn Yan's record is 0-3. The Lady Mustangs play next at Marcus Whitman, Friday, Sept. 9.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dixon earns fourth win at The Glen
PHOTO GALLERY: Dixon earns fourth win at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN (9/4/16)-Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, led 50 of 60 laps to take the checkered flag in the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen, Sunday, Sept. 4. Dixon was on the pole for Sunday's race and finished over 16 seconds ahead of Josef Newgarden who was second. The top five also included Helio Castroneves, Conor Daly and Sebastien Bourdais. The IndyCar season finale will be held in two weeks at Sonoma when Simon Pagenaud and Will Power battle for the season championship.

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Scots suffer season opening defeat
Scots suffer season opening defeat

DUNDEE (9/3/16)--The Dundee varsity football team suffered a 44-13 defeat in their season and home opener against Red Jacket Saturday, Sept. 3. The loss puts the Scots at 0-1 heading into next week's road contest at Hannibal, Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. The Scots received the opening kickoff, but the Indians were able to score first to take an 8-0 lead. This would be the only score of the first quarter. The second quarter was all Red Jacket, as the Indians took a 30-0 lead into halftime. The scoring continued into the third quarter, as the Indians increased their lead to 44-0.

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Mustangs fall to Bombers in season opener
Mustangs fall to Bombers in season opener

PENN YAN (9/3/16)--The Penn Yan varsity football team suffered a 34-14 defeat at the hands of the East Rochester-Gananda Friday, Sept. 2. The game was both the season and home opener for the Mustangs. The two teams stalemated against each other to open the game, taking a 0-0 score into the second quarter. Penn Yan got on the board first completing a six-yard touchdown pass to Will Rogers on a rollout. After a failed two-point conversion, the score was 6-0 Penn Yan. However, the Bombers responded on their next drive with a score of their own on a two-yard rush. After a successful extra-point, the Bombers led 7-6. Penn Yan had two more offensive possessions in the second quarter, the second of which came on a strip and fumble recovery by lineman Cadin Lloyd. But an interception on the second drive meant East Rochester retained their lead going into halftime.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Sept. 24 ... Clyde-Savannah, 1 p.m.
Sept. 30 ... @ South Seneca, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 21 ... TBA.
Sept. 27 ... University Preparatory, 4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 20 ... @ Red Jacket, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Avoca, 4:30 p.m.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Football
Sept. 23 ... Newark Valley (@ Odessa-Montour), 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 ... @ Oneonta, 3 p.m.

Cross Country
Sept. 20 ... @ Thomas A. Edison, 5 p.m.
Sept. 24 ... @ McDaniel-Baxter Invite, 9 a.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 21 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... @ Spencer-Van Etten, 4:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 22 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 ... @ Newfield, 4:30 p.m.

Girls swimming
Sept. 20 ... Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Corning, 5 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 22 ... Waverly, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 ... @ Newark Valley, 6:30 p.m.

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Penn Yan varsity sports schedule
Penn Yan varsity sports schedule

PENN YAN--Listed is Penn Yan's fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Football
Sept. 23 ... @ Midlakes, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 21 ... @ Newark, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... Mynderse, 6:30 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 20 ... Newark, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 6:30 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 20 ... @ Marcus Whitman, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 20 ... Hammondsport, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Palmyra-Macedon, 6:30 p.m.

Girls tennis
Sept. 21 ... Harley Allendale Columbia, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... Waterloo, 4:30 p.m.

Boys golf
Sept. 20 ... @ Palmyra-Macedon, 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 ... Wayne, 4 p.m.

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Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule
Odessa-Montour varsity sports schedule

ODESSA--Listed is Odessa-Montour's fall sports schedule for the coming week:

Boys soccer
Sept. 20 ... Waverly, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Newark Valley, 6 p.m.

Girls soccer
Sept. 21 ... Watkins Glen, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 ... @ Newark Valley, 11 a.m.

Girls swimming
Sept. 20 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Dryden, 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 20 ... @ Newark Valley, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 ... Spencer-Van Etten, 6:30 p.m.

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Hammondsport sports schedule
Hammondsport sports schedule

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

Girls soccer
Sept. 20 ... @ Addison, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... Campbell-Savona, 6:30 p.m.

Boys soccer
Sept. 21 ... Arkport, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 ... @ Bradford, 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Sept. 20 ... @ Penn Yan, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 ... @ Canisteo-Greenwood, 7 p.m.

Cross country
Sept. 20 ... @ Avoca, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 ... Avoca, 4:30 p.m.

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