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Early voting underway for primaries
Early voting underway for primaries

FINGER LAKES--With the general election in November rapidly approaching, primaries are on the way Tuesday, June 22 to determine Republican candidates. Voters again have the option to participate in early polling.

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Watkins Glen graduation is this weekend
Watkins Glen graduation is this weekend

WATKINS GLEN--After a year of many changes and evolutions regarding COVID-19 regulations and activities at school, Watkins Glen will hold their graduation ceremony this Sunday, June 20. The outdoor event on Alumni Field will be by ticket admittance but will have one ceremony for all students. If there is inclement weather the rain date is Monday, June 21.

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Jury returns guilty verdict in two hours
Jury returns guilty verdict in two hours

YATES COUNTY--After just over two hours of deliberations, a Yates County jury returned a guilty verdict on the charge of murder in the second degree against Kelly Anderson for causing the death of her 16-month-old son Ethan Eslick on Aug. 29, 2002. The case was initially investigated by the Yates County Sheriff's Office investigators Todd Sotir and Michael Christensen.

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Haiti Benefit Auction moves to new location
Haiti Benefit Auction moves to new location

YATES COUNTY--The annual Haiti Benefit Auction will take place for the 17th year this weekend at the Finger Lakes Produce Auction in Penn Yan. Hundreds of items will be auctioned off to help benefit missions in Haiti. With all labor being done via volunteers and all items in the auctions donated, 100 percent of all the proceeds will go directly to HBA associated missions.

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Vaccine progress continues in Yates, New York
Vaccine progress continues in Yates, New York

YATES COUNTY--As of the county legislative meeting, Monday, June 14, the Yates County COVID rate has dropped to 0.1 percent and there has not been a new positive case in several days. Along with the drop in COVID numbers, Annmarie Flanagan, director of the Yates County health department, talked about vaccination rates, which continue to increase.

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Students debut Cheese Bus in Watkins
Students debut Cheese Bus in Watkins

WATKINS GLEN--It's not often that new business owners have to rush back to school to attend gym class after a ribbon-cutting, but such was the circumstance of Watkins Glen seniors and Cheese Bus owners Cale Sutterby and Silas Farrell Friday, June 11. While the idea for the Cheese Bus, a mobile artisanal cheese stand that travels between local wineries and events, started in a light-hearted way amongst advisors and fellow students in the New Visions Honor Academy program, the idea quickly ended up becoming a reality.

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Schuyler continues to monitor new virus cases
Schuyler continues to monitor new virus cases

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Despite progressively improving COVID-19 numbers, County Administrator Tim O'Hearn cautioned during the Monday, June 14 legislative meeting that now is no time to become complacent regarding the risks of COVID to the unvaccinated. There are currently eight active cases according to Schuyler County Public Health.

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State could reach vaccine target in days
State could reach vaccine target in days

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York will lift more COVID-19 rules once 70 percent of adults have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, a target that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he hoped the state could reach in days.
New Yorkers will still be required to wear masks in certain settings like subways and hospitals, but Cuomo touted his Monday announcement as a step closer to "life as normal."

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Board approves sewer, water surcharge
Board approves sewer, water surcharge

WATKINS GLEN-- The Watkins Glen village trustees approved an increase to sewer and water bills by roughly $22 total each month during the Tuesday, June 2 meeting. Sewer bills across the board will increase roughly $20 while water bills will increase by $2 to help pay down debt associated with recent multi-million dollar projects.

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Camps look forward to summer season
Camps look forward to summer season

FINGER LAKES--As the school year rapidly approaches its end Camp Cory in Penn Yan, Camp Good Days in Branchport and the 4-H Camp in Watkins Glen are getting ready to take campers for the summer season. While many camps will be able to expand offerings from last summer's stricter public health guidelines, there will still be changes to maximize camper safety.

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Greenidge releases economic impact study
Greenidge releases economic impact study

DRESDEN-A new study released Monday outlines the economic impact on the Finger Lakes region and New York state by Greenidge Generation. The study, conducted over the last several weeks by Appleseed, an economic consulting firm, included an analysis of Greenidge's impact on job creation, state and local taxes, and support of businesses. It also details the company's private investment in its power facility and the data processing center for mining cryptocurrency.

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Once again on the lake with Seneca Spirit
Once again on the lake with Seneca Spirit

SENECA LAKE--You can see far down the lake from the upper deck of the Seneca Spirit, while still remaining as socially-distant as you wish from other passengers. The new addition to the fleet at Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises arrived in Watkins Glen the evening of Memorial Day after a slightly more-exciting-than-expected trip north and west from Washington D.C.

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Yates approves new COVID protocols
Yates approves new COVID protocols

YATES COUNTY--In a special session held Friday, May 28 the Yates County Legislature adopted new COVID protocols to move into accordance with federal and state regulations. During the discussion, concerns were shared by legislator Carlie Chilson in relation to some of the new designations.

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Clute Park improvements are reaching finishing stages
Clute Park improvements are reaching finishing stages

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk has issued a public statement to help inform the community regarding the current status of Clute Park. The park, which is currently undergoing a $5 million update and work to update the brine pumps operated by Cargill, has had limited access for park-goers and is populated by construction equipment and workers. "The work is mostly being done to turn the park into a year-round destination instead of just seasonal," said Leszyk. "Before, the old bathrooms we had to winterize, now the [new bathrooms] can stay open year-round."

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Broadband project construction set for fall
Broadband project construction set for fall

YATES COUNTY--County officials have announced that the county's broadband committee has secured two contracts related to the $14M high-speed internet USDA ReConnect project that was awarded to the county last year. Approved by the legislature, the contracts are part of the process designed to bring internet access to 1,600 additional premises in Yates County.

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Sick leave now available for vaccine side effects
Sick leave now available for vaccine side effects

ALBANY (AP) -- Employers aren't allowed to refuse paid sick days if people feel ill after getting a dose of the vaccine, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last Thursday. Cuomo said the state's labor department will issue guidance that makes it clear that employees can take a paid sick day to recover from rare but potential side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Stories sought for historical society project
Stories sought for historical society project

MONTOUR FALLS--The history of the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps, which earned national acclaim and prestige during its 17 years, is the focus of a Schuyler County Historical Society special project launching in June. Participation by Squires alumni will be the cornerstone of the project, according to the historical society. The project is called "Echoes in the Valley," borrowed from the title of the book "Echoes in the Valley, Watkins Glen's Squires, Pages, Legion Cadets and the Watkins Montour Seneca Chiefs, a Half Century of Drum and Bugle Corps Activity in Schuyler County, New York" by Jud Spena.

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As restrictions lift, Memorial Day services return
As restrictions lift, Memorial Day services return

FINGER LAKES--COVID-19 gathering restrictions have been relaxed in New York which will allow a number of Memorial Day commemorations and services to remember fallen military service members. Additional festivities are planned throughout the region to mark the unofficial start of summer. Vaccination numbers in state and the region continue to improve, and vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear masks unless specified by the business, circumstance or space they are in.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-16-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-16-21

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 June 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-9-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-9-21

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 June 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-2-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-2-21

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 June 2 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-26-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-26-21

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 May 26 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-19-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-19-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the May 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-12-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-12-21

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 May 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-5-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-5-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the May 5 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-28-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-28-21

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 28 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-21-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-21-21

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 21 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-14-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-14-21

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 April 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-7-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-7-21

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-31-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-31-21

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 March 31 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-24-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-24-21

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 March 24 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-17-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-17-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport and the Seneca Indians. These results appeared in the March 17 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-10-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-10-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the March 10 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-3-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-3-21

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-24-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-24-21

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-17-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-17-21

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 Feb. 17 newspapers.

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