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

WATKINS GLEN--Watkins Glen welcomed the Class of 2018 to their alumni status, Saturday, June 23 in the school auditorium. The graduation ceremony featured a number of speeches by class leaders and many monetary awards to the graduates. Valedictorian Clara Chedzoy talked about the importance of determination and perseverance when approaching challenges. "Quite recently I listened to an audiobook, you can thank my mom for that one. At the end of this book, it talked about some of the hardest jobs, trainings and programs one can go through. It was a psychological study. The psychologist named Angela Duckworth was examining what determined who made it through these tough situations when many did not. That key ingredient she would find is grit. It was not talent, it was how badly did that person want to succeed and the measures they would take to do so even in the face of opposition and failure."

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PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport graduations
PHOTO GALLERIES: Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport graduations

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Three local schools held graduation ceremonies, Friday, June 22. Penn Yan and Hammondsport were able to be outside while Odessa held their celebration in the auditorium. At Penn Yan, student speakers Emily Wunder, Donald McMahon and Benedict DeMoras addressed The Class of 2018. "Every single one of our futures is unknown...Although some things are out of our control, we do have the ability to make choices that will help determine our future paths," said Class President Emily Wunder.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee celebrates graduates
PHOTO GALLERY: Dundee celebrates graduates

DUNDEE--Dundee Central School held the 79th annual graduation ceremony, Thursday, June 21 on the school's front lawn. Class leaders, advisors and administrators spoke to the large crowd of friends and family. This year, Renee Wolverton was the valedictorian and Colin Howell and Joshua Kane were co-salutatorians. "It has been an amazing year, full of memorial moments, such as homecoming, prom, and our trip to Cedar Point," said Wolverton. "We met teachers that empowered us and made friends that will last a lifetime. As we look back, we must look forward to what attitude we will have on life. The truth is life is beautiful but not always easy."

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Class of 2018 prepares for graduation
Class of 2018 prepares for graduation

TRI-COUNTY AREA--Seniors at area high schools are preparing for their graduation ceremonies coming up this week and weekend.

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Downtown projects get grant approval
Downtown projects get grant approval

WATKINS GLEN--Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the funded Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects for Watkins Glen. "Watkins Glen is a New York State treasure, featuring its beautiful state park, an internationally renowned race track and a vibrant downtown," Gov. Cuomo said. "These projects and investments will continue to revitalize this area, boosting the economy and helping the Southern Tier soar. I congratulate Watkins Glen and its residents, businesses and leaders for working together with the state to bring these ideas to life as we usher in a new era for this upstate gem."

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Grand jury indicts Champlin
Grand jury indicts Champlin

PENN YAN--A Yates County grand jury indicted Bob Champlin, formerly the owner of Lloyd's Limited in Penn Yan, June 7 on felony charges of first-degree criminal sex act, first-degree attempted rape and first-degree sexual abuse. Champlin has also been charged with misdemeanor offenses. The felony charge is a class B felony. Todd Casella, Yates County district attorney, said, "The sentence can be between five-25 years." Casella said a trial date could be set this year but it may not be until January.

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Welliver donation provides a new roof
Welliver donation provides a new roof

WANETA LAKE--A donation of time and money can make a big difference. The Welliver company, based in Montour Falls, decided the Boy Scout's Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake would again be the recipient of the company's outreach program Saturday, June 16.

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Teacher gets Grammy Museum recognition
Teacher gets Grammy Museum recognition

DUNDEE--When a music teacher gets a letter from the Grammy Museum it is a special day. Patrick Dunham, music teacher for the Dundee Central School District, just recently received that letter. The letter announced Dunham has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2019 Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

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State releases plan for harmful algal blooms
State releases plan for harmful algal blooms

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, June 18 the release of 12 tailored action plans to address the causes of harmful algal blooms in priority waterbodies across upstate New York. The action plans outline specific projects and programs to be implemented at priority lakes and also identify actions that can be taken at waterbodies statewide to reduce the threat of HABs. These plans are a central component of the governor's $65 million, four-point initiative unveiled in the 2018 State of the State to aggressively combat HABs and protect drinking water quality and the upstate economy.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Thrills and spills from the cardboard boat regatta
PHOTO GALLERY: Thrills and spills from the cardboard boat regatta

WATKINS GLEN--The 25th annual waterfront festival and cardboard boat regatta were held Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 in Watkins Glen. Seneca Harbor Park was filled with spectators on Saturday to watch as the cardboard boats were tested on Seneca Lake.

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Cruisin' Night is this Friday in Penn Yan
Cruisin' Night is this Friday in Penn Yan

PENN YAN--The village of Penn Yan will be filled with classic, antique and modern specialty cars, Friday, June 15. The 22nd annual Cruisin' Night and Block Party has a number of attractions downtown, including live music, additional food offerings and activities. Many businesses on Main Street also have additional displays and hours for the event. The evening gets underway at 5 p.m.

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Peter Pan will be flying this weekend
Peter Pan will be flying this weekend

WATKINS GLEN--The Lake Country Players will present Peter Pan Jr., Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. There are two casts that will split the performances. Friday features a 7:30 p.m. show, Saturday has two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday has a matinee at 2 p.m.

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Legislature approves officer job
Legislature approves officer job

PENN YAN--Legislators met Monday, June 11 and passed a number of resolutions. Some of the key decisions included the following: Authorized the Sheriff to fill the position of Deputy Sheriff. This is a current vacancy due to a retirement effective in May. The net cost to the county was projected to be $76,000 including retirement and fringe benefits. The sheriff may also create and fill a full time correction officer/court security position. This post is not to exceed $83,900.15 including wages and fringe benefits. The resolution states there will be no cost to Yates County for this state-funded position.

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Waterfront festival is ready in Watkins Glen
Waterfront festival is ready in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Seneca Harbor Park will host the annual waterfront festival and cardboard boat regatta Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16. This is the 25th year of the festival. The fair-style food court will be available both days, with the Friday Night Lights event starting off the attractions.

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State issues mosquito warnings
State issues mosquito warnings

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, June 8 a mosquito plan to help increase awareness and protect New Yorkers against mosquito-borne disease this summer. In addition, the governor has directed the Department of Health to issue a seasonal mosquito advisory to all local health departments and health care providers outlining the plan. "With the beginning of summer upon us, it is important to keep in mind the health risks associated with mosquito-borne diseases," Cuomo said. "This advisory serves to help New Yorkers stay informed and take the necessary precautions to keep their families safe when spending time outdoors this summer."

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Keuka Lake septic systems: Different monitoring for businesses vs. homeowners
Keuka Lake septic systems: Different monitoring for businesses vs. homeowners

KEUKA LAKE--The Keuka Watershed Improvement Cooperative (KWIC) met Thursday, May 31 in the town of Wayne and the differences between septic system monitoring for businesses and homeowners was a shock for many in attendance. At issue is The Switzerland Inn's current project to upgrade their restaurant's wastewater system located at 14109 Keuka Village Road (mid-way between Hammondsport and Penn Yan on the east side of Keuka Lake).

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Montour Falls plans festival event
Montour Falls plans festival event

MONTOUR FALLS--The Montour Falls Fire Department will host the 62nd annual festival, Thursday, June 7 to Saturday, June 9. Thursday and Friday the festival begins at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. As always, the parade of bands will fill the streets as the numerous groups march to the festival grounds. The parade will begin at 5 p.m., Saturday.

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Keuka Arts Festival welcomes additions
Keuka Arts Festival welcomes additions

PENN YAN--Painters, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, potters and artists in many other mediums from New York state, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maine will share their talents and their stories at the 11th annual Keuka Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, along the Outlet Trail in Penn Yan. This is the first year the festival has been run by the Arts Center of Yates County and Arts Center executive director Kris Pearson is excited about the opportunity.

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Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018
Sports Photo Galleries 2017-2018

FINGER LAKES--The following sports photo galleries include the 2017-2018 school year games for Dundee, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Hammondsport. Click 'Read more...' for the links.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-13-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the June 13 newspapers.

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Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title
Pleasantville defeats Penn Yan for state title

PITTSFORD-The number one state-ranked Pleasantville Panthers showed how they earned that position, Saturday, June 9 at St. John Fisher College against the Penn Yan Mustangs. The final score was 16-2 with the Panthers being named the Class D state champions. The historically high-scoring Pleasantville team got on the scoreboard first, but strong defense by Penn Yan and some impressive saves by goalie Jeff Kinyoun gave the impression the Mustangs had Pleasantville under control.

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Mustangs stampede to state finals
Mustangs stampede to state finals

PITTSFORD--Penn Yan's storied postseason play lived up to its reputation, Wednesday, June 6 in the state semifinal game against Chenango Forks. The Mustangs came from behind to defeat Chenango Forks 10-7 at Growney Stadium on the campus of St. John Fisher. Section 4's Chenango Forks jumped out to an early lead in the game scoring four goals to Penn Yan's one. However, the momentum began to shift in a drastic way in the second quarter as Austin Blumbergs made a shot right before the buzzer and brought the score to 6-4, Penn Yan down by two.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-6-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the June 6 newspapers.

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Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win
Penn Yan moves to state semifinal with overtime win

BUFFALO--The Penn Yan Mustangs defeated Section VI's Akron, Saturday, June 2 at All-High Stadium in Buffalo. The game went to overtime with Austin Blumbergs scoring the game winner, bringing the final score to 12-11. The young roster of Penn Yan was able to avenge the loss to Akron last year that went to double overtime (10-9). Freshmen Ayden Mowry and Devon Gerhardt combined for five of Penn Yan's goals, and sophomore goalie Jeff Kinyoun made eight saves.

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Penn Yan captures 23rd title
Penn Yan captures 23rd title

PITTSFORD--The Penn Yan boys varsity lacrosse team defeated Aquinas in the Section V Class D championship game, Wednesday, May 30. The victory brings the Mustangs to 23 Section V championship titles. The final score Wednesday evening was 8-6, with Penn Yan recording five of the goals in the first quarter. They scored one goal in each of the remaining quarters to bring the total to eight.

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Penn Yan falls to Pal-Mac in title game
Penn Yan falls to Pal-Mac in title game

PITTSFORD--The second-seeded Penn Yan Lady Mustangs fell to the number four seeded Palmyra-Macedon Red Raiders, Tuesday, May 29. The final score was 12-6 in the Section V Class D title game. Pal-Mac jumped out to an early lead scoring five goals to Penn Yan's one in the first half and then followed that up with seven goals in the second half to Penn Yan's five to take the win.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-30-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-30-18

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 May 30 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-23-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-23-18

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 May 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-16-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-16-18

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 May 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-9-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-9-18

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 May 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-2-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-2-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the May 2 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-25-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-25-18

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 25 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-18-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-18-18

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 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-11-18
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-11-18

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the April 11 newspapers.

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Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule
Watkins Glen varsity sports schedule

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

Softball
May 18 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Track and field
May 24 ... @ Sectionals, 4 p.m.
May 30-31 ... @ State qualifiers, 5 p.m.

Girls golf
May 22 ... @ Sectionals, 9 a.m.

Boys golf
May 21 ... @ Class C Tournament, TBA.
May 23 ... @ IAC Championships, TBA.

Lacrosse
May 14 ... Oneonta, 5 p.m.

Tennis
May 10 ... @ 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:

Odessa-Montour/Watkins Glen combined Baseball
May 18 ... @ Sectionals, TBA.

Odessa-Montour Softball
May 14 ... @ Bradford, 4:30 p.m.

Track and field
May 22 ... @ Marathon, 4:30 p.m.
May 23 ... @ Marathon, 2 p.m.

Tennis
May 1 ... Watkins Glen, 6:30 p.m.

Girls golf
May 22 ... @ TBA, 9 a.m.

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