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Yates recognizes years of service
Yates recognizes years of service

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Legislature held their regular meeting, Monday, Jan. 13 at the legislative chambers in the county office building.
Prior to the meeting, a number of employees were recognized for years of service.

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Legislator questions social service use
Legislator questions social service use

SCHUYLER COUNTY--During the Monday, Jan. 13 Schuyler County Legislative meeting Legislator Michael Lausell said fellow legislator David Reed asked him to examine whether or not minority population growth has led to an increased use of social services in Schuyler County. During the last few minutes of the public participation, Lausell (District III-D) informed Reed (District I-R) that county Social Services Commissioner JoAnn Fratarcangelo looked into the matter per his request and saw no correlation of any kind between increased minority populations and social services in the county.

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Flu cases continue to increase
Flu cases continue to increase

NEW YORK--As the number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations continue their steady increase statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Health to take additional steps to ensure healthcare facilities are prepared for the remainder of the flu season. The governor directed the department to begin enhanced monitoring of hospitals through the Health Emergency Response Data System to ensure hospitals have the capacity, guidance and resources necessary to combat the recent surge in hospitalizations.

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Sen. O'Mara announces new online survey
Sen. O'Mara announces new online survey

FINGER LAKES--State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) has launched an online "2020 Community and Legislative Survey" inviting area residents to share their views on a range of regional and statewide issues. O'Mara unveiled his 2020 survey following Governor Andrew Cuomo's 10th annual State of the State message last week, the traditional kickoff to a new session of the State Legislature.

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State could automatically register voters
State could automatically register voters

ALBANY (AP) -- New York would automatically add to the voting rolls any citizen who fills out a state form, under a revised bill that passed the state Senate last Thursday. The bill targets an estimated 1.1 million eligible New Yorkers who aren't on the voter rolls, said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, voting advocates and other Democrats.

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Historian details Burdett's architecture
Historian details Burdett's architecture

MONTOUR FALLS--Unusual among rural communities, the streets of Burdett display a range of architectural styles illustrating its origins as a late 18th century settlement and gradual development into a prospering village, now celebrating its bicentennial. One of the lectures celebrating the occasion, "Beautiful Burdett: Colorful Architecture and Enduring History," was presented Sunday, Jan. 12 by historian Marty Evans at the Schuyler County Historical Society's Brick Tavern Museum.

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Schuyler legislature reorganizes, Blowers chair
Schuyler legislature reorganizes, Blowers chair

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Republican Carl Blowers, of Dix, was elected Chair of the Schuyler County Legislature at its annual reorganizational meeting held Thursday, Jan. 2. The vote was unanimous among the legislature's eight members. The legislature also reappointed Stacy Husted, of Montour Falls as Clerk of the Legislature, Steven Getman, of Watkins Glen, as Schuyler County Attorney and Wesley Roe as Public Defender. Tim O'Hearn continues as County Administrator.

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Staying healthy this cold and flu season
Staying healthy this cold and flu season

FINGER LAKES--As students and adults return to school and work after the holiday break, Yates County Public Health advises them to take steps to prevent sickness during flu season. Influenza is officially here. Yates County has had 24 confirmed cases of flu reported so far this season. Local provider offices, hospitals and schools are all reporting increased levels of influenza-like illness.

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New wastewater plant is on schedule
New wastewater plant is on schedule

WATKINS GLEN--Despite some weather delays, Montour Falls and Watkins Glen village officials are confident the new $32 million wastewater treatment plant will open as scheduled March 24. Built through a combination of grants and bonds, Montour Falls is footing 30 percent of the bill while Watkins Glen pays for the remaining 70 percent.

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Food program changes in April this year
Food program changes in April this year

TRI-COUNTY AREA--The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program, has several federally-mandated changes that take effect in April. As of April 1, the Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) program will take effect, meaning individuals who are not exempt from work requirements will have to meet federal regulations and engage in 80 hours of a work program or activity per month.

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Local champagne christens carrier
Local champagne christens carrier

HAMMONDSPORT--Mirroring the christening of the USS John F. Kennedy in May 1967, Caroline Kennedy once again christened a new John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier in December using a bottle of Great Western champagne from Hammondsport's Pleasant Valley Wine Company. Recreating the bottle from 1967 went beyond just the liquid inside it, as Works Design Group, who have an office in Hammondsport, partnered with Pleasant Valley Wine Company to try to perfectly reproduce the original label used by the winery in 1967.

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Medicaid, pot to drive NY politics in 2020
Medicaid, pot to drive NY politics in 2020

ALBANY (AP) -- New York lawmakers are set to return to Albany this week for the start of the new legislative session, and a second year of near-total control of state government by Democrats. During last year's session, Democrats -- who wrested control of the state Senate from Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections -- passed a tsunami of bills long desired by liberals. This year, they are set to tackle complicated and weedy topics that have yet to pass, including paid surrogacy, aid-in-dying and a single-payer health care system.

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New state laws to take effect in 2020
New state laws to take effect in 2020

TRI-COUNTY AREA--The state legislature passed a number of new laws in 2019 that will go into effect in 2020. Many of the key laws are outlined here.

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Grand jury indicts Catlin
Grand jury indicts Catlin

YATES COUNTY--Elizabeth Catlin, 53, has been indicted by a Yates County grand jury. Yates District Attorney Todd Casella stated there are 95 counts, the most serious of which is criminally negligent homicide (class E felony), and the highest level offense is criminal possession of a forged instrument (class D felony).

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Moody's upgrades county rating
Moody's upgrades county rating

YATES COUNTY--Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the Yates County general obligation unlimited tax rating (GOLT) and issued ratings to "Aa3" from "A1." The upgrade affects the county's $2.6 million outstanding GOLT debt, all of which is rated by Moody's.

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How to keep your resolutions in the new year
How to keep your resolutions in the new year

TRI-COUNTY AREA--New Year's resolutions can have a positive impact on people's lives, but only if they are done right. Mental and physical health experts across the Finger Lakes region agree that the first mistake many people make when committing a New Year's resolution is aiming for too much too soon.

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Former Freedom Village gets new owners
Former Freedom Village gets new owners

LAKEMONT--Two area businessmen, Paul Jayne and Alvin Zimmerman, have purchased the former Freedom Village property. The town of Starkey property at 5275 Route 14 was listed for sale with 151.5 acres of residential and vacant land. The property also includes 1,000 feet of Seneca Lake frontage, an indoor riding arena, a horse barn, two dorm buildings, two administration buildings along with five single family residences. The asking price was $2,650,000.

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Cold mornings are great for sweet ice wine
Cold mornings are great for sweet ice wine

FINGER LAKES REGION--With early frosts blanketing the region, many wineries in the Finger Lakes region have already harvested their ice wine crop, an especially sweet variety of wine grown in the area. Left on the vine to sweeten far longer than grapes used for traditional wines, ice wines must be harvested early in the morning before sunrise while the berries are still frozen so that the natural concentrate hoards the sugar away from the frozen water.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-15-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-15-20

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 Jan. 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-8-20

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 Jan. 8 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-25-19

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 Jan. 1 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-18-19

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. 18 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-11-19

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. 11 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-4-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Dec. 4 newspapers.

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Dundee varsity sports schedule
Dundee varsity sports schedule

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

Boys basketball
Jan. 9 ... @ Naples, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... Sodus, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 8 ... @ Marcus Whitman 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 ... @ Campbell-Savona, 7:15 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 7 ... @ Bloomfield, 4 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... @ Naples, 4 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 9 ... Red Jacket/Bloomfield, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 ... @ Canandaigua, 5 p.m.

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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. 7 ... @ Whitney Point, 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 ... @ Candor, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 7 ... Whitney Points, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... @ Elmira Heights, 6 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 7 ... @ Elmira Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... @ Lansing, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 7 ... Waverly, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... @ Odessa-Montour, 5 p.m.

Indoor track
Jan. 10 ... @ Section IV Class Meet, 5 p.m.
Jan. 17 ... @ Hurley Invite, 5 p.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. 7 ... @ Union Springs, 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 ... Groton, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 7 ... Union Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 ... @ Groton, 7 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 7 ... Marathon, 4 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... Tioga, 4 p.m.

Boys swimming
Jan. 7 ... @ Lansing, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... Watkins Glen, 5 p.m.

Wrestling
Jan. 8 ... Elmira Heights, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10-11 ... @ Bradshaw Invitational, TBA.

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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. 7 ... Mynderse, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 ... Wayne, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
Jan. 8 ... @ Mynderse, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 ... @ Wayne, 7 p.m.

Wrestling
(Penn Yan/Marcus Whitman)
Jan. 7 ... @ Williamson, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 16 ... @ Midlakes, 6:30 p.m.

Bowling
Jan. 7 ... @ Wayne, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 ... Geneva, 4:30 p.m.

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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. 17 ... Arkport-Canaseraga, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 20 ... @ Andover, 7 p.m.

Girls basketball
(Hammondsport/Bradford)
Jan. 8 ... Andvover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 ... @ Bradford, 6 p.m.

Wrestling
(Avoca/Hammondsport)
Jan. 9 ... @ Arkport-Canaseraga, TBA.
Jan. 14 ... Addison (@ Avoca), 6 p.m.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-20-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-20-19

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. 20 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-13-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-13-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-6-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-6-19

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

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-30-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-30-19

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 Oct. 30 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-23-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-23-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan, Dundee, Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the Oct. 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-16-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-16-19

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 Oct. 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-9-19
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-9-19

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Hammondsport, Dundee, Penn Yan, Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen. These results appeared in the Oct. 9 newspapers.

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