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Finger Lakes Wine festival will attract thousands
Finger Lakes Wine festival will attract thousands
WATKINS GLEN—More than 80 wineries and nearly 100 food vendors are scheduled to participate in the 2013 Finger Lakes Wine Festival, Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14, at Watkins Glen International.
The festival is one of the largest showcases on New York wines in the world and also features entertainment, food and arts. The three-day weekend starts with the a Launch of the Lakes. Gates open for camping at noon, while the toga party launch runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person.
Saturday and Sunday’s schedule includes culinary classes, seminars, cooking demonstrations, rides around the WGI track, and plenty of wine to taste. The New York Wine & Culinary Center, Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty will provide hands-on free cooking classes and demonstrations. Information and sign-ups for the indoor classes are at the reception desk inside the culinary center. Read More ...
Company removes 300 tons of soil
Company removes 300 tons of soil
WATKINS GLEN—Groundwater Environmental Services cleaned up some 300 tons of underground contamination at the former Clifford Motors car lot on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen last month. Linda Vera, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation citizen participating specialist, explained contamination was discovered at the former Clifford car lot from an old gas station, while a soil gas survey was being done for another spill in the immediate vicinity. A review of records tied ExxonMobil to the site through a former gasoline station operated before Clifford bought the property. Read More ...
Watkins hires adjuster to handle fire loss
Watkins hires adjuster to handle fire loss
WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen village board approved a contract with Adjusters International, Monday, April 29, to handle the review and insurance settlement of the village equipment lost in the Shared Services Complex fire. Trustee Scott Gibson explained Adjusters International would be the village’s “eyes and ears” in figuring out the total loss due to the March 23 fire. Watkins will pay the company 3 percent of the recovered loss, including funds from salvage. Adjusters International representative Steven Vanuga said tallying up all lost equipment would take about two months.
During the electric department report, the board also discussed damage to trucks. Read More ...
Watkins firefighters honor their best
Watkins firefighters honor their best
The Watkins Glen fire department  was full of members and guests for their annual banquet, Saturday, April 13. Fire Chief Dominick Smith recognized Junior Specchio and Bruce Beardsley (inset photo on the top right) for 65 years of fire department service. Charlie Smith III received the Charles Smith I firefighter award and Stanley Mason was named top responder during the program. Bill Beardsley was given the highest training award.   Mayor Mark Swinnerton also installed the fire department officers for 2013-2014. They include: Dominick Smith, chief; Judson Smith, Derek Bacon and Charlie Scaptura as the first, second and third assistant chiefs. Deputy chiefs include Charlie Smith III, Mark Specchio Jr. and Robert DeDominick. Read More ...
Watkins purchases $49K replacement truck
Watkins purchases $49K replacement truck
WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen village board reviewed how the fire at the Human Services Complex last month affected the village, and authorized the $49,000 emergency purchase of a service truck, Monday, April 8. A fire at the complex, Saturday, March 23, caused damage to a number of trucks and forced the relocation of the village and county offices that resided in the building.  Superintendent of Streets Don Perry said the trucks are all repaired, but the Bobcat and backhoe are still being fixed.  He added he did not know how much damage was caused because the department has not been able to go through all of the smaller pieces of equipment and items that were at the complex.  Perry said the fire did put the workers a little behind schedule. Read More ...
 

 



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