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Comment period coming for gravel mine expansion
Padua Gravel Pit Hearing

SCHUYLER COUNTY--An expansion project by It’s Greener Now Inc. at the facility Padua Gravel Pit, 3362 State Route 409, Watkins Glen, will be the topic of a legislative public comment hearing Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13. According to the department of environmental conservation, “the applicant proposes to expand the existing 14.33 acre mine by approximately 60.95 acres, resulting in a total life of mine affected area of approximately 75.28 acres. The mine will continue to operate as a traditional surface extraction of unconsolidated sand and gravel...


Yates County sales tax collections lag state trend
Local sales tax chart

NEW YORK STATE--State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report, Monday, Feb. 5 detailing the trends of sales tax collection statewide. Local government collections in New York totaled $23 billion in calendar year 2023, up 4.2 percent, or $919 million, from 2022, largely influenced by growth in New York City sales taxes.


Need a veterinarian? Travel may be required
Veterinarian shortage rural New York

When someone you care for gets injured or ill, getting medical help for them seems like a no-brainer. But when the sick individual in your household is your new-ish pet and you don’t yet have a family veterinarian—that can be more complicated than persuading Spot or Fluffy to get into the crate for the car ride of doom.


Senate seeks nominations for hall of fame
State senate veterans hall of fame

FINGER LAKES—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) is seeking nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame,” an online tribute to the military service and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions. O’Mara is currently accepting nominations for the 2024 inductee to represent the 58th Senate District at a ceremony in late May.


Food pantry for veterans opens in Bath
Bath VA food pantry

FINGER LAKES--The VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System announced the grand opening of its Veteran-focused food pantry, Friday, Feb. 2. Food insecurity in America is quite common, especially in the rural Veteran population. According to Feeding America, one in nine working-age Veterans are food insecure, and 24 percent of active-duty service members were food insecure in 2020.


Concert will benefit food pantry
dundee winter concert poster

DUNDEE--The eighth Dundee Winter Concert, presented by Our Town Rocks, is returning after a three-year hiatus. The concert will feature Randy Knapp, a local favorite, opening for the Old World Warblers on Friday, Feb. 2 at Tin Barn Brewing in Dundee. Tim, Hannah, and Scott will also be performing a combination of original songs and covers that blend elements of folk, blues, bluegrass, and Irish music.


State budget change could impact local school districts
penn yan school

NEW YORK STATE--Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) joined Assembly Republican colleagues to voice opposition to the proposed reduction in funding for some New York schools made by Gov. Kathy Hochul in her executive budget proposal. The governor has proposed ending ‘Hold Harmless,’ a policy that ensures school districts don’t see a reduction in their education foundation aid compared to the previous year. Under Gov. Hochul’s plan, more than half of the school districts located within the 132nd assembly district will see a foundation aid reduction.


Dundee Fire Department celebrates community service
dundee fire department awards

DUNDEE--The Dundee Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad held its annual banquet to celebrate members, Friday, Jan. 26. For last year, the department had 393 calls, 116 for fire service and 277 for emergency medical response. In total, the department accumulated 1,992 hours of training in 2023 and had 10,591 hours of documented time where volunteers were on calls, attended meetings, performed training or work hours.


Italian American Festival committee looks to volunteers, support for event in 2025
italian american festival

Last week, the committee organizing the Italian-American Festival in Watkins Glen announced the postponement of their upcoming festival to 2025. It was a difficult decision they’d come to after much pondering and analysis.  Festival chair Louis “Louie” Perazzini, who’s been involved with the festival for more than 30 years, says the decision was largely based on the incompatibility of scheduling with the limited companies who provide carnival rides. In the two-plus years of pandemic shut-downs, several companies on the carnival/festival circuit providing rides closed up shop; and getting back in the loop after things began to open up again has proved challenging.


Odessa-Montour names next superintendent
Jim Nolan

ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour Central School Board of Education announced last week that B.C. Cate Principal, Jim Nolan, has been selected as the district’s next superintendent effective Jan. 1, 2025. Nolan will transition on July 1 to a temporary deputy superintendent position while Dr. Tracy Marchionda continues to serve as the interim superintendent through Dec. 31, 2024. The district said this transition period will enable Nolan to work with Marchionda to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.


Hop Notch Brewing brings enthusiasm
Jeff Klossner, Hop Notch Brewery

Walk into Hop Notch Brewery at 2471 Hayes Road, a little up Montour Falls’ east hill, in a renovated 1950s dairy barn, and you’re politely greeted by Brewski, whose owner, Jeff Klossner calls him “The Ambassador of Joy.” The happy, young, part-golden retriever goes everywhere with Jeff, who on a Thursday afternoon was setting up spool tables for the weekly Trivia Night, when up to 19 teams might show up. Wednesdays are for cornhole tournaments; on Tuesday, the space is re-configured for darts.


Penn Yan school superintendent to retire
howard dennis

PENN YAN--Penn Yan Central School District Superintendent Howard Dennis announced last week that he is planning to retire in early January of 2025. He began with Penn Yan school in 1994 and has been the superintendent for the past nine years. “Thirty years in one district is a long time,” said Dennis. “I raised my kids here and I have grandkids getting ready to come through the district as well. For me, it’s the people and the staff I will miss the most, along with the community support. The school culture here is wonderful.”


Schuyler names new assistant district attorney
Ariana Marmora

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler County District Attorney, Joseph G. Fazzary, announced the appointment of Ariana Marmora to the position of Assistant District Attorney as of Jan. 8, 2024. Marmora was born and raised in Schuyler County, and still manages her family farm in Hector. She is a graduate of Watkins Glen High School, Cornell University (Summa Cum Laude), and the City University of New York Law School. She comes to the office from the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted a full felony caseload for several years.


NY to change school bus driver license requirements
school bus

NEW YORK STATE--Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a plan to remove barriers for prospective school bus drivers applying for a commercial driver’s license. At the governor’s direction, the DMV has implemented a federal waiver that allows school bus driver applicants to skip the engine compartment component, also called the “under the hood” component of the commercial driver license road test. This waiver, secured through advocacy from Representative Joe Morelle, will make it easier to get a commercial license at a time when school bus drivers are desperately needed. “The job of transporting and caring for our children is so important, and the need for more drivers throughout New York state is very real,” Hochul said. “This simple change will encourage more New Yorkers to become school bus drivers – a chance for many to be a positive influence and help support our students, without sacrificing safety.”


Historian explores canal’s impact
Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson

Two hundred years ago, New Yorkers were awaiting the official completion of the Erie Canal. On Oct. 26, 1825, Gov. DeWitt Clinton, who had made a quick—for then—10-day journey from Buffalo to New York Harbor, ceremonially poured water carried from Lake Erie into the Atlantic for a “Wedding of the Waters.” The 363-mile project had taken eight years to dig with picks and shovels. Pundits of the time called it “Clinton’s Ditch” and predicted it would be long-regretted, a foolhardy endeavor that would bankrupt New York. Instead, it turned New York into the Empire State.


Greenidge will remove coal ash pond
Greenidge Generation

DRESDEN–Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc. (GREE), a vertically integrated cryptocurrency datacenter and power generation company, announced last week that it has entered an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the coal ash pond created by the Dresden facility’s previous owners. The coal ash pond is a more than 60-year-old remnant of the coal-fired power operations and was used to dispose of coal ash. After purchasing the facility, Greenidge converted the facility to natural gas power and eventually went on to add a cryptocurrency datacenter on-site. 


New vehicle will help veterans get to medical appointments
Disabled American Veterans transportation donation

The Yates County community came together to help donate a seven-passenger vehicle to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for free transportation to medical appointments. The new Ford Explorer was presented to VA Finger Lakes Director, Bruce Tucker by DAV Chapter 4 Commander Ron Edwards Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Canandaigua VA Outpatient Clinic.


Museum will present series
Curtiss Museum has announced its 2024 Winter Lecture Series

HAMMONDSPORT--The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum has announced its 2024 Winter Lecture Series. The first lecture will be on Thursday, Jan. 25, and the lectures will run through April 25. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is an educational and cultural institution that collects, preserves, and interprets transportation modes and regional history, and celebrates the innovations and accomplishments of Glenn Hammond Curtiss.


Additional News

Photo Gallery and Sports

SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-21-24
Schuyler Storm boys swimming winners

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Feb. 21 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-14-24
penn yan boys basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Feb. 14 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-7-24
watkins glen girls basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Feb 7 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-31-24
peyton mullin state champion

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Jan. 31 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-24-24
dundee-bradford girls basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Jan. 24 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-17-24
Odessa-Montour girls basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Jan. 17 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-10-24
schuyler strom swimming

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Jan. 10 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 1-3-24
penn yan girls basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Jan. 3 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-20&27-23
dundee-bradford wrestling

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Dec. 20&27 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 12-13-23
Dundee-Bradford girls basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Dec. 13 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


Penn Yan’s Tette captures state title
JD Tette

VERONA--Four-time Section V champion cross country runner JD Tette competed at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championship, Saturday, Nov. 11. The meet was held at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill high school and featured the best runners from New York state.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-8-23
schuyler strom swim team

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Nov. 8 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 11-1-23
watkins glen girls soccer

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Nov. 1 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-25-23
penn yan girls soccer

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Oct. 25 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-18-23
watkins glen volleyball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Oct. 18 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-11-23
penn yan and dundee volleyball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Oct. 11 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 10-4-23
Schuyler Storm Football

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Oct. 4 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-27-23
dundee-bradford girls soccer

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Sept. 27 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


Additional Sports