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School votes are next Tuesday
School vote sign

FINGER LAKES--School districts throughout New York state will hold their annual budget vote, Tuesday, May 21. In addition to the budget, the vote also determines the school board and allows residents to decide on relevant local propositions.  At Dundee, the budget stands at $21,621,517 and voting will take place from noon to 8 p.m. in the public meeting room. There is also one seat on the board of education (incumbent Brittany Gibson, is running again) and propositions regarding transportation vehicles and the Dundee library. The budget represents an increase of 2.1 percent from last year.


Dundee names 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian
Dundee 2024 top students

DUNDEE--Dundee Central School is proud to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2024. McKenna Miller, daughter of Lester and Amy Miller, has been named Valedictorian. McKenna plans to attend Mansfield University in the fall where she will be majoring in Psychology. During her high school years at Dundee, McKenna has been a member of the National Honor Society, student government and Natural Helpers and has consistently been on the high honor roll. McKenna is also a three-sport athlete, lettering in volleyball, bowling and softball. She has been selected by the faculty for a Mega Scot Award for going the extra mile. During her four years of high school at DCS, McKenna has earned a grade point average of 99.1.


Legislator comments on Veterans Service Agency situation
Phil Barnes at legislative meeting

SCHUYLER COUNTY--The Schuyler County legislature met for a regular meeting Monday, May 13. This was the first meeting since the change in leadership at the Veterans Service Agency, and there were a number of veterans present in the audience Monday night. However, there were only two comments regarding the situation, one from the public and the other from legislator Phil Barnes. Alice Conklin, the wife of a Vietnam veteran and daughter-in-law of a World War II veteran, spoke to the group regarding the situation with the former director of the Schuyler County Veterans Service Agency, Kristine Gardner.


Yates History Center raising funds for new building plan
The Yates County History Center building

PENN YAN--The Yates County History Center (YCHC), an institution dedicated to preserving the heritage of Yates County, will be constructing a new building on its campus. This project marks a significant step forward in the center’s mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of our region. Tricia Noel, the executive director and curator of YCHC expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming facility, stating that it will aid in achieving their mission. “Having additional storage - especially a climate-controlled environment - will allow us to better fulfill our mission by providing ample and proper housing for artifacts and archival materials donated by the public,” she explained.


Community center receives $1.5M grant
Yates Community Center

PENN YAN--Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a significant milestone for the Yates Community Center (YCC) as it secures a $1.5 million grant award through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. This substantial investment will help the development of a multi-use indoor facility in Penn Yan.


Hammondsport announces 2024 valedictorian and salutatorian
Hammondsport Val and Sal

HAMMONDSPORT--Danica Dresser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dresser of Hammondsport, has been announced as the valedictorian of the 2024 senior class at Hammondsport Central School. Danica is a National Honor Society member. Danica has been active in soccer, basketball and softball. She has volunteered for many community events during her school career. Outside of school, she is involved with the Hammondsport Fire Department as a junior firefighter, volunteering at Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry, Aging in Place and refereeing or assistant coaching with Junior Lakers Basketball.


Penn Yan celebrates historic opening day
Penn Yan youth baseball and softball opening day parade and ceremony

PENN YAN--Last weekend, the Penn Yan community celebrated the annual Penn Yan youth baseball and softball opening day parade and ceremony. The event was a reflection of the recent accomplishments and a testament to the community’s progress and commitment to youth sports. According to Erin Marshall-Cunningham, the softball coordinator for Penn Yan youth baseball and softball, and Art Kirk, former vice president of youth baseball and softball, “We have dedicated the past few years to developing a softball field at our facility and promoting gender equality in sports,” Marshall-Cunningham stated.


Penn Yan community gears up for DRI work
Penn Yan DRI work

PENN YAN--The village of Penn Yan has announced that many projects funded by the New York state Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), will begin construction in May. Indian Pines Park will be updated to enhance its location as a waterfront recreation spot, with beach replenishment and a complete overhaul of the parking lot. The construction will start in early May and will take four weeks. During this period, the park will remain closed for public safety reasons.


New rules apply to workers’ salary pay
U.S. Department of Labor poster

On Tuesday, April 23, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees,” which will take effect on July 1, 2024. The final rule updates and revises the regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees. Revisions include increases to the standard salary level and the highly compensated employee total annual compensation threshold, and a mechanism that provides for the timely and efficient updating of these earnings thresholds to reflect current earnings data.


A café where the “fixin’s” are the menu
Sewing a pair of jeans

The community room at the Montour Falls Fire Company hummed with hope and ingenuity Saturday, April 20, as people entered carrying some of their favorite battered, much-loved and broken belongings to a group of volunteer expert fixers. The workers sat at tables around the room’s perimeter, waiting for a chance to restore these treasured items to life.


Wine & Beer Supply will expand at Penn Yan site
Wine & Beer Supply

PENN YAN--Wine & Beer Supply, an end-to-end distributor and supplier of beverage products, has announced its expansion into Penn Yan. The company has secured a 15,000-square-foot facility at the Penn Yan Industrial Park with an option to expand further as it supports the beverage industry. Wine & Beer Supply offers a “one-stop shop” approach, offering products and services that span every step of the process, from the field to the consumer’s glass. Wine & Beer Supply eliminates the need to order from multiple vendors while providing a cost-effective alternative.


Volunteers unite to celebrate service in Yates
Penn Yan Community Garden

YATES COUNTY--For over a quarter of a century, Keuka College and the Yates County Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to organize Celebrate Service... Celebrate Yates (CSCY), an annual event spotlighting community service. This initiative has helped support numerous Yates County non-profit organizations, all made possible by the dedication of hundreds of volunteers hailing from both the college and the local community.


Legislature recognizes ‘Officer of the Year’
Deputy Sheriff Alyssah Newell

YATES COUNTY--At the recent meeting of the Yates County Legislature held Tuesday, April 9, several significant resolutions were passed, addressing community initiatives impacting various aspects of county operations. Among these resolutions were ones focused on public safety, youth programs, and county elections.


Race track expands local prom safety initiative
Watkins Glen International and New York State STOP-DWI

WATKING GLEN–Watkins Glen International and New York State STOP-DWI are once again teaming up to create a special VIP Prom Experience for local students. The track announced last week that the initiative, which began last year with Watkins Glen, has expanded to include Odessa-Montour and Dundee Central School as well.


Representatives oppose gravel pit expansion
Representatives oppose gravel pit expansion

ALBANY--Joining opposition from local citizens and communities, Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) last week submitted a public comment to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in opposition to an application to expand the Padua Gravel Pit in the town of Dix, Schuyler County.


Community Table Dinner selects event beneficiaries
Community Table dinner

PENN YAN–The Community Table Committee has announced that The Living Well and Our Town Rocks have been chosen as the beneficiaries for the 2024 Community Table Dinner fundraiser. The Committee felt that choosing both organizations to share the proceeds would have a larger impact on Yates County as a whole.


Racetrack announces new events for 2024
WGI concerts

WATKINS GLEN – During a pep rally Friday, April 5 to kick off opening weekend for the 2024 season, Watkins Glen International announced several new fan events designed to welcome more community members to the historic road course.
While fans are used to seeing race cars speed through the Esses and taking on the challenging elevation changes, for the first time they will be able to spin two wheels around the circuit as the track introduces Bike The Glen on May 15. Kids 12 and under can Bike The Glen for free, while adults pay $15 per person to ride their bicycles the length of the road course.


A little sun and a lot of clouds mark eclipse
2024 solar eclipse

It was bright mid-day when about 100 guests, staff and volunteers arrived at the Clute Park Event Center in Watkins Glen for the 1920s-style Eclipse Party, “Murder, Mystery and History—a Little Party Never Killed Anybody.” Music of the 1920s spilled from the speakers as costumed guests, who seemed to outnumber those in ordinary clothes, at least for fringe, glitz and sparkle, streamed through the doors and found seats. The atmosphere was festive, the tables thematically decorated. Many people posed and clowned for selfies in an area set up for photos, using additional props provided by the hosts to enhance the sense of a temporary time-warp.


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Photo Gallery and Sports

SPORTS RECAP: Spring Sports 2024
Cooper celebrates 200th goal

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


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-13-24
dundee-bradford girls basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the March 13 newspaper sports reports for Dundee-Bradford and Watkins Glen.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 3-6-24
dundee-bradford girls basketball sectional champions 2014

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the March 6 newspaper sports reports for Dundee-Bradford and Watkins Glen.


SPORTS RECAP: Week of 2-28-24
hammondsport boys basketball

FINGER LAKES--Click the image above to see the Feb. 28 newspaper sports reports for Dundee, Penn Yan, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour.


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.


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