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Midwife case ends with one charge
Midwife case ends with one charge

YATES COUNTY--Elizabeth Catlin pled guilty Tuesday, Sept. 14 to a single felony charge for unauthorized practice of the profession of midwifery in a plea agreement that will see the rest of the 95-count indictment dropped. Set to go to trial as early as October, Catlin, 55, was facing charges ranging from negligent homicide to falsifying business records.

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Farm trail event is this Saturday and Sunday
Farm trail event is this Saturday and Sunday

WATKINS GLEN--Have some family fun on the farm during the second annual Schuyler County Farm Trail Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26. Ten farms throughout Schuyler County are opening to the public, offering tours, tastings, hayrides, demonstrations, apple picking, shopping and opportunities to meet the farm animals.

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Dundee school appoints new superintendent
Dundee school appoints new superintendent

DUNDEE--The Dundee Central School District Board of Education has selected Mr. Christopher Barnard as their next superintendent of schools. Barnard is scheduled to begin at the district on Oct. 12, pending contract negotiations. Barnard joins Dundee from Palmyra-Macedon Central School District, where he currently holds the position of intermediate school principal. Previously, Barnard served as an administrator and sixth-grade classroom teacher for the Victor Central School District.

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Schuyler approves social host law
Schuyler approves social host law

SCHUYLER COUNTY--After a brief public hearing, the Schuyler County Legislature passed the Schuyler County Social Host Law that prohibits the consumption of drugs or alcohol by minors on private premises. Prior to the board passing the resolution, Odessa Montour Senior Aidan Thurston spoke in favor of the new law.

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Celebrating 100 years at Montour landmark
Celebrating 100 years at Montour landmark

MONTOUR FALLS-- Members of the public, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Schuyler County Historical Society came together Thursday, Sept. 16 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Flats on Broadway building. Formerly a school for students from kindergarten through eighth grade, the Flats has been renovated to be a mixed-use building and actually houses two of its former students.

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Mahr takes over as Wayne supervisor
Mahr takes over as Wayne supervisor

WAYNE--The Wayne town board held a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14 to accept the recent resignation of Supervisor Tom Dunbar and appoint Town Clerk Bill Mahr to the vacated position. Dunbar, whose term was set to expire this December, resigned on Sept. 3 and had lost the Republican primary election to Mahr in June. "It was a very adversarial board the whole time," said Dunbar. "Basically they tried to do whatever they could to drive me out."

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Arts festival returns this weekend
Arts festival returns this weekend

PENN YAN--After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Keuka Arts Festival will return Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, with over 50 artists, vendors and free entertainment on the Keuka Outlet Trail in Penn Yan. Usually held in June, event organizers say they are going out of their way to ensure a fun and safe family-friendly experience.

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Weapons ban fails to pass for county buildings
Weapons ban fails to pass for county buildings

YATES COUNTY--The Yates County Legislature could not adopt a local law that would have made it illegal for individuals to carry firearms or dangerous weapons in buildings owned or leased by the county after a split vote during the Monday, Sept. 13 meeting. The vote was 7-6 in favor of adopting the weapons ban but the law required a minimum of eight votes to pass, resulting in its failure.

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Schuyler hires dedicated health director
Schuyler hires dedicated health director

SCHUYLER COUNTY--Schuyler County has hired Dr. Nancy King to be the county's interim public health director and will no longer share the position with Yates County. County Administrator Tim O'Hearn said the move was not reflective of Annmarie Flanagan, who will now just be the Yates County Health Department director, but is instead reflective of the current realities created by COVID-19.

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Air permit brings Greenidge again to the spotlight
Air permit brings Greenidge again to the spotlight

DRESDEN--The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that Greenidge Generation completed applications for Title V and Title IV permits for the facility. As part of the oversight process, the draft documents are now available for inspection and public comment. The Greenidge facility on Seneca Lake is a natural gas-fired electric generating plant that has made significant investments in using the power created on-site for the operation of cryptocurrency mining computers. The total generating capacity of the plant is approximately 107 megawatts and lake water is used in an open-loop fashion to cool the power generation equipment.

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Watkins Glen looks at rate adjustments
Watkins Glen looks at rate adjustments

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen board of trustees was presented with a plan by Parks Manager Craig Bond at the Tuesday, Sept. 7 board meeting to increase many of the fees associated with Clute Park next year. While nothing was approved yet, Mayor Luke Leszyk said the board would go over the proposals and, after some potential adjustments, approve them at the next board meeting.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen 2021
PHOTO GALLERY: Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen 2021

WATKINS GLEN--The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival celebrated its 28th anniversary, Friday, Sept. 10. After a full day of events for drivers and spectators alike, the SVRA vintage race cars came to Franklin Street to pay tribute to the street racing days in Watkins Glen. Legendary driver Brian Redman served as the Grand Marshall for the event.

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Yates enters 'high transmission' stage for COVID
Yates enters 'high transmission' stage for COVID

YATES COUNTY--As of Tuesday, Sept. 7, Yates County went into the high transmission or red category for COVID-19. County Health Director Annmarie Flanagan made the announcement during a special legislative session but said she couldn't be sure if it was the Delta variant or not. "So we do have widespread disease throughout the community at this time," said Flanagan. "We do not know if it is delta or (traditional COVID)."

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Board moves ahead with superintendent search process
Board moves ahead with superintendent search process

DUNDEE--Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Vicky Ramos provided the following update to the community regarding the superintendent search at Dundee, Wednesday, Sept. 1. "The Dundee board of education would like to express their sincere gratitude to all who participated in the superintendent search process by submitting their feedback through the search survey.

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Yates, Schuyler consider opioid settlement
Yates, Schuyler consider opioid settlement

FINGER LAKES--Both Yates and Schuyler Counties are scheduled to hold meetings this week to approve New York state's settlements and sharing agreements regarding opioid sales and marketing. These settlements relate to Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc. which are often referred to collectively as J & J. The settlement agreement was initially announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James in June this year.

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Sheriff Yessman reflects on career
Sheriff Yessman reflects on career

SCHUYLER COUNTY--When William E. Yessman, Jr. was first elected Schuyler County Sheriff nearly 16 years ago, among the promises he made to himself was to remain sheriff for no more than four terms. After more than 36 years in law enforcement, time's almost up. He says he suspects on New Year's Day, 2022, when he wakes up and thinks about getting ready for a new year of work, he may feel more than slightly disappointed to recall he's retired.

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Real estate numbers show strong home sales
Real estate numbers show strong home sales

YATES COUNTY--As was the case for much of the country, the housing market for Yates County was red hot for the first half of 2021. Despite a continued tight real estate market, sales have increased and median sale prices have gone up as well. "The first half of the year has had very little listing activity... but the market is still active with homes going above the asking price with multiple offers that are all cash," said Brian Zerges, Finger Lakes Premier Properties Broker and CEO.

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Odessa discusses marijuana options
Odessa discusses marijuana options

ODESSA--Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer hosted a presentation on the legalization of marijuana in the state, and what it means to the village of Odessa, Tuesday, Aug. 24. Along with explaining to attendants, both in-person and virtual, the new law Messmer also set the stage for how the village will determine whether or not the sale will be permitted within village limits.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-22-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-22-21

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 Sept. 22 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-15-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-15-21

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 Sept. 15 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-8-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 9-8-21

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 Sept. 8 newspapers.

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Kyle Larson wins at Watkins Glen
Kyle Larson wins at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN (AP) -- Kyle Larson took another step toward a regular-season NASCAR Cup title. Chase Elliott lamented a race that he let get away. Larson gained the lead from Martin Truex Jr. during green flag pit stops in the final stage Sunday, built a big lead and kept his hard-charging Hendrick Motorsports teammate at bay over the final laps to win at Watkins Glen International.

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Local swimming team takes first in competition
Local swimming team takes first in competition

FINGER LAKES--The United Southern Tier Aquatics team have won a 2021 AAU National Champions after they beat out Team Florida and Team New England at the Junior Olympic Championships in Houston, Texas. The margin of victory was by less than 150 with the team consisting of swimmers from Watkins Glen to Syracuse.

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NASCAR ready for Watkins Glen road course
NASCAR ready for Watkins Glen road course

WATKINS GLEN--After a regularly scheduled two-week break in the season schedule, NASCAR is now ready to take on the twists and turns of the road course at Watkins Glen International. The racing weekend will get underway on Friday, Aug. 6 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 8 with the running of the 90-lap Go Bowling at The Glen.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-23-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-23-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan and Hammondsport. These results appeared in the June 23 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-16-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-16-21

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 June 16 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-9-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-9-21

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 June 9 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-2-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 6-2-21

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 June 2 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-26-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-26-21

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 May 26 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-19-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-19-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Dundee, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the May 19 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-12-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-12-21

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 May 12 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-5-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 5-5-21

FINGER LAKES--Please click the 'Read More...' link to see the weekly sports results for Penn Yan and Odessa-Montour. These results appeared in the May 5 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-28-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-28-21

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 28 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-21-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-21-21

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 April 21 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-14-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-14-21

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 April 14 newspapers.

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SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-7-21
SPORTS RECAP: Week of 4-7-21

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 7 newspapers.

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