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221 S. Franklin St.,
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4 Novels by the editor

Island Nights

Excerpt here.

The Islander

The entire novel:

Prelude-Chapter 4

Chapters 5-13

Chapters 14-21

Chapters 22-29

Chapters 30-36

Chapters 37-44.

Cabins in the Mist

Excerpt here

The Maiden of Mackinac

Excerpts Maiden

and here and here. 







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O-M plans to play Homecoming Game

The Odessa-Montour High School varsity football team, 1-1 this season without having played a game (a forfeit win against Trumansburg and a forfeit loss to Moravia), is expected to field a team of 17 or 18 players for its scheduled Homecoming Game at 7 p.m. Friday on Charles Martin Field against Elmira Notre Dame, says O-M Athletic Manager Skip Strobel. The team, which had just 14 players last week (two short of the mimimum required number of 16), have added two players previously out with non-sports injuries, and one or two others who have met the requisite number of football practices.

Athletes of the Week

Four athletes from three sports -- soccer, swimming and cross country -- are honored as this week's Odessa File Athletes of the Week. Sports.


A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara graces our pages with a weekly column from Albany. This time: "An economy still going hungry." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara

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And inside ...

November Splendor, an annual dinner-dance that will raise funds for Schuyler Hospital's Family of Friends Campaign, is set for November 7th at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Features.

Watkins Glen BOE meeting summary. Board.

For Part One of "Schuyler County and Me," reprised, Click here.
or Part 2, click here.
For Part 3, click here.
For Part 4, click here.
For Part 5, click here.


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Benjamin L. Laughlin Jr., 57, of Watkins Glen.
Rita J. Raupers Hughey, 91, of Montour Falls.
Anton Kollar, 76, of Watkins Glen.
Anna H. Lachut, 96, of Watkins Glen.
Barbara A. Riley, 85, of Montour Falls.
Sandra Jean Sidle, 74, of Alpine.
Stanley I. Chapman, 71, of Alpine.

(For earlier Vedder & Scott obituaries, click here.)



Waverly 38, Watkins Glen 28

Boys Soccer
GLM Tournament
Watkins 1, Dryden 0 (title game)
Newark Valley 7, Groton 0

Girls Soccer
Dryden 2, N. Dame 1 (title game)
Newark Valley 3, Watkins 0

Watkins Glen JV wins Campbell-Savona tournament

Cross Country
Watkins Glen boys, girls 2nd among Small Schools at Chenango Valley invitational

Stories on Sports

Above: Watkins Glen's Joshua Updyke heads the ball.
(Photo by Don Romeo)

Demolition work was in progress Thursday at the Shepard Niles site in Montour Falls. This picture and the one below were snapped from in front of the Falls Home. (Photos by Nancy Shumway)

Shepard Niles demolition starts

Work was under way Thursday morning in Montour Falls on demolition of the first of the Shepard Niles buildings slated for razing. The move has been expected for several months, and had the approval of the Village Planning Board, although board Chair Terry Stewart has said it is "sad when you consider what went on there" over the years, when the company -- a maker of cranes and hoists -- was the economic center of the village. The 30-acre property is only partly used now, the majority of it silent and eroding since the plant closed in 2002, a century after it started making cranes. The property is owned now by Scott Welliver, whose construction firm is located on the northwest corner of the property. Officials have speculated that the property, after the buildings designated for removal are down, might be used as part of the area's economic blueprint known as Project Seneca, or as part of a state initiative tied to inclusion of an educational facility. No word has been provided publicly on exactly how many or which buildings will be coming down.


O-M forfeits Moravia football game

Odessa-Montour forfeited its scheduled varsity football game Saturday, Sept. 13 at Moravia due to a shortage of players. Coach Bob Lee (pictured at right) said his team -- which failed to play a scheduled opener at home against Trumansburg on Sept. 5 after T-burg forfeited its entire season -- is down to 14 players, two below the minimum needed to field a team. He said he hopes two players out due to injury will return in time to fill the roster for the scheduled O-M Homecoming Game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 against Elmira Notre Dame. He said the team's numbers had declined from a pre-season level of 19 due to injury, discipline, and the attrition that occurs when some players choose not to continue.


A visit to the Island Lighthouse ...

The editor -- vacationing on Bois Blanc Island in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac -- travels on all-too-narrow roads to the Lighthouse on the north shore. Island.



Left: The Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse.


Barnes defeats Franzese

Incumbent Schuyler County Legislator Phil Barnes (left) defeated challenger (and former Legislature Chair) Angeline Franzese Tuesday in the Republican Primary for District 6. Barnes received 102 votes to Franzese's 68. However, the pair will square off again in the November general election. Franzese has the endorsement of the Conservative Party.


Concert Series will feature Ithaca group

The Cayuga Vocal Ensemble (left) of Ithaca will present a concert of Scottish music in the next installment of the Schuyler County Concert Series, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Features.

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This week's deals at Famous Brands

We are carrying the weekly ad showcasing the latest deals available at Jim Guild's Famous Brands store on Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. For a look, click here.

To reach the Famous Brands website, click here
or on the drawing above

418 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen.
Open 11 to 9 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Open 11 to 10 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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An unbeatable combination of live music, the autumn view of Seneca Lake, and a Lobster bake is coming up this September 13th and 14th at Glenora Wine Cellars from noon to 5:00pm each day! Enjoy a fresh Maine lobster dinner with steamed clams, corn on the cob, salt potatoes, and more, or purchase from the ala carte menu. Plenty of award-winning Glenora wines will be available to enjoy as well! For more information, see Sports or visit

115 East Fourth Street, PO Box 30, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

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A colorful festival entry turns onto Franklin Street in Watkins Glen after traveling the old race circuit. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)


Grand Prix Festival draws crowd to Glen

A large crowd was on hand Friday for the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival -- an annual celebration of auto racing in that village. Fest.

Left: Sports cars and vintage cars of all styles participated. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)


O'Mara bill on invasive species signed into law

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (left) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton designed to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and statewide. Government.


Coffey earns bronze in rowing at World Championships

Olivia "Livy" Coffey (left) -- who was a standout center on the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team a decade ago and still lists Watkins Glen as her hometown -- was on the bronze-medal-winning women's quadruple sculls team at the recent World Rowing Championships in The Netherlands. For details, click here and here and here.


This month's column from the Valicenti firm

The Elmira company offers us a look at one of its regular newsletter features -- a monthly column titled 'Bull and Bear Bulletin' -- along with a list of its services. Valicenti.

Left: Andrew R. Clark, Valicenti vice president of Investment Research/Portfolio Manager.

State Award: Keuka Brewing Company was awarded the 2014 F.X. Matt Memorial Cup at the recent TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival, held in the Hudson Valley. "Having our beer named the top craft beer in New York State in 2014 is testament to the hard work we've put in for six years," said Keuka Brewing owner Richard Musso. Added his son, head brewer Mark Musso: "It's an absolute honor."

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Now available on Kindle: The Maiden of Mackinac

This story -- which spans 700 years and ranges from our region to Northern Michigan -- tells of a quest for the truth behind a legend ... the legend of a Native American maiden reputed to be centuries old. It was written by Charlie Haeffner, and is available now on Kindle at To see the ad, click here.

Left: Cover art by Jon Haeffner

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Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

Click here or on the photo at left to go to the Jerlando's website. There you will find information about all three locations, plus menus.

Left: The front of the recently renovated Jerlando's at Franklin and 4th Streets, Watkins Glen

Click on the photo below to reach the Harbor Hotel website.

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

16 N. Franklin St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
(607) 535-6116

Public Service

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Area doctor featured in NY Times article

A Dundee family doctor who is also a Schuyler Hospital physician, Dr. Joseph Hinterberger, was featured in a recent New York Times article about End of Life discussions and the fact that insurance coverage for those talks is gaining ground. To see the article, click here.


Glen school district celebrates single campus

More than 100 people were present Aug. 28 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Watkins Glen School District's single-campus facility. Speakers at the ceremony, staged in front of the renovated north end of the high school, included Superintendent Tom Phillips (pictured at right); State Senator Tom O'Mara; and project officials from Hunt Engineers and Welliver. A reception and facility tour followed the ceremony. Schools.

For Aug. 28 School Board meeting summary, click here.


Camp playground has unique entrance

Lake Grove Park campground near Odessa has a unique concrete entrance, painted with murals. Entrance.


An encounter ... and vacation

The editor recalls a face-to-face encounter with Alice Trappler ... and reports on his current vacation trip to Bois Blanc Island, Michigan. Column.


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Alderson released from jail

Activist Jeremy Alderson (right), sentenced on Aug. 20 to 15 days in jail on a trespass charge involving a protest at an Inergy (now Crestwood) gate over the proposed storage of LPG gas in depleted salt caverns there, was released from jail Thursday morning, Aug. 28. Alderson, who opted for incarceration over paying a fine or doing community service, said his time in the Schuyler County Jail was "miserable, but survivable." He said he thanks his supporters, adding that donations from them for his defense fund "far exceeded anything I imagined, and will now also go to the defense of" future protesters.


WGI to host Sprint Cup race again in 2015

The Watkins Glen International racetrack will once again host NASCAR in 2015, with the Sprint Cup race on Aug. 9, accompanied by the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 on Aug. 8, the track has announced. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide races will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. "The racing on the track keeps getting better each year and I'm already excited about 2015," said WGI President Michael Printup.


Delay in apartments is engineering related

Watkins Glen Code Enforcement Officer Greg Larnard (right) told the village Planning Board Aug. 20 that the reason that ground hasn't been broken for the Seneca Terrace Apartments on the hill above the Elks Club on the north end of town is because its planners needed to make some engineering changes upon directive from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Larnard said the DEC, wanting to make sure the water runoff to Seneca Lake was clean enough to meet AA Watershed standards, "required a few more pieces of engineering" that necessitated the elimination of two apartments. Now, instead of two 12-unit buildings, one will consist of 10 units. Revised plans are expected soon, he said, and will be passed along to the Planning Board to study. Chair Chris Bond said he hoped the changes don't require the Board to reopen the site approval process.

Watkins Glen village trustee Scott Gibson reads the resolution before the board discussed and voted on it. He authored the document.


Glen board opposes LPG storage, 3-0-2

The Watkins Glen Village Board voted Aug. 18 in opposition to Crestwood's proposed storage of LPG gas in salt caverns north of the village. The vote was 3-0, with two abstentions -- Paul Clifford, a Cargill employee who wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, and Tony Fraboni, who said he didn't think the vote would have any influence in the state's ultimate decision on the project. Scott Gibson and Kevin Smith both voted in favor of the resolution, as did Mayor Mark Swinnerton (inset), who cast the deciding vote. Government.


Protesters rally, asked to pledge resistance

More than 250 people opposed to Crestwood's proposed storage of LPG gas in salt caverns west of Seneca Lake rallied outside the company's gate on Rt. 14 on Aug. 18. Organizers called for a pledge of resistance, which urges nonviolent acts including civil disobedience. One protester, a retired police captain, urged the others to "prepare mentally for arrest" in future gatherings. Protesters.

Left: One of Monday's signs

Fireplace discovered: In addition to documents found in a Watkins Glen Middle School safe (see story below), something else has turned up in that building. Superintendent Tom Phillips sent along the photo above, with the comment: "Here is a fireplace discovered in a classroom on the first floor. It was covered over with sheetrock." The Middle School is being sold as the district consolidates to one campus.


Years of records found in Middle School safe

Boxes full of old minutes, report cards, diplomas, deeds, photos and other documents were discovered Aug. 12 in an old safe that had remained locked for years in the Watkins Glen Middle School. Documents.

Left: Superintendent Tom Phillips digs through the boxes found in an old safe.


Hector's Chateau LaFayette Reneau
wins the 2014
Governor's Cup

New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy took a bus tour of Finger Lakes wineries and distilleries Aug. 13, touting the growth of the beverage and tourism industry, and later announcing annual Governor's Cup winners. The top award, the Governor's Cup, was presented to Chateau LaFayette Reneau of Hector for its 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling. For details, and a list of winners, see Wine Tour.

Photo at right: Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy

Chateau LaFayette Reneau celebrates victory. Business.


Odessa's latest report on water quality

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
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November 1 to February 28
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Read The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y. and Its Makers
by Allen F. Sweet.

A history of the manufacturing of Stoneware in that village (Montour Falls) from 1850-1888. More than 100 color photos.

Available at O'Shaughnessy Antiques in Watkins Glen and at the Schuyler County Historical Society Museum.


My Wild Ride: The Untamed Life of a Girl with No Self-esteem, an autobiography by ex-Throughbred trainer Susan Bump -- who grew up in Montour Falls -- is now available in e-book formats at major retailers including


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A novel by Steve Piacente about a military cover-up, and about the ethical boundaries of journalism. For a closer look, click here.


An account of a daughter's eating disorder and her mother's seeming helplessness and desperation in the face of it -- and yet a story of hope, love and survival, and a lifeline to other parents dealing with obsessive behavior. $17.95 from


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An eternal message of lights, hope and faith

The week following Susan Haeffner's passing was fraught with signs -- most of them light-based, and one in the form of a vision. Here the editor relives those days in an effort to pass along a message of hope and faith. Message.

Above: The Aurora Borealis (From the Internet--as seen in Scandinavia)


Oh, the famous faces I've seen

The editor has been thinking about fame (a commodity foreign to him personally), and about the famous people he has encountered. Some thoughts on the subject. Famous.


The Sound and the Silence: A Memoir

Some things in life can mean a great deal -- can embody hope and dreams ... and memories. The sailboat is one such thing for the author. Silence.



Some sports stories and essays inside

Check out our sports related stories and essays, located at the bottom of the Sports Page.


Some special feature packages

From stories of life years ago along Steam Mill Road, to stories by the editor -- you can find them at the bottom of Features.



The editor's long search for some childhood icons

When he was a child, the editor let fear get the better of him while he was watching a pair of beloved TV heroes in peril. The scar from that experience lingered for decades. For a journey through what the editor's son calls "a weird obsession," click here.

Above: One of the heroes in question.


A cabin in the woods

The editor travels, figuratively, back in time to an old haunt, familiar faces and warm memories. Cabin.




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