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Executive Director

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County, NY, historic gateway between the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, seeks a dynamic chief executive to provide overall leadership and management for a nonformal education organization which is part of the national land grant university system. Demonstrated success with fund development, grantsmanship and revenue enhancement. Masters degree and six years of experience required. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Review of applications will begin July 1. Apply at: jobs.cce.cornell.edu, reference WDR-00007838. Please upload cover letter and resume with application. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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

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The Maiden of Mackinac

Excerpts Maiden

and here and here. 







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Chedzoy family wins environmental award

Angus Glen Farm, owned by the Chedzoy family of Watkins Glen, is honored with an Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) "Farmers Partnering to Protect Our Environment" roadside sign recognizing the family's conservation of natural resources and commitment to environmental protection. Award.

Above: Maria and Brett Chedzoy. (Photo provided)


Guest Column from Leslie Danks Burke

The Ithaca attorney, a Democrat seeking election to the New York State Senate from our 58th District, says she stands for jobs, schools and farms and is critical of the Albany establishment. Here, she provides us with a guest column titled "Our Senator should work at cutting property taxes." She will weigh in from time to time. Column.

Left: Leslie Danks Burke

Tony and Dom Sgro performing Tuesday at Lafayette Park.


Sgro Brothers entertain at Concert in the Park

The Sgro Brothers, Dom and Tony -- a staple for years in the Concerts in the Park series at Lafayette Park in Watkins Glen -- played their harmonicas there again Tuesday night before an appreciative audience seated on the park lawn in front of the bandstand. The pair, who began their musical career in the early 1950s, have played around the country, including performances on the old Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV and, in 2004, at the White House for President George W. Bush and members of Congress.


Olivia Coffey heading to Rio as an alternate

The former Watkins Glen High School student, who left Watkins to attend prep school and then was an All-American at Harvard -- and later won World gold in rowing -- is an alternate on the U.S. rowing team heading this week to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Sports.


Left: Olivia Coffey (Photo provided)

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Other News

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for July 22 for a new Watkins Glen business, Beauty by Frenchies. Ribbon.

The Chemung and Schuyler SWCDs have been awarded a total of $587,885 for water quality conservation projects on local farms. Government.

Glenora is releasing a new wine to help raise funds for the Humane Society. Business.

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For Part 4, click here.
For Part 5, click here.

The Editor's


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Robert C. Sullivan, 70, of Watkins Glen.
Kayla Michelle Kress, 24, of Watkins Glen.
Michael A. Yuhasz, 79, of Watkins Glen.
George L. Whipple, Jr., 77, of Beaver Dams.
Joan Dumbleton, 83, of Montour Falls.

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

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Michael Larkin with some of the many kits he helped assemble.


Glen Industries preps NASCAR camping kits

Michael Larkin, pictured above, and his many co-workers have been hard at work helping Watkins Glen International prepare for thousands of guests camping at WGI when NASCAR returns Wednesday, Aug. 3 for the Cheez-It 355 weekend. Glen Industries employees have assembled 4,200 camping kits for WGI, each kit containing a trash bag, recycling bag, pamphlets and a weekend schedule rolled and banded into a neat bundle. Glen Industries is the business services and vocational training division of The Arc of Schuyler, providing job skills development to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara provides us with a weekly column from Albany. This time: "No success without thinking success." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara


Stealing more than words ...

The editor reconnects with a friend whose health issues have been extreme, to put it mildly. And then there is the matter of plagiarism -- one of the editor's pet peeves and a subject close to his heart. Column.


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Help wanted at WG Chamber of Commerce

Help Wanted: Seasonal Staff Position at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center from August 1 to September 30. Minimum wage. Hours will be mostly nights, weekends, and holidays. Requirements for the positions include a personable disposition and friendly demeanor, neat appearance, knowledge of the area, ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and attention to detail. Submit an employment application along with a résumé to the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact: Katie Strawser at (607) 535-4300.


Annual cheese festival draws a large crowd

The fifth annual gathering, held on the Hoffman farm at Catharine Corners, attracted thousands of people. Features.

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, a USA Today contest nominee.


Harbor Hotel nominated in Waterfront contest

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is one of 20 nominees for the USA Today Readers' Choice Contest for 10 Best Waterfront Hotels, a competition launched July 5th. The list includes 5 Hawaii hotels and 4 in Florida, 2 in Rhode Island, 2 in California, 2 in New York, 1 in Maine, 1 in Maryland, 1 in South Carolina, 1 in Georgia, and 1 in Oregon. Readers can vote once per day until noon on Aug. 1st. To vote, visit here.


This month's column from the Valicenti firm

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

Village of Odessa Yard Sales
will be
Saturday, July 30th

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Annual Report

The Village of Odessa releases its annual Drinking Water Quality Report. For a look, click here.

From left: Heather and Sarah French, Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi, and Chamber President Rebekah LaMoreaux.


Ribbon-cutting held at Beauty by Frenchies

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday, July 22 at Beauty by Frenchies, a styling salon opened recently by sisters Sarah and Heather French at 109 W. Fourth St. in Watkins Glen. The business offers haircuts, coloring, and styles for men, women and children, plus makeup and facial waxing. Off-site service is also available for formal occasions. "We have always wanted to open our own business, and we finally reached a point where the timing was just right," said the sisters.

O-M Fitness Center open

The fitness center at the Odessa-Montour school complex in Odessa will be open from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday all summer long. There is no charge to use it.


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.

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Ben & Jerry's open

The Ben & Jerry's store at 418 N. Franklin Street in Watkins Glen opened for business April 12 with a Free Cone Day -- which drew a large crowd. The store is open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. daily, and longer come summer.

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Don’t miss the final concert of the annual Jazz Greats at Glenora series on August 21st featuring Four80East and special guests Jackiem Joyber and Matt Marshak! Four80East puts their own twist on contemporary jazz’s sound and style. For them music is all about being fresh and exciting and most importantly the groove. Joining them on the vineyard stage will be soul saxman Jackiem Joyner and guitarist Matt Marshak. Tickets can be purchased online at www.glenora.com, by calling 800.243.5513 or at any Wegmans store. For more information, see Sports or visit www.glenora.com.

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Tom Phillips, foreground, hits the ground hard as he and Tony Fraboni tumble to the turf in the first round of the Summer Rendezvous sack race.


Chamber holds its Summer Rendezvous

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Summer Rendezvous at the Watkins Glen State Park's Iroquois Lodge Wednesday, July 20, an evening of music, wine tasting, dinner and a sack race. The race winner: Dave Sidle of Sidle Insurance, who won three heats convincingly. He gets to keep the event goblet (left) until next year's race. Food was provided by the Bucket Bar & Grill, and music by A Walk on the Wildside Entertainment. The event's key sponsor: Fidelis Care.



Left: The goblet that went to the sack race winner, Dave Sidle; and Chamber board chair Chris Karam flies toward the turf in his heat against Sidle.

Kelly Cook of Horseheads, who helped operate a table for Fidelis at the Chamber's annual Rendezvous at the State Park, talks to A Walk on the Wildside Entertainment owner Shawn Makowiec, reflected in her glasses. Mokowiec provided music for the event.

The Profuslies provided musical entertainment at Movie Night at Clute Park Wednesday before the showing of the film "Jaws."


An evening at Clute, complete with a film

The movie "Jaws" was the feature of Wednesday's Movie Night at Clute Park in Watkins Glen on July 20, but there were plenty of other attractions: craft booths with a varied selection of goods; food vendors with dinners and desserts; a band playing through the dinner hour, leading to the film; raffle prizes; and a beautiful evening alongside a beautiful lake.


Above: Amy Thornton, who helped promote the showing of the movie "Jaws" by handing out prizes to raffle winners.

Craft vendors were among the attractions at Wednesday's Movie Night at Clute Park.


Former principal, legislator Yuhasz dies at 79

Michael A. Yuhasz (pictured at right), who capped a career in education by serving as principal at the Watkins Glen Elementary School and later served for several years as a Schuyler County Legislator, died Monday, July 18 at the age of 79. Calling hours and a memorial service are set for Thursday at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen. For details, see his obituary here.

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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 Amazon.com. 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

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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

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

Watkins Glen Police Chief Thomas Struble, right, with Village Trustee Kevin Thornton and Village Clerk Donna Beardsley.


Glen board deals with street regs, grant funds

The Watkins Glen Village Board on July 18 tabled action on a Local Law that would update the village zoning because questions were raised about regulations regarding the street parking of recreational vehicles. The board also took under advisement a suggestion that the Decatur and 10th Streets intersection -- with increasing traffic from the State Park -- be turned into a 4-way stop, and that 2-hour parking be considered on 10th Street to dissuade long-term parking there.

Mayor Sam Schimizzi (right) said he has heard complaints about traffic congestion on Franklin Street on weekends, but Police Chief Tom Struble said there is nothing his department can do -- that turning traffic lights yellow with traffic patrolmen at every intersection would prove fruitless. "We're spoiled," he said "The worst case is we sit for a half-hour. The percepton is we're sitting there forever ... but we're really not in bad shape compared to other places." Traffic congestion, he added, "is, in my estimation, a good problem to have" in a tourist town.

The board also authorized applications in concert with the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development for grant funds for two projects -- one that would refine the Project Seneca vision for lakefront development, and one that would help in upgrading Clute Park -- in particular in financing a replacement of the restrooms there, holdovers from 1964.

Photos in text: Village Trustee Tony Fraboni; Mayor Schimizzi

Members of the Ageless Jazz Band performed at Lafayette Park.


Ageless Jazz Band performs at concert

The Ageless Jazz Band from Ithaca, which performs Big Band Jazz dance music, played July 19 at Lafayette Park in Watkins Glen as part of the summer Concerts in the Park series. An added feature: Rochester visitor James Ryan, walking on stilts and riding a plastic-tubed, three-wheeled vehicle he created at home. It employs two tricycle frames and one BMX frame, and has three speeds. Ryan was visiting relatives before heading to this weekend's GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg with his vehicle and stilts. Ryan is an artist, entertainer, and creative project facilitator.

Left: James Ryan


The notable drive for $10M of state money

The executive director of the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development details the combined effort by many people to secure $10 million for Watkins Glen from a state Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The money went to Elmira instead, but not without a fight. Forum.


Arc plans golf tourney with something extra

A raffle winner will get a chance to sink a 50-foot putt for $10,000 as an added incentive at the 16th annual Arc of Schuyler Golf Tournament, Aug. 19 at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. Sports.

Above: Tournament Chair Dominick Franzese, right, and Honorary Chair Ron Glover. (Photo provided)


53 arrested in continuing gas storage protest

Fifty-three protesters were arrested on disorderly conduct charges Monday, July 18 by blocking all incoming and outgoing traffic at the Route 14 gate to the Stagecoach (formerly Crestwood) facility north of Watkins Glen. Each was processed at the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office and released. The organizing Gas Free Seneca group has long opposed the storage of natural gas and proposed storage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in abandoned salt caverns west of Seneca Lake. The protesters came from 18 New York counties, with two from New Jersey and one from California.

Harry Schulz of Horseheads with his 1939 Oldsmobile 4-door street rod, which he found in bad shape in 1997 and has restored with parts from various, more modern cars, and by utilizing part of a school bus and even a knob from a school intercom.


Cruise-In raises funds for area food pantries

The second annual Cruise-In sponsored by the Glen Regional Corvette Club attracted 76 cars July 16th to a closed-off Montour Falls Main Street. The event, which last year featured just Corvettes, had cars of various ages and makes this time, along with a DJ, hot dog and ice cream vendors, raffles, craft tents and a great mix of vehicles old and new, classic and sleek. Organizer Dennis Johnson said the money raised goes to food pantries at a Montour Falls church and a Horseheads church. "It's a lot of work," he said, "but it's worth it."

Photos at left: Sandie Sutfin of Ithaca downs an ice cream cone in the 2002 Thunderbird owned by her and husband George; a Club license plate; and action at Jim Ryan's hotdog stand.

A couple checks out a 1956 Chevy, one of 76 cars on display.


2016 wine festival concludes at WGI track

The annual Finger Lakes Wine Festival on the grounds of the Watkins Glen International racetrack concluded Sunday, July 17. It opened Friday night, July 15 with its traditional toga party, and continued Saturday and Sunday with scores of vendors in climate-controlled tents (new this year), and with live music, pace car rides, cooking demonstrations, and paid and free seminars. More information can be found at www.flwinefest.com.

Song and dance numbers populate "Cyrano de Burger Shack -- the musical" at the Dream Barn facility near Catharine Corners.


Packed house attends Dream Barn's 'Cyrano'

The Dream Barn Productions facility's seating was full Friday night, July 15 for the opening of 'Cyrano de Burger Shack -- the musical,' a play featuring teen performers. It continued Saturday afternoon and evening, and ended with a performance Sunday afternoon.

Left: Wiliam Yeater portrays Cyrano.

Left: Kelly Lewis and Zachery Swasta in a scene from "Wrongful Rustlings." Right: Alan Turner as Cookie.


Theatre troupe offers 'Wrongful Rustlings'

The Old Havana Courthouse Theatre, which performs on the second floor of the Montour Falls Village Hall, concluded its two-weekend run of the original comic play, 'Wrongful Rustlings at the Rhombus Ranch," on Sunday, July 17. The play, the first of the Old Havana season, was performed Friday and Saturday nights, and again Sunday afternoon. Next up was "The Malicious Machinations of Marshal Maraschino" for two weekends starting Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Left: Pianist Donna Christoffels, and one of the interactive, prompting signs that appear on stage from time to time.

Re-elected O-M School Board President Rob Halpin, left, swears in re-elected School Board Vice President Scott Westervelt.


Halpin re-elected as O-M School Board chief

Robert Halpin was re-elected the Odessa-Montour School Board president without opposition July 14 at the board's annual reorganizational meeting.

Scott Westervelt, sworn in after winning re-election to his board seat, was then unanimously re-elected board vice president. Also sworn in was first-time board member Mel Switzer (pictured at right).

The board also named various officers, coordinators and committees before entering a regular monthly session where it rejected two bids -- deemed by Superintendent Chris Wood as about $250,000 too high -- for work on the auditorium portion of a capital project. He said the auditorium plan will be repackaged and a larger pool of bidders sought.

Wood (pictured at right) also said interviews are being arranged to find a successor for Business Official Bill MacDonald, who departed for a job in the York Central School District near Geneseo.

Tabled until a meeting on July 28 was a recommendation to hire Mike Johnston Jr. as the new boys varsity basketball coach. Board members indicated they wanted time to consider the appointment.

Photos in text: New board member Mel Switzer (top) and Superintendent Chris Wood at Thursday's meeting.

From left: O-M School Board members Jeff Parmenter, Christian Maphis and Jennifer Mosher.


Meth-bust arraignments held in County Court

Four defendants charged in the three-county meth bust in early May were arraigned July 14 in Schuyler County Court. In other cases, guilty pleas were entered in a burglary and in a Catharine Corners meth bust. Court.

Schuyler County Courthouse


Legal moves on both sides in Hansen case

Notices of Appeal are filed by the prosecution in the case involving Watkins Glen School District resident Kristina Hansen, who in turn signs off on another lawsuit involving her arrest on May 4 at a school tennis court. People.

Above: Artistic rendition of May 4th arrest.


After the storm

The scene at Clute Park in Watkins Glen was placid one recent evening after a storm that moved through the area on its way eastward. The park was the scene of vendors selling crafts and food, and later the site of an outdoor-movie night.

Fire and thick black smoke rise from the home on Mills Road.


Fire guts trailer home on hill outside Montour

Fire that started in a bedroom gutted a large trailer home at 2772 Mills Road above Montour Falls on July 12. The fire, the cause of which was still being investigated, started while the residents -- a woman and her two sons, 9 and 10 -- were inside, but they escaped along with a dog and some cats. However, the owner, John Fritzon, the stepfather of the woman and grandfather of the children, said some other cats might have died. He said the woman and boys would be moving to his home up the road until he could prepare a new home for them, and that they would be buying some new clothes. Firefighters from Montour Falls, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Burdett and Millport responded.

Left: Hosing down a hot spot, and a plastic lawn chair burns.

Legislators Carl Blowers, left, and Michael Lausell listen during the July 11 meeting.


Legislature delays Hazardous Waste collection

The Schuyler County Legislature on July 11 -- meeting in regular monthly session -- approved a number of resolutions. Among those, the legislators:

--Rejected the lone bid as excessive for a scheduled Sept. 17 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, and postponed the day until 2017.

--Rejected all bids for the rehabilitation of the Mill Street Bridge over Shequagah Falls in Montour Falls as excessive. The project cost was envisioned at about $500,000, but the lowest of four bids was $856,000. Officials hope, meanwhile, that state funds will be available since the bridge, while not on the historic register, has historic value and might be listed.

--Approved an Inter-Municipal Agreement to share Schuyler County assistant district attorney Seamus Donnelly with Steuben County at a cost to Steuben of $50,000.

Photo in text: Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan.

The lead boat in the Boating for a Cure parade pulls away from the Montour Marina. Several craft participated.


Boating for a Cure raises funds to fight cancer

The annual Boating for a Cure -- a cancer fund-raising cruise by Montour Marina boats up the canal from Montour Falls to Seneca Lake -- was held at noon Saturday, July 9. A year after organizers had announced that the 2015 cruise would be the last, the program was revived because, organizers said, "we were talked into it" as a continuing means of generating funds in the fight against cancer. The event -- which included a chicken barbecue, raffles and a bake sale later in the day -- will continue in future years as well, they said.

Photo: The Schuyler County Sheriff's Department boat led Saturday's parade up the canal.


Deputies report 2 personal-injury accidents

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office responded to two recent personal-injury accidents.

Deputies said Veronica Walmsley, 26, of Beaver Dams, was injured and flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment after being ejected July 8 while a passenger on a motorcycle driven by Kevin Swarthout of Beaver Dams that veered off County Route 16 in the Town of Orange and struck a guardrail. Swarthout was taken by ambulance to Corning Hospital, treated and released.

On July 9, deputies added, two people were flown by helicopter -- one to Packer Hospital and one to Strong Memorial -- after a jeep left West Lake Road in the Town of Tyrone and struck an embankment and trees. Injured were the driver, Thomas Ladelia, 18, of Elmira, and a male passenger, 16.

Members of the O-M Class of '66 pose in the school auditorium during their visit to the school on July 9.


O-M Class of 1966 enjoys weekend reunion

Members of the Odessa-Montour Class of 1966 were gathering this weekend in Schuyler County for their 50th reunion. Events included a celebratory dinner Saturday evening, July 9 at the Montour Moose Lodge, and before that a Meet and Greet Friday evening at Jim Allen's Lake Grove Park, and a tour of the O-M facilities at midday Saturday.

The Watkins Brewery Apartments site, where the old Frozen Food Locker building, once a brewery, used to stand.


Apartment constructions advancing

The construction of apartments on two sites on the north end of Watkins Glen are moving steadily ahead. One is the 7-unit Watkins Brewery Apartments on the site -- at the north end of the village's business district -- where the old Frozen Food Locker building was demolished last year. The other is the 24-unit Seneca Terrace Apartments complex on the hillside behind the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge. A grouping of buildings high on the hill are being built in the wake of the construction of still-developing units downhill.

The Seneca Terrace Apartments construction site.


O-M unveils its 6th
2015-16 Honor Roll

Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School lists its High Honor and Honor Roll students for the sixth (and final) marking period of the 2015-16 school year. Honors.


Time capsules old, new mark Cate ceremonies

B.C. Cate Elementary School uncovers a time capsule from 1965 and buries a new one to cap off its rededication observance. Schools.

Left: 1960s time capsule

Ed Clute at the piano during the July 5th Concert in the Park.


Concerts in Park series returns with Ed Clute

The annual Watkins Glen summer treat called Concerts in the Park kicked off the 2016 season Tuesday night, July 5 with an appearance by Ed Clute's Dixie Five Plus at Lafayette Park. The audience members, in folding chairs on a placid evening, were treated to the Clute group's pleasant sounds for two hours. The series was continue on Tuesday, July 12 with Dean Goble & Friends presenting "danceable classic country" music.

Kelly McCarthy is sworn in for another year as Board president.


McCarthy re-elected Glen School Board chief

Kelly McCarthy was unanimously re-elected to the post of president of the Watkins Glen School Board at the group's annual reorganizational meeting July 5th. Gloria Brubaker was re-elected vice president, also unanimously. Board members Mark Franzese and Kristin Hazlitt, re-elected in May to new three-year terms, were sworn in by Board Clerk Marie Keefer.

Meanwhile, new Elementary School Principal Rebecca J. Trank (pictured at right) was present for her first meeting, and outlined her educational background, which included years of various teaching assignments before she decided "a couple of years ago to pursue an administrative degree." She completed it this year at the University of Rochester, and applied for the Watkins Glen post. She said she is "excited" at now being part of the school district.

Photo at right: Rebecca Trank

For board meeting summary, click here.


Fatal agricultural accident investigated

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death on Sunday, July 3, of Phillip C. Harrington, 67, of State Rte. 224 in an agricultural accident. Deputies said Harrington's body was found about 10 p.m. following an incident at an unspecified time in which he was struck by a large branch and pinned to his seat while operating a tractor clearing brush along Rte. 224 in the Town of Catharine. The Odessa Fire Department, Schuyler Ambulance and New York State Police assisted at the scene.

Freedom Village's Victory Singers perform a patriotic song.


Patriotism, gospel songs blend at concert

An "I Love America" concert drew a crowd of 300 people to Lafayette Park Saturday evening, July 2 -- one of the 4th of July weekend celebrations in Watkins Glen. The program, featuring patriotic songs by the Sounds of Freedom Choir and The Victory Singers from Freedom Village at Lakemont, had as an added bonus several gospel songs performed by the Alabama-based Gold City Quartet.



Left top: Freedom Village leader Fletcher Brothers.

Left bottom: Flags were very much in evidence among the crowd at Lafayette Park.

Members of the Gold City Quartet sing a gospel selection.

The Burdett Fire Dept. receives $2,000 check from Crestwood.


Check presented to Burdett firefighters

The Crestwood energy firm presented a $2,000 check on July 1 to the Burdett Fire Department for the purchase of new equipment. Crestwood plant manager Frank Pastore, left above, handed the check to Assistant Chief Ryan Barr, with Chief Jason Kelly, right, and Assistant Chief Steve Crout observing.

Nancy Learn sings a song at the Montour Falls Library.


Learn performs as part of First Friday series

Local singer-songwriter-pianist Nancy Learn performed original songs July 1 at the Montour Falls Library as part of the library's First Friday Concert Series. Learn, playing the piano, sang a number of her many original selections, including "Seneca" and "Crooked Creek," a historical song about Hammond Dam. Her show, "Loving, Believing, and Life," included compositions about the environment, which she prizes.

From left: Cameron Argetsinger sons Duke and J.C., honoree Roger Penske, and IMRRC Governing Council chairman Bobby Rahal with the Cameron Argetsinger Award.


Penske receives Cameron Argetsinger Award

Racing legend Roger Penske -- whose teams have won 16 Indianapolis 500 races in a career that has spanned a half century and included success behind the wheel and as a team owner and business owner -- was honored June 30th with the third annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports. The award was presented at a dinner -- a fund raiser for the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen -- attended by more than 200 Penske admirers at the Corning Museum of Glass. Said the honoree when interviewed by emcee Dr. Jerry Punch: "I'm humbled and honored and almost embarrassed by all the nice comments" made by speakers on hand and by associates in video tributes.

His philosophy? "I don't have a rearview mirror; I just look out through the windshield." And when asked what one word he would like to be remembered by, he responded: "I'm not ready to think about that yet. I have a lot more work to do." And the kind of work? He wants "to deliver more than is expected."

Photos in text: Roger Penske signs a photo before the dinner; and the late Cameron Argetsinger from a photo on display at the gathering. Argetsinger was the founder of Watkins Glen racing.

Emcee Dr. Jerry Punch, center, with famed Penske drivers Rick Mears, left, and Helio Castroneves during the celebration. Mears won four Indy 500 races, and Castroneves three.

Watkins Glen International president Michael Printup, left, and State Senator Tom O'Mara, right, talk to Helio Castroneves in the social hour preceding dinner.

Joseph Koczan, Rotary Assistant District Governor, was on hand as Holly Baker (left photo) and Midge Franzese (right, pictured with husband Dominick) were honored.


2 receive Paul Harris Fellow honor

A Rotary club member and the wife of another member were honored as Paul Harris Fellows June 27 at the annual "changeover dinner" of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club. The honorees -- selected for upholding the Rotary motto of "service above self" -- were club member Holly Baker, who prepares the weekly Rotary Bulletin for club members and handles community relations for The Arc of Schuyler, and Midge Franzese, wife of club member Dominick Franzese and long a volunteer leader in the community. The dinner, at the Montage restaurant in the Glen Motor Inn, also saw Chris Burns, club president for the past year, hand over the reins of office to Bill Phoenix.


Nominations sought for Schuyler Hall of Fame

The Advisory Committee of the Schuyler County Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the Hall, which last held an induction ceremony in 2013. People.

Left: The late Charles "Monty" Stamp is among 41 honorees in the Schuyler County Hall of Fame.


75 graduate from Watkins Glen High

The 134th annual Commencement ceremony packs the WGHS auditorium as the school bids farewell to the Class of 2016. Graduation.

Left: WGHS graduate Maddie Ross with her plans, which include Niagara University.


53 graduate from Odessa-Montour

O-M's Commencement ceremony features speeches, awards, diplomas and airborne caps. Graduation.

Left: Odessa-Montour graduate Henna Herrmann.


Top Drawer 24 honored at State Park ceremony

Two dozen student-athletes from 10 area high schools were honored June 6 as members of the Top Drawer 24 team -- the 11th annual such squad. The event, as always, was held at the Watkins Glen State Park pavilion. Top Drawer.


Left: Top Drawer 24 honoree Mia Herlan of Notre Dame.

Odessa File Athletes of the Year Ian Chedzoy (left), Gillian Clark and Patrick Hazlitt pose with Mike Stamp of E.C. Cooper Insurance, which sponsors the awards.


Odessa File Athletes of Year announced

Sophomore Gillian Clark has earned The Odessa File Athlete of the Year Award at Odessa-Montour High School, while junior Patrick Hazlitt and senior Ian Chedzoy have earned the same honor at Watkins Glen High School. Plaques were presented to the three honorees June 6 by Mike Stamp of the sponsoring E.C. Cooper insurance firm at the Watkins Glen State Park Pavilion before the start of the Top Drawer 24 ceremony there. Each honoree is a three-sport athlete.


Watkins business stores wine, offers cigars

Finger Lakes Wine Lockers, a business started by the husband-and-wife team of Ken and Mandy May in December, offers short- and long-term storage of wines. Their store, in a former accounting office at 108 W. Fourth Street in Watkins Glen, has climate controlled wine storage in lockers whose numbers will be expanded in the coming months.

The Mays offer year-long rental rates on lockers, locker management, home deliveries of wine that it stores, and bottle pick-ups from wineries for those folks taking a wine tour. They also carry a supply of cigars from around the world, and provide a delivery service for those, too. For details on the business, visit the Mays' website at fingerlakeswinelockers.com.

Photo: Mandy and Ken May in front of their Fourth Street business in Watkins Glen.

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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.



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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.

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