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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

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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 "Much more than a messy room." She will weigh in from time to time. Column.

Left: Leslie Danks Burke

Danks Burke is hosting a Farmers' Roundtable with supper and conversation from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Pine Meadow Farm, 5120 County Road 4, Burdett. Farmers and winemakers in the region have been invited.


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: "Foundations for the future of NY agriculture." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara


Organ-donor pool expands under new law

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano applauds the passage into law of a bill he co-sponsored that expands the pool of eligible organ donors to 16- and 17-year-olds as New York tries to catch up with the organ transplant efforts of other states. Government.

Photo at right: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano at an organ-donation-themed news conference. (Photo provided)


Of history ... and death

The editor attends a Memory Night on Bois Blanc Island, and gets some unsettling news. Column.

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Finger Lakes Wine Festival wins best-in-nation

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival -- a huge gathering each July at the Watkins Glen International racetrack -- has won a USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice contest as Best Wine Festival in the nation. It follows a similar win by the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel as the best waterfront hotel in the United States. "We did it again!" said State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano in a joint press release. "Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regional voters have once again put us on the national map!" The contest, which closed Monday with results announced Friday, saw the Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival finish second and the BottleRock Napa Valley festival third.


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.

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Other News

Schuyler Hospital invites area realtors to an annual brunch and tour of the hospital and Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. Business.

The Red Cross plans a blood drive for Aug. 19 in the midst of an emergency blood shortage. Business.

For Part 1 of "Schuyler County and Me," reprised, Click here.
For Part 2, click here.
For Part 3, click here .
For Part 4, click here.
For Part 5, click here.

The Editor's


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

William A. Carey, 69, of Horseheads.
Henry J. Scholtisek, 75, of Watkins Glen.
Ellen McClain, 72, of Rock Stream.
William C. Morgan, Sr., 85, of Odessa.
Gregory Scott Ellison, 54, of Watkins Glen.

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

Zoning Update Kick-Off!

Talk with local officials, planners and design professionals. Participate in planning the Village of Odessa's future.

Wednesday, Sept. 7th from 7-9 p.m.
Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Odessa Village Hall
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Odessa, NY


Watkins Glen School Board meeting summary

The Board of Education met in public session on Monday, Aug. 15 at Watkins Glen High School. A summary provided by the district appears here.

Photo at right: School Board President Kelly McCarthy. (File photo)


Dix gets grant for water improvement project

The Town of Dix is among three municipalities in the 58th State Senate District receiving grants as part of the second round of funding being awarded under the state's Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015. State Senator Tom O'Mara, in announcing the grants, noted that the city of Hornell and village of Arkport in Stueben County were also among the selectees from his district. The Dix grant of $234,600 is for a drinking water infrastructure improvement project.


Italian American fest ends its 3-day run

The 37th annual, three-day Schuyler County Italian American Festival -- which featured a parade and fireworks Saturday -- ended its run Sunday at Clute Park in Watkins Glen. A talent competition and motorcycle show highlighted the final day. Features.


A column by Odessa Mayor Keith PIerce: 'I won't seek re-election'

Mayor Keith Pierce returns with another in a series of columns about life and issues in the Village of Odessa. This time the title is "Somebody else will have to step up as mayor" -- reflecting his decision not to seek re-election after eight years in office. Column.

Left: Mayor Keith Pierce

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Annual Report

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


Montour Falls man charged in meth bust

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office Tuesday charged a Montour Falls man with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree, a Class D felony. Deputies said Mark D. Melnick, 38, of 100 Clawson Blvd., Montour Falls -- the address of the Relax Inn motel -- was charged for allegedly "possessing the remnants of a meth cooking operation in his motel room." He was sent to Schuyler County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. The New York State Police CCSERT (Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team) processed and cleaned the room, deputies said.


Crestwood modifies its gas storage plan

Crestwood Midstream announces modifications in the propane and butane storage plan at its US Salt facility, a project that has long been hung up at the state level. The modifications include a reduction in storage capacity from 2.1 million to 1.5 million barrels. (See Letter to the Editor on this in Forum.) The Schuyler County Legislature brokered and backed the changes while opposition groups like Gas Free Seneca still say the project is not wanted here. Government.

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, the USA Today contest winner.


Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel wins contest

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel was announced as the winner Friday among 20 nominees in the USA Today Readers' Choice Contest for Best Waterfront Hotel in the nation. The competition began July 5th and ended Aug. 1st. Second place went to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, and third place to the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa in Lake Placid, NY. Readers were allowed to vote once per day.


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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Hamlin captures Cheez-It 355 at The Glen

Denny Hamlin led the final 10 laps Sunday to win the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Watkins Glen International's recently repaved road course. Hamlin held on for the final four laps after a red-flag stoppage, the second of the day. Defending champ Joey Logano finished second and Brad Keselowski third. "It means a lot," said Hamlin about a victory that helped soften the disappointment of a last-lap loss in June on another road course, in Sonoma, Calif.

Lotus talk set at Racing Research Center. Sports.

From left at check presentation: Camp Director Dave Sherman; Sheriffs' Institute Executive Director Chris O'Brien; State Senator Tom O'Mara; Walmart's Public Relations and Government Affairs Director, Jason Klipa; and Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.


Walmart donates $47,000 to Sheriffs' camp

Walmart, through its foundation's State Giving Program, has donated $47,000 to the New York State Sheriffs' Association Institute to assist with its youth summer camp nutrition program. The camp, run in six single-week sessions each summer on Keuka Lake, annually provides more than 800 disadvantaged and high-risk youths ages 9-12 from across the state with the opportunity to experience summer camp at no cost to their families. The donation will allow for the hiring of an educator to implement a nutrition curriculum and teach campers about the importance of heathy eating.

From left: Amber Updike, Kassandra Snyder, Kelsey Kernan.


Schuyler teens hone drug prevention skills

Three Schuyler County teens -- Amber Updike and Kelsey Kernan of Watkins Glen High School and recent Odessa-Montour High School graduate Kassandra Snyder, all members of the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) -- recently attended a CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Mid-Year Training Institute in Las Vegas. While there, they learned about leadership and substance-use prevention during a National Youth Leadership Initiative. Said Kernan: "You have to take in everything you can learn from it." Added Updike: "I can't wait to return home to implement the drug-use prevention strategies I learned." Nearly 200 other youths took part -- a gathering for a single cause that Snyder found "eye opening ... I learned a lot."

The front of the new Sidle Insurance building in Montour Falls.


Sidle Insurance moves to a single locale

Sidle Insurance, a staple of the Watkins Glen community for 44 years and lately with offices in Trumansburg and Odessa as well, is consolidating its business into one locale, at 219 S. Catherine Street in Montour Falls. The 5,000-square-foot building -- in the past a bus garage, a video store and, most recently, an upholstery shop -- opened as home to the Sidle business on Monday, Aug. 1. President Dave Sidle, with the firm since 1991, said the office setting on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen -- established and owned by his father -- will be sold, as will the office opened three years ago in Odessa. He said changing times -- with business transactions often completed on-line -- called for a change in approach.

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.

Christine Hilber of Watkins Glen was one of many fair-goers taking aim at DA Joe Fazzary (below) at the dunking tank.


Hector Fair completes its three-day 2016 run

A car show beset by a morning rain, a chicken barbecue in the Valois-Logan-Hector fire station, rides, games, vendor tents, animals, a book sale, music, a dunking tank and fireworks were among the features Saturday, July 30 on the final day of he annual Hector Fair on the grounds behind the fire hall. It followed by one day the annual fair parade on Rt. 414 in Hector.



Left top: District Attorney Joe Fazzary after being dunked.

Left bottom: A prize awaits a winner at one of the game booths.


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)


Schumer visits county, touts drug legislation

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer paid his 18th visit to Schuyler County on July 29, meeting with area law enforcement personnel to announce legislation aimed at making 22 synthetic drugs illegal. Government.

Left: Senator Schumer outside the County Office Building.


O-M board hires Johnston Jr. as hoops coach

The Odessa-Montour School Board on July 28 unanimously approved the appointment of Mike Johnston Jr. as the school's boys varsity basketball coach, succeeding Brad Clark, who stepped down from the job at the end of last season. Johnston, one of several candidates, has extensive basketball coaching experience at the varsity level with Corning high school teams. Superintendent Chris Wood apologized to the board and candidates for taking longer than intended in completing the search process. The board vote was without comment.

Photo in text: O-M Superintendent Chris Wood.

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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

Kevin Greuber (left), Tessa Truesdail and Robert Lavarnway in a scene from the Old Havana Courthouse Theatre play.


Theatre wraps up 'Maraschino' run

The final performance of the two-weekend run of "Malicious Machinations of Marshal Maraschino" was held July 31 at the Old Havana Courthouse Theatre in the Montour Falls Village Hall. The play was one of several melodramas being performed there this summer.

Left: Writer-director Joe Edkin as Judge Deus X Makina in "Maraschino."


Hector Fair parade draws crowd to Rt. 414

The annual Hector Fair parade was held July 29 under a sunny sky and before an approving crowd lining both sides of Rt. 414. About 40 units, including many fire departments, participated. The fair was set to end Saturday, culminating in fireworks. Features.

Left: Mike Hines of the Montour Falls Fire Department

Part of the Paratrooper ride, looking straight up from the ground.


Hector Fair begins; annual parade tonight

The annual Hector Fair at the rear of the fire hall along Rte. 414 in Hector began Thursday, July 28. A highlight at 7 Friday evening, July 29: the annual parade along that roadway, with fire trucks, floats, politicians and other participants. Saturday: a farmers' market, a car show, a chicken barbecue, and fireworks.

Left: A boy tosses a ball at one of the game booths.

Food is a tasty part of the Hector Fair experience.

Members of the Stephens family were enjoying the fair.

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, July 26 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)

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.


Annual cheese festival draws a large crowd

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


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 We Are Seneca Lake 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.

An erroneous reference to the organizing group (corrected above) is addressed in a Letter to the Editor. Forum.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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7-9 p.m. 8/11 & 8/18
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Still available: Tony Vickio's book, titled "Shifting Gears." You can order it on his website here.


Health Blog

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Dealer/collector looking to buy groups of pre-1970 paper memorabilia: cards, magazines, posters, programs etc. Call Charlie Haeffner at 742-2772.

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Watkins Glen
Winter Farmer's Market

November 1 to February 28
Fridays 3 to 6pm
St. James Parish Hall
on Sixth Street

Fresh produce, meats and crafts

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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 Amazon.com


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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.


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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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