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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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Watkins School District business manager Gayle Sedlack outlined the proposed $25.5 million school budget at the School Board meeting Tuesday. The plan calls for a tax-levy hike of 1.9%, which is below the tax cap of 2.7%. There were no questions from the sesson's audience. The public vote on the budget is May 19 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. in the School Board meeting room at the high school.


Tentative grid sked set; logo being developed

The combined Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour varsity football team -- the Seneca Indians -- has four home games listed in a tentative Section IV schedule, with two games at O-M and two at Watkins. Both Homecoming (Sept. 25 against Dryden) and Senior Night (Oct. 23 against Lansing) will take place on the Watkins field in the first year of the joint program, and "flip flop" the other way the next year, WGHS Principal Kai D'Alleva told the Watkins School Board Tuesday. Games on the O-M field will be Sept. 11 against Notre Dame and Oct. 9 against Moravia. Other opponents: Owego in the opener Sept. 4, Whitney Point, Edison and Groton, with a crossover or playoff game on Oct. 30. A team logo is also being developed, and while not completed, one considered by both schools' student councils and shown the board is presented above.


Some of the stolen 4-H camp items recovered

Some of the items stolen April 22 from the Hidden Valley 4-H Camp in the Watkins Glen State Park were recovered over the weekend -- found on park property by hikers. Recovered: two canoes, a box of archery arm guards, and a bike pump. Still missing: 10 fishing poles. The theft occurred when several structures were entered: a cabin, pool shed, storage shed, and the old Rec Hall. Doors damaged during the break-ins have been repaired. Watkins Glen International, which said after the thefts that it would donate $3,000 to the camp, plans to do so today (Wednesday), said a 4-H spokesperson.

A trampolining clown named Roger, and The Amazing Jonathan


Circus comes to town in WGHS Field House

The stands were full and the laughter loud Tuesday night as Billy Martin's Cole All-Star Circus visited the Watkins Glen High School Field House for a show full of acrobats, clowns, balloons and derring-do acts. The show was for the benefit of the WGHS Class of 2017.

Bicycles and hula hoops were among the props used in acts.

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And inside ...

Reed proposes legislation to empower parents and protect students and school district from opt-out fallout. Schools.

A dinner featuring a talk on Native American life and customs is set for Tyrone on April 28. People.

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.

Dianna G. Dillon, 74, of Watkins Glen.
Jean Blanchard Drake, 98, of Watkins Glen.
Yolanda L. Holmes, 66, formerly of Montour Falls.
Phyllis A. Patterson, 75, of Erin.
John R. Hall Jr. of Odessa.

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


Watkins Glen High unveils Honor Roll

The Watkins Glen High School releases its list of High Honor, Honor and Merit Roll students for the third marking period of the 2014-15 school year. Honors.

Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi at Monday's meeting.


Watkins Board green-lights treatment plant

The Watkins Glen Village Board Monday night approved by a 4-0 vote the continuation of the joint regional wastewater treatment plant project with Montour Falls. The vote came after several residents at the meeting and in letters supported the project, which will see construction of a state-of-the-art facility on the canal, replacing aged plants in both villages.

The vote came in the wake of speculation that this board might not follow through with the project, begun during the administration that preceded it, led by former mayor Mark Swinnerton. The current mayor, Sam Schimizzi -- who is not required to vote except to break a tie -- was asked afterward where he stood on the issue. "If there'd been a tie vote, you'd know," he said. Government.

Photo in text: Trustee Laurie DeNardo, who issued the motion to approve continuation of the treatment-plant project.


A capital capital project ... and remembering Dad on his birthday

The editor weighs in on the Odessa-Montour capital project that voters will address later this month. And he remembers his late father on the man's 105th birthday. Column.


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Bradford is Schuyler Envirothon champ

Odessa-Montour team finishes second in annual competition in Owego. Schools.


Left: Championship plaque


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 great answers, yet, for lost opportunities." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara

William Yeater as Prince Eric and Kara Fluman as Ariel in Mermaid.
(Photo provided)


Little Mermaid Jr. performed by Dream Barn

A cast of 22 young Dream Barn Productions actors performed Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. Saturday and Sunday at the former Catharine Methodist Church on County Road 14 -- and will again next Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10. Dream Barn Productions provides area youth with stage experience and a creative outlet. The current play has members in its cast ranging in age from 7 to 14 and from the Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen and Horseheads school districts, as well as the Chemung Valley Montessori School.

For extra photos from the Legends of the Night Invitational track meet May 1st at Odessa-Montour, click here.

Rotary offering Community Grants

The Watkins-Montour Rotary Club has set a May 30 deadline for applications for community grants from the club, which annually considers them for specifically identified and worthy projects or needs Grants generally range from $100 to $1,000. A limited amount of money is available. Application guidelines can be found at


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.

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Hydrant flushing under way

The Village of Odessa Department of Public Works is flushing hydrants this week, May 4-8. The purpose of the flushing is to clean and remove sediment. You may notice low water pressure and cloudy or colored water during this time. The water will be safe; however you should refrain from doing laundry until late evening. If you have any questions, please contact the Village office at 607-594-2100.

Kristi A. Pierce
Clerk-Treasurer, Village of Odessa

Work underway

The ground has been broken and earth-moving equipment has been utilized for the past week and a half at the site of what will be the 24-unit Seneca Terrace Apartments on the hillside behind the Elks Club on the north end of Watkins Glen. The complex was first proposed to the village Planning Board on Jan. 16, 2013, and has undergone a number of revisions since then, including a reduction from the originally planned 28 living units.

Charles Sidle and Emelia Paulisczak at the prom.


O-M holds its prom at WGI Media Center

The young ladies were gorgeous in their gowns and the young men resplendent in tuxedos Friday night at the Watkins Glen International Media Center, site of the annual Odessa-Montour High School prom. The event featured music, dancing, food and plenty of camaraderie. Prom.

Left: O-M's Tela Wittig


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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Treat your mother to a lovely brunch at Veraisons Restaurant featuring a delightful array of selections from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mother’s Day! From carving selections, main courses and sides to fresh baked muffins and house-made scones; there is plenty to enjoy! For more information, see Sports or visit

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Lower portion of Gorge is open

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce has passed along the following; " It’s the long-awaited announcement that all Watkins Glen State Park lovers wait for each spring – a portion of the interior gorge trail is now open! Park visitors can now enjoy the lower half of the trail from the main entrance to the Cathedral. Park. Manager Ron Roney says that he anticipates a full gorge trail opening to showcase all 19 waterfalls to occur in about 2 weeks.


DA's stand upsets protesters

Crestwood gas-storage protesters and Schuyler County District Attorney Joe Fazzary accused one another Thursday of violating an agreement that had led to the dismissal of charges against dozens of protesters -- but had left 84 related cases still in court. Now, the DA -- who had explained weeks ago that he was not opposed to the dismissals "in the interest of justice" as long as protesters refrained from forcing more trespass arrests at the Crestwood energy company gates -- says that with the arrests April 22 of 19 new protesters, he is "no longer not objecting" to the dismissal of the remaining 84 cases. "I believe they breached" the agreement, he said of the protesters, who in turn claim they didn't because the April 22 arrestees had nothing to do with the earlier cases. Government.

Andrew Tompkins next to an Historical Society throw quilt, identical to one presented him Thursday as a goodbye gift.


Bidding farewell

Schuyler County Historical Society Museum Director Andrew Tompkins said goodbye Thursday with a farewell party in his honor at the museum in Montour Falls. Tompkins, who served here for seven years, soon starts a new job in his home village of Hammondsport, overseeing the Finger Lakes Boating Museum there. He is being succeeded at the Schuyler museum by Irene Wilson, who has been employed by the Red Cross and, says Tompkins, has management and non-profit experience that will help in her new post.

Brooke Bennett, left, representing My Place, accepts check from Elmira Savings Bank's Watkins Glen branch manager, Linda Confer.


Bank gives child-care center $5,000

Elmira Savings Bank, which recently opened a branch on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen, donated $5,000 Wednesday to My Place: A Play and Learning Center in Montour Falls, located in the former Rural-Urban Center. According to County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, a proponent of the facility, My Place is "facing challenging times as it struggles to provide high-quality child care to the Schuyler community at an affordable price." Its board of directors, he said, has accordingly issued a plea for financial aid from the business community "to help keep this valuable community asset in operation for years to come. Elmira Savings Bank ... was quick to answer the call."


Rondinaro seeking seat on Legislature

Mark Rondinaro (pictured at right), an owner/employee of Lakewood Vineyards and a vocal fixture at Schuyler County Legislature meetings over the past four years, has announced his candidacy for a seat on that governing body. He will be running in the recently formed District 7, for the seat now held by Stewart Field, who will not be seeking re-election. For a letter by Rondinaro on his decision to run, see Forum.


Speakers set for annual Top Drawer 24 party

A National Football League umpire and a federal judge are among the speakers set for the June 8 celebration of the 2015 Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding student-athlete-citizens. Speakers.

WGHS takes walking lead

The Watkins Glen High School "Wacky Walkers" have taken the lead from Lakewood Vineyards after three weeks of the annual Schuyler Steps Out walking competition run by Schuyler Hospital and sponsored by Excellus and Walmart. WGHS, with 10 walkers, posted a cumulative average of 436,402 steps per person to move ahead of Lakewood, whose 12 walkers fell to second place with a cumulative average of 359,381 steps per person. There are 16 teams competing.

Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi at Monday's session.


Mayor: Decision due soon on treatment plant

Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi, at a meeting on the proposed regional wastewater treatment plant, said Monday, April 27 that the newly constituted Village Board will decide soon whether it wishes to pursue completion of the plant project the previous administration helped formulate. A decision was urged by Project Seneca spokesman Rick Weakland, who said a perceived lack of commitment on the part of the board could affect plant financing. Government.

Prom-goers arrived as singles, couples, and (as above) in groups.


Watkins High holds prom at Logan Ridge

The annual Watkins Glen High School prom was held with all of its finery and dancing and camaraderie April 25th at the Logan Ridge banquet and party facility in Hector. The girls wore a wide range of colorful gowns, and the boys put on a sharp array of tuxedos. Most of the students arrived at the prom after dining at area restaurants. Prom.

Left: Dancing was a centerpiece of the prom.


School Board candidate lineups set

There are five candidates running for three seats on the Odessa-Montour School Board, and four candidates running for two seats on the Watkins Glen School Board in the May 19 elections. Schools.

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

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Left: One man heads for a belly flop.
Another enters Seneca Lake head first.


Taking the plunge; an annual Tiki Bar ritual

The 12th annual Polar Plunge off the dock fronting the Tiki Bar on Salt Point Road north of Watkins Glen drew its usual array of jumpers and divers April 25th, along with a sizable crowd there to watch, cheeer and drink. The day was for adventurers 21 and older, while another session on Sunday was to be for families. The water wasn't the only thing cold. The wind was, too, and participants ran for their towels after jumping into, and then exiting, Seneca Lake.

Left: A young bikini-clad woman gives the thumbs-up sign as she heads toward the water. She was mostly shivering afterward.

One of two dumpsters, both of which were more than full.


Cleanup dumpsters overflow with refuse

The April 25th Spring Cleanup Day in Odessa saw an unusual amount of discards placed in two dumpsters outside the Village Hall. Where in past years two was all that was needed, both were full this time quickly, with extra furniture and items piled nearby, to be placed in a third dumpster that would be delivered later.

Left: Helping offload throwaways from residents' vehicles was Village Trustee Thomas Letteer.

From left: A TV cameraman shoots video footage of J.C. Jelliff and Sam Pierce in front of a truck entered in the April 25th car show by Sam's father, Odessa Mayor Keith Pierce.


Car show among Relay festival highlights

A Paint the Town Purple festival designed to raise funds for the benefit of Relay For Life of Schuyler County was held April 25th at the Montour Falls Firemen's Carnival Grounds. It featured a Classic Car Show along with a flea market, a bounce house, a chicken barbecue, fire department and law enforcement displays, and a display of go-carts. (Pictured with a go-cart he built and races at tracks around the region is Andrew Hartford, an 8th grader at Odessa-Montour school.)

Sigmund, created and patented by Nitrocream LLC
of Washington state.


Say hello to Sigmund

An ice cream maker fueled by liquid nitrogen and designed to blend cookies, pies, fruit, candies and other flavored items with a liquid base such as custard, coconut milk and sugar-free, soy or vegan mix is being used to create special-order ice cream on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, 221 S. Franklin Street in Watkins Glen. The tabletop Nitrocream LLC machine -- dubbed "Sigmund" by Great Escape owner Peter Honsberger -- can create such individualistic ice cream concoctions in three minutes. An added feature: a cold fog (photo inset) that is a byproduct of the liquid nitrogen feeding into the machine through a tube attached to a nearby tank. The Great Escape is also utilizing "Sigmund" as a catering device away from the parlor. The machine can make anywhere from a scoop to a gallon of ice cream at a time. One customer's order April 22: white chocolate truffles and Oreos with vanilla ice cream. Another mix: peanut butter and a brownie with custard mix.

Garage fire

Firefighters from Burdett, Watkins Glen, Montour Falls, Hector and Odessa were called out shortly after midnight Saturday morning, April 25 to a fully involved garage fire at 3148 County Route 7 outside Burdett. A dispatcher said a caller reporting the blaze had heard what sounded like an explosion. The blaze was knocked down before the flames could spread through the attached double-wide house, although there was minimal damage at one end of it.


Business Feature: Joyful Adornments

Bonnie Scott has taken a love of beads and translated it into a successful local business in Odessa -- a glass-studio business highlighted April 24 by an open house. For a look at Bonnie and her business, click here.

Photo: The sign in front of the Joyful Adornments studio.


DA says 'no deals' for new protesters

Schuyler County District Attorney Joe Fazzary (right) says the We Are Seneca Lake protest group -- by virtue of the 19 arrests April 22 at the Crestwood energy firm's gates along Rte. 14 north of Watkins Glen -- has broken the spirit of the agreement that led to the dismissal of trespass charges against many earlier protesters. The new group, he said, faces "all potential sanctions" that are now "back on the table." And the dozens of defendants still in the system from the previous arrests -- beyond those whose charges were dismissed "in the interest of justice" -- might or might not be let off the hook. Government.


Field House perceptions

Our pseudonymous columnist, A. Moralis, weighs in on the controversy surrounding a postgame celebration at the Watkins Glen High School Field House. Column.

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Would you like to help reduce underage alcohol use and drugs in Schuyler County? Then the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs is for you! We are looking for parents, students, concerned community members and professionals to join our cause in making Schuyler County a drug- free, safe environment for families and youth. We need you to help make this social change. Please visit our website here to find out how.

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Read The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y. and Its Makers
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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.


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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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