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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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This weekend, May 30-31

--Seneca Lake Wine & Food event at Clute Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 200 wines to choose for sampling. Food vendors, live music.
--Relay for Life of Schuyler County, this year on Saturday only from noon to midnight at the Odessa-Montour athletic field.
--Seneca Semi-Formal Saturday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Watkins Glen Community Center, a fundraiser for United Way. Tickets available at the door. Music by Mastermind Sound.
--Book Barn dedication at Odessa Library, 11 a.m. Saturday. Meet Splat the Cat live. Free picnic lunch. Spring Book Sale.
--Celebration marking release of cookbook written by novelist Cynthia Neale and illustrated by Maggie Martin, 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Damiani Wine Cellars, Rt. 414 near Burdett.
--'Forks Over Knives' film presented by Vegetarian and Vegan Association, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Harvest Cafe, Montour Falls. Q and A session, food to follow.


Ribs and Riesling for a cause

The second annual Ribs & Riesling fundraising dinner staged by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club was held Friday at the Fontainebleau Inn in Alpine. The beneficiary of the evening's proceeds was Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity. Dinner was preceded by a Riesling Hour with wine tastings by Lakewood Vineyards, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Chateau LaFayette Reneau and Glenora Wine Cellars. Visions Federal Credit Union was the dinner's presenting sponsor. Co-sponsors included the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, the E.C. Cooper insurance firm, and Ergogreen, Inc.

Photo: Diners Friday at Fontainebleau. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)


Introducing the 2015 Top Drawer 24 team

Two dozen student-athletes from Schuyler and Chemung counties have been named to the 10th annual All-Star squad, which puts a premium on achievement and character. To learn who they are, click here .


Honoring a remarkable group ...

The editor discusses the Top Drawer 24 team members, and how his youthful achievements couldn't hold a candle to theirs. Column.


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And inside ...

The release of a cookbook, Pavlova in a Hat Box, by novelist Cynthia Neale (right) is set for 1-5 p.m. May 30 at Damiani Wine Cellars. Features.

Schuyler Hospital recognizes employees with 465 years of combined service. People.

Schuyler Hospital's Auxiliary names new officers and its Volunteer of the Year. 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.

Alta G. (Wedderspoon) Sydelko, 96, of Millport.
Joann Fornwalt, 81, of Watkins Glen.
Theresa Marie Winton, 79, of Montour Falls.
James L. Wood, 74, of Rochester.
Fred L. Karius, 53, formerly of Hector.
William D. Cross, 64, of Alpine.

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


Thursday Scoreboard

Girls Section IV Golf

Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips claims the individual title at the Section IV state qualifier at Corning Country Club, advancing to the State Tournament at SUNY Delhi. Odessa-Montour's Gillian Clark also advanced, while Watkins' Hanley Elliott earned one of two alternate spots.

Track and Field
Section IV, Class C tourney

Watkins Glen's Patrick Hazlitt wins the 800 while Maggie Bond finishes second in the 3000.

Stories on Sports

Above: Watkins Glen's Halle Phillips. (Photo by Tom Phillips)

Cutting the ribbon were, from right: Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Rebekah LaMoreaux, County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, Seneca Lake Brewing Company partner Brandon Banks, company owner Bradley Gillett, and Gillette's fiancee, DeAnna Timmerman.


Ceremony welcomes new Schuyler business

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday heralded the official opening this weekend of a new Schuyler County business: the Seneca Lake Brewing Company at 4520 Rte. 14 in Rock Stream -- which will be offering English-style ales and creating various wines after its licenses are approved. In the meantime, it is offering wine, beer and food from established, supportive businesses -- like Barnstormer Winery, the Heavily Brewing Company and FLX Wienery. They will be on hand for opening weekend and the start of Seneca Lake Brewing's Bubble Ball Soccer (pictured), which company owner Bradley Gillett says is trending across the country and will play a key role in his business's allure. (He is, in fact, developing a Bubble Ball Soccer league on site.) Also ahead: brush clearing on the 20-acre property to open a view of Seneca Lake, subsequent creation of another soccer field or two, and renovation and expansion of an existing barn-like structure into a pub specializing in cask ales.

Photo inset: Bubble Ball Soccer at the Seneca Lake Brewing Co.


Burger King tackles renovation project

The Burger King on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen is temporarily closed while a construction crew renovates both the interior and exterior of the building. The interior has been gutted, the northeast corner extended toward the sidewalk, and much of the exterior siding replaced.


Left: A piece of the overhang beneath the BK letters falls to the ground after being pried loose by a worker.

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O-M students get loud lesson in Civil War

Odessa-Montour 7th-grade students learn about the Civil War by going outside the classroom, to a nearby site complete with re-enactors and booming artillery. Schools.



Left: Re-enactor Gary Chapin talks to O-M students


About the Cheese Trail and Sunset View

As part of a series on area wine and tourism businesses, we take a look at the popular Cheese Trail and one of its stops in particular, Sunset View Creamery at the Catharine Four Corners. Tourism.


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.


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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Open 12 noon to 8 p.m. daily.
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Celebrate Finger Lakes Wine Month throughout May with amazing deals at Glenora! At the winery, save big on sparkling wines, or take advantage of a $10 flat shipping rate online! Stay one night at the Inn at Glenora and get your 2nd night 50% off, plus enjoy delicious lunch and dinner combos at Veraisons Restaurant starting at only $25! For more information, see Sports or visit

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O-M marks spring with concert

The Senior High Band and Chorus and a combined student-adult Women's Choir performed at Odessa-Montour's High School Spring Concert. Schools.

WGI in running for best NASCAR track

Another Watkins Glen-area attraction has been named a nominee for a USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice contest. In April, Watkins Glen State Park was named the No. 3 state park in a contest for Best State Park in the country. Now, Watkins Glen International is one of 20 finalists competing for Best NASCAR Track. “It’s exciting for us to be in the running,” said WGI president Michael Printup. “We encourage our fans to vote each day, and spread the word to get The Glen to No. 1.”

Voting, now open, ends on Monday, June 22 at 11:59 a.m. EDT. To vote, click here. The public can vote once per day, per category.


Fallen veterans honored at services

Memorial Day services were held in four Schuyler County locations Monday to honor those military men and women who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our freedoms. People.


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: "We will remember our veterans." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara


Watkins Sudan project leads to $15,200 check

The 7th graders in the Watkins Glen school district present a check for $15,200 to Water for South Sudan -- to be used to drill a well in that country. Ceremony.

Left: Logo on t-shirt.

Rainbow Warriors keep walking lead

The Rainbow Warriors walking team maintained the lead in the sixth week of the annual Schuyler Steps Out walking competition run by Schuyler Hospital and sponsored by Excellus and Walmart. The Rainbow Warriors, with 11 walkers, posted a cumulative average of 1,046,525 steps per person. The Wacky Walkers of Watkins Glen High School retained second place with a cumulative average of 782,758 steps per person. Lakewood Vineyards stayed in third place while the Humane Society/WG Vet Hospital climbed from fifth to fourth. There are 15 teams competing across eight weeks.

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

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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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

16 N. Franklin St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
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WGHS presents its annual Spring Concert

Students in grades 5-12 perform instrumental and choral music at the Watkins Glen High School Spring Concert. Schools.


Left: WGHS senior Lydia Myers


Odessa-Montour unveils Honor Roll

The Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School releases its list of High Honor and Honor Roll students for the fifth marking period of the 2014-15 school year. Honors.


Odessa girls win IAC Small Schools title

The Odessa-Montour girls varsity track team captured its third straight Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small Schools title at the two-day IAC meet in Trumansburg. The O-M boys placed second behind Tioga.

For Watkins Glen, Patrick Hazlitt placed second in the 800, Shawn Rutledge second in the 3200, Kevin Kernan third in the 400 Hurdles, and Maggie Bond fourth in the 3000. Sports.

Left: O-M's Callie Stillman in the 400 Meter Hurdles


WGHS students visit their reps in Albany

A group of Watkins Glen High School students visit Albany to meet their state lawmakers, discuss a variety of ideas and issues, visit the state government complex, and watch a live session of the State Senate. Govt.


WGHS honors Top 10%

Students in grades 9-12 at Watkins Glen High School are honored for finishing in the top 10% of their class academically this year. Schools.

Left: Sophomore Cambria Weeden is congratulated by Superintendent Tom Phillips.


School budgets pass; incumbents, Parmenter win at O-M; Schimizzi, McCarthy at Glen

The budgets in the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts passed easily in balloting May 19, while incumbents fared well in School Board elections and a capital project passed at O-M.


--Watkins Glen's $25,557,076 budget, which raises the tax levy 1.9%, passed 307-101.
--Odessa-Montour's $15,552,182 budget, which reduces the tax levy by 1%, passed 198-27.
--O-M's capital project calling for replacement of the track and the bus garage roof, and upgrading of the auditorium, passed 187-36.

Board Votes:

Watkins Glen:
Four candidates sought two available seats. Results:
Barbara Schimizzi 305
Incumbent Kelly McCarthy 253 (right)
Kristina Hansen 146
Jim Somerville 122

Five candidates sought three available seats. Results:
Jeff Parmenter 190 (right)
Incumbent Robert Halpin 170
Incumbent Karen Rock 144
Todd Mertens 134
Debora Fellwock 61

Photos in text: Watkins incumbent Kelly McCarthy, O-M top vote-getter Jeff Parmenter.


Glen board OKs budget; no rise in tax rate

The Watkins Glen Village Board on May 18 approved a 2015-16 budget that calls for an increase of $68,707 in the tax levy but no increase in the tax rate, which stays at $7.80 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The levy hike, said Village Clerk Donna Beardsley, was the result of an increase in assessments due to full valuation. The tax levy will be $1,162,896. The new budget, which will be available for viewing on the village website, takes effect June 1.

Meanwhile, it was announced that village street sweeping will begin the week of May 26 after the sweeper is leased from a Syracuse firm. Lease is for a month, one week of which is utilized by the Village of Montour Falls.

Photo in text: Village Board member Gary Schmidt

WGHS senior Mikayla Elliott shares a laugh at School Board meeting. She gained board approval for a spaghetti dinner at 4:30 p.m. on June 4 in the high school cafeteria to raise funds for the Labor of Love charity organization, which coordinates with various Schuyler County agencies to provide financial assistance to residents in need. Labor of Love was founded in memory of Rosanne Paradiso and Lindy Bond, and designed to carry on their volunteer efforts. Its own fund-raiser was canceled this year due to a lack of volunteers. Elliott is Paradiso's granddaughter.


School Board OKs coaching appointments

The Watkins Glen School Board on May 18 approved a number of fall coaching assignments, including assistant football coaches for the new combined Watkins-Odessa team, the Seneca Indians: Lou Condon Sr., Mike Johnston, Brian Usiak and Tom Struble. A Volunteer Assistant slot went to Ward Brower, and a Modified Football Assistant job to Josh Cole. Previously named were Lou Condon Jr. as varsity head football coach, and Jack McCauley, Modified Football head coach.

Photo in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips at Monday's meeting. He wanted to remind voters that today's (Tuesday's) budget vote takes place in the new Board room, entrance to which is on the high school's north end, facing 12th Street. Directional signs were being posted.

American Pickers' Mike Wolfe in front of Glen Mountain Market with Market employee Ally DeWitt. (Photos provided)


American Pickers pass through Watkins

The stars of the American Pickers TV show stopped in Watkins Glen Thursday morning, May 14 on the way to visit sites reportedly selected for inclusion on the show, which airs on the History Channel. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz visited the Glen Mountain Market at about 8:30 a.m. to pick up coffee and cookies, and then briefly wandered Franklin Street. Wolfe agreed to a picture with Glen Mountain Market employee Ally DeWitt, but Fritz was by then up the street, window shopping. "Be nice!" Wolfe called after him. After their stop, the pair were reportedly heading to Tyrone and Hammondsport, where collectors hand-picked for the show awaited them..

Photo: The American Pickers van, parked on Franklin Street.

The ribbon is cut by gallery business owners Kathleen Quinn and Joe Matus at the May 15 ceremony. From left: The Chamber of Commerce's Katie Strawser, Quinn, Matus, County Administrator Tim O'Hearn and Chamber President Rebekah LaMoreaux.


Ribbon cutting marks Glen gallery opening

A new art gallery, the Quintus Gallery on the ground floor of the Waterworks Building at 65 Salt Point Road in Watkins Glen -- adjacent to the recently built string of condos on the lakefront -- was welcomed May 15 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, featured speeches by government representatives as well as by the new business's owners, longtime Canandaigua couple Kathleen Quinn and Joe Matus, whose last names combined account for the gallery's name. Quinn said she and Matus are leasing the space from developer Bruce Nelson, and moving into one of the condos this summer. Seventy-six pieces of art by 10 artists around the region are on display and for sale.

Left top: A mobile sculpture.
Left bottom: Two pieces of art adorn the wall below a loft.

Three pieces of art by Elizabeth Leader adorn the north wall.


Rotary honors Craig as Student of the Month

Watkins Glen High School senior Lucy Craig was honored May 14 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for May. Lucy was introduced by music teacher Diana Groll, who described the honoree as "a young lady with a strong work ethic" and as "a kind and compassionate" person "with a quiet confidence that will take her far in life."

Lucy -- a High Honor Roll student and a member of the school's varsity swimming and bowling teams, National Honor Society, Band, Chorus, Varsity Club and Music Club -- qualified this year for the State High School Bowling Championships; is pursuing the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award; and recently placed first in a HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) regional competition, earning a trip to California in June for the national event. She plans to attend Mount Aloysius College in Altoona, Pa. to study Pre-Med, and then attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with a goal of becoming a pediatric surgeon.

Photo: Lucy Craig with Rotary President John King.


15 join NHS at WGHS

Watkins Glen High School holds a National Honor Society induction ceremony. For story and photos, see Schools.

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

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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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