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4 Novels by the editor

Island Nights

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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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Lexi 25th at States; barely misses cut

Watkins Glen High School freshman Lexi Castellaneta was 25th among 57 divers competing at Friday night's New York State High School Diving Championship at Ithaca College, missing the cut to the second round by less than a point, 198.40-197.85. Sports.

Left: Lexi strikes a pose.

12 more protesters arrested

A dozen protesters were arrested about 9 a.m. this morning (Friday) at the two Crestwood energy company gates alongside Rt. 14 north of Watkins Glen, bringing to 48 the number of people taken into custody there this week. A total of 73 have been charged with trespassing on Crestwood property since the current protests against Crestwood's gas-storage plans kicked off in late October.

Meanwhile: Sheriff Bill Yessman responds. Forum.
Also: Roland Micklem, 86, is released after one day in jail, and writes from his home in Geneva. Micklem.

Candles played a key role in the NHS ceremony.


O-M holds National Honor Society induction

A half-dozen Odessa-Montour High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society Thursday night during a ceremony in the school's Fetter-Brown Auditorium. Schools.

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A summary of the Watkins Glen School Board's latest meeting can be found here.

A new brewpub opens in Montour Falls. Business.

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The Editor's Columns


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Marylou Thompson, 74, of Watkins Glen.
Muriel C. Wasson, 96, of Burdett.
Cheryl Elshaug, 57, of Hector.
Sharon F. Miller, 68, of Rock Stream.
Stephen R. Hulse, 67, of Branchport.
Paul F. Compton, Jr., 48, of Watkins Glen

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


A column by Odessa Mayor Keith PIerce

Mayor Keith Pierce returns with his 25th in a series of columns about life and issues in the Village of Odessa. This time the title is "Striving to Always Improve." Column.



Left: Odessa Mayor Keith Pierce

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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.

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Rotary honors Gavich as Student of Month

Odessa-Montour High School senior Manley Gavich (left) was honored Thursday by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for November. Gavich was introduced by Principal Chris Wood, who described the honoree as "vibrant, fun and dramatic" -- a student "heavily involved in Fine Arts," including community theater plays. Gavich is president of O-M's Band and Chorus, and a member of Student Council, Art Club and the Principal's Leadership Council. He plans to attend SUNY Potsdam to major in Theater.


Vickio book launch slated

Tony Vickio's long-awaited book on his career in motorsports will be unveiled at a book launch from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. Book.

Left: Tony Vickio (Photo provided)


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The editor provides updates on some legal proceedings, and touches on some other happenings. Column.


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O-M names Punzo interim superintendent

The Odessa-Montour School Board on Nov. 13 approved Peter Punzo -- a man with similar experience at Waverly -- as interim superintendent, effective Dec. 1. He will assume the post long held by Jim Frame (pictured at right), who leaves Nov. 30 to assume the Greater Southern Tier BOCES superintendency. Punzo -- whose career has encompassed teaching and a longtime administrative role with BOCES -- will be paid $525 for each day he works, until such time as a replacement is found for Frame.

High School Principal Chris Wood reported to the board that at its request, he had met with Watkins Glen Superintendent Tom Phillips to discuss the possibility of a merging of football programs, and that he planned to meet with the Newfield superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Friday on the same subject. His talk with Phillips, he indicated, was inconclusive.

Photo in text: Superintendent Jim Frame at Thursday's meeting.

Odessa File All-Stars

After attending numerous games and meets and matches, and after talking to various coaches, the editor has compiled an All-Schuyler Fall All-Star Team -- and selected a Schuyler Fall MVP. To see who the honorees are, visit Sports.


9 more arrests, 16 court cases, 3 to jail

It was a busy day Wednesday, Nov. 19 on the Crestwood protest front: 9 arrests, two court sessions involving 16 defendants, and the choice by 3 of them to go to jail -- including 86-year-old Roland Micklem, who fell and hurt his knee on the way to the transport van. And protesters had unkind things to say about recent remarks by Sheriff Bill Yessman. Protest.

Left: Roland Micklem, just before his fall.

9 more arrested Thursday morning. Government.


A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara graces our pages with a weekly column from Albany. This time: "A tradition of giving." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara


Arrests continue: 10 Monday, 8 Tuesday

The continuing protest movement against Crestwood Midstream's storage of methane gas -- and the possible storage of propane and butane -- in salt caverns west of Seneca Lake led to 10 more arrests Monday afternoon, Nov. 17 and eight Tuesday morning, Nov. 18.

The 10 arrestees Monday -- taken into custody at two Crestwood gates along Route 14 north of Watkins Glen and processed at the Sheriff's Department on trespass charges before being released -- did not include any of the 25 taken into custody in two recent protests at the same sites. Among the 10 were a half-dozen people from a movement called The Great March for Climate Action, whose members walked across the United States between March 1st and November 1st demanding action on climate change. Among the eight charged Tuesday were two also arrested Oct. 29th and one arrested Nov. 3rd. Government.

Photo: Protester Elizabeth Peet of Hector with her court-appearance ticket following her arrest Monday.

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.

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Firefighters prepare to leave the scene after putting out the fire.

Fire extinguished

Burdett firefighters quickly put out a fire about noon Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Smok'n Bones barbecue restaurant on Main Street in the village. An investigator at the scene said a grease fire ignited in the area of the restaurant's smoker, and that it was extinguished by firefighters using dry chemicals. The restaurant was not open, and a tenant upstairs was uninjured. Damage was limited, the investigator said.


Craft fair, bazaar mark the coming holidays

Two annual events on Saturday, Nov. 15 -- a craft fair at the Montour Falls Fire Department and a holiday bazaar at St. Mary's Parish Center in Watkins Glen -- drew a steady stream of customers purchasing handmade items, baked goods and other merchandise. The Montour event, set in the fire department's community room and fire bays, offered an extended mix of candles, jewelry, and holiday figurines. The Watkins gathering offered crafts, handbags and pottery, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and two Dundee alpacas on display behind fencing on the front lawn.




Left: Santa at St. Mary's Parish Center, and some bottles lit by holiday bulbs, available at the craft fair in Montour Falls.

Senior Micaela Simpson is on her way to a touchdown as two opponents give chase. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Powderpuff Football Game

The Watkins Glen High School seniors and sophomores teamed up against the juniors and freshmen Friday night, Nov. 14 on the WGHS football field for a growing tradition: a powderpuff, or flag, football game. For the outcome, see Sports.


WG basketball team hosts scrimmage

With the winter basketball season fast approaching, the Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team hosted a scrimmage Saturday, Nov. 15 against Dryden -- one of several in which it will compete leading to the Dec. 9 season opener at home against Candor. Sports.


Next girls scrimmage:
Thursday at South Seneca.


Left: Watkins Glen's Amanda Pike. (Photo by Don Romeo)


Rotary honors Phillips as Student of Month

The Watkins-Montour Rotary Club on Nov. 13 honored Watkins Glen High School senior Halle Phillips (right) as its WGHS Student of the Month for November. Phillips was introduced by teacher Kelsey Wood, who described the honoree as a person "who rises to every challenge presented to her," as "a phenomenal student," and as a role model for younger students. She also said Phillips is "a genuine person," always smiling, "who follows her own path" and "thinks outside the box," looking at things "from different viewpoints." Phillips, a three-sport athlete (swimming, basketball and golf), is planning a career in the health care field.

The combat diary of World War I soldier Pat Coolican.


Ceremony highlight: World War One diary

The annual Veterans Day ceremony in front of the Schuyler County Courthouse -- held under unusually pleasant conditions Nov. 11, and emceed, as always, by veteran Tony Specchio -- featured an unusual keynote address: a reading from the diary of a local World War One combatant by his grandson. The diary was compiled during months of 1918 combat by Patrick Coolican. Portions were read aloud Tuesday by his grandson, Mike Coolican, who came into possession of the small booklet three years ago. People.

Photo in text: The sign on the courthouse grounds.

The protesters gathered along Franklin Street, across from the
county courthouse and jail complex.


Vigil held to honor jailed protester

About 60 people opposed to the planned storage by the Crestwood energy firm of methane in salt caverns west of Seneca Lake -- and opposed to the proposed storage there of propane and butane -- held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night, Nov. 11 near the Schuyler County Jail, where one of their own, Dwain Wilder of Rochester, was being held on a 15-day sentence for trespassing on Crestwood property. The vigil featured a half-dozen speeches and then a stroll on sidewalks near the jail to show support for Wilder, a Navy veteran. Along the way, they sang "Find the Cost of Freedom" by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Addendum: Wilder was released early Thursday morning, shortly after midnight, after serving a week in jail.


Legislature approves 2015 county budget

The Schuyler Legislature on Nov. 10 unanimously approved a 2015 County Budget calling for a tax levy of $10,982,333, up less than 1% from the 2014 spending plan. It also provides for a tax rate of $8.21 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, down 15 cents per $1,000. The levy increase of 0.87% is well below the tax cap of 2.32%. Approval followed a public hearing at which County Administrator Tim O'Hearn (left) spent 40 minutes explaining the budget and discussing an area economy showing signs of growth in the winery, microbrewery and tourism industries.


DEC issues draft permit conditions

The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Nov. 10 issued draft permit conditions for the proposed storage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in salt caverns west of Seneca Lake. While opponents of the project are decrying the move as evidence of a step toward its approval, DEC said the conditions -- more than a dozen pages of them -- do not constitute an indication that it will ultimately approve the permit.

"These draft conditions contain requirements and obligations which staff believes would be appropriate and necessary to be imposed upon the applicant in the event that a determination is made, after the hearing process, to issue a permit," the document reads.

Gas Free Seneca, a group long opposed to the project, responded by saying that Governor Andrew Cuomo has "missed an opportunity to protect our region's economy from its biggest threat: this dirty and dangerous gas storage project," and said it would "continue to fight this project every step of the way."

The next step is an issues conference Feb. 12 at the Horseheads Holiday Inn that could lead to an adjudicatory hearing.

Angus Zerbey, left, as Claus, and Michael Truesdail as Jack Frost.


'Santa Claus' play ends its run

The Lake Country Players' production of "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," a comedic play based on a 1902 book by "Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum, concluded its three-day run Nov. 9th with a matinee in the Watkins Glen High School Auditorium. The play -- featuring a young Santa Claus along with Jack Frost, a Great Woodsman, a Wood Nymph and a race of hairy and mean child tormenters called Awgwas -- was directed by Beth Clark.


Meehan earns title in 100 Breaststroke

Watkins Glen High School's Katherine Meehan set a school record while placing first Nov. 8th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke at the Section IV, Class C Swimming Championships at Owego Free Academy. Lansing won the tourney, with Watkins Glen a close second. Sports.

Left: Katherine Meehan on the awards stand.

Also: The Watkins Glen girls varsity cross-country team placed sixth among Class C schools at Saturday's State Meet. Sports.


Arc's Grand Prix Run will return to WGI

The Arc of Schuyler's Grand Prix Run at Watkins Glen International, a 3.4-mile run/walk on the world famous road course, will return for a second consecutive year on Saturday, April 18, 2015, during WGI’s Opening Weekend. Features.

WGI plans to repave track in 2015. Business.


Lexi tops Section IV, qualifies for States

Watkins Glen High School freshman Lexi Castellaneta won the Section IV, Class C diving title Nov. 7, and in the process qualified for the State Swimming and Diving Championships. She amassed 456.15 points, well above the 409.55 points needed to advance. Sports.

Left: Lexi (facing camera) gets a celebratory hug from teammate Hannah Pulis.

Rev. Michael Hartney, center, with the Paul Harris medallion around his neck. On the left is his wife, Susan. On the right is Rotary member Ed Cullen, a former district governor of that organization.


Rotary honors Hartney as Harris Fellow

Rev. Michael Hartney, pastor of Episcopal parishes in Schuyler County and a participant on many boards and for many worthy causes, was honored Nov. 6 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow. The honor is bestowed on members of the community and club members who exhibit the Rotary credo of "service above self." Rev. Hartney, asked to attend the session to speak about one of his endeavors, Habitat for Humanity, was surprised by the honor -- and indeed followed it with an update on progress made by Habitat on a home constructed on Havana Glen Road in Montour Falls.


10 protesters in court, but only 1 goes to jail

The 10 protesters arrested at two Crestwood energy company gates along Rt. 14 north of Watkins Glen on Oct. 29 appeared in court to answer charges Nov. 5th, but confusion over dual charges for seven defendants led to only one sentencing: a 15-day jail term for a man who pleaded guilty to trespass and declined to pay the fine. Government.

Left: Protest leader Sandra Steingraber

Legislator Phil Barnes and Treasurer-elect Harriett Vickio.


Election winners: Barnes, Vickio and Reed

Schuyler County Republican Legislator Phil Barnes turned back the District 6 challenges of Angeline Franzese and write-in candidate Sylvia Fox in the Nov. 4 election, securing another four years on the Legislature, according to unofficial results. He garnered 313 votes to Franzese's 204, with absentee ballots yet to be counted. There were 186 write-in votes, with the lion's share likely going to Fox, although a Board of Elections spokesman said it was not yet possible to say how many. And in a highly visible and rancorous race, the county's recently appointed Deputy Treasurer, Harriett Vickio, defeated former treasurer Margaret Starbuck for the 4-year Treasurer's post, 3,288-2,081. Meanwhile, Republican Congressman Tom Reed (inset) was so far ahead of Democratic challenger Martha Robertson with 72% of District 23 votes counted that he delivered a victory speech at 11 p.m. He was leading her 3-2 -- a margin that held up.

Other races: Governor Andrew Cuomo was re-elected, defeating Rob Astorino, while there were several uncontested victors: State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Schuyler County District 5 Legislator-elect Carl Blowers. For all local races, click here.


Back in Peace Corps, serving in China

Longtime Watkins Glen teacher Marie Fitzsimmons and her husband, Kirk Peters, have returned to Peace Corps service, this time in China. For a report, click here.

Left: Fitzsimmons in China.


15 more arrested at Crestwood gates

Police arrested 15 protesters Monday morning, Nov. 3 at two access gates along Crestwood energy company property on Route 14 north of Watkins Glen -- including a 90-year old woman, an 88-year-old man, a man celebrating his 75th birthday, and a 77-year-old former Schuyler County legislator, Ruth Young (pictured at right). They were protesting Crestwood's federally approved storage of methane in salt caverns along the west side of Seneca Lake. All were charged with trespass and ordered to appear in Town of Reading Court, with court dates spread across four Wednesdays starting Nov. 12. Meanwhile, the 10 people charged last week -- all differeent from Monday's arrestees -- are scheduled to appear in the Reading court Wednesday at 7 p.m. on charges of trespass and, in the case of seven of them, on disorderly conduct counts. Government.

Flames shoot through the roof of the Cook Mansion, also known as the Barton House. It has recently been a Bed & Breakfast.


Fire strikes historic building in Montour Falls

Fire of undetermined origin that started in the attic of the historic Cook Mansion -- also known as the Barton House and recently a Bed & Breakfast -- drew firefighters from around the area and left extensive damage Sunday night, Nov. 2. The home was built in the 1870s by Elbert Cook, the brother of the man sometimes referred to as the Father of Schuyler County, Charles Cook. The Barton family owned it through most of the 20th century. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has had four owners since then. Several people were present at the time of the blaze, but nobody was reported injured. People.


O-M unveils honor roll

Odessa-Montour Junior/Senior High School rolls out its first Honor Roll of the school year. Honors.


Dec. 16 eyed for 1st games on new floor

Work to replace the floor in the Watkins Glen High School Field House gym -- flooded on Oct. 11 -- is under way, with a target completion of mid-December. The first games on the new floor are scheduled for Dec. 16. Schools.

Left: Worker slices gym floor

Three protesters are arrested at a small Crestwood gate, south of the main gate along Rte. 14 north of Watkins Glen. Taken into custody, from left: Rev. Nancy Kasper of Wayne County, Charles Geisler of Ithaca, and Dwain Wilder of Rochester.


10 gas protesters taken into custody

Ten protesters practicing Civil Disobedience at two Crestwood facility gates along Rte. 14 north of Watkins Glen were arrested by Sheriff's deputies and state police Oct. 29 after blocking a truck at each gate -- one a chemical company tractor trailer, and one a sand truck. The group, led by activist Sandra Steingraber, submitted peaceably to police and were taken to the Sheriff's Office in Watkins for processing before being released. Each was believed charged with trespass. The group has been protesting the expanded storage of methane in old salt caverns west of Seneca Lake.

Above: Among the arrestees were (top left and right) Colleen Boland and Sandra Steingraber, and (at bottom) Jeanne Judson and her son Patrick. Also arrested: 86-year-old Roland Micklem, Catherine Rossiter and Patricia Heckart. More photos here.


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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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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.

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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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