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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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A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara provides us with a weekly column from Albany. This week: "Public transit systems are lifelines." Column.

Left: State Sen. Tom O'Mara

Athlete of the Week

An Odessa-Montour soccer player who was outstanding on offense and defense is The Odessa File Athlete of the Week. Sports.


A message from our area's Assemblyman

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says there is more work to be done to promote organ donation. Signing up, he says, is easy, quick and the right thing to do. Palmesano.

Left: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.


Saturday Scoreboard

Boys Soccer
Section IV, Class C tourney
Lansing 7, Odessa-Montour 0

Modified Football
Seneca Indians 30, S-VE 28

Cross Country
Watkins boys are 3rd overall, 1st among Small Schools at Marathon Invitational

Stories on Sports

Left: O-M's Curtis Harris


Jerlando's in running for Best Upstate Pizza

Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizza Co. in Watkins Glen is among six finalists in an contest to determine the best pizza in Upstate New York. It is up against pizzerias from Hamilton, Schenectady (two), Utica, and Rochester. Each was selected through semifinal voting. The poll will be open until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 26, and you can select one place and only vote one time. Judges are also visiting the finalists, so there will be two selections: a judges' choice and a readers' choice, to be announced on Oct. 27. To vote, click here.

Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were, from left: Schuyler County Legislature Chair Dennis Fagan, Arc of Schuyler Board President Harold (Jay) Hoffmeier, Schuyler County Office for the Aging Director Tamre Waite, County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi, Office for the Aging Nutrition Coordinator Roxanne Stanko; Watkins Glen Village Board member Kevin Thornton, and Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Marketing Director Brittany Gibson.


Congregate meal site opens at former school

The Watkins Glen School Apartments building is home to a new congregate meal site provided by the Schuyler County Office for the Aging. Arc of Schuyler workers will operate the site, which officially opened Oct. 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. The site, located in the first-floor community room of the Apartments building (the former and renovated Watkins Glen Middle School), will provide meals and social interaction from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays.


Seneca Film Festival held in Watkins Glen

The inaugural Seneca Film Festival opened Friday, Oct. 20 in Watkins Glen, and was continuing through Oct. 24. The celebration of film, including screenings at the Glen Theater, parties and panel discussions, was being run by Eric Hollenbeck, who with partner Mary Beth Wolf has taken over operation of The W -- the theater in the public-access portion of the former Watkins Glen Middle School. For details of the weekend, visit here.


Tax rate down, levy flat in county budget plan

The Schuyler County Legislature will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2018 county budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in Room 120 of the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. The $49,410,000 spending plan calls for a reduced tax rate -- from $7.75 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2017 to $7.46 in 2018, and for a tax levy identical to that in 2017: $11,058,944. County Administrator Tim O'Hearn (inset) attributed the absence of a tax hike to sales-tax growth and revenue-generators such as a partnership in which BOCES is paying the county to handle purchasing functions. A vote on the budget is expected to follow the hearing as the Legislature conducts its regular monthly meeting.

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And inside

--Friday on Franklin, an engaging way to connect with downtown businesses, is back in Watkins Glen. Business.

--Rotary Club and The Hepcats Big Band are presenting "Swingin' on Seneca's Shores" Nov. 11 at the Community Center in Watkins Glen. Features.

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.

Donald "Peter" McBride, 86, of Burdett.
Floyd S. Miller, 78, of Watkins Glen.
Edwin "Buck" Voorheis, 79, of Burdett.
JoAnn Grow 66, of Flagler Beach, FL & Watkins Glen.
Margaret Dean, 77, of Burdett.

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


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Glen meeting focus: Downtown Revitalization

More than 120 people attended a community session on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative -- which is providing Watkins Glen with $10 million in state funds and investments. Government.

Right: A Post-It note in answer to a proposal to enhance, under the Initiative, the downtown with murals.


Shortcuts: A history of ferries on Seneca Lake

Local historian Gary Emerson revisits a time when ferries were an important part of Seneca Lake traffic. This was an article that first appeared in the Schuyler County Historical Journal. It is the second in a series of articles that we are re-publishing. History.

The cast of Lake Country Players' "Sister Act, the Musical"


Lake Country Players to present 'Sister Act'

The Lake Country Players acting troupe will present "Sister Act, the Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Watkins Glen High School Auditorium. Sara Caldwell has the lead role of showgirl Deloris VanCartier, who becomes a protected witness in a convent after seeing a murder, and while there develops the convent choir into a dynamic singing group. Joel Wilbur is the play's director, with choreography by Heather Evans. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students.


The latest 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.

  Some scenic photos from Watkins' Liz Fraboni

Watkins Glen resident and photographer Liz Fraboni -- who in past years has contributed hundreds of photos to this website -- returns with some more, this time of Schuyler County and of Maine, where she recently vacationed. Photos.


Appeals Court rules in Schuyler abuse case

The New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division has issued a decision largely upholding a Schuyler County Family Court order that found two local children to be neglected and abused. People.



Tuesday, Oct. 24th is World Polio Day. Please visit to help support the eradication of polio.


Ag plastic container recycling set

The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District is once again working with USAg Recycling Inc. to offer local agricultural producers an environmentally “green,” convenient option for disposing of their empty agricultural plastic containers for the 2017 crop season. See Containers.


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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Editor's Note

Debbie Stayer Kelly of Burdett -- a lifelong Schuyler resident, a single parent of two sons and a highly praised Cornell employee -- has Stage 4 cancer as well as a rare genetic mutation called Lynch Syndrome. She says she just found out she will likely have to seek care in New York City, creating an even bigger financial burden.

Her Cornell colleagues have created a GoFundMe page for her that you can find right here. I hope we all can help out.

  Watkins school enrollment rises for a change

Watkins Glen School Superintendent Greg Kelahan (right) reported to the School Board on Oct. 16 that for the first time in years, the district enrollment has shown an increase instead of a drop, rising by 14 students to 1,098. He termed it "terrific news," and said "reversing the trend of reduction ... means we have a product that people want."

Another subject: safety. Kelahan and other administrators touched on state-mandated drills, cybersecurity, and the matter of seniors and National Honor Society juniors leaving campus for lunch -- something on which Kelahan said he was taking no position. But he added that some districts don't permit such a practice -- during which school officials lose sight of the students in their charge. "I'm just sharing it with you; something for us to consider," he said.

For a meeting summary, click here.


Catching up ...

The editor touches on a pair of events he failed to attend recently, looks at the upcoming Seneca Film Festival, chides coaches who are lax in reporting their contests, and deals with the subject of substitute teaching. Column.


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League schedules Meet the Candidates night

The League of Women Voters of Schuyler County will host a Meet the Candidates night on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Watkins Glen Elementary School auditorium. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

All candidates for Schuyler County and town offices have been invited to the forum. Candidates for county offices will be given the opportunity to speak and answer questions from the audience. Candidates for town offices will be introduced.


Jeff Kellogg thanks 'Community of Heroes'

Watkins Glen High School graduate Jeff Kellogg has written what he describes as "a bit of a reflection given the 10-year-anniversary of my accident (a broken neck and spinal cord injury) and the important role the community played in my recovery." People.


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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

The Ben & Jerry's store at 418 N. Franklin St. in Watkins Glen opened for business in April with a Free Cone Day -- which drew a large crowd. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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WG State Park vies for Best NY Attraction

The Watkins Glen State Park is on a list of nominees for Best New York Attraction in a contest being run by USA Today. Business.

Bob and Dee performed live at the Spirit of Schuyler Gathering.


SOS raises funds at its annual Gathering

The Spirit of Schuyler, a non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to county residents in need, drew hundreds of people to its annual fund-raising Gathering Oct. 14 at the Hidden Valley 4-H Camp Lodge. The event, with plenty of food from local restaurants and volunteer chefs, also featured basket raffles, a gun raffle, silent auctions, live music by Bob and Dee, and prizes including a flat-screen TV. All proceeds raised will go to benefit the efforts of the Spirit of Schuyler.

Photo in text: Tony & Harriett Vickio, the Gathering's hosts.

  Memorial service honors '92 murder victims

More than 100 people gathered Oct. 13 in front of the Schuyler County Court House for a public memorial service honoring the four Schuyler County employees murdered on Oct. 15, 1992 while working at the County Office Building.

The ceremony remembered and celebrated the lives of Florence Pike, Phyllis Caslin, Nancy Wheeler and Denise VanAmburg 25 years after their deaths.

Speakers were retired Schuyler County Sheriff Michael J. Maloney and State Senator Tom O’Mara.

Maloney spoke at length, detailing "the worst day of my life" -- when he lost "friends of mine" killed in their offices by a man named John Miller. Security at the county building was not as stringent as it is today. But said Maloney: "All the security in the world is nice, but if someone wants to hurt someone, they're going to do it ... Nothing is going to prevent a madman from doing bad things to good people."

Photo in text: Retired Sheriff Michael Maloney at the service.


Rotary's WG Student of Month: Kayla Smith

Watkins Glen High School senior Kayla Smith was honored Oct. 12th by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for October. Smith was introduced by teacher Kaz Popovich, who described the honoree as a self-motivated and organized person with a strong work ethic who has served as a teaching assistant in Popovich's business class this year and last, taking over the class on occasion. A member of National Honor Society and the Business Honor Society, Smith plans to attend Corning Community College in its nursing program, and said she will probably pursue further education in the health-care field.

Photo in text: Kayla Smith is congratulated by Rotary Club President Rich Greenberger.

A bonfire was the highlight of Homecoming festivities Friday night, Oct. 13 at Watkins Glen High School. A parade is set for 3 p.m. Saturday from Lafayette Park to the school, followed by a 3:30 p.m. tailgate party, the Homecoming game (against Lansing) at 7, and a Homecoming Dance from 9-11 p.m.

  Odessa awarded $691,000 wastewater grant

The Village of Odessa will receive a $691,000 New York State Environmental Faciilties Corp. grant toward a $2,875,000 Main Street Corridor wastewater treatment plant project. Mayor Keith Pierce termed the grant "huge" and "the next hurdle cleared" in a sewer-system project in the planning stages for the past couple of years. "This was the biggest chunk needed" to reduce the cost and bring residents' monthly payments down, he said, noting that other grants are being pursued. "Now we'll go back and see if we still have the no-interest loan approved two years ago by the EFC." The Main Street Corridor project would include properties along the village's Main Street and the Odessa-Montour Central School. The plant would be near the west end of the village. The village currently relies on septic systems.


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

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Left: A youngster tries on fire gear as part of the open house.
Right: Fire truck rides were popular during the open house.

  Firefighters host fire-prevention open house

The Watkins Glen Fire Department, as part of Fire Prevention Week, held a Fire Prevention Open House Tuesday evening, Oct. 10 at the fire hall. Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog was on hand, along with a Smoke House, Rope Repelling, live fire extinguishing, and fire truck rides. Hot dogs were also available.

Copies of Barb Warner Deane's novels, on display at the library.


Deane signs her books, speaks at museum

Author Barb Warner Deane of Elmhurst, IL, who grew up in Schuyler County and graduated from Watkins Glen High School, was selling and signing copies of her novels "On the Homefront" and "Killing Her Softly" Oct. 7 at the Watkins Glen Public Library. She later discussed "Women of WW II" at the Schuyler County Historical Society's Brick Tavern Museum. Her "Homefront" book is a World War II historical novel, while "Killing Her Softly" is a contemporary romantic suspense novel.

Photo: Barb Warner Deane at the Watkins library.

The band Black Diamond Express performed at the festival.


Annual Falls Harvest Festival held in Montour

The 11th annual Falls Harvest Festival -- featuring vendors, kids' games, a chicken barbecue, alpacas, crafts, a reading tent, live music and a fireworks display -- was held Oct. 7 at the carnival grounds off Rt. 224 in Montour Falls, a change from its traditional Main Street locale. Organizers reported a steady turnout on a day in which the rain held off -- unlike last year, when it poured.

Photo: An alpaca from Owl Ridge Alpacas, Interlaken.

Watkins Glen School Superintendent Greg Kelahan is spearheading a drive to formalize the district's vision, incorporating Ingenuity, Achievement, Perseverance, Dignity and Synergy. He said 10 different mission statements have been suggested. A goal likely to be incorporated, the School Board indicated at its meeting, is the preparation of students "for an ever-changing world." Further input is being sought before a final draft is created.


School Board reduces out-of-district tuition

The Watkins Glen School Board on Oct. 2 approved a reduction in the annual tuition charged to Watkins Glen students who live outside the district, cutting it from $7,000-plus for secondary school enrollees down to $3,000, and reducing the elementary-school rate of $2,500 to a new rate of $1,500. The issue was raised by Board President Gloria Brubaker (pictured), who said the old rate, the maximum allowed under State guidelines, was too high. Board member Kristin Hazlitt suggested, too, that it was unwise to effectively be turning people away in a period of declining enrollment. The new rate runs retroactively from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Any seniors who moved from the district after July 1 but are still attending Watkins Glen High School in their final year can do so without charge, although the tuition will apply to younger siblings. The board will revisit the tuition issue near the end of the school year, but both Brubaker and Hazlitt doubted another change would be forthcoming so soon.


The 9th installment of The Answers

Travis Durfee, President of the Watkins Glen Faculty Association, weighs in with The Answers, a monthly column dealing with education in the Watkins Glen School District. This is the ninth installment. Column.



Left: Travis Durfee


Blue-green algae blooms identified on lakes

Schuyler County Public Health is warning the community that harmful blue-green algae blooms have been identified on the east side of Seneca Lake and on Waneta Lake. Contact can result in health issues. Government.


Watkins Best Western plan is 'dead in water'

The plan for a three-story Best Western hotel proposed on land currently occupied by the Seneca Clipper Inn in Watkins Glen is “dead in the water, for lack of a better term,” says Code Enforcement Officer Greg Larnard. Government.

Photo: Greg Larnard

Members of the Hoffman family of the Town of Catharine are this year's leaders of the annual United Way of Schuyler County campaign, which seeks to raise $123,000 for 22 agencies. Ron and Carmella Hoffman are fourth-generation operators of a dairy farm at Catharine Corners, where the clan lives.


United Way sets goal, names Bailey winner

The United Way of Schuyler County held its annual luncheon Sept. 20 at the Montour Moose Lodge -- a gathering of its board members and of representatives from the 22 agencies it serves. The luncheon marks the start of the United Way fund drive ($123,000), and introduces the campaign chair -- which this year is the entire Hoffman clan led by matriarch Carmella and patriarch Ron. The annual Kickoff Pasta and Meatball dinner is set for Monday, Oct. 9 at the Moose Lodge, with serving starting at 5 p.m.

Photo: Sherry O'Neill, left, who has long represented Cargill for the United Way and who has served on the United Way Board, was named winner Sept. 20 of the annual Marie Bailey Volunteer of the Year Award by United Way Executive Director Peggy Scott (right).

Watkins-Montour Rotary Club President Rich Greenberger and Odessa-Montour exchange student Beatriz Silva of Brazil hold a Brazilian flag presented by Silva to the club at its weekly luncheon meeting Thursday.

  Rotary honors Robinson as Student of Month

Odessa-Montour High School senior Nakiaha Robinson was honored Thursday, Sept. 21 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for September. She was introduced by O-M Superintendent Chris Wood, who described Robinson as "one of the most amazing individuals that I have ever presented at Rotary." She is a member of the National Honor Society and Rotary Interact, president of the Student Council, the school's Homecoming Queen, a 5-year varsity basketball player and recipient of various awards, including the Susan Award presented by this website annually for Sportsmanship. She is ranked 8th in her class.

Photo at right: Nakiaha Robinson at Rotary.


Bond hike, ZBA resignations highlight session

The Watkins Glen Village Board on Sept. 18 approved a motion to increase by $3 million the amount permitted under the bonding resolution for the upcoming water treatment plant, and accepted the resignation of two members of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Government.

Photo: Village Baord member Tony Fraboni.


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King and Queen

The Odessa-Montour Homecoming King and Queen were crowned during halftime of the Sept. 15 football game against Oneonta: Jeremiah Lynch and Nakiaha Robinson.

  Rotary honors Ryan as Student of the Month

Watkins Glen High School senior Tanner Ryan (right) was honored Sept. 14 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for September. He was introduced by teacher Alex Richmond, who described Ryan -- a member of the school's defending state champion cross country team -- as "an exemplary young man with a commendable devotion to both character and academics." The honoree, Richmond added, is "a capable leader" who "shines brighter than most" students academically at school, but is "far more than grades and awards. Indeed, his character is second to none." Ryan thanked his parents and teachers, and said he plans to attend college in an engineering program and "hopefully continue this trend of success in life."


County rebounds from a malware attack

Schuyler County was looking to return to full functionality Sept. 18, nearly two weeks after its computer system was compromised by what County Administrator Tim O’Hearn (pictured at right) said was a “brute force” malware attack that threw the county's workers back to a paper recording and filing system. Government.

Jerlando's Pizzeria and Ristorante's Bill Tague and his daughter Emerie, 4, celebrate the eatery's anniversary milestone.


Celebration marks Jerlando's 20th anniversary

Family and friends gathered Sept. 13 at Jerlando's Pizzeria and Ristorante at the corner of 4th and Franklin Streets in Watkins Glen to celebrate the 20th anniversary milestone of the eatery. Bill and Serafina Tague own and operate the establishment after partnering with Serafina's father, Sal Purpura, until Sal's retirement in 2015. The Tagues' three children were on hand, too: Billy, 17; Syria, 16, and Emerie, 4. Representatives from the offices of Congressman Tom Reed and State Senator Tom O'Mara (also representing Assemblyman Phil Palmesano) delivered written proclamations to the Tagues on their milestone. Said Bill: "We look forward to providing a unique dining experience for many years to come."

Photo from left: Bill Tague, daughter Emerie, Sharon Murphy from Congressman Reed's office, and Serafina Tague with the proclamation presented by Murphy.

A story preceding the celebration appeared on Business.

Home destroyed by fire along Rte. 13

An electrical fire destroyed a home Sept. 18th on Route 13 near the Chemung County line. The trailer home belonging to Chad and Marcia Nelson was "a 100% loss" according to fire officials. The fire was called in at 7:59 a.m. Odessa, Montour Falls, Newfield, Mecklenburg, Town & Country, Horseheads, Community Fire (Van Etten) and Millport firefighters were at the scene, with Burdett on standby at the Odessa department. The home, consisting of a central trailer and several add-ons, was insured. Nobody was home at the time of the blaze.


Annual Grand Prix Festival draws car lovers

The 2017 Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival took to the streets of the village Sept. 8, with vintage cars from far and wide part of the event. Franklin Street from 2nd to 10th Streets was closed from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Among the day's many features: "The Legends Speak," a gathering at Lafayette Park honoring racer Otto Linton, who has reached 100 years of age. Features.

Photo: Two men watch a classic car pass by on Franklin St.


Author Barb Warner Deane plans Oct. 7 talks

Author Barb Warner Deane (right), a Watkins Glen native, will present a talk and book signing at the Watkins Glen Public Library on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. She will be signing both of her new releases: On The Homefront, a World War II-era historical novel, and Killing Her Softly, a contemporary romantic suspense novel. She will also give a talk later that day at the Brick Tavern Museum. People.


Shortcuts: A history of ferries on Seneca Lake

Local historian Gary Emerson revisits a time when ferries were an important part of Seneca Lake traffic. This was an article that first appeared in the Schuyler County Historical Journal. It is the second in a series of articles that we are re-publishing. History.

Members of the Hackers & Wackers golf tournament committee. Front from left: Lynn Cacciotti, Mike Learn and Aimee Churchill. Back from left: Sarah Matthews, Esther Heichel and chair John Franzese. (Photo provided)


Golf tourney raises $6,000 for United Way

The annual Hackers & Wackers Golf Tournament held Sept. 1st at the Watkins Glen Golf Course raised more than $6,000 to help the United Way of Schuyler County in its effort to provide funding for 22 area health and human services agencies. See letter on Forum.

Mario Andretti, center, receives the Argetsinger Award from Peter Argetsinger, left, and Bobby Rahal, chairman of the International Motor Racing Research Center's Governing Council. (Photo by Angelo Lisuzzo)


Andretti receives Cameron Argetsinger Award

Racing icon Mario Andretti was honored Aug. 31 with the fourth annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports by the International Motor Racing Research Center. The dinner ceremony was held at the Corning Museum of Glass. Features.


Mario Andretti Day observed in Watkins Glen

Under proclamation of the Watkins Glen Village Board, Thursday, Aug. 31 was Mario Andretti Day in the village. That was the day that Andretti, the famed racecar driver who competed in six different series at The Glen, was honored by the International Motor Racing Research Center with the annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports. The award was presented at a dinner at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Photo: Mario Andretti (Photo provided)


Scouts recondition horseshoe pits at park

Members of Boy Scout Troop 50 have reconditioned a dozen horseshoe pits at Catharine Park near Odessa and added four pits outside the Odessa Fire Department as part of a community service project. They hope the work increases use of "this underrated local park." People.

Photo: One of the park's reconditioned pits.

Near the south end of Seneca Lake on August 17.


A placid sight on Seneca Lake in the morning

These photos were snapped by Leo Kawczenski of Hector on his way to work at about 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 at the south end of Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen, and passed along by Tony Fraboni, who noted that while he had no information on the origin of the balloon, "when I came in about 10 minutes later, it was above Cass Road heading east."

Photos by Leo Kawczenski


Marie Fitzsimmons reports from Rwanda

Retired Watkins Glen High School teacher Marie Fitzsimmons and her husband Kirk Peters are serving with the Peace Corps in Rwanda. Marie reports on her first three months there. Rwanda.

Photo: Marie Fitzsimmons in Rwanda


Schuyler Transit plans bus to Tompkins

Beginning Aug. 28th, Schuyler County Transit will offer a new Monday through Friday public transit service to Tompkins County -- connecting people in Schuyler to Cayuga Medical Center and to TCAT routes that stop at Ithaca's downtown transit hub and at Cornell University. People.

Boats gathered offshore for the festival. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)


Italian American Festival ends its 3-day run

The annual three-day Schuyler County Italian American Festival drew to a close Sunday, Aug. 13. The festival, highlighted by a parade at noon Saturday and by fireworks Saturday night, finished up Sunday with a sauce-making competition, live entertainment by the Rusted Bucks Band, bingo, rides, games, vendor tents, and judging for the second annual Kenny Larson Memorial Motorcycle Show held in conjunction with the Spirit of Schuyler Motorcyle Ride. For photos from Saturday's parade and from both Friday and Sunday, see Features.

Photo: Members of the Montour Falls Fire Department march in the parade. (Photo by Lisa Harer)


1 dead in boating accident on Waneta Lake

A 17-year-old Rochester youth died Thursday night, Aug. 10 in a boating accident on Waneta Lake. The Schuyler County Sheriff's office said that Owen L. Thomas fell overboard shortly after 8 p.m., and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people on board were treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan. The cause is still under investigation by the Sheriff's Office, assisted by the New York State Marine Services Bureau.


Legacy Lane dedicated at Lafayette Park

The new Schuyler County Legacy Lane in Watkins Glen's Lafayette Park, a project of the Schuyler County Italian-American Festival, was dedicated in a ceremony Monday evening, Aug. 7. The dedication kicked off the Festival, which will run Aug. 11-13 at Clute Park, along Route 414 in Watkins Glen. The Legacy Lane dedication included remarks by Mayor Sam Schimizzi, along with other community leaders. Features.

Photo at right: Louis Perazzini, Co-Chairman of the Italian-Amerian Festival, was among the dedication speakers.


Watkins Glen School Board meeting summary

The Watkins Glen Board of Education met Aug. 7, and among other things named a new music teacher and a new varsity volleyball coach. For a summary provided by the school district, click here.


Truex Jr. wins Watkins Glen NASCAR race

Martin Truex Jr. held off Matt Kenseth down the stretch to win the I Love New York 355 at The Glen NASCAR race Aug. 6 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney both pitted for gas in the race's final laps, helping to set up the tight Truex-Kenseth finish. It was the first NASCAR career win at WGI for Truex, who leads the NASCAR Cup standings. Daniel Suarez finished third in Sunday's race, with Denny Hamlin fourth and Clint Bowyer fifth.

Kristin VanHorn, left, Director of Planning for Schuyler County, and Judy McKinney Cherry, executive director of SCOPED, with the $10 million Watkins Glen prize. (Photo by Holly Baker)


Watkins Glen wins $10 million in DRI funding

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) announced Thursday morning, Aug. 3 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack that the Village of Watkins Glen -- one of three finalists -- has been selected to receive $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds. Watkins is the winner in one of the 10 regions in the state in which a total of $100 million is being awarded. Watkins Glen -- along with finalists Ithaca and Endicott in this region -- presented its case before a panel of judges at a recent gathering at Cornell University. Government.


Watkins 3rd in Best Waterfront Hotels contest

The USA Today 10Best Readers Choice poll for Best Waterfront Hotel across the U.S. found the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel finishing third, only behind the Acqualina Resort & Spa of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and the Lake Pointe Inn of McHenry, Md. The results, announced Aug. 4th, listed 10 "waterfront properties" that "set the scene for a memorable and relaxing vacation." There were 20 finalists. Results.


Column examines "The impact of insects"

"It’s hard not to be scared of insects. Many fly and buzz around us, just out of reach, reminding us of the times they hurt or annoyed us in the past. But not all insects are out to get us. In reality, these small creatures do much more good than harm." So starts a column by Danielle Wolleman. To reach it, click here.

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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.



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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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