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4 Novels by the editor

Island Nights

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The Islander

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Prelude-Chapter 4

Chapters 5-13

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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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Danielle Fuschilo of Brazil, left, and Marie Bucher of France during a question-and-answer period at Rotary Club.


Rotary Club honors local & exchange youths

It was Youth Day at the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club Thursday, with two Watkins Glen High School seniors honored as Students of the Month -- one for September and one for October -- and the area's two exchange students presenting power-point presentations about their homelands: Brazil and France.

The monthly honorees were Megan Chilson (for September) and Cheyenne Stansfield, introduced respectively by teachers Karen Armstrong and Eileen Malaney. Chilson was praised for being "so mature" beyond her years and for "putting others before herself" by constantly helping them with their studies or other projects. Stansfield -- a key part of the Yearbook staff and involved in sports, the school play, National Honor Society and Interact Club -- is "polite, engaging, steadfast, responsible and proactive," said Malaney.

The exchange students are Danielle Colpani Fuschilo of Brazil (attending Odessa-Montour High School and staying with Greg and Heather Lodge) and Marie Bucher of France (attending Watkins Glen High School and staying with Andy and Michele Manzer).

Photo in text: Megan Chilson, WGHS September honoree.

Cheyenne Stansfield, WGHS October honoree.


Thursday Scoreboard

Girls Swimming

Watkins Glen 106, Waverly 80
O-M 54, Whitney Point 38


Watkins Glen 3, Newfield 0


Stories on Sports.


Coming: WG/O-M football at Odessa vs. Moravia, 7 p.m. Saturday.


Left: Watkins Glen's Taylor Kelly in action Thursday. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Watkins Glen School Board President Kelly McCarthy and board member Mark Franzese at Monday's meeting.


More sports mergers ahead?

With the early success of the merged Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour football programs, the Watkins Glen School Board Monday night approved a measure that would enable a joining of the Modified Boys swim program at Watkins with that at Odessa-Montour. Also discussed was the possibility of a joint baseball program. The O-M School Board meets Thursday night, where reports "regarding" baseball and Modified Swimming are on the agenda. For a summary of Monday's board meeting, click here.


The blood-moon musings

The editor looks skyward at a rare moon, and let's his thoughts take flight from there. Column.


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Watkins Glen police and SCCUDD team up in fight against drug, alcohol abuse. Team.


An academic symposium on road racing is set for October at the International Motor Racing Research Center. Features.

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.

Shelia M. Martin, 79, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Mary E. Simonds, 95, of Montour Falls.
Pamela Eldridge Thomas, 59, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Kathleen M. Lewis, 68, of Montour Falls.
Michael J. Estelle, 59, of Montour Falls.
Michael Dann, 49, of Tyrone.
Mary (McMinds) Coats Schuyler, 65, of Elmira.

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

Watkins Glen Village Board members Gary Schmidt, left, and Kevin Thornton.


Schmidt returns to his Village Board seat

Gary Schmidt, elected earlier this year to the Watkins Glen Village Board but then hospitalized in Cleveland for four months for heart surgery and then lung and kidney complications, was back in his Village Board seat Monday night, a week after returning home from Cleveland. "It was a long summer," he said, "but I made it. I appreciate the thoughts and prayers while I was in Cleveland. They meant a lot to me and my wife (Deb). I'm here."


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: "Let it kick you forward." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara


Coffey in running for Fan Choice Award

Former Watkins Glen resident Olivia Coffey (right) -- who earned a gold medal at the Sept. 5 World Rowing Championships on Lake Aiguebelette, France as her U.S. quadruple sculls team came from behind to overtake the favored Germans -- has been chosen as a finalist for U.S. Rowing's Fan Choice Award, National Team Athlete. The contest runs until Oct. 19, and Livy needs your support.

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To see her gold medal race in August, you can click here and then click on Saturday racing, (W4x) Women's Quadruple Sculls.

Coffey and her teammates -- Megan Kalmoe of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; Tracy Eisser of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and Amanda Elmore of West Lafayette, Indiana -- became the first-ever U.S. women's quad team to win a world rowing championship, and in the process qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Coffey was a Watkins Glen High School varsity basketball starter as a freshman in 2003-04 before opting to attend the Phillips Academy prep school, where she specialized in hockey. She was later an All-American in rowing as captain of the Harvard-Radcliffe Crew while attending Harvard University, where she earned a B.A. in Economics in 2011. Her father, Cal, was a 1976 Olympic silver medalist in pairs rowing.

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Sports teams raising funds for teacher Brown

Edison and Watkins Glen sports teams are raising funds to help teacher/coach Zach Brown (right) in his battle against lymphoma. Brown, a teacher at Watkins Glen High School and the Edison varsity baseball coach, is on leave from school while undergoing treatment for the disease. The Watkins Glen-Edison volleyball match on Sept. 25 served as a lymphoma awareness night and raised funds for Brown's fight, and Saturday's Watkins Glen-Edison football game at Edison did the same. Among the fund-raisers: the sale of T-shirts with a green lymphoma ribbon, the letter Z and the words "No one fights alone! Support Lymphoma Awareness." Says Brown: "It's amazing what people give ... in your time of need."

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball is flanked by State Senator Tom O'Mara, left, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano at Friday's meeting.


State Ag commissioner meets with area unit

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball (left) sat down Friday with an Agriculture Advisory Committee formed by Assemblyman Phil Palmesano -- composed of area farmers and related agency reps -- to discuss current issues involving dairy farmers, wineries and other groups affected by state agriculture laws and regulations. The session, in the Watkins Glen Municipal Building, drew nearly 20 committee members and generated talk on milk pricing, a desire to expand wine sales to food stores, food safety, the Upstate economy and other subjects.

Left: Commissioner Ball



'Calling card' leads to jail for Penn Yan man

The Schuyler County District Attorney's office reports that Sean J. Hanes, 22, of Penn Yan has been sentenced to four months of weekends in jail, five years probation and restitution after pleading guilty in Schuyler County Court to Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree for "destroying property of a Watkins Glen resident." How was he caught?

"During the commission of the crime," said the DA's office, "Hanes left fecal matter containing his DNA. The crime was solved when the New York State Police Crime Laboratory in Albany matched the DNA sample from the scene to one contained in the New York State DNA Database."


This month's column from the Valicenti firm

The Elmira firm offers a look at one of its newsletter features -- a monthly column titled 'Bull and Bear Bulletin' -- along with a list of its services. Valicenti.

Left: Andrew R. Clark, Valicenti vice president of Investment Research/Portfolio Manager.

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Community leaders tour Schuyler farms

The Schuyler County Ag and Farmland Protection Board recently sponsored a tour of 3 Schuyler County farms for elected officials and other community leaders. Tour.

The moon as the eclipse progressed Sunday night, Sept. 27, and the blood moon that followed.


Blood moon over Schuyler

The clouds parted long enough Sunday night, Sept. 27above the southern portion of Schuyler County to provide a clear view of the lunar eclipse that led to a rare "blood moon." Such an event occurs when a full moon relatively close to the earth (called a super moon) is eclipsed as the Earth passes between the sun and the moon. The event generates a reddish glow around the eclipsed, darkened moon that lasts for about an hour. The last time a "blood moon" was seen was in 1982; the next one comes in 2033.


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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With the arrival of fall, Veraisons Restaurant begins preparations for the Annual Harvest Dinner. This year, on Halloween, a bountiful, Hogwarts-inspired feast will transpire featuring the best of harvest, both on the plate and in the glass. Join us at 5:00 p.m. for five delicious courses served family style at our communal harvest tables!
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Watkins Glen, Hector and Burdett lose power

A large portion of Schuyler County -- including Watkins Glen, Hector and Burdett, but not Montour Falls or Odessa -- was without power Wednesday evening, Sept. 30. Early reports indicated a tree fell on a power line, triggering the outage at 5:13 p.m. With lights out in Watkins, police officers directed traffic at key intersections, while portable stop signs were installed at others. Stores normally open in the evening -- Walmart's, for instance -- were dark, and Watkins Glen High School junior varsity and varsity volleyball matches were called off. Power was later restored.

Photo in text: Directing traffic under a darkened light.

Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon at Sunday's open house.


Friends bid farewell to 'Rev Bev'

Reverend Beverly Karr-Lyon oversaw her final weekly service Sept. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, where she has served as minister for more than 18 years. "Rev Bev," as many call her, is retiring to a farmhouse she and her late husband Jeff purchased years ago, located near Arkport -- the area where she grew up. A dinner in her honor was held by her congregation after Sunday's service, and then scores of friends paid their respects at an afternoon open house at the church. She said she had one more duty to perform before leaving -- a wedding ceremony for a young woman she baptized shortly after arriving at the church those many years ago.

Photo in text: Art by Linda McIntyre depicting the Watkins Presbyterian Church was among the gifts given to Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon Sunday.

Scores of cars from the 1920s to the present were on display at the Cruise In.


Cruise In features cars, food, games, music

The fifth annual Cruise In at the Choice Auto Glass parking lot along Rt. 13 near Alpine Junction Sept. 26 featured dozens of vintage and modern cars, a chicken barbecue by Boy Scout Troop 50, baked goods, various vendors, games for the kids, and live music. The event urged attendees to bring canned goods to benefit the local food pantry, and returnable bottles and cans to support Troop 50.

Photo above: Matt Stevenson, who performed with his drummer brother Andy at the Cruise In.

Montour Falls village and fire department officials hold the FEMA check for new air packs. The check was for $159,429.


Fire department receives grant for air packs

The Montour Falls Fire Department was presented a check Sept. 26 for $159,429 from FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) -- a grant for the purchase of 27 new air pack frames and bottles. Presenting the check was Alison Hunt from the office of Congressman Tom Reed. Fire Chief Billy Thomas said the air packs will replace those that have been used through "their pack life of about 15 years." The grant, he added, "will make us better equipped to serve the community. For that we are grateful." Montour Falls Mayor John King said the amount of the grant was "very significant" given that its size approaches that of the fire department's annual budget -- which is "just a little over $200,000." Also speaking at the presentation were Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn and Hunt, who said Congressman Reed was "proud to help secure the funding."

Photo in text: Alison Hunt of Congressman Reed's office. (Photos by C. Haeffner)

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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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Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

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Left: The front of the recently renovated Jerlando's at Franklin and 4th Streets, Watkins Glen

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Lake Country Players actors promoted their upcoming performance of "The Music Man." In the background: the stage where the band Black Diamond Express later performed.


Harvest Fest draws crowd to Montour

The annual Falls Harvest Festival in Montour Falls -- featuring games, music, local foods, fireworks and other attractions -- drew a crowd to the village Sept. 26 under sunny skies and warm temperatures. Among the features was live music by Black Diamond Express, an appearance by several actors and singers promoting the Lake Country Players' upcoming production of "The Music Man," a pumpkin carving contest, a donut-eating contest, and a fireworks display above the 156-foot-high Shequagah Falls.

Photos at left: Nancy Kenney shops for a new handbag; and the Montour Falls Fire Department's new Quint Truck, which will be placed in service in October.


Fall fish-stocking deadline approaching

The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District, which restored its fish stocking program last spring, is reminding residents that the order deadline for the fall stocking program is Oct. 9th. There are 3 species of fish: fathead minnows, yellow perch and black crappie (inset). A minimum of 10 fish must be purchased.

Fish will be delivered in boxes with oxygen injected water, and buyers do not need to bring a container when picking them up. Delivery is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Lee Harlan Soil and Water Conservation Center on Meads Hill Road. For price information and an order form, visit or call 535-0878.

Photo: A black crappie, part of the Sunfish family.

Bucket Bar & Grill owners Erick and Sarah Thorpe cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their business, located at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Odessa.


Bucket Bar & Grill holds grand opening

The Bucket Bar & Grill in Odessa celebrated its grand opening Sept. 25 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a chicken barbecue. On hand for the ribbon cutting in addition to the married business owners, Erick and Sarah Thorpe, were Schuyler County Legislature Chair Dennis Fagan, County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, Odessa Mayor Keith Pierce, and Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Rebekah LaMoreaux. All spoke, with O'Hearn thanking the Thorpes for helping "build the local economy in Odessa" -- part of a business trend, he noted, that has the county "on the cusp of great things." The Bucket opened in mid-August, and has proved to be a popular eatery.

Photo: Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn at Friday's celebration.

The Burns Sisters and Friends performed at the Gas Free party.


Gas Free Seneca celebrates at Hazlitt's

Gas Free Seneca, the group that has spearheaded opposition to the storage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas near Seneca Lake, held a fund-raiser Thursday evening, Sept. 24 at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector to help it continue its fight. It's almost five years since Gas Free Seneca took up the battle, said co-founder Joseph Campbell -- which is "another reason to celebrate; we've held them off for five years." The gathering featured food, live music and a silent auction.

Left: Gas Free Seneca's Joseph Campbell; and checking out the silent auction.


Rotary student award goes to Peckham

Odessa-Montour High School senior Rosie Peckham (left) was honored Sept. 24 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for September. Peckham was introduced by teacher Doug Chapman, who said the honoree is "a great student, excellent example and extremely well-liked." Peckham, captain of the volleyball team and a member of the track team, has participated in school musicals and Art Club, painting murals and stage sets. She plans to attend Corning Community College, and says she hopes "to go somewhere in life, and show that Odessa is here."



Luncheon kicks off United Way campaign

The Schuyler County United Way's annual drive began Sept. 23 with a luncheon for agency members, held at the Montour Moose Lodge. The goal, as it was last year, is $123,000 for 22 agencies. Co-chairs are Jenny and Tom Lewis. The Marie Bailey volunteer of the year honor went to the workers at Schuyler Outreach/Catholic Charities.


Photo above left: United Way executive director Peggy Scott
Photo inset: Campaign co-chair Jenny Lewis


Marshall named new Bradford superintendent

John Marshall, superintendent of the Bolivar-Richburg Central School District in Allegany County since 2012, was named Sept. 22 as the next superintendent of the Bradford Central School District, succeeding Wendy Field, who is retiring after serving in the post for eight years. Marshall -- a graduate of St. Bonaventure and Bloomsburg universities and a former teacher -- is expected to assume his new position in November. "I am excited for this opportunity," he said. The Bradford School Board, in making the appointment, cited Marshall's "extensive background in school administration and experience as a classroom teacher."


Road-sealing work planned in Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen Streets Superintendent Don Perry told the Village Board Sept. 21 that sealing work -- using oil and stone -- will be done on several streets in the village soon, including Summit, Bath Street and Glen Ave., along with 12th and 8th Streets. Money is in the budget for it, he said. The board, meanwhile, approved a request from Watkins Glen Promotions to hold the annual Village Christmas downtown from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, with Franklin Street closed from 3rd to 7th Streets. The parade will run north on Franklin at 6:30 p.m.

Left: Streets Superintendent Don Perry at Monday's session.


Reports highlight School Board session

Reports from Principals Kai D'Alleva (left) and Kristine Somerville on student test scores dominated much of the time Sept. 21 at a workshop held by the Watkins Glen School Board. Board.

Left: Principal Kai D'Alleva

Executive Director search begins

The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen has launched a search for a person to fill the newly created position of executive director. Business.


Soccer fundraising breakfast a success

A breakfast Sept. 20 at the Montour Moose Lodge on behalf of the Odessa-Montour High School boys and girls soccer programs generated a sizable turnout and a sizable amount of money for the programs. To see how much, visit Sports.

Left: From left: boys coach Dirk Stephens and girls team members Kennedey Heichel, Sage Garrison and Gillian Clark.

Squires charter members Jud Spena, left, and Steve Rondinaro were on hand at Friday's exhibit opening. Spena, owner of much of the memorabilia on display, has authored a book on the Squires. Rondinaro is a longtime Drum Corps International broadcaster.


Squires exhibit on display at museum

Programs, pennants, photographs, uniforms, bugles and other artifacts from the years of the Squires Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps are on display at the Schuyler County Historical Society Brick Tavern Museum in Montour Falls through September. The exhibit was unveiled Sept. 18, where some former Squires were on hand for a presentation by Squires historian Jud Spena, author in 2004 of "Echoes in the Valley," an account of the Squires' years of existence, from 1964-1982. The Squires had exceptional success in Drum and Bugle Corps competitions, in the days when many communities fielded such groups -- before changing social mores and centralization reduced the number. The exhibit opening was part of a weekend of Squires festivities, preceding an Alumni Reunion the next night at the Watkins Elks Club.

Charter members of the Squires Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps in 1964 included, from left, Robbie DeDominick, Bernie Riley and Harold (Bub) Chaffee, all present at the exhibit unveiling.

Queen Kim (Laursen) provided entertaining games and music for the dozens of kids on hand.


Tea party features knights, jesters, royalty

The fourth annual Royal Tea Party for kids and parents, sponsored by the Dutton S. Peterson Library in Odessa, was held Sept. 19 afternoon at the Montour Falls Fire Department. The event -- featuring a king, queen, princes, princesses, knights, games, food, a storybook reading and singing -- was held in its first three years at the Odessa Fire Department, but outgrew that site. The larger one in Montour attracted more than 80 people Saturday, each partaking of either tea, lemonade or water along with cake. There were face-painters on hand, along with raffles and a book for every participating child. The party was devised four years ago, said librarian Gayle Greuber, "in order to provide something different for the kids, and fun."

Photo in text: King Les (Laursen) bestows knighthood on one of the children at the Royal Tea Party.

Participants entered the Royal Tea Party across a "drawbridge" over a "moat" and through "castle" gates.

Homecoming Queen and King

The Odessa-Montour Homecoming Queen and King, Maddie Lodge and Bryce Elliott, were announced at halftime of the Sept. 18th Notre Dame-Odessa boys soccer game.


Odessa roadwork

The summertime upgrade and repaving of miles of Rt. 224 paid off with new blacktop Sept. 17 through downtown Odessa. State work crews had stripped the roadway and installed some curbing during the previous week. In the photo above, a work crew puts the finishing touches on blacktop on Main Street (224) near College Ave.


Fagan: Good news on the sales-tax front

Chairman Dennis Fagan (right) said at the monthly Schuyler Legislature meeting Sept. 14 that the sales tax projections for the county in August 2015 are up $53,000 from August 2014, and that to date the 2015 sales tax total for Schuyler is 2% above 2014 -- a pace that, if maintained through this year, would put the county $112,000 over the total envisioned in the budget. And that should go up, he said, when revenues from the August Phish concert at Watkins Glen International are tabulated.

Top left: Schuyler County Attorney Steven J. Getman at Monday's County Legislature meeting. He was appointed to the post last month, succeeding the departed Geoff Rossi. Getman previously served as Assistant County Attorney.
Bottom left: County Administrator Tim O'Hearn at meeting.


O-M board shelves thoughts of single campus

The Odessa-Montour School Board on Sept. 10 decided by consensus against pursuing a feasibility study into the suggested closing of B.C. Cate Elementary School in Montour Falls. Such a closing would have created a single campus at the school complex in Odessa. The closing idea was floated a couple of years ago, but Superintendent Chris Wood said Thursday night that a personal study of the Cate school, an elementary facility, showed it is "heavily used" with "little space wasted," and that closing it would require a building addition at the main district campus, with an attendant loss in land for sports on the 20-acre Odessa campus. B.C. Cate sits on 18 acres of land often used by district sports teams.

Board President Robert Halpin said he "advocated we look at (a possible B.C. Cate closing) when I joined the board, to see if it made sense." But now, he added, "from my perspective, I just don't see it." The board concurred.

US Salt: Generator wasn't destroyed

The firm debunks the extent of media reports on a smoky incident at its plant, and counters Gas Free Seneca claims. Forum.

Grand Prix Festival official John Flowers sends vehicles on their way around the original Watkins Glen road course from a starting point in front of the Schuyler County Courthouse.


Festival is a success

Sunlight and vintage cars, along with vendor stands and an enthusiastic crowd, made for a successful Grand Prix Festival Sept. 11 on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen. The crowd was down from past years due to the need for Watkins Glen International to hold its affiliated vintage races earlier this summer, but festival officials said they were pleased with Friday's turnout and festive atmosphere.

Above left: This Mercedes Benz drew a lot of attention.

A lot of photographers were taking a lot of pictures of cars on display in Watkins Glen during the Grand Prix Festival.


Marina mishap

This vehicle ended up in the water at the Seneca Harbor Marina on Sept. 7th when its owner attempted to offload a couple of jet skis from an attached trailer on the marina ramp. A police spokesman said the emergency brake on the truck released while the driver was outside the truck cab, and that the vehicle slid backward until submerged. Police said nobody was injured. The vehicle was pulled out about three hours later by a wrecker from Wolfe's Garage. (Photo provided)


SWCD lauds workers for June storm cleanup

The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District commends the workers who helped in the wake of the June storm and flooding, and singles out one man in particular. Government.

Left: Jim Barrett operates an excavator. (Photo provided)

Family of Friends Campaign eyes upgrades

The Schuyler Health Foundation has chosen, for its 2015 Family of Friends Campaign, to upgrade facilities, equipment and technology in Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. Campaign.


28 protesters arrested at Crestwood gates

The number of arrests at Crestwood energy company gates on Rt. 14 north of Watkins Glen since October 2014 reached 400 on Sept. 4 when 28 people were taken into custody, charged with trespass, and released. The We Are Seneca Lake movement opposes the storage of methane and LPG gas in abandoned Crestwood salt caverns west of Seneca Lake. Two of those arrested Thursday were from Schuyler County, while 15 were from Tompkins County. Among the arrestees was Martha Hennessy, 60, of Manhattan, granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day.


Coffey's team wins gold at World Rowing

Former Watkins Glen resident Olivia Coffey (right) earned a gold medal at the Sept. 5 World Rowing Championships on Lake Aiguebelette, France as her U.S. quadruple sculls team came from behind to overtake the favored Germans while posting a time of 6:27.07. Germany finished a half-length behind.

Thus Coffey and her teammates -- Megan Kalmoe of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; Tracy Eisser of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and Amanda Elmore of West Lafayette, Indiana -- became the first-ever U.S. women's quad team to win a world rowing championship, and in the process qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"I thought we just went out there and laid it down from the first stroke," said Coffey. "We just wanted to be aggressive from the start. I could feel it for the first 500, when we were with the pack. I just had this sense that we were going for it, and it just went from there."

Coffey was a Watkins Glen High School varsity basketball starter as a freshman in 2003-04 before opting to attend the Phillips Academy prep school, where she specialized in hockey. She was later an All-American in rowing as captain of the Harvard-Radcliffe Crew while attending Harvard University, where she earned a B.A. in Economics in 2011. Her father, Cal, was a 1976 Olympic silver medalist in pairs rowing.


Cannon shrapnel kills man near Lamoka

James D. Whitney, 81, of Austin, Pa., died Sept. 5 after a homemade noise cannon exploded when it was set off at a Taylor Road residence near Lamoka Lake, according to a published report. The Schuyler County Sheriff's office was quoted as saying shrapnel struck and killed Whitney. No further details were available. The investigation is continuing.

My Place center director Brooke Bennett, left, and Crestwood representative Maureen Ball-Keene. (Provided)


Crestwood donates $15,000 to My Place

The My Place child care center in Montour Falls has received a $15,000 donation from Crestwood Midstream Partners that "will help with center sustainability and contribute to our mission for generations to come," said Center director Brooke Bennett. Crestwood helped contribute to the center's playground, shown in the photo above. Added Shannon Schamel, My Place parent and Board representative: "I am ecstatic that Crestwood has responded to our plea for local business to make a positive contribution to their community."


Schuyler Transit marks 5-year anniversary

Milestone celebration held at the operation's headquarters, The Arc of Schuyler. Transit.

A man survived the Washington State wildfire by remaining in his concrete domed house while the surrounding terrain was scorched. (Photo by Marsha Smith)


Former Schuyler resident seeks WA fire help

Marsha E. Smith of Omak, WA, a former resident of Hector, New York, has written to The Odessa File seeking donations for residents in her state who have lost their homes in a complex of blazes in the north-central part of the state. Together the blazes constitute "the largest wildfire in Washington State history," she said, noting that "I am not the only former Schuyler County resident here. Michael Liu, the former Finger Lakes National Forest Ranger, is the District Ranger for the Methow Valley District of the Okanogan National Forest. This is the area where three firefighters were killed."

The fires, near Omak, started Aug. 15 and spread by Aug. 25 to hundreds of square miles. Even with firefighting crews diverted from California, there have been inadequate resources to stop the fire's northeastward march. Two fund-raisers are underway: one for the Colville tribe, whose reservation has been hard hit (address North Cascades Bank, Grand Coulee Branch, 608 Midway Ave., P.O. Box G, Grand Coulee, WA 99133), and one run by the Okanogan County Community Action Council (OCCAC, P.O. Box 1067, Okanogan, WA 98840 or website

Photo in text: Volunteers at a distribution center set up by the Colville Tribe in their old casino, where everyone (tribal members and the general public) can go for donated supplies, water, clothes, and other items. (Photo by Marsha Smith)

Marsha Smith writes about the fire and her connection to Schuyler County. People.

Seneca Swim

Participants in the third annual Seneca Swim, a one-mile lake swim to raise funds for the Watkins Glen Fire Department, pose near the lakeshore in Watkins Glen on Saturday, Aug. 22, the day of the event. The swimmers, and paddlers in crafts alongside them, raise funds each year for designated emergency services in Schuyler County. (Photo provided)


Phish fatality ID released

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman who died at the Phish Magnaball festival as Jennifer Cline, 28, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and said the death "was ruled accidental ... by aspiration." The death, which Sheriff Bill Yessman had said was "unattended," occurred Sunday at Watkins Glen International on the concluding day there of the three-day festival.

-- Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Office reported 23 arrests at Magnaball, 21 of them on drug-related charges, one for DWI, and one for Trespass. Sixteen of those people arrested were from out of state, and none were from Schuyler County.


Arc Golf Tournament deemed a success

The Arc of Schuyler's annual golf tournament, held Aug. 21, raised more than $22,000 for the organization's programs and services. Column.

Left: Arc Golf Tourney Honorary Chair Susan Buchtel -- flanked by Arc Executive Director Jeannette Frank, left, and Pat Wilcox -- welcomes golfers at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. (Photo provided)


A look at small-grain agriculture in Schuyler

Small grains such as winter wheat, winter and spring barley, oats and rye are grown in Schuyler County. A look on our Agriculture Page.


Substance abuse prevention conference provides strategies

Two adult and two youth leaders from the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) joined more than 1,500 substance abuse prevention specialists from across the country at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute in Indianapolis recently. Schools.


Left: Youth leaders Kassandra Snyder, left, and Amber Updike on the first day of the Training Institute. (Photo provided)

The tractor-trailer at rest in the water. (Photo provided)


Tractor-trailer crashes, lands in Tyrone dam

A tractor-trailer westbound on County Rte. 23 went through a stop sign at the intersection with State Rte. 226 in the Town of Tyrone at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, crashed through a guard rail, went airborne and landed in a dam and pond, the Schuyler Sheriff's Office said in a press release Monday. The driver, Liban W. Farah, 35, of Denver, Colorado, was uninjured, and ticketed for driving over the posted weight limit, failing to stop at a stop sign, and failing to use the designated lane. Tyrone Fire Department personnel responded, as did T&R Towing to recover the vehicle, and a state spill-response team to investigate any potential environmental damage.


Bleiler earns Baptist Man of Year honor

Schuyler County resident and local optometrist Dr. Brian E. Bleiler has been honored as the American Baptist Men of New York State “Man of the Year.” People.

Left: Dr. Bleiler, wife Loueda


It's kitten season, says the Humane Society

The Humane Society of Schuyler County has a message for the public about the proliferation of kittens in the area. Kittens.

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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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