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Seneca Harbor Station & Captain Bill's

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EC at Night...for a better tomorrow

To visit the Elmira College website, click here.

To visit our Elmira College page on this website,
click here.

To learn about courses being offered in Schuyler County as well as at Elmira College,
click here or here.

Elmira College alumni receive a 20% discount on course fees.

Phone: (607) 735-1825.
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Current Menu at WWW.REDNEWT.COM

3675 Tichenor Road, Hector NY (607)546-4100

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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

221 S. Franklin St.,
Watkins Glen

We're back for our 32nd year

We've got more
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Call ahead to order custom Ice Cream Cakes

Open Daily with indoor and outdoor seating

Still Serving Up
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Island Nights

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Click on the ad below to go to Schuyler Hospital's website.

Clothing awaited Thursday's Giveaway participants.

 

Clothing galore provided at Giveaway

The annual Clothing Giveaway held Thursday under the auspices of Catholic Charities' Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry offered blankets and all types and sizes of pants, shirts, dresses and other clothes at St. Mary's Parish Center in Watkins Glen. Clothing from infant to adult were stacked throughout the Center cafeteria, while other rooms held backpacks and school supplies, toiletries, and other items -- all available to Schuyler County residents starting at 5 p.m. Free haircuts were provided, as were different kinds of fresh produce. A line formed early on the 10th Street sidewalk leading to the center, and grew longer as the Center opening neared. Food Pantry director Nancy Brand said she expected that the stacks of clothes -- donated by area residents and by Walmart -- would be gone by the 8 p.m. end of the Giveaway.

Photo in text: Some of the many backpacks at the Giveaway.

O-M Coach Bob Lee instructs his players at practice Thursday.

 

O-M, Watkins lose Tburg as football rival

The Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen High School varsity football teams each picked up a forfeit victory Thursday when Trumansburg canceled its season due to a shortage of players.

O-M was slated to open against Trumansburg on Sept. 5, while Watkins was set to visit the Blue Raiders on Sept. 26. But Trumansburg -- whose coach, John Dunlap, resigned in early July, leaving the program without a coach for part of the summer -- could muster only 13 players, three below the minimum.

O-M Coach Bob Lee, who has 19 players on his roster, and Watkins Glen football coach Lou Condon (pictured in inset), who said his roster is now up to 29 players, each plan to seek a replacement opponent.

Trumansburg, meanwhile, hopes to regroup and field a football team next year. "We definitely value football," said Superintendent Michael McGuire.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen Coach Lou Condon

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And inside ...

Chateau LaFayette Reneau, led by co-owners Gene Pierce (right) and Scott Welliver, is celebrating its Governor's Cup win. Business.

For Part One of "Schuyler County and Me," reprised, Click here.
F
or Part 2, click here.
For Part 3, click here.
For Part 4, click here.
For Part 5, click here.

--Obituaries--

Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

George Roy Confer, 90, of Montour Falls and Lakeland, FL
Florence M. Waltman, 79, of Dundee.
Judith J. “Judy” Craft, 89, formerly of Trumansburg.
Pauline Waugh, 100, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Elizabeth A. Clemons, 79, of Beaver Dams.

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

Advisory issued

Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman issued a boaters advisory Friday morning (Aug. 22) for Cayuta Lake in the Town of Catharine due to a large amount of floating debris from the recent heavy rains. All boaters are urged to use caution while navigating the lake.

 

Given options, Alderson chooses jail

Jeremy Alderson was sentenced Wednesday in Reading Town Court to 15 days in the Schuyler County Jail on a trespass charge stemming from a 2012 protest at the Crestwood gate along Rt. 14. Alderson, whose sentence had been delayed for months pending appeals, chose jail over a fine and rejected an offer from the District Attorney's office to do community service. Justice Raymond Berry, saying he had no other choice, levied the jail sentence. Alderson told Berry that despite the circumstances, he would remember the judge "fondly," bringing a smile and a "Good luck" from Berry just before Alderson was led away by deputies. Alderson.

Above: Alderson signals to supporters as he heads to jail.

Chamber adopts resolution on LPG storage plan. Business.

 

Delay in apartments is engineering related

Watkins Glen Code Enforcement Officer Greg Larnard (right) told the village Planning Board Wednesday night that the reason that ground hasn't been broken for the Seneca Terrace Apartments on the hill above the Elks Club on the north end of town is because its planners needed to make some engineering changes upon directive from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Larnard said the DEC, wanting to make sure the water runoff to Seneca Lake was clean enough to meet AA Watershed standards, "required a few more pieces of engineering" that necessitated the elimination of two apartments. Now, instead of two 12-unit buildings, one will consist of 10 units. Revised plans are expected soon, he said, and will be passed along to the Planning Board to study. Chair Chris Bond said he hoped the changes don't require the Board to reopen the site approval process.

 

Photos from past are echo of Middle School

With the Watkins Glen Middle School closed and the school district consolidating to a single campus, former School Board President Brian O'Donnell presents a couple of photos from the former school's distant past. History.

For other recent Schuyler County news, click here.

Click on the ad below to reach the Hazlitt 1852 website

Click here to reach the Hazlitt 1852 Facebook page.

To visit the Quinlans website, click here.

Watkins Glen village trustee Scott Gibson reads the resolution before the board discussed and voted on it. He authored the document.

 

Glen board opposes LPG storage, 3-0-2

The Watkins Glen Village Board voted Monday night in opposition to Crestwood's proposed storage of LPG gas in salt caverns north of the village. The vote was 3-0, with two abstentions -- Paul Clifford, a Cargill employee who wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, and Tony Fraboni, who said he didn't think the vote would have any influence in the state's ultimate decision on the project. Scott Gibson and Kevin Smith both voted in favor of the resolution, as did Mayor Mark Swinnerton (inset), who cast the deciding vote. Government.

 

Protesters rally, asked to pledge resistance

More than 250 people opposed to Crestwood's proposed storage of LPG gas in salt caverns west of Seneca Lake rallied outside the company's gate on Rt. 14 Monday. Organizers called for a pledge of resistance, which urges nonviolent acts including civil disobedience. One protester, a retired police captain, urged the others to "prepare mentally for arrest" in future gatherings. Protesters.

Left: One of Monday's signs

 

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.

To reach the Famous Brands website, click here
or on the drawing above
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418 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen.
Open 11 to 9 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Open 11 to 10 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
To visit the Ben & Jerry's website, click here.

For other recent Schuyler County news, click here.

An unbeatable combination of live music, the autumn view of Seneca Lake, and a Lobster bake is coming up this September 13th and 14th at Glenora Wine Cellars from noon to 5:00pm each day! Enjoy a fresh Maine lobster dinner with steamed clams, corn on the cob, salt potatoes, and more, or purchase from the ala carte menu. Plenty of award-winning Glenora wines will be available to enjoy as well! For more information, see Sports or visit www.glenora.com.


115 East Fourth Street, PO Box 30, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Proudly Representing:

In order to visit the E.C. Cooper website, click here.

In order to visit the Finger Lakes Fire & Casualty website, click here.

For a full-sized ad, click here.
For more information, contact Phil Barnes at 607-481-0482.

 

Here comes the Fall Sports season

Members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team took to the field (above) for the first day of practice Monday, as did athletes in all other fall sports. Practice.

 

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: "Living up to a promise on mandate relief." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara

Matthew Wilber completes the Half Marathon.

 

Wilber, Weiner top Half Marathon runners

Matthew Wilber of Columbia Crossroads, Pennsylvania posted his second straight Catharine Valley Half Marathon victory Sunday, registering a time of 1:14.37. Melissa Weiner of Ithaca, who finished third among female competitors last year, led them this year with a 1:32.03. A total of 332 runners crossed the finish line. Race.

 

Devon tourney draws 21 teams, 80 players

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Clute Park attracted 21 teams and more than 80 players Saturday -- a fund-raiser for the Defense for Devon Foundation set up in memory of Devon Shaw, a Watkins Glen High School graduate who lost his battle with cancer last year."Great weather," said one observer of the sunny, cool day. "Great cause," added another. Sports.

Left: Jesse Teeter soars to the basket past Justin DeDominick.

 

This month's column from the Valicenti firm

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

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

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 Amazon.com. To see the ad, click here.

Left: Cover art by Jon Haeffner

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Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

Click here or on the photo at left to go to the Jerlando's website. There you will find information about all three locations, plus menus.

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

Click on the photo below to reach the Harbor Hotel website.

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

16 N. Franklin St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1221
(607) 535-6116

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Starbuck eyes run for Treasurer's post

Former Schuyler County Treasurer Margaret (Peggy) Starbuck (right) is circulating petitions that would put her in the race for the Treasurer's post, vacated recently with the resignation of Gary Whyman, the man who defeated her in the last election. Starbuck has a Facebook page -- created on August 3rd -- rallying support to her campaign, and responded to an e-mail by saying the campaign "is going well. Little tougher when you only have two weeks to get (signatures), but I have a lot of good people working for me. People are glad to hear I am running." The deadline for petitions is Aug. 19, according to the Facebook page, which is run by Starbuck's daughter Tracy. The only other announced candidate for the Treasurer's post is Harriett Vickio, previously the county's Director of Purchasing and recently appointed Deputy Treasurer by Acting Treasurer Lisa Snyder.

Tour de Cure riders set off on 10-mile bike journey. They started and finished at Watkins Glen High School. Five different groups of riders participated, with staggered starts throughout the morning.

 

Tour de Cure raises funds in diabetes fight

Five hundred bicyclists took to roads and trails Saturday in the fifth annual Finger Lakes Tour de Cure event to help in the fight against diabetes. Rides of varying distance, from 10 miles to 100 miles, started and ended at Watkins Glen High School. Participants gathered pledges totaling about $250,000, said Tour spokeswoman Kris Alexich. That compares to 200 riders and $78,000 in the event's inaugural year. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 29.1 million people in the United States live with the disease. The Tour, a press release notes, "promotes an active lifestyle and raises critical funding for research, support and advocacy." Alexich said only 10% of the riders have diabetes, a disease of the pancreas where the body is not producing insulin or not producing enough of it. Of Saturday's turnout, Alexich said she was "so impressed."

Photo in text: Hayley Guild sings the National Anthem before riders cross the starting line.

A look down a row of quilts on display at the Quilt Show.

 

Community Center hosts 2-day Quilt Show

The second annual Quilts, Vines & Finger Lakes Wines Quilt Show staged by O'Susannah's Quilts and Gifts drew what organizer Sue Knapp called "a great turnout" during its Saturday-Sunday run at the Watkins Glen Community Center. The show, designed to inspire quilters -- and help ensure that "the art doesn't die," said Knapp -- featured more vendors than last year, a quilt appraiser, and a food stand run by the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. There were 290 quilts on display, but only a couple for sale.

 

Golf tourney raises $20,000 for The Arc

The Arc of Schuyler raised more than $20,000 at its 14th annual golf tournament fundraiser held Friday at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. Sixteen teams vied for honors. See story and photos on Sports.

Allyson Guild hands a cup of ice cream across a counter set up at the Rotary Club luncheon. Getting ice cream are, from left, Rotarians Rebekah LaMoreaux, Tom Gifford, Charlie Cole, Dominick Franzese, Chris Burns and Terri Orbin. Behind Allyson is her father-in-law, Rotarian and co-server Jim Guild.

 

Rotarians get a speech and an ice cream treat

Watkins Glen-Montour Rotary Club member Jim Guild (left), who launched his Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shop on North Franklin Street in Watkins this summer, outlined to Rotarians Thursday -- at their weekly luncheon -- how he lobbied for and earned the Ben & Jerry's franchise. He said other ice cream businesses in the village were very welcoming, and that when he ran out of waffle mix at one point, competitor Peter Honsberger of the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor came to the rescue with a large bag of mix. For dessert Thursday, Guild and daughter-in-law Allyson served ice cream to each Rotarian.

Fireplace discovered: In addition to documents found in a Watkins Glen Middle School safe (see story below), something else has turned up in that building. Superintendent Tom Phillips sent along the photo above, with the comment: "Here is a fireplace discovered in a classroom on the first floor. It was covered over with sheetrock." The Middle School is being sold as the district consolidates to one campus.

 

Years of records found in Middle School safe

Boxes full of old minutes, report cards, diplomas, deeds, photos and other documents were discovered Tuesday in an old safe that had remained locked for years in the Watkins Glen Middle School. Documents.

Left: Superintendent Tom Phillips digs through the boxes found in an old safe.

 

Hector's Chateau LaFayette Reneau
wins the 2014
Governor's Cup

New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy took a bus tour of Finger Lakes wineries and distilleries Aug. 13, touting the growth of the beverage and tourism industry, and later announcing annual Governor's Cup winners. The top award, the Governor's Cup, was presented to Chateau LaFayette Reneau of Hector for its 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling. For details, and a list of winners, see Wine Tour.

Photo at right: Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy

Chateau LaFayette Reneau celebrates victory. Business.

 

Odessa's latest report on water quality

To see the Village of Odessa's latest Water Quality Report, click here.

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For full coverage of the 2013 Alice Trappler murder trial, you can click here.

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Read The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y. and Its Makers
by Allen F. Sweet.

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.

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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 Amazon.com

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The Elizabeth Amisano Ovarian Cancer Education Fund
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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 account of a daughter's eating disorder and her mother's seeming helplessness and desperation in the face of it -- and yet a story of hope, love and survival, and a lifeline to other parents dealing with obsessive behavior. $17.95 from ecwpress.com

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A self-help guide to understanding the role of emotions, this book offers a four-step path to emotional mastery and freedom. $15.95 from Infinitypublishing.com

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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)

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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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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.

 

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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.

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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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