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Dealer/collector looking to buy groups of pre-1970 paper memorabilia: cards, magazines, posters, programs etc. Call Charlie Haeffner at 742-2772.

To reach the FOWL website, click on the logo above.


To reach the Odessa Government Page, click here or on the logo below.



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To reach the website of the Five Rivers Council, Boys Scouts of America, click here or on the logo above.


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To reach the Watkins Glen School District website, click here


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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

Excerpt here

The Maiden of Mackinac

Excerpts Maiden

and here and here. 







Public Service Announcements

Job Opening

The Town of Catharine Highway Department has an opening for a Motor Equipment Operator. The job details can be found on the town’s website:¬† www.townofcatharine.com , or at http://schuylercounty.us/119/Civil-Service. Please contact us at 607-594-2273 ext. 1 if you have any questions.

Bring a lawn chair and your joyful spirit!

OMCS Class Reunion Date Change

OMCS Class of '73
Date change

50th Reunion date is now August 5th, 2023
Montour Falls Moose Club
Details to come!
--Laura Grimes Scruggs & Cathy Lopresti Lynch

For more about NDAFW, click here:


To take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge, click here:


Rest in Music Moment
First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen

In the midst of our busy weeks, we want to offer you a chance to rest. Every Wednesday from 12 to 12:45, our sanctuary will be open for music and meditation. Come for a few minutes, or stay the whole time. There is no program or pressure, just time to quiet your thoughts in our sanctuary and listen to music.

The ad above is brought to you by CAA:
Council on Alcoholism & Addictions
of The Finger Lakes

Dear Schuyler County Community Members,

I’m reaching out today because we have an urgent need for a Volunteer Meal Deliverer every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Montour/Watkins. This easy route takes a little over an hour roundtrip. Training is provided and mileage reimbursement is available. If you or someone you know is interested, please have them contact Kim Pound at 607-535-6834 or kpound@co.schuyler.ny.us.

Kim Pound
Volunteer Coordinator
Schuyler County Office for the Aging

Click on the ad below to reach the survey.

Schuyler Police Reform
and Reinvention Initiative Begins

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office serves the law enforcement needs of all the citizens of the County, and strives to do so in a professional manner, respecting the rights of all our citizens without regard to race, color, nationality, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Department policies and procedures are developed and carried out with that goal in mind, and our Deputy Sheriffs are selected, trained and supervised with that same goal in mind.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 203: New York Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn and Sheriff William Yessman will be convening a panel of community stakeholders to conduct a review of the Schuyler County Sheriff’s police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices. Subsequent to this review and in partnership with our community, recommendations will be brought forth designed to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of Schuyler County and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.

As part of that effort, a community survey has been created to help our County gather opinions and experiences from members of our community. This is the first step in a process that will culminate with the development of a plan to be submitted to the Schuyler County Legislature for their consideration and ratification.

We invite all Schuyler County residents and business owners to participate in this survey to help us improve our services, processes, and reputation.

The link to the survey is below:


A PDF version is also available for those without online access. Please contact the County Administrators office at 607-535-8106 to request.


Spiritual assistance

The Glen Baptist Church would love to give spiritual assistance to our community during these difficult times. We encourage you to visit our Facebook page to hear Pastor Paul Brown for our online worship service Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and a Sunday School lesson at 9:30 a.m. On Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. you can hear some members from our church share how they came to know Christ as their Savior.

Our church website is www.glenbaptistchurch.org. If you have questions or concerns or want to share a prayer request, email us at info@glenbaptistchurch.org or leave a message at 607-535-4802. Be sure to leave your contact information so we can get back to you.

Hometown Heroes Banner Program

To Honor Veterans in the Village of Odessa area, a Hometown Heroes Banner Program has been initiated and is now seeking Veteran banner applications. Banners displaying a veteran's name, rank & photo are to be hung in the Village from early May until just past Veterans Day.

A veteran, from any branch of the Armed Forces, any rank at any time, must have lived in the Village of Odessa at some point in his or her life and can be alive or departed. A good quality photo in uniform is required to be submitted with an application but will be returned.

Banner cost is $100 and donations in any amount are appreciated. Applications & donations can be made out to the Village of Odessa, and sent c/o Peggy Tomassi, 407 Merchant Ave., Odessa, NY 14869.

Applications are available at the Odessa Municipal Building or by visiting https://www.nyvillageofodessa/hometownherobannerprogram
and must be submitted by April 3rd.

The ad below was submitted by the
Council on Alcohol & Addictions.

The above was provided by a Substance Abuse
Prevention Educator.

Click on the ad below to learn more.

For more on the ad above, click here.

Barlow Rhodes at 607-594-2032
from the Odessa American Legion Post 676.


Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!

Adorable, adoptable kittens. All sizes, shapes and colors!
Spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites, tested for FeLV.
Adoption fee: $75
Meet them at The Kitty Kaboose, 124 Marina Dr., Montour Falls,
Mon, Wed, Friday 10a-Noon, Sat. 11-2

The Humane Society of Schuyler County

607-594-2255 or www.schuylerhumane.org

Homeless/Runaway Youth Program
Of Schuyler County

In conjunction with Catholic Charities and the Youth Bureau
Located in the Human Services Building
Free & Confidential

Crisis Intervention
Information & Referrals
Interim Family Program
24/7 hotline 607-742-9629

For youth up to age 21 who are at risk of becoming homeless or have run away

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Now Mandatory in All Homes

As of February 22, 2010, all new and existing homes that burn fuel for heat or appliances or that have an attached garage, must have a carbon monoxide alarm. This includes one-family or multi-family dwellings, owned or rented.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that results when any fuel is burned. Examples of common sources that could produce CO (carbon monoxide) are:

*fuel-fired furnaces (not electric)
*gas water heaters
*fireplaces and wood stoves/coal stoves
*gas stoves
*non-electric space heaters
*gas dryers
*charcoal grills
*lawnmowers, snowblowers
*gas-powered generators

These alarms may be purchased at Home and Hardware stores. For more information on carbon monoxide and alarms, go to http://www.dos.state.ny.us/fire/COtoolkit.htm or contact Schuyler County Emergency Management at 535-8200.


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Dealer/collector looking to buy groups of pre-1970 paper memorabilia: cards, magazines, posters, programs etc. Call Charlie Haeffner at (607) 742-2772.

The Elizabeth Amisano Ovarian Cancer Education Fund
Live Like Liz, Inc.
P.O. Box 434
Watkins Glen NY 14891


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)



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.




© The Odessa File 2022
Charles Haeffner
P.O. Box 365
Odessa, New York 14869

(607) 594-3594

E-mail chaef@aol.com