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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

Excerpts Maiden

and here and here. 







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Urged: Inclusion of area lakes on priority list

State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano have urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to amend his budget proposal to add Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua lakes to a list of priority lakes considered vulnerable to harmful algal blooms threatening drinking water sources. Government.

Photo at right: Assemblyman Palmesano

O'Mara seeks expanded Student Journalist rights. Schools.


O-M girls fall 67-60
to Moravia in title game

The Indians get 29 points from Olivia Grover, but can't overcome 17-point deficit as Moravia repeats as IAC Small School champion. Sports.

Left: O-M's Olivia Grover shoots in traffic.

Section IV basketball seedings, schedule unveiled. Sports.
O-M's Grover is named IAC division MVP. Sports.

  Rotary honors Clark as Student of the Month

Odessa-Montour High School senior Gillian Clark was honored Thursday by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for February. Clark was introduced by teacher Russ Gardner, who described the honoree as "a great student" -- 4th in her class academically -- who volunteers frequently for school and community events, and is a standout three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and golf, and a two-time Odessa File O-M Athlete of the Year). Clark, who has qualified for States in golf in each of the past four years, cited that sport as her best. She plans to attend college, and is considering the University of Buffalo or Tompkins Cortland Community College.


Mr. Chicken building comes tumbling down

The building that for decades housed the Mr. Chicken restaurant was demolished Tuesday morning. Some scenes from the ground, and one from the air, are on Business.



Photo: At the demolition site.


A message from our area's Assemblyman

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says that New York needs a comprehensive and compassionate response to domestic violence. Palmesano.

Left: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.


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: "Tablets for inmates sparks controversy, highlights concern." Column.

Left: State Sen. Tom O'Mara


Humane Society stages Bridal Gown Blowout

More than 150 off-the-rack designer wedding gowns and 200 prom and formal dresses were available for sale at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel Sunday to raise funds to help benefit the Humane Society of Schuyler County and its shelter animals. Features.

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And inside

--The annual Arc of Schuyler Spaghetti Dinner will be held at the Montour Moose Lodge on Feb. 19. Features.

--A regonal workshop on Soil Health and Nutrient Management will be held in Geneva on March 7. Agriculture.

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.

Irene Burgess, 80, of Watkins Glen.
Erik B. Morse, 47, of Dundee.
Robert C. Wager, 83, of Burdett.
Robert E. House, 33, formerly of Trumansburg.
Bill Hyer, 63, of Odessa.
Richard E. Edwards, 77, of Tucson, Arizona.
Ralph B. Butler, Jr., 81, of Elmira.
Timothy J. Mundt, 44, of Painted Post.
Gary Tyler Brown, of Montour Falls.
Frederick W. Boyce, Sr., 81, formerly of Cayuta.
Richard E. Yaw, 64, of Montour Falls.
Robert P. Royce, Sr., 83, of Mecklenburg.
Mary Jane Rosbaugh, 90, formerly of Montour Falls.
Edith Hansen, 93, of Burdett.
J.WM. "Bill" Miles, 85, of Burdett.
Kari Lynn Rannick, 40, formerly of Odessa.

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

Meeting change

The Odessa Village Board meeting originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 19 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Odessa Municipal Building, 300 E. Main St.

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 is facing a large financial burden as her battle continues.

Her Cornell colleagues have created a GoFundMe page for her that you can find right here. An update can be found by clicking on the Updates button on that site. I hope we all can help out.

  $80 million in projects as Watkins heats up

"Look at the money coming in. It's huge," SCOPED Executive Director Judy Cherry told the Watkins Glen Village Board Monday night as she outlined projects totaling more than $80 million in and near Watkins Glen. Among them, a soon-to-be-built beer and wine production and distribution facility (like at right) in the long-vacant Schuyler County Business Park, and Cargill plant expansion. Government.

  Donations sought for O-M students' STEM trip

The STEM Group, a Not-for-Profit, is seeking donations to help finance participation by four 8th grade Odessa-Montour students accepted to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM at Villanova University in June. A letter explaining the situation appears here.


Racing's Brock Yates subject of Center talk

Motorsports racing storyteller and Watkins Glen Walk of Famer Brock Yates, who died in 2016, will be the subject of a talk by his wife and daughter at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen on Feb. 24. People.


Left: Brock Yates (Photo provided)

Seeking nominations

State Senator Tom O'Mara is seeking nominations by April 13 for the New York State Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame -- an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of veterans from our region. Government.


A legal column from Ziff Law's Jim Reed

Attorney James B. Reed of the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira offers this regular column, tackling issues that you might encounter in your daily lives. This time: "Yes, it's good news for NY drivers." Column.

Left: Attorney Jim Reed


Converging threads ...

The editor -- prompted by a novel, a movie and an obituary -- looks backward and ahead and wonders at life's vicissitudes. Column.


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Seeking lifeguards

The Watkins Glen School District is looking for certified lifeguards to work during the school day in PE classes from now until the end of April.
Applicants can call Mr. Weeden at 607-535-3220.


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.

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  Rotary honors Prien as Student of the Month

Watkins Glen High School senior Jared Prien (right) was honored Thursday by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WG Student of the Month for February. Prien was introduced by English teacher Kelly Muir, who described the honoree as "a kind and generous person" who overcame a difficult circumstance -- the death of his mother and a move here from Illinois in the 10th grade to live with a cousin -- and an extreme distaste for school to become "a tremendous student." He was helped by teachers who saw his potential, she said, and now "gives back" by encouraging and leading other students. A gifted writer, he plans to attend Corning Community College and then a four-year school. While he isn't sure which career path to follow, he said he might become a history teacher, perhaps even at Watkins Glen.

  Palmesano gives State of the State speech

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (right) was the guest speaker at Thursday's luncheon meeting of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club at the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge, a session co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters. While attendees expected a State of the State message from Palmesano and State Senator Tom O'Mara, the Assemblyman did solo duty when O'Mara was unable to attend -- stuck in Albany for key meetings, Palmesano explained. Subjects of his talk: the high tax burden in New York State (which he said has helped drive a net total of one million residents out of the state since 2010), budget deliberations, the heroin-opioid crisis ("We have to take an all-hands-on-deck-approach"), and the lack of broadband access in rural areas ("a significant problem" and "a priority issue"). After the luncheon, he met with students at Watkins Glen High School and with a robotics club in the village.

  Phish returning to WGI? It's not on schedule

The rock band Phish, which has performed at Watkins Glen International festivals in 2011 and 2015 and proved a huge economic shot in the arm for Schuyler County, is reported by fan sites to be returning for another festival in mid-August. But that, so far, is wishful thinking, says a county official who notes that while negotiations might be ongoing, such an event is not listed on the official 2018 Phish schedule. Business.

School Board summary

The Watkins Glen School Board met Monday night, and among other things ruled on the Sports Boosters' 50-50 raffles at sporting events. To see the summary, click here.


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


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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An ice sculpture in the shape of a crane. The sculpture, behind the Harbor Hotel, was sponsored by Silverline Construction.


Ice Bar wraps up its 3-day run at Harbor Hotel

The 7th annual Ice Bar at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel concluded its 3-day 2018 run Saturday night, with all sorts of wines and other adult beverages dispensed in the ballroom and through carved ice bars behind the hotel. The event -- sold out Friday and Saturday nights -- raised funds for the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross. In the Ice Bar's first six years, $100,000 was donated to the Red Cross through the event.

A total of $25,000 was donated last year alone, and hotel officials said they hoped to raise that amount again, although costs (ice, for instance, runs $20,000) have gone up. Employees of The Ice House in Auburn brought the ice to the hotel Thursday and carved it into various bars and a two-seat throne through the day. About 450 people attended Thursday night, 1,000 people Friday night, and another 1,000 Saturday night.

Photos: Sculpted ice sponsor blocks, and one of the several ice bars that served beverages behind the Harbor Hotel.


Barnes named Vice Chairman of Western OTB

Schuyler County Legislator Phil Barnes -- a member of the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation Board of Directors, has been named the board Vice Chairman, succeeding former vice chair Thomas Wamp, who decided to step down. Richard Bianchi continues as board chairman. Said Barnes: "We have some challenges, things to deal with," and said he was looking forward to it. Western Regional Off-Track Betting is a public benefit corporation that is owned by 15 counties and the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. It operates various betting locations and a telephone wagering service in those counties, and owns and operates Batavia Downs Gaming, a racetrack and gaming facility.

Photo at right: Phil Barnes.


Chamber's Winter Gala offers a '20s theme

The annual Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel Saturday night drew a crowd enjoying an evening of food, drink, music, auctions and a Great Gatsby theme with Roaring '20s style clothing. People.


Watkins Glen Library has a new Director

Beth Staff has been selected by the Watkins Glen Library Board of Trustees to succeed Sarah Kurcoba as the new Library Director. People.

Left: Beth Staff (Photo provided)


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

To reach the Harbor Hotel website, click on the photo below

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

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

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Rotary Club President Rich Greenberger congratulates Trey McCarty on his selection as Rotary Student of the Month.

  Rotary honors McCarty as Student of Month

Odessa-Montour High School senior Trey McCarty was honored Thursday by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for January. McCarty was introduced by teacher and Interact advisor Lynda Kramer, who said the honoree -- a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and golf), Student Council secretary and Yearbook treasurer -- is "dependable and diligent" and "cares about his school and community," volunteering "behind the scenes in many ways." He plans to attend SUNY Cortland and study sports management.


Tailor Shop seamstress Marie Maiden dies

Locally known seamstress Marie Maiden has died after operating The Tailor Shop on Main Street in Montour Falls for almost 20 years. An acquaintance said Maiden died last week a day or two after confiding that she was planning to retire. There is no obituary, but family members have issued a memorial note thanking her friends and clients, and concluding: "Mom: We love you so much and will miss you. Earlene, Roger and Dani."

Jill Wendela, with her award, is flanked by Schuyler County Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan, left, and County Administrator Tim O'Hearn. (Photo provided)


Public Health names Employee of the Year

Schuyler County Public Health has named Jill Wendela as its 2017 Employee of the Year. Wendela, RN, MS, manages Public Health's programs for lead poisoning prevention and immunizations. She also serves as the department's Accreditation Coordinator, and in that role guided Public Health through the process of applying to become a federally accredited health department. Said Public Health Director Marcia Kasprzyk: "Jill Wendela is committed to making sure the department is doing the best it can to improve the health of the community."

Erick Thorpe, left, owner of the Bucket Bar & Grill, is presented the Odessa Citizen of the Year Award by Mayor Keith Pierce.

  Thorpe honored as Odessa Citizen of the Year

Bucket Bar & Grill owner Erick Thorpe was named the Odessa CItizen of the Year for 2017 Jan. 15 at a meeting of the Odessa Village Board. The fifth annual honor, Mayor Keith Pierce said in a prepared statement, was presented for the "tremendous impact" Thorpe and his business have had "on the future and well-being of our village by bringing to us a place to gather, talk to neighbors and just take a few moments to enjoy life." He also cited Thorpe's practice of taking time "to help any and all local causes," including "recently donating all the food for a wounded warriors hunting trip held in Newfield." Pierce said the board wanted "to thank this year's recipient for bringing a sense of community and caring back to Odessa."

Photo in text: Thorpe displays his plaque.

WGHS senior Kaitlyn Valla receives her Student of the Month plaque from Rotary Club President Rich Greenberger.


Rotary honors Valla as Student of the Month; Sweet discusses Havana Stoneware history

Watkins Glen High School senior Kaitlyn Valla was honored Jan. 11 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for January. Valla, who plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering and a career that focuses on water quality, was introduced by teacher Karen Armstrong, who praised the honoree's humility and work ethic, and her ability to raise the performance of other students around her who feed off of her efforts.

Valla is a member of Rotary Interact, National Honor Society, Youth Court, Debate Club, History Club, and Yearbook, and competes in powerlifting, soccer and lacrosse -- the latter as goalie on the school's boys team. She plans to attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

The Rotary program was presented by Al Sweet, an expert on Stoneware of Havana -- Havana being what became Montour Falls in 1894. Sweet outlined the history of such pottery, produced in large quantities in the 19th century but hard to find now. He has written a book on the subject, which is available at the Schuyler County Historical Society Museum.

Photo: Al Sweet with an 1855 piece of Havana Stoneware.


Rehearsals start for 'Hunchback' at WGHS

Rehearsals began Jan. 4 in the Watkins Glen High School auditorium for the March 23-25 WGHS production of the musical "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Features.

Left: Cast member Kelsey Kernan strikes a pose.

Legislators David Reed, foreground, and Michael Lausell.


Dress code will get closer look by legislators

The Schuyler County Legislature on Jan. 8 withdrew for further discussion a resolution to impose a dress code on county employees. Several of those employees, females and mostly from Child Services, were on hand to object to the code plan for not differentiating between office workers and field workers who often visit challenging terrain in their on-site work. In particular they objected to a ban on sweatshirts or hoodies, and on hats, since they are often practical for field work and, in any event, permitted under the proposed rules for maintenance and highway staff. Said one Social Services worker to legislators: "The problem is you've taken a sledgehammer to this when all you need is thumbtacks." County Administrator Tim O’Hearn expanded on the matter Tuesday, saying a code has been brought up from time to time over the years, that it is supported by the legislators, that “nothing listed as prohibited is unreasonable,” and that the code is not “overly restrictive.” He and Human Resources Director Lorry Johnson will meet soon with union officials, he said, adding: “I’m interested to hear their arguments against it ... I don't know how they'll justify bare midriffs” -- one of the prohibitions.

Photo: County Administrator Tim O'Hearn

Legislators (from right) Van Harp, Jim Howell, David Reed and Michael Lausell are sworn in by County Clerk Theresa Philbin at the Legislature's Organizational Meeting. (Photo provided)

  Fagan re-elected to chairmanship in 7-1 vote

The Schuyler County Legislature held its annual Organizational Meeting Jan. 3rd, a session highlighted by the swearing in of four legislators and the election of longtime Legislature chairman Dennis Fagan to another year in that post. The vote was 7-1, with Michael Lausell voting against Fagan. Sworn in for four-year terms as legislators were incumbents Lausell, Jim Howell and Van Harp, along with District 1 newcomer David M. Reed. For a photo of the full Legislature, see Government.

Photo: Chairman Dennis Fagan.

School Board members Mark Franzese and Gloria Brubaker flank Superintendent Greg Kelahan at Tuesday's session.

School Board meeting summary

The Watkins Glen School Board gathered on Jan. 2 for its first meeting of the new calendar year. To see a summary of that meeting, provided by the School District, click here.

The blaze occurred on New Year's Day. (Photo provided)

  Fire totals unoccupied house on County Rt. 6

Firegfighters were called out at 2:17 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1 to the scene of a house fire near Cayutaville. The structure at 2457 County Route 6 was deemed a total loss. A fire investigator said the cause was believed to be water pipe-affixed electrical heating tape that overheated. The house, owned by a Pennsylvania couple, was not occupied at the time of the fire.

From left: Legislators Jim Howell, Carl Blowers, Michael Lausell and Van Harp at the Dec. 28 session.

  Schuyler Legislature wraps up 2017 business

The Schuyler County Legislature held a 7-minute year-end meeting Thursday morning, Dec. 28 in which: a Local Law was passed setting legislators' salaries at $9,500; Laury Poland and John H. Terry were approved for 3-year appointments to the Industrial Development Agency; and tribute was given to 2017 county retirees, including (among eight) Barbara Halpin, who was attending her final meeting as a legislator. Halpin, who served for 15 years (1991-1997 and 2010-2017), said: "I'll still be around, still doing abstract things." Chairman Dennis Fagan replied: "I'm sure you'll be looking over our shoulder." Answered Halpin: "Oh, I will."

Photo: Barbara Halpin at her final meeting as legislator.


A column by Odessa Mayor Keith PIerce

Mayor Keith Pierce returns with another in a series of columns about life and issues in the Village of Odessa. This time the title is "Year-end wrap-up." Column.



Left: Mayor Keith Pierce

Tractor trailer is hung up at turn onto Owen Place in Odessa.


Truck fails to make turn, shears pole in two

A Nussbaum company tractor trailer failed to make an impossibly sharp and prohibited turn from Cotton Hanlon Road onto Owen Place in Odessa Friday morning, Dec. 22, shearing a power pole in two, knocking down a couple of signs and becoming stuck in a swale and atop concrete barriers alongside the road. The driver, out of the Toledo area, said he missed his turn in Odessa onto the road leading to Parmenter's, for which he was carrying a load of tires. Officials said his GPS then led him to Cotton Hanlon Road and, soon thereafter, to narrow Owen Place, where a right turn is well beyond a 90-degree turn -- inadvisable for a car, let alone a 50-foot tractor trailer. Two wreckers managed to pull the truck back onto the roadway after NYSEG personnel raised the broken pole and its wires clear of the road. The truck driver said he would drop off his load at Parmenter's, secure another load and head home for Christmas.

Photo: A NYSEG worker prepares to move the broken pole.

  Police probe fatal incident in Town of Reading

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal incident that occurred Dec. 19 on State Route 14A in the Town of Reading. Deputies said a caller at 2:46 p.m. reported a man had jumped from a motor vehicle. Preliminary information, deputies added, shows that Erik B. Morse, 47, of Tyrone died "as a result of injuries he sustained in the incident." Assisting at the scene were state police, Schuyler Ambulance and the Watkins Glen and Dundee Fire Departments. No further information was available.


O-M's 2nd marking period Honor Rolls

Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School has unveiled its High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the second marking period of the 2017-18 school year. Honors.

  Beaver Dams woman sentenced to 2 years

Wendy Kennedy, 39, of Beaver Dams -- who was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine --has been sentenced to 24 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. People.


The 12th 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 12th installment: "WGFA socks, undies and diapers drive." Column.


Left: Travis Durfee


Civic leader, Hall of Famer Peters dies at 77

Former Watkins Glen businessman and civic leader William Henry (Bill) Peters, 77, died Dec. 15 in Venice, Florida, where he had been living in retirement. Peters, a member of the Schuyler County Hall of Fame, moved to Watkins Glen in 1970, where he purchased the E.C. Cooper, Inc. insurance agency. He served on several boards of directors, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Corporation and Schuyler Hospital. Obituaries.


County taking over operation of Arts Center

Schuyler County -- and specifically County Administrator Tim O'Hearn (left) -- is taking over management of the Watkins Glen Performing Arts center in the old Middle School after termination of an agreement with Eric Hollenbeck -- who has been leasing the facility from the county for several months. Business.

Left: Tim O'Hearn

Dirk Stephens, right, is congratulated by O-M School Board members Jeff Parmenter (left), Will Shrout and Jennifer Mosher.

  Stephens honored for his 16 years of coaching

Dirk Stephens, longtime boys soccer coach at Odessa-Montour High School -- who stepped down at the conclusion of the fall sports season -- was honored at the Dec. 14 School Board meeting for his service to the district. Superintendent Chris Wood presented a plaque (right) that read: "Dirk Stephens: In appreciation of 16 seasons, 124 wins and 2 division titles as boys varsity soccer coach at Odessa-Montour." On the plaque was a photo of one of the coach's title-winning squads. Wood said Stephens took control of a sport "on life support, and brought it back," serving as "a great role model for our kids. We're gonna miss you."

Who was wearing the Ugliest Sweater? Schools.

  Rotary honors Lindsley as Student of Month

Odessa-Montour High School senior Alyssa Lindsley was honored Dec. 14 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for December. Lindsley was introduced by teacher and cheerleading coach Trina Shepherd, who described the honoree as "a well-rounded student who is very deserving" of the honor. Lindsley, a member of the National Honor Society, has been active in cheerleading, track, high school musicals, and violin and dance lessons. A High Honor Roll student, she "is very polite, respectful and helpful to peers and teachers," said Shepherd. "We at O-M consider it a privilege to know Alyssa." Lindsley thanked her parents and teachers, and said O-M "offers many opportunities." And she said she took to heart words of encouragement from Superintendent Chris Wood: "Make the most of your education."

  2nd public session held on Watkins Glen DRI

The $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant and investments program awarded to the Village of Watkins Glen last summer was the focus Dec. 13 of a second public workshop at the Watkins Glen Community Center. About 100 area residents and officials attended, listened to a summary by state consultants charged with overseeing the DRI process, and visited various stations featuring maps and proposals resulting from the program's Vision Statement, which seeks "to leverage the accessible Seneca Lake waterfront, famous wine trails, vibrant arts scene, internationally recognized racetrack ... and world class State Park for progressive community development ..." The DRI process is about at its midpoint as it seeks to identify and develop grant-worthy plans for submission to the state, which will decide which projects to include.

Photo in text: Ted Marks, left, and Rev. Michael Hartney examine maps at one of the work stations.

Schuyler receives $2.8 million in state grants. Government.

Left: O-M's Rhys Stermer, a member of the Senior High Band. Right: Simon Wigmore, a WG High School Band member, playing bongos to accompany the 7th-8th Grade Chorus.

  WGHS, Odessa-Montour hold Winter Concerts

The two schools conducted their seasonal concerts at the same time Dec. 13 in their respective auditoriums. Each drew a large crowd. Schools.

Barbara Halpin at her last regular monthly Legislature session.

  Halpin lauded as she nears end of final term

Retiring Schuyler County Legislator Barbara Halpin was lauded at the Legislature meeting on Dec. 11, the final regular session of 2017. Halpin has only a year-end morning meeting Dec. 28 before she completes her 15th and final year on the governing body, a career split into two segments -- from 1991 through 1997 and from 2010 through this year. She chose not to seek re-election. Phil Cherry (right), executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County, presented Halpin with a certificate of thanks from Extension for all the help she has provided that organization over the years. And Legislature Clerk Stacy Husted presented a Certificate of Recognition for Halpin's many years of service and her fiscal acuity. Various members of the Legislature also praised Halpin's tenure and her attention to detail at budget time.

The annual Seneca Santa fundraiser had a festive atmosphere, full of music, conversation (maybe even with a State Senator) and colorful headwear.


Food, drink, music aid Seneca Santa funding

The annual Seneca Santa fundraiser at the Grist Iron Brewing Co. outside Burdett on Dec. 9 raised money for the long-established program that provides Christmas gifts for disavantaged kids 2 to 12 in Schuyler County. Live music, cash donations, and silent and live raffles added to the effort, held for years at Hazlitt's 1852 winery, which still co-sponosrs the event.

Photo above: Brett Beardslee of the group Portajohn Blackout was among the musical enertainment.


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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.

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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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The editor's long search for some childhood icons

When he was a child, the editor let fear get the better of him while he was watching a pair of beloved TV heroes in peril. The scar from that experience lingered for decades. For a journey through what the editor's son calls "a weird obsession," click here.

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A cabin in the woods

The editor travels, figuratively, back in time to an old haunt, familiar faces and warm memories. Cabin.




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