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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

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U.S. women's eight team advances to finals

The United States' women's eight rowing team -- with Watkins Glen native Olivia Coffey a member of the squad -- started slowly but took the lead at the halfway point and held off Romania (6:08.69 to 6:09.95) to win the second heat of Friday's qualifier at the Tokyo Olympics. With the win, the U.S. advanced to the "A" finals July 29 against New Zealand (winner of Friday's first heat) and another team yet to be determined through a July 27 repechage, or last-chance qualifier. The last spot in the finals is being contested by eights from five countries -- Canada, China, Great Britain, Romania and Australia.

 

Grand Prix Festival seeks Alfa Romeo cars

Festival organizers are urging Alfa owners who were unable to participate in the canceled 2020 Watkins Glen events to “Fill The Festival” with Alfa Romeo vehicles on September 9 and 10, 2021. Features.

 

Sheriff's Office, Public Health plan thank-you

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office is holding a community thank-you event on Wednesday, July 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Schuyler County Courthouse Lawn, Watkins Glen, in partnership with Schuyler County Public Health. Government.

 

Watkins Glen wins Summer League title

Watkins Glen won the Waverly Basketball Summer League Playoffs Wednesday by defeating Athens 57-43 in the championship game. Sports.

 

Sheriff issues boater's advisory for all lakes

Sheriff Bill Yessman (pictured at right) is issuing a boater’s advisory for all lakes within Schuyler County. Due to the recent heavy rainfall, lake levels are high, and there are large amounts of floating debris. All boaters are urged to use caution and keep a lookout for debris in and below the surface.

Additionally, the public boat launch on Cayuta Lake has been closed temporarily until the water levels recede. For residents on the lake, there is a no-wake 5 mph speed limit on the lake. Lake levels will be monitored, and the launch will be reopened when safe to do so.

 

Hazlitt returns as WGI race 'Bog' area sponsor

Watkins Glen International has announced that Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards has renewed as a presenting sponsor on “The Bog Sponsored By Red Cat” hospitality area for the upcoming Go Bowling at The Glen NASCAR race weekend. Business.

 

And inside:

--Earn your required safe boater certificate. People.
--WGI Job Fair seeks event workers. People.
--Public Health celebrates its volunteers. People.
--Cayuga Health System wins Covid ad honors. Business.
--Rotary is accepting grant applications. People.
--Wine trail provides vacation-planning links. Wine.

 

A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara provides a weekly column. This week: "Public input holds out hope for a better, fairer process." Column

Left: State Sen. Tom O'Mara

 

In praise of an Olympian ...

The editor turns cheerleader for Olympian Olivia Coffey, who was once the center on a promising Watkins Glen High School girls basketball team. Column.

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CLASH triathlon festival set at Watkins in 2022

A CLASH triathlon festival weekend, with a tie-in to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International, is planned for the Watkins Glen area on July 8-10, 2022. Sports.

 

2 Page Sponsorships available on Odessa File

Two page sponsorships -- on two of the most-visited pages on The Odessa File -- have opened up: on the Sports and Obituary pages. Advertising at the top of each page is available inexpensively by the month. If interested, contact Charlie Haeffner at (607) 742-2772.

 

The Essentials of Schuyler County

Two more honorees -- former Watkins Glen Mayor Mark Swinnerton and Dr. Cynthia Terry -- were recently named to The Essentials, joining 26 other individuals named by a committee over the past couple of years. The Essentials are outstanding Schuyler County residents or natives who have impacted life here or elsewhere. None is in the Schuyler County Hall of Fame, but perhaps will be. Essentials.



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Read the latest Letters to the Editor on the Forum Page.

Carpenters' Union gives dust containment unit to Schuyler Hospital. Business.


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Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Mabel I. (Bly) Wood, 93, of Alpine.
Cristie A. Winkky, 68, of Hector.
Ricky S. Prince, 67, of Montour Falls.
Ann Lee Lant, 67, of Horseheads.
John W.  Miller, 64, of Rock Stream.
Dorothy Nettie Watson Terry, 83, of Bath.
Arrangements: Blanche M. Collins, 87, formerly of Millport.
Laura L. Parker, 88, of Montour Falls.
Merrield “Mick" McClain, 76, of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Jan T. Kruger, 62, of Odessa.
Nancy Marie Grover, 50, of Watkins Glen.
Arrangements: John H. Mason, 83, of Hector.
Onolea R. Herforth, 86, of Burdett.
Craig N. Gallow, 51, of Hector.
Helen R. James, 95, of Watkins Glen.

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WGI finishes 2nd to Road America in fan vote

Watkins Glen International has fallen short iin its bid to repeat as the top NASCAR track in fan voting in the annual USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Award competition. Road America in Plymouth, Wisconsin finished first and WGI second in the voting, a year after WGI had won the honor. A panel helped pick the nominees, with the top 10 tracks determined by popular vote. Sonoma Raceway in California was third, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH was fourth. WGI had also won in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

Schuyler County, others file drug price lawsuit

Schuyler County has joined with more than two dozen municipal governments, and others, in suing the makers of generic drugs over alleged price-fixing. Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman explains it all in a story on Government.

Photo: County Attorney Steven Getman

 

A 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: "Looking for a challenge? Ride the Bike the Finger Lakes 11 Challenge." Column.


Left: Attorney Jim Reed



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Summer Rendezvous held at State Park

Summer grilling with Bleachers Bar and Grill and chilling with Lakewood Vineyards. The Chamber of Commerce's Chemung Canal Trust Company Summer Rendezvous was held at the Watkins Glen State Park on July 7th. Each Chamber member received a complimentary ticket. All other guests and staff were invited with an entrance fee to cover food and fun. Also held: a 50/50 raffle and prize drawings. Lakewood Vineyards was on-site with a cash bar.

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The Seneca Legacy dinner cruise ship.

 

Public urged to participate in redistricting

State Senator Tom O’Mara (right) is urging constituents to make their voices heard in the redrawing of state legislative and congressional districts to help ensure fair representation in state and federal government for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide. For story, see Goverrnment.

 

Watkins School District year-end Honor Rolls

The Watkins Glen School District issues its year-end High Honor, Honor and Merit Rolls, the only such listing it issued relating to the 2020-21 school year. It covers grades 7 through 12. See Schools.

 

Glen Ale is back after an 80-year hiatus

Finger Lakes Distilling and Lucky Hare Brewing team up to resurrect Glen Ale, a popular beer brand that was brewed in Watkins Glen in the late 1930s. See Business.

 

St. James will receive the Argetsinger Award

Lyn St. James, a pioneer for women in motorsports, will receive the prestigious Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports in a ceremony Sept. 11. St. James, wth many firsts and records for speed, and known for her contributions off the track, as well, was selected by a committee of auto racing professionals as the seventh honoree of the award -- which, after a hiatus in 2020 -- will be presented at a new location with a new format. Instead of the traditional Corning Glass Center, the event -- put on by the International Motor Racing Research Center and sponsored by Sahlen's -- will be held at the Jack Daniel's Club at Watkins Glen International with live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Emcee will be motorsports broadcast journalist Bob Varsha. Previous award honorees have included Chip Ganassi, Richard Petty, Roger Penske, Mario Andretti, the France Family, and Bobby Rahal.

 

1 dead, 4 injured in Yates boating accident

One person was killed and four were injured July 10 in a boating accident on Seneca Lake near the Showboat Motel in Yates County. Deputies, marine patrol and the Himrod Fire Department responded to the 5:30 p.m. accident, which officials said occurred when a high-performance, 45-foot boat turned abruptly at a high rate of speed, ejecting the six people aboard into the water. A woman, Cynthia Stuck, 65, of Waterloo, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband and daughter were hospitalized, as were two Clifton Springs residents. The operator, a Seneca Falls man, was taken to the hospital but did not receive treatment. Deputies said no flotation devices were being worn, although present on the boat. The investigation is ongoing.

 

WGI, United Rentals forge race partnership

Watkins Glen International and United Rentals, the largest equipment rental company in the world, have forged an agreement on the entitlement for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Aug. 7. The official race name will be the United Rentals 176 at The Glen. See Sports.

 

Schimizzi is president of Glen School Board

Barbara Schimizzi (pictured at right) was unanimously elected president of the Watkins Glen School Board by the board at its annual reorganizational meeting July 6 at the school. Schimizzi, who served most recently as the vice president, succeeds Gloria Brubaker, who stepped down from the board at the end of June after serving on it for a total of 20 years. Named vice president Tuesday was Craig Bianco, winner in a close vote over Theresa Butler.

 

SCCUDD leads grad sticker shock event

The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs partnered with 10 area businesses to hold a three-day alcohol retailer sticker shock event. Schools.

 

Rondinaro to again anchor live Drum Corps Intl. event

Watkins Glen native Steve Rondinaro will be live on more than 700 movie screens across the country on the evening of July 15th with the DCI Celebration Countdown. Features.


Photo: Steve Rondinaro (Provided)

 

Of local interest ... A departure & a birthday

-- Michael Hardy (pictured at right), Executive Director of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, is resigning due to private family matters. A notice to Chamber members by Matthew Sharpe, chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, says Hardy "has expressed his need to spend more time in the Rochester area." His final day of work is expected "in the September 2021 timeframe," said Sharpe, who noted that a search for a new Executive Director will be conducted "over the next several months."

-- Dr. Frank Brown (pictured at right), longtime music teacher at Odessa-Montour High School, celebrated his 95th birthday Wednesday, June 30 with a party at his home in Watkins Glen. Said one acquaintance, Jeff Castor, Dr. Brown is "an exceptionally fine individual who is going strong at 95." Said another, Ennie Lattin: "Dr. Brown was a very liked music teacher at Odessa for many years and came back as a sub after teaching in Florida. He loved teaching and the kids. Just ask anyone who had him in the 1950s to the '70s."

 

Girl dies in car-pedestrian accident in Hector

A 6-year-old girl, Risha Rohith of Plainsboro, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at Schuyler Hospital on July 3rd after being struck by a car on State Route 414 in the Town of Hector. The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office said the accident occurred about 6:05 p.m. when Sidnee A. Turner, 57, of Painted Post, driving south on 414, was unable to stop her car in time when the child ran into the road. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Burdett Fire Department and Schuyler Ambulance.

 

Guest column by County Attorney Steven Getman

Schuyler County Attorney Steven J. Getman asks: "Leasing your land for solar power? Know your rights before you sign." He presents an overview and specific issues to be carefully considered. Column.

Photo: Schuyler County Attorney Steven J. Getman

 

Rumsey officially tops Spaulding by 213 votes

Schuyler County Sheriff's Investigator Kevin P. Rumsey (left) officially outpolled Undersheriff Breck Spaulding (right) by an 815-602 margin -- by 213 votes -- in the June 22 Republican Primary, the Schuyler County Board of Elections announced on July 1. The Primary determined the GOP Candidate for Sheriff in the November election. Before absentee ballots and affidavits were counted, the margin had been 207 votes, 788-581. The campaign between the two men will continue, each camp saying in the runup to the Primary that its candidate would continue in the race (the Primary loser as an Independent) through to the general election. The winner in November will succeed retiring Sheriff Bill Yessman.

 

Chamber planning 3 summer sporting events

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is registering players for three sporting events this summer. Registration is open to members and non-members. Business.

 

A column by Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer

The mayor provides us with his ninth in a series of columns on what is happening in Odessa. This time: "What's all the buzz in Odessa?" Column.



Photo:
Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer

 

10 graduate from Leadership Schuyler

Ten community professionals graduated from the annual Leadership Schuyler Program at a ceremony held on June 24th at Mangus Farms. People.

 

One dead in Town of Orange motorcycle crash

A Beaver Dams resident died Sunday, June 27 when he lost control of his motorcycle on County Road 16 near Westerfield Road in the Schuyler County Town of Orange. Sheriff's investigators said Michael P. Thomas, eastbound on County Road 16, lost control at about 4:05 p.m. and left the road to the right. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Assisting Schuyler County deputies at the scene were the Monterey and Beaver Dams Fire Departments, Schuyler Ambulance and the New York State Forest Rangers.

 

Seneca Indians fall football schedule unveiled

The Seneca Indians (Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour) high school football team's fall schedule has been announced:

Sept. 10: at Chenango Valley, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Tioga, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24: Home vs. Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1: Home vs. Owego, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9: at Whitney Point, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 15: Home vs. Waverly, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22: Home vs. Dryden, 7 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Norwich, 7 p.m.
Nov. 5: Playoff/Crossover

 

55 receive their diplomas at Odessa-Montour

Odessa-Montour High School bid farewell to its Class of 2021 in a ceremony Friday evening on the school athletic field. Retiring teacher Russell Gardner was the keynote speaker. Valedictorian Megan Adams delivered the Class Message. Schools.

 

Odessa File Athletes of Year receive plaques

The three girls named by The Odessa File as Athletes of the Year at Odessa-Montour High School pose above -- from left, Tori Brewster, Autumn Garrison and Hannah Nolan. The awards were sponsored by the E.C. Cooper Insurance Agency of Watkins Glen. Similar plaques were also being distributed to the Watkins Glen High School Athletes of the Year, Owen Scholtisek and Thalia Marquez.

 

Glenora signs Victory Lane pact with WGI

Watkins Glen International has announced Glenora Wine Cellars as the Official Champagne of WGI in a multi-year partnership that will bring the winery’s Brut Champagne to Victory Lane at the conclusion of races at the famed road course through 2023. Business.

 

Hochul honors Clute Park project completion

Local, regional and state dignitaries gathered June 22 at Clute Park in Watkins Glen to celebrate completion of the $5.3 million project that is transforming the park with a new year-round pavilion, outside showers, a seasonal splash pad and an ice rink. Among those present: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (in file photo, right), who said it is"so refreshing to me to see the resiliency of this community, how people here came back, and you continue to project like this with a groundbreaking, and now a ribbon-cutting, all during this time of the pandemic." The project is part of the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

 

Magnificent Sevens

An Odessa File honors team -- with 7 students each from the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts -- is unveiled. Seven.



 

Hanlon kids benefit from Foundation grant

Hanlon Elementary School, in partnership with Books in Homes USA, has been awarded $2,000 from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes to support its "Countering Summer Slide-Year 2" literacy program. The grant, matched by community donations, will enable Hanlon to deliver 1,607 books to incoming 3rd-6th graders before summer break. Schools.

 

Rotary honors Hayes as Student of the Month

Watkins Glen High School graduating senior Briana Hayes was honored June 17 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for June. Hayes was intoduced by teacher Sheila Klemann, who praised the honoree as dedicated and a hard worker, with a strong commitment as managing editor of the school Yearbook. Hayes, a member of the Natiional Honor Society and the soccer and track teams, teaches dance and is a referee for youth soccer. She will study mechanical engineering at Alfred University.

 

WGHS graduates 65
in outdoor ceremony

The event was held at the school's Alumni Field under sunny skies and with a cooling breeze. Schools.

Photo: Cap worn by graduate Mattie Yontz reads: "Now it's my turn to teach." .

Tellers (from left) Laurie McCoon, Olivia Colón and Michelle Carey pose at the bank's 1930 sign just before wrapping up the branch's final day of operation.

 

Bank in Odessa completes its long, long run

The Odessa branch bank of the Tompkins Trust Company closed its doors at 5 p.m. Friday, June 18 -- its last day of operation after Tompkins Trust decided recently to close it. Longtime tellers Laurie McCoon and Michelle Carey were on the job, as was Olivia Colón, subbing for Evelyn Landmesser, who had just started a long-scheduled vacation. Colón was in from the Trumansburg branch, where Landmesser will be working going forward. McCoon and Carey are pursuing other options.

Photo: The bank, on Main Street in Odessa. It has operated under varying ownership since 1930.




 

Ah, spring, with flowers in all their beauty

Watkins Glen photographer Liz Fraboni turned her camera on springtime flowers and other plants over the past few weeks -- as well as on a couple of birds and some garden art --in this latest collection of her work.

 

 

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The Odessa File's Athletes of the Year

Three females share the honor at Odessa-Montour High School, while a male and female are honored at Watkins Glen High School. For a look at the award recipients, see Sports.

 

Walk to End Alzheimer's set for WGI on Oct. 14

The 14th annual Southern Tier Walk to End Alzheimer's -- in the past held in Elmira and Corning -- will be held this October 14 at Watkins Glen International, on the same 3.45-mile asphalt road course that hosts NASCAR, IMSA and other races. Alzheimer's.

 

Vote for the Glen, say O'Mara and Palmesano

State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are encouraging area residents to keep voting for Watkins Glen International (WGI) in USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition to decide America’s “Best NASCAR Track.” People.

 

Fireworks display over Seneca Lake returning

Fireworks are back. After taking a year off for the pandemic, the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will present the traditional July 4 fireworks show over Seneca Lake with media partner Seven Mountains Radio. The display is expected to begin at about 9:45 p.m. on July 4. Prime viewing locations: Clute Park and locations on or around the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The display will be presented by Young Explosives.

“These celebrations have historical significance with roots tied to our nation’s formal independence. We’re ready to pay tribute to our history and enjoy an amazing presentation," said Chamber Executive Director Michael Hardy.

 

Schuyler County approves Youth Hunting Law

Schuyler has become the latest county in the state to allow the hunting of deer by 12- and 13-year-olds with a firearm or crossbow for the coming fall season. Government.

 

Curtiss Museum exhibit unveils fabric insignia

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum has unveiled a new Art at War Exhibit featuring recently discovered aircraft squadron fabric insignia from the period of 1914 to 1940. The exhibit will run through the fall of 2021. Features.

 

Elks BBQ raises funds for Head Start program

The Watkins Glen Elks Lodge No. 1546 raises $900 for Schuyler Head Start's Helmets for Kids program. The check was presented on June 10. People

Photo at left: The check presentation.

  The Cancer Chronicles: A diary of sorts

Editor/Publisher Charlie Haeffner offers his account of the week leading to -- and culminating in -- his first chemotherapy treatment as he battles cancer -- specifically Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Chronicles.

 

Ribbons cut for mural, students' Cheese Bus

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce holds two ribbon-cuttings, one unveiling a mural on the side of its building, and one welcoming a student-owned Cheese Bus (right) into the business community. Business.

 

Colunio approved as next WGHS principal

Kyle Colunio, for the past two years the principal at Dryden High School, was approved Monday night by the Watkins Glen School Board to succeed Kai D'Alleva as the WGHS principal. Colunio (right) -- a 1998 graduate of Odessa-Montour High School with teaching experience in the Corning-Painted Post school district, and a member of the Watkins school staff in 2017-18 as Intervention Specialist -- assumes his new post on July 1. D'Alleva, who succeeds retiring Greg Kelahan as Superintendent on Sept. 1, will be moving into Kelahan's office on July 1, while Kelahan serves in what Board President Gloria Brubaker described as a "cleanup" and transitional role. "That will give Kai a chance to set up school the way he wants to do it," she said.

Colunio's appointment capped off a lengthy session devoted to discussions of Special Education, capital construction and the potential uses of $3.5 million in federal funds over the next three years. The board also voted to keep tuition costs for non-resident students at $1,500 per year for students in grades K-6, and $3,000 per year for those in grades 7-12.

 

Regarding the Gypsy Moth: some information

Numerous reports have surfaced regardng the presence in our area of the Gypsy Moth (right) -- a pest that feeds on trees and shrubs. Cooperative Extension has provided some information regarding its history and management. Gypsy.

 

Contest seeking your healthy grilled recipes

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Schuyler unveils a recipe contest for amateur and pro chefs to showcase creative ways people in Schuyler County are eating healthy. People.

 

Ribbon-cutting celebrates Naturluxe & Stars

An outdoor glamping resort located near the Watkins Glen International race track draws New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (pictured) and other dignitaries to a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the business, created by developer Dawn Aprile. Business.

 

Coffey wins spot on Olympic women's eight

Former Watkins Glen resident Olivia Coffey has earned a spot on the U.S. women's eight rowing team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Coffey, 32, was an alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympics. "I was always just on the cusp of doing it and it never happened," Coffey said, adding: "It's something I've wanted to do for so long and the fact I get to do it is such a privilege." The team, selected by Coach Tom Terhaar, was announced to rowers and then publicized. There are nine U.S. boats slated to compete in Tokyo, with some participants yet to be determined.

Photo: Olivia Coffey

 

Keep your home safe from outside fires

Schuyler County fire officials, after presenting their Keep the Wreath Blue messages on The Odessa File in December and January, continue with more fire prevention tips. Fire.

 

New Montour Falls foot bridge dedicated

The new foot bridge linking the Catharine Valley Trail extension and Marina Park in Montour Falls was dedicated April 30 amid speeches by state and local dignitaries. The bridge was named "King's Crossing" in honor of the man who initially spearheaded the project, former village Mayor John King. The ceremony also marked Arbor Day. Government.

 

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



For other recent Schuyler
County news, click here.

 

Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

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

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

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One of the jewels on display: a 1958 Pontiac Star Chief.

 

Car show raises funds for youth football

Dozens of vintage and modern cars were on display June 5th at the Montour Falls Carnival Grounds -- an event benefitting Schuyler County Youth Football & Cheer. Adding to the attraction of the show were raffles and a chicken barbecue.

Photo: A 1931 Slant Window Ford Model A.

 

Wine Festival is off

For the second straight year, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival -- scheduled for July 8-10 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack -- has been canceled due to New York State COVID-19 guidelines. WGI President Michael Printup said the move was "extremely disappointing not only for us, but for our many guests who look forward to this annual event. Unfortunately, given the current guidelines, we could not be able to host enough guests to make this event a success."

 

You can hunt for history in Watkins, win prizes

Healthy Eating, Active Learning (HEAL) is teaming with the Watkins Glen Public Library and the Schuyler County Historical Society to sponsor a months-long, Watkins Glen history-based scavenger hunt, complete with prizes. For details, see Business.

My Place Executive Director Kris Morseman, center right, and Assistant Director Noel Wheaton, center left, cut the ribbon. Holding it were Abby Lane of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, left, and Village Trustee Nan Woodworth.

 

Ribbon-cutting celebrates My Place facility

A ribbon-cutting ceremony June 1 celebrated the opening earlier this year of the new facility for My Place: A Play and Learning Center. The child-care center had operated for years at the Rural-Urban Center in Montour Falls. The new facility on Second Street in Watkins Glen has 7,341 square feet, including five classrooms, offices for staff, a commercial kitchen, and a dedicated playground. Full daily capacity is 63 children aged 6 weeks through 12 years. Speakers Tuesday included Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk, Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, SCOPED Executive Director Judy McKinney Cherry, and Ryanna LaMoreaux, representing the office of State Senator Tom O'Mara.

Photo in text: My Place Executive Director Kris Morseman, left, holds commendation presented by Ryanna LaMoreaux, representing the office of State Senator Tom O'Mara.

 

Memorial Day ceremonies held in Schuyler

The annual services were conducted at Shequagah Falls in Montour Falls and at the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park on Rt. 228 outside Odessa. Retired Naval Operations Specialist and retired teacher Marcel (Tony) Veilleux presented the keynote address at both services, and the OMCS Band performed at both. Features.

Right: A large U.S. flag flew high above Shequagah Falls.

 

Squires alumni stories sought for project

A Schuyler County Historical Society special project is focusing on the history of the Squires Drum and Bugle Corps. The Society is seeking Squires alumni participation. People.

Rotary guest

Schuyler County Undersheriff Breck Spaulding, above, who is running for Sheriff, was a guest speaker May 27 at the weekly meeting of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club. He discussed reforms being undertaken at the Sheriff's Office, changes he would like implemented, and the state of law enforcement today. "Schuyler is the 2nd lowest crime-rate county in the state," he said, "We must be doing something right." Kevin Rumsey, who is challenging Spaulding in the upcoming Republican Primary, will speak at a Rotary meeting in the near future.

 

Here comes the Seneca Spirit

A 64-foot tour boat (left) from the Washington, D.C. area will be plying the waters of Seneca Lake soon -- part of Mark Simiele's Seneca Harbor Cruises. Features.

 

Rotary honors Edmister as Student of Month

Watkins Glen High School senior Natalie Edmister has been honored by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for May. Edmister was introduced to Rotarians by her softball coach, Ralph Diliberto, who said she is "academically sound, constantly on the High Honor Roll" -- and that she possesses an "outstanding quality in sportsmanship. ... Her abilities and tenacity to overcome obstacles are stellar. ... Because of her will of steel, coupled with her compassion, she was given the nickname "The Iron Horse" exemplifying all of the attributes that Yankees great Lou Gehrig possessed." As she proceeds through life, he added, "she will succeed and bring honor to those around her."

Photos: Natalie Edmister and Coach Ralph Diliberto.

 

Leszyk: What's going on down at Clute Park

Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk explains about the three simultaneous projects that have temporarily upended the serenity and beauty of Clute Park. Leszyk.

Photo: Mayor Luke Leszyk

As in the past, Logan Ridge served as the prom site for WGHS.

 

WGHS returns to a favorite site for its prom

Watkins Glen High School held its prom Saturday night at Logan Ridge Estates, site of many previous such proms -- before last year's was canceled by the pandemic. Students were required to follow strict health protocols this time -- with masks almost as prominent as gowns and tuxedos.

Photos: Gowns and masks mixed at Logan Ridge.

Posing on the patio during Watkins' prom at Logan Ridge.

The O-M prom site: A tent set up behind the school.

 

Gowns, tuxedos and masks mark O-M's prom

Odessa-Montour High School held its prom Friday night on school grounds, under and near a tent set up behind the school. The prom, canceled last year, and in previous years held at the Watkins Glen International Media Center, needed to follow strict health protocols this time -- with masks as prominent as gowns and tuxedos.

The Senior Prom Court consisted of:
King: Jared Rumsey
Prince: Brock Sgrecci
Duke: Devon Mahaney
Queen: Allison Heichel
Princess: Hannah Hoose
Duchess: Grace Collier
The Junior Prom Court consisted of:
King: Keith June
Prince: Dominick Fazzary
Duke: Ethan King
Queen: Molly Heichel
Princess: Raven Lott
Duchess: Kaetlyn White

Photos: Posing before entering the prom tent.

 

Schimizzi, Stansfield and Voorheis win seats

Incumbent Barb Schimizzi and newcomer Joe Stansfield won the two 3-year terms up for grabs May 18 on the Watkins Glen School Board, while Amanda Voorheis won 2 years. She will complete the unexpired term of departing Board President Gloria Brubaker. Schimizzi received 309 votes and Stansfield 274, while Voorheis had 223. Nobody else was close. In order, Jim Somerville received 128 votes, Brittany Oliver 123, Heather Dawson 93, Joseph Crane 70, and Michael Myers 65. The budget, meanwhile, passed 387-75.

In the Odessa-Montour district, the budget was approved 228-35, and propositions regarding buses and library funding also passed. The three men on the ballot, incumbents Dana Sgrecci and Rob Halpin, along with newcomer Kurt Anderson, received 218, 204 and 155 votes, respectively, to earn 3-year terms. Write-in candidate Erica Lohmeyer received 100 votes.

An old wood-burning stove dominates the center of the one-room Lee School, an historic landmark in Montour Falls.

 

Lee School Open House proves a success

The biannual Lee School Open House drew more visitors than usual on May 15, according to the "schoolmarms" hosting the event -- former teachers Marty Evans and Judy VanSkiver, dressed in early Americana garb. Two hours into the three-hour Open House, more than three dozen visitors had stopped in to see what life was like in the days of a one-room school. The Lee School is located on Route 14 on the southern edge of Montour Falls. The school, dating back to the 19th century, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo: Leah Miner of Newfield draws and writes with a Lee School quill pen. She and her sister Esther visited along with their mother during the school's Open House Saturday.

 

Remembering those
who gave their lives

A service honors those law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency service personnel who have fallen in the line of duty over the years in this region. The annual ceremony outside the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office featured solemn speeches by a number of officials. People.

Left: Part of the ceremony.

From left: State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Hanlon Elementary Principal Rob Francischelli, O-M Director of Special Programs and Curriculum Veronica Lewis and O-M Superintendent Chris Wood observe a classroom at Hanlon Elementary School. (Photo provided)

 

O'Mara and Palmesano tour O-M schools

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and State Senator Tom O’Mara visited the Odessa-Montour Central School District recently to learn first-hand how O-M has kept school open for in-person instruction during the pandemic. They, along with O-M administrators, toured the Junior/Senior High School and Hanlon Elementary School and had the opportunity to interact with staff and students. They also discussed the district’s upcoming capital project improvements.

 

WGHS senior wins billboard contest

Watkins Glen High School senior Matt Irwin wins the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs message-based billboard contest. The winning entry is on display through June on Rt. 14 in Montour Falls. Schools.

Photo: Irwin and his billboard.

 

Legislature asks DEC for Bitcoin mining rules

The Schuyler County Legislature on May 10 approved a resolution calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop regulations for cryptocurrency mining operations, and calling on the DEC and state Legislature to require that such mining use only renewable energy like wind or solar. The issue has risen with approval of Bitcoin mining in Yates County, and rumors of possible future operations in waterfront municipalities such as Watkins Glen -- where the Village Board has already asked the DEC to develop cryptocurrency mining regulations, and has vowed to analyze new zoning laws to meet the challenges posed by such mining. The Legislature had tabled the resolution last month for minor adjustments which Legislator Mark Rondinaro said were recommended by Watkins Glen amid concern there that any local cryptocurrency mining operation -- with its high energy consumption -- could lead to an increase in electricity rates for village residents.

Photo: Schuyler Legislature Chair Carl Blowers.

 

Falls Fire Department festival, parade canceled

Organizers of the annual Montour Falls Fire Department Festival & Parade of Bands -- scheduled for June 10-12 -- have canceled the event for the second year in a row as safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic continue. The festival is hosted by the fire department and serves as its largest fundraising event of the year for the equipment fund. Said a spokesperson: "It would be challenging to have a safe and successful event. We look forward to the event in 2022 and want to thank our volunteers, supporters, businesses, high school bands and many more for standing by us through these challenging times."

Photo: Scene from a Parade of Bands in Montour Falls.

 

Ribbon-cutting marks new business opening

Mattress by Appointment opens in Montour Falls with vow to help local high school sports programs. Business.

Photo: Sharon and David Sidle at their new business.

 

WG School Board OKs honorarium for staff

A one-time "Pandemic Persistence Honorarium" of $750 each goes to members of the school district's five associations and non-member Civil Service workers. Schools.

Left: Superintendent Greg Kelahan.

 

4 Odessa bowlers win state youth team title

A quartet of Odessa-Montour High School students who bowl Saturdays in a Moose Youth league at Harborside Lanes in Watkins Glen win the Class B team title at the New York State USBC Youth Team Championships bowling tournament in Syracuse. Sports.

NYSEG workers at the affected pole, with debris from the tree on the edge of the road.

 

Fallen tree leads to power outage in Odessa

Power was out for about 40 minutes Saturday night, May 1 in downtown Odessa while NYSEG workers cleared a fallen tree from a power line on the north side of Catlin Mill Creek, alongside Brooklyn Terrace, and replaced burned insulators on a power pole. The power, shut off while repairs were made, was restored shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Part of a limb from the fallen tree smolders.

 

Utilizing the new foot bridge in Montour Falls

Mike Pizmoht -- a volunteer for the Humane Society -- and shelter dog Chance cross the foot bridge installed recently alongside Rt. 14 in Montour Falls. The bridge connects the Catharine Valley Trail extension west of the canal and the village's Marina Park to the east. A ceremony marking the installation was held Friday, April 30 at the bridge, with various dignitaries present. (Photo by Mark Taylor)

 

Elks BBQ raises $700 for young cancer patient

The Watkins Glen Elks Lodge No. 1546 held a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, April 18 at its facility, with the $700 proceeds donated to Mitchell Blaha. Mitchell is an 8-year-old Schuyler County youth with cancer. On Saturday, April 24, the Lodge presented Randy Nilson, Mitchell’s grandfather, with a $700 check to help offset the family's noncovered medical expenses. Pictured at the check ceremony, from left, are Charles Franzese, Elks Secretary; Randy Nilson, and Elks committee members Stewart Field, David Waite and Gordon Perry.

On June 6th, the Elks Lodge will hold another Chicken BBQ to benefit the Schuyler Head Start Helmets for Kids program. Tickets are on sale at the Lodge now.

 

Rotary honors O-M's Rumsey, Watkins' Kelly

Odessa-Montour High School senior Jared Rumsey and Watkins Glen High School senior Bryce Kelly were honored April 22 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its Students of the Month for April.

Rumsey, introduced by teacher Russ Gardner, is 4th in his class academically, and a three-sport athlete -- in football, swimming and basketball. He plans to attend the University of Buffalo with an eye toward becoming a Physical Therapist.

Kelly, the class Salutatorian and President of the National Honor Society, was introduced by teacher Kelsey Wood. She said Kelly, who plays soccer and basketball, "has a lot of integrity and is ... a leader of our school community."

Photos: Odessa-Montour's Jared Rumsey (top) and Watkins Glen's Bryce Kelly.

 

School Board OKs budget; rift with union aired

The Watkins Glen School Board approved a proposed 2021-22 budget on April 21 that goes to district voters on May 18. Tenures were granted to a dozen people. And the WGFA chief airs a rift that has developed recently between the union and the board over a union proposal. Schools.

Photo: Board member Kris Clarkson at Wednesday's meeting.

WGHS graduation date reset again -- to June 20. Schools.

Alumni Association cancels banquet

The Watkins Glen High School Alumni Association calls off the annual Alumni Banquet due to the pandemic, and is looking ahead instead to the 2022 gathering. Forum.

In the Snow

SCHUYLER COUNTY, April 22, 2021 -- This photo was sent to us by Mark Taylor, who titled it "Azaleas in the Snow," and noted: "Our early spring was cut short by snow for the last two days."

 

8 running for School Board in Watkins Glen

Eight people are running for three available seats on the Watkins Glen School Board. Those meeting the deadline for filing petitions included incumbent Barb Schimizzi along with Joseph Crane, Amanda Voorheis, Joseph Stansfield, former Watkins football coach Michael Myers, Heather Dawson, Brittany Oliver, and Jim Somerville. Two of the terms are for three years, while one is for two years.

At Odessa-Montour, three men are running for three available seats, each for a term of three years. The candidates are -- in the order appearing on the ballot -- incumbents Dana Sgrecci and Rob Halpin, and newcomer Kurt Anderson.

School district budget and board votes are set for May 18.

 

St. James', Girl Scouts help volcano victims

Girl Scouts have donated $500 in a drive by St. James' Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen to send funds to help victims displaced by volcano eruptions on the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent. St. James' is sending $2,500 to a non-profit organization on Bequia, an island of 5,000 people just 9 miles south of St. Vincent. People.

Photo: Members of Girl Scout Troop 41120

 

Somerville writes children's football book

Jim Somerville of Watkins Glen has authored a children's book about a young football player who excels through sheer grit -- winning the last game of the season with a touchdown generated by his "dipsy do" move. The book's title: "Danny Dudley Does the Dipsy Do." Danny's teammates were named Dawkins, Caldwell, Carpenter and Walters -- names of members of the undefeated 1958 Army football team. The Dawkins referred to is retired Gen. Pete Dawkins, who won the Heisman Trophy for that '58 season. Dawkins, in fact, has provided an endorsement for the book, calling it "a fun and wonderfully inspiring book for young children." It is available through Amazon.com.

 

The contrast between winter and spring ...

Area photographer Liz Fraboni's camera has captured images of the recent grip of winter and the contrasting views of the early spring with which we have been blessed. See Photos.

 

 

Left: Photo by Liz Fraboni

 

Hospital Foundation donates $500K to hospital

The Schuyler Health Foundation has donated $500,000 to Schuyler Hospital to renovate Imaging Services at the hospital. “When I learned of the Foundation’s tremendously generous gift, I was beyond grateful and excited for the Imaging Department,” said Rebecca Gould, President & CFO of Schuyler Hospital. “This donation will go a long way toward updating and modernizing imaging services for our community.” Funds will go toward a new mammography suite, upgrading CT services, and other department improvements. “On behalf of the Schuyler Health Foundation, I want to express our delight in being able to donate $500,000 to Imaging Services at Schuyler Hospital.” said Brenda Warren-Fitch, Chair of the Schuyler Health Foundation Board. “We are thrilled that our gift will enhance Imaging Services to better serve our community.”

Photo: Schuyler Hospital President and CFO Rebecca Gould

 

Chef Competition winners

The first-ever Harvest Schuyler Farm-to-Table Chef Competition, held virtually with the public voting, announces its winners. People.

 

Waterfront Festival canceled for this year

Continuing concern surrounding the ongoing pandemic has forced cancellation for the second straight year of the Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival and its Cardboard Board Regatta. The festival committee, part of Watkins Glen Promotions, said it made the decision "after a great deal of discussion and evaluation of the health risks involved in any large gathering which might spread the virus which causes Covid-19."

Photo: Crowd at a Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival. (File)

 

Legislature sets salaries for new appointees

The Schuyler County Legislature on April 12 acknowledged the appointment by County Administrator Tim O'Hearn of Xenophondas "Fonda" Chronis as Deputy County Administrator, effective June 7, at an annual salary of $85,000. Chronis is currently Assistant to the Administrator of Schoharie County. His appointment is the culmination of a search for a successor to O'Hearn, who has technically retired but is continuing as Administrator while the county transitions to his successor, Chronis.

The legislators also:

--Approved the appointment by Public Defender Valerie G. Gardner of Nicole S. Pence as Assistant Public Defender at a salary of $75,000. Gardner was appointed last month to succeed Wesley Roe, who had resigned to take a job in Elmira.

--Tabled a resolution calling on the New York State Department of Conservation to study and develop regulations for Cryptocurrency mining. In proposing the tabling measure, Legislator Mark Rondinaro said he supports the resolution, but that more study is needed "to clarify any concerns."

Photo in text: Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn

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Editor's Note

Debbie Stayer Kelly of Burdett -- a lifelong Schuyler resident, a single parent of two sons and a highly praised Cornell employee -- has Stage 4 cancer as well as a rare genetic mutation called Lynch Syndrome. She 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.

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Read The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y. and Its Makers
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A history of the manufacturing of Stoneware in that village (Montour Falls) from 1850-1888. More than 100 color photos.

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A book of poetry by J.A. Bauman of Watkins Glen -- "words that God gave me to share with you." Available through Amazon.com.

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A Christian-based autobiography written by Melinda Kreischer, pen name for a long-time Finger Lakes area resident. Ordering information can be found here.

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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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A novel by Steve Piacente about a military cover-up, and about the ethical boundaries of journalism. For a closer look, click here.

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An eternal message of lights, hope and faith

The week following Susan Haeffner's passing was fraught with signs -- most of them light-based, and one in the form of a vision. Here the editor relives those days in an effort to pass along a message of hope and faith. Message.

Above: The Aurora Borealis (From the Internet--as seen in Scandinavia)

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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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