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4 Novels by the editor

Island Nights

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The Islander

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Prelude-Chapter 4

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Wednesday Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Watkins Glen 56, O-M 35


OM/WG 48, Moravia 18


Boys: O-M 4, Watkins Glen 0
Girls: O-M 4, Watkins Glen 0

Tonight: Girls basketball, Odessa-Montour at Watkins.

Stories on Sports

Photo: Watkins Glen's Joseph Sutterby (24) wins the tipoff against Odessa-Montour

Student swimmers display some of the donated equipment at the School Board meeting.


Gators donate swim gear to school district

The Glen Gators swim team Tuesday night donated more than $7,000 in swim equipment to the Watkins Glen School District during a meeting of the Watkins School Board. Donation of the equipment, to be used jointly by school swim programs and the Gators -- who utilize the WGHS pool -- was announced by district Aquatic Director and Gators Head Coach Jason Westervelt, and displayed by more than a half-dozen student athletes. The gear, financed through fund-raisers, includes dozens of pull buoys, snorkels, tow tethers, tempo trainers, agility paddles, and fins, along with some medicine balls and junior kickboards. Westervelt told the board that the Gators wanted to repay the district for all of the support it has provided swim programs and youth sports over the years -- and especially the past two years, during the pandemic.

Photo in text: Jason Westervelt addresses the School Board.

56 new COVID-19 cases in Schuyler County

Schuyler County Public Health on Wednesday reported 56 new COVID-19 cases since its last report Tuesday, bringing to 3,453 the number seen thus far in the county.

There are 138 active cases, while a total of 3,292 people have recovered since the pandemic began, and 23 have died. Three people are currently hospitalized. A total of 10,782 county residents, or 60.5%, are fully vaccinated. The last recorded 7-day rolling positivity rate in the county was 14.0%.

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A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

State Senator Tom O'Mara provides us with a weekly column, this time titled "Take Back New York sets the stage for 2022." Column

Left: State Sen. Tom O'Mara


Blaze extensively damages Catharine house

A house fire deemed "accidental in nature" that occurred shortly afer 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Park Road in the Town of Catharine left extensive fire, smoke and water damage and displaced the structure's residents. The Red Cross was assisting the three occupants and one canine. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which officials said started in the front of the wood-frame home. Firefighters from Odessa, Montour Falls, Watkins Glen, Burdett and Mecklenburg responded to the scene, along with Schuyler Ambulance, the Schuyler County Office of Emergency Management and NYSEG.

A scene Monday morning in Odessa.


As sub-zero temps pass, snow storm strikes

After two nights of frigid temperatures -- 4 below zero early Sunday morning -- our region was hit with its first significant winter storm of the season Sunday night and early Monday morning. A system moving up from the south dumped several inches of snow on our area, leaving residents to dig out through the day Monday. Blowing and drifting followed Monday night.


A column by Chamber's Stephanie Specchio

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing and Communications offers the first in a series of columns -- this one on the importance of professional development in the workplace. Column.

The Chamber of Commerce's Stephanie Specchio


'Sticker Shock' campaign warns against drugs

The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) launched its 2nd annual “Pizza Box Sticker Shock” event on December 27. Over the course of the following two weeks, volunteers placed nearly 3,000 stickers (pictured at right) -- stickers that read “Pizza is Good. Drugs are Bad. Which will you choose?” -- on pizza boxes at businesses around the county. The program is part of an ongoing effort to warn about the dangers of drinking and drugs. People.


The passing parade ...

The editor reflects on the passing of a couple of men he had known for many years: Craig Lattin and Jim Wilson. Column.

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And inside:

--James E. Wilson, first executive director of The Arc of Schuyler, dies. Obituaries.
--County to distribute Covid home tests. Government.
--Covid testing site is open at State Park. Forum.
--New Montour Falls Library director sought. PSA Page.
--Hazlitt 1852 President John Keeler to retire. Business.


The Essentials of Schuyler County

Two individuals -- Olympian Olivia Coffey and the late Nelson Beebe -- are being honored as the latest members of The Essentials, a group of outstanding Schuyler County residents or natives who have impacted life here or elsewhere. None of the 30 Essentials are in the Schuyler County Hall of Fame, but perhaps will be someday. Essentials.


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

Part 1 of "Schuyler County and Me," reprised, Click here.
For Part 2, click here.
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For Part 5, click here.

The Editor's


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Gerald A. "Jerry" Loose, 54, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Joseph Andrew Besecker, 32, of Dundee.
Craig W. Lattin, 63.
Scott Signori, 54, of Hector.
Francis E. Elliott, 70.
Joyce A. Newhart, 76, of Ithaca.
James E. Wilson, 77, of Himrod.
Herbert L.Oliver, 90, of Horseheads.
Sally J. (Campbell) Human, 73, of Beaver Dams.
Richard E. Cole, 84, of Montour Falls.
Earl “David” Molyno, 72, of Bradford.
Paul John Burgess, 76, of Odessa.
Theodore H. "Ted" Siri Jr., 78, of Watkins Glen.

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Barnes outlines youth sports facility proposal

Schuyler County Legislator Phil Barnes -- the guest speaker at the Jan. 6 luncheon meeting of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel -- outlined a proposal that has been discussed with school and government officials in the area: construction of an indoor sports facility in Schuyler County, primarily for youths. He said a committee is filing for 501c3 nonprofit status, and preparing to submit paperwork by the end of January for grant money that would help in the construction of a 130,000-square-foot facility. It would need five or six acres to accommodate enough parking. Property owned by Scott Welliver in Montour Falls would be viable, said Barnes, noting that such a facility could be rented out to sports organizations from around the region, sparking economic development here. It would primarily serve the needs of Schuyler County youth whose options for using a sports complex are currently limited to trips to Rochester, Syracuse and elsewhere. Basketball, soccer and lacrosse would be the obvious sports for such a facility, he noted, while other sports could be practiced there. While fund-raising would be required beyond any grants, Barnes said the need for such a complex "is overwhelming." While the project is "a work in progress," he added, "it's a shot in the arm we need."

Photo: Phil Barnes at the Rotary meeting.


Legislature reappoints Blowers as its chairman

Schuyler County Legislature chairman Carl Blowers was unanimously chosen by his fellow legislators as chairman again Jan. 5th at the group's annual reorganizational meeting. This marks the third such one-year term for Blowers, who has served on the Legislature since 2015. He succeeded the retired Dennis Fagan as chairman two years ago.

Photo: Carl Blowers (File)


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.

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Administrator: Add 50 to COVID numbers

Schuyler County Administrator Fonda Chronis told Schuyler County legislators Monday night, Jan. 10 at their monthly meeting that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the county -- 153 reported by Public Health from Friday, Jan. 7 to Monday -- was actually higher. He said that numbers from a recently installed portal for self-reporting positive cases were not included. "Lot of folks are testing positive with home health kits," he said, noting that "50 or so" uncounted portal cases put the number of new cases Monday "over 200."

In other business, Legislator Phil Barnes reported "nothing but positive" feedback on a proposal -- outlined by Barnes to the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club last week -- to seek grant money to establish a sports facility in Montour Falls, mostly for youths.

Photo in text: Schuyler County Administrator Fonda Chronis


Glen School Board delays action on vacancy

The Watkins Glen School Board on Jan. 3 discussed how it might proceed to fill the board seat vacated by Kevin Rumsey shortly before he was sworn in as Schuyler County Sheriff on Jan. 1. School Superintendent Kai D'Alleva outlined the options -- which include appointment, special election or a delay until the regular election in May -- but the board had some questions it wanted the school attorney to answer regarding the options. So the matter was put on hold pending receipt of the requested information.

Photo: Superintendent Kai D'Alleva at the meeting.

Watkins district residents updated on status of drive in sports to drop American Indian mascots and nicknames. Forum.

Schuyler County Judge Matt Hayden, left, administers the oath of office to new Sheriff Kevin Rumsey, who is resting his hand on a Bible held by new Undersheriff Andrew Zeigler.


Rumsey sworn in as Schuyler County Sheriff

Kevin Rumsey was sworn in as the new Schuyler County Sheriff January 1st in a ceremony in the Schuyler County Courthouse before scores of county dignitaries, family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers. Also sworn in: his Undersheriff, Andrew Zeigler. Rumsey -- who succeeds the retiring William Yessman as sheriff -- said that if elected in the future by the voters, he foresees the possibility of four or five 4-year terms in office. He is currently 45. He said his first order of business will be to attend to staff shortages, and to the training of department personnel. In assuming the Sheriff's post, he has resigned from his seat on the Watkins Glen School Board. Among the reasons: "I'll be busy enough doing this."

Photo in text: Watkins Glen businessman Junior Specchio, right, delivers a Bible to Kevin Rumsey for the swearing-in ceremony. Specchio volunteered to find one just before the ceremony, when it was discovered it was needed, and secured it from the altar of the nearby St. Mary's of the Lake Church.

The house on County Route 14 was decimated by flames.


Fire guts old farmhouse on County Route 14

Fire raced through an old farmhouse east of Catharine Corners on Dec. 31st, drawing fire departments from around the region: Odessa, Montour Falls, Watkins Glen, Burdett, Millport, Newfield, and Town and Country. The blaze at 5212 County Road 14 began about 8 a.m. The cause was determined to be an electrical panel box malfunction. Firefighters said flames were shooting high by the time they arrived, with a tree near the residence also aflame. One firefighter sustained minor injury. Other structures on the property were not damaged, but the house was a total loss, with only its framework standing.

Photo: Picture of the fire snapped by a bystander.

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Brockway killer Horein denied parole again

Joshua Horein (pictured at right), convicted of second-degree murder for the 2000 beating death of Amber Brockway in Watkins Glen, has been denied release again -- the fourth time a parole has been rejected. Horein, formerly of Watkins Glen and now 37, was 16 when he bludgeoned the 15-year-old Brockway to death. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary, notified of the denial Tuesday, said: "Obviously, we are pleased with the board's decision to keep Horein in jail. That is where he belongs. Amber's family is relieved and will continue to fight to keep Horein behind bars for many years." Horein is incarcerated in Fishkill Correctional Facility, Beacon, New York.


Legislators appoint Chronis as Administrator

The Schuyler County Legislature, in its year-end meeting on December 27th, unanimously approved Xenophondas "Fonda" Chronis as the next County Administrator, effective Dec. 31. The appointment is for a year at a salary of $125,000. Chronis, who has been serving as Assistant Administrator for most of this past year, succeeds longtime Administrator Tim O'Hearn, who is retiring.

Photo: Fonda Chronis

  Hanlon student wins box-sticker contest

Student Peter Dechow of Montour Falls creates winning SCCUDD-sponsored design for sticker that will be placed on 3,000 area pizza boxes in late December. His message: "Pizza is good! Drugs are bad! Which will you choose?" Schools.

Photo: Winner Peter Dechow (Photo provided)


Preparing removal of overpass

Workers were on the site of the long unused overpass on the eastern end of the village of Odessa just before Christmas, preparing for the structure's removal. The overpass is owned by the New York State Department of Transportation, which has no funds to maintain it. Its removal had been expected late last summer, was delayed, but is now expected in January, according to a village official.


Food distribution is an ongoing effort locally

Volunteers are on hand monthly at the Watkins Glen Community Center to help distribute food from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to area residents. The volunteer effort is coordinated by Beverly Mello of Reading Center, whose interest in food distribution goes back many years. People.

Photo: Volunteers distribute food at Community Center.

B.C. Cate pupils and teachers outside the Glen Theater.


B.C. Cate 1st graders get a special movie treat

Some students at the B.C. Cate Elementary School in Montour Falls received a special treat in late December: a surprise trip to the movies. As explained by first-grade teacher Heidi Fazzary later that day:
"I thought I would send you some pictures and share a little about the exciting day our first graders had today.
They went to the Glen Theater in Watkins Glen to see The Polar Express."
(Note: the film is a popular 2004 computer-animated Christmas musical adventure based on a children's book by Chris Van Allburg.)
"With a generous donation from an anonymous donor and the help of Julie Krause from the Glen Theater," Fazzary added, "our students enjoyed a morning of popcorn and fun! Special thanks to Ms. Krause for helping to make this possible and to the parents for keeping the surprise a secret for the children."

Photo in text: Preparing to leave school. (Photos provided)


Cameron Holland receives Stephens 5C Award

Watkins Glen High School senior Cameron Holland was one of three recipients Dec. 16th of the Joel Stephens 5C Award given annually by former Elmira Notre Dame Coach Mike D'Aloisio. The two other recipients -- in a ceremony at the Water Street Holiday Inn in Elmira -- were Caiden Williams from Canton High School and Luke Zawko from Corning High School. The 5C's represent the qualities shown by Stephens -- an outstanding Notre Dame Athlete who died of cancer in 1998 at the age of 22. They are Christianity, Courage, Compassion, Character and Commitment. D'Alosio wrote a book in 2009 about Stephens, titled "5C Hero: The Joel Stephens Story."

Photo in text: Cameron Holland holds his award while posing with Coach Mike D'Aloisio at the ceremony. (Photo provided)


Public Health's Dr. King: Seasonal guest column

The Interim Director of Schuyler County Public Health sends a holiday message commending the efforts of health officials and area administrators, and urging everyone "to be good to yourself and all the loved ones around you." Column.

Photo: Dr. Nancy King


WG girls swim team honored at session

Members of the five-time Section IV, Class C champion squad receive certificates from the school district honoring their achievement. Sports.


Village Christmas parade winners announced

The Village Christmas Committee has announced winners of the "Visions of Candy Land" parade held during the Dec. 10 festival in downtown Watkins Glen. Winners were:
Most Christmas Spirit: the "Believe” Float by Heather
Jovanelli and Wendy Brooks;
Best Theme: Montour Falls Fire Department;
Best Decorated Fire Truck: Beaver Dams Fire Department;
Judges' Choice: Lakewood Vineyards.
Susanne Vedder, chair of the Village Christmas volunteer committee: “This is the best Village Christmas turnout we have seen in a very very long time. The parade was great, and that was the most people we have ever had in attendance viewing the fireworks at the harbor!"

Photo: Montour Falls Fire Department float.


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The Maiden of Mackinac

This story -- which spans 700 years and ranges from our region to Northern Michigan -- tells of a quest for the truth behind a legend ... the legend of a Native American maiden reputed to be centuries old. It was written by Charlie Haeffner, and is available now on Kindle at To see the ad, click here.

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Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

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

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
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16 N. Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY
(607) 535-6116

Upscale, contemporary rooms and suites plus an American restaurant, an indoor pool and a fitness center.

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Odessa Fire Associates distribute gifts to kids

Members of the Odessa Fire Department Associates distributed Christmas gifts to more than 40 children from 21 families Sunday, Dec. 12 in the second annual drive-through gift-giving outside the fire hall. The drive-through concept, which replaced annual on-site parties due to the pandemic, is designed for kids within the fire district. This year, each gift bag included, among other things, a book donated by the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library in Odessa.

Fire Dept. Associate members at the fire hall with the gift bags.


New 'mask or vaccinate' mandate issued in NY

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday that she is instituting a “mask or vaccinate” mandate for all indoor public places in the state, effective on Monday, December 13 and running through January 15, 2022. Government.

Photo: Governor Kathy Hochul

A gingerbread house contest at the Cabins to Castles real estate office was among the many attractions at Village Christmas.


Mild weather greets Watkins Village Christmas

The 28th annual Watkins Glen Village Christmas was held along Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Dec. 10 on an evening moderate in both temperature and wind off the lake. Plenty of food stands kept visitors fed, while recorded music and that of carolers provided a festive mood. A petting zoo from My Little Farm north of Penn Yan was set up next to Community Bank; a parade with floats, tractors, cars and fire trucks worked its way along Franklin, and fireworks were held off the pier.

Photo in text: Seasonal cartoon characters posed with Village Christmas attendees.

State Senator Tom O'Mara, left, congratulates Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn on O'Hearn's career, on his pending retirement, and on the state Assembly Proclamation honoring O'Hearn that O'Mara was presenting to him.


O'Hearn honored as his retirement approaches

State Senator Tom O'Mara (left) dropped in on a meeting of the Schuyler County Legislature Dec. 8 to present a surprise State Assembly Proclamation to County Administrator Tim O'Hearn on the occasion of O'Hearn's pending retirement. O'Mara, also representing Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who was unable to attend, told O'Hearn: "You've done simply a fantastic job here in Schuyler County, in my and Phil's opinion. It's been a pleasure working with you through many accomplishments here. I'm not even going to try to start a list. Your management style has been very effective, working through some sticky issues over the years, and doing it with a professional, rational and reasonable -- and most importantly, a common-sense -- approach to government, to conflict resolution, and to getting the job done and moving the community forward. I wish you all the best in your future."

Photo in text: State Senator Tom O'Mara at the presentation.


Hazlitt event supported Seneca Santa, HSSC

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector rang in the holidays with a “Giving Back” weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11-12 -- a two-day event benefitting Seneca Santa and the Humane Society of Schuyler County. For details, see Business.

Students gathered at the Presbyterian Church in Watkins Glen to offload the Hesselson's truck for the Seneca Santa program. (Photos provided)


Seneca Santa shipment arrives, is offloaded

The annual delivery of Seneca Santa presents provided at wholesale cost by Hesselson's arrived Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 8 at the First Presbyterian Church of Watkins Glen, which serves each year as the storage and sorting headquarters for the program. A large contingent of Watkins Glen High School students formed a line, passing boxes from the truck along a hallway and upstairs to the storage room. The Seneca Santa program, which provides Christmas presents for underprivileged kids from 2 to 12 years of age in Schuyler County, has received applications this year for 217 kids from 95 families. Packages will be delivered to the families' homes on Christmas Eve morning by volunteers from fire departments throughout the county.

Photo in text: The Hesselson's truck is offloaded.


Spaulding retires; Rumsey now Undersheriff

Breck Spaulding (pictured at right), the Schuyler County Undersheriff for Sheriff Bill Yessman across almost four terms of office, has retired, it has been confirmed by Yessman. Spaulding -- who lost to Investigator Kevin Rumsey in the race for Sheriff to succeed the retiring Yessman -- stepped down on Nov. 30 after more than 27 years in law enforcement. Rumsey was appointed to succeed him as Undersheriff, effective Dec. 6. Yessman will end his 16 years as Sheriff at the end of December, with Rumsey succeeding him on Jan. 1. Deputy Andrew M. Zeigler will be the next Undersheriff.


Watkins-Montour Lions Club mission: To serve

The Watkins-Montour Lions Club strives to contribute to the community in meaningful ways, and while it provides help in various venues, it has a passion for improving the lives of the visually impaired. Among its recent guest speakers was Kevin Waters, who lost his vision as a result of diabetes. With him was his guide dog, Saxton. People.

Photo: Lions Club member Kate LaMoreaux, right, greets Saxton. (Photo provided)

County Administrator Tim O'Hearn speaks at the ceremony honoring Schuyler County COVID victims. Each flag on the ground represents one such victim. In addition, "each bird on the wreath represents a deeply-felt loss by a family and the community," says Dr. Nancy King, MD, interim Schuyler County Public Health Director.


Ceremony for COVID victims held in Watkins

Schuyler County conducted a tribute Dec. 8 for the 20 community members who Public Health has reported lost due to COVID since the pandemic began. The event -- which attracted about 50 people -- was held in front of the County Courthouse in Watkins Glen.

Each COVID victim was represented by a flag affixed to the ground near the base of the building. A wreath with representational birds was placed on the wall.

Speaking was Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, who said the memorial was "a poignant reminder of the human element that accompanies the disease" whose victims are often treated as "a numbers game." In terms of infections and deaths, he noted, Schuyler is "experiencing our highest numbers ... ever."

Photo in text: Also speaking was Dr. Nancy King, MD, interim Schuyler County Public Health Director, who commemorated the 20 honorees. She has said the birds on the wreath representing the "deeply-felt losses ... remind us to keep working hard to protect each other."


Truck driver chooses ditch to avoid hitting bus

A tractor-trailer carrying logs rolled into a ditch about 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6 when its driver veered to avoid hitting a stopped school bus and other stopped vehicles on State Route 13 near Seeley Road in the Town of Cayuta. Sheriff's deputies said that when the northbound truck came upon the school bus, whose red lights were flashing, the truck driver -- unable to stop safely -- directed his vehicle into the ditch to avoid a collision. There were no reported injuries, and the only vehicle involved or damaged was the log truck. The truck operator was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Cayuta Court. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, New York State DOT, Odessa Fire Department, Schuyler Ambulance, and T and R Towing.

The Chalk Couture table was one of two dozen vendor stands operating on the first day of the two-day Holiday Fair.


Holiday Fair offered array of crafts, gifts, fun

Two dozen vendors set up shop Friday evening, Dec. 3 in the new Seneca Lake Events Center at Clute Park in Watkins Glen for the first day of an inaugural two-day Holiday Fair there. The Artisan Market showcased vendors selling crafts, jewelry and other items. Outside, the new ice rink that opened earlier in the day featured a number of skaters, and beyond that, a horse-drawn carriage was providing rides in the park. The fair continued Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring the same vendors, more skating, more rides, and activities for kids -- along with a visit from Santa late in the morning.

Photo: Jewelry designed by Kendra Shaw at her Plume Creations table at the Artisan Market in the Events Center.


Transit is adding Chemung-Schuyler service

A new service will be offered by Schuyler County Transit starting in January 2022: a route expansion providing transportation between Chemung and Schuyler counties. Business.

Photo: A Schuyler County Transit bus.

Dena Carrigan makes a point as she talks with Kai D'Alleva before the meeting.


Chamber holds annual membership meeting

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 1 at the Glenora Wine Cellars' Veraisons Restaurant, in conjunction with its monthly mixer. A 2022 budget was approved and a slate of directors elected, while new Executive Director Nigar Hale addressed the 50-plus people on hand. Also speaking were Chamber officials Stephanie Specchio and Abby Lane, along with board officer Raymond Lincourt of Roadmasters.

Photos in text: Chamber Executive Director Nigar Hale, left, and Raymond Lincourt, who ran the business meeting.

Among those at the Lions Christmas party were, from left: Mike Mize, Nancy Davis, Karen Edwards and Phil Edwards. (Photo provided)


Lions raise funds for Bath VA holiday program

The Hector Area Lions Club, at what it billed as a "Roaring Good Christmas Party" Nov. 29 at the Burdett Fire House, raised $1,521 for the Bath VA Medical Center's "Operation Making Spirits Bright" program in support of veterans and their families. Other Lions clubs from Campbell, Corning, Big Flats, and Ovid-Willard also attended. Fund-raising was largely through a White Elephant Gift auction. "With this money," said Hector Lions Vice-President Kim Karius, the Bath VA "will be able to help a couple of families in need. What better way to help those who served us and our country than at Christmas when a little help can go a long way?"

Photo: Sue Rochell at the party's food table. (Photo provided)


Hazlitt 1852 announces leadership changes

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards has announced the promotions of Daniel DeBell to President and COO, and Mark Hurlbut to Chief Financial Officer. John Keeler, who announced his retirement as President earlier this year, will continue to serve during the transition. Business.


West finally beats East in annual Davis game

The West was victorious Nov. 23 in the annual Ernie Davis Exceptional Senior Classic football game, defeating the East 41-7 at Johnson City High School. It was the first win for the West since 2009. Sports.

Photo: Seneca Indians Cayden Confer, left, and Daniel Ely played in the Davis Classic, with Confer scoring a West touchdown. (Photo provided)

Sheriff-elect Kevin Rumsey, right, shakes hands with his Undersheriff-designate, Andrew M. Zeigler.


Rumsey names Zeigler as his Undersheriff

Schuyler County Sheriff-elect Kevin Rumsey on Nov. 22 said a 28-year department veteran, Deputy Andrew M. Zeigler, will be his Undersheriff, effective when Rumsey takes office on Jan. 1. Zeigler, a member of the department's Road Patrol for 23 years and part of its K-9 corps since 2001, has been named Deputy of the Year twice. He and his wife Judy live in the Town of Montour, where they raise and train German Short Haired Pointers for hunting and search and rescue. Zeigler has also spent the past eight years as a volunteer with Schuyler Ambulance. "I believe that Deputy Zeigler has the experience, knowledge, and complete ability to excel in the role of Undersheriff," said Rumsey. "He cares about the people he works with, and he has their utmost respect."

Photo: Undersheriff-designate Andrew M. Zeigler.

All-Schuyler All-Stars

The Odessa File's All-Star picks from the fall high school sports season are unveiled -- along with the selection of two MVPs. For a story and listing of the All-Stars, see Sports.


Mooney places 13th in Breaststroke at States

Watkins Glen High School junior Faye Mooney finishes third in the Consolation Finals and 13th overall in the 100 Yard Breaststroke at the NYS High School Swimming Championships, held across two days at Ithaca College. Sports.

Photo: Faye Mooney before Saturday's race.


Lucky Hare plan goes before Planning Board

The Watkins Glen Planning Board gives preliminary site plan approval to external changes at the former Orient Hibachi Buffet (left), which the Lucky Hare Brewing Company plans to turn into a tap room and restaurant in 2022. Government.

Rotary Club President Judy Phillips, right, offered Special Recognition to longtime club Secretary Terri Orbin.


Local Rotary Club celebrates its first century

The Watkins-Montour Rotary Club celebrated its 100th anniversary Nov. 19 with a dinner at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. The club, which first met on Nov. 17, 1921, is dedicated to serving the community with the motto "Service Above Self." The event was emceed by club President Judy Phillips, and featured a number of speakers, including President-elect Ted Marks.

Photo: Peter Honsberger, right, makes a point with J.C. Argetsinger before the Rotary dinner at the Harbor Hotel.


Legislators oppose Hochul's prison closures

The Schuyler County Legislature, meeting in special session, passes a resolution strongly opposing Governor Kathy Hochul's prison closure plan, and debates the Constitutional County movement taking place in Schuyler. Government.

Photo: County Attorney Steven Getman at Monday's meeting.

'The Wedding Singer" lead characters Robbie Hart (played by Alex Gill) and Julia Sullivan (Kelsey Johnson) meet in the opening act.


LCP's "Wedding Singer" ends its 3-day run

The Lake Country Players -- with a cast ranging in age from from 17 to 67 -- presented the musical "The Wedding Singer" over the weekend in the Watkins Glen High School audiitorium. The play, which opened Friday night, Nov. 13 and was presented again the next night, concluded its run with a Sunday matinee. Features.

Great Escape co-owner Jackie Honsberger, left, and Desiree Groves, right, visited the Humane Society in Montour Falls Wednesday, Nov. 10 -- to deliver pet items Desiree was donating to the Humane Society, and $300 the Great Escape added through a Pints for Paws drive.


Birthday tradition benefits the Humane Society

For eight years now, 13-year-old Desiree Groves, daughter of Ron and Kara Groves of Watkins Glen, has donated pet food and other items to the Humane Society of Schuyler County as part of her birthday. She asks family and friends each year to give those items to her as birthday presents, which she then gives to the Humane Society. This year, for the second year, Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor co-owner Jackie Honsberger joined in the effort by raising money for the Humane Society through a mid-October Pints for Paws promotion whereby she donates to the Humane Society $1 for each pint of ice cream sold during the promotion, and $2 for each quart. Together with community donations at The Great Escape (pictured), that amounted to $250 last year, and $300 this year.

Objecting to state's prison plan

Legislator Phil Barnes (above) suggested at its meeting Nov. 8 that the Schuyler County Legislature ask the state to reconsider the upcoming closure of six prisons -- including the Southport Correctional Facility in Chemung County and the Willard Drug Treatment Campus in Seneca County (see Government). County Attorney Steven Getman asked for time to coordinate with affected communities in those two counties, after which legislators can expedite their request with a Special Meeting. "Criminal justice reform just doesn't fit," said Barnes of New York's recent reform actions. "Where is it going to end?"


County budget OKd; tax rate, tax levy decrease

The Schuyler County Legislature on Nov. 8 unanimously approved a 2022 county budget that calls for decreases in the tax rate (from $7.13 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $6.87) and in the tax levy (from $11,323,706 to $11,040,870). The 8-0 vote came after a 17-minute explanation of the $55.2 million spending plan by County Administrator Tim O'Hearn -- his 17th annual such presentation and his last one before retirement at the end of the year.

Photo: Administrator Tim O'Hearn at the meeting.


Two Goats Brewing donates to SOS program

Two Goats Brewing owners Jon and Jessica Rodgers present the Spirit of Schuyler with an $8,500 donation toward the non-profit’s scholarship program. Business.

Photo at right: Jon and Jessica Rodgers with the check presented to Spirit of Schuyler. (Photo provided)

  Watkins girls win 5th straight Section IV title

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity swim team -- led by Faye Mooney, Thalia Marquez and Alannah Klemann -- wins its fifth straight Section IV, Class C Swimming Championship. Mooney was named the meet's Outstanding Performer. Sports.

Photo: Watkins' Faye Mooney.


Rumsey rolls to victory in the Sheriff's race

Kevin Rumsey, who defeated Undersheriff Breck Spaulding in the Republican Primary in the race for Schuyler County Sheriff, prevailed again Nov. 2 in the general election, unofficially garnering 61.2 % of the vote -- outpolling Spaulding 2,843-1,789. Rumsey was running on three ballot lines (Republican, Conservative and Community First), while Spaulding was on one (Safe Schuyler). Rumsey, a Sheriff's Investigator, will take office upon the retirement of current Sheriff William Yessman at the end of the year.

In other contests:

County Legislature: District 1 incumbent Republican David Reed defeated Democratic challenger Howard Cabezas, 339-162. Legislators running unopposed were Laurence Jaynes (District 2), Michael Lausell (District 3) and James Howell (District 4).

Town of Dix Supervisor: Democrat Dominick Smith defeated Incumbent Republican Harold Russell, 476-424.

Hector Town Council: Two female incumbents, Jessica Rodgers (865 votes) and Elizabeth Martin (794), both Democrats, won re-election in a four-person race for three seats. The third seat went to Republican Robert Mahaney (who received the most votes, 898). Democrat Katie O'Connor finished fourth (692).

Photo: Keven Rumsey (File photo)


Frustrations boil over; and a tour of new Hall

A discussion of the changing face of Odessa led to loud words at a Village Board meeting Nov. 2. After the session, the board toured the newly purchased property along Church Street that will serve as the next Village Hall (right). Government.


Contest winner

The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs unveils its K-6 billboard contest winner, one of 26 entries from Hanlon Elementary School. Schools.

The start of The Arc Grand Prix Run and Walk at WGI.


Arc Grand Prix Run and Walk returns to WGI

The annual Arc Grand Prix Run/Walk on the Watkins Glen International race course was held Saturday morning, Oct. 30 with 360 registrants. The fund-raiser for The Arc of Chemung and Schuyler saw Adam Piasecki of Burdett finish first on the 3.4-mile course in 22:38. Top female finisher was Leslie Dubrava of Watkins Glen in 24:03. Awards are presented to the top finishers, both male and female, in age groups: 9 and under, 10-19, 20-29, the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70-and-above. The race was back after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Photo at right: Overall winner Adam Piasecki after the race.

Left: Top female finisher Leslie Dubrava of Watkins Glen. Right: Skip Strobel of Odessa, second in the male 50-59 age group, finished in 27:14.


Former Oriskany principal awarded $484K in federal court in ruling against district, Kelahan

A federal jury has awarded $484,000 to a former Oriskany Junior/Senior High School principal in a discrimination lawsuit brought against the school district, its School Board and its former superintendent of schools, Gregory Kelahan. Kelahan (pictured at right) was later the superintendent of schools in Watkins Glen. Schools.

Halloween parade

Kids in Odessa, accompanied by their parents, marched in a Halloween costume parade late Sunday, Oct. 31 hosted by the Odessa Wesleyan Church. The parade, led along village streets by the Odessa Fire Department, began in front of the Odessa-Montour school and ended there. Trick or treating followed in the village from 6-8 p.m.


Hopefuls vie at Meet the Candidates forum

Candidates for various political races in Schuyler County were on hand Monday, Oct. 25 for a Meet the Candidates Night at the Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center. Four people running for three seats on the Hector Town Council were present, as were the two men running for Schuyler County Sheriff: Undersheriff Breck Spaulding and Sheriff's Investigator Kevin Rumsey. Government.

Photo: Moderator Judy Phillips posed questions to candidates.


Neale delivers reading from book on Catharine

Author Cynthia Neale -- a Finger Lakes native and a resident of New Hampshire who often visits Schuyler County -- presented a literary reading Oct. 25 at Lafayette Park in Watkins Glen where she shared insights and excerpts from her upcoming novel Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters. She is currently editing the book, historical fiction about an Iroquois leader of regional import who is buried in Montour Falls. In it, says Neale, "Catharine meets Benjamin Franklin and other players who are forming this new country, and she and her people become an intriguing influence on a new democracy." The reading was presented by the Watkins Glen Writers Group.

Photo: Cynthia Neale in Lafayette Park before the reading.


WGHS Homecoming King and Queen unveiled

The Homecoming King and Queen at Watkins Glen High School are Douglas DiGregorio and Melanie Wysocki. They were announced Oct. 23 at a Homecoming Party at the Watkins Glen State Park Pavilion. Plans to unveil the winners at Friday's football game were delayed when the game was canceled. The King and Queen candidates were nominated by the senior class, with voting by the 9th through 12th grades. Other King nominees included Cameron Holland, Owen Scholtisek, Draven Hollenback and Ben Swinnerton. Other Queen nominees were Abby Gibson, Bailey Beaumont and Kimberly Smith Brown.

Photo: Douglas DiGregorio and Melanie Wysocki (Provided)


O'Mara rips current gas tax, possible increase

State Senator Tom O’Mara (right) has joined other members of the Senate Republican Conference in calling for the suspension of the state’s gas tax, one of the nation’s highest, and in continuing to voice opposition to legislation under consideration by the state Legislature’s Democrat majorities that he said could raise the gas tax by 55 cents and increase home heating costs by upwards of 25%. Government.


Tuttle resigns from the Odessa Village Board

Robert Tuttle, elected in March to a 3-year term on the Odessa Village Board, announced his resignation at the Oct. 18 board meeting, citing his intention to move in early November to North Dakota. Tuttle, a truck driver, says he has several job interviews lined up there. The board will seek an appointee to serve out Tuttle's term.

In other business, the board announced it is changing its meeting night from the third Monday of the month to the first Monday of the month, effective in November -- meaning the next regular meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 1.

Before then, a special meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20, for discussion of the state's new cannabis laws and how they might impact the village.

Photo: Robert Tuttle at Monday's board meeting.

Among the speakers were, from left, Schuyler County Undersheriff Breck Spaulding and Lieutenant Matt Maloney, and William Campbell, owner of the Schuyler Glass Company.


Viewpoints vary on marijuana dispensaries

About 20 village residents were on hand Oct. 21 at the Odessa Municipal Building for an information session on the effect of the state's liberalized marijuana law on localities -- whether or not they approve the establishment of dispensaries. The Odessa Village Board has indicated it will opt out of the state's dispensary plan, wishing to leave it to voters in March. Watkins Glen, by contrast, has decided to opt in to the program. Speakers at the meeting varied in their viewpoints, with Gretchen Silliman of SCCUDD (Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs) opposed to the concept in general -- the presence of marijuana presenting a threat to youths; and William Campbell of the Schuyler Glass Company in support of permitting such outlets in Odessa, indicating he wants to operate one. SCOPED (Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development) Executive Director Judy McKinney Cherry told the meeting by phone that localities with dispensaries will benefit through sales tax and jobs, with "a positive impact on the bottom line."

Photo in text: Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer at the meeting.


Hale named Chamber's next executive director

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Schuyler County Tourism Promotion Agency Board of Directors have appointed Nigar Hale as the Chamber's next Executive Director, effective November 1. Hale will succeed Michael Hardy, who is resigning at year's end. Business.

Left: Nigar Hale (Photo provided)

IMRRC names new executive director. Business.

Participants head out onto the track at the fund-raising Walk to End Alzheimer's held Oct. 14 at Watkins Glen International.


Walk at WGI raises funds to fight Alzheimer's

About 200 people registered for the Thursday, Oct. 14 Walk to End Alzheimer's at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. The event, one of many held annually around the country, raised more than $60,000 through registrations and sponsorships. WGI offered use of the facility as a charitable donation. Another walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Elmira's Eldridge Park.

Photo: Among the walkers were Gracie, foreground, and Cookie, along with their owner, Gail Valentino of Dansville, who said this was her seventh such walk over several years.


4 young friends from Glen raise $1,001 for SOS

A 13-year-old girl who wanted to raise some funds for a worthy cause joins with three 9-year-olds to generate $1,001 for the Spirit of Schuyler, a non-profit that provides emergency funding for county residents in need. The money, raised at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival, was presented to the Spirit of Schuyler on Saturday, Oct. 9. Features.

Photo: Certificate presented by the Spirit of Schuyler.

Spaghetti dinner, take-out style

Volunteers at the United Way of Schuyler County's annual "Kickoff" spaghetti and meatball dinner at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge clean up the kitchen there on Monday evening, Oct. 11, after preparing about 300 meals sold as take-outs for drive-through and walk-in customers. The dining hall remained vacant -- a far cry from pre-Covid years when on-site dining was a large part of the evening's proceedings.

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano addresses the audience attending the Firefighter Memorial Ceremony.


Fallen firefighters honored at memorial service

The three fallen firefighters whose names are on a memorial plaque in the Schuyler County Emergency Services Memorial Park outside the Sheriff's Office in Watkins Glen were honored Oct. 6 at the county's first annual Firefighter Memorial Ceremony at the park. Thomas J. Tobin of the Tyrone Fire Department (he died in 1992), Alton L. Lewis of the Montour Falls Fire Department (1999) and Dale E. Jaynes of the Burdett Fire Department (2019) were eulogized by Sheriff William Yessman, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, County Fire Coordinator Bill Kennedy and County Deputy Administrator Fonda Chronis in short speeches. The Memorial Park was the site of a similar ceremony honoring police in the spring.

Photo: A ringing of a bell was part of the memorial service.


A column by Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer

The mayor provides us with his 11th in a series of columns on what is happening in Odessa and the surrounding area. This time he discusses what he sees as the need to move on from party line voting -- casting ballots instead for the people who can best represent us all. Column.

Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer

Jackie Honsberger of the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor in Watkins Glen makes some ice cream with a liquid nitrogen machine at the Business Expo.


Vendors, services displayed at Business Expo

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce held its 15th annual Business Expo on Oct. 6 at the Watkins Glen Community Center, with many area businesses on hand to meet prospective customers, check out competitors, showcase their products, recruit for fall and winter workforce needs, and distribute promotional literature.


Watkins Village Board eyes Clute Park projects

The Watkins Glen Village Board on Tuesday night, Oct. 5th discussed expansion of Clute Park camper sites to a section designed for tents. Permission would have to be given by park owner Cargill, and the board wants to study the cost involving installation of water, electric and sewer service. It also discussed a preliminary proposal from an undisclosed vendor interested in operating food service out of the new Events Center at Clute, but needs more information. The plan would require construction of an addition, primarily to expand kitchen facilities. The vendor would bear the initial cost, with payback possibly through an extended and discounted lease.

Photo: Mayor Luke Leszyk at the meeting.

The Easterlings and their children, Noel and Emry, cut the ribbon. On the left are Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur and Montour Falls Mayor James Ryan. On the right is the Chamber of Commerce's Michael Hardy.


Ribbon-cutting welcomes vegan restaurant

A ribbon was cut at a ceremony Oct. 5 marking the opening of Grandma's Kitchen, a vegan restaurant at 123 S. Catharine St., Montour Falls. The restaurant is owned and operated by Mike and Casey Easterling, who moved here from the New York City area and want to "connect the past" -- recipes their grandparents utilized -- "with the present and future," in the words of Casey. Speakers at the ceremony included the Easterlings, Montour Falls Mayor James Ryan, Farm Sanctuary co-founder Gene Baur (who praised the growth of "plant-based agriculture" in this region), and Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Hardy. Mike Easterling served up some snacks for the dozens of spectators on hand.

Photo: Grandma's Kitchen.

Food stands were a favorite stop Oct. 2 at the Falls Harvest Festival in Montour Falls.


Sunny skies greet
Falls Harvest Festival

Sunny skies and a sizable crowd were in evidence at the Oct. 2 Falls Harvest Festival in Montour Falls. The gathering on Main Street -- which featured food and craft vendors, entertainment, information tents and fireworks -- was presented by Watkins Glen Promotions. Title sponsor was the Cayuga Health System.

Photo: Nate the Great was one of the entertainers. He played guitar, sang and juggled.

Gun locks distributed at festival. Features.

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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.


Watkins Glen's Annette Rodriguez has published her second book of poetry, titled "Surfaced. See me, Understand Me." It is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and on her website here.

Book signing from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Watkins Glen Public Library, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.


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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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An eternal message of lights, hope and faith

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

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


Oh, the famous faces I've seen

The editor has been thinking about fame (a commodity foreign to him personally), and about the famous people he has encountered. Some thoughts on the subject. Famous.


The Sound and the Silence: A Memoir

Some things in life can mean a great deal -- can embody hope and dreams ... and memories. The sailboat is one such thing for the author. Silence.



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Check out our sports related stories and essays, located at the bottom of the Sports Page.


Some special feature packages

From stories of life years ago along Steam Mill Road, to stories by the editor -- you can find them at the bottom of Features.



The editor's long search for some childhood icons

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

Above: One of the heroes in question.


A cabin in the woods

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




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