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4 Novels by the editor

Island Nights

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The Islander

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Prelude-Chapter 4

Chapters 5-13

Chapters 14-21

Chapters 22-29

Chapters 30-36

Chapters 37-44.

Cabins in the Mist

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The Maiden of Mackinac

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Watkins boys rout Greene, reach semis

The Watkins Glen High School boys varsity basketball team -- led by Luke Flahive's 24 points and 20 points by Colin Gates -- ran past Greene 70-30 Saturday night in the WGHS Field House to advance to the semifinals of the Section IV, Class C Tournament. The Senecas, 16-1 and the top seed in Class C, will face Moravia at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the FIeld House. Moravia, the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 5 Sidney Saturday night 66-40. Sports.

Left: Watkins' Luke Flahive drives. (Photo by Don Romeo)


Glen cheerleaders win big at H'heads

The WGHS cheerleaders took home plenty of hardware from Saturday's Raiders Express Cheerleading Competition in Horseheads. Sports.

Left: Cheerleader Abby Miller


Gould takes 4th at States

Watkins Glen wrestler Brandon Gould battled back from a quarterfinal loss to take 4th place in the 126-pound weight class Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships in Albany. He went 4-2 at the two-day event. Sports.

Left: Brandon Gould (File photo)

Also: WG runner Patrick Hazlitt advances to States Sports.

State Senator Tom O’Mara (left) and Assemblyman Palmesano (right) present a copy of the adopted Resolution to veteran Philip Swaney in the New York State Senate Chamber. (Photo provided)


O'Mara, Palmesano honor Swaney

State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano welcomed Schuyler County resident Philip J. Swaney, Sr. -- a decorated Vietnam War veteran -- to the State Capitol on Wednesday to salute him for his drive to establish a statewide program, now known as the “Honor Our Heroes Program,” that recognizes veterans who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Coast Guard Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Silver Star. An official Legislative Resolution sponsored by O'Mara and Palmesano and approved unanimously by the Senate and Assembly honors Swaney, in part reading: “Having exhibited his patriotism both at home and abroad, Philip J. Swaney, Sr. demonstrates his love for his country and merits, forevermore, the highest respect of his State and Nation.”

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Auditions are set in early March for roles in the Lake Country Players' production of "Aesop's Foibles," open to children 5 to 18. Features.


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The Editor's Columns


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Walter B. Croft, Sr., 74, of Montour Falls.
Pauline M. Bradley, 93, formerly of Rock Stream.
Margaret (Ayers) Mack, 58, of Montour Falls.
Alford D. Johnson, 78, of Burdett.
William D. Cross, 64, of Alpine.
Marjorie Mae Hall, 97, of Watkins Glen.

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

Mark Swinnerton, left, and Scott Gibson

Gibson for Mayor, Swinnerton for Trustee

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Watkins girls top ND, 45-25, reach semis

The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team -- led by Amanda Pike's 20 points -- defeated Elmira Notre Dame 45-25 Friday night in the WGHS Field House to advance to the semifinals of the Section IV, Class C Tournament. The Senecas, now 15-4, will play the winner of Friday's Lansing-Candor game on Tuesday at 7 p.m., once again at the Field House. Sports.

Left: Watkins' Amanda Pike

District Attorney Joe Fazzary at the press conference, attended by print, TV and online media.


Cracking down on welfare fraud

Schuyler County has saved more than $1 million in a crackdown on welfare fraud initiated 10 months ago with the appointment of Deputy Craig Bianco (right) as a fraud investigator working with the Department of Social Services. A press conference trumpeting that savings and the arrest in the past 10 months of 23 individuals on fraud-related charges was held Thursday in the county Human Services Complex in Montour Falls, just down the hall from the Social Services offices. Present were County District Attorney Joe Fazzary, Bianco, Sheriff Bill Yessman, DSS Commissioner Joanne Fratarcangelo, DSS Fraud Unit Supervisor Tammy Brown and several members of the County Legislature -- which initiated the program in 2014 by approving the investigator position. Fraud.


Palmesano to Cuomo: Unlock school-aid runs

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, in accord on the issue with Assembly colleagues and education advocates, delivers a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo: Release the school-aid runs. Government.

Left: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano

Watkins Glen Superintendent Tom Phillips has a message for Governor Cuomo too. See open letter here.


Rotary honors Rhodes as Student of Month

Odessa-Montour senior Adrianna "Addi" Rhodes was honored Thursday by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for February. Rhodes was introduced by O-M Superintendent-elect Chris Wood, who said the honoree -- a 3-sport athlete and class leader -- is "thoughtful, caring and kind," and "a go-getter who flies under the radar.' She is treasurer of the O-M chapter of the National Honor Society, and a member of Student Council, the Senior High Band and her church Youth Group. She plans to attend SUNY Oneonta or Sage College and major in Occupational Therapy.

Photo at right: Addi Rhodes

Robot Hockey was a popular game at the Open House, utilizing robot technology to create competition.


4-H recruits kids for robotics program

The 4-H robotics program, now in its 5th year, held an open house Thursday night at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls to drum up interest with an eye toward recruiting new participants aged 8-18. The program, which attracted 40 kids last year, including a half-dozen for the first time in the 14-18 age group, teaches basic robotics construction and programming through Lego products for the younger kids, and encourages more advanced construction by the older ones. A new season is upcoming, and will include basic lessons, participation in the State Fair, one competition for the younger kids (8-14) late in the year, and several for the older ones. Roger Ort, who oversees the program, said the ultimate goal of the program is to set some participants on a career path that includes engineering. The Human Services Complex serves as the meeting place for the 8-14 age group, Ort said, but "we're looking for a home for the older kids" because they and their robotics take up more space.

Above, from top: A $2,500 robotics unit was put through its paces at the open house; a fun table with basic Lego robotics parts; WENY-TV's Samantha Potter interviews a young attendee.


Harbor Hotel donates $20,000 to Red Cross

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel presented a check for $20,000 to the Red Cross Tuesday, proceeds from the 4th annual Ice Bar event at the hotel. Check.

Left: Red Cross exec Joel Robinson at the hotel Tuesday.


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Some photos from along Seneca Lake

Geese like those on the left were plentiful Friday east of the breakwater at Seneca Harbor in Watkins Glen, but gone on Sunday. But there were other subjects to photograph, and so Liz Fraboni and editor Charlie Haeffner did. Those photos, along with contributions from Joe Fazzary, Tom Phillips and Marianne Morin, populate a page devoted to Seneca Lake and its shoreline.

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Open for business

The new Odessa Wine and Spirits business on Main Street in Odessa, next to the Tompkins Trust Company office, opened its doors to customers on Saturday, Dec. 20. "Send us an email to to let us know what you would like us to have in stock," said a spokesperson.
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This month's column from the Valicenti firm

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

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


A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara provides us with a weekly column from Albany. This time: "Medicaid audits remain maddening for taxpayers." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara


Craig tops Qualifier, advances to States

Watkins Glen High School bowler Lucy Craig topped the field Friday at the Section IV State Qualifier in Binghamton, earning a spot in the State Bowling Tournament in Syracuse in two weeks. Sports.

Left: Lucy Craig (File photo)


This week's deals at Famous Brands

We are carrying the weekly ad showcasing the latest deals available at Jim Guild's Famous Brands store on Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. For a look, click here.

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Sister Saturdays at Glenora Wine Cellars: A New Food & Wine Pairing Series! Taste wines from sister wineries Glenora Wine Cellars, Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant, and Chateau LaFayette Reneau, paired with delectable treats, themed monthly, by Chef Orlando of Veraisons Restaurant. Learn a bit of history about each winery through pictures and dialogue from our staff. This month features Cajun-inspired cuisine you might find at Mardi Gras! For more information, see Sports or visit

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Contests set for Watkins Glen Election Day

While other villages in our area are devoid of contested races in the March 18 elections, Watkins Glen has several. The ballot released by Village Clerk Donna Beardsley shows the following candidates and their party affiliations:

Mayor (4-Year Term):
Scott D. Gibson (current trustee, Listening Party)
Samuel Schimizzi (Democrat and People's Choice Party)
Richard Scuteri (Concerned Taxpayers Party)
Trustee (4-Year Term, 2 seats)
R. Mark Swinnerton (current mayor, Listening Party)
Kevin Thornton (Democrat and People's Choice Party)
Gary Schmidt (Democrat and People's Choice Party)
Robert Mahoney (Concerned Taxpayers Party)
Eric Johnston (Concerned Taxpayers Party)
Village Justice (4-Year Term)
Keith A. Caslin (Republican & Listening Party)
Connie Fern Miller (Democrat and People's Choice Party)
Michael Nyre (Family and Community Party)


Watkins boys rally, win IAC title

The Watkins Glen boys varsity basketball team, down 36-26 at halftime, rallied to defeat previously unbeaten Whitney Point 59-50 Thursday night in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School championship game.

The contest, at Tompkins Cortland Community College, drew a large contingent of Watkins fans who watched their team catch up to the Eagles in the third period and pull away in the fourth by scoring the game's final eight points. The Senecas are now 15-1 heading into the Section IV, Class C tournament. Whitney Point, in Class B, is 17-1. Sports.

Right: Watkins Glen's Keith Rekczis reacts at the end of the game.


Odessa-Montour unveils Honor Roll

The Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School releases its list of High Honor and Honor Roll students for the third marking period of the 2014-15 school year. Honors.

Dessert Shack

Formerly Over The Top cupcakes and treats is now Dessert Shack at a new location with a new menu. We have fresh-made bagels daily along with many tasty pastries, cookies, cheese cake, and cinn rolls. Breakfast sandwiches to eat in or to go. We do special occasion cakes, ice cream cakes, 9-inch round cookie cakes along with a variety of cupcakes, all made fresh to order on premises. Everyone else is closed for the season, but we still serve 15 flavors of hard ice cream, so if you get a hankering for a milkshake, come see us. Homemade soup Tue-Thur, chili every Fri. State Rt. 79, Burdett. 703-0011.

Watkins Glen village trustees Tony Fraboni, center, and Paul Clifford with clerk/typist Rhonda Slater at Tuesday's meeting.


Mayor could ask Dugo to help on transition

The Watkins Glen Village Board Tuesday night, in a meeting otherwise light on action, lauded the role of Nick Dugo (at right in file photo) as Village Justice for 28 years, and raised the possibility of extending his stay a couple of weeks beyond the March 31 end of his term in order to help in the transition to a new justice. The post is up for grabs in the March 18 village elections. An extension would be at the request of the mayor, with Dugo's acceptance, and would -- Village Clerk Donna Beardsley said at Tuesday's session -- help whoever is elected undergo proper classes and training without a huge backlog of cases building up. Deputy Mayor Scott Gibson said Dugo "has done a remarkable job for us. We thank him for his service."


Reisingers, 2 others honored

Karen and Rick Reisinger, owners of Reisinger’s Apple Country in the Town of Dix, receive the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award at the annual meeting of the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District. Merit Awards go to Art Austin of the County Highway Department and Daniel Thorpe of the Town of Hector Highway Department. Awards.

Left: Rick and Karen Reisinger

Left: Aran Holland, one of the Watkins Glen High School Interact Club students helping serve the dinner. Right: Diner Stan Beaver.


Arc annual dinner held

Many diners ventured out in Monday evening's cold weather to attend the annual Arc of Schuyler Spaghetti Dinner at the Montour Moose Lodge -- where there was plenty of heat and food. The dinner helps raise funds for the Arc as it provides supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Above: Diner Frank Steber motions for a coffee refill.

Left: Dinner chair Don Stocum serves up some food.
Right: Arc of Schuyler Executive Director Jeannette Frank.


Enhanced GP Fest expected in Sept.

An enhanced schedule of activities is expected to extend this year's Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival through the Sept. 11 weekend. Festival..

Chris Wood, left, who starts as O-M Superintendent on April 1, is administered the oath of office by School Board President Rob Halpin.


O-M gives joint football the go-ahead;
Wood sworn in as superintendent

The Odessa-Montour School Board on Feb. 12 approved without opposition or comment a joint football program with the Watkins Glen School Distict -- whose board had approved it Monday night. The O-M Board also approved the appointment of High School Principal Chris Wood as the district's next Superintendent of Schools, his new job to start on April 1. Wood was selected by the Board from a finalist pool of three candidates, winnowed down from more than a dozen applicants. The football program will move forward now with an ad seeking coaches, and after that will come input from students on a new team name, color, and mascot. Said Wood of the joint program: "This is good for us and the community. The overarching thought of the students is that they want to play football. The students drove this decision." O-M's last football season ended prematurely due to a lack of enough players. Added Lou Condon Jr. (photo inset), the Watkins football coach for the past few seasons and on hand at Thursday's board meeting: "There are good things to come. This is exciting."

To see the Draft Compact that will be used to guide the new program, click here.

State Award: Keuka Brewing Company was awarded the 2014 F.X. Matt Memorial Cup at the recent TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival, held in the Hudson Valley. "Having our beer named the top craft beer in New York State in 2014 is testament to the hard work we've put in for six years," said Keuka Brewing owner Richard Musso. Added his son, head brewer Mark Musso: "It's an absolute honor."

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Now available on Kindle: The Maiden of Mackinac

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

Left: Cover art by Jon Haeffner

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Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

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

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

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State Senator Tom O'Mara, left, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano at the Rotary luncheon Thursday.


O'Mara, Palmesano give updates on Albany

State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano were guest speakers Thursday, Feb. 12 at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club -- where they touched on a number of issues in Albany, including the demise of Sheldon Silver as Assembly Speaker, the governance of Andrew Cuomo, the Start-Up NY campaign, and other topics. Joining in the event were members of the Schuyler County League of Women Voters, which sponsors a Candidates Night each fall, and goes into the schools each spring, helping to register new voters.

Victoria Wixson receives her Student of the Month plaque from the Rotary Club president, John King.


Rotary honors Wixson as Student of Month

Watkins Glen High School senior Victoria Wixson was honored Thursday, Feb. 12 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for February. Wixson was introduced by teacher Kaz Popovich, who described the honoree as "meticulous" and a "take-charge" person, whether in business class, as president of Varsity Club, on the Yearbook staff or on the swim team, where she was an IAC All-Star. Victoria also was the only female on the Watkins boys lacrosse team last year, and plans to play on the same team again in the spring. She will attend SUNY Oneonta in the fall and pursue courses in Business and Fashion Design.


Odessa's latest report on water quality

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


Valentine's Day humor from Ron Havens

The Catharine Corners cartoonist weighs in with some offbeat humor inspired by the romance of Valentine's Day.

From left: Sam Schimizzi, Gary Schmidt, Connie Fern Miller
and Kevin Thornton. (Photo provided)

Dems field slate for Village races

The Democrats have selected three nominees to run for seats on the Watkins Glen Village Board in the March 18 elections.

Samuel Schimizzi is in the race for mayor. He will face independent Scott Gibson, who is currently a village trustee. Current mayor Mark Swinnnerton, a Republican, is trying to switch places with Gibson by running for trustee.

The Democrats' trustee candidates are Gary Schmidt and Kevin Thornton, the latter a write-in candidate for mayor four years ago.

Attorney Connie Fern Miller previously announced her Democratic Party candidacy for Village Justice.

Conviction affirmed

A New York State Appellate Court has unanimously upheld the 2011 conviction of Rose Reeves, 79, of Burdett, found guilty by a Schuyler County Court jury of grand larceny and three counts of forgery in the theft of more than $361,000 from her elderly sister-in-law before the latter's death in 2008. The Chemung County Distirct Attorney's Office -- named Special Prosecutor in the case because Schuyler County District Attorney Joe Fazzary was executor of the victim's estate, nephew to both women, and a trial witness -- elicited in testimony that Reeves (in the words of the Appellate Court) "further spent substantial sums of money, with no obvious source, at a casino during the period in question." Reeves is serving her sentence of five years probation imposed by then-County Judge J.C. Argetsinger. The $361,169 she was ordered to pay in restitution to the estate "remains largely unpaid," according to a press release from the Chemung County DA's office.

Photo in text: The Schuyler County Courthouse. (File photo)


Stocum named chair for Arc Spaghetti Dinner

Watkins Glen Postmaster Don Stocum (pictured at right) has been named chairman of The Arc of Schuyler’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at the Montour Moose Lodge. The dinner will take place on President’s Day, February 16 starting at 5 p.m. For details, see People.

Front from left: Jodi Dean of Geneva, Jane Russell of Pulteney, John Tornow of Seneca Castle, and Jan Zeserson of Ulysses. Back from left: Carrie Fischer of Fayette and Kim Cunningham of Naples.

6 more protest arrests

The six people pictured above -- posing Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 11 outside the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office following their release -- were arrested earlier in the day at a Crestwood energy company gate alongside Rte. 14 north of Watkins Glen. The half-dozen were charged with trespass for blocking the gate. They bring to 216 the number of arrests since a protest movement began in late October over the firm's plans to store methane, propane and butane in abandoned salt caverns west of Seneca Lake. The methane storage has been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The other plans are on hold pending a ruling by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.


Watkins School Board OKs joint football plan

The Watkins Glen School Board Feb. 9 unanimously backed the planned merger of the district's football program with that of Odessa-Montour's. The O-M Board is scheduled to vote on the issue Thursday night. Schools.

Left: Board vice president Kelly McCarthy, who ran the meeting.

To see the amended Draft Compact, click here.
To see the district's meeting summary, click here.


6 minors charged after 911 pocket call

Six minors were "arrested and issued appearance tickets" for Town of Dix Court early Sunday morning, Feb. 8 after being found in possession of alcohol at a party at 2940 Townsend Road, Watkins Glen, says the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office, which was alerted to the party through an inadvertent 911 call that "the host had accidentally dialed in his pocket" at 3:14 a.m. With the call, "dispatchers could hear commotion in the background but no one would answer the dispatcher," so the phone was traced and a Sheriff's car sent to the scene. The arrestees -- each facing a fine or a fine and community service -- range in age from 16 to 18. The Sheriff's Office said it is "still searching for the party or parties who provided alcohol."


'Snowmobilers, stay on designated trails'

HECTOR, Feb. 5 -- With recent abundant snowfall making for great snowmobiling conditions, Finger Lakes National Forest officials are cautioning that the only Forest Land areas where snowmobiles are permitted are on designated trails "per Federal Law." Those people in violation may be fined and have their machines impounded.

“With the recent snowfall, we have seen an increased amount of users going off trails and trespassing on private land," said Jodie L. Vanselow, District Ranger. "Snowmobilers need to ensure they have permission to be on private land.”

Weather permitting, snowmobile use is allowed on designated trails within the Finger Lakes Forest from Dec. 15 to March 15.


Fish-stocking program restored

Due to increased interest by residents who own ponds, the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is restoring a fish-stocking program abandoned several years ago. Six species of fish will be available to order (largemouth bass, channel catfish, fathead minnows, rainbow trout, hybrid bluegill and triploid grass carp). Also available for purchase: fish food and materials to help clear ponds of algae. Fish will be delivered in boxes with oxygen-injected water. The order deadline is May 15. Delivery is May 22. For price information and an order form, visit the SWCD website,, or call 535-0878.

Photo in text: Scenes like this might follow the stocking program. (Photo provided)

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An eternal message of lights, hope and faith

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

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Oh, the famous faces I've seen

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


The Sound and the Silence: A Memoir

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



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.



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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