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Island Nights

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Given options, Alderson chooses jail

Jeremy Alderson was sentenced Wednesday in Reading Town Court to 15 days in the Schuyler County Jail on a trespass charge stemming from a 2012 protest at the Crestwood gate along Rt. 14. Alderson, whose sentence had been delayed for months pending appeals, chose jail over a fine and rejected an offer from the District Attorney's office to do community service. Justice Raymond Berry, saying he had no other choice, levied the jail sentence. Alderson told Berry that despite the circumstances, he would remember the judge "fondly," bringing a smile and a "Good luck" from Berry just before Alderson was led away by deputies. Alderson.

Above: Alderson signals to supporters as he heads to jail.


Delay in apartments is engineering related

Watkins Glen Code Enforcement Officer Greg Larnard (right) told the village Planning Board Wednesday night that the reason that ground hasn't been broken for the Seneca Terrace Apartments on the hill above the Elks Club on the north end of town is because its planners needed to make some engineering changes upon directive from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Larnard said the DEC, wanting to make sure the water runoff to Seneca Lake was clean enough to meet AA Watershed standards, "required a few more pieces of engineering" that necessitated the elimination of two apartments. Now, instead of two 12-unit buildings, one will consist of 10 units. Revised plans are expected soon, he said, and will be passed along to the Planning Board to study. Chair Chris Bond said he hoped the changes don't require the Board to reopen the site approval process.

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Chateau LaFayette Reneau, led by co-owners Gene Pierce (right) and Scott Welliver, is celebrating its Governor's Cup win. Business.

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Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

George Roy Confer, 90, of Montour Falls and Lakeland, FL
Florence M. Waltman, 79, of Dundee.
Judith J. “Judy” Craft, 89, formerly of Trumansburg.
Pauline Waugh, 100, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Elizabeth A. Clemons, 79, of Beaver Dams.

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


Photos from past are echo of Middle School

With the Watkins Glen Middle School closed and the school district consolidating to a single campus, former School Board President Brian O'Donnell presents a couple of photos from the former school's distant past. History.

Watkins Glen village trustee Scott Gibson reads the resolution before the board discussed and voted on it. He authored the document.


Glen board opposes LPG storage, 3-0-2

The Watkins Glen Village Board voted Monday night in opposition to Crestwood's proposed storage of LPG gas in salt caverns north of the village. The vote was 3-0, with two abstentions -- Paul Clifford, a Cargill employee who wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, and Tony Fraboni, who said he didn't think the vote would have any influence in the state's ultimate decision on the project. Scott Gibson and Kevin Smith both voted in favor of the resolution, as did Mayor Mark Swinnerton (inset), who cast the deciding vote. Government.


Protesters rally, asked to pledge resistance

More than 250 people opposed to Crestwood's proposed storage of LPG gas in salt caverns west of Seneca Lake rallied outside the company's gate on Rt. 14 Monday. Organizers called for a pledge of resistance, which urges nonviolent acts including civil disobedience. One protester, a retired police captain, urged the others to "prepare mentally for arrest" in future gatherings. Protesters.

Left: One of Monday's signs

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Here comes the Fall Sports season

Members of the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity soccer team took to the field (above) for the first day of practice Monday, as did athletes in all other fall sports. Practice.


A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara graces our pages with a weekly column from Albany. This time: "Living up to a promise on mandate relief." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara

Matthew Wilber completes the Half Marathon.


Wilber, Weiner top Half Marathon runners

Matthew Wilber of Columbia Crossroads, Pennsylvania posted his second straight Catharine Valley Half Marathon victory Sunday, registering a time of 1:14.37. Melissa Weiner of Ithaca, who finished third among female competitors last year, led them this year with a 1:32.03. A total of 332 runners crossed the finish line. Race.


This week's deals at Famous Brands

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

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An unbeatable combination of live music, the autumn view of Seneca Lake, and a Lobster bake is coming up this September 13th and 14th at Glenora Wine Cellars from noon to 5:00pm each day! Enjoy a fresh Maine lobster dinner with steamed clams, corn on the cob, salt potatoes, and more, or purchase from the ala carte menu. Plenty of award-winning Glenora wines will be available to enjoy as well! For more information, see Sports or visit

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Devon tourney draws 21 teams, 80 players

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Clute Park attracted 21 teams and more than 80 players Saturday -- a fund-raiser for the Defense for Devon Foundation set up in memory of Devon Shaw, a Watkins Glen High School graduate who lost his battle with cancer last year."Great weather," said one observer of the sunny, cool day. "Great cause," added another. Sports.

Left: Jesse Teeter soars to the basket past Justin DeDominick.


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.


Starbuck eyes run for Treasurer's post

Former Schuyler County Treasurer Margaret (Peggy) Starbuck (right) is circulating petitions that would put her in the race for the Treasurer's post, vacated recently with the resignation of Gary Whyman, the man who defeated her in the last election. Starbuck has a Facebook page -- created on August 3rd -- rallying support to her campaign, and responded to an e-mail by saying the campaign "is going well. Little tougher when you only have two weeks to get (signatures), but I have a lot of good people working for me. People are glad to hear I am running." The deadline for petitions is Aug. 19, according to the Facebook page, which is run by Starbuck's daughter Tracy. The only other announced candidate for the Treasurer's post is Harriett Vickio, previously the county's Director of Purchasing and recently appointed Deputy Treasurer by Acting Treasurer Lisa Snyder.

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.

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Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

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

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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

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Tour de Cure riders set off on 10-mile bike journey. They started and finished at Watkins Glen High School. Five different groups of riders participated, with staggered starts throughout the morning.


Tour de Cure raises funds in diabetes fight

Five hundred bicyclists took to roads and trails Saturday in the fifth annual Finger Lakes Tour de Cure event to help in the fight against diabetes. Rides of varying distance, from 10 miles to 100 miles, started and ended at Watkins Glen High School. Participants gathered pledges totaling about $250,000, said Tour spokeswoman Kris Alexich. That compares to 200 riders and $78,000 in the event's inaugural year. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 29.1 million people in the United States live with the disease. The Tour, a press release notes, "promotes an active lifestyle and raises critical funding for research, support and advocacy." Alexich said only 10% of the riders have diabetes, a disease of the pancreas where the body is not producing insulin or not producing enough of it. Of Saturday's turnout, Alexich said she was "so impressed."

Photo in text: Hayley Guild sings the National Anthem before riders cross the starting line.

A look down a row of quilts on display at the Quilt Show.


Community Center hosts 2-day Quilt Show

The second annual Quilts, Vines & Finger Lakes Wines Quilt Show staged by O'Susannah's Quilts and Gifts drew what organizer Sue Knapp called "a great turnout" during its Saturday-Sunday run at the Watkins Glen Community Center. The show, designed to inspire quilters -- and help ensure that "the art doesn't die," said Knapp -- featured more vendors than last year, a quilt appraiser, and a food stand run by the Reynoldsville United Methodist Church. There were 290 quilts on display, but only a couple for sale.


Golf tourney raises $20,000 for The Arc

The Arc of Schuyler raised more than $20,000 at its 14th annual golf tournament fundraiser held Friday at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. Sixteen teams vied for honors. See story and photos on Sports.

Allyson Guild hands a cup of ice cream across a counter set up at the Rotary Club luncheon. Getting ice cream are, from left, Rotarians Rebekah LaMoreaux, Tom Gifford, Charlie Cole, Dominick Franzese, Chris Burns and Terri Orbin. Behind Allyson is her father-in-law, Rotarian and co-server Jim Guild.


Rotarians get a speech and an ice cream treat

Watkins Glen-Montour Rotary Club member Jim Guild (left), who launched his Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shop on North Franklin Street in Watkins this summer, outlined to Rotarians Thursday -- at their weekly luncheon -- how he lobbied for and earned the Ben & Jerry's franchise. He said other ice cream businesses in the village were very welcoming, and that when he ran out of waffle mix at one point, competitor Peter Honsberger of the Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor came to the rescue with a large bag of mix. For dessert Thursday, Guild and daughter-in-law Allyson served ice cream to each Rotarian.

Fireplace discovered: In addition to documents found in a Watkins Glen Middle School safe (see story below), something else has turned up in that building. Superintendent Tom Phillips sent along the photo above, with the comment: "Here is a fireplace discovered in a classroom on the first floor. It was covered over with sheetrock." The Middle School is being sold as the district consolidates to one campus.


Years of records found in Middle School safe

Boxes full of old minutes, report cards, diplomas, deeds, photos and other documents were discovered Tuesday in an old safe that had remained locked for years in the Watkins Glen Middle School. Documents.

Left: Superintendent Tom Phillips digs through the boxes found in an old safe.


Hector's Chateau LaFayette Reneau
wins the 2014
Governor's Cup

New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy took a bus tour of Finger Lakes wineries and distilleries Aug. 13, touting the growth of the beverage and tourism industry, and later announcing annual Governor's Cup winners. The top award, the Governor's Cup, was presented to Chateau LaFayette Reneau of Hector for its 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling. For details, and a list of winners, see Wine Tour.

Photo at right: Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy

Chateau LaFayette Reneau celebrates victory. Business.

The Sgro Brothers, wielding their harmonicas, perform
in the Clute Park pavilion.


Sgro Brothers entertain indoors

The weather was wet, so the Aug. 12 Concert in the Park was moved from outdoors at Lafayette Park to the shelter of the Clute Park pavilion. The concert, part of a series held weekly during the summer, featured the harmonica-playing Sgro Brothers, Dom and Tony. Next up: the Gentlemen of Song presenting Big Band, Swing and other music on Aug. 19.

School Board members Kristen Hazlitt and Keith Caslin
at Tuesday's meeting


School Board meets in short session

The Watkins Glen School Board held a brief meeting Aug. 12th at which it made several appointments and approved a 2014-15 tax levy of $8,816,163, up 2.76% from the previous year. The tax rate dropped 8 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation thanks to an increase in district-wide valuation. The Board also said that the sale of the Middle School has yet to be completed due to a need "to rebuild the abstract." The closing is set for mid-September.

To see meeting summary, click here.


LPG opponents renew pleas to Legislature

A string of speakers on Aug. 11 urged the Schuyler County Legislature to rescind its June vote supporting a proposal to store LPG gas in salt caverns, and they pointed with pleasure to a DEC press release announcing an "issues conference" on the plan. Govt.

Left: Storage-plan opponent Sylvia Fox addresses Legislature.


Of dreams and perceptions ...

The editor touches on some recurring dreams, then focuses attention on some recent happenings and the perceptions they have left. Column.


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Allmendinger captures 1st Sprint Cup victory

AJ Allmendinger (left) outpaced Marcos Ambrose on a restart with two laps remaining Aug. 10 to win the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race, his first-ever Sprint Cup victory. Allmendinger led most of the final third of the race, a contest that saw several cautions and three red flags, including one that stopped action for 81 minutes on the 57th lap following a multi-car accident coming off Turn 5. Ambrose finished second in the race, Kurt Busch third and Kyle Larson fourth. Sports.

Also: Marcos Ambrose won Saturday's Zippo 200 Nationwide Series race, his fourth straight Zippo victory at The Glen.


Vickio announces run for County Treasurer post

Recently appointed Schuyler County Deputy Treasurer Harriett Vickio has announced her intent to run for the office of County Treasurer. The post was recently vacated with the resignation of Gary Whyman. Government.

Left: Harriett Vickio


Schumer visits Arc

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited The Arc of Schuyler in Watkins Glen Aug. 8th to express his support for the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. Business.

Above: Schumer with Arc leaders Jeannette Frank (left, Schuyler County) and Ann McMullen (Yates County).

Richard Petty meets with the media. He later signed autographs for more than 100 fans outside Tops.


Petty helps offload Food Bank donation

Auto racing legend Richard Petty was on hand Aug. 8th at Tops Friendly Markets in Watkins Glen for a news conference announcing a food donation to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Richard Petty Motorsports, teaming with Tops and with Smithfield Foods, is donating 40,000 pounds of protein to the food bank. Petty has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program in the past to donate thousands of pounds of protein. Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Aric Almirola.

Left: Petty helps unload boxes of protein, aided by Smithfield Foods official Dennis Pittman; Petty's belt buckle sums up his career.

Rusty Wallace visits after the ceremony with Al Robinson of Waverly, who had a long career in racing, serving as track announcer at the original Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, Public Relations Director at Dover International Speedway, and PR Director for NASCAR's Busch North Series. Robinson has fought back from a debilitating 2011 stroke.


Wallace inducted into Center's Walk of Fame

Retired NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace was present Aug. 8th for a ceremony on North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen celebrating his induction into the Watkins Glen Walk of Fame, a project of the International Motor Racing Research Center. Wallace, winner of 55 NASCAR races and a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, joins more than 100 racers honored in Watkins with markers embedded in village sidewalks. His marker is located in front of the Unique Country Boutique. "I'm very honored," Wallace told a crowd gathered for the occasion. "This is amazing. Watkins Glen is one of my favorite tracks." After the unveiling of the marker, Wallace moved inside the Boutique to sign autographs.

Above: Wallace studies the marker, shown in bottom photo.

Signing autographs

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards chats above with a young fan who was in line with other autograph seekers at the Tops Friendly Market on South Franklin Street in Watkins Glen Friday evening, Aug. 8. Present with Edwards was Roush Fenway Racing teammate Chris Buescher. Driver Ty Dillon appeared there earlier in the day, as well as at Walmart, and Boris Said was scheduled to appear at Tops later Friday night. The NASCAR Cheez-It 355 at The Glen race will be held Sunday at the Watkins Glen International track

Among the melodrama performers are (from left) Joe Edkin as Sybil Dowes, Melissa Norton as Margeaux Shanning, and Bill Christoffels as Victor Villanova.

Melodrama fun

The Old Havana Courthouse Theatre on Friday, Aug. 8 presented "Villainy at the Villanova: Vaudeville Revisited" -- a gathering of old-style vaudeville, music, comedy and magic in a story of Victor Villanova, owner of a failing vaudeville theater, and the efforts to save it that culminate in a sing-off between two dueling divas. The melodrama will be repeated at 7 tonight (Saturday) and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located on the second floor of the Montour Falls Village Hall.

Chip Ganassi holds the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award presented to him Thursday by Bobby Rahal, left, and J.C. Argetsinger, both representing the International Motor Racing Research Center.


Ganassi honored with 1st Argetsinger Award

Auto-racing team owner Chip Ganassi, whose drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 five times, and both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 along with scores of other races, was presented with the inaugural Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for outstanding contributions to motorsports Thursday night, Aug. 7 at a Corning Glass Center dinner. The honor, from the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, is named for the man who founded and organized road racing in the United States after World War II. Ganassi said he has been successful through 24 years of ownership for a "simple" reason: "The people around me. You don't do this by yourself." Speakers included Research Center President J.C. Argetsinger, SCCA President Lisa Noble, NASCAR President Mike Helton, NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, former driver and Racing Center Governing Council chairman Bobby Rahal, and IndyCar Senior Vice President Brian Barnhart. A Robert Gillespie painting representing Ganassi's career and commissioned by the Research Center was auctioned for $3,250, the proceeds going to the Center.

Photo in text: Ganassi, left, and dinner emcee Dr. Jerry Punch


Chelsea tells about her Rotary year abroad

Watkins Glen High School graduate Chelsea Kennard (left), who returned recently from a year abroad as a Rotary Exchange Student to Finland, outlined her year abroad Aug. 7 to members of the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club at their weekly luncheon. Kennard described the fears, joys, loneliness, friendships and challenges facing an exchange student, and the growth that comes from embracing the customs and language of another country. She plans to attend Corning Community College in the fall, and transfer later to a four-year school.


Volunteer baggers net tips for Foundation

Schuyler Hospital and Schuyler Health Foundation volunteers helped bag groceries Aug. 7 at Walmart, an annual event that earns tips from shoppers. The funds are earmarked for the Foundation. A blood screening clinic was also conducted at the store by hospital personnel. A Foundation spokesman said that Walmart also traditionally pays the Foundation an amount beyond the tips, one of its various community services.

Left: Bagger Carl Blowers


14th Arc golf tourney set for August 15th

The Arc of Schuyler's annual tournament will be played at the Watkins Glen Golf Course. It is one of the organization's key fundraisers. Sports.


Above: The tourney's Honorary Chair, Michael Larkin (left), and Chair Dominick Franzese


Board hears LPG pleas, but takes no action

The Watkins Glen Village Board discusses the Crestwood storage plan again, but again fails to vote on it. Government.

Left: Retired Cayuga Medical Center CEO Rob Mackenzie, who raised project safety concerns.


Watkins School Board meeting summary

The Watkins Glen Board of Education met Aug. 4. The resolutions passed and subjects discussed are outlined in a summary prepared by the district. Meeting.


Left: Watkins Glen School Board President Mike Myers


Catholic Charities leads Back to School drive

Seeks new, like-new clothing, new school supplies at various drop-off points in Watkins Glen. Schools.


Italian-American Fest concludes 3-day run

The 35th annual festival came to an end Aug. 3,with final-day highlights including skate-park competition and a motorcycle show. Festival.

Left: A festival scene Aug. 2nd. Inset: Aug. 2nd fireworks. (Photos by Liz Fraboni)

Winery owners take LPG objections to Albany

More than a dozen winery and vineyard owners held a news conference in Albany Wednesday, July 30, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny the application for the storage of LPG gas in salt caverns along the western shore of Seneca Lake, north of Watkins Glen. Government.


Charlena Curry Brown: A life well-lived

Brian O'Donnell looks back on the life and educational contributions of Charlena Curry Brown, who died Tuesday. Eulogy.

Left: Charlena Curry Brown

Michael Czarnecki and Charlotte Dickens, co-founders of the Watkins Glen Writers Group and Reading Series, at the July 28 session. Czarnecki gave Dickens a framed and illustrated copy of one of her poems in honor of her 20 years of guiding the group.

Reading series marks 20 years;
Dickens honored


The Watkins Glen Writers Group, which marked 20 years of existence in May, celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Reading Series -- gatherings featuring literary readings by featured artists and open-mic participants -- at a session Monday night, July 28 at the Old Havana Courthouse Theater in the Montour Falls Village Hall. The featured reader was poet-publisher Michael Czarnecki, who helped establish the group and has returned annually to read to it. He and the 30-plus people present honored Charlotte Dickens, co-founder and longtime guiding light of the group, for -- as Czarnecki said -- "putting so much energy into this for so many years."


Senka article tells of 'warming calm' in battle

John Senka (left), retired from his Odessa insurance agency and living in Wayland, tells in an issue of Guideposts of a strange, comforting feeling that settled on him during a Vietnam War battle in which he was seriously injured. Senka is author of the book "Wounded Body, Healing Spirit," which describes that battle and its long-reaching effects on him.

To see Senka's article, click here.


Whyman resigns from county treasurer's post

Schuyler County Treasurer Gary Whyman has resigned, attributing his decision to "family issues." Government.


Left: Gary Whyman


The story behind the Many Hands Thrift Shop

The Odessa United Methodist Church's used clothing operation has an interesting background, explained here.

Left: Thrift Shop clothing


Farm Bureau honors Hector sheep farmers

Hector sheep farmers Carole and Mark Harth were honored July 24 at the annual Schuyler County Farm Bureau picnic -- presented with an Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) sign (left) recognizing their environmental protection practices. Agriculture.

Among many Cheese Fest vendors: Heavenly Treats of Corning.


Cheese Fest draws large crowd to farm

A large crowd turned out on a beautiful day July 26 for the annual Finger Lakes Cheese Festival at the Hoffman farm at the Catharine four corners near Odessa. Agricultural products of various kinds were available from nearly 30 vendors, while the festival also offered live music, a petting zoo, games, hayrides and food classes. "Great turnout," said one visitor. "Great event," answered another.

Left: Roasted sweet corn (top) and one of several cheese stands.

The duo of Bob and Dee performed at the Cheese Fest.

The Montour Falls Fire Department was one of many departments in the annual Hector Fair parade.


Annual Hector Fair parade proves a hit

More than a dozen fire departments were represented July 26 at the annual Hector Fair parade on Rte. 414. Bands, tractors, classic cars and various floats added to the mix as participants moved past an appreciative crowd on the way to the fairgrounds. There, the second of three nights of fun was under way: rides, a petting zoo, food stands, games and a book sale. The fair concluded Saturday with an afternoon and evening of more midway fun.

Left top: A member of the marching Clyde Saxton Band.
Left bottom: Members of the Hammondsport Fire Dept.

A trio aboard the Merry Mixer ride at the Hector Fair.

(More Fair photos here)


Land gift adds to protected wetlands

The Finger Lakes Land Trust on July 22 announced receipt of 140 acres of wildlife-rich wetlands south of Seneca Lake -- in the Town of Dix and Village of Montour Falls -- donated by an energy company. The Land Trust, a non-profit organization that works with landowners and communities "to conserve those undeveloped lands that are vital to the character of the 12-county Finger Lakes Region," describes its latest acquisition here.


As her year nears an end, Chelsea pauses to reflect

Watkins Glen High School graduate Chelsea Kennard, who has been spending the past year in Finland as part of the Rotary Exchange Program, examines what it has all meant and what it will mean in her future. The final installment in a 4-Part series. Chelsea.



Left: Chelsea Kennard


Odessa's latest report on water quality

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
Aug. 1-3, 2014,
Clute Memorial Park,
Rt. 414, Watkins Glen.
Featuring Midnight Special -- "The Classic Rock Experience"
Free Admission.
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Dealer/collector looking to buy groups of pre-1970 paper memorabilia: cards, magazines, posters, programs etc. Call Charlie Haeffner at 742-2772.

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Health Blog

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A health blog providing ideas, creativity and support in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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


Be sure to visit

Watkins Glen
Winter Farmer's Market

November 1 to February 28
Fridays 3 to 6pm
St. James Parish Hall
on Sixth Street

Fresh produce, meats and crafts

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Read The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y. and Its Makers
by Allen F. Sweet.

A history of the manufacturing of Stoneware in that village (Montour Falls) from 1850-1888. More than 100 color photos.

Available at O'Shaughnessy Antiques in Watkins Glen and at the Schuyler County Historical Society Museum.


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


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


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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.


An account of a daughter's eating disorder and her mother's seeming helplessness and desperation in the face of it -- and yet a story of hope, love and survival, and a lifeline to other parents dealing with obsessive behavior. $17.95 from


A self-help guide to understanding the role of emotions, this book offers a four-step path to emotional mastery and freedom. $15.95 from


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Sponsors' Page

Check out our list of readers who have contributed to keeping this site going. Sponsors.

The number of visits to this site has been steadily growing -- about 20,000 a week -- as readers in all 50 states and dozens of countries check out what's happening in Schuyler County.

Statistics are from an online tracking service, DeepMetrix Live Stats.


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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.



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.




© The Odessa File 2014
Charles Haeffner
P.O. Box 365
Odessa, New York 14869

(607) 594-3594