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Seneca Harbor Station & Captain Bill's

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EC at Night...for a better tomorrow

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To visit our Elmira College page on this website,
click here.

To learn about courses being offered in Schuyler County as well as at Elmira College,
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Elmira College alumni receive a 20% discount on course fees.

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Current Menu at WWW.REDNEWT.COM

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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

221 S. Franklin St.,
Watkins Glen

We're back for our 32nd year

We've got more
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4 Novels by the editor

Island Nights

Excerpt here.

The Islander

The entire novel:

Prelude-Chapter 4

Chapters 5-13

Chapters 14-21

Chapters 22-29

Chapters 30-36

Chapters 37-44.

Cabins in the Mist

Excerpt here

The Maiden of Mackinac

Excerpts Maiden

and here and here. 







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Falls Harvest Festival ready to go Saturday

The annual Montour Falls event will feature an 11 a.m. 5K Run/Walk in addition to its usual attractions. The festival itself runs from 12 noon to 7 p.m. A letter describing it is on Forum.


Tuesday Scoreboard

Boys Soccer
Watkins Glen 0, Waverly 0
(shortened by weather)

Newfield 3, Odessa-Montour 2
Watkins Glen at Hammondsport

Cross Country
Watkins Glen at Lansing
(canceled by weather)

Girls Swimming
Watkins Glen 106, Dryden 71
So. Cayuga at Odessa
(postponed by weather)

Stories on Sports

Left: Watkins' Emma Allington


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: "An Upstate NY picture in time." Column.

Left: State Sen.Tom O'Mara

Click on the ad below to learn more.


And inside ...

Harriett Vickio has been endorsed by the Schuyler County Republican Committee, and will thus appear on the Republican line in the Nov. 4 election for County Treasurer. She is running against former Treasurer Margaret Starbuck, who has the Democrat and Conservative lines. Govt.

For Part One of "Schuyler County and Me," reprised, Click here.
or Part 2, click here.
For Part 3, click here.
For Part 4, click here.
For Part 5, click here.


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Mildred L. Wickham, 91, formerly of Montour Falls.
Margaret S. “Markie” Layton, 103, of Montour Falls.
Timothy G. Doland, 45, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Arlene Mills Steber, 91, of Watkins Glen.
Linda (Wood) Bernard, of Endicott.
Mary DeDominick, 83, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Jane B. Ganung, 92, of Moreland.
Gaynelle C. “Gay” Gauvin, 62, formerly of Montour Falls

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


Frame recommended as BOCES chief

Odessa-Montour Central School Superintendent James Frame (right) has been recommended by the GST BOCES (Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services) as its next District Superintendent -- but must first be approved at the state level, according to BOCES Board of Education president Donald Keddell. Assuming state approval, Frame -- who has headed the O-M district since being appointed in 2005 -- says he anticipates assuming his new duties on December 1st. A graduate of SUNY Oswego with Master's degrees in School Counseling and Guidance Services from SUNY Oneonta and in Educational Leadership and Administration from SUNY Cortland, Frame joined the O-M District as High School principal in November 2004, and assumed the Superintendent's post the following July. The district faculty was informed of his pending departure Friday afternoon, at the end of the school day, although it had been a subject of speculation for weeks. Frame would succeed Horst Graefe, who has retired after four years as GST BOCES superintendent and 20 years in the BOCES system. The GST BOCES has three campuses and 800 staff members and serves 21 school districts. It has been seeking a new superintendent through two application processes.

WGHS senior Class President Mikayla Elliott and kindergartner Juliet Asperschlager place the time capsule into the new sign.


Time capsule placed in new school sign

A 2014 time capsule was placed Friday into the new Watkins Glen School District sign under construction at the entrance to the district campus. The ceremony was attended by kindergartners, the Senior Class president, the superintendent and various teachers. Meanwhile, found by chance: a time capsule from 1929, encased in a 1929 cornerstone being installed in the base of the new sign. Capsule.

Village of Odessa Fall Clean-up

Saturday, October 4 from 8 a.m.-12 noon

The Village’s annual cleanup day will include:

--Leaf bags for all residents
--Free Mulch
--Dumpsters, with items to be accepted:

Washers, dryers, old iron sinks, bathtubs, hot water tanks, toasters, lead pipes, rain gutters, metal frames, stoves, open and DRY paint cans, BBQ grills, lawn mowers, refrigerators, freezers, coolers, air conditioners, humidifiers, mattresses, microwaves, plastic tubs, toys, non-recyclables, furniture, carpets.

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Rotary honors Searles as Student of Month

Odessa-Montour High School senior Hailie Searles was honored Thursday by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for September. Searles (shown at right addressing Rotarians) was introduced by High School Principal Chris Wood, who said he "would use three words" to describe the honoree: "determined, leader, accomplished." Searles is second in her class academically, a member of Wood's Leadership Cabinet, a 4-year member of Student Council (and a representative on the state council), a 3-year member of National Honor Society, a tutor, a participant in school musicals, an active member of her church and 4-H, and a 3-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track. She was also a member last year of the Top Drawer 24 team of outstanding student-athletes in the region. She plans to attend Corning Community College before transferring to a four-year school.


Proposed county budget has 1.62% levy hike

The proposed 2015 Schuyler County budget -- unveiled Wednesday by County Administrator Tim O'Hearn (pictured at right) to the County Legislature's Management and Finance Committee -- is a $44,221,389 spending plan that calls for a tax-levy increase of $176,317, or 1.62% (which is below the tax cap of 1.71%). It also contains a tax-rate decrease of 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, bringing the rate down from $8.38 to $8.27 per $1,000. A public hearing on the budget will be held in the Human Services Complex in conjunction with the Legislature's Nov. 10 meeting. In the meantime, the Management and Finance unit is planning workshops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 3, to review the budget with department heads. O'Hearn said the largest contributing factor to the tax-levy hike is $1.1 million in planned spending to restore transportation infrastructure neglected due to cuts over the past five years.


The county-tax tango ...

The editor returns from vacation and immediately runs into a bureaucratic nightmare. Column.


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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.

To reach the Famous Brands website, click here
or on the drawing above

418 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen.
Open 11 to 9 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Open 11 to 10 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
To visit the Ben & Jerry's website, click here.

For other recent Schuyler County news, click here.

The time of year is here for the annual Harvest Dinner at Veraisons Restaurant held outside amongst the fall foliage and crisp autumn air! Executive Chef Orlando Rodriguez and Sous Chef Sarah Hassler have planned a menu that focuses on fruits and vegetables grown locally, enhanced by memorable proteins, and paired with wines carefully selected to suit the character of each dish. A deliberate dichotomy of the hearty and the delicate, the evening is sure to be a true celebration of all things autumn! For more information, see Sports or visit

115 East Fourth Street, PO Box 30, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

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For more information, contact Phil Barnes at 607-481-0482.

The pickup truck after impact. (Photo by Kevin LeRoux)


Truck crash at Specchio Ford:
'It sounded like a bomb'

Junior Specchio, owner of Specchio Ford, and employee Kevin Hartman both said the same thing after a half-ton pickup truck traveling north on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen had veered off the roadway about 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, struck a parked car, crossed the sidewalk, knocked down a post, clipped a car parked in a Specchio lot on the south side of 7th Street, broken its ball joint as it careened onto 7th, and then smashed into a row of parked cars ready for sale next to the Specchio building. A couple of the vehicles were pushed through the wall of the dealership. "It sounded like a bomb," Specchio and Hartman both said. Nobody at the dealership was injured, though several employees were there along with Specchio. The pickup's driver, a Painted Post man treated at the scene, was questioned there by police -- who reported that he had suffered a diabetic emergency that precipitated the crash. No charges were filed.

Photo in text: The rear of two parked vehicles were pushed into and through the south wall of the dealership. (Photo by Kevin LeRoux)

The most severely damaged of the Specchio Ford cars.
(Photo by Kevin LeRoux)

State Senator Tom O'Mara, right, was on hand for The Gathering. Here he speaks to Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn.


SOS holds Gathering at Hidden Valley

The annual Gathering to raise funds for the Spirit of Schuyler -- an organization that provides emergency funding for Schuyler County residents in times of emergency -- was held Sept 20 at Hidden Valley. It featured raffles, a silent auction, plenty of food, and music by Tom Bloodgood and Mark Stephany -- and drew a large crowd..

Left top: Spirit of Schuyler leaders Tony and Harriett Vickio.
Left bottom: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano was present, here speaking to Angie Franzese.

Baskets and bottles were among The Gathering's many raffle items.

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."

Kids were enthralled by a reading of Peter Rabbit by a woman identified by Tea Party organizers as the story author, late 19th and early 20th Century author Beatrix Potter.


Library sponsors
3rd annual Tea Party

The 3rd annual Peter Rabbit Tea Party, featuring goodies, games, prizes and fun for children and adults, was held Sept. 20 at the Odessa Municipal Building. The event was sponsored by the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library. On hand were Peter Rabbit, along with Mr. McGregor and his garden, which Peter liked to frequent in Beatrix Potter's books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Above: Peter Rabbit was present at the Tea Party, here outside
Mr. McGregor's Garden.


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.


Suspect in ambush once jailed in Schuyler

Eric Matthew Frein (pictured at right), the man sought by authorities in the ambush shooting of two Pennysylvania state troopers, spent nearly four months in the Schuyler County jail in 2006, the office of District Attorney Joe Fazzary has confirmed. Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, 5th Degree, a Class A misdemeanor, after being charged with Grand Larceny and Burglary in the theft of World War II memorabilia and uniforms at a war re-enactment gathering outside Odessa. He is now accused in an arrest warrant of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Cpl. Bryon Dickson II. Wounded in the attack was Trooper Alex Douglass.

Schuyler case outlined. People.

For other recent Schuyler County news, click here.


Now available on Kindle: The Maiden of Mackinac

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

Left: Cover art by Jon Haeffner

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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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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

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

Public Service

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Rotary honors Rundle as Student of Month

Watkins Glen High School senior Abigail Rundle (right) was honored Sept. 18th by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month. Rundle was introduced by teacher Kelly Muir, who described the honoree as "amazing" and "a delight to have in class." Rundle, president of the National Honor Society and Student Council, and a member of the cheerleading squad, thanked her teachers "for pushing me to be the leader I am today," and her parents for encouraging her "to work outside my comfort zone and pursue my dreams." She plans to attend Elmira College or Wells College and pursue a degree in Psychology or Sociology.

Homecoming bonfire

Odessa-Montour High School held its annual bonfire Thursday night, Sept. 18 -- a precursor to the Homecoming football game, which took place Friday night on O-M's Charles Martin Field. The opponent was Elmira Notre Dame, which defeated Odessa 42-6. It was the first game this season for the Indians, who were nonetheless 1-1 going into it due to a forfeit victory and a forfeit loss. A highlight of the football game was the crowning of the Homecoming Queen, Brooke Collins.


Milwaukee Mile will be topic of Center talk

The Milwaukee Mile, the oldest continuously operating auto-racing facility in the world, will be the focus of the Oct. 18 Center Conversations at the International Motor Racing Research Center. Talk.


Fox enters District 6 race for Legislature

Watkins Glen resident Sylvia S. Fox (right) has announced that she is entering the race for the Schuyler County Legislature's District 6 seat as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 4th general election. Already running are Republican incumbent Phil Barnes and Conservative challenger Angie Franzese. The district includes Watkins Glen and land outside the village to the west and south. “My platform is simple,” Fox said. “I believe in open and responsive government. I believe the people of Schuyler County need elected officials who are willing to carefully consider what their constituents have to say. And I believe we have to protect our pure water of Seneca Lake, which is vital to our tourist and agricultural economy.” Fox attended Corning Community College and Elmira College. She taught journalism at colleges in South Carolina, Arizona and California before returning to the Finger Lakes. “My family’s roots go back 200 years in this area,” Fox said. She is married to journalist Michael J. Fitzgerald. The couple has four children and two grandchildren.


United Way campaign goal set at $123,000

The United Way of Schuyler County's 2014 fund-raising goal is the same as last year: $123,000, to be distributed among 23 member agencies. That announcement came Sept. 17 at the annual United Way luncheon for board members and agencies held at the Montour Moose Lodge. United Way Executive Director Peggy Scott announced that this year's campaign co-chairs are Jeff and Amy Parmenter. Jeff is vice-president of Parmenter Inc., while Amy teachers 6th grade at Beecher Elementary School in Elmira. They have two sons. Scott also announced the winner of the annual Marie Bailey Volunteer of the Year Award: Mary Coykendall, a leader in Girl Scouting in Schuyler County for 30 years. The award is named in memory of a longtime United Way volunteer.

Photos above: United Way Executive Director Peggy Scott speaks at the luncheon, and then hugs Mary Coykendall, recipient of the Marie Bailey Volunteer of the Year Award.

Up next: The annual United Way Spaghetti "Kick-Off" Dinner at the Montour Moose Lodge on Monday, Oct. 13 starting at 5 p.m.


Through the ancient hallways at WGHS

Brian J. O'Donnell returns with another look back at Watkins Glen School District historical facts. History.

From left: Watkins Glen Village Board member Scott Gibson, Mayor Mark Swinnerton and developer Bruce Nelson study a map on the mayor's computer.


Condo project 'exceeding expectations'

The Watkins Glen Village Board on Sept. 15 discussed some electricity issues regarding the Water Works project being built on Salt Point Road by developer Bruce Nelson, who told trustees that he now has a verbal commitment on the 10th of the 12 new condos available for sale there. There are also four apartments being rented in the adjoining brick building, former home of the village's Electric Department. "The project is exceeding expectations," said Nelson, who added that he sees it and other development plans in Watkins Glen as "just the beginning of the curve for this area. We're learning a few lessons and paving the road for people to follow" as the village economy expands.

Demolition work was in progress Sept. 11 at the Shepard Niles site in Montour Falls. This picture and the one below were snapped from in front of the Falls Home. (Photos by Nancy Shumway)

Shepard Niles demolition starts

Work was under way Sept. 11 in Montour Falls on demolition of the first of the Shepard Niles buildings slated for razing. The move has been expected for several months, and had the approval of the Village Planning Board, although board Chair Terry Stewart has said it is "sad when you consider what went on there" over the years, when the company -- a maker of cranes and hoists -- was the economic center of the village. The 30-acre property is only partly used now, the majority of it silent and eroding since the plant closed in 2002, a century after it started making cranes. The property is owned now by Scott Welliver, whose construction firm is located on the northwest corner of the property. Officials have speculated that the property, after the buildings designated for removal are down, might be used as part of the area's economic blueprint known as Project Seneca, or as part of a state initiative tied to inclusion of an educational facility. No word has been provided publicly on exactly how many or which buildings will be coming down.


A visit to the Island Lighthouse ...

The editor -- vacationing on Bois Blanc Island in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac -- travels on all-too-narrow roads to the Lighthouse on the north shore. Island.



Left: The Bois Blanc Island Lighthouse.


Barnes defeats Franzese

Incumbent Schuyler County Legislator Phil Barnes (left) defeated challenger (and former Legislature Chair) Angeline Franzese Sept. 9 in the Republican Primary for District 6. Barnes received 102 votes to Franzese's 68. However, the pair will square off again in the November general election. Franzese has the endorsement of the Conservative Party.

A colorful festival entry turns onto Franklin Street in Watkins Glen after traveling the old race circuit. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)


Grand Prix Festival draws crowd to Glen

A large crowd was on hand Friday, Sept. 5 for the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival -- an annual celebration of auto racing in that village. Fest.

Left: Sports cars and vintage cars of all styles participated. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)


O'Mara bill on invasive species signed into law

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (left) and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton designed to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions and statewide. Government.


Coffey earns bronze in rowing at World Championships

Olivia "Livy" Coffey (left) -- who was a standout center on the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team a decade ago and still lists Watkins Glen as her hometown -- was on the bronze-medal-winning women's quadruple sculls team at the recent World Rowing Championships in The Netherlands. For details, click here and here and here.

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Area doctor featured in NY Times article

A Dundee family doctor who is also a Schuyler Hospital physician, Dr. Joseph Hinterberger, was featured in a recent New York Times article about End of Life discussions and the fact that insurance coverage for those talks is gaining ground. To see the article, click here.


Glen school district celebrates single campus

More than 100 people were present Aug. 28 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Watkins Glen School District's single-campus facility. Speakers at the ceremony, staged in front of the renovated north end of the high school, included Superintendent Tom Phillips (pictured at right); State Senator Tom O'Mara; and project officials from Hunt Engineers and Welliver. A reception and facility tour followed the ceremony. Schools.

For Aug. 28 School Board meeting summary, click here.


Camp playground has unique entrance

Lake Grove Park campground near Odessa has a unique concrete entrance, painted with murals. Entrance.


Odessa's latest report on water quality

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Watkins Glen
Winter Farmer's Market

November 1 to February 28
Fridays 3 to 6pm
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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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A novel by Steve Piacente about a military cover-up, and about the ethical boundaries of journalism. For a closer look, click here.


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An eternal message of lights, hope and faith

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

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


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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Charles Haeffner
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Odessa, New York 14869

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