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Seneca Harbor Station & Captain Bill's

To reach the website of the Seneca Harbor Station and Captain Bill's, click here.

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Senka Agency

We are accepting resumes for a customer service representative. Please send resumes to or feel free to drop it off.

Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00.
After hours and weekends by appointment.

Always "Working to Serve YOU Better"

Main Steet, Odessa, NY Telephone 607-594-3335


Click on the ad above to visit the Visions Credit Union web site -- you deserve a financial partner that has your best interest in mind!


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The Great Escape
Ice Cream Parlor

221 S. Franklin St.,
Watkins Glen

Family owned since 1982

Hours: 12 noon-8 p.m.

--Vegan Options
--Gluten-free Options
--Homemade Hard Ice Cream
--Homemade Chocolates

(607) 535-7354

Other locations in the
Finger Lakes where you can
find The Great Escape's homemade hard ice cream:

The Grist Iron, Wright's Beverages, FLX Wienery, Sunset View Creamery, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, FLX Fry Bird


Click on the ad below
to learn more.


To reach the above ad's website, click here.


Pavilion, Picnic Area, BBQ Pit available with reservation.

Memorial Day Service
every Memorial Day 11 a.m.

Check out this beautiful park.

Forms for engraved bricks or benches are available at
visitors center or at

Questions? Call Clayton Snow


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Wine & Tourism

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Odessa Wine
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We are located on Main Street in Odessa, next to the Tompkins Trust Company branch.

Send us an email to to let us know what you would like us to have in stock.

Free wine tasting every Friday.


SCT Computers

Apple Certified Technicians
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Visit us at 306 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, 607-535-2495

Main St., Penn Yan
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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. 







Click on ad below to reach Cayuga Health System website.


Jeannette Frank to retire after 40 years at Arc; Schuyler and Chemung units joining forces

The Arc of Schuyler's Executive Director for the past eight years plans to retire on July 1. Meanwhile, the Arc of Schuyler Board of Directors, after considering its options for leadership transition, has chosen to enter into a management services agreement with The Arc of Chemung. The long-range plan is to unify the chapters. Business.

Photo: Jeannette Frank


Monday Scoreboard


Notre Dame 23, Watkins Glen 2
O-M 4, Southern Cayuga 0
O-M 8, Southern Cayuga 3


Watkins Glen 6, Edison 1
Notre Dame at O-M


Notre Dame 13, Watkins 4


Watkins 285, Odessa 286


Notre Dame 5, Sen. Indians 1
JV: Sen. Indians 26, SC 7

Stories on Sports


Photo: Watkins Glen's Jill Cantieni serves.


Bartow plans run for Schuyler Legislature

Democrat Paul Bartow of Tyrone has announced his candiidacy for a seat on the Schuyler County Legislature. Bartow is president of the Schuyler County Historical Society, and a former educator. The election is on Nov. 5th. Government.

Photo: Paul Bartow (Photo provided)

Tom Carson dies:

Tom Carson has passed away. He died Monday evening, April 22, two days after he was visited (story below) by his fellow firefighters. Messages of condolence, and of thanks for the impact he had, have been growing on-line, notably at the Schuyler County FireWire on Facebook.


Scores of firefighters paid visit to Tom Carson

Firefighters from around Schuyler County, along with other emergency personnel, gathered in Montour Falls Saturday and drove to Tom Carson's nearby house, to pay their respects to the longtime firefighter and former fire chief as he waged his battle with cancer. People.

Photo: About 60 visitors shook hands with or hugged Tom Carson as he greeted them from his wheelchair.

Dr. Benjamin Saks introduces his sister Jessica, right, on the Schuyler County Courthouse steps.


Saks starts judge run from courthouse steps

Republican Jessica Saks made her formal announcement of candidacy Monday for the post of Schuyler County Judge -- issuing it from the steps of the Schuyler County Courthouse. A crowd of about 60 supporters were on hand, cheering -- with one heckler who Saks said afterward had recently lost a custody battle in which Saks represented the man's wife. Saks was introduced by her brother, Dr. Benjamin Saks, who pointed out that if his sister wins, she will be the first female elected to the post in Schuyler. Candidate Saks, who said she brings "a sense of fairness and independence" to the campaign, promised to run as an independent if she fails to win the Republican Party nomination. That nomination will be decided by the party following the retirement June 1 of current judge Dennis Morris. Thus far, Democrat Matthew Hayden and Republican Steven Getman have announced runs for the bench, with Republican Dan Fitzsimmons expected to follow suit.

Photo: Jessica Saks on the courthouse steps.


Drawing determines ballot positions at O-M

The upcoming election for a pair of three-year seats on the Odessa-Montour School Board holds no drama -- there are two candidates running unopposed. But a time-honored tradition to determine ballot positions was held Monday in the district office when Superintendent Chris Wood drew the names from a cup, the first one drawn earning the top ballot spot. That went to newcomer Alyssa Wixson, while the second went to Karen Rock, who has held a seat on the board since 2004. The election -- along with the budget vote -- is May 21 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Hanlon Elementary School. A budget hearing and Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. in the High School Distance Learning Room (#152).

Photo: Superintendent Chris Wood opens one of the sheets drawn from the cup on the table.


Groundbreaking set for $10M hospital project

The long-planned Schuyler Hospital "Transformation Project" will symbolically launch with a ground-breaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the hospital courtyard near the facility's Rehabilitation entrance.

Upgrades in the $10.3 million project include a new Inpatient Medical and Surgical Unit and a modernized Primary Care Clinic. Work on an expanded parking area has begun. Project completion is expected in 2020.

Illustration: Front of Schuyler Hospital. (Provided)


A legal 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: "After deadly Elmira bike crash, time to thank the quiet heroes." Column.

Left: Attorney Jim Reed


We honor...The Essentials of Schuyler County

A dozen women and a dozen men populate this committee-selected group of outstanding Schuyler County residents or natives who have impacted life here or elsewhere. None is in the Schuyler County Hall of Fame, but perhaps will be. Essentials.

Full-Time Office Assistant Position Available

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking to hire a full-time Office Assistant. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about the area, have terrific customer service skills, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. The Office Assistant is the front-line representative for the Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center at 214 N. Franklin Street. This position’s primary function is to interact with visitors in providing information and guidance to enhance the visitor’s stay, to be an information resource to the Chamber membership, and to offer administrative support to the President of the Chamber. To apply, please email your resume to or mail to:

Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Rebekah Carroll
214 N. Franklin Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Part-Time Seasonal Positions Available

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking to hire two part-time Seasonal Visitor Center Team Members for the Visitor Center located at the Watkins Glen State Park. The ideal Team Member will be knowledgeable about the area, have terrific customer service skills, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. The Visitor Center will be open between May 11 and October 31 (both dates weather dependent), and the shifts available are 1:30-7:30 p.m. To apply, please email your resume to or mail to:
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Rebekah Carroll
214 N. Franklin Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Dealer/collector looking to buy groups of pre-1970 paper memorabilia: cards, magazines, posters, programs etc. Call Charlie at (607) 742-2772.




And inside

--Paul Thomas (right) has been named the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce's Tourism and Marketing Manager. Business

Part 1 of "Schuyler County and Me," reprised, Click here.
For Part 2, click here.
For Part 3, click here .
For Part 4, click here.
For Part 5, click here.

The Editor's


Death Notices on the Obituary Page.

Kathleen (Kathy) Cole, 61, of Hector.
Maren Evalyn Munroe, infant, of Trumansburg.
Christian F. Merrill, 86, of Beaver Dams.
Mary "Cathy" Bump, 71, of Burdett.
Janet L. Teeter, 84, of Cayuta.
Gene Murphy, 72, of Hector.
Leroy E. (Roy) Evans, 87, of Watkins Glen.
Judith Ann Dahlgren Cannon, 71, of Port Richie, Florida.
Alice Y. Powers, 82, formerly of Watkins Glen.
Francis E. "Fran" Kingsley, 64, of Watkins Glen.
Cynthia S. "Cindy" Lane, 69, of Dundee.
Cameron Howard McFall, 51, formerly of Burdett.
Jennifer L. Grover, age 39.
Cheryl C. Bailey, 74, of Odessa.

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

Editor's Note

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

Her Cornell colleagues have created a GoFundMe page for her that you can find right here. An update can be found by clicking on the Updates button on that site. I hope we all can help out.

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A column by State Senator Tom O'Mara

New York State Senator Tom O'Mara provides us with a weekly column from Albany. This week: "The great central task of a better land." Column.

Left: State Sen. Tom O'Mara


Lake stories highlight Historical unit's dinner

Stories of Seneca Lake and Lake Champlain will highlight the annual dinner of the Schuyler County Historical Society on April 25. The keynote speech: "Shipwrecks -- What Lies Beneath?" Business.


Photo: Art Cohn, director emeritus of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, will be the keynote speaker. (Provided)

A Nissan Sentra is carried from the scene of the 5-car accident.


One injured in 5-car Alpine Junction accident

One person was sent to Schuyler Hospital and three cars were towed from the scene after a five-car accident at about 6 p.m. Sunday at Alpine Junction, the intersection of Routes 13 and 224 in the Town of Cayuta. Officials said a southbound jeep Wrangler driven by a Rochester man struck the rear of the first of three southbound cars slowing for a traffic light, glanced off to the right, struck the curb and veered back in front of the three cars and hard into the rear of a Nissan Sentra stopped at the light. The first car that was struck rammed the one in front of it, which in turn rammed the first of the three slowing vehicles. The driver of the Sentra, a 43-year-old Corning man, was taken by Schuyler Ambulance to Schuyler Hospital with minor injuries. The Sentra, Jeep and first car struck were towed. The other two cars were driven from the scene.

Photo: The Jeep and the Sentra. Both were towed.


Seneca Indians host BBQ at Moose Lodge

The Seneca Indians varsity baseball team raised funds Saturday through a chicken barbecue held at the Montour Moose Lodge. Team members took an active role in preparing the meals. Sports.

Photo: Chickens called attention to the barbecue by positioning themselves next to the road.


Easter Egg Hunts were popular stops Saturday

Easter Egg Hunts were held Saturday at Lafayette Park in Watkins Glen (sponsored for the fourth straight year by Cabins to Castles on Seneca Real Estate, and expanded to include two bounce houses), at the Glen Baptist Church, and on Odessa-Montour High School's athletic field. As usual, the turnouts were large and enthusiastic. Features.


Photo: Beatrice Hayden, 7, gathered lots of plastic eggs, with plenty of candy inside them.


Will Woodstock 50 ticket sales be postponed?

Woodstock 50 festival organlzers have dismissed as "just more rumors" a report in entertainment publications that Woodstock ticket sales might be postponed from their expected April 22 start. Hits Daily Double quotes an email from festival talent buyer Danny Wimmer Presents to artists' agents that "there is a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date" -- sparking concern in the industry about the viability of the music festival, scheduled for Aug. 16-18 at Watkins Glen International and featuring an estimated 80 performers. Said a festival spokesperson in a statement to Variety: "Woodstock is a phenomenon that for 50 years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention. Just more rumors." Other reports surfaced in March about financing problems, also dismissed as rumors.


Saks to announce run for Schuyler judgeship

Attorney Jessica Saks will announce her candidacy for Schuyler County Judge at a news conference at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 on the steps of the county courthouse in Watkins Glen. Saks, a Republican, has practiced law for more than 14 years. Her practice focuses on matters of custody, neglect, and juvenile delinquency, as well as dealing with criminal, divorce, real estate and civil litigation. She frequently appears in local courts, including Family, County, Surrogate's and Supreme Courts. She joins a field of candidates that includes Schuyler County Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hayden and Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman. The current judge, Dennis Morris, has announced his June 1 retirement. The general election is in November.

Photo: Jessica Saks (Photo provided)


Monthly column from Cooperative Extension

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County is providing a monthly column here on its ongoing educational activities and offerings. The ninth column -- "Hidden Valley preps for 2019 4-H Summer Camp season" -- is by Youth and Family Program Director Melissa Schroeder (left). Column.


Community Clean-Up Day set for April 27

A cleanup of three villages -- Watkins Glen, Odessa and Montour Falls -- is set for Saturday, April 27 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., spearheaded by the Finger Lakes Gateway Community Development Corporation. Starting points will be at each of the three village offices. Individual and volunteer groups are being sought, bringing rakes, leaf blowers, shovels, brooms and other clean-up items. Want to register? Visit here or contact Amanda Rodriguez at

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Job openings at the Seneca Harbor Station

Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruises and Seneca Harbor Station restaurant have openings for a variety of jobs. To see the details, click here.


Fatal accident occurs near Alpine Junction

A 50-year-old Campbell woman, Annette M. Osborn, was pronounced dead at the scene April 18 following a three-vehicle accident at 12:56 p.m. on Route 13 in the Town of Cayuta, near Alpine Junction.

The Schuyler County Sheriff's office said Osborn's southbound car crossed the center line and struck the side of a car driven by Corrine B. Taylor, 25, of Elmira, and then struck, head-on, a truck driven by Douglas M. Collins, 34, of Cayuta. Taylor was transported to Cayuga Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. Collins and his passenger, Brian L. McClean Jr., 22, of Cayuta, were transported to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment of several fractured bones.

Responding to the scene were the Odessa, Montour Falls and Community Fire Departments; Schuyler County, Erway and Bangs Ambulances, and Guthrie Air Helicopter. A State Police Accident Reconstruction Team assisted in the investigation.

Photo: Traffic was directed at Alpine Junction away from the accident scene, located a mile north on Route 13.


GP Fitness still at top of Schuyler Steps Out

For the fifth straight week, Grand Prix Fitness held on to first place in the annual Schuyler Steps Out free community walking program presented by Schuyler Hospital. The program, in its 13th year, saw GPF's 27 Workout Warriors amass a cumulative average of 603,202 steps. The Watkins Glen School Steppers kept their hold on second place (526,528), and Cargill's Salted Steps continued in third place (393,516). There are 13 teams competing.


Arc holds open house; Cargill presents check

The Arc of Schuyler hosted a public open house on Tuesday, April 16, for its new food manufacturing facility, Glen Copack, and received a check for $20,000 from Cargill, the first installment of a three-year $60,000 pledge from the company. Business.


Rotary honors Patel as Student of the Month

Watkins Glen High School senior Kishan Patel (right) was honored April 11 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its WGHS Student of the Month for April. Patel was introduced by teacher Travis Durfee, who described the honoree as "someone who embodies the spirit of effort and hard work" and who "exceeds teachers' expectations. He is a pretty unique individual." Patel, a member of the Robotics team competing later this month in the World competition in Detroit, will attend Yale University in the fall, majoring in Computer and Data Science and studying Artificial Intelligence. He hopes to eventually work for the government or "in my own start-up." He thanked Durfee and other teachers for challenging him, and his parents for their guidance and inspiration.

Burglar gets 12 years in prison

A 31-year-old Trumansburg man has been sentenced in Schuyler County Court to 12 years in state prison following guilty pleas to charges he burglarized two Town of Hector homes in 2018. Government.


An old friend pays a visit ...

The editor encounters a former Watkins Glen High School student who is making a name for herself in New York City -- and is in fact Miss Coney Island. Column


Anyone caring to advertise may contact the publisher, Charlie Haeffner, at for information.

A Ben & Jerry's employee, left, hands a cone to a customer during the Watkins Glen shop's Free Cone Day.


Annual Free Cone Day draws a crowd in Glen

The 40th annual Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day -- a staple at the ice cream chain's shops around the world -- drew a crowd April 9th to the Ben & Jerry's on Franklin Street. The 12-8 p.m. event often saw a line through the store and out the door -- a turnout encouraged, no doubt, by the sunny skies and relatively balmy temperatures.


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


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


Signings held at WGHS for senior athletes

Watkins Glen High School seniors Collin Baker and Taylor Kelly held signing ceremonies April 8 in the school library -- Baker signing a Letter of Commitment to SUNY Brockport, where he will play football; and Kelly a Letter of Intent to Corning Community College, where she plans to play basketball. Sports.

Flag at the finish line awaits runners on the WGI race track.


6th annual Arc Grand Prix Run is a chilly one

Hundreds of runners and walkers were registered for the 6th annual Arc Grand Prix Run at Watkins Glen International on what proved to be a chilly, 40-degree morning. Race.


A column from Assemblyman Phil Palmesano

The Assemblyman (R,C,I-Corning) says the new state budget devised by Governor Cuomo and the Democrats is easily the worst he has ever seen, turning its back as it does on Upstate. Column.

Photo: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano


A column by Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer

The mayor provides us with his fourth in a series of columns on what is happening in Odessa. Column.



Photo: Odessa Mayor Gerry Messmer


Alumni Association sets scholarship deadline

The Watkins Glen High School Alumni Association is once again offering scholarships to deserving WGHS graduating seniors -- to be presented June 22 at the annual Alumni Banquet. Deadline for applications is May 1. Schools.

For other recent Schuyler
County news, click here.


Visit Jerlando's Ristorante & Pizzeria

Three locations: in Watkins Glen, Horseheads and Montour Falls

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

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

To reach the Harbor Hotel website, click on the photo below

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

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

For other recent Schuyler
County news, click here.


Looking to advertise on The Odessa File?

We are always looking for advertisers to help promote their businesses and, by extension, our region. For a list of Odessa File Ad rates, click here.

Anyone wishing to contribute to The Odessa File -- which is dependent on advertising and donations -- may do so through a Paypal link in the left column of this page or by sending a check to The Odessa File, P.O. Box 365, Odessa, NY 14869.

Joe Bantelman of Fairport brought his Ford dealership model along with his die-cast car collection, a highlight of the Model Car Show.


Model Car Show is a hit at Research Center

The 6th annual Model Car Show drew a steady crowd April 6 to the host site: the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. Model and die-cast cars from a wide range of collectors were featured, along with a new twist provided by the Rochester LEGO User Group: LEGO-built 1/8 scale race cars and a pinewood derby-like track for LEGO cars built by visitors of all ages from kits for sale ($6) at the event.

Photo: A Lego pinewood derby-like track with lego cars attracted kids of all ages.

An electric car maneuvers through the autocross course at WGI


15th annual Green Grand Prix held at WGI

The 15th annual Green Grand Prix -- an event that puts a spotlight on motoring technology that aims for a cleaner environment through engine and driving efficiencies -- was held April 5th at Watkins Glen International. It featured a panel discussion, a Fuel Economy Rally, and an autocross (above) in the parking lot outside the garage. All events were sanctioned and sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America. It all kicked off Opening Weekend activities at WGI, which include the annual Arc Grand Prix Run Saturday morning and race track laps by personal vehicles from 10 to 3 Saturday.

WGHS student Katie Losey throws from her knees during the Kickball Classic's BattleBall, between students and teachers.


Kickball Classic raises McDonald House funds

The third annual Watkins Glen Kickball Classic and Family Fun Night held April 5th at the Watkins Glen High School Field House drew a sizable crowd enjoying a number of activities: a kickball game involving faculty, kids games, raffles, face painting, a gift basket silent auction, a book exchange, a 50/50 raffle, and concessions. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Travis Durfee, president of the Watkins Glen Faculty Association, said "several WGFA volunteers make the event happen, and a few others -- including Tracie McIlroy, who has helped coordinate the event every year" but now is nearing retirement. "She's a gem and we're going to have big shoes to fill in her absence next year."

Photo: A student reaches in vain for a ball while wearing goggles that disorient the sense of sight, along the lines of alcoholic impairment. The experience was part of the SCCUDD (Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs) booth at the Kickball Classic. For more on SCCUDD activities, see People.


O-M's 4th marking period Honor Rolls

Odessa-Montour Junior-Senior High School has unveiled its High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the fourth marking period of the 2018-19 school year. Honors.


Getman announces County Judge candidacy

Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman has announced that he is campaigning for the position of County Judge, a job that will become vacant with the retirement at the end of May of the incumbent, Dennis Morris. Getman, a lifelong Republican, says he is "uniquely qualified" for the role by his experience. The election for the 10-year post will take place in November. People.

Photo: Steven Getman (Provided)

Linda Confer of Elmira Savings Bank, left, chats with Katie Strawser of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier during the Business Expo.


Networking takes center stage at annual Expo

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce's 13th annual Business Expo was held April 3rd at the Watkins Glen Community Center, offering businesses from the Twin Tiers an opportunity to showcase their products and services and to network, establishing new business connections. The first hour of the event was open to the public, and the last two, sponsored by Elmira Savings Bank, served as a mixer for Chamber members.


Mayor Leszyk, 2 trustees take oaths in Glen

New Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk was sworn into office April 1st along with trustees Lou Perazzini and Nan Woodworth and village justice Steven Decker. Government.

Photo: Luke Leszyk takes the oath of office as mayor.


O'Mara, Palmesano rip new state budget

The New York State budget approved April 1 by the Democrat-controlled Legislature comes under fire from State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. The budget is "bad news for taxpayers," says O'Mara. It shows local roads don't matter, adds Palmesano. Government.

Photo: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.

A sleepy Princess Winnifred (Maria Brubaker) leans on the Minstrel (Scott Brubaker) as the Jester (Nate Farnsworth) watches.


WG's Once Upon a Mattress ends 3-day run

The Watkins Glen High School Class of 2019's spring musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," was presented for the third and final time Sunday, March 31 in the WGHS Auditorium. Play.


Woodstock 50 info session draws crowd

Security, transportation and attendance numbers relating to the planned Aug. 16-18 Woodstock 50 festival at WGI were discussed at an informational session attended by about 300 people at the old Middle School auditorium. People.

Photo: Promoter Michael Lang


Rotary honors Lott as Student of the Month

Odessa-Montour High School senior McKennah Lott (right) was honored March 28 by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as its O-M Student of the Month for March. She was introduced by teacher Greg Gavich, who described Lott as "dependable, caring and hard-working," ranking academically in the Top 10 of her class. A three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and softball), she is a member of Student Council, Secretary of the National Honor Society and co-President of the Interact Club. "She doesn't seek attention," Gavich said. "She just does what needs doing." Lott plans to attend Tompkins-Cortland Community College, where she will major in accounting and play soccer. After that, she plans to attend a 4-year school -- possibly Columbia, she said, "but we'll see."


Ambassadors named for Library Week in Glen

To celebrate National Library Week (April 7-13), the Friends of the Watkins Library have selected Sue Baldwin and Joann Neal as community ambassadors, while Watkins Glen High School senior Kathleen Clifford has been named school district ambassador. Library.

Photo: Ambassador Kathleen Clifford

From left: Cast members Grace Wickham, Jack Muir and Maria Brubaker at the Rotary Club luncheon.


Cast performs 'Mattress' tunes for Rotary Club

The cast of the Watkins Glen High School student musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," performed songs from the show on Thursday, March 28 for the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club at its weekly luncheon meeting. The show opened Friday night in the WGHS auditorium, with other presentations Saturday and Sunday, March 31.

Photo: Wyatt Brower and Iris Elaina Rodriguez at Rotary.

From left: Assemblyman Chris Friend, State Senator Tom O'Mara, driver Colin Braun, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and WGI President Michael Printup.


State Legislature recognizes WGI in Albany

Assemblymen Phil Palmesano and Chris Friend and State Senator Tom O'Mara on March 26 welcomed Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup, professional driver Colin Braun and WGI Public Relations Director Chris Banker to the State Capitol to celebrate the contributions of motorsports to the economy and culture of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes region, and all of New York State. Together, the group officially opened a NYS Motorsports Exhibition in the Empire State Plaza, and the State Senate adopted a legislative resolution proclaiming March 24-30, 2019 as "Motorsports Appreciation Week" in New York.


Hospital project prompts traffic redirection

Schuyler Hospital started redirecting traffic around its Montour Falls Campus on Monday, March 25 as work began on a $10.3 million Transformation Project.

No personal vehicle will be allowed on the road between the hospital's Helipad and Emergency Department, on the north side of the hospital. Access from Belle Cornell Drive will be limited to Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility visitors and employee parking only. Ambulances are being re-routed through the hospital's Main Parking Lot, off of Steuben Street.

For further information, call (607) 535-7121 or email


Sheriffs' unit fund drive set; helps finance camp

Sheriffs' Institute drive will help finance programs, including summer camp on Keuka Lake for disadvantaged kids. People.

Photo: Summer camp

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel General Manager Scott Bell, left, hands a $25,000 check to Brian McConnell, executive director of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross, as the Red Cross's lead Ice Bar volunteer, Diane Telehany, looks on.


Hotel's Ice Bar yields $25,000 for Red Cross

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel -- for the 8th straight year -- has donated a portion of the proceeds from its mid-winter three-day Ice Bar celebration to the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross. A check for $25,000 -- bringing the 8-year total to $150,000 -- was presented March 21 by the hotel general manager, Scott Bell, to Brian McConnell, the Red Cross chapter's executive director. Diane Telehany of Corning, a member of the chapter's board of directors who led an Ice Bar force of 70 volunteers, was also present. McConnell in turn presented a plaque (pictured) to the hotel for its "dedication to the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross." "We're fortunate to be considered" each year, said McConnell. "I'm humbled by the show of support." McConnell said the funds will be used to aid the Red Cross's disaster responses and disaster preparedness program.


Burdett 18-year-old faces several charges

Logan J. Teemley, 18, of Burdett, NY, has been charged by the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office with a Class D felony, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, following a report of a house being shot in the Town of Hector -- with other charges added later that included a class E felony, Coercion in the Third Degree. Government.

Photo: Logan Teemley (Photo provided)


CCC taps Mullaney as its seventh president

The Regional Board of Trustees at SUNY Corning Community College has named Dr. William Mullaney as the next president of the College. Mullaney -- who has more than 20 years of experience serving in leadership capacities in academia -- will succeed current president Dr. Katherine Douglas on July 1. Douglas will retire on June 30 after serving CCC for eight years. People.

Photo: Dr. William Mullaney

From left: WGHS varsity basketball players Danielle Leszyk, Hannah Morse and Taylor Kelly at the dinner at El Rancho.


El Rancho provides dinner to WGHS girls team

The owner of El Rancho Mexican Restaurant in Watkins Glen honors the Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team's second-place finish in the state by providing the squad with a taco dinner. Schools.


Woodstock 50 festival lineup is unveiled

The lineup for the Woodstock 50 festival at Watkins Glen International was announced March 19 by promoter Michael Lang -- and includes a handful of artists who performed at the original Woodstock, held at Bethel Woods 50 years ago: John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, John Sebastian, David Crosby, Melanie, Country Joe McDonald, and Canned Heat. Headliners for the Aug. 16-18 festival will include Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, the Black Keys, and Chance the Rapper. For a full list, click here.

Watkins Glen election winners: From left: Nan Woodworth (trustee), Lou Perazzini (trustee), Luke Leszyk (mayor) and Steve Decker (justice).


Leszyk elected mayor in Watkins Glen; Perazzini and Woodworth win board seats

Political newcomer Luke Leszyk, a military veteran and retired state trooper running on the Republican line, defeated Village Board member Laurie DeNardo (pictured at right) 330-269 on March 19 in balloting for a four-year term as mayor. Leszyk will succeed one-term mayor Sam Schimizzi, who was defeated in a Democratic caucus by DeNardo.

Earning four-year spots on the Village Board -- joining incumbents DeNardo and Tony Fraboni -- are Republican Lou Perazzini (360 votes) and Democrat Nan Woodworth (333), who was appointed late last year to the board seat vacated by the resignation of Kevin Thornton. Democrat Brian Eslinger fell short Tuesday with 309 votes. Steve Decker, running unopposed for Village Justice, received 448 votes. A proposition to approve a service award program for firefighters passed 414-156.

Messmer wins mayoral race in Odessa

Incumbent Gerry Messmer (pictured at right) -- appointed to the Odessa mayor's post last year -- was elected to a full two-year term on March 19, defeating challenger David Patterson, 75-30. Newcomer Aubrey Tomassi was elected to a two-year term on the Odessa Village Board with 86 votes, along with incumbent Anne Centurelli (69). Challenger Marcel Veilleux fell short with 30 votes.

Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi, left, and Trustee Gary Schmidt at their last Board meeting. Each served four years.


Schimizzi, Schmidt are lauded at final session

Thank-you's and compliments were the order of the evening as Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi and Trustee Gary Schmidt -- both elected four years ago -- attended their last regularly scheduled Village Board meeting in their official capacities March 18. Each of them, along with Watkins Police Sergeant in Charge Steve Decker -- leaving the force to become Village Justice -- were lauded for their service to the village by fellow officials and audience attendees. Decker officially resigned, effective March 29, saying it was "an honor to serve for the past 22 years" in the police department. A new mayor and two trustees elected Tuesday, March 19, will take office in April. The process is underway for selecting a successor to Decker.

Photo: Planning Board member and podcaster Stacy Gray expressed her sentiments on her shirt at Monday's meeting.

Short-term rental operators cautioned. Government.


'Drunk Bus' completes filming in Montour Falls

The movie "Drunk Bus"-- produced by Watkins Glen area resident Eric Hollenbeck -- finished filming recently with several days of shooting in Montour Falls. The cast and crew of the film transformed Main Street into a small college town. Movie.

Watkins' Hannah Morse drives into heavy traffic near the basket.


Watkins Glen girls fall in Class C state final

The Watkins Glen High School girls varsity basketball team stayed with Cambridge for three quarters before fading down the stretch March 16 and losing 57-43 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C final at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Danielle Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon each scored 11 points for the Senecas, while Taylor Kelly scored 10 and Hannah Morse 9. Leszyk and Morse were named to the All-Tournament Team, while Solomon was honored with a Sportsmanship Award. Sports.

Watkins girls welcomed home. Sports.
A great group of role models. Forum.


Guys and Dolls ends its 3-show run at O-M

Students at Odessa-Montour High School completed their two-day, three-show presentation of the classic musical "Guys and Dolls" Saturday night, March 16 in the school's Fetter-Brown Auditorium. Opening night was Friday; the show concluded with 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances Saturday. For some photos from a performance, see Schools.

Photo: Rhys Stermer as Nathan Detroit and Hannah Rosier as Miss Adelaide. (Photo provided)

Next up: WGHS musical Once Upon a Mattress, set for March 29-31. Features.


Artists in Residence program leads to concert

The annual Artists in Residence program in the Watkins School District concludes with an evening concert in the WGHS auditorium. People.

Photos: Maria Brubaker sings You by Dodie Clark as part of the concert. (Photo by Ashlyn Karius)

  Schuyler robotics team reaches Worlds again

Schuyler County's robotics team, Mechanical Meltdown, will compete in the World Championship for the second straight year from April 23-28 in Detroit. The 7-member squad, one of 320 teams qualifying out of nearly 6,000 teams worldwide, advanced at a recent regional competition at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where it earned a FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Inspire Award, given to a team deemed "a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model." Mechanical Meltdown is part of FLARE -- Finger Lakes Area Robotics Education. The program is open to youths in grades 7-12. The group meets regularly in Watkins Glen. For more information, e-mail

Cargill donates $7,500 to FLARE, Meltdown. Business.


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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.



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The editor's long search for some childhood icons

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

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A cabin in the woods

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




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