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Joint Commission reaccredits laboratory

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MONTOUR FALLS, July 23 -- Schuyler Hospital announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Laboratory Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Schuyler Hospital’s Laboratory Services Department underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey this spring. During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, healthcare-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff qualifications and competency. The surveyor also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. More than 1,500 organizations, including laboratories in hospitals, reference labs, blood transfusion and donor centers, public health laboratories, and point-of-care test sites, currently maintain Laboratory Services Accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a two-year cycle.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides laboratories with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from specimen collection to result reporting,” said Stacy Olea, MT(ASCP), FACHE executive director, Laboratory Services Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Schuyler Hospital for its efforts to have laboratory services contribute and support the overall health care delivery system.”

“Schuyler Hospital is pleased to receive re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Andy Manzer, Schuyler Hospital President. “Pathologists and other laboratory staff continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

11 county kids attending Sheriffs' camp

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WATKINS GLEN, July 21 -- Schuyler County Sheriff William E. Yessman announced Tuesday that 11 children from the county are attending the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2015 Summer Camp -- a series of six weeklong sessions designed to provide a solid recreational program combined with the development of a sense of good citizenship.

This marks the 38th year of the camp’s operation.

The camp, located on Keuka Lake near Penn Yan in Yates County, is supported by the Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s Honorary Members through their contributions and annual dues. This year the camp is accommodating over 900 boys and girls, aged 9-12, from across New York State. The primary criteria for selection, says the camp website, are economic challenge and the need for positive interaction by participants with law enforcement personnel..

Said Yessman: “This is a great opportunity for our county youth, and I personally thank Schuyler County residents for donating and making this possible.”

The camp, he said, “is designed to provide a child, who ordinarily would not have the chance, an opportunity to go away during the summer. The primary objective is to create positive interaction between the kids attending camp and the Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs who participate in its programs. We have found from experiences during the first 37 summer camps that the kids develop a renewed respect and understanding for the men and women who enforce the laws. The deputies become their friends and in some cases are substitute parents for a week.”

Throughout their stay, the children observe special exhibits and demonstrations presented by Sheriffs’ Offices from across the State. Included are D.A.R.E. presentations, boat and bike safety programs, law enforcement equipment and technical demonstrations, archery competitions, and a talent shown.

Upon completion of their stay, all children are awarded a diploma for their participation in a program of “Good Citizenship and Law Enforcement Studies.”

Atwater Vineyards to celebrate 15 years

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BURDETT, July 16 -- Atwater Estate Vineyards is raising a glass and a tent to celebrate 15 years since their tasting room doors opened to the public.

The rain-or-shine celebration kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 with live music from The Wiyos, followed by fireworks at sunset. A $15 admission fee includes a commemorative wine goblet and a glass of Atwater wine.

Food Truck Row, featuring Global Taco, Silo Farm to Festival Truck, and Murder Mike’s BBQ, will offer party goers an array of meal choices for purchase. The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor will be selling seasonal flavors plus a custom wine ice cream made from Atwater’s portfolio.

A large tent on the lawn overlooking Seneca Lake and the winery's vineyard will house a dance floor, band stage, wine bars and ample tables and seating. Tickets may be purchased in advance at http://www.atwatervineyards.com or on the day of the event at the winery, located on Seneca Lake.

Atwater Estate Vineyards was born on land that has been cultivated as a vineyard since the early 1900s. Local entrepreneur Ted Marks purchased the established vineyards and opened the tasting room to the public in September 2000. The winery has since gained a solid reputation -- most recently listed in Decanter's travel guide as a must-see stop in the Finger Lakes wine region.

Lake Grove Park has CayutaCAM

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ALPINE, July 14 – When people plan a trip to Cayuta Lake, some ask: “What is the weather?”

Most obtain local weather reports which are not specific to the lake. Lake Grove Park provides an answer through CayutaCAM, which presents a northern and southern view of the lake. The two cameras that compose CayutaCAM are located on the shore of the Park. They provide a continuous feed of non-recordable images suitable for weather evaluation. CayutaCAM is accessible through the Park’s website at www.lakegrovepark.com.

Over the last three years the Park has made a significant investment in electronic technology, says owner Jim Allen. "We now have a fiber-optic cable stretching throughout the Park with nodes at various points," he says. "Most of our campers use the Wi-Fi, so CayutaCAM is another step toward the electronic services that are becoming commonplace."

Lake Grove Park is a seasonal campsite located on the east side of Cayuta Lake. It includes an Historic Corridor that depicts the recreational history of the lake. The Park has been in continual operation since 1948, when it was established by James and Helene D. Allen.

Knapp Vineyard Restaurant honored

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ROMULUS, June 30, 2015 -- Knapp Vineyard Restaurant was recently recognized as one of eight American Wineries With The Best Restaurants On Site, according to Vinepair.com.

Knapp Vineyard Restaurants was part of an elite group of restaurants from Virgina, Texas, California and Washington noted by Vinepair, which stated: "The Finger Lakes region of New York has become famous for its Riesling, and Knapp produces a really fantastic example. The restaurant sources from the local farms in the area, creating a wide variety of dishes that pair perfectly with their signature wine.”

At the helm of Knapp Vineyard Restaurant is Executive Chef John McNabb. “The creative freedom that has been granted to me," he said, "is what I particularly like best about working at Knapp. The monthly wine dinners, menus that change with the seasons, special events and so much more are the creative outlets that make what we do at Knapp unique.

“It is especially rewarding," he added, "to get this endorsement because a major part of our focus is pairing our quality driven wines with locally derived ingredients from the Finger Lakes. I have the opportunity to grow my culinary expertise in a region that is coming on the global stage.”

The Vineyard Restaurant is set next to the Tasting Room and offers patio seating when the weather allows. A full menu list is located on www.knappwine.com.

Located on Cayuga Lake, Knapp is a boutique winery with 60 acres of some of the oldest vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region, producing grapes for a variety of Knapp wines since 1984.

HEAL Schuyler seeks program participants

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WATKINS GLEN, June 17 -- HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Schuyler is seeking local restaurants to participate in “Choose HEALth -- Healthy Food Choices in Schuyler County” by including healthy options on menus. The program is a free awareness campaign that begins this summer. HEAL Schuyler is recruiting restaurants as its first step.

The goal of “Choose HEALth -- Healthy Food Choices in Schuyler” is to educate diners and restaurant employees and reduce the rate of obesity among people within Schuyler County.

Restaurants that choose to participate will meet the program’s standards and display provided logos and signs to show participation. Restaurants, HEAL Schuyler says in a press release, "will receive great public relations and increase potential customers as well as feel good about offering healthy, delicious options on their menus."

Healthy options, HEAL Schuyler said, should follow the organization's "adopted standards that are similar to the MyPlate guidelines and along with portion control, which do not require a nutritionist and require a minimal time commitment from the participating restaurant." For more information on the standards and an application to participate, it said, restaurants can refer to http://www.schuylercounty.us/index.aspx?NID=641

HEAL Schuyler is a partnership between Schuyler County Public Health, S2AY Rural Health Network, Schuyler Hospital, Schuyler County Head Start, the Watkins Glen Central School District, Catholic Charities, Arnot Odgen Medical Center, GST BOCES, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Schuyler County Office for the Aging, Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty, and Exercise Enterprise.

Interested in learning more? Visit http://www.schuylercounty.us/HEAL

Valicenti firm is on CNBC list again

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ELMIRA, June 17 -- Valicenti Advisory Services, Inc. (VASI), located in Elmira and Corning, is listed among CNBC’s Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms for the second consecutive year.

The CNBC Digital editorial team, along with Meridian-IQ, created the following ranking methodology for its Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms rankings. Scores for each measure listed below were weighted according to a proprietary formula to arrive at a final total rank:

-- assets under management
-- having staff with professional designations such as a CFP or CFA
-- working with third-party professionals such as attorneys or CPA’s
-- average account size
-- client segmentation
-- growth of assets
-- years in business
-- number of advisory clients
-- providing advice on insurance solutions

Firms with greater AUM totals were given a higher ranking in the case of numerical ties of the above formula. The Meridian/AdviceIQ team then applied the formula to the Meridian-IQ database of all RIAs to create the list. The Final step to create the Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management Firms list for CNBC.com was to apply the AdviceIQ Regulatory Compliance Review (RCR) process to the master list and eliminate any firm that failed the RCR process. The RCR process is a due-diligence process whereby each advisory firm was compared to the RCR database of all regulatory actions from all four primary regulators: SEC, FINRA, state regulators and state insurance commissioners. In order to pass the RCR process, an advisory firm cannot have any complaints, actions or disclosures from any of the above regulators.

“We are very gratified that we have moved up the ranking from 90th in 2014, to 49th in 2015,” said Joe Valicenti, President and CEO. “Our continued success has been driven by our dedicated team of professionals and our satisfied loyal clients.

“Personal service has always been the focus of our firm and this honor, for two years in a row, validates our employees’ hard work and dedication to our clients.”

VASI’s Investment, New Business Development and Insurance Division Offices are located at 400 East Water Street in Elmira. The Tax and Business Services Office is located at 350 West Church Street, also in Elmira. A satellite office is located at 24 West Market Street in Corning.

Valicenti employee receives finance degree

ELMIRA, June 16 -- Valicenti Advisory Services, Inc. has announced that employee Daniel P. Burchill has recently been awarded his Master of Science in Finance by the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School.

This 13 months of study included residency weeks in Rochester, NY and Switzerland. The MS in Finance program, said a Valicenti official, helps participants gain a competitive advantage in today’s fast-paced business environment.

Burchill joined the firm in April 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He began his career at the Bankers Trust Company in New York City and also worked at CIBC Oppenheimer, where he traded in the fixed income and equity markets. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School.

Burchill, said a Valicenti press release, "is an integral part of the firm’s investment committee as Security Analyst. He is responsible for economic and security analysis, fixed income and equity trading, and he assists the firm’s three portfolio managers."

Valicenti Advisory Services is a Registered Investment Advisor with offices in Elmira and Corning. The firm also provides Tax and Business Services and has an Insurance Division.

Photo in text: Daniel Burchill (Photo provided)

Pasta Night charity donations total $2,394

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DUNDEE, June 11 -- Glenora Wine Cellars’ 9th Annual Pasta Night Series has come to a close for the 2015 season with a grand total of $2,394 donated to local charities. The series takes place every Thursday from January to April and features fresh pasta dishes prepared by local celebrities as guest chefs.

Each Thursday, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the charity of the celebrity chef’s choice, and at the conclusion of the series, Glenora Wine Cellars matches the donation to the charity that brings in the most patrons. To date, over $14,000 has been donated to local charities by Glenora Wine Cellars.

In 2015, local organization Live Like Liz, whose mission is to promote awareness of ovarian cancer through education, brought in the most patrons and generated $596, with Glenora’s match included. Other top grossing evenings included the Defense for Devon Memorial, Dundee Dollars for Scholars and Cobblestone Springs.

“When we started the Celebrity Guest Chef Pasta Nights, we never imagined the success and the amount of funds the series would generate for local charities,” said Gene Pierce, Glenora owner. “We’re very fortunate to be surrounded by such receptive and community-minded organizations in this area, and look forward to celebrating 10 years in 2016.”

Watkins Glen School District administrators and STEM teachers gathered in the STEM room at Watkins Glen High School to receive the grant from Keith Klug, Watkins Glen plant manager for Cargill (center, with his hand on the check). (Photo provided)

Watkins district gets $39,308 Cargill grant

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WATKINS GLEN, June 10 -- The Watkins Glen Central School District recently received a $39,308 grant from Cargill to support “Bringing Unity to STEM Instruction.” The funds will be used to help teachers use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles in nearly all subject areas.

According to Keith Klug, Watkins Glen plant manager, a portion of the funds come from the local Watkins Glen Cargill Cares Council. Cargill’s Global Partnership Fund matches the local donation. The Global Partnership Fund supports non-profit organizations, giving priority to projects in nutrition, education and environmental stewardship. As part of the program, local Cargill management and employees are asked to take an active role in the project.

The funds will be used to purchase equipment to support the district’s STEM curriculum. The equipment will be used for the acquisition and analysis of data and includes tablets, Lego robotics kits and various probes for data collection. Funds also will be used to train teachers to incorporate critical thinking and data analysis skills into all areas of the curriculum.

“We are fortunate to have Cargill as an employer in our community,” said Jim Murphy, the science teacher who wrote the grant proposal. “They have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to STEM education in local schools.”

Schuyler Hospital President and CEO Andy Manzer recognizes outgoing Hospital Auxiliary Board members (l to r): Nancy Pratt, Clara Greis, Carol Bower, Joanne McLaine, and Kathy Fragola. (Not shown: Judy Caruso.) (Photo provided)

Auxiliary names new officers, Vol of Year

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 24 -- The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, at its recent spring luncheon, named its new officers for 2015-16, and recognized a number of their members, including their Volunteer of the Year.

New officers for 2015-16 include: Anne Myers, Chair; Kitty Shallenberger, First Vice Chair; Sharon Malick, Second Vice Chair; Marsha McElligott, Secretary; and Rita Tague-Carmony, Treasurer.

Sue Monnell was named Volunteer of the Year for the many hours she has put in over the years at the hospital’s Front Desk, greeting and assisting visitors. Monnell is moving out of the area, and will be missed, Auxilians said.

Also recognized were a number of longstanding members who are stepping down from the Auxiliary Board, though still remaining volunteers. They include Past President Carol Bower; Joanne McLaine, former Gift Shop Coordinator; Clara Greis, former President; Nancy Pratt, former Volunteer Coordinator; Kathy Fragola, former Public Relations Chair; and Judy Caruso, former Secretary.

The Auxiliary welcomes new volunteers. Download an application at www.schuylerhospital.org. To find out more, email info@schuylerhospital.org, or contact Volunteer Coordinator Chris Updyke at 535-4445.

Photo in text: Sue Monnell, front, is presented the Volunteer of the Year award by fellow Schuyler Hospital Auxilian Midge Franzese. (Photo provided)

Daugherty earns Lou Sand Award

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 22 -- Schuyler Hospital has named Bryan Daugherty the winner of the 2015 Lou Sand Award. It was presented at the hospital's annual Employee Recognition Dinner.

Daugherty, a nearly 11-year Housekeeper who works all over the hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, was nominated by a dozen co-workers for the award.

Highlights from his 12 nominations included:

“He charges around the hospital with a smile on his face and cheerful comments for those he passes. He is thoughtful and kind, quick to help, and a very hard worker.”

“He goes above and beyond to help anyone he can.”

“He is totally dependable and does an excellent job at whatever he is asked to do. He is a good listener and is very compassionate when he needs to be, a good leader and sets a good example for others.”

Schuyler Hospital annually gives the award in memory of Lou Sand to an employee who demonstrates exemplary service to others, and whose compassionate commitment of service to fellow employees, patients, residents and the community brightens the lives of those he or she touches -- traits, say hospital officials, that were exemplified by Lou Sand.

Photo in text: Schuyler Hospital President/CEO, Andy Manzer, right, presents the Lou Sand Award to Bryan Daugherty. (Photo provided)

Auxiliary donates $28,477 back to hospital

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 22 -- In celebrating 2014-2015 at its recent spring luncheon, the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary announced that its donations back to Schuyler Hospital in 2014 totaled $28,477 -- a new record for the volunteer organization.

Funds were raised through a variety of events, including the Festival of Lights, House Tours, and a Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Watkins Glen-Montour Falls Lions and the Montour Moose Lodge. Fundraising sales throughout the year included raffling a quilt donated by the Triple H Quilting Club, creating and selling a desktop calendar with photos by local residents, book and uniform sales, jewelry sales, Christmas in July, and Pearls & Purses.

Auxilians also co-sponsor the hospital’s largest fundraiser, November Splendor, and operate the Gift Shop – in a brand new space for 2014-15.

All of these efforts allowed the Auxiliary to fund a number of needs around the hospital and Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, including: monitors, a metro cart, and chairs in the new operating rooms; a blanket warmer and televisions for the Emergency Department; and wheelchairs for both facilities.

In addition, the Auxiliary gave back to the hospital’s Chaplaincy Fund, assisted employees in need through the hospital’s holiday “Schuyler Santa” program, and funded three $1,000 scholarships for two students and an employee furthering their healthcare education.

The Auxiliary welcomes new volunteers. Download an application at www.schuylerhospital.org. To find out more, email info@schuylerhospital.org, or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Chris Updyke at 535-4445.

Photo in text: Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary Events Committee Chair Midge Franzese holds the check representing the amount the Auxiliary is donating back to the Hospital for 2014-15. She is surrounded by committee members (l to r) Kitty Shallenberger, Annabelle Specchio, Joan Argetsinger, Chris Updyke, Sandy Forrest and Anne Myers. (Photo provided)

Cargill presents check to Catholic Charities

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WATKINS GLEN, May 11 -- Cargill recently donated $2,500 to Catholic Charities of Schuyler County -- a move that company officials said is part of the firm's longstanding commitment to support the communities in which it does business.

“We are honored to be chosen as a recipient of Cargill’s donation," said Deb MacDonald, Catholic Charities agency director. "Cargill’s tremendous support will help us meet the needs of those who come to us looking for help through a difficult time.”

The Cargill Team that worked on the recent Natural Gas Boiler Project at the Watkins facility won a Cargill Salt Internal Award called the “Diamond Crystal Award.” Part of the award was $5,000 in charitable donations to be disbursed as the Team saw fit. The Team distributed $2,500 to Meals on Wheels and $2,500 to Catholic Charities. The Team included: Matt Bollinger, Paul Clifford (project manager), Paul Compton, Pat DeLong, Jonelle Echert, Clay Furniss, Eric Hallman, Lee Kent, Steven Ketcham and Ryan Martin.

“Cargill’s statement of purpose is to be the global leader in nourishing people,” said Keith Klug, Cargill Salt’s Plant Manager. “This money helps support that purpose and Catholic Charities’ mission of reducing poverty and promoting a healthy family life.”

Photo in text: From left: Cargill's Jonelle Echert, Steven Ketcham, Paul Clifford and Keith Klug and Catholic Charities' Deb MacDonald with the $2,500 check. (Photo provided)

Cancer Services Program helps uninsured

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 3 -- The Cancer Services Program of the Southern Tier wants to make sure you get the cancer screenings and tests you need – especially if you are uninsured.

The Cancer Service Program provides:

• Free breast, cervical & colorectal cancer screenings to people who do not have health insurance.

• Free diagnostic testing when there is an abnormal screening result.

Additionally, uninsured individuals who are in need of treatment for breast, cervical, colorectal or prostate cancer may be eligible for coverage for treatment through the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program.

Screening services available to those with no insurance:

• Breast Cancer Screening (mammograms and clinical breast exams): Women age 40-64, or women who are younger than 40 and at high risk for breast cancer

• Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap tests and pelvic exams): Women age 40-64

• Colorectal Cancer Screening (FIT kits - done at home): Men & women age 50-64 who are at average risk for colorectal cancer

• Colorectal Cancer Screening (Colonoscopies): Men & women who are at increased risk for colorectal cancer

The Cancer Services Program of the Southern Tier is a partnership of community organizations and health care providers working to provide access to quality cancer screening services to the residents of our region who are without health insurance.

For more information in Schuyler County, call the Cancer Services Program at (607) 535-9174 or email info@schuylerhospital.org.

You may also visit the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services website at:
http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/services/

Hospital, Foundation announce officers

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MONTOUR FALLS, April 30, 2015 -- Earlier this month, the Schuyler Hospital and Schuyler Health Foundation Boards announced their new officers and new board members for 2015-2016.

On the Hospital Board, Wendy Field was appointed Secretary. She joins returning officers Kyle Tuttle, Chair; Carl Sgrecci, Vice-Chair; and Jerry Mickelson, Treasurer. Dr. Eunice Nayo was appointed as a new board member, joining Mark Clark, Dr. Joseph Hinterberger, Dr. Ben Saks, Rick Weakland, and Fred Wickham. Ex-officio board members include Hospital CEO Andy Manzer, Cayuga Health System CEO John Rudd, Dr. Kristina Cummings, Dr. Ashraf Sabahat, and the Auxiliary President (to be appointed in May).

On the Health Foundation Board, Kathy Fragola was appointed Chair, and Brenda Warren-Fitch, Vice-Chair. They join Jerry Mickelson as Secretary/Treasurer. Ken Wilson, Kevin Field and Nancy Loughlin were appointed to the Board, while Linda Confer was re-appointed to another term. They join board members Helen Dunlap, Sandy Forrest, Esther Heichel, Marian Saks and John Terry.

Community members are invited to attend the Hospital’s Annual Community Meeting on Tuesday, May 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Harbor Hotel. The meeting will feature highlights from 2014, a look ahead for the rest of 2015, and a focus on cardiology services.

For more information, contact Schuyler Hospital at (607) 535-7121 or email info@schuylerhospital.org

From beads to business

Joyful Adornments among our small-business successes

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ODESSA, April 25 -- Have you seen this sign in Odessa? Ever wondered what’s going on in that building? It used to be a funeral home, right? Yes, it was the former Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, which closed the Odessa building over seven years ago, although business continues at its Montour Falls location.

The sign out front -- at 534 Church Street -- says Joyful Adornments Glass Studio and Gift Gallery but it’s hard to know what’s inside, right? Local artist Bonnie Scott moved her glass studio to this location in 2010 from just down the street and it was a perfect transformation for the building. The biggest challenge is location, location, location! Local people seem to drive by and the tourists seem to find the hill a bit off-the-beaten path. But for those brave souls who risk driving in to attend an event, come during open hours or make an appointment to bring family or friends, it can be a fun-filled experience.

Walking through the doors you’ll find a welcoming array of glass jewelry, beaded items and a wall filled with brochures raving about local attractions. Just a step into the next room and this is where the heart and soul of Bonnie’s creations begin. Visitors can sit and watch an interactive demonstration, or even try their hand at making a glass bead. For those who take a moment to enter the studio, it quickly becomes clear that it takes practice and talent to create a glass bead. This discovery is then enhanced when taking another view of all the finished product selections on display that must have taken untold hours for one person to create!

Bonnie’s story of discovering glass began in 2004 when she first decided to"just take lessons once a month for a year and then stop!’ Surely she would be tired of it by then and have all the beads she could possibly want. She certainly didn’t want to buy expensive equipment. As she tells it, that first decision turned into once a week for a year. Then her friends began to buy the beaded jewelry she was wearing, and now over 10 years later she still enjoys it, still takes classes to learn new skills and loves to teach other people.

Why does all this matter? It matters because small, local businesses in New York and especially in Schuyler County are struggling, and some are having to close. Small business owners are under pressure to pay high taxes while big business is lured into the state with the promise of no taxes for several years. Then these big businesses leave when the carrot is gone.

Small-business owners are people you see in the community day in and day out. They volunteer, they donate to local charities, they attend local events, and work to improve their community. It seems a small idea called “Shop Local” is helping people understand how we can improve our community and our economy by shopping our local businesses.

Customers turned out in steady numbers on Friday, April 24 at Joyful Adornments for a Spring Fling Open House that showed support not just for Bonnie Scott's business, but for the Humane Society of Schuyler County, as well. She was kept busy presenting glass-making demonstrations and creating beads to order, with proceeds going to the Humane Society.

For those who missed the Open House and want to learn more about Joyful Adornments, call 607-594-3016 or 1-800-517-6440 to check on its hours-- or visit its website at www.Joyfuladornments.com.

Photos in text: The Joyful Adornments business sign and Bonnie Scott at work.

WGI's Printup assumes extra duties

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WATKINS GLEN, March 31 -- International Speedway Corporation announced on Monday that Watkins Glen International racetrack President Michael Printup will assume additional responsibilities within the company, including managerial oversight of Americrown, effective immediately.

While continuing in his current role with the historic New York road course, Printup will -- according to an ISC press release -- "lead the Americrown team in strategy for profitability, a successful execution of Daytona Rising food and beverage, and enhancing overall value and operations." Printup will also continue with his oversight of Michigan International Speedway, the release said.

“I am very excited to take on this additional responsibility within ISC,” Printup said. “I look forward to working closely with all of those involved with Americrown, while moving forward with my role at Watkins Glen International.”

Americrown, formed in 1989, is a leader in motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise sales and service, the ISC release said. Operating at 12 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown serves millions of race fans annually, it added.

Photo in text: Michael Printup

House of Hong business changing hands

WATKINS GLEN, March 26 -- The House of Hong Chinese restaurant business at 108 N. Franklin St., a staple of the Watkins Glen business community since 1991, has been sold by its owners, Gary and Clarissa Hong, but will continue with the same name and menu under the ownership of Orient Hibachi Buffet owner Mei Qing Chen.

Mrs. Hong, in announcing the business transaction Wednesday, said she and her husband are maintainiing ownership of the building and will serve as the restaurant landlords. They will also continue operating five apartments occupied by tenants on the structure's upper floors. Two more apartments await renovations.

The Hongs also own the Watkins Motel, 212 S. Franklin St., purchased in 2013.

Mrs. Hong and her husband first operated the Golden Dragon Restaurant in Horseheads beginning in 1988 before starting the House of Hong at the corner of Franklin and Fourth Streets in Watkins Glen in 1991. They then bought and moved to their current location at 108 N. Franklin St. several years ago.

She says they are now "tired" and decided it was time to sell their restaurant business while continuing to live in the community and maintain their apartment and motel businesses.

"We are retiring from the restaurant business," Mrs. Hong said, although her husband will help the new ownership during a transition period.

"I want to let people know we are officially done," she said, adding: "I also want people to know how much we have appreciated their business and their loyalty over the years."

No word was available on the future plans for the Orient Hibachi eatery located at 513 N. Franklin St., where a sign on the door Wednesday said "We are closed this week. Thank you!"

Visions treats 820 people to 'Cinderella'

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WATKINS GLEN, March 20 -- Visions Federal Credit Union paid the price of admission for more than 820 moviegoers attending four showings of Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella” film on March 14 at The Glen Theater.

"I was able to take my 5-year-old daughter to the afternoon showing and it was wonderful to see the theater full of families enjoying an afternoon together,” longtime Visions member Lori Asperschlager said.

Light promotion in Visions offices and around town drew many to the special community event. But several unsuspecting theater patrons were pleasantly surprised to learn the credit union was taking care of tickets for the highly anticipated release.

“Visions has been at our Watkins Glen location for over 10 years. During that time, we’ve watched the area blossom and shared its strong sense of community and local pride,” said Mandy DeHate, Visions marketing manager, in explaining the event. “When we made the decision to give back to the communities that support us in 2015, Watkins Glen was first on our list."

Photo in text: On hand at the theater from Visions Federal Credit Union were (from left) Jordan Fairchild, Danielle Burns, Sarah Yereb and Michel Ray. (Photo provided)

ESD issues RFP for Monterey site

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ALBANY, March 19, 2015 -- Empire State Development Thursday announced it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Monterey Shock Correctional Facility, an approximately 25-acre site located in Schuyler County. The site was vacated in July 2014.

“Spring begins this week, and now is the ideal time for the renewal and redevelopment of the Monterey Shock site,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “This RFP will generate new employment opportunity and spur investment in Schuyler County, which is known for its natural beauty, access to the Watkins Glen State Park, and world-famous wines and spirits.”

“Schuyler County appreciates the opportunity to partner with ESD to consider transformational proposals for adaptive reuse of this significant property,” said Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn. “We look forward to the eventual repurposing of this facility in a way that provides substantial economic development and employment opportunities for our region.”

The Monterey Shock site includes 40 structures totaling approximately 87,000 square feet of floor area and related infrastructure. The site is situated within the Sugar Hill State Forest, and is located within close proximity to more than six additional state or national forests, supporting a multitude of recreational visitors. The property maintains parking for at least 94 cars, and additional parking can be created on the perimeter of the site.

ESD has posted an adaptive re-use study, closure plan, environmental site assessments, and video of the site on ESD’s website at www.esd.ny.gov/CorporateInformation/RFPs.html. The materials provide a comprehensive analysis of the site, including descriptions and layouts of the site’s structures and infrastructure. Tours of the former Monterey Shock Correctional Facility will be offered on April 28, and responses to the RFP are due by May 18. Respondents to the RFP may propose uses that will create new jobs -- both permanent and construction -- stimulate economic activity in the local municipality and region, and satisfy selection criteria specified in the RFP.

In January 2014, ESD issued an adaptive reuse study for the site in consultation with State and local stakeholders. ESD has also met with a local advisory group to discuss ways to promote and partner in advancing the site’s redevelopment.

To support the communities affected by the closure of the facility, New York State has made available funding through the Economic Transformation Program (ETP) for development in and around the Monterey Shock site. Preference will be given to projects that create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment or underemployment; or increase business activity. The site is also eligible to qualify as a tax-free area under the State’s START-UP NY program, which would require partnership with a sponsoring academic institution.

Photo in text: Sign that used to announce the presense of the Shock camp. (File photo)

Campaign raises more than $156,000

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MONTOUR FALLS, March 11 -- The Schuyler Health Foundation has announced that over $156,000 was raised in the 2014 Family of Friends campaign, with donations going to Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

“This is certainly a brand new Schuyler Hospital, compared to where we were two years -- or even one year -- ago,” said Michelle Benjamin, the Health Foundation's Executive Director. “Thanks to our affiliation with Cayuga Medical Center, major renovations completed last year, and new physicians in our Emergency Department, the Schuyler Hospital experience is completely refreshed. With ongoing community support such as this, we can keep the improvements coming.”

Specifically, 2014 donations are going toward new cardiac stress test equipment, as well as a multi-year project to purchase new beds in the Medical/Surgical Unit.

Funds for Seneca View are going toward a new electronic medical records system.

Though donations are welcome year-round, the Foundation will soon unveil the 2015 Family of Friends Campaign.

For more information, contact the Schuyler Health Foundation at (607) 210-1950 or donate on-line at www.schuylerhospital.org

CMA neurosurgeon seeing patients

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MONTOUR FALLS, March 3 -- Earlier this month, Schuyler Hospital welcomed neurosurgeon Dr. James Metcalf, from Progressive Neurosurgery of Cayuga Medical Associates (CMA).

Dr. Metcalf is seeing patients at September Hill, 250 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, on the first and third Fridays of the month. Appointments should be made through Progressive Neurosurgery of CMA at (607) 269-0033.

Progressive Neurosurgery of CMA, clinically linked with the University of Rochester Medicine Center Department of Neurosurgery, specializes in the surgical treatment of conditions of the brain and the spinal cord. Dr. Metcalf uses the most advanced computer and imaging technology in the diagnosis of neurologic problems.

Neurologic issues may include:

• Cranial and Spinal Neurosurgery
• Brain and Spinal Tumors
• Sciatica
• Stenosis
• Herniated Disk
• Spinal Fusions and Fractures
• Vertebroplasty

Dr. Metcalf may refer patients to Cayuga Medical Center for surgery.

For more information, email info@schuylerhospital.org or call (607) 535-7121.

Photo in text: Dr. James Metcalf (Photo provided)

Grant funding helps Gallery set classes

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 27 -- The Franklin Street Gallery, a community arts center in downtown Watkins Glen, has been awarded grant funding to support access to art classes for one year.

The “All Access Art” program is a series of drawing and ceramic art classes instructed by professional local artists. Ceramics classes will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 11 and 25. Drawing classes will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. There is no enrollment fee, but participants must be at least 9 years of age, and pre-registration is required.

The All Access Art program is made possible, in part, with public funds administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes through the New York State Council on the Arts. Private fundraising by the gallery also helps support these and other activities. To register, call Franklin Street Gallery at 607-535-2571 or register in person at 209 N. Franklin Street.

“One of our goals is to make sure everyone has access to the arts. Grants like this as well as our fundraising events help to ensure art programming for all,” said Gallery Manager Cynthia Hill.

The All Access Art program is among many opportunities offered this winter at the Franklin Street Gallery arts studio. Visit www.arcofschuyler.org for information about other artist instructor led workshops in glass fusing, photography, and millefiori bead making as well as class fees and how you can help support arts programs.

Banner adorning a wall of the hotel lobby gives thanks to the Ice Bar's 20 sponsors.

Hotel's Ice Bar generates $20,000 for Red Cross

WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 24 -- The Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen Tuesday presented a check for $20,000 to the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross -- proceeds from the hotel's fourth annual Ice Bar event late last month.

The Ice Bar, billed as “the hottest party in the coolest town,” features more than 20,000 pounds of ice meticulously carved into working bars and other sculptures and set on the hotel patio. The bars and other sculpted figures, including an ice throne, are still there, intact, thanks to continuing frigid weather.

The check was presented to Joel Robinson, Executive Director of the Red Cross Finger Lakes Chapter, by hotel General Manager Carolyn Guyer and Director of Sales Christine Peacock. Also present from the hotel were Anne Klingensmith, sales and catering assistant, and Ruth Sprague, executive administrative assistant. Present from the Red Cross in addition to Robinson was Colleen Kean, major-gift officer.

According to Robinson, the money -- which brings to $50,000 the amount donated to the Red Cross by the hotel in the Ice Bar's four-year history ($5,000 the first year, then $10,000, $15,000 and $20,000) -- "will help with our preparedness" in an atmosphere in which Red Cross responses have been increasing every year.

The chapter’s Disaster Relief Fund provides food, clothing, shelter and other necessities for victims of fires, floods and other disasters in the chapter’s six counties: Schuyler, Steuben, Chemung, Seneca, Yates and Wayne.

The Ice Bar, a concept first in effect in a Portland, Maine hotel in the same chain as the Harbor Hotel, was instituted in Watkins Glen to try and enhance what was for the hotel a slow time of the year. The event grew quickly, and now reaches its 1,000-person cap for both Friday and Saturday nights with advance reservations a couple of weeks in advance of the party. Opening night on Thursday attracted about 450 people this year.

The Red Cross, selected to benefit from the party the first year, has remained in that role because, said Guyer, it is "an amazing organization" that constantly contributes to the community through its actions.

Sponsors of the Ice Bar this year included: Exclusiv Vodca; Crestwood; Finger Lakes Wine Country; Watkins Glen International; Glenora Wine Cellars; Boundary Breaks Vineyard; Dr. Konstantin Frank; Fox Run Vineyards; Ithaca Beer Co., Fulkerson Estate Vineyards, Wagner; Standing Stone Vineyards; Shepard Niles; Chateau Lafayette Reneau; Lakewood Vineyards; Hazlitt’s Cider Tree; Starkey’s Lookout; Hector Wine Co.; Finger Lakes Beer Trail; and Iron Flamingo Brewery.

Photo in text: The $20,000 check to the Red Cross leans against one of the Ice Bar's serving bars, still standing on the hotel patio. From left: Hotel Director of Sales Christine Peacock; Red Cross chapter Major Gift Officer Colleen Kean; hotel General Manager Carolyn Guyer; hotel Sales and Catering Assistant Anne Klingensmith; Red Cross chapter Executive Director Joel Robinson, and hotel Executive Administrative Assistant Ruth Sprague.

Hospital now offering a 'Patient Portal'

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 28 -- Schuyler Hospital and its clinics have begun offering a “Patient Portal” -- an opt-in opportunity for patients to access personal health information on-line.

Patients can register when they visit their primary care physician, or when they are at the hospital for an in-patient stay or Emergency Department visit.

Accessible information varies, but may include details of the patient’s most recent visits, including blood pressure, heart rate, health care provider’s care instructions, medication list, and more. All information is provided in a secure record available only to the patient and hospital care team.

Those who have signed up with their primary care provider may also use the Portal to request an appointment with their provider – though this is not intended for same day or emergency needs.

The service is free to patients, and offered through RelayHealth. Additional tools and communication services may be added at a later date.

To learn more, visit www.relayhealth.com. Anyone with questions may contact RelayHealth Customer Support at: 1-866-RELAYME (1-866-735-2963).

To contact Schuyler Hospital, call (607) 535-7121 or email info@schuylerhospital.org.

Glenora hires Assistant Winemaker

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DUNDEE, Jan. 23 -- Glenora Wine Cellars has announced the hiring of Sean Gilchrist as Assistant Winemaker.

Gilchrist is a graduate of Villanova University and currently working toward his Winemaking Certificate through the University of California, Davis. He most recently served as Harvest Assistant Winemaker at Hyde de Villaine in Napa, California and as an Intern with ROAR/August West wines in San Francisco, where he produced a small batch of Pinot Noir under a personal label.

“Sean’s youth and enthusiasm are invaluable as Glenora strategizes for the future,” said Gene Pierce, owner of Glenora Wine Cellars. “We look forward to utilizing Sean’s previous experiences and approach toward winemaking to grow our red program.”

Prior to his work in California, Gilchrist traveled throughout the world working in hospitality and interning at wineries, including By Farr Winery in Geelong, Australia, Terroirs in London, and Domaine Dujac in Morey St. Denis, France.

Regarding his new position, Gilchrist said the following: “As the region continues to evolve, so does Glenora, and I’m excited to join a team that continues to innovate and push boundaries in the industry. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Steve DiFrancesco as well, whose wealth of experiences with various climate conditions and production techniques over 25 years in Finger Lakes is endless.”

Glenora Wine Cellars, a pioneer in the Finger Lakes wine industry, has been producing award-winning wines for over 36 years. Owners Gene Pierce and Scott Welliver also own Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant on Cayuga Lake. Knapp is a boutique winery with 60 acres of some of the oldest vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region, producing grapes for a variety of Knapp wines since 1982. In 2013 Pierce and Welliver purchased Chateau LaFayette Reneau on the east side of Seneca Lake. The 120-acre property contains 51 acres of meticulously maintained vinifera plantings. Pierce and Welliver maintain the three wineries as separate entities, each having its own distinct and unique identity.

Cargill awards grant to Arc of Schuyler

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WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 23 -- Michael Larkin was grinning ear to ear as he and the executive director of The Arc of Schuyler accepted a $5,000 check from Keith Klug, plant manager of Cargill in Watkins Glen.

This is the second consecutive year The Arc has received a grant from Cargill to help meets its health and wellness goals.

The grant will support The Arc’s health and wellness initiatives including hands-on training in nutrition, smart shopping, healthy cooking, and fitness opportunities like Zumba classes. Larkin is one of many people receiving supports through The Arc who has benefitted from the programs over the past two years.

“I’ve lost weight since I started eating better, drinking water, and walking more,” Larkin said. “I love Zumba too.”

“Obesity is a critical issue for people with disabilities across the country. We formed a health and wellness committee at The Arc to coordinate opportunities for people learn about healthy food choices, right-size portions, and have fun being physically active,” Frank said. “This is a great partnership with Cargill, and thanks to their support people are making healthier choices and moving more.”

The Arc of Schuyler is a not-for-profit an organization providing supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or call 607.535.6934.

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com .

Photo in text: The Arc of Schuyler in Watkins Glen received a $5,000 check from Cargill to use toward its health and wellness programs for people with developmental disabilities. From left, Keith Klug, Cargill plant manager; Michael Larkin, program participant; and Jeannette Frank, Arc of Schuyler executive director. (Photo provided)

Family of Friends appeal at 86% of goal

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 11 -- The Schuyler Health Foundation has announced that it is at 86 percent of its goal for Family of Friends 2014 – with over $150,000 raised to date for Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

Donations for 2014 are being accepted through the end of January.

Funds are going toward equipment and technology needs at the hospital and Seneca View --including new beds for the Medical/Surgical unit at the hospital, and electronic medical records at Seneca View.

You can give online at www.schuylerhospital.org, or by calling (607) 210-1950 or mailing your donation to the Schuyler Health Foundation, PO Box 828, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Donations of any amount are welcome.

Hospital Auxiliary announces quilt winner

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 11 -- The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary has pulled the winning ticket for a quilt handmade and donated by the Triple H Quilting Group.

The winner of the 65-square-inch, 2-sided quilt is Eliene Putnam of Burdett.

Proceeds from fundraisers such as the quilt raffle help the Auxiliary finance projects and equipment for Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

After an autumn that included a House Tour, jewelry sale, Festival of Lights and Cookies by the Pound, the Auxiliary is planning another full year of fundraisers for 2015.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, go to www.schuylerhospital.org or email info@schuylerhospital.org

Valicenti recognizes Diehr designation

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ELMIRA, Jan. 7 -- Valicenti Advisory Services, Inc. has announced that Kelly S. Diehr recently attained the designation of Registered Paraplanner (RP) by the College for Financial Planning.

Diehr joined the firm in July 2011. She is the Administrative Assistant to Joe Valicenti, President/CEO.

Her duties involve working as support staff to Mr. Valicenti and the other portfolio managers with client communications, client presentations and scheduling client meetings.

Photo at right: Kelly S. Diehr (Photo provided)

Valicenti hires Casey L. Watkins

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ELMIRA, Jan. 7 -- Valicenti Advisory Services, Inc. has announced that Casey L. Watkins has joined the firm.

Watkins (pictured at right) is a graduate of Mansfield University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Valicenti, she was a Senior Accounting Specialist with a local firm.

As a member of the operations team, she handles client transactions such as receipts and disbursements, performs account reconciliations and processes bills, which the firm pays on behalf of its clients. She is also involved in the processing of new accounts and transfers between accounts.

Photo at right: Casey L. Watkins (Photo provided)

Hospital's service plan update is online

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 11 -- Schuyler Hospital has announced that its annual update on the 2013-2015 Community Service Plan is available on its website, www.schuylerhospital.org

The report, completed at year-end 2014, reflects the progress to date on the 3-year Community Service Plan, addressing health needs in the community. The hospital works closely with Schuyler County Public Health, as well as a number of community-based organizations and focus groups, toward goals detailed in the plan.

Schuyler Hospital and the partner agencies decided to tackle two tough areas under the New York State Department of Health priority of the prevention of chronic disease: Reduce obesity in children and adults; and Reduce illness, disability and death related to diabetes. The partners chose to increase diabetic screenings by 10% in the low-income, 20- to 49-year-old population, and refer them to a Primary Care Physician (PCP).

The document, prepared with the assistance of the S2AY Rural Health Network, was submitted to the State of New York Department of Health pursuant to Public Health Law 2803-1. Public Health Law 2803-1 requires hospitals to submit a comprehensive Community Service Plan every three years and an Implementation Report on each of the alternate years.

For more information, contact the hospital at (607) 535-7121 or at info@schuylerhospital.org.

Valicenti firm announces new employee

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ELMIRA, Dec. 30 -- Valicenti Advisory Services, Inc. has announced that Daniel P. Burchill has joined the firm.

Burchill is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and is presently attending, on weekends, the U of R’s Masters in Finance Program in New York City, which is designed for working professionals.

Burchill began his career at the Bankers Trust Company in New York City and also worked at CIBC Oppenheimer, where he traded in the fixed income and equity markets. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School.

According to the Valicenti firm, he is part of the firm’s investment committee and is also responsible for economic and security analysis, fixed income and equity trading, and assisting the firm’s three Portfolio Managers.

Photo in text: Daniel P. Burchill (Photo provided)

Valicenti announces promotion, new hire

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ELMIRA, Dec. 22 -- Suzanne Valicenti, formerly Vice President and Director of Insurance Services, was recently elected President/CEO of Valicenti Insurance Services, Inc.

Since its establishment in February 2013, the company has continued to grow. She and her team of Kate Schermerhorn and Chris Walck have over 70 years of personal lines insurance experience.

Prior to Suzanne’s arrival at Valicenti Insurance Services, Inc., she was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for an independent insurance agency. She has over 15 years of insurance experience. A graduate of Elmira College, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Walck joined the personal lines team in September 2014 and brings over 40 years of personal lines experience to the agency. She spent most of her career developing and servicing personal insurance programs for individuals and families in the Southern Tier.

Valicenti Insurance Services, Inc. is an Independent Agency that represents many of the nation’s leading insurance companies that provide personal lines coverage and superior claims service.

Information on products and services can be found by visiting www.valicentiins.com or by calling (607)215-0242.

SFLW warms holidays for local seniors

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WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 14 -- . The Southern Finger Lakes Women (SFLW), a Chapter of New York State Women, Inc., presented handmade hats and a variety of books on Dec. 12 to residents of The Falls Home in Montour Falls.

The Falls Home is an assisted living facility for 92 persons and it provides residential care, activities, meals, recreation and health monitoring.

The hats were made by Judy Sawyer of “Judy Has Hats” in Hector. Sawyer also donated two lap robes for the project.

The hats and the books were presented by Suzanne Gigliotti and JoAnne Krolak, who represented the SFLW, to Nancy Shumway, Activities Director of the Falls Home.

The mission of New York State Women, Inc., is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. The organization includes women and men of every age, race, religion, political party and socio-economic background.

The Southern Finger Lakes Women Chapter meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. For more information, visit the chapter website at http://www.sflw.org/ or contact Gloria Hutchings at (607) 594-2489.

Photo in text: From left: Bonnie Hopper, Beautician at the Falls Home, and Suzanne Gigliotti and JoAnne Krolak of the Southern Finger Lakes Women. (Photo provided)

Accounting firm moving to N. Franklin St.

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WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 12 -- A presence in the Village of Watkins Glen since 1978, the accounting firm of Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Co., LLP; currently located on West 4th Street, will be relocating its office to 2 North Franklin Street, Suite 330.

The new office is located above Watkins Glen International’s “The Shop.”

Providing tax and audit services to Village and surrounding residents for over 30 years, Fred Ciaschi and his staff say they are delighted to move into this historic location. CDLM has eight partners, six managers and a large professional staff, primarily located at its main office in Ithaca.

Officials of the firm say the new, expanded Watkins Glen office location will allow members of the tax and especially the audit staff to become more visible in the Watkins Glen area, for both existing and potential clients.

While the office will be closed from December 15-19 to facilitate the move, the firm will be happy to welcome clients and visitors alike on Monday, December 22.

For more information, visit the firm's website at www.cdlm.com or look for it on Facebook.

Chateau LaFayette Reneau wins Cup

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HECTOR, Dec. 10, 2014 -- Chateau LaFayette Reneau's 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling has earned a Jefferson Cup in the White Vinifera Wine category at The 15th Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition.

It took place on November 20 and 21 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m quite proud to win a Jefferson Cup, as it is an Invitational Wine Competition and we were competing among top wineries in the United States,” said Tim Miller, Winemaker at Chateau LaFayette Reneau. “Over the years, we have been fortunate to have won four of these prestigious Jefferson Cups.”

The estate grown and bottled 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling received one of 11 Jefferson Cups awarded to white wines in the competition, and was one of three Finger Lakes wines so honored. Thirty-eight in total were awarded to vinifera and non-vinifera red, white, and dessert wines from vineyards across 14 states.

According to Miller, 2012 was a very good growing season in the Finger Lakes with warmer temperatures than average, especially in September and October. This allowed the Riesling fruit characteristics to develop into the style that Chateau LaFayette Reneau looks for. The winning wine comes from an eight-year-old vineyard called the North Block, and is available at the winery and at fine wine shops and restaurants throughout New York State.

Established in 1985, Chateau LaFayette Reneau has garnered both national and international recognition. Located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, the 140-acre property contains 51 acres of vinifera plantings and The Inn at Chateau LaFayette Reneau, a fully restored five-bedroom farmhouse.

Blood drive set at September Hill

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MONTOUR FALLS, Dec. 4 -- Schuyler Hospital is holding a blood drive on Friday, December 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at September Hill. It is located at 250 Steuben Street, two buildings up the hill from the hospital.

The Red cross said there is a dire need for blood created when recent blizzards in Buffalo forced the cancellation of dozens of blood drives.

Platelet donors and blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

You can make an appointment to give at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling the Schuyler Hospital Lab at (607) 535-7121 ext. 2207. All blood types are needed. Walk-ins are also welcome.

To find out about other blood drives in the area, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

Heavily Brewing Co. opens in Montour

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MONTOUR FALLS, Nov. 21, 2014 -- Heavily Brewing Company (HBC) -- a new brewpub and brewhouse -- is open for business in Montour Falls.

Founded by partners Jason & Lindsay Dechow and Wayne & Laura Lynch, HBC says its aims to become the place to find and enjoy "the best craft brews the Finger Lakes has to offer." The brewpub has 15 taps which will have a variety of 10 beers from other local farm breweries and, soon, HBC beers and hard cider. The business locale is a countryside setting.

“We are strong advocates for craft beers, the Finger Lakes and New York State – what better place to build our dream?" said partner Lindsay Dechow. “If you want to taste what the Finger Lakes and New York State have to offer in craft beers, this will be the place to be.”

To celebrate, HBC will be hosting a Grand Opening party on November 29 at 6 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., NEO Quartet will be performing a unique blend of blues, funk and jazz. "We’ll have specials," the owners say, and food available for purchase from Global Taco and Smoke-On-the-Water BBQ.

About Heavily Brewing Company

Heavily Brewing Company is located at 2471 Hayes Road, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Regular hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12 noon-10 p.m.

For more information, call 607-535-BREW(2739), email press@heavilybrewing.com, like them on FaceBook, follow them on Twitter (@heavilybrewing) or check them out online at http://www.heavilybrewing.com

WGI plans to repave track in 2015

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WATKINS GLEN, November 7 -- Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup announced Wednesday that the historic track will conduct a repaving project in the summer of 2015. It is the first time the track will be repaved since 1998.

The repave will begin with “The Boot” in July, followed by the short course immediately following the Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in August. The repave is slated for completion in advance of the 2016 race season.

“This is a significant project for Watkins Glen International, our competitors, fans and track rental customers,” Printup said. “The repave is a tremendous undertaking and next summer is the right time to begin this historic project and prepare The Glen for the future.”

Asphalt specialists and engineers conducted a thorough evaluation of The Glen’s entire circuit and recommended the current timeline. Further details and project specifics will be released at a later date.

As a result of the repave, the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver will take place July 24-26. Information regarding renewals and ticket sales will be shared with customers in the coming weeks.

Fans will be able to witness the project from the Fans R1st Viewing Area in the Argetsinger Grandstand. That area will continue to be free and open to the public through the end of October. Fans will also be able to follow the progress of the project via Facebook, Twitter and www.TheGlen.com.

Hospital conducts Ebola training drills

MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 25 -- The Schuyler Hospital staff was conducting training and drilling Friday on the proper use of personal protective equipment should it be needed if an Ebola case were to present itself in Schuyler County.

If you see staff members in special hoods, masks, gloves or whatever, "there is no cause for alarm or concern," hospital officials said in a press release. "This is a training exercise only."

Hospital officials note that this is part of training required by the New York State Department of Health in response to the recently growing concerns about Ebola virus infection. Schuyler Hospital is working in collaboration with the state, the CDC, and the county health department and emergency medical services.

"There are no diagnosed cases of Ebola in upstate New York, no people residing in Schuyler County have been identified as being at risk of infection with the Ebola virus, and there are no public health reasons to close businesses or schools or to cancel community events," the press release said, concluding: "No individuals in Schuyler County have been identified as needing quarantine."

Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose or mouth) with blood or bodily fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola; objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus; and infected animals. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, officials say.

Vickios donate sign to Humane Society

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MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 17 -- Tony and Harriet Vickio of Vickio Signs recently donated a sign to mark the new location of The Schuyler County Humane Society of Schuyler County at 124 Marina Drive in Montour Falls.

“We truly appreciate the Vickios' generosity and are pleased to have such a professional sign representing our organization," said Humane Society President Georgie Taylor. "The success of our organization is very much dependent on the generous contributions of members of the community like the Vickios."

Said the Vickios: "As avid animal lovers, we are very pleased to contribute to such a wonderful organization as the Humane Society.”

The Humane Society purchased the former Kurtz Enterprises building in October 2011 and has been working to raise the necessary funds to renovate the facility since that time. As the project nears completion, the organization will consolidate all of its operations into one centrally located facility to better serve the needs of the community. The facility will provide cat and dog sheltering and adoptions, low cost spay/neuter services for the pets of income eligible county residents and educational services under one roof. The $900,000 project is expected to be largely completed by year end.

Incorporated in 1987, The Humane Society of Schuyler County is the only full-service animal welfare organization serving the needs of county residents. A 501c3 corporation, it remains largely volunteer-based with a small shelter staff. Funding is through donations, memberships, grants and fund-raising events. To adopt, volunteer or donate, or for additional information, contact the Humane Society at 607-594-2255 or visit the website at www.schuylerhumane.org.

Photo in text: Present for the Humane Society of Schuyler County sign donation were, on the right, Tony and Harriet Vickio of Vickio Signs, along with Humane Society President Georgie Taylor. Also present at left were, from left, Robert Grotke, John Herbert and Susan Herbert of The Humane Society. (Photo by Don Romeo)

Hospital nominated for flu vaccine award

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MONTOUR FALLS, Sept. 28 -- Schuyler Hospital was recently nominated for the Healthcare Association of New York States (HANYS) Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety.

The nomination recognized Schuyler Hospital’s ongoing efforts to improve quality and safety – specifically through the hospital’s “Flu Vaccine Challenge” last fall. It is published in the HANYS booklet, “Pinnacle Award Nominations for Quality and Patient Safety 2014,” which can be viewed at http://www.hanys.org/quality/docs/pinnacle/2014_pinnacle_award.pdf.

“To reach improved influenza vaccine participation, Schuyler Hospital enlisted a team of three enthusiastic nurses,” the nomination reads. That team used questionnaires, multiple flu shot clinics at varied sites, a traveling clinic, posted progress charts, paycheck stuffers, weekly updates to staff, flu facts in the hospital newsletters throughout flu season, and flu quizzes where employees could win prizes.

As a result, vaccination of employees improved from 56.5% in 2011 to 93% in 2013.

Healthcare employees are required by the NYS Department of Health to be offered the flu vaccine. If employees are unable to receive the vaccine, they must wear a surgical mask at all times while in areas where patients or residents may be present during periods that the Commissioner of Health determines that the influenza season is underway.

As a matter of standard practice, Schuyler Hospital enforces universally-recognized precautions to prevent the flu, officials said. These include hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers placed conveniently throughout the hospital, and the use of goggles and gowns. In addition, officials added, the hospital adheres to rigorous infection control guidelines and policies every day to ensure a clean environment for patients, staff and visitors. These practices are especially important during flu season. Antiseptic wipes are located in patient rooms, work stations, hallways, and other treatment areas and are easily accessible to hospital employees responsible for sanitizing medical equipment and surface areas.

For more information, contact Schuyler Hospital’s Quality Department at (607) 535-7121 or email info@schuylerhospital.org

Picnic Festival winners are announced

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BURDETT, Aug. 29 -- The Schuyler Health Foundation has announced the following winners of raffle prizes and the 50/50 from it second annual Community Family Picnic Festival for Schuyler Hospital, held in July at Arcangeli Farm in Burdett.

Raffle winners included: Brian Ervay, Carquest Car Care Package; Tom Carson, a jack and jack stands; Anne Dalecki, Village Marina Gift Certificate; Wendy Marvel, Seneca Wine Boat Tour; Alicia Murrell, Global Taco Gift Certificate; Brenda Houck, Seneca Lodge Gift Certificate; Betty Vinti, Peach Tea and Wine Smoothie from Wright’s Beverages; Shelley Beaumont, Unique Country Boutique Gift Certificate; and Clara Greis, Ben Saks, Bob Riter and Melissa Norton, wine holder sculptures donated by Frank Davis, with wine. The 50/50 winner was David Green.

All items were donated, so proceeds went directly to the Schuyler Health Foundation.

The family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Schuyler Hospital and Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, and a thank-you to the community, with a focus on health and wellness.

Features this year included the Cornell Raptor Program, music by Tom Bloodgood and Friends, a chicken barbecue by the Burdett Fire Department, performances by the Leslie School of Dance and Dream Barn Productions, Welch the Wondrous Wizard, kids activities, a petting zoo, a car show, pony rides, and interactive displays by a number of community organizations.

Event sponsors included Maguire Motors, Jeff’s On-Site Services, Visions Federal Credit Union, Eyes on Seneca, Watkins Lumber, and the Senka Agency.

Contact the Schuyler Health Foundation at (607) 210-1950 or info@schuylerhospital.org to participate.

Chamber adopts LPG storage resolution

WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 20 -- The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Wednesday approved a resolution taking a middle-of-the-road approach to the controversy surrounding Crestwood's plan to store LPG gas in depleted salt caverns to the west of Seneca Lake.

The board approved 11-2, with one abstention, a recommended Government Affairs Committee resolution reading: "The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce urges its elected officials to make a timely decision on the proposed LPG Gas Storage Project in the Town of Reading in an environmentally sound manner."

According to Chamber President Rebekah LaMoreaux, the action was taken after the Chamber was asked "to take an official position against" the proposed storage project.

The committee recommendation, she added, "was based upon the following discussion items: the tremendous amount of conflicting data that exists on the proposed project and the chamber’s role in the community to unite its members."

A proposed amendment was defeated 9-3, with two abstentions. It read: "The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce supports Tourism Growth & Community Tradition and Growth (Strategic Plan 2015-2017, Values 4 & 6) and urges state agencies and the Governor to make the decision on the proposed LPG Gas Storage Project in the Town of Reading based on the environmental, safety, and economic impacts to Seneca Lake, State Route 14, the Village of Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, and the Watkins Glen State Park."

Chateau LaFayette Reneau celebrates victory in Governor's Cup competition

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HECTOR, Aug. 15 -- Chateau LaFayette Reneau is celebrating an outstanding achievement -- victory by its 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling in competition for the prestigious 2014 Governor’s Cup. The award was announced at the annual New York Wine and Food Classic award ceremony at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel on August 13.

“We are extremely proud to have been awarded the 2014 Governor’s Cup," said Gene Pierce (pictured at right), owner and partner. "This award continues the legacy of Dick and Betty Reno and the excellent reputation of the wines at Chateau LaFayette Reneau, and we couldn’t be happier. My partner Scott Welliver and I, along with the Team at Chateau LaFayette Reneau, have the utmost confidence in the future of the winery and its wines, both in the Finger Lakes and beyond, and we invite you to come and experience them.”

With the addition of this award, winemaker Tim Miller celebrates a career total of three Governor’s Cups during his tenure at Chateau LaFayette Reneau, the first of which came in 1998, followed by 2000, and again in 2014.

"Tim Miller has again proven himself as one of the premier winemakers in the Finger Lakes and New York with this Governor's Cup honor -- the latest in a long string,” said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. “He is a great example of someone who has learned from the bottom up, starting 34 years ago as a cellar hand at Glenora Wine Cellars and over the years learning how to combine the science and art of winemaking. Even better, he is one of the nicest guys in our industry."

The award-winning 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling is an estate grown and bottled wine, coming from four different Riesling vineyards on the winery property, which is located on the east side of Seneca Lake. The wine is available in the tasting room and soon will be available at fine wine shops and restaurants.

Established in 1985, Chateau LaFayette Reneau has been a producer of premium, award-winning wines for the past 28 years, garnering both national and international recognition. Located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, the 140-acre property contains 51 acres of meticulously maintained vinifera plantings and The Inn at Chateau LaFayette Reneau, a fully restored five-bedroom farmhouse.

Photo in text: Gene Pierce

Schumer visits Arc of Schuyler

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WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 9 -- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer visited The Arc of Schuyler on Friday to express his support for the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.

The legislation would create tax-advantaged savings accounts for family members of persons with developmental disabilities to help cover critical education, medical care, support services, employment training, housing, and transportation services related to those disabilities.

“A great concern for families who have a child with a disability is: ‘How do I plan for their future?’,” said The Arc of Schuyler’s Executive Director, Jeannette Frank. “The ABLE Act would provide families with a new tool by allowing the establishment of tax-free accounts to help meet the extra expenses people with disabilities incur. It would be a great benefit for many people.”

Photo in text: From left: The Arc of Schuyler’s Executive Director, Jeannette Frank; The Arc of Yates Board President, Ann McMullen; Senator Charles Schumer; and Chemung ARC Residential Services Director Sean Eagan. (Photo provided)

Leaves & Lobsters set for Sept. 13-14

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DUNDEE, July 31 -- Glenora Wine Cellars has announced the return of Leaves & Lobster on the Lawn in 2014, and tickets are now on sale. A combination of live music, the autumn view of Seneca Lake, and a lobster bake, Leaves will take place on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14.

Lobster dinners will be available under the tent from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The Lobster dinner includes one whole Maine lobster, a half dozen steamed clams, corn on the cob, salt potatoes, coleslaw and homemade brownie, all for $52.00, plus tax, per person. The purchase of the lobster dinner includes admission. Alternatively, an a la carte menu is available to purchase from, and tickets are $15.00 per person to enjoy the show. Glenora wine will be available for purchase all day.

Taking the stage on Saturday will be Steve Southworth & the Rockabilly Rays. On Sunday, Bob’s Brother’s Band will play. Each band will play from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Ticket holders are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit www.glenora.com.

Strong Kids program moves to WGI

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WATKINS GLEN, July 29, 2014 -- Watkins Glen International and Schuyler County Public Health are collaborating to bring the 2014 Strong Kids, Safe Kids! (SKSK) Event to the WGI”s Media Center on October 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. As a result, this year’s event theme is “Racing to a Healthy Future.”

Strong Kids, Safe Kids! is a free family-friendly community event that has been held in the past at Clute Park. Its goal is to teach Schuyler County children how to lead a safe, healthy lifestyle.

According to organizers, SKSK’s continual success is due to generous support from local agencies and businesses and their participation, such as Watkins Glen International hosting the 2014 event.

Any agency or business interested in participating should submit an application found at www.schuylercounty.us/SKSK before August 31, or contact Jill at Schuyler County Public Health, phone 535 8140 or SCPH@co.schuyler.ny.us.

Due to the Strong Kids, Safe Kids! move to WGI, a larger pool of volunteers will be needed to help the event run smoothly. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Niki at scph@co.schuyler.ny.us or call 535 8140.

“We started looking for an indoor venue after the 2013 event due to the participants' feedback," said Marcia Kasprzyk, Schuyler County Public Health Director. "We are thrilled at WGI’s generosity of donating the space."

Strong Kids, Safe Kids! has been an annual community event since 1996. The Schuyler County Child Abuse Task Force brought the initial event to the community. The Task Force has since disbanded, and the Schuyler County Public Health Department committed to organizing the annual event as long as the community support continued.

Donors needed to prevent blood shortage

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MONTOUR FALLS, July 26 -- The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent call for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations were down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

Platelet donors and blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed, Red Cross officials said. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

Schuyler Hospital is holding a blood drive on Friday, August 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at September Hill, 250 Steuben Street, Montour Falls -- 2 buildings up the hill from the hospital.

You can make an appointment to give at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling the Schuyler Hospital Lab at (607) 535-7121 ext. 2207. All blood types are needed. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Double red cell donations may be collected from eligible donors.

To find out about other blood drives in the area, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

Oncology Services to be available locally

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MONTOUR FALLS, July 26 -- Physicians from Oncology Services of Cayuga Medical Associates will soon be seeing patients at Dr. James Winkler’s office in Montour Falls, Schuyler Hospital has announced.

Beginning July 30, Timothy Bael MD, Charles Garbo MD, and Julie Campbell MD, will be seeing patients in the office at 216 Montour Street, Montour Falls.

To make an appointment, call Cayuga Hematology Oncology Associates at (607) 272-5414.

Dr. Bael earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pittsburgh, PA), and performed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (New York City, NY). He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

Dr. Garbo earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine (Burlington, VT), and performed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Vincent’s Hospital (Worcester, MA). He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology.

Dr. Campbell earned her Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brooklyn (New York, NY), and performed her Residency in Internal Medicine at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (New York City, NY). She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology.

Dr. Winkler is employed by the Cayuga Center for Wound Healing, while also seeing family medicine patients at his Montour Falls office.

Oncology Services of CMA at Schuyler offers patients a comprehensive approach to treating cancer close to home. Cayuga’s team of medical oncologists strive to provide coordinated, compassionate care. Their aim: to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families with an interdisciplinary team of professionals who deliver services from diagnosis through treatment.

Cayuga’s cancer specialists treat cancers of the breast, lung, digestive tract, colon and rectum, skin, prostate, genitals and urinary tract, pancreas, head and neck, bone, muscle, lymph nodes (lymphoma), and blood (leukemia).

Tyrone Fire Department is getting fit

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MONTOUR FALLS, July 20 -- Tyrone Fire Chief Matt Maloney has partnered with Dr. Amanda Smith-Socaris of Seneca Physical Therapy in Watkins Glen to implement a Health and Wellness Program for the department’s firefighters.

Eleven members of the department underwent a simple fitness assessment and set personal goals to achieve over the next three months. Their goals range from exercising regularly to losing weight to changing eating habits.

Maloney wanted to find ways to positively affect the overall health of the department and brought a physical therapist on board to coordinate the program. “Matt is really motivated to find ways to get his fellow firefighters to make more healthful choices and increase their fitness levels. I’m really excited to help them along,” said Dr. Socaris.

Firefighters have a higher than average risk of heart attack, Dr. Socaris noted, adding that a proper amount of exercise and diet changes can significantly decrease that risk.

The participants will be reevaluated in October to see how well they did achieving their goals.

“They’re a motivated group. I think they’ll meet this challenge head on,” said Dr. Socaris.

Business assistance sessions set at SCOPED

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WATKINS GLEN, June 24 -- Free and confidential business assistance will be available by appointment at SCOPED, 910 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen.

Services are available for:

Marketing -- Business plan development;
Record keeping -- Loan packaging; and
Legal requirements -- Establishing a payroll.

Call (607) 937-6861 or e-mail sbdc@corning-cc.edu to schedule an appointment.

From left at the Arc of Schuyler annual meeting: Glen Industries Sales Representative Joe Mullaney; Multi Media Services owner Dan Flat with his Customer Appreciation Award; Glen Industries Director Brian Bockelkamp; and Steuben County GOP Chair Joe Sempolinski, who is also Congressman Tom Reed's District Director. (Photo provided)

Arc opens doors, dispenses honors at its annual meeting

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WATKINS GLEN, June 21 -- The Arc of Schuyler opened its doors to the public on Thursday, June 19 for an Open House and annual meeting.

Arc members and guests enjoyed tours and viewed displays of the range of services and opportunities offered through The Arc as well as its social enterprises: Franklin Street Gallery, Schuyler County Transit, Seneca Shine Auto Detailing, and Glen Industries.

Guests were greeted at the entrance by a vehicle detailed by Seneca Shine workers, on display courtesy of Maguire Chrysler in Watkins Glen. Chef William Cornelius provided hors d’oeuvres with his line of gourmet items produced and packaged through Glen Industries food co-packing service.

The Arc’s executive director, Jeannette Frank, introduced the theme of the evening -- “Communities Connected” -- citing many partnerships that make it possible for The Arc to provide meaningful volunteer, employment, and other opportunities for people with disabilities. Frank also referenced The Arc of Schuyler and Arc of Yates’ recent announcement that the chapters will merge sometime in 2015 and introduced leadership members of the Yates chapter.

Judy McKinney Cherry, executive director of the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) was the keynote speaker for the event.

Dan Flat, the owner of Multi Media Services in Corning, was presented with the Customer Appreciation Award for partnering with Glen Industries to provide valuable training and work opportunities. Multi Media Services frequently contracts with Glen Industries for both national and international mailing projects.

Steven Spina of Beaver Dams, a 12-year employee of The Arc, received the Direct Support Professional Excellence Award. The recognition is presented annually to a direct support professional who demonstrates leadership, creativity, and dedication to providing quality care to people with developmental disabilities.

Members of The Arc meet annually to elect board directors and officers. Directors elected were Harold J. Hoffmeier, Jr., Marcia Kasprzyk, Michael Stamp and Nancy Thomas to three-year terms ending in June 2017, and Veronica Lewis, Andrew Manzer and Donald Stocum to one-year terms ending June 2015.

Officers elected with terms ending June 2015 were as follows: President, Michael Stamp; Vice-President, Harold J. Hoffmeier, Jr.; Treasurer, Michael DeNardo; and Secretary, Matthew Hayden.

The Arc of Schuyler is a family based not-for-profit organization that provides residential, vocational, day support, job training, service coordination, advocacy and other supports to people with developmental disabilities. For information, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or call 607-535-6934.

Photos in text:

Top: Steven Spina (center) accepted the Direct Support Professional Excellence Award alongside his son (right). Self-Advocate Teresa Higbie (left) nominated Spina and helped present the award.

Bottom: Keynote speaker Judy McKinney Cherry, executive director of SCOPED. (Photos provided)

Hazlitt, Swedish Hill take top wine honors

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SYRACUSE, June 18 -- Two Finger Lakes wineries have captured top honors in the New York State Fair's commercial wine competition.

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards of Hector won Best of Show for its 2012 Solera Sherry, which was also victorious in the Best Dessert/Fortified Wine category.

Swedish Hill Winery of Romulus won the Best Winery title for the second straight year after capturing 19 awards, including five "double golds," the top rating awarded to competitors.

In a new event this year, two days of seminars during the fair -- which runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1 -- will focus on wines from Hazlitt and Swedish Hill.

Twenty-five percent of the 330 wine entries earned awards, up from last year's 15 percent. The number of double golds tripled, to 43.

Among the winners was Glenora Wine Cellars, which won the Best White Award for its 2013 Riesling, and Earle Estates Meadery, which won for Best Mead.

Celebrity scooper Tim O'Hearn digs deep for some ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's holds Grand Opening

WATKINS GLEN, June 11 -- They came by the hundreds Tuesday -- customers seeking a scoop of free ice cream on Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop at 418 N. Franklin Street during its daylong Grand Opening celebration.

The shop, which held a soft opening on Memorial Day weekend and has been attracting a substantial number of ice-cream lovers since, offered a free cone to each customer Tuesday, many of the cones prepared by celebrity scoopers helping regular staff behind the counter.

The celebration featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony overseen by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and business owners Jim Guild and son Jamie Guild.at 12 noon. Jim Guild used the occasion to present a check for $5,000 to the Humane Society of Schuyler County for its capital campaign. The Humane Society is renovating a building on Marina Drive in Montour Falls, which will serve as a shelter for cats and dogs, and as headquarters for all of the organization's operations.

Jim Guild, in his address before cutting the ribbon, touched on the nature of Ben & Jerry's, a company he said "is very supportive" and one "that gives back to the community." Reflecting that philosophy, he presented the check to Humane Society President Georgie Taylor on behalf of his family. "We're all animal lovers," he said, adding: "We think so highly of you and your organization."

Taylor responded that "Jim is a strong supporter of our organization," including in his role as "landlord of Wags to Riches," a Humane Society-run store on Franklin Street. Holding the check, she told the crowd that "this will go a long way to reach our goal in our capital campaign."

The Ben & Jerry's celebration ran until 8 p.m., with various celebrity scoopers helping scoop and hand the free ice-cream cones to customers. The store was periodically inundated with floods of customers descending all at once, keeping the help busy.

Celebrity scoopers in the first hour were Rev. Michael Hartney and County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, who each had a role in the ribbon-cutting celebration. O'Hearn addressed an audience on the sidewalk in front of the store, calling Jim Guild "a pioneer" who has "set the bar high and set the stage for what we have today" in the Watkins Glen downtown community -- "a string of new businesses."

After O'Hearn's address, remarks by Guild, and the check presentation, the ribbon was cut by Guild. Then Reverend Hartney concluded the ceremony with a prayer.

Then both he and O'Hearn entered the store, rolled up their sleeves and started working. They were followed in hour-long segments by various other locals of note, including Chamber of Commerce President Rebekah LaMoreaux, District Attorney Joe Fazzary, Watkins School Superintendent Tom Phillips, Watkins Glen High School Principal Dave Warren, and Phil and Mary Barnes, among others.

Before the first five hours had transpired, Jamie Guild, who manages the store, reported that five cases of cones -- with 200 cones per case -- had been used already, with three hours remaining in the Free Cone Day.

While the day was all about those cones, succeeding days and weeks and months will focus on an array of ice-cream products offered to hungry customers. Not just an ice cream store, Ben & Jerry’s also offers catering services and cakes for special occasions.

Photos in text:

Top: Jamie Guild hands a cone to a customer on Free Cone Day, part of the Ben & Jerry store's Grand Opening celebration.

Second: Business was brisk at the Grand Opening.

Third: Happy customers Peggy Tomassi, left, and Stacy Husted stopped by.

Fourth: Celebrity scoopers Phil and Mary Barnes served ice cream during the 5 p.m to 6 p.m. shift.

Glenora, Inn, Veraisons are honored

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DUNDEE, June 4 -- Glenora Wine Cellars has received TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence awards for the Winery, The Inn at Glenora and Veraisons Restaurant. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, with volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’s tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“We are honored to receive TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence at the Winery, Inn and Veraisons Restaurant for 2014,” said Gene Pierce, owner. “It is a triple header for the Glenora Teams, The Winery, The Inn and The Restaurant—a tribute to the great staffs at Glenora. We certainly appreciate our guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor.”

Glenora Wine Cellars has been producing wines for over 33 years. In 1977, it was the first winery to open on Seneca Lake. Today the property offers a 30-room inn (Inn at Glenora) and a gourmet restaurant (Veraisons) adjoining the winery on a 40-acre estate.

Ceremony welcomes Frozen Yogurt business

WATKINS GLEN, May 30 -- Since a soft opening nearly three weeks ago, the foot traffic at Finger Lakes Frozen Yogurt, 215 N. Franklin St. in Watkins Glen, has been gratifying for business owner Butch Monroe.

Thursday, the opening was made official with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the store.

Monroe, who with his wife Marilyn bought the building in March after selling a bed-and-breakfast they ran in Elmira, was front and center at the ribbon-cutting, thanking those who have thus far visited the shop and purchased yogurt as the business builds a customer base with an eye toward operating year-round.

"We've had tourists come in, and for that we are grateful," he said, "but it's the local residents who we will depend on. And we've been overwhelmed by the local support. We've seen far more local people than tourists."

Monroe said he got the idea for a non-franchise, self-serve yogurt shop from a similar operation he encountered on the Outer Banks. He talked to that operation's owner, and in an exchange of emails the man imparted ideas to Monroe for equipment purchases and other aspects of the business.

Monroe has as his manager his granddaughter, Brittany Oliver. He said she was "otherwise gainfully employed" when he approached her with the idea of the shop, and of her running it. She is a Watkins Glen High School graduate (maiden name Blaha) whose husband Steven works for the railroad in Corning. The couple and their two daughters live outside Watkins Glen.

Monroe used to work in Watkins Glen, back in the late '60s and early '70s, at the Glen National Bank. He and his wife reside now in Elmira.

At the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting, County Administrator Tim O'Hearn thanked the Monroes for their "vision and investment in our community." And O'Hearn, holding a cup of vanilla-and-orange yogurt in his hand, said he could "personally testify that the product is outstanding."

Business hours during the summer, Monroe said, are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A room in the rear of the building is set up for meetings and parties.

On each third Monday of the month, Monroe added, 30 percent of the profits during a four-hour period (3-7 p.m.) will be designated for deserving groups, such as youth organizations or church groups. He said any groups interested in "getting on the list" may contact him by calling 607-210-4029.

Photos in text:

Top: Just before the ribbon-cutting. From left are Rebekah LaMoreaux, president of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, store manager Brittany Oliver with daughter Allyson, Butch and Marilyn Monroe, and County Administrator Tim O'Hearn.

Middle: Butch Monroe addresses those gathered for the ribbon-cutting.

Bottom: Inside the store. The self-serve yogurt is dispensed through the machines on the left.

Community Family Picnic Fundraiser set

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BURDETT, NY – The public is invited to the Schuyler Health Foundation’s second Community Family Picnic Fundraiser for Schuyler Hospital – on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Arcangeli Farm, 4071 Satterly Hill Road, Burdett.

New this year: free admission and parking, an earlier time, the Cornell Raptor Program, and the NYS Trooper “Convincer.” More features are being added daily.

The Schuyler Health Foundation is currently seeking not-for-profit exhibitors, car show participants, farm market vendors and craft vendors for the event.

Features will include a chicken barbecue by the Burdett Fire Department, a bake sale and cake raffle, music by Tom Bloodgood and the Unusual Suspects, performances by the Leslie School of Dance and Dream Barn Productions, kids' activities, a petting zoo, a car show, raffles, and more. There’s something for all ages.

The event is a fundraiser for Schuyler Hospital, and a thank-you to the community, with a focus on health and wellness. The event will proceed rain or shine.

Admission and parking are free. For additional fees, there will be raffles, pony rides, bouncy houses, face painting, hair braiding, and temporary tattoos.

Contact the Schuyler Health Foundation at (607) 210-1950 or info@schuylerhospital.org to participate. Vendor fees apply.

Distillery tours, seminars scheduled

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HECTOR, May 24, 2014 -- Finger Lakes Distilling is offering several new opportunities for customers to learn more about how distilled spirits are produced.

Every Saturday morning at 11 a.m., the distillery is hosting in-depth tours of the facility. The tours last approximately one hour and consist of a brief introductory video, a walking tour of the distillery, a sampling of three spirits, and a complimentary Finger Lakes Distilling glass.

“People are fascinated by the distilling process,” said company President Brian McKenzie. “We’ve tried to set our tasting room up in a way that people can see much of the equipment, but our guests seem to want more. We’ve designed the tour to be very comprehensive, so that people leave with a full understanding of how our spirits are crafted.”

The focus of the tour is the production of McKenzie Whiskeys – grain handling, processing, fermenting, distilling, and barrel aging – though other spirits will be covered, as well. The tours will run every Saturday through November 29 and cost $18 per person.

Additionally, the distillery has scheduled a gin-focused seminar for Wednesday, June 4 from 6-8 p.m. Gin 101 will cover the history of the world’s gins, an overview of the process of creating gin, tastings along with a light dinner, and the opportunity for each customer to bottle his or her own bottle of gin, by hand. The gin seminar costs $30 per person.

On Saturday, June 21, the distillery will also be hosting three spirits and cheese pairing classes. NYC Cheese Educator Dan Belmont will introduce several cheeses while pairing them with Finger Lakes Distilling’s spirits. Participants will learn practical tips like pairing principles, the care and storage of cheese, and the basics of cheese production. Three 1-hour sessions will be offered at 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at a cost of $25 per person.

Reservations for the tours and seminars must be made by calling (607) 546-5510 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visiting the Finger Lakes Distilling website at www.fingerlakesdistilling.com.

Finger Lakes Distilling is the region’s first stand-alone distillery, producing a wide range of distilled spirits – vodka, gin, whiskeys, brandies, and liqueurs – from locally grown fruit and grains. The distillery’s products are now sold in over 400 retail outlets throughout New York State, as well as at the distillery’s tasting room, overlooking Seneca Lake.

HSSC receives cat-sterilization grant

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 14 -- The Humane Society of Schuyler County has been awarded a grant of $12,600 from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to help fund sterilization services for owned cats of income eligible county residents.

“Population control has long been a cornerstone of our work,” said Georgie Taylor, HSSC president. “We have provided low-cost spay/neuter services for the pets of eligible residents of our community, for populations of feral cats and for shelter dogs since 2000.”

During that time the organization has sterilized over 10,000 animals, largely through a partnership with Shelter Outreach Services, a not-for-profit mobile spay/neuter service based in Ithaca. The Humane Society also offers spay/neuter subsidies for eligible residents who have a relationship with area veterinarians.

“This generous grant will enable us to help more animals by providing financial assistance to a greater number of individuals seeking services through our clinics,” said Taylor. “Sterilization not only reduces over-population but also helps to reduce certain cancers which can develop in both un-neutered canines and felines. We strive to make this service as affordable for as many in our community as possible through a staff of volunteers who provide administrative and in-clinic support, through collaboration with Shelter Outreach Services, and from grants such as this from the ASPCA . With seven dogs or cats born for each human being in the U.S., it is important that we sterilize as many animals as we can as fast as we can to keep the numbers in check.”

For general information about the spay/neuter program, to determine program eligibility for grant funding or for additional information about the organization, visit www.schuylerhumane.org or contact The Humane Society at 594-2255.

Rotary plans Ribs & Riesling dinner-dance

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WATKINS GLEN, April 17 -- The Watkins-Montour Rotary Club will hold its first Ribs & Riesling Dinner from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Fontainebleau Inn, 2800 State Rte. 228, Alpine.

The event, open to the public, will benefit local food pantries through Catholic Charities of Schuyler County.

“The Watkins-Montour Rotary Club has a long tradition of raising funds through service projects to support areas of need within the Schuyler County communities," said Rick Carroll, Chemung Canal Trust Company’s Watkins Glen Branch Manager and Co-Chair of the event along with Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce President Rebekah LaMoreaux. "We are excited to be helping to make a difference for those folks who are facing needs for food and nutrition.”

According to Anthony Fraboni, president of Rotary Club: “The Club is excited to engage our community in our annual community contribution efforts. The funds we raise from events like Ribs & Riesling get funneled back to local organizations that fit within our core values of supporting community education, healthcare and hunger relief. As a club, we sincerely hope that you will come out and support our efforts on Thursday, May 22nd.”

Ribs & Riesling will feature a "Riesling Hour" with tastings from Red Newt Wine Cellars, Atwater Vineyards Estates, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards; a buffet dinner including ribs and all the fixings; a brief program, and dancing along to Willie Hayes and his band “Blues Plate Special.”

Sponsors of Ribs & Riesling include Visions Federal Credit Union; Welliver; Water Works; Great Escape & Everything Ice Cream; E.C. Cooper, Inc.; and Ergogreen, Inc.

To register or for more information about the event, contact 607-535-4300.

Hospital, Sheriff partner for program

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MONTOUR FALLS, April 2 -- Schuyler Hospital has partnered with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department for the “Yellow Dot Program.”

As part of the statewide program, Schuyler Hospital has Yellow Dot Kits available for residents that can be used to provide vital information to first responders in case of an emergency.

The New York State Sheriffs Association Yellow Dot Program is a free program designed to help first responders provide lifesaving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver's-side rear window of a vehicle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment.

The Yellow Dot kit contains a personal information card and a Yellow Dot decal.

1.Complete both sides of the personal information card as fully as possible, in pencil. Attach a recent photo of yourself and place it in a visible location in your car’s glove compartment.

2.Complete one card for each person who regularly occupies the vehicle.

3.Place the Yellow Dot decal on the rear driver’s side window to alert first responders to look in the glove compartment for the medical information.

4.Update the card annually or take it to annual medical check-ups. If the car is sold, remove the Yellow Dot sticker.

A Yellow Dot kit can also be used to alert those who respond to an emergency in homes. Simply place a Yellow Dot decal on or beside the front door and put a completed card for each occupant in a clear plastic freezer bag placedf in a visible location in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.

Pick up a Yellow Dot Kit at Schuyler Hospital’s Emergency Department, from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, or request one on-line at http://www.nysheriffs.org/yellowdot.

Valicenti celebrates 30 years of business

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ELMIRA, April 2 -- Valicenti Advisory Services, Inc. (VASI) is celebrating 30 years of business -- of cultivating relationships.

Since April 1984, it has employed a team approach to give clients responsive, individualized advice through portfolio management, planning and consulting services. The firm also provides tax and business services, as well as insurance services. Its staff of 24 professionals includes three portfolio managers with more than a half-century of combined investment experience.

“The key to our growth and success has been the focus on our long-term motto, ‘Our Clients Come First’ in all that we say and do every day,” said Joe Valicenti, President and CEO of the firm.

VASI has grown over the 30 years from a small working portfolio management group to the much larger arena of estate and trust planning. It works with other professionals such as accountants and lawyers to develop and implement strategies it sees as best for its clients. Its officials say it remains committed to cultivating new and existing relationships long into the future.

As it reaches its anniversary, the firm's management and staff are thanking all of their clients and vendors for supporting them over the years.

VASI’s Investment, New Business Development and Insurance Offices are located at 400 East Water Street in Elmira. The Tax and Business Services Office is located at 350 West Church Street, also in Elmira. A satellite office is located at 24 West Market Street in Corning.

April 15 is deadline for Humane Society's Matching Gift Challenge of up to $250,000

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MONTOUR FALLS, March 23 -- The clock is ticking on the Humane Society of Schuyler County’s Matching Gift Challenge of up to $250,000 -- money to be applied to the organization's Capital Campaign Building Fund.

The Challenge, a matching gift of up to $250,000, was provided by an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation of Elmira, Corning and the Finger Lakes. The donor will match all contributions to the Humane Society's Shelter Consolidation Project building fund through April 15th.

For the first time in its history, the Humane Society of Schuyler County is conducting a capital campaign -- to raise $600,000 needed to complete its shelter consolidation project. The effort, organizers have explained, will combine operations on opposite sides of the county into one easily accessible, central location to better address the needs of the animals and the county residents the HSSC serves.

In October of 2011, the Society purchased the former Kurtz Marina Gardens in Montour Falls. In March of 2012 the organization officially opened the “Kitty Kaboose,” a mobile home renovated largely by volunteers on the rear of the property. The Kitty Kaboose provides housing and adoption services for up to 35 stray and abandoned cats in a home-like environment.

Renovation of the main building began in mid-February under the direction of Hunt Engineers, with construction services provided by Architectural Concrete Plus of Dundee. The 15,000-square-foot facility will include 24 dog kennels, additional space for feline housing, a spay/neuter surgery suite, adoption rooms and meeting rooms, a grooming facility, a laundry, a reception area and offices.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by June. Dogs will then be transferred from the county pound on Van Zandt Hollow Road, and spay neuter services will be relocated from the organization’s facility in Alpine.

“This project truly is the realization of a long-term vision for the Humane Society of Schuyler County,” said President Georgie Taylor. “We will now be able to provide more appropriate housing for the animals in our care, to offer our existing programs more efficiently and to expand our services to further address the needs of the community. While work is under way, additional funding is needed to complete the project. We encourage anyone who has been considering making a donation to take advantage of this generous opportunity to help us reach our goal.”

To make a donation or for more information, call the Humane Society at 594-2255 or visit www.schuylerhumane.org. Donations can be made on-line through the website or Razoo, or by mail to PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865. All gifts are tax deductible.

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation advancing animal welfare since 1987.

Photo in text: A worker tends to business beyond the ACP (Architectural Concrete Plus) sign outside the Humane Society building that is undergoing renovations. (Photo provided)

Hospital 'Celebrity Chefs' to raise funds

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MONTOUR FALLS / DUNDEE, March 16 -- – Guest Chefs from Schuyler Hospital will be on hand at Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars on Thursday, April 3, helping to dispense pasta for a good cause – Schuyler Hospital.

Guest chefs will be hospital physicians and other Schuyler Hospital “stars” serving up pasta as you like it. Some of the proceeds will go to the hospital, benefitting its 2014 Family of Friends Campaign.

Already confirmed Schuyler chefs include Dr. Kristina Cummings, Dr. Jagmohan Singh, Dr. James Winkler, Dr. Sarra Solomon, Dr. Eunice Nayo, Dr. Joe Hinterberger, Dr. Michael Eisman, Hospital Board Chair Fred Tanneberger, Hospital President/CEO Andy Manzer, and board members Linda Confer, Brenda Warren-Fitch, and John Terry – with more expected!

Pasta night is $17.95 per person, and dinners will be served from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged by contacting Veraisons at 1-800-243-5513.

Hospital earns Respiratory Care award

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MONTOUR FALLS, March 23 -- Schuyler Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Services Department has once again earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) award from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). This is a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory carRe services in hospitals.

About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15% of the hospitals in the United States, have applied for and received this award. Schuyler Hospital has received the award every year since it was first awarded in 2003.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. According to officials, hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

Child care center has new director

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MONTOUR FALLS, March 10 -- Brooke Bennett of Corning has been appointed as director of My Place, A Play and Learning Center, located in the former Rural Urban Center in Montour Falls.

She succeeds Audrey Edmister, the director since the child care facility opened a couple of years ago. The rest of the building -- which formerly held offices and a community room -- now contains apartments.

Bennett will oversee daily operations of the non-profit center, which serves children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, Monday through Friday, year-round. Center hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bennett has worked in early childhood education and care for 12 years, including most recently five years at the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center in Corning. She has a master’s degree in education from Elmira College.

The community may meet Bennett at an open house on April 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at My Place, 208 W. Broadway St., Montour Falls.

Parents interested in My Place may learn more by visiting the website www.myplace-aplc.com or by calling (607) 535-8908.

Photo in text: Brooke Bennett (Photo provided)

Montour Library changes its schedule

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MONTOUR FALLS, Feb. 28 -- The Montour Falls Memorial Library has changed its hours of operations to the following: Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Tuesday-Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

The library is now closed on Mondays.

The library is located at 406 West Main Street, Montour Falls, in the heart of the Glorious “T” Historic District placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1978. The library’s rich history is evident in the exterior and interior architecture as well as in its Historical Resource Room.

The library is a member of the The Southern Tier Library System, a regional consortium of public libraries. For more information, contact the library by phone at 607-535-7489 or visit its website at www.montourfallslibrary.org.

Participants sought for picnic fundraiser

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MONTOUR FALLS, Feb. 28 -- The public is invited to the Schuyler Health Foundation’s second Community Family Picnic – on Saturday, July 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Arcangeli Farm, 4071 Satterly Hill Road, Burdett.

The Schuyler Health Foundation is seeking not-for-profit exhibitors, car show participants, farm market vendors and craft vendors for the event.

The fun-for-all-ages event is a fundraiser for Schuyler Hospital, and a thank-you to the community, with a focus on health and wellness. The event will proceed rain or shine.

Admission and parking are free. Fees are charged for some activities, as well as for food, 50/50, raffles and Cow Chip Bingo tickets.

The picnic will feature live music, performances and demonstrations, wagon rides, games, fire truck tours, and a petting zoo.

For additional fees, there will be pony rides, bouncy houses, face painting, hair braiding, and temporary tattoos.

Contact the Schuyler Health Foundation at (607) 210-1950 or info@schuylerhospital.org to participate. Vendor fees apply.

Dandy Donation

Cyndi Bird, left, manager of the Dandy Mini Mart in Alpine Junction, presents Jeannette Frank, Executive Director of The Arc of Schuyler, with a donation check to help support The Arc in its mission to provide supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. Dandy Mini Mart customers contributed throughout the holiday season, and donations were given to local charities, including The Arc. (Photo provided)

Chamber personnel: Celebrity Chefs

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WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 29 -- Staff members of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will serve as Celebrity Chefs on Thursday, Feb. 6 as part of the seasonal Pasta Night program at Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora.

Veraisons Executive Chef Orlando will be joined by Chamber President Rebekah LaMoreaux and her staff as they help prepare pasta dishes for diners. Dinner is from 5-8:30 p.m.

This marks the eighth year of Celebrity Chef Pasta Nights at Veraisons. A portion of the proceeds each Pasta Night goes to a non-profit organization. This week, the portion of the proceeds will go to the Chamber.

The pasta dinner is a buffet where guests can find freshly created dishes fixed to their specifications. They receive a fresh garden salad, a bread basket at their table, and unlimited trips to the pasta station. Cost is $17.95 per person. Reservations are strongly suggested by calling 1-800-243-5513.

At the conclusion of the celebrity guest chef series, Glenora Wine Cellars matches the donation to
the group that brings in the most patrons.

The Chamber is a voluntary organization comprised of businesses and professionals whose mission is, it says, “to be the community’s leading business organization representing its membership in the preservation and promotion of economic, cultural and recreational excellence.” It also operates the official Visitor’s Center for Schuyler County.

Floor plan of the renovated Schuyler Hospital. (Provided)

Hospital's new Main Entrance includes Centralized Outpatient Registration

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 20 -- With Schuyler Hospital’s new Main Entrance now open, hospital patients and visitors should be aware of several changes.

Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., anyone coming to the hospital for outpatient services (Lab, Radiology, Cardio-Pulmonary, Pain, and Surgery) should enter through the new Main Entrance to register, and then be escorted to those services by staff. Non-emergency registration is now centralized inside the new Main Entrance, and staff will assist patients and visitors in finding their way through the renovated facility.

Patients coming to the Emergency Department for Emergency Services should still enter at the Emergency Entrance on the west side of the hospital.

On evenings and weekends, registration for outpatient services will still be conducted at the Emergency Department Admissions Desk.

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine patients, as well as those seeing surgeons in-office, should enter through the Main Entrance and turn right, then left at the end of the new Public Corridor. Hospital visitors should also enter through the Main Entrance, and turn right, then right again at the end of the new Public Corridor to the Medical/Surgical unit.

The new Public Corridor now includes Lab Check-In, Information Desk, centralized Registration for outpatient services, a private consult room for surgeons to speak to family members of patients, a Meditation Room, expanded patient and family waiting areas, and a brand new Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. Human Resources and other administrative offices are also being relocated to this new corridor.

A separate Service Corridor allows patients to transition seamlessly, and out of the public eye, from the Emergency Department to the Clinical Laboratory to Radiology to surgical suites that will be fully renovated by early this spring.

The $6.45 million project is possible thanks to a New York State Department of Health HEAL grant award. Funds will enable the hospital to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring and realigning operations, specifically in the outpatient areas of clinical laboratory, radiology, and surgical services, including the operating rooms. A new front face of the hospital and public hallway is also part of the project.

For more information, keep an eye on www.schuylerhospital.org for project updates.

Family of Friends appeal at 85% of goal

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 15 -- The Schuyler Health Foundation has announced that it has reached 85 percent of its goal for Family of Friends 2013 – with $170,000 raised to date for Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.

Donations for 2013 are being accepted through the end of January.

Funds are going toward completion of the renovations to the hospital – which include new operating rooms, renovations in Lab and Radiology, centralized Registration, larger waiting areas, a private consult room, and a meditation space. Funds designated for Seneca View are going toward new nurses stations, and work has already begun.

Give on-line at www.schuylerhospital.org, or call (607) 210-1950, or mail your donation to the Schuyler Health Foundation, PO Box 828, Montour Falls, NY 14865. Donations of any amount are welcome, and needed -- Foundation officials say -- to reach the goal.

Conservation Plants sale is under way

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SCHUYLER COUNTY, Jan 18 -- Every year the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District offers the Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale, also known as the Green Arbor Program, for landowners to purchase plants that not only encourage wildlife, prevent erosion, and protect water quality but beautify property.

The order deadline is March 10, 2014 and orders should be placed as early as possible to ensure availability. Tree order forms are available at 23 public places in the county or online at www.schuylerswcd.com

The Conservation District offers a wide selection of evergreen trees, deciduous trees and shrubs (including apple and pear trees, blueberries, blackberry, raspberry, and grapes), groundcovers, and ferns.

The trees are bare root seedlings and transplants. The evergreen seedlings are sold in bundles of 25 trees while the evergreen transplants and the deciduous trees and shrubs are sold in bundles of 10 (except apple and pear trees, which are sold individually, and small fruit species in bundles of 3.)

Also offered are fertilizer tablets, rain barrels, bluebird houses, weed mats and tree tubes.

This year’s plant sale will give landowners an opportunity to conserve and enhance the natural resources of Schuyler County -- the mission of the Soil and Water District.

Call the District at 535-0878 or visit the website for the locations of order forms or for more information.

Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop is open

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 15 -- The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary's new Gift Shop, located just inside the hospital's new Main Entrance, is now open for business.

Shoppers can stop in anytime Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to cards and gifts for patients and Seneca View residents, and snacks for visitors, the Gift Shop offers a wide variety of upscale items.

Current inventory includes jewelry, scarves, and a number of gift items for any occasion.

“We are so excited to open our new Gift Shop, and invite people to stop in, even if they are not visiting the hospital,” said Joanne McLaine, Chair of the Auxiliary’s Gift Shop Committee. “We are not your typical hospital gift shop, and we’d love the chance to show everyone that!”

The gift shop closed last year during hospital renovations, and was relocated from downstairs to upstairs in the newly renovated front lobby.

For more information, call Schuyler Hospital at (607) 535-7121 or email info@schuylerhospital.org

Hospital intensifies flu prevention efforts

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 15 -- Flu season is here and this year Schuyler Hospital is taking additional steps to prevent the spread of flu, including enhanced efforts to vaccinate all employees and distribute surgical facemasks to them, according to hospital officials..

When worn by employees, masks offer a physical barrier to flu transmission. This is a comprehensive endeavor, officials say, to protect patients, visitors and employees from exposure to the flu virus.

While an annual flu vaccine remains the single best method for preventing the flu, a surgical facemask provides added protection -- in keeping with recent guidance from the New York State Department of Health. The hospital offers the flu vaccine to all employees To date this flu season, 92 percent of Schuyler Hospital and Seneca View employees have received the flu vaccination.

As a matter of standard practice, officials say, Schuyler Hospital enforces universally-recognized precautions to prevent the flu. These include hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers placed conveniently throughout the hospital, as well as goggles and gowns. Antiseptic wipes are located in patient rooms, work stations, hallways, and other treatment areas and are easily accessible to hospital employees responsible for sanitizing medical equipment and surface areas.

During last year’s flu season, the New York State Department of Health recorded 45,352 confirmed flu cases, 9,537 patients hospitalized and 14 pediatric deaths from influenza.

“Flu prevention is a priority at our hospital and our employees work every day to lessen the spread of flu virus by adhering to strict infection control practices and prevention guidelines,” said Rita Carmony, Infection Prevention Director for Schuyler Hospital. “Starting this year, hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities must document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against the flu to state and federal authorities.”

For more information and flu facts visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.

Hospital gets Concussion Program grant

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 13 -- Schuyler Hospital recently received a $2,000 community grant from CVS Caremark for its Concussion Management Community Outreach and Education Program.

The program provides time and materials for the hospital’s athletic trainers and physical therapists to enhance the immediate and follow-up care of people in the community who have suffered concussions.

To date, brochures have been produced by the hospital regarding concussion management, and provided to patients seen in the hospital’s emergency department with a concussion. Additional efforts are underway.

According to hospital officials, the mission of the program is:

1. To improve the care and education people receive after a concussion in the Schuyler Hospital Emergency Room (ER) and at the hospital's Primary Care Centers (PCC);

2. To develop a clear pathway from the ER and PCC providers to other providers in the area who can offer more oversight, more in-depth evaluation, and treatment of primary and secondary sequelae of concussion. This may include physical therapists for cervical pain, headaches, balance issues, graded return to exertion, etc. It may also include a hospital speech therapist for cognitive retraining, memory issues, visual retraining, etc. And it may also include Dr. Andrew Getzin, Cayuga/Schuyler's Sports Medicine Specialist, for further evaluation.

3. To improve communication between schools and local industries/workplaces and Schuyler Hospital as healthcare provider to provide guidance on academic accommodations, activity restrictions, work restrictions, etc., in order to ensure a safe return to learning, physical education, work and daily activities.

4. To provide educational materials and sessions on concussion management to the community and local schools, as well as local medical providers to ensure all are on the same page and using the same protocols regarding concussion management.

The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that are providing access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools; and health education and awareness programs that are helping people on their path to better health.

For more information, call (607) 535-7121 or email info@schuylerhospital.org.

Hospital announces winner of Dollhouse

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MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 13 -- Just in time for the holidays, the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary pulled the winning ticket for a hand-crafted, three-story dollhouse.

The winner is Jan Augustino of Campell, NY. Augustino purchased her ticket at the office of Dr. John Carozza, DDS, who built and donated the dollhouse.

Proceeds from fundraisers such as the dollhouse raffle go to the Auxiliary, to help with projects and equipment for Schuyler Hospital.

Note: The new Schuyler Auxiliary Gift Shop, now located inside the hospital’s new Main Entrance, will be opening soon -- with many unique gift items.

The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary was formally organized in 1969, bringing together the hospital’s Pink Ladies (formed in 1952) with members of the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour Hospital Guilds, both active since the 1920s. The volunteer-powered Auxiliary continues to help the hospital to this day.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, visit www.schuylerhospital.org

Photo in text: Jan Augustino (left), shows her winning ticket for the hand-crafted, three-story dollhouse from the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, with Auxiliary President Carol Bower at her side. (Photo provided)

Glenora Pasta Night series under way

DUNDEE, Jan. 10 -- Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars is hosting its 8th Annual Celebrity Guest Chef Pasta Nights this year. The first night was January 9th. Others follow each Thursday through April 24.

The Pasta Night dinners, running from 5-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, offer pasta of the diner's choice created by Veraisons staff and Guest Chefs at a cost of $17.95 plus gratuity. The meal includes fresh garden salad, a bread basket, and unlimited trips to the Pasta Station.

A portion of the proceeds each evening will be donated to the charity of the Guest Chef’s choice. At the conclusion of the celebrity Guest Chef series, Glenora Wine Cellars matches the donation to the charity that brings in the most patrons. Over the past seven years, Glenora has donated more than $10,000 to local charities.

This year the Guest Chefs come from the following organizations:

January 9th – American Cancer Society
January 16th – Spirit of Schuyler
January 23rd – Keuka Arts Festival
January 30th – Geneva Community Projects
February 6th – Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
February 13th – Monty Stamp Education Foundation
February 20th – Still Available
February 27th – Watkins Glen Art Club
March 6th – Live Like Liz
March 13th – Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty
March 20th – Schuyler County SPCA
March 27th – Children’s Miracle Network
April 3rd – Schuyler Health Foundation
April 10th – Cobblestone Springs
April 17th– Girl Scouts of America
April 24th – Friends of the Outlet

Veraisons Restaurant is located in the Glenora Wine Cellars complex at 5435 State Route 14, Dundee. For more information, visit www.glenora.com or call 800-243-5513.

Vedder & Scott business changes hands

MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 6 - The Vedder & Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls is under new management.

The new owner, David Zinger, says in a press release that he will continue to serve Schuyler County and its surrounding communities "with the same family tradition of quality and personalized service" established 64 years ago by Earl Vedder and Wendell Scott and maintained by Fred Scott to the present day.

"Fred," the release says, "will work alongside David to provide a seamless transition into this great community. Fred will also continue to assist with services as he eases into retirement."

Zinger, a licensed funeral director for over 17 years, "is committed to treating all families with dignity, integrity, and a high level of compassion," the release adds. He is a graduate of Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse and has spent his career "helping people through the grief process with attentiveness and care."

Zinger and his wife, Tiffany, will reside in Montour Falls with their three young children.

The Scott family, the release says, "would like to express their gratitude to all those who have allowed them to serve their family’s needs for so many years. They are confident the community will appreciate and embrace David as he carries on the Vedder & Scott traditions and standards."

Hospital opens new Main Entrance

MONTOUR FALLS, Jan. 7 -- Schuyler Hospital's new Main Entrance opened to the public Monday.

Hospital patients and visitors should be aware of several changes, say officials. Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., anyone going to the hospital for outpatient services (Lab, Radiology, Cardio-Pulmonary, Pain, and Surgery) should enter through the new Main Entrance to register, and then be escorted to those services by staff.

Non-emergency registration is now centralized inside the new Main Entrance, and staff will assist patients and visitors in finding their way through the renovated facility.

Patients coming to the Emergency Department for Emergency Services should still enter at the Emergency Entrance on the west side of the hospital.

On evenings and weekends, registration for outpatient services will still be conducted at the Emergency Department Admissions Desk.

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine patients, as well as those seeing surgeons in-office, should enter through the Main Entrance and turn right, then left at the end of the new Public Corridor. Hospital visitors should also enter through the Main Entrance, and turn right, then right again at the end of the new Public Corridor to the Medical/Surgical unit.

The new Public Corridor now includes Lab Check-In, Information Desk, centralized Registration for outpatient services, a private consult room for surgeons to speak to family members of patients, a Meditation Room, expanded patient and family waiting areas, and a brand new Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. Human Resources and other administrative offices are also being relocated to this new corridor.

A separate Service Corridor allows patients to transition seamlessly, and out of the public eye, from the Emergency Department to the Clinical Laboratory to Radiology to surgical suites that will be fully renovated by early this spring.

The $6.45 million project is possible thanks to a New York State Department of Health HEAL grant award. Officials say that funds will enable the hospital to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring and realigning operations, specifically in the outpatient areas of clinical laboratory, radiology, and surgical services, including the operating rooms. A new front face of the hospital and public hallway is also part of the project.

For more information, keep an eye on www.schuylerhospital.org for project updates.

Credit union donates $2,500 to Outreach

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 22, 2013 -- Visions Federal Credit Union has presented a check for $2,500 to Catholic Charities Schuyler Outreach for its programs that provide emergency services to Schuyler County residents in need. The donation was one of 14 made in the region by Visions to non-profit, youth-oriented organizations, such as the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club and the YWCA of Elmira.

“As the year comes to a close, it is time to reflect and give thanks,” said the credit union President and Chief Executive Officer, Ty Muse. “We’re very thankful for the wonderful non-profit organizations that provide a safe haven for local youth to interact, learn, and thrive in all the communities Visions serves. We’re delighted that we can assist them in their efforts”.

The credit union, with assets over $3.2 billion, serves approximately 158,000 members through 31 branches throughout Central New York, Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey.

Photo in text: The Visions Federal Credit Union Branch Manager in Watkins Glen, Michel Ray (left), presents the check to (from left) Nancy Brand of the Schuyler Outreach Program, Schuyler County Catholic Charities Director Debbie MacDonald, and Jessie Ketter of the Schuyler Outreach Program. (Photo provided)

Farm Bureau honored at state meeting

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WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 11, 2013 -- The Schuyler County Farm Bureau was presented with six out of six Silver Key Awards at the New York Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting held December 3rd-5th in Syracuse.

The Silver Key Awards are presented to county Farm Bureaus that have exhibited excellence in a variety of categories relating to effectiveness in policy implementation, promoting agriculture among the public and in classrooms, leadership development, and membership building.

In addition, Schuyler County Farm Bureau was awarded the prestigious Gold Key, which is given to only four counties a year, for excellence among all the county Farm Bureaus across the State .

For the second consecutive year, it also brought home the Farm Bureau Membership Trophy for overall excellence in membership numbers and work.

Schuyler County Farm Bureau President Stephanie Bergen was named a Distinguished President, and Vice President Nicole Rawleigh, who is also the county’s and District’s Young Farmer Chair, was elected by Young Farmer delegates from across the State to chair the State Young Farmer Committee.

Other delegates from the Schuyler County Farm Bureau were Ed Gates and Chuck Richtmyer.

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Shop Small Bingo winner announced

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WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 5, 2013 -- Eleanor Lattin of Montour Falls is the winner of the $500 Grand Prize gift basket awarded in a drawing that followed the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Shop Small Bingo contest held November 30th.

Said Lattin, who filled out a Shop Small Bingo card by stopping in designated participating businesses around the area: "We have so many great businesses here with so many different and beautiful items. And the owners are the best. Thank you for a great time! Everyone shop your local businessses. They are here for you.”

In a separate drawing, 6-year-old Aiden Maphis won a giant children’s stocking too big to hang by the chimney with care.

More than 36 businesses in and around Schuyler County participated in Shop Small Bingo on Small Business Saturday, Nov.30 -- a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across
the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, the day is celebrated each year on the
Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The Chamber office on that day featured DJ Live Entertainment by A Walk on the Wildside Entertainment, chair massages to soothe shoppers by Watkins Glen Massage, free wine tastings by Pompous Ass Winery, The Hector Wine Company, and Barnstormer Winery, and tastings by Finger Lakes Distilling.

The Shop Small Bingo participating businesses:

A Walk on the Wildside Entertainment, Antique Revival, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Barnstormer Winery, Blue Pointe Grille, Colonial Pottery & Creamery, Crooked Rooster Pub, Famous Brands, FiberArts in the Glen, Four Dragons Martial Arts, Glen Mountain Market & Bakery, Glenora Wine Cellars, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Harvest Café, Hector Fudge, J.R. Dill Winery, JBK Bridal & Prom, Joyful Adornments Glass Studio, Lane's Yamaha, Nickel’s Pit BBQ, O'Susannah's Quilts & Gifts, SCT Computers, Shtayburne Farms, Stillman's Greenhouse, Sunset on Seneca Bed & Breakfast, Sunset View Creamery, Sweet Mother Nature, The Tasting Room by Atwater, The Villager Motel, Veraisons Restaurant, Village Bakery, Village Memorabilia / Watkins Glen Promotions, Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen Massage, Wildflower Cafe.

Photos in text: Grand Prize gift basket winner Eleanor Lattin, and stocking winner Aiden Maphis. (Photos provided)

See our Wine & Tourism Page here.

Hospital Blood Drive has new location

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MONTOUR FALLS, Dec. 4, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital’s next Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, December 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at a new location – September Hill, two buildings up the hill from the hospital.

Officials said eligible donors can give double red cells. Donating also helps Schuyler Hospital, they noted, by keeping blood supply costs down.

Find out more about double red cells, or pre-register to donate, at www.redcrossblood.org, or call the Schuyler Hospital Lab at (607) 535-7121 ext. 2207. Drop-ins are also welcome.

Shop Small Bingo set in Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 25, 2013 -- A total of 36 businesses in and around Schuyler County will be participating in Shop Small Bingo on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30.

Shoppers can stop by the participating businesses to play for a chance to win a unique grand prize gift basket. The event is sponsored by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Each participating business will have its own distinct marker. When a shopper gets a bingo, yell "BINGO!" and leave the card at any participating shop or go to the Chamber office at 214 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen on Saturday for a chance at the gift basket.

Children can play too for a chance at a grand prize children’s stocking too big to hang by the chimney with care.

The Chamber office will have DJ Live Entertainment by A Walk on the Wildside Entertainment, live vocal performances by William Sitzmen, chair massages by Watkins Glen Massage, free wine tastings, children’s storytelling and toy workshop crafts.

Shop Small Bingo cards can be received through the Hi-Lites and Watkins Review & Express distribution, participating businesses, and at the Chamber office.

Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: Hours of Operation Vary
Where: Participating Businesses

Participating Businesses:
A Walk on the Wildeside Entertainment Antique Revival
Atwater Estate Vineyards
Barnstormer Winery
Blue Pointe Grille
Colonial Pottery & Creamery
Famous Brands
FiberArts in the Glen
Four Dragons Martial Arts
Glen Mountain Market & Bakery
Glenora Wine Cellars
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Harvest Cafe´
Hector Fudge
J.R. Dill Winery
JBK Bridal & Prom
Joyful Adornments Glass Studio
Lane's Yamaha
Nickel’s Pit BBQ
O'Susannah's Quilts & Gifts
Rooster Fish Pub
SCT Computers
Shtayburne Farms
Stillman's Greenhouse
Sunset on Seneca Bed & Breakfast
Sunset View Creamery
Sweet Mother Nature
The Tasting Room by Atwater
The Villager Motel
The Wildflower Cafe
Veraisons Restaurant
Village Bakery
Village Memorabilia/Watkins Glen Promotions
Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
Watkins Glen Massage

For more information visit events.watkinsglenchamber.com or contact Drew Guild at drew@watkinsglenchamber.com or call (607) 535-4300.

Chamber elects officers, directors at annual meeting

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HECTOR, Nov. 21, 2013 -- Members of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce elected officers and directors and heard reports on the financial health of the organization Wednesday at the Chamber's 2013 Annual Meeting at Red Newt Cellars in Hector.

Chamber President/CEO Rebekah LaMoreaux welcomed the members while Board of
Directors Chairman Carl Blowers reflected on the successes of 2013.

Financials– 4-Year Comparison:

2010 Net Loss $15,443
2011 Net Profit $84,143
2012 Net Profit $34,132
2013 Net Profit $79,882 YTD

2010 vs. 2013: Growth of $95,325; Average 3 Year Profit $59,761

The members voted to approve the 2014 budget of $679,675 – a 6% increase over 2013. In an
overview report by the Chamber Staff, highlights showed a three-year progress of:

-- Financial Growth
-- Relocation of Visitor Center and Chamber Offices
-- 15-Year Tourism Promotion Agency County Designation
-- 2012-2014 Strategic Plan
-- Healthy and Growing Membership
-- Growing National and International Awareness of Schuyler County
-- Enhanced Membership Benefits

National attention was gained in 2013 through the following productions:
Frommers, Edible Finger Lakes, CBS - NY, Mstravelingpants.travel, Huffington Post, Offmetro.com, USA TODAY, Thrillist, Budget Travel, Foxnews.com, Yahoo Travel , Virginia Railway Express , AAA Horizons Magazine, AAAHorizons.com , Metro NY, Boston, Phila., Pathfinders, Natural Awakenings, NBC News.com, Tripadvisor.com, OffBeatTravel.com, AM New York, 2Wired2Tired, Sassysuburbanite.com, AMNY.com, NewYorkFamily.com, Solotravelerblog.com, Norfolk Southern, Executivetravelmagazine.com, NYTimes.com, Salon.com, Burlingtonfreepress.com, Syracuse.com, Quilt Sampler Magazine, AAA Western Central, VegWorld Magazine, The Sunday Star Ledger, Dallasnews.com, The Dallas Morning News, Cardinalcourieronline.com, ILNY – The Beat.

Besides Watkins Glen being voted the #2 Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel, the report noted that the top five countries of Visitor Center Walk-ins were Canada, Germany, Israel, Australia, and UK. The top five states of Visitor Center Walk-ins were Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Maryland.

The New 2014 Slate of Officers and Directors:

Officers:
Chairperson of the Board, Dawn Burlew, Corning Enterprises
First Vice Chairperson, Carolyn Guyer, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel
Second Vice Chairperson, Andrew Manzer, Schuyler Hospital
Treasurer, Jeffrey Dill, JR Dill Winery
Secretary, Peter Honsberger, Great Escape & Everything Ice Cream
Immediate Past Chairperson, Carl H. Blowers, Hawk’s View Consulting

New Directors Elected:
Justin Boyette, The Hector Wine Company
Jeffrey Dill, JR Dill Winery
Christopher Karam, Fagan Engineers
Stephanie Specchio, The Gorgeous View Motel
Paul Thomas, Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Returning Directors Elected:

Richard (Rick) Carroll, Chemung Canal Trust Company
Andrew (Andy) Manzer, Schuyler Hospital
Lindsay Wickham, New York Farm Bureau

Ex-Officio:

Dennis Fagan, Schuyler County Legislature
Kelsey Jones, SCOPED

Returning Directors:
Carl H. Blowers, Hawk’s View Consulting
Dawn Burlew, Corning Enterprises
James Frame, Odessa-Montour Central School District
Father Michael Hartney, Episcopal Churches of Schuyler County
Peter Honsberger, Great Escape & Everything Ice Cream
Matthew Hughson, Schuyler County
Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International
Carolyn Guyer, Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

An enthusiastic thank you was given by LaMoreaux to outgoing Directors, including Anthony Fraboni (current treasurer), Vicki Schamel (past chair), Brett Brubaker, and Tom Merrill.

For more information on the annual report, visit www.watkinsglenchamber.com or
contact Drew Guild at drew@watkinsglenchamber.com or call (607) 535-4300.

Photos in text:

Top: Chamber Staff. Standing left to right: Victoria Young, Membership Services Manager; Katherine Strawser, Visitor Center & Events Manager; Rebekah LaMoreaux, President/CEO; Meredith Beardsley, Visitor Center & Resource Coordinator. Seated from left: Drew Guild, Tourism & Marketing Manager; Doug Quade, Contract Bookkeeper.

Middle: Carl Blowers, Immediate Past Chairperson

Bottom: Carl Blowers thanking Peter Honsberger, Secretary, for his hard work. (Photos provided)

Chamber seeking award nominations

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WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 15, 2013 -- The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for outstanding members to recognize during its Winter Gala/Annual
Celebration on January 24.

This year, the Chamber would like the public (as well as its members) to submit nominee suggestions in the categories below.

Community Spirit Award – Must be awarded to a business and/or individual that has demonstrated leadership and excellence in philanthropy; must have encouraged civic initiatives, and/or facilitated humanitarianism; made a significant contribution within the last five years; and positively impacted the community in which the business operates.

Lifetime Achievement Award – May include a successful partnership of one or more persons; must own or manage a local business and have taken business risks to create jobs or trade over a period of time; must have demonstrated staying power as an established business; must be actively involved in community and civic organizations in Schuyler County over the last 15 years; must be of the stature as to keep the award prestigious and compliment past/future winners; must be respected and recognized throughout the community; and must be a resident or own/manage a business in Schuyler County.

Leader in Business – Must have made a dynamic contribution to the Schuyler County business community within the last decade; must have expanded the business mix in Schuyler County; continues to foster economic opportunity such as creating new job opportunities; must have assumed considerable risk; and be considered a highly respected entrepreneur.

If you know of any great candidates, complete the nomination forms and return to the Chamber by Friday, December 13. The forms are available on the Membership Page of the Chamber website, www.watkinsglenchamber.com.

Forms may be submitted via email to Rebekah@watkinsglenchamber.com or faxed to 607-535-6243 or mailed to 214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

Hospital's Dr. William Saks retiring

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MONTOUR FALLS, Nov. 13, 2013 -- After 23 years of what Schuyler Hospital officials call "compassionate and dedicated service" – 15 of those with the hospital -- Dr. William Saks, D.O., has announced he will retire on December 31.

A long-term member of Schuyler’s medical staff, Dr. Saks has played a large part in the history of the hospital and in shaping and developing women’s health care services there.

Over the next two months, he will be working with his staff and others to ensure that the change for his current patients to other Schuyler providers will be a seamless and positive transition. He will also be providing his knowledge and advice as Schuyler explores OB/Gyn options.

In his years at Schuyler Hospital, Dr. Saks has delivered what he guesses to be over 10,200 babies, and has watched many of them grow. He is a strong advocate of women’s healthcare, and in 2009 was named the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Practitioner of the Year by the New York State Association for Rural Health -- nominated by his peers. Dr. Saks was also honorary chair for the Schuyler Health Foundation’s 2012 Annual Campaign for Schuyler Hospital, along with his son, Ben, now also a D.O. and working at Schuyler Hospital since 2011; and Dr. James Norton, retired from Schuyler.

He is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who, and “The Leading Physicians of the World” North America edition 2011-12.

Prior to coming to Schuyler Hospital, Saks was an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/Gyn at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy. He was a Chairman and Treasurer of District 3 of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania State Osteopathic Medical Society, for which he chaired a number of committees.

A music lover and pianist, Dr. Saks was the organizer of Schuyler Hospital’s staff and family talent show in 2007 – a fundraiser for the hospital. He has poems published in two anthologies in the Library of Congress.

Well wishes may be sent to Dr. William Saks c/o Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, NY 14865, or via email at info@schuylerhospital.org

Photo in text: Dr. William Saks. (Photo provided)

Hospital earns 'Top Performer' status

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MONTOUR FALLS, Nov. 13, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital was recently named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

The hospital was recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for pneumonia.

Schuyler Hospital is one of only 45 hospitals in New York State, and one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S., earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

Ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.

“We are very proud of our staff for earning this recognition of our ongoing commitment to quality improvement,” said Andy Manzer, President and CEO for Schuyler Hospital. “Being named a ‘Top Performer’ by the Joint Commission is proof of how dedicated our staff is to providing the safest and most effective care for our patients every day.”

In addition to being included in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Schuyler Hospital is being recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org). The Top Performer program will be featured in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source.

To be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, a hospital must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice.

Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients, giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, and providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

Hospital welcomes Hinterberger practice

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MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 28, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital recently welcomed Joseph Hinterberger, MD, FAAFP, DABFM, and his Dundee-based family practice to the hospital’s network of providers.

“Dr. Hinterberger has long been an active physician and a huge supporter at Schuyler Hospital, and we are pleased to welcome him, Malia Compese, Amanda Cady, Shelly Moore and Carolyn Shaver to our Schuyler Hospital family,” said Andy Manzer, President/CEO of Schuyler Hospital.

Dr. Hinterberger’s office remains open in its current location with new signage denoting it as a Schuyler Hospital clinic. Patients of Dr. Hinterberger’s are now directly connected to all the services Schuyler Hospital offers, including new services recently added through the hospital’s affiliation with Cayuga Medical Center – orthopedics and sports medicine, anesthesia, pathology, cardiology and general surgery.

For further information, contact Dr. Hinterberger’s office at (607) 243-8311 or Schuyler Hospital at (607) 535-7121. Or email Schuyler Hospital at info@schuylerhospital.org

Photo in text: Staff at the Joseph Hinterberger Family Practice (l to r): Malia Compese, Carolyn Shaver, Dr. Joseph Hinterberger, Shelly Moore, and Amanda Cady.

Ribbon cut at Flowers & Gifts store

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MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 14, 2013 -- Montour Falls has brought flowers to Main Street. The opening of Montour Falls Flowers & Gifts, a full-service flower and specialty shop at 314 W. Main St., occurred on Sept. 30.

The event was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 10 arranged by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Owners Yvonne and Ed Stone explain that "It is our mission to provide the customer with the highest quality flowers, artistically arranged, attractively packaged and delivered safely, in a timely fashion while never forgetting value.”

In addition to flowers, the shop will offer gift baskets made from New York products, fruit baskets, silk arrangements, gift glass items blown in the Corning area, personalized gift cards, and other gift items.

Montour Falls Flowers & Gifts delivers flowers the same day to all residents and businesses within Schuyler County.

Photo in text: Present at the ribbon-cutting were, from left: Carmella Hoffman of the Schuyler County Women's Small Business Collaborative, Chamber President/CEO Rebekah LaMoreaux, business owners Ed and Yvonne Stone, Mayor John King, and Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn. (Photo provided)

Program recycles plastic

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WATKINS GLEN, Oct. 14, 2013 -- Over 1,000 agricultural containers were saved by farmers in the region for recycling and reuse in the fall collection program spearheaded by the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District.

This is the third year that the District has collected and stored the plastic in the semi-annual pickup, and over 2,500 containers have been collected to-date in a growing program.

The Soil and Water District works in conjunction with USAg Recycling, Inc., and the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC). USAg Recycling Inc. chips and removes this material throughout New York State and nationwide in an effort to keep these triple-rinsed containers out of landfills.

Last year, USAg Recycling Inc. collected 126,000 pounds in New York State, and nearly 8 million pounds of plastic are collected annually throughout the United States. The chipped plastic is used to make corrugated plastic field drainage pipe and other approved products.

This service is free to farmers and provides an environmentally friendly alternative to throwing away agricultural containers. Only HDPE #2 plastic containers are accepted, ranging from less than 1 gallon to 55 gallon barrels. Containers must be clean and without tops. For more information about this program, call the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District, 535-0878.

Photo in text: Chris Wickham of Wickham’s Tango Oaks fruit farm drops off his triple-rinsed agricultural plastic containers to the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District. (Photo provided)

AIM offers help in negotiating marketplace

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MONTOUR FALLS, Oct. 8, 2013 -- Schuyler County residents who want help navigating the state's new Health Plan Marketplace may contact the AIM Independent Living Center for assistance.

AIM employs trained and certified In-Person Assistors/Navigators to assist the public with the marketplace. Its IPA/Navigators are available in Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

Individuals, families and small businesses can use the marketplace to compare insurance options, calculate costs and select coverage. Open enrollment began Oct. 1, and coverage begins Jan. 1. The current enrollment period ends March 31. Those who do not enroll in an insurance program before April 1 -- whether through the marketplace or some other insurance plan -- may face a penalty at tax time.

The marketplace, or exchange, was set up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Exchanges have been established in all 50 states. They were created to give the public new access to affordable health care.

To make plans affordable, providers are offering tiered plans of varying costs, and some citizens are eligible for subsidies. Small businesses that choose to use the exchange may also be eligible for a tax credit.

For more information, visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

To set up a meeting with an IPA/Navigator, call (888) 962-8244. Navigators are available during evenings and weekends.

Seneca View renovations: an update

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MONTOUR FALLS, Sept. 30, 2013 -- What started out as a plan to renovate, remodel and refresh the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility in 2011 turned into a passion to fully renovate the 120-bed facility.

The focus of the original plan was on comfortable and vibrant living room areas, and a unit-based meal program – all to enhance the feeling of home.

Though the expanded project is not yet completed, much has been accomplished.

All resident rooms had wallpaper removed and were painted. New curtains and new overbed lights were installed. HVAC equipment was repaired, and new sheetrock installed and painted.

The facility was fully sprinklered. Subsequently new soffits were created to hide the new sprinkler piping in rooms, hallways and service areas.

Lighting upgrades were done in all the hallways and service areas. A new nurse call system was installed.

Most visibly: the old flooring, in place for decades, was replaced. This turned out to be an unexpectedly huge undertaking, and took several months, but the results are a lighter, brighter walk through the nursing home.

The project was initially stalled due to a paperwork glitch with the state, but moved quickly once paperwork was approved in July 2012.

Some areas still being worked on include: a space and phasing plan for needed offices that were removed in the initial plan; and a redesign of nurses stations and resident living areas. Nurses stations will include new cabinetry, and once completed, the project will move onto new kitchenettes. Kitchenettes are challenging due to ventilation and plumbing requirements. In the meantime, staff is exploring ways to provide an enhanced dining experience for residents.

Staff is also working on plans to make the lobby area more inviting for residents and families alike, and more wheelchair friendly.

For more information on Seneca View, call (607) 535-8611 or email info@schuylerhospital.org

To assist with further enhancements of Seneca View, donate to the Family of Friends Campaign on-line at www.schuylerhospital.org, or mail to PO Box 828, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

CASA seeks volunteers, sets training

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HORSEHEADS, Sept. 25, 2013 -- CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of the Southern Tier, Inc. is hosting CASA 101 training to train volunteers to become the voice for abused and neglected children in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.

CASA recruits, trains and empowers everyday community members to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected and are in foster care.

Volunteers are people just like you. They are nurses, teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home moms, grandparents, college students -- extraordinary people who want to make certain the voices of abused and neglected children are heard.

Note that you must be signed up for this training on or before October 1st, 2013 to participate. Class size is limited. Applications can be found on the CASA website at casasoutherntier.org

Details for Chemung, Schuyler and surrounding area residents attending training:

Classroom dates: October 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th and 12th.
Time: 5:00 PM-8:45 PM
Location: The First Presbyterian Church of Horseheads, 2943 Westinghouse Rd., Horseheads
Requirements: Participants must submit an application, pass background checks, and participate in an interview. Participants must have a working knowledge of email and have computer access with high-speed Internet. All training dates must be attended.
Contact: Kristie Kinney at 607-936-CASA (2272) or email casast.kinney@gmail.com with questions.

Hospital shifting hallways and parking

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MONTOUR FALLS, Sept. 25, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital is moving into the next phase of a $6.5 million HEAL grant project to renovate and upgrade outpatient services.

While the framework is completed for the hospital’s new “front face,” work is moving inside that area to build new offices, a gift shop, a centralized registration area, and a chapel / meditation space.

Major construction is moving to the back / north side of the hospital as crews begin work on renovating the Operating Rooms -- one half at a time, so that surgeries can be ongoing throughout the renovation.

Internally, pedestrian traffic will be diverted down what will become the new service hallway once construction is completed. Watch for new directional signage, and ask staff for assistance if needed. This will affect visitors to the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic, surgical offices, Pain Clinic and Medical / Surgical.

The Main Hospital Entrance remains the Emergency Entrance at this time.

Externally, parking to the west and north / back side of the Emergency Department is being eliminated, and access reduced to construction and emergency vehicles only.

Call (607) 535-7121 or email info@schuylerhospital.org with any questions.

The $6.45 million project is possible thanks to a NYS Department of Health HEAL grant award. Officials say funds will enable the hospital to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring and realigning operations, specifically in the outpatient areas of clinical laboratory, radiology, and surgical services, including the operating rooms. A new front face and public hallway is also part of the project.

Electronic Medical Records implemented

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MONTOUR FALLS, Sept. 6, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital continues to implement new electronic medical records (EMR) systems throughout its facilities, in order to integrate patient care as well as to meet federal “meaningful use” requirements.

This month, Schuyler Hospital is implementing EMRs in physician offices, including the Montour Falls Primary Care Clinic, Ovid Primary Care Clinic, Pain Clinic and the offices of Drs. Stephen and Theresa Spaulding. The EMRs are intended to provide more efficient, comprehensive and higher quality care for all patients.

The physician office EMR is integrated into the hospital, so that physicians and various hospital departments can see all the latest information on a patient, accessible in one location through a computer. Even if a patient's primary care physician is not available, any Schuyler Hospital practitioner can view the patient's records, allowing for seamless and immediate care.

Centralized scheduling is also being incorporated into the new system. Also, prescriptions entered from anywhere – physician office, pharmacy, etc. – will all be incorporated into the records with the simple click of a button, along with electronic prescriptions to a local pharmacy. Coming soon, patients will be able to log in and view their own records, and send messages to their physician or nurse.

All medical records are stored in a secured network.

For more information, call (607) 535-7121, go to www.schuylerhospital.org, or email info@schuylerhospital.org.

I-STOP procedures being implemented

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MONTOUR FALLS, Aug. 26, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital is implementing procedures to meet the requirements of a new New York State regulation which is part of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) Law, signed in August 2012.

Effective August 27, 2013, the new law requires most prescribers of controlled substances to consult New York's online prescription monitoring registry for information about their patients' past use of certain drugs. There are several exceptions to the mandate to consult the registry, including when the drugs are administered within a hospital or nursing home, or when the drugs are provided in limited supply to patients in the emergency department.

The law is designed to curb the diversion and/or abuse of controlled substances through a series of measures, including expanding electronic prescribing and requiring practitioners to consult the enhanced prescription monitoring registry. In addition, the law is also intended to decrease the number of deaths due to opioid overdoses.

“In addition to the bedside medication verification system that we implemented last year, utilizing I-STOP is one more way we are working harder and with new technology to keep our patients safe,” said Jann Cady, CNO/COO for Schuyler Hospital.

For more information, call (607) 535-7121, go to www.schuylerhospital.org, or email info@schuylerhospital.org.

Auxiliary sets Game Day Cruise

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MONTOUR FALLS, Aug. 26, 2013 -- The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary has scheduled its second annual Game Day Cruise on the Seneca Legacy.

Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event is a fundraiser for the Auxiliary. Tickets are $40 per person, and include the 4-hour cruise, lunch, tax and gratuity. Castoff is at 11 a.m. sharp.

Groups, individuals and couples are invited to bring their favorite board games -- Mah Jongg, Dominoes, Scrabble, Cribbage, Cards, Chess -- or any other favorites.

A cash bar will be available, along with raffles throughout the cruise.

Reservations are due by Sept. 20. Pre-sale tickets only. For details and tickets, contact Carol Franzese at (607) 535-2880.

Funds raised are applied to Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary programs for the benefit of Schuyler Hospital.

For more information about the Auxiliary, go to www.schuylerhospital.org

Leadership Schuyler applicants sought

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WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 22, 2013 -- Leadership Schuyler 2013 -2014 is now accepting applications.

Since 2001, the Leadership Schuyler Program has been giving today’s managers the skills they need to become tomorrow’s leaders. The program has helped prepare more than 200 participants for community leadership roles.

“Our mission," says the program’s facilitator, Andy Taylor, "is to help participants become much more effective and valuable to their organization while reaching a higher potential.”

Taylor is an Internationally Certified Executive and Leadership Coach based in Corning. His clients have included the Corning Radisson Hotel, World Kitchen, Nancy Socha & Associates, The Corning Family YMCA, Hunt Engineers, Arbor Housing and Development, The Rockwell Museum of Art and many others.

Adds Leadership Schuyler Advisory board member Michelle Benjamin: “Since the first class graduated in 2001, Leadership Schuyler has evolved into a premier course teaching career-changing leadership skills.”

Areas of focus include: Emotional Intelligence, Understanding & Motivating Different Personality Types, Executive Time Management, Executive Decision Making, Communication for Results, Strategic Planning & Goal Setting, Delegation for Results, How to Hire/Fire, and Leadership & Public Speaking.

“Leadership Schuyler," says Rebekah LaMoreaux, President/CEO of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the program,, "is such a valuable program to our community. It provides something that no other program in Schuyler County can – a micro community of individuals focused on investing in their professional growth, as well as the growth of every other leader in the room.”

Leadership sessions begin in October 2013 and end in March 2014.

All interested parties are invited to apply. Candidates must complete an application form and provide two references. A maximum of 25 individuals will be selected for the program.

More information and applications can be obtained by contacting the Chamber at (607) 535-4300 or by visiting www.leadershipschuyler.com. Applications are due by September 20.

Hospital welcomes Surgical Associates

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MONTOUR FALLS, Aug. 14, 2013 -- As the next step in Schuyler Hospital’s relationship with Cayuga Medical Center, the physicians from Surgical Associates of Ithaca, PC, have joined the hospital to lead its general surgery program.

Beginning September 5, David Schwed, MD, and Wade Bollinger, MD, will be at Schuyler Hospital on a weekly basis seeing patients in the Orthopedics / Surgical Clinic, and performing surgeries. In addition, Cora Lee Foster, MD, John Mecenas, MD, and Brian Bollo, MD, will be a part of the general surgery team, providing back-up and other assistance as needed.

The physicians of Surgical Associates of Ithaca are qualified in all aspects of general surgery, including: Thoracic (chest), Gastrointestinal (digestive), Colon, Biliary Tract (liver, gallbladder, pancreas), Bariatric (surgery for obesity), Breast, Thyroid and Parathyroid, Skin, and Soft Tissue. They also have special expertise in advanced laparoscopic (minimally invasive) procedures, including hernia surgery; surgical endocrinology (glands), intensive care, and nutrition.

For referrals and scheduling beginning in September, contact Surgical Associates of Ithaca at (607) 273-3161 or fax (607) 273-1101.

A “Meet and Greet” reception for the surgeons will be held September 18 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.

For more information, call (607) 535-7121 or go to www.schuylerhospital.org

Hospital entrance being narrowed

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MONTOUR FALLS, July 27, 2013 -- As construction work moves ahead on Schuyler Hospital’s $6.5 million HEAL grant project, the hospital's Main/Emergency Entrance is being temporarily narrowed on Monday, July 29.

Patients and visitors to the hospital must still use the Emergency Department entrance, but should note that the entranceway is being significantly narrowed, as work on the new front addition to the hospital progresses.

Entrance will be accessible across from the stairs to the Montour Falls Primary Care Center.

To date, new footers and flooring have been poured for the front addition to the hospital, work has begun on the roof over the addition, and plumbing and HVAC work should begin soon.

The $6.45 million project is possible thanks to a New York State Department of Health HEAL grant.

For more information, keep an eye on www.schuylerhospital.org for project updates.

New rules set for Medicaid transport

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WATKINS GLEN, July 22, 2013 -- Effective August 1, Medicaid enrollees seeking transportation to medical appointments will be required to call Medical Answering Services, LLC (MAS), a regional call center based in Syracuse .

MAS provides Medicaid Transportation Management and Prior Authorization Services for the New York State Department of Health. The company verifies eligibility and prior approvals for transportation and then directs the requests to existing public and private transportation providers.

The Department of Health has initiated this change as part of New York State’s Medicaid reform plan. This new process will relieve the local Department of Social Services of administrative processes related to Medicaid transportation scheduling and funding, such as mileage reimbursement.

The MAS call center employs more than 250 people who are available from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. to assist callers in 49 New York State counties. Urgent assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers may contact MAS beginning August 1 at 1-866-753-4480 or request transportation service online at www.medanswering.com.

Persons who choose to pay independently for their transportation to medical appointments may continue to request Dial-A-Ride or route deviation transit service through Schuyler County Transit.

For further information or requests for Medicaid funded transportation that will be provided prior to August 1, call Schuyler County Transit at 607-535-3555.

Visit www.SchuylerCountyTransit.org for more information.

Hospital to staff emergency department

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MONTOUR FALLS, July 19, 2013 -- After years of utilizing a contract firm to provide emergency physicians, Schuyler Hospital is preparing to staff its Emergency Department with it own providers.

Beginning July 29, patients will see some familiar faces when they visit Schuyler Hospital’s Emergency Department – including Dr. Ben Saks, Dr. Jagmohan Singh, Patrick Schamel, PA, and Noreen Ruff, PA.

New emergency staff includes Adrian Gonzalez, PA, Tom Burkert, PA, Michael Ronald, NP, and Patricia Nelson, PA. All providers have extensive urgent care, emergency room, or intensive care experience.

“We want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible when they need to visit our Emergency Department. Providing both familiarity and consistency in staffing should help that,” said Andy Manzer, Schuyler Hospital President and CEO.

Manzer added that improving quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction are also goals of the new program.

For more information, call (607) 535-7121 or visit www.schuylerhospital.org

Catholic Charities receives $7,390 grant

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WATKINS GLEN, July 19, 2013 -- Catholic Charities of Schuyler County was recently awarded a grant for $7,390 from the Triangle Fund to operate the Watkins Glen Community Garden Youth Project.

Through the funding, at-risk youth will be hired to prepare the Garden, care for the plants, and harvest and distribute produce to senior housing facilities and the Schuyler Outreach network of Food Pantries.

The youth workers, said a Catholic Charities press release, will gain entrepreneurial skills as they develop and operate a small Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pilot project. Through the CSA, small families and single-person households will receive weekly distributions of fresh produce.

The Watkins Glen Community Garden is a project of Catholic Charities. For more information or to volunteer in the Garden, call Jessie Ketter at 607-535-2815 or email JKetter@dor.org.

Family of Friends focus: momentum

Wellivers are honorary chairs for this year's campaign

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MONTOUR FALLS, July 2, 2013 -- The Schuyler Health Foundation’s 2013 Family of Friends Campaign is focused on keeping Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility strong, according to Foundation Executive Director Michelle Benjamin.

“For our 2013 Annual Appeal, we are asking our community to help build on all the upgrades we are making to facilities, technology and equipment by helping us to keep that momentum going,” said Benjamin. “Though we have made many changes, the needs are ongoing.”

The Foundation’s purpose is to provide funds to, or for the benefit of, Schuyler Hospital and related medical facilities.

Donors in 2013 may choose for their donation to go to either Schuyler Hospital or Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility – or divide their donation between the two.

Honorary chairs for the 2013 campaign are Lori and Scott Welliver.

Benjamin said that the Wellivers are the ideal “faces” of the campaign, as they have been long-time supporters of the Hospital, and are both very dedicated to the Schuyler County community.

Not only was Scott Welliver involved when his father helped build the original Schuyler Hospital, but his company, Welliver -- which he relocated to Montour Falls in recent years -- is Construction Manager for the hospital's current grant-funded renovations.

“My dad had a cottage on Seneca Lake since the 1950s, so it’s always been a home away from home for me," said Scott. "Then Lori and I bought our cottage in 1977, and have been full-time Schuyler County residents since 1999. I have been around the lake all of my life. I absolutely love it, I love the people. I enjoy living in this community. Moving my business here was part of that, plus it’s a great central location in this part of the state.”

Lori Welliver has been a vital asset on both the Schuyler Hospital Board and the Schuyler Health Foundation Board, and has also helped plan a number of hospital fundraising events, including the hospital’s biggest annual fundraiser, November Splendor.

“After serving on both the Hospital and Foundation Boards, I know very well the importance of Schuyler Hospital to the community in providing quality healthcare, and to provide it in a location you don’t have to travel far for,” said Lori. “And Seneca View is of critical importance to our aging population.”

Donors may give to the Schuyler Health Foundation online at www.schuylerhospital.org

Photo in text: Scott and Lori Welliver (Photo provided)

Charities adds Ombudsman Program

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WATKINS GLEN, June 26, 2013 -- The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) for Chemung, Schuyler and Tioga Counties is now located at Catholic Charities of Schuyler County.

Formerly housed at the Chemung County Office for the Aging, the program transitioned to the Catholic Charities office on June 3, 2013 under the direction of a new Program Coordinator, Sally Daniels.

A Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a volunteer advocate and resource for persons who reside in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living and adult care facilities. The Ombudsmen help resolve concerns expressed by or on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities, and they strive to ensure quality treatment and quality of life for residents.

Said Agency Director Debbie MacDonald: “The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program adheres to the mission of Catholic Charities to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people by promoting healthy individual and family life while advocating for justice on behalf of those in long-term care facilities.”

The New York State Ombudsman Program certifies volunteer Ombudsmen after completion of an intensive training program. Then certified Ombudsmen are assigned to facilities where they insure that the rights of the residents are protected. If you would like to become a volunteer with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, contact Catholic Charities.

For additional information about the Chemung-Schuyler-Tioga Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, contact Catholic Charities of Schuyler County at 607-535-2050 or visit www.cs-cc.org.

Hospital Auxiliary unveils fundraiser

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MONTOUR FALLS, June 12, 2013 -- The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary recently unveiled a new fundraiser – featuring a hand-crafted, three-story dollhouse built and donated by Dr. John Carozza, DDS.

Tickets are available for $5 each or $25 for six. Contact Auxilian Kathy Fragola for more information at 535-2661.

A winner will be drawn in December, and all proceeds go to the Auxiliary, to help with projects and equipment for Schuyler Hospital.

The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary was formally organized in 1969, bringing together the Hospital’s Pink Ladies (formed in 1952) with members of the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour Hospital Guilds, both active since the 1920s. The Auxiliary continues to help the Hospital with a group of faithful volunteers.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, visit www.schuylerhospital.org

Photo in text: Schuyler Hospital CEO Andy Manzer (left) and Dr. John Carozza unveil the hand-crafted dollhouse as the Auxiliary’s newest fundraiser. (Photo provided)

The Arc of Schuyler recognized by DOT

WATKINS GLEN, June 12, 2013 -- The Arc of Schuyler was recently recognized by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) for attaining a 100% passing rate on the maintenance and inspection standards of its DOT-certified vehicle fleet during the fiscal year ending March 31.

Jeannette Frank, Executive Director of The Arc, commended the transportation and
maintenance department staff for the achievement.

“Our mechanic, Alan Reed, is extremely conscientious when it comes to safety and
compliance," said Frank. "He has helped to instill those same values in everyone in our
Transportation department.”

As a transit operator authorized by the DOT, The Arc’s vehicles are inspected by New York State every six months and reviewed for over 400 safety-related factors during each inspection. In addition, The Arc has its own schedule of daily, weekly and monthly inspections.

The Arc provides transportation services for over 400 people on a regular basis through various contracts for transportation services. In addition, The Arc is the operator of the county's public transportation system, Schuyler County Transit.

Hospital earns Quality of Care recognition

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MONTOUR FALLS, June 12, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital was recently awarded IPRO’s 2013 Quality Award for Organization-Wide Commitment to Quality Improvement.

The award, given annually by IPRO, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) and Medicaid Review Agent for New York State, recognizes Schuyler Hospital for its organization-wide commitment to improving the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

IPRO praised Schuyler Hospital staff for voluntarily and successfully reporting hospital inpatient and outpatient data to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), as well as for participating in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).

In addition, Schuyler Hospital was applauded for its ongoing involvement with quality improvement projects and efforts to improve patient care through networking with other hospitals and community partners.

Photo in text: From left, Jill Gaylord, RN, Outcomes Manager; Deborah Bailey, RN, BSN, Executive Director for Clinical Operations and Outcomes, and Compliance Officer; Chris Brink, RN, Outcomes Manager; and Rita Tague-Carmony, RN, BS, CPC, Utilization Review, Case Management, and Infection Prevention Director, accept IPRO’s 2013 Quality Award for Organization-Wide Commitment to Quality Improvement. (Photo provided)

Boards announce new members, officers

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MONTOUR FALLS, June 8, 2013 -- At the joint annual meeting of the Schuyler Hospital and Schuyler Health Foundation Boards last month, new board members were introduced and officers elected.

On the Hospital Board, newly elected members are Carl Sgrecci and Tom LaVigne. Elected officers for 2013-14 are Fred Tanneberger, Chair; Kyle Tuttle, Vice-Chair; Holly Mosher, Secretary; and Jerry Mickelson, Treasurer.

On the Foundation Board, newly elected members are Brenda Warren-Fitch and John Terry. Elected officers for 2013-14 are Rob Swinnerton, Chair; Matt Hayden, Vice-Chair; and Suzanne Blowers, Secretary/Treasurer.

Sgrecci recently retired as the CFO for Ithaca College, and lives in Ithaca. LaVigne is Director of the Real Estate Department at Cornell University, and lives in Lansing. Warren-Fitch is a Radiologic Technologist / C.T. Technologist with Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, and lives in Watkins Glen. Terry was employed by Cornell University in a variety of positions from 1975 to 2011, and is now retiring as a Senior Lecturer. He lives in Watkins Glen.

Falls Primary Care Center expands hours

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MONTOUR FALLS, June 4, 2013 -- Schuyler Hospital’s Montour Falls Primary Center has new expanded hours.

To meet patient demand, the Primary Care Center, located at 230 Steuben Street, Montour Falls, is now open Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. There are also evening hours available throughout the week. The schedule:

Mondays 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesdays 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursdays 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fridays 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

In addition, Dr. Jamie Coleman sees patients on Thursdays until 7 p.m., and Dr. Ben Saks sees patients on Wednesdays until 6:30 p.m.

Walk-in, call ahead, or make an appointment.

Primary Care Center patients should not be deterred by the extra cars in the primary care parking lot, according to staff. The cars do not belong to patients – but rather to employees relocated due to construction.

For more information, visit www.schuylerhospital.org

Hospital staffers shed 432 pounds together

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MONTOUR FALLS, June 4, 2013 -- From March through May this spring, 50 Schuyler Hospital staffers teamed up for their own “Biggest Loser”-inspired weight-loss program, and lost a total of 432.5 pounds!

The three “biggest losers” overall shed 14.5%, 15.8% and 16.7% of their total weight! Most participants plan to continue on their journey to better health.

“The response to this program by our employees has been overwhelming,” said Jann Cady, CNO/COO for Schuyler Hospital. “Their phenomenal success shows just how dedicated these employees have been to getting healthier, and how much the team approach is a key motivator.”

Thanks to registration fees and “missed weigh-in” fees, the program also generated $650 for the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, whose members were thrilled with the donation.

Cayuga, Schuyler share Cardiology services

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 23, 2013 – Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital have announced that physicians from the Cayuga Heart Institute at Cayuga Medical Center have begun serving patients at Schuyler Hospital.

The Cayuga-Schuyler Cardiology Team now includes: Stephanie Goodwin DO, FACC; Malcolm Brand MD; Qutaybeh Maghadydah MD; Lynn Swisher MD; Jonathan Mauser MD; Paul Stefek MD, and Amit Singh MD.

Services include 24-hour telephone availability for emergency consultations by all Schuyler Hospital Medical Staff, including the Emergency Department; an outpatient cardiology clinic presence at September Hill two days a week, and inpatient and outpatient cardiac testing.

To schedule Outpatient Cardiac Testing and Patient Clinic Appointments, call (607) 269-0100.

Lions donate $1,500 to Health Foundation

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 25, 2013 -- The Watkins-Montour Lion Club recently donated $1,500 to the Schuyler Health Foundation during the wrap-up of the Foundation’s 2012 Family of Friends Campaign.

The Lions designated the donation for the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility, where renovations are being completed to upgrade living areas for residents. It is the Lions’ goal to help make the environment more home-like for those seniors who live in the nursing facility.

To donate to the Schuyler Health Foundation, call (607) 210-1950 or donate on-line at www.schuylerhospital.org

Photo in text: Michelle Benjamin (left), Executive Director for the Schuyler Health Foundation, accepts a check from Watkins-Montour Lions Club President Rita Tague-Carmony. (Photo provided)

Rohver, Traugott win top Exhibit prizes

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WATKINS GLEN, May 23, 2013 -- Valorie Rohver of Horseheads received the “Best in Show” award for her piece “Too Much to Lose” at the recent opening reception of Franklin Street Gallery’s exhibit, Air & Water.

Rohver’s work was chosen by jurors Allen “Denny” Smith and Debb VanDerlinder. Smith has 30 years of experience in commercial gallery and arts services management. VanDerlinder holds a Masters in Art Education and has been featured in national publications.

The jurors also selected “Down Came the Mountain,” a photograph by Chris Walters of Corning, for the Honorable Mention award.

The Gallery also announced the winners of its Women in the Arts’ People’s Choice awards. Jodie Richardson Traugott of Rochester received the most votes from exhibit attendees.

“My muse, my granddaughter, is the face of all that is female to me, so I made her the personification of Gaia -- Earth, the matriarch of us all,” Traugott said of her winning piece, “Gaia.”

Marie LaParco of Cortland received the Honorable Mention for her mixed media piece, “Queen II.” Awardees received prize money.

A portion of the registration fees to participate in the exhibit benefit the continued operation of the Franklin Street Gallery, which is operated by The Arc of Schuyler, a non-profit
organization providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Images in text:

Top: "Too Much to Lose," by Valorie Rohver, winner of the "Best in Show" award.

Bottom: "Gaia," by Jodie Richardson Traugott, winner of the Women in the Arts' People's Choice award. (Images provided)

SFLW installs its 2013-14 officers

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 23, 2013 -- The new officers of the Southern Finger Lakes Women (SFLW), a chapter of New York State Women, Inc. (NYSWI), were installed at the chapter’s May 20 meeting held at Carol Bower’s Catering in Montour Falls.

Installing Officer was Elsie Dedrick, past state president of New York State Business & Professional Women and currently a member-at-large of NYSWI. The new officers for 2013-2014 are pictured left to right: Carole Shay, Vice-President, JoAnne Krolak, Secretary, Christine Brown, Treasurer, and Crystal Banks, President-Elect. Judith Phillips, incoming chapter president, was unable to be present, and does not appear in the photo.

New York State Women, Inc., provides members with professional development, networking, and career advancement resources. Its mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. The Southern Finger Lakes Women Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month. For more information, contact Gloria Hutchings at (607) 594-2489 or JoAnne Krolak at (607) 732-1171.

Anne Myers earns volunteer award

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 15, 2013 -- The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary -- meeting at its annual spring luncheon on May 7 -- unveiled its Board of Directors for 2013-14 and announced its Volunteer of the Year.

The volunteer honor went to Anne Myers for the commitment to the Auxiliary that she shows by working at the Gift Shop, contributing treats for bake sales, and putting together raffle baskets.

Marsha McElligott was voted in as Secretary, while all the other officers remain the same: Carol Bower as President, Linda Confer as 1st Vice President, Rita Tague-Carmony as Treasurer, and Gretta Preston as Corresponding Secretary.

In 2012-13, the Auxiliary’s 184 members volunteered 5,811 hours in and around Schuyler Hospital, and donated $11,500 to the hospital through the 2012 Family of Friends Campaign.

The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary was formally organized in 1969, bringing together the hospital’s Pink Ladies (formed in 1952) with members of the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour Hospital Guilds, both active since the 1920s.

Photo in text: Anne Myers (center) is honored as Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year by Auxilians Joanne McLaine (left) and Carol Bower (right). (Photo provided)

Montour business wins SBA award

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SYRACUSE, May 10, 2013 -- A Montour Falls business, Lakeside Veterinary Services, was honored this week with a Small Business Administration Excellence Award at the DoubleTree Hotel in East Syracuse.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the New York Business Development Corporation hosted the 15th annual luncheon to recognize the achievements of local small businesses. Small businesses are selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company’s longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity or community contributions.

REDEC/RRC selected Lakeside Veterinary Services, owned by Margaret Ohlinger and Martha Hawksworth in Montour Falls. Lakeside Veterinary Services is a full-service veterinary clinic providing care to both companion animals such as dogs and cats, as well as large animals.

It provides a variety of services including home care and alternative medicine procedures, such as acupuncture, homeopathy and laser therapy.

Dr. Ohlinger graduated from Cornell University and Dr. Hawksworth graduated from Iowa State University. Both Ohlinger and Hawksworth have extensive experience, the SBA noted, adding that their vet clinic fills a critical need in rural Schuyler County.

Photo in text: From left: Bernard J. Paprocki, Small Business Association; Diane Lantz, REDEC/RRC; Martha Hawksworth, Lakeside Veterinary Services, and Patrick MacKrell, New York Business Development Corp. (Photo provided)

Project alters hospital parking, bus stop

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MONTOUR FALLS, May 11, 2013 -- With construction work progressing for Schuyler Hospital’s $6.5 million HEAL grant project, parking and bus stop changes have been implemented.

During daytime hours, the main parking lot is now limited to emergency patients and those utilizing the hospital for outpatient services. Note that additional handicap parking spaces have been added against the hillside near the Emergency Entrance.

Also during daytime hours, hospital visitors should plan on utilizing the middle (Rehab) lot off of Belle Cornell Drive, then use the stairs or elevator to get to the Medical / Surgical Department. Visitors with ambulatory difficulties may park in the main parking lot.

In addition, any hospital patients or visitors utilizing the Schuyler Transit system should note that the bus has relocated its hospital pick up / drop off zone to the Seneca View Entrance, in order to avoid congestion at the Emergency Entrance. Hospital volunteers are available at the Seneca View entrance to help with directions, or with assisting anyone who may require a wheelchair to get to outpatient services in the hospital.

The $6.45 million project is possible thanks to a New York State Department of Health HEAL grant award. Funds will enable the hospital to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring and realigning operations, specifically in the outpatient areas of clinical laboratory, radiology, and surgical services, including the operating rooms. A new front face and public hallway is also part of the project.

Keep an eye on www.schuylerhospital.org for project updates.

Plant sale helps keep Schuyler green

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WATKINS GLEN, April 23, 2013 -- The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual Green Arbor Program distribution of bare root seedlings and transplants on Saturday, April 13 and over 110 residents purchased 12,000 trees and shrubs for conservation plantings this year. In addition, rain barrels and dozens of bluebird boxes that were made by the District were purchased.

“We are very pleased with the desire of our residents to plant species that help our wildlife and protect our soil from erosion, just two of the many benefits of conservation plantings,” said District Technician Rebecca Collins. The Green Arbor Program is set up to meet the needs of all county landowners, whether they have a small lot or hundreds of acres. As always, species adapted to Schuyler County site conditions were selected to provide a variety of conservation uses.

Established in 1940, the Schuyler County Soil and Water District provides farmers, homeowners, organizations and municipalities with technical assistance to help them manage natural resources and be good stewards of the land. Services include conservation practices to protect water quality, erosion and sediment control, land drainage, assistance in obtaining state and federal permits, conservation education, and much more.

To those Schuyler residents want to be added to the Soil and Water District mailing list so they can receive a tree order form in the mail in January or to learn more about soil and water programs, visit the website www.schuylerswcd.com. There is also a Soil and Water Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/SchuylerSWCD

Photo in text: Susanne Vedder of Rock Stream picks up her trees at the Green Arbor Program distribution held at the Lee Harlan Conservation Center. Rebecca Collins, SWCD District Technician, and Shawn Smith, a volunteer, assist. (Photo provided)

Program focus: businesses run by women

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WATKINS GLEN, April 15, 2013 -- A group of female small-business owners in Schuyler County will be offering a unique shopping experience from May 1 through May 11.

They are offering an "Experience Schuyler" passport to 28 women-owned/managed businesses within the county. When guests visit each business site, they will have a chance to learn more about the products or services offered. For businesses that do not have a storefront, such as with newly developed services or products, the information will be displayed at other participating businesses.

At each site the visitor’s passport will be stamped. When 17 stamps are accumulated, visitors are eligible to be entered for the grand prize -- a gift basket of local products provided by the participating businesses and valued at over $300. In addition, each business will offer a recipe card related to that business. After visiting 17 of the sites, visitors will receive a handcrafted glass bead toggle produced by Bonnie Scott of Joyful Adornments to hold the recipes together.

"Experience Schuyler" passports will be available at the Village Bakery and Reality Realty in Montour Falls or Finger Lakes Fibers and O’Susannah’s Quilt Shop in Watkins Glen beginning April 20. An open house to launch the event will be held on April 30 at the Upstairs Inn at O’Susannah’s Quilt Shop, 111 W. Fourth St., Watkins Glen.

The open house, said one organizer, "will be an opportunity to meet the various business owners, sample recipes from their recipe cards, and learn more about what small businesses run by women have to offer."

This event is part of the Schuyler County Women’s Small Business Collaborative, a group of women-owned/managed small businesses in Schuyler County committed to offering networking opportunities and to share resources and education related to small-business growth.

For more information, contact: Helene Chaika Fausold at hcfausold@stny.rr.com or by phoning 607-351-8024.

Senior Night focus: breathing difficulties

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MONTOUR FALLS, April 14, 2013 -- In an ongoing partnership, the Schuyler County Office for the Aging (OFA) and Schuyler Hospital have scheduled their next “Senior Night” – with a focus on allergies, COPD and other breathing difficulties.

The next Senior Night will be Tuesday, April 30 from 5-7 p.m. at a new location: Schuyler Hospital’s September Hill, located at 250 Steuben Street, Montour Falls.

Senior Night will offer free screenings for cholesterol and blood glucose, blood pressure, oxygen levels and more. Informational booths regarding Medicare and other senior concerns will also be available.

At 6 p.m., Dr. Ben Saks and Pat Schamel, PA will present a talk focusing on allergies, COPD and other breathing problems, along with the proper use of inhalers.

Refreshments and door prizes will be offered.

Anyone age 50 and over is invited to attend. Please, no children. Transportation is available for this event through Office for the Aging on a limited basis. Contact OFA at 535-7108 to make arrangements.

This program is open to all at no charge and is offered through the Schuyler County OFA’s Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP).

For more information, go to www.schuylerhospital.org

Soil and Water office moves to Meads Hill

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WATKINS GLEN, April 12, 2013 -- The Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District has temporarily moved its office to Meads Hill Road -- the former Youth Fair Site -- in the wake of the March 23 fire that damaged the organization's old home, the Shared Services Building in Watkins Glen.

The new office is in the Lee Harlan Soil and Water Conservation Center, 2400 Meads Hill Road.

The Soil and Water District was back up and operating within a week of the fire "thanks to the assistance of many, especially Jim Barrett, seasonal equipment operator for the District, and Jim Wickham, who provided necessary IT and general contracting knowledge," said a District spokesperson.

The Soil and Water District was able to utilize existing facilities at the Harlan Center, which was rehabilitated last summer. Although there was nearly a complete loss of the District’s electronic components, "things could have been much worse," the spokesperson said.

The Soil and Water District "would like to thank all of the fire companies who responded swiftly to the building," the spokesperson added. "A special thanks to Jason Kelly, Burdett Fire Chief, for taking the time to cover desks and cabinets with tarps. This helped to successfully save Soil and Water records and other paperwork."

The new Soil and Water office phone number is 535-0878. The mailing address remains P.O. Box 326, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

Congressman Tom Reed is interviewed by a YNN reporter during his Bergen visit.

Reed visits Bergen Farms, touts immigration reform

ODESSA, April 10, 2013 -- Congressman Tom Reed paid a visit Tuesday morning to Bergen Farms outside Odessa in order to focus attention on an effort he is backing to reform immigration law to help year-round farmers find "a stable, legal workforce."

The reforms will be included this week in what Reed said was a comprehensive reform package. "The broken H-2A program must be transformed to allow New York’s agriculture industry to reach its full potential," he said, adding:

“We recognize there are problems with the current program, so we’re focusing on reforms, not a program we already know is broken and fails to meet the needs of farmers. Our ultimate goal is ensuring farmers have access to a stable, legal, qualified workforce. It’s about whether or not our farmers can harvest their crops and it’s about helping the number one industry in New York.”

The H-2A program provides a means for seasonal agriculture employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring foreign workers to this country on a temporary "guest labor" basis. Year-round dairy operations are not included.

Saying the federal government should provide a solution to farmers’ worker needs, Reed will reintroduce the Family Farm Relief Act, a bill he previously introduced with Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Bill Owens (D-NY).

“Agriculture brings affordable, locally grown food to our families’ kitchen tables," he said, "and an effective system means our farmers can continue to produce a safe, abundant food supply.”

Reed is working on provisions to include dairy farms in the H-2A program and to move administration of the H-2A program from the Department of Labor to the Department of Agriculture -- and allow farmers to co-op workers with other farms.

“Operations like Bergen Farms here in Odessa are small businesses (that) need certainty in order to make decisions for their operations,” Reed continued. “A stable, legal workforce is central to that certainty and will have a positive economic impact felt locally. We need to put our farmers in a position where they have a reliable workforce to meet their demand and do what they do best.”

Both the House and Senate are currently working on immigration reform plans. For many, agricultural provisions will be essential in broader immigration reform.

Bergen Farms partner Jim Bergen said that while he hires immigrant labor outside of the H-2A program, it is limited to those with proper documentation. The system would be far easier, he said, with immigration reform along the lines Reed is seeking -- reducing paperwork and increasing both the available workforce and operational efficiency.

The Bergen operation has 2,100 milking cows and a total herd of 4,600 at its Odessa facility. It also operates two other dairy farms in the area. In order to run its business effectively, it needs about 50 employees -- not always an easy number to attain.

New York Farm Bureau Field Advisor Lindsay Wickham, present to greet Reed at Bergen Farms, said a stable workforce will be even more essential in the future, since consumer demand will continue to increase.

Photos in text:

From top: Stephanie Bergen of Bergen Farms listens to Congressman Reed; Stephanie's husband Jim speaks to a reporter; and Lindsay Wickham, Area Field Advisor for the New York Farm Bureau, who was also on hand for Reed's visit.

The backdrop for Reed's visit and for interviews with area media: one of the many dairy facilities that are part of the extensive Bergen operation.

Celebration supports young entrepreneurs

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CORNING, April 9, 2013 -- The Palate Café and Juice Bar, located at 88 W. Market Street in Corning, is celebrating its First Entrepreneurial Birthday with a party on Friday, April 12 from 5-8 pm, and is open to the public.

Owner Laura Dickerman, 24, started the café and juice bar one year ago after returning to her hometown of Corning. Being a young entrepreneur herself and after starting her first business at age 16 and receiving a Junior Achievement Scholarship, Laura is committed to supporting and encouraging other young people to follow in her footsteps and consider being an entrepreneur.

As a show of this commitment, a percentage of the party ticket sales and proceeds from the birthday event silent auction will be earmarked for the YEA (Young Entrepreneur Academy) Scholarship Fund.

YEA is an innovative, intensive 30-week program that guides middle and high school students through the process of starting their own real business. Also in its first year, YEA is sponsored by the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce and the Corning-Painted Post Area School District.

Tickets for the party are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available for purchase at Beyond Baskets, at the same West Market Street address. Each ticket includes a variety of fresh juices and smoothies, menu items, desserts, tastings from local culinary artists and a raffle entry.

Photo in text: Laura Dickerman (Photo provided)

Hospital closes Main Entrance, lobby

Special to The Odessa File

MONTOUR FALLS, April 4, 2013 -- In anticipation of the first phase of construction beginning Monday, April 8, Schuyler Hospital closed its Main Entrance and front lobby area Thursday.

Patients, outpatients and visitors are advised to utilize the Emergency Department Entrance until further notice. Staff and volunteers will assist with directions to various departments.

The Surgery Waiting Room has also been relocated to the Emergency Department Waiting Room.

The $6.45 million project is possible thanks to a New York State Department of Health HEAL grant award. Officials say the funds will enable the hospital to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring and realigning operations, specifically in the outpatient areas of clinical laboratory, radiology, and surgical services, including the operating rooms. A new front face and public hallway is also part of the project.

For more information, keep an eye on www.schuylerhospital.org for project updates.

Hospital parking, entrances to change with construction start

Special to The Odessa File

MONTOUR FALLS, March 18, 2013 -- In preparation for the start of a major construction project next month, Schuyler Hospital has issued the following advisory for patients and visitors.

Beginning in mid-April, the hospital’s Main Entrance will close, and pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the Emergency Department Entrance.

The main entrance to the Emergency Department will remain open, as well as the ambulance entrance.

Hospital visitors may park in the Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy lot off of Belle Cornell Drive. Visitors will then enter the facility through the Rehabilitation entrance and take the stairs or elevator to the Main Floor.

Parking in the Main Lot will be designated for emergency patients, outpatients and physicians only. Handicap parking in the Main Lot will be relocated to the west side of the lot, near the Emergency Department Entrance.

Staff and volunteers will assist patients and visitors in finding their destination during the construction process. Watch for signage in and outside of the facility regarding changes in vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow.

To date, the following areas have been relocated in preparation for construction:

• Surgery Waiting Room temporarily moved to Emergency Department Waiting Room

• Medical Records relocated to new permanent location on Lower Level

• Auxiliary Gift Shop will be closed temporarily on March 20. The gift shop will reopen once the first floor addition is open.

• Human Resources Department temporarily relocated to September Hill

• Administrative/CEO offices and Medical Staff Support offices temporarily relocated to Welliver

The $6.45 million project is possible thanks to a New York State Department of Health HEAL grant award. Funds will enable the hospital to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring and realigning operations, specifically in the outpatient areas of clinical laboratory, radiology, and surgical services, including the operating rooms. A new front face and public hallway is also part of the project.

For more information, keep an eye on www.schuylerhospital.org for project updates.

The graduates, from left: Brenda Warren-Fitch, Carolyn Sullivan, Katie Strawser, Karen Rudy, Clay Furniss, Caleb Smith, Ben Robertson, Ryan Pedersen, Alex Peartree, Robert Murphy, Jonathan Fuller, Krista Matia, Sara Fontana, Samantha Buyskes, Diane Cooper, Nicole Difasi and Meagan Goodwin. Not present: Nicholas Robertson and Shawn McGrogan.

19 graduate from Leadership Schuyler

WATKINS GLEN, March 7, 2013 -- Nineteen representatives from business, industry and education received diplomas Wednesday evening signifying their graduation from the 12th annual Leadership Schuyler program.

The program, held over several months, imparts to participants skills they can use to improve their leadership capabilities with an eye toward -- in the words of program facilitator Andy Taylor -- "making a real difference for the community."

Keynote speaker was Dr. Katherine Douglas, president of Corning Community College, who told the gathering of graduates, family and friends at the Watkins Glen International Media Center that "leaders are indeed made, not born."

She said leaders achieve their status through certain benchmark abilities ranging from initiative to communication to adopting "stretch" goals, and through attaining "strategic perspective." The Leadership Schuyler course, she told the graduates, "has prepared you" for all such qualities and "put you in new ways and new places where you need to grow. Take what you learned. It makes a difference. It's satisfying and makes a difference."

Facilitator Taylor -- playing off a video he showed outlining how most of us tie our shoes the wrong way (a simple adjustment can improve that particular skill) -- told graduates that if they are doing something in a future leadership role "that doesn't work, try something else." And sometimes, he said, a small adjustment can make a big difference.

The evening's emcee was Rebekah LaMoreaux, president and CEO of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors Leadership Schuyler -- a program that started in 2001 and has graduated more than 200 participants.

LaMoreaux introduced the Class Speaker, Katherine Strawser, who started as an intern at the Chamber five years ago and is now its office manager, Strawser, selected by fellow Leadership Schuyler students to represent them at the podium, said she had learned a great deal from the course, including "how other people saw me."

In addition to Strawser, the graduates included:

--Samantha Buyskes, Nicole Difasi, Meagan Goodwin and Alex Peartree of Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro;
--Diane Cooper of Reality Realty on Seneca;
--Sara Fontana, who started the course as the B.C. Cate Elementary School principal but has recently taken a job as director of curriculum and development in the Waverly school district;
--Jonathan Fuller, Robert Murphy and Ryan Pedersen of Watkins Glen International;
--Clay Furniss and Shawn McGrogan of Cargill Salt;
--Krista Matia, Benjamin Robertson, Nicholas Robertson and Caleb Smith of Welliver;
--Karen Rudy of Schuyler Hospital;
--Carolyn Sullivan of The Arc of Schuyler;
--Brenda Warren-Fitch of Cayuga Medical Center.

Speakers at Leadership Schuyler classes included Carl Blowers, owner of Hawk's View Consulting; Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary; Odessa-Montour School Superintendent James Frame; Arc of Schuyler Executive Director Jeannette Frank; the Chamber's LaMoreaux; Schuyler Hospital President Andy Manzer; Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn; and retired Arc of Schuyler Executive Director Jim Wilson.

Photos in text:

Top: Emcee Rebekah LaMoreaux, president and CEO of the sponsoring Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Second: Guest speaker Dr. Katherine Douglas, president of Corning Community College.

Third: Graduates Sara Fontana, left, and Nicole Difasi after receiving their diplomas.

Bottom: Meagan Goodwin was one of several graduates featured in a humorous video.

From left: Graduate Katie Strawser, who was Class Speaker; graduate Ben Robertson, an estimator at Welliver; and Class Facilitator Andy Taylor.

The audience at the WGI Media Center listens to one of the speakers.

Paige Quinlan welcomes a customer. Others pictured are, from left, Nancy Kenney, John Quinlan and Mike Rossettie.

Quinlan's Pharmacy opens its doors for business in Montour

MONTOUR FALLS, Aug. 22, 2012 -- Quinlan's Pharmacy opened for business Wednesday morning, welcoming customers who for years had utilized the Montour Pharmacy's services. The Montour Pharmacy, located a block east, closed last December.

On hand for the "soft" Quinlan opening -- accomplished with little fanfare, but with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned sometime next month -- were the store's owner, John Quinlan of Wayland; his daughter Paige, a senior at Wayland High School; Jessica Pompeo, the store's operations director -- who works as a rule at the Quinlan's flagship store in Wayland -- and Supervising Pharmacist Mike Rossettie, who used to co-own Rossettie's Pharmacy in Corning.

There were also a number of familiar local faces.

Former Montour Pharmacy employees Janet Collins (front clerk), Nancy Kenney (medical equipment and pharmacy), Susan Crofoot and Melanie Blauvelt (pharmacy technicians), Sandy Stillman (pharmacy clerk), and Kevin Greuber (store manager) were all on hand, greeting incoming customers.

And there was a steady stream of those customers through the morning, although some just came by to wish the new venture well.

"It seems good seeing all our regular people here," said one customer, motioning to several employees. "It's like home."

Said another: "I'm so glad to see so many old friends we got to know at Montour Pharmacy."

The old pharmacy was closed in December 2011 when its owner, Henderson Drugs, sold the business to CVS, which promptly closed it. Pharmacy customers from Montour then had to switch to another locale, with many going to CVS (in Watkins Glen) and others to Walmart.

Local leaders reacted quickly to the closing, mounting a search that located the Quinlan's operation -- described as a "community-oriented" business -- and reaching an agreement for it to set up shop in a vacant building at 336 W. Main Street that had formerly housed the Office for the Aging.

Quinlan's finished its renovation there weeks ago, and then secured the necessary licenses for the pharmacy operation.

The new business looks and smells new. It has an array of merchandise, from gift cards to school and office supplies to seasonal items to gifts. It also carries soda pop, and will have newspapers in a couple of weeks. And, of course, it has a pharmacy, located in the rear section of the facility.

Quinlan's now has four stores -- its pharmacies in Wayland and Montour Falls, and medical equipment stores in Geneseo and Canandaigua. The Montour site has some DME's (durable medical equipment), and can take orders for equipment not on hand.

There is plenty of parking behind the store in a lot that was recently graded and filled with stones, and there is an easy-access rear entrance to the business.

The store's hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.

Paige Quinlan summed up the opening day -- a day of activity and optimism -- with succinctness. "We're glad to be here," she said.

(Meanwhile: Part of the old Montour Pharmacy building is being turned into The Village Bakery, which a sign on the front of the building indicates was supposed to open in late July, but which now is not expected to open until next month, at the earliest. Workers were busy inside Wednesday morning, renovating.)

Photos in text:

Top: Store workers on opening day included, from left, owner John Quinlan, his daughter Paige, pharmacy technicians Susan Crofoot and Melanie Blauvelt, pharmacy clerk Sandy Stillman, Supervising Pharmacist Mike Rossettie, front clerk Janet Collins, employee Nancy Kenney (medical equipment and pharmacy), store manager Kevin Greuber, and operations director Jessica Pompeo.

Middle: Montour Falls Mayor John King visited with store employees Melanie Blauvelt, center, and Janet Collins.

Bottom: Jessica Pompeo, left, and Kevin Greuber tape letters to the front windows that spelled out "We are open."

Cabezas joins Hunt engineering firm

HORSEHEADS, Aug. 21, 2012 -- Catharine resident Howard Cabezas has joined Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C. as a mechanical engineer with a specialty in HVAC systems.

Cabezas has experience in designing complete mechanical heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, including digital controls. He has designed systems for a wide range of building types, including federal office buildings, K-12 schools, university facilities, commercial enterprises, and retail and manufacturing facilities.

Cabezas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., and is a licensed professional engineer in New York State. He lives on a small farm in Catharine. He and his wife have four children.

Hunt is a 125-person professional consulting firm with offices in Horseheads, Rochester, and Towanda, Pa. offering engineering, architecture, and surveying services to municipal, commercial, and educational clients.

Photo in text: Howard Cabezas (Photo provided)

Quinlan's store manager Kevin Greuber.

Here comes Quinlan's

New Montour Falls pharmacy is set to open Aug. 22

MONTOUR FALLS, Aug. 17, 2012 -- Montour Falls has gone eight months without a pharmacy, ever since Henderson Drugs sold the Montour Pharmacy last December to CVS -- which in turn closed that longtime Main Street business.

Come Wednesday, Aug. 22, that hole in Montour's business community will be filled with the opening of Quinlan's Pharmacy in the former Office for the Aging building on West Main Street, a block from where the Montour Pharmacy used to reside.

The building housing the new pharmacy "was basically gutted," said Jessica Pompeo, Director of Operations for Quinlan's, which is based in Wayland. A wall in the center was knocked down, and a kitchen in the back was removed. New walls and lighting and flooring are in place, along with a bright new pharmacy area in the store's rear.

The pharmacy area will be operated by Supervising Pharmacist Mike Rossettie, who for years co-owned Rossettie's Pharmacy in Corning. He has been working in the pharmacy at Corning's Wegmans for the past 10 years.

The Quinlan's store manager is Kevin Greuber, who worked for Henderson Drugs in various capacities, including several roles at the Montour Pharmacy. He said Montour Pharmacy employees who will be working at Quinlan's include Janet Collins, the store's front clerk; pharmacy technicians Susan Crofoot and Melanie Blauvelt, pharmacy clerk Sandy Stillman, and Sue Dugo, who was semi-retired at the time of the old pharmacy's closing but will work part-time in the new one.

Greuber and Pompeo said they hope that a sizable number of the customers who switched to CVS at the time of the Montour Pharmacy closing will return to the Montour Falls fold. Greuber said the old pharmacy was processing 200-300 prescriptions a day, which Pompeo said probably translated to about 1,000 customers.

Pompeo conceded that it has taken longer than expected to get the new store up and running. The closing, she said, didn't occur "until February or March, and then we couldn't get our pharmacy license until we had a certificate of occupancy." And that hinged on completion of construction.

Now, though, the final touches are being applied, shelves stocked, the exterior appearance finely tuned, and the word about the opening circulated.

That opening will be a "soft" one, without fanfare, on Wednesday. A celebration in the form of a ribbon-cutting will come later, probably in the second week of September, Pompeo said.

Photos in text: The front of the new business, and Director of Operations Jessica Pompeo.

Quinlan's Supervising Pharmacist Mike Rossettie

New Image salon celebrates 25 years in business, raises $3,750 for Spirit of Schuyler

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 16, 2012 -- New Image Hair Net Work’s 25th anniversary celebration Wednesday raised $3,750 for the Spirit of Schuyler… all in conjunction with the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly mixer.

The fundraiser and anniversary began at 10 a.m. with community members pouring out to the salon’s grounds at 107 Eleventh Street in Watkins Glen for free food, wine, and live entertainment. Many purchased raffle tickets for $25.

Lorraine Hallenbeck, owner of New Image Hair Net Work Inc., worked with several businesses and organizations throughout the community to ensure the event’s success. Close to a dozen restaurants and wineries stepped up to provide food and wine tastings throughout the day. GST BOCES also sent student stylists to offer free manicures and pedicures. Live entertainment was performed by the local band Unusual Suspects.

The Spirit of Schuyler is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Schuyler County. The organization uses donations from the community to provide financial assistance to county residents in need.

Hallenbeck said she was proud of how the community contributed to the celebration. Some of the donated prizes were high in monetary value: a hot air balloon ride (Liberty Balloon Company), a scenic fight over Seneca Lake (Mark Mahon), complimentary nights at two bed & breakfasts (Lake Valley Legends and Admiral Peabody Inn), a free night at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, dinner for two at Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro, and more.

“There is nothing in life more rewarding than giving to others and not asking for anything in return,” said Hallenbeck.

The Chamber’s monthly mixer concluded the evening with door prizes and raffle drawings. The announcement of the funds that were raised was made at the end of the evening, during the Chamber’s business after-hours event.

Photo in text: Spirit of Schuyler head Tony Vickio and New Image Hair Net Work owner Lorraine Hallenbeck at Wednesday's celebration. (Photo provided)

Scene at the Gorgeous View Motel ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ribbon-cutting marks motel reopening

Special to The Odessa File

WATKINS GLEN, July 28, 2012 -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the Gorgeous View Motel, 3355 State Rte. 14, as it marked a post-renovation reopening.

The motel -- which offers a scenic view of Seneca Lake -- is owned by Alan and Stephanie Specchio. It’s been in the Specchio family for more than five decades, and with its renovation now has newly restored rooms.

The ceremony featured local dignitaries and an official welcome with remarks by Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce President Rebekah LaMoreaux and Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn.

Immediately following the ceremony, the motel staff offered a tour of the rooms. They also provided grilled hot dogs. Lakewood Vineyards provided and poured wine for guests.

“We're very excited about this new venture in our lives. It's a new experience for both of us,” Stephanie Specchio said. “Watkins Glen is home for both of our families, and this project wouldn't work without all of the help that our families have given us.”

Slicing the ribbon were, visible from left: Rebekah LaMoreaux, president of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce; REDEC Executive Director Diane Lantz; Watkins Glen Mayor Mark Swinnerton, District Attorney Joe Fazzary, Dr. Ashley Fazzary, and State Senator Tom O'Mara. Obscured are Community Bank Assistant Vice President Laurie Fox and County Administrator Tim O'Hearn.

Ceremony welcomes Eyes on Seneca

Ribbon-cutting marks grand opening of Fazzary eye-care business

WATKINS GLEN, June 26, 2012 -- Watkins Glen, Schuyler County and state leaders welcomed a new business to Watkins Glen at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon.

The business is Eyes on Seneca, an eye-care facility at 29 N. Franklin St. run by a native who has returned home: Dr. Ashley Fazzary.

The business opened its doors to patients on June 11.

The ceremony featured remarks by Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce President Rebekah LaMoreaux; Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn; Watkins Glen Mayor Mark Swinnerton; Schuyler County District Attorney Joe Fazzary; Community Bank Assistant Vice President Laurie Fox; Diane Lantz, executive director of REDEC (Regional Economic Development & Energy Corporation); State Senator Tom O'Mara, and Dr. Fazzary.

Most of the speakers congratulated Dr. Fazzary for her decision to return to Watkins Glen after several years away, with DA Fazzary -- Dr. Fazzary's brother -- noting that "she is bright and absolutely beautiful," prompting O'Hearn to add: "She is bright and she is beautiful; I'm not sure which one of you is adopted."

O'Hearn lauded the return of Dr. Fazzary to her hometown, the kind of move "we need for a rebirth of the county. You pursued your dream and came back. We're honored to have you back."

Added O'Mara: "Small-town America is all about small business. This is a great opportunity for you, Ashley, and for the community."

Dr. Fazzary thanked everyone -- scores of well-wishers -- "for showing your support by being here." She also touted her business, which has "the greatest, newest technology on the market."

In an earlier interview, she had commented about her return. “I was born and raised in Watkins Glen and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to this community,” she said. “I love being near family and friends. I look forward to providing excellent eye care to Watkins Glen and surrounding areas.”

Dr. Fazzary received a BS degree at Cornell University, attended the SUNY College of Optometry in New York City for four years, and gained practical experience in busy, private practices throughout Manhattan and at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn.

“Practicing in New York City," she has said, "helped me gain experience treating and managing a wide variety of eye conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, conjunctivitis, ocular trauma and emergencies.”

Dr. Fazzary said that after living in New York City for seven years, she had missed the comfort of home and wanted to get back to the Watkins Glen community.

Immediately following the ceremony, the Eye Care staff provided facility tours. In addition to wine, well-wishers were also provided with fruit, cheese and hors d’oeuvres.

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Photos in text:

Top: The sign fronting the eye-care business. The building is being leased from Dominick Franzese.

Middle: Dr. Ashley Fazzary with her brother, District Attorney Joe Fazzary.

Bottom: Jeff Dill of J.R. Dill Winery pours some wine as part of the celebration.

From left: Junior Specchio and Charlie Valent of Specchio Ford, and Shannon Palko and her husband Jeremy with the Mustang.

She's hitting it big with Mary Kay

WATKINS GLEN, June 23, 2012 -- Shannon Palko was handed the keys to a 2013 black Mustang Friday morning at Specchio Ford in Watkins Glen -- the keys to a company car leased and paid for by Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Palko, for the past 12 years a teacher at Broadway Elementary School in Elmira, hooked on about a year ago with Mary Kay to earn some extra money, and has made the most of it -- organizing a team of 34 women who have amassed enough in sales in the past six months to qualify her, as their senior sales director, to drive the Mustang. It was delivered to Specchio Ford, which in turn provided a "courtesy delivery" to Palko with a brief ceremony in front of the dealership.

On hand with Palko -- who earlier this year had earned enough in sales to warrant provision of a Chevy Malibu, and whose next goal is a pink Cadillac -- was her husband Jeremy. They have a daughter, Jaden, and toddler twin sons Preston and Micaiah.

"I was just looking to make a couple hundred dollars extra a month," Palko explained of her move into the world of Mary Kay. "I heard of this opportunity, and have made the most of it." It has gone so well, she said, that she is quitting teaching. In fact, Friday was her last day in that profession.

"This gives me the flexibility to be with my kids," she said. She also serves as a minister at His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads.

Mary Kay Cosmetics will cover all the lease payments on the Mustang, and pay 85% of the insurance on it.

"It's a fantastic company," Palko said. "I love it."

Photos in text:

Top: The Mustang, parked in front of Specchio Ford before the ceremony.

Bottom: Junior Specchio gives Shannon Palko a congratulatory hug.

 

The Glory Girls

A professionally bound, hardcover book was published two years ago to commemorate the state title won by the Odessa-Montour girls basketball team. Copies were given to each player on the team, and a number were sold to parents, friends and relatives.

There are still some remaining -- a limited-edition run of a high-caliber keepsake.

Titled "The Glory Girls," it contains 160 pages and nearly 200 photos. The book contains articles, interviews, game-by-game statistics, first person accounts from a couple of players (including state Class D Player of the Year Stefanie Collins), views from the players' parents, and much more.

If you wish to secure a copy, call the book's co-publisher, Charlie Haeffner, at 594-3594, and then send him a check or money order made out in his name for $29 plus $4 shipping. Mail it to: Charlie Haeffner, P.O. Box 365, Odessa, NY. Be sure to include your address and, if possible, a phone number.

There are also a handful of the books available with special, leather-like covers. The cost of those: $49 each plus $4 shipping.\

And for a look at one of the key chapters in the book, go to Features.

 

 

 

 

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