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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

Special to The Odessa File

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

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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

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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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