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Annual 'Gathering' to raise SOS funds
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 17 -- The Spirit of Schuyler will host its annual fund-raising “Gathering” on Saturday, September 20 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Hidden Valley Lodge in Watkins Glen. Spirit of Schuyler is a local non-profit organization that provides financial assistance for county residents facing emergency situations.
As the organization's largest fundraiser, the event will feature more than 100 prizes, including a flat-screen TV and other large-ticket items. Food and beverages will also be provided, along with live music.
New wrinkles have been added to this year’s Gathering.
“As the event continues to grow, we have to keep up and keep things new and exciting for attendees," said Beth Vickio, SOS vice president. "This year we’ve received tremendous community support in the form of merchandise donations and have added some great, new additions not only to the prize lineup, but to the activities of the event. If you’ve been to the Gathering before, you can expect even more this year; but most importantly, you can be proud of the impact you’re having on our local community.”
Spirit of Schuyler is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and expanding meaningful opportunities for Schuyler County residents in times of need. The organization focuses on providing emergency financial assistance to residents who fight for their financial independence, support themselves and their families, and are self-sustaining until unforeseen circumstances occur.
Advance-sale tickets may be purchased online at www.spiritofschuyler.org for $20 each or $30 per couple. Tiickets will also be available at the door.
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November Splendor set for Nov. 7
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WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 29 -- If you’re looking for a fun night of dinner, dancing and prizes -- and all for a good cause -- you might want to attend the annual November Splendor fundraiser, presented by the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary and the Schuyler Health Foundation.
The cocktail attire event is scheduled for Friday, November 7 at the Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen.
Dancing will be featured, with live music from the Rochester-based Atlas group, back for its second year. Check them out at www.atlasband.
Unique prize packages will be available through a limited Live Auction, as well as a brand new selection of raffle packages. Last year’s total prize tally was over $14,000, all donated by local and regional individuals and businesses.
All proceeds go toward the 2014 Family of Friends Campaign to benefit Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility.
For more information, contact the Schuyler Health Foundation at (607) 210-1950 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery announces exhibit winners
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WATKINS GLEN, July 23 -- Artist Gina Pfleegor has been named the Peoples’ Choice award winner of the recent Midsummer Night’s Dream exhibit at The Franklin Street Gallery.
The exhibit featured 40 paintings, photographs and other works by 30 Finger Lakes artists. The selected artwork was in a variety of mediums and styles, but all with the underlying theme of dreams.
Pfleegor’s entry, “See You Later, Alligator” (right) is a painted portrait of her daughter smiling at a baby alligator suspended from a pink balloon. The painting not only received the majority of the votes to win the award, but also acclaim for its photorealistic technique.
Pfleegor teaches art at Hammondsport High School and also illustrates children’s books for various authors. More of her paintings and book illustrations can be seen at www.GinaPfleegor.com.
Honorable mention for Midsummer Night’s Dream was awarded to Steve Duprey for the acrylic painting “Silver Bow,” an ethereal tree-filled landscape.
Duprey teaches communications at Finger Lakes Community College and directs
The Franklin Street Gallery promotes Finger Lakes regional artists by recognizing their artistic accomplishments. That promotion includes four judged exhibits in 2014. The gallery’s final judged exhibit of the year is the upcoming Homegrown Art exhibit. This annual exhibit is expanding to include a Plein Aire category with distinct awards and cash prizes for best in show and honorable mention. A call to artists can be found at www.arcofschuyler.org.
The Gallery is a nonprofit community arts center, owned and operated by The Arc of Schuyler. The gallery provides inclusive art programs for youth and adults. Visit www.arcofschuyler.org, stop by the gallery at 209 N. Franklin Street in Watkins Glen, or visit on Facebook to learn more about classes, exhibits, and special events.
Photo in text: “See You Later, Alligator” by artist Gina Pfleegor. It received the People’s Choice Award in the Franklin Street Gallery’s Midsummer Night’s Dream exhibit. (Image provided)
Gallery offers free Summer Art Classes
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WATKINS GLEN, July 29 -- Franklin Street Gallery is offering a series of free drawing and ceramic art classes as part of its All Access Art program.
Drawing classes will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursdays, August 14, 21 and 28 and September 4. Instructor Lucretia West is a professional artist from Corning who enjoys using alternative methods and materials in her art instruction. Fun and creative techniques will be used to teach shape, form and composition.
Ceramics classes will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 30, August 13, August 27, and September 3. The ceramics classes, instructed by professional ceramic artist Ann Harper, will focus on hand-building techniques to create bowl and vase forms. A return date will be scheduled with participants to glaze their creations.
Classes are held at the Franklin Street Gallery art studio at 209 N. Franklin Street in Watkins Glen. Participants must be at least 11 years of age and should pre-register by visiting the gallery or calling 607-535-2571.
The All Access Art program is made possible in part by the QuickARTS mini-grant program administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.
Franklin Street Gallery is a community arts center operated by The Arc of Schuyler to promote inclusive arts opportunities in Schuyler County and the surrounding area. The gallery is also hosting classes in painting, photography, and bead making for a registration fee as well as non-instructional life drawing studio sessions from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays throughout July and August. For more information, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or find the Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop on Facebook.
From left: Musicians Scott Muir, Lou Cicconi, Tom Bloodgood and Mark Stephany performed as part of the fund-raising celebration.
Gathering raise funds for Devon scholarship
MONTOUR FALLS, July 13 -- They came by the dozens Saturday afternoon and evening to honor the memory of a young man who had been embraced by the Schuyler County community during his fight against cancer.
The event was a fund-raiser at the Montour Moose Lodge to celebrate the life of Devon Shaw, who lost his battle a year ago. It was also a way to raise funds for the Defense for Devon Scholarshp Fund, which last month honored its first recipient, graduating senior Deven Bond of Watkins Glen High School, Shaw's alma mater.
The gathering Saturday featured raffles, a silent auction, music by The Unusual Suspects, finger foods, a chicken barbecue and outdoor games. Newly designed Devon T-shirts were also available for purchase.
Everyone present was in an upbeat mood in keeping with the celebratory nature of the proceedings. And all had a connection in one way or another to Devon Shaw, whose courage and kindness touched so many.
"It keeps his memory alive," said one observer, "and is for a worthy cause."
Photos in text:
Top: Chris Duane, who was a high school soccer teammate of Devon Shaw's, flings a frisbee as part of a game at Saturday's gathering. Watching ia another former schoolmate of Devon's, Brady Myers.
Bottom: Among those on hand were Watkins Glen High School students Amanda Pike, left, and Madison Myers.
Dave Warren (left, shown playing with a grandchild) and Tim O'Hearn were among those present.
Left: The silent auction featured some Fred Couples-autographed caps and a framed photo of golfers Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. Right: Chelsea Lehman, Devon's girlfriend, was on hand along with a lot of other Devon friends.
A collection of photos featuring Devon Shaw was on display at Saturday's fund-raiser.
Concert Series features Orchestra members
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WATKINS GLEN, July 13 -- The Schuyler County Concert Series, sponsored by the Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County, presented a performance Saturday night at Saint James’ Episcopal Church, Sixth and Decatur Streets, Watkins Glen, featuring members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra.
The concert was a String Quartet (violin, viola and cello) under the direction of Richard Auldon Clarke, a native of Appalachin. The Orchestra presents a season-long series with the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, based in Penn Yan. This was a special independent concert especially for Schuyler County.
The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra is frequently heard on National Public Radio and has made many recordings of 20th and 21st century music. The program for the Saturday concert was: the Mozart Divertimento in D, the Ravel String Quartet in F, and the Prokofiev String Quarter No. 2.
This was the 8th consecutive season that members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra have been featured in the Schuyler County Concert Series.
The next concert in the series will be Saturday, September 13, when the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carl Johengen will be featured -- the second appearance of the Ensemble in the concert series. The program will feature the music of Scotland.
The 2014 season continues October 17 with an organ recital by Organist Donald Ingram, former American Guild of Organists national board member and Chapter Dean, who presently resides in Latham, New York. The final concert of the 2014 season will be December 6, when the Cantata Chamber Singers of Elmira present a concert of Christmas music.
The series is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program (www.NYSCA.org), administered locally by the The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.eARTS.org).
Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors. Students and children are welcome without charge.
Persons and businesses interested in becoming program advertisers or series sponsors may contact: the Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891 or email@example.com
Photo in text: Manhattan Chamber Orchestra members (Photo provided)
3 Schuyler groups receive Arts grants
SCHUYLER COUNTY, June 19 -- The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has announced recipients of the 2014 Decentralization (DEC) Grant programs. Included are Schuyler County recipients.
The ARTS Council administers the Decentralization Grant program with funds provided by NYSCA. Founded in 1978 following the mandate of the State Legislature to encourage increased participation at the local level in the state's cultural funding process, the DEC program is designed to foster continued development of local artistic and cultural resources that respond to community needs.
Receiving grants under the Community Arts category are the following Schuyler County organizations:
Episcopal Parishes of Schuyler County: $3,500 to present Schuyler County Concert Series VIII. This project produces concerts involving local and regional professional musicians. The Series is the only music series of any kind in Schuyler County.
The Lake Country Players, Inc.: $700 to present Zombeo and Juliet. The Lake Country Players, a community theater organization serving the lower Finger Lakes Region, recently presented the adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet" -- but with zombies.
Watkins Glen Public Library and Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library: $2,830 to present It's a Wonderful World @ the Library. Together the two libraries present professional storytellers, musicians, and folk & performance artists providing quality artistic programming.
Army National Guard (left) and Tip-Sea boat crews were splashing one another before reaching the first turn on the marina course.
Fiddlers, cardboard boats top weekend
WATKINS GLEN, June 15 -- Watkins Glen was abuzz with activity Saturday -- highlighted by the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta in the marina along the southern shore.
Up the lake, in a more laid-back atmosphere, music fans were treated to fiddle music at Lakewood Vineyards, site of the 25th annual Fiddlers' Gathering -- an event that was held in its early years at the State Park, but at the vineyard for years since.
The Cardboard Boat Regatta had about 70 entrants, with the hulls of all crafts constructed of recycled cardboard along with duct tape, glue, and paint. "No fiberglass, plastic, wood or flotation materials (are) allowed in hull construction," the rules read.
Each year the constructions are creative and colorful, and each year thousands of spectators are drawn to the scene, watching from the shoreline, the pier and the breakwater.
The Spirit of Schuyler was a beneficiary this year, with funds generated from "People's Choice" voting going to that organization, which provides emergency funding for residents of Schuyler County. Seas The Day, a double-hulled craft with a dragon head, received the most votes.
The fastest boats were Not Gonna Sink (multi-hulled, two or more people, captained by Brian Russell), Monkey Business (kids 12 or under, captained by Gabriel Shappell), The Malivan 2 (teens 13-18, captained by Ken Pipher), Geezers AKA Osage (single hull, multi-crew, captained by Bill Game), and Liquified Rat (single hull, single crew, captained by Eli Game).
Photos in text:
Top: The Big Dipper, captained by Heidi Casselberry, rounds the final turn.
Bottom: Crew members on The Scoopology appeared to struggle with their paddling, the webbing on their boat getting in the way.
Lincoln Cromwell (left) and Kit Fallon (right, as viewed through the Main Stage railing) were the first entertainers Saturday at the Fiddler's Gathering.
The crowd at Lakewood Vineyards was smaller than in recent years, likely the result of cool weather under gray skies, with a cutting north wind. Participants of one jamming tent were so chilled that they moved from the tent to an L-shaped corner of the winery that offered protection from the wind.
But those on hand were enjoying the music -- whether jamming or witnessing performances on the Main Stage at the south end of the winery. First up were Kit Fallon and Linc Cromwell, playing a variety of tunes that had spectators tapping their feet and smiling. Later in the day came Jackie Hobbs, Jessica Boss Collins and Don Woodcock with Gretchen Koehler.
In addition, there were workshops run by Fallon, Hobbs and Collins.
The gathering concludes today (Sunday) with more workshops and with performances by George Harriger and Son at 1 p.m., Jeff Wisor with Dave Hampton at 2:30, and Laura Orshaw with Tony Watt at 4 p.m.
Cooperstown bus trip set for July 27
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MONTOUR FALLS, June 11 -- The Montour Falls Memorial Library is planning a fund-raising bus trip to historic Cooperstown, NY on Sunday, July 27. The charter bus will leave the Montour Falls Library at 7 a.m.and depart from Cooperstown at 5:30 p.m.
Cooperstown has varied attractions beyond the Baseball Hall of Fame. There is the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers' Museum, Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, Brewery Ommegang, and the Cooperstown distillery, to name a few.
Registration and payment of $80 per person is due to the library by July 1. In order to make the trip happen, the library needs at least 29 people to sign up. Once arriving at Cooperstown, participants can purchase an all-day trolley pass for $2 to get around town. For more information, contact the library at 607-535-7489 or visit its website at www.montourfallslibrary.org. The library is located at 406 West Main Street, Montour Falls.
Advanced Family Chiropractic wins again
SCHUYLER COUNTY, May 22 -- The eighth and final week is complete in the annual Schuyler Steps Out walking program -- with Advanced Family Chiropractic taking the championship for the second year in a row.
The competition had participants on teams record on pedometers the number of steps they took in a given week.
Advanced Family Chiropractic's three walkers -- who led the past couple of weeks -- finished in first place with 1,272,160 cumulative average steps, ahead of runnerup Walmart's 21 walkers, who had 1,207,563 cumulative average steps.
Lakewood's 10 walkers held steady in third place with 1,028,935 cumulative average steps, while the Watkins Glen Veterinary Hospital's 10 walkers moved up a spot to fourth with 967,319.
Twenty-one teams competed in the heart-healthy competition.
Arc of Schuyler helps Yates sister chapter
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PENN YAN, May 20 -- In the aftermath of significant flood damage in areas of Yates County, The Arc of Schuyler has been providing equipment and assistance to The Arc of Yates in Penn Yan.
Both agencies provide critical supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including 24/7 residential programs and day programs.
“We are in regular contact with The Arc of Yates and are determined to help in any way we can,” The Arc of Schuyler’s Executive Director, Jeannette Frank, said.
Donations to help restore The Arc of Yates can be made online or delivered to 240 Powell Lane in Penn Yan.
Courthouse Theatre set to open 4th season
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MONTOUR FALLS, May 14 -- Five years ago, actor/singer Bill Christoffels gasped when he first saw the old theater above the Montour Falls Village Hall – it was so perfectly suited for melodrama.
Christoffels and his wife Donna, a concert pianist, promptly became impresarios. On May 30, 2014, the audience will also gasp -- and hiss, boo, applaud and give advice to the characters onstage -- as the fourth season of family-friendly melodramas at the Old Havana Courthouse Theatre begins.
This year’s offerings -- four original musical melodramas by area writers Joe Edkin and Jeff Hetzel -- will have viewers intrigued, inspired, involved ... and, as always, laughing. “For the Love of Pete” is a look at the first reality silent movie; “Dirty Deeds Done for Cheap Dirt” tells the story of a small business trying to hold its own against an attempted takeover; in “Villainy at the Villanova Vaudeville Revisited,” three potential leading ladies attempt to out-sing (and sabotage) each other and win the love of the silent pianist; and in “Today Spitzbergen, Tomorrow the World,” a mad scientist tries to take over a very small country with some of the silliest doomsday devices yet to be invented.
Season tickets are now available, enabling ticket-holders to see four different shows for the price of three. In June, July and August, performances take place Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. The box office opens 40 minutes prior to each show, with a musical pre-show and refreshments available half an hour before the main performance begins. Additionally, during July, the theatre will host special Sunday matinees featuring the Golden Age of radio, magicians galore and Women's Works of Ithaca.
For more information, or to pre-order tickets, call (607) 742-0850 or visit oldhavanatheatre.com. General admission tickets are $10 for any show. Senior, under-10 and group discounts are available.
Photos in text:
Top: Michael Lavarnway as Wallace Marten in “Dirty Deeds Done for Cheap Dirt.”
Bottom: Michelle Benjamin as Peony Penny and Thomas Primerano as Peony’s father CJ Penny in “Dirty Deeds Done for Cheap Dirt.” (Photos by Joe Edkin)
Rotary Club is accepting requests for grants
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WATKINS GLEN, April 16 -- The Watkins-Montour Rotary Club annually accepts requests for Community Grants, and this year is no different.
The grants, funded by a variety of efforts undertaken by the club, are intended to help organizations in Schuyler County promote the quality of life in the community. The grants -- generally ranging from $100 to $1,000 -- are awarded to organizations that have specifically identified projects or needs.
Requests must be submitted by April 30, each on the letterhead of the organization in question, and limited to two pages.
The requests must include a concise statement describing the project and the specific monetary need; a statement outlining efforts to secure funding elsewhere; the legal name of the organization and its mission; its officers' names, and the name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address of a contact person. The requests will be reviewed in May, and awards announced in May and June.
Grants are to be spent within one year, with no expectation of further support. Requests should be submitted to Donations Committee, Watkins-Montour Rotary Club, P.O. Box 384, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Guidelines are available on the Rotary Club's website, www.watkinsmontourrotary.com.
I Love My Park Day set for May 3rd
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WATKINS GLEN, April 17 -- The Catharine Valley Trail, part of Watkins Glen State Park, will once again be participating in the cleanup, improvement and beautification events that are happening statewide on I Love My Park Day, set for Saturday, May 3rd.
Last year volunteers from the Horseheads Youth Bureau, Girl Scout Troop 40933, AmeriCorps Kids First Initiative and American Heritage Girls joined Friends of The Catharine Valley Trail volunteers sweeping, gathering litter, painting benches and trimming brush.
This year the Friends of the CVT have an ambitious amount of work planned, including clean-up and beautification of the park in Millport, Catharine Valley Trail brush and clean-up at locations along the CVT including between Smith Road and Millport, from Watkins Glen High School south to Rte. 14, the South Genesee trailhead going both north and south, and the Queen Catharine Mound and Cook Cemetery.
In addition, volunteers are being invited to a new nature and birding trail project at what will be the Mark Twain State Park Trailhead for the Catharine Valley Trail.
Volunteer work is being done under the guidance of Finger Lakes State Parks by volunteers from the Chemung Valley Audubon Society and Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail.
All work projects will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 12 noon. Volunteers should bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing and bring bug repellant. Water, snacks and tools will be supplied. Pre-registration is necessary so that there will be support at each location.
Registration for I Love My Park Day is now open online. Visit the PTNY (Parks & Trails New York) website, ptny.org/ilovemypark, to volunteer online, or contact Caryl Sutterby, Coordinator, Friends of the Catharine Valley Trail at 607-426-4015 or Ron Roney, Watkins Glen State Park Manager, at 607-535-4511. Volunteers will be contacted with all necessary information prior to May 3rd.
Montour Library hosting bus trip to NYC
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MONTOUR FALLS, March 22 -- The Montour Falls Memorial Library is hosting a bus trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Sunday, April 27
The bus will leave the Montour Falls Library at 5:30 a.m. and drop participants off in front of The museum. The bus will pick participants back up at 6:00 p.m. in front of the museum and return to Montour Falls.
Interested? Registration and payment of $100 per person is due to the library by Friday, April 4. In order to make this trip happen, organizers need at least 25 people to sign up. If the trip is popular, more will be planned to various destinations in the future. (Bus travelers do not have to go to the museum – they just have to be back by 6:00 p.m. to re-board the bus for home.)
For more information, contact the library by phone at 607-535-7489 or visit its website at www.montourfallslibrary.org.
James Felli (right) discusses his piece, “Grapeful Harvest,” selected by guest judge Howard Kimball (left) as “Best in Show” in the Romancing the Vine exhibit. (Photo provided)
'Grapeful Harvest' judged Best in Show
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WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 24 -- James Felli of Watkins Glen received the “Best in Show” award for his oil painting “Grapeful Harvest” at the opening reception Friday of the Franklin Street Gallery’s exhibit, Romancing the Vine.
Felli is a retired orthodontist who has been painting for 15 years. He explained that the subject of his winning piece is a vineyard worker he photographed near Seneca Lake years ago during the harvest season. Felli’s piece was chosen and announced as the winner by guest judge Howard Kimball.
“Painting a person’s face isn’t easy to do, but Mr.
Felli has done it remarkably,” said Kimball, a long-time president
of the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira and co-founder of The ARTS Council of
the Southern Finger Lakes. Locally, he is known as one of the co-founders
of Seneca Lake’s first
“Seneca Lake, Near Glenora,” a painting by Bob Ievers of Big Flats, received the Honorable Mention award. Although this was Ievers’ first time presenting a painting at the Franklin Street Gallery, he has exhibited his works at art galleries throughout the country.
“I look to capture a scene that may be familiar but, because it’s a unique moment in time, when the light is just right, or the weather conditions are unusual, we’re actually seeing it for the first time,” Ievers said of his work.
The Romancing the Vine exhibit, on display until March 23, includes work from more than 20 area artists and celebrates the Finger Lakes' regional love for wine. The Gallery is located at 209 N. Franklin St. in Watkins Glen.
The Franklin Street Gallery is operated by The Arc of Schuyler, a non-profit organization providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, call 607-535-2571 or visit www.arcofschuyler.org.
Photo in text: “Seneca Lake, Near Glenora” by Bob Ievers was awarded “Honorable Mention.” (Photo provided)
Spaghetti Dinner raises $2,000 for Arc
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WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 5 -- Nearly 300 people were served at a Spaghetti
Members of the Montour Moose, Watkins Glen Rotary Interact students, and volunteers from the Schuyler community teamed up for the annual event – a partnership of the Montour Moose and The Arc of Schuyler for more than 30 years.
The event raised about $2,000 through ticket sales and donations. Proceeds from the event assist The Arc of Schuyler in providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, in Schuyler County.
For more information about The Arc of Schuyler, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or call 607-535-6934.
Schuyler Transit adds Corning bus run
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WATKINS GLEN, Jan. 7 -- Schuyler County Transit will be offering a new, Monday through Friday public transit service to the Corning Transportation Center on Denison Parkway beginning Jan. 20.
The “Corning Connections” bus stops in Schuyler County will be at the Tops market in Watkins Glen and the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. Two buses will stop at the Corning Transportation Center in the morning and afternoon, with return trips to Watkins Glen and Montour Falls.
Schedules can be found at Schuyler County Transit's website, www.schuylercountytransit.org, at various locations in Schuyler County and at the Transportation Center.
The new service will enable riders to access the Corning Erwin Area Transit System (CEATS) and C TRAN (formerly Chemung Transit) buses at the Corning Transportation Center for transportation to Corning Community College (CCC) and other stops made by those services.
Regular fare for the service is $2.00 per boarding in addition to CEATS or C TRAN fare.
Beginning February 1, riders may purchase Schuyler County Transit “Corning Connections” monthly passes for $50 to access CEATS and C TRAN’s CCC bus routes for no additional charge. Monthly passes for transfers to CEATS and C TRAN buses are available for purchase online on the Schuyler County Transit website and on Schuyler County Transit buses.
The additional service is made possible, transit officials said, by The Arc of Schuyler opening its semi-fixed route transit services for people with disabilities to the general public. The Arc is a not-for-profit organization in Watkins Glen providing, among other supports to people with disabilities, transportation to and from employment and other skill development services.
“This concept of coordination of transportation services not only makes financial sense in the current fiscal environment, but it also affords more community interaction and integration for people with disabilities,” said Arc of Schuyler Executive Director Jeannette Frank.
To access schedules, specific times, and monthly passes, visit www.schuylercountytransit.org, or call 607-535-3555 for more information.
Biathlon garners attention for Scouting
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DUNDEE, Dec. 30, 2013 -- Regional Boy Scouts of America organization Five Rivers Council is celebrating national recognition by way of the most recent January/February issue of Scouting, a nationally distributed leadership and programming development magazine.
The cover story and 5-page article highlights a unique Venturing winter biathlon event held at popular Five Rivers Council and Finger Lakes adventure facility Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake in Dundee, NY.
As described in the article and accompanying photos, the Venturing Biathlon is a series of outdoor shooting and skiing events. After completing a required NRA and BSA gun safety course, participants are exposed to a variety of pistols, rifles, and shotguns where they enjoy hands-on experience in a controlled shooting range.
Venturers are given a lesson on skiing and snowshoeing, and weather permitting, can use them in the competition.
The Scouting magazine article emphasizes the importance of staying fit in winter months and maintaining safety procedures as well as the dedication of local volunteer educators.
While the event brought in participants from all over the Northeast region, Venturers and leaders are featured from Athens, PA and Corning, Elmira and Dundee. The article can be found in the January-February issue of Scouting Magazine or read online here.
Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or otherwise 14 through 20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Those interested in joining or learning more may go to www.BeAScout.org.
The Boy Scouts of America, more than a century old, is a youth development organization with more than 100 million youth and adult members. The local Five Rivers Council, a United Way Agency, serves youths across 10 counties in the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. Council camps Gorton and Brulé operate in New York and Pennsylvania, respectively, hosting year-round adventure and leadership development programming.
Benches and an awning are in place on Third Street in Watkins Glen, alongside the building housing the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. Planters will be added, as will vines on the wall -- all part of a Main Street Program grant project. The $15,000 project was paid for by the grant, with the proviso that the Village of Watkins Glen maintain the setting for five years.
“Autumn Glory” by Curt Wright of Dundee. It received Honorable Mention. (Provided)
Troup wins Gallery's People's Choice Award
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 12, 2013 -- The Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop has awarded Meaghan Troup of Mifflinburg, PA, the People’s Choice award for her submission in its second annual Homegrown Arts exhibit.
Troup’s oil on canvas painting “The Calling” (right) was featured at the Gallery along with work by nearly 30 regional artists. From November 15 to December 6, Gallery visitors voted for their favorite piece in the exhibit. “The Calling” received the highest number of votes.
Troup is a graphic designer, photographer, and artist. Her work was also awarded “Best in Show” by guest jurors at the Franklin Street Gallery’s Earth & Fire exhibit in July.
Curt Wright of Dundee received Honorable Mention for his acrylic painting, “Autumn Glory.” Wright, well known for his oil paintings of historic scenes of the colorful New York State Finger Lakes, is the owner of Five Star Art.
A portion of the registration fees to participate in the exhibit benefit the continued operation of the Franklin Street Gallery. The Gallery is sustained by grants, fees for programs, commissions and donations from supporters and is now conducting its annual fund drive.
For information on winter 2014 classes, events, and how you can support the Gallery, call 607-535-2571 or visit www.arcofschuyler.org.
Photo in text: “The Calling,” oil on canvas painting by Meaghan Troup. It won the People's Choice Award. (Photo provided)
Glen Village Christmas names winners
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 11, 2013 -- The Village Christmas Committee has announced winners of the "Visions of Christmas Past" parade held during the festival on December 6 in downtown Watkins Glen.
“Most Christmas Spirit" – Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and
Said Christine Peacock, chair of the Village Christmas: “What a great way to kick off the holiday season -- good food, great shopping and fantastic fireworks! Thanks for all your support!”
Santa Claus and Odessa Mayor Keith Pierce at the tree-lighting ceremony. Santa gave the command to turn on the lights.
Odessa holds its holiday party
ODESSA, Dec. 9, 2013 -- The Village of Odessa Municipal Building was alive with exuberant children Sunday afternoon and evening for the annual Christmas party provided for the kids by the Odessa Fire Department.
Each of 70 kids visiting Santa was provided with a present, courtesy of the firefighters.
There were refreshments, and face-painting, and letters written by the kids to Santa. Outside the Municipal Building Community Room, site of the party, sat a red postal box for placement of those letters. By evening's end, there was quite a collection of Santa mail to be sent to the North Pole.
Letters to Santa, Mayor Keith Pierce says, will continue to be collected until Dec. 20. The postal box is located on the north end of the building, near the flagpoles.
At the end of the party, dozens of residents, along with village officials and Santa, gathered outside to watch the lighting of the village's Christmas tree. Santa gave the order to light it, and the kids on hand ran to the tree, dancing and jumping around it in delight.
Department of Public Works chief Steve Siptrott capped off the event by playing "Silent Night" on his guitar, with parents and kids singing along.
Photo in text: Kids dance around the village's Christmas tree after its lights were turned on.
Left: Gunner Herrmann places his Santa letter in the Santa mailbox. Right: The letters that accumulated during the day inside the mailbox.
Left: A young girls gets a close look at the village Christmas tree after the lights were turned on. Right: Kids and parents flocked to see Santa at the party.
Interact students were on hand to help with face-painting.
Guitarist Steve Siptrott performs "Silent Night" to end the evening.
Christian Harris of the New York State Department of Labor tells the Mentoring Program's student participants about the local job pool.
Mentoring Program teaches students some life lessons
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 4, 2013 -- Three-dozen high school students from Schuyler County were treated to some career-path wisdom Tuesday when they gathered in the Harbor Hotel ballroom for the seventh annual Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Student Mentoring Program.
Keynote speaker for the event was State Senator Tom O'Mara, who recounted his career and how it has taken some twists and turns he never anticipated. In fact, he said he has "changed my direction many times" and encouraged the students to "be flexible."
He said, for instance, that after attending college at St. John Fisher in Rochester and then Catholic University in Washington, D.C., after gaining a law degree at Syracuse University and after working in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, in private practice in Elmira and as Chemung County District Attorney and County Attorney, he was faced with an opportunity to serve in the State Assembly when a seat opened.
"I had never considered" such a possibility, he said, but he took that path, served for six years, and then ran for State Senate when the incumbent, George Winner, retired.
He also told the students that -- knowing now what he didn't know along the way -- they should not be afraid "to confront your fears." He said that while in college, he dropped courses that had "a component of public speaking" because he feared speaking in front of a group. If you confront such a fear, he added, "you'll get over it."
He also said that they should "concentrate on the basics: reading, writing, math and science" because those disciplines teach us "how to calculate things and understand concepts" that can help in tackling life's challenges.
Other speakers included Schuyler County Legislature Chair Dennis Fagan, who as head of his own engineering firm found that an important element to success was "the ability to communicate. You had better be good in communicating. You might be the best engineer in the world, but if you can't communicate" verbally and in writing, "you won't get jobs or retain clients. If you are inclined toward science or math, don't ignore your English classes."
Also featured in the program was Jared Campbell, a singer who tells life-affirming stories through his music. After lunch, the afternoon portion of the program featured a panel of experts including New York Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, CSS Workforce New York's Chuck Peacock, The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes' Ginnie Lupi, and Scott Bloor of Corning Community College's Small Business Development Center.
Photos in text:
Top: State Senator Tom O'Mara delivers his speech at the hotel.
Bottom: Schuyler Legislature Chair Dennis Fagan speaks extemporaneously about the need for communication skills in life.
Campbell, who delivered a musical performance with a message. Right:
November Splendor sets new marks
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 22, 2013 -- For the second year in a row, November Splendor -- Schuyler Hospital’s largest fundraiser -- broke records.
The “hospital ball” brought a record number of attendees (284), had a record number of raffle and auction packages (25), with donated items valued at $16,000; and raised a record amount of funds for the hospital ($28,000).
The Schuyler Health Foundation and Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary hosted the annual “November Splendor” fundraiser at the Harbor Hotel on November 15.
“I never cease to be amazed with the outpouring of support we receive from our community for this event, and for the hospital in general,” said Michelle Benjamin, Executive Director of the Schuyler Health Foundation. “Though we have many exciting things happening at the hospital and nursing home right now, the needs are ongoing and numerous, so we are so appreciative for the community’s generosity.”
Proceeds from the event go to the Auxiliary and the Foundation’s Family of Friends 2013 Campaign -- supporting Schuyler Hospital and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing Facility. Donations are still welcome for the campaign through January 2014.
Event sponsors were also at an all-time high, and include the Schuyler Hospital Medical Staff, Harbor Hotel, Welliver, Jerlando’s, Bower Catering and Bower Farms, Chemung Canal Trust Company, Community Bank NA, Manning & Napier, George Lawson and the Watkins Review & Express / Dundee Observer, Pro Audio, Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Co., LLP; Visions FCU, Hilliard Corporation, and Keegan Associates.
The event featured music by a band new to the event -- “Atlas” -- and a live auction led by Matt Hayden.
For more information, or to make a donation, contact the Schuyler Health Foundation at (607) 210-1950 or go on-line to www.schuylerhospital.org
Brand named SFLW's Woman of the Year
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WATKINS GLEN, Nov. 19, 2013 -- The Southern Finger Lakes Women (SFLW), a Chapter of New York State Women, Inc., has presented its annual “Woman of the Year” award to Nancy Brand of Burdett.
The presentation was made Monday as part of New York State Women, Inc.’s observance of “New York State Women in Business Month,” which recognizes the accomplishments of women in business and the professions in New York State.
Brand, a mother of grown twin daughters, is employed by Catholic Charities, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the Schuyler County Food Bank Coalition. She also works with the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Nutrition Education Committee.
She was honored earlier this year by the Watkins-Montour Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow -- an honor designed to recognize those who display "service above self."
The mission of New York State Women, Inc., is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. The organization includes women and men of every age, race, religion, political party and socio-economic background.
The Southern Finger Lakes Women Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month. For more information about the chapter, contact Gloria Hutchings at (607) 594-2489 or JoAnne Krolak at (607) 732-1171.
Photo in text: From left: Honoree Nancy Brand; Mary Ellen Morgan, Status of Women Committee Chair, and Jan Brew, Status of Women Committee Member. (Photo provided)
Sky Masterson (Alan Caum, center) prepares to roll the dice.
'Guys & Dolls' ends its run
ODESSA, Oct. 17, 2013 -- The Lake Country Players' presentation of the classic musical “Guys & Dolls” completed its two-day, three performance run Saturday night in the Odessa-Montour High School Fetter-Brown Auditorium.
The acting troupe, after opening Friday night, held matinee and night performances Saturday.
The cast included Alan Caum as Sky Masterson, Lisa McKnight as Sarah Brown, Michael Truesdail as Nathan Detroit, Libby Bloodgood as Miss Adelaide, Tom Gottko as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Charlie Cole as Arvide Abernathy, Sam Norton as Benny Southstreet, Phil Kruk as Big Jule, and an ensemble full of memorable characters.
Termed “A Musical Fable of Broadway,” “Guys and Dolls” follows the trials and tribulations of a gang of gamblers in New York City, and the women they woo.
The show is well known for songs including “Fugue for Tinhorns,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” and “Luck be a Lady,” as well as the performance numbers of Adelaide and her dancers, including “Take Back your Mink” and “Bushel and a Peck.” There are also romantic melodies such as “Sue Me” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before.”
The director was Tim Benjamin, who has participated in theater in the area – on stage and backstage – for more than 25 years. He and his wife, Michelle, are in their 10th year of co-directing the Watkins Glen High School spring musicals. For the Lake Country Players, Benjamin had previously directed “Babes in Arms,” “The Music Man” and “Kiss Me Kate,” as well as dinner theater. Michelle Benjamin was Choreographer.
Music Director was Tom Bloodgood, who was joined by musicians Lou Cicconi, Bernie Riley, Ed Lovell, Jenelle Bleiler, Pam Cicconi and Loueda Bleiler in the pit band. Accompanist was Donna Christoffels, with her pages turned by her husband, William. Costumes were by Beth Clark.
“Guys and Dolls” is based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon.
Music and Lyrics were by Frank Loesser, and the Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. It was presented in cooperation with Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th St., NY, NY 10019.
This project was made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos in text:
Top: Tom Gottko as Nicely-Nicely Johnson belts out "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."
Middle: Pit Band drummer Ed Lovell
Bottom: Holly Campbell (right) and Ashley Vann dance during the musical number "Take Back Your Mink."
Left: Pit Band guitarist Lou Cicconi. Right: Lisa McKnight as Sarah (left) and Libby Bloodgood as Adelaide sing "Marry the Man Today."
From left: Tesha Truesdail, Damita Chamberlain, Holly Campbell and Ashley Vann take a bow at the end of the show.
And Friday night:
Libby Bloodgood, as Adelaide, sings "A Bushel and a Peck."
Left: Nicely-Nicely Johnson, left, a gambler portrayed by Tom Gottko, is confronted by Lt. Brannigan (Michael Blasic). Right: Lisa McKnight, as Sarah Brown, sings "I'll Know."
Trumpeter Bernie Riley, part of the pit band directed by Tom Bloodgood (background).
Left: Actor Gene Holleran backstage. Right: Director Tim Benjamin addresses the audience before the start of the play
And during a dress rehearsal Wednesday night:
Sky Masterson (Alan Caum) prepares to roll the dice during scene in "Guys & Dolls."
From left: Charlie Cole, Lisa McKnight and Katherine Larson during a musical number.
Among the Pit Band participants are Jenelle Bleiler, left, and music director Tom Bloodgood.
Tom Gottko, who portrays Nicely-Nicely Johnson, belts
Kruk performs the role of Big Jule. Right:
Michael Truesdail and
Scenic Byway seeking designs for signage
Special to The Odessa File
SCHUYLER, Nov. 7, 2013 -- The Seneca Lake Scenic Byway Committee is asking all artists in the Schuyler and Seneca County area to help design the new 18-mile Route 414 Scenic Byway signs. The signs will be placed at the entrances of the Scenic Byway both North and South on Rte. 414.
According to the committee, the sign should encompass the theme of the
Byway, which is:
Once the committee selects the design, it will be forwarded to the New York State Department of Transportation's Scenic Byway Advisory Committee to be approved and made.
Deadline for the designs is December 15. Send designs to Chris Kimball-Peterson, 6020 Searsburg Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886. If you want further information, contact her at: (607) 387-5486 or at email@example.com
At the Wesleyan Church: A scary trick-or-treater poses near the Odessa Fire Department truck parked there; and a young firefighter enjoys a snack.
As always, the kids were out in force
SCHUYLER COUNTY, Nov. 1, 2013 -- The kids were out in substantial numbers Thursday night, led by their parents, making their way from door to door in communities around the country.
It was Halloween, a time of candy and trick-or-treating and costumes -- and Odessa was no different.
Highlights in the village included:
--Treats for kids handed out by the Odessa Fire Department, which had a truck -- with bright illuminating beams -- parked alongside the Wesleyan Church.
--Cider and donuts around the corner of the church building.
--Ghouls and goblins and jack-o-lanterns across the street, at the corner of Maple and Church Streets, attracting a steady stream of candy-seekers.
--And, of course, the doorways of scores of homes, lit and ready for the arrival of the kids, the homeowners waiting to distribute the always-prized candy.
Trick or treating ran from 6 to 8 p.m., in line with the time frame in other villages.
The weather cooperated for the most part -- raining at first and then clearing. A gentle wind wafted warmly, a far cry from the sleet and snow of some past Halloweens.
Photo in text:
Top: In Odessa, Julia Paulisczak, left, was dressed as a peacock, while Ida Sidle was in the garb of a princess.
Bottom: Gina Gavich at the Odessa Fire Department candy giveaway, next to the Wesleyan Church.
Colorful costumes (like the one at left) and ghoulish-looking characters (right) populated Odessa's landscape on Halloween.
Sunset at soccer game
The sun left behind a red sky on Wednesday evening, Oct.
9, 2013 as viewed here from
Local artist featured on Institute calendar
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 22, 2013 -- A local artist’s
work is being featured in the 2014 calendar produced by the Institute
on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.
Photo in text: Stacy Burdick with her calendar painting. (Photo provided)
Left: Kim Laursen performs. Right: Balloons added to the festive occasion.
Kids, parents enjoy Pooh-themed tea party
ODESSA, Sept. 22, 2013 -- The Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library’s 2nd Annual Tea Party for adults and children -- with a "Winnie the Pooh" theme -- was a success Saturday.
The event was held in the Odessa Municipal Building Community Room, which was filled with "Pooh"-themed characters and greenery, with teapots full of various beverages, and with enthusiastic attendees.
The menu included tea sandwiches, teapot beverages, fancy cookies, and goodies galore. The fun included making a take-home craft, coloring placemats, and playing a game. Entertainment was provided by Dream Barn Productions and O-M music teacher Kim Laursen.
There were raffles, drawings, and giveaways too. Greenery was provided by Stillman’s Greenhouse in Montour Falls.
Photo in text: Teapots were an integral part of the "Winnie the Pooh" party.
Cargill grants $5,000 to Arc of Schuyler
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WATKINS GLEN, Sept. 19, 2013 -- The Arc of Schuyler has been given a $5,000 grant by Cargill to support The Arc’s Eat Smart and Move More health and wellness program.
The Arc is a leading provider of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism in Schuyler County. Funding from Cargill will enable The Arc to partner with Schuyler Cornell Cooperative Extension for education services with a nutrition educator.
“Cargill’s statement of purpose is to be a global leader in nourishing people,” said Don Chutas, Cargill plant manager in Watkins Glen. “This gift supports Cargill’s purpose and a partnership between The Arc and Cornell Cooperative Extension, which will promote healthy lifestyles for people living and working in Schuyler County.”
Obesity rates for people with developmental disabilities across the country continue to be about 57% higher than adults without disabilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Arc initiated its Eat Smart and Move More program to provide continuing
education on nutrition, healthy food preparation and cooking, and to increase
physical activity levels of people
“There is a strong need for health and wellness education in our area, and people with disabilities need to be included,” said Jeannette Frank, Executive Director of The Arc. “People with disabilities often have mobility impairments and special medical needs that require a personalized approach to wellness activities. We are sincerely grateful to Cargill for helping The Arc’s employees and people we support achieve improved health.”
Photo in text: Don Chutas, Plant Manager of Cargill, Watkins Glen presents a $5,000 grant award to Teresa Higbie, center, Self-Advocate and member of The Arc of Schuyler’s Health and Wellness Committee, and Jeannette Frank, Executive Director of The Arc. (Photo provided)
Arc honors Harrison for volunteer service
Editor's Note: G. Thomas Harrison died on Aug. 31, 2013 at the age of 76. The following article was published the week before.
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 23, 2013 -- After eight years of service on The Arc of Schuyler Board of Directors, G. Thomas Harrison has stepped down from his position due to his health.
"Tom," said an Arc spokesperson, "has been a positive and influential force on The Arc’s Board and many committees over the years."
The Arc’s Board President, Michael Stamp, and Executive Director, Jeanette Frank, personally thanked Tom for his dedication and impact on The Arc. Below is their letter of recognition on behalf of The Arc’s Board of Directors:
On behalf of The Arc of Schuyler’s Board of Directors, staff and the individuals with developmental disabilities and their families that receive supports through our organization, we want to express our sincere appreciation for all you have done over the past eight years to help our organization and the people we support. We would like to thank you for:
· Being a strong advocate and never hesitating to speak up.
· Your role in our very successful Golf Tournament and making sure it has been a premier event year after year. The tournament has raised over $200,000 since its inception.
· Your sincere interest in encouraging young people to pursue opportunities to help others, including helping people with disabilities, by chairing our scholarship committee.
· Your understanding of the complexity of our business operations and your astute financial insight and recommendations while serving on our finance committee.
· Your dedicated years of volunteer Board service, not only acting in an advisory capacity but also as an involved volunteer at the annual Christmas party, dinners, fundraisers and special events.
· Your ability to attract talented people to the organization, Board committees, and the Board. Your enthusiasm and commitment to our purpose has always been clear to all with whom you come into contact.
With sincere thanks from all of us who you have touched with your strength, your wisdom and your whistle!"
Photo in text: Tom Harrison officiating The Arc of Schuyler Golf Tournament in 2007.
On the Waterfront
This was the scene one pleasant day in Clute Park, along the southern shore of Seneca Lake.
Kids' rides were a popular part of the festival's final day.
Italian-American festival ends 3-day run
WATKINS GLEN, Aug. 5, 2013 -- The 34th annual Schuyler County Italian-American Festival completed its three-day run at Clute Park Sunday on a blustery but rain-free afternoon.
Highlights included a motorcyle show, a 2-person bocce tournament, skatepark competitions, live music by A Few More Faithful at the entertainment tent, and the usual mix of games, rides and vendor stands.
Where the first day of the festival was beset early by rainstorms, and where Saturday saw nearly perfect weather for the annual festival parade and for the fireworks after dark, Sunday was blustery and cool, with any threatening clouds moving by harmlessly.
The festival closed at 6 p.m.
More than 20 food concessions, upwards of 50 craft vendors
and, of course, amusement rides offered something for everyone throughout
Photos in text:
Top: The climbing wall attracted a steady stream of customers Sunday.
Bottom: Judy Phillips uses a microphone to urge festival visitors to play the Rotary-sponsored Over-Under game of chance, located near the entertainment tent.
More photos from Friday and Saturday can be found here.
Marching bands were a part of the Hector Parade.
Hector Fair Parade is a hit
HECTOR, July 27, 2013 -- The annual Hector Fair Parade made its way up Rt. 414 to the fairgrounds Friday night before an appeciative audience standing and seated along the roadway.
More than a dozen fire departments were represented in the line of march -- from Hector, Montour Falls, Tyrone, Ovid, Lodi, Mecklenburg, Monterey, Beaver Dams, Trumansburg, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Interlaken, Romulus and Burdett.
There were also floats, tractors, vintage cars, a few politicians, and marching bands.
When the parade was completed, some of the spectators headed home, but most headed for the fairgrounds and a good meal. Rides, games of chance, a book sale and bingo were also popular stops.
The fair concluded Saturday with a car show, a chicken barbecue, fun on the midway, and fireworks.
Photos in text:
Top: Tony Fraboni rides with Tom Kiernan in Kiernan's Cobra Kit Car as part of the Hector Fair Parade.
Bottom: A parade participant leaves bubbles in his wake. The parade featured fire units, bands, tractors, floats, politicians and vintage cars.
Participants included, from left: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, an orange marcher, and Schuyler County Deputy Sheriff Andrew Yessman, who led the parade.
The operator at the Hector Fair's Tempest ride
keeps an eye on customers
Among the floats was one from the Rasta Ranch Vineyards.
An Odessa Fire Department truck was one of many in the parade.
(Photos by Liz Fraboni and Charlie Haeffner)
Troup takes Best in Show at Exhibit
WATKINS GLEN, July 22, 2013 -- Meaghan Troup of Mifflinburg, Pa., received
the “Best in Show”
Troup is a graphic designer, photographer, and artist. She says of her work, “The beauty that surrounds me inspires me artistically, be it a majestic landscape, an arresting smile, or the play of light and shadow across objects on a table. These aspects of life are so overlooked as we go through our daily routines.”
Troup’s work was chosen by jurors Ann Welles and Brett Steeves. Welles is the owner and director of Exhibit A in Corning and is an active organizer in the arts community. She has lectured at various colleges and art organizations and presented professional development workshops for visual artists. Steeves is the owner of Somers Art & Frame in Hammondsport.
The jurors also selected “Forest Fire Coming,” a watercolor painting by CoraLee Burch of Dundee, to receive the Honorable Mention award. Burch is an experienced painter and sculptor whose work is displayed at galleries in New York, Massachusetts and Florida.
The Earth & Fire exhibit is on display at the gallery, 209 N. Franklin St. in Watkins Glen, until August 5. A portion of the registration fees to participate in the exhibit benefit the continued operation of the gallery.
The gallery is operated by The Arc of Schuyler, a non-profit organization providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and is sustained by grants, fees for programs, commissions, and donations. For more information, call 607-535-2571.
Photos in text:
Top: “Resting In Your Shadow,” oil painting by Meaghan Troup, which won “Best In Show.”
Bottom: “Forest Fire Coming” by CoraLee Burch of Dundee, which won “Honorable Mention.” (Images provided)
Members of the Leslie School of Dance perform at the picnic.
Fun, food, music highlight fundraiser
BURDETT, July 20, 2013 -- Arcangeli Farm on the Satterly Hill Road was transformed into a public, fund-raising setting Saturday with a Community Family Picnic to benefit Schuyler Hospital.
The event featured music by Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers; performances by students of the Leslie School of Dance, and exhibitions by members of Four Dragons Martial Arts and the Dream Barn Productions acting troupe.
There were also wagon rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, MomStar the Clown, food, bouncy houses, face painting, Cow Chip Bingo, raffles, a 50/50 drawing, display cars, Elmira Jackals mascot "Blade," and booths manned by community organizations such as the Lions Club and the Red Cross.
The picnic was presented by the Schuyler Health Foundation and sponsored by Eyes on Seneca, Visions Credit Union, Watkins Lumber, and Jeff's On-Site Services.
Photo in text: A member of Four Dragons Martial Arts demonstrates a kick move.
Left: Two members of Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers, a musical trio that entertained. Right: "Blade" from the Elmira Jackals hockey team poses with kids at the picnic.
New Lions officers: From left, Bob Mizzoni (Membership Chair), Delores Mizzoni (Secretary), John Terry (Treasurer), Jim Carmony (Director), Amedeo Fraboni (Director), Mary Barnes (1st Vice President), Glenn Bleiler (2nd Vice President), Tamre Waite (President), Rita Tague-Carmony (Past President), and Past District Governor David Rupright. (Photo provided)
Lions celebrate 25th anniversary
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WATKINS GLEN, July 12, 2013-- The Watkins-Montour Lions Club recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its charter. The celebration was held at the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant in Watkins Glen.
The club dates back to March 3, 1998, when a group of community individuals met to discuss the goals and purpose of a new adventure. Service to the community and the motto of “We Serve” was then and is still its goal.
The celebration was attended by 35 members and guests. Dignitaries included
many of the club's Past Presidents, who were joined by: Past International
Director Ed Cordes; District Governor Terry Hartzell; Immediate Past District
Governor Dave Rupright; Past District Governor Bob Barto; Past District
Governor Bob Mizzoni; Zone Chairperson from Region 2, Zone 2 Tom McGarry
and Zone Chairperson from Region 1, Zone 2 Larry Strickland.
The Club participates in the Adopt-a Highway twice a year, keeping free from litter a two-mile stretch of State Route 14, part of which runs between Watkins Glen and Montour Falls.
Well wishes came from Lions Club International President Wayne A. Madden in the form of a letter, a small flag and a distinctive anniversary patch for the Lions Club banner. The Club was also honored by proclamations and letters from State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.
Past District Governor David Rupright presided over the Installation
of Officers for the 2013-2014 term. The incoming board consists of President
Tamre Waite, 1st Vice President Mary Barnes, 2nd Vice President Glenn
Bleiler; Treasurer John Terry, Secretary Delores Mizzoni, Membership Chair
Bob Mizzoni and Past President: Rita Tague-Carmony. Directors are Lions
Frank Steber, Jim Carmony and Amedeo Fraboni.
The Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award established in 1993 to award outstanding Lions and non-Lions for exemplary service to the Club was presented to Lion Gloria Brubaker for outstanding leadership in the vision screening program in Schuyler County.
Photos in text: Brian O'Donnell (top right) receives the Melvin Jones Award, and Gloria Brubaker receives the Robert J. Uplinger Award. Pictured with them is Tom McGarry, Awards Committee Chairman. (Photos provided)
Earth & Fire exhibit set at Gallery
WATKINS GLEN, July 6, 2013 -- The Franklin Street Gallery
will host an opening reception of its
Guest jurors Ann Welles and Brett Steeves will select and announce the recipients for Best in Show and Honorable Mention awards at the reception.
Welles is the owner and director of Exhibit A in Corning and is an active organizer in the arts community. She has lectured at various colleges and art organizations and presented professional development workshops for visual artists. Steeves is the owner of Somers Art & Frame in Hammondsport. The shop offers printing and framing services and its gallery features work by artists from the Finger Lakes region.
The reception is sponsored by Raven’s Landing in Watkins Glen and its owner, Cindy Lane Newcomb. Newcomb will conduct Tarot card readings at the reception. Chair massage and oxygen bar sessions will also be offered. For more information about the sponsor, visit www.cindynewcomb.com.
The exhibit is on display until August 5 and includes a variety of work from artists in the Finger Lakes region.
The Franklin Street Gallery is a community arts center operated by The Arc of Schuyler, a non-profit organization providing support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. For more information, visit www.arcofschuyler.org or contact the gallery at 607-535-2571.
Photo in text: Fire on the Water, an acrylic painting by Steve Duprey among those works of art to be on display at the exhibit. (Photo provided)
Chamber displays art of West, Schwabel
WATKINS GLEN, June 15, 2013 -- The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off an art exhibition Friday evening with a celebration of the paintings of Lucretia West of Caton and the photography of James Schwabel of Hamburg.
Both artists were on hand to discuss their work, which adorns walls throughout the visitors' area of the Chamber office at 214 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen.
The works of West and Schwabel have often been featured at the Franklin Street Gallery across the street from the Chamber. In fact, the exhibition was arranged in cooperation with the Gallery.
West works mostly in watercolors and oils, as well as writing children's stories. She says she paints in many styles, though the works on display are largely scenics in bright colors.
Schwabel, in addition to producing scenic photos, also features race cars in his work. He says he has a collection of Watkins Glen race-car photos he snapped back in the 1960s and '70s which he utilizes in some of his art.
West's and Schwabel's work -- scenic studies, for the most part -- will be on display at the Chamber for at least a month.
Photos in text: Lucretia West and James Schwabel pose alongside some of their work on display at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nearly 350 excavation and municipal workers attended the seminar at the Watkins Glen Community Center.
Digging seminar draws a large audience
WATKINS GLEN, March 8, 2013 -- About 350 excavation and municipal workers were on hand Thursday for a Dig Safely New York seminar on the need to adhere to rules and the dangers of short-cutting them when undertaking any digging project.
The Dig Safely New York 2013 Excavator Safety Seminar tour to nine sites around the state stopped at the Watkins Glen Community Center -- after stops earlier in the week in Buffalo and Rochester -- and the message reached a lot of ears.
The room was full of professionals listening to tour organizers explain the types of projects that require a call to 811 -- the phone number linked to a communications center in Rochester that handles 400,000 utility stake-out request calls each year.
According to a Dig Safely NY pamphlet, "with just one call to Dig Safely New York, Inc., you can notify several member utility owners in your area of an impending dig. Once notified, each utility must locate and mark their facilities within two full working days. If they have no facilities under your dig site, they will notify you of that as well." It adds: "Some underground facility owners may not be members; therefore you will need to contact them separately."
The main thread of Thursday's gathering was this: Always call 811 before starting any digging project, whether you are a professional or a homeowner.
Keynote speaker at the seminar was Brad Livingston of Kansas, who in 1991 was involved in two explosions, back to back, while working on a job involving a natural gas well. He was not expected to survive, and doctors considered amputating his legs -- but they didn't. He ultimately underwent 18 surgeries and still carries scars on his face that are constant reminders. Today he imparts his message to other professionals in the excavation and municipal fields:
"Success," he said, "is measured by going home safely to your family every night ... follow policies and procedures ... focus on your job; do not be distracted ... and do not take shortcuts."
Kevin Hopper, operations manager for Dig Safely NY -- a not-for-profit organization -- said a seminar tour is held late each winter in locales around the state to urge safety before the spring digging season arrives.
"There is more and more infrastructure underground," he said, requiring more and more caution -- even when digging a hole for a mailbox.
The response in terms of seminar attendance has been heartening, he said, with 450 on hand in Buffalo Tuesday, about 440 in Rochester Wednesday, and 349 in Watkins Glen -- with excavation professionals coming from roughly a 45-mile radius.
Many are returnees from sessions in previous years, Hopper said, "but every year about 50% are new attendees."
Photos in text:
Top: Kevin Hopper, left, operations manager of Dig Safely New York, and keynote speaker Brad Livingston, injured years ago in a double explosion.
Middle: Signs urging calls to 811 were in evidence on walls and windows at the Community Center.
Bottom: Vendors on hand promoted excavation equipment and such things as the signage pictured here.
Odessa unit graduates 6 junior firefighters
Special to The Odessa File
ODESSA, Dec 16, 2012 -- Six junior firefighters have graduated from the Odessa Fire Department's first annual junior firefighter training program.
The program consisted of 15 hours of training -- including CPR certification, an overview of the Odessa department, Incident Command, salvage operations, staging set up, knots, hose lays, and ladder and equipment familiarization.
The six junior firefighters are, pictured from left above: Henna Herrmann, Amy Fudala, Brian McClean, Brandon Wright, Dasia Herrmann and Frank Wood.
Rob Swinnerton's son Mark at the podium during the award presentation, while family members look on. The honoree is third from left. (Photo provided)
Rob Swinnerton honored by Lions Club
Special to The Odessa File
WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 13, 2012 -- The Watkins-Montour Lions Club Monday awarded Rob Swinnerton a Life Membership Award. The honor was presented by his son, past Lion president Mark Swinnerton.
The award can be given to any Lions Club member who has maintained active membership for 20 or more years and has rendered outstanding service to the club and to his or her community. Rob has been a Lion for nearly 45 years, serving both in the Corning and Watkins-Montour Clubs.
In order to receive the award, which comes from Lions Club International, a person must be nominated by the local Lions Club. There are currently 1.3 million active Lions, serving in 45,500 clubs in 205 countries, and there have been 20 million Lions that have come and gone over the years. Thus, this award -- given thus far to 53,000 members across the years -- has been bestowed on only 1 in 400 Lions.
The elder Swinnerton was the driving force behind the formation of the Watkins-Montour Lions, serving several times as President of the group. He has received the 20 Year Long Term attendance award, not missing a single meeting for two decades. He is also the driving force behind the Lions' Christmas tree sale, coordinating the harvesting, displaying, selling and delivering of trees. He has been a key motivator in the biannual Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, rallies the Club members to fill numerous spots at the club's NASCAR Turn 11 grandstand fundraiser, and has chaired the club's Sight Committee for years, ensuring community members in need would have access to vision screenings and eyeglasses.
He has made the Lions a family affair, with son Mark, daughter-in-law Margaret, brother Jim, daughter Tammy, and son-in-law Kris also becoming active members of the club over the years, and he brought his brother-in-law Art Peck into the Corning Lions Club.
"Lion Rob embodies the Lions Club credo of 'We Serve,'" said a Lions press release, "and his club is very proud of his accomplishments, and proud to know him."
Photo in text: From left, brother-in-law and Corning Lion Art Peck; brother and Past President Jim Swinnerton; wife Jean Swinnerton; award recipient and Past President Rob Swinnerton; daughter Lion Tammy Clarkson; son and Past President Mark Swinnerton; granddaughter Sarah; and son-in-law Lion Kris Clarkson. (Photo provided)
Elks Club honors its 'Departed Brothers'
Brian J. O'Donnell
--The Honorable William N. Ellison: Former Town of Dix Justice, Schuyler County District Attorney, Schuyler County Judge/Surrogate/Family Court Judge and twice-elected New York State Supreme Court Judge; former Exalted Ruler of the Elks; and someone actively involved in so many community organizations;
--Neal O. Kelly: longtime Elks Club member and past Exalted Ruler; past Chief & Treasurer of the Burdett Volunteer Fire Department, and a good golfing buddy;
--William J. Franzese: U.S. Army Korean War veteran and a nine-year member of the Board of Trustees for Schuyler Hospital, as well as active with the Squires Junior Drum and Bugle Corps (in which all of his children participated!);
--Angelo Pangallo: a veteran and longtime past member of the Watkins Glen Fire Department and active member of American Legion Post #555;
--Robert E. Burnside: a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II and former Schuyler County Legislator & Town of Dix Councilman and a 26-year volunteer with RSVP who also served in numerous other organizations;
--Thomas D. Teemley: the consummate Florida Gator fan who also spent numerous years as a most active Church volunteer "doing for others who couldn't do for themselves";
--John F. "Piggy"
Cherock: a veteran and longtime member of the Watkins
Glen Fire Department, the Italian American Veterans Club, the VFW and
the Seneca Chiefs Drum and Bugle Corps -- as well as a most ambitious
and energetic Church and neighborhood volunteer.
Photos in text: Announcement board and cake honoring the seven "departed brothers."
Fire in the kitchen ... Put a lid on it
Note: The following is a public service announcement from the Schuyler County Office of Fire and Emergency Management.
Special to The Odessa File
The majority of accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen. Property damage could be drastically reduced if people only knew what to do when confronted with a kitchen fire. Schuyler County Emergency Management suggests the following steps when confronted with a fire in the kitchen.
If the fire is confined to a pan on top of the stove, slide the lid across the pan and leave it there. Do not attempt to move the pan outdoors because you may burn yourself or spread the fire.
-- Never throw water or flour on a burning pan. Water will spread the flames and flour will actually explode!
-- Do not turn on the exhaust fan over the stove. This would suck the fire inside the walls of your home. If the fire is in your oven, turn off the heat and leave the door closed to cut off the fire’s air supply.
-- Install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Make sure its easily accessible in the event of a grease or oven fire. When purchasing a fire extinguisher for kitchen use, make sure the extinguisher is rated for Class ABC fires to insure its acceptability for use on kitchen fires.
If the fire is too large to safely cover, or for your fire extinguisher, leave the house immediately and call the fire department from a neighbor's telephone. Trying to fight a fire yourself when its too large can cause far more extensive damage and can result in more serious, unnecessary injury.
As a preventive action, keep your cooking appliances – including stovetops, burners, oven and broilers -- clean. Built-up grease can flare up easily, causing dangerous and damaging fires. And keep combustible materials – paper towels, dish towels, paper bags, cookbooks, and food packaging – away from the stove or other heat source. Keep your kitchen fire-safe.
For more information, contact your local Fire Department or go to this website on the Internet: http://www.schuylercounty.us/911E.htm
The Indian of the Lake
WATKINS GLEN, March 30 -- This photo -- an old aerial view of Seneca Lake -- was shown to the editor while he was visiting the Legislature office in the Schuyler County Office Building.
It was in the possession of an official there.
The editor didn't see it at first -- but does now: the unmistakable shape of the lake, a lake named after an native American tribe. The shape looks like that of an Indian, kneeling perhaps, with head bowed, and a feather at the upper, northernmost point of the visible profile.
"Cool," said the editor when he finally recognized the outline. And interesting. So he snapped a picture of the picture for presentation here.
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