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Finger Lakes National Forest hosts 26th annual fishing day

Fire planned in Finger Lakes forest to restore habitat
The Finger Lakes National Forest celebrated the return of its annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 4, marking the event's 26th year. Held at Potomac Pond from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the derby ... more
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Finger Lakes residents report loud booms: Was it thunder? Was it an earthquake?

Finger Lakes residents report loud booms: Was it thunder? Was it an earthquake?
What was that loud boom? It was the most-frequently asked question on social media after a series of loud rumbles were reported across the central Finger Lakes on Sunday. The reports streamed in as some ... more
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Burdett man gets 2 years for meth sales in Schuyler County

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A man from Burdett, New York, Steven C. Mayo, 45, has been sentenced to two years in state prison after admitting to selling methamphetamine in Schuyler County. The sentencing took place on March 28 and ... more
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Two convicted of welfare fraud in Schuyler County

Phelps woman sentenced to 2 years in prison for stealing $1 million from Seneca Falls employer released after two months
In Schuyler County, New York, two individuals, Cameron W. Adams and Christine M. McAfee from Burdett, were sentenced for committing welfare fraud. The court found them guilty of larceny, and they faced their sentences on ... more
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Watkins Glen man sentenced for possession of stolen trailer

Schuyler County man bilked prospective renters out of $140K to spend 3 years behind bars
Kyle K. Rogers, a 38-year-old man from Watkins Glen, pleaded guilty to possessing stolen property, according to the Schuyler County District Attorney's Office. On Thursday, April 11, Rogers admitted his involvement in a November incident ... more
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DEC considering permit loophole for Watkins Glen mine: What would that mean?

DEC considering permit loophole for Watkins Glen mine: What would that mean?
For 14 years, the state Department of Environmental Conservation stood firmly on the need to enforce a rule requiring reclamation of mined-out land under any permit to allow the Padua Ridge gravel mine to expand ... more
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Watkins Glen Chamber announces Schuyler Hires job fair

Watkins Glen Chamber announces Schuyler Hires job fair
The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce proudly hosted the Schuyler Hires Job Fair this Tuesday, connecting attendees with 30 top employers from various sectors. Held at the Watkins Glen Community Center, the event offered ... more
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O’Mara, Palmesano declare opposition to plan to expand Padua Ridge Gravel Mine in letter to DEC’s Basil Seggos

O’Mara, Palmesano declare opposition to plan to expand Padua Ridge Gravel Mine in letter to DEC’s Basil Seggos
Long non-committal on a proposal to quintuple the size of the Padua Ridge gravel mine, the state legislators who represent Schuyler County in Albany expressed their opposition to the project Thursday. State Sen. Tom O’Mara ... more
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Photos show gravel mine sediment washes into drainage ditch designed to protect Watkins Glen from flooding

Photos show gravel mine sediment washes into drainage ditch designed to protect Watkins Glen from flooding
The drainage ditch that serves as the Village of Watkins Glen’s first line of defense against flooding is filling up with sediment, raising doubts about whether it remains a reliable guard against extreme rain events ... more
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Solar Eclipse 2024: Photos and video from around the Finger Lakes

Solar Eclipse 2024: Photos and video from around the Finger Lakes
The total solar eclipse has come to a conclusion across the Finger Lakes. While the weather wasn't perfect, a few folks in the western portion of the region saw breaks of sun. While most others ... more
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Water will be temporarily shut off for part of Odessa on Tuesday

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Residents along Merchant Avenue in Odessa will experience a temporary water shut-off on Tuesday morning. The Village of Odessa announced that from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on April 9, water service will be ... more
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Watkins Glen International rolls out new fan experience for 2024

Corning Museum of Glass partners up with Watkins Glen International to create the trophies for the races
Watkins Glen International (WGI) unveiled exciting new events for its 2024 season during a pep rally, broadening the historic road course's appeal beyond traditional racing. For the first time, the Glen will host "Bike The ... more
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Nicole Brown appointed COO of Arc of Chemung-Schuyler

Nicole Brown appointed COO of Arc of Chemung-Schuyler
The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler, a leading agency dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities, has announced the appointment of Nicole Brown as its new Chief Operating Officer. Brown, who has been with The Arc since 2016, ... more
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After fining Watkins Glen gravel pit owner for mining outside law; DEC weighs plan to quintuple site

After fining Watkins Glen gravel pit owner for mining outside law; DEC weighs plan to quintuple site
Three state inspectors dropped by the Padua Ridge gravel mine on cold, cloudy December day in 2010 to order the owner, Martin Wojcik, to halt operations because his permit had expired 13 months earlier. They ... more
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Schuyler County launches tool to combat property fraud

Schuyler County launches tool to combat property fraud
Schuyler County residents have a new defense against property and mortgage fraud, thanks to a proactive measure introduced by officials in the clerk's office. On Tuesday, April 2, they revealed the county's collaboration with Cott ... more
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Watkins Glen school board gives green light to budget: Lower tax rate incoming

Watkins Glen graduation moved to Father’s Day after parents complain about schedule change
The Watkins Glen School Board has officially approved the budget for the 2024-25 school year. Despite statewide concerns over reduced funding for education, the new budget will lower the tax rate for residents, from $10.59 ... more
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Odessa village board sets budget, advances water project

Odessa village board sets budget, advances water project
At their most recent monthly meeting, the Odessa Village Board approved the 2024-25 budget, setting the tax levy at $179,085, which aligns with the state's growth cap. The board also made key appointments, including Tom ... more
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Steep cost of poverty in the Finger Lakes: A decline of health and life expectancy

Steep cost of poverty in the Finger Lakes: A decline of health and life expectancy
The Finger Lakes region is known for its picturesque landscapes and tourism, but a silent crisis is unfolding. A recent report by Common Ground Health, supported by data from the New York State Department of ... more
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Girl Scout cookie season extended thanks to poor weather last weekend

Girl Scout cookie season extended thanks to poor weather last weekend
Due to last weekend's unfavorable weather leading to the cancellation of numerous cookie booths, the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Council has announced an extension of the cookie sale season through April 21. Initially set ... more
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