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Plan to expand gravel mine leaves Watkins Glen State Park vulnerable, regional parks manager tells DEC

Plan to expand gravel mine leaves Watkins Glen State Park vulnerable, regional parks manager tells DEC
The latest plan to quintuple the size of the Padua Ridge gravel mine is inadequate to protect its neighbor, the Watkins Glen State Park, from a host of potentially severe environmental risks, the state Office ... 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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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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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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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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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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KEEPING SECRETS: DEC stalls FOIL requests for gravel mine docs hidden from Watkins Glen, other officials

KEEPING SECRETS: DEC stalls FOIL requests for gravel mine docs hidden from Watkins Glen, other officials
When a state agency is determined to keep secrets, it takes more than a village to pry them loose. Even the state Freedom of Information Law may not be enough. Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association ... more
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Watkins Glen schools to close on Solar Eclipse Day amid traffic concerns

Watkins Glen schools to close on Solar Eclipse Day amid traffic concerns
The Watkins Glen School Board announced a decision to cancel classes on April 8, coinciding with a solar eclipse expected to attract heavy traffic to the area. Superintendent Kai D'Alleva cited concerns over potential traffic ... more
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Watkins Glen, Burdett, Montour Falls, and Odessa village elections: Who won?

Watkins Glen, Burdett, Montour Falls, and Odessa village elections: Who won?
In recent village elections in Schuyler County, Stephen Klemann and incumbent Bob Carson secured their positions on the Watkins Glen Village Board for the next four years, outpacing competitor Ian Ault. The elections saw active ... more
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Watkins Glen sophomore gets victory, All-American status at Adidas Indoor Nationals

Watkins Glen sophomore gets victory, All-American status at Adidas Indoor Nationals
Watkins Glen High School's Madison Tuttle emerged as the champion in the One Mile Racewalk at the Adidas Indoor Nationals held in Virginia Beach. The sophomore standout not only clinched the title among nine competitors ... more
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Watkins Glen man goes to prison for selling drugs

Watkins Glen man goes to prison for selling drugs
A Watkins Glen man is headed to prison. Michael Doane has been sentenced to eight years in prison for selling drugs. He admitted to selling a drug called methamphetamine several times in Schuyler County. Michael ... more
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Watkins Glen Corvette Festival canceled for 2024

Watkins Glen Corvette Festival canceled for 2024
The Watkins Glen Corvette Festival, initially launched in 2023 with aspirations of becoming an annual highlight, will not take place this year, organizers have announced on Facebook. Citing unspecified reasons, the decision to skip this ... more
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Watkins-Montour Rotary Club opens grant applications to boost Schuyler County

Ithaca foundation boosts job seekers’ connectivity during COVID-19
The Watkins-Montour Rotary Club announced it is accepting grant applications for community projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life in Schuyler County. Interested organizations have until April 15 to submit their proposals, with grants ... more
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Watkins Glen School Board accepts Athletic Director’s retirement

Watkins Glen graduation moved to Father’s Day after parents complain about schedule change
The Watkins Glen School District's School Board recently approved the retirement of Rod Weeden, a dedicated administrator serving as Athletic Director, Communications Director, and District Data Coordinator, effective August 15. Weeden, who began his journey ... more
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Public comment period for Padua Ridge Gravel expansion in Watkins Glen extended

Public comment period for Padua Ridge Gravel expansion in Watkins Glen extended
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a 45-day extension to the public comment period regarding the proposed expansion of the Padua Ridge gravel pit. Initially set to conclude on February 28, ... more
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Watkins Glen celebrates 75 years of road racing with exhibit

Watkins Glen celebrates 75 years of road racing with exhibit
A new exhibit celebrating the 75-year history of road racing in Watkins Glen has opened at the Schuyler County Historical Society. This exhibit, created in partnership with the International Motor Racing Research Center, showcases the ... more
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DEC doesn’t require truck traffic analysis for gravel mine expansion despite dangerous curve

DEC doesn’t require truck traffic analysis for gravel mine expansion despite dangerous curve
What does a 1948 Bugatti 35A race car have in common with a dump truck loaded with sand and gravel? Both have wrecked at Milliken’s Corner in Watkins Glen. The near-90-degree turn at the bottom ... more
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DEC’s Feb. 28 cutoff for comments on gravel mine seen as part of 16-year pattern of obstruction

DEC’s Feb. 28 cutoff for comments on gravel mine seen as part of 16-year pattern of obstruction
(UPDATED at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 19 with letter from Schuyler County’s state Legislators demanding a 90-day extension of the DEC’s Feb. 28 deadline for public comment on the proposed Padua Ridge gravel mine expansion.) The state’s tight ... more
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