2007 brought a new pipeline, ambitious community plans, triumph and loss

Staff reports

YATES?COUNTY —?As a clean empty 2008 calendar peeks out from under the rumpled, tattered, doodled-on, coffee-stained 2007 version of time, we take a look back over the first six months of 2007.


Lisa Crosby, a 34-year-old Penn Yan woman who had been a patient at The Cleveland Clinic since May 29, 2006 had returned home during the holiday season following a double lung and heart transplant procedure on Nov. 3, 2006.

Coach & Equipment workers celebrated the fact they produced 1,000 buses in 2006.

The unusually mild weather — nearly 60 degrees —  brought golfers out at Lakeside Country Club in early January.

The Keuka Lake Uniform Docks and Moorings Law, three years in development, was finalized.

Pro bowler Parker Bohn III, visited his brother-in-law Doug Kent at Kent’s Lakeside Lanes in Penn Yan and competed in a local no-tap tournament.

Marcus Whitman basketball stand-out Bri Dunton reached the 1,000 point career mark in the Wildcats game against the Geneva Panthers.

The Penn Yan Village Board reaffirmed an earlier vote on a resolution permitting snowmobilers to operate on village-owned sections of the Keuka Outlet Trail and in village parks.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a $140 million natural gas pipeline with a path from near Rochester to Corning. The pipeline is expected to cross the towns of Benton, Torrey, Milo and Barrington on its way through Yates County.

The Benton Town Board unanimously approved a feasibility resolution saying they are interested and willing to work with any interested wind power companies.

The Penn Yan Mustang cheerleaders earned a first place trophy in the Varsity Division II category at the Third Annual Victor Cheer Classic.

As workers at Glenora Wine Cellars, one of the first farm wineries licensed in the Finger Lakes Region, toasted 30 years in business, other wine industry leaders were meeting with elected officials in Washington D.C. to unveil a comprehensive study on the impact of wine, grapes and grape products on the American economy.

CASP LLC began its third expansion in the Horizon Business Park.

The Dundee Central School board appointed Melissa Lawson to replace retiring business manager Carolyn Sullivan and appointed Christoper Arnold as acting Junior/Senior High School Principal.

Penn Yan native Pat Cougevan was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Rochester.

New York State Troopers were seeking help from the public to locate Ruthann Dann, a 53-year-old Dundee woman who had been missing several days.

The Friends of the Outlet Trail were planning ways to riase the local share of funds needed to make repairs to the trail, which has been damaged by erosion.


Yates County Legislator Deb Flood noted one-fifth of the children and youth in Yates County are living in poverty, the second highest ranking county in the state.

County and Penn Yan Village officials reported plans for cleaning up the Penn Yan Marine Manufacturing site and a waterfront development plan should be complete by the end of 2007.

Steve Isaacs of Yates County Industrial Development Agency received the Norman Snow Memorial Spirit Award and Cynthia Willson received the Robert Maxwell Award at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner dance.

Gerald A. Morrow of Corning was arrested in Dundee after shooting three people in Middlebury Center, Pa.

Brooke Howell of Dundee advanced to state level competition in the Elks Hoop Shoot.

Mark Panzik of Penn Yan, an over-the-road truck driver, won a bright red Peterbilt tractor valued at $100,000 in a national contest held by Landstar Ranger.

Highway crews worked overtime to clear snow from the 800 miles of roads in Yates County during a major winter storm that hit on Valentine’s Day.

Michael Briggs, James Willson and H. Taylor Fitch III announced plans to open a new bank — The Bank of the Finger Lakes.

At age 96, Ed Raps, a former Yates County Legislator and Starkey Supervisor, died. He was the town supervisor for more than 20 years and served on the legislature into his 90s. He also served on the Dundee Central School Board and the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES board.

The Dundee Scots varsity basketball team advanced to the semi-final round of  the Section V Class C tournament, but were defeated by Bolivar-Richburg.


March roared in like a lion with a March 5 storm that had emergency workers scrambling from one incident to another as they handled 61 traffic accidents between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

At one point, Penn Yan Village Police re-routed traffic from State Route 14A South so workers could clean up a multi-car accident. Sheriff Ron Spike said the storm brought some of the worst white-out conditions he’d ever seen.

Iron Age Shoe Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Emmi Group, the largest dairy producer in Switzerland, announced the acquisition of a minority stake in CASP LLC.

A Dundee family of three died in an accident on Route 14A near The Windmill.

Two experts on bullying and peer abuse said Penn Yan Central School District should be commended for its active approach toward the issues.

Representatives of Empire State Pipeline held public meeetings to answer questions from property owners and to express their need for a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with local governments.

Penn Yan School officials say kindergarteners and first graders  are making the most progress in the grant-funded Reading First program in the school district.

A group met to begin planning for the Third Annual Haiti Benefit Auction to be held at the Yates County Fairgrounds.

A body found in Big Stream near Bridge Street in Dundee was identified as Ruthann Dann who had been missing since Jan. 21.

The Penn Yan Mustang Lacrosse team opened their season with a win over North Williamsville.

Doug Kent, owner of Lakeside Lanes, notched his second Major title of the season at the Denny’s World Championship at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich.


A Penn Yan couple, Jeff and Terese Ball, found themselves in the middle of an international scam operating over the Internet and some of the main subjects of an investigative reporting effort by Dateline NBC.

Penn Yan student Steven Kulp took control of a school SUV he was riding in when the driver had a medical emergency and the vehicle appeared to be headed for an impact with a large gasoline truck.

Jerusalem town officials passed a resolution to not sign another five-year agreement for sewage treatment with the village of Penn Yan.

The Rushville Health Center received a $50,000 grant from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield to help 3,200 people receive dental services.

Winter extended its hold on the area with another dose of heavy wet snow that piled up to over a foot in some higher elevations.

The Penn Yan Village Board and Milo Town Board agreed to form a committe to discuss the feasibility of sharing space for village and town court operations.

Richard Burcaw was appointed Starkey Town Supervisor after George Lawson stepped down from the post.

The Yates County Sheriff’s Department opened a substation at Keuka College.


Branchport native Suzanne Hunt participated in the Greaseball Challenge, a cross-continent trip from Washington D.C. to Costa Rica to increase awareness of alternative and renewable fuels.

Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources, Inc.  acquired 14 acres near the John D. Kelly Behavioral Center to build a community center.

Syracuse University Coach Jim Boeheim was a popular choice as the Carl and Fanny Fribolin Speaker at Keuka College.

The Barrington town board and planning board have both voted against a proposed condominium development.

Yates County and Penn Yan Village officials began initial talks to begin a study of sharing court and law enforcement services. A group met to lay the groundwork for a study of the systems already in place.

It took 42 volunteers a short time to make major progress on the construction of a new 160ft. by 80 ft. barn at the Yates County Fairgrounds. The new barn will hold most of the activities during the upcoming Haiti Benefit Auction.

The Yates County IDA approved a PILOT agreement with National Fuel Company.

The Penn Yan Mustang Baseball team celebrated its fourth consecutive league championship.

The Lax by the Lake Tournament drew hundredes of players to the Keuka College fields for hours of lacrosse action.

A large inflatable rat attracted attention of passers-by at the Walgreens store construction site. The rat was part of a protest by members of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local Number 3 New York who are attempting to convert a non-union shop to union.

Robert Brechko was named Democratic Election Commissioner, replacing Wendy Gibson, who was named the Personnel Director for Yates County earlier in the year.


The Penn Yan Mustangs boys lacrosse team won the Section V Championship crown for the 10th consecutive time wiht a 20-3 win over Waterloo. The Penn Yan softball team was also celebrating a Section V Championship after upset wins over Wayland-Cochotion and Waterloo.

The Penn Yan Athletic complex hosted the Section V Track and Field State Qualifier.

Ronald Dailey, who joined the Penn Yan Village Board as a trustee in 2006, resigned from the position, and Penn Yan Mayor Douglas Marchionda Jr. confirmed Dailey’s name is connected to an internal investigation of funds missing from the Sheldon Hose Company within the Penn Yan Fire Department.

Village officials completed an internal investigation, and the matter was turned over to New York State Police.

An archealogical dig along the Keuka Outlet Trail unearthed timbers, bolts and other parts of the former Crooked Lake Canal. The dig was part of the environmental review of the areas where the Friends of the Outlet plan to make repairs and improvements.

Several Penn Yan athletes earned awards at the 41st Annual Sports Awards Program.

Three area wine trails have established a new “Yellow Card” program to deal with visitors whose fun has gotten a little out of hand.

Milo residents complained they had little notice of changes to their addresses along State Route 54.

Penn Yan native Steve Griffin was named CEO of the Yates County IDA.

Donna Payne, R.N. was named director of the Keuka Comfort Care Home.

Graduation ceremonies were held at Penn Yan, Dundee and Marcus Whitman Central Schools where 307 young adults earned their diplomas.

Penn Yan graduate Michael Manley joined 43 other elite high school lacrosse players from around the U.S. for the Under Armour All America Classic game June 16 in Baltimore.