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Friends of the Schuyler County Italian-American Festival will be collecting donations to support its annual fireworks show on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

“Hit the Pasta Pot” is aimed at soliciting donations from area residents and visitors as they travel through Watkins Glen.

“Pasta pots” will be set up through the day at the intersection of Franklin and Fourth streets, and perhaps other locations.

The annual fireworks show is on the Saturday night of the three-day event that celebrates community in Schuyler County. The show, by the American Fireworks Company of Utica, is considered by many to be the best in the Finger Lakes.

This year’s festival dates are Aug. 11 to 13.

Proceeds from the annual festival are returned to the Schuyler County community in donations to youth groups and other charitable organizations. More than $80,000 has been distributed over the years.

For more information about the Schuyler County Italian-American Festival, visit the festival website at watkinsglenitalianamericanfestival.org.

Live Like Liz

The 12th annual Live Like Liz Race/Walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness is June 4 on the Catharine Valley Trail, starting at Watkins Glen High School.

The event is sponsored by Live Like Liz Inc. and the Watkins Glen High School track team. It includes a kids’ fun run at 9:30 a.m., and a 5K run and walk that starts at 10 a.m.

All race proceeds go to the Elizabeth Amisano Ovarian Cancer Education Fund, created in 2005 in memory of Elizabeth “Liz” Amisano, of Watkins Glen who, after a battle against ovarian cancer for nearly two years, died on Oct. 12, 2005. She was 20 years old.

The fund promotes awareness of ovarian cancer through education of the symptoms, risks, early detection and prevention of the disease.

Registration and an information tent open at 8 a.m. The registration fee for adults is $25 on race day. The student registration fee is $10. The kids’ fun run is free, though registration is required.

The form is downloadable from the website LiveLikeLiz.org or available at Watkins Glen High School. Race day registration is from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

Hospital employee honored

Christina Hoose, admissions representative in the Schuyler Hospital Radiology Department, has been honored with the 2017 Lou Sand Award.

The award was presented during the hospital’s recent Employee Recognition Dinner, at which 34 employees were cited for years of service.

The Lou Sand Award honors an employee who “demonstrates exemplary service to others and whose compassionate commitment of service to their fellow employees, patients, residents and community brightens the lives of those they touch; traits exemplified by Lou Sand,” according to a news release.

Nancy Ehler was recognized for 25 years of service, and Christina Brink and Pamela Mosher for 20. Other employees cited:

15 years: Dawn Bellows, Mary Dore, Darlene Dupree, Shari Frey, Sharon Homkes and Christina Hoose.

10 years: Ashley Barrett, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Cassandra Dunlop, Mary Farrell, Cindy Hines, Lucas Hoad, Heather Lodge, Reagan Matwiejow, Emily Peckham, Dr. Jagmohan Singh, Christine Stierly, Anna Stoltzfus, Matthew Taylor and Matthew Thomason.

Five years: Ashely Blim, Tina Bruckman, Lisa Doolittle, Brian Gardner, Catherine Huntley, William Kouwe, Dr. Benjamin Saks, Clara Smith, Andrew Stackhouse, Katilynn Taylor and Anne Wood.

Volunteer of the Year

Chris Updyke was named Volunteer of the Year at the spring luncheon and annual meeting of the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary.

Updyke, who serves as volunteer coordinator for the Auxiliary, was surprised with the honor. She was cited for the work she does year-round to recruit, train and schedule volunteers for the hospital’s Information Desk, as well as helping with volunteers for the Gift Shop, Seneca View and numerous Auxiliary events. She meticulously tracks the hours served by 150 volunteers throughout the year, according to a news release.

Auxiliary officers elected were Kitty Shallenberger, president; Sharon Malick, first vice president; Sally Armbruster, second vice president; Anne Myers, sdecretary; and Rita Tague-Carmony, treasurer.

To learn more about the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, email info@schuylerhospital.org or contact Updyke at 607-535-4445.

Glenda Gephart covers southern and western Schuyler County in her Seneca South column. Contact her at P.O. Box 65, Reading Center, NY 14876 or at glendagephart@htva.net.

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