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Season Swinging into Action

May 17th, 2022




May 17, 2022



Tomorrow | Farm Sanctuary



Join the Farm Sanctuary and Watkins Glen Area Chamber on May 18, at Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter for a special hour-long guided tour, meeting rescued animal residents along the way! Guests will have the opportunity to meet the team at Farm Sanctuary and mingle with fellow Chamber members, community leaders, and the public. After making new human and non-human friends, guests can browse our unique Sanctuary Shop. Refreshments will be provided by Grandma’s Kitchen, and wine and beer will be provided by Atwater Vineyards and Grist Iron Brewing Company. Photo provided by Farm Sanctuary.




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Grow-NY | Learn More



The application window for year four of the Grow-NY food and agriculture business competition opened yesterday and closes on July 1, 2022. The program welcomes applications from innovators in the food, beverage, and agriculture sectors from across the globe to compete for the $1 million top prize.


Learn more about the competition at one of these virtual Information Sessions.

May 25 | 5:00pm

June 1 | 4:00pm





Where Do You Work?



And/or ... where would you like to work?!? The FLX Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) is investigating the creation of FLX Works, a communal workspace to be located in downtown Watkins Glen. Maybe you or someone you know is looking for a place to work outside of the home? Maybe you need a business address? A conference room rental? Help us plan so that we meet our community's needs! This survey is quick and confidential.




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Access: A SUNY CCC Priority



The State University of New York has granted approval for an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) to be established at SUNY Corning Community College. EOP helps make higher education possible for students who demonstrate academic promise, but whose life circumstances have not permitted them to reach their full potential.





SCCUDD Recognizes Students



Congratulations to Hanlon Elementary student Peter Dechow of Montour Falls for creating the winning sticker for the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs' (SCCUDD) second Pizza Box Sticker Shock event. The contest was open to all students in Schuyler county. Peter's message of “Pizza is good! Drugs are bad! Which will you choose?” was placed on nearly 3000 area pizza boxes. Other entries were placed on SCCUDD multi-media during the month of December, and each contestant received a SCCUDD “Shining Star” certificate in recognition of participation.




American Pickers:

They're Back



The American Pickers are returning to New York in August 2022 and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection, or accumulation of antiques, send your name, phone number, location, and description of the collection with photos to Please note: the Pickers only pick private collections, so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses, or anything open to the public will be considered. Good luck!



'Tis the Season: Summer Hours



The weather is warmer. Visitors are here. And, members are increasing hours to welcome them. If you've changed your hours or are open additional days, please remember to let the Chamber know and update your digital presence (website/google/social channels/etc.). Thanks, Lucky Hare, for starting us off: summer hours are in place at both breweries (Hector and Ithaca)!



Welliver Welcomes Leader



Please help the Chamber and Welliver welcome Richard Armbruster as Project Superintendent at the construction service provider. After nearly 35 years of experience, Richard has earned a solid reputation as a subject matter expert specializing in electrical circuits and controls. The foundation of his career is built on open communication, effective problem solving, strong client relationships, collaboration with colleagues, and significant knowledge of electrical and mechanical systems.



Summer in our Sights



Sip in Summer Solstice

June 21 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm


Castel Grisch will enjoy the longest day of the year with live music, a range of wines from dry to dessert, wine parfaits in a variety of flavors, and sangria. Michael Lucey is a singer/songwriter performing original and cover tunes.


Just a reminder ... many of our local wineries, breweries, and distilleries host events with live music throughout the summer. Share these opportunities with your family, friends, customers, and guests. If you're looking for events, check the Chamber's events calendar. If you're hosting events, make sure your events are on the calendar! Call us (607-535-4300) if we can help you.



Looking for a New Career?



Arnot Health is holding an in-person hiring event with open interviews on May 19, from 8:00am to 10:00am and 5:00pm to 7:00pm at 600 Ivy Street, Elmira. A variety of positions are available including Building Service Attendant (Housekeeping), Dining Assistant, and Public Safety Officer. Full-time, part-time, and per diem shifts are available. Interested candidates should submit an online application at or be prepared to do so at the event. Questions? Call 607-737-4178.



Events A Plenty



We are excited to share that Chamber members are actively hosting events once again. Please bookmark the Chamber's events calendar and follow us on social media so you know all that is happening in our region -- for yourself and for your guests!


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Upcoming Vaccine Clinics


Arnot Health offers vaccine clinics regularly and at various locations in our area. Bookmark this vaccine-related page to keep your options handy.



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