1 Killed in Horseheads Van/Car Crash:
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a motorist was killed Sunday morning when a minivan collided with a compact car on State Route 13. According to Sheriff’s Deputies, the vehicles struck head-on, killing the unidentified driver of the compact car. The six occupants of the minivan were all transported to local hospitals. The road was closed several hours. The investigation is ongoing.
Elmira Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Young Girl:
Elmira Police have arrested 29-year-old Eric Bennett of Elmira for sexual abuse in the first degree following allegations that Bennett made unwanted physical sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl in a utility shed behind an Elmira business. Bennett is now being held at the Chemung County Jail on $20,000 bail.
Judge to Hear C-PP Appeal May 18th:
The Corning-Painted Post School District’s $97.4 million facilities upgrade project is expected to begin shortly in early May – but before ground is broken, a state supreme court in Albany will hear Tom O’Brien’s appeal to stop the project from proceeding on May 18th. O’Brien is a retired Corning attorney and a former C-PP school board member. He filed a petition with the state Education Department to block the facilities project in November 2010, shortly before it was approved by local voters. Education Commissioner John King Jr. dismissed the challenge in November 2011, but O’Brien appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court in March. The appeal is complicated and was filed on multiple grounds, but part of it is that O’Brien says the district is exceeding its debt limit and he is challenging how the district plans to bond the part of the project not covered by state aid.
3 Inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame:
A scout for the Baltimore Orioles, a former pitcher, and a Corning Community College baseball coach, 59-year-old Corning native Dave Clark and three others were recently inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame. Joining Clark was Idaho native and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard “Dix” McDonald, who is perhaps best known for his work in restoring the area after Hurricane Agnes struck in 1972. Rounding out the trio of new inductees was Revolutionary War hero, Silas Wheeler. Born in 1972 in Concord, Mass., Wheeler was captured by a British Man-of-War during the war with England, deemed a pirate, and fined to a prison in Ireland for more than a year. With the help of an Irish Lord, Wheeler made his escape from prison and after the war, moved his family to Steuben County where he settled in the town that now bares his name. The three men were nominated by the county Hall of Fame committee in January and approved by the county Legislature in February.
Joe Rumsey’s Tyrtle Beach Plunge Raises Record Funds:
The 21st annual Tyrtle Beach fundraising event is now officially history – and looking at the numbers, it certainly turned out to be “historic.” With an official tally still to come, it looks as if the most money ever has been raised with pledges totaling over $35,000 with additional money still to come. At the jump event on Friday evening, a large crowd was on hand as Prattsburgh Superintendent Joe Rumsey made his march down the sandy path to the frigid waters of Lake Salubria. Dressed in a Viking costume, Rumsey was a fitting Prattsburgh sacrifice for the benefit of youth organizations, which will receive their funds after all the pledges have been collected and tallied. Organizations hoping to receive Tyrtle Beach support have until tomorrow to file their applications.
Shooting in Elmira:
Two Elmira residents were taken to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center yesterday for treatment of minor injuries following a shooting at the Hathorn Court Apartment Complex. Police believe two men forced entry into the victims’ apartment around 2:30 a.m. and shot the 24-year-old man and 22-year-old woman in their bedroom. They do not believe the shooting was random. The suspects are said to be black males, but no further descriptions have been released. As of last night, no arrests were announced. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Elmira Police Department.
Elmira Man Facing Murder Charge in 3-year-old Case:
Three years after 53-year-old Doug Hubbard went missing, 36-year-old Robert Storms of Elmira has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and first-degree assault. Hubbard’s body has not been found, but police believe Storms killed Hubbard by striking him in the head with a frying pan during a robbery sometime between March 20th 2009 and April 13th 2009. Hubbard was reported missing by his family on April 16th, 2009 and a week later, police discovered Hubbard’s home at Decker Place in Elmira contained evidence of a crime scene. Authorities have not said what evidence links Storms to the alleged killing, but District Attorney Weeden Wetmore has described Storms and Hubbard as friends or acquaintances. Storms is currently being held on $500,000 cash bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Inmate Charged in N. Hornell Burglary:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been charged for his alleged involvement in the theft of vehicle inspection stickers from the Seneca Road Monroe Muffler store in North Hornell. 24-year-old John Dellapenna III was charged with third-degree burglary. Authorities say Dellpenna and 23-year-old Eric Bebout, of Howard, broke into the shop on September 11th and stole inspection stickers and other items. Bebout and 21-year-old Samantha Dellapenna were both arrested earlier and charged with third-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence respectively.
Watkins Glen Woman Sentenced in Fatal Accident:
The 37-year-old Watkins Glen woman charged with fleeing the scene of a fatal car-bicycle accident last year in Dix was sentenced yesterday to four months in jail. According to reports, Melissa Smith struck 35-year-old bicyclist Michael Delzell, of Beaver Dams, on October 16th on State Route 414. At the scene, Smith got out of her car, but did nothing to help. Instead, she drove less than a mile to the hospital where she worked and did not tell anyone about the accident. Delzell died days after the accident at a Rochester hospital. After initially lying about the accident to police, Smith pleaded guilty on March 1st to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death. The district attorney argued for a sentence of one to three years in prison, but the judge opted for a 120-day sentence. He also afforded Smith a three-year conditional discharge.
Corning Inc. Developing Killer Glass:
At the company’s annual shareholders meeting at the Corning Museum Glass yesterday, Corning Inc. CEO Wendell Weeks revealed that the company is developing a glass that kills drug-resistant bacteria and viruses which they believe has applications in hospitals and beyond. Although still in development, the so-called anti-microbial glass has reportedly shown it can kill 99 percent of viruses and bacteria it contacts. Weeks said the project is a response to the hundreds of thousands of people annually who acquire serious infections after being treated as U.S. hospitals. Weeks did not give a timetable for commercialization of the product, but he did tell shareholders that beyond its obvious applications in hospitals the glass will also have broader uses, though he did not elaborate on what those might be.
Bath Electric, Gas & Water Recognized by Arbor Foundation:
The Arbor Day Foundation has named Bath Electric, Gas & Water Systems a 2012 Tree Line USA for the ninth year in a row in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting, and care in the provider’s service area. Bath Electric, Gas & Water Systems achieved the Tree Line USA by meeting five program standards: following industry standards for quality tree care; providing annual worker training in best tree-care practices; sponsoring a tree-planting and public education program; maintaining a tree-based energy conservation program; and participating in an Arbor Day celebration.
Prattsburgh Calls Special Meeting of Town Board:
The Supervisor of the Town of Prattsburgh has called a special meeting of the Town Board for Monday, April 30th at the Town Hall in order to discuss the Ecogen lawsuit.
Custody Dispute Behind Dix Murder?
Police still have yet to discuss a motive in the killing of 30-year-old Daniel Bennett at his home in Dix, but yesterday they did explain the connection between Bennett and the three suspects charged with his murder. Bennett and 39-year-old Alice Trappler of Addison were fighting over custody of their daughter, Lily, and a custody hearing was scheduled for Friday, April 20th – the day after the homicide. Trappler was previously married to 32-year-old Thomas Borden of Corning (the suspect who committed suicide after a police chase in Pennsylvania) and 25-year-old Nathan Hand was Borden’s step-brother. Authorities allege that Borden and Hand went to Bennett’s home between 10 and 11 p.m. on Thursday, and during that time Borden shot and killed Bennett with a 12-gauge shotgun. Police do not believe Trappler was at the scene of the killing. The shotgun was recovered by police in a “remote” area of Steuben County and while they did not specify who led them to the weapon, they did say that Hand had been “somewhat cooperative.” Trappler and Hand are currently being held without bail at the Schuyler County Jail. Trappler’s daughter has been turned over to Trappler’s mother.
Suspected Illegal Immigrants Arrested at E-C Airport:
Seven suspected illegal immigrants were arrested on Tuesday at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport as they were attempting to board a flight to Detroit. The men were caught when one tried to use a fraudulent ID card to board the flight. Transportation Security Administration officers determined the man’s ID was a fake and contacted the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office. After an investigation, police determined that the man was traveling with six others, all of whom were carrying fake IDs from different states, including New Jersey, Texas, Kansas, Ohio, and Colorado. Sheriff’s deputies took the men into custody and they were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Judge Sides with County in First Arena Ruling:
State Supreme Court Justice Judith O’Shea issued her ruling in the case of the First Arena repurchase offer yesterday after hearing arguments in Chemung County Supreme Court last week. She has ruled to dismiss the petition sought by Dr. Mostafa Afr to force the county to accept the repurchase offer. First Arena was foreclosed on by the county in February for non-payment of taxes. Afr, who businesses operate the arena and own the Elmira Jackals, provided the $137,000 owed, but the county Legislature tabled the decision while officials began investigating what they say is a long history of mismanagement at the arena. Justice O’Shea’s ruling could be appealed to the state’s Court of Appeals, but the attorney for Afr says that they haven’t decided if they will do so. In the meantime, the county will go forward with its investigation. When the investigation is done, county Executive Tom Santulli will make a recommendation on whether to accept or reject the repurchase offer.
Corning Inc. Announces First Quarter Results:
Corning Inc. announced its results for the first quarter yesterday and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President Wendell Weeks said, “We are pleased with the progress we made in the first quarter. Our overall business performance is on track with our expectations. First-quarter sales in our Telecommunications, Environmental Technologies, Life Sciences, and Specialty Materials grew, and we continued making strategic investments to create new revenue streams for the company. LCD glass volume was slightly better than our forecast, and we were especially delighted with the strength of Corning Gorilla Glass sales in the quarter.”
Corning to Open Project Bids:
Construction bids for Corning’s $7.6 million transportation project will be opened on May 3rd at City Hall. City Director of Planning and Economic Development, Steve Dennis says that work is expected to begin in late spring or early summer and should be completed by the end of the year. The properties, in the parking lot behind Aniello’s Pizzeria, include the former Evergreen Express building, the former Fran’s Bridal Shop, the former Nail Tech, the razed Lions Club building parcel, and two other buildings. The 2,800 square-foot transportation center will be a small, one-story building that will house a ticket office, bathrooms, storage area, and a small rest area.
Masonic Temple Open House a Success:
Developer Chip Klugo opened up the renovated Masonic Temple Building in Bath to the public last night to show off its $2.1 million restoration. Guests were reportedly very impressed with 180-year-old historic building as they checked out the new lower level retail space and the four upscale apartments on the second floor. The project, which took about a year to complete, was paid for by a Restore New York Grant and by Klugo.
Medication Drop-Off Event This Saturday:
The Hammondsport Volunteer Fire Department will host an Outdated, Unwanted, Unusable medication collection event this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stay right in your vehicle, drive through, and hand your medications off, no questions asked. Prescriptions or over-the-counter accepted. Call 1 -800 – 724 – 7777 for more information.
2 Suspects in Dix Homicide Arrested:
Following the death of 32-year-old Thomas Borden after he jumped in front of a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia, police have arrested 25-year-old Nathan Hand of Corning and 39-year-old Alice Trappler of Addison and charged them with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Daniel Bennett in Dix. Borden and Hand were step-brothers, and while police say the shooting wasn’t a random act, they have yet to give details on the links between the three suspects and Bennett, or to give a possible motive for the crime. The investigation is ongoing, they say.
Addison Man Officially Charged in Corning Meth Lab Investigation:
32-year-old Christopher Aldrich of Addison, formerly taken into custody on unrelated charges, has now officially been charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine in connection with the meth lab discovered at Meadowbrook Apartments on Lamphear Court in Corning. Aldrich’s bail was set at $20,000 cash, $40,000 bond. He faces up to seven years in state prison.
Romney Wins GOP Primary:
As expected, Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney sailed to an easy win yesterday in New York’s presidential primary and walked away with most, if not all, of the state’s 95 delegates. In unofficial results, the Associated Press called the race for Romney with 56 percent of the vote to 16 percent each for Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. Romney’s nearest competitor, Rick Santorum, stopped campaigning two weeks ago.
County Approves New Snowplow Contract:
A new plow contract approved by county legislators on Monday calls for towns to be paid $4,000 per mile to plow instead of the current $4,700 per mile. Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti says the reduced payment is the result of a staff report showing it costs the county about $3,500 to $3,600 per mile to plow roads. The new contract also includes adjustments for increases for fuel and salt, and raises the rate by $100 in 2013 and 2014. Reducing the rate is expected to save the county more than $106,000 next year and adding to the county’s snow routes could mean Steuben will plow less state roads.
Starting next week, work is expected to begin on State Route 53 over Trout Run Bridge in Urbana and Wheeler. The contractor will soon be setting up signs, clearing, and setting up an on-site detour. Worked is expected to last until the end of September and motorists should expect minimal delays. Also next week, on April 30th, County Route 6 in Howard and Cohocton will be closed to all traffic at the intersection of Pawling Road for one day between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. There will not be an on-site detour.
Jack Lisi Awards Banquet Announced:
The eight young adult winners of the 2012 Jack Lisi Youth Awards have been selected and they will receive their honors on Friday, May 4th at the Radisson Hotel in Corning. This year’s winners are comprised of six young women and two young men, 16 through 21 years of age who attend or attended school in five Steuben County School districts. Presenting the awards this year will be the School Superintendents. Also attending will be Dr. Kate Douglas, President of Corning Community College, the scoutmaster and scouts from Troop 18 in Hammondsport, and former Jack Lisi Youth Winner Chanel Wright, among others. Tickets are still available for the banquet, which will start at 6:30, and may be obtained by calling 569 – 2079. The cost is $28 per person.
Blood Drive Today:
The Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post in Bath will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive today from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. No appointments necessary, walk-ins welcome.
Academic All-Star Championships Rescheduled:
The Championship match of Academic All-Stars, canceled on Monday night due to the weather, has now been rescheduled for tonight at 6:15 p.m. in the Bath High School Auditorium.
Suspect in Dix Homicide Commits Suicide:
The suspect in the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Daniel Bennett in Schuyler County died yesterday when he jumped in front of a train near Philadelphia during a chase with police. Authorities issued a warrant for 32-year-old Thomas Borden, of Corning, early yesterday morning and members of the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police tracked him to Pennsylvania, where they found him around 8 a.m. Instead of surrendering, Borden fled in his vehicle, touching off a chase down Route 309 near Jenkintown. Eventually Borden left his vehicle and fled on foot. Police caught up with Borden in Jenkintown around 10:30, but as they began to question him, he fled again and jumped in front of a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train. He was taken to Arbington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Daniel Bennett was shot and killed between 10 and 11 p.m. Thursday night at his rural Dix home on Pearl Street. Authorities have not released any information about a motive at this time.
Altercations at the Steuben County Jail:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit is reporting the arrest of two Steuben County Inmates following incidents that occurred at the Jail early Saturday morning. The first involved 47-year-old David Perry, the man formerly of Elmira who is the prime suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend and is being held on grand larceny charges; he’s accused of assaulting an unidentified fellow inmate around 4:45 p.m. after a verbal altercation. Both men required medical treatment. Perry was charged with second-degree assault. In the second incident, 24-year-old Stephanie Snavely, formerly of Rochester, allegedly intentionally threw a container of scalding water onto another female inmate. Snavely was charged with one count of assault in the first. The other inmate was transported to Ira Davenport Hospital, and then later transferred to the Strong Memorial Burn Unit in Rochester for treatment.
Suspect in Corning Meth Lab Arrested:
The man authorities believe was operating the meth lab on Lamphear Court in Corning is now being held on unrelated charges while authorities continue their investigation. 32-year-old Christopher Aldrich, of Addison, was arrested on Friday night on charges of criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and failure to pay a fine. Police are continuing their investigation and are awaiting laboratory results before filing additional charges.
5 Charged after Meth Lab Raid in Dundee:
Five people, including one from Steuben County, were arrested on federal charges late last week after police raided a suspected meth lab in Dundee. On Thursday, members of the Southern Tier Meth Task Force raided a residence on State Route 14A and found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, illegal prescription medication, and a suspected meth-making operation. Taken into custody were: 60-year-old Connie Lathrop, 29-year-old Heather Bower, 31-year-old Melissa Bower, 31-year-old David Little, and 30-year-old Courtney Bulkley. Bulkley lives in Savona, the others were residents of the raided house. All five are facing federal charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine.
Presidential Primary Voting Today:
Presidental hopeful Mitt Romney has a chance to substantially boost his delegate tally today when New York Republicans vote in the state’s presidential primary. New York has 95 delegates, and polls have shown Romney with a commanding lead in the state. His closest competitor, Rick Santorum quit campaigning. Polls will be open today from noon to 9 p.m.
Academic Allstar Championships Postponed:
With many schools closed yesterday due to the weather, the Academic Allstar Championship matches planned for last night were postponed. No rescheduled date has been announced at this time. We here at v98.3 will keep you updated.
Shooting in Elmira:
Elmira Police are investigating shots fired early Saturday morning on Hall Street in Elmira. Police say the incident occurred outside of 1010 Hall Street, just across the street from Diven Elementary School. One man was shot in the foot and taken to Arnot-Ogden hospital, but police report that the victim is not cooperating with them at this time. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the authorities.
Meth Lab Bust in Corning:
Corning City Police, New York State Police, and the Corning Fire Department were called to Lamphear Court in Corning over the weekend on reports of suspicious activity. The investigation led them to a residence where they found the remains of a meth lab. According to reports, by 10 a.m. Saturday a command center was set up and crews were inside the home dismantling the lab, which took several hours. No arrests were made, the investigation is ongoing.
Attempted Burglary in Fremont:
A Fremont resident was arrested Saturday morning following an incident on Seneca Road in Hornell. According to a release from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 3:30 a.m., an off-duty Deputy Sheriff was awoken by someone knocking on his door. When he answered the door he was confronted by 43-year-old Steven Kelly, who acted in a threatening manner and tried to force his way into the residence. The Deputy Sheriff stopped him and Kelly fled in his vehicle. He was later located by a New York State Police Patrol Unit in his driveway on Myrtle Drive. Kelly was charged with one count of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Also, at the time of his arrest, Kelly had two outstanding Bench Warrants for the Town of Hornellsville Court and the Town of Fremont Court. Detainers have been filed and Kelly will appear in both courts at a later date.
Tip Line Established for Dix Murder:
Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputies say there are no new developments in the murder of 31-year-old Daniel Bennett in Dix and they are asking for the public’s help in solving the crime. They’ve established a tip line for those who may have any information. Authorities say Bennett was shot and killed in his Pearl Street home around 11 p.m. Thursday night and they’re asking if anyone saw a vehicle parked on Pearl Street or Catlin Hill Road between 10 and midnight that night. Investigators can be reached by calling 535 – 8224 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Phone/Computer Scam Hits the Twin Tiers:
Another computer scam has hit the area as residents are reporting receiving calls from any anonymous man with an Indian accent claiming to be working for Microsoft Tech Support who asked them to their computers on. One resident contacted Microsoft and she said they told her no one from their tech support would contact anyone randomly. The best advice is to not turn on your computer and to hang up. Do not give out any information. On the Microsoft.com website it says the scam has been going on since 2011 and according to the site, an average of $900 is stolen from the people who fall victim to it.
2nd ‘Operation Hang Up’ Starts Today:
If you’re hitting the road this week, you might want to try extra hard to put the cell phone down. Starting today, New York State Police are conducting their second ‘Operation Hang Up,’ targeting drivers who are texting or talking, without a hands-free device, while behind the wheel. Last July, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law that made using a hand held electronic device while driving a primary traffic offense. That means police can pull you over solely for using your phone. Also, the penalty for using a cell phone while driving was increased to 3 points on your license. The first Operation Hang Up campaign took place over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, during which state police ticketed more than 800 drivers.
Special Board of Ed. Meeting Scheduled for Hammondsport:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting of the board for 8 a.m. tomorrow in the District Office.
Campbell Teen Arrested on Rape Charges:
A 15-year-old Campbell boy was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly having sexual contact with two young girls. The boy, who has not been identified because of his age, was charged with first-degree rape for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old on March 11th and with forcible touching for allegedly having sexual contact with a 12-year-old on March 23rd. The teen was petitioned into Steuben County Family Court and issued appearance tickets.
Two Arrested in Wellsville in Arson Case:
According to the Wellsville Village Police, 27-year-old Nathaniel Tucker and 20-year-old Aaron White have both been arrested for an incident that took place on Madison Street in Wellsville and have been charged with 5th Degree Arson. They were both arraigned and committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500 bail.
Seager Case Dismissed:
The case against the former Steuben County funeral director charged with failing to bury human remains at his two funeral homes in Savona and Bath has now been dismissed. In August, a mental health evaluation showed that David Seager was not competent to help in his own defense and as it has been determined that there is no chance his mental health will improve, the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has dropped the case. The dismissal of the criminal charges, however, does not affect the civil case against Seager, whose assets have been liquidated to repay those he was accused of defrauding.
CNG to Raise Rates:
The New York State Public Service Commission announced yesterday that the request made by Corning Natural Gas to raise its rates for each of the next three years has now been approved. Under the three-year rate plan, Corning Natural Gas will raise its delivery rates by 3.96 percent on May 1st, 2012; 3.77 percent on May 1st, 2013; and 1.31 percent on May 1st, 2014. For the typical residential customer that means the average monthly bill will increase by $4.46, $3.85, and $1.34 respectively. CNG serves approximately 15,000 households and businesses in the greater Corning area, as well as serving Painted Post, Erwin, Caton, Lindley, Savona, Campbell, and Addison. CNG says the rate increases will help fund significant upgrades in CNG’s infrastructure, which will increase safety and reliability, and will enhance customer service.
Prattsburgh Students Headed to Ellis Island:
140 Prattsburgh band and choir students will soon be making a trip to New York’s Ellis Island and while there, they plan on doing more than just sight-seeing. Not only will they be putting on a concert, but the students are hard at work designing and building a bench that will be dedicated to the island. Future generations will be able enjoy a little bit of Prattsburgh hospitality as the bench will be available in the island’s main building, The Great Hall; and they’ll know who offered that moment of rest and relaxation as the names of every student involved in making the May 18th trip a possibility will be etched into a plaque located on the back of the bench.
Republican Presidential Primary April 24th:
The Steuben County Board of Elections would like to remind residents that the upcoming Presidential Primary Election, on April 24th, is for the Republican Party nomination only. No other parties need vote at this election and it will not be open to independently registered voters. The election hours will be from noon to 9 p.m., and all poll sites in the county will be open.
Synthetic Marijuana Stolen from Riverside Shop:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who stole synthetic marijuana from a Riverside store early yesterday morning. Employees of the East High Street Swap Shop say the burglars took about $4,000 worth of merchandise, including the synthetic pot, and that the theft was caught on a surveillance camera. Last month, New York State’s Health Department banned the sale of synthetic marijuana and Investigator Donald Lewis said, “(The shop was) selling it before and they had pulled it off the shelves.” Lewis added that the thieves removed a window to enter and that the store has been broken into several times recently.
Ground Broken on Corning Hospital Project:
The long awaited Corning Hospital Project finally got underway yesterday with the official groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held at the future home of the $146 million medical campus at the end of East Corning Road, near Interstate Highway 86. According to a head contractor for the project, early site preparation of the 67-acre site will likely begin in mid-May and that construction will likely begin in late June. It’s expected that the project will take 20 months to complete and that it will create about 300 construction jobs in the meantime. The new hospital will replace the outdated Denison Parkway facility, built in the early 1900s, and will offer the same medical services as the current Corning Hospital.
C-PP Approves Budget, Sets May Vote:
The Corning-Painted Post School Board unanimously approved an $87.65 million spending plan that will eliminate 93.5 positions last night. A public hearing on the proposed budget has been set for May 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration building, and then it will go to the voters on May 15th – which is the third Tuesday in May, the day school budgets across the state will be voted on. The C-PP proposal includes a property tax levy of $47.65 million, an increase of 1.78 percent that stays within the state’s new levy growth cap. The tax rate is projected at $24 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Bill to Make Theft of Pets a Felony:
Owners of four-legged, furry friends across New York State are now one step closer to knowing justice will be on their side if their beloved family pet is stolen. A new bill recently introduced into the New York Legislature would make stealing any cat or dog a felony, with conviction drawing up to four years in prison. The bill reportedly has strong sponsors in the Legislature and if it passes, it would likely be the toughest in the nation.
Pinwheels Brighten Steuben County for Child Abuse Prevention:
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Steuben County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force, with the help of hundreds of county children, is making a colorful impact. The Task Force has encouraged schools and agencies to participate in a county-wide Pinwheel Campaign, in which the vibrant pinwheels are distributed to the public and has them turning up in business windows and yards throughout the county. Program Coordinator of the Steuben County Youth Bureau, Bill Caudill said in a press release that “the abuse and maltreatment of children is more common than we like to think, involving over 700 children last year in Steuben County alone. A simple beautiful pinwheel can help to tie the community together to help protect our children.” Pinwheels will be offered to the public, while they last, on April 24th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pro Action of Bath, Kinship Programs in Corning, the Hornell Walmart. They’ll also be available throughout the month of April at the Dormann Library in Bath.
Body in Car Identified:
Authorities have now determined that the person who died in a vehicle fire in Arkport early Monday morning was 35-year-old Thomas Ames of Arkport. Police believe that Ames parked his vehicle in a business parking lot on State Route 961 and left it running for approximately an hour before it suddenly caught fire in the engine compartment. Ames’ death has tentatively been listed as an Accidental Death with the manner of death being Consumed by Fire. No foul play is suspected.
Bath Man Killed in Tractor Accident:
A 51-year-old Bath man was killed yesterday in an agricultural accident on County Route 87 in Urbana. According to State Police, Daniel Martin Sr. was operating a farm tractor on a downhill portion of the private roadway around 6:30 p.m. when he lost control and the tractor overturned. Martin was found pinned beneath the tractor and was declared deceased at the scene.
Brush Fire in East Corning:
Firefighters from several departments responded to a woods fire around 2:30 p.m. yesterday near Northwood Circle in East Corning. Reports say that approximately 3 to 5 acres of wooded area burned, but that several nearby homes were spared. No injuries were reported.
Smith Parole Hearing Postponed:
The parole hearing for Eric Smith – the man convicted of murdering 4-year-old Derrick Robie 19 years ago in Savona – has now been postponed. Spokeswoman for the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Carole Weaver told The Corning Leader that “Eric Smith’s parole board interview has been postponed for one month until May 2012 for completion of records, which includes material submitted to the board by outside parties.” Weaver did not specify what the materials were, but they could be anything from victim-impact statements to court documents.
Hornell School to Cut 16 Jobs, Maybe Sports:
The Hornell City School District announced earlier this week that they will be cutting sixteen positions in order to help close their budget gap. Of those, five teachers have accepted a retirement incentive and the other 11 jobs will include three kindergarten teachers, five elementary school teachers, and three secondary-level staff. The district added that other reductions will still be needed to finish closing the gap and they are considering the complete elimination of the athletics program, as well as field trips and extracurricular activities. The school board is expected to adopt a budget tonight.
Bath Village Board Meeting Recap:
The Bath Village Board approved a budget for the new fiscal year at last night’s village board meeting and the $4 million spending plan calls for a 9.7 percent hike in taxes. Residents turned out to oppose the increase, saying that it was too much, and while the board sympathized, they stressed that a lot of the village costs are out of their hands what with 51 percent of property non taxable in village and with the amount of state mandated programs. By the end of the night, the budget passed 3 to 1, with new trustee Mike McNally being the “no” vote.
Music in the Parks Announced:
The Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Music in the Parks series will be returning this year and, in fact, the first concert – featuring the Keuka Kats - will be in Bath on June 27th. Among others already booked are the Corning Community Concert Band, the Sam Pallet Band, and Jaime Notarthomas. Music in the Parks will run every Wednesday night until August 8th and will include concerts in Bath, Savona, Prattsburgh, and Avoca.
Rabies Clinic This Saturday:
The Town of Thurston will host a free rabies clinic this Saturday, April 21st at the Thurston Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to Noon. For details, contact 776 – 5177.
Investigation Continuing in Case of Body in Car:
Authorities are reporting today that they are, quote, “feeling more comfortable” that foul play was not involved in the death of an unidentified person whose body was found inside a burning vehicle early yesterday morning near Arkport. Steuben County Sheriff Joel Ordway said “the fire is unusual because cars don’t typically catch on fire by themselves, but if he or she were sitting there idly and just fell asleep, it could.” Authorities believe the fire started in the engine compartment. The Monroe county Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine a cause and manner of death, as well as positively identify the victim. Ordway added that authorities have talked to the family of the registered owner (of the vehicle) and that he’s not home.
Rochester Mom Admitted to Setting Fire Say Authorities:
Newly released court documents say that 31-year-old Bobbie Kugler allegedly admitted to starting the fatal fire that killed four of her children. She reportedly told investigators that the fire started when she set pictures of her boyfriend on fire inside her house. According to The Democrat and Chronicle Kugler told police she tossed the burning photos on a dresser filled with combustible materials. Kulger was charged last week with arson and four counts of manslaughter in connection with the deaths of her four children. She’s currently being held the Monroe County Jail on $300,000 bail.
Eric Smith Seeks Freedom Today:
In 1993, at the age of 13, Eric Smith killed 4-year-old Derrick Robie of Savona. Now, 19-years later, at the age of 32, Smith is seeking parole for the sixth time. If granted, Smith would be eligible for immediate release, pending a review of his release plan, which includes where he’ll live and what he plans to do to gain employment. In a 2006 Department of Corrections and Community Supervision report, Smith said he would likely return to Savona if released. If parole is denied, Smith would remain behind bars for at least two more years. The parole board’s decision is expected by the end of the week at the latest.
Organizations Receive Funding for Volunteer Week Projects:
As part of New York State’s Volunteer Generation Initiative, the newly formed Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier had made $2,000 donations in the form of grants to local organizations participating in National Volunteer Week. In Steuben County the money went to: The Almond Twentieth Century Club Library to support a volunteer project that will update the library entrance; the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County to gather their many volunteers together for the first time, recognize their work, and engage them more; and the Steuben County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Bath, to thank their almost 800 volunteers for their service. To learn more about the Regional Volunteer Center or to search for volunteer opportunities dial 211, or visit http://www.211helpline.org/givehelp.
Groundbreaking on Hospital Project Tomorrow:
Ground will be broken tomorrow afternoon on the $150 million Corning Hospital project. Expected to speak at the event is Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Guthrie Health President Joseph Scopeliti, Corning Hospital President Shirley Magana, and Corning Hospital Board President Phil Roche. The ground breaking will be at 3 p.m. at the end of East Corning Road, near Interstate Highway 86. The project is expected to be completed in July 2014 and it will replace the outdated Denison Parkway facility.
Regional Job Fair Today:
If you’re searching for a new job, get your resume ready – the 2012 Regional Job Fair is today from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Murray Athletic Center inside the Elmira College domes on Route 14 in Veteran. Around 100 employers and vendors are expected to be in attendance.
Corning Named “America’s Most Interesting Town:”
Corning has won the popular vote for the sixth week of the Reader’s Digest, America’s Most Interesting Town contest. Each week, from now until May 31st, an American town will be named Most Interesting Town in America by popular vote at the Reader’s Digest website. In connection with their win, Corning will be mentioned in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest Magazine. Locals are being encouraged to submit photos and stories about what makes Corning the Most Interesting and one story will be selected by the editors of Reader’s Digest to be featured in the magazine, and the winning author will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Visit http://www.readersdigest.com/america for more information regarding the contest.
Addison Family Homeless After Fire:
One Addison family is without a home after a fire destroyed their house on Saturday night. Fire officials say they responded to reports of a house fire around 10 p.m. and when they arrived at the residence on Metarko Road, it was already a total loss. No one was home at the time of the fire, no injuries were reported.
Elmira Heights Couple Helps Put Out Blaze:
Elmira Heights fire officials are saying that if not for the actions of one Elmira Heights couple, a porch fire could have had a tragic ending. According to officials the fire department was called to reports of a structure fire on West 18th Street around 8:45 p.m. Saturday night. When they arrived, police told them that most of the flames had been put out by a Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Colitti, who had been driving along West 18th when they noticed the front porch was on fire. Mrs. Colitti alerted the family inside, while Mr. Colitti attacked the flames with a floor mat and dirt from a nearby planter. Mr. Colitti sustained minor burns to his hand, no one else was injured. Elmira Heights Fire Chief James Locker said in a statement, “Had it not been for the actions of these people, this fire would have entered the attic space of the home in only a few short minutes most likely undetected by the family inside, which given the time of night, could have resulted in a tragic outcome.” Locker added that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a light fixture.
Mother Charged in Deadly Rochester Fire:
The former Elmira mother who lost four of her children in a fire in Rochester has now been charged with manslaughter and arson as authorities believe she intentionally set the blaze. Killed in the Grape Street fire on February 18th were 14-year-old Gage Reavey, 13-year-old Gregory Kugler, 11-year-old Kandee Kugler, and 6-year-old Kaiden Kugler. Their mother, Bobbie Kugler, and their youngest sibling, a two-year-old boy, survived. In court, Kugler’s attorney said she did not intentionally set the blaze and Kugler has plead not guilty. Kugler was sent to the Monroe County Jail on $300,000 bail. Her next appearance in court will be in May.
Sheriff Candidate David Cole Meets with Republicans, Discuses Goals:
Steuben County Sheriff candidate David Cole met with Republicans last Thursday night at the RBI Sports Lounge in Hornell and listed some goals he would like to achieve if elected. He stressed: Sharing equipment between agencies to be more efficient. Working closer with State police to make sure road patrols are evenly distributed for faster response times. Mandating that the Sheriff and Undersheriff spend more time in the jail for oversight roles. Mandating an audit of all inventory in the entire department. And re-emphasizing DWI road checks. Cole is currently a school resource officer in Addison and a part time security officer with Corning Inc.
C-PP Finalizing Budget, 93 Jobs to be Cut:
After much deliberation, the Corning-Painted Post school board is expected to finally finalize their proposed 2012-2013 budget this Wednesday. Included are the cut of 93.5 full-time jobs and a property tax levy of $47.65 million – or a 1.78 percent hike. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Building on Charles Street.
Temperatures Expected to Soar Today:
Southwest breezes, in combination with lots of hazy sunshine, are expected to help temperatures soar into record-territory today. Today’s record high temperature stands at 86, which was set back in 2003. Local storm teams are currently forecasting an official high of 81, so it’s going be a close one. With these high temperatures – whether they’re records or not – residents are urged to avoid overexposure to the direct sunshine, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
Bath V.A. to Host Walk-A-Thon:
The American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion are sponsoring a Walk-A-Thon this Saturday at the Bath VA Medical Center to benefit New York’s 13 VA medical centers. Information and pledge sheets are available at the Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post in Bath. Sign-in will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the walk will begin at 11.
Branchport Man Accused of Destroying Property:
A Yates County man is facing several charges after allegedly damaging – including setting fire to – more than $1,500 worth of property belonging to someone else. 26-year-old Brian Lindsay, of Branchport, was charged on April 11th with second-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree arson. He was taken to the Yates County Jail on $10,000 cash, $20,000 property bail.
First Arena Declared Safe:
Despite concerns made in court documents by Chemung County, the First Arena has been declared safe by the Elmira Fire Chief. Back on February 17th, Chief Patrick Bermingham wrote to the county that there were “minor issues with the alarm system,” for which parts had been ordered and the county raised the issue because it wanted to know the county would be protected from liability before taking possession of the arena. “It does, in fact, have the certifications now that are needed,” said the Chief yesterday.
CCC Inaugurates Sixth President:
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher of the State University of New York will install Dr. Katherine Douglas as the sixth President of Corning Community College on Friday, April 27th. The even will be held at 3 p.m. in the College Gymnasium on the Spencer Hill Campus. Dr. Douglas is the first woman to hold the Office of President at CCC. The Installation Ceremony will include a procession of members of the College community, delegates from other academic institutions, representatives of the State University of New York, and CCC faculty, students, and alumni. Chairperson of the Regional Board of Trustees, Thomas Blumer will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Steuben County IDA Creates Small Business Incentive Program:
Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Johnson has announced that the IDA has launched a new small business incentive program to make it easier for small businesses to locate and expand within Steuben County. The Small Business incentive involves 3 incentives such as property tax abatements, sales tax exemptions, and mortgage tax abatements in return for investing and creating job opportunities in Steuben County. For more information on this and other incentive programs businesses are urged to call the Steuben County IDA at 776 – 3316.
Ron Howard Movie Inspired by Elmira Native’s Photo Coming to the Twin Tiers:
A movie based in part on a Chemung County native’s photograph will be shown at the Arnot Mall in Big Flats. Walter Arnold’s photo is one of eight contest winners featured in the short film, When You Find Me, which was created by Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard. The film is about 25 minutes long and Howard chose eight pictures off which to base it, including the one by Arnold. The short originally premiered last fall, but there’s a special showing for Arnold’s friends and family at the Arnot Mall that will include a documentary about how the film was made. More than 250 people are expected to attend this special one-time screening. The film will also be available online at http://www.youtube.com/imagination from April 17th to April 30th.
Gov. Cuomo, Others, Coming to Corning:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, both New York U.S. Senators, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are all coming to Corning later this month. They’ll be attending the New York Democratic Rural Conference which takes place on April 27th and 28th at the Radisson Hotel. One of the topics they’re expected to discuss is using social media in local campaigns. For more information on the conference and how to register for it, visit http://www.nysdrc.org.
CCC to Host 2nd Annual Wellness Fair:
Corning Community College’s second annual Wellness Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spencer Hill Campus Wellness Education Center Gymnasium building. The event will be free and open to the public. More than 50 community and campus exhibitors will be at the event, including the American Red Cross, Arnot Health, the Corning YMCA, the Yellow Umbrella Organization and more.
Charges for Two in Rhinehart Scrap Metal Theft:
Investigation into the theft of scrap metal from Rhinehart Gravel on East Corning Road has led to charges against two individuals: 22-year-old John Sabins, of Corning, and an unidentified 15-year-old. According to authorities, New York State Troopers from Painted Post responded to a report of a larceny in progress at Rhinehart Gravel around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and when they arrived, they found one of the employees had been shot by a BB pistol. He suffered a puncture wound to his leg and was treated at Corning Hospital. The unidentified employee was shot after he and other employees confronted the 15-year-old and Sabins as they allegedly tried to steal scrap metal from the business. Sabins was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Attempted Petit Larceny, and Trespass, and was issued an appearance ticket. The teen, who was petitioned into Steuben County Family Court, was charged with offenses, which if committed by an adult, would have constituted Assault in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th, and Attempted Petit Larceny.
Authorities Seeking Info on Horseheads Brush Fires:
Three brush fires Tuesday night near Lattabrook and Watercure Hill roads in Horseheads were intentionally set, and investigators are seeking the public’s help in determining who caused the blazes. The fires are believed to have been set separately sometime before 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Breesport, Erin, and Town and County fire departments battled the blazes and were able to get them under control quickly. Anyone who witnessed suspicious persons or vehicles near the fire scenes is urged to contact the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division. (737 – 2933)
Minor Injuries Reported in Dansville Accident:
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a two vehicle accident that occurred on State Highway 63 near Lackawanna Road in Dansville around 6pm on Tuesday. They say 20-year-old Dylan Gates of Dansville was traveling north when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the oncoming lane, struck the guardrail, and then collided with a vehicle traveling Southbound that was being driven by 44-year-old Brian Sheldon of Groveland. Gates and Sheldon, and Sheldon’s two passengers, all suffered minor injuries and were taken to Noyes Memorial Hospital. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. Gates was issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket for Failure to Keep Right and will appear in court at a later date.
Head On Collision Leads to Minor Injuries in Hammondsport:
Two people were treated for minor injuries yesterday after a head-on vehicle accident on County Route 76 in Hammondsport. 22-year-old Stephen Copp, of Bath, was traveling south around 10:30 a.m. when he struck a vehicle being driven by 85-year-old Loren Clark. Clark was attempting to exit his driveway when the vehicles collided. Authorities determined that Clark attempted to stop at the end of his driveway, but accidently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. Clark was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way. Copp was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Mild Weather Means Higher Lyme Infection Risk, Officials Offer Prevention Tips:
The mild winter and warm spring means more than just a good time for residents, it also means more deer survived the winter and that ticks are active much earlier, and more ticks sooner equals an increased chance of Lyme disease exposure. Professor of natural resources at Cornell University, Paul Curtis told the Corning Leader that “the tick season is going to be a month or two longer than normal,” and local health providers say they have noticed the early tick activity. A family practice physician at the Guthrie Clinic in Big Flats says they’ve had “at least two or three patients with ticks embedded in their skin.” The New York State Department of Health offers the following tips: 1.) Wear light-colored clothing. 2.) Wear enclosed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants. 3.) Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently. 4.) Consider insect repellent. 5.) Stay on cleared, well-traveled trails and walk in the center of them. Avoid dense woods and bushy areas. 6.) Bath or shower as soon as possible to wash off and more easily find ticks that may be on you. 7.) Do a final, full-body tick check at the end of the day and remove ticks promptly. 8.) In 60 to 80 percent of cases, a rash resembling a bull’s eye or solid patch, about two inches in diameter is the earliest symptom of Lyme disease. Don’t hesitate – get a doctor right away.
Rabies Clinic in Hornby Tomorrow:
The Town of Hornby will offer a free rabies clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Hornby Fire Department. The clinic is open to all Steuben County residents; dogs must be leashed and cats and ferrets must be confined. Pet owners should bring proof of any prior vaccinations. A $5 donation is requested, but not required.
Fire on Arkport School Property:
Arkport Fire Chief, Dan Hulbret, says the cause of the brush fire on Arkport Central School property in between the school bus terminal and Lisman Lane is undetermined at this time. The fire was reportedly about half an acre in size and was contained in a matter of minutes. The Chief went on to say that fire conditions are extremely high and that even fire-pit or burning barrels can emit sparks which can cause fires a long distance from the actual source, particularly with the high winds and dry conditions.
Mistrial Called in Case of Former Employee vs. the Elmira School District:
A mistrial has been declared in the civil case of a former Elmira School District employee who was suing the district and two board members for several million dollars. Bob Gosden was suing the district and school board members Dan Hurley and Lynn Grottenhaler for comments they made in the Star Gazette and at a school board meeting in November 2008. He said they broke a confidentiality contract he had with the district and caused him to lose work. He was seeking $4.25 million dollars. The case was thrown out of New York State Supreme Court when the judge said Gosden’s attorney asked improper questions during jury selection.
Congressional Candidates Speak in Elmira:
The three democratic candidates running for the 23rd Congressional seat appeared yesterday in Elmira to answer questions at a public meeting at the Union Hall on Clemens Center Parkway. Following the forum they were asked what the main issue was in their campaign. Melissa Dobson said, “My platform is based on creating job opportunities in this area from white collar to blue collar workers.” Nate Shinagawa responded with, “We need to shift the priorities of Congress. Congress is about enriching millionaires, oil and gas companies, and other corporations. We need to … focus back on middle class people in America.” Leslie Danks Burke said, “I am very concerned with jobs in this region and I’m concerned with the intersection between jobs and education and healthcare.” Yesterday’s event was sponsored by the Chemung County Democratic Committee but the committee did not endorse a candidate.
Corning Inc. Buys Becton in $730M Deal:
The world’s largest maker of LCD glass, Corning Inc. has announced that it’s buying a majority of Becton, Dickinson and Co.’s Discovery Labware division for about $730 million in order to bolster its life sciences offerings. Corning’s Life Sciences unit develops, makes, and supplies scientific laboratory products. Corning Chairman, President, and CEO Wendell Weeks said in a statement that the acquisition will increase Corning Life Sciences’ annual revenue by 40 percent and get it closer to its goal of becoming a $1 billion business by 2014. Following the announcement, share of Corning gained 10 cents to $13.58 in premarket trading while Becton, Dickinson and Co.’s stock added 56 cents to $77.25.
St. Ann’s Officially Closing:
After weeks of hopeful fundraising, Father Peter Anglaaere has announced the closing of Saint Ann’s school in Hornell. For the last 149 years, Steuben County children have been learning at the catholic school, but the Rochester Diocese says financial concerns have forced them to close St. Ann when the school year ends in June. The parish community held a fundraising drive to try and keep the school open, but only managed to raise about $100 thousand of the $250 thousand needed.
County Route 34 Closing:
County Route 34, or Whiskey Creek Road, in Caton will be closing on its northern section on April 16th to all but local traffic. This section of road is just north of the Ginnan Road intersection. It’s expected to stay closed until April 26th in order to replace a box culvert. The County advises using State Route 225 as a detour.
Livonia Man Arrested on Drug Charges:
40-year-old James Smith, of Livonia, was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon on Richmond Mills Road in Livonia. Smith was stopped for an equipment violation and during the stop a deputy discovered several hypodermic needles, a smoking pipe, heroin, and cocaine. Smith has been charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He’s been remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $1,000 bail.
Brush Fires Break Out in Southern Tier:
Fire crews were kept busy yesterday when brush fires broke out across the Southern Tier – two in Steuben County. Officials report that a NYSEG crew was working on power lines on State Route 417 in Tuscarora around 3:30 p.m. when one of the lines fell into a tree and sparked a fire, which the high winds then spread. Between 15 and 20 acres are believed to have burned. Some fire fighters were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but no structural damage was reported. Another fire broke out in Bath on Harrisburgh Hollow Road when ashes from a wood stove were dumped outside. The Bath Fire Department says five acres of land were burned and an R.V. like trailer was destroyed. No one was hurt. And over in Erin, the Fire Department says they put out a brush fire on Champman Road around 9 a.m. A shed was destroyed, no one was injured. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.
Perry’s Bail Reduced, Home Searched:
The Elmira man who allegedly defrauded the New York State retirement system and is considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of Kelly Rothwell has now had his bail reduced. A Steuben County Court judge re-set 47-year-old David Perry’s bail at $25,000 cash, $50,000 property during a court proceeding yesterday morning. His bail had been set at $100,000 and $200,000 respectively. Perry was arrested on March 7th on charges that he stole approximately $192,000 in retirement benefits – which follows his earlier arrest in 2011 on charges that he stole workers’ compensation benefits. Also yesterday, New York State Police executed a search warrant at Perry’s West Church Street home in connection to the latest grand larceny case. They reportedly removed pictures, laptops, boxes, and financial records. The Kelly Rothwell case, meanwhile, remains stalled and Florida police are offering a reward to anyone who can provide information leading to her whereabouts.
Elmira School District Being Sued for $4 Million:
A former employee of the Elmira School district is suing the district for $4.25 million. Bob Gosden is suing the district and two board members for “libelous comments” they made about him in the Star Gazette and at a school meeting. He says the pair criticized his ability to teach a financial responsibility and accountability class at BOCES and that he lost work as a result of the comments. Yesterday, all ten jurors were seated in the case and opening statements are expected this morning.
Shinagawa Gets More Support in Race for 23rd:
Following Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan’s endorsement last week, Elmira Mayor and Chair of the Chemung County Democratic Committee Sue Skidmore has now thrown her support to Nate Shinagawa for the 23rd Congressional District. In a statement released yesterday, Skidmore called Shinagawa “a proven and dedicated public servant who cares deeply about the citizens, cities, and towns of the Southern Tier.” Shinagawa is one of three Democratic candidates running for the House seat currently held by Rep. Tom Reed. The others are Owego attorney and Painted Post native Melissa Dobson and Ithaca attorney Leslie Danks Burke. The primary is set for June 26th.
New York Honors Fallen Ithaca Marine Today:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff today in honor of a New York Marine from Ithaca who died on April 3rd. A news release from the governor’s office said: “Corporal Christopher Bordoni died as a result of wounds sustained on January 18th, while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Divison, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.”
Steuben May Hire Goats, Sheep to ‘Mow’ Landfill:
Some new employees of the four-legged variety may soon be on duty at the Steuben County landfill. In an innovative way of cutting costs the county may outsource the landfill’s lawn care to goats and sheep. Department of Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti has said it would save the county nearly $5,000 a year. The plan is simply to replace the time humans spend maintaining the grass at the landfill with hungry goats or sheep. The project would cost nothing to the county as the fencing needed to divide the acres into parcels for the animals to graze would be paid for out of a $15,000 grant from the Susquehanna River Coalition.
Two Killed in Ithaca Car Crash:
Emergency officials say two people were killed and two others were injured after their car went off the road and hit a utility pole yesterday on Route 13 in Ithaca. The victim’s names haven’t been released, but police say only the one vehicle was involved. The section of Route 13 at Cascadilla Street was temporarily closed. Investigators say there is no official cause for the crash yet, but they do know the vehicle’s speed played a factor in the incident.
Corning Projects will Affect City Traffic:
Construction projects soon to be under way are expected to create some traffic inconveniences in Corning. City Director of Planning and Economic Development, Steven Dennis says two city projects, a $7.6 million transportation center off Denison Parkway and a $5.7 million rehabilitation of the old Centerway footbridge, are expected to begin early this summer; and according to Corning Police Chief Sal Trentanelli work on the transportation center project will cause some minor traffic delays and reduce the amount of parking spaces. The traffic delays will primarily be when the existing buildings are being razed or when pipe is being installed. He added that the Centerway bridge project will primarily impact foot traffic. Also to take into account during your drive is the Corning-Painted Post School District’s $97.4 million facilities project, which is expected to begin shortly. Trentanelli says of it, “The project will have an impact on traffic flow, especially when kids are going to school or at school closing time.”
New York to Raise Minimum Wage?
The New York State Legislature could make a decision to raise the minimum wage later this month, and officials have proposed raising it from $7.25 to $8.50. Their proposal also includes an annual increase to minimum wage to meet rising inflation. Kevin Keeley, president of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, says raising the minimum wage will be great for some workers, but a potential disaster for others. “In a small business payroll, it’s going to necessitate them to make a change that could mean fewer hours or fewer employees. So some could benefit, but someone is going to be the casualty,” he said. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, “It would increase the cost of business, and not just pay roll cost. It would increase insurance costs and unemployment costs.” According to a recent University poll, 78% of voters do support raising the minimum wage, with 52% of voters supporting an increase to more than $8.50 an hour.
Ford Focus Recall:
Ford has announced that it’s recalling more than 140,000 of their focus compact cars because the passenger side windshield wiper can fail. Federal safety regulators say a seal in the wiper motor may be missing which could allow water to get inside and cause the wiper to stop working, increasing the risk of a crash. The focus compacts under recall were built from August 2010 through mid-October of last year. Ford dealers will fix the problem for free. Repairs are expected to begin in late May.
Teacher Evaluations Could Go Public:
The results from the teacher evaluations each New York school district must implement by January could go public – which means you would be able to see the performance, or lack there of, of the person teaching your children. Local law makers say there’s no proposed bill in legislature to vote on yet… but it’s expected to be a major topic of discussion in the next legislative session, which starts later this month. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says this could be beneficial to parents, but that he doesn’t know yet how much information in the evaluations will be made public or who specifically would be able to access it.
NYSEG Offers Safety Tips:
New York State Electric and Gas wants to remind contractors and others who are planning outdoor projects to be mindful of overhead power lines and underground utilities. Mark Lynch, President of NYSEG, says, “Ladders, gutters, and aluminum siding can all conduct electricity. Making contact with a power line with any of these items could be deadly. Digging into underground utilities could also have very serious consequences.” NYSEG advises to carefully check work areas for potential hazards and to call 1 – 800 – 962 – 7962 or to visit http://www.digsafelynewyork.com before beginning any excavation work.
Campbell Woman Arrested for Crack Cocaine:
Bath Police arrested 21-year-old Kodie Grant, of Campbell, earlier this week on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Authorities report that upon her arrest she was found to be in possession of 24 bags of crack cocaine, as well as cash and other narcotics. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 cash, $50,000 property bail.
Vangorden Back in Court:
The Addison man accused of shooting at several state troopers in September appeared in court once again yesterday with his new defense attorney. 38-year-old Richard Vangorden appeared in Steuben County Court with his new representative, Terrance Baxter – his third attorney in the case. Vangorden has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder for allegedly firing several rounds at two state troopers on September 27th during a high-speed chase in Hornellsville. He was also charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, one count of second degree reckless endangerment, two counts of tampering with evidence, second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree use of a firearm, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He has plead not guilty to all the charges; Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says he is hopeful the trial will begin in June.
First Arena Court Date Pushed Back:
The upcoming court date on the lawsuits surrounding the First Arena has now been pushed back. It’s been moved from Monday to April 17th in State Supreme Court in Elmira. No reason has been given for the delay.
Hornell Mayor Endorses Shinagawa for 23rd:
The Chairman of the Steuben County Democratic Party and Mayor of Hornell, Shawn Hogan, has announced his endorsement of Nate Shinagawa in the race for the 23rd Congressional District. In a statement released yesterday, Hogan said, “I’m supporting Nate Shinagawa because we need a candidate for Congress who is an independent leader for the people of the Southern Tier. Nate has a proven record in economic development and job growth. His background in healthcare makes him an ideal fighter to preserve important programs like Medicare.” Shinagawa is one of three Democratic candidates to emerge for the House seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed. The others are Ithaca attorney Leslie Danks Burke and Owego attorney Melissa Dobson, a Painted Post native. New York’s congressional primary is set for June 26th.
“Coolest Small Town” Logo Chosen:
America’s coolest small town now has their official logo. Hammondsport accepted entries for nearly a month in a contest to see what their “coolest” logo would be and out of 20 entries, it was Rob Kurcoba of Watkins Glen that had his design chosen. The design is said to show the wine rich country of the Finger Lakes, along with shops and old planes. His design will now be featured on street banners around town, storefronts, and on various souvenirs.
Campbell Kraft Plant Wins Big:
The Kraft-Pollyo Foods Plant in Campbell has got something to celebrate! They’ve walked away with several awards at the recent 2012 World Cheese Championship contest in Wisconsin. Out of 2,500 entries from around the world, the Kraft plant came out with 6 awards – 3 of them first place wins. The plant manager, Michael Gracia says Kraft is proud of their accomplishments. “It allows us to keep a pulse on what our products are doing out in the market place and it’s great recognition for over 400 employees that we have here and what they do.”
Firefighters Sought for Video Contest:
The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is looking for volunteer firefighters in New York to compose a short video highlighting their personal story using a smart phone or web cam. Winners will be part of a statewide advertising campgain which will roll out this summer. The submission deadline is April 13th; winners will be notified by April 18th, filming is scheduled to begin at the end of April. For more information and to submit your video, visit http://www.fasny.com/castingcall/.
Steuben County to Offer Boating Course:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Safe Boating Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building in Bath on Monday April 23rd and Wednesday April 25th from 5 to 9 p.m. The class is limited to 40 students, so call to reserve your spot. Personal watercraft operators must be at least 14 years old or older, and hold a valid Boating Safety Certificate. Anyone who is at least 10 years old but not 18 years old and wants to operate a powerboat without adult supervision must hold a Boater Safety Certificate. Call 622 – 3911 EXT 6003 to pre-register.
Corning Inc. Grant Helps C-PP Cover Budget Gap:
Corning Incorporated has made a generous donation of $5.3 million to help the Corning-Painted Post School District fill their multi-million dollar budget gap. Before the grant, the gap was $10.8 million, now it sits at round $5.5 million. The C-PP Superintendent says the money will be used to support district programs and that it should save around 120 jobs, including 55 teaching positions. That said, 93.5 full time positions could still be cut to help close the remaining gap. The budget is expected to be finalized at the next board meeting on April 18th. It’ll go up for a vote on May 15th.
DOT: Patterson Bridge Project to Start Next Winter:
The State Department of Transportation has now clarified that the Patterson Bridge Project in Corning (announced in yesterday’s newscast) will begin next winter; instead of this summer as was originally said by state and local officials on Tuesday. Also, the DOT said that the 50-plus-year-old bridge is safe and is not at risk of being closed, contrary to what state officials have said. Director of Communications for the DOT, William Reynolds added that construction is expected to last as long as two years and that the entire structure of the bridge will be replaced – steel, footings, and piers. The bridge will be closed for a majority of the project, but is expected to reopen to traffic before the entire project is complete.
Congressman Reed Speaks About Free Tax Prep:
With the tax deadline closing in, Congressman Tom Reed recently spoke to community leaders about a free online tax preparation service known as “Free File.” The program helps lower and moderate income individuals and families file their tax returns online and it’s known for improving the accuracy of income tax returns and speeding up when taxpayers get their refund check. Reed said that’s good for the local economy, because it puts more spending money into neighbor’s pockets. “Study after study shows that refund checks really go to folks in their pockets. If they have that little bit extra, those dollars find their way into the local economy,” said the Congressman. Officials said they plan to use the information and to show others in the community how to use it.
Price Goes Up for Easter Dinner:
If you’re expecting to hit the grocery store to buy your Easter Dinner, you may want to listen up: the cost of the traditional holiday meal is on the rise. Ham is selling at about 75 cents a pound this spring, which is above the average 55 cents per pound see in previous years. Recent retail prices have been seen around $2.20 per pound. Fuel prices, packaging costs, and the rise in corn and grain feed for pigs are being cited as causes for the increase.
“NestWatch” Program Gets Underway:
Across the continent, birds are nest-building; and if you find a nest nearby, perhaps on your porch light or maybe in your shrubs, you’ll have a front-row seat to the daily drama of bird life… and an opportunity to join in the NestWatch project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. NestWatch participants visit one or more nests or nest boxes every three or four days and report what they see at http://www.NestWatch.org. Volunteers also do a bit of online training to understand how best to observe nesting birds without disturbing them, and learn the best time to check nests and how to avoid accidentally leading predators to them. Participation in NestWatch is free and open to anyone who is interested in birds and nature.
Gang Mills Applebee’s to Auction Memorabilia for Charity:
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Gang Mills is to be remodeled and dozens of celebrity photos, sports items, and local memorabilia that cover the restaurant’s walls must go and Applebee’s has decided to put the items up for auction, with proceeds to benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation chapter. Director of Marketing and public relations, Stephanie Griffin said, “Every day, patrons come into our restaurants and admire the memorabilia that pays homage to their favorite stars and local teams. This auction allows our customers to take advantage of some unique shopping, all while benefitting a deserving organization.” Griffin added that all bids must be made through the Applebee’s restaurant manager on duty by 5 p.m. April 15th. Items must be paid for in cash and customers will have until 6 p.m. April 17th to pick up purchased items at the restaurant. The restaurant will be closed April 23rd and 24th and will reopen on April 25th with a new look.
Geneva Bank Robbed, Suspect At Large:
Geneva Police are reporting that the Community Bank Branch on Seneca Street was robbed around 2:45 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The suspect is described a dark skinned male in his early 20’s, 5’9” tall with a slim build. He was wearing a grey or blue sweatshirt with writing on the front, black jeans, a grey or tan hat with a design, and dark aviator sunglasses. He was last seen running through the area of South Main Street and Pulteney Park. He is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should contact the authorities.
Tuscarora Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Porn:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is reporting that 38-year-old Bert Tohafjian, of Tuscarora, plead guilty in federal court yesterday to possession of child pornography. He now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. According to the Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Miller Tohafjian was found to possess more than 600 images of child pornography, such of which included depictions of violence. Tohafjian was arrested during an undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation of an online peer-to-peer file-sharing program.
$32M Corning Bridge Project to Begin This Summer:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that a $32 million project to replace the aging Patterson Bridge in downtown Corning will get underway this summer thanks to some expedited funding. The bridge – which is considered a vital link between the city and the Village of Riverside – is currently at risk of being closed because it is structurally deficient by federal standards. Plans had been in place to replace the bridge in fiscal year 2013-14, but the money for the project was accelerated and included in the 2012-13 budget under the “New York Works” initiative. The project will be overseen by the state Department of Transportation because the bridge carries a state road – State Route 352. Local officials expect traffic to be detoured during the project. It isn’t known at this time how long it will take to complete.
Corning Inc. to be Featured in Tonight’s NOVA:
Corning Inc.’s Sullivan Park research facility will be featured in an episode of “NOVA” airing tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS. The two-hour special, titled “Hunting for the Elements,” will include footage from host David Pogue’s visit to the facility last summer, when he and his crew spent a day taking part in Gorilla Glass strength demonstrations, pouring molten glass, and doing experiments with ClearCurve optical fiber.
“RECRUIT NY” Kicks Off April 15th:
The week of April 15th is National Volunteer Week, and as part of that the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is urging Volunteer Fire Departments all across New York State to open their doors for “RECRUIT NY,” to promote people to volunteer their time to their communities as a volunteer firefighter. Locally, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting an open house at their station on East Morris Street on April 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be truck and equipment displays, vehicle rescue demonstrations, and tours of the new fire station. Food will also be available.
Bath Tub Races Set for Bath:
Bath Tub Races are once again returning to Bath next month. Plans have been finalized to hold the popular community event as part of Bath Community Day May 19th. The event will be held on Liberty Street as the entire days events have been moved to Pulteney Square including the lumberjack competition and a chicken BBQ. If you would like to be a part of the races registration forms are now available at the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce and at the Five Star Bank on Liberty Street.
Chemung County Man who Led 5 Hour Standoff in Elmira Rejects Plea Deal:
The Chemung County man who barricaded himself inside an Elmira home for nearly five hours in a standoff against police last June has rejected a plea deal. 30-year-old Michael Decker, of Elmira, appeared in court yesterday and rejected an offer from the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office for seven years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to attempted arson. He said he disagrees with what the charge alleges. Decker is accused of pouring a flammable liquid at Pearl Place in Elmira with the intention of setting it on fire and its alleged that Decker knew a woman was at home at the time. Decker denies this and says he thought he was alone. His case will now go to trail. No date has been set.
3 Teens Arrested in Bath in Connection to Amber Alert:
Just before 10 a.m. yesterday morning an “Amber Alert” was issued by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office stating that a 16-year-old female was believed to have entered a Hyundai SUV with Virginia or Maryland license plates, and was being transported out of New York State. Shortly after the alert, a State Trooper stopped a vehicle matching the alert’s description on I-86, Exit 39. The female teen was located, and Travis Kuhne, Elliott Johnson, and Djakarta Hall, all 18-years-old and all from Maryland were arrested. Authorities believe the girl met one of the males during an online chat, made plans to meet, and willingly entered their vehicle with plans to go with them back to Maryland.
First Arena Case Headed to Court:
A hearing has now been set for next Monday on a pair of lawsuits filed by the owners of the Elmira Jackals regarding the ongoing First Arena situation. It will be the first court date in the matter. One lawsuit is against Robbie Nichols and his assistant Donald Lewis, who formerly ran First Arena and the Jackals. The other has been filed against Chemung County, seeking an injunction to stop the county from taking ownership of the arena. The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. in New York State Supreme Court, Chemung County.
2012 Tyrtle Beach Jumper Announced:
Yesterday morning, right here on v98.3, it was announced that the 2012 Tyrtle Beach Jumper is Prattsburgh Central School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey. A month long pledge raising campaign will now commence… and will culminate on April 27th with Joe’s frigid dip in Lake Salubria in Bath. A resident of Bath, Joe is a 1985 graduate of Haverling High School. He has served as a varsity and JV soccer coach in Hammondsport and on the Town Board of Avoca. He first served in the Prattsburgh District as a teacher in 1995, and since held a number of teaching, coaching, and administrative posts. Non-profit youth organizations wishing to receive Tyrtle Beach funding must submit an application by May 1st. The application and further information are available at http://www.tyrtlebeach.com.
Haverling Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a Budget Workshop tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Bath Superintendent Patrick Kelley has said the $33.2 million preliminary budget could mean the loss of 11 positions, with the layoffs linked to school enrollment as attendance at the school has declined. The district has also proposed running two half-day pre-kindergarten programs instead of the current all-day pre-K.
Living Healthy Steuben Being Offered at Pro Action in Bath:
The Steuben Rural Health Network will be featuring “Living Healthy Steuben,” a six week workshop that assists adults and their caregivers in better managing their chronic health conditions, beginning Thursday, April 12th at Pro Action on East Steuben Street in Bath. If you are living with a long-term health condition or you’re caring for someone who is, Living Healthy Steuben can help you live a better life. For more information or to register call 776 – 9467 EXT 229.
3 Arrested for Lighting Fire in Horseheads Identified:
Three of the four individuals arrested in Chemung County on Friday afternoon for lighting a shed on fire in Horseheads have now been identified. State Police report that 18-year-old Christian Green, 20-year-old Geoffrey Miller, and 19-year-old Nicky Rodriguez have all been arraigned on charges of arson and burglary and were sent to the Chemung County Jail. Unidentified is a 15-year-old, against whom charges are pending.
Body of Missing Elmira Student Found:
Reports from Elmira Police say that Arizona authorities have found the body of missing 21-year-old Elmira College Student Jessica Ronhock. Her body was discovered inside her car in a remote location about 25 miles south of Flagstaff, Arizona. In a post on the “Find Jessie Ronhock” page on Facebook, a statement was issued that said, “…Jessica Lynn Ronhock was involved in a fatal car crash on Route 17 between Pheonix and Flagstaff, Arizona. Jessie was driving on a treacherous segment of Route 17 when she lost control of her jeep and went off the road. The accident is estimated to have happened sometime in mid January, however, because of the remoteness of the area it wasn’t until now that she was found in her Jeep at the bottom of a 200ft ravine by elk hunters.” Jessica was last seen at Elmira College on January 10th. She left a note for her roommate saying she was returning home for a “family emergency,” but her family had no knowledge that she’d left college and said there had been no emergency and that Jessica never returned home. Sgt. Scott Packard of the City of Elmira Police Department says foul play is not suspected at this time. Memorial services have not yet been arranged.
Street Closings for City Events Tops Corning Council Agenda:
The Corning City Council is expected to approve several downtown street closings for upcoming events tonight at their meeting at City Hall. Events include, Glass Fest, the Memorial Day Parade, the Farmers Market, Sounds of Summer, the Indian Festival, Crystal City, Jazz & Harvest Day, the Wine Glass Marathon, the Parade of Lights, and Sparkle. The council is also expected to vote to allow vending within 120 feet of Centerway Square at each event. In other business, the Council will vote to accept at $2,000 grant to city parks and recreation from the Corning Beagle Club and authorize the transfer of money from the city reserve fund to pay for 2011 election costs.
Trout Season Officially Underway, Less Fish This Year:
Yesterday was the first official day of trout season in New York, but as you head out this year, be aware that you may find yourself coming home empty handed and the mild winter is to blame. The Department of Environmental Conservation says the fish have likely spawned earlier this year because of the warm weather. Says one rep for the DEC, “The water is probably at a point we would be maybe a month from now. A lot of these fish ran 4 weeks ago. A lot of fish that would be in this part of the creek have already moved into the upper part of the stream.” However, the DEC advises there is an upside – less snow this winter also means less snow melt, resulting in lower than normal water so fish are easier to see in the shallow creek.
Coopers Plains Volunteer Fire Dept. Looking to Fill Fireman Shortage:
A shortage of fireman at the Coopers Plains Volunteer Fire Department has the department offering free courses for anyone interested. Fire chief Todd Hall says anyone 14-years and older can apply and train, all classes and training will be free of charge. Hall adds that firefighters receive a New York state income tax credit and that hours of availability aren’t demanding. Anyone interested should call 962 – 8213.
Tioga Downs Casino Hosting Job Fair:
Tioga Downs Casino is currently accepting applications for around 75 jobs and as such will be holding a job fair tomorrow from 11 to 6. They’re looking to fill both seasonal and non-seasonal positions, part-time and full-time. All applicants are asked to bring two forms of identification, one of which must be a government issued photo id.
Fidelis Care to Offer Health Insurance Open Houses:
Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, has announced that representatives are going to be available throughout Steuben County to assist uninsured residents in applying for quality, affordable health insurance coverage through Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid Managed Care. Representatives will be available at the following locations to answer questions about health insurance and to help residents apply: Bath Catholic Charities on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Hornell Catholic Charities on Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m., and Corning Catholic Charities on the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pulteney Park Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled, Rescheduled:
The Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for yesterday at Pulteney Park in Bath was cancelled because of the weather. It has been rescheduled for this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Pulteney Park.