Fire in Tuscarora:
No injuries have been reported in a mobile home fire that caught just before noon yesterday in the Town of Tuscarorara. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, but the rental trailer, located on Stead School Road, was heavily damaged. It is believed the fire was caused by a hot water heater, and Steuben County fire investigators are working to pinpoint the cause.
Corning Man Arrested for Theft:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit is reporting the arrest of a Corning man following the investigation of a complaint filed in April by the owners of a Gang Mills hotel. 47-year-old Jeffrey Bates has been charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree and Issuing a Bad Check. It’s alleged that Bates suddenly closed a bar and restaurant that he was operating in a Gang Mills hotel and in the process stole approximately $26,000 worth of equipment and inventory that belonged to the hotel. The bad check charge stems from a check that Bates allegedly gave to the hotel for rent in the amount of $2,700. Bates has been remanded to the County Jail without bail.
Sandy Shuts Down Air Travel:
If you had flight plans this week, be sure to double check your flights before heading to the airport as Superstorm Sandy has grounded more than 18,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe. According to the flighttracking service Flight-Aware, more than 7,000 flights were canceled yesterday alone and delays are rippling across the U.S., affecting travelers from San Francisco to Atlanta. Some passengers attempting to fly out of Europe and Asia are also stuck. Authorities have closed the three big New York airports and as New York has the nation’s busiest airspace, cancellations there can dramatically affect travel in other cities. According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, John F. Kennedy airport may re-open for flights today, but it isn’t known when LaGuardia and Newark will be reopened.
Special Storm Debris Collection in Corning:
Due to the recent severe weather from Superstorm Sandy, the City of Corning will have a special brush collection event to pick up storm debris. All debris must be placed between the sidewalk and curb before 7 a.m. on Monday, November 5th. City officials urge residents not to mix brush and tree limbs with loose leaves. Residents are also asked not to place debris in the roadway. If you would like to drop-off your brush, you may do so at the Corning waste site on Route 414 on Saturday, November 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Helping Those Affected by Sandy:
Red Cross chapters across the state have mobilized to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Millions are without power in New York City and across the East Coast and Red Cross officials say they can use all the help they can get. Joel Robinson of the Red Cross says you can help in a number ways, such as donating money or your time by training to become a Red Cross volunteer. Also, consider donating blood if you are eligible. Over 300 blood drives were reportedly canceled due to the storm, causing a 9,000 unit shortage of blood. For details on how to donate funds to the Red Cross visit our website, http://www.wvinbath.com, and click on the Red Cross banner.
Halloween Tonight, Local Trick-or-Treat Times:
Halloween Trick-or-Treating is still on for tonight and here is the list of local times:
Arnot Mall: 6 to 8 p.m. at participating retailers, which will have an orange sign in their store window. Upon arrival, children in costume should report directly to Center Court to receive a complimentary goodie bag and activity book, available while supplies last. Vistors can also register to win a giant, stuffed pumpkin filled with toys and a $100 Arnot Mall American Express Gift Card. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Avoca: 6 – 8 p.m.
Bath: 6 – 8 p.m.
Corning’s Gaffer District: 4 – 6 p.m.
Erwin/Painted Post: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Hammondsport: Trick-or-Treating from 6 to 7 p.m., immediately following there will the “Ghoulest Small Town” fest in the Village Square. Including snacks and a Halloween parade.
Hornell: 6 – 8 p.m.
Prattsburgh: 6 – 8 p.m.
Savona: 6 – 8 p.m.
Widespread Power Outages:
Thousands of people in the Twin Tiers are currently without power due to the storm. According to reports, over 1100 NYSEG customers throughout Chemung County are in the dark, with over 400 of them in the towns of Big Flats and Horseheads. In Steuben County there are close to 1200 customers without power and 350 of those in the Town of Corning. The outages in Schuyler County are scattered around the county. NYSEG customers are warned that they could be without power for several days. Says NYSEG President Mark Lynch, “The first phase of the service restoration process, damage assessment, will not begin until the storm passes, perhaps on Wednesday, so we ask that customers be prepared for a long-duration event.” Estimates for power restoration can be found by calling NYSEG at 1 – 800 – 572 – 1131, or by visiting http://www.nyseg.com.
Driving During Power Outages:
The New York State Police are reminding residents that if the power is out, most stores are not open for business. Therefore the public should stay off the roadways for their own safety. However, if you must go out, if power outages disable traffic lights, State Law requires all motor vehicles to stop at those intersections as if STOP sign had been placed on each roadway. Motorists should then alternately proceed through the intersections with caution.
Notice for Village of Savona Residents:
Savona Mayor Harrian has released the following statement for village of Savona residents: The Village of Savona has taken additional precautions and reviewed the disaster response plan. They have pumped water to the tank site which will hold the village for four days of supply and they have 700 gallons of fuel to pump water via the generators should the electric be out at the required time to pump water again. If you are a village resident hooked up to the village public water system, you will have water available due to the system being gravity fed from the tank site. If power is out, you will not have hot water, but will be able to sustain drinking water throughout the power outage. Updates regarding the Village and Hurricane Sandy are available on the home page of http://www.villageofsavona.com.
Notice to Prattsburgh Residents:
Town of Prattsburgh residents who are on town water are reminded to conserve water during the power outage.
Voting in the Face of Sandy:
The Steuben County Board of Elections wants to advise Steuben County voters that they may only vote by absentee ballot for the reasons set forth in the state election law such as absence from the County, being disabled or serving overseas. Many voters have been alarmed by the current weather reports stemming from the approach of Hurricane Sandy. However, absentee ballots will not be issued to voters this week simply because they fear they will not be able to make it to their polling place on Tuesday next week. If the weather or its residual effects are severe enough to keep people from voting, the State may assign an additional day for voting. If the poll sites are open on Tuesday (and they likely will be), then make your best efforts to go to them to cast your ballots.
Fatal Collision on I-86:
A ninety-year-old man driving the wrong way on I-86 near Horseheads was killed on Friday night when he crashed into an oncoming utility truck. According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, 90-year-old Charles Tate, a long-time Horseheads businessman, entered the eastbound lane of Interstate 86 by going the wrong way on the State Route 13 on-ramp just after 7:30 p.m. He drove west in the eastbound lane until he crashed, head-on, into a utility truck hauling a trailer. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck, 36-year-old Jody Kaiser, was not hurt in the crash.
Homeowner Charged in Meth Case:
A fourth arrest was made on Friday as the investigation of a meth lab at a Forsythe Road residence in the Township of Independence continues. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and New York State Police uniform patrol charged 30-year-old Justin Billings with one count each of 3rd degree felony unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and 4th degree criminal possession of a weapon. He has been remanded to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, $20,000 bond. Earlier in the week, three others – 23-year-old Zackery Billings and 27-year-old Timothy Billings, both of Whitesville, and 20-year-old Danae Hall of Wellsville – were charged in connection with the methamphetamine lab investigation. The investigation began with a traffic stop on Clark Street in Wellsville and led police to find 60 grams of methamphetamine oil, a meth lab, ingredients to manufacture meth, and weapons at 1485 Forsythe Road.
Testimony Begins in VanGorden Trial:
In testimony on Friday in the trail of Richard VanGordan, his former fiancée told the court that VanGorden “got angry” and “cursed” when his rifle jammed after firing two shots at New York State troopers. Christine Stevens was a passenger in VanGorden’s Ford pickup truck when the 39-year-old Addison man attempted to flee a pursuing state police cruiser in Hornellsville on September 27th. One of the troopers VanGorden is accused of shooting at, Tom Khork, testified on Thursday that just a few minutes before the troopers were facing rifle fire, VanGorden “rammed” the patrol unit while it was stopped on Doorley Road. The officers originally tried to pull VanGorden over on Seneca Road for a blown license plate lamp. Khork told the jury that VanGorden’s truck reached 55 miles per hour as he attempted to outrace pursuing troopers on Seneca and later 80 miles per hour on Route 66. The troopers discontinued their pursuit after VanGorden allegedly opened the back window of his truck and shot at them. The trial is scheduled to continue today.
Eastern U.S. Braces for Frankenstorm:
Big cities from Washington to Boston buttoned up yesterday against the onslaught of a superstorm that could menace some 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation. Airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights and Amtrack began suspending train service across the Northeast. New York City and Philadelphia moved to shut down their subways, buses, and trains and announced that schools would be closed today. Boston, Washington, and Baltimore also called off school. As rain from the leading edges of the hurricane began to fall, tens of thousands of people in coastal areas from Maryland to Connecticut were under orders to clear out, including 50,000 in Delaware and 30,000 in Atlantic City, N.J., where the city’s 12 casinos were forced by Governor Chris Christie to shut down for only the fourth time in the 34-year history of legalized gambling there. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned people in low-lying areas of lower Manhattan and Queens to get out.
Preparing for Frankenstorm Locally:
In the Twin Tiers, Hurricane Sandy is expected to drop as much as 3 inches of rain, and the storm’s winds could knock out power to thousands in the Elmira-Corning area. According to WETM Channel 18 meteorologist Sean Bailey, “The worst of it will come through Monday night,” and while the storm is expected to drop several inches of rain, major flooding is not expected. He says, that flooding will be localized to small creeks and streams. Urban flooding is also possible, however, as fallen leaves are likely to clog drainage systems. Several local communities, including the Village of Bath, recently began their annual leaf pickups, so leaves near or on the streets is common. Bath’s Mayor, John Stranges, is urging residents to not rake leaves into the street. Leaves should instead be raked between the sidewalk and the curb to help minimize catch basins being clogged. If your leaves have been raked into the road, please rake them back into the area between the sidewalk and curb. A high-wind warning has been issued for the local area, starting at 2 p.m. today and continuing through 5 p.m. tomorrow. Residents are urged to monitor local media outlets and to be aware of changing weather conditions. New York State has developed a Hurricane Sandy Helpline in anticipation of the storm. Residents can call 1-888-769-7243 or 1-518-485-1159 for information about preparing for the hurricane and its impact. Information will also be available for referrals to County Emergency Management Offices and American Red Cross Shelters and road closures. Residents in certain areas can also call 2-1-1, and updates via cellphone and computer are also available from NY Alert, New York State’s All-Hazards Alert and Notification System. You can sign up for NY Alert by visiting http://www.nyalert.gov or by calling 1-888-697-6972. To report a power outage or to receive an estimate of when power will be restored, call NYSEG at (800) 572 – 1131, or go to http://www.nyseg.com. Last, but not least, residents are reminded not to tie up emergency personnel and phone lines with general questions. Use 911 to report emergencies only.
Mansfield University Closing in Preparation of Frankenstorm:
Due to the impending storm, Mansfield University will close today beginning with evening classes, that’s those classes with a start time of 6 p.m. or later. The University will also be closed tomorrow.
46-year-old Shelly Weiland of Corning has been arrested and charged with one count of not wearing a seatbelt, one count of Driving While Intoxicated, and one count of refusing to submit to a chemical test after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office responded to her home early Wednesday morning to answer a call for service from 911. During investigation of the call, Weiland allegedly appeared to be intoxicated and was warned several times not to drive in her condition. After Deputies cleared the residence, Weiland was later observed operating her vehicle on Pine Hill Road. She was stopped and a series of tests to determine whether or not she was intoxicated were performed. She was arrested and transported to the Corning Police Department for a chemical test, which she refused. She has been remanded to the County Jail on $1,000 bail.
Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Domestic Dispute:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested a State of Pennsylvania man early yesterday morning following an investigation of a domestic dispute in the Town of Lindley. 49-year-old Jeffrey Minium of Port Royal, P.A. allegedly illegally possessed a firearm and menaced his wife with it. He was charged with one count of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st degree and one count of Menacing in the 2nd degree.
NY Domestic Violence Laws Toughened:
A new measure signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo establishes a new felony for repeat low-level domestic violence offenses. The measure applies the charge of Aggravated Family Offense to defendants who commit certain misdemeanors and already have a conviction for a misdemeanor or felony against a household member within the previous five years. Punishment is one to four years in prison. Sponsors say many abusers repeatedly commit low-level offenses that carry minor penalties, enabling them to continue subjecting victims to fear and harm. The measure will also prohibit anyone subject to an order of protection and charged in that person’s death from controlling that person’s burial.
Brace for Possible “Frankenstorm”:
According to an article from the Associated Press, an unusual nasty mix of a hurricane and a winter storm that forecasters are calling “Frankenstorm” is likely to blast most of the East Coast next week, focusing the worst of its weather mayhem around New York City and New Jersey. Government forecasters upped the odds yesterday of a major weather mess and are now saying there’s a 90% chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding, and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Halloween on Wednesday. Meteorologists say it is likely to cause $1 billion in damage. The storm is a combination of Hurricane Sandy, now in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North. They’re predicted to collide and park over the country’s most populous coastal corridor and reach as far inland as Ohio. The New York area could see around 5 inches of rain during the storm, while there could be snow southwest of where it comes inland. That could mean snow in eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, western Virginia, and the Shenandoah Mountains. Some have even compared it to the so-called Perfect Storm that struck off the coast of New England in 1991.
Million-Dollar Lottery Winner in Greenwood:
A simple stop for groceries turned into a $1 million payday for a Steuben County man. 40-year-old Richard Watkins Jr. of Greenwood won a million-dollar second prize in a September 26th Powerball drawing. He reportedly stopped in to the Tops Market in Wellsville to buy milk and few other items, including the winning ticket. He told local media that, “I play the Lottery once or twice a week and normally buy Mega Millions tickets. I saw that Powerball had a bigger jackpot so bought a Powerball ticket instead. I checked my numbers the next day at work and was shocked when I realized I matched the first five numbers.” Watkins will receive a lump sum payment of $661,800 after taxes. He says he plans to pay of bills and put money into a college fund for his children.
Compost Area for Bath Closing Next Week:
The compost area for village and town of Bath residents will be closing for the season on Saturday, November 3rd at 3 p.m. Absolutely no materials will be accepted after this date. Unused compost tickets will be honored next season. Notice will be given on a reopening date in the spring of 2013.
Accident in Arkport:
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two car property damage motor vehicle accident yesterday on State Route 36 in Arkport. According to their reports, vehicle number one was being operated by 56-year-old Greg Mahany of Arkport and he was attempting to make a right hand turn into the Arkport Café when he was struck by vehicle number two, being driven by 43-year-old Douglas Wright of Canaseraga. No injuries were reported. A ticket was issued to Mahany for no brake light and Wright was ticketed for following too closely.
Jobs Cuts at Corning Inc.?
As they look for ways to cut costs, officials at Corning Inc. have announced that they may reduce their workforce. Said Sr. Vice President and Corporate Controller Tony Tripeny, “We’re still working through the details on those (potential layoffs), but we use the term ‘modest’ intentionally to indicate this is not like it was in the 2008, early 2009 recession.” In early 2009, the company made significant workforce reductions as a result of the recession. Other than that the company will likely implement cost reductions beginning this quarter, no specifics were given. Looking at the Third Quarter report, earnings and sales were up sequentially, but down year-over-year. The company says LCD is still highly profitable and they expect more display innovations in the coming years, and the plan to build another large-scale diesel plant to compliment their facility in Erwin has been put on hold.
NYS to Boost Beer, Wine Sales, Says Cuomo:
At a summit that included farmers, orchard growers, beer breweries, and distillers of whisky, vodka, brandy, and vermouth yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that state government will put the promotion of beer, wine, and liquor made in New York “on steroids” to boost jobs and help the small, but growing industries. The “Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit,” included mostly thanks and agreement on the need to promote the industries, but also had a few specific proposals, plans, and actions - a number of which that will require the Legislature’s approval. They include promoting New York wine, beer, whisky, and brandy at the State Fair, a plan to urge the New York Racing Association Board to promote New York alcoholic products at the Saratoga Race Course’s summer meet, and plans for an international venue. There was also talk of easing laws and regulations for growers and manufacturers for “wine trail” tourist attractions and devotion of $1 million in TV tourism ads promoting New York wines, with up to another $2 million in state money tied to the industry’s matching funds.
Waverly School District Response to Controversial Pep Rally:
After a controversial skit at a pep rally launched the Waverly School District into national news headlines a few weeks ago, students in grades six through 12 met with abuse counselors yesterday in the first of what the district says will be year-long assemblies. The assemblies will focus on things like diversity, tolerance, and mutual respect. The school district has announced that they will also work with a New Hope Center, a Tioga County agency that deals with a range of abuse and hate crimes.
First Congressional Debate Today:
Today marks the first of four debates for the Southern Tier Congressional candidates. Republican incumbent Tom Reed and Democratic hopeful Nate Shinagawa met at WHCU radio in Ithaca at 8 a.m. today. Tomorrow they’ll debate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva at 6:30 p.m. The October 28th debate will be online, hosted by the Jamestown Post Journal, and on November 1st they’ll be at the Clemens Center in Elmira at 7 p.m, with coverage hosted live on WETM.2. The election is November 6th.
FLSPCA Raises $6,000+ with Corral for Cash:
Recently, the FLSPCA issued warrants for ten local desperadoes to appear at their annual Corral for Cash, which was held on October 12th at the River’s Edge Farm in Bath. “Bale” was set for their assorted crimes of compassion and all funds they raised were then donated to the SPCA. All said, the event rounded up over $6,000 in bail pledges and funds to help with the care of needy dogs, cats, and horses. The FLSPCA would like to thank all the outlaws who participated and the community for the generous support.
Six Jurors Seated for Vangorden Trial:
As jury selection is expected to continue today in Steuben County Court, six jurors are already ready to take their seats in the attempted murder trail of 38-year-old Richard Vangorden, having been selected yesterday. According to District Attorney Brooks Baker they are looking for six more jurors and two alternates. Following his arrest in September of last year after allegedly shooting at State Troopers and leading them on a high speed chase, Vangorden allegedly told authorities that he didn’t want to hurt anybody; he just didn’t want to be pulled over.
New Contract Could Save Steuben Co. Nursing Home $90K:
A new contract with a local billing service could save the Steuben County nursing home roughly $90,000. According to a story in today’s Corning Leader an agreement between the nursing home and IM Solutions of Bath was approved yesterday by the county Legislature with County Health Care Facility Administrator David McCarroll saying that IM Solutions will fill in the gaps left by the unexpected departure of a Medicare biller at the nursing home. The agreement calls for the Steuben facility to pay $5,000 per month, for a total of $60,000 – some $90,000 less than the combined salary and benefits of the Chief Fiscal Officer and biller.
NY Unveils “SAVIN-NY” Alert Program:
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute announced yesterday a new program it has implemented in partnership with New York State that will allow individuals who have been granted Family Court orders of protection to register to receive alerts when those orders are served. The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Network, known as SAVIN-NY, allows victims of domestic violence and other crimes to register through NY-ALERT to receive notifications of service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via text message, e-mail, fax, automated phone call, web query, or iAlertz (the free application available for the iPhone and iPad). Among the 22 counties offering the service are: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Wayne, and Yates. Victims can sign up for free by visiting http://www.nyalert.gov and clicking on the “Orders of Protection” box.
“Antler Alert” Issued:
Yesterday the New York State Police issued an “Antler Alert,” to warn motorists to watch out for deer on the roads as the mating season heats up. Most collisions with deer happen from October through December and one of their tips is: don’t swerve to avoid the animal. That can spook the deer onto the roadway and can lead to collisions with other vehicles. Instead just hit the brakes.
Jack Lisi Youth Award Fall Reception Tomorrow:
The Sixth Annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Fall Reception will be held tomorrow, October 25th, at the GST BOCES, Coopers Plains Campus in Building 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The keynote presentation will be by Joseph Hauryski, Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature, while Donald Kemp of Hornell will share his feelings on winning the Award this past May. Master of Ceremonies will be Jack Kelley, retired Corning Community College Dean. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in attending should call 569 – 2079 to make reservations.
Wolves Coming to Corning:
Wolves are coming back to Corning – as part of an educational program known as Mission: Wolf. The program offers an up-close-and-personal experience with gray wolves and will be coming to the Local 1000 Union Hall in downtown Corning on November 1st at 7 p.m. The presenters are Kent Weber and Tracy Brooks, a couple who run a wolf sanctuary in Colorado. Each year, they travel the U.S. in a converted Greyhound bus with a built-in wolf kennel to do outreach programs. After a slideshow and discussion, two gray wolves and a wolf-dog cross will be brought out to meet the audience. Tickets are $10, $8 for kids 12 and younger. They are available in advance at Quick Stop Beverage on Park Avenue in Corning, and One Stop Vacuum Shop on Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira. Mission Wolf will also come to Corning Community College, but that is open to CCC students, faculty, and staff only.
Two Charged with Armed Robbery in Elmira:
City of Elmira Police are reported the arrest of 44-year-old Ricky Jackson and 29-year-old Raheem Herring, both of Elmira, on charges of robbery after they allegedly robbed several people at gunpoint early Sunday morning. According to police, the two men were invited into a home on Columbia Street around midnight. Once inside, they allegedly pulled weapons and robbed several people of their money and other items. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Audit Reveals Issues in Erwin:
A New York State Comptrollers audit has revealed that several Town of Erwin employees received raises and bonuses that were not approved. According to the audit, the town allowed three employees to receive just over $25,000 in pay raises without board approval. Included were three managers, who received $15,000 in improper bonuses, and the town clerk, who received improper payments totaling $1,000. The audit examined payroll processing from January 2009 to March 2011 and points to a lack of written policies as a result of the errors.
Waverly Officials Mishandled Money, Says Report:
According to the New York State Comptroller’s office, the Village of Waverly officials have improperly handled thousands of dollars in taxpayer money. The state report says there were at least 50 instances where money was not accounted for and may have been stolen. Officials say there were oversights when fines were collected, and almost $3,000 is missing. In response, Waverly Mayor, Kyle Mcduffee, says the village plans to follow recommendations from the Comptroller’s Office, which includes better record keeping and clear documentation. He added that, at this time, he can’t say whether or not criminal charges will be involved.
No Jurors Seated in Attempted Murder Trial:
Juror selection began yesterday in the case of Richard Vangorden, but thus far none have been seated. The 38-year-old Vangorden is accused of leading New York State troopers on a high speed chase through County Route 66 in Hornellsville after allegedly shooting at the troopers during a traffic stop. Jury selection will continue in Steuben County Court today.
“Canstruction” Event Raises 30,000+ Pounds of Food:
Yesterday was the 4th annual Canstruction Event at the Arnot Mall to benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Eight teams entered, tasked with the challenge of building one of a kind structures made entirely of canned goods. The teams were made up of design and build professionals, and it gave them a chance to showcase their skills and fight hunger at the same time with 100% of the canned foods used in the contest going to the Food Bank. According to the Director of Marketing at the Food Bank, they expect more than 30,000 pounds of food to be donated after the sculptures come down. They will be left up in the Arnot Mall until October 27th.
Soccer Sectionals to Close Roads in Bath:
With not one, but two sectional soccer games being hosted in Bath this week, Bath Police Chief David Rouse has issued the following statement: “On Tuesday, October 23rd from approximately 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Charles Street from Kingsley to Maple Heights will be closed to traffic as Girls Soccer Sectionals will be taking place and it is anticipated that this event will be heavily attended. The same traffic restriction will take place again on Wednesday, October 24th from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Boys Soccer Sectional game. Residents who live in the area are asked to plan their routes accordingly. We apologize for this inconvenience; however we feel that it’s in the best interest of public safety.”
Steuben Co. Teen Killed in ATV Accident:
A Steuben County teenager was killed on Friday night in an off road all terrain vehicle accident in the Town of Addison. Killed in the crash was 14-year-old Jacob Davis of Cameron, a student at the Jasper-Troupsburg Central School. New York State Police say he was driving the ATV at the time and was not wearing a helmet or a seatbelt when he lost control. The vehicle rolled over and he was ejected from it. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.
Cocaine Found in Hornell Home:
A Hornell man was arrested over the weekend after police allegedly found pre-packaged cocaine in his home on Reynolds Avenue. According to police, the ready for street distribution cocaine, was discovered at the home of 53-year-old Charles Vann while executing a search warrant on his home. He was charged with criminal possession and remanded to the county jail without bail. Further arrests are pending.
Bath Resident Arrested for Fraud:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit is reporting the arrest of 47-year-old Bernice Tigner of Bath on charges of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st and Violation of Parole after she allegedly filed false information with the Department of Social Services. Tigner has been remanded to the county jail without bail. She is expected to appear in court later this week to face the charge.
Frysingers Sentenced for Underage Drinking Party:
The Steuben County couple charged with hosting an underage post-prom drinking party has now been sentenced. Charles and Sharon Frysinger were sentenced to three years probation and 12 weekends of community service. Their son, 19-year-old Jordan Frysinger, who was previously charged with reckless endangerment for failing to get help for an incapacitated girl he had sex with is expected back in court in November. Last week, 19-year-old Cedrick Hairston of Utica was sentenced to 5 years probation for also having sex with and failing to get help for the same victim at the party.
Internet Disruption Affects 450 Verizon Customers:
Turns out Time Warner customers weren’t the only ones with internet troubles last week. According to a spokesman for Verizon, hundreds of Verizon high-speed internet customers in the Southern Tier struggled with slow or absent service signals for much of last week. In Hornell, the Evening Tribune, the Hornell Fire and Police Departments, EDS Computer Technologies and a real estate office were among those affected. The problems were reportedly traced to a “piece of equipment in the Binghmaton/Henry area that had been replaced before.” The equipment was replaced on Friday and most of the problems are expected to clear up.
Leaf Collection Begins Today for Bath Residents:
Don’t forget, Bath residents, the annual fall leaf collection begins today. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin on the East Side of the Village and upon completion there will move to the West Side. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted.
S.C. Resident Extradited to N.Y. on DWI, Traffic/Vehicle Charges:
The New York State Police at Painted Post have extradited a South Carolina resident back to New York. Troopers originally arrested 26-year-old Jamel Mortis of Greenville, S.C., in the City of Corning on charges of Driving While Intoxicated and other Vehicle & Traffic Violations. After failure to appear in County Court as directed, he was subsequently indicated by a Steuben Co. Grand Jury for Bail Jumping and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation on top of his other charges. He has been remanded to the County Jail without bail.
S. Tier Businessman to Get 3rd Trial in Wife’s Death:
Yesterday, New York’s highest court overturned Owego businessman Calvin Harris’ murder conviction, setting him up for a 3rd possible trial. Harris was previously convicted in 2007, and again in 2009, of killing his estranged wife, but the New York State Court of Appeals has ruled that while there was sufficient legal evidence, two errors that were made require the conviction be overturned. Harris’ estranged wife Michele went missing on the night of September 11th, 2001. Her body has never been found and neither has the murder weapon. Calvin and Michele were going through a divorce at the time of her disappearance. The errors included the 2nd trial judge’s handling of hearsay testimony and a prospective juror who acknowledged having a pre-existing opinion.
Future Corning Hospital on Track:
Six months after the groundbreaking, the new $146 million Corning Hospital is reportedly on track for its July 2014 opening. A Guthrie Health spokeswoman told The Corning Leader that the finishing touches have been put on the interior designs and that the architects had input from Guthrie and Corning Hospital staff almost every step of the way, right down to how patients’ rooms are furnished. Included in the project, on the upper floor, are 65 private patient rooms which feature a private bath, temperature control, a flat-screen TV, and a convertible couch for family that has two recliners and a coffee table, and flips down into a sleep sofa. There will also be spacious lounges and waiting areas. The first floor will include the emergency department and operation room complex, along with radiology, cardiology, imaging and other units. It’s expected that by the end of January, the 232,000-squarefoot hospital will be enclosed, and interior work will begin.
Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips:
With Halloween right around the corner, Steuben County Sheriff Joel Ordway is reminding families to trick-or-treat with care by issuing the following tips: When it comes to costumes, face paint is safer than a mask. Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape, and check that costumes are flame-retardant and aren’t so long as to pose a tripping hazard. When trick-or-treating, travel in pairs or groups. Walk on sidewalks or on the side of the road facing traffic. Stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. Be respectful of people and their property. Parent’s are also encouraged to check their trick-or-treat route against the New York State Sex Offender Registry at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor. Before children partake of any treats, be sure to inspect all candy when you get home. Throw away any unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies. For those of you who will be passing out candy, be sure to put away anything trick-or-treaters could trip over and turn the lights on, and replace any burned-out bulbs at the walkway and front door. And for those of you who might not have children, if you drive on Halloween, watch for trick-or-treaters in the streets and possibly darting out from between parked cars, and if you’re hosting or attending a Halloween celebration that includes alcohol, be responsible. Don’t drink and drive.
Travel Advisory at Bath High School:
The Bath Central School has announced that it will again be proceeding forward with the final part of their asphalt replacement project. Beginning on Monday, October 22nd, the Robie Street entrance leading to the rear of the High School and the High School Football Field will be closed for about one week, with reopening planned for Monday, October 29th. Persons wishing to gain access to the rear of the High School or the Football Field should do so using the Ellas Avenue entrance to the school.
One Car Accident in Campbell:
Steuben County Deputies were called to Meads Creek Road in Campbell yesterday morning on a report of a one-car, personal injury motor vehicle accident. 34-year-old Anjela Radford of Painted Post was reportedly traveling northbound when her vehicle veered off the roadway, hit a culvert, and went over the guardrails near the Hoppers Bridge. She was flown from the scene to Strong Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She was issued a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt.
Teen Gets Probation in After-Prom Party Incident:
One of the two former Corning High School athletes charged after a sexual incident occurred a post-prom party on Keuka Lake was sentenced yesterday in Steuben County Court. 19-year-old Cedric Hairston of Utica, who pled guilty on August 3rd to first-degree reckless endangerment, was sentenced to five years’ probation. An order of protection for the victim was also issued. Police said Hairston had sex with someone who was incapacitated because of intoxication and failed to get help for her afterward. The incident happened at a Corning East High School after-prom party held at the Keuka Lake home of Charles and Sharon Frysinger. Also charged with first-degree reckless endangerment in the incident was 19-year-old Jordan Frysinger. He has recently withdrawn his plea of guilty and new charges could be issued. Frysinger is scheduled to reappear in Steuben County Court on November 5th.
Erwin Taxes to Dip?
The Erwin Town Board has adopted a $7.1 million preliminary budget that includes a 4% tax cut. The spending plan would reduce taxes for residents living outside the Village of Painted Post from $5.36 to $5.33 per $1,000 assessed property value. Taxes for residents who live in the village would drop from $2.22 to $2.13 per $1,000. The proposed plan also includes continued support and upgrades for parks and town equipment, road maintenance, flood damage prevention, and water and sewer upgrades without increasing water or sewer rates. The board will hold a public hearing on the proposed spending plan at 7 p.m. on November 6th at the Erwin Town Hall.
Canisteo-Greenwood Residents Vote Down Capital Project:
Tuesday night, voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district voted down an $8.6 million dollar school capital project. The proposal included three resolutions – a Capital Reserve to Purchase New School Buses, a Capital Reserve for Construction, Repairs, and Reconstruction, and the Capital Project – all three were defeated.
New Groups Fighting Possible Painted-Post Dissolution:
As talk regarding the possible dissolution of the Village of Painted Post heats up, a group of village residents came together on Tuesday night to form a group called “Save the Post.” The group is working to convince residents to vote “no” on dissolving the Village of Painted Post and becoming a part of the Town of Erwin. The members of “Save the Post” said that they believe an eight percent tax savings is not enough to risk losing public works services, police, and fire. Painted Post Tax Relief.org – the name of the group in favor of dissolution – says eight percent is still a savings and that they plan to release an updated analysis of the impact of dissolution soon. A vote on the proposal will likely happen by February.
The Patterson Bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad on State Route 352 just north of the City of Corning has been reduced to one lane in the eastbound direction. It is anticipated that the right lane will be closed for an extended duration, or possibly until the bridge is replaced in 2013.
Update in Avoca Crash:
In an update to the story of the drunk driving crash that happened early Sunday morning in Avoca, we now know that 36-year-old Jennifer Johnson of Cameron Mills is facing charges of DWI and Failure to Yield the Right of Way following the accident. State Police say she attempted to make a left turn on to Route 415 in Avoca around 1:30 a.m. when she hit a car full of teenagers. Two of the teens were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital; one is currently listed in satisfactory condition. The other’s condition was not released. The names of the victims are not being released because they are minors.
Elmira Police Looking for Man who Accosted Student:
Elmira Police are looking for the man who allegedly tried to grab a Southside High School student yesterday morning. They say a 15-year-old Southside High School student was walking to school around 10 a.m. near Main and Miller Streets when she was approached by a man. He allegedly made derogatory comments towards her and then grabbed her arm. She was able to get away and later told the officer at school what happened. The suspect is said to be a Hispanic male between 20 to 25 years of age, approximately six feet tall, with short brown hair, a tattoo on his calf, and glasses. Police are also looking for a woman who called police after witnessing the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Elmira P.D.
Controversial Pep Rally at Waverly School Makes National Headlines:
Waverly High School has made national headlines this week for a controversial skit performed last Friday at a pep rally. A Waverly alum uploaded a picture depicting three Caucasian high school students in blackface to CNN I Report. The students were reportedly portraying Popstar Rihanna and her boyfriend Chris Brown, and in the picture the female student lies on the ground while a male student beats her with an umbrella. The CNN article has received more than 50,000 views since it was first posted on Monday morning. Some comments call the skit racist and insensitive. Others say it’s no big deal. School administrators within the district have not commented on whether the skit needed to be approved before it was performed. Superintendent Joseph Yelich reportedly met with administrative groups and some students yesterday to, quote, “examine our current activities and to develop future activities consistent with that commitment. Ultimately we will address the whole student body to set clear expectations for all of our behavior and the impact it has on all people.”
Blood Drive Today:
There will be an American Red Cross blood drive today at the Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post in Bath from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Appointments are not required, walk-ins are welcome. I.D., such as a blood donor card or driver’s license, is required.
Bath Leaf Pickup Next Monday:
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday, October 22nd. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village, upon the completion of the East Side the crews will begin collection on the West Side of the village. Absolutely, no brush or trash will be accepted.
The Village of Bath will be placing a final layer of asphalt on East Morris Street between Pulteney Park East and Delaware Avenue today. No parking on the street will be allowed during the duration of this project. East Morris Street will be closed to all traffic from Wilson Avenue to Delaware Avenue. Motorists are advised to avoid this area as there will be severe traffic delays on East Morris Street.
Addison Couple Arrested:
A joint investigation by the New York State Police of Painted Post and the Steuben County Child Protective Unit has resulted in the arrest of an Addison couple. 39-year-old Prudence O’Keefe and 45-year-old William Austin have been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child after allegedly engaging in conduct that would have likely resulted in injury to the physical and moral welfare of a child less than 17. They were both issued Appearance Tickets returnable to the Town of Tuscarora Court.
Hearing Decision Delayed in Corning Arson-Murder Case:
A decision on whether or not former Corning resident, Rachael Casey, will be granted an evidentiary hearing in hopes of having her murder conviction thrown out has been delayed. In court yesterday, Casey asked Judge Marianne Furfure to order a hearing to determine whether her trail lawyer was effective. Furfure reserved her decision until a later date. Now 34, Casey was convicted of deliberately setting a fire that killed her infant daughter in July 2001. Investigators said Casey poured an accelerant on the floor of her Third Street duplex and ignited it, then she escaped the apartment with her three other children. 7-month-old Kiara Casey Lawton was left inside and died. At trial, prosecutors claimed Casey did not want Kiara because the infant had a different father than the other children. Casey is currently serving a prison sentence of 25 years to life. She is not eligible for parole until April 2027.
Time Warner Upgraded Bath Connection:
If you’re a Time Warner Customer and were experiencing some internet connectivity issues this morning, you weren't alone. Technicians were in the Village of Bath overnight doing a major upgrade. The reason for the work was in order to increase internet speed.
Bath Board Meeting Recap:
In a recap of some issues discussed at last night’s Village of Bath Board Meeting: thanks to a donation made to the Village Police Department by the Bath Ambulance Corps., the Bath P.D. will soon have taser units available. According to Police Chief David Rouse, they will receive two taser units for officers while on patrol. There will be a few weeks of training required before the units hit the streets.
Radon Awareness Week:
October 15th through the 21st is Federal Radon Action Week and health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas, and one in 15 American homes contains high levels of the dangerous gas. If a home hasn’t been tested for radon in the past two years, the EPA and Surgeon General urge you to take action by contacting your state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers. You can also visit http://www.radonplan.org for more information.
Board of Ed. Meetings:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold a workshop tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the High School Library. It will be followed by the regular meeting of the Board of Ed. at 7. Also this week, the Bath Board of Ed. will hold their regular meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the District Office.
Accident in Avoca Sends 4 to Hospital:
Reports are coming in that a two-car accident in Avoca early yesterday morning sent 4 Bath teens to the hospital with serious injuries. The teens’ vehicle was allegedly struck by a drunk driver who was uninjured. No further details are available at this time.
Mom Who Killed Baby to Appear in Court:
The Corning woman who was convicted of killing her infant daughter by setting fire to her apartment in 2001 is scheduled to be back in court today in an attempt to have her conviction thrown out. According to prosecutors, 34-year-old Rachael Casey is seeking to have her judgment vacated on the grounds that her trial attorney did not retain appropriate experts to counter the arguments that she intentionally set the fire that killed her 7-month-old daughter. She will appear in Steuben County Court this afternoon.
Former NYS Senator Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud:
A former New York State Senator pled guilty on Friday to tax fraud. Senator Pedro Espada was convicted in May of plundering funds from the non-profit Soundview Health Network for personal use, but the jury had deadlocked on some counts and a retrial had been expected. Espada will remain free on bail until sentencing early next year.
Urbana, H’Port Taxes to Rise in 2013?
According to new reports, property owners in the Town of Urbana and the Village of Hammondsport will likely see a spike in their property taxes next year. Urbana Supervisor John Webster says that the proposed budget of $1.9 million carries a tax levy of $1.2 million, which remains in line with most previous years’ numbers; however, due to what he calls an “anomaly in the current town budget” the 2013 tax rate could jump $1.48 from $3.45 per $1,000 to $4.93 per $1,000. In the village taxpayers would see an increase of $1.03 per $1,000. The 2013 budget also includes an 18% increase in pensions, an 11% increase in medical insurance, and a 10% increase in worker’s compensation. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for tomorrow, October 16th, at 6:30 p.m.
Tax Extension Deadline Today:
For those of you who requested an extension on filing your property taxes, today is the deadline for most of you. Even if you can’t pay the full amount due, you should file today to avoid late-filing penalties. Be aware, however, that interest and late-payment penalties will continue to accrue. Some taxpayers, including members of the military and those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones, still have time to file.
Breast Cancer Walk Raises $62K:
According to an event spokesman, about 600 people took to the streets of Corning yesterday for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. This year’s walk, which began and ended in Centerway Square, reportedly raised $62,000 to fight breast cancer, a significant increase from the $49,000 earned last year. The funds will be used to help find cures and support programs and services for those facing breast cancer. If you’d like to make a donation, there’s still time to do so. Just visit http://www.makingstrideswalk.org.
P’Burgh Town Meeting Tomorrow:
The Prattsburgh Town Board will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Prattsburgh Central School. Included will be a presentation by two speakers on the topic of hydrofracking.
Bomb Scare Evacuates Ithaca Commons:
Police and fire crews were called to Ithaca Commons yesterday following the discovery of a suspicious package in the downtown retail area around 3 p.m. Emergency radio transmissions said a box labeled with the word “bomb” was found in the bank alley area off the eastern end of the Commons. People were evacuated from offices and shops while police and emergency crews investigated.
Canisteo Man Gets Two DWI Tickets in Two Days:
A local motorist was arrested for drunk driving on consecutive days this week. Wayland-based State Police reported that 75-year-old George Schermann of Canisteo was charged with driving while intoxicated on Monday evening in Hornellsville. He was later released to a third party at a local hospital. The next day, the same trooper who arrested Schermann on Monday arrested him in the Town of Howard, again for driving while intoxicated. No information has been released on Schermann’s status after the second charge.
Wind Power Coming to Hartsville?
Earlier this week, the Hartsville Town Board took steps to determine whether or not the town will be a suitable location for wind turbines. The board approved a two-year permit that will allow the construction of a meteorological tower on Ellis Road. The tower will stand for two years, measuring wind speed and direction, and that will determine whether or not Hartsville is a viable area for harnessing wind energy. Senior Director of Development for EverPower, Kevin Sheen said the tower will be erected at the beginning of November.
Meet Congress Hopeful Nate Shinagawa:
The Schuyler County Democratic Party is offering an invitation for interested parities to meet Nate Shinagawa, the Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District. They’ll be hosting a cheese and wine party on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on Decatur Street in Watkins Glen.
Palmer Point/Point Park Getting a Facelift:
The Bath DPW and the Bath Rotary will be re-doing Palmer Point/Point Park on the corner of East Steuben and East Morris Streets today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The joint effort will include replacing the park equipment and re-doing the landscaping. Funds for the job were raised through monies from the Village of Bath budget, the recent auction where old village street signs and park equipment were sold, and a district Rotary grant.
Helicopter Traveling from Elmira Crashes in P.A.:
Authorities are reporting that a helicopter that crashed in northeastern Pennsylvania late Tuesday night, killing two people and critically injuring another, began its flight in Elmira. Investigators with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department said they believe the aircraft was traveling from the Elmira area heading to New York City. The chopper went down around 10 p.m. in Coolbaugh Township, about 90 miles north of Philadelphia. Two people on board were confirmed deceased at the scene; a third, a backseat passenger, was severely injured. Authorities say that just prior to the crash the aircraft dropped off a passenger and then hit poor weather conditions. While attempting to escape the weather, the helicopter crashed just one mile from Mt. Pocono Airport. The victims’ names have not been released. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
57-year-old David Cochran of Addison has been arrested after a joint investigation by the New York State Police and the N.Y.S.P. Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. Several marihuana plants were allegedly found at Cochran’s residence, as well as a large quantity of processed marihuana and both indoor and outdoor growing systems. He was charged with Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 3rd degree and issued an Appearance Ticket.
War Memorial Library to Become Apartments:
A project to convert the long-vacant War Memorial Library in Corning into apartment space will now begin in January. The project was recently approved by the Corning Planning and Zoning Board and includes plans for five apartments on the upper floors and small office space on the first floor of the historic building. According to the project manager, the project should be completed by mid-summer and the apartments will be similar to those on Market Street. The project has already received $500,000 in state funding from the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council and the remaining funds needed for the $1.3 million dollar project will be secured through bank financing and owner equity.
“Knit for Narcissa:”
Knitted and crocheted scarves made by supporters of the Narcissa Prentiss House in Prattsburgh are now going to be available for a limited time – October 15th through November 30th - at two locations in Steuben County to benefit the Narcissa Prentiss House. Medley’s Café on Main Street in Prattsburgh and Mane Designs on West Morris Street in Bath will have the scarves ranging from $5 to $20 dollars in various sizes. Each scarf is one of a kind. The Narcissa Prentiss House is the birthplace of one of the first 2 women to cross the Rockies, opening up the west for women and families. Narcissa grew up in Prattsburgh and taught in Prattsburgh and Bath before marrying Marcus Whitman and going west in 1836. In addition to being Narcissa’s birthplace, the house contains artifacts, quilts, antique clothing, and a room dedicated to the Pratt family, founders of Prattsburgh.
Dinner & Theater – A Night of Breast Cancer Awareness:
In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the YWCA Women’s Breast Health Program, the YWCA Teen Scene Theater, Chemung County Health Department, and the Cancer Services Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties will be hosting an Evening of Dinner & Theater on Tuesday, October 16th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chemung County Health Department. The cost for the evening is $10 and includes a delicious dinner and a performance of “The Ribbon” by the YWCA Teen Scene Theater Youth Group. “The Ribbon” is a play that depicts the story about a teenager’s loss of her mother to breast cancer, how she copes with the loss, her recognition of her own vulnerability to the disease, and how to move forward with her life. For tickets and information please contact 733 – 5575.
Elmira Fire Started by Discarded Cigarette:
Authorities are reporting that an early morning blaze that caught at duplex on Foster Avenue in Elmira was caused by a discarded cigarette in a back room. Fire investigators say they responded to the home shortly after 8 a.m. and that at one point, the entire home was engulfed in flames. The family living on the side of the duplex where the fire started wasn’t home at the time, but the other family was. Luckily, everyone got out unharmed. The side where the fire started has been deemed a total loss; the other side received heavy smoke damage. The American Red Cross is assisting both families.
Attempted Abduction Suspect Sought:
New York State Police have announced that they now believe the attempted abduction of a young girl in Canisteo this past weekend was a random, singular act, and that it was not perpetrated by a serial abductor. Bath-based State Police Capt. Rick Allen has said that they did recover physical evidence from the scene, and that they are asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible. The only description of the suspect given was that it was a male wearing a baseball-style cap. Anyone with information about the case, including anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the East Main Street area early Sunday morning, should contact investigators. Also, Allen reminds all residents to lock their doors and remove keys from their vehicles as a way to prevent people from unlawfully entering their homes.
Painted Post to Vote on Dissolving:
At last night’s Painted Post Village Board Meeting, Village Clerk Anne Names validated a petition signed by 390 registered village voters, forcing a dissolution vote. Mayor Roz Crozier told the crowd that the vote will be held early next year. An exact date was not given as the board has 30 days – until November 4th – to hold a meeting to enact a resolution to hold the referendum vote. Once the resolution is enacted, the vote must be held in 60 to 90 days.
Committee Backs Steuben Co. Charter:
The Steuben County Legislature’s Administration Committee agreed unanimously yesterday to move their current nonchartered status to a charter, which will allow county officials more flexibility with governmental operations. The committee also agreed to switch from a county administrator to a county manger, which will give the Steuben chief civil officer the right to hire and fire department heads, subject to legislative approval. Another major change in government decided yesterday was to make the county Treasurer an appointed position instead of an elected one, a move that legislators say will allow them to scrutinize the candidate’s credential and prevent future problems. Voters will have to approve the changes in government.
“Sikorsky Won’t Change Mind,” Says Schumer:
Sikorsky announced last month that it will close its facilities in Big Flats by the end of the year, sending approximately 570 people to the unemployment line, and now leaders, such as U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Representative Tom Reed, have announced that they have been unable to persuade Sikorsky to reconsider. Schumer said yesterday that, in light of this development, he urges the company to quickly return the facilities to the county so it can look for new tenants. The company operates at two facilities near the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport – neither of which are owned by Sikorsky. The Sikorsky Military Completions Center is owned by the Chemung County IDA, and the company’s “center of excellence” in the former Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is owned by the county. In a letter to Sikorsky President Mick Maurer, Schumer noted that Sikorsky still owes approximately $25 million on the mortgages of its buildings, and the taxpayers of Chemung County have contributed roughly $7.2 million as equity. He suggests Sikorsky pay off the remaining balance in a lump sum so the county can move forward with finding new tenants as quickly as possible.
Steuben Flu-Shot Clinic Tomorrow:
Steuben County will hold two flu clinics from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Residents have their choice of inoculations at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, as walkers, or by driving through the Steuben County Fairgrounds. The clinics will provide free influenza shots for various target populations, their families, and the general public, 19 years of age and older. The goal is to immunize at least 200 people per-hour. Pre-registration is required. Visit http://www.health.state.ny.us/Go2Clinic to register.
Applications for HEAP Accepted Next Month:
Beginning Monday, November 19th applications for regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits will be accepted in Bath at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. on a first come, first serve basis between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications may also be filed with the Steuben County Department of Social Services from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Again this year, all applications can be filed by mail and all applications are eligible for a telephone interview. To obtain an application you may call Pro Action, the Office for the Aging, or the Department of Social Services. Applications for emergency HEAP benefits won’t be available until January 2nd. Applications will be accepted in Corning and Hornell on Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectfully, beginning the week of December 10th. Applications for assistance with heating equipment repair or replacement are already being accepted in Bath, but be aware that you must have a face to face interview if requesting heating equipment assistance.
Attempted Abduction in Canisteo:
State Police are investigating the report of an attempted child abduction that occurred early Sunday morning in Canisteo. According to troopers, a caller told police that an unknown man attempted to abduct a young girl from her home on East Main Street. Reportedly, the man entered the unlocked home sometime before 3:30 a.m. and went to an upstairs bedroom where the 10-year-old girl was sleeping. He grabbed the girl from her bed and carried her downstairs, but as he reached an exterior door, he put the child down, and left. Police say they do not know why the man did not go through the abduction. Police have not released a description of the suspect, but they have said that the girl was unharmed.
Hornby Man Arrested on Sex Charges:
65-year-old George Eddy of Pine Hill Road in Hornby has been charged with 1st degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a child under the age of 11. He was arraigned in Hornby Town Court and released from custody on $7,500 bail. He was arrested after someone reported him to the New York State Child Abuse Hotline.
Domestic Incident Leads to Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of Nicholas Ayers of Fremont in response to a domestic incident. Ayers was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief in the 4th, and harassment in the 2nd. He was issued a temporary order of protection and released to reappear in court at a later date.
Live Grenade Forces Evac. in Le Roy:
Some residents in Le Roy were evacuated from their homes for about an hour yesterday after police found a homemade grenade and a gun in the trunk of a car. The Daily News of Batavia reports that a police officer made a traffic stop around 7:30 a.m. and opened the vehicle’s trunk after seeing ammunition in the car. Homes within 200 feet were evacuated. A state police bomb technician determined that the grenade was explosive. Police said the driver lives in Buffalo and told police he was on his way to visit his girlfriend in Rochester. His name hasn’t been released and no charges have been filed at this time.
Traveling Vietnam Wall to Visit Hornell:
A half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as The Wall that Heals, will visit the area this week, stopping in Hornell on Thursday and staying through Sunday. The visit is part of a traveling exhibition that includes the replica wall, a traveling museum, and an information center that provides more information about the Vietnam War and the wall. The wall is made up of 24 panels and stretches nearly 250 feet in length. Names are listed by date of casualty. The mobile museum includes photos of service members, letters, and memorabilia left at the memorial in Washington, D.C., and information about the conflict. The information center includes assistance for those searching for names on the wall. The wall will arrive in Hornell at around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and it will travel from the old Kmart plaza in North Hornell down Seneca road to Seneca Street. From there, it will travel from Main Street to East Main Street to East Avenue to Park Drive and back up State Route 36 to Hornell High School. An opening ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, a closing ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The wall will be open 24 hours a day.
Steuben Co. Considering Government Changes:
According to a story in today’s Corning Leader residents of Steuben County could have a new form of government before too long. Tomorrow the County Legislature’s Administration Committee is expected to begin a review of Steuben operations and will take a look at whether there are ways to improve efficiency. Currently, the county operates as a non-chartered government, with a county administrator directed by 17 legislators assigned to committees. The committees meet monthly to review and act on department reports. The legislators are limited to three four-year terms, after which they must step down for at least two years. Last month the Administration Committee rejected the idea of a county executive, so now it must decide whether to allow a county administrator or a county manager to oversee day-to-day operations. Another big issue is likely to be whether or not to move from an uncharted government to a chartered one. A charter would likely give legislators more flexibility in a number of areas, such as on the issue of redistricting.
Painted Post to Discuss Possible Dissolution:
Painted Post leaders will meet to discuss the future of the village tomorrow night. A group called Painted Post Tax Relief and some four hundred other residents have signed a petition asking for the village to be dissolved and to be made a part of Erwin in order to save on taxes. The group says property taxes are three times higher in Painted Post than in Erwin and supporters say a Center for Government Research study estimates that resident taxes would go down 25 percent. Village leaders will meet tomorrow night; the petition and the possible referendum are expected to be discussed.
Chemung, Steuben Offering Free Flu Shots:
Chemung and Steuben counties will test their emergency response capability by providing a free flu-shot service for county residents this week. Chemung’s clinic will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the County Health Department in Elmira. Slots are available for the first 400 who register. Photo identification is required. Steuben will hold two flu clinics from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Steuben residents have their choice of inoculations at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, as walkers, or by driving through the Steuben County Fairgrounds. The clinics will provide free influenza shots for various target populations, their families, and the general public, 19 years of age and older. The goal is to immunize at least 200 people per-hour. Pre-registration is required for both counties. Visit http://www.health.state.ny.us/Go2Clinic to register.
Local Haunted Houses:
Halloween is just a few weeks away and if you’re looking to scare-in the holiday the right way, you’ve got several choices in local haunted attractions. After taking a year off, Keith Hoover’s Kingsbury Cemetery haunted house has expanded and moved from Corning’s Northside to Indian hills Golf Course. There are now two attractions, “Kingsbury Manor Masked Ball” and “Patient 13,” each with a theme and a back story. Admission is $16 in advance or $18 at the gate for both attractions. Also, $1 from every ticket goes to the Corning Community Food Pantry. It will be open 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday this week, then Friday through Sunday the next two weekends. It will also be open October 30th and 31st. For details see http://www.kingsburycemetery.com. Apryl Clary’s Barn of Terror, located atop Kerrick Hollow Road off Route 414 in Hornby is self-proclaimed as the “most terrifying haunted house in the Twin Tiers” and is not recommended for young children or the faint of heart. It’s open from 7 to 10 p.m. the next three Saturdays. It’s free, but donations are accepted. For more details, see http://www.freewebs.com/barnofterror. Of course, Tagsylvania, hidden in the mist behind Tag’s on State Route 352 in Big Flats, features three attractions – “Lecter’s Lair,” “Psycho Swamp” and “Jerkus Circus.” A combination pass for all three is $22 in advance, $27 at the door. Tagsylvania is open from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the next three weekends. For more information, see http://www.tagsylvania.com. And be sure to tune into v98.3 for “Name that Monster,” as we’ll have tickets to Tagsylvania up for grabs.
Hit and Run in Elmira:
An elementary school student in the City of Elmira is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a car on his way to school early yesterday morning. Details are limited but Elmira City School District officials say that the student was on his way to Parley-Coburn Elementary when a car hit him and kept going. The student was crossing a street at the time and continued walking to school after he was hit. He was taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center by ambulance. He is said to be okay, but the extent of his injuries have not been confirmed.
Alcohol a Factor in Hornellsville Crash:
21-year-old Melissa Murray of Alfred Station was arrested by Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies following a single car motor vehicle accident on Honey Run Road in Hornellsville. Murray was allegedly the operator of the vehicle and has been charged with driving while intoxicated. She has been issued citations and will reappear in Hornellsville Court at a later date.
Former Avoca Court Clerk Arrested:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit has announced the arrest of a Village of Avoca woman in connection to an investigation at the Avoca Town Justice Court. Officials say back in May they were contacted by the NYS Office of Court Administration and asked to look into some irregularities found in the Avoca Justice Court database. For the past five months investigators have been looking into around a dozen irregularities and now 41-year-old Shawn Wellington, a former Court Clerk, has been charged with one count of falsifying business records, one count of official misconduct, and one count of petit larceny. The charges stem from her involvement in a court transaction back in August 2011 where a fine for a Uniform Traffic Ticket was paid to the court in cash. According to the press release, “…a receipt was issued by Wellington to the person issued the ticket. The money was found to be missing and the entry in the Court database was erased. Wellington allegedly took the money during the transaction and then deleted the entry to cover up the theft.” Wellington was released on her own recognizance.
Canisteo Teen Arrested on Drug Charges:
Following a traffic stop, a 17-year-old Canisteo resident has been charged with unlawful possession of marihuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, and several traffic violations. Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly found the teen in possession of marihuana and prescription medications. He was processed and released to his parents.
Frysinger Back in Court:
19-year-old Jordan Frysinger and his parents, Sharon and Charles, the Steuben County family charged after a post prom party got out of control, were back in county court yesterday and now they’re saying they’re not guilty of the crimes they’re accused of. Frysinger initially had a plea agreement with Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker to spend six months in county jail, plus five years probation on a charge of reckless endangerment, but the court did not accept that deal. District Attorney Michael Tantillo of Ontario County has since taken over the case, after Baker removed himself due to a conflict of interest, and once Tantillo reviews the evidence, new charges, whether they are more or less severe, could be brought against the teen. Frysinger’s parents also initially pleaded guilty and were set to be sentenced on a charge of unlawfully dealing with a child yesterday, but they reportedly changed attorney’s an hour before hand and have now requested time to prove to the court why they should be allowed to change their plea from guilty to not guilty. Jordan Frysinger is set to be back in court on November 5th. His parents will return later this month.
WWII Munitions Found in Pine City:
A bomb squad was called to a Pine City home on Tuesday afternoon to help secure and remove three World War II-era Japanese munitions. Chemung County Sheriff’s deputies were called by the homeowner, who wanted to turn over the items, which had been owned by a deceased family member. Recovered were two hand grenades and one 50-mm mortar round that appeared to be intact and potentially still active. The Endicott Bomb Squad secured and removed the items to be destroyed at its facility.
New Law Seeking to Register More Organ Donors:
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill yesterday that could help increase the number of organ donors in the state. The legislation, called “Lauren’s Law,” requires people applying for a driver’s license to answer whether or not they want to be organ donors. You used to be allowed to just skip that question, but now you will have to answer “yes” or “no.” The thought process behind the new law is that having to answer the question should make people think more seriously about it and that could increase the number of donors. The law will take effect in one year.
Fugitive Caught in Avoca:
The suspected gun and vehicle thief that trigged a manhunt and a lockdown of Avoca Central School on Tuesday, was apprehended yesterday by police. 19-year-old Tyler Davis, of Penn Yan, was located around 12:30 p.m. along County Route 7 in Avoca and was taken into custody. He was charged with 4th degree criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana. Davis is a suspect in the theft of a .22-caliber handgun in Penn Yan and the theft of a vehicle in Macedon. He has been turned over to the Macedon Police Department.
Steuben Co. to Discuss “Unintended Consequences” of Smoking Ban:
While Steuben County lawmakers still intend to enact a law banning tobacco use on all county-owned and county-leased property, the county’s Human Services, Health and Education Committee will now go back and reconsider some of the “unintended consequences” of the ban, at the request of the full Legislature. The biggest concern is said to be the potential impact the law will have on county-run parks. Steuben County owns Mayo Park at Boyd’s Corner and Hornby Park in Hornby. It leases Birdseye Hollow Park in Bradford and Kanakadea Park in Hornellsville. Kanakadea Park is a popular campground and County Public Works Department Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti told The Corning Leader that a ban might drive away regular park or campground users from places where tobacco use isn’t much of an issue. A countywide ban would also prevent smoking in all DPW vehicles and according to Spagnoletti, the DPW is currently flexible with its truck drivers. As they tend to drive the same truck most of the time and are typically out by themselves, they just ask that the drivers be considerate. Current rules in Steuben County prohibit smoking within 50 feet of the entrances to county office buildings in Bath and Corning. Outright bans have been adopted in Ontario, Schuyler, and Seneca counties.
Fracking Moratorium Struck Down in Binghamton:
A state judge has invalidated Binghamton’s two your moratorium on natural gas drilling, marking the first time a local law that would ban or delay hydraulic fracturing in New York has been struck down. The State Supreme Court Justice ruled on Tuesday that the city law approved back in December failed to meet the standards of a properly enacted moratorium. He says the city never established that there was a “dire emergency” regarding a practice that is still not allowed in New York. He wrote, “There can be no showing of dire need since the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has not published the new regulations that are required before any natural gas exploration or drilling can occur in this state.” More than 30 upstate municipalities have passed bans on gas drilling and more than 80 have enacted moratoriums. Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan said yesterday that an appeal is likely.
Paving work is scheduled to begin today at the State Route 13-East Franklin Street intersection, the site of the new roundabout, in Horseheads. Lane closures and significant delays near the intersection are expected and the State Department of Transportation advises motorists to find alternate routes. The work is expected to last about a week. As a reminder, a little farther north, at the State Route 13-State Route 223 intersection, work began this week on another roundabout. At both intersections, traffic lights have been removed.
Also, the DOT as announced that due to weather, the second course of paving on State Route 70 scheduled to start today has been rescheduled to start on Monday, October 8th. The work will be from the Steuben/Allegany County Line to Garwoods, in the Towns of Burns and Groves in Allegany County. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Bath Central School District Audit Committee will meet today at 4:30 p.m. in the District Office.
Manhunt in Avoca:
The Avoca Central School District went into lockdown yesterday afternoon after New York State Police notified the superintendent that a man hunt was going on near the property located by the school. Authorities say they were chasing 19-year-old Tyler Davis of Penn Yan after he allegedly helped another individual steal a shotgun, and then stole a handgun and a Jeep himself. The other suspect was arrested by Penn Yan police and the shotgun was recovered. Davis reportedly stopped the vehicle, jumped out and ran into the woods on property near the school. The students remained in the building until the State Police allowed them go home around 4 p.m. The search for Davis was eventually called due to darkness. The investigation will resume today.
Meth Lab Found in Elmira:
Elmira Police reported the discovery of a meth lab inside an Elmira home after they responded to a report of a “suspicious condition” Monday evening. Officers say they found evidence at the home on Hall Street that methamphetamine was being made. The residents were removed from the home, but no arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
Suspect in Superintendent Shooting Visited Victim’s Office:
More details are emerging in the ongoing investigation surrounding the murder of a western New York school superintendent. A coworker of Keith Reed Jr. and acting Clymer School Superintendent Edward Bailey told Buffalo media that the Virginia man charged in the killing, 42-year-old Anthony Taglianetti, showed up at the district’s office on September 21st, asked for a substitute teacher application and asked to see Reed, who wasn’t in at the time. Officials say Taglanetti fatally shot Reed that same day outside his rural Chautauqua County home. Taglanetti was captured by U.S. Marshalls a week later in Virginia and charged with second-degree murder. He is reportedly fighting extradition to New York.
Airport Projects Under Way:
Projects at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport are underway and for the next month, you should expect movement around the airport to be slowed. Crews are constructing a passenger canopy over the entrance of the airport terminal, and work is being done to expand the airport’s economy parking lot. During construction, the entire front curb of the terminal will be closed, as well as the main entrance door. Also, the economy parking lot will be closed, so expect it to take a little longer to find a parking space. The total cost of the canopy project is $360,000. $288,000 of that will be paid for by the State Department of Transportation. The $384,000 parking project will be paid for entirely by parking revenue. Completion of both projects is projected to be around the end of October.
Local Women’s Shelter Receives Grant:
The Net Shelter and Domestic Abuse Program, a local women’s shelter serving Steuben County, has received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation as part of their observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Net Shelter and Domestic Abuse Program is a 14 bed licensed emergency domestic violence shelter that provides emergency shelter and intensive case management for victims of domestic violence and their children. Additionally, they provide legal advocacy and provide individual educational sessions on domestic violence for outreach/non-residential clients designed to educate them on the effects of domestic violence. They will use the grant to provide critical support of the shelter facility, with upgrades to be made to fire and security systems.
Prattsburgh Town Board Schedules Hydrofracking Meeting:
The Town Board of Prattsburgh has announced that they will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 p.m. at Prattsburgh Central School. The meeting will consist of a presentation by two speakers on the topic of hydrofracking.
Penn Yan Teen Missing:
Penn Yan Police have issued a missing person alert for 17-year-old Nathaniel Hillyard of Penn Yan. He is described as 6 feet tall and 155 lbs., with brown hair, gauge piercings in both ears, and a tattoo on his upper right arm. If you have any information on Hillyard, you are asked to call the Penn Yan P.D. - (315) 536 – 4422 – or 911.
Elmira Man Arrested for Selling Heroin in Erwin:
The Steuben County District Attorney’s Drug Initiative is reporting the arrest of 25-year-old Tanner Rios of Elmira on a Superior Court Warrant for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd. They allege that earlier this year, Rios sold a quantity of heroin to another person while in the Town of Erwin. Rios has been arraigned and remanded to the County Jail without bail.
As part of their ongoing “Marihuana Eradication Program” the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 51-year-old Robert Clark of Rathbone on one count of Growing the Plant Known as Cannabis without a License, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th degree. The charges stem from an investigation conducted early Friday at Clark’s residence. Deputies and Investigators allegedly discovered that the upstairs of the residence had been transformed into a marihuana growing and processing operation, and numerous plants in various stages of growth were recovered, along with growing equipment. Authorities also recovered two long guns. Clark is currently on Probation for felony DWI and is unable to possess long guns due to that felony conviction. Clark was issued three appearance tickets and released.
Painted Post Teen Arrested for Forcible Touching:
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation has arrested 18-year-old Kalif Graham of Painted Post on charges of Forcible Touching and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It’s alleged that while on a Corning – Painted Post school bus, Graham intimately touched a minor. Graham was arraigned in Erwin Court and released on his own recognizance.
Congressmen Reed Vows to Fight for Sikorsky Plant:
Last week, Sikorsky Aircraft in Big Flats announced that it will soon close its doors, eliminating more than 550 jobs. Now, Congressman Tom Reed says that the plant will not close without a fight. He says that when the company first laid off several hundred employees in August of 2011, he was told by company executives that the plant would survive these tough economic times. He also says that Sikorsky’s closure due to cuts to defense spending doesn’t make sense, as the aircraft made out of the Big Flats plant is for civilian use. He even added that, if despite best efforts, Sikorsky were still to close, that he has also been in talks with other companies to move into the facilities in Big Flats.
Gas Drilling Storage Facility Approved in Southport:
After 13 months of discussion, a natural gas drilling storage site plan application was approved by the Southport planning board last night. Proposed by Dan Hurley, of Bradley Farms, the project will allow a natural gas pipeline to be constructed at a staging location on Maple Avenue. Planning board chairman, Mike Stephens says Hurley’s plan must follow conditions that will allow his business to run while protecting neighbors safety and surroundings.
Weather permitting, the second course of a two-course paving project is scheduled to begin on Thursday on State Route 70 from the Steuben/Allegany County Line to Garwoods, in the Towns of Burns and Groves in Allegany County. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons. The project is expected to be completed on October 9th.
School Board Meetings:
The Bath Haverling School Board has scheduled an Audit Committee meeting for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the District Office. Also, at 6:30 a.m. they will hold a Special Board Meeting, also in the District Office, to approve the APPR plan to submit to the New York State Education Department.
Keith Reed Suspect Caught, Details Emerge:
With the capture of the suspect believed to be responsible for the death of former teacher and principal in the Horseheads and Campbell-Savona school districts Keith Reed Jr. over the weekend, details of what possibly led to the murder are now emerging. The Associated Press is reporting that a person familiar with the investigation is saying that Anthony Robert Taglianetti II made the over six hour drive from Woodbridge, VA. to Reed’s home in Clymer and shot him because he believed Reed was having an affair with his wife. The person, who requested anonymity because the information was not publicly released by authorities, says the two had a romantic relationship some time ago when the Taglianettis were separated. However, Reed’s brother has objected to the suggestion that his brother was having an affair. In an interview yesterday he said that Reed and Mary Taglianetti met online on the dating website Match.com and that her profile listed her as divorced and that “as far as we can tell, Keith had no idea that she was married.” Mary Taglianetti could not be reached for comment. Anthony Taglianetti has been charged with 2nd degree murder.
Burglar Caught by Watchful Citizens:
28-year-old Jason Barker of Hornell was arrested in Hartsville on Friday after citizens caught him near a home he had allegedly burglarized just minutes earlier. According to police, Barker entered a Call Hill Road residence around 3 p.m. through an unlocked doorway, took a large container of change, and then attempted to flee the scene, but he was detained by local residents until officers could arrive. Barker was charged with 2nd degree burglary and petit larceny. He was jailed without bail. During the investigation, police also discovered that he also had an outstanding felony probation warrant in Pennsylvania. It has been filed as a detainer with the Steuben County Jail.
Local Response Teams Respond to Fall and Injury Drill:
If you were tuned into your scanner early Saturday morning, you might have heard about a fall and injury at the Howard Wind Farm. Thing is, however, that was merely the start of a combined agency drill at the site of one of the 25 Wind Turbines owned by Howard Wind Farm, LLC. The site is technically in the Howard Fire Department’s district, but Howard Fire Chief Rob Patrick knew such an event would require coordinated efforts from all the local response teams so meetings were held between the Howard Wind Farm, Howard Fire, Cohocton Fire, Canisteo Fire, Bath Fire, Bath Fire Dept. Regional Technical Rescue Team, and Bath VA Fire. Early Sat. morning the wind farm staff placed a live weight mannequin high in the air inside of the wind turbine with simulated injuries to his back and a fracture to his leg. Shortly after 8 a.m. a call was placed to the Steuben County 911 for the simulated injuries and Howard Fire was toned out first, then Chief Patrick requested mutual aid from Bath Fire and Bath VA Fire for the High Angle Rescue Team, Canisteo Fire for an ambulance and the Life Net 77 medical helicopter. John Nichols, site manager for the Howard Wind Farm requested the drill, and a representative from EverPower, the parent corporation, was also on hand to observe the drill. According to Nichols, they were very pleased with the results and commended everyone for a job well done.
Wineglass Marathon Winners:
The 31st Annual Wineglass Marathon was held yesterday and despite a pack of over 4,000 runners, the eventual winner emerged early, within the first 100 yards to be exact. 30-year-old Nathan Senner of Ithaca, led the race the whole way and crossed the finish line on Market Street in Corning with a final time of two hours, 29 minutes. He was four minutes ahead of James Stoltzfus of New Holand, PA. Brendan Glover of Corning was third. For the ladies, it was 27-year-old Katie DeRusso of Saranac Lake finishing first with a time of 2:58. 29-year-old Casondra Hamilton of Harpursville was second with 3:01. Right behind her in third was Chrissy Graham of Olney, MD.
Invasive Tree-Killing Beetle Hits the Twin Tiers:
The invasive-tree killing Emerald Ash Borer beetle has now been found in the Southern Tier and the Department of Environmental Conversation is warning residents about the dangers presented by this small, but devastating, insect. Nationwide the creature has killed more 50 million trees and Tioga County is officially the 13th county in New York State where the beetle has turned up. Executive Director of the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira, Elaine Farwell says that ten percent of the state’s landscape is made of ash trees and that if those trees die, our landscape will look quite a bit different. The beetle lays its eggs inside the tree, and within a few months the tree will begin to die. Tioga County, Chemung County, and all of Pennsylvania are now under state and federal quarantine for the beetle. That means you shouldn’t be moving logs, ash trees, or firewood outside of your area, in order to prevent the spread of the beetle. Fines will be issued to those caught moving wood. You can tell if an ash tree has been infected if you see a woodpecker pecking at the tree or if you see holes in the bark in the shape of a “D.” That small hole is where the emerging beetles escape from the bark.