Late Trooper Clark Inducted Into Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame
Fallen New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark is set to be inducted into the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame in Rochester next month taking place Tuesday, October 12th at the Red Fedele’s Brook House in Rochester. Clark was well-known for his athletic talent that helped him succeed in multiple sports. Trooper Clark was a two-time state wrestling champion at Canisteo-Greenwood school and also played college football at Alfred University and was a two-time All-American for the Saxons. In 2012, Clark even went on to try out for the Buffalo Bills. In September 2015, Clark graduated from the NYSP 203rd session of the Basic School, becoming a trooper. The 29-year-old died while on duty on July 2nd, 2018.
NASCAR XFinity Returns to WGI Next August
Today, the NASCAR Cup Series sanctioning body announced the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule. The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to Watkins Glen International alongside the NASCAR Cup Series August 20th, 2022. For the second consecutive year, the ARCA Menards Series will return and race on Friday, August 19th. All race start times will be announced at a later date.
Hochul Appearing at Hammondsport’s Snug Harbor Next Month
Governor Kathy Hochul is scheduled to make an appearance at a local fall reception in Hammondsport. Hochul will appear at Snug Harbor Friday, October 29th from 5:30PM - 7:00PM for a “Wine Country Reception” featuring local wines, hors d'oeuvres, and grazing stations. An invitation and donation contribution form are required to attend this fundraiser. Hochul, a Buffalo native and graduate from Syracuse University, has many ties to upstate New York.
Dormann Library Announces Upcoming October Events
The Dormann Library announces it will kick off the month of October with a Story Crafter Time Tuesday October 5th from 3 to 4pm for those from Kindergarten to fourth grade to hear a story about a shy ghost, read a pun-filled book about some skeletons, and make some easy crafts with a treat or two! No sign-ups required. The following day Wednesday October 6th, the Dormann hosts a TED Talk Time for adults starting at 6:00pm to listen to two talks on the topic of fear. Friday, October 8th there will be a 7:00pm showing of the movie Coco (PG /1 Hour 45 Minutes) with free popcorn!
Hochul Appoints Bassett as New State Health Commissioner
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced she has appointed Dr. Mary Bassett, MD, MPH, as the new Commissioner of Health for the State almost a week after Dr. Zucker announced his resignation from the role following widespread calls to resign over his involvement in the Cuomo Administration’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Dr. Bassett served as the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2014 through 2018 and currently serves as director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Hochul said that Bassett is “both a highly regarded public health expert and an exemplary public servant, and I look forward to working with her to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy."
Man Arrested for Poisoning & Dumping Dog in Chemung River
Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announced a Big Flats man was arrested for allegedly poisoning a dog that was found in the Chemung River. Ivan Connel was eventually identified as a suspect following the discovery of a dead dog located at the Golden Glow section of Chemung River on May 28th. The dog was wrapped in chicken wire and contained by cinder blocks and the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation. After an interview, the Sheriff’s Office learned Connel used morphine to euthanize the dog, which belonged to Connel’s residence, and then allegedly put the dog in the river to “assist with the decomposition process”, and it was later found by a local fisherman. Connel was arrested for Poisoning or Attempting to Poison an Animal, a Class A Misdemeanor. He was released on an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Big Flats Court at a later date. The Chemung County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Police also helped with the investigation.
O’Mara Awards Natasha Thompson “Woman of Distinction”
Yesterday, State Senator Tom O’Mara presented President and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Natasha Thompson, with the 2021 “Woman of Distinction” award. She was nominated by O’Mara during the State Senator’s 23rd Annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony and joins 60 other women from across the state who were honored for their accomplishments, acts of service and overall contributions to their communities. Thompson has been with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier for a decade now, since 2011, and in 2018, was named President and CEO in 2008. Thompson said “ I am grateful to Senator O’Mara for the recognition, as well as for his consistent support of our work over the years.”
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Coming to Horseheads
Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Horseheads is set to officially hold a grand opening event on October 27th at the former Big K-Mart building in Grand Central Plaza, located at 1020 Center Road in Horseheads. According to the Facebook event page, customers will be able to save up to 70% off "fancy stores' prices" on brand name food, housewares, flooring, clothing and more. Ollie's sources its products from global closeouts, overstocks, package changes, and irregulars. Ollie’s buys the inventory goods back from banks after liquidation and pass the savings onto customers. Everything purchased at Ollie's is covered by the company's 30-day "No Hard Time" guarantee, allowing full returns if the customer is not satisfied with the purchase for a full refund (with sales receipt).
Hochul Announces Health Care Staff Vaccination Rate On The Rise
Yesterday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that health care staff vaccination rates are continuing to trend on the rise across the state. The governor's office says 92% of hospital staff are compliant as of Monday evening, which is a 15% increase in just under one week. Since August 24th, adult care facilities went from 77% vaccine participation rate to 89%. Over the past month, nursing home vaccination rates saw a significant jump from 71% to 92%. Under the vaccine mandate, all healthcare workers had to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 27th. Arnot Health is continuing to evaluate staffing levels and address any impact the mandate had on the hospital. According to a statement, 95-percent of their staff is vaccinated and the remaining staff met the criteria for an accommodation.
Today Dunkin Donuts is Giving Away Free Coffee
Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away free coffees to their DD Perks customers today to celebrate National Coffee Day! Customers who are DD Perks members can get a free medium iced or hot coffee with a purchase. If you aren’t a DD Perks member yet, you can still sign up.