Campbell Kraft Plan to Remain Open For Now:
Just over a year ago, Kraft-Heinz announced that its plant in Campbell would be closing, but thanks to a deal with state lawmakers it was delayed. Now, a spokesman for the company has announced that the facility will continue to remain open through the first six months of 2017. In a statement they said they will continue to work with prospective buyers, along with state and local officials, on the sale of the facility. They added that once a decision is made, the employees will be the first to know. The Campbell plant currently has around 380 employees.
$1M Gifted to CCC:
On Tuesday, Corning Community College received a historic donation. $1 million, the largest donation from an individual in the college’s history, was given in support of the Walter R. Smith Visiting Scholar Series by the Smith Estate. Smith worked at the college for nearly 50 years before retiring in 2008. The Visiting Scholar Series was established in 2004 and brings various authors, speakers, and influential figures to the campus to discuss their work, experiences, and points of view.
Steuben Co. Fire Departments Seek Help Paying for New Pagers:
While a recent $660,000 grant for new high frequency mobile radio systems was a boon for several area fire departments, it also came with one drawback. The departments need new pagers that are compatible with the system, and terms of the grant state that none of the funding can used to pay for them. The Hornellsville Town Board has received an official letter of request from the North Hornell Fire Department asking for $2,000 each for the Arkport, North and South Hornell Departments to help pay for the new pagers. No decision has been made yet. The matter will be further reviewed by the board.
President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act:
On Tuesday President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The bill will provide $6.3 billion for a variety of health initiatives, including mental health treatment, cancer research, and the fight against Opioid abuse. It will also help the Food and Drug Administration speed up drug approval and pushes for better use of technology in medicine.
NYS Board of Regents Requests More Funding:
The New York State Education Commissioner says that the formula used by the state to award funding hurts schools in high-poverty areas, and to that end is asking the state the change it. Also, the State Board of Regents is requesting an extra two-billion in funding and asking lawmakers to consolidate the state’s seven Pre-K programs for dual-language programs for students learning English. Any changes would have to be in next year’s budget.
ARC of Steuben Job Fair Thurs.:
The ARC of Steuben will host a job fair from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at its Hornell Field Office on Seneca Street. Anyone interested can learn more about the agency, open positions, and benefits offered by the ARC of Steuben. Refreshments will also be provided. For more information, visit the ARC of Steuben’s website at http://www.arcofsteuben.org.
National “Wreaths Across America” Day at Bath National Cemetery:
Wreaths Across America will be held at noon on December 17th at Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center. Wreaths Across America is carried out through coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and over 1,100 locations in all 50 US states, including the Bath National Cemetery. More than 1,600 wreaths have been sponsored for this year’s event in Bath. Placing of the wreaths will begin at 10 a.m., the ceremony begins at noon sharp. Parking will be at the back of the Bath VA museum building. Refreshments will be provided by the Corning-Baron Steuben National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Holiday Post Deadlines Approaching:
If you’ve been meaning to get out those special holiday packages and cards, be sure to get them to your local post office soon as key holiday mailing deadlines are fast approaching. Tomorrow, December 15th, is the deadline for Priority Mail Express International and Standard Post. The 20th is the deadline for First Class cards and letters, and the 21st is the cutoff for Priority Mail. The 23rd is the deadline for Priority Mail Express.
Red Cross Promotes Blood Donor App:
In the midst of the busy holiday season, the American Red Cross is reminding you that wherever you are you can schedule an appointment to give blood right on your phone with their Blood Donor app. And aside from scheduling, the app includes other features such as being able to provide feedback on your donor experience and even tracking where your blood goes. Find out more at http://www.redcrossblood.org/bloodapp