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Elmira Man Arrested for Falsely Reporting Blowing Up High School:


An Elmira man was arrested and charged Thursday in relation to a May 2016 incident about blowing up the Elmira High School.  19-year-old David Vanhorn is accused of circulating a false report of blowing up the high school via a social media app on May 1st 2016.  He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident. 



Trooper Called to Contentious Hartsville Town Meeting:


That the Hartsville Town Meetings are often heated is no secret, but a special meeting this week was even more dramatic than usual as a state trooper was called in.  The trouble began while the wife of former town board member Ron Amidon was speaking.  Resident Larry Newhart reportedly mumbled something inaudible during her speech, prompting Town Supervisor John Bowles to ask him to leave.  Newhart refused.  Bowles then left the room and made a phone call.  Newhart left a few moments later.  A New York State Police Officer later arrived and spoke with Bowles.  Newhart, who says he was never called or visited by the state police, told WLEA that he wasn’t being confrontational and that he was civil in tone.  Supervisor Bowles claims the exact opposite, saying that Newhart was “very confrontational and very uncivil with his voice.”



Community Meeting at Bath V.A. Today:


There will be a Community Veteran Engagement Forum at the Bath V.A. today at 3 p.m.  It will be held in Building 92 on the V.A. Campus.  Information will be shared on the latest V.A. happenings, projects, and services.



CCE-Steuben Notes 2016 Successes:


In 2016, the Cornell Cooperative Extension continued to take an important role in efforts to develop Steuben County’s agricultural industry.  CCE-Steuben Executive Director Larkin Podsiedlik recently spoke with county legislators and highlighted some of the year’s successes, including the Harvest NY Program and the Finger Lakes Grapes Program, the Local Foods Festival in Corning which attracted more than 300 attendees, the three “Farm City Days” for 650 second-graders, and the 10th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show which drew thousands of visitors from across the nation.



Hundreds Attend Arc of Steuben Wellness Fair:


On Wednesday, representatives from many different health and wellness organizations gathered at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex for the agency’s seventh annual Wellness Fair.  More than 20 organizations offered Arc associates, people who receive services from the agency, and members of the community information on physical, mental, and emotional health.  Some organizations also gave hands-on demonstrations.   More than 200 people attended this year’s event.



Ford Recalls 36,000 Vehicles:


More than 36,000 Ford vehicles in the U.S. and Canada have been recalled because of a possible airbag malfunction.  The airbags in the Ford Edge, model years 2016 and 2017, the Lincoln MKX from 2016 and 2017, and the 2017 Lincoln Continental may fail to inflate completely due to misaligned components.  The airbags were made by Japanese supplier Takata, but this is separate issue from the one that caused the previous, massive recall of Takata air bag inflators. 



Steuben Co. Crop Symposium March 7th:


The 2017 Steuben County Crop Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7th at the Civil Defense Center on State Route 54 in Bath.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and lunch will be held from 11:30 to 12:30.  Cost is $15 per person.  Registration is encouraged.  Call 664-2300 to register.  More information is available at http://putknowledgetowork.org

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