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Today's Top Stories - Monday, March 6th

Erwin Couple Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps:


A warrant sweep conducted by the Steuben County’s Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of a town of Erwin couple for misuse of food stamps.  50-year-old Mercedes Abreu is on felony probation, stemming from a DWI offense, and is facing a probation violation due to the pending charges.  She was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.  26-year-old Jose Perez was released on his own recognizance. 



Corning Student Headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee:


A student of Corning’s Alternative School for Math and Science is will be headed to

Washington D.C. in May to represent the Southern Tier in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  The regional bee took place on Saturday afternoon at Corning-Painted Post High School and featured 57 students from 29 schools throughout the region.  Nikhil Lahiri took first place with the word “decamerous.” 



Public Hearing on Curtiss Museum Banners:


The Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport wants to place promotional banners on its building. But first it needs a variance granted from Town of Urbana code. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on the matter Wednesday. The hearing will be held in the Urbana Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m. March 8th.



Congressman Reed Named One of Most Accessible:


At a time when many Republican lawmakers are limiting and doing away with their town hall meetings, Congressman Tom Reed has been ranked among the top-ten in Congress for being accessible and holding town halls.  Reed has held 68 community meetings in the past two years, and is currently ranked third in the House of Representatives.  On Saturday, Reed will hold another town hall in Pulteney at the fire hall on Brown Road at 3 p.m.



Free Admission to the Rockwell Museum for CCC Students:


This coming fall Corning Community College students who also happen to be art enthusiasts will be able to enjoy free visits to the Rockwell Museum.  The staff and Board of Trustees at the Rockwell donated a base for the ‘Kristin A. Swain Student Fund,’ which will allow CCC students free admission to the museum.  The fund honors Swain’s retirement after 40 years of involvement with the Rockwell and her dedication to education.  If you’d like to contribute, donate to the Rockwell at https://rockwellmuseum.org/blog/kristin-a-swain-student-fund/.   



$5,000 Reward Offered for Vandals Responsible for Jewish Cemetery Destruction:


A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Anti-Defamation League for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the desecration of a Jewish cemetery just north of Rochester.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has also called on the State Police to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.  The incident in Rochester is just one of many over the past several months, including dozens of bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country.

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