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Bath-Haverling Approves Budget:


The Bath-Haverling Central School District Board of Education approved Wednesday its 2017-2018 operating budget.  It will now go to the voters on May 16th.  The $36.7 million budget is an increase of 2.3 percent over last year’s budget.  There is a tax levy increase of 1.1 percent, but the board says the local tax rates should remain nearly flat so long as there aren’t any extreme swings in property assessments.  There will be a public presentation of the budget and all the other propositions on May 2nd at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.  There are also two open seats on the Board of Education.  The vote will be May 16th from noon to 8 p.m. in the Bath District Office.



Corning Inc. and Verizon Reach $1.05B Deal:


Corning Incorporated has reached a $1.05 billion deal with Verizon to provide roughly 12 million miles fiber optic cable to the communications company each year between 2018 and 2020.  Verizon is looking to improve its 4G LTE coverage, speed up the deployment of 5G, and deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses. 



Corning Meat Locker to Start Regular Hours:


The Corning Meat Locker will soon be transitioning from an appointment-only procedure to regular hours of operation.  The meat locker was started in 2015 by the Cornell Cooperative Extension to help connect locals with farmers who usually sell meat in bulk.  The meat locker gives residents extra space to freeze and store the food.  There is no time-table yet for when regular hours will start.  If you’d like to learn more about the meat locker you can call 664-2300. 



Town Hall to Discuss Opioid Crisis:


State Senator Tom O’Mara will join City of Hornell Alderman John Buckley this Saturday for a public Town Hall to discuss the local and regional heroin and opioid epidemic.  The meeting will start at 11 a.m. at the Hornell VFW Post 2250.    



Service Dogs Train at E-C Airport:


The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport went to the dogs Wednesday as several recruits for Guiding Eyes with the Blind got in some training.  This is the second year that trainers have taken dogs to the airport to familiarize them with the security checkpoint process, which includes walking the dogs through the metal detectors and officers patting the dogs down.   A TSA spokeswoman called it “super valuable experience for everybody involved.”  Officials said the training took place during the middle of the day when there were no departures so there was no impact on travelers.    



DEC Accepting Air Quality Testing Applications:


Applications are now open for DEC air quality testing.  The program helps identify air quality concerns by taking air samples from neighborhoods across the state.  Applications will be accepted until May 19th.  To apply visit the DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/81629.html.  

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