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Trial Starting for Couple Accused of Killing Man in Fire:


The murder trial of Joseph Myers of Wayland is expected to begin this week in Steuben County Court. Myers and his wife are accused of torching a home in Wayland last year that killed David O’Dell. The couple faces several counts to include murder and arson. Prosecutors allege the pair sought to collect on a $100,000 insurance policy. Jury selection began last week for Joseph. His wife’s trial will begin in July.



$87M Available in Water Quality Improvement Grants:


$87 million has been made available for water quality improvement projects, according to an announcement made by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Funding will be provided for projects that improve water quality, protect drinking water sources, reduce polluted runoff, and restore habitats.  Soil and water conservation districts, not-for-profit corporations, and communities are all eligible to apply for reimbursements between 40 and 80 percent of the project costs, depending on project type.  More information is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html.  Pre-application workshops will be held statewide; more information and a schedule is available at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/



Municipalities Meet to Discuss Shared Services Initiative:


Steuben County officials met with community and school representatives recently to discuss shared services.  The meeting was in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent push for local governments to consolidate and share more resources under his “County-wide Shared Services Initiative.”  The meeting was the first step in the development of the county’s plan, which will be subject to public hearings over the summer.



District Attorney Wetmore Recognized for Work in Clayton Case:


Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was recognized Monday night during the county legislature’s meeting for his work on the Clayton case in Steuben County.  Wetmore served as the special prosecutor.  He was presented with special proclamations by Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and the Chemung County Legislature.



Prattsburgh Considering New Deputy Superintendent Position:


The Town of Prattsburgh is looking to adopt a new local law that would create the position of Deputy Highway Superintendent, but first it needs to hear from residents. So, the town board has scheduled a public hearing on the topic. That hearing will be held next Monday at 7:05 p.m. at the Ingleside Christian Church on Babcock Road. Under the proposed law, the town could appoint a Deputy, who is a resident of Prattsburgh or any town that is contiguous to the town.



Robie Family Continues Fight for Parole Reform:


The Robie family will again travel to Albany today to continue their fight for parole reform.  They’ll be joining Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Senator Tom O’Mara, who have sponsored legislation to increase the wait period between parole hearings from two years to five years.  The Robie’s son was killed in 1993 in Savona by 13-year-old Eric Smith.  Smith became eligible for parole in 2002 and has been denied eight times.  He’s eligible again in April 2018.  Supporters say the bill would help alleviate the emotional anguish felt by victims and their families during the parole hearing process.



Canisteo School Budget Ready for Voters:


Monday night, the Canisteo School Board presented its final budget proposal.  The total budget comes in at $23.3 million.  Spending is only up .76 percent over last year.  There won’t be an increase in the tax levy, thanks in large part to an increase in state aid.  Besides the budget, voters on May 16th will also weigh in on three propositions. 



Board of Ed. Meeting:


The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.



“Crazy” Quilt Returns to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bath:


As part of a state-wide open house event, next weekend St. Thomas’ Episcopal in Bath will open its doors on May 20th and 21st to the public.  In addition to the free, guided and self-guided tours, there will be a very special item on display – a “crazy” quilt that was just recently returned to the church.  The quilt is known as “crazy” because each block was done by a different person, each in a random way.  It was made in 1884 by 25 women as a gift to Emily Millington Howard, the wife of Rev. Oran Reed Howard.  It stayed in the Howard family for three generations before returning to the church.  For more information about the upcoming open house event visit www.sacredsitesopenhouse.org.  

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