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Dormann Library Budget Hearing:


The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room.  The public is invited to attend to learn what the library offers and how it’s supported prior to the vote on Thursday, June 8th.  Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. at the library.



Travel Advisory – S.R. 415/Babcock Hollow in Bath:


The New York State Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 and Babcock Hollow Road in Bath on Monday, weather permitting.  The project will extend from Interstate 86 at Exit 39 to May Street, for a total of approximately 1.9 miles.  Motorists will encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.



Bath V.A. Receives Greenhealth Award:


In recognition for being a leader in healthcare sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Bath V.A. Medical Center has received the prominent Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare.  The award is presented to applicants that have more advanced programs and exemplary scores in a range of categories such as reducing and recycling waste, energy management, water use reduction, sustainable sourcing, and green buildings.  The Bath VAMC’s strong waste recycling program contributed its win.  In 2016, the facility recycled over 171 tons of materials.



Federal Funding Awarded to E-C Airport:


U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $63,000 in federal funding for  infrastructure upgrades at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $40 million in state funds for the airport’s expansion and renovation.  The money is part of the Airport Improvement Program which will see over $17 million in federal funding go to airports across upstate New York.



Local Student Passes First Round at National Spelling Bee:


Local student, 14-year-old Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post, has made it past the first round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Nikhil successfully spelled “guayabera” to make it through the preliminary round.  The next round of competition starts today at 10 a.m.



Changes to Medicare ID Cards:


Changes are coming to Medicare ID cards in an effort to help prevent identity theft.  The new cards, which are expected to start being issued next April, will no longer have beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers.  Instead, there will be randomly-assigned numbers called a “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier.” 



Market Street to be Closed for Road Work:


Busy Market Street in Corning is expected to be closed for roughly two weeks starting June 12th for work to mill and overlay the street.  To help with the disruption, the city has announced that it will provide free parking in two lots, one behind the Radisson Hotel and the other behind R&M Grill, to accommodate customers who won’t be able to park on the street.  Customers can also use free parking and shuttle service at the Corning Museum of Glass visitor’s lot.  Riders will be dropped off on Tioga Avenue at the old bus stop across from Centennial Park.

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