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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 8th

Empire Access Awarded $3.2M for NYS Broadband Expansion:


Local telecommunications company, Empire Access has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the New NY Broadband program.  The program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed broadband internet service in New York State, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that all New Yorkers have high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018.  The grant will provide Empire Access with funding to expand to more than 1,600 homes and businesses in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, including Burdett, Lodi, Odessa, Prattsburgh, and Pulteney, which were identified as underserved and unserved by the Broadband Program Office. 



Dormann Library Budget Vote Rescheduled:


Officials at the Dormann Library in Bath have announced that due to circumstances beyond their control, the library budget vote that was scheduled for today has been moved to Wednesday, July 26th from noon to 8 p.m.  Due to technical errors at newspapers involved, including the Steuben Courier and The Corning Leader, the legal notices necessary to properly hold the vote weren’t published.  Voters are being asked to approve an increase from $216,700 to $234,004.



CCC Tuition Increasing:


Tuition is going up for students at Corning Community College.  The Board of Trustee’s recently approved the increase as part of the college’s 2018 budget.  Rates will rise $103 for in-state students and $205 for out-of-state students, per term.  Officials note that more than 80 percent of students at the college receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition and more help is expected through the Excelsior Scholarship program. 



Grassroots Rail Campaign Hosting Event Today:


If you’d like to learn more about the grassroots campaign looking to bring passenger rail service to the Southern Tier, today is the official launch party.  Southern Tier on Track is raising funds for a feasibility study.  The party will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Corning; it’s free and open to the public, and it will include wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and a special guest speaker from the tourism industry. 



“Solar Panel Collection Act” Approved by NYS Senate:


Solar energy is getting even greener in New York State, as the state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Tom O’Mara that would establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program that would cover everything from collection and transportation to safe disposal of out-of-service panels.  The Solar Panel Collection Act would also require the state DEC to work with solar panel manufacturers to develop the program.  The program would be financed by manufacturers, which typically offer a 20 to 25 year standard warranty.



Bath Farmers’ Market Open Wednesdays:


If you’re interested in increasing your local shopping, particularly where it comes to homegrown and handmade products, then you should make note of the Bath Farmers’ market.  Located in Pulteney Square each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October, vendors sell a variety of locally produced products.  Farmers’ Market checks are available for senior citizens through the Office for the Aging, and WIC also has a Vegetables and Fruits Check Program.  Food stamps can also be used. 



Tesla Charging Station Expected to Open in Painted Post by End of the Year:


A Tesla supercharger station has been under construction on Victory Highway in Painted

Post for about a month and is expected to be open by the end of the year.  The charging station is located next to the Dunkin’ Donuts and the same lot is expected to also house a fast food restaurant, a large gas station, a retail store.  Tesla has about two dozen supercharger stations built or under construction throughout New York – the next closest in the Southern Tier area is in Binghamton.  Tesla supercharger stations are designed only for use with Tesla vehicles, and will not work with other electric cars.



Cashews Recalled Due to Glass in Canisters:


A recall of Southern Grove Cashews has been announced by the Food and Drug Administration due to reports of glass found inside the canisters.  The recall includes both halves and pieces with sea salt, and is affecting more than two-dozen states.  Customers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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