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Campbell Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case:


53-year-old Kenneth Calkins of Campbell was sentenced Wednesday morning in Steuben County Court to 15 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision on each of two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree.  The sentences will run concurrently.  Calkins was convicted in April of engaging in sexual contact with a five-year-old child in Bath in 2005. 



Bath Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 38-year-old Ted Hackett of Bath on a charge of attempted reckless endangerment, a class E felony.  Hackett is accused of attempting to sell paint thinner as narcotics.  He was issued an appearance ticket for Bath Village Court. 



Bath Fire Dept. to Receive Federal Grant:


The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is one of three area departments that are set to receive a federal grant to help enhance their response capabilities.  In Bath the department will receive $19,048 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  The Wayland Joint Fire District will receive over $140,000 and Community Fire and Rescue of Chemung County will receive over $46,000.



Wineglass Marathon Sells Out:


After selling out the Half Marathon in record time, race organizers of the 36th Annual Wineglass Marathon have announced that the Full Marathon is now also sold out with 2,700 registered runners.  The waitlist is now open to runners who wish to participate.  Full marathon VIP Package spots are still available.  The annual event kicks-off with the Corelle 5K on Saturday, September 30th then the Wineglass Half and Full Marathons follow on Sunday, October 1st.



Rough Start for Special State Legislative Session:


It was an auspicious start to the special state legislative session Wednesday, as no members of the Assembly were present for the 1 p.m. gavel in ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The special session was called because lawmakers are stalemated over extending New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of city schools.  The 15-year-old policy expires tomorrow if nothing is done.



Flu Vaccine Patch Developed:


If a fear of needles or pain has kept you from getting your flu shot, that could soon be a thing of the past.  Scientists at Georgia Tech have announced the development of a skin patch that delivers the vaccine with tiny, dissolvable needles.  Initial experiments show that the patch is as safe and effective as traditional flu shots with the added benefit that patients could even give it to themselves.  The hope is, according to experts, that the patch could lead to more people getting vaccinated each year.

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