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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 12th

Dairy Farmers Concerned About Buyers’ Plans for Kraft Plant:


Some local dairy farmers are expressing concerns over the potential buyer for the Campbell Kraft plant.  Upstate Niagara is planning to buy the facility and it’s currently unknown if the company plans to continue using local milk or if they’ll outsource it.  If they chose the latter, that could mean higher costs for local farmers, as they’d be forced to have their milk hauled further away to sell it and they could have harder time doing so due to a diary surplus in the northeast.  Kraft currently uses roughly two million pounds of milk a day.



Chemung Co. DA Named “Prosecutor of the Year”:


At the New York District Attorneys’ annual Summer Conference, Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was honored with the Prosecutor of the Year Award.  Wetmore was nominated by the DAs of Ontario and Schuyler counties, mainly for his work in the Kelley Stage Clayton murder trial.  Wetmore told media that he is “very honored and humbled.”



FDA Holds Opioid Addiction Meeting:


The Food and Drug Administration has wrapped up a two-day meeting on how to address the nation’s opioid addiction.  The FDA Commissioner has suggested mandatory training for anyone that’s allowed to prescribe or dispense the powerful painkillers.  There’s also been suggestion of pulling back on prescriptions for minor operations like dental procedures.  



New Simmons-Rockwell Dealership Delayed:


The groundbreaking for the new Simmons-Rockwell dealership in Hornellsville has been delayed.  At a meeting of the Town Board Tuesday night, Planning Board head Joe Dick said the scheduled groundbreaking of June 1st has been pushed back to possibly September 1st with a new completion date sometime in late March or April.  The delay is said to be because Simmons-Rockwell has made a design change to the interior of the building, and because more research is needed on a trout stream adjacent to the intended location.



O’Mara to Announce “Good News” at North Hornell Fire Dept.:


Senator Tom O’Mara will be at the North Hornell Fire Hall tonight at 7 p.m. to announce what’s expected to be good news.  Fire Chief Mike Robbins told the Hornellsville Town Board Tuesday night that O’Mara’s office was able to secure a grant for the purchase of a new pumper tanker and water rescue equipment.



WGI Job Fair Today:


Watkins Glen International is hosting its seasonal job fair today from noon to 6 p.m. at the WGI media center.  Attendees are asked to enter through gate 2, and they are reminded that they must fill out an application in full, and supply two forms of identification to WGI.  Resumes are encouraged.  Open positions include food and beverage service, grandstand ushers and medics, first responders, security, landscaping, and cleaners.  For more information, visit http://www.theglen.com.   



Reed Holding Town Halls Saturday:


Representative Tom Reed will hold a pair of Town Halls on Saturday.  The first will be at the Belfast Fire Department from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., then he’ll be at the Lindley-Presto Volunteer Fire Department in Lindley from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.



Arc of Steuben Hosting Autism Conference:


The Arc of Steuben’s Autism Resource Team is holding an autism conference on Wednesday, July 19th at the Radisson Hotel in Corning.  The one-day conference will feature a guest speaker and a seminar.  Tickets cost $35 for family of people the Arc supports; and $60 for professionals.  Tickets can be purchased until July 19th by visiting the Arc of Steuben’s Facebook event page or by calling (607) 622-1900. 



Pizza Hut Donates to Local Charities:


Seven local organizations helping children in need received donations Tuesday from Pizza Hut.  $23,741 was donated through the “Raising Dough for Kids” foundation to the Task Force on Children and Families of Chemung County, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Chemung ARC, City of Corning Parks and Recreation, Interfaith hospitality Center, and Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum.  The money will be used for things unique to each charity, including educational events, infant care, and family support.

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