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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 4th

Truck Rollover on I-86:


The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched Thursday morning around 7:30 to a report of a tractor trailer rollover on I-86 in the eastbound lane behind the State Police barracks.  The trailer was loaded with new wooden pallets.  The driver was uninjured, but one of the truck’s diesel tanks ruptured and lost roughly 60 gallons of fuel.  T&R Towing and Environmental Services were called in to recover the truck and trailer and to clean up the fuel spill.  The cause of the accident is unknown.



Potential for Damaging Winds, Flooding Tonight:


The National Weather Service says that severe storms are possible this afternoon and evening. In a hazardous weather statement, forecasters say the thunderstorms could produce very heavy evening rain with potential for flooding, damaging winds and large hail. From Bath to Watkins Glen, people should keep a close eye on the sky.



Residence Badly Damaged in Corning Fire:


A two-unit apartment home on Sly Avenue in Corning was badly damaged by fire Wednesday night.  According to firefighters, the blaze is believed to have started in the living room area of the first-floor apartment around 8 p.m.   That apartment was extensively damaged, while the one of the second-floor was heavily damaged by smoke.  No one was home at the time of the fire.  The cause is under investigation. 



Hydrant Flushing in Bath Starts Sunday:


Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will begin flushing the village’s water mains Sunday.  The work will continue through Friday, August 25th.  The flushing will take place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.  There is the potential for dirty and discolored water.  The schedule for Sunday and Monday is as follows:


Streets (Hydrants)                                                             Corners (Valves)


Cameron Street                                                                    West Morris / Water

Cameron Place                                                                    W Washington /Maple Heights

West Morris St                                                                     W Washington / Hubbell

Conhocton St                                                                      W Morris / Cruger

West St & Belfast St                                                            W Morris / Pine

K-Mart Parking Lot / End of K-Mart Building                     West Steuben / West Morris

Camping World                                                                   Cameron / RR Tracks

W Morris across from Kmart/USDA                                   W Morris / W Washington



$10M for Watkins Glen Downtown Revitalization Initiative:


Before the racing action even gets underway in Watkins Glen this weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo made things exciting Thursday when he announced that the village has won $10 million for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  Watkins Glen is one of 10 winners out of 104 applicants from across the state. 



Wack a Weed, Build a Park with Curtiss Park Challenge:


If you own a weed wacker, have a little free time, and are over the age of 18, you could make a difference in the local community.  The grounds of the Glenn H. Curtiss Park in Urbana could some TLC, and you and your weed wacker can help.  The “Weed Wacker” Challenge, hosted by the Friends of Hammondsport Area Trails and Parks, Inc. to clean up the park will be 9 a.m. to noon on September 9th.  Volunteers are needed as the terrain of the park is too rough to be mowed and the task is too much for one person.  The event is BYOWW – Bring Your Own Weed Wacker – and keep in mind there are no electrical outlets available on site.  Volunteers should also bring hearing and eye protection.  Refreshments and hot dogs will be provided, and there will be an award for the “Best Wacker” at the end of the day.  

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