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CCC Observatory Open for Today’s Eclipse:


Corning Community College will open its Observatory to the public from 12:30 to 4 p.m., weather permitting, for today’s Solar Eclipse.  Volunteers will hand out free eclipse glasses (first come, first served), and will answer questions about the eclipse.  New York will not see a total eclipse today; instead we’re expected to hit about 70 percent coverage.  CCC will also offer a live feed of totality in the Commons.  Of course, you’re reminded wherever you plan on viewing the eclipse today do so safely with you special eclipse glasses, or perhaps use a pinhole camera.  Do not look directly at the eclipse without special protection, as it can do long-term damage to your eyes, even causing blindness.



Public Hearing Today on Prattsburgh Super. Position:


The Town of Prattsburgh will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed local law that would abolish the elected position of Highway Superintendent and instead make it an appointed position.  If adopted by the town board, the move would be subject to a mandatory referendum.  The hearing will be at the Town Hall tonight at 7:05 p.m.



Hammondsport BOE Meeting, Retreat This Week:


The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its retreat this week, ahead of its regular meeting.  The retreat will be Wednesday at noon at the Curtiss Museum, the meeting will follow later that evening at 6 p.m. in the high school library.



Election Day Vote on State Constitutional Convention:


Besides voting for representatives throughout our state government, on Election Day, November 7th voters will also be deciding whether or not to hold a constitutional convention.  If approved, the vote triggers a two year process to determine what in the state constitution should be amended, altered, deleted, added, etc.  The state Constitution allows the people to exercise this right to alter the constitution once every twenty years.  To learn more about the process, you can visit http://www.newyorkconcon.info/



A Cure for Peanut Allergies?


Sufferers of peanut allergies might one day be able to enjoy them without risk, as scientists may have found a cure for the common allergy.  An experimental treatment was tested on a group of Australian children four years ago: 18 months after the treatment, more than 80 percent no lower showed symptoms of the allergy.  And in a new follow up study, a majority of the children are still able to eat peanuts without a reaction.  The treatment combines a probiotic with small daily doses of peanut protein in order to combat the allergy.  

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