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Corning Fire Lt. Arrested for Allegedly Selling Heroin:


A Lieutenant in the Corning Fire Department is facing drug charges after allegedly selling heroin.  The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says that 43-year-old Thomas Margeson, of Horseheads, was arrested following a ten-month investigation into the sale of heroin in Horseheads.  He has been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony, and has been sent to the Chemung County Jail with no bail listed.  Margeson was sworn in as a Lieutenant in the Corning Fire Department in 2014.  He is also the Assistant Chief of the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department.  Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman says Margeson has been suspended without pay.



Driver that Hit Trooper on I-86 Pleads Guilty:


The New Jersey man that struck and seriously injured a state trooper in an accident on I-86 in May has now pled guilty to all charges.  78-year-old Kenneth Aukett struck the back of Trooper Craig Foglia’s vehicle on May 17th.  Foglia had to be airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  Aukett was issued tickets for misdemeanor reckless driving, and violations for failure to move over and yield to an emergency vehicle, fail to reduce speed, and driving across hazard markings on the roadway.  He will have his license suspended in New York, and will have to pay nearly $800 in fines.   



Bath Superintendent of Streets to Retire:


At Monday’s meeting of the Bath Village Board, Superintendent of Streets, Jeff Muller announced that he plans to retire.  Muller has served the village for 39 years, 37 of those as Superintendent of Streets.  His last day will be October 17th.  He said he does still plan to serve on village committees.



Addison, Arkport Receiving Millions to Upgrade Water Systems:


More than $69 million in grants and loans has been approved by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.  Among the recipients will be the Villages of Addison and Arkport.  Addison will receive $5.9 million to improve the village’s wastewater system.  Arkport will receive $3 million to put towards replacing the raw water mains and finished water distribution mains.



Seminars Set to Help with Medicare Enrollment:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging will be holding public seminars to help residents prepare for and enroll for basic Medicare when open enrollment begins next month.  The seminars will be September 25th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the county Office Building, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, and September 28th from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center.  More seminars are planned for October.



Governor Proclaims This Week as Sheriff’s Week:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed this week, through September 23rd, as Sheriff’s Week in New York State.  Sheriff’s Week celebrates the significant contributions made by the office of Sheriff in county government and in the statewide criminal justice system.  In response, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard released a statement thanking the Governor, as well as local legislators, and the people of the county for their support.



Bath Planning for 2nd Annual Craft, Wine and Brewfest:


The coordinators behind the recent Bath Craft, Wine and Brewfest are already planning for next year’s event.  At Monday’s meeting of the Village Board, Melanie Coots said that the event was very successful and that she expects it will be even bigger next year with high interest from wineries and craft breweries, and the public.  Money raised at the event is going to local 4-H organizations and to the Ronald McDonald House.



Enrollment Now Open for 2018 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee:


The Corning Rotary club will again sponsor the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for schools in the following counties: Steuben, Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Bradford and Tioga, P.A.   School districts and homeschool organizations wishing to participate must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee at http://spellingbee.com/.  Early enrollment is open until October 15th, with a $151 enrollment fee per school.  After that date, enrollment increases to $226.  The deadline is December 15th.  Once enrolled, school districts will conduct spelling bees for students in grades one through eight to select one winner and one runner-up each.  They will then participate in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee hosted by the Corning Rotary Club on March 17th at 10 a.m. at Corning-Painted Post Middle School.  That winner will move on to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. 



Bath Fire Department Holding Child Safety Event Oct. 7th:


As a part of Fire Prevention Week, the Bath Fire Department will hold a Child Safety event on October 7th in the K-mart parking lot.  They’ll have fire trucks there, as well as safety information.  In other Department news, there will be a fundraising breakfast buffet this Saturday morning.  And if you had hopes to book the fire hall for an event this year, you might be out of luck, as the department has announced that the hall is already booked for every weekend through the end of the year.



Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:


The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

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