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Water Main Replacement Closing Some Corning Streets:


Some streets in Corning will be closed for a portion of the day starting today as the City Water Department replaces water mains.  Columbia Street from East First Street to East Second Street will be closed while the work is being done.  That means no traffic or parking.  Crews will be working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next three weeks.



Training Simulation Held at E-C Airport:


It was quite the sight Saturday at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport with emergency responders, fire, and many injured, but thankfully it was all pretend.  The airport held a mock disaster drill as is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years.  The exercise, which was a car on fire with the scenario of an approaching plane that crashed, was designed to test the response of the airport, fire companies, police, and local hospitals.  To make the training more real, first responders traveled in real time from their stations, and simulated victims were treated and taken to area hospitals.  At a mock briefing about the crash, Director of Aviation Bill Hopper said that he “found things that [he’s] not prepared for and having drills like this force you to look at those things and get prepared.”  He added that while it does cost a bit, that’s what you have to do as safety is very important and worth the investment. 



Steuben Co. to Host 3rd Substance Abuse Forum Oct. 20th:


Steuben County officials will hold their third forum this year on opioid and substance abuse from 5:30 to 7 p.m. October 20th at the Corning-Painted Post High School.  The forum will aim to inform residents about the issues surrounding the local opioid abuse epidemic and the available resources within Steuben to help combat those issues.  Speakers include representatives from substance abuse counseling, law enforcement, social services and education, as well as those recovering from addictions and groups such as Narcotics Anonymous. 



NYS Agriculture Dept. Accepting Applications for Growing Hemp:


The New York State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from researchers, farmers, and businesses interested in participating in the state’s industrial hemp industry.  Hemp is a variety of cannabis that does not contain the level of active compounds in marijuana.  New York launched a pilot program for hemp farming last year and it has expanded this year.  Applications will be accepted by the state DOA until November 22nd.    



Finger Lakes SPCA Coral for Cash Oct. 6th:


The Finger Lakes SPCA will again be looking to raise funds for animals in need with their annual Coral for Cash Lock-Up event.  On Friday, October 6th, you can stop by the River’s Edge Farm on Cameron Street in Bath between 4 and 7 p.m. to view comical court proceedings, visit their “prisoners,” and help “bale” out your favorite desperado.  There will also be food and drink, games, musical entertainment, adoptable animals, and an on-location broadcast with your hometown station, WVIN.  For more information, visit http://www.fingerlakesspca.org



Farm City Day Attracts Hundreds:


The popular Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm-City Day was a-breeze with sunshine and smiles Saturday at Karr Dairy Farms in Hornell.  Farm-City day has been an attraction in Steuben for decades, providing area residents with a closer look at farm life with activities such as petting baby farm animals, picking a pumpkin, and getting lost in a corn maze.  The Karr Farm has been a family farm since 1950.  Besides hosting the public on Saturday, they also hosted school children from districts across the county earlier in the week.

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