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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 11th

Fire at Hornell Salvation Army:


Multiple fire departments battled a fire Tuesday night at the Hornell Salvation Army store.  The Hornell, South Hornell, and Canisteo departments arrived on the scene around 8:30 p.m. and fought the blaze well into the night.  Erie Avenue, Center Street, and Loder Street were blocked off during the fire.  What caused the fire is unknown at this time.



Student Arrested for Allegedly Making Threats Against Watkins Glen School:


A student from Watkins Glen has been arrested after allegedly making threats against the Watkins Glen High School.  According to police, a School Resource officer was told by a student Saturday that a 16-year-old had threatened violence against the school.  The 16-year-old was taken into custody without incident and was charged with falsely reporting an incident.  Police say there was never any danger to the school, and school officials were notified of the threat.



Petition Circled for Fired P-P Police Chief:


A petition has been presented to the Painted Post village board in hopes of convincing it to rehire former police chief, Dennis Mullen.  Mullen was fired last week after the village gave him three options regarding pay and pension, and, according to the village, he continued to request time for weeks to seek legal counsel.  Mullen, however, says he was fired unfairly, and he is now suing the village.  The petition garnered more than 200 signatures, but it too is surrounded by controversy, with some residents saying that things on the petition were not true, and one village board member calling it outright lies.  Community members say they will start another petition.  Meanwhile, the police chief position remains vacant, with Village Mayor Ralph Foster saying that they “won’t be considering somebody else” until the litigation is resolved.



More Funding for Improving Water Infrastructure in Steuben Co.:


New York State is releasing more funding to improve the quality of water across the Southern Tier, including Steuben County.  The Villages of Addison, Painted Post, Erwin,

and Wayland will all be receiving funds, almost $5 million total.  The state expects that the water improvement projects will also create almost 1,200 jobs across the region.



State Comptroller Audited Steuben Co. IDA:


An audit by the state Comptroller’s office in 2015 included six state Industrial Development Agencies, including the Steuben IDA.  The audit found some things the IDA could improve upon and made six recommendations.  The IDA says that five of them were adopted and implemented in March of 2016.  The last one, according to the agency, was “a result of discrepancies in data…”



Arc of Steuben Awarded $33,000:


The Arc of Steuben was recently awarded $33,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support the Arc of Steuben’s guardianship and recreation programs.  The recreation program received $15,000 which was used to fund a trip of more than 40 people to a Buffalo Bills game.  The guardianship program received $18,000 which was used to offset some of the operating expenses of the program.  It was also used to fund special trips and special projects for the people supported through the program.  Also, in Arc news, officials have heard that the new Painted Post location is difficult to locate, so they’ve clarified that it is next to the All the Rave hair salon and the Post Office in the Village Square Plaza.  They said they have signs in the windows, and they plan to add signs outside as well.



Call Homestead Museum Auction:


Contents of the former Call Homestead Museum in Hartsville will be auctioned on-site Friday & Saturday. The museum focused on farm life in days gone by.  After it had become inactive for several years the State of New York asked Steuben County Historical Society in Bath to assume the assets.  The museum is located at the intersection of Post Road and Purdy Creek Road in Hartsville. Friday's auction will emphasize tools, horse-drawn vehicles and equipment, "barn stuff," and a 1932 Chevrolet pickup that has been on the site since it was bought new, 85 years ago.  Saturday's auction will concentrate on household materials, ceramics art, many period books, and more.



Campbell-Savona Drama Club Nun Run:


Upstate Farms and the Campbell-Savona Drama Club are inviting the public to run, walk, or stroll with the nuns!  The Nun Run will be a family-friendly, costumed 5K race or walk.  Get your costume ready… dress as a nun, priest, Pope, or alter boy as they celebrate Sister Act: The Musical, which is coming to Campbell-Savona High School November 17th through the 19th for three performances.  All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the run, and the costumes are fun, but not required.  Pre-registration forms are available on the CS Drama Facebook page and must be returned by tomorrow.  Day of registration begins at 8 a.m.  Cost is $15.  

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