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Elmira Police Seek Driver that Fled Rollover Crash:

 

Elmira Police are searching for a driver that fled from a two-car rollover crash Monday.  According to authorities, the crash happened around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of 2nd Street and Walnut.  Upon arrival, they found an overturned Jeep and a Chevy sedan.  Two people from the sedan were transported to a local hospital.  The driver of the Jeep reportedly fled the scene.  Anyone with information on the driver’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Elmira City Police Department.

 

 

Arkport, Canaseraga CSDs Continue to Talk Merger:

 

A meeting earlier this month, officials with the Arkport and Canaseraga central school boards discussed their potential merger.  According to a memo from the meeting, Arkport Central would be the annexing district, and the new district would be Arkport-Canaseraga Central School District.  Academic programs offered in both districts “would be expanded as determined (by the new board)…” and “all current faculty and staff of both districts would be maintained for a minimum of five years with reductions by attrition when appropriate.”   Upon a successful annexation vote, “student representatives from both districts will be given an opportunity to make recommendations… for the combined districts mascot, school colors and alma mater.  Until then, uniforms for both schools will be used where appropriate with the goal of producing budget economies.”  The memo also outlined a proposed timetable: the study will be completed next April, followed by a state Education Department review.  The study will be presented to Arkport and Canaseraga boards in June or July next year.  Public information and discussion meetings would be held during July and August.

 

 

Alfred State Offering New Motorcycle, Power Sports Major:

 

Alfred State College recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its new Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology Building.  The facility comes with a new major, of the same name.  Officials say the program is the first of its kind in the entire Northeast. 

 

 

Wheeler, Caton Holding Budget Workshops:

 

The Town Boards for Wheeler and Caton will hold budget workshops this week.  Wheeler’s will be first, tonight at 6 p.m.  The Caton meeting will be Wednesday at 6 p.m.  Both will be held in their respective Town Halls, and both will be open to the public.

 

 

Work on I-99 in Lindley Begins Today:

 

The southbound on-ramp on I-99 in Lindley will be closed to traffic beginning today between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Motorists will be detoured onto Clendening Road to Indian Hills Road, where traffic will be directed to Route 417 and then back to I-99 South.  The ramp is being closed as part of bridge painting work, which is anticipated to be completed on October 27th.  While the work is taking place, traffic on I-99 will be maintained by lane closures in one lane.  Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane shifts, and could experience travel delays.

 

 

Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting:

 

The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a worksession tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the High School library.  The regular meeting of the board will follow, also in the library.

 

 

Signing Up to be an Organ Donor Even Easier in NYS:

 

New York is making it even easier to sign up to be an organ donor.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new executive order Monday that will direct officials to offer the choice of signing up whenever residents apply for state services or benefits.  The enrollment website will also be revamped to make it more user friendly.  Cuomo has also signed legislation that makes it a permanent rule that individuals can say whether or not they’d like to register on their driver’s license renewal form.  

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