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4 Charged in Canisteo Drug Bust:


Four residents of Canisteo are facing drug-related charges following a traffic stop in the village.  29-year-old Michael DuBois, 50-year-old Abram Carter, 35-year-old Megan Harkenrider, and 28-year-old Michael Meehan Jr. have each been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, among numerous other charges.  All four are being held at the Steuben County Jail on varying bail.



Hornell Salvation Army Reopening “On Hold”:


The Hornell Salvation Army has reportedly put their reopening “on hold,” according to Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith.  The store suffered a fire two weeks ago, and while the chief says they fully intend to re-open the store eventually, they’ve decided to hold off for now.  It is unknown at this time whether the store will reopen at its current location, or at a new one.



Steuben Co. Drug Forum Tomorrow:


Steuben County’s third Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum this year is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, October 24th, at Corning-Painted Post High School.  The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate the help they’re looking for.  The event will include light refreshments and information tables on existing services, open at 5:30 p.m., with information sharing, personal stories, and a panel discussion set for 6 to 7:30 p.m.



New Farmers, Veteran Farmers Eligible for $1.2M in State Grants:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced two grant programs worth $1.25 million for new farmers and veteran farmers in New York.  The “New Farmers Grant Fund” will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs for farm business owners who are within the first ten years of having ownership interest in any farm business.  To be eligible the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm.  The “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” is a new program that will provide grants of up to $50,000 for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs.  To qualify, at least 50 percent of the farm business must be owned, operated, and controlled by a veteran and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income.  The deadline for applications is January 26th.  Applications for the “New Farmers Grant” can be found at  https://esd.ny.gov/new-farmers-grant-fund-program.  Applications for the “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” are available at https://esd.ny.gov/new-york-state-veterans-farmer-grant-fund



Youth to Observe Steuben Co. Legislature:


When the Steuben County Legislature meets today there will be some special guests listening in.  The most recent participants in the county’s Youth in Government program will observe county leaders in their regular session at 10 a.m. today.  The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for more than three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about Steuben’s operations.  The students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session to complete the course.  In the past, the county Legislature and department heads have acted on students’ resolutions.  During its meeting today, the Legislature is expected to authorize the renewal of the $45,000 Crimes Against Revenue Program which pays for the full cost of two part-time welfare fraud investigators.  Lawmakers will also vote on transferring ownership of the county Courthouse on Allen Street to the City of Hornell.



Street Closure in Corning for Sewer Repair:


Sewer line repair in Corning will close West Pulteney Street from Dwight Avenue to Dunbar Street today.  The closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No traffic or parking will be permitted.  Detours will be in place.



Applications Now Being Accepted for Youth Summit:


Applications will be accepted until November 10th for the Steuben Youth Leadership Summit, which is set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 18th at Campbell-Savona High School.  Presented by the Steuben County Youth Bureau, the free, daylong event provides students in Steuben County in grades 10 through 12, and recent high school graduates, with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, identify important issues, and discuss those issues with state and county government leaders.  For more information, or a program application, contact the Steuben County Youth Bureau at (607) 664-2119, or visit http://www.steubencony.org.  

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