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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 15 2017

Wreaths Across America Scheduled at Bath National Cemetery
Tomorrow at noon, Wreaths Across America returns to Bath National Cemetery. Organizers for Wreaths Across America say they exceeded their goal of 2,500 wreaths and over 2,700 will be placed this weekend with the mission “to remember, honor and teach about area servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice — their lives — to keep our country free and safe.” Those who wish to see the ceremony are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. Parking is available at the back of the Bath VA museum building.

Four Arrested Following NYSDEC Hunting Operation
A joint operation with New York State Department of Conservation Police resulted in four  local arrests this year. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported Jasper man Jeffery A. Drake was arrested for failure to carry a hunting license, Avoca man Johnathan Pierson was arrested for possession a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle, Hornell man Michael S. Ackroyd was arrested for lending a license to a hunter and Caton man Clarence Bange was charged with possessing two untagged deer in his vehicle in Corning. The operation was conducted during the first week of gun season in November to enforce hunting laws and promote safe hunting within the county during the deer season. All four men will appear in Town Courts next month.

Pistol Permit Recertifications Due End of January
By the 31st of January 2018, New York State residents who were issued pistol permits before January 2013 must recertify their permits with state police. New York pistol owners can recertify online through the NYSP website.  A reminder that residents issued a permit after January 2013, have five years from that date to recertify. https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces

Urbana Receives Funding Boost to Increase Public Access
More than $7 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded to Steuben County local governments and organizations. A count of 19 projects will be funded and the Town of Urbana will receive nearly $684,000 to design and construct improvements along Keuka Lake to increase public access. Construction will include a pedestrian bridge over the Keuka Inlet, a boardwalk and a bird watching observation tower. The Corning Museum of Glass was awarded $1 million to undertake a capital project to expand the renowned glass working studio.

 

Holiday DWI Crackdown Begins
From now to January 1 2018 Steuben County will be participating in the annual statewide traffic crackdown on impaired driving that covers the holiday season. Last year  in December, impaired driving crashes totaled 781 deaths in New York. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds you and loved ones to each have a SOBER plan by designating a sober driver, planning to use public transportation if necessary, or staying where you are instead of driving but if you have been drinking absolutely “DON’T DRIVE. GET A RIDE!”

Resources for Parents Available at Bath Baby Cafe’
Steuben County Public Health hosts the Bath Baby Cafe’ today and every Friday morning at Dormann Library in Bath. From 9:00am to 10:30am pregnant women, new moms, families and supporters are encouraged to attend with their children. Families can gather together in a supportive environment as resources like Certified Lactation Counselors for new nursing moms, free diapers, bracelets and charms are offered to attendees while supplies last. Any questions about the Bath Baby Cafe’ Program can be answered by calling Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

NYS Attorney General State Attorney to Sue FCC
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he will sue the Federal Communications Commission to block yesterday’s vote to end net neutrality. After it was revealed as many as 2 million fraudulent public comments regarding net neutrality were made online possibly using stolen names, including 100,000 from from New York, Schneiderman urged the FCC to postpone yesterday’s vote as his office investigated the legitimacy of the comments. The Attorney General Office encourages users to check and see whether online comments to the FCC  were made under their name and to report this abuse by visiting the State Attorney General website.

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