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Bath Woman Accused of Cashing Forged Checks:


An investigation into the theft and forgery of several checks has led to the arrest of a Bath woman.  32-year-old Sheri Clark is accused of cashing eight separate forged checks that were stolen from a family member, between January 16th and January 30th.  She was charged with eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and was released on her own recognizance. 



$96K for Ira Davenport Hospital:


Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $96,775 in federal funding for Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment such as carts, digital stethoscopes, exam cameras, software, and network equipment. This technology will allow the hospital to virtually direct treatment when patients cannot be transported, and allow the hospital to determine whether low-severity patients can remain in their own community for treatment and at their local hospital. 



Counties Receive Funds for Emergency Communications:


Five Southern Tier counties will share in $55 million state funding to enhance and support local emergency communications systems.  The funding is through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program.  Steuben County is expected to receive just over $1 million.  



Changes to NYS Driver’s Licenses to Affect Travel:


Changes to New York State driver’s licenses will affect travel starting October 1st, 2020.  New York is now compliant with “Real ID” requirements, which means you’ll need a Real ID or enhanced driver’s license to fly domestically.  Upgrading licenses won’t be much additional cost: renewing an expired license is free, while an upgrade to a non-expired license is $12.50.  Visit your local DMV with the necessary documents to upgrade.



NYS Senate Approves Removal of Purple Heart License Plate Fee:


The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to eliminate the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fee for Purple Heart veterans to obtain New York’s distinctive Purple Heart license plate. O’Mara said that because of the sacrifices Purple Heart recipients made in serving our nation, these veterans should receive the license plates at no cost. The current, first-time fee for obtaining a personalized Purple Heart license plate is $60.



Some State Lawmakers Pushing for Changes to Laundry Pods:


In response to the “tide pod challenge,” where teenagers post videos of themselves eating tide laundry pods, some New York lawmakers have proposed legislation to make them less appealing.  Introduced bills would require detergent pods to be all one color with non-see through packaging and warning labels on each pod.  Since January, there have been at least 86 reported cases of teenagers purposefully eating laundry pods.



Networking Event for Food/Beverage Producers at CCC:


There will be a unique opportunity for food and beverage producers to network and expand their businesses on February 23rd.  From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Corning Community College will host the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference in an effort to connect local farmers, food and beverage producers with new markets.  Local farmers, agricultural producers, farm wineries, breweries and distilleries, restauranteurs, chefs, and distributors are all invited to this business-to-business event, which is being sponsored by Taste NY.  It will also include three panel discussions and a keynote speaker from SUNY Cobleskill.  There is a registration fee of $50 for anyone wishing to participate.  For more information, or to register visit http://www.fingerlakesfarmcountry.com.  

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