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Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 17, 2018

Flu Cases Continue to Rise in Steuben
According to the Steuben County health department, the number of lab-confirmed cases of influenza has reached 254 cases in Steuben County this flu season. Director of the County Health Department Darlene Smith said “The prevalence of the flu this year, as well as those who get it are generally sicker than they were last year.” Smith reminds people that the flu can develop into pneumonia and that the most effective preventative measures against contracting influenza during the season remain getting vaccinated with the flu shot and frequently washing your hands.

Rotary Club Opens Scholarships to High School Seniors
The Bath Rotary Club announces that the organization will offer student loan opportunities as well as approximately $10,000 scholarship to area high school seniors. Students of Avoca Central School, Bradford Central School, Bath-Haverling Central School, Hammondsport Central School, Campbell-Savona Central School and Prattsburgh Central School are eligible. The scholarships offered include the club’s Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarship, Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship, and Rotary Club Scholarship. Available exclusively to Bath-Haverling students are the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship and Interact Scholarship. Application deadline is April 1, 2018 and interested students can email
bathrotaryclub@gmail.com. More information about eligibility requirements and loans can be found at www.bathnyrotary.org.


Bath Man Arrested for Alleged Sex Abuse
A 35 year old Bath man has been arrested for allegations of having inappropriate sexual relations with two minors in the Bath area. Following a joint investigation by State Police and the Schuyler and Steuben County Child Protective Service Agencies, David Smith was charged with felonies of: three counts of criminal sex acts, two felony counts of sex abuse and attempted criminal sex act. Smith was also charged with misdemeanors. Smith was sent to Steuben County Jail following his arraignment in lieu of bail.

Ontario County Woman Arrested for Steuben Welfare Fraud
An Ontario County woman has been arrested for allegedly bilking Steuben County Social Services. 36-year-old Julie Martz was charged by Steuben deputies with welfare fraud, grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing. Deputies allege that Martz failed to report income which allowed her to collect benefits she was not entitled to. She was arraigned in Avoca court and released on her own recognizance pending future court action.

Social Security and Retirement Workshop to be Held by CCE
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County announces the organization will host the workshop Making the Most of Social Security: Retirement Income-Enhancing Strategies presented by H&H Financial Group. This informative session is scheduled March 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dormann Library in Bath. Topics to be covered include how the ‘do over’ and ‘start, stop, restart strategies operate, how married couples can make the most of their shared efforts, how to claim retroactive benefits as a lump sum, and how to make responsible and informed decisions about retirement plan distributions. The event is of no cost but registration is required by calling 607-664-2300.

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