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Today's Top Stories - Monday, February 19th

Steuben’s New Opioid Initiative to be Announced Feb. 26th:

 

An innovative effort to combat opioid addiction and its impact on all Steuben County residents will be announced when the county Legislature meets at 10 a.m. February 26th at the County Office Building in Bath.  The effort is a joint operation involving all official disciplines in Steuben, including law enforcement, prosecution, rehabilitation, and local school districts, and it builds on past successes while incorporating innovative initiatives.  County Manager Jack Wheeler called it a “truly comprehensive proposal” and said that it “will be a critical next step in this fight.”

 

 

Painted Post Seeking $20K Main Street Grant:

 

The Village of Painted Post has submitted a grant seeking $20,000 under New York’s Main Street Technical Assistance program.  Village officials say the money would go toward a feasibility study to determine what can be done to help small businesses and add additional stories to Painted Post buildings. 

 

 

Tops Could File for Bankruptcy:

 

A recent Bloomberg report says that two U.S. supermarket chains could be preparing to file for bankruptcy.  Sources say Bi-Lo LLC, which owns Winn-Dixie supermarkets, could file in the coming weeks, while the owners of Tops Friendly Markets may still be able to seek court protection from creditors sometime this month.  Bi-Lo is reportedly looking to close nearly 200 stores, though it’s unclear whether it will be before or after the filing.  The union for employees of Tops responded to the report saying that the company has hired Evercore, an independent private investment firm, to help them restructure their debt.  They said the union’s contract is still in full effect and that they are monitoring the situation.  In 2017, Reuters reported that Tops had a $723 million debt load and last month reported that the chain has significant pension liabilities.   

 

 

Reservation Deadline for Steuben Youth Bureau Banquet Set for Feb. 28th:

 

The deadline for reservations for the Steuben County Youth Bureau Annual Awards Dinner is February 28th.  The dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. March 7th at the Bath Country Club and honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Steuben Youth.  Awards to be announced are the 2018 Champion for Youth and 2018 Youth Service Worker.  The cost for the event is $22.  For more information or to make reservations call (607) 664-2119. 

 

 

NYS Considering New Puppy Mill Regulations:

 

The New York State Senate is considering new legislation that would prohibit pet stores from buying any dogs or cats from puppy mills or other large scale breeding facilities.  By definition, a puppy mill is a large scale dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs and puppies.  If passed, the bill would require pet stores to receive animals from licensed rescue shelters or humane societies.  If the pets are not adopted, the bill would then require that the animal be returned to the shelter from which it came.    

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