Beaver Dams Man Facing Rape Charges:
A Beaver Dams man is facing rape charges in both New York and Arkansas. 25-year-old Benjamin Smith was arrested following investigation by State Police into an incident in the Town of Lindley where Smith allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of 15. He faces similar accusations in Arkansas. Police are seeking other victims in both states. Smith was arraigned in Corning Town Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
Dresser Rand to Close Wellsville Facility:
Dresser-Rand, a Siemens business, has announced that it will be closing its manufacturing facility in Wellsville within two years. Company officials met with workers Monday. Employees were told that Curtiss-Wright is purchasing the Dresser-Rand government business and services portfolio. The commercial Power Generation Services (PS) work performed at Dresser-Rand will eventually be transferred to Charlotte and other Siemens facilities. 250 employees are impacted. Siemens operations in Olean and Painted Post are not affected.
Hammondsport Looking to Annex Land from Urbana:
The village of Hammondsport and the town of Urbana will hold a joint public hearing next month. The issue will be the annexation from the town into the village of 3.1 vacant acres of land. That hearing is scheduled for March 20, 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.
Meetings Set for Potential Arkport/Canaseraga School Merger:
The possibility of a merger of the Arkport Central and Canaseraga school districts continues to move ahead as the joint advisory committee will hold four meetings in the coming months. Superintendents from each school announced meetings for February 26th, April 16th, May 21st and June 18th. The meetings in February and March are set for 6 p.m. in the Arkport Central Performing Arts center. The April meeting will be held in the Canaseraga Central cafeteria at 6 p.m. The June meeting site and time has yet to be determined. The annexation study is also scheduled for completion in June.
Potential Ice Jam Flooding Warning:
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released a warning Monday for New Yorkers who live in areas along streams and rivers to take precautions against potential ice jam flooding. With warmer temperatures and rain expected this week, there could be possible ice jam movement and minor flooding. Flood watches are currently in effect for the North Country and parts of Central New York, and ice jams are being monitored in Oneida County. Communities near ice jams are urged to closely monitor future forecasts and heed instructions from emergency management officials and local law enforcement.
Free Concert to Benefit Hornell Area Food Pantries:
The Hornell Maple City Barbershop Chorus is presenting a free musical variety concert on Sunday, February 25th at 3 p.m. in the Hornell United Methodist Church. Free-will offerings will be accepted to support Hornell area food pantries. Besides the Maple City Barbershop Chorus, the concert will also feature the Rusty Pickups Quartet, the Revised Arrangement Quartet, and Elvis Tribute Artist Dave Weaver. The event is free and open to the public.
NYS Enjoys 7th Straight Year of Increased Park Attendance:
For the seventh straight year, New York state parks saw increased attendance in 2017. 71.5 million visitors traveled to New York’s parks and historic sites, up 950,000 compared to 2016. 2018 is expected to be another exciting year for state parks, with more improvement and additions, including the debut of the Watkins Glen State Park entrance transformation.