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Work on I-86 Near Big Flats Starts Today:


Planned work on a seven-mile pavement resurfacing project gets underway on I-86 today.  From the Chemung-Steuben County line to Exit 52 in Horseheads, workers will complete repavement and repairs to roads, exits, and ramps.  Improvements to guide rails will be made and Exit 51A’s bridge fascia will be fixed.  Closings and disruptions should be expected for the next few weeks.  Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother said drivers can check for closings online at: www.bigflats.gov



“Safety Concern” Prompts Police Presence at HHCSD:


Friday morning, and throughout the day, members of the state police and officers from the Horseheads Village Police Department were on the campus of the Horseheads Intermediate and Middle Schools as a cautionary measure after a reported safety concern.  The threat was received Thursday night and school officials contacted local police who determined it to be non-credible.  Parents were sent a letter from the district saying the investigation into the threat continues, and that safety concerns can be reported 24/7 at their Safe Schools Line at (607) 795-2044 or 1-800-305-4984.



Search for Missing Wayne Co. Toddler Called Off:


After more than two weeks, the search for missing 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon has been called off.  Over 1,000 searchers tried to find the toddler after his mother’s body was found buried in the woods near a farm in Wayne County.  Police say that despite bringing the search to an end, the investigation continues.  The results of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon’s death are still being determined, but her boyfriend, Alberto Reyes, remains the main suspect.  He is set to appear in Federal Court today on a charge of tampering with evidence, and separate charges of illegal re-entry into the country.



DEC Accused of Failing to Disclose Gas Storage Leak Concerns:


The Department of Environmental Conservation is being accused of both knowing and failing to disclosing leakage concerns regarding the proposed gas storage project in salt caverns along Seneca Lake.  The accusation comes from Toxics Targeting, a company that complies known information on toxic sites, and then sells that information to the public.  On Friday, documents were released containing Crestwood’s storage application in 2011, where the company said, “it is assumed that the cavern does leak…”  According to Toxics Targeting president, Walter Hang, the state required Crestwood to come up with a plan to investigate the concern, but never required the investigation to be carried out.  In response, the DEC released a statement saying they have “…not made any final determination on Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC’s permit application,” and that, “The decision will be based on a comprehensive review to determine if the application meets New York’s strict environmental standards….”



Outdoor Show Looking for Volunteers:


Volunteers are needed for the upcoming 12th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show.  According to Cornell Cooperative Extension there are several positions available for the event, including directing crowds, helping children fish, or transporting guests on golf carts.  All volunteers will receive access to the entire show throughout the whole weekend and anyone who volunteers at least four hours will also receive a T-shirt, meal ticket, and water.  The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show is set for October 13th and 14th at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath.  For more information visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com/volunteer.

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