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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 12th

Hockey Returning to First Arena for 2018 Season:


According to 18 Sports, Elmira Pioneers Owner Robbie Nichols will be returning hockey to the First Arena for the 2018-19 season.  Nichols and the owners of the First Arena, the Chemung County IDA, have reached a deal in principle and once the paperwork is finalized, Nichols would bring an FHL team to the city.  A press conference could reportedly be called as early as next week.  The team would complete an eight-team league with the season starting in November.  Complete deal details, including the selecting of a new team name, will be discussed at the future press conference.



Four Steuben Land Bank Properties on the Market:


Less than a year after restoration efforts began, two rehabilitation projects through the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) are now back on the market.  The properties are 161 Kingsbury Avenue and 232 Onondaga Street in Corning.  They were selected last November for rehab efforts after assessments indicated the properties could be restored and sold at reasonable prices.  They were two of four projects selected.  The other two are on East Washington Street in Bath and on Wells Street in Hornell.  Those two were demolished in early 2018 and now the vacant lots are for sale.  More information about all four properties can be found online at http://www.steubencony.org/landbank



A.U. Renames Prestigious Award, Creates Scholarship in Honor of Trooper Clark:


Alfred University is paying tribute to fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark with the creation of a scholarship in his name, and the re-naming of a prestigious student-athlete award in his honor.  University President Mark Zupan said they will be working with Clark’s family to determine the criteria for the scholarship, and if anyone is interested in donating, checks can be made out to Alfred University with Nick Clark Scholarship in the memo and mailed to University Advancement, One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY, 14802.  Besides the endowment, the Alfred University Athletics department will rename one its most esteemed awards, the Ideal Saxon Award, to the Nicholas F. Clark ’11 Ideal Saxon Award.  The annual award recognizes the achievements of a male and female student-athlete who displays excellence in both academics and athletics while providing service and leadership to the AU Community.  Trooper Clark was killed July 2nd in the line of duty. 



Steuben Co. Sheriff Announces Pistol Proficiency Course Dates:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced two dates for a Pistol Proficiency Course.  The 12 hour course will be held July 21st and 22nd and September 15th and 16th at the Bath Rod and Gun Club Law Enforcement Range from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Pistol permit holders will receive instruction in safe pistol handling, storage, carry and use, as well as shooting fundamentals and positions, and threat assessment.  All students must provide a copy of their pistol permit, approved pistol, holster, and reload device or method, approved eye and ear safety devices, approved 250 rounds of pistol ammunition, a check or money order for $20 payable to the Bath Rod and Gun Club, and their own food and drink.  The course will be limited to 30 students and due to the anticipated high interest, pre-registration is required.  To register call 622-3930.



Beer and Cider Ice Cream Now Legal in NYS:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law this week that makes the sale of ice cream made with cider or beer legal in the state of New York.  The legislation requires that the frozen treats contain no more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibits sales to anyone under 21.  The bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator James Seward, says it combines two of New York’s leading industries: dairy and locally crafted beer and cider.

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