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Corning Accused of Leaving Children Alone to Get Marijuana:


A Corning woman is facing charges of child endangerment after she allegedly left her children at home alone to go smoke marijuana.  According to Corning Police, around 1 a.m. Thursday, officers were alerted to the sounds of screaming and a possible disturbance in an upstairs room on Davis Street.  Their investigation found 39-year-old Joy Edelmann asleep behind the wheel of a running motor vehicle.  Edelmann has been charged with 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count each of unlawful possession of marihuana and unlawful growing of cannabis.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Audit Finds Haverling School Dist. Needs Better Banking Policies:


The Bath school district needs to do a better job when it comes to online banking…and school superintendent Joe Rumsey agrees. In a recent audit report, the state comptroller’s office said school officials lacked adequate bank agreements for online banking transactions. The board also did not adopt an online banking policy and officials did not adequately segregate online banking duties. In addition, officials did not ensure that authorized access to online bank accounts was limited. In his response to the state, superintendent Rumsey said the district has begun corrective measures and is creating a comprehensive online banking policy.



Corning Kids Carnival Postponed:


Due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms, the annual Kids Day Carnival in Corning has been postponed.  Originally set for today from noon to 3 p.m., it will instead take place next Friday, August 3rd instead of Crazy Field Day.  Crazy Day will now be held on August 10th at 10 a.m. 



Guthrie Unveils Plans for Medical Office Buildings in the Elmira-Corning Area:


Guthrie unveiled plans this week for construction of two medical office buildings in the Elmira-Corning area.  The new 60,000 square foot East Corning Medical Office Building will relocate surgical and medical specialty services such as OB/GYN, Cardiology, Orthopedics, and more, with between 25 and 30 providers providing roughly 65,000 visits per year.  The 45,000 square foot Big Flats Medical Office Building (formerly Chase Pitkin) will house Cardiology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and more.  Both facilities are scheduled to open in summer 2019. 



NYS Launching Effort to Eliminate Hep. C:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected today to announce a new effort to eliminate hepatitis C.  The state Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force will be the nation’s first strategy to eliminate the viral infection which is spread through contaminated blood and is being exacerbated by the opioid epidemic.  Hepatitis C causes liver inflammation and can lead to serious damage of the organ.  The new campaign against it is expected to include increased access to medications that can cure hepatitis C and the expansion of programs connecting people with prevention, screening, and treatment services.   



DEC Seeking Participants in 2018 Summer Wild Turkey Survey:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys.  Since 1996, the DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations.  This allows the DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.  During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel.  Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form from the DEC’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html

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