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Today's Top Stories - Monday July 30, 2018

Residents and Farmers Urged to Be Vigilant About Longhorn Tick
Farmers and other residents in the state are urged by officials to be aware and vigilant about the Longhorn Tick. This breed of tick is unique because it is a self-cloning species native to Asia and Australia and has survived the winter in New Jersey, invading several other states including Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and recently our own New York state. All animals, especially sheep, cattle and horses, should be checked regularly for ticks and exposure to ticks during the summer season. Tick-borne illnesses including lyme disease carry symptoms of dehydration, weakness, lack of appetite and labored breathing in cattle. So far, the only Longhorn Tick reported in the state was found in Westchester County.

WGI Pledges $3000 to Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Watkins Glen International  has made a donation to The Food Bank of the Southern Tier. President of WGI, Michael Printup, pledged the $3,000 donation for the Food Bank’s BackPack Program this year during “Giving is Gorges”, the organization’s Annual Day of Giving held on June 1st. Printup said: “We at Watkins Glen International are proud to be a part of this community and we want to continually support all that the Food Bank does here in the Southern Tier,”


Reed and 5 Congressman Write Cuomo About Recouping Sign Fines
Congressman Tom Reed has joined 5 other state House members demanding answers from Governor Cuomo about  $14 million owed in fines by New York State. The millions of dollars in penalties was issued for failure to comply with federal regulations related to illegal “I Love NY” highway signs. A date has been set by the Federal Government for September 30th for all signs, which total over 500, to be removed or New York will face further penalties. All 6 Republican Congressmen have sent a letter to the governor asking about how the $14 million will be recouped.


Tour de Keuka Meets $75,000 Fundraising Goal
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has announced that this year’s Tour de Keuka in Hammondsport has reached their goal in raising $75,000. Almost 240 cyclists rode the various Tour de Keuka trails to raise money for the cause of ending area hunger and were able to help provide 276,000 meals. Those interested in supporting the Food Bank through the Tour de Keuka can still donate to the fundraising campaign online at www.tourdekeuka.com through August 8th.

Canisteo Man Arrested Following CPS Investigation
New York State Police report the arrest of a Canisteo man following an allegation that he struck a child in the head and caused physical injury. A joint investigation by the NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Steuben County Child Protective Services resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Robert C. Morseman. Morseman has been charged with two class “A” misdemeanors: third degree assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was issued an Appearance Ticket for August 6th in the Town of Canisteo Court.

Abandoned Pitbulls from Painted Post Up for Adoption
Two pitbulls that were abandoned at the Walmart parking lot in Painted Post are ready to be adopted into forever homes. An arrest was made for the animal cruelty violation and the Finger Lakes SPCA have taken both dogs in. Owen and Petunia, who are believed to be between the ages of one and three, would best fit in an active home without small children and with other dogs. Both dogs know basic commands like sit and stay but will need additional obedience training. Those interested in learning more about the dogs or adopting one or both of them is encouraged to call the Finger Lakes SPCA http://fingerlakesspca.org/contact/.

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