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NYSDOH Warns of Potential Exposure to Legionella Bacteria at Watkins Glen Hotel:


The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning regarding the potential exposure of the public to legionella bacteria in Schuyler County at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.  According to the DOH, individuals who stayed at the hotel between July 16th and August 1st and were in proximity to the pool and spa may have been exposed.  Legionella bacteria can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease.  Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches.  Symptoms usually begin two to ten days after exposure, but can take longer.  Legionella can also cause a less serious illness called Pontiac fever.  Its symptoms include fever and muscles aches, and they usually appear between a few hours and three days after exposure.  Most healthy people exposed to Legionella do not get sick.  Those at risk include: people over 50, current or former smokers, those with chronic lung disease, people with weak immune systems, people with cancer or underlying illnesses like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure.   



Rep. Reed Reacts to Allegations Against Rep. Collins:


Congressman Tom Reed has responded to the allegations against his House colleague, Representative Chris Collins.  Collins was arrested by the FBI Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI.  Reed said the allegations are serious and very troublesome, but deferred on saying whether or not Collins should resign.  He said that, ultimately, it will be up to the public to “guide their future when it comes to their elected officials.”  Reed has also partnered with Representative Kathleen Rice in introducing a resolution that would prohibit Members of the House from serving on the boards of publicly-held companies.  The resolution would be a House equivalent to a rule already in the Senate.  Collins has called the charges against him “meritless” and he will remain on the ballet for re-election.



State Money Headed to Local Libraries for Construction Updates:


Two Steuben County libraries are among those selected by the state Library and Education Departments to receive funds for construction projects.   The Cohocton Public Library will receive $71,019 to replace the roof and repair the damaged concrete apron at the front entrance, and the Wayland Free Library will receive $37,080 to replace the HVAC system, lighting, security cameras, and other interior renovations.



Red Jacket, Indian Pines Swim Areas Reopen:


Just in time for the weekend, the swim areas of Red Jacket and Indian Pines parks in Penn Yan are once again open.  They were closed last weekend due to toxic blue-green algae.  The Department of Health gave them go-ahead to reopen Thursday.



Samsung Selects Corning Glass for Galaxy Watch:


Samsung has selected Corning Inc. and its Gorilla Glass DX+ as the cover material for the Galaxy Watch, according to officials with Corning Incorporated.  Officials say the new glass features superior scratch resistance and anti-reflective property.  The Galaxy Watch will allow users to text, stream music, receive notifications, and track select workouts.  It, and the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, were unveiled Thursday in Brooklyn.

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