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Corelle to Invest $50M in Steuben County:


Empire State Development announced Thursday that Corelle Brands LLC will be investing $50 million in Steuben County.  The company plans to modernize its manufacturing facility, known as the Pressware Plant, in Corning.  They will renovate two production tanks, activate a third tank, and put new products on the market for the company’s flagship Corelle kitchenware brand.  Corelle currently employs nearly 600 people.  To encourage the company to move forward with the investment, Empire State Development offered a package of performance-based incentives of up to $9 million.  The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency also offered incentives of over $546,000, and NYSEG is said to be “providing significant support.”    



Denison Park Pool Closed for Remainder of Season Following Incident:


The Denison Park Pool in Corning will be closed for the remainder of the season following a filter malfunction Thursday afternoon.  The incident happened just after 3 p.m.  The malfunction caused a higher than normal concentration of pool chemicals to be released into the water.  As a precaution, patrons were instructed to leave the area and some were transported to area medical facilities.  Director of Recreation Alex Hamilton said closing the pool will allow staff to assess the situation and make repairs. 



Wellsville Man Wanted in “Facebook” Case Found in S. America:


Paul Ceglia, the Wellsville man who in 2015 fled to escape charges he faked a 2003 contract with Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg, is now in custody in Ecuador.  The 45-year-old has been missing, along with his wife, two sons, and dog, since March 2015, when U.S. marshals forced their way into his Wellsville home and discovered he’d cut off an ankle bracelet.  Ceglia is awaiting trail on fraud charges in New York.



Construction Grants for Local Libraries:


Public libraries across the area have received state construction grants. About $3,400 is headed to Dormann Library in Bath to upgrade the existing network and install newer technology. The Cohocton library will be able to replace some windows for the $11,000 it will receive. The big winner is the Pulteney Free Library. A $202,000 grant has been awarded for infrastructure and concrete work on the library’s new building. The area legislators said the grants are awarded through New York’s Library Construction Grant Program, which received $24 million in the 2017-18 state budget.



Steuben Public Works Employees Recognized for Service:


More than 80 members of the Steuben County Department of Public Works were recognized with certificates of appreciation Monday for their service to county residents.  The workers were honored for milestone dates ranging from 10 years up to the 40-year anniversary of Building Maintenance Mechanic Steve Flaitz.  The group represents more than 2,200 hours of combined service.  County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said the Public Works crews work to ensure the safety of county residents and that he’s proud to work with them.



Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Pets:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday designed to protect pets from being abandoned during an eviction.  The law requires officers executing a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and to coordinate the safe removal of animals with the evictee.  When an eviction order is executed, a marshal takes possession of the property within the evictee’s premises and stores the items for a specified amount of time, and then allows the evicted tenant to later retrieve the items.  Previous law did not distinguish between the treatment of a couch and a pet, which could result in the abandonment of pets.  The law signed Thursday addresses the oversight to help ensure the safety and care of pets.



Steuben OFA Looks to Increase Attendance at New Cohocton Dinner Club:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging, in partnership with ProAction of Steuben and Yates and local residents, hosted a new Senior Dinner club on August 16th in Cohocton.  Now, county Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody said organizers would like see the new dinner club become a regular focal point for lunch.  She said they “need to know there is enough interest and participation to keep it open.”  The next luncheon is set for noon, September 20th at the First Presbyterian Church in Cohocton.  Reservations are required by calling (607) 776-4310.

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