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Steuben Bowling Academy Closed After Wall Collapse:


A popular establishment in Bath is closed and likely to remain so for a while after a wall collapse.  The Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to the back of Steuben Bowling Academy Saturday evening and police tape currently seals off the area.  A league team was playing in the building when the wall collapsed, but they and everyone else in the building are said to be alright.  They were evacuated across the street.  There is no date set for repairs yet as the collapse is under investigation. 



Brake Failure Cause of Truck Accident in Hornell:


New details have been released in the accident involving a rental truck in Hornell Thursday morning.  According to Hornell police, the vehicle suffered brake failure, causing it to stall on Spencer’s Avenue before rolling through several yards, jumping the creek, and coming to rest against a house on Rose Avenue. 



VAC Credit Union to Become “Community Charter”:


The VAC Credit Union in Bath has announced that after 69 years of having restricted membership it will soon become a “Community Charter.”  Currently, VAC serves federal and local government employees along with a few underserved Select Employee Groups.  As a “Community Charter,” however, membership will be open to any person who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Steuben County; and the credit union will be expanding and adding services to current and future members including, “Mobility Banking.”    Going along with this change, VAC has submitted a request to change the name of the credit union to “Steuben Citizens Federal Credit Union.”  This change is set to take effect in 2019.  For more information, the credit union can be reached at (607) 776-4197 or online at http://www.vacemployeesfcu.com



Important Info from the Steuben Co. BOE Regarding Upcoming Election:


With November’s General Election fast-approaching the Steuben County Board of Elections has released some information to help those planning on, or interested in, voting.  The General Election will be November 6th with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The last day to register in person to vote in the election is October 12th.  Registered voters are assigned a specific polling place and district determined by where they live.  If you’re unsure where to vote, visit the BOE website at https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19 and click on “Poll Locator” or call (607) 664-2260.  If you’re not certain whether you’re registered you can contact the county BOE by calling or at their website.  If it is your first time voting in Steuben County, or if you did not provide identification when you registered, you will need to show ID when voting.  After the first time, NYS law does not require voter ID.  The BOE office will be open Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m. to noon for anyone needing an absentee ballot.  The deadline to mail an absentee ballot application is October 30th



Fake Voter Registration Scam:


The Steuben County Board of Elections is warning the public against a scam involving fake voter registration.  According to Steuben County GOP Election Commissioner Vicky Olin, they were informed Monday of two state election offices that received reports of residents getting calls from someone impersonating an organization offering to help the recipients register to vote or request an absentee ballot over the phone.  Residents are reminded that in New York State you cannot register to vote or request an absentee ballot application over the phone.   



New Rear-Facing Car Seat Guidelines:


New guidelines have been released for rear-facing child car seats.  Children two years old or younger should be in a rear-facing car seat, but under the new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents are encouraged to keep their children in the car seat until they reach the seat’s maximum height and weight limit, regardless of age.  According to the AAP, utilizing the right car seat or booster can aid in decreasing a child’s risk of death or serious injury by 70 percent.



“Understanding Medicare” Public Seminars Conclude; Individual Counseling



The 2018 “Understanding Medicare” public seminars through the Steuben County Office for the Aging have ended.  The annual Medicare open enrollment period from October 15th to December 7th is an extremely busy time for OFA counselors, officials warned Monday, adding that those who wish to review their 2019 plan options with an OFA counselor need to call early to set an appointment.  Anyone with questions about Medicare can also call (800) 633-4227 to speak with a representative.



Steuben Public Health to Hold Weight Loss Programs:


The Steuben County Public Health Department will host an effective weight-loss program for people at risk of Type II Diabetes in two locations in October.   The program is designed for those with prediabetes, which occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet diabetes levels.  Classes meet every week for 16 weeks, then every two weeks for several months, followed by monthly meetings for the remainder of the year.  The program is covered by Medicare or $150 (private pay)/year.  The scheduled classes are: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning October 9th at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning October 11th at the YMCA in Hornell.  For more information or to register call Steuben Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

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