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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 8, 2018

Flags Flown Half-Staff to Honor Firefighters
State government buildings will be flying flags half-staff until Wednesday of this week to honor fallen firefighters. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared this action in honor of the 21st Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany where 28 firemen killed in the line of duty in the last year will be added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial tomorrow. The Governor said: “By lowering flags to half-staff, we honor those who have lost their lives while saving others, and remember their selflessness in another’s greatest time of need.”


Keuka College Dean Honored with Award at Washington DC
A local Dean from Keuka College has received an award from a national organization recognizing her work as a leader in education during a 3-day long summit in Washington, DC. EAB, a collaborative organization of education advisers, honored Dean of Student Success and Chief Retentions Officer Elizabeth Lambert with its 2018 Student Success Collaborative Award.


BEGWS to Flush Water Mains Starting Next Week
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) has announced the Village’s water mains will begin to be flushed a week from now on Monday, October 15th and will continue until  Friday, November 2nd. Each day, crew members of the BEGWS Underground Lines and Mains will flush the system from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Water customers are advised that the potential for discolored and dirty water is possible and to check their water for clarity before each use. Water lines can be cleared by turning on a faucet, preferably one outside, before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry.


County Route 119 Closure Begins Today
The bridge on County Route 119 over the Canisteo River in the town of Cameron will be closed this morning beginning 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for about five weeks. The bridge between McMaster Road and County Route 10 will be under construction for its stringers and gusset plates to be repaired. No on-site detour will be available so motorists need to use existing town and county roads as their detour.


Voter Registration Deadline This Friday
New York state residents have until this Friday, October 12th at 5 p.m. to register to vote in the upcoming general election for local, state and federal offices on November 6th. This year is a midterm year and elections are occurring for New York governor, attorney general, comptroller, the entire state Legislature, Congressman and U.S. senator. If you need to register to vote, you can do so through the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the state Board of Elections website where you can print out the form then mail it or drop it off at the county Board of Elections where you can also go to register in person or go to several state agencies like the Department of Health, the Department of Labor and Department of Social Services to register in person.


Bath and Canisteo Make List for Domestic Violence Incidents in State
Two towns in Steuben county made the list of the top 50 towns that reported the highest rates of domestic violence incidents in New York State. According to data last year reported by police departments in the state through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program and published on the Division of Criminal Justice Services website, the Village of Bath was number 20 reporting 74 total victims in 2017 while 13.4 victims per 1000 were reported for the year. The Village of Canisteo made the list at number 27 with a total of 27 victims at rate of 12.4 victims per 1000.

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