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Explosion in Corning Caused by Meth Lab:


Authorities are investigating an explosion in Corning last week that they believe was caused by a meth lab.  According to police, first responders received a call of an explosion Thursday at a home on Woodview Avenue around 2 a.m.  Upon their arrival, they made the residence safe and began their investigation, which revealed that an upstairs resident was allegedly in the process of making meth when the explosion occurred.  The suspect was air-flighted to Strong Memorial in Rochester for serious burns to his head, face, and hands. 



School Bus Crash in Corning Sends 4 to Hospital:


Four people, including two students, were sent to area hospitals as a precaution Friday after a Corning-Painted Post school bus collided with two vehicles.  According to a report by WETM-TV, the bus hit a pickup truck and an SUV around 11:30 a.m. on East High Street.  The rest of the students on the bus were transferred to other buses to be taken home, according to district officials.  The incident is under investigation.



BEGWS Hydrant Flushing Continues:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems hydrant flushing for street and corner valves continues today.  Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed: Geneva Street, Chestnut Street, Fairgrounds, Elm Street, Shannon Street, Warden Street, Hudson Street, Phillips Lighting, Fairview Drive, Mountview Rd W., Shannon St. Ext., Casey Lane.  Corner Valves include: Geneva/Elm, Fairview/Rumsey, Geneva/Gratton, Geneva Street near the VFW, and Rumsey/Shannon Ext. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.



Gillibrand Pulls Out of Planned Debate:


The debate set for Sunday between New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and GOP challenger Chele Farley was cancelled after Gillibrand suddenly pulled out.  The face-to-face was to happen at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and to air on all Spectrum News stations.  Gillibrand’s reasoning was in support of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers who are currently in a labor dispute with Spectrum parent Charter Communications.  In response, Farley blasted Gillibrand, accusing her of “chickening out” and disrespecting voters.  That said, Farely concluded that she still “stands ready to debate [Gillibrand].”



Haverling Dedicates Book Nook to Teacher Who Passed:


The Haverling School District held a special dedication Thursday for a teacher who recently passed away from ALS.  Karin Machuga passed in May after being diagnosed last year in September.  In her honor, there is now a book nook designed after a castle that students can read inside of when they come into the library.  Her portrait hangs on the side of a bookshelf filled with her favorite author, Ted Arnold.

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