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Campbell Approves Fire District Budget:


The Town of Campbell Fire Department has approved the 2019 budget, meaning residents will see the tax rate climb 29 percent.  That’s roughly $1.31 for every $1,000 of assessed value.  The previous tax rate was $1.01.  The tax hike is less than originally proposed.  The initial budget called for $246,323, but the department was able to par that back to $199,756.  They achieved this in part by doing away with a private insurer, and going instead with Steuben County’s insurance.  The Fire District is set to meet with the Town Supervisor and the County Risk Manager next week to go over the insurance. 



Reed, Mitrano to Meet in Debate Tonight:


Candidates for the 23rd Congressional District, Tom Reed and Tracy Mitrano will meet face-to-face tonight in a live debate.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. at the gymnasium of Corning Community College with seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis for roughly 400 chairs.  Extra seating will available for hundreds more in the bleachers.  The event begins at 7 p.m.  Parking will be available in the north and south lots.  For those who can’t make it in person, WETM 18 News will broadcast the debate, and will stream at mytwintiers.com. 



HEAP Applications Start Nov. 13th:


Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning November 13th, according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  Steuben officials said HEAP applications can be filed in person at the following locations; on-line at http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov; or can be mailed to applicants who call the county Department of Social Services (DSS) for the forms at (607) 664-2500.  Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may do so starting November 13th, at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates in Bath or the county DSS office in Bath.  No applications will be accepted until November 13th.  Applications will also be accepted at the following locations on a first-come, first-served basis: from 8:30 to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. only on December 4th and January 8th at the Office for the Aging in Hornell, and from 8:30 to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. only on December 12th and January 16th at the Steuben County Courthouse in Corning.



Grief Counseling Available in Painted-Post:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging wants area residents to know there is a new service for those struggling with the stress of serious illness, grief or care-giving challenges.  “The Clinic at CareFirst,” in cooperation with Family Services of Chemung County, also offers supportive services in Steuben at is clinic in Painted Post.  The agency was formerly known as the “Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care Agency.”  For more information, call (607) 377-5399.



BEGWS Hydrant and Valve Flushing Continues:


Hydrant Flushing continues by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Tonight through Wednesday morning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., hydrants will be flushed for customers on Liberty Street, East William Street, Village Parking Lost, South Fowler Street, and May Street along with the corner valves of Liberty/Steuben, Liberty/W. William, Liberty/Buell, E. Washington/Campbell, Wilkes Ave. (Resilient), May/E. William, E. Steuben/McMaster, E. William/Campbell, E. Steuben/Gansevoort, E. Washington/Gansevoort, E. Washington/Fowler (Resilient), and May/E. Steuben (E. Morris). Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.



Corning PD Participating in No-Shave November:


Things are going to get hairy at the Corning Police Department in November.  The department has announced that the usual grooming policy will be waived for the month so officers can participate in No-Shave November.  No-Shave November is a non-profit organization partnered with the American Cancer Society, raising money and awareness to fight cancer.  The idea is that participants donate the money they would usually spend on shaving and grooming during the month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting cancer.  In a statement, Chief Jeff Spaulding said the PBA approached him with the idea and he said he was “very happy to relax the Department’s policy” as “cancer has had an impact on not only Corning Police Officers but many City employees outside the PBA as well.”  The Crystal City PBA is registered at No-Shave.org and if you’d like to support the cause, visit their team page at https://no-shave.org/team/CrystalCityPBA  

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