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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 21st

Missing Corning Teen:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager from Corning.  16-year-old Alexis Hostrander was reported missing by her family on December 13th.  It was reported that she ran out of her residence to a waiting unknown vehicle, leaving the area.  Alexis is known to have a medical condition that can cause seizures.  She may be in the Elmira area.  Alexis is a white female, approximately 5”, 100lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a yellow hoodie, black Adidas sweat pants with a blue stripe on the side, pink sneakers, and carrying a small pink backpack.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department at (607) 622-3911 or the Steuben County 911 Center at (607) 664-2911.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can submit information on the Anonymous Tipline on the Steuben County website at https://steubencony.org, under the Sheriff’s tab.



Threat to Horseheads School District Deemed Not Credible:


While a threat made towards the Horseheads high school has been deemed not credible, out of an abundance of caution, school officials say there will be additional officers from the village police department on site today.  The presence of police on campus does not indicate that there is a situation, they added, only that “local law enforcement agencies are joining in the commitment to protect students’ safety, no matter what the issue.”  The district asks parents to talk to students about the importance of telling an adult if he or she hears something or is concerned about safety.



Local Legislators Urge Governor to Veto Tasting Legislation:


Several Fingerlakes-area legislators are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto legislation that would establish uniform standards for tastings of New York manufactured beer, wine, cider, and liquor.   Among its provisions, it would prohibit anyone under 21 from handling open containers of alcohol, including during the production process, or from serving alcohol at on-premises tastings at wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries. The legislation was approved by both houses of the Legislature in late June, but industry stakeholders have raised concerns regarding it, saying it will result in burdensome, unnecessary, unreasonable, and otherwise objectionable new requirements and costs, including layoffs and limited opportunities for young workers, particularly those studying viticulture or pursuing a career in craft beverage manufacturing.  The proposed law was delivered to Cuomo for final action on Monday.  Among the lawmakers speaking out against it are Senators Tom O’Mara and Pam Helming, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.



R No Shave Nov. Raises $2,200 in Steuben Co.:


As a result of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s “No Shave November campaign” $2,200 was donated to the Cancer Services Program of Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties (CSPSACC) by the Deputies Association of the County of Steuben and the CSEA Corrections, Dispatchers and Court Security Union.  The November campaign allowed members of the department who opted to remain unshaven or wear a braid to donate to a cancer charity.  More than 40 members of the department participated.  The unions chose to donate to the Cancer Services Program as all the contributions benefit local cancer patients.  Additionally, County Sheriff Jim Allard said the department received so many positive comments regarding the officers and deputies with beards, his office will conduct an online survey on the department’s Facebook page to determine if the uniform policy should be amended to allow beards as part of the winter uniform between November and April.



Hand Receives Steuben Sheriff’s Office Career Achievement Award:


A man with 30 years of experience, in a challenging and dangerous occupation, was honored by the Steuben County Legislature and his department Monday.  Steuben County Captain Christopher Hand began his career in 1988 under Sheriff Jerry Dartt, and has been instrumental in the development of, and operations at, the current county Public Safety Building in Bath.  Since 1988, Hand has served under six different county sheriffs.  According to current Sheriff Jim Allard, Hand’s accomplishments during the past 30 years include the transition from the former jail on Mount Washington Road to its new location and expansion, the addition of cameras, computers, card access, records management software, housing of federal inmates, accreditation, inmate work programs, jail gardens, and most recently the canine rehabilitation-inmate SPIRIT program. 



Steuben Co. Tourism Expands Online Presence:


The Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau’s mission is to stimulate the tourism economy through authentic storytelling, supporting and developing destination amenities, and connecting visitors to the Southern Finger Lakes.  To that end, the CVB has launched four new websites as a part of promoting Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes as an exceptional destination for travelers from around the world.  CorningFingerLakes.com was first to be launched, in August, and is the primary website, featuring stories about Top Draws, how Steuben County is a destination of innovation, Finger Lakes Unique stories, and more.  FingerLakesBeerCountry.com features content on the growing trail of craft beverage producers in four counties and some of the exciting outdoor adventures that compliment the culinary experiences.  TiffanyTreasuresTrail.com includes studios and galleries, plus exciting hands-on workshop opportunities in glassblowing, stained glass, pottery, and more; it also connects visitors with the region’s fine arts treasurers in a variety of churches, museums, and other historic buildings with stunning Tiffany windows.  The newest site, launching just this month, is SteubenSportsman.com – it’s devoted to outdoor enthusiasts who love to hunt, fish, trap, and enjoy other outdoor adventures.

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