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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, January 3rd

Grand Opening for Bath VA’s Community Living Neighborhood Project:


On Monday, the Bath V.A. will unveil their new Community Living Neighborhood (CLN) renovation project with a grand opening from noon to 3 p.m.  The new CLN provides residents with a single bedroom with a personal bathroom.  It’s furnished with a desk, dresser, and a TV.  There are large windows and each room has an integrated lift system to help move the resident from the bed to the bathroom.  The V.A. has two CLNs, one in Bath and one in Canandaigua.  If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran and are interested in learning more, contact (607) 664-4517.



Police Seeking Penn Yan Teen:


The public is being asked to help the Penn Yan Police Department locate a missing teenager.  15-year-old Antonia R.J. Mendez is believed to be in the Rochester area.  The case is being treated as a juvenile runaway/warrant suspect as Mendez is under the supervision of the NYS Office of Children and Family Resources and was wearing an ankle monitor that was cut off.  She also reportedly told family members through social media that she doesn’t want to return home.  A warrant has been issued by NYS OCFS.  Mendez is a white female, 5’3”, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing jeans, unknown color shirt, and she had a backpack.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Penn Yan Police Department at (315) 536-4426.



Reed to Make Historic Bi-Partisan Vote:


Congressman Tom Reed is expected to make a historic vote today.  He has promised to vote yes on a rules package drafted by the opposing party’s leadership.  This will be the first such bi-partisan support since 2001.  The Republican said the Democrats inclusion of reforms introduced by the Problem Solvers Caucus, which he co-chairs, is a major part of why he’ll vote yes, despite there being other included items he disagrees with.  He said, “This vote isn’t about partisan politics.  It’s about doing what is right for the American people.”  The package’s main focus is reportedly to make it easier for rank-and-file members to bring legislation up for a vote.



New Legislation Seeks to Help Firefighters:


A bill first passed in 2017 to help firefighters has now officially gone into effect.  Interior firefighters who had five years of service by January 1st have the opportunity to get help with cancer treatments.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, interior firefighters are more susceptible to cancer due to toxic smoke from burning homes and buildings.  After the service requirement, firefighters must have also undergone an initial physical, yearly physical, and a yearly fitness test.



Special Leaf Pickup in Hammondsport Friday:


There will be a one day only leaf pickup in the Village of Hammondsport tomorrow, Friday, January 4th.  The Village DPW will pick up all leaves on the road side.  The village asks that residents have leaves raked to the roadside by tonight.

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