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Former Savona Mayor Arraigned on Felony Charges:


The former Mayor of Savona accused of stealing from the village was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.  According to the New York State Comptroller’s Office, Gregge Harrian is facing five counts of offering a false instrument and five counts of falsifying business records.  The Comptroller’s Office also says that a second, unnamed, defendant was also indicted for allegedly helping Harrian.  Harrian also allegedly approved more than $20,000 to pay for unsubstantiated claims of work for his wife.  She was also the village clerk and treasurer and, according to officials, her position was also in violation of village policy.



Domestic Violence Arrest:


A Bath man has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an alleged domestic incident at a home Bath.  It’s alleged that 38-year-old William Margeson Jr. prevented a member of his family or household from calling for emergency assistance, prevented them from leaving the residence, and damaged property of another while a child was present.  Margeson was charged with unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief, preventing an emergency call, endangering the welfare of a child, and harassment. 



Reed Not Giving Up Paycheck During Shutdown:


During an interview with CNN Wednesday Congressman Tom Reed was asked whether he, like some other members of congress, would give up his paycheck in solidarity with federal employees during the government shutdown.  His response was that he would not, as he explained, historically members have donated to charity during shutdown situations.  Speaking on the shutdown itself, Reed said now is the time to solve border security, which he believes will be solved in a compromise position and then the shutdown can be taken care of.  If you’d like to read the full interview, the transcript is available at http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1901/09/crn.01.html



WGI to Host Woodstock 50th Anniversary:


The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which drew hundreds of thousands of people to Bethel, New York, in 1969, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and it will celebrate at Watkins Glen International.  The track will host the event August 16th through the 18th.  Some 100,000 people are anticipated to attend and its expected to bring a large economic boost.  Director of Communications at WGI Chris Banker said, judging by previous concerts, they’re expecting $35 million to $50 million.  No official lineup has been released yet, though Rolling Stone reports 40 guests have been booked.  Tickets should be available for sale by February.     



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Safety Courses:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will conduct Pistol Permit Safety Courses at the Public Safety Building in Bath where instructors will provide information on pistol type and nomenclature, pistol safety, safe pistol handling, storage, use, and New York State law.  All students will be required to successfully complete a written and practical exam at the conclusion of the course.  The class is free of charge, though the cost to apply for a pistol permit, which will be available to students the day of each class, is $10.  The class will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates: February 16th, March 16th, June 8th, September 21st, and October 19th.  Reservations are required.  Contact (607) 622-3930 to register.



CCE Holds Robotics Classes:


There’s still time for youth aged 8 to 18 interested in learning how to build and program a robot to enroll in the Steuben County 4-H Robotics Program.  The program uses a Lego Mindstorms EV3, teamwork and problem-solving skills to solve various tasks while having fun.  It also builds life skills such as goal setting, problem solving, decision making, self-esteem, communication, cooperation, and social skills.  Classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. January 21st, February 4th and 18th, March 4th and 18th, April 1st and 15th at the Howard Community Building in Howard.  Youth who are not currently Steuben County 4-H members may join the robotics program as an independent 4-H member by paying the $10 enrollment fee.  Members also must fill out enrollment, code of conduct, permission/medical release, and acknowledgment of risk forms at http://putknowledgetowork.org/4-h-youth/4-h-program-areas



ARC of Steuben Seeking Sneaker Donations:


If you own a pair of gently used sneakers you wouldn’t mind parting with there’s a good cause that will happily accept them.  The Arc of Steuben is currently collecting sneakers in support of local schools.  The schools reached out to the Arc saying that multiple children have shown up to school with tattered sneakers, or that they don’t have any sneakers at all.  The Arc has a goal of 200 pairs by January 25th.  Sneakers can be dropped at the Arc office in Bath at 1 Arc Way, or at the field office in Hornell on Seneca Street.  If you need the shoes to be picked up, you can call 776-4146.

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