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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, February 21st

Narcotics Arrest:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a man from Corning, and formerly of Bath, on February 13th on drug charges.  25-year-old Charles Dance is accused of selling a controlled substance in 2018.  He has been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was released on pre-trial release.



DWI Arrest Following Hornby Crash:


A Beaver Dams man has been arrested following a motor vehicle crash on February 19th on County Route 41 in the Town of Hornby.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Jason Novak operated the vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.  He was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, blood alcohol content greater than .18 percent, and moving from lane unsafely.  He was released on traffic summons.



HEAP Funding Extended:


New Yorkers needing assistance heating their homes can get some extra help this winter through the Home Energy Assistance Program.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $15 million in extra funding is available through the program, meaning eligible households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utilities shut off may apply for a second emergency benefit.  In addition, the application period for both regular and emergency HEAP benefits have been extended until April 26th.  HEAP applications are accepted at local departments of social services in person or by telephone.



Youth Banquet to Honor Recktenwald, Shick:


Two people who have spent decades putting the youth of their communities first will be honored on March 4th at the annual Steuben County Youth Bureau Awards Dinner.  Mark Recktenwald, a guidance counselor for nearly 30 years at Haverling High School in Bath, will receive the bureau’s Champion for Youth Award.  Reckentwald also runs the Village of Bath Police Department’s anger management classes for youth and he’s active in the Jack Lisi program.  The Youth Service Worker of the Year award will be presented to Amy Shick in recognition of her 15 years of dedication to students and their families at Prattsburgh Central School as the Student Council Advisor.  Shick also took on the role of family worker during the past four years, and she serves the community by involving students in local charitable functions such as food banks and more.  The banquet will be at the Bath Country Club, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $22 each.  Reservations are due by February 25th.  To make a reservation call (607) 664-2119.



Horseheads Vet Receives Cornell Uni. Alumni Award:


A Horseheads veterinarian has been awarded a prestigious recognition from Cornell University.  Dr. Barbara Mix has received the New York State Hometown Alumni Award, which is given out to those who attend Cornell and then return to their hometowns to make contributions to their communities.  Dr. Mix was born and raised in Horseheads.  She attended Penn State University for her undergraduate before going on to Cornell.  She worked in Canandaigua for a time, but returned home to Horseheads in 2001.  According to Cornell, Dr. Mix is only the 5th person to receive the Hometown Alumni award.



Nominees Sought for “Women of Distinction” Award:


Senator Tom O’Mara has announced that he’s accepting nominations for the 22nd Annual “Women of Distinction” program until March 18th.  The program honors local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.  Each Senator selects one “Woman of Distinction” from their respective legislative districts.  The honorees are recognized at a statewide awards ceremony and reception in Albany.  Nominations can be submitted online through O’Mara’s Senate website at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov

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