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Today's Top Stories - Friday, March 8th

$15.8M to Repave Roads in Southern Tier:


On Thursday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $128 million in new state funding to renew state roadways that have been impacted by the harsh winter weather this year.  $15.8 million of that funding will be used to renew 113 lane miles in Steuben, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties.  In Steuben: $650,000 will be used to resurface Route 417 from Interstate 99 Gang Mills exit to the Interstate 99 Erwin exit; $540,000 to resurface Route 417 from the Addison Village limit to just east of County Route 85; and $1.3 million to resurface Route 417 from the Tuscarora town line to east of County Route 102. 



Corning’s Parade of Lights to Move Again:


The popular Parade of Lights in Corning will be up and moving again in 2019, per Corning Councilman Alison Hunt, a member of the Corning In-Town District Management Association, who told council members at their regular meeting this month that the traditional parade will be back in November.  For 2018, the parade was controversially made stationary due to a lack of volunteers and for safety reasons, which was confirmed by Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding.  Any interested volunteers for the 2019 event can call 937-6269, or go online to the Gaffer District website.  The City Council has also voted to authorize needed streets to be closed for the Gaffer District 2019 event schedule which includes, besides the Parade of Lights in November, GlassFest and the Wineglass GlassFest 8K in May, Taste of Summer in July, the Crystal City Ferrari Show and Harvest Festival both in September, the Wineglass (Corelle) 5K Road Race and Wineglass Marathon in October, and Sparkle in December.



Charlotte Russe to Close all Stores:


More bad news for the Arnot Mall this week, as California-based retail chain Charlotte Russe has announced that it will be going out of business and will close all of its stores.  The company’s online store has already closed, and liquidation sales began Thursday.  In the local area, besides the store in the Arnot Mall, there’s also a Charlotte Russe in the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.



Public Meeting to Discuss Woodstock 50:


A public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the upcoming Woodstock 50 event at Watkins Glen International.  The meeting is set for March 27th at the Performing Arts Center in the former Watkins Glen Middle School at 6 p.m.  Promoter Michael Lang has met with state police, the Schuyler County Legislature, and the Dix Town Board, but specifics of those meetings have not been released.  The state Health Department and county Legislature have yet to sign off on the festival.  A lineup for the event is expected to be released in the next few weeks.



Apples Even Bigger Business in NYS than Originally Believed:


New research by Cornell University has found that apples are even bigger business in New York State than originally believed.  Researchers found that the total economic impact apple farming was $574 million – 21 percent higher than estimates based on more traditional methodologies.  The research is supported in part by the New York Apple Association.

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