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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, March 12th

Fire in Jasper:


A house fire in the Town of Jasper Monday night is being called a “total loss.”  The fire occurred on 5 Corners Road around 7 p.m. and it reportedly started after one of the homeowners was working on a van inside the garage.  Officials say the fire then spread to the home, and both it and the garage were completely destroyed.  No one was injured in the fire.



Campbell Approves Hakes Landfill Expansion:


The Campbell Town Board approved an expansion of the Hakes Landfill Monday night following a public hearing.  Some community members voiced concerns about the odor from the landfill and possible effects on the environment, but the board said the expansion would bring more money to the town.  Despite the approval from the town, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation still also has to sign off on the expansion.  Concerned residents will still be able to make their voices heard during the DEC’s decision window.



Cuomo Vows Not to Sign Budget Deal Without Permanent Tax Cap:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed that he will not sign this year’s budget unless it includes a permanent tax cap.  Cuomo made the comment in a press conference Monday and also said that MTA reform, criminal justice reform, ethics, and campaign finance reform must also be in the budget.  While individual lawmakers are divided on the issues, they all denounced the hardline stance. 



Tyrtle Beach Kickoff March 29th:


The “Kickoff Party” for the 28th Annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser to benefit area youth programs will be set to the music of local stars Wendy Owens and Jim Anderson and will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 29th at the Bath Country Club.  The annual effort has raised more than $700,000 over 27 years for youth programs in central Steuben County.  In 2018, $40,000 was raised by Campbell-Savona High School Principal Kelley Meade.  Meade’s successor – the 2019 Tyrtle Beach Jumper – will be revealed during the Kickoff event on the 29th.  He, or she, will make the chilly plunge into Lake Salubria on April 26th.  Tickets for the Kickoff can be purchased now for $10 at several locations.  For more information and ticket sales locations, call county Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119 or visit the Tyrtle Beach Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tyrtle-Beach-471935212855803/ 



Check Out Hunger Raises Over $245K:


At the end of its GratiTour Monday, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced that the 25th annual Check Out Hunger campaign raised $245,127.  The money will provide over 735,000 meals to those in need.  The Food Bank took a 10-hour, 15-stop tour Monday to show their appreciation at each participating Jubilee Foods, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans grocery stores.



Cohocton Dinner Club Set for March 21st:


The Cohocton Senior Dinner Club will resume at noon, March 21st at the First Presbyterian Church on Maple Avenue in Cohocton with featured guest speaker Linda Tetor, Steuben Senior Services Fund Executive Director.  Tetor will speak on “Aging in Place through Full Circle America.”  The April Cohocton Senior Dinner Club is set for April 18th with the popular Josh Goldman presenting “Feeling Fabulous.”  Suggested meal donations are $3.50 for those 60 and older; $7 for those under 60.  Reservations are required by calling (607) 776-4310.

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