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Today's Top Stories - Friday March 22, 2019

Addison Bus Crash Victim Identified
State Police have identified the victim from a fatal crash a few days ago that involved an Addison school bus. Kayanna Lehman, a 23-year-old woman, traveled East on State Route 417 when she crossed into the Westbound lane, hitting the school bus head on. Lehman was pronounced dead at the scene but no one else was injured. The accident remains under investigation as State Police still do not have an answer as to why Lehman crossed over into an oncoming traffic lane.


NYS Bill Would Make More Bottles Returnable
New legislation could make more cans and bottles allowed to be returned for refunds in New York State. The new bill would include non-alcoholic drink containers, like juice and sports drinks, as containers that can be returned under the 5-cent bottle return law. Opponents of the legislation, like some recycling companies, are concerned the bill will cost consumers more money in the long-term. Waste disposal and recycling companies also say this change may mean that they will no longer be able to collect the containers to sell for revenue, causing these companies to raise their recycling rates to compensate. The bottle deposit expansion law is part of the 2019 state budget.


Stand Up For Recovery Day Raises Addiction Awareness in Steuben
Steuben County’s Second Annual “Stand Up for Recovery Day” was recognized this week as county officials joined representatives of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County and Recover-NY at the County Building. The event drew over two dozen participants supporting the end of stigma associated with addiction while informing people in our area about substance abuse and resources available to help those struggling with addiction. In a proclamation, County Legislature Vice Chair Carol Ferratella of Riverside said “The response to substance abuse and addiction must be community wide.”


County Sheriff Warns of Two New Scams in Steuben
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard warns the public about two recent scams, one through email and one through the telephone. The telephone scam involves an automated robo-caller warning that if the caller does not act by contacting another number that their Social Security benefits will be impacted. If you get this call, do not respond and instead contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 if you have any concerns regarding Social Security. The email scam involves an email purportedly from the CIA regarding an active child sex investigation in which the person receiving the email is instructed to send $10,000 via bitcoin to not have their name as part of the investigation. Do not act upon this scam. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that if you have been a victim of these or any other scam, please report it to local law enforcement as well as the FBI at www.Ic3.gov and the NYS Department of State at www.ag.ny.gov


"200 Years of Agriculture..." Poster Contest Open to Students
Steuben County students in grades 4-7 are invited to enter a poster contest to celebrate the Steuben County Fair’s 200th anniversary. Cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 will be awarded to the top three entrants in the “200 Years of Agriculture: Farm Life in Steuben County” contest sponsored by the county Historical Society and local historians. All posters will be on exhibit during the second annual Steuben County History Awareness Week in October. All sizes and media are welcome and all entries must include name, age, grade and address on the back of the poster and should be sent to County Historian Emily Simms Magee House, One Cameron St. Bath, NY 14810. For more information call (607) 664-2199 or email historian@co.steuben.ny.us


Corning, NY Mentioned on This Week's "Modern Family" Episode
Small city Corning may not be on the map for most people in the United States, but one of the country’s most popular sitcoms seemed to give the Gaffer District a shoutout this week. This week’s Wednesday night episode of “Modern Family” makes reference to the Crystal City when main character Jay Pritchett is getting advice from his wife and children as he plans to film a TV commercial for his business, making a joke about Corning and the “Closet Hall of Fame”.

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