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TODAY's TOP STORIES - Thursday April 4th, 2019

United Way Teams With Common Energy for Clean, Affordable Power
The United Way of the Southern Tier announced a partnership yesterday with Common Energy to provide Southern Tier communities with more affordable clean energy. The partnership has New York State residents sign up for a 10% discount on their electricity rate for up to 20 years without any charge. Common Energy and The United Way say that the average person will save $10 to $20 a month. Emissions are expected to be lowered from the partnership with officials estimating a reduction of about 5,000 pounds of carbon emissions yearly.For each person that signs up, Common Energy has pledged a $25 donation to the United Way.  Homeowners and renters alike can enroll for free with their utility account at www.commonenergy.us/unitedway


Statewide Burning Ban in Place Until Next Month
Due to weather conditions, a statewide ban on outdoor burning is in place until May 14th and Steuben, along with the rest of New York, has been issued a red flag warning. Heavy winds and dry weather leaves most of the state at risk for wildfires. Mountainous areas are at the highest risk. Campfires with untreated wood or charcoal are acceptable but must not be left unattended. Those who violate the state’s open burning regulation can be fined up to $500.


Free April Medicare Seminars to be Hosted by OFA
Steuben County Office for the Aging announces the first in a series of free Medicare seminars to provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The public seminars will be held on Monday April 15th 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building in the South Conference Room on the third floor and on Thursday April 25th at 1:30 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. The sessions are tailored for those becoming Medicaid-eligible. For more information call OFA at (607) 664-2298.


Burdick & Bogart Recognized at Bath VFD Banquet
Two special awards were presented last night at Bath Volunteer Fire Department’s monthly meeting and banquet. For his 60 years of service as a Bath VFD member, John Burdick was recognized for his dedication serving as Secretary for the Fire Department and mentor to many younger firefighters throughout the years. The late John Bogart was honored for his 56 years as a member and the first recorded member to break 6,000 calls answered.


Governor Cuomo Announces State Underage Drinking Crackdown
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a joint effort by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking this month. The New York State Liquor Authority and the State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and retailers who sell alcohol to minors.


NY DEC Reminds Hunters to Complete Hunters Ed Course
State DEC officials are reminding all new hunters planning to go turkey hunting this spring to first complete a mandatory hunter education course before purchasing their hunting license. Hunter Education courses are being offered throughout the state during April, but space is limited and classes fill quickly, so hunters are encouraged not to delay in registering for a course.

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