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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday April 24, 2019

SERVSteuben Seeking Volunteers
Yesterday, the Steuben County Public Health Emergency Coordinator Matthew Marmor met with local residents to talk about the department’s “Emergency Preparedness Program". Marmor spoke about the ways SERVSteuben Medical Reserve Corps volunteers work closely through Public Health to serve their communities during an emergency. For more information on SERVSteuben Medical Reserve Corps, and to volunteer, call (607) 664-2438.


Bath VA Hosts Women’s Vet Wellness Day Today
The Bath VA Medical Center will be hosting a Wellness Day for female veterans today from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will have available mammogram screenings, healthy lifestyle activities and alternative and enhanced medical information. Other activities available include preparing healthy snacks, alternative and complementary therapies and more. Dr. Marta Canfield will be guest speaker and offer two lectures on essential oils and vitamin supplements. This event will be at the Bath VA Medical Center’s  Leisure Room at Building 92. It is recommended women should call their primary care provider to be scheduled.


Two Arrested Following No-Knock Narcotics Search
The Bath Village Police Department and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a Bath woman and Rochester man for drug charges following a no-knock narcotics search at 5 Robie Street on Monday. A large quantity of crack cocaine worth an estimated $1800 was recovered and 57-year-old Kerrie Orrender of 5 Robie Street and 40-year-old Rochester man Marvin Huff were both held for the centralized arraignment program and later remanded to Steuben County Jail. More charges are possible after grand jury review. The search warrant was made possible by the Steuben County District Attorney’s Drug Initiative’s investigation of the sales of crack cocaine at the residence over the past month.


Bath Woman Arrested for Falsifying Records
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of a Bath woman after she allegedly provided false information to the 211Helpline and as a result, received a housing benefit she was not eligible for in the amount of $119.98 from the Steuben County Department of Social Services. It is alleged that 27-year-old Amber Schoch provided this false information back in January. Schoch was charged with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the first degree and one count of Petit Larceny and arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.


Hornell Man Arrested Following Another Man’s Overdose
Hornell Police arrested 23-year-old Hornell man Dana Masterson yesterday after another male overdosed on heroin on April 19th. The overdose victim was treated and released then police investigated further, finding recovered evidence for them to believe Masterson sold the narcotic to the victim earlier that day. Masterson was charged with a count of possession of criminal controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and violation of parole. Hornell Police Department Chief Ted Murray warns the community of an uptick in drugs laced with the deadly drug fentanyl and urges anyone with a narcotics addiction to seek help, reminding people: “Our local addiction medical facility has assured us that anyone coming to our department seeking immediate help will be placed into a program of recovery."


Hauryski Proclaims Today Administrative Professionals’ Day
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski declared today as Administrative Professionals Day throughout the county. Hauryski noted that the holiday is celebrated annually in offices around the world and sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Hauryski recognized that these professionals require advanced knowledge and expertise in a wide range of skills such as communications, technology, management and customer service. Hauryski noted “This day reflects the integral and central role office professionals play in modern organizations, and they are to be commended for their fine work.”


NYSUT Addresses Testing Issues at Rochester Conference
Yesterday, New York State United Teachers held a news conference to discuss state testing issues. According to NYSUT, state tests are flawed and invalid in scoring children and computer-based testing had problems like during the English Language Arts tests this year when the program crashed and caused the test to be delayed. The teacher’s union wants to do away with testing altogether and instead have local teachers create the assessments of their students. NYSUT also announced a campaign called “Correct the Tests” to be launched with the intent to raise awareness of the serious issues with math and E.L.A. tests.


Woodstock 50 Ticket Sales Delayed
Tickets for Woodstock 50 at Watkins Glen International have been pushed back for a later date to sell after they were supposed go on sale Monday.The festival, scheduled for this summer has also been scaled back with a smaller estimated attendance of around 75,000 people based on what existing infrastructure and safety parameters could support. Woodstock 50 is currently pending a permit approval by the New York State Department of Health.

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