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Steuben Co. Law Enforcement Memorial Service:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Friday, May 17th at 6 p.m. to honor all law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty in Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates Counties.  The service will be held at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Building with the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presenting the colors; the names of the fallen officers read; guest speakers, and bagpipes.  The public is invited and encouraged to support the officers and family members who have given their all in service to their communities.



Petition Violation Against Legislator Weaver Upheld:


A petition objection filed against Steuben County Legislator Randy Weaver has been upheld, meaning Weaver won’t be able to run for re-election as a Democrat in the November General Election.  Instead, he may run on an Independent, third-party line if his petition drive is successful.  The challenge was made by long-time Hornell Republican Mike Palmesano for errors on Weaver’s petition.  This is not the first time Weaver’s petitions have been successfully challenged.  In 2010, while running for a seat in the state Assembly, and in 2014, Weaver was excluded from the ballot after a petition challenge. 



Corning Inc. Posts Strop First Quarter:


Corning Inc. is enjoying a strong start to the year, posting positive first quarter numbers this week.  Year-over-year core sales saw a 13 percent increase from 2018 to 2019 in Quarter 1, jumping from 2.51 billion to 2.85 billion.  Core-Earnings-Per-Share rose 29 percent, growing to 40 cents-per-share from 31 cents.  Vice President of Corporate Communication for Corning Inc., Dan Collins says all 5 of the company’s businesses (Optical Technologies, Display Technologies, Environmental Technologies, Life Sciences, and Specialty Materials) saw year-over-year growth.



Local Salon Working to Protect Environment:


A local hair salon has found a way to help protect the environment.  Last year, Magic Hair

Styling on State Route 415 in Bath began allowing residents to drop off used or unwanted nail polish at their location, which they then properly disposed of.  Nail polish is considered hazardous waste by the EPA and shouldn’t be discarded in regular household garbage.  Courtney Smith, of Magic Hair Styling, says that even mostly used bottles pose a threat to our water and soil.  In 2018, the salon collected over 250 bottles.  This year, the salon says it has already passed that mark and they are still collecting until June 13th, when they’ll take them to be disposed of.  Also, they remind the community that they offer drop off at any time in the year.



ProAction Awarded $4 Million:


ProAction of Steuben and Yates County is getting a big boost.  The agency has been awarded a grant worth more than $4.3 million for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by supporting early learning, health, and family well-being.  The funding was secured by Congressman Tom Reed, along with Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.



NYS Moves Closer to Cat Declaw Ban:


New York State is moving closer to banning the declawing of cats.  The state Assembly’s agriculture committee advanced the ban Tuesday.  Now the bill must pass a second committee before going to a vote in the full Assembly.  Supporters of the ban, which include animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians, say declawing a cat is inhuman since it involves the amputation of a cat’s toes to the first knuckle.  The state’s largest veterinary association has opposed the bill, saying the procedure is a last resort for some cats who won’t stop scratching humans or furniture.



Corning Advances in Main Streets Contest:


Corning’s Gaffer District is one step closer to taking the crown in the annual Independent We Stand’s America’s Main Streets contest.  Corning is one of 25 locations that received enough votes to advance to the next round in the competition.  Voters now have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 26th to cast their ballots, which can be made 25 times per IP address every 24 hours.  The grand prize winner will be chosen from the ten who get the most votes and will be announced on Monday, June 3rd.  The winner receives a $25,000 check, a $1,000 certificate for STIHL equipment, a $500 Do it Best Corp. shopping spree, a $500 PPG Paints shopping spree, a $500 Nationwide Marketing Group shopping spree, a free one-day Downtown Assessment from Flip this Town, a special plaque, and recognition on Independent We Stand social media channels and public relations outreach.  Vote at https://www.mainstreetcontest.com/nominees

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