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Operation “Safe Stop” Underway to Promote School Bus Safety:


Thursday morning kicked off Operation “Safe Stop” across the state to promote school bus safety.  Law enforcement will be using both marked and unmarked patrol cars to follow school buses in heavy traffic areas and they’ll be looking for drivers who pass stopped school buses – which is a violation of state law – as well as those drivers who speed in school zones.  On Wednesday, the state Senate passed legislation that increases the penalties for those who pass school buses with their stop signs out.



Applications Open for Cooling Assistance:


State officials have announced that $6 million is available to help New Yorkers suffering from serious health issues that are aggravated by extreme heat purchase an air conditioner. Individuals can now apply in person for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program at their county department of social services. Last summer, $5.5 million was allocated and a total of nearly 8,000 households received cooling assistance. Cooling assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. County departments of social services will accept applications through August 30, or until funding runs out.



Organizers Says Woodstock 50 Computers Hacked:


It’s a new day, and there’s a new twist in the ongoing saga of the Woodstock 50 event.  Festival organizer Michael Lang is now saying that he believes the event’s computers have been hacked.  He revealed the reported hacking to the Poughkeepsie Journal and while he didn’t give any details about what information could have been compromised, he said he believes it to have been perpetrated by a media outlet.  He said that information came out this week that “could only come from one of us” and that a hack by the media was “the only reason [he] could think of.” 



Hornell Woman Chosen as “Woman of Distinction”:


A Hornell woman has been chosen as Senator Tom O’Mara’s 2019 State Senate Woman of Distinction.  Pauline Holbrook will represent the 58th District at the Senate’s 21st Annual Women of Distinction awards ceremony on May 7th in Albany.  She will be joined by more than 60 other honorees representing districts throughout New York.  Holbrook served as a substitute teacher in the Hornell City School District and has been involved with numerous organizations, including St. James Mercy Hospital, the Steuben ARC Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels, and the Hornell American Legion Post 440, among others.  She and her sister were also featured Irish Dancers promoting United States government war bonds.



Wechsler Receives State Award for Outstanding Achievements in Public Health:


A Steuben County Public Health veteran has received New York State’s Hermann M. Briggs Memorial medal and Certificate for outstanding achievements in public health.  Gail Wechsler has been honored by the state for her dedication to the health and well-being of the public, which includes a 28-year career in county Public Health Nursing as well as nursing experience in the STD/HIV and MOM’s program, and as an OB/GYN nurse in hospital settings.  Wechsler is also a strong advocate for immunizations for children and adults.  She’s set to retire in January.



Haverling Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019:


The Haverling Central School District Board has approved the Class of 2019 for the Haverling Athletic Hall of Fame.  Of the applicants, five candidates were chosen: Trevor Lang, Class of 2012, for soccer, alpine ski, and lacrosse; Lakeshia McCloud, Class of 2008, for Track and Field; Braedyn Ordway, Class of 2006, for soccer, basketball, Track and Field; Josh Ordway, Class of 1996, for basketball; and Mark Robinson, Class of 2003, for football.  All the inductees and families will be invited to the annual Haverling Alumni Banquet on June 21st for a formal recognition ceremony.  For reservations, please visit the Haverling Alumni Association Facebook page for more information.  Following the presentation at the banquet, plaques will be displayed permanently in the main hallway outside the entrance to the Haverling Athletic Complex.

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