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Large Fire in Coopers Plains Tuesday Afternoon:


A barn and the vintage vehicles stored inside were all destroyed Tuesday when a fire broke out in Coopers Plains.  Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department assistant chief Art Jones told the Corning Leader that the fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes and no injuries were reported, though some firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion at the scene.  The Painted Post, Gang Mills, Campbell, East Campbell, and North Corning fire departments all responded to the scene, along with police from the New York State Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.



Canisteo Man Facing Drug Charge Following Traffic Stop:


A Canisteo man is facing a drug charge following a traffic stop in Dansville on Monday.  According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, 34-year-old Cody Teed was stopped around 6:20 p.m. on Clara Barton Street in the village on a traffic violation.  During their investigation, deputies found Teed was allegedly operating the vehicle with his driving privileges suspended or revoked and that he was also in possession of cocaine.  Teed was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.



Bath Man Involved in Pedestrian Collision in Milo:


A Penn-Yan man is in stable condition after he was struck by a vehicle being driving by a Bath man on State Route 54 in the Town of Milo.  31-year-old Bradley Vogt suffered fractures and head injuries in the accident, which happened on Monday.  According to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, the driver, 22-year-old Roger Taft, made attempts to avoid hitting Vogt and authorities say speed does not appear to be a factor in the accident at this time.  Vogt is scheduled to undergo surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital, and no charges are pending against Taft.



Prattsburgh School District Names Kory Bay Next Superintendent:


At it’s regular board meeting Tuesday night, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education accepted the retirement of current superintendent Jeffery Black and unanimously appointed Kory Bay, of Naples, as the district’s next superintendent and business administrator.  Black’s last day is December 31st, and Bay’s five-year contract will begin January 1st 2020.  Bay has served at PCS since 2001 in multiple roles, including: elementary teacher, athletic director, principal, district treasurer, and assistant superintendent.  Additionally, the BOE reappointed Erin Peck, the current PreK-12 principal, to the position of grades 6-12 principal effective upon the appointment of a PreK-5 principal.  The district will begin searching for a PreK-5 principal immediately. 



Steuben Public Works to Apply Additional State Funds Toward Roadwork:


Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti says work on three county roads is back on schedule, thanks to the restoration of $642,856 in New York’s Extreme Winter Weather funds.  CR 14 in the Town of Howard, CR 97 in the Town of Wayne, and CR 31 in Jasper/Troupsburg are all back on the 2019 road repair schedule, according to Spagnoletti.  He added that county roads 14 and 97 have already been recycled this year to provide a base course of blacktop which is back on schedule.



Corning and Guthrie Offer Free Sunscreen Dispensers Throughout City:


The City of Corning and Guthrie are teaming up this season to help everyone have safe

and healthy fun in the sun.  The city Parks and Recreation Department has set up multiple free sunscreen dispensers throughout the city’s parks and pools.  The touch-free dispensers offer an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen that’s all natural, environmentally friendly, and weather resistant.  They will be refilled each week.  The CDC reports that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it’s also the most preventable.    



Woodstock 50 Application Denied by Town of Vernon:


The Woodstock 50 festival is once again without a home as its latest site choice, the Town of Vernon, has denied an application.  According to WSYR, Woodstock promoters can go to the Vernon Planning Board to ask for a review of the decision, which was made by the Code Enforcement Department.  If the planning board agrees with the decision, Woodstock would then have to go to court if they think the event was improperly denied a permit.  Promoters have five days to file an appeal to the decision.



SSSF’s Bubbly Brunch Set for July 28th:


Celebrating seniors is the focus for the Steuben Senior Services Fund (SSSF)’s first fundraiser, “Senior Moments Bubbly Brunch,” which is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28th at the Pleasant Valley Wine Company Visitor’s Center in Hammondsport.  The fundraiser will help ensure the availability of vital programs and services that meet the needs of the elderly community on a daily basis.  The event will feature savory cuisine, wine, entertainment, chances to win, and a live auction.  Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased by calling (607) 664-2298 or by going online to http://www.steubenseniorservicesfund.org



Kohl’s to Begin Accepting Amazon Returns:


If trying to ship back something you’ve purchased from Amazon is too much of a hassle, there will soon be an easier way to return your packages.  Kohl’s has announced that starting this week, its stores nationwide will begin taking eligible Amazon items without a box or label for free.  Locally, there are Kohl’s locations in Horseheads, Ithaca, and Vestal.  The return process still starts online, where Amazon says customers will need to select the Kohl’s location they want to return the item to.  Amazon will then email a QR code that an employee at the store will scan.  Kohl’s will then ship the item back to Amazon for you.

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