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Today's Top Stories - Friday July 12, 2019

SPC Declares Six Bath Parks Drug Free Zones
Steuben Prevention Coalition announced that Bath’s parks and playgrounds have been declared drug free zones thanks to the help from a grant received through the Community Foundation’s Edith Saxton Fund. The group, along with help from the Dana Lyons’ Girls Group, installed “Drug Free Zone” signs in six different places - Mossy Bank Park, Pulteney Square Park, Bath Skatepark, East Morris Street Playground, Fairview Avenue Playground and East Washington Street Playground. SPC’s mission is to prevent substance abuse among the local youth and greater community. 


O’Mara Encourages Summer Reading with Library Program
State Senator Tom O’Mara has recently reminded young readers in our region that he is sponsoring an online summer reading program promoted by the New York State Senate. The online program includes a recording journal, opportunities to share books with other family members and friends, and a series of popular summer reading lists. At the end of the program, participants will receive formal recognition from O’Mara for  achieving their summer reading goals. The program was made possible in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.To participate in the Senate’s online program, students and parents can visit O’Mara’s Senate website, www.omara.nysenate.gov , and click on the “Summer Reading Program-A Universe of Stories” logo near the top of the home page.


Reconstruction Slated for State Route 53 in Wheeler
A road reconstruction project begins Monday on State Route 53 in Wheeler, about a half of a mile north of County Route 13, weather permitting, according to the State Department of Transportation. Lane reconstruction work will be completed for the site then it will be repaved, along with the culvert site just south of this location damaged during the flood on July 5, 2019 on Route 53.Work is anticipated to be completed by mid-August 2019. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by signals on State Route 53. Motorists should expect delays


Bath Man Arrested on County Bench Warrants
A Bath man was arrested on two different Steuben County Court Bench Warrants. Warren Hoffman, 55, formerly of Howell St., Bath, was found hiding out at the Old Wishing Well Motel on State Route 415 and arrested Monday for both Steuben County Court Bench Warrants issued for criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was detained for court action.


Massachusetts Man Arrested on I-86 After Traffic Stop
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Massachusetts man following a traffic stop on I-86 in the town of Erwin. It is alleged that Ian Kennedy of Taunton, Massachusetts, operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or impaired condition with a front seat passenger under the age of four who was not properly restrained. It is also alleged Mr. Kennedy possessed marijuana and a quantity of a suspected controlled substance. Kennedy was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs in the First Degree, Aggravated Driving while Impaired by Drugs and other charges then arraigned in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in Erwin Town Court at a later date. 


Netflix Show with CMoG Connections Premieres Tonight
Netflix is set to debut a show tonight that has a special connection to local tourist attraction Corning Museum of Glass. The series called “Blown Away” follows ten glass blowers as they compete against each other for prizes, which includes a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass. Contestants complete various challenges to design, create and present a work of glass in just four hours on each episode. Former artist and current management consultant at CMoG Annette Sheppard will be a contestant on the show while CMoG’s Eric Meek is set to be a Guest Judge. Corning Museum of Glass currently has a display that features work made on the show and a behind-the scenes video of the show.

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