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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 16th

New Turning Point Location in Painted Post:


In an effort to better serve the eastern part of Steuben County, Catholic Charities of Steuben has announced a new Turning Point location in Painted Post.  The new office is located at 143 Village Square.  Turning Point will still maintain its satellite office in the Corning Senior Center.  Turning Point Corning Site Coordinator Rosa Burd said one of the driving factors behind the decision was the need to find a location big enough to bring the Fresh Farmacy program to the eastern portion of the county.  Fresh Farmacy is a fruit and vegetable prescription program.  Through partnerships with the local medical community, doctors can prescribe six months of fresh produce to Medicaid-eligible people who have, or in jeopardy of developing, chronic health conditions.  Turning Point also provides a wellness plan, food preparation and cooking education, and weekly check-ins. 



Judge Denies Block of Religious Vaccination Exemption Ban:


On Friday a judge in New York sided with previous court rulings and refused to block a state law repealing religious exemption to vaccine mandates.  Plaintiffs in a lawsuit hoping to restore the exemption has asked the court to block the ban while their suit proceeds.  In 1905 the Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to enforce compulsory vaccination rules.  Five states currently have no religious exemption.



Take an Audio Tour of Bath:


There’s a new way to take in the sights of the historic Village of Bath – an audio tour.  Mayor Bill von Hagn told the Corning Leader that with the help of a smartphone, residents and visitors can visit more than a dozen Trail Blazers signs that have been placed throughout Bath.  Each sign tells the story of the village and the location where the sign is placed.  The signs can be found at 22 West Morris Street, the Beekman House, the Metcalfe House Marker, Williamson’s First Home Maker, the First Presbyterian Church, Pulteney Square Park, the Barber House, Steuben Bank, the Courthouse and Steuben County Building, the Balcum House, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Van Valkenburg house, the Civil War Monument, the three sisters homes, the Ferris House, the Hotel Wagner, the Howell Cast Iron Building, and the Grange Building.  Mayor von Hagn added that the signs were “low to no cost” and that they give “everyone an opportunity to learn about the village.” 



Elmira Man Wins $500K in Vegas Poker Tournament:


A man from Elmira finished strong, and $500,000 richer, at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  WENY reports that Christopher Barton finished 14th out of more than 8,500 players in the nationally televised tournament. 

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