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Fatal Allegany Co. Crash Involved Several Dansville Central Students:


On Saturday state police responded to a one-vehicle accident on County Route 13C in the Town of Burns in Allegany County.  Their investigation found that a jeep with five occupants, all teens from Dansville, traveling eastbound failed to stop for a sign at the intersection of 13C and County Route 13 and struck a tree.  16-year-old Kelsi Bird was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital for multiple non-life-threatening injuries.  She was the only person wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.  The operator, 16-year-old Rebecca Earner, and the three other occupants, 16-year-old Ambra Eddleton, 14-year-old Justin Carpenter, and 14-year-old Kyrstin Wolfanger, were all killed in the accident.  Three of victims killed were students of Dansville Central School, as was the injured victim.  The school superintendent has sent out a statement for students and families impacted by this tragic loss.  Counselors will be at hand to assist in grief sharing.            



Public Access Granted to Drug Enforcement Data for Opioids:


Following a year-long court battle lead by the Washington Post and HD Media, the public now has access to data from the Drug Enforcement Administration tracking the manufacturing and shipment of opioids.  Records show that in Steuben County, 2.7 million pain pills were sent to pharmacies and physicians in 2006, and by 2012 that number had grown to 3.6 million, equaling roughly 31 pills per person in the county.  Chemung and Schuyler counties also both saw increases.  All three were below the national average of 36 pills per person, but above the state average of 30.  The government and drug industry opposed the release of the data, but the news organizations prevailed.  The Post wrote that it wants “to help the public understand the impact of years of prescription pill shipments on their communities.”    



Work on Town Center Rd. in Erwin to Begin After Labor Day:


Work to extend Town Center Road in the Town of Erwin is set to begin after Labor Day, according to town officials.  In addition to extending the road to Chatfield Place, crews will also extend water lines and replace some sewer lines and storm drains.  Town Manager Rita McCarthy said they expect the project, minus some possible final landscaping, to be finished before the end of the year.



$50K in Funding for Workforce Training Announced:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced $50,000 in federal funding for Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York (CSS Workforce NY) to provide worker training for 18 workers.  The funding will help develop two new worker training programs with Corning Community College and the Schuyler-Steuben-Chemung-Tioga-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (GST BOCES), and it will support an existing re-entry training program for individuals involved with the criminal justice system.  Gillibrand called the funding a “win for workers and local businesses alike,” saying that “a skilled workforce is vital to economic growth and development in the region.” 



Acts Drop Out of Woodstock 50, Tickets Could be Free:


Despite finally securing a new venue, Woodstock 50 still faced troubling headlines over the weekend.  Three major acts – Jay-Z, John Fogerty, and Dead & Company – all announced they were backing out.  In response, Woodstock 50 announced that they were releasing all the acts from their contracts.  The artists are still invited, but aren’t legally obligated to perform.  Tickets still haven’t gone sale, but sources tell TMZ it will be a free event, with attendees instead encouraged to donate to their favorite causes.  That said, it’s rumored that VIP tickets will be sold at a cost in an effort to bridge the gap between expenses and profit.  Instructions on how to get tickets will reportedly be posted this week.  It is unknown at this time if Woodstock 50 will be reduced from a three-day weekend to a single-day show, or if the Smashing Pumpkins concert scheduled for the venue for the same weekend will be cancelled, rescheduled, or absorbed into the event.  The event is currently set for the weekend of August 16th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

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