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New Traffic Patterns for NASCAR Weekend in Watkins Glen:


The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit.  As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road.  This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.  Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.



Not Enough Money to Go Around in Equifax Settlement:


As if getting hacked wasn’t bad enough, now victims of the 2017 Equifax breach might now miss out on their piece of the settlement money.  As part of the $300 million settlement, victims were offered either free credit monitoring, or a check for up to $125, but the Federal Trade Commission says so many people are asking for a cash payment there may not be enough for everyone.  The FTC recommends choosing the free credit monitoring instead of the cash.



Prattsburgh FFA Receives Living to Serve Grant from National FFA:


The Prattsburgh FFA chapter has been awarded a $3,000 yearlong Living to Serve Grant.  The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety, environmental responsibility, hunger, health and nutrition, and community engagement.  The Prattsburgh chapter plans to use the funds to address health, hunger, and nutrition by maintaining a small chicken coop, sustaining the community garden, and adding fruit tree and shrub varieties to the community garden.  This will allow the chapter to increase yield and donate chicken eggs to community members free of charge.  Additionally, the Prattsburgh FFA will host workshops on the importance of produce and nutrition, and will work with other classes in interdisciplinary projects.



Corning Church Opens 24/7 Food Pantry:


While the City of Corning and surrounding area has many regular food pantries, the Corning Grace United Methodist Church has found that emergencies don’t always happen on a regular schedule.  So the church has decided to tackle the problem and help those in need by opening a 24/7 emergency pantry to the public.  The pantry will function like any other, except it will be open around the clock, and even if the doors on the church aren’t open, those in need can call the numbers on the door and someone will be able to come and let them in.



Applications Still Open for ARC Grants:


There’s still time for local organizations to submit applications for 2020 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants.  According to the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) 50-50 matching grants of between $5,000 and $150,000 are available to local educational institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations to provide “solutions that will improve infrastructure, the economy, job opportunities, and health for residents of the STC Region.”  Applications are due September 3rd.  For more information visit http://www.stcplanning.org.       



New Mountain Bike Race Set at Mossy Bank Park:


On Sunday, August 11th, Mossy Bank Park in Bath will host the 1st Annual The Hills on Fire Enduro XC mountain bike race.  Starting at 9 a.m., the race will consist of riders traversing two courses in scenic Mossy Bank Park.  Each course will be about 5 miles in length with a mix of single and double track.  There will be a 3-hour window to complete 3 laps on each course.  Riders will be allowed to take a break between laps.  After the 3-hour mark, the course will be closed and transformed into the second course.  Riders then have 3-hours to complete 3 laps on the new course.  The first 50 riders to sign up for this event receive a free t-shirt.  Cost varies whether registering as a team of 3 or solo.  There will also be a chicken BBQ at the park from 4 to 6 p.m.  For more information, contact Wheels Unlimited of Bath at 776-6609, or visit http://www.thehillsonfire.com.    

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