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200th Anniversary Steuben Co. Fair Recognized:


The 200th anniversary of the Steuben County Fair was ceremoniously recognized Wednesday by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.  State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes were also on hand, presenting proclamations recognizing the day.



State Education Dept. Announces $34M for Public Library Construction Projects:


The State Education Department has awarded $34 million in state aid to 251 public libraries statewide to support construction and renovation projects.  These funds will help libraries construct new buildings, create additions, update electrical wiring and computer technology, improve broadband infrastructure, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting spaces to accommodate community needs.  In Steuben County, the Pulteney Free Library will receive $124,069, the Southeast Steuben County Library will receive $342,992, and the Wayland Free Library will receive $11,909.



Federal Gov. Looking to Create 3-Digit Suicide Hotline:


The federal government is looking to make reaching the national crisis hotline easier.  Last year a law was passed requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention, similar to 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services.  On Wednesday, the FCC released a report saying that there is “overwhelming support” for a three-digit number.  Once implemented, those in need would just need to dial 988 to seek help.  Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit 800-number (800-273-8255).  The change comes as suicide rates have increased across the nation.  The CDC reports that suicide deaths have increased by more than 30 percent in half of U.S. states over the past two decades. 



Finger Lakes Regional Market Returns in September:


The Finger Lakes Regional Market will return to Painted Post next month.  Set for Saturday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watson Homestead there will be live blacksmithing demonstrations, tastings of locally-produced cheeses, and handcrafted beverages from regional cideries and breweries.  Also arts and crafts, activities for kids, fresh local produce, food, and over 40 vendors.  Parking and admission will both be free, and there will be free live music as well.



Corning Inc. Donates to Finger Lakes Red Cross:


The Corning Inc. Foundation made a donation to the Finger Lakes American Red Cross Thursday morning.  The $25,000 will be used to support fire prevention programs hosted by the Red Cross, including their partnership with Wallin Insurance Inc., where they go home-to-home, installing free smoke alarms and educating about fire safety. 

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