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Power Restored to Schuyler Co.:


Power is back on in Schuyler County after a massive blackout Sunday left much of the county in the dark.  According to NYSEG’s website, over 7,500 customers, over half the county, was without power early Sunday.  Around 5 p.m. that number had dropped to 2,500.  The majority of the outage seemed to be in the area of Hector.  The website reports that power has been completely restored in that area.  The cause of the outage is still unknown.



Harmful Algae Blooms Confirmed in Seneca Lake:


For the first time this summer, harmful algae blooms have been confirmed on Seneca Lake.  Samples collected from Dresden to the Kashong Creek area on Wednesday were confirmed by the Finger Lakes Institute as HABs.  According to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, HABs have the potential to occur anywhere on the lake with the right conditions, including warm temperatures, a flat lake surface, and plenty of sunlight. 



NY Farms Generated $5.7B for Economy Says Comptroller:


According to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York farms generated $5.7 billion in revenue for the state in 2017.  The latest data available showed that there are more than 33,400 farms, located in every region of the state, employing more than 55,000 workers.  96 percent of them are family owned.  Milk is the state’s largest commodity with sales over $2.5 billion.  The number of certified organic farms increased by over 60 percent from 2012 to 2017. 



Hornell Grad First Recipient of Nicholas Clark Award:


A Hornell grad has been chosen as the recipient of the first-ever Nicholas Clark Award, a $500 scholarship raised by the annual Dan Barkley Basketball Showcase.  The Barkley Showcase has awarded scholarships to Allegany County students since its inception, but this year it was expanded to include Steuben County students as well.  The award is named for Trooper Nicholas Clark, the Canisteo-Greenwood native killed in the line of duty last year.  Vinny Liberto was chosen from among the applicants.  He’s a 2019 Spectator Great 8 selection and he played in the Barkley Showcase for the Red Raiders for the last several years.  He is attending Alfred State.  Seniors interested in applying for the scholarship should see their guidance counselor.  This year’s Barkley Showcase is set for January 24th and 25th at Alfred State. 

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