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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 16, 2019

Baron Winds Project Approved by NYS Electric Siting Board
The 242-megawatt Baron Winds Project in Steuben County has been approved by New York's Electric Generation Siting Board. Up to 68 turbines will be built in Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland, connecting with the state's electrical grid through New York State Electric and Gas transmission lines. A subsidiary of German company Innogy will build and operate the turbine project. Local governments should receive payments of an estimated $26 million over 20 years while host towns will are estimated to collect about $12 million over 20 years under community agreements.


Rollover Near Exit 38 on I-86 Under Investigation
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Corp of Bath were dispatched to a one-car roll over on I-86 West of Exit 38 on Saturday afternoon. The first officer on scene did not find the lone occupant of the SUV to have sustained serious injury, but the motorist was transported to Ira Davenport to be looked at by a physician. The West Bound lane of traffic was shut down for about 30 minutes while crews cleaned up the area and removed the vehicle. All Bath Fire Units were clear and back in service within a half an hour. The cause of the accident is being determined by New York State Police who were on the scene.


Cuomo Announced Recommendation to Ban Flavored E-Cigs
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state health commissioner will make a recommendation this week to the State Public Health and Health Planning Council to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The council has the power to issue emergency regulations, going into effect as soon as they are voted on and being enforced as soon as two weeks. The ban would not  prohibit e-cigarettes that are tobacco and menthol flavored but Cuomo said the Department of Health would continue evaluations and that could possibly change. Cuomo cited bubblegum and cotton candy flavored products as “obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” he said.


Mill Road in Howard Closed for Piping
Road work has been announced for Mill Road in Howard begins today. The project is to replace piping and should be finished by Wednesday the 18th but hopefully Tuesday evening, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use Demmon Pond Road and Rice Road as detours until construction is completed.


Road Work Repairing Pulteney Landslide Starts Today
Work to repair a landslide on State Route 54 in the Town of Pulteney begins. The location is 12 miles North of the Village of Hammondsport between Parker Hill and Chidsey Hill Roads. Both directions of traffic will be detoured around the site by using Boyd Hill Road. In mid-October, a second closure will be established along Route 54A in the town of Urbana for about six weeks to repair a  landslide one mile north of Hammondsport near County Route 76. Both directions of traffic for this closure will be detoured around the site by using South Pulteney Road, County Road 76 and Boyd Hill Road.


St. James in Hornell Implements AccuVein Visualization System
St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell announced the AccuVein vein visualization system has been implemented at their location. The device was designed to improve first-stick success and reduce patient pain and its $15,000 purchase was made possible through proceeds raised at the recent “Friends Fore St. James” golf tournament on August 2nd. The highly-effective device helps healthcare providers easily locate the best vein for venipuncture procedures, which is the most common invasive medical procedure worldwide.


Strong Kids, Safe Kids Breaks Attendance Record at Fairgrounds
The ninth annual Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival at the Steuben County Fairgrounds this weekend drew a record-setting attendance of more than 500 children and their loved ones. The festival featured popular carnival games, inflatable bouncers and activities tailored for children from birth to sixth grade as well as information on health and safety issues from more than 25 family-related agencies. The event is the highlight of the year for local organization Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, which also sponsors the annual Color Walk and Pinwheels and Promises campaign.

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