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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 5, 2019

Mayor Von Hagn Comments on Bath Business Closures
After a year that took a harsh hit to small businesses in Bath, Mayor Bill von Hagn foresees the closures of Chat-A-Whyle, Bath Building Company and Kmart affecting village taxes. Von Hagn says village officials will still be putting work into the downtown area so it is a pleasant visiting experience for tourists and locals alike. Von Hagn also said nearly half of Bath Village properties are tax exempt and the Village Board will continue to do as much as they can to support businesses in the community. The Mayor noted “It goes to the basic concept, if people don’t go downtown, if we don’t support the businesses, if we aren't engaged in our community – these things happen.”


OFA Announces Medicare Open Enrollment
The Steuben County Office For the Aging reminds county residents the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 plans is set for October 15-17. The open enrollment period allows those receiving benefits to review changes and options and make changes as needed. Those changes must be made during the open enrollment period to take effect next year in 2020. Those with questions about their plans may call the county OFA at (607) 664-2298.


Reed Blames I-88 Gas Truck Driver Death on Cuomo
This week, Congressman Tom Reed blamed last week’s fatal tractor trailer accident on I-88 in Broome County on Governor Cuomo and stalling of the Constitution Pipeline. The four-term Congressman of the 23rd District says the Governor opted for a more expensive route that was less safe and efficient  than the 125 mile Constitution Pipeline that would stretch from Northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County in New York. Reed also claimed that Cuomo has promoted an “extreme agenda coming out of Albany.” Though the Congressman did not specify what policies were” “extreme”, he did say the agenda “… is threatening, not only the jobs that are associated with the development of natural gas in our backyard, but also the economic security, the global security impacts, and now you see real people dying…”


Former Phillips Plant Auction Ends “In Escrow” with Potential Buyer
The auction for former Phillips lighting plant in Bath has ended in a potential sale. Auction for the former factory building closed at about 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon and is in escrow pending corporate approval by the Phillips company. The auction’s final bid displayed was $700,000 on the real estate site Ten-X.com. Though the exact sale price at the time is uncertain, the site did disclose the minimum price set by the seller also known as the “reserve price” was not met. The winning bidder of the building has not yet been revealed either. Remediation for the site has been completed as it is monitored as part of the final phase of cleanup.


Fall Foliage Festival Continues Today in its 54th Year
The 54th Annual Fall Foliage Festival continues today and tomorrow at the Village greens on Main Street in Cohocton. The festival has been a staple to our region since its inception in 1966 and a tradition we celebrate as the leaves of the hills turn bright colors. Today at noon is the parade and as always there will be  lots of food and craft vendors. WVIN will be live on location with Dave Taylor Smith to feature the event from 10am to 12noon on 98.3. When the festival continues tomorrow the Tractor Pull, Antique Tractor Show, annual Fall Classic Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show and Fall Classic Car Show will be in the Wayland-Cohocton Elementary School parking lot on Park Avenue. 


Road Closings Announced for Weekend’s Wineglass Marathon
Closures for the 38th Annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon this weekend  for major roads in Bath area will occur on:

  • State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (8–8:45am)
  • State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:00am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
  • County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
  • Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
  • East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Closures for the Village of Bath include:

  • State Route 54 (Geneva and the north end of Liberty Street) from Washington St. to the Village of Bath line
  • W. Washington St. from Liberty St. to Hubbell St.
  • Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • W. Morris St. from Hubbell St. to W. Steuben St.
  • W. Steuben St. and E. Steuben St. (SR 415) to May St.

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