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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 16, 2019

NYS Proposes Bill Mandating HPV Vaccine for Students
A bill being proposed in Albany may require children to get the HPV vaccine before they can attend public school or daycare. The HPV, which vaccine prevents certain cancers, is usually administered to boys and girls around age 11 or 12 and approved for males and females ages 9 to 45. The bill proposes requiring all children born after January 1, 2009 to receive the HPV vaccine to attend public school or daycare. Currently, states like Rhode Island, Virginia and the District of Columbia have mandated the vaccination for children attending school.


County Sheriff Confirms Pulteney Crash Information
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed information and the identities of the victims of the accident in Pulteney that happened on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:15 am Saturday morning, the car carrying five people crashed and hit a tree. Four of the five people died and the fifth person, Dustin Drake, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital and released. The four occupants of the vehicle were confirmed by the Sheriff as Korbie Higgins of Bath, Coy F. Miner of Hammondsport, Adam P. Bellamy of Ohio and Pulteney, and Nicole L. Wise of Prattsburgh. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a full investigation of this incident including a crash reconstruction. The investigation is still active and further updates will be issued as the investigation is completed.


Village of Fall Leaf Collection Scheduled for Monday 10/21
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin this Monday, October 21st. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village then crews will begin collection on the West Side of the village. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted. Anyone with Questions may call the Village Street Department during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. @ 776-6321


OFA Offers Free Grief Series
A special free series on grief is set to begin in November in Hornell, according to Steuben County Office For the Aging. The series is set to begin at 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 6th at the Hornell Senior Center and continue on Nov. 13th and 20th, and Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities or language interpretation needs with at least five-days’ notice. Registration is limited to 15 participants and is requested by Oct. 30.For more information or to register, call (607)664-2298 ext. 3636 or email OFAinfo@SteubenCountyNY.gov


Siena Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Oppose Dividing NY Into 2 States
A newly-released Siena poll finds the majority of New Yorkers oppose dividing New York into two different states. According to the poll, 66 percent of New York residents surveyed opposed dividing New York City, Westchester, Rockland and Long Island into a separate state from the other 53 upstate counties. Only 25 percent of those surveyed supported separating upstate New York from downstate. Earlier this year in January, the idea was raised in State Senate when Assemblyman Stephen Hawley asked the Assembly Speaker to support a referendum splitting New York into two different states.


Bath Rotarians Clean Roadside for Adopt-A-Highway Program
Bath Rotarians recently  got together as part of their three times a year service project to volunteer picking up litter on and off the ramps of Insterstate 86 near Exit 38. Rotarians team up to do this to support New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which was passed back in 1990 to keep the community roadways cleaner. The last time Rotarians gathered to pick up litter was back in July and they say providing the service brings them great satisfaction. Rotarian Spokesperson Elaine Tears said. “We are most pleased that we are able to extend a helping hand to keep America beautiful.” The Bath Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Dormann Library. Anyone interested in joining the local club or seeking more information about Rotary should contact Jane Russell, President, at: cateringjane@empacc.


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