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Today's Top Stories - Halloween -Thursday October 31, 2019

Savona, Bath, Hammondsport Change Trick or Treating Times
Trick or Treating in the Towns of Bath and Savona has been rescheduled to the weekend. Both towns have changed the date to Saturday from 6 to 8pm due to weather expected tonight. Bath Village Board voted to postpone trick or treating while Savona’s Mayor directed the change in time. The Bath Village Board has also announced Trunk or Treat in Pulteney Park has been changed to Saturday from 6 to 8pm as well. Those parked for trick-or-treating in Bath are reminded to keep your vehicles locked and secure due to recent burglaries reported in the community. The Village of Hammondsport has also moved their trick or treating to Saturday night from 6 to 7pm with a kids’ party to follow in the Village Park at 7:15.


Bath CSD Held Regular Lockdown Drill
As part of normal lockdown drill procedures, the Bath School District, with much help from local law enforcement, evacuated all staff and students from the Dana Lyon Middle School and the Haverling High School to the VEW Primary School location on campus yesterday. Superintendent Joe Rumsey says the drill was an important learning moment for staff and students on protocol for emergencies like gas leaks, carbon monoxide detection, and other major events. Parents are reminded in the event of a real emergency requiring evacuation, they would be notified of the incident in collaboration with local law enforcement. To emphasize and practice safety, these types of drills will occur again in the spring and as part of normal safety drills in the future.


State Bill Aims to Reduce Disposable Container Waste
A new piece of state legislation proposes reducing the amount of single-use food containers and cups at New York State restaurants by setting guidelines to integrate reuse-able food and beverage containers when people eat out at restaurants. The bill would make establishments serving beverages in single-use cups to not refuse a customer request to have their drink go into their own reusable mug or cup instead. It is estimated New York State goes through about 16 billion coffee cups a year.


Corning Bridge Delayed to Open November 19th
Yet another delay has been announced in the re-opening of the Bridge Street bridge in Corning. It was supposed to open today, but officials say that the opening date has been changed to November 19th.  Additional steel repair is needed. The bridge has been closed since April.


Painted Post Woman Indicted for May Crash
The Painted Post woman who hit Bath man Donald Masti back in May has been indicted for her charges in connection with Masti’s death. Smith was charged second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment. Smith allegedly drove with a BAC of .18 percent at the time of the accident. The grand jury upped Smith’s charges to include reckless endangerment after evidence was found by investigators that Smith allegedly ran another driver off the roadway. Smith’s next court date is November 8th at the Steuben County Court and if convicted, she could face an upwards of 15 years in prison.


STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Local law enforcement continues the patrol for this year’s STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and municipal Police Departments like Bath and Corning participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols are a part of the effort and all agencies are out in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. The crackdown continues  tomorrow.

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