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Today's Top Stories - Black Friday November 29, 2019

Steuben Public Health Urge Residents to Test for Radon
Steuben County Public Health is urging residents to take advantage of a recent grant which allows you to get a free radon kit to test your home for natural gas radon. Radon seeps into houses from the ground and is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Public Health Educator Lorelei Wagner explains how you can get your kit. You can hear Lorelei’s full interview on a recent “Community Focus” now posted in the podcast section of our website wvinbath.com.


BEGWS and BVFD Holds Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department announce they will be holding a winter clothing drive called “We’ve Got You Covered”. From now until December 20th, donations of new hats, scarves, gloves or mittens and warm socks will be accepted for local Bath neighbors in need. Donations can be dropped off at the BEGWS Commercial Office on 7 South Avenue in Bath or at the Hall Side of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 50 East Morris Street.


Senator Schumer Calls for Action to Reduce Farmer Suicide Rates
US Senator Chuck Schumer has taken action to combat the mental health crisis on farms across upstate New York. The Senator recommends Congress pass the Seeding Rural Resilience Act which contains initiatives including voluntary stress management, a public service announcement on farm stress and a task force under the Secretary of Agriculture to determine the cause of the mental health crisis for farmers. Schumer has called on the Centers for Disease Control to study the suicide rates on farms. Schumer says studies show farmers and ranchers experience a suicide rate three and and a half times greater than the general populations and says "Once we have data we can know what are the symbols, what happens and how can we prevent it," said Schumer.


State Sheriff’s Association Recognizes County Sheriff’s Department
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department received state recognition for its excellence Monday during the regular session of the county Legislature. State Sheriffs Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe noted that while the public is aware of the dangers and interpersonal challenges faced by road patrol deputies, members of the civil and corrections departments also deal with hazardous events and human relations. Kehoe said the excellence of all departments is due to their dedication to the welfare of county residents and the strong support of the people and county Legislature. Sheriff Jim Allard thanked Kehoe for the recognition, adding “I am proud and honored to be a member of this outstanding group of men and women.”


County Sheriff’s Office Announces Warrant Squad Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports between November 1st - 15th deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following ten persons due to active warrants. Karianne Lee Newton of Bloomfield, Amanda Scully of Hornell, David William Page of Bath, Marcie Schumann of Addison, Christopher Aldrich of Bath, Steven Farrell of Bath, Jonathan Wood of Savona, Charlie Colino of Corning, Destiny Eve Smith of Painted Post and Jacob Eygabroat of Canisteo. All ten suspects were arrested due to violations of terms or conditions of probation. All warrants were issued out of Steuben County Court and all suspects were remanded to Steuben County Jail.


Today is Wreaths Across America Sponsor Deadline
Today is the wreath sponsorship deadline for Wreaths Across America. Those interested in donating a wreath for the Wreaths Across America Day that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center can be made online . The individual wreaths are $15 each and are tax-deductible. The public is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on December 14th beginning at 11:30am. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part”.


STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown Continues To Sunday
The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown effort continues as state Troopers, sheriff's departments and local law enforcement across the state increase patrols to combat impaired driving. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says checkpoints will run until Sunday to stop impaired driving. During Thanksgiving Day weekend last year, 291 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the US.


Red Cross Accepting Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The deadline for nominations is December 6. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.

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