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Today's Top Stories - Friday December 6, 2019

Annual Santa’s Day Off Brings in Hundreds of Toys for Area Families
Santa’s Day Off was a big success yesterday.  Hosted by WVIN/WABH Radio stations and held at Five Star Bank on Liberty Street in Bath.  Hundreds of people stopped by and dropped off toys for families in need.  Whether it was individuals, work place departments or local organizations the lobby was full of toys by the end of the day.  For those families who wish to sign up for toys there are two more sign up opportunities…tonight  from 6-8p and tomorrow morning from 9 to noon.  Both at O’Malley Hall at St. Mary’s School.


Christmas Celebrations Kick Off This Weekend Across the County
If you like community Christmas celebrations…this is your weekend. The Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce in Bath hosts the Spirit of Christmas tonight from 6 to 8pm…Avoca has their 17th annual Country Christmas tomorrow starting at 5:30 with a parade. Corning’s Gaffer District presents the their 45th annual Sparkle of Christmas Saturday from 5p to 9pm and Prattsburgh’s Winter Festival is today and tomorrow.


Historical Society Hosts Cookery Talk Today
Today the Steuben County Historical Society hosts a presentation by Linda Ferris called 'The Evolution of American Cookery' 4 p.m. at the Bath Fire Hall. This talk is free and about the American kitchen dating from the 1600s to the early 1900s when the invention of refrigeration and cooking ranges came about.


Youth In Government Students Propose Resolutions at Legislature
This week, fifteen Steuben County high school students took their seats in the county Legislature’s chambers for the county’s biannual Youth in Government Legislative Session. Students met to propose and vote on resolutions they drew up after spending a semester meeting with legislators and department heads to learn more about county operations. Resolutions presented on Wednesday include: Creating a Youth Center in Bath, Converting the abandoned Bath-Hammondsport railroad tracks into a hiking and cycling trail and Fireproofing the Historical Society’s Magee House to preserve historical documents and archives. The twice-yearly program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for over 30 years.


OFA Offers Two December 12th Focus Groups
The Steuben County Office for the Aging and ProAction Senior Nutrition will hold two focus groups December 12th. The meetings are set for 11:30am at the Church Street Dining Court in Hornell and then 12:30pm at the Hornell Senior Center. County OFA Director Patricia Baroody says “We want to know what our seniors in the area want to live a better life.” She encourages seniors to make these focus groups so their voices are heard and community needs are met. For more information please call Steuben County OFA or email ofainfo@steubencountyny.gov


Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast Due Today
Today is the deadline for nominations to the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes’ 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 Steuben county. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.


NYS Health Commissioner Declares Influenza as Prevalent
Yesterday, New York’s Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared that influenza is currently prevalent in New York state. This announcement means a regulation will be put into effect to require healthcare workers who are unvaccinated against the flu wear surgical or procedure masks in areas where patients are usually present. There have been 42 counties with laboratory-confirmed cases, with flu activity in the state considered to be widespread. Residents can check influenza activity data on the website New York State Flu Tracker.


Cuomo, Ag Secretary React to SNAP Changes
Wednesday, the Trump administration moved to formalize work requirements for recipients of food stamps. This will result in approximately 84,000 New Yorkers relying on the SNAP program to lose their benefits. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue remarked of the change: “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.” Governor Cuomo called the SNAP change “cruel”.

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