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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 24th, 2020

Bath Village Election Season Kicks Off With Candidacy and Caucuses
Currently, 4 candidates have announced they are running for Village of Bath Trustee: Karen Causer, Joe Washburn, Dan Chapman and now Jeff Muller. There are two trustee positions on the village board open For Mayor, Chamber Board member Mike Sweet is running against incumbent Bill Von Hagn. The Republican caucus will be Tuesday Jan 28th. Last night, Bath Village Democrats had their caucus and no candidates were selected. . Village elections will be held March 18th.

 

Joint Finance and Ad Hoc Office Space Committees Meet Monday
The County Legislature meets on Monday for their Legislative meeting and proceeding that regular meeting, Joint Finance and Ad Hoc Office Space Committees will hold a meeting at 9:45 am. The committee is set to discuss a purchase of real property. All Legislators are encouraged to attend and advised to mark their calendars accordingly.

 

Steuben OFA Accepting Nominations for Older New Yorkers Day
Steuben County Office For the Aging announces they will accept nominations for the annual New York State Office for the Aging’s “Older New Yorkers’ Day” until February 14th. The Office For The Aging is looking for extraordinary people who are 60 and older who have made a real difference in their community. County RSVP Coordinator Christine Towner says the organization seeks “people who are the unsung ‘pillars of service’ in our neighborhoods.” Those selected will be invited to participate in the statewide celebration set for May 19th in Albany. Honorees in 2019 were Pulteney EMT Nancy Snyder and Finger Lakes SPCA and Ira Davenport volunteer Susan Arthur of Bath.

 

Public Invited to Friday Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited today to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held today in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.

 

Cornell Cooperative of Steuben Requesting NY Double Co-Op Funding
Steuben County lawmakers are expected to support Steuben County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and its sister extensions when the co-ops meet with state officials this Sunday through Tuesday, January 26th-28th to request the group’s first boost in funding in 20 years. According to Steuben’s CCE Executive Director Theresa McKinley, directors will ask the state to double the funding for all co-ops across the state from $4 million to $8 million. Increased support is needed for the county coops to assist farmers and other agribusinesses to remain competitive on the national level, says McKinley. The Steuben County Legislature meets next on Monday January 27th at 10am.

 

Food Bank of Southern Tier Announces Check-Out Hunger Dates
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced the start of Check-Out Hunger, the annual community-wide fundraiser at local grocery stores to collect donations for hunger relief. For 26 years, the Food Bank has partnered with local grocery retailers to raise awareness and money for hunger in the Southern Tier. Shoppers can donate $2, $3, or $5 to Check Out Hunger directly at the register and cashiers add the donation to shoppers’ checkout purchase. Save-A-Lot will be raising funds Saturday, February 29th, Tops Friendly Markets will raise money on Saturday, February 15th and Wegmans will have their day on Saturday, March 1st. Last year, area shoppers raised over $274,000 in donations.

 

Savona Man Arrested for Aggravated Driving, Child Endangerment
A 24-year-old Savona man is facing numerous charges following a traffic stop on County Road 12 in the Town of Bath. State Police arrested Darnell Barron. Barron was charged with three felony counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with children in the vehicle. Troopers also charged him with three counts of child endangerment and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.

 

Some Steuben Trust Branches May Be Closing
Not long ago, Community Bank announced its acquisition of Steuben Trust. Yesterday, it was reported that some Steuben Trust branches would be closing, perhaps as soon as March. Steve Harriger, a public relations spokesperson for Steuben Trust in Hornell said that legal notices were published in The Spectator indicating the potential closure of Steuben branch offices in Alfred, Bolivar and Geneseo. Community Bank announced in October 2019 that it purchased Steuben Trust for $106 million.

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