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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday March 17th, 2020

Comedy Night Postponed
WVIN will postpone its comedy night scheduled for the end of this month. Upon the Clemens Center in Elmira closing until April, WVIN has cancelled its Comedy Night Event scheduled for the evening of March 31st. WVIN will keep you updated once a date is rescheduled for the event.


St. James Opens New Hospital Despite State of Emergency
St. James Hospital announced yesterday as a precaution to address the potential outbreak of COVID-19 it will begin to reschedules some patient appointments and redeploy resources to ensure the treatment of acute care needs at its hospitals, clinics and physician offices. The hospital is in lock-step with the University of Rochester's week and a half implementation preparation process. The hospitals have limited inpatient visits to zero. The St. James Facilities opened their new facility at the normal time of 8am today.


Village Elections Delayed to April
The New York State’s governor’s website released a statement saying that to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo issued today and executive order to delay village elections statewide until the April 28th primary election.


Avoca Begins School Dismissal Today
Avoca  school dismissed students beginning today. Yesterday was a half-day for students as Superintendents met for a conference day.


Bath VFD Holds Awards Dinner
Saturday evening the Bath Volunteer Fire Department held its annual awards dinner with a Hawaiian theme at the Bath station. Most members were present along with some Bath Village officials, local business owners and representatives from neighboring departments. Many won awards including:
Firefighter of the year for 2019: Greg Glashauser
Firefly of the year for 2019: Shari Baroody,
Junior Firefighter of the Year 2019: Erica Mills,
Life Saving Award and Medals: Captain Kyle Lisefski and Firefighter Jeffery Robinson,
Firefly Lifetime Achievement Award 2019: Shari Baroody and Deidra Conrad,
and Most Improved Junior Firefight Award: Coby Causer.


NY Shuts Down Public Access to Capitol
?New York has shut down public access to its Capitol building following the positive tests for coronavirus by two Democratic legislators from New York City. The rest of the state's lawmakers met in Albany yesterday. Governor Cuomo wants the President to authorize the military to take emergency action and build temporary hospital facilities in student dorms or on military bases.The budget deadline for the next fiscal year is March 31st.


Hornell May Implement Curfew Under State of Emergency
Hornell Common Council met last night and discussed the possibility of implementing a possible curfew for those under eighteen to follow in the upcoming weeks of the school dismissal. Years ago, a curfew was in place but later repealed due to unconstitutionality. Mayor Buckley says he contacted the City Attorney to talk to him about implementing a temporary curfew in light of the state of emergency.

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