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Steuben County parks have been reopened beginning today. However, playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed at this time. County manager Jack Wheeler reminds park visitors to be responsible during this pandemic and continue to maintain social distancing.


Bath Village police announce they arrested 41-year-old Michael D. Clemons of Rochester. Clemons is accused of possessing and selling crack cocaine in Bath last summer. He was arraigned on the felony charges then released. Police said Clemons is a two-time convicted felon.


Steuben County Public Health Department reports five more residents testing positive for COVID-19 over the previous three days and brings the total to 239 confirmed cases. The County Health Department said the latest infections involve people living in Hornell and the towns of Bath, Caton, Urbana and Wayland. One new positive is from a nursing home in the Bath area, and another new positive is from a nursing home in the Hornell area. 


Agricultural businesses in the area have a second chance for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for agricultural businesses previously ineligible for the program and engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural-related industries. Those who have already applied under the streamlined application (March 30th to program closure) do not need to re-apply. New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted. The portal will be opened for a limited period, and it is recommended that applications be submitted as soon as possible at http://www.sba.gov/Disaster


Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday outlined additional guidelines for when regions can re-open. The state will monitor four core factors to determine if a region can re-open, to include the number of new infections. Cuomo also outlined new safety precautions that each business must put in place upon re-opening to help lower the risk of spreading the virus. Among the eight requirements…businesses must adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace and require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others.


Troopers say one person was injured in a single vehicle crash on State Route 53 in the town of Prattsburgh. State Police identified the driver as 32-year-old Prattsburgh man Jordan Kuhn.


Community members in Steuben County are sponsoring a live online benefit poetry reading tomorrow at 7 p.m. The Bath Peace Justice Group, the PeaceWeavers, and Foothills Publishing will be hosting the poetry reading event on Zoom. Several poets recently published by Foothills Publishing will participate,with their own works and there will also be time for an online open mic for poetry and music. Donations and half of all book sales from the time of the event through May 15 will go directly to the 22nd Annual Helen Rubar Memorial Peace Scholarship given to local graduating high school seniors working for peace and justice in their community and beyond. To participate, email Mike Czarnecki at poetguy@foothillspublishing.com.

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