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The Bath Volunteer Fire Department lit up their department in red last night as a way to show their support for a teenager fighting for his life after falling from a 60 foot drop at Bear Falls in Tuscarora Monday. According to the Department’s Facebook post, they said they did it to honor 15-year-old Blake Driskell of Addison, who suffered the fall and whose favorite color is red. Bath VFD joined other local fire companies in this act for support. Anyone wanting to support Blake and his family financially during their tough time can donate through the GoFundMe set up in his honor called #BlakeStrong.


It was announced State Parks will begin accepting new camping reservations money and check-ins that begin this month on June 22nd. Campers must practice social distancing and bring and wear a face covering, while respecting the rules to do their part to keep the campgrounds, parks, and beaches open and safe for all. Camping capacity will be limited and visitors must make an advanced reservation before arriving at a campground for check-in. Reservations can be made in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com. Online reservations are encouraged.


A Corning man arrested on multiple charges that include burglary, assault and shoplifting has been arrested again after the Steuben County District Attorney says he attacked a man who was sleeping with a sledgehammer. Reportedly, the incident happened in Corning during the overnight hours between last night and today. District Attorney Brooks Baker says 20-year-old Kyle Horton is expected to be charged with Assault in the First Degree. Horton was involved in several incidents in the Corning Area. On May 25th, he was charged after police say he and an Elmira resident stole a woman's car. May 16th, Horton was arrested and charged with shoplifting from a Corning business. In the past, Corning Police have said they've encountered Horton “20 times since March 11th, 2020”.


Corning City Police report Campbell man Justin Gross, age 27, was charged Wednesday with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and petit larceny, and was arrested on a bench warrant.


The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 267 confirmed cases.  The individuals are residents of the towns of Bath and Wayland. All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says that “Overall, the numbers continue to head in the right direction.”


Governor Cuomo has announced the state is expanding COVID-19 testing criteria to include any individual who attended any of the recent protests across the state. The Governor encouraged any individual who attended a protest to please get a test. Governor Cuomo also announced that schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year. The State will reexamine socially-distanced outdoor commencements at a later time.


Candidate for the State Senate, Leslie Danks Burke was endorsed yesterday by Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC. The organization works to elect candidates that stand with Planned Parenthood and fight for reproductive and sexual health and rights. Danks Burke is a lifelong advocate for reproductive rights and pro-choice values and was a board member of Planned Parenthood of Advocates of New York State from 2013-2015, and of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes from 2013-2017.


As the mowing season continues, the Bath Police Department remind the public that blowing grass into the roadway is a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. It is especially dangerous for motorcycles, bicycles, but hazardous for all vehicles. A violator can be fined in local criminal court, but if it causes a crash, one could be sued civilly.


Bath VA Medical Center will be part of the National Warplane Museum (NWM) Southern Tier flyover to show appreciation to first responders, health care and essential workers. It happens tomorrow at about 11:30 a.m. The museum’s very own Douglas C-47, affectionately named “Whiskey-7” will take to the skies, accompanied by one other aircraft, a P-51 Mustang named "Mad Max.” Residents in the designated areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their homes.

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