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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 26th, 2020

County Public Works Announces September Closure in Caton
Steuben County Public Works announced a road closure from September 8th-11th in the Town of Caton.  County Route 34, Whiskey Creek Road, between house numbers 1912 and 2294 in the Town of Caton will be closed for the replacement of a culvert pipe. There will be no on-site detour but residents from House No. 2294 to House No. 1939 will have access to CR 34 from State Route 22 from the South Corning side while residents from House No. 1442 to House No. 1912 will have access to CR 34 from SR225 from the Caton side.

Public Hearing on Bath’s Local Law #1 Set for 9/14 
Before a new, recently-introduced Bath Town Board local law can take effect, community residents have a chance to comment on it. Local Law #1 of 2020 is a law amending the code of the town of Bath to add a section on solar energy systems. A public hearing on the proposed law is set for September 14th at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

Reed Campaign Office in Corning Vandalized by Brick
Congressman Tom Reed’s Corning campaign office was the target of vandalism last night after a brick was thrown through the window, leaving broken glass strewn throughout the office. Tom Reed called the behavior “extreme” and said it was unacceptable. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Spokesperson for the campaign Matt Coker blamed the “far left” for the incident, calling it an act of “radicalism” though no suspects were named. Tom Reed said he will “continue fighting this extremism,” Reed thanked Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Democratic Mayor of the City of Corning Bill Boland and the Corning Police Department for their support following the incident.

ARC of Steuben Awarded Funding for Recreation
The not-for profit Arc of Steuben has been awarded $12,000 worth of funding from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support Arc’s recreation program. The monies are to be used for guardianship and to develop new recreational opportunities for 230 people with disabilities Arc serves. Funds will be utilized to provide a better variety of socially distant activities including outdoor movie events, scavenger hunts, geocaching, painting, crafting, and a variety of fun virtual experiences.

NYSPHA Must Meet to Plan High School Sports Seasons
Soccer, tennis, and swimming were given the green light to hold games on Monday by Governor Cuomo but NYSPHA says more meetings will be necessary to figure out how schools can move forward for planning sports. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association says that before sports can start practice on September 21st, there are several issues that need to be addressed which include the number of required practices that students need before they can play games, and how many games will be allowed during the new fall season. No clear date has been set for NYSPHA to make a decision.

North Hornell Man Indicted for Filing False Tax Returns
A 40-year-old North Hornell man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of filing false tax returns. Justin Terwilliger allegedly prepared and filed false tax returns with the IRS from 2013 through 2017. Terwilliger is accused of falsely reporting he had little or no taxable income during that time, even though the U.S. Attorney’s Office claims he had taxable income for those years, ranging from about $125,000 in 2013 to $249,000 in 2017. Terwilliger is currently serving a sentence in state prison for an unrelated crime but faces three years in prison and a quarter-of-a-million dollar fine if found guilty of the federal charges.

Hazlitt Vineyards Releasing “Pink Cat” Next Month
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards announced it will release “Pink Cat” this fall. The makers of the very popular Red Cat Wine will release the sweet Catawba wine to commemorate their 35th anniversary of the winery’s founding. Pink Cat will be available at both Hazlitt winery locations and on the shelves of retail stores and restaurants beginning in September. Pink Cat is described as a sweet blush wine with a refreshing amount of tang. 

Buffalo Bills to Play First Two Home Games Without Spectators
In a letter to Season Ticket Members sent by the Buffalo Bills yesterday, it was announced the team’s first two home games in 2020 will be played without spectators. The team also says it supports the NFL in establishing policies and procedures that  could hopefully permit fans to attend the games later this season.

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