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Today's Top Stories - Monday August 31st, 2020

415 in Wayland Closed Today and Tomorrow
A section of State Route 415 in the town of Wayland is closed today and tomorrow. The Department of Transportation says it will be replacing a culvert pipe just south of County Road 36. That area of Route 415 will only be accessible for local traffic and emergency vehicles. A detour will be in place guiding motorists to use nearby exits to access Interstate 390. Construction activities are weather dependent and subject to change based on conditions.


VDC Encourages Monetary Donations this Hunting Season
The Venison Donation Coalition has always been based in Bath, in the heart of Steuben County since its inception in the late 90’s. VDC founder and former DEC Officer Greg Fuerst says the program celebrates its 20th year anniversary this year and the goal is to raise awareness of the VDC’s mission to feed the public with quality venison. Fuerst reminds hunters purchasing their license that they can offer monetary donations to the program, which supports the labor of processing before it goes onto the shelves of food pantries in the area. Hear the full interview tomorrow on the WVIN Morning Show with Dave Taylor Smith and on Best of Community Focus Sunday morning on WABH or you can listen to the interview online at wvin.com/podcasts/community.


Avoca Man Arrested for Menacing and Other Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested 60-year-old Thomas Parsels of Avoca following an investigation of a reported fight in the Town of Avoca. Parsels allegedly threatened another person with a weapon and struck them. Parsels was charged with Criminal Possession of a weapon in the Fourth Degree, Menacing in the Second Degree and Harassment in the Second Degree. Parsels was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Excelsior Scholarship Deadline Today
Despite the program’s uncertainty, today is he deadline for new applications this year to New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship. The program began in 2017 to help students who come from families making less than $125,000 annually go to college tuition free. Some lawmakers are wondering if the state will have enough money to welcome more students into the program.


Cuomo Credits New Yorkers for Lowering COVID Rates
With deaths and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the state at a new low, Governor Cuomo thanked and gave credit to New Yorkers who complied with health regulations and said they helped save tens of thousands of lives. Cuomo also anticipates that similar risks and rises in cases that have been associated with colleges opening will be seen in communities once K-12 schools reopen. Cuomo said a decision on whether casinos could reopen would come this week.


Food Bank Holds Hornell Food Distribution
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held a food distribution today at Hornell High School to help those that are struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members reserved spots for the drive-through format distribution site to pick up 40-60 lbs of food while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Fellow local organizations like Steuben County’s  “Strong Kids, Safe Kids” were also there handing out information to help raise awareness to help keep their children strong and safe as they begin their first days of school.

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