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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 3rd, 2020

County COVID Count: 102 Deaths & 27 New Cases
Steuben County now reports one new COVID death and 27 new cases. The latest victim…an 82-year-old man…a resident of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center. 102 Steuben County residents have now died from the virus. Health officials are managing 300 active cases in the county right now.


Pulteney Park Decorated Despite No Spirit of Christmas
Though the pandemic put a damper on Bath’s annual Spirit of Christmas event for this holiday season, Bath is still getting in the spirit. Mayor Mike Sweet spoke on the WVIN Morning Show yesterday, saying Spirit of Christmas is canceled but Pulteney Park will be decorated and with the help of the Bath Village Street Department and BEGWS, that festive task was accomplished today. Sweet said the Village isn’t going to cancel Christmas or take the spirit out of the holidays. The lights in Pulteney Park went up just in time for today’s Santa’s Day Off  event by WVIN and WABH at the old Home Necessities Building on West Pulteney Square in Bath. Everyone is encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy there until 5pm today to help deserving local families this holiday season.




Bath Post Office Reminds Public to Keep Yards Lit
The Bath Post Office reminds postal patrons that as it is getting darker outside earlier to please make sure outdoor lighting are turned on. With more package deliveries brought to porches during the holiday season as well as plowing and salting by Town and County crews, outdoor lighting is crucial for the safety of postal workers, patrons and the rest of the community.


Campbell Man Arrested for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing
A Campbell man has been charged for allegedly choking a young person. Steuben deputies say they arrested 32-year-old Ryan Wright of County Road 125. It is alleged that Wright choked another person who was under the age of 17. He was charged with one count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Wright was arraigned and released.


County Manager Wheeler Says Steuben Reached “New Phase of Pandemic”
Yesterday Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said the county is in a “new phase of this pandemic”  in an open letter to the community regarding the coronavirus. He called it tragic that the county virus death toll has exceeded 100 and noted that the county is averaging over 30 new cases per day. Wheeler wrote that Steuben County was fortunate to be removed from the ‘yellow zone’ classification under the Governor’s micro-cluster strategy a few weeks ago, but the county again finds itself on the brink of reentering these zones. Wheeler added…Immediate action is needed to minimize the spread, specifically wearing face coverings in public, avoiding non-essential social gatherings and groups, practicing proper hand hygiene, and staying home when sick and seeking a COVID-19 test.


Hornell Man Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County deputies arrested 57-year-old Calvin Buck of Maple Street in Hornell.  It’s alleged that in October 2019, he transferred his EBT benefit card to another person several times…knowing they were not authorized to use it. Buck was charged with one count of Misuse of Food Stamps.  He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office.


DEC Offers Gift Cards and E-Certificates to Use at DEC Campgrounds
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that DEC gift cards and electronic gift certificates for stays and services at all DEC campgrounds are now available for purchase online. DEC camping gift cards are physical cards mailed to the designated recipient. Electronic gift certificates will be emailed to the purchaser for printing and/or emailing to the recipient. DEC operates 52 campgrounds and five day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. 


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