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Heatwave Continues With Advisory in Steuben County
The heatwave continues today for the third day in a row. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Steuben County in effect until 8 p.m.  Heat index values up to 96. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids and check on neighbors. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Meanwhile, A slow-moving front will trigger a few strong to possibly severe thunderstorms on Wednesday. Some of these storms may also be capable of producing heavy rain which could lead to localized flash flooding.

Independence Day Expected at Second-Highest Travel Volume
Triple-A is out with its July 4th expected travel report. They say more than 47.7 million Americas are expected to travel for the holiday. They said this 4th of July is expected to have the second-highest travel volume on record, with only 2019 being higher. AAA said that despite the gas prices, which are expected to be high for the holiday, most Americans will travel by car.

Steuben Reports Another COVID Death; 5 More Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 189.  The individual was a female resident of Three Rivers who died at the age of 94.The Health Department also reports five Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Thursday’s update. This brings the total to 6,955 confirmed cases, 15 of which are currently active.


Minor Injuries Reported After 3-Car Horseheads Crash Yesterday
New York State Police say only minor injuries occured after a 6PM crash on I-86 that shut down I-86 East. The wreck in Horseheads was reportedly a result of traffic issues due to downed cable wires across the highway. Last night, Eastbound traffic was detoured off of exit 51-A  as the Interstate was being cleared with travel resuming at about 8:30pm. Three vehicles were towed from the scene.

Bath Man Arrested After Canaseraga Domestic Dispute
After investigating a domestic dispute in the village of Canaseraga, state police arrested 36-year-old Michael Parkinson of Bath. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order.

Bath Man Arrested for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing 
State Police arrested 40-year-old David VanDusen of Bath. After investigating a domestic dispute, he was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released. 

O'Mara & Palmesano Invite Public to Vote WGI “Best NASCAR Track” 
With one week to go in the voting, State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are encouraging area residents to keep voting for Watkins Glen International in USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition to decide America’s “Best NASCAR Track.” The area legislators stressed that anyone can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device they have until the contest closes on Monday, July 5, at noon. This is the sixth consecutive year that WGI is in the running for the “Best NACAR Track” designation, which the track won in 2016, 2017, 2018, and last year. The Glen is currently running in second in this year’s contest.

2 Rochester Area Hospitals Loosen COVID Restrictions
Two Rochester-area hospitals are loosening their visitation restrictions. Effective now, Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital are allowing for visitors of COVID-19 patients. There can be two visitors per patient, and those coming into the hospital must be wearing a mask during the visit. A URMC spokesperson says the move is in accordance with New York State guidelines. It's recommended that anyone looking for further information go to the hospital's web site.

Golf for Guthrie Hospice Tournament Raises Over $30K
The 19th Annual Golf for Guthrie Hospice Tournament raised over $30,000. 36 teams participated this year, and many more donors and sponsors joined together to support the very special mission of Guthrie Hospice. The tournament raises funds for Guthrie Hospice that enhance and support hospice programs and services, as well as offset the expenses related to caring for patients in need of financial assistance. The tournament has raised over $500,000 since it began in 2002.

Tioga Downs Casino Resort  Kicks Off 2021 Summer Concert Series
Tioga Downs Casino Resort is excited to announce their 2021 Summer Concert Series. After being closed last year, the casino resort says it is more excited than ever to bring three bands to rock out with Tioga Downs guests. Starting the excitement is Blood, Sweat & Tears on July 29. This group has been rocking since the 1960s. The second act in this series is Tanya Tucker on August 20. Finishing up the summer concert is Cheap Trick on September 10. This Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been making headlines since 1974 and plans to continue rocking at Tioga Downs late summer. Tickets for Blood, Sweat & Tears are now on sale at the Tioga Downs Casino Resort gift shop and online at ticketmaster.com. Tanya Tucker and Cheap Trick tickets will be announced in the near future. 


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