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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 4th, 2021

Residents Reminded to Watch for School Buses as Classes Resume
School returns to session after this Labor Day with residents being reminded by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office to be safe on the roadway by leaving ourselves some extra time for our commutes next week as bus schedules and students resume their travel routines. Please also be aware of additional pedestrian traffic in crosswalks as school children resume their daily trek. There are many new sidewalks and crosswalks to be aware of, especially in Bath.


Federal Unemployment Benefits End Tomorrow
Tomorrow, several federally-funded programs that expanded unemployment benefits during the pandemic will expire in New York. One program will end the additional $300 weekly unemployment bonus that went to millions to support many families with a little extra money each week. New York’s unemployment rate stood at 7.6% for the month of July. 


FEMA Disaster-Preparedness Resources Available Through Apps
The flash flooding aftermath of Tropical Storm Fred on August 18th resulted in property and highway damages expected to reach the tens of millions of dollars in assessments. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said when it comes to having a conversation with family, neighbors and loved ones about what to do in the event of a disaster hitting the area,“Now is the Time...” She encourages residents to check out  several of FEMA’s online resources such as Ready.gov/September, Ready.gov or Listo.gov, and provides local alerts and warnings from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide on its app, located at http://www.fema.gov. Steuben’s early warning app, Ready Steuben, is also available through both the Google Play and the Apple App stores. More information on “Prepare to Protect” will be posted each Sunday at:
https://www.facebook.com/SteubenCountyOES and https://www.facebook.com/1.Steuben



Darlene Smith Says 150 New COVID Cases This Early is “Concerning”
The Steuben County Public Health Department reported 150 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday since Monday’s update, which Darlene Smith spoke about on WVIN’s Community Focus. Smith said the outbreak occurring this early is concerning, especially with 21 of these cases being hospitalizations.  Smith also says if we practice prevention like we were at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Steuben County can turn the uptick around.
Listen to the full interview at: https://wvinbath.com/assets/podcaster/215/2021_09_03_215_111806_4795.mp3


Strong Kids, Safe Kids Festival Cancelled
Organizers announced yesterday the Steuben Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival originally set for September 18th has been cancelled, citing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 Delta variant. The annual event focuses on events to promote the health and well-being of Children through grade 6.
For more information go to the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Facebook page at


Labor Day Holiday Weekend DWI Crackdown Continues
State Troopers and local police departments are out in full force for this Labor Day holiday weekend as part of their annual STOP-DWI crackdown to reduce drunk and impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols will be part of the crackdown which continues to the Labor Day holiday on Monday the 6th.

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