East Morris Street Fire in Bath Displaces 18 People
Fire crews battled an East Morris Street structure fire in Bath this morning. WETM reports one of the residents of the house, Musheer Franklin, rsaid all 18 people who lived in the house have all been accounted for. Crews controlled the fire but they had some difficulty in fully extinguishing it due to the roofing material causing trapping of fire in voids under the tin roof. WVIN will report any more details that emerge in this developing, local story.
Steuben Legislators Approve $33,000 Grant for Opioid Treatment
A $33,000 Medication Assisted Treatment funding grant will allow Steuben County Office of Community Services to provide medication assisted treatment for individuals with opioid dependence while offsetting start-up costs associated with treatments from Apr. 1st- Sept. 21st through the county. According to OCS Director Hank Chapman, his office will add a part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner to assist with prescriptions. These funds were accepted Monday during a regular County Legislature meeting session.
Steuben legislators on Monday also:
-Passed local laws waiving the state requirement for county deputies and peace officers to live in Steuben,
-Approved tax incentives and road agreements in connection with the proposed 25-turbine Eight Point Wind Project in the towns of Greenwood, Hartsville, Hornellsville, and West Union,
-Awarded a contract for the reconstruction of the Cohocton Highway Shop, to be paid through state Consolidated Highway Improvement Project 2020 funds recently accepted by the county Legislature.
-Accepted a state Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $999, 000 to install electrical upgrades and paving improvements at the Woodlands Community in Hornellsville.
-Requested Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature reinstitute the office of Advocate for People with Disabilities.
Darlene Smith Recognized in Photo Exhibit at Rockwell Museum
Our very own Public Health Director Darlene Smith is among those recognized at a special photographic exhibit at The Rockwell Museum in Corning. Smith was noted for her staunch leadership throughout the 1-and-a-half-year-long COVID-19 pandemic in the exhibit called “From the Shadows,” by award-winning local photographer Chris Walters, which features people from across the Finger Lakes who have drawn light from events that have cast shadows over others’ daily lives. Other Steubenites in the 30-portrait collection of local “unsung heroes” include Finger Lakes Boating Museum president and boatbuilder Ed Wightman, Carder Elementary first grade teacher Mary Kay Gronski and local historian “Cemetery Lady” Helen Brink. This exhibit runs to the end of this year through December 31st.
For more information, go to https://rockwellmuseum.org
Dormann Library Budget Approved by Voters 60-10
The Dormann Library held its budget vote on Thursday, July 22. The public voted 60 to 10 in favor of the budget. The annual sum of money will be raised by taxation from the residents of the Bath (Haverling) Central School District for the Dormann Library from $254,731 to $267,468 annually” The Dormann Library would like to thank the Bath community for their ongoing support and a special thanks to everyone who came out and voted.
Bath VA Hosting Non-Invasive Stroke Screenings Saturday
There will be a stroke screening this Saturday, July 31st at the Steuben County VA. Life Line Screenings will use its ultrasound technology to check the inside of your arteries for plaque buildup, which is one of the leading causes of strokes. You don’t even need to take your clothes off for this non-invasive procedure. You can register by calling 1-800-363-0457. Priority Code: FGWJ-395.
NY Legislation Will Offer Election Workers Virtual Training
Prospective election workers in New York will now have the opportunity to train virtually. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation that provides a more flexible approach to election worker training, permitting both online and in-person instruction and examination of election inspectors, poll clerks and election coordinators. In-person training may still be required for specialized issues, such as the use of voting machines. Additionally, this legislation removes the requirement that the course of instruction be taken every year. Election inspectors, poll clerks and election coordinators will still be required to pass the annual examination.
Elmira Man Arrested for Stalking in Bath
State Police investigated a domestic dispute in the Town of Bath. As a result, Troopers arrested 69-year-old Davis Cardone of Elmira. He was charged with stalking for allegedly offering illegal communications. He was initially detained.
NY’s COVID-Positivity Rate Continues Climb
New York’s COVID positivity rate continues its upward trend. In the most recent state report, the rate has climbed to 2.46%. New hospital admissions have increased along with patients being sent to the ICU. Nearly 1,700 new positive cases have been reported.
Corning Woman Arrested for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
State Police arrested 27-year-old Holly Bixby of Corning, charging her with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Court action is pending.
Painted Post Woman Arrested After Erwin Incident
Acting on a warrant, Troopers arrested 38-year-old Elizabeth Martin of Painted Post stemming from an incident in the Town of Erwin. She was charged with bail jumping and resisting arrest. She was detained on cash bail.
Athens, PA Man Jailed for Sayre Shooting
A shooting incident in Sayre has landed a man in the Bradford County Jail on a half-million dollars bail. Sayre police said it happened at the Milltown Inn. 47-year-old Juan Barbosa of Athens allegedly displayed a handgun and fired one shot towards the crowd. Nobody was hurt. Barbosa was charged with discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, simple assault, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person. Barbosa was arraigned and remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail.
State DEC Forest Ranger Deployed to Fight MO Wildfires
A second DEC Forest Ranger has been deployed to Montana to assist in fighting western wildfires. Yesterday, New York State welcomed home Forest Ranger Timothy Carpenter at the end of his two-week assignment fighting the Bootleg Fire raging in Oregon. Ranger Carpenter, from Steuben County, began his assignment July 10, when he joined more than 2,000 federal, state, and local fire agencies battling the Bootleg Fire in Oregon. The Bootleg Fire started on July 6 and has burned more than 400,000 acres. It is now approximately 53 percent contained. Sustained winds and low humidity make this a difficult fire to get under control. The fire has already destroyed more than 200 buildings, forcing the evacuation of about 2,000 people.