Today's Top Stories - Tuesday March 16th, 2021

Bath CSD Awarded a Grant Through T-Mobile Hot Project
Bath CSD was awarded a T-Mobile Project grant which included a limited number of Franklin T9 Mobile Hotspots with 100GB/year of free data service for a period of 5 years to support the delivery of and access to education services provided by the school district during the school year.  As result of this award, Bath CSD will be accepting applications for Internet hotspots from households within the district that are struggling to provide or do not currently have access to the Internet.  Students received applications to take home last week.  More information can be found on the Haverling School website as well.  https://www.bathcsd.org/district.cfm?subpage=78067


Steuben Announces 2 COVID Vaccination Clinics for This Week
Steuben County Public Health Department holds two first-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week for eligible residents age 18 and older. The first clinic is this Thursday, March 18th at the Haverling High School gym in Bath and the other clinic will be held on Friday, March 19th at the Canisteo-Greenwood Elementary School gym in Canisteo. To attend either clinic, participants must pre-register for an appointment time using the links found on Public Health’s COVID-19 page. Complete list of eligible individuals can be found on the New York State Department of Health’s website. Proof of eligibility is required at every clinic. Eligible essential workers must bring proof of employment at an eligible agency with them to the clinic, those who are eligible by age must bring an ID with date of birth, and those eligible by health condition must bring either a note from their healthcare provider or utilize the attestation form found on Public Health’s page.


33 New Cases of  COVID Reported in Steuben Since Friday
Steuben Health reports 33 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since the last update on Friday. This brings the total to 5,714 confirmed cases, 99 of which are currently active. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said they are seeing a couple clusters related to work and worship in the area.


County Hall of Fame Nominations Accepted to March 31st
Nominations for the 2021 Steuben County Hall of Fame still are being accepted until March 31, according to county Historian Emily Simms. Since 1976, more than 500 people have been nominated with 148 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame. Fourth-grade students also will be invited to nominate local heroes by the March 31st deadline. All nominees will be reviewed in early May by a special committee which will propose nominees for 2020. Approval by the county Legislature is expected in late June.


Statewide Burning Ban Begins Today
The annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning in New York begins today and will run through May 14th. With spring approaching, DEC is reminding residents that conditions for wildfires are heightened in springtime when most wildfires occur. DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating for the 2021 fire season on DEC's website once there is a moderate risk anywhere in the state. Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York. In 2020, DEC Forest Rangers extinguished 192 wildfires that burned a total of more than 1,122 acres. Violators of the State's open burning regulation are subject to criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. 


Siena Poll Finds New Yorkers Approve of Cuomo Despite Sex Scandals
According to a new Siena College Research Institute poll, voters say 50-35 percent that Governor Andrew Cuomo should not immediately resign. By 48-34 percent, they say he can continue to effectively do his job as governor. One-third of voters say that Cuomo has committed sexual harassment, one-quarter say he has not, and a plurality are unsure. Voters approve of Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic, 60-33 percent, virtually unchanged from last month.


NYS Bear Hunters Took Over 1,700 Black Bears in 2020
New York State bear hunters took 1,723 black bears during the 2020 hunting seasons. Hunters took an estimated 1,152 bears in the Southern Zone, comparable to the record set in 2019, and 11 percent greater than the recent five-year average. While take in the regular season was lower than last year, hunters had record success during the early and bow seasons.


Tips for Flood Safety to Kick Off Flood Safety Awareness Week
With the National Weather Service’s Flood Safety Awareness Week is under way this week (March 14th-20th), Steuben County Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall reminds the public floods are the Number One natural hazard in the county. The springtime season brings heavy rains and unexpected spring thaws which create a threat of flooding and flash floods in our area. Marshall reminds citizens of guidelines to protect their families which includes:

• Monitoring NOAA Weather Radio, the Ready Steuben app, local radio and television news for flood and flash flood statements.

• Developing and practice a “Family Escape Plan” and decide where to meet in case you are separated.

• Learning the safest route from your home or business to safer, higher ground.

• Making sure your vehicle has enough fuel.

• Using caution while driving on escape routes, watching for hazards such as washed-out roads, earth slides, downed trees, or power lines.

• Never cross flooded roadways. Flood waters are extremely fast flowing, forceful and unpredictable. Even large cars can become buoyant in a few inches of surging flood water.

• Never try to walk, swim or drive through swift water – stop, turn around and go another way.

For more information on Flood Safety Awareness Week go to: https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood


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