Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 19th, 2021

HPG Announces Donation Pickup for Those Affected by Flooding
Michelle Pogue of Hornell Partners for Growth announced she is organizing donations for drop off and pick up at the Hornell City Arts Center (or old ponderosa on Broadway) from noon to 6pm today and tomorrow for the families affected by the flood waters. HPG is manning it, volunteers are welcome. They are accepting and distributing clothing, blankets, towels, personal hygiene items, and nonperishable food.  If you know of anyone with a large need please call (607) 324-5611. This is for anyone, regardless of if they live in Hornell. If someone needs things delivered, they can also try to get things to them.

Cuomo Declares State of Emergency in Steuben County
Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Steuben County, particularly in the western portion of the county. The state reports a 17-person Swift Water Rescue crew including the Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police and Office of Fire Prevention and Control personnel was deployed and responded to several flooded homes in six different Steuben County communities. Steuben County estimates over 120 homes were damaged by the flooding. After a state of emergency was declared for the county last night, today at 10:30 a.m, Steuben County Director of Public Safety Tim Marshall announced residents of the southside of the Village of Addison that were evacuated may return to their homes.State Department of Transportation maintenance personnel are on duty and responding to incidents of flooding as necessary. Shelter supplies including cots, pillows, blankets, food water and generators were staged at the Woodhull Fire Department to aid evacuations. Steuben County also remains under a local state of emergency, prohibiting travel in the Towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville and Jasper. American Red Cross Shelters are open to anyone displaced at the Canisteo Volunteer Fire Department and the Corning-Painted Post High School. 


Steuben & Yates Sheriffs Announce Boating Advisory for Keuka Lake
Today, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike and Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard issued a joint statement announcing a boating advisory for Keuka Lake. Boaters are being asked to be observant of floating debris and reduce their boat speed to “no wake”. Boats must go no faster than 5 miles per hour when boating within 200 feet of shore according to New York State Navigation Law. Last night’s heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fred washed up limbs, trees and other debris into creeks and gullies emptying into Keuka Lake as dock parts and boats have been reported floating adrift. Marine patrols from the Sheriff’s Office are currently on duty and responding to issues. Seneca and Canandaigua Lake areas also report similar conditions in several places.


Articulation Deal for Health Sciences Students Signed at CCC 
An historic, three-way articulation agreement was signed at SUNY Corning Community College’s Spencer Hill Campus in Corning yesterday that establishes an affiliation between the institutions whereby the parties will define the criteria for SUNY CCC and SUNY Geneseo students to become eligible for early acceptance into LECOM’s School of Dental Medicine, leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (D.M.D.) and School of Medicine leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.). SUNY CCC President, Dr. William Mullaney remarked: “this agreement among LECOM, SUNY Corning Community College, and SUNY Geneseo establishes an important pipeline for students interested in the health sciences.” 


Steuben’s COVID Transmission Risk Raised to “Substantial”
As a second wave of COVID continues to rapidly spread across New York State, 40 of its counties are now considered to be at the "high" level of community spread for the virus. Steuben County is considered "substantial" risk of spread while local counties Chemung, Tompkins and Tioga are considered "high" risk. Schuyler County is considered "moderate." The CDC now recommends people in an area with a high or substantial rate of COVID spread to wear a mask indoors, even if you are vaccinated.


Sheriff’s Office Arresting More People for Impaired Driving
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from August 13th to August 15th, deputies arrested three people for Driving While Intoxicated. Sheriff Allard said there is a rise in DWI/DWAIs with the Sheriff’s Department reporting over 70 of those types of arrests so far this year. He explained that since the legalization of cannabis, they've seen an uptick in DWAI arrests and says: “That’s definitely a factor in that end.” Allard highly advises the public to utilize rideshares, apps or “hand your keys to someone else if you’re going to drink. Be responsible about it and make a plan.”


Youth Day Today at Steuben County Fair
The 202nd Steuben County Fair continues today at the County Fairgrounds in Bath. Today is Youth Day at the Fair where everyone 18 and under is admitted free until 5pm tonight! The day continues with The 4-H & FFA Livestock Judging and Skill-a-thon Contests at 6pm and Demolition Derby at 7pm! WVIN and WABH will be broadcasting live out on location at the fair today with Timon Kay and I from 3 to 7pm. Tune in, come see us at the Meyer’s RV and take a spin of our “Spin to Win” prize wheel!


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