Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

VA Organizing Flag Observance of 9/11 on 20th Anniversary
To honor the lives lost and impacted by the September 11th attacks 20 years ago, the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System is hosting a region-wide effort, where they have called on community members to fly the American Flag. On Saturday, September 11th, employees from the State Department of Transportation will line State Route 415 and 352 between Bath National Cemetery and Woodlawn National Cemeteries. Police, fire departments, churches, community organizations, and businesses are being asked to join the memorial by hanging their flags, ringing their bells, and sounding their sirens at 10:03 a.m. to commemorate the time of the last plane crash on September 11th, 2001.
Those interested in participating in the Flag Line contact Linda.Conway@redcross.org or call (607) 769-6552 to sign up.


Single-Lane Traffic Continues on State Route 415
Re-paving continues on State Route 415 in the Town of Bath as traffic has been reduced to a single-lane from the Bombardier plant in Kanona to about where the Twin Kiss is. Suit-Kote is repaving both sides of the high-traffic road.


This Year’s Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival is Saturday, September 18th
Steuben County kids and their families will have a chance to mix fun and safety at Steuben's eighth annual Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival set for noon-4 p.m., Sept. 18 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath. All activities will be held outdoors, with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Children through sixth grade and their families are invited to attend the festival, which includes a rock-climbing wall, Kids’ Farmers Market and carnival games as well as information on health and safety issues from more than 30 area agencies. The event also will include a car seat safety check and giveaways, including school supplies, bike helmets and healthy snacks, while supplies last. The Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce will also conduct a “Hands On Trucks” display as part of the event. There are no fees or eligibility requirements to participate.
For more information go to the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Facebook page at:


Wegmans Ranked First on People’s List of “Companies That Care”
Wegmans has been ranked by People Magazine at number one on their list of “100 Companies That Care 2021.” The annual list is made up of the top U.S. companies best-supporting both their employees and surrounding communities. The magazine’s article highlights how the local chain has given back to the community and how employees of every one of 106 stores help determine the donation requests which are most-needed in their communities. The entire list can be read here.


Dollar General to Offer Pharmacy & Grocery to Rural Communities
Dollar General is expanding its access to health services for customers in “health care deserts” as the number of primary care practices declines in the US. Dollar General’s “plans include further expansion of our health offering, with the goal of increasing access to affordable health care products and services, particularly in rural America,”. The retail chain is moving to expand as traditional pharmacies consolidate – and rural communities face fewer options for medical service. The chain also announced it will morph into a more complete grocery experience for its communities that do not have a traditional grocery store nearby.


Campbell Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that deputies and investigators arrested 44-year-old Loren R. Hill of Butternut Drive in Campbell following a reported domestic assault in the Town of Campbell. It is alleged that Hill struck, choked and stole property from a member of his family or household.  The person allegedly assaulted received medical treatment both at the scene and at a local medical facility and was later released. Hill was charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Strangulation in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Petit Larceny. He was arraigned and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.


After Steuben COVID Surge, St James Resumes Visitation Restrictions
As COVID cases rise in the hospital and in Steuben, St. James Hospital is resuming visitation restrictions to help keep patients, caregivers and the community safe. Beginning right now, there will be no visitation for adult COVID-positive patients in the medical-surgical unit; non-COVID patients may have a total of two designated visitors during the inpatient stay, but only one visitor per day for up to four hours. Exceptions apply for pediatric and special needs patients or end-of-life care.


Applications Open for NYS Trooper Entrance Exam
State officials have announced that applications are now open for the next New York State Police Trooper Entrance Exam. The exam, which will be administered from January through April of 2022, will be given online at authorized testing centers for the first time in State Police history, part of an effort to reportedly make the exam more accessible to the general public.

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