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FEBRUARY 11, 2018

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Substance use survey results reported

Study eyes local youth drug use By Jason Jordan The Evening Tribune

HORNELL — For local advocates and schools, exploring the reasons for youth drug use and combating it with education is a fight worth having. Every two years, Steuben

Prevention Coalition Program Coordinator Norman McCumiskey helps compile information on drug and alcohol use, working with participating Steuben County schools. Information is collected with anonymous, voluntary surveys completed by 2,635 students in

grades 8, 10 and 12, focus group answers, key informant interviews and adult perception surveys. The goal is to get an accurate picture of drug use among students, and help school districts formulate prevention strategies. Results of the 2017 Preven-

tion Needs Survey showed many drug behaviors on a downward trend from 2010 — the first year of data collection. Local trends were also down as compared to national drug and alcohol use in 2017 in most respects,


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Bath restaurant

Man pleads guilty in tax case The Evening Tribune


Above, below | The official groundbreaking at the Law Enforcement Memorial Park was held in May 2016.

Memorial Park taking shape 7-county memorial set for May 2018 completion By Jeff Smith Steuben Courier


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BATH – Donations are being accepted for a permanent memorial, the proposed Law Enforcement Memorial Park, which is currently being built in front of the Steuben County Sheriff ’s Office Building. The Law Enforcement Memorial Park, dedicated in May 2015, honors all fallen brothers and sisters in law enforcement in Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said the memorial park honors all police and peace officers within the sevencounty region who have died in the line of duty.

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Officials: Fire claims Cameron home The Evening Tribune CAMERON — An afternoon fire devastated a Cameron home last Friday. At 3:39 p.m. the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a fully involved house fire at 5305 county Route 10A.

A call placed to the 911 dispatch center by a passing Steuben County Highway worker alerted authorities, indicating that smoke was pouring from vents at either end of an attic space.

Upon arrival just minutes later, firefighters were greeted by a structure engulfed in flames. Additional units were immediately called to see FIRE | 6A JOHN WALCZAK/PROVIDED

Firefighters knock down a fast-moving fire at a home on county Route 10A in the Town of Cameron.

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BATH — An Elmira man has been ordered to pay $350,000 in back taxes and penalties after a guilty plea this week to ripping off the state tax department. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion Tuesday announced the guilty plea and conviction of Christopher Klee, 56, and his business CKP Holdings, LLC, for failing to file numerous sales tax returns and remit over $175,000 in sales tax that was collected at two Sonora’s Mexican Restaurant locations in Bath and Corning. Klee will be required to pay over $350,000 to the Department of Taxation and Finance for unpaid sales tax, penalties, and interest.  On Monday, Klee, 56, pleaded guilty before Judge Peter C. Bradstreet in Steuben County Court to petty larceny, a class A misdemeanor. CKP Holdings, LLC, pleaded guilty to thirddegree grand larceny, a class D felony, and was sentenced to an unconditional discharge.

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Woman charged with forging checks


IN BRIEF Free workshops on long term care planning slated

It is an aging society, so there are some important facts everyone should know to begin planning for long term care for your loved ones. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering a free workshop, Long Term Care Planning, to help sort through the options on Feb. 23 from 1-3 p.m.  at the Dormann Library, 101 West Morris Street, Bath. The workshop will be led by Patrick J. Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning. He will explain what Medicare covers, veteran options, Medicaid eligibility for a nursing home, long term care insurances, and planning options for you and your family. The session will include: • Discover the four parts of Medicare and what is covered by each part. • Learn about financial benefits that you may be eligible for if you (or your spouse) are a veteran. • Discover the Medicaid eligibility rules surrounding long term care. • Learn how to plan for your future long term care costs. Registration is requested by calling 607-664-2300. For more information visit putknowledgetowork. org. • Submitted

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A female Cardinal rests on a feeder in Cameron Mills last week.

DEC issues guidelines Submitted While winter is a great time to observe birds and other wildlife, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourages all wildlife enthusiasts to do so in a manner that is legal, safe, and does not harm wildlife, Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. “Bird and wildlife watching is a popular and economically important year-round activity, and we encourage all New Yorkers and visitors alike to responsibly and safely enjoy observing our state’s birds and other wildlife,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Winter is a great time to get out and watch birds, but it is also a crucial period of survival for birds. During the winter months songbirds flock to feeders, waterfowl and eagles congregate at waters not covered in ice, and hawks and owls from Canada are easily observed roosting in large open grasslands, and by following our tips for safely watching birds and other wildlife, everyone can

ensure the health of these species.” Winter provides a rare opportunity for bird and wildlife watchers to view snowy owls, short-eared owls, roughlegged hawks, and other birds of prey. Known as winter raptors, these birds spend much of the year in the Canadian tundra breeding, raising young, and hunting, but migrate to upstate New York in the winter. Birders are excited to view these visitors that can be easily seen roosting and soaring in or near open fields. Populations of prey species are lower during the winter and harder to locate under snow. Raptors, like other wildlife, need more energy to stay warm. During the winter these birds roost (rest) for long periods of time to conserve energy. “We are fortunate to have rare and beautiful birds spending time in New York during the winter, including the vulnerable Snowy Owl. We hope that birders and photographers will do their part to ensure the safety and success of see DEC | 6A

BATH — A Bath woman stands accused of check forgery charges following her arrest. An investigation by Bath based New York State Police resulted in the arrest of Sheri L. Clark, 32, of County Route 11, Bath. On Jan. 30, an investigation began into the theft and forgery of several checks. Upon the completion of the investigation, which consisted of the examination of bank records and multiple interviews, it was determined that Clark, without authority or permission, allegedly cashed eight separate forged checks which were stolen from a family member. The acts allegedly occurred between Jan. 16-30. Clark was charged with eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, each a class C felony. She was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and released without bail conditions. Clark is scheduled to reappear in Town of Bath Court at a later date.

Dormann ‘Purl Jam’ Club to meet Mon. Submitted

The Dormann Library is weaving together a new monthly club for all you handicrafters in the community. Staring on Monday, Feb. 12, our new “Purl Jam” Club will be happening! It is for all the folks who like to knit, crochet, or work with thread (embroidery, needlework, etc.). From 6-6:30 p.m., our volunteer Danielle will be available to show you how to knit, if you are interested in learning. We will provide folks with some basic supplies to help get you started. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., we invite you to bring your own projects to work on. Come and make time to work on your art in the company of other like-minded crafters! The Dormann Library has a Valentine’s Day treat in store for fans of anime. We will be showing the movie: “Your Name” on Wednesday, Feb. 14 starting at 6 p.m. The PG-rated film runs 112 minutes and is about two strangers who find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms between them, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart? Come and find out at this free movie event. We will also have popcorn available to enhance your viewing experience.

Gardner Arc ‘Associate of Month’ Evening Tribune BATH — Shanna Gardner, controller, was named the Arc of Steuben’s Associate of the Month for January. Gardner was nominated by Conny Tears, payroll clerk, for all her hard work and dedication. Gardner has been working on all of the year end requirements, processes, and enhancing the payroll system. “This process is very time consuming and Gardner spent a lot of extra time

on the phone to answer any outstanding questions,” says Tears. Gardner is responsible for ensuring that all accuracy of numbers, rates, and deductions are correct, as well as, dealing with other issues that come up. The job that Shanna does can be draining. There have been times where Shanna will take work home in order to get issues ironed out for the payroll. “Shanna is a very dedicated, hard worker and is a great asset to the Arc of Steuben,” says Tears.


Playdates for preschoolers at Dormann

By special request of the Dormann Library’s Discovery Kids Storytime families, we are opening the toy room for weekly play in addition to our usual Friday Storytime day. Every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. through March 27, we’ll have open play time for you and your preschoolers in a safe, warm environment. There are all kinds of toys that work large muscles groups (Examples include a Sit’n Spin and Bilibo) and fine motor skills (Little People Animal Friends Farm and others). We even have a small collection of toys appropriate for infants. We hope that you and your family will join us for a playdate soon!

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Overhaul dairy insurance More than $100M in unpaid premiums sits on ice By Jason Jordan The Evening Tribune

WASHINGTON — Small, New York state dairy farms are asking for help. Will Washington answer? On a call with reporters on Monday, Sen. Kiersten Gillibrand urged Congress to support her legislation — the Dairy Premium Refund Act. The bill would return insurance premiums to farmers who paid millions of dollars for an insurance program that left them empty handed when milk prices plummeted.

The 2015 Dairy Margin Protection Program (DMPP) is the primary insurance option for dairy farmers when the price paid to farmers falls or feed costs rise. Thousands of New York dairy farmers paid millions of dollars to the USDA for this insurance, but when milk prices and feed prices fall at the same time as they did last year, farmers often lose money on every pound of milk they sell and few farmers receive an insurance payment. Gillibrand’s legislation would

ensure that dairy farmers automatically receive a check in the mail at the end of the production year for any insurance premium funds not used to pay claims to them during the previous year.  “We need to make sure that our agricultural community, or farmers and producers are getting the treatment they deserve and the protections they need,” Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said. Slumping dairy prices could see DAIRY | 6A

Ira gets funding Evening Tribune BATH — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday $96,775 in federal funding will be delivered to Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment such as carts, digital stethoscopes, exam cameras, software, and network equipment. This technology will allow the hospital to virtually direct treatment when patients cannot be transported, and allow the hospital to determine whether low-severity patients can remain in their own community for treatment and at their local hospital. “This federal investment is good news for residents and medical professionals in Steuben County,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds will promote public health and enhance  telemedicine services. I am proud to announce this federal investment and will continue to fight to make sure that rural communities in the Southern Tier have the  tools they need to grow and prosper.” “Through this investment, the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital will be able to more easily directly care for residents throughout Steuben County,” said Senator Gillibrand. “New Yorkers’ health care should not be compromised simply because of where they live, and by expanding the telemedicine network, patients will gain more access to the hospital’s medical professionals without having to travel to a different location.” USDA Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants aim to provide access to education, training, and health care resources for rural Americans. The grants can be used to purchase equipment such as transmission facilities, audio equipment, interactive video equipment, and computer hardware, as well as technical assistance for using eligible equipment.


Students focus on forgiveness Submitted

Every month, the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School celebrates a new Character Education trait. During the month of January, students focused on the trait of forgiveness. Students learned forgiveness is excusing mistakes made by others. Students who exhibited this trait were selected by their teachers and awarded certificates. These students, along with winners from other months, will also take part in a Character Education Celebration in March. Grade UPK: Annaliese Anderson, Averi Coots, Kyely Smalt, Kaden Cary, Jude Morrell Grade K: Clarence Turner, Kailey Sullivan, Carson Pike, Cash Geyrch, Madison Cranmer, Reagan Sweet, Colton Reed, Julian Stone, Hunter McCann Grade 1: Alexis Hilton, Tylin Zydanowicz, Marcus Tuller Thompkins, Chloe Nicholson, Aurora Riley, Gavin Clark, Jayricka Pollock-Hults, Gabriel Meadows, Tiana Farley Grade 2: Logan Learn, Cherokie Stone, Allison Travis, Connor Fisher, Todd Bailey, Ja’Shon Mikko, Jazmyn Martin, Isabella Nichols-Duell Grade 3: Elizabeth Cagle, Kendall Skelly, Allison Hoad, Danielle Elliot, Zackery LaFever, DeLacee Hammond, Christopher Heath.

IN BRIEF Academic All Stars results

Academic All Stars kicked off this week and many of the matches were tight and very exciting.   LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION Bath 52 - Corning Gold 42 Hornell 72 - Corning Black 30


Undersheriff McNelis, Deputy VanSkiver and Sheriff Allard.

VanSkiver sworn in


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Thursday, Feb. 1, Deputy Joshua D. VanSkiver was sworn in at a public ceremony at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. Deputy VanSkiver is a sixteen year veteran of law enforcement, beginning his career at the Steuben County Sheriff ’s Office in 2001, also serving with the City of Corning Police Department and most recently the City of Elmira Police De-

partment. Deputy VanSkiver has been recognized in his career as the New York State STOP DWI Officer of the Year for his efforts in Driving While Intoxicated arrests. He returns to Steuben County to raise his family and continue serving our residents. Sheriff Allard stated “I am thrilled to have Deputy VanSkiver return and use his training and experience here in Steuben County. He brings unique talents to the team here at the Sheriff ’s Office and we expect great things from him”.

Grants to aid emergency communications By Jeff Smith Steuben Courier

ALBANY – Five local Southern Tier counties will share $55 million in state funding with counties throughout the state to enhance and support local emergency communications systems. The counties are being awarded a total of $45 million to undertake infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades, according to Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats. The assistance is part of the latest

round of funding through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program, a competitive grant program supporting regional communications partnerships throughout the state. O’Mara said an additional $10 million is being distributed through the state’s Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant program to support emergency call centers. “These timely and important public safety and emergency response grants see GRANTS | 6A

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MEDIUM LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION Canisteo-Greenwood 40 - Campbell-Savona 38 Naples 48 - Addison 33 MEDIUM SMALL SCHOOL DIVISION Alfred-Almond 38 - Arkport 31 Hammondsport 48 - Jasper-Troupsburg 39 SMALL SCHOOL DIVISION Avoca 59 - Prattsburgh 32 Canaseraga 41 - Bradford 35 Next week the All Stars will be competing at Corning, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport and Avoca schools.  Matches start at 6:15 p.m. 

Senate backs free Purple Heart plates

ALBANY — The New York State Senate Tuesday unanimously approved legislation to eliminate the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fee for Purple Heart veterans to obtain New York’s distinctive Purple Heart license plate. The bill was sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-Big Flats). O’Mara said that because of the sacrifices of Purple Heart recipients, these veterans should receive New YorkState’s Purple Heart license plate at no cost. “I’m proud to sponsor this legislation to provide another small way to remember and to honor the sacrifices of America’s veterans. Purple Heart recipients risked their lives in defense of America. They are heroes, and they have earned and deserve every show of respect and gratitude that we can provide,” said O’Mara. The current, first-time fee for obtaining a personalized Purple Heart license plate is $60. To become law, legislation needs Senate and Assembly approval, and then be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. • Submitted




Sen. Tom O’Mara:

Improving accountability and affordability The Legislature’s fiscal committees – the Senate Finance Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee in the Assembly – are currently holding a series of a dozen or so public hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $168-billion, 2018-2019 New York State budget. These hearings examine virtually every facet of the annual state budget, from agriculture to transportation, and help provide the detailed input legislators need on the grassroots impact of the governor’s proposed plan. Anyone interested can view these hearings live (as well as watch archived videos of previously held hearings) on the State Senate website: When Governor Cuomo first unveiled his proposed fiscal blueprint in January, my reaction included the following, “It’s an ambitious agenda in a number of fundamental areas. I’ll keep on stressing that New York government needs to stay focused on taking action after action to revitalize Upstate manufacturing job growth and relieve the crushing burdens of unfunded state mandates, overregulation, and high taxes. It begins and ends with addressing these priorities.” In particular, I stressed – and continue to stress – that the governor’s plan does not go far enough in highlighting high taxes, overregulation, and the unfunded state mandates that keep local property taxes high. I was hoping to hear more of a focus on these broad-based economic and fiscal priorities for our local communities, local economies, and local taxpayers. In particular, unfunded state mandates remain a heavy burden on counties and school districts. I co-sponsor legislation currently moving through the Senate to end the practice of unfunded state mandates. Specifically the legislation (S.2323/A.2922) would ban the enactment of any new state mandates that increase costs on local governments and school districts without providing state funding to localities to pay for delivering the required programs and services. New York State enacted the local property tax cap in 2011 with a promise from the governor to roll back the burden of unfunded state mandates on localities and school districts. It’s a promise that has not been honored. There remains

enormous work to do for local governments and local property taxpayers. However, we should at least put an end to any future unfunded state mandates. This legislation would ensure that first step. It proposes a commonsense action that says the state will no longer pass the buck to counties, cities, town, villages, or school districts. If the state mandates a program or a service that increases costs, the state pays for it. At the very least, this legislation serves to highlight the ongoing need for New York to provide mandate relief to local governments and school districts. If enacted, it would mark the beginning of a true transformation of the state-local partnership. The state has taken some important mandate relief actions over the past several years, including long-term pension reform and the takeover of the growth in local Medicaid costs, but it hasn’t been enough. The state cannot keep turning its back on this fact. Mandate relief has to be a priority. Localities and school districts facing tough fiscal challenges still have their hands tied by too many unfunded state mandates. The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) strongly supports the legislation. In a memorandum of support, NYSAC states, “It is true that the permanent hard cap on local Medicaid contributions and reforms to the State and Local Pension System have saved county taxpayers from the consistent growth of both of these programs, but more needs to be done. Local taxpayers need greater protection from future state cost shifts and the creation of new mandates. Enactment of this ‘no new unfunded mandates’ legislation will improve accountability to all New York property taxpayers, as it will require those setting statewide public policy initiatives to finance the cost of these initiatives, instead of shifting the cost to local governments and taxpayers.” I agree. It would approve accountability – and affordability – and it is long overdue.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Tom Reed is not my representative To the editor: Congressman Tom Reed represents the President more than he represents the people of NY’s 23rd District.   Reed’s Twitter feed during the State of the Union address simply celebrated the President.  There was no mention of climate change.  There is practically 100% unanimity among climate scientists, world leaders, and the Pentagon that global warming is one of the greatest threats to humanity.  Instead, Trump celebrates “beautiful, clean coal.”   With no comment from Tom Reed, this makes his membership in the Citizens Climate Lobby a joke. The President wants to rebuild our nuclear arsenals in order to prepare for a war that must never be waged.   He even said “Perhaps someday in the future, there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, we are not there yet.” Magic has nothing to do with the reduction of nuclear weapons!   If our President and Tom Reed truly want to eliminate nuclear weapons, it will not happen by building more nuclear weapons.  There are simply no winners in a nuclear war. Finally, Trump touts the recently passed tax plan as a victory for working families and Tom Reed agrees.  However, every non-partisan evaluation describes it as a gift to the wealthy.   Trump and Reed have not convinced those who know the numbers.

We need a Representative to the 23rd District and not an accomplice who can only offer praise to the President’s destructive agenda. Gary A. McCaslin Corning

Save Keuka Marsh: An open letter to NYSDEC

To the editor, Regarding the application for a proposed pier, bridge, boardwalk and wetlands trails at the head of Keuka Lake in Hammondsport submitted by the town of Urbana. I urge you to deny this application. Please do not permit the town of Urbana to destroy or deface the Marshland on the Keuka lakefront southeast of Cold Brook. Connecting Champlin Beach to Curtiss Park will destroy the natural beauty of the area and trails and watchtowers within the Marsh will do untold damage to the wildlife habitat. This is an ill-conceived poorly planned project that will damage the natural beauty of the lakefront, rob future generations of the enjoyment of a preserved marshland, and place a long-term burden on Urbana taxpayers. When I initially learned of this project, my first response was the DEC will never approve of disturbing the Marshland. I hope that my perception of the agency to preserve and protect the environment is correct and this application will be denied.

Honor the players

To the Editor: I love Bill Collmer’s coverage of local sports. I loved his latest (0128-18) on the Barkley Showcase – the high school basketball teams from Steuben and Allegany Counties pitted against each other. Mr. Collmer’s writing is not only accurate, it is never negative. His journalistic expertise builds up both the winning and losing teams. He incorporates the positive quotes and leaves out the whiners. As basketball fans we are lucky enough to travel both counties to see outstanding players, and of course, we were at the Barkley Showcase, with its pricey entrance fee. I picked up the printed program and saw that the Barkley Showcase is associated with several worthwhile agencies, but nowhere could I find a list of the students who received the scholarships! Living on a pension, I keep close track of how my charitable donations are used. I could find no such accounting for the Barkley Showcase. How much of the money actually goes toward the scholarships (11 at $500, with no student or school named); and how much toward administrative costs, publicity, rental etc.? I’ll pay to watch high school basketball, and I’ll gladly contribute toward scholarships, but please publicize and honor these kids who give us spectators so much inspiration and joy.

Clark Wambold Hammondsport

Judith Archer Prattsburgh

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Jump squat will get your heart pumping


Immunizations clinic The Steuben County Public Health will offer immunizations for children in need: • From 1-3 p.m. Feb. 14 at Steuben County Public Health, County Office Building – G1 off D.S.S. lobby, Bath. • From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Steuben County Public Health, County Office Building – G1 off D.S.S. lobby, Bath.

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Sometimes you just want to “jump” into your workout. The quicker you get moving, the more you tone and burn. Right? It is always great to combine a strength training exercise, such as a squat, with heart pumping cardio moves, such as hopping. That’s where today’s move comes into play. The exercise is an in and out hop squat. The squat will be working your whole lower body, glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves. And the hopping motion will increase  your heart rate and double as a cardio move. Begin this move by standing tall, feet just outside your hip width, core engaged and arms tucked at your chest. Start by hopping your feet out to a wider stance and quickly lowering into a squat position. Once you reach your lowest point, return upward, adding that hop back to your starting stance. Immediately lower into another squat on the closer stance, then rise up again, hopping back to the outside. The idea is to move swiftly,squatting in both stances, and using the hop motion for the out and in movement. Shoot for at least 10 repetitions, for at least three sets. This move can be intensified by adding a hand weight and holding it to your chest. If the hopping motion is too much for you, simplify it

All clinics are by appointment only. All vaccines are available at the Public Health clinics for children who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover the cost of vaccines. An administration fee will be charged for children less than 19 years old based on a sliding fee scale ($5-$25/person) Medicaid is also accepted. Most adult vaccines are also available at cost. Medicaid is also accepted for adults. Call the Steuben County Public Health office at 664-2438 or 800-7240471 to schedule an appointment or for further information.


to a quick step out instead of a hop. This exercise can be performed alone or added into a lower body routine.

It’s great for the heart and the booty; what’s not to love about that!

LOCAL HEALTH NEWS IN BRIEF Blood drives The American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives. Please call 800-REDCROSS to schedule an appointment. • From 11:30 a.m.-

4:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Bath VAMC, Building 92, 76 Veteran Ave., Bath. • From 11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at American Legion Post 173, 14 W. William St., Bath.


Free class

Attention readers:

Free Meditation Class and mantra chanting for healing at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 41 Lake St. Apt 207, Hammondsport. Call 814-777-3709 and ask for Del.

If you would like to include a news item in the Health Calendar, please email news@steuben Thank you.

HIV clinic The Steuben County Public Health sponsors free and confidential HIV testing clinics, by appointment only as follows: • From 9-10:30 a.m.

Feb. 20 at Steuben County Public Health, County Office Building – G1 off D.S.S. lobby, Bath.

These clinic services are available to all residents of Steuben County for HIV counseling and testing. Residents seeking testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, which include Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Syphilis, can call for a referral. For an appointment or information, call the Steuben County Public Health at the Bath office at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471.

Transportation assistance

If you are a senior citizen without transportation to necessary, non-emergency appointments, please call 2-1-1 HELPLINE by dialing 2-1-1 or 800346-2211 and ask for Steuben Coordinated Transportation. Donations are accepted but there is not a fee for any services given. Residents of any age interested in becoming a volunteer driver and a vital part of our community are also invited to call for more information. (Mileage reimbursement is available to volunteer drivers.)

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Continued from 1A provide mutual aid to Cameron volunteers from Bath, Addison, Hammondsport and Kanona. The firefight was complicated by quickly spreading fires, smoke conditions and temperatures in

the teens on Friday. There were no reported injuries to firefighters, and the residents were not home at the time of the blaze. According to firefighters on the scene, the home is a total loss, leaving just the home’s front steps and some elements of the wood frame

structure in its wake. Steuben Rural Electric was also called to the scene as well as the Steuben County Fire Investigation Team. It was suspected that a heating stove had caused the fire. Supporting units were back in service at 6:24 p.m.

mula doesn’t work for New York Farmers — We got nothing.” The insurance premiums cut into profits of dairy farmers to the tune of $10,000 to $20,000 each year, and may result in bankruptcies in the coming year. “They’re paying these high premiums, and the insurance program often doesn’t pay out a dime,” Gillibrand said. Bolstering her argument, Gillibrand pointed out that only several thousand dollars in claims were paid in 2015, and less than

$1 million was paid out in 2016, while more than $100 million sits dormant in a treasury fund. The senator ascribed a sense of urgency to the legislation, citing dire consequences. “It’s a national security priority ... I don’t ever want to have to import my milk from China,” she said. Additionally, New York’s dairy farmers face increased trade difficulties with Canada, which has implemented protectionist measures cutting into market share.

DAIRY Continued from 3A sink some family farms, commented Gillibrand, calling the program formula implemented in 2015 a “raw deal,” and dubious one-sizefits-all law. “Milk prices are now much lower than what it costs farmers to produce that milk,” she said. “It didn’t take into account the different costs in each state. We often grow corn and feed for our cows, and other states do not, so the for-



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should make a great difference to local emergency response teams,” O’Mara said. “Emergency preparedness, response and recovery are fundamental government responsibilities.” To date, the state has awarded $275 million for interoperable radio communications and emergency dispatching services, O’Mara said. Participation in the programs have more than doubled since 2010. O’Mara said that the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District are receiving the following awards through the Interoperable Communications Grant and Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant programs: — Steuben County, $804,996, (Interoperable) and $195,340, (Public Safety) — Chemung County, $543,685 (Interoperable) and $197,248, (Public Safety — Schuyler County, $381,179, (Interoperable) and $193,631, (Public Safety) — Yates County, $350,954, (Interoperable) and $188,139, (Public Safety) — Tompkins County, $704,018, (Interoperable) and $148,478, (Public Safety).


DRUG Continued from 1A with an important exception. More youth had been involved in binge drinking behaviors (consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in a sitting). All grade levels outpaced national figures taken in 2016. Locally, the use of e-cigarettes also outpaced national figures, with 20.3 percent of 12th graders having used them. Another notation in the report was the perceived normalization of alcohol and marijuana use among survey takers. “Alcohol is clearly still the number one drug of choice with kids, and binge drinking is a big problem, especially among seniors in our county,” McCumiskey said. Some 32.5 percent of seniors had used alcohol in the 30 day period prior to the October study. Students riding in cars with people who had been drinking was also noted as a concern.

Marijuana followed, with 20.5 percent of 12th graders having used in 2017. Adult perception studies increasingly show a tolerance by parents for use of the substances, according to McCumiskey. The use of energy drinks among younger children  was also highlighted as  something for schools to be aware of. “It’s not so good for kids to be consuming them, especially if they have some health issues, and the data says there’s a huge number of kids drinking them,” he said. In 8th grade, 15.5 percent of students consumed energy drinks, while 18.6 percent of seniors had. According to the data, use of opiates among students was down, with less than 1 percent having tried them across grade levels in 2017 — a positive statistic given a recent boom in adult use. School principles, guidance counselors, social workers and other staff will create customized

prevention plans around the data. Several public forums are also being tentatively planned across Steuben County. According to McCumiskey, the best way to head off a problem is for parents to remain vigilant and seek help for their children when necessary. “Parents should always look at their kid’s behaviors, and if they have concerns about their kids’ use, they should contact their counselor at school and we have three prevention agencies in our county,” he outlined. Several state funded programs provide resources for parents who need to intervene in their child’s substance abuse problems. To learn more about local prevention services, contact Steuben County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services by calling 607-3242483 in the Hornell area, 607-6642348 in Bath or 607-937-6201 in the Corning area.

close, some birders may approach the birds and flush them - cause them to fly. If done repeatedly during the winter months, the birds can lose energy reserves that can impact their ability to return to the tundra in the spring to breed and in some cases result in death. In addition, DEC has received complaints of people trespassing on private property or congregating unsafely on roads to observe winter raptors. The first practice is illegal and the second is dangerous. DEC encourages wildlife watchers to observe birds in a safe and legal manner:

• Do not enter private property without permission of the landowner; • Park cars well to the side of the road, completely out of travel lanes; and • Stay off the road while observing birds and pay attention to traffic, not the birds, when crossing roads. For more wildlife watching tips  on how people can observe wildlife in a legal, safe manner that does not harm or harass wildlife, visit DEC’s website.

DEC Continued from 2A these species,” says Jillian Liner, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon New York. “Put the birds first and give them space. Flushing a bird from where it was perched causes them to waste critical energy which can have detrimental consequences. If you are patient, you will get the look and photo you are hoping for.” Most birders, recognizing winter raptors’ critical needs, observe the birds from a distance. Unfortunately, in their enthusiasm to observe and photograph the birds up

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“When New Yorkers spend their hard-earned money, they expect the business is following the rules,” Schneiderman said. “My office will continue to hold accountable those who seek to steal from taxpayers to line their own pockets.” “By blatantly disregarding his tax obligations, this defendant violated the trust of his customers, deprived the communities where he operated of revenue needed for vital services, and put similar businesses at a competitive disadvantage,” said Manion. “We’ll continue to work with the attorney general and all our law enforcement partners to bring tax criminals to justice.” The Bath restaurant, formerly located at 330 W. Morris St., opened in September 2004 under the name Sonora’s Mexican Restaurant. An investigation and audit conducted by the Department of Taxation and Finance revealed that from Sept. 1, 2006 through Au. 1, 2011, the Bath restaurant failed to file sales tax returns and made over $1,850,000 in total sales and collected over $140,000 in sales tax that was not remitted to the state. The Corning restaurant, formerly located at 84 E. Market St., opened in February 2010 under the name CKP Holdings, LLC. The state tax audit revealed that from Dec. 1, 2009 through Nov. 30, 2011, no sales tax returns were filed for the Corning restaurant during which it made over $480,000 in total sales and collected over $38,000 in sales tax that was not remitted to New York state. In November 2011, one year after state tax officials began their investigation, Klee submitted seven sales tax returns and remitted approximately $35,000 in collected sales tax to New York state covering the period from Dec. 1, 2009 through Aug. 31, 2011. However, Klee failed to file a sales tax return for the last quarter ending Nov. 30, 2011, and still owed over $3,500 in collected sales tax for that quarter alone. Pursuant to his plea, Klee paid $225,000 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for the unpaid sales tax, related penalties, and interest. Klee will be sentenced to a period of supervised release on March 26, 2018 and will pay the remaining $129,380.40 to the Department of Taxation and Finance as a condition of his sentence.


Michael William Clancy BATH - Born Nov 1, 1957 in Hornell to Daniel Clancy and Barbara (Gesner) Towner. He unexpectedly left us on Wednesday (Jan. 31, 2018) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mike was a graduate of Arkport Central School, Class of 1975 and a gradu-

ate of Alfred University, Class of 1979 with a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering. He retired this past December from the Bath VA. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Arkport Post 1248. He was an avid sports fan, with a keen interest in high school sports. He was always proud to say that he had the opportunity to try out as a pitcher for the Pittsburg Pirates baseball club. Basketball was one of his favorite sports, which he didn’t just participate in but later went on to referee and coach. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and spending time at his land and cabin. Mike was predeceased by his wife Karen (Griffin) Clancy. He left behind two

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daughters Kristen Clancy of Canisteo and Megan Clancy of Fremont; two grandchildren Zoey and Zander DuBois; one sister Pat (Darrell) Gardner of Avoca; a niece Chayanne Miller of Prattsburgh; his companion Vanessa McCormick and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The Avoca Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael William Clancy. Calling hours were held from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 3, 2018) at the Avoca Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St. in Avoca. At Mike’s request there will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions can be made to Prattsburgh Soccer League and Prattsburgh Ju-

nior League: POC Brian Putnam. Online condolences or remembrances of Mike are welcomed at www.bishop andjohnsonfuneral

Dr. Phyllis A. Kephart PRATTSBURGH, NY.; Dr. Phyllis A. Kephart, 76, passed away on Monday February 5, 2018 at her home. She was born on August 1, 1941 in St. Louis Missouri the daughter of the late Milton Wilbur Swan and Mary Alberta Rambo Swan. She attended Boston University Medical School. She worked at the VA

Medical Centers in Boston and Bath for many years. She worked and retired from the Tri County Emergency Medical Center. She was a member of the Area University Women’s, and member of the Episcopal Church in Hammondsport. She married Henry Woll in Boston on May 10, 1986. She loved to travel. She ran the Wine Glass Marathon at age 60 and climbed Kilimanjaro at age 70. She was predeceased by her parents, sister Carolyn, and grandson Robert Kephart. She is survived by her husband Henry Woll, children James Matthew (Lori) Kephart of Mass., Susannah Lynn (Charles Priest)

Kephart, Mary Katherine Moore, Elizabeth Kephart and Ryah Woll, grandchildren Magellan, Anthony, Jessica, Zachary, Alexander, Christian, Kira, Ethan and Maxwell, and 2 great grandchildren. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from Noon to 1:00pm February 10, 2017 at the Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath where her Memorial Service will follow the calling hours at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 413 South Main Street Athens, PA 18810 or in Phyllis’ memory.



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Volunteer opportunities

• W e l l n e s s G.I.F.T.S. – Help provide unique camping retreats for families of children, of any age, with special needs. Volunteers are needed year-round to assist in office management and promotion of their summer camping sessions. Duties would include filing, form letter preparation and mailing, etc. Flexible hours. • P r o A c t i o n Home Delivered Meals – Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals to individuals age 60+ in their homes. You can pick your schedule- one to five days per week. Mileage reimbursement available. • Steuben County RSVP – is seeking qualified individuals passionate about helping older adults in Steuben County remain healthy and active in a variety of ways. Specifically, RSVP is looking for individuals with experience with Tai Chi, teaching exercise classes, or physical therapy and other related fields to be trained as volunteer Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors. Expenses related to the training will be provided by Steuben County RSVP, and a certification workshop is scheduled for April, 2018. For more information, please contact Christine Towner at 607664-2298 ext. 2392 or ctowner@co.steuben. • Institute for Human Services – Volunteer receptionists are needed for the tax

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season from January to April 2018 to schedule appointments and to answer phones. Flexible schedule. • Compeer – Volunteers are needed to aid in enhancing a Compeer friend’s quality of life by providing support to an individual suffering from a diagnosed mental illness. The volunteer is carefully matched with an appropriate friend in need of support. Compeer’s goal is to compliment professional care by providing a meaningful friendship and role model that can enhance the Compeer friend’s opportunity to attain an improved sense of security, belonging, self-esteem, and interpersonal trust through communication and social skills. • Rockwell Museum – Volunteer assistants are needed with their School Tour Groups. These guided, curriculum-based tours help foster an appreciation for art in children, and are perfect for a volunteer looking for a flexible opportunity that leaves your summers free. Please call Steuben County RSVP at 607664-2298 or email m a r yd @ c o. s t e u b e n . for information.


• The Sole Member and the Board of Directors of the Steuben Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation will be conducting its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. Mach 14 in the Legislative Committee Conference Room, Steuben County Office Building, 3 E. Pulteney Square, Bath. • Village of Bath Housing Authority Board meetings will be held at 3 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month (except where a holiday occurs, then it is the week before). Meeting dates: Feb. 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28.

• Dementia Support Group for Caregivers, Bath, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., second Monday of each month, Steuben Center for Rehabilitation & Health Care, 7009 Rumsey Street, Bath. • Hammondsport Central School Board of Education regular meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the high school library. • “Celebrate Recovery” is free program, built to see lives changed through the power of God. Meetings are Friday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Bethel Assembly of God, 310 W. Washington St., Bath. Participants may attend any meeting. Call 776-6264 for more information.


• Local writer Lee Marcus will appear at the Hornell Public Library Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. for a reading and book signing of her work, “Hearts Afire: The Story of Moonwhistle School”. Marcus is a local writer born and raised in Arkport. • The Hornell Public Library presents an evening with Walt Franklin, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15. Franklin will read excerpts form his new book “Streamwalkers Journey: Fly Fishing the Triple Divide.” The area is the watershed divide encompassing North Central Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. Franklin will be available for book signing. The presentation will take place on the first floor of the library. Admission is free. • Vegetarian buffet luncheon free to the community every third Saturday of the month at 12:15 p.m., held at the Corning Seventh-day Adventist Church at 121 Fuller Avenue, side entrance. Call 962-7994 for information.





MORNING MINUTES Word of the Week narthex [nahr-theks] (noun) an enclosed passage between the main entrance and the nave of a church. –

Trivia Which cartoon hero had a Launchpad? A. Pith Possum B. Harvey Birdman C. Duckman D. Darkwing Duck (Answer at bottom of column)




Number to know 15: When pitched, the average MLB baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.

This day in history Feb. 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years.

Today’s featured birthday TV actress Jennifer Aniston (49)

Weekly quote “Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes

Trivia answer D. Darkwing Duck

LIBRARY HAPPENINGS Cohocton Public Library

8 Maple Ave, Cohocton, (585) 384-5170 Winter Reading Challenge Through Feb. 28 Challenge yourself and your kids to read this winter! Track your pages read on a reading link and build your own paper chain around the library. Each link earns a chance to win a grand prize! Register at the desk, all ages are welcome! Story Time Session: Around the World Thursdays 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4-Feb. 22 This unit we will take a trip around the world! Enjoy songs, books, and crafts from countries big and small. Storytime is a fun, interactive, and educational program for children and their caregivers. Wiggle and Bop Wednesday 11 a.m. Do your kiddos need to get out some energy? Open to all children up to school age. We will sing, dance, and play our wiggles away! Sewing Classes Tuesdays, 3 p.m. Would you like to learn how to sew your own clothes or quilts? Join us for our all ages sewing classes with Nancy Freelove. Start with a small project and continue based on attendees picks! Materials and machines will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Game On! Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Come out for a day of board game fun. From Battleship to Banana Grams, try out our games during break and then compete for prizes on Saturday. Book Club Feb. 28, 12 p.m. Come join us for a friendly discussion of this month’s selection. Copies are available. Teens and adults are welcome. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments. Bone Builders Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. Bone Builders is a free hour long exercise and education program for those 55 and older. It is designed to reduce or halt the risk of osteoporosis in both women and men. Participants of all abilities can benefit from this program. • Submitted

Conclusion to the ‘Maze Runner’ trilogy runs out of steam

By Ed Symkus More Content Now

If you haven’t already seen the first two entries of the “Maze Runner” series, there’s not much reason to see this one. Due to so much plotting that has come before, that’s directly dealt with in part three, you won’t know what the heck is going on. If you have seen the first two, and liked what you saw (a lot of people did like them; combined box office returns were $650 million), you’ll be happy to know that with the same director and screenwriter again aboard, “The Death Cure” provides more of the same. My thoughts? “The Maze Runner” was awful, a bargain basement borrowing of other, better teen dystopian stories (remember “The Hunger Games?”), littered with clichés and not very well paced. “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” continued the same formula but amped up the division of bad guys against good guys. Translated, that would be adults

against teens. There were also lots more clichés that tended to make me forget about the tepid and confusing storyline. So, I approached the new film with some trepidation, knowing only that it was longer than the previous two. Picking up the story six months after the end of “Scorch Trials,” this sticks with the tribulations of a bunch of teens whose memories have been erased, and who have survived the zombie plague that’s spread around the world because they have immunity locked up in their genes. It’s them against some sinister scientists who are searching for a cure to the plague, at any cost, including the lives of these survivors, whose blood may hold the clue. To say this one is the best of the three isn’t really saying all that much. But there’s no lack of wild action (and accompanying loud music), and a couple of the vehicular stunts are worthy of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. The teens, headed up by Thomas (Dylan

O’Brien), who had his heart broken by the traitorous Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) earlier on — though she doesn’t consider herself a traitor — have gotten out of one predicament, landed in another, gotten into yet another and, I think (but I’m not sure, because I lost track) that there are a couple more desperate situations that are always fixed by ridiculous solutions. Apparently, there’s only one city left on the planet, since the plague wreaked havoc everywhere else, and our heroes on the run make their way there to rescue one of their own, who was taken prisoner by sinister scientists for experimentation purposes. The character of head scientist Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) is never fully defined, but her right-hand man — feel free to call him her henchman — Mr. Janson (Aiden Gillen) is a fullblown villain. Everything is OK inside the walled city for the time being, but outside, the plague is spreading, turning

victims into snarling, screaming, slobbering zombies — the kind that run rather than stagger around. And there are now signs of it inside the walls. The script loads itself up with rambling conversations, bureaucratic hassles between scientists and board members, long wordless stretches of people walking and scampering, and more tight spots and resulting rescues. Things, as they must in a cliché-ridden movie, go wrong in the lab; big, impressive explosions are set off; tall buildings crumble to the ground; and the relatively small cast suffers a relatively high body count, yet our heroes, and even our villains, are always pretty well kempt, their hair clean and just about perfect. The ending (Warning: It’s different from the ending in the books) symbolizes some hope for the future, but it just goes on too long, kind of like the running times of all of these movies.


(607) 583-4426 Mary Helen Joint Meeting House (corner of Main St. and McCoy St.) Register for events: email, call, or at the Library. Feb. 15, 4-6 p.m., Play Minecraft at the Library. We will have computers set up with a closed Minecraft world for players to explore and interact. Open to all ages. There will be snacks and drinks available. Registration is required. Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., Bingo Night. Join us for a fun night of playing Bingo for all ages. There will be prizes and snacks. Due to limited seating registration is required. Feb. 24, 5-7 p.m., Murder Mystery Dinner Night. The Savona Free Library will be hosting a Murder Mystery game and dinner, in the Mary Helen Joint Meeting House. Each participant will get to play characters from a Murder Mystery game and try to figure out which of their fellow dinner guests is

the murderer. The night is for adults and young adults. Come and have a dinner and some fun figuring out who did what. Registration is requested (limited number of participants). Feb. 27, 12-3 p.m., Savona Free Library Board Meeting at the Mary Helen Joint Meeting House. The library board will meet as a regularly scheduled meeting. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call (607)5834426.  Library Board Meetings are regularly held on the fourth Tuesday of the month except for the months of August and December. Feb. 27, 4-5 p.m., Teen Advisory Committee Meeting. Teens who would like to help plan events, recommend items for the library, and volunteer to help the library are welcome to become part of the Teen Advisory Committee. Come join the fun and have a voice in the library. The meeting is held in the Mary Helen Joint Meeting House. Call (607) 583-4426 for more information. Feb.


Continued from 1A “We are dedicated to remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and creating a place of reflection for their surviving family and friends,” Allard said. Donors will be able to purchase personalized pavers to be placed around a raised pedestal formed by the shape of Allegany, Che-




Friends of the Savona Free Library. The Savona Free Library is looking for anyone wanting to be a friend of the library. Come to our meeting and help us plan fundraisers, events, and other ways to help the library become a center for all in our community to come to. The meeting will be held in the Mary Helen Joint Meeting House.

Cohocton Public Library

8 Maple Ave, Cohocton, (585) 384-5170 Community Creation Station Check out the new and improved makers’ space! The Community Creation Station is a creative space, with tools and materials provided for free by the library. No project is too big or too small. Work on your own hobbies or check out one of the awesome crafts offered throughout the month. All projects will be show cased with instruction on Monday nights from 5:30-7 p.m. and then offered as Do It Yourself (DIY) for the rest of the week. Feb. 26 Feather Ear-

mung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties. The pedestal will eventually support a life-size statue of a law officer answering the call to duty. Other plans include a “thin, blue line” waterfall, tentatively scheduled to be in place this spring. For the past three years, the Steuben Sheriff ’s Office has held a memorial service for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice as they

ringsSimple and trendy, these fun earrings are so easy to make!

Yoga Classes Yoga for EveryBody Feb. 6 and Chair Yoga Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that integrates yoga postures and meditation techniques for total mind and body wellbeing. Please join us for an all age’s introductory class or Chair Yoga, with certified Kundalini instructor Elisa Leone. Yoga mats are recommended, but a beach towel will work for this class! Check out Elisa’s webpage seren for more details!

Pushing the Limits Feb. 27, 6 p.m. Join us as we continue our science-oriented book discussion group. Our discussion centers on the many ways science affects our everyday lives and world. Copies of this month’s selection will be available through the Library. Food and drink will be served. • Submitted

strove to serve and protect others. The official groundbreaking at the Memorial Park was May 21, 2016, through the generous donations of the citizens of the seven counties and area businesses. The targeted date of completion is May of 2018, for the final dedication ceremony. For more information, call 607622-3930 or email Terri Moir at

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OUTDOORS WHAT’S UP at MOSSY BANK PARK February 11, 2018 – Walking in Mossy Bank Park this winter has provided a bit more variation than some years, because we have enjoyed a range of climatic conditions. This is quite a contrast to those years when snow falls in November and we do not see the ground again until April. This winter we have experienced sub-zero days, moderately snowy spells, and repeated thaws with air temperatures in the upper 40’s F. Perhaps with global warming this will become the norm. You might think exploring the snow-covered park would be rather monotonous, but roaming the trails during the latest thaw presented a bleak picture as well. Shades of brown dominate: umber tree trunks, mocha limbs, a few russet twigs, and tawny leaf litter. Here and there a dark-green patch of old moss lies atop brown soil, but little else for a color-hungry eye. Then suddenly, along the access road, in about ten feet, a flash of orange and scarlet. I knew the plant immediately, but had never before noticed it in Mossy Bank Park. Growing there for all to see was American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens). As indicated by the name, American Bittersweet is a native North American plant. There is also an Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) which is an invasive species that was introduced as an ornamental for erosion control in the 1860’s. The two Bittersweets may hybridize making differentiating the two vines challenging. Both are woody vines, technically deciduous lianas, because they drop leaves in the fall and twine up around other plants. The American Bittersweet vines have the potential to grow over thirty feet long and achieve a diameter of more than an inch. The Oriental Bittersweet can grow to twice that size. Both Bittersweets can wrap around native trees, girdling the trunk of the supporting tree, or entwine and overtop the tree crown, weighing down the crown enough to cause damage to the tree. Because it is larger, the invasive Oriental Bittersweet can harm fully mature trees. In more open areas, Oriental Bittersweet may spread widely over the ground; and it tolerates drier sites. The American Bittersweet strongly prefers rich woodlands. The leaves of Bittersweets are variable, but the American vine has more elliptical, pointed, finely serrated leaves that open in spring like a scroll from curled margins. Oriental Bittersweet has more rounded leaves, bluntly toothed,

D. Randy Weidner and unfold in spring like opening a book. Both Bittersweets flower in May to June with small greenish blossoms. The anthers and pollen of the American Bittersweet are yellow, while in the alien they are white. The best way to separate the two is by their floral arrangement: in terminal clusters (groups on the end of a stem) for American Bittersweet, and in axillary clusters (groups along the stem between leaves) for the Oriental. Typical vines produce hundreds of flowers. Over the course of the late summer and fall, the flowers, pollinated by bees or wind, produce berry-like arils (fruits consisting of seeds surrounded by a fleshy pulp). The aril is the scarlet red structure that caught my eye. The orange was the threepetaled, split-open seed case of the American Bittersweet, different than the yellow seed case of the alien. The fruits of our native Bittersweet may have just one seed, the Oriental up to five or more, contributing to its rapid spread. These arils are eaten by a variety of native birds and some woodland animals, effectively spreading the plant to distant locations. The berries of both Bittersweets are poisonous to humans, but the roots and bark of native American Bittersweet was used medicinally by Native Americans. The leaves of both appear unpalatable to deer and other herbivores. The reason to differentiate these two vines is that Oriental Bittersweet can become a very destructive alien, strangulating trees and crowding out other native flora. Eradication of Oriental bittersweet is no easy task. It may be possible to pull out young plants, after first securing all the fruits so as not to leave any to germinate. The plant has a strong and spreading root system, and leaving any part behind could result in vegetative root regeneration. Strong herbicides will kill Oriental Bittersweet, but such chemical controls must be very directed so as to spare native plants. (To comment or ask questions about this article, go to mossybank and hit the What’s Up blog)



Woodcock signals return of spring By Oak Duke To most people the ubiquitous robin is the first sign of spring. But to others of us, maybe just as winter-weary, different birds signal the approach of warmer weather even before the snow is gone. Besides the robin, to many, the Canada goose could be considered as a common sign of spring like the robin. Goose flocks winter here in our state. But the sight of gaggles in their characteristic airborne form…”V’s” heading north accompanied by the ever present honking is a welcome sight and chorus to the increasing length of daylight. Some call these highflyers “migers.” They differentiate by delineating low-flying resident birds from truly migrating Canadian geese. Many call all Canada geese, “Canadian geese.” But here in the US, the only truly Canadian goose is a “miger.” As geese pass over our houses and woodlots in their noisy and gregarious patterns, a quaint little avian oddity of the woodlands, the woodcock, is coming back up north quite secretly. Most veteran observers…usually upland gunners… say that the woodcock, or as he is often given the affectionate appellate “timber doddle,” has his own very peculiar sound in flight. The gobbler gobbles, the grouse drums, but what call does a doddle do? The telltale twitter of a flushed woodcock is its rapid, staccato chatter. There is an age-old dispute to the actual genesis of Scolopax’s twitter. Is the characteristic woodcock chatter generated by his beak, or as others believe, that the timber doodle’s unique sound is generated from specialized flight feathers. And going along with this unorthodox theme, the bird appears shortchanged in the legs department. And what he lacks in his legs was overcompensated for in his beak,


Winter visitor at an old deer carcass, a Roughlegged hawk, probably from Canada. Roughlegged hawks winter ‘down south’ in New York state, here as a wintertime visitor. almost the length of its body, designed to test the soft earth for grubs, worms, and burrowing insects. And where Scolopax minor has seemed to be short-changed in the drumstick department, and over-compensated with his beak, he also has an amazing courtship flight. A bogsucker’s defenses are not dependent upon land speed, but in his subtle camouflage and an explosive, erratic quality of his flight. A woodcock’s airborne escapades have caused many of the quickest wingshots to shake their head at the zigzag escape maneuvers and another spent shell. The woodcock has a comedic gate on dry land and look like a drunk staggering down a store’s aisle, stumbling through old wild raspberry canes. Springtime is when it’s best to observe the “doodle”. That’s when Scolopax’s courtship flights are quite easily observed. Spring is the time of the year when it seems as if all the other males of the other “normal” bird species are singing with their most melodious voices, fighting off rivals with beak, spur, and wing slap, protecting their territories and strutting their plumage. And if one thinks that the woodcock was short-changed in the leg department, a more unimaginative and me-

chanical sound could barely be imagined. The woodcock has been given only a nasal “pheeet” for his entire vocal repertoire. When calling at dusk, the male’s “pheeets” start out sporadically. But as darkness comes on, the pheet’s frequency increases. Woodcock winter in the southern part of the southern states but as soon as the ground begins to thaw, and the days get longer, timber doodles begin the northerly trip. Males are the first to arrive here where they choose their “singing grounds”, often on the edge of a field near a wetland and patches of snow are still on the ground. Timber doodles arrive en masse in flights, a rare springtime sight indeed. Flights also occur in the fall when woodcock are migrating south. During courtship, the frequency of the male’s calls increase until, seemingly unable to express themselves any longer in song, they are catapulted by some internal force, exploding up in a twittering, widening spiraled flight, up, toward the brightening evening stars. They fly higher and higher until they are out of sight or almost so. Sometimes coming in and out of sight. But then, after a few moments, once they have at-

tainted the peak of their flight, they dive in almost a free-fall back to earth, twittering. Once in a while, we can hear their dive and its telltale loud hum, reminiscent of an Australian bullroarer. Some part of this spectacle attracts the girls. Males dive, pitching straight to earth, and then pull up defying exponential G-forces only to alight in virtually the same spot they took off from. And then they repeat their plaintiff, weird little song with its crescendo and spectacular flight, over and over again. Peculiar as this mating ritual seems, it must work, because there are woodcock all over the world. They prefer brushy areas near old fields and are almost never found in mature woodlots, with the exception of near spring seeps where a few sparse berry canes created enough cover. But as old farmland grows up from brushy woodlot to maturing hardwoods the woodcock seeks young cover to probe for bugs. Woodcock seem to favor the earliest succession of the forest. Soon, there will be a woodcock “singing” somewhere nearby with its “pheet,” greeting us when we come out of the woods on a quiet evening, a sure sign of spring.


ROUNDUP Prattsburgh 61, Campbell-Savona 20 PRATTSBURGH – No. 1 seeded Prattsburgh got offensive in its 61-20 win over No. 8 seeded Campbell-Savona in the first round of the Steuben County Tournament on Tuesday. The Vikings led 33-7 at halftime and never looked back. ‘Solid defense & balanced scoring were key in tonight’s win,’ Prattsburgh head coach Jeff Gilbert said. Lauren Robbins had 18 points, six rebounds and six steals to lead the Vikings and Hannah Hopkins added 14 points. Hailey Soporowski had six points for the Panthers and Kayla Barron added five points.

Rams get past Mustangs

BATH — Bath used a strong second half to take down Dansville 53-36 on Monday in a Livingston County Athletic Association Matchup. Leading 22-20 at the break, the Rams came out with a strong third quarter outscoring the Mustangs 18-3. “Jourdan (Machuga) getting hot in the third quarter with three 3-pointers was huge,” Bath head coach Randy Abrams said. Jadyn Abrams led the Rams with 15 points, Machuga added 13 points and Mackenna Taggart chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. “I was pretty happy with the girl’s performance tonight,”Abrams said.“Our offensive spread scoring wise was great with three in double figures.” Jackie Blechinger had nine points and Baylie Harnish added eight points for Dansville.

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Haverling Alpine Ski Team finishes season in daylight Submitted On Saturday, Feb. 3, the BathHaverling Varsity Alpine Ski Team competed in a Slalom race beginning midway down the trail of Wheels Run at Swain Ski Resort. Each skier had two runs and their times are combined to determine their place in the race. Arkport-Canaseraga hosted this morning race. For the Girls Varsity, Senior Kayleigh Stonier finished in 14th place with a combined time of 1:45.69 seconds. Junior Madison Shuart finished 20th place with a combined time of 2:01.92 seconds. Senior Michelle Parsels, who just returned from injury, finished in 21st place with a combined time of 2:11.62 seconds. Junior Arlene Yahn finished in 28th place with a single time of 1:10.04 seconds. The Girls Team finished in 4th place within the Southern Tier Race League (STRL). For the Boys Varsity, Senior Noah Hill finished in 11th place with a combined time of 1:33.31 seconds. Junior Connor Bell finished 23rd place with a combined

time of 1:49.35 seconds. Junior Jason Burg finished in 24th place with a combined time of 1:52.20 seconds. Sophomore Teddie Robbins finished in 38th place with a single time of 1:02.65 seconds. Robbins did not finish his second run. The Boys Team finished in 6th place within the STRL. For the afternoon, there was a Giant Slalom race beginning at the top of Wheels Run at Swain Ski Resort. Each skier had one run to determine their place in the race. The STRL was the host for the final regular season race at Swain that same afternoon. For the Girls Varsity, Senior Kayleigh Stonier finished in 20th place with a single time of 52.18 seconds. Junior Madison Shuart finished in 21st place with a single time of 54.60 seconds. Senior Michelle Parsels finished in 24th place with a single time of 1:04.71 seconds. Junior Arlene Yahn finished in 24th place with a single time of 1:05.82 seconds. For the Boys Varsity, Senior Noah Hill finished in 6th place with a single time of 44.01 seconds. Junior Connor Bell finished

in 27th place with a single time of 51.49 seconds. Junior Jason Burg finished right behind Bell in 28th place with a single time of 51.95 seconds. Sophomore Teddie Robbins finished in 30th place with a combined time of 1:49.34 seconds. “Saturday was sunny, making it a great day for ski racing. Our first two weekend races in January had to be rescheduled because of the weather. All of our races were held at night during the week. There is a different vibe with a day race, and everyone was more upbeat. It was a nice way to end the regular season, especially for the seniors. It was an emotional day,” said Coach Wolfe. Senior Noah Hill finished 8th overall among all of the Boys Varsity earning him a “Top 10” STRL sweatshirt. Senior Kayleigh Stonier finished 14th overall for the Girls Varsity. The Ski Team isn’t finished just yet. Sectionals will be held at Bristol Mountain, with Boys Varsity held on Feb. 13, and Girls Varsity on Feb. 14. Wish them luck!

ROUNDUP Hammondsport vs. Jasper-Troupsburgh

County game #1, the Hammondsport Lakers upset the Jasper-Troupsburgh Wildcats 49-39. The Lakers stepped away from the 1st quarter with a 11-2 lead. The Wildcats outscored the Lakers in the 2nd quarter. Then Hammondsport rallied back in the fourth to secure the win. Parker Watson had 16 points with 11 rebounds. Brayden Whitcomb added 11 points and 8 rebounds while Luke Atkinson netted 10 points and 8 rebounds. JT’s high scorer was Connor VanGorden with 14 points.


Hammondsport 66, Arkport-Caneseraga 22 HAMMONDSPORT - The Hammondsport Lakers came away with a win against Arkport-Canaseraga 66-22. The Lakers stayedtwo steps ahead of Arkport-Canaseraga every quarter to secure the win. Brayden Whitcomb ended the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Parker Watson scored 13 points and eight rebounds and by the end, the whole team contributed points. Noah Sleight netted a high eight points for Arkport-Canaseraga.

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Team Standings 1. Kingpins 2. 3 Generations 3. Pump Doctors 4. PJ Farms 5. Three Slingers 6. Helm Construction 7. Strikes R Us High Game (Men) (Individual) Eric Ratchford 235 Doug Palmer 210 Carl Wilson 205 Todd Eaton 199

High Series (Men) (Individual) Doug Palmer 591 Carl Wilson 561 Eric Ratchford 546 Blake Shoemaker 531 High Game (Women) (Individual) Lisa Partridge-Johns 159 Stacy Borden 158 Jill Sullivan 107

Kolton Hadsell 522 Ken Price 501 Women High Series Samantha Havens 472 Nadine Rusak 435 Guadalupe Wiser 420 Team High Game R L Trucking 825 Birnie Tansportation 824 JJDM 821

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Eric Cranmer, 220.17 Ray Krisher, 215.21 Mike Stephenson, 205.74 Kevin Rawleigh, 204.11 Dale Cranmer, 198.45

High Game - Individual Eric Cranmer, 256 Brad Burdick, 236 Cody Davis, 231 Dave Deal, 228 Mike Stephenson, 227 High Series Individual Dave Deal, 670 Eric Cranmer, 652 Mike Stephenson, 647 Brad Burdick, 632 Dale Cranmer, 607 High HDCP Game Individual Rudy Yastremski, 260 Brad Burdick, 259 Eric Cranmer, 256 Cody Davis, 249 Dave Deal, 247

High HDCP Series Individual Dave Deal, 727 Brad Burdick, 701 Adriane Cranmer, 691 Mike Stephenson, 683 Cody Davis, 660 High Game - Team Wooo!!!, 678 Wooo!!!, 604 Popeyes, 601 High Series - Team Wooo!!!, 1848 Popeyes, 1738 Wheat & Fitzpatrick, 1699 High HDCP Game Team Wooo!!!, 729 Popeyes, 659 WT-, 658 High HDCP Series Team Wooo!!!, 2001 WT-, 1919 Popeyes, 1912 • Submitted





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By Stephen Borgna

Convicted sex offender awaits sentencing

Steuben Courier

Evening Tribune

ELMIRA - The Sayre, Pa., woman who abandoned her baby daughter in a plastic bag behind an Elmira residence last year was sentenced in Chemung County Court last Friday, according to the Chemung County Court Clerk’s Office. Harriette M. Hoyt was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years of post-release probation. Hoyt pleaded guilty in December to charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, and abandonment of a child. In August, Hoyt placed her then-seven-month-old daughter in a plastic bag and left her behind a residence on the 600 block of Walnut Street in Elmira. Hoyt was 17 at the time. The child was left there for three days. Hoyt did not make any attempts to contact anyone regarding the child’s life and safety. Neighbors heard a suspicious noise nearly 72 hours later and discovered the abandoned child. They called 911 and began administering emergency aid. The child is currently in foster care and has recovered from her ordeal. Hoyt has been remanded to Chemung County Jail and is awaiting transport by the Department of Corrections to a state prison.

BATH — A Steuben County man faces up to 25 years in prison following a successful prosecution for felony sex offenses. Last Friday, Steuben County Court Judge Patrick F. McAllister returned a verdict convicting Mickey T. Heffner, Jr., 40, of a class-C violent felony and a class-B violent felony. The guilty verdicts came after a four-day bench trial during which the prosecution called 11 witnesses, including members of the New York State Police and the technicians from the New York State Police Lab in Albany. The defense counsel had five witnesses, including the defendant. Steuben County Assistant District Attorney David G. Wallace prosecuted the case and Attorney Travis J. Barry represented Heffner. Heffner was convicted of first-degree attempted rape, a class-C felony, alleging that he attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion. He was also convicted on a charge of first-degree criminal sex act, a class-B felony,

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Steuben Sheriff • Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Friday, Feb. 2, deputies arrested Jodie L. Pierce, age 37, of Bradford, with Driving While Intoxicated on SR 415 in the Town of Campbell. It is alleged that Pierce sped and failed to maintain her lane on SR 415 while operating in an intoxicated condition. Pierce was released on traffic summons to appear in Campbell Town Court Feb. 26. • Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard re-

alleging that he engaged in anal sexual conduct with another person by forcible compulsion. Assistant District Attorney Wallace was pleased with the verdicts, stating,  ‘’I am gratified by what occurred in court today especially in view of  the testimony of an individual who was not only the victim of these crimes, but had to endure testifying in the court proceeding. I applaud her courage and the steps taken to keep other potential victims safe. I know that the victim  will go forward and recover from these traumas.” Wallace also praised law enforcement thanking especially members of the New York State Police, Painted Post and members from the New York State Police Laboratory in Albany. Judge McAllister remanded the defendant to Steuben County Jail without bail after the verdict was read. Sentencing was scheduled for March 21. Heffner faces a determinate sentence in a New York State Correctional Facility of up to 25 years. He will also be subject to post-release supervision of between 5 and 20 years and will be subject to the Sex Offender Registration Act.

POLICE BLOTTER ports that on Saturday, Feb. 3, deputies arrested Michael S. Neff, age 58, of Water Street, Bath. Neff was charged with criminal sale of marijuana in the second degree, a class D felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana. It is alleged that Neff sold a quantity of marijuana to a person under the age of 18, while on Victory Highway in the Town of Erwin. • Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Sunday, Feb. 4, deputies arrested Diana L. Satterfield, age 50, of East Washington Street, Bath. It is alleged

that Satterfield operated a vehicle in an intoxicated state with a child as a passenger in the vehicle, while on State Route 54 in the Town of Urbana. Satterfield was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08% while having a child in the vehicle, endangering the welfare of a child, refusal to take a breath test and failure to dim headlights. Satterfield was issued summons and an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Urbana Court at a later date. •



Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Thursday, Feb. 1, deputies arrested Alicia K. Carl, age 26, of State Route 415 in the Town of Campbell. It is alleged that Carl was in violation of a duly served order of protection issued by Steuben County Family Court. Carl was charged with Criminal Contempt in the Second degree and arraigned in the Town of Erwin Court.

New York State Police • On Jan. 15, the New York State Police out of the Wayland barracks responded to a reported active methamphetamine lab at #4 Circle Dr., in the town of Wayland, which resulted in the arrest of a Wayland woman. Lori K. Schledorn, 42, of Circle Drive, was charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree, a class D felony, and one count of tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony. It is alleged that Schledorn

possessed materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, and destroyed physical evidence in an attempt to impede the recovery thereof by responding Troopers. Schledorn was arraigned before the town of Wayland Judge Thomas Recktenwald, and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Schledorn was scheduled to reappear in the town of Wayland Court on Feb. 5. The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team also responded to the scene and conducted remediation efforts. The investigation is continuing and further arrests are pending. • The SP Wayland Bureau of Criminal Investigation reports on Feb. 7, Troopers arrested James C. Batrowny, 39, of Fulton Street, Elmira, with bail jumping, 2nd degree. • An investigation by the New York State Police in Bath and the Steuben County Adult

Protective/Home Care Unit, has resulted in charges against Katherine LaBar-Bulson, 23, of County Route #6, Avoca. On Jan. 22, the New York State Police at Bath and the Steuben County Adult Protective Unit received a complaint of suspicious activity on the bank account of an elderly subject. Upon completion of the investigation, which consisted of examination of bank records and several interviews, it was determined that LaBar-Bulson, without authority or permission, allegedly cashed ten separate forged checks, between Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 30 throughout Steuben County. LaBarBulson was charged with ten counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, all class C felonies. LaBarBulson was arraigned in the Town of Avoca Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 property bond. She is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Avoca Court Feb. 14.

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