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  1. EFA Class Of '73 Reunion

    EFA CLASS of '73 is having their 45th reunion July 20 / 21 @ Tags in Big Flats. Classes of 71, 72 and 74 have been invited to attend. Cost is $ 25 / person / event. July 20th-mixer 7-11 pm July 21 - picnic style. For details see Facebook page: EFA Class of '73 Reunion (or) email kathyvsavage10@gmail.com.
  2. Three employees of the Chemung County Sewer District were recognized at the Town of Elmira Town Board Meeting on June 18th for their role in helping police recover evidence to make an arrest for child pornography in West Elmira. The three employees honored were: Steve Cardamone, Christopher Ripley and Eugene Shumway According to West Elmira Police Chief Peter Michalko, the three employees were instrumental in recovering two computer thumb drives which had been flushed down the toilet of a Lexington Ave home in West Elmira. The occupant of the residence, Howard Edward Brooks, was charged and convicted of multiple child pornography related charges and was sentenced to seven years in prison. The recovery of the flushed evidence had taken place on July 14, 2015 and unknown to the three county employees, the case was International and involved Investigations in the USA and abroad. The Sewer District employees constructed a plow out of duct tape and attached it to a robotic camera system used to inspect sewer lines. The robotic camera located and retrieved the two thumb drives which had been flushed down the toilet on the morning of July 14, 2015 when Federal SWAT teams approached the residence located on Lexington Ave. As a result of the recovery of the computer thumb drives and the images and videos contained on them the defendant was convicted of numerous child pornography related charges. The West Elmira Police Department would like to recognize and thank the three employees whom responded to the scene so quickly and were able to use ingenuity to help recover evidence that was advantagous in the conviction of Howard Edward Brooks.
  3. Elmira Man Charged With Sale Of Meth

    On June 20th, 2018, the Elmira Police Department arrested 35 year old Frank R. Williams of Elmira on a Superior Court Warrant for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, a Class D Felony. Police say this arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team involving the sale of methamphetamine in the City of Elmira.
  4. Plans were revealed for the Lake Street bridge rehabilitation program at a meeting held last night in Elmira. The $2.9 million project will rehabilitate the currently closed bridge and turn it into a bicycle/ pedestrian bridge which will connect the north and south sides of Elmira as well as Brand Park and the Lackawana Trail. The renovated bridge will be a gathering place for community events, concerts, and other public use. Upgrades for the rehabilitation project include: Seating Stage area Improved lighting Kids' Play Space and Equipment Shade canopy Additional green space and planting The project team, in conjunction with neighboring businesses, has narrowed the design down to one concept plan. The plan was conceived by Labella and Trowbridge Wolf Michaels agencies. If all goes to plan, construction of the new pedestrian bridge is slated to begin in 2020.
  5. The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, to establish an industry-sponsored “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program” to reduce a costly burden on local governments that are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most postconsumer, unused paint. The Senate unanimously approved O’Mara’s legislation (S9106/A11245) by a vote of 60 to 0. Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes (D-Buffalo) sponsors the legislation in the Assembly. O’Mara said his legislation would create local jobs, provide relief to local property taxpayers, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State. He pointed to the initiative as an example of how government and industry can work together to implement effective environmental policies and programs. “This legislation exemplifies how much we can accomplish by working together with industry on important environmental concerns. Seeking common ground and cooperation, rather than government cramming unreasonable demands down the throat of industry, can help give New York State a more business-friendly environment and actually result in better, more workable laws,” O’Mara said. “Working together can go a long ways on reaching an end result on other important issues that would benefit our state fiscally, economically and environmentally.” The national Product Stewardship Institute (www.productstewarship.us) has estimated that nearly 4 million gallons of paint go unused each year in New York State -- with the costs of collecting and managing the paint’s disposal mostly falling on local governments. Under O’Mara’s legislation, through which paint manufacturers would be responsible for managing the recycling and disposal of unused paint, local governments would save approximately $31 million annually. The measure has drawn the support of a range of environmental advocacy organizations, paint industry representatives and municipal agencies. In addition to reduced costs on local taxpayers, O’Mara said, a Postconsumer Paint Stewardship Program will create convenient recycling opportunities and green sector jobs, reduce disposal in favor of recycling, and result in less waste as consumers will become smarter and more efficient shoppers for paint. Under the legislation, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is directed to develop a plan for paint manufacturers and sellers to form and cover the costs of a statewide collection program. The plan would seek to minimize the involvement of local governments in the management of post-consumer paint by reducing its generation and establishing agreements to collect, transport, reuse, recycle, and properly dispose of postconsumer paint using environmentally sound management practices. The measure further specifies that the plan include annual program audits and reports, education and outreach to consumers, and details on how postconsumer paint would be collected, treated, stored, transported and disposed. The program will seek to ensure that a collection site will be available within a 15-mile radius to at least 90 percent of New York State residents. States that have implemented comparable programs are showing impressive results. Oregon has collected and recycled over 1,000,000 gallons of paint since implementing its program in July 2010. California launched its program in 2012 and has over 800 new collection locations accepting paint for recycling.
  6. "Escape The Museum"

    The Chemung County Historical Society, the Chemung County Library District, and the Friends of CCLD are collaborating to host Escape the Museum, a Mark Twain-themed escape room on June 22 and 23, 2018. The escape room is a puzzle-filled, multi-gallery game that is sure to challenge you, your friends, and family. It is loosely based on one of Mark Twain’s lesser-known stories. Participants will have to work with a team to solve a variety of puzzles and crack codes to find a criminal mastermind. This is a hands-on activity, not something you sit back and watch. You do not need to have any knowledge about Mark Twain to succeed in this room. “This escape room is a way for the community to see the museum and the library in a completely new light,” says Kelli Huggins, Chemung County Historical Society Education Coordinator. “Participants will get to experience local history and literature in a fun, hands-on way that will make you think and also make you laugh.” The game lasts 45 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your time to check in. Games begin on the hour and no late entries are permitted. $30 per person and advance reservations are required. Call 607-734-4167 for information and reservations. All proceeds benefit the Chemung County Historical Society and the Friends of CCLD. Escape Room times: Friday, June 22: 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm Saturday, June 23: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
  7. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an unprecedented $16.2 million investment to further enhance Watkins Glen's transformation into a world-class destination and cultural center - all part of his ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create opportunities for the Southern Tier. The projects announced today include $9.7 million for 14 Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects throughout the village and the new $6.5 million main entrance to Watkins Glen State Park as part of Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 program. The improvements are a component of Southern Tier Soaring, the region's blueprint for economic growth. "Watkins Glen is a New York State treasure, featuring its beautiful state park, an internationally renowned race track and a vibrant downtown," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects and investments will continue to revitalize this area, boosting the economy and helping the Southern Tier soar. I congratulate Watkins Glen and its residents, businesses and leaders for working together with the state to bring these ideas to life as we usher in a new era for this Upstate gem." The projects were announced at the ribbon-cutting for a new main entrance to Watkins Glen State Park. The $6.5 million project converted a decrepit parking lot at the base of the gorge into green space, creating new park amenities and enhanced interpretation of Watkin Glen's unique natural and cultural history. The project relocated a parking area away from the gorge and across Franklin Street to improve vehicular traffic flow on village streets and pedestrian traffic flow in the park. The old asphalt parking lot was transformed into a more natural landscaped park setting, including: A new visitor welcome center offering information about the park and other attractions in the region; A small outdoor amphitheater and improved educational displays on the park's human history and natural and geologic features, including a touchable model of the gorge; A new viewing area where people unable to hike the gorge will be able to enjoy a dramatic waterfall; Renovation and expansion of the existing concession building with expanded Taste of NY offerings including local wines and craft beverages and locally sourced ingredients in the new café area; and Renovation of public restrooms. The Village of Watkins Glen was named a DRI Round 2 winner last year. The $9.7 million in specific projects to be funded through the initiative were announced today and include: Implementing Year-Round Recreation at Clute Park, including design and construction of an ice rink/splash pad, lighting, entrance/driveway/parking, landscaping, signage, and related improvements. ($2,017,428) Installing New Lighting on Franklin Street in coordination with NYSDOT repaving work. Funds will be used to install conduit and foundations and purchase new fixtures once the below-grade work is completed. ($1,500,000) Improving East 4th Street for Pedestrians and Cyclists and Improving Connection between Downtown and Clute Park, a major corridor to encourage residents and visitors to walk or bicycle between the locations. Improvements will include wider sidewalks, landscaping and pedestrian-activated crossing at Boat Launch Road. ($1,034,565) Redeveloping Captain Bill's Port of Seneca Lake to Improve Site Plan and Enhance Views, including construction of a two-story building to house Captain Bill's Seneca Lake Cruise Terminal. The project will allow the company to expand operations to include event space and include redesign of the site that will enhance views of the lake and draw visitors to the waterfront. ($500,000) Renovating the Former VFW Building into a Full-Service Spa and Fitness Center for guests of the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, as well as other visitors and local residents. ($250,000) Updating the Zoning Code to Address Short Term Rentals, Design Guidelines, Historic Districts, and Other Revisions, to encourage appropriate type and scale of development consistent with the village character. The changes will address the challenges of a short-term high demand seasonal rental housing market and update design guidelines. ($50,000) Upgrading Lafayette Park with New Equipment, Lighting and Landscaping to build on recent private donations. The improvements include a permanent public restroom, signage, safety surfaces around the play area, lighting, perimeter sidewalks, and a new bandstand roof. ($276,047) Redeveloping 109-111 North Franklin St. with Mixed-Uses to include additional ground floor commercial space and 24 mixed-income apartments on the second and third floors. The project will accommodate the existing brewery and restaurant on-site, and provide open-concept co-working space operated by FLX Works, including a shared commercial kitchen for hourly rental. ($1,000,000) Installing Gateway and Wayfinding Signage to welcome visitors at four major gateways to the Village. Wayfinding signage will orient pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers while promoting local businesses and attractions. ($644,875) Transforming Multiple Buildings and Sites in the DRI Area, including improvements to building façades, increasing upper story long-term housing, improving or expanding commercial space, and supporting new businesses. A local entity will administer the program providing five property owners with matching funds of up to 50 percent. ($1,039,585) Revitalizing the Vacant Filling Station and Repair Shop at 15 North Franklin Street for commercial and residential uses. Improvements will include facade and roof renovations, interior improvements, and landscaping of this strategic northern gateway site. ($287,500) Updating a Former School Auditorium as the Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center, a place for musical performances, live theater, and multi-media events. Improvements will include a new air condition system, construction of a dressing room, ticket and concession areas, new energy-efficient lighting and sound systems, a new screen, projector, and audio-visual equipment and historically appropriate signage. ($250,000) Developing a new Mixed-Income Housing and Childcare Center on a vacant site owned by the Watkins Glen Housing Authority. Forty-two apartment units and a 5,000-square foot daycare center will be designed to fit into the existing character of the neighborhood. ($500,000) Creating a Downtown Revitalization Fund to support small businesses and building owners to improve the built environment in the DRI area with competitive matching grants. Eligible activities include façade improvements; conversion of vacant upper-floor space to residential units; business expansion; and other site improvements. ($350,000) Combined with the recent $7.2 million investment announced to improve State Route 14 from the Village of Watkins Glen to the Town of Reading, Governor Cuomo's commitment to the Southern Tier community has reached more than $23 million so far this year. Additionally, Governor Cuomo announced that the Village has become part of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to manage resources along the Seneca Canal system, securing this beautiful resource for generations to come.
  8. Police have made an arrest after a purse was stolen at Jubilee in Horseheads on June 9th. The suspect in this case has been identified and arrested.Police say 62 year old Susan Brague of Beaver Dams, NY has been charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th degree, a class E Felony. Brague was released to reappear in Village of Horseheads court on July 2nd at 6:00 pm. According to police, the suspect surrendered herself to the Horseheads Police Department after seeing her picture on local media outlets. All property stolen has been recovered.
  9. Chemung County Fall Festival

    Fall Festival Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Fee Free and open to the public! Location Chemung County Fairgrounds 171 Fariview Rd Horseheads, NY 14845
  10. "Taste Of Chemung"

    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE Chemung) would like to cordially invite you to 7th Annual Taste of Chemung. The event will take place this year on Thursday September 27, 2018 from 6 to 8pm at Community Arts of Elmira. The Culinary Program from the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Bush Campus will be preparing a bountiful array of dishes made from locally sourced farm and food products. Local wineries and breweries will also be on hand to provide tasting of select beverages. Live music as well! All proceeds from this event will go towards the educational programs offered by CCE Chemung. If you would like to be a sponsor for the 2018 Taste of Chemung, please contact Andy Fagan, Executive Director at CCE Chemung, at 607-734-4453 ext 231 or agf1@cornell.edu. Also, if you are a farm or business in Chemung County that would like to donate product for the dishes being prepared by the Culinary Program at GST BOCES Bush Campus, please contact Shona Ort, Agricultural Development Specialist at CCE, at 607-734-4453 ext 227 or sbo6@cornell.edu. Be on the lookout for further details in regards to this event coming soon!However, if you have in questions in the meantime about Taste of Chemung, please feel free to contact CCE Chemung at 607-734-4453. We hope to see you there!
  11. Sayre Street Fair

    SAYRE STREET FAIR, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Sayre. Downtown businesses, independent vendors, food, children's activities, entertainment and more. Hosted by Sayre Business Association.
  12. WAVERLY PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, 6:30-8 p.m., Muldoon Park, 451 Pennsylvania Ave., Waverly. Music by "Windfall." Bring own lawnchair or blanket. Free and open to public. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Community Room at the Waverly Village Hall, 32 Ithaca St., Waverly.
  13. Police are investigating reported gunfire that occurred overnight on Elmira's Southside. This morning at approximately 12:35 AM, officers from the Elmira Police Department responded to area of the Mount Zoar St. and West Av. for a report of gunshots. Comm Center advised responding officers that they had received several calls reporting multiple gunshots. The first officers on scene began to interview potential witnesses. Officers were directed to a vehicle parked in the 300 block of West Av. Officers found this vehicle had been struck more than once by bullets. A residence in the area was also found to have a bullet hole. Witnesses reported seeing people fleeing from this vehicle before and after the report of gunshots. It is not believed that anyone was injured by gunfire. No suspects have been located at this time. While investigating this shooting, officers located another gun inside of the fenced in patio area of the Field House bar. This gun was fully loaded and not believed to have been involved in the original shots fired call. It was determined that this gun had previously been reported stolen to NYSP Horseheads. The investigation into this matter continues. The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.
  14. Nichols Old Home Day

  15. Big Flats Appleumpkin Days