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  1. On Friday, two Elmira residents were charged with several counts of Abandonment of Animals and Failure to Provide Rabies Vaccination. According to the Elmira Animal Control Facebook page, officers was called to 524 West Clinton St. to assist Elmira Police and Elmira City Constable with a tenant eviction. The investigation revealed that 49 cats were left behind by the evicted tenants. Officers determined that none of the abandoned animals were spayed or neutered and some of the females were pregnant. According to the owners, the cats never received any medical treatment including vaccinations. Several cats were found to have treatable issues requiring medical care. 47 year old Marianne Card of Elmira, was charged with several counts of Animal Cruelty “Abandonment of Animals”, all Class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, one year in jail or both. Card was also charged several counts of “Failure to Provide Rabies Vaccination” a violation punishable by up to $200.00 fine for each count. 51 year old Robert Wood of Elmira, was charged with several counts of Animal Cruelty “Abandonment of Animals” All animal seized from the residence was transported to the Elmira Animal Shelter on Linden Place where they are being treated and cared for. Card and Wood are due in Elmira City Court at 10 a.m. May 4th to answer the charges. For those looking for ways to help, the shelter is in need of kitty litter due to the sudden influx of new animals.
  2. Two Arrested On Drug Charges In Erwin

    On April 17, 2018, the New York State Police in the Town of Erwin, arrested a Bath man and woman. Colin D. Decker, age 30 and Whitney K. Hale, 29 were arrested for outstanding warrants out of Bath for Unlawful Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Criminal Possession of a Control Substance 4th. Hale also had an additional warrant for Violation of Probation. Decker and Hale also were charged with additional charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, a misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, a misdemeanor. This resulted from a traffic stop on South Hamilton Street. They both were issued appearance tickets for the Town of Erwin Court returnable on April 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM. They were turned over to SP Bath for arraignment of the warrants.
  3. On April 16, 2018 State Police arrested a Lowman man, and an Elmira Heights man on drug charges following a traffic stop. Aaron Smith, age 31 of Elmira Heights, NY was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation after a traffic stop on Main Street in the Village of Wellsburg. Smith was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Village of Wellsburg Court on May 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM. Smith’s passenger, 33 year old John Swartout of Lowman was also arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following the same traffic stop. Swartout was also issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Village of Wellsburg Court on May 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM. Police also report that on April 17, 2018, Wellsburg based State Police arrested a 17 year old Elmira woman for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop on South Main Street in the Town of Southport. The woman was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Southport Court at a later date and time.
  4. Orchestra Of The Southern Finger Lakes Concert

    ORCHESTRA OF THE SOUTHERN FINGER LAKES CONCERT, 4 p.m., the Clemens Center, Elmira. Featuring Todd Thomas, an Elmira native who has performed in concert halls across the U.S. and Europe. For more information, visit https://www.osfl.org
  5. Community Nutrition Class

    FREE COMMUNITY NUTRITION CLASS, 5-6:30 p.m., Patterson Auditorium, Guthrie Sayre campus. Open to community members; face-to-face, hands-on instruction. Includes a cooking demonstration. Class size limited; call (570) 887-4663 to register.
  6. Amateur Astronomy Program

    AMATEUR ASTRONOMY PROGRAM, 8:30 p.m., Mt. Pisgah State Park, Troy. At Lakeside Pavilion, view the stars and planets. Bring binoculars or telescopes. Limited amount of space and pre-registration is required; call (570) 297-2734.
  7. Grateful For The Dead Music And Arts Festival

    GRATEFUL FOR THE DEAD MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Hickories Park, Owego. Music, tie-dye artists, custom glass art, food and brews, marketplace and more. Admission is $12 (kids 12 and under admitted free).
  8. Sayre Farmer's Market Begins

    FARMERS MARKET, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Howard Elmer Park, downtown Sayre. Each Friday through mid-October. For more information, contact the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce at (607) 249-6192.
  9. Endless Mountains Maple Festival

    ENDLESS MOUNTAINS MAPLE FESTIVAL, Alparon Park, Troy. Both days from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $4 (ages 5 and under admitted free when accompanied by adult). Admission includes on grounds entertainment and Farm Museum. Grandstand shows are Reese Ranch Rodeo on April 28 at 1 p.m. and monster truck show on Sunday at 1 p.m.
  10. PROGRAM ABOUT HELPING INCREASE DECLINING BEE POPULATION, 1 p.m., Sayre Public Library. James Wood of Susquehanna Beekeepers will speak on how people can help preserve and even increase the declining bee population.
  11. On Friday, Elmira City School District Superintendent Hillary Austin sent a memo out to the teachers and staff to share information about concerns that have recently resurfaced regarding contamination at the site of Elmira High School. On April 12 a public meeting was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Elmira where Walter Hang of Ithaca based "Toxics Targeting" discussed what he considers unmediated toxic hazards at the school. The school site, once occupied by the Remington Rand plant, has long been a concern for residents who believe contamination has led to higher rates of cancer, auto immune disease and other health issues among those who attended the school. In the memo, provided to ElmiraTelegram.com, Austin wrote that while contamination is present on the school property, it is beneath the surface and measures are in place to prevent students and staff from being exposed to it. She states that for years the district has worked directly with multiple agencies including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ( DEC ) and New York State Department of Health ( DOH). Additionally, Austin says firms such as Geosyntec, an engineering firm that works on the environmental plans, Sterling Environmental, which oversees the districts Environmental Management plan, and others meet regularly with the district to collaborate regarding soil testing, remediation plans, as well as the environmental management plan for the site. Austin states that the DEC and Geosyntec have held public meetings in the past to address the situation, and offered the following information compiled by those agencies: A very detailed Environmental Management Plan has been developed for the school building and grounds which details procedures for managing potentially contaminated soils on the school property along with maintaining the sub-slab depressurization systems in the school building. Sub-slab depressurization systems were installed as a result of the extensive sub slab air sampling from beneath the building, and indoor air sampling. The systems were placed where it was determined that this additional measure would be helpful to ensure the continued safety of students and staff. The systems are regularly maintained and are fully automated with electronic monitoring that notify the district if there is a change. Drinking water at the school comes from the City of Elmira’s public water supply that is routinely tested and not affected by contaminated soilor groundwater. Direct contact with contamination in the soil is very unlikely unless people dig into subsurface soil, which is not done without DEC oversite. Direct contact is unlikely because the site is covered with buildings and pavement and soil cover is maintained in other areas. The Environmental Management Plan outlines procedures for the proper handling of soil if someone needs to dig into it, including air monitoring during any excavation activities. The capital improvements that are being performed on the school property are being coordinated with the State and UNISYS ( the agency responsible for clean up of identified environmental issues ) to ensure that the work that needs to be performed is minimally intrusive to school activities. UNISYS is performing remedial work prior to construction activities to minimize the need to revisit those areas. Furthermore, all work is being performed in compliance of the Environmental Management Plan. For those with concerns or wishing to learn more about the issue, a public hearing sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conversation and Geosyntec will take place on May 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm at the Elmira Holiday Inn.
  12. "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"

  13. AIM Golf Tournament

    The fourth annual AIM Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 6 at Elmira Country Club, and it will feature the Million Dollar Shot, sponsored by Perry & Carroll Insurance. One player will be selected to take a shot for $1 million from 165 yards on the 18th hole following the conclusion of play. Also, an ace by any player on any par-3 during the tournament is worth $5,000. The AIM Golf Tournament will also feature skins, closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive contests. There will be cash prizes for the top teams. It's a captain-and-crew format with four-player teams. The entry fee is $320 per team, and proceeds support AIM's programs and services for people with disabilities. Check-in will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with a hot dog, chips and a drink for lunch. There will be a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. A buffet dinner at the country club will follow the tournament, and we'll give away dozens of raffle prizes, including a TV, thanks to the generosity of local businesses. Tickets for the raffle will be sold for $20 at the check-in table prior to the tournament. To register, click here or contact John Zick at jzick@aimcil.com or 962-8225, ext. 116.
  14. READY, SET, GLOW is a family friendly night race! When the sun sets on Saturday, July 7th CareFirst will LIGHT UP THE NIGHT to benefit local hospice programs and services in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. Each registration provides valuable funds that help families throughout the region who are coping with serious illness. But, joining the race is just one way that people can have an impact on the valuable care that CareFirst provides. Participants can raise funds, using a personalized fundraising page, that will allow CareFirst to continue its important work, empowering and supporting families during one of the most difficult times of their lives. Registration is $30 through July 1st! Click the button above to register. After July 1, Registration jumps to $50. Get all the glowing details on https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/glow