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Finger Lakes Restaurant Week ~ October 20-26, 2014 ~ Support local foods

Finger Lakes Restaurant Week is taking place this week from October 20-26.

It's an opportunity to help celebrate and support of local foods as well as local restaurateurs, farmers and other organizations.

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October 21, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 20, 2014 ~ 'The graying of America's farmers'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "The graying of America's farmers"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 19th Corning Leader] 

October 20, 2014
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NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch a replay of the October 17th discussion ~ A new state Health Department website ~ A warning on Ebola-related fundraising scams

The New York State Senate Health Committee held a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch a replay of today's roundtable, HERE.

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See the new NYS Department of Health website, "Get the Facts About Ebola"

October 17, 2014
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NYS Senate Health Committee roundtable, "Ebola: Is NY ready?" ~ Watch today's discussion live, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The New York State Senate Health Committee is holding a roundtable discussion today on the Ebola threat, "Ebola: Is NY ready?"

Watch it live beginning at 2:00 p.m., CLICK HERE.

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And see yesterday's announcement on New York State's Ebola preparedness HERE.

October 17, 2014
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Susan G. Komen Twin Tiers Region's 3rd Annual 'Dine Out for the Cure' is today ~ Read more

Susan G. Komen Twin Tiers Region is holding its 3rd Annual "Dine Out for the Cure" today.

Read more, "Dine Out for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer"

For more information, visit www.komentwintiers.org

October 16, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of October 13, 2014 ~ 'It's going to take everybody'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "It's going to take everybody"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 12th Corning Leader] 

October 13, 2014
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The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show ~ Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014

WHAT: The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show

WHERE: Wilkins RV, State Route 415 (just off I-86) in Bath

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will feature hunting and fishing demonstrations, wildlife shows, free seminars and activities for children.

October 10, 2014
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The latest meth warning from the State Police: 'Meth danger along highways in NY'

From Gannett News, October 10, 2014: "Amateur chemists synthesizing methamphetamine are creating more than just the potent final product craved by addicts seeking their next frenzied high.

Along with the purified formulation of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that makes up the drug known as meth or speed, the manufacturing process involves noxious precursors and remnants that all too often get littered across roadways and open spaces across New York state, creating dangers and expenses borne by the public.

October 10, 2014
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Fire Prevention Week is October 5-11, 2014 ~ Read more about an area Eagle Scout's memorial to local volunteer firefighters in Steuben County

October 5-11, 2014 is Fire Prevention Week across New York State, and throughout the nation.

Read more from the National Fire Protection Association, and the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

And in Painted Post (Steuben County), read about an area Eagle Scout who spearheaded a recently unveiled memorial to local volunteer firefighters, "Scout builds memorial to honor Painted Post firefighters"

 

 

October 7, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol" ~ for the week of October 6, 2014 ~ "Ready to say 'Welcome back'"

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Ready to say 'Welcome back'"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the October 5th Corning Leader] 

October 6, 2014
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The weekend ahead includes the Wineglass Marathon from Bath to Corning, Crystal City Brew Festival and Ithaca's Apple Harvest Festival ~ Read more

Autumn's off to a great start this weekend with events and festivals including: 

> the 33rd Annual Wineglass Marathon in Corning, "Local businesses excited about Wineglass Marathon"

> the 32nd Great Down Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, "Apple Harvest Festival brings fall flavors to Ithaca"

October 2, 2014
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Find Out More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- and it's important for patients and their families to know where to turn for information and support. 

Read more from the:

Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

National Breast Cancer Foundation 

September 30, 2014
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September 30th 'Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention' in Yates County ~ Open to the public, find out more here

A "Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention" is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium.  

Tuesday's forum has been organized by the Yates County Substance Abuse Coalition and will feature several guest speakers including Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike.

The public is invited to attend.

Read and listen to more on Finger Lakes News Radio HERE.

September 29, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 29, 2014 ~ 'An Upstate NY picture in time'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "An Upstate NY picture in time"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 28th Corning Leader] 

September 29, 2014
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Hopes for newly opened rail line to spur job growth at Steuben County Industrial Park

"Local officials are hoping a recently completed railroad line will help spur development at the long-vacant Steuben County Industrial Park. The ribbon was cut Thursday on a $909,473 project to bring a short branch to the industrial park off the B&H Railroad, which runs from the Norfolk Southern line in Painted Post up to Wayland."

Read more in today's Corning Leader, "Officials hope rail line will spur development at Bath industrial park"

September 26, 2014
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Ceremony this morning to rename Corning Post Office in honor of fallen local hero (UPDATED)

From The Leader, "The U.S. Post Office on the city’s Northside will be formally be renamed Thursday morning in honor of Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, an East High graduate killed in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan."

Read more, "Ceremony to rename post office for Jayne"

September 25, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of September 22, 2014 ~ 'A warning against business as usual'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "A warning against business as usual"

[See attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the September 21st Corning Leader] 

September 22, 2014
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Steuben County drug tip line leads to another meth lab bust ~ Read more

It's been a constant topic on these pages over the past several years: the resurgence of meth across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  Meth's rise has been accompanied more recently by a resurgence of heroin abuse. 

We've stressed that it's going to take a multi-pronged approach to combat the spread of these drugs, one that includes tougher laws and law enforcement, prevention and treatment, and, equally important, heightened community awareness and education.

Earlier this week, for example, the Steuben County Drug Tip Line led to another meth lab bust.  Read more from:

September 19, 2014
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Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council highlights its next round of priorities at the Capitol today ~ Watch the presentation live beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) are making their presentations for Round IV funding to the state's assessment team this week in Albany.

The Finger Lakes REDC made its presentation yesterday. Read more HERE.

The Southern Tier REDC's presentation is on tap today, beginning at 2:30 p.m.. Watch it at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

September 16, 2014
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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council outlines its next round of priorities today at the Capitol ~ Watch the presentation live beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The state's 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) are making their presentations for Round IV funding to the state's assessment team in Albany over the next two days.

A presentation from the Finger Lakes REDC is on tap for 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Watch it at regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

The Southern Tier REDC is scheduled to make its presentation tomorrow, September 16th, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Read more HERE.

September 15, 2014
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