Here are the top stories for Monday July 31st, 2017
Signs of progress at the new rail bridge at Letchworth state park. Crews have lowered the last piece to join the east and west sections of the bridge, which is going up next to the current trestle bridge. Norfolk Southern is working on the bridge and aligning 1,200 feet of new track leading to it. It will be a while before the new span is done. December 2018 is the target date.
Watch out for Giant Hogweed. That invasive plant has now been sported in West Sparta and while its flower may look pretty, the plant’s sap is anything but pleasant. If it gets on your skin and exposed to sunlight it can cause a painful burn. The DEC has set up a hotline to report sightings of the plant—at 845-256-3111, and we have posted a link to an information page on our website. [http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39809.html]
Livingston County is asking for input about the possibility of creating a public farmer’s market. Officials have developed a survey asking about potential vendors needs and offerings. County Development Director William Bacon says the public market would add to the existing farmers market offerings and could open new doors for agriculture in the area. The survey is available through the county development website.
A new phone scam is making the rounds—this one using the name of Noyes Hospital. Scammers are apparently claiming to be from the hospital—and even have managed to get Noyes name to show up on caller ID—when they ask for personal information offering to set up debt collection plans. Officials say if you get a suspicious call like that, you should just hang up.
Licenses for New York hunters and trappers go on sale tomorrow. The governor has also announced a series of free fishing days in the state. Sport fishers will be allowed to hit the waters without a license on Veterans Day, the weekend before President’s Day, and National Hunting and Fishing Day. All other days will require a fishing license. Department of Environmental Conservation will open their call center tomorrow help to folks trying to get their hunting or trapping licenses.
AT least 15 arrests from the Rochester Puerto Rican Day Festival. Police were out in full force yesterday after mayhem broke out following the festival. No injuries were reported but some cops said they were hit by bottles. Past festivals have ended with violence and vandalism.