Thursday, November 16 2017
4 historic cemeteries in West Sparta will be getting a facelift. The town is undertaking a project to restore those graveyards in Byersville, Kysorville, Union Corners and Woodville, that will include clearing brush, fixing headstones and making a map and index of each cemetery. Town supervisor Sue Erdle says the cemeteries contain a lot of history and should be preserved for future generations. While the town has budgeted $1,000 for the work ,much of it will be done by volunteers and if you would like to help out, we have put contact information on the local news page of our website. [(585) 704-8588 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Police in one Livingston County community are looking for whoever put credit card readers on a gas pump and stole customer information. Acting Avon Police chief Joe Geer says his department has received several complains about the devices that were installed in pumps at an Exon-Mobil station on the circle in the village. Geer says officers have found four of the readers—which are hidden inside the normal card readers on the pump. He is urging anyone who bought gas there to check bank statements to make sure they haven’t been scammed. The chief thinks the devices are part of an organized plot steal credit card information from stations across the eastern U S.
Protests against a SUNY Geneseo professor and a quiz he gave that some considered insensitive to transgender students continue. A group of about 100 students and supporters gathered at the school for a demonstration to demand action against professor David Sorbello and what they feel is discrimination against transgender people. Those involved say it’s important for the school to encourage respect and tolerance of all students. School officials say they are investigating the incident in which Sorbello allegedly used a derogatory term in his introduction to Sociology class last month.
Representative Chris Collins is expected to be one of the New York members of congress voting for the GOP tax plan today. Collins says that under the bill, up to 98-percent of taxpayers in his district will pay less federal taxes next year. Governor Cuomo has repeatedly said the tax plan would be terrible for New Yorkers. Collins, John Katko and Tom Reed are the only three New York representatives who say they will vote for the bill.
It’s almost hunting season in New York and the DEC is reminding hunters to report all deer, turkey and bear kills Officials say repporting is an important way for them to track wildlife population across the region. Reporting is also the law, with hunters who fail to do so subject to a fine up to $250.00 The state has set up a mobile app that allows reporting online and maintains a toll free number to make reports as well.
Ski and snowboarding season is about to kick off in New York. Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington and Gore Mountain in North Creek are some of the New York ski resorts set to open on Saturday. Governor Cuomo says the ski season brings in about one-billion-dollars to the state’s economy. More ski resorts across the state are scheduled to open up the Friday after Thanksgiving.