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WDNY Local News, Monday, March 19, 2018

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Monday March 19, 2018

A man from Dansville has died in a snowmobile crash. Police identify him as 54-year old Robert Henry, who was killed Saturday when a vehicle hit his snow machine as he crossed Rt 19A in Genesee Falls in Wyoming County. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one in the vehicle was injured. Police say no charges have been filed but the investigation continues.

Former Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of Rochester is being remembered as a champion for women’s rights and American manufacturing. She served for over three decades and was 88. She was the oldest serving member of Congress. State law allows Cuomo to call a special election to fill the remainder of Slaughter’s term, which runs through the end of the year—but out of respect for Slaughter he says it is too soon to discuss that right now.

Millions of people in America have diabetes, including hundreds in Livingston County, and the Centers for Disease Control says about 1 in 4 may not even know it. Noyes Hospital in Dansville will have an event this week to educate people about that serious condition. They’ll host a Free Diabetes Wellness & Information Fair, Wednesday March 21, from 4:00-7:00 pm at Noyes Hospital Conference Center n Clara Barton St in Dansville. It will feature information about diabetes–as well as insurance assistance, blood pressure checks, understanding medications, nutrition info and healthy snacks. You can call 585-335-4355 to make a reservation, which is required,

Spring is almost here—tomorrow is the OFFICIAL end of winter—and the change of season brings a higher risk of wildfires. A statewide burn ban went into effect last week and runs through May 14th. The D E C says even though there is a still a blanket of snow in places, the ground underneath is warming quickly and winter debris can catch fire quickly. Even though the current fire forecast is Low, the state says the spring burn ban has been effective way to keep fires from causing problems sine it was first put into place in 2009. While campfires with untreated wood are OK as long as the fire is supervised, it’s illegal to burn leaves or garbage. The DEC has a daily fire risk update on its website.

If you love maple Syrup—and who doesn’t—it looks like this is a banner year. Experts say the weather has cooperated..and that new technology has allowed an even longer season. They also say research is continuing keep New York at the forefront of maple syrup production which is second only to Vermont in the amount of the sweet stuff.

All state government buildings will have their flags flown at half-staff today. Governor Cuomo made y after four New York National Guard members were killed March 15th. The service members were killed when their rescue helicopter crashed in Iraq. The Department of Defense is investigating the crash, but says there is no evidence of enemy action involved.