P.M. NEWS FRIDAY 9-27-13

The “Bands, Brews & Barbecue” event will be held tomorrow at the Chenango county fair grounds, the help raise funds for the Chenango county catholic charities “Roots & Wings” Program. Program director Robin Beckwith explains:


(Robin Beckwith 9-27-13)


The event runs form 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM tomorrow, with various local bands, microbreweries & restaurants participating.


The Delaware county department of emergency services is continuing with their plans to upgrade the counties antiquated communications system.  County EMS director Richard Bell explains:


(Richard Bell 9-27-13)


Bell said that the upgrades should be completed by spring of 2016.


The Greater Greene Chamber of commerce announces the 27th annual Greene apple fest put on by the First United Methodist Church of Greene. The event will take place Saturday between 9:00 AM & 4:00 PM.  More information is available at fumcgreene.com/applefest.


New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit of the Laurens Central School District.  DiNapoli’s report said that the district has accumulated reserve balances in excess of the district’s average needs and has accumulated significant total fund balance, including reserves. For the fiscal years 2007-08 through 2011-12, the district’s total fund balance increased to $3.6 million, with reserves at nearly $3 million, or 82 percent of the fund balance.  Copies of the audit are available at openbooknewyork.com.


Governor Cuomo announced more than $900,000 in federal funding, provided by the USDA, to support research projects ranging from improving the resiliency of New York’s crops, to expanding the reach of the state’s agriculture sector.  The funding includes $154,000 to support the state’s wine and grape industry.  The funding will provide state assistance for specialty crop programs including research, promotion, food safety, and nutrition. Several of the grants were awarded to Cornell University in Ithaca.  For more information go to govenor.ny.gov


US senator Charles Schumer urged the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to review their mental-heath protocols. Schumer will recommend the VA to set up a Joint Emergency Psychiatric Response Center that will work with the Department of Defense, local and state law enforcement. The call follows the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shootings earlier this month by former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis. There are 8 VA Medical Centers and 35 community-based outpatient clinics in upstate New York. Schumer will recommend the national response centers be open 24 hours a day to help identify vets that need help.


The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier will host a babysitters training class for youth ages  11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Red Cross office at 620 E. Main St, Endicott. To register visit redcross.org.

“50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL” is coming the toe Broome County Forum in Binghamton for 1 performance only on Wednesday November 13th at 7:30 PM.   Tickets went on sale today at the Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 and BroadwayInBinghamton.com.   The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy of books has shattered sales records & tickets for this show are expected to sell out briskly.


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