Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York on February 1, 2003 · 27
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LOCALREGION Star-Gazette,, Saturday, February 1 , 2003 3C Wegmans will ilaunch fitness -program Star-Gazette Wegmans Food Markets Inc. on Sunday plans to launch "Eat r Well. Live Well," a program to J;show how to combat obesity by increasing physical activity and seating right. P Wegmans says it is undbrtak-f ing the program in its & tores j because 65 percent of adu iiner- icans are overweigV' Ten employees in each store were i selected as pedometer anabasis Sadors to invite customers to ask about the use of a pedometer and increase physical activity. A pedometer measures how much a person walks. TAn eight-week employee challenge is also to begin. wThe program's five main strate- gies are: Learn to count and balance v Salaries and cut daily food intake by 250 calories. j B Pay careful attention to portion size. Use the right cooking techniques. Add physical activity that consumes 250 calories daily. Measure success by getting on a scale regularly. The net loss of cutting calories through reduced food intake and increased activity would be one pound of body fat per week, according to a press release from Wegmans. REGIONALNEWS ! CORNING i Birdhouses for contest distributed today ; The first stage of the BirdFest I sponsored by Southeastern ; Steuben County Habitat for ; Humanity begins today. -""' The distribution Of birdhouses for the Birdhouse Decorating " Contest, being held for the second year, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Valu Home Center in . Painted Post, the Corning Build-ing Company in South Corning ' and Kmart in Gang Mills. This year, the birdhouses to be ',, . decorated are for bluebirds. "jb These houses are to be used out-6 'side and must be decorated ' accordingly. Information: 607936-4444. History group seeks -volunteers ye"'-' ins . Chemung Valley Living Histo-l p ,,ry will hold an information meet-ying at 3 p.m. March 16 at Steele -0;;Memorial Library at. 101 E. J(jv-' Church St. in Elmira. Anyone ' " ' interested in learning more about r t,if volunteer opportunities with Chemung Valley Living History i-sis invited. . Chemung Valley Living Histo- , , ,rY is a nonprofit organization ded-,. r .o kated to raising awareness of the ,m history of the Chemung Valley. : The group hosts several histori- ,m,cal re-enactments and other events at Newtown Battlefield ,; ; Reservation. ...'I. : For more information, contact Ruth Walters, volunteer coordina-,j.utor, at 607776-2336, or visit ! ,iVft www.mizar5.comcvlhhome.htm. defensive-driving " program offered 1 Xorning Community College ' V will be offering the New York ''.Safety Program Point Insurance Reduction Course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at the College's Business ' Development Center on Denison Parkway in Corning, j Muinl The program is a six-hour class-i'oom course using behavior mod-.'. jyrfication to encourage defensive-driving habits. This program will remove four points from your dri-,. ving record and can reduce your -; auto insurance by at least 10 per--)( cent. Information or to register: 607962-9457. BATH Seminar will address mistreatment of seniors The Steuben County Office for the Aging wUl offer "The Complex Role of the Caregiver," a seminar about protecting seniors from mistreatment and exploitation, from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 at the Centenary United .Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 3 W. Washington St. in Bath. Reservations are required by Feb. 10. There is no charge for the seminar. Information: 607776-7813. . - ilo, - Ull. inn 1 THEMES aoq HlW AXE. ELMIRA ' 733-5252 New York reclaims Federal government sells 172 acres back to state for $1 after owning it since 1800. By DEVLIN BARRETT The Associated Press WASHINGTON - After more than 200 years under federal control the last few spent haggling over a $500 million price tag the White House on Friday transferred ownership of the 172-acre Governors Island to New York state for the purchase price of $1. Gov. George Pataki handed President Bush a single dollar bill in the White House Oval Office to consummate the deal, ending years of discussions complicated by a federal government bookkeeping decision that had valued the historic island at $500 million. "I am pleased to announce the return of Governors Island to the people of New York," President Bush said. "New York's stewardship of the island, combined with the National Park Service's management ... will lead to the development of an outstanding resource for the people of New York and all who visit," Bush added. He also proclaimed a 22-acre section of the island where its forts are located as the Governors Island National Monument. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton also attended the ceremony. "Governors Island really can be and should be the crown jewel of New York Harbor," said Pataki, who said the deal would "transform it into an urban education center that is the finest in America." The governor said the island would be used as a teacher training center, as well as for recreational and cultural purposes. "The president once again has come through for New York," said Bloomberg. He then referred to the $20 billion the federal government gave the city after Sept. 11 to help with its recovery, saying, "Now he's Medicaid: Counties wary of Pataki's cost-cutting proposal Continued from Page 1C It's too early to tell what the bottom line will be for counties, said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli. "Everyone is running the numbers as we speak. I'm pleased to see that the governor is talking about Medicaid reform because that's critical," Santulli said. "What I don't know is exactly what it's going to mean to counties. I don't know how anyone can say what the savings are until they run the numbers." Pataki officials said that despite the additional cost, all counties would see an overall savings. Monroe County, for example, would see a $15 million cut in local Democrats Continued from Page 1C and getting the local economy moving again." The council includes representatives from Corning, Erwin, Addison, Hornby, Campbell, Caton, Jasper, Lindley, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Rathbone, West Union and Wood-hull. The platform was adopted unanimously. 03 MAPLE SYRUP EVAPORATOR, 2 12'X10", good condition, $800 (570) 537-6505 O'SHAUGHNESSY ANTIQUES 2070 College Avenue MOVING SALE! Were' moving to our farm. Everything in shop is HALF PRICE! (consign, items excluded) 607-732-3002, 570-596-3665 Tues-Sat 10am-5pm Or By Appointment PORTER CABLE, Air Hard wood floor nailer, brand new, $350; Hardwood, 34" 5 boxes, Prefinished oak, $200. Homelite 330 chainsaw w6 chains, $125. Yard Machine MTO riding lawn mower," 17 hp, brand new, just used once. Asking $800. (original $1200). Guns: Remington model 700, 22-250 wscope, strap, hard case, shells, mint condition. Shot 10 times, $375; Mossburg 835 3 12" mag. turkey shot gun, interchanga-ble chokes $275. Fishing poles, 2 Fenwick, brand new with tags. $70. Ask for Howard 607-734-8288. 1696 GRAND CENTRAL AVE. Sat. 21, noon-5 pm. Fishing equipment, tools, electric organ, jewelry, TVs, crafts, 2 old sleds, Nintendo 64 w10 games, more. LABS, yellow, AKC, 4 males, 1 female, vet checked, 11 weeks. $300. 607-458-5712. HOT TIP: Adjectives seH, just saying "COUCH for sale. $100. Call 555-6888" is boring and leaves everything to the reader's imagination (including stains, dirt and pet hair!) Make sure they get the right picture. "COUCH, 70 inches, plush, traditional with beautiful neutral upholstery, matching floral print pillows, like new, $ 1 00." Which one would you call? STAFFORDSHIRE 6 BLACK LAB PUPS "Good Mix", 8 weeks old, $25. 'No good home turned away." 607-734-4413. HOT TUB: 4-6 Person, Good Condition. 570-297-3992 STILL MISSING; BEAGLE -Reilly" REWARD!! Little female, tri-color, orange collar Last seen LockwoodEr- in area. (607) A -m f ris J The Associated Press This is an undated aerial view of Governors Island, sitting in New York Harbor at the mouth of the East River and just seven minutes by ferry from lower Manhattan. After more than 200 years under federal control, the White House on Friday transferred ownership of the island to New York state for $1 . "Governors Island really can be and should be the crown jewel of New York Harbor." Gov. George Pataki really done something for education." The island lies in New York Harbor between lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with a view of the Statue of Liberty. Under the plan, its 18th-century fortresses will be opened to tourists. "Governors Island will join the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as a wonderful place for people to visit," said Norton, whose agency will oversee the historic sites. Pataki said the island's pre-existing structures once used as an Medicaid expenses next fiscal year, they say. Pataki is also proposing legislation that would forgive about $173 million in county debt owned to the state for Medicaid services. "A failure to address Medicaid spending growth could jeopardize the vital health programs we have championed together," Pataki said during his address. "This budget will not do that." Officials of some upstate counties, however, said that the only way to reform Medicaid is to allow counties more control over who is eligible and limit services. Currently, the state pays about 35 percent of the cost, counties 15 percent and the federal government 50 William 0. Hatch, Steuben County Republican party chairman, said the Democrats' platform sounds familiar. "They sound like a bunch of Republicans to me," he said. Hatch said the Democrats' comparison of Steuben's tax rate with those of other counties is misleading. "There are a lot of things you've got to consider from county to county," Hatch said. "Chemung County has all that sales tax money from the mall." ELMIRA, 3 bedroom, completely remodeled, $62,000 (607) 737-7196 CHEVY CHILDCARE TEACHERS 6 AIDES FT 6 PT positions available. Ages 6 wks.-5 yrs. Experienced preferred. Send resume to: C-J's Country Kids Childcare Center, 259 Daniel Zenker, Big Flats NY 14814. No calls please. FORD CHURCH SECRETARY Westminster Presbyterian Church, Elmira, 15 hrswk. Must enioy working wpeople. (Microsoft Word) and work independently. Resumes to: Personnel Committee, CO 89 Hendy Creek Rd. Elmira, NY. 14905 ARCTIC CAT. 1998, ZR600 EFI, $2,500, ARCTIC CAT, F5, 2003, $5,500 (607) 734-8951 CHEVY (2 engines) V-6 Vortec 6 4 cyl. Geo. New. $800 eachoffers. 607-739-5089. GMC Cab, Nice 607 - After BUICK white, BLAZER K-5. 1987 needs tranny, $1,500 See at: http:home forsale moiave.html $1,500 or 593-7218 best offer 607-732-3218 Governors Island Army installation and then a Coast Guard facility would be transformed to create an honors-level program for math, science and literacy educators at the City University of New York "to help our children meet high standards and close the performance gap." Bloomberg said it also would be a place "where our city's youth can study the sciences or the arts in an environment usually out of reach to them." The facility also may be used to house a new training center for school principals, the mayor said. A newly created city-state corporation, known as the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., or GIPEC, will manage 150 acres of property and 32 acres of underwater land. The National Parks Service will manage 22 acres of land. The agreement stipulates that a minimum of 40 acres must be used percent. "We're very concerned," said Herkimer County administrator James Wallace. "We are going to see a tremendous increase for counties." From 1998 to 2001, Medicaid costs for counties outside New York City grew by 21 percent because of new programs, increasing enrollment and the rising expense of health care, according to the state Association of Counties. In the previous four years, costs grew 3 percent. Although some county leaders were already protesting Pataki's plan, the Association of Counties said a more detailed review could prove that it will actually help counties. Hatch said Steuben County's 2003 tax rate of $8.88 is below Schuyler County's $10.15 and Allegany County's $11.24. Chemung's 2003 tax rate is $7.20, he said. "I think they are missing the whole boat," Hatch said. "Medicaid is the problem." Hatch said it's a positive development that area Democrats are assuming a higher profile. "A good fight is good for everybody," Hatch said. 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Drakes 6 tune up, $1,550 or best. 607-271-9674 1992, 4 door, V6, auto, loaded. $950. Nice Car. See at Smokin Joes, Pine City TOYOTA Mate Line, Milierton, PA. 570-537-6106. TOYOTA CAMRY, 1999 39K, excellent condition, $11,500 (607) 962-1544 Sell your old stuff 607-733-8282 for parkland and an additional 50 acres must be used to benefit the public through education, civic and cultural uses. The state and city have each committed $5 million a year over the next three years for the maintenance and planning. Negotiations between the federal government and New York began eight years ago. Last April, Bush agreed to the transfer and made it official Friday. The federal government spends $6 million to $10 million a year to care for the island, and the cost of maintaining the island is expected to rise when it is opened to the public. The federal government has controlled. Governors Island since 1800, when New York gave it to the Army. Governors Island also served as a governor's residence and was the site of Soviet-U.S. disarmament talks in 1988. The state's proposal could result in less Medicaid costs to counties and give them greater flexibility to tailor the program, said association executive director Robert Gregory. The association is reviewing how each county may benefit. "The whole concept of looking at a program like this and realign who is responsible for the services is a very positive step," he said. Erie County Executive Joel Giambra plans to campaign next week to have the state take over all Medicaid expenses, even though that is an unlikely scenario as the state deals with an $11.5 billion deficit over the next 14 months. Before the budget presentation, the counties had been urging the Dariene Weiermiller i vWll !A company is 1 i V li t r U 1 -.1 as its commitment to excellence.9' mdnrv Rm'hv I RYANS IRISH CREAM Vvavv r M . MAIL. IN I 3.00 REBATE I I $93 750 ml- Firms PATa SUPER our! 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Qualifiers can receive up to 13 additional weeks of benefits. Under a federal law signed by President Bush in January, the extension is activated three weeks after a state hits an insured unemployment rate of 4 percent or higher that is at least 120 percent above the prior two-year average. The state's insured unemployment rate the rate measures only those covered by state unemployment benefits hit 4.07 percent the week ending Jan. 18, Currie said. In 2002, about 750,000 Pennsylvanians received about $2.6 billion in state unemployment benefits. Of those people, about 225,000 received an additional $800 million in federal benefits. state to freeze their Medicaid expenses at this year's level. Erie County taxpayers this month received tax bills showing how all property taxes go to pay for Medicaid and that still left a Medicaid debt of $29 million that had to be paid from other sources, including sales-tax collections. Monroe County is projected to spend $115.1 million for Medicaid this year, compared with $100.8 million two years ago. "It's a budget buster across the state," said Carl Calabrese, Erie County's deputy county executive. "It's out of control. Counties can no longer afford it." Star-Gazette staff writer Jeff Murray contributed to this report. Realty Group Salesperson The "DAFTIing of Real Estate "I've sold 100's of houses, working on 1000's" 607-732-0200 ext. 21 a only as strong Heating & Air Conditioning m I I I I coupon emt T.75 trttf Expires 203 Grant 1.75 Ltf TAYLOR VERY PEACH OR VERY BERRY up I I m m coupon Jj2Pires2STO ELMIRA, NY 14 9Q1 1 SECW n 3L9W i I 1 Wl 1 1 'i,m i ft H ,l ii 'fn r 1 1 f it it t i j- - rt ii nig.

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