Missing Local Teen Located

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    A local teen reported missing has been found according to Elmira Police Dept.  17 year old Alexis Castle had been missing since March 2nd and was believed to be in the company of an adult male, possibly still in the area. Police say Castle was located in the 1300 block of Lake Street this morning around 11:30 am.  She was found hiding in the attic of a male associate’s residence. The Elmira Police Department appreciates the community’s assistance with providing tips and information.

    Registration For Elmira Pre-K To Begin

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    Registration for the Elmira City School District 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten and EOP/Head Start programs will begin next week. The Pre-K program is open to children who will be 4 years old by December 1st. There is no fee for participation. For your convenience you may register at any of the locations listed below regardless of the school you choose. The child does not need to be present. Registration packets can be obtained in advance at any of the locations listed below. You can a print a copy of the registration packet by visiting our website at http://www.elmiracityschools.com/prek.cfm. For more detailed information, please read the registration packet cover page.  Registration time and dates are: Parents, please bring the following: Three proofs of residency with your current address (eg: driver’s license, vehicle registration, bank statement, pay stub, utility bill, cell phone bill, something that is delivered by US Mail to you). Child’s Birth Certificate (copies can be obtained at C.C. Vital Statistics. Fee is waived if you mention you need it for school registration.) For more information about EOP/Headstart call 734-6208. Income verification is required for EOP/Headstart enrollment.   

    City Of Elmira Explores Residential Bulk Electricity Purchasing Program

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    At two public education sessions to be held at City Hall on Monday, April 3rd residents of the City of Elmira can learn about Community Choice Aggregation, the new residential bulk electricity purchasing program.  Sessions are noon-1 in the small count room on the second floor of City Hall and 6-7 in the large count room on the second floor of City Hall.  Residents are encouraged to bring their questions and electricity bills.

    The City Council passed a resolution to explore Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA is a new opportunity in the state that allows cities, towns, and villages to pool the electricity accounts of residents and small businesses within their municipal boundaries. The bulk purchasing of electricity increases a consumer’s individual buying power, which will result in lower electricity rates for residents.

    CCA Programs also help protect residents from bad energy deals. Additionally, communities have the power to customize their programs based on their values and priorities, such as sourcing renewable, ‘green’ energy.  Consumers who do not wish to participate in the program can opt-out, remaining with the utility.

    The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) was selected by the City of Elmira to fulfill the role of CCA Administrator, overseeing the creation, development, and implementation of the program. No taxpayer or government funds will be used in the creation or operation of the program.

    Join representatives from MEGA and City Council at the public education sessions on April 3rd or visit megacca.org to learn more.    

    Rochester Man Charged With Possession Of Crack Cocaine, Violation Of Probation

    Elmira Telegram
    By Elmira Telegram,
    On Monday, March 27, 2017, at approximately 1:10 PM, members of the Elmira Police Department were in the area of Convenient Food Mart on College Av. when they observed Antonio A McBean entering a vehicle.  The officers knew McBean, a 23 year old male from Rochester, is a parolee who does not possess a valid NYS driver license and he is not allowed in Elmira as a condition of his parole. Police say McBean left the store driving this vehicle.  An officer attempted to perform a traffic stop, but McBean fled the scene.  Officers followed McBean and a short time later he did crash the vehicle near the intersection of Sullivan St. and Lake St.  McBean attempted to flee on foot, but was taken into custody at that location.  McBean was found to be in possession of a large amount of U.S. Currency and a quantity of crack cocaine.  McBean was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd and numerous other NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law offenses.  McBean was further charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd and for being a parole absconder from Monroe County. The investigation into this incident continues.   The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.

    Future Layoffs Possible For Faculty At Mansfield University

    Lonny Frost
    By Lonny Frost,
    For 160 years Mansfield, Pa has been the home of higher education and has sent out thousands of graduates into the world. Recently however, Mansfield University received word that some faculty members at the university may possibly face getting laid off in the near future. In fact, the layoffs may take place at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.  According to a press release by the APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College & Unversity Faculties), this type of move could hurt students, as well as, Mansfield University. At this time it is unknown which academic programs may be affected if such actions occur. The entire issue comes about as funding over the years to the 14 universities that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education had been cut for many years, putting a financial strain on nearly all the universities. Presently there is a lot of uncertainty about the announcement of possible layoffs, dropping courses presently offered by universities and the elimination of duties performed by nonclassroom faculty members.  According to APSCUF President Dr. Kenneth Mash, students are attending the universities due to the academeic offerings and the costs. However, with costs that continue to climb upwards, it has caused more working families not to be able to attend college.  Many presently believe that this fact alone may be the number one cause of falling enrollments across nearly every university in the PA State System of Higher Education. The lack of proper funding has forced universities to raise rates. Those costs cannot be absorbed by many working class residents, so their children do not go on to college after they graduate from high school. Dr. Mash claimed that the universities are now setting their sights on academic offerings. He belives this strategy will not improve the lives of working Pennsylvanians, but it will create a bigger problem by limiting opportunities and that will leave potential students behind in the dust.  "Current and prospective students deserve to know the university’s plans as soon as possible, as do all whose futures and livelihoods depend upon Mansfield University," stated Dr. Mash early last week. Per-student funding for Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities last year was 33 percent below 2008 levels, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "These actions point squarely to the fact that the State System desperately needs additional funds to operate effectively," Dr. Mash said. "If we continue down this road, our policy-makers will have to just admit that they choose to turn their back on a generation and do lasting damage to the Commonwealth."     Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors requested a 2017–18 appropriation of $505.2 million, an increase of $61 million. In his February address, Governor Tom Wolf announced $8.9 million more for the 14 universities in his budget proposal. APSCUF represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the State System universities: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. Mansfield University is listed as having the second-lowest enrollment out of the 14 universities that are part of the State System of Higher Education. While Cheyney University sits in the top spot as it has the largest drop in student enrollment. Many worry that knowing that Mansfield University is near the top of the list of largest drops in enrollment numbers, that the university may be facing actions of being combined or worse, being closed in the future. One of those two scenerios are a possibility once the systemwide sustainability study is completed later this year. However, Mansfield University President Fran Hendricks has openly stated that he is not afraid of the PASSHE study.  According to Hendricks, the PASSHE study is needed. In fact, Hendricks stated, that those at the university are not afraid of a merger or closure and do not believe either are outcomes for Mansfield University.  The PASSHE study will be released possibly by the summer of this year and it will list recommendations that will assist with the future survival of the universities that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  Although funding has been raised for the universities recently by Governor Wolf, it may be a little to late as the number of newly enrolling students is still declining at most of the univesities in the State System. The true future survival of these fourteen universities is the need for increased funding and to have more students enrolling. In reality one cannot survive without the other.  As for possible layoffs, well Mansfield University has not announced any at this time. One thing is for sure is that changes are coming and it all boils down to the PASSHE study results and the steps they recommend for the future of fourteen universities.

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