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The Horseheads Kiwanis Club recently honored Horseheads Police Officer David Ruhmel and Elmira Heights Police Officer Steven Pickering as the clubs “Officers of the Year.”

Ruhmel and Pickering were also presented with mayoral proclamations.

Ruhmel was hired as a full-time officer in June 2002. He is a certified computer voice stress analyzer operator, a certified evidence custodian and a crime scene specialist. He leads the department in drug and DWI arrests.

Pickering was hired by the Elmira Heights Police Department in February 2002. He takes an active role in the Eddie Eagle gun safety program, the Edison anti-DWI Prom mock crash and the Heights Halloween haunted house.

Boy Scouts raise money for shelter

Members of Boy Scout Troop 41 stood in the rain May 13 outside Lowe's home improvement center in Big Flats selling hamburgers and hot dogs, but it was for a worthwhile cause.

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Members of Boy Scout Troop 41 recently raised more than $370 for the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter. (Photo: PROVIDED PHOTO)

The troop donated $377.80 of the proceeds from their annual barbecue fundraiser, along with some dog food, to the Horseheads Community Animal Shelter. 

The fundraiser normally helps offset the cost of Boy Scout camp and district events. 

Troop 41 is led by Scoutmaster Bob Bush and assistant Teresa Rinebold.

Bethany Village holds "senior prom"

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Residents of The Courtyards at Bethany Village in Horseheads dance with high school students during their annual "senior prom" on May 24. (Photo: PROVIDED PHOTO)

The Courtyards at Bethany Village held its 11th annual “Senior Prom" in the auditorium May 24.

The event, hosted by Bethany Village along with The Horseheads Youth Bureau, inter-mingles residents at The Courtyards at Bethany Village, along with high school students together in a typical school prom setting, complete with disco ball, dress up, and dancing.

Preparation included a trip to the Salvation Army for prom clothes and manicures. according to Sharon Casler, Bethany's director of sales and marketing.

Singer Michael Burrell provided music for the event.

The event is always a great time for the youth bureau students and the Bethany seniors, Casler said.

RSVP honors volunteers

The Steuben County Retired Senior Volunteer Program recently honored several of its top volunteers.

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Steuben County RSVP recently honored several of its volunteers. From left are Elin Peterson, Dolores D'Apice, Harold Hager, Janet Schroeder and Linda Conway. (Photo: PROVIDED PHOTO)

Elin Peterson of Bath was recognized with the Louise Argentieri Service Award for more than 2,000 hours of volunteer service in 2016 at the Harriett & Taylor Health Care Center in Bath. 

Dolores D'Apice of Hornell received the Spirit of Volunteerism Award. She is a volunteer at St. James Mercy Hospital and the ProAction senior nutrition home delivery program.

Linda Conway of Painted Post, and Janet Schroeder of Lindley recently represented Steuben RSVP at the annual New York State Office for the Aging Senior Day celebration in Albany.

Rick Packer of Hornell is the recipient of the New York State Health Facilities Association Volunteer of the Year Award for his work creating a men's group at Hornell Gardens.

Previous honoree Harold Hager of Painted Post, who recently turned 100, was cited for his long service as a Senior Corps RSVP volunteer. 

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