Month: December 2020

first_imgCHENANGO BRIDGE (WBNG) — For the second year First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge is teaming up with Broome County to sponsor a Night to Shine. “It is truly the happiest prom in Broome County without a doubt, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “These proms were given in all fifty states as well as 29 countries now this year it’s going to be 720 host churches in 34 countries,” Clark said. It’s love that Garnar says is evident from the minute the guests arrive. The goal is to spread love to a community that organizers say deserve a special night. The event is part of a national celebration sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, one that is growing by the year. A Night to Shine offers a prom night experience for individuals with special needs and will take place this Friday, February 7 at Chenango Bridge High School. Organizers say it’s also a night to show appreciation for those who devote their lives to caring for individuals with special needs. If you’d like to donate to the event you can do so by sending a check to: “Some of these folks are in their forties, fifties, sixties and they never got to have a prom when they were in school,” said Pastor Robert Clark of First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge. “Now they get to have this prom” “They are given shoe shine, hair and makeup is done they also receive boutonnieres and corsages,” Clark said. First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge PO Box 501 Chenango Bridge, NY 13745 “Their caregivers will be at the red carpet to see them then we put them in a special area so that they can just have a break for a few hours,” Clark said. A prom that organizers say will be a first for many in attendance. “They are coming in and they are getting loved on and they are getting a huge applause, the cheerleaders are there,” he said. That includes hair, makeup and dresses,all of which were donated to the event. “Everything is free of charge to them and it’s our opportunity to just feel the love on that community,” said Clark. last_img read more

first_imgThe Susquehanna County Board of commissioners says it encourages all residents to follow recommendations set in place by the Pennsylvanian government, federal government, Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. County officials say further details of the positive case were not released to them.center_img SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, Pa. (WBNG) — The Susquehanna County Commissioners’ Office has confirmed with 12 News that one person in the county has tested positive for the coronavirus.last_img read more

first_imgCHENANGO (WBNG) — Free milk was up for grabs at Chenango Forks Elementary School Tuesday night.Over 8,000 half gallon jugs of milk all donated by the Dairy Farmers of America.As many as 300 cars came through.And those who came didn’t even need to live in the district to get the free milk.”People are actually making two trips, they’re giving out to their friends, their neighbors, their relatives, it’s awesome,” says Chenango Forks Central School Superintendent Lloyd Peck. “We’ve seen people come through the line 2 or 3 times and we just see them giving it out to people they know.”Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the Nourish New York initiative to buy food and other products from upstate farms and get it sent to food banks across the state. All this as farmers have had to dump their milk because of problems they face during the pandemic.last_img read more

first_img“Just because we’re buying a whole bunch more local food, the schools have the ability to actually prepare it and get all of those new recipes,” said Summerlee. This helps the local economy, as well as our kids, for years to come. “They’re able to eat fresh produce or products that were processed or picked, possibly hours or just a day or two before they eat it. And it’s just full of flavor or nutrients they might not get at home,” said Broome-Tioga BOCES Registered Dietitian Julie Raway. “How far it travels, how it affects the local economy, jobs it takes to produce that food, and just making sure they can have the ability and the knowledge to make healthy choices in the cafeteria,” said Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director Beth Roberts. “If we establish healthy choices as young children, then hopefully that will carry on through their entire lifespan,” said Roberts. The Rural Health Network of South Central New York was awarded a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA. For a list of all of the federal grant winners, click here. The money also adds training for food service staff. In collaboration with Broome-Tioga BOCES and the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the grant will increase students’ access to locally-grown food. Schools aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of the grant and the farm-to-school program. “It not only supports students eating local, fresh food, but also supports the community and farmers which are really important to us because they grow the food that we eat,” said Raway. Students will also get the opportunity to learn more about what their eating, with the grant helping to provide education in the classroom. “It will allow us to keep that momentum going of all of the great work that has been done, working with local farms, getting more local farms into the schools, but also add on some new elements,” said Rural Health Network Director of Food and Health Erin Summerlee. Since the format for school this fall is still unknown, the Rural Health Network says it will be able to shift its budget as needed. (WBNG) — The Southern Tier has a history of its farm-to-school programs, and now they are set to expand.last_img read more

first_imgVan Fossen emphasized the scenarios and numbers are just potential at this point. But despite the possible financial hardships, he and the district are dedicated to being there for students. “It’s all on the table when it comes to these types of reductions potentially, ” he said. To view the a statement by Van Fossen to the MECSD community, click here. “We would be looking at $5.6 million state aid loss for that period of time,” Van Fossen said. “You could argue it’s on the brink of significant devastation if we don’t figure out how to fund schools and try to mitigate this current issue that we are facing right now.” The district currently has reserve funds to use for the next month and a half, and Van Fossen is closely monitoring decisions made in congress to help public schools across the country who face a similar crisis. Van Fossen says the district relies on state aid to make up for half of its budget, and if the reduction becomes a reality, activities like extracurriculars, elective programming and even athletics could be some elements to go. ENDWELL (WBNG) — The Maine-Endwell Central School District could be facing financial devastation as the school may lose out on state funding this year.center_img Governor Andrew Cuomo announced back in March that because of the economic stress put on the state by the coronavirus pandemic, schools could see their state aid cut by 20 percent. “The problem is that it’s not just Maine-Endwell,’ Van Fossen said. “It’s 700 school districts across the state that are looking at the same issue.” While nothing is confirmed as of Aug. 31, MECSD says this possible reduction could mean quite the significant impact for the 2020-21 school year. “If we’re looking at what’s good for society, what’s good for kids, you need a public education system,” Van Fossen said. “Our goal will be to try and continue to provide the best education you can.” “I don’t want to be dramatic, but to use the word ‘catastrophic,’ I’m not saying that lightly,” said superintendent Jason Van Fossen.last_img read more