Annual bat week underway and more

What's going on in your community October 29 to November 4

Posted 10/28/20

Annual Halloween week observance of Bat Week

REGION — In observance of Bat Week, an internationally recognized weeklong focus to raise awareness about the important role bats play in our …

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Annual bat week underway and more

What's going on in your community October 29 to November 4

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Annual Halloween week observance of Bat Week

REGION — In observance of Bat Week, an internationally recognized weeklong focus to raise awareness about the important role bats play in our environment, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos urged outdoor adventurers to avoid visiting caves and mines that may serve as seasonal homes for hibernating bats. Human disturbance is especially harmful to the state’s bat populations since the arrival of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, a fungus that has killed more than 90 percent of bats at hibernation sites in New York.

DEC reminds the public to follow all posted notices restricting access to caves and mines. When bats are disturbed during hibernation, it forces them to raise their body temperature, depleting fat reserves. This stored fat is the only source of energy available to the bats until the weather warms in spring.

Bat Week is observed through October 31 and is organized by representatives from conservation groups and government agencies in the United States and Canada. 

Anyone entering a northern long-eared bat hibernation site from October 1 through April 30, the typical hibernation period for bats, may be subject to prosecution.

Wayne Bank thanks frontline heroes

HONESDALE, PA – Earlier this year, Wayne Bank launched an initiative to show support and gratitude to health care workers and first responders for the essential services they have provided amid this year’s COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Offices throughout Wayne Bank’s market area provided these frontline workers with lunch from local restaurants to show appreciation for their service, while also helping to support the restaurant industry. The initiative is scheduled to continue through the end of the year.

Some of the essential workers included in the initiative thus far were the Clarks Summit, PA Police Department; the Delaware County, NY Emergency Response 911 team; Jo’s Outreach Food Pantry in East Stroudsburg, PA; Lake Regent Urgent Care in Honesdale, PA; the Milford, PA Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Station; Oncology Associates of Kingston, PA; the Pleasant Valley, PA Ecumenical Network Food Bank; the Shohola Township, PA Volunteer Fire Department; the Sullivan County, NY 911 First Responders; and the Town of Hancock, NY Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

For more information about the initiative, visit www.facebook.com/waynebank

Metzger announces funds to support Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster

HUDSON VALLEY AND CATSKILLS, NY — On October 21, Sen. Jen Metzger announced a $200,000 capital award secured by her office for Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, a not-for-profit 501(c)3. In addition to providing anti-poverty and homelessness assistance, Catholic Charities also provides substance-abuse treatment and prevention services in three of the counties Metzger represents.

“Prior to the pandemic, we made real progress in fighting the opioid crisis in the state legislature, passing over 20 bills to address this epidemic, including greatly expanding access to treatment and life-saving overdose reversal medication. Catholic Charities is doing important work on the ground in our communities to treat people battling substance use disorder and support them in recovery, and I’m pleased to announce this capital grant to invest in the organization’s facilities,” said Senator Jen Metzger. “We need to double down on our collective efforts in prevention and treatment, working with local law enforcement, county health departments, community-based organizations, schools, healthcare providers, and other partners. Working together is the only way to get this done.”

Get your COVID questions answered

LIBERTY, NY — On Wednesday, November 4 at 6 p.m., Sullivan County Public Health Services and Sullivan BOCES will host a school community forum to provide answers to commonly asked COVID-19-related questions. 

Public Health staff will explain what to expect if you or a family member is exposed to someone who tests positive or if you test positive for COVID-19. They will additionally explain the difference between isolation and quarantine and talk about the “contact tracing” process. Public Health Services will also share essential resources and provide information about where to get tested.

Questions must be submitted in advance (by 12 noon on Monday, November 2) to publichealth.forum@scboces.org. Other questions will be addressed as time allows. 

For more information, including call-in information, visit Sullivan County’s website at www.sullivanny.us or Sullivan BOCES’ website at www.scboces.org

Ridin’ with Biden a success

HONESDALE, PA — On October 18, about 30 riders took to the streets to show their support for presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The event, organized by Wayne County 4 Action, included a bike repair demo and goodie bags filled with voting and candidate information. 

For more information about Wayne County 4 Action, visit www.waynecounty4action.com.

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