People also tend to get sick this time of year, and you need to be healthy to give blood. (WBNG) — January marks National Blood Donor Month, making it a great time to get out and give blood. “There’s been times where, let’s say there’s been a common cold going around and a good amount of people can’t donate blood because we need people to be healthy and make sure that they’re feeling well to donate blood, so unfortunately that can have an impact as well,” said Gutierrez. “It could be a little bit more difficult just because the snow is here and it’s the Southern Tier, and maybe people are busy with work, but now we’re just starting off the new year so if people could really take time out of their day to make a difference, one blood donation has the power to save three lives. So think about that, they could really have the power to make a difference,” said Broome County account manager with the Red Cross Esperanza Gutierrez. The American Red Cross says this time of year is a great time to spread awareness about making a difference, because during the winter it can be tough to maintain a sufficient blood supply. “I’ve come across so many people in the Southern Tier, that they’ve needed blood before in their lifetime, so this is a problem here in our local area, as far as a national perspective as well. There’s always going to be a need for blood. It could be somebody in my family one day, it could be somebody in your family one day,” said Gutierrez. If you give blood before January 19, you can be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. For anyone who donates this month, the Red Cross is giving out free reusable bags. That’s in part because of the winter weather, causing blood drives to be canceled and making it harder for people to get out. And while it’s National Blood Donor Month, the Red Cross’ mission hits close to home.
The village asks residents who live in these areas to run cold water throughout their homes to clear out and discolored water. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The village of Endicott is alerting residents of two water main breaks that occurred Wednesday. For the most up to date information, click here. In a Facebook post, the village says the water main breaks occurred on the 1600 block of Riverview Drive and the 800 block of Hill Avenue.
Retail staff are required to wear masks and sanitizer must be available to customers. Customers must also wear a mask. Store owners will be able to prohibit any customer not wearing one barring medical reasons. Cuomo says employees returning to work need to be provided masks from their employers. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says CDC guidelines should still be taken into consideration as parts of the state reopen Friday. Additionally, retail businesses are also open for curbs-side pick-pick only. The Southern Tier is one of the regions that reopened. New York On-Pause has been extended to June 13 for regions that do not the criteria to reopen. If a region meets the criteria before June 13, they may reopen.
Ballots must be submitted in-person by 5 p.m. on June 9, and need to be received by mail no later than June 16. (WBNG) — To find out what you can you do to submit your vote for your school’s budget, click on your school to be taken to the budget page of their website. BinghamtonChenango ForksChenango ValleyDepositGilbertsville-Mount UptonGreeneHarpursvilleJohnson CityMaine-EndwellNewark ValleyNorwichOwego-ApalachinOxford AcademySusquehanna ValleyTioga CentralUnion-EndicottVestalWindsorWhitney Point
The malls says it will announce an opening date once it “has everything in place.” (WBNG) — On Friday, malls are allowed to open in New York State as long as they are in regions that are part of phase four. The malls says it plans to be compliant with the HVAC filtration mandates by Governor Andrew Cuomo. One of the requirements is that malls must have an advanced HVAC filtration system. In a Facebook post, the Oakdale Mall says it is working to meet the requirements to reopen. 12:33 P.M. UPDATE: Destiny USA in Syracuse, N.Y. and the Arnot Mall in Big Flats, N.Y. are reopening Friday. However, the Oakdale Mall remains closed. —– (WBNG) — The Oakdale Mall says it will reopen on July 20. 12 News is working to get more details from the Oakdale Mall. Stay with 12 News for more information.
The Big Ten’s statement said it will continue to evaluate the winter and spring seasons. Bough and Palmer are hopeful to play a normal season next spring, with Big Ten and NCAA championships on the schedule. “She’s definitely like talked me through everything that goes on with Ohio State field hockey,” said Palmer. With her freshman year looking much different than she expected, Palmer has her close friend Bough to help her get through it. Bough and Palmer moved in earlier this week to prepare for the field hockey preseason. Bough said the team was remaining separate until the COVID-19 testing process was complete. “It was heartbreaking,” said Bough. While there won’t be games played this fall, the girls are looking on the bright side and are happy to be at OSU, training together. “I reached out to Sam and a couple of the other freshmen and made them text me if they had any questions or needed anything,” said Bough. “I think that really helped ease a lot.” (WBNG) — Whitney Point’s Leanne Bough and Maine-Endwell’s Sam Palmer had just arrived at Ohio State University when the Big Ten postponed the fall sports season. On Tuesday, the Big Ten postponed all fall sports. Bough says OSU’s Athletic Director Gene Smith immediately called an athletics Zoom meeting so players wouldn’t find out on social media. “We”ll start out eight hours and slowly start to get into more hours, and practice probably five days a week,” said Bough. For now the Southern Tier natives are training and hoping for a spring season. “Not necessarily suprising but more like, ‘whoa,'” said Palmer. The two-time All-American and New York State Player of the Year will be joined by Palmer this season, a 2020 Maine-Endwell graduate who also brings an impressive resume to OSU. “Being a unit, a team keeps everyone positive because we’re all motivated toward the same goal,” said Palmer. “We are already out here and still able to be together,” said Bough. “We came to the conclusion that probably eventually it was going to happen just for our safety and stuff like that and that’s what our AD and principal decided,” said Bough. “It definitely puts a damper on the excitement of like, oh freshman year, college,” said Palmer. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.
The center handed out nearly 100 boxes within the first 30 minutes. The center says it hopes to have the food distributions twice a month, but it depends on donations from the community. Pastoral Coordinator Robert Henrich says having his center involved in the distribution makes him feel like they are doing what must be done. The boxes were filled with meat, milk, potatoes and cheese. OWEGO (WBNG) — On Thursday, the Common Ground Christian Community Center and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier held a food-box distribution in Owego. The center has been doing food distributions through the pandemic with produce only. But this time, the food bank gave the center food boxes from farmers to families. “Our whole purpose has been to try to gather other organizations here and to be able to, in a place where people need help, more together than each does on their own,” Henrich told 12 News.