Healthy Eating, Active Living in Schuyler wants families to exercise their imaginations and their bodies.
HEAL is asking families to create games that “get you up and moving” and that can be played in their own homes, while social distancing with others or online.
Prizes provided by Watkins Sporting Goods will be awarded for the top three games.
Clear rules for the game must be developed, and submissions must include a demonstration through video, photos, a storyline or paper napkin doodles.
Games will be judged on fun, fairness and the ability for players to decrease or increase the level of challenge to match skills of all ages and abilities. The games must be safe and accessible for all players.
Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject “HEAL PE Game Contest Entry.” The deadline is Aug. 31. Winners will be announced in September.
For more information on the Invent a New Physical Education Game contest, email HEAL Schuyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County to hold plant sale
From mushroom logs to landscaping plants, a wide variety is promised for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Plant Sale on June 20 at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fireman’s Fairgrounds, on Route 414 in Hector.
Face masks and safety guidelines will be required.
The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Hector Lions Club will offer a chicken barbecue at the same time and location.
For more information, email Roger Ort at email@example.com.
County officials to host online session about New York Forward reopening requirements
A weekly online session is giving Schuyler County business owners and residents up-to-date information related to New York Forward reopening requirements and ongoing local efforts.
Hosted by County Administrator Tim O’Hearn and SCOPED Executive Director Judy McKinney Cherry, the sessions allow participants to ask questions of county officials and local businesses.
The sessions are every Thursday at 3 p.m. and are limited to one hour.
For online login information, email SCOPED at Anne@flxgateway.com or call 607-535-4341.
Hidden Valley 4-H camp canceled
Hidden Valley 4-H Camp’s 75th anniversary season in 2020 has been canceled.
“We did everything possible to try and open our doors for families this year, our 75th anniversary, but the safety of our campers, staff and families comes first,” said Mel Schroeder, camp administrator and director of youth and family programming at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County, in a recent news release.
“We know this is a blow to our campers and families who have been coming to Hidden Valley for years, but if we can’t guarantee the safety of our campers, we do not believe it’s responsible for us to open.”
The camp is in Watkins Glen State Park.
All camp families who already had registered will get a complete refund. Registrants are asked to go to the original registration page online and file for a refund. Refunds should be available within 30 days but may take longer.
“This decision did not come lightly, or without consultations with community leaders, camp families, our partners at Watkins Glen State Park and Cornell Cooperative Extension administration. Everyone is heartbroken at this situation, but closing camp for the season is the right thing to do,” said Phil Cherry, Extension executive director.
2020 Hector Fair canceled
The cancellation of the 2020 Hector Fair, presented by the Valois-Logan-Hector Volunteer Fire Company and scheduled for July, was announced in a recent Facebook post.
“After much time, effort and thought, the Fire Company has made the necessary, albeit tough, decision to cancel the Hector Fair for 2020,” the announcement stated on the page, The Hector Fair.
“We commend them for weighing all options, waiting for the clearest picture of what the summer will look like and for considering the health and safety of everyone in what we know was a difficult decision to make. Keep following us to learn more about alternative ways that you can support the Valois Logan Hector Volunteer Fire Company. And get ready for the best Hector Fair you’ve ever seen in 2021.”
This would have been the 62nd year of the fair.
Schuyler Hospital announces new hours for COVID-19 testing
New hours at Schuyler Hospital for COVID-19 testing for essential businesses are Monday and Friday mornings and Wednesday afternoons by appointment only.
Businesses must pre-register by calling the hospital at 607-535-8639, ext. 2718. Appointment times will be assigned during the call. An online application is being developed.
The hospital is continuing to offer drive-thru services for anyone with a doctor’s order during this time.
For more information, call Schuyler Hospital’s COVID-19 Hotline at 607-535-8602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arc of Schuyler and Arc of Chemung have merged
The Arc of Schuyler and The Arc of Chemung have officially merged, to become The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler.
“The board of directors, along with the leadership teams of both organizations, have worked long and hard, and extremely well together, to make this transition happen,” Harold J. Hoffmeier Jr., president of The Arc of Schuyler Board, said in a news release. “We have already witnessed programmatic growth, as well as increases in community support. The best is yet to come!”
In 2019, The Arcs of Chemung and Schuyler developed a strategic partnership as the two organizations explored opportunities for shared services, shared staffing and joint ventures.
“Both chapters quickly recognized that they were stronger together, aligned by shared values and a commitment to deliver excellent services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and to our local communities,” the news release states.
The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler Board of Directors will be Anita Lewis, president; Eileen Remec, vice president; Michael Stamp, treasurer; Margaret Lawrence, secretary; Harold J. Hoffmeier Jr., The Arc NY Board of Governor; and Thomas Gough, Marcia Kasprzyk, Veronica Lewis, Kathryn Littleton, Lee Moran, David Ralph, Margaret Sisson, Donald Stocum, and Nancy Thomas.
Administrative offices will be at 711 Sullivan St. in Elmira.
Glenda Gephart covers Schuyler County in her Seneca South column. Contact her at P.O. Box 65, Reading Center, NY 14876 or at email@example.com.