The number of people in attendance was slightly less than years past, but Scott emphasized those who showed up understood the importance of a drive like this. Scott added during his father’s treatment he received multiple blood donations, giving Jamie the extra motivation to give back to people in need of blood for transfusions, surgeries, emergencies and more. The sixth annual blood drive in memory of Bob Scott took place at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, as community members came out to donate blood in memory of Scott. “Seeing [Bob] being the benefactor of receiving the blood hit hard for us,” Scott said. “The fact that he used to donate so regularly when he was eligible, before he was diagnosed, before he even needed it, he was donating every time he was eligible. This is kind of a way to carry on his tradition that he really started.” “Everybody sees it as a good opportunity to kind of honor his memory, as well as to help people out because donating blood is so important, it’s literally a life and death situation,” Scott said. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — On Saturday, a blood drive was more than a donation, serving as a honor to a man who battled cancer. Sweet treats such as cookies, coffee, and juice were provided to participants after blood was taken. Scott died six years ago to the day after a battle with cancer. His son, Jamie, told 12 News his father was an avid donor of blood before his death.
When the temperatures dip and rise within hours, it can cause problems on the roads, such as potholes and cracks. That is when the New York State Department of Transportation steps in to help. “There is a misconception that all DOT does is they just plow roads and, when we have a mild winter like this, people may question, ‘Well what are all you guys doing?’ We have a lot of people out right now plugging potholes before they become a problem,” said Cook. (WBNG) — Though this year’s winter hasn’t created a lot of snow for the NYSDOT to consistently plow, officials say the workers keep busy. NYSDOT spokesperson, Scott Cook, says the department does a whole lot more than plow roadways. In addition, workers there do many road repairs from filling in potholes to fixing guide rails. There are also plenty of trucks and heavy machinery to maintain, which the employees work extra hard on when they have the time to spare on days with better weather. They clean the trucks as well as do safety checks to make sure they are ready for their next challenge. “There’s a lot to do and when we have a mild winter like this, it actually helps us get a jump on the Spring,” said Cook. In the meantime, Cook says it is often easy for drivers to forget NYSDOT workers are still on the roads when the weather is nice. So, he asks for everyone to remain aware and move over whenever you see a vehicle on the side of the road.
(WBNG) — The COVID-19 Community Response Fund Alliance has announced its first round of grant recipients to seven local non-profits. The Community Response Fund Alliance is by the led United Way of Broome County and other charitable foundations. Recipients include: Since launching the fund, more than $327,000 has been donated from local foundations, corporations, individuals and philanthropic partners. As of April 24, the alliance has awarded grants that total around $78,000. AchieveGood Shephered Communities FoundationThe Jewish Community Center of BinghamtonPublic Policy and Education FundCitizens Action of NYRescue MissionSalvation ArmyVolunteers of America
ENDWELL (WBNG) — The Endwell Greens Golf Club and Event Center says their restaurant and bar will be closed for a couple of days after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The golf club says operations will remain open under new precautions to protect golfers. The pro-shop will be window service only, and the golf carts will be sanitized after every use. They say one of the employees has not worked since Friday, Aug. 7 and the other hasn’t worked since Monday, Aug. 10. The golf club says the restaurant will be closed Monday, Aug. 17 and Tuesday, Aug. 18, to sanitize the facility, and are hopeful they can reopen on Wednesday. The golf club urges all golfers to practice social distancing. The golf club says they will continue to monitor their employee’s health and be diligent with operations to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Broome County dashboard also reports that 1,234 people have recovered from the virus, while 82 people have died. Currently, two people are in the hospital from the infection. City of Binghamton – 42Town of Vestal – 21Town of Chenango – 8Town of Fenton – 4Village of Johnson City – 4Town of Union – 3Town of Kirkwood – 3Town of Conklin – 2Village of Endicott – 2 According to Garnar, the county received the highest number of positive test results for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The county executive said residents in Broome County need to exercise social distancing and regular hand washing to keep down the spread. Garnar expressed his concern, saying many of the cases are connected to community spread. According to Broome County’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the total number of active cases stands at 94, an increase from the 63 cases posted Thursday. IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Today we received the highest number of #COVID19 positive test results in Broome County to date. Many of these cases are tied to people gathering socially and visiting local establishments. (1/2)— Jason Garnar (@jasongarnar) September 25, 2020 BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — Taking to social media Friday afternoon, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced his concern after a significant spike in COVID-19 positive test results, with “IMPORTANT MESSAGE” beginning his Tweet. The Towns of Windsor, Dickinson, Barker, Maine and Sanford each have one positive, active case. To see the dashboard, click here. As of this writing, the total number of cases per community are as follows: