New rules for deer, bear hunting and more

What's going on in your community September 9 to 15

Posted 9/7/21

New officer appointed to Port Jervis Salvation Army corps

PORT JERVIS, NY — Salvation Army Lt. Valentina Agudelo has been appointed to co-lead, with her husband, the Port Jervis …

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New rules for deer, bear hunting and more

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New officer appointed to Port Jervis Salvation Army corps

PORT JERVIS, NY — Salvation Army Lt. Valentina Agudelo has been appointed to co-lead, with her husband, the Port Jervis corps.

Agudelo and her husband, Lt. Nereus Mogaria joined the Port Jervis corps last summer. They’ll focus on social services in the region, targeting hunger, housing, family needs and COVID-related support services.

Agudelo grew up in Rhode Island and was a member of the Salvation Army Pawtucket corps there. She graduated from college in 2016 and then spent three summers on Salvation Army mission trips to Brazil, Denmark, and Greenland.

“Like so many communities, Port Jervis has been hit hard by COVID-19 and we are determined to help people get back on their feet and thrive. The Salvation Army’s commitment to ‘Doing the Most Good’ has never been greater,” Agudelo said.

The Salvation Army has been in Port Jervis for 119 years. During the pandemic, the national organization and local corps provided drive-through food pantries, grab-and-go meals, and online emotional and spiritual care. The Greater New York division alone, which includes Port Jervis, served 7.7 million meals during that time.

For more information about the Port Jervis corps, see their Facebook page.

Online chair exercise

ONLINE — Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it’s not exercise.

Wayne County’s Area Agency on Aging is offering online chair exercise, streamed live every Monday at 9 a.m. on the Wayne County Office of Human Services Facebook page, WayneCountyCourthouse.

For more information, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 570/253-4262.

County executives on their pandemic year

NEW YORK STATE — It’s not the first book about COVID-19, but it might be the first of its kind. And it offers insight into the thought processes of government employees as they struggled with a public health crisis.

New York state county executives documented their experiences, problems and solutions in a new book, “Our Darkest Hours: New York County Leadership & the COVID Pandemic.”

Meant for “policy makers, politicians and the public,” according to a statement, the book looks at what happened in the governmental realm, the decisions that had to be made, and the result of those decisions. It “evaluate[s] the consequences of a top-down response that dramatically altered the authority of local governments to respond to public health crisis.”

“Our Darkest Hours: New York County Leadership & the COVID Pandemic,” is available for purchase online from Archway Publishing, Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.

The new slate of Democratic candidates for November’s elections in Cochecton. Craig Fine, left, Kambri Crews, Dr. Paul Salzberg, Eileen Hennessy and Steve Sauer.
The new slate of Democratic candidates for November’s elections in Cochecton. Craig Fine, left, Kambri Crews, Dr. Paul Salzberg, Eileen Hennessy …

Democratic candidates named in Cochecton

COCHECTON, NY — At a recent caucus, Cochecton Democrats chose their slate of candidates for the November election. Incumbents Craig Fine (town judge), Dr. Paul Salzberg (town council), Eileen Hennessy (tax collector) and Steve Sauer (town judge) are running again. Kambri Crews is also running for a seat on the town council.

The Democrats next meet on Monday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m at the Cochecton Community Room. All registered Cochecton Democrats are welcome. For more information, visit cochectondemocrats.org or email peggyr.8104@gmail.com.

A random bear, contemplating something. New York has changed the bear-hunting rules.
A random bear, contemplating something. New York has changed the bear-hunting rules.

New rules for deer, bear hunting

NEW YORK STATE — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has created a special antlerless deer season and extended hunting hours.

Dress code requirements have also been changed.

These changes, among others, came after the DEC reviewed public comments, the department said. A summary of the comments is available on the DEC website.

Among the changes: an antlerless deer season has been added beginning September 11 and the hunting hours for deer and bear have been extended to include the full period of ambient light from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Anyone hunting big game with a firearm, or accompanying someone hunting big game with a firearm, is required to wear a solid or patterned fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink hat, vest, or jacket. Most two-party hunting-related shooting incidents in New York, a DEC statement said, involve a hunter victim who was not wearing fluorescent orange or pink clothing.

“New York has a long and proud tradition of deer and bear hunting and with these new rules, DEC is building on that tradition by expanding opportunities for hunters, increasing antlerless harvest where needed, and improving hunter safety,” Basil Seggos, DEC commissioner, said. “I am confident that the rule changes announced today will provide hunters with a better all-around experience while ensuring their safety.”

For more information, see the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov.

Delaware Valley Hospital main entrance now open

WALTON, NY — Beginning September 1, the main entrance to the Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton will re-open to patients and visitors.

It can be used Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By opening this entrance, patients and visitors will have a shorter walk to get to registration, the medical floor, the lab, the imaging department, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation or the GI and cardiac specialists.

Anyone arriving after hours, on weekends or holidays should use the emergency room’s walk-in entrance.

Patients needing the emergency room should always use that entrance.

For more information or to learn more about the UHS Delaware Valley hospital, see their website, https://bit.ly/3kKPuMD.

Give blood or platelets

REGION — The Red Cross is urging eligible donors to help end the ongoing critical need for blood by donating at any upcoming blood drive.

Donors of all blood types are needed.

The organization, a statement notes, is concerned that the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant, plus a potentially active hurricane season, may further challenge the ability to collect blood and meet hospital needs.

In recent weeks, the Red Cross has seen the number of donors drop by nearly 10 percent. This decline is believed to be due to blood drive cancellations (due to the pandemic), and donor availability, as well as back-to-school preparations.

“Patients are relying on the kindness of blood and platelet donors for their continued treatment,” the Red Cross writes. To schedule a donation appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 800/733-2767, or enable the Blood Donor skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Resorts World Catskills donates to Boys and Girls Club

MONTICELLO, NY — Resorts World Catskills, a casino/resort in Monticello, presented a donation of $10,000 to the Town of Wallkill Boys and Girls Club.

The donation will go toward general program funding that supports the local club.

Resorts World’s philanthropy is conducted by Resorts World Gives, which describes its mission as investing in the economic and social progress of the communities in which Resorts World New York City and Resorts World Catskills operate. For more about the Monticello resort, see rwcatskills.com.

The Boys and Girls Club in the Town of Wallkill serves Sullivan County and northern Orange County. Learn more at bcgorange.org.

New issue of the Upper Delaware Council’s newsletter available  

NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) spotlighted a summer of drownings, and how they could have been prevented, in its latest newsletter.

Published since 1988, the newsletter has consistently shed light on news and events that impact the Upper Delaware region. It has always been free of charge.

The current issue also looks at broadband expansion, climate change studies, the Litter Sweep, and much more.

To see it online, visit https://bit.ly/2Y hiLqB. The website, www.upperdelawarecouncil.org, also has an archive of past issues on its Publications page.

Print copies in bulk or individually, and mail subscriptions are available by contacting the UDC at P.O. Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764; call (845) 252-3022; or email info@upperdelawarecouncil.org.

The UDC, a not-for-profit organization, works in partnership with the National Park Service to oversee implementation of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River. Its members are 13 New York towns and Pennsylvania townships that border on the river, as well as the two states, and the Delaware River Basin Commission.

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