Wayne Memorial helps local businesses support breast feeding families and more

What's going on in your community June 10 to 16

Posted 6/9/21

In memory of officer Daryl Yates

SMALLWOOD, NY — On September 16, 2020, the Town of Bethel community lost one of its town constables, Daryl Yates. 

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Wayne Memorial helps local businesses support breast feeding families and more

What's going on in your community June 10 to 16

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In memory of officer Daryl Yates

SMALLWOOD, NY — On September 16, 2020, the Town of Bethel community lost one of its town constables, Daryl Yates. 

AccoÍrding to a press release, “Yates exemplified everything about being a public servant that made him well-respected by the community and his peers.  He served the Bethel Community and residents with honor, dedication and high values. He will always be remembered for his support of our many community events and programs where he worked hard to keep safe.”

The town will unveil a bench dedicated to his memory on Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at Forest Reserve in Smallwood, 48 Richard Crumley Dr. All are welcome. 

For more information, call town supervisor Daniel Sturm at 845/583-4350 ext. 102 or bethelsupervisor@libertybiz.rr.com.

Volunteers needed for a solar PV installation

BOYDS MILLS, PA — The Highlights Foundation is continuing its net-zero initiative by planning a new solar PV installation this summer near its retreat center located in Boyds Mills. 

If you are interested in learning more about solar energy and installation and participating in real hands-on volunteering with some on-the-job training, email info@seedsgroup.net with your name, brief intro and a description of your experience.

Community Impact Grants now available for nonprofits and community-based organizations

NEW YORK — The latest round of Community Impact Grants offered by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Office of Environmental Justice is now open.

Your organization can be eligible to receive partial or full funding for projects that provide assistance to communities historically and disproportionately impacted by environmental issues. Eligible organizations can apply to receive up to $100,000 in funding for projects that address a community’s exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks and include a new research component that will be used to expand the knowledge of the affected community.

Eligible applicants must be a not-for-profit corporation (NFP) community-based organization, or a community-based organization can partner with a NFP that will serve as its fiscal sponsor.

The deadline for applications is 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 1. 

For more information, including the request for applications (PDF) for this grant opportunity, visit www.on.ny.gov/3cbbzAc, or contact DEC’s Office of Environmental Justice at 518/402-2600 or justice@dec.ny.gov.

Wayne Memorial helps local businesses support breastfeeding families

HONESDALE, PA — “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” signs are now prominently displayed on doors and windows of nearly 20 Honesdale area businesses. The initiative, spearheaded by Brittany Kimble, RN, BSN, IBCLC, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at the Women’s Health Center and Wayne Memorial Hospital, is supported by a grant from the PA Perinatal,  whose mission is to improve women’s and children’s health outcomes through education, collaboration and advocacy.

Among the components of the Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership Breastfeeding Community Grant awarded to Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers in October of last year was a community project intended to rally support for breastfeeding families. Although Kimble was able to keep in-person patient consultations and provide education for nursing mothers-to-be via social media throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting a community outreach in a world devoid of public gatherings remained a challenge.

When restrictions began to ease for Pennsylvania businesses in late March of 2021, Kimble gathered a list of local establishments ranging from restaurants to the public library and approached them about posting the signs which she says are “meant to increase support for breastfeeding families in the public and in our community”.

“I was a little nervous about the response I would get,” stated Kimble referring to initial phone calls she placed. Much to her relief, Kimble was met with the resounding answer of “yes” to her request. And, it didn’t stop there. To date 18 organizations have agreed to display the eight-by-eight-inch placard in their establishments. These include Arthur Avenue Italian Deli; Black and Brass; Camp Umpy’s; Cherry Ridge Airport; The Cooperage; Cordaro’s Restaurant; Elegante Restaurant & Pizzeria; Gravity Ice Cream, Gretchen’s Grotto, Halfway House, KC Pepper; Laurel’s Hometown Café, Locos Gringos Coastal Mexican Grill; Papa’s Primo Pizza; Sprout Dental; Two Guys and the Wayne County Library.

Any business owner wishing to be part of the “Breastfeeding Welcome” initiative is encouraged to contact Brittany Kimble at the Women’s Health Center by calling 570/253-3005 or via email kimblebr@wmh.org.

The 2021 Wayne County Dairy Princess, Maddie Roberts, left, pictured with Matthew Fuller and Danielle Davis behind their baby, Aurora.
The 2021 Wayne County Dairy Princess, Maddie Roberts, left, pictured with Matthew Fuller and Danielle Davis behind their baby, Aurora.

First baby of dairy month

HONESDALE, PA — Little Aurora Fuller got to meet a real princess almost as soon as she was born. The 2021 Wayne County Dairy Princess, Maddie Roberts, caught up with Aurora and her parents, Danielle Davis and Matthew Fuller, in the main lobby at Wayne Memorial Hospital. 

The family had just been discharged and was on its way home to Susquehanna County. The hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites still has restrictions on visitation due to the pandemic, so the lobby was the best place for all four to meet. Roberts presented Aurora, the first baby born at the hospital in June, Dairy Month, and her family with a basket of dairy-related goods, including cheese from Calkins Creamery and a stuffed cow. Maddie is the daughter of Jason and Chandra Roberts, RN, Wayne Memorial Nurse Manager II. Aurora’s delivery on June 1 was facilitated by nurse midwife Christina MacDowell, CNM, Women’s Health Center/Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers.

Reminder: clean, drain and dry watercrafts and equipment to protect from invasive species

NEW YORK — New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded water recreationists to do their part in protecting New York’s waters from aquatic invasive species (AIS) by remembering to clean, drain and dry watercraft and equipment. Last year, boater traffic increased by nearly 20 percent at some launches and boat stewards counted more than 390,000 boats at launches across the state, a significant increase from the 276,515 watercrafts counted in 2019. DEC anticipates more boaters will hit the water this season and with them an increased risk of introducing AIS to New York’s waters. Taking proactive steps such as cleaning off fishing tackle, removing aquatic vegetation from rudders, disinfecting boat hulls and water compartments and properly disposing of bait significantly reduces that risk. 

With its Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program, DEC boat stewards talked with more than 30,000 boaters who were unfamiliar with the boat steward program. These stewards also intercepted more than 19,000 AIS on boats and equipment.

For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov.

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