Coordination efforts are being done in a safe, responsible way. It’s called the ‘Give Help, Get Help’ initiative. If you are part of an agency looking for volunteers, click here. “When we are putting these volunteer groups together, we’re making sure they do not exceed 10 and everyone is staying at least six feet apart,” said Welch. “We are kicking off this campaign and coordinating the efforts to match those needs with those volunteer opportunities in a very safe and timely manner,” said Welch. The two-fold campaign calls on volunteers, then places them with local organizations who could use the help. “Each year we mobilize over 1,400 people to complete over 100 projects in one day. So if we have the talent and the expertise to know how to do this as things change and be very nimble in the process, because that’s what we have to do,” said Welch. The United Way of Broome County is leading the effort in coordinating volunteers to help different organizations during this pandemic. (WBNG) — As day to day life continues to change, so do the needs of our community. The United Way says it’s stepping up because it has the resources and know show. Look at its success from the annual ‘Day of Caring,’ a large volunteer effort. For example, the United Way is assisting CHOW. “There’s a lot of need out there right now but there are a lot of individuals who really want to help and they don’t know how,” said United Way of Broome County executive director LoriAnne Welch. If you are someone willing to give your time and help out through volunteer opportunities, click here. “That’s the type of community Broome County is. And that’s what makes us strong and that’s what makes us overcome regardless of what we are faced with, because the people are committed and they’re relentless. We’re not going to stop,” said Welch. While the United Way is taking charge, it’s no surprise people are coming out of every direction to help. “They’re mobilizing their resources to pack five day food supply boxes and they need help doing that,” said Welch.
“It was… quite a surprise, because it was a substantial amount taken out. Dairy farmers cannot afford anymore deductions taken out of a milk check,” said Pavelski. “It couldn’t have come at a worse time for dairy farmers.” The national average price of milk in 2019 was $3.45 per gallon for conventional whole milk, compared to $3.27 in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (WBNG) — Dairy farmers across the Southern Tier have been seeing a big deduction on their milk checks from large organizations on top of all the other expenses they have to pay. “Basically when you do go to the mailbox, you might have $2.90 taken off your milk check, so if it’s $18 dollar [per hundredweight], you might be down $14 and right now milk is $11 [per hundredweight] and with the COVID-19 deduction, it brings it down to $9.30 [per hundredweight], which is just unreal,” said Pavelski. Derek Pavelski owns Pavelski Farms in Conklin. He says he didn’t expect to see that deduction and was devastated the moment he noticed it on his letter. 12 News reached out to Dairy Farmers of America. It is unclear at this time how much prices of dairy products, especially milk, would change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one employee at the organization did confirm that COVID-19 deduction on dairy farmers checks was a one-time deal to help cover costs. He says originally he’d get a decent amount per hundredweight of milk that he produced. Now, many farmers who rely on organizations like National Farmers and Dairy Farmers of America, saw a big COVID-19 deduction on their milk checks. Some reported more than a thousand dollars off their total. Dairy farmers were expected to see a better year in 2020 with milk prices expected to rise, but the pandemic got in the way of all that with a lower demand for the product.
TOWN OF VESTAL (WBNG) — The Broome County District Attorney’s Office stated Monday that a Vestal man pleaded guilty to burning the Home Central store. According to a news release, Richard Millard “did intentionally damage” the store, located at 199 Stage Road in the Town of Vestal. Millard pleaded guilty to second-degree arson. In July, Home Central began to rebuild and increase the size of both the warehouse and retail section of the store. The fire caused extensive damage to the warehouse, but the retail part of the store was mostly undamaged. On March 20, the Vestal Police Department arrested Millard for causing a fire to the warehouse. Police stated that Millard was an employee of Home Central at the time of the fire. A judge announced a sentencing date of November 10, 2020.