If you did not order in advance, you can order through Local Girl Scouts or go to community booth sales from Feb. 28 to March 29. You can find booths by entering your zip code at gsnypenndot.org or downloading the Girl Scout Cookie Finder App on iOS or Android. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Thousands of highly-anticipated treats arrived in Binghamton this morning just in time for National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Pre-orders are stacked and ready to be sent out from the Girl Scout NY-Penn Pathways Cookie Depot in Binghamton. Girl Scout Cookie Weekend begins Friday.
“Other bees have been able to evolve around the Asian Hornet,” said Finch. “Mellifera bees here have not had that opportunity to evolve with them, so they’re defenseless, our bees are defenseless, not like the Asian bees.” Berkshire Hills farm beekeeper, Bob Finch, has been in the bee business for nearly 50 years and is a fifth generation beekeeper. He says the bee population has endured a lot, but not as much as it’s going through currently. Now with the new Asian Hornet, otherwise known as the “murder hornet”, entering the U.S. through Washington State, he fears this could be detrimental to what he’s been working so hard to keep alive. You can report an Asian Hornet sighting to the New York State Department of Agriculture. RELATED: ‘Murder Hornets’ have no entered the U.S. It’s not just the overall bee population Finch says he’s worried about. He says it’s the domino effect that would cost, such as how our local farms would be hit. BERKSHIRE (WBNG) — As the new Asian Hornet enters the U.S., local beekeepers are worried about the domino effect it could create in both bees and humans. Finch says it’s best for everyone to keep an eye out and inform officials right away if it is seen. Reminder, it can look very similar to that of the less threatening type of bee, the European Hornet, so make sure you can tell those apart first. Honeybees help create one-third of our food supply, which Finch says is already having trouble because of so many other problems bees are facing. He added, saying, “We don’t need another stressor on our bees anywhere in the U.S. Our bees are very stressed at times.”
VESTAL (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department is alerting residents who have shopped at Sam’s Club on the Vestal Parkway that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.May 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The health department is asking individuals who were at the store at the following times to contact their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms. The 14-day incubation period will be over on May 21. The department says the employee did not work while symptomatic.
Bump told 12 News that getting players back on the course was important for their big event of the Summer. The invitational consisted of 172 players teeing off throughout the course of the day. The two-day event was condensed to Sunday only because of Saturday’s rain. Course general manager, Jonathan Bump, said the invitational followed all social distancing guidelines throughout the day. APALACHIN (WBNG) – The 9th Annual Hiawatha Invitational wrapped up at the Links at Hiawatha Landing on Sunday. “I think it’s the one big event every year that we run ourselves, and it’s a great combination of our membership and general public play,” said Bump.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Boys and Girls Club is bustling once again, opening its doors for summer programming. Executive Director Marybeth Smith says staff is ready to welcome kids and has been preparing for this week. There are also fewer group activities for kids to participate in. This year, the summer program is filled with about 50 kids, a much lower number than usual, which helps with social distancing efforts. Despite the changes, staff say it’s important to give kids some normalcy after so much was taken from them earlier this year. Kids will get close to the same club experience they’ve had in the past but with new precautions in place. “They all have masks, they all have shields, they all have different places where they can go and they can’t go in the building,” said Smith. For more information on the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club, click here. “Everything is more individual. Again, trying to make it as fun as we can, but they had to learn everything new. The staff hasn’t been used to planning like that. It was much easier to go in the gym and play kickball or play baseball, but we’re not doing that right now,” said Smith. Upon entry, children and staff will have their temperature taken and answer a few screening questions. The Boys and Girls Club hopes to provide a safe space not only for the kids’ physical health, but for their mental health too. “They need to see the familiar faces, they need to know that we are still here for them. They need to know that we care about them, and we love them, and they need to feel safe,” said Smith. “They need a place. We’re their home away from home, and they haven’t been with us since March 16th. I remember the day. So they need to be here,” said Smith. “One day they’re going to school, and they’re coming here after school, the next day there’s no place for them to go.” “We have so many great staff members who are really learning all the new guidelines, all the restrictions, and this is a very, very safe place right now,” she said.
ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Golfers teed off Friday morning at the En-Joie Golf Course for the 6th Annual Mercy House Southern Tier Tony Delnero Memorial Golf Tournament. Golfers called Mercy House a “great organization.” The tournament is a fundraiser for Mercy House. It helps them offset the cost of operating. Mercy House opened in 2016 and has provided hospice care to 520 residents. 144 golfers took to the course. They maintained social distance and had separate tee times. “It certainly helps out people that are in the last days of their life,” Golfer Sandy Monachino told 12 News. “Recently, my wife went through that and I don’t know what we could have done without Mercy House. Quiet frankly, she got fantastic care.” The tournament has been named after Tony Delnero. He was one of the coordinating team members that helped found the organization. He passed away in 2017.