Pandemic creates unique friendship, all through writing letters

first_imgAfter the pandemic, Mary and Adriana have already made plans to get together. They plan to go get ice cream. People would describe 71-year-old Mary Chapin as a social butterfly. Adriana’s letter to Mary Mary did write back, including a slew of questions to get to know her new best friend. While they can’t hang out together yet, Adriana is still finding ways to make Mary smile. That’s when Jackie’s 14-year-old daughter, Adriana Saint-Hilaire, decided to send Mary a letter. She asked Mary what kind of weather she likes, drew a picture, and even included a stamp so Mary could reply. “She was honestly worried that she was forgotten about. She didn’t quite understand what was going on in the world, she didn’t understand why we couldn’t go out anymore,” said Jackie Hannah, ACHIEVE program manager. “In some ways, I like to meet new people once in awhile,” said Mary. center_img “Sometimes we’ll talk about what our favorite food is, so I’ll draw a hamburger, so it’s kind of fun,” said Adriana. (WBNG) — Two people have formed a unique friendship during quarantine, using a good ol’ fashioned pen and paper. Mary’s reply “It’s something to look forward to, she now has a bright spot in her day,” said Jackie. Mary is a resident of ACHIEVE, a local organization that works with people who have disabilities. When the pandemic hit, Mary had to stay in quarantine, which wasn’t easy for her. last_img read more

Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour brings competition back to the green

first_img“Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Brown says his goal is to have 30 kids sign up per tournament, but it’s mainly about giving them an opportunity. The program welcomes young men and women ages 15-18, and is set to begin mid-June. “I figured we could do a good job with an outreach because we played in junior tournaments (together) and I figured we could run some that would be pretty good.” The tournaments will vary. Starley said “there’s going to be individual stroke play tournaments, best ball tournaments, maybe some captain and mate, captain and crew.” Brown is joined by Windsor High School senior Jordan Starley, an avid golfer who will continue to play at SUNY Delhi. So far, the tour has teamed up with eight golf courses across the Southern Tier: “If that means 10 or 15 kids have the opportunity to play golf, I’m for it. Our work here is done.” This is also a chance for golfers to train ahead of the season. “Giving kids the opportunity to play during this should allow them to pick up where they did when they left off, after last school season,” said Starley. “The virus has impacted junior sports immensely,” said Brown. Amid the pandemic, sports are not being played at a competitive level. This program will bring a competitive nature back to the course. center_img “Our theme is where competition thrives. We have good programs that make golfers, that form them. Now we need a program that creates competition and that’s what we’re trying to do.” The idea was created by college student and co-director of the tour, Riley Brown. His family owns Conklin Players Club, and after his semester was cut short, he created the program. Brown is hoping a tournament schedule will be set next week. For more information on signing up, click here! You can also email the program at CONKLIN (WBNG) — The Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour will come to our community this summer, giving young golfers the opportunity to play the game at a competitive level. (WBNG) — The schedule for this summer’s Southern Tier Junior Golf Tour has been released. Afton Golf CourseTraditions at the Glen Golf CourseConklin Players ClubThe Links at Hiawatha Landing Golf CourseBelden Hill Golf CourseChenango Valley State Park Golf CourseGolden Oaks Golf CourseEndwell Golf Course UPDATE: —–last_img read more

Windsor fair puts emphasis on helping local business

first_img“Being a rural farming community we do have a lot of people producing local goods and so I really wanted to build this up as a venue for local people to get their products out there,” she said. Dozens came out for the event on the Village Green which included a farmer’s market, crafts and a pork barbeque sponsored by the Windsor Fire Department. The village holds a farmers market on the Green each Saturday from 9 a.m til 2 p.m. There was also live music performances throughout the day. center_img Organizer Francine Urda said despite the pandemic, it was important for the village that the event go forward. WINDSOR (WBNG) — The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the annual Windsor Craft Fair and Market from going off without a hitch on Saturday.last_img read more