Updated Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 12:15 AM
Attention local organizations and nonprofits in the WRIP listening area.
The WRIP Datebook is compiled each weekend based on the information that has been received by noon on Saturday.
Please DO NOT wait until the week your event is scheduled to take place to submit your information.
Please DO NOT assume that someone else will send us the details.
Please proofread your submission to ensure that everything is correct and complete.
If you would like to have your nonprofit and charity fundraiser events added to the WRIP online datebook and announced on the air, please send the information to WRIP979@gmail.com at least 3 weeks prior to the event, and certainly no later than 1 week in advance, to allow us time to sufficiently promote it. Information may also be mailed to WRIP, PO Box 979, Windham, NY 12496, or dropped off at our studio at 134 South Street in Windham. Please remember to include ALL of the following information:
- WHO is sponsoring the event and who benefits from ticket sales? (Name of your organization.)
- WHAT is the event? (Serving breakfast, lunch or dinner? Tell us what’s on the menu.)
- WHEN is your event being held? (Day of the week, date and time.)
- WHERE is it being held? (Name of building, street address and town.)
- WHY is the event being held? (Is it a fundraiser?)
- HOW MUCH is admission? (Prices for adults, children, seniors, members, donation, free-will offering, or free.)
Please include a contact number with area code, website and/or email address, and any other pertinent details. Make sure your website link works. Don’t make visitors click on half a dozen links before they can get to the information about your event.
Flyers for your event may be posted on our Facebook page, however, the attachment should be sent as a JPEG or PNG image. Facebook does not accept PDF images and screenshots are often too blurry to read. Please proofread them carefully to ensure that dates, times, addresses and prices are correct, and that nothing has been misspelled.
Submissions are welcome from area not-for-profit organizations, civic groups, local police, fire and rescue squads, and all local churches. If you can hear us, we want to publicize your events.
PLEASE NOTE: Organizations that seek our free publicity in the Datebook, but place paid advertising elsewhere, are asked to give equal consideration to WRIP. We will pull any public service announcement we see run as paid advertising elsewhere. Organizations with event marketing budgets are urged to contact us about extremely low-cost radio ads for your event(s).
The Governor’s “New York State on Pause” Executive Order states that “non-essential gatherings of any size for any reason are canceled or postponed,” eliminating many planned events aside from blood drives and take-out meals. Last minute announcements will be posted on Facebook and on our website.
Governor Cuomo has ordered non-essential businesses to temporarily close. Those that are permitted to remain open may have shorter hours of operation, may limit the number of people who can enter their building in order to maintain social distancing restrictions, or may do curbside pickups only. It is advisable for one person to shop while the rest of the family waits in the car or stays at home. We recommend that you call any government office or business in advance to confirm that they are open and what their procedures are.
The information posted here is subject to change and may quickly become outdated. You can find press releases and additional information on the WRIP Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/66208818746/
We all need to do our part during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are sick, not feeling well or currently under quarantine, please STAY HOME to help stop the spread and save lives. DO NOT visit public places. For anyone that has traveled to Greene County, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in your home community you MUST immediately contact the Public Health Call Center at (518) 635-5165 to register your presence and comply with self-quarantine regulations during your stay. All persons in Greene County are reminded to adhere to Social Distancing standards whether or not they are symptomatic, tested, or recovered, until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation. Be safe, be well, and STAY HOME.
- Greene County Tourism has launched the website TakeOutInGreene.com listing all restaurants throughout the county offering take-out, curbside and/or delivery options. If you want to add your restaurant or update your listing, please call (518) 819-9471 or email Tourism@DiscoverGreene.com and provide your days and hours of operation, the services you offer (take-out, delivery, curbside, breakfast, lunch and/or dinner), and a link to your menu or a PDF. https://www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com/dining/take-out-and-delivery
- New York State’s COVID-19 emotional support helpline at 1-844-863-9314 is a free service open 7 days a week from 8 AM until 10 PM.
- By order of the Governor, all schools and non-essential businesses in New York State must remain closed until Wednesday, April 29.
- Until further notice the Windham Town Hall will be accessible by appointment only; no walk-in traffic will be permitted. Call (518) 734-4170 or email WindhamTownClerk@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.
- The Windham Town Court will be suspended until further notice.
- The Windham Public Library will be closed until further notice.
- The Town of Ashland is offering to deliver grocery items and needed supplies, including prescriptions from the Windham Pharmacy, to the elderly in our community. Please call the Ashland Town Hall anytime at (518) 734-3636. Leave a message with your name and phone number if there’s no answer, and your call will be returned during 9 AM to 5 PM office hours.
- Jewett Town Court remains closed. Call (518) 263-4646 for more information.
- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has temporarily closed public access to Kaaterskill Falls, the viewing platform, and connecting trails. The Kaaterskill Wild Forest will remain open to the public. DEC is also closing parking areas at Molly Smith, Laurel House Road, and Scutt Road to public use. All access trails leading to the falls will be closed. Roadside parking in these areas is prohibited. In addition, DEC is blocking roads leading to the North-South Lake Campground to encourage social distancing and reduce visitor density while providing access for hikers to visit trails that connect with the campground.
- The Town of Hunter Town Hall, including the Town Court, will be closed until further notice. You are asked to do whatever business you can via phone, email or through the mail. Certain departments will be working remotely to check their voicemails. The number to call is (518) 589-6151. Department extensions are as follows:
Supervisor’s Secretary – 300
Court / Tickets – 306
Building Inspector / Code Officer – 307
Planning Board – 308
Assessor – 309
Highway Department – 310
Town Clerk / Tax Collector – 311
Supervisor – 312
- If you need food during this difficult time, stop by the Tannersville Food Pantry, 1 Park Lane, behind the firehouse, on Wednesdays from 1-3 PM and/or Saturdays from 11 AM until 1 PM. You can also call (518) 589-5942 and leave a message to arrange for delivery.
- The Mountain Top Library in Tannersville will be closed until further notice. Patrons are asked to hold on to any materials they may have borrowed and to not return them in the book drop. All overdue fines that accrue will be waived when the library is back in operation.
- Prattsville residents who are in need of essentials such as food, water and prescriptions, are asked to call Crystal at (518) 291-3557 for assistance.
- Prattsville town offices are closed, but residents can contact officials either by phone or email.
Town Supervisor – KtompkinsTownOfPrattsville@gmail.com
Office of Supervisor, Bookkeeper and general questions – (607) 435-5166 or BchaseTownOfPrattsville@gmail.com
Town Clerk – PrattClerk@gmail.com
Highway – (518) 299-3394
Tax Collector – (518) 299-3542 or PrattsvilleTaxCollector@gmail.com
Assessor – PrattsvilleAssessor@gmail.com
Code Enforcement – PrattsCodeOfficer@gmail.com
Cemetery – (814) 558-1774 or Chitester@gmail.com
- Margaretville Telephone Company, along with Municipal Officials, have dedicated the Pavilion at the Lexington Municipal Building, located at 3542 Route 42 in Lexington, as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Please respect the social distancing recommendations.
- The Greene County Chamber of Commerce office has been temporarily closed, and all meetings and events through Friday, April 24 have been postponed. You can contact them by leaving a message on their Facebook or Instagram pages, by calling (518) 943-4222 and leave a message, or email Info@GreeneCountyChamber.com.
- The Greene County Chamber of Commerce is hosting Greene County Take-out Weeks, urging everyone to support local businesses by ordering take-out, delivery or purchasing gift cards. https://www.GreeneCountyChamber.com/TakeOutWeek.html
- All Senior Citizen Centers operated by Greene County are closed until further notice. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to operate uninterrupted. All Senior Nutrition Sites will be offering TAKE-OUT meals only for anyone over the age of 60. You must call your local center 24 hours in advance if you would like a take-out meal.
Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second Street, Athens, (518) 945-2700
Acra Senior Service Center, Acra Community Center, Old Route 23, Cairo (518) 622-9898
Catskill Senior Nutrition Site, Robert C. Antonelli Senior Center, 15 Academy Street, Catskill (518) 943-1343
Coxsackie Senior Nutrition Site, Town of Coxsackie Senior Center, 127 Mansion Street, Coxsackie (518) 731-8901
Jewett Senior Service Center, Town of Jewett Municipal Building, 3547 Route 23C, Jewett (518) 263-4392
- All state- and county-run DMV field offices are closed until further notice. While offices are closed, expiration dates for driver licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations, including temporary 45-day registrations, will be extended. All road tests are also suspended until further notice.
- The DMV office in Catskill will be closed to the public until further notice. They will continue to accept DMV mail/transactions and dealer work at the front door drop box.
- The Greene County Clerk’s Office in Catskill will be closed to the public until further notice. They will continue to accept mail/transactions and work at the front door drop box.
- Delaware County has declared a State of Emergency. In accordance with recommendations from the County Health Director, the Chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors has ordered the suspension of all classroom and extracurricular functions with regard to all public schools situated in the County of Delaware, except, schools may remain open for administrative and staff functions. This Order shall take effect at 12 AM (midnight) on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and shall remain in effect until 12 AM (midnight) on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 unless sooner revoked, but may be extended for additional periods.
- The Delaware County Office for the Aging Senior Meal sites and Senior Transit will cease operations effective immediately. This order shall remain in effect until 12 AM (midnight) on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 unless sooner revoked.
- Residents of the FASNY Firemen’s Home would appreciate receiving cards or pictures as they have been restricted to the home for several weeks, have not been allowed to have visitors, and these gifts would brighten their day. This would be an excellent arts and crafts project for homeschoolers. The address is The FASNY Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534, Attention: Matthew Plew.
- Due to space limitations at the pet food bank, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA as requested that monetary donations be mailed to CGHS/SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534 or through their website, https://cghs.org/ so that they may purchase food as needed.
- Pre-Kindergarten registration for the incoming September 2020 school year will be held at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School, Main Street in Windham on Friday, May 8. Children must be 4 years old before December 31, 2020 to register. If you have a child who is not currently enrolled in the Pre-K program at WAJ, but will be eligible to attend Kindergarten in the fall, please contact Nicole Baldner, School Counselor, at (518) 734-3400 ext. 1160 for more information. Children must be 5 years old before December 31, 2020 to register for Kindergarten.
Through Thursday 5/14
- The New York State burn ban is in effect through Thursday, May 14.
- An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, April 9 from 1-6 PM at the Hudson Elks Lodge No. 787, 201 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson.
Friday 4/10 – Good Friday
- The Hensonville Hose Company will hold a fish fry at the firehouse, 432 Route 296 in Hensonville on Friday, April 10 from 4-8 PM. The menu includes your choice of haddock, clam strips or chicken tenders, French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, dinner roll and brownie for $10, or the fisherman’s special of haddock and clam strips for $15. Eat in or take-out. Call (518) 734-3040 to place your order. Proceeds will benefit the Hensonville Hose Company.
- Pizza, wings and fish will be available at Greenport Pumper Company No. 1, Route 23B in Hudson on Friday, April 10 from 5-8 PM. Call (518) 828-1719 to place your order.
- An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 7:30 AM until 12:30 PM at the Rensselaerville Public Safety Building, 380 Fox Creek Road in Medusa.
Sunday 4/12 – Easter Sunday
- WRIP has posted a document on our Facebook page listing several churches that have moved their religious services to YouTube, other online venues or phone in options. Check your house of worship’s website or Facebook page.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and New York State have each extended the April 15, 2020 tax filing deadline in response to COVID-19. The new deadline for filing your federal and state income taxes is July 15, 2020. The IRS has established a special webpage (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus) with details and advice to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by COVID-19.
Wednesday 4/22 – Earth Day
- An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM at Cairo-Durham High School, Route 145 in Cairo.
- Village elections that were originally scheduled to be held in March will take place on Tuesday, April 28, the same day as New York State’s presidential primary.
- An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 2-6 PM at Hudson City Firehouse, 95 North 7th Street in Hudson.
- The Windham Community Food Pantry, Inc. is seeking donations for its ongoing mission. The WCFP covers a 35 mile radius, 15 communities, and currently serves 350 families. If you would like to donate, the WCFP is a 501(c)(3) and your donations are tax deductible. Checks may be sent to WCFP, Inc., PO Box 788, Windham, NY 12496.
- The Jewett Presbyterian Food Pantry is in dire need of volunteers to distribute food on Sundays from 12-3 PM, as well as someone very strong, with a truck, to pick up food at the Regional Food Bank in Catskill once a month. Call (518) 424-2919 for more information or to be put on the list of volunteers.
- Children, from birth to age 5 and living in the Cairo-Durham School District, can receive free books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Register your child at ImaginationLibrary.com. The program is sponsored and funded locally by the Resurrection Lutheran Church.
- The Greene County Department of Human Services is in need of additional volunteers to assist with the homebound meal delivery program on the mountain top. Meals are picked up at the Jewett Nutrition Site at 11 AM, Monday through Friday. The routes generally take an hour to an hour and a half to complete. The homebound medical transportation program also needs volunteers to drive ambulatory homebound clients to medical appointments. Volunteers for both programs are eligible to receive mileage reimbursement. Call Ruth at (518) 719-3555 for more information.
- The Greene County Department of Human Services’ wheelchair accessible shopping bus has returned to normal operations. The bus is available to Greene County residents, age 60 or older, who live in the towns of Ashland, Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, Greenville, Hunter, Jewett, Lexington, Prattsville and Windham. Seniors are picked up at their door, brought to Catskill for shopping, and taken to a local senior service center for lunch before returning home. All trips are limited to 16 people on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of two shopping bags per person. Those wishing to use the bus should call the Department at (518) 719-3555 at least one day in advance to make arrangements.
- Community Action of Greene County is offering a free weatherization assistance program based on household income. Insulation, air sealing, ventilation, light bulbs, refrigerator, smoke and CO detectors are some of the things the program may be able to do for your home. Call (518) 943-9205 for an application.
- Full-time residents of the Towns of Ashland, Blenheim, Broome, Conesville, Fulton, Gilboa, Halcott, Harpersfield, Hunter, Jefferson, Jewett, Kortright, Lexington, Middletown, Prattsville, Roxbury, Stamford and Summit who own and live in their own home may be eligible for some repair work to be done through grant opportunities. Additionally full-time residents of the Town of Gilboa and Hunter who live in mobile or manufactured homes may be eligible for a mobile/manufactured home replacement. For information on eligibility requirements and program details contact the Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council by emailing Info@WesternCatskills.org or call (607) 652-2823.
- The Delaware County Office for the Aging/NY Connects is seeking volunteer drivers for the non-emergency medical transportation program. Areas in the county that are currently underserved are Davenport, Delhi, Downsville, Grand Gorge, and Hancock. Transportation through this program can be used for medically related trips such as doctor and dental appointments, laboratory tests, X-rays, prescription pickups and dropping off clients for hospital stays. The program is open to seniors, age 60 or older, who are residents of Delaware County, non-Medicaid recipients, and are able to move about with minimal assistance. Drivers volunteer their time but are reimbursed for their mileage to and from their homes. For further information, or to sign up to volunteer, please contact the Delaware County Office for the Aging/NY Connects by calling (607) 832-5750.