The US Department of Defense, the Chenango County Planning Department and the Chenango United Way have teamed up to bring medical professionals to the Norwich High School later this month for 10 days of free dental, medical, optical or veterinary services. Rena Doing of the Planning Department comments:

(Rena Doing 7-1-15)

Elizabeth Monaca of the Chenango United Way said that they are responsible for recruiting more volunteers to assist with all aspects of the event:

(Elizabeth Monaco 7-1-15)

Monaco said that those wishing to volunteer could do so at volunteer.chenangouw.org. Also, shuttle bus service will be available through area school districts to get patients to the Norwich High School for the Greater Chenango Cares event July 13th through the 22nd. Bus shuttle information is available at the Greater Chenango Cares facebook page.
Governor Cuomo today announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be allowed from 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3, to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 5, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Independence Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. Travelers are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing www.511ny.org for road conditions.
The New York State Department of Health is urging New Yorkers to take protective measures to avoid mosquito bites, after confirming the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes collected in Suffolk and Rockland Counties. The 2 cases are the first in the state to test positive for West Nile this year, there have been no reported human cases. In 2014, 752 mosquito pools tested positive statewide, with 21 reported human cases and no deaths. The health department recommends to dispose of any outside items that collect & hold standing water, where mosquitoes breed. More information on West Nile virus is available at health.ny.gov.
Governor Cuomo today announced that $3 million has been allocated to the Cooling Assistance Component of the HEAP Program to help low-income New Yorkers who suffer from medical conditions aggravated by extreme heat. The program will provide air conditioning units to eligible households for the summer months. Prolonged exposure to high indoor temperatures poses health risks that disproportionately affect those already suffering from medical ailments. Cooling assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Delaware County residents should call the local Department of Social Services at 607-832-5300.
State Police arrested 35-year-old Justin Rifenbark of Davenport for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Mischief. This arrest occurred after Troopers responded to a 911 report of a dispute on Miller Hill Road in the Town of Davenport. An investigation determined that after Rifenbark had a physical dispute with his wife, his daughter took his phone from him. He then grabbed the girl and threw her to the ground trying to get his telephone back. Also, during this dispute he broke his wife’s automotive key fob. Rifenbeck was arraigned in the Town of Harpersfield Court and released without bail required. His next court date in the Town of Davenport is on July 14, 2015.
The Chenango Arts Council will hold their first “Kids Summer Art Camp” which is geared to students going into 5th grade and up. Arts Council Spokesperson Alecia O’Neill explains:

(Alecia O’Neill 7-1-15)

The deadline to sign up is this Friday July 3rd at either the Council office at 27 West Main Street, Norwich, by phone at 336-ARTS or at chenangoarts.org.

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