While Holleran said you can do some of these things yourself, he recommends having a professional check out and clean your stove at least once a year, before you use it for the first time that season. (WBNG) — 12 News is breaking down how to safely use a pellet stove this winter after officials said a weekend fire in Conklin was caused by a faulty one. He advised keeping your ash tray and vent pipes clean, because, “It’s a stove, a wood stove, so they’re going to fill up, they’re going to get dirty.” “They always make a difference in the amount of soot that’s going to build up into your vent pipe.” “If you have it inspected yearly, it should prevent the fires if you have a qualified contractor looking at it.” “If you see ash coming out of those seals, then you know it’s time to get them cleaned or replaced,” said Holleran. And, keep the seals on your pellet stove tight. Vice President of Auchinachie Services Chris Holleran says when it comes to pellet stoves, “If you don’t take care of the equipment and keep it clean, it could cause a lot of problems down the road.” When it comes to choosing pellets for inside your stove, he said go for the better quality. Holleran said these tips are for pellet stove use in general, and you should always go by the instructions from your particular pellet stoves manufacturer.
VESTAL (WBNG) — Students at Binghamton University have a new opportunity to learn about how to react in an emergency situation. A new course, General Emergency Preparedness, teaches students how to deal with both natural and man-made disasters. It’s a mix of hands-on learning as well as lecture-style discussions. The idea for the class was designed by a graduate student who saw a need. Hubeny and Crisman say the course shifts the ‘not me’ perspective. “Just turning on the evening news we see things are happening here at home, and anywhere across the country, across the world,” said Crisman. “The goal is to allow the students to develop some individual resiliency. So if they find themselves in an emergency situation, they’ll know how to protect themselves and potentially help others,” he said. “It’s human nature to think that an emergency is not going to happen to you. But the reality is often times it does and it’s usually unexpected. So the better prepared you are, the more knowledge, skills, and abilities you have, is the safer you’re going to be and potentially you’re going to have the ability to help others,” said Hubeny. Instructors say interest is peaked, with spots filling right away. “We’ve offered preparedness classes through a variety of means on campus. Whether it’s CPR, first aid classes, bleeding control, things like that are offered regularly throughout the semester and have been for years. But this is a unique change for us, that’s being offered in an academic setting in a class environment,” said Office of Emergency Management executive director David Hubeny. Hubeny also teaches the class. “Across the board, students said they were excited to take a class that would prepare them and that was applicable to outside academia, to outside their majors,” said instructor and emergency management coordinator Cait Crisman. The class is being offered this semester for the first time, to 20 students. And in the world we live in today, a course like this is all the more important.
For Justin Spring and his son Skyler, the park was just one stop on a Father’s Day weekend road trip from their home in Thomastan, Connecticut. “We both work full time so we don’t always get the chance to spend quality time together, so it’s nice being outdoors. It’s a nice day and a nice place to go,” Kayea said. That day was part of Sydney’s father’s day gift to her dad. Dave Kayea and his daughter Sydney came all the way from Annapolis, Maryland to spend the day at the park. For Elkin, it’s a day he’ll remember for many years to come. “We wanted to expose the little ones to animals other than cows and dogs and cats,” Elkin said. “It was definitely her first time seeing anything like this.” HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — It isn’t every year that Father’s Day and World Giraffe Day fall on the same date, but it only added to the celebrations at Animal Adventure Park on Sunday. Mike Elkin of Dryden went to the park with his family to spend some quality time. “We actually came here to see Niagra Falls and this was on our way home,” Spring said. “We thought this was an amazing place to stop and check out the animals with the kids.” “The first thing we did was get some carrots and had her feed the giraffe, got a video of that, so that will be a memory that we can have forever,” he said.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York education officials are set to begin outlining what needs to be done to reopen schools. The state Education Department is scheduled to present a framework for reopening guidance Monday to the Board of Regents, with the full guidance to come later. With coronavirus cases on the rise in much of the country, districts elsewhere have announced plans for distance learning or a blend of remote and in-person classes. New York officials Sunday announced five new coronavirus deaths, matching an all-time low number for the state. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged people to remain vigilant with mask wearing and social distancing. He says officials are monitoring an uptick in Rensselaer County
(WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced Tuesday morning the county has three to four weeks before it needs to make budget cuts. The county executive announced in a call with other county executives that Broome County is facing a $25 million deficit for 2020. Garnar says he does not want a bailout, but the situation the county is in is unprecedented and local governments need help. The county could close all parks, the arena or layoff entire departments to make up for the lost funds. “We have had floods before but you can rebuild quickly during a flood. we’ve never had a disaster like this. The only worse thing you can do is drop a bomb on our county,” Garnar said. “This is a disaster,” Garnar said during the call. In July, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the region making the same demands.
—– No one was injured in the incident and the weapon was recovered. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information. According to Chief Dodge, the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force conducted a traffic stop before the suspect fired a shot. Dodge could not confirm if the shot was fired toward officers. Dodge could not comment if the suspect had a warrant out for their arrest or what they were charged with. The Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force is made up by members of the Johnson City Police Department, Endicott Police Department, Binghamton Police Department and Broome County Sheriff’s Office. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge says one person is in custody after a shot was fired near the intersection of Hudson Street and Park Place Friday afternoon. 12 News is contacting authorities to gather more information on this story. More details are expected to be released later this week. He says the suspect was brought into custody with the help of a K9 unit.