The Watkins Glen Police Department’s Police Benevolent Association is hosting a meet-and-greet event, titled Pops with Cops, on Sept. 26 at the Watkins Glen State Park entrance.
Ice pops and stickers will be given away at the noon to 3 p.m. gathering. Bottled water will be sold for $1.
“You will be able to take a look at our patrol vehicles and even play with the lights,” according to organizers’ publicity.
Pops with Cops is free, but donations to the PBA will be accepted for future events as well as equipment.
Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking hosting contest for billboard messages
The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking, or SCCUDD, is organizing a contest for billboard messages about substance abuse prevention with a seasonal theme.
Schuyler County students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to participate. Students attending schools in the Odessa-Montour, Watkins Glen and Bradford districts are eligible, as are home-schooled students living in Schuyler County.
Entries must have a message that informs, persuades or states facts about substance abuse. It can be about nicotine/tobacco/vaping, alcohol, and/or prescription drug abuse or illegal drug use and how it is harmful to youths, organizers said in a news release. The message can be about one or all of these topics/substances.
Entries must be submitted between Monday, Sept. 14 and Friday, Sept. 18. Accepted designs will be displayed on the SCCUDD Facebook page to be voted on by the public. Voting will start on Sept. 21 and end at midnight Sept. 27. The billboard with the most votes will be announced the following week.
The winning billboard will be displayed during November and December.
“We are very much looking forward to the creativity of the youth of Schuyler County. The younger that we can get children excited about and involved with substance abuse prevention the better,” SCCUDD Project Coordinator Ward Brower said.
Information about contest rules and how to enter are available at each school’s main office. SCCUDD may also be contacted directly at 535-8140.
Schuyler County Historical Society’s 2020 Watkins Glen History Walks to end this month
The last of the Schuyler County Historical Society’s 2020 Watkins Glen History Walks will be on Sept. 19 and Sept. 27.
Participants are asked to meet at the Seneca Harbor Park Pier at 10 a.m. The free, one-hour walks are conducted rain or shine. Masks are required.
The Historical Society also has announced that Sept. 26 will be the final Saturday of the season with open hours at the Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center at 108 N. Catharine St./Route 14 in Montour Falls. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The museums are open during the week year-round. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, call the Historical Society at 607-535-9741.
Schuyler County Office for the Aging offering virtual ‘Peace of Mind’ conference
The Schuyler County Office for the Aging is presenting a virtual conference with talks on Medicare, aging in place, legal issues and volunteering.
The “Peace of Mind” conference will be Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, with one online presentation each day. Participants must be Schuyler County residents.
Registration is required by emailing email@example.com or calling 607-535-7108. Full details will be given with registration, which closes Sept. 20.
Watkins Glen International to host ‘Victory Laps’
For $25 per vehicle, drivers are invited to cruise the full 3.45-mile circuit between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The three laps will be behind a WGI pace vehicle.
Tickets are available for advance purchase online only at TheGlen.com/RACE.
“We knew we wanted to find some way to provide our fans and the community an unforgettable experience at WGI in 2020,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “The idea of the Victory Laps is a great way for everyone to still enjoy the best NASCAR track while being safe, socially distant and raising money for a good cause.”
A portion of the proceeds will benefit WGI’s R.A.C.E. Foundation, which supports local community organizations of the Southern Tier, as well has health care heroes of the upstate New York area during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stoner Car Care produces high-performance car washes, waxes, polishes, and dressings for auto enthusiasts and car care professionals, according to a news release.
Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce accepting proposals for projects aimed at expanding tourism
Projects aimed at expanding tourism in Schuyler County may now be submitted for possible funding by the county’s 2021 Tourism Assistance Program.
The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce manages the TAP funding, which derives from the county’s room tax.
“We encourage our partners throughout the county to be creative with their proposals and submit plans that will address our community’s most pressing needs when it comes to expanding tourism,” said Michael J. Hardy, Chamber executive director, in a news release.
“As we emerge from a truly challenging period, it will take every one of us pulling together to come back strong. We believe TAP funding will play a significant role in that re-emergence, and we look forward to seeing what our partners have in mind,” Hardy said.
He cautioned that funds available for distribution in 2021 may be lower than in past years.
“With the challenges of the pandemic, we do anticipate lower bed tax revenue for 2020,” he said. “Therefore, the amount available for TAP is likely going to be lower in 2021. But — as in years past — we are confident that requests, awards and expenditures are sure to drive the economy in a forward and positive direction.”
Applications for TAP funding are due to the Chamber of Commerce by noon Oct. 9.
The application is available at watkinsglenchamber.com/resources. An application also may be picked up at the Chamber offices at 214 N. Franklin St. in Watkins Glen.
Submissions will be reviewed by the TAP Committee, composed of representatives of the Chamber, the Schuyler County Legislature and the county administrator.
Glenda Gephart covers Schuyler County in her Seneca South column. Contact her at P.O. Box 65, Reading Center, NY 14876 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.