SIDNEY CENTER (WBNG) — From the outside of Bobbi Falank’s home, you wouldn’t know she loves Christmas. “It started when I was younger and living on my own, poor, I found a tree on the street, dragged it inside, decorated it with whatever I could. And still I find a lot of these trees, people just discard, throw them away, and I take them in and I repurpose them,” said Falank. “I don’t decorate the outside, I’m in the middle of nowhere, I have two neighbors, and there’s no point,” she said. But when guests come by and see her home, she’s met with a smile. So while Falank is lighting up faces this year, her work never really ends. “My family might say I have a problem because any time I see a tree, whether it’s at a garage sale, at a curb, I will pick it up,” said Falank. Each tree is a different theme. From sunflowers, to airplanes, to the ‘everything tree’ made up of projects Falank’s son has made through his school years. One tree even comes complete with snow. “That makes me feel tremendously happy, yeah. Just seeing the joy on their face, that I could bring that to them,” she said. Dozens of Christmas trees fill her home, a collection that’s been growing for years. “Awe, they’re just in awe. And they take pictures of themselves with every tree,” said Falank. “I hope that they feel warm and cozy and loved because that’s how it makes me feel.” But when you take a step inside, her love for the holidays is quite obvious. It’s a feeling that makes it all pay off. “I’m trying to figure out where I can put other trees. Maybe an upside down tree?” She’s already thinking of ways to spruce things up for next year.
“It’s special to me. All my family lives away, so it’s nice to have all these friends here,” Telep said. “I had a great time.” One of the senior trivia players was Helen Telep, a resident at the facility for the last seven years. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but some people are still having fun and feeling the love. It’s events like the social Eberz believes keep the message of love Valentine’s Day spreads alive. Telep tried to attend as many activities as the center offers, and said it’s important to her to be active and close to friends. “It’s just for fun. We remind them it’s just for fun, we put on the fun music for them, older love songs especially for this event, and really just try to make this fun and a good afternoon for them,” Eberz said. Eberz told 12 News that even while the event can be fun, some seniors really want to win trivia. Beside trivia, there were crossword puzzles, word searches, food and drinks and quality social time with fellow living center members. Seniors at the Hilltop Senior Living Center were treated to the annual Valentine’s Social through volunteers from Southern Tier Young Professionals. “It’s really nice to see and socialize with people who might not see their families on the day,” said the STYP Secretary Caitie Eberz. “We put on a little entertainment. This year we’re doing trivia.” “Seeing the same people, seeing the joy we can bring to the community and the residents here at the Hilltop campus is just fantastic every year,” Eberz said.
Five of those selected are at Wegmans including the Johnson City location. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — In a statement sent to 12 News, Wegmans says it was notified Sunday morning that around 20 grocery stores in New York State will conduct anti-body testing. Testing is also being done at the Wegmans locations in Syracuse, Buffalo, Amherst and Rochester. Wegmans says each store will have about five nurses from the Department of Health to set up and conduct 100 to 150 antibody tests. Nursing staff was responsible for contracting and consenting the individuals who participate. The state completed about 100 tests in each of the Wegmans stores Sunday. Another 50 tests were started Monday morning.
Last but not least, leave the bear alone if you see one. Streno added, “You want to make sure that you move slowly, that you keep looking at them, but you don’t want to make eye contact with them, you don’t want to do anything that’s going to make them think you’re threatening, even turning and running away could be perceived as threatening to a bear, and they could chase you down and people need to understand, you will not outrun a bear, no one is going to.” V.P.D. said it’s nothing out of the ordinary to see bears this time of year including during the day as they’re on the search for food. Following these tips, Streno said get away from the bear to somewhere safe. More tips: (WBNG) — As the weather warms up, the Vestal Police Department is sharing how to avoid bears on your property and what to do if you run into one. Lieutenant Christoper Streno told 12 News Wednesday, put the bird feeders away and don’t have trash or food scraps hanging around. Plus, make sure there’s no dog or cat food lying around that might lure in a bear. You can call the police if you see one, they may check it out as a safety precautionIf you see a bear, don’t let your pets outsideIf you ever come across an injured bear, do not approach it