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WX ALERT: Temperatures will again drop into the lower to mid-30s overnight tonight in portions of our area to warrant an...
09/19/2020

WX ALERT: Temperatures will again drop into the lower to mid-30s overnight tonight in portions of our area to warrant another FROST ADVISORY. Livingston and Wyoming counties are covered by the advisory which will be in effect from midnight Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.
NWS: https://bit.ly/2FMFjX8

Horses and hounds were back on Geneseo's Main Street this morning for the Genesee Valley Hunt's annual parade of hounds....
09/19/2020
PHOTOS: Genesee Valley Hunt parade marks opening of season

Horses and hounds were back on Geneseo's Main Street this morning for the Genesee Valley Hunt's annual parade of hounds. The parade marks the opening of the Genesee Valley Hunt season.
Photographs from LCN contributor Larry Tetamore.

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop one Genesee Valley tradition. The 155th year of the Genesee Valley Hunt began Saturday morning with the opening meet at the Homestead in Geneseo.

Lonnie Day of Nunda is scheduled to be sentenced on November 5. A plea deal will require Day to serve 12 years in prison...
09/19/2020
74-year-old man admits repeatedly assaulting child

Lonnie Day of Nunda is scheduled to be sentenced on November 5. A plea deal will require Day to serve 12 years in prison plus 20 years of post-release supervision.

WARSAW - An elderly Nunda man admitted in Wyoming County Court Thursday that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a child.

Your child and COVID-19. Pediatrician Dr. Steven Schulz, a member of the regional school reopening task force, shares in...
09/19/2020
Doctor discusses what parents should know about COVID-19

Your child and COVID-19. Pediatrician Dr. Steven Schulz, a member of the regional school reopening task force, shares information on steps parents should take if their child is exposed to the virus.

Students have returned to school over roughly the last week amid the continued monitoring of COVID-19. With that in mind, what should parents do when they have questions about exposure,

LATEST: Six new confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in the GLOW region including from Byron, Le Roy, one from Livingston C...
09/19/2020

LATEST: Six new confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in the GLOW region including from Byron, Le Roy, one from Livingston County and three from Wyoming County. Four new recoveries were reported across the four-county region.
LCN: https://bit.ly/2ZRdOTi

Matthew Norstrand, 35, died one day after suffering injuries in the crash on Chandler Rd. In York.
09/18/2020
Spencerport man dies after York motorcycle crash

Matthew Norstrand, 35, died one day after suffering injuries in the crash on Chandler Rd. In York.

YORK – A Spencerport man has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Chandler Road near Retsof Road, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The Livingston County Department of Public Health is reporting one new lab-confirmed case of COVID-1...
09/18/2020
COVID-19 | Livingston County, NY - Official Website

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The Livingston County Department of Public Health is reporting one new lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 today and two new recoveries. There are 16 active cases in the county. Here's an update from Livingston County government on response to the pandemic:

• There have been 211 confirmed cases in Livingston County. Visit www.livingstoncounty.us/1207/COVID-19 for more detailed information.
• New York State DMV is expanding online services. The DMV will be starting a pilot program to offer the learner permit test and vehicle registration online.
• Governor Cuomo announced that the Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers will be extended through December 31, 2020. Interested New Yorkers can apply for coverage through the NY State of Health marketplace at: https://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ or directly through insurers.

Previous updates:
• Governor Cuomo announced that New York schools will be required to report the number of positive tests. A dashboard for public viewing is available at https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/ .
• The Livingston County Department of Health is offering COVID-19 diagnostic testing on a limited basis by appointment only. Please call (585) 243-7270 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to determine if you qualify for testing.
• Testing is available to all New Yorkers statewide. Visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing for more information.
• A travel advisory is in effect for individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to NYS, requiring quarantine for 14 days when visiting or returning to New York State. Visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory for more information.
• For guidance on phase 4, please visit https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four- industries and https://www.growlivco.com/reopening-resources#reopening-guidance.
• Livingston County Mental Health has a help line for community members who need someone to talk to during these stressful times. This is free and confidential. Please call 243-7251 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM -5:00 PM.
• For more information on local resources please visit 211lifeline.org, call 2-1-1 or access the COVID-19 community support map at www.thelcn.com.

Information regarding COVID-19

UPDATE: Another voice is adding his opposition to a new Dollar General proposed for Hemlock. Local vintner Will Ouweleen...
09/18/2020

UPDATE: Another voice is adding his opposition to a new Dollar General proposed for Hemlock. Local vintner Will Ouweleen says the store wouldn't mesh well with the community's character and cites the relative proximity of other similar outlets. On Monday, the town of Livonia Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing to consider an area variance for the proposal.
LCN: https://bit.ly/32IL3dp

LATEST: An alleged child kidnapping attempt this morning drew a large crowd of law enforcement personnel to the 7-11 in ...
09/18/2020
Alleged kidnapping attempt foiled in Leicester

LATEST: An alleged child kidnapping attempt this morning drew a large crowd of law enforcement personnel to the 7-11 in Leicester. This is a developing story.

LEICESTER - An alleged attempted child abduction drew a large law enforcement response to the 7-11 gas station and convenience store at 189 Main St. in Leicester Friday morning.

UPDATE/WX ALERT: Expected overnight temperatures in the lower 30s tonight will result in a FROST ADVISORY for all  of ou...
09/18/2020

UPDATE/WX ALERT: Expected overnight temperatures in the lower 30s tonight will result in a FROST ADVISORY for all of our area including Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties. It's in effect from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday. NWS: https://bit.ly/3hQs0SR In Orleans County, a Beach Hazards Statement for strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions along the Lake Ontario shoreline is posted until 2 p.m. this afternoon. LCN: https://bit.ly/3mzXSP6

LATEST: While most of the GLOW region has been quiet in recent days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Livingsto...
09/18/2020
COVID cases continue to rise in Livingston County; rest of GLOW region unchanged

LATEST: While most of the GLOW region has been quiet in recent days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Livingston County continues to increase. Four new positives in Livingston were recorded Thursday with currently seventeen active cases reported.

The pace of new COVID-19 cases appears to have slowed this week across much of the four-county GLOW region, but so too has the pace of recoveries.

For keeping area youngsters on key and interested in music during the summer for two decades, Geoff Clough has earned th...
09/17/2020
Keyboard Kamp founder receives Rotary’s community service award

For keeping area youngsters on key and interested in music during the summer for two decades, Geoff Clough has earned the Rotary Club of Geneseo, NY’s community service award.

GENESEO - A routine speech at the Big Tree Inn at the end of August for the Geneseo Rotary turned into so much more for Keyboard Kamp founder and former

In Albany, State Senate Republicans have launched a petition drive to get the NYS Department of Health to release accura...
09/17/2020
GOP makes new push for nursing home probe

In Albany, State Senate Republicans have launched a petition drive to get the NYS Department of Health to release accurate numbers of those who have died from COViD-19 in adult care facilities and nursing homes.

ALBANY — Senate Republicans launched a statewide petition Wednesday to pressure the Legislature to subpoena the state Department of Health to publicly release an accurate number of New Yorkers who

THIS WEEK'S FRONT PAGE: A park in Leicester is dedicated to beloved veteran Stanley Lubanski; Livingston County health o...
09/17/2020

THIS WEEK'S FRONT PAGE: A park in Leicester is dedicated to beloved veteran Stanley Lubanski; Livingston County health officials and SUNY Geneseo respond to an uptick in COVID-19 cases related to the college community; the Oak Tree Races crossed the finish line with its unique format - and some unusual stories, including slowest-time ever to finish the course; and as students return to in-classroom learning, York Central School Superintendent David Furletti talks about the changes.

Also included this week, a special "GO Wyoming" section with helpful articles for businesses, travelers and those looking for some fun family adventures this fall.

Pick up a copy in stores today. Or, consider a subscription so you don't miss future issues and special sections. Call (585) 243-0296 or (585) 343-8081.

SPECIAL SECTION: This week's edition of The Livingston County News includes "Go Wyoming," a publication for the Wyoming ...
09/17/2020

SPECIAL SECTION: This week's edition of The Livingston County News includes "Go Wyoming," a publication for the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Chamber President Scott Gardner talks about the Chamber's role in pandemic recovery and two programs are highlighted from the Wyoming County Business Center that help businesses get started or help existing businesses grow. If you're looking for something to do this fall, discover places to stay for a "nearcation," try Wyoming County's Adventure Bingo travel game, or explore a Fresh Air Adventure in the GLOW Region. And don't forget, "Small Business Saturday" returns this fall and is previewed in the section. Pick up a copy in stores today, or call (585) 243-0296 or (585) 343-8081 for a subscription so you don't miss an issue.

LATEST: Three new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Livingston County, two from Geneseo and the other from Avon.  Liv...
09/17/2020
Genesee County clears active COVID cases; Livingston sees most active cases since July

LATEST: Three new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Livingston County, two from Geneseo and the other from Avon. Livingston currently has thirteen active cases including seven recorded at SUNY Geneseo.

Genesee County had no active cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday after two cases were reported as recovered by the Genesee and Orleans County health departments.

The way the Bills defense started Sunday’s win over the New York Jets was likely everything defensive coordinator Leslie...
09/17/2020
BRASKY: Bills defense dominant against Jets

The way the Bills defense started Sunday’s win over the New York Jets was likely everything defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier could have hoped for.

ORCHARD PARK — The way the Bills defense started Sunday’s win over the New York Jets was likely everything defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier could have hoped for.

BREAKING NEWS: Three area school principals were named this afternoon as finalists for the Pavilion Central School Distr...
09/16/2020

BREAKING NEWS: Three area school principals were named this afternoon as finalists for the Pavilion Central School District's superintendent post. They include Mary Kate Hoffman, principal of York Elementary School, Paul Kesler, principal of Batavia High School, and Timothy McArdle, principal of Le Roy Junior-Senior High School. Pavilion's Board of Education hopes to appointment the final candidate by early November.

ELECTION 2020: Voters in Caledonia, Geneseo and Lima selected new faces to their respective village boards. All together...
09/16/2020
Election 2020: Villages see new faces, incumbents elected to trustee, justice offices

ELECTION 2020: Voters in Caledonia, Geneseo and Lima selected new faces to their respective village boards. All together, six of Livingston County's nine villages held elections on Tuesday which were delayed from March due to the coronavirus.

Caledonia, Geneseo and Lima will see new faces on its village boards, while other communities saw incumbents returned to office following village elections on Tuesday.

80-year old Mike Ditka, a former NFL player and coach, has this to say about kneeling during the National Anthem.
09/16/2020
Ditka again on kneeling: 'If you can't respect this country, get the he-- out of it'

80-year old Mike Ditka, a former NFL player and coach, has this to say about kneeling during the National Anthem.

Following the start of the 2020 NFL season and players continuing to kneel during the national anthem, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka again is saying that "if you can't respect this country, get the he-- out of it."

MUSTANG MAYO: Merritt Island senior lineman Brendan Mayo, a transfer from Livonia HS, is all set to go as his Mustangs w...
09/16/2020

MUSTANG MAYO: Merritt Island senior lineman Brendan Mayo, a transfer from Livonia HS, is all set to go as his Mustangs will travel to Titusville next Friday night for their Space Coast football opener. Meanwhile soccer, cross-country and girls swimming practice hopefully begins this coming Monday in Section V.

GETTING FIT: Dansville 1999 graduate Matt Walther has a new gym in Le Roy, but 'Beyondriven isn't your ordinary gym.
09/15/2020
Beyondriven in Le Roy is not your ordinary gym

GETTING FIT: Dansville 1999 graduate Matt Walther has a new gym in Le Roy, but 'Beyondriven isn't your ordinary gym.

LE ROY — Matt Walther, owner of Beyondriven training facility in Le Roy, is certainly living out his dream. However, it is a dream that very possibly could never have

Derek E. Clark is facing charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs and second-degree vehicular manslaughter in ...
09/15/2020
Police: Father was high during crash that killed 6-year-old daughter

Derek E. Clark is facing charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs and second-degree vehicular manslaughter in connection with the crash that killed his daughter.

WAYLAND - A six-year-old girl was killed in a one-vehicle collision Monday evening in the town of Wayland, Steuben County. Her father has been charged with driving while high on

UPDATE: Rocky, the Village of Perry Police Department's therapy dog has been reassigned. Out of “an abundance of caution...
09/15/2020
Rocky the police therapy dog gets reassigned after nipping Rotary president

UPDATE: Rocky, the Village of Perry Police Department's therapy dog has been reassigned. Out of “an abundance of caution,” Rocky will be replaced after he nipped the Perry Rotary Club’s president during a public presentation.

PERRY – Rocky the police therapy dog introduced to the public Thursday and featured in a Daily News article Friday, did not last long.

BACK TO SCHOOL: At York Central School, classes began today and according to district Superintendent David Furletti, the...
09/14/2020
Lunch in classrooms, longer class periods among changes at York Central

BACK TO SCHOOL: At York Central School, classes began today and according to district Superintendent David Furletti, the first day is proceeding smoothly. Furletti says the changes made due to COVID-19 were done with the safety and the comfort of the students and staff in mind.

YORK – Students and staff at York Central School were among those across the region who returned to the classroom on Monday to begin the 2020-21 school year.

The #Bills remained in the locker room for the anthem before yesterday's game against the #Jets, but the team's activism...
09/14/2020

The #Bills remained in the locker room for the anthem before yesterday's game against the #Jets, but the team's activism extends far beyond the playing field, said head coach Sean McDermott.

Over the past several months, the Bills' work in the community has included providing internet for underprivileged children, assisting with the U.S. Census, and the team has also played a big role in helping get people registered to vote, among other initiatives that have impacted the Buffalo community. #BillsMafia

Tom Brady has lost his first game as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Drew Brees and the Saints smoke the Bucs 34-23 in New Orlean...
09/13/2020

Tom Brady has lost his first game as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Drew Brees and the Saints smoke the Bucs 34-23 in New Orleans. Brady finished 23-of-36 passing for 239 yards to go with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the loss.

While Buffalo appeared to be on their way to a massive win over the Jets on opening day, two Josh Allen fumbles and two ...
09/13/2020
TAKEAWAYS: Bills almost fumble away big lead vs Jets, come away with double-digit win on opening day

While Buffalo appeared to be on their way to a massive win over the Jets on opening day, two Josh Allen fumbles and two missed field goals from rookie kicker Tyler Bass left this game in doubt to begin the fourth quarter, before a Bass field goal with 6:29 to play sealed what turned out to be a 27-17 Bills’ win.

ORCHARD PARK — It wasn’t the prettiest of victories, but the Bills will take it.

NFLFINAL:Buffalo 27NY Jets 17In the end, the Bills dominate in a COVID-induced fan less affair at Bills Stadium to open ...
09/13/2020

NFL
FINAL:
Buffalo 27
NY Jets 17
In the end, the Bills dominate in a COVID-induced fan less affair at Bills Stadium to open the NFL season. Josh Allen with over 300 yards passing also used his legs in the first half to help put Buffalo up 21-3 at halftime. Up next: a trip to Miami.

Four female students in their 20s who reside off-campus in the same Geneseo household have tested positive for COVID-19 ...
09/13/2020
Small COVID-19 cluster reported among SUNY Geneseo students

Four female students in their 20s who reside off-campus in the same Geneseo household have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in the Livingston County Department of Health's quarantine process and isolated in their residence,, according the Livingston County Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez.

The Livingston County Department of Health and SUNY Geneseo are reporting a small cluster of positive COVID-19 cases among the college’s student population.

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An award-winning weekly newspaper and community website providing a voice for Livingston County and the Western Finger Lakes since 1989.

Since its founding, The LCN has evolved into a media company with video production, digital platforms that include its website and social media platforms; and niche publications devoted to local business and agriculture, along with multiple annual special sections. The staff has been recognized with multiple awards for writing, photography, and advertising

The Livingston County News debuted May 4, 1989, after a hectic six week run from design to startup. The front page reported on then Livonia Town Supervisor Daniel C. West's resignation to take an appointment as head of the Rochester region office of the state Workers Compensation Board and a measles outbreak at SUNY Geneseo. There was also a heart-tugging feature on the local dog pound.

Oh, yeah, there was also a story introducing the Livingston County News -- it was not yet referred to in shorthand as The LCN.

At the time, starting a print newspaper was a bold move. In the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, newspapers were faced with skyrocketing newsprint costs. Then -- as many print papers are doing now in the face of a saturated media world, declining revenue and increasing newsprint costs -- papers were looking for ways to contain expenses.

But a marketing study found that Livingston County residents wanted more local news and the Johnson Newspaper Corp., which has been the paper’s only owner, obliged.

The first few years were admittedly a struggle to build circulation and recognition. By the mid-1990s the paper was beginning to take off and at one point saw circulation double in less than a year.

In the not-so-old days, a weekly newspaper was published once a week. But in the digital era, where social media drives so much of people's newsgathering, even a weekly publication can have a daily presence. LCN maintains a frequently-updated website, www.thelcn.com, has an active Twitter feed that publishes links to the day's headlines, and a page that shares stories of interest to Livingston County and allows readers to interact with the paper and each other.

The LCN has established itself as the leading news source in Livingston County. The publication is well respected by readers and other media. The LCN has been voted the county’s favorite media three years in a row in a Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce poll.

The paper’s success is attributed to a desire to feed the community's demand for news by providing information and quality journalism from journalists who are familiar with the community.

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All 3 major news networks knew this was going on. A wonderful back the blue/trump boat parade took place on Conesus lake on Saturday. They say just under 200 boats participated! And when they reached vitale park, 2 bald eagles were flying over them! Fun time and plenty of social distancing lol.
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Republicans Agree: There Were Extensive Connections Between Russian Operatives and Trump Campaign The Senate Intelligence Committee released the fifth and final volume from its investigation of “Russian Active Measure, Campaigns, and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election.” The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee is currently chaired by Republican Marco Rubio (R-FL), although most of the work in the report was done under Republican Richard Burr (R-NC), who stepped down as chair amid allegations of insider trading over information received in a classified briefing over coronavirus. This is a committee run by Republicans. It concluded that there were extensive connections between Russian operatives and Trump campaign officials in 2016 that “represented a grave counterintelligence threat." Campaign chair Paul Manafort repeatedly communicated over encrypted channels with Konstantin Kilimnik, his Ukraine business partner who was also, the report establishes, a “Russian intelligence officer.” Manafort shared the campaign’s sensitive polling data with Kilimnik. The report also notes that Manafort consistently lied about his interactions with Kilimnik, and was willing to go to jail rather than tell the truth about them. The report also established that the White House “significantly hampered” the committee’s investigation and coordinated stories before witnesses talked to the committee, and that there was “significant evidence” that WikiLeaks, which dropped emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee, was “knowingly collaborating with Russian government officials.” Document drops were timed to protect Trump from bad news stories, most obviously the tape of him boasting of sexual assault. Despite their awareness of this material, Republican Senators refused to hear witnesses at Trump’s impeachment trial, and voted not to convict him.
Breaking News: Tonight's Public Hearing on Dollar General has been Postponed! After careful consideration, the Town of Livonia has decided to re-schedule tonight's Public Hearing on the proposed Dollar General Store in Hemlock, NY until September 21st This will allow EVERYONE more time to closely study this issue, and make a well informed and thoughtful decision. Please Share Widely! Thank you!
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Finger Lakes Veterans Advocacy Council A Community Veterans Engagement Board Fellow Veterans, I hope everyone is safe. Please share this information widely! It is very important that all Veterans and others who come to the VA Campus’s wear masks. All efforts to flatten the curve are paying off locally. As of 7/17/20 there have been no inhouse Nursing Home or DOM Covid19 deaths in the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System. Keep up the good work Veterans and VA! It is important for all of us to continue to follow CDC Guidelines as well as NYS Policies for COVID19 as we do our part to flatten the curve! www.cdc.gov www.coronavirus.health.ny.gov Please note I have included a few more resources that Veterans and their families will likely value. The VA continues to face the challenge of the Corona Virus while keeping Veterans and Staff safe in the process. Veterans are currently being provided healthcare services via Video and Telehealth where possible and in person as necessary and appropriate at Canandaigua, Rochester, and Bath. Veterans who are young and healthy are being advised their appointments may be postponed. VA employees are doing universal masking. Veterans who need to be seen in person at Canandaigua, Rochester and Bath are being screened prior to entrance to the facilities in an effort to insure that anyone identified as expressing symptoms of COVID19 can be treated appropriately. It is important that veterans clearly state how they are feeling during this screening. FLHCS is beginning to implement a Moving Forward plan. Finger Lakes has begun to increase by 10-15% the number of face to face appointments in Dermatology, Cardiology, Podiatry, Orthopedics and Primary Care. Also, appointments are beginning to be scheduled for additional face to face appointments in Audiology, Chiro and Pain Management (up to 10%). Virtual appointments are still the preferred way to deliver care and will never go back to all appointments being faced to face. The following services are currently being provided curbside: Pharmacy, Audiology, Prosthetics, Injections, and Pre-Procedure COVID screening. As a part of the Moving Forward, Plan FLHCS is looking at piloting screening inside at Bath, Canandaigua, and Rochester. This will include temperature checks for employees and Veterans. The purpose of this is to help control, traffic, waiting room occupancy and can clean in between appointments. Veterans who are determined by their Primary Care Provider to need testing for COVID19 can be tested by the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System. Veterans determined by their Primary Care Provider to need hospitalization for COVID19 will be referred to Syracuse and Buffalo VA Hospitals and local Community Hospitals. The VA has 24 acute medical care beds at Bath however none are ICU beds and there is no ventilator treatment there. Veterans who are interested in enrolling for VA Healthcare may do so by phone: At Canandaigua VA Veterans Service Center 585-393-7348 At Rochester VA Veterans Service Center 585-463-2687 At Bath VA Veterans Service Center 607-664-4798 You may also enroll online at www.va.gov and under Health Care click Apply now for VA Healthcare. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE VA WELCOME KIT Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned. Veterans Crisis Line anytime, day or night – 24/7 If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. • Call 800-273-8255 and press 1 • Text 838255 • Start a confidential chat • Call TTY if you have hearing loss 800-799-4889 Get more resources at VeteransCrisisLine.net. Some Non-VA Community Based Veteran and Families Resources and Service Providers: FLACRA Cadence Square Canandaigua www.Flacra.org/services-for-veterans Community Residence 400 Fort Hill Avenue Building 14, 1st Floor Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585) 919-2440 Supportive Living 400 Fort Hill Avenue Building 14, 2nd Floor Canandaigua, NY 14424 (315) 462-9149 Independent Living 400 Fort Hill Avenue Building 17 Canandaigua, NY 14424 (585) 919-2445 https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVAVEO/bulletins/287acb1 Economic Impact Payments https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments Warrior Salute: 585-364-3171 July 31 – Painting in Nature - outside at the Warrior Salute Outpatient office, 441 Pembrooke Dr., Penfield, 14526: 9-12 – RSVP a must, limited to 12 participants to comply with COVID19 protocols. (We have a pond!) All supplies will be made available. No cost. And a reminder we will continue beyond COVID19 to provide a Telehealth to Veterans in the Southern Tier. Veterans Outreach Center: 585-546-1081 Cohen Veterans Network: 855-698-4677 Clear Path For Veterans at 315-687-3300 or email [email protected] and request to speak with a member of the Buddy Check team. “The Buddy Check program is a way for Veterans, military members, and their families to stay connected and engaged with Clear Path and its programs and services. If a Veteran, military member, or family member would like to talk to a member of our buddy check team, they will be able to do so with a staff member by phone. An individual can call the Clear Path main phone number or email the buddy check email and request to chat with a member of the Clear Path team. After the request is received, a member of the Buddy Check team will reach out within two hours.” Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. There is no fee required to receive these payments. Kind Regards, Wayne Thompson, RN, BSN, USMC Veteran Chairman, Finger Lakes Veterans Advocacy Council Some Resources From VA: #VetResources - for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers and Survivors SIGN UP | VIEW/SHARE VA coronavirus updates | chatbot | app | weekly report VA Podcast: Army Veteran Erik Schlimmer Offers Hiking as Therapy VNN: Veterans' Trust in VA Increases, Caregiver Support Network, and Veterans Share Their Stories Instagram: VA and Soldiers' Angels Deliver Food to Veterans VFCE Bi-Weekly Newsletter Safe Mental Health Care During the COVID-19 Outbreak VA Encourages Veterans to Access VA Mental Health Support from Home VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System (Bath and Canandaigua VAs) is committed to providing high-quality mental health care while keeping Veterans safe from exposure to the coronavirus. To help reduce the risk of infection at the facilities Veterans are being asked to use VA’s online resources for routine or non-urgent mental health care and questions. This will help protect Veterans from contracting COVID-19 while enabling providers at VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System to focus on care for Veterans with the most acute needs. “Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, and out of concern for our local Veterans, we are honoring current physical distancing guidelines,” said Bruce Tucker, Director, VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System. “Through VA’s virtual care tools, we are able to leverage available technology to make sure that our patients and staff are as safe as possible during this time.” VA offers Veterans a variety of at-home resources, including the following: Telephone or Video Appointments – Veterans should maintain their existing mental health appointments — and may receive care at home — using VA Video Connect on their computers, smartphones, or tablets. To set up telephone or video appointments, Veterans can send their health care provider a secure message on My HealtheVet by visiting myhealth.va.gov. Veterans can learn more about VA Video Connect at mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect. Veterans Crisis Line - if you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one call – 1-800-273-8255 (press 1), text – 838255, or chat - www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat. A qualified VA responder is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist. Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivors can visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov/MST/index.asp for information and resources. Prescription Refills and Safety – Veterans should continue taking all medications as prescribed and talk to their mental health provider if they have any concerns. Veterans may request prescription refills and order shipments of medications to their homes using My HealtheVet or the Rx Refill mobile app, which can be downloaded at mobile.va.gov/app/rx-refill. VA’s Safe Home Environment handout provides information on safely storing medications in the home. Mental Health Information and Resources – VA provides information on ways for Veterans and their families to maintain and enhance their mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak. Information about managing stress and anxiety, as well as mental health resources, are available at www.mentalhealth.va.gov/coronavirus/resources. Text Message Reminders – Veterans can use Annie’s Coronavirus Precautions protocol to send automated text messages with information about COVID-19. This application helps Veterans monitor their symptoms and can assist those who need to contact their VA facility for care. Veterans may enroll in the app at mobile.va.gov/annie. “Now Is the Time.” Even during the coronavirus outbreak, Veterans can still prioritize their mental health. Veterans and their families can visit www.MakeTheConnection.net/MHM to learn more about mental health resources and hear stories of recovery from other Veterans. For more information on ways for Veterans to maintain and enhance their mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit www.mentalhealth.va.gov/coronavirus ###