But when school closed its doors because of the coronavirus, the club knew it couldn’t stop providing. Girl Up has been creating packs filled with personal care items, thanks to donations from the community and the Syracuse-based group, ‘I Support the Girls.’ But two Union-Endicott High School juniors are taking things a step further, providing feminine hygiene products too. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Since schools have been closed around the state, districts have been providing things like learning materials and food to their students. “Even in and outside of school, the need doesn’t diminish. Girls will still need these products every month, they rely on them. So many girls rely on school for access to these products like how so many students rely on schools for access to food,” said Madison. The club is still looking for donations of all feminine hygiene products, as well as deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. A small act of kindness that is making a big difference for many during this time. “With this bathroom initiative, it allows girls to be in a comfortable environment, and an environment that they feel is judgement-free. And where they’re in control, and they have the option to how they want to use these supplies, when they want to use these supplies. I think that’s important that it’s available to them,” said Alessia. “Girl Up is a club full of passionate advocates who advocate, fundraiser, and plan events to raise awareness about reproductive health, access to education, the environment, and so much more,” said Madison. When school was in session, the club stocked the restrooms at the Middle School and High School with feminine hygiene products. “I mean look at us, we’re 16. We thought one night, we were like, ‘Well we can do this.’ And I think that anybody who is passionate about something can go out there and do something,” said Alessia. With help from Endicott Rotary, the packs are being distributed to families in need in the area. Madison and Alessia Stead are co-presidents of the club, Girl Up at UE. If you are able to make a donation contact Superintendent Nicole Wolfe by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLEN AUBREY (WBNG) — Amidst the pandemic, a local farm store is planting its roots. The store is practicing social distancing and requiring masks. Hust Roost Farm Store in Glen Aubrey opened its doors for the first time to the community Tuesday, after years of renovating and planning. The country store is stocked with farm fresh products, baked goods, coffee, ice cream and other locally made products. “We were targeting this spring all along and we actually had our open date set for April 18 and as we got closer and closer we realized that was going to be in jeopardy and we couldn’t even get the inspection people to come out so everything got put on hold indefeinitely,” said co-owner Joe Hust. Hust Roost Farm is located at 3730 NY-26, Glen Aubrey. The store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Xcite Wrestling and the Oakdale Mall announced they are teaming up to bring live entertainment to the Southern Tier. Xcite Wrestling says they plan on providing a variety of entertainment that will go into the fall of this year and throughout the summer of next year. The Xcite Wrestling event will occur on Saturday, August 22. Ticket information and safety protocols can be found here. Information for the drive-in movies will be available soon. Xcite Wrestling is working with the New York State Athletic Commission to come up with a safety plan that fulfills the state’s guidelines. They say their safety plan will be provided on their website before patrons attend the events. In a press release, Xcite Wrestling says they have created a venue called The X Drive-In at the Oakdale Mall. They say it will use the east and west Macy’s lots and the furthermost North lot. They say The X Drive-In will open with the state’s first-ever drive-in wrestling event. The wrestling company also says they will show classic movies in the north lot starting in late August. They said the east and west Macy’s lots will be used for professional wrestling, comedy events and concerts.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Preservation Association of the Southern Tier sponsored their annual Sacred Sites Tour on Sunday, but this year the event had to be held virtually due to the coronavirus. To view this year’s tour, click here. The focus was on the vast array of architectural features and styles of the buildings, and what makes them all so unique. The tour is normally held in person each May, and organizers said they are hoping that will be the case for next year. The hour-long presentation took viewers through 25 places of worship in Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott and Endwell. “Some of them, maybe if they were an immigrant from a certain part of Europe and that was the type of building they grew up knowing or saw, then they came here to the United States and wanted a building that reminded them of their home country,” he said. Chairperson and event host Ronald Borgna said a primary reason for the variety in the styles has to do with the diverse history of the Southern Tier, and the vast numbers of immigrants who came to work and worship in the area.