Governor warns of weather not to be thankful for


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul warned drivers Monday to exercise caution if they travel this week for the Thanksgiving holiday as the National Weather Service at Binghamton issued a hazardous weather outlook predicting a wintry mix from later today through Wednesday.

“We are preparing for the worst-case scenario and warning motorists and homeowners and people now who will be traveling locally and outside the region to alter your travel plans,” Hochul said Monday. “Do not make next Wednesday be your main day to travel or else you’ll get stuck — at home not able to travel, or — on one of the roads or the New York State Thruway.”

The weather service said to expect rain and snow before 5 p.m. today, then rain, snow and sleet, with a high near 36 and a low around 22. Winds will be about 15 mph, gusting to 34 mph, creating a wind chill as low as 3 degrees.

On Wednesday, expect rain before 4 p.m. and a high in the low 40s, followed by a combination of rain and snow and a low near 27.

“I just want to remind everybody to be vigilant,” Hochul said. “We’re expecting freezing rain, snow accumulations, high winds – everything you would not want to see as you’re heading out for your holiday travels. But the warnings are out there, and I’m asking everyone to heed them at this time.”

Cortland area groups share $3.7 in food grants

Greater Cortland area food service organizations will get nearly $3.7 million of $40 million statewide to help farmers and increase access to local foods, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday.

Seven Valleys Health Coalition of Cortland will get $50,000, the Food Bank of Central New York will get $2 million and Cornell University will get more than $1.6 million in money distributed from a federal Department of Agriculture grant.

“Every New Yorker deserves access to fresh, healthy, and delicious local food that helps them feel their best, which is why we’re taking solid steps to strengthen our state’s food supply system,” Hochul said in a release. “The New York Food for New York Families program is part of that commitment, helping to get more New York products onto tables in communities that need them most. ”

Grants were awarded to 102 organizations,, including food banks and pantries, schools and universities, farm collectives, medical centers, and a variety of non-profit organizations, to buy New York-grown food products and distribute them to underserved communities. It also provides technical assistance to help growers sell into the New York Food for New York Families program.

Dryden seniors plan holiday lunch

DRYDEN — The Dryden Senior Citizens will meet at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 11 for a holiday lunch at the Dryden Veterans Memorial Home on Route 13.

Lunch will be at 12:15 p.m. following announcements. The menu includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, apple sauce, roll and assorted cookies. Jilissa Vellake will sing “Christmas with Jilissa.”

The meal costs $8 for members and $9 for non-members. An annual membership is $5; the club meets the second and fourth Monday of the month.