Weekend News Brief

Written by on June 28, 2024

The New York State Department of Health has announced the launch of a free HIV self-test campaign. This initiative is aimed at highlighting the importance of HIV self-testing to prevent the spread of the illness and other sexually transmitted diseases. Sign-up can be done online and eligible individuals will be emailed a discount code and instructions detailing how to get their free kit. Data shows there are tens of thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV on a daily basis.


New York State is now launching a brand-new platform aimed at helping recruit teachers. It’s part of a partnership between the Department of Education and TEACH. Prospective teachers can access free resources such as one-on-one and group advising, a search tool to help them find teaching programs and support to prepare them for teaching tests.   For more information on this program, head to newyork.teach.org.


State residents that like to fish can take part in the very popular activity at no cost this weekend. A free fishing weekend gets underway Saturday and runs through Sunday (6/29 & 6/30) and no license is required to participate. Officials say free fishing days give people the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty that is found in every corner of the state. The Free Fishing Days program started in 1991 as a way to introduce folks to a new hobby.


The Oakfield United Methodist Church at 2 South Main Street, will host their annual chicken bar-b-q on Wednesday, July 17th from 4-6 pm. The cost is $15 and each person receives half a chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll, dessert and a drink. It’s drive-through only.


The 25th Annual Le Roy Alumni Banquet, for alumni who have celebrated 50 or more years will be held from noon to 4:00 on Friday, July 12th, at Our Lady of Mercy Hall, 44 Lake Street. For more information, please call 585-768-7534.


“Heavenly Traditions and Holy Matrimony: Weddings Through Time,” is an exhibit that will take you through decades of wedding dress styles and traditions. Items from the 19th century through the 20th will be on display at the Holland Land Office Museum during normal museum hours through December 31st. For additional information, visit www.hollandlandoffice.com


The next meeting of Darien Seniors is Saturday, 6/29, at the Darien Town Hall. They’ll be having tacos at noon. For more information, please call 585-409-0899.

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