Due to COVID-19, many tourist attractions have had to cancel or delay opening. Please call businesses for details.
 

2020 DEC campground update!

DEC Announces 20 Campgrounds and Day Use Areas to Open June 19!

Additional DEC Campground Openings to be Announced Soon for Summer 2020 Season

Campers Encouraged to Follow Guidelines to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Enjoying Beauty of Adirondacks and Catskills

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that 20 of DEC’s campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill parks will open on June 19 for the 2020 season. Three additional campgrounds are slated to open June 26, and additional DEC campgrounds and day use areas will open in the coming weeks as DEC works to safely reopen these facilities to meet guidelines in place to protect staff and visitors from the spread of COVID-19. To maintain social distancing and reduce the density of facilities and protect visitors, DEC is not accepting additional reservations or walk-in camping for the 2020 season at this time. Existing reservations will be honored for the DEC campgrounds listed below.

DEC Campgrounds to Open June 19:

Adirondack Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Catskill Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Campgrounds to Open June 26:

For information about campgrounds operated by the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation visit NYS Parks camping webpage.

Campground Safety

According to the NYForward guidance (leaves DEC’s website) for the reopening of New York State, campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to maintaining six feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, and excluding persons from the same household who are camping together. Visit Reserve America for details.

DEC has temporarily stopped issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more. As of June 11, DEC resumed issuing permits for groups of fewer than 10 people who would like to stay for more than three nights at one location on state lands. DEC is also temporarily restricting lean-to use to members of a single household at a time.

Visiting New York State’s Public Lands during the COVID-19 Response

New York State is encouraging people to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. New York State DEC and State Parks recommendations for getting outside safely incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing;
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others even when outdoors;
  • Wear a mask when you cannot maintain social distancing;
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and high-fives;
  • Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.

DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to state parks and state lands, and other parks to:

  • Use common sense when visiting the outdoors. Stay local within your region because some amenities like public restrooms and restaurants may not be open.
  • Visit in small groups limited to family members and members of your own household. Maintain a distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks.
  • Know before you go. Plan ahead and make a list of alternate destinations. Beaches and trailheads will be busy. Many state beaches and parks will quickly reach capacity limits on nice weather days. Check parks.ny.gov, and 511.org for park capacity closure alerts.
  • Choose a time to visit when beaches, trails, and parks are likely to be less crowded, such as a weekday or earlier in the day.
  • Park responsibly in designated areas only.
  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact, such as basketball, football, or soccer.
  • Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, binoculars, balls, or Frisbees.
  • If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.
  • Practice ‘Leave No Trace.’ Respect parks and state lands and take out whatever you bring in, including disposable gloves, wipes, masks, and toilet paper.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or if part of a vulnerable population.
  • Be patient. Accept that this summer, you may have to adjust how you enjoy the outdoors to help keep yourself and others healthy and safe, even if it means changing your plans to visit a public space.
  • New Yorkers over 70 years old or with a compromised immune system should not visit public spaces, including those outdoors. These New Yorkers should remain indoors or spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space, pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature, and require visitors to wear masks.
  • Visitors to the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are reminded to always follow the Hiker Responsibility Code and avoid busy trailheads. Find trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy during daylight hours. DEC also encourages New Yorkers to be safe and sustainable when recreating outdoors. Learn more about how you can protect natural spaces when exploring outdoors by following the seven principles of Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website). Additional information is available on the DEC website.

DEC Hiring Campground Staff

DEC is seeking seasonal campground staff with all levels of experience and skill sets, including supervisors, security, maintenance, and cleaning staff, and booth workers. If interested, please send an email to campinfo@dec.ny.gov.

https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html

Tourism Department updating local Attractions listings

We are looking to update local Tourist Attractions in the county and need your help.

If you are a local attraction, please Click Here to complete the Tourism Facility Profile Sheet and

email to: tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org.

 

 

Governor Cuomo Announces Outdoor Dining at Restaurants Will Be Permitted in Phase Two Of Reopening

Restaurants in the Seven Regions that Have Already Entered Phase Two Can Reopen for Outdoor Dining Beginning Tomorrow, June 4th.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in phase two of reopening. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered phase two – the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York – can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow, June 4th. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

Full details can be found here. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-outdoor-dining-restaurants-will-be-permitted-phase-two-reopening

FEED THE TRUCKERS – SECOND EVENT PLANNED FOR TUESDAY, MAY 19TH AT 3PM

THANK YOU Phoebe Sitterly for coordinating another event for our essential truck drivers!

Picture- From Feed the Truckers on April 27th, volunteers from Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber staff- Nicole Walrath, Director of Workforce Development, and Jenna Patterson, Business and Education Partnership Coordinator.

Local Woman Plans Second ‘Feed the Truckers’ Event For Tuesday, May 19th

St. Johnsville resident and retired teacher Phoebe Sitterly is using her “great appreciation” for truck drivers, and their dedication to serve, as the inspiration for an event to thank them with a bagged meal, planned for Tuesday, May 19th in Fultonville. This is the second event she is planning, as the first one was a great success.

The truck drivers event, “Sandwiches 4 Semis, A Free Meal to Say Thank You” will begin at 3pm., and feature a boxed meal for drivers passing through Nationwide Transportation Brokers, just off the Thruway, Exit 28, at 58 Riverside Drive in Fultonville.

A big thank you to Nationwide Transportation – and owner Vince Gramuglia, who will once again host the event. This event is also sponsored by St. John’s Reformed Church in St. Johnsville.

Sitterly and a team of volunteers will welcome any truck driver to stop on the 19th to pick up a meal. The NYS Truckers Association will help get the word out with advertising and posts.

Sitterly stated: “this second event will largely be supported by cash donations, that have just kept coming in. Ripepi’s will be helping to make the subs, Family Dollar in Gloversville is donating a lot of chips and various goodies, CG Roxanne is donating all the water, and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber is donating bags. We will again be giving away 200 meals for the truck drivers. The out pouring of cash donations – the people in Fulton and Montgomery Counties are so kind and generous. They want to help truck drivers so much- it is just so amazing! I can’t thank our wonderful community enough.”

Sitterly is happy to use her experience in her life to continue to organize community events. As a teacher for 30 years, Sitterly served as a class or club advisor during her entire career. She also served as Union President for 6 years. During her presidency, she was instrumental in the school merging process. In 2005 she helped kick off a fundraiser for the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library called “FlapJacks and Fairytales.”

Sitterly is forever grateful for the volunteers who were at the first event and will be at the second event on the 19th. Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce staff members Nicole Walrath and Jenna Patterson volunteered at the first event. Walrath stated: “To be a part of what Phoebe Sitterly has organized for the truck drivers by providing lunch, is just a small token to show our gratitude. We truly appreciate all of the long hours and hard work our front line works are putting in.”

Patterson said- “Phoebe is an outstanding person and I’m so grateful to be a part of this event that she put together. Seeing the smiles and gratitude that the truckers felt when I was handing them food made my entire day, and it showed me that it meant so much more to them than it did to us. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “God bless you.”

To volunteer for the truckers appreciation event, or to donate, contact Sitterly at (518) 844-9607.

Hill & Markes Webinar on re-opening food service business.

Hill & Markes hosted a webinar earlier this week on how to safely reopen your food service business covering everything from staff safety, operational adjustments, food safety training, takeout & to-go, cleaning and more!

If you missed it, its available for you to download or Click Here to watch!

Be sure to checkout www.hillnmarkes.com/covid19 for tons of useful information and resources for Covid 19.

FULTON COUNTY YMCA TO HOLD DRIVE-UP AND VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT FULMONT-GLOVERSVILLE FOOD PANTRY

The Fulton County YMCA (The Y) is launching a brand-new service initiative called ‘Y Cares’ and its first project will be a food drive to help restock the Fulmont-Gloversville Food Pantry during these challenging times when the community need is heightened. The food drive event will be held on Monday, April 27 from 10AM to 3PM and will be run two ways—as a drive up/drop off for donating actual canned food and other needed items and as a virtual food drive so those that do not want to leave the safety of their home can still participate by donating online. The event was planned in consult with the Fulton County Public Health Department to be sure the food drive can be operated safely, following all social distancing recommendations. The health department will also be on-site the morning of the event to inspect the set up to be sure it is being optimally run with public health and safety in mind.

Community members wishing to donate to the food drive can enter the YMCA parking lot on Harrison Street in Johnstown and follow signage to the drop off stations. The public will be able to drop off donated items into drive-up collection boxes without leaving their car. Per the Food Pantry, needed items are as follows: peanut butter, Jelly, canned pasta, chili, soups, beef stew, boxed or bagged pasta, noodles, oatmeal, boxed pancake mix, boxed cereal, tuna or chicken or any canned meat, crackers, instant milk, canned vegetables, peas, corn, potatoes, spaghetti sauce, tuna helper, boxed rice, canned fruit, pork and beans and personal Care Items: including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, toilet paper, diapers, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc. Health and safety instructions for those wishing to participate in the drive-up food drive will be posted on the Y’s Facebook page and website.

For the virtual food drive, a link will be added to the Fulton County Y Facebook page @FultonCountyY and website (www.fultoncountyymca.org) on the morning of April 27th for the public to donate directly to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY safely online.

The Y is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose and each other. Working locally, the Y focuses on empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities. The Fulton County Y’s fitness facility was ordered to temporarily close on March 16 as part of the state mandate, however essential services remain operational at this time including Emergency Childcare for first responders, health care professionals and essential workers; and the Y’s Residency in Gloversville which provides supportive housing for the homeless and potentially homeless. The new ‘Y Cares’ initiative will connect Fulton County Y staff and members with service opportunities to support local charities and community organizations.

For more information, please visit their website at: www.fultoncountyymca.org.