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PENN YAN — With the approaching celebration of Women’s History Month in March, state Sen. Tom O’Mara said his office is accepting nominations for the Senate’s 22nd annual “Women of Distinction” program, which honors area women making outstanding contributions to area communities.

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Long-time Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard will jointly host a meeting with city of Albany Community and Economic Development Director Shelena Hawkins to give citizens an opportunity to have input on identifying needs that will help shape access to housing in the city.

With almost universal agreement from anyone who is involved with and/or cares about their community, the common remark about what they see in society today is: “How can things seem to be so bad and dysfunctional?” 

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The Hackensack Lions Club has been serving the community for 45 years, beginning when the club was chartered in 1974. There are currently 44 member who serve the Hackensack community with a number of projects that include painting the Hackensack Library and fence around the city park, Adopt-a-Highway, and reroofing the park pavillion. The Hackensack Lions has charitable gambling at the Hackensack Municipal bar that includes pull tabs and a meat raffle every Monday. Charitable gambling enables the Hackensack Lions to make charitable donations. Some of these donations in 2018 included $10,000 to the “Save The Pier” project that is the rebuilding the shoreline by the city pier where the Kid’s Fishing Contest is held during the summer months; $5,000 toward maintenance of the Community Building in Hackensack where the Lions hold their pancake breakfasts; and $3,400 for the purchase of four A.E.D.s. Total contributions for 2018 were $57,900! Recently, the Lions also gave $5,000 to Hackensack Fire and Rescue toward a new pumper/tender truck. Pictured is Lions Gambling Manager Pam Sheldon (middle) presenting the check to firefighters Andy Bray (left) and Scott Felton. The Hackensack Lions meet every third Tuesday of the month at The HUB at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome and new members are encouraged.

HANFORD — Before the Hanford City Council got down to business Tuesday, its meeting started off on a light note.

Fire chiefs, Klamath County Commissioners and other local leaders are coming together to expand and strengthen fire protection services to residents in districts without a designated fire fighting agency.