Merrick says that surrounding yourself with people you love is also important, even if they try to get away. “I was a stay at home mother with five kids, I did some babysitting and stuff,” Hektor said. (WBNG)– According to US Census data, the number of centenarians in the U.S. is on the rise, and the Southern Tier is no exception. Two local women celebrated that coveted milestone Saturday, both surrounded by friends and family. “We’ve all been friends for years, they try to get away, but I always trip them up as they go out the door,” Merrick said. “That’s the way I’ve always been, take me or leave me, doesn’t matter,” she said. “Just be yourself, that’s all I’ve ever been, just me,” Merrick said. “Let everybody have their fun and if people want to laugh at you laugh back at them,” she said. “Just keep busy,” she said. “Don’t over do it but just keep busy I think that’s the main thing,” she said. “I just kept trying to keep busy, I even played basketball in a church but that was when I was a teenager,” she said. For Hektor, that meant taking care of others. Hektor says that part of keeping busy is getting exercise. While Mary Hektor of Vestal says that for her it comes down to keeping busy. Hektor added that no matter how old you are, her advice is to just be happy. If people don’t like it, Merrick says, don’t sweat that either. Afton resident and World War II veteran Seretha Merrick says that the secret to a long life is not sweating the small stuff.
With growing concern about its presence in the Upper Delaware, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants you to photograph the fish if you catch one. You can email your photo to email@example.com, and you can report the fish to iMap Invasives. “It’s a pretty hard, veracious predator,” said Friends of the Upper Delaware River Executive Director Jeff Skelding. (WBNG) — Local anglers are concerned after the invasive Northern Snakehead was caught in the Upper Delaware River. Skelding says he’s seen in the Snakehead in the past, when it was first discovered in Maryland. Now, 17 years later, the fish can be found all over the east coast. However, it’s spread has created devastating effects on the ecosystem. The Northern Snakehead is known to eat everything in it’s path, and it gets a little scarier. Anglers often call it the “Frankenfish” for it’s ability to temporarily walk on land, and even breathe air. “It’s crowding out other species in the river, it’s taking away the food source for other species in the river,” said Skelding. After photographing the fish, NYSDEC and fellow fishing groups agree the fish must be euthanized. It can be kept for consumption or disposed of.
According to a news release, a 61-year-old distracted driver struck another vehicle driven by a 68-year-old on State Highway 10 around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. STAMFORD, N.Y. (WBNG) — Authorities in Delaware County say one person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries following a head-on crash in the town of Stamford, N.Y. The 68-year-old was airlifted to Albany Medical. The 61-year-old was treated by first responders on scene and refused further treatment. Authorities say the 61-year-old was distracted by another vehicle on the road and did not mention if they were issued any tickets. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash.