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Victims of Domestic Violence Women's Support Group

Victims of Domestic Violence Women's Support Group will meet from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Monday nights. The next meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 30.

For more information call 1-800-286-3407.

Bath Neighborhood Watch Group

The Bath Neighborhood Watch Group will meet the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Bath Municipal Building. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16.

For more information contact Evie Lamb at 776-7664, ext. 229 or 776-4711.

Bath Area Writers Group

The Bath Area Writers Group invites interested individuals to join their round table readings and critiques from 7-9 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Empire Room of the Dormann Library, W. Morris St., Bath. The next gathering will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8.

H-port legion monthly meetings

The Hammondsport American Legion Unit #407 will hold their monthly meeting the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. The next meeting will be held today, Sunday, Dec. 6.

Dormann library events

• The Dormann Library Chapters Cafe will present cappella singer, Wendy Woods at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Library, 101 W. Morris Street, Bath. She will sing sons from all genres of music.

• The Dormann Library Preschool story time program will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays for ages 3-5, other ages also welcome. The next Preschool story time will be held on Dec. 1. The days theme will be G-Gingerbread Yum!

• The Dormann Library Cuddle Up program for children under the age of three with an adult will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. The next Cuddle Up program will be held Dec. 11. The days theme will be Babies.

The Dormann Library is located at 101 W. Morris Street in Bath. For more information call 776-4613.

Family mediation

The Center of Dispute Settlement is offering the alternative of mediation. The advantages are that the mediation is free to those 21 and younger, it is confidential, a neutral person helps to consider all options, it results in better communication between family members, it helps maintain control over family problems, and everybody has a chance to tell their side of the story. Mediation is an alternative to filing PINS. The service is available to any Steuben County resident or youth over the age of seven years old.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact The Center for Dispute Settlement in Bath 776-6976.

Wine Country Toastmasters

The Wine Country Toastmasters will meet the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the new Steuben County Health Care Facility, in the guest dining room on the second floor, 7009 Rumsey Street Extension, Bath. The person with strong communication skills has a clear advantage in the world today. Guests are welcome. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information call Terry Bilancio at 776-7813 or Bob Babcock at (585) 728-9167or Victoria Nichols at 324-7094. Individuals may also visit their website at www.toastmasters.org.

La Leche League

The La Leche League of Bath breastfeeding support group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 9:45-11 a.m. at the Bath Area Family Resource Center in the VEW elementary school. All pregnant womenand mothers interested in breastfeeding are welcome. The next support group meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1. For more information, please call Sue at 776-1170 or Elisa at 776-1728.

Help & support for homeschoolers

Bath Area LEAH (Loving at Education at Home,) is a statewide, christian, non-denominational organization consisting of approximately 3,500 families. They welcome all to their monthly pot luck dinners, usually the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Assembly of God Church basement, with the next informational meeting on Dec. 29. For more information call Kevin and Lori Coe at 566-2526.

Bath American Legion

• The Charles E. Wescott American Legion Auxiliary Unit 173 Jr. Auxiliary meetings will be held the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. at the legion, 14 West William St., Bath. The next meeting will be held Saturday, Dec. 5.

• The Charles E. Wescott American Legion Auxiliary Unit 173 meetings will be held the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 14.

Alliance of Guardian Angels

The Bath Chapter of the Alliance of Guardian Angels will meet every other Monday of every month (not including holidays) at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Full Gospel Church, corner of Campbell Street and East Steuben Street. The next meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 30. For questions call Pat at 331-5827 or Jim at 776-9486.

ASSE International Student Exchange Program

ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for boys and girls from a variety of countries around the world. These students are 15-18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically select exchange students have good English, are bright, curious and anxious to learn about the USA by living as part of your family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with you.

The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or sememster. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

The students are well screened and qualified by ASSE. Families may select the youngster of their choice from extensive student applications, family photos and biographical essays.

To become a host family or find out more about ASSE and its programs, please call the local State Coordinator Melanie Donelson at 716-731-1442 or 1-800-677-2773, or email to melanieasseeast@roadrunner.com.

Neighborhood Senior Citizen luncheon

The Neighborhood Senior Citizen Luncheon for men and women 50 plus will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Waneta Lake Baptist Church, West Waneta Lake Road, Wayne. Bring a dish to pass. Guest speakers will be Ted and Eleanor Brennan – celebrate Christmas with a singing of SAW.

For more information call 292-3900, Chris at 292-3577 or Cindy at 292-3307.

Bath Housing Authority Board

The village of Bath Housing Authority Board meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on the forth Monday of every month (except when holidays occur). The next meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 28.

Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library

The Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library in Hammondsport will hold their book discussion group at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the Robinson Room of the library. Interested readers are welcome to join. The next discussion will take place on Monday, Dec. 14.

For more information contact the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library at 569-2045.

Scrapbooking

The Keuka Crop Club will hold a scrapbooking class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, Hammondsport. Bring 4-5 photos and there is a $4 fee to cover materials. Pre-registration is preferred. Please call the library at 569-2045 for more information or to pre-register.

Hammondsport Rotary

The Hammondsport Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library at 6 p.m. The next meeting will be held Dec. 2.

Wine Country Seniors

Wine Country Seniors invite all area people age 60 and over to our regular monthly meeting, at 12 noon, on the second  Tuesday of each month, downstairs in the Methodist Church 35 Lake Street. Their Christmas program for Dec. 8 will be the "Finger Lake Singers" singing the crowd into the Christmas Spirit. Bring your own place setting and a small dish to pass. A short meeting will be held, have fun eating with the "Finger Lake Singers", then enjoy their singing. For the next four months we will be meeting at noon to make it easier for the drive. Questions call 569-2841.

NARFE monthly meeting

The National Assoicaiton for Active and Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting will be held the second Monday of every month at 12:30 p.m. at the Bath Country Club. The next meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 14. Interested individuals that would like to join NARFE for lunch or be placed on the monthly call list, please call 776-3738.

Bath area needs volunteers

RSVP... Lead With Experience

• Steuben County Health Care Facility needs volunteers in the gift shop on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

• Tax Counselors are needed for United Way CASH and AARP Tax Counseling program from January through April 15th. Training is available.

• Volunteers are needed as substitute drivers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly.

• Bath Private Nursery needs a volunteer nursery school aide to read and tell stories to pre-schoolers any morning Monday through Friday.

• Volunteers are needed to assist with mailing the Office for Aging newsletter.  Mailings go out 6 times per year and it usually takes a full day to complete.

• Ira Davenport/Taylor Health Care needs several volunteers to visit with residents, assist with transporting patients in-house, and in the Gift Shop.

Visit the RSVP website at www.steubencony.org/rsvp or see a more complete list of volunteer opportunities at www.volunteermatch.org. Individuals that are 55 years of age or older that are interested in these or any other volunteer opportunities should call 776-7813 to learn more about the benefits of being an RSVP Volunteer. Please do not call the agencies or organizations directly.

H-port Christmas in the Park sponsors needed

Sponsors are need for the Hammondsport 33rd Annual Christmas in the Park event to be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Hammondsport Village Square. While any help is appreciated, a contributionof $100 or more will get a business listed on “Santa's List.” The list will show up in any advertising and press releases as well as a special larger-than-life size decoration depicting Santa and his list on display in the square. For more information call the Chamber office at 569-2989.

Adopt-A-Family Christmas program

Catholic Charities Turning Point is launching it's 2009 Adopt-A-Family Christmas program. This year has been especially difficult for many families in our local community and has left them unable to provide a Christmas for their children. Any individuals or businesses interested in adopting a family, making a donation, or have questions call Crystal Jimerson at 776-4575, Ext. 209.

FSA emergency loan applications

Steuben County has been declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA), formerly Farmers Home Administration, disaster emergency loan assistance effective Oct. 19, 2009 due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and hail which occurred May 1, 2009 and continuing. Family farmers who have suffered the losses of at least 30 percent of their production due to the excessive rain and hail may be eligible for FSA loans. Proceeds from crop insurance and any FSA programs are taken into account when determining eligibility for production losses. Losses must be supported with documented records. Under the FSA Emergency Loan Programs farmers may be eligible for production loss loans of up to 100 percent of their actual losses, or the operating loan amount needed to continue in business, or a maximum principal balance outstanding of $500,000, whichever is less. Farmers must be unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders. The interest rate on Emergency Loans is 3.75 percent.

Application or loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until June 21, 2010. The FSA office is located at 415 West Morris Street, Bath. Their telephone number is 776-7398.

'The Shack' book discussion

A one-time discussion of the bestselling book THE SHACK (Wm. Paul Young) will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at St. Thomas' Church, 122 Liberty Street, Bath. Discussion leaders will include the Rev. J. Brad Benson, St. Thomas Church, the Rev. Jeff McDowell, Centenary United Methodist Church, and Deacon Dave LaFortune, St. Mary's Church, Bath. Come and share experiences with this provocative book.

FSA emergency loan applications

Steuben County has been declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA), formerly Farmers Home Administration, disaster emergency loan assistance effective Sept. 29, 2009 due to damages and losses caused by severe storms and flooding which occurred Aug. 8-10, 2009. Family Farmers who have suffered physical losses and/or the losses of at least 30 percent of their production due to the severe storms and flooding may be eligible for FSA loans. Proceeds from crop insurance and any FSA programs are taken into account when determining eligibility for production losses. Losses must be supported with documented records. Under the FSA Emergency Loan Programs farmers may be eligible for production loss loans of up to 100 percent of their actual losses, or the operating loan amount needed to continue to business, or a maximum principal balance outstanding of $500,000, whichever is less. Farmers must be unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders. The interest rate on Emergency Loans is 3.75 percent.

Application for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until June 1, 2010. The FSA office is located at 415 West Morris Street, Bath and their phone number is 776-7398.

Driver safety course

The AARP will hold Driver Safety Course from 1-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4 and Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Lakeview I in Bath. The driver safety course is a refresher course for those aged 50 and over. It is co-sponsored by AARP and the Steuben County Office for the Aging. The training consists of two four hour classroom sessions taught by a trained instructor. At these sessions, fundamental driving skills are reinforced through the use of slides, lectures and group discussions.

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee per course is $12 per person for AARP members and $14 per person for non-members. New York State law requires insurance companies to reduce liability insurance rates up to ten percent for individuals successfully completing the course.

For more information or to register for the course, contact the Steuben County Office for the Aging, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath or call your local Office for the Aging at 664-2298 or 776-7813.

Drive through living Nativity

A free drive through living Nativity will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Cohocton Assembly of God, 31 N. Dansville Street (Route 415.) For more information call 585-384-9113 or 585-384-5952.

Free poetry contest

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest being sponsored by The Celestial Arts Society. The contest is free and open to poets of any age. Fifty prizes totaling $5,000 in all will be awarded. Poems of 21 lines or less on any subject and in any style will be accepted. Entries must be received by Dec. 20 and may be submitted by mail to Free Poetry Contest, 584 James Street, Talent, OR 97540, or enter at www.freecontest.com. Individuals name and address must appear on the page with the poem. To receive a winners list, please enclose a SASE with your entry.

BAFRC holiday events

• The Bath Area Family Resource Center will hold breakfast with Santa from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in the VEW cafe. Join VEW families for breakfast, pictures with Santa and a Holiday craft. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 per child. For more information call Maria at 776-4123 extension 5650.

• Make a joyful holiday noise hosted by Bath Area Family Resource Center will be held from 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 in the VEW Gym. Come together with Sue Spencer and her repertoire of musical instruments to Drum and Celebrate the Season with rhythm, movement and song. No pre-registration required. Please call Maria at 776-4123 extension 5650 for more information.

• Santa visits with Bath Area Family Resource Center from 10-10:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Bring your little ones and your cameras and come ask Santa to grant you all your wishes. Refreshments provided. No pre-registration required. For more information call Maria at 776-4123 extension 5650.

Prattsburgh Winterfestival

The Prattsburgh Winterfestival will be held Friday-Sunday Dec. 4-6. Friday and Saturday during regular hours businesses will hold an open house with decorations, drawings and refreshments. Day by day events are as follows:

• Friday, Dec. 4: The PCS Varsity club will hold a chicken BBQ dinner from 4 p.m. until food is gone in the cafetorium. The cost is $8 and individuals can pay in advance or at the door.

At 6:30 p.m. the boys varsity basketball team will play their first home game.

• Saturday, Dec. 5: Prattsburgh Rotary will hold breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the Prattsburgh Firehall. Kids fourth grade and under eat free and receive a gift bag. Kids over fourth grade and adults can purchase pancakes for $2. Any child that brings a letter for Santa will receive a free photo and $2 for groups or child with no letter. Activities will include coloring sheets, cooking decorating, making ornaments and games.

The Prattsburgh Ambulance will hold the Winterfestival dance from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. at the Prattsburgh Firehall. Music will be by Bill Thompson Band. There will be a $3 cover charges. Snacks, cash bar and drawings will be available.

• Sunday, Dec. 6: The Prattsburgh Cub Scouts will provide free hot chocolate at 5:30 p.m. in the park.

A live Nativity will be held in the park, weather permitting or the Baptist Church.

At 6 p.m. will be the Town treelighting with the PCS Chorus leading the Caroling. Presentation of awards for the Festival of Lights will be held immediately following.

The Town Library will hold an open house viewing of the gingerbread houses with refreshments provided by the 4-H club.

The Prattsburgh Community Historical Society will sponsor the Festival of Lights during the Winterfest. Local organizations, business and youth organizations will decorate a total of 30 trees setup in the Village Park. The public using cans of food can vote on these trees Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 only. Each can equals one vote. The food is then donated to the local food pantry. Prizes will be awarded Sunday, Dec. 6 at Prattsburg Library.

Bath Spirit of Christmas 2009

• The Spirit of Christmas 2009 will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at Pulteney Park and Liberty Street, Bath. Free visits with Santa in the Pulteney Park Gazebo with gift bags. This year's event features blocking off Liberty Street to host craft and business vendors, the lighting of the Christmas tree in Pulteney Park, free horse-drawn wagon rides, an evening of Holiday Music indoors at St. Thomas Church, holiday music in the park and roaming carolers in the streets, free kids' crafts and Make A Gift Workshop, community cookie decorating contest, a “Souper Bowl” contest among participating restaurants, a coloring contest for area kids, free snacks and cocoa in the park and more activities are being added weekly.

• Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will be offering two exciting contests in conjunction with the Spirit of Christmas celebration in downtown Bath on Dec. 4.

They will hold a Christmas Cookie Contest at the Cooperative Extension booth from 6-7 p.m. Now is your chance to prove you really do bake the best cookies in the Bath area. Entries must consist of one dozen homemade cookies placed on a disposable plate and labeled on the bottom with your name and phone number. Cookies will be judged and the winner announced after 7 p.m.

Bath area restaurants are invited to take part in the Holiday "Souper Cup" Challenge by making a batch of their very best soup and serving it up in an 8-ounce cup for judging between 6-7:30 p.m. at their place of business. Judging of entries will be done by selected individuals traveling to the businesses and tasting these super soups. The Spirit of Christmas committee also asks businesses to make their contest soups available to the public for a small fee. The contest winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

To sign up for the Souper Cup Challenge or for more information on the cookie contest, call Cindy at 664-2561 or email cll38@cornell.edu.

Hammondsport Christmas in the Park

The Hammondsport Christmas in the Park will be held from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Village Square, Hammondsport. A Christmas celebration for the whole family, with Santa arriving at 6 p.m. The event will feature The Keuka Lake Players performing a Beatrix Potter Christmas Story in the Presbyterian Church starting at 4 p.m. Also will be the Lake Country Bellringers, horse-drawn wagon rides, local school chorus, local church choir, crafts and food and live alpacas.

Wheeler Grange annual dues paying dinner

The Wheeler Grange #1416 will hold their annual Dues paying dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Bring a dish to pass and own table ware. Gift exchange - $5 man for man and woman for woman. The dinner will also include contest, crafts, needlework, baking contest and cinnamon yeast roll.

Stephen Mills Grange #308

The Stephen Mills Grange #308 will host Steuben County Pomona Grange #31 at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Stephen Mills Fire Hall. It will be a Christmas party exchange - $5 man for man and woman for woman. Call Roberta McKenney for more information at 522-4008.

Retired Public Employees Association

The Retired Public Employees Association Finger Lakes Chapter Holiday Party Luncheon meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Central Restaurant in Painted Post. A gift exchange and holiday music will be available. Cost is $10 for members and spouses and $12 for guests. Reservations need to be made by Tuesday, Dec. 1 by calling Edna at 776-3241.

Holiday party for animals

The Finger Lakes SPCA will hold a holiday party for the animals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7315 State Route 54, Bath. Festivities will include Santa visit, raffles, door prizes, refreshments, visit with shelter orphans, small selection of gift items available for donation and more. Presents for the animals will be gratefully accepted.

H'port Central School

The Hammondsport Central School will hold a special meeting Board of Education at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the High School Library. The meeting will be an executive session to prepare for negotiations.

$ave Energy, $ave Dollars workshop

Corning Community College's Sustainability Committee and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will co-host “$ave Energy, $ave Dollars” from 12-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 in the Triangle Lounge, Commons Building, Spencer Hill campus, Corning. Nancy Reigelsperger will share tips on how to reduce energy bills through no cost or low cost conservation ideas. The workshop is  and open to the public. For more information call Deb Dunbar at 962-9440.

Retired Corning Police Officers Association

The Retired Corning Police Officers Association will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Central Restaurant in Painted Post. The association is open to any retired law enforcement officer living or working in Steuben County. For more information call Tom Greven at 769-8717.

Avoca Free Library

The Avoca Free Library will hold their 5th Annual Holiday Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the library, 18 N. Main Street, Avoca. There will also be a Christmas story time at 11:30 a.m. Stop in and join the library, and don't miss out on the Holiday Gift Basket and Stocking Raffles.

Prattsburg Library

The Prattsburg Library will hold their annual Gingerbread Contest soon. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 1 individuals can drop off their creation at the Prattsburg Free library, they will accept entries up to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Open House will be on Dec 6 following the tree lighting ceremony in the park, prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m. 

From 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 16 the library will cut out cinnamon ornaments and on Saturday, Dec 19 we will decorate the dried ornaments. Everyone is welcome.

Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library

The Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library in Hammondsport invites all children ages 3-7 plus, for an evening of holiday stories, activities and cookies. The program will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the library. Wear your pajamas and come ready for fun.

For more information contact the Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library at 569-2045.

Bath Peace and Justice Group

The Bath Peace and Justice Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 for “Words and Songs for Peace” at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty Street, Bath. Join the Bath Peace and Justice Group for an evening of poetry, singing and playing music with the local gifted talent. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to the celebration. For more information call 569-3564.

Bath Area Family Resource Center

• Bath Area Family Resource Center will hold a “Bridges” Family Support Group from 5-7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the VEW School Library, 216 Maple Heights, Bath. The next support group will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 with the special agenda topic being “Accessing Community Services.” Come share experiences and connect with other caregivers of children with special needs. A light meal will be provided as well as child care. For more information or to register call Maria at the Bath Area Family Resource Center at 776-4123 extension 5650.

• Tools to Help Your Child: Part Two will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the VEW Library, 216 Maple Heights, Bath. Ray Foody, Ph.D. will facilitate this workshop on behavior management strategies to use at home. Come and learn how to find the causes of children's behaviors and plan that works for the family. Gas cards will be raffled off to participants. Child care will be provided. Call Maria at Bath Area Family Resource Center, 776-4123 extension 5650 to register.