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Community events

• The Champagne Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Club will meet Saturday at the Vernon Wightman Elementary School, Bath. The dance will be Mistletoe Ball with caller Gary Pruyne and cuer Dottie Griffiths.

• Bingo will be held at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, 50 E. Morris Street on Monday. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game begins at 7 p.m.

• To raise awareness of the children that are reported abused and neglected in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties, the CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc. will host a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, December 11 at Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant, Irelandville Road, Watkins Glen. All proceeds benefit the children in our community. Tickets are $20 per person, $10 per child. Gratuity and alcohol not included. Table and time reservations must be made in advance, call 607-535-9614 to reserve a seat. Call the CASA office at 607-936-2272 for your tickets in advance, or they may be purchased at the door.

• The 31st Annual Commemoration Ceremony of the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941 will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Bath Rod & Gun Club, Telegraph Road, Bath. Survivors and guest speaker Navy Chaplain Gerry Hamblin will be amount the attendees. There will be appetizers immediately following the ceremony inside the Bath Rod & Gun Club.

• The Kiwanis N.B.A. Youth Development League is an opportunity for both boys and girls in grades 2-6, or at least 7 years of age by Dec. 1, 2011, to learn and enjoy the game of basketball. The league will run eight weeks, beginning January 3, 2012 and continue through Feb. 25, 2012. Practices will run during the week with games being play on Saturdays. Separate teams for boys and girls. Fee us $20 which includes a game shirt to keep. Make checks payable to Kiwanis Basketball. Registration is from 9-10 and Saturday, December 10. Please contact Rhonda Sweet at 607-776-3547 if unable to attend registration.

• The Bath Peace and Justice Group will hold its annual Songs and Words for Peace gathering at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arc of Steuben, One Arc Way, Bath (off Route 54A behind Simmons-Rockwell). There will be music, singing and poetry from a variety of local talent. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 607-569-3564.

School news

• Alfred University will celebrate their 175th anniversary Monday at the University. AVI Dining Services will roll out a birthday cake during the lunch hour in Powell Campus Center at 6 p.m., AU’s Drawn to Diversity program will run a campuswide “amazing race” where students will solve riddles and complete challenges in order to win $175. The day will conclude at 8 p.m. with a fireworks show over the village of Alfred provided by Young Explosives of Rochester.

• The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education Workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the High School Library.

Community meetings

• The Charles E. Wescott American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 12 at the Bath Legion.

• The Hammondsport American Legion Unit #407 will hold their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. today.

• The Wine Country Toastmasters will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steuben County Health Care Facility, in the guest dining room on the second floor, 7009 Rumsey Street Extension, Bath. Guests are welcome. For more information call Terry Bilancio at 776-7813, Bob Babcock at (585) 728-9167 or Victoria Nichols at 324-7094.

• The Steuben County Veteran’s Memorial will hold a monthly business meeting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 11 in the dining room of the facility located at 7230 State Route 54, Bath, NY. All regular Steuben County Veterans Memorial members are welcome to attend the meeting. Support your veteran’s organization.

• The Retired Corning Police Officers Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13 at the Central Restaurant in Painted Post. The association is open to any retired law enforcement officer living or working in the Souther Tier. For more information call Tom Greven at 607-769-8717.

• Wine Country Seniors Monthly annual Christmas Dinner Meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 13 downstairs in the Methodist Church on Lake street, Hammondsport. Bring a dish to pass and your own place setting. Come and enjoy, Our Favorite Singing Group and all the Good Holliday food. For more information call 607-569-2841 and leave message.

Library news

• Make a free craft from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays at the Cohocton Public Library, 8 Maple Ave, Cohocton. Event is for parents/caregivers and their children. Call 585-384-5170 for more information. Crafts are as follows: 12/1, Christmas bracelet; 12/8, Beaded Candy Canes or Wreaths; 12/15, Stocking or Mitten Ornaments; 12/22, Christmas Cookie Decorating; 12/29, New Years Eve Noisemaker.

• Free Computer Skills Workshops will be held from 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays in December at the Cohocton Public Library, 8 Maple Ave, Cohocton. Computer assistance will be available. Use the laptops provided or bring your own. No question too big or too small. Call 585-384-5170 for more information.

• Friends of the Dormann Library will hold a Christmas Open House from 6-7:30 p.m.  Wednesday. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, the Haverling Concert Choir will sing a medly of holiday songs, children can make holiday ornaments, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department will be there with their brightly decorated fire truck, refreshments will be served and children may have their picture taken with Santa ($2).

Classes/training

• The Bath Area Family Resource Center will present “Discipline at Home” class from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School Library, 216 Maple Heights, Bath. Presented by Jeannie Wheeler, LCSW School Social Worker. Please bring specific situations to problem solve with the group. Child care provided. Pre-register is required by calling Maria at 607-776-4123 extension 5650.

• Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold classes to help save money on heating your home. The next class will be held from 2-4 p.m. Monday at the Hornell Senior Center, Broadway Mall, Hornell. Each participant will receive an assortment of free energy saving items. Please pre register by calling 607-664-2300.

• ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc. has scheduled a series free, financial education classes at 12 noon at the Steuben County Office Building, Bath. Classes are open to the public. Classes are  based on the FDIC MoneySmart curriculum and are designed to educate area residents of several different topics. The next class will be held Wednesday and topic will be Pay Yourself First. Participants receive free pizza, a financial education CD and a chance to win a door prize. For more information call Dawn Bush at 607-962-8459.

Briefs

• NYSEG offers free engine block heater times to farmers. Using timers on your farm vehicles’ engine block heaters during the winter months allows the heaters to run for just a few hours each morning rather than consuming electricity throughout the night. NYSEG also has rebates for money back on energy-saving lighting/motors/fans/etc. Put in place in 2011. Contact Ensave/NYSEG’s program coordinator at 1-800-732-1399 for details and applications.

•   ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for people in the area to help promote and assist in administering their well-respected program. By finding and interviewing families interested in hosting and acting as a counselor for the international teenagers, you will meet some of the most interesting and wonderful people in your life. ASSE will provide training and reimbursement for your time and expenses.

If you are energetic, positive and love interacting with people of all ages please call Melanie at 716-235-0502 or ASSE International at 800-677-2773 or visit ASSE.com for more opportunities.

Support groups

• Military Family Support Network will meet from 7-8:30 Tuesday at the Charles E. Wescott Post 173 American Legion, 14 W. William Street, Bath. For more information call Denise Duby at 607-329-7037 or Jason Shaddock at 607-329-6421.

• Family members of Veterans with mental health issues: The Bath VA Medical Center will offer an education session from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday in the main hospital building, Building 76, Room 511 on the VA campus. No reservation is needed to participate. For more information call Darlene Leonard at 607-664-4300.

• Victims of Domestic Violence (Women)

6:45-7:45 p.m. Monday night. For more information call 1-800-286-3407.

• Narcotics Anonymous meetings:

7-8:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at St. Thomas Church.

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Ira Davenport.

1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church.

7-8:30 p.m. Sunday the meetings at the Kinship House.

• The Center for Dispute Settlement, Inc., 22 Liberty St., is a non-profit organization that helps residents, neighbors and families resolve issues through mediation. For more information, call 776-6976.

• Over Eaters Anonymous (OA) will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Bath Baptist Church, downstairs.  

Volunteers

• Bath Area needs volunteers: RSVP....Lead with Experience

-Rural Health Community Systems needs volunteers to train the new hands-only CPR method to community members.  Full training provided.

-Steuben Coordinated Transportation needs volunteer drivers to transport individuals to appointments.  Mileage reimbursement available.

-Ira Davenport Hospital needs volunteers to serve in the gift shop.

-ProAction Home Delivered Meals Program needs substitute drivers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens.  Mileage reimbursement available.

If you are 55 years of age or older and you are interested in these or any other volunteer opportunities, call Mary at 607-664-2298 to learn more about the benefits of being an RSVP volunteer.

Please do not call the agencies or organizations directly.

Visit the RSVP website at steubencony.org/rsvp to see a more complete list of volunteer opportunities.

Emergency loan applications

The Farm Service Agency is accepting applications in Steuben County for disaster emergency loan assistance for the following:

• Damages and losses caused by high winds, excessive rain, lightning, and flash flooding from April 26-28. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until Feb. 10, 2012.

• Damages and losses caused by a tornado, high winds, hail, excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding from April 1 and continuing. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until Feb. 10, 2012.

• Damages and losses caused by high winds from May 28-31. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until Feb. 10, 2012.

• Damages and losses caused by tornados, high winds, hail, excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding from March 7-June 12. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until Feb. 17, 2012.

• Damages and losses caused by severe storms and flooding from April 25-28. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until March 13, 2012.

• Damages and losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding and cooler than normal temperatures March 1-June 1. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until April 25, 2012.

• Damages and losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, high winds, lightning and cooler than normal temperatures which occurred Aug. 16. Family farmers who have suffered losses of at least 30 percent of their production due to the frost, freeze, high winds, hail, excessive rain and cold temperatures. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until April 16, 2012.

Farmers must be unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders. The interest rate on emergency loans is 3.75 percent. Applications and more information are available at the FSA office, 415 West Morris St., Bath. For more information call 776-7398.

Child Care

• Steuben Child Care Project gives child care providers information on a federally funded program which reimburses providers for nutritious meals served to the children in their program. The new on-line claiming process makes the required recordkeeping a snap, taking less than 5 minutes a day.  

SCCP helps child care providers access the funding that they are eligible to receive, as well as, support the providers to operate their businesses as economically as possible.  For more information on child care programs call 776-2126 or 1 (800) 553-2033.