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Community events

• Bingo will be held at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, 50 E. Morris Street on Monday, December 19. 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. today 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 Corning Incorporated Retirees Group’s Christmas Party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Riverfront Café of the company’s Headquarters complex. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the community food pantry. Retirees should not to arrive before 1 p.m. to avoid conflicting with employees’ lunch hour in the Café.

Retirees planning to attend need to make reservations so organizers can better prepare for the event.  Reservations may be made with Bob Kosty (795-1488), Al Donnelly (527-8841) or John Bowman (936-3745) not later than Monday. Free parking will be available in the company’s employee parking garage on the west side of the arch.

• The Dormann Library Chapters Cafe will feature a Holiday Concert with the members of Common Ground Choir from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 101 West Morris St., Bath. Admission is free. Visit dormannlibrary.org or call 607-776-4613 for more information.

• Retired Public Employees Association of the Finger Lakes Chapter will hold a holiday party luncheon meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Restaurant in Painted Post. The event will include a $5 gift exchange and holiday music. The cost is $12 per person. Registration is required by calling 607-776-3241.

School news

• The Campbell Savona Central School District Board of Education will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 19 at the Campbell-Savona Elementary School Band Room.

• The Hammondsport Central School District Board of Education will hold their regular meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the High School Library.

Community meetings

• The Steuben County Veteran’s Memorial will hold a monthly business meeting at 10:30 a.m. today 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 Wine Country Toastmasters will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 20 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 Charles E. Wescott American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Bath Legion.

• The Retired Corning Police Officers Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 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 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 Holiday food. For more information call 607-569-2841 and leave message.

• The Village of Bath Housing Authority Board will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, December 19.

• NARFE will hold their next monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Bath Country Club. A program will be provided by the Haverling High School Choir. It will be a great time with great singers and students. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 607-776-3738.

• Gas Drilling & Compulsory Integration: What are you rights? A meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Dryden Fire Hall, 26 North Street, Dryden.

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: 12/15, 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.

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

•     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, December 19 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. First and Third Monday of each month.

• 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.  

Holiday donations opportunities

• Addison Area Christmas Food Baskets: Accepting donations of food, gifts, toys, money, or other material to fill holiday baskets.

• Heart To Heart of Steuben County: Looking for individuals to donate money, purchase items, or adopt a child to provide their Christmas during the Holiday Season.

• Arbor Housing and Development: Looking for supporters for their “Giving Tree Project.” Located in their main lobby, gifts listed on the tree are for adults and children who might not otherwise receive gifts.

• Pro Action of Steuben and Yates: Accepting all types of donations to help individuals in need during the Holiday Season.

• Pregnancy Resource Center Of The Valleys, Inc: Accepting donations of coats, hats, mittens, and other winter clothing from Newborn to size 2T as well as blankets, toys, diapers, and other infant and toddler items.

• Literacy Volunteers Of America-Steuben County: Read to Me Steuben is seeking donations of new or used children’s books for their Red Bookshelf program.

• Catholic Charities of Steuben-Bath Office: Seeking individuals interested in adopting families in need during the holiday season. They are also accepting donations to fill Christmas baskets.

• Knights Of Columbus – Holiday Assistance: Seeking donations of food items, money, toys, gifts, and other material goods to help provide holiday meals and gifts to families in need.

• Catholic Charities Turning Point Hornell: Accepting winter coats, baby blankets, hats, and mittens.

• Kinship Family and Youth Services: Seeking individuals, agencies, or others to adopt needy families for Christmas. Needs include soap, clothing, household cleaning supplies, diapers, dish clothes, and towels in addition to food and children’s gifts.

• Salvation Army Hornell: Seeking donations of winter coats, hats and mittens to help families during the holiday season. Also accepting monetary donations through the Kettle Drive effort. All donations are used locally to help individuals and families in need.

• Hornell Red Cross Food Pantry: Seeking donations of hams, turkeys, candy, and other food items to fill Christmas baskets as well as gifts, toys, money, or other material goods. Also accepting donations of new or used coats, gloves, hats, and scarves.

• Founders Pavilion: Founders hosts a Christmas Party for our residents and need gift cards to be able to purchase items for Christmas gifts as well as to purchase food and supplies for the party.

• Stewart Park Pre-School: Seeking individuals, agencies, and others to adopt needy families during the holiday season.

• CASA of the Southern Tier: Seeking individuals in the community to adopt needy children and their families for the holiday season. Accepting donations of gifts, toys, money or other material goods to help provide a Christmas for children in the community.

• Salvation Army Corning: Accepting new toys, gift certificates, and monetary donations as well as personal supplies and clothing items to help families during the holiday season.

• Painted Post Food Pantry: Accepting donations of turkeys, money, or gift cards to provide meals, as well as donations of toys and winter clothing including hats and mittens.

• Steuben County Rural Ministry: Has families that are in need of adoption for the holiday season., and also accepts food, gifts and toys, and monetary donations.

• Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry: Accepting donations to help individuals and families during the holiday season that reside in the Hammondsport School District.

For more information about these drives along with other drives in the region is available on the 2-1-1 Helpline website. To make a connection in your community, simply visit 211helpline.org and click on Give Help or call 2-1-1.

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.