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Community events

• The Champagne Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Club will meet Saturday, January 14 at the Vernon Wightman Elementary School, Bath. The dance will be Gary’s Birthday with caller Gary Pruyne and cuer Dottie Griffiths.

Library news

• Teen Craft Night: 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 10 at the Cohocton Public Library. Individuals will be amazed at what you can create with everyday objects (books, bags and of course duct tape) Very cool “upcycled” and “repurposed” crafts for teens.

• Storytime: Held at 10:30 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month at the Cohocton Public Library. Very interactive! There will be a story, a craft, a snack, songs, rhymes and fun. 1/5: Silly Snowmen; 1/19, Snowy Day.

• Crafty Kids: Stop in at the Cohocton Public Library, 8 Maple Ave, Cohocton, to make a free craft. The craft will be available Thursdays after school for parents/caregivers and their children from 2-4 p.m. Call 585-384-5170 for more information. 1/5-Snowman or Penguin Thermometer; 1/12-Snowflake Bookmark; 1/19-Polar Bear Ornament; 1/26-Snowflake Frame.

• Book Club: 12 noon Wednesday, December 11 at the Cohocton Public Library. The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass will be discussed. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.

• Free Computer Skills Workshops: From 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays in January at the Cohocton Public Library. Use the laptops provided or bring your own. No question too big or too small. Call 585-384-5170 for more information.

Community meetings

• The Retired Corning Police Officers Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 10 at the Central Restaurant in Painted Post. The association is open to any retired law enforcement officer living or working in the southerntier. For more information contact Tom Grevent at 607-769-8717.

•   The Charles E. Wescott American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 9 at the Bath Legion.

• The town of Urbana Board will hold its 2012 Reorganizational Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Town Hall, 8014 Pleasant Valley Rd., Bath.

• The Steuben County Veteran’s Memorial will hold a monthly business meeting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, January 8 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 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.

Support Groups

• 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

-Catholic Charities/Turning Point needs volunteers to serve as a receptionist in the afternoon.

-Prattsburgh Free Library needs a volunteer to staff the front desk on Fridays from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM.

-Ombudsman (advocate for residents of long term care facilities) volunteers needed in all areas of the county.  Training required.

-Ira Davenport needs a person to do some collating in the volunteer office 1 day per week for 1-3 hours.

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.

• Damages and losses caused by drought and excessive heat which occurred between July 1, 2011 and August 31, 2011.  Family farmers who have suffered losses of at least 30 percent of their production due to the drought and excessive heat. Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until July 18, 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.

Briefs

•   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.