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Community meetings

• The Town Board of the town of Urbana will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Town Hall, 8014 Pleasant Valley Road, Bath.

• The Hammondsport Mac Users Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 23 in the Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library. Topic for this meeting will be “iTunes” - come and share how you use this feature. More info can be found at the group’s website at hportmug.com.

•  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.

Community events

•  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.

•  The Champagne Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Club will meet Saturday, January 28 at the Vernon Wightman Elementary School, Bath. The dance will be Chili Night with caller Gary Pruyne and cuer Dottie Griffiths.

• Community events

• The Military Family Support Network will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the John P. Eaton Post 746 American Legion, 8 River Road, Corning. Guest speakers, no fee to attend and walk ins welcome. For more information call Denise Duby at 607-329-7037 or Jason Shaddock at 607-329-6421.

Classes/training

• Coping With Kids class will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the VEW Library, 216 Maple Heights, Bath. Participants of the class will gain insight into specific behaviors and learn ways to handle problem behaviors. Child care provided. Pre-registration is required by calling the Bath Area Family Resource Center at 607-776-4123 extension 5650 by Tuesday.

School news

• The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the District Office.

• The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Hammondsport Central School District will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the high school library.

Food/Entertainment

• The Hammondsport American Legion will host their monthly Fish Fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the legion. Eat-in or take-out, choose from either baked or fried fish with a choice of baked potato or mac-n-cheese and coleslaw. Fried chicken dinners will also be offered.

• The Avoca Historical Society will hold their quarterly potluck dish-to-pass supper at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26 at the Avoca American Legion, Main Street, Avoca. Jacob's Ladder Mountain Dulcimers will delight individuals with a dulcimer concert.

Library news

• 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. 1/19, 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. 1/19-Polar Bear Ornament; 1/26-Snowflake Frame.

• 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.

• The Savona Free Library Board of Trustees will hold is regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 12 noon Monday at the Library, 15 McCoy Street. All meetings are open to the public. For more information call the library at 607-583-4426.

• The Savona Free Library will be closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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.

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 seeking for 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. 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 Melanie at 716-235-0502 or ASSE International at 800-677-2773 or visit ASSE.com for more opportunities.

CANCELLED

• Girl Scout Snow Tubing at Swain Resort today, Sunday, January 15 as there is not enough snow. Want to be a Girl Scout? Contact us to register or for more information at GSValleyHills@gmail.com or 607-796-6202.