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Community meetings

• The Hammondsport American Legion Unit #407 will hold their monthly meeting at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 5.

• The Hammondsport Mac Users Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday 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 Steuben County Emergency Planning committee will hold their next meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Civil Defense Training Center, 7220 State Route 54, Bath.

Food/Entertainment

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

• The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival will sponsor “Music at the Castle” 9th Annual Sunday Brunch and Valentine’s Day Concert at 12 noon Sunday, February 12 at Belhurst (formerly Belhurst Castle) 4069 Route 14 South, Geneva. Performers will be Richard Auldon Clark, Director of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. For the brunch and concert, $55 inclusive; children/$25 inclusive. Tickets can be purchased by mail: FLCMF, PO Box 605, Penn Yan, NY 14527 (checks made out to FLCMF) or online at FingerLakes-Music.org. Also available at Belhurst 315-781-0201. Fore more information please call 315-536-4145.

Community events

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

• The League of Women Voters of Steuben County will hold their annual dutch retreat brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Central Restaurant, Painted Post. The agenda will include information about the League of Women Voters and its current activities as well as program planning for the Steuben County chapter for the coming year. The chapter has, from its beginnings, had male members, as we currently do, so all are welcome to attend, learn what the League is all about, including benefits of membership. RSVPs would be helpful, though not required. Please call Jeni Paquette at 607-937-9809.

School news

• A meeting of the Campbell-Savona Central School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Campbell-Savona Jr./Sr. High School Building in Room 1058.

• The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a Budget Workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the District Office.

• A special meeting of the Hammondsport Central School District Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school library.

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.

Classes/training

• CCC’s Small Business Development Center will hold a free Business Planning Workshop from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steuben County IDA, 7234 Route 54, Bath. There is no charge for the workshop, pre-registration is required by Tuesday. For more information or to register call 607-937-6861 or email sbdc@corning-cc.edu.

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.

• By becoming a member of the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation in the month of January, individuals will receive two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two American redbuds and two goldenraintrees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped pospaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6-12 inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To become a member and to receive your free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31, 2012. New York residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.

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.