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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 Steuben County Veteran’s Memorial will hold a monthly business meeting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, February 12 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, February 7 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, February 6. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the game begins at 7 p.m.

• Boy Scouts Troop 3008 in Millport will hold a lasagna supper fundraiser from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church. This is a fundraiser to raise money to send the boys to resident camp this summer, purchase merit badges, take field trips. For more information call 607-739-1311 or 607-731-3673.

• Seniors in Bath, Hammondsport and Prattsburgh areas, Wine Country Seniors will have a trip to see “South Pacific” at the Clemens Center in Elmira, with Dinner at Old Country Buffet. Cost is $96.50. Deadline is Wednesday. For Reservation call Janetmarie at 607-569-2841 or Onalee at 607-776-6006.

• Superbowl Sunday at the Wayne Fire Hall will be held Sunday, February 5. Pizzas pick up starts at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Cost is as follows: pizzas are $9 each, $1 per topping; wings are $7 per dozen; bucket of wings is $25. Pre-ordering welcomed.

•   The Champagne Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Club will meet Saturday, February 11 at the Vernon Wightman Elementary School, Bath. The dance will be Sweetheart Ball (class/club) with caller Gary Pruyne and cuer Dottie Griffiths.

• A benefit for Destinie Quick’s family will be held from 3-10 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at the Bath VFW, 7230 State Route 54, Bath. See the ad is this weeks Courier for more information on the benefit.

• The Bath Peace and Justice Group will show the documentary film Tapped, concerning the negative impacts of the bottled water industry at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Conference Room of the Arc of Steuben, One Arc Way, Bath (off Route 54 behind the Simmons-Rockwell dealership). The film will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Call 607-569-3564 for more information.

• The Snow Ball Charity Gold Tournament will be held Saturday, February 25 at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Painted Post. Proceeds benefit the Corning Area Youth Center, a program of Family Service Society, Inc. Registration fees are $30 per person or $120 for a foursome. Individuals who enter will be assigned to a team. The fee includes golfing, light lunch and a banquet dinner. For more information or to register call the Family Service Society at 607-962-3148.

• Jamison Marine will hold an Open House Friday, February 10; Saturday, February 11; and Sunday, February 12. Located on Route 17, I-86, Exit 41, Campbell. Everything on sale. For more information call 866-878-0180 or visit jamisonmarine.com.

• The Rotary Club of Hammondsport is again conducting its popular Super Bowl Sub sale.  Coupons for any 12 inch regular submarine sandwich may be purchased from any Hammondsport Rotarian or at the Hammondsport Office of Five Star Bank. Telephone orders may be made by calling 607-368-0215. The coupons may be redeemed at Subway of Bath either Saturday or Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday. The cost is $5 per sub, a substantial portion of which will be returned by Subway’s to the club. The club proceeds will be devoted to its Camp Star Program for special needs children at Watson Homestead next August. The last day to purchase coupons will be Friday. Subway of Bath has participated in this most worthwhile for several years.

Library news

•  Roger LaSante will hold a book discussion from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday  at the Prattsburg Free Library. Roger is a local writer and leader of the Prattsburgh Writer’s Group that meets at the library the last Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. The group recently published their first book collaboration Trapped.

Food/Entertainment

• 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.

• St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Bath will hold their first annual dessert auction at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at the church. 25 different desserts can be sampled for a $5 fee. Following the tasting individuals can bid on dessert for a chance to take it home. Proceeds will go towards the church’s new heating system.

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.

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.