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Community meetings

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

• Wine Country Seniors monthly meeting will be held Tuesday. This is their Thanksgiving dinner. Dinner to start at 5:30 p.m. Everyone over age 55 is invited to attend. Bring your own table service. Contact Margaret Thompson at 607-569-3463 for more information.

•  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.

School news

• The Bath Area Family Resource Center will hold a brief overview “Parenting the Strong-Willed Child: What Parents Need to Know,” by Ryan Peterson, Psy.D. from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 29 in room 29 at the VEW Primary School, 216 Maple Heights, Bath. Limited child care provided. Pre-registration required by calling Maria at 607-776-4123 extension 5650 by Wednesday, November 28.

• Students at Dana Lyon Middle School in Bath will perform Honk Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Haverling auditorium. The musical production adapts Hans Christian Andersen's story, The Ugly Duckling, to focus on tolerance.

Tickets may be purchased in the main office during school hours or at the door for $4 for adults or $2 for children and senior citizens. A family pack of tickets, good for the admission of two adults and their children, may be purchased for $10.

•   CCC will host a Midday Concert from 12:30-1:40 p.m. Thursday, November 15 in R004 of the Learning Center building on the Spencer Hill campus in Corning. This weeks concert will be by “Nathan Murphy, baritone soloist and Blaise Bryski, piano,” performing works by Dowland, Mahler, Monteverdi and Mozart. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Loueda Bleiler at 607-962-9298.

• The Board of Education at Hammondsport Central School will hold their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school library.

Library news

• The Dormann Library will hold a free presentation by Ms. Michele Morgan from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library's Empire Room. She will speak on the topic “Mediumship – How to Speak to Spirits and Those Who Have Crossed Over.”

Church news

• St. John Vianney Parish of Bath and Hammondsport is now holding a series of workshops as a part of Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of a “Year of Faith.”

“Catholics 101” is a 10- part series of Thursday workshops be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at O’Malley Hall, (St. Mary site) 36 E. Morris St., Bath and 7-8:30 p.m. at McGill Hall, St. Gabriel site, 78 Shethar St., Hammondsport.

Bible Study for Catholics is a 10 week workshop on Mondays. Sessions will be held from 10:15-11:45 a.m. at McGill Hall, with evening sessions set for 7-8:30 p.m. at O’Malley Hall.

For more information or to register, call 607-776-3327 or 607-569-3501.

• The St. Mary's site of the new St. John Vianney Parish will hold its annual Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 32 E. Morris St., the fair will be set up in O'Malley Hall and adjacent rooms. Local craft vendors will be set up displaying jewelry, dried flower arrangements, edible treats, scrapbooking items, and handmade goods. Lunch and baked goods will be available to purchase. A cake wheel will provide another way to take home cakes and pies. Santa will be visiting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and photo ops with Santa will be available for the younger set.

• The Cohocton Assembly of God will hold a free drive through Living Nativity from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; and Sunday, December 9 at the church, 31 N. Dansville St. (Route 415,) Cohocton. For more information call 585-384-9113 or 585-384-5952.

Community events

• The Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post #173 will hold a fish fry from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Legion, 14 W. William St., Bath. For more information call the Legion at 607-776-7345.

• The Cameron Veterans Dinner will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Cameron Fire Hall. There will be an Afghan raffle at Crawford's to benefit the dinner. All Cameron veterans and a guest are invited to dinner. RSVP to Julia at 607-776-3625.

•  Arbor Housing and Development will begin their 2012 Holiday season with the 16th Annual Giving Tree Project on Friday. The tree is located at Arbor Housing and Development's Main Office, 16 W. William Street, Bath. The tree is decorated with gift tags indicating needs of adults and children benefiting from the organizations supportive housing programs. Participants select a gift tag, purchase a gift, and return it to the Main Office to place under the “Giving Tree.” All gifts need to arrive by Thursday, December 13 to allow time for distribution.

• Catholic Charities Turning Point is launching the 2012 Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program. This year has been especially difficult for numerous families in our local community, given the current economy. To help ease this situation, please consider adopting a family or making a donation towards the Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program. To Adopt-A-Family or for more information contact Tammy VanVleck at 607-776-4575 ext. 214.

• St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Hospital lobby. The event will feature handmade crafts and hand-knit items, games, great gift ideas and terrific prices at the St. Joseph's Hospital Gift Shop. Associated bake sale, gift food booth, the “Corner Cafe,” and the Auxiliary Cookbook sale will all be in the Cusick Room on the First Floor of the Hospital.

• The Rotary Club of Hammondsport will host its annual community Goodwill Harvest Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hammondsport Fire Hall on Route 54. All persons in the community are welcome. Donations are appreciated. For more information call Larry Bates at 607-368-0215.

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

Steuben County's non-profits need your time and talent!

- United Way of the Southern Tier is seeking income tax preparers for their CASH program.  Training will be provided and you must have computer skills.  The program runs from late January to mid-April.

- Steuben Coordinated Transportation needs volunteer drivers who can transport the elderly and needy to non-emergency medically related appointments.  Reimbursement is available for all miles driven, meals, and/or parking expenses.

- Project Care has a critical need for volunteers to provide transportation, light housekeeping, or respite care to seniors age 60+.  This program assists seniors in the Greater Bath area to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

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.

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

• The Steuben County Sheriff's Office Stop DWI Program tip line is 1-877-862-4847, toll free. Please report those who are drinking alcohol under the age of 21 years, those who purchase alcohol for anyone under 21 years of age and parties where under age drinking may be occurring.

• Contributions are now being accepted for the annual Wreaths Across America event slated for 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Bath National Cemetery.  Donations by individuals and organizations must be received by Wreaths Across America by Nov. 26. Donors also need to put the location ID on the sponsorship form.

For more information go the organizers’ Facebook page, WAA.BathNationalCemetery for updates and links to the location page. Questions also may be sent to patricmcglynn@gmail.com

FSA emergency loan applications

• Steuben County has been declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA), formerly Farmers Home Administration, disaster emergency loan assistance effective Oct. 3, 2012 due to damages and losses caused by Armyworm outbreak which occurred May 15, 2012 and continuing. Family farmers who have suffered production losses of at least 30 percent of their production and physical losses due to the Armyworm outbreak may be eligible for FSA loans. The interest rate on Emergency Loans is 3.75 percent.

Application for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until June 3, 2013. For more information call 607-776-7398.

• Steuben County has been declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA), formerly Farmers Home Administration, disaster emergency loan assistance effective Oct. 24, 2012 due to damages and losses caused by drought and excessive hear which occurred June 1, 2012 and continuing. Family farmers who have suffered productin losses of at least 30 percent of their production and physical losses due to the drought and excessive heat may be eligible for FSA loans. The interest rate on Emergency Loan s in 3.75 percent.

Application for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until June 24, 2013. For more information call 607-776-7398.