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Community meetings

• 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 "How To". Additional info can be found at the group's website at www.hportmug.com.

•   The Steuben County Veteran’s Memorial will hold a monthly business meeting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 9 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 Charles E. Wescott Post #173 American Legion Riders will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 at the Bath Legion. All motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome to attend the meeting.

•    The Raider Detachment #461 of the Marine Corps League will resume meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5 the Hornell VFW Post 2250, 245 Canisteo St., Hornell. All Marines, former Marines and FMF Navy Corpsmen are invited.

Community events

• The Prattsburgh Rotary will hold a Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Prattsburgh Fire Hall. Cost will be $2 per person or $10 per family. Fun activities, photo with Santa, pancakes, hot cocoa and coffee will be available. Bring your letters for Santa Claus.

• 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.

• Prattsburgh's Winter Festival will be held from Friday to Sunday, December 2. See this weeks ad in our Gift Guide for more detailed information.

• The Champagne Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Club will gather Saturday, December 8 at the Community Building, Bath. Early rounds will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. and square dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. Dance will be “Mistletoe Ball (class/club)” with caller Gary Pruyne and Cuer Dottie Griffiths. For more information or questions call 607-776-6990.

•  The 32ndannual Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 9 at the Bath Rod & Gun Club. There will be Pearl Harbor survivors, guest speaker Retired Navy Chaplain Gerry Hamblin, Law Enforcement, and other guests present. Refreshments will be held immediately following.

• Every year, more than 1,500 children are reported abused or neglected in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties. To raise awareness of CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc. will host a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, December 9 at Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant on Irelandville Road, Watkins Glen. Tickets are $20 per person, $10 per child. Gratuity and alcohol not included. Table and time reservations must be made in advance, call 607-535-9614 to reserve a seat. Call the CASA office at 607-936-2272 for tickets in advance, or they may be purchased at the door.

• The Bath Peace and Justice Group will present its annual holiday Words and Songs for Peace at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5 at the Arc of Steuben, One Arc Way, Bath (off Route 54 behind the Simmons-Rockwell dealership). Michael Czarnecki will MC, local poets and musicians will read and sing, and all are invited to join in. The festivities will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Call 607-569-3564 for more information.

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 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.

•   CCC will host a Midday Concert from 12:30-1:40 p.m. Thursday in R004 of the Learning Center building on the Spencer Hill campus in Corning. This weeks concert will be by Student Recitalists. This performance will feature selections prepared by individual student recitalists who have prepared performance literature during their lessons this semester. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Loueda Bleiler at 607-962-9298.

• The Campbell-Savona Central School District Board of Education will hold their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in conference room 1058 at the High School.

• The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the District Office.

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 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.

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 Monday. 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.