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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

State Official Offers Tips for Holiday Visits to Nursing Homes

PRESS RELEASE                                      
For Immediate Release                                

Contact:  Reza Mizbani

Public Information Officer
(518)474-7181
reza.mizbani@ofa.state.ny.us


State Official Offers Tips for Holiday Visits to Nursing Homes

New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Mark Miller today released a list of helpful tips for people planning holiday visits to residents in nursing homes.  As people travel home for the holidays, many nursing home residents will be eagerly awaiting a visit from family members and friends.   Miller notes that it is important to visitors, as well as the residents, to have these holiday visits be successful.  Miller oversees the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program that places volunteer ombudsmen in nursing homes and other long term care residential facilities across the state.
 
Visitors should plan ahead to make these visits rewarding for the resident and themselves.  The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, a statewide advocacy service administered by the New York State Office for the Aging, advocates for persons living in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, adult homes and other residential care facilities.  The program has a corps of more than 1,000 trained volunteers who regularly visit these homes, promoting and protecting residents’ rights and resolving care-related concerns.  New York’s State Ombudsman, Mark Miller, offers the following tips for families when visiting a loved one or friend in a nursing home:

•    Call ahead to arrange a time to visit that is best for the resident.  If your schedule does not permit you to visit during normal visiting hours, talk with the resident and the facility social worker or administrator to arrange an alternate time to visit.

•    Bring the loved one home for a family meal, take them for a drive or to visit friends in the community as a way to share the holiday time.  However, remember that trips outside the nursing home, whether for a few hours, the day or even overnight need to be prearranged and coordinated with both the resident and the home in order to ensure a safe and pleasant visit. 

•    Ask the resident if he or she has any special needs such as personal items, clothing or other necessities that they would like.

•    Many residents had to leave their companion animals when they came to the nursing home.  Ask the home about pet visits and limitations.

•    Many homes plan special holiday events or activities.  Consider planning a visit at those times to share the event with your relative.

•    If you are visiting a friend or relative for the first time, understand that this may be an emotional visit.  Many first-time or infrequent visitors experience mixed emotions.  These typically include feeling nervous, guilty or angry.  These feelings are normal.  Give yourself time to become acclimated to the new surroundings.  Get to know the staff, your loved one’s roommate and other residents.  While children are always welcome visitors, realize that teenagers and older children may have a more difficult time during these visits and may need additional support and time to adjust.

•    Be attentive to the resident’s appearance and demeanor.  Do they appear clean, appropriately dressed and well cared for?  Ask about how they like the food and what activities they participate in, if any.

•    When visiting a family member or friend with dementia, be aware that those visits can be emotionally difficult and potentially unsatisfying.  These residents may not be responsive which makes family member think that their effort to visit was in vain. 

Michael Burgess, Director of the State Office for the Aging, where the Ombudsman Office is located said, “It is important to remember that when we make these holiday visits, residents not only look forward to them, they also feel better because of them. Visits throughout the year, not only at holiday time go a long way to improve residents’ lives.”

According to the State Ombudsman, complaints received by the program traditionally spike during the holidays when nursing home visits by families and friends tend to increase.  If you are concerned about the care or treatment your loved one is receiving, or if they express complaints about their care remember the best place to solve most problems is right where you are --- in the facility.  Try to clearly identify what the problem is then approach the administrator, Director of Nursing or facility social worker with your concern.  Discuss possible solutions and ask when and how the concern will be addressed.  If the problem remains unresolved the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is there to help.  The name and contact information for the local ombudsman is posted prominently in every nursing home.  You can also find the local ombudsman on the web at www.ltcombudsman.ny.gov or by calling 1-800-342-9871.  This is a free, confidential service.

Miller also noted that persons should consider giving a special gift to seniors that will last throughout the year by joining the Family Council of the nursing home or becoming a volunteer ombudsman.  For more information and to contact your local long-term care ombudsman program visit the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program’s web site at www.ltcombudsman.ny.gov or call the New York State Office for the Aging Senior Citizens Helpline at 1-800-342-9871.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Office Hours


The RSVP and Cornell Cooperative Extension offices will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 25 thru Friday, January 1.  We reopen on Monday, January 4.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!

Free Christmas Dinner



The Moose Lodge in Montour Falls will be offering a free Christmas dinner for any and all who want to attend. It will be on 12/25/09 from noon-2:00 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. They will make deliveries as well but really need to know no later than noon that day but would prefer more advanced notice if possible. The phone number is 535-4741. The meal will consist of turkey, ham, potatoes and other goodies.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yates County Office Hours

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer regular office hours in Yates County. Please call 607-535-7105 to schedule an appointment.

Parkinson Disease Support Group

The Finger Lakes Parkinson Disease Support group will meet Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in the Silver Spoon Café at the Schuyler County Human Services Complex, 323 Owego Street in Montour Falls.

This month features the Annual Holiday Celebration and the opportunity for group members to welcome newcomers, share support and fellowship. Participants are asked to bring a finger food, or snack for everyone to enjoy.

The support group is open to individuals with Parkinson disease and their care partners and family members. To RSVP call the Schuyler County Office for the Aging at 607-535-7108 or email ggasparro@stny.rr.com.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Shoe Strings Walking Program


Free and Fun!

 Shoe Strings Walking Program

Watkins Glen High School

Enter at the Field House

 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Daily
(when school is open and in session)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING
FROM RSVP!




Please note that our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.


We're thankful for all of our wonderful volunteers who selflessly give time to better our communities.  What are you thankful for this year?  Tell us in the comments!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CCE Schuyler: Annual Meeting To Feature Director of Arnot Forest

The Annual Meeting of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Association, scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 7:15-9:15 a.m., will feature Peter Smallidge, State Extension Forester and Director of the Arnot Forest, who will give a presentation on “Arnot Forest: A History of Solving Real-World Problems.”

The Annual Meeting is open to the public and will include a full breakfast, short business meeting with election of members to the Board of Directors, and our featured speaker. Cost is $12 per person. Reservations with payment are required by December 4, 2009. Call 607-535-7161 or email to schuyler@cornell.edu for information.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant Hosts Holiday Brunch for CASA of the Southern Tier

 The annual Christmas of Hope brunch will be held on December 13, 2009, at Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant in Watkins Glen, N.Y., from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit CASA of the Southern Tier. Tickets are $20 per person, $10 per child, and may be purchased by calling (607) 936-CASA. Table and time reservations must be made in advance. Call (607) 535-9614.

The holiday brunch is one of our most satisfying events, people relax for an hour. They enjoy great food, a bit of wine, and have fun. Our CASA kids and volunteers deal with tough, sometimes life or death, situations on a daily basis. The brunch is a terrific way to support children who are abused and neglected in our tri-county area.

For more information or purchase tickets, call Amy Miller-Plumley at (607) 936-2272 (CASA).

CASA is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that the health, safety, and spirit of a child should be the primary concern when families are in crisis. To that end, it is dedicated to providing every abused and neglected child in the court system with a consistent and caring advocate - a court appointed special advocate. For more information on CASA, visit www.casasoutherntier.org.

If you'd like to become a CASA volunteer, please call RSVP at 607-535-7105 or email me at JLG228@cornell.edu.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Help Your Neighbors!

Please think about helping your neighbors in these difficult times.  American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes has an urgent need for volunteers.  People are needed to drliver hot meals to shut-ins, and to teach class in First Aid, CPR, babsitting and other health and safety courses.  People also are needed to respond to local fires, floods and other disasters.  All training to become a certified Red Cross instructor or disaster responder is provided free of charge.  Your service can be scheduled to fit your availability.  You can choose to deliver Meals on Wheels daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly.  WE NEED YOU!  Please help.

Also see HERE for other needs.

Call 607-535-7105 for more information.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Attention Veterans

Please join us for

Bath VA Medical Center
Community Flu Shot Clinics

Thursday, November 12
9:00 a.m. - Noon

Human Services Complex
323 Owego Street, Montour Falls

Vaccinations are available for eligible Veterans currently enrolled for care at VA. If not enrolled, this is a great opportunity to determine eligibility for care and, if eligible, receive a free flu vaccination. Veterans not currently enrolled should bring their DD214 and 2008 income information.

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's Time To Change The Clocks!


Sunday, November 1st is Daylight Saving Time (DST). What does that mean?  It means we adjust our clocks to give us more daylight in the afternoons and less in the mornings.  So, before you go to bed Saturday night, set your clocks one hour back and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!  =)

Don't forget, this is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors!

CASA of the Southern Tier Christmas of Hope Brunch

Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant Hosts Holiday Brunch for CASA of the Southern Tier
 
The annual Christmas of Hope Brunch will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2009, at Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant in Watkins Glen, NY, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit CASA of the Southern Tier. Tickets are $20 per person, $10 per child, and may be purchased by calling (607) 936-CASA. Table and time reservations must be made in advance by calling(607)535-9614.
 
“The holiday brunch is one of our most popular events,” said Amy Miller-Plumley, Executive Director of CASA of the Southern Tier. “People relax for an hour. They enjoy great food, friends and family, a bit of wine, and have fun. Our CASA kids deal with tough, sometimes life or death, situations on a daily basis. We are grateful to be able to provide a consistent volunteer to help these children. The brunch is a terrific way to support children who are abused and neglected in our tri-county area.”
 
For more information, call Amy Miller-Plumley at (607)936-CASA.
 
CASA is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that the health, safety, and spirit of a child should be the primary concern when families are in crisis. To that end, it is dedicated to providing every abused and neglected child in the court system with a consistent and caring advocate - a court appointed special advocate. For more information on CASA, visit www.casasoutherntier.org.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Pack Your Bag

Thursday, October 29, 12:30pm

Schuyler County Human Services
Complex, Room 120
323 Owego Street
Montour Falls, NY

Call (607) 535-7108 to register


Ask questions about prescription and non-prescription medications; receive tips and tools on compliance and savings; learn about potential interactions between medications; identify expired and duplicate medications.

Sponsored by CVS Pharmacy and the National Council on Aging, and hosted by the Schuyler County Office for the Aging.

Fradulent H1N1 Products

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has provided information to alert consumers about websites that are illegally marketing unapproved, uncleared or unauthorized products related to the 2009 H1N1 Flu.  I wanted to make you aware that this link will be added to the NY EDEN website, but you may also wish to place it on your website.

The link to the FDA site is:  http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/h1n1flu/

Seven Daily Routines That Can Cost You Big

1. Tossing out the "junk mail" from your credit card company.
The Credit Card Holders Bill of Rights Act goes into full effect in February. Ahead of that deadline, companies are changing the terms of customer agreements. For example, the new law prohibits raising the interest rate on existing balances unless a customer pays more than 60 days late. To skirt that provision, firms are notifying customers that their cards are now "variable rate." (Translation: We can jack up your rate whenever we please.)

So watch those benign notices, and be ready to call and demand a fixed-rate card or take your business elsewhere. Amid these tactics, a new bill calls for moving up the deadline on the credit card law to Dec. 1.

2. Using a debit card without writing down the transactions in your account register.

Debit cards are expected to account for 60 percent of transactions this year, but debit-card users tend to lose track of their money: Swiping plastic triggers 44 percent of overdraft fees, while paper checks account for just 27 percent.

A new report finds 50 million Americans overdrew their accounts at least once in a 12-month period, and 27 million incurred five or more overdraft fees. At an average of $34 a pop, that's a lot of beans -- literally. By one account, Americans spend about the same amount on overdraft fees as they do on fresh vegetables.

Why write down debit spending? Because swiping a card doesn't feel the same as laying out cash. The discipline of recording the transaction may reduce mindless spending and makes money easier to track. Simplify your money trail by using online bill pay for all your regular monthly bills, rather than having money withdrawn from your account by outside companies. Then take 30 seconds a day to log on to your account, add the pending transactions in bill pay to the outstanding checks and debits listed in your register that haven't cleared yet. Subtract from the current balance. If the result is nearing zero, add money to the account. Voila -- no overdrafts, no fees.

3. Ignoring new bank charges.

You may have noticed banks are a bit desperate these days to make a buck. One of the more recent innovations is dinging customers who make electronic transfers to an external account.

Example: In the last year, Wachovia started charging customers $3 per transfer to an outside bank. Let's say you automatically stash $100 a week into a savings account at an online bank offering 1.8 percent interest (the current top rate). Smart move. Except Wachovia will now ding you for 3 percent of that weekly deposit. Annual cost? $156.

Meanwhile, Wachovia doesn't offer any savings accounts that compete with a 1.8 percent rate (except Way to Save, which severely restricts the amount you can deposit). Solution: Find a local bank or credit union with no transfer fees, so you're free to access higher returns.

4. Investing time in the wrong things.

Maybe you're someone who will drive 20 minutes to a store on your lunch hour to get $5 off a $20 sweater. Or you'll spend 45 minutes on the phone protesting a $3 error on the cable bill. But when you start a new job, you procrastinate for two years before joining the 401(k) plan or leave your contribution languishing in a money-market account.

Make a weekly to-do list of your financial decisions (savings and spending) and then prioritize them in terms of bang-for-the-buck over time. When you do the math, you'll see why paying off credit cards in full and contributing to a retirement plan that offers a match should be at the top of the list.

5. Spending with no goals to guide you.

One definition of insanity, attributed to Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Yet that's how some people approach their finances. They earn and spend and earn and spend, and wonder why they aren't making any progress.

Break the mindless cycle by figuring out what you value most, whether it's world travel, returning to school to change careers, home ownership, a peaceful retirement or a debt-free college education for the kids. Then set specific goals, with real time frames, and track your advancement on a monthly basis. Make this a daily discipline by putting a list of those goals in your face -- the fridge, your desk at work, your wallet.

6. Failing to track spending.

You can't succeed at No. 5 if you don't know precisely where your money is going. When I first started working, I carried a pencil and paper around and wrote everything down. Today, there are numerous desktop software applications and Web sites that will aggregate your finances and track your spending and savings.

You can pay upfront for software. Choose an online program that's free, but supported by sponsored ads and offers you'll see when you log in (and the service may sell your data). Or you can pay a monthly fee for a site with no outside ads or offers. Check out this recent list of budgeting tools at the blog Get Rich Slowly.

7. Failing to exercise.

How can this hurt your finances? Daily physical activity lowers the risk of a multitude of ailments, from heart disease to diabetes to certain kinds of cancer, which are obviously expensive to treat, even for people who have health insurance.

A Harvard study found medical bills are behind 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies, and more than 75 percent of bankrupt families had health insurance at the onset of the illness. Meanwhile, a regular work-out might get you a raise. Studies have found exercise can improve your performance at work by boosting cognitive skills and productivity, and reducing stress and absenteeism.

For information on Financial Management or other topics, please contact your EAP coordinator or visit the work life NYBalance web site.  There is a free book from Suze Orman as well as a CD for creating a budget and managing your personal finances.

Intro to Aqua Aerobics for Seniors


Friday, October 30th, 5:00-6:00pm

Watkins Glen High School Community Pool 

There is no fee for this class.

Experience the benefits of aqua aerobics in this one-hour, fun, non-competitive program! Aqua aerobics tones and strengthens while the natural buoyancy of water reduces weight-bearing stress allowing greater ease of movement and less strain on bones, joints and muscles.

This class is designed as a one-session introduction to aqua aerobics and is suitable for both men and women.
A series will be scheduled if there is enough interest.

To register, please call the Schuyler County Office for the Aging at (607) 535-7108. Water shoes are encouraged.


Friday, October 9, 2009

2-1-1 Helpline

In addition to the health services directories I recently posted, there is the 2-1-1 Helpline.  2-1-1 Helpline, a member of the 2-1-1 Finger Lakes Collaborative, provides comprehensive information and referral to the services and support you need in Steuben, Chemung, Allegany, Schuyler, and Yates Counties.

Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-346-2211 to speak with a call specialist. Toll Free. Confidential.

In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Health Services Directory - Yates County

I recently posted a health directory for Schuyler County.  A comment was left showing interest in such a directory for Yates County.  I was able to find out that the ProAction website www.proactioninc.com links to the NY Connects site which offers a comprehensive directory right online.  See here for a list of resources.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Introduction to Yoga Class

Schuyler County Office for the Aging will offer an introductory class for those ages 60+. Learn basic yoga postures (exercises) that increase strength and flexibility, improve balance and energy levels, and reduce stress.

Barbara Anderson of Exercise Enterprise, certified yoga instructor and ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist, will conduct the class. Barbara brings over 30 years yoga experience and her passion for functional fitness for older adults to the offering. Participants can expect an enjoyable experience in a class that will be suitable for all levels of ability.

  • Mondays, 4-5pm, October 26 through November 30
    (Please plan to attend all six sessions)

  • Room 120, Schuyler County Human Services Complex
    323 Owego St., Montour Falls, NY

  • There is a suggested donation of $5 per class

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing; Mats will be available – or bring your own

  • To register, please call the Office for the Aging at (607) 535-7108

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October Blood Drives

Sullivan Trail Chapter Red Cross AUGUST, 2009 Blood Drives

October 12

from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at the Tyrone Fire Department

3600 State Route 226, Tyrone

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October 21

from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
at the Montour Moose Lodge
2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls




OUT OF THE 107,000 PEOPLE IN CHEMUNG AND SCHUYLER COUNTY, ONLY 3,867 DONATE BLOOD. PLEASE HELP US RECRUIT AND RETAIN BLOOD DONORS.

For Chemung and Schuyler County
From July 1, 2009 through August 31, 2009, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, redeemable at participating Friendly’s restaurants. Coupons expire September 30, 2009. Tax additional where applicable.

To make an appointment to donate blood, all current eligible and new donors may:

* Call the local Sullivan Trail Red Cross Chapter House at 734-3317 days
* Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543)
* Email betsy@redcrosselmira.org
* www.donatebloodnow.org nights and weekends


Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent form for a 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome and Identification is required.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

H1N1 (Swine Flu) Toll Free Number

Persons calling with questions related to the H1N1 flu, including the general public, health care providers or personnel, or persons with questions related to the new regulatory requirement that health care personnel receive an annual influenza vaccination can call our toll free call center at: 

1-800-808-1987

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Volunteers Needed at Chamber of Commerce

The Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce is still looking for volunteers to greet visitors, answer phones, do computer work, and other duties for the following days and times:

  • Mondays - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Fridays - 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Though tourist season is starting to wind down a little bit, they are still seeing in excess of 100 visitors per day.

Please consider volunteering at the Chamber. It's a fun place to work and you will have the chance to talk with many people and tell them about the beautiful area we live in.

Some Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are still needed for the following:


SCHUYLER COUNTY:

  • Humane Society - Thrift Shop (Need as many volunteers as possible.)

  • Humane Society - Assistants (To help with a variety of duties, i.e. reception, fundraising, clinics, building cat houses, garden maintenance, etc.)

  • Historical Society - Docent (2-4 volunteers needed to do reception and give 15-minute tours (and other duties as assigned.))

  • RSVP - Tax Counselors (2-4 volunteers to help with tax preparation and/or review.)



YATES COUNTY:

  • Child & Family Resource Center - Working with Children (1-2 volunteers needed.)

  • Literacy Volunteers - Tutor (Need as many volunteers as possible. Please contact me asap to join fall training session.)

  • Literacy Volunteers - Receptionist (4-7 volunteers needed)

  • Yates Cultural/Recreation Resources, Inc. - Assistant/Receptionist (10 volunteers needed. Free use of gym to anyone who volunteers at the YCRR.)

Please, if you would like to help out with any of these (or even just want more details), give me a call at 607-535-7105 or send me an email at JLG228@cornell.edu Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for American Red Cross

The Sullivan Trail Chapter American Red Cross is in need of Volunteers for the following positions in Schuyler County:

Canteen Server - Maintains refreshments and provides recognition pins, signs donor card, re-signs and promotions program. Time commitment 3 hours per month.

Deliver Blood Drive Posters in Community – Volunteer drivers to deliver posters throughout Schuyler County for upcoming blood drives one to two times a month. Time commitment 2 hours per month.

Grant Writer – Help with searching for and writing grants.

Knitters (NEW) – Just starting a knitting club to knit scarves, blankets for blood donors and disaster victims.

Local and National Disaster volunteers – Training in Disaster Preparedness and Response. Basic courses such as Fulfilling Our Mission – Turn Compassion Into Action; Introduction To Disaster Services (on-line www.redcross.org) or as a self-study; Shelter Operations; Mass Care; Client Assistance – are some of the many types of training available and will expand your awareness and prepare you for emergencies and disasters.

Mailings - Help with mailings on a quarterly basis, folding, stuffing and labeling envelopes.

Observer - Observes blood donors for adverse reactions and notifies paid staff of any concerns.

Registration Coordinator - Registration coordinators welcome blood donors, manage the appointment schedule, monitor donor flow and complete the hourly donor flow sheet.

Sewers - Please join our circle sewing blankets, frogs and pillows for fire victims.

Tele-recruitment – Tele-recruiters contact previous blood donors to schedule appointments at upcoming blood drives. Can be done at home. Time commitment 4 hours per month.


Training is free! All positions are very flexible! For further information or to volunteer, please call or email Jen at 607-535-7105 or JLG228@cornell.edu

Friday, September 11, 2009

Telephone Discounts Available

In these economically challenging times, it is important that everyone know about the assistance available to help people stay connected and have access to vital telephone service. “Lifeline" and "Link-Up" are two assistance programs that provide discounts to low-income consumers on basic residential telephone service. While these programs have been active for years, half of the consumers eligible fail to take advantage of these discounts; we need your help to change that.

The basic concept of the discounts is simple: Lifeline involves discounts on the monthly charges for telephone service, and Link-Up involves a discount on the cost of initiating the service. The discount is available for a primary residential telephone, even a wireless phone. Additional discounts are provided for consumers on tribal lands.

Lifeline web site

Click here to view a flier in PDF.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Health Services Directory

The directory linked below is a PDF file that can easily be printed for quick reference. If you don't have Adobe Reader to view PDF's, you can download it free.

Health Services Directory

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Paid Employment Opportunity at Finger Lakes National Forest

Please note this is NOT an RSVP assignment, but a paid position.

The Finger Lakes National Forest in Hector, NY has an opening for an Information Receptionist, 20 hours per week, through the Senior Employment Program. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, retail sales, and administrative support. Must have good customer service skills and knowledge of the local area. The Senior Employment Program helps income eligible individuals who are 55 and older enter re-enter the work force by providing 20 hours of paid community service with nonprofit and public agencies while continuing to actively look for work. Call Pro-Action of Steuben and Yates at 607-776-2125 for information.

Again, this is not an RSVP activity.

Literacy Volunteers Offer Training

From the Star Gazette:

Literacy Volunteers of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, a component of the Economic Opportunity Program, is conducting a Tutor Training workshop in Elmira, beginning Sept 16.

Literacy Volunteers provides one-to-one tutoring for adults in basic reading and conversational English. The training consists of eight sessions and provides instruction in the techniques of tutoring, lesson planning and goal setting.

In order to take part in the tutor training, pre-registration and an interview are required by Sept. 9.


If you're interested, please call RSVP at 607-535-7105.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Blood Drive

Sullivan Trail Chapter Red Cross AUGUST, 2009 Blood Drives

September 15
from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at Watkins Glen International
2790 County Rd 16, Watkins Glen


OUT OF THE 107,000 PEOPLE IN CHEMUNG AND SCHUYLER COUNTY, ONLY 3,867 DONATE BLOOD. PLEASE HELP US RECRUIT AND RETAIN BLOOD DONORS.

For Chemung and Schuyler County
From July 1, 2009 through August 31, 2009, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, redeemable at participating Friendly’s restaurants. Coupons expire September 30, 2009. Tax additional where applicable.

To make an appointment to donate blood, all current eligible and new donors may:

* Call the local Sullivan Trail Red Cross Chapter House at 734-3317 days
* Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543)
* Email betsy@redcrosselmira.org
* www.donatebloodnow.org nights and weekends


Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent form for a 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome and Identification is required.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Strategic Planning Survey

As part of the year-long strategic planning effort that will chart the future of CCE in the challenging times ahead, a Strategic Planning Survey has been created. Schuyler County residents are encouraged to participate, but please only submit one survey per household, whether it be online or in paper form. (If you prefer to fill out a paper survey, please stop by our office.) The survey will be available until Friday, September 11, 2009.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Cans For Cats

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

H1N1 Virus FAQ's

Information for RSVP volunteers relating to Swine Flu (N1H1)*

FAQ’s

What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills and fatigue


A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

How can I protect my health?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.


When should I Get Medical Help? Emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough



*Source: www.flu.gov



Stay home if you have flu symptoms. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1 for more information.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Household Hazardous Waste Day for SCHUYLER COUNTY residents will be on Saturday, September, 26.

Registration begins this Monday, August 17 and runs thru Friday, August 28. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, click here.


If you'd like to volunteer at the 9/26 event, please contact Jen at 535-7105 or JLG228@cornell.edu

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Do You Love Animals?


The Schuyler Humane Society recently acquired the local animal shelter and their need for volunteers is now greater than ever. They need volunteers throughout the year to help with the following:

Fundraising and PR Events
  • Earth Day
  • Cans for Cats
  • Rummage Sale
  • Montour Falls Fireman’s Parade
  • Cardboard Boat Race
  • Art for Animals – Art Auction
  • Holiday Events
  • Photos with Santa at Pet Smart
  • Pancake Breakfast – Moose Lodge

Fostering cats and kittens

Adoption Days
  • Petsmart
  • Spay/Neuter Clinic
  • Special adoption Weekends

Cat Care
  • Feeding, cleaning and cuddling

Spay/Neuter Clinics

Rabies Clinics

Groundskeeping
  • Spring and Fall Clean up Days

Transportation
  • Cats for Spay/neuter clinic
  • Cats to and from Petsmart

Newsletter
  • Writing
  • Assembly
  • Distribution

Correspondence
  • Thank you letters etc
  • Special Mailings

If you'd like to help out, please contact RSVP at 607-535-7105!


CASA 101 Training

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in a child’s life? Well, here is your chance!! CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc. is offering the CASA 101 Advocate training.

CASA Advocate volunteers are trained members of the community who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Family Court. The CASA volunteer follows a child’s case as it moves through Family Court. The CASA volunteer research the case, learning everything they can about the child’s special situation. The CASA volunteer then makes recommendations to the judge on what’s best for the child’s future. CASA volunteers are dedicated to ensuring children find a safe, permanent and nurturing home as quickly as possible.

Schedule Day and time:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Dates:
September 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and October 1st, 6, 8, 13, and 15
Refreshments provided.

Location:
Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple Street, Big Flats, NY


Application, interview and background checks required. Independent Study also available.

If you want to help children but do not have the time to commit to becoming an Advocate, consider becoming a Board member.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA Advocate or CASA Board member, please call RSVP at 607-535-7105. Thank you for your support to abused and neglected children in our community.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

If Facebook Can't Help, Maybe Social Security Can

By Elizabeth Wertime
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Albany, NY

Last night I was thrilled to reconnect with my childhood best friend on Facebook. Since I joined Facebook several months ago, I have been able to reconnect with long lost friends from my alma mater, North Warren Central School. Such surprise connections can be fun and conjure up memories of times forgotten. But what if you have a more serious situation and you need to locate a particular person? Perhaps Social Security can help.

Social Security is in the business of paying benefits, not reconnecting people. But, in some cases, we will do what we can to help.

We will attempt to forward a letter to a missing person under circumstances involving a matter of great importance, such as a death or serious illness in the missing person's immediate family, or a sizeable amount of money that is due the missing person. Also, the circumstances must concern a matter about which the missing person is unaware and would undoubtedly want to be informed.

In less dire cases, such as when a son, daughter, brother or sister want to establish contact, we will write to the missing person, rather than forwarding a letter.

Because this service is not related in any way to a Social Security program, its use must be limited so that it does not interfere with our regular program activities.

There is no charge for forwarding letters that have a humanitarian purpose. However, we must charge a $25 fee to cover our costs when the letter is to inform the missing person of money or property due. This fee is not refundable. The fee should be paid by a check made payable to the Social Security Administration.

We must read each letter we forward to ensure that it contains nothing that could prove embarrassing to the missing person if read by a third party. Letters should be in plain, unstamped, unsealed envelopes showing only the missing person's name. Nothing of value should be enclosed.

To try to locate an address in our records, we’ll need the missing person's Social Security number or identifying information such as date and place of birth, father's name, and the mother's full birth name.

Unless a missing person is receiving benefits under a program Social Security administers, we would not have a home address for them. Usually, we forward a letter in care of the employer who most recently reported earnings for the person.

Requests for letter forwarding should be sent to:

Social Security Administration
Letter Forwarding
P.O. Box 33022
Baltimore, MD 21290-3022

Learn more about this service at:
www.socialsecurity.gov/foia/html/ltrfwding.htm

Monday, July 27, 2009

August Blood Drives

Sullivan Trail Chapter Red Cross AUGUST, 2009 Blood Drives

  1. August 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Tyrone Fire Department, 3600 State Route 226, Tyrone;
  2. August 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Schuyler Hospital, 220 Steuben St., Montour Falls;
  3. August 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 St. Rt.14, Montour Falls;


OUT OF THE 107,000 PEOPLE IN CHEMUNG AND SCHUYLER COUNTY, ONLY 3,867 DONATE BLOOD. PLEASE HELP US RECRUIT AND RETAIN BLOOD DONORS.

For Chemung and Schuyler County
From July 1, 2009 through August 31, 2009, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, redeemable at participating Friendly’s restaurants. Coupons expire September 30, 2009. Tax additional where applicable.

To make an appointment
to donate blood, all current eligible and new donors may:
  • Call the local Sullivan Trail Red Cross Chapter House at 734-3317 days
  • Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543)
  • Email betsy@redcrosselmira.org
  • www.donatebloodnow.org nights and weekends

Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent form for a 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome and Identification is required.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Phone Number Change

The contract with Verizon for the RSVP phone number 315-694-1081 has expired and therefore been disconnected. RSVP will not be entering into a new contract until the 2010 budget and revenue figures are finalized. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our Yates County volunteers and stations. Thank you for your patience in this regard.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!


We wish you all a happy and safe holiday!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Paid Employment Opportunity at Finger Lakes National Forest

Please note this is NOT an RSVP assignment, but a paid position.

The Finger Lakes National Forest in Hector, NY has openings for an Information Receptionist, 20 hours per week, through the Senior Employment Program. Receptionist duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, retail sales, and administrative support. Must have good customer service skills and knowledge of the local area. The Senior Employment Program helps income eligible individuals who are 55 and older enter/re-enter the workforce by providing 20 hours of paid community service with non-profit and public agencies while continuing to actively look for work. Call Pro-Action of Steuben and Yates at 607-776-2125 for information.

Again, this is not and RSVP activity.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

July Blood Drives

Local blood drives will be held on:
    Monday, July 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at BPOE Elks Lodge, 300 North Madison Ave, Watkins Glen.

    Tuesday, July 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Schuyler County Human Services, 323 Owego St., Montour Falls.

For Chemung and Schuyler County
From July 1, 2009 through August 31, 2009, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, redeemable at participating Friendly’s restaurants. Coupons expire September 30, 2009. Tax additional where applicable.

To make an appointment to donate blood, all current eligible and new donors may:


Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent form for a 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome and Identification is required.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tutoring Now Available at Montour Falls Library

Do you need help with Reading, Basic Math, Computer Familiarization?? The Library now has the Computer Learner Aztec Tutorial on line. Chuck Tarshus, a volunteer Literacy Tutor, will be at the library Tuesday and Thursday evenings to assist others from 6-8 p.m. starting Tuesday, July 7th 2009.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Habitat for Humanity Is In Need of Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity in Penn Yan is looking for volunteers to assist with their current project. The house is located across from the court house in Penn Yan and they need volunteers with a variety of skills. Some of the tasks that need completing are: trash removal, demolition, and renovation. Skills needed: general carpentry, electrical knowledge, plumbing, painting, cleaning, and landscape work (shrub removal, lawn care). The also need someone to provide coffee break snacks and Saturday lunches. They typically work on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 to mid-afternoon. They would be grateful for any help you can give and are flexible with the number of hours you can provide.

Please contact me via email (JLG228@cornell.edu) or phone (315-694-1081) if you may be interested in helping with this very rewarding volunteer activity!

- Jen

Literacy Volunteers Still In Need of Tutors and Receptionists

The Literacy Volunteers program in Yates County is looking for volunteers to help tutor adult students. They are also looking for individuals to cover their reception desk.

Click here for more details. (Adobe Reader required)

Interested? Give me a call!

- Jen

607-535-7105
JLG228@cornell.edu

Historical Society Needs Docents, Receptionists

The Schuyler County Historical Society is looking for volunteers willing to answer their phone, greet visitors and give a short 15-minute tour of the museum.

Click here for more details. (Adobe Reader required)

Interested? Give me a call!

- Jen

607-535-7105
JLG228@cornell.edu

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

United We Serve

United We Serve - Serve.gov

Dear Friend,

As you know, the Corporation for National and Community Service has been preparing for the launch of an exciting new summer service initiative in partnership with the White House. Today, in a video message, President Obama will officially announce the initiative, United We Serve, encouraging Americans to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in service.

United We Serve will kick off on June 22 at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service and will run through the new National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. All the tools for participating in this initiative can be found on the Corporation's website, Serve.gov. Please go there today, if you haven't already, to post your own volunteer projects.

Watch the President's Video and Get Involved

In addition, we encourage you to spread the word about United We Serve by:

Capacity is strained in community organizations across the country, so today we are also calling on Americans to take a leadership role in recruiting and organizing their friends, family, and neighbors to develop their own service projects that address pressing community needs in partnership with local organizations. To assist you, Serve.gov features toolkits for developing projects in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal.

To encourage participation in service this summer and beyond, the Serve.gov website features a volunteer matching platform called All For Good that allows people to search for volunteer opportunities based on location and interests. The site also allows users to sign in with their primary social network and includes social media tools to share volunteer opportunities with friends and see what activities they are participating in.

This will be a very exciting 81 days. But, of course, the call to service will not end on September 11. We hope that Americans who serve this summer will stay engaged in the ongoing work of strengthening our communities. America's new foundation will be built through an ethic of service and the personal commitment of individuals willing to give of themselves to create a better future.

In Service,

Nicola Goren
Acting CEO
Corporation for National and Community Service

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June Blood Drives

Here are the upcoming blood drives in Schuyler County:

June 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Schuyler Hospital, Upper Steuben Street, Montour Falls.

June 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls.

June 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Watkins Glen Harbor Inn, 16 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen.


For Chemung and Schuyler County
All presenting donors for the month of June, 2009 can enter to win a $250.00 Gas Card by redeeming their points for pints card. Four winners will be selected - One winner per week.

To make an appointment to donate blood, all current eligible and new donors may:

Call the local Sullivan Trail Red Cross Chapter House at 734-3317 days.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Volunteers Needed at Humane Society

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is looking for 4-6 volunteers to serve as animal shelter coordinators, receptionists, and spay/neuter clinic assistants; to help build cat houses, do fund raising, and other related activities.

Click here for more details. (Adobe Reader required)

If you are interested, please let me know!

- Jen

607-535-7105
JLG228@cornell.edu

Watkins Glen Chamber Urgently Needs Volunteers

The Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce has an extremely urgent need for volunteers. The Chamber is looking for volunteers to greet visitors, answer questions, answer phone calls, and to do other duties as needed. Hours are 9:00-5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Shifts can be full days, 4-hour shifts, or whatever you're available to give. They are fairly flexible as they really need the help. Click here for more details. (Adobe Reader required)

It sounds like a really fun activity, so please contact me asap if you are at all interested!

- Jen

607-535-7105
JLG228@cornell.edu

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Library Assistant Needed in Penn Yan

Penn Yan Public Library is looking for a few volunteers. Volunteers are needed to do shelf reading and dusting. Keeping the books in order is a critical job. Books which are not in their proper spot are impossible to find when needed. By reading, dusting and straightening the shelves volunteers help keep the library functioning and looking neat and attractive.

Click here for more details. (Adobe Reader required)

Please contact me if you are interested!

- Jen

315-694-1081
JLG228@cornell.edu

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stewards Choose Battery Recycling Project

Volunteer members of the "Retiree Environmental Stewardship Program" (RESP) recently completed a 10-week series of workshops focusing on environmental issues, resulting in the decision to raise public awareness about the proper recycling of rechargeable batteries.

In an effort to reduce the accumulation of toxic materials in landfills, the volunteers will conduct a campaign titled “Know Your Batteries,” which will focus on public education about the various types of household batteries and their proper disposal.

RESP is a collaborative effort of RSVP, Cornell University, Chemung EMC and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County.

Older adults interested in participating in community volunteer opportunities should contact Schuyler-Yates RSVP serving Schuyler and Yates Counties at (607) 535-7105 for further information.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tired of Watching Your Health and Money Go Up in Smoke?

The Schuyler County Health Department in coordination with The Tobacco Cessation Center at Arnot Health is offering a Smoking cessation class.

Cost: None

Where: Schuyler County Health Department

This class is seven, one hour sessions. Please call the Health Department at 535-8140 for details concerning the time and dates.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ombudsman Volunteers Needed

We are currently looking to recruit two to three volunteers to serve as ombudsman advocates at the Seneca View Nursing Home and the one 'Family Type Home' in Schuyler County. The mandatory 36-hour training program will be held on June 3rd- 5th and 10th -12th, 9:00am - approximately 4:00pm at the Big Flats Community Center in Big Flats NY. Lunch is provided each day and volunteers are offered reimbursement for their mileage.

Please contact Jen at 535-7105 or JLG228@cornell.edu for more details.

Chamber of Commerce Volunteers Needed

The Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce is looking for summer help. They are in need of volunteers to cover Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. from the end of May until mid-October. Shifts are flexible and can be broken down into smaller 4-hour shifts if needed.

Volunteers will be asked to:

Greet visitors. Answer all questions about activities, dining and lodging etc in the area, in a neutral manner, as the volunteer is representing all Chamber members. Gives directions. Answers phone calls. Offer administrative support during "down time". Stock up brochures when needed. Folds newsletter or letters etc when needed. Assists Visitor Center Coordinator or Director of Tourism and Marketing as needed.

If interested, please contact Jen at 535-7105 or by emailing her at JLG228@cornell.edu

Relay for Life Volunteers Needed

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to work at their Relay for Life event on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at the Watkins Glen school. The following shifts are available.


May 29

2 volunteers at the Elementary School Gate From 5-9PM

2 volunteers at the Main Gate From 4:30-9PM for Survivor Registration, Participant Registration or "spectator" ticket sales

2 volunteers in the Main Tent from 5-9PM Selling, watching and setting up the Raffle Baskets

2 volunteers in the Main Tent Selling Luminarias From 6 - 9PM

2 volunteers in the Main Tent manning the ACS info table from 6-9PM


May 30

2 volunteers 6AM-Noon at the Elementary School Gate either directing participants to the other gate for registration or doing "spectator" ticket sales

2 volunteers 6AM-Noon Doing Survivor Registration, Participant Registration or "spectator" ticket sales

2 volunteers 6AM-12Noon Selling, watching and setting up the Raffle Baskets

2 volunteers 6AM-12 2 volunteers in the Main Tent manning the ACS info table

2 volunteers in the Main tent at 10:30 AM to count Relay Bucks, Cardboard Car & Tent Votes.


Please call Jen at 535-7105 or email her at JLG228@cornell.edu

Thrift Shop Volunteers Needed

The Humane Society hopes to open their new thrift shop in Watkins Glen on May 16 and are in need of many volunteers to help run it.

At first, they intend to open on Friday, Saturday then moving to Thursday, Sunday afternoon and then Wednesday. It will all depend on the number of volunteers they get to cover the time. Shifts will be approximately 4 hours each.

Proposed Hours would be: (once in full swing)

Thursday – 12:00 – 7:00

Friday – 10 -7

Saturday to 7:00

Sunday 12 – 5

Wed 12 – 5:00


Days and times are flexible, so let us know if you might be interested! Please call Jen at 535-7105 or email her at JLG228@cornell.edu

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Alert

NYSDOH Briefing for State Agencies on Swine Flu Situation

Since April 22, 2009, the New York State Department of Health has been actively engaged in monitoring the swine flu situation after the initial cases were identified in Mexico. State agencies, Local Health Departments and healthcare providers have been updated, and clinical guidance has been developed and is being actively updated.

The following resources are available and are being updated daily.


Resources

For the global picture on the evolving swine flu situation:
http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/

For the national picture on the evolving swine flu situation:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm

For the state picture on the evolving swine flu situation:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/

For questions from the general public:
1-800-808-1987
NYC residents please call 311


Employee Resources

Questions and Answers:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/swine_flu/swine_flu_questions_and_answers.htm


General Recommendations


  • To protect yourself and your family from the flu:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
  • Avoid people who are ill, and stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Use tissue when you cough, sneeze or spit, and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin.
  • Keep hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean shared space more often such as phone receivers, keyboards, steering wheels and office equipment.

Young @ Heart

Due to all of the positive feedback we've received from Recognition attendees and an interest from several of you to purchase the movie, we thought we'd post a link to the Young @ Heart website where you can find more information.

Visit: http://www.youngatheartchorus.com/index.php

For those that were unable to attend, here's a short movie trailer so you can see what you missed! =)


2008 Presidential Service Awards

On Friday, April 24 Schuyler and Yates County volunteers attended the 2009 RSVP Volunteer Recognition at the Glen Theater in Watkins Glen. The event began by introducing station representatives, advisory council members, and County Administrator Time O'Hearn . We then recognized volunteers who earned the 2008 Presidential Service Award. Following the award ceremony, guests were treated to the movie 'Young @ Heart' which seemed to be a big hit with everyone!

A special thank you to Tim O'Hearn for speaking on the importance of volunteerism and for announcing the Lifetime award winners.

Awards winners are as follows:

Lifetime Awards


Stella Fraboni 4,136.50 Lifetime
Barbara Sutherland 4,325.50 Lifetime



Gold Awards

Virginia Beebe
Gold
H. Irene Elkins
Gold
Sam A. Fazzary
Gold
Beverly Gleason
Gold
Dianne J. Grover
Gold
Jim Haley
Gold
Darwin Hammond
Gold
Clifton Hathaway
Gold
Rebecca Holder
Gold
Helen Human
Gold
Evelyn Jensen
Gold
Jean Y. Johnson
Gold
Gertrude (Molly) Leopard
Gold
Pauline Mangus
Gold
Gregory Marion
Gold
Carolyn Merritt
Gold
Michael Mize
Gold
Nellie A. Munroe
Gold
Mary Nichols
Gold
Donald Riley
Gold
Chuck Tarshus
Gold
Joyce Tyler
Gold
Herman Veil
Gold
Theresa Winton
Gold
William Wormuth, Sr.
Gold

Silver Awards
Dorla Armstrong
Silver
Donna Chidsey
Silver
Robert DeYager
Silver
Phyllis Garlick
Silver
Ruby C. Gilbert
Silver
Gail Gittens
Silver
Elsie Goodman
Silver
Doris Hunt
Silver
Joyce McKinney
Silver
Anne Myers
Silver
Doris L. Navestad
Silver
Marion Nicastro
Silver
Alan Palinkas
Silver
Laurie Scullin
Silver
Shirley Shaffer
Silver
Karey Solomon
Silver
Jean G. Stevens
Silver
Regina Tarshus
Silver
Sheryl C. Thurston
Silver
Nicholas Vander Weide
Silver
Hilda Welker
Silver
David Wiley
Silver


Bronze Awards

Fran Anderson
Bronze
Roberta Beckhorn
Bronze
Carol Bianco
Bronze
Joann DeLeury
Bronze
Douglas Erwin
Bronze
Rose II Freedom
Bronze
Elizabeth Johnson
Bronze
Sidney Mann
Bronze
Anne Salisbury
Bronze
Walter Scheuer
Bronze
Fred Sibley
Bronze
Robert Simpson
Bronze
Catherine Sirrine
Bronze
Jane Snyder
Bronze
Clara Staples
Bronze
Ann Stephno
Bronze
Christine Updyke
Bronze
Stew VanBuren
Bronze
John Weichman
Bronze
Susan Wojciechowski
Bronze
Mary Wright
Bronze



Gardeners Needed


Check out the link to Glenda Gephart’s article in the Star Gazette about Schuyler County community gardens. Volunteers are needed to assist in this endeavor so please contact the RSVP office at 535-7105 if you are interested in helping.

http://www.stargazette.com/article/20090427/NEWS01/904270319/1117/news

Friday, April 24, 2009

Empire State Senior Games

Empire State Senior Games
Cortland, NY
June 2—7, 2009

The Empire State Senior Games is an organized sports & leisure program for New York State Residents aged 50 & older as of December 31 of the year in which the Games take place.

The Senior Games attracts nearly 2000 athletes, along with guests & friends from across NY state. Athletes participate in more than 20 competitive sports & recreational events. There are also instructional clinics, informational exhibits, & educational seminars. Each evening features an informal social event planned specifically for Senior Games’ participants.

SUNY Cortland is the site for the Empire State Senior Games.

TRANSPORTATION FOR PARTICIPANTS PROVIDED BY
SCHUYLER COUNTY OFFICE FOR THE AGING
CALL 535-7108 FOR REGISTRATION

Monday, April 20, 2009

Benefit for the Yates Community Center Project

"It Takes a Community...To Build a Center."

SPAGHETTI DINNER

PENN YAN MOOSE LODGE
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

5:00pm - 7:00pm
$6.00 per dinner

Tickets available at Longs' Cards and Books store or call/email the YCRR office at
(315) 694-1071
lmiller@yatescommunitycenter.org

Tickets will be sold at the door
Take-Outs are available!

Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources, Inc.
111 Elm Street Penn Yan, NY 14527
www.yatescommunitycenter.org

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Free Cell Phone & Minutes to Income Eligible

Did you know you may be eligible for a free cell phone?

The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if...

  1. You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid.

    OR

  2. Your total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your State and/or the Federal Government.

    AND

  3. No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier.
  4. You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your free phone you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. Sorry, but P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.

In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.


Visit SafeLink Wireless to learn more!