Please choose all that apply:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Schuyler County Shoestrings Program

Schuyler County Shoestrings Program

- Indoor Walking for Seniors
- Watkins Glen High School
- Monday through Friday, 3:00-4:30pm when school is in session
- Please contact the Office for the Aging to register: (607) 535-7108

Friday, December 3, 2010

Light of Hope Brunch

Every year, more than 1500 children are reported abused and neglected in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. To raise awareness of alarming statistics like these, CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc. will host a brunch on December 12th from 10:00 am until 2:00 at Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant on Irelandville Rd., Watkins Glen, NY.

All proceeds will benefit the children in our community. Tickets are $20/person, $10/child, gratuity and alcohol not included. Table and time reservations must be made in advance, so please call 535-9614 to reserve your seat today. Please call the CASA office at (607) 936-CASA (2272) for your tickets in advance, or they may be purchased at the door but reservations are required.

CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc., (affiliated with the National CASA Association), is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Family Court through trained community volunteers. Hope you will join us in giving children hope for a positive future.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Annual Meeting: Cornell Cooperative Extension

The Annual Meeting of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Association (RSVP's sponsoring agency), scheduled for Thursday, December 2, 7:30-9 a.m., will feature Dr. Jennifer Wilkins, Sr. Extension Associate with Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences, who will speak on “Local Food for Healthy People and Strong Communities.” A flyer is attached with more information.

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 $10 per person. Reservations with payment are required by November 30, 2010. Call 607-535-7161 or email to for information. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

UPDATE: Schuyler County Transit

Effective Monday, November 15, Schuyler County Transit has made the following changes at the specific sites listed:

Jefferson Village Apartments, Watkins Glen: After the stop at Seneca Harbor Park, Schuyler County Transit vehicles will stop at Jefferson Village Apartment’s main entrance on Second Street. Anyone wishing to ride the bus may now wait by the main entrance on Second Street to flag the bus to stop.

Sydney Place Apartments, Odessa: In addition to picking people up at the Odessa Municipal Building stop, the bus will continue to Sydney Place Apartments and loop through the parking lot. Riders should be waiting outside the main entrance to flag the bus to stop.

Romeo Village Apartments, Montour Falls: Buses will stop on Broadway Street directly across from Romeo Village Apartment’s main driveway entrance. Riders may wait at the end of the driveway of Romeo Village Apartments to flag the bus to stop.

Riders should use the scheduled times listed for the Seneca Harbor Park, Odessa Municipal Building and Broadway Street stops accordingly to plan bus arrivals and departures.

If you or people you know have questions or need assistance in regards to receiving a Half Fare I.D. card please call Schuyler County Transit at (607) 535-3555.

Schuyler County Transit hopes this helps everyone further enjoy the freedom and independence of public transportation. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)


Home Energy Assistance Program

Documents Needed:
  • Driver’s License
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Income Verification
  • Fuel Bill
  • Electric Bill

    Family Size Income Level
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5


    Office for the Aging @ (607) 535-7108


    Schuyler County Department of Social Services @ (607) 535-8303

    (If you are over 60 years of age you can call either DSS or OFA)


    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Don’t let pride stand in the way of the assistance you deserve.

    Call to schedule your appointment today.

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Light of Hope Brunch

    Every year, more than 500 children are reported abused and neglected in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. To raise awareness of alarming statistics like these, CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc. will host a brunch on December 12th from 10:00 am until 2:00 at Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant on Irelandville Rd., Watkins Glen, NY.
    All proceeds will benefit the abused and neglected children in our community. Tickets are $20/person, $10/child, gratuity and alcohol not included. Table and time reservations must be made in advance, so please call 535-9614 to reserve your seat today. Please call the CASA office at (607) 936-CASA (2272) for your tickets in advance, or they may be purchased at the door.

    CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc., (affiliated with the National CASA Association), is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Family Court through trained community volunteers. Hope you will join us in giving children hope for a positive future.

    Alzheimer's Association Presentation

    Alzheimer's Association

    The Schuyler County Office for the Aging
    would like to invite you:

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    1:00pm - 3:00pm

    The Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting a FREE seminar for caregivers on:

    This session will help you understand Alzheimer’s Disease, along with providing strategies to help reduce your risk.
    (this program is NOT recommended for individuals with the disease)

    Location: Schuyler County Human Services Complex
    323 Owego Street, Montour Falls

    Registration: All participants must be registered in order to attend this presentation. Please contact Shannon Slater, at 535-7108 prior to Dec. 10th for more information or to register.

    American Mobile Dental Van Dates

    American Mobile Dental Van was such a huge success in Schuyler County that they are planning on returning in the Spring. They will come and park by the Head Start shed at the Schuyler Human Services Complex but ANYONE can be seen those days. The dates are April 20, May 18, June 29, July 27 and August 24. (All Wednesdays) They take all insurances, including Medicaid, will work with private pay or the uninsured. Appointments can be made by calling American Mobile Dental at 1-877-24-tooth.

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Volunteers Needed: CDRC

    Become a Mediator and
    Volunteer with a National Leader in Conflict Resolution at the
    Community Dispute Resolution Center 


    *** Employers – Also a great professional development opportunity! *** 

    CDRC Presents Professional Mediation Trainings
    Session I: October 28, 29, & 30
    Session II: November 4, 5, & 6
    From 8:30 to 4:30 each day at the Catholic Charities Building, 215 E. Church St., 1st floor conference room, Elmira, NY 14901

    “There’s nothing more empowering than the ability to empower others.”

    • Build personal and professional skills in communication, reflection, and conflict resolution

    • Prepare yourself to volunteer as a CDRC-certified mediator equipped with the tools to help others in conflict to work through their disputes independently

    • Experience the intensive, interactive instruction of lead trainer Judy Saul, a national leader in transformative mediation

    Session I gives participants the skills and strategies for helping others to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts peacefully and constructively. It serves as a prerequisite for Session II and is open to the public.

    Session II focuses on mediating specialized situations and is open to anyone who has successfully completed Session I. The completion of both sessions prepares participants for advancing on course toward full qualification as a CDRC-certified mediator.

    • Both sessions are offered at no cost to participants committed to putting their new skills to work as volunteer mediators for CDRC

    • Session I, perfect not only for aspiring mediators but also for professionals looking to hone their communication skills, costs $300 as a professional development workshop

    • Note that for those seeking to volunteer with CDRC, a brief orientation prior to the workshop is also required, and there are several times to choose from for the orientation

    Contact Jen at or 607-535-7105 if you're interested.

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

    Information and Listings

    Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), or medical signaling device is an answer to the need for both security and independence. It is a simple way to call for help from a friend, relative, or emergency services (police, fire department, or ambulance). If a user needs help, he/she simply presses a button, which sends a message into an emergency response center.  Information about his/her medical history and names and phone numbers of contact people is quickly available. The emergency response center will talk with the user to determine the reason they were contacted, and will respond appropriately. Companies who sell this product are listed under “Medical Alarms” in the yellow pages of the phone book.

    The Federal Trade Commission recommends the following precautions when ordering PERS services:

    ·         Check out several systems before making a decision.
    ·         Ask about the pricing, features, and servicing of each system, and compare costs.
    ·         Make sure that the system is easy to use. Buttons should be easy to operate and batteries easy to change.
    ·         Ask whether the monitoring center is available 24 hours a day, what kind of training its operators receive, and what the average response time is.
    ·         Test to be sure that the system works from every point in and around your home. Make sure nothing interferes with transmissions.
    ·         If unsure of a company's reputation, check with the Better Business Bureau.
    ·         Read the written agreement carefully before signing it.

    The Schuyler County Office for the Aging
    does not recommend or endorse any of these PERS providers.

    Link to Life                                                                              

    LIFE Watch USA


    Doyle Security Systems HELP LINK                                   
    1-866-GO-DOYLE (1-866-463-6953)                                                                


    Phillips Life Line                                                                   

    Response Link
    Valued Relationships, Inc (VRI)                                           

    Guardian Alert 911
    443-296-2480 (one-time fee, connects to local 911)

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Schuyler County Transit Talk

    Learn about the schedule, general transit information, the new Dial-a-Ride/Paratransit service available to approved ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Riders in Schuyler County & assistance with Half Fare ID Cards & Dial-a-Ride Applications.


    Each Site 11:30am-1:30pm

    Wednesday, October 27th: Burdett OFA Meal Site-Methodist Church Rte 79.

    Thursday, October 28th Hector OFA Meal Site-Presbyterian Church Rte 414

    Wednesday, November 3rd: Montour Falls-Silver Spoon Café

    Tuesday, November 9th: Monterey OFA Meal Site – Fire Hall South St.

    Tuesday, November 16th: Tyrone OFA Meal Site – Methodist Church Cemetery Hill Rd.

    For Information & Schedules Call or Visit:


    Monday, October 18, 2010

    Bed and Breakfast Hospitality Hour

    Join us for a social gathering, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and hosted by ‘Bout Time Bed and Breakfast in Montour Falls. The ‘Bout Time Innkeeper will provide a tour and history of the Bed and Breakfast, a light snack and an opportunity for relaxation and reminiscence.

    People with dementia in the early to middle stages and a family member or friend are encouraged to attend together, however caregivers can attend alone if a break is needed.

    The Bed and Breakfast Social:
    • Offers an opportunity to reconnect with others
    • Can spark pleasant memories
    • Provides an opportunity to spend time in a calm, peaceful, supportive environment
    • Promotes a sense of pride in one’s community
    • Provides an opportunity for reminiscence for the person with dementia
    • Helps to establish a stronger support network

    ‘Bout Time Bed and Breakfast
    277 Steuben St.
    Montour Falls, NY 14865

    1:30 pm-2:30 pm

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 585.760.5400 or 800.272.3900.

    Registration is required and space is limited.

    Alzheimer’s Association
    435 East Henrietta Road
    Rochester, New York 14620
    585 760 5400 phone
    585 760 5401 facsimile
    800 272 3900 24-hour helpline

    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    Testers Needed

    The Alzheimer's Foundation is seeking families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or related dementias who would be interested in testing a new locator device at no charge.

    Dear Friend,

    As you well know, wandering is an enormous concern for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their families-and we are committed to finding solutions to this problem.

    We're excited to let you know that the Alzheimer's Foundation of America is teaming up with Breadcrumb, a technology company, with the intent of marketing a new, innovative locator device specifically designed for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias who may wander. To move this forward, we are currently seeking individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their family caregivers to participate in a free, 30-day pilot project.

    We ask that you help us locate interested participants by spreading the word about this important project. As a thank you, participants will be able to continue to use the locator device for one year at no cost (a value of approximately $600+).

    Breadcrumb is a small wristband-type device strapped to the individual, and uses a cellular system to identify the location of a participant who wanders out of doors and to display the person's route and real time location on a map or Smartphone. The device regularly reports the person's location to the Breadcrumb call center around the clock, and pre-identified caregivers are notified via text message and/or phone call when the person leaves a designated geographic field.

    We will provide participants with the system and operating instructions, and ask that they use the system for 30 days and fill out pre-, mid- and post-surveys, as well as data for the call center.

    Specifically, we are seeking a diverse group of participants: residing at home in urban/rural areas from coast to coast, various ethnic backgrounds, various ages, male/female, various stages of the disease, etc.

    Please help us spread the word, and ask your clients who are interested and/or want more information to please contact Christine Valentin, an AFA social worker and project coordinator, at 866.232.8484 or We would appreciate your prompt attention.

    Thanks so much,
    Carol Steinberg
    Executive Vice President
    Alzheimer's Foundation of America

    Energy Volunteers Needed

    Schuyler County Cooperative Extension is looking for 3-4 volunteers to be trained by Cornell University and the EnergySmart Communities Coordinator to conduct basic home energy audits for Schuyler County residents. Volunteers will be part of a pilot program that will encourage homeowners to increase their energy efficiency and introduce all of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s financing options. Each volunteer will be expected to attend four half day trainings in Elmira (transportation provided) and conduct 2 home energy audits (locations will be provided). Other than the trainings, this is a very flexible program and can fit into anyone’s schedule. No prior experience necessary. Trainings will be held on October 25, November 1, 8, 15 from 9:00 pm- 1:00 pm. Please let us know by October 20th if you are interested in participating by contacting Jen at 607-535-7105 or

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    New All Men's Bone Builders Class!

    We're so excited to have our very first all men's Bone Builders group in Hector! Bone Builders is *not* just for women. John Flowers will be leading the Wednesday morning classes. If you know of any men that could benefit from this wonderful program, please have them call us asap at 607-535-7105.

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Prescription Drug Drop-off

    Local drop-off locations are the Odessa Fire Department and the Tyrone Fire Department from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Take-Back Message to DEA Employees

    As part of DEA’s effort to combat rising prescription drug abuse, we are spearheading the first-ever National Prescription Drug Take-back campaign, which will take place at more than 3,700 locations across the country this Saturday, September 25th, from 10 am to 2 pm.

    We are asking all Americans to empty their family medicine cabinets of unwanted or expired prescription drugs, and bring them to one of our collection sites for environmentally safe and legal disposal… no questions asked.

    Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart is scheduled to appear on a number of major morning shows this Friday, including NBC’s Today Show, and Fox and Friends, to deliver DEA’s take-back message directly to the American people.

    DEA is also running a national media campaign to promote the Rx take-back initiative that includes TV and radio spots, newspaper ads, billboards and transit advertising in markets all over the country.

    Please help DEA communicate this important message by telling your friends, family, and community members about this event and encouraging their participation.

    We urge everyone to consult or their local DEA office to find out how the National Prescription Drug Take-back will be rolled out in their communities, and where they can go to dispose of their unwanted medications.

    Thank you for doing your part to fight drug abuse, and for your active participation in the National Prescription Drug Take-back on Saturday.

    PS- To find the drop off location nearest to you, please go and click on “for a collection site near you.”

    This message is authorized by Mary Irene Cooper, Chief of Congressional and Public Affairs

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    Yates County Falls Prevention Awareness Day

    Yates County Falls Prevention Awareness Day
    September 21, 2010

    Did you know that medication interactions are a leading cause of falls for seniors 60 years of age and older? Community based adults over the age of 65 who experienced a fall within the past year were more likely to be taking more than 4 prescribed medications.

    Wouldn’t you like to know if your prescription and over the counter medications could cause you to fall? ProAction Yates Office for the Aging, Yates County Public Health, and Yates County Emergency Management Services are conducting a Medication Review Event.
    At this event, a local pharmacist will be evaluating your medications. You will also receive Falls Prevention education including home safety tips, and the sign ups for the Matter of Balance Falls Prevention Exercise class.

    Please bring a list of your prescription and over the counter medications including the name of the medication, the dosage, the dosage instructions, the name of the prescriber, and what the medication is being taken for, to the event location of your choice:

    10am -12noon: First Presbyterian Church, Corner of Main and Clinton Streets, Penn Yan

    1pm-2pm: Roy Wood Community Room, Dundee Youth Center 15-17 Main Street, Dundee

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Volunteer Needed: Alzheimer's Group Facilitator


    Guide participation of support group members, emphasizing group interaction and non-judgmental atmosphere for sharing with one another, utilizing educational materials provided by the Alzheimer's Association.


    Alzheimer's Knowledge: Some knowledge of Alzheimer's disease ad the impact on families helpful, general care giving knowledge , comfort with the expression of emotions, active listening skills, ability to redirect and facilitate discussion. Non-judgmental/Confidential.


      Guide participation of support group members, emphasizing group interaction and non-judgmental atmosphere for sharing with one another, utilizing educational materials provided by the Alzheimer's Association. Some knowledge of Alzheimer's disease ad the impact on families helpful, general care giving knowledge , comfort with the expression of emotions, active listening skills, ability to redirect and facilitate discussion. Non-judgmental/Confidential.

      Routinely meet 2nd Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 (meeting runs from 2:00-3:00 p.m.).

      Wednesday, September 8, 2010

      Volunteers Needed!

      We're still searching for volunteers for the following assignments.  Call or email Jen if you'd like more information!  607-535-7105 or

      Historical and Genealogical Society - Assistants
      Keuka Comfort Care - Resident Care Volunteer
      Office for the Aging - Alzheimer's Group Facilitator (2 hours once/month)
      Office for the Aging - Phone Pal

      Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop - Sales Clerks
      Office for the Aging - Congregate Meal Deliverers (using OFA van)
      Office for the Aging - Kitchen Helpers
      Office for the Aging - Shopping Assistants
      Office for the Aging - Wii Instructors
      Office for the Aging - Dial-A-Ride Assistant (door-to-door)
      Historical Society - Docents and Clerical
      Montour Falls Library - Read to Children
      Montour Falls Library - Library Assistant
      Strong Kids/Safe Kids - Greeters
      Habitat for Humanity - Greet and Register (One-time event.  9/23 meeting.)
      International Motor Racing Research Center - Assistants and Cleaners

      Mark Your Calendars!

      Schuyler-Yates Recognition Events are planned in October.

      The Yates County RSVP recognition event is scheduled Monday, October 4th, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge, 301 East Elm Street. It will feature a buffet-style luncheon, a short awards program and entertainment.

      The Schuyler County RSVP recognition event is scheduled Wednesday, October 13th, 10 a.m. until noon at Watkins Glen International. It includes a brunch, short awards program and entertainment.

      Upcoming CASA Training

      Calling all Volunteers! Are you looking for a way you can help a child? Become a CASA Volunteer.
      CASA volunteers are trained members of the community who advocate for abused and neglected children in family court. A volunteer follows a child’s cases as it moves through the family court system. The volunteer researches 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 of the Southern Tier, Inc. has set the dates for the CASA 101 Initial training.

      Be Sure to “Save the Dates”.

      Time: 6:00PM to 9:00PM
      Dates: September 16, 23, 27, 30 and October 4, 6, 12, 14, 21 and 25th.

      Independent Study: If you cannot attend these sessions but would like to become an advocate for children, please call to learn more about the CASA 101 Independent Study.

      Please call RSVP at 607-535-7105 or email Jen at

      Tuesday, September 7, 2010

      Heatlth & Wellness Programs

      Click here for reader friendly PDF.

      Health and Wellness Programs sponsored by the Schuyler County OFA

      Reap the benefits!
      Fall 2010

      To Register: (607) 535-7108, or

      323 Owego Street
      Unit 7, Suite 165
      Montour Falls, New York 14865
      (607) 535-7108

      “Service and Assistance for Seniors —Because You’ve Earned it!”


      The New Falls Home will be holding their annual Streetfest soon!

      Friday, September 10
      10:00 a.m. - Noon

      Corner of Main and Schuyler Street in Montour Falls.

      Live music, vintage cars, refreshments, crafts, bake sale and more. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the festivities!

      Monday, August 30, 2010

      Meet Judith!

      Meet Judith! You may have spoken with her on the phone as she helps us in the RSVP office from time to time. Judith also volunteers with our yearly income tax counseling program (TCE), the Watkins Glen Public Library, the Schuyler County Historical Society and medical transportation. She's also a member of our RSVP Advisory Council. Here she shows some of her newly knitted hats for Seneca Santa. Do any of these activities sound interesting to you? Give RSVP a call! We have something for everyone! Call 607-535-7105 or email

      Volunteers Needed: IMRRC

      I'm sure you're wondering what IMRRC is, right?  Well, let me tell you!  IMRRC is the International Racing Research Center located in Watkins Glen and they are looking to find a lot of volunteers!  They need Assistants (up to 20 volunteers) to help with the daily operation of the center and cleaners (1-2 volunteers) to help clean the facility, remove the trash, dust exhibits and help store items.  See below for more details:

      Front Desk/Greeter – The volunteer will be at the Research Center’s front desk to greet visitors, answer phones, and answer questions. Must have pleasant appearance and be cordial and professional to all visitors.

      Docent/Guide – The volunteer will give guided tours of the Research Center, be able to answer detailed questions about exhibits and operate the audio/visual equipment. Must be articulate and familiar with the Research Center and its holdings and finding aids. Must have pleasant appearance and be cordial and professional to all visitors

      Researcher - The volunteer will be familiar enough with information in databases and the physical archives to aide requestors in locating research items, photos, articles, etc., through email or personal inquiries, and provide photocopies as requested.

      Data Entry – The volunteer will input data into various computer software programs, for purposes of bookkeeping, collection databases, etc. Must be PC literate and familiar with MS Office.

      Cleaner/Floater – The volunteer will help keep the museum clean and presentable to the public. Help in storing of items, dusting, and removal of trash, etc.

      Filing – The volunteer will keep research files up to date by adding to the files and keeping them alphabetized or indexed.

      Special Event Aide – The volunteer will help at any of the Research Center’s fundraisers, programs, and other special events, including those at Watkins Glen International. They will help with set-up and take-down and interact with the public.

      Contact Jen if you're interested in volunteering at the IMRRC!  607-535-7105 or

      Volunteers Needed: Wii Instructor

      Do like to play games and have FUN?? This opportunity is just for you! The Schuyler County OFA is looking for 1-2 volunteers to teach different Wii games to the seniors attending the Montour Falls congregate meal site. This will take place prior to the meal (possibly 10:00- 11:30am). Volunteers will oversee the sign-in process and provide 1:1 or small group instruction.

      Knowledge of Wii apparatus and variety of games or desire to learn the different games; reliability; punctuality; ability to stand for periods of time; reaching; bending; quick movements with arms and legs; effectively communicating with clients with varying levels of function; ability to demonstrate movements.

      Volunteers Needed: Keuka Comfort Care Home

      The Keuka Comfort Care Home in Penn Yan is looking for volunteers to provide end of life comfort care, including help with medications and personal care, to residents of Keuka Comfort Care Home.  Also to provide emotional support to residents and family members.

      Skills required:  compassion, empathy, positive demeanor, ability to perform or assist with caregiving activities including feeding, grooming, repositioning, hygiene; ability to perform basic cooking and housekeeping activities; must be able to read, write and speak English.

      Training:  4-part classroom style training (approximately 6-8 hours) followed by 2-3 shadowing experiences.  Training to include information on communication, stress management, grief and spirituality, and hands-on caregiving.

      Times/Dates Needed:  Volunteers work in 4-hour shifts.  Thursdays between 3:00 - 8:00 p.m..  Fridays between 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. periodically.  Saturdays between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m..  Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m..  Volunteer support on evenings and weekends are most needed.  Volunteer weekly or every other week.

      If this sounds like an assignment you would like to pursue, please contact RSVP at 607-535-7105 or email Jen at

      Keuka Comfort Care Fund Raiser

      See HERE for flier.

      The Keuka Comfort Care home is hosting its Fifth Annual Pig Roast, Sunday, September 12, at The VALLEY INN in Guyanoga, from 1 to 4 PM.

      Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, and join in all the fun with the folks from the Keuka Comfort Care Home for their 5th Annual Pig Roast. Willie and Jennifer Allison, along with the fine staff at The Valley Inn, and the wonderful volunteers from the Keuka Comfort Care Home, make this an enjoyable day with all you can eat, spit roasted pig, fabulous salads and fine accompaniments, and of course great friends, both old and new.

      Takeouts will be available for those who can’t stay and socialize or if you can’t get enough of this mouthwatering meal. Tickets are a $12.00 donation. and are available at THE VALLEY INN, THE MOOSE CLUB, PINCKNEY HARDWARE, and LONG’S CARDS AND BOOKS, or call BILL KAYS at 315-536-9651, BILL MCEVILY at 315-536-0067 OR THE KEUKA COMFORT CARE HOME at 315-536-1690, and as always, at the door on SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 from 1 to 4pm.

      Wednesday, August 25, 2010

      Volunteers Honored

      Four RSVP volunteers were among those honored by the Watkins Glen Public Library at the group’s recent annual supper. Rebecca Abraham, Nancy Dean, Stella Fraboni and Nancy Wilder provided nearly 500 hours of volunteer service to the library last year.

      Full article can be found on Odessa File. Scroll down to "Watkins Library honors volunteers".

      Dinner and Discovery

      Schuyler County Office for the Aging

      Elder Caregiver Support Program presents…

      Dinner and Discovery
      October 19, 2010
      6:00pm – 8:00pm

      Schuyler County Human Services Complex
      323 Owego Street
      Montour Falls

      Memory Loss - Is It Always Alzheimer’s Disease & Working With Your Physician Through the Diagnosis Process

      In May 2010 the Alzheimer’s Association released a report that states, “the number of Americans age 65 and older who have this condition will increase from the 5.1 million today to 13.5 million by mid-century”.

      More than 7 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, where family and friends provide almost 75 percent of their care. Educational programs help caregivers discover strategies to cope with the complexities of caring for a person with the disease, along with gaining the knowledge and skills to be as prepared as possible.

      If you are caring for a loved one, please join Office for the Aging and the Rochester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for this FREE event.

      All participants MUST BE REGISTERED in order to attend this presentation. Please contact Shannon Slater, at 535-7108 prior to October 12th for more information or to register.

      Thursday, August 19, 2010

      Consumer Protection

      The New York State Consumer Protection Board is alerting consumers to new rules taking effect on August 22, 2010 that will offer greater protection and additional rights to users of credit and gift cards.

      The news release can be found at:

      Wednesday, August 18, 2010

      Edible Landscape

      Edible landscape- Saturday August 21st—A S.A.G.E Workshop 10:00-11:30am (Schuyler Area Garden Enthusiasts) —Betty Reno at Chateau Lafayette Reneau winery 10-11:30AM. Chateau LaFayette Reneau 5081 Route 414 (7 Miles North of Watkins Glen) Hector, NY 14841. Highlights will be garlic, shallots, blackberries, sage and herbs. Fee to attend is $5. Please call 607-535-7161 with questions or to register.

      Wednesday, August 11, 2010

      Introduction to Yoga

      Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45pm

      Beginners welcome! This class is for those 60+ who recognize the need to stay active and improve upon balance, flexibility, and strength. Classes are held at the Silver Spoon Café in the Schuyler County Human Services Complex Building, 323 Owego Street in Montour Falls, NY. There is a $5 per class suggested donation. Please bring a mat, small pillow, blanket, and water. Instructor Eleanor Liebson, OTR/L, RYT, PYT-C, has been teaching yoga for two years following her completion of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training program and is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience helping people attain independence following injuries, stroke, joint replacement and other condition. For more information, call the Schuyler County Office for the Aging at (607) 535-7108.
      Publish Post

      Wednesday, July 14, 2010

      "My Benefits"

      This website offers a quick, easy and confidential pre-screening for individuals to determine if they may be eligible for help.  By answering a simple set of online questions, New Yorkers can find out if they may qualify for supports such as nutritional assistance (food stamps, school meals),  Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC, many other tax credits), health insurance programs including Healthy NY, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Medicaid , and the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and Temporary Assistance.  The homepage includes additional valuable links on these resources and others.

      Medication Management Supplies Available

      The Schuyler County Office for the Aging has a number of medication management supplies. Pill cutters, pill dispensers, timers, bottle openers, collapsible cups, etc. Anyone who is 60+ years old who may benefit is welcome to contact Gina for more information.

      Gina Gasparro
      Insurance Counseling Coordinator
      Schuyler County Office for the Aging
      323 Owego Street, Unit 7, Montour Falls, NY 14865
      (607) 535-7108; Fax (607) 535-6832

      A Note Of Thanks From Beth Lisk

      Dear friends,

      I take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed toward my retirement "get-away" gift. David and I recently spent 2 lovely evenings at a Bed & Breakfast at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada, thanks to your generosity. Even though it was extremely hot we had a wonderful time strolling along the flower laden streets of the village, visiting art galleries and the local historical society museum. We also were enchanted by the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls.

      Thank you all for this wonderful gift.

      Beth Lisk

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      Tuesday, July 13, 2010

      Residential Energy Credit

      You still have time to make qualified improvements to your main home and claim the credit on your upcoming Tax Year 2010 tax return.

      The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides tax incentives for individuals to invest in energy-efficient products. Publication 4845 highlights some key points about the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit and the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. Homeowners who have been considering some energy efficient home improvements may find these tax credits will result in bigger tax savings. Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, is used to claim the credits.

      Attached is a PDF of the Residential Energy Credit flyer for your information. It is posted on It can be downloaded and printed or distributed electronically.

      Tuesday, July 6, 2010

      Coming Soon...

      ...a new website and blog for RSVP! Watch for it!

      Bone Builders Classes

      Bone Builders classes resume this fall. These exercise classes are designed to help reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in men and women age 50 and older. Trained RSVP volunteers lead weekly classes, utilizing progressive weight-bearing exercises developed at Tufts University. These FREE classes will be offered at sites across Schuyler and Yates Counties.

      Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of people age 50 and older. While women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, men can also suffer from osteoporosis. Those affected by osteoporosis cannot feel their bones getting weaker. They may not know they have it until they break a bone, often the result of a minor fall.

      Bone Builder classes are recommended for men and women 55 and older to help reduce the chance of getting osteoporosis. Participants must have a signed release from their doctor to join. Call Schuyler-Yates RSVP at (607) 535-7105 for enrollment information. Space is limited.

      RSVP…Experience in Action

      Join today!

      Volunteers Needed: Shopping Assistants

      Shopping Assistants are needed to assist Schuyler County residents who are unable to shop for themselves. Volunteers will shop at local stores for groceries, personal care items, prescriptions or other items as specified. Skills Required: Reliability, honesty, integrity, ability to stand for periods of time and walk long distances, reaching, bending, working with money (paying and receiving change), effectively communicating with clients with varying levels of function. Volunteers will use their own vehicles, but are able to claim mileage reimbursement by OFA at the County rate (currently 50 cents/mile). A motor vehicle screening is required for this assignment.

      Shopping would generally be required on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.

      Let me know if this sounds like something you'd like to do!

      607-535-7105 or

      Friday, July 2, 2010

      Volunteers Needed: Sort of Back-To-School Giveaways

      Catholic Charities would like more volunteers to help sort clothes the week of August 16-20 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and for the actual giveaway on Saturday, August 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

      If you are available and interested in helping with this great cause, please contact me at or 607-535-7105.

      Volunteers Needed: Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society

      The Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society is in need of two volunteers to do museum work. Volunteers will be asked to assist with routine museum inside and outside care and basic office work. Mobility and basic office skills are a must. Three hours in the am or pm per week are needed. Training is provided.

      Volunteers Needed: Strong Kids/Safe Kids

      Six to eight (6-8) volunteers are needed to greet visitors and hand our informational materials at Strong Kids/Safe Kids .  This one day event will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 9:00-2:30 p.m.

      Please contact Jen if you are available:  607-535-7105 or

      Volunteers Needed: ARC Art Gallery

      The ARC of Schuyler is in need of volunteers for their art gallery located on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen.  Volunteers would greet customers, handle sales transactions, display art,  and other duties as needed.  Volunteers should be friendly, courteous and independent.  Though knowledge of art is preferable, a love of the arts is expected.

      The gallery is currently open Friday thru Monday from 11:30-7:30 p.m.  Morning and afternoon shifts are available. 

      If you enjoy art and working with people, please call me at 607-535-7105 or email me at

      Volunteers Needed: Schuyler Co. Historical Society

      If you love history, this assignment is for you! The Schuyler County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to act as docents. Tours run about 10-15 minutes in length. When not giving tours, the volunteers would be asked to do reception work - take calls, answers questions and do data entry on a computer. Training is provided!

      The Historical Society has a wonderful collection and anyone the likes history and/or genealogy would really enjoy volunteering there.

      Please call or email Jen today! or 607-535-7105

      Volunteers Needed: Receptionists

      Catholic Charities is looking for volunteer receptionists. Duties include answering telephones, making copies, greeting visitors, etc. Volunteers should be personable, able to work independently and have good social skills and telephone etiquette.

      Coverage is needed on Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning and afternoon shifts available.

      Please contact Jen at 607-535-7105 or if you are interested.

      Volunteers Needed: Gardeners

      Cornell Cooperative Extension is looking for a small group of volunteers to work in the new community garden at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls. Duties include: weeding, harvesting, insect scouting and organic control solutions, signage, watering, compost mixing, pruning, pinching, bed preparation, crop rotation, seeding in the greenhouse and weekly reporting.

      This assignment will start in early June and run through late September. They expect it will take 4-8 hours /week/volunteer.

      If this interests you, please email Jen at or call 607-535-7105!

      Volunteers Needed: Congregate Meal Deliverer

      The Schuyler County Office for the Aging is looking for 1-2 volunteers to drive the OFA van to various congregate meal sites in the county.  In addition to delivering the food, volunteers would also serve and clean up.  Volunteers must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.  Motor vehicle screening is required.

      Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

      If this assignment interests you, please call Jen at 607-535-7105 or email

      Volunteers Needed: Kitchen Helpers

      The Schuyler County Office for the Aging is looking for 1-2 volunteers to assist nutrition staff with salads, desserts, dish washing, and dining room setup. This Monday-Friday morning assignment is on-going and would begin immediately or as soon as possible. Volunteers can pick and choose which days they would like to volunteer.  Knowledge of food production in a commercial kitchen or school kitchen is desired, but not necessary. Training provided.

      Contact Jen if you're interested!

      Volunteers Needed: Cooking Demonstrations

      Are you a “people-person” who likes to cook? RSVP has a volunteer opportunity for you! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Nutrition Resource Educator Paddy Redihan is looking for volunteers to assist her with cooking demonstrations this summer at the Farmer’s Market and WIC clinics. Paddy’s long-range goal is to train the volunteers to “fly solo” with the demonstrations. She’s hoping to schedule several demonstrations during the summer and fall. This opportunity requires volunteers who are comfortable interacting with people in a public setting. A love of food and cooking will be a big help!

      Call or email Jen at or 535-7105.

      Monday, June 28, 2010

      Free Computer Training

      Digital Inclusion Project
      Open to the public 55+

      Sponsored by the Senior Employment Program

      Two Training Site Available:

      CSS Workforce Center
      117 E. Steuben St., Bath

      Monday 8:30-4:30pm
      Thursday 8:30-4:30pm
      Friday 12:30-4:30pm

      Peer Coach - Andrew Morrill

      Dormann Library
      101 West Morris Street, Bath

      Monday 10:00-2:30pm
      Wednesday 12:00-2:00pm
      Thursday 10:00-2:30pm
      Friday 10:00-2:00pm

      Peer Coach - Linda Abeling

      You may participate at either facility, at any time during the hours above.

      For further information, contact: Jo-Ann at 776-2125 ext. 118

      Farmer's Market Coupons

      The Schuyler County Office for the Aging is expecting Farmer’s Market Coupons to arrive by Mid-July. They will be available for low-income Schuyler County Seniors age 60 and over and can be exchanged for fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets. Seniors must be receiving or eligible for SSI, public assistance, food stamps, Heap or a section 8 housing subsidy or have a monthly income of less than $1,670 if single or $2,246 if married. Coupons will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

      For more information -- Phone (607) 535-7108

      Friday, June 11, 2010

      Watkins Glen Library Fund Raiser

      Book Sale Starts Thursday

      The annual Friends of the Watkins Library Used Book Sale gets under way Thursday, June 10, at The Arc of Schuyler on 12th Street.

      Thousands of books for all interests and all ages are offered at the sale, which goes through Saturday, June 12.

      Many of the sections are sorted alphabetically, and other items such as audio books, CDs and puzzles are also in the sale.

      Hours: Thursday, June 10, and Friday, June 11, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Proceeds from the sale support programs at the Watkins Glen Public Library.

      Tuesday, May 25, 2010

      June Blood Bank

      June 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      at Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route14, Montour Falls

      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
      * 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.

      About the American Red Cross:
      The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

      Volunteers Needed: Cooking Up Fun

      RSVP is looking for one or two volunteers to assist Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County nutrition program educator Melissa Clary with her “Cooking Up Fun” classes. The volunteers would assist class members in answering questions about what they’ve eaten in the past 24 hours. Volunteers who like food, cooking and are detail-oriented will enjoy this opportunity.

      Call or email Jen at or 535-7105. 

      Monday, May 24, 2010

      Volunteer Photos Needed

      Our database now allows us to link a photo to the volunteer's record.  For those of you we don't get to see on a regular basis, this feature helps us put a face to your name.  It's especially beneficial to Dick Evans, our new director, who is just getting to know all of our wonderful volunteers!  Below is an example of how it appears in our database:


      If you have a photo of yourself, please email it to, we'd really appreciate it!

      Volunteer Needed: Web Site Designer

      RSVP is looking for a volunteer to help design a new web site for their Schuyler & Yates office.  If you have experience in web design, please email Jen at and provide any examples you may have. Thanks!

      Volunteers Needed: Cardboard Boat Regatta

      "Admiral Mike" and "Captain John" have been working hard to gather cardboard, carpet tubes, glue and tape for use in building an RSVP vessel for the upcoming Cardboard Boat Regatta in Watkins Glen.  With only four weeks left until the event, they are now in desperate need of design ideas.  They are also looking for 5 Schuyler Co. or Yates Co. volunteers to ride in the boat the day of the event.

      Are you a former engineer or do you just have a knack for designing?

      Are you interested in being part of the crew?

      Do you have suggestions for a boat name?

      Contact Mike Mize at

      Thursday, May 20, 2010

      American Mobile Dental

      A mobile dental unit will soon be visiting the Schuyler County Human Services Complex in Montour Falls on a regular basis.  They accept most major insurance plans including Medicaid, Medicaid HMO's and most private insurances.  For more information, view their brochure or call them at 1-877-24-TOOTH (1-877-248-6684).

      Wednesday, May 19, 2010

      Why Report Hours?

      Reporting hours, along with other data collection is federally mandated. As a federally-funded program, RSVP must abide by the accountability and compliance guidelines and standards set by governmental agencies.

      This data also represents a statistical snapshot of what we are accomplishing with regard to the mission of RSVP — which is to engage volunteers in activities that will make a difference in our communities by meeting the needs of nonprofits and the people they serve. The data we collect is sent to legislators and other funders and helps them to determine allocation amounts for our program.

      Reporting hours also verifies RSVP-registered volunteers have been active over the course of the fiscal year. Only those volunteers who are serving in the current year are eligible to enjoy the benefits of RSVP, e.g., supplemental insurance coverage, recognition events, the newsletters, etc.

      Reporting hours keeps RSVP volunteers insured. The hours reported and signed by the volunteer and/or the volunteer supervisor is the only documentation we have that an individual is serving at a site or participating in a volunteer activity. If we have no written documentation, our supplemental insurance policy does not cover that volunteer in the event of injury.

      Reporting hours helps local nonprofits tell their story of service to the community and to funders. Accurate records about the volunteers that serve at local sites allow local nonprofits to highlight the fact that they are utilizing volunteers to help provide their services. This represents a cost savings to already tightly-budgeted organizations, as well as in-kind match for their budgets. This leveraging of funds is critical — and potential funders look positively upon this wise and creative fiscal management.

      RSVP, through its national efforts and marketing tools, promotes an image of today's seniors as active and contributing members of their communities. This helps to dispel the myths held by some that older adults are a drain on society — financially and otherwise. As a national network of over 500,000 volunteers and 750 projects, the RSVP program promotes expertise and advocacy for volunteerism by older adults. The more we can track, on a local level (and, by extension, a national level) the reality of the contributions of today’s volunteers, the more we help dispel the stereotypes surrounding aging.

      Tracking volunteer data is a valuable tool in detailing and highlighting how volunteers impact a community, what they actually accomplish, and just how valuable they are to the operation of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, schools, and health care facilities in communities and cities nationwide. Without the tracking done by RSVP, the efforts of volunteers remain unidentified in any comprehensive way.

      Courtesy of:
      Nan Hart
      RSVP & The Volunteer Center/Green Mountain Foster Grandparent Program: One-2-One Program
      Executive Director
      6 Court St.
      Rutland, VT 05701

      Friday, May 14, 2010

      Schuyler County Pharmaceutical Collection

      June 12th from 8am-11am at the Shared Services Building. First Ever Schuyler County Pharmaceutical Collection: The Health Department along with the Sheriff's Department and the WG Village Police, are sponsoring a collection day for unwanted and outdated medications. Acceptable materials include prescription and non-prescription medications (pills, tablets, capsules, liquids, patches and ointments). Medications should be brought, when possible, in their original containers with the patients name blacked out. This event is being organized as part of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Don’t Flush Your Drugs” campaign. A nationwide study done in 1999 and 2000 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and steroids in 80% of the rivers and streams tested. Several other studies show that when pharmaceuticals are flushed down the toilet they end up in our water supplies leading to impacts on aquatic life such as feminization of fish and frogs as well as reduced fertility in certain species, ultimately leading to decreased biodiversity. If you would like more information on the event please contact the Schuyler County Health Department at 535-8140.

      Tuesday, May 4, 2010

      Thursday, April 29, 2010

      Older Americans Month - May 2010

      Message from Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee

      Dear Friends,

      I join President Obama in celebrating Older Americans Month. For 47 years, our nation has set the month of May aside to honor older Americans and acknowledge their continued contributions to our nation. Our theme for this year is "Age Strong! Live Long!" which recognizes the diversity and vitality of today's older Americans and highlights the importance of staying healthy throughout our lives.

      To salute all older Americans and send a message about the importance of staying healthy and as independent as possible, AoA (Administration on Aging) is sponsoring a festive and fun one-mile walk and low-impact tai chi session with local older Americans in Washington, D.C on May 27. Other communities across the country will be holding similar events throughout the month. We have also conducted a national "My Recipe for Strength" contest which invites Americans to share what they are doing to age strong. Winning entries will be selected in three categories: video, photography, and poetry/prose. I'd like to personally encourage everyone to take time to celebrate older Americans Month during May. We owe so much to our elders, and this is a great opportunity to thank them for what they have done for us.

      I also would like to thank AoA's many partners at the federal, state and tribal level and our national network of community-based organizations who work on a daily basis to improve the health and quality of life for our nation's older population.

      To read President Obama's proclamation, please visit

      To learn more about Older Americans Month, please visit