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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

Monday, April 26, 2010

CASA Spring Child Fashion Show

CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc. is hosting a CASA Children’s Spring Fashion Show as part of the National CASA Association “Forgotten Children” campaign. Created to raise awareness of foster children and to aid in the recruitment of much-needed CASA volunteer advocates who work together with the court system in the best interests of foster children.

Event Details:

May 8, 2010, 2:00PM

Wings of Eagles, Horseheads, NY

$10 per seat

Up to age 5 free

Call 607-936-2272 or

May Blood Banks

May 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
at BPOE Elks Lodge, 300 North Madison Avenue, Watkins Glen;

May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at Cargill Salt, 518 East 4th Street, Watkins Glen;

May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
at Schuyler County Human Services, 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls;

May 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at Saint Mary’s of the Lake Parish Center, 10th Street, Watkins Glen.

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

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Health Reform Webchat

Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, AARP President and Other HHS Health Experts to Host Health Reform Webchat on Thursday, April 22

Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, AARP President Jennie Chin Hansen, and other health experts from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will host a webchat Thursday, April 22, to discuss how America’s seniors will benefit from the new historic health reform law. Participants will highlight some of the immediate benefits of health insurance reform for all seniors before answering questions from the public. The webchat is the fourth in a series of discussions that are designed to help Americans understand the impact of the newly passed health insurance reform law.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit questions via email to and via twitter using handle, @HHSGOV.

WHAT: Health Reform Webchat for America’s seniors

WHO: Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and AARP President Jennie Chin Hansen.

WHEN: Thursday April 22, 2010, 1:00 p.m. EDT


Janet Ribaudo

It saddens us to report the passing of Janet Ribaudo. Janet was a familiar face at RSVP, serving for many years, first as an Administrative Assistant and more recently as Program Specialist and Reading Buddies Coordinator. Janet was caring, compassionate and dedicated to providing RSVP volunteers with opportunities to share their life experiences. Janet’s service has set a high bar for all of us and she will be greatly missed.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Schuyler OFA Senior Spring Fling

View the FULL COLOR POSTER or read the text below.

In recognition of Older American’s Month,
The Schuyler County Office for the Aging presents:

Senior Spring Fling
(Previously known as the Senior Citizen Dinner Dance)

Dinner, Music & Entertainment

May 20, 2010
Schuyler County Human Services Complex
Silver Spoon Café - 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls
Open to Schuyler County Residents

Roast Beef dinner with all the fixings!

6:00pm – 7:45pm
Try your luck at the “Viva Las Vegas Casino”,
hosted by the Montour Falls Fire Dept,
for the chance to win fabulous prizes!

4:00pm – 8:00pm
Get up and dance, or just tap your toes,
as a DJ spins your favorite tunes & old time classics!

Reservations Required: Call 535-7108 by May 10, 2010
*Pick-up tickets in advance at:
Office for the Aging
323 Owego Street
Montour Falls

Cost: $7.00 requested donation for all attendees

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Volunteers Needed: CASA Training

You can help a child!

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and May is Foster Care Awareness month? Are you looking for ways 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 sign up today!

Date: May 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21

Time: 9:00 – 2:30am

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

Board of Directors openings: CASA of the Southern Tier, Inc. has openings for Board members, please call for more information.

Contact: Jennifer Geck at RSVP by calling 607-535-7105 or

My Recipe for Strength Contest

The “My Recipe for Strength Contest” is one of two activities the Administration on Aging (AoA) is sponsoring in celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM) in May. Using video, photography or poetry/prose, you are invited share what this year’s OAM theme, Age Strong! Live Long!, means to you. Tell us what inspires you and maybe you will become a winner.

All contest entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30. To obtain an entry form and to learn more about the contest, including rules and requirements, please go to

Monday, April 12, 2010

Strides Walk

Easy to read poster: Strides Walk - PDF

Saturday, May 1, 2010
9:00am– Noon
Catherine Valley Trail between WGHS & Rte. 14
For Registration Information, Call Tammy Waite at 607/535-7108 or 607/535-6065.

Schedule of Events
Emcee, Lion Rob Swinnerton
9:00am Sign-in for Preregistered Walkers/Registration for Walk-ins
9:20am Warm-Up with Exercise Enterprise
9:30am Walk starts: Sheriff/Lion Bill Yessman, Official Starter
10:00am– Noon Post-Walk Activities
  • Cooking Demonstration with Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Speakers including Dr. Brian Bleiler who will discuss Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Health Screenings
  • Information
  • Drawings!

Sponsored by the Watkins-Montour and Odessa Lions Clubs and the Schuyler Coalition for the Awareness, Management and Prevention of Diabetes. (SCAMP“D”)

A National Drive to Find the Undiagnosed

Friday, April 9, 2010

Veterans Outreach


The Bath VA Medical Center and Schuyler County Veterans Service Agency will be hosting a Veterans Benefits Open House on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Schuyler County Human Service Complex at 323 Owego Street in Montour Falls.

Representatives from the VA Medical Center, Bath National Cemetery and Schuyler County Veterans Service Agency will be on hand to answer questions for Veterans and their families concerning eligibility for medical care, disability, education, pension, burial, and property tax exemption benefits. Courtesy blood pressure readings will be available for eligible Veterans.

All Veterans, especially those being affected by the recent economic downturn, are encouraged to attend and learn what benefits they may be eligible for based on their honorable military service. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, please contact the Schuyler County Veterans Service Agency at 607-535-2091.

Health Reform & Seniors

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Volunteers Needed: safeTALK


SafeTALK is a three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 16 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe.  Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.  As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:
  • move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
  • identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
  • apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

Powerful video clips illustrate both non-alert and alert responses.  Discussion and practice help stimulate learning.  Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

The Role of safeTALK in a suicide Safer Community

SafeTALK was designed to teach skills that completement caregivers with suicide intervention skills like those learned in ASIST, LivingWorks two-day workshop.  SafeTALK-trained helpers make early recognition and referral possible on a far larger scale than any community can afford to do through suicide intervention skills training alone.  When there are enough safeTALK-trained persons available, suicide intervention caregivers will be used more often.


Trainings are being provided by Schuyler County Mental Health and will be held on the following dates and times:

  • May 3, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • May 4, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • May 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • June 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • June 28, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 29, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

There is no charge for this training, however registration is required. If you are interested, please contact RSVP at 535-7105 or

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spaghetti Dinner



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

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

Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources, Inc.
P.O. Box 392 Penn Yan, NY 14527

Schuyler Head Start Art Show and Raffle

Schuyler Head Start Art Show and Raffle

April 14 from 3:00-5:00

Open to the Public

Please join us for our annual art show at Schuyler Head Start. If you are unable to make it but wish to purchase a ticket(s) for the art raffle you may do so in the lobby of the Human Services Complex where we have a current sample display or at Schuyler Head Start. We have received donations from local artists featuring watercolor, pottery, jewelry, wood work, photography and more. Tickets are $1.00 each or $5.00 for 6 tickets. The drawing will be at 5:00PM on April 14th. There are over a dozen chances to win. All proceeds benefit arts and education at Schuyler Head Start.