Community Announcements

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Donate items for Keuka Comfort Care Home

Starting March 1, and ending April 30, 2008, the Yates County American Legion Auxiliary is holding a community awareness and fund drive for the Keuka Comfort Care Home.

This project is in memory of Helen R. Wood, who spent her last days at KCCH.

The Auxiliary will collect items needed for the daily function of KCCH, such as cleaning supplies (laundry soap, hand pump soap, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, swifter dusters, dry pads), Gift cards from area grocery and department stores, Office supplies (office paper, thank you notes, sympathy notes, stamps), paper items (tissues, toilet paper), and plastic items (zip lock bags, kitchen garbage bags).

Donations may be dropped off at the Johnson-Costello Post #355 in Penn Yan or the Bradley-Jessop Post #660 in Dundee.

Colorectal Cancer Screening can save lives

The Cancer Services Partnership of Ontario, Seneca and Yates is distributing free colorectal cancer screening kits. If you have no health insurance or have inadequate coverage, and are between the ages of 50 and 64, you can get a free cancer screening kit by enrolling with your local Public Health Department.

This easy-to-use screening kit is done in the privacy of your own home and can help to show if there is hidden blood in your stool or bowell movement, which  could be a sign of colorectal cancer or other undiagnosed health problems.

To receive your free screening kit, call 315-536-5160 in Yates County. In Ontario County, call 800-299-2995.

TB and Health Association accepts requests

The Yates County TB and Health Association announces that it si now accepting requests for grant funding for the spring of 2008. Human service organizations based in Yates County which serve Yates County residents may send grant requests to the association. Please include in your request letter what the health-related item is and the dollar amount needed to purchase the item or health service. Any pictures of the specific item can also be included in the grant request. Mail requests to Yates County TB and Health Association, P.O. Box 194, Penn Yan, NY 14527 before May 2.

Nursing Home Advocates needed

Lifespan’s long trem care ombudsman program is in need of volunteers to join a team of advocates for residents living in nursing and adult homes in Monroe, Ontario, Livingston, Yates and Genesee Counties.

Ombudsmen resolve problems and protect the rights, dignity and respect of residents. Trained volunteers make weekly visits to long term care facilities to ensure the quality of life and care the residents receive.

Lifespan is in the process of interviewing potential volunteers for the next certificate training. Classes start in May. If you are over 21 and sensitive to the needs of institutionalized elders, call 585-244-8400 ext. 178 for more information.

Annual Food Drive

Curves of Penn Yan will be participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks. The drive runs through the month of March, and Curves offers discounts to anyone who brings in a bag of non-perishable food items between March 3 and 15. Anyone may donate food items during business hours at 109 Kimball Avenue, Penn Yan.

Free Income Tax Service

The ProAction/Yates Office for the Aging, in conjunction with the AARP/Tax-Aide Program, will offer free income tax counseling to middle-low income people, with special attention to senior citizens.  The program will run from through April 15, 2008 at the Office for the Aging, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan.   Tax preparers will be at the Office for the Aging on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.

Counseling is by appointment only.  To reserve a time, please call the Office for the Aging at 315-536-5515.

Mondays at  Cobblestone

A reflection-discussion group for women using the book Spiritual Literacy by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat is held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoons March 10, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, May 27, June 9 and June 23.   Each session will focus on a particular section of the book.   It is not necessary to attend every session.  Facilitator is Anne Alderman, SSJ. Suggested Donation is $7 per session.

Old School Picnic

Every year the Class of ‘56 holds a picnic the first Saturday in August. Interest by other classes in having a joint picnic has been noted. This will be for the classes that graduated from the Old School Academy. Anyone interested can contact either Diane Griffin at 315-536-6176 or Carole Clow at 315-536-0887.?The class of ‘56 still has t-shirts and sweatshirts with the “Old School” Academy picture. If interested call Diane Griffin at the above number.

Looking for Alumni

Plans are underway for a 40 year celebration of Middlesex Valley and Gorham Central School Merger (Marcus Whitman). Organizers are searching for all alumni and class officers. Please email your name and address or contact person information to Roberta Smith at Please put Marcus Whitman in the subject line. You may also call Joanne Burley at 585-554-6822.

Gathering for Peace

During these troubled days of terrorism and war, Cobblestone Springs offers an evening each week of peaceful quiet and prayer for peace.  The Quaker-style prayer, held at 7 p.m. Thursday evenings,  provides ample time for quiet reflection and sharing.  It usually lasts a little over an hour. Facilitators are John  Cooley, Jack and Judy Wilbert. The suggested donation:  $2 - $5 in donation box.

Soldiers addresses needed

Soldiers addresses are needed for packages to be sent by the Penn Yan Moose Lodge Senor Citizens. Please call Carol Hall at 315-536-6764 or send an address to Carol at 1963 Second Milo Road, Penn Yan.

Child Care grants

Are you caring for one or two children for a family member or friend? Is that care being paid for by the county subsidy program? You may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $75 worth of health and safety items. If you’re in need of safety equipment, such as first aid kits, safety gates, fire extinguishers, port-a-cribs, etc., then give Child & Family Resources a call at 315-781-1491 ext. 210.

Quality Child Care

Whatever the age of your young child, quality care is essential for healthy child development and well-being. Please consider the following when chooseing care for your child. Child care settings should provide:

• A safe, healthy environment

• Nutritious meals and snacks

• Room for children to play, explore and engage in physical activity indoors and outdoors. Motion and motor skills.

• Fun, educational, age-appropriate materials and activities that provide positive mental stimulation. Learning, thinking, imagining.

• Opportunities for children to talk comfortably and openly about their feelings. Social interaction, problem solving.

• Established, appropriate behavioral and discipline techniques.

• Care based on genuine interest, adequate knowledge, experience and training in the care of children.

If you would like more information, please call Child & Family Resources, Inc., an affiliated New York State Child Care Resource and Referral Agency at 315-536-1134 or 315-781-1491. For child care referrals call 1-800-881-5786.

Brain Injured Support Group

The Central Finger Lakes Brain Injured Support Group meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Day Room at The Homestead, 418 North Main St., Penn Yan. For details, call Ron Harrison at 315-536-0984.

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