May 2016
Athena ACE Nominees Sought
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
The Athena Award for Continuing Education (ACE) Association celebrates the 8th annual year of the Athena ACE Scholarship.  Application forms are available in the “Application” section on our website, and can be submitted electronically to or by mail to the following address:
Athena ACE Association
P.O. Box 744
Geneva, New York 14456
Applications for the scholarship will be accepted until Saturday, June 25th at 4:00 pm.

The scholarship is open to women ages 25 and older that are enrolled (or plan to be enrolled) in a qualified educational program by September 30, 2016, and, who live in eastern Ontario, Seneca or Yates counties. Qualified educational programs may include: formal higher education (college degree) programs or any certification or training program (including a GED) that is necessary for the recipient to advance in her career or pursue a stated career goal.
The Athena ACE Scholarship supports women developing their capacity for leadership in our community by pursuing additional education.  The scholarship will be awarded to one or more women that demonstrate the qualities promoted by the ATHENA International program: excellence, creativity and initiative in her profession, valuable service by contributing time and energy to her community, and assistance to other women in reaching their full potential.
The Athena ACE Association will award up to $2500 in scholarship assistance.  The recipient(s) will be announced in August, 2016.
Questions may be emailed to
Jr. Iron Chef Competition
1:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Modeled after the TV show “Chopped”, youth will be provided Festival food and will be asked to reinvent their food item into healthier and tastier recipes, using some pantry items, local foods, maybe a surprise or two, and their own culinary creativity!

All ingredients and cooking tools and supplies will be provided. Up to 4 Teams of 3-5 middle school and/or high school students can participate and must pre-register. Youth do not need to be existing 4-H members in order to participate. Top scoring team(s) will be invited to participate in the NYS 4-H Jr. Iron Chef contest at the NYS Fair.

Registration is required for the event. RSVP by Monday, May 23rd.

Call Seneca County CCE at 315-539-9251, email Rachel Williams at, or register online at to register.

For more information:
Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension
(315) 539-9251
Walking Trail
6:00 AM - 7:15 AM

In partnership with Our Town Rocks (OTR), Dundee Central School is pleased to share the opening of the  DCS Walking Trail. The DCS Walking Trail is a walking course that has been identified for community members to walk inside the school building during the cold winter months. One course includes stairs and a second does not. The Walking Trail is clearly marked and can be accessed by parking by the outside basketball court and using the entrance by the nurse's office. The Walking Trail is open to the public on days that school is in session, Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 7:15 am and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Working together to promote health and wellness in our community!

For more information:
Kelly Houck
(607) 243-5533
Blood Drive
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Huntington Living Center, 369 East Main Street, Waterloo, will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, May 24. The drive will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Taylor Brown Conference Room at the LivingCenter.

Donors can make an appointment by calling (315) 787-4920, or they can simply walk in during the event.

Blood Pressure Screening
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Nurses from Geneva General Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Department are offering monthly free blood pressure screenings and education at the Geneva Community Lunch Program held at the Geneva Methodist Church located at 340 Main Street.  This month’s screening is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 from 11:15 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.

Skaneateles Speaker Series
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Skaneateles Speaker Series Hosts Sean O’Keefe
In the next installment of the Skaneateles Speaker Series, former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe will discuss “Space: What’s Keeping Us From the Final Frontier?”
The program, organized by the Professional Services Committee of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by the Skaneateles Foundation, will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Skaneateles Country Club. O’Keefe’s talk starts at 6 p.m. 
O’Keefe is University Professor and the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Concurrently, he serves as Distinguished Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“The ‘space race’ gave us the means for humans to explore near our planet, but to go further, we need to overcome two major obstacles—human endurance and speed,” he says. 
“Both have limits that can be overcome with new technologies and public resolve. Removing those obstacles will propel humans into a new chapter in space exploration and result in great benefits in how the rest of us live here on Earth.”
From 2009 to 2014, O’Keefe was chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc., the U.S.-based division of the global aerospace, defense and space corporation. Prior to that, he was vice president of the General Electric Co. and chancellor of Louisiana State University (LSU).
On four separate occasions, he served as a presidential appointee—as administrator of NASA, secretary of the Navy, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, and comptroller and CFO at the Defense Department.
In 1993, President George H. W. Bush and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney presented O’Keefe with the Distinguished Public Service Award; he also received the Department of Navy’s Public Service Award in 2000. In 2003 and 2004, he was honored by Irish American Magazine as one of the Top 100 Irish Americans.
In addition to Syracuse University, O’Keefe has held faculty appointments at Penn State and LSU.
Following his talk, he will answer questions on space science and policy, national security, and other topics relating to his areas of expertise.
The evening will include opportunities for networking, a free drink coupon for wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres, and door prizes.
Welch Allyn is series sponsor. Contributing sponsors include the Skaneateles Rotary Club, Advance Concept Consulting, Vincent McCabe Inc. and Group M Communications.
Tickets are $30 for members of the Skaneateles Chamber, $35 for non-members. Reservations are requested by May 20 and may be made online at, by calling 315-685-0552 or by email to