September 2014
Cell Phones for Soldiers
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Now serving the Little Fingerlakes, a new Cell Phones for Soldiers drop off location has been established at 8741 Main Street, Honeoye NY. Donated cell phones may be dropped off a the fire house front door.

Maple Confection I Workshop
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Maple Confection I Workshop

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension

480 North Main Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424 

This Maple Confection Workshop I is sponsored by the Western NY Maple Producers. This workshop will be conducted by Stephen Childs, New York State Maple Specialist. The workshop will feature training and hands-on experience in making maple confections, in particular maple sugar, maple cream, molded maple sugar and crystal coating, and is the first in a series of two confections workshops available for participants.

The participants will be trained in using the diabetic glucose meter to measure invert sugar in maple, how to properly blend syrups to a desired level of invert sugar and the factors that control crystal size in maple confections.

Class size is limited and participation will be based on first come, first serve.

This workshop will be suitable for very experienced as well as novice confection-makers. Each farm will need to bring one quart of syrup to be used in the program.



Introduction to Maple Value Added Project & Manual

Sampling and Evaluating Maple Confections

Basics of Maple Syrup-building block of confections

Invert Sugar-what is it, measuring it, using it

Crystallization: the Key to all Confections

Preparing syrups for maple sugar and cream activity



Molded Maple Sugar Making & Crystal Coating Exercise

Boiling Temperature, Water Activity & Accuracy

Granulated Maple Sugar Exercise

Using Maple Cream and Sugar in other value added products

Pricing & Marketing Maple value added products

Maple Cream exercise

Cost: $50.00 per farm, up to two people, includes refreshments, lunch, and New York State Maple Confection notebook. Additional members from a farm can register for $10.00 per person.

Appropriate tools for measuring quality of maple syrup will be available for purchase at the workshop.

The registration deadline is September 18, 2014.

To register, email: with your name, address, and phone number or call 585-394-3977 x 427.

World of Wonders Storytellers
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Professional actors present folk tales from around the world, story theater style in this show at the Watkins Glen Public Library. The 45 minute show for children ages 3-10 and their families will feature The Lady and the Dragon (from Eastern Europe), The Blue Doll(Native American), and The Three Strong Women(from Japan). Gail Golden, the director, is a former Disney cast member. This program is free and open to all. It will also be presented at 3:15 at the Peterson Library in Odessa. 

For more information:
Carol LaFever
(607) 535-2346
Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join the education staff from the Montezuma Audubon Center on Thursday September 18th from 4:30-7:00 for a canoe/kayak paddle on the north end of Cayuga Lake to explore the late summer bird migration. Migrating raptors, shorebirds, and songbirds can be seen soaring high over the lake and hugging the shoreline. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from us. Fee: $8.00/child without rental, $13.50/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child).Registration is required, please call (315) 365-3588 or e-mail

For more information:
(315) 365-3588
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BINGO at Geneva American legion every Thursday. Doors open 6 pm and BINGO starts at 7 pm. Snacks and finger foods available for purchase.

For more information:
Ron Patrick
(315) 789-5165
Geneva Toastmasters Meeting!
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview? Ignite your career?

Come join us for our bimonthly Toastmasters meeting on Thursday from 6-7pm in the Seneca Room in Geneva (603 S. Main Street)! We are a friendly group of people looking to expand our club and support anyone who is interested in how to prepare and deliver speeches. We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and would love to see you there!

For questions or more information email or call (585)310-1995!

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 280,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 13,500 clubs in 116 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

For more information:
Geneva Toastmasters
(585) 310-1995
Extension Reconsidered
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an important discussion of the role and future of Cornell Cooperative Extension in the 21st Century called Extension Reconsidered on Thursday, September 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Seneca County Association’s on the 3rd floor of the Main Street Shop Centre on East Main Street in Waterloo.  Dinner will be provided.  All those who have an interest in CCE’s educational mission are urged to attend. 

May 8, 2014, marked the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension System, a permanent, cooperative partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture, land-grant colleges and universities, and state and county governments. Through Extension, land-grant institutions eventually placed a new kind of academic professional called an “extension agent” in nearly every county in the nation. Today, as Extension prepares to mark its centennial, the system employs tens of thousands of community-based educators and campus-based faculty and staff. It pursues a remarkably broad scope of work through educational programs that address community food systems, nutrition and health, youth and families, business development and retention, conservation, and much more. 


Centennials are a time for celebration. But they can also be moments for careful and critical reflection. For the past century, Extension’s contributions to agriculture, natural resource management, family and consumer sciences, and youth development have been widely valued. Yet there is a need for new and creative ideas about how Extension professionals and volunteer leaders might improve the ways they engage people in addressing the new social, technological, and economic conditions of the 21st century.  The Extension Reconsidered initiative is bringing together citizens across the country to reflect and deliberate on the legacy and value of Extension and its potential in the future.  

All are welcome to join the conversation on the future of Extension.  Notes from the discussion will be used by Cornell campus staff to help shape CCE’s direction in New York as well as the national conversation.  Please RSVP by emailing Ave Bauder at, Christie Brewer at, or calling 315-539-9251 so food can be planned for.  If you are unable to attend but still want to contribute or learn more about the Extension Reconsidered initiative, the you can join the conversation at   

History in Our Backyard
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The East Bloomfield Historical Society presents "The History in Our Backyard: The Iroqouis Confederation in the 17th Century" Thursday, September 18th from 7-8 PM at the Society at 8 South Avenue in Bloomfield.

The presenter is Harvey Limbeck, Friends of Ganondagan volunteer.