March 2015
2015 Tractor Safety Certification Course for Youth
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

The Hazardous Occupation in Agricutlural Law requires that youth ages 14 to 16 have at least 24 hours of tractor safety and maintenance instruction in order to drive a tractor on a farm orther than that owned by their parents.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County is offering a Tractor Safety Certification Course for Youth this spring.  This is open to all youth and not just 4-H members.

Cost: $35 (includes student manual)

Registration Deadline: March 7, 2015

To Register or for more information: 315-255-1183 

Times:  Mondays from 6-9 p.m.: March 16, 23, 30; April 13, 20; and testing is Saturday, April 25th and begins at 12:30 p.m.

Location:  Various farms and locations around Cayuga County so that we are able to provide a hands on awareness to balance the workbook learning segments.

For more information:
Dorothy Slegle
(315) 255-1183
Pheasant Release Program Announced
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Each Year the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)  makes approximately 60,000 day old pheasant chicks available for individuals to raise and release on public lands.  The program known as the Cooperative Day-old Pheasant Chick Program (DOCP) was designed to assist in revitalizing the ring-necked pheasant population in the area. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County is a facilitator of the DOCP program and helps to order and distribute the day old chicks to participating individuals.

  • Anyone can apply to participate in the Day-old Pheasant Chick Program, this includes 4-H members, schools, clubs and members of the community.
  • Participants must have appropriate brooding facility and outdoor rearing pen.
  • Release sites must be open to the public for pheasant hunting.
  • Applications for chicks must be submitted before noon on Friday, March 13th, 2015
  • Participants should be familiar with the DEC pheasant rearing guide
  • Chicks MUST be picked up on the day of delivery, which is scheduled for mid-May. 
  • Pheasants must be released at 8 weeks of age or older, but no later than the end of pheasant hunting season.
  • Pheasant chicks are not to be purchased, sold or traded.

For further information regarding the DOCP program OR to order pheasant chicks for rearing and release on public lands, call Peggy Lillie (ext. 238) Cornell Cooperative Extension at 315-255-1183.  You can also order online by going to: DEADLINE is Friday March 13, 2015.   Chicks will be available for pick up at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County office (248 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY) in mid-May.

For more information:
Dorothy Slegle
(315) 255-1183
Finger Lakes Grape Program Pruning Workshop
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Finger Lakes Grape Program Pruning Workshop  
Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – NOON
Where:  Finger Lakes Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard
Anthony Road Wine Company
1020 Anthony Road
Penn Yan, NY  14527
Cost: $25 per person
Register: Call 315-536-5134 or go on-line:  

Are you interested in learning how to prune grape vines? Then you won’t want to miss the Finger Lakes Grape Program’s pruning class and hands-on demonstration. Mike Colizzi, Finger Lakes Grape Program Viticulture Community Educator, will be teaching this workshop.  There will be a brief indoor session with plenty of time to get familiarized with proper techniques and ask questions. Participants will then go outside to prune vines on three different training systems.  The workshop is open to the public and is to be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM – NOON at the Finger Lakes Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard located at the Anthony Road Wine Company, 1020 Anthony Road, Penn Yan.  The fee is $25 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at (315) 536-5134 or go on-line at  

For more information:
Mike Colizzi
(315) 536-5134
SFSS 6th Annual Mom-to-Mom Sale
9:30 AM - 12:30 AM

6th Annual St. Francis St. Stephen Mom-to-Mom Sale.

Saturday April 25th from 9:30am-12:30pm at DeSales High School Gym, 90 Pulteney Street and High Street.  Families come sell your children's outgrown and gently used clothes, toys, games, furniture, sports equipment, baby equipment and more...

Call (315)789-1828 to register and reserve your tables, $20/table. Asking $1 adult adminssion to the sale.

For more information:
Beth Bulkley
(585) 905-9515
Orchid Show
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  Is the bitter winter cold and snow getting you down? Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park’s Annual Orchid Show on March 6, 7, and 8 may be the remedy you need. In its annual orchid show, Sonnenberg will open its greenhouses to the public in celebration of its wonderful orchid collection. The vivid orchid blooms as well as the other tropical foliage, will give attendees a much needed breath of spring.  

At the show, flower fans of all ages will delight in exotic blooms showcased in Sonnenberg’s working, antique Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex. On display, guests will find colorful Cattleyas and Cymbidiums, delicate Dendrobiums, pretty Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums and more. This year’s event will be held Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 from 10 AM – 5 PM each day. General admission to the event is $5 per person. 

During the Orchid Show educational seminars on orchid care will be offered Saturday at both 11 AM and 2 PM plus Sunday at 2 PM. On Friday, guests can take advantage of special orchid re-potting services (donation for service requested) offered by Sonnenberg’s Executive Director and horticulturist, David Hutchings. Wine tastings from the Finger Lakes Wine Center will be available on Saturday from Noon – 4 PM and Sunday from 1 PM – 4 PM. Wine as well as a variety of orchids and orchid supplies will be on sale in the Sonnenberg Gift Shop for visitors to take home. 

New for the 2015 show, Sonnenberg offering greenhouse tours on Friday at Noon and 2 pm. And to give families a chance to get out of the house together, there will also be a variety of family activities and crafts offered throughout the weekend. In conjunction with the new greenhouse restoration project for which an award of $70,000 from the State of New York to Sonnenberg was just announced, guests can choose to double their admission fee with half of it going directly to that restoration project. 

The Orchid Show will be held at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park which is located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua, NY. For more details, call 585-394-4922 or visit Sonnenberg’s website at

All proceeds from this event goes to support the continued operation and preservation of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. While Sonnenberg Gardens operates in cooperation with the State of NY, it is receives no State funding and operates only through the funds raised by the efforts of its non-profit organization. If you are interested in helping to support this historic treasure, please call 585-394-4922 or see

Weed Management Workshop
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Weed Management Workshop for Processing Vegetable & Dry Bean Growers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Road (Rt 63), Batavia, NY 14020 

Weed Management Workshop for Processing Vegetable and Dry Bean Growers 

Weeds compete with vegetable crops, reducing yield and quality. They also interfere with harvest and can contaminate the product. Seeds of some weed species can remain viable in the soil for 50 years or more, making it critical to manage weeds and keep them from going to seed. 

 The Cornell Vegetable Program has organized a Weed Management Workshop for Processing Vegetable and Dry Bean Growers. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Batavia, NY.

 The workshop will feature the following expert presentations:

·         Managing the Weed Seed Bank on Your Farm: A Long-Term Approach to Weed Management – Antonio DiTommaso, Weed Ecology and Management Laboratory, Cornell University

·         Selection and Use of Herbicides for Processing Vegetables and Dry Beans: Focus on Peas, Snap Beans, Dry Beans & Lima Beans  – Robin Bellinder, Horticulture, Cornell University

·         Current Status and Management Options for Herbicide Resistance – Darcy Telenko, Cornell Vegetable Program

All interested growers, crop consultants and industry representatives are welcome to attend. The workshop will be Wednesday, March 11, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM, at First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. Cost is $10 for Cornell Vegetable Program enrollees and $20 for all others. Registration requested by March 6 online at or by mail. Contact Julie Kikkert at or 585-394-3977 x404.

FLFCU Presents artists three Exhibition featuring Elaine Liberio, Jan Romeiser, and Tina Yannotti Burgess
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union presents a tri-artist exhibition by three local artists, Elaine Liberio, Jan Romeiser, and Tina Yannotti Burgess. Their work is on display at the FLFCU Main Office (Geneva Branch) lobby and Loan Department. An opening reception with the artist will be held Friday, March 6th, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Credit Union’s Main Office. Light refreshments, including a wine tasting by Fulkerson Winery, will be provided.

Elaine Liberio

“Painting is exhilarating, especially Plein Air!” While Elaine loves studio painting, Plein Air painting has become her great love and this will be her third year in the Seneca Lake Plein Air Painting Festival sponsored by Billsboro Winery. Recently, Elaine has teamed up with two other artists, Tina Yannotti Burgess and Jan Romeiser to form “artiststhree”, painting and showing their work together around the Finger Lakes. Their first collaborative show was at White Springs Winery in the spring, followed by a show at Billsboro Winery and next they were at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs for the months of December and January. Elaine is a member of Wayne County Council for the Arts and the Western Wayne Arts Group where she exhibits and sells her art. She also offers workshops and classes in oil painting, watercolor and drawing. One of her most fun workshops is “Oil Painting with Rags - No Brushes Allowed”. She is currently developing a website, Her studio is located at 48 State Route 21, Palmyra, NY  14522. To inquire about workshops or to tour her studio, please e-mail her at or call 315-945-2374.

Jan Romeiser

Jan had always enjoyed art classes in high school. Although it had been a big part of her, she did not pursue an education in it. She kept her hand at it for a while after she married in 1976. Kids were born and life flew by with little time for painting.

Jan began painting again in 2006 after her daughters gave her everything she needed to start. In 2009, she started painting at the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery and Studio II in Canandaigua. She has taken workshops with Judy Soprano, Dick Kane, Ann Larsen, Elaine Liberio, and a number of other artists. Under their guidance (and lots of independent painting) her talent is developing.

Her paintings have been hung at Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery, Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, Women Artists of the Finger Lakes shows, Phelps Art Center, White Springs Winery, and Billsboro Winery. She is a member of the Ontario County Arts Council rotating artists and has had her paintings in various businesses in and around Canandaigua.

“Being creative in a small way, or in a great way, is a gift from God. Enjoy yourself, find your gift, your talent, and develop it.”

To purchase any of the images that are on display at FLFCU, contact Jan directly and arrangements will be made to have them available to you as soon as possible. You can contact Jan Romeiser at her email at (Please put a painting reference in the subject box), or call at 315-462-9603.

Tina Yannotti Burgess

My name is Valentina (Tina) Yannotti Burgess and my interest in Art began in grammar school and was my Major in High School. I attended FLCC taking classes in drawing and painting. For the past 6 years I have been studying with Pat Rini Rohrer in “Studio II” at the Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery and Judy Suprano. It was after attending Plein Air Painting classes in 2006 that I discovered that painting with oil was my passion. After painting with oil at this class, I discovered that mixing paint on canvas, and the fact that it didn’t dry right away, I could discover more colors and could move the paint around with more freedom. Oil painting wasn’t the only thing I discovered. I found out through painting local marinas, farms, and parks how lucky I am to live in such a naturally beautiful area. It was the serenity I felt in the presence of this area that compelled me, and brought out my passion to want to put that feeling and that beauty on canvas.

To purchase any of the images that are on display at FLFCU, contact Tina directly and arrangements will be made to have them available to you as soon as possible. You can contact Tina Yannotti Burgess at her email at, or call at 315-781-0537. Check out to see more of Tina’s work.

Stop in the Credit Union to see the exhibit, which will continue to be on display through mid-May. After that date, another artist’s exhibit will be displayed. If you are a local artist seeking a location to display your art or photography, simply contact Pat Ely, Marketing Director, at (315) 781-1334 Ext. 134, for FLFCU Supports the Arts information.

For more information:
Pat Ely, Marketing Director
(315) 781-1334
IGNITE the Winter!
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

An annual winter festival held in conjunction with the March First Friday event in downtown Auburn, IGNITE the Winter features a chili and comfort food cook-off, an ice sculpture demonstration, live music, beer and wine sales and lots of family-friendly activities.

For more information:
(315) 252-7291
Friday Fish Fry
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Savannah Fire Deptment will be having Friday Fish Dinners ! Every Other Friday till April 3 2015  Fish dinner $10.00 Chicken Fingers $6.00

For more information:
Savannah Fire Dept
(315) 729-2940
Film: Elemantal
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

For A better World Series from UUCC (3024 Cooley Rd, Canandaigua) presents the following film to be shown on Friday, March 6th 7pm.  Contact person: Lynn Cronise (

Film: Elemental
Elemental tells a story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows an Indian government official, gone rogue, on a pilgrimage to save India's once pristine Ganges River. In Northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her struggle against a Tar Sands developer. In Australia, an inventor searches for investors for his new device that he believes can slow down global warming.This is an inspiring story of belief, commitment and action by individuals with a mission. Are they being realistic? Will they be able to sustain their commitment?  Discussion follows the film. Refreshments will be served.