June 2016
Woodlot Volunteers Sought
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Woodlot owners need other woodlot owners. Cornell Cooperative Extension is looking for a few good forest owner volunteers to meet and work with their neighbors. The NY Master Forest Owner Program is entering its 24th year and is looking to fill up its new volunteer training workshop. Volunteers who complete the 4-day workshop will join the corps of over 200 certified volunteers across the state. September 7-10, 2016 at Cornell University’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, VanEtten, NY (south of Ithaca in Schuyler County.

Volunteers can commute daily or free accommodations are available. There is a $125.00 fee ($200.00 per couple) that helps defray lodging, publications, food, and equipment costs of the 4-day training. The workshop combines classroom and outdoor field experiences on a wide variety of subjects including: tree identification, finding boundaries, forest ecology, wildlife and sawtimber management, communication techniques, and a visit to a nearby sawmill. The goal of the MFO Program is to provide private forest owners with the information and encouragement necessary to manage their forests to enhance ownership satisfaction. MFOs do not perform management activities nor give professional advice. Rather, they meet with other forest owners to listen to their concerns and questions, and offer advice as to sources of assistance based on their training and personal experience.

Applications due by August 15, 2016.

Information and an application are available at: www.cornellmfo.info or an information packet and application form can be mailed to you. Please send your name and address to; Diana Bryant, 214 Fernow Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, Phone: 607-255-2115, Fax: 607-255-0349, email: dlt5@cornell.edu

Sponsors: New York Forest Owners Association; NYS-DEC Lands & Forests; The Robert H. Wentorf, Jr. Foundation; USDA-NIFA Renewable Resources Extension Program; and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Grand Re-Opening of Sunny Point
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Arts Center of Yates County is pleased to invite members, friends and neighbors throughout Yates County (and beyond) to the grand "reopening" of our Keuka lakeside facility, Sunny Point.   Join us on Sunday, June 26 from 1:00-4:00 PM at 869 East Lake Road as we celebrate this unique community asset!


Given to the Arts Center in 2008 by the late Dr. Annie Smith, Sunny Point consists of a white lake cottage, a small boathouse and a gambrel roofed red studio "barn" with a distinctive "silo" on the south end.  Smith, an art history professor at the University of Toronto, author, cancer survivor, avid sailor and renaissance woman envisioned the future of her childhood summer retreat as "a place of art and healing,"  a dream the Arts Center Board of Directors has worked diligently to honor.


The June 26th celebration will include: tours of the property; creative activities for all ages including garden gnome painting, "left brain" drawing, wine glass charm making, Origami and more; live music provided by Artistic License and Sue and Tom Close; wine and beer tasting provided by Rooster Hill Winery and the Brewery of Broken Dreams in Hammondsport; artistic demonstrations; refreshments and more.  Come by for a few minutes or a few hours between 1:00 and 4:00 PM to learn more about what Sunny Point has to offer.  Follow the signs from Route 54 south of the Olney Place or come by boat and tie up at our dock!  This event is free and open to everyone.

For more information:
Arts Center of Yates County
(315) 536-8226