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.

Mobile Meals Volunteers Needed
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Geneva General Hospital is looking for regularly scheduled volunteers for its Mobile Meals program. Volunteers typically choose one day a week to be scheduled.

Deliveries are made in the City and Town of Geneva, Monday through Friday, year round, excluding major holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.)  A two-person delivery team arrives at the hospital at 10 a.m. and the route takes approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the number of recipients. Drivers provide their own cars and must have a valid NYS driver’s license (mileage is tax deductible.) Servers take the meal to the door.

The Mobile Meals program provides two nutritious meals each delivery day as well as personal contact for people whom otherwise might become isolated in their own homes. For more information about how to become a volunteer call Christen Smith in the Community Services department at Geneva General Hospital, (315) 787-4065.  

Canning Autumn Applesauce
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Canning Autumn Applesauce

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9:00 am – Noon

Cornell Cooperative Extension

480 North Main Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424 

Kick off the official start of autumn by learning how to can applesauce using local apples! According to the New York State Apple Growers Association, ample summer sun and the right amount of rain make this year's apples large and juicy, with high levels of natural fruit sugars.  Take advantage of this year's abundant apple harvest by making and canning applesauce. It can be used now or for your upcoming holiday meals. Join Hope Galens, Local Food Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County in this hands-on class which is suitable for all levels of canning knowledge.  Participants will each leave with a pint of freshly canned applesauce.

Fee:  $15.00 per person. Space is limited, so register early!

Pre-registration is requested by September 17, 2014. To pre-register contact Nancy at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email with your name, address, and phone number.

Red Cross Blood Drive
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the Himrod Fire Department, 3530 Himrod Road, Himrod, NY, 14842, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You are eligible to give blood if you are in generally good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and are 16 years of age or older.

To make an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.

For more information:
Marsha VanDusen
(315) 568-9436
Diabetes Support Group
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Finger Lakes Health’s Geneva area Diabetes Support Group will meet on Wednesday, September 17, 5-6 p.m. at Geneva General Hospital Conference Room A-B (located across from the cafeteria), 196 North Street, Geneva.

Diabetics, their family members, friends and caregivers are invited to come watch a short movie, have a snack and learn about diabetes self management; talk to others with the same concerns and get the recipe of the month.

This group meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, except in December.

          No registration is required; walk-ins are welcome.

          For more information on this free support group, please call Finger Lakes Health’s Diabetes Services Program at (315) 787-4006.

Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association Annual Meeting & Dinner
5:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Members and Supporters of SLPWA are cordially invited ANNUAL MEETING & DINNER
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen, NY
5:30—6:30 pm Registration, Cash Bar, Exhibits & Silent Auction
6:30 pm Dinner/ $28.00 per person
7:15 pm Business Meeting: Election of Board of Directors, Review of Annual Report, Special Recognition Awards
7:30 pm Presentation:  Sandra Steingraber, PhD

This talk explores the ecology, geology, and natural history of Seneca Lake—and the toxicology of the threats posed to the lake region by the proposed plan to store compressed natural gas (methane) and Liquefied Petroleum Gases (propane and butane) in abandoned salt caverns along the Seneca Lake shoreline.  Steingraber also provides an eye-witness report on the extraction and processing of Liquefied Petroleum Gases in southwestern Pennsylvania.

For more information:
Maryanne Kowalski
(315) 759-3761
Fall Canning Series
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a series of canning and food preservation workshops to cover the basics of canning and preserving local vegetables, fruits, and meats. Come learn the basics of preserving fresh produce and the science of canning food at one or all of the workshops being held this fall.  A Master Food Preserver from Cornell Cooperative Extension will be leading the workshops.  Each workshop will cover a different aspect of food preservation.   Space is limited and pre-registration is required to attend.  To register please call Seneca CCE at 315-539-9251 or e-mail  You can also register online by visiting  The workshops will be held at the Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office at the Main Street Shop Centre in Waterloo.  The cost is $15 per person ($25 for 2 family members) and includes hands-on demonstration, educational hand outs and taste samples.  

Wednesday, September 17th

Canning in a Pressure Canner and Pickling

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, Waterloo

Cost: $15, ($25 for 2 family members)


Saturday, October 18th

Venison and Meat Canning in a Pressure Canner, plus jerky making

10:00 AM – noon

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, Waterloo

Cost: $15 ($25 for 2 family members)



Wednesday, November 19th

Canning and Preserving Apples

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, Waterloo

Cost: $15, ($25 for 2 family members)


Here in the heart of the Finger Lakes there are endless options for buying and growing locally produced food. Whether you have your own garden, shop at farmers’ markets, farm stands, U-pick sites, or visit the farms directly you will find fresh, delicious produce to enjoy this time of year.  One way to continue this bounty into the cold months is to learn food preservation techniques.  Canning can be a safe and cost-effective method for storing food for long periods of time if the correct methods are used. Plus, if you preserve it yourself, you know exactly what is in it and can leave out the extra sodium and preservatives found in many commercially canned products.  The process can also preserve the vitamin and mineral content of fruits and vegetables harvested at the peak of their freshness.  However, it is important to first become familiar with food safety practices specific to canning to ensure the produce you are preserving stays safe to eat.  These practices will be covered in the workshops.


Seneca Cornell Cooperative Extension is a helpful resource for food safety information.  For example, if using a pressure canner, the gauge should be checked yearly for accuracy and Cooperative Extension can assist in checking gauges for reading accuracy. Online resources can be found at or at