November 2015
Wreaths Across America
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

The Cayuga Community College Criminal Justice Club in Cooperation with Dana L. West High School Students are currently taking orders for the Wreaths Across America Project. 

Students are currently raising funds to support Wreaths Across America’s local effort. Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization whose mission - Remember, Honor and Teach - is a carried out each year within our Cayuga County Community.

Individuals wishing to purchase a wreath to use as a remembrance for a loved one especially a member of our US Military or as a decoration for their home are encouraged to place an order. Businesses’ are also encouraged to purchase the wreaths for their employees and families.

The 22 inch Maine Balsam Wreaths. Wreaths cost $15.00 per wreath.

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization whose mission - Remember, Honor and Teach - is a carried out each year in part through the laying of wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day each December. There will be a local remembrance ceremony sponsored by the Dana L. West and CCC CJ Club students and the Cayuga County Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter 704 at St. Peter and St. John’s Episcopal Church at 169 Genesee Street, Auburn, New York 13021 on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.

An invitation to attend the ceremony is extended to all who wish to remember and honor the sacrifices made by our military personnel that keep our nation strong and allows our citizens to enjoy freedom. The ceremony also provides an opportunity to teach future generations the price of our freedom

Please visit the for more information on the organization and to learn about the group’s mission and how to get involved

For more information about covering this event, please contact:

CONTACT INFORMATION: Dr. Linda Townsend, Location Leader  at  or at

 315-776-5728 or 315 252 1762 

Funds raised go toward the Campus and Community events sponsored by the Cayuga Community College Criminal Justice Club and Dana L. West Students Community wide Wreaths Across America Ceremony 

Follow Wreaths Across America on Facebook at and on Twitter at 

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit


For more information:
Dr. Linda Townsend
(315) 776-5728
Seeking Nativity Scenes
1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

The Real Christmas Committee is seeking homemade 3D Nativity scenes for a public display.  These scenes are to be no larger than 12 inches by 18 inches with all ages and ideas being accepted.  Families are encouraged to work together on this project. Scenes are to be dropped off by December 3 at St. Francis-St. Clare Ministry Center (former St. Mary School), 35 Center Street.  For more information contact Laurel Callahan at 315-539-2487.

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
Holiday Vendor and Craft Show
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

HOLIDAY VENDOR AND CRAFT SHOW to be held Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm at Ovid Fire Department, Brown Street, Ovid, NY. 40+ vendors and crafters expected to participate.

For more information:
Charlene Creswell
(607) 279-1423
Bonna's Bonanza Small Business Saturday "Buy Local" Holiday Shopping Event
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

For more information, contact:

Christie Anne Blaisdell


Phone: (315) 406-0317

Small Business Saturday Event Offers Local Products & Services Ideal for Gift-Giving

Finger Lakes Mall to Host First “Bonna’s Bonanza” to Highlight “Buy Local” Holiday Shopping

November 10, 2015 (Auburn, NY)…Small Business Saturday will be a big deal at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn, New York, on November 28th from 11 am until 6 pm. More than 25 local small businesses will showcase their products and services throughout the center of the mall. Not only will holiday shoppers be able to “buy local” from among unique and interesting gifts—including intuitive art, handmade woodworking décor, bath items, wellness products, handmade candles, jewelry, beauty essentials, Native American goods and artwork, custom-designed photo books and family keepsakes, and more—but they’ll be helping to make the first “Bonna’s Bonanza” a meaningful and sentimental tribute to local business woman Christie Anne Blaisdell’s mother, who passed away in July after battling cancer.

“This Bonanza is a dedication to her,” says Blaisdell, explaining that her mother loved shopping for local goods at area fairs, markets, and shops, as well as Christmas shopping for her family and friends. During her travels to Chicago to undergo treatments, her friends would take her to area flea markets, where she’d visit with Mennonite families to buy crocheted sweaters, scarves, booties, and jewelry to bring home for her family. “Her first grandchild, Victoria, began calling her “Bonna” as soon as she began to talk, a nickname that affectionately stuck for more than 15 years. All six of her grandchildren and others called her Bonna, so I chose this name for this Small Business event as a dedication to her.”

Encouraged by the success of the large Alternative and Holistic Healing event she coordinated at the Finger Lakes Mall in May, Blaisdell wanted to hold another event and attract more local small business owners to participate. Since that time, she’s been working directly with Vin Gleason of the Finger Lakes Mall for planning this holiday event, as well as Mary Dygert, Liz Bunn, and the security team to make it a reality.

“I think it’s very important to keep things local and help families in our own community,” Blaisdell emphasizes. “Everyone I’ve worked with has been wonderful and very helpful, and I’m so happy about everyone who has reached out to be a part of the event. It’s gratifying to hear that so many also feel it’s important to keep it local.”

Interesting, Blaisdell notes that the majority of the small local businesses participating in the first “Bonna’s Bonanza” are owned by women. Blaisdell herself—a Reiki Master Teacher and Ordained Minister—is the owner of Spiritual Healing, a business she founded in April 2011 that offers Reiki healing sessions, spiritual and Pastoral guidance, and other services; she added children’s yoga in 2014 and conducts weekly instruction for children ages 2 through 18 at the Finger Lakes Mall on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, as well as privately. Blaisdell, who also works in the Domestic Violence Program of Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency, also owns Neat & Orderly, a housekeeping service business.


What:                   Bonna’s Bonanza Small Business Saturday “Buy Local” Holiday Shopping Event

When:                  Saturday, November 28, 2015

Time:                    11 am to 6 pm

Where:                Finger Lakes Mall, Auburn, NY


For more information:
Christie Anne Blaisdell
(315) 406-0317
Finger Lakes Camerata Holiday Concert
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Finger Lakes Camerata Holiday Concert, Canandaigua Salvation Army, 110 Saltonstall St., Canandaigua, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., part of Red Kettle Campaign, free with donations accepted, (585) 396-0027.

For more information:
Lenore Friend
(585) 785-1623