Registration open for Krossin' Keuka

Registration is open for Krossin’ Keuka with a throwback theme toz the roaring ’20s.

Krossin’ Keuka is .67-mile fun swim across Keuka Lake to raise Boocoo Bucks for Keuka Comfort Care Home, a two-bedroom palliative care home.

Swimmers are escorted by paddlers and marine patrol and greeted with breakfast on the shore.

Prizes are available for the highest amounts raised by a participant or team.

Pods of 10-12 swimmers are eligible for custom Krossin’ Keuka T-shirt if registered by July 1.

Volunteers are welcome.

More information will be announced at krossinkeuka.org and on the Krossin’ Keuka Facebook page (facebook.com/krossinkeuka).

Keuka Comfort Care Home is a non-profit home in Penn Yan, which provides a facility and staff to ensure compassionate care in a peaceful, home-like environment for our community’s terminally ill residents and their families, at no cost to residents, their families, or their insurance companies.

Extension welcomes new 4-H educator

PENN YAN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County has welcomed Samantha Wheeler as 4-H and Youth Development Subject Educator.

While growing up in Clifton Springs, she was a 4-H member from ages 5 to 19, holding several officer positions, participating in public speaking at the county, district, and state level, completingvarious projects related to sewing, photography, communications, cooking, and woodworking, and she took several 4-H trips. After graduating high school in 2015, she attended Cornell University where she studied animal science and minored in education.

Wheeler’s position includes working with the 4-H Youth Development Program to provide increased educational, hands-on opportunities for enrolled 4-H members, as well as working with additional agencies in Yates County to provide positive youth development programming. Since in-person workshops and gatherings have been suspended, Wheeler has created virtual learning resources for the Yates County 4-H Facebook page, and the newly created FLX 4-H Learning Launchpad Facebook group.

Info: yates.cce.cornell.edu/.

Unity House receives COVID grant

AUBURN — Unity House of Cayuga County Inc. has been awarded a $700 grant from the Cayuga Community Fund.

This year’s grant round was conducted in collaboration with the United Way of Cayuga County, and specifically targeted COVID-related needs of local non-profits.

The funds will be used to purchase $20 pre-paid phone cards for use in Unity House’s PROSperity and Grace House programs. These two programs serve individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders. This population is particularly adversely affected by the isolation and social distancing required due to coronavirus. Being alone and unable to access recovery resources in person increases anxiety; staying connected keeps them alive.

The pre-paid phone cards will enable clients to participate in Zoom check-in calls, telehealth meetings with practitioners, video calls with medical staff, and online classes. PROS now offers about 23 remote classes a week for its service recipients, including such topics as anxiety and depression, emotional eating, anger management, the art of recovery, and yoga and book club.

For more information about this grant, contact Director of Marketing and Development Kelly Buck at (315) 253-6227 ext. 313 or kdbuck@unityhouse.com. Additional information about Unity House may be found at www.unityhouse.com.

Laurel House takes 5K virtual

NEWARK — Laurel House is holding its July 5K as a virtual fundraiser.

A virtual race is a race that can be run or walked in any place of your choice. This means you can complete the 3.1 miles on your treadmill, favorite trail, track, around the town or even around your yard.

The first 200 participants are guaranteed a T-shirt.

Laurel House is holding the virtual event July 1 to 14. More information can be obtained from the Events tab on the Laurel House website (laurelhousecomfortcare.org).

Laurel House is a two-bed comfort care home at 224 Fair St., serving all of Wayne County.

Geneva Rotary revises, but copntinues grants program

GENEVA — The Geneva Rotary Club has decided to continue its annual grants program this year with changes caused by the COVID-19 restrictions.

The club is now seeking applications for grants from local organizations and agencies.

Club President Mary Lawthers explained that Geneva Rotary annually awards grants up to $1,000 for deserving projects in the Geneva community, but some grant amounts may be lower this year because the club’s annual fund-raising Service Above Self dinner had to be canceled.

“We realize that people need help now more than ever and we are doing our best to help in this time of need,” said Lawthers.

Rotarians raise money for grants through various community projects, including the Rotary Service Above Self Dinner, the Rotary Golf Tournament and the Rotary Santa Train Express.

Since 2007, the club has made grants totaling almost $200,000 for programs, events and activities of local organizations.

The grant application guidelines are available on the Geneva Rotary website, www.genevarotaryclub.org. The procedure for applying to grants@genevarotaryclub.org and the evaluation criteria are explained.

The deadline for applications is June 15. Late applications will not be considered. Decisions will be announced after July 13.

Questions about grant applications can be addressed to (315) 789-7716 or to secretary@GenevaRotaryClub.org.

Geneva Rotary usually meets at noon on Wednesdays at Belhurst. Meetings are temporarily postponed.

Website offers tips for shopping and cooking healthful meals on a budget

SNAP-Ed New York has launched a new website offering tips, tricks and ideas for shopping and cooking healthful meals while on a limited budget.

SNAPEdNY.org is a one-stop destination designed with the current times in mind, providing low-cost recipes, simple cooking videos, interactive lessons and tons of ways to save time, save money and eat healthfully.

The newly launched website features monthly recipes that are simple, low cost and easy to make. Recipes can be printed or downloaded with a full shopping list.

“During these unprecedented times we are very aware of the struggles that are existing within our communities. Job insecurity, food insecurity, family and financial struggles are happening with so many of our neighbors. SNAP-Ed in the Northern Finger Lakes region, and around the state, are working hard to connect with those who need it. The new website www.snapedny.org is a small change that may make a big difference during this time,” said Maggie McHugh, SNAP-Ed NY Project Manager.

While visiting the website you can watch a cooking video on how to make your own salad dressing, get your kids involved in cooking, take part in a virtual lesson and/or find tips on how to eat healthy on a budget. There is even a map to help locate an educator and program in your area.

SNAP-Ed New York in the Northern Finger Lakes region operates under Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wayne, Monroe, and Cayuga Counties and Foodlink.

Visit www.snapedny.org to find a program in your community.

FL Health receives grant through Stork Insurance

GENEVA — Finger Lakes Health has received a $5,000 donation through the Stork Insurance Agency from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance as part of an Emergency Community Support Grant to help independent agents give back to their local community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Nominated by Steven Stork of the Stork Insurance Agency, the donation will go directly to Finger Lakes Health, a nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with communities to improve health and promote well-being.

“The Stork Family have worked with Finger Lakes Health for three generations, and we are incredibly thankful for Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for stepping up to the plate and providing extra funds to help the community when we need it most,” said Stork. “Finger Lakes Health has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and the $5,000 donation will help them continue to make a difference to the community they serve.”

Helen Kelley, director of development for the Finger Lakes Health Foundation expressed her gratitude for the donation, saying, “We will use the funds to purchase and maintain much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).”

Kelley added, “This grant will go a long way to ensure that we continue to protect our staff, patients and residents at Geneva General Hospital, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan and our four long-term care facilities.”

In addition to the $1M emergency community support grants, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance already committed to invest $375,000 into local nonprofits in 2020 through the Independent Agent Giving programs, Make More Happen and Change Agents.

For more information, visit www.agentgiving.com.

Habitat holds virtual dedication for newest homeowner

CANANDAIGUA — The community is invited to celebrate Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County’s newest homeowner, Elizabeth Malanga and her children, Devin and Kionna in a virtual format.

Anyone can view the dedication at this link at any time: https://ontariohabitat.org/virtual-dedication/.

The dedication includes a message from Ontario Habitat’s Executive Director, Nash Bock, photos of the family, the build, and some of the volunteers who helped with the build. It has a letter from homeowner Elizabeth, and a letter from her family partner, Bob Gleason.

There are videos: A tour of the home, and presentations of the hammer and bible presentations, made by construction manager Steve Pettrone and chair of the Homeowner Services Committee Henny O’Connor. Also included are pictures of quilts made for the family and Gift in Kind (gifts from national and local vendors) contributions.

There is also a section for friends, family, and well-wishers to leave a congratulatory message for Elizabeth and her family.

Habitat’s path to homeownership is a unique process that helps ensure the long-term success of our homebuyers. We work closely with you every step of the way, offering hands on experiences in construction and home maintenance, as well as workshops in personal finance, mortgages, and related topics. Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County continues to serve families during this time.

To learn about the actions we’re taking, or to donate to our Home Together Fund, visit this link: https://ontariohabitat.org/donate/home-together-fund/.

Ventosa Vineyards four honors at the Berlin wine competition

GENEVA — Ventosa Vineyards took home three awards for their wine at the Berlin International Wine Competition in Berlin, Germany.

This competition is a trade-only blind judging panel. At the wine competition, the retail store buyer, sommelier, restaurant beverage director, hotelier, distributor and importer are the judges.

Winners were:

Semi Dry: 95 Points, gold/double gold

Sangiovese: 94 points, gold/double gold

2017 Tocai Friulano: 92 points, silver

The winery also was named New York Sangiovese Winery of the Year.

Ventosa Vineyards is open for curb-side pick-up. For details, visit ventosavineyards.com

Constellation reduces brewery production in Mexico

VICTOR— Constellation Brands Inc. has taken additional steps to reduce its brewery production activities in Mexico to a level that safeguards the environment and avoids irreversible impact its operations.

This move is consistent with actions taken by other brewers in Mexico and will help ensure the company’s ability to restore operations once Mexico’s federal government lifts restrictions placed upon the business community in response to the COVID 19 outbreak.

“The safety, health and well-being of our employees, business partners and surrounding communities remains our top priority, and hearts go out to those impacted by this terrible virus,” said Bill Newlands, president and Chief Executive Officer at Constellation Brands. “We are taking these additional steps after gaining more clarity related to the Mexican government’s response this health and economic crisis. These most recent actions are in addition to aggressive steps the company had already implemented to keep our team members and visitors facilities safe.”

“Over the past several weeks, we’ve shifted resources to accelerate production of high-volume products and we’ve built substantial product supply across our warehouse distribution network in the U.S.,” Newlands continued. “We remain confident in our ability to continue meeting the needs of U.S. consumers and do not expect any near-term service disruptions to retailers or consumers.”

For more information, visit cbbrands.com.

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PENN YAN — As many downtown businesses remained closed due to COVID-19, Main Street in this Yates County village was somewhat sleepy last week.


QUEENS — The images of New York City hospitals during the deadly pinnacle of the COVID-19 pandemic were impossible to ignore.


GENEVA — A union leader representing the city’s police officers is taking umbrage with what he considered anti-union remarks made by some City Council members at a meeting earlier this month.


GENEVA — Chanting phrases such as “No justice, no peace” and “Black lives matter,” a group of protestors took to the streets of Geneva Sunday night in homage to George Floyd, the black man who died last week after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the pavement by holding a kne…

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