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September 2019 | Vol. 11 Issue 9

We have some great new fall programs!

Don't miss them!



Master Gardener training starts in September

Estate Planning for Singles - Sept 16

Cooking Matters for Adults classes coming in October

Tack Swap & Auction - reserve a table!

Our Speaker Series for 2019

Crops, Cows and Critters

How Cornell Cooperative Extension's Regional Agriculture Program Approach is Supporting our Farming Community

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County for its 2019 Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Cider Creek Hard Cider, 6459 Cunningham Creek Road, Canisteo. 

Join CCE's Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist, and Joshua Putman,

Field Crops Specialist, as they discuss the program's efforts so far and their initiatives moving forward. This interactive presentation will highlight the agricultural industry, its needs and challenges, and tools Cornell Cooperative Extension can provide to help farmers feed the world. 

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is a new initiative that started in July 2019 as a partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations of the 5-county region that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben. SWNYDLFC Regional specialists work with Cornell Faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the dairy, livestock, and field crops industries in New York through educational programming and events, consultations, and on-farm research.

This FREE program includes a cider making tour and tutorial! To reserve your place at this event, call 607-664-2300.


Sign up now for CCE-Steuben's Annual Meeting Dinner & Event! 

Tickets for the evening are just $25 per person which includes dinner and trivia. You can register for the event now at You can register your team for the trivia at  We look forward to celebrating with you!

Agriculture Education

Have you ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener through Cornell Cooperative Extension?

The Master Gardener Program is a national program of trained volunteers who work in partnership with their county Cooperative Extension office to extend information throughout their communities. Master Gardeners come from all walks of life, and are united by their enthusiasm

Master Gardener logo

for plants and people. 

Master Gardeners are expected to share their horticultural training with the community in the form of 100 initial hours of volunteer work with Cooperative Extension over a two year period. Through the Master Gardener training sessions and workshops, you will become a more knowledgeable gardener. You will have access to numerous Cooperative Extension gardening materials and will be able to attend Master Gardener workshops and participate in field trips with other Master Gardeners from around the state. Volunteer hours are flexible depending on interest and time availability. Travel expenses are tax-



The Southern Tier Region Master Gardener Training for the 2019-2020 season will share training through the six counties of Broome, Chemung, Tioga, Tompkins, Schuyler, and Steuben.Sessions will run for approximately half a day, usually 8:30-1:00. Session locations for each date to be determined. Dates are: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 7, March 14, 2020, and April ?, 2020 (Date to be decided by home county participants)

If you are a Steuben County resident, please contact Ariel Kirk, Agriculture Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County at or 607-664-2574 for more information. If you are a resident of another county within the region, please contact your home CCE staff member. 

Bovine Reproduction and A.I. Training Courses

September 24

Come learn about:

  • Bovine anatomy
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Heat detection
  • Artificial insemination techniques
  • Proper semen thawing
  • Loading A.I. guns
  • Breeding cows (hands-on practice)

Read more here...

Save the Date:

Annie's Project Facilitator Training

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Read more here... 

Financial Education this month

Estate Planning for Singles

Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Did you know that 42% of all Americans over 18 years of age are single? Cornell

Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is hosting a workshop on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Carey's Brew House, 58 Bridge Street, Corning, NY to explain Estate Planning for Singles. September 15-21, 2019 is National Singles Week.

Why do singles need estate planning? The main reason is that if you don't have estate documents in order, the court will make your decisions for you! This workshop will help you take control of your personal and medical decisions. Patrick J. Roth, Esq. CPA, will talk about: Naming a beneficiary, who will manage your financial affairs, who will handle your health care decisions, and about how estate planning is never one and done.

Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. The class is free, but registration is required by September 10. Call 607-664-2300 to reserve your space!

Estate Administration Survival Guide:

What you need to know after the death of a loved one

The loss of a loved one is always difficult. If you are named as the Executor of the decedent's estate, your legal duties compound the difficulty and could leave you feeling lost.

If you want to know what needs to be done after the death of a loved one, join us in a free informational workshop called The Estate Administration Survival Guide: The Probate Process on Thursday, September 5, from 1:00 - 2:45 p.m. at the Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County again partners with Patrick Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning, to lead this workshop. He will help you:

  • Learn about various types of estate administration and when each is used.
  • Discover the steps that occur in every estate administration.
  • Learn the three "T's" of estate administration (Taxes, Time and Tolls).
  • Discover what you can do now to make the process easier for your loved ones after you pass away.

Free Class to Help Make Ends Meet

Are you finding it a tight squeeze between paychecks? Cornell Cooperative Extension of

Steuben County can help you get control of your money with their fun and free workshop, Making Ends Meet. Learn where your money goes on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Empire State College Campus, 8 Denison Parkway, Suite 204, Corning.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Financial Educator Nancy Reigelsperger will touch on goal setting, budgeting tips and cash tracking so you can tell your money where to go instead of asking where it went! She will help you discover your financial personality and much more in this free workshop for the public.

The Great Debate: Wills versus Trusts

Estate planning today is more complicated than it has ever been. Often, mistakes in a plan are not discovered until someone has passed on. Unfortunately, then it is too late. Join us


for an informational look at planning with Revocable Living Trusts in a free workshop called Wills versus Trusts on Monday, September 26 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Wayland Library, 101 West Naples St., Wayland.  

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County again partners with Patrick Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning, to lead this workshop. He will present such information as:

  • How can a Revocable Living Trust based estate plan help protect you and secure your family's future?
  • Do you know the unknown truths about planning with a Revocable Living Trust?
  • Discover the 16 situations in which a Trust can have legal advantages over a Will.
  • Learn the truth about the hidden costs of a Will based estate plan that no one talks about.

Making Credit Work for You!

Monday, September 30, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Your credit and credit report are a critical component to your financial well-being. Cornell

Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering a free workshop entitled Making Credit Work for You.

Nancy Reigelsperger, CCE-Steuben Financial Educator, will help you discover wise credit management strategies, learn how to prioritize debts, help you compare offers when selecting credit, and show you what is in a credit report.

Free Workshop: Clear the Clutter

...and simplify your life and finances!

Do you feel like you are drowning in clutter? Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff?

Having trouble finding the item you need? Clear the Clutter and Simplify Your Life and Finances may be the workshop that helps you address these questions. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is offering this free workshop on Wednesday, October 2 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Hornell Public Library, 64 Genesee St., Hornell

Nancy Reigelsperger, CCE-Steuben Financial Educator, will help you discover the strategies for taking a positive approach to controlling the clutter you might have. She will touch on ways to eliminate paper accumulation and provide alternate ways to keep sentimental items.


The above programs are FREE, but please call to register your space: 607-664-2300.


Money As You Grow Bookshelf expands to more libraries

Many parents and caregivers are eager to build a good financial literacy foundation for their

kids, but might not feel they have enough time, tools, and confidence. Fortunately, many of the building blocks for financial well-being - like patience, planning, and problem-solving - don't require a lot of financial know-how. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County successfully piloted The Money as You Grow Bookshelf at the Dormann Library in Bath in June. The 4-session series is a family financial education program that uses children's books to help families learn key money concepts through reading, play, and quiet one-on-one talks. Children hear a story and do activities while the parents talk with our Financial Educator.

And now the program is coming to the Steele Memorial Library in Elmira on September 21, to the Wayland Library on October 3 and to the Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center in Corning on November 1. Follow the link below to learn more and to sign up!

Read more here....


6th Annual Southern Tier Women's Financial Conference 

Don't miss the discount deadline for signing up for the conference. After October 18, the $25 registration fee will be raised to $35. For scholarship opportunities, contact CCE-Steuben at 607-664-2300.

For the lineup of keynotes and other hot topics, visit the conference website here. To register your tickets now visit 

Unraveling the Alphabet Soup of Medicare - Parts A, B, C & D

Sessions will be held in Corning on  September 20 and October 22 and in Bath on October 18. Stay tuned to our website for further details.

Nutrition Education: Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York!

Even light physical activity will provide health benefits compared to sedentary behavior

Fall is here, and the kids are back in school.  This is the perfect time to start new healthy routines to keep your family healthy.  In addition to healthy eating, regular physical activity is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health and reduce our chances of getting chronic diseases.

This year the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, of the Department of Health and Human Services published a scientific report on physical activity and health. The Committee found that there are many health benefits to regular physical activity.  For

example, compared to sedentary people, those who participate regularly in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity:

  • Have a reduced risk of death, and also a reduced risk of many chronic diseases, such as:  heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, postpartum depression, excessive weight gain, falls with injuries among the elderly, and several types of cancer such as breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, kidney, stomach, and lung. 
  • For those who already have a chronic health condition, if they become more physically active they will have a reduced risk of death, reduced risk of developing other chronic diseases or conditions, and reduced risk of progression of the disease they already have. They also have improved physical function and better quality of life.
  • Children derive many benefits from physical activity including improved cognitive function, improved bone health and improved weight status.
  • Physically active people also sleep better and feel better compared to those who are not active.

While moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is the goal, even light physical activity will provide health benefits compared to sedentary behavior.

So how much physical activity is recommended?  The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least 2 1/2 hours of physical activity each week for adults. Youth ages 6 to 17 years need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

Here are some examples of physical activity you can try with your family:

  • Light physical activity includes walking at a slow or leisurely pace (2 mph or less), cooking activities, or standing while working.
  • Moderate-intensity activity examples include walking briskly (3 to 4 mph) or hiking, mopping or vacuuming, light gardening or raking the yard, actively playing with kids, playing at the playground, skateboarding, roller-skating, dancing, biking (5-9 mph) or yoga.
  • Vigorous-intensity activity examples include walking very fast (4.5 to 5 mph), running, carrying heavy groceries or other loads upstairs, shoveling snow by hand, mowing grass with a hand-push mower, or participating in an aerobics class, most competitive sports, jumping rope, jogging, climbing briskly uphill or biking (10 or more mph).

For tips on how to keep your family active, visit


Cooking Matters for Adults

Adult attendees will prepare healthy recipes together each week and participate in hands-on nutrition activities Come learn how to cook healthy meals on a budget, understand food labels, and get fundamental food preparation skills. Registration required, please call 607-664-2300 to sign up, limited to 10 attendees. Attendance for all six weeks is requested. No childcare is available, sorry. Upcoming locations are:

Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pantry of Angels

682 County Route 115

Lindley, NY 14858

Oct. 23,30, Nov. 6,13,20,27

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Salvation Army Food Pantry

32 Denison Parkway East

Corning, NY 14830

FLESNY September Recipes:

For more information about healthy eating and active living in the Finger Lakes, check out Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York and like us on Facebook!

EFNEP: Helping Families Eat Better for Less!

Cut back on food waste and loss

4-H changes lives, helping youth to become confident, mature adults ready to succeed in today's challenging world.

Tack Swap and Auction

Saturday, September 28 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Swap is $10. Bring your own table/setup. First come - first served. Don't want to take home what doesn't sell? Donate it to the 4-H for the auction at 1:00 to benefit the Steuben County 4-H Horse Program. Includes 50/50 Drawing (Must be present to win). Refreshments available for purchase.

Register online for a table and get more information here

4-H Gift Card Drawing

The Steuben County 4-H Small Animal Program is having a Gift Card Drawing on September 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. 

  • First prize is a $250 Field & Stream Gift Card. 
  • Second prize is a $125 Amazon Gift Card, and 
  • third prize is a $75 Walmart card.
  • The proceeds will benefit the Steuben County 4-H Small Animal Program.

Tickets are available by calling or visiting the 4-H office - 607-664-2300.

Project Records are Due Sept. 16

All 4-H members who exhibit a project in the 4-H Division at the 2019 Steuben County Fair are required to turn into the CCE office at least one record on their exhibits/project animal(s) per species by 4:30 pm. on Monday September 16, 2019 to be eligible to receive 2019 Fair Premiums.  If dropping your 4-H project records off on Monday, September 16 please bring them to the 4-H youth building at the Steuben County Fairgrounds.  If you fail to meet the September 16th deadline, NO fair premiums will be awarded (for that species/exhibit).  Market animals and breeding animals are each considered a separate species.  NEW for 2019: a Youth Building Record is required for exhibits in the youth building.   NEW for 2019: Only 1 Skills Wheel is be required per 4-H member! 



Agri-Business Career Conference

The registration information for the 2019 4-H Agri-Business Career Conference being held in Cobleskill on October 17-18, 2019 for any 4-H members ages 14-18 as of 1/1/20. For more information on how Steuben County youth can register for this trip contact Kim Randall at or 607-664-2571. Registrations are due to CCE-Steuben office by Friday, September 6.  

For more information visit here    

New Year Kick Off 
Leaders, volunteers, parents - join us September 21st as we kick off the new year! This is a great opportunity to learn more about what 4-H really is and what 4-H has to offer for youth of all ages!  PLUS we'll have information and materials for our annual Fall Fundraiser with Cuba Cheese and Wilson Beef Sticks! Civil Defense Center, Route 54, Bath (Across from Kwik Fill) 10 A.M. 

American Dairy Goat Assoc. Pre-Judges Training Conference

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hosted by the New York State Dairy Goat Breeders Association and the Cornell University Sheep & Goat Program. Do you want to learn more about judging dairy goats and how to

better select your own animals? Peter Snyder (advanced judge and approved instructor) will be conducting this workshop on Saturday, October 12, 2019.


Registration fee of $35 due by October 4, 2019 (includes lunch & instructional packet) Late registrations accepted, but lunch will not be guaranteed. Checks should be made payable to NYSDGBA.

Read more here...

Save the Dates for 2019 TSC Paper Clover

October 9 - October 20, 2019

We'll be looking for clubs to help sell Paper Clovers in all 3 Steuben TSC locations! Please contact the stores directly to arrange times (and let us know at the 4-H Office too!)  We'll be offering the Club Incentive program, where the club who sells the most Paper Clovers gets $50! (Incentive form must be completed and signed by a manager and received by the deadline). 

Science Sampler Day Save the Date

The STEM Program Work Team is hosting 4-H Science Sampler Day on November 2, 2019 at Cornell University. The event will be from 10:30 AM to 5 PM and is open to youth in grades 5 - 8.
The registration fee is $5 per youth. All youth must be chaperoned; there is no fee for chaperones. More detailed registration information will be shared in the middle of September and registrations are due in the middle of October.
Youth will choose three workshops to participate in for the day. Workshops include soil science and soil painting, sustainable energy, wearable electronics, computer science, social media and more.

Community Events


Professionals cover several outdoor topics at the 13th annual Outdoor Show

Sportsmen will want to be on hand for several of the professional seminars to be offered at the 13th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show to be held October 12-13 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath, New York. The seminars are free with price of admission to the show and run both days. A four hour course on learning how not to be a victim will be held at the show on Saturday October 12 at a cost of just $5 for course materials.

Hunt the Easter Coyote

Interest in coyote hunting is increasing as the predator becomes a larger presence,

threatening both domestic animals and wildlife. Nationally-recognized predator hunter Tom Bechdel of Saegertown, Pennsylvania, brings his nationally acclaimed seminar to the Southern Tier Outdoor Show. A hunter for more than 40 years, Bechdel's coyote seminar includes information about the life of the coyote, how to find them, how and when to call coyotes, and how to use electric and mouth calls and how to use decoys. 

Refuse To Be A Victim - 4-hour course by NRA Instructor Clinton Walters

Saturday, October 12 10:00 am - Noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person for course book     Limited seating

We never think a crime can happen to us, until it actually does. While sometimes unfortunate things do happen unexpectedly, it is important to be equipped with the knowledge and skills for personal safety and crime prevention. Having a personal safety strategy in place and knowing the techniques and tactics you can use to avoid becoming an easy victim can help you live smarter and be safer. 

Combining Food Plots and Forest Management for optimal Whitetail Deer Habitat

Peter M. Marchese, C.F., Certified Forester, Quality Deer Management Approved

Land/Habitat Inspector

Learn about techniques on combining Food Plots and Forest Management for optimal Deer Habitat. Pete is a SAF-Certified Forester, QDMA- Approved Land/Habitat Inspector, and President of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA)-Twin Tier Branch.  He has conducted numerous seminars and written articles on Deer Habitat Management of the Forest.  He will discuss the proper way to get started along with other techniques of improving forest habitat, along with how to get rid of least preferred species to optimize food and cover for deer.   It will include how to integrate food plots into the landscape along with the proper preparation and plants to match the soil types. 

How Finger Lakes Learning Inc. studies and reports the health of aquatic ecosystems in our region

Rich Hurley, Environmental Educator, Finger Lakes Learning

Finger Lakes Learning is a non-profit education organization that works to expand knowledge of environmental health. There is a critical need for more public awareness of the health of our natural bodies of water.  Through a hands-on approach, they engage participants to understand the health of our waters. They also distribute water quality results to social media and local, state and federal government agencies. This session will describe their field work, and show what they measure and why it is important. Rich will describe abiotic factors like temperature, pH, carbon dioxide and chorine as well as biotic factors such as aquatic macroinverterbrates. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A and some hands on water tests such as pH, TDS, surface tension and transparency. There will also be some organisms on hand to observe.

Calling Predators at Night

Joe Zaffuto, owner Night Eyes, LLC and retired from a 28-year career in Law Enforcement

as a certified firearms instructor,  has written articles for Fur-Fish-Game and Woods & Water Magazines. In 2017 and 2018 he was featured on three TV episodes that aired on the Pursuit Channel. In his latest episode, Joe and his partner killed 18 predators in three nights of filming. Joe is always willing to provide hunting strategies to those who are willing to listen. He feels very privileged to have been instrumental in helping get thousands of new hunters started into the night hunting sport, and he loves to hear their success stories that follow.

Read more here...

Watch here for upcoming details or stay in touch with the show on Facebook at SouthernTierOutdoorShow and on Instagram at STOutdoorShow.

For more information  visit  To contact the show call Carla Dawejko at 607-857-1977, email,  or write Southern Tier Outdoor Show, PO Box 134, Big Flats, New York 14814. 

Thank you for joining us this month!

We hope some of the programs and information we have offered above will be of service to you and your family. If we can help in any way, please call us at 607-664-2300.


Carla Dawejko
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County  

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County 

20 East Morris Street |  Bath, New York 14810
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