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The Dansville Online
  • PATH Intl. providing therapeutic riding to Livingston County

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  • The full moon is high in the sky and quite bright tonight. Known as the "Full Worm Moon," this is the first full moon many of us have seen this year because of all the cloud cover. The unusual name comes from the appearance of earthworms as the ground softens after winter thaws.
    There are several events scheduled in town this week and some of them may be of interest to you. Get your calendars out and make a note to attend one or more as time permits.
    Thursday, March 20, the Springwater Fire Department is hosting a community educational event entitled “Vegetable Gardening” put on by employees of Steuben Landscaping Service. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to run one hour. Pre-registration is required by calling Amanda Wyatt at 519-3018. Leave a message on her voice mail including your name, and telephone number and how many will be attending.
    Friday, .March 21, the Mulligan Farm, Inc. of Avon will be recognized as the 2014 Livingston County Farm of the Year at the Genesee River Restaurant & Reception Center, 134 N. Main Street, Mt. Morris, NY The guest emcee for the evening’s event will be Jeremy Newman. Tickets are still available and can be had by calling the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce, Janice Keene, at 243-2222. This is the 17th year for this event. The doors open at 5:00 p.m.
    If you have a sweet tooth, Saturday, March 22, Gretchen Cicora’s Brownie Troop can help you fill it with delicious Girl Scout cookies. The young ladies will sell Girl Scout cookies at the Springwater Town Hall from 9-11:00 a.m. Lots of choices and you are supporting a very worthwhile cause.
    Saturday evening, March 22, the Springwater Fire Department will host a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The fire department puts on a nice dinner and no one ever leaves hungry.
    Sunday, March 23, take a trip to the Conlon-Mulvaney American Legion Post 1779 at 6317 Marshall Road and enjoy a fine breakfast served from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for children under the age of 12 years. It is open to the public and you will not be disappointed.
    Wednesday, March 26, there will be a Veterans Benefits and Information Expo at the Charles E. Wescott American Legion Post on West William Street, in Bath, New York from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Veterans should bring their discharge papers and financial information for accurate benefits counseling. If you need more information, feel free to call the Steuben County Veterans Service Agency at (607) 664-2528.
    On Thursday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. the Dansville Area Historical Society is hosting a program at the North Dansville Town Hall given by Leicester Town Historian, Tom Roffe, who will speak on the History of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (D.L.& W) from the 1870s to 1960s when it merged with its largest rival and became the Erie Lackawanna Railroad (E&L RR).
    Page 2 of 4 - This railroad had a depot in Websters Crossing and carried both freight and passengers. It also has a depot in Dansville that was completed in 1882 and many people traveled that line to use the waters on the “Castle on the Hill” when it was a resort. The public is welcome and the presentation is about an hour long.
    Tom, Roffe worked for Amtrak for five years before becoming a curator at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and then returned to serve as Town Historian.
    A week from Saturday, March 29, the Wayland Free Library offers a program put on by Robin Bastian called “Clear the Clutter” that will help you live with less and gain more. Bastian is a professional organizer and owner of Neat Nest Organizing, in Livonia, N.Y. She will help free you from the burden of extra “stuff” so you can find greater peace, comfort and efficiency in your life, home and space.
    The program runs from 11:30-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the library. It is open to the public and just in time for spring cleaning.
    Saturday evening, March 29, the Sparta Fire Department, 8479 Reeds Corners Rd, in the Town of Sparta, will hold their annual Beef, Ham and Candy Raffles beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be over 40 raffles of hams, meat packages and chocolates, and door prizes. Food will be available for purchase and the event is open to the public.
    Springwater Supervisor Deb Babbitt Henry posted a note on the town web site to the residents of Springwater regarding the recent mailing sent to property owners from the Town Assessor’s Office. She wrote “ I ask anyone that is upset or disagrees with their new assessment to PLEASE - contact the new assessor Holley Smalt and arrange for an informal meeting with her to discuss the issues with your parcel(s). I do know that she…has openings for the following Monday(s)…You can call the assessor’s office at the town hall 669-2647 and leave a message or follow the link on the town web site go to departments - Town Assessor and leave her an email or contact the cell number listed there. I DO sympathize with your plights and am usually in my office on Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and Noon, if you wish to speak with me.”
    Supervisor Babbitt-Henry goes on to say that the Town Board does not” have any authority over the “reval” process,” but there are steps citizens can take if they disagree with the Assessor beginning with the informal meeting.
    Twenty-six people attended the GALA meeting last Tuesday evening and voted to have some type of program on Sunday, June 8, 2014. It would be a one day event with the famous tractor pull and car show we have become known for. A pancake breakfast would definitely start the day in the pavilion of the Larry Canute Memorial Park. We hope to have food vendors, games for the children, craft displays, and other events depending on who responds to our inquiries before the next meeting on March 25.
    Page 3 of 4 - There are many people in the Springwater area who have and love horses, and an opportunity exists to have that love translate into a volunteer experience with a new program that is setting up in Livingston County. Rainbow Ridge Therapeutic Inc will soon begin a therapy program for those individuals disabled by psychological and physical disabilities and they need volunteers.
    Rainbow Ridge Therapeutic (RRT) is an offshoot of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association which was founded in 1969. The Board of Trustees and staff announced in June 2011 that the association's name NARHA officially became the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). The association’s mission is "Ensuring excellence and changing lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies." This name change, according to their web site, reflects the ever-growing “inclusive possibilities and matches the growth of the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry.”
    To support the program, one of PATH International’s ongoing means of funding the program involves resale of equestrian-related equipment and clothing items. The overstock of Items generously donated by the equine community through the years are resold or swapped to buy adaptive equipment to enhance the program.
    With all kinds of tack swaps scheduled in the next couple of months, now would be a great time to see what your needs are for the coming riding season. If you or someone you know is looking for hunt or dressage saddles, girths, saddle pads, stable sheets or blankets, or clothing items for adults and youth — anything horse related, you may find it here at a reasonable price. There are no paid staff members at RRT. Any funds raised through the sale of items and swap meets go directly to caring for the horses, supplies for the program, PATH certification and insurance.
    Julie Burnett runs the local program and can be contacted via e-mail at rrtjab@bluefrog.com or by calling 245-8125. She will check inventory for your “horse-y needs” and tell you much more about the volunteer training that begins in May.
    Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Previous handling experience with horses is not required, but you must be willing to learn. The program needs leaders and side walkers. Previous experience working with people with various challenges is not required, but volunteers must be open-minded. In return, Burnett promises the volunteers will derive much happiness from their volunteer experience as the participants give as good as they get. Making a difference in someone’s life, meeting new friends, learning a new skill set, and getting exercise sounds like a perfect recipe for a positive volunteer experience, and you can donate as little as one hour per week.
    An open house at 4217 Lima Road in Geneseo is scheduled for May 17, with volunteer training scheduled that day from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Session 1 of the program begins in June.
    Page 4 of 4 - Have a great week and be kind to one another. Spring arrives on Thursday and I hope to see more of you as the weather gets warmer.

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