Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Be a safer driver

News from our Area Agency on Aging:

YOU CAN BE A BETTER DRIVER!

Take the AARP Smart Driver Course:
• Learn how to avoid driving hazards
• Minimal course fee, bring your AARP membership card for a discount
• No tests!
• Auto insurance discounts for 3 years – consult your insurance agent

Two 3-hour classroom sessions, or one 6-hour session, reinforce fundamental driving skills using DVD, education, and group discussions. Although this refresher course is geared for drivers 50 years of age or older, anyone can attend. Graduates under age 50 may also qualify for the discount, contact insurance agent to verify. Update your driving skills by taking one of the scheduled classes offered in Cortland County this fall. The schedule from August 2014 thru February 2015 follows:

Aug. 12 and 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Homer Elks Lodge No 2506, 82 Cortland St., Homer.
Aug. 19 and 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cortland Senior Center, Cortland County Office Building Activity Room B-1, 60 Central Ave, Cortland.
Sept. 16 and 17, 1 to 4 p.m., McGraw Senior Center, Community Hall, Clinton St., McGraw. Noon lunch is available.
Sept. 22 and 23, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cortland Regional Medical Center Auditorium, lower level, 134 Homer Ave., Cortland.
Oct. 15 and 16, 1 to 4 p.m., Walden Place, 839 Bennie Rd., Cortland.
Oct. 21 and 22, 1 to 4 p.m., Homer Senior Center, Homer Town Hall, 31 N. Main St., Homer. Noon lunch is available.
Nov. 5 and 6, 1 to 4 p.m., Homer Elks Lodge No 2506, 82 Cortland St., Homer.
Nov. 18 and 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cortland Senior Center, Cortland County Office Building Activity Room B-1, 60 Central Ave, Cortland.
Jan. 14 and 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Cortland Regional Medical Center Auditorium, lower level, 134 Homer Ave., Cortland.
Feb. 10 and 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., Homer Senior Center, Homer Town Hall, 31 N. Main St., Homer. Noon lunch is available.

Advanced registration is required. All instructors for these classes are RSVP volunteers. The course enrollment fee covers instruction cost including workbooks and processing with the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies. Interested individuals can register by calling the CC Health Ed Office at (607) 758- 5509.

These classes are offered in partnership with AARP, Cortland County Health Ed. Dept., the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Area Agency on Aging.

Public hearing for new bus routes

A reminder that Cortland Transit will be holding a public hearing tomorrow (July 24) at 1 pm in the large conference room at 37 Church Street in downtown Cortland to talk about the 8 new flex routes. These routes will provide service to and from many rural areas of the county, including Cuyler, Truxton, Virgil, Harford, Preble, Solon, Rt. 222 towards Groton, Rt. 41A and more.

Jan

CarFit

Are you sure you’re doing what’s best to keep you safe in your car?

Way2Go Cortland does free CarFit workshops, one-on-one sessions to help you find the safest fit with your vehicle. We’re doing individual appointments all summer, and may even be coming to a Senior Center near you!

For more info, email Emma at emma@sevenvalleyshealth.org or call 607-756-4198.

Forum tonight

A public forum detailing the second phase of the Route 281 expansion will be held at Homer Intermediate School’s Bonne Auditorium tonight from 5 – 8 pm. People will have the opportunity to view drawings, displays and maps and there will be officials from State DOT there to answer your questions.

Phase 2 will widen Rt. 281 from Luker Road to north of Fisher Avenue, about 2 miles.

I want to know – sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks – are they being included?

Jan

Climate Ride

Have you heard about Climate Ride?

Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization that “organizes life-changing charitable events to raise awareness and support sustainability, bike advocacy, and environmental causes.”

Each year they hold two week long events and one is coming up next month – a bicycle ride from New York City to Washington, DC.

Here’s a great blog post from a woman who grew up in Detroit and has cars “in her blood” but now lives in Washington DC and gets around by bike, walking and public transit. She will be participating in the fall ride and tells you why.

Jan

CarFit comes to Homer

Way2Go Cortland is pleased to offer a program new to our area called CarFit. CarFit is an “educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles ‘fit’ them.”

Many older adults were taught how to drive before the advent of airbags, telescoping steering wheels, and power everything. Some of what they were taught is now obsolete due to new technology. Some of the newer features in cars just has never been explained to them.

CarFit consists of 2 trained technicians conducting a 12 point safety checklist with an individual in their own vehicle and providing instruction and information to that individual. It takes about 20 minutes.

We conducted a CarFit event at the senior center in Marathon on July 31 and our next event will be held at the Homer Senior Center on September 19 between 10:00 am and 11:30 am. You can sign up at the senior center.

We also offer appointments at our office on Kennedy Pkwy. Call us at 756-4198 for more information and to set up an appointment.

“A proper fit in one’s car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.”

Jan

ADA Celebration

It’s been 23 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and once again Access to Independence in Cortland is sponsoring the ADA Celebration in Courthouse Park tomorrow from 11 am – 2 pm.

There will be food, WXHC will be there live, special speakers, a watermelon eating contest, and vendor tables. Way2Go Cortland will have a table. Stop by and say hello!

Jan

Here’s a pic from last year’s watermelon eating contest.

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