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Area libraries receive grant funds
Area libraries will receive grant funds from the 2011 state budget.

Assemblyman Robert Oaks, R-Macedon, announced May 8 that the Hannibal Free Library, Lyons Public Library, Red Creek Free Library and Sodus Community Library will receive a total of $283,477 to pay for building improvements.

The grants are part of $14 million in capital funds provided by the budget.

Hannibal Free Library, located at 162 Oswego St., in Hannibal, will use $30,394 for two additions, including space in the library measuring 22 feet by 12 feet, as well as a garage measuring 18 feet by 8 feet.

Lyons Public Library, located at 122 Broad St., in Lyons, will use $27,747 for the installation of an elevator. The new elevator will make the library compliant with ADA and improve access to the building for patrons with disabilities.

Red Creek Free Library, located at 6817 Main St., in Red Creek, will use $34,281 to purchase an adjacent building, which will ultimately expand the library's space. The Red Creek Free Library is currently the second-smallest library in the Pioneer Library System.

Sodus Community Library, located at 17 Maple Ave., in Sodus, will use $191,055 to create an addition that will connect the current library building with an adjacent building, increasing the library's size.

Visitor guide is ready
The new 2012 Wayne County Visitor Guide has just been delivered and is ready to be mailed or picked up by you. The guide is an all inclusive brochure containing information on accommodations, outdoor recreation, restaurants, attractions, historical sites, charter boats, fishing and more.

The Wayne County Visitor Guide is produced by the Wayne County Office of Tourism. We have printed 60,000 guides to be distributed throughout the United States and Canada in response to our advertising campaign. The guides are also distributed at local and regional information centers, travel/trade shows, literature exchanges and Triple A Associations.

To obtain your free Visitor guide just call our office at 800-527-6510 or e-mail us at tourism@co.wayne.ny.us.

FSA announces acreage reporting change
Wayne County USDA Farm Service Agency has announced an acreage reporting change.
Common acreage reporting dates will take effect during 2012 for certain commodities, while the remaining ARDs will be implemented in 2013.

New York FSA will implement new crop reporting dates starting July 1 for 2012 crops. ARDs for apples, grapes and peaches are set for Jan. 15. Spring forage seeding and onions are set for May 15.

Spring barley, corn, dry bean, fresh market sweet corn, grain sorghum, green peas, spring oats, potatoes, soybeans, sweet corn, tomatoes and all other crops are set for July 15.

Cabbage, fresh market beans and processing beans are set for Aug. 15. Apiculture, fall barley, perennial forage, fall forage seeding, PRF, fall wheat and all other fall-seeded small grains are set for Nov. 15.

"Last year a review team consolidated 54 ARDs for RMA and 17 ARDs for FSA into 15 common ARDs," Krista Tyrrell, FSA executive director, said in a press release. "The common reporting dates will reduce the crop-reporting burden on producers and help reduce USDA operating costs by sharing data with partner agencies."

Producers filing accurate and on-time reports for their crops, including failed acreage, will help prevent potential loss of their FSA program benefits. Producers must also report crop losses insured through Federal Crop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program within 15 days of the disaster, or as soon as the loss becomes apparent.

For more information, contact the Wayne County FSA at 946-9912.