The Niagara County Farm Bureau hosted its annual holiday gathering at The Winery at Marjim Manor. Board members and their guests used the opportunity to interact with local political leaders.
Niagara County Legislature Chair Bill Ross attended. He spoke briefly about the county budget and upcoming appointments to the Farmland Protection Board and the County Planning Board. Ross asked for Farm Bureau's help in finding people for those positions.
Gerry Farnham represented Assemblywoman Jane Corwin. He updated the group on the issues facing the Assembly that will affect agriculture in the future and the assemblywoman's interest in hearing from the farmers in her district.
Newly elected State Sen. Rob Ortt introduced himself to the group. He expressed his interest in working with the agricultural community in his district. One of the committee assignments he requested was to be on the Senate's Agricultural Committee so he can be a voice for Western New York agriculture. He also signed the NY Wine pledge to only serve New York state wines at his political functions. A number of local elected officials have signed the pledge as a way to raise awareness of locally produced products.
Niagara County Farm Bureau President Jim Bittner was very pleased with the event.
"Anytime we have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with our elective representatives, we enjoy the opportunity," he said. "It is this kind of communication that will benefit the agricultural industry locally and across the state."
Winery announces month of events
The Winery at Marjim Manor announced these upcoming events:
•The next "Taste and Paint" workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets include all the materials, refreshments and a glass of wine for those over 21.
•From Jan. 19 through Feb. 16, the Newfane Public Library will hold its second annual book sale at the winery. With the donation or purchase of a book, those over age 21 will get a free wine tasting.
•The weekend of Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 will be the Valentine's Vendor Faire. Local artisans and crafters will have various goods available for purchase.
•The next "Krafts with Kelly" workshop will be held Sunday, Jan. 18. Tickets include all materials, refreshments and a glass of wine for those of age. In the class, participants will paint wine bottles and fill them with herbed cooking oils.
The Winery at Marjim Manor is located at 7171 E. Lake Road, Appleton. For ticket prices and times, visit www.MarjimManor.com or call 716-778-7001.