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YATES COUNTY—For two weeks, 12 children from the New York City area will live a life quite different from what they are used to.
On Friday, July 2, a bus dropped off the children at Dundee Central School via the Fresh Air Fund program.  There, the children were greeted by the families that would host them.  Carrie Wood, area representative of the Fresh Air Fund, said 11 children visited last year.
The Dundee stop was a change over last year.  Wood said the bus route was rearranged and allowed for the area families to pick up children more locally.  Last year, the stop was in Elmira.
Among the host families this year includes first timer, Pat Tormey, who is taking a break from delivering the mail to host a child.  She said she has known about the program for a long time, and was finally convinced to participate this year.
Tormey said as her family lives on the lake, they will easily be able to go kayaking, fishing, and swimming, something the 12-year-old will hopefully enjoy.  She added plans also include a trip to Darien Lake, the Hammondsport Fireman’s Carnival, and horseback riding.
“We have so much to offer,” she said.
Also participating is Melissa Cady, for a third year.  Her family once again hosted Alex Obey, who is no stranger to this experience.  Cady said one new thing she plans to do with her family and Alex, is go to the Corning Museum of Glass.  She explained that hasn’t been done yet.
The Fresh Air Fund was started in 1877, and was created to give New York City children a chance to experience a whole new world; rural living.
Wood said host families range in having children of their own the same age as the visitor, to empty nesters.
There will be a second, two week period where city children are brought to the area, Aug. 13 to 23.  Wood said there is still time for people to register and be interviewed to become a host family.  Interested families can contact either Wood at 607-243-8138, or Rachel Beiler at 607-243-8650.  

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