Credit: Fly Creek Cider Mill

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will feature its 17th annual "Big Squeeze Weekend" on October 1 & 2.  The event is designed not only to increase awareness and early detection of breast cancer and the health benefits of apples but also to raise funds for the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network’s Breast Cancer Awareness Programs.  All-day Saturday sales of fresh, sweet cider in both full gallons and halves will be donated to the Friends' campaign.

On Saturday & Sunday a Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties' Cancer Services Program (CSP) representative will be at the Mill providing information for free cancer screenings for uninsured women over 40 and uninsured men over 50.  For individuals who qualify for the CSP, there are no income requirements for the exams which include mammograms, pelvic, breast and pap tests.

"This annual Big Squeeze Weekend fundraiser is our way to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I lost my mom, dear friends and team members to breast cancer.  I'm proud to have our Mill help fund ongoing cancer awareness throughout the Bassett system.  We are particularly excited to see the new Cancer Screening Coach on the road soon," states Brenda Michaels, co-owner of the Mill.

In addition the Mill will offer more than 8 different varieties of New York State-grown

1889 apple press

apples for sampling.  A Cornell University study has identified a dozen compounds in apple peels called triterpenoids that either inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, located at 288 Goose Street in Fly Creek, NY, is just 3-miles from Cooperstown and 24-miles south of Herkimer.  For more Big Squeeze Weekend information visit their website at

To help the Friends of Bassett complete this important project, please contact the Friends of Bassett or make a gift at