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The Big Squeeze

Annual Big Squeeze raising funds for Bassett Healthcare Network's Cancer Patient Treatment Programs
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Big Squeeze Returns to Fly Creek Cider Mill
Saturday Sales of Cider to be donated to Bassett Healthcare Network’s Cancer Fund

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will feature the annual "Big Squeeze” Saturday, October 1st.  The event is designed to kick-off October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by providing information on the early detection of breast cancer and the health benefits of apples.  Saturday sales of cider in gallons and halves will be donated to Bassett Healthcare Network through the Friends of Bassett.  

Bassett Healthcare Network’s mission is improving the lives of its patients and wellbeing of its communities. As part of this, the organization’s hospitals provide compassionate care to all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.  At Bassett's Cancer Center, generous donors have created funds including the Bob Simon & Loretta Anagnost Fund and the Saint Agatha Foundation to aid patients during cancer treatment.  
On Saturday, Bassett’s Cancer Services Program (CSP) will staff an information table from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. providing program information and early detection education.  A CSP recruiter will be at the Mill providing information for free cancer screenings for underinsured and uninsured women over 40 and 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 at all Bassett clinics.  

"This successful Big Squeeze fundraiser allows our venue to promote the early detection of breast cancer.   We’ve lost multiple friends and team members to breast cancer and we’re proud to have the Mill help fund local cancer patients’ needs.  Bassett’s commitment to detecting and fighting cancer is proven by providing more than 19,800 mammograms and 25,500 ultrasounds each year," states Bill Michaels, owner of the Mill.
Additionally, the Mill will offer more than 8 different varieties of New York State-grown apples.  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 Saturday information visit their website at

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What our visitors are saying

“I am from California and recently visited your establishment. I cannot give you enough praise for the awesome experience, cordial employees and all-around beauty of your operation both inside and out. I just made some of your muffins from the mix I purchased-delicious.”

-Chrissie Annotti

“"...but the Apple Cider itself, really was the best! In CT we have several well known cider farms but they really do not compare to the Fly Creek Cider! Fly Creek has no sediment on the bottom, just a fresh clean apple taste. (It even freezes very well without compromising the taste.) Will be back before Thanksgiving to pick up more cider... and pie! Great tasting apple pie without the overkill of nutmeg, cinnamon, or sugar like other places."”

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