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Vestal Home Central Re-Opens After Last Year’s Fire

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The Vestal Home Central has reopened after a long rebuilding process. The property, which is located at 199 Stage Road in Vestal, suffered extensive damage from a fire in February 2020. The fire resulted in a complete loss of the warehouse and its contents, however the retail portion of the store was relatively undamaged thanks to the work of local firefighters. Home Central’s new and improved building boasts a larger warehouse and retail space, in addition to a building material showcase area that will enhance

customers’ shopping experiences. The management team and employees alike are excited to begin serving existing and new customers at their Vestal location once again. “Thank you to the community for your patience and support,” said Kate Whittemore, owner/president of Home Central. To celebrate their revitalized Vestal location, the Home Central team held a grand reopening and ribbon cutting on Friday, April 2. Home Central also has stores in Owego and Candor.

Apalachin Highway Spring Clean-Up

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The Apalachin Lions are looking for help with the cleanup of Route 434 on Saturday, April 24, at 9:00 am. The cleanup crew will meet at BEAM ELECTRONICS on Route 434. The amount of time normally spent is approximately 2 hours to pick up and bag trash along a designated three-mile stretch of Rt. 434 in Apalachin. Please bring work gloves and dress for the weather; all clean up supplies will be furnished.

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For more information or questions about this community service project, call Lion Paul Huonker at 625-2727. The Apalachin Lions Club welcomes people who are interested in giving back to their community. If you are interested in what the Lions do and how you can help, join the Lions on April 24 at 9:00 am or contact Lions membership chairperson, Lion Jake Brown, at 972-1172.

Extended Hours at Tioga Downs Casino Resort Tioga Downs will have new extended hours beginning Monday, April 5th. As New York State lawmakers have begun to ramp up reopening measures, management at Tioga Downs is excited to announce its new extended hours. Beginning on Monday, April 5, Tioga Downs will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 am, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 am. The Tioga Rewards Players Club will be open 9:00 am to 12:00 am daily. Additionally, bars and restaurants at the casino resort will continue to adhere to the 11:00 pm curfew as well as enforce all safety protocols and procedures. The casino floor capacity limit will remain at the mandated 25 percent. For more information on safety precautions visit: www.tiogadowns.com Tioga Downs, which opened in 2006, and expanded to Tioga Downs Casino Resort in December 2016, offers live harness racing, casino gaming, sports betting, dining, golf, indoor and outdoor live entertainment, and more. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs as well as Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York. Since

opening the new resort in December 2016, Tioga Downs has expanded its gaming offerings to include over 890 slot machines, 28 table games, a 6-table poker room, and a FanDuelSportsbook. The Tioga Downs Casino Resort Hotel spans six stories and boasts 160 rooms, an events center, a full-service AgeLess SPA, an indoor saltwater pool and Jacuzzi hot tub, an arcade, and a fitness room, as well as many other exciting amenities in season such as, an outdoor saltwater pool and Jacuzzi complete with Cabanas and a private Cabana bar (for hotel guests), an outdoor waterslide and plunge pool, and the 18hole Tioga Golf Course located just minutes down the road. The resort also offers a wide variety of food outlets including their famous County Fair Buffet, Virgil’s Real BBQ, and P.J. Clarke’s, among others. Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 1,000 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs Casino Resort, please visit www.tiogadowns.com

Dana Ellis has opened up the “Pro R/C Hobby & Raceway” in Sweeney’s Plaza in the old Family Dollar location. Dana moved his business from Sayre, Pa., to Apalachin in order to expand his business. Pro R/C will be open daily with sales and repairs of remote controlled cars. He will also be developing both inside and outside race ways for remote control racing.

Robert Alanzo recently opened Alanzo’s Apalachin Kitchen at 163 Pennsylvania Ave. in Apalachin (near the intersection of Penn. Ave. & Main). Alanzo’s is open daily for take-out, 11am to 8pm. Call 625-4244.


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Tioga Arts Council’s (TAC) 9th annual Artfully SQUARED exhibition is on display now until April 24 at TAC’s gallery. The gallery, at 179 Front Street in Owego, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Artists of all mediums and all ages have created and donated small 7-inch squares to TAC. All artworks will be exhibited in TAC’s gallery and each piece will be available for a $20 donation. All proceeds will benefit the programs at Tioga Arts Council. The last day to make a purchase or pick up artwork is Saturday, April 24. For more information, contact Tioga Arts Council at at: tiogaartscouncil@gmail.com.

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Kids There’s something new in the children’s room. Can you guess what it is? It’s not quite done but the librarians think you’re going to like it! More Room at the Library Work is in progress to make the library’s apartment part of the library. There will be a large meeting room, a room just for Girl Scouts, a closet for Friends’ supplies, a maker space room, and a kitchen.

Beverly Cleary Legendary children’s author Beverly Cleary died March 25, 2021. You can find many of her books in the library’s junior collection. Summer Reading - “Tails & Tales” This year the summer reading theme is “Tails and Tales.” What can you think of that has a tail? Wendy, Bri, and Cathy are planning lots of fun things to do in a Covid safe way.

Apalachin History The library has some Apalachin history pictures, some old newspapers, and other history. If you have any Apalachin history that you would like to add to the collection, let a librarian know.

Thank You Thank you to everyone who donated so many beautiful books to the library. Whether they are on the shelves or in the book barn, many people will get enjoyment from them.

Story Hour Tues., Thurs., 10:30am Story Hour continues each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am.

Talking Book and Braille Library The Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) in Albany provides talking books and players and other helpful resources to sight impaired individuals. The Apalachin Library is now partnering with TBBL and has information to help people sign up for services. The library also has some books and the machine to play them for anyone to try out. Ask a librarian for more information.

LEGO Club April 17, 11 am LEGO Club will meet on Saturday, April 17, at 11:00 am. Hoopla, Overdrive Hoopla and Overdrive are apps that allow you to borrow a variety of materials like e-books and audiobooks. Take advantage of these services available with your library card. New Library Clerk Welcome to new library clerk Vanessa. She recently moved here from Long Island and is now living in Vestal. Vanessa enjoys painting, reading and making friends. She also has an adorable grand-daughter who is just a year old.

Co. Legislature Meeting The fourth regular meeting of 2021 of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, April 13, in the auditorium of the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings and worksessions will be held in the auditorium. Individuals who require any accommodation or auxiliary aid may contact the legislative office at 687-8240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person requesting assistance.

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Tioga Co. Chamber Golf Tournament - May 21 The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Tioga Chamber Open Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 21, at Hollybrook Country Club in Spencer, NY. The event begins with a shotgun start promptly at 11:30 am. Registration and cart assignment will be at the Clubhouse starting at 10:00 am. The fee for the event is $100 per person, $400 for a team, and includes golf, cart, game prizes for first, second, and second to last teams, and dinner.

The Village of Owego, in collaboration with Cornell University Design Connect and the Owego Hose Teams, will be hosting a North Avenue Park Community Meeting on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom. Participants are asked to register in advance for this meeting here: www.villageofowego.com/park. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Design Connect is a multidisciplinary, student-run, community design organization based at Cornell University. Formed in 2008, Design Connect provides design and planning services for non-profits and local municipalities that may not have the resources to hire professionals while offering practical experience to students. The Village of Owego is collaborating with Design Connect to create a design and site plan for the North Avenue Park based on community feedback.

The community is invited to share their input at the Community Meeting on Thursday, April 8. Everyone is welcome. Log on to share your vision for the future park with the Village of Owego and Cornell University Design Connect. In addition to community meetings, the Design Connect has launched a 10minute survey to gather input about the design of the park. The survey can be found at www.villageofowego.com/park. Paper copies of the survey are available at Tioga County Economic Development & Planning, located on the second floor of 56 Main Street in Owego. The Village of Owego was selected by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council to receive a $10 million award from New York State through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). The North Avenue Park, located on North Avenue across from the Community Shop, was one of the projects selected for funding by New York State.

Early bird entry signup and payment by May 1, 2021, is $340 per team, a $60 savings. Tee-hole signs are available for purchase for $100. The field is limited to 22 teams and teams are encouraged to register early. Payment is due at the time of registration. Check, cash, and credit cards are accepted. Contact the Tioga Chamber for registration or information at (607) 687-2020 or info@tiogachamber.com.

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customers for their support over the past year of the covid-19 pandemic. The dinner will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm or till gone. Limited dinners available.

Community Outdoor Yard & Craft Sale - June 12 A Community Outdoor Yard and Craft Sale will be held at the Little Meadows United Methodist Church on June 12 (rain date June 19), at 843 Pennsylvania Avenue in Little Meadows, PA. Interested vendors can rent tables: 6

ft. table - $20, 8 ft. table - $25. For more information about renting tables or for a registration form, send email to lmumcc175@gmail.com or contact Donna at (607) 205-9051 or Barb at (570) 395-32248.

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Local Grocery Stores Raise more than 747,360 meals for Food Bank of the Southern Tier during Check Out Hunger

Shoppers throughout the Southern Tier donated more than 747,360 meals to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier during this year’s Check Out Hunger campaign. This is the 27th year that the Food Bank has partnered with local grocery stores for Check Out Hunger. Tops Friendly Markets and Wegmans stores in the Food Bank’s six-county service area, as well as Save-A-Lot in Elmira and Horseheads Jubilee Foods, participated. Check Out Hunger is the Food Bank’s largest community giving campaign. Shoppers donate at the register in

the amounts of $2, $3, $5 or any amount they choose to help provide meals for Southern Tier families. This year’s campaign took place from late January through mid-March. “We are thankful for our amazing grocery partners, the cashiers and their generous customers,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO. “Last year was a challenging year for so many, and community fundraisers like Check Out Hunger help ensure that the Food Bank is able to continue to help families across the Southern Tier.” All donations made during Check Out Hunger stay within the community. In the Southern Tier, 1 in 9 people are considered food insecure and may struggle to access affordable, healthy food.

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dent & CEO stated, “Even after being closed for months, like so many of our partners, Tioga Downs Casino Resort has used creative ways to support our community. Because of their longstanding support of our Turkey Drive, it seemed like a great fit for them to partner with us in providing Easter meals. Especially, after receiving 4,284 ham dinner requests from our agency partners. Their commitment to our friends and neighbors is incredibly inspiring.” “We are grateful for the generosity of Jeff and the Tioga Downs team,” said Renee Spear, Executive Director at Catholic Charities Toompkins/Tioga, “This donation will provide 50 more families with a holiday dinner, that we wouldn’t be able to serve otherwise.” www.foodbankst.org.

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Award highlighted Lisa’s over 25 years at Tioga State Bank and her love for helping the community. The entire issue, including the New York Women in Banking Award recipients, can be found at https://issuu.com/ambizmedia/docs/ banking_northeast_march_2021_issuu? fr=sYTBmZjMyNjcxMzg. Tioga State Bank, N.A. provides financial services to the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Pennsylvania with eleven conveniently located offices in Broome, Tioga, Chemung and Tompkins counties. tiogabank.com


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Owego Hose Teams, Inc. is hosting its 4th Annual Owego Hose Team Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 5, at the Tioga Golf Club in Nichols, NY. The tournament returns after a year absence due to the COVID-19 crisis. One of the largest charity golf tournaments in the Southern Tier the 65-team tournament is already at 34 teams registered. Teams and sponsors are encouraged to register through the Hose Team’s website www.OwegoHoseTeams.com/ golf-tournament. Paper registrations will still be accepted and are also available online. Both morning and afternoon flights are available on a first come basis. In 2019, 67 teams played in the tournament.. Special features at this year’s tournament will include chances to win vehicles, golf equipment and destination vacations at par three holes; “Players’ Package” with goodies for each player; prizes and contests to include skins, longest drive, closest to the cooler and putting challenge; “Big Board Raffle” with items valued at over $100; and huge 50/50 raffle. As part of the raffle,

one player each round will win a chance at a million-dollar shot for a “hole in one” from the 18th hole fairway. Live mermaids are expected to be on hand again serving Sugar Island Rum. Lunch and dinner are included for each flight and there will be free refreshments and hotdogs on the course including “Toph’s Taven” in memory of Hose Team member Chris Franz and “Big Bob’s Watering Hole” in memory of long time Hose Team sponsor Bobby Watkins. The tournament is expected to be at capacity again this year. The monies raised from the tournament will support scholarships for graduating Owego Free Academy seniors pursuing a first responder field; maintenance costs for the recently restored Baker Fireman’s Fountain in the Village of Owego’s Courthouse Square; costs associated with the 127th Annual Central New York Firemen’s Association convention coming to Owego July 8 to 11; and funding for the restoration for the Owego Fire Department’s 1866 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine and associated “Steamer House” that is being built on North Avenue.

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• While in public, keep at least a 6 feet distance from others. • Stay home if you’re feeling sick. • Wash your hands often and cover your cough. • Avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces. • Get a vaccine when you are eligible. For more information, go to Tioga County’s Public Health website: https://www.tiogacountyny.com/ programs-agencies/covid19/

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It’s April 1971. House Democrats want to raise the minimum wage from $1.60 an hour to $2.00 an hour by 1973. The Deputy Chief Medical officer of the British Department of Health and Social Security predicts that communicable diseases will disappear by the year 2000. Fashions for 1971 include granny skirts, bell bottoms, hot pants, and chunky-heeled shoes. New York Sate Legislature approves a $7.7 billion budget. Igor Stravinsky dies at age 88. President Nixon announces five steps to ease relations with communist China. At the 43rd Academy Awards, Glenda Jackson wins for best actress. George C. Scott wins for best actor, but he refuses the award. The Supreme Court holds that Federal courts may order busing of public school children as a means of desegregating schools. Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies at age 64. Students and faculty at the State University at Binghamton demonstrate against the presence of military recruiters on the campus.

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The new Owego Free Academy is under construction next to the Owego North Elementary School. Mohawk Airlines resumes service to Broome County Airport after a 154-day strike by pilots. Best selling books include “Rich Man, Poor Man” by Irwin Shaw, “Love Story” by Erich Segal, “The Greening of America” by Charles Reich, “Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler, and “Civilisation” by Kenneth Clark. Top tunes include “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night, “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gay, “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations, and “She’s a Lady” by Tom Jones. Movies playing at local theaters include “The Barefoot Executive,” “Little Big Man” starring Dustin Hoffman, “Charly” starring Cliff Robertson, “Wuthering Heights,” and “Love Story” with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. And Wednesday night TV shows include “The Men from Shiloh,” “Men at Law,” “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “Room 222,” “To Rome With Love,” “The Smith Family,” “Johnny Cash,” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

Tioga County Legislative Chairwoman Sauerbrey delivered the State of The County Address at the Third Regular Legislature Meeting in March. The State of the County Address highlights the challenges, hardships, and tragedies the residents, small business owners, and employees of Tioga County faced amidst the pandemic, as well as the

perseverance to overcome some of these obstacles. The State of the County Address and individual County Department’s 2020 Annual Reports are posted on the Legislature page of the Tioga County website. https://www.tiogacountyny.gov/ departments/legislature/

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challenge winner. There will be prizes for adult groups, youth groups, and businesses. By working together, the Elks and the team are stronger and can cover more territory in their collection efforts for Tioga County. Interested organizations can join the challenge by calling the Owego Elks Lodge at (607) 687-1039 or email secretaryowegoelks@gmail.com to get a registration packet.

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APRIL 2021

TIOGA COUNTY COMMUNITY PRESS

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Vestal Elks Give Easter Joy to Veterans

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

FACE COVERING REQUIRED

FACE COVERING REQUIRED

TAKE OUT – or - DINE IN

Vestal, N.Y lodge # 2508 members purchased and delivered 140 personally signed Easter cards, along with 140 chocolate Easter bunnies for each resident on the Oxford Veterans Home. Pictured (from left to right): Tammi Seeley, Esteemed Lecturing Knight;

John Norton, Inner Guard; Mindi Moniz, Esteemed Loyal Knight; Don McManus, Esteemed Leading Knight; Ryan Geisenhoff, Chaplin; Amber Davidson, Secretary; John Pooler, Exaulted Ruler; Chuck Moniz, Esquire.

Wed - Sat 7 am to 1:30 pm (closed Mon & Tues) Sunday 7 am to 1 pm

We will be closed April 5 - 9 (opening 4/10) www.facebook.com/gigisplaceapalachin

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Sweeneys Plaza, Rt 434, Apalachin

Gift Certificates Available Case Discounts on non-sale wines

Carlo Rossi Sangria’s 750 ml. $5.99 Cutwater Canned Cocktails $3.99ea. or 4/ $12.99 Western Sun Canned Cocktails 4 pack $10.99 Tippy Cow Orange Cream 750 ml. $15.99

1429 Main Street, Apalachin, N. Y.

A FULLY COMPUTERIZED AUTO REPAIR CENTER DOMESTIC & FOREIGN GET YOUR RIDE READY FOR SPRING Call Earl for an appointment 625-3015

After the potholes of winter It’s time for an all wheel alignment

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