Community Press - September 2023

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This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked commercial jets and attacked the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Never Forget & Always Remember September 11, 2001. Never Forget & Always Remember those who died, those who survived, and those brave heroes who answered the call to help others.

Field of the Forgotten Fallen

September 2001 - Volunteers from Tioga County fire departments are lined up and ready to go to New York City.

Tioga Downs Donates $128,000 to Southern Tier Veterans

Following the success of the soldout veterans benefit concert featuring Three Dog Night on July 28, Tioga Downs presented a check for $128,000 in support of the invaluable work carried out by the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group (STVSG), a non-profit organization based in Vestal that provides resources for local veterans, service members, and their families.

With unwavering community support, the concert achieved a full sellout of the available 3,200 tickets, amounting to a generous donation of $64,000. Expanding the impact, Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural matched

the donation, resulting in a total contribution of $128,000.

“Our veterans and their families hold a special place in my heart,” said Gural. “This contribution stands as an expression of our gratitude for all of their service and sacrifice to our country.”

The donation will support the work of STVSG, which extends to community education on veteran needs and forming strategic partnerships that are designed to provide comprehensive support for veterans’ physical, emotional and economic well-being.

The Tioga County Veterans Service Agency and Tioga County will recognize September as


Awareness Month”. To promote awareness, the “Field of the Forgotten Fallen” is on display during the month of September on the lawn of the Tioga County Office Building at 56 Main Street in Owego.

The exhibit is designed to raise awareness about the issue of veteran/military suicide. Twenty-two veterans/military members a day complete suicide. That’s 154 per week, 660 per month and 8,030 per year!

STOP 22–Share the Struggle is a Tioga County Veterans Dwyer Peer Support Program project. For more information about STOP 22, call Mike or email him at middaughm@

Apalachin Lions Fall Highway Cleanup - Oct. 7 Would you like to help?

The Apalachin Lions are looking for help with the cleanup of Rt 434 on Saturday, October 7, at 9:00 am.

The cleanup crew will meet at BEAM ELECTRONICS next to Dunkin Donuts on Rt 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. All cleanup supplies will be furnished. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

For more information, call Lion Paul Huonker at (607) 625-2727.


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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am

Join Miss Wendy for read alouds, singing, playing, dancing, and crafts. Tuesday and Thursday each week are the same theme.

Zen before Zzzzs

Tuesdays, 6:30pm

Grab your yoga mat and join yoga instructor Sheehan Shotwell for an inspiring yoga practice each week.

Adult Computer Literacy Class

Monday, September 11, 6:00pm

This one-hour class will be on “Logging in and Internet Stuff.” Registration is required. Stop by the library or call 625-3333 to register.

Evening Book Club

Thursday, Septmeber 14, 6:30pm

The novel “True Biz” by Sara Novic takes place in a residential school for the deaf, and showcases the universal celebration of human connection. Place a hold for this book in the catalog or find it on Libby as an audiobook. The October book will be “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. No registration is necessary, and all are welcome.

Book Barn

By popular demand, the $5 bags are back. Thanks to everyone who has donated books and puzzles. The Book Barn is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 10am-7pm; and Friday and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Friends of the Library Meeting

Monday, September 18, 6:30pm at the Apalachin Library.

Women’s Self Defense Class

Saturday, September 16, 11am

Join 7th degree black belt instructor Deborah Daugherty to learn how to protect yourself with skills and strategies to anticipate, stop, and defend against an assault.


Apalachin Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 19, 6:15pm

Members of the community are always welcome to attend.

Afternoon Book Club

Thursday, September 21, 1pm

The novel “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco takes place in the year 1327 and follows Brother William (turned detective) through an eerie labyrinth of an Italian abbey of Benedictines suspected of heresy. Place a hold for this book in the catalog or find it on Libby or Hoopla as an eBook.

The October book will be “The Confession of Brother Haluin” by Ellis Peters. No registration is necessary, and all are welcome.


Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

Saturday, September 23, 10am-12pm

Create a cute Halloween Trick-orTreater decoration to show off your crafting skills. Registration is required. To register, call the library or stop by.

The Ollie and Nola Show

Saturday, September 23, 12:30pm2pm

Certified therapy dogs Ollie and Nola are back for another Saturday storytime. There will be dog-related stories, a craft, yummy snacks, and opportunities to read to the dogs after the program. No RSVP is necessary, and all are welcome.

The Great Give Back

October 2 - October 21

The Apalachin Library is participating in the Great Give Back, a day for NYS public library patrons to participate in meaningful, serviceoriented experiences. From October 2 to October 21, new socks (in all sizes from infant to adult) will be collected for local charities.

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Apalachin LionsAnnual Coat Drive

From October 2 through November 19, the Apalachin Lions will be collecting clean, useable winter coats for those in need.

The coats can be left off at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Apalachin (leave

coats on the table at the right as you exit Mass), at the Apalachin United Methodist Church at 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, at the Apalachin Library during regular hours; and at Johnson’s Pools and Spas at 1088 Rt 434 in Owego.

Mobile Food Pantry - September 27 inApalachin

The Foodbank of the Southern Tier and the Apalachin Lions will conduct a Walk-Up Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, September 27, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave. in Apalachin.

Pre-registration is required and will

take place Tuesday, September 26, from 8:30 am until full. There is currently a limit of 100 registrations. If you register, please attend. To register, phone 2-1-1 or go to Bring a cart or bags to carry the food.

Local Children’s Author’s Newest Book

“The Pie That Molly Grew”

Who knew how involved baking a pumpkin pie could be. From a baker’s point of view, the recipe is simple to follow. From a pumpkin’s point of view, not so easy. After all, there’s the whole journey of growing and ripening before the transformation into pie. In her second picture book, Sue Heavenrich weaves science into her creative and colorful children’s picture book. “The Pie That Molly Grew,” illustrated by Chamisa Kellogg and published by Sleeping Bear Press, uses “The House That Jack Built” rhyme scheme. Beginning with the planting of a single seed that Molly sowed, the journey of bringing a pumpkin to harvest comes to life for young readers, as well as adults.

“From roots and shoots to stems and leaves, this story shows how plants grow,” says Heavenrich. A former science teacher, Heavenrich wanted to make sure the plant science was accurate while keeping the language lively and fun.

“I started by asking questions, like what is the main function of a root or stem. Then I thought about different ways to explain it, and made an ongoing list of words and phrases that I referred to throughout the writing process.”

Getting the facts right means research, and while you can learn a lot by reading books or online articles, sometimes you have to head out into the field. For Heavenrich, that meant going into her garden to answer such questions as: How prickly are the vines? What kinds of bees hang out in the pumpkin blos-

soms? And how big is a pumpkin leaf?

“Last summer some of the leaves were large enough that I could have used them as shade hats,” Heavenrich said.

Cleverly written, Heavenrich includes important and fun facts ‘back matter’ about not only the pumpkins, but the important pollinators who help them grow. Oh, and a delicious pumpkin pie recipe.

“When I write a book for children, I’m also thinking about the adults who will be reading the book and the questions a kid might ask,” Heavenrich said. “I want to provide information that parents and teachers and homeschoolers can use to explore beyond the book.”

Heavenrich worked as an environmental and community journalist for many years. Now she writes magazine articles and books for children and their families. When the ground is warm and the sun is shining, she plants pumpkin seeds in her own garden, and watches and counts the many kinds of bees that visit. And when it’s time, she confesses to slicing and dicing her own pumpkins, and mixing with spices to bake up her favorite kind of pie! Pumpkin.

Illustrator Chamisa Kellogg is also an avid gardener and just as passionate about growing pumpkins and making pie. Based in Portland, Oregon, her work is influenced by her love for plants and nature, and she strives to make art that celebrates compassion, hope, and connection.

“The Pie that Molly Grew” released August 15 in bookstores everywhere.

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Catatonk Valley Wood CarversAnnual Show October 7 in Candor

The Catatonk Valley Wood Carvers are at it again. Their 32nd Annual Woodcarving Show is scheduled for Saturday, October 7 (10:00 am to 5:00 pm), and Sunday, October 8 (10:00 am to 4:00pm) at the Candor Fire Hall. Although there are no featured carvers or ‘special guests’ this year, there will be between 20 – 25 carvers on hand to showcase their woodcarving talents. Several of which have participated in several world shows around the globe. Many of the woodcarvers have competed in state and national competitions. A few carvers have even bought home ribbons from world competitions. Club members are encouraged to enter competitions as well as display their projects at woodcarving shows.

The Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers is an organization that is committed to the development and the preservation of wood carving skills among the residents of the Catatonk Valley Region and surrounding areas. The group began in 1988 when a small number of people gathered in the home of Roger Westgate, who is a nationally known woodcarver, to learn more about the fundamentals of woodcarving. Since that time, the group has grown.

The club consists of carvers with a wide range of experience from novice to intermediate and professiona1 levels. Members attend weekly club meetings at which time some form of instruction is presented. On the last Monday of each month, the club holds its business meeting.

Randy Conner, one of the club’s coordinators, stated that “the carvings are as individual as each member, and their creations span the breadth of detailed bird carvings, fish carvings, caricatures, relief carvings, chip carvings…you name it and someone in the club does it!”

As usual, the group will have their special hand-carved item to raffle, and this year it is a farm set complete with a handmade ‘post & beam’ barn and a removable roof (pictured above). It will also contain between 20-30 hand carved

farm animals and farm people, which have been created by many of the club members. And what farm wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful handmade tractor and wagon to do all the farm chores? Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance of the show from a member of the club, or purchased at the show. Tickets are $1 each, or 8 for $5.

In addition to the main raffle, the carvers will have smaller raffle items of carvings made by club members, gift certificates, and even carving tools for sale. A 50/50 raffle will also be held to help the club with expenses.

The organization is a great place for carvers to learn about new tools, products, and techniques from fellow carvers and from nationally known carvers who are invited for seminars. In addition to carving, members have the opportunity to learn about painting techniques when working on various projects. The club also maintains a lending library of books and video cassettes about carving.

To join the Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers club, an individual must be at least 18 years of age, and be interested in woodcarving. Weekly meetings are held on Monday nights in the basement of the Candor Free Library, 2 Bank Street, Candor, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (except for holidays). Dues are $10.00 a year.

If you are interested in joining the club or have any questions, feel free to attend one of the meetings, or contact the following people: Roger Westgate at 607 -659-7769; Randy Conner at 607-6594352; or email susandriver@

Tioga Arts Council Exhibitions

The following exhibits are currently on display until September 30 at the Tioga Arts Council in Owego:

“Nocturne,” is a solo exhibition by Amy Hoi-Ngan Hsiao. “My work renders meaning though extreme contrasts; texture and color collide in an excitement of movement,” stated Hsiao. “I draw inspiration from landscapes and from the lines and shapes of daily life. The canvas allows me a space to derive and rearticulate emotional truths from mundane experiences. I seek to express the quiet and calm that I feel just below the surface in the hours of the day. It is my hope that viewers might share some of the feelings which led to the creation of my paintings and might bring to those paintings their own interpretations and dreams.”

Amy Hsiao was raised in Hong Kong and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents. A Graduate of Alfred University, she occupies studio space in Montrose, Pennsylvania, where she has been exploring implied theme and structure in abstraction.

“Jacob Presents: The Man on the Twirly Moon” is an exhibition by Jacob Darling and is on display in TAC’s Youth Gallery.

The Tioga Arts Council (TAC) is at 179 Front Sreet in Owego and is open Wednesday to Saturday, Noon to 4:00 pm.

For more information, go to or call TAC at (607) 687-0785.

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50 YearsAgo September 1973

It’s September 1973. The “Comet of the Century,” Comet Kohoutek is on its way. New York State’s tough drug lawdesigned to stop the sale and use of marijuana - goes into effect.

J.R.R. Tolkein, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, dies.

Rebecca Ann King, 23, of Colorado is crowned Miss American 1974.

The British government approves construction of a 32-mile tunnel under the English Channel which will link Britain and France by rail. The tunnel, which is estimated to cost $1.17 billion, is jokingly called the “Chunnel.”

Billie Jean King, 29, wins the “Battle of the Sexes” when she beats Bobby Riggs, 55, at tennis 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 at the Houston Astrodome.

Willie Mays retires after 21 years with the Giants and one year with the Mets.

Singer Jim Croce dies in a plane crash.

Buckingham Palace denies that Prince Charles, 24, may announce his engagement to Lady Jane Wellesley, 22.

Governor Ronald Reagan says the thought of being president frightens him and he’s not at all sure he would like the job.

Forty percent of American wives hold jobs.

Skylab-2’s astronauts splash down after 59 days - the longest spaceflight.

September starts with a heat wavethe temperature has been in the 90s for nine days.

The Town of Owego investigates the possibility of a town police department.

Magnetic Laboratories Inc. of Hallstead, Pennsylvania, takes over Crown Industries Inc. of Owego.

Regina M. Robbins, 22, of Binghamton, becomes the first woman New York State Trooper.

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OFA CLASS OF 1978, 45th Reunion, September 15 mixer at the John Barleycorn Tavern at 6:00pm. September 16th at The Golf Club on Waits Rd, $40 a person to golf at 8:30am. Dinner and Music at 7:00pm, also $40 a person. Make your reservation now by sending check to Jan Nolis, 103 Southside Drive, Suite 6, Owego, NY 13827 and fill out survey o the Facebook page “OFA Class of 1978 also see more detailed information, or 607687-4317 09/23

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4,600 fans attend the Uriah Heep concert. Warm-up bands are Z.Z. Top and Earth, Wind & Fire.

The Binghamton Savings Bank opens a new branch on Route 17C in Owego.

Fowler, Dick and Walker announces that it will open an 80,000 square foot branch store at the future Oakdale Mall. Construction will begin next spring and the store will open on August 1, 1975. The mall is expected to cost about $20,000,000 and have 920,000 square feet of space.

IBM Owego is awarded a $15 million contract to design and build electronic components for the shuttle orbiter.

The Village of Owego bans sandboxes in the village’s parks because the sandboxes are health hazards.

The Owego Town Board establishes a fund to build a town hall.

The Miss USA-World pageant is held at the Arena in Binghamton. Co-hosts are Dick Clark and Meredith MacRae; judges include comedian Marty Allen and handsome “Winchester Man” Michael Haynes. The contestants make many local appearances. The winner of the pageant, Marji Wallace, 19, from Indiana is crowned by Bob Hope who is greeted with a standing ovation and entertains the crowd with one-liners about Binghamton.

Hubert Green wins the BC Open. He finishes 18 strokes under par. His prize is $20,000.

Tioga County - which hasn't had a murder trial since 1960, is now preparing for five of them.

Wednesday night TV shows include “Sonny and Cher,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “Adam 12,” “Cannon,” and “Owen Marshall.”

Movies playing in local theaters include “The Day of the Jackal,” “Paper Moon,” “Last Tango in Paris,” “Blume in Love,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Tom Sawyer,” and “Godspell.”

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New Mascot for Owego-Apalachin Schools

The Owego-Apalachin Central School District (OACSD) announced on September 5, 2023, that it has chosen The River Hawks as the district’s new mascot. The transition to the new mascot is effective immediately.

The River Hawks mascot was chosen after several stakeholder polls and meetings. The River Hawk is a reflection of the local environment and wildlife, as well as a tribute to the region’s connection to the Susquehanna River, and the indigenous people of the Haudenosaunee

Confederacy, commonly known as the Iroquois or Six Nations, which included the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora tribes.

The OACSD will begin the logo design and rebranding process. It will continue to use the red and blue colors.

The Appeal to the Great Spirit statue has been moved to the poolside hallway near the Reppert Gymnasium at OFA. The statue is visible from the Community Pool and is surrounded by other Haudenosaunee pieces.

Fay’s Fitness Celebrates 30 Years in Candor

When Ron Fay returned to Candor after graduating college and a stint in the military, in 1986, he opened The Muscle Shack, located in an outbuilding behind their home on Owego Street. Before long he had 10 – 15 people working-out.

In 1988, he and his wife Barbara Slife Fay, purchased the old farmhouse at 41 Owego Road, complete with a barn that was just right for them to expand ‘The Muscle Shack’.

The Fay’s have been helping local residents with fitness for over 30 years, now, and are excited to be celebrating their success thanks in part to the Candor community. Although there have been many renovations over the years that include physical changes to the building, as well as changes to their training programing, they continually adapt for their members. They haven’t slowed down and are once again stepping-up their facilities and programs. Point in fact is the progress that has been taking place at the facility recently, which they refer to as their ‘Roof Refresh.’ According to Ron, “the new roof not only removed an eyesore of the structure, it also makes it possible to add more space in the near future.” Next year, they plan to add another 500 square feet to expand their ‘working-out’ area.

Over the years, as their fitness business grew, they realized that women preferred not to workout with men, so they developed ‘women only’ hours. As the women became more comfortable and experienced with strength training, the Fay’s temporarily closed ‘The Muscle Shack’ and reopened it as ‘Fay’s Fitness Company’. Barb became an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer in 1996, and in 2003, they became ‘Fay’s Fitness, Inc’.

“We are primarily a women’s gym. Men do workout here but women run the show!”

Due to the pandemic, in September 2020, the Fays changed to a scheduled

workout format. “Everyone had a specified time to workout, so no worries of unexpected drop-ins.” ‘Fay’s Fitness, Inc.’ (FFI) retained this model of scheduling even after the pandemic, as it proved to be ‘community building’ a way for patrons to engage with each other while working-out.

Since then, FFI members have aged along with the Fays. Both Ron and Barb are in their 60’s now, and 90% of their membership is over 50 years old.

“Our recent ‘Best Third’ classes are an example of this,” says Barb Fay. Ron explains that “’Best Third’ indicates the last third of one’s life where if someone takes care of their body with exercise and diet, and makes good decisions, it can be the best time in their life. Our classes support the exercise portion.”

“People like working-out with their friends,” Fay said. “The social aspect is very important for accountability.”

“We have everything for anyone to workout here.” Including not only the equipment, but the space and training. “But our customers are older,” says Ron Fay. “Sometimes I wonder if it’s intimidating for the younger people to workout with seniors that are in better shape.”

The Fay’s offer convenient flexible fitness options to local Candor residents, including Personal Training. Since many of their customers are in their ‘Best Third’, they focus on training classes for the 50 and older population.

“We’re looking to expand the gym. There is no winding down for us. It has always been our dream – since 1986 – to offer a first-rate fitness facility to the Candor area. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of good health to deal with what is coming.”

To learn more about Fay’s Fitness, how to join, and the programs they offer, contact them at (607) 659-4818; or email at:; or And check out their Facebook page at: Fays Fitness.

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