January 2012 Community Press

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Volume 27

2011 in Review An Historic Year for the Town of Owego By Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr.

The last of quarter of 2011 will define the next decade for the Town of Owego. The historic flood changed lives forever. The financial and more importantly emotional effects on the residents will be forever etched in their minds. With every cloud there is a silver lining. During this catastrophic event, I was never prouder to be a part of this community. To watch people helping others, even when they were in a worse situation, witness all the assistance pour in from other communities and to see the resilience of the community restore, the best they could, a semblance of what once was in such a short period of time was remarkable. While the road to healing and recovery is up hill, I am confident the community will rise to the occasion and continue to prosper.


Having said that, the road to recovery will not be easy. I want to share some numbers from the 2006 flood for the Town, outside of the Village. I think this will put into perspective just how severe this event was. Also recall there was prior flash flooding causing much damage to Hickories Park and our highway infrastructure in April of 2011. The 2006 numbers were taken from a previously written review. In 2006, six structures were damaged to the point they could not be reoccupied. Occupants of thirty-one structures had to leave their homes on a temporary basis due to damage. There were 115 structures with minor damage. The initial estimates of damage to homes was approximately 5.5 million dollars. In 2011, 230 structures received major damage, 72 structures with moderate damage, 120 structures with minor damage, two structures destroyed by fire, and six structures that are structurally damaged and cannot be occupied. Seventy of these structures suffered substantial damage and must be brought in to compliance with floodplain regulations. In 2006, the Town’s infrastructure suffered $364,000 in damage to highway roads, culverts, highway office and debris removal costs. In 2011, to date, $1,504,950 in costs plus $350,000 to replace two trucks lost in the flood.

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2 0 1 2 “Thanks” from the Apalachin Lions Club A long standing tradition in Apalachin has been the Apalachin Lions Christmas Basket Program. This year, 53 families were provided with two boxes of food, a turkey, gift certificates for food, and gift certificates for children 12 and under. On average each family received a package worth approximately $150. This year’s list included six families who were hard hit by the September flood, and for the most part have relocated. Although this program is spearheaded by the Lions, it is a total effort by many people and organization in Apalachin, Campville, and Little Meadows. All the food and toys come from community efforts and the Lions club furnishes approximately $4,000 in gift certificates.

The Apalachin Lions wishes to thank the following for donations or assistance with this effort: Apalachin Pharmacy, Apalachin Elementary School, Apalachin Library, Boy Scout Troops 32 and 43, Frontier Telephone Co., O-A Family Reading Partnership, St. Margaret Mary’s Church, Target, Tioga Hills Elementary School, Sweeney’s Market, Tioga County Marine Corps League, Stroemann’s Bakery, and White Tails Bar and Grill in Little Meadows for food, toys and over $600 cash collected at two benefits it sponsored. In addition to the named donors, many contributions of food gift cards or assistance were received from throughout the area.

Angels Over Iraq & Afghanistan Collecting Items for Yard Sale

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Photo by Bill Walsh

Angels over Iraq & Afghanistan are collecting items for their 4th annual yard sale in June. If you have any clean, usable items other than clothing that you no longer need, please call 687-5682. You can visit their web site at www.angelsoveriraq.org The Angels are able to accept donations now because they have a storage unit donated by Les Wagner. The Angels Over Iraq and Afghanistan send care packages to soldiers. The group was founded five years ago

by Brianna Cart when she was 10years-old. The Angels have sent more than eight tons of snacks and hygiene items to soldiers in harm’s way. The Angels have received countless emails and letters of appreciation and several personal visits from servicemen who let the Angels know how much their support has meant. The Angels’ annual yard sale is their largest fund raiser. Your help is appreciated. God bless our troops!

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The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) announced that Angela Klopf of Corning, NY, has been chosen as the new CEO of the organization. Ms. Klopf takes over her new duties on January 3, 2012. Bill Ransom, CFTT Board Chair, in making the announcement said, “The Board is delighted to have Ms. Klopf assume the duties of the CEO and look forward to working closely with her to grow the CFTT so it can continue to add value to the communities it serves.” Ms. Klopf has spent all of her adult working life working for nonprofits. She has served as Director of the Catholic Charities Outreach Center of Tioga County, NY, since 2005. Before that she was em-

ployed by Catholic Charities in Steuben County as Nutrition Outreach Coordinator and for Pathways, Inc. of Corning as a skill builder in their Waiver Program. She has also worked as a unit supervisor for United Cerebral Palsy of Horseheads and volunteer coordinator of the Corning Area Youth Center. Ms. Klopf stated, “I am excited and looking forward to assuming this new position as head of one of the region’s main philanthropic organizations. It will provide me with the opportunity to expand on my experience and skills while doing the work I enjoy. I work from my heart and people acknowledge this in me as well as the passion I have for the non-for-profit sector.” The CFTT serves Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State. It is a purely public charity, incorporated as a nonprofit, that has been granted 501(c) (3) status by the IRS. The mission of the CFTT is to continuously improve the present and future quality of life in the counties served by the Foundation. The CFTT establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies for philanthropic purposes. As the endowment funds grow, earnings from these funds are used to make grants to organizations or projects serving identified community needs. Anyone interested in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone: 570-888-4759; fax: 570-888-2179; email at cftt@stny.rr.com, or via the website www.twintierscf.org.

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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announces that in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Food Bank will be open for volunteer opportunities for those who wish to participate in the National Day of Service. As part of the United We Serve initiative, Americans are encouraged to make the King Holiday ‘a day on, not a day off,’ and to make an ongoing commitment to serve throughout the year. Volunteer service – starting on the King Holiday and continuing throughout the year – is a powerful way to tackle tough problems and advance social justice. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier invites individuals, groups and businesses to come in and volunteer. Interested in getting involved in the MLK Day of Service on January 16? Volunteer opportunities take place at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, located at 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue in Elmira from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon, and 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Space

is limited so registration in advance is required. Individuals and groups interested in volunteering can contact Missy Goetschius at (607) 796-6061 ext. 4023 or mlsmith@feedingamerica.org Tioga County's


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2011 Officers Chief: Rob Ziemba 1st Assistant Chief: Ken Schneider 2nd Assistant Chief: John Hickey Captain: Mark Daniel 1st Fire Lieutenant: Patrick Mercer 2nd Fire Lieutenant: Brad Schuyler 3rd Fire Lieutenant: Brenda Ziemba Squad Assistant Chief: Carl Laposky 1st Squad Lieutenant: Allen Peterson 2nd Squad Lieutenant: JP Radzikowski Fire Police Captain: Vince Fabiano Fire Police Lieutenant: Dave Hogg, Sr.

Administrative Officers President: Allen Peterson Vice President: Brad Schuyler Secretary: Patricia Hickey Treasurer: Vince Fabiano Chaplain: Kevin Ford Steward: open Executive Officers: Vince Fabiano & Brenda Ziemba Trustees: Bill Mead, Carl Laposky and John Hickey

Thank you to the 2011 officers for your service to the department and congratulations to the 2012 officers.

Awards Dinner The Firefighter of the year 2011 award went to the Campville Fire Department members. Our members worked long hours, left their families and homes to come out and help the community during the flood under the leadership of our 1st Assistant chief, Ken Schneider and 2nd Assistant Chief, John Hickey Their dedication and hard work was appreciated by everyone. The boat

crew received special recognition because of their famous (u-tube) boat rescue with the kayakers during the flood under the leadership of our boat captain, Kevin Ford. Our squad chief, Carl Laposky, medical director, Dr. Zevan, supervisor, Kevin Ford, and member Brenda Ziemba received special recognition from the Peeling family for their assistance in the delivery of baby Olivia enroute to the hospital. Campville Squad was presented with the Tioga County Squad of the year award and Squad Chief Carl Laposky was presented with the Tioga County Provider of the year award. What a year! A dinner was held at the Pumpelly Estate Carriage House to honor all and as a thank you to the spouses who are left behind while calls are answered from our volunteers during holidays, birthdays, early morning hours, etc. Thank you to the Awards Dinner Committee, John and Pat Hickey for a great evening. We didn’t forget the members’ children and Santa showed up on a Sunday afternoon to visit with all of them at the Boys & Girls Club. Each child got to sit and talk with Santa and received a gift. They got to swim in the pool, play in the gym, and enjoyed a pizza party. Thank you to the Children’s Christmas Party Committee, Jen Ford and Brenda Ziemba, for a job well done. 2012 will bring new challenges and changes to the fire service and we will be actively recruiting new members to come and join us. It’s a 365 day / 24 hr day volunteer shift. Come to the station on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm and visit with us. There is a job for everyone in the department. We wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.


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• Little People Big People Saturday, January 28, 2-3:30 pm Explore nature with your little one in Waterman Center’s Little People Big People Program for 3 and 4 year olds. Discover local animals, look for animal tracks along wintry nature trails, play a hibernation game, read a story, enjoy a track-stamping craft. Dress for the weather as part of the program will be outdoors. Preregistration is recommended. (Child must be accompanied by an adult.) $2 members, $3 non-members. • Ski Equipment Rental Rent cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment at Waterman Center. Rental hours are 10am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday, snow permitting. Equipment is for use on the Waterman Center trails. Call ahead to ensure the equipment you need is available.

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NEED IT CLEANED OUT OR HAULED AWAY? One room to the whole house. Also garages, barns & sheds. MK’s Affordable Cleanouts 607-217-7455 12/12 TOP DOLLAR PAID: Wanted! Old fishing tackle, lures, reels, etc. Some items worth $500. and more!!! Call me first, collector not a dealer so I pay more. Walt 687-5750 02/12

THINK CLEAN UP: we can help with hauling, clean outs, local moving, house cleaning, lawn work. Call for free estimate 607-699-0212 03/12 NEED IT CLEANED OUT & HAULED AWAY? One room to the whole house. Also: garages, barns & sheds. MK’s AFFORDABLE CLEANOUTS 607-2177455 12/11 PAYING TOP DOLLAR FOR: old toys, crooks, jugs, jewelry and lots of other items made before 1971. Call Dave at 607-240-9546 12/12 DENT REMOVAL: door dings, hail damage, dents removed without harm to car finish! Olympic Detailing 607-625-2332 APARTMENT FOR RENT: Downtown Owego, 1 bedroom up stairs, nice, clean, carpeted. No smoking, no pets. $695 + utilities + security, references required. 607-427-1736 WANTED: Your classified ad for our February issue. Please send in form below by January 25.

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Tioga Downs CEO Presents Checks Totaling Over $100,000 to Local Charities

Tioga Downs Casino CEO Jeff Gural last month presented checks totaling more than $100,000 to local organizations and charities. Gural presented the Southern Tier Veteran’s Support Group with a check for $65,011 to Al Eaton from the summer 2011 Wynonna Judd concert where all ticket proceeds were donated to the Veterans. Rod Ballengee and Dot Richters were on hand to receive their checks for the Salvation Army and Community Care Network from the proceeds of the Sha Na Na concert and County Fair Buffet donations from customers aiding to the flood relief. Salvation Army will received a check for $14,195 while Community

Care Network was presented with $10,000. Finally, two personal $5,000 donations from Jeff Gural were made to CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) and Marine Corp League. The $5,000 donation to the Marine Corp League was used to purchase gifts for kids 11 to 13 years of age in the local area who were affected by the September 2011 flood. In addition to the $5,000, gifts were also donated to the Marine Corp League which amounted to over $10,000. Tioga Downs Casino is located in Nichols, New York. For more information visit www.tiogadowns.com

Local Players Help Team Win Winter Nationals

The Syracuse Cyclones senior softball team won the 2012 Winter Nationals held this past November in Fort Myers, Florida. The team was undefeated (3-0) in the championship round, defeating teams from Florida and New York.

Local players included playing manager Len Becchetti of Apalachin, Charlie Foote, Vestal, and Doug Hammond of Endicott. In 2008, the Syracuse Cyclones won the 2008 Senior Softball World Series in Phoenix, Arizona.

Pancake Breakfast on January 15 A 2012 Kick Off Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, January 15, from 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon at St. Patrick’s Church Hall on Main Street in Owego. The menu includes

pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit cup, coffee and juice. A free will donation is accepted. The breakfast is sponsored by St. Patrick School.

“Winter-Wonder” Ladies Luncheon A “Winter-Wonder” Ladies Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Owego Treadway Inn on Rt 17C in Owego. A special feature of the event is “Wonders of Life” shared by Heidi Reed of Family Care Program. Music at the event is “Wonders In Song” with Luke Corey. The

speaker is Iris May who shares how “Life Changes.” Cost for the luncheon is $10.25. Reservations and cancellations are requested. Reservations are due by January 13, 2012. For information, contact Carol at (607) 785-3101 or cgg350@aol.com. The children’s nursery is no longer available at the luncheon.


We would like to thank everyone that helped our community survive & thrive in 2011 and look forward to an amazing year in 2012!!!

Good things come out of bad !!!

Shear Paradise is paying it forward! 20% off all Matrix products and 10% off all other retail. (expires 2/29/12) Thank you to Matrix and A&A for your generosity and recognition due to our flood recovery!!

Wishing everyone a Blessed and Happy New Year!

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2012 Tioga Co. Visitor’s Guide Available The Tioga County Tourism Office is pleased to announce the arrival of their new 2012 Tioga County Visitor's Guide. The free 31-page guide features sections with colorful photos on outdoor adventure, heritage, arts

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and culture, farm tours and products, sports and recreation, shopping, restaurants, places to stay, maps and other articles of interest. The new guide is a great marketing piece that is targeted toward the visiting public, but yet a good resource for Tioga County residents and businesses as well. Get a copy of the guide at select brochure racks throughout the county, at the Tioga County Visitor's Center at 80 North Avenue in Owego, or you can request one sent to you by email to info@visittioga.com. You can also view the guide, page by page, on the Tourism website at www.visittioga.com. For more information about Tioga County Tourism, go to their web site www.visittioga.com or call 800-671-7772.

“Badass Bike Tours” Brochure Available The "Badass Bike Tours of the Southern Finger Lakes" Brochure is now available at the Tioga County Tourism Office in Owego. The new 23-page booklet is a collection of the longer and more difficult routes that have been created from the last nine years of their event called "Bike Tioga." The tours include directions, maps and routes that begin in Tioga

County, but enter into its surrounding counties of Broome, Chemung, Tompkins, Cortland and parts of Pennsylvania. If you think you can handle it, this biking booklet is for you. Contact the Tourism Office, 80 North Avenue in Owego, (607) 687-7440, info@visittioga.com, for your free copy.

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You can help others through the Tioga County Rural Ministry. Their pantry is in need of the following food, cleaning, and personal care items: canned gravy, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, mustard, jam, jelly, pancake mixes, cake mixes, syrup, pasta, macaroni & cheese, paper towels, dish detergent, bar soap, laundry detergent, deodorant, tooth paste, shampoo, and large baby diapers. The Tioga County Rural Ministry is located at 143 North Avenue in Owego. You can call the Tioga County Rural Ministry at 687-3021.

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A Ribbon Cutting was held on December 6, 2011, at the Family Resource Center of Cornell Cooperative Extension, 72 North Avenue in Owego. The center for families with young children offers free drop in play, informal parenting workshops, parent and child activities, resource referral, and lending library. The center’s hours of operation are: Monday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am to1:00 pm, Friday variable hours.

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Soup & Salad Supper in NV A Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on January 21at The First United Method-

ist Church, Main Street in Newark Valley. Free will donation. Takeout is available.

Owego Rotary Club News Owego Rotarian Jack Sullivan has been selected as December’s “Rotarian of the Month” for District 7170, which includes seven upstate counties. In response to September’s devastating flood, Sullivan began working as a volunteer for the Tioga Area Recovery Project. He spent countless hours surveying damaged homes, offering advice for remediation, and coordinating volunteer work teams to help residents clean up and begin the recovery process. At last count, Sullivan had organized over three thousand man-hours of disaster recovery work.

In response to the recent flooding, Owego Rotary has set up a Flood Recovery Fund comprising donations from Rotary members throughout the state and from friends of Rotary out of state. To date, awards have been made from the fund to four local Tioga County community service organizations. Owego Rotary Club’s 3rd Annual Arts, Antiques & Crafts Fair, recently held at the Owego Elks Lodge, raised over $3,000. These funds will benefit the campaign to eradicate polio throughout the world. Only four countries still have active cases.

Casterline is Awarded Scholarship Terrie Casterline of Newark Valley has been awarded approximately $4,350 per year for the "All-American Scholarship" to attend Alfred State College. Terrie is slated to graduate in 2012 from Newark Valley High School and intends to enroll in the veterinary technology program. The "All-American Scholarship" (free board) is awarded to students who possess an 88 or better high school average through

their junior year and who have achieved at least a 1100 combined SAT score or a composite ACT score of 24. Recipients must maintain a required GPA (grade point average) to continue to receive free board in subsequent semesters. Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Alfred State offers some 52 associate degree programs, 19 baccalaureate degree programs, and three certificate programs.

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Tioga Central YES! Chapter Hosts Family Movie Night

Saturday January 21st

Starting at 2pm - signups at 1pm


Tuesday nights 6-10

Join us for the Super Bowl

Feb 18th –music by Twisted Years starting at 7 8 Ball Pool Tournament Saturday February 11th


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Tioga Central’s YES! LEADS chapter recently hosted a free family movie night at the Tioga Cental Middle School auditorium. YES! LEADers and their Advisor Janice Barto played host to over 125 people as Zookeeper was shown on the big screen. “It was a nice event for our community,” Advisor Janice Barto said. “Many people still don’t have power and this provided a nice opportunity for families to enjoy a fun evening together. I’m pleased with the turnout,” she said. The YES! LEADS family movie night is part of a series of community outreach projects that YES! LEADers conduct throughout the year. Later this month, Tioga Central’s YES! LEADers will host a winter social, and in the summer,

LEADers volunteer their time with their district-run Summer Recreation Program. YES! LEADS is a program run by YES! Safe Choices for Kids, sponsored by Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, currently in its 23rd year. It features trained high school leaders that act as role models for younger children. They present different activities designed to empower elementary school students with the resistance skills to combat peer pressures they may face in the future. Each year, Tioga Central’s YES! LEADers reach over 300 middle and elementary school students with their message of making safe choices. For more information on YES! LEADS, visit www.YesSafeChoices.com

Food Bank Receives Grant


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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced that a grant was received in the amount of $13,000 from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. These funds will be used for program expansion of the Mobile Food Pantry Program in Chemung and Steuben counties in support of the Food Bank’s capital campaign, Strengthening the Root of Local Hunger Relief. “The Food Bank is one of our region’s flagship organizations that provides critical services to many of our community members. The Community Foundation is proud to support their work,” said Sara Palmer, Community Foundation Program Officer. The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. is a permanent source of charitable funds backed by a wide variety of donors committed to the social and economic health of the Southern Finger Lakes. “We value the Community Foundation’s partnership which allows us to have an even greater impact on the lives of the Southern Tier neighbors in need,” said Natasha Thompson, Food Bank President & CEO. Introduced in July 2007, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Mobile Food Pantry Program consists of two converted 35-foot beverage trucks which deliver fresh pro-

duce, dairy products, and other food and grocery products directly to distribution sites where people need food. The Mobile Food Pantry can transport up to 15,000 pounds of food with a typical mobile pantry distribution, providing food to 200 to 250 families in need. In 2010, the Mobile Food Pantry Program distributed 2,536,413 pounds of food, including 746,087 pounds of produce, at 472 distributions. Nearly 11,000 people receive emergency food assistance each week from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other agency served by the Food Bank. In February 2011, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier relocated to a larger 65,000 square foot facility located at 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue in Elmira. The Food Bank’s new facility will accommodate their long term growth and plans for ongoing program expansion. The Food Bank is currently conducting a capital campaign to support their expansion. To learn more about how you can support the Food Bank’s capital campaign, Strengthening the Root of Local Hunger Relief, contact the Food Bank’s Resource Development Department at (607) 796-6061, ext. 4031 or www.foodbankst.org.



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2011 in Review An Historic Year for the Town of Owego By Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr.

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In 2006, Hickories Park and Campville Commons suffered $75,000 in damage. In 2011, we have expended $130,000 to date. In 2012 we have anticipated expenses of one million dollars to bring the park up to the level of service residents are accustomed to. A majority of this cost includes the entrance to the park and electrical repair and replacement. We also lost revenue of $11,745 in returned fees as well as the anticipated revenue that we were not able to realize due to both floods. We are in the process of accessing the overall picture of the park and the best approach to proceed with. We will be taking reservations for the Hickories pavilions as usual but the first tentative date for rental is June 1, 2012. We will keep the public updated as we move forward. In 2006, our Utilities Department suffered $500,000 in damage to the Apalachin sewage treatment plant as well as $50,000 in sewer infrastructure damage. In 2011, we sustained 3.8 million dollars in damage. In 2006, the water distribution system sustained $550,000 and 2011 sustained approximately $500,00. Those are the numbers; the impacts will not become clear for a couple of years. We are currently studying the impact on assessments, long term mitigations projects, property acquisition and programs for residents to mitigate the home losses based on benefit cost analysis. Now that the State has released the details of these programs, we anticipate making decisions by the end of January. If you have questions and have not already done so, please call our Planning and Zoning Department and Assessment Department for further clarification.

Spaghetti Dinner on January 21 Nichols Boy Scout Troop 36 will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, January 21, from 4:30 to 8:00 pm, at the Masonic Lodge of Nichols. The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, and salad. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for Seniors and children (6-12), and free for children 6 and under.

Despite all of the costs incurred and costs that we continue to incur we were able to keep the tax increase low. If you are a Village taxpayer with an average assessment of 65,700 your tax bill increased $6.53 for the year. If you live outside the Village with an average assessment of 101,800 your tax bill increased $19.60 for the year. The water rate increased .09 cents per thousand gallons of water and sewer rate increased .10 cents per thousand gallons of water used. I want to personally thank all involved in the budget process for assisting in creating a budget that is always on time, sustainable and affordable during these troubled economic times. We will have many challenges to overcome the next few years. Residents can be confident that we are working diligently to keep costs down and maintain the services you are accustomed to receiving. If a picture paints a thousand words, these numbers are the captions. They are a sobering review of where we are as a Town and the challenges we face. I am confident that the community as a whole will recover with hard work and dedication. The Town realizes most of its revenues from sales tax and the Hickories Park. Help local business and you help yourself: Shop locally! I would like to thank all the of town employees and the Town Board for the efforts during these trying times. I would also like to thank all of the agencies, businesses and individuals who took the time to assist the Town and its residents during this catastrophic event. I look forward to serving you over the next year and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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Antique Show & Sale in Little Meadows A show and sale of antiques and other treasures will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Methodist Church in Little Meadows, Pennsylvania. For information, call 395-3270 or 623-2303. Vendors are still needed - call for information.

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Candor Events • Open Hearts Dinner - Held every Wednesday 5 to 6:30 pm, at McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St, Candor. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one's for you. • Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club - Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm at Candor Ambulance Garage, 58 Main Street, Candor. Contact Matt Crowe, President, 659-4923. • “TOPS” - Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Thursday at 6 pm St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 17 Main St., Candor. Contact Jean Dewey Leader 659-9969 or jmdewey@frontiernet.net • American Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, January 6, 1 to 6 pm, Candor Fire Station, Route 96, Candor. Candor Fire Station, 74 Owego Road, Candor. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE • First Friday Feast - Friday, January 6, 6 to 9 pm, American Legion, Post

#907, 90 Spencer Rd., Candor. To order take out, call 659-7395. Eat in or Take Out. • Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, January 14, 8 to 10 am, at Beebe Sap House, Rt 96, Candor. Sponsored by Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. Serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee/tea, orange juice and milk. Good Will Donation appreciated. • Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, January 15, 8 to 11am, Candor Fire Department at Candor Fire Station, Rt 96B, 74 Owego Road. Includes pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate. • All you Can Eat Chicken & Biscuit Dinner - Saturday, January 21, 3 to 7 pm at Candor Fire Hall, 74 Owego Rd., Candor. Includes: Chicken, Biscuit, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, 2 Hot Vegetables, Dessert, Drink. Free will donations accepted.

Tioga County Veterans News Help needed from veterans families to restore veterans data lost in the flood Restoration of veterans records lost in the Owego Flood of 2011 used to write Tioga County Veterans News and copy for Memorial Services at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial and VFW Post 1371 is our top priority for 2012 and needs your support to provide the missing information. What’s needed from veterans families includes, but is not limited to, profiles on Fallen Heroes on the

Tioga County Veterans Memorial, Recipients of Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star, POW/MIA, those with direct participation in Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and other major battles in the pacific and Europe. Mail reproductions of requested information to Owego VFW Post 1371 Memorial Chairman Jim Raftis, 1 Charlotte Street, Owego, or email jraftis2@stny.rr.com or phone 687-4229.

TIOGA COUNTY COMMUNITY PRESS__________________________

Apalachin Lions Christmas Basket Program Gets Help


Serving Lunch & Dinner or Just a Snack! • Wed - Shrimp Nite • Thurs - Clam Nite


KARAOKE - First Sat of the month

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Pictured above - Chris Gaurnier, Heather Vaughan, and Lion John Sobotka show part of the truckload of toys and food donated to the Apalachin Lions Christmas Basket Program from the White Tails Bar and Grill in Little Meadows, PA. Besides the toys and food, more

than $600 was raised and donated. Sally Lynch, Jeff Kuhr, and the Lions Club are grateful for the support shown to this cause by the loyal customers and supporters from the Apalachin and Little Meadows area. Thank you!

Wine Tasting and Farmers Market for a Great Cause Join friends at The annual Wine & Beer Tasting Event on January 13, 2012, at the Owego Treadway Inn from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tom Westcott and Bob Jensen from the Bad Weather Blues Band will provide lively entertainment and local restaurants will provide scrumptious refreshments. Nearby wineries, breweries and cheese houses will showcase their products with samples and some for purchase. Local businesses and residents

generously provide a wide variety of goods and services for the silent auction that always generates excitement as the winning bids are announced. Scott Smith & Son, Lawler’s Liquor Store and all OA Foundation members are selling tickets in advance of the event for $35/couple and $25/person. Tickets purchased at the door will be $40/couple and $30/person. Designated Driver tickets will be $10.

CSEA Union Members Donate Time, Money to Help Tioga Flood Victims CSEA, the union representing many of Tioga County public workers, recently wrapped up their flood relief efforts with a $1,000 donation to the Tioga United Way to assist flood victims in the Southern Tier. CSEA Treasurer Joe McMullen recently presented the check from the union’s Disaster Relief Fund to Tioga United Way Director Brian Eldridge. “The Tioga United Way sincerely appreciates the outpouring of donations to its Flood Relief Fund, such as this generous gift from the CSEA,” Eldridge said. “It’s organizations such as this that has made a difference for many trying to get their lives back on track.” The union also spent time recently helping several members whose homes had been damaged in the flooding. A volunteer team of CSEA leaders, activists and staff worked to clear out debris from the homes of members Carol Pfleghardt, a Tioga County Department of Social Services worker, and Russell Barton, a NYS DOT worker. The work crews

were lead by CSEA Central Region President Colleen Wheaton. “We wanted to personally help a few of our members who had suffered losses in the flooding, because that’s what we do. As union members, we always consider an injury to one of our brothers or sisters as an injury to all of us,” Wheaton said. “We were pleased we could make some small dent in cleaning up from their devastating losses.” CSEA, the Civil Service Employees Association, is New York State’s leading union, representing employees of New York State and its counties, towns, villages, school districts, library systems, authorities and public corporations. Together with a growing population of private sector members, daycare workers, and 50,000 retirees, CSEA forms a union 300,000 strong. It is also the largest affiliate (and Local 1000) of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which, in turn, is one of the largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO.

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Wishing you a Safe and Happy New Year ...thank you for your continued support! We come in peas to wish all the best in 2012.

Free Computer Classes Offered in Owego Free computer classes are being offered at the Tioga Adult Learning Lab (TALL) in Owego. All classes, workshops and open lab times are held Monday through Thursday evenings in Room 248, at the Owego Free Academy, Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. Courses being offered include Basics of Microsoft® PowerPoint 2007; Basics of Microsoft® Excel 2007; Using the Internet; E-Mail Basics; “Social Networking – Is Facebook Really Your

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Friend?”; Basics of Microsoft® Publisher 2007; Basics of Microsoft® Windows, Word 2007 & Excel 2007; Basics of Microsoft® Windows, Word 2007 & Excel 2007. Call the Literacy Volunteers office at 748-5478 to sign up for a class, schedule a one-on-one tutoring appointment, or for more information about computer classes, workshops, or computer assistance. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Walk-ins are welcomed on open lab evenings, no reservation needed.

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