January 2013

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Volume 28

2012 in Review the Town of Owego By Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr.

I hope this review finds you and your families well after a joyous Christmas and holiday season. As we look forward to a new year, I wanted to highlight some of the information and facts that have occurred during the 2012 year. I would be remiss if I first did not thank the Town employees for their continued dedication to the Town and its residents. They truly are an asset in maintaining the quality of life that we enjoy. I believe highlighting the upcoming 2013 budget first, would be beneficial. Following the budget information, an overview of the projects, lost revenue and expenses will assist putting the budget in perspective. If you live in the Village of Owego, the budget increased $25,820 which in turn resulted in a total town tax of $65.25 on a average assessed home of 63,100 dollars. In 2012 the total town tax was $61.15. Taxes increased $4.10 for 2013. If you live outside the Village, you pay the Town Wide and Town Outside tax. The Town Outside budget increased $118,368 and as stated above, the Town Wide budget increased $25, 820 for a total increase of $144,188. The total tax paid is $344.71 based on the average assessed home of 99,715 dollars. The Town Wide portion is $103.11 and the town Outside portion is $241.60. In 2012 the total Town tax was $325.33. Taxes increased $19.38 for 2013. Before a pencil was placed on paper, this budget was negatively impacted by 3 factors; the economy, an approximate 8.9 million dollar loss of assessment due to the flood, and loss of revenue at the


park due to the flood. The 2012 amount of revenue lost was over $200,000 dollars. This followed a loss of revenue of approximately $100,000 in 2011. Two positive factors were the Town sales tax revenue came in higher than expected and we had a 0% increase in our health care costs for 2013. The total town budget increased from $7,132,958 to $7,277,146 for a total spending increase of $144,188. Where is the money being spent? At Hickories Park we have spent $713,447.57 with reimbursements totaling to date of $139,997.07 from FEMA and SEMO. The new entrance to the Park is estimated to cost over $600,000 and currently the electrical system is being upgraded at a cost of over $400,000. To date FEMA has obligated funds totaling $938,927 for these projects. The Town has contracted and completed the directional drilling of the water and sewer lines feeding the park under the entrance to prevent continued breaking of the lines during storm events. An engineering study is underway to assess the options of providing updated sewer and water projects to the campsites and throughout the park. You will see the construction of a new office and storage barn in the early spring. Existing buildings that are continually flooded will be demolished. At this time, it is anticipated the park will be closed after Labor Day to construct the new entrance. When everything is complete, residents can expect an upgraded facility that is able to handle storm events and recover more quickly than in the past. The Town has contracted and installed a town hall generator that will power the building in times of power outages. This will enhance our ability to respond to storms and emergencies. The total cost for this project was $122,028. This was not reimbursed by FEMA. The idea was presented after the 2006 flood but not completed. The Town is working on Ham Radio access to get information out as well. The Town Emergency Plan will be updated by the end of February to reflect the changes we have made and improve our response to emergency events. Continued on Page 10

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A long standing tradition in Apalachin has been the Apalachin Lions Club Christmas Basket Program. This year, 59 families were provided with larger quality of food, gift certificates for food, and gift certificates for children 12 and under. On average, each family received a package worth approximately $150. Although this program is spearheaded by the Lions it is a total effort by many people and organization in Apalachin, the Campville east to the Broome County line, and Little Meadows, PA. All the food and toys come from community efforts and the Lions club furnishes approximately $4550 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., OwegoApalachin 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 $380 cash collected at benefits it sponsored. In addition to the named donors, many contributions of food gift cards or assistance were received from throughout the area.

Tioga Downs and its Employees Make Donation to United Way Tioga Downs is pleased to announce that it has recently made a $20,244 donation to the United Way to assist area organizations this holiday season. The amount includes donations from Tioga Downs employees that were matched dollar-for-dollar by the company and a personal $5,000 contribution from Chairman Jeffrey Gural.

“I’m so proud of the employees of this company for opening up their hearts and their wallets this holiday season to help such a worthy organization,” said Tioga Downs campaign spokesman Jason Hall. “Being a positive member of the community is a founding principle of this company and this donation is one way that we can give back.”

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For the month of January, ArtSpace Gallery in Owego is featuring the work of Jim DeLucia, a visual artist based in Rochester. DeLucia works predominantly in oil paint on canvas and paper. His current work combines patterns, stencils and graffiti which act as an atmosphere to the central figure. Often, the subject is surrounded by blocks of muted color and subtle line work merging foreground and

background. A special reception will be held as part of the 3rd Friday ArtWalk on January 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. The ArtSpace Gallery is located in the Tioga County Council on the Arts building at 179 Front Street in Owego and is open Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Vestal Students Benefit from Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $3,899.85 to the Vestal Central School District for the 2012-13 school year. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is pleased to support the literacy efforts of Vestal Central Schools,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Youth Literacy grants are awarded annually at the start of the school year so that the funds are in place to have an impact on reading education and support.” The Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy grants are awarded to assist with implementing new or expanding existing youth literacy programs; to purchase new technology or equipment to support youth literacy initiatives; or to purchase books, materials or software for youth literacy programs. In the Vestal Central School District, the grant funds will be used to purchase nonfiction books for kindergarten students in the five elementary schools across the district. The new Common Core standards

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required by the New York State Education Department emphasize informational literacy and writing, so these new books will help kindergarten teachers establish “lending libraries” in their classrooms so that students can take books home to read with their families and bring them back for another student to enjoy. “Lots of students have books at home, but very often, they don’t have books appropriate for their reading level,” said Larry Dake, coordinator of instruction for the district. “The purpose of this grant is to give kindergarten students more access to books at their reading level that align with the Common Core.” Dake anticipates that the new informational books will begin arriving in classrooms in January 2013. Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. To further this support, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults and families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or for a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org. Tioga County's


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New Executive Director for Tioga Arts Council

Tioga County Council on the Arts (TCCA) announces the appointment of Abbey Hendrickson as its new Executive Director. Ms. Hendrickson joined TCCA in December and assumes her new responsibilities effective January 1, 2013. “The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Abbey,” said Steve Cooper, Board President. “We are fortunate to have found a new Executive Director with such exemplary qualifications and experience.” Ms. Hendrickson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY College

at Brockport and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University at Buffalo. Most recently, she was an Instructor in the Art Department at Mansfield University. Prior experience includes being the Public Arts Program Educator at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA, and the Programs Director at Western New York Book Arts Collaborative in Buffalo, NY. She has also been the editor of her own blog for the past five years, coordinating blog posts for major brands, including Parents Magazine, Old Navy, and B. Toys. Ms. Hendrickson says, “I’m excited to have been chosen as the Executive Director of the Tioga County Council on the Arts. I’m looking forward to building upon the many fine programs presented each year and will work hard to extend the Council’s offerings and services to an increasing number of County residents." Ms. Hendrickson succeeds TCCA’s previous Executive Director, Ms. Annette Schweiger, who had skillfully led the Arts Council for the past 21 years.

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• Preschool Story Time January 8 and 10, 10:30 am Preschool story time begins again January 8 and 10.

• Knitting Groups January 8 and 22, 1 and 7pm Knitting lessons are being held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1 and 7 pm. People already

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Tioga County winners (left to right) Savannah Blasdel, Joshua Snell, Ashlen Croft, Paige Robinson, Zoe Lunduski and Cora Smith were presented awards for their creative entries in YES! Safe Choices for Kids’ Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. Over 1,000 elementary school student artists from Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties entered the YES! Safe Choices for Kids Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest held this fall. The 31 winners were recognized recently at a reception held at the State Office Building in Binghamton. In Tioga County, winning posters were designed by Savannah Blasdel of Apalachin Elementary, Madison Howey, Josh Snell, Jayda Vargason and Mercedes Allen from Tioga Elementary, Ashlen Croft, Paige Robinson and Lea VanAllen of Lincoln Street Elementary and Cora Smith and Zoe Lunduski of Chemung Elementary. “It’s great to see kids demonstrating the importance of staying drug free through this poster contest,” Senator Libous said. “If children can learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol at an early age, they’ll make safer choices with their futures.”

Each of the young artists was presented with a personalized certificate and Toys “R” Us gift card. Red Ribbon Week is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the nation. The tradition of displaying Red Ribbons is a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. Students used their creativity and knowledge about the dangers of alcohol and drugs to design original artwork for the YES! Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. YES! Safe Choices for Kids is a partnership between Senator Tom Libous and Lourdes Hospital. YES! works to help kids in our area learn skills they need to resist using alcohol and drugs. YES! also provides parents with useful tips and fun activities they can use as starting points in talking about substance abuse with their kids. Visit www.YesSafeChoices.org for more information.

American Racing and Entertainment Donates more than $700,000 to Charities in 2012

American Racing and Entertainment, which runs Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs in Upstate New York proudly, announced last month that total contributions to charities in 2012 reached in excess of $700,000. A few of the highlights for charitable donations in 2012 included concerts at both properties where all ticket proceeds benefited local Veterans groups around the area. Tioga Downs was able to raise more than $39,000 for Veterans in the local area from the Oak Ridge Boys concert proceeds, while Vernon Downs raised more than $36,000 from their America Concert. Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment together donated $200,000 to aid in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort in New York and New Jersey. Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment also donated 2,300 tickets to the Bruce Springsteen concert held at Vernon Downs in August

to the USO. The tickets, which were valued at over $200,000 were distributed to soldiers at Fort Drum in the New York National Guard and Coast Guard. The donation was the largest, personal one time donation to the USO in the last 15 years. “Giving back to the surrounding communities is one of our main focuses for Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. We host benefit concerts every year to support our Veterans, which I believe are often unappreciated for their efforts to all of us Americans. I am also proud of our customers, employees, and our company for being able to help raise $100,000 per property to aid in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort and help those families impacted by the destruction” said Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment. For more information on Tioga Downs or Vernon Downs call 888-WINTIOGA, 877-88-VERNON, or go to www.tiogadowns.com and www.vernondowns.com.

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Students from St. Patrick's School in Owego on December 20 visited Riverview Manor in Owego to sing Christmas songs to the residents. Above - the students pose for a picture at Riverview. Right Second Grade students and their teacher, Amanda Reeves, stop to sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" to one of the residents.

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Owego Free Academy YES! LEADers (left to right) Avry Nelson, Audrey Woolever, Mikayla Weston and Jesse King work together on an activity designed to improve communication and problem solving skills as part of their YES! Launch Training. Twenty-five students from Owego Free Academy completed their training to become YES! LEADers. YES! LEADers are middle and high school students who teach elementary school students about skills they need to resist drugs and alcohol, the importance of

positive self-esteem in making safe choices and effectively handling peer pressure. The YES! Launch training program teaches YES! LEADers how to be role models for younger students through different team activities and educational sessions. Trained YES! LEADers are substance-free role models for younger students, who use their leadership skills to develop resistance skills in elementary school children through interactive activities and age appropriate entertainment. YES! Safe Choices for Kids, a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, is now in its 24th year. For more information about YES! LEADS, please visit www.YesSafeChoices.org. Owego Free Academy YES! LEADers Tracy Orend (left) and Sara Wierbowski (right) were the winners of the Paper Tower activity, a problem solving activity aimed at developing critical thinking skills.




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Vendors related to sporting, recreation, home activities, clubs, organizations, hobbyists, and collectibles are needed to participate in the Field, Hearth and Home Show on March 9 and 10, 2013, at the Owego Treadway Inn in Owego. Vendors can show their products and offer them for sale to attendees. For the second year, the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way are partnering in a celebration of all that makes Tioga County, Tioga County. The Field, Hearth & Home Trade Show is a high-quality expo that is open to the public. Admission is only $5.00 per person, and children under 12 are free. Last year, booths featured sporting and recreational activities including hunting, fishing, taxidermy,

kayaking, and camping. Wildlife art, woodcarving, soap making, quilting, local food favorites, and other activities also represented the rural Tioga lifestyle. If you provide a service or have products for sale, this show is a lowcost opportunity to advertise your business and increase your visibility in the county. Booths are only $50-$75 depending on space size, and spaces are available on a first-come, first served basis. For more information and an application to have a booth at the show, contact the Tioga United Way at 6874028 or Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 687-2020. Or go to the Tioga United Way website to register online at www.tiogaunitedway.com.

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Vestal Students Make Snowflakes for Sandy Hook School Just as no two snowflakes are alike, students from Vestal Middle School helped remind students who attended Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, that they are each unique and special, too. Before the winter break, Vestal Middle School Principal Ann Loose asked students to create snowflakes in art class that would be used to decorate the Sandy Hook Elementary students’ new school

(left to right) Carson Scube, Truman Kurst, Ryan Kerley, Kyle Youdas, Will Moore and Domonick Araya.

at Chalk Hill, creating a winter wonderland to welcome those students. The project was coordinated by the Connecticut PTSA, and snowflakes were to be mailed to their offices until January 12, but according to the organization’s website, an outpouring of snowflake donations from across the country and around the world has resulted in it closing this project early.

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Local Nonprofits Receive Grants Sixteen nonprofit organizations, including fifteen in Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties, received grants totaling $225,100 from the Community Foundation for South Central New York through the Foundation’s annual special grants process. Organizations receiving grants include: Boy Scouts of America - Baden Powell Council Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference Discovery Center of the Southern Tier Broome County Urban League Greek Peak Adaptive Snow Sports Mom’s House YWCA of Binghamton Centenary-Chenango Street United Methodist Church United Health Services Foundation United Way of Broome County Chenango United Way United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties Tioga County Rural Ministries Hancock Community Education Foundation Southern Tier Coalition for the Homeless The Community Foundation serves donors and nonprofits in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga Counties. For more info: www.donorswhocare.org


Apalachin Student at Scranton University Named "Student Leader of the Month" Donald Castellucci of Apalachin, a student at the University of Scranton, was recently recognized as Student Leader of the Month. The Center for Student Engagement at the University of Scranton recognizes its student leaders who go above and beyond the call of duty, and consistently make a difference on campus and in the community.

Donald was nominated by his peers for his patience, genuine kindness, and passion for connecting with others. They have seen him go above the call of duty by applying his utmost dedication, tirelessness, zeal, and patience in his leadership. Donald, son of Don and Vicki Castellucci of Apalachin, is a junior at the University of Scranton majoring in Political Science, with a History Minor and Public Affairs track. He is elected to student government, Treasurer of the Pre-Law Club and President of the College Republicans. He also works for the Alumni Office and is an Intramural Supervisor. He is on the Dean’s List as well.

News from Senator Libous

Regional Economic Development Awards What it Means for Tioga County The Southern Tier has shot up the rankings in Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Awards, earning $91.1 M in development funding to implement their economic plan. Tioga County is receiving development money for the Nichols Revitalization Project, tourism promotion and training for unemployed workers. “It’s great to see hard work pay off,” said Senator Tom Libous. “This year we listened to many talented people in our community and put together a plan to move us forward by investing in infrastructure, our local farms, health care and new high-tech careers through partnerships with our universities. I’m glad the Governor’s Office recognizes what we already know – the Southern Tier is full of immense talent and potential to be a leader in job creation for New York State.” This is Libous’ first year serving

on the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. What this means for Tioga County: • $250,000 to the Nichols Revitalization Project: Tioga County will renovate seven buildings in the Village of Nichols. The award will be used for streetscape improvements, and interior and exterior renovations to six commercial and four residential units. • $110,000 to Tioga County Local Development Corporation to highlight and promote the many outdoor and healthy experiences a visitor can have in the Finger Lakes vacation region increasing visitation to and overnight stays in the region. • $80,240 to Broome Board of Cooperative Educational Services (Broome BOCES) will train 40 unemployed workers as Certified Nurses Aides.

Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Fire Dept - Jan. 20

An all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast will be held to benefit the Little Meadows Fire Dept on Sunday, January

20, 7:00 to 11:00 am, at Whitetails Bar & Grill in Little Meadows, PA.

Soup & Salad Supper

Community Dinner

January 19, 4:30 to 6 pm at The First United Methodist Church, Main St., Newark Valley. Takeout is available. Free will donation

January 18, 4:30 to 7 pm, Zion Lutheran School, 3917 Waverly Rd, Owego. Meat loaf, macaroni & cheese, veggie, tossed salad, dessert. Free will offering.

Free Sunday Concert January 20, 3:00 pm, at First Presbyterian Union Church, corner of North Ave. & Church St, Owego. Irish folk musician Pat Kane will perform. Free. Donations welcome.





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Tioga County Veterans News Veterans Invited to Tell Stories to Social Studies Students Veterans are needed for classroom storytelling and one-on-one student interviews. Eighth Grade Social Studies students in Teacher Mike Bartlows OwegoApalachin Middle School classes have volunteered for an extra credit project. Outside the classroom they want to listen to veterans share their duty experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, World War II and the Cold War. What's more, a roster is being prepared of veterans willing to tell their stories in a one period classroom environment prior to Memorial Day. So far, WWII Veteran Al Elkin of Owego and Retired Navy Chief Helen Williams of Candor have volunteered. Wreaths Across America In a local cemetery on Wreaths Across America Day, a grateful family said this was such an honor to be able to place a wreath upon the grave of a veter-

an from World War II. Mission accomplished: REMEMBER the fallen. HONOR those who served. TEACH children the value of freedom won by these veterans. Thanks to all who placed Christmas wreaths at the entrance to cemeteries in Tioga and Bradford Counties and to families for wreaths placed at their veterans headstones before the snow. News Briefs Who is Tioga County's oldest living veteran? Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944 - who are our fallen heroes from that largest land battle U.S. troops have ever fought? Who are the survivors? Looking for honored names of Fallen Heroes from all wars by the high school they attended or graduated from. Contact Glenn A. Warner Post 1371 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Chairman Jim Raftis 687-4229 or email jraftis2@stny.rr.com.


The Town of Owego - 2012 in Review Continued from page 1 Our Highway Department is continuing to recover from flood damage, maintaining the current infrastructure and readying for a busy winter and spring season. At this time, a majority of the Board has decided that the brush and leaf pick up will cease due to budget constraints. Brush will continue to be picked up when emergency events warrant the disposal. Work completed last year included the installation of 2280 ft. of drainage pipe at a cost of $103,763.63 and black top at a cost of $1,026,000. FEMA has reimbursed the Town for $1,355,505.54 to date. There have been maintenance and equipment costs as well. The Foster Valley Road bridge replacement is expected to begin early spring and is estimated to cost $730,000. FEMA has obligated $522,054 for this project to date. Drainage ditch maintenance and road repair has been an integral part of the work completed also. I hope to have a 5 year road maintenance plan developed in conjunction with the Utilities Department in place over the next few weeks. Beginning January 1, 2013, the Town will implement a new billing system for water and sewer. There will be a minimum usage charge for water and sewer customers. Water bills will be based on a minimum usage up to six thousand gallons at rate of $30.00 plus the $6 dollar billing fee. There will be a charge of $4.06 per thousand/gallon for additional usage. Capital charges will increase 51 cents per billing cycle or $1.53 per year. The new capital charge per unit will be $100.35 increased from $98.82. Sewer bills will be based on a minimum usage up to six thousand gallons at rate of $36.00. There will be a charge of $ 4.40/ per thousand gallons for additional usage. Capital charges will increase $9.43

per billing cycle or $28.29 per year. The new capital charge per unit will be $110.52 increased from $82.23. Homes that have municipal sewer but do not have municipal water will be charged $292.80 per year ($97.60/bill) for sewer use and also charged the $110.52 per year sewer capital fee. The Utilities Department suffered major flood damage in 2011. Approximate damages to the department totaled 3.5 million dollars. It is estimated that 11 out of the 15 sewer pump stations will have emergency power after repairs and installation are complete. This will help the Town comply with the State’s latest unfunded mandate regarding sewer over flows. Continued service in most areas should be provided during power outages. Major damage occurred at the Apalachin sewage treatment plant. Mitigation plans are being discussed with FEMA regarding plant upgrades. We have received $277,548 from FEMA to date. FEMA has obligated $668,830 to date. My objective is to present numbers in an understandable manner that explains the narrative the Town has endured over the past two years. My goal, as well as the Board, has been to respond to the events and emergencies, assess the damage and create responsible, long term solutions. We are attempting to mitigate as many issues as possible, so when the next event occurs, the damage will be more manageable and recovery much quicker. I look forward to working with the residents of the Town over the next year. I am privileged to enter my 18th year in public service and I would like to personally thank all of the residents for that honor. May all of you have a Happy, healthy and blessed New Year!

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Children Enjoy Black Friday Bowling


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR FRIENDS Serving Lunch & Dinner or Just a Snack! Stop in and try our Homemade Soup Specials

• Wed - Shrimp Nite • Thurs - Clam Nite Tim & Tyson –Saturday Jan 19th (Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Doug Mosher-January 26th Karaoke Saturday Feb 2nd (First Saturday of the month)

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Pictured above, from left to right, are Mekenzie Rhodes, Gabrielle Heater, and Tyler Rhodes, three of the many children who enjoyed the free Black Friday bowling event sponsored by our local veteran organizations and the Owego Bowl bowling alley. Along with the free bowling, they served over 50 pitchers of free soda and over 12 free sheet pizzas.

The event ran from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A fun time was had by all who participated. The veteran organizations do this event every year and hope to have another great turn out in future years to come. Thank you, Owego Bowl for sponsoring this event with the veterans organizations.

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ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST Benefit for the Little Meadows Fire Department Sunday January 20th 7:00 am to 11:00 am at the



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Thank you to everyone who contributed and supported our Toy and Food Fund drive. We were able to make another donation to the Apalachin Lions Club this year.

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