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Volume 29

The Town of Owego 2013 in Review by Donald Castellucci, Jr. Town of Owego Supervisor As I embark on this year’s summary the Town is preparing for its first major snowstorm of the year! I hope you and your families enjoyed a joyous Christmas and Holiday season. I wish all of you a blessed, happy and healthy New Year as well. As we look forward to a new year, I wanted to highlight some of the information and facts that have occurred during the 2013 year. As I do each year, I want to take a moment to thank the Town employees for their continued dedication to the Town and its residents. We are fortunate to have quality employees assisting in maintaining the quality of life that we enjoy. I will highlight the upcoming 2014 budget followed by an overview of the projects by department, and some miscellaneous information in conclusion. If you live in the Village of Owego, the budget decreased $20,266 which in turn resulted in a total town tax of $64.01 on an average assessed home of 63,130 dollars. This resulted in a decrease of $1.24

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for 2014. If you live outside the Village, you pay the Town Wide and Town Outside tax. The Town Outside budget increased $201,937 and as stated above, the Town Wide budget decreased $20,266 for a total increase of $181,671. The total tax paid is $362.78 based on the average assessed home of 99,950 dollars. The Town Wide portion is $101.34 and the Town Outside portion is $261.44. In 2013 the total Town tax was $344.71. This resulted in a tax increase of $18.07 for 2014. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

Sauerbrey Elected Co. Legislature Chair

Martha C. "Marte" Sauerbrey was elected Chair of the Tioga County Legislature for 2014 by unanimous vote at the Organizational Meeting of the Tioga County Legislature. Sauerbrey follows Dale Weston


who served on the Legislature as Chair for the last seven years. Sauerbrey represents District #2 representing the Village of Owego and outlaying area. She served as Chair of the Public Safety Committee during the eight years in office. Sauerbrey has served as the Deputy Chair of the Legislature for the last four years. She is currently employed by the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce as President and CEO, and is stepping down from the Chamber in order to commit to the Chair position full time. Sauerbrey’s experience in government includes 10 years working for Senator Tom Libous. She also was the Empire Zone Coordinator for Tioga County. Marte and her husband Lewis live in Owego, have four grown children and three grandchildren.

The Apalachin Lions Club thanks White Tails in Little Meadows, PA, for their help with the Lions' 2013 Christmas Basket Program, and for donating approximately four barrels of toys and food plus over $150 in cash. The Lions offer a special thanks to Katie Gana of White Tails. Pictured, left to right: Lion Joe Murphy, Lion John Whiting, Lion Judy Murphy, Lion David Rupright, Mary Hawley, Katie Gana, and Lion Vince Hawley.

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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is pleased to announce Randi Lynn Quackenbush as its new Community Engagement Coordinator. For the past year, Randi was committed to a full-time national service role as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County. Her role as a VISTA focused on building community partnerships to reduce poverty. She spearheaded a county-wide poverty reduction coalition with non-profits, government, and community members. Randi helped address the need for community education on local poverty through presentations and workshops. Randi’s work at the Food Bank will focus on expanding community engagement activities including hunger education, community organizing and advocacy to support the Food Bank’s hunger-relief mission. The Food Bank’s commitment to hunger education stems from its firm belief that engaging youth in the fight against hunger is central to ending hunger and poverty in our com-

munity. The Food Bank’s Hunger Education Program works with all grade levels pre-K through High School in order to 1) increase awareness and understanding of hunger and poverty in the Southern Tier: the causes, consequences, and responses to these issues; 2) increase youth involvement and leadership in projects aimed at addressing hunger and poverty in the Southern Tier; and 3) develop young people’s interest and skills in creating change in their communities. To widen the reach of the Food Bank’s Hunger Education Program, Randi will be training volunteers across the Southern Tier to facilitate hunger education activities as Community Educators for the program. Community Educators will then be partnered with schools, youth organizations, faith-based groups, and other community associations to deliver hunger education programming across the Food Bank’s six-county region. If you are interested in becoming a Food Bank Community Educator or scheduling a hunger education activity for a youth group, contact Randi Lynn Quackenbush at (607) 796-6061 ext. 4039 or via email at To learn more about the Food Bank’s Hunger Education Program, visit Tioga County's


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6OTS Presents Local Photographer, Daniel Tefft

20 1 4 From our family to yours: Best wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous New Year

“90 Years of Being Like Family” The Hand, a black and white photo by Dan Tefft of Oxford. His photography will be on exhibit at 6OTS starting with an Opening Reception, Friday, January 10, from 5 to 7 pm. (Photo by Daniel Tefft)

OXFORD – 6 On The Square (6OTS) announces the opening of its first art exhibit of the 2014 season, Photography by Daniel Tefft. With a formal Opening Reception Friday, January 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, local photographer Dan Tefft will present over a dozen of his favorite framed color and black and white images taken in and around Oxford. Photographer Dan Tefft is an Oxford Academy graduate and a life-long resident of Oxford. He is one of those very talented people born with an eye for artistic composition. Even the most mundane things turn into works of art through his lens. His gift was evident as early as junior high school when Daniel found an outlet for self-expression in film photography. Dan bought his first camera when he was around 16 and he’s been perfecting his skills ever since. Tefft took classes and courses as often as possible, but then life got in the way and he stopped doing photography for many years. About eight years ago, Daniel’s interest in photography was sparked again,

when he bought his first digital camera. His love of the lens was renewed, and with encouragement from friends and family, Dan aspired to take his ‘hobby’ to the next level. He became a student (on-line) at the New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) to boost his skills and gain confidence in the new medium. Dan successfully completed the professional photography course and was well on his way. He now does portraiture and artistic shots specializing in black and white images. Come and meet the artist, who will be on hand to answer any questions, at the Opening Reception, Friday, January 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.; all are welcome. Tefft’s work will be on display until March 8. The exhibit can also be viewed at 6OTS one-hour before and during performances. For inquiries contact Kim Begeal, 6 On The Square’s gallery coordinator. Phone: (607) 843OTS6 (6876). 6 On The Square, Inc., is located at 6 LaFayette Park in the heart of downtown Oxford. Visit to view performance schedules.

Tioga County Legislature News The First Regular Meeting of 2014 of the Tioga County Legislature will be at 12pm, Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium, 56 Main St., Owego. Committee meetings will be held in the Legislative Conference Room, the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium, or Conference Rooms at 56 Main St. • Health & Human Services 8 am, Tuesday, January 7; • Co. Clerk, Historian, Real Prop., Veterans & Elections 9 am, Tues., January 7; • Information Technology 10:30 am, Tuesday, January 7; • Economic Development/Planning/ Tourism/Job Training & Agriculture

1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 7 • Public Safety/Probation, DWI & Safety 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 7 • Public Works & Capital Projects 8:30 am, Thursday, January 9 • Personnel/ADA & Right to Know (Personnel Conference Room) 10:30 am, Thursday, January 9 • Legislative (1st monthly Legislative Workshop) & Legislative Support 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 9 • Finance/Legal 10am, Tues., Jan. 14 • Legislative (2nd Legislative Workshop) 10:00 am, Thursday, Jan. 23 Individuals requiring any accommodation/auxiliary aid should call the Legislative Office, 687-8240. With advance notice, aids will be provided at no cost.

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Call today for an appointment (607) 625-3591 NOW ACCEPTING ALL MAJOR CREDID CARDS Shelly Bierwiller (right) of the American Red Cross thanks Jeff Gural (left) of Tioga Downs for raising money for The American Red Cross.

A check presentation ceremony was held at Tioga Downs Casino on Friday, December 20, 2013, in celebration of contributions made in 2013 to community charities. Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural was on hand for the event, which included a recognition of the significant role he played in raising the donated amounts. To date, funds raised by Tioga Downs, in conjunction with Mr. Gural’s personal donations, have raised over $900,000 that has gone back into the local Southern Tier community. In total, American Racing and Entertainment, which includes Tioga Downs and its sister facility Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel, and in conjunction with Mr. Gural’s personal donations, has donated over 1.4 million dollars. Representatives from the charities were on hand at Tioga Downs to receive their donation checks. Natasha Thompson, President and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier received a check for $60,000, which was a combined effort between Tioga Downs Casino and the Southern Tier Horsemen Association. Naima Kradjian of the Goodwill Theater received a check

totaling $15,000. Ben and Sue Margolius of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group received a check for $80,600, and Ralph Kelsey and Dave Ostrander of the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation received a donation of $10,000. Since the opening of Tioga Downs Casino, it has been a top priority for Mr. Gural to give back to the surrounding communities by building strong relationships with charitable organizations and reaching high volumes of revenue that was then funneled back in the form of educational aid. In addition, Mr. Gural was the recipient of a special award in recognition of a sum totaling $500,000 that was donated to the American Red Cross in aid of victims of Hurricane Sandy. The donation was made possible through a combined effort between Mr. Gural, Tioga Downs Casino, Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel, and Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. American Red Cross Community Executive Shelly Bierwiller was present to recognize Mr. Gural’s efforts. For more info:

Softball Team Needs Players The Lady Ice 14U Fastpitch Softball team is looking for a few players to round out the 2014 roster. If you are 14-years-old or younger and interested in joining a travel softball

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Auditions for "On Golden Pond" Auditions for the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of "On Golden Pond" are scheduled for Friday, January 17, and Friday January 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Roles are available for one man age 60-75, two men ages 35-50, one woman age 55-70, one woman age 35-45, and one teenage boy age 1215. Actors should prepare a short monologue and will be asked to read from the script. Show dates are April 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2014, at the theater. Rehearsals will begin February 10, 2014. Call the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 687-2130

to set up an audition time for the dates mentioned. "On Golden Pond", by Ernest Thompson, is a touching and funny story about Ethel and Norman Thayer’s 48th year at their summer home on Golden Pond. Norman is nearing 80 with heart and memory problems but is still tart-tongued and eager for life. Ethel, his perfect foil, is ten years younger and delights in all the small things that have enriched their long life together. The couple is visited by their divorced daughter and her fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving a teenage son behind for the summer.




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Food Bank Receives Donation from First Heritage FCU

Left to right: (First Heritage Federal Credit Union) Kathy Dilmore, Christine Panosian, and Food Bank of the Southern Tier President & CEO Natasha Thompson.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier received a generous holiday gift in the amount of $823.32 from First Heritage Federal Credit Union. This gift will help support the Food Bank’s hunger relief efforts across the Southern Tier. “It is the wish of the members and staff of First Heritage FCU, that no one ever goes hungry, especially at the holidays! We thank the Food Bank of the Southern Tier for giving us the opportunity to reach out to

those in need of a helping hand!”, said Christine Panosian, First Heritage Federal Credit Union. The Food Bank distributes food to people in need through a network of more than 160 member agencies including food pantries and soup kitchens Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties. For more info, visit the Food Bank’s website at or call (607) 796-6061.


Poff is Employee of the Year – 2013 Amy Poff is Tioga County's Employee of the Year for 2013. Amy has been the Benefits Manager for Tioga County for 15 years, and as such provides invaluable assistance to both county employees and retirees. Amy is one of the first representatives of the county that employees meet, as she conducts the new hire orientations, and is then responsible for providing assistance to employees with all the benefit programs, such as: Health Insurance, Retirement, Flexible Spending, and Deferred Compensation. In addition to assisting county employees and retirees, Amy is also responsible for managing both the Consolidated Health Insurance Plan as well as the Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Program. Amy is a true team-player within the Personnel Department, always considerate of her co-workers, willing to assist with administration of weekend Civil Service exams and any other need that arises. Despite the volume of work, night meetings, never-ending phone calls, unscheduled drop-in visitors needing assis-

tance, and the inundation of emails she receives, Amy manages it all while maintaining an impressive level of courteous customer service. Because of all she does and how well she does it, the Employee Recognition Committee voted Amy Tioga County’s Employee of the Year for 2013. Amy will be recognized as Tioga County Employee of the Year at the Legislative Meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 14 at 12:00 Noon in the Hubbard Auditorium at 56 Main Street. All are invited to attend. Congratulations Amy!

Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to Participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on January 30, starting at 1:00 pm, at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking

lot, 110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Bring your own bags or boxes. Call the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (607) 796-6061 with any questions. In addition to The Mobile Food Pantry, The Owego Apalachin Family Reading Partnership will be distributing free children's books.



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

Tuesday –Steak Nite

Wed - Shrimp Nite • Thurs - Clam Nite

Karaoke Saturday Feb 1st (First Saturday of the month)

Twenty-six YES! LEADers from Owego Free Academy attended a special training aimed at building skills they'll use to talk to elementary students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Twenty-six 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. Owego’s YES! LEADers are also committed to helping their community. Each year, in addition to visiting classrooms, they participate in a variety of outreach activities that help younger students. YES! Safe Choices for Kids, a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, is now in its 25th year. For more information about YES! LEADS, please visit

St. Baldrick's is Back in Candor Have you ever considered what it might take to help save someone’s life? What if all it took was to shave your head?

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St. Baldrick's Foundation Web Site, www.stbaldrick' Wanted Men, Woman and Children to Have their Heads Shaved at the March 9, 2014 St. Baldrick's Event in Candor. We missed last year, but we are BACK and ready to raise money to support Childhood Cancer Research through the St. Baldrick's Foundation. St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research. The Candor American Legion Family along with the Candor Emergency Squad will be hosting one of St. Baldrick's signature head-shaving events at the Candor American Legion on March 9, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. We are hoping to have at least 50 participates shaving their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money to conquer Childhood Cancers! Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the United States will not survive. With only four percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease.

We have raised over $89,000 in the three previous years of shaving heads in Candor. We would love to make this years event the largest. With cheering on the shavees, there will also be music, food and raffles. Check out www.stbaldrick' and register on the Candor Event. If you have questions, contact Kelly Starkweather at 659-5450 or 972-4395 or via email at St. Baldrick’s Foundation The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $125 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials. For more information about St. Baldrick's Foundation, call 1-888-899BALD or go online and visit




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More than 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 33 winners were recognized recently at a reception held at The B-Sens Arena Club in Binghamton. In Tioga County, winning posters were designed by Faith Burrowes of Tioga Elementary, Shea Bailey, Kendal Shaffer and Brayden Miller of Lincoln Street Elementary and Maki Fraley, Madison Thompson, Riley Sink and Emilee Little of Chemung Elementary. “This contest is a fun, creative opportunity for kids to take a stand against drugs and alcohol,” Senator Libous said. “When kids learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol at an early age, they develop the skills they’ll need to make good choices as they grow up.”

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. Please visit for more information.

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• Candor Free Library Annual Meeting Wednesday, January 8, 6:30 pm The Annual Reports will be presented and Trustees will be elected to the Board. The meeting is open to the public, only Candor Free Library Association members are allowed to vote. The regular January board of trustees meeting follows. • Story Hour Every Tuesday Morning, 10:15am At the Candor Free Library, 2 Bank Street, Candor. • Open Hearts Dinner Every Wednesday, 5 to 6:30pm At McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one's for you. • T.O.P.S. Take off Pounds Sensibly Every Thursday, 6pm at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main St. Candor. Contact Jean 659-9969 or • Legion Friday Night Feast January 10 - 6 to 8 pm, Fish, macn-cheese, coleslaw, $8.00; January 17 - 6 to 9 pm, Pizza Night. At American Legion Post

#907, 90 Spencer Road, Candor. To order ahead or for take out call 6597395. • Pancake Breakfast Saturday, January 11, 8 to 10 am Sponsored by the Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage as well as coffee/tea, orange juice and milk. Good will donation appreciated. Beebe Sap House, Rt 96, Candor. • Spencer-Candor Lions Club Wednesday, January 15, 7pm Open to the public and prospective members. At Candor Grange Building, 25 Main St., Candor. • Ladies Day Retreat Saturday, January 18, 10 am to 2pm Special guest speaker, food, fellowship, praise and worship. Enjoy a girls' day with the Lord at Allen Memorial Baptist Church, 8 Church St., Candor. Contact Robin Morse (607) 659-5335 • Pancake Breakfast Sunday, January 19, 8 to 11am Pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate. At Candor Fire Station, Rt 96B, 74 Owego Road, Candor.



Tioga County Grants/Loans Fifth District Tioga County Legislator Ray Case commented recently on the recent awarding of grants and loans in the amount of $81.9 million dollars. Case, who is the Chair of the County Economic Development and Planning Committee, stated that the grants and loans dovetail well with the goals of the Committee. “The County has been aggressively pursuing the goals of supporting and retaining local businesses and attracting new businesses. I have a deep interest in working with the Town of Barton and Village of Waverly to revitalize the downtown Waverly business district.” He went on to say that we all understand how incredibly difficult it is to attract business to New York in light of the excessive regulations and tax structure. “These funds will give the community not only funds to work with but will also send a message about how serious we are.” He noted that although recent media presentations have included those items that were clearly marked for Tioga County, but wishes to point out the other Southern Tier awards that will be advantageous to our area He noted that the following items are advantageous to our district: $5,000,000 - Dark Fiber Extension Project; project will extend dark fiber backbone into Tioga and Broome Counties from Steuben and Chemung Counties. $1,250,000 - Community Revitalization Fund; project will provide gap financing for private sector redevelopment of key buildings, infill of new buildings, and development of the region’s downtowns, neighborhoods and rural population centers. $1,000,000 - Rural Initiative Fund; project is designed to reduce the financial risk and increase sustainability of agricultural/forestry ventures through product development/promotion, business infrastructure development and new technologies. $250,000 - Southern Tier Hot Spot; project will include a public/ private partnership between Cornell University, SUNY Binghamton and Corning Inc. to enhance the number of business services and start-up opportunities offered in the Southern Tier. Case noted the County has been in discussions with Binghamton with the expressed interest in partnering


develop such a facility. $195,000 - Village of Newark Valley; project will provide funding to rehabilitate the historic municipal building exterior in the Village of Newark Valley. $137,547 - Tioga County Local Development Corporation; project will provide funding to renovate the 150 Broad Street Village of Waverly property. $100,000 - I Love Fresh Air; project will provide funding to maximize the outdoor recreational assets of the Finger Lakes Region for the quality of life for visitors and encourage a healthy lifestyle for residents. $50,000 - Tioga Industrial Development Agency; project entails obtaining contractual engineering and architectural design services to create a shovel ready project site. $30,000 - Village of Owego; project will provide funding to complete engineering report to evaluate disinfection and flow metering upgrades to the Village of Owego’s wastewater treatment plant. $25,000 - Tioga County Department of Public Works; project entails the study according to Federal Highway Administration standards of constructing an interchange on I-86 to Tioga Downs. Case expressed disappointment at not being chosen for the competitive New York Main Street Improvement Funds for downtown Waverly. He said he felt the application was well done. Case stated, “The Economic Development and Planning staff is in discussions with the State to determine why we were not chosen for this round of funding and work has already begun to prepare for a 2014 application. Tioga County Economic Development Specialist, Teresa Saraceno, has been in contact with the Village and will continue to work diligently with the Village in the preparation of next year’s application.” He also recognized the work by Village business owner, Deb Twigg, and Village Board Member, Pat Ayers, who stepped up as the Village’s initial champions of the application.


Another Successful Blood Drive

by Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr.

I am writing to thank the many who helped make my recent blood drive a success. We were able to attract over 50 potential donors and collected 47 units of blood. That in turn will touch the lives of approximately 141 patients. We also collected $45 and food for the Tioga County Rural Ministry. I thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event. The following businesses donated the food, paper products and the location: Carl and Jim Roma, Jim Roma’s Bakery; Bill Reese, Store Manager, TOPS Market; The Sports Page; Tim and

Diane Sansone; The Ale House; and the Owego Elks Club. This event could not have taken place without them. I thank the local media for their yearly coverage of the blood drive. Helping make the public aware is what makes these types of events successful. I thank the Red Cross for their professionalism and dedication. Finally I thank the donors who come year after year to the drive. My family appreciates your efforts during this time of year when we remember my mom and dad. It is a privilege to reside in a community as giving as ours.

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Four factors negatively affecting the budget are the economy, an approximate loss of assessment of 5.7 million dollars on top of last year’s loss of 8.9 million dollars (due to the flood), continued State mandates and continued loss of revenue at the Hickories Park. The 2013 amount of revenue lost was over $100,000. This followed a loss of revenue of approximately $300,000 in total for 2011 and 2012. It is anticipated that with the upgrades to Hickories Park, it running at full capacity and weather permitting, revenues will increase to expected averages in 2014. At Hickories Park we are upgrading infrastructure and buildings. Over 1.1 million dollars has been or will be expended and awaiting FEMA reimbursement. Also a new Dog Park, mostly funded by Adam Weitsman, will be operational in the spring. Sewer lines were added to campsites this fall, primarily funded by an anonymous donation the Town received. In 2014, the Town hopes to address the refurbishing of the band shell and re-paving certain areas of the park. A new rate structure is also being considered. When everything is complete, residents can expect an upgraded facility that is able to better handle storm events and recover more quickly than in the past. Our Highway Department is continuing to recover from flood damage, maintaining the current infrastructure and readying for a busy winter and spring season. Work completed last year included the installation of 2340 feet of drainage pipe. Twenty thousand tons of asphalt was applied to town roads (178 miles of paved roads are in town with 42 miles located in subdivisions). Eight thousand tons of gravel was put down on dirt roads (22 miles of dirt roads located in the town). The Foster Valley Road bridge replacement was completed. A temporary bridge was installed on Whittemore Road with a permanent replacement scheduled for early spring. The Town is anticipating $746,215.27 in FEMA reimbursement for highway expenditures. Beginning January 1, 2014, the minimum usage charge for water bills will be based on a minimum usage of up to six thousand gallons at a rate of $32.00, an increase of $2 plus the $6 dollar billing fee for a total of $38.00 dollars per cycle. There will be a charge of $4.50 per thousand/gallon for additional usage. Capital charges will increase $6.55 cents per billing cycle to $40.00 per cycle. The new capital charge per unit will be $120.00 per year increased from $100.35. Sewer bills will be based on a minimum usage up to six thousand gallons at the rate of $38.00, an increase of $2. There will be a charge of $ 5.00 per thousand gallons for additional usage. The capital charge per unit will remain

at $110.52, the same as 2013. Homes that have municipal sewer but do not have municipal water will be charged $324.00 per year ($108.00/bill) for sewer use and the sewer capital fee will remain at $110.52 per year. Many of the Utilities Department flood damage projects have been completed in 2013. Approximate damages to the department totaled 3.5 million dollars. Sewer work was completed on Broadway Road and 17C between Holiday Hill and Pine Knoll Road. Portions of the Lincolnshire Subdivision received upgraded water services and sanitary sewer main replacements. Sheet piling was completed to help protect the 24 inch sewer main located in the Apalachin Creek that was washed out in the 2011 flood. The storm sewer culvert located at Cold Springs Road was upgraded and is now open to foot traffic. Several important projects are still awaiting FEMA approval. These include the Main Street water pump house which could cost the Town approximately 750,000 if not approved. Mitigations at the Apalachin sewage treatment plant also need approval. A new State mandate regarding disinfection upgrades to the Owego sewage treatment plant which can cost the Town approximately $800,000 is on the horizon. The Town is anticipating $1,942,385.86 in FEMA reimbursement. My objective is to present numbers in an understandable manner that explains the narrative the Town has endured over the past three 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 have created a five-year plan to map out road improvements. We have estimated a five year rate structure for water and sewer rates (will be finalized shortly) so residents can plan for future costs. While both these plans could change with unforeseen circumstances, the Board is trying to address aging infrastructure, increasing costs as well as federal and state mandates. The beginning of a public works project on Newberry and Lancaster Roads in Crestview Heights will begin in 2014. I look forward to working with the residents of the Town over the next year. I would be remiss if I did not mention the loss of Lynne Davis. She was an asset to the Town and always had the residents’ interests at heart. Also let me welcome Craig Jochum to the Owego Town Board. We look forward to working with him as we address the Town's future needs. I am privileged to enter my 19th 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!

A Night of Trivia to Benefit Vestal School Foundation The Vestal School Foundation’s 14th annual Trivia Night is scheduled for 6:30 pm Friday, January 31, 2014, in the Vestal Middle School cafeteria. Teams of 10 can register by contacting Barb Fox Carosella by phone at 786-3828 or by email at Cost is $350 per team. Deadline for registering is January 24. Trivia Night is the Vestal School Foundation’s main fundraiser each year, and helps the nonprofit group fund the many grants they award to supplement the work of Vestal students, teachers,

staff and parents. Since its inception in 1994, the Vestal School Foundation has awarded more than 300 grants totaling over $333,000 to teachers, staff, students and community members for projects designed to benefit the students of the Vestal Central School District. Grants this year funded a program from Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, “Stories in the Stars,” for Glenwood Elementary students as well as the upcoming Wanda K. Infantolino Chemistry Magic Shows at the Vestal High School.



Ribbon Cutting at White Home Improvements

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held last month to celebrate a new showroom at Chris White Home Improvements at 1120 Rt. 434 in Owego. The new showroom items include lighting, tile, plumbing, appliances, and custom cabinets by Bob Compton, design services, windows, siding, countertops and more. Services offered include bathrooms, kitchens, windows,


Wine & Beer Tasting - January 17 The Owego Apalachin Foundation for Excellence in Education’s Annual Wine and Beer Tasting event will be held on January 17, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Owego Treadway Inn. This annual event is the primary fundraising initiative. Tom Westcott & Ultra Vibe will provide lively entertainment and local restaurants will provide scrumptious refreshments. Nearby wineries, breweries, and cheese houses will showcase their products with samples. 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. The Foundation is a nonprofit community organization that provides grants for innovative programs benefiting chil-

dren in our area as well as scholarships to four OFA seniors who will pursue a career in a youth-oriented field. They have given over $105,000 in grants alone, $21,500 in scholarships and $1000 to OACSD for the school pool, $1000 to OACSD for the OFA/OAMS school sign and $1000 to Owego Elks for all their support of the Foundation to help with their flood recovery. That's $130,000 given back to the community. Tickets are available at Lawler’s Liquor Store, Scott Smith & Son, and The Kitchen Store. Pre-Sale Ticket prices: Couple tickets $40, Single tickets $25, Designated Driver $10. At-the-door Ticket Prices: Couple tickets $45 and $35 for single tickets. For more information, visit

siding, flooring, finished basements and more. Chris White Home Improvements is open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8:30 am to 7:30 pm on Wednesdays, and 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Sundays. Call them at (607) 689-3005 or go to

Tioga United Way Shows Improvement According to United Way Worldwide, the Tioga United Way showed a 21.9% Overall Business Performance Improvement from results reported in 2013. “This improvement was due primarily to the Tioga United Way improving its impact on youth programs; specifically the new Student Engagement Pro-


gram,” said Brian Eldridge, Executive Director. The program targeted those high school students entering their senior year with an opportunity to work with TUW Partner Agencies over the summer. “The program was very successful for the students, as well as the agency, and we look forward to continuing and growing the program.”

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Tioga Acting Guild (TAG) presents $250 to the Barton Community Club Left to Right: Terri Rice, Jeanne Bishop, Robin Benesh (TAG President), Connie Streck. Front Row: Jayden Bishop

In keeping with its slogan “The ACT that gives back”, the Tioga Acting Guile (TAG) was able to donate a portion of its proceeds from their recent dinner theater to the Barton Community Club, which is still recovering from the 2011 flood. TAG’s board members wanted to give back to help the charitable organization, which provides many services to the community. TAG presented the dinner theater event,

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told, and Then Some”, at the former Nichols Elementary on November 16 and 17. TAG is organizing its 2014 season, which will include three dinner theater events in April, August, and November. You can keep informed of TAG’s upcoming events by visiting or TAG's Facebook page.

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