Feb 2011 Community Press

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Volume 26


Number 2

The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce announces the recipients of the Community Awards for 2011 Community Service Award - The Angels Over Iraq Presented to the Angels Over Iraq group. The Angels Over Iraq organization founded by Brianna Cart to help our soldiers fighting over seas. For more information about the Angels go to their web site www.angelsoveriraq.org

The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce recognized the achievements and contributions of individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the Tioga County business community. Awards were presented at the chamber’s annual dinner which was held on February 3 at the

Owego Treadway Inn in Owego. The presentation were made by Rick Annunziata from M&T Bank, and Jim Von Esch, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tioga Chamber. Close to 200 people attended the event this year. The theme for this year was Mardi Gras

Beautification Award: Owego River Walk Presented to Mayor Edward Arrington

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Small Business of the Year - John’s Fine Foods, Owego. Presented to John and Bev Hitchings

Company of the Year - Lalor Creekside Dental Presented to Dr. Robert Lalor and the staff at Lalor Creekside Dental

VALENTINE Package $49.95! 7830 Rt 434, Apalachin 625-2332 or 206-2283


ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST Benefit for the Little Meadows Fire Department

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New Eagle Scouts 167 Main St., Owego Open 7 Days a Week! Great Wings & Things Happy Hour Specials Sunday - $2 Bloody Marys! JOIN US FOR OUR

DAYTONA 500 PARTY Sunday February 27th 7 am to 11 am at the


Sunday Feb 20th 1:00 pm FREE FOOD FIND US ON FACEBOOK Owego Pub, 167 Main St., Owego Open 7 days a week 687-1458


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Boy Scouts of America troop 43 of Apalachin, NY is proud to announce that Nicholas Montesano (L) and Caleb Decker (R) have received the rank of Eagle Scout. Nick is the son of Eileen and Gary Montesano and is a senior at Vestal High School. Nick is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been on the Varsity Swim Team for the past four years as well as being a member of the Cross Country Team. Nick is active in the community, serving as a life guard at the Vestal Memorial Pool and working as a swim instructor at the Vestal High pool. For his Eagle Project, Nick designed and planted a new garden at the front of the Apalachin Library. Nick and his team also constructed a storage unit for the Library’s garbage and recycling bins. Caleb is the son of Wendy and Matthew Decker and is a junior at Vestal High School. Caleb is a member of the Vestal Varsity Cross Country team. He is very active in

the community as a member of youth choir, Vice-President of the Senior High Youth, and teaches PreKindergarten Sunday school at the Vestal United Methodist Church. Caleb has been serving at the Endicott First United Methodist Church’s soup kitchen for the past 13 years. He also has earned his Black Belt from Hidy Ochiai. Caleb’s Eagle Project included repairing and painting the play ground for the Park Terrace Community Methodist Church’s pre-school and construction of a new bench for all to enjoy. On January 9, 2011, an Eagle Court of Honor was held at Park Terrace Community Methodist Church in Apalachin. The event was attended by their fellow Scouts and Leaders of Troop 43. Also in attendance were many of their family members and friends as well as some local dignitaries. Troop 43 wishes Nicholas and Caleb congratulations and much success in the future.

Jack Frost Chicken Bar-B-Que It’s the taste you’ve waited for all winter! St. Patrick School Father’s Club will host its 17th annual Jack Frost Chicken Barbeque from noon to 6:30, Saturday, Feb. 19, at St. Patrick Church Hall, 300 Main St., Owego. Tickets are now on sale from any school family or by calling the school office at 687-1770. For $7.50, the dinner includes a half chicken, baked beans, baked potato, roll with butter, and a brownie. Sodas will be available for purchase. An option is available to donate a hot meal to someone who otherwise might not be able to enjoy one. All tickets must be redeemed by 6:30

Breakfast is Back The Nichols American Legion's Breakfast is Back. Breakfast will be available on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 8 am to 11 am, at the American Legion in Nichols, the cost is $6 adults and $3 children.

p.m. that day. The dinners traditionally sell out, so purchase your tickets early. The St. Patrick School Father’s Club uses money raised from the barbeque to fund technology and building projects at the school. Past projects have included building a new science lab, purchasing SMART Board projectors and playground equipment, installing an intercom system for the school’s front entrance, and the purchase and installation of new drinking water fountains.

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Volume 26 Number 2 February 2011 © 2011 Published by Brown Enterprise And Marketing 7830 State Route 434 Apalachin, New York 13732 Phone (607) 625-2222 or 72-PRESS Fax (607) 625-2111 E-mail: press@tiogaweb.com www.TiogaWeb.com Publisher/Editor ---------- Fred J. Brown Jr.

OFA Chem Free Prom Upcoming Events The OFA Chem Free Prom committee will hold a Pasta Dinner on February 12th at the OFA Cafeteria 4 to 7 pm, and Doug's Fish Fry, March 14th at Value Home parking lot, Rt 17c Owego to raise funds for this year’s prom


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Plumbing & Heating OPEN HOUSE January 15, Campville Fire Department held an open house for the public to recruit new members. Lt Brad Schuyler took charge and joined forces with Broome County to encourage community members to join the fire service. Throughout the area there was a total to date of 21 new members joining neighboring departments. Thanks to Brad, Dave Hogg, Kevin Kotski, Martin Peterson and Al Peterson for your time and effort. BOY SCOUTS On the same day, we had another group of members participating in a Rescue Outreach Program with the boy scouts at the Waterman Center. Chief Rob Ziemba, Captain Pat Mercer, Wesley Mozgawa, and Lt. JP Radzikowski taught eight boy scouts the art of low angle rope rescue. JP “volunteered” to be their patient as they carried him up the cliff, down the trail, back into the gorge and about ½ mile back to the center. Nice job done by all. TRAINING January is always OSHA training which is required to keep all members up to date and safe on calls. The trainings bring us up to date on everyday safety concerns, health issues and reacquainting ourselves with apparatus and tools available for firefighting. To complete our OSHA training, Campville hosted a

“NYS Chemical Suicide Class” on Tuesday evening. This is an eye opening class on reactions to chemicals that people are using to commit suicide and how vulnerable we are as firefighters and first responders when we come on the scene. Scene Safety and coming home safe after a call is definitely on the minds of all who attended. The class was well attended by Campville members and neighboring departments. On the same subject of everyone coming home safe after a call, Campville hosted a “NYS Courage To Be Safe” course during the month. Congratulations to Marie Mead, Ruth Phelps, Gary Phelps, Wesley Mozgawa, Marten Peterson, Carl Laposky, Ken Schneider, and Patrick Mercer for their completion of the classes. Our “young” apprentices are attending the “NYS Firefighter I” course in Nichols. This is an extensive 29 week course that will teach them all the basics of firefighting. Good luck to Wesley Mozgawa, Bill Adams, Skyler Hamilton and Lenny King. Wesley is a third generation firefighter and Skyler is a second generation firefighter. Congratulations to our member Ken Schneider who has accepted the position of a NYS Fire Instructor in Tioga County. Ken has a few training classes to attend at the academy and then we will be seeing him throughout Tioga County helping with and teaching courses.


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Candor Business Show Looking for an opportunity to showcase your business or organization? The Candor Chamber of Commerce invites you to its Community Showcase March 26 at the Candor Fire Hall. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and gives businesses and organizations a chance to show the community what they are doing and what they have to offer. Doug’s Fish Fry will be on hand to provide

food and beverages. Registration is $15 for Candor Chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. This provides you with a table and space at the event. If you are unable to participate, you can still promote your business and organization by providing a gift certificate or item for drawings throughout the day. For further information contact: Glorida Ward at (607) 659-7312.

AYAA Sign-Up Apalachin Youth Athletic Association will be holding sign-ups for their 50th year of T-ball/Baseball/ Softball Ages 4-16, T-ball, Girls Minors and Majors, Boys Minors and Majors and Teener Baseball


Sign-up Time Owego Little League Tee-Ball & Baseball Owego Girls Softball (ASA)

February 19, 20 and March 5,6 11am-2pm at The Pennsylvania Ave Fire Station #1 $50 signup feel ($125 max per family) You will receive $50 of raffle tickets to sell and receive the $50 back.

AARP Free Tax Assistance Program Each year the AARP provides IRS training to local members who then provide free tax preparation assistance to members of the community over 60 or with low to moderate income. Free tax assistance form AARP will again be available at several locations in Tioga County. Assistance will be provided either at a walk in site, first come first served, or an appointment only site. Taxpayers are asked to bring a copy of their 2009 tax return, all W2s, 1099, and any other statements of income, deductible expense, including property tax receipts. The returns are computer generated and eFiled for a quick turn around and

Scott Smith & Son 8 Delphine St., Owego, NY 687-1803

refund. Site locations are: Walk In: Tioga United Way, 24 Rt 96, Tues and Wed 10-2pm, Owego 687-4028 By appointment only sites are: Apalachin - Citizens Bank Tuesday 102pm 625-2871, Apalachin Library Monday 1-5pm 625-3333, Candor St Marks Church Monday 9:30-1pm 659-7225, Nichols - Cady Library Monday 3:30-6:30pm 687-5953 or 687-3855, Owego - Countryside Community Center Tues and Thurs 9-2pm 687-4120, Coburn Free Library Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm 6873520, Waverly - Free Library Tues and Thurs 11-3pm 565-9341

Teener League Baseball

2011 – Our 60th Year! Sign-ups Jan 29th & Feb 5th 10 - 2:00 February 8th 6:00 - 8:00 Owego Central Fire Station

Age Requirements

Tee-Ball & Little League Baseball—Must turn 5 before May 1st of the current year and cannot turn 13 before May 1st of the current year. Birth Certificate required for new signups. ASA Girls Softball—Must turn 8 before January 1st of the current year and cannot turn 13 before January 1st of the current year. Birth Certificate required for new signups. Teener Baseball— Must be 13 before May 1st of the current year and cannot turn 17 before May 1st of the current year.

Residence Requirements

Either parent (or the legal guardian) must reside within the Owego-Apalachin School District.

For more information see our web site at

www.eteamz.com/owego No Signup Fees for Tee-Ball, Little League Baseball, or Owego Girls Softball There will be an enrollment fee for Teener Baseball to help defray the costs of the Southern Tier Teener League. Scholarships will be available on a financial need basis. Member Agency of the Tioga United Way





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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 02/11

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St. Patrick School recently presented to Tioga County's 4H Youth Development Program a check for $1200.00 as a donation from the school's recent "Splendors of the Susquehanna" auction fundraiser. Each year, as a way to give back to the community that supports it, the school donates a portion of its auc-

tion proceeds to a deserving organization. Pictured from left are Andy Fagan, Executive Director of CCE-Tioga, Jody Tatich, 4-H Youth Development Program Manager, and Allison Higgins and Lexy Roberts, co-chairpersons for the auction.

Park Terrace Nursery School Open House Park Terrace Nursery School will host an open house for parents and their 3-5-year-old children from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., Wed., March 2. The nursery school is located in the Park Terrace Community Methodist Church at 30 Glann Rd in Apalachin. Children will have an opportunity to play in our three nursery school rooms, dig in our sand table, try out our indoor climber, and use the other toys and equipment at the school. The director, Diana Meyn, and

the teaching staff will be available to answer any questions. Registration of new students for the 2011-2012 school year will also take place. The current Park Terrace Nursery School Parent Handbook and an application will be available. If you are unable to attend or would like more information, call Park Terrace Nursery School at 6254134 during weekday mornings or email ParkTerraceNS@yahoo.com, or on Facebook.



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“Trains of Yesteryear” Exhibit still chugging away…

Now is the time to visit the Tioga County Historical Society and see our “Trains of Yesteryear” exhibit. The exhibit will be at the museum on 110 Front Street, Owego NY until March 1, 2011. Bring the children, and the “young-at-heart”, and enjoy this Ogauge Lionel train display. The display features a NY Central Passenger Train set and an Erie Lackawanna freight train. The museum is also raffling off two factory-sealed Lionel Train sets, the Polar Express and a Harry Potter Hogwart Express. Raffle tickets are on sale in the museum’s gift shop. There’s still time to buy some tickets, the drawing for these O-gauge train sets will take place March 1st, 2011. Other points of interest in the train display include a train town with 40 buildings, a unique and original hand painted background of Owego. This painting was produced by local artists Carrie Dru Tornatore and Bette Diamo. TCHS would like to thank them for their support of our exhibit and for creating such breath-taking scenery. There is also a photo collage made up of photos of local steam engines, old train stations and a few historic derailments, a display cabinet of toy trains, some dating back to the 1900’s, a blueprint of a Lehigh Valley engine, compliments of Dan Sloat of Sayre PA, and a recently donat-

ed map of John Drake’s Reservation of Owego. The map is quite an interesting piece in itself, as is the story of John Drake and his goal of bringing the railroad to early Owego. TCHS would like to thank the Frauenhofer family for donating this unique piece to our museum. Upstairs in the museum we still have our “Teddy Did It” exhibit, which highlights the history of Teddy Bear toys and other bear themed items. In our main gallery there are several cases of Ogden rifles, the Marlin dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt to Owego resident Todd Loring, and Civil war items like locally produced currency, Lt. Benjamin Loring’s jacket, and several of our Mathew Brady prints. Our permanent collection of American Indian artifacts as well as our locally made Ives Motorcycle and Ross and Moore Buggy are also on display. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Museum hours are Tues - Sat. 10 - 4pm. Coming in March, the Tioga County Historical Society museum will host an exhibit called “Time and Tines, Traditions in Clocks and Tableware.” Local silverware and clock makers will be highlighted in this exhibit. Please visit our web page for more information – www.tiogahistory.org - or visit us on facebook.






The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present "Art" by John Dudak 7 New St., Apalachin, N.Y.

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From left: Joe Davis (Serge), Brian Flynn (Yvan) and Chris Pellicano (Marc) form the ensemble cast of the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players' presentation of the funny and stylish play "Art." Photo by John Dudak.

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will present Christopher Hampton's translation of Yasmina Reza's play "Art" on Feb. 11, 12, 13, and Feb. 18, 19, 20, at the TiAhwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego, NY. "Art" reveals the humorous and moving reactions of Serge's two best friends, Marc and Yvan, when he invests in a large painting that is all white with some white lines. The resulting banter is funny, stylish and stimulating, and according to Newsweek, "Art" sounds like a marriage of Molière and Woody Allen." The play is being directed by veteran actor and director Jamie Cornell, and the ensemble cast includes Joe Davis as Serge, Chris Pellicano as Marc and Brian Flynn as Yvan. I had the opportunity to view a complete run through of the play in an early rehearsal and came away impressed. I had never seen or heard of it before and had no idea what to expect. While being billed as "the play that asks the question: What is Art?", I found it to be as much about

friendship as art. It's a play that requires perfect timing and rapport between the actors to bring the witty dialogue to life. And these three experienced actors performed nearly flawlessly two and a half weeks before the play even opens. You'll laugh and giggle at their conversations and actually feel the tension in their arguments, and you will be moved by their friendship. Be forewarned, though, the language is definitely for adults. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a general admission of $18 and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday with a senior Sunday admission of $15 for those 60 and over. Fine wines and beers, in addition to snacks, are available to enjoy at your table during the show, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. The show is underwritten in part by Keith A. Nichols, MD, PLLC; Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP; and The Haircolor Café. To reserve seats, call the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 687-2130 and log on to www.tiahwaga.com

Tax Forms Available With tax season upon us, Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I Springport) will be offering New York State tax forms to residents of the 123rd Assembly District. The forms can be picked up at Finch’s District Office at 69 South Street in Auburn. This year, tax returns for individuals are due April 18.

“For your convenience, my office will have tax forms on hand, so feel free to stop by my office and pick up the forms that you need to file your tax return,” said Finch. For directions or any other information that you may need, contact Assemblyman Finch’s office at 315255-3045

Master Design Ladies Luncheon The Owego Christian Women's Club will hold a Master Design Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, February 16 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Owego Treadway. The special feature is "There's Something for Everyone" by Amy Moore from

The Cheshire Cat, music will be provided by "Tender Tunes" with Andy Boardman. The speaker will be Jacike Gordon with "A Walk Through Life. The cost is $10, for reservations call 607-785-3101 by February 11.

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Lou Haskell joins Tioga Downs Race Office Tioga Downs is proud to announce that Lou Haskell will be joining the race office as Assistant Race Secretary during the 2011 race season. Haskell was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York and grew up in the business of horse racing since he was a toddler. He purchased his first horse at the age of seventeen and has been an active owner in the harness racing business his entire life. Haskell graduated from SUNY Plattsburg with a degree in Marketing and up until four years ago had been a self-employed entrepreneur his entire life. Lou graduated from the USTA judges school at the top of his class just a few years ago, and for the past two years has served as an Associate Judge in Kentucky at The Red Mile. "I made a decision a few years back that I really wanted to pursue a career on the management side of harness racing and now I am getting that opportunity. I am excited to be joining the team at Tioga to work

with some of the younger guys in the industry and to work for a company that cares about the future of harness racing" said Lou Haskell. "We are fortunate to have a guy like Lou joining us at Tioga Downs this year. He will certainly be an asset to our race office and all of us are looking forward to working with him" said Jason M. Settlemoir, VP of Racing and Simulcast. For more information on Tioga Downs or Vernon Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com or www.vernondowns.com .

Castellucci’s 13th Annual Dinner February 11, 2011 Town of Owego Supervisor, Donald Castellucci Jr., will host his 13th Annual Rigatoni and Meatball Dinner at the Owego Elks Club. The event begins with a social half hour, featuring the talents of Dennis and Rosemary Chapdelaine. Comments and

dinner to follow with the Triple Cities own “Frank Sinatra, “ Bill Nanni. This year’s guest speaker is Nick Schoonover. He will be speaking on the issue of natural gas. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Don Castellucci at 687-0965 or sending an email to dcastellucci@stny.rr.com.


Apalachin Lions Club Scholarships 2011 The Apalachin Lions Club 24th Annual Scholarship program will award $3000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2011 who live in the 13732, 13760 and 18830 zip codes. This covers Apalachin, Campville, NY and Little Meadows, PA. The scholarships are awarded to students who have made outstanding contributions in service to their community and school. Distribution of scholarships will be as follows: Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students who attend Owego Free Academy and Vestal High School and one $500 scholar-

ship to a student attending Montrose Junior-Senior High School. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who attends either of the following schools: Seton Catholic Central High School, Broome Tioga BOCES, Ross Corners Christian Academy, and Home Schooling (LEAH). The distribution of scholarships is based on the relative numbers of students from Apalachin, Campville and Little Meadows attending each of the schools. Information and applications may be obtained at the schools Guidance Office, or Vestal LEAH.





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The Owego Citizens Party announced their candidates for the Village of Owego elections this March. The announcement was made Friday, February 4th at the Baker Firemen’s Fountain, Courthouse Square, Owego at 9 AM. “We will be submitting petitions allowing our candidates ballot status for the March 15th Village of Owego election,” said Patrick Gavin, Chairperson of the party. “The premise of the Owego Citizens Party is simple: Run candidates who support the party platform and implement that platform if elected.” 2011 Owego Citizens Party candidates for village trustee include Jon Boland (1st Ward), Earl Hartman (2nd Ward), Jim Legursky (2nd Ward), and Doug Worden (3rd Ward). There are two seats up for election in the second ward this year. Gavin notes the Owego Citizens Party Trustees currently in office including Trustees Jim Legursky and Earl Hartman who are up for reelection have held taxes in check by


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cutting the mayor’s proposed tax increase last year to less than one percent; rejected the purported termination of volunteer firefighters by the previous village board and amended the village charter to accommodate the fire department’s current membership; formed a citizen committee to study village facility issues; supported $20,000 in needed upgrades to Owego Fire Station #3; and passed an accountability act in an effort to be more responsive to village residents. The party has updated its platform for 2011. The platform continues to speak to accountability in government, fiscal responsibility, supporting all volunteers in our community, and focusing on “Smart Growth” economic policies that sustain a high quality of life. This is a common sense agenda the candidates have signed onto. Village of Owego elections are Tuesday, March 15th from Noon till 9 PM at Owego Central Fire Station on North Avenue.

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2006 Mercury Milan Premier

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1986 Chevy Monte Carlo

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Brave – Bald – Beautiful On March 13th the Candor American Legion Family and the Candor Ambulance Squad with host their 2nd Annual St. Baldrick’s Event. Become a “Hero” to a Kid with Cancer! Each year 160,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. At St. Baldrick’s events brave volunteers shave their heads to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer. Like runners in a marathon, a “shavee” collects donations from family, friends and associates for childhood cancer research. Last year, at the Candor event, 59 brave men, women and children went under the clippers raising over $30,000. This year we want to beat that! We need YOU to lose that vanity and become a “Hero.” Challenge your friends, your sports team, your teachers, your elected officials. Sign up to become a “shavee” while raising funds to find a cure for childhood cancer. To register go to www.stbaldricks.org It’s an amazing experience to have your head shaved. However, you don’t have to go bald to make a difference in the life of a child with cancer. You can donate money to support a friend who is shaving or to the event. Visit the web-


Team Trivia Night In Owego Join your friends and family for a fun evening of spirited competition at the annual Team Trivia Night organized by the OA Foundation for Excellence in Education. It will take place on Friday, Feb. 25 from 7pm 10pm at the Owego Elks Lodge on Front Street. Teams may consist of 2 to 6 members, and can be sponsored by a business ($225) or a fam-

ily ($125). John Adams, professional MC, will host the evening and the top three teams will win prizes. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund innovative educational projects and scholarships that benefit students in the Owego Apalachin School District. For an entry application and more information, please call 625-2725.

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players 2011 Annual Fund Raising Auction and Food Fest The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Annual Fund Raising Auction and Food Fest will take place on March 5, 711p.m., at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego. For only $35, you’ll be treated to delicious hor d’oeuvres, wines, beers and sodas and have the opportunity to bid on some truly unique items. In fact, it’s those unique items donated by the organizations members and community merchants that make this fund raiser such a rewarding experience for the

bidders every year. A few examples of what is up for bid are a plane ride, an Italian dinner for six with a wine pairing for each course, a weekend for up to six in a bungalow on Seneca Lake, a martini cocktail party with hor d’oeuvres for eight, and a poolside clambake including grilled marinated London broil for eight on any weekend in August. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat early by calling 687-2130.

CSA Program Offered by Our Green Acres Our Green Acres, located just one mile west of the village of Owego is offering interested consumers the opportunity to join our CSA program. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. The concept of community supported agriculture is that consumers purchase a share in a farm, say for $400, for this they get an agreed amount of produce weekly usually during the summer and early fall months. Typically this produce is put together by the farmer and is picked up weekly by the consumer. The consumer has basically no say in what they get. In the example I've given the consumer would get 20 to 25 dollars worth of product weekly. The benefit to the consumer of a CSA program is: • You feed your family nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables that were grown in an environmentally friendly way. • You get unlimited u-pick access to certain crops • As a loyal customer you get a discount on prices, and first dibs on early or scarce crops The benefit to the farmer is that: • We have a predictable sales outlet for our produce • We get closer contact with our custom-

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New Life West - Our Newest Service! Sundays 10:00 a.m. at the Treadway Inn, Owego What could make New Life better? How about we make it a little bit closer to your home? We are pleased to offer our newest service Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, at the Owego Treadway Inn. We will offer the same Spirit-led Worship combined with Life-application Teaching form God’s Word. Families welcome! Mainstreet (birth-pre K) and Upstreet (K-5th grade) will be in full operation. Children are very important to us and we consider ministry to them a high priority. We have a wonderful Family Ministries team at work in the Treadway Starfire Room ready to make this the best hour of your kid’s week. New Life West Teaching Team: Rob Campbell and Joe Wickman Questions? Email Pastor Rob at rob@newlifefm.com or Pastor Joe at joe@newlifefm.com

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Early Tioga County was a "Land Before Time" This spring, The Tioga County Historical Society at 110 Front Street, Owego, NY, will exhibit rare early clocks that were made in Tioga County in the 1830's and 1840's. When the first settlers travelled here in the late 1700's, they brought a lot of things with them. To start a new life in the wilderness they needed tools to clear land, cut trees and build homes. They needed guns to hunt for food until crops could grow. They needed some pots and cooking utensils, and extra clothes for cold weather. All of these things had to be brought with them; there was nothing here but the land, trees, the river, and some wild animals. A few settlers brought oxen or pack animals to help with the load, but many carried everything they brought on their backs. Something that none of the early settlers brought was a clock. There were clocks in existence; many wealthy home-owners in the east coast area owned one. There were even clocks in the towers of some churches and public buildings. But 18th Century clocks were expensive, fragile, and scarce. Practically all clocks were made in Europe, adding shipping expenses to the high costs of making clocks. All clocks were hand-made, requiring many skills in working with a variety of different metals, forming tiny precision moving parts that were extremely difficult to assemble into a complete clock. America did not yet have a ready supply of the many different kinds of metal used in clocks, nor did we have the machinery to manufacture the metal parts. Things changed in the early 19th Century, when some Connecticut craftsmen developed techniques to use American hard woods to replace metal. We didn't yet have metal foundries, but we had virgin forests and skilled woodworkers. European immigrants who had made clocks before coming here learned to use the native materials at hand to make


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Black Cat Gallery Artist of the Month The Black Cat Gallery, located at 179 Front Street, in Historic Owego, NY, is featuring Chris Knickerbocker, multi-media collage artist in the month of February. Chris quotes her grandmother, “My grandmother always said "Make do with whachu got". She helped to engage my curiosity and sense of wonder by helping me to see that a button can become an eye, and a rock might look like a mushroom. We were a family of "Junkers" who loved going to the dump and "repurposing" what someone else threw away. My best friend's mom continued to nurture this by introducing me to yard sales, decorating, and gardening. I honor both of these wonderful women by continuing the path, although my path is lined with interest in oddities, absurdities, and things that make you laugh, cry or


go "hmmmm". Visit Chris’s eclectic work throughout the month of February and for Owego’s 3rd Friday Art Walk, on Friday night, February 18, from 5-9 at the Black Cat. The Black Cat has a large variety of visual art, textiles, jewelry and other creative work in its beautiful Front Street location. Find something a little funky and irresistible amongst the many unique items in the shop. We are always searching for talented artists to join our group. Our purpose is to help artists become more visible in the community, while growing creatively and economically in a beautiful art space; please call or stop in for an application, 607-761-5278.

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World Day of Prayer More than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday March 4. The women of Chile have written the service around the theme "How Many Loaves Have You?" They ask us to enter a process that draws us into the Bible, into the context of Chile and into the real situations of our lives and communities. Together, we are asked to respond to what we have and how we can share it with others. In this past year, Chile has been challenged by devastating earthquake and the collapse of a


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Carol Lynn Hires, 66, Ozawkie, KS., died Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at her home in Ozawkie. She was born September 27, 1944 at Tinker Field Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the daughter of Kenneth Dell and Marjorie F. Spiller Olson. She was a 1962 graduate of Abilene, KS., High School and attended Kansas State University as well as Northwestern University. She earned a B.S. degree in Social Sciences from the University of Binghamton, New York. She had lived in Ozawkie 12 years after moving from Apalachin, New York. Carol had worked as a Dental Hygienist and as a Caseworker for the New York Division of Youth and as a Family Mediator for the state of New York. She was a member of the Ozawkie Way of The Cross United Methodist Church and was a longtime volunteer and member of the Friends of the Oskaloosa Public Library in Oskaloosa, KS. Carol was married to Albert P. Hires on October 11, 1969 at Abilene, he survives at the home in Ozawkie. She is also survived by

her Mother, Marjorie F. Olson, Abilene, KS., one daughter, Kimberly (Dan) Smith, Copper Hill, VA., one brother, Gary D. Olson, DVM., Lawrence, KS., and two grandchildren, Abby Rose Smith and Tegen Daniel Smith, both of Copper Hill, VA. She was preceded in death by her Father, Kenneth Olson. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be at 2:30 PM, Sunday, January 16 at Ozawkie Way of The Cross United Methodist Church. Cremation is planned. Inurnment will be at a later date at Copper Hill Cemetery, Copper Hill, VA., Memorials may be made to Ozawkie United Methodist Church, or to Friends of Oskaloosa Public Library or to the Jefferson County Humane Society in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa, KS. 66066. Carol’s family would like to acknowledge and give a special Thank You to Dr. Jay Farr, DC, for giving her hope and comfort and to Heidi Hawk of Jefferson County Hospice for her special way of care for Carol and their family. ww.barnettchapeloaks.com.

United Way VITA Volunteers to Prepare Tax Returns In cooperation with the United Way of Broome County, the Tioga United Way will be offering A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) no fee income tax return service for Tioga County residents who meet the eligibility requirements. The service will be offered on an appointment only basis. The

United Way of Broome County 2-11 call center will be utilized for scheduling the appointments. For more detailed information, interested individuals may contact the Tioga United Way office at (607) 687-4028 or e-mail tiogaunitedway@stny.rr.com.

CSA Program Offered by Our Green Acres Our Green Acres, located just one mile west of the village of Owego is offering interested consumers the opportunity to join our CSA program. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. The concept of community supported agriculture is that consumers purchase a share in a farm, say for $400, for this they get an agreed amount of produce weekly usually during the summer and early fall months. Typically this produce is put together by the farmer and is picked up weekly by the consumer. The consumer has basically no say in what they get. In the example I've given the consumer would get 20 to 25 dollars worth of product weekly. The benefit to the consumer of a CSA program is: • You feed your family nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables that were grown in an environmentally friendly way. • You get unlimited u-pick access to certain crops • As a loyal customer you get a discount on prices, and first dibs on early or scarce crops The benefit to the farmer is that: • We have a predictable sales outlet for our produce • We get closer contact with our cus-

tomers, giving us more opportunity to learn what you really like • We get income early in the season, when resources are at their lowest and expenses at their highest • Through this relationship we can better serve the nutritional needs of our community as we learn what you care about The Our Green Acres CSA is like the typical CSA but differs in that we operate on a debit system. The consumer sets up an account with an initial deposit at the following rates: $125 dollars buys you $135 worth of produce and $250 buys you $280. The consumer can, in season, get what produce they want, the amount they want when they want it. They can monitor their account balance online. The consumer can renew their account as the season progresses. Produce can be picked up at the farm or at one of the farmers markets we participate in. To learn more about our CSA and to get the sign up agreement go to our web site www.OurGreenAcres.com, email us at frankwiles@aol.com, or pick one up from our farmstand. If you have questions give us a call at 687-2874 if we are not right there we will get back to you.

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Player Registration Sign up to play OLL Little League Tee Ball, Baseball, Girls Softball and Teener League Baseball Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Owego Central Fire Station. Details on the OLL WebSite www.eteamz.com/owego. Volunteer Tasks Volunteer tasks include manager, coach, umpire, scorekeeper, play national anthem, umpire plate or base, concession worker to open and close one night a week, sell 50/50s, Work Bee, Building and Grounds or your special interest.

History Writers There are 60 years of memorable history. Volunteer to research and write "Down Memory Lane" items "In Your Own Words." Email to jraftis2@stny.rr.com. Required Training SUNY Youth Sports Institute Class for managers and coaches at Broome Community College Athletic Building from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23. This required training will be reimbursed. Contact VP Baseball Debi Schmidt debi@midstatelitho.com. You’ll learn ‘The Coach as a Teacher.’

Contractual agreement reached between STHHA and Tioga Downs The Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association and Tioga Downs have agreed to and executed a five year agreement that begins in 2011. In the new contract, the STHHA has increased its number of live race days at Tioga Downs from fifty seven to sixty one days per year. The contract also states that as long as the horse supply is sufficient Tioga Downs will have twelve races on Fridays and Saturdays with thirteen races on Sundays, with the exception of nights fireworks have been scheduled. In the new contract the administration payment paid to the STHHA by Tioga Downs has been increased from 3.5% to 4%. Written into the contract is $25,000 from the STHHA that is to be matched by Tioga Downs for charities and promotional activities each year for the duration of the contract. Tioga Downs will open the backstretch on April 1st and the barn

area and racetrack will remain open through September 30th as agreed upon in the five year deal. "We are happy that we were able to work with management to get more races and a few more race dates at Tioga for our horsemen. We figure that with going the extra race days and races that we will be able to have about eighty to ninety more races than we had in 2010" said Guy Howard, President of the STHHA. "It is nice to work with the STHHA because they are realistic in their wishes, both sides came to the table and hammered out a five year deal that is good for both the horsemen and management" said Jason M. Settlemoir, VP of Racing and Simulcast. For more information on Tioga Downs or Vernon Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com or www.vernondowns.com .

Letter To The Editor: Gas Drilling In NYS Most opinions I've read regarding gas drilling in NYS are pretty much just what they propose, passing gas. How refreshing to read Mark Trabucco's letter to the editor on hydrofracking. Mark presents a clear and reasonable understanding of what's at stake. Giving up our water supply for gas is a no brainer. The current gas extraction process is unsafe and no amount government regulation will make it safe Without strict enforcement and oversight, any rules will be violated. Do speed limits stop people from speeding? Does the sight of flashing red lights in the rear view mirror? The gas drilling industry is coming to NYS. There is no stopping it. There's too much money involved. As Mark suggests, the safest way to

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Family Reading Partnership Board Of Directors Elected The Family Reading Partnership of Owego Apalachin is pleased to announce the results of the election for its 2011 Board of Directors. The following individuals were elected to serve one-year terms: President, Kristin Barton; VicePresident, Karen Bernardo; Recording Secretary, Judy Westmiller; Corresponding Secretary, Bunny Begeal; Treasurer, Joan Hunt. The mission of the non-profit


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After the huge success of spring 2010’s exhibit of guns that played a role in Tioga County’s history, it was decided to follow in spring 2011 with an exhibit of local clocks and silverware. The Tioga County Historical Society owns clocks made by a number of clockmakers in Owego, Newark Valley, and Candor. These are wooden works clocks that date back to well before the Civil War. In a similar time frame, the same merchants that sold clocks also sold silverware. As far as is known, Owego was the only village in the county that had silversmiths, but there were at least six men here that made silverware. A wide variety of pieces that were made for local tables will be shown. TCHS is inviting local residents to help with these special exhibits by loaning relevant items for the exhibit. Do you own a clock that is related to our local history? For example, one person is loaning a clock that was a retirement gift from IBM Owego to his father, and to many other local retirees, a number of years ago. Do you perhaps have a clock that has some local significance? How about an advertising clock from a Tioga County business?

In the area of silverware, two former residents of the area are loaning some scarce spoons that were made by local silver-maker Watson Hoskins for a member of the McMaster family, the first private property owners in Tioga County. A local couple are loaning some rare Owego-made forks, serving pieces, and a knife. We could use some tableware that was made for use in local hotel dining rooms or restaurants. How about souvenir spoons showing Tioga County scenes? Many local souvenir spoons were beautifully handengraved. If you think you might have an item that would add to the exhibit please contact the museum with details as soon as possible. We really appreciate all offers of items and information. Do not bring the item in until you are requested to do so. The exhibit will open around the fifth of March, 2011 and continue until late August. The Tioga County Historical Society is located at 110 Front Street in Owego, zip code 13827. The phone number is (607) 6872460. E-mail is info@tiogahistory.org

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Tioga County Council on the Arts presents “Always on Sunday” with Cobblestone Crossing, folk music on Sunday February 20 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Union Church in Owego. Tioga County Council on the Arts invites you to our continuing “Always on Sunday” Series. This month Cobblestone Crossing will bring their style of Folk music to Always on Sunday, from 3 to 4:30pm. Their repertoire includes mostly American nostalgic folk, with a light touch of bluegrass,

country, Irish and even an up tempo spiritual or two…Such as The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Denver, and Woody Guthrie. Mixed with a sense of humor, a performance of Cobblestone Crossing is an event of good time fun. The concert is free but donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. For more information, please contact TCCA at 179 Front Street, Owego, call (607) 687-0785, or email tiogaartscouncil@stny.rr.com, or go to www.tiogaartscouncil.org.


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Family Night Family Night, February 11th &

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Kevin Millar to Run For Village of Owego Trustee

I am announcing my candidacy for Village of Owego Trustee. The past few years have been marked by intense polarization in village government. I am running as an independent candidate and hope that I can bridge the gap. My platform is rather simple. Open transparent governing. Minimizing village expenses. Valuing the quality of life in Owego. Planning for a more difficult governing environment as New York State budget cuts hit village government. The Village of Owego Facility Committee has been looking into more efficient use of village properties and offices and this is something I will look into further and, if feasible, implement. An issue of grow-

ing concern is the intensity of industrial activity in some areas. I will look into facets of this that are having negative impacts in residential areas and how they can be mitigated. I have served on the Village of Owego Board, the Planning Board and was chairman of the planning board for two years. I was very active in Preserve Owego Downtown ( POD ) which worked to stop the Tioga County Court and Legislature from moving to a location out of downtown Owego. I was a founding member of Owego Revitalization & Betterment Corp ( ORBC ) a 501c3 which was formed to improve the quality of life in Owego. I initiated the Owego Street Tree Commission and helped get the Cornell Urban Forestry SWAT Team do a street tree inventory of Owego trees to help guide maintenance and replacement of street trees. Another initiative I took was to start an Owego Community Garden off Sheldon Guiles Blvd. that was for residents who wanted to grow vegetables but needed a plot or a little gardening help. I am retired and have the time, energy and interest to work for the Village of Owego as a Trustee. I welcome residents questions and suggestions. You may reach me by email at kjmilow@yahoo .com or phone at 3417842. Thank you, Kevin Millar

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St. Patrick Day Parade Binghamton’s Annual St Patricks Day Parade will be held on Saturday March 5 starting at 1:30 p.m. after an

11:30 mass at Saint Mary’s Church. The theme of this years parade is “Ireland Land of Saints and Scholars”.

4-H Tractor & Machinery Certification Program The Tioga County 4-H Tractor and Machinery Operations Training and Certification program will begin Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 in the Tioga County Office Building Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the program is $30.00 for non 4-H members and $20.00 for 4-H members. The training program will enable youth 14 and 15 years of age, who wish to work as a hired employee for someone other than a parent or legal guardian, and operate a farm tractor that is 20hp or greater, to obtain the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture (HOOA) certification. The program will provide participants with the required 24 hours of instruction, and it will include group discussions, demonstrations, field trips, hands-on activities, independent study, and field assignments. Youth will receive instruction in the safe operation of agricultural tractors and related machinery. Certification upon completion of the educational phase of the program will include a written examination, a tractor and machinery skills demonstration, and a tractor and machinery -driving course. Participants must receive a minimum passing score of 70% in each test area to be issued a

certificate of completion. The program is available to anyone 12 years of age and older, however only individuals 14 and older will be able to operate equipment and receive a certificate of completion. Individuals over age 15 are encouraged to attend as well. The top six participants will be eligible to participate in the New York State 4-H Tractor Operator’s Contest at the annual Empire Farm Days event. Registration forms and brochures can be picked up in advance from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County Office, 56 Main St., Owego, NY. Parents/guardians must attend the first meeting and are encouraged to attend the remaining classes. Participants (with a parent) can register at the orientation meeting but should plan to arrive early to complete the required forms before the class starts. Students must complete all classes before receiving a certificate. The remaining classes will be held at various farm and equipment dealers in Tioga County from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 23; and March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Two classes will be held on Saturdays, March 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and April 2, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.


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Open House and Registration at St. Patrick School St. Patrick School in Owego has begun registration for the 2011-2012 school year and will host an open house from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 15. The school, located at 309 Front St. in the village, serves students of all faiths from ages 3 through fifth grade. During the open house, parents and teachers will provide guided tours and answer questions, and teachers will have the curriculum available for review. The open house is a perfect opportunity to visit classrooms during a typical school day. Early kindergarten registration is strongly encouraged. Children 5 years-old on or before Dec. 1, 2011, are eligible for kindergarten. In addition to grades kindergarten through fifth, St. Patrick School also offers two early-education programs: one for 3-year-olds and pre-kindergarten for ages 4 and 5. These programs are

available as full or half days, two to five days a week. St. Patrick School stresses high academic quality and achievement in its students with a curriculum that follows state standards and the higher academic standards set by the Diocese of Rochester. St. Patrick School offers SMART Board technology in its classrooms, foreign languages in the upper grades, and a supervised before and after school care program for all grades. All teachers are certified by New York State and their small class sizes allow for a personal approach to learning. For more information on the open house, registrations, or any other questions regarding St. Patrick School and its programs, please call 687-1770 during normal school hours. Or visit the school website at www.stpatrickowego.org.

Tioga United Way Extends 2011 Campaign Mr. Jason Settlemoir, Campaign Chairperson for the 2011 Tioga United Way Campaign has announced that he will be extending the campaign, which began in the fall of 2010, until February 15th. While a multitude of Tioga County residents and businesses have stepped up, and some have even increased their donations over what they gave in the past, Mr. Settlemoir reluctantly recognizes the impact that our local economy and increased levels of unemployment have taken upon donations in general. Simply put, he has hopes

that with one final push, the campaign goal of $330,000 will eventually be reached. This is important to Mr. Settlemoir, who is one who does not give up easily, because he realizes how important the donations are to the 32 member agencies which rely upon the financial support of the Tioga United Way. Anyone wishing to make a new, or an additional donation, may contact the Tioga United Way office at (607) 687-4028 or e-mail tiogaunitedway@stny.rr.com.

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