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Apalachin Firemen Field Days Canceled

The Apalachin Fire Department announced that the 2012 Apalachin Firemen’s Field Days has been canceled. The event was scheduled to run from June 6 through June 9, 2012. Several factors contributed to the decision to cancel the field days. The fire department was concerned that it would not have sufficient time and manpower to repair the damage to the structures caused by the flooding. Then department received word that the carnival ride company, Powers Great American Midway, would no longer able to

provide their rides for the event. They have been a great company to work with and they will be missed. This was a very tough decision, and only after lengthy discussion with the Board of Directors, was it determined that this was the best decision. The Apalachin Fire Department apologizes for any hardship resulting in this decision. In 2013, the Apalachin Fire Department will celebrating its 100th anniversary. If possible, they will hold the field days in 2013 to celebrate this special anniversary.

St. Patrick School in Owego recently presented a check for $1100 to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The check was a donation from the school’s annual “Splendors Auction” fundraiser. Each year, as a way to give back to the community, the school donates a portion of its auction proceeds to a deserving organization. Pictured from left are Food Bank board member Nancy Miller and President and CEO Natasha Thompson along with Allison Higgins and Lexy Roberts, St. Patrick School parents and co-coordinators for the “Splendors Auction.”

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Tioga United Way Extends 2011 Campaign The Tioga United Way has collected over $200,000 for flood relief, and has already funded over $120,000 in material to flood victims in the form of dehumidifiers, electric heaters, fans, electric panels, sheet-rock, food pantry refrigeration, and other flood remediation items. Jason Settlemoir, Campaign Chairman of the Tioga United Way stated, “We are gratified by the generous flood relief donations, but we must not lose sight of the annual financial needs of our 33 mem-

ber agencies which rely upon campaign donations to support their important work.” The Tioga United Way is extending its 2011 campaign until February 20, so we may allow additional time for the community to respond post-flood so that we can reach our goal. Donations to this vital community service can be made to the Tioga United Way, 24 NYS Rt 96, Owego, NY 13827, or call 6874028 for credit card payments.

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On January 28, the Owego Fire Department (OFD) responded to a gasoline spill in the Village of Owego at the Owego Easy Mart on the corner of West Main and Williams streets. Personnel at the mart failed to disconnect power and close the safety valve when changing a gas pump filter. When a customer began pumping gas from an adjacent dispenser, the gas discharged from both dispensers, causing gas to spill into Main Street and nearby storm drains. The OFD and the Tioga County Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) team applied Speedi-Dry and additional absorbent products. Additional cleanup was accomplished on the following day by a clean-up crew from Syracuse.

The gas did not spill into the Susquehanna River. Residents from about 20 nearby homes were evacuated, but allowed to return home a few hours later. Based on the amount of fuel delivered to the mart earlier in the day, it is estimated that 400 to 550 gallons of gas was spilled. The DEC estimates that up to 100 gallons of gas ran into the storm drains. Other departments that responded to the spill include the Owego Police Department, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, The NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Spill Response, and the NYS Police. The Newark Valley Fire Dept. was on stand-by.

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Family Resource Center Open House The Waverly Family Resource Center will have an open house on Thursday, February 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. They are celebrating 14 years of successful parenting education support for Waverly and the surrounding areas. Families can talk with trained parenting educators, meet other parents, and en-

joy parent-child activities. Participation is free. The Waverly Family Resource Center is located at 374 Broad Street in Waverly, NY. For more information, contact Joan Shultz at 565-2374 or by email at jes49@cornell.edu.

3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s Event Have you ever considered saving someone’s life by shaving your head? Now you can! Every year, thousands of brave men, women, and children have joined the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by giving up their locks to support childhood cancer research. We’d like to invite you to make a “bald” statement at the 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s Event held at the Candor American Legion on Sunday, March 18. You can raise funds and help fight the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. and Canada. St. Baldrick’s events have raised approximately $118 million, providing research grants to doctors and scientists at more than 200 institutions to pursue the most promising new cures for childhood cancer, in addition to making clinical trials available to more children than ever. Since 2000, St. Baldrick’s has hosted more than 4,200 headshaving events, shaving more than190,000 heads in 28 countries and 50 U.S. states. Think about this staggering fact: one out of every five children diagnosed with cancer will not survive – that’s one child too many. Join in the efforts to find a cure so no child has to endure this dreadful disease. To join the fun and learn more about

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Our members started the New Year off with their OSHA Physicals for 2012. We had a company come to our station and their staff was able to complete forty-four physicals in one evening. It was a convenience for our members and completed an OSHA requirement for the department. The new Scott Air Packs and masks have arrived for our firefighters that Campville Fire Department was able to obtain through a grant. This was a huge money saver for the district and has brought our firefighting equipment up to date and OSHA standards. Standards are changing rapidly to promote the safety of our firefighters and the expense to outfit a firefighter properly is a burden in today’s budget. Being able to obtain a grant for equipment is a total asset to the district fire budget saving thousands of dollars. We are happy to report that seven of our members are attending the First Responder Class presently being offered

at the Campville Fire Station. The community will be seeing some of our younger members on squad calls while they are learning. During February we will continue to complete OSHA training requirements for our members. Campville will also be hosting an “Electric Vehicle Safety for Emergency Responders” for any county fire department members. Campville welcomes the Tioga County Fire Advisory Board and the Tioga County Chiefs in February for their monthly meeting. Welcome Cody Brunner and Nicholas Bessey, two new members of our department. They are second and third generation members. Our members are now visible in the community with their Class 3 ANSI 107 Hi-Vis jackets. The reflective jackets make our members easily seen while out on the roads on calls during the day or evening hours. Please slow down for their safety and yours!

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Astronomy Lecture in Vestal Rick Kline of Kopernik Observatory will discuss “Saturn: Lord of the Rings” at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 11, at Barnes & Noble, Town Square Mall in Vestal. Kopernik staff will provide stargazing tips and telescopes. If weather permits, you will see Jupiter and its moons, the Earth’s moon, double stars, star clusters and more through Kopernik’s portable telescopes set up outside

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Shawn Yetter and Stacy Jo Oropello in "Wait Until Dark," opening February 10 at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego. The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will present the tense thriller 'Wait Until Dark' February 10, 11, 12, February 17, 18, 19, and February 24, 25, 26 at the Ti -Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine Street in Owego. 'Wait Until Dark' by Frederick Knott is a classic suspense play that pits the blind Susy Hendrix against three ruthless con men out to get a heroin-filled doll that Susy's husband, Sam, innocently carried home from Canada as a favor to a woman who has since been murdered. It's a deadly game of cat and mouse that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to the heart-pounding final scene. "When I was looking for possible plays to present," director Todd Smith said, "my oldest son suggested 'Wait Until Dark'. He had seen it performed and recounted how thrilling the final scene had been. I don't want to spoil it for the audience here, but after his description and reading the script, I was hooked. I have always enjoyed Alfred

Hitchcock movies, and as a thriller, this play falls into that genre." The cast includes Stacy Jo Oropello as Susy Hendrix; John Murray as Sam Hendrix; Marty Reilly, Yale Williams and Shawn Yetter as the con men Mike Talman, Sgt. Carlino and Roat respectively; and Madalyn Dydynski as Susy's young neighbor Gloria. Shows start at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. General admission is $18. Friday admission for students with ID cards is $10. Sunday admission for seniors 60 and over is $15. Fine wines, beers, soft drinks and 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; the Cooley Family; and Broome Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC. To reserve seats, call the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 687-2130. For more information, go to www.tiahwaga.com

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Owego School Too Costly to Repair

Damage to the Owego Elementary School (above) due to the flood of 2011 has proven to be too costly to repair the building. The OwegoApalachin (OA) District has not released the cost but stated that the repair is greater than 51% of the value of the building. Options open to the district are to build a new flood-proof building at this location or find a new location to build. There could be another option that the district could consider. The OA

District already owns the former Apalachin Elementary School (below) that is currently being used by BOCES classes. This would put all the elementary students in two buildings at one location, a location that has never flooded. Currently the Owego Elementary students are being bused to a school in Endicott. That school could be used for the BOCES classes, most of the BOCES students come from the Broome area.

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Apalachin Lions Club Scholarships 2012 The Apalachin Lions Club 25th Annual Scholarship program will award $1500 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2012 who live in the 13732, 13760 and 18830 zip codes. This covers Apalachin and 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: One $500 scholarship will be awarded to students who attend Owego Free Academy and Vestal High School, and one $500 scholar-

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ship will be awarded to a student who attends either of the following schools: Broome Tioga BOCES, Montrose Junior-Senior High, Seton Catholic Central High School, 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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dents for independent reading projects, or a cozy reading oasis for students during lunch, the Literacy Café was a joint effort between Vestal Middle School PTO parents, the school librarian, Carolyn Mattern, Principal Ann Loose and other administrators.

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, March 2, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Owego Elks Lodge on Front Street. Teams may consist of 2 to 8 members, and can be sponsored by a business ($225) or a family ($125). John Adams, profes-

sional MC, will host the evening and the top three teams will win prizes. All proceeds from the 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, call Janey at 6252725 or send an email to sargent83@yahoo.com .

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With the mild winter weather thus far in the northeast, the new paddock for the 2012 race season at Tioga Downs has been progressing quickly. The new paddock has been relocated to the western side of the racetrack to be located in the backstretch by the ship in barn. The new paddock is being increased to an eight race paddock and will also hold the race office and commission office for the NYSRWB. The plan is to use the new paddock on opening day of

the 2012 race season scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012 (Pending Regulatory Approval). “We are excited about the new paddock being located in the backstretch for the 2012 race season, and believe that this will make Tioga Downs an even more attractive racing destination for horsemen on the east coast” said Guy Howard, President of the STHHA. For more information on Tioga Downs visit their website at www.tiogadowns.com .

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• “Green Fire” Documentary Saturday, February 11, 7pm Free presentation of “Green Fire - Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time” about the most important conservationist of the 20th century. • Bingo Saturday, February 18 Doors open at Noon. Early Bird Bonanza at 12:45pm. Regular Bingo at 1 pm. Cash prizes. All paper. Proceeds benefit Waterman Center. $3 Admission. • Little People Big People Saturday, February 25, 2-3:30 pm Snow & Ice pre-school program

for 3- and 4-year-olds. Dress for the weather as part of the program is outdoors. Pre-registration is recommended. (Child must be accompanied by an adult.) $2 members, $3 non-members. • Snow Shoe and Cross Country Ski Equipment Rental Rent cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment at Waterman Center. Rental hours are 10am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday, snow permitting. Equipment is for use on Waterman Center trails. Call ahead at 625-2221 to ensure the equipment you need is available.

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Last month, the Nichols Fire Department and Tioga Downs Casino unveiled a new rescue boat for the fire department. The boat was made possible by a contribution from Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs and President of American Racing and Entertainment. The Nichols Fire Department needed a new rescue boat because they one the acquired after the 2006 flood was damaged by debris during rescue operations during the September 2011 flood. The department had to use a smaller boat owned by a member of the fire department for flood recovery after their boat

was damaged. When staff at Tioga Downs learned to the fire department’s loss, they contacted Nichols Fire Department Chief Kittle and Mr. Gural offered financial assistance to make the purchase of the $22,000 rescue boat. Mr. Gural stated, “We are pleased to be able to help provide this important piece of equipment to the Nichols Fire Department Water Rescue Team, which greatly improves their ability to keep our community safe.” Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols is open year-round with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar, and special entertainment events.

Rebuild Owego Party Announces Candidates

Jack Evans, Rod Marchewka, Phoebe Morris, Kevin Millar The Rebuild Owego Party has selected candidates for Village of Owego elections on March 20, 2012. The candidate for Mayor is Deputy Mayor Kevin Millar, the candidate for Clerk/ Treasurer is current Clerk/Treasurer Rodney Marchewka, candidate for Ward 1 Trustee is Phoebe ShaferMorris and for Ward 2 Jack Evans. The Rebuild Owego Party candidates bring a wealth of experience to bear on the management of the village as well as ongoing flood recovery efforts. The Village of Owego was dealt a serious blow with the flood of September 2011 and it will take time to access the state of the village and plan for the future. “Our first priority is to facilitate recovery of village homes and business-

es. These are vital to an intact community. We support the Owego Police and Fire Departments as vital services to the village. We will assist businesses in the village to thrive and help new businesses to start.” Recovery to a new normal will take a couple of years, shared sacrifice and hard work on the part of many. The Rebuild Owego Party pledges to maintain civility in dealing with board members, village residents and employees, to work with a spirit of cooperation, to keep a focus on the issues at hand and to address serious issues in a serious way. The Rebuild Owego Party welcomes your input and your vote on Election Day, March 20.

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think about expanded Casino Gambling in New York State. I’d also like to hear your input on a few other things: Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal - We were able to cut spending and taxes last year; now, I want to work with him to close the budget gap without new taxes, borrowing or fiscal gimmicks. Agency Consolidation - New York State Government needs to be more efficient . What consolidation measures do you think would help? Environmentally Safe Natural Gas Drilling - I’m waiting to hear what the scientists, geologists and experts with the DEC recommend before we move forward, but I’ve never turned down input from constituents. To take the surveys please visit www.TomLibous.com or send me a personal message. Let me know what you think.

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Open auditions are announced for Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center’s production of the comedic farce Rumors, written by Neil Simon. Auditions will be held on Monday, February 13, and Thursday, February 16 beginning at 5 pm each evening, with call backs (if necessary) scheduled for Saturday, February 18 at Noon. The show will run Friday, Saturday, and Sundays

from April 13 through the 29. Roles are available for five men, ages 3065, and four or five women, ages 25 -65. Please prepare a brief monologue (preferably comedic). You may be required to do cold readings from the script as well. You may schedule an audition time for Feb 13 or 16 by calling the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center box office at 607-687-2130.


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Community Care Network of Nichols News: The Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) was exceptionally busy during the month of December, but all for a good cause. Each year around the holidays, CCNN purchases food with monies donated from the Salvation Army and assembles approximately 100 food baskets. Fifty baskets go to the senior citizens and other families that CCNN assists on a regular basis. Fifty baskets are assembled to help out families that the school district identifies as needing an extra helping hand. This year, with help from the Southern Tier Food Bank and the Salvation Army, CCNN extended this distribution to an additional 50 families who were hit by the flood. Volunteers shopped for enough food items to fill 150 baskets, assembled them, and distributed them to various locations throughout rural Tioga County. In addition, CCNN partnered with the local Toys for Tots chapter and Lockheed Martin, as well as Tioga Downs in sponsoring its annual Share-a -Thon event, to collect and purchase toys for multiple families needing that extra help during the holiday season. This year was extra difficult for families attempting to create some normalcy

as they struggled to cope with being displaced, short of funds, or just simply not in the holiday frame of mind. In the enormous task of recovering from the flood, CCNN wanted to encourage and aid these families in giving their children a Christmas amongst the chaos and uncertainty. CCNN was also privileged to work hand in hand with those who donated gift cards to be given out to those hardest hit. Through the generosity of many, CCNN was able to be a part of the giving spirit in many ways. One CCNN volunteer stated, “We had the fun part, of giving the food baskets, toys, or gift cards to the families. But, it is only because of those who generously gave that we were able to offer those items.” CCNN is a not for profit organization whose typical duties include transporting individuals to doctor’s appointments, shopping, & errands; friendly visits\phone calls; referrals; programs for youth and seniors, etc. They rely completely on donors and sponsors who see the need in helping out the vulnerable population of the rural communities. You can read more about CCNN on their website at www.ccnnichols.org

ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST Benefit for the Little Meadows Fire Department Sunday February 26th 7:00 am to 11:00 am at the

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Owego Artist Bob Merwin Offers Painting Lessons

Bob Merwin’s popular Basic Painting Course returns this month. Easy systematic lessons cover drawing, color mixing, composition, brushwork, and many of the areas that make for a good painting. Classes are small, with easy

lessons designed to build confidence while you meet new friends and have fun. Merwin is a retired commercial artist with fifteen years experience teaching at all levels. Classes start Tuesday, February 14, at the Tioga County Council on the Arts (TCCA) gallery at 179 Front Street in Owego. Each class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A list of the required materials is available at the TCCA offices. Tuition for the 12-hour course is $150. Register early because this class is small and fills fast. For more information, call TCCA at (607) 687-0785.

Auction to Benefit Tioga County Historical Museum The First Annual Black & White Antique Show will take place on Friday, February 24, 1pm - 7pm, and Saturday, February 25, 9am 6pm at Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York. The auction will include antiques and rare items: Primitives, Pottery, High End Estate, Jewelry, Coins, Sleigh Bells, Rare Toys, Civil War Collections and more. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the flood-damaged Tioga County Historical Museum in Owego. Cost is $5 in advance ($10 at door). Tickets are available at the Emporium in Owego (Contact Barbara and Emil Katchuk 607-6255273), the Tioga County Historical Society Museum in Owego, or the

Elks Pig Roast A Pig Roast to benefit Major Projects & Grand Reopening of the Vestal Elks Lodge, 2071 Vestal Parkway, Vestal, will be held on Saturday, February 25, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The cost is $15 which includes meat, baked beans, salt potatoes, salad & roll plus beer & soda. Music will be provided by Donna and The Country Mystics from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

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Apalachin Bank to Close

The Citizen Bank on Route 434 in Apalachin will close its doors for the last time on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Other offices in Vestal and Endicott will remain open. Since the 1960s, there has been a bank at this location in

Apalachin. Below is a photo of the first bank in Apalachin, the “Endicott Bank of New York�. Over the years, the property went through several hands: All Bank, Key Bank, Charter One, and then the Citizen Bank.


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Saturday February 11th Music by: Tim Linkroum Tioga Downs has finalized their 2012 race and stakes schedule for the upcoming race season (pending regulatory approval). Tioga Downs will hold 61 live racing days in 2012, set to begin on Saturday, May 5 (Kentucky Derby Day), in Nichols, New York. Highlighting the 2012 stakes calendar at Tioga Downs is the $200,000e Artiscape pace for open mare pacers, and the $200,000e Bettor’s Delight Open Pace both scheduled for Sunday, June 10. Tioga Downs will once again host the first leg of pacing’s Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, with

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eliminations on Sunday, August 26 with the final on Monday, September 3. The Empire Breeder’s Classic for 3year old New York bred pacers will be held later in the year as in years past, with eliminations on Sunday, August 5, and the $250,000e finals being held a week later on Sunday, August 12. Other marquee events held at Tioga Downs in 2012 will include: Tompkins-Geers, a leg of the Miss Versatility, The Shady Daisy, and the Historic Stakes. For more information and race dates please visit www.TiogaDowns.com

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Kevin Lentz, Executive Director of the Tioga County Historical Society, receives a check from Tania Werbizky of the Preservation League. The Preservation League of New York State presented a $13,000 grant from American Express to the Tioga County Historical Society on January 22. The Tioga County Historical Society is an educational organization which collects, preserves and interprets the history of Tioga County. Their collections, research center, heating systems and portions of the museum building on Front Street in Owego were severely damaged last year in flooding from Tropical Storm Lee. Before the building could re-open to the public, the furnace and boiler had to be replaced, and repairs had to be made to the building’s security infrastructure. “New York’s historic structures have weathered many storms, but when a natural disaster like Tropical Storm Lee comes along, they require special treatment and timely care to survive,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League of New York State. “While the League moved quickly to provide technical advice to groups across the state, there were some organizations that very simply needed financial assistance to secure the future of their historic buildings. We were pleased to facilitate this grant from American Express to ensure that the Tioga County Historical Society could once again serve the residents of the region and the public at large.” “One of the most important aspects of preserving archival items is temperature and humidity control,” said Kevin Lentz, Executive Director of the Tioga County Historical Society. “The restora-

tion of heat to our building was crucial not only for the operation of our museum, but for the safety of our collections. We are grateful for this support from American Express, and for the Preservation League’s leadership in helping us secure this grant.” According to Cheryl Green Rosario, Director, Philanthropy for American Express, “We believe in supporting organizations and projects that preserve and sustain historic places. Supporting the Tioga County Historical Society in its flood recovery efforts is one way we can ensure these important sites provide ongoing access and enjoyment for current and future generations.” “Late this summer, flooding put historic resources at grave risk across New York State,” said Tania Werbizky, the League’s Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs in western New York and the Southern Tier. “A building and its contents may seem beyond hope, but if you do things right, a flooded building can be cleaned up, dried out and reoccupied. We applaud the Tioga County Historical Society for acting quickly to mitigate the worst of the damage, and were delighted to make American Express aware of their immediate needs. We are looking forward to the day when the Society can get back to its primary mission: ‘To make history a living presence in people’s lives.’” For more information on the Preservation League, please call 518-462-5658 or visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org.

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“Always on Sunday” Concert to Feature Jazz Trio

The second concert in the “Always on Sunday” concert series, scheduled for Sunday, February 19 at 3:00 pm, will feature Bill Carter’s Presbybop Trio comprising Bill Carter on piano, Al Hamme on reeds, and Tony Marino on bass. The concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Union Church, 90 North Avenue, Owego. Bill Carter and the Presbybop Trio, the best known musicians playing “sacred jazz” in the United States, have toured the country extensively presenting concerts and jazz worship services. The collective resumes of the band members include performances with

the likes of Dave Brubeck, Marion McPartland, and the late Binghamtonborn Slam Stewart, among many others. Carter’s full-time job is Presbyterian minister in Clark Summit, PA. He has been composing and arranging music for thirty years, and is considered a national authority on the use of jazz in liturgical settings. Al Hamme is a consummate saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist, and directed Binghamton University’s jazz program for thirty years. Bassist Tony Marino plays his bass around the world and is widely hailed as one of the rising stars of the jazz world. “Always on Sunday” concerts are free and open to the public; however, donations are welcome. The final two concerts in the 2012 series will be held on March 18 and April 15. The March 18 concert will feature Ithaca-based traditional folk singers Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore. Light opera and song will be presented at the final concert on April 15. A reception with light refreshments follows each concert. The “Always on Sunday” series is made possible in part with funding from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation and the Cooper Foundation.

Coburn Free Library Gets New Shelving As a result of last September’s devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Lee, the Coburn Free Library in Owego lost the thousands of books that had been donated in support of its Friends of the Library book sales. The wooden shelves used to store the books were also a total loss. According to Karen Bernardo, director of the library, “The library depends on the proceeds from Friends’ sales as a substantial source of revenue for its operations. The generosity of village residents has been overwhelming in terms of replacing the lost books—books that have had to be stored all over town until there was a place to shelve them.” The Owego Rotary Club worked together with members of the friends of the library to determine the appropriate type of replacement shelving needed. Using this information, Owego Rotary applied for a Rotary District 7170 Sim-

plified Grant. Funding provided by the grant would be used to acquire new, freestanding metal shelving units for housing the donated books. The application was quickly approved and the shelving was purchased locally from Home Depot. A work team of several Owego Rotary Club members installed the new shelving units the afternoon of Saturday, January 7. Library volunteers are now working to shelve all the recently donated books in time for the next Friends of the Library Book Sale, scheduled for March 15, 16 & 17. The library holds three Friends’ sales each year. Coburn Free Library’s drive to obtain gently used books for future sales continues, and additional donations from the public would be greatly appreciated. The library’s phone number is (607) 687-3520.

Arrest of Filmmaker is Shameful Congressman Maurice Hinchey (DNY) today released the following statement upon learning that Gasland Director Josh Fox was arrested for attempting to film a public congressional hearing on hydraulic fracturing. The Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology ordered Fox arrested when he attempted to film the hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's approach to studying ground water contamination that resulted from hydraulic fracturing in Pavilion, Wyoming. Hinchey is a leader in Congress of the effort to protect drinking water and the environment from the risks of hydraulic fracturing. He is a co-author of the FRAC Act, which would mandate public disclosure of chemicals

used in frack fluid and allow the EPA to regulate fracking activities under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The congressman also authored the appropriations language that led to the current EPA study on hydraulic fracturing. "It is beyond unacceptable that acclaimed documentary director Josh Fox was arrested for trying to film a public hearing on groundwater contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing in Pavilion, Wyoming. This was a public hearing, there was plenty of room for cameras, and a credentialed camera crew was told they would be denied access because they were working for a documentary filmmaker. This is blatant censorship and a shameful stain on this Congress. I stand by Josh's right to record this hearing. His arrest was a huge mistake."

2012 World Day of Prayer Planned Let Justice Prevail for Malaysia

More than 170 countries around the world, from various cultures, races and faith traditions gather yearly on the first Friday of March to celebrate World Day of Prayer. It is celebrated ecumenically, promoting mission work, world peace, and concerns for women and children. The first organized day of prayer was held on February 20, 1920. For all these years, people have celebrated numerous countries from around the world. This year, we celebrate Let Justice Prevail for the women and children of Malaysia on March 2, 2012, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 Main Street in Owego. The prayer service is at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary, with Lenten soup and bread fellowship supper to follow in the Great Hall. Through World Day of Prayer,

women and children around the world can: share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs, become aware of the whole world and no longer live in isolation, be enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures, take up the burdens of other people and pray with and for them, become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society, and affirm that prayer and action are inseparable; and have immeasurable influence in the world. In the country of Malaysia, “Selamat datang” means Peace and Welcome, as a reminder that harmony as a people is rooted in peace and welcome. The Christian minority of women and children strive to be neighbors with a multi-religious country. The people are striving for fair and just governance, as many women, children and migrant workers report unjust suffering. World Day of Prayer’s motto is “Informed prayer leads to powerful action.” For more information contact Kathy Medovich, 607-659-3350, C# 607-621-6735 or kmedovich@lourdes.com. Website information: www.wdp-usa.org.

Cooking on the Lite Side

Super Bowl and Beyond by Chef Nick Cavataio I’m not one to follow sports on a regular basis but like to watch the BIG events. The reason I know these events are going to happen is because I overhear the buzz at work. The Super Bowl and World Series are on top of my list of sports events to watch. Like most folks, the biggest attraction other than the contest itself is the food that is going to be prepared and served. That is where I get excited. I enjoy the anticipation, planning, preparation of the food almost as much as actually indulging in eating all the different delights. We’re created to be creative. Did you ever notice how much more we receive when we give? Other than church, friends and family we usually end up in the kitchen/dining room area for fellowship. Cooking, creating and sharing go hand-in-hand with relationship building. There seems to be so many terms related to food that coincide with relationship building. For example, a few years back I was working with a man in an industrial cafeteria setting, creating some sort of open face sandwich that called for a topping of cheddar cheese. I will always remember him making the comment on how he thought there was something “Sensual” about melted cheese. How many relationships started with a blind date over a meal or snacks at a party? In addition, how

many times have you heard the term “Comfort” food? They say, “the way to a person’s heart is through there stomach.” Therefore, the buffalo style wings, pizza, chili, tacos and various dips/chips translate into bonding at all the Super Bowl parties? Here is one of my favorite recipes my Mom would have on special occasions. Mom’s Italian Bread Sticks 1 Loaf Italian bread, unsliced 4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or butter or margarine 4 Tablespoons fresh crushed garlic Fresh basil leaves, to taste 1 Tablespoon dry oregano 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan Cheese 1/4 Cup grated Romano Cheese 1 Small can anchovies (optional) Split the loaf of bread in half horizontally (like a sandwich), spread olive oil or butter on both halves. Evenly spread all the seasonings, cheese and anchovies on both halves and close the bread together, wrap with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Put in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven, slice the whole loaf in one inch strips – ENJOY.


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Owego Little League www.eteamz.com/owego REGISTER FOR 2012 SEASON Player Agent Karen Vinti urges Sign Ups for OLL Baseball, TeeBall, ASA Girls Softball and Southern Tier Teener League Baseball from 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Owego Central Fire Station, North Ave., across from John’s Fine Foods. Absolute final signups from 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, March 8, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main St., Owego, in hallway at side entrance to Hubbard Auditorium. Director Dick Franz encourages parents to volunteer to work in the Concession Stand, Umpire, Manage or Coach, do Building and Grounds, open and close the park, or tasks of their choice. INFORMATION MEETING President Ken Winters reminds managers and coaches of their mandatory OLL Information Meeting at 7 pm, Thursday, March 8, in Hubbard Auditorium of the Tioga County Office Building. Officers and Directors will help Ken give an overview of plans for the 61st season. THANKS TO THE HOOKER FOUNDATION The OLL Family thanks the Floyd Hooker Foundation Fund for

a $39,224 check to cover September 2011 flood damage to Hyde Park, Fencing and Fields, Red Compton Field House and Concession Stand, Equipment and Supplies. Director Rich Ives received official notification that OLL is not eligible for FEMA aid. Five to six feet of water from the Owego Creek and Monkey Run Creek flooded Hyde Park and the Teener Baseball League Field. Volunteers spent hundreds of hours cleaning and repairing and more has to be done. Check out the September 2011 Flood Pictures www.eteamz.com/ owego OLL ONLINE Get in the habit of checking two web sites for important Little League news. OLL is www.eteamz.com/owego. Webmaster Eric Hawkins keeps it up to date. Your most important assignment: Read the Operating Handbook. Little League International is www.littleleague.org. You’ll find information for players, managers and coaches, umpires, league officials and safety news.

Candor Events • Open Hearts Dinner - is held every Wednesday at McKendree UMC, 224 Owego Street in Candor. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one's for you. Contact Denice Peckins, denicepeckins@hotmail.com • Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club - meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm, Candor Ambulance Garage, 58 Main Street, Candor. Contact Matt Crowe, President, 659-4923 • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Thursday evening at 6:00 pm, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main St. Candor. Contact Jean Dewey Leader 659-9969 or jmdewey@frontiernet.net • Friday Night Feast - February 10, 6 to 9 pm, Candor Legion. Wings/ fingers, burger/fries. Eat in or take out. American Legion Post #907, 90 Spencer Rd., Candor. To order ahead or for take out call 659-7395 • Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, February 11, 8 to 10 am, Beebe Sap House, Route 96, Candor. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee/tea, or-

ange juice, milk. Sponsored by Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. Good will donation appreciated. • Lasagna Dinner - Saturday, February 11, 3 to 7 pm. Lasagna meat or meatless or vegetables (with full salad bar, bread, dessert). Candor Fire Company Hall, 74 Owego Road, Candor. • Library Story Hour - Tuesday, February 14, 10:15 am in the downstairs at the Candor Free Library. Story Hour Lady is Terri Brogdale, whose stories are enhanced by music and sign language All ages are welcome. Candor Free Library, Bank Street, Candor • Friday Night Feast - February 17, 6 to 9 pm, Candor Legion. Spiedies, Italian sausages. American Legion Post #907, 90 Spencer Rd., Candor. Eat in, take out. 659-7395. • Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, February 19, 8 to 11 am. Pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate. Candor Fire Station, Rt 96B, 74 Owego Rd, Candor.

Field, Hearth and Home Show The Tioga United Way and the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce announce a new and exciting upcoming event. The “Field, Hearth and Home” show will be held on March 31 and April 1 at the Owego Treadway Inn and Conference. This is a two-day expo that is open to the public. Booths will feature sporting and recreational activities including hunting,

fishing, taxidermy, kayaking, camping, quilting, sportsman’s clubs, summer camps, and wildlife art. The opportunities are endless. Interested businesses and clubs are invited to purchase a booth and participate in this first time event. For more information or a registration form, contact the Tioga United Way at 687-4028 or the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 607-2020.

Waterman Center Offers Free Documentary “Green Fire” documents life of conservationist Aldo Leopold A free presentation of a documentary on the life of conservationist Aldo Leopold, “Green Fire – Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time” will take place on Saturday, February 11, at 7:00 pm at the Waterman Conservation Education Center, 403 Hilton Road in Apalachin. Aldo Leopold is considered the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. His classic book, A Sand County Almanac, still inspires us to see the natural world as a community to which we belong.

The documentary, Green Fire, explores Leopold’s personal journey of observation and understanding. It is the first feature documentary about Aldo Leopold’s life and contemporary legacy. It features commentary from conservation leaders including scientists, ranchers, scholars and three of Aldo Leopold’s children. Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer, serves as the on-camera guide, making connections between Leopold’s ideas and their expression in the conservation movement today. For more information, call Waterman Center at 625-2221.

Tioga County Chamber of Commerce New Board Members, Officers for 2012 The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of the new officers and members of the Board of Directors for 2012. Officers: Chairman: Deborah Howard, NYS Assemblyman Gary Finch First Vice Chairman: Joe Doty, The Cellular Connection Second Vice Chairman: Judy Baust, Field Afar Third Vice Chairman: Jason Settlemoir, Tioga Downs Treasurer: Ed Butler, Visions Federal Credit Union Secretary: Florence Rossi, Community Bank N.A. Past Chairman: James VonEsch, Owego Treadway Inn New Board Members: Rick Annunziata, M&T Bank; Doug Barton, Tioga County ED&P; Chris Byrne, Tioga State Bank; Val Demkovich, Tioga County Boys and Girls Club; Kevin Gillette, Tioga Hardwoods; Toni Murphy, NBT Bank; Scott Poulton, TriTown Insurance; Paul Price, Law

Office of Paul M. Price Esq.; Steve Sill, Sanmina-SCI Corp.; Dean Smith, Scott Smith & Son, Inc.; Jamie Striley, Olum’s; Beth Winters, Lockheed Martin Owego; David Woodburn, Tioga Opportunities; Inc.

Letter to the Editor: “Excellence in education thru openness” I would like your readers to know and become familiar with the Tioga Citizens For Affordable Education And Excellence. This grass roots group is an expansion of the O-A Citizens Against Tax Creep. Our mission is to promote “EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION THRU OPENNESS.” You may visit us and contact us at our newly released website www.tcfaeae.com It is our intent to protect Excellence in Education by assuring that the BOE and Administration develop processes and budgetary models which protect students, student programs and Teachers from becoming victims of the budgetary knife. We believe that there are a number of ways for School Districts to control expenditures without impacting the quality of education. It is for our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews that we take up the challenge of being "Watchdogs" of our Board of Education, School Administration and Unions. We sincerely subscribe to the

principle that "WE THE PEOPLE," the TAXPAYERS, are the employers of our Administrators, Teachers and support staff. That the Board of Education is elected BY THE PEOPLE to look out for the education of the children in a cost effective manner which is sustainable by the taxpaying citizens of the community. We invite all citizens to join us. There is no cost to participate. We ask that you do two things in support of our schools and students; attend Board meetings when you can and vote in the school board elections and participate and vote during the budget approval process. Governor Cuomo, through recent legislation, has given taxpayers a greater say in how your School Boards and Administrators spend your money. COME JOIN US - COME VOTE ! Joe Chartrand Tioga Citizens For Affordable Education And Excellence