February 2013 Community Press

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Remembering Matt Porcari by Patrick Gavin - See page 9.

Benefit for Fallen Firefighter's Family Home Central material fund account #803 for the Porcari Home Renovation Project. Tickets are $10, and are on sale at the Top of the Hill Diner and at Home Central. Tickets are also available at the door the night of the dinner.

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Valentines in the Windows in Owego

The Owego Kiwanis have brought back the fun, time-honored, small town tradition of "Messages from the Heart -In the Heart of Owego." Young artists are asked to create a personal Valentine which will be displayed in the windows of the stores in downtown Owego, and judged by community leaders on Valentines Day. The deadline for handing in Valentines is February 8. Valentines will be picked up at local schools that participate. Individuals or special groups may drop off Valentines at M&T Bank, 195 Front Street in Owego. Valentines will be placed in the windows starting Saturday, February 9. Judging will be for Grades 3 through 6, and for Grade 2 and younger. Categories are: most beautiful, funniest, and most original. Unless specifically requested, no

Valentines will be returned. The stores are expected to remove the Valentines around February 16. Valentines should be no larger than an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. Only the front side of the Valentine will be visible from the street. The back of the Valentine should identify the artist only by school grade, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, or by age, preschool, with a school and teacher's name if appropriate. Attach a separate sheet, and the Valentine will get a code and Kiwanis will safeguard your information. The Valentines may be to a family member, friend, or public servant (police, fire, emergency worker, etc.) They should be non-political and in good taste. For more information, contact Wayne at (607) 624-0796 at the Owego Kiwanis.

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Spaghetti Dinner benefits OFA Class of 2013 The OFA 2013 Senior Class will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 9, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm in the Owego Free Academy cafeteria prior to the OFA musical Fame. Tickets are



Remembering Matt Porcari

A Chicken and Biscuit Dinner will be held as a fundraiser to benefit the family of Owego firefighter Captain Matthew Porcari, 34, who died January 22, 2013, from injuries sustained while fighting a structure fire in Newark Valley. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 13, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Top of the Hill diner at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street in Apalachin. The Porcari residence was damaged in the flood, and Porcari was in the process of renovating his house when he died. All food costs of the dinner are being covered by the owner of Top of the Hill Diner, and all the waitresses and cooks are donating their time that day so 100% of the money raised will go to the


available at the door: Adults $7; Children (12 and younger), $5; Children (3 and under), Free. All proceeds benefit the OFA 2013 Senior Class Chem-Free Post-Prom Party.

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The Owego Kiwanis Club will broadcast its 51st Annual Radio Day on Saturday, March 30, 2013, on News Radio 1330 AM / 107.9 FM WEBO. The Owego Kiwanis Club is actively looking for sponsors for their broadcast which is an annual fundraiser for the Owego Kiwanis Club supporting the youth activities of our community. For a $100 donation, the sponsor will be included in several of the 25

promotional ads to be run the week before Radio Day and two (2) thirty second (:30) radio ads on March 30 during the Radio Day program. A $300 donation equates to an hour sponsorship and some airtime for a business or organization. To make a donation to the Kiwanis Club during this event, businesses are asked to call Pete Windover at 687-4952 prior to Friday, March 22, 2013.

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The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players welcome the addition of Beth Clark as their new theater administrator at the TiAhwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego. Clark will be overseeing the day -to-day operations of the theater and brings considerable experience in both theater and business to the job. "Theater is like church to me," Clark said, "and it is a dream come true to be working here with all of these wonderful people." Clark has provided bookkeeping and billing services for medical offices in Schuyler and Tompkins counties. She has been a volunteer with The Lake County Players theater group in Watkins Glen since 2007 and served as secretary on their board of directors from 2008 to 2011. She has acted, produced and directed in addition to working as stage manager, costume mistress and sound and makeup assistant. Most recently she has been the group's business manager for various productions, overseeing marketing, bookkeeping, grant writing, and fund raising. The Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center is a beautiful cabaret-style theater located at 42 Delphine St., Owego, NY, where 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. 'A Delicate Balance,' a powerful Pu-

litzer Prize winning drama, will open at the theater on Friday, February 8, and run Friday, Saturday and Sunday through February 24. General admission is $18, Friday students w/ID is $10, and Sunday seniors 60+ is $15. The Player's annual fund-raising auction is on March 9 this year. For only $35, you’ll be treated to great food and drink, live theater entertainment, and have the opportunity to bid on many unique items donated by the community. The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players perform five plays each year from October through June. You can find out more about the Players, plays, membership and the Center by logging on to www.tiahwaga.com or calling Beth at 687-2130.

Auditions for "The Miracle Worker"

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will hold auditions for "The Miracle Worker" on Tuesday, February 12, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine Street in Owego. The show will run for three weekends from April 5 through April 21. Rehearsals will begin on February 27. Roles are available for four men, ages 20 to 60+; six women, ages 20 to 60+;

and seven children, girls ages 8 to 17 and boys ages 8 to 10. Four AfricanAmerican actors are needed to include two women, one girl and one boy. Auditioners should prepare a twominute monologue to recite and be prepared to read selections from the script. Please call the theater at (607) 687-2130 to schedule an appointment.

Free "Cobblestone Crossing" Concert

This month's free "Always on Sunday" concert features Cobblestone Crossing, one of the area's most popular musical groups. The concert will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 17, at the First Presbyterian Union Church, corner of North Avenue and Church Street in Owego. Cobblestone Crossing's repertoire includes mostly American nostalgic folk, with a light touch of bluegrass, country, and Irish.

Crossword Puzzle Tournament The First Ever Finger Lakes Crossword Competition will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Boynton Middle School Cafeteria. Individuals or teams of 4 are invited to compete for prizes in one of three levels of difficulty. The registration fee is $35 per person or $140 for a team of 4. All proceeds will benefit Tompkins Learning Partners. For more information, call TLP at 277-6442 or visit TLPartners.org.

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"Mountain Laurels and Ganesh," a still life oil on canvas by Vani Akula. This month, ArtSpace Gallery in the Tioga County Council on the Arts building, 179 Front Street in Owego, features the work of Vani Akula of Corning, New York. Akula paints using the alla prima (or direct painting) technique, a wet-on-wet technique used primarily in oil painting. Alla prima painting is a unique way of completing a portrait, as it forces the artist to choose the essence for the piece. This exhibition, AAKARA, Shapes,

includes alla prima portraits done both from life and from still lifes, and presents a dual perspective. More images from Akula's portfolio are at www.vanifineart.com. A special reception at the ArtSpace Gallery will be held as part of the 3rd Friday ArtWalk on February 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The artist will give an alla prima painting demonstration during the reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Castellucci's Annual Rigatoni Dinner, Feb. 8 Town Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr. will hold his 15th Annual Rigatoni and Meatball Dinner on Friday, February 8, at the Owego Elks Club. Dinner includes rigatoni and meatballs, salad, dessert, and coffee with a cash bar. Entertainment will be "The Sounds of Sinatra" featuring Bill Nanni,

Virginia Young during "Cocktail Hour" and Guest Speaker Congressman Tom Reed. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm. Tickets are available at $20. Call (607) 687-0965 or email dcastellucci@stny.rr.com for reservations up until February 3, 2013.

Vestal Elks to Host 5K Run/Walk Vestal Elks Lodge 2508 will host a 5K run/walk called The Pink Elk 5K Run/Walk, on April 28, 2013, at 11:30 am. The Pink Elk race will benefit two local charities, Traci’s Hope and Town of Vestal Angels, a Relay for Life of Western Broome team. The preregistration cost is $20 per participant, and $25 on the day of the race. There will also be a family price available of

$20 for the first participant and $10 for the spouse and/or each additional child under 18 years of age. The preregistration will include a shoe bag with several treats inside. Snacks will be provided with a cash bar after the race in the Elk Lodge banquet room. For more information on The Pink Elk 5k run/walk, please contact Jake Brown at wmjbrown@gmail.com.

Owego Little League News First Time Sign-Ups First time sign-ups will be held February 5 and 9, at Central Fire Station and online until February 13 Owego Little League's major event of the upcoming 62nd season is player registration for National, American, Modified, T-Ball and ASA Girls Softball and Teener Baseball to keep the league growing and successful. For returning player registrations, use the new online system until midnight Wednesday, February 13. Go to the OLL website http://www.eteamz.com/owego/ and follow the prompts for registration. First time requires dad or mom or guardian to bring with them a returnable birthday certificate for the sign up at the Owego Central Fire Station on North Avenue, across from John's Fine Foods. Player Agent Karen Vinti says her volunteers will be in the fire station on Tuesday, February 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and again on Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 am to 12 Noon. League Treasurer Steve Lounsberry says player registration time is a great time to volunteer to become an umpire, manager, coach, concession stand volunteer and ground crew helpers.

Because of the extraordinary volunteerism shown by the parents, OLL President Ken Winters says players have never paid an OLL signup fee since 1952. To play Teener Baseball in the Southern Tier Baseball League, there is a required $30 fee at the time of first practice to cover those league expenses. OLL Web Site 24/7 An important resource for parents and players is the OLL's Web Site www.eteamz.com/owego. Webmaster Eric Hawkins posts updates and keeps social media Facebook and Twitter fresh. Little League-International automatically updates the OLL Web Site with news from Williamsport. Find the stories in a news box located just below the banner at the top of the OLL Home Page. Among the new stories are the new Little League Tee Ball Program designed to promote activity, fun and fitness, while teaching fundamentals, Information on Child Abuse, Little League Background Checks and Free Coaches Resources.

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Josh's Eagle Scout Project involved rebuilding the games that St Patrick's School of Owego uses in their annual bazaar. The games were destroyed in the 2011 flood. Josh is the son of Amy Smith of Owego and Wes Wilkert of Apalachin.

At the Apalachin Library 719 Main Street, Apalachin, NY (607) 625-3333 Valentines Tea Party Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 to 11 am The Valentines Tea Party is for young ladies, ages 4 to 8. Please sign up at the library. Knitting Lessons 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 1pm and 7pm New knitters are always welcome.

Underground Railroad Program Tuesday, February 19, 7pm In honor of National Black History month, Town of Owego Historian, Emma Sedor will present a program on the Underground Railroad in our area. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Open House at Council on the Arts - Feb. 8 To celebrate the restoration of their classroom space, the Tioga County Council on the Arts invites everyone to an Open House on Friday, February 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at 179 Front Street in Owego. The downstairs classroom and storage area was badly damaged in a recent flood. Thanks to so many donors, the space has been remarkably

renovated. During the Open House, you can tour the newly restored classroom; meet the new Executive Director, Abbey Hendrickson; get the first look at the spring workshop schedule; listen to live music by JFK, and enjoy refreshments. Tioga County Council on the Arts is at 179 Front St. in Owego and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Learn to Cook a French Meal in Apalachin Learn to cook an authentic French meal. A hands-on class will be taught by Pamela Crane, whose experience includes three years living in France while cooking at a French Conference Center. An interactive Bible study


followed by the French Meal will complete the day. The event will take place on Saturday, February 23, from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm at the South Apalachin Baptist Church, 4116 Penna. Avenue in Apalachin.

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Community Dinner A Community Dinner with pot roast/ chicken cordon bleu will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church and School, Route 17C West in Owego on Friday, February 15, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Free will offering.

committed to bringing lesser done works with such raw and thought provoking material to the stage." The cast includes Jane Nichols as Agnes, Keith Nichols as Tobias, Linda Fenescey as Edna, Jim Osborne as Harry, Stacey Jo Oropello as Claire, and Sarah Jensen as Julia. 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 Gallery 41; Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP; Keith A. Nichols MD, PLLC; Hess Express; and Barry and Sharon Schecter. To reserve seats, call the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 687-2130 and log on to www.tiahwaga.com for more information about the center.

Soup & Salad Supper A Soup & Salad Supper will be served at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Newark Valley, February 16, 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Takeout is available. Free will donation.

Celebrate Chinese New Year - February 14 The Vestal Central School District’s Mandarin Chinese program and the Vestal Chinese Program Parent Organization will welcome the year of the Snake during their celebration of the Chinese New Year on Thursday, February 14, beginning at 4:30 pm at the Vestal High School. Student performances will begin at 5:00 pm, and at 6:30 pm a buffet Chinese dinner of traditional favorites

will be served. The evening concludes with cultural activities and crafts from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for students. Seating is limited, so please reserve before February 8. For a reservation form, visit the Vestal Central School District web page www.vestal.stier.org/ vestal_senior_high.asp

4-H Tractor Operator Certification The Tioga County 4-H Tractor and Machinery Operations Training and Certification program will begin Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in the Tioga County Office Building Auditorium at 7:00 pm. The cost of the program is $30 for non 4-H members and $20 for 4-H members. Registration forms and brochures can be picked up in advance from the

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County Office, 56 Main St., Owego. 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.



Local Community Theater Group Continues to “Give Back”


Pancake Breakfast, 2/9 The Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 am on Saturday, February 9, at the Beebe Sap House, Route 96, Candor. Serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage coffee/tea, orange juice, and milk. Good Will Donation appreciated.

Pancake Breakfast, 2/17 A Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 8:00 to 11:00 am, at the Candor Fire Station, Route 96B, 74 Owego Road, Candor. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, sausage, orange juice, coffee, and hot chocolate. Sponsored by the Candor Fire Department.

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Baths TAG’s president Robin Benesh Representative, Rod Ballengee. The Tioga Acting Guild, Inc. (TAG) donated $250 to the local chapter of the Salvation Army. On December 15 and 16, TAG put on a radio show entitled, “It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play” by Joe Landry. The audience at the former Nichols Elementary School thoroughly enjoyed a journey back to the golden age of radio with live sound effects and multiple characters being played by only a small cast. It was definitely a different show from the typical comedies that TAG usually presents to its audiences. But it was wonderfully portrayed and enjoyed by all who attended the event. Tickets were only $10 and included a complimentary dessert. TAG is a newly incorporated not for profit community theater company with an unusual mission. Its mission is to continue to bring enjoyable, as well as





affordable, theater to the local community while using some of its proceeds to support local charities. Its slogan states its purpose; “TAG, the ACT that gives back”. TAG is lining up events for the year that will entertain as well as benefit the surrounding communities. You can catch the next TAG show on March 15 17. They will be presenting a dinner theater event with the hilarious comedy “Cookin’ With Gus”, by Jim Brochu. They will be donating a portion of their proceeds to The Bridge. You can visit TAG on Facebook and their newly launched web site, www.tiogaactingguild.com Visitors to the web site will be able to keep informed about current and future shows, view past events and charitable activities, as well as purchase tickets online.

St. Patrick's School Accepting Registrations St. Patrick School, 309 Front St. in Owego, is accepting registrations from preschool through Fifth Grade for the 2013-2014 school year. Students and families from all faiths are welcome at St. Patrick School. All teachers in Pre-K through Fifth Grade are New York State certified. The curriculum is aimed at mastery of subject matter in English language arts, mathematics, social studies and science as it relates to the new Common Core Standards. Students also have classes in computer technology, art, music, physical education and library. Early childhood education programs include preschool (age 3) and Pre-K (ages 4 and 5). Students in Pre-K

participate in gym, art, music and library depending on the days/times they attend. St. Patrick School also offers a supervised before and after-school care program that runs 7:00 to 8:30 am, and 2:30 to 5:30 pm. This is open to all students. Busing within a 15-mile radius of the school is available from your local school district for students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Visit www.stpatrickowego.org for more information or call 687-1770 to schedule a personal tour and obtain a registration packet. Applications for busing are due no later than April 1. After that date, school districts cannot guarantee transportation.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, February 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Saint Mark's

Episcopal Church, 17 Main St. Candor. Free will donation.

When Climate Change Hits Home Events sponsored by Owego-RAFT (Residents Against Fracking Tioga) and Sustainable Tompkins • "Sun Come Up" Saturday, Feb. 9, 2-4pm, at Owego United Methodist Church Hall, 261 Main St, Owego Watch "Sun Come Up", a story of some of the world's first climate refugees, and stay on for a panel discussion about how, locally, we can take responsibility for our shared future and support each other to reduce prepare our communities for a very different climate. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

• Increase Energy Efficiency Saturday, Feb. 23, 10am-3pm, at St. Patrick's School, 309 Main St., Owego Learn simple, practical ways to increase energy efficiency in homes and businesses, giving the community energy security, jobs, and reduced energy costs. See an energy audit performed. Learn steps to get an audit done, and how to pay for the recommendations. Lunch will be served. Suggested donation is $7. Space is limited. Registration is required; contact raftny@gmail.com

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Apalachin Lions Scholarship Program The Apalachin Lions Club 26th Annual Scholarship program will award $1500 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2013 who live in the 13732, and 13760, 18830 zip codes. This covers Apalachin, Campville east to the Broome County line, 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 scholarship 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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Junko Clymer of Nichols, visits her great-granddaughter, Emma Clymer, at her pre-school Wesleyan Church in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Over the years, Junko Clymer, who was born in Japan, has happily attended school functions to specifically share the Japanese language, stories, songs, and traditions with three generations of children.

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Remembering Matt Porcari by Patrick Gavin

I have been asked by the Porcari family to share my recollections of my lifelong friend, Fallen Owego Firefighter and Croton Hose #3 Captain Matt Porcari. I write through deep sadness but consider this request an honor and privilege. Matt and I first met at a young age on Delphine Street in front of his grandparents’ house. Both our fathers were members of the Owego Fire Department’s firematic hose racing team and Delphine Street is where the practices were held. Hose races are timed events where firefighters test their skills in competition. We were the “hose team helpers” and would roll and drain the hose of water between the practice runs. Matt was a “Flat Rat,” a name affectionately given to residents living in the “Flats,” an area of the village. I grew up in “Turtle Town” but would soon become an honorary Flat Rat after our first meeting. I’d always had envy of the tightknit Flats community. Many of the families are pillars of the village--last names like the Dunhams and Porcaris. Flat Rats have certain qualities about them, all of which are exemplified by Matt. They always have each other’s backs, never are afraid to voice and stand up for their beliefs, and always, always are there when needed. The motto, “Flats against the world,” never has rung more true than in difficult times like these. Our generation of Flat Rats grew up prior to the computer age. Most of the time was spent outdoors playing and fishing the Owego creek. There were nightly “jailbreak” games, “lob ball” at Owego Little League, whiffle ball across the street from his parents, John and Cheri’s house, tackle football in the Bidwell lot on Delphine, and of course, toilet papering the trees of George Street the night before homecoming. Always in the middle of things, Matt was one of the ring leaders. At age 16 we joined the Owego Fire Department just like our fathers and grandfathers before us. We went through new member training together learning





the ins and outs of firefighting from our dads. One of our first fires together was on Thorn Hollow Road. My dad and I came down Talcott Street in OFD’s Mack pumper. As we turned the corner from North Ave. we could see reflective gear coming at us in the middle of Talcott Street. As we approached, we saw that it was Matt and his dad running in their turnout gear to Station #3. During our career there were many fires: A structure fire by McMaster Street where a cat jumped out of a closet onto Matt while he was performing a search; the old Owego Creamery fire also off of McMaster Street we fought together with our dads; a chimney fire on Montrose Turnpike where Matt grabbed me as I almost slid off the roof trying to get up to the chimney; the Taylor Garage fire where Matt was featured on the cover of the Press and Sun Bulletin. When the fire whistle sounded he was there to serve our community time and time again. With the serious side of the fire department comes the social side of the fire department where Matt was also leader of the pack. As soon as we joined the department we started hose racing. Every night we were on Delphine Street practicing for the big Central NY races that were being held in Owego that year in 1995. Our practice paid off and the “hose team helpers” became the hose team champions as we went on to become the youngest team to win the tournament in history. We continued to race ever since. At the races in Old Forge recently, the hose team had bet that whoever messed up a race had to jump into a nearby lake. Matt, unfortunately, missed a connection and gladly obliged to the grin and laughter of the other teams and spectators by jumping right in. The hose team also participated in the

Firemen’s Association of New York (FASNY) Winter Games where Matt tackled a team of other participants into the hotel pool after the games had concluded in fun. A regular at Company #3’s annual clambake, Matt was the king of “jungle rules” volleyball. At Company #3’s annual banquet we would all gather and sing “American Pie” at the conclusion of the event in honor of John. These functions were always full of fun, laughter, maybe a little bit of mischief-and we always represented the Owego Fire Department with pride. Matt and I were also on the 1997 New York State Class B Championship Baseball Team, the first team to win a state championship in Owego’s history. Matt was never afraid to take one for the team and I believe he led the league in

being hit by pitches. "As long as I get on base," I can vividly remember him saying. He grew up playing on the Partners in Little League and turned into a state championship first baseman. There are countless other memories and stories I can share but these are a few that come to mind. He was someone I knew if I called I could count on for help no matter what it was. He was a loving father to his children, big brother to Tammy, and the love of his life, Christina. He was both his father’s and his mother’s son in so many ways. I am so proud to have known him and so sad he is gone. May he rest in peace and be forever in our hearts. May his memory and spirit help us to continue the same selfless service to our communities, and carry on his love of fun and life.

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Tioga County Veterans News by Jim Raftis

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Open Monday –Saturday 10 am –6 pm Culinary Gadgets • Gluten-Free Mixes Local Foods • Internet Café • Specialty Baking

Monday February 18 Crepes 6-8pm

Tonight we are concentrating on learning to make a great sweet crepe. Mix the batter, cook the crepe, flip, finish cooking and sauce it. Special pricing at $14.95 pp + tax.

Wednesday February 20 Knife Skills 6-9pm

Bring your favorite knife to class (or try one of mine) to learn how to cut, slice, dice, and mince vegetables that will be combined for a yummy pasta dish. Add a fresh salsa for a little spice,then try your hand at cutting all sorts of fruit to create your own fruit tart. $29.00 pp+tax. Gary from Sharp Again Sharpening Service will be here as well.

Friday February 22 Cake Decorating 6-8pm

Join the Kitchen Store in welcoming Brandon to the team of people who love to cook. He will give you the basics of cake decorating. Learn how to use a pastry bag and tips. This price includes a 10 piece decorating set that is yours to take home and use; and a small cake you have decorated. Join us! $29.00 pp+tax

Saturday February 23 FREESTYLE SUSHI 3-5 pm

Come to learn how to make sushi with Sushi Master Yoshi. Watch, sample, make, and eat several kinds of sushi, if you think it's only about raw fish, you haven't seen what Yoshi can do. You will go home with a little 'sushi kit' to get you started on your next creation. Price to be arranged.

Students to Interview Veterans Students in Mike Bartlow's 8th Grade Social Studies Classes at OwegoApalachin Middle School want to interview men and women who performed military service during any conflict in the past 60+ years: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, Persian Gulf, Iran, or Afghanistan. It's part of a project called "In Harm's Way." The students will do this project totally outside of class in order to receive full credit for this important assignment. What's the progress so far? Most important is to continue to get the word out to more veterans and arrange times to sit down and talk. Veterans can also share stories in a classroom presentation the week before Memorial Day. If you are interesting in telling students about your service, contact Glenn A. Warner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1371 Memorial Chairman Jim Raftis at (607) 687-4229 or jraftis2@stny.rr.com. Riverview Manor in Owego has veterans willing to participate. One of them is Dominic Bencivenga (pictured below), who served on a B-17 with the 3rd Emergency Rescue Squadron in the Pacific Theater during WWII.

Saturday February 23 GLUTEN-FREE PIZZA 6-9 pm

Teresa is back to teach us some interesting alternative pizzas! Always gluten-free and always yummy. Dessert will also be included. $39.00 pp+tax

Monday February 25 How to Make Your Own Pierogi 6-8pm

Ever wanted to learn how to make pierogis? This is a class on how to mix dough and fill it with potato and cheese to end up with those wonderful pockets that are boiled then sauteed in butter and onions. $19.00 pp+ tax.

Wednesday February 27 MAKE & TAKE CHILI AND CHEESE 5-7pm

Tonight I am cooking Chili and Mac & Cheese for you to take home and enjoy. We add corn bread and salad, and you have a meal! Vegetarian Chili also available. $12.50 will serve 2 , $24.50 serves 4. Please call and reserve. 625-5048

Call Sue at (607) 625-5048

Dominic Bencivenga and crew at Atsugi Airfield in Japan during WWII

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Vietnam and Korea Navy veteran George Tobin of Valley Road, Owego, has lots of experiences to share. WWII

Ladies Luncheon - February 20 The February Ladies Luncheon, "Sweet Mixtures" will be held on Wednesday, February 20, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Owego Treadway, Rt 17C, Owego. There will be a special feature from Eileen Patch "Voice from the Civil War"; music with Andy

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Boardman; and speaker Carol Ann Gleason with "The Cheerful Messenger." Cost is $12. Reservations and cancellations are requested. Reservations due by February 15. For information, contact Carol, 785-3101 or cgg350@aol.com

Waterman Center Elects Board of Directors The Fred L. Waterman Conservation Education Center, 403 Hilton Road, Apalachin, announces their Board of Directors for 2013. New members recently voted onto the board are Anne Moon and Wally Wiegert. Board members continuing to serve are Mary Ann

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Navy veteran Clarence Grimley now of St. Augustine, Florida, formerly of Newark Valley, called to say he's writing a biography of his service aboard the USS Leyte in the Mediterranean Sea. YNC (AW) Retired UANR- Helen Williams of Candor emails that she would be happy to sit down to chat and tell tall tales along with photos, albums, etc. WWII veteran Al Elkin wants to come to school and tell students his stories. Carolyn Quick of Catatonk Hill Road shared an incredible The Greatest Generation story about her dad, WWII Army Staff Sergeant Albert R. Hyde. Being a veteran is also a family thing. Her brother is a Viet Nam Vet. Her dad's grandfather from Owego was wounded in the Civil War. Her dad's story begins with voluntary induction on January 17, 1941, at age 21 and ends September 14, 1945, at age 26. In 4 ¾ years Hyde saw duty in the Atlantic, the invasion of North Africa, combat duty in France, Belgium and Germany and concluded on the Elbe River after the Battle of the Bulge. Hyde's service record reflects these awards: Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Emblem with cluster, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars and one Silver Star and One Arrowhead plus others and awards from Belgium and France "In Harm's Way" is looking for the oldest veterans in our area. Charlie Munroe tells the story of his 94-year-old dad, WWII Army Air Force veteran Don Munroe of the Town of Tioga. He flew a P-40 in North Africa. He's still his son's business accountant. Not bad for 94. 92-year-old WWII First Army Veteran Robert J. Van Force was wounded in the left hand during the Tunisia Campaign at Kasserine Pass in Feb. 19-25. He's a life member of the VFW Post 1371.

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Senator Libous hosts ‘Wing Night’


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The Terrace Senator Libous talks with Tioga County residents at wing night. Last month, Senator Libous hosted a wing night at the Railhouse in Waverly. Nearly a hundred people attended the event. Attendees enjoyed wings and asked the Senator questions about various issues such as the new gun control law, casinos, and hydrofracking. The wing night was a

rescheduled campaign event that had to be postponed due to inclement weather. “I love getting the chance to eat good food with good people,” said Libous. “That’s why I host gatherings like these; it gives me a chance to talk with people about what’s really important to them.”

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Team Trivia Night in Owego - March 1 The annual Team Trivia Night organized by the OA Foundation for Excellence in Education will take place on Friday, March 1, at 7:00 pm at the Owego Elks Lodge on Front Street in Owego. Teams may consist of two to eight members and can be sponsored by a business ($225) or a family ($125). John Adams, professional emcee, 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 will benefit students in the Owego Apalachin School District. For an entry application and more information, contact Janey at 625-2725 or sargent83@yahoo.com

Wreath Event Raised $2,200 for Traci's Hope The First Annual Deck the Hearth Wreath Event which was held in December 2012 at Castle Gardens in Vestal raised $2,200 for Traci's Hope. Sixty-

eight wreaths were on display, and about 150 people attended the event. Castle Gardens is looking forward to making next year's event bigger and better.

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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. First year players need to sign up at the Fire Station and bring Birth Certificate. ASA Girls Softball—Must turn 8 before January 1st of the current year and cannot turn 13 before January 1st of the current year. First year players need to sign up at the Fire Station and bring Birth Certificate. Teener Baseball— Must be 13 before May 1st of the current year and cannot turn 17 before May 1st of the current year.

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

No Signup Fees for Tee-Ball, Little League Baseball, or Owego Girls Softball There will be a $30 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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The Valentines are Coming! by Wayne Clark It was a cold, dark and stormy night in early February. I had just settled into a stool at the Parkview and ordered a pint of my favorite from Beth. The Solomons were in their usual corner booth next to the Arbes and the Scotts. The Parkview Ghost had started to play the piano by the wall. Expecting a dreary winter song, I concentrated on my plate of delicious food. The Ghost suddenly started to belt out "You are my sunshine" not very ghost like... so I turned to see the Parkview's oldest visitor wearing a bright red heart! I sprang from my seat and whirled around... could it be? I must warn the others and alert the merchants in downtown Owego. I ran to the Pumpelly House to get a horse from the Taylors. Yes, a fast horse it must be. The young

groom Billy Baust brought me a strong Chestnut. I tried to think, was it one if by land and two if by sea??? Or was it one if by sea and two if by boat? I swung up on the horse and galloped as fast as lightning, towards downtown. Waving my hat and shouting…"The Valentines are Coming...The Valentines are coming!" I road down Front Street and Lake Street, lights came on in the merchants shops. The stores quickly cleaned their windows to get them ready for the Valentines. Warm soothing, happy Valentines that were said to warm the street 20 degrees! Of course no one knew about Electro-magnetic kinetic energy way back then. So that's how Ira McFadden, saved the day, that very 1st time.

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February 2013



Local Lottery Winners Receive Their Millions at Tioga Downs Casino

New York Lottery’s Gretchen Dizer was on hand at Tioga Downs Casino on January 25, 2013, to present $3,000,000 in oversized prize checks to New York’s

Nancy Burston of Trumansburg, Tompkins County, has a holiday tradition of putting Lottery scratch-off tickets in her family’s stockings. She noticed the new Holiday Magic tickets and decided to buy a few extra this year. One of those tickets contained the $1,000,000 top prize making her and her family instant millionaires. The family members who will split the prize money with Burston include

newest Lottery millionaires. The lucky winners, hailing from Chemung, Tioga, and Tompkins counties, won their Lottery prizes on various scratch-off games.

Terry Clingen, Marissa Clingen and Alexander Goddard. The group claimed their prize on January 8, 2013. The $1,000,000 top prize on the Holiday Magic scratch-off ticket is paid in 20 annual payments of $50,000, with each member receiving an annual net check totaling $8,272 after required withholdings. Their plans for the winnings include paying some bills and saving for the future.

Sally Richards of Spencer hit the $1,000,000 top prize on a $5 instant scratch-off "20X the Bucks" ticket that she bought on December 31, 2012, from a vending machine, making her an instant millionaire. She claimed her prize on January 3, 2013, officially making her the first New York Lottery millionaire of 2013. The $1,000,000

Abdel Mallouk and Amy Bush of Horseheads, Chemung County, won the Lottery prize of a lifetime. Literally. The couple won the top prize on the Win $1,000 a Week For Life scratch-off game guaranteeing them a minimum $1,000,000 payout. The couple opted to share their Win $1,000 a Week For Life top prize. Mallouk will receive 19 annual payments of $39,000 (net $25,810) and a 20th payment of $9,000 (net $5,956)

top prize on the 20X the Bucks scratch -off ticket is paid in 20 annual payments of $50,000. Richards’ annual net check will total $33,090 after required withholdings. Richards’ said her plans for the money are to save for the future and “buy a laptop computer.”

to realize his share of the guaranteed $1,000,000 minimum payment. Bush will receive her portion as 19 annual payments of $13,000 (net $8,603) and a 20th payment of $3,000 (net $1,985). Once the $1,000,000 minimum payment has been met they will continue to receive their respective annual payments for life. The couple plans to use their winnings toward purchasing a house.

Nichols Revitalization Program to Benefit from Grant Wild Turkey Federation Hunter Heritage Banquet The NYS Southern Tier Local Chapter, of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its Annual Hunter Heritage Banquet on Saturday, March 2, at the Owego Treadway Inn in Owego. Doors open at 5:00 pm, social hour from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $65 single, membership and

meal; $95 couple; $35 J.A.K.E.S.; $285 Sponsor, membership and meal; Couple $310. For information, call Paul Litynski 754-5058, Andrew Munson, 722-0572; Daryall Sprague 775-2146 after 4pm. The chapter's email is s.tierchapter@gmail.com. Ticket deadline is February 23, 2013.

Doug's Fish Fry available February 9 Tioga County Friends of Hospice will host Doug’s Fish Fry on Saturday, February 9, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Valu Home Center parking lot, 1149 Route 17C in Owego (in the TOPS Plaza, across from the Treadway Inn). Friends of Hospice will also be selling Famous Fuddy Duddy® confections, as well as having hot beverages available while you shop and wait. All proceeds benefit patient needs. Tioga County Friends of Hospice was

started in 1993, and currently nine members help raise funds to support patients in Tioga County and the western edge of Broome County. Additional friends are always welcome to join the board, and if you would be interested in meeting six times a year and lending ideas and ears, contact any of the friends on the board: Denise Ahart, Pam Benthin, Diane Craig, Jean Fisher, Jen Haskins, Gary Jones, Jim McFadden, Mary, and Gordie Shiner.

Tioga County has been selected as a recipient of the 2012 New York Main Street (NYMS) Program. The 2012 NYMS Program will fund the targeted Village of Nichols Downtown Revitalization Program. The application for $250,000 was fully funded. It will allow a grant for a portion of the costs of interior and exterior renovations of properties within the Village of Nichols downtown business district. Along with this, Streetscape Enhancements including placement of benches, bike racks, planters, historic signage and plaques and planting of trees in the downtown will be funded with this grant. The Village of Nichols Board of Trustees, along with the partnership and support of the Tioga County Grant Administrator Teresa Saraceno, Village of Nichols Code Enforcement, Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, Tioga County Tourism, NYSERDA, Tioga Opportunities, Inc. Weatherization Program and Community Care Network of

Nichols helped make this NYMS Program application competitive and successful. Nichols Mayor LeeAnn Tinney stated her appreciation to Ms. Saraceno for putting the grant application together on behalf of the Village. “These funds will provide a much needed boost to our downtown. The partnership between the County and our Village is a great example of how we can work together to make a difference. We are very pleased to have been awarded the grant and are looking forward to the improvements it will bring to our downtown. Tracy Monell, Tioga County Legislator for the Nichols area, commented that this selection was, “Due to the hard work and expertise of the Tioga County Department of Economic Development and Planning and the Village of Nichols will reap the benefits of an outstanding opportunity that will expand affordable housing, provide job opportunities and continue to revitalize our downtown community”.

February 2013



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Vestal Accepting Applications for 2013-14 Pre-K Contingent upon the receipt of grant funding from New York State, Vestal Central School District plans to continue its universal pre-kindergarten program for the 2013-14 school year. Applications are being accepted for eligible children until February 14, 2013. The halfday pre-kindergarten program is free to Vestal residents, and children who will turn four years

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old by December 1, 2013, are eligible. Transportation is not provided. Applications are available on the district’s Universal Pre-K web page at www.vestal.stier.org/ univ_prek.asp, or you can request an application packet be mailed to you by calling 607-757-2291 or emailing srmurphy@vestal.k12.ny.us.

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Egg production on New York farms totaled 117 million eggs in December 2012, up 4 percent from last year, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, NY Field Office.

New York dairy herds produced 1.12 billion pounds of milk during December 2012. Milk per cow was up from the previous year resulting in a 4.2 percent increase in milk production compared to December 2011.

Girl Scout Cookies

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Girl Scout Cookie Season is in full swing and starting February 16 girls will be out at stores, malls and other businesses with boxes of cookies selling directly to customers. Girl Scout cookies are $3.50 per box. The varieties available this year are Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Dulce de Leche, Thank You Berry Munch and Savannah Smiles.

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Grace Lutheran Church, 709 Main Street in Vestal, will serve a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 12, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. The menu includes blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, fruit and beverage. The freewill offering will be used to buy New Testaments for the Lutheran Laymen's League Bible Booth at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. For more information, call 748-0840.

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Workers install signs at the new United Health Services on Main Street in Owego. UHS is scheduled to be opened up on Monday February 4.

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