March 2012 Community Press

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Volume 27

Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

The Apalachin Lions Club will hold its 57th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 31, behind the TLC-BOCES School on Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Come and see the Easter Bunny. There will also be free New Digital Vision screening for kids (6mo- 6yrs), and

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Day Hollow Road Barn Destroyed by Fire

free Kids IDs provided by the Tioga County Sheriff Department inside the TLC-BOCES School from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Please HELP! Bring a non-perishable food item for our local food pantry. Hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome. Rain Date is April 7.

Flood Meeting

The Campville Fire Department responded to a fully engulfed barn fire on Sunday, February 26, on Day Hollow Road in Owego just after 6:00 pm. Campville was assisted at the scene by Southside Owego, Newark Valley, Owego, Weltonville and West Corners fire departments. There were no injuries

from the fire. It took the fire department about four hours to put out the fire. The Tioga County Fire Investigation Team determined that the fire was caused by a cigarette being dropped on a hay bale. Photo above shows the aftermath the next morning.

Chamber 8th Annual Golf Tournament

Photo by: Lisa Curatolo

The Village of Owego Long Term Community Recovery ( LTCR) Steering Committee will host an open public meeting on Wednesday, March 7, to update residents on plans for recovery and talk to residents concerns, plans and suggestions for recovery, rebuilding and flood mitigation efforts. Can we help you rebuild? Can we prevent future flooding? LTCR Steering Committee members are John Baust, Doyle Gibbs, Ron

Dougherty. Jana Ingalsbe, Lisa Curatolo, Rusty Fuller,Daren Merrill, Phoebe Morris and Kevin Millar. There is also a team of FEMA LTCR staff assigned to the Village of Owego to aid in recovery. The meeting will be on Wednesday March 7 at 7 PM in the Hubbard Auditorium, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street, Owego. For more information call 687-3263.

St. Baldrick’s Event Helps Kids with Cancer Come to the Candor American Legion for the 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s Event on March 18, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The head-shaving event is a volunteer-driven fundraiser benefiting childhood cancer research. If you cannot commit to shaving, come for the fun, music, food, and raffles. Last year, 69 people had their heads shaved, raising over $43,000. You can

make a difference to a child with cancer. To become a shavee, register at Candor event. Then get out there and challenge your friends and family either to join you in the shave or donate towards your locks. For information, contact Kim at 9724395 or or Kelly at 659-5450 or

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The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce has announced their 8th Annual Golf Tournament for Friday, May 18, at Pheasant Hill Golf Club. The event begins with a shotgun start promptly at 12:30 pm Registration and cart assignment will be at the Clubhouse starting at 11:00 am. The fee for the event is $80 per person, $320 for a team, and includes golf, cart, door prizes, and dinner. Tee hole signs are available for purchase for $100.

A Corporate Sponsorship for $370 includes a golf team, carts, dinner and a golf tee sign. That means a savings of $50 for you. The field is limited to 28 teams. Teams are encouraged to register early, payment due at the time of registration. Check, cash, credit cards or Visa are accepted. Contact the chamber for registration or more information at 687-2020 or

Church Receives Grant The First Presbyterian Church of Nichols has been awarded a challenge grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation to repair the roof and steeple of the church. The facility is used by many organizations in the community and surrounding area. With heavy rains experienced this past year, leaks in the roof have developed and are in need of repair. Some of the leaking has occurred as a result of repairs needed to the steeple. The steeple is a local landmark (since 1865) and welcoming symbol to our community. Thanks to the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation for their help so that the steeple may remain a part of the landscape in our community

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Way To Go Ashlee! Congratulations to Ashlee Darrow, 11, of Apalachin. Ashlee won three Gold Medals at the 15th Annual Port City Invitational Figure Skating Competition held January 20 and 21, 2012, at the Anthony J. Crisafulli Rink in Oswego, New York, and hosted by the Oswego Figure Skating Club.

Black Cat Gallery 2nd Anniversary

The Black Cat Gallery, 190 Front Street in Owego, is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary. The artists of the Black Cat Gallery are creating new work, the Celebration of the Cat. The Black Cat Gallery will have a cat challenge for the public, a “Community

Cat Contest” during the entire month of March. To enter, bring in your favorite photo, drawing or sculpture of your cat. Perhaps you have a photo of a family member with a cat, a photo of your grandcat, or a cat with a hat! All ages are welcome to enter, and there will be a special prize for ages 12 and under. The artists of the Black Cat will judge the contest, and the work will be displayed in our gallery. Bring the photos or drawings any time in the month of March. The Black Cat Gallery is excited to see what you come up with. The grand 2-Year Celebration will be held on Owego’s 3rd Friday Art Walk, March 16, from 5-9. The Black Cat will have music and storytellers, and a fabulous cake made by artist and baker, Kathy Hankey.

Ti-Li Social Event for Blind, Visually Impaired Area Lions Clubs from Apalachin, Candor-Spencer, Nichols-Tioga, Owego and Waverly will be hosting a Spring TiLi Social event for the blind and visually impaired and/or hearing impaired residents. This event will take place on Saturday, March 31, at the Elks Club, Front Street Owego. The event will begin at 10:00 am with a social hour followed by a delicious

lunch. Transportation will be provided upon request. To reserve your spot or for more information contact Joseph Murphy -Apalachin Lions 625-4361, Nancy Ketcham-Owego Lions 687-5766, Fred Danials-Waverly Lions 737-0579, or Julie Wendella-Nichols/Tioga Lions 6873511. Reservations should be made by March 17.

Coburn Library Book Sale The Friends of the Coburn Free Library will sponsor a used book sale this month featuring a good selection of fiction and non fiction books.

Book Sale & Soup Lunch The Tioga/Nichols Area Lions Club will hold a Book Sale and Soup Lunch on Saturday March 24, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Nichols Elementary School in Nichols. There will be a variety of soups to choose from as well as a slice of Panera Bread, drink and dessert is included. There will be a huge selection of hardcover and paperback books for sale, with a bag sale starting at 1 pm. The proceeds will benefit the community funds.

Ladies Luncheon The Owego Christian Women’s Club will hold a “Draw your Own Conclusion” Ladies Luncheon on March 21, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Owego Treadway Inn, Rt 17C, Owego. Special feature will be a “Strong Hands” demonstrated by massage therapist Lisa Fish, with music by “Warm Melodies” and a surprise guest. The speaker will be Ruth Kowles sharing “How I Got Directions For My Life”. Cost for the luncheon is $10.25. For reservations, call Joanne at (607) 2059119 by March 16.

Dates and times are: Thursday, March 15, 6:30 to 8:30pm; Friday, March 16, 10am to 5pm; and Saturday March 17, with a bag sale from 3:30 till close. The library is at 275 Main Street in Owego. For more information or for donations of books, call 687-3520. Tioga County's


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MARCH 2012


Barn Fire On Sunday evening, February 26, Campville Fire Department members responded to a barn blaze on Day Hollow Road. The barn was reported as fully engulfed when dispatched. The fire destroyed the barn but did not spread to any other buildings. There were no animals in the barn. Thank you to the members of West Corners, Owego, Southside, Newark Valley and Weltonville for their mutual aid to the department. Through the professionalism of all six departments we were able to conclude the incident without injury. Training Campville members have been busy attending training classes. Congratulations to Sharon Stanley, JP Radzikowski, Ken Schneider and Wesley Mozgawa on their completion of the NYS Incident Safety Officer course hosted by Owego FD. Congratulations to Sharon Stanley, Kristen Lovejoy, JP Radzikowski and Ken Schneider on their completion of the NYS Electric Vehicle Safety for Emergency Responders course hosted by Campville.

Meridan Fire Training Solutions presented Campville members with their annual OSHA training. This training consists of Scene Safety, Workplace Violence Awareness, Haz Mat Awareness, Response Safety, Blood Bourne Pathogens, PPE, Tool and Equipment Safety, Right To Know, etc. This is all necessary safety training required by OSHA for members. Thank you, Tom Basher, for an interesting and upbeat training. We had fifty members attending this training. All Campville members are volunteers and give freely of their own time for training and calls. Campville Fire Department will be hosting two weekends of Boat Rescue training, April 14 and 15 will be Water Rescue: Operations Level and April 21 and 22 will be Water Rescue: Technician Level. The 2011 floods brought new levels of awareness for water rescue in our area and training is of the utmost importance for the boat crews. Daylight Saving Time - March 11 Remember, Daylight Saving begins Sunday morning, March 11, at 2:00 am. Turn you clocks ahead one hour.


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Little Meadows Rescue Squad Presents Awards The Little Meadows Rescue Squad hosted their annual appreciation dinner on January 28. Awards were presented to volunteers who have demonstrated sustained performance to the community they selflessly serve. Ruth Chase (EMT and current LMRS vice president) - outstanding dedication Alan Chase (EMT and LMRS board of director) - Most Active Member Jim Maus (LMRS Lead Ambulance Driver) - First Responder Award for Dedication Sharon Hickey (past LMRS secretary and 2011 membership drive director) Appreciation To the above people and all the people

who volunteer their time to help, we extend our sincere thanks and gratitude. Volunteer rescue squads are the first link in the chain of medical intervention and provide the quick response so invaluable in a medical emergency. The Little Meadows Rescue Squad needs your help. Become an ambulance driver, a certified First Responder, or a fully accredited Emergency Medical Technician. Receive the training and skills required to give you the ability and confidence to assist your family and friends in times of emergencies. Help us to help you. For more information, contact Carol at (570) 623-2562 or Ruth at (570) 623-3587.

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Apalachin Fire Dept Donates to Local Churches The Apalachin Fire Department recently donated $7,000 to local churches (Apalachin Alliance Church, Apalachin United Methodist Church, Community Baptist Church, Faith Christian Fellowship Church, St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church, South Apalachin Baptist Church and the Park Terrace Community Methodist Church) to aid in their recovery from the September 2011 floods. The department was able to extend its generosity to these local churches as a result of

a donation given to the department by Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman & Son. “The fire department is delighted to be in a position to help our local churches recover from the recent flooding,” says Apalachin Fire Chief Mike George. “Not only did the churches reach out to the community with food and shelter, in several cases the churches themselves were damaged or destroyed by the flood waters.”




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FOR SALE: Snow Tires (4) Cooper Weather Master S/T2 205-65-R15 $50 each call 607-687-5049 03/12 TOP DOLLAR PAID: Wanted! Old fishing tackle, lures, reels, etc. Some items worth $500. and more!!! Call me first, collector not a dealer so I pay more. Walt 687-5750 02/12 THINK CLEAN UP: we can help with hauling, clean outs, local moving, house cleaning, lawn work. Call for free estimate 607-699-0212 03/12 PAYING TOP DOLLAR FOR: old toys, crooks, jugs, jewelry and lots of other items made before 1971. Call Dave at 607-240-9546 12/12 DENT REMOVAL: door dings, hail damage, dents removed without harm to car finish! Olympic Detailing 607-625-2332 APARTMENT FOR RENT: Downtown Owego, 1 bedroom upstairs, nice, clean, carpeted. No smoking, no pets. $695 + utilities + security, references required. 607-427-1736 WANTED: Your classified ad for our April issue. Please send in form below by March 25.

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Hinchey Blasts Postal Service for Planned Closure Congressman Maurice Hinchey (DNY) vowed bipartisan congressional action to fight against the proposed closure of the Binghamton mail Processing and Distribution Center. The center has been included on a list of 223 processing centers slated for closure by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) starting in May 2012. Hinchey has been a staunch opponent of ending mail processing and distribution activities in Binghamton, which employ dozens of area workers. He is also working to pass legislation to address the underlying financial troubles faced by USPS. "The Postal Service has failed to justify ending processing and distribution activities in Binghamton, and I'm going to do everything I can to block their efforts," said Hinchey. "They've said publicly that a closure moratorium is in place until May, but they're already laying the groundwork to shift around resources and workers. They've said that consolidation with Syracuse will save money, but they have yet to publicly release the data or the assumptions that caused them to arrive at this conclusion. In fact, the only

way to consolidate these centers is to lengthen first class delivery times, making USPS even less competitive. Closing the Binghamton facility would be a huge mistake and a waste of resources. We need immediate bipartisan congressional action or else dozens of workers will lose their jobs and postal services throughout our communities will be downgraded." Hinchey has also joined several of his U.S. House colleagues in introducing the Postal Service Protection Act - legislation designed to alleviate the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) immediate financial crisis and prevent the layoff of thousands of USPS employees nationwide. EDITOR’S NOTE: If the Federal and State Governments would stop making it mandatory to use the Internet to e-mail certain tax forms and other documents, then the Post Offices would not have to be closed. In New York State alone millions of pieces of mail are not being sent since the Sales Tax Office has mandated the use of only e-mail for tax forms.

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Round & Square Dances Begin March 17 The 2012 series of TCCA’s Round and Square Dance events will begin on Saturday, March 17, at 7:00 pm at the Owego Elks Lodge. Charlie Brown and the Four Strings will provide music. The band members are Charlie Brown from Barton on bass guitar and vocals; George Gobel from Athens on mandolin and vocals; Earl Mayo from Sayre on lead guitar, caller, and vocals; and Joe Alliger from Athens on rhythm guitar, and vocals.

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The program will include a sequence of round dances, square dances, polkas and slow dances, each repeated four times. The remaining four dance events will be held in April, May, June and September. Admission to all dance events is $5 per person. This series is made possible in part with funding from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (a state agency) and the Cooper Foundation.

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Village of Owego Deputy Mayor Kevin Millar attended the New York Conference of Mayors & Municipal Officials (NYCOM) Winter Legislative Meeting on Sunday, February 26, and Monday, February 27. Workshops on reducing worker's compensation costs, mandate relief proposals, budget balancing and economic development tools

were among the presentations attended. Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a keynote speech on mandate relief which focused on his proposed new Tier 6 retirement plan. The proposed Tier 6 retirement plan would lengthen the vesting period, change worker's contribution percentage, and add an optional defined contribution plan, similar to a 401k plan. The governor's pension reform plan is strongly supported by NYCOM and the governor expects that it will save local governments $83 billion over the next three decades. The need for pension reform was illustrated by Mayor Sam Teresi of Jamestown, NY, in a chart that showed Jamestown's payments to the NYS Retirement System rising 3671% from 1999-2012. Other speakers were Jimmy Vielkind, Capitol reporter for the Albany Times Union, E.J. McMahon, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan InstituteEmpire Center, Brian Sampson, Executive Director of Unshackle Upstate and NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

At The Apalachin Library • Lobby Book Sale This month, buy one paperback, get one free. • Schwanns Fundraiser There will be a Schwanns fundraiser this month. Have your order in by March 27 for the March 31 pickup date. • Tax Help AARP is doing taxes at the library Mondays and Thursdays until April. Call the library for an appointment. • Story Hour Tuesday or Thursday at 10:30am for preschoolers and an adult. • Back to Basics 2012 Tuesdays, 7 to 8 pm These classes will be interactive, bring your questions and ideas to share. 3/6 - Supporting Local Farms presented by Lisa Bloodnick 3/13 - Living With Less presented by Cathy Sorber

3/20 - Herbs by Rebecca Newman 3/27 - Planning a Kitchen Garden by Dai Newman • Book Discussion Groups Mystery Readers meet March 20, at 1pm to discuss Burnt House by Faye Kellerman. Books du jour group meets March 26 at 7 pm to discuss The 19th Wife by David Eberschoff. Tea and Tales group meets March 27 at 12pm to discuss The 19th Wife by David Eberschoff. • Vendor Open House March 31, 1 to 4 pm, in the library Area vendors will display products and take orders. The library benefits from the sales. Call for more information. • Computer Classes Start in April Free computer classes on Monday afternoons in April, May and June.

Chamber Human Resource Roundtable The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce announces that next Human Resources Roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, and begins promptly at 8:00 and concludes at 9:30 am. The session will be held at Sanmina SCI, 1200 Taylor Road, Owego, NY. This is the 34th In a Series of Human Resources Panel Discussions to benefit businesses in Tioga County, NY. The title of the session is “Human Resources Implications of Use of Social Media and Electronic Communications in the Workplace.” The moderator for the event is: Jim Franz – Attorney, Hinman, Howard & Kattell, and LLP. Panelists include:

Robin Eccleston – General Manager, Stafkings and Dawn Lanouette – Attorney, Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP. The event is free of charge to Chamber members. Supervisors, owners, human resources managers and staff members of any business are encouraged to attend. The Human Resources Roundtable is geared toward businesspersons with varying levels of personnel management training and experience. Advance reservations are required, contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 687-2020 or email at


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A Dinner and Theater Event


Left Back: Mike Benesh (Father Chenille), Brandon Benesh (Paul), Meaghan Griffin (Sally), Kelly Schweiger (Sister Mary Catherine), Fred Schweiger (George), Left Front: Katelyn Roark (Sister Augusta), Shianne Shanahan (Sister Philamena), Jeff Roark (Mother Superior) The Tioga Acting Guild (TAG) will present the play “Drinking Habits” by Tom Smith. A “Dinner and Theater Event” on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 at 6 pm with a matinee on Sunday, March, 11 at 2 pm. at the Nichols Elementary Gymnasium, 139 Roki Blvd. Nichols. “Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce.” The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing must save the convent. So, they have taken to secretly making and selling wine without the knowledge or approval of Mother Superior. Meanwhile, suspicions and paranoia develop as they try to discover who among them is the spy sent from Rome with the intention of closing the convent’s doors. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as eve-

ryone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this fun filled event with good food and lots of laughs. Dinner will be served first, with the show to immediately follow with dessert to be served during intermission. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Call the CCNN for more information, (607) 414-1018. If no answer, leave a message. Buy tickets online at, or stop by the office Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Nichols Elementary School, 139 Roki Blvd., Nichols. All proceeds go to benefit the Community Care Network of Nichols.

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Booths are needed for Field, Hearth and Home Show The Tioga United Way and the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce announce they are working on a new and exciting event. The “Field, Hearth and Home” show will be held on the weekend of March 31 and April 1 at the Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center. This is a two-day expo and is open to the public. Booths will feature sporting and recreational activities include hunting, fishing, taxidermy, kayaking, camping, quilting, sportsman’s clubs, wildlife

art and home items. Interested businesses and clubs are encouraged to purchase a booth and participate. Booth prices are extremely affordable. This is the first year in what hopes to be an event that builds up over the years and becomes a major attraction. For more information or to register, contact the Tioga United Way at 6874028 or the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 6087-2020.


Youths Experience Flying

From left: Cadets Connor Erckert, Nolan Erckert and Evan Hofmann Three area young people experienced the thrill of aviation, through orientation flights with the Civil Air Patrol at the Greater Binghamton Airport February 19. The cadets flew a combined total of three hours in CAP's Cessna 182R. "It was awesome!" said Cadet Evan Hofmann 12, student at Vestal Middle School. "I've always wanted to fly, today, for the first time, I got to handle the controls and see what flying is all about." The flights in the Cessna aircraft introduced the cadets to the science that makes flight possible. They learned about navigation, weather, aircraft instruments, flight maneuvers, and more. The cadets' experience began by helping pre-flight their aircraft. Working with their pilot, they taxied the aircraft, gave it full throttle, and took off, climbing to 3000 ft. While aloft, it was the cadets who were handling the controls, during non-critical stages of the flight. "You really have to pay attention when you are at the controls," explained

Cadet Conner Erckert 15, student at Afton High School, "once you get past your initial nervousness, it's fantastic." Cadet Nolan Erckert 13, student at Afton Central School, agreed. "It was an experience that I will not forget. I can't wait for the next time to fly!" "I've been flying cadets for many years, and it's always exciting for me just to see the look on their faces as they experience the beauty of flight," said CAP Mission Pilot Lt. Col. Lawrence Brinker. Colonel Brinker, a retired US Air Force pilot, volunteered his time, while the Civil Air Patrol provided the aircraft and fuel, at no cost to the cadets or the pilot. The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program is open to youth aged 12 through 18. Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities for adults, pilots and non-pilots alike. For more information contact Broome-Tioga Composite Squadron Commander, Lt. Colonel Rich Bowman, CAP, at 607-773-4584 or visit their web page at:

MARCH 2012


Candidates Team Up With Local Businessman To Help Flood Recovery


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The Owego Citizens Party candidates Bill Franz, Sue Dickinson, Earl Hartman, Ann Lockwood, and Tom Clark are teaming up with local businessman Wade Stewart and supporting the restoration of the “community gardens” on Cove Street in Owego in the area commonly known as the “Flats.” The community gardens concept, where a single piece of land is gardened collectively by the community, was present on the Flats in the 1970s. Stewart is working with local residents to bring the gardens back to the land in an effort to aid in the flood recovery in the area. Stewart said, “The land has been vacant for some time and it was brought to my attention of its former use. I think it’s a good way for my neighbors and I to come together after all that we have been through.” Stewart owns the property on Cove Street. Mayoral Candidate Franz commended

the idea. “I grew up on the Flats and remember the garden of old well. Activities such as these are what we need to bring some normalcy back to the Village.” Franz and his fellow candidates pledged to give the garden their full support if elected. The Flats, located in the northwest end of the Village of Owego was hit hard by the September 2011 floods. Nearly every home in the area sustained significant flood damage. As the neighborhood continues to rebuild the garden is seen as a way for the community to take a break from the rebuilding process and grow local produce. Details on the garden are being finalized but Stewart hopes to have it available for gardening by this spring. Village Trustee Ann Lockwood said, “We look forward to making this project a reality.”

Harness Horse Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants For Tioga Downs Horsemanship Camp The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is sponsoring a five-day harness horse day camp at Tioga Downs in Nichols, July 10-14. HHYF seeks applicants between 12- and 14-years-old as of January 1, 2012. The camp fee is $150 which includes overnight accommodations, all meals and materials. The event wraps up Saturday, July 14, with exhibitions featuring all participants. Applicants from across the country will be considered, but campers are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Applications are due May 1. Applicants will work hands-on with the HHYF's stable of Trottingbred horses. Among the topics covered are care and grooming, equipment, conformation,

lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers. The camp is one of ten across the country being conducted by HHYF this summer. For details or application, go to pdf.

For questions, e-mail HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at HHYF is also conducting summer camps in Goshen, New York, as well as in Englishtown, New Jersey, and at Pocono downs, in Pennsylvania. Complete summer program information is available at For more information on opportunities through HHYF and its mission, go to



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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Come celebrate with us! Saturday March 17 Dinner served 10:00 am till 10:00 pm Corned Beef or Ham $10.95 Includes cabbage, parsley potatoes, carrots and rye bread. Entertainment by: Chris R. Woodard “Smiling Collie Music”

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Basic Mold Awareness & Risk Management A four-hour training program, “Basic Mold Awareness & Risk Management” will be held on April 27, 2012, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Broome Community College, Decker 117. Designed for homeowners as well as facilities and housing professional to familiarize attendees with current issues in mold hazard control. Training focuses on the “what, where, when and how” associated with the identification and control of mold. Attendees can expect to obtain an excellent understanding of mold basics and should leave confident about procedures for testing, management and “mitigation” of mold in water damaged property. Presented by Environ-

Book Fair

The Owego Apalachin Family Reading Partnership is hosting the Third Annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair at the Town Square Mall in Vestal on Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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mental Education Associates, an accredited mold remediation training provider. Lunch is on your own. The Registration Deadline is April 20, 2012. Cost is $99.00. To register (Course #TC095), call 607-778-5012.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with the whole family, Student Artwork Displays, Student Readers, Storytimes Musical Performances and much more.

Letter to the Editor

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School Budget Show Are the voters of the Owego Apalachin Central School District ready for another show on our annual 2012-2013 school budget? Yes! Show! Our current Board has sponsored a “Public Forum” on this year’s budget. After round one of their little show and tell, Dr. Russell announced there was nothing significant he could use to fix our budgetary problems. Dr. Russell continues to focus all his financial woes on the State and us taxpayers. At a recent meeting, Dr. Russell spent 45 minutes, presenting why and where the funding for the district was drying up and predicting the district would receive less State funds and fewer tax dollars from us stingy taxpayers. The very next issue on the agenda was a unanimous vote by the board to approve a new contract for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS giving them a significant increase in hourly wages and bonuses. Give us a break Dr. Russell there is no doubt in anyone’s mind (who’s attended your board meetings) where your loyalties lie and it is not with the taxpayers. And your use of “It’s for the students,” is wearing a little thin. How can anyone present a gloom and doom budget forecast for our district and students and then approve and celebrate a new contract with the Union which will cost you more

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money you say you don’t have. It is either untrue or irresponsible, which is it? If true, then what the board has done is put the taxpayers further in debt and will cause you to further reduce support for students and their programs. The track record of the current board indicates they will continue to follow their spend and tax agenda. As taxpayers we have only one club in our bag and due to Governor Cuomo’s recent changes he has made it a very large club. This election season, if voters reject the school budget twice, it will force the administration and the board to live within the current budget. Also with your vote we will be able to replace two current members of the board with new blood, hopefully with new thoughts and ideas. This May you must vote and you must vote NO, to reverse the tax and spend philosophy of the Administration with the full support of the board. For additional information and clarity on our School District, the budget process and philosophy, visit our web site at Joe Chartrand Owego Apalachin Citizens For Affordable Education And Excellence


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On Sunday, March 11, at 3:00 pm, Memorial Park Baptist Church will host Bobby Harris In Concert - with Sherri Harris & Pastor Terry Steenburg on his trumpet. Bobby, Sherri, & Terry are on their way to Tanzania in East Africa to take party in an evangelistic campaign,

'Arise Kilimanjaro!' A free-will offering will be received. A dessert fellowship will follow the concert. The church is at the corner of Front Street & Hoffman Avenue - across from the Vestal Dollar Store - in Vestal. Call 785-3757 for information.

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Annual Fund Raising Auction


A Scrap -N- Craft Day will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 17, at Valleyview Alliance Church, 11 Foster Road in Vestal.

Bring your craft supplies and a lunch and enjoy working together with others who enjoy crafts. Free of charge. For information call (607) 625-3438.



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Auctioneer Fran Dunbar entertains a full house at last year's Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Annual Fund Raising Auction and Food Fest. Dunbar will return this year with some surprises you don't want to miss. The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Annual Fund Raising Auction will take place from 7:00 to 11:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St. in Owego. For only $35, you’ll be treated to delicious hor d’oeuvres, wines, beers and sodas while listening to the Josh Condon Trio and then have the opportunity to bid on some truly unique items. In fact, it’s those unique items donated by the organization's members and community merchants that make this fund raiser such a rewarding experience for the bidders every year. One of this year's big ticket items is the painting by Owego native Ethan Stuart that won the Body Shop’s “Give Joy” Live Windows Artist National Competition in 2011. Stuart is an up and coming artist now living in Chicago. His paintings will only grow in value over the years so this is a great opportunity to invest in a great work of art by a talented artist from this area. A few other examples of what's up for bid are a plane ride for two with a landing and lunch at a Finger Lakes winery, a seven course Italian dinner for six with a wine pairing for each course, and a canoe trip for four with a barbecue on the banks of the Susquehanna. Auctioneer Fran Dunbar will return again this year. Last year he had the au-

dience exploding with laughter all evening with his hilarious antics. He has even more tricks up his sleeves this year. Add to that the great food, the Josh Condon Trio and great auction items and you'll have a fun-filled evening you won't soon forget–plus the knowledge that you are helping to keep community theater alive in Tioga County. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your seat early by calling the box office at 687-2130.

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Ethan Stuart Painting: Award winning painting by Owego native Ethan Stuart is up for bid.

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News Briefs A Rummage and Bake Sale will be held at the United Methodist Church, 843 Pennsylvania Ave. (Rte 858), Little Meadows, PA, on Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to 2 pm. Lunch will be available. Bag sale will start at 1 pm. St. John's Lenten Fish Dinner will be held at St. John's, 28 Rock Street in Newark Valley on Friday, March 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Fresh Fish (baked or fried), homemade mac & cheese, coleslaw & a roll. Pre-purchase & save: Big fish, $7.50, little fish $5.50. At the door: Big fish $8.00, little fish $6.00. Take out is available. Call 687-1068 to reserve your tickets . A Soup & Salad Supper will be held at The First United Methodist Church, Main St., Newark Valley, on Saturday, March 17, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Free will donation. Takeout is available. 2012 Tioga Co. Calendar of Events Brochure is now available at the Visitor’s Center, 80 North Ave., Owego, or at brochure racks around the county. A Weekend Trip to Buffalo is being hosted by the Corning Painted Post Historical Society on June 2-3. Cost is $275. For info: For reservations: call 937-5281.

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Zion Lutheran School Receives Grant

Zion Lutheran Church and School, Rt. 17C, Owego, is pleased and grateful that they have been awarded a capital improvement grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation to help supplement the cost for the replacement of a new roof over Zion’s gymnasium and classroom areas. Zion Lutheran

School is celebrating 30 years of service to the community this year, providing students in Preschool to 6th Grade a high quality education, “powered by God.” For more information, call the school at 687-6376 or go to

Cooking on the Light Side Health Benefits of Cabbage and Beyond by Chef Nick Cavataio Let’s do the “beyond” part first. Besides being a healthy choice, this green leafy round head veggie (a head of cabbage please), is just right for many reasons. Number one, it tastes good. I’ve tasted cabbage cooked many different ways and liked all of them. Boil, braised, stir-fried, baked or steamed it’s all goodness. The fact that you can take one item like cabbage and create so many different recipes is just amazing to me. I love experimenting with a multitude of seasonings to find a happy place for the palette that I can share with others. Just think of all the ways you can present this veggie. It can be served, whole, chopped, shredded, halved, quartered,

rolled, cold and or hot. And the list could go on and on. Now let’s talk about the healthy benefits of cabbage without using all the medical terms that none of us understand. I do not have any specific dates, but for many years cabbage has been well known for its medicinal and healing characteristics. Enjoy all of the following benefits when you chow on cabbage: Cabbage helps treat peptic ulcers, helps cell detoxification, helps protect against cancer. Cabbage juice helps improve eyesight, skin appearance, headaches, gastro-intestinal concerns and a strong anti-fungal treatment Here are a couple great cabbage recipes for you to try.

Oriental Cabbage Salad 1 3-ounce package ramen noodles, crushed 1 cup walnut pieces 1 lb pkg shredded coleslaw mix 1 bunch green onions, chopped 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup cider vinegar 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce In a preheated 350-degree oven, toast the crushed noodles and nuts until golden brown. In a large bowl, combine the coleslaw, green onions, toasted ramen noodles and walnuts. To make the dressing, whisk together the sugar, oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss and serve. Tip: Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors blend together Quick and Easy Cabbage Soup 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, diced 3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed 2 quarts chicken stock salt & black pepper to taste 1 medium size head cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped 1 14.5-ounce can Italian style stewed tomatoes, drained & diced In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken stock, salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, stir in cabbage. Simmer until cabbage wilts, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes. Return to a boil, then simmer 30 minutes, stir often.

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Senior Grant Applications Available Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation is soliciting grant proposals from senior citizen clubs, non-profit organizations and community agencies that have senior citizen programs. To get an application, visit the website

Free, request one from TCSCF at P.O. Box 117, Owego, NY 13827, send an email to: or call 687-0229. Completed applications are due June 1, 2012.

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Waterman Center Events 403 Hilton Rd., Apalachin 625-2221 would be helpful in covering expenses. Clean Energy Across New York Saturday, March 10, 6 pm This DVD was made possible by the Waterman is showing a 40 minute New York State Energy Research and DVD program on Clean Energy Across Development Authority. New York. Hear what the energy issues Bingo and solutions are across NYS. Six secSaturday, March 17 tions are discussed in this program: EnDoors open at Noon. Early Bird Boergy Literacy, Energy Efficiency, Envinanza at 12:45 pm. Regular Bingo at 1 ronmental Impacts of Energy Use, Repm. All paper. Proceeds benefit Waternewable Energy Projects in Upstate New man Center. Food and beverages availaYork, Training and Using Energy Wiseble. $3 admission. ly. The program is free but a donation

“Rumors” at Ti-Ahwaga Arts Center "Rumors," will be performed at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center on April 13, 14, 15, April 20, 21, 22, April 27, 28, 29. Performance times are 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 pm on Sunday. General Admission is $18,

Fri. Students w/ID $10, Sun. Seniors 60+ $15. The Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center is at 42 Delphine Street in Owego. For tickets, call 687-2130 or go to

Vestal Accepting Applications for Pre-K Applications are being accepted for Vestal Central School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2012-13 school year. The prekindergarten program is free to Vestal residents, and children who will turn four years old by December 1, 2012, are

eligible. Applications are available at, or you can request an application be mailed to you by calling or emailing Mary Grogan at (607) 757-2291 or

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players announced the receipt of three grants. The Fannie C. Hyde Charitable Trust awarded the Players a grant of $12,000 in April 2011 that funded the painting of the entire interior of the theatre and lobby areas and the purchase of new sound and computer equipment. The Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation awarded the Players a grant of $30,000 for the repair and replacement of the utilities that were lost in the September flood. This included the boiler, water heater, pressure tank, air conditioning units, and electrical

supply boxes and stage dimmers. The Floyd Hooker Foundation awarded the Players $3,000 which completed the cost of the replacement of the air-conditioning units. The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Board of Directors would like to thank the Grantors, Executive Director, Sandy Knapp-Dunbar, and all the dedicated volunteers and patrons for their support. Their help has made it possible for the Players to survive the 2011 Flood and continue its tradition of providing excellent theatrical programs to the community.

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Grant Awards

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NYSMA 2011 Driver of the Year

The New York State Microd Association held its annual banquet at the Owego Treadway Inn, Terrace Room on January 28. A large crowd saw the awards ceremony after dinner. Chelsea Sellars, 10 year-old daughter of Colleen and Joe Sellars, was voted Driver of the Year for her ability to be the winner of two of the largest classes in Novice Microd and Open Wheel racing. She swept

all the races in the Open Wheel category. This was a repeat of 2010 for her. Now she is the holder of five NYSMA Championships. She is a fifth grade student at Owego Middle School. Chelsea's older brother, Connor, who is 12, was the 2009 NYSMA Drive of the Year. He currently holds sixteen NYSMA Tour Series Championships. This is a New York State record.

Spring Craft Fair The Apalachin United Methodist Women will be holding a Spring Craft Fair on March 31, 2012, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the church located at 303 Pennsyl-

vania Avenue in Apalachin. Crafts of all sorts will be available, including a bake sale and Easter candy. Lunch is available.

"Paul Revere's Ride Part 2 -The Statists Are Coming" Americans for Restoring the Constitution will be holding their monthly open meeting on Monday, March 19, at 7:00 pm at the Vestal Library. Jim Sacco, lawyer and Constitutional speaker, will be presenting laws that have recently been passed by Congress - are they Constitu-

tional or Not! Many laws are passed that "we the people" are unaware of. Bring a friend to help educate the public on this. Open to both Tioga and Broome County residents.


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Local Women Divers Excel in Conference Championships


Celebrate St Patrick’s Day March 17th –starting at 7pm music by

Bobby G & The Timeless Saturday March 31st

Starting at 2pm - signups at 1pm A trio of Owego women alumni attending Fredonia State University were recognized for their performances in the SUNY Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships which concluded this past Saturday at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo, NY . Junior Sarah Ficarro, a 2009 graduate of Owego Free Academy, earned the Female Diver of the Meet honor for the third consecutive year. Ficarro successfully defended her 2011 SUNYAC threemeter diving title with an NCAA qualifying score of 471.30. She finished second on the one-meter board for the second consecutive year with a qualifying score

of 474.85 points, just 3.3 points behind first place. Receiving a 3rd place medal in the three-meter competition and sixth place on the one-meter, was senior Leanne Kies, a 2008 OFA graduate. Kies posted a personal best and NCAA qualifying score of 422.55 in winning her first SUNYAC medal. Freshman Heather Colby, a 2011 OFA graduate, posted a NCAA qualifying score of 412.20 on the one-meter board earning her sixth place and a score of 400.75 on the three-meter board for a fifth place finish.

The 36th Annual Living Stations

Church, 207 Hayes Avenue, Endicott March 23 - 7:00 pm, Most Holy Rosary Church, 36 Main Street, Maine March 30 - 7:00 pm, St. Joseph's Church, 2nd Street, Deposit April 6 - 7:30 pm, St. Margaret Mary's Church, 1110 Penna Avenue, Apalachin.

of the Cross will be performed at the following churches: March 9 - 7:00 pm, Our Lady of Good Counsel 701 West Main Street, Endicott March 16 - 7:00 pm, St. Joseph's


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Chemung Canal Trust Company Owego Branch Offices Reopen

Chemung Canal Trust Company (CCTC) announced that its 203 Main Street, Owego, branch office and its Route 17C, Owego, branch office have both reopened. “Like many other Tioga County businesses and homes, our two Owego branches were heavily damaged by the September 2011 floods,” said Louis C. DiFabio, Executive Vice President and division manager of CCTC’s retail banking operations, “we are very grateful for the patience of our clients during the time it has taken the get both offices back up and running.”

While both CCTC’s branch offices have been closed since the flood, shortly after the state of emergency was lifted, Chemung Canal opened a temporary facility in the parking lot in front of its Route 17C, Owego, office. “The temporary facility provided our staff the opportunity to continue to meet the banking needs of our clients, as well as assist new customers, many of whom suffered damage from the flood and were looking for lending programs designed to help them rebuild their homes and businesses,” DiFabio said. This special financing product continues to be offered, DiFabio added.

New York Egg Production Up 6%

Egg production on New York farms totaled 112 million eggs in January 2012, up 6 percent from last year, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.52 million, increased 5 percent from January 2011 and the rate of lay increased slightly to 2,480 eggs per 100 layers. United States egg production totaled 7.83 billion during January 2012, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.78 billion table eggs, and 1.05 billion hatching eggs, of which

972 million were broiler-type and 73 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2012 averaged 338 million, down 1 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,319 eggs, up 1 percent from January 2011. United States egg-type chicks hatched during January 2012 totaled 40.3 million, down 3 percent from January 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.4 million on February 1, 2012, down 1 percent from a year ago. The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at

March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., urges men and women over age 50 to get screened for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers, and the third leading cause of cancer-related death in New York. Approximately, 11,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year in New York, and 4,000 men and women die from the disease annually. Colorectal cancer is the term used for cancers that start in the colon or the rectum. Colorectal cancer often starts as a small growth called a polyp, long before symptoms appear. A polyp is a noncancerous growth of tissue or tumor that grows before cancer develops. "Colorectal cancer screening tests can either find cancer early or prevent cancer by finding polyps before they turn into cancer," Commissioner Daines said. The cancer affects both men and women, but the risk increases with age. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of colon cancer cases occur in people aged 50 and older. Some people are at greater risk for the disease than others, such as those with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, history of intestinal polyps or inflammatory bowel disease, and people with a history of certain inherited diseases, such as familial adenomatous polypo-

sis and hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer. Colorectal cancer can be prevented or detected early through regular screening. New Yorkers can lower their risk of developing colorectal cancer by: • Getting screened. Begin regular screening at age 50. If you have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps, or a personal history of another cancer or inflammatory bowel disease, talk to your health care provider about getting screened before age 50. • Eating healthy. Enjoy a low-fat diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains from breads, cereals, nuts, and beans • Kicking the habit. If you use tobacco, quit. If you don't use tobacco, don't start. • Skipping alcohol. If you use alcohol, drink only in moderation. Alcohol and tobacco in combination are linked to colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers. • Getting moving. Exercise for at least 20 minutes three to four days each week. Moderate exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing may help reduce your risk for colorectal cancer. "Talking with your health care provider about screening is vital to preventing colorectal cancer," Dr. Daines said. "Colorectal cancer is easily treated and often curable when detected early. The tests are often covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many health insurers."

Major Donation for Boys and Girls Club The disastrous floods of September 2011 have left far-reaching scars on the entire community of Tioga County, New York. The floodwaters ravaged property and possessions, closed public buildings, damaged private homes and caused millions of dollars in loss. To help one vital community organization rebuild, Upstate Shredding - Ben Weitsman donated $35,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Tioga County today. “This organization provides a valuable safe haven to the children of our community,” said Adam Weitsman, president of the company, who was joined by his wife, Kim, in making the donation. “It is important that they be able to continue their important mission, offering positive programs and a safe place to congregate after school for our children.” “Adam Weitsman's grandfather started the Boys and Girls in 1945 as a place

of sanctity for boys. Since Mr. Weitsman first brought his vision to life, the club has grown to include not only boys, but girls, adults and senior citizens,” said Val Demkovich, Executive Director of the Tioga County Boys & Girls Club. “It is truly a family center and is a staple of the Tioga County Community. I speak on behalf of the Club members, my Board of Directors and myself when I say that we are truly and sincerely grateful to Adam and Kim for making such an outstanding contribution to the club. The club today still provides the sanctity that Ben Weitsman envisioned all those years ago for many youth in the county.” Since the floods, the club has seen a significant increase in demand for its services, the director said, with as many as 65 young people taking advantage of its after school programs each night.

Apalachin Lions Scholarships

“Always on Sunday” Concert - Folk Singers, 3/18 The third concert in The “Always on Sunday” concert series, will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm, and will feature traditional folk singers Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore. The concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Union Church, 90 North Avenue, Owego. Phil Shapiro is a folksinger and guitarist, and Carrie Shore is a fiddle player and a fine singer and harmonizer as well. Together they offer an unusual and delightful program of American folk music, old and new. Phil Shapiro and Carrie Shore choose fascinating, energetic songs from the last couple of hundred years of American traditional folk song, and add newer songs written squarely in the folk tradition. Carrie has a super repertoire of fiddle tunes, good to dance to, perhaps to waltz to, that she skillfully interweaves


between and within the songs. Phil Shapiro is a fine finger-style guitarist, creative and lively, good at getting his guitar to "talk", to be part of the song and the story. Carrie Shore is an excellent classically trained violinist— she began in fourth grade—who has lots of fun playing traditional tunes, and playing bluesy and slinky improvisations. “Always on Sunday” concerts are free and open to the public; however, donations are welcome. The final concert in the 2012 series will be held on April 15 and feature an afternoon of light opera and song with Judy Barrie from the TriCities Opera Company. The “Always on Sunday” series is made possible in part with funding from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation and the Cooper Foundation.

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, 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 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.

Friday Night Fish Fry in Montrose Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, Pa., is having a Fish Fry on Fridays during Lent on March 9, 16, 23, and 30. The menu includes haddock filet, pierogies, and coleslaw. Cost is $7.00. Take-outs only. Call ahead (278-

1504) or walk in from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Pick up your dinner in the St. Francis Chapel, (new green building next to the Parish Center). Come hungry - it’s the best you’ll ever taste.



Owego Little League News

Candor Events Constitution Chat Thursday, March 8, at Candor Congregational Church. Talk about the Bill of Rights and any current constitutional issues that are on your mind. Light refreshments provided. Second Thursday of every month. Questions? Call Melvin at 659-4785. Friday Night Feast Fridays, 6pm to 9pm, American Legion Post #907,90 Spencer Rd. To order ahead or for take out, call 659-7395. Menu schedule: 3/9 - Wings/Fingers, Burger/Fries; 3/16 - Spiedies & Italian Sausages; 3/23 - Pulled Pork and a monthly surprise sandwich Pancake Breakfast Saturday, March 10, 8 to 10 am, at Beebe Sap House, Route 96, Candor. Sponsored by Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. The Library Story Hour Tuesday, March 13 & 20, at 10:15 am, Candor Free Library, Bank Street, Candor. All ages are welcome.

Open Hearts Dinner Every Wednesday, 5-6:30 pm, McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St., Candor. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one's for you. "TOPS" Take off Pounds Sensibly Every Thursday, 6pm, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main St., Candor. Contact Jean Dewey Leader 659-9969 or Candor Fire Dept Pancake Breakfast. Sunday, March 18, 8 to 11am, Candor Fire Station, Rt 96B, 74 Owego Rd, Contact Mike VanValkenburg 659-5859. St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser Sunday, March 18, Candor American Legion Post#907, 90 Spencer Rd, Candor., Kim at 9729964 or Kelly at 659-5450 Village of Candor Board meetings The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, Candor Village Hall, Main Street, Candor.

Business Development Program is Offered Do You Want to Be An Entrepreneur? Do you see an opportunity for your services or think you can fill a needed niche? If development or expansion of a small business is one of your goals, register for this 12-hour, four-session dynamic, interactive program to learn what it will take to be successful. The sessions will cover: Session 1: Monday, March 19, 5:308:30 pm - The Advantages and Disadvantages of SelfemploymentEvaluating the Feasibility of Self-employment: Self-assessment/Your Business Idea Financial Consideration Session 2: Monday, March 26, 5:308:30 pm - Overview of the Business Plan - Purpose, Content and Format, Get Started Writing Your Business Plan: Market Research and Analysis, Developing Your Promotional Plans tips, tricks and traps Session 3: Monday, April 2, 2012, :308:30 pm - Developing Your Financial Statements, Financing Options: A Panel Discussion, SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Session 4: Monday, April 9, 2012, 5:30 -8:30 pm - Best Practices: EAP Graduates Present Their Winning Business Plans, Mastermind: Discussion of Participant Progress to Date. Q & A on Any Topics Covered in the Program,

Presentation of Completion Certificates and Program Evaluation The program will held at the Tioga County Administrative Building, Hubbard Auditorium, 1st floor, 56 Main Street, in Owego. The program is restricted to residents of New York State. Call Teresa Saraceno at Tioga County Economic Development & Planning at 607-6878260 to pre-register. This program is sponsored by the Broome Community College Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) and Tioga County Economic Development & Planning. There is a cost of $35.00 to each participant for copies of Let’s Write Your Business Plan (9th edition) and Building Your Future in Self Employment (2nd edition), both written by the workshop facilitator, Ginny L. Robert, along with a financial template for developing your projected financial statements. Payment for these must be made at Session 1 of the program. With more than 20 years of experience in training and counseling entrepreneurs, Ginny is the owner of Business Plans that ROCK ( She holds an MBA from Binghamton University.

Congratulations to Tioga County’s Talk of the Town" Awardees Celebration Media U.S. and Talk of the Town News, leaders in providing businesses with strategies for improving customer service, have announced the latest winners of their prestigious CMUS “Talk of the Town” Customer Satisfaction Award to the following Tioga County’s award-winning restaurants. 4.5 Stars – The Cellar Restaurant, 4.5 Stars – Tioga Trails Café 4 Stars – Blue Dolphin Restaurant 4 Stars – Bud’s Place 4 Stars – Donoli’s Restaurant 4 Stars – The Barstow House The Talk of the Town Awards honor those companies and professionals in the United States and Canada that provide excellent customer service as reported by their customers through no-cost, userreview websites, blogs, social networks and business-rating services. Celebration Media’s dedicated team of researchers spent more than 18,000 hours analyzing customer experiences


and rating each company or professional using its star rating system, CMUS Power Ratings™ to determine this year’s award winners. Only those businesses with enough positive feedback, scores, awards and accolades to reach a 4-star to 5-star rating win the awards. Tioga County’s award-winning restaurants named above have earned top honors by providing outstanding customer service. About Celebration Media, Inc. Celebration Media, Inc. provides companies with valuable information on improving customer care, through its publishing division, which produces Customer Care News, and its research department, which provides businesses with information on customer service best practices. This commitment has led to the creation of the Talk of the Town Awards program, which is dedicated to identifying companies that are excelling in high-rated customer service feedback.

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 7 pm, Monday, March 5, in Hubbard Auditorium of the Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main St., Owego. Volunteer Opportunities 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, Monday, March 5, 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 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 Thanks OFD, OFA Coaches and Tioga County OLL V-Ps Chris Rieg for Baseball, Mark Warfle for Softball and Mark Felice for Teener Baseball thank the Owego Volunteer Fire Department and

Chief Ed Franz for the use of the Central Fire Station three times for signups. Also, OFA Baseball Coaches Ken Francisco, Bob Fenton, Phil Schofield and Rob Glielmi who trained OLL coaches and managers. Tip of the cap to Dale Weston, Chair of the Tioga County Legislature, for use the County Office Building for sign ups and the annual League Information Meeting. Player Clinics Here are clinic dates at OAMS: Indoor Baseball Saturday, March 10. Indoor Softball Saturday, March 17. At Hyde Park, Baseball Saturday, March 17. Coaches Clinic March 24 Coach’s Education and Certification Program with Owego Little League Managers and Coaches will be held from 2 to 5 pm, Saturday, March 24, at Owego Free Academy. SUNY Youth Sports Institute’s Gary Vail will conduct the comprehensive, one-time, 2.5 hour curriculum in easy to understand modules. OLL Congratulates Karen Vinti The Maine Endwell School District will honor four distinguished graduates at their 7th annual Graduate of Distinction recognition ceremony Friday, April 27, at the Binghamton County Club. The OLL Family congratulates Owego Police Chief and OLL Player Agent Karen (McBride) Vinti of the Class of 1979 for distinguishing herself through her community and profession. OLL Online Get in the habit of checking two web sites for important Little League news. OLL is for Facebook, too. Read Webmaster Eric Hawkins frequent updates. Little League International is You’ll find information for players, managers and coaches, umpires, league officials and safety news.

65th Anniversary Celebration Plans Under Way Candor Arden Kelsey Auxiliary Unit 907 will celebrate its 65th charter membership anniversary on Saturday, March 24. The celebration includes an Open House from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at which Rick Pedro will play the piano, and a dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. While the open house is open, you are asked to please contact Gwen Benners by March 10, (607) 659-7527, for dinner reservations. There are two charter members remaining, who will be honored. The original membership started at 50. Today there are over 300 members, including 60 Junior members. The unit’s main goal is to help support veterans. The unit’s past activities have included adopting a Veteran, having an annual Veteran’s Day Open House, sponsoring the Veterans Walkathon & Bike Ride, volunteering at Oxford Veter-

ans Home helping residents play Bingo and helping with utility bills for the Post. Supplies have been sent to those service personnel currently serving and phone cards are sent at Christmas time. There are several auxiliary members on various committees in which they proudly exemplify the “family” motto of the American Legion. The organization is also very active with community service. They organize the children Halloween and Christmas parties, help host the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser, have bi-annual roadside cleanups and also help coordinate benefits, the latest being for the flood victims. The unit also promotes patriotism, by purchasing flags each year to be distributed in the Village for the July 4th festivities, and sending students to Empire Girls State camp.

Tioga County Students Awarded Scholarships Two Tioga County students have each been awarded scholarships to attend Alfred State. Andrew Pionteck of Endicott was awarded approximately $6,100 per year for the “Presidential Scholarship.” Pionteck is slated to graduate in 2012 from Owego Free Academy and intends to enroll in the construction management engineering technology program. Madeline Kuhlman of Owego was awarded approximately $4,350 per year for an “All-American Scholarship.” Kuhlman is slated to graduate in 2012 from Tioga Central High School and intends to enroll in the veterinary technology program. The "Presidential Scholarship" (free room, double occupancy) is awarded to students who possess a 90 or better high school average through their junior year

and who have achieved a minimum SAT score of 1150 or a composite ACT score of 25. Recipients must maintain a required GPA (grade point average) to continue to receive free room in subsequent semesters. The "All-American Scholarship" (free board) is awarded to students who possess an 88 or better high school average through their junior year and who have achieved at least a 1100 combined SAT score or a composite ACT score of 24. Recipients must maintain a required GPA (grade point average) to continue to receive free board in subsequent semesters. Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Alfred State offers some 52 associate degree programs, 19 baccalaureate degree programs, and three certificate programs.

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