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TIOGA COUNTY COMMUNITY PRESS

Purse Increase at Tioga Downs

7 New St., Apalachin, N.Y.

Margaret Karpel – Owner E-mail: mkarpel@stny.rr.com

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Tioga Downs is proud to announce that with the opening of live racing in 2011, the condition sheet will reflect a 10% purse increase across the board. The top class at Tioga Downs in 2010 was going for $15,000 and will now be racing for $16,500 in 2011. Stall applications can be found online at www.tiogadowns.com along with a list of Tioga’s early and late closing events for 2011. “This goes to show how hard work between management and the horsemen’s group can pay off. We feel that Tioga’s purses are very competitive with many of the locations around us in New York and Pennsylvania and give horsemen another great place to race” said Jason M. Settlemoir, VP of Racing and Simulcast. Tioga Downs is proud to announce that they will host a 61 day race meet in 2011 that kicks off on Saturday, May 7, 2011 (Kentucky Derby Day) and continues through Saturday, September 10. This will mark the sixth year that Tioga Downs opens its doors for the much anticipated race season in Nichols, New York. Tioga will continue with its Friday, Saturday, and Sunday race schedule and will also race on eight Mondays in 2011. The marquee event of the race season at Tioga Downs, the Fifth An-

nual Drivers’ Championship, has been moved back later in the year for 2011 and will now fall on Sunday, August 28. The Drivers’ Championship will cohighlight one of the biggest race days for the Empire State with the $420,000E Zweig Memorial Trot. Another date to mark on the Tioga Downs’ calendar is Monday, August 1st as Tioga Downs has been given the honor of taking part in the World Drivers’ Championship. Drivers from all over the world including Australia, Denmark, and New Zealand will compete in a five round Championship on five different tracks on the east coast. Tioga Downs will be the second round of the championship on Monday, August 1st with a post time of 6:00 pm. “We are looking forward to August 28, as we feel it is going to be one of the biggest race days that we have ever had at Tioga. The Drivers’ Championship paired up with the Zweig is going to be a great day for fans to be in Nichols, New York to watch the sports best drivers and horses compete for a lot of money” said Settlemoir. For more information on Tioga Downs or Vernon Downs, along with racing calendars please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com or www.vernondowns.com .

Registration for Ages 3-5 At St Patrick School St. Patrick School in Owego has openings for 3-year-olds as well as limited Pre-K openings for ages 4 and 5. The school is located at 309 Front Street in the village of Owego, and serves students of all faiths from ages 3 through fifth grade. Both early education programs meet and exceed standards set by New York State and the Diocese of Rochester while emphasizing academic readiness with structured activities. A small student to teacher ratio allows for close attention to social, intellectual and language development crucial for success in the elementary school years. Both programs have their own classrooms with experienced teachers and classroom aides. The 3-year-old program is

available half-day mornings for two, three or five days a week. Before school care with St. Patrick Extended Care for Kids, or SPECK, is also available for an additional fee. St. Patrick School Pre-K is a full-day program for children ages 4 and 5, with a half-day morning option available upon request. SPECK is also available after school for fullday students. Pre-K students also have the opportunity to participate in art, music and gym depending on the days they attend class. To set up a personal tour of St. Patrick School’s early education programs or for more information, call 687-1770 during normal school hours. Or visit the school website at www.stpatrickowego.org.

Head Start “Get to Know Us” Night Head Start of Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will host an Information Night for all prospective families and children on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, at the Candor, Waverly, Owego, and Newark Valley sites. Head Start is a preschool program for children ages 3-5 which is offered at no-cost to income eligible families. This is an opportunity for families to visit the Head Start classrooms, meet the staff, and play with the materials and equipment. Staff will be available to answer questions, assist with filling out applications, and help children enjoy their

visit. For more information, call Elaine Lovegreen at 687-5888 or toll-free at 1-866-687-5888. Locations & Times: Candor: 5:00-6:00 PM - in the Elementary School (Rooms 27 & 28), Academy Street Owego: 5:30-7:00pm – 1277 Taylor Road, Washington Gladden Building (use entrance around the back of building-follow signs) Waverly: 5:30-6:30pm - 12 Cooper Street Newark Valley: 5:00-6:00pm - 117 Whig Street

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