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Owego Kiwanis Radio Day

The Owego Kiwanis held their 51st Annual Radio Day on March 30 on 1330-AM WEBO Radio in Owego. The event is an annual fund raiser for the club which supports youth activities of our community.

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Tioga Downs Eighth Season - May 4 to Sept 14

Tioga Downs has announced its eighth racing season for 2013 starting on May 4 and ending on September 14. There will be 61 days of racing this season. Post time is 6:50 pm on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday post time of 1:30pm. On opening day May 4 post time will be 5 pm. For a complete listing of race dates and times go to www.TiogaDowns.com

Robert Williams, President of the Owego Kiwanis, prepares to make an announcement on the air as John Scott, past-President, looks on.

Apalachin Highway Clean Up Would you like to help? The Apalachin Lions club is looking for help with clean up of Rt. 434 on Saturday April 27, at 9:00 am. The clean up crew will meet at BEAM Electronics on Rt. 434. The amount of time normally spent is approximately 2 hours to pick up trash on a three-mile stretch of Rt. 434 in Apalachin. Please bring gloves, and dress for the weather. All clean up supplies will be furnished. For more information or questions give call Lion Vince Hawley call at 625-2365.

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The Apalachin Lions Club held their 58th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24, behind the TLC-BOCES School on Penna. Ave. in Apalachin. The children hunted for eggs marked with certain numbers. Children who found the specially marked eggs received prizes. Children who did not win a prize were able to redeem their eggs for a chocolate bunny. The Apalachin Lions Club also held an Eye Screening.

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"The Miracle Worker" Brought to Life on Ti-Ahwaga

Laura Jackson (left) as Helen Keller and Courtney Bennett (right) as Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker," which opens April 5 at the TiAhwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego. Photo by John Dudak The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will present William Gibson's play "The Miracle Worker" on April 5, 6, 7, April 12, 13, 14, and April 19, 20, 21 at the TiAhwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine Street in Owego. "The Miracle Worker" is an emotionally charged classic drama based on Helen Keller’s autobiography, "The Story of My Life," that tells the story of the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her charge, the blind and mute Helen Keller who is trapped in a secret and silent world. Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence in this heartwarming story. The play is directed by Linda Fenescey and the cast includes Courtney Bennett as Annie Sullivan, Laura Jackson as Helen Keller, Todd Smith as Capt. Keller, Nichole Langton as Kate Keller, Austin Brocious as James Keller,

C. Christy-Boyden as Aunt Ev, Kristina Jackson as Viney, Doug Benish as Anagnos, Terry Mesko as Doctor, Julia Langton as Martha/Schoolgirl, Tabitha Briggs as Percy/Schoolgirl, Anne Marie Mantei as Schoolgirl, Anna D'Arcy as Schoolgirl, and Kaya Luciani as Schoolgirl. Shows start at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. General admission is $18. Friday admission for students with ID cards is $10. Sunday admission for seniors 60 and over is $15. Fine wines, beers, soft drinks and snacks are available to enjoy at your table during the show, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. The show is underwritten in part by D. Christian Aumock, D.D.S.; Broome Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C.; and Katie’s Kreations. 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.

Benefit for Firefighter's Children - April 7 A Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Sunday, April 7, from Noon to 5:00 pm, to benefit the children of the late Matthew Porcari, a member of the Owego Fire Department who died in January while responding to a structure fire. The benefit will be held at the Moose Lodge, Rt 17C in Owego, and includes a 50/50 Raffle and a Cake Wheel. There

will be a DJ providing music. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds of the event will go for college and future expenses of Matthew Porcari's children, John and Tierney Porcari. Donations for this event are being taken. For information, contact Katrina Rought (607) 624-2860, or Carrie Lunn (607) 972-7926. Tioga County's

Local Students Make Syracuse Dean's List The following local students enrolled at Syracuse University were named to the Fall 2012 Dean’s List for their respective schools/colleges: Erin L Cawley, Newark Valley (College of Arts and Sciences) Marley Helen North, Newark Valley (College of Arts and Sciences) Brian Ives, Owego (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications) Brian Winston Ives, Owego (College of Arts and Sciences) Jessica Lindsay Kemmerling, Owego (College of Arts and Sciences) David Arthur Swenton, Owego (College of Arts and Sciences)

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Apalachin Fire Department Celebrates 100th Anniversary

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3670 Waverly Rd. Owego, N. Y. 13827 607-687-3210 This photo, taken in 1967, shows the monument "In Memory of Apalachin Fireman" being installed on the grounds of Apalachin Fire Department Station #1 on Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. This year, the Apalachin Fire Department celebrates its 100th anniversary. In 1913, a group of firefighters (the number was estimated at 13) gathered at the local drug store and formed a Chemical Company. This was a bucket brigade which covered an area of one mile in radius from the four corners. In 1922, the first motor truck was purchased which carried two forty gallon soda/acid water tanks. The current Apalachin Fire Department has 10 vehicles and 80 members. The first fire station was obtained in 1930, and in 1936 the first water district was formed. In 1940, a Fire Station 1 was built on the site where the current Station 1 stands. In the early 1950s, that station was deemed too small and the current station was built in its place. The construction of Station 2 on Route 434 was begun in 1956. Station 3 on Pennsylvania Avenue was completed in the mid 1970’s. The Emergency Squad started in

1948 with an ambulance donated by Coleman & Daniels. This ambulance was a hearse that was converted to serve as an ambulance. Their first call was in May of 1949. In 1960, the first Fire Department Field days was held to raise money for uniforms and equipment. This event was held annually until damage from the flood of 2011 prevented the running of the Field Days in 2012. Now, with the return of the Fire Departments Field Days, June 5 to June 8, we anticipate several events to revolve around the Department’s 100th Anniversary. Watch for announcements of these events as we near the Field Days. The fire department is also gathering pictures, stories, and articles that are of historical significance to the Apalachin Fire Department. If you have any of these and are willing to share them with the community, please contact the Centennial Committee of the Fire Department at afdhistory@yahoo.com

Head Start "Get to Know Us" Night Head Start of Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will host a “Get to Know Us” Night for all prospective families and children on Wednesday, April 17, at the Candor, Waverly, Owego, and Newark Valley sites. Families from the Village of Spencer are welcome to attend at the Waverly Center and Tioga Center families are welcome to attend at the Owego or Waverly Centers. Head Start is a preschool program for children ages 3-5, children with special needs, and children from families that meet eligibility requirements and is offered at no-cost. 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. Locations and Times: Candor: Wednesday, April 17, 5:306:30 pm, in the Elementary School (Rooms 27 & 28), Academy Street Newark Valley: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30-6:30 pm - 117 Whig Street Owego: Wednesday, April 17, 5:307:00 pm, 1277 Taylor Rd, Washington Gladden Building (use entrance around the back of building, follow signs) Waverly: Wednesday, April 17, 5:006:30 pm, 12 Cooper Street The bad weather date for all sites is Thursday, April 18, same times as above. For more information, call the main office at 687-5888 or toll-free at 1866-687-5888.

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2013 Lions Club Broom Sale It’s time again for the Apalachin Lions Club’s Annual Broom Sale. This is their Community Service Fund Raiser, and the money raised is returned to those in need in our community. Each year the Lions Club typically contributes over $25,000 to help local residents. But, over 2011-12 the Lions distributed an additional $10,000 or more for disaster relief alone. Some of their other projects are scholarships to high school seniors, Special Olympics, highway cleanup, pre-school eye screening, Christmas Baskets, Santa Phones, Easter Egg Hunt, eye exams and glasses,

emergency expense assistance, and backto-school gift certificates. The Apalachin Lions Club is only able to serve the community because the community supports them. Please be generous in your support of their Annual Broom Sale. They will be selling door-to -door in our area over May 6, 7, 8, and 9. The items being sold include brooms, various cleaning brushes and cloths, sponges, CFL light bulbs, grill brushes, and dusters. A complete list of items with pictures and prices is on Page 11.

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HELP WANTED: Kitchen assistant River Rose Café, Front St., Owego. Part time position. Apply in person. 607-6872556 04/13

INSURANCE INSPECTOR: PT in Tioga County. Work independently in the field to verify measurements and condition of homes for insurance companies. No sales. Computer experience, digital camera, car, cell phone required. Knowledge of home construction and customer service experience a plus. Paid Training. Paid per assignment. Apply at www.mueller-inc.com with reference number 20033. 04/13

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Owego Little League News • OLL Officers/Directors President Ken Winter's staff for the 62nd Owego Little League (OLL) season at Hyde Park includes V-P Baseball Chris Rieg, new V-P Softball Dave York, VP-Teener Mark Felice, Secretary and Uniform Manager Brandy Beach, Treasurer Steve Lounsberry, Player Agent Karen Vinti, Information Officer and Board Rich Ives. Safety Officer Horton Fox, Webmaster and new Board member Eric Hawkins, Scheduler Ed Walter and Shadowing for next year Mike Beyer, Publicity Director and Board Jim Raftis, new Equipment Manager Nichole Wayman, Assistant Equipment Manager Andy Hafer. Raffle Manager Dennis McCann, Board Member Dick Franz, Assistant Grounds Manager Tony Caprari, Board Member and Photo Committee Joe Fuller, Concession Manager Karen Johnson, Tournament Directors Mike and Elena Beyer, League Elder Tom Ash, Photo Chairman Phil Wiles and Parade Marshall John Loftus. • April Practice Month Practice schedules are out. Baseball and softball teams are on the Hyde Park diamonds to acquire skills and proficiency in baseball and softball. League officials and managers and coaches dedicated three nights to draft players for Farm, Modified, American and National League teams. • Work Bee Saturdays There will be two Work Bee Saturdays - April 20 and 27 - and Hyde Park Clean Up Day begins at 9 am until finished. Spend at much time as you can on the task you feel comfortable doing. The Grounds Team will develop a priority list of what has to be done and post it on the backstop in front of the Concession Stand. OLL's cleanup list will involve refurbishing the grounds, dugouts, restrooms, concession stands, pulling weeds, painting, raking leaves, dirt for the field and

www.eteamz.com/owego organizing sheds and storage areas. Maybe putting up the business signs along the outfield fences. Tell people about the Work Bees. • 24/7 Web Site Now that the baseball and girls softball practice season is here, get in the habit of checking the OLL Web Site www.eteamz.com/owego daily for important news of interest as it develops. • Opening Day - May 4 Opening Day is Saturday, May 4. Parade Marshall John Loftus starts the Traditional Parade at 8:30 am from the Owego Police Station. Players report between 8:00 and 8:20 am to their team banner on Temple Street. Opening Day Ceremonies at 9:00 am on Nick Raftis Memorial Field. Full day of baseball and girls softball games on Hyde Park's five diamonds. • Hometown Stories Webmaster Eric Hawkins introduced a new feature - Hometown Stories. Retired Umpire in Chief Jimmy Medovich described his 15 years behind home plate on Nick Raftis Memorial Field. There are many more interesting stories that need to be told. The Girls Softball History is the current focus. Email your reflections to jraftis2@stny.rr.com • Newsletters Little League International feeds updates via streamers to the Homepage of the OLL Web www.eteamz.com/owego. Use llinternational@littleleague.org to access four Williamsport Newsletters - Coaches Box, Fairball, Little League and ASAP Safety News. Current stories in the ASAP Safety News include Youth Steroid Abuse on the Rise, Safer for the Kids Guidelines, Criminal Background Checks, Conduct An Annual Review of Your Facilities and Helpful Ideas from Other Leagues. • Volunteer Opportunities Key to a successful season is volunteerism from the OLL Family. Tell an OLL official at Hyde Park what you'd like to volunteer for.

Strawberry Festival 5K Run/Walk Sanctioned by USATF The 2nd Annual Owego Strawberry Festival's 5K Run/Walk will kick off this year's festival and will be held Friday, June 14, beginning at 7:00 pm. This year, the event has been sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Association. A USATF Sanction is an official designation issued by USATF, through the Niagara Association, which approves and licenses the holding of a competitive track & field, long distance running or race walking event in the United States. The Sanction is also a contract, which evidences the event's commitment to follow national and international rules and regulations of the sport and to provide a safe environment for the participants and spectators. A sanction tells athletes that this event is being run according to applicable

competition rules and provides some insurance coverage for runners and volunteers. Registrations are now being accepted to participate in this year's "Strawberry Shake" 5K Run/Walk. The entry fee is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the Kids' One Mile Race. All proceeds will benefit the Owego Strawberry Festival, the O-A Athletic Boosters Club, and future event activities in the Village of Owego. To register for the Strawberry 5K Run/Walk, and for more info and a map of the route, go to www.getentered.com or download the application from www.owegostrawberryfestival.com. For more info or to volunteer, email crhafer@yahoo.com or call 687-7440.

USDA to Survey Maple Producers The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be conducting a Maple Syrup survey during April and May. Representatives from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be surveying producers in ten of the nation’s largest maple producing states, including New York. This survey will gather information on number of taps, yield, production, price, and value of production in New York. Results from last year’s survey established New York’s rank as 2nd in the nation for production of maple syrup behind Vermont. As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. “NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses, ensuring that no

individual operation or producer can be identified,” said King Whetstone, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Region. The National Agricultural Statistics Service is even exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, so producers can be guaranteed that their individual data will not be released to any person or any other agency. Survey results will be published in NASS’s Crop Production Report to be released on June 12, 2013. This and all NASS reports are available on the agency’s web site: www.nass.usda.gov. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS New York Field Office at (800) 821-1276.

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Upstate Shredding Finalist for Global Award

New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,ICanandaigua) (left) receives the State Assembly Leader of the Year Award Tom Nespeca (right), President of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) during Advocacy Institute Day as part of the 2013 NYSSBA Capital Conference. Leader Kolb was recognized by NYSSBA for his continued efforts working with school districts improving education standards throughout the state.

At the Apalachin Library 719 Main Street, Apalachin 625-3333 • Friends Meeting • 1957 Mafia Meeting in Apalachin April 2, Wednesday, 7pm April 24, Wed. 7pm, Blue Dolphin If you would like to be a "friend" If you are interested in the Apalachin please come to the meeting. Mafia meeting of 1957, you will be interested in the new book Mafia Summit • Computer Classes April 8, Monday, 1 to 3 pm by Gil Reavill, a fascinating look at the Computer class will be starting again big meeting that took place on McFall on Monday, April 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 Road and how this event changed our pm. Because of small class sizes, please country. We will be hosting a visit with call for a reservation. the author on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:00 pm at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant • Knitting Tuesday, April 9 and 23, 1 or 7 pm. in Apalachin. Reservations are required Beginners are always welcome. call the library or let us know at the desk. This event is free.

Apalachin Nursery School Hosts Open House Park Terrace Nursery School in Apalachin will host an open house on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The school is at 30 Glann Road in Apalachin (turn off Rt. 434 onto Glann Road at the traffic light).

A $25 registration fee is required at the time of registration. Children must be 3 or 4 years of age by Dec. 1. Classes are for 3 year olds - two days per week, and 4 year olds - three or five days per week. For more info, call 625-4134.

Mother's Day Chicken BBQ Presale Tickets The Candor Ambulance Squad is selling tickets to their Annual Chicken BBQ. Menu is half Chicken, Salt Potatoes, Macaroni Salad, Baked Beans, Roll and Cookie. Tickets are $9.00 each. Pre -sale is highly recommended. Each year the squad adds more chicken and each

year they sell out just after they begin serving. Dinner will be served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm only. For your pre-sale tickets, contact any Candor Squad member, e-mail candorems@cnymail.com, or call the office and leave a message at 659-5529.

Scrap metal recycler Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman has been named one of the world’s leading scrap metal companies by Platts, the premier international publication in the recycling industry. Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding, believes this nomination is further proof of his company's commitment to exceptional operations and dynamic growth strategies. “I am honored that our company is recognized as one of the top five scrap companies from around the globe, and that industry observers rank us amongst some of the marquee names in the scrap metal recycling world,” Weitsman said. Platts, a part of the McGraw Hill Companies, is a leading global resource of information on the energy, petrochemicals, metals, and agriculture markets. The publication is a premier source of benchmark price assessments for those commodity markets. Platts has named Upstate Shredding as a finalist for its “Industry Leadership – Scrap & Recycling” as part of its 2013 Global Metals Awards program. Finalists will be honored at a ceremony May 23 in London. Nominees were considered from all across the globe. Judges selecting the finalists and winners of each category carefully examine the finalists' achievements, financial results, leadership, integrity, job growth, and operational excellence before announcing in May which scrap company is considered to be the industry leader. “By making sound decisions and by assembling some of the hardest working people in the scrap industry, we’ve had an amazing period of growth,” Weitsman said. “Our success will continue for many years to come, and being named a finalist for this award is recognition of that effort.” With headquarters in Owego, Upstate Shredding has grown to encompass more than a dozen retail yards and is home to one of the most powerful metal shredders in the world. The company is opening a retail scrap yard and export facility at the Port of Albany for direct export to both domestic and international markets. The company expects to process more than 1 million tons of ferrous and 200 million pounds of nonferrous by 2014 and also hopes to reach its goal by then of $1 billion in annual debt free sales.

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Rotary Presents Check to Tioga Opportunities

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Coburn Library Book Reviews The Noon Hour Book Reviews at the Coburn Library are held Wednesdays in April, from 12 Noon to 12:45 pm, in the upstairs of the library at 275 Main Street in Owego. A light lunch will be offered for a nominal charge, the reviews are free. The schedule is: April 3 - Anne Catalano will review The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age by Janet Wallach.

April 10 - a review by Crystal Sarakas of The Commoner, written by John Burnham Schwartz. April 17 - Dr. Keith Nichols presents Sutton, written by J. R. Moehringer. April 24 - The final review is on The Brotherhood of Battle: The Civil War Soldiers and Families of Newark Valley, written and discussed by Jerald L. Marsh.

Saturday Smorgasboard - April 13

The Owego Elks, 223 Front Street in Owego, invites the community to join them for a “Saturday Smorgasbord” Dinner to benefit Elks Charity Fund on Saturday, April 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Proceeds from the dinner will help the many community groups and outreaches the Owego Elks Charity Fund supports. The menu is a surprise but will in-

clude meat, starch, vegetable and dessert. Coffee, punch and water are included. The bar will be open for those over 21. A free-will offering is asked for at the door for in-house dining. Take-out dinners are available for $8. Everyone in the community is invited to join the Elks for this meal and fellowship. Look for more Saturday Smorgasbord Dinners planned for May 11.

Annual Game Dinner in Warren Center Warren Center Baptist Church invites hunters to its 4th Annual Game Dinner on April 6 at Warren Center Community Hall. This year's guest speaker is Ken Hammel of Mountain Hollow Game Calls. Hammel will present a Turkey Hunting seminar as well as a Whitetail seminar. There is no cost to attend. Reservations are required. For

reservations, call (570) 395-3422. Don’t wait! Seats are filling fast! Event lineup: 4:00 pm Turkey Hunting Seminar, 5:00 pm Doors open for dinner, 5:30 pm Dinner is served. Whitetail Seminar and dessert to follow dinner. The dinner features apple glazed turkey with country mashed potatoes; the dessert includes apple bread and marinated berry shortcake.

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On March 15, staff from Camp Pioneer, a year-round Christian camp and Conference Center located near Lake Erie in Western New York, visited students at Owego's Zion Lutheran School. Leah Sallach, Camp Pioneer Program Director, and Kellye Coyne, Camp Pioneer intern, treated the students to games, songs and worship during school. Families were welcomed back in the evening for the same line-up of fun. The children enjoyed working togeth-

er on a variety of challenges that focused on teamwork and cooperation, such as moving a golf ball down a set of tubes, making room on a blanket for everyone as it gets smaller, and “walking” across the gym as a team on a pair of skis. The children also enjoyed learning new songs. Zion Lutheran School is on Rt 17C in Owego. For more information, call 687-6376 or visit www.zionowego.org.

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Tioga County 4-H student Jax Maxian traveled to Albany to participate in 4-H's 78th Capitol Days. She joined other students from the Southern Tier to tour the Capitol and attend the annual legislative breakfast where they learned about State government by meeting face -to-face with their representatives.

A Garage Sale will be held 8 am to 3pm on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave. in Apalachin. Drop offs will be Sat, April 27 from 12 Noon to 5pm, Sun., April 28, from Noon to 2pm, Mon., Tues., and Wed., from 9am to Noon, and 4 to 7pm.

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TAG president Robin Benesh presents a check for $500 to Larry Day, Clearinghouse Coordinator for the Bridge. The Tioga Acting Guild (TAG) wrapped up another dinner theater event at the former Nichols Elementary School March 15 through 17. In keeping with TAG’s slogan, “The Act that gives back”, TAG presented a check for $500 to The Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches. It is the mission of TAG to choose a local charitable organization to be the recipient of a portion of their proceeds from each show. TAG has thus far donated to the Open Door Mission, the local chapter of The Salvation Army, and The Bridge. In keeping with the second part of their mission TAG is committed to keeping its dinner theater costs to a nominal fee to make it affordable for

their audiences. Coming up over Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, TAG will be performing “Lend Me A Wig”, a comedy by Robin Benesh. That event will also be a dinner theater and a portion of the proceeds will be designated for the “TAG Community Service Scholarship”. TAG created a scholarship, which will be offered to graduating seniors at the Tioga Central High School who demonstrate and plan on continuing in community service activities. Because TAG is community minded, it wishes to encourage others in community service. You can find out more information about TAG and their activities at their web site www.tiogaactingguild.com.

Training for A New Hope Center Volunteers A New Hope Center's (ANHC) annual volunteer training will start April 17. Classes will be held weekly for 10 weeks, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, at ANHC, 20 Church Street in Owego.

To register for training, called ANHC at 687-6887, or email franb@anewhopecenter.org. For more information about ANHC, visit anewhopecenter.org.

Auction to Benefit Waterman Center - April 26 A Live and Silent Auction Event to benefit Waterman Center will be held at the Elk’s Lodge, 2071 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal on Friday, April 26, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The schedule of events include: 6:00 pm - Doors Open - Silent Auction 7:00 pm - Dinner of beef, potatoes, vegetable, rolls, coffee and dessert 8:00 pm - Silent Auction Ends and Live Auction Begins Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $13 per person/$25 a couple, if bought by April 24. After April 24, tickets are $15 per person/$30 a couple. To purchase tickets ahead of time, send your check (made out to “Waterman Center”) to: Waterman Conservation

Education Center, 403 Hilton Road, Apalachin, New York 13732, and tickets will be mailed to you. Tickets can also be picked up at Waterman Center. Some of the items being auctioned are: four Disneyland 1-day Park-Hopper passes, 5' x 10' Storage Garages with 2 months free rent, NASCAR Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at Oswego Short Track, Susquehanna River Tours, 4 Greens Fees and 2 carts at the Binghamton Country Club, 18" Colonial Doll in a Glass Case, Prints and Framed Pictures, Jewelry from Conti’s and other local Jewelers, Digital Thermostats with free installation, Stampin’ Up! Scrapbooking items, Gift Certificates Galore, Ceiling Fan, Chain Saw, New Water Heater, and Variety of Gift Baskets.

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Zion Students Celebrate Easter Students at Owego's Zion Lutheran School celebrated Easter on March 27. In their weekly Chapel time, the children sang songs in remembrance of each part of Jesus’ death and resurrection starting from Palm Sunday through Easter. Their final song, Listen, God is Calling, was about witnessing to others. Families were invited to a ham luncheon. The parents shared a dish to pass, with the school providing the ham. After lunch, the children enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt. Zion is blessed by the many volunteers who helped serve at the luncheon as well as hide eggs, and the students love having family members involved. Zion holds family meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well, which are always a favorite of the children.

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2nd grader, Rachel Corlett proudly displays her Easter Eggs.

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In 2003, Kevin Millar, now mayor of Owego, approached George Swaney, proprietor of Tioga Trails Café, 50 Lake Street, and said, “You ought to have contradancing here.” In April, the first dance was held with Hilton Baxter calling to the music of Kitchen Chair, and the Tioga County Contradance was born. Contradancing, like square dancing, is a called dance done to a walking step and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary since all dances are taught and prompted. Partners are not required. Come to Tioga Trails Café on Sunday, April 21, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, for a piece of anniversary cake and join the dancing or just listen. Hilton Baxter, who called the first dance, will be teaching and calling dances to the music of Escape (pictured above), who spontaneously fuses material from many traditions into a colorful sound that is wholly unique, best thought of as Quebecois – Irish Swedish – French-Techno – New England original contradance music. Escape consists of Tim Ball, Jodi Austin, and Peter Blue. Tim Ball is known for his fluid, rhythmic fiddle style that lifts dancer’s feet and captures listener’s ears. Jodi Austin plays keyboards and loves the rhythms of techno and electronic music. Peter Blue has fallen in love with Quebecois and

Swedish music, and adds nyckelharpa, diatonic accordions, bones, bodhran, hand drums, and foot percussion to the band. General admission is $7; students and seniors (55+), $5; family maximum, $15. For information call Stu (607) 6874034 or April (607) 687-7195. This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes.


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Benefit for Apalachin Woman - April 14 A Spaghetti Dinner Benefit will be held on Sunday, April 14, from 2 to 6pm at the Vestal American Legion, 118 S. Jensen Rd, Vestal, to help Tina Barton of Apalachin, who was diagnosed with pelvic cancer in January. Tina's husband, Rick, is currently in remission; he went

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through the same thing seven years ago. The event will include a silent auction, raffle baskets and 50/50 drawing, a DJ, and cash bar. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 5-12, free for children under 5.

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Zion Lutheran School, located two miles from downtown Owego on Rt. 17C West, is now accepting enrollment for the 2013-14 school year. Zion offers grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade. The school has state certified teachers and offers small class sizes for the students. Students will get full use of the school’s gym, library, computer lab, and cafeteria. The school offers a Christ-centered education, with state approved curriculum. Zion is an affordable option in Tioga County for

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those looking for an alternative to public school. Multi-student discounts are available. Zion Lutheran School has an open enrollment policy for children of all denominations, races, color and ethnic origins. Limited scholarship funds are available for families in financial need. Zion serves the children of five local school districts including OwegoApalachin, Candor, Newark Valley, Union Endicott, Tioga Center, and parts of Vestal. Bussing is available for students from these districts. For more information, to schedule a tour, or to obtain a registration packet, call the office at 687 -6376, or visit www.zionowego.org.

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Ladies Luncheon The Owego Christian Women’s Club will be holding a “Stepping Into Spring” Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, April 17, from 11:30 am to 1: 30 pm at the Owego Treadway. Music will be provided by “Step In Time” Mary Beth Lynn. The speaker will be Dee Gardner “Sharing Steps of Her Life.” Reservations are due by April 12, for more information contact Carol by calling 785-3101 or by email: cgg350@aol.com


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To prepare for the upcoming 2013 Harness Racing season and Summer Concert Series, Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols will be hosting two Job Fairs. The first event is on Monday, April 1. Tioga Downs is proud to announce that they will be holding a special “Veterans Only” portion from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, to honor those who have bravely served our country. The event is open to the general public from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The second Job Fair is on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Tioga Downs Casino is looking to fill approximately 60 seasonal and non-

seasonal positions. Both full and part time positions are available in all areas of the casino and racetrack operations. Both Job Fairs include same day interviews, testing and job offers. All applicants are asked to bring two forms of identification. One must be a government issued photo ID. Tioga Downs kicks off its eighth season of live harness racing on May 4. Festivities on that day include a live telecast of the Kentucky Derby and the traditional “Derby Fest” event. For more information on jobs and events, visit www.tiogadowns.com

Vestal Student Plays at Carnegie Hall Suhanya Pathman, an eighth-grader at Vestal Middle School, was one of 15 students chosen by the Northeast Pennsylvania Music Teacher’s Association to play for the 10th Annual Carnegie Hall Recital on March 30 in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Suhanya was one of 300 students who auditioned for this event. A student of

Margaret Reitz, who is on the faculty at Binghamton University and Ithaca College, she is also in the Vestal Middle School Chorus under the direction of Rachel Hucko. Last summer she was selected for the Summer School for the Arts at Interlochen. Suhanya is the daughter of Shashi Pathman, Vestal, and the late Dr. Suren Pathman.

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APRIL 7 - SUNDAY Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction April 7, 12 Noon to 5:00 pm, at Moose Lodge, Rt 17C, Owego. Benefit for the children of the late Matthew Porcari. Adults $6, Children $3. 50/50 Raffle, Cake Wheel. DJ/ music. APRIL 26 - FRIDAY Auction/Dinner Benefit for Waterman Center - April 26, 6 to 10 pm at Vestal Elks Lodge, 2071 Vestal Parkway West, Vestal. $13 per person or $25 a couple, if payment made by April 24. Send check to, or visit, Waterman Center, 403 Hilton Rd., Apalachin, NY 13732, 625-2221

APRIL 27 - SATURDAY Chicken and Biscuits Dinner - April 27, 4:30 to 6:30pm, at Apalachin United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 303 Pennsylvania Ave., Apalachin. Take-out available. Benefits church's youth programs. MAY 3 - FRIDAY Garage Sale - May 3, Friday, 8am to 3pm at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave, Apalachin. MAY 4 - SATURDAY Garage Sale - May 3, Friday, 8am to 3pm at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave, Apalachin. May 4 - SATURDAY Benefit Breakfast - May 4, 8am to 12 Noon, at American Legion Post 89, Vestal (behind Kohl's). $6 adults, $2 kids 6-12, free kids 5 & under. Sponsored by the Triple Cities Chopper Club. Benefits Southern Tier Veterans Support Group and the Oxford Veterans Home. More info: contact Danny Y at (607)-372-2496.


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to determine their location for centuries. This will be an exciting educational program for boaters, as well as stargazers. The cost will be $8.00 and includes admission to the museum and the planetarium show. Seating is limited and reservations are requested. Contact Susquenango Sail & Power Squadron at (607) 669-4482 or email: info@susquenango.org Susquenango Sail & Power Squadron is a local non-profit boating and educational organization. www.susquenango.org

Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution - April 30 Low to moderate income individual and families are invited to Participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on Tuesday, April 30, from 1:00 to

2:00 pm, at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking lot, 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Please bring your own bags or boxes. Call Food Bank of the Southern Tier (607) 796-6061 with any questions.

Waterman Center Events 403 Hilton Road, Apalachin 625-2221 www.watermancenter.org • Bingo Saturday, April 6 and 13 Doors open at Noon. 12:45pm - Early Bird Bonanza. 1 pm - Regular Bingo. Cash prizes. All paper. Food and beverages available. $3 Admission. • New York Safe Boating Class April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6:30-9 pm The New York State Safe Boating course is necessary for those 14 and over wanting to operate a personal watercraft and for ages 10-17 to operate a powered boat. Class meets every Tuesday for 4 weeks. Registration Required. $12 members, $15 non-members. • Susquehanna River Tours April 17 and 24, 6:00 pm The tours are about 1 1/2 hours long and depart from the Waterman Center Hiawatha Island Boat Dock on Marshland Rd. in Apalachin. Tours are also available on Wednesday evenings in May and June, except for the first Wednesdays. Tours will resume again in September. $12 members, $14 nonmembers. Reservations are required. • Waterman Center Earth Fest Saturday, April 20, 10am to 4pm Learn about environmental concerns, and how we can protect and preserve our environment. Participants include the Southern Tier Beekeepers, Trout Unlimited, Triple Cities Hiking Club, Garden-

ing Groups, Energy Companies, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Mini Ponies and much more. Special children’s area with face painting/activities. Hikes led by a naturalist at 11am and 1pm. Food for sale. . Cost is just $1. Free for kids under 5. • Waterman Benefit Dinner and Auction Friday, April 26, 6 to 10 pm Elks Lodge, 2071 Vestal Pkwy, Vestal Silent Auction at 6 pm. Dinner of braised beef at 7 pm. Live Auction at 8pm. Reservations recommended. $13 or $25 a couple if payment by 4/24; $15 or $30 a couple after 4/24. Cash bar available. There will be no refunds. • Bird Song Identification Walk Saturday, April 27, 9 to 11 am Join naturalist Dan Dunn to learn how to identify the birds of spring by their songs, field markings and habitat. Dan has many years leading field trips involving bird identification and nature photography. Bring your binoculars, and birding identification book. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a hiking stick, if you wish. The hike at Waterman Center is hilly. Dogs are not allowed. Children welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. $3 members, $4 non-members, $1.00 for children.

Susquenango Sail & Power Installs Officers The Susquenango Sail and Power Squadron held its Change of Watch on March 16 where the following officers were installed by District Cmdr. Charles Gray: Commander, Lt/C Nancy Bieber; Executive Officer, Lt /C David Olds; Education Officer, Lt/C Les Smith; Adm. Officer, Lt C Lynn Antsey; Secretary, Lt/ C JoAnn Rohde; Treasurer, Lt/C Katie Young Elected Committees: Immediate Past Commander, John Parnica; Local Board of Boating, Leslie Smith, Kenneth Boll; Local Board of Advd Grades & Elective Grades, Lowell W. Stever, Jr.; Membership Chairman, Robert Gould

Members at Large: Linda Rought, Karl Oakley, William Herrick, Robert Gould, Mary Kucharek, Ken Boll, Anthony Lenzo, John Young Don Rumrill and Lynn Anstey were given the Mike Page Award for this year. This award is given to Squadron member (s) for outstanding service to the organization in their fifth year of membership. Cmdr. Bieber’s theme for this year is “Red Skies at Night”. Susquenango provides safe boating education classes in the area. For information on classes and membership, contact David Olds (607) 669-4482 or visit the website www.susquenango.org

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Historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 117 Main Street in Owego, recently completed an accessibility project including a new elevator. The church has now embarked on another ambitious project. The Delaware Pipe organ, first installed in 1963 under the direction of the late David Gay, is undergoing a complete renovation, restoration and upgrade to prepare the instrument for its next 50 years and beyond. In the flood of 2011 with five feet of water in the basement, the blower to the organ was rendered unusable. Parsons Pipe Organ Company built a new blower for the instrument and by Christmas services the organ was once again making beautiful music. Parsons Pipe Organ Company was selected to do the renovation work on this 39 rank instrument. For three days in January 2013, the crew worked tirelessly to remove 2,379 pipes to take to the shop for repairs and revoicing. Before removing the pipes, the voicing expert, Duane Prill, and his assistant listened to each and every pipe, noting the tone and pitch plus any other inadequacies in the sound that would need to be addressed at the shop. The entire Parsons crew - a human “dis”assembly line - wrapped pipes, packed little ones in boxes or gently laid larger pipes row by row on the tops of the pews, preparing them for their journey to Canandaigua, where Parsons shop is located. This writer had never seen such huge bales of bubble wrap! Matt Parsons, the Project Manager, with another crew member took the organ console apart and packed it one section at a time for the trip to the shop in Canandaigua. It will receive all new draw knobs and a Peterson Integrated Pipe Control System. This digital system will allow for many different organists to program their own settings for the music they play. The keyboards will be refurbished and the depth of the keys adjusted to make for smooth playing. The console is to be moved out into the Chancel of the church, where the organist will be able to better hear the balance and tone of the instrument and also be able to see the entire church, which is very important for all of the various services that involve processions.

A new wind system known as a Wedge Bellows is to be installed. The instrument has always had a wind reservoir system. The reservoirs did not control wind pressure and thus there were inconsistencies in the wind pressure, affecting the overall tone of the organ. In February, all of the wind reservoirs were removed and the pipe room was made ready for the new wind system and the return of the pipes. The Wedge Bellows will provide for ‘even’ winding… making the instrument sound “happier.” New for this instrument will be the addition of the 40th rank. An oboe will be installed as its first new “solo” voice in 50 years. A very generous musician donated it to St. Paul’s Organ Project. In the future, it is hoped that several more voices will be added to the instrument to augment its beautiful sound. To that end, St. Paul’s has an established Organ Fund, which accepts donations towards the addition of new ranks of voices for the instrument. A rank is a group of 61 pipes, corresponding to the number of notes on the keyboard. There have been many organists at St. Paul’s since David Gay brought the vision of this instrument to life. At present the organist is Jean Radice, Adjunct Professor of Organ and Harpsichord at Ithaca College. Fr. Geoff Doolittle is the Priest at St. Paul’s, Owego. A musical celebration will take place upon completion of the total project. (more photos on Page 15)

New Services for Kinship Caregivers Kinship caregivers - relative and family friends who are raising children are a natural ally of state child's welfare services and actually care for many more children than are in foster care. Children often come to live with kinship families for reasons that could cause children to enter foster care. Yet, the number of children in private kinship care far exceeds those in foster care. In New York State, there are less than 15,000 children in foster care, compared to more than 153,000 children living with kin outside of foster care. Of these, an estimated 3,280 kinship children are in Broome County and 893 in Tioga County. In these counties, the Family Enrichment Network (FEN) and the NYS Kinship Navigator provide services for kinship families. FEN is a local provider offering counseling services, a help line, parenting groups, support groups, and teen programs The Kinship Navigator is a statewide resource providing info, referrals, advocacy, and legal information via its toll free number and its website. Recently, the Navigator received one of eight national grants from the federal Children's Bureau to enhance services in

five targeted counties: Broome, Tioga, Orange, Ulster and Dutchess counties. The project's purpose is to keep children out of foster care by reaching all kinship caregivers and implementing enhanced services, including collaboration with the local social services departments, establishment of a pro bono legal assistance program, a leadership training for caregivers, access to FEN, and other services. Critical to the grant is the evaluation component that will identify kinship needs and outcomes for children and caregivers. One of the principal services of both FEN and the Navigator is to help caregivers obtain financial assistance that is available thru a special public assistance grant. As part of the project, the Navigator is partnering with FEN to expand outreach across Broome and Tioga counties. The project's goal is to connect with all caregivers in the counties, and help them obtain financial assistance as well as other services. The Navigator will provide its services and direct access to FEN's services, available by calling Kinship Navigator at 877-454-6463 (MF, 9-4) or go to www.nysnavigator.org.


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Food Bank Dedicates New Truck

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The Food Bank of the Southern Tier dedicated a new truck for its nationally recognized Mobile Food Pantry Program on March 27 at a reception that acknowledged the donors who made the truck possible. Thanked for their gifts were the family of the late Donna Casano Benedict of Ithaca, Tioga Downs Casino Racing and Entertainment, the Triad Foundation, and the Hilliard Foundation. The new truck is the largest of the three trucks that deliver food to Mobile Food Pantry distribution sites across the Food Bank’s six-county service area: Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins Counties. It is also the Food Bank’s first Mobile Food Pantry truck with a refrigerated bay. The addition of the new truck will enable the Food Bank to distribute 500,000 more pounds of food to highneed, rural communities and urban areas where access to food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency food agencies is limited. The gift from the Benedict family also established a fund that will support the expansion of the Mobile Food Pantry

over the next five years. The tribute to Mrs. Casano reads, “In loving memory of Donna Casano Benedict, who knew hunger and spent her life ensuring those around her were well fed. Mangia! Mangia!” A plaque honoring Mrs. Benedict will be installed in the Food Bank. The new truck was purchased with a challenge gift of $59,113 from the John P. Hussman Foundation of Maryland and was matched with gifts from the donors honored at the March 27th event. A condition of the Hussman Foundation grant was that the challenge gift be matched dollar for dollar by other donors. The Food Bank was the one of the first two food banks nationally that completed the challenge successfully. More than $200,000 in matching gifts were ultimately raised by the Food Bank. The Hussman Foundation Challenge was made available to food banks across the country by Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. The names of all the donors, including the Hussman Foundation, are on the back of the truck.

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