May 2011Community Press

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Volume 26 Number 5

Live Racing Returns To Tioga Downs With Derby Fest 4


Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols will host Derby Fest 4 on Saturday May 7, celebrating the Kentucky Derby and the official kick-off of the 2011 Live Harness Racing Season. The exciting day of events, which drew over 12,000 patrons in 2010, begins with simulcast racing from Churchill Downs starting at 10:30am. Guests can watch and wager on all the races leading up to the 137th Run for the Roses (post time approximately 6:24pm). Kentucky Derby Fest 4 will be bigger and better this year with more excitement and entertainment including a Mint Julep Jamboree, Derby Day Hat contest, live bands throughout the day, and the Buffalo Jill Cheerleaders will cheer the crowd into race day with

autographs and photos. The Derby Day Hat Contest will be held on the track side apron at 5:00 pm with registration 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Wear your best Kentucky Derby hat for a chance at a $500 race voucher. Then, Live Harness Racing returns for the season, post time 6:50 pm, followed by a fireworks spectacular! The fun-filled day will be capped off with a performance by “The Jason Wicks Band” at 10:00 pm on the Coasters Stage. Tioga Downs Casino is open yearround with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar and special entertainment events. It is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

• NOTICE • Due to the current and on-going flood issues throughout the Town of Owego, the Town of Owego Highway Department WILL NOT be picking up brush as originally scheduled. The brush pick is postponed indefinitely. The Town of Owego Highway Department would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Brush can be dropped off at the Owego Gravel Pit off Route 38 from 6:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday.

Memorial Day Monday, May 30 A Memorial Day parade will be held in Owego at 10:30 am, followed by a ceremony at the courthouse square.

Saturday, May 7, will mark the opening day of the 2011 Little League season in Owego and Nichols. The day will start with parades in both Owego and Nichols, ending up at their home fields, Hyde Park (Owego) and Kirby Park (Nichols), followed by opening ceremonies. Above: Richard Ives, Dean Morgan, and Harry Ayers raise the flag at Hyde Park in Owego. Left: First pitch at Hyde Park. Photos of 2010 opening day.

Mugged At The Pump

Oil Company Earnings Are Obscene “Oil Company Earnings Are Obscene; Middle Class Taxpayers Getting Mugged at the Pump; It's Time to End Taxpayer Subsidies for Big Oil “ Congressman Maurice Hinchey In the first of several oil company earnings reports, Exxon Mobil Corp. today said its earnings rose 69 percent in the first quarter this year. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) released the following statement in response, calling for an end to big oil subsidies. "Big Oil is robbing America's middle class. These huge corporations are seeing profits rise by nearly 70 percent as middle class families continue to struggle in a tight economy. Small businesses are having to cut back instead of creating jobs, food prices are rising, working people can't afford to drive to their jobs, and all the while fat cat oil men are sitting on a huge pile of money courtesy of obscenely high oil prices and huge taxpayer subsidies and giveaways

totaling nearly $100 billion. This is completely unacceptable. "Congress needs to act immediately to finally eliminate these ridiculous subsidies for America's most profitable industry. I've been working to do this for years. Continuing these giveaways is a slap in the face to American taxpayers who are already getting ripped off every day at the gas pump."


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The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce held a “Welcome,” Ribbon Cutting at the News Radio WEBO 1330 station last month. Don Giovanni is bringing his Italian House Party to WEBO on Saturday’s from 10:00 am to noon. Don Giovanni’s radio program has delighted thousands all over the country for the past 20 years. It is filled with nostalgic Italian music and the warm personality of its host. The program features the music of great Italian-American entertainers such as Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, Jimmy Roselli, Lou Monte, Sergio Franchi, Don Cornell, Perry Como, comedian Pat Cooper and many more.

Pancake Breakfast Buffet The Flemingville United Methodist Church will hold a Pancake Breakfast Buffet on Saturday May 14 and Saturday June 4, from 8 am to 10 am at the church at 540 West Creek Road, Owego. This will be a free will offering buffet.

Tioga County's


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Wellness Program AMBA

Thank you to our community for a great turnout and your generous support at our Spring Pancake Breakfast. We also want to thank the “balloon man” who comes to every breakfast and entertains the little and the big kids. We served 292 people and received many compliments.. Congratulations to TOFD Medic Carl Laposky, Medical Director Dr. Zevan, and TOFD Manager Kevin Ford on their delivery of a baby girl, Olivia, on the way to Lourdes Hospital in Campvilles’ Ambulance 331. Mommy and baby are doing fine. Congratulations to member Skyler Hamilton’s Mom and Dad on the birth of a 9lb 5oz baby boy. Campville had four apprentices complete the NYS Firefighter 1 Course. This is a 29 week intensive course that includes hands on skills, hazmat training, written tests and live fire training. Congratulations to William Adams, Lenny King, Wesley Mozgawa and Skyler Hamilton. Wesley is a third generation firefighter and Skyler is a second generation firefighter. Nice job guys, now you can play with the big boys! After that course William, Wesley and Skyler went on to take the NYS Accident Victim Extrication course, a course dedicated to motor vehicle accidents. This shows dedication to the fire department, obtaining the knowledge needed and engaging in hard work. Congratulations. Meanwhile our squad was busy attending UHS Trauma Teaching Day at the River-

walk. This is an all day training with guest speakers from around the country. This year we were honored to have Steve Barry give three presentations. Steve does cartoons for JEMS magazine and is an excellent speaker. The conference was well attended by Ed Kotski, Carl Laposky, Patricia Hickey, Ruth Phelps, Kristen Lovejoy, Sharon Stanley, JP Radzikowski, Allen Peterson and Nancy Peterson as well as two new members Liz Sells and Jacob Sells. Several of our squad, Carl Laposky, Patricia Hickey and Ed Kotski, also attended Thoracic Trauma at Robert Packer and Lime Disease In Our Community at The Treadway. There was a lot of excellent training for squad members this month. Lockheed was kind enough to extend a fire training opportunity to the department this month. Thank you. Remember to honor our EMS people during EMS Week this month, May 15th – 21st. A “thank you” to all of you for your dedication and volunteerism on a 24/7, 365 day basis. The worse day of someone’s life is calling 911 for help and we are proud to serve. Due to the inclement weather the Water Rescue Ops Class for this past weekend has been canceled. Campville will be hosting a Guthrie LZ class on May 24 and a Firefighter Survival Class on the 21st. Please join us. We will be out and about doing a lot of community service during the next few months at Hickories Park and around the area. See you there.

Blood Screening Event Saturday May 7 & 14 6:00 am – 10:00 am

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For information call Bill Renner 607-748-9548 Email


Nearly 90 Years of Being … “Like Family”

EXPERT SERVICE AND INSTALLATION Ransom Park Association held its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 16, in Tioga Center at the park. Park members want to thank the children and parents who came in the rainy weather to see the Easter Bunny. All are invited to our next function on May 21, Saturday, featuring Tioga Youth Softball games at 10 AM, yard sales 9 am, Chicken BBQ 11 AM, talent show at Noon. Call Joann if you want to reserve a spot 607687-1833. Fun day for all.

Chamber Annual Golf Tournament The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the date of the Annual Golf Tournament for Friday, May 20th, at The Links at Hiawatha Landing. The day begins with a shotgun start promptly at 12:30 pm. Registration and cart assignment will be at the Clubhouse starting at 11:00 am. There will be a limited amount of teams this year so be sure to register early. The fee for the event is $80 per person, $320 for a team, and includes golf, cart, 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. We are limiting the field to 28 teams. Be sure to register soon to insure your spot, all money must be turned in on or before May 7th. Check, cash, Master Card or Visa are accepted. Contact the Chamber for registration or more information at 607-687-2020 or email:

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FOR SALE: Full Breed German Shepherd puppies. Shots, wormed, ready to go 3 weeks to 4 weeks, Little Meadows—Call 570-623-2224 06/11 RECORDS: 33 1/3 records—Big Band Era, Readers Digest Collectors Editions, 3 sets circa 1965 Call 687-4860 for details 05/11 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: Madison Handbags is the hottest new trend in home parties. Start your own business, set your own hours and party while you work. Excellent compensation plan. Call 607-239-7036 for more information 05/11 HIGHEST PRICES PAID FOR: Crocks, jugs old toys & other antiques. Also vintage collectables made before 1970. Call Dave 607-240-9546 12/11 DOG BOARDING: Pleasant Valley Dog Boarding Kennel, 5367 State Route 38, Newark Valley, NY 13811 30 years in business Indoor/outdoor runs. Daily rates: $12 one dog, $18 two dogs same run 607-642-8776 08/11 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

ROTOTILLING: Rototilling using a 42” tiller on a lawn tractor. Please call Dennis at 607-625-4701 05/11 DO YOU HAVE OLD STUFF IN YOUR ATTIC? Would you like cash for it? We pay more than most. Call 607-240-9546 12/10 THINK CLEAN UP: we can help with hauling, clean outs, local moving, house cleaning, lawn work. Call for free estimate 607-699-0212 07/11 NEED IT CLEANED OUT & HAULED AWAY? One room to the whole house. Also: garages, barns & sheds. MK’s AFFORDABLE CLEANOUTS 607-2177455 12/11 $$$ CASH PAID $$$ WE BUY contents of estates also attics, cellars and storage sheds. Call 607-240-9546 05/11

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Cooking on the Lite Side by Chef Nick Cavataio

Recipes - Five Ingredients or Less

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Why we live such a fast paced lifestyle is beyond me. Our family is no different, and being a healthy eating advocate it’s very frustrating at times to say the least. With most of us our schedule is so busy we usually don’t make time to plan grocery shopping, meals and meal preparation. So, quite frequently we end up eating out or not having all the ingredients we need or want if we do have time to cook. I know the healthier choices cost more, but if you think about it the unhealthy choices eventually lead to healthcare cost. So, it comes down to pay now or pay later. With that in mind I would like to offer up these quick, easy and affordable recipes to you and your family to enjoy together. Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Ingredients: 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2lb.), excess fat trimmed 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 2 tsp. Dried 1 garlic clove, minced Salt and pepper to taste Preparation: Preheat broiler. Rinse chicken thighs; pat dry. Arrange thighs, skin side down, on a broiler pan. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary and garlic. Brush 1/3 of mixture over chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat until light-

ly browned, about 7 minutes. Using tongs, turn chicken thighs skin side up. Brush 1/3 of lemon-juice mixture over skin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until thighs are browned, about 7 minutes. Turn off broiler and set oven to 450°F. Brush final 1/3 of lemon-juice mixture over chicken (discard any leftover lemon-juice mixture) and return pan to oven. Bake until juices run clear when pricked with a fork and meat is no longer pink at the bone, about 10 minutes. Serve hot. Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya Ingredients: 1 teaspoon canola oil 8 oz. andouille sausage or low-fat kielbasa, cut into ¼ inch thick slice 1 16-ounce bag frozen bell pepper and onion mix 1 14-ounce can reduced sodium chicken broth 2 cups instant brown rice 8 ounces raw shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and de-veined Preparation: Heat oil in Dutch over or medium stock pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and pepper-onion mix; stirring occasionally, until vegetables soften, 3-5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add rice, stir once, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and stir to incorporate. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, until shrimp are opaque and cooked through, 5-6 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve.

Yard Sale, Chicken BBQ and more ... A benefit Chicken BBQ, Yard Sales, Talent Show, and Ball Games, will be held on May 21 at Ransom Park, old 17C, Tioga Center, N.Y. Yard sales start 9 am. To reserve

space for $5.00 call Joanne 607-6871833 before 6 pm. Ball games start 10 pm, kitchen opens 11 am. Talent Show at Noon. Fun for all to the Benefit Ransom Park Association.

Little Miss Apalachin 2011 Contest Eligibility Requirements: Only pre-registered 8- and 9-year-old females residing within the Apalachin Fire District are eligible to participate. Time/Date/Location: The Contest will start promptly at Noon on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in the food tent on the Apalachin Firemen’s Field Day Grounds. The duration of the contest is approximately one hour. The contestants are requested to check in at the event area in the food tent between 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM to ensure a timely start of the Contest. Attire: Contestant’s Choice Judging Criteria: Appearance, Personality and Communication Skills

(Contestant will participate in a brief casual conversation with the Master of Ceremonies while standing on an elevated platform) Prizes: Winner: Receives a Tiara, Sash, Floral Bouquet, Trophy and $200 Savings Bond Runner-up: Receives a Floral Bouquet, Trophy and $100 Savings Bond Each Participant: Receives a Flower Pre-Registration Deadline: The Pre-Registration Form below must be fully completed, signed and received at the following address by 5 p.m., Saturday, May 28, 2011: Paul & Debbie Phillips 3 New St., Apalachin, NY 13732

(Please Cut Here & Submit The Bottom Pre-Registration Form Only and Keep The Top Portion For Your Information.)

Pre-Registration Form for the “Little Miss Apalachin – 2011” Contest

Contestant’s Name: _______________________________________________________ Age at time of Contest (June 4, 2011): 8 or 9 (Circle one) Address: _______________________________________________ Telephone #: ______-__________ I hereby grant permission for the above Contestant to enter and participate in the “Little Miss Apalachin - 2011” Contest sponsored by the Apalachin Fire Department and attest that the Contestant meets all Eligibility Requirements.

Signature (Parent or Guardian): _______________________________ Date: May ____, 2011

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TOWN OF OWEGO BRUSH PICK UP The Town of Owego Highway Department will start brush pick up beginning Monday, May 9, 2009 and ending Thursday, May 12, 2011 Only brush and branches will be picked mustand be on-going stacked neatly Due to up the and current flood at curbside. Bagged leaves will beofcollected issues throughout the Town Owego, in the Fall.theBrush branches must be no Town and of Owego Highway longer than sixWILL feet (6’) and Department NOTinbelength picking up six inches (6”) in diameter. This service is for brush as originallyNO scheduled. residential trimming. BRUSHThe LOTS. brush pick us postponed indefinitely. NO BAGS - ANY KIND We apologize for any PLEASE NOTE: You mayinconvenience dump leaves at the Town of Owegothis Gravel located on route 38. mayPit cause. HOWEVER, alldropped containers, lawn Brush can be off atincluding the Owego bags, mustPit be off taken with38 you after6:30 dumping Gravel Route from am tothe leaves.4 pm TheMonday Gravel Pit is available to the pubthrough Thursday lic Monday through Thursday, 6:30 am to 4 pm. If you have any questions please contact the Town of Owego Highway Department at (607)687-2641


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Tioga Downs Raises Guaranteed Pool on Pick Six

7 New St., Apalachin, N.Y.

Margaret Karpel – Owner E-mail:


Call today for an appointment (607) 625-3591

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Save Your Precious Memories HAVE YOUR 8mm Movies & VHS Videos Converted to DVDs (also converting Beta & 8mm Video)

Tioga Downs is proud to announce that for the 2011 race season, its “Pick Six Sundays” will return with an even larger guaranteed pool. In co-ordination with owner and trainer Peter Kleinhans, and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association, Tioga Downs will now guarantee its Pick Six at $10,000. The Pick Six at Tioga was guaranteed at $6,000 last year but was given a hike this year to draw more interest to the wager on Sundays. The same takeout rate of 21% as in 2010 will apply to 2011, and if no one successfully hits the pick six a consolation payout of 25% of the pool will be paid to ticket holders with the highest number of correct picks. The first “Pick Six Sunday” is set

to kickoff the 2011 race season on Sunday, May 8th with a post time of 1:30 pm. “We are excited to raise the guaranteed pool up this year on the pick six and give something for our fans to look forward to. We would like to thank Peter Kleinhans and the STHHA for their support in helping us think of the bettor first and foremost” said Jason M Settlemoir, VP of Racing and Simulcast. Tioga Downs kicks off its sixth season of live racing on Saturday, May 7th (Kentucky Derby Day). For more information on the 61 day race meet at Tioga Downs please visit us online at

Annual Tioga Terrace Garage Sale — Saturday May 21

Stretch Your Dollars! BEAM Electronics Hobbies & more... 7830 Rt 434, Apalachin, N. Y. 625-2222

The value of the dollar has decreased 20% in the last decade. Wholesale food prices have increased 7% in the past year while gasoline has soared to over $4.00 a gallon. Our economy is in trouble. Staying ahead of your bills and planning for your future can seem overwhelming. However, there are practical short-term and long-term financial strategies that you can apply to help better manage your money. In fact, this seminar will empower you to make better informed and beneficial choices for your financial well-being and lifestyle. Holly Klett of The Tax Ladies, LLC of

Owego, NY, will be presenting this free Back to Basics Financial Seminar on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Bridge of Hope Ministries Church. This community outreach event will be hosted by the church located at 1229 Owego Road (Rt. 96) in Owego, NY. The public is invited, however childcare will not be provided. Your RSVP would be appreciated so we can plan accordingly. You may contact Pastor Mark Osborn at (607) 659-5959 to register or with questions you may have. Your RSVP can also be e-mailed to

2011 Tioga County Senior of the Year Selected Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Department of Aging Advisory Council has chosen the Senior of the Year from applications submitted by the community at large. The winner of this award will be honored at a special luncheon at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard, Owego, New York. The “2011 Senior of the Year for Tioga County” will be awarded to

George “Lee” and Helen Penney. They will be honored at the luncheon for their numerous acts of kindness and selfless giving to friends and neighbors in Tioga County. Centenarians living in Tioga County will also be honored. At present, the Aging Advisory Council is aware of two residents who are over 100 years of age or who will attain that age during 2011.

Photography Exhibit in Owego The Sweet Valley Chocolates & Bakery, 195 Main Street, Owego, is proud to feature Photographer Ray Hunt during the Month of May. Ray enjoys photographing nature and wildlife. He has published a number of books and won photo contests for his wildflowers. He will feature his wildlife photographs of his recent trip to Florida. The photos will include Pelican, Wood Stork, Spoonbill and others. Visit his work throughout the

month of May and during Owego’s 3rd Friday Art Walk, on May 20 from 5 - 8pm. During the Art Walk, Ray will be available to answer questions on how to use a digital camera (bring your camera and manual) or Photoshop. Stop in and enjoy some candy/bake goods while looking at the photos. Don’t forget to register for your free 11x14 matted print and some candy.

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Leadership Tioga - Class of 2011 Graduation


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The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Graduating Class of Leadership Tioga 2011. Commencement Ceremonies will be Tuesday May 3, at the Pumpelly Estates, 44 Front Street in Owego. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 pm, and graduation ceremonies will follow at 6:30 pm. Leadership Tioga is in its twelfth year of operation and over 220 people have completed the program. Students take part in a ten-month program designed to educate, inform and empower leaders. The goal is to develop individuals for future leadership roles in Tioga County. Leadership Tioga enlists people who live and work in Tioga County and are interested in developing their leadership skills and knowledge of local issues, as well as pursuing leadership roles in their community. A new program year begins in September. For more information on the program, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 607-687-2020.

Leadership Tioga Graduating Class: Kathleen Arbach, Jill M. Bennedum, Owego Apalachin Central School District, Diana Chandler, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Leslie D'Arcy, Tioga Opportunities, Inc. Aging Services, Valerie Demkovich, Tioga County Boys and Girls Club, Averyl Howe, Tioga County DSS, Jana Ingalsbe, Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Sandra Knapp-Dunbar, Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, Inc., Kathleen L. Macri, Laurie McKeveny, Owego Apalachin Central School District, Kristi Snyder, PhD, CPSI Biotech, Bradley Talcott, Tioga County Sheriff's Office, Jill Teeter, Photography by Jillian, Lindsey Thetga, Owego Treadway Inn, Lisa J. Welch, Tioga State Bank Following the program, a special presentation will be made to Martha Brennen who has been the Facilitator for Leadership Tioga since its creation. Martha will be leaving the program at the end of this program year.

Grant to Help Town of Owego Fire District To Purchase New Equipment



Black Top Specialists General Construction Black Top Black Top Maintenance Concrete Work Excavating Backhoe Bobcat Hauling Topsoil Gravel Crushed Stone

New Driveways Resurfacing Old Driveways Affordable Maintenance Seal Coating with Coal-Tar All Types of Crushed Gravel Decorative Retaining Walls Block Walls Dump Trucks Field Mowing Brush Hogging

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Congressman Maurice Hinchey has announced that the Town of Owego Fire District has been awarded $98,280 in federal grant funding to help purchase 23 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units that ensure firefighters have breathable air when entering dangerous environments. The funding is provided through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program (AFG) and is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "The members of the Town of Owego Fire District deserve the very best equipment to ensure they remain as safe as possible," said Hinchey. "The Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units the fire district will purchase with this grant will help do just that. I have been, and will continue to be, a staunch supporter of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program, because I know how important it is to stand up for those who serve our communities. These everyday heroes put their lives on the line to rescue those in harm's way. This funding will help lessen the risks they face and spare local taxpayers from having to shoulder the entire expense of these units." "The grant will allow the Town of Owego Fire District to upgrade its 26 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

units to meet the 2013 standards," said Walt Jones, Chairman of the Town of Owego Fire District. "The upgraded units provide air supply indicators, bailout capabilities and other required upgrades. The grant, combined with matching funds from the fire district, will provide our firefighters with the safest SCBAs available." As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Hinchey has worked to secure full funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program since its inception in 2001. Since the fire grant program started, nearly $20 million in grants have been awarded to fire and emergency departments in the congressional district Hinchey represents. Hinchey has sponsored a number of workshops across his congressional district to help fire departments successfully navigate the grant application process. Hinchey is also the author of the SERVE (Supporting Emergency Responders' Volunteer Efforts) Act, which would provide a $1,000 federal tax credit to individuals who are active members of volunteer firefighting and EMS organizations. For the most current information regarding the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, please visit

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Tioga United Way Presents Art Awards


Serving Lunch & Dinner or Just a Snack! ~ TERRACE SPECIALS ~

• Monday – Buy 1 dozen wings get 18 wings • Tuesday – Get a Pitcher of Domestic Beer or Soda with 2 dozen wings or Plain Pizza • Wednesday - Shrimp Nite • Thursday - Clam Nite

A reception and award presentation was held on April 20 at the Tioga County Historical Museum. Sean Yetter of the Tioga United Way presented an award check to Taylor Donnelly, of Owego Free Academy, for Best of Show, grade 9 to 12, for her mixed media art piece titled “Just Read My Face” (below right). Not present was Allison Riegel of Newark Valley Middle School who won the best of show for grades 6 to 8 with her art work in scratchboard titles “Just Smile & Wave” (below left). The art exhibit will continue this month at the museum.

The Hey Makers - May 13th Andrew Simek - May 21st


The Terrace The Friendly Neighborhood Tavern Rt. 434, Apalachin, New York 625-3935


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Pink Birds Descend upon Tioga County They’re coming to a lawn near you--St. Patrick School in Owego is once again hosting its highly anticipated pink flamingo “Flocking Fundraiser,” from May 1 to June 15. The fundraiser was very successful last year, and the school families look forward to spreading the joy throughout the towns. Here’s how it works. Call the exclusive “Flock-Line” at 972-8132 to request flocking at someone’s home for 24 hours in Owego or the immediate surrounding areas. A flock of 10 flamingos is $20.00 or request three flocks for $50.00. Once payment is received, arrangements will be made with the flamingos’ handlers to deliver the birds to their destination. Once on the lawn, a note left behind will describe the event and how the

“flock-ee” can participate in the fun. You will also learn who flocked you, unless anonymity is requested. Now, if you want to get a jump on your sneaky friends, you may also call the “Flock-Line” and request antiflocking insurance. For $25.00 per property, you can ensure your lawn will remain flock-free during the fundraising period. But hurry--requests to flock your lawn before you purchase insurance will be honored. This is a fun way to celebrate a special occasion such as a baby shower, First Communion, graduation, or just to bring a smile to someone’s face. More information can also be found on the school’s web site at

Newark Valley Historical Society Monthly Calendar May 4 Black Powder Guild Monthly Shoot, 6 PM till dark. For information call Gerry (607-687-2271) May 14 Sign Carving: 9 AM-4:30 PM, $20 / $18 members. NYSCA Folk Art Series. For information call Leslie (607642-5412) May 14 Farmstead open 12-4 PM for Susquehanna Heritage Area day. May 14 Spindles and Shuttles at the Farmstead. For information call Denise (607-642-5568)

May 21 Open Hearth & Campfire Cooking, 9- 12, $20 / $18 members. Folk Art Series. For information call Leslie (607-642-5412) May 21 Blacksmith Guild meeting. For information call Fred (607-642-8967) or Doug (607-669-4489) May 28 Memory Collage: 9:30-12:30, Art Guild. For information call Carrie (607-642-3543)

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National Day of Prayer The little Meadows United Methodist Church will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 5. The sanctuary will be open from 1 pm to 8pm to any who believe our country needs our prayers and wish

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held on April 23 for the new Weltonville Fire Station. The President of the Weltonville Fire Company Steve Fedorowicz cuts the ribbon dedicating the station in the memory of Chief Steven Gunther who died in 2010

Community Garage Sale Day A “Community Garage Sale Day� will be held in Little Meadows, PA, on Saturday, May 28, from 9 am to 2 pm throughout the town. Table spaces will be available at the Community Independent Bible Church (570-623-2141 for info), the Methodist Church inside or bring your own table outside at the

Township Cabin parking lot, bring your own table. Other special events are planned: Chicken BBQ at White Tails Bar & Grill Lunch at Little Meadows Methodist Church, Bake Sale at the Community Independent Bible Church. There will also be events at the Fire Station.

Tioga County Attractions Featured during New York State Heritage Weekend The Tioga County Tourism Office is pleased to announce that several Tioga County historical attractions will be featured during New York's Heritage Weekend, specifically, Saturday, May 14, 2011. New York Heritage Weekend will showcase the Empire State to residents and visitors alike and to help kick off the summer tourism season. With the cooperation of federal, state, and private organizations, and in celebration of National Preservation Month, New York Heritage Weekend will highlight special events at heritage and cultural destinations throughout New York State. Places to visit and things to do during this weekend include: The Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum will be open May 14, 12-4 P.M. Guild members will be there to give tours of the farmhouse, and there will also be a Sign Carving workshop from 9 -4:30, at the Newark Valley Middle School Industrial Arts Room, part of the NYSCA Folk Art Series. 607-642-9516. More info. available at Tioga County Historical Museum, 110 Front Street, Owego, highlights the history of Tioga County with a special exhibit called "Time and Tines, Traditions in Clocks and Tableware," wooden works clocks assembled in Tioga County between 1830 and 1850, as well as silverware made before the Civil War. Open Saturday, 10-4 pm. Photographs,

table for displays, and more. 607-6872460. The Susquehanna River Archeological Center, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY. This museum exhibits local Native American artifacts as well as a large gift shop filled with gems, rare books, and various styles of unique artwork. Open Saturday, 11-4 pm. Photographs, table for displays and more. 607-565-7960. Historic Owego Free Cell Phone Walking Tour - A cell phone selfguided walking tour of Owego's historic Front Street homes. Just dial 607-3544080 and follow the prompts. Also uploadable to your smartphone from http:// There are 52 historic home stops, describing the history and architecture of each home. You can stop and come back another time to finish. Good for 7 days. Round and Square Dance - 7:00 pm. Goodrich Settlement Grange, Goodrich Settlement Road and Glenmary Drive, Owego. Music by Jerry Garrison and "Country Connection." Come with a partner or come alone. $5 donation requested. or 607-687-0785. For a complete listing of events, visit

For more information on the Heritage Weekend sites in Tioga County, visit or call 800-671-7772.

to use this peaceful place to offer your prayers. Come at a time that is convenient for you between 1 and 8 pm. It is not a church service, but will feature brief readings on the hour. It is a quiet time and place to reflect and pray.

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Lounsbury Allstate Agency Urges Owego to X the TXT


Tioga County Historical Society Annual Quilt Show The Tioga County Historical Society will be holding a “Quilts from the Home Front” exhibition starting August 27 and running through October 22. They are seeking quilt entries modeled after sanitary quilts and other Civil War Era designs. For a registration form or more information, visit the museum at 110 Front Street in Owego, call 607-6872460, or visit

Submissions will be accepted between August 9 and August 20. This is a unique opportunity for the community to take place in a museum exhibit. The society hopes quilters will come forward to celebrate the Civil War Anniversary and the quilts that played such an important role in the lives of the soldiers and their care givers.

Tire & Scrap Metal Cleanup Local students pledge not to text and drive as part of national distracted driving movement Owego High School students took a pledge to put their cell phones down and focus on the road, as part of Allstate’s national “X the TXT” campaign. At a recent business fair that the students put together to raise money for their prom, Allstate’s Lounsbury Agency staff members Joe Davis and Nicole Nichols talked about the dangers of texting while driving as participants added their thumbprints to an oversized pledge banner as symbols of their promises not to text and drive. “Everyone is susceptible to distractions behind the wheel,” said agency owner Tim Lounsbury, whose office is located at 82 North Avenue in Owego. “Pledging not to text and drive is a simple act that can help ensure those we love come home safely. No text is worth risking a life.” Texting is one of the most dangerous distractions facing drivers today, particularly teens. According to a recent Allstate Foundation study, 49 percent of teens admit to being extremely distract-

ed by texting and instant messaging while driving, but 82 percent of teens still say they use their cell phone behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports driver distraction contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes. Allstate’s “X the TXT” is a national campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving and encourage teens and their families to pledge not to text and drive. The campaign is part of Allstate’s broader efforts to make our roads safer, especially for young drivers. X the TXT pledge events have taken place all over the country. Upon pledging, participants receive thumb bands with the words TXTNG KLLS to wear as a daily reminder of their commitment. Family Pledge Cards are passed out to everyone who makes the pledge to help get a conversation started at home and encourage families to commit to safer, focused driving. To make the pledge not to text and drive, or for more information on the “X the TXT” pledge program, visit

Mother's Day Flower Sale and Shopping Just in time for Mother’s Day, St. Patrick School will host its annual Flower Sale on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, and spring vendor fair “Shopping Extravaganza” also on May 7. The flower sale runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., May 6, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., May 7, in the school parking lot located at 309 Front St. in Owego. Available to purchase are locally grown hanging baskets, annuals, herbs, geraniums, veggies, viola bowls, perennials and more. Shop early for the best selection! The vendor fair “Shopping Extravaganza” runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,

at St. Patrick Church Hall, 300 Main St. Shop for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, whatever you need! Vendors participating at this time include Cookie Lee, Pampered Chef, Arbonne, Party Lite, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Lia Sophia, Thirty-One Gifts, Scentzy, and Crystal Breeze Scents. More vendors are being added daily! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. If you have a home-based business, it’s not too late to get in on the action and showcase your product. To reserve a table, call Allison at 206-2476. For more information on the flower sale or “Shopping Extravaganza,” call the school at 687-1770.

Come … Eat, Drink and Shop Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church, on Glann Road Apalachin will hold their annual “Grandma's Attic“ a Rummage and food sale as part of the Tioga Terrace Annual Garage Sale on May 21, from 8 am to 3 pm. In addition to numerous household

goods and clothing, pizza, hot dogs, a chicken barbeque, beverages and baked goods are also available at the annual church event. For more information, contact Pastor Sara Baron at: 607-625-4134

Walkers Wanted The 3rd Annual Hiking for Helping Hands will be held in Nichols, NY, on Saturday June 11, 2011, at 10 am. The hike is a fund raiser for the Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) and it introduces the walkers to the variety of things Nichols has to show off. Hikers are asked to obtain sponsors for their hike throughout the Village of Nichols.

There is a $7 registration fee to cover the lunch after the hike, and the T-shirt given to each hiker at the beginning of the hike. The hike begins and ends at the Nichols First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Nichols. Please call 7313100 or use the website to register and receive a hiking packet before 5/23/11.

The Town of Owego will hold a tire and scrap metal cleanup on Friday and Saturday May 13 & 14 in the parking lot of the Owego Town Hall on route 434 in Apalachin. Up to 8 tires per residential household will be accepted at no charge (up to 19”) and up to an additional 8 tires will be accepted at a fee of $1 each. There will be no charge for tires on rims and will not be counted in the 8 limit. Scrap metal will be accepted at no charge. Proof of Town of Owego residency is required.


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Little Shop of Horrors Ti-Ahwaga presents "Little Shop of Horrors," on May 27, 28, 29, and June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, Fri. & Sat. 8:00pm, Sun. 2:00pm. Ti-Ahwaga Performing

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60TH OPENING DAY Owego Little League opens its 60th season on Saturday, May 7. Twenty-five teams will march at 8:30 a.m. from the Police Station to Hyde Park. Players will thank waiting motorists by a tip of the hat. Opening Ceremonies 9 a.m. on Nick Raftis Memorial Field. Ceremonial first pitches to open Tee Ball, Little League American, Modified and National Baseball and ASA Girls Softball. Games on five diamonds at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. OLL President Ken Winters says former players, sponsors and supporters may march or view the parade. At Hyde Park watch a game and when thirsty or hungry stop by the concession stand. Owego Elementary School Second Grade students will sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and Fourth Grade Students will sing the National Anthem. They’re directed by OES Second Grade Teacher Suzanne Peacock. Owego Elks Exalted Ruler Harry Rogers presents a new American Flag to fly 24/7 and the VFW Post 1371 and Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans will raise the flag. President Winters welcomes all at the ball park and introduces his volunteer staff and directors. Special Appreciation and Dick Horton “I Do it for the Kids” awards will be given out. CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS President Winters reminds the OLL Family to volunteer. Key positions to be filled are Webmaster, Concession Stand Manager and Owego Invitational Tournament Director. New volunteers to the 2011 staff: Ed Walter as Game Scheduler…Chris Rieg as Deputy VP Baseball…Brandy Beach as Secretary and Uniform Manager… Andy Hafer as Assistant Equipment Manager. Share your talent and skills in other volunteer tasks such as umpire, uniforms, equipment, concessions, manager, coach, field parent, information parent, safety parent, scorekeeper parent, team parent and uniform parent and . other talent and skills to share. MANAGERS/COACHES Player Agent Karen Vinti says signups for the 2011 OLL season filled rosters for 25 teams – two Softball Minors and three Softball American, four National, five American, six Modified, five Tee Ball, VP Softball Mark Warfle has five girls softball teams. Softball Majors: Owego PBA Manager Danielle Barrett Coach Alicia Field. Bud’s Place – M Chris Kallin C John Lapinski. Susquehanna Screen Printers – M Mike Aubel. Softball Minors: Original Italian – M Melissa Worzel. Price Chopper – M Perry Pierce and C Ryan Stewart. VP Baseball Debi Schmidt and Deputy VP Baseball Chris Rieg have 20 baseball teams as follows: Tee Ball: Talcott Well Drilling – M Greg Ash. Richards Funeral Home – M Perry Silevstri C Tracy Houghton. Vietnam Veterans of America – M Dennis McCann C Mike Beyer. Owego Taxi – M Paul Kapr. Community Bank – M Josh Pierce. Modified American: Tri Town Insurance – M Stacy Riegel C Kathie Rollison. Tioga State Bank – M Brian

Smith. Owego Lions – M Ralph Trechard C Shawn Fahey. Owego Moose – M Rick Kuklish. Mario’s – M Tammie Cooper C George Ferguson. Sons of American Legion – M John Boland. American: Kiwanis – M Chris Rieg C Bob Rieg. WEBO – M Shane Reynolds C Brandy Beach. VFW – M Neil Cornell C Tamara Booser. Ben Weitsman – M Patrick Boyer. Moore’s Tire Sales – M Jim Tofte C – Steve Terry. National: Partners – M Ken Winters C Don Goodrich. Scott Smith - M-Jerry Kiballa. Chemung Canal – M Mike Strewart C –William Dove. Rotary – M Bill Paradeis C – Dennis McCann. CONGRATULATIONS OLL congratulates community leaders Ken Winters and Attorney Jim Franz. They were selected for induction into Owego Free Academy’s Wall of Fame. Both are OFA Class of 1973 graduates. Both are 30-plus years OLL volunteers The 2011 Class of five OFA Wall of Fame inductees will be honored at a dinner Wednesday, June 1, at the OFA Cafeteria. Others inductees include WWII US Navy Captain Robert R.V. Bassett Jr., Thomas Doty Sr. and Dr. John B. Shafer. Winters is an eight time president of OLL – 1998-2000 and 2006 to now – as well as Hyde Park Building and Grounds Manager, active manager and umpire. Franz is a former player, long time volunteer umpire, director, and pro bono attorney for OLL. Dad Dick Franz is a Wall of Fame member. YOUR IDEAS OLL welcomes your ideas to use during the 60th Anniversary Season. 60-YEAR HISTORY Write-ups (especially from the last 10 years) are encouraged from former players, managers, coaches and volunteer families for the 60-year OLL History. Email your “In Your Own Words” reports to What’s most important right now for the 60-year history. - Names of former players who currently are on duty or are veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq or Desert Storm so they can be honored and thanked. - Contact with former presidents or their families to obtain significant highlights of each year. Develop list of officers, directors, and staff by year. Write up of United Way, Fannie C. Hyde Charitable Estate, Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation, John Cooper Family Foundation and all those who graciously donate their professional talent and services to OLL. Compile List of Team and Billboard Sponsors by year. - History. Add to Steve Lawrence’s history of Owego Girls Softball. Volunteer to develop a history of Tee Ball, Owego Invitational Baseball Tournament and Williamsport Little League Tournament teams. - Write-up recipients of the “Dick Horton I Did It For the Kids Award” started in 2003. List Concession Stand Managers, Assistants, long time Concession Stand volunteers, Volunteer Umpires and Umpires in Chief. - You may write “Afterthoughts” to cover items missed in the first 50 years. Check for Breaking News from Information Officer Rich Ives.

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Is IDA Promoting Local Development? According to the authorizing statute, “The purpose of an IDA is to “promote, develop, and encourage certain facilities, thereby advancing job opportunities, health, general prosperity and the economic welfare of the local residents.” This leaves me wondering why our local IDA is supporting heavy industrial development for unconventional natural gas when, in this business: Jobs are seldom held by local workers. The resulting contamination of air, water, and soil fosters poor health. “General prosperity” is replaced by “prosperity of the few” and neighbor-toneighbor discord. The economic welfare of the people and their community faces long-term decline. [See the research of Susan Christopherson]

I suppose that initially, the IDA had good intentions in courting this heavy industry, as natural gas had been touted as a cleaner alternative to coal, but as more research is done, we are learning that the lifecycle of unconventional gas drilling creates greater greenhouse gas emissions than coal. [See the research of Robert Howarth, Anthony Ingraffea, and Renee Santoro.] When new information arises through both research and experiential evidence, it behooves the IDA to take a fresh look at the data and be ready to shift its course to align itself with the ideals for which IDA was created, thus “promoting job opportunities, health, general prosperity and the economic welfare of the local residents.” Gerri Wiley, RN Owego, NY

Folk Art Series Join the Newark Valley Historical Society on May 14, 9am-4:30pm to learn how to carve a sign in the Intaglio/Incised style. Students will be instructed by master woodworker, Dick Warner in designing & carving a simple sign using hand tools. The morning will be devoted to a presentation to include examples of carved signs, discussion of materials and design considerations and demonstration of technique. Afternoon session devoted to hands on participation in which they carve a simple sign. They will work on a flat piece of wood to produce a house number or monogrammed letter or short word (i.e. 1-3 characters). Projects may be embellished with chip carving or low relief carving. Dick Warner is a well known local artisan, living in Candor, with a lifetime of experience in custom woodworking design and construction including; furniture, business signs and the gazebo in Candor, and the reconstruction of an

historic barn for the Newark Valley Historical Society. He has also led a boat building class for several generations of families in Clayton, NY. This is the first of ten programs in a Folk Art Series, designed for the general public and those interested in history and traditional crafts. This program is funded in part by NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and co-sponsored by the Newark Valley Historical Society and its Guilds. Location of this carving workshop will be the NV Middle School’s Industrial Arts Room, on Whig Street in Newark Valley. Class is for adults and teens with an adult. Bring your own utility knife, dry wall or sheet rock knife and 3 extra blades. Also, bring your own lunch, a small ruler and a pencil. Wood blank is provided. Call to reserve your spot by May 7, (607) 642-5412. $20 general, $18 NVHS members.

Solar Power to the People When there is a huge solar energy spill, Dr. Gay Canough just calls it a “nice day”. Dr. Canough is an enthusiastic solar expert who will talk on the principles and application of solar power for our area. Plants have been using solar energy for the past 500 million years. And now, humans are starting to wake up to the fact of this incredibly large resource. The amount of solar energy falling on planet Earth every year is thousands of times larger than the entire world energy use. Yet, the fossil fuel interests keep crowing that solar power systems are "impractical", take up too much space or

are "too expensive". They are not only wrong, they are orders of magnitude wrong! They have reason to fear the solar energy industry because we are building power plants that take only the freely available fuel of sunlight. No one can sequester and sell that and so solar energy systems offer everyone the opportunity to take control of their own energy destiny. Wednesday, May 18th, 7 pm, 56 Main Street Owego, Hubbard Auditorium Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Tioga County. For more information, call 607-342-3159

Tioga County Historical Society Welcomes New Staff Members Tioga County Historical Society is pleased to introduce two new staff members, Linda Park and Kevin Lentz. Linda has a background in office and clerical work, record keeping and supplies, public service, and cash handling. She is a long time resident of Tioga County, and is supporting the museum by providing secretarial assistance, acting as a receptionist, and handling other office and clerical duties. You may see her greeting museum guests or helping in the gift shop. She has already been a tremendous asset with her organizational skills and bountiful energy. Kevin Lentz assumed the role of assistant to the director. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in history with a strong interest in the Civil War. He is the main author of our newsletter articles, and is starting to work with collection management, digitization pro-

jects, and program planning. Kevin also assists museum researchers, and can be seen at the reception desk, greeting visitors and helping with tours. Kevin brings a high caliber of expertise and professionalism to the position. We are truly fortunate that he is sharing his knowledge and love of history with the Society. Tioga County Historical Society would like to welcome both of our new employees to the organization. Stop by the museum to see our exhibits and meet the staff. Museum hours are Tues – Sat 10 – 4pm. We will be open till 7pm for 3rd Friday ArtWalks April through September, 2011. The Historical Society’s museum is located at 110 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827. Visit our web page at for more information about our organization, programs and exhibits.


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Local Girl Scouts Earn Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards Area Girl Scouts will be recognized at three ceremonies throughout the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, for earning the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards. Ceremonies will take place on May 17 at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, May 20 at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA, and May 23 at SUNY Cortland in Cortland. The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn. Thirty-four girls throughout the 26 -county jurisdiction of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways earned the Gold Award this year. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award girls in grades 6-8 can earn. The requirements to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls gain leadership skills, go on a Journey and then spend at least 50 hours working on a project, either individually or with a small group, that provides a service to the community. One project that was completed to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award included: Jessica Duff of Apalachin brought

Residents of the Tioga Terrace area are gathering signatures to petition the Town of Owego to have this property on Frederick Drive, that was gutted by a fire several years ago, cleaned up, or a class action law suite could be filed. For more information or to sign the petition email kellylane@stny.rr,com

Apalachin Lions Highway Cleanup Would you like to HELP? The Apalachin Lions club is looking for help with clean up of RT 434 on Saturday May 7, at 9 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 on 625-2365.

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community attention to hiding geocaches. She also helped the community be cleared of trash for the long term. Other girls earning the Girl Scout Silver Award are: Christa Bennett of Apalachin; Caroline Feyling of Nichols; Debbie Kunz of Apalachin; and Katelynn Ossege of Apalachin. The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award for Girl Scout Juniors, in grades 4 and 5. To earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award. Area Junior troops earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award are: Troop 30803 of Apalachin and Troop 30589 of Apalachin. Join the fun and friendship of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Contact the Girl Scouts’ Horseheads Service Center at (607) 796-6202, visit, become a fan of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. on Facebook, or follow @GSNYPENN on Twitter for more information.


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The Owego Lions Club will be serving pancake breakfasts at the Community Center in Owego on May 7th and 14th. The Community Center is located on Sheldon Guile Blvd. across from the Owego Elementary School. Breakfast starts at 6:30 am and ends at 10:30 am. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, potatoes, juice and coffee are on the menu. Spring basket raffle tickets will be on sale. Come support the Owego Lions and help provide vision care to those in need.

Support Our Troops Dish To Pass Dinner A Support Our Troops—Dish to Pass Dinner will be held at the Owego VFW on May 22 at 2:00 pm in the upstairs hall. Please come and join the VFW in fellowship and help to provide support to our troops and their families by bringing a dish to pass, an address, an item to send to our troops, stories, memorabilia and more. The public is welcome. For more information please contact Doris Camp at 607-687-4608 or Linda Barrett at 607-642-8706

Genealogical Society Meeting Southern Tier Genealogical Society (STGS) will hold their The second meeting of 2011, on Thursday May 5, at 7 pm at the Vestal Public Library Conference Room and will feature Show and Tell – members will bring items to show and tell. The theme will be my favorite sources. Items such as books, CD’s, magazines, newsletters, printouts, etc. may be brought to swap or share. Contact person: Wilma Betcher president 642-3449 or for more information

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Community Garden Gardening season is just around the corner and vegetable prices are growing fast. Want to grow your own vegetables but have no space? Need a bit of help or encouragement? The Owego Community Garden is now taking applications for people who want to garden there. The plots are 4 ' x 12' and the soil is getting richer every year. Plots are $10 for the season, but no one will be turned away for lack of

funds. The garden is conveniently located on Guiles Blvd and has an impressive fence to keep the deer & woodchucks out. This is a project of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County Master Gardener Program and Tioga Opportunities. The coordinator of the Owego Community Garden is Master Gardener Kevin Millar. For more information you may call 687-3263



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Gateway Community Park The Gateway Community Park Committee will be hosting DesignConnects of Cornell University at the Community Center on Sheldon Guiles Blvd, Owego on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 pm. DesignConnects of Cornell will be presenting three plans for the community to look at and lead a discussion on what the community would like to see at our Gateway Community Park. The Gateway Community Park will be located at 202 & 204 Front Street in downtown Owego and will serve as the main

entrance to the Riverwalk. Suggestions and comments from the community are welcomed and all are invited to attend. DesignConnects will gather all information that evening and present the final design of the Gateway Community Park to the Owego community in mid May. More information about fundraising events such as Block Parties, Pig Roasts and various activities involving our community will be forthcoming soon.

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I have taken to the task of getting it fixed properly, it needs to be repaved. To date I have made calls to all the "right" people in the town government, and so far the response has been non existent. Therefore I am looking to make the problem more apparent to as many people as possible. I have drawn up a petition, and managed to get over 100 signatures of licensed drivers on and around Broughton Dr. I am hoping that we may be able to look to you for some print support in an effort to move this project forward.

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Street Riddled with Potholes! I am writing this after conversations with nearly 100 people in my neighborhood, in regards to the horrid conditions of Broughton Dr. More then 1/2 of the street is riddled with massive potholes, and degrading blacktop. It has seen little more then half hearted patch jobs that only last un till the next batch of rain or snow. If the wear and tear on our vehicles weren’t reason enough, there is the hazardous conditions it poses to our children when playing or riding their bicycles. The surrounding neighborhoods are being effected with increased traffic because of detours many people are forced to take, as opposed to driving on this semblance of a road.



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Emergency Responders Prepare for Severe Weather The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. In the average year, 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes occur across the United States. These events threatened lives and property. Last month dozens of local emergency responders attended two different training sessions to help them better serve their communities in the time of severe weather emergencies. The National Weather Service office in Binghamton, New York presented two severe weather training/ certification courses the first was “Basic SKYWARN” a weather spotter class that was held at the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response in Ithaca, NY , and the second a “SKYWARN – Flash Flooding” which focused on the effects and causes of flash flooding and was held at the Horseheads, NY Fire Department. Two of those attending were from Tioga County, first Patrick Cart-

wright Jr; EMT/WEMT, who serves as a Squad Lieutenant with the Nichols Fire Department, along with Ronald Raab, the dog control officer for the towns of Berkshire, Nichols, Owego and Richford, and also a member of the Nichols Fire Department attended both of these sessions. While primarily designed for Public Safety personnel and Amateur Radio operators, the class was open to the general public at no cost and provided knowledge on storm spotting , reporting and weather service technology and terminology. Cartwright became a licensed amateur radio operator, and was granted call sign of KD2ACU, and plans on using this license and training to further his emergency services abilities. “I feel that the additional training, added to the Amateur Radio license will better enable me to provide a wider range of Emergency Services to the community that I serve,” said Cartwright.

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