May 2012 Community Press

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Volume 27

Southern Tier Challenger, Vestal Little League Parade for Opening Day

The 2012 season is in full swing at the Southern Tier Challenger League. On Saturday, April 28, Southern Tier Challenger League and Vestal Little League teams gathered at the Vestal Town Hall at 8:45 am for the annual parade at 9:00 am to the fields for the Opening Ceremonies. The Southern Tier Challenger League is a baseball program for children and youth, ages 6-21, who have physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities within the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. No disability is too great to keep a child from participating in the sport of baseball in the Southern Tier.

New players were registered on opening day, but additional sign-ups will be taken on Sunday, May 6, in front of Vestal Wal-Mart from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Thanks to sponsors, cost is only $10 per family; however no one is turned away if this is a hardship. A fun year-end picnic will be held in July, where each team member receives a trophy. To volunteer or explore coaching opportunities, please contact Kelly Coombs at 205-2013. For more information about Challenger League, or for sign-up forms, go to their website

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Live Racing and Derby Fest at Tioga Downs - May 5

Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols will host Derby Fest 5 on Saturday, May 5, celebrating the 138th Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs. Also on May 5, Tioga Downs will officially kick -off of the 2012 Live Harness Racing Season. This year Tioga Downs has another reason to have a party, Cinco De Mayo. On top of having Mint Juleps, there will be Margarita's, a Sombrero Hat contest, and the ever popular Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. The day begins with simulcast racing from Churchill Downs starting at 10:30 am. Guests can watch and wager on all the races leading up to the 138th Run for the Roses (post time approximately 6:24pm). Tioga Downs live harness racing season kicks off with a special post-

time of 5:00 pm and will break to air the Kentucky Derby at 6:24pm. Kentucky Derby Fest 5 will be bigger and better than ever with more excitement and entertainment, including seven live performances throughout the day including an authentic Mariachi Band at 4:30 pm, and more. The Derby and Sombrero Hat Contests will be held on the track side apron at 3:00 pm with registration beginning at 2:00 pm. Wear your best Kentucky Derby or Sombrero hat for a chance at a $500 race voucher. Live harness racing will continue following the Kentucky Derby at approximately 7:00 pm, and will end with a spectacular fireworks display. Go to for more information and event times.

Memorial Day May 28th A Memorial Day parade will be held in Owego at 10:30 am, followed by a ceremony at the courthouse square.

Owego Little League opening day is May 5th, starting off the day with a parade from downtown Owego at 9:00 am

Wellness Program AMBA Blood Screening Event Saturday May 5 & 12 6:00 am – 10:00 am Owego Middle School, Sheldon Guile Boulevard, Owego, N.Y. To make an appointment call: 1-800-234-8888 Mon– Fri 8:30– 5 pm (please provide your Physician name and address at the time of call) Sponsored by:

Susquehanna Chapter New York State Women, Inc. formerly the Owego Business & Professional Women

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Apalachin Lions Club News

Thank You

The Apalachin Lions thank everyone who helped with the highway cleanup. Usually, they collect 25 to 30 bags of trash, but this time they had 90 bags. The Lions give a special thanks to 13 students plus staff from Ross Corners Christian Academy who picked up trash on Friday, April 20, on Route 434 from BEAM Electronics to the county line. On Saturday, April 21, along with the Lions, there were five nonmembers who joined the highway cleanup. Thanks to all.

LIONS CLUB’S BROOM SALE 2012 May 7 - 10 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, this year the Lions are distributing an additional $10,000 or more for flood 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 back-to-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 7, 8, 9, and 10. 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 appears in this issue of the Community Press on page 13.

DAR MEETING The Beulah Paterson Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on May 12, 1pm at the Faith Christian Church, 27 Beach Road, Apalachin. Their program will be “History of the Purple Heart Medal and Hudson River Valley”. Members, guests and women interested in joining DAR are invited to attend. Tioga County's


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Students Collect Spare Change for Relay for Life

Free Strawberries For Mom! Sunday May 13th

Show Mom how much you love & appreciate her … Bring her to the Blue Dolphin Restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!


11:00 am – 9:30 pm (when accompanied by family)


Students at Vestal's Clayton Avenue Elementary School in March collected more than $300 in spare change for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Western Broome. Relay For Life of Western Broome will be held May 19 and 20 at Sammon Field in Vestal. This year’s theme is “Wish Upon a Cure.”

For more information about the Relay For Life of Western Broome, contact the Event Chairwoman Jan McCauley at 321 -9156 or, or Amy Payne at the American Cancer Society at 766-6936. Visit the Relay For Life website at westernbroomeny.

Tire, Scrap Metal Cleanup in Town of Owego The Town of Owego will have a tire and scrap metal cleanup at the Owego Town Hall on Friday, May 18, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, and on Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 am to 12:00 Noon. Town of Owego and Village of Owego residential households can participate. Up to eight tires per residential household will be accepted at no charge (up to 19 inches); up to an additional eight tires will be accepted for a fee of $1.00 per tire. Tires on rims will be tak-

en at no charge and will not be included in the eight tire limit. Any tires over 19 inches will count as two tires (up to 4 tires). Additional tires may be dropped off at $2 per tire (up to 4 tires). Clean scrap metal will also be accepted at no charge. Proof of Town of Owego residency is required. The Owego Town Hall is at 2354 Route 434 in Apalachin.

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Apalachin Fire Department Chicken BBQ - June 9 The Apalachin Fire Department will host its traditional “Chicken BBQ dinner on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 12:00 Noon at the Firemen's Field Days Grounds at the chicken booth where they served chicken at field days events in past years. The firemen are saddened that their Fireman’s Field Days will not be held this year. Their famous chicken dinners have been prepared by “Mr. Pat” from El Rancho De Paz for many years. He will be assisting on June 9. The traditional dinner includes baked beans, roll and choice of 2 sides:

potatoes, macaroni, or cole slaw for $8.50. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks will also be available at extra charge. Pre-sale tickets are suggested and will be available at the Apalachin Pharmacy or the Vestal Dollar store. Look for your Apalachin Firefighters at the Tioga Terrace Garage sale on May 19. The Apalachin Fire Department will be offering a drive up / service this year for your convenience. The Apalachin Firemen's Field Day Grounds are on Field Day Drive, off McFall Road in Apalachin.

PlayYard Concepts Child Care Center Re-Opens PlayYard Concepts, Inc. a nonprofit child care center at 31 Barton Road in Apalachin has reopened its doors after being flooded during Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. A portion of the child care center has been re-licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and is operating to provide quality, fulltime child care to children ages 2 to 5 years old. Renovations will continue on the remainder of the building until it is

totally operational. PlayYard Concepts continues to operate their before- and after-school program at the Apalachin Elementary School. They also have a school-age summer program planned. Donations of used toys are being accepted for children ages 2 to 10 years old to replace games and playthings lost in the flood. Tax deductible receipts will be provided. For more information, contact Chris at 625-3982.

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Apalachin Man Honored for Service to Veterans

Phil Holowacz-Elks State President, Chuck Yoko, Jim Sicignano Vestal Elks Exalted ruler

Chuck Yoko of Long Creek Road in Apalachin, was honored with two awards which were presented to him by the New York State Elks President Phil Holowacz at the Vestal Elks Lodge .

Chuck received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Elks National Veterans Service Commission for his generosity and compassion, caring service to our nation's veterans. By his unwavering support, encouragement and devotion, Chuck has inspired the veterans committee and the entire lodge with his extraordinary leadership skills and devotion to those who gave so much. Chuck also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the New York State Elks Association National Veterans Service Commission for his for exemplary support of our nation's veterans.

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ROTOTILLING: Garden rototilling using a 42” tiller on a lawn tractor. Call 607625-4701 05/12 GOLF CARS: new, used, customized, huge selection. Gas and electric models. Prices start at $1,595 and up. GolfCars USA, Nichols, NY (607) 699-3200 08/12 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 06/12 BOAT FOR SALE: 1993 Trophy Bayliner Boat and trailer, 4 electric down riggers, fish finder, radio, poles and more… $6,000 OBO Call (607) 7548754 for more info. 05/12 SPRING IS HERE!! We can help with Hauling, Clean Outs, Local Moving, Housecleaning & Lawn Care. Call for free estimates! 607-699-0212 07/12




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CHUCK’S CHAIR CANING: Save that old family heirloom. Furniture caning at reasonable rates. For more details go to: or call 607-321-9148 05/12 BUYING & SELLING: Good used furniture. Call 607-242-6560 or visit McMaster Street Used Furniture in Owego— Saturdays 10am to 3pm. 06/12 HANDYMAN: No job too small! Over 20 years experience. Carpentry, plumbing, masonry, Call for pricing and info 607239-4011 06/12


NEED IT CLEANED OUT OR HAULED AWAY? One room to the whole house. Also garages, barns & sheds. MK’s Affordable Cleanouts 607-217-7455 12/12 WANTED: Used Cattle or Stock Trailer call Don at 570-623-3371 5/12 TOP DOLLAR PAID: Wanted! Old fishing tackle, lures, reels, etc. Some items worth $500. and more!!! Call me first, collector not a dealer so I pay more. Walt 687-5750 04/13 TIRES: 50,000 New Tires! Buy direct. Huge savings. Free installation, Free price quote! Famous brands. Tireland USA, Nichols NY (607) 699-3200 08/12 APARTMENT FOR RENT: Downtown Owego, 1 bedroom upstairs, nice, clean, carpeted. No smoking, no pets. $695 + utilities + security, references required. 607-427-1736 PAYING TOP DOLLAR FOR: old toys, crooks, jugs, jewelry and lots of other items made before 1971. Call Dave at 607-240-9546 12/12 DENT REMOVAL: door dings, hail damage, dents removed without harm to car finish! Olympic Detailing 607-625-2332 MOTHERS DAY BBQ: The Nichols American Legion will hold a Mother’s Day Chicken BBQ and bake sale on Sunday May 13, noon till gone. Eat in or take out. 699-7994 05/12 WANTED: Your classified ad for our June, 2012 issue. Please send in form below by May 25.

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Singer/Guitarist Pizzarelli in Concert in Owego Accomplished singer and guitar player John Pizzarelli will perform at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 42 Delphine Street in Owego on Saturday, May 5, at 8:00 pm. Pizzarelli tours throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, performing classic pop, jazz and swing, while setting the standard for stylish modern jazz. He has cultivated a winning international career by singing classic standards and late-night ballads, and by playing sublime and inventive guitar. Using greats like Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra and the songs of writers like Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen as touchstones, Pizzarelli is among the prime interpreters of the great American songbook, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing. The Josh Condon Trio will open for Pizzarelli. These talented young performers were a big hit with jazz fans when they played at the Ti-Ahwaga Community Player's annual fundraising event recently. Tickets are $50 each and can be pur-





John Pizzarelli will perform at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego, 8 pm, Saturday, May 5. Photo by Andrew Southam

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Church Offers Thanks to Owego Thank You, Owego! The congregation of The First Baptist Church of Owego says thank you to the residents of Owego for the many ways they have supported us as we have been working to recover from the flood of September 2011. A special thank you is given to The Owego Nazarene Church, The First


Presbyterian Union Church, and The Village of Owego Fire Department for the use of their facilities for our services, meetings, and special events while we have been repairing our buildings. Thanks so much! The congregation of The First Baptist Church of Owego

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From the Town of Owego Hickories Park is Open Hickories Park in the Town of Owego re-opened on Monday, April 23, 2012. A community staple in the Town of Owego for years, Hickories Park, which is located along the Susquehanna River, suffered much damage from flooding last year. The park is still undergoing repairs to its electric, sewer, and water systems. These utilities, along with the restrooms, are not currently available. Due to this unavailability, the campground at Hickories Park is closed to all RV and tent camping until further notice.

The Town of Owego Parks department has adopted a Carry In – Carry Out Trash Program. Trash receptacles will no longer be available for use by the general public. Visitors to any Town of Owego park are asked to “carry out” any trash they “carry in”. This approach will help reduce operating costs, improve the appearance of the parks, and help reduce pest related issues such as bees, skunks, and other animals. Please help in keeping your parks clean and safe.

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5K Run and Kids' 1 Mile Fun Run at Strawberry Fest in June This year's Strawberry Festival in Owego will feature the 1st Annual "Strawberry Shake" 5K Run/Walk and "The Shortcake" 1 Mile Fun Run for Kids. Both events will take place on Friday, June 15. The Kids' Fun Run, which is for ages 6 to 12, will begin at 5:30 pm. The 5K Run will begin at 6:00 pm. The starting point for both runs is Draper Park on Front Street in Owego. To be guaranteed a free T-shirt for the first 200 registrants, pre-registrations

must be received no later than June 8. Pre-registration fee for the 5K is $15. Pre -registration fee for the Kids' Run is $5. On the day of the events, the fees are $20 for the 5K and $7 for the Kids' Run. All proceeds from both runs will benefit the Tioga County Historical Society and the Gateway Community Park. Donations will also be accepted. For more information or to register, go to or call the Tioga County Tourism Office at 687-7440.

Lalor Dental Offers Day of Free Dentistry On Saturday, May 5, Lalor Creekside Dental will provide a day of free dental care for those in need. The doctors and staff of Lalor Creekside Dental will offer one cleaning, filling, or extraction, free of charge, to a minimum of 200 people. The event will take place at Lalor Creekside Dental at 2521 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal. Registration begins at 7:30 am and patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis starting at 8:00 am. Visitors are expected to come from Broome and surrounding counties. Lalor Creekside Dental has been

providing for the dental care needs of the community for 50 years. The practice was started by Dr. Robert T. "Doc" Lalor whose great compassion for his patients inspired the first Free Dental Care Day event in 2009. Doc’s son and current practice owner, Dr. Robert A. Lalor, is proud to now carry forward this tradition of giving back to the community as the practice prepares for their fourth annual event. For more information about this event, visit the “Free Dental Care Day” at

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Letter to the Editor

St. Baldrick's Committee Says "Thank You"

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PERESTAM CHIROPRACTIC, P.C. is pleased to welcome everyone to our Ribbon Cutting and Open House at our new location, 118 Southside Drive, Owego, N.Y. Ribbon Cutting - Friday, June 8th at 2pm Open House – Saturday, June 9th 10am – 1pm

Dr. Alan R. Perestam is happy to welcome

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Dear Editor, We are amazed by what we can accomplish when we all put our heads together. At our 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s event, at The American Legion in Candor, NY, we shaved 65 heads. Even more exciting is the $36,800 (and still counting) our volunteers raised to find cures for childhood cancer! The organizing committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a huge success. Our thanks to: The Candor American Legion family for the usage of the building to all the support at the event (putting up a tent, helping with electrical issues), you were all there lending a hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. Bud Hatch and Brian McGavin for handling the last minute details. The Candor Emergency Squad for all their help and support. Jeff Updyke for his DJ services. Pat Halstead & Gwen Benners for the food coordination and Monifa Brooks for helping with the sales, along with those that donated all the food and special cookies. Debb Roberts& Sandy Jordan for counting all our funds and keeping it all organized. Diane Craig for running registration. Shannon Starkweather, Heritage Hair Salon, for heading up all the barbers. Barbers: Becky Wakeman from Becky’s; Kasey Huddle from Hair Haute; Sarah Short from Doug’s Barber Shop; Becky McIlroy; Leah French, Renee Thompson, Sonya Wagner, and Sierra Wunder from The Hair Color Café. Nancy Riggs for taking care of selling our hats that were graciously donated by many talented folks. Lois Barden and Sue Heavenrich for being there to take photos so we have memories for years.

Gil and Pat Fitzgerald Sarah and Ali Sullivan, Erin, and KyLee Edwards for doing the face painting. And to all the other people who jumped right in at the event to lend a hand. Candor Market for selling the "Lucky Charms." Jim Douglas and Brian Roberts for their help getting the platform set up. 907 Wheelers Kim Sullivan and Careen Arsenault for taking care of the raffles and for all the area people/businesses that donated them: Florence Alpert, Sandy Jordan, Kelly Starkweather, Hi-Way Dairy Bar, Gretchen Huizinga, Rt. 96 Power and Paddle, Careen Arsenault, Kim Sullivan, Candy Ross, Michelle Barnes, Sue Heavenrich, Wendee Peake, Art Cacciola, Candor Market, Bud Every, Lois Barden, Iron Kettle Farm, Spencer Golf Course, Cindy Coates, Lorrie Chase, Main Street Spirits, Vicki Davis, Brian Roberts, Fay’s Fitness, Domiani Wine Cellers, Carolyn Roberts, Diane Craig, Jack’s Family Restaurant, Mary Dence, Art Cacciola, Ty CoatesAllison and Home Depot. But the two biggest THANK YOUS go to all the people and business that donated to this event and our 65 shavees! Thank you for being "Shavee Hero" to the children with cancer and to proudly go bald to help raise money for pediatric cancer research, in hopes that one day no parent will ever hear the words “your child has cancer”. Kim Cotton on behalf of the St. Baldrick’s Organizing Committee Candor, NY

Tioga Chamber Golf Tournament

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

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

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Reynolds Earns Eagle Scout Award Andrew Reynolds, son of William and Rosemary Reynolds of Apalachin, has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers. Andrew will be recognized at a Court of Honor on May 4 at Our Lady of Sorrows. Andrew's Eagle Scout project included designing, constructing and installing six park benches at the Binghamton's Ross Park Zoo, as well as planting perennial gardens and marking the mileage of the walking trails throughout the zoo. Andrew is a senior at Vestal High School, a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and is active in soccer and track. In the fall, he will attend Marywood University pursuing a major in Architecture.



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Teens Needed for National Day of Prayer Abide-In-The-Vine is looking for teens who would like to participate in the National Day of Prayer on at 6:30 pm, May 3, at the Courthouse Gazebo. Contact

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MAY 2012



Business News

A Ribbon Cutting was held April 25 at Larson Design Group, 8836 Route 434 in Apalachin. The Larson Design Group is a growing, employee-owned company teaming with clients to provide responsive, innovative solutions to facility, transportation, land development, and environmental needs. Visit them on the web at Photo by: Joe Langevin

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The Apalachin Fire Department responded to a house fire at 522 Jewett Hill Road in Apalachin just after 3:00 pm on Easter Sunday, April 8. They were assisted by fire departments from Campville, Owego, and South Side. The house was a total loss but no injuries were reported. The fire was started by an electrical problem near a hot tub.


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MAY 2012



TC Hawks Win Championship

Front Row: Kaylee Miner, Erin Thalacker Back Row: Coach Leah French, Andrea Zlinsky, Katelyn Watson, Shannon Hilliker, Ciarra Bodnar, Emily Merrill and Kira Thalacker. The TC HAWKS AAU basketball tournament was held in Ithaca, New team out of Tioga County Boys and York in March. The team is coached by Girls Club in Owego went undefeated in Leah French and Scott Snyder. 6 games to win the championship at Congratulations, TC Hawks! their first tournament of the season. The

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch last month welcomed Miss Teenager NYS, Shanika Bridges and her parents, Judie and Jeff to Albany. Shanika is from Newark Valley and is a freshman at Ithaca College. The Assemblyman took them to lunch and introduced them on the Assembly Floor. They were accompanied by Dick Gillespie, Pageant Director.

Tioga County Historical Society News 110 Front Street, Owego • 687-2460 • •

• The Tioga County Historical Society is Still Seeking Donations We wish to thank all those who have donated their time, money, and items to the museum after the September flood. Our organization is still in need of many items, gently used or new. We are seeking file cabinets in good condition and working order, metal storage cabinets, index card file cabinets, a microfilm reader, and kitchen cabinetry. If you have any items, please consider giving to the historical society. Let us know before you bring a donation to the museum.

To see a complete listing of items needed by the Historical Society, please visit • Artificial Christmas Trees Sought Thinking of discarding or selling your artificial Christmas tree? Please consider donating it to the Tioga County Historical Society Museum. Our annual holiday event, O Tannenbaum, depends heavily on artificial trees to raise money and provide extra cheer for the community. The September floods destroyed many of our trees, so we need your help. If interested, please call 607-687-2460, or email

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MAY 2012



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On Saturday, May 19, there will be a Benefit Spaghetti Luncheon and Auction on behalf of well known local artist and sign painter Tim Tarbox. The event will be held at the Owego Elks Lodge at 223 Front Street in Owego beginning at 12:00 Noon. Tim recently returned home from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after receiving a heart valve replacement on January 29, 2012. In August 2011, Tim had surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Such major surgeries, back to back, have left Tim unable to practice his craft at this time. He continues to progress toward a hoped for complete recovery. This benefit will allow his many friends, clients and fellow artists to contribute, in a real way, to Tim’s ability to

return to work. The Live Auction will begin at 2:00 pm with Jim Mead as auctioneer. There will also be raffles, door prizes, a bake sale and a 50-50 drawing. Items that have already been donated for the auction include works of art by local artists, themed gift baskets, gift certificates and other surprises. Of special interest will be a new, quality bicycle donated by Babcock Bicycles of Endicott. Contributed works of art are available for viewing at The Black Cat Gallery, 190 Front Street, Owego. Advance luncheon tickets are also available at the Gallery, $12 for adults and $5 for children. Those wishing to donate auction items or gift certificates may call Denise Tarbox at (607) 642-5568. For donations of luncheon ingredients, help that day, or other consideration please call Sandy Sprague at (607) 725-7622 .

Tarbox painting the mural on the Dollar Store Building

Letter to the Editor

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April 25, 2012 Dear Editor, Seems some folks still don’t get it! There is “NO AXE TO GRIND” when it comes to the dedicated teachers in the Owego Apalachin School System, period! The taxpayers and those of us who are asking the tough questions of our Board and Administration have the utmost respect for our teachers and seek to preserve their positions and programs for the good of our students. Our goal is zero reductions in teachers and zero reduction in student programs. We believe this is an achievable goal. For the umpteenth time the teachers did not create the fiscal crisis OACSD is in today. Quite to the contrary, our teachers and employees bargaining units recently demonstrated their willingness to be part of the solution by agreeing to wage freezes and give backs. The “TEAM” (those folks) who came up with the intelligent compromise of giving the teachers their negotiated annual increase and then have them vote (agree) to use this year’s increase to offset the spiraling costs of their healthcare was brilliant! Your actions paved the way (if you live here) for you and your neighbors to avoid another increase in your tax levy, saving you tax dollars for years to come. Thank you! The Tioga Citizens for Affordable Education and Excellence will continue to be active at Board meetings to assure “the education of our students” is the NUMBER #1 GOAL of our Board and Administrators. “AFFORDABLE EXCELLENCE IS OUR PRIMARY GOAL!” We ask all residents of the OACSD to visit our web site at and to support and vote for Mr. Haig McNamee for election to the Board of Education. Haig has the necessary credentials to support and assist those current Board members who support “AFFORDABLE EXCELLENCE” as a replacement for the business as usual status quo! Go to our web site. Review Haig’s profile and written statement of objectives. Then on May 15 come out and vote “for” the proposed budget and” for” Haig McNamee as a member to the BOE. Thank you for your support. Joe Chartrand , Owego, NY Tioga Citizens for Affordable Education and Excellence

MAY 2012



Cooking on the Lite Side

Avocado, The Mystery Veggie By Chef Nick Cavataio I have to admit avocado is a fruit that has been a mystery to me. Because of its shape, color, texture and the few times that I tasted it 35 years ago I really never gave this wonderfully nutritional super food a chance. Now after doing a little research I understand it has been my loss. I will certainly be experimenting with an assortment of recipes for this amazingly healthy fruit. Some "experts" might say avocadoes are bad for you because of their calorie and fat content WRONG - Avocadoes are great health booster. • Anti-Inflammatory - Avocadoes have a wonderful blend of healthy characteristics including Vitamins C and D, zinc, selenium, phytosterols, carotenoids and omega-3 fatty acids which all help reduce inflammation. So, let's go for a more steady diet of avocadoes and cut back on the arthritis. • Strengthened Eyesight - Avocadoes, also called "Alligator Pears" because of their color, texture and shape have copious amounts of carotenoids. The more popular superstars in this family of nutrients as we know them are beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein. It's also good to know that as you enjoy eating this fruit, you're giving a healthy boost to your reproductive and immune systems.

• Heart Benefits - Now let's talk about the fat content. Avocados are rich in oleic acid which is a very friendly fatty acid. Research has shown oleic acid is an excellent source for healthier heart. The fat in avocadoes, like olive oil is a good for HDL cholesterol level and at the same time knocks down the LDL levels. • Packed with Protein - We all know beef is a good source of protein and I'll be the first to admit that I occasionally enjoy a medium cut of roasted prime rib with lots of beef broth. The only problem is, beef in general does not digest very well. Along with beans, broccoli, spinach, artichokes and potatoes, avocado is packed with protein. Because of its fiber content avocado is super friendly to the digestive system. Avocado is a great substitute for animal source protein. • Shopping and Preparing - Look for avocadoes that are firm but not hard when holding them. Most of the nutrients in the avocado are just under the skin, carefully cut the skin away from the fruit. As I mention I do not have much experience with this particular super healthy fruit YET. I'm anxious to get started in the trying a variety of avocado recipes and hope you do the same.

United Way Annual Awards The Tioga United Way held its Annual Awards Banquet at Tioga Downs Racing & Entertainment on April 12. Jason Settlemoir, Vice-President of Tioga Downs and the 2012 Tioga United Way Campaign Chairperson, presided at the dinner. Awards were presented to LockheedMartin MS2, Tioga Downs, Tioga State Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, IBM, Tioga County Employees, and Franziska Racker Centers. Special recognition was give to organizations that provided flood relief support to Tioga United Way as part of the agency’s Flood Relief Fund campaign. Awards for significant financial contributions were presented to Mark Lynch, President of NYSEG and representing NYSEG’s parent company, Iberdrola USA; Jason Settlemoir, VicePresident of Tioga Downs; LockheedMartin MS2; NBT Bank; and Dominion Transmission. Flood relief awards were also given to Brian Secora and Caroline Basso of WSKG for sponsoring a flood relief telethon which raised more than $40,000 for Tioga County

residents. Tom Ehret of Olum’s of Binghamton was recognized for the financial consideration given to Tioga United Way on heaters, dehumidifiers, fans and refrigeration appliances for food pantries during the flood emergency. A Certificate of Appreciation was given to the Caring Quilters Project. Since 2004, they have made more than 5,028 quilts and crocheted blankets and 429 Teddy Bears which Tioga United Way donated to those in need through Tioga Opportunities, A New Hope Center and Riverview Nursing Home. A Certificate of Appreciation award was given to Pucky Huddle Delight Quilt Shop in Candor for their “Flood Tioga with Quilts” project. Pucky Huddle quilters have donated more than 50 quilts to families in need. The winners for individual donations to the Tioga United Way Campaing are Brian Cain from the Tioga County Probation Department who won the $2500 Grand Prize, and Adam Jung of Lockheed Martin who won the $1500 First Prize.

RUMMAGE SALE The Campville United Methodist Church will hold a rummage sale on May 4, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and May 5, 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST The Flemingville United Methodist Church will hold pancake breakfast on May 5 from 8:00 to 10:00 am. Free will offering.

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MAY 2012



Community Calendar MAY 3 - THURSDAY National Day of Prayer Vigil - The sanctuary at the United Methodist Church, 843 Penna. Ave. in Little Meadows, PA, will be open to all for prayer from noon to 8pm. Prayer Service at 7:30 pm. MAY 4 - FRIDAY Ribbon Cutting/Open House, Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach Center - 11am, 139 Roki Blvd., Nichols. Open House until 2 pm. MAY 5 - SATURDAY Treasured Items and Bake Sale 9am to 1pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 17 Main St., Candor. Good will donation for the treasured items. Pork Chop BBQ - Noon - 2pm, Candor American Legion, 90 Spencer Rd., Candor. Also Can/Bottle drop off. Fundraiser for July 4 fireworks. Triple Cities Street Rods Cruz-In & Sock Hop - 6pm, Music 7 to 10 pm with DJ Jimmy B Good; Prizes, Refreshments, Dance Contest. American Legion, Jensen Rd, Vestal. Admission $5 plus non-perishable food item. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Food Pantry. John Pizzarelli in Concert - 8pm, Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego. Gen. Admission $50. Call 687-2130 for tickets. MAY 12 - SATURDAY Plant Sale - 9 am. Sponsored by the Tillers and Toilers Garden Club of Newark Valley. At the Village Green, Newark Valley. Houseplants, herbs, grasses, shrubs, perennials.

als, herbs, geraniums, veggies, Gerber daisies, trees. Continues 5/19. Stop at the school before 5/8, to place your order & pick up flowers 5/11 or 5/12 Art Show - 5 to 8 pm, St. Patrick's School, 309 Front St., Owego. The creativity of students, teachers, parents, and alumni will be on display. MAY 19 - SATURDAY Flower Sale - 9 am to 5 pm, St. Patrick's School parking lot, 309 Front St., Owego. Hanging baskets, annuals, herbs, geraniums, veggies, Gerber daisies, trees. Stop at the school before May 8, to place your order & pick up flowers 5/11 or 5/12 Garage Sale - 9am to 2pm, Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church, 30 Glann Rd, Apalachin. Also pizza, hot dogs, chicken BBQ, beverages, baked good.

Scrap -N- Craft Day - 9 am to 4 pm, Valleyview Alliance Church, 11 Foster Road, Vestal. Bring crafting supplies and a lunch and enjoy a day free of interruptions while you "craft". No charge. Questions, call Cindy at 625-3438. Kid's Spring-Fling Fun Day - 10 am to 2 pm, St. Patrick's School parking lot, 309 Front St., Owego. Tickets (25¢ each or 5 for $1) will be available the day of the event.

Mother’s Day Shopping Extravaganza - 10am to 2 pm, St. Patrick's Church Hall, 300 Main St., Owego. Home-based business & craft vendors including Arbonne, Scentzy, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts, and Creative Memories, Terry Czuhanich. Info: 687-1770. Barnes & Noble Book Fair - 10 am to 10 pm, Barnes & Noble at Town Square Mall. Supports Family Reading Partnership OA. Also online at from 5/12-5/17 by entering bookfair ID 10715100 at checkout.

MAY 20 - SUNDAY Rogation Sunday Church Service 10am service to ask for an abundant season of growth. Followed by dish to pass luncheon. Service is outside. Iron Kettle Farm, Candor.

Chicken BBQ - 11am to 2pm, First United Methodist Church, 59-63 Main St., Newark Valley. $7.50. Presale & Take-out available. 642-8811.

MAY 26 - SATURDAY Community Garage Sale - 9 am to 2pm, Little Meadows, PA. Chicken BBQ, Hot Dogs, Refreshments, Bake Sale.

Mother’s Day Chicken BBQ - Noon till gone, Nichols American Legion. Also a Bake Sale. Eat in or take out. 699-7994 MAY 17 - THURSDAY Ascension Day Soup & Service 6pm Soup and bring your own sandwich; 7pm Service. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main St. Candor. Everyone is welcome. MAY 18 - FRIDAY Flower Sale - 8 am to 5 pm, St. Patrick's School parking lot, 309 Front St., Owego. Hanging baskets, annu-

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Benefit Spaghetti Luncheon and Auction - 12 Noon, Live Auction at 2 pm. Raffles, door prizes, bake sale, 50-50 drawing. Benefits local Artist and Sign Painter Tim Tarbox who recently received a heart valve replacement. At Owego Elks, 223 Front St., Owego. Advance luncheon tickets are available at Black Cat Gallery, 190 Front St., Owego, $12 for adults and $5 for children.

MAY 13 - SUNDAY Mother's Day Chicken BBQ - 11 am till sold out. At Candor Emergency Squad's garage. Half chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad, roll for $8. Benefits purchase of a new stair chair. Presale tickets is highly recommended: call 659-5329 or e-mail



JUNE 2 - SATURDAY Lucky Pot-O-Gold Party - 7 to 9 pm, St. Patrick's School parking lot, Front St., Owego. $500, $1000, $3000 prizes. Adult beverages, food, and the rockin’ sounds of local band, “One-Click Culture.” Must be 21 or older to attend, need not be present to win. For $50 donation you receive one ticket for the drawing and admission for two. Tickets are available at the school office, call 687-1770. MAY - JUNE "Pippin" - May 25, 26, 27, June 1, 2, 3, Jun 8, 9, 10. Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego. Fri. & Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 2 pm. Gen. Admission $20, Fri. Students w/ID $10, Sun. Seniors 60+ $17. Call 687-2130 for tickets.

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MAY 2012


Help Clean Up Tioga's Streams The Tioga County Water Coordinating Committee will hold its 12th Annual Stream Cleanup May 12 through May 19. If you are interested in cleaning up your environment or improving your community, register with the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). You can select any stream with the county to cleanup, or one will be assigned to you. Trash bags and gifts will be provided to all participants. Sponsors of the event include Best Buy, CNYOG, Hiawatha Island Boat

Club, Jouchum Logging, Kenny Construction, Mead Farm, NYSDOT, Owego Kiwanis, Taylor Garbage Service, Tioga State Bank, Town of Owego, and Wagner Lumber Company. If you are interested in registering a group for this year's stream cleanup program, contact the SWCD at 6873553/2240, or stop by their office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at 183 Corporate Drive in Owego.

Open House at Catholic Charities in Nichols A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and an Open House will be held at the Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach Center on Friday, May 4. The Ribbon Cutting is at 11:00 am, followed by an Open House until 2:00 pm Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach Center is at 139 Roki Boulevard, Nichols, in the former Nichols Elementary School. Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach Center provides emergency assistance, food pantry and clothing closet for Tioga County residents. The Nutritional Outreach and Education Program provides

Brianna Cart and Angels Over Iraq & Afghanistan are collecting clean, gently used items (other than clothing) for their annual yard sale June 15, 16, and 17. Some of the things that are most useful are book, tools, baby and children's items, DVDs, household items, sporting goods, or anything that you may find at a yard sale. The Angels are a group of teens who collect or purchase items to package and send to our troops in harm's way. To date, the Angels have sent almost 10 tons of snack and hygiene items to our deployed troops. You can contact the Angels at or call 687-5682.

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confidential pre-screening to determine food stamp eligibility. The Food Pantry and Clothing Closet Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon, and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon, and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Friday is by appointment only for emergency assistance. For more information, visit, or call (607) 414-1023

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A special meeting on Disaster Preparedness will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 9, at the Candor Fire hall, 74 Owego Road. Everyone who was involved in disaster rescue and relief during the September flood is welcome to attend this brainstorming session to review what went well, what didn't go so well, and what should be done differently if we had to do this again.

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• The Raptor Project Friday, May 18, 7 pm and Saturday, May 19, 10am, 12pm, 2 pm Master Falconer Jonathan Wood of the Raptor Project, Roxbury, NY, will bring 15-20 live birds of prey, including owls, hawks, falcons and a golden eagle. The program is held in the Waterman Center auditorium. Reservations required, call 625-2221. Adults: $10/ members, $12/non-members, Kids 5-12 $5/members, $6/ for non-members. Kids under 5 free. • Bingo May 5 and 12 Doors open at Noon. Early Bird Bonanza at 12:45 pm. Regular Bingo at 1 pm. Cash prizes. All paper. Proceeds benefit nature programming and the Waterman trail system. Food and beverages available. $3 Admission. • Wildflower Walk in IBM Glen Saturday, May 12, 9 am

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MAY 2012



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•Historical Calendars for 2013 Good News! The Little Meadows and Apolacon Township 2013 historical calendars are now on sale. The calendars are full of old pictures of people and places, along with a little history from the area. The calendars also include some old photos from Apalachin. All proceeds go to the Little Meadows Fire Company. Calendars are available at Whitetails Bar, Smart Choice Cigarette Store, Rhonda's Country Cuts, and the Little Meadows Service Center. If you would like calendars mailed, email for information. •National Day of Prayer Vigil Thursday, May 3 The theme for this year's National Day of Prayer is "One Nation, Under God". The sanctuary at the United Methodist Church, 843 Pennsylvania Avenue in Little Meadows, PA, will be open to all for prayer from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm. A Prayer Service by Pastor Paul Reed will begin at 7:30 pm. During the hours the sanctuary is open, there will be soft music playing. On the top of each hour,

someone will briefly read scripture and specifically pray for those at one of the levels of our government. •Community Garage Sale Saturday, May 26, 9am - 2pm Little Meadows is getting ready for its 2nd Annual Community Garage Sale Day. This year it will be Saturday, May 26, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Many other activities will be going on the day of the sale. Whitetails Bar is having a Chicken BBQ, the Methodist Church will be cooking hot dogs and refreshments, and the Independent Bible Church will be hosting a bake sale. This will be a great day to come out, meet your neighbors, have some lunch and get some great bargains. Hope to see you there. •Little Meadows Artist Wins Black Cat Gallery Contest Artist Carol Hathaway Luddington of Little Meadows recently won the Community Cat Contest at the Black Cat Gallery in Owego. Carol's entry was a mother cat and kitten with a playful mouse sitting on top of the cat - all made from hand-painted dried gourds. Congratulations, Carol.

Letter to the Editor

OA School Budget Dear Editor, Help Wanted: OACSD Registered Residents to vote May 15, 2012. We’ve been trying to make the facts and figures available to the public concerning the OACSD school budget. The budget has been reduced to $40,630,767 down from last year’s approved budget of $41,051,045. We will see a Zero (0) percent tax increase due to additional state aid of $262,044. It’s good to see that the OA BOE realizes it must start living within their means like the rest of us. But don’t be complacent. From here on out it’s going to get tougher and uglier. The OA School District Registered Residents must stay vigilant. Many thanks go to the four (4) OA Board members who voted for the Zero (0) percent tax increase. It’s sad to think that two (2) OA Board members couldn’t find their way clear to vote FOR the Zero (0) tax increase instead of AGAINST. Owego Apalachin residents need relief whether from the flood or otherwise. My opinion is no one could receive enough relief for the flood that devastated so many nor the ever increasing taxes. There will also be a bus proposition on the ballot this year asking for four (4) new buses. It also sounds like there is going to be a bus proposition on the ballot every year asking for four (4) new buses each time. I guess the OA Residents will have to decide whether we need four (4) new buses or not. Please

watch for this on the ballot. If you recall a couple of years ago a separate vote was held for the bus proposal in December. It was stated that the voters obviously didn’t see the bus proposal on the regular ballot because the buses were voted down. Let’s make sure we send a clear message concerning the bus proposal. If the same number of budget voters marks their ballots concerning the bus proposal there won’t be any misunderstanding. Haig McNamee is running for one of the OA School Board seats. Haig’s name will be the second selection on the ballot. Please come out and vote for some fresh perspective and change. We need someone on the OA School Board who is not associated nor benefits from the School system whatsoever. Someone who can be objective and fiscally responsible. It’s time to take back control. Let’s stop “business as usual”. It’s time to elect board members who will see the forest before the trees. Please mark your calendars; show your support and come out and vote on May 15, 2012. Please don’t stay away because you think your vote doesn’t matter, it does. Show that you like the ZERO (0) % tax increase. Show what you think about ordering four (4) new buses. Show your support for a new School Board member, Mr. Haig McNamee. Sincerely, Candy Sweppenheiser Owego, NY



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Welcome, Aiden James Reeves! Aiden, son of Aaron and Amanda (Brown) Reeves of Sayre, was born Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He is the grandson of Kenneth Reeves of Sayre, Lori Reeves of Endicott, and Fred and Janet Brown of Apalachin.

Reading Program is for the Dogs Who has more than a warm nose and heart? Comet the reading dog has two good listening ears for students at Vestal's Glenwood Elementary who are practicing their reading skills. In February, retired teacher Debora Zarr contacted Principal McSain at Glenwood Elementary and offered to bring in her dog, Comet, for one-on-one reading time with students who would benefit.

So far, the program has been a success according to McSain, who is always looking for opportunities to provide Glenwood students with authentic ways to read, write, listen and speak. She said, “The students can’t wait for their turn to read to Comet, and there is nothing better than a child who is excited about reading.”


MAY 2012



Owego Little League Opening Day - May 5 Owego Little League (OLL) opens its 61st season on Saturday, May 5, thanks to hundreds of hours by volunteers cleaning up and restoring facilities at Hyde Park after the 2011 flood. Parade Marshall John Loftus launches the parade at 8:30 am from the Temple St. to Hyde Park. Players report between 8 and 8:15. Residents along the parade route are invited to exchange greetings with the players as they march by. Twenty-eight teams - five Tee Ball, seven modified, five American, three National, three Softball American and three Softball American plus two Teener Baseball teams - will be introduced by their Vice Presidents Chris RiegBaseball, Mark Warfle-Softball and Mark Felice-Teener. Welcomes will be extended by Master of Ceremonies Jim Raftis and OLL President Ken Winters. Student/athletes from Owego Elementary and St. Patrick's School will sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and the National Anthem. They're led by OES Second Grade Teacher Suzanne Peacock. Elks Exalted Ruler Emil Kotaser will present a new American Flag to fly 24-7 with the POW/MIA flag. Both flags will be raised by the VFW/Vietnam Veterans Color Guard. Bag Piper Rich Maloney will play while leading officials from the infield to the Elks flag pole. OLL invites all veterans to surround the flag pole. Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq will get a special Welcome Home from all in Hyde Park. President Winters will speak from the heart to thank volunteers who did an extraordinary "Spring Cleaning" of the park. Denis McCann coordinated two Work Bee Saturdays. Accomplishments: Back-

stop built on Franz field which was destroyed in the flood. Dugouts were reattached and secured to concrete base. New fence with walkway installed near Tee-Ball Field. Dugouts all cleaned and swept. Majority of sponsor signs installed on outfield fences. President Winters will introduce his officers and directors and umpires. He'll announce recipients of Special Appreciation awards and the prestigious Dick Horton "I Do It For the Kids" plaque. Community leaders and organizations will be thanked for their continuous support. Ceremonial First Pitches - from pitcher to batter with community leader as catcher - will open the 2012 season. Karen Johnson's concession stand which was under five feet of water on 09/08/11 - has been restored and ready to go for the kids and parents. Chefs Dick Franz and John Loftus will cook hamburgs and sausages on the outside grill. The Owego Fire Department will have Chef Lee Dunham do a chicken and pork BBQ to raise funds for the new Firemen's Training Facility. Sixteen games will be played on Opening Day - 5 each at 10:30, 1:00, and 3:30 - and one away at 2:00. Here's the schedule: 10:30 - WEBOKiwanis, Moose-Moore, Lions-Sons of American Legion, Price Chopper-SBA1, Owego Taxi-Richards. 1 pm - PartnersScott Smith. Mario's-Moore. Tioga State Bank-Tri Town Insurance. SBA3-A2. Community Bank-Richards Funeral Home. 3:30 pm - Rotary-Ni1. Chemung Canal-VFW. SBN2-SBN. Sbn3-NV. Vietnam Veterans-Talcott Well Drillers. Scheduler Ed Walter says Nichols/ Tioga Little League will play a significant number of games at Hyde Park because Kirby Park field was flooded out.

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Big Belly’s Southside Deli

Rt. 434 Johnson’s Plaza Owego, NY

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Sweeneys Plaza, Rt 434, Apalachin


OPEN 10-4 Memorial Day!

Vendange White Zinfandel 750 ml. . ………….....$3.89 Port Royal Rum Light-Dark-Extra Dry 1L….…….$9.99 Pendleton Canadian Whiskey 750 ml. …………..$23.99 Giori Lemoncillo 750 ml. ……………………...…..$18.99 D’Arrezo Sangiovese –Pinot Grigio– Montepulciano 750 ml. . …….….$8.99

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING? Personalized Labels for wine bottles are FREE with purchase of wine. Many styles available

Gift Certificates Available • Case Discounts on non-sale wines

1429 Main Street, Apalachin, N. Y.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY From Nick’s Garage Call Earl for an appointment today 625-3015

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