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Owego Little League Begins 62nd Season
Owego Little League opened its 62nd season on Saturday, May 4. Parade Marshall John Loftus organized 25 teams for the annual North Avenue to George Street parade. Owego Elementary School (OES) Second Grade students sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and Fourth Grade students sang the National Anthem. OES Second Grade Teacher Suzanne Peacock directed the student/player/singers. Three new flags were presented: an
American flag presented by Owego Elks Exalted Ruler Tim Sayers, a POW/ MIA flag presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America, and a VFW Post 1371 Color Guard. The flags are flying 24 hours a day at the Elks flagpole which was dedicated 46 years ago. Ceremonial first pitches on Nick Raftis Memorial Field opened ASA Girls Softball and Little League. Community leaders were umpires. Fourteen home games were played.
Ribbon Cutting for Kirby Park
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 4, to officially re-open Kirby Park in Nichols. The occasion included a parade, a chicken BBQ, and the opening day of the Nichols Little League. The destruction caused to Kirby Park by Tropical Storm Lee was enormous but, with the hard work and dedication of many Nichols residents, everyone is now able to enjoy one of Nichols'
greatest assets. Over $153,000 has been raised by way of Federal and State funding, local business grants and donations, and community contributions to aid in the restoration efforts. The only outstanding item is the removal and reconstruction of the bandstand. This project is on hold until the remainder of the FEMA funding is received.
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Tioga Downs Begins 2013 Racing Season
Tioga Downs in Nichols opened up for its eighth season of live racing on Saturday, May 4. The harness racing fans of the Southern Tier showed their support as more than 15,000 attended “Derby Fest” at Tioga Downs. Jimmy Marohn Jr. and Visible Gold (pictured above) got the year started off with a bang winning the third leg of the Hudson River Series in a new lifetime best of 1:49.3. Tioga Downs’ 61-day race season continues through Saturday, Sept. 14. The 2013 schedule is covered with marquee stake events throughout the summer totaling nearly $2 million dollars and will feature some of the sport’s most accomplished stars. One of the most exciting dates on the calendar comes in on June 9 as Tioga Downs will host the best older female and male pacers in the $200,000e Artiscape Pace and $200,000e Roll with Joe (Formerly known as the Bettor’s Delight). “The Roll with Joe and Artiscape always attract some of the sports best to Tioga Downs,” said VP of Racing and Simulcast, Jason Settlemoir, “and we look forward to hosting these events every year and putting on a good show for our fans.” Fans may also register each racing
night for the 3rd Annual Million Dollar Ball Drop, another season-long promotion that could award one lucky winner with $1 million on Monday, Sept 2. Other special promotions for the 2013 racing season include wall calendar giveaway (May 12), hat giveaway (May 27), Yannick Gingras colors replica T-shirt giveaway (June 9), Pilsner glass giveaway (June 16), harness racing coloring book (June 30), beanie horse toy giveaway (July 28), fleece pullover giveaway (August 11), and a Corey Callahan bobblehead giveaway (Sept 2). On Monday, September 2, Tioga Downs will host the $400,000e Cane Pace for the best 3-year old male pacers in North America, along with its counterpart, the $110,000e Shady Daisy for 3 -year-old pacing fillies. Also sharing the spotlight on the card will be the return of the $50,000 Drivers’ Championship which makes its way back home to Tioga Downs. A leg of the event will be held at Vernon Downs on Sunday, August 25, but the final round will be contested at Tioga Downs. Post time for the special matinee program is set for 1:30 pm. For more information on Tioga Downs, visit www.tiogadowns.com.
Memorial Day May 27 Memorial Day Parade 10:30 am in Owego followed by a ceremony at the courthouse square.
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Ficarro Receives Chancellor's Award Sarah Ficarro, a 2009 Owego Free Academy graduate and a senior at SUNY Fredonia, was selected as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for 2013. Sarah will graduate in May with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences and a minor in Psychology. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives. As a captain of the Women’s Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, Sarah is a seven-time All-American springboard diver, a Scholar All-American and community service projects participant for her four years representing SUNY Fredonia. Sarah received a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement. The 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence ceremony and recep-
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Director of Economic Dev. & Planning to Retire Doug Barton, Director of Economic Development and Planning with Tioga County, has recently announced his retirement. Mr. Barton has been with Tioga County for 18 years and with the Economic Development and Planning Department for nine years. During his time with Economic Development and Planning, Mr. Barton has been instrumental in bringing new business and expanding existing business in Tioga County. Just of few of the projects he has provided assistance on were
Lockheed Martin, Tioga Hardwoods, Hampton Inn, Tioga Downs, and CNY Oil and Gas, and creating job opportunities for Tioga County. In his position as Director, Mr. Barton worked closely with the Industrial Development Association, and Tioga County Tourism. He also served as President on the Tioga County LDC Board (Local Development Corp). His last day of work will be June 14. Tioga County is seeking qualified candidates for this position.
Lions Club Broom Sale
It’s time again for the Apalachin Lions Club’s Annual Broom Sale. This is their Community Service Fund Raiser, and the money raised is returned to those in need in our community. Each year, the Lions Club typically contributes over $25,000 to help local residents. But, over 2011-12 the Lions distributed an additional $10,000 or more for disaster relief alone. Some of their other projects are scholarships to high school seniors, Special Olympics, highway cleanup, pre-school eye screening, Christmas Baskets, Santa Phones,
Easter Egg Hunt, eye exams and glasses, emergency expense assistance, and 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 6, 7, 8, and 9. The items being sold include brooms, various cleaning brushes and cloths, sponges, CFL light bulbs, grill brushes, and dusters.
Vestal Youth Football League Vestal Youth Football League is now accepting registrations for the 2013 season. The league offers three divisions: 7 to 9 years old, 10 to 12 years old, and 13 to 14 years old (under 170 lbs). The cost is only $125.00 and in-
cludes all equipment except for pants. All kids are guaranteed to play. The league is open to all Vestal and surrounding area residents. For more information please visit www.vyfl.org.
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On a Sunday afternoon in February 1947, St. John's Catholic Church in Flynn, PA, burned to the ground. The church, which was a small, mission church of St. Francis Xavier Church in nearby Friendsville, PA, was built in 1909 and its church bell had been donated by parishioners. After the 1947 fire, the church was not rebuilt, and its bell was buried. In 2012, sixty-five years after it was buried, the 30-inch cast-iron bell was recovered and it has now been restored by current parishioners. The bell will be
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Owego Elks News On Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 pm, the Owego Elks Lodge 1039 invites business owners, residents and public servants to meet its new, Loyal Knight lodge officer, Youth Activities Committee Chairperson, and Elks Drug Awareness Program Chairperson. Mike
Bonventre a local businessman, author and 30 year nationally recognized crime and drug prevention consultant will present a candid account of current drug and crime issues and his plans to merge existing lodge programs with proven citizen crime prevention solutions.
At the Apalachin Library 719 Main Street, Apalachin 625-3333 • Pre-K Story Hour Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am • Computer Classes Wednesdays, 1:00 pm Topics vary from week to week. No class on May 27. Free. • Mystery Readers Group Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 pm Readers will discuss Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson. • Books du Jour Monday, May 20, 7:00 pm
Readers will discuss The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. • National Meditation Month Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm Celebrate National Meditation Month. with this special program. Tips on Relaxation and meditation. • Teas and Tales Tuesday, May 28, 12:00 Noon The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.
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Community Calendar MAY 8 - WEDNESDAY Open Hearts Dinner - May 8, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, every Wednesday at McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St., Candor. Free. Corner of Lake & Main St, Owego, NY
“Spring Fling” at the Early Owego Antique Center Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th
Friday: “Meet the Dealers” -Our dealers will be with us to explain to you their areas of interest, talk a bit about pricing and valuation trends, answer your questions and take note of your wants. We have even asked that each dealer offer a favorite hors d’oeuver, beverage or snack... Come see how that works out…we expect some surprises… “The Royal Blues” will perform without interruption from 6:30 pm until 8 pm. Dancing is invited on the Mezzanine! Saturday: –The Early Owego Lecture Series continues with a very special presentation by Dr. Christopher Wright on the “Earliest Forms of Photography with a display of Period Cameras and Lenses”. Dr. Wright will offer his talk and presentation of equipment at 2:00 pm. www.EarlyOwegoAntiqueCenter.com
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MAY 11 - SATURDAY Saturday Smorgasbord - May 11, 4:30 to 6:30pm, Owego Elks, 223 Front St., Owego. Free will offering. Take-out available for $8. Benefits Elks Charity Fund. Game Night - May 11, 5 to 8pm, hosted by Teen Action Group (TAG) of Broome Co. 4-H at Broome Cornell Cooperative Extension, 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton. Trivia, Jeopardy. Free with CHOW donation. MAY 15 - WEDNESDAY Ladies Luncheon - May 15, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Owego Treadway, Rt 17C, Owego. Special feature: Judy VanDevort shares about quilting; Music "Sunny Sounds" and Speaker Marilou Johnson. $12. Reservations due by May 10. Contact Carol (607) 785-3101 or firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 18 - SATURDAY Tioga Terrace Community Garage Sale - May 18, 8am to 4pm, Tioga Terrace in Apalachin. Hundreds of families. Vendors. Food. Garage Sale - May 18, 8am to 3pm, Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church, 30 Glann Rd., Apalachin. Also pizza, hot dogs, chicken BBQ, beverages, baked goods. Cruisin Buddies Car Show - May 18, 10am to 4pm, Dorchester Park, Rt 26, Whitney Point. Food, beverages, bake sale, silent auction. www.cruisinbuddies.com Folk Art Series: Beaded Pin Cushion - May 18, 10am to 5pm at Bement-Billings Farmstead, Rt 38, one mile north of Newark Valley. Create a Tuscarora Beaded Pin
Cushion, learn raised beading technique. BYO scissors, 3"-4" doll needle, lunch. $38/$36 members. Pre-register by 5/11: (607) 642-5412. Sponsored by the Newark Valley Historical Society. www.nvhistory.org MAY 20 - MONDAY Broome Co. Federation of Sportsmans Clubs Meeting - May 20, 7:00 pm, at American Legion Post #1305, 820 Lower Stella Ireland Rd., Binghamton. For info, call (607) 775-2146 or (607) 797-6670. MAY 25 - SATURDAY Little Meadows Community Garage Sale Day - May 25, 9am to 2pm, Garage sales throughout town. Chicken BBQ at White Tails Bar & Grill. Lunch at Methodist Church (tables available or bring your own outside). Bake Sale at Independent Bible Church - Tables available, call 570-623-2141. Township Cabin Spaces available to set up your own tables. Little Meadows Fire Co and Rescue Squad also participating. Six miles down Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin to Little Meadows, PA. MAY - JUNE "Avenue Q" - a zany musical comedy with puppets alongside human actors. Contains adult language. May 31, June 1, 2, June 7, 8, 9, June 13 (Thurs.), 15, 16. Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm. Gen. admission $20, Fri. Students w/ ID $10, Sun. Seniors 60+ $17. TiAhwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego. Tickets: 6872130, www.tiahwaga.com. JUNE 1 - SATURDAY Cruise-In at the Depot - June 1, 5 to 8pm, at The Depot in Newark Valley. All vehicles welcome. Free admission. Refreshments available.
Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the Catatonk Golf Club in Candor on Friday, May 17. The event begins with a shotgun start promptly at 12:30 pm. Registration and cart assignment will be at the clubhouse starting at 11:00 am. The fee for the event is $80 per person, $320 for a team, and includes golf, cart, door prizes, and dinner. Tee hole signs are available for purchase for $100. A corporate sponsorship for $370 includes a golf team, carts, dinner and a golf tee sign (a savings of $50).
This is always a sell out event as the field is limited to 28 teams. Teams are encouraged to register early with payment due at the time of registration. Check, cash, credit cards are accepted. Contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce for registration or more information at 687-2020 or email: email@example.com. If you are interested in supporting the event but you don't want to golf, consider purchasing a tee hole sign or donating a door prize for the event.
Cruisin Buddies Car Show on May 18 Cruisin Buddies 11th Annual Car Show will take place on Saturday, May 18, at Dorchester Park, on Route 26 in Whitney Point. This is an open show with no classes. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. The top cars/trucks and top three Motorcycles will receive trophies, plus there will be a Best of Show trophy and Kids Pick trophy. Hand outs and goodie bags will also be available for participants. There will be food and beverages available including a bake sale and silent auction . Dorchester Park has lakeside paved parking, handicap conviences including full bathrooms, a covered pavilion with tables, tree-shaded areas with tables, and a playground area. This family friendly event is hosted by Cruisin Buddies Rod, Custom & Classic Car Club, Inc. The show will be
from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with registration by 12:00 Noon. Judging will be from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, with trophies awarded at 3:00 pm. Pre-Registration is $8.00 by May 13. After that and day of show registration is $10.00. Proceeds from this event will help fund the Cruisin Buddies’ annual donation to the Children's Home at 1182 Chenango Street in Binghamton. Food donations will also be accepted for CHOW. Cruisin Buddies Rod Custom & Classic Car Club Inc. is registered with the New York State Attorney Generals office as a not for profit organization. Checks payable to Cruisin Buddies c/o Treasure 61 Edelweiss Lane Binghamton, NY 13901. For information email: President@cruisinbuddies.com or visit www.cruisinbuddies.com
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Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital President/CEO David Patak recognize the efforts of the YES! LEADS group at Owego Free Academy. Senator Tom Libous and YES! Safe Choices for Kids were joined by local parents, teachers and school administrators to honor more than 535 Broome, Tioga and Chenango YES! LEADers at the YES! LEADers Change Lives Recognition Reception. YES! LEADers are middle and high school students who, after a day of hands-on training, present to local elementary school students about the dangers of substance abuse, the importance of self-esteem and its role in making healthy choices as they grow up. “Our YES! LEADers serve our community every day by volunteering countless hours for their peers and for younger students,” said Sen. Libous. “Their dedication to a drug-free lifestyle serves as an inspiration to the lives they’ve touched.” As a four year YES! LEADer, Tioga Central senior Tyler Spires believes the program has helped him grow into a
confident person. “Being in YES! LEADS has made me a better leader. Going into elementary classrooms and having the chance to interact with the kids is what I’ll miss the most. It’s given me the chance to be confident in my public speaking and my beliefs.” YES! Safe Choices for Kids, a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, is now in its 23rd year. Since 1989, more than 8,500 YES! LEADers have helped teach more than 100,000 elementary school students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Owego-Apalachin, Tioga Central, and Waverly school districts participate in the YES! LEADs program. Their LEADers have served as role models for hundreds of Tioga County elementary school children this school year. For more information about YES! and YES! LEADS, visit www.YesSafeChoices.org.
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Shopping Extravaganza at St. Patrick School Find a unique gift for the special person in your life at St. Patrick School’s “Spring Shopping Extravaganza,” from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 11, at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 300 Main St., Owego. And while you shop, bring the kids for fun and games during St. Patrick School’s Kids’ Spring Fling from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Inside the extravaganza, home-based business vendors and craft vendors will be on hand with cash and carry gifts for Mom or your favorite soon-to-be graduate. It is not too late to showcase your
business or craft. Tables are available for $15 and can be reserved by calling the school at 687-1770. The Kids’ Spring Fling will be held outside on the St. Patrick School parking lot. Hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and cotton candy will be available for purchase. Admission to the event is $5 and includes a ticket to be stamped at each activity. Once the ticket is filled, it can be submitted in a raffle for larger prizes. For more information, visit www.stpatrickowego.org or call 6871770
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Community Lunches Held at Head Start
Cruise-In at the Depot The Depot in Newark Valley will host a Cruise-In on the first Saturday night of the months June, July, August, and September with the first one being held on June 1. The event will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, rain or shine. All
March 20, 2013: Village of Owego Mayor Kevin Millar visits the Owego Head Start for a community luncheon. Tioga Opportunities Head Start sites have been holding community luncheons this spring, and inviting special visitors to increase awareness of the program and the benefits it provides. Visitors in March were Howard Manges, weatherman at WBNG-TV, who visited the Newark Valley site on March 5; and Kevin Millar, mayor of the Village of Owego, who visited the Owego site on March 20. Mr. Manges shared a lesson about weather with the children, and Mr. Millar did some block building with the children. Both enjoyed a delicious lunch with the children, prepared by the food service staff. The Candor site, which is situated within the elementary school, has extended an open invitation to Candor Elementary School officials to join them for lunch this spring. Springtime is the ideal time to apply for Head Start for the following school year. If you have a child who will be three years old by December 1, 2013, but not yet five-years-old by that date, you can apply. The program is primarily for low-income children and those with
special needs, but anyone may apply. Children are selected to attend based on strict eligibility standards. The program is totally free of charge for families, and is administered by Tioga Opportunities Inc. For more information about Head Start, contact the Main Office at 6875888 or toll-free at 1-866-687-5888.
vehicles, young and old, are welcome. Free admission; refreshments are available. Tour the historic Lehigh Valley depot and caboose. For more information call Ray Shaver at (607) 6423627.
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Champaign Running for Town of Owego Highway Superintendent
Greg Champaign has announced that he is running for Town of Owego Highway Superintendent on the Republican ticket. Champaign has 38 years in public service. He started working for the Endicott Water Department as a laborer in 1970, and was promoted to Department Supervisor in 1996, serving in that position before retiring in 2008. Champaign has experience in budget preparation, bidding procedure, procurement of equipment and has worked with board members and labor unions. "My platform is simple," explained Champaign." If you call the office, I will pick up the phone. If you go to a board meeting, I will be there to answer your questions, and if you need to meet with me, my door will be open."
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Village of Owego Mayor Expresses Thanks by Kevin Millar Mayor, Village of Owego I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, Congressman Pete King and Secretary of Housing Shaun Donovan for their persistent hard work to bring added flood relief money to the Southern Tier. While it has been 18 months since the flood of September 2011 many homeowners are still displaced, waiting for buy outs and struggling to pay repair costs. Businesses, while looking good outwardly, continue to struggle to pay the costs of flood repair. I hope that these funds can be used to make whole those who needed a buy out, those who incurred unreimbursed repair costs and to assist those who want to elevate their homes to mitigate future flood damage. The application process for homeowners begins by applying at www.nysandyhelp.ny.gov . The Community Reconstruction Zone Planning Program can provide funds to rebuild and revitalize communities severely damaged by Tropical Storm Lee. The CRZ Program will help to identify resilient reconstruction projects based on local plans that will look at current damage, likely threats and a community’s econom-
ic opportunities. More information on the Community Reconstruction Zones is available at http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/ community-recomsrtuction-zones The flood of 2011 inflicted serious damage to the Southern Tier and it is gratifying to see our Governor and US Senate and Congressional representatives working together to help repair the damage and to prevent it in the future.
Graven is Candidate for Tioga Co. DA
On April 30, Irene Graven officially announced that she is running for Tioga County District Attorney. Graven made the announcement at the south steps of the courthouse in Owego. After the announcement, she greeted friends and supporters at the Parkview Restaurant. Graven is currently the acting District Attorney of Tioga County. She has served as 1st Assistant District Attorney since 1999 and has more than 27 years of legal experience. She is seeking election to a full four year term this November.
Pringle Recipient of Two Awards
Lauren Michelle Pringle, 17, daughter of Robert and Pamela Pringle of Apalachin, a senior at Vestal high School, has been selected by the Susquehanna Chapter of NY State Women Inc as “Young Woman of the Year 2013” and as “Young Woman of Achievement 2013” by the Broome County Status of Women Council.
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Vestal Elks Lodge 2508 hosted the 1st Annual Pink Elk 5K Run/Walk on April 28, 2013. Close to 200 runners/walkers showed their support for Traci’s Hope and Relay for Life of Western Broome County. Randy Reynolds of Binghamton was the winner with a time of 19 minutes and 45 seconds. Top Male finisher was Tung Kim with a time of 20 minutes and 50 seconds; Top Female finisher was Monica Chiao of Binghamton with a time of 22 minutes and 52 seconds.
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Local Dentist Offers Day of Free Dental Care
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, 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 located 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 now. The practice was started by Dr. Robert T. Lalor, better known as Doc, 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 our community as the practice prepares for their fourth annual event. During these difficult economic times, routine dental care is sometimes put aside - especially when dental insurance is not always available. Last May, Lalor Creekside Dental hosted its fourth Free Dental Care Day event and donated almost $25,000 in free dentistry to 210 people. An even bigger turnout is expected this year. For more information about this event, visit the “Free Dental Care Day” page at www.lalorcreeksidedental.com or visit the events section of their Facebook page.
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A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held on Friday, May 3, to celebrate the opening of The Left Bank at 194 Front Street in Owego. Shoppers can step into a world of romantic French country at The Left Bank on River Row in Owego. This new shop features antique and cottagepainted furniture, linens, purses, jewelry, scarves, and clothing. A soft ivory palette predominates, accented by mercury glass, slightly tarnished silver, and charming old world treasures. It’s the kind of store where nothing is “matchy-matchy,” but everything works well together. Owner Lucy Silverstein,
formerly co-owner of Rambling Rose Antiques and Gifts in Endicott, admits her love for old stuff that is a bit rusted, dented, chipped or faded. “I like the imperfection of time-worn things that don’t mind showing their age,” she says. “They have a charm all their own that can’t be matched by things that are shiny and new.” The Left Bank is open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Mondays, and Wednesdays through Saturdays. The store is also open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm. They are closed on Tuesdays. The store phone number is (607) 223-4150.
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auditorium. Reservations required as space is limited. $12 members, $14 non -members. Kids: 5-12 $6 members, $7 non-members. Kids under 5: free. • Bingo Saturday, May 18 Doors open at Noon. Early Bird Bonanza at 12:45 pm. Regular Bingo at 1 pm. Cash prizes. All paper. Food and beverages available. $3 Admission. • Bird Walk at Waterman Center Saturday, May 18, 9-11 am Join naturalist Dan Dunn to learn how to identify the birds of spring by their songs, field markings and habitat. Bring binoculars, and birding ID book. Call 625-2221 to register. $3 members, $4 non-members, $1 for children (must be accompanied by adult). • Susquehanna River Tours May 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6:00 pm River tours depart from the boat dock on Marshland Road in Apalachin (weather permitting) and last about an hour and a half. Tours also available Wednesday evenings in June except for June 5. $12 members, $14 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 625-2221.
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The 2013 Summer Concert Series at Tioga Downs Casino kicks off on May 31 with '70s hit-maker Tony Orlando. Popular Country artist Gretchen Wilson follows on June 14. Singer-songwriter Michael McDonald inaugurates Independence Day Weekend with a performance on July 5. Country duo Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis are live on August 29, with all proceeds to benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. Lastly, rounding out the Series on September 1 is Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bolton. In addition, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels will perform on September 21 at 7:00 pm, following Tioga Downs’ annual Classic Car Show. President and General Manager of American Racing and Entertain-
ment Tom Osiecki stated, “Tioga Downs Casino is proud to offer quality entertainment at a value price”. All concerts have a start time of 8:00 pm and will be taking place in the outside grandstand. Pricing for Lorrie Morgan/Pam Tillis and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels are $10, with the other tickets priced at $20, $25, and $30. Tickets can be purchased at Tioga Downs Casino Gift Shop, Ticketmaster.com or any Ticketmaster location. Tioga Downs Casino, Nichols, New York. You must be 18 years old to play video gaming machines. Please play responsibly. For more information, visit www.tiogadowns.com or call 1-888WIN-TIOGA.
Zion Lutheran Students Receive Recognitions
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teachers for their classroom use. Students also participated in the Newark Valley Spring Fling Contest held on April 20. They received 2nd place in the Coop Category for their “Lets Face It” Egg tree. Children from grades K - 5 did self portraits on plastic eggs to be displayed on the tree. The Preschool class also decorated plastic eggs to hang from their own tree and received 3rd place in the coop category as well.
Students Awarded Scholarships Two Tioga County residents have each been awarded scholarships to attend Alfred State. Adam Corey of Berkshire was awarded approximately $6,500 for the “Presidential Scholarship". Corey is slated to graduate in 2013 from Newark Valley High School and intends to enroll in the mechanical engineering technology program. Kayla Mosher of Owego was awarded a $1,000 “Russo Family Scholarship." Mosher is slated to graduate in 2013 from Tioga Central High School and intends to enroll in the veterinary technology program.
The "Presidential Scholarship" (free room, double occupancy) is awarded to students who possess a 90 or better high school average through their junior year and who have achieved a minimum SAT score of 1150 or a composite ACT score of 25. Recipients must maintain a required GPA (grade point average) to continue to receive free room in subsequent semesters. The "Russo Family Scholarship" is awarded based on academic achievement and is made possible through the generosity of the Russo Family Foundation.
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Apalachin Firemen's Field Days History The original Apalachin Firemen’s Field Days were held June 2 - 4, 1960, in a field on East Main Street (about where Hidden Valley Electronics is now) to help purchase equipment for the Fire Department membership. Records indicate that the rides were swings, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, kids ride, and pony ride, each for a dime. There were games such as break-a-plate, fish pond, darts, and penny pitch. Pizza, soda, food, and beer were also sold. One record of June 3 indicates that 43 persons ran the field (not including rides personnel). Just as today, some were Ladies Auxiliary and others were friends of the department. After the first field days on East Main Street, the event moved to its current location on Field Day Drive and Wayside Lane. In about 1975, the fire department purchased the grounds. Over the years, several events were added to the Field Day’s calendar. News articles concerning the June 21-23, 1962, Field Days indicate a Miss Apalachin contest was held on June 21; fireworks on Friday night, June 22; a hose contest on the morning of June 23; a Children’s Matinee at 1:00 pm; and a parade from downtown Apalachin to the field at 6:00 pm. Originally, the contestants for Miss Apalachin were teenagers. The last teenage Miss Apalachin, crowned in 1970, was Judith Brinkman of McFall Road. In 1971, the event became the Little Miss Apalachin contest, with Sharon Hawley of Barton Road crowned as the first Little Miss Apalachin. The Field Days ran continuously until
Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 damaged much of the equipment needed to operate the event. All of the refrigerators and freezers, as well as a lawn tractor and five wheel utility vehicle were damaged beyond repair, causing the Apalachin Fire Department to cancel the Field Days for 2012. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Apalachin Fire Department. The anniversary will be celebrated at the 2013 Field Days as a means of thanking the community for supporting the Apalachin Fire Department for 100 years. This year's Firemen's Field Days will be held Wednesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 8. Events planned for this year's Field Days include a rides special from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and a bicycle give-away at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, June 5; a centennial celebration fireworks display at 10:00 pm on Friday, June 7; and the Little Miss Apalachin Contest in the food building at 12 Noon on Saturday, June 8. Also on Saturday, June 8, the parade will once again step off from downtown Apalachin at 6:00 pm with a theme centered on the 100th Anniversary. The hose contest, which was part of earlier Field Days, was discontinued sometime in the 1980s. However, with the tremendous support of the Owego Fire Department hose teams loaning their equipment and experience in hose contest operation, hose races will once again be offered this year. The races will start at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 8, on McFall Road.
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Apalachin Firemen's Field Days is back! June 5 - June 8, 2013 Dixon Golf Joins OFD for Tournament Dixon Golf, manufacturers of the first high performance eco-friendly golf balls, will sponsor the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 8, at The Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin. The Owego Fire Department is hosting this inaugural tournament in tribute to Owego Fallen Firefighter Matt Porcari. "Due to the recent tragedy in our community, we felt we had to do something special in his honor," said John Loftus, co-chairman of the Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament. Dixon Golf helps charities raise additional funds at their golf tournaments. Dixon Golf is also providing an Amateur Endorsement Package for one lucky
golfer participating in the charity event. Although the deadline for golfers was May 4, the tournament is still accepting sponsors. The funds raised from the tournament will support scholarships for graduating Owego Free Academy seniors pursing further education. Funds raised will also support the operating costs for the state-of-the-art Owego Fire Training Facility. For more information about the tournament, or to become a sponsor, contact John Loftus at email@example.com or 607-759-9420. For more information about Dixon Golf, visit dixongolf.com or contact Stephen Woodford at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Food Bank of So. Tier Receives Grant The Food Bank of the Southern Tier received a grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation in the amount of $5,000. These funds will be used to support the Food Bank’s capital campaign, Strengthening the Root of Local Hunger Relief, and expansion of the Mobile Food Pantry Program in Tioga County. As a result of the grant, the Food Bank will be able to nearly double the
number of Mobile Food Pantry distributions at the Lockwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Elizabeth Square Senior Housing Complex in Waverly, NY. Both sites currently distribute food every other month. Expansion will increase this to every month, except when the scheduled distribution falls on a holiday. A full schedule of distributions can be found at www.foodbankst.org.
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“Spring Fling” at Early Owego Antique Center Events include "Meet the Dealers" and Photography Lecture The Early Owego Antique Center, at the corner of Lake and Main Streets in Owego, will hold a “Spring Fling” on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18. On Friday evening, everyone can "Meet the Dealers" who will be onsite to explain their areas of interest, talk about pricing and valuation trends, answer your questions, and take note of your wants. The dealers have even been asked to offer a favorite hors d’oeuver, beverage, or snack. The Royal Blues Big Band, a group of 17 musicians who play all types of music from Glenn Miller to the Beatles, will perform without interruption from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the Mezzanine, dancing invited.
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On Saturday, May 18, at 2:00 pm, the Early Owego Lecture Series continues with a presentation by Dr. Christopher Wright on the “Earliest Forms of Photography with a display of Period Cameras and Lenses”. Dr. Wright has single handedly revived the chemical and physical processes of most of the known very early photographic techniques. He is a Consultant to the Getty Museum’s “Project for the Preservation of the Traditional Chemical / Wet Darkroom”, the owner of “Visions in Silver Photography”, specializing in Large Format Fine Art black and white images, and the author of “Still Life-Still Living”, a collection of his photographs and essays describing development of spirituallybased aesthetics.
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Richard VanScoy and Kristin Sherman attended the April meeting of Tioga Neighbors Helping Neighbors (TCNHN) to learn about the coalition of community-based volunteer organizations known as Neighbors Helping Neighbors Networks. Both guests volunteer, helping their neighbors get access to critical medical services. Using humor to ex-
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plain his commitment to the welfare of his neighbors in Candor, Mr. VanScoy said that he represents the “Amalgamated Sisterhood and Brotherhood of Busybodies and Do-gooders.” Ms. Sherman is the vice president of Polly’s Promise, a Foundation which seeks to honor the memory of Polly Thompkins by assisting “individuals and families dealing with cancer and other life challenging events.” Tioga County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Coordinator, Heather Kirk-
Dear Tioga County Residents: In March of this year, surrounded by family and supporters, I announced my candidacy for Tioga County District Attorney and I am writing this letter to ask for your support in my campaign and the upcoming September primary. As you are aware, District Attorney Gerald Keene was elected Tioga County Court Judge effective January 1, 2013. Former DA Keene admirably served the citizens of Tioga County for over twenty five years. I was invited to work in the District Attorney’s Office in September of 2000 as an Assistant District Attorney and have continuously served in that capacity through the present time and I am proud to be First Assistant District Attorney. Many of you may know me as an attorney in private practice with offices on Front Street in Owego. I began my career in law by clerking for the late Edwin Bartow and Joseph Murphy. After graduating from law school in 1991, I was hired as an associate at Bartow & Murphy and remain there to this day. I have been a partner and the owner of Dixson Schumacher, pc since 1998. Over the past 22 years, I have assisted people in all matters relating to real estate, estate planning, elder law, estate settlement, business planning and an assortment of questions brought to me by clients. I have seen the joy and excitement of first time homebuyers and helped families through the painful and difficult process of settling a loved one’s estate. As assistant district attorney, I have handled thousands of criminal prosecutions and have practiced before all our local courts and the Tioga County Court. I have worked diligently to learn and develop trial skills, understand our criminal laws and procedure and to serve with honor the People of the State of New York and Tioga County. This cannot be done without a close relationship with local, state and federal law enforcement. For the past 13 years and to this day I strive to assist our law enforcement personnel in protecting the citizens of Tioga County. Hard work, command of the necessary subject matter and maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards are common threads in both private practice and serving as district attorney. I will never compromise those values and as your next district attorney you can be assured that I will strive to do the “right thing”. I am most proud of my role as husband to my wife, Lee-Ann, and father of our four teen-age children, Noah, Jonah, Martha and Anna. Like all parents, I want them to be safe and secure and maintain that view for all Tioga County residents, young and old alike. My family has been involved in helping and giving back to the community for generations. We are firmly rooted in Tioga County and committed to seeing its growth and well being. I am committed to working hard on all crimes committed in Tioga County to ensure that proper “justice” is served. Through working in the district attorney’s office I recognize the power to alter the lives of many people: people accused of crimes, people victimized by crimes, their families and friends, and the community at large. While a hefty responsibility, I have carried that duty with me every day for the last thirteen years and will continue without hesitation to serve you to the very best of my ability. The District Attorney’s job is to work for the people of Tioga County, not private organizations or special interests. I have represented you, the residents of Tioga County for over 13 years and will continue to do so if elected District Attorney. I am not a politician and will not promise or pretend to be someone I am not to get your vote. My service and work ethic speak to my commitment to all residents of Tioga County. With your support, I hope to become Tioga County’s next District Attorney. I thank you for your consideration. Respectfully yours, Adam R. Schumacher
land, first met Mr. VanScoy and his wife, Hope, in December, when she attended the Candor Chamber of Commerce meeting. She gave an impromptu presentation about the coalition of informal caregiving organizations which serve residents who are isolated due to age, illness or disability. There are currently three independent TCNHN organizations serving communities in Tioga County and neighboring areas: Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) serving the Nichols area and South Side Owego through its satellite, Southside Owego, the Senior Information & Referral Service (SIRS), a committee of INSPIRE, serving Spencer –Van Etten, and Northern Tioga Neighbors Network (NTNN) serving Richford, Berkshire, and Newark Valley. These grass-roots organizations provide different services based on their resources - volunteer and financial - but they all help their neighbors with access to needed services by providing information and referral and most importantly volunteers transportation. In addition to helping to strengthen each other’s’ program, the TCNHN coalition, seeks to grow services in nonnetwork communities. It was clear from the meeting that Candor is a community rich with people who care about their neighbors. The meeting was beneficial to all concerned. It is expected to be the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between the Candor community and Tioga County Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
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Celebrate Mother's Day with Reading The Family Reading Partnership of Owego Apalachin (FRPOA) will host an Elementary Student Writing Showcase and Bookfair at Barnes & Noble in Vestal on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, the Saturday before Mother's Day. The Writing Showcase will feature Owego-Apalachin area elementary student artwork and writing displayed throughout the store and poetry readings by elementary students from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Other events include storytimes with adult readers from 10:00 am to 12 Noon, and children's storybook characters in costume throughout the day. Funds raised during the Bookfair will be used to support various FRPOA programs that distribute free books to children and families in our community. FRPOA is a non-profit (501-c3) organization whose mission is to create a culture of literacy, one book, one child, one family at a time. Thousand of free books have been distributed since its beginning in 2009.
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Tioga United Way Helps Literacy Volunteers The Tioga United Way has awarded a one-time special allocation of $715 to Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties to be used for their Literary Assistance Program at the Tioga County Jail. According to Jane Clair, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers “…with the help of four volunteers, and the co-
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Rescue Dogs Visit Zion Lutheran School Students at Zion Lutheran School in Owego were visited by Amigo Search and Rescue Dogs located in Owego. The children got to see the dogs search for a member of the rescue team who was “lost.” They also learned that once a rescue dog has found someone, there are two ways that the dog will react, by either running back to their owner, or by standing and barking for their owner to come to them. The rescue team also shared some great survival tips for if you do get lost in the woods, such as staying in one place, making a bed of leaves, and if you see an airplane looking for you, lay on the ground and make “snow angels.” Amigo is a non profit volunteer search and rescue team that provides professional resources (including K9s) for searches of lost and missing persons. Their main areas of coverage include Tioga, Broome, Chenango and Delaware Counties in New
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Mommy's Time Out Pinot Grigio or Delicious Pink 750 ml. ………….$8.99 Chi-Chi's Cocktails. Assorted Flavors. 1.75 L. ……….. After Rebate $9.99 Final Cost Lady Bligh Spiced Rum 1.75 L. …….. After Rebate $10.99 Final Cost Franzia Sunset Blush 5 L. Box .......................... $13.99 Hazlitt Red Cat or White Cat 3 L. Pouch ............ $21.99 Liberty Creek Chocolate Red Wine 1.5 L. ........... $8.99
Big Belly’s Southside Deli
Rt. 434 Johnson’s Plaza Owego, NY
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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.
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