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Volume 28 Number 7

The Owego Free Academy Class of 2013 throws their graduation caps into the air during commencement ceremonies held at the school’s football stadium on Saturday, June 22. For a list of graduates and their senior photos, see pages 12 and 13.

Barn Destroyed by Fire

Friday Night at the Depot The Friday night series at the Depot in Newark Valley continues on July 5 with a performance by the very popular and versatile entertainer Rich Wilson. Rich has performed from the stages of Las Vegas to Atlantic City and just about everywhere in between. He is probably best known for his ability to sing Elvis Presley songs as well as standards like those sung by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. On July 12, the Depot welcomes back hometown musician, Randy Miritello and The Horseshoe Lounge Playboys. Randy and his band have played with Arlo Gutherie, Levon Helm, Ricky Skaggs and recently opened for Willie Nelson at a concert at Hunter Mountain. Expect to hear powerful vocals backed by guitar, mandolin, fiddle acoustic bass and drums playing ácoust8c backwoods American rocking roots music. Nature photographer, Jerry Acton will be at the Depot on July 19 with a

slide show of birds and animals showing their varied behaviors and personalities in their natural habitat. Check out Jerry’s web site ( where nearly every day he will post a new photo with a description of what is happening in the moment. On July 26, the Depot will come alive with Absolutely Reptacular as they bring an amazing collection of captive bred reptiles including geckos, bearded dragons, pythons, boas, lizards and tortoises. Rob Felt and Christina Costa will introduce over a dozen exotic species from all over the globe, several of which you can hold and take pictures of. The Depot in Newark Valley opens each Friday at 6:00 pm and the programs begin at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available. This project is made possible, in part with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, administered locally by The ARTS Council of

The Newark Valley Fire Department responded to a barn fire shortly before 7am on Monday, June 25. The barn was located at 9884 Route 38, just north of the Village of Newark Valley. Fire departments from Berkshire, Richford, Maine and West Corners assisted at the scene, while the Owego Fire Department

was on standby at the Newark Valley Fire Station The barn, owned by Stuart Yetter, was completely destroyed along with a pick up truck. The cause of the fire was reported as being spontaneous ignition of hay stored in the barn.


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Zion Lutheran Celebrates End of School Year, Wins First Prize for Strawberry Festival Float



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June 14 was the final day of class for students at Zion Lutheran School in Owego. The children had their closing ceremonies on Thursday evening, June 13, during which students were honored for the academic work, and performed songs and played instruments for their parents and families. The next day was the last day of school. Parents helped transport the children to Greenwood Park where they had the day to play on the playground, swim, and play games together with their families one last time before summer vacation. The school’s Parent-Teacher League provided subs and chips for lunch before heading back to school for dismissal. On Saturday, June 15, the children rode in the Strawberry Fest Parade and won 1st place for their float. Children and parents helped make the decorations, and assemble the float before rid-

ing through town throwing candy to onlookers. Zion Lutheran School always participated in the Strawberry Fest Parade and has consistently won a prize for their float. Zion Lutheran School is currently accepting enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year. Children from preschool through grade six enjoy a Christcentered environment with high academic standards in a loving, family like atmosphere. The school accepts children from all denominations and services other local districts including, Candor, Newark Valley, Union Endicott, Tioga Center and parts of Vestal. There is limited scholarship available for those families in need. For more information about Zion, call 687-6376, or visit

Duck Race on August 10 - $500 First Prize! The Newark Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Duck Race” on Saturday, August 10 during the Newark Valley Days Celebration. You can adopt a duck for a chance to win $500 for first place, plus 9 additional cash prizes. The Duck Race will start at 4:30 pm at the Trout Ponds Park in Newark Valley. Ducks will be dropped into the Owego Creek above the Trout Ponds and the race will complete at the Trout Ponds Park. Chances of winning depend on the total number of entries. Each racing duck will have a number attached which corresponds to the number on the ticket purchased for each duck adopted. The winning ducks numbers will be announced at the conclusion of the race.


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Park Terrace Nursery School Summer Programs Park Terrace Nursery School is offering a summer program for children ages 3 -5 all classes: 9:00 - 11:30. You can sign up for one week or both weeks, $50.00 per week, registration and payment due by July 1 children must be potty trained. Week #1 July 8-12 Safety Week Week #2 July 15 - 19 Down on the Farm Park Terrace Nursery School is also excepting registration for the 2013-2014 school year, September 12, 2013 - June 6, 2014 for children ages 3-5. Children must be three by December 1 and potty trained. Programs: Three Year Olds - two days per week, Four - Five year olds - 3 or 5 days per week Tours are available during the summer Park Terrace Nursery School, 30 Glann Road, Apalachin. Call 625-4134 or 7482200.


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Willy’s Friendsville Inn (570) 553-0111 left to right: BOCES Superintendent Allen Buyck, WBNG News Director Candace Chapman, Emily Costley and Senator Tom Libous. Emily Jo Costley of Newark Valley Senator Libous partnered with High School was awarded a Student Broome-Tioga BOCES and WBNG-TV Community Service Award and a $1,000 to create this scholarship to reward scholarship for her commitment to students for their commitment to volunteerism in the community. community service. Each student who Emily volunteered for Rock Out for received the community service award Polio, the Fall Fest for flood relief and was given a $1,000 scholarship. for the American Cancer Society "Community service is not about Daffodil Days. She also participated in a dollars and cents, it’s about time,” breast cancer walk and “Adopt a Libous said. “It’s about caring and about Family” Christmas Shopping. smiles and hugs and knowing we've “I can make a difference in helped someone. It's about giving someone’s life, even if it isn’t on a large instead of taking. It's something money scale,” said Costley. can't buy."

Jamie Lane Memorial Scholarship The Jamie Lane Memorial Scholarship was awarded this year to Katia D'Arcy, a student from Newark Valley High School. Katia was selected by the Binghamton Press as a Class Act from local High Schools. She was a member of student council, Drama Club,

National Honor Society, and Symphonic Band. She is the daughter of Leslie and Eric D'Arcy. Funds for the scholarship are raised every year by Jamie's family with a golf tournament held at Tall Pines every Memorial Day weekend.

Special Summer Presentation of "What She Saw" by Ti-Ahwaga Players

From left, Terry Mesko, Courtney Bennett and Austin Brocious in character on the set of the Ti-Ahwaga Player's production of "What She Saw," which will be presented at the TiAhwaga Performing Arts Center July 12 & 13.

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will be providing a very special summer presentation of "What She Saw," by local playwright Courtney Bennett, on July 12 and 13 at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St. in Owego. "What She Saw" follows a young woman's struggles to fight through the overwhelming grief that consumes her after her fiancé is tragically murdered. Her grief is compounded by conflicts at work and with her brother, her only family connection. But her greatest conflict comes from within her own mind in this riveting psychological mystery. Courtney Bennett is a 23-year-old playwright and actor whom you may have seen provide a dynamic performance as Annie Sullivan in the TiAhwaga Player's recent production of "The Miracle Worker." Not only did she write "What She Saw," but she will also be playing the leading role in this premiere performance of the play.

"Everyday we read headlines about death, violence, disaster, and tragedy," Bennett said. "With this play, I wanted to look at what happens to the people behind the headlines, when the public has moved on and stopped caring. The tragedy ends and fades for us. Does it ever end for them?" Bennett lost one of her closest friends when she was younger, and while she said that this play isn't about that, she did say that a lot of her writing has dealt with either death or finding the meaning of life since. "As a society, we have grown numb to the pain of others," Bennett said. "We have lost some of our compassion, and I am hoping to bring some of that back by using this play to reach into that center of the audience's heart." The play is being directed by Todd Smith, and the cast includes Courtney Bennett as Brigh, Austin Brocious as Nestor, and Terry Mesko as Jasper. Shows start at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and admission is only $10. With just two performances of this special presentation, you'll want to order your tickets right away. As always, fine wines, beers, soft drinks and snacks are available to enjoy at your table during the show, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. The show is underwritten in part Katie’s Kreations. To reserve seats, call the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 687-2130 and visit for more information about the center.

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Berry Bear Ribbon Cutting The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting on July 8 at 11:30 am, for the new Berry Bear Frozen Yogurt, 941 Rt 17C in Owego. Berry Bear Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt is made fresh daily with real yogurt and fat free milk. They carry 18 different flavors of yogurt. They believe that people want to make healthier decisions, but also like a rich and creamy traditional frozen dessert more than an icy, bland frozen yogurt. Berry Bear provides you with flavors reminiscent of your childhood trips to the local dessert shop as well as fruit-based flavors that will suit even the most health conscious individuals. Just like their flavor choices, the toppings bar is a place where you become the master of your dessert. From fresh fruits and nuts to brownie bites and chocolate syrup, the possibilities are endless.


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The Candor Community Chorus will present their annual Fourth of July concert on Saturday, July 6, at 7:00 pm in the Candor High School Auditorium, Academy Street, Candor. This year’s concert theme is “I Hear America Singing”, a collection of choral music that celebrates country, community, and those who serve. Selections include American folk medleys, new arrangements of patriotic songs, gospel tunes and songs that celebrate hope and determination.

In keeping with tradition, the Candor Community Chorus will recognize all veterans and members in the service, and invites everyone to join in a rousing chorus of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Jewel Griffith will direct the concert, with Brenda Yeier at the piano. The concert is free and donations are accepted. Funds raised from concerts help support a scholarship fund and help maintain the chorus’s music library.

Depot to Host Cruise-In Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Depot in Newark Valley, home to the Depot Friday Nights series, is adding a new venture this year, Concours D’Elegance. Old-time and nearly old-time vehicles are invited to “Cruise- In” to the Depot on the first Saturday of each month from 5:00 to 8:00 pm starting in June and continuing through September. This “Cruise In” is NOT limited only to cars of a particular vintage; if it has wheels and you are proud of it, bring it down. There is no charge and the public is encouraged to come. Refreshments are available--ice cream sundaes and

banana splits are the specialty at the Depot. While you are there be sure to tour the 1800s railroad station and caboose. The waiting room is home to a historical review of the history of the wheel and the bicycle, compliments of the Newark Valley Town Historians. This event promises to be lots of fun as we step back in time to a by-gone era of slower moving conveyances, while mingling with more modern modes of transportation, all the while enjoying the charming atmosphere of an 1800’s railroad depot. For more information call Ray Shaver at 642-3627.

Concerts in the Park Begin July 3 in Owego Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to Hickories Park in Owego on Wednesday, July 3, and enjoy the music of the Kirby Band. The concert begins at 7:30 pm, and is the first of a series of six free Wednesday night concerts presented at Hickories Park by the Tioga County Council of the Arts. The Kirby Band, based in Nichols, NY, is one of the oldest continuously performing concert bands in America. It has performed annually since 1876, and comprises volunteers from all around the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania. Its repertoire ranges from Joplin to Sousa, from big bands to the big screen, from the early 1900's through the new millennium—there is something for all music enthusiasts. Each concert is free, however freewill donations are welcome. Hickories Park is located at 359 Hickories Park

Road in Owego. The remaining concerts will take place on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm: July 3 Kirby Band & fireworks at 9:30 July 10 Dixie Kats - Dixieland July 17 Royal Blues Big Band – Variety (Everything from the Beatles to Glenn Miller) July 24 Four Eye Band – Variety July 31 String of Pearls - Blues Aug 7 Triple Play with Alice Detrick – Country Concerts in the Park are made possible, in part, through generous funding from the Town of Owego. For more information, visit or call the Tioga Arts Council at (607) 687-0785. Tioga Arts Council is located at 179 Front St. in Owego and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Home Textile Tool Museum Hosts Events & Workshops by: Jill Darling

The Home Textile Tool Museum (HTTM) held its opening day on Saturday, May 25, with nearly 100 visitors in Orwell, Pennsylvania. Volunteers demonstrate flax preparation, carding wool, natural dyeing, spinning and weaving every Saturday until the end of August from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Each week featured guests are highlighted with their specialties: Keith Darling showed how antique tools were

used in woodworking, Chris Smith demonstrated blacksmithing and Cats Cradle Spinners spun wool. Upcoming topics will be on rug making, bobbin lace, knitting and embroidery, along with workshops throughout the summer and several guest lecturers. Youth Day is on July 6 with hands-on learning and storytelling. For event schedules and directions go to

Apalachin Lions Back To School Program The first day of school is a day of new experiences, new friends and new clothes. Unfortunately not all families are able to buy school supplies and new clothing for that all important opening day. The Apalachin Lions Club, in cooperation with the Vestal, Target has conducted a BACK TO SCHOOL program for the last 24 years. This program furnishes gift certificates to eligible families for help in defraying some of the

cost of getting their children equipped for school. People living in the Apalachin 13732, Campville 13760 and Little Meadows, PA 18830 ZIP CODES can obtain information on eligibility and the application process by calling Nick Rossi at 625-3765 before August 19. Eligibility for aid will be determined by the Apalachin Lions Club and applicants who qualify will receive a gift certificate prior to the start of the school year.


Puppeteer Tom Knight Featured in Owego July 5

Calling all kids! On Friday, July 5, puppeteer Tom Knight kicks off the 2013 Kids' Night Out series of performances presented by the Tioga Council on the Arts in Owego. Each of the onehour programs will be held on Friday nights in July at the Courthouse Gazebo

in historic downtown Owego. Admission is free. Tom Knight is a musician, singer and songwriter who has been entertaining children with his puppet wizardry for the past 25 years. His delightful, engaging and artful performances speak to the child in all of us. Bring a chair or a blanket, and a big smile—there’ll be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Two more events in the series follow: Friday, July 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, songs & stories with John Simon, and Friday, July 19, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Will Stafford, juggler extraordnaire. The Kids’ Night Out series is made possible in part with generous funding from the Village of Owego, the Owego Elks Lodge #1039, and the Cooper Foundation.

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Apalachin Lions Club Awards Scholarship for 2013


Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution Low to moderate income individual and families are invited to Participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be

held on July 30, 1:00 pm, at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking lot, 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Please bring your own bags or boxes. Call Food Bank of the Southern Tier 607 -796-6061 with any questions.

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The Apalachin Lions Club awarded $1500 in scholarships for 2013. Winners received $500 at their Awards Ceremonies. The scholarships are to promote and reward young people for service to their community and school. This year’s three winners are Shelby Klemmt from Owego Free Academy, Ryan Brown from Montrose Junior-Senior High, and

Sarah Lam from Vestal Senior High. Pictured above, front row (left to right) are Ryan Brown and Sarah Lam; back row (left to right) Lion President John Whiting, Lion Nick Rossi, Lion Vince Hawley and Lion VP-2 Jake Brown The winners joined the Lions at their dinner meeting on June 12.

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Tioga United Way Acknowledges Grant The Tioga United Way has received a $2,500 grant made possible by the Taren Family Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. This grant will provide $625 to each of four food pantries; Spencer Van-Etten Community Food Cupboard, Allied Christians of Tioga, Tioga Outreach/Catholic Charities, and Tioga County Rural Ministry. “This is especially welcome during the summer months when donations are lower, and increased family pressures are felt with the children home from school.” said Sister Mary O’Brien from the Tioga County Rural Ministry. “We are grateful to the Taren Family Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York for their generosity in helping to bridge this gap in food pantries during the summer.” said Brian Eldridge, Executive Director of the Tioga United Way.

Museum Curator Wanted The Town of Vestal seeks to fill a vacant part time position of Museum Curator (15hrs/wk), responsible for overseeing collection care, exhibits & educational programs for schools, community groups & the general public. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Museum Director. Send resumes by July 19, 2013, to Human Resources, Town of Vestal, 605 Vestal Parkway West, Vestal, NY 13850. The Town of Vestal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Local Alfred State Students Receive Diplomas Nearly 900 two- and four-year degree candidates received diplomas from Alfred State this spring. Associate and baccalaureate degrees were awarded in fields of agriculture, health, business, vocational, and engineering technology, as well as the arts and sciences. The following students from Tioga County were among the students receiving degrees in the Class of 2013: Casey Frandsen, Spencer Matthew Henry, Newark Valley Kinser Hill, Nichols Kyle Johnson, Campville Brad Lillis, Owego Deborah Simonik, Apalachin Elizabeth Yetter, Newark Valley


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Hiawatha Stingers Win Third Straight Title

Row 1 - Kyle Pryor, Cole Ford, Will Delaney, Matthew Lounsbury, Connor Hart, Daniel Lounsbury, Paul Matt Row 2 - Kyle Williams, David Ackermen, Noah Thayne, Simon Davis, Joe Spencer, Bryan Hartman, Phillip Lindhorst, Ethan Pryor, Andy Matt, Coach Wilkert Missing - Corey Brown and Jacob Wilkert The Hiawatha Stingers U16 Boys young men have compiled a League Soccer Team recently won their third Record of 22-1. The team has also straight Broome County Soccer Title. placed in Tournaments in Rochester and Over the period covering 2011-2013, the Gettysburg.

New Director of Economic Development LeeAnn Tinney has been chosen by the Tioga County Legislature to fill the Director of Economic Development and Planning position. For the last 15 years, Ms. Tinney has served as Business Administrator for the Tioga County

Industrial Development Agency. She will begin her new position on July 8. Tioga County Industrial Development Agency will begin an immediate search for Ms. Tinney’s position.


Owego Hose Team hosts Matt Porcari Memorial Hose Race

The Owego Hose Team hosted the Matt Porcari Memorial Hose Race at the Owego Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 15, at 1:00 pm at Owego Central Fire Station on North Ave. Porcari, a long time hose race participant and past Central New York champion team member, passed away while fighting a mutual aid structure fire in January. Nine teams from Central New York participated in the event with hundreds of onlookers

watching the races. The event began with Congressman Tom Reed presenting a proclamation and flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor Porcari to the Porcari family. The flag will be flown over Owego Station #2. The Congressman served as starter of the first race. The Croton Hose #3 “Flat Rats” team bested all teams with 13 points to win the title. It was fitting win given Porcari belonged and raced under the company for 18 years prior to his passing. With the championship on the line, the Company #3 team ran a perfect straight lay race setting a new Central New York record with a 15.05 second run. Team members were: Tom Donovan III, Mike MacNaughton, Jimmy Morris, Joe Ward, and Dick Jerzak, Three other Owego teams competed in the ladder, wye, and straight lay races along with the Apalachin “Hose Twisters,” two Chenango Bridge teams, Whitesboro, and Deposit. One team member from each team joined together and ran a hose cart race in memory of Porcari to the thrill of the crowd. The races are timed events where firefighters test their skills. Teams of five members must connect nozzles to hoses, hoses to hoses, and hoses to the fire hydrant, and knock down targets in the quickest time. Hose races improve basic firefighting skills. The Owego Hose Teams will defend their Central New York champion title this month in Hamilton, NY, at the Central New York Firemen’s Association annual convention.

"What She Saw,"

"What She Saw," A riveting psychological mystery by local playwright Courtney Bennett. July 12 & 13. Fri. & Sat. 8pm. Admission $10, Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego, NY., Call 607-687-2130 for tickets,

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Are you starting a new business? Do you need advice on how to start a business or improve the one you already have? Call the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce and make an appointment for a free, person to person counseling session with SCORE. More than 11,000 volunteer business counselors donate their time to consult with and mentor entrepreneurs. If you would like to discuss business planning, business growth strategies or a specific business issue, contact SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” Appointments are available on Thursdays at 10:00 and 11:30 am at the Chamber office located on 80 North Avenue, Owego. Contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce to make your appointment at (607) 687-2020.

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Mikaela Shelp Crowned Little Miss Apalachin

Mikaela Shelp 2013 Little Miss Apalachin (L) Madison Holmes 2011 Little Miss Apalachin (R) Mikaela Shelp was crowned Little The contestants were 8 & 9 year old Miss Apalachin 2013 on Saturday, June girls that reside within the Apalachin 8, 2013, at the Apalachin Firemen’s Fire District. They were judged on ComField Days. She is the daughter of Mimunications skills, Appearance and Perranda & Michael Shelp, and the grandsonality. Mistress of Ceremonies was daughter of Dale & Mary Ann Sacharov Alicia Loso of Apalachin. of Apalachin and Lee & Shelly Shelp of Endicott. She attends Apalachin Elementary School. Jenna Patrick is the Runner Up for Little Miss Apalachin 2013. She is the daughter of Julie & Jesse Patrick, and the granddaughter of Stu & Joyce Johnson of Owego and Debra Hamilton of Vestal. She attends Apalachin Elementary School. The Judges were Jan Warner a Captain, Safety Officer and President of Apalachin Fire Dept.; Kayley Morgan, an Interior Firefighter and EMT for the Apalachin Fire Dept and Vestal Code Enforcement Officer; and Caroline Cresente, Apalachin Post Master. Jenna Patrick 2013 Runnerup


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Tioga Downs Casino is ringing in Independence Day with an exciting line up of fun events, featuring cash drawings, giveaways, entertainment and fireworks! Starting on Thursday July 4, celebrate the day with racing and gaming fun! Don’t miss out on a special day of live harness racing, post time 6:50 pm. The last race will be capped off with the biggest fireworks show in the Southern Tier! Tioga Downs is also bringing you special chances to win BIG, July 4th – style! There will be four drawings to win $1,776 in cash every hour from 7pm to 10pm. In addition, commemorate the day with a flag pin giveaway, available while supplies last. The fun continues on Friday July 5, as Tioga Downs welcomes singer/songwriter Michael McDonald to their stage! This next installment of the Summer Concert Series begins at 8pm, with tickets starting at $20. Friday also brings more chances to win, as the everpopular Hot Seat Fridays are back! Be sure to try for your chance to win $250 in Free Play every 30 minutes from 6pm

to 11pm. Next, Tioga Downs wants to “Share the Wealth” with you on Saturday, July 6. From 7:00 to 11:00 pm, one winner will be drawn to win $100 in New York Lottery Scratch Off Tickets. Not only do you win, but the neighbors to your left and right will win $30 in New York Lottery Scratch Off Tickets. Then, at 10pm, UFC #162 featuring Silva vs. Weidman will be playing live in Coasters Sports Bar. The action will be featured on all of Coasters’ Big Screen TVs, complete with Surround Sound so that you don’t miss one second of the excitement. The celebratory weekend is rounded out on Sunday July 7, with live harness racing, post time 1:30 pm. The day’s entertainment will be provided by the Jason Wicks Band, performing live during racing. Tioga Downs Casino is in Nichols, New York. You must be 18 years old to play video gaming machines. Please play responsibly. For more information, visit (1-888WIN-TIOGA).

Colorado, married Dana G. Miller (also of Owego), and continued working for IBM in Boulder until her retirement in 1990. She was very active in soil and water conversation and was a board member and volunteer to the Boulder Valley Soil Conservation District. Cathy was a volunteer for the Boulder County MATHCOUNTS and was an avid member and volunteer for her church, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church. Cathy loved to travel, antique, calligraphy, and was an avid photographer. She is survived by her three sons Dana, Roger (Sue) and Gary Miller (all of Colorado); her brothers Kenneth (Katherine) of Apalachin and Warren (Fern) of Greensboro, NC; one niece Anne Haeling Bechert of Ithaca, one nephew Karl Haeling of Briarcliff, Manor, NY; five grandchildren and five great -children. A memorial service was held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Boulder.

Family Impact Week to Offer Games, Crafts and More Lakeview Chapel will be holding its annual Family Impact Week beginning July 29, and running to August 2, 2013. The week will be filled with activities for children and adults alike. Each evening at 5:30 pm, dinner will be served at the Hickories Park, pavilion #4(M, W, Th, F) and pavilion #5(T), off Route 17C in Owego. At 6:00 pm, kids ages 4 to 12 are invited to an evening of fun at God's Backyard Bible


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All Events are held at Candor Ballpark on Rt. 96, unless otherwise noted Thursday, July 4 10:00am Parade FLOAT THEME: Favorite Disney Movie Chicken BBQ $8.00/dinner 11:00am ‘til gone Carnival 11:00am – 10:00pm Dunking Tank 12:00pm – 5:00pm Bingo 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Music tentatively scheduled) Friday, July 5 Carnival 4:00pm – 10:00pm Kiddie Parade 6:00pm (starts at Ambulance Garage) THEME: Favorite Disney Character SAL sponsored Kids Bike Drawing (ages 4-16) (need not be present to win) 8:00pm Bingo 6:00pm – 9:00pm Fireworks Dusk

Saturday, July 6 –Wristband Day Carnival 2:00pm – 9:00pm (discounted $15/wristband) Comm sponsored Kids Bike Drawing (ages 5-16) must be present to win 6pm Horsepull 12:00pm – 5:00pm (behind Legion with entry fee) Bingo 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Music tentatively scheduled) Candor Community Chorus Concert 7:00pm (Candor High School) Vendor Booth space available $40 for 10x10 or $60 for double For more info: Contact: Liz Bertsch at 659-7925 – or Jennifer Ondreyko at 372-2417


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10U Tourney Now 12U July 15 Hyde Park is the July host to the 18th Annual Owego Baseball Tournament. Eighteen teams are competing in the 10U Tournament from Monday, July 1, through Saturday, July 13. Weeknight game times 6 p.m. Saturdays throughout the day. The 10U has seven B division teams including Spencer Van Etten, Owego, Nichols-Tioga, West Corners, Vestal, Endicott and Ithaca. There are 11 C Division teams including Endicott EYB Black and EYB Grey, Maine Endwell Gold, Blue and Grey, Apalachin, Newark Valley, West Corners, Candor, Owego and Vestal. The 12U Tournament plays from Monday. July 15,

Community Yard Sale

The Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) is sponsoring a community yard sale on August 3, from 8 am to 3 pm at the Creamery 263 West River Road, Nichols. Spaces (12'x12') will be available for residents who wish to participate for a donation of $10 each. For any not-for-profit groups who want to participate, no donation will berequired. CCNN is looking for donations of good useable items for the sale. Clothing, fabric items or books will not be accepted. Items can be dropped off at the Community Care office at the old Nichols Elementary School Tuesday thru Friday between 10 am and 3 pm

through Saturday, July 27. Teams interested in the 12U Tournament may sign up by contacting Tournament Co-Directors Elena or Mike Beyer 687-1316 or email or OLL President Ken Winters 687-4564. Owego Softball Tourney Hyde Park welcomed the Owego Girls Softball Tournament the last week of June. Tournament Chairman Dave York had four teams Candor, Newark Valley, Tioga and Owego in the Owego Minors. Four teams Spencer, Newark Valley, Tioga and Owego competed in the Owego Majors.

and must be received by July 31. The Wappasening Hose Company (Nichols Fire Department) is also hosting an open house and a chicken BBQ from 10 am to 3 pm. The annual Volunteer Appreciation picnic will be held on July 28, at Kirby Park and the annual CCNN Golf Tournament will be held August 17 at Shepard Hills in Waverly. At the golf tournament you can try your luck to win a zero degree turn lawn mower from Lowe’s. Reservations to participate in the golf tournament can be made by calling the CCNN office at 607-414-1018.

Tioga County Veterans News Tasks Needing Community Support Community support is requested for five tasks involving Tioga County Veterans. Korean War Veterans Korean War Veterans are asked to share their stories of “The Forgotten War.” 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Congress has designated this year the Year of the Korean Veteran. Your stories will help educate our young generation. It is becoming increasingly urgent to collect the stories of the Korean War and Second World War veterans as so many have died and those who are still alive are in their 80s and older. It is imperative that the veterans from all services who served in Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, be recognized and remembered for their service and sacrifice Flag Holders Not On Veterans Graves in Tioga County Cemeteries Your mission is to assume responsibility to update veterans buried in the

cemetery you choose. Find out how many flag holders by war era are needed. Later return to the cemetery and place the new flag holders. Fallen Heroes Memorial List for posting inside main entrance at high schools in Tioga County. First action is to develop list of former students who are fallen heroes by war era. In Harm’s Way Volunteers are needed to share your story with an Eighth Grade Student in Mike Bartlow's Social Studies Class at Owego Apalachin Middle School. Riverside Manor Health Care Center Chair a committee to plan a Veterans Day and Memorial Day program for veterans who are patients. Who to Contact? Document your experiences for the tribute to Korean War veterans on the 60th anniversary of the Armistice Signing that ended the conflict, WWII stories and any one of the community support tasks and Email to or phone 687-4229.

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Tioga Downs wraps up Fourth Annual Scholarship Race

Last month at Tioga Downs, five local area high school students got the opportunity of a lifetime in the fourth annual Tioga Downs’ Scholarship Race. The students representing five local area high schools were: Megan Wright of Newark Valley High School, Billy Gilbert of Tioga Central High School, Kennedy Erickson of Elmira South Side High School, Alexander Goodrich of Owego Free Academy, and Kaushik Nagarur of Vestal High School. The five students had participated in training sessions with some of the Tioga Downs’ horsemen over a three week period in preparation for Sunday’s race. Helping assist the students, and also riding in the double seated jog carts with them for the race were Jason MacDougal, Tim Lanpher (driven by James Kennedy), Corey Braden, Fern Paquet Jr., and Phil Fluet. The students raced once around the racetrack in between the second and third race on Sunday afternoon and it

was a tight finish on the wire in 1:15. Billy Gilbert of Tioga Central High School with Fern Paquet Jr. won the event and earned $3,000, Kennedy Erickson of Elmira South Side High School got up to finish second with Corey Braden and took home $2,000. Finishing third and earning $1,200 was Megan Wright of Newark Valley with Jason Macdougall, taking home $800 for fourth was Alexander Goodrich of Owego Free Academy with Phil Fluet. Finishing fifth, but still taking home $500 was Kaushik Nagarur of Vestal High School with James Kennedy. The sponsors helping support the third annual Scholarship race are the Harness Horse Breeder’s of New York State, Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association, New York Sire Stakes, and Tioga Downs. For more information on Tioga Downs, visit

Vendors Wanted

St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Owego, will hold their Annual Craft Fair, indoors and out, on September 14 from 9am to 3pm. They are looking for vendors with handcrafted items only, no commercial vendors. Spaces are $20 plus a donated item for a raffle. For more information contact Elaine Carril at 642-3579 or e-mail

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The Apalachin Lions Club is hosting its 2nd Annual Lion 5K Walk/Run on October 19, 2013. It will be held at the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Day Grounds at 10 am (SHARP) with Registration opening up at 8:30 am. The race will help to benefit the Apalachin Lions Club Activities Fund, with all proceeds going back into the Apalachin/Little Meadows Communities. The entry fee for this is event is $20.00 (PreRegistration and includes an official race T-shirt) and $25.00 (Day of the race, with limited T-shirts available); also a small snack will be available after the race. There will be prizes awarded to the Over winner, Top Male, Top Female, and several different ago brackets. A Kids Fun Run will also take place during the event. For more information about the run, visit the Apalachin Lions Club website at or Twitter - @ApalachinLion5K and Facebook2nd Annual Apalachin Lion 5K Email Lion Jake Brown at

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19th Annual Northeastern Primitive Rendezvous

Return now to those frontiers and outposts as hunters, trappers, explorers and traders sell or barter the pelts and furs for East Coast and European elite apparel. These independent souls scouted and traveled east to west exploring and opening trails in unknown territory. See these pre-1840’s traditions and daily life, keeping history alive so we may know and appreciate the lives of those who came before us. Summer rendezvous was an American innovation where the “go to market” risks were evident, but the financial rewards were great. Southern Tier native, Jedediah Smith from Bainbridge, NY, kept journals of his many cross country exploits. His adventurism opened overland tracts to California, with his chronicles detailing the joys, financial gain, and savagery of the primitive ways. Surviving off the land was the way of life when entering unexplored territory. Begin the track adventure with buckskin, whetstones, knives, rifles, powder, shot, traps, tobacco, pipes and pouch, moccasins, hats, blankets, with a strong mule or ox, and a bit of whiskey. After a long period of time in the wild one’s success

can be determined at the eventual rendezvous. The Rendezvous business was trades, barters, and sale of all things important. Let’s open up the curtain of our minds and explore this gathering. Games of chance, cards, archery, shooting, and knife or tomahawk accuracy were reckless, but inevitable. See primitive talents demonstrated at this year’s rendezvous, such as open hearth cooking, brain tanning, candle and soap production, blacksmithing, and spinning and weaving. Jedediah Smith’s (1799-1831) maps became the ox, mule and wagon trails for points west. Those routes were long and painful. Travel required stealth and strategy, strength and grit. Smith’s maps and directions were published and considered of utmost importance in 1837, six years after his death, reportedly by the Comanches. He entered the untamed west and helped to make the country into one nation. The Primitive Rendezvous will be open to the public July 20 & 21 9am, to 5pm at the Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum, route 38, Newark Valley, NY.

Tioga Journeys Tours 2013 Kicks Off New Season Another summer has begun in Tioga County, and Tioga Journeys has returned in full force. The bus, walking, and kayak tours will once again take tourists and local residents all over the county to visit a wide variety of attractions and sites. The tours take advantage of both natural beauty and man-made curiosities with adventures appropriate for the whole family! Highlights of this year’s schedule include “Days of the Pioneers” on Saturday, July 20—where visitors will see how the pioneers lived, from black powder shooting to pre-1840 campsites— and “Plantation Sensation” on Saturday, August 10, which travels into Cornell University’s campus to give a guided tour of their 50 acre arboretum and botanical gardens. “Charmingly Owego” tours the homes in the historic district of Owego, NY, displaying how architecture and history has shaped this beautiful community’s character. Many other tours are available. This year, Tioga Journeys is pleased to offer a kayak tour that travels down the serene Susquehanna on Saturday, August 24. This relaxingly paced 6-mile trip is well-suited to larger groups. First-

time kayakers and water sport enthusiasts alike will enjoy a safety orientation and kayak lesson at the beginning of the tour. To reserve a spot for this unique Tioga journeys experience, please call (607) 220-3642. Due to the special nature of this tour, tickets will be sold at $50 per person. Most guided tours begin at 10:00 am and, unless otherwise noted, meet at the Tourism Office Visit Center at 80 North Ave, Owego NY. The length of each tour varies. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. Walk-ons are accepted if space allows. Tioga Journeys aims to make every experience enjoyable and affordable. Adult tickets are $12 each, while seniors (62+) are $10. Children (12 and under) are $7. No matter what your hobbies and passions include, the 2013 Tioga Journeys Tours have an adventure for you. More information is available on the Tioga County Tourism website, http://, or you can download the brochure here, or call or email us at to request a brochure and make a reservation today! 1 (800) 671 – 7772.

Home Beekeeping Looking for a truly local source of honey? Home beekeeping might be your answer! Not only do honey bees provide us with this sweet treat, but they are also excellent pollinators – which means that your garden plants will benefit. To find out what it takes to get started, join Sue Garing of the Southern Tier Beekeepers Association for an introductory class in backyard beekeeping. The class will be held Thursday, July 11,

from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Tioga County office building 56 Main Street, Owego. Participants will learn about honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, and how to keep a hive healthy and productive. Cost of the class is $5 per person. To register, please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County at (607) 687-4020 or send an email to

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Tioga Acting Guild Scholarship

Tioga Acting Guild (TAG) donates to the newly created scholarship. Over Mother’s Day weekend, TAG hosted three dinner theaters performing “Lend Me A Wig” by Robin Benesh. TAG is a newly formed nonprofit community theater corporation. Their purpose is to provide entertaining and affordable shows and cultural events. In addition, something which makes TAG unique is its goal to donate portions from their events to local charities. The beneficiary of this event was the newly created “TAG Community Service Scholarship”. TAG awarded $250 scholarships to two graduating seniors from Tioga Central

High School who demonstrated community service involvement. TAG considers itself a community minded organization and wishes to encourage that attitude with the younger generation. The winners of this year’s scholarships were Callie Patsellis and Emily Stansfield. TAG’s next dinner theater will be August 10 & 11 at the Nichols Elementary, performing “I Hate Shakespeare” by Steph DeFerie. Audiences are reminded that the August show will be for two days only and seating is limited. You can learn more about TAG, the ACT that gives back, on their website

Berry Bear Ribbon Cutting The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce announces a Ribbon Cutting Event to be held on 11:30 am, Monday, July 8, 2013 for, Berry Bear Frozen Yogurt. The location is 941 State Route 17C Owego, NY. Berry Bear Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt is made fresh daily with real yogurt and fat free milk. They carry 18 different flavors of yogurt. They believe that people want to make healthier decisions, but also like a rich and creamy traditional frozen dessert more than an icy, bland

frozen yogurt. Berry Bear provides you with flavors reminiscent of your childhood trips to the local dessert shop as well as fruit-based flavors that will suit even the most health conscious individuals. Just like their flavor choices, the toppings bar is a place where you become the master of your dessert. From fresh fruits and nuts to brownie bites and chocolate syrup, the possibilities are endless.

Bike Tioga Gears Up For 2013 This August 3rd, the Tioga County Tourism Office will be hosting the 11th Annual Bike Tioga, an event designed to promote healthy living while displaying the county’s natural beauty and local businesses. Bike Tioga is not a race; in fact, riders are encouraged to stop along the way and take their time. Picnic lunches and local farms have been popular stops in the past, and the event has always emphasized a relaxed, fun environment. This year’s rides are 23, 41, 61, and 103 miles, with various elevations through flat and hilly countryside. The shortest route, “Rudin Farm Ride,” allows cyclists to enjoy the scenery while also offering the opportunity to view the 1800’s style waterwheel-driven sawmill at Rudin Farms and the modern Wagner Lumber Mill on Gaskill Road. The longest route, “Cornell Farms Ride,” circles up to the Cornell Plantations and Farms on Daisy Hollow Road and returns via Irish Settlement Road. In past years, Bike Tioga have been held over Saturday and Sunday, a two

day event; this year, event organizers decided to focus efforts and resources on one day of cycling. “As we looked back to previous years, we decided that holding Bike Tioga on one day only would allow our office to more effectively concentrate on the experience of our cyclists,” says Emily VanScoy, an Americorps member currently serving at the Tioga County Tourism Office. “At Americorps, we really focus on healthy living through community efforts. This event is designed to bring both new and experienced cyclists to our county, and with a lot of hard work and community initiative, I think we can have the best Bike Tioga yet!” The rides all begin at Pavilion #5 at Hickories Park in Owego, NY on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013. Event day attractions will include complementary on-site massage therapists, nutrition and health information, and lots of free food! You may register online at Feel free to call the Tioga County Tourism Office for more information at 1 (800) 671-7772.


From One Arts Arena to Another Stephanie Lange ’12 capitalized on Keuka’s Field Period and other undergraduate experiences when landing her current job. If members of Keuka's Class of 2013 are looking for inspiration as they enter the job market, they should check out Stephanie Lange, who was in their shoes just a year ago. In her time at Keuka, Lange ‘12 of Apalachin made quite a mark. While completing a double major in visual and verbal art and organizational communication, Lange helped found and lead an intellectual exploration group known as Tabula Rasa, worked as the graphic designer for the student newspaper, and completed a bronze sculpture installation of a red-tailed hawk as her senior art project. Now she’s venturing into new ground in the arts, and recently landed what she calls her “dream job.” In late January, Lange started work as the program coordinator for the Schweinfurth Arts Center in Auburn. She is now directing a two-week annual conference, “Quilting by the Lake,” for the non-profit in addition to helping promote the Arts Center’s five annual exhibits, communicating with corporate sponsors, and producing and designing the center’s newsletters and other marketing materials. The annual quilt show convention, held each July on the campus of Onondaga Community College near Syracuse, features more than 30 quiltingrelated classes and lectures, a quilt show and specialty vendors. According to Lange, while traditional quilting styles and methods are featured, there is a focus on modern quilting techniques involving painting on the fabric and elements of geometry, all of which creates an artistic quality. “It’s not like something my grandma does,” Lange said. “The precision required for quilting is difficult to master.” Like others, Lange had been forewarned to expect great challenge finding a salaried, full-time position in the arts field and said that awareness had her raving to her family that this opportunity was amazing. Not only does she help stage exhibits – some in the same measurements she learned as a student assisting with shows in Keuka’s Lightner Gallery – but she can participate in art classes hosted by the Center, as well as meet artists and local residents through Schweinfurth’s special events. The spring exhibit “Made in New York,” featured one artist she had met during her time at Keuka, she said. That exhibit is about to close and installation and re-set of the gallery will begin on a new one, “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers,” a traveling exhibit from the Muskegon Museum of Art. In the fall, Schweinfurth will again host its own exhibit: “Fertile Imagination: Art and Agriculture.” “It’s really full-circle. I get to do a lot of things and it’s really exciting,” Lange said. “I enjoy going to work. I’ve been thrown into this job and it’s really great that I can learn by doing. They say ‘Figure it out—just learn it, just do it.’ The job exercises my mind in many different ways that I enjoy. I’m really happy.” However, since there are so few jobs in the arts, one has to be flexible, willing to relocate and humble in understanding “you won’t be making $100,000,” she added.

While Lange had been working in a graphic design position closer to her hometown, spending eight hours a day in front of a computer was a not a good fit for her, she said. Then in December, classmate and friend Kelsey Marquart ’12, an Auburn resident, sent Lange a Facebook message that if she was willing to relocate, a job Marquart thought could be “perfect” for her had opened up at Schweinfurth Arts Center. While Marquart’s lead “definitely got me to the door, my experience and resume and references was what got me through it,” Lange said, describing how her first internship at her aunt’s quilt shop proved relevant to her new position. “I worked my butt off in college making sure I had good quality Field Periods.” Lange said, using Keuka’s moniker for the 140-hour internship or exploratory experience each undergraduate student conducts each year. Thanks to Field Period, Lange now has different resumes tailored to showcase the variety of skills gained through each one and a physical portfolio that showcases the breadth of experience she built – all of which means an interview can include discussion on the experiences that couldn’t fit on her resume. While most of Lange’s time is devoted to coordinating the annual quilting convention, she’s discovered that work at a non-profit also means lots of pitching in across multiple areas, including the Arts Center gift shop or even setting up refreshments for the Center’s First Friday events where musicians play in the background while guests may tour an exhibit or learn a new skill from a workshop leader. It can also include coordinating daytime art “camps” for children, such as the one she helped organize and facilitate with daily, three-hour classes during the February school break. “I’ve met so many different people via activities. I got to know our board members well and got to talk about art. I’ve been working with a few artists that I worked with at Keuka. I’m able to be in contact with a few local artists I met in Penn Yan. It’s neat pulling it all together and getting to know what people are up too,” Lange said. “My coworkers are all recent grads in our early 20s – we’re all in that same excited, enthusiastic “art geek” stage where we discuss what makes art “art” and you’re able to enjoy that whole thing. It’s really neat.” Lange also wants to look beyond the borders of Auburn and give back to her alma mater by brainstorming with Melissa Newcomb, assistant professor of art, on how Schweinfurth could build a partner relationship with Keuka College. Now that Lange has been in her position almost five months, she is finding more room to stretch her professional wings. After observing a number of juried shows, she’ll serve as a juror herself, in June, for the Keuka Arts Festival in Penn Yan. Lange completed her senior practicum with the Arts Fest last year and said she’s excited to return as a full-fledged juror. “It‘s been a whirlwhind, but it’s been fantastic,” she said. “I love my job. It’s a great setting. There’s always something going on and I’m never bored, because it’s always something different.”

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Owego Gymanastics & Activity Center Golf Tournament The Owego Gymnastics and Activity Center is holding a Captain and Crew golf tournament at Pheasant Hill Country Club on Friday August 16, 2012 at 9AM. Our programs are quickly growing, and our coaches set high standards for the gymnasts. The parents, coaches and board members of Owego Gymnastics work together to exceed these standards, by providing an atmosphere conducive to learning. Stressing the basics, encouraging self-esteem, and allowing for individual growth are incorporated into each program. Our gymnasts receive a solid moral foundation and a strong set of values. Respecting the opinions of others and recognizing proper behavior are instilled in all programs. The Golf Tournament, organized by

volunteers from the gymnasts’ parents, promises to be a large annual fundraiser. The proceeds from this event are used to supplement the capital and programs at the gym. Owego Gymnastics is a 501(c) (3) entity; your donation or sponsorship is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Just $300.00 per team, it includes food at the turn, awards, as well as a steak and chicken BBQ dinner at the end of Tournament. Skins, closest to the pin, longest drive, and other prizes and raffles all afternoon long. For the paperwork to play or become a sponsor please visit our web site at or call the gym at 607-687-2458 .

Training Classes for Election Inspectors The Tioga County Board of Elections will be conducting Inspector training classes in the Hubbard Auditorium at the Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main St., Owego, NY 13827 on the following dates: July 23rd, 10 AM – 1 PM, July 16th, 1 PM – 4 PM, July 25th, 6 PM – 9 PM, July 17th, 1 PM – 4 PM, July 29th, 1 PM – 4 PM, July 18th, 1PM – 4 PM, July 30th, 1 PM - 4 PM, July 20th, 9 AM – Noon July 31st, 6 PM – 9 PM, July 22nd, 10 AM – 1 PM To be an inspector, the New York State Board of Elections mandates that you attend one training session annually.

Inspector’s will be given the opportunity to see the importance of setting up a poll site as it would be on Election Day, review the Supply Bag and Forms, a demonstration on how to “Open the Polls/Close the Polls” as well as how to cast a ballot on the Voting Machine. Inspectors will be paid for attending training and working Election Day. Preregistration is required by calling 607687-8261. Primary Election is September 10, 2013 and the General Election is November 5, 2013.

Explore Books and More at Candor Free Library This Summer There’s more than books at the library. This summer kids – and their parents – will be able to check out everything from digital cameras to Explore Bags. There’s also a book club for tweens (middle grades) and scavenger hunts for families. Dig Into Summer Reading Candor Free Library’s summer reading program begins Monday, July 8 and continues for six weeks through August 17. This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading”. Readers of all ages – from “just beginning” through high school – are invited to dig into new books and old favorites at the library. There will be weekly activities and small prizes, including finger puppets and dinosaur skeletons. Remember to fill out a ticket for each book you read to enter the endof-summer drawing for a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. Preschool children can “Dig In” to books by exploring the backpacks. There are ten theme-based backpacks, including dinosaurs and construction trucks. Each backpack contains two picture books and activities that support math and reading skills. There’s also a “Guide for Parents” that’s chock-full of finger plays and literacy activities. Each backpack comes with a “make and keep” activity book with mazes, dotto-dots and things to cut out and make, such as a finger puppet or something to hang in the window. Tween Book Club This year the library is hosting a “Tween Book Club” for students leaving grades 4 – 6. Pat Musa is leading the book club, which will meet three times over the summer for book discussion, activities and snacks. The first meeting is Wednesday, July 10 at 10 am. They are reading Savvy, by Ingrid Law. Tweens interested in joining the summer book club should contact the library. New! Explore Bags In response to requests by older children for something like the backpacks,

we’ve put together six EXPLORE bags. Each canvas tote bag contains an activity or craft, a book, and materials to get you started. Want to learn how to knit, crochet, use a camera, discover science, weave something or whip up a batch of cookies? Then an EXPLORE bag is just what you need. The knitting EXPLORE bag has knitting needles, a book of instructions and yarn for your first project. The weaving bag contains a loom with enough loops to make something you can use. The cooking bag has a chef's toque you can decorate and keep for when you make picnic lunches... and EXPLORE Science is full of things you can do in your back yard. Fun & Games Last summer’s “find the alphabet” photo scavenger hunt was so successful that Candor Free Library is hosting two scavenger hunts this summer: one in July and one in August. Lists and photos will be available online at the new library blog ( so people can download clues onto their mobile devices. There will be print copies available at the library as well. And if you want to take photos while out on your hunt, check out one of the “kidfriendly” digital cameras for a week. If you are looking for a cool place to hang out on a hot day, the library is the place to be. There is a shelf full of board games, and wireless for those who want to bring their laptops. Or curl up with a good book. Candor Free Library is located at 2 Bank Street just behind the Village Hall. Summer hours for the library are: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-5 pm, on Tuesdays from 2-5 pm and 6-8 pm; Thursdays from 10 am – noon, 2-5 pm and 6-8 pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am- noon and 2 – 4 pm. For more information call the library at 659-7258 or check our new blog at