September 2012 Community Press

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Volume 27


Tioga Turns The Tide: Our Community Celebrates A Year of Progress

Number 9

Nichols Community Day Held on Labor Day

The Nichols Community Day Parade started at 10am from Cady Avenue.

One year ago, in September 2011, our community suffered the worst flooding in recent history. The Village of Owego and some community members are working together to recognize the event’s impact on our community and celebrate the progress the community has made in the last year. Jana Inglasbe, Long Term Recovery Committee Member said “Rebuilding is a long process and we aren’t done yet. We believe it’s important to gather as a community and celebrate the fact that we are here, we will rebuild and we will continue to move forward together.” To celebrate the progress made towards recovery the community has two events planned. Starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 7, The Village of Owego is hosting a block party in downtown Owego complete with amazing

specials from downtown merchants, live music and fireworks. The event continues Saturday, September 8, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm as Tioga Opportunities, Inc. hosts a community picnic at the Countryside Community Center on Sheldon Guile Blvd. in Owego. The community picnic will feature a free BBQ, bingo, games, bounce house, and lots of goodies for the kids including a display of fire trucks, free bike helmets and car seats. The fireworks will be launched from Draper Park and are the fireworks originally scheduled for the 4th of July. The Village of Owego and the event planning committee would like to thank Visions Federal Credit Union for their generous support of the fireworks. Details of the events can be found on pages 6 & 12 (Events may be added)

When the girls of Girl Scout Troop 113 heard that the annual Nichols Old Home Day was not going to happen this year because of the damage caused by last year's flood to Kirby Park, they put their efforts together to seek a solution. They girls have come to expect getting together with friends and neighbors for a last celebration before school starts. To

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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, At the August 23, 2012 OACSD School board meeting there was a discussion concerning the new elementary school that is going to be built. A fact finding design committee has been established and not surprisingly there are not any community taxpayers on that committee. There are only district employees. So much for the BOE and the Superintendent wanting the community to be involved in all things related to the school system yet community taxpayers are left out of this process. Does this set a good tone of good will between the BOE, Superintendent, and with the com-

munity? I give Mr. Crosby a lot of credit for asking why the community was not being asked to participate within the design committee, and the Superintendent said it was due to time constraints. TIME CONSTRAINTS???? That is a very poor reason why the Superintendent doesn’t want to deal with the taxpayers even though the taxpayers are paying his salary. Where were the rest of the BOE in asking those kinds of questions? There weren’t any. Where is the cooperation between the BOE and taxpayers? I don’t see it. Sincerely, Candy Sweppenheiser, Owego

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"Death of a Salesman" in Owego The Ti-Ahwaga Players will perform Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" next month. The play is a gripping play of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre. The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic, soulsearching revelations of his life we discover how his quest for the “American

Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. The play will be performed October 5, 6, 7, October 12, 13, 14, and October 19, 20, 21. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 pm, Sunday performances are at 2:00 pm. General admission is $18, Fridays Students w/ID $10, Sundays Seniors 60+ $15. The Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center is at 42 Delphine Street in Owego. For more information, call 687-2130, or go to

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OFA Class of '67 Reunion The Owego Free Academy (OFA) Class of 1967 will hold its 45-year class reunion on October 5, 6, and 7, 2012.

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Tioga County Veterans News Briefs Families Asked for POW/MIA Names for 24-Hour Vigil Ten Tioga County veterans details will honor the brave and patriotic Americans who were held prisoners of war and remember those who are still missing in action at a 24-hour POW/ MIA Vigil on Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial in Owego. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 480 President Bill Chandler invites the public to stop by anytime during the vigil to pay respects. An opening ceremony will be conducted by Tioga Post 401 American Legion at 3:00 pm, Saturday, September 22. Closing ceremony by the Vietnam Veterans of America from 12:45 to 3:00 pm, Sunday, September 23. Participating in three hour vigils are members of American Legion Posts from Owego, Candor, Nichols and Waverly, VFW Posts from Owego and Waverly, Tioga County Marine Corps League, Owego VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Men's Auxiliary and Vietnam Veterans of America. Contact Tioga Post 401 Adjutant and

3RD Vice Commander Tom Simons 687 -5799 or Commander Ed Bidwell 6876880 for more information. Families of veterans are asked to identify deceased veterans who were POWs and MIAs and veterans still living who were POWs for the vigil ceremony of remembrance and for a Tioga County POW/MIA Tribute Plaque. This POW/MIA information has to be redone since it was lost in the September 2011 flood. Email contact information to VFW Post 1371 Memorial Day Chairman or call 687-4229.

Gold Star Mothers Day September 30 Gold Star Mother's Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces. It is a day for you to show your love, sorrow, and reverence toward Gold Star mothers and their families.

Summer Recreation Program Thanks Community More than 70 children enjoyed a summer enrichment program that included field trips and basic swim lessons this year through the Newark Valley Joint Summer Recreation Program, thanks to generous grant from Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. “I am thankful to be able to offer this opportunity to the children of our community,” said Jacia Donnelly, camp director. “Not only were we able to provide a summer of fun activities for our youth, but continue to provide free swim lessons and water safety instruction.” The Newark Valley Joint Summer Recreation Program provides free summer enrichment activities to school-age children in the community. This year, in addition to offering free swim lessons, the children went on two field trips, one to Skate Estate in Vestal, and to Cinema Saver in Endicott. The Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation provided a generous grant of $1,520. This money was used to provide safe busing transportation to and from

the camp to the field trip locations, Donnelly said. There is no charge for the recreation program, which is operated by the Village of Newark Valley and donations from campers’ parents. “It’s thanks to donations from organizations like the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation that we were able to offer this valuable program to the children of our community,” Donnelly said. Other generous gifts were received from the Blessed Trinity Parish. Greenwood Park provided free access for learn-toswim lessons and for free swim time for the children. In addition to the field trip and swimming activities, the Joint Recreation Program provides arts and crafts, games and other recreational opportunities for school-age children in the Newark Valley, Berkshire, and Richford during four weeks of the summer. This year’s program concluded on August 9, 2012. The program generally begins mid-July.

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Apalachin Lions Club News

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The Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, participated in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution August 29 at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking lot, 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. The next pantry is in October 31.

Fall Highway Clean Up Would you like to HELP? The Apalachin Lions club is looking for help with the clean up of Route 434 on Saturday, October 13, at 9:00 am. The clean up crew will meet at BEAM Electronics on Route 434. The amount of time normally spent is approximately two hours to pick up trash on a threemile stretch of Rt. 434 in Apalachin. Please bring gloves, and dress for the weather. All clean up supplies will be furnished. For more information or questions call Lion Vince Hawley at 625 -2365.

Apalachin Lions Club Inaugural 5K Run/Walk Runners Wanted The Apalachin Lions Club is hosting its Inaugural Walk/Run on October 20, 2012. It will be held at the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Day Grounds at 10:00 am with Registration opening up at 9:00 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 $18.00 (pre-registration and includes an official race T-shirt) and $20.00 (day of the race, limited T-shirts available). 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. There will also be a Kids Fun Run during the race.


Immediately following the 5K run, the Apalachin Fire Department will host its annual fall Open House with a Chicken BBQ starting at 12:00 Noon on the grounds. For more information about the run, visit the Apalachin Lions Club web site at or email Lion Jake Brown at .

Back to School Program The Apalachin Lions Club has conducted a Back to School program for the last 24 years. In cooperation with the Vestal Target, $75 gift certificates were given out to help defray some of the cost of getting children equipped for school. Seventy-three children benefited from this program.

25th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest "Imagine Peace" is the theme for the 2012 Peace Poster Contest which the Apalachin Lions Club is sponsoring in two local schools. Student’s ages 11 through 13 are eligible to participate. Students select a medium as outlined in the contest rules and draw, paint, or sketch their interpretation of the theme. The deadline is October 8. Contact person in the schools: Owego Apalachin Middle School - Sue Anderson, Vestal Middle School - Leigh Kaminsky.

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Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural was at Tioga Downs on September 3 for an important presentation. As a way of giving back to those who have so heroically served and protected us, a check for all ticket sales proceeds from the Oak Ridge Boys concert held August 10 at Tioga Downs was presented to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. In addition to the proceeds raised from ticket sales, Mr. Gural personally donated $10.00 for each ticket making a total of $20 for every ticket sold. That brought the amount of the final donation to a remarkable $78,400 for the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. “Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity to help our veterans here in the twin tiers. The Oak Ridge Boys is one of my favorite groups, and the donation is being done in appreciation for all that

the veterans in the country have done to keep us safe,” Mr. Gural stated. Mr. Gural and Tioga Downs have made several notable donations to veteran’s causes, and continue to make giving to such causes a priority. Last year’s Wynonna concert at Tioga Downs raised $40,870 through ticket sales, with Mr. Gural’s $5.00 match adding another $20,435 to the final amount that was then donated to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. Tioga Downs Casino is open yearround with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar and special entertainment events. It is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY. For more information go to (1-888WIN-TIOGA).

Community Picnic Saturday, September 8, 11am to 4pm Countryside Community Center, Sheldon Guile Blvd. Owego • Community BBQ - Free hot dogs and hamburgers • Fire Truck display along Sheldon Guile Boulevard • Free bouncy house & other kid activities from Calvary Church • Horseshoes, Bingo, Ladder Ball and Bocce Ball • Open House at Long Meadow with fresh baked cookies • Sheriff SWAT vehicle display & carseat give-away

• OPD Bike engraving, helmet give away • Free backpacks for the new school year • Project RENEW will be making their famous stress balls and other crafts • WIC tent • Free games for kids • Family Reading Partnership of Owego Apalachin • Catholic Charities of Tompkins Tioga

Community Calendar SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 8 ►Craft Fair and Bake Sale - Saturday, Sept 8, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, indoor and outdoor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 117 Main St., Owego. 20+ vendors, unique gifts, decorations, food items, raffle. Original crafts only. Handicap accessible. ►Roast Turkey/Ham Dinner - Saturday, Sept 8, 3 to 7:30 pm. All You Can Eat. Candor Fire Co. Hall, 74 Owego Rd., Candor SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 9 ►Irish Festival - Sunday, Sept 9, 12Noon to 7pm, St. Francis Xavier Church grounds, Friendsville, PA. Mass at 11am. Music by The Irish Lads and Pat Kane. Food, Games, Prizes. $7 admission. WEDNESDAY - SEPTEMBER 12 Open Hearts Dinner - Wed., Sept 12, 5 to 6:30 pm, McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St, Candor. SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 15 ►Carve Christmas Ornament Saturday, Sept 15, 9am to 4:30 pm. Carve, paint 1-2 ornaments. Adults & ages 12+ w/adult. $15; $12 NVHS members. Bring lunch, 12” ruler, utility knife. Bement-Billings Museum, 9241 Rt 38, Newark Valley. Preregister by Sept 12. Call (607)6425412.

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Owego Native Earns Rare Honor from American Legion

National Commander Fang A. Wong (left); Honorary PNC Dick Pedro (center); and National Executive Committeeman Jerry L. Hedrick of North Carolina (right). An Owego native has become only the eleventh person in the history of the 93-year-old American Legion to be named “Past National Commander of The American Legion” without actually serving a term as national commander. Richard M. Pedro joins legendary New Yorkers Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., and longtime U.S. Representative Hamilton Fish in receiving the rare honor. Delegates at the organization’s 94th Annual National Convention unanimously passed Resolution 1, which officially bestowed the office upon the adjutant for The American Legion Department of New York. “I am absolutely floored,” Pedro said after being sworn in as a past national commander by the current National

Commander, Fang A. Wong, also of New York. “The American Legion is a great organization. I am honored and proud to be a part of it.” Pedro joined American Legion Post 401 in Tioga, New York, 67 years ago after serving in the U.S. Navy. While presenting Pedro a plaque commemorating the honor, North Carolina Executive Committee member Jerry Hedrick said, “These plaques are usually given to men who are about to do great things, but you have already done great things, a lifetime full of great things for your fellow veterans, your country and The American Legion. We know that you will continue to serve The American Legion and all of us will continue to be far better because of it.”

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"Bull in a China Shop" in Nichols The Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) and the Tioga Acting Guild (TAG) pulled off another wonderful dinner/theatre event August 3 to 5 at the Nichols Elementary Gymnasium. Audiences were treated to a delicious chicken and biscuit dinner and then a hilarious rendition of Bull in a China Shop. In spite of the heat, the show was a wonderful success and was enjoyed by all who attended. TAG has partnered with CCNN for several dinner/theatre fundraisers, coming under CCNN’s Not-for-Profit umbrella. However, director Robin Benesh announced that TAG was in the process of becoming its own Not for Profit Incorporation and would be producing future plays on their own. While they appreciate the partnership they have experienced with CCNN, it is time to

make a go of it on their own. This is a big step for TAG, one they are very excited about. TAG’s vision is to not only entertain the community with quality theatre, but to hold other cultural events to both raise funds for charitable organizations as well as sponsor free events for the public. This makes TAG a very unique organization, one in which they hope will receive great support from the communities and businesses in the surrounding areas. TAG is in the process of forming a board of directors and all the necessary paperwork to make it happen. They hope to hold open auditions in the near future. You can follow TAG’s announcements and contact them by liking their Facebook page, or contact Robin Benesh via email (

Gallery Forty-One Features Literary Arts Gallery Forty-One on Lake Street in Owego is venturing into a new expression of art form, the literary arts, by featuring the works of Owego writer and author, R. W. White throughout the month of September. During the Third Friday Art Walk, September 21, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, the Gallery will host an author event and book-signing with Bob White. When asked to explain how writing was an art form, White replied, “In as much as a painter begins with a blank canvas and within weeks or months will have a completed image within a frame, the fiction writer will begin with a blank screen or page and within a year or several years have a completed story between two covers. All writing,” he added, “particularly fiction, evolves from the creative skills of the writer.” Bob White’s 2012 release is The

Secret of Abetifi, a thriller set in West Africa. His other novels are Hotbed in Tranquility and Susquehanna Scandal. He also has two nonfiction books to his credit, Yours Truly, C. P. Avery, the biography of Tioga County’s first elected judge, and Love, Kilby, the true story of a woman’s use of alternative therapies in surviving breast cancer. These books are available in either print or e-book format at Gallery Forty-One welcomes applicants for membership. Pick up an application at the Gallery, or contact Jerry Arbes at 637-2739 or The Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, with extended hours to 8:00 pm on Owego’s Third Friday Art Walks.



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Snowzilla 5K Run Will Kick Off Holidays Help Raise Funds to Bring Snowzilla to Owego's Lights on the River Festival Saturday, November 10, 2012 - Run the Snowzilla 5K to kick off the Holiday Season! Help raise funds to bring the Snowzilla Toboggan Slide (a simulated snow covered hill, snow tube attraction) to Owego for the Lights on the River Festival on December 7. This inflatable toboggan slide is for adults and children and simulates a slide down a snow covered hill. It's a massive attraction and riders board a snow tube for the ride to the bottom of the slide. There is only one Snowzilla attraction in the United States and it's coming to Owego for the Lights on the River Festival, December 7. It will be located on Lake Street.

The Snowzilla 5K will begin on Saturday, November 10, at 9:00 am. There will also be a Kids 1.6K Run at 11:00 am. Pre-registration is $15 and Kids Run is $7. Both runs will be competitive and prizes will be awarded in age/gender categories. All runners will received a free embroidered knit hat, bottles of water, a free ride coupon on the Snowzilla attraction, and a variety of refreshments after the race. Registration and all the information you need can be found on or call 687-7440.

Leadership Tioga Kickoff Leadership Tioga will begin the new program year on Tuesday, September 11, at Turkey Trot Acres in Candor. It is also the same day as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, quite fitting for a program that develops leaders for the community. Leadership Tioga is a program designed to assist, educate, inform and empower leaders. The goal is to develop individuals for future leadership roles in our county. The program is in its 14th year of operation and over 250 people have completed the class. Leadership Tioga enlists candidates

who live or work in Tioga County and are interested in developing their leadership skills and knowledge of community issues, as well as pursuing leadership roles in their community and career. The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to lead this initiative to develop enthusiastic, well-informed leaders who are committed to making positive contributions to the community. There is still time to register, for an application packet or more information contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 607-687-2020 or send an e -mail to

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Ride the United Way on September 22 As part of the 2013 United Way Campaign Kick-off, the Tioga United Way will sponsor a motorcycle ride throughout Tioga County, NY on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The ride will begin at Tioga Opportunities, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego, with registration between 9:00 and 10:00 am. Coffee and donuts will be provided at registration prior to the ride, and lunch will be served at 2:30 pm at the conclusion of the ride. Lunch and refreshments are included in the $15/rider, $10/co-rider registration fee. Four wheel vehicles are

also welcome to participate. There will be “observation questions” and member agency “games of chance” at the various checkpoints along the route, with prizes awarded at the conclusion of the ride. “This event will help fund special allocations through the year, as communities' needs never seem to diminish.” stated Brian Eldridge, Executive Director of Tioga United Way. “Money raised at this event will help the residents of Tioga County by helping here, working here and staying here.”


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Apalachin Youth Football League 2012 TACKLE GAME SCHEDULE* 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 SUNDAY GAME TIMES: 7-8 at 11:45 am, 9-10 at 1:30 pm, 11-12 at 3:30 pm Week #1 Sunday, August 26, Apalachin at Chenango Forks 1** Week #2 Sunday, September 2, Montrose, PA at Apalachin Week #3 Sunday, September 9, Schuyler Co. at Apalachin Week #4 Saturday, September 15, Apalachin at Spencer-Van Etten** (Game Times: 7-8 @3:15pm, 9-10 at 5:30pm, & 11-12 at 7:30pm) Week #5 Sunday, September 23, Tioga at Apalachin Week #6 Homecoming/Senior Recognition

Sunday, September 30, Owego at Apalachin Week #7 Sunday, October 7, Apalachin at Newark Valley** Week #8 Saturday, Oct. 13/Sunday Oct. 14 Playoff Quarterfinals/Consolation Games TBA Week #9 Saturday, Oct. 20/Sunday, Oct. 21 Playoff Semifinals TBA Week #10 Sunday, October 28 SUPERBOWL GAMES at @ Owego *Schedule subject to change. Coaches will pass along any changes to this schedule. **Directions to away games to follow.

Register Now for Business Show on October 4 Interested businesses should register now for the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Show which will be held on October 4 at the

Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center. To register, contact the chamber at 687-2020 or

Getting Ready for CROP Walk This year's CROP Hunger Walk in Tioga County will be held on Sunday, October 21. Sponsored by Church World Service (CWS), CROP Hunger Walks are the oldest hunger-fighting fundraising event in the United States. Church World Service Director, Amy Manning, will be in Owego on September 12 at 7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Union Church. She will be sharing a presentation concerning CROP funds at work including her personal CWS mission trip this past year to Central and

South America. Pizza and soda will be served. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. The Tioga County CROP Walk is a multigenerational, ecumenical, county-wide event held in Owego. It raises funds to respond to critical hunger needs in Tioga County as well as international hunger and disaster relief. The CROP Hunger Walk in the Village of Owego is a 3.6 mile route, with a shorter 1.2 mile walk also available.

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Depot Friday Night in Newark Valley On September 7, the backyard of the Depot in Newark Valley will be the center for a program on astronomy. Jim Eggleston, with the aid of telescopes and star charts, will help participants locate and recognize constellations in the night sky. On September 14, the Irish Stoutmen return to the Depot for the last Depot

Friday Night program of the season. This quartet plays and sings a great mix of powerful rebel songs, toe tapping reels and beautiful Irish ballads. Admission to the Depot Friday Night programs is free, and refreshments are available. Doors open at 6:00 pm and programs begin at 7:00 pm.

Scarecrow Contest at Candor Fall Festival The Candor Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Scarecrow Contest as one of the Candor Fall Festival activities. It is open to Candor residents of all ages, individuals, families, clubs, groups, schools, civic organizations and businesses. Scarecrows may be traditional, whimsical, humorous, mischievous, lovable or scary. Design a scarecrow to depict a Fairy Tale or Fantasy figure or just let your imagination run wild. Any entries distasteful or not family friendly will not be accepted. Businesses, churches and organizations create a scarecrow

depicting who you are. Winner’s Trophy and Braggin’ Rights will be awarded at the close of Fall Festival. There is no cost to enter the contest. Entry due date is Thursday, September 27. The location of your entry will be provided on a map so interested folks can tour during and after the Fall Festival, October 5-7, 2012. Have your completed Scarecrow on display by September 30. Entry information should be submitted to: Hope VanScoy, (607)659-5213,, PO Box 25, Candor, NY 13743.

Orzel Running for New York State Senate John Orzel announced on August 29 at the Tioga County Courthouse Square in Owego that he is a candidate for the New York State Senate.

After the announcement, a reception was held at Democratic Headquarters in Binghamton.

Grant Helps Owego School Buy New Computers Thanks to a grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation, the Zion Lutheran School in Owego is now able to replace old computers in their Computer/Technology Room with brand new Lenova All-In-One Computers. The school also installed new wall storage cabinets, new student chairs, a network printer, white board, and other

miscellaneous media accessories for the classroom in time for the new school year. Zion Lutheran School is at 3917 Waverly Road (Rt. 17C) in Owego. For more information about enrollment in their Preschool to Grade 5 classes, visit or call 687-6376.

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St. Patrick School Fall Festival - Sept 28 and 29 After being cancelled last fall in the wake of flooding from Tropical Storm Lee, the St. Patrick School Fall Festival is back! The Fall Festival will be held from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Friday, September 28, and 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday, September 29, at St. Patrick School, 309 Front Street in Owego. The family-friendly event is a celebration of St. Patrick School and the community, with a weekend full of live entertainment, delicious food, shopping and activities. Flooding of the school’s basement last September lead to the loss of nearly everything needed to run the two-day event. While much will seem familiar to Fall Festival visitors, it is actually brandnew. Throughout the weekend, families will enjoy games in Leprechaun Land for just 25-cents a try. Paddy Bucks are awarded every time, which children can collect and trade for prizes. Food is in great supply all around with Dad’s Diner serving up traditional festival fare and Shamrock Café showcasing delectable desserts. Get in the Halloween Spirit with the always popular haunted house and check out the gently-used costumes in Halloween BOO-tique. Find a “new to you” treasure in Buy the Book and Irish Alley Treasures. At 6:45 pm Friday, the Luminary Memorial Service will take place to honor the memories of loved ones. Purchase your luminaries in advance by calling the school at 687-1770. The cost is $5.00 each or 3 for $13.00. Starting at 5:00 pm Friday, see homegrown talent in “Songwriter Showcase.” Students from the Young Music School will perform in voice, performance, and guitar. Many have competed and won local talent contests, and even auditioned for national talent shows. This year’s performers are Ashley Lux, Lia Scott, Brooke Albright, Eisha Conrad, Amanda Jordan, Kellie Wright, Sara Sienko, Heather Hommel, Jordan Woloch (with Hover), and Victoria Young.

Also performing is "Like Father, Like Son,” an acoustic duo with Edward Kurtz on guitar and Jacob Kurtz on bass playing anything from Bruce Springsteen to America to original songs. Rounding out the set is Martin Neuhard, accompanied by Michael Wu and Jesse Wells. Neuhard has been playing guitar and writing tunes for 20 years. He recently performed at Cyber Café playing songs off his completed debut EP produced by Randy McStine. From 7:15 to 8:15 pm, local fan favorite and teen heaththrob “Hover” returns for another rocking performance. Taking the stage at 8:30 pm and closing out the night is The Randy McStine Trio with McStine, John Kanazawich & Jim Rosati. Expect to hear lots of rock hits and deep album tracks from the '60s through the '90s. Saturday’s performances are equally entertaining. At 11:00 am contemporary Christian group New Day plays a mixture of original, contemporary, and uptempo songs to inspire and uplift listeners. Playing at 6:00 pm is Daphne Braden, who has been entertaining in the Southern Tier since 1997, performing a wide variety of musical styles including pop and rock, jazz, blues, country, and classic hits. She often creates a fun "variety show" atmosphere, with sing-alongs and props for audience participation. Following Daphne Braden’s performance is The String Band, a high energy four-piece Bluegrass Band celebrating 15 years this season. They will perform original and traditional tunes twisting some into cutting edge, modern bluegrass. Rounding out the evening, and ending the weekend on a high note, is Kenyon Hill. Made up of five members, including a father and daughter duo, this folk, bluegrass and roots band is the house band at the Red Barn in Deposit, N.Y., and has been performing for decades. For a schedule of events, visit For more information on the festival, call the school at 687-1770.

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