December 2012 Community Press

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Volume 27


Number 12

Lights on the River The Annual Lights on the River Festival in downtown Owego will begin at 3:00 pm on Friday, December 7. The lighting of the village will be at 6:00 pm, and a fireworks show at 8:00 pm. See page 10 for a list of all events.

O Tannenbaum Holiday Showcase

Kids Can Call Santa 625-HOHO Although he is very busy this time of year, the Apalachin Lions Club has persuaded Santa Claus to take phone calls for three nights in early December. Santa has been happy to do this for the children in the area for many years and is looking forward to again talking to his many young friends so he will know what they want for Christmas. To talk to Santa Claus, call 625-HOHO (625-4646) between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on December 3, 4, or 5.

O Tannenbaum Holiday Showcase is an annual fundraiser for the Tioga County Historical Society Museum at 110 Front Street in Owego. Trees, wreaths, and other items donated by the community are on display throughout the museum as part of a silent auction. Final Bid Night is December 15. Visit the museum to see the beautifully decorated trees on display and bid on your favorite ones. Holiday hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 6pm, and Sundays 1 to 5pm. For information, call 687-2460 or email

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The Newark Valley Holiday Magic Festival will be held on Saturday, December 8, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Above: Santa arrives at last year's festival. For more details and supporting merchants, see page 12.

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Jersey. Stops included Deer Park, NY; Rockaway NY; Deer Park, NY; Staten Island, NY; Garden City, NJ; and Jersey City, NJ. The effort was in conjunction with both the American Red Cross and FEMA.

Vestal Students' Art on Display Student artwork by International Baccalaureate art students at Vestal High School is currently on display at the Realty USA offices on the Vestal Parkway now through December 29. The exhibit features works by 14 IB

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Auditions for 'A Delicate Balance' The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will hold auditions for their February 2013 production of Edward Albee’s 'A Delicate Balance' on Thursday evening, Dec. 13, 2012, and Saturday morning, Dec. 15, 2012. Rehearsals will begin on Jan. 3, 2013, and the show opens on Feb. 8, 2013. Auditions will take place at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine Street in Owego. Parts are available for four adult females in the 30 to 60 age range, and two adult males in the 50 to 60 age range. Auditioners should prepare a two-minute monologue to recite and be prepared to read selections from the script. Call the theater at 687-2130 to schedule an appointment.


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Volume 27 Number 12 December 2012 © 2012 Published by Brown Enterprise And Marketing 7830 State Route 434 Apalachin, New York 13732 Phone (607) 625-2222 or 72-PRESS Fax (607) 625-2111 E-mail: Publisher/Editor ---------- Fred J. Brown Jr.

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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Awarded Grant

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“90 Years of Being like Family” 8 Delphine St., Owego, NY 687-1803

Irene Graven, executive director of the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation, awards Alan Benninger, chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee for the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, a check for $13,000 for roof repairs to the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center. The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players were recently awarded a $13,000 grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation of Owego. The grant will be used to replace the roof over the garage and prop room of the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, located at 42

Delphine Street in Owego. The theater group is grateful for the Foundation's generous grant which enables them to continue to produce live theater for the benefit of Owego and the surrounding communities.

Tioga Downs Donates Turkeys Tioga Downs Casino donated fifty frozen turkeys to Catholic Charities of Broome County last month in an effort to help them reach their overall goal of 3,500 turkeys for helping those in need at Thanksgiving. Tioga Downs became aware of an urgent call for turkeys that Catholic Charities needed to collect within a 48 hour time period. They quickly responded with their generous donation as part of a greater community effort to fulfill the needs of 2,200 local families and to provide for other organizations putting on Thanksgiving dinners throughout our

community. According to Jeffrey Gural, Chief Executive Officer for American Racing and Entertainment, “We are very pleased to support such a worthy cause and help provide a Thanksgiving dinner for needy families.” 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 Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Lucky Leprechaun Calendars Available The holidays are around the corner, and an inexpensive gift that could bring great returns is a St. Patrick School 2013 Lucky Leprechaun calendar. For a $25 donation, and beginning January 1, 2013, the calendar holder has a chance to win 365 possible cash prizes of $50 or $100 based on a daily, randomly-generated, four-digit computerized number. Each calendar is assigned a number. If that number comes up, the calendar holder wins $50. Win on a Saturday and receive $100! Purchase the calendar early, and be entered into an early bird drawing for a chance to win $100 before 2013 even begins. That drawing is held December 15, 2012.


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“GLORY TO GOD” The labor room was a cow stall – the delivery room, the same; The angels gazed in awe – and then the Savior came. The angels now rejoiced and the star shone bright above; The kings began their journey to adore God’s Gift Of Love. The shepherds were amazed at that which they saw and heard – Then they came and bowed before The Flesh that embodied The Word. The young virgin smiled and wondered at all that was taking place; Down deep in her heart she knew that the world was being visited by Grace. The time was just right, we’re told, for all that happened back then; And it looks quite plain to me that it’s time for His Coming Again. Don’t look down or around – just up; keep your eyes on the eastern sky; I hear angels’ wings and battle drums – His Coming Again Is Nigh!

Merry Christmas To You & Yours!!! From Your Friends At The Historic First Baptist Church Of Owego Poem By Rev. G. Terry Steenburg, Pastor / 687-4394




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Community Calendar DECEMBER A Christmas Story - presented by Ti-Ahwaga Community Players on December 6, 8, 9, and December 14, 15, 16, at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine Street in Owego. Call 687-2130 for times/ tickets. DECEMBER 7 Craft Fair - Dec 7, 4 to 8 pm, Zion Lutheran School, 3917 Waverly Rd, Owego. Baked goods, jewelry, and handmade crafts. Continues 12/8 Deck the Hearth Wreath Event Dec 7, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Silent Auction for decorated wreaths, benefits Traci's Hope. At Castle Gardens, 1715 Castle Gardens Road, Vestal. DECEMBER 8 Craft Fair - Dec 8, 9am to 3pm, Zion Lutheran School, 3917 Waverly Rd, Owego. Soup Sale, baked goods, jewerly, and handmade crafts.

DECEMBER 14 Movie "Star of Bethlehem" - Dec 14, 7:00 pm at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center. Doors open 6:30 pm. Admission $5 adults, $3 seniors/ students $16 family max. 698 Underwood Rd, Vestal. DECEMBER 15 Breakfast with Santa - Dec 15, 8:00 to 11:00 am, at Newark Valley Fire Station. Free will offering. Breakfast with Santa - Dec 15, 9:00 to 11:00 am, Apalachin United Methodist Church, 303 Penna. Ave, Apalachin. Features Santa Claus, and pancakes that can be decorated by the children. It's a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play - Dec 15, 7pm, performed by Tioga Acting Guild, at Nichols Elementary. $10 includes dessert. Tickets: (607) 565-9849.

Holiday Magic in Newark Valley Dec 8, 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Santa, Food, Music, Horse/wagon rides, Gingerbread Contest, and more.

DECEMBER 16 It's a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play - Dec 16, 2:00 pm, performed by Tioga Acting Guild, at Nichols Elementary. $10 includes dessert. Tickets: 607-565-9849.

Owego Home Tour/Auction - Dec 8, Tour of 4 homes & 4 businesses in Owego. Afternoon tour at 1:00 pm costs $10, Evening tour at 6:00pm costs $15 and includes admission to auction at 8:30pm at Owego Elks, Front/Church Sts, Owego. For tickets, contact Tioga County Council on the Arts, 687-0785, 179 Front St., Owego.

DECEMBER 21 "Doomsday is Here" Lecture - Dec 21, 7:00 pm, Kopernik Observatory, James Eggleston explains Mayan calendar prophesies. Doors open 6:30pm. $5 adults, $3 seniors/ students $16 family max, 698 Underwood Rd, Vestal.

DECEMBER 9 Christmas Cantata - Dec 9, 7pm, at Newark Valley United Methodist Church, Rt 38, Newark Valley. Features NV Community Christmas choir with "Let the Whole World Sing!"

DECEMBER 25 Merry Christmas to All ! DECEMBER 27 Blood Drive - Dec 27, 1:30 to 6:30 pm, Sponsored by Donald Castellucci at Owego Elks Club. Call 1-800 -REDCROSS to make appointment.





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Greenhouse Grower Education Day On Wednesday, December 12, Greenhouse Growers will have the opportunity to participate at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County in Greenhouse educational seminars presented by Cornell University and Greenhouse industry educators including Demonstration of Bio-Control, Wet-Weather Pests, Greenhouse Energy Management, Case Studies on Biofuels and Energy Efficiency, Water Hardness, BloomIQ,

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The first annual Deck the Hearth Wreath Event, a fundraiser to benefit Traci's Hope, will take place on Friday, December 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at The Hearth at Castle Gardens, 1715 Castle Gardens Road in Vestal. The Hearth at Castle Gardens donated over 60 wreaths to local businesses and community members. They didn't give them any guidelines or price limits. They simply said "have fun"! The wreaths range from classic traditional, to contemporary, to pure whimsy. The wreaths are displayed throughout the Castle Gardens community which welcomes you to come see them and bid on them at the silent auction. While you place your bids on your

favorite wreaths, you can enjoy the season with petite desserts and a hot cocoa bar. Silent auction winners will be sure to walk away with some truly unique and lovely wreaths, perfect for your own home or to give as gifts. All proceeds of the silent auction will be given to Traci's Hope so that they may continue to help local families who are fighting breast cancer in our area. View photos of some of the wreaths at castlegardens/deck-the-hearth/ and at

TADA Holiday Dance & Delights - Dec 9 TADA! (Tioga Artistic Dance Academy) Junior and Senior Company proudly present Holiday Dance and Delights 2012. This event is a benefit dance performance which will take place on December 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, at the corner of North Avenue and Temple Street in Owego. There will be assorted treats and warm drinks to enjoy during the show as well as gift basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle. The dancers will perform from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, and repeat the show again from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. The entrance donation for this event

is $3.00 for ages 12 and over, and $2.00 for children under 12. All proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. TADA! Company is a performing troupe of talented, young dancers who range in age from 7 to 13. They dance in two benefit performances a year as well as local community events. Take a break from the holiday hustle bustle of shopping and decorating to enjoy a warm drink, some delicious treats, and dazzling holiday dancing. For more information call Director Karen Harriell (607) 744-1447.

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Tioga County Veterans News Wreaths Across America Day December 15 National Wreaths Across America Day celebrates its 21st anniversary at 12:00 Noon Saturday, December 15, at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial in Owego and at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C., 740 veterans cemeteries in the United States, 25 veterans cemeteries on foreign soil and naval ships on the seven seas. Volunteers will lay 400.000 wreaths on veterans headstones. Seven ceremonial wreaths honoring Tioga County's 165 fallen heroes will be placed at the Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, World Wars Two and One Memorials, Tioga County Memorial for all who served, and Union Memorial for Civil War and in the Civil War Section in Historic Evergreen Cemetery. Gold Star Mothers/Families and veterans from the American Legion, VFW, Iraq/ Afghanistan and Vietnam Veterans of America and Tioga County Marine Corps League will participate. The wreaths will honor in a very special way those willing to sacrifice that we might have freedom and our way of life, remember so that their service and sacrifice is never forgotten and teach so that those who follow will know and understand and make sure past efforts were not in vain. In Tioga and Bradford Counties, the sixth year mission is to have church congregations and civic organization volunteer to place a wreath at the main entrance to a cemetery of their choice. Families of veterans are encouraged to place a wreath at the headstone of their veteran. Church pastors are encouraged to mention the wreath laying program in their service on Sunday December 9 or 15. American Legion and VFW members in Nichols, Waverly, Sayre, Spencer Van Etten and Candor will hold

ceremonies at veterans memorials in their communities. It is surprising to see the number of veterans who are buried in our local cemeteries. It is worth one's time to drive through, get out and walk through the entire cemetery. There are veterans of the Civil War, Union as well as Confederate, The Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. Remember Pearl Harbor Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Friday, December 7. Those who remember December 7th first hand are asked for their reflections. Five from Tioga County were there that Sunday morning. Owego and Tioga County's first casualty is Seaman Delmer D. Sibley still aboard the sunken USS Arizona. Four survived. Two are living - Bill Kennedy of Owego and Richard Hopkins of Berkshire - and two are deceased - Army Cook Don Stocks of Owego and Marine Buster Dunham of Owego. The American flag is flown at half staff to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Share Your Experiences Tell your stories of your war service in a one-on-one interview with students of Social Studies Eighth Grade Teacher Mike Bartlow. It's a class project to document veterans' experiences and a way for the veteran to be the teacher of history. For More Information For more information, contact Glenn A. Warner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1371 Memorial Chairman Jim Raftis 687-4229 or email



Candor Events

• Candor Free Library Story Hour Every Tuesday, 10:15 to 11:15am, at 2 Bank Street, Candor • Soup or Chile Nights Every Tuesday Night, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, with dessert and drink. Free will donation, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main St. Candor • Open Hearts Dinner Every Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, at McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St, Candor. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one's for you. • Friday Night Feast Fridays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm American Legion Post #907, 90 Spencer Rd, Candor. Menu: 12/7-Pizza, 12/14-Wings & Fingers, 12/21-Spiedies & Sausage. To order ahead or for take out call 659-7395. • Pancake Breakfast Saturday December 8, 8:00 to 10:00 am

Sponsored by the Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. Serving pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee/tea, orange juice and milk. Good will donation. At Beebe Sap House, Route 96, Candor. • Holiday Ornament Give-Away Saturday, December 8, 9:00 am The give-away will be at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main St., Candor • Pancake Breakfast Saturday, December 16, 8 to 11 am Sponsored by the Candor Fire Department. Pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage gravy & biscuits, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate. Candor Fire Station, Rt 96B, 74 Owego Rd, Candor. • Christmas Dinner December 25, 1:00 pm Complete dinner for all to enjoy. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main St. Candor.

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Tioga Acting Guild Donates to Open Door Mission

Tioga Acting Guild’s (TAG) Board of Directors is proud to announce that it became an official Not-For-Profit corporation on October 29 and has subsequently applied for its tax-exempt status. This is TAG’s first fulfillment of its unique mission, to donate to local charities. Due to the success of their recent show, “Mixed Nuts” in November, TAG was able to donate $500 of its proceeds to the Open Door Mission and their holiday food baskets. TAG’s next show will take you back to the golden age of radio, featuring, “It’s a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play”, by Joe Landry for only two days, December 15 at 7:00 pm and December

16 at 2:00 pm, at the Nichols Elementary. These two performances will consist of the “live” radio show and a free dessert for only $10. Tickets can be reserved by calling 607-565-9849. If you or your business would like to become a sponsor of TAG and its charitable activities, contact TAG’s president, Robin Benesh (607-565-9849). Once again, TAG will be donating to a local charitable organization, yet to be determined by the board of directors. Sitting on the Board of Directors are Robin Benesh (president), Mike Benesh (treasurer), Justin Shaw (secretary), Kelly Schweiger, Fred Schweiger, Brandon Benesh, Anne Schweiger.

Volunteers Needed to Help Seniors with Income Tax Filing Volunteers are needed to help senior citizens with filing income tax. This program is sponsored by AARP, and is free of charge for taxpayers. Come and join the group here in Tioga

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Owego Home Tour/Auction - Dec 8

Tioga County Council on the Arts' 32nd Annual Home Tour and Auction on Saturday, December 8, will feature four homes and four businesses in Owego. Flood damage severely curtailed last year’s event—however, homes on this year's tour that were flooded have been beautifully renovated. The tour is a wonderful chance to investigate the history, architecture and décor of homes and businesses in Owego’s Historic District. The four homes on the tour are: 49 Front Street, 275 Front Street (pictured above), 260 Main Street, and 307 Main Street. The four businesses are: 145 Front St., Parkview Hotel; 86 Main St., Ye Olde Country Florist; 31 Lake St., Van Horn Jewelers; and 120 Front St., Tioga County Historical Society Museum. The afternoon tour begins at 1:00 pm and costs $10. The evening tour begins at 6:00 pm and costs $15, which in-

cludes admission to the auction to begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Owego Elk’s Lodge, corner of Front and Church Streets. Each stop on the tour offers light refreshments. The auction will feature many wonderful artistic and collectible items, as well as services from local establishments. Plus, you’ll be treated to a wide array of delectable desserts and fine wines. Tickets may be purchased by mail, by phone (687-0785), or by stopping at the Arts Council offices at 179 Front St. in Owego. Purchase your tickets with cash, check or credit card. On the day of the event, tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Owego Elks Lodge. The Home Tour and Auction is a major fundraiser for the Arts Council. The money raised helps support the many cultural events presented by the council year in Tioga County.

Waterman Center Events 403 Hilton Road, Apalachin, NY 625-2221 Bingo Saturday, December 1 and 15 Doors open at Noon. Early Bird Bonanza at 12:45 pm. Regular Bingo at 1:00 pm. Cash prizes. All paper. Proceeds benefit nature programming at Waterman Center. Easy and fun to play for the entire family. Food and beverages available. $3 Admission. Winter Nature Camp Thursday & Friday, Dec. 27 & 28 Explore Nature in winter at Waterman Center’s Winter Camp, December 27 and 28 from 9am to 3 pm, children ages 6 to 11 years are invited to discover the natural world in winter by hiking,

playing games and other activities. Waterman Center Naturalists will lead activities both indoors and out using the Center’s 92 acres as an outdoor classroom. Enjoy the outdoors in cold weather. Sign up for one day or both days. The cost is $35 for one day if you are a Waterman Center member, otherwise the cost is $40 for one day. The cost is $60 for both days if you are a member, or $70 if not. Bring a lunch, a water bottle and come dressed for the weather. Registration forms are available by calling Waterman Center at 625-2221 or on at the Kids Programs webpage.

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Patty York will be retiring due to health reasons from “Patty & Sami’s Diner at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street in Apalachin. Keith Thomas will take ownership of the diner later this month. Keith will start with the same menu as Patty, with the additions of many new specials. He also plans to start serving dinners later in the month. Patty will be working with Keith during the transition.

Tioga Downs Casino, Vernon Downs Casino Donate $200,000 for NYC Sandy Victims Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs Casino, and Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel are pleased to announce that they are donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross in aid of victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York City. Between Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18, patrons who donated $5 Sunday through Thursday, and those who donated $10 on Friday and Saturday, received a free buffet in Tioga Downs’ County Fair Buffet. Patrons were also encouraged to donate additional funds above $5 and $10, with the total amount generously matched by Jeff Gural. Through these means, as well as with donations from employees, Tioga Downs donated $31,000 and Vernon

Downs amassed a total of $28,000. These amounts, with the help of Jeff Gural’s matching and personal donations, met the combined donation goal of $200,000. According to Mr. Gural, “Our areas know what it’s like to deal with the aftermath of a flood, which is evident by the generosity of our patrons in showing their support for Hurricane Sandy victims.” In addition, Meadowlands Racetrack and Gural are donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey. For more information, go to, or visit them on Facebook.

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Kopernik Observatory & Science Center Events 698 Underwood Rd, Vestal 748-3685 For public programs on Friday nights at Kopernik Observatory and Science Center (KOSC), doors open at 6:30 pm, programs begin at 7:00 pm. Admission $5 adults $3 seniors/students $16 family maximum. Group rates available. ►Movie "Star of Bethlehem" December 14, 7pm - An investigation of the star which is said to have appeared at the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ►Doomsday is Here! December 21, 7pm - James Eggleston


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explains the Mayan calendar prophesies. Previous doomsday scenarios will be explored: the Jupiter Effect, Religious Apocalypticism, Y2K, and other predictions. More plausible short- and longrange threats to the human race will be examined. ►Polar Bear Astronomy – Clear Skies Only December 26-31, 610pm - KOSC will be open each clear night for telescope viewing. Dress warm.

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The McDonald’s restaurant at Hickories Park Road in Owego celebrated its Grand Re-Opening at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 15, marking the completion of a full rebuild. Originally opened in 1976, the restaurant recently completed construction after damages from last year’s flooding forced the restaurant to close. A variety of activities celebrated the re-opening, including a contest where every 10th car through the new double drive-thru lanes won a $10.00 Arch Card gift card, culminating with the 100th car winning $100 cash. A live radio broadcast by WHWK took place from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm to join in on the celebration as well. On December 8, there will be a Family Day full of fun activities including breakfast with Santa from 9:00 to 11:00 am, a live radio broadcast with WMRV from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, craft time from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, and a meet and greet with the

one and only Ronald McDonald from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. “This re-opening not only represents a major reinvestment in this store, but also in this community, and this is our way of thanking all of our customers for their past patronage.” said Beth Dibble, who owns and operates six McDonald’s restaurants in the Southern Tier in addition to Owego. “We greatly value our customer’s patience and are very excited about all of the improvements to the store and how they will enhance our customers’ overall experience here.” The new restaurant includes a modern design with a fireplace and TV that creates a sleek and sophisticated dining experience. The simple, neutral finishes allow the sculptural and architectural pieces to stand out among modern, clean lines. The new double drive-thru lanes will offer faster service and will be open 24 hours.

Historic Owego Marketplace Shop Downtown Gift Certificates Available The busy holiday season is upon us, ready or not, so how about getting an early and easy start to your holiday gift shopping by purchasing an Historic Owego Marketplace gift certificate? These gift certificates can be used at 20 different participating retailers in the Historic Owego Marketplace. Businesses included are: Artisan's Townhouse, Black Cat Gallery, Gallery 41, Grandma's Cottage, Hair Color Cafe, Hand of Man, Home Central, Katie's Kreations, Ls Chicas Taqueria, Original Italian,

Owego Tattoo Co., Riverow Bookshop, Scott Smith & Son, Susquehanna Printers, Tender Loving Care by Maureen, Tioga County Historical Museum, Tioga Trails Cafe, The Cellar Restaurant, The Goat Boy and Van Horn Jewelers. Gift certificates may be purchased either at the Tioga County Tourism Office, 80 North Avenue, Owego or online at the web site: They are available in increments of $25 to $100.


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Apalachin Lions Club Holiday Toy Collection The Apalachin Lions Club needs your help with their annual collection of new or like new toys for distribution to needy families in the Apalachin (Zip C122ode 13732), Campville east to the Broome County line, and Little Meadows (Zip Code 18830) areas. With the generous support of many individuals, and organizations in the Apalachin community, the Lions have been helping needy families for over 50

years with food and gifts during the holiday season, and with numerous other forms of assistance throughout the year. Collection barrels will be in the lobby of the Apalachin Elementary School, Tioga Hills School, Apalachin Pharmacy, and White Tails in Little Meadows, PA, now until December 11. For more information, call Vince Hawley at 625-2365.

The Little Meadows Fire Company has once again put together a collection of historical pictures from the Little Meadows, Apolacon Township, and Apalachin area. These pictures have been compiled into a 2013 calendar. The 2013 historical calendars are now on sale. They are full of pictures from the good old days. If you would like to purchase one of these historical

Fire District Awarded $15,000 The Town of Owego Fire District has received a generous donation by the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. The foundation has awarded $15,000 in funding for the district to install a twoway radio system that will help improve communications capabilities for firefighters and emergency medical responders. The system will link the districts two departments, and reduce radio transmissions over the county 911 system to allow for increased and improved communication between responders across town, freeing up airwaves that are currently shared countywide. The system will also provide more localized coverage, eliminating certain areas where current radios are ineffective. The radio system is currently in the design phase, and is expected to be completed within a year. The Town of Owego Fire District is responsible for fire protection serving the southwest, and northeast quarters of the Town of Owego. The fire district is responsible for providing equipment, administering the annual operating budgets, determining fire district taxation rate, compliance with safety standards and governance of the district. The district includes the Campville Fire Department on Route 17C and the Southside Fire Company on Waits Road which provide the fire stations and volunteer emergency responders to fulfill the needs of the community.

Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm, at Candor Ambulance Garage, 58 Main Street, Candor. Contact Louie Gunn, "President" 659-7726


The Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation's mission is to practice responsible stewardship of the charitable trust of its benefactress, Mildred Faulkner Truman, by providing worthwhile grants to organizations that enhance and benefit the residents of Tioga County, New York. The Foundation wishes to accomplish this mission by encouraging grant requests for critical needs, capital projects and seed money for new and special projects or programs. It is the Foundation's intent that through attention to such requests, the grants awarded will address the community's challenges and make a significant difference.

calendars they are available at White Tails Bar and Grill, Rhonda's Country Cuts, Little Meadows Service Center, Wagner's Store, Smart Choice Cigarette Store, and Fasulo's Deli/Café, or you can call (570) 623-2303, or email The cost is $10. All proceeds benefit the Little Meadows Fire Company.

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! One and all! Holiday Magic is returning to Newark Valley once again this December—Saturday, December 8, 2012, to be exact. The magic begins at 4:00pm and comes to a sad but satisfying end at 8:00pm. The jolly old man in white beard and red suit will land at the village green at 4:00. Children can visit with him—sugarplums dancing in their heads—at the gazebo until about 5:00. Right off the green, from the Rollie Noble Room beside the post office, holiday music will spill out into the fresh, crisp air, along with that distinctive aroma of gingerbread. Let that aroma, mixed with that of hot cocoa, coffee and popcorn, lure you in so you can indulge in Giblin’s Kids' Candy Shop (homemade candies offered by fifth graders at NVMS) or Cake Creations (delicious homemade cakes) or Peppermint Perfection Pink Pigs (from Family and Consumer classes at NVMS). Newark Valley United Methodist Church will also offer homemade soup, bread and pies. Spend your time marveling at all the creatively designed gingerbread houses with a backdrop of holiday greenery and sparkling lights. New this year will be even larger cash prizes for gingerbread house entries judged on visual appeal, use of materials and originality in five categories: adult (16 and up), youth (11-15), youngster (10 and under), group/family and people’s choice (to be voted on during the festival). To enter please call JoAnn Byrne at 642-3906 or E-mail Entries will be accepted on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at the Noble Room. Before you head to the Depot, take your chance on an array of terrific raffle items/baskets including a free raffle for boy's bike and a girl's bike. The Depot, located off Whig Street, will be dressed to the nines with more than 20 decorated Christmas trees and 16 beautifully arrayed wreaths made up by local artists. The wreaths will be offered up for bid in a silent auction. A new addition this year for the young—and not so young alike— will be two model trains on a dioramic layout in the waiting room. Grassanova with Tom Quigley will serenade you with bluegrass-flavored holiday music throughout the evening. Of course it wouldn’t be the Depot without oodles of delectable food—pulled pork sandwiches, chili, sloppy joes, hot dogs with the works, and luscious desserts. Warm your tummy with hot chocolate or mulled cider. And Santa—you remember, that jolly old man with the big heart—will descend upon the Depot at 5:30 to add to his list all the Christmas wishes the wonder-eyed children have to offer. Children can also write letters to Santa and mail them in “Santa’s Mailbox.” While they wait for Santa’s arrival, there will be holiday crafts and cookie decorating—and of course, cookie eating. Horse and wagon rides will run between the village green and the depot throughout the evening. So don your warmest mittens and festive hat and come join in the holiday fun at Newark Valley’s seventh annual Holiday Magic Festival.

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Ti-Ahwaga Players Present 'A Christmas Story' The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will present Philip Grecian's adaptation of Jean Shepherd's 'A Christmas Story' for the eleventh year in a row on December 6, 8, 9, and December 14, 15, 16, at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine Street in Owego. "'A Christmas Story' somehow draws me in year after year," director Kathy Harris said. "I thought I knew the show, having played the mother four times. But directing gives you a whole new perspective. My challenge is to keep it the same warm, wonderful play people have grown to love, yet add enough of my own tweaks and touches to make it fresh and fun." This classic, which is now a Christmas tradition for many families in the region, portrays the riotous trials and travails of young Ralphie Parker on his quest for the one thing he wants for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. His requests for the gun keep getting reproved with a "you'll shoot your eye out" by his parents and even his teacher so he's not real sure he's going to get it. On top of that, his skirmishes with his brother and the school bully leave him wondering if he'll ever make it to Christmas at all. The cast includes Jamie Cornell as

Ralph (the narrator), Doug Benish as the Old Man, Heather Tinker as Mother, Jonathan Langton as Ralphie, Dylan Agan as Randy, Brendan Gillette as Scut, Camden Dyer-DeCator as Flick, Thad Robertson as Schwartz, Sierra Agan as Esther Jane, Kennedy DyerDeCator as Helen, and Meg Barker as Miss Shields. Shows start at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. The Thursday show this year prevents a conflict with Owego's 'Lights on the River Festival.' General admission is $18 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Friday admission for students with ID cards is $10. Sunday admission for seniors 60 and over is $15. Fine wines and beers, in addition to 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 by Keith A. Nichols MD, PLLC; D. Christian Aumock, D.D.S.; and Katie’s Kreations. It's produced through special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill. To reserve seats, call the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 687-2130 and log on to for more information about the theater.


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At the Apalachin Library 719 Main Street, Apalachin 625-3333 • Bow Making Tuesday, December 4, 7 pm Learn to make bows. You need at least 3 yards of wired ribbon (any width). If you know that you are coming, please let the library know. • Knitting in December Tuesday, December 11, 1 pm The knitters are mostly beginners so don't be afraid to join the fun. Knitting teachers available to help.

• Computer Classes Monday, January 7, 1 pm New computer classes will begin on January 7 at 1 pm. Sign up is a must. The first class will be a repeat of PC 101. • Library Hours The library will be closed December 24, 25, and 31, and January 1.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, In a recent local newspaper there was an article concerning the Owego Elementary school building project. One statement that really stood out for me was “having administrative offices attached to the new school are instead now leaning toward building a separate structure”. It has been stated that having a separate building will not be covered by the State. Meaning, if any repairs are needed, the State will not cover them. Of course we’ll hear there shouldn’t be any repairs because it will be a new building. But what about ‘down the road’? Why should there be a burden placed on future taxpayers if it can be prevented today? I believe a few square feet can be carved out of the new Ele-

mentary school to house the District offices. Eliminate the Board room idea, for the District office, and use a conference room. Eliminate the Auditorium idea, for the elementary school, and use the gym. If there is a dead line, like the Superintendent keeps saying, why are there any discussions concerning changes? How large is this new school going to be? What is the proposed square footage? I can’t seem to find the answers on the school’s website. It’s been mentioned that an additional cleaning person will have to hired, so how many square feet are we talking about? Sincerely, Candy Sweppenheiser Owego, NY




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Christmas Cantata - Dec 9 in Newark Valley The Newark Valley Community Christmas choir will present their annual Christmas Cantata, "Let the Whole World Sing!" by Joel Raney, at 7:00 pm on Sunday, December 9, at the Newark Valley United Methodist Church, Rt. 38 in Newark Valley. (In case of inclement weather, the makeup date is Sunday December 16, at 7:00 pm). The choir, directed by Mrs. Jewel Griffith and accompanied by Mrs. Brenda Yeier, consists of members of the

Newark Valley and surrounding communities from many churches far and wide. Christmas is celebrated in more than 160 countries by many diverse people. Yet despite these differences, we celebrate the season united as one kingdom of believers. The hope for peace on earth is shared by all in our small towns, cities and throughout the world. Please come and join the choir in celebrating Christmas with "Let the Whole World Sing!"

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improvements with grants (up to $5,000 that eligible homeowners do not have to pay back), or low-interest loans. “We can help people make their homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, while saving money on their utility bills,” said Euphemia Martin, the program’s Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Southern Tier. “And people often find that their health improves after an energy retrofit, because ventilation problems, gas leaks, mold and mildew are also taken care of in the process.” For more information or to sign up for a free energy assessment, contact Euphemia Martin at (607) 723-0110, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, or email

State financing program can help lower utility bills As the winter months approach and the weather grows colder, many homeowners, especially those living in drafty houses, begin feeling the pinch of high home heating prices. Fortunately, a new program from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) can help people increase the energy efficiency of their houses and save money on their utility bills. The Home Performance Energy Efficiency Program offers free energy assessments of homes by accredited contractors. After the assessment, the program helps homeowners through the process of financing their home

Toys Needed for Christmas Party The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is collecting toys for the 8th Annual Community Christmas Party sponsored by the Tioga County Corrections Association and Tioga Opportunities. The party will be held at the Countryside Community Center on Friday, December 14, from 4:00 until 7:00 pm.

If you would like to donate new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth to 12 years old, please drop the gifts off before December 7 at the chamber office at 80 North Avenue. If you have questions, contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 687-2020

Castellucci's 16th Annual Blood Drive

Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr. will be sponsoring his 16th Annual Memorial Blood Drive in honor of his parents, Donald and Grace Castellucci, Sr. The drive will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 pm on December 27 at the Owego Elks Club. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-redcross or visiting Each year since his father’s death on December 25, 1997, Castellucci has sponsored a blood drive in his memory. In 2010, Castellucci lost his mother to cancer as well, and added her memory to the blood drive. "During their illness, blood and platelets were needed to extend their life," Castellucci explained. "We try to give something back to help others. We have recruited over 500 donors helping 1500 patients to date. We thank all who have joined us in helping others." As in the past, a rigatoni and meatball

dinner will be served to all donors. The family also asks that a food item be brought to be donated to Tioga County Rural Ministry. Cash donations in the Castelluccis’ memory are also accepted and sent to the Rural Ministry as well. "Many sponsors over the years have made this event successful; Roma’s Bakery, The Dugout Sports Bar, The Sports Page, The Vestal Dollar Store, The Ale House, Weis/Giant Markets and the Owego Elks to name a few," Castelluci said. "Of course the donors are what make the event most successful. "During the Christmas holiday we are blessed with family get-togethers, friends, and gifts. On December 27, we all can give the most important gift of the season: the gift of life! Thank you for all of the past support and we hope to see you on the 27th. May all of you have a blessed Christmas and holiday season."

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Vestal Writer Releases First Book Dave Elder, a Vestal writer and a graduate from the class of 1969, recently released his first book, called "Expecting the Broken Brain to Do Mental Pushups -- a Personal Journey to Understanding Schizophrenia and Depression." The cover of the book features a picture of Dave's mother Geraldine, who was also a Vestal graduate, but from the class of 1942. She taught him a lot about schizophrenia, without meaning to do so, and he accompanied her on more than one trip to the New York State Hospital in Binghamton while growing up in Ross Corners. Why a book about schizophrenia and depression? Dave feels that taking the reader along on his journey to get to a basic understanding of these mental issues could possibly help others reach their own point of understanding sooner than they might otherwise, and that someone who, like him, finds themselves in the role of caregiver for a family member or friend with these issues, truly needs to get to that point of understanding as soon as possible. The caregiver's perspective also sets Dave's story apart from the majority of books on the subject, as most of the previous writing related to this topic has come from either the sufferers, such as Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, or from the professional who treat them, such as Dr. Nancy C. Andreasen's The Broken Brain. Ideally, Dave would like his book to

play a role in demystifying these issues for the general public because he believes our society as a whole will benefit from a better overall understanding of psychiatric problems and the people who suffer from them. You can find a copy at Books I Should Have Read in Endicott and River Read in Binghamton, and the book is also available from in print form and as a kindle download. To find out more, visit




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Your donation will help offset the cost of educating the young boys and girls of St. Patrick School!

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Early Bird $100 Drawings!!! Dec 15 2012

Here’s how it works! Your official calendar number is a four-digit number (that you select) printed on both halves of the calendar. The lower portion “tear-off” stub will be registered in our Calendar database. The calendar portion will be mailed to you. The winning number is determined by a computerized 4-digit random number generator and will be posted on our website at . Potential $100 winners on Saturdays & $50 winners on all other days.

Guaranteed $1000 winner on Columbus Day 2013! (If there is no number match, then winners is drawn from “tear-off” stubs.)

St. Patrick School has served students in Tioga and Broome counties for over 150 years. Our philosophy is that each child is an important member of God’s family. Our goal is to create a community that encourages each and every child to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically so that they will love and value themselves and other people. Our objective for each child is high academic achievement, positive self esteem, creation of a sense of responsibility towards others and reinforcement of the Christian and family values that are taught at home.

Mail this coupon along with your check for $25 to: St. Patrick School Calendar Office 309 Front St. Owego, NY 13732 St Patrick School Family School Partnership is a volunteer non-profit organization.

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Ashlee Darrow, 12, of Apalachin, just finished her 3rd annual Paws for Pets to help out Stray Haven in Waverly. She delivered $1,000 worth of pet and cleaning supplies. Ashlee started Paws for Pets because of her love of pets, and she plans to continue Paw for Pets every year. Ashlee thanks everyone who helped her this year.

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(607) 625-9904

Friday Wine Tastings from 4-7 pm Dec 7 Yates Cellars Dec 21 Thirsty Owl OPEN 9 - 6 Christmas Eve

1429 Main Street, Apalachin, N. Y.

Call Earl for an appointment 625-3015

Closed Christmas Day

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