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Volume 31

Little Meadows Fire Co., Rescue Squad Moves to New Station

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The Town of Owego 2015 in Review

by Donald Castellucci, Jr. Town of Owego Supervisor

The Little Meadows Fire Company and Rescue Squad recently moved into their new station. They received their Certificate of Occupancy and all of the apparatus was moved from the old station (above) to the new station (below) on December 28, 2015.

A grand opening and open house will be held in the spring. Volunteers are always needed for the Fire Company and Rescue Squad. If you are interested, stop by on Monday evenings or talk to any fire or squad member. As the cliché goes, “It’s hard to believe another year has passed!” I am humbled to be starting my 21st year participating in town government. Like with any position there are successes and challenges. With the help of conscientious colleagues and dedicated employees the Town continues to move in a

positive direction delivering the services required along with the fiscally required costs associated with them. As we move into 2016 we are still dealing with remnants of the 2011 flood. Thankfully most of the projects are in the rearview mirror! (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)

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The Apalachin Lions Club thanks White Tails in Little Meadows, PA, for their help with the Lions' 2015 Christmas Basket Program, and for donating toys and food. Pictured, left to right: Apalachin Lion President Jake Brown, Erik Nichols and Brandy Brown.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 10, 2015, for Owego Gardens, an apartment community on Southside Drive/Route 434 in Owego. Owego Gardens will offer 62 oneand two-bedroom apartments for adults 55-years-old and older. The building will include laundry facilities, fitness center, gardens, a community room, and

views overlooking the Susquehana River and surrounding hills. Apartments will be pet-friendly and utilities will be included in the rent. The apartments are being built by Home Leasing. Their communities include Muldoon Gardens in Waverly. www.homeleasing.net

Local Student Receives Scholarship Caleb Goodrich of Owego was one of five Morrisville State College students awarded Caterpillar/Milton CAT Scholarships by the Morrisville College Foundation.

The $2,500 scholarships, awarded to students in the diesel technology/ agricultural engineering programs, are based on academic achievement and financial need. Caleb is a freshman studying diesel equipment technology. The other recipients are Mike Gough, a diesel equipment technology freshman from Munnsville; Jesse Buell, a diesel equipment technology freshman from Eaton; Cord DePalma, a diesel equipment technology senior from Orange, Conn; and Jordan Shurtleff, a diesel equipment technology senior from Strafford, N.H.

SOUP and CHILI NIGHTS every Tuesday 5-7pm Meal includes Soup and "or" Chili rolls, crackers, drinks and dessert. Good will donation. A lot of hometown visiting with your neighbors, friends and family at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 17 Main Street, Candor. Tioga County's

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Development & Planning Dept. Welcomes New Member Tioga County Economic Development and Planning welcomes new staff member Brittany Woodburn, who joined the team on December 28, 2015, as an Economic Development Specialist. Brittany received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in May 2012 from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has three years of experience in loan operations, and a working knowledge of the banking industry. Brittany was born and raised in Newark Valley. She lives in Owego with her husband, Tommy, and son, Dillon.

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Tax Exemptions Seminars Tioga Opportunities will host Property Tax Exemptions seminars (Owego & Waverly) this month. Andrea Klett, Owego Tax Assessor, will offer two presentations on common property tax exemptions that Tioga County residents may be eligible for. Join the Department of Aging on January 15 from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the

Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego, or on January 22 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the Waverly Free Library, 18 Elizabeth Street in Waverly. The presentations are free to the public, but registration is required. Call 687 -4120, ext. 331, to RSVP.

Thanks from Apalachin Lions A long standing tradition in Apalachin has been the Apalachin Lions Christmas Program. This year, 44 families received toys, certificates for food, and gift certificates for children age 15 and younger. Although this program is spearheaded by the Lions, it is a total effort by many people and organizations in Apalachin, Campville East to the Broome County line and Little Meadows, PA. All the food and toys come from community efforts and the Lions club furnishes approximately $4,300 in gift certificates. The Apalachin Lions Club wishes to thank the following for donations or

assistance with this effort: Apalachin Pharmacy, Apalachin Elementary School, Apalachin Library and Girl Scout Troup 40514 and United Methodist Women of Apalachin United Methodist church Frontier Telephone Co., OA Family Reading Partnership, St. Margaret Mary’s Church, Target, Tioga Hills Elementary School, Sweeney’s Market, Tioga County Marine Corps League, and White Tails Bar and Grill in Little Meadows. In addition to the named donors, many contributions of food gift cards or assistance were received from throughout the area.

Food Bank Receives $10,000 from Millennium Pipeline The Food Bank of the Southern Tier recently received $10,000 from Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C. The funds will be used to support the Food Bank’s hunger relief programs, including the BackPack Program™ and Mobile Food Pantry. “Millennium is proud to support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and play a role in helping feed families throughout the region,” said Joseph Shields, President of Millennium. As a New York-based company, we believe very strongly in being an active, engaged

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Volunteer Opportunities for Martin Luther King Day The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announces that in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Food Bank will be open for volunteer opportunities for those who wish to participate in the National Day of Service. As part of the United We Serve initiative, Americans are encouraged to make the King Holiday ‘a day on, not a day off,’ and to make an ongoing commitment to serve throughout the year. Volunteer service – starting on the King Holiday and continuing throughout the year – is a powerful way to tackle tough problems and advance social justice. The Food Bank could not operate without the support of dedicated volunteers, who contributed nearly 45,000 hours in 2014. Interested in getting involved in the MLK Day of Service on January 18th?

Volunteer opportunities take place at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue in Elmira from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Space is limited, and registration in advance is required. Individuals and groups can sign up online at www.foodbankst.org or contact Nancy Jean Perkins at (607) 796-6061 ext. 4043 or njperkins@ feedingamerica.org.

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Thanks for Help with Blood Drive By Donald Castellucci, Jr. Town of Owego Supervisor

I am writing to thank everyone who helped make the 19th Annual Memorial Blood Drive in memory of my parents a success. Without the combined efforts of many people and businesses, we would not be able to continue this drive. Thirty three units of blood were collected in turn helping 99 patients. Thank you to the Owego Elks for hosting this event for the past 19 years. Thank you to the Red Cross employees who always do their best to make sure everyone is treated well and timely. TOPS Markets, Owego,

The Ale House, Vestal, and Jim Roma’s Endicott, always contribute items toward the dinner. Thank you to the media for always making sure the word gets out. Most importantly, I thank the donors, who come each year donating blood, and contributing food and dollars in my parents’ memory to the Tioga County Rural Ministry. Lives are saved and people are fed each year during the season where giving is most noticed. Thank you for the continued support and for giving the most important gift: the gift of life.

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Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs, was presented with the 38th annual "Joe Wolf Memorial Individual Of The Year Award" for community service. Chuck Carver, President and General Manager of WATS/WAVR Radio in Sayre, PA., presented the award during the Tioga Central Football banquet which was held at Tioga Downs last month. Mr. Gural was a speaker at the event, but he was unaware that he would be receiving an award. The plaque reads: Individual Of The Year 2015 Presented to Jeff Gural In recognition of your dedicated and outstanding service to our community.

County Legislature Meeting - January 12 The First Regular Meeting of the Tioga County Legislature of 2016 will be held at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, January 12, in the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium of the Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings will be held in the Legislative Conference Room, the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium, or

Conference Rooms as listed at 56 Main Street, Owego. Individuals who require any accommodation or auxiliary aid may contact the Legislative Office at (607) 6878240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person requesting assistance.

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As temperatures drop, heating costs rise for all New Yorkers. This rise in heating costs forces some to make an impossible choice—pay to keep their homes at a safe temperature or buy the groceries they need to stay healthy. For New Yorkers facing this decision, SNAP could make it possible to do both. SNAP is a monthly supplement to one’s food budget. People who participate in the program are given a special debit card called an EBT card that is used to buy groceries. Because SNAP dollars are spent at local grocery stores, SNAP is helping both the residents of our community and the businesses that serve them.

With SNAP, lower income families, children, veterans, college students and older adults will be able to buy the nutritious foods they need to stay strong and healthy through the winter months while keeping the heat on. Anyone in Tioga County interested in getting more information about SNAP or getting a free and confidential prescreening to find out if they may be eligible to participate should contact Kathi Latson, Tioga County NOEP Coordinator Family Enrichment Network, Tioga County, 1277 Taylor Road Suite 18, in Owego, (607) 697-6721 x1190.

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Pancake Breakfast - January 17 The Candor Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday January 17, from 8:00 to 11:00 am. The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs,

Tioga County Winners in the YES! Safe Choices for Kids annual Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest include (front, l-r) Alvin Gao, Sophia Nierstedt, and Allee Turner (back, l-r) Lourdes Hospital President/CEO Kathy Connerton, Ava Bargesser, Sophia Desisti, Emma Weaver and Senator Fred Akshar. Over 1,000 elementary school student artists from Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties entered the YES! Safe Choices for Kids Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest held this fall. The 35 winners were recognized recently at a reception held at The B-Sens Arena Club in Binghamton. In Tioga County, winning posters were created by Alvin Gao, Allee Turner and Sophia Nierstedt of Lincoln Street Elementary, Ava Bargesser of Owego Elementary, Joanna Merrick, Emily Burrowes and Emily Olmstead of Tioga Elementary and Michaela Lauper, Emma Weaver and Sophia Desisti of Chemung Elementary. Each of the young artists was present-

ed with a personalized certificate and Toys “R” Us gift card. Red Ribbon Week is one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the nation. The tradition of displaying Red Ribbons is a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. Students used their creativity and knowledge about the dangers of alcohol and drugs to design original artwork for the YES! Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. YES! Safe Choices for Kids works to help kids in our area learn skills they need to resist using alcohol and drugs. YES! also provides parents with useful tips and fun activities they can use as starting points in talking about substance abuse with their kids.

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Boy Scouts Working on Citizenship Boy Scout Troop 32 has been working on citizenship and has been helping the community. The scouts have helped the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, the Apalachin Lions Club, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, Allied Christians of Tioga, and the Owego Apalachin Music Boosters.

They have lots of community service ahead of them to finish out their Citizenship Merit Badges. In order to finish the requirements of citizenship in the nation and to reward them for all their hard work, they will be traveling to Albany to visit the Capitol this spring.

Rotary Club News The Owego Rotary Club, a local service organization, annually donates to a number of local charities and community non-profit agencies. Owego Little League, Camp Ahwaga, food pantries, student scholarships, school events, youth camps, and community capital projects are but a few of the recipients of Rotary dollars. Donations have increased over the past several years due to community support of Rotary fundraising activities

such as their poinsettia sale, Strawberry Festival sales, craft fair, and annual raffle. Dollars coming back into the community from Owego Rotary have increased from approximately $10,000 in 2012-2013, to $12,000 in 2013-2014, and $15,000 in 2014-2015. The main objective of Rotary is service in the community, the workplace, and around the globe. By supporting Rotary, you are supporting your community.

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Peter Premock December 23, 2015

Peter Premock, 78, of Apalachin passed away Wednesday December 23, 2015, in the care of Hospice at Wilson Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Anne, and two children, Brian Premock and his wife, Becky of Richmond, Virginia, and Melissa McHugh and her husband, Patrick, of Estero, Florida; four grandchildren, Mallory and Aubrey Premock, Hailey and Abigail McHugh; and three sisters, Helen Telep of Johnson City, NY, Chris Davey of Johnson City, NY and Stella Holowatch of Endwell, NY., and many nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Harry and Martha Prymock; brothers, Metro 'Pep' Premock, Steven & Wally Prymock; sisters, Mary Lyons and Anna Premock; and nephew Rick Prymock and niece Carol Klinsky. Pete was born in Simpson and grew up in Carbondale, PA, where he graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School. After graduating, he served in the Air Force Strategic Air Command at Loring Airforce Base in Maine. He went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in from Broome Community College and spent 30 years as an industrial engineer at IBM Federal Systems Division in Owego. After 'retiring' early, he went on to start his own business with family, MAPPS Recharging in Owego, which he ran successfully for 19 years. Pete was a longtime member of St. Margaret Mary's Church in Apalachin where he volunteered in many capacities and forged lifelong friendships with many families that have spanned decades. He was active in the community and was presented with a 25 year service award from the Apalachin Lions Club in 2014, where he shared many great friendships and memories. An avid outdoorsman, he shared many adventures

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January 2006 - Pete Premock with friends and family at a Ribbon Cutting for MAPPS Recharging in Owego. and a lot of great stories, some that were even true, with family and friends about his fishing and hunting exploits. After enduring too many cold winters, he and Mary Anne spent 17 years 'wintering' with a special group of friends and family at the Friendly Native Resort in St Pete's Beach, Florida. Pete is truly a light who will be missed by so many. Everyone knew Pete. Whether walking down the sidewalks of Owego or by the water on St. Pete's Beach, he was a friend to everyone, quick with joke and always the life of the party. The stories his friends share of his

spirit, friendship and many antics are a fitting memorial to a man so full of life. Visitation hours were held December 29, 2015, at Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home in Apalachin. A Celebration of Life Mass was held at St. Margaret Mary's Church on December 30, 2015. Immediately following the Mass, a graveside funeral with full military honors was held at Riverside Cemetery, on Marshland Road in Apalachin.

Workshop on Cow Comfort, Dairy Handling The workshop “Keepin’ ‘Em Comfy” on cow comfort, dairy handling and public perception will be held Monday, January 11, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Cornell University Vet School teaching barn, McGowan Woods Road in Ithaca. Registration is at 10:00am and the program will begin at 10:30am and conclude at 2:30pm. The cost is $25 per person and $15 for additional farm

members. Please pre-register by January 8, 2016, by calling Jen Atkinson at (607) 391-2660 Ext. 403 or email jma358@cornell.edu. Registration and payment can also be made via the SCNY Area Dairy & Field Crop Team's scnydfc.cce.cornell.edu. For questions, please call Betsy at (607) 391-2660 Ext. 415


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From the Photo Vault—50 Years Ago! Senator Robert F. Kennedy Visits Owego January 19,1966 7 New St., Apalachin, N.Y.

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Photo by: Fred J Brown Jr. January 19, 1966 - Senator Robert “Bobby” F. Kennedy, visited Owego Free Academy where he talked in the auditorium to students and residents who were very enthusiastic about his visit. Kennedy told the students they were fortunate to receive such a good education and encouraged them to become involved in politics and civic affairs. Kennedy also answered questions from the audience. Kennedy’s visit to Owego also included a brief stop at St. Patrick’s School on Front Street where he greeted and shook hands with students and faculty who lined up in front of the school. Senator Kennedy also met with county officials, businessmen and Chamber of Commerce officials. He was interviewed at the local radio station WEBO, met with farmers at the Goodrich Settlement Grange Hall, and met with local Demo-cratic leaders. Photo by: Fred J Brown Jr. After leaving Owego, Kennedy continued his visit to upsate New York with stops in Wellsville and Jamestown. Senator Kennedy arrived by plane, and his visit to Owego lasted about four hours. Robert Kennedy served as Senator for New York from 1965 until his assassination on June 6, 1968 in California when he was runPhoto by: Fred J Brown Jr. ning for President.

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Town of Owego 2015 in Review (Continued from Page 1)

I am sure many of our residents are experiencing the benefits - whether in Hickories Park, road improvements or other projects. Many of the improvements are not noticed everyday but they are helping the town run more smoothly and become more prepared for the next natural disaster. Projects left to be dealt with include upgrades to the sewage treatment plant in Apalachin. There is over a million dollars of repairs and upgrades remaining at the plant as we continue to work with FEMA to finalize the funding. The Main Street well project is in the process of being completed and will be an upgrade to the town’s water delivery system. We have also begun the process of building our Joint Highway Facility with the Village of Owego which will be located on the current town hall campus. The State is providing three million dollars toward the Town’s cost. The project is anticipated to come in between threefour million dollars. This will remove our highway facilities out of the flood plain and prevent future damage in the event of a flood. Also there will be shared services entered into with the Village. This will include office, equipment and other every day responsibilities. There will be a cost savings for both the Town and the Village. The Town will also be reviewing, updating and upgrading the Town Hall. Instead of rebuilding, the Town had a study completed to upgrade the current building, its heating and cooling system and other aspects. The cost of that project could be between $500,000 and $1,000,000 dollars. The extent of the upgrades will be determined by cost and priority. The plans will also depend on the cost of the highway facility. The current town hall opened in 1987. When this project is completed the current building will be 30 years old. The project will extend the building’s life well into the future as well as add savings for future budgets. The good news is, anticipating these projects the Town has set aside most of the funds to finance a majority of these projects. The final costs will be determined as solicited bids are received. The Town will keep the public updated through the Town website, Town Board meetings and the media. I hope you have visited our new and enhanced website, townofowego.com. It is more informative and user friendly. There are many links to state and local agencies, all federal, state, and local representatives, and a snapshot of the town’s history and amenities. The Town is in the final stages of updating its emergency plan. I expect it to be adopted by the January 19th town board meeting. I hope to have a joint public information meeting with American Red Cross to highlight the changes and discuss natural disasters in general. The town highway department was busy again in 2015. With the harsh winter comes spring and summer road repair above and beyond normal expectations. This past year $1,303,178 was spent on paving and maintenance of town roads. Of that, $501,995 was received in state aid (CHIPS funding). I encourage everyone to engage their state representatives and let them know that local governments need funding for local infrastructure both highway and water and sewer utilities. There has been a lot of talk about funding over the past 4 years with little result; especially upstate. The Weitsman Memorial Dog Park opened at Hickories Park, thanks to Adam Weitsman for his generosity. It is already a destination point for many. The volunteers and ODOG group have done an exemplary job of organizing,

managing and maintaining the park with little expense to the taxpayer. Other improvements to the park this year include a new boat launch, new band shell, and new pavement on the main loop of the park. In 2016 more paving is planned as well as a rededication of the band shell. I am also trying to secure a piece of the World Trade Center to create a memorial by the park flagpole in time for the 15th anniversary of 9-11. Revenues are almost back to pre-flood levels. Don’t forget to start making your pavilion reservations early! When most negative events happen there is almost always a silver lining. (I’m the eternal optimist!) With the flood came an enormous amount of damage. With the help of FEMA funding and a little taxpayer funding the park has been completely rebuilt and much more able to handle another disaster with a quicker recovery time. We have a lot to be thankful for in the aftermath. There were permits issued for 9 new single family residents. Commercially one of the biggest stories was the reopening of Wagner Lumber after the devastating fire. The social responsibility shown by Mr. Wagner was second to none. Many other buildings are being built such as Tioga Gardens new soil storage barn. The 23 homes purchased by the Town through the FEMA buyout have been finalized. One elevation grant has been completed as well. Finally, it is with mixed emotions I wish farewell to our Assessor, Andrea Klett, as she embarks on her new opportunity of Tioga County Clerk. The Town wishes her well and appreciates her dedicated service. I welcome Cheri Grenier to fill Andrea’s position. We wish her much success and know that the excellent work ethic Cheri brought to the Town Bookkeeper position will follow her to her new position. I look forward to another busy and successful year for the Town. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or even some kudos on something the Town did well! I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year. May God’s blessing follow you throughout.

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Tioga Center 2015 State Champions Honored at Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs hosted Tioga Central High School’s football team, staff, friends and family on December 21, 2015, to honor the school’s first Class D

State Football Championship win. The Tioga Central football championship has been five years in the making. Tioga was able to propel themselves to a

33-26 win over Ticonderoga High School and ended the season with a record of 12-1. Due to the long awaited win and overall accomplishments of the high

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