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Volume 32

Progress in the Town of Nichols

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The Town of Owego: 2016 in Review Looking Ahead to 2017 By Donald Castellucci, Jr., Town of Owego Supervisor

2017 is looking to be a great year for the Town of Nichols, with the continuing expansion of Tioga Downs - the new casino opened in December and a new six-story hotel is expected to open this fall. Further expansion is happening in the Lounsbury area of Nichols with the future home of Crown located south of Best Buy, and the new Fed-Ex facility located near the Army Reserve Facility. Crown is a leading supplier of metal packaging products worldwide. Lounsberry will be a new beverage can plant

for specialty can sizes. Crown will also produce two-piece aluminum cans in a range of sizes. Crown will address a broad range of beverage categories, including soft drinks, beer, ready-to-drink tea, coffee, spirits, sprinkling water, wine, juice, cider and nutritional beverages. The Fed-Ex Freight Cross Dock Facility is being constructed on a 21-acre site and will have a 24,000 square foot service center with 52 truck docks and 73 jobs

Fed-Ex Photo by Jim Raftis Sr.

Photo by Jim Raftis Sr.

By the time this makes print it will be 2017! It seems winter will make an appearance this year as the snow storms are already making up for last year’s absence. As I enter my 22nd year in town government and longer in local politics, I want to thank all of you for the support, criticisms, and friendship along the way. No one can be successful without the help and support of others. I often quote Clarence the “angel” from “It’s A Wonderful Life”: “No man is a failure who has friends!” I hope I continue to earn that support and friendship over the next year. 2017 promises to be another challenging year as we continue with our final projects resulting from the 2011 flood. We received the FEMA funding to move forward with the remaining Apalachin sewage treatment plant mitigation. That will include moving electrical panels to the second floor and as well as moving administrative offices to the town hall campus. Several other upgrades will be completed as well. The Main Street well house is up and running and a fence was installed surrounding it. Highway

expended 1.4 million dollars on various asphalt road repairs in 2016. The department was also able to reclaim 20 thousand tons of asphalt and crushed over 15 thousand tons of creek gravel. It is anticipated that in 2017 the department will work on eliminating dirt roads in the town. The Planning and Zoning Department was busy taking reservations for Hickories Park’s pavilions the first working day of the year and expect the same in 2017. Building permits for new single family homes remained stagnant. While there has been little commercial activity in the town, we welcome Visions to Apalachin, the conversion of an old barn off Route 434 to a distillery, Upstate Shredding has added “Micro Fines” to their facility for recycling, there will be a new Perkins Restaurant located at the Comfort Inn on Rt. 434, and a new vehicle repair facility is slated to open on 17C across from Tioga Gardens. Hopefully as the economy eventually improves so will additional development in the town. Continued on page 3

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A Most Important New Year’s Resolution Local merchants are always willing to help out by sponsoring and supporting local groups that help our community's children. This year, when you and your children go out to collect funds and get sponsorships for their upcoming spring and summer events, remember where you just did your holiday shopping. Can you really expect a local merchant to contribute to an event to help your children when you spent your holiday shopping dollars elsewhere? When you take your child around collecting, ask yourself, - Did I ever shop here before or is this my first time in the store? If you have never stepped foot in the store before, how can you expect that merchant to give you help now? Maybe you should try going to Sam's Club, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, or some other big chain store and see if they will help you out, since that is most likely where you did your holiday shopping. Next time when you need: your car repaired, your car towed, a new

used car, a car battery, heating oil, sign work, meat processing, ice cream, a limousine, garden supplies, tax services, counseling services, a prescription filled, gas, groceries, carpentry, clothing, a chain saw, a tan, a perm, office supplies, a video to rent, a package shipped, keys made, fire wood, electrical repair, bird seed, pet supplies, sporting goods, stained glass supplies, real estate services, tires, furniture, Christian books, a train set & supplies, an electric motor rebuilt, gas grills, a snow blower, snow plowing, a sub sandwich, pizza, bulk food, copier cartridges, deli meats, lunch or dinner, insurance, memorials, your nails done, new draperies, pizza & wings, an adult beverage, wine & liquor, electronics, or almost anything else - shop at one of your local community merchants. Check out their ads in the Community Press each month. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MERCHANTS, and they will support you. Make one of your most important new year’s resolutions "to support local merchants."

Bethany Livingston Graduates

Bethany Livingston graduated last month from SUNY at Oneonta with a B.S. in Psychology, with High Honor (GPA of 3.7 or higher). She is a 2014 graduate of Owego Free Academy. Bethany is the daughter of Becky and Mathew Jackson of Apalachin, and Howard Livingston of Endicott. Tioga County's

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Town of Owego (Continued from page 1)

Donald Castellucci, Jr. Town of Owego Supervisor

The Parks Department had a busy and successful year. Camping revenue reached its highest level on record. Camping and pavilion rates will remain at the same level as in 2016. There were some upgrades to the park, including paving, electrical, and pavilion improvements. This year we anticipate a re-dedicating of the amphitheater as we will be receiving the grant money for the new facility. We will have our regular concert series in conjunction Tioga County Council on the Arts. I also hope to add a “drive in” night at Hickories! I am looking into a Christmas/Holiday event at the Hickories as well. (Don’t tell the board, they get nervous when I come up with ideas!) The dog park has turned into a great venue run by dedicated volunteers who have kept it up and lived up to their promises. I cannot say enough about their dedication and the venue they have maintained for your pets with very minimal issues if any. If you can volunteer some time or make a donation to help maintain the park, Owego Dog Owners Group (ODOG) would be grateful for your generosity. The Town of Owego’s 9-11 Memorial was the highlight of the year and personally the highlight of my public service. I cannot count the supportive messages nationwide for the project and the remembrance and honor of over 3,000 fallen fellow citizens, including local resident Derek Statkevicus. I hope you have had a chance to visit the memorial and if not, I encourage you to do so. There are a few more additions to be completed in 2017. The fundraising committee is still accepting donations (visit townofowego.com for details). This year’s budget came in with a zero percent increase. The department heads and employees have worked hard over the past few years balancing limited funds, flood projects, rising costs and maintaining services. That combined with some reimbursement from FEMA for projects, the town was able to keep taxes down. This budget includes upgrading our financial programming and budgeting software. We will be increasing safety and security for employees and visitors as well. We hope to move to an increased paperless operation and better communication during emergencies by phasing in iPads for the town board. Lastly, some new things to look for in 2017. Construction of the town’s new shared facility will begin in late spring. This project will locate most town operations in one location and out of the flood plain; a savings of taxes at the federal, state and local

level. At some point in the first half of the year, the town will begin to accept debit/credit card payments. Look for more information in the upcoming months. We also will have installed a drop box with a time stamp to drop payments off after business hours. The rules to comply with town code and tax laws will be posted on site and on the town website. This will be operational in the next week or two. The town has had many calls and complaints regarding the operation of street lights over the years. The town will be addressing the lights within our jurisdiction (approximately 600) in 2017 which includes an LED conversion project. The payback over time will bring savings to the tax payers and those who reside in lighting districts. There is a potential of some outside funding for this project which will shorten the payback period and bring savings to the consumer quicker. Look for details on that in 2017. The town will also be researching a Community Choice Aggregation Program which can potentially save NYSEG customers money on their electric bills. There are going to be several meetings and correspondence in the coming months to explain this program. Please make every attempt to learn about this project and attend meetings when scheduled. Information will be forthcoming. I would be remiss if I did not mention the retirement of Town Clerk, Michael Zimmer. Mike has been a dedicated Town servant and advocate for the Town not only locally, but at the State level as well. His love of dogs and service to the public will always be remembered. We wish you good luck and may you enjoy a healthy and happy retirement. The town board appointed Deputy Town Clerk, Mary Kennedy to the position of Town Clerk. She will run for that office in November 2017. As you can see, we are busy here at the town! My goal over the last couple years has been to try to keep the town on the forefront of technology, service and operational efficiency. No one is an expert on all these matters but when surrounded by talented, board members, department heads and employees things move forward in a positive direction. I have been very blessed to have such individuals around me. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. May 2017 be full of happiness, health and good times for you and your families.

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The Demise & Return of the White-Tailed Deer Ed Nizalowski will present “The Demise and Return of the Whitetailed Deer” on Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard Auditorium, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street in Owego. In the early days of settlement, there were so many deer that some pioneers paid off their mortgage with deer skins. By mid-19th century, white tailed deer were gone due to lack of hunting regulations and loss of forest cover. In the early 20th century the white tail reappeared creating quite a sensation for all the local newspapers. It was also a protected species by this time. Most of the public was horrified that anyone would shoot these defenseless ani-

mals. This would change in the 1930's when people realized that these “defenseless” animals had outgrown their ecological niche. When the white tail became legal game, “Bucky the Deer”, a local wildlife resident, had much to say about his change of status. Local historian Ed Nizalowski will cover how this local drama played out. The event is sponsored by the Sierra Club Susquehanna Group Tioga County Task Force and RAFT (Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga). For more info, contact Erin Riddle, riddleriddle@gmail.com, (607) 372-5503 (texts accepted).

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TOP DOLLAR PAID: Wanted! Old fishing tackle, lures, reels, etc. Some items worth $500. and more!!! Call me first, collector not a dealer so I pay more. John (607) 321-4085 03/17 DOG BOARDING: Pleasant Valley Dog Kennel, 5367 State Route 38, Newark Valley, NY 13811. 40 years in business, indoor/outdoor runs. Daily rates $14 one dog, $21 two dogs same run 607-6428776 12/16 CONCRETE WALLS: Rent or hire us. Bridges, pole barns, driveways, additions. Dixon Builders 607-259-5029 12/16 WOOD FOR SALE: $60 facecord, well seasoned will deliver local to Little Meadows. Call Domenic 570-395-1451 01/17 WANTED: Your classified ad for our February 2017 issue. Please send in form below by January 25.

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Elementary Students Win Poster Contest

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Karaoke

Saturday Jan 14th

Stop in and check out our entertainment Tue –Steak Nite Wed - Shrimp Nite Thurs - Clam Nite

The Terrace The Friendly Neighborhood Tavern Rt. 434, Apalachin, New York 625-3935

Senator Fred Akshar (center) recognized this year’s Tioga County YES Safe Choices Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest winners Zachary Moran, Briana Frey, Adriana Presher, Isabella Gonzalez and Ashlynn Dragoo.

More than 700 elementary school student artists from Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties entered the YES Safe Choices Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest held this fall. The 33 winners were recognized recently at a reception held at the The B-Sens Arena Club in Binghamton. In Tioga County, winning posters were created by Ashlyn Dragoo, Adriana Presher, Zachary Moran and Isabella Gonzalez of Elm Street Elementary and Lauren Medovich, Payton Santulli and Briana Frey of Tioga Elementary. “This contest is a fun way for kids to take a stand against drugs and alcohol at an early age,” Senator Akshar said. “It’s a creative opportunity for kids to reinforce positive decisions that will benefit our schools and communities.” “It’s always great to see kids demonstrating the importance of staying drug free,” Lourdes Presi-

dent/CEO Kathy Connerton said. “The earlier they get started in learning these valuable lessons, the stronger they’ll be in the future.” The young artists were each presented 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 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. www.YesSafeChoices

Ribbon Cutting Held in Owego A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 20, 2016, to celebrate the grand opening of Trinity CASA at 6 McMaster Street, Suite #4 in Owego. Trinity-CASA has been providing substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services for over

40 years. They have offices in Geneseo, Dansville, Elmira and Sayre, PA. The Owego office will provide prevention services to Tioga County. Their office will be open Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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102 Alexandra Pl Endicott NY $ 316,900 MLS:R182640A 4 Bd 2.5 Ba .3 Acres Prop. Const. plans can be modified. 2 story, walk in closets, wooded lot on cul de sac. Financing-lot sales &construction.

80 Front St Owego NY $ 134,900 MLS:R199475A 3 Bd 2.5 Ba .72 Acres Historic district home, 2 marble fireplaces, long park like lot, needs a little TLC. Updated roof, furnace, h20 heater & more.

139 Glenmary Dr Owego NY $ 379,900 MLS:R202005A 3 Bd 3.5 Ba 2.91 Acres Step-less entry ranch with radiant heat, walk in closets, wet bar, gourmet friendly kitchen on park like property.

38 Watrous Rd Winsor NY $ 139,900 MLS:R202108 4 Bd 2 Ba 1.6 Acres Raised ranch with nice views and wood burning furnace. Large driveway with standalone garage workshop. Barn for storage on property.

290 Campbell Hill Rd Owego NY $ 589,000 LS:R203726A 4 Bd 3.5 Ba 6 Acres Wood contemporary on 6 acres w/pond. Geothermal heat, central air, Electrolux appliances, and granite counters and walk out basmt. Pool and large outbuilding w/ guest apt.

319 Broad St Waverly NY $ 49,000 MLS:C205441A 3 story commercial building. Gutted to be renovated to your needs. Newer roof, updated windows, extensive brick work &pointing.

91 S. Main St #1 Nichols NY $ 825/mo MLS:O207217A 2 Bd 1 Ba U p d a t e d & spacious 1st floor 2 bdrm apt in Historic Taylor Building. Lawn care & snow removal provided. Washer/dryer, large dining room & walk in closet. Owner is licensed RE broker

634 Miller Beach Owego NY $ 39,900 MLS:R207695A 2 Bd 1 Ba .33 Acres Seasonal, waterfront 2 story cottage w/ large front deck and view of Hiawatha

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OFA YES Leaders Complete Training

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14 YES LEADers from Owego Free Academy attended a special training aimed at building skills they’ll use to talk to elementary students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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Fourteen students from Owego Free Academy completed their training to become YES LEADers. YES LEADers are middle and high school students who teach elementary school students about skills they need to resist drugs and alcohol, the importance of positive selfesteem in making safe choices and effectively handling peer pressure. The YES Launch training program teaches YES LEADers how to be role models for younger students through different team activities and

educational sessions. Trained YES LEADers are substance-free role models for younger students, who use their leadership to develop resistance skills in elementary school children through interactive activities and age-appropriate entertainment. Later in the school year, Owego Free Academy’s YES LEADers will visit elementary classrooms for their unique, hands-on presentations. Along with presentations, YES LEADers also host exciting community outreach events throughout the year. YES Safe Choices is proudly sponsored by Senator Akshar and Lourdes Hospital. For more information, go to www.YesSafeChoices.org.

Working together on the Pipeline activity is a group of Owego Free Academy YES LEADers. This activity is designed to encourage team work and develop communication skills during their YES Launch training.

Development Corporation Meeting - Jan. 5 The Tioga County Local Development Corporation Annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, at 8:30 am in the Hubbard Auditorium in the County Office Building in Owego.

The Tioga County Local Development Corporation will meet at this same time and location on the first Thursday of each month in 2017.

Bus Trip to NRA Outdoor Expo - Feb. 6 A bus trip is planned to the NRA Outdoor Expo in Harrisburg, PA, on February 6, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The trip costs $40 and includes roundtrip bus and entry into event. The nonstop bus departs 6:30 am from Oakdale Mall. Purchase your ticket now while

supplies last. Only 56 seats available. No refunds. Send your name, address, and phone number along with a check payable to RMEF, P.O. Box 421, Vestal, NY 13851. For information, call Bev Bills at 655-1172 or ken Warner at 953-0116.


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TCRM’S Holiday Cookie Sale was a Success

SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH

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Rhonda’s Country Cuts

668 Maple Avenue, Little Meadows, Pa. (570) 623-4541 Hannah Monell and Morgan Smith eagerly await their cookie purchase from JoAnne Murphy at Tioga County Rural Ministry’s Holiday Cookie Sale. Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) thanks their Holiday Cookie Sale bakers for sharing their culinary skills and thanks everyone who

bought cookies. The sale was a success and TCRM looks forward to seeing everyone at next year’s sale.

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Are you a caregiver for a loved one? Make a positive difference in your life! Join us for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” an educational program designed to empower caregivers. You can benefit from this class whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend, etc. The class will meet weekly for six weeks. You will learn skills to: 

Help reduce stress

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Take care of yourself

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Make tough decisions

Join us at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego) each Thursday from January 26th through March 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Limited seats are available. Please call 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your spot today! This program is being sponsored by Tioga Opportunities, Inc. Department of Aging. There is NO COST to attend this program. Participants will also receive the course book for FREE.


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Adult Precision Machining Training at TST BOCES Jumpstarts Student’s Career ~ ONLY 6 MILES SOUTH OF ROUTE 434 ~

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The first-ever Precision Machining class offered through the TST BOCES Adult Education department was a success, earning one student a job. With 11 hours left to complete in the training, Tony Greenly was offered a position with Advanced Design Consulting (ADC) in Lansing, NY, a leading developer and supplier of complex scientific components and instruments for large government laboratories and corporations around the world. Six students completed the 40hour Precision Machining course through TST BOCES, meeting every Wednesday night and alternate Saturdays for six weeks at Candor High School’s shop. Some were engineers looking to expand their knowledge, others were career-changers and others hobbyists. Greenly reached out to his precision machining instructor, Stephen Lindridge, a month into his new career at ADC, to thank him for his teaching. “Your class really did give me a nice wide range of starting knowledge to build from,” Greenly told his former teacher. At ADC, Greenly is tasked with manual machining, assembly work and will soon start CNC training as well. He says one of the most crucial things he learned from the precision machining class at TST BOCES was how to fixture parts. “He told me that he was he making parts for customers his second day on the job at ADC,” said Lindridge proudly. In the Precision Machining program, adult students learn things like how to measure to a thousandth of an

inch and how to program and operate computer-controlled machines. During their training, they are introduced to CADD/CAM software, CNC machine operation, quality inspection and control as well as the manufacturing process and automation. “We go quite a ways in 40 hours,” Lindridge stated. “Obviously that doesn’t make someone a machinist, but it opens that door and helps them to understand the process.” Adults who complete the course may pursue careers in a variety of technical fields including CNC machining, machine tooling, manufacturing, automation, robotics and quality control. Lindridge says he bases his curriculum on what local companies in the area are looking for in a new hire. Ithaca companies like ADC, Incodema and Stork H&E Turbo Blading Inc. have put their support behind the program; Both Stork H&E and Incodema donated milling machined, and ADC donated a tensile tester, for training purposes. Lindridge was named NYS Technology & Engineering Educators Association Teacher of the Year and is also an International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Teacher of Excellence Awardee. He presently teaches at Candor High School. The next precision machining class through TST BOCES is in the works of starting again sometime in the spring of 2017. The approximate cost of the training will be $800, though scholarship opportunities are available through Workforce NY. Those interested in the program can visit www.tstboces.org/adulteducation or call (607) 257-1561.

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Venison Cook-Off - January 29 Youth Engagement Services (YES), a program of Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach Center, will host “YES to Venison”, a competition cook-off and silent auction to hunt for the best mentors for Tioga County youth. YES Mentor matches Tioga County youth ages 9 to 17 with volunteer adult mentors to help youth get engaged in their community and future through fun activities. “YES to Venison” will be held January 29, 4:00 to 7:00 pm at VFW Post #1371 in Owego. Competition categories include Steaks & Fillets, Stews & Chilis, and Sausage & Jerky. Prizes will be awarded for each category, and there will be a Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award. This year’s People’s Choice Award is a deer hide tanned in the Native American tanning

method by a YES mentor. Additional information about prizes and auction items will be posted on the YES website and the YES to Venison Facebook page as it becomes available. Complete rules are on the YES website along with a printable or online registration form for competitors. Everyone is invited to sample local hunters’ venison recipes. Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person or $20 per family suggested donation. Proceeds benefit the Youth Engagement Services Program. For more information about YES to Venison or becoming a mentor for a waiting youth, call (607) 414-1023, visit youthengagedcctt.org, or check out Youth Engagement Services on Facebook.

Thank You to Blood Donors By Donald Castellucci, Jr.

I am writing to thank everyone who helped make the 20th 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. Twentyseven units of blood were collected in turn helping 81 patients. Thank you to the Owego Elks for hosting this event for the past 20 years. Thank you to the Red Cross employees who always do their best to make sure eeryone is treated well and timely. Tioga Downs and TOPS Markets, Owego provided the dinner items. Thank you to Donoli’s, The Dugout, The Parkview, Sweeney’s

Market, The Terrace Tavern, and Value Home for providing gift certificates for a random drawing for donors. As always, 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.

CyberSecurity – the Do’s and Don’ts! Lunchtime Program on January 19 The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunchtime edition of Bite-Sized Pursuits on Thursday, January 19, at the Owego Treadway Banquet and Conference Center, 1100 State Route 17C in Owego. The topic is CyberSecurity – the Do’s and Don’ts! Does your business have thousands to millions of dollars just waiting to protect your reputation and pay out in legal fees? Do you want to be in business six months from now? Recovering from a cyber breach on average costs businesses

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Citizen U Teens Find Unique Way To Say Thanks Teen Leaders also delivered their handmade holiday treat bags to the School Safety Officers at Binghamton High School to thank them for all they do to keep their school safe. The treat bags and platter of holiday cookies included hand-written thank-you's (pictured below) with the following items: Lifesavers because you save lives, Halos because you are angels, Candy because you are so sweet, Apples because you pick us up when we fall. During 2016, CITIZEN U worked with two teams of highneed, low-income youth in Bing-

In the spirit of holiday giving, Binghamton High School students involved in CITIZEN U recognized all that the Binghamton Police Department's Community Re-sponse Team Officers do for the community. The students serve as CITIZEN U Teen Leaders. The program created by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County focuses on civic engagement and workforce preparation. One of CITIZEN U's major projects is "Operation 4 Cooperation."

hamton to address the health and wellness of seniors, crime prevention, and community safety. Through the “Hunger Champions” projects, the CITIZEN U Teen Leaders initiated a series of intergenerational projects to address the nutrition, health and wellness issues faced by seniors. The “Operation 4 Cooperation” team worked collaboratively with the Binghamton Police Department to foster improved relationships between young people and law enforcement and thereby promote safer neighborhoods in the City of Binghamton.

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Chamber of Commerce Offers On-the-Job Training Funds The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce has announced the availability of On-The-Job (OJT) Training Funds from the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL) for the 2017 calendar year. The Tioga Chamber will be able to offer these OJT grants to the businesses and organizations of Tioga County in order to offset training costs for their employees. The chamber will administer this program in partnership with the Tioga Employment Center. The chamber OJT program provides support to local businesses that are either hiring a new employee or promoting a current employee to a new position. In both cases, the training grant will be used to provide the employee with the additional training needed in order to fulfill the increased

job responsibilities. Businesses can receive up to 50% of the wages paid for each new or existing full time worker who participates in the On-the -Job Training (OJT) program. The Tioga Employment Center will assist the chamber in the screening and assessment of trainees for the OJT Program as well as providing additional assistance with program development and marketing. Employers are urged to take advantage of this fantastic program which begins January 1. Employers should contact Gwen Kania, President & CEO, Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, at 6872020 or Business@tiogachamber.com, or Sheri McCall, Manager of the Tioga Employment Center at 687-8504, or email McCallS@co.tioga.ny.us.

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