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Volume 33

The Town of Owego: 2017 in Review Looking Ahead to 2018

Number 1

New Business Coming to Owego

By Donald Castellucci, Jr., Town of Owego Supervisor

Utica General Peterbilt, with sales and service facilities in Utica, Newburg, Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester have received approval to construct a new facility on Route 434 in Owego at the site of the old 84 Lumber next to Johnson Pools. Construction could start this spring with completion late fall or winter of this year.

24-Hour Casino at Tioga Downs Judge Richard Miller swears in Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr. for his third term as Owego Town Supervisor. The ceremony took place on January 1, 2018, at the Owego Town Hall. This is the beginning of Castellucci’s 23rd year in office. Another year has passed and old man winter has decided to rear its ugly head right on time! I hope your Christmas and holiday was blessed with family, friends, and good times. I want to thank everyone for their vote of confidence this past election. I am humbled by your words of encouragement and to have earned your support and friendship over the past 22 years. As I begin my 23rd year in office, I look ahead and envision another full year of projects and tax savings to be completed during 2018. First, I will provide a quick review of 2017. The highway department paved fifteen roads, the plan to surface treat all dirt roads began but weather affected the operation in winter and summer. The blizzard in March had an impact on budget and planned projects. We are hoping to get reimbursed for some of the costs through FEMA which will help offset budget setbacks. The torrential rains in July compounded the situation. Many roads were damaged and the time it took to repair them further affected the project schedule. There is also a possibility of some reimbursement for that event as well. In 2018, it is expected that the dirt road projects will continue and a schedule of road maintenance will be made public in the next few months.

Planning and Zoning issued 7 new single-family resident permits, 4 mobile home permits, with most of the permits applied for were for additions, such as decks garages and pole barns. Upstate Shredding is building a Dry Media Plant, the distillery in Apalachin is getting closer to opening, a 9,100 thousand retail store by the Millennium Bridge (Dollar General) is approved, the Apalachin Library has a new addition, and the Apalachin Fire Station on Pennsylvania Avenue is near completion. The Parks Department had another busy year. Camping revenue was at $210,226, up approximately $9,000 from 2016. Pavilion revenue was $13,150 slightly lower than 2016. This was welcome news with the amount of rain we experienced during camping season. Construction has started on the dugouts at Muth Park. Court security upgrades were completed and the landscaping project was completed at the town hall. The town hall (outside) was painted (roof to be painted after some repairs), and new shutters were installed on the windows. There will be a new electronic sign installed in front of the town hall in late spring to help with community communications. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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“Thank You” from Apalachin Lions Club The Apalachin Lions Christmas Program is a long-standing tradition in our community, and during Christmas 2017, 48 families (112 children) were provided with toys, certificates for food, and gift certificates for children age 15 and under. 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 donations. Approximately 270 hours of effort were expended and the Lions Club furnished approximately $4,400 in gift certificates.

This project will be incorporated into a strategic plan currently being developed by the Tiger Farm Steering Committee comprised of TCSD staff, community volunteers, agency partners and student members of the Agriculture Club. The community is encouraged to participate in the development of this plan by completing a survey which can be found on the district’s website,


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The Apalachin Lions thank the following for donations or assistance with this effort: Apalachin Pharmacy, Apalachin Elementary School, Apalachin Library, Girl Scout Troup 40514, United Methodist Church of Apalachin on Penna. Ave., O-A Family Reading Partnership, St. Margaret Mary’s Church, Tioga Hills Elementary School, Sweeney’s Market, Tioga County Marine Corps League (Toys for Tots), and White Tails Bar & Grill. In addition to the named donors, many contributions of food gift cards or assistance were received from throughout the area.

Tiger Farm School Garden Receives Funds for Hoop House Project Tioga Central School District (TCSD) will be adding a Hoop House to the school garden in 2018. This project will be funded by a grant from the Floyd Hooker Youth Fund at the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, made possible by generous donors since 2003. A Hoop House will allow year-round educational opportunities and production of food to be served in school cafeterias.

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professional standards are maintained by all company personnel at all times. Prior to joining Ben Weitsman of New Castle in the summer of 2017, Ostendorf spent just under a decade with scrap company Metalico. During that time, he managed Metalico’s operations in Rochester and Buffalo, selling non-ferrous metals and building dealer and industrial relationships. He oversaw 150 employees and helped generate $80 million in sales. Five years ago, he moved to Austin, Texas, to open his own yard, Worth Metal Recycling. Mr. Ostendorf is a Buffalo native and was anxious to move back to the Northeast with his family. Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling is the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, operating 17 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

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At the Apalachin Library

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• Book Discussion Jan 9, Tue, 1pm Readers will discuss “Someone is Watching” by Joy Fielding.

• Book Discussion Jan. 22, Mon., 1pm Readers will discuss “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George.

• Craft Together Jan. 9 & 23, Tues, 2pm Knitters invite crafters to bring their work and join them. This group will be called the “Craft Together” group. Do you knit, crochet, weave baskets, spin wool, cross stitch, quilt, or do a craft? Share what you are doing with others.

• Essential Oils Jan 23, Tues., 6:30pm Physician Assistant Andrea Ochoa will present a program on the benefits of essential oils.

• Library Closed 1/15 The library will be closed January 15. • Friends of the Library Meeting Jan. 16, Tues., 2pm Attend if you are interested in helping. • Board of Trustees Meeting Jan. 16, Tues., 6:30pm Thank you to outgoing board members, Tony Poole and John Deopuria for their dedicated service. New members are Dr. Mindi Townsend, President; John Fallon, Treasurer; and Steve Cruty, Member at Large. • Pajama Story Hour Jan. 18, Thurs, 6:15pm Bring your favorite stuffed friend and your blanket or pillow. Miss Wendy will read stories by Jan Brett. Enjoy a bedtime snack of popcorn and

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• LEGO Club Jan 25, Thurs., 6:30pm Anyone age 5 and over is welcome to attend. The library supplies the LEGOs.

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• Book Discussion Jan. 29, Mon., 7pm Readers will discuss “The Accident” by Scott Pavone. • Superbowl Party for Kids Feb. 3, Sat., 10:30am Preschool and elementary children are invited to listen to books read by a special guest, learn football moves, make banners to cheer on their team, and enjoy game time snacks. Sign up if you would like to join the fun.


• Canned Food Collection Jan. 21 - Jan. 28 The library will collect canned food for a local pantry. If you would like to bring in canned food to pay your library fines, just bring in one can for each 50 cents you owe.

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Judge Boland to Seek Re-Election Justice David Boland, a life-long resident of the Village of Owego, has officially made it known that he will be seeking re-election for the Village of Owego Justice position in March of 2018. Judge Boland currently serves as the Village of Owego Justice, as well as Associate Justice in the Village of Waverly, with his service to the community since 1992. Judge Boland instituted a computer automated calendar and financial system in the Owego Village Court as well as the Waverly Court. He also obtained a $20,000 grant to remodel and install state of the art security system in Owego Village Court in 2012. Prior to his judicial service, Judge Boland was Chairman of the Village of Owego Planning Board which was responsible for adding 12 million dollars to the Village of Owego tax rolls. He is a retired Staff Systems Analyst from IBM-Owego. Judge Boland has adjudicated tens of thousands of cases in his tenure from violations to “A” Felony cases. He has conducted bail hearings, preliminary felony hearings, decided on legal motions, bail, and ordering drug/ alcohol evaluations, along with considering and assigning people community service and probation pre-trial release recommendations, as well as directing people to be placed on probation.



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Judge Boland has more than 500 credit hours with New York State and is fully certified to continue the job. He is a 56-year member of Owego Fire Department Company 3, a 40year member of the Eastern Motor Sports Press Association, life member of the International Freelance Photographers Association, and has owned property and paid taxes in the Village of Owego for 50 years. Judge Boland is married to Kate (Parker) Boland. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandsons.

Vestal Library News The Vestal Library has new hours for 2018. The library will close at 8:00 pm on Monday through Thursday, and will be open on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Vestal Library’s Youth Services department is offering new programs and activities such as a Food Science Program for ages 7 to 12; a Stay and Play for children up to age 6 and their parents, and a Sensory Storytime for


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children with sensory challenges. For adults, the library will continue the well-received Open-Mic Night on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. It’s open for all to perform or simply enjoy listening. For more information about the Vestal Library, call 754-4243, visit, or find them on Facebook. The Vestal Public Library is at 320 Vestal Parkway East in Vestal.

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Developer to Provide Virtual Tours of Owego Properties Nelson Development Group has hired virtual tour provider Small Town 360 to create immersive tours of the company’s seven unique historic properties including the new Gateway building on Front Street, Owego. The resulting online tours will allow a fascinating look into the unique character of each building while showcasing the varied decor of each individual space. The concept is to provide a 24/7 “Walk Through” for people to easily explore the inside of these amazing buildings. CEO of Nelson Development Group, Bruce Nelson, said, “Our buildings provide both residence and businesses with a one-of-a-kind environment meant to not only inspire but to boost pride in our community. We give people the opportunity to see how attractive, exciting buildings exist right in their own town. That discovery calls for a celebration of the incredible historic buildings. I chose Small Town 360 for this assignment because they are a leader in this innovative technology and their commitment to quality matches our own high stand-

ards.” Nelson Development Group, LLC was founded by Bruce Nelson in 2008 for the express purpose of restoring historical buildings and adapting them for a new life. After 30 years experience in the construction field, Bruce is now focusing on this vital aspect of preserving our history with an eye to the future. Small Town 360 is a virtual tour provider located in Vestal. Recent projects include the Quarry Farm (Mark Twain’s summer residence where he wrote much of his best work), The Clemens Center, The Arnot Art Museum, Chenango County Council Arts, Binghamton Theatre, State Theatre of Ithaca, and the Historic Baxter Library in Portland, Maine. For a sample virtual tour of an apartment at The Estates at 231 Main, in Owego, visit http://tours.Smalltown For a sample virtual tour of an apartment at the Jailhouse in Owego, go to clients/751/147/

Theresa Pipher received a grant award from Phyllis Rynone and Gail Barton representing the Tioga County Advisory Committee of the Community Foun-dation for the Twin Tiers. The award was from the Hooker Fund of the CFTT and will be used by the Carantouan Greenway to present educational outreach on the Deer Tick and Lyme Disease To Waverly’s eighth graders.

On-the-Job Training Funds Available The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce has announced the continued availability of On-The-Job (OJT) Training Funds from the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL) for the 2018 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 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-theJob Training (OJT) program. In 2017 the Tioga Chamber of Commerce processed approximately 30 OJT contracts and provided just over $110,000 in assistance to these Tioga County employers. The Tioga Employment Center assists 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 began January 1. For more information about the OJT program call Gwen Kania, President & CEO, Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, at 687-2020, or email or Sheri McCall, Manager of the Tioga Employment Center at 687-8504, or email

Letter to the Editor

Thanks for Supporting Blood Drive

December 27, 2017 Dear Editor I am writing to thank everyone who helped make the 21st 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. Twenty-one units of blood were collected in turn helping 63 patients. Thank you to the Owego Elks for hosting this event for the past 21 years. Thank you to the Red Cross employees who always do their best to make sure everyone is treated well and timely. Tioga Downs, TOPS Markets, and Ka-

ren and John Hawley provided the dinner items. 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. Sincerely, Donald Castellucci, Jr. Town of Owego Supervisor


County Legislature Meeting - January 16 The first regular meeting of the Tioga County Legislature will be held on Tuesday, January 16, at 12:00 pm in the auditorium of the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings will be held in the auditorium or a conference room as listed at the location. Individuals requiring any accommodation or auxiliary aid may contact the Legislative Office at 687-8240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person requesting assistance.

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Fifteen 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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Fifteen 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 self-esteem 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 re-

sistance skills in elementary school children through interactive activities and age-appropriate entertainment. Throughout the year, Owego Free Academy’s YES LEADers will visit classrooms for their unique, handson presentations. Owego Free Academy YES LEADers are also committed to helping their community. Each year, in addition to visiting classrooms, they put together exciting events including hosting a Free Family Movie Night. YES Safe Choices is proudly sponsored by Senator Akshar and Lourdes Hospital.

Left to Right: Owego Free Academy YES LEADers Mackenzie Bowen, Mariah Hogg, and Ashley Craig work together on Cup Tower, an activity designed to encourage problem-solving and communication during their YES Launch training.

Tioga Co. Public Health Awarded $300,000 for Mobile Dental Program Expansion The Regional Economic Development Council awarded $300,000 to Tioga Couny for the expansion of the Tioga Mobile Dental Program. The money will be used to buy a new mobile dental vehicle which will allow for additional service sites in the county. Tioga County Legislative Chair, Martha Sauerbrey said, “The current mobile dental trailer addresses the unmet dental needs of Tioga County. After 14 years, the current trailer has

served its purpose and is identified as needing replacement.” Since 2003, Tioga Mobile Dental Program has served over 10,000 Tioga County residents. Tioga County children and adults are seen at various sites throughout the county including schools and community centers. Other sources of funding for the new mobile dental vehicle include the Appalachian Regional Commission and F. Hooker Foundation.




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Four generations of the M. William Becker family recently enjoyed the Christmas tea at the Pumpelly Bed and Breakfast in Owego. Those pictured were at the tea to celebrate Betty Lou Becker's 85th birthday. The tea was hosted by Christine Baust and a wonderful time was had by all. The Becker clan recommends the tea to anyone interested in a fun

and light hearted dining experience. Those pictured include back row: Bethany O'Rourke, Makenzie O'Rourke, Betty Lou Becker, (Courtney Hand-behind Betty Lou), Brenda Cronk, Bonnie Hand, Braiden DiMasi, Kyla Lavery, front row: Sarah Gilliland, Ella Gilliland, Madelyn Lavery, Jackson DiMasi and Betsy Knapp.

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The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers has approveed the 2017 Floyd Hooker youth grants for Tioga, County NY. Six non-profit organizations received a total of $21,700. They are: Catholic Charities Tompkins and Tioga Counties received $4,720 for their After-School YES Club. The funds will be used to implement six activities for students in after-school program, YES Club, in partnership with Newark Valley and Spencer-VanEtten High Schools and for special assistance. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier received $2,500 for the expansion of the BackPack Program of Tioga County which provides food for children to supplement weekends and holiday meals during the school year. Candor Central School District received $1,750 to for Laugh-ALot Poetry to visit Candor Elementary School in the 2017-2018 school year.

Carantouan Greenway received $1,230 for the Tick & Lyme Disease Education Program. This project follows the Greenway’s highly successful 2016 Tick and Lyme Disease educational awarenesssignage campaign, and will build on those relationships and findings, to expand programming to the youth at Tioga County schools. Owego VFW Post 1371 received $4,000 for the Children’s Christmas Party Program for Tioga County children 12 years of age and under, and to give over 225 atrisk children an enjoyable holiday experience. Tioga Central School District received $7,500 for Funds for Hoop House. The money will be used to buy material for Hoop House to allow year round agriculture lessons in conjunction with the school garden. The Hoop House will be constructed by the HS Technology Class and community volunteers to meet the needs of school.

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The Owego Community Bank N.A. Branch located at the Fairgrounds Plaza on Main Street, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 26. 1998 The new full-service bank features a drive-up ATM, safe deposit boxes, and agricultural and commercial loan services.

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Senator Fred Akshar (right) recognized Tioga County winners (left to right) Grace Spaulding, Olivia Cipollina, Kiara Carson, Jade Keaty, Hannah Carpenter, and Makenzie Buchanan in the YES Safe Choices Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. More than 500 elementary school student artists from Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga counties entered the YES Safe Choices Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest held last fall. The 35 winners were recognized recently at a reception held at the Binghamton Devils Arena Club in Binghamton. In Tioga County, winning posters were created by Makenzie Buchanan, Hannah Carpenter, Grace Spaulding, Olivia Cipollina, Kiara Carson, and Makenzie Furlong of Elm Street Elementary in Waverly, and Jade Keaty of Tioga Central Elementary School in Tioga Center. “This contest is a fun way for kids to use their creativity to take a stand against drugs and alcohol,” Senator Akshar said. “These kids should be proud, not only of their artwork, but of the important, positive message that they’re sending to their community. I know I couldn’t be prouder.” “It’s always great to see the creative

ways that the contest winners illustrate these valuable, drug-free lessons,” Lourdes President/CEO Kathy Connerton said. “The earlier they begin demonstrating the importance of making positive decisions, the stronger they’ll be in the future.” The young artists were each presented with a personalized certificate and a 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.




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Learn about Trusts - January 9 Tioga Opportunities’ Department of Aging will host “A Matter of Trust” on Tuesday, January 9, from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Noble Room at the Newark Valley Village Municipal Building at 9 Park Street in Newark Valley. Attorney Greg S. Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, will provide information about this important

aspect of estate planning, addressing such questions as: What are Trusts? How do Trusts work and when might I need one? Can I use a Trust to protect my assets? How do Trusts and Wills differ? Call 687-4120, ext. 331, to reserve your seat. Informational packets will be available upon request.



Apalachin Fire District News

An Open Letter to the AFD District Taxpayers by Brian Rieber Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners

Apalachin Fire Department’s new Station 1 on Pennsylvania Avenue

Dear Apalachin Taxpayers: The capital project for Station 1 on Pennsylvania Avenue is nearing completion as you read this letter and we expect to take possession in January and resume normal operations out of Station 1 in February 2018. The new station represents a major milestone in your volunteer Fire Department’s 105-year history. The new station will provide the needed space to accommodate the larger size of fire apparatus over the past half a century as well as adequate meeting space, offices, and storage. The garage bays will host mezzanines for additional storage and mechanical equipment that made cost effective use of the space without adding square footage to our footprint. Throughout the station, consideration was given by the Building Committee to ensure there are ample training opportunities for our firefighters to leverage once in the new space. During the Fire Commissioner election held the second Tuesday of December by NYS law, local resident and past Apalachin Fire Chief Bill Prentice was successful. The Board of Fire Commissioners welcomes our newest Commissioner and looks forward to working together in 2018 to best serve the Fire District. There is no shortage of priorities including improving EMS coverage, being the best possible

stewards of your tax dollars, and ensuring we meet the mission of the Fire District. Over the past few weeks, I’ve received numerous calls and messages asking what the community can do to support your volunteer fire department. First and foremost, you can volunteer. Applications can be found at If you are unable to volunteer yourself, support those that do. This can be as simple as babysitting Wednesday nights so volunteers can attend weekly drills or perhaps being ‘on call’ to babysit when a volunteer needs to respond to a 911 call. Finally, your donations have been instrumental in implementing our water rescue team and creating training opportunities for our volunteers. We will be planning an open house as we settle into the new station. We will communicate that once it develops and look forward to seeing you at the new station. In the interim, thank you all for your support of our volunteer firefighters. If you have any questions, compliments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me with the details below. Sincerely, Brian Rieber Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners (607) 765-2974

Sen. Akshar Named NY Farm Bureau’s Friend New York Farm Bureau has released its annual “Circle of Friends,” naming 172 New York State Legislators to the distinguished list, including Senator Fred Akshar. The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and Farm Bureau. The “Circle of Friends” honor is based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance as well as other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that New York Farm Bureau has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session. “New York Farm Bureau selected these Senators and Assembly members because of their commitment to the hard working farm families in New York. We appreciated their support on a whole host of bills and budget items this year, and we look forward to collaborating with them as a new session is about to begin. It is imperative that we work together to support local food production and the agricultural economy that benefit all New Yorkers,” said David Fisher, President of New York Farm Bureau. “I'm honored to be named a

‘friend’ of our New York State farmers,” said Senator Fred Akshar. "As a young man, I was raised in rural Afton, NY, where, like many parts of our community and the state, agriculture is a way of life and an important economic driver. Agriculture is one of the biggest and most diverse industries in our community and the state, but the average age of a farmer in New York is nearly 60. That tells me we need to continue investing in our agricultural future and help educate the next generation on the importance of farming and the many opportunities it provides to communities across the 52nd Senate District. I look forward to continuing our Agriculture in the Classroom program with local school districts and remaining a steadfast partner to our local farmers in the coming year. ” The “Circle of Friends” is not an endorsement, and this distinction only recognizes the 2017 legislative session. The full list of 2017 Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” can be found here:





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The Utilities Department has had a busy year as well keeping up with an aging infrastructure, continual state and federal regulations, and ongoing flood repairs and mitigation. It is hoped that all flood related mitigation will be completed in 2018. The 2011 mitigation includes moving as much of the electrical system as possible to the second floor and moving the utilities office to the new Shared Facilities Building at the Town Hall Campus. The department has outsourced billing to help save on expenses and is constantly reviewing operations and costs to help keep the rates as low as possible. Water and sewer rates were held flat and remain at the same level as 2017. Some debt being paid with accelerated payments will save the town over $800,000. ln 2000, the town was selling about 210,000,000 gallons of water a year. In 2018, budgeted sales total 146,000,000 gallons. That is a 31% decrease in sales, therefore revenue, and at the same time operating and maintenance costs continue to rise. For 2018, the town will be under the tax cap for the second year in a row. If you are a follower of my comments in the media and at town board meetings, you are aware I do NOT budget to get under the tax cap. I budget to have the appropriate budget that meets needs of the operations and is best for the taxpayer. If it falls beneath the tax cap then it does. The tax cap is nothing more than political semantics from a governor that wants as much local government as possible eliminated to mask the state’s high tax and spend policies. It is nothing less than that. Do not be fooled into believing that the state’s problems fall on property taxes when this governor is spending your income tax on his own pet projects rather than the need of all state residents. I do not take lightly the burden of taxes on the homeowner. If you look at your tax bill, you will notice that your town taxes are one of the lowest parts of the bill. I have been working on a project to assess how much of your town taxes are due to unfunded mandates and hope to incorporate it into your town tax bill in 2019. I am sure you will be surprised. The governor will be proposing more “blame game” policies in his State of the State address. Do not fall for them! You should be aware by this time the town is looking in to aggregating its electricity use with a new program called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). To bring you up to date, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has recently approved the town proposal, forwarded on behalf of the town, by Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA). There was a requirement added to include an additional public information session during the “opt out” period of 30 days. As it stands, bid documents are being developed as well as a planning for the final public information session. Once this process is complete, the town will go out to bid to Energy Service Companies (ESCO’s). The town anticipates bids will be back in the first quarter of the 2018. The town, should it move forward, will be ready to accept the appropriate bid in late spring. Please feel free to call my office with any questions. The LED streetlight project is

moving according to plan as well. We expect to receive approval from the PSC in March or April. This will be a win for the residents, the town, and the environment. The projected savings for the individual lighting districts and the townwide charges are approximately $65,000 dollars per year. Thank you to Senator Fred Akshar for helping the town secure funds and make the project very beneficial to the community. In early 2018, the town will solicit bids for the construction of the new Shared Facilities Building located at the Town Hall Campus. The highway garage and offices, the parks garage and offices, and the utilities offices will be co-located at this location. Records storage, a conference/meeting room, and break room will be included. There is a phase two of this project, which includes a fueling station, salt storage and other highway aggregate storage at the site. Completion of this phase will be addressed after hard costs are calculated for the new building. In December, the town went out to bid for six million dollar BAN (Bond Anticipation Note) to meet the requirements of the New York Rising Program. This is to cover the anticipated cost of the new building. Three million dollars will be reimbursed to the town and applied to the note. The town has on hand about one million to offset the cost. The old highway garage will be sold as well as the “pit” on Route 38. Those proceeds will applied to the project as well. As soon as the town has official numbers, I will release them to the public. The total cost of the both phases is anticipated to be around eight million dollars. The NY Rising program plus our other offsets will total about four and half million, leaving an approximate balance to fund of three and half million dollars. In the 2018 budget, we have already budgeted the interest payment on the BAN and still remained under the tax cap. The benefits of this project are many. First and foremost most of the town operations will be out of the flood plain. This will save on our flood insurance costs. It saves taxes across all levels because we will no longer need FEMA or state funding to rebuild these operations or damaged equipment from flooding. Offices will be consolidated on one campus which will provide better taxpayer services. This building replaces a highway garage that is reaching the end of its useful life. There will be 21st Century energy efficient operations saving on energy costs. These are just some of the positive outcomes this project provides. Space does not allow me to continue but 2018 will be a busy time here in the town. Next month I will follow up with any updates on our ongoing projects as well as couple of projects I am working to bring to Hickories Park. I would like to congratulate Cheri Grenier on completing her education classes and being appointed sole assessor for the town. Thank you to the department heads and employees for the hard work and vision that enables the Town of Owego to meet ever-changing needs that are required in today’s environment. Again, I want to thank you for your continued vote of confidence. I wish all of you a Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year.



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Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will proudly host “It Was a Very Good Year” A Tribute to Frank Sinatra Starring Tony Sands on April 21, 2018, at 7:00 pm at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego. This show is a must-see for any Sinatra fan. Tony Sands has incorporated stunning graphics that entice you the moment the stage lights dim, and the music begins. The show starts with Sinatra’s early days with Tommy Dorsey in the bright lights of New York City, and brings us to his comeback at Madison Square Garden, the “Main Event.” Tony’s uncanny portraying of Frank’s man-

nerisms and singing voice will take the audience on a musical journey. It’s as if Frank walked off of the screen and onto the stage. Sands will be performing such hits as That's Life, Come Fly With Me, Luck Be A Lady, My Way, New York, New York, and many more. Don’t miss this one of a kind musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. Check out a clip of Tony’s show The price for admission is $25. To buy tickets, visit https://www.

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“Living in Possibility” - January 25 The Tioga Women Lead (TWL) Council will hold their next event “Living in Possibility” presented by Penny Bartlow at Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center on Thursday, January 25. This is the sixth event presented by TWL and continues their mission of advancing leadership among Tioga County women through empowerment, education and experience. The TWL Council is a group of six Tioga County women from various personal and professional backgrounds that came together to provide a platform to educate, support, and advance women leaders in Tioga County. Smart and strong leadership is essential to successful and sustained economic and community development. Tioga Women Lead provides the tools and network to assist women with effectual leadership in their profession and community, while inspiring and guiding future leaders.

Presenter Penny Bartlow has been guiding leadership programs for several years. Bartlow owns PKB Design, LLC, in Owego and founded Global Leadership Now, a local leadership program for young women. She is a founding member of TWL and is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has gained through continued training and experience with various elements of women’s leadership. Registration for “Living in Possibility” will begin at 11:30 am. Brown Bag Lunches from Owego Kitchen will be provided for attendees who pre-register. The program will be from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Cost is $20 per person. To register, go to or contact the Chamber of Commerce at 687-2020,, or stop in at 80 North Avenue in Owego. Registration ends January 22, 2018.





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Ti-Ahwaga Players Fundraiser - January 20 The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players is holding their annual fundraiser, Lollapalooza, on Saturday, January 20, at 7:00 pm. The event will feature a wine and beer tasting of regional wineries and breweries and a delicious buffet dinner. A variety of silent auction items will be available for bid while Triple Down and Bess Greenberg fill the air with music. Get your $100 Raffle Ticket for a

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Food Bank - Day of Service on January 15 The Food Bank of the Southern Tier will host a day of service and learning in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Monday, January 15, at the Food Bank warehouse. Many adults and children have the day off from work or school and the MLK Day of Service is a great opportunity for families to give back and spread Dr. King’s message. Children 8-years-old

and older may participate. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sort and repack food items for people in need, participate in Hunger 101, a simulation that helps people understand the reality of hunger, and tour the Food Bank warehouse. Space is limited; volunteers should register early. For more information, registration and a full schedule of events, visit


Candor Events Fran’s Retirement Party January 20, Saturday, 2-4pm After spending more than two decades as Director of the Candor Free Library, and a total of 37 years in one capacity or another at the library, Fran Howe has retired effective December 31, 2017. Share some stories and some refreshments, and mark the end of an era at the Candor Free Library. You can also meet the new director, Marcia Enright. For more information, contact Melvin Foster at Line Dance Lessons Mondays, 7-9pm Line dance lessons are held at Punk’s Place at 21 Mill St. Cost is $5 per person. For more info, 659-5714. Story Hour Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15am Story Hour is held September through July at the Candor Free Library on Bank St. Story House is not held during holi-

days, or when school is closed due to bad weather. For more info, call 659-7258. Soup and Chili Night Tuesdays, 5-7pm Have your innards warmed and enjoy an evening of conversation. Held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 17 Main St. Open Hearts Dinner Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm The dinner is held every Wednesday at McKendree UMC, 224 Owego St. Come and join in the fun. Whether you are looking for fellowship or a free meal this one’s for you. T.O.P.S Thursdays, 6pm Take off Pounds Sensibly meets at the Candor Town Hall, 101 Owego Rd. For more information, contact Jean Dewey Leader 659-9969 or jmdewey@

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