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A Positive Change Party Candidates in Owego

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Tioga Chamber of Commerce's New President Gwen Kania is the President & CEO of the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, effective January 22, 2014. Joe Doty, Chairman of the Board of Directors, made the announcement at the Chamber Board of Directors meeting on January 21, 2014. Kania has been with the Chamber since 2008 and has served as the Director of Operations since 2009. She follows Martha Sauerbrey who was the Chamber President and CEO since 1999. Kania has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University and an Associate’s Degree from SUNY Broome. Kania and her family live in Tioga County.

The newly created A Positive Change Party will challenge incumbent Village of Owego Mayor and Trustees in the election on March 18, 2014. Pictured are: Lisa Curatolo running for Mayor; Rodney Marchewka, the incumbent clerk-treasurer seeking reelection; Trustee candidates Steven May (1st Ward), Earl Hartman (2nd Ward), and Mike Phelps (3rd Ward). The candidates believe the Village of Owego needs to be run more like a business with an emphasis on open and accountable government. Elections are Tuesday, March 18, from Noon till 9:00 pm at Owego Central Fire Station on North Avenue in Owego. The newly created A Positive Change Party will challenge Owego’s incumbent Mayor and Trustees this March in the Village of Owego elections. Headlining the ticket is Lisa Curatolo running for Mayor and Rodney Marchewka the incumbent clerktreasurer seeking reelection. Trustee candidates include Steven May for 1st Ward Trustee, Earl Hartman for 2nd Ward Trustee, and Mike Phelps for 3rd Ward Trustee. All agree the village needs to be run more like a business with an emphasis on open and accountable government. Curatolo and May are local business owners. Hartman is retired from Cornell University. Phelps is a Vestal Police Officer. Marchewka is the current Village of Owego Clerk-Treasurer. Lisa Curatolo has sat on the Village Zoning Board for over 10 years, owns a local business and along with her husband, Dennis, has raised their 3 children in Owego. She served on the Historic Owego Marketplace Board for the last 3 years, Co Chairing the Owego Strawberry Festival, Chairing the Wine & Beer Tent, and most importantly Chaired The Gateway Community Park Project from the planning stages to completion. Steven May is a local businessman, serves on the Tioga County Boys & Girls Club Board, and was very active in

the recent Gateway Community Park project. Earl Hartman has served on the board for the last three years, spends a lot of his time with the OFD EMS. Earl Hartman brings a lot of experience as he has worked with many department heads and does his homework on every issue brought before the Village Board of Trustees. Mike Phelps has lived in the area all of his life, and has been proudly adopted into the Flat Rat Family. Mike and his wife, Terra, are raising their four children in the 3rd ward, they are both involved in the community and want to bring Owego back to a safe place for everyone to raise their children. Mike is a Vestal Police Officer that brings a wealth of knowledge to help deal with the task at hand of cleaning up our village. Rodney Marchewka is the current Clerk Treasurer that joined the party A Positive Change for one simple reason he felt it was time for a change on the Village of Owego Board, more accountability and for the Village of Owego to be run as a business. Village of Owego elections are Tuesday, March 18, from Noon till 9 pm at Owego Central Fire Station on North Avenue.

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Sauerbrey Receives Honors for Completing County Government Institute

Martha Sauerbrey, Tioga County Legislator, will be honored in early February by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for graduating from the NYSAC Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute. The ceremony will be held at the 2014 NYSAC Legislative Conference in Albany. The NYSAC Pelletier County

Government Institute is an educational program established by NYSAC in conjunction with Cornell University. Named for the former president of the Monroe County Legislature, the Pelletier Institute provides an educational program for county elected and appointed officials, to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of county officials. The Institute allows the public officials to engage in informed, constructive and civil discussions on the current challenges they face as public servants. For more information, visit Sauerbrey has served on the Tioga County Legislature for the past eight years, four as Deputy Chair. During that time, she was chair of the Public Safety Committee. On January 2, she was elected Chair of the Tioga County Legislature. For the past 15 years, Sauerbrey has happily served as the President and CEO of the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce. She is now retired from the position and is dedicated full time to her new position as chair of the county legislature.

Volunteers Needed for A New Hope Center A New Hope Center of Tioga County is looking volunteers (men and women) to staff the crisis hotline, to provide support, counseling, and crisis intervention services. A New Hope Center is a nonprofit NYS licensed organization providing comprehensive, progressive services for victims of abuse.

The training is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 24, 2014, with weekly classes in Owego for 10 weeks, ending April 28, 2014. For more information or to sign-up, call 687-6866. A New Hope Center is located at 20 Church Street in Owego.

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"Always on Sunday" Free Concert - Feb. 16


4 Generations of Being … Like Family The second Always on Sunday concert will be held on Sunday, February 16, at 3:00 pm with 14 Strings! Filipino Rondalla performing at the First Presbyterian Union Church, corner of North Avenue and Temple Street in Owego. The concert is free. 14 Strings! Filipino Rondalla from

Cornell University are a group of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff and community members. All of their instruments are handmade and include Philippine 14-stringed instruments and guitars. The group will perform pieces from the Philippines, American classics and film themes.

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• Travel Program February 10, Monday, 7 pm World traveler Cindy Bickford will be share her experiences and show slides. • Knitting February 11 & 25, 1 pm Enjoy a cup of tea and the company of others. • Board of Trustees Meeting February 25, 7 pm • Book Barn The bag sale continues, $3 per bag. • Beatrice Eileen Alger Children’s Room The children's room has been named after Beatrice Eileen Alger who gener-

ously bequeathed a portion of her estate to the library in 2002. • Fund Raiser Dinner February 22, Saturday, 5 to 8pm at Blue Dolphin in Apalachin The Blue Dolphin Restaurant will host a benefit dinner for the Apalachin Library. Adult tickets are $10 each, and must be purchased in advance. Children are welcome, and can choose from the kids' menu/prices. For tickets, call (607) 323-3043, or go to the library or the Early Owego Antique Center (43-45 Lake St., Owego). Tickets are available through February 14.

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Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association Donates to Local Food Bank The holiday season was a little brighter for hundreds of area families thanks to the generosity of the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association. The group, whose members compete at Tioga Downs, made a $10,000 donation in December to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, which serves a sixcounty region in and around Tioga Downs. “This donation has become a yearly tradition for our organization and we are thrilled to support the Food Bank espe-

cially during the holiday season,” said Guy Howard, president of the S.T.H.H.A. “We have a great working relationship with Tioga Downs and Jeff Gural, and since they are such strong supporters of the Food Bank, we are happy to follow their lead and join them with our support.” The ninth season of live racing at Tioga Downs is scheduled to begin on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, 2014 (pending regulatory approval).

Bus Trip to Quilt Show Broome County 4-H is hosting a bus trip to the 2014 AQS Quilt Show Lancaster, PA, on Friday, March 14. Tickets Tioga County's


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Lakeview Chapel to host World Day of Prayer Lakeview Chapel of Owego will host the World Day of Prayer on March 7 at 5:00 pm. The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year. Lakeview Chapel is on Day Hollow Road in Owego. For more information, call (607) 687-3261.

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Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Rural Ministry - Feb 9 Members of the Owego Moose, Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs will host a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 9, from 7:00 to 11:00 am, at the Owego Moose Hall on 3 Goodrich Road in Owego.

The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. There are no presale tickets, a free will donation will be taken and all proceeds will go to benefit the Tioga County Rural Ministry.

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FOR SALE: 1998 Dodge Caravan SE Hunter Green $1500. V6 engine, new battery, Pa inspected to 10/14, Radio/CD nearly new, Interior nice, some rust, used daily, runs great, 261,000 miles. Call 570-395-3215 Pete Darling. 02/14 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. Walt 687-5750 06/14 NEED IT CLEANED OUT or hauled away? We just charge less for one room to whole house. Also garages barns & sheds. MK’s Affordable Cleanouts 607217-7455 01/15 BUYING: Buying Antiques & Vintage Collectables, paying highest prices and I come to you! Call Dave at 607-240-9546

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New Equipment for Gymnastics/Activity Center

Thanks to grant money from the Floyd Hooker Foundation, the Owego Gymnastics and Activity Center at 748 Rt 38 in Owego bought new equipment that has improved the Center’s Kids R Special program which is devoted to helping children with special needs enjoy movement, strength, flexibility, and fun. One piece of equipment is a harness attached to a special pulley system so children who could not pull themselves up the rope can go all the way up.

For Sydney Shoen and Kaitlyn Lockwood, two of the gymnasts in the Kids R Special program, this was very exciting. Shoen, who is diagnosed with a speech and language disorder, also has trouble with motor planning. “Doing any type of gymnastics activity is great to help improve this” says her mother, “especially rope climbing which she could never do on her own.” Lockwood, who has been bound to a wheelchair since the age of two due to a car accident that left her with spinal cord damage, is able to work on her strength and flexibility. With the new harness she is able to really work her muscles and climb all the way to the top of the rope. Both children were all smiles as they tried out the new harness. With the grant money the Center also bought inflatables which will be easier for children with special needs. The inflatables are available for programs/ parties. Call the Center at 687-2458 or visit

Six Basic Tips for Making Soups by Chef Nick Cavataio

• Have The Right Tools A heavy quality soup pot is a must, it might be somewhat of a pain to lift but will maintain the heat temperatures for simmers and gentle boils for better control of perfectly delicious end product. Depending on what kind of soup you are making, you might need a blender or immersion blender for a creamy or puréed soup. And a good soup ladle will come in real handy for serving. • Start With Flavorful Liquid Most soups are so much fun to make; they remind me of the building blocks I use to play with when I was a kid. Generally, we start our soups with water, but depending on what kind of soup it is we could end up using a homemade broth or stock preferably verses store bought soup bases. And sometimes we could use a wine or milk. Please keep in mind that broth soups are usually a healthier choice than cream soups that are made with butter, flour and milk. • Season Carefully Seasoning soup can be a little tricky, especially the salt. All manufactured soup bases are high in sodium and so are most canned veggies. And if you are using homemade broth/

stock and fresh veggies you still need to be aware of the amount of salt you’re using. The moral of the story is you could use too much or not enough, so the trick is to add a little at time. That is why you see many recipes say “salt to taste”. • Adding Flavor Cooking fresh veggies like celery, carrots, onions, leeks and garlic should be done before adding the liquid. In most cases this will only take a few minutes and will release more flavor and soften up the veggies for chewing or blending. After cleaning the veggies remember to chop in uniform, bite-size pieces. • Wow Your Soup With Freshness Now we are almost done, let’s kick it up a notch with a fresh herb, a dollop of sour cream or yogurt. This would be the right time to add a crunch, something not cooked. • Last Step, Garnish It will always add a special flare and give your soup that professional look to go the extra mile and add a proper and attractive tasty garnish. The best advice I can give you is, use your imagination. There are gazillion ideas out on the Internet.

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St. Baldrick's Fundraiser - March 9 in Candor


Every year, thousands of brave men, women, and children have joined the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and shed their locks in support of childhood cancer research. You are invited to make a “bald” statement on March 9, at the St. Baldrick's head-shaving event from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at The Candor American Legion, 90 Spencer Rd., Candor. St. Baldrick’s events have raised approximately $150 million, providing research grants to doctors and scientists at more than 200 institutions. These funds enable them to pursue the most promising new cures for childhood

cancer, in addition to making clinical trials available to more children than ever. Going bald is not for everyone. But you can still help. Visit and click Get Involved or search Candor for find the local event. You can also call Kelly at 972-4395 or e-mail to see other ways to be involved. To join the fun and learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, visit or call 888.889.BALD.

Fallen Firefighters Golf Tournament - June 7

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The Owego Fire Department will host the 2nd Annual Owego Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament on June 7 at the Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin. A new, interactive website at allows teams and sponsors to register and pay online to participate in the tournament. The website honors Owego’s five Fallen Firefighters, provides information about the tournament, and highlights sponsors. The monies raised from the tournament support two important causes: a $2,000 scholarship for a graduating Owego Free Academy senior pursing further education in a first responder field and the building/operating costs for

the OFD Training Facility. Owego Firefighter Lowell Hines was the 2013 scholarship recipient. The tournament is held in honor of Owego Fallen Firefighters Matt Porcari (LODD 2013), Steve Gavin (LODD 2003), Richard Beck (LODD 1993), Winfield Knapp (LODD 1965) and Roy Wiltse (LODD 1938). Teams are encouraged to register for the tournament early as the field of 65 teams filled up quickly last year. Registration is now open online. Paper registrations (forms can be downloaded from the tournament’s website) and payment by check will continue to be accepted.


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OA Musical - February 7, 8, and 9 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be on stage at the OwegoApalachin Theater February 7, 8, and 9. The musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber tells the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors using a refreshing upbeat style with modern music. Featuring Dan Wolfe as Joseph, narrators Carla Budrow and Alexis Bidwell lead a group of children, and of course the audience, through Joseph’s betrayal by his jealous brothers, his rise to power and influence with Potiphar, played by Tracy Orend, a setback caused by Potiphar’s wife (Sara Wierbowski), and finally his becoming the dream

interpreter for Erik Tofte as the Pharaoh. Director Megan Armenio and the cast have been hard at work since November. Ms. Armenio is quite pleased with the progress that has been made and is confident that everyone will thoroughly enjoy the show. Show times are 7:30pm on February 7 and 8, and 2:30pm on February 9. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students, and may be reserved in advance by calling 6876230 Ext 1. Tickets can be picked up at the Owego Free Academy attendance office or at the Will Call desk at the door. Payment is expected at the time of pickup.

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Sew What? Basic Sewing Course for Youth On December 30, 2013, the Hoof & Claw 4-H Club kids met to work on quilting projects. They learned to use the sewing machine, and some useful sewing tricks, and sewed starter projects as practice before making bigger projects. They made pot holders and pillow cases that they can actually use at home and everyone had a great time sewing. Do you have a youth who would like to learn some sewing basics? The Tioga County 4-H program will hold a basic sewing course during the month of April for youth ages 9-19. For more information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension 687-4020 or email

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pork chops, potato, salad, roll). Buy tickets at Nichols American Legion, Dean St., 699-7994, or contact any member.

Soup and Salad Supper - February 15 A Soup & Salad Supper will be held at The First United Methodist Church, Main St., Newark Valley, on February

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Pork Chop BBQ Dinner - February 23 The Nichols American Legion is sponsoring a Pork Chop BBQ on February 23, 12pm. Pre-sale tickets are $8 (2

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Apalachin Youth Athletic Association Sign-Ups You can now register ONLINE! Visit our website at: Look in the latest news section for online registration instructions

In person registration will be held on February 22-23 and March 15-16 from 11am to 2pm At the Apalachin Fire Station on Pennsylvania Ave.

New Divisions for 2014! T-Ball Coach Pitch Baseball Boys Minors Baseball Girls Minors Baseball

- ages 4-6 - ages 6-7 - ages 8-10 - ages 7-10

Boys Majors Baseball - ages 11-12 Girls Majors Baseball - ages 11-12 Teener Baseball - ages 12-18


Charles "Chip" Barnum January 26, 2014 Charles "Chip" Barnum, 38, of Little Meadows, PA, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 26, 2014. He is survived by his loving wife, Jessica Barnum, stepson, Brandon; his parents Chuck and Joyce Barnum; grandmother, Helen Barnum; two sisters; Jan (Jim) Krupinski, Lori (Jim) Denniston; nephew, Brandt Denniston; nieces; Hayleigh and Makenzie Krupinski; aunts; uncles; cousins; mother-inlaw, Diane Rolison; brothers-in-law; Gary (Ronnie), Ray (Lori), Jerry and many special fire company and hunting friends.

Chip was an employee of Lockheed Martin, Owego for 15 years and was Fire Chief of the Little Meadows Fire Department. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday, January 31, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. A Funeral Service was held at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home in Apalachin on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 10:00 am. The service was officiated by Rev. Casimir Stanis, Pastor of St. Brigid Parish, Friendsville, Pennsylvania. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Chip may be made to the Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Department, Little Meadows, Pennsylvania 18830.

Ti-Ahwaga Players Present "As You Like It"

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From left, Laura Liburdi as Rosalind, Kristy Jackson as Orlando, Randy Kerr as Charles, and Jess Brookes as Celia on the set of "As You Like It," which will open at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego on Saturday, February 7. Photo by John Dudak The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will present a modern take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy "As You Like It," this month in Owego. "This production of Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' is not as you've seen it," director Josh Sedelmeyer said. "We've created a world of our own, somewhere between the Golden Age of Hollywood and the magical forest of Peter Brook's iconic 'Midsummer Night's Dream,' using this charming story as a guide. I guarantee you will have plenty of laughs and leave our theatre feeling delighted that you visited." The cast includes Laura Liburdi as Rosalind, Jess Brookes as Celia, Paul Shotwell as Touchstone, Kristy Jackson

as Orlando, Molly Benish as Oliver, Stacey Jo Oropello as Phebe, Carinne Vizvary as Sylvius, Randy Kerr as Charles, Richard Mertens as Adam, Margaret Barker as Corin, Mike Ziemba as Duke Senior, Jessica Thompson as Audrey, David Hamme as Jaques, Sydney Hill as Amiena, and Justin Shaw as Amieno/Duke Frederick. Performances are Feb. 7, 8, 9, Feb. 14, 15, 16, Feb. 21, 22, 23. Fri. & Sat. 8:00pm, Sun. 2:00pm. Gen. Admission $18, Fri. Students w/ID $10, Sun. Seniors 60+ $15. Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego. Call 687-2130 for tickets,

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Owego Little League News The first games in the 2014 season start on the last Monday of April and Opening Day is the first Saturday of May. To be on a team, players must register now. New players must sign up in person on either Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6-8pm, or Sat., Feb. 8, 9am to Noon, at the Owego

Central Fire Station, North Ave. Bring birth certificate and proof of residency in the Owego-Apalachin School District. Online registration owego for returnees is from now until Monday, March 10. Returnees without computer access may also sign up in person at the fire station.

Pancake Breakfast - Feb 8 in Nichols A Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 7:30 am at the Nichols United Methodist Church in Nichols. The menu includes plain and

Apalachin Lions Club Runners Wanted The 2nd Annual Pink Elk 5K Run will take place on April 27 at Vestal Elks Lodge #2508. The race will start at 10am, registration will start at 8:30am. Proceeds will benefit Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Lodge Veteran Committee. The entry fee is $20 (includes T-shirt) and $25 (day of the race, limited Tshirts available). Family price is $20 for the first entry, $10 for spouse and each additional child under 18 (must pre-register). Pre-registrations must be received by April 18, 2014. Entry forms can be found at http:// or contact Jake Brown at

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Foundation Accepting Grant Applications The Owego Apalachin Foundation for Excellence in Education is now accepting grant applications through February 28, 2014. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance the education of students within the Owego Apalachin district boundaries, public & non-public, by providing private funding and stimulating community support for innovative and challenging programs. To apply for a grant application, submit a written request with your name,

address, phone number, and name of organization to Owego Apalachin Foundation For Excellence in Education, PO Box 576, Apalachin, NY 13732. After receiving the written application request, a copy of the application with instructions will be mailed to you. Or you may download the application from ONLY (to make sure you get the updated copy of the application!) Completed grant applications must be received or postmarked on or before February 28, 2014.

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Tonight we put together a meal of Platters. Both a cold antipasto variety platter and a hot antipasto platter, featuring Sauteed Shrimp and Pasta. The next course is a Cheese Platter stuffed with several cheeses from Italy. Tri-Color cookies round out the evening. $39.00pp + tax. • MONDAY FEBRUARY 10 Valentine Cookies 6-8 pm Tonight we make special cookies for your Valentine. Cherry Bombs, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, and White Chocolate Strawberry Biscotti. $19.00 pp + tax • WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12 Olympic Medley 6-9pm From around we world we feature: Russian Borsht, Greek Chicken, Swedish Potato Pancakes (Raggmunk), and from Finland, Strawberry Snow. Enjoy some dishes you may have never tasted from around the world. $39.00 pp + tax. • FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14 Valentine's Special Dinner 6-9pm Our annual Valentine's Special dinner includes Buffalo Chicken Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce, naturally grain fed local Stuffed Pork Chops sourced from North 40 Farm in Apalachin, Root Vegetable Mash, Strawberry Mirror Cake. $39.00 pp + tax. • SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 Day After Valentine's Day Dinner 6-9pm The romantic weekend continues with another special meal. Starting with Authentic Minestrone Soup, Roasted Cornish Hens Wild Rice and Pan Gravy, fresh vegetables, and Grand Marnier Creme Brulee. $39.00 pp + tax. • MONDAY FEBRUARY 17 Pam's French Adventure 6-9pm French Onion Soup, Chicken en Paupiette, Veggies en Papillote (parchment) and the definitive Creme Brulee. $39.00 pp + tax. • WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 Knife Skills 6-9pm Bring your favorite knife to class (or try one of mine) to learn how to cut, slice, dice, and mince vegetables that will be combined for a yummy pasta dish. Add a fresh salsa for a little spice, then try your hand at cutting all sorts of fruit to create your own fruit tart. $29.00 pp+tax. Gary from Sharp Again Sharpening Service will be here to sharpen those knives! • SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22 The Italian Platter 6-9pm Tonight we put together a meal of Platters. Both a cold antipasto variety platter and a hot antipasto platter, featuring Sauteed Shrimp and Pasta. The next course is a Cheese Platter stuffed with several cheeses from Italy. Tri-Color cookies round out the evening. $39.00 pp + tax. • MONDAY FEBRUARY 24 MAKE YOUR OWN BREAD FROM SCRATCH 6 -9 pm Tonight we will take flour and yeast and create loaves of bread. Mix, rise and bake Cinnamon Bread and County Fair Bread. Yes, you will take home a loaf of each. $29.00 pp + tax. • WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26 MAKE & TAKE 5 to 7 PM Tonight I am cooking for YOU. Chicken and Penne in a White Wine Sauce. Deluxe Salad, and a slice of Chocolate Stout Cake. All packaged to go for you. Call to reserve! $15.95 + tax For Two Servings. • SATURDAY MARCH 1 Mardi Gras Dinner 6-9pm New Orleans style dinner, join me for Crawfish Etouffee, Dirty Rice, Mardi Gras Slaw, and Pecan Praline Ice Cream. $39.00pp + tax.

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How to Show Local Support for Tioga Downs by LeeAnn Tinney Director of Economic Development and Planning



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The controversy surrounding the placement of a fully licensed gaming casino in the Southern Tier region has more than a little in common with the Gold Rush of 1849. Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Region’s “Sutter’s Mill”, is in danger of being overrun by ’49ers looking to stake their claim. Tioga Downs is something like the first gold nugget discovered at Sutter’s Mill. It has already staked its claim to a Southern Tier Region gaming license based on a proven record of competence, value and integrity. Among the late arrivals to the Southern Tier's gaming Gold Rush are Traditions at the Glen, Vista Hospitality Group and Wilmot Casino & Resort who have announced their intentions to make a bid for a local gaming license. Tioga Downs' strong record and the arrival of these "claim jumpers" have many people asking the questions, “What happens next?”, “What are the awards based on?” and, most importantly, “How can we help?” What Happens Next? Now that the voters of the State of New York have passed Proposition One, an amendment to the New York State Constitution authorizing casino gaming, the process of selecting the Southern Tier Regional site will begin shortly in accordance with legislation enacted during the 2013 legislative session. The Constitutional amendment allows up to seven private casinos across the state. Under the Gaming Legislation, however, the New York State Gaming Commission is only authorized to award up to four gaming facility licenses in three specified regions located in the upstate zone: the Catskills, Southern Tier, and Capital Region. While the Commission is authorized to award up to two licenses in a region, it may do so in only one region. It is widely anticipated that the Commission will li-

cense two casinos in the Catskill region, and one in each of the other two regions. Under the Gaming Legislation, the Gaming Commission is required to name a five-member board, to be known as the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board which will conduct a “competitive” selection process in accordance with the Gaming Law’s detailed requirements. The Gaming Facility Location Board will issue a Request for Proposal for the casinos in early 2014. The selection process is expected to last for most of 2014. Once granted a license, casino operators have 24 months in which to commence gaming activities. What is the Basis for the Awards? The Gaming Law’s requirements include assessments of competence and character, the demonstration of local support, the level of capital investment and, the degree of labor peace are among the most important factors. In addition, the determination of the Board of whether an applicant is eligible for a gaming facility license is to be weighted by 70% based on economic activity and business development criteria, 20% based on local impact and siting factors and 10% based on “workforce enhancement” factors. Each of these factors, as well as the other requirements for licensure are subdivided into numerous individual criteria, each significant in their own right. How Can We Help? The application will be a complex and intensive process that must be borne primarily by the potential applicants. However, one should note that part of the application includes demonstration of local support. This is where we can help. It is our goal to exhibit overwhelming local and regional support for the Tioga Downs location. You may help by sending your letters of support to: ATT: LeeAnn Tinney, Win One for Tioga Downs, 56 Main Street, Owego NY 13827 or by email to Please help us as we “mine” for effective local support. Help us to Win One for Tioga Downs and let the Gold Rush begin!




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Letter to the Editor: Tioga Downs has the Best Proposal From Jeffrey Gural, Chairman & CEO American Racing & Entertainment/ Tioga Downs Casino While I would love to see a thousand jobs created in Johnson City as a result of Traditions at the Glen getting a casino license, the simple fact that is that there are not enough people in the area to support a casino and a racino 25 miles apart. At Tioga, we currently do $60 million of slots revenue, and, in Mr. Walsh’s letter, he thought together we could do $165 million. I find it

hard to believe that anyone really thinks that there is another $105 million of casino business in the Binghamton area. Our own projections only show an increase of between $30 million and $40 million. It should also be noted that Mr. Walsh references Batavia Downs and the fact that they co-exist with the Seneca’s, which is true; however, he fails to mention that there are 2.2 million people living within 50 miles of Batavia Downs while there are only about 800,000 people living within 50 miles of

Revolutionary Era Documents on Display for Early Owego Antique Center Anniversary

A close-up of the document with John Hancock's signature Two revolutionary era documents signed by John Hancock, Governour in, will be on display as the Early Owego 1790, will be offered at $7500. Antique Center, at the corner of Lake Early Owego's anniversary and Main Streets in Owego, celebrates celebration will be held Valentine's its First Anniversary. weekend, Feb. 15 and 16. There will be On display and for sale will be a live music both days 12-3 pm, drawings diploma declaring William Barret of for gift certificates on the hour from 12Virginia a member of the Society of the 4pm, and a mid-day appearance by Dr. Cincinnati, signed by General George Crispus Rumex, herbalist and Snake Oil Washington and General Henry Knox at salesman, who will offer potions and Mount Vernon on March 1, 1787. The elixers to ward off the glum of winter. diploma is to be offered at $10,000. Blaze Coins will offer a drawing for Also, an Appointment of Elijah 1oz. silver bars, entries for which will be Putnam to the Militia of Massachusetts, accepted all week prior to the event.


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either Tioga Downs or Mr. Walsh’s location. That makes a big difference. At Vernon, where we compete with Turning Stone, which is only about ten miles away, our slots revenue is only $40 million. The other error in Mr. Walsh’s analysis is his contention that our current gaming tax would decline from 68% to 37%. I wish that were the case, but, in reality, our gaming tax would only decline about 5%, which would not offset the approximate $20 million decline in revenue that even Mr. Walsh projects for Tioga. One additional concern is that, while we are arguing amongst ourselves, there is a third potential licensee up in Tyre, which

is in Seneca County, and they could be a strong contender for a license and we would end up with nothing down here where we desperately need more jobs. Obviously, the Governor has set up a process and hopefully we can convince the Site Selection Committee that we have the best proposal but the argument that 1 + 1 = 3 is unfortunately incorrect.”

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3rd Annual Field, Hearth & Home Show - Mar 15 The Tioga United Way and Tioga County Chamber of Commerce will host the third year of the Field, Hearth and Home Show on Saturday March 15 with expanded hours from 9am to 9pm. The focus will be on the activities of families when they are not at school or work: hunting, fishing, quilting, specialty

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farm products, home remodeling, woodcarving, sporting goods, camping, fabrics, soap making, gardening, etc. There is still space available for new vendors, so please contact the Tioga United Way, 687-4028, or the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, 687-2020, for details.

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Pancake Dinner - Feb 28 in Nichols A Pancake Dinner will be held on Friday, February 28, starting at 4:30 pm, at the United Methodist Church in Nichols.

The menu includes plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs any way you want them, potatoes, gravy, juice, coffee, and tea.

Team Trivia Night - March 7 The annual Team Trivia Night organized by the OA Foundation for Excellence in Education will take place on Friday March 7, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, at the Owego Elk’s Lodge on Front Street in Owego. Teams may consist of

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