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St. Patrick School Donates to Boys & Girls Club

Each November, St. Patrick School in Owego hosts an auction, and part of the proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit organization. Members of the auction committee recently met with Mr. Luke Henson, Director of the Tioga County Boys & Girls Club, to present him with a $1,000 donation. Pictured are (left to right) Abi McFiggins, Sarah Hogan, Luke Henson, Melanie Crawn, Allison Higgins. Not Pictured are Andreea Earley, Bonnie Hathaway, Sara Kemp, and Erin Watson. St. Patrick School has a 156-year tradition of excellence in teaching. The

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school opened in 1859 with lay teachers. In 1869, the Sisters of Mercy came to Owego to teach at the school. The school is located in the old Stanbrough Mansion which has been expanded over the years by two additions - a two-storey brick addition was added next to the mansion in 1950, and a six-classroom addition was added in back of the mansion in 1967. St. Patrick School has classes for PreSchool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten through Grade Six. Financial Assistance is available. For more information, call the school at 687-1770.

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Rebuild Owego Candidates Gathering Signatures

Rebuild Owego Party trustee candidates Phoebe Morris (left), Jenny Ceccherelli (center), and Jacque Millar (right) are gathering signatures to get on the ballot for the Village of Owego election in March.

Saint Patrick School Students Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Tioga Co. Rural Ministry Extends Great Thanks Tioga County Rural Ministry extends great thanks to everyone who shared so much of their resources – both tangible in food and financial donations and also wonderful gifts of time and energy. To the many families, organizations, churches, schools, businesses and individuals who lavished us with overflowing generosity, we thank you. Special thanks to Toys for Tots and their labor of love on behalf of our children. And thank you to the VFW for sharing their space with us for our toy distribution. To all who adopted families for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, we are extremely grateful for your extra efforts to reach out in love and compassion.

And finally, a huge thanks to all of our volunteers who gave of their time with great magnanimity. We could not do what we do without you. Once again the expansive spirit of our community has offered hope and joy to those in need during the holiday season. May God’s gracious blessings touch and bless all in this new year of grace! Tioga County Rural Ministry

Chamber of Commerce CPR Class The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a certification class in Adult, Child, and Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) on Thursday, February 20, 2015, from 8:00 to 11:00 am. The class will be presented by Tioga County Emergency Medical Services at

the Campville Fire Department, 6153 Rt. 17C, Endicott. The cost. which includes a 2 year certification, is $40 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members. Call the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 687-2020 by February 13 to reserve your spot.

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For 156 years, St. Patrick School on Front St in Owego has been carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ, bearing witness while proclaiming the Gospel message. Together with families and parish of St Patrick/Blessed Trinity, the school provides an education rooted in the Gospel that is living, conscious, and active, including values and ideals that are in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. St Patrick empowers their students to live their faith

with compassion, integrity and respect for all life and the diversity of our world. St. Patrick School’s small class sizes, excellent graduation rate, outstanding teachers and staff, safe and secure learning environment, and foundation of faith make it a perfect choice for your child’s education. Contact St. Patrick School at 687-1770 to register your child. Our community is lucky to have a school like Saint Patrick School. www.StPatrickOwego.org

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Candor St. Baldrick’s Shave-A-Thon to Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Research Honor Wall honoring local children fighting cancer. Unfortunately, the collection of photos on Candor’s Honor Wall continues to grow, as one in 285 children in the US will have cancer before they reach 20. Two thirds of the children treated for childhood cancer will suffer long-term effects from the treatment. Right now, less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is directed to childhood cancer research. Candor Emergency Squad and the Candor American Legion Family are once again hosting the St. Baldrick’s Shave-A-Thon on Sunday, March 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the American Legion. Participants shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer to raise money for childhood cancer research. In keeping with the origins of St. Baldrick’s, Candor’s event combines the cancer fundraising with festivities related to St. Patrick’s day. There’s food, music, raffles, and a kid’s area with facepainting and crafts. Every year there’s an

This is why volunteers from Candor EMS and the American Legion Family began supporting the St. Baldrick's Foundation, and continue to hold annual Shave-A-Thon events. Since 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than $150 million for childhood cancer research grants. Candor organizers would like to see that figure increase, so this year they’re hoping to get at least 50 participants shaving their heads. Shavees are encouraged to register ahead of time, but there will be an opportunity to sign up at the event for last-minute participants.

To find out more about the event, or make a donation, go to www.stbaldricks.org and type “Candor NY” in the search bar. If you’d like to participate as a shavee, click on the “get involved” button or contact Kelly Starkweather at 607-972-4395 or <krstarkwe@gmail.com>.

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Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner, Auction to be held February 5 at Tioga Downs The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, Community Awards, and Silent Auction will be held on February 5 at Tioga Downs in Nichols. This year’s theme is “Business in Black and White” which is meant to remind chamber members, distinguished guests, and the community that we need to get back to basics. The importance of shopping locally, supporting community organizations and doing business face-to -face is as basic as black and white. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 pm. A Silent

Auction will continue throughout the evening with items donated by chamber businesses and supporters. One of the highlights of this event is the presentation of Community Awards. Special recognition is given to those who have made a significant contribution to the community. Cost of the dinner is $40 per person. Reservations and payment are required by January 30, 2015. Bring along your friends and enjoy an evening out. For more information and reservations please contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 687-2020.

Apalachin Library Benefit Dinner - February 22 The 2nd Annual Apalachin Library Benefit Dinner will be held February 22 at the Blue Dolphin in Apalachin. Treat yourself to a delicious Blue Dolphin manicotti parm dinner and help raise funds for the Apalachin Library. Adult tickets are $10. Children 12 and under order from the Blue Dolphin’s children’s menu. In response to the tremendous turnout last year, tickets are being sold for specific time slots: 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. If you’re not inclined to get dressed up to eat out then

you can purchase takeout tickets instead. Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting the Apalachin Library at 719 Main Street in Apalachin (625-3333). The Apalachin Library proudly serves the community, supplying numerous programs for children and adults, computer access, and in addition to providing books, videos, and online services on site, taps into the entire Finger Lakes Library System to give patrons access to a large array of media. There is no charge for membership.

Weitsman Buying Shares in Competitor Adam Weitsman, president of Upstate Shredding of Owego is in the process of acquiring a significant number of shares of his largest direct competitor, Metalico Inc., in what could result in his seizing control of the company. Metalico is a recycler based in Cranford, New Jersey. According to "American Metal Market" published January 22, Weitsman

has bought 5,562,637 shares of Metalico, which gives Weitsman a 9.54% stake in the company. Weitsman is now the largest shareholder in Metalico, and he now owns more shares in Metalico than Carlos Aguero, Metalico's co-founder, president, and chief executive.

Vestal HS Musical “Big Fish” on Stage The maddening, magical and whimsical relationship between a son and his larger-than-life father is revealed in the musical “Big Fish” to be presented by Vestal High School students Thursday, February 26, through Sunday, March 1. Show times are 7:00 pm Thursday through Saturday with a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Director Austin Kiley, assisted by Lauren Kavacic, leads a cast of 50 student performers. Music Director Gregory Harris will conduct the orchestra, and Quinn Singer is choreographer. Talented high school actors taking the stage for this production include a dual cast with Alex Kosick and Drew Sprague taking turns as “Edward Bloom.”

Playing his suspicious and alienated son, “Will,” are Thomas Hanes and Gavin Tice. Rounding out the lead performers, the role of Edward’s wife, “Sandra,” will be shared by Allison Hanafin and Amy Manchester. Tickets are on sale February 2 - 13 and February 23 - 25. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Call for tickets at 607444-1780 between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm, or email box office reservations to VestalHSDrama@gmail.com. Please indicate your name in the message, the performance you would like to attend and the number of tickets you will need. Reserved tickets can be picked up at the “will call” table. Tickets can also be purchased at the door one hour before each scheduled performance.

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Cooking on the Lite Side Seven Steps To Meal Planning For Saving Time And Money Now by Chef Nick Cavataio

We all want to make this year our best ever in all areas of our lives. I pray that you are successful. For today, I would like to help with preparing you for happier days ahead in the arena of food preparation and meal planning. When it comes to getting dinner ready, I stopped making New Year resolutions and decided to WRITE down my meal planning goals for the next five to seven days. And to get your family started in the right direction for 2015 lets think Meal Planning. My definition of Meal Planning is having you think about, write down and do the following seven steps. 1. What is needed and wanted in the Pantry & Kitchen Cupboard 2. Grocery List 3. Recipe Ingredient Preparation 4. Recipe Preparation 5. School Lunch Items/Preparation 6. Utensils and Pots & Pans 7. Time Management Let’s use this five day Dinner Menu as an example for what you need and do to accomplish the seven steps. Day 1 - Steak Chili on Rice (made with rib eye steak)

Day 2 - Chicken Fajita Tortillas

Day 3 - Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches Day 4 - Angel Hair pasta with Meat Sauce (made w/90% lean beef) Day 5 - Broiled Tilapia Filets Without doing a full blown five page explanation, we can now break down a quick overview of the seven steps. 1. Look in the pantry for can tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili seasoning, rice, Fajita seasoning, tortillas, bread, pasta 2. Here we just need to make a complete list of all ingredients we don’t have 3. Pre-cook steak, chicken, rice, pasta and ground beef. 4. Have all recipe ingredients for the day portioned, rinsed and readily available 5. School Lunch preparation is the most critical if you want to save money and have healthy lunches. We use a lot of leftovers and peanut butter & jelly. 6. Nothing more frustrating than reaching for the cookware you need, and find it’s not clean. Check out pots, pans and utensils that you will be using ahead of time. 7. This one sounds easy, but we are all very busy and need to plan our meal preparation time.

Teambuilding Workshop Offered The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce will present a Teambuilding Workshop on Friday, February 13, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Treadway Inn and Conference Center in Owego. Participants will learn about themselves and their interaction with others in a work, organizational team or a group environment; how to enhance their abilities and get the most out of work relationships; help create a supportive and constructive team environment that makes work fun.

Dave Wheelock is the facilitator for this seminar. He is an accredited consultant with Human Synergistics International and holds trainings throughout the country. Dave also owns and operates the Farm Family Insurance office in Owego. The cost is $30 for Tioga Chamber members and $45 for non-members. Advanced reservations and payment are requested by February 6. Secure your spot by contacting the Tioga Chamber at 687-2020 or info@tiogachamber.com.

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The event will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Countryside Community Center at 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd. This is a free program, but registration is required. Please call the Department of Aging at 687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat by February 17, 2015.

Vestal School Counselors Coordinate Food Drive In conjunction with National School Counseling Week (February 2 through February 6, 2015), school counselors in the Vestal Central School District are coordinating their third annual “We Are

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Educational Grant Program The Owego Apalachin (OA) Foundation for Excellence in Education is now accepting grant applications through February 28, 2015. The OA Foundation for Excellence in Education is a community wide, independent, not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to enhance the education of the students within the Owego Apalachin district boundaries, public & non-public, by providing private funding and stimulating community support for innovative and challenging educational programs. Application forms may be requested until February 28. The application forms can be downloaded at OA Foundation.com up to the February 28 deadline. Completed grant applications must be received or postmarked on or before February 28, 2015.

Grants will be awarded at a ceremony on April 28, 2015, hosted by Braided Cord Cooperative at South Apalachin Baptist Church, 4116 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Ideas for grants can be submitted by students, teachers, staff, parents, residents, businesses and/or agencies. The foundation will be looking for ideas that will help prepare students for the challenges of this century and enhance their educational experiences. The foundation encourages grant requests up to $500 per grant. Only one request per program. Multiple grants will be awarded in one period. Grants must be used within one year of acceptance. No stipends will be accepted. No recess or playground equipment will be accepted. No instructor training will be accepted.

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Artfully SQUARED Entries Sought Tioga Arts Council is pleased to announce artfully SQUARED, a collaborative art event open to creatives of all ages and skill levels. Here’s how it works: use any medium to make a piece that measures 7” square, donate your artwork to Tioga Arts Council (TAC), and then come see the exhibition and pick up original artwork for your walls! The deadline for entries is March 28, 2015. There is no fee to enter; entry forms are available at the Tioga Arts Council or online at www.tiogaartscouncil.org. A reception will be held on Friday,

April 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm as part of Owego's 1st Friday ArtWalk. All artworks will be exhibited in TAC’s Gallery during the month of April and each piece will be available for a $20 donation beginning April 1. All funds raised support TAC’s vision to inspire and support a vibrant, creative community in and around Tioga County. The Tioga Arts Council is located at 179 Front Street in Owego and is open Mondays, 10 am to 4 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, go to www.tiogaartscouncil.org or call (607) 687-0785.

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Watch the Daytona 500 with us! Country Gospel Concert A Country Gospel Concert by "Hilltop Association" will take place on Friday, February 13, at 7:00 pm at Memorial Park Baptist Church, 1013 Front Street in Vestal.

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The local VMW - Veterans of Modern Warfare - meets on the first Saturday of the month at Owego's Historic First Baptist Church, Church & Main Streets, at 11:00 am (use the back ramp entrance). All Vets are welcome, especially those from Desert Storm and subsequent conflicts. See YOU on February 7th. Call Bill Reynolds @ (607) 644-5690 with questions or comments.

At the Coburn Library 275 Main Street, Owego • Monday Afternoon Book Club February 9, 1 - 2 pm Enjoy reading and discussing the book, the club meets the second Monday of each month at the library. • Story Hour Wednesdays, 10:15 am Story Hour for pre-schoolers and their family is every Wednesday at 10:15 am • Fiber Arts Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm If you enjoy knitting and crocheting, come join Fiber Arts every Thursday evening at the Coburn Library. • Emerging Writers 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30 - 8 pm Join an adult writing, critique group, Emerging Writers, where writers are helping each other improve their works in hopes of submitting. • Mystery Book Club 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30 - 8 pm Mystery Book Club, gets together and discusses the latest mystery they have read.


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New Executive Director for Boys & Girls Club The Tioga County Boys & Girls Club (TCBGC) Board of Directors has hired a new Executive Director. Katie Tracy is a former TCBGC employee. From 2009-2011, she worked as a Recreational Aide and was then promoted to Program Director. “My past employment for the club has given me a firsthand look at the youth we help and an understanding of why having the club within our community is so vital,” said Tracy. Tracy graduated from Dryden High School and received an associate’s degree from Broome Community College. She left the area for two years to pursue a retail management position and returned to Tioga County to be near family and friends, and to live in a small-town environment where she could be an integral part of the community. Tracy not only brings past knowledge of the inner-workings of the TCBGC, but she also brings an enthusiasm to help the youth of Tioga County through this important organization. “I am eager to spread the word on all the great aspects of the Club and continue to build our programs and memberships. I am so happy to bring my energy to a place where a difference can really be made. Having worked for the club in the past, I

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“Beauty and the Beast” On Stage in Owego learn to love and earn the love of another before the last petal drops from an enchanted rose. His household staff is transformed into household items – Lumiere (Tracy Orend), a candelabra; Cogsworth (Alex Roberts), a clock; Mrs. Potts (Alexis Bidwell), a teapot; her son Chip (Jacob Dove) into a teacup. Then Madame de la Grande Bouche (Megan Shoen) becomes a wardrobe; Babette (Sara Wierbowski) a feather duster, and many other interesting character transformations. A young village beauty named Belle appears on the scene Belle (Kristy Jackson) and the Beast (Dan Wolfe) and the household staff aspires to get the Beast getting to know one another better. and Belle together to break the spell. They All-time favorite “Beauty and the welcome her to the castle with open Beast” with Kristy Jackson and Dan arms, hoping to influence her. But a Wolfe in the title roles will take the popular yet egotistical townsman named stage February 6 and 7, at 7:30, and the Gaston (Erik Tofte) has ideas of his February 8 at 2:30, at the Owego Apala- own. Conspiring with Monsieur chin Theater. D’Arque (Alec Winters) he uses a threat Presented by the Owego-Apalachin against Belle’s father Maurice (Gary Music Department, directed by Megan King) to try to force her to wed him inArmenio, assisted by Mike Meaney, and stead. choreographed by Katherine Gould, the The cast of 50, which have been in story tells the tale of a careless and un- rehearsal since November, is hoping you thinking prince who spurns an old begwill “Be Our Guest” at one of the perforgar woman who then vengefully puts mances – cover charge is $8.00 for him and his household under a spell. He adults and $6.00 for seniors and stuis transformed into a beast, doomed to dents. Call 687-6230 to arrange for tickremain that way forever unless he can ets to pick up at Will Call.

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Cogsworth (Alex Roberts), Lumiere (Tracy Orend), and Mrs. Potts (Alexis Bidwell) watch as Belle (Kristy Jackson) attends a wounded Beast (Dan Wolfe).

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Pink Elk 5K Run/Walk on April 19 The 3rd Annual Pink Elk 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, April 19, at 11:00 am at Vestal Elks Lodge 2508. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Lodge Veterans’ Committee. The cost for the event is $20 if you pre-register and $25 the day of the race (T-shirts will be limited). Family price is $20 for the first runner and $10 for each spouse and

child under 18 years old (must preregister). Your pre-registration includes a T-shirt, pasta dinner the night before and a snack after the race. Registration the day of the race is 9:30 to 10:45 am. Registration forms can be found on the Vestal Elks Club website at http:// southern.tier.net/vestalelks/ or email Jake Brown at wmjbrown@gmail.com.

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Find out what Girl Scouts is all about at a day of play at the Village Chapel in Candor on February 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Girls in Kindergarten through Third Grade are invited to come make crafts, try new games, make friends, and play the day away. The cost to attend is $20 per girl and includes the $15 Girl Scout membership fee. Financial assistance is available. Current Girl Scouts are welcome to attend the program if they bring a non-registered friend with them. For more information, or to register, go to www.gsnypenn.org (programs and events page, click on the Day of Play program description), or contact the Girl Scouts’ Horseheads Service Center at (607) 796-6202.

Record Year for Food Bank The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced that 2014 was a record setting year for the organization’s hunger relief efforts in the region. For the first time in the Food Bank’s 34-year history, over 10 million pounds of food were distributed to neighbors in need by the Food Bank and its network of partner agencies including Broome County based affiliate CHOW. The Food Bank’s ability to increase distribution is a credit to a new, larger facility opened in 2011, the expansion of its volunteer program, significant growth in direct service programs including the BackPack Program™ and Mobile Food Pantry, as well as a partnership formed in 2012 with CHOW to better serve the highest need County in the Food Bank’s service area. “Before moving into this facility, we never would have been able to distribute anywhere near 10 million pounds of food,” said Natasha Thompson, President and CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. “It’s an amazing milestone that we could not have reached without the support of so many

including our volunteers, donors, and especially our partner agencies who work on the front lines to distribute this food to our neighbors in need.” While this record is an important milestone, the Food Bank is already looking ahead at ways to more effectively address the sobering need of one in four Southern Tier residents who receive assistance from the Food Bank each year. An important change in 2015 will be the expansion of the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) program. The number of MFP distributions serving seniors will more than double this year to better reach a population that is often limited in access to traditional food pantries. Beginning mid-year, the MFP program will also significantly expand evening and weekend distributions to better reach food insecure populations with weekday employment. For more information about the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, or to learn how to make a difference in the fight against hunger, call 796-6061 or go to www.FoodBankST.org.

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Benefit Spaghetti Dinner - February 7 The Apalachin United Methodist Church will host its 8th Annual Benefit Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 7, between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30 pm. The event will feature the OFA Boy's Varsity Swim Team as celebrity waiters. Tickets are available from the swim team members as well as at the door for a donation of $7.00.

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The Apalachin Lions Club 28th Annual Scholarship program will award $3,000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2015 who live in the 13732, and 13760, 18830 Zip Codes. This covers Apalachin, Campville east to the Broome County line, and Little Meadows, PA. The scholarships are awarded to students who have made outstanding contributions in service to their community and school. Distribution of scholarships will be as follows: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to students who attend Owego Free Academy and Vestal High School,

and one $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who attends either of the following schools: Broome Tioga BOCES, Montrose Junior-Senior High, Seton Catholic Central High School, Ross Corners Christian Academy, and Home Schooling (LEAH). The distribution of scholarships is based on the relative numbers of students from Apalachin, Campville and Little Meadows attending each of the schools. Information and applications may be obtained at the schools Guidance Office, or Vestal LEAH.

“The Pajama Game” on stage at NV High School Newark Valley High School presents “The Pajama Game”, February 13 and 14, at 7:00 pm in the Jewel Griffith Auditorium at the Newark Valley High School, 68 Wilson Creek Road, Newark Valley. The Pajama Game is a musical written by George Abbott and based on the novel 7-1/2 Cents by Richard Bissell featuring a score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where worker demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms

between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and includes a cast of 20 students in Grades 8 through 12. General seating tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors citizens. You can purchase tickets in advance from one of the actors or at the door the nights of the performances.

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A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Friday, February 6, at 11:30 am for the grand opening of Sweet Valley Bridal & More located at 195 Main Street in Owego. Sweet Valley Bridal & More is a retail bridal shop featuring bridal gowns and dresses for the entire wedding party, mother of the bride, prom gowns, and special occasion dresses. To help complete those wedding details they

offer veils, jewelry, bridal party flowers, centerpieces and more. They will celebrate their grand opening with special pricing on prom and bridal dresses. Sweet Valley Bridal & More is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 to 5:30, Thursdays 12 to 7, Fridays 10 to 5:30, Saturdays 10 to 4, and Sundays by appointment.

‘Check Out Hunger’ Campaign Helps Food Bank The Check Out Hunger fundraising campaign of The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has started. For the past 21 years, the Food Bank has partnered with local grocery retailers to raise donations to help support hunger -relief efforts and increase awareness surrounding the issue of hunger in the Southern Tier. Now through March 1, donation coupons are conveniently located at participating store checkout registers for shoppers to make a donation of their choosing. Coupons are available in $2, $3, or $5 increments with barcodes that simply include the donation in the checkout total. Check Out Hunger is the Food Bank’s single largest fundraising campaign of the year,” said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. “The funds that come in from this campaign

allow us to continue growing the services that 1 in 4 Southern Tier residents rely on each year.” Participating stores include Jubilee Foods, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans Food Markets. All donations stay in the Southern Tier and directly support hunger-relief programs including the Mobile Food Pantry and BackPack Program™. “Last year, Check Out Hunger raised more than $263,000, and we are hoping to see this program continue to grow,” added Thompson. “Every $1 donation allows us to provide 3 meals to our neighbors in need, so the impact of these donations is very real.” To learn more about how you can make a difference in the fight against hunger, visit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier website at www.FoodBankST.org or call (607) 796 -6061.

Team Trivia Night - March 6 Join your friends and family for a fun evening of spirited competition at the annual Team Trivia Night organized by the OA Foundation for Excellence in Education. The event takes place on Friday March 6, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, at the Owego Elk’s Lodge on Front Street in Owego. Teams may consist of two to eight players, and can be sponsored by a business/organization for $225 or a family for $125.

Professional emcee John Adams will host the evening and the top three teams will win prizes. The Team Trivia Night is a major fundraiser for the Owego Apalachin Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. Grants are awarded each year to fund innovative projects and programs that benefit students in the Owego Apalachin area.


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4-H Youth Donates to Cutler Botanic Garden

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On January 27, 4-H youth Zachary Moyer, 17 of Binghamton, made a generous donation of $100 to the Cutler Botanic Garden. Zach continuously runs bottle and can drives and donates his proceeds to charities and causes he believes strongly in, such as past donations to support his 4-H club. Zach has been involved in 4-H for ten years and is a member of the Green Team 4-H Club, which focuses on horticulture and gardening with a strong emphasis on community service. His most recent donation has stretched beyond his club and to the community

with a $100 donation to Cutler Botanic Garden’s effort to raise funds to replace the gardens pick-up truck. Cutler Botanic Garden is home to one of the Green Team’s past projects, which holds a special place in their hearts. For more information on how you can contribute to Cutler Botanic Gardens campaign or learn more about 4-H, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County at (607) 772-8953 or broome@cornell.edu.

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The Art of Quilting Exhibit in Owego An exhibit called "The Art of Quilting" will be on display February 6 27, at the Tioga Arts Council's gallery at 179 Front Street in Owego. Organized by Bonnie Hall of Quilters' Haven on Lake Street, this exhibition is dedicated to the art and history of American quilting. The exhibition will include quilts representative of old and new patterns and techniques, tracing the

progression of quilts from early scrap bag quilt to elaborate pieced quilts and to modern simpler quilts. The quilts have been generously loaned by quilt guilds in and around Tioga County. A reception will be held on Friday, February 6, 5:00 to 8:00 pm in conjunction with 1st Friday ArtWalk. For more information, call Tioga County Arts Council at 687-0785.

Free “Writing Romance” Presentation - Feb. 7 Writing Romance, a February presentation by the Southern Tier Authors of Romance (STAR), will be held on February 7, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the George F. Johnson Public Library in Endicott. Five local, published authors from STAR will present brief talks on writing romance, followed by a question/answer period and a chance to meet the authors and members from STAR. Carol Henry will kick the session off with Writing Mechanics: Beyond Basics,

followed by Emma Barron on Pathways to Publication. E.E. Ottoman will discuss Diversity in Romance, Jennifer Bokal on Romancing History, and current President, Joan Koster will close with Why Join a Romance Writers of America Chapter like STAR. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information visit STAR’s website www.starrwa.org, or contact Joan Koster at: jitaska@gmail.com.

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Santa’s Special Delivery Imagine the joy on a child’s face when they opened their front door only to be greeted by that iconic jolly man in a red suit who pays children a visit every December. Several children in Tioga County got to experience that excitement on December 22, 2014, when Santa made a special delivery to their foster homes. Thanks to the continued generosity of the Tioga County community several children in foster care were delighted when Santa came and helped them open their gifts. Santa also provided each child with their first gift of Christmas, a single silver bell to hang on their tree. The Tioga County Foster Care program would like to thank the Lounsberry United Methodist Church

and the East Berkshire United Methodist Church for providing gifts to the children who are currently in foster care. Additional thanks go to Tioga County’s resident Santa, Director of Administrative Services Gary Grant, for delivering the gifts and providing the children with lasting memories. If you are interested in learning more about the Tioga County Foster Parenting program an informational session will be held on February 17, 2015, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building. If you would like to register or have any questions, please contact the Tioga County Homefinder, Sarah Moore, at (607) 687-8346.

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Rochester Diocese Offers “No News” about Owego’s St. Patrick School

Rumors have been circulating concerning the status of St. Patrick School in Owego. When this newspaper contacted Doug Mandelaro, Director, Office of Stewardship & Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, Mr. Madelaro sent the following statement via email: “As no decision has been made as yet regarding the school, there is no news release at this point in time.

School and parish leaders are working with the Catholic Schools Office and the Bishop's Office to analyze the situation carefully before making any decision about St. Patrick School going forward. No deadline has been set regarding such a determination. We will let you know when there is a news release.” We hope this is a case of “no news is good news”!

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Register Online for OLL Register online now for the 2015 season of Owego Little League Baseball and Tee Ball and Girls Softball and Teener League Baseball. There is no registration fee for OLL Baseball, Tee Ball and Softball. New this year in Tee Ball is sign ups for four-year-olds. Also for new signups to OLL, the age date is January 1. This is a Little League International change starting with new signups this year. Use the Owego Little League (OLL) Web Site www.eteamz.com/owego. Go to main page, under 2015 Sign Ups Now Open, click on the blue address link and follow registration instructions. OLL Player Agent Eric Hawkins ehawkins1@stny.rr.com will address any computer sign up issues. Sign Ups in person from 6 to 7:30 pm on two Thursdays, February 5 and 12, at the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club on Erie Street. Baseball Clinic Attendance from all Owego and Apalachin Little League and Teener League Players age 14 and under is encouraged for the Owego Free Academy Baseball Coaches and Varsity Players Winter Clinic from 11:30 am to 2 pm Saturday, February 28, at the OFA High

School gym. Register now on the OLL Web Site www.eteamz.com/owego. Players need to dress in baseball attire. Bring gloves and bats. OLL will have bats for those who don’t have one. Players will be broken up into age groups VP Teener Baseball Jim Lavo urges parents and coaches to observe what and how the players are being instructed. Teaching the players are experienced OFA coaches and players. Parent observation is very important to learn tips on how to help their child. New and experienced coaches learn valuable techniques on how to instruct a team. Volunteer Opportunities Registration is a time for parents to indicate their willingness to help umpire, manage, coach, work in concession stand, do field work, carpentry, plumbing, computers etc. New volunteers are always needed for the OLL family. Indicate what you’d like to do. More Helpful Information Visit Williamsport Online www.littleleague.org for four year olds now in Tee Ball for Fun, Fitness and Fundamentals; New Softball Coaching Courses and Partners With Softball Excellence; and Little League Tool Kit - A Local League Resource Guide.


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Waverly Middle School YES! Leaders Prepare to show younger students how to make safe choices

YES! LEADers from Waverly Middle School attended a special training aimed at building the skills they'll use to talk to elementary students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol later in the school year.

Nineteen students from Waverly Middle School completed their training to become YES! LEADers. YES! LEADers are high school and middle 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 skills

to develop resistance skills in elementary school children through interactive activities and age appropriate entertainment. Following a year’s hiatus, the YES! LEADS program returned to Waverly School district under the guidance of new advisor Karin Mann. “Our first year as a middle school group has been phenomenal. The kids are excited to be a part of this initiative and to give back to our community,” Mann said. “I’ve loved working with this group of students. They’re looking forward to presenting to the elementary classrooms.” Waverly Middle School’s YES! LEADers are committed to helping their community throughout the year. In the fall, they hosted a free family movie night for the community, and will sponsor a middle school dance in February. In the spring, they’ll visit elementary classrooms for their unique, hands-on presentations. YES! Safe Choices for Kids, a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, is now in its 26th year. For more information about YES! LEADS, please visit www.YesSafeChoices.org.

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Sauerbrey to Attend Statewide Seminar

Martha Sauerbrey, Chair of the Tioga County Legislature will meet with hundreds of county colleagues from across the state in Albany the first week in February as part of the New York State Association of Counties' (NYSAC) Legislative Conference. County officials will discuss state and local fiscal concerns, new mandate relief proposals, the State budget, and programs designed to save money for counties and their taxpayers. “The NYSAC Conference is an excellent opportunity to gain helpful information and learn what other counties are doing to face the challenges of our communities. We also learn new ideas and gain knowledge from the valuable programs they present” said Martha Sauerbrey. County officials from all areas of the state will attend the Legislative Conference. "County leaders recognize that by coming together on the issues that impact all counties, we can accomplish more than we can working

alone. Our partners at the State level need to address several crucial issues, and county officials are ready to work with them. Local officials attend this conference to learn as well as to roll up their sleeves and look at the solutions to the challenges we all face," said Stephen Acquario, NYSAC Executive Director. Dozens of workshops will cover a range of issues, including the impact of the proposed State budget on counties, financing 9-1-1, transportation infrastructure, mental health, juvenile justice, emergency management, renewable energy, ethics, agriculture, and economic development. The State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving all 62 counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC's mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

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