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Volume 32

Burglary at Dunkin Donuts

Tioga County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a burglary around 3:30 am on January 23 at the Dunkin Donuts on Route 434 in Apalachin. Law enforcement and K-9 units were seen searching around the property of Dunkin Donuts for several hours. The business re-opened early that afternoon. The search for suspects in the burglary is ongoing, and the suspects may also be involved in burglaries from across several area counties. Members of the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office attended a multi-agency meeting on January 25 hosted by Horseheads Police Department. Law enforcement officials from Broome, Tioga,

Chemung, Tompkins and New York State Police were in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss over a dozen commercial burglary cases from the various jurisdictions committed over the last two weeks. It is believed that the burglaries are related and were committed by the same individuals. The various agencies are still actively investigating these burglaries. Arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information relating to any of these burglaries is asked to contact the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division at 607-687-1010, their respective Sheriff’s Office, or the New York State Police.

OA School Bus Incident

An Owego-Apalachin School District bus was hit by a small truck on Tuesday, January 31, just after 7:00 am in the area of 108 Main Street in Apalachin. The school bus was stopped and picking up a student when it was struck by a ladder that was attached to the top of a pickup truck that was backing up at the same time. The side of the bus was left with a dent and some scratches, but no one was injured and the children were transported from the area to school. The Apalachin Fire Department and

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Verizon Main Phone Cable Cut

On Wednesday morning January 25, phone service for several hundred customers in the Town of Owego, east of Hiawatha Bridge in Apalachin, including the Town Hall and State Police was disrupted due to a main telephone trunk line being cut. Verizon estimated service could have been out until January 28, but due to the quick work of the Verizon line crew, service was restored around 2:15 pm on January 26.

Verizon replaced about 320 feet of cable along Route 434. The break happened Wednesday, January 25 early morning when the cable was cut by a "Todd Cable Construction" trencher digging to install 3500 feet of cable in the area for a undisclosed customer, according to a Todd Cable spokesman the phone line was improperly marked.

New York State Police were called to the scene.

Above shows the damage to the bus.

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Grant Opportunities for Libraries The Community Foundation for South Central New York announced a grant opportunity for libraries in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga counites. “The Community Foundation Library Fund is now accepting applications to enhance library resources, programs or services or that will assist in the production of an historical exhibition in conjunction with a public library.” said Tina Barber, Program Officer at The Commu-

nity Foundation for South Central N. Y. Applicants can complete and submit their applications to the Community Foundation on-line. “The deadline for this opportunity is March 7th, 2017. Interested organizations should visit our website at to view the guidelines and start the application process,” said Ms. Barber. More information about the foundation can be found on its website:

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Santa Brings Gifts On December 19, 2016, several children were delighted when they opened their front doors and were greeted by Santa and some of his local elves (aka the Tioga County Foster Care team), bringing them their first Christmas gifts. Thanks to the continued generosity of community members in both Tioga and Broome Counties, children in foster care were excited and shocked to see Santa in their living rooms, helping them open their gifts. As is his tradition, Santa provided each child with their first gift of Christmas, a single silver bell to hang on their tree. In addition to gifts provided to children in foster care, many families who are served by Tioga County’s Child Protective and Preventive Services, were able to receive gifts to provide to their children. The Tioga County Foster Care program would like to thank the East Berkshire United Methodist Church, the Lounsberry United Methodist Church, the Vestal Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church, staff with Tioga County’s FSMA, Support Collection, and Children’s services units, the Hiawatha Soccer Club, and the Innovation Corporation for providing the gifts to children and families in Tioga County. Addition-

al thanks go to Tioga County Department of Social Services resident Santa, Deputy Commissioner, 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 please contact the Tioga County Foster & Adoptive Homefinder, Sarah Moore, at (607) 687-8346 or The next set of classes needed to become a foster and/or adoptive parent will start on March 14, 2016.

Tioga Chamber Annual Dinner Meeting to be Held at Tioga Downs Casino You Can Do It! is the theme for the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting, Community Awards and Silent Auction sponsored by M&T Bank. The event will be held Thursday, February 9, at Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols. Cocktails begin at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. A Silent Auction will continue throughout the evening with items donated by chamber businesses and supporters. This is a popular, well-attended event and the highlight of the evening is the presentation of Community Awards. Special recognition is given to an existing business, a new business and an individual who have exhibited the Spirit of Tioga and made a significant contribution to the community. This year’s You Can Do It theme is meant to remind guests that anything is possible. February is also National Canned Food month and a food drive will also be held to help refill the shelves of the Tioga County Rural Ministry Food Pantry. Cost of the dinner is $40 per person. For more information and reservations please contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 687 -2020. Tioga County's


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Bishop Webb to Preach at NV Church On Sunday, February 19, at 9:30 am, Bishop Mark Webb of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church will preach at the First United Methodist Church of Newark Valley. Everyone is invited to attend. The Rev. Mark J. Webb, a native of Williamsport, Pa., was elected bishop on July 19, 2012, at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference held in Charleston, WV. He encourages working together to develop strategies and outcomes that will bear fruit. He has a passion for leadership development, new faith communities and ensuring existing congregations grow in vitality and fulfill the mission of making disci-


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New Computers at Apalachin Library The Apalachin Library has two more computers for public use thanks to the generosity of the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. The library’s four public computers have Microsoft Office programs. Printing in black and white is available for a very small fee. The four public computers are available whenever the library is open which

is Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. WiFi is also available if you want to bring in your own device. The Apalachin Library is at 719 Main Street in Apalachin. Stop in and take advantage of this wonderful service. For more information, call the library at 625-3333.

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Vestal Accepting Pre-K Applications for 2017-18 The Vestal School District is accepting applications for 2017-18 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for eligible children who will turn four years old by December 1, 2017. The half-day pre-Kindergarten program is free to Vestal Central School District residents. Transportation is not provided. Applications are available on the district's Universal Pre-K web page, -

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cation packet be mailed to you by calling 757-2291. Sites for the 2017-18 Universal PreKingdergarten program are still being determined. Applicants will be notified of site options. The number of seats available is determined by funding from New York State. If the number of applications exceeds the number of openings, a lottery will be held in March 2017. The continuation of the program is contin-

Free Lunch - Feb. 14 A free community luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 14, at 12:00 pm at The Park Terrace Community

United Methodist Church located at 30 Glann Road in Apalachin.

Scholarship Essay Competition Are you continuing or furthering your education? Do you need help with funding? The NYS Women, Inc. Susquehanna Chapter is offering an essay competition to promising scholars 18 and older who are furthering their education, reentering the workforce or recertifying/ certifying for a profession. In order to participate, the essay must be about an historical woman from Tio-

ga County who has inspired you and/or your community. The scholarships will be awarded Wednesday, March 22, at the Women Ties luncheon at the Pheasant Hill Country Club in Owego. First Place $1,000, Second Place $ 500, and Third Place $250 will be awarded. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm est February 27, 2017. For more information, go to

Candor's St Baldrick's Event & 5K

Candor's 7th Annual St. Baldrick's Event will take place on Sunday, April 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Candor Fire Station. The family fun event, with lots of raffles, food, music and activities, is a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s, a pediatric cancer foundation. The main event is shaving heads to show solidarity with children with cancer. You can register to be a shavee and to participate in the 5K at mypage/4251/2017 This year marks the 2nd Annual 5K

Run/Walk the morning of April 2 at 9:30 am starting at the Candor Ambulance Garage. Runners and walkers can register to participate in the 5K register as a volunteer, putting 5K behind your name. The entry fee is $25 with a shirt, $15 without a shirt. Put your entry fees in as a donation and add your shirt size where asked. Last year, the event raised more than $35,600. This year’s is $40,000. If you have questions, contact Kelly at or 972-4395.

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Karaoke Saturday - March 4th The 5th annual Artfully SQUARED, Tioga Arts Council’s collaborative art event, is open to creatives of all ages and skill levels. Here’s how it works: use any medium to make a piece that measures 7 inches 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 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter and entry forms are available at the Tioga Arts Council or at All artworks will be exhibited in TAC’s Gallery during the entire month of April and each piece will be available for a $20 donation.

TAC Members will have first dibs on Artfully SQUARED pieces. Become a member and join TAC for a special members-only event on April 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Artfully SQUARED will open to the public on April 7. A reception will be held that evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm as part of Owego’s 1st Friday ArtWalk. All funds raised help support TAC’s vision to inspire and support a vibrant, creative community in and around Tioga County. The Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego. For more information, call 687-0785 or visit

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The Cruciverbalists Team, winner of Tioga United Way’s first annual Adult Spelling Bee in 2016. Tioga United Way issues a “Call for Entries” for its 2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 25, at the Owego Elks Lodge, 223 Front Street in Owego. The event is a fundraiser that helps to raise money for the 30 partner agencies that depend, in part, on the Tioga United Way to fund their programs and activities. The spelling bee also brings attention to one of the issues that Tioga United Way supports – literacy. “The Adult Spelling Bee is a lot of fun and it draws attention to the wonderful work of our partner agencies, includ-

ing Literacy Volunteers of Broome and Tioga County,” said Carolyn Palladino, Executive Director of the Tioga United Way. Groups of two to six individuals will comprise each team. To enter a team, go to or call the Tioga United Way at (607) 687-4028. The cost to enter a team is $100 and teams are encouraged to dress in costume. Teams must be registered by March 10. To sponsor a team or contribute to the Tioga United Way, call their office.

Rotary Club Helps Food Pantry with Raised Garden Beds The Owego Rotary Club, funded in part by a Rotary District Grant, has constructed five large raised garden beds at the former Nichols Elementary School on RoKi Blvd. in Nichols. The project was lead by Rotarian Kevin Millar and was assisted by Rotarian Wendy Deis. Construction was completed by Rotarian volunteer over a twoweek period in early October. Also assisting was Laurie Ellis from Tioga Outreach (Catholic Charities) whose organization will be planting and

harvesting the produce to augment their existing food pantry. “This will have a significant impact on bridging food insecurity issues in this part of the County,” said Laurie Ellis, Community Services Director, at Tioga Outreach (Catholic Charities). The Owego Rotary Club contributes to numerous community projects and charities in the County, as well as offering scholarships, student leadership programs, and sponsoring exchange students.




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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, As the climate changes, we can expect more weather shifts such as more rain in the winter, drier springs and summers with more variable winds. This is in spite of the fact that the Northeast, with its abundant rainfall and projected longer growing season, is in an excellent geographic location for our small family farms. I would submit that it is the family farm that identifies Tioga County’s hamlets and villages. It is the open farm land north and south of Spencer, the farm lands to the west of Candor and the working farm landscape that separates Nichols, Tioga Center, Barton and the Village of Waverly. These working farms are not only valuable to the farmers but, to the greater community, as they maintain Tioga County’s attractiveness for the tourism industry and help reduce flooding via their protection of fields and forest, in addition to supplying our food. In recreational and tourism terms Tioga County is considered the entrance to the Finger Lakes, to water sports and vineyards and continued picturesque

landscapes. To our north the Town of Ithaca has protected 2 farms while Tompkins County has spent over 3 million dollars to protect 5 farms and over 2,242 acres Lying to Tioga County’s south is Bradford County, PA. Since 2001 the Bradford County Agricultural Land Preservation Program has allocated over $3 million dollars for the protection of the County’s Agricultural future. The Bradford County Conservation District has facilitated easements on 14 farms totaling over 3,700 acres. I believe that Tioga County’s family farms should be protected wherever a willing farmer has quality land that should be protected for future generations. I would further suggest that to help fund the occasional State program, Tioga County increase its mortgage tax from ¾ to 1% and that those funds be designated to protect our best farmland and critical open spaces. Most respectfully, Marty Borko 17 Lyman Ave Waverly, NY 14892 607-565-2636

Free Community Luncheon - Feb. 14 Women’s Group of Aplalachin will hold free fellowship luncheon on Tuesday, February 14, at 12:00 pm. The local women’s group wants to extend their fellowship to others by holding a free luncheon for anyone in the local community. Take this opportunity to meet the group’s members at

Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church, greet some neighbors, and share a meal. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend. The Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church is at 30 Glann Road in Apalachin.

Apalachin Lions Club Scholarships 2017 The Apalachin Lions Club 30th Annual Scholarship program will award $3000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2017 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. Please return the complete application to the Guidance office or Vestal LEAH on or before: March 25, 2017.




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Legislation Designates Crimes that Specifically Target First Responders as Hate Crimes Senator Fred Akshar, joined by Senators Martin Golden and Patrick Gallivan, last month announced the Community Heroes Protection Act (S1114A/ A2962A), which would designate crimes that specifically target police, firefighters and other emergency service workers punishable as hate crimes. The Community Heroes Protection Act was inspired by the many brave men and women in uniform who have lost their lives, were injured or targeted simply because of their jobs as protectors of the community. Researchers have found that between 2015 and 2016, there was a 68% increase in firearms related fatalities among law enforcement. This brings the total number of officers who were fatally shot in 2016 to sixty-four. Senator Fred Akshar (R-C-I, Colvesville) said, “We are living in a time where our nation is divided and crimes against first responders and police officers are on the rise. Thousands of men and women voluntarily put their uniforms on every day to protect and serve our communities in a capacity no other could, even when there are very few willing to stand up for them.” In numerous studies across the country it has been found, that law enforcement officers are not the only first responders being violently targeted. In New York alone, areas such as Cape Vincent and Webster have seen Community Heroes like EMTs, Firefighters, and 911 Dispatchers injured or killed in numerous ambush-style acts of violence. Senator Fred Akshar said, “Many

families, friends, and colleagues are unjustly losing loved ones and it is our duty to offer our Community Heroes respect and to ensure their protection, just as they risk their lives every day to ensure ours.” The Community Heroes Protection Act classifies all crimes against first responders, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel as hate crimes. These offenses are designated as hate crimes only if they are intentionally aimed at first responders based on the profile of their career. In current law, when a person is convicted of a hate crime and the specified offense is a misdemeanor or a class C, D or E felony, the hate crime shall be deemed to be one category higher than the specified offense or one category higher than the offense level applicable to the defendant`s conviction. Police officers and first responders are not included in the current definition of a hate crime. Senator Fred Akshar said, “Make no mistake, the passage of stiffer penalties will not single-handedly protect all of our emergency service workers, nor will it mend all relationships between those who serve the public and the public whom they serve. This is a stepping stone in deterring crime based on prejudice, but it's incumbent upon all of us on both sides of the uniforms to talk to each other, to become involved in each others' lives and make an effort to truly understand each others' perspectives. Only then can we build stronger, safer communities for everyone in them.”

Waverly FRC Kicks Off 20th Year - Feb. 10 The Waverly Family Resource Center (FRC), a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County, celebrates the beginning of its 20th year serving the families in Waverly with a Family Fun Night event for families with young children. The Valentine themed event will be held on Friday, February 10, from 6:00

to 8:00 pm at the Waverly Village Hall, located at 32 Ithaca Street in Waverly. There will be face painting, games, crafts, refreshments and more for families to enjoy. The cost is $5 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 years are admitted free. For more information contact Joan Shultz at (607)565-2374.

Quilt Show at Museum The Tioga County Historical Society is hosting the quilt show exhibition “Quilts By The River” now through March 4 at the museum, 110 Front Street in Owego. Related activities include a silent auction and demonstrations. The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and free for chidlren and members. The exhibit rooms are filled with many excellent quality quilts that were made locally, including a display of antique quilts from the museum’s collection. Visitors can participate in a special silent auction for a chance to win a variety of specially made quilts.

Lectures, demonstrations, and classes are available throughout the show. Demonstrations will take place on the following dates: • Feb. 11 - Deb Pedro, Paper Piecing • Feb. 18 - Carolyn Campbell, Heart • Feb. 25 - Virginia Scarpino, Prairie Points The Tioga County Historical Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 687-2460, email, or visit

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Apalachin Daisy Troop 45 “Bottle Drive” The bottle drive is their first

project of community service through Girl Scouting. The girls have decorated “Daisy” bottle boxes that can be found at Don Davis Meats, Sweeney’s Market, and the Apalachin Library.

On February 20, 102 fifth graders at the Apalachin Elementary School graduated from the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education ) Program administered by Tioga County Sheriff's Deputies Lenny Jackson and Phil Brown. In the past, D.A.R.E graduates received the D.A.R.E Bear. This year, the mascot was changed to a lion. The first Tioga County D.A.R.E. Lion was presented to Gary Iacovazzi by Deputy Jackson Gary received the D.A.R.E. Lion on behalf of the Apalachin Lions Club which was recognized for its support of the D.A.R.E. Program.



A One-way Trip Down Memory Lane Growing up in a small town, it wasn’t that uncommon to have had some minor brush with the law. As I approach the 50th anniversary of my own experience, I wanted to share a recollection with you and perhaps rekindle some of your memories.

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Mr. Jack Evans Normally I would have welcomed a pass from Mr. Evans’ biology class. That late winter afternoon was different, though. I would have gladly stayed behind and cleaned slides or polished microscopes. However, I had literally been summoned to appear before the Honora-

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of course, had the starring role as 'The Beaver'. The judge did not require an introduction. In fact, he did all the talking. We each took a chair, positioned in a semicircle around the perimeter of the room. But don’t let the upholstery fool you. There was no comfortable seating that day. Sitting there, my mind overflowed with every doomsday scenario I could imagine. I wouldn’t be able to get a license now until I got Social Security. That meant my parents would have to take me to the prom and that would be the worst thing ever. Maybe we could take a cab, so I just have to find a date that wouldn’t mind arriving in a taxi. Maybe just ask someone who wanted to drive herself, although that could be awkward. But what if I wouldn’t be around to go to the prom? “Do they let you out of jail for special occasions?” I probably need to ask. “Whoa, are the lights getting dim in here?” So then we came to the part of the program that had brought us all together. I had been thinking about contacting the Patron Saint of Adolescence, but wasn’t sure who it was. Wasn’t even sure there was one, but desperation was growing. Panic crept silently into the room and was now leaning directly on me. Just as a batter anticipated a pitch, my mind braced for words such as probation, up the river, 10 to 20, permanent record and life.


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Honorable George Boldman ble George Boldman that day for my 20 minutes of fame. Honestly, I hoped it would not take that long. The whole matter stemmed from a teenage indiscretion several weeks before. Let’s just say a good friend and I borrowed my sister’s car for a short jaunt and when the road zigged, we zagged. The trip turned out to be oneway and much, much shorter than expected. In New York there were two requirements to operate a motor vehicle. You first needed to be 16 years of age and secondly, you had to possess a driver’s license. That’s where things got a bit sticky as I was about 8 months shy of Rule #1 and as far as Rule #2, well, I hadn’t quite picked up the handbook yet. Ditto for the copilot, except he was only 5 months south of #1. Then there was also an issue about the car, which, by the way, was DOA. Hence the need to rinse some things out with the authorities downtown.

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Upon arrival at the courthouse, we were directed to the judge’s chambers. This would be a private encounter with no courtroom, no bench and no witness stand. Now, up to that point, the extent of my legal training hinged on 15, maybe 20 episodes of Perry Mason, so I wasn’t sure if this was good news or not. However, as I later found out, being on the receiving end of a judicial admonition was no picnic, no matter the setting. The session began with the introduction of everyone and had the elements of being the mother of all indigestion. My parents were there, so was the nice policeman that wrote the ticket. A woman sat in the corner to take things down. I,

Like the last few moments of Jeopardy, but without the jingle, nobody spoke. We all sat frozen, awaiting the final answer. Slowly the judge stopped reading and put his paperwork down. He then with reading glasses perched on the end of his nose, looked squarely at me. Only me. He began by asking some basic questions then launched into a fullblown dressing down. Understand that by age 15, I already had had a fair number of lectures under my belt, but this one proved different. Sort of the difference between black and white and color, or standard definition and HD. He was clear what could have happened and what responsibility he had. I am not sure he mentioned anything my mother hadn’t already said 100 times, but unfortunately there was a lot of ground to cover. And then suddenly in what was to be one of several miracles in my life he announced that after consideration, I was not a threat to the community after all. I could be released without harm to society, General Motors or myself. Stipulation was that I was not to even get so much as a jaywalking ticket, or next time we’d be having a different discussion. I’m not exactly sure how many minutes my heart had stopped. You’d be surprised how hard it is to keep track of details like that when you’re not breathing. To this day, most of the rest of the session remains a blur. As quickly as a dropped pass on fourth down, though, the entire mess was over. And what do you know? There actually was a saint assigned to watch over teenagers. No need for a taxi now. "DMV, see you in September!" I suspect the judge made some decisions over the years that he questioned. I always wanted to go back to him and reassure him, though, that on that day he was spot on. He recognized a good kid that went a little too far and that his role was to scare the bejesus out of the youngster so he would think twice about coloring outside the lines again. Probably things would be handled differently today, but I took him at his word that he did not want to ever see me in front of him again and I kept my end of the deal. I learned more from that session than I realized. Never had something so uncomfortable done so much good. Enough that a half century later that afternoon remains etched in my memory.

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Gregory Douglas Gusse, age 65, of Palmer, Alaska died January 5, 2017 at his home, after a five year journey with cancer. Born April 7, 1951, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Donald William Gusse and Mona Angela (Mastropaolo) Gusse, both deceased. Greg was very involved with music and the arts in the Palmer community over the past 10 years.

More information about his life can be found on his facebook page: Gregory Gusse. He is survived by his loving wife Julie Hopkins; his children Walker Gusse and wife Loki Tobin of Anchorage, Alaska, and Travis Gusse and wife Jennifer Gusse of Owego, New York, and their children Travis Jr and Katlyn. Also, by Jamie (Julie’s son) and Carol Hushower and their children Tobin and Jesse. And by five siblings, Donald Gusse, Carl Gusse, Walter Gusse, Barbara (Gusse) Johnson, Susan (Gusse) Poulsen; and many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A celebration of life was held Friday January 13, 2017, at Vagabond Blues in Palmer. Memorial donations can be sent to: Mat Su Home Health & Hospice, 950 E. Bogard Rd, Ste 132, Wasilla Alaska 99654.

AFD District Update

An open letter to the Apalachin Fire District taxpayers. Dear Apalachin Taxpayers, As January closes behind us we are quickly approaching groundbreaking for the new Fire Station #1 on Pennsylvania Avenue. Your volunteers are already acting on our mobilization plan to relocate operations to our two satellite stations: Station 2 at 8924 State Route 434 and Station 3 at 4283 Pennsylvania Avenue effective March 1, 2017. There have been many questions from our constituents and we welcome them all big and small. A lot of analysis and preparation has been done though to ensure continuity of services given the importance of our mission. Local residents will see Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations headquartered out of Station 2 starting March 1. Our analysis indicates that statistically more calls and more EMS volunteers are located closer to this station than Station 3 ensuring a rapid response to your call for assistance. Fire apparatus will be split amongst both stations with operational plans for personnel to know their new response station prior to mobilization. Clearly not all of our apparatus will fit inside each station (thus one of the needs for a new one). There will be apparatus stored outside of the stations and security of these assets is our number one concern. We have taken proactive

measures to protect these assets but certainly ask our residents to keep a watchful eye and report any concerns to the authorities once aware. So what’s next? Effective March 1st we will have vacated Station 1 in preparation for asbestos abatement and demolition. The abatement exercise is anticipated to last three weeks with demolition to quickly follow. It is likely the building will be demolished and site development initiated in early April. Working hours for all contractors are limited to 6:00 am – 6:00 pm with normal operations expected from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm. We anticipate “substantial completion” on the new station October 1, 2017, and plan to be back on Penn. Ave. in 2017. Another update is sure to come next month. In the interim, please feel free to reach out at any time with questions, concerns, or compliments. Finally I’d like to thank the Community Press for their generosity of publishing these monthly updates to keep you all informed. Sincerely, Brian Rieber Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners 607-765-2974

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Boating Course Offered in JC The Susquenango Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons®, is offering a boating safety course (America’s Boating Course®) at the Johnson City High School, Reynolds Road in Johnson City. The public is welcome to register for one of the following sessions: Option 1: “Five consecutive Mondays” Monday, February 27 through March 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Option 2: “Condensed time frame” April 24, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, April 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and May 1, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The classes feature dynamic Power Point presentations and stimulating speakers who are experts in recreational boating. Upon completion, you will receive a USPS Boating Safety Certificate to operate recreational boats including personal watercraft (a.k.a. jet skis). This is mandatory for all PWC operators regardless of age. This certificate is recognized by all states. The charge for course materials and exam is $45. For more details and preregistration call Les Smith at (607) 7977391 or go to




Leadership Tioga Class of 2017

Names and employers of those in the Leadership Tioga Class of 2017 are: Seated: Dillon Tiddick - Tioga County Boys & Girls Club, Ryan Hallenbeck Owego Apalachin Central School District, Danielle Duffek - Tioga County Treasurer's Office, Josh Roe - Tioga Central School District

Second row: Staci Becker - Tioga County Historical Society, Kyle Quail Lockheed Martin, Victoria Tagarelli Lockheed Martin, Amy Fancher - Tioga County Public Health Deptartment, Pam Benthin - Village of Newark Valley, Colleen Barton - Visions FCU, Ashlee HuntWaverly Central Schools, Jennifer Welch

Rotary Scholarships Awarded The Owego Rotary Club has awarded two $1,000 scholarships. Scholarships were awarded to Madeline White from Owego Free Academy and Rhyne Maas from Newark Valley High School. Madeline will be attending SUNY Broome and Rhyne will be attending SUNY Cobleskill in the fall. The Owego Rotary Club, founded in

1920, supports numerous community initiatives throughout Tioga County such as scholarships, youth programs, humanitarian and community support services. “Your financial support of Owego Rotary events allows us to fund these many programs,” states Brian Eldridge, President of Owego Rotary.

- Tom Ash Agency, Lauren Nichols Tom Ash Agency, Michele Strickland Chemung Canal Trust Comapny Back row: Wayne Moulton - Tioga County Sheriff's Office, Cate Pichany Waverly Central Schools, Ron Schmidt Town of Owego, Ed Nizalowski - Retired, Robert Strothers- Visions FCU,

Brittany Woodburn - Tioga County ED & P, Shannon Davis - Tioga State Bank, Wayne Aman - Candor Central School, Todd Kopalek - Tioga County Environmental Health Department Not pictured: Makyla Bean - Community Care Network of Nichols.

Friends of Coburn Library Seek Info on Early Members The Friends of the Coburn Free Library are looking for information and names of the early members of the Friends. The organization was incorporated in 1952 by Eva A. Thomas. And is still working with the library to raise funds through book reviews and book sales.

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Castellucci to Announce Run For Re-election

On February 10, 2017 Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci, Jr. will announce his intention to seek re -election this November at his 16th Rigatoni and Meatball Dinner. He is entering his 22nd year in local government, the last 8 as Town Supervisor. Crediting his many supporters, friends and even those with different points of view, He stated: “You have to have a balance in any position. If you only listen to those who agree with you, success will be difficult to obtain. Listening does not mean you compromise your views but you understand when implementing policy and procedure

there is more than one approach.” He also stated, “It has been an honor and a blessing to serve the residents of the Town, something I have never taken for granted. I look forward to continuing that relationship over the next four years.” Castellucci has chaired the Tioga County Council of Governments the last five years, serves on the TompkinsTioga Catholic Charities Advisory Board, is a member of the NYS Association of Towns Executive Committee and is a member of the Apalachin Lions Club and Owego Elks Club. Castellucci’s fundraiser will be held on February 10th at the Owego Elks from 5:30-8-15 pm. Dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Don is honored to have Senator Fred Akshar as guest speaker, with some of the entertainment to be provided by Rick Pedro and Andrea McBride. If you are interested in attending or would like to donate, you can email at or call 607-768-0816. Tickets are $25 or a table of 6 for $125.


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