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Tioga Downs Casino Resort and Watkins Glen International Announce Multi-Year Partnership

Tioga Downs Casino Resort and Watkins Glen International have announced a multi-year partnership, making Tioga Downs the ‘Official Casino’ of Watkins Glen International. Watkins Glen International and Tioga Downs will work together to expand the region’s tourism reach with packages that complement each other’s properties and NYS attractions in general. These include bringing motor coach groups and tours from other areas so guests can experience all that the Southern Tier has to offer. “Today is a great day for the Southern Tier with two of the region’s premier destinations coming together to provide additional opportunities to draw and attract visitors from outside the area,” Tioga Downs President Charles Otto said. “Watkins Glen International is a historic

organization that has a long-standing reputation of quality and tradition and Tioga Downs is proud to partner with them.” As part of the multi-year deal as the Official Casino of Watkins Glen International, Tioga Downs will have the title sponsorship of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race taking place on Saturday, June 29, during Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen race weekend at Watkins Glen International. The race will now be named the “Tioga Downs 240,” the 240 represents the length of the race in minutes. “All of us at Watkins Glen International are thrilled with this announcement of Tioga Downs Casino Resort as our ‘Official Casino’,” WGI President Michael Printup said. “For us, the ability to

work with another one of the true drivers in terms of regional tourism and economic development, it checks off all of the boxes that you want to see in a partnership. We are excited to grow this into something very meaningful for both sides, and for the Southern Tier at-large.” In addition, the Daytona 500 viewing party will be hosted at Tioga Downs on Sunday, February 17. The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Admission to the watch party will be free and will include interactive games as well as food and drink specials while the big race is broadcast throughout the property. Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural said, “We are excited to partner with a great

group like Watkins Glen International for the benefit of all those inside and outside of the region. When I first announced our intent to apply for a casino license here at Tioga Downs, one of the overarching themes was to partner with local organizations for the collective benefit of the area and its residents. We feel that this partnership with Watkins Glen International is representative of that commitment and both groups will collectively work to bring increased tourism to the region.”

As One Owego Restaurant Closes, Another Opens The Calaboose Grill located in the old Tioga County Jail Building on Court St. in Owego officially closed its doors on January 27, 2019. The restaurant opened with a ribbon cutting on September 26, 2012. The Owego Steak House restaurant on Fifth Avenue in Owego (Rt 17C) opened January 31, 2019.

Candor Prepares for St. Baldrick’s Event & 5K This spring, Candor EMS and the American Legion Auxiliary will once again host the St. Baldrick’s Shave-aThon and 5K run/walk to raise money for childhood cancer research. The event takes place on Sunday, March 31, at the Candor Elementary School. To get the ball rolling, the team is participating in the community Indoor Yard Sale at Candor High School on March 2, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. All proceeds go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The team is accepting items in good, sellable condition but no TVs or computer equipment. If you have items to donate, drop them off at the high school on Friday, March 1, between 4:15 and 5:30 pm. The St. Baldrick’s team will also be holding a Can and Bottle Drive from the end of February through the end of

March. Look for drop-off wagons at the Hi-Way Dairy bar and also at Iron Kettle Farm. There are other ways to participate as well. Sign up to be a shavee. Register for the 5K event. And think about becoming a sponsor. The St. Baldrick’s organizers are seeking business and individual sponsors who, in return, gain fame on the back of the 5K Tshirt. They are also seeking donations of gift basket donations, raffle items, and food for the concession stand. For more information about the yard sale or sponsorship, contact Kelly at (607) 972-4395 or krstarkwe@ or Joan Bartlett at And remember to check the Candor St. Baldrick’s page at:




Apalachin Lions Recognize Henry Hammond Saturday February 16th starting at 7pm Saturday February 23rd

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On January 26, 2019, Lions 20E2 District Governor Jake Brown (left) presented Apalachin resident Henry Hammond (right) with a 50-Year Milestone Chevron Award. This award is a recognition by Lions Club International for many years of honorable and commendable service that has touched the lives of many people. Several Apalachin club members were on hand to congratulate Lion Henry for his service and companionship.

2019 Students Inside Albany Conference Applications of Broome and Tioga County high school junior and senior students are being accepted for the 19th annual Students Inside Albany conference on May 19 to 21, 2019, in Albany. The conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., and supported by CSEA, is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and to provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena. As part of this program, students will also tour the capitol and observe


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both the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislators. Students are sponsored by one of the 50 local League of Women Voters throughout New York State; all their expenses are covered, including travel and three nights at a hotel in downtown Albany. The participants receive a student membership in the League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties, New York State and United States. Local membership includes an email newsletter and invitations to meetings on government related topics as well as electronic communication from the State and National League. For more information, contact Margaret Goodfellow at (607) 655-1929 or studentsinsidealbanybroometiog@ (put 2019 SIA in the subject line). Completed application materials must be received by February 15, 2019. Tioga County's


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NO JOB TOO SMALL General Home Repairs Basic Chores Leadership Tioga held its kick-off session on January 9 at the beautiful Belva Lockwood Inn located on Front Street in historic Owego. The Leadership Tioga Program, run by the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, is committed to inspiring and connecting participants to services in our community by promoting personal growth, leadership development, networking, and skill building. Various class locations throughout the county give participants the opportunity to learn more about what Tioga County has to offer. Dynamic speakers discuss topics ranging from volunteerism, performance management, public safety, and human services to name just a few. The class heard from speaker Robert Williams on the importance of community and volunteerism. Facilitator Jill

Teeter introduced the class project for this year which will include community service for a non-profit organization in Tioga County. The class was provided with a comprehensive list of organizations, agencies, and groups in Tioga County to choose from. Upon completion of their community service, they will be expected to give a class report on the details of their experience. This year’s class has 21 attendees and includes a student from Owego Free Academy. “We are excited to have a student with us this year; I think it will bring a fresh new perspective and viewpoint to our discussions,” said Ms. Teeter. For more information, contact the Tioga Chamber at 687-2020 or

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Partners Insurance Agency Merges with Smith Brothers Insurance Effective January 1, 2019, Smith Brothers Insurance and The Partners Insurance Agency, an independent insurance agency in Vestal, Owego, and Waverly, have merged together. This merger expands Smith Brothers Insurance footprint into upstate NY where The Partners will maintain local presence while leveraging the resources of Smith Brothers Insurance, one of the nation’s Top 100 independent brokers. Owners of the NY offices, Don Patterson, Bill Soprano, Phil Wiles, John Carlin, Michael Constantine, and Chris Hutchings, will stay fully engaged in client service and business development. Michael Constantine will run the New York region, contin-

uing to serve clients with the same team of insurance professionals who have also become employees of Smith Brothers Insurance. “The Partners brings us presence in New York and allows personal and commercial clients of The Partners to gain access to additional carriers, coverages and risk management services. Those who own or operate a business will benefit from our additional valueadded services such as; human resources, employee wellbeing, safety, compliance and financial services,” states Joe B. Smith, President & CEO of Smith Brothers Insurance. “Both agencies have strong ties to serve our clients and give back to the communities where we live and work.”


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Valentine’s Day Luncheon - Feb. 14 A Valentine’s Day Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 14, at 11:30 am, at the Park

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Local Students on Dean’s List at Alfred The following Tioga County students earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2018 semester at Alfred State College: Louis Alcantara of Apalachin, Technology Management; Sonia Nunez of Apalachin, Nursing (AAS/BSN); Cuyler Kochin of Barton, Cyber Security; John Wells of Barton, Technology Management; Brandon Lewandowski of Spencer, Business Administration; Danielle Burkhart of Waverly, Nursing (AAS/BSN); Sage Burt of Waverly, Nursing (AAS/BSN); Kylie Newman of Waverly, Nursing

(AAS/BSN). To be listed, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours for the semester and earned a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0. For the most recent semester, the dean’s list includes 776 students. In addition, 188 of these students achieved a 4.0 GPA. Those students honored are enrolled full-time in either the School of Applied Technology; School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology; or the School of Arts and Sciences. Alfred State offers both bachelor’s and associate degrees in a wide variety of different majors.




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Team Trivia at Owego Elks Team Trivia nights will be held at the Owego Elks Lodge on the first Wednesday of every month. The next event will be February 6 at 7:00 pm. The cost is $5 per person. The firstplace team is awarded a prize at a value of $25. Light snacks will be available and the bar will be open for drinks. Team Trivia at the Elks Lodge is open to the community as well as Elk members. Invite your friends and form your own team, or come on in on your

own. The Owego Elks Lodge is at 223 Front Street in Owego. All proceeds from this event will support the Lodge Capital Improvement Fund. The lodge mansion, ballroom, and Emporium are in need of major repairs. The Elks are gearing up to replace the roofs of the buildings and need to increase the funds in their reserves. For more information call 687-1039.

Students make University of Albany’s Dean’s List The following students have been named to the University at Albany Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 Semester: Kelly Decker of Apalachin John Ziolkowski of Apalachin Morgan Kurtz of Candor Tara Snover of Candor Lindsey Diego of Newark Valley

Brady Wisniewski of Newark Valley In order to qualify for this distinction, students at the University at Albany must earn a grade point average of 3.25 or higher during their first semester of study. In subsequent semesters of study, students must earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

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Ti-Ahwaga Players to Present “Plaza Suite”

Ti-Ahwaga Players will present Neil Simon’s comedy “Plaza Suite” on the first three weekends in March beginning Friday, March 1, and running through March 17, 2019. Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8:00 pm with the Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. The comedy is presented as an honor/ memoriam to the late playwright who passed away last year. Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three

marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!” In the cast are veteran Ti-Ahwaga performers, Kathy Harris and Jamie Cornell. Others are Anne Glasgow, Sonny Dewitt, Cameron Cole and Gordon Wu. The play is under the direction of James Osborne. Tickets can be reserved by calling the theatre at 607-687-2130 or online at

County Legislature Meeting - Feb. 12 The second regular meeting of the the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, February 12, in the auditorium of the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings will be held in a

conference room or the auditorium, as listed. If you require any accommodation or auxiliary aid, contact the legislative office at 687-8240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided.

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The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers has approved the 2018 Floyd Hooker youth grants for Tioga County NY. The awards total $21,860 to six non-profit organizations serving Tioga County, NY: Tioga County Council on the Arts Grant Amount: $1,750 To encourage local youth to create art and display it in a new section designated for “Budding Artists” at the annual En Plein Air outdoor show and sale. Christian Activities Network Grant Amount: $4,110 Assist with the final stages of construction of the Tennis/Pickle ball court complex in Spencer. Food Bank of the Southern Tier Grant Amount: $2,500 For the purchase of food for the Backpack Program. Tioga County Soccer Association Grant Amount: $8,000 For the purchase of storage sheds in four towns, Appalachian, Candor and Newark Valley. Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach Center Grant Amount: $2,500 For the support of student incentives,

field trips, STEAM projects, daily after school activities for students enrolled in the Youth Engagement services (YES) program. Cooperative Extension Tioga County Grant Amount: $3,000 To support a three-generational cooking series for children. “The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers and its Tioga County Advisory Board is committed to making an immediate impact by following the wishes of a former Tioga County, NY, resident Floyd Hooker,” said Suzanne Lee, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers. “His commitment to the young people of Tioga County through his fund at the Community Foundation will support youth programs in the county forever. Making a substantial impact by supporting projects and programs that will make a real difference in improving the health and welfare of our young people in all corners of Tioga County, NY. This level of investment in our area is a shining example of what one individual chose to do with their legacy.” The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves the counties of Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga (PA) and Tioga (NY). They can be reached at or (570) 888-4759.

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through 18. The series will be held Monday evenings, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at 56 Main Street in Owego, beginning February 25, 2019. Childcare is available upon request. Advance registration is required. Contact Erin Evans at 687-4020 or to register before February 22, 2019.

and students must apply for financial aid. Recipients must maintain a required grade point average to continue to receive funding in subsequent semesters. The All-American Scholarship (free board) is awarded to students who must possess an 89 (3.3 on 4.0 scale) or better cumulative high school average through their junior year; at least a 1220 combined reading/writing and math SAT or 24 composite ACT score is required. Recipients must maintain a required grade point average to continue to receive free board in subsequent semesters. The Academic Distinction Scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen students who possess an 87 or better cumulative high school average through the end of their junior year; at least an 1140 combined reading/writing and math SAT or 23 composite ACT score is required. Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Alfred State offers some 49 associate degree programs, 27 baccalaureate degree programs, and two certificate programs.



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Tioga Co. Students Awarded Scholarships Three Tioga County residents have each been awarded scholarships to attend Alfred State. Katelynn Cary of Barton was awarded a $77,760 “Excellence in Education Scholarship.” Cary is slated to graduate in 2019 from Tioga Central School and has been accepted into the information technology: network administration (BT) program. Amanda Hoak of Barton was awarded a $9,840 “All-American Scholarship.” Hoak is slated to graduate in 2019 from Tioga Central School and has been accepted into the veterinary technology (AAS) program. Hannah Hannula-Mills of Waverly was awarded a $2,000 “Academic Distinction Scholarship.” Hannula-Mills is slated to graduate in 2019 from Waverly High School and has been accepted into the accounting (AAS) program. The Excellence in Education Scholarship (free tuition, room, and board) is awarded to students who must possess a 94 (3.7 on 4.0 scale) or better cumulative high school average through their junior year; at least a 1310 combined reading/writing and math SAT or 28 composite ACT score is required;

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Free Parenting Skills Workshop The Family Resource Center program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County is offering a free parenting skills workshop series called “PS… It Works!” In this 8-week series, parents/ caregivers will learn and practice five essential communication skills. The educational program is open to all parents and caregivers of children ages 2

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held January 25 to celebrate the opening of 434 Sportsplex in Vestal, a new 53,280 square-foot indoor sports facility and event center located at 1900 Vestal Parkway West. “This is a proud moment for our team, we have all worked very hard to get this facility built and we couldn’t have done it without the dedication of all those who helped make this happen,” Chris Riley, President of 434 Sportsplex, said.

The company’s vision is to be the region’s premier multi-sport sports complex and events center. Through the participation in sports, the goal is to help build basic life skills including teamwork, sportsmanship, respon-sibility, hard work, dedication, and the ability to succeed. The sportsplex allows athletes to develop their athletic skills to the best of their ability. Being part of a team or competition helps strengthen social and family values by emphasizing fun, togetherness, friendship, and competition.

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Today (January 23) I voted "NO" on the NYS Dream Act on behalf of the people I so proudly represent in the 52nd Senate District. Thousands of residents of the 52nd Senate District weighed in on the NYS DREAM Act, and the overwhelming majority opposed the measure. I voted in favor of their needs and interests. I voted in favor of the thousands of families across my community stretching dollars and struggling to save to provide their own children with the opportunity for a college education. I voted in favor of the thousands of individuals suffocating in student loan debt while in search of opportunity and the American Dream. I voted against pushing those families and students aside in favor of providing free college tuition to undocumented and illegal immigrants and I stand by my vote.






Apalachin Lions Club Scholarships 2019 The Apalachin Lions Club 32nd Annual Scholarship program will award $3000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2019 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 29, 2019.

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Captain Dinosaur Report Southside-Campville Structure Fire, January 29 At about 10:15 am on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the 29th Southside Fire was dispatched to a structure fire on Hall Road. The initial report came over as flames showing through the roof. Campville Fire was then immediately dispatched, followed by Owego Village. The weather was extremely cold with temperatures around 8 degrees F and a wind chill well below 0 degrees F. It was clear, with wind and significant snow cover on the ground. Campville responded with Engine 302, Engine 304, Quint 301, Tanker 321, Squad 332 and Fire Police 346 and 342. Owego responded with Engine 804 and Engine-Tanker 803. Southside rounded out the assignment with Engine 1801 and Engine 1802. Total personnel on the scene numbered about 35. Support was provided by the Tioga County Fire Investigation Team and The Town of Owego Highway Department for a large sand truck. On arrival the size up revealed a wood frame, one story structure well involved in fire through the roof. No occupants were in the building at the time. Access was up a narrow, uphill driveway with a drop-off on the low side which made entry precarious for fire vehicles on the heavily iced, unpaved pathway. If any vehicle had slid off the side it would have overturned and blocked the single entry point. Engine 302 navigated the hill to the yard and initiated an attack with a 1 3/4 inch line and a 2 1/2 inch line, both focused on the body of fire and were supplied by on-board water. Engine 804 followed shortly behind and supplied water to 302. Each of these units carried 1000 gallons. 803 pulled in behind 804 and used their 2000 gallon tank to further supply the operation. Simultaneously, Tanker 321 parked on the town road parallel to the driveway and below the hillside where they set up their 2500 gallon portable tank.

After the three engines in the driveway were depleted of water, the supply was switched to the portable tank. Southside 1802 drafted from there uphill via Large Diameter Hose to 804, who in turn supplied 302. Since there are no hydrants all water is transported in from a fill site. All this coordination requires training, practice and experience and came together very efficiently with three fire companies working as a single team. All Campville units were back in service 6 hours later at 4:15 pm. Prior to apparatus backing down the driveway, the sand truck made several passes to coat the ice made worse by the freezing water runoff associated with operating fire engines. We all went home safe after a long day at the scene with no injuries. It is an honor to work with all of you. January 30, 2019 And then, today, 30 January, the house developed a small fire in the debris pile that was residual from the day before. At 0640 hours Southside, Campville and Owego were dispatched to handle this with Campville responding with Engine 304, Tanker 321 and Squad 332 while Owego responded with Engine 804. The major complication today was the extreme cold with temperatures hovering around -8 degrees F. When weather is like this hose lines freeze quickly and this occurred during the period when the debris pile was pulled apart. Other lines were put into play and extinguishment proceeded unimpaired. Two units were back in service in about two hours while one engine went in service a little later after thawing out in quarters. Extremely cold weather puts extra pressure on heating systems so greater care must be practiced. This is even more true when heating with wood burning systems. Please be extra vigilant. Captain Dinosaur

Candor Free Library Receives Technology and Digitization Grant Thanks to a new grant, historical researchers will soon be able to access Candor Free Library’s newspaper archive online. That means no more scrolling through rolls of microfilm. Recently, the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) awarded a $5005 Technology and Digitization Grant to the Candor Library to cover costs of digitizing town and county newspapers currently archived on thirtyfour rolls of microfilm. That translates into about 32,300 pages from newspa-

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pers including the Candor Courier (1899 -1966), the Owego Gazette (1966-1967), and the Tioga County Courier Gazette (1967-1970). The scanning will be outsourced to the Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN). Once put into digital format, the newspapers will be added to New York State Historic Newspapers and made freely available to the public at their website There, users can search for names, places, and dates. SCRLC’s Technology and Digitization Grants are funded as part of the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program. The South Central Regional Library Council is one of nine Library Councils comprising the Empire State Library Network. In addition to Tioga County, SCRLC serves 78 members in Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates counties. SCRLC provides services to 20 academic libraries, 17 hospitals, 6 public libraries, library systems and their members, 6 school library systems and their members, 11 special libraries and 18 affiliate members. SCRLC reaches over 500 libraries in its service area. For more information about SCRLC, visit



Titanic: The Musical at OA Theater, Feb 8-10

The Owego Apalachin Music Department presents Titanic: The Musical on February 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm and February 10 at 2:30 pm under the direction of Megan Burrell, OFA Choral Director, and choreographed by Katherine Gould, OAMS Choral Director. You don’t want to miss this dramatic historic recounting of the tragic sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, which remains the quintessential disaster of the 20th Century. Opening on Broadway in 1997, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, Titanic won five Tony Awards and stretched the bounds of expression in musical theater. A cast of 65 Owego-Apalachin students play real 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class passengers and crew in the musical story which honors the tragedy of the sinking of such a massive ship. This story shows humankind’s desire to achieve great technological works and the dreams of the passengers on board. This disaster questioned whether bigger and faster is in fact better. Stone writes, “This is a factual story of that ship – of her officers, crew, and passengers. The central character of our Titanic is Titanic herself.” You simply will not believe your eyes when the curtains open after the stunning opening of Titanic music played by the pit orchestra of professional musicians and seven Owego-Apalachin talented musicians under the baton of Lindsey Wil-

liams, OFA band director. The massive Titanic spans the entire length and width of the theater stage and has been built by parents and community volunteers led by Nate Brown, Owego-Apalachin Middle School Technology Teacher. The aweinspiring scenery is designed by Christine Crossgrove and the stunning costumes are designed by Colleen Dewey-Wright. Let the students take you on a powerful historic journey where you will experience life on the 1912 Titanic firsthand as you are immediately drawn into the show with the vivid scenery, dramatic and dynamic music, and powerful acting and singing by these talented OA students. You will leave wanting to come back for another show. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by calling Cindy Patrick at 687-6233, ext. 4, from Megan Burrell at, or at the door each night. If you plan on coming to the Saturday night show, make your life easier by coming to the Spaghetti Dinner held in the OFA cafeteria any time between 4:30 and 7:00 pm. Treat yourself and family members to a night out with a dinner and a show. All proceeds benefit the OwegoApalachin Music Boosters. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and free for children ages 3 and under.


Philadelphia Flower Show Bus Trip - March 5 Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a bus trip to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, with the snow date of Thursday, March 7, 2019. This year’s Flower Show theme, “Flower Power,” will celebrate the 60’s and pay tribute to the enormous impacts that flowers and horticulture have on our lives. The buses will leave the Front Street,

Binghamton Cracker Barrel parking lot at 6:30 am. There will be a pick up and drop off stop at the McDonalds on State Route 11, Hallstead, PA. There will also be a rest stop on the ride down and on the way home. The cost is $80.00 per person. The registration deadline is Tuesday, February 19, 2019. To register for the trip, call (607) 584-9966 or visit:


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Vestal High School’s Musical “Newsies” Vestal High School student actors will bring the plucky tale of the 1899 Newsboys Strike to life with Disney’s “Newsies,” February 28 to March 3, 2019. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, performances are scheduled for 7:00 pm on February 28, March 1 and 2, with a matinee performance at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 3. Director Austin Kiley along with Assistant Director Laura Preston leads a cast of over 60 student performers and two-dozen crew. Conducting the orchestra is Maureen Kiley, Quinn Singer is choreographer and Josh Sedelmeyer is fight director. A talented cast tells the historical story of the 1899 Newsboys’ Strike in New York City. Senior Robert Fischer is Newsie “Jack Kelly,” while the role of ambitious reporter “Katherine Plumber” is shared by Abigail Sprague and Tomiko Nicholson. Other key roles are played by Collin Pickett as “Davey,” Josh Sifert as “Crutchie,” Joseph Lamoureux as “Joseph Pulitzer,” Hannah Goldberg as

“Les,” Patrick Kerley as “Race” and Bella Pirnie and Jenna Vandervort alternating the role of “Medda Larkin.” Tickets go on sale Friday, February 1, and are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. For box office reservations, visit the Vestal Central School District website. Look for the news article for “Newsies” on the district’s home page or the Vestal High School web page. It will contain a link to the online reservation form. Ticket orders can also be placed by emailing or calling (607) 757-3443. In either message, indicate your name, 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 after payment is received. (Ticket orders are not finalized until payment is received. The online reservation form will indicate where to send payment, and that checks should be made out to “Vestal Central School District.”) Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door one hour before each scheduled performance.

Letter to the Editor

Disappearing Farmland

January 24, 2019 Dear Editor, In early January Amy Kneller, an Ag. Resource specialist with the Bradford County Conservation District distributed a news release asking the question “Disappearing Farmland - Can We Save It?” To date Bradford County has secured agricultural easements on 17 farms protecting 4,346 acres from willing farmers. It appears that Bradford has a backlog of willing farmers (26 qualified farms representing 5,762 acres). The District is seeking more funds to preserve these farms with the best quality soils. Amy notes that these pastoral scenes are entrusted to us and future genera-

tions. This is what attracts tourists to the area. The Bradford County Agricultural Land Preservation Board, established in 2001, has been working hard to protect these picturesque settings and productive soils for future generation. I wish to congratulate the Bradford County leadership for recognizing the contributions of the small farmer and how they contribute to the economy of Ag as well as tourism. The question that I ask is “What is Tioga County, New York doing to save its best agricultural lands from destructive future development?” Most respectfully, Marty Borko Waverly, NY

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Valentines Bingo for Children A Valentines opportunity for children: Pick up your child’s Valentines bingo card any time this month. Each square has something to do that is an act of kindness. When you complete one row in any direction and you bring your card in, your child wins a prize. How Many Candy Hearts in a Jar? Adults: we didn’t forget you – guess the number of candy hearts in a jar and pick up your Valentines trivia to learn fun facts. The person who guesses closest to the actual number wins a prize. Drawing will be on February 28. Coffee with the Director Mondays, 10 to 11:30 am Stop in on Monday mornings between 10 am and 11:30 am for a cup of coffee and a chat with Cathy Sorber, Library Director. Bring your ideas, questions, and suggestions. Knitting/Crochet Group Monday, February 4, 6pm A New Knitting/Crochet group will begin meeting on Monday, February 4, at 6 pm. Join Wendy for a cup of tea and some conversation while knitting or crocheting. This is not lessons – we’ll try to help each other.


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The Recipe Exchange Monday, February 11, 6:30pm The recipe exchange group will be talking about chocolate. Bring your favorite chocolate recipes to share and samples if you would like to. Book Discussion Tuesday, February 12, 1 pm Readers will discuss “No Rest for the Dead” by various authors

Book Discussion Monday, February 25, 1 pm Contact the library to find out what readers will be discussing. Advocacy Day in Albany Friday, February 15 Governor Cuomo has proposed cuts to library aid again this year. If you are interested in going to Albany and helping with this effort, please let us know. We need lots of help! Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, February 19, 6:15 pm Everyone is welcome to attend. Pasta Dinner Sunday, February 24 The Apalachin Library Friends Group will hold their annual Ransom Steele Pasta Dinner on Sunday, February 24. You can buy tickets for 12pm, 1pm, or 2pm. Eat in or take out. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to10, and free for children under 4. Buy tickets February 4 to 18 at the desk. Menu includes meat lasagna (adults); baked ziti (vegetarians and children), antipasto salad, garlic knots, coffee, tea, and soda. Sewing Class Monday, February 25, 6:30pm We will be making a basic standard pillow case for a bed pillow. Please bring 1 yard of fabric, matching thread, and scissors. You can use our sewing machines or bring your own. Legos Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm The library will supply the Legos.

Suicide Awareness & Prevention - Feb. 15 A presentation about “Suicide Awarement and Prevention” will be given on Friday, February 15, at 6:00 pm at the Common Grounds at 28 West Main Street in Owego. The presentation is free and everyone

is welcome to attend. A light supper will be served. The presentation is hosted by the Veterans of Modern Warfare #9. For more information, call (607) 2050902.

Santa Visits Foster Children

On December 21, 2018, several Tioga County foster 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. As is his tradition, Santa provided each child with their first gift of Christmas. The children were excited and shocked to see Santa in their living

rooms, helping them open their gifts, and sitting on his lap. Thank you to the continued generosity of community members in both Tioga and Broome County. If you are interested in learning more about the Tioga County Foster Parenting program please contact the Tioga County Foster & Adoptive Homefinder, Angela Figgs, at (607) 687-8346 or




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VERVALIN More than 400 bricks sold to date supporting Baker Fireman Fountain restoration effort. Owego Hose Teams, Inc., has announced its “Buy a Brick” campaign supporting the Baker Fireman’s Fountain restoration effort has sold more than 400 bricks to date. As part of the overall restoration project a memorial brick walkway will be set leading up to the Fireman Fountain from Main Street. Individuals, businesses, and organizations have purchased “memorial bricks” that forever memorialize their tax deductible contribution in honor of loved ones, community heroes, and a host of other special remembrances. Modeled after the Walk of Honor at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland, each brick is being inscribed by Richard’s Monument Service in Owego. The same brick type used at the Emmitsburg Memorial from Glen Gery Bricks is being used in Owego also. The hose team’s original goal was to sell 100 bricks and has long been surpassed with the total now standing at 411 bricks sold. Multiple brick orders are still being made each week. Brick orders have come in from all over the country from people with ties to Owego in 20 different states. Several Owego Free Academy (OFA) graduating classes have purchased bricks including the classes of 1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1987, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, and the Owego Elementary School (OES) Class of 2018 future OFA Class of 2025. The OFA Class of 1970 put the total brick order number over 400 with 17 bricks ordered honoring many community heroes including the five past OFA students killed in the Vietnam War, five Owego Fire Fallen Firefighters that included Class of 1970 graduate Steve Gavin, OPD Police Officer Allen Hall who was killed in the line of duty and several others. When a brick is ordered, the purchas-

er receives a letter and certificate thanking them for their donation. If the brick is a gift in honor or in memory of someone, the hose team prepares and sends a letter and certificate to the person being honored or to the family of someone being remembered. As Owego Hose Teams, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization the contribution is tax deductible. All proceeds benefit the fountain restoration. Bricks will continue to be sold even after the walkway is put down this spring as blank bricks will be placed in the walkway and exchanged with new orders. The hose team has raised over $100,000 for the project through their annual memorial golf tournament at Tioga Golf Club, grants from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation, Fannie C. Hyde Charitable Trust, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, chicken BBQs, Monte Carlo Nights, brick sales and donations. Work on the fountain site has paused due to winter conditions and will resume in the spring. The project is expected to be completed in late spring this year will plans in the works for a celebratory rededication, firemen’s parade, hose race, and dinner reception. Updates on the fountain project, brick purchases, and registrations for the June 1st hose team golf tournament can be found on the hose team website at or by fol-



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Tioga Chamber Extends Invitation to Community For 100 years the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce has worked to make the community a better place to live, work and do business. Gwen Kania, President & CEO of the Chamber states, “We want to thank you, the community, for supporting the Tioga Chamber over the last 100 years. We are in existence because of this community and we are happy to share the excitement of

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Pasta Dinner Benefits Scouts - March 16 Boy Scout Troop 30 of Newark Valley will hold a pasta dinner on Saturday, March 16, 4:30 to 7:00 pm, at the First United Methodist Church of Newark Valley, 63 S. Main Street, Newark Valley.


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Fisher Nominated Vice Charman of ICBA

Tioga State Bank announced that President and CEO Robert M. Fisher was nominated for the national position

of Vice Chairman for the 2019-2020 Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) board of directors. ICBA’s board of directors will vote on the nominations during the 2019 ICBA national convention, ICBA LIVE®, which will be held March 18-22 in Nashville. Fisher has been involved in ICBA for more than ten years. “It is an honor to continue my service to ICBA and community banking. As community bankers we are dedicated to serving our local communities, and the support of ICBA is vital to that mission,” Fisher said. Tioga State Bank provides financial services to the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Pennsylvania with 11 offices in Broome, Tioga, Chemung and Tompkins Counties.


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