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2020 Leadership Tioga Program

Leadership Tioga held its kick-off session last month. Run by the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Tioga Program is committed to inspiring and connecting participants to services in the 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 such as professional leadership, volunteerism, performance management, public safety, and human services. 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 nonprofit organization in Tioga County. This year’s class has 22 attendees from the area, including a student from Owego Free Academy. The class of 2020 Leadership Tioga participants are: Ian Barrett-Sargent, Heather Davis, Glenda Ford, Gary Frey, Vincent Gennett, Megan Griffiths, Abbey Hendrickson, Kylie Holochak, Michele Hughston, Krista Kelley, Julie Kipling, Matt Kisloski, David Lemmon, Emily Mantei, Michelle Pelton, Meredith Sagor, Daniel Scherrer, Lynn Schiess, Rebecca Staudt, Gregory Tifft, Michelle Vandebogart, and Isaac Weber. For information, contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce at 6872020 or info@tiogachamber.com.

Shared Services Building Update

by Donald Castellucci, Jr. - Town of Owego Supervisor

As you can see when you drive by the Owego Town Hall, the new Shared Services Building is moving along as planned. The project is pretty much on schedule other than some site work issues that were resolved in the beginning of the project. Over the next few weeks, you will see the completion of the steel erection, masonry work continuing and the foundation work completed. You will also see the wall and roof panels being installed as well. Of course, all of this schedule is weather permitting. The directional boring and sewer and water connections are nearing completion. The Town hall sewer connection has

been completed, the water has been tested and will be connected in the upcoming weeks. The directional boring project costs were reduced by approximately $142,000 dollars from the original bid. This project will also allow water and sewer to be run in part of the 434 corridor for future development. The cost of the shared services project is on budget with no major issues to date. It is anticipated that the building should be operational by August with a total takeover by the Town in October. I will continue to update residents on the project over the next few months along with the second phase work as well.

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After the Fire . . . Southern Tier Recycling Vows to Rebuild its Recycling Plant in Apalachin

The company will continue to play a leadership role in the Southern Tier’s recycling industry. On the evening of Friday January 3, a fire quickly swept through Southern Tier Recycling’s (STR) plant in Tioga County. Despite valiant efforts by the Apalachin Fire Department and many other area fire departments, the $4.5 million, 30,000-square-foot facility was a total loss. Fortunately, the facility was closed at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. Investigators currently believe that the fire was ignited by a crushed lithium battery or a discarded mobile telephone. There are scores of recycling facilities nationwide that experience similar fires as STR from crushed batteries. Once a spark is ignited, the contents of the building, paper and plastics provide the fuel to destroy the facility even with the presence of fire suppression equipment in the building. However, STR emphasized that despite this unfortunate event, the company is making every accommodation possible to continue the smooth operation of services until the new facility is up and running. Robert Taylor Jr., president of Southern Tier Recycling, stated, “The loss of the Southern Tier Recycling facility was a devastating event in the history of our company; however, the area’s recycling programs will continue to be unimpeded and all of our recycling partners across the region should continue business as usual, as we will.” To allow the uninterrupted collection and processing of area recyclables, STR repurposed its adjacent waste transfer station for recyclables on the following Monday, January 6. STR is pleased to report that recyclable volumes received at the transfer station are consistent with previous volumes despite the force majeure conditions. This process will continue until the new facility is constructed, equipped and opened. STR believes that the $5 million reconstructed facility will be operational in the fourth quarter of this year. Presently, STR has to accept and load the incoming volume to be delivered to

other merchant facilities. It is now paying to have the recyclables transported between 80-100 miles to other facilities in the region and is paying $110 per ton to the facilities to process its material. Previously, STR accepted the material and used its own equipment to process and then sell the sorted material. Exacerbating the situation is the worldwide market price depression for recycling products as a result of China’s, the world largest purchaser of recyclable material, forbidding the importation of much of the United States’ recycling. This has caused a glut in the market and has driven commodity prices down, in some cases to unprofitable levels and even where there is no revenue at all received for some commodities. Previously, STR covered its expenses by marketing its sorted material to world markets. This allowed STR to accept most of the incoming material at no charge to its customers. Instead of selling its material, it is now paying approximately $157 per ton to get Southern Tier’s recyclables processed and available to the market. This is an untenable situation; the company cannot afford to continue this practice for any extended period. On an interim basis, STR will be charging a fee to accept recycling until the new facility is open. However, other recycling plants in the Northeast like STR are currently charging between $100-$135 per ton for processing only. Should STR not reopen and no other facility with adequate capacity opens in the area, residents of the Southern Tier area could find themselves paying $160 to $200 per ton to have the recyclables used again. While the interruption caused by the fire is truly unfortunate for the residents of the Southern Tier, STR is moving as quickly as possible to support the area’s recycling program’s return to normalcy.

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• Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, February 11, 6:15pm Everyone is welcome to attend. • STEAM Group Tuesday, February 11, 6:30pm Making kaleidoscopes. Everyone age 5 and up is invited. • Reading with Therapy Dogs Thursday, February 13, 6:30pm This is an introductory meeting. Come and see what is going on. • Presidents Day The library will be closed on February 17, Presidents’ Day.

• Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Saturday, February 29, 10:30am Join Miss Wendy for crafts, stories, games, and snacks. Make reservations at the library desk. • Adult Special Needs Story Time Thursday, February 27, 1pm • American Girl Dolls The new doll, Luciana, will be out. She is an astronaut and has her own space suit. • Classics Section The library now has a Classics Section (at the end of the fiction area). • AARP and Taxes AARP volunteers are preparing taxes at the library on Wednesdays from Feb. 5 to April 8. Call for an appointment.

February Exhibit at Tioga Arts Council “Local Flyers: A Solo Exhibition by Rod Reynolds” will open on Friday, February 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Tioga Arts Council, 179 Front Street in Owego. The exhibit will be on display through February 29, Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm or by appointment. There will be a free artist talk on Thursday, February 20, at 7:00 pm, at the Tioga Arts Council.

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• Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday, February 22, 10am-Noon Decorating masks and having snacks. At 10:30am the movie “The Princess and the Frog” will start. Please let a librarian know if you will attend.

Brothers for the Cross - Breakfast Meeting, Feb 6 The Brothers for the Cross (UMM) will host their monthly breakfast meeting at 8:00 am on Thursday, February 6, at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant, Exit 66 I -86, Rt. 434 in Apalachin. The speaker will be Jane Cobb, who will talk about

Action for Older Persons and the many benefits that they offer. For more information, call Carle Truman at (607) 7481170 or John Calkins at (607) 785-3543.

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The following Tioga County students were named to the Alfred State College dean’s list for fall 2019 Gabreil Avery, Apalachin, Welding Technology; Ashley Bender, Apalachin, Nursing (AAS/BS); Tyler Benedict, Apalachin, Heavy Equipment Operations; Katelynn Cary, Barton, Network Administration; John Wells, Barton,

Technology Management; Brianna Samuelson, Owego, Forensic Science Technology; Sabrina Acla, Waverly, Graphic & Media Design; Reginald Denno, Waverly, Computer Information Systems; and Julian Ortiz, Waverly, Architecture.

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Owego to Host Central NY Fire Convention in July

Owego Hose Teams, Inc. in partnership with the Owego Fire Department is hosting the 127th annual Central New York Firemen’s Association (CNYFA) convention July 9 through July 12 in downtown Owego. Representing 20 counties comprised of 500 fire departments, CNYFA serves the volunteer fire and emergency medical services of Central New York, through education, legislation, and recognition while building camaraderie with its members and partners. A full weekend of events for the convention is planned. On Thursday, July 9, a welcome reception will take place at American Legion Post #401 with DJ Tommy D of Flat Rat Adventures. Friday, July 10, will begin with a golf outing at Tioga Golf Club in the morning followed by a block party in the Flats area of the village in front of Croton Hose Co. #3 Fire Station on Talcott Street. Bob Powell Entertainment will be spinning your favorite tunes of today and yesterday at the party. Firehouse Subs will have their mobile fire food truck on hand. “Fun” firematics between area firefighters will include “midnight run” races, waterball, and garden hose races. The Broome County Firefighters Association Safety Trailer will be on site with bounce houses for children. A children’s hose race will also take place. After the block party, fireworks will be held at Draper Park on Front Street in Owego with afterparty at the John Barleycorn Tavern featuring the Beatles Band.

Saturday, July 11, will kick off with a memorial service and awards ceremony at the Baker Fireman’s Fountain in the Court House Square followed by fire service meetings at VFW Post #1371 on Main Street. Firematic hose races will take place on Main Street between Church Street and Spencer Ave. in the afternoon followed by a grand firefighter’s parade. Races include the ladder, wye, and straight lay. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to hose race and parade winners. A dinner will conclude the day’s events at the VFW followed by an afterparty at the Rainbow Trail on North Avenue with music by the Kitchen Sink Band, the Blues Brothers of Central New York, and the Gents. Owego last hosted the convention that is rotated yearly throughout the state in 2010. CNYFA and the convention hold special meaning for Owego firefighters as the association’s founding member and first president was Owego’s own Past Owego Fire Chief Frank M. Baker. Baker also served as president of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) and is widely known today for his charitable contributions that live on in Owego. These contributions include the recently restored Baker Fireman’s Fountain donated in memory of his son George H. Baker and the clock tower atop Owego Central Fire Station. 2020 marks the 125th anniversary the Central convention was first held in Owego in 1895. Other years Owego hosted the convention include 1953, 1970, 1987, 1995 and 2010. The public is invited to participate at all events except the fire service meeting Saturday morning, July 11. Convention information including registration for the convention golf outing, dinner, and parade are available online at the team’s web site www.OwegoHoseTeams.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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Lions Fish Fry - Feb. 20 Doug’s Fish Fry To Go will be in Apalachin on Thursday, February 20, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, at the parking lot of Visions Federal Credit Union at Tioga Terrace on Route 434. The event will benefit the Apalachin Lions Foundation. You can avoid the wait in line by calling Doug’s at (607) 753-9184 ext 2.

on Thursday, February 20 only from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Place your order, schedule a pick up time, and your order will be ready. Donations to the Apalachin Lions are welcome, and a bin for used glasses will be available. “Thank You” from the Lions!

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be awarded to a student who attends one 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. Return the completee application to the guidance office or Vestal LEAH on or before March 31, 2020.

Megan Travis Named to Dean’s List Megan Travis, of Owego, a student in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences of the University of New Haven has been named to the Dean’s List for fall 2019. Travis is working on a Bachelor of

Science in Forensic Science. The University of New Haven, founded on the Yale campus in 1920, is a private, coeducational university on the coast of southern New England.

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Foster Children Meet Santa

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Tues-Sat 7 to 3, Sunday -7 to 2 (Closed Monday) www.facebook.com/gigisplaceapalachin On December 17, 2019, 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, contact the Tioga County Foster & Adoptive Homefinder, Angela Figgs, at (607) 687-8346 or angela.figgs@dfa.state.ny.us.

Chamber of Commerce’s President to Retire Following 12 years of service, the President and CEO of the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, Gwen Kania, (pictured) has announced her retirement. Kania will step down at the end of May. “Working for the Tioga Chamber has been the most rewarding job. The people, businesses and the community are wonderful; however, it’s time to move on to other things,” Kania said. Kania started with the Tioga Chamber in 2008 as the Director of Operations. In 2014, when Martha Sauerbrey left her role as President, Kania assumed the position. “Under Gwen’s leadership, many new programs such as the Annual Job Fair, the Chamber OJT program, and Restaurant Week were added. She also saw the chamber through our Centennial year,” stated Roseann Cole, Chair of the Tioga Chamber Board of Directors and Owner of Upstate Safety Services.

The Board of Directors hopes to fill the position in order to maximize training time. The job has been posted on indeed.com and can be seen on the Tioga Chamber website job board.

Early Registration Open for VHS’s Running of the Bears It’s time for “Running Bears” to lace up their sneakers for the eighth annual “Running of the Bears” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Vestal High School. Hosted by Vestal High School’s Varsity Club and community sponsors, all proceeds from the race will be donated to Team Hopefull, a local non-profit organization funding research and support services for people with PraderWilli Syndrome. Running Bears will take their marks on the starting line in front of the Vestal High School, 205 Woodlawn Drive. Bear Cubs can enjoy the free “Kids Fun Run” for children, which will begin at 9 a.m. indoors. The 5K features staggered race starts for walkers and runners at 9:30 and 10:00 am. Pre-registration is open now, and Running Bears who register by March 13 will receive this year’s one-of-a-kind,

student-designed T-shirt. Race-day registration begins at 8:30 am. Fees are $25 for adult runners and walkers or $20/ person for teams of eight or more. Student registration fees for Running Bear participants age 18 and under are $20 per individual runner/walker and $15/ student for teams of eight or more. For more information or to register online, visit the Running of the Bears 5K website at bears5k.itsyourrace.com. Or visit the district’s website www.vestal.stier.org and click the link next to the Running Bear logo under “Vestal Central School District News” to find a registration form. Prader Willi Syndrome is a complex genetic disorder affecting appetite, growth, metabolism and behavior. For more information, visit www.pwsausa.org.

Hunsinger Named to Dean’s List Justin Hunsinger of Apalachin, made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 session at DeSales University. To qualify for the

Dean’s List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

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The Tioga County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) Board of Directors held their annual organizational meeting on January 8, at which time they voted in the 2020 slate of officers. Jenny Ceccherelli (pictured) has been appointed Chairperson of the TCIDA, a position that has been held for the past six years by Ralph Kelsey. Mr. Kelsey recently resigned his position on the TCIDA after 22 years of dedicated service. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue the mission of the Tioga County IDA,” stated Jenny, “particularly in advancing job opportunities and focusing on the general prosperity and economic welfare of Tioga County.” Jenny was first appointed to the TCIDA as a Board Member in 2017 and also serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee.

The TCIDA meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the Legislative Conference Room of the Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building.

Quilt Exhibit in Owego There will be a quilt exhibit at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum at 110 Front Street in Owego, February 8 through March 28. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Launching their new Getthere Employee Delivery Service vanpool partnership on a crisp winter morning: (right) Katie Blaine, Transportation to Employment Coordinator for Rural Health Network of South Central New York and (left) Lakeisha King, United Methodist Homes vanpool driver. Rural Health Network (RHN) of South Central New York’s Getthere Transportation to Employment Program has partnered with the United Methodist Homes (UMH) Hilltop Campus in Johnson City to launch a new vanpool program. “The Transportation to Employment Program vanpool helps individuals that might not otherwise have access to reliable transportation connect with employers that are looking for qualified candidates to join their workforce. The vehicle, owned by Getthere, is operated by a volunteer driver who transports their coworkers to-and-from work,” Bill Wagner, Director, Mobility Programs for Getthere, a service of RHN said. According to Wagner, the vanpool can help businesses attract new employees that are qualified to fill open positions and are candidates for long-term work but are in need of reliable transportation. The vanpool can also help boost retention among employees, which can save businesses valuable time and resources. This alternative form of transportation can help individuals gain and maintain employment when the cost of owning and operating a vehicle is prohibitive and/or when access to public transportation is limited or not conducive to work schedules. RHN provides the vehicles, vehicle maintenance, fuel, and insurance. The vehicle route is determined jointly by the driver, passengers, employer, and

RHN to ensure timely arrival to work. According to Ron Patti, Executive Director of the UMH Hilltop Campus, “UMH is excited to work with Rural Health Network to help our employees get to and from work. We feel this will provide current and potential new UMH employees with an affordable way to commute to work. We looked into providing a similar service but found that partnering with RHN cost pennies on the dollar in comparison.” The vanpool service is made possible with support by United Methodist Homes and employee passengers. Additional support is provided by RHN through NYS Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration programs. Initial development of the Transportation to Employment Program and capital funding for the van was provided by Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), through the Binghamton-Broome Anti-Poverty Initiative (BBAPI), a program of the United Way of Broome County. Rural Health Network of South Central New York’s Getthere Transportation to Employment Program is funded by Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI), through the Binghamton-Broome AntiPoverty Initiative (BBAPI), a program of the United Way of Broome County. Getthere is a program of Rural Health Network of South Central New York.


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Akshar’s All-Stars Senator Fred Akshar continued the third year of his district-wide “Akshar's AllStars” student recognition program by recognizing students at 4 Tioga County schools who have shown great leadership, compassion, school spirit, or improvement amongst their peers. Each student who is recognized as an “Akshar All-Star” receives a T-shirt, framed certificate, and a challenge coin.

At Tioga Central High School, Akshar recognized senior Adeline Whitmore for her kindness, honesty, ambition and work ethic in everything she does. Class valedictorian, Addy also excels on the athletic field, serves as Vice President of the National Honor Society and Treasurer of the Spanish Club. Addy recently earned her Gold Award in Girl Scouts by raising enough money to fully fund a new Veterans Memorial in the Town of Nichols.

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At Waverly High School, Akshar recognized junior Rachel Shambo for her strong work ethic, dependability and willingness to take on additional responsibilities and opportunities whenever available. Rachel serves as Division Manager in the school’s Wolverine Den Enterprise and Student Manager for the Ingersoll Rand Federal Credit Union at Waverly High School. A strong student in the classroom, Rachel is also a member of the varsity tennis and swim teams, leadership crew, National Honor Society and is finalizing her EMT Certification through Greater Valley EMS.

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At Spencer-Van Etten High School, Akshar recognized Luke Simonton, who was described by his school district as a “consistent, reliable role model and leader.” Luke sets a positive example for the student body and shares his infectious, positive attitude with students and faculty alike. His compassion, perseverance and keen sense of responsibility helped him navigate losing both a friend and a coach within a year. As a senior, Luke kept his cross country team together as a family and supported them throughout the most difficult times.

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At Candor Elementary School, Akshar recognized Ryan Huizinga for his positive attitude, work ethic and his unwavering commitment to helping others. As an active member of the Tioga County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Program, the Flora and Fauna Friends 4-H Club and the Tioga County Giant Pumpkin Club, Ryan has participated in various community service projects, including raising money for the Candor Food Pantry, making pet treats for the animal shelter, making Christmas cards and blankets for nursing home residents and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. In 2019, Ryan and his brother received the Breeder Award for breeding the Grand Champion Market Hog at the Tioga County Fair.


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Cooking on the Lite Side by Chef Nick Cavataio

The winter weather is definitely here, the temperatures are well below freezing and it gives us a good excuse to serve up some amazing comfort food to our family and friends. Here are a couple comfort food recipes that will warm your tummy on a cold wintery day.

Cabbage and Potato Stew

Nothing says winter like cabbage and potatoes. But you will be amazed at the flavor you will get from this basic soup. Due to having cabbage and potatoes, it’s also inexpensive to make so it’s good for your family’s budget. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small sweet onion 8 cups shredded cabbage 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced 2 cups chicken stock 4 cups water 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Parmesan cheese for garnish In a large pot, melt two tablespoons of butter and sauté the onions until translucent. Then add the cabbage and garlic. Cook for about 15 minutes until the cabbage becomes caramelized. Once cabbage is caramelized add the diced potatoes, chicken stock, water, salt, and thyme. Allow to simmer and cook for 50 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Season with pepper and top it off with some grated parmesan cheese.

Turkey & Bean Chili

Everyone loves chili. This takes a healthy spin on a family favorite by using ground turkey instead of ground beef, cutting the fat substantially. The beans also add healthy protein and selenium to your meal which is good for digestion. But that’s not why you’ll eat this. You’ll eat it because it tastes delicious and makes your tummy warm. 2 pounds ground turkey 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 32 oz. tomato sauce 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, with juices 16 oz. can roasted diced tomatoes, with juices 1 can black beans, drained 1 can kidney beans, drained 1 cup frozen sweet corn 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 sweet onion 4 teaspoons chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon cayenne Season the ground turkey with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. In a large saucepan, add olive oil and the seasoned turkey and cook until browned. Make sure to break up the turkey, as you cook it, into small pieces. While the turkey is cooking, add the rest of the ingredients to a large slow cooker. Once turkey is cooked, drain the oil and add to the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to high and cook for five hours. Serve warm with cheese and sour cream or any other desired toppings.

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County Legislature Meeting - February 11 The second regular meeting of the Tioga County Legislature will be held on Tuesday, February 11, at 12:00 Noon in the auditorium of the county office

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“Speakeasy 2020” at Chamber of Commerce Dinner Meeting - Feb. 13 Speakeasy 2020 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 on Thursday, February 13, at the Terra Cotta Banquet Center in Owego. Cocktails begin at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm. A Silent Auction will continue throughout the evening with items donated by chamber businesses and supporters. The highlight of the eveing will be the presentation of the Annual Chamber Awards. Special recognition is given to those who have made a significant contribution to the community. The Speakeasy 2020 theme is reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties and the Prohibition era. This post World War I timeframe was filled with excitement,

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Owego Family, As winter is upon us, I wanted to take some time to write to you and update you on what is going on within the village government. We have continued to work on the DRI grant. We have met with the Department of State concerning the village lead projects and are in process of generating a request for proposal for a design firm to start working on the details of the projects. The DRI is not the only thing going on either, there is also the continuation of the new municipal building. This building is funded with a grant received from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery after the 2011 flood. The goal is to move critical records and services up out of the flood plain. The village received 3 million dollars to build a new building. This project was stalled out for a long time due to many different issues; it is back rolling and we have selected to locate the new building in front of the current DPW building at 20 Elm St. It will be raised up so the ground floor is above the flood plain elevation, keeping the items inside safe in the event of another flood. This building will house our DPW offices, code enforcement, the staff currently at 178 Main St. and our clerks office. It will also contain a board room to be used for public meetings. The project is moving forward, the building is designed and is in the review stages, after the reviews are complete it will go out to bid and then construction can begin. We have full intention to stay within the budget given to us by the state, therefore not passing any of the burden onto the village taxes. Our waste water treatment plant is undergoing major changes. Phase 2 of our upgrades to update equipment and better serve the village is going overall well. There have been challenges which we are working through with our architect and contractors. Any large construction project has challenges, we are focusing on how to work through them together as a team to keep the project moving forward and on budget. There is another project that will have to be done at the waste water plant to keep us up to par with recent EPA changes. We will be

installing an ultra-violet disinfection system on the very end of our system. This will further clean the water that we pump into the Susquehanna River. The costs of this project are estimated at 1.7 million dollars. The village has been very aggressive in requesting grant funding to help cover the costs of this project. We have successfully received grants totaling $1,175,000.00 to help offset the costs of this project. We are looking at options to cover the remainder of the project cost with the smallest impact to our system users. Just a reminder with the worst of winter is typically in February, please keep your sidewalks clean. If you know of a resident who is unable to shovel for some reason please get in touch with us and we can see if there is a way to help. Things coming up on the radar include the village elections, March 18th they are on a Wed. this year because of St. Patrick’s Day. Up for election are the positions of Mayor, Clerk / Treasurer, and 1 trustee from each ward. All of the currently elected members plan to run for reelection, myself, Rod Marchewka, Ed Morton, Charles Plater, and Fran VanHousen under the “Better Owego Together” party. Looking forward to spring we are beginning to plan park cleanups, hopefully we can do more than just Marvin Park this year. I would like to add the park in the Halstead Development if we can get enough interest and volunteers. We are also beginning to plan a larger community cleanup in partnership with a large village business, more to come soon on that I think it will be very exciting and enhance the sense of pride within our village. Thank you to all of the Village employees, the board of Trustees as well as all of our volunteers on both the fire and ambulance sides. This fall and winter have been great and we have worked together as one team with the betterment of our village as our top priority. Michael Baratta III Mayor – Village of Owego

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In honor of Black History Month, Presentarts and the Tioga Historical Society will present “Ghosts of the South” at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 8, at the Tioga Historical Society and Museum, 110 Front Street, in Owego.

“Ghosts of the South” was written by Judith Present and directed by Bonnie DeForest. Admission is $12. For more information, call 687-2460.

Robertson Named to Dean’s List Jacob Robertson of Owego was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester at Finger Lakes Community College. To be eligible for the FLCC fall

dean’s list, full-time students enrolled in a degree or certificate program must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have completed 12 or more credit hours.

Sip & Shop with Wine Tasting - Feb. 6 Everyone is welcome to attend the VFW Auxiliary 1371 Sip & Shop with Wine Tasting Event on Thursday, February 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm (Snow date is February 13). Looking for that special something for Valentines Day? Come check out the

local vendors. Food will be available at the concession. Post 1371 is located at 207 Main Street in Owego (across from the Tioga Theater).


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Fisher Nominated for Chairman of ICBA Tioga State Bank announced that President and CEO Robert M. Fisher was nominated for the national position of Chairman-elect for the 2020-2021 Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) board of directors. ICBA’s board of directors will vote on the nominations during the 2020 ICBA national convention, ICBA LIVE®, which will be held March 8 to March 12 in Orlando. Fisher has been involved in ICBA for more than eleven years. “I am pleased to continue my service to ICBA and advocate for community banking in our nation. As community bankers we are dedicated to serving our local communities, and the support of ICBA is critical to

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Learn about Trusts You are probably familiar with wills, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney. But what about trusts? Join Tioga Opportunities for a presentation about trusts. Attorney Greg S. Catarella from Catarella Law, will provide information about this important aspect of estate planning, addressing such questions as: What are trusts? How do trusts work and when might I need one? Can I use a trust to protect my assets? How do trusts and wills dif-

fer? A presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 11, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego; and on Tuesday, February 18, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Village Municipal Building, 9 Park Street in Newark Valley. Space is limited for this presentation, so call 687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat. Informational packets will be

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Are you a caregiver for a loved one? Make a positive difference in your life. Join Tioga Opportunities, Inc. for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” an educational program designed to empower caregivers. You can benefit from this class whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend, etc. You will learn skills to reduce stress, communicate effectively, help you relax, reduce guilt and anger, and more. Two class sessions are available:

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