Community Press - February 2021

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Sauerbrey Re-Elected Legislative Chair

The Tioga County Legislature held their First Special and Organizational Meeting of 2021 on January 4, 2021.

Legislative members elected Martha Sauerbrey as Chair of the Tioga County Legislature for 2021. Sauerbrey has the responsibility of running the day-to-day business of the county as the Chief Elected Official. Legislator Ed Hollenbeck was elected Deputy Chair and Dale Weston 2nd Deputy Chair. Legislator Sauerbrey was elected to the Tioga County Legislature in 2005 and this year marks her eighth consecutive year as the Chair of the Tioga County Legislature. Legislative Chairwoman Sauerbrey commented, “2020 was one of the most - if not the most challenging years in my career as a Government Leader. I am pleased to be elected as Chair by the Legislature and I look forward to rounding the corner on the COVID-19 Pandemic and bring our priorities back in focus for the future. First, however, we have to get our communities healthy and free to move about. I along with the entire Legislature will work for the success of the COVID-19 Vaccine and the elimination of the virus.”

Ribbon Cutting on Lake Street

A Ribbon Cutting was held on January 29 at Your Essential Cannabis at 44 Lake Street in Owego. Your Essential Cannabis is a family owned and family run business that is community driven. Their mission statement remains consistent: Provide a holistic and balanced approach to improving both physical and mental health. They do this with products that meet the highest level

of independently tested quality and can be purchased at an affordable price. Your Essential Cannabis is invested in the Downtown Owego Business District and the owners continue to look for innovative and creative ways to engage and facilitate growth in the community. Find them online at https://

New Rules for Home Underground Heating Oil Tanks If you are a homeowner in the Town of Owego and plan to remove your home’s underground heating oil storage tank, call the Town of Owego’s Code Enforcement Office to arrange for a permit and inspection. New York State now requiresng abandoned, underground oil storage tanks to be emptied and safely removed or, if abandoned in place, emptied and


refilled with an inert solid material or concrete. The Town of Owego Code Enforcement Officer issues permits between 8:00am and 9:30am each day, or by appointment. If you have questions about code enforcement or want to make an appointment you may contact the office at 607687-0123 x6.

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OFD Bands, Owego Hose Team to Host

Valentine’s Day Chicken BBQ - Feb. 13

The Owego Free Academy (OFA) Bands and Owego Hose Teams, Inc., will host a chicken barbeque on Saturday, February 13, from 11:00 am until gone, with pickup at the Owego Apalachin Middle School, 3 Sheldon Guile Boulevard, in Owego. Proceeds benefit the OFA Bands composition project. OFA Band members and their director, Lindsey Williams, are commissioning Dr. Dana Wilson, of Ithaca College, to write a new work for concert band in honor of the Village of Owego. The OFA Band members were inspired to seek this commission after learning past OFA teachers and student teachers, Frank Battisti, Roger Keagle, and Philip Paul Bliss were active in commissioning and composing. The Tioga County Historical Society has been instrumental in helping collect information on historic figures and events for the piece. In the months to come, members of the Grades 7-12 bands and choruses will learn about Owego’s local history, composing and com-

missioning virtually with Professors Wilson and Battisti. A digital premiere, much like the OA Music Department’s recent “Holiday Sing Along,” is to be released in June through the OFA Bands’ social media sites and broadcast on WEBO in honor of both Mr. Battisti’s 90th birthday and the Owego Rotary’s Centennial Anniversary. The piece is in tribute to the Village of Owego’s valiant support of arts and culture over the past 100 years and all the years yet to come. The menu will include “Cornell Chicken” halves, the Duke’s baked beans, salt potatoes, and Roma roll for $10. Take-out, drive thru, or home delivery is available. The hose team chicken barbeques typically sell out in an hour or two, so preorder is strongly recommended. Preorders can be made here: http:// If you would like more information, to get involved, or sponsor this project please contact Lindsey Williams at

Getthere Provides Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Don’t let lack of transportation keep you or a loved one from getting to the doctor or clinic for the COVID-19 vaccines. Rural Health Network of South Central New York’s mobility management program, Getthere, can provide rides to vaccinations. According to Getthere Director Bill Wagner, as local residents continue to sign up for the vaccinations, getting to that appointment may be difficult for some so Getthere is offering assistance. Getthere is ready to get you to your

vaccination. Contact the Getthere Call Center at (855) 373-4040 to speak with a Mobility Transportation Advocate for help in scheduling a safe, secure ride. No referral needed. The Getthere call Center operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Getthere is a mobility management program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York serving Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga Counties.



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A Golden Bear ‘high-five’ goes to Vestal High School Coach Jim Cerra, who was selected as the Northeast Section Girls Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School (NFHS) Coaches Association. Coach Cerra was selected based upon performance in the 2019-20 school year, lifetime community in-

volvement, school involvement, and philosophy of coaching. He is not only a long-standing coach in the Vestal Golden Bears athletic program, but was also a science teacher at Vestal High School (Retired 2018) for many years. NFHS Coaches Association recognizes leaders and role models at the interscholastic level who contribute in a positive way in shaping our athletes and the youth of our community. The Northeast Section includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

At the Apalachin Library

719 Main Street, Apalachin, NY 625-3333 Hours: M. Tu, Th 10am-7pm; Fr, Sa 10am-2pm Bullet Journaling 101 Saturday, February 27, 3pm, via Zoom Bullet journaling is a method of getting organized. You can organize schedules, reminders, to-do lists and more in a single notebook. If you would like to learn, join Brianna for Bullet Journaling 101. There will be “sample journals” and other material that you will need to pick before the class. Then you will just need markers. If you are interested, call the library and let the staff know so they can send you the Zoom invitation. You can also find it on Facebook. AARP Tax Assistance AARP will be doing taxes again this year. If you would like an appointment, send an email to tiogataxaide@ (preferred) or call 687-4120. No appointments will be made by the library staff. Little Food Cupboard The library’s Little Food Cupboard on the front porch is a full of all kinds of food and personal care items. If anyone can use anything, just take. During February you will find some special Valentine treats from our local Girl Scouts.

Thank You Friends: Thank you to out-going President, Kaela Chase and out-going Secretary, Louise Esposito for their years of service to the Apalachin Library. People are needed to fill the positions that are being vacated. If you are interested, talk to Cathy Sorber. The Book Barn is the library’s main fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who has donated all the beautiful children’s books recently. Thank you to Gail Christensen for her leadership with the Book Barn. February is Library Lovers Month Do you love your library? The library will be asking for a very small increase in tax dollars this year. Signatures are needed on a petition to get on the ballot. If you are paying taxes in the OwegoApalachin School District and would sign the library’s petition, contact a librarian or stop by the library (wearing a mask) and a clerk will bring you the petition to sign. Costs never go down when running a business, an the library staff wants to bring you the best library and community services that it can.

Hats, Scarves, and Mittens There are lots of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves on the library’s porch. If you or someone you know would like something that is out there, please just take it. Thank you to all the knitters for supplying such great items.

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The second Regular Meeting of 2021 of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 12:00 pm Noon on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, in the auditorium of the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings and legislative worksessions will be held in the audito-

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Apalachin Lions Scholarships 2021 The Apalachin Lions 34th Annual Scholarship program will award $3,000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2021 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 $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to students who attend Owego Free Academy and Vestal High School, and one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a stu-

dent 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. Return the complete application to the Guidance office or Vestal LEAH on or before March 26, 2021.

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Grants Awarded to Local Organizations Five organizations in the region were recently awarded grants totaling $27,300 from the Community Foundation for South Central New York. The successful grant applications, approved through a competitive volunteer panel and board review process, are for projects and programs designed to foster racial justice and equity and combat racism. The Foundation received 16 applications for grant awards from the newly established Racial Justice and Equity Fund. The local organizations which received grants are: Broome County Land Trust: $10,000 for a Youth Story Corps project addressing inequities in housing Shanel Boyce Consulting, Coaching & Counseling Services: $10,000 for a six-month training program for community organizers, “Organizer Boot Camp” Support Black Business 607: $5,000 for a financial literacy program for members of Support Black

Business 607 Chenango Historical Society: $1,300 for an indigenous consultant to help shape exhibits of indigenous artifacts Southern Tier Alphas: $1,000 for a Men and Boys of color summit “We were pleased to receive so much interest in grant awards from this new fund,” said Diane Brown, Executive Director. “It speaks highly of our community, interest in this issue, as well as the need for such programs. This is our first year of grantmaking and we anticipate growing the fund and being able to address even more need as we move forward.” The Community Foundation for South Central New York is headquartered in Johnson City and serves donors and nonprofits in five New York counties: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga. More information can be found on its website at:

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Jack Frost Chicken BBQ - Feb. 27 St. Patrick Church in Owego will host a Jack Frost Chicken BBQ on Saturday, February 27, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the church parking lot at 300 Main Street in Owego.


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Special Legislative Meeting - Feb. 4 There will be a Second Special Tioga County Legislative meeting on Thursday, February 4, at 1:00 pm in the Hubbard Auditorium of the Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building, 56 Main Street in Owego

for consideration of the following: - Introduce Local Law Introductory No. B of 2021 - Schedule Public Hearing for Local Law Introductory No. B of 2021.

Applications Available for Vestal Pre-K Vestal Central School District is pleased to continue its Universal PreKindergarten program for the 2021-22 school year, contingent upon the receipt of grant funding from New York State. Applications are being accepted for eligible children who will turn four years old by December 1, 2021. Eligible children must be Vestal Central School District residents and two proofs of residency will be required. This half-day pre-kindergarten program is free to eligible children, but be aware that transportation is not provided. Letters with Vestal’s Universal PreKindergarten (UPK) program application were mailed to families with eligible children as of the 2020 census by January 8, 2021. Applications are also available on the district’s UPK website www., or you can request an application packet be mailed to you by calling (607) 7572291 or emailing Return completed forms in the appli-

cation packet as soon as possible to Vestal Central School District, Attn: UPK Program, 201 Main Street, Vestal, NY 13850 The grant would allow 99 Vestal UPK students to attend a half-day program. Please be aware that the return and completion of application forms does not guarantee placement in the program. In the event that the number of applications exceeds the program openings, a lottery will be conducted. Students not selected will be placed on a waiting list, and parents will be notified as openings become available. New York State includes funding for UPK programs to “provide four-year-old children with a universal opportunity to access high quality pre-kindergarten programs that prepare them for future success by developing strong foundational skills in literacy and numeracy.” If you have any questions, call the Vestal Central School District at (607) 757-2291 or email Director of Instruction Keliann Mazikewich at kcmazikewich@

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Last month’s exhibition at Tioga Arts Council was “A Fellowship of Curious Minds: Art & Collections of Andy Hafer and Chris Knickerbocker.” The exhibition ran from January 9 to January 30, and was available online and on social media. The artists’ work can be described as oddities, folk art, salvaged finds - or

undiscovered geniuses. There will be no exhibition at Tioga Arts Council in February due to building renovations. Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, or by appointment For more information, visit or call 687-0785.

Public Hearing Regarding Solar Array - Feb. 4 On February 4, the Town of Owego Zoning Board of Appeals will resume a public hearing on a proposal to establish a public utility solar array on Montrose Turnpike. The hearing will be held at the Owego Town Hall, 2354 State Route 434 in Apalachin, at 7:00 pm, but per COVID 19 Pandemic Executive Order 202.1, the meeting will be held virtually through ZOOM. The public may submit comments through the live meeting chat, or in advance of the meeting via email to or by calling 687-0123x6. The public will not be permitted to attend the meeting in person.

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Allen Memorial Baptist Church in Candor announced that M. Scott Burtis has become their new senior pastor. Pastor Burtis and his wife, Angela, came from Camp of the Woods in Speculator, New York, where he served in several capacities including Group Coordinator, Guest Services Manager, Director of Operations and Senior Director. Prior to Camp of the Woods, Pastor Burtis served as an interim pastor at Allen Memorial Baptist Church and was associated with various churches in the area including First Baptist Church in Johnson City and the North Syracuse Baptist Church in North Syracuse. He also has served as a teacher in two Christian Schools – Ross Corners Chris-

tian Academy in Vestal and Faith Heritage School in Syracuse. Allen Memorial Baptist Church was founded in Candor in 1852 in Hiram Allen’s home. The existing church building was erected 1857 on its current site at 8 Church Street in Candor on land donated by Hiram Allen. The church has subsequently built several additions including a gym that is used not only by the church but by the community as well. Sunday morning worship services begin at 9:45 am and are available by live streaming on YouTube. Visit for more up-todate information.

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Elks Launch “Raise the Roof” Fundraiser The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Owego 1039 have launched a fundraiser to make much-needed repairs to their historic building, located at 223 Front Street in the Village of Owego. Like many nonprofit organizations in the region, the Owego Elks Lodge experienced catastrophic flooding in both 2006 and 2011, which caused extensive damage to the kitchen and bar areas in the basement. With no flood insurance or FEMA funding, the Owego Elks were forced to use funds to relocate the kitchen and bar, reducing the size of both in order to accommodate these spaces on the first floor. Unfortunately, this move led to a decrease in membership and a decrease in revenue. With a primary focus on supporting the community and stabilizing the building, funds intended to make major roof repairs were reallocated. Further deterioration of the roof has resulted in extensive damage that now threatens the entire second floor of the building; a complete replacement is necessary. First built in the 1830s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Elks Lodge is a significant building in the Village of Owego. For nearly 200 years, this building has been opened to the community for gatherings and events, including visits by many dignitaries. The Owego Elks Lodge also has connections to historical figures such as President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Frederick C. Hewitt, who provided funds to build the Coburn Free Library and donated $1.5 million dollars to the Metropolitan Museum of Art upon his death in 1908. In addition to providing space and assistance to community organizations such as the Tioga United Way and Tioga County Rural Ministry, the Lodge financially supports many youth organizations including the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club, the Boy & Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, and camps for disabled youth. Annual scholarships are provided to students throughout Tioga County and local Veterans’ organizations also receive support and funding. Since chartered in 1906, it has been esti-

mated that the Owego Elks have donated over $5.4 million dollars back to the local community. Repair of the roof is a critical next step in securing the future and long-term sustainability of the Owego Elks Lodge. According to Abbey Hendrickson, Community Development Specialist for Tioga County Economic Development and Planning, “The Owego Elks have a long, impressive history of philanthropic giving in Tioga County. Our TEAM has provided technical assistance to the Elks, helping to map out a sustainability plan, which includes seeking grant funding and contributions from private donors. The goal is not only to make repairs to this historic building, but also to ensure the continued stability of the Elks’ charitable giving. Beyond financial assistance, the space, volunteers, and resources that the Owego Elks share with the community have a significant impact on the economic prosperity of the County as a whole.” “We’re proud of the work that the Owego Elks do in the community and want to keep supporting the community. This project will stabilize the building and allow us to keep planning for the future. Hundreds of people come through this building every year; a new roof will help us keep the building safe and open,” says Steven Gregory, B.P.O. Elks Owego, Exalted Ruler. An online fundraising campaign has been launched at: https:// owego-elks-lodge-1039-roof-fund. Repair estimates are between $250,000 and $300,000. Donations may made online at: https:// owego-elks-lodge-1039-roof-fund or mailed to the Owego Elks 1039, PO Box 6, Owego, New York 13827. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Owego is a tax-exempt 501(c)(8) not-for-profit fraternal organization. For more information, contact Steve Gregory, Exalted Ruler, at (607) 6871039 or OwegoElksLodge1039@

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Fred Brown Photo ©1971 50 YEARS AGO: February 1971 Tioga County Sheriff Paul Taylor (seated) is the first to get the new Tioga County Photo ID Card.

Local Students on Alfred State Dean’s List The following Tioga County students were among those named to the dean’s list for fall 2020 at Alfred State College (students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average are indicated with an asterisk) Gabreil Avery*, Apalachin,Welding Technology; Tyler Benedict, Apalachin, Heavy Equipment Operations; Katelynn Cary*, Barton, Network Administration; Anthony Drake, Endicott, Automotive Service Technician; Brandon Clark*, Lockwood, Mechani-

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February 1971

It’s February 1971. John B. Connally, Teenage Man in Apalachin.” Judges for a Democrat and former governor of Texthe event are Rev. Douglas Hoffman, as, is sworn in as Secretary of the TreasGeorge Penny, Robert Liberty, James ury in President Nixon’s Cabinet. Hamlin, Eugene Kucharski, Pierre Green, General Motors’ air pollution specialist and the Rev. Albert Almstedt. Ernest S. Starkman is confident that air In Albany, an assembly subcommitte pollution problems will be solved in the requests a study of the possibility of renext 20 to 30 years, with the phasing out storing passenger rail service to the of the traditional internal combustion Southern Tier. Passenger service was engine. He predicts that the gas turbine discontinued in January 1970. engine will replace the internal combusWINR-TV Channel 40 is sold to Staintion engineer before the year 2000. less, Inc. for $780,000. The station’s On February 5, Apollo 14 astronauts name will change to WICZ, the last four Commander Alan Shepard, Jr. and Lunar letter in the name of Stainless president Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell land on the Henry Guzeawicz. Moon while Command Module Pilot The Tioga County Sheriff’s DepartStuart Roosa remains in orbit around the ment starts an ID program, a system of Moon. Shepard and Mitchell, the 5th and uniform age proof for young people 18 6th men to walk on the Moon, perform 21, and the only proof of age that will be experiments, collect Moon rocks, and accepted by taverns, hotels and other disShepard hits 2 golf balls. The 3 astropensers of alcoholic beverages in the nauts return to earth on February 9 with a county (see photo page 7). Older people splash landing in the Pacific Ocean. can use the ID to cash checks or money The worst earthquake since 1933 orders. strikes Southern California. When an Top tunes include “Knock Three aftershock hits during a taping of “The Times” by Dawn, “I Hear You KnockTonight Show,” Johnny Carson quips, ing” by Dave Edmunds, “Your Song” by “The God is Dead” meeting has been Elton John, “If You Could Read My cancelled for tonight.” Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot, and “I NevWashington’s birthday is observed for the first time on the third Monday in February, creating a three -day holiday weekend. J. C. Penny, founder of the department store, dies at age 95. The United Kingdom and Ireland switch to a decimal currency system (no more shillings). Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500. The Lawton, Pa., branch of the Grange February 1971 - Edgar Mitchell walks on the Moon. National Bank is Photo credit: NASA/Alan Shepard robbed for the third time since October 1967. The robber eser Promised You a Rose Garden” by capes with $4,700. Lynn Anderson. The second heaviest snowfall of the Monday night TV shows include “The winter season leaves from 7 to 12 inches Newlywed Game,” “Rowan and Martin’s in the Southern Tier and Pennsylvania. Laugh-In,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Lucy Two men from New York City are Show,” “Mayberry RFD,” “The Doris charged with stealing approximately Day Show,” and “The Carol Burnett $1,000 from the Grand Union supermarShow.” ket at Four Corners in Vestal. Movies at local theaters include “Five A total lunar eclipse is visible in the Easy Pieces,” “Tora, Tora, Tora,” “Love Southern Tier. Story,” and “Thunderball.” The Apalachin Youth Athletic AssociaWe’re shopping at Westons and Britts tion will offer “Cinderella Softball on the Vestal Parkway, Grants at the League” for girls ages 10 to 14, the first Binghamton Plaza, and Jupiter Discount time activities for girls have been offered. Store on Court Street in Binghamton. Ice and snow cause the engine of a And two pounds of pasta cost 39 cents, Lehigh Valley freight train to derail in and a one-quart jar of Ragu Sauce costs Newark Valley. The engine hits a tree 59 cents. Happy Valentines Day! and stops 50 feet from a house. AFS exchange student Macit Cobanoglu, 17, speaks to the Owego Kiwanis Club about the history and culture of Turkey. The Apalachin Jaycees choose Robert J. Savard, 17, as “Outstanding Young

On December 12, 2020, the Apalachin Lions Club completed their yearly Christmas Basket deliveries to 31 families, comprised of 59 adults, 6 seniors and 60 children. The Lions expended 378 hours on the 2020’s project, providing food coupons, gift cards, plus toys for children. This effort is greatly supported by the generosity of the community. The Lions offer a special thanks to Rusty’s Cabin, Whitetail’s Bar & Grill, Toys for Tots, Apalachin Vol-

unteer Fire Department, Apalachin United Methodist Church Women’s Association, Sweeney’s Market, Tioga Hills Elementary School, Apalachin Elementary School, Apalachin Library, as well as numerous individual donations. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Floyd “Vic” Hooker Youth Fund of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, made possible by generous donors since 2003.

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Wed - Sat 7 am to 1:30 pm (closed Mon & Tues) Sunday 7 am to 1:30 pm (Closed Jan 9) New Members The Owego Kiwanis Club last month welcomed new members Carrie Johnson Kruse, Bernard Dolan, and Noreen Dolan. Kiwanis President Karen Warfle and Immediate Past President Lew Sauerbrey presided over the induction ceremony. Past President Sauerbrey Honored Lew Sauerbrey was honored for his leadership as President during 20192020. He kept the club intact during the onset of COVID -19. With his leadership, the Owego Kiwanis members were able to meet outside after prolonged isolation, which helpd the Kiwanis Club continue its mission of serving children and to find ways to continue its projects, fundraisers and give generously to other local organizations

that serve children in our community. In the new Kiwanis year, Lew launched a new service project: “adopting” the gazebo in the Courthouse Square for holiday decorating. Thanks to a local artist/photographer, Dan Williams, a photo of the beautifully decorated gazebo became a piece of art that served as the perfect thank-you gift which was presented to Immediate Past President Lew Sauerbrey last month.


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