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MARCH 2014

Owner of Tioga Downs to Sponsor Free Flight to Washington for Vets

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Owego Strawberry Festival June 20 & 21

Jeff Gural to sponsor Honor Flight trip for WWII, Korean War, and terminally ill veterans

Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, and chairman and CEO of American Racing and Entertainment, announced recently that he will be funding an Honor Flight trip, intended to transport, free of charge, WWII, Korean War, and terminally ill veterans to Memorials in Washington, D.C., on April 12. Gural, who has been a large supporter of area veterans, has been planning to fund the Honor Flight trip, and has now set these plans in motion. Working with Deanna Deneen, who heads up the Honor Flight Hub serving the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, an arranged flight will facilitate 50 veterans and their guardians for a visit to the Memorials. The flight will depart Binghamton on Saturday, April 12, fly to the D.C. area

for visits to the Korean War Memorial and the WWII Memorial located on the National Mall. A stop is also planned at the Changing of the Guards in Arlington. Deneen stated that the flight will be met by charter buses that will transport the veterans, and that the buses will receive an honorary police escort to the Memorials. Deneen is currently taking names for the flight, and those interested should visit, download an application, and then email it to Applications can also be mailed to Deneen, and that address is located on the form. Applications will be accepted until the flight is filled up, and those who are unable to get on this flight will be put on a waiting list for future available flights.

2014 Festival Celebrates 34 Years The Historic Owego Marketplace in downtown Owego is pleased to announce plans for the upcoming 34th Annual Strawberry Festival to be held Friday night, June 20, 5:30 to 10:30 pm, and Saturday, June 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. New committee co-chairs, Fran and Sandy Dunbar, are excited to help plan some very exciting activities at the festival and hope this year's event claims to be the best ever. This annual event is host to over 30,000 guests each year; offering plenty of food, entertainment on every street corner, and up to 200 vendors.

According to Stella Reschke, Tioga County Tourism Director, the festival committee has tried to incorporate new and exciting activities for the festival to attract visitors from all over. “We usually see lots of new faces come in for the festival from all over the Northeast because strawberries are a universally much-loved fruit, and it's just a really fun couple of days.” said Reschke. The Strawberry Festival has included some new and returning features to this year’s event. In addition to the over 200 vendors and the fabulous entertainment throughout the streets on Friday's Block Party and on Saturday, the festival will also include: "Straw Dawgs Strut Their Stuff"; Fireworks over the River; Wine, Beer, Spirits Tasting Tent; Strawberry Festival Parade; Rubber Ducky Derby; Chicken BBQ; 11th Annual Pig Roast; Rock Climbing Wall; 5K Run and 1 Mile Kids' Run; and some great surprises!

Tioga County Legislature Taking a Hard Look at County Bus Transportation System

by Martha Sauerbrey Chair, Tioga County Legislature Recent changes in the mandated Medical Transportation System by the

Cuomo Administration has severely impacted the financial viability of the Tioga Bus Transportation and will result in an increase in local tax

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dollars if the service continues. For the past 20 years, Tioga County has provided a rural transportation system paid for by Medicaid dollars. Under the new Medicaid System, the New York State Department of Health has contracted with a private vendor to manage the transportation system. They are not using our bus system but sending people in cabs. The change has seen the Medicaid transports on our system drop from 993 trips per month to 8 trips per month. The cost to the county even with increasing the rates and eliminating some routes leaves the county with an estimated bill of $370,000 per year on the local tax base. Since the state failed to adequately advise us of this change until late in the year, no money was

budgeted for 2014. That translates into a 1.7% tax increase. With Medicaid beneficiaries no longer riding the bus, that leaves approximately 200 people per day using the bus system. Roughly 75 of these riders are commuting to and from work. So the question is, considering these ridership numbers, how much are we willing to pay? The Legislature doesn’t want to make a decision without reaching out to the citizens of Tioga County. We need to hear from you as this is a taxpayer issue not just a transportation issue. Contact your legislator or the Tioga County Legislative office and share your feedback. The information is listed on the county website under Government at

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MARCH 2014



Early Owego Antique Center Celebrate 1st Year

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on February 14 to celebrate the first anniversary of the Early Owego Antique Center at 43-45 Lake Street in Owego. A weekend of activities celebrated the

event. Since opening, Early Owego has doubled in size and scope, now presenting 21,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to the offerings of over 90 dealers in antiques and collectibles of many kinds.

Making a colorful and creative mirror to decorate your home or office. THE BEVELED EDGE FRAME SHOP WILL GIVE A CLASS EVERY WEDNESDAY IN MARCH (1-4pm) CONTACT US TO HOLD YOUR SPOT AT 607-785-4488

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Weekly Lenten Services in Nichols The Nichols area Methodist churches weekly Lenten services will begin on March 5, Ash Wednesday, at the Smithboro United Methodist Church at 7:00. Pastor Daniel Martin will be preaching and the Smithboro UMC choir will provide music. The following five Sunday evening services will also begin at 7:00: • March 9, Barton UMC with Bill Prentice preaching • March 16, Nichols UMC with Bishop Mark Webb of the Upper New York

Conference preaching. This is a wonderful event for the community, as it is very rare for a sitting Bishop to preside over a local service. • March 23, Litchfield UMC with Allen Bill preaching • March 30, Tioga Center UMC with Jon Austin preaching • April 6, Gibson Corners UMC with Pastor Donna Martin preaching Everyone is welcome at these services.

Gallery Celebrates 4th Year, Honors Cats The Black Cat Gallery in Owego is celebrating their 4th birthday with a Community Cat Contest honoring cats. Your cats, their cats, photos of cats, your child’s drawing of a cat, cat puns and videos of cats, all displayed at the Black Cat Gallery. Through March, your entries will be on display with prizes for the best cat entry in two categories, one for adults and one for kids. It’ll be great fun and a purrfect way to enjoy the remaining winter months. Bring in your entry anytime. Videos of your cat can be sent to: Photos, drawings, paintings or sculptures can be brought to the Black Cat Gallery. The Black Cat Gallery will celebrate their birthday on the First Friday Art Walk, March 7, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be a birthday cake and festivities, Meredith and Frank Bocek, a husband and wife team, will play New Age

Celtic music on the harp and the guitar. Inquiries of interest in joining the Black Cat Gallery can be made through the website:, The Black Cat is at 190 Front Street in Owego. They are open every day. Tioga County's


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MARCH 2014


Updating Our County Memorial Park by Bill Chandler, Chairman Honor Our Veterans Monument Fund I was asked a while ago about Medal of Honor recipients in Tioga County. I found out there are four; they are all Civil War Veterans. I was looking at our County Memorial Park at the Courthouse Square. We have monuments there, but not enough to take care of our veterans that have given their lives for our freedoms. Some veteran names are just posted on gray signs. Three more monuments are needed to complete honoring our veterans. We need one World War II monument - there are an additional twenty-five names that need to be added; and we need a monument for modern warfare for our county veterans that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new monuments will be the same size and shape gray granite stone that is currently in the square. Behind the monuments two additional flag poles will be installed. Then coming out toward the sidewalk to the courthouse; add a smaller monument with a bronze statue on top with the engraved names of our Medal of Honor Recipients. The memorial upgrade will cost approximately $30,000. We need your help to honor our veterans and their families that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Please make your check payable to VFW Post#1371, 207 Main Street, Owego, NY 13827. Please make sure your check denotes for "Memorial Monument Fund." Your contribution is greatly appreciated.


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Sat. April 5 9am-5pm Sun. April 6 10am-4pm

Annual Maple Open House & Pancake Breakfast

March 22nd Free Tours & Demonstrations

Maple products available for purchase

Pancake Breakfast at Abell’s Pond 9am – 1pm $8 adults, $5 children 5-11

The "Fallen Soldier Statue" cast in bronze would sit atop a monument engraved with the names of the four Tioga Co. Civil War Veterans who received the Medal of Honor: Richard Stout, Landsman, U.S. Navy; Isaac S. Catlin, Colonel, 109th NY Infantry; Benjamin F. Tracy, Colonel, 109th NY Infantry; and John Tribe, Private, Co. G, 5th NY Cavalry.

March 23, to assist Gordy Packer and his family in dealing with expenses he has incurred from his medical issues. The dinner will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at the Vestal Elks. The menu includes baked ziti with meatballs. There will be a door prize, auctions, raffles, music, and more. Donation is $10. Make checks payable to Gordon Packer Benefit Fund. The Vestal Elks is located at 2071 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal. Any help or assistance you can provide in this effort would be deeply appreciated.

Running of the Bears 5K - March 29 For the second year in a row, Vestal High School’s Varsity Club is sponsoring “The Running of the Bears” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 29. Proceeds will once again benefit the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. Race day registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 am, with the race kicking off at 9:00 am in front of the Vestal High School, 205 Woodlawn Drive, Vestal. The registration fee is $25 for runners and walkers. Teams of eight or more receive a discounted registration of $20 per person. Participants who preregister by March 22 will receive an

Dewy Meadows Maple & Abell’s Pond

NYST Geology Club 45th Museum of Gems

Benefit for Gordy Packer - March 23 Vestal Elks Lodge #2508 is organizing a fund raising event to benefit their friend and fellow Elk Gordon Packer. A pasta dinner will be held on Sunday,


exclusive student-designed “Running of the Bears” T-shirt. Registration forms are available on the Vestal Central School District website. Click the link next to the Running Bear logo under “Vestal Central School District News” on the home page. For more information, contact Race Director Sue Darpino at Prader Willi Syndrome is a complex genetic disorder affecting appetite, growth, metabolism and behavior. For more info:


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County Calendar of Events Available The 2014 Tioga County Calendar of Events is now available. Look forward to a year filled with festivals, concerts, tours, races, history and more fun public events in and around Tioga County. The brightly colored, four-

fold brochure offers dates, times, places, websites and phone numbers of all tourism related events and festivals occurring in Tioga County this year. Make sure you get your free brochure. You can pick up one or more brochures at the Tioga County Visitor's Center at 80 North Avenue in Owego, or at various brochure racks around the county. Or call 800-671-7772 or (607) 687-7440 if you're not in the area and they can send one to you. You can also access the Calendar of Events and other brochures online at

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MARCH 2014




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Always On Sunday Concert Series The Tioga Arts Council presents the third concert in the Always on Sunday concert series on Sunday, March 16 at 3:00 pm. Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet will be performing at the First Presbyterian Union Church, corner of North Ave. and Temple St. in Owego.

Always on Sunday concerts are free and open to the public; however, donations are welcome. The Always on Sunday series is made possible, in part, with funding from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation and the Cooper Foundation.

CLEANING SERVICE: Are you looking for some one to clean your house, apartment or office? I have years of experience and references. Please call 607-742-8625 03/14

DENT REMOVAL: door dings, hail damage, dents removed without harm to car finish! Olympic Detailing 607-625-2332

FOR SALE: New oak kitchen cart $75, Sleigh decorative Blue 24”x14” 37” long $50, Antique Rocky Baby cradle $35. Call 607-785-6042 03/14

DOG BOARDING: Pleasant Valley Dog Kennel, 5367 State Route 38, Newark Valley, NY 13811. 35 years in business, indoor/outdoor runs. Daily rates $14 one dog, $21 two dogs same run 607-6428776 06/14

LOOK LOOK SPRING: We can help with cleaning of attics, out buildings, yard work, lawn mowing, garages, house cleaning. Call 607-699-0212 05/14

FOR RENT: 1 bedroom apartment located in Binghamton. For information please call (607) 722-2003 or 785-0222 03/14

TOP DOLLAR PAID: Wanted! Old fishing tackle, lures, reels, etc. Some items worth $500. and more!!! Call me first, collector not a dealer so I pay more. Walt 687-5750 06/14

FOR RENT: 1 Bedroom Apartment on the 2nd floor. Right in the heart of Historic Downtown Owego, NY Close to Laundry mat, shopping, sight seeing, walking, parks, restaurants and so much more approx. 1000 sq ft No Smoking or Pets!!! Rental agreement for 1 yr Application with references and credit check. $650 plus utilities. Call And leave message 607-427-1736

NEED IT CLEANED OUT or hauled away? We just charge less for one room to whole house. Also garages barns & sheds. MK’s Affordable Cleanouts 607217-7455 01/15 BUYING: Buying Antiques & Vintage Collectables, paying highest prices and I come to you! Call Dave at 607-240-9546

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MARCH 2014



Donation To Local Fire Departments

Pictured above: Mike George, Chief Apalachin Fire Department; Mark Daniel, Chief Campville Fire Department; and Donna & Natalie Richetti from the Top of The Hill Café in Apalachin. A check was presented to the Campville and Apalachin Fire Departments by the Top of The Hill Café, Main St., Apalachin. The donations came from a portion of the proceeds

from the “Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Specials" and donations from customers during January and February. The Top of The Hill will continue the donation program during March.

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TC Rural Ministry gets help from Zion Lutheran Corner of Main St & Pa Ave., Apalachin, NY 625-2212 Saturday-Thursday 7am-3pm • Friday 7am-8pm Breakfast & Lunch • With Daily Specials •Take -Out Available


Buy 1 Breakfast or Lunch get 2nd (equal or lesser value) 1/2 price and enter our drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate!

St Patrick’s Day Reubin Special Zion Lutheran School used National Lutheran Schools Week to help out Tioga County Rural Ministries. On January 27, the students completed a bowling unit in their gym class by taking a trip to Owego Bowl and having a bowl -a-thon to support the local ministry. Students were sponsored by family and friends with either a flat fee or per pin. Over $450 was raised by the students which they were able to take to the ministry on Friday morning, January 31 when they went to help as a service project. Students filled the food pantry and brought valentines to decorate the

building. Pre-K - 1st grade students crossed off UPC codes on health products so that they were ready to be distributed to those in need. Prior to leaving for the trip, the students collected hand and dish soap for their Soap for Hope campaign and delivered them and stocked the Ministries shelves with those items. Tioga County Rural Ministry, located on North Avenue in Owego, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the poor, sick, and elderly. The ministry is supported by local churches and private donations.

March Special $1.00 of each Breakfast-Lunch or Dinner Special will be Donated to the Campville & APALACHIN FIRE DEPARTMENT

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OFA 2014 Post-Prom to Host Black-Light Zumba On Sunday, March 16, the OFA 2014 Post-Prom Committee will host a blacklight Zumba party at the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club in Owego. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the one-hour class begins at 1:00 pm. The $10 entrance fee goes to support the Class of 2014 OFA Post-Prom event. There will also be a raffle for gift certificates and baskets. So, put on your

white and glowing colors and join in helping to provide a safe and fun-filled night for our students. If you are unable to attend a fundraisers or wish to contribute more, donations may be made to Post-Prom by sending your checks (made out to OFA Post-Prom) to OFA Attn: Heath Georgia, 1 Sheldon Guile Boulevard, Owego, NY 13827. Now booking 7 days a week! Many local references and Local shop


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MARCH 2014


Team Trivia Night - March 7 The annual Team Trivia Night organized by the OA Foundation for Excellence in Education will take place on Friday, March 7, 7:00 to 10:00 pm, at the Owego Elk’s Lodge on Front Street in Owego. Teams may consist of 2 to 8 players, and can be sponsored by a business/ organization for $225 or a family for $125. John Adams, professional MC,


Floyd Hooker Estate Grants Awarded

will host the evening and the top three teams will win prizes. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund innovative educational projects and scholarships that benefit students in the Owego Apalachin School District. For an entry application and more information, visit the website

Join us in celebrating our 30th Anniversary On Monday March 24th with 30¢ wings

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Terrace Serving Corned Beef & Cabbage or Ham & Cabbage All day Monday March 17th Karaoke Saturday March 8th (First Saturday of the month)

Tyson Alston –Sat. Mar 15th

Gene Hummel - Saturday March 29th Serving Lunch & Dinner or Just a Snack! Stop in and try our Homemade Soup Sepcials • Tues – Steak Nite • • Wed - Shrimp Nite • Thurs - Clam Nite •

The Terrace The Friendly Neighborhood Tavern Rt. 434, Apalachin, New York 625-3935

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) recently awarded $11,825 in grants from the Floyd Hooker Estate Fund. Floyd “Vic” Hooker died in 2007 and designated 30% of his estate to “Benefit the Youth of Tioga County”. Some of these funds were placed with CFTT and provide funding to school districts, or non-profit agencies working with school districts, to benefit the youth in Tioga County, New York. Tioga United Way received $4,000 for its Student Engagement Program. This program places eight high school students into United Way partner agencies for two months during the summer. This is the second year of the program. Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST) received $2,000 to support their partnership with the Waverly Central School District to offer the BackPack Program which helps to alleviate child hunger by providing food packs every Friday during the school year to approximately 200 Tioga County students through the different school districts. Catholic Charities, Tioga Outreach Center received $5,325 to expand on opportunities offered through their Youth Engagement Services (YES) after

school program at the Newark Valley School District which serves students in grades 8 through 12. This grant will allow the program to offer a nutrition education series, be a part of an exploration program offered by Boy Scouts of America, and provide a reward outing at the end of the school year. The Owego-Apalachin School District received $500 for a project entitled “Water, Water, Everywhere” that will be implemented at the Apalachin Elementary School. The money will purchase books that children can borrow and take home for additional learning. The books will support today’s issues in science and cover the study of water as a natural resource. Additionally, water quality test kits and oil spill kits will be purchased. Grant applications will be sought out again in September and October for any school within Tioga County, New York, that has an innovative idea to supplement, expand, or improve their curriculum or another need within the school district. Contact CFTT at 570-888-4759 or via e-mail at to find out more.

Owego Little League, Softball and Teener League Sign Ups!!

For the second year OLL is offering online registration for players returning for the 2014 season. Simply go to the website,, and follow the prompts for registration. Online registration closes on March 10th First time players and returning players who can’t sign up online will need to attend one of the “in person” signups at the Owego Central Fire Station, 87 North Ave., and across the street from John’s Fine Foods. “In Person” signups are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 8. Remember to bring a copy of the player’s birth certificate and verification of residency within the Owego Apalachin School District if this is your first year playing in Owego Little League.

MARCH 2014



Open House, Kindergarten Orientation


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Zion Lutheran School is currently enrolling students for the 2014-2015 School Year. The school goes from 3year-old Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. As part of their National Lutheran Schools Week celebration their will be an Open House Tuesday, March 4, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Those who come will get a tour of the school which includes a computer lab, library, cafeteria, and gym as well as classroom tours and a chance to meet the teachers and students. There will be a display of curriculum and student materials for

each grade as well. There will be a Kindergarten Orientation on Monday, March 10, from 8:45 to 11:15 am. The children from Zion’s Pre-Kindergarten and the public are invited to spend the morning in Kindergarten and enjoy snack, craft, songs and an opportunity to meet the teacher. Zion Lutheran School is located 3917 Rte 17C, just 1.5 miles west of downtown Owego. To register for Kindergarten Orientation and for more information, call the school office at 687 -6376.

Tioga County Reality Check


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St Patrick’s Day Dinner

Corned Beef, Ham, Cabbage & fixings Sun & Mon March 16 & 17 noon till gone! Stop in for Mardi Gras

Pizza - 7 Days A Week - Hand Tossed - Full, Half Sheet or Round Friday Nite - Deep fried Haddock & Ribeye Dinners

Assemblyman Chris Friend, Reality Check Coordinator Robin Baker, and members of Tioga Reality Check

On February 12, Tioga County Reality Check joined tobacco control partners and Reality Check groups from across the state at the capital to let our elected officials know that tobacco control saves money and lives. Funding for the New York State Tobacco Control Program, including Reality Check, has been cut in half since 2006. It's time to reinvest in comprehensive tobacco

control, including programs like Reality Check. At Legislative Day, local youth met with their elected officials and participated in education at the Legislative Office Building. Reality Check also hosted the 2014 Youth Advocate of the Year Awards, honoring the outstanding work of youth advocates from across the state.

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MARCH 2014



Lookin’ Sharp Ribbon Cutting

Lawnmowers, Small Engines - Repaired Alternators, Starters, Generators, Motors - Rebuilt


A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on February 27 at Lookin’ Sharp The Custom Kitchen and Bath Gallery of Curtis Custom Woodworking at 59 North Avenue in Owego. Lookin Sharp – The Custom Kitchen and Bath Gallery of Curtis Custom

Woodworking is a showroom filled with custom cabinetry (built in-house), a complete line of countertops, tile, flooring, appliances, paint and finishes. Lookin’ Sharp provides complete kitchen and bath renovations, as well as family room and basement remodels.

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Artwork from last year's Artfully Squared Exhibition It's time for artfully SQUARED, Tioga Arts Council's 2nd annual collaborative art event. Artfully SQUARED is open to creative people of all ages and skill levels. Here's how it works: use any medium to make a piece that measures 7" square, donate your artwork to Tioga Arts Council (TAC), and then come see the exhibition and buy original artwork for your walls. All artworks will be exhibited in Tioga Arts Council's Gallery during the entire month of April and each piece will be available for a $20 donation. In

addition to their regular weekly gallery hours, TAC will be open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays for the whole month of April. There is no fee to enter and all proceeds will benefit the programs at Tioga Arts Council. The deadline for entries is March 28, 2014, and the exhibition opens on April 1, 2014. A reception will be held as part of Owego's 1st Friday ArtWalk on April 4, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego, and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

MARCH 2014


Owego Little League News Sign-Up Deadline - March 10 Deadline to register for 2014 Owego Little League Baseball, Softball, Girls Softball and Tenner League Baseball is Monday, March 10. League officials encourage parents to sign up their son or daughter before the cutoff date. First Time Last Chance - March 12 Last chance in-person signups for first time players start at 6:30 pm Wednesday, March 12, at the Tioga County Office Building on Academy Street. Information Meeting - March 12 Mandatory meeting alert. President Ken Winters reminds all managers, coaches and volunteers to 1) fill out the Little League Volunteer Application 2014 and 2) attend the annual Information Meeting 7pm, Wed., March 12, in the auditorium, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street, Owego. Web Sites Sign up for Williamsport Little League communications Available newsletters include Coaching, Safety ASAP, LL

Baseball World Series News, The Parent Connection and 75th Anniversary. LL News Briefs President Troy Campbell says Waverly Little League will host the 2014 New York State Section Two 9/11 Little League Championship Tournament in mid-July. Competing teams include Plattsburg, Watertown, Utica, Syracuse, Ithaca, Binghamton and Hornell. President John Barnes announces his West Corners Baseball and Softball Leagues have merged with Endicott Youth Baseball and Softball into one league called Union Endicott Baseball and Softball.

Apalachin Lions Club Scholarships 2014 The Apalachin Lions Club 27th Annual Scholarship program will award $3000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2014 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.

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Rummage and Bake Sale - April 5 There will be a Rummage and Bake sale on Saturday, April 5, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Little Meadows, PA. The church is 6.6 miles out Pennsylvania Avenue from the intersection with Route 434 in Apalachin. There will be a Bag Sale, beginning at 1:00 pm. Proceeds from the bake sale go into the Sky Lake Campership Fund for youth. Lunch will also be available.


Phone (607) 625-4395 Fax (607) 625-5488

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Open Monday –Saturday 10 am –6 pm

Culinary Gadgets • Gluten-Free Mixes Local Foods • Internet Café • Specialty Baking FRIDAY MARCH 7 Pierogi 6-9pm We are making Potato and Cheddar Pierogi from scratch. Browned in butter and onions with a light salad, and that's a great Friday evening with friends. $19.00 pp + tax. SATURDAY MARCH 8 Death by Chocolate 2-5pm Rescheduled from January. Ever heard of Marcel Desaulniers? He is the guru of chocolate and this dessert is his most infamous. Many multi-layers of chocolate infused goodness go into this cake. You will learn how to create this masterpiece and have a piece of this heavenly dessert as well.$29.00 pp + tax. WEDNESDAY MARCH 12 Pasta Puttanesca 6-8pm We are making and eating Pasta Puttanesca with Grilled Sausage tonight along with a garden salad and bread. This is an abbreviated class for the middle of the week, with an abbreviated price. $22.00 pp+tax. WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 Korean Dinner 6-9pm Come join me for one of my favorite cuisines, healthy and tasty. We start with Mandoo (dumplings), Chap Chae (cellophane noodles), Bulgogi (marinated beef), fresh Asian pears for dessert. $39.00 pp+tax. FRIDAY MARCH 21 VEGETARIAN MEDITERREAN 6-9pm Fresh Pita Pockets, Falafel, Hummus, Israeli Salad and Tahini Sauce are only a few dishes of what we will be making this evening. Join Oren and I as we have a friendly competition on who makes the best Hummus! $39.00 pp + tax. THURSDAY MARCH 27 Paella 6-9pm Paella is one of the World's Seven Wonders of the Food World. From Spain, we are making up a big batch of Paella tonight, rice, chicken, shrimp, sausage, tomatoes all cooked together in a saffron infused broth. Ensalata Mixta (Mixed Salad) along with some fresh fruit for dessert round out the meal. $39.00 pp + tax. SATURDAY MARCH 29 Making Ravioli 6-9pm Learn to mix, roll and form your own Ravioli. Tonight it's freshly made Ricotta and Spinach filling in a Spinach Ravioli dough. You 're making it all, the ricotta and the spinach pasta. A nice salad goes with it. $29.00 pp + tax. MONDAY MARCH 31 Lebanese Menu 6-9pm I know you are out there...people who eat and like lamb. This Lebanese meal features Lamb and Green Bean Stew, Lentils and Rice with Seven Spices, and Glazed Anise Fingers for a sweet ending. $39.00 pp + tax.

Call Sue at (607) 625-5048

Space is limited, but last minute signups welcomed.

6276 State Route 434 Apalachin, NY 13732

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Lois J. O'Connor Beavan 1928 - 2014

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Lois J. O'Connor Beavan, 85, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Mrs. Beavan was predeceased by two sisters, Cora "Jean" and her husband, Joseph Ackerman; Margaret "Midge" Kishpaugh; brother, Lloyd "Jack" Cornett. She is survived by her husband, Harold Beavan; children and their spouses, Randy O'Connor, Craig and Linda O'Connor, Sharon Beavan, Bryan

Beavan, Robert and Brenda Beavan; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leo and Jean Cornett, Jane Cornett, Charles and Bonnie Cornett; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lois was a member of the Apalachin United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was a former member of Stephen Ministries. She drove bus for many years for the Owego Apalachin School District. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 13, 2014, at the Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home at 15 Park Street in Owego. Burial followed in the Tioga Cemetery in Owego. The family received friends prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Lois J. Beavan's memory to the Apalachin United Methodist Church Elevator Fund, P.O. Box 355, Apalachin, New York, 13732. Condolences may be made at

Community Calendar THURSDAY - MARCH 6 NV Meet the Candidates - 3/6, 6pm, Cardinal Café, 12 S. Main St., Newark Valley. Candidates for Village of Newark Valley Board of Trustees (Patricia Beck, Doug Card, Ginger VanEtten, Mike Reynolds) and Mayor (Jim Tornatore). FRIDAY - MARCH 7 Chinese Auction - Fri, 3/7, at Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego. Doors open 5pm. Drawings 6:30pm. Tickets 10 for $1. Benefits Dept. of Aging Home Meals Programs. SATURDAY - MARCH 8 Shuttles & Spindles Guild - 3/8, spinning 10-2 at Rollie Noble Room in PO Bldg., Newark Valley Historical Society. BYO lunch & beverage. New members welcome. Call Denise 6425568. SATURDAY - MARCH 15 Book Sale & Soup Lunch - 3/15, 10am-2pm. Bag Sale 12:30pm. At Lounsbury Methodist Church, Lounsbury. Variety of soups, slice of Panera bread, drink, dessert. Huge selection hardcover & paperback books. Benefits community fund. Guides Guild - 3/15, costuming workshop 10-2, at Rollie Noble Room in PO Bldg, Newark Valley Historical Society. BYO lunch, sewing supplies, & project. Help available. New members welcome. RSVP Jane (607) 727-8214. Soup & Salad Supper - 3/15, 4:30 to 6pm at The First United Methodist

Church, Main St., Newark Valley. Takeout available. Free will donation. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner - 3/15, 5 to 7 pm at Owego Elks Lodge, 223 Front St, Owego. Smoked corned beef dinner with all the trimmings. $10, $9 w/canned food for Rural Ministry. Open bar during dinner. SUNDAY - MARCH 16 Chicken & Biscuit Dinner - 3/16, Noon - 4pm, Vestal Elks Lodge #2508, 2071 Vestal Parkway West, Vestal. Eat in or take out. $7. Black-Light Zumba Party - 3/16, at Tioga Co. Boys and Girls Club in Owego. Registration at 12:30pm. Onehour class at 1pm. $10 fee. Benefits Class of '14 OFA Post-Prom event. There will also be a raffle. SUNDAY - MARCH 23 Pasta Benefit Dinner - 3/23, 1 to 6pm, at Vestal Elks, 2071 Vestal Pkwy West, Vestal. Baked ziti w/meatball dinner. Door Prize. Auctions, Raffles, Music. Benefits Gordon Packer. Donation $10. SATURDAY - APRIL 5 Rummage/Bake Sale - 4/5, 9am to 2pm, at United Methodist Church, Little Meadows, PA (6.6 miles out Penna. Ave. from Rt 434 in Apalachin). Bag Sale at 1pm. Lunch available. Benefits Sky Lake Campership Fund for youth. Chili Supper - 4/5, 4-6:30pm at The Lounsberry Methodist Church, 3586 East River Rd., Nichols. Traditional chili, white (chicken) chili & vegetarian chili. Homemade corn bread & dessert. Free will donation.

Tioga Hills Students Jump for Heart 765 Main Street Vestal, NY 607-748-4695 Mark J. Murphy, Lic. Mgr. Ronald Yurecka

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Tioga Hills Elementary School students celebrated Health Heart Month by participating in the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” program in their physical education classes last month. Altogether, the students raised over $12,000 for the American Heart Association. At a special Morning Program

assembly on Friday, February 21, the student body heard their school total and received a personalized “thank you” from Meg Gibbons, a representative from the American Heart Association. For over five years, students at Tioga Hills Elementary have participated in the Jump Rope for Heart.

MARCH 2014


Lemmon - Perkosky

Michael and Deborah Lemmon of Apalachin announce the engagement of their daughter, Deanna Marie, to Joel Gordon Perkosky. The future bridegroom is the son of James and Jane Perkosky of Harford, PA. Miss Lemmon graduated from Owego Free Academy in 2009 and received her bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Mansfield

University in 2013. She is a substitute teacher and a private lessons instructor. Mr. Perkosky graduated from Mountain View High School in 2007 and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Psychology of Human Development from MU in 2012. He is employed by the Dan Ricci Jr. Ins Agency of State Farm in Montrose, PA. A May 31 wedding is planned.

Just For Men! Just for Men is an opportunity to share with one another and have good Christian fellowship with the men of Nichols United Methodist Church and surrounding community. Men are welcome to come and just

listen. Walk in anytime and leave at your convenience if you wish. The group gathers on Monday Nights at the church library, 59 Main Street, in Nichols NY starting at 7:00 pm.


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Town of Owego News Briefs


by Donald Castellucci, Jr. Town of Owego Supervisor The Town of Owego is paying approximately $35,000 in taxes and fees on our insurance plan due to the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). That is a major portion of the 2% tax cap. Work on the entrance to Hickories Park is moving according to schedule. Hopefully, if the weather cooperates, we can have an early spring opening. On the FEMA buyout plan: Once the Town of Owego purchases the property, it has 90 days to demolish the structures. The pre-demolition asbestos surveys are currently being conducted. I expect that demolition of the 23 structures will be

put out to bid very shortly. The total offer price for these properties is $1,758,479. Seventy-five percent of the total cost of the grant is covered by FEMA and twenty-five percent by New York State. Six elevation projects have been approved in the Town of Owego. We are currently working with the homeowners and New York State to complete the process. In disappointing news for the town, Mick Trivisonno, Director of Utilities, is retiring this summer. A job listing can be found on the Tioga County website.

Gift Certificates Available Case Discounts on non-sale wines

Sweeneys Plaza, Rt 434, Apalachin

Mommy's Time Out Pinot Grigio 750 ml. ……………………….. $9.49 Setter Straight Bourbon 1.75 L. …………………………………... $16.99 Feckin Irish Whiskey 750 ml. ……………………….………………. $17.49 McCormick's Irish Cream 750 ml. ………………………………... $12.99 Lindeman's Cawarra Blends 1.5 L. …………………….…………. $11.49 Georgi 4X Distilled Flavored Vodka 1 L. …………………………. 10.99

Thirsty Owl Wine tasting Friday March 14, 4-7

Prom Dress 5K, Children's 1 Mile Fun Run Come kick up your heels at the 1st Annual Prom Dress 5K and Children’s 1 mile Fun run. On Sunday, April 27, the Owego Free Academy Cross Country and Track Teams and Post Prom Committee will be sponsoring this fun event for people of all ages. Located at Owego Free Academy (OFA), 1 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. On-site registration begins at 8:00am on the OFA Campus.

Look for your old Prom dress and Prom attire. Remember how good you looked in that? Dig it out, dust it off and dance in the streets! Prom attire can include anything from a prom dress, bridesmaid dress, tux, vest, tie, and cummerbund. Come have some fun and support the OFA Chem Free Party. For more information and on-line registration go to and search Prom Dress.

Old Prom Dresses (or Tux) Needed Do you have an old prom dress or bridesmaid dress? How about a Tux or bow tie? A vest or cummerbund? Any of these items tucked away in a closet can be put to good use! The Owego Free Academy Cross Country and Track Teams and Post Prom Committee are sponsoring a 5K Prom Dress Run and Children’s 1 mile fun run on Sunday, April 27, at Owego Free Academy. Help the participants look fabulous

and clean out your closet. You can drop off your items at the Tioga Co. Boys and Girls Club at 201 Erie Street, Owego. Students and/or adults will be using these items to run in the 5K event. Come relive the magic of prom and watch your prom attire come back to life! For more information about the run go to and search Prom Dress.

Apalachin Youth Athletic Association Sign-Ups You can now register ONLINE! Visit our website at: Look in the latest news section for online registration instructions

In person registration will be held on March 15-16 from 11am to 2pm At the Apalachin Fire Station on Pennsylvania Ave.

New Divisions for 2014! T-Ball Coach Pitch Baseball Boys Minors Baseball Girls Minors Baseball

- ages 4-6 Boys Majors Baseball - ages 11-12 - ages 6-7 Girls Majors Baseball - ages 11-12 - ages 8-10 Teener Baseball - ages 12-18 - ages 7-10

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Winter road conditions got your car out of alignment? At Nick’s we can get your car back to factory specs giving you a smoother ride and helping your tires to last longer!

Call Earl for an appointment 625-3015