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MARCH 2015

Running for Village of Owego Trustees

Three Owego residents have formally announced their candidacies for the three Village of Owego Trustee seats that will be on the ballot in the upcoming election. The candidates, Ann Lockwood, Lisa Curatolo, and Rob Manville, plan to run on the “A Positive Change” Party line in the election set for March 18th. They are focused on making Village Government more effective and efficient, and working with the Town and County to find ways to save taxpayer dollars. Incumbent Trustee Ann Lockwood is running for re-election after last being elected in 2013. She previously served as a Village Trustee in 2007 and from 2009 to 2010. Lockwood is a retired lifelong resident of Owego and has helped to lead efforts to recover from the floods, including hiring H2O and Robert Williams to help the Village obtain grants. She has also served the community as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Friends of the Coburn Library, the Tioga County Rural Ministry, Tioga County Arts Council, American Cancer Society and Leukemia Society. She lives on George Street in Owego. “As a Trustee, it’s been a top priority to help our community recover from the terrible floods of 2006 and 2011,” said Lockwood. “We need to work together and get the rebuilding process moving quicker. We also need to make the Village Government do more with less because taxpayers simply can’t afford the status quo.” Rob Manville is a first-time candidate for public office. He was born and raised in Campville and is a graduate of Owego Free Academy, Alfred State College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is employed as a Sales Engineer at Amphenol Aerospace and helped many local families following the flood.


He and his wife, Leslie (Goodrich) live with their four-year-old daughter on Main Street in Owego. “Leslie and I are raising our family in Owego because it’s such a wonderful place to live,” said Manville. “But, unfortunately, Owego isn’t the same as it once was. We need to do more to clean up our Village and stop drugs from moving in. Our “Positive Change Team” will focus on finding the right solutions to the challenges we face.” Lisa Curatolo is the owner and operator of The Goat Boy Gift Shop & Coffee Bar on Front Street in Owego. Curatolo has lived in the Village for over 25 years and her three children are Owego Free Academy graduates. She is a member and strong supporter of the Owego Fire Department and is a volunteer and donor to many local charities. As a past member of the Historic Owego Marketplace, she was instrumental in the development of the Gateway Community Park project. Curatolo serves on the Long Term Recovery Committee and has served on the Owego Zoning Board for 10 years. She and her husband, Dennis, live on Front Street in the Village. “I look at the Village as a business and say we simply cannot continue the way it has been running,” said Curatolo. “Business as usual isn’t good enough when it comes to our public safety, infrastructure or recovering from the floods. Our team will work together to bring “Positive Change” to the Village.” Lockwood, Curatolo, and Manville encourage Village residents to contact them with any questions or comments leading up to the March 18th election. All Village residents are eligible to vote in the March 18th election if they are registered with the Tioga County Board of Elections.

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Apalachin Trailer Destroyed by Fire

Fire Departments from Apalachin, Campville, and Vestal responded to a mobile home fire at Post Trailer Park in Apalachin shortly after 1:00 pm on February 18. A resident of the trailer was trying to

thaw pipes under his home when the fire broke out. He then went into the home to get some belongings. He was taken to hospital for possible smoke inhalation. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

St. Baldrick’s Shave-A-Thon

Candor Emergency Squad and the Candor American Legion Family are once again hosting the St. Baldrick’s Shave-A-Thon on Sunday, March 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the American Legion. Participants shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer to raise money for childhood cancer research. In keeping with the origins of St. Baldrick’s, Candor’s event combines the cancer fundraising with festivities related to St. Patrick’s day. There will be food, music, raffles, and a kid’s area with face-painting and crafts. Every year there’s an Honor Wall honoring local children fighting cancer. Since 2005, the St. Baldrick’s Foun-

dation has raised more than $150 million for childhood cancer research grants. Candor organizers would like to see that figure increase, so this year they are hoping to get at least 50 participants shaving their heads. Shavees are encouraged to register ahead of time, but there will be an opportunity to sign up at the event for last-minute participants. To find out more about the event, or make a donation, go to and type “Candor NY” in the search bar. If you’d like to participate as a shavee, click on the “get involved” button or contact Kelly Starkweather at 607-972-4395 or

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Lifetime Service Award for Richard Brown

The Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has selected Richard H. Brown to receive the 2015 Lifetime Service Award, which honors excellence in the sport of wrestling. He was hired in August 1952 as a physical education teacher and coach at what would soon become the Owego-Apalachin Central School District. At Owego Free Academy, he coached varsity baseball, wrestling, football and cross-country. He became Owego’s

varsity wrestling coach in the fall of 1953 and developed the Indians into a Section IV powerhouse. His 17374-3 record over 19 seasons is one of the best in Section IV history. His teams won seven league titles and two Section IV class titles. He coached 61 league champions and six Section IV champions, including the first sectional champion from Tioga County. His wrestlers placed in the top four of Section IV a total of 34 times. He stepped down from coaching in 1972, when he was appointed permanent athletic director at Owego. As athletic director, he helped build a very successful sports program that resulted in 53 team titles in 11 years. He also served as vice president and president of the Southern Tier Athletic Conference between 1977 and 1983, when he retired after 31 years in education. In 1984, he was elected to the Section IV Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was chosen as an inaugural member of the Owego-Apalachin Wall of Fame, located at Owego Free Academy. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in September in the Syracuse area.

Veterans Meeting The local VMW - Veterans of Modern Warfare - meet on the first Saturday of the month at The Church Commons Community Center (little white church building just east of Price Chopper), 28 Main Street, at 11:00 am. All veterans are welcome, especially those from Desert Storm and subsequent conflicts. Call Bill Reynolds at (607) 644-5690 with questions or comments.

Thank You The Friends of the Apalachin Library sincerely thank the members of the community who came out to the benefit dinner at the Blue Dolphin on Sunday evening, February 22. The meal was great, and so was the music provided by Rob Siegers on the banjo, and Keith Nichols on the keyboard, and Pete Haahr on drums. Many thanks to these fine musicians for volunteering their time and talent to enhance the evening’s enjoyment. Supportive people are what keep community anchors like local public libraries growing and thriving. Thank you all for your kind support. Sincerely, Friends of the Apalachin Library Tioga County's


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Lions 60th Easter Egg Hunt Everyone is welcome to attend the Apalachin Lions 60th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 28, behind TLC-BOCES School on Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. There will also be free New Digital Vision screening for kids and free Kids ID’s (Tioga County Sheriff Department)

Both are inside the BOCES - west school from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Please help the local food pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Rain Date for the event is April 4


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From left: Earl Hartman, Fire Commissioner/EMT, Lloyd Shotwell Lodge Governor; Paul Cole, OFD-EMS Captain/ALS; Frank Kucinsky Lodge Jr. Governor; Larry Vetter Lodge Administrator, Adam Burch Lodge Trustee and Frank Williams Lodge Treasurer. On February 3, “Tommy Moose” officially joined the Owego Emergency Squad. Tommy, a 12-inch tall plush moose doll, will accompany Owego’s ambulances when responding to pediatric and young children emergency medical assistance calls. Older children, youths and adults may be able to process what is happening when they are in medical or trauma distress and the ambulance personnel arrive to help them. However for an infant (1 year or younger) or a preschool child that is not so and they can become easily scared. That is where “Tommy” can come to the rescue by buddying up with the frightened child. As the infant or child interacts with “Tommy”, hopefully calming them, the medical personnel is able to observe and make assessments of the child’s condition and determine a course of treatment needed to get the infant or child to the appropriate medical facility in as stable a condition as can be achieved. In a formal ceremony on February 3, the officers of Owego Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1595, presented “Tommy” to the Owego Fire Departments’ Emergency Medical Services for appropriate deployment with Owego’s ambulances. Lodge Administrator Larry Vetter; Governor Lloyd Shotwell, Jr. Governor Frank Kucinsky (a former EMS Captain); Treasurer Frank Williams and Trustee Adam Burch presented “Tommy” to Owego Emergency Medical Services Captain Paul Cole and Fire Commissioner Earl Hartman. Now in its 7th year, the “Tommy

Moose” program, one of the many Moose International service initiatives, has been a very successful and effective program with over 120,000 “Tommy’s” provided at no cost to police, fire departments, ambulances/emergency medical services, hospitals and other emergency workers who provide care for infants and young children. Moose International has approximately 1.2 million members dedicated to caring for the young and old that are in need. Moose international maintains over 1,600 Family oriented Moose Centers across North America, Great Britain and Bermuda, along with the Mooseheart Child City & School outside of Chicago, Illinois, and Moosehaven retirement community for seniors in need in Florida. The loyal Order of Moose invests between $75 Million to $100 million annually in its North American service programs such as Mooseheart where children in need can be in a caring nurturing community and receive a solid education that will help them reach their full potential and rewarding life. Want to know more about the Moose’s “Tommy” program? go to Want to know more about the Loyal Order of Moose? Go to or call (607) 6873970 or stop at the Owego Lodge 1595 located at 3 Goodrich Road, Owego. The Owego Emergency Squad thanks the Owego Moose Lodge 1595 for providing Tommy(s) for their use when caring for the infants and children of our community.


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MARCH 2015



Ahwaga Ladder Company #5 Honors Bidwell Family


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The Owego Fire Department’s Ahwaga Ladder Company #5 held its 156th annual banquet last month at the American Legion Post #401 and honored the Bidwell family, one of its mainstay families, for 301 years of combine service to Owego. Steve and sons Mike and Scott, Ed and daughter Greta, and John and daughter Polly all received commendations from Company #5 President Herb McDowell and Village of Owego Fire Commissioner Earl Hartman. A commemorative plaque recognizing the family will be displayed in Company #5’s

room at Owego Central Fire Station. All have served the department in many capacities. Ed Bidwell was chief for three terms starting in the 1980s, 1990s and most recently from 20092010. Mike Bidwell also served as Assistant Chief for many years as well. Also recognized was Ken Patterson for his many years of service as department secretary and Captain of the Owego Fire Police. McDowell stated all personify the company’s motto of “We still live.”

Rummage and Bake Sale The Little Meadows United Methodist Church will hold a Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 21, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be available. A bag sale

will begin at 1:00 pm. The church is located 6.6 miles south on Pennsylvania Ave. from the light at intersection with Route 434 in Apalachin, NY.

Candor Community Showcase The Candor Chamber of Commerce is looking for vendors or exhibitors to participate in its March 21st Community Showcase, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Candor Fire Station on Route 96 B in Candor. The Showcase is free to the public. Tables are $15 for chamber members

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The Owego Fire Department will host its 3rd Annual Owego Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament on June 6 at the Links at Hiawatha Landing. Teams and sponsors are encouraged to register through the tournament’s website at Paper registrations will still be accepted and are also available online. Last year, 58 teams and 232 golfers participated in the second tournament supported by over 100 sponsors. The monies raised from the tournament support two important causes that include scholarships for graduating Owego Free Academy seniors pursing further education in a first responder field and building/operating costs for the OFD Training

Facility. In 2014, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Apalachin Firefighters Martie Ritz and Cory Vaughn. Also, due in part to contributions from the golf tournament, the department was able to complete the majority of Phase I of its training facility, opening the classroom building that includes a kitchen and fitness area, last October. Phase II of the project includes a “live burn” building. The tournament is held in honor of Owego Fallen Firefighters Matt Porcari (LODD 2013), Steve Gavin (LODD 2003), Richard Beck (LODD 1993), Winfield Knapp (1965) and Roy Wiltse (LODD 1938)

St Patrick’s Dinner - March 15 The Nichols American Legion ladies Auxiliary will hold a St Patrick’s Day Dinner on Sunday, March 15, from noon till sold out at the legion at 1 Dean Street

in Nichols, New York. Corned beef or ham and cabbage dinner will be served at a cost of $8 per person, eat in or take out.

MARCH 2015



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The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Event on Thursday, February 19, for the grand opening of Up the Creek Consignment. Up the Creek Consignment will offer gently used clothing, antiques, refurbished furniture and one of a kind treasures at affordable, remarkable prices.

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demic Distinction Scholarship” is awarded to first-time freshmen students who possess an 87 or better cumulative high school average through the end of their junior year and who have achieved a minimum SAT score of 1070 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 23.

Elks 5K Run The 3rd Annual Pink Elk 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, April 19, at 11:00 am sharp, at the Vestal Elks Lodge 2508. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Lodge Veterans’ Committee. The cost for the event is $20 if you pre-register and $25 the day of the race (T-shirts will be limited). Family price is $20 for the first runner and $10 for each spouse and child under 18 years old

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Community Awards Presented


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The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Tioga Community Awards were presented at the chamber’s annual dinner held February 5 at Tioga Downs in Nichols. The theme for this year’s event was Business in Black and White was a reminder of the importance of doing business face to face and in forming relationships. The evening included hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music by the Fred Simmons Trio, a silent auction, and the Spirit of

Tioga Community Awards. The Spirit of Tioga Award recipients were: Individuals: Florence and Nick Rossi Business: Tioga Gardens, Inc. and Tioga Gardens Florist New Business: Curtis Custom Woodworking

Apalachin Lions Club Scholarships 2015 The Apalachin Lions Club 28th Annual Scholarship program will award $3000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2015 who live in the 13732, and 13760, 18830 zip codes. This covers Apalachin, Campvlle 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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Vestal High School art students won multiple Gold and Silver Key awards in the regional Scholastic Art Awards ceremony which took place at 12:00 pm, February 1 at the Clemens Center in Elmira. In the Scholastic Art awards, senior Khansa Mahum (left) won several Gold Key awards. One for her illustration “Sidra,” a second for her painting “Sound of Silence,” and her complete portfolio was selected as a “Gold Portfolio.” In addition, Mahum’s painting “Sound of Silence” received the American Vision Award as one of the top five “Best of Show” entries. Also winning a Gold Key award was junior Emma Milligan (right) for her ceramics’ piece “Natural Disaster.” A Gold Key award indicates the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Both

artists’ pieces will advance to New York City for the national judging. One of Mahum’s paintings, “Self Portrait” also received a Silver Key award. Finally, several students received Honorable Mentions, including Serina DeHart, Helen Merriwether, Courtney Moore, Viktoria Rauzin, Emily Sarkisian, Kiara Stafford, Sakshi Vasiu, Shelley Warner and Laura Wilton. Students receiving Scholastic Writing Awards were announced on February 3. Vestal High School junior Sarah Mughal, who won a Gold Key and two Silver Key awards last year, repeated her success with a total of five awards this year. She received a 2015 Gold Key in the short story category, a Silver Key in poetry, and three Honorable Mentions in poetry and science fiction/fantasy.

Chili Festival Candor Masonic Lodge #411 will hold its 1st Chili Festival on Sunday, March 1, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, at the Candor Masonic Lodge on Rt. 96B in Candor. Fee is $8.00 per person for all-

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Early Talisman Donation Means Little Meadows Station Construction Can Start in 2015

A decades-old dream should come true this year for the Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, with Talisman Energy making its 2015 donation of $100,000 early. Building the station became a reality when Talisman Energy pledged $350,000 toward the cause, an amount to be donated over three years, with onethird of it offered as a match on community donations. The 2015 payment was due in August, but instead, Talisman will pay it this month, helping provide a bridge for funding construction until remaining donations come in. “At the time we bought the land, we knew there was no way we could afford to put up the building, too,” said Leo Purtell, Rescue Squad Chief and Building Committee Member. “I didn’t know if it would be 2014 or 2024, but I knew the building would go up. With Talisman’s second installment being made early, it should be this year. We’re going to get ‘er done.” The volunteer emergency services organization broke ground in the fall, with contractor Allis Development shaping the site for the 6,200-square-foot, three-bay building that will house the organization’s current rescue vehicles. In addition to the garage, the building will include offices and a training area. Volunteers, especially those on the building committee, are working hard to make the building a reality this year. “It feels really pretty amazing,” said fire company president and building committee member Mary Shaughnessy. “During the flooding a couple years ago, it became painfully obvious that we needed a building that can safely shelter people while they are trying to take care of their homes. The fact that the new building will be handicapped accessible will be huge. We also haven’t had enough space for our equipment for quite some time. We need to make this

happen, and it will be a great thing when we do.” The organization is actively soliciting donations from the area it serves. Between the fire company and the rescue squad, the territory extends south from Little Meadows in Susquehanna County and west into Bradford County. The fire company also provides mutual aid to communities in New York State. With 40 volunteers, the organization responds to about 110 ambulance and 30 fire calls a year, covering some 83 square miles. Several municipalities have contributed oil and gas impact fees to the station, but no tax dollars will be used. The response from the community has been impressive, Shaughnessy said. “This is a great community, and they are showing their support in every possible way they can. It has been phenomenal, and I see no reason why it won’t continue.” “We still need about $200,000 in donations to complete the project,” said Alan Chase, rescue squad volunteer and building committee member. “We are optimistic that with continuing community and industry support, the Little Meadows area will have a new emergency services facility by the end of 2015.” Residents and businesses are being encouraged to give to the station project. “No amount is too small to donate,” Shaughnessy said. “We are going to get this done without increasing taxes, and without incurring a huge debt. It’s a huge thanks to Talisman and all the businesses and community members that have donated.” How to help: Make donations payable to LMVFC&RS Building Fund and send to the Building Committee, Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, PO BOX329, Little Meadows, PA 18830-0345


Always On Sunday Concert - March 15 The Tioga Arts Council presents the first concert in the Always on Sunday concert series on Sunday, March 15 at 4:00 pm. Panigma Steel Band will be performing at the Owego Elks Lodge, corner of Front and Church Streets in Owego. Always on Sunday concerts are free and open to the public; however, donations are welcome. The Always on Sun-

day series is made possible, in part, with funding from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation. The Tioga Arts Council is located at 179 Front Street in Owego and is open Mondays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, go to or call (607) 687-0785.

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Clean Your Sidewalk! It has come to my attention that many sidewalks are not being cleared of snow and ice and, thus, are making it dangerous and/or impossible for those who are blind or are suffering from other physical challenges to get around the community. Please be considerate and clear your sidewalks for the sake of those who need to use them. THANKS! ~ Rev. G. Terry Steenburg

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Pasta Dinner St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 17 Main Street, Candor, will hold a Pasta Dinner with a variety of sauces, salad, bread and dessert on Saturday, March 14, serving from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. A good will offering and one nonperishable item for the food pantry is suggested.

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This Christian production is a powerful depiction of the journey that Jesus took on Good Friday, from the Antonia Fortress to Calvary. He knew all too well what the Roman cross at Calvary Hill held for Him, and yet, His love for each one of us led Him and encouraged Him in every step He took. This is a presentation by the youth of Blessed Trinity Parish. The youth that make up this presentation come from Apalachin, Owego, Waverly, and other nearby communities, and the evening’s event is part of our Lenten celebration of Jesus’ great gift of hope to the people of earth. Experience this message of renewed hope for yourself. There is no admission charge. There will be an opportunity for a free will offering at the end of the performance, to helps defray the cost of

refurbishing costumes, equipment, electronics, and other expenses. For more information, contact either Pastor Terry Steenburg at (607) 2320244, Pastor Brian Scanlon at (607) 9724383, or Pastor Bill Prentice at (607) 759-4975. Performance Schedule for 2015 Fri. Feb. 20 7pm Our Lady of Good Council, Endicott Fri. Feb. 27 7pm St Pats, Moravia Fri. Mar. 6 7pm. Lourdes Hospital Binghamton, N.Y. Fri. Mar. 13 7pm Hilltop Retirement Johnson City Fri. Mar. 20 7pm St. James, Waverly Fri. Mar 27 7pm The Reaching Owego for Jesus OA Middle School Fri April 3 7:30pm St Margaret Mary Church Apalachin

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The Tioga Employment Center- Tioga Workforce NY and the Tioga Chamber of Commerce will be hosting The Tioga County Job Fair on Tuesday, March 10, at the Owego Treadway Inn from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. All employers participating in this event will have open jobs that they are hoping to fill. Tioga Employment Center is hoping to have at least 30 employers present and can accommodate over 60 employers. With many employers utilizing online applications, this is a great opportunity for job seekers to meet and speak

with employer representatives in person. Employment opportunities include entry level to professional, and cover a broad spectrum of occupations. Job seekers who want more information on jobs available or who would like to pre-register for the job fair can stop in to their local Workforce office, or stop in or call the Tioga Employment Center, 1062 Rt 38, Owego at 687-8500. This is the first ever Tioga County Job Fair. The Tioga Employment Center and Tioga Chamber of Commerce hope to make this an annual event for years to come.

Spring Cleaning Help Available for Seniors Tioga County Rural Ministry has scheduled a Spring Clean-Up Day. If you are 65 and live in the Town of Owego and need help with spring cleaning, then college and high school stu-

dents are happy to assist with yard work, window washing, and interior cleaning on Saturday, March 28, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call Sister Mary at 6873021 to be added to the list.

MARCH 2015


Zion Lutheran School Part of National Celebration

Jacob Middaugh enjoys a snack with his Grandparents during Grandparents Day

Students at Zion Lutheran School in Owego celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 26- Feb. 1. Students in grades K-6 learned about the country of Latvia by participating in an “online mission trip” offered by St. Louis-based Lutheran Hour Ministries. The virtual trip featured educational videos and special internet “live feeds” through which the students met and interacted directly with ministry workers and children who live in Latvia. Students learned about the culture, History and region of the country. Since September, the students have earmarked the offerings from weekly chapel devotions to send to the Lutheran Hour Ministries center in Latvia, supporting sharing His story through drama, film, and bible clubs. For more information about Lutheran Hour Ministries, go to “Our students are very excited to learn about Latvia and its people up-close as well as about the opportunity to help share the Good News of Jesus in Latvia,” said Miss Janet Pawlak, principal at Zion Lutheran School. “We believe that by partnering with Lutheran Hour Ministries in this way, we can help make a real difference for people who are struggling and are looking for a source of hope in their lives.”

The children also had crazy hair day and pajama day as part of their celebration. On Wednesday, grandparents started the day with the students in a chapel service followed by a poetry recitation. Afterwards they enjoyed snack and crafts in the gym before beginning the virtual trip to Latvia. After the visit to Latvia, all sat down to a delicious lunch prepared and served by volunteers. Other events of the week included a bowling trip to Owego Bowl, and a trip to Riverview Manor in Owego to sing to the residents. This gave the children their own chance to go on a “Mission trip” locally and share the love of Christ Zion Lutheran School enrolls children from preschool through Grade Six in a Christ-centered environment with high academic standards in a loving, family-like atmosphere. Zion Lutheran School has an open enrollment policy

Kindergarteners Nick Setzer and Micah Ward enjoy Crazy Hat and Hair day

for children of all denominations, races, color and ethnic origins. Zion serves the children of six local school districts including Owego-Apalachin, Candor, Newark Valley, Union Endicott, Tioga Center and parts of Vestal. For more information about Zion, call 687-6376 or go to or find them on Facebook.


MARCH 2015



Cooking on the Lite Side


Cooking To Get Through The Cold Winter Weather by Chef Nick Cavataio

Sweeneys Plaza, Rt 434, Apalachin

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Homemade Mac & Cheese

Ingredients: 1 (2 pound) pork shoulder picnic roast 1 cup chicken broth 1 packet of onion soup mix 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce 8 Ciabatta rolls, split and lightly toasted Directions: Place pork in slow cooker; pour chicken broth over meat and rub with onion mix. Cover and cook on low until well done, 6-7 hours. Remove pork from slow cooker and put into a 8x8 glass baking dish. Shred pork discarding any bone or fat. Stir in barbecue sauce. Serve over rolls.

Ingredients: 1 pound small shell pasta 1 pint heavy cream 1 (8 ounce) package Mac&Cheese blend shredded cheese (reserve ½ cup) 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 tablespoon hot sauce 1 tablespoon granulated garlic Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions, rinse and drain; place in a 8x8 glass baking dish. Place the cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to boil. Gradually whisk in cheeses. Blend in hot sauce and garlic. Pour cheese sauce over paste; blend well and top with reserve cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

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2015 Tioga County Event Calendar The Tioga County Tourism office has announced that the new 2015 Tioga County Calendar of Events is ready for you to view. Shake the winter doldrums and look forward to a magnificent year filled with all the wonderful festivals, concerts, tours, races, history and more fun public events in and around the county. The four-fold brochure offers dates, times, places, websites, and phone numbers of all tourism related events and festivals occurring in Tioga County this year. You can pick up one or more

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brochures at the Tioga County Visitor's Center located at 80 North Avenue in Owego. You can also call the tourism office at 800-671-7772 if you are not in the area and they can send one to you. You can also go to to view the brochure on the home page. You will discover that Tioga County is bursting with fun.

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MARCH 2015


Owego Little League News Briefs Signup Deadline March 15 OLL Player Agent Eric Hawkins says cut off for the online Sign Ups is Sunday, March 15. Registrations are needed now to determine how many teams, managers and coaches are needed. Sign Ups registration is ahead of last year at this time. Last chance for in person Sign Ups for Owego Girls Softball. OLL Baseball and Tee Ball including four-year-olds for the first time and Teener League Baseball is 6:30 to 7:30. Wednesday, March 11, at the Tioga County Office Building. Coaches Meeting VP Baseball Carl Rieg reminds returning and new managers and coaches of a mandatory annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the County Office Building. Baseball Clinic Owego Free Academy Head Baseball Coach Phil Schofield and his staff in their baseball program from modified to varsity and with his varsity baseball players conducted a very successful clinic on philosophies and fundamentals for OLL and Apalachin Little League play-

ers Saturday at OFA and OAMS. VP Teener League Jim Lavo says focus was on throwing fundamentals including infield, outfield, pitchers, and catchers. Softball Clinic VP Softball Dave York says the Owego Girls Softball players ages 7 through 12 are ready for the 2015 season now that they have finished six clinics on Feb. 2, 5, 9, 12, 19 and 26. League Calendar Next major event is the Indoor Clinic on Saturday, March 21, before the Player Drafts. Volunteers Essential Volunteers are essential for OLL to have a program for the boys and girls that love to play baseball and softball. There are several ways that you can help in support of OLL. Here are a few areas that OLL can use help with throughout the year. Coaches, Managers, Concessions, Registration, Field Preparation and Clean Up, Team Parent, Scorekeeper and Play National Anthem and Little League Pledge on PA System. All volunteers must complete the Little League Volunteer Application.


Beyond the Basics—Novel Writing Workshop Delve into the creative writing world as local author Carol Henry shares her expertise and experiences in this oneday, in-depth creative writing workshop that goes beyond the basics in developing and writing a novel. This workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 10:00 – 3:00 at the Candor Masonic Lodge on Rt. 96b in Candor. Topics covered include character development, goal, motivation, conflict, action/reaction, juggling story lines, where to plant those surprises, and roundtable discussions and critiquing. Whether you’re just starting out, or want to sharpen your plotting techniques, this workshop is open to all genre writers (must be18 years or older). Participants will have an opportunity to share their current work in progress as the class goes ‘Beyond the Basics’. Instructor: Carol Henry is the author of Destination: Romance—Exotic, Romantic Suspense Adventures, Contemporary Romance, American Historic, and has published several non-fiction local history books. Her recent novel Juelle’s Legacy was voted in the 2014 Top Ten Romance Ebook/Book at Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll. She is a PRO

Member of Romance Writers of America®, Past-president of Southern Tier Authors of Romance, and co-founder and Coordinator of the Write Now Club. Henry is also an international traveler and travel writer--her various travel features appear in publications such as Discovery, the deluxe edition of Princess Cruises in-cabin books, Compass, the deluxe edition of Holland American, as well as in Radisson Seven Seas Style, and Windstar Sophisticate, Seabourn Herald, and Porthole Cruise Magazine. She has given several creative writing workshops for both youth and adult, and has been a guest speaker at various venues. Registration and fee ($50.00) include coffee throughout the day, and luncheon. Registration Deadline: March 24, 2015. To register: send check or money order to: Beyond The Basics Workshop, 90 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY 13864; or pay via PayPal to Include contact information. For more information, email:; phone (607659-7661), or visit Carol’s website:

Transportation Options If you’d like to learn more about what transportation options are available in Tioga County, please join us at Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) on Tuesday, March 10 from 10:00-11:00 AM. A representative from

the GetThere call center will offer information on trip planning, travel training, and transportation education services. This is a free program, but registration is required. Please call the Department of Aging at 607-687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat by March 6, 2015.

Owego VFW Post 1371 at a Glance The Glenn A. Warner Post 1371 Veterans of Foreign Wars traces its roots back to 1945 when veterans of World War II founded the local organization. Simply put, the members of Glenn A. Warner Post 1371 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries, Chapter 480, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Modern Warfare contribute hundreds of volunteer hours as it strives to continue to do good things for deserving people, our veterans, their families, kids and veterans events in their communities. Events include a fund raising golf tournament to support free programs including children's picnic, movie, bikes, bowling, Christmas party with gifts valued at $20 and other events. VFW Post 1371 members are very active. An Honor Guard for veterans funerals. Memorial Day "Flags In," Parade and Service of Remembrance at the updated Tioga County Veterans Memorial. Veterans sharing personal stories with students in their classroom before Memorial and Veterans Days. Remembering all veterans on Veterans Day. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Christmas wreaths on Veterans Graves during National Wreaths Across America. Working with Tioga Post 401 American Legion on veterans activities. Introducing a new Facebook Page VFW Post 1371. VFW Post 1371 Ladies Auxiliary outreach includes programs with the post men, sending packages to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, donating money to food pantries, Flag Day Programs at Tioga County Schools, visits to Long Meadows, concession stand at Thursday night Bingo and purchase of Christmas wreaths at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial, special services for deceased members, various community service programs, support to the Junior Girls. VFW Post 1371 Men’s Auxiliary is very active with virtually every program including important post dinners, Friday night dinners in Delmar Sibley Memori-

al Hall, parades, donations to veterans programs, Flags In at Evergreen Cemetery, Lowering and Raising Flags at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial whenever a New York State serviceman is killed in Iraq and Afghanistan plus much. Chapter 480 Vietnam Veterans of America uses its annual Cat Fish Derby on the Susquehanna to raise funds to support veterans and youth programs including children’s theatre, food donations to the Tioga County Rural Ministry, visits to veterans at the Oxford Veterans Home, bringing the Vietnam Wall That Heals at Owego Free Academy, the 24-Hour POW/MIA Vigil on National Recognition Weekend and very significant projects undertaken by its leader Bill Chandler to update the Tioga County Veterans Memorial in Courthouse Square, the Rt. 38 Vietnam Memorial Highway Dedication and annual Tribute Memorial Rides. Interested in membership? Veterans are eligible if in Korea after June 30, 1949, and recipients of hostile free or imminent danger pay. Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf, Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan and other smaller expeditionary campaigns as well as occupation duty, qualify. To join, contact the Owego VFW for an application. Pay a personal visit to the post at 207 Main Street or phone 6871371. Quartermaster Dave Bensley will mail the application to you. New member first year dues are paid by the Owego VFW. VFW Post 1371 members have a 69year tradition to work every day to make a difference. Who to Contact Tell us more about what these veterans organizations do for you and your community for a future report. Write your story in your own words and email to VFW Post 1371 Memorial Day Chair Jim Raftis

Program Offers Free Energy Assessments Grants and financing available that can help you lower utility bills. Frigid winter weather is upon us. Prevent high heating bills now. A program from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) can help people make their homes more energy efficient while saving money on their utility bills. This program offers free energy assessments for homes by accredited contractors. After the assessment, the program helps homeowners through the process of financing their home improvements with grants (This is free money - Up to $5,000 for a singlefamily dwelling and up to $10,000 for a 2-4 family building that eligible homeowners do not have to pay back), or lowinterest loans. Small businesses and not

-for-profits can qualify for incentives worth up to $60,000 and financing at about half the market rate for up to $100,000. This opportunity is just one way that New York is making it easier for businesses and organizations to go green and become energy efficient. This program is available to eligible residents in all eight counties of the Southern Tier: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins. For more information or to sign up for a free energy assessment, call the program director, Euphemia Martin, at (607) 723-0110 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also email Martin at Please visit our Facebook page and “like” us at

Small Business Training Program SUNY Broome, along with The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, are taking registrations for a Veterans Small Business Training Program to be held at the Candor American Legion, beginning in March and continuing through May on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is for veterans and any other local entrepreneurs desiring information on how to start a small business. There will be training on basic

financials and small business planning. Not only will there be expert instruction, but every session will include one-onone assistance! This program is a $1200 value, but will be offered for $10 per registrant through SUNY Broome. “This small business training is an incredible bargain! Take advantage of this session in Candor,” said Gwen Kania, President and CEO of the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce.

Poultry 101, Growing the Ideal Bird On March 19th at 6 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County will be presenting a workshop on Poultry 101. This session will be a fast paced all-inclusive presentation on raising poultry. Topics that will be covered include: purchasing chicks, brooding birds, comparison of various production models, nutrition, management, processing and marketing. We also will look briefly at egg production, broiler production and turkey production.

The fee for the workshop is $10.00 per person. For more information please contact Carol at 584-9966. To register and securely pay online visit: 15_203. You can also send your name and address with payment to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County ATTN: Poultry 101 Workshop, 840 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905.

MARCH 2015


EPIC Program Presentation program, will have a representative at Tioga Opportunities EPIC, the Statesponsored prescription Inc.’s Department of Aging (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM. EPIC helps eligible older adults save on the cost of their prescription drugs. To be eligible for EPIC, a person must be a New York resident, be over the age of 65, have an annual income of $75,000 or less for a single person (or $100,000 or less for a married couple), and be eligible to enroll in a

Foster Parent Training The Tioga County Department of Social Services Foster Parenting Program will be offering the 10 week foster parent training starting March 3, 2015 from 6 – 9 pm. These meetings will be held at the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building located at 1062 State Route 38, Owego, NY. This training is mandatory for all individuals interested in providing foster care or an adoptive home to children in need. If you are interested in attending please confirm your attendance by contacting the Tioga County Foster and Adoptive Homefinder, Sarah Moore, call 607687-8346 or by email

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Medicare Part D Plan as their primary prescription coverage. This is your chance to receive an update on the recent EPIC program changes, find out how EPIC and Medicare Part D plans work together to save you money, answer any questions you have, or enroll in the EPIC program. Seniors are encouraged to bring income documentation if enrolling in the program. To RSVP, please call Arline Wales at 607687-4120, ext. 344

Grants aAailable Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation is now accepting grant proposals from organizations for the 2015 grant cycle. Each year the foundation makes awards to non-profit organizations and community agencies that sponsor projects or programs to benefit senior citizens in Tioga County, NY. Forms can be accepted until June 1. Visit the web site at to obtain an application and to learn more about the Foundation’s work. Grant applications also are available by request at TCSCF, P.O. Box 117, Owego, NY 13827, and by email at Phone 607-687-0229 for questions.

OFA Trivia Night Join your friends and family for a fun evening of spirited competition at the annual Team Trivia Night organized by the OA Foundation for Excellence in Education. It will take place on Friday March 6th , 2015 from 7:00-10:00p.m. 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, will host the evening and the top three teams will win prizes.


The Team Trivia Night is a major fundraiser for the Owego Apalachin Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. Grants are awarded each year to fund innovative projects and programs that benefit students in the Owego Apalachin area. This year, the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars has folded. Our plan is to help fill the void of that loss. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors in the amount of $500 each. Please check out our website for more information,

Congratulations to Rebecca Fetherbay, Principal Welfare Examiner of the FSMA Unit! Beckie has been selected as Tioga County Employee of the 1st Quarter for 2015. Beckie began working for Tioga County Department of Social Services in November 1998 as a Social Welfare Examiner in the FSMA Unit. In February 2006, Beckie was promoted to a Senior Social Welfare Examiner of the FSMA Unit. In January 2009, Beckie was promoted to her current position as Principal Welfare Examiner of the FSMA Unit. Beckie is well respected by staff and clients. She has repeatedly shown dedication to this agency and to the people of Tioga County as a whole, often working extra hours without complaint. Beckie exemplifies the C.O.R.E. values of this agency: Community, compassion; Ownership, one vision; Respect,

responsibility; Excellence, equality. Beckie’s primary responsibilities as a Principal Welfare Examiner include: supervising the FSMA Unit; delegating daily tasks; auditing SNAP and Medicaid cases; and most recently, assisting in the processing of the Chronic Care caseload. Beckie is also currently serving as the CSEA Unit and Local Vice President. Beckie knows the SNAP and Medicaid programs in depth and if there is something she doesn’t know she works diligently to find the answer. Beckie makes sure to keep her staff up-to-date with program changes regarding SNAP and Medicaid and is always willing to assist with questions from her staff. Beckie is a leader. She was central to conversion to task-based processing in the FSMA Unit. Beckie has worked so hard to ensure this model is effective that she has previously been invited to other counties to assist them in making the transition to task-based. Beckie has one daughter, Alissa and son-in-law, Joe Benjamin. She lives in Apalachin with her canine companions, Peanut and Max. Beckie enjoys spending time with her family, and is active in her church. In her spare time (and when the weather allows), she also enjoys outdoor activities. Beckie will be recognized at the Legislative meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 PM, in the Hubbard Auditorium on 56 Main Street. Congratulations Beckie!

Owego Rotary Club Celebrated Leaders In conjunction with our nation’s President’s Day, the Owego Rotary Club celebrated its own leaders by conducting Past President’s Day on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Owego Treadway Inn. This year’s club president, Wendy Deis, extended invitations to all the club’s past leaders, recognizing that club members would like to say thank you for the time, energy and leadership given. Of course not every past president of the 95-yearold club could possibly be on hand, but the day honored the accomplishments of the 18 who could be present. Two-time past president Matt Adler presided over the meeting. To make the celebration complete, Rotary District 7170 leaders, past, present and future, joined in. The earliest president on hand was G. Fred Beaudry, club president in 1968 -1969. This year Fred celebrates his 50th year as an Owego Rotarian. Not only a president, Fred also has been secretary and has been part of the information committee over the years, even acting as its chair. He ensures Owego Rotary’s history is properly accounted for. Fred’s grandfather was a founding member of Cortland Rotary Club, and his father, uncle and brother were also Cortland

members. In addition, Fred’s father-inlaw was a District Governor for this area when it was called District 717. Rotary is in Fred’s blood. Part of the lunch meeting fun was a light-hearted Past President Trivia contest, testing the listening skills of tablemates and rewarding the winners. Answers to the quiz were found by careful listening during the brief biographical sketches that were given about each past president. The meeting was topped off with a brief, very interesting and informative US Presidential history talk presented by Dr. Gary Williams, Past President 19791980. Gary’s vast knowledge of American history allowed him to deliver history in story form designed to educate and provoke thought. Honoring the efforts of Rotary Club past presidents is becoming a tradition in Owego. Although this is the grandest effort to date, this is the third time in the last decade to highlight the accomplishments of those who have accepted the office of Owego Rotary Club president and to thank them for their Rotary service.

TCRM Spring Clean-up Day Is Scheduled! Here we are in the middle of this frigid winter and we at Tioga County Rural Ministry are encouraging you to “Think Spring!” What can we say – “We’re optimists here!” If you are 65 and live in the town of Owego, college and high school students are happy to assist with yard work, window washing and interior cleaning on Saturday, March 28, be-

tween the hours of 10 -4. The earlier that we know the number of potential customers we have lined up for the day, the more it helps with our planning. If you, your relatives or friends could use some free labor, give Sr. Mary a call at 687-3021 and we’ll be delighted to add you to our list.



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