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MARCH 2016

Village of Owego Elections – March 15th

Rebuild Owego Party Candidates are (left to right) Theresa Gosart, Richard VanHall, Kevin Millar, Rodney Marchewka, and Patrick Cartwright Jr.

Taxpayers First Party Candidates are (left to Rrght) Steve May, Mike Phelps, Earl Hartman, and Ed Morton.

An early morning fire on March 3 heavily damaged a fourapartment house at 388 Main St. in Owego. The Owego Fire Department was assisted by the Apalachin, Campville, and Tioga Center Fire Departments. Later that morning around 7:40 am, the fire rekindled and had to be extinguished again by the Owego Fire Department (photos)

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Easter Egg Hunt in Apalachin - March 19

The Apalachin Lions Club will hold its 61st annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19, at 1:00 pm. The event will take place behind BOCES West School on Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. All children are invited to hunt for eggs and see the Easter Bunny. The following activities will take place inside the TLC-BOCES School

starting at 12:30 pm: • Free new Digital Vision screening for children, • Free kids’ IDs from the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department, • Free children’s books given away by the O/A Family Reading Partnership. Everyone is welcome. The Apalachin Lions hope to see you there. Rain date for the event is Saturday, March 26.

Easter Egg Hunt - March 20 An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, March 20, at 2:00 pm, at Park

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Braedy Dilger from TST BOCES pets a pup that was recently implanted with a microchip. Dilger’s class learned about the humane treatment and protection of animals on a visit to the SPCA of Tompkins County. Several TST BOCES Exceptional Education students visited the SPCA of Tompkins County to learn about the humane treatment and protection of animals recently. The classes took the field trip in honor of “Responsible Pet Owners Month,” “Love Your Pet Day” and also to fulfill a TST BOCES Board expectation (Policy #7150), which reads that all elementary students should receive instruction on the “part they play in the economy of nature as well as the necessity of controlling the proliferation of animals that are subsequently abandoned and caused to suffer extreme cruelty.” Prior to the visit, the students made treats to take with them to the SPCA, demonstrating their love of animals. One class baked dog treats, another created handmade cat toys and another made cat treats. The students had the opportunity to talk with SPCA personnel and visit with the animals in their care. The staff brought out a puppy named Max to demonstrate his newly implanted microchip. “The group talked about the importance of keeping track of our animals, the needs of pets and our responsibility to be good caretakers,” said Exceptional Education Teacher Laura Havill. The visit concluded with a “story time” regarding the value of the SPCA and all they do to help animals in need.

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New Member of CCNN of Nichols Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) announced that Makayla Bean has been hired as CCNN’s Client Services Coordinator. Makayla will be working closely with CCNN volunteers and those they serve, coordinating services, facilitating programs and developing new partnerships with other human service agencies, thereby increasing services for clients. Makayla earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mansfield University. While at Mansfield, she was very active helping with the planning efforts for students to attend the legislative advocacy day in Harrisburg, PA. Makayla also has experience in designing and implementing fundraisers and programs. Over the past three years, Makayla has worked with developmentally handicapped youth.

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Mobile Food Pantry Distribution - March 30 Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on March 30, from Noon, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking

lot, 110 Penn. Avenue in Apalachin. Bring your own bags or boxes. Call Food Bank of the Southern Tier at (607) 796-6061 with any questions. In addition to The Mobile Food Pantry, The Owego Apalachin Family Reading Partnership will be distributing free children's books.



issues,” said Hartman. “We’re disappointed in the misinformation being put out by our opponents,” said Phelps. “This Meet & Greet will give voters the chance to hear directly from us about where we really stand on important issues facing Owego.” “Nothing is more important in our democracy than the people having access to elected officials and candidates,” said Morton. “Voters should know that our team is truly committed to being open and accessible with Village information.” The March 8th event is open to any Village of Owego resident. Light refreshments will be served. In addition to hosting this event, May, Phelps, Hartman and Morton encourage Village residents to contact them personally at any time with questions or comments leading up to the March 15th election. All Village residents are eligible to vote if they are registered with the Tioga County Board of Elections.


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Town of Owego Updates Emergency Op Plan The Town of Owego recently updated its Emergency Operations Plan. The EOP can be found on the town’s website: Included in the EOP are instructions for town residents pertaining to Tioga County’s Hyper Reach emergency notification program. Hyper Reach is a service for managing emergency communications. The program is capable of contacting residents county-wide in case of large scale emergencies such as flooding. It can also target specific neighborhoods for more localized emergencies. Upon initiation by a town official, the Hyper Reach system will automatically send emergency notifications directly to your home phone/landline. The system also is capable of contacting you by cell phone (voice mail or text), teletype de-

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Voter Information Night - March 8 Owego Village candidates running on the “Taxpayers First” ballot line will host a Meet The Candidates Voter Information Night on Tuesday, March 8. The event will be held at 7:00 pm at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 261 Main Street in Owego. The Taxpayers First candidates are: Steve May for Mayor (currently a Trustee); Earl Hartman for Trustee (running for re-election); Mike Phelps for Trustee (running for re-election); and Ed Morton for Trustee (first-time candidate). The Taxpayers First platform for the Village is focused on three key priorities: 1) Financial accuracy and accountability; 2) Maximizing efficiency and effectiveness; 3) Ensuring that taxpayers make final decisions on major issues. “Village residents deserve to have a direct line of communication with those who seek to represent them,” said Mr. May, the candidate for Mayor. “I hope voters will attend on March 8th to hear the facts about the significant changes we need at Village Hall.” “We encourage all residents to come to this Voter Information Night to learn what our team will do to improve Village finances, sewer billing and other

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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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Ancestry Discovery Day in Owego - April 9 Everyone is invited to a free and informative day of family discovery. Ancestry Discovery Day will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm at the LDS Church, 430 Montrose Turnpike in Owego. The event includes mini classes covering topics such as searching for information, preserving and sharing your finds, DNA, using descendancy charts,

using social media and much more. There will also be games. Classes are free. Lunch will be available for $5 (ham, roast beef or turkey subs) with proceeds supporting the scouts (Troop 60). Registration is required by April 1. To register, or for more information, call the Family History Center at 687-5137 or email

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Candor Historical Society Calls for Remembrances for New Book The Candor Historical Society is working on Volume II of “I Remember When—A Glimpse of Candor’s Good Old Days.” They invite you to send in your special remembrances of living in Candor for this special edition. As Historian, Carol Henry will be acting as compiler and editor for this project. Submit your stories (handwritten or typed) to Carol Henry at 90 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY 13864, or via email (preferred): carolhenry@ The Candor Historical Society’s Facebook site has already stirred up great excitement and bits and pieces of inter-

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esting tales that would fit nicely in the proposed book. Don’t worry about your writing skills. They will help you out, and let you look it over before the publication goes to print—make sure they have your contact information. Credit will be given to those who submit something, and all proceeds will go directly to the Candor Historical Society, as does the proceeds for Volume I. Copies of Volume I are available at the Candor Town Hall, Candor Free Library, and at all Candor Historical Society Meetings. For more information contact Historian Carol Henry.

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Spring has sprung, and the rabbits are popping up all over! Tioga Downs in Nichols took music fans back to a simpler time when the Belmonts performed on March 5. From rock and roll to doo wop, the quartet is known for its realistic renditions of popular hits of the 1950s and 1960s. Four male vocalists make up the Belmonts, a group that has been performing together for decades. The Belmonts have eight labels, including a Christmas album, to their credit. When they aren’t recording music or performing on stage, the Belmonts are still busy streaming music into homes across the country through its Internet radio station. Special weekly programming includes a doo wop revival show, a

rock and roll revue and a “collector’s corner,” featuring rare musical recordings. More information about the group, including a link to their radio station, can be found at The Belmonts also have a number of honors to their credit, including being inducted into the Doo Wop Hall of Fame and receiving the Key to the City of Buffalo, New York. “We are pleased to pay tribute to an era in American musical history that isn’t celebrated nearly as often as it should be,” said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural.

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“Quilts by the River” Exhibition in Owego Tioga County is home to many artistically talented quilters, and the “Quilts by the River” Quilt Show is an ideal place to see many of these quilts in person. The exhibition is being held now through April 30, at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum, 110 Front Street in Owego. Admission to the museum is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and free for children and members. The exhibit rooms are filled with many excellent quality quilts that were made locally, including a display of antique quilts from the museum’s own collection. Visitors will enjoy a special silent auction for a chance to win a vari-

ety of specially made quilts. A variety of lectures, demonstrations, and classes are available. Demonstrations will take place on the following dates: Saturday, March 12, 1-3pm Saturday, March 19, 1-3pm Saturday, March 26, 1-3pm Friday, April 1, 5-7pm Saturday, April 2, 1-3pm Saturday, April 9, 1-3pm The Tioga County Historical Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 687-2460, email, or visit



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Candor Community Showcase - March 12 Come out and see what the Candor community has to offer on Saturday, March 12, at the Candor Fire Hall. Businesses, organizations, nonprofit groups and more will be at the fire hall from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for the 7th annual Candor Community Showcase. Ozzie's Brisket BBQ Grill from Endicott will be serving meals from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm outside the firehouse. There will be drawings and door prizes and much more for the public. Learn about special programs and events in the Candor area. The annual event is spon-

sored by the Candor Chamber of Commerce and is free to the public. There will be something for all ages. For more information or if you would like to set up at the event, contact: Glorida Ward at (607) 659-7312 or Tables are $15 for chamber members, $25 for non members. The Candor Fire Hall is located on Route 96B/Owego Road in Candor. Check out the Candor Chamber of Commerce website at

Artistic Quilts on Display in Oxford Oxford quilters Janice Wolfe and Kim Betts are exhibiting their Artistic Quilts at 6 On The Square, 6 Lafayette Park, in Oxford through May 20, 2016. “These are not your grandmother’s quilts” said Betts of this exhibit. This accomplished mother-daughter duo interprets landscapes into exquisitely pieced works of art. They also take quilt-

ing beyond the common patterns of their foremothers into the sometimes abstract and colorful piecing seen in modern works of art. Quilters and non-quilters alike will appreciate not only the stitching but the interaction of colors and dimension displayed in the quilts. For more information, go to

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After four months of construction, the preliminary framework for the multimillion dollar expansion to full casino gaming at Tioga Downs is nearly complete. A “Topping Off” ceremony will be held on Monday, March 7, at 2:00 pm outside the entertainment complex. Local dignitaries, Jeff Gural and Tioga Downs personnel will sign the final steel beam before it is lifted into place. Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current enter-

tainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, visit

Weitsman spells G-E-N-E-R-O-S-I-T-Y for United Way’s Spelling Bee Silent auction winners will fly to NYC for lunch! Gather your best grammarian friends and form a team for the Tioga United Way’s first annual Adult Spelling Bee which will be held April 9 at the Owego ELKS Club. Announcer for the event will be former Navy helicopter test pilot and past District Governor of Rotary District 7170, Orville Wright, who will be joined by Paula Smith, former St. Patrick’s School Principal; Karen Vinti, Owego Police Department chief; and Renovus Solar General Manager, Jon McNamara, who will serve as judges. The Spelling Bee will highlight the importance of literacy and education, as well as the importance of bees to our ecological system and our food supply. On hand will be the Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties, Inc., along with TCCE Master Gardeners, the H&J Bee Farm (Thomas Babcock’s honey), and the Old Orchard Farm. A silent auction will feature seven “Celebrity Lunches,” including New York State Senator Fred Akshar; Riverow Bookshop Owner Laura Spencer Eberly; President & CEO of Tioga State Bank Robert Fisher; Tioga County Sheriff Gary Howard; Owego Police Department Chief Karen Vinti, and the superstars from Newsradio WEBO. Most celebrity lunches will take place at a local Tioga County restaurant and Tioga United Way will foot the bill. Sheriff Howard’s highest bidder, however, will dine in the County jailhouse with a meal served to prisoners! For those of you wanting to enjoy lunch outside of Tioga County, Adam Weitsman (pictured), owner of Upstate Shredding, will fly the highest bidder and their guest on the company’s private jet, a Gulfstream G200, to New York City for lunch at a restaurant of the win-

ning bidder’s choosing. Online bidding for the Silent Auction is available now through April 8 at Bidding will then continue at the Spelling Bee. Bidding is open to the public and the winner will be announced at the closing ceremony (winner need not be present). Spelling Bee teams should include two to five people, who will listen to the words and write the correct spellings on paper. All teams must register online at or by calling 607-6874028. To enter, each team will contribute $100. If spelling just isn’t your thing, but you would like to join in the festivities and support a worthy cause, there’s a $5 admission. The Tioga United Way thanks their sponsors: Adam Weitsman of Upstate Shredding, Buffie Ahrbal’s State Farm Insurance, the Calaboose Grille, the Farmhouse Brewery, Owego Elks Club, Newsradio WEBO, and Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties, Inc. Proceeds from the event go toward the 31 partner agencies of the Tioga United Way.

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Ribbon Cutting in Apalachin


We will be closed Easter Sunday A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, March 4, to celebrate the grand opening of the new Mister Koffee Service, Inc. Mix and Match K-Cup Superstore, 6936 Rt. 434 in Apalachin. Whether you want to try one product

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Ribbon Cutting for Chinese Restaurant in Owego

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on February 18 at Carstar of Owego located at 875 Rt. 17C. Carstar is a collision repair franchise with expert technicians and state of the art equipment. They work with all insurance companies and will repair your

vehicle to factory standards. Carstar also offers spray bed liners, undercoating, rust proofing, headlamp restoration and after-market truck accessories. Paint protection film and tinting coming soon. Carstar is open Mondays to Fridays, 8 am to 5 pm.

Ribbon Cutting to be held March 22 The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce invites you to a ribbon at The Owego Kitchen, 13 Lake Street in Owego, Tuesday, March 22, at 2:00 pm. The Owego Kitchen is a comfortable and rustic village cafĂŠ serving fresh baked breakfast goodies and lunches,

made from scratch. On-line ordering is available for your take-out convenience. They are open Monday to Saturday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Owego Police Held Open House The Owego Police Department held an open house on Saturday March 5 The event was part of an ongoing community effort to educate and inform the public about the workings of the Owego Police Department and highlight the departments’ importance in the village. New equipment has been added and lots of improvements have been made on the inside since the 2011 flood. Sandra Knapp-Dunbar, owner of Dunbar Antiques and The ‘Erb Lady, has hosted several well attended ‘Breakfast with the Chief’ early morning gatherings at the Owego Parkview Restaurant which are being held monthly. The next ‘Breakfast with the Chief’ will be scheduled in April with a date to be announced.

Chamber Announces Award Winners The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Tioga Community Awards were presented at the Chamber Annual Dinner on Thursday. The Spirit of Tioga Award recipients were: Business: Williams and Edsall Land Surveyors PC, New Business: Early Owego Antique Center, Community Service: Tioga County Economic Development and Planning. The Annual Dinner, Community Awards and Silent Auction were held

Thursday, February 11, at the Owego Treadway Inn. This year’s theme, A Winter Beach Party, was a reminder of the warm weather days that are coming and that having fun while forming business relationships is important. The evening was sponsored by M&T Bank and included hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music by the Outer Reef, dessert sponsored by WSKG, a silent auction, and the Spirit of Tioga Community Awards.

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Tioga Arts Council will sponsor Artfully SQUARED, their 4th annual collaborative art event open to creatives of all ages and skill levels. You can use any medium to make a piece that measures seven inches square, donate your artwork to Tioga Arts Council (TAC), and then come see the exhibition and pick up original artwork for your walls. The deadline for entries is March 30, 2016. There is no fee to enter. Entry forms are available at the Tioga Arts Council or at All artworks will be exhibited in TAC’s gallery during the entire month of April. Each piece will be available for a $20 donation. This year, TAC members will have

first dibs on Artfully SQUARED pieces. A special members-only event will be held on March 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Artfully SQUARED will open to the public on April 1. A reception will be held that evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm as part of Owego's 1st Friday ArtWalk. All funds raised help support TAC’s vision to inspire and support a vibrant, creative community in and around Tioga County. The Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego. It is open Mondays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, go to or call (607) 687-0785.

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Irish Dinner Party - March 13 On Sunday March 13, 2016, beginning at 4:00 pm, the Owego Elks Lodge invite everyone to attend a Pot O’Gold Irish Dinner party complete with food, entertainment, raffles and “a pot of gold” 50/50. The dinner party will feature a buffet of traditional Irish fare. There will be corned beef & cabbage, ham, boiled potatoes and carrots, rolls and dessert. Coffee, tea, punch and other beverages will be served and available to purchase. As luck will have it, dinner tickets at the door will cost $7.77 for everyone. Little ones age 7 and under will be admitted free. Food will be served until around 7:00 that evening. For fun and enjoyment, there will be

entertainment and raffles all evening. Beginning at 5:00 pm as a special treat, young Irish dancers will entertain guests with a demonstration. The luck of the leprechauns will be lurking around the many raffle baskets available at the Irish auction table. And there is no need to find the end of the rainbow to win the Pot of Gold 50/50. All you need is to purchase a ticket or two and have a little luck of the Irish. The Owego Elks Lodge is at 223 Front Street in Owego. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this event. This is a social event for the community, everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call the Elks Lodge at (607) 687-1069.

Spring Cleanup Day for Seniors - Sign Up Now If you are a senior (65+) living in the Town of Owego, Tioga County Rural Ministry plans to have some high school and college hands on deck eager to spruce up your yard, garden, or indoor environs. Window washing is also available.

Spring Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call Sister Mary at 687-3021 to sign up. Calls will be taken on a first come, first served basis, so call early to ensure a spot. The deadline for signing up is March 30.

Owego Little League News Little League Calendar Baseball Drafts: Majors and Minors Monday, March 28, at 7:00 pm Modified Tee Ball and Tee Ball Tuesday, March 29, at 7:00 pm. Softball: Pending. Practice: Starts Saturday, April 2, at Hyde Park. Parents should get calls from their coaches during the week. Work Bee: Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 am until done. Opening Day Parade: Saturday, April 30. Meet at the Owego Police Station to organize from 8:00 to 8:15 am. Parade marches 8:30 am. Route: North Avenue to George Street to Hyde Park. 65th Opening Day: Saturday, April 30, 9:00 am, Hyde Park. Picture Day: for teams and individual players, Saturday, May 7. Raffle tickets due: Saturday, May 7. Homecoming: Saturday, June 4, all day. End of Regular Season: Wednesday, June 15 Girls Softball Tournament: Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, June 26. 10U Baseball Tournament: Monday, June 27, to Sunday, July 10. 12U Baseball Tournament: Monday,

July 11, to Sunday, July 24 February-March Review Owego Little League (OLL) had a busy February. Players registered online and three times in person. OFA Head Baseball Coach Phil Schofield and his coaches and players conducted a Baseball Clinic at OFA. League Information meeting held at Ronald E. Dougherty County Building. OLL Officers met at the Tioga Opportunity Offices. Volunteers Needed Whatever talents or skills you have, OLL can use them to coach, manage, sell concessions in Manager Kathie Rollison's Concession Stand, do field maintenance work, operate scoreboard, shadow a league officer, plate or base umpire, and research and write a chronology of the last 15 years of OLL. Dugout Chatter/Memories Reminder to email Dugout Chatter briefs and your memorable moments in OLL to Little League Websites Important news for you. Check two Little League websites - Owego updated by Webmaster Eric Hawkins and Williamsport

Letter to the Editor Village Election - Look at Voting Record 2/25/2016 To the Editor, The Village of Owego election this year will be on March 15th at the North Avenue Fire Station. As usual in any election there is a lot of rhetoric, but I think the best way to judge between the opposing parties is to look at their voting records. In just the past year, the candidates for the Taxpayers Party have voted 6 times against hiring police officers to fight the heroin epidemic and protect our kids. They voted to dissolve our historic Fire Department 8 times and in the last two board meetings, Mike Phelps has suggested that we get rid of our DPW. Their actions clearly state what their real agenda is. In contrast, the Rebuild Owego Party has kept the Village under the tax cap while rebuilding from the flood and supporting our essential services. They have consistently voted to support our police department and keep our fire department. Theresa Gosart, Rebuild Owego candidate for trustee, was instrumental in organizing the “I want my OPD” group during Steve May’s first attack against the Village Police Department

when he was running under the A Positive party ticket. Another Rebuild Owego trustee candidate, Patrick Cartwright Jr., is a former EMT, a former NYS Peace Officer and is certified in FEMA Emergency Management. He bought and rebuilt a flooded house here because he believes in a future for this Village. Dick VanHall, the third trustee candidate, is an engineer at Lockheed Martin and has used his analytical talents to help the Village in on the Zoning and Planning board. His talents will be instrumental as the Rebuild Party works to keep our budget under the tax cap again. I am impressed with the dedication and passion these candidates have for the Village of Owego and know that, if elected, they will work hard to see that our Village not only survives but thrives in the years to come. I urge all voters who care about keeping our Village Fire Department and Police Department to vote for the Rebuild Owego Party. Sincerely, Phoebe Shafer-Morris, Village of Owego trustee


Life Coach Volunteer Needed A Life Coach voluneer is need at Catholic Carities. Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach Center will be starting a new program to provide one-to-one assistance to help people become more self-sufficient. The Life Coach volunteer will work with people to assess their problems and barriers, identify community resources,

facilitate contact with resources, and conduct limited advocacy as needed. Support will be provided to the volunteer. If you know that you can help, call the Tioga Outreach Center at 414-1023. Catholic Charities is located at 139 Roki Boulevard in Nichols.

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“Thanks” from Friends of Apalachin Library The Friends of the Apalachin Library sincerely thank the members of the community who attended the benefit dinner at the beautifully renovated Ransom Steele Tavern on Sunday, February 21. The food was excellent, as was the music provided by Rob Siegers and Curt Osgood, and Marian Tewksbury’s new group, The Offbeats. Many thanks to these fine musicians for volunteering their time and talent to the day’s enjoyment. A few words about the Apalachin Library: Anyone can get a card free of charge, no matter which county you live in. The Apalachin Library is part of the Finger Lakes Library System and people

A solo exhibition of work by local artist Elsie Fendick is being held now through March 26 at the Tioga Arts Council in Owego. The exhibition features beautiful original watercolor paintings, photographs, and drawings. Elsie Fendick paints a variety of subjects, but is perhaps best known for her landscapes crafted in her sensitive, painterly style. Fendick draws much

inspiration from nature, often referencing photographs she's taken during her travels. The Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego, and is open Mondays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, go to or call (607) 687-0785.

Foundation Accepting Funding Requests Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation is now accepting grant proposals from organizations for 2016 funding. Each year Senior Citizens Foundation gives funding to non-profit organizations and community agencies that sponsor projects or programs that benefit senior citizens in Tioga County, New York. Visit to

find out more about Senior Citizens Foundation, or to submit/print an application. Applications are also available by mail at TCSCF, PO Box 117, Owego, NY 13827, or send an email to For more information, call 687-0229.

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can borrow quickly and easily from the 33 member libraries. Early literacy programs, adult informational programs and summer reading, digital audio and ebooks are just a taste of the resources offered at the Apalachin Library. Supportive people are what keep community anchors like the Apalachin Library growing and thriving. Public libraries are a big part of what keeps a community growing and thriving. Please feel free to take advantage of all the library has to offer. Thank you all for your kind support. Sincerely, Friends of the Apalachin Library

Homesteading Series - New Workshops The homesteading series hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County has been a great success, with dozens of folks learning about having a laying chicken flock and raising meat birds, pigs, and sheep, and goats. Just recently, new workshops have been added: a maple syruping presentation at a local sugarbush, vermicomposting, growing strawberries and blueberries, and making your own mason bee house. If you would like to turn kitchen scraps into garden gold, come to the presentation on vermicomposting. Vermicomposting is using worms to break down food scraps into compost and compost tea. What a great way to recycle and your plants will love the worm compost. Vermicomposting will be held March 16 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the CCE Tioga offices, 56 Main Street in Owego. Would you like to learn how to grow

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Our Green Acres Offers CSA Program Our Green Acres of Owego is again offering the public the opportunity to invest in their CSA program. What's a CSA? A farm stand CSA is a type of Community Supported Agriculture. Through the farm stand and farmers markets, Our Green Acres reaches out to the surrounding neighborhood and provides wholesome, healthy, fresh produce. Their CSA operates on a debit system, allowing you to buy the amount of what you want, when you want it. When you set up an account with the Farm Stand CSA, you pay for the season

of fresh fruit and veggies, then all season long you take just the produce you like from Our Green Acres farm stand in Owego or from their booth at the farmers markets. Your account will be debited the value of your purchase. No cash necessary. Go to and click on the Farmstand CSA link for the new brochure and application. Information on prices and where to mail the application and check are listed. If you have questions, call Our Green Acres at (607) 687-2874.

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In Support of Theresa Gosart for Village Trustee To All Owego Village People I'm honored and glad to write you on behalf of my friend, Theresa Gosart, who's running for Village Trustee on the Rebuild Owego Party. Election Day will soon be here and you need to know that a Vote for Theresa will be a Vote for a BETTER VILLAGE!!! She is a strong woman with strong convictions. She's a 'people person' ... as a long list of friends would testify! She speaks her mind and people listen ... friends, neighbors, OPD, the Village Board, Church groups. She has tackled educational issues in the OASD; she reaches out to neighbors in need. She took a strong stand for the OPD by spear-heading the 'I Want My OPD' movement with her voice and with signage that you've all seen everywhere around the Village. Theresa has a heartand-a-half for her family ... her husband and their children. She's a woman of integrity. She has a heart for the Village . . . the community . . . her community! The Village of Owego needs Theresa!

I just read in the Pennysaver about Mayor Millar being at the NYS Conference of Mayors . . . he was pictured with NYS Comptroller General Thomas DiNapoli. I immediately thought ... one day we'll see Theresa pictured with other local and State leaders as she stands up for what's right, what's 'common sense,' what's best, what's helpful ... for all concerned. So, do the right thing ... you do know what to do! Again, I say, a Vote for Theresa will be a Vote for a BETTER VILLAGE!!! God Bless YOU God Bless Owego! God Bless America!? G. Terry Steenburg Pastor The Historic Central Baptist Church? Of Greene ... Coordinator/Facilitator

The Property Tax Cap: Smoke and Mirrors By: Donald Castellucci, Jr. Town of Owego Supervisor Municipalities have been faced with many difficult budget decisions over the past decade. Many had the foresight to anticipate the current state of the economy. They started reducing budget expenditures, payroll and some services in response to the economic downturn. That is how local government operates. It is, at most times, the leanest and most efficient form of government. Now enter into the equation the property tax cap. Nothing more than an Albany gimmick, it has now become the rallying cry for state politicians thumping their chests as they mislead local taxpayers into believing “mismanaged local governments” will be brought into line. It came without mandate relief, without facts, without state budget reforms, no increase in municipal aid and without New York City having to comply. Yes again what is good for upstate is not good for the City. It also goes against the long standing home rule concept. It is difficult to make local decisions while trying to stay within a parameter that certainly does not fit every municipality. Approximately 15% of the real property tax dollar comes from towns, villages and special districts. For the most part most revenues available to Towns have been declining; mortgage taxes, sales taxes and aid to municipalities (AIM). This forces municipalities to look at raising other user fees, licenses, fines and permits. Mandates have continued and increase alt-

hough it was promised there would be relief. The cost and maintenance of water and sewer infrastructure, roads and bridges, personnel services all continue to increase. So why is there an attack on local government? According to the Governor there are 10,500 local governments. That is a purposely stated gross exaggeration. Approximately 8,000 of those ‘governments’ are local special districts such as water and sewer districts. If you can’t be honest on a simple fact like that what are you trying to hide? The answer to that is a regional less responsive government. The more distant a government is from the people, the more control government has. You can see that with all the economic councils and other means for localities to qualify for funding. Meet the standards that the state and federal government dictate and we will allow the crumbs to fall from Albany to the peasants. While I am a firm believer in competition, redistributing local taxes to compete for funding, wastes dollars as well as creates winners and losers. Why not either leave the tax dollars local or distribute funds evenly as best possible? We will leave that topic for another discussion; but make no mistake these schemes are nothing more than the premise for consolidation under the Trojan horse of local inefficiency.

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Pruning Workshop A Pruning Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 12:00 pm in the Auditorium, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be offering a workshop on pruning trees and shrubs. Work with Master Gardeners in CBG learning proper techniques for pruning trees and shrubs. Learn how, why, and when to prune, proper

tools, tool maintenance, etc. The second hour will be out in the gardens, so dress for the weather. (In the event of rain/snow, class will be rescheduled for April 2.) Class size is limited so preregistration is required. Cost is $10 per person. Bring a pair of garden gloves and hand pruners. To register, call (607) 584-9966 or visit the website https:// _203.

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(left to right) Phoebe Morris, Kevin Millar, Jenny Ceccherelli, Brittany Woodburn, Martha Sauerbrey. Members of the Village of Owego Board of Trustees on February 24 attended a Consolidated Funding Application(CFA) Readiness Workshop sponsored by Tioga County Economic Development & Planning Department. Speakers were Director Lee Ann Tinney, County Planner Elaine Jardine, and leaders of organizations that had successfully written grant applications. Abbey Hendrickson of Tioga Arts Counsel spoke of how to access the "Grants Gateway" which allows an organization to apply for a grant. Elaine Jardine talked about the CFA on-line application and the New York Main Street Programs. Newark Valley Mayor Jim Tornatore gave a presentation on a Municipal His-

toric Preservation Grant that Newark Valley obtained to restore their historic library and municipal building. Naima Kradjain, of the Goodwill Theatre in Johnson City, spoke on the need for through planning before beginning projects and educating stakeholders on the vision of the final product. Jean Egenhofer, Central Region Grants Administrator, Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation spoke on the different types of grants available in Tioga County. Because Tioga County is in the Susquehanna Heritage Area an organization in Tioga County can apply for grants through them in addition to through the NYS DEC Grants Program.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Nichols A St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held on Saturday, March 18, at the Nichols American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Post 1624, 1 Dean Street, Nichols. Enjoy Corned Beef or Ham and Cab-

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Hands-On Training for Feeders on Dairy Farms The South Central New York Area Dairy and Field Crops Team will host a workshop, Feeder School: Hands-On Training for Feeders on Dairy Farms on on Thursday, March 24, at the Cornell Vet School Teaching Dairy, McGowan Woods Road in Ithaca. Registration will begin at 10:00 am and programs to run from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. This workshop is intended for feeders who are looking for a refresher on some of the basics of feeding management or those who are new to the position. Feeder School Workshop Topics are: Feeder Basics; Economic Impacts of Feeding; Communication of Feed Manager with owner/herd manager/ nutritionist; Dry Matter: what is it and

why it matters; including Feeder Math, Feed Bunk Scoring: causes of intake fluctuations, adjusting consequent feedings; Bunk Face maintenance, sampling techniques; Strategies to minimize shrink, including pre-batching grain; and Feeder Safety. Cost for the program is $25 if preregistered by March 22, $30 at the door. The cost includes morning break and lunch. To register, go to scnydfc.cce. or call Jen Atkinson at (607) 391-2660 Ext. 403 or email For more information, call Betsy Hicks at (607) 391-2660 Ext. 415 or email


Spring Workshops in Owego The Tioga Arts Council (TAC) has announced their 2016 Spring Workshop schedule. Beginning on March 12, the following workshops will be offered at TAC, located at 179 Front Street in Owego: • The Art of Fly Tying, March 12 • From A to Zine, March 19 • Needle Felted Embellishment, April 2 • “Redbird and Berries” Wool Mini Quilt, April 5 and April 26 • Fun with Music & Movement,

Wednesdays, April 6– 27, 2016 • Harmonica 101, April 16 • Needle Felted Landscape, April 23 • Colored Pencil w/Watercolor, April 30 • Painting in Watercolor, May 7 • Animals in Acrylic, May 22 • Illustrate Your Favorite Quote with Hand-Lettering, June 4 For more information about the workshops and to register, go to or call (607) 687-0785.

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Seed Starting Workshop - March 19 Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering Seed Starting Workshop on Saturday, March 19, at 9:00 am, in the Auditorium of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 1840 Upper Font Street in Binghamton. Learn all you need to know to start your own garden vegetable or flower plants from seed indoors. Seed starting mixes, lighting needs and after-care of seedlings will be explained. Gain handson experience as you sow seeds in a six-

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AKSHAR'S First Bill Passes Save $ by setting August date for primaries The New York State Senate recently passed legislation that creates one August primary date for state and Congressional races, saving taxpayers at least $25 million and bringing the state into compliance with federal election requirements for overseas balloting. The bill (S6604), sponsored by Senator Fred Akshar (R-C-I, Colesville), would designate the third Tuesday in August as the date to merge the current federal nonpresidential primary held in June and the state primary held in September. Senator Akshar, Chairman of the Senate’s Elections Committee, said, “We have a responsibility to our constituents to eliminate government waste, save taxpayer dollars, and make it easier for the people to make their voices heard at the polls. A consolidated primary date will increase voter turnout and make it easier for our brave men and women serving in our armed forces to participate in the electoral process. I was proud to sponsor this bill.” Fourteen other states hold state and/or Congressional primaries in August. Setting a date for these elections earlier in the year would interfere with the state budget and end-of-session state legislative work that takes place, hindering the ability of current elected officials

to perform their legislative responsibilities. The bill passed would merge the federal non-presidential and state primaries to the third Tuesday in August. This would save New York State approximately $25 million by not having to hold both the currently scheduled June Congressional primary and September State primary and reduces the number of times voters would have to go to the polls. An August primary election date also ensures that military personnel and New Yorkers living abroad would have an opportunity to vote and have their votes counted. In 2009, the Military Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act was enacted to provide greater protections of the voting rights of military personnel, their families, and other overseas citizens. Among other provisions, the MOVE Act requires states to transmit validly-requested absentee ballots to military and overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election. New York State’s current September primary is not compliant with the 45-day MOVE Act requirement. The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

Vestal Accepting Applications for Pre-K 2016-17 Contingent upon the receipt of grant funding from New York State, Vestal Central School District plans to continue its Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2016-17 school year. Applications are being accepted for eligible children. The half-day pre-kindergarten program is free to Vestal residents, and children who will turn four-years-old by December 1, 2016, are eligible. Transportation is not provided. For applications, to to www.vestal., or

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David French of Rome, Pennsylvania recently attended the U.S. INEX Champions award banquet held at the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway with his parents David and Valerie French. While at the banquet David was recognized for finishing 2nd place nationally out of 104 competitors in the INEX Bandolero Outlaw division for the 2015 season. He was also distinguished as the U.S. INEX Bandolero Outlaw State Champion. The Bandolero Car is a turnkey, specseries racecar designed by USCLI used as a stepping stone between a 1/4 midget or go cart and a full size racecar. David had 39 starts at 4 different tracks in 3 states with 27 feature wins and 12 top 3 finishes. At the beginning of the 2015 season David travelled to Orlando Speedworld and competed in INEX Winter Nationals, a 5 race event where he tied for 2nd at the end of the series. In April he then went to Texas Motor Speedway and participated in the Battle at the Big Top another 5 race event where he finished 2nd overall. In New York, at Bethel Motor Speedway he competed in 22 events and had a record 21 wins and 1 second place finish, winning the track championship and the greatly coveted Legendstock race. Also in New York he had 7 starts at Chemung Speedrome with 6 wins and a 2nd place finish. David began racing in 2007 driving a Microd and competing at Southern Tier Microd Club as well as in the touring series for New York State Microd Association. At the age of seven he was named Rookie of The Year and most improved driver for the New York State Microd Association. In 2008 David competed in a Microd and an Open Wheel, he finished 2nd in point at Midstate Microd Club in Cortland NY and 3rd at Southern Tier Microd Club in Candor NY. After finishing 3rd in STMC points in 2009 and 2nd in 2010, David made the move to Bandoleros. In his Rookie season David was the INEX Bandolero Bandit PA State champion, he competed weekly at Chemung Speedrome winning the track champion-

ship. He also raced at Bethel Motor Speedway weekly where he finished 5th overall and was awarded Rookie of The Year. In 2012 David had feature wins at Mountain Speedway, Chemung Speedrome and Bethel Motor Speedway where he also won the weekend long event Firecracker Madness. He finished the 2012 season by placing 3rd at the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motor Sports Park in Lucama NC. 2013 brought another track championship at Chemung Speedrome, he also had multiple feature wins at Chemung and Waterford Speedbowl in CT and ended up 3rd overall at Bethel. David was also the INEX Bandolero Outlaw PA State Champion. In 2014 David continued to compete in the US INEX Bandolero Outlaw Division. He had 40 starts with 24 wins and 11 top 5 finishes. These finishes were recognized with 2 Track Championships, Chemung Speedrome where he had 13 starts with 11 wins and Bethel Motor Speedway with 21 starts with 13 wins. He also competed at Concord Speedway in NC. And he again was the US INEX PA State Champion in the Bandolero Outlaw Division. In 2015 in addition to competing in the Bandolero Outlaw Division David also raced a US INEX Legend car owned By Jim Sylvester. David participated in 17 races at Bethel Motor Speedway picking up 11 2nd place finishes and 6 top 5’s. In the Legend car David collected rookie of the Year honors in the Young Lion Division at Bethel Motor Speedway and is grateful for the opportunity to drive for Jim Sylvester. David ran a limited season in a 305 Sprint Car racing in the CRSA Touring Series, where he won a qualifying heat race at his sixth event. David credits his success to all the knowledge his father share with him as well as all the support of his family, fans and sponsors. David is a 10th grade honor student at Notre Dame High School in Elmira New York. David’s passion is racing and if you don’t see him out on the track odds are he is busy in the garage gearing up for his next race.

MARCH 2016


Tioga Downs Has Best Weekend Momentum continues to build for Tioga Downs in Nichols as the racino celebrated its best weekend in history with new records for both credits played as well as monies paid out to guests. Collectively, visitors the weekend of February 20/21 placed a total of $12,875,181 in wagers, and $12,176,073 was paid out to guests. On the heels of the best weekend in the racino’s storied history, Tioga Downs has also announced that it is gearing up for open interviews for dealers to join its growing team. “We are thrilled that so many players are enjoying the vibrant gaming atmosphere that Tioga Downs offers, and we

are so pleased to be able to grow and welcome many from our community to join the Tioga Downs team in the very near future,” said owner Jeff Gural. Tioga Downs held a special Dealer Admission Fair in February for anyone wishing to learn more about dealer opportunities, including a free dealer training program. As part of the fair, open interviews to start the process for the dealer training program were held in February, and an additional session on March 4.

Gold Awards for Two Golden Bears at Vestal High School Two Vestal High School students have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for projects they spearheaded to improve their community. Congratulations to Lauren Myers of Vestal and Katelynn Ossege of Apalachin, who are recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Awards, the highest honor that a Girl Scout can earn. Lauren’s “Take Action Project” was a complete digitalization and inventory of sheet music for the Vestal High School Music Department. She also facilitated a holiday cabaret to educate others about the benefits of Music Therapy, and coordinated the donation of instruments to the music therapy program at the Oxford Veteran’s Home. Katelynn’s project was to improve

the Wolf Woods’ exhibit at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park to support the zoo during an accreditation review. She also coordinated a volunteer team to build nesting boxes for birds and bats. “I learned that one of the most important attributes to succeed in life is leadership,” Katelynn wrote in her final project report. “Leadership requires me to be more organized and to be able to communicate. I developed the skills of keeping track of hours and organizing tasks for each of my team members.” Only a little over five percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. For more information about the Girl Scout Gold Award program, visit

Online Class Offered by S. Tier Authors of Romance: World Building from an Intelligence POV Enrollment is now open for the Southern Tier Authors of Romance’s (STAR) on-line class “World Building from an Intelligence Point of View (CIA, US Special Forces, etc.)” to be held April 4 to 28. The instructor is Rhonda Bearsley. With a decade of profiling, country study building and travel under her belt in the intelligence profession, Rhonda realized that the vast majority of things required to build a fictional world are the same indicators and criteria that intelligence professionals use to research locations and groups. This class is about how that is done, and how to apply the same techniques to fictional stories. It covers why logistics, politics, and a lot of other small details matter and how authors can make them work for them. Rhonda will give examples, and free handbooks (unclassified PDFs) from the CIA, US Special Operations Command and various other handbooks for public use most people don't know exist. This class gives an idea of how big picture things can greatly affect a characters mentality, daily existence, and GMC. As an intelligence instructor in the US Air Force for just shy of a decade, Rhonda taught nearly 5,000 hours of instruction on history, weapons, violence culture, communication, profiling and organization and presentation to thousands of soldiers of all ranks and numerous occupations. Since leaving the

service, Rhonda has finished four degrees and a professional writing certificate with her major concentrations being in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communi-cations Technology. Her classes are based on her time as an Intelligence Professional and her educational and law enforcement experience. The deadline to register is April 3, 2016. The cost is $20 for RWA members; $25 for non-members. To register, send a check or money order in US dollars, made out to STAR On-Line Workshop, to Carol Henry, STAR On-line Workshop Coordinator, 90 Dry Brook Road, Willseyville, NY 13864. Or go to and pay using PayPal ( Select “send money” and enter the amount due, and STAR’s email address,, for payment. Make sure to mention what email address you will be using, and what class you are registering for. If you are registering under another name or company, be sure to make that clear. You can download the registration from the website, and send it to All writers are welcome. If you know how to send e-mail, then you’ve mastered all of the technical skills you need to participate. For questions, contact


Owego Taxpayers First Candidates Outline 3-Point Plan for Financial Accountability, Accuracy Candidates running on the “Taxpayers First” ballot line today outlined their three-point Financial Accountability and Accuracy to bring better fiscal controls and stability to Village of Owego Government. The Taxpayers First candidates are: Steve May for Mayor (currently a Trustee); Earl Hartman for Trustee (running for re-election); Mike Phelps for Trustee (running for re-election); and Ed Morton for Trustee (first-time candidate). “Village residents deserve better controls, tighter oversight and compliance with reporting deadlines,” said Steve May. “We can’t afford more of the same status quo in the future.” The Taxpayers First Team developed their Financial Accountability and Accuracy Plan in response to fiscal issues that have plagued the Village in recent years, including scathing reports from the State Comptroller and unfiled Audit Reports. The three-point plan includes: 1. File Mandatory Audit Report OnTime. No excuses, no exceptions. Did you know that the Village received a report from the State Comptroller showing that the current Mayor and Clerk/Treasurer failed to submit mandatory audits for several years? The Village could have faced stiff penalties if corrective action didn’t occur. See for yourself on the Comptroller’s website at villages/2015/owego.htm. The Taxpayers First Team, led by Steve May, took the lead and crafted the language and documentation that satisfied the Comptroller’s Office. Owego’s taxpayers can’t afford to let this kind of careless mistakes happen again. 2. Stay On Budget with Capital Projects. Did you know that the bids for Owego’s Sewer Plant Upgrade came in at twice the projected cost? Owego’s Taxpayers couldn’t have afforded the price tag at that level. The Taxpayers First Team worked

with the engineers to get the budget back on track, and get the project moving. 3. Provide Taxpayers with More Information. Do you know how much the Village of Owego’s total budget is? Do you know how the State-mandated Tax Cap affects how the Mayor and Trustees can alter the budget and your property taxes? For too long, residents of the Village have been kept in the dark about Village business. It’s 2016 and you can find information on just about any topic online. But you can’t find the Village of Owego’s budget because it’s not publicly available on the Village website. The Taxpayers First Team will share more information with residents by posting the Village Budget online and regularly sharing more financial information with the public, including simplified summaries of how the Village Budget works, what various departmental expenses are, and how your tax dollars are being spent. “We developed this plan to get the Village’s finances back on the right track, so we’re not getting scolded by the State for non-compliance and other errors,” said Earl Hartman. “We will create sustainable solutions to assure that residents receive essential services, like Fire, Emergency Services and Police protection, at the same or better levels that we’ve been receiving at the same or lower costs to taxpayers,” said Mike Phelps. “Village residents deserve transparency from their elected representatives. It’s just common sense to provide them with the information they need to make educated decisions,” said Ed Morton. May, Phelps, Hartman and Morton encourage Village residents to contact them with any questions or comments about their Financial Plan or any other issue leading up to the March 15th election. All Village residents are eligible to vote if they are registered with the Tioga County Board of Elections.

Chili & Chocolate in Corning Chili & Chocolate at the Patterson Inn 59 W. Pulteney Street in Corning on Friday, March 11, 2016, from 4:30 7:00 pm. Dine “Inn” or take out. Dinner includes: Chili (several varieties to

choose from), tossed salad, bread, beverage, chocolate dessert(s). $7.50 Adults $4.00 Children under 12 (607) 9375281.

Upstate Shredding Receives Award The Tioga County Department of Economic Development and Planning would like to congratulate Upstate Shredding, LLC on their $1 million dollar New York Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) award, which was granted to support the construction of their new 30,000 square foot Heavy Media Plant. This $5.4 million dollar project, implemented by Upstate Shredding and Weitsman Recycling, will be constructed in the Tioga Industrial Park in Owego. The new media plant is a stateof-the-art processing technology that will further process zorba, a shredded mix of non-ferrous metals consisting primarily of aluminum generated by eddy-current separators and other segregation techniques, to separate out the aluminum from the heavies (copper, brass, zinc, and stainless). Upstate Shredding, a long-standing family owned business in our community,

has continuously shown a strong commitment to job creation and economic growth within Tioga County. As a result of this project twenty-five new jobs will be created in our area. The project will also generate approximately $30 million in annual revenue for the regional economy. According to Adam Weitsman, President of Upstate Shredding, “We are excited to build the facility at our current shredding operation in Owego as it gives us the opportunity to employ even more people here in the Southern Tier.” The New York URI is a major component of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to systematically revitalize the economy of Upstate New York. This $1 million dollar URI award from NYS demonstrates how economically important Upstate Shredding’s presence is to Tioga County, the Southern Tier, and New York State.

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