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Volume 32

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Hose Team Secures Funds to Restore Owego Fountain The Owego Hose Teams, Inc. has secured a $20,000 grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation for the restoration of the Baker Fireman’s Fountain located in the heart of the Village of Owego’s Courthouse Square. The 103-year-old fountain was given to the Village of Owego and its firefighters in 1914 by Frank M. Baker as a memorial to his son, George Hobart Baker, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1913. Both men had been members and chief engineers of the Owego Fire Department. The fountain was last restored in 2000 and has again fallen into disrepair. “The Owego Hose Teams are known for their firematic racing prowess throughout New York State, winning numerous trophies,” said team President and Captain Patrick Gavin. “Spearheading the effort to restore our beloved fountain to its original glory will be the biggest trophy of them all.” Frank M. Baker was instrumental in organizing the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), of which he was secretary from 1874 to 1884, inclusive, and president in 1884 and 1885. He was president of the Central New York Firemen's Association (CNYFA) in 1893. The Baker Fireman’s Fountain, depicting a firefighter holding a child, is often described as the symbol of Owego and its community minded residents standing for the spirit of volunteerism that makes Owego great. The overall cost estimate for the restoration is $60,000. Repairs include cement and concrete replacement, repainting, pipe, plumbing and pump work, basin liner repair and updated landscaping. Individuals can make tax deductible donations via the hose team website or can mail checks made out to Owego Hose Teams, Inc. with “fountain restora-

tion” in the subject line to 461 East Main Street, Owego, NY 13827. “I am pleased to see this combination of the hose team as a not for profit, the business community, individual donors, and our local government coming together to make this project happen,” said Village of Owego Mayor Steve May. “This public/private collaboration not only brings us together as a community but produces positive results.” In addition to the grant, the Owego Hose Teams in partnership with the Marine Corps League is hosting its inaugural Owego Hose Team Memorial Golf Tournament on June 3 at the Tioga Country Club in Nichols. Funds raised from the tournament will also go towards the fountain restoration. Tioga Downs Casino is a tournament sponsor with corporate sponsors to date including BlueLine Associates, Coughlin and Gerhart, Global Industrial Services, Matthews Auto Group and Owego and Harford Railway. Additional community business partners include Hulslander Concrete, Lowe’s, Painters Plus, and SUEZ Water, all of which will be contributing materials and work on the restoration. “As former Village of Owego Fire Commissioner I know how important the fountain is to the area,” said President of BlueLine Associates Rocky Silvestri. “We are very excited to be supporting such a big piece of Owego’s history and image.” Teams and sponsors are encouraged to register for the tournament through the team’s website at www. under the golf tournament tab. Paper registrations will still be accepted and are also available online. There is a 60 team limit with both morning and afternoon flights available on a first come basis. The tournament is expected to be at capacity.

Apalachin Lions Club Scholarships 2017 The Apalachin Lions Club 30th Annual Scholarship program will award $3000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2017 who live in the 13732, 13760, and 18830 zip codes. This covers Apalachin, Campville east to the Broome County line, and Little Meadows, PA. The scholarships are awarded to students who have made outstanding contributions in service to their community and school. Distribution of scholarships will be as follows: one $1000 scholarship will be awarded to students who attend Owego Free Academy and Vestal High School, and one $1000 scholarship will be

awarded to a student who attends one of the following schools: Broome Tioga BOCES, Montrose Junior-Senior High, Seton Catholic Central High School, Ross Corners Christian Academy, and Home Schooling (LEAH). The distribution of scholarships is based on the relative numbers of students from Apalachin, Campville and Little Meadows attending each of the schools. Information and applications can be obtained at the schools’ guidance office, or Vestal LEAH. Return the application to the guidance office or Vestal LEAH on or before: March 25, 2017

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Tioga Chamber Announces Award Winners The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Tioga Community Awards were presented at the chamber’s Annual Dinner on February 9 at Tioga Downs Casino. Special recognition is given to those who have made a significant contribution to the community.

The 2017 Spirit of Tioga Award recipients were: • Business: The Raymond-Hadley Corporation, Spencer, NY • New Business: The Owego Kitchen, Owego, NY • Community Service: Sister Mary O’Brien


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Book Sale & Soup Lunch - March 18 The Tioga/Nichols Area Lions Club is having a Book Sale and Soup Lunch on Saturday, March 18, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Lounsberry Methodist Church in Lounsberry. There will be a bag sale starting at 12:30 pm. There will be a variety of soups to

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choose from as well as bread from Panera, drink and dessert is included in the price. The book sale will offer a huge selection of hardcover and paperback books. Proceeds will be used for the community fund.

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Tioga Downs is thrilled to announce the opening of their newly expanded gaming floor. The expanded space is part of the casino that Tioga Downs opened in December, which features 32 long-awaited table games, including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette, as well as popular casino games such as Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride, 3-Card and 4-Card Poker and the Big 6 Wheel. The Down’s also features a separate live Poker Room with 12 tables featuring a Bad Beat progressive jackpot that is already over $60,000 (at the time this

article was written), as well as weekly promotions. Daily tournaments are in the plans for the near future, as well. The last addition brings Tioga Downs to a total of 944 machines, which feature all new games that include touch screen capabilities, downloadable credits and bonus games. Notable new games include the return of the Green Machine and Wheel of Fortune themes, as well as popular television-based games like House of Cards and Ellen. “The team at Tioga Downs has been hard at work to continue our expansion,” said Scott Freeman, president and general manager of Tioga Downs. “We are so grateful for the continued patience of our guests as we completed the transition to a full casino.” The Tioga Downs team shows no signs of slowing down. The new 161room hotel construction is underway with plans to open later this year which will include Ageless Spa, 8,300 sq. foot event center and P.J. Clarke’s restaurant. The new golf course club house is slated to open in 2018. “Harness Racing season is only a few months away, and we’ll soon be announcing our 2017 Summer Concert Series. We’re excited for a big year ahead of us and are hiring for a multitude of people, including positions at the track and casino positions including table game dealers, food and beverage, and beyond,” said Freeman.

“March into Spring” Ladies Luncheon The Owego Christian Women’s Club will have a “March into Spring” Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, March 15, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Owego Treadway, Rt 17C in Owego. Cost is $14. For information, contact Donna at 785-0048 or

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New Display at Gallery 41 in Owego A complete display of the books by local author, R. W. (Bob) White, is now on exhibit at Gallery 41 on Lake Street in Owego. Each book is signed by the author. Whether you like to read fiction or nonfiction, romance, mystery or suspense, biography or a true story, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this replenished display. Gallery 41 is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm; and the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop by and browse through the diverse selection of unique works by local artisans. For more information contact Gallery 41 at 687-2876 or Bob White at 687-6294.

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Rummage, Bake Sale - March 25 A Rummage and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Little Meadows United Methodist Church, 843 Pennsylvania

Avenue (PA Route 858) in Little Meadows. Lunch will be available. Bag sale begins at 1:00 pm.

Mobile Food Pantry Distribution - March 29 Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to participate in a mobile food pantry distribution on March 29, at Noon, in the parking lot of St. Margaret Mary Church, 110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Participants should bring their own bags or boxes. The distribution is sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partner-

ship with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. For more information about the food distribution, call the Food Bank of the Southern Tier at (607) 7966061. In addition to The Mobile Food Pantry, The Owego Apalachin Family Reading Partnership will be distributing free children's books.

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Sr. Citizens Foundation Accepting Grant Applications Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 grant cycle. Each year Senior Citizens Foundation awards grant money to non-profit organizations and community agencies that sponsor projects or programs to benefit senior citizens in Tioga County, NY. To find out more about Tioga

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Parenting Workshop Offered in Waverly Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County is offering “PS…It Works!” a research based parenting workshop series at Waverly Family Resource Center at 460 Broad Street in Waverly, NY. The 8-week series will be held on Thursday evenings, 5:00 to 7:00 pm beginning on March 16 and ending on May 4, 2017. This class is open to all parents and caregivers of children ages 2 to 18 years.

Parents will learn and practice five essential communication skills to help strengthen the parent-child relationship. There is no fee to participate and onsite childcare is provided during the sessions. Space is limited. Register in advance by contacting Erin Evans at (607) 687-4020 or via email at Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by calling 687-4020.

SCOPE Meeting - March 8 The Tioga County SCOPE Meeting will be held Wednesday, March 8, at 7:00 pm at the Hubbard Auditorium in the Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street in Owego. Guests will in-

clude NYS Senator Fred Akshar, Tioga County Sheriff Gary Howard, and SCOPE President Tom Reynolds. There will be a discussion of the SAFE Act of 2013.

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EMPLOYMENT: Position: MST Therapist Location: Tioga County Description: The MST Therapist is primarily responsible for the provision of family counseling to children and families involved in the MST program to prevent foster care or OCFS placement or replacement of identified youth. Qualifications: Masters in Social Work or related clinical degree and one (1) year post-graduate experience. Prior related experience may be substituted for one (1) year post-graduate requirement. Must be flexible, oriented to family work and possess the ability to adapt to the MST model. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must have a valid New York State driver’s license and access to reliable transportation. Please apply at and search Therapist - Tioga MST or job# 452empl 03/17


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Kindergarten Orientation Held at Zion Lutheran St Patrick’s Day Special - Corned Beef Rubin


The Zion Lutheran School in Owego held a Kindergarten Orientation on February 24. Students from the community and Zion's preschool class spent the morning in Kindergarten. The children experienced a morning in Kindergarten

and met the teacher as they completed Religion, Math, and Language Arts activities. For more information about Zion Lutheran School in Owego, call 6876376 or go to

Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga Reality Check Youth in Albany for Legislative Education Day

Tuesday-Sunday -7am to 3pm (Closed Monday)

Saturday - April 1st Join us Friday March 17th for St. Patrick’s Day Serving Corned Beef & Cabbage or Ham and Cabbage

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New York State (NYS) Tobacco Control Program has been proven to reduce youth smoking and help current smokers quit, which saves lives and millions of state tax dollars. However, higher rates of smoking persist among individuals with less than a high school education (22.4%), income less than $25,000 a year (22.2%) and those with poor mental health (27.2%). Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in New York State ; 28,200 lives are lost due to tobacco dependence every year . Four local Reality Check youth advocates from Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga, Ethan and Joe from Tioga County and Jacob and Keonna from Broome County, joined other Reality Check youth from across the state to educate state elected officials on February 7. Senator Akshar and Assemblyman Crouch learned about the valuable work being done to reduce the impact of tobacco marketing on youth in our local area. Annually, the group visits the New York State Capitol to update lawmakers

about the tobacco control progress in local communities and opportunities to further reduce the burden of tobacco. The NYS Tobacco Control Program is made up of a network of statewide contractors and uses a policy-driven, population based approach designed to prevent youth from smoking and to motivate adult smokers to quit. The efforts are leading the way towards a tobaccofree society. For more information, visit Reality Check engages youth as leaders and activists in the movement against tobacco use and the tobacco industry. Reality Check is a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) - Tioga County and the Broome County Health Department. For more information about these programs contact Cara Zampi, CCE Community Educator at 687-4020. Visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County website for more information about other programs offered in Tioga County:

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Ribbon Cutting at Bakery

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on February 23 for Daffodil Hill Bakery LLC 4448 Day Hollow Road in Endicott. Daffodil Hill Bakery specializes in homemade pie. This is a family business with a heritage of great baking and handed down recipes. They have other delectables such blueberry buckle, banana bread with chocolate chips, sugar

cookies, molasses cookies, and cinnamon buns to name a few. You can order and pick-up or have your order delivered. Daffodil Hill also offers fundraising opportunities. Their hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Their phone number is (607) 752-6291.

Ribbon Cutting at R&C Auto Repair

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 3 for R & C Auto Repair in Owego. After 21 years in business they are opening their newly built facility at 2100 State Route 17C in Owego, across from Tioga Gardens. They were formerly located on Glenmary Drive in Owego. R&C Auto Repair takes great pride in serving and living in the community for many years. They offer honest, reliable, and knowledgeable service. Russ Corn-

well is an ASE certified Master Technician and has over 28 years in the automotive field. R&C is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Tuesday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm. They offer drop off and pick up at Lockheed Martin. To make an appointment, call R&C at 687-4566.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner in Nichols - March 17 A St. Patrick's Day Dinner will be held on Friday, March 17, at the Nichols American Legion, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The menu includes corned beef or ham and cabbage. The cost is $10 pre-

sale or $12 at the door. You can eat in or take out. The legion is at 1 Dean Street in Nichols. For more information, call (607) 699-7994.

Cloverleaf Trail Run in Waverly on March 19

The annual 4K Cloverleaf Trail Run hosted by Carantouan Greenway will take place on Sunday, March 19, at 10:00 am at the Wildwood Reserve, 254 Shephard Road in Waverly, NY.

There will be ample opportunities to walk away with a prize through random drawings at the end of the run, including gym memberships and fee waivers for other local runs. All runners receive a Tshirt and light refreshments. The cost is $20 per runner. Registration information can be found at upcomingevents.html or call Marty Borko at (607) 565-2636. The Carantouan Greenway is a notfor-profit land trust and environmental organization that is registered in both Pennsylvania and New York States. It operates as a public steward in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed, focusing in Tioga and Chemung Counties in NY and Bradford County in PA. The Greenway provides a educational and outreach programs for all ages.




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Pizza - 7 Days A Week - Hand Tossed - Full, Half Sheet or Round Friday Nite - Deep fried Haddock & Ribeye Dinners (Pictured left to right) Patrick King, Newfield; Jack Murphy, Trumansburg; Cameron Vanselow, S. Seneca; Senator Pam Helming; Sophia Cotraccia, Ithaca; Faith deCastro, Trumansburg; Hannah Brown, Candor; Lucia Younger, Ithaca. Nine students from the TST New Visions FFA Chapter joined over 100 of their peers and teachers from across the New York at the State Capitol to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith -Hughes National Vocational Education Act of 1917. As a result of this landmark federal legislation, a cohesive national system of career and technical education (of which agricultural education is a part) was developed and continues today. During the two-day celebration, students and teachers had dinner with government officials, including Commis-

sioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball, who presented a Proclamation from Governor Cuomo commemorating the occasion. The TST New Visions in Life Sciences is a program sponsored by the Cornell’s School of Integrated Plant Science and offered by TST BOCES for high achieving high school seniors from nine area high schools. For more information about the program, visit: http://

Job Fair in Owego - March 8 The third Annual Tioga County Job Fair will be held Wednesday, March 8, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Owego Treadway Conference Center on Route 17C in Owego. Eighty-six employers are participating in the job fair, and all have job openings to be filled. Employment opportunities include entry level to professional positions, and cover a broad spectrum of occupations. At the job fair, job seekers will receive a packet with a list of employers,

table number, and jobs available with that employer. For information on available jobs, or to pre-register for the job fair, visit your local workforce office. The Tioga Employment Center is at 1062 Route 38 in Owego, and its personnel can be reached at 687-8483. A list of employers can be found on under the Tioga Employment Center. Current job openings are listed on the NYS Dept of Labor website,

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“Seed Saving” Presentation - March 16 “Seed Saving for the Survival of Humanity and the Planet” will be presented by Lisa Bloodnick on Thursday, March 16, at 7:00 pm, in the auditorium of the county office building, 56 Main Street, in Owego. Seeds are our history and our future. They carry a message of resilience and hope as our food systems face critical threats posed by the industrial agriculture system, multinational corporations, and globalization. Seed saving is a revolutionary act through which we reclaim our sovereignty. Lisa will discuss how an act as simple as seed saving addresses social, political, and environmental issues. Learn about efforts to save our seed history from threats posed by war and climate change. Learn what you can

do to support efforts to protect our seeds. Join in seeding the local revolution. Lisa and Brendan Bloodnick own Bloodnick Family Farm in Apalachin. They sell sustainably raised produce at the Vestal Farmers Market and through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program). The Bloodnicks celebrate their 25th year growing great food this year. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Susquehanna Group Tioga County Task Force and RAFT (Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga). For more information, contact: Erin Riddle,, (607) 372-5503 (texts accepted).

Students to Help Seniors with Spring Cleaning If you are a senior citizen (age 65 or older) living in the Town of Owego or the Village of Apalachin and you would welcome help with yardwork or indoor house cleaning, washing windows, vacuuming, etc, contact Tioga County Rural Ministry.


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On Saturday, April 8, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, high school and college students will be eager to put their energy to good use helping the seniors with spring cleaning. Call Sr. Mary at 687-3021 to regis-

Auditions for Ti-Ahwaga Player’s “La Cage Aux Folles” Ti-Ahwaga Players in Owego will hold auditions this month for their June 2017 production of the high camp and glamorous Tony award winning musical “La Cage Aux Folles”. The auditions will be held at the TiAhwaga Community Playhouse at 42 Delphine Street in Owego, on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 18, beginning at 10:00 am. The twenty-two member cast ensemble calls for men and women of ages 18 upwards to 50 years of age. Singers and dancers (both male and female) are


needed. Those auditioning should provide a one-minute comedic monologue and a song (preferably a Broadway show tune) to sing. An accompanist will be provided. To secure an audition time on either of the two dates noted, call the theatre office at 687-2130. Rehearsals for the production will start as of Sunday, April 2, and continue through to the June 2 show’s opening. The production will run the first three weekends in June, closing on June 18. The show is under the direction of James Osborne.

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• Sap Run/Walk A Sap Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, March 25 in Berkshire. The event is a noncompetitive, fun family fitness activity (.8 mile). Check in and registration starts at 8:00 am in the Berkshire Community Hall, 12519 State Rte. 38. The Sap Run/ Walk starts at 9:00 am. Fees to participate are $7 (includes Tshirt) for those under 18, and $10 (includes T-shirt) for those 18 and older. Registration must be completed by March 11 in order to receive a T-shirt. The fee for registration on the day of the ray is $15 for all ages (T-shirt only if available). The event is sponsored by The Newark Valley Chamber of Commerce.

• Pancake Breakfast A pancake breakfast will be held from 8:00 to 11:00 am at the Berkshire Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary next to Berkshire Community Hall. Adults $7.00, 512 yrs. $5.00, under 5 free. • Kids Activities The Berkshire Library will have activities for children from 9 am to 2 pm. • Maple Sugarhouse Sweetrees Maple Sugarhouse will be open 10 am to 4 pm. Tour the working sugarhouse and sugarbush, demos of maple products, samples. Free family fun. Dress for the weather. 761 Glen Rd, Berkshire (about 4 miles from Berkshire Fire House).

Seeking Qualified Contractors Currently seeking contractors in trades including NYS Certified Minority and Women-owned businesses to be included on a List of Qualified Contractors to bid and complete interior and exterior renovation work as part of the 2016 New York Main Street Program: Downtown Anchor Project at 145 Front

Street, Owego (The Parkview) to commence in 2017. Requirements include providing references, experience and proof of $1 million dollar minimum each of General Liability and Workers Compensation insurance. For participation, contact Teresa Saraceno at 6878260 or

5th Annual Pink Elk 5K - April 30 The 5th Annual Pink Elk 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, April 30, at the Vestal Elks Club starting at 10:00 am. This year’s race is being held in memory of Margie Karpal-Mills and in

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wet felting has been her primary focus. Having had the opportunity to live and learn in England and Italy where sheep and fiber are part of daily life has added to her ongoing exploration of using fiber in art and craft. Alice Mischke is an oil painter who has worked or lived in Owego for over 30 years. After working in clay for much of that time frame, she returned to oil painting after the 2006 flood. Her current subject matter explores ideas of memories and locations. Shalene Chavez is a mixed media artist living in Endicott. She has always enjoyed working with her hands, which led her to creating three-dimensional pieces on her free time and teaching herself tapestry weaving. Her personal brand “ShaleneLorraine” was born from a desire to create handmade decorative pieces for the home.

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“Feather Your Nest,” an exhibit of the works of artists Suzanne Poe, Alice Mischke, and Shalene Chavex is on display through March 30 at the Tioga Arts Council, 179 Front Street in Owego. The artists are members of the Walk-Up Gallery & Studio Space on the 2nd floor above the Tioga Arts Council. The artists have created an interactive experience for viewers. Based on the idea of making your space a home, “Feather Your Nest” offers a cozy atmosphere, peppered with artwork from the three artists to give you the chance to see how to successfully decorate with handmade goods. From felted cushions, to oil paintings, to woven wall hangings, you will be able to witness how different styles come together in a beautifully curated fashion. Suzanne Poe has been working “in the wool” for years knitting, spinning, weaving and owning sheep. Most recently (the last 15 years) needle felting and

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honor of her sister Katie Karpal. The current pre-registration price is $18 and there is a family price: $18 for the first entry and $10 for each additional spouse or child under 18 years old. On April 1, the pre-registration price goes to $20. Pre-registration includes a T-shirt and a breakfast ticket for the Saturday Packet picket event; the pre-registration deadline is April 23, 2017. Race day registration is $25. Proceeds from this event goes to Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Club Veteran Committee. Online registration can be found on the Elk’s Facebook Page- 5th Annual Pink Elk Run.

Legislature Meeting on March 14 The Third Regular Meeting of 2017 of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 14, in the auditorium of the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings will be held in conference rooms or the auditorium as listed located. Individuals requiring any accommodation or auxiliary aid may contact the Legislative Office at (607) 687-8240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person requesting assistance.

MARCH 2017


Leadership Tioga Gets Schooled

By Lisa Grant, Leadership Tioga Facilitator

Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center was the setting for this month’s Leadership Tioga class. Education, Tourism and the Arts in Tioga County were the topics of discussion for the morning of February 14th. Corey Green, Superintendent of the Owego Apalachin Central School District, opened with a powerpoint presentation covering the many changes and improvements in the district from the new courses available at OFA (Public Speaking, Sociology and Statistics to name a few) to implementing of Lucy Calkings unit of study writing program for grades UPK to grade 8 to Ag in the Classroom to career days for grades 6-12 which include local companies and community people. A lively discussion ensued among the class which includes Candor High School, Wayne Aman, Ashlee Hunt, Waverly High School Principal and Cate Pichany, Waverly High School Assistant Principal who described what was happening in their school districts as well and the importance of working together and getting the word out about all Tioga County has to offer. Continuing on that theme, Rebecca Maffei, Director of Tioga County Tourism, is working hard to market Tioga County as a destination point. Maffei asked if anyone knew about Two Rivers

State Park in Waverly. Not a hand went up! She made her point that word needs to get out about how much the county has to offer. If those that live and work in the county don’t know, how would anyone else know. By developing all that Tioga County has to offer then the quality of life will improve. Just as our schools are hidden gems so are our local businesses, farms, and parks. Sonny DeWitt, Executive Director of Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, echoed this. He spoke of the many talented actors and volunteers who give of their time and talent to produce amazing performances throughout the year and provide a student acting workshop in the summer. Again getting the word out is key. So much learned in a two hour period! Thank you to Corey Green, Rebecca Maffei and Sonny DeWitt for all they do for Tioga County. Leadership Tioga continues next month meeting at the new OA District building. Looking forward to learning about our personalities and leadership traits. If you have graduated from the Leadership Tioga program, we would like to hear from you. Please like our facebook page or contact the Tioga Chamber by phone 607-687-2020 to leave your contact info for our mailing/email list.


Vestal HS Students Awarded Writing Honors

(left to right) Kathy Fridrich, Mrs. Dorothy Bachman, Alyssa Dudinyak and Sana Malik. Students in English classes at Vestal High School have recently been recognized with several awards from the Scholastic Writing Awards program as well as the Tri-Cities Women's Club Writing Contest. The Vestal High School English department is pleased to announce that junior Alyssa Dudinyak received a Gold Key award in the category of Flash Fiction for her short story "The Oak" in the 2017 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards. Kathy Fridrich, a senior, and Sana Malik, a junior, both won Scholastic Silver Keys for poems entitled, respectively, "Sidelines" and "Drive". Receiving an Honorable Mention for her short story called "Little Sister" was junior Hannah Gennett. As a Gold Key award Winner, Alyssa's short story will automatically advance to national judg-

ing, and those medalists will be ammounced online on March 14. Three of these very talented student writers also won awards in the Tri-Cities Women's Club Youth Poetry and Short Story Contest. Alyssa Dudinyak took first place with her short story, "The Oak," and Kathy Fridrich also won first place in the poetry category with "Up at Night". In the same category, Sana Malik earned third-place honors with her poem, "Drive". The students were awarded their TriCities Women's Club certificates by the president of the GFWC Tri-Cities Women's Club Dorothy Bachman on February 22. Alyssa's and Kathy's first-place entries will be judged by the Central District of the NYS Federation of Women's Club. The results of that judging will be available March 25.

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MARCH 2017


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Senator Fred Akshar hosted the World Series Champion Maine-Endwell Little League team along with their families and coaches in Albany last month. The team enjoyed lunch at the Legislative Office Building followed by a pri-

vate tour of the NYS Capitol Building. Their day in Albany concluded with a Resolution read in their honor on both the Senate and Assembly chamber floors followed by standing ovations from both houses of state government.

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