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Volume 33

Fundraising for Fireman’s Fountain

Number 3

Apalachin Lions Easter Egg Hunt

“Buy A Brick” Campaign

Owego Hose Team Chicken Wing Eating Contest Winners Steve Bunce, Jon Boland, and Emma Howe. Owego Hose Teams, Inc. continues to raise funding to restore the 104-yearold iconic Baker Fireman’s Fountain in the Courthouse Square in the Village of Owego. Last month, they teamed up with Bill’s Restaurant to host a chicken wing eating contest. Ten people competed for prizes for contestants who ate two dozen wings in the quickest time. First place winner was Steve Bunce from Spencer who ate two dozen wings in 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Jon Boland of Painters Plus came in second place, followed by Owego Free Academy high school student Emma Howe who came in 3rd place. The hose team has also launched a “Buy a Brick” campaign where individuals, businesses, or organizations can purchase bricks to be placed at the fountain. To date, 63 bricks have been purchased and they are currently on display at Tom Ash Agency on Main Street in Owego. Businesses and organizations purchasing bricks have an opportunity to display their brick at their place of business until it is ready to be placed at the fountain. Participating businesses and organizations include Scott Smith & Son, Tom Ash Agency, Ice Cream Works, Ward & Van Scoy, VFW Post #1371, Ahwaga Paints, Taylor Garbage, Field AFAR, Visions Federal Credit Union, Thompson’s Grocery, Mapes Auction, The Owego Pharmacy, and Mister Koffee Service. To participate in “Buy a Brick” go to The hose team will host its 2nd Annual Owego Hose Team Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 2, at Tioga Golf Club. Last year, 65 teams and 260 golfers participated with more than

100 sponsors making the tournament one of the largest in the Southern Tier. Registration is now open and signups can be made at for both morning and afternoon flights. Other upcoming fundraisers include a spring Monte Carlo Night in partnership with VFW Post #1371 and Auxiliary on Saturday, March 24, and Chicken BBQs this spring and summer in partnership with Ice Cream Works. The overall cost estimate of the fountain restoration is upwards of $100,000. Repairs that must be made include cement and concrete replacement, cast iron refurbishment, repainting, pipe, plumbing and pump work, basin liner repair and landscaping. Work on the fountain is expected to begin in April with a completion date of August 2018 contingent upon funding.

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The APALACHIN LIONS CLUB 63rd Annual EASTER EGG HUNT will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 1:00 pm, behind BOCES West School on Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. The Easter Bunny will be at the hunt. There will also be Free New Digital Vision screening for kids and a Free Kids ID’s by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department.

The Owego-Apalachin Family Reading Partnership will sponsor a free give away of children's books. All events except the Easter Egg Hunt are inside the TLC-BOCES School from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. The rain date is March 31. Everyone is welcome!

School Safety Summit

Last month, Senator Fred Akshar brought together local superintendents and representatives from 29 local schools and school districts in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, and Delaware Counties along with members of law enforcement from state, county, and local municipal law enforcement agencies for the first in a series “School Safety Summits.” Through these round table discussions with stakeholders, Akshar seeks to learn more about the safety challenges faced by both educators and law enforcement while identifying and assessing any additional needs to ensure the safety of our local students. Following the initial roundtable with school administrators and law enforcement, Akshar plans on meeting with local teachers and students in the coming weeks as well. “In light of last week's horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida, it’s incumbent upon our community to bring our local stakeholders together and make sure we're doing everything we can to protect our children from these violent tragedies that have become all too common,” said Akshar. “Our educators and local law enforcement do an incredible job every

day keeping our kids safe, but as state senator, it’s important for me to listen to their needs, take that message to Albany and do what I can to help make their jobs easier. Whether it’s assistance through additional funding, legislation or emergency plans, everything is on the table. I'm here to listen, assess and to act.” Topics of discussion included the critical role School Resource Officers play in the daily lives and safety of students, access to mental health and counseling services, the importance of communication between school districts, law enforcement and mental health professionals in dealing with troubled students and the delay in funding from the 2014 Smart Schools Bond Act designed to help schools improve technology, infrastructure and safety measures. “We covered a lot of ground this morning and while ensuring school safety is clearly a complex and multifaceted issue, my team and I are already working on a few action items to get schools the resources they need in a faster, more effective way,” said Akshar. “Today is only the beginning and we’ll continue to listen to stakeholders, assess needs and work to obtain tangible results.”

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There are currently close to 30 scholarship funds administered by Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFFTT). In 2017, more than $35,000 in scholarships was awarded to 40 students. Scholarships are available to high school seniors with plans to continue their post-secondary education by attending a four-year college or university, community college, or twoyear trade or technical school. Applicants for all scholarships demonstrate individual excellence in areas such as community service, leadership, sports, music, academics and other unique characteristics. Each year, educational scholarships impact the community by

providing financial support to students to pursue careers. “College tuition rates are on the rise and the cost to attend college is becoming increasingly difficult to meet. Higher education isn’t just critical for our children, but it’s also the key to North Central PA’s future,” said Michael Bridgham, whose Troy Lions Club is a scholarship donor. “This generation of students deserves the same opportunity so many of us have already had… the chance to learn, to explore, and understand what inspires and stimulates them. In the end, the passions and skills they develop through higher education will only serve all of us for years to come.”

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With the announcement of the withdrawal of the Newark Valley Historical Society’s involvement in Newark Valley Days, the Newark Valley Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce that they will become the organizing agency for the summer event starting in 2018. The chamber extends a very sincere “Thank You” to the Historical Society, the Celebrations Committee and their volunteers for the many years they have been involved in organizing this event. This is an event that the community enjoys every year and the chamber appreciates all of the hard work that has gone into organizing it and making it available. Beginning in 2018, the name for the summer event will be changed from Newark Valley Days to the Newark Valley Summerfest. In order to avoid conflicts with other events scheduled in Tioga County, the dates for the Summerfest will be July 27 – 28. Many of the familiar events from previous years, will continue. The NV Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with many of the activities being planned.

An opportunity is also being offered for organizations and/or businesses to support their community by advertising as a sponsor of various events at the Summerfest. If you are interested in promoting your business or organization by sponsoring a musical group performing during the festival, sponsoring the parade, or some other event such as children’s play area, let the NV Chamber of Commerce know. Volunteers will also be needed to help with various areas of the festival. This is a community event. If you would like to be involved and help make it a huge success, contact the chamber’s president Merwin Barrett, at (607) 778-9239, or secretary Kathy Amato at (607) 237-9477.

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Tioga Chamber 2018 Award Winners The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Tioga Community Awards were presented last month at the chamber’s annual dinner. Special recognition was given to those chamber members who made a significant contribution to the community and helped promote the chamber’s mission to support and promote the economic and civic well-being of Tioga County. Award winners were nominated by chamber members. The 2018 Spirit of Tioga Award recipients were Business of the Year: Home Central, Nonprofit of the Year: Tioga United Way, and Community Ser-

vice: Nancy Eckstrom. The theme of the annual dinner was “Hats Off” and the dinner meeting was sponsored by M&T Bank. Participants enjoyed an evening of hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, a silent auction, and the Spirit of Tioga Community Awards. A slide show highlighted how chamber members support the local community throughout the year. On February 16, 2019, the Tioga Chamber will commemorate its 100th year of supporting businesses with a Gala Celebration. Save the date.

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5K Pink Elk Run/Walk - April 29 The 6th Annual Pink Elk Run/Walk will held April 29, at 10:00 am. The race will be held at the Vestal Elks Lodge and it will honor Lynette House and Jocelyn Kline. Pre-registration cost is $18; the family price is $18 for the first entry and $10 for each additional spouse or child under 18. 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. Pre-registration deadline is April 21. Race day registration is $25. Proceeds will go to Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Club Veteran Committee. Register online at the Facebook page of the 6th Annual Pink Elk Run.

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slide, all of which are salt water. Additionally, Tioga Downs has constructed a new clubhouse for the nearby Tioga Golf Club, which includes a new dining location, pro shop, locker rooms and spacious banquet area for tournament receptions or those looking to host special occasions at the club. This massive amount of development established Tioga Downs as a complete casino resort and one of the region’s most valuable tourist destinations. Most recently Tioga Downs has formed partnerships with Watkins Glen International, Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Wine Country. Economically, Tioga Downs has contributed to Tioga County and its surrounding areas. In its first year, the casino contributed $1,322,606 in gross gaming revenue for the Town of Nichols and Tioga County respectively, $1,419,669 for Broome County, $294,408 for Chemung County, $70,694 for Schuyler County, $718,780 for Tompkins County and $141,662 for Wayne County.

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Accepting Applications for Scholarships NYS Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter is accepting applications for the 2018 Women Helping Women Scholarship Award. The applicant must be 18 years or older and looking to better their career by enrolling in higher education classes, technical courses, applying for a NYS certification or license, or taking entrance exams for Grad school, Law school or Med school. Deadline for application is March 30, 2018. An application can be found at The award amount is $1,000 which

will be awarded at the May 21, 2018, dinner. NYS Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter is a group of women whose vision is to make a difference in the lives of working women and whose mission is to build powerful women personally, professionaly and politically. Members are intergrated throughout the community with other organizations where they work together to promote women. They meet the 4th Monday of the month for dinner and program. They always welcome new people to attend their events.


Alfred State College News Among the new faces at Alfred State Collge this semester are the following Tioga County students: Nick Cotto of Barton, studying Business Administration; and Jacob Wilkert of Owego, studying Mechanical Engineering Tech A Tioga County resident has been awarded a $19,000 “All-American Scholarship” (free board) to attend Alfred State. Francis Price of Spencer is slated to graduate in 2018 from Spencer-Van Etten Central School and has been accepted into the computer engineering technology (BS) program.

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Senator Fred Akshar visited Candor High School last month to continue a his “Akshar’s All-Stars” district-wide student recognition program. Each month, Senator Akshar recognizes three or four local students selected by their school districts in the 52nd Senate District who have shown great leadership, compassion, school spirit or improvement amongst their peers. For each student recognized as an “Akshar All-Star” Senator Akshar presents them with a T-shirt, framed certificate and a challenge coin. Akshar’s 15th All-Star is Candor High School junior Corey Whatley, recognized for his commitment to academic excellence and service to his fellow students and community. In addition to founding and facilitating the Candor High School recycling program, Corey volunteers at the Candor Food Pantry, the Special Olympics, the Key Club and the AMIGOS student group that works students with multiple disabilities.

Corey’s a two-year member of the National Honor Society and the Junior Class President on Student Council. Candor High School Principal Wayne Aman said, “Corey is an amazing student who works tirelessly to make our school and community a better place, while maintaining outstanding academic performance. He demonstrates leadership beyond his years, and a work ethic second to none.” Senator Fred Akshar said, “This is a great opportunity for us to work with school district throughout the 52nd Senate District to recognize outstanding young people who are doing wonderful things in our community. Whether they’re in 2nd Grade or a senior in high school, we want to bring attention to those students who are making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. They inspire us all by showing us the good that exists in our communities.”

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The Tioga Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America recently made donations to the Tioga Rural Ministry and the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome. Sister Mary O’Brien, CSJ, and Rachel Bond, Director and Assistant Director, Tioga Rural Ministry, accepted a check from George Simon, President, Tioga Region, Antique Automobile Club of America. Tioga Rural Ministry provides spiritual, material, and learning assistance to residents of Tioga County. The Tioga Region

also made a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome. John Mandeville, Chief Professional Officer, said the donation would help fund a new Dectron Unit which controls the heat and humidity in their building. Donations made by the Tioga Region Antique Car Club are possible thanks to community support of the club’s car show at Hickories Park in Owego. This year’s Tioga Region Car Show will be held on August 19, 2018.

Free Assistance for Woodlot Owners Are you considering logging your woodlot? Would you like to improve habitat for wildlife? Whatever you envision for your woods, you should proceed carefully to avoid making costly mistakes. A good place to start is to arrange a free visit by a Master Forest Owner volunteer from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Master Forest Owner volunteers (MFOs) are graduates of a training program led by the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources where

they learn about timber and wildlife management, tree planting and forest ecology. You can arrange to have a free visit from a MFO volunteer who will walk through your woodlot with you, provide advice and help direct you to the best resources for accomplishing projects. To arrange a MFO visit you can fill out an on-line request at: https:// or call (607) 584-5013.

Open House at NV Historical Society - April 7

The Newark Valley Historical Society (NVHS) will host an open house April 7, from 2 to 4 pm, offering a peek in the boxes from their extensive collection of historical objects. The open house will take place at the Newark Valley Municipal Building’s Rollie Noble Room and is free and open to the public. Here is your chance to see a few of the wonderful collection items which have been tucked away in storage boxes for many years. On view will be some of the beautiful costumes, quilts and coverlets, toys and other items owned and cared for by the society. Most of the objects have been given by community members since 1976, when the society began collecting.

The second annual open house is an opportunity to “show off” some of these seldom seen treasures. Like many museums and historical societies, they have many more things in storage than can be exhibited at a given time due to space limitations. The collections committee will be on hand to talk about these items and the work they have been doing with the collections records since last year. The work includes moving these items from a previous storage area and updating the collections records. For those who are willing to venture upstairs, members will be happy to show off the new storage and work area.

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enhances and strengthens TCRM’s ability to fulfill its mission to “serve the unmet needs of those who are poor, sick or elderly in Tioga County.” It enables significant outreach efforts in assisting seniors with heating and utility bills, small home repairs, prescriptions and other medical needs. The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers is based in Sayre, PA. Its region consists of communities throughout Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga County, Pennsylvania and Tioga County, New York. Funding is made possible by generous donors since 2003.


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Good Friday Service - March 30, 7pm at NVUMC, led by Rev. Gary Freeland. Saturday, March 31 - 9am to Noon, walk the footsteps of Christ prayer walk at NVUMC. Easter Sunday, April 1 - 6:40am Sunrise Service at Trout Ponds Gazebo Easter Sunday, April 1 - 9:30am Morning Worship, NVUMC.

Sargent Name to Dean’s List Patrick Sargent of Apalachin has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2017 fall semester at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. Patrick is majoring in Engineering. He is a

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Artfully SQUARED is a collaborative art exhibition open to creative people of all ages and skill levels. This exhibition, which takes place in April, has quickly become a popular yearly event in Tioga County. Here’s how it works: use any medium to make a piece that measures 7-inch

square, donate your artwork to Tioga Arts Council (TAC) in Owego, and then come see the exhibition and purchase original artwork. All works of art will be exhibited at the Tioga Arts Council’s gallery during the month of April and each piece will be available for a $20 donation. There is no fee to enter and all proceeds will benefit the programs at Tioga Arts Council. Entries due no later than March 30. The exhibition will be held April 6 through April 28, 2018. A “membersonly” first dibs event will be held on April 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A reception will be held on April 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The last day for purchased pick -up is April 28, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego. For more information contact them at 687-0785.

Chicken BBQ Dinner Fundraiser - April 14 A Chicken BBQ Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 am, at the VFW Post 1371, 207 Main Street in Owego. The dinner includes half chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad, dinner roll and dessert. The cost is $10.00 per din-

ner with all proceeds going to the VFW Post 1371 Auxiliary. Tickets on sale now at VFW Post 1371 canteen, open every day at 12:00, 207 Main St., Owego. Their phone number is 687-1371.

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Alice McDowell, PhD (pictured), a counselor in private practice as well as retreat guide and cofounder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten NY, will talk about her new book “Hidden Treasure: How to Break Free of Five Patterns that Hide Your True Self” at Riverow Bookshop in Owego, on Saturday, March 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. According to McDowell, these patterns can be so ingrained that they influence body shape and even who a person thinks they are. McDowell is a counselor in private practice, a retreat guide, and cofounder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center in Van Etten, NY. She has studied and trained extensively over the years, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over thirty years.

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The Apalachin Lions Club 31st Annual Scholarship program will award $3,000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2018 who live in the 13732, and 13760, 18830 zip codes. This covers Apalachin, Campville east to the Broome County line, and Little Meadows, PA. The scholarships are awarded to students who have made outstanding contributions in service to their community and school. Distribution of scholarships will be as follows: One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to students who attend Owego Free Academy and Vestal High School .And one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a stu-

dent who attends 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 may be obtained at the schools’ Guidance Office, or Vestal LEAH. Return the complete application to the Guidance Office or Vestal LEAH on or before March 27, 2018.

Monte Carlo Casino Night - March 24 Monte Carlo Casino Night will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm, at the VFW Post 1371 at 207 Main Street in Owego. VFW Post 1371, VFW Auxiliary & the Owego Hose Team will host the event. All proceeds will go toward Community Events.

Games will include Blackjack, Big Six Wheel, Money Wheel, Beat the Dealer and Turkey Wheel. Donation at door is $7.00 and includes food and drink. You must be 21 or older.

MARCH 2018


Spelling Bee is Making a Buzzz Tioga United Way has issued a “Call for Entries” for its 3rd Annual Adult Spelling Bee to be held Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 pm, at the Owego Elks Lodge at 223 Front Street in Owego. The event, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, is a fundraiser that helps to raise money for the 34 agencies that depend, in part, on the Tioga United Way to fund their programs and activities. The spelling bee also helps bring attention to one of the issues that Tioga United Way supports – Literacy. “The Adult Spelling Bee is a lot of fun and it draws attention to the wonderful work of our agencies, including Literacy Volunteers and Family Reading Partnership,” said Carolyn Palladino, Executive Director of the Tioga United Way.

Groups of two to six individuals will comprise each team. Anyone wishing to enter or sponsor a team can do so at or by calling (607) 687-4028. The cost to enter a team is $100 and teams are encouraged to dress in costume. Once given the word, each team writes the word down on a piece of paper and it is then submitted to a panel of judges. This way, no one has to stand and speak into a microphone. Anyone wishing to register a team must do so by March 9. Tioga United Way’s mission is to provide hope and opportunity for our community. If you would like to join the 2017-18 campaign or make a contribution, visit or call the office at 687-4028.

Above: Federal Credit Union 2017 Bee teams

Above: 2017 Spelling Bee Judges: Dave Astorina, Jim Tornatore, Barb Crannell and Orville Wright.

“13 Reasons Why Not” A Parent Resource Night for Mental Wellness and Suicide Awareness Area parents and community members are invited to a panel discussion, “13 Reasons Why Not,” a parent resource night for mental wellness and suicide awareness scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, at Vestal High School. The program, hosted by the Vestal Central School District, B.C. SAFE (Broome County Suicide Awareness for Families and Educators), the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier in conjunction with DIFD (Do It For Daron) and the Vestal District Council, will begin at 5:30 pm with a free dinner. This will be followed at 6:00 pm by a local panel of experts and discussion in the school’s auditorium. Community resources to promote mental wellness and to support those who may be struggling with depression or anxiety, and who may be at risk for suicide, will be available in the school’s

lobby before and after the presentation. In addition to dinner, free child care is also offered onsite. The goal of this evening is to promote wellness and resiliency, as well as education on how to support anyone who may be struggling with the challenges associated with mental illness or thoughts of suicide. It is open to everyone in the greater Binghamton area, from any school district or community. For planning purposes, those interested in attending the dinner and/or who need child care, need to register online at MentalWellnessNight.aspx or call 7572281 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm weekdays. Registration is required by March 23, to plan for the number of guests eating dinner and to accommodate complimentary child care.


MARCH 2018



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IBM-Owego wins a contract to help build a high speed mail sorting system for the US Postal Service. The Kiwanis Club of Owego sponsors Kiwanis Radio Day on WEBO. The 11-hour program is broadcast from McDonalds in Owego by members of the OFA Key Club and the Owego Kiwanis. During the last week of winter, a major storm hits the East Coast. More than 100 people die, and at times more than 3 million people are without power. Almost 2 feet of snow falls in Broome County. In Apalachin, the snowfall is measured at almost 3 feet. On the morning of the storm, Beck’s Tioga Towing receives 75 calls. Nick’s Marine is busy selling parts for snowmobiles. The new development in Apalachin is SpringTree Village which offers buyers the chance to “live in the woods” in “modern elegance on forested lots” More than 20 lots are already sold. At Nichols Elementary School, Fourth Graders raise about $1,000 for the American Lung Association. Continental Airlines offers four daily flights between Edwin A. Link Field and Newark International Airport. Top Tunes include A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, Informer by Snow, Ordinary World by Duran Duran, Top Selling books include The Client by John Grisham, and Healing and the Mind by Bill Moyers. Movies playing at local theaters include Groundhog Day, Lorenzo's Oil, Aladdin, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, and Fire in the Sky. Tuesday Night TV shows include Full House, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, Roseanne, and Quantum Leap. And a 14-ounce bag of Hershey pastel kisses costs $2.79, and a 12ounce bag of Just Born jelly beans costs 79 cents.

Book Sale and Soup Lunch - March 10

765 Main Street Vestal, NY 607-748-4695 Mark J. Murphy, Lic. Mgr. Ronald Yurecka

It’s March 1993. Medical researcher Albert Sabin, best known for developing a live polio vaccine which was distributed on a sugar cube, dies at age 86. Bob Crosby, 79, younger brother of Bing Crosby, passes away in California. In Florida, an 11-car Amtrack train crashes into a gas tanker which was caught in a traffic jam and unable to move off the tracks. Six people are killed. Janet Reno, 54, becomes the first female Attorney General of the United States. Actress Helen Hayes, known as the First Lady of American Theatre, dies at age 89. She won Academy Awards for her performances in The Sin of Madelon Claudet in 1931, and 39 years later for her performance in Airport in 1970. Her son James MacArther is best known as “Danno” on Hawaii Five -O. IBM names RJR Nabisco chairman Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., 51, as its new CEO - the first IBM CEO from outside the company. His yearly salary is $2 million, plus bonuses. Billy Crystal hosts the 65th Annual Academy Awards. “Unforgiven” wins Best Picture. Al Pacino wins Best Actor for his performance in “Scent of a Woman.” Emma Thompson wins Best Actress for her performance in “Howards End.” The Cider Mill Playhouse presents the play Waiting for the Parade. Admission is $15 and $17. The Town of Tioga approves plans for a go-cart track on Route 96. The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players perform “Champagne Complex” at the Owego Treadway Inn. Tickets are $28 and include a dinner before the play. Ice skating Olympic and World champions including Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, and Paul Wylie perform at the Broome County Arena. Tickets cost $25 and $17.50 and sell out in just a few days.

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The Tioga/Nichols Area Lions Club will hold a Book Sale and Soup Lunch on Saturday, March 10, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Lounsberry Methodist Church in Lounsberry. Bag Sale starts at 12:30 pm.

There will be a variety of soups as well as bread from Panera, drink and dessert is included in the prices. Proceeds will benefit the community fund.

Rummage, Bake Sale - April 7 There will be a Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 7, 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. Proceeds will benefit the youth campership fund.

Lanphere Receives Degree Rachel Lanphere of Willseyville received a Master of Science degree from the University of New Haven at Commencement ceremonies in December at the Toyota Presents

Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn. Lanphere majored in Criminal Justice in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

MARCH 2018


At the Apalachin Library 719 Main Street, Apalachin 625-3333

• Story Hour Tues, Mar 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10:30am Thurs, Mar 8, 22, & 29, 10:30 am For preschoolers and their adult. Registration is not required.

The library will have blank cards, envelopes, and supplies. This program is for adults and children. Please let the librarian know if you will attend.

• Mystery Readers Tues, Mar 13, 1pm Readers will discuss “Memory Man” by David Baldacci.

• Book Discussion Mon, Mar 26, 1pm Readers will discuss “The Lost Girls” by Heather Young

• Crafts Tues, Mar 13 & 27, 1pm Bring a project you are working on and work together. Wendy enjoys seeing you and your projects.

• LEGO Club Thurs, March 29, 6:30pm For ages 5 and up. Thanks to the Friends group, the library has lots of new LEGOS.

• Friends of the Library Meeting Tues, Mar 13, 2:30pm Everyone is welcome to attend.

• Hoopla, RB Digital Have you tried Hoopla or RB Digital? If you are curious, just ask one of the librarians.

• Board of Trustees Meeting Tues, Mar 15, 6pm The public is welcome.

ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST Benefit for the Little Meadows Fire Department SATURDAY March 17 7 am - 11 am at the

Little Meadows Fire Station

• Closed March 31 The library will be closed Saturday, March 31.





Saturday - April 7th

• Gentle Yoga with Sheehan Thur, Mar 15 and 22, 6:30 pm Beginners welcome, bring your own mat.. Contact library to register. • Make Greeting Cards Tues, Mar 20, 6:30pm

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

Women’s Spring Time Luncheon - March 21 The Owego Christian Women’s Club will hold a “Spring Time” Ladies Luncheon on Wednesday, March 21, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Owego Treadway, Rt 17C


Tues - Steak Nite • Wed - Shrimp Nite • Thurs - Clam Nite

The Terrace

in Owego. Cost is $14.00 for adults. For more information, contact Donna at 785-0048 or

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


and Support the Baker Fireman’s Fountain Restoration Project

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a

Happy Easter

The Owego Hose Team is working to restore the historic Baker Fireman's Fountain located in the courthouse square. Part of the project includes the building of a brick walkway leading to the fountain.   


with Direct Billing to Insurance

Donors will receive a certificate and letter of thanks. For tribute bricks, donors may elect to have Owego Hose Teams send a certificate to the person (or person's family) honored in the inscription. Your purchase is tax-deductible. The Owego Hose Team is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization. For more information and to purchase on-line, visit

Peanut and Emma

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Save Your Precious Memories HAVE YOUR 8mm Movies & VHS Videos Converted to DVDs (also converting Beta & 8mm Video)

PHOTO FILE - April 25, 2000 - The Baker Fireman’s Fountain in Owego undergoes repairs/restoration. (photo by Beverly Brown)

BEAM Electronics

7830 Rt 434, Apalachin, N. Y. 625-2222

MARCH 2018


Lady Golden Bear Sydney Regan Sign with Redhawks


OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Sweeneys Plaza, Rt 434, Apalachin

Gift Certificates Available Case Discounts on non-sale wines

Bradys Irish Cream 1 Liter …………………... $13.99 Liberty Creek Moscato 1.5 Liter ……………….. $8.99 Assorted Beringer Wines 1.5 Liter ……………. $11.99 Assorted Tisdale Wines 750 ml. ………………… $4.99 Black Ink Wine Red Blend 750 ml. …………… $10.99 Assorted Wines From 19 Crimes 750 ml. ……. $10.99

Sydney Regan, daughter of Kristine and Jim Regan of Vestal, signed her letter of intent accepting a scholarship to play Division II soccer at Roberts Wesleyan College. The signing was at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, in the lobby of the Vestal High School. A member of the Student Mentoring Program at Vestal High School, Sydney has been on the Girls Varsity Soccer team for four years. She as-

sisted her team in achieving two STAC championships, and they were four-time regional finalists during that time. The team, which was also crowned Section IV champs four years in a row, and last year took home the Section IV Officials’ Sportsmanship Award. Vestal High School’s 2017 Homecoming Queen, Sydney plans to major in Nursing at Roberts Wesleyan in the Fall.

Girl Scout Cookie Sale Time It’s Girl Scout Cookies sale time. Local Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at: BEAM Electronics, 7830 Rt. 434 in Apalachin - Sunday, March 11, 9am to 1pm; and Sunday, March 18, 9am to 2pm Apalachin Fire Station, Pennsyl-

vania Avenue - Sunday, March 4, 10am to 2pm; and Sunday, March 11, 10am to 2pm Sweeny’s Market, 6518 Route 434, Apalachin, - Starting Saturday, March 3, 4 to 8 pm, the Girl Scouts will be there every Friday and Saturday night until March 24.

1429 Main Street, Apalachin, N. Y.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dominick Francis Ienner 7 years old

Call Earl for an appointment


After the potholes of winter It’s time for an all wheel alignment

Community Press - March 2018  

Community Press March 2018

Community Press - March 2018  

Community Press March 2018