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Volume 34

OFD Holds Open House The Owego Fire Department (OFD) held an Open House on March 2 at the Central Fire Station on North Avenue in Owego so the public could view the current condition of the station and the need for funding from the Village of Owego

Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) for critical repairs. The Owego Central Fire Station which was built in 1911, is one of the most valuable and important buildings in the Village Historic District. The station was last restored in the early 1990s, and is now in need of repair. Critical repairs include clock tower work (pictured), masonry work including repointing and repainting the station’s exterior, and roof replacement. Other necessary work includes interior repairs, basement flood proofing, handicapped accessibility improvements, and a new sign with repaving of the parking lot. OFD through the Village of Owego has requested $400,000 of DRI funds to work on these needed repairs. The Village of Owego Board unanimously endorsed the project at their December 17, 2018, board meeting.

Tioga County Job Fair - March 6 The Tioga County Business Services Team will host the 5th Annual Tioga County Job Fair on Wednesday, March 6, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Owego Treadway Conference Center on 1100 Rt. 17C in Owego. There are 100 employers participating in this year’s event, and all of these employers will have open jobs that they are hoping to fill. Employment opportunities will include entry level to professional positions, and will cover a broad spectrum of occupations. Many employers today use online applications to locate potential candidates for job opportunities, making it difficult for job seekers to connect personally with employers. This event provides an excellent opportunity for job seekers to meet and network with employer representatives in person.

Job seekers will receive a packet at the job fair registration desk on March 6 with a list of employers, table number, and jobs available with that employer. Any job seekers wanting more information on jobs available can stop in to their local Workforce office. The Tioga Career Center is located at 1062 Route 38, Owego. Tioga Career Center staff can be reached at 6878483. The list of employers can be found on the Tioga Career Center Facebook page. Like and follow the Tioga Career Center to receive weekly updates on participating employers. Job seekers can also access the NYS Dept. of Labor Job Bank website at to view current open positions, or can visit individual employer websites to view their job postings.

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Ribbon Cutting for New Tioga County Visitor Center

The Tioga County Tourism Office held a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house on Friday, March 1, for the new Tioga County Visitor Center at The Gateway Building, 200-204 Front Street in Owego. The Tioga County Visitor Center (TCVC) is located at the back of the first floor of the building, overlooking a large deck, the Owego Riverwalk, and the Susquehanna River. “It’s a beautiful space. We are excited for the warmer months so visitors can really enjoy the deck and the gorgeous river views,” said Loreen Maley, Assistant Director, Tioga County Tourism. The TCVC will have tourism information on Tioga County, the Finger Lakes Region, and New York State and will provide oneon-one assistance with travel in the region during open hours. “We are excited to be in a high-traffic area of the village and hope to be able to interact with more visitors and

tell them about all of the fun things to do in the county and the region,” said Rebecca Maffei, Director, Tioga County Tourism. “In the near future, we hope to have digital displays to promote our events, advertising displays for tourism businesses, and to be an exhibit space for Tioga County artists,” she said. “We welcome everyone to come and see the new Tioga County Visitor Center. It’s really an incredible space,” said Maffei.

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Tioga Tae Kwon Do, in collaboration with the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, announcee the creation of the TTKD Academic Excellence Program (AEP), which will provide financial support and resources focusing on improving educational opportunities in our community. “Paul and Amanda Mittan have been working with the Community Foundation since 2012 when they established a scholarship, and now through an increased awareness of the need to reach students earlier they have started the TTKD Academic Excellence Fund that this year provides funding for social development, character building, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education with Snyder Elementary and Waverly High School,” said Suzanne Lee, President of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers. “Amanda and I are extremely excited to work with the Community Foundation and our academic partners that helped make this program a reality. There’s a lot of momentum building in our community around creating opportunities for our youth, so it’s been exciting for us to help connect those dots,” said Paul Mittan, Owner of Tioga Tae Kwon Do. Amanda Mittan added, “We are very thankful for all the continued support from our students, families, and friends at Tioga Tae Kwon Do that make this all possible. We’re looking forward to expanding our program next year with other academic partners.” In addition to Tioga Tae Kwon Do, the Lockheed Martin STEM Match Program also provided support for this fund. Snyder first grade students will be reading a series of Nittany Lion books by author Denise Kaminsky, where they will discuss topics around character building, conflict resolution, and community service. The curriculum developed by Sharon Hildebrandt, will include monthly activities throughout the school year. Snyder sixth grade students led by Jaime Sutryk will begin learning about robotics and computer programming through the use of Ozobots. Through a series of activities, the students will learn skills around STEM fields including problem solving, working in teams, and eventually the basics of Scratch programming. The sixth grade class will also use the Ozobots as a special learning activity with the first grade students. Waverly High School senior engineering students will learn about the engineering design process through a “real-life” design challenge. This year, Fred Mills’ Engineering Design class will be challenged with designing, testing, and building equipment that will be used by Tioga Tae Kwon Do to hold boards for an activity called “power breaking.” The students will follow the engineering design process, manage a budget, and present their designs periodically to a committee of stakeholders. In addition to the activities supported locally this year, the TTKD Academic Excellence Program will connect local

students to engineering curriculums at Penn State University and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In fall 2018, a team of mechanical and electrical engineering students at Penn State supporting a TTKD AEP project met with Waverly students to share their experiences as engineers and hosted the team of Waverly students at their Fall Engineering Design Showcase at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University. This spring, a team of Software Engineering students from RIT will also be supporting a design project and sharing their experiences with local TTKD AEP participants. “All of this started with an idea and the willingness to give from Paul and Amanda and they drew on their own resources that included time and gifts as well as the resources they saw around them,” said Suzanne Lee, President of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers. “They are very good examples of how to work with the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, the Waverly and Sayre School districts, the Penn State University, and Lockheed Martin. This is also smart philanthropy.” For more information about the TTKD Academic Excellence Program, the TTKD Academic Scholarship Program, or the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, visit www. or

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Marks Announces Candidacy for Town Board Jonathan Marks, Republican, of Owego, has announced his candidacy for Owego Town Board. “As a lifelong Town of Owego resident, I am a champion of fiscal transparency in local government,” stated Marks. “I have heard voters concerns and shall be an advocate for those voices.” He will be out collecting signatures on petitions for his candidacy in the next few weeks. Marks, a graduate of Owego Free Academy, is now retired from his business in the Town of Owego. He currently serves as the President of the Tioga County Fair Board, and sits on the Board of directors of the Tioga County Rural Ministry.

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Roberts Seeks Re-Election To Town of Owego Board Barbara Roberts, republican, from Apalachin announces that she will seek re-election as Town of Owego Councilwoman. Her campaign for re-election is based on “Fiscally Responsible.” “Stable Taxes,” “Pro Business,” “Employment Opportunities,” and a “Safe Community.”

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Apalachin Church Opens Free Clothing Closet The Apalachin United Methodist Church, located at 303 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin (across from the fire station), has opened a Free Clothing Closet, open to all in need. You may stop in Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, except for holidays. The church is also accepting clean,

gently used clothing. For more information, call 625-2733 during the hours above. The church also offers books from its library. You may keep the books, pass them on to others after you have read them, or return them to the church’s library for others to use.

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Tai Chi Classes Offered in Apalachin Tioga Opportunities, Inc. has announced that Tai Chi for Arthritis (Part II) classes will be offered in Apalachin. The class will meet for 16 weeks. Successful completion of Tai Chi for Arthritis Part I is a prerequisite to participate in this class.


Classes will be held March 11 through June 24, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 to 11:00 am, at the Apalachin United Methodist Church, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue. There is no cost to participate in the class. For more information or to register for the classes, call 687-4120, ext. 331.

Apalachin Lions Scholarships 2019 The Apalachin Lions 32nd Annual Scholarship Program will award $3,000 in scholarships to deserving students from the class of 2019 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 $1,000 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 completed application to the guidance office or Vestal LEAH on or before March 29, 2019.

Tioga County Legislature News County Legislature Opposes Proposed and Amended 2020 Executive State Budget Impacting Aid and Incentives to Municipalities Funding Martha Sauerbrey, Chair of the Tioga County Legislature recently released the following statement: On February 15, 2019, Governor Cuomo announced a 30-Day Amendment to the 2020 Executive Budget making impacted towns and villages whole from changes to Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) funding by utilizing revenue from county sales tax instead of restoring AIM with state funding. The plan is for counties to make up for lost AIM funding with sales tax revenue. This is yet another mandate on our counties. Requiring counties to make up for the State’s cut in AIM funding to villages

and towns sets an unsustainable precedent and unnecessarily shifts the State’s burden to local taxpayers who already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. Currently, nine state mandated programs placed on counties equals more than 90 percent of the typical county property tax levy, and these mandated costs continue to grow. Currently, Tioga County shares 26% of its sales tax with our towns and villages and last year we paid out over six million dollars in this effort. We work cooperatively with our towns and villages and continue to work on shared services to save taxpayer dollars. Staying at the tax cap is continuing to be a challenge and with this new mandate, it will be even more difficult The county will be submitting a resolution opposing this action at our upcoming March Legislative Meeting.

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Book Sale & Soup Lunch - March 16 The Tioga/Nichols Area Lions Club will hold a Book Sale and Soup Lunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 16, at the Lounsberry Methodist Church in Lounsberry. A bag sale will start at 12:30 pm. There will be a variety of soups to choose as well as bread from Panera.

Drink and dessert is included in the price. The book sale will include a large selection of hardcover and paperback books. The proceeds will be used for the community fund.

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The Brothers for the Cross will hold their regular monthly breakfast meeting at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 7, at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant, Route 434 (off Exit 66 of I-86), Apalachin. This month’s meeting features Alexis Pleus with Truth Pharm regarding the Opioid crisis. This will be a very informative program and everyone is invited.

The group’s third annual Open Class Car Show will be held on June 15. Brothers for the Cross is a nondenominational Christian Men’s group that includes folks from all of the Southern Tier area of New York and Northern Tier area of Pennsylvania. For more information, contact David Springer at (607) 206-4941 or John Calkins at (607)785-3543.

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10% off Gifts Items and Cards 6845 Route 434 , just east of Pennsylvania Ave. Apalachin, NY Hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 6:30pm, Sat 9am to 3pm (CLOSED SUN) 625-2129 The Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) held their annual Super Pancake Breakfast on February 3. The event showcased great food and great company which made it a great success. TCRM wants to thank the communi-

ty and its various supporters who together raised over $1,900 - an increase from last year. A special thank you also goes out to Tioga Opportunities for hosting the event.

Team Trivia at Owego Elks - First Wednesdays Team Trivia Nights at the Owego Elks Lodge will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. The cost is $5 per person. The first-place team is awarded a prize at a value of $25. Light snacks will be available to munch, and the bar will be open for drinks. Team Trivia is open to the community as well as Elk members. Invite your friends and form your own team, or

come on in on your own. The Owego Elks Lodge is at 223 Front Street in Owego. All proceeds from this event will support the Lodge Capital Improvement Fund. The lodge mansion, ballroom, and Emporium are in need of major repairs. The Elks are gearing up to replace the roofs of these buildings and need to increase the funds in their reserves. For more information, call 687-1039.

Space Invaders Art Exhibition Mary McPherson and John Pidcoe are two friends who paint on the same canvas at the same time to produce unique works of art. Together, they are known as Space Invaders Art, and their art will be on display this month at the Tioga Art Council in Owego. “The concept of two artists working on the same canvas at the same time implies a sense of play and pushing the boundaries,” said Ronnie Vuolo in a review of their work. “The resulting variety extends to subject, style, color, media, and emotional content - a journey of discovery.” Space Invaders Art will be on display at the Tioga Art Council’s Gallery, 179 Front Street in Owego during the month of March on Tuesday and Thurs-




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It’s Almost Time for the “Running of the Bears!” It’s time for “Running Bears” to lace up their sneakers for the annual “Running of the Bears” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Vestal High School. Hosted by Vestal High School’s Varsity Club and community sponsors, all proceeds from the race will be donated to Team Hopefull, a local non-profit organization funding research and support services for people with PraderWilli Syndrome. The free “Kids Fun Run” for children will begin at 9:00 am, with staggered race starts for walkers and runners at 9:30 and 10:00 am. Pre-registration is open now, and Running Bears who register by March 15 will receive this year’s one-of-a-kind, student-designed T-shirt. Race-day registration begins at 8:30 am, and fees are $25 for adult runners and walkers or $20/person for teams of

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exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. “American Pickers” is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send your name, phone number, location, and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLDRUST.

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Common Threads Quilters Guild will host their 2019 quilt show from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 27, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 28, at the Broome West Senior Center at 2801 Wayne St. (off Watson Blvd.) in Endicott. The quilt show will feature over 100 quilts on exhibit and half the proceeds will benefit Salt Springs Park Flood Recovery Fund, Montrose, Pa. This year’s featured king size quilt is “Kaleidoscope of Many Hands,” made by the members of the guild. The quilt pattern was adapted with permission from the pattern “Dresden Bloom”- Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket Quilts. The quilt will be raffled off at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 28 (you need not be present to win). Raffle tickets are available from any guild member and at the show. There will be vendors, demonstrations, display of Challenge quilts, bas-

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NV Historical Society Collections Open House - April 6 The Newark Valley Historical Society (NVHS) will hold their third annual Collections Open House on Saturday, April 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Rollie Noble Room of the Newark Valley Municipal Building, Park Street in Newark Valley. The open house is free and everyone is welcome. The event offers attendees a peek in a few boxes of the society’s collections which have been kept in storage for many years. On view will be some of the beautiful costumes and fashion accessories, quilts, coverlets and memorabilia from local businesses. A special focus this year will be on linen textiles and the tools used for the processing of flax into linen cloth. A member of NVHS fiber guild Shuttles and Spindles will be on hand to discuss the use of flax and a few related tools. The collections committee welcomes the opportunity to chat with everyone

about the objects selected for this year’s open house and the general care of the society’s collections. Work continues on updating the records and improving storage conditions. For those willing to venture upstairs, members will be happy to show the new storage and work area.

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Six seniors 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 Emma Purdy won a Gold Key award in the 2019 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards for her short story. As a Gold Key winner, Emma’s work is currently being considered for national recognition during the National level in New York City. Two other seniors won Silver Key awards, Sumaya Hardi for her personal

essay and Tomiko Nicholson for poetry. Receiving an Honorable Mention in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category was Vishnu Kamagere. Two more talented student writers received awards in the local Tri-Cities Women’s Club Youth Poetry and Short Story Contest. Jonathan Shapiro took first place in poetry for his piece entitled “I am Words.” Placing second was John Li with his short story “A Poacher’s Predicament.” As a result of his first-place award, Jon’s poem will move up for judging by the Central District of the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Rummage & Bake Sale - April 6 A Rummage and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Little Meadows United Methodist Church, 843 Pennsylvania Avenue (PA Route 858) in Little Mead-

ows, PA. Lunch will be available. Bag sale begins at 1:00 pm. The church is 6.6 miles south on Pennsylvania Ave., from the intersection with Route 434 in Apalachin.

3rd Annual Berkshire SAPpening - March 30 The Third Annual Berkshire SAPpening will be held on Saturday March 30, in Berkshire. Begin your day with a Pancake Breakfast with real maple syrup from 8:00 to 11:00 am at the Berkshire Fire Station. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 512 years, and free for children under 5. There will be a Vendor Fair from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Berkshire Community Hall, and Family Crafts from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Berkshire Free library. The Maple Sugarhouse and Sugarbush Tour will take place at SweeTrees Maple

at 761 Glen Road in Berkshire. The Sap Run/Walk, a one-mile, noncompetitive and fun family fitness activity, will be held on Jewett Hill Road/Rt. 38 in Berkshire. Check-in and registration will start at 8:00 am in the Berkshire Community Hall, 12519 Rt. 38. The Run/Walk starts at 9:00 am. Preregistration for those under 18 is $10 (includes T-shirt), for those 18 and over, the fee is $13 (includes T-shirt). Run/ walk day registration is $18 for all ages. To register for the Sap Run/Walk, go to

Newark Valley UMC Easter Services The Newark Valley United Methodist Church will have the following special worship services: Ash Wednesday Service - Wednesday, March 6, 7pm, at the Flemingville UMC, 540 W. Creek Rd. Owego, with Rev. Gary Freeland Maundy Thursday Seder - Thursday, April 18, 6 pm, at NV 1st UMC with Rev. Tim Middleton

Good Friday Prayer Vigil - Friday, April 19, Noon to 3 pm, at NV 1st UMC, with Rev. Tim Middleton Good Friday Service - Friday, April 19, 7pm, at East Berkshire UMC with Rev. Vickie Andrews Prayer Walk - Saturday, April 20, 9 am to Noon, at NV 1st UMC, with Rev. Tim Middleton “Sonrise Service” - Sunday, April 21, 6:10 am, at the Trout Ponds with Rev. Tim Middleton

MARCH 2019



Alfred A. Wagner, O. D. would like to announce his retirement and the closing of his Optometry office as of March 31, 2019

Raising Wages for Inmates by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb Albany’s pro-criminal crowd is at it again. A bill introduced by Democrats in the Assembly and Senate would give inmates in state prisons a healthy pay raise for work they do behind bars. The proposal triples the minimum wage for prisoners, and naturally, New York taxpayers are expected to pay the bill. A component of the state prison system is an industrial division called “Corcraft,” where inmates produce a wide variety of products, such as office furniture, apparel and other items. The overarching goal of the program is for inmates to develop skills, and reinforce work ethic to prepare them for eventual release. But the proposed prisoner pay raise is simply the latest in a growing list of misguided priorities coming out of Albany. Over the past two years, proposals directed at helping rapists, murderers and violent abusers have been abundant and out-of-touch. The initiatives and actions from Albany’s pro-criminal crowd have been nothing short of offensive. Consider that recently New York State has: Granted parole to a pair of cop-killers; Started a program to give computer tablets to every inmate; Launched a program to provide tuition -free college to prisoners; and Issued unilateral pardons to parolees, restoring voting privileges prior to the end of their sentencing requirements. At what point will the needs of overtaxed, law-abiding New Yorkers become the priority?

The prisoner pay-hike recommendation comes as the governor and comptroller have issued warnings that the state is facing a dangerous $2.3 billion budget hole. In addition, the governor’s executive budget proposal calls for $4.1 billion in new taxes. Needless to say, there’s a long list of items that require our immediate attention before paying for additional accommodations to incarcerated felons. For example: Direct-care professionals – the men and women who provide life-saving care for those with disabilities, our most vulnerable population – have been denied a wage increase by the governor’s budget; Towns and villages across the state face funding cuts to their budgets (which are already in place, threatening the services and programs they can provide to residents); and Eligibility for the state’s college tuition assistance program (TAP) hasn’t been expanded in nine years. The minimum grant award given to students receiving TAP hasn’t been increased since 2000. In policy and principle, this is a poorly-timed insult to law-abiding citizens facing real financial hardships, and to the victims whose lives have been turned upside-down by criminal acts. What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at, find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.

County Legislature Meeting - March 12 The third meeting of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego.

If you require accommodation or auxiliary aid, call 687-8240. With advance notice, aids will be provided at no cost.

Tioga Opportunities Offers Presentation on “Medicare Fraud - It’s Out There!” Tioga Opportunities, Inc. offers “Medicare Fraud – It’s out there!” - a presentation to help everyone work together to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud in New York State – starting right here in Tioga County. Vigilance is the key. During this presentation, learn what to do and what not to do to protect yourself and others from Medicare fraud. Do you always review your Medicare Summary Notice when it comes in the mail? Will “Medicare” ever call and ask you to confirm your Medicare number?

Have you heard about New York StateWide Senior Action Council's newest program, SMP - the Senior Medicare Patrol? Join Tioga Opportunities on the following dates to learn more: Wednesday, March 20, 6 pm, at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego Tuesday, March 26, 1 pm, at Community & Fitness Center, 57 E. Tioga St., Spencer This presentation is free to the public, but registration is required. Call 687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

Dr. Wagner would like to thank all of his patients for their support and friendship over the past 45 years. Dr. Wagner has considered it a privilege to serve his patients and the community for the past 38 years at his Optometric office in Apalachin. For information regarding patient records please call the office at 607-625-2121. After April 1st Dr. Wagner may be contacted at: P. O. Box 315, Apalachin, New York 13732

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MARCH 2019


Apply for “Women Helping Women Scholarship” NYS Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter is accepting applications for the 2019 Women Helping Women Scholarship Award. Eligible candidates must be residents of Tioga County, New York. The applicant is to be 18 years or older who is looking to better their career by enrolling in higher education classes, technical courses, applying for a NYS certification or liscense, or taking entrance exams for grad school, law school, or medical school. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2019. The application can be found at, under Women Helping Women scholarship. The award is $1,000. The scholarship recipeint will be awarded and recognized at the May 2019 dinner. NYS Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter, is a group of women whose vision is to make a difference in the lives of the working women and whose mission is to build powerful women personally, professionally and politically. Members are integrated throughout the community with other organizations where they work together to promote women. They meet the fourth Monday of the month for dinner and a program.

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At the Apalachin Library

719 Main Street, Apalachin 625-3333 Mon, Tue, Thur 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat 10am-2pm; Closed Wed & Sun Celebrate Irish History Hidden Shamrocks, March 1 - 16 There will be shamrocks hidden in the children’s room. If a child finds one, they will get a chocolate coin. Irish books and trivia for adults will be on display Coffee with the Director Mondays, 10-11:30am Cathy would love to answer your questions and hear your suggestions. Story Hour Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am There will be no Story Hour on March 14. Children must be accompanied by their adult. Yoga Thursdays, 6:30pm

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Recipe Exchange Monday, March 11, 6:30pm Bring your favorite Instant Pot recipe. Book Discussion Tuesday, March 12, 1pm Readers will discuss “No Rest for the Dead” by various authors Celebrate Spring March 18 - 23 Stop in for a cupcake and a cup of tea.

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Friends of the Library Meeting Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm Everyone is welcome to attend. Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, March 19, 6:15 pm Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Book Discussion Monday, March 25, 1pm Readers will discuss “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Montgomery.

LEGOs Thursday, March 28, 6:30pm Bring your creativity, the library has the LEGOs. For ages 5 and older. Mary Poppins Mother/Daughter Tea Saturday, March 30, 10:30 am Girls ages 3 to 10 and an adult are welcome to attend. Sign up at the desk. Board Games, Card Games The library has lots of board games and card games. Bring the kids and play games at the library. Thank you to the Family Literacy Grant. Junior Non-Fiction The Junior Non-Fiction Section has moved and is now facing the big part of the new room. You will find displays of non-fiction materials that you may not have noticed before. You will find lots of information about animals, sports, hobbies, history, and more. Position Available The library will have a position available at the end of April. The person who is hired must be available to work evenings until 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. If you are interested in applying, drop off your resume at the desk. Thank You The library thanks everyone who supported its Ransom Steele Dinner. The Friends of the Library did a great job with the fundraiser. If you would like to be a Friend of the Library, just come to a meeting. The next one is Monday, March 18, at 6:30 pm.

Tioga County Hockey Night - March 8 The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Binghamton Devils is pleased to present Tioga County Hockey Night on Friday, March 8. The puck will drop between the Binghamton Devils and the Utica Comets at 7:05 pm. Tioga County Night will feature recognitions for academic excel-

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Sewing Monday, March 25, 6:30pm Call the library for more information on this month’s project.

National Crossword Puzzle Week March 24 - March 30 The library will have puzzles for you to take home.

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lence for students from Owego and Newark Valley. Also, Robert Fisher, President of Tioga State Bank will drop the ceremonial puck. Tioga State Bank is the sponsor of “Goals for Charities.” For every goal the Binghamton Devils score at a home game, Tioga State Bank donates $50 to a local charity. Represent your community, encourage the Tioga County schools groups and support the Binghamton Devils on the ice. Special ticket packages are available for groups and businesses including concourse tabling and scoreboard recognition. For more information on how to get involved contact Justin Karpowich at (607) 722-8492.

Monte Carlo Night March 23 Monte Carlo Casino Night will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm, at the VFW Post 1371, 207 Main Street in Owego. VFW Post 1371 and its Auxiliary, and the Owego Hose Team will host the event. All proceeds will benefit many community events. Games will include Blackjack, Big Six Wheel, Beat the Dealer, and Turkey/ Ham Wheel. Donation at the door is $7.00 and includes food and drink. You must be 21 or over.

MARCH 2019



MARCH 2019



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Gift Certificates Available Case Discounts on non-sale wines

Brady's Irish Cream 1L. …………………... $13.99 di Amore Amaretto 750 ml. ……………….. $12.99 Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon 1.75L. ….. $17.99 Asst. Georgi Flavored Vodka 1 L. ……….. $11.99 Asst. Tisdale California Wines 750 ml. …... $5.49 Peter Mertes Riesling 750 ml. ……………... $9.99


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dominick Francis Ienner 8 years old

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625-3015 After the potholes of winter It’s time for an all wheel alignment

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