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Volume 30

Fire Destroys Horse Barn in Lounsberry

On April 2, fire destroyed a horse barn on River Road in Lounsberry. The Nichols Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Owego, Nichols, Southside, Campville, Tioga Center, Athens, and Warren Township. All the horses (pictured below) were able to make it safely out of the barn. The cause of the fire is under investigation. See Barn Fire on page 11

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Tioga Downs Tenth Season

Tioga Downs has announced its tenth racing season for 2015 starting on May 2 and ending on September 12. There will be 61 days of racing this season. Post time is 6:15 pm on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday post time of 1:30 pm. On opening day May 2, post time will be 5 pm. For a complete listing of race dates and times go to:

St. Patrick’s School to Close in June After more than 156 years of educating generations of children, St. Patrick’s School on Front Street in Owego will close its doors for good in June 2015 at the end of the school year. The recommendation to close the school was presented by the leaders of St. Patrick Parish and St. Patrick’s School to the Bishop of the Rochester Diocese who accepted the recommendation after consulting with the Diocesan School Board and a council of priests from the diocese. The parish and school leaders recommended that the school close because of a steady decline in enrollment in recent years, projections of further enrollment decline, and the

mounting financial pressures on the parish, which subsidizes the school’s operation. The school currently has 58 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 6. A group of parents of students of St. Patrick School attempted to raise funds to keep the school open, but they failed to raise enough money - they needed to raise $500,000 - by March 15. The deadline and the dollar amount were imposed by the church. The news was met with sadness in the community, as many mourn the loss of a school which has become a local icon and landmark. It is truly the end of an era. St. Patrick’s School will be missed.


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Zion Lutheran School Honored

Zion Lutheran School in Owego was recently honored by the Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY) for its “Outstanding contribution to the education of our children”. The Award was through its Early Life Program, which has a commitment to provide superior early childhood education experiences in center-based and homebased environments within the New York City area. LSSNY believes that young children learn best when they feel secure and know they can trust the adults caring for them. Early LIFE’s goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for all children and families which include the following: Educational

curriculum, instruction and assessments; Safe, and healthy environment; Open communication and collaborative relationships with parents; and Staff development and effective teaching practices. The Zion Lutheran staff is quite honored to receive this award. Zion’s Pre-K teacher (and alumnus), Jennifer Schendel says, “We have a great thing going at our little school and we work hard to make this the best program for the Pre-K students and their families. It is a blessing to be recognized for all of our hard work!” Zion Lutheran School enrolls children from preschool through Grade 6. It serves the children of six local school districts including OwegoApalachin, Candor, Newark Valley, Union Endicott, Tioga Center and parts of Vestal. Busing is available for students from these districts. For more information call 687-6376 or go to

Spring Clean-Up If you are a senior citizen (65 or older) and live in the Town of Owego, college and high school students are happy to assist with yard work, window washing and interior cleaning on Saturday, April 11, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you, your relatives or friends could use some free labor, give Sister Mary at Tioga County Rural Ministry a call at 6873021 and you will added to the list.

Paddle Party Auction Owego Women of the Moose, Route 17C, Owego, will hold a Paddle Party on Saturday, April 18, with a preview at 12:00 Noon and bidding starting at 1:00 pm. Admission of $5 at the door includes 3 paddles, extra paddles will be available for purchase. Food and beverages will be available for sale. For more information call (607) 761-5075. Tioga County's


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Debbie Howard to Run for County Clerk Debbie Howard has announced that she is running for the office of Tioga County Clerk. With the announcement that the current Tioga County Clerk, Robert Woodburn, is retiring, Debbie feels that now is the time for her to seek this elected position and to continue to make strides to improve the quality of life in Tioga County. Debbie has lived in Tioga County most of her life and is actively involved in numerous community board activities, such as the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, Guthrie Board of Women’s

Health, Leadership Tioga, Rural Ministries and the Tioga County Republican Committee as well as the State and Judicial Committees. Debbie worked for past Assemblymen Gary Finch and is currently working for Assemblymen Chris Friend as District Director of Tioga County. “I am dedicated, hardworking and will do whatever it takes to serve the people of Tioga County and to make the County a better place to live,” stated Debbie. Debbie lives in the Village of Owego with her husband Gary Howard.

War of Independence Reenactment There will be a War of Independence Re-enactment Weekend at the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum, Painted Post, N.Y., on April 11 and 12, 2015. The event is open to the public on Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. The 1st NY McCrackens Company will demonstrate drilling, an encampment area and a firearms display. The McCrackens Company will host two lectures discussing the dress of a revolutionary soldier and the soldiers of the McCracken Company. The Patterson Inn will be open for visitors. Soup, bread and water will be available on site.

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Tioga Downs is preparing for the start of its 2015 season on May 2, the same day as the Kentucky Derby. A simulcast of the derby is planned for Tioga Downs with live racing beginning that evening. Various other special events and promotion are planned throughout the year. In addition to live harness racing, Tioga Downs offers video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY, and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Gural is in the process of preparing a new proposal to apply for the state’s final full gaming license. Once awarded, Tioga Downs will expand its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit

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Tioga Downs Seeks Singers to Perform During 2015 Race Season Tioga Downs wants to give talented local singers a chance to perform the National Anthem during the 2015 race season. Selected singers will be featured before Sunday races and major stakes days. Those interested may submit a video or audio audition to Tioga Downs’ racecaller and accomplished musician James Witherite at YouTube links or unedited MP3 files are the only media that will be accepted. The National Anthem should be performed a cappella and in a traditional style in all auditions. Lyrics must be memorized, and the total length must not exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds. “Tioga Downs has always been connected with our community,” said Witherite. “Involving area musicians as part of the pre-race celebration is a great way to showcase local talent and better engage guests with our events.” There are 17 Sunday slots and several major stakes races available for a featured singer.

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Dividing Perennials - Free Workshop on April 30 Learn how to divide perennials in a free, hands-on workshop to be held on Thursday, April 30, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Tioga County Office Building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Learn how to re-invigorate perennials by dividing them. When you divide your garden perennials, your plants will be healthier, and you will have plants to

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Small Engine and Power Equipment Mechanic: Are you looking for extra cash to supplement your income/ retirement working part time early in the day and have mechanical experience? Unless you have worked in the Outdoor Power Equipment field for years, there will be on the job and formal training. Computer information retrieval and forms completion desired. A mechanic from another field may qualify. The ability to learn is required and we hope to find the right person to spend years with us. Expect a busy spring each year and some relaxation in the winter. 607-625-4658 for more info! 04/15 NEED IT CLEANED OUT: Need it cleaned out, we just charge less! Attics to basements. Also garages sheds and barns. Call MK’S Affordable Cleanouts at 607 217-7455 Free Estimates! 3/16 TOP DOLLAR PAID: Wanted! Old fishing tackle, lures, reels, etc. Some items worth $500. and more!!! Call me first, collector not a dealer so I pay more. Walt 607-972-5739 09/15

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Join Gigi’s Place for a “THIRTY-ONE PARTY” Sunday April 12th 4:30 to 6:30 Congratulations to Tom G. our March Gift Certificate winner Open: 7 Days a week 7am - 3pm • 625-2212 A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held April 4 at the Redneck Boot Shop and Western Wear on Main Street in Owego across from the courthouse. The store is the first and only store of its kind within 100 miles of Owego. It offers western style boots, hats, belts, clothing and apparel. Redneck Boot Shop & Western Wear carries several lines of high quality boots for men, women and children including Justin Work Boots, Dan Post, Laredo and Dingo. Clothing from Roper, Cowgirl Tuff, B. Tuff, as well as their own line of promotional apparel, soaps and lotions from Ranch Organics, Boot

Bling, purses, handbags, and more. The business is owned by Chris and Irene White, who also own and operate Chris White Home Improvements (CWHI) in the Johnson Pool & Spa Plaza on Route 434. CWHI opened in Owego in 2009, and did all of the renovation work to prepare Redneck Boot Shop & Western Wear for its grand opening. The store has a rustic feel, with exposed hardwoods obtained from local lumber mills, and unique lighting fixtures available at CWHI. Redneck Boot Shop & Western Wear also hopes to offer line dance classes in the near future.

Chinese Auction on April 11 The Tioga-Nichols Area Lions Club will hold a Chinese Auction on Saturday, April 11, at the Nichols Fire Station, River Road in Nichols. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with drawings

beginning at 7:00 pm. Envelops with 25 chips can be purchased for $2.00. There will be many filled baskets as well as other items up for auction.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County 4-H is offering an advanced robotics program for youth ages 9 to 19. Lego NXT – Mindstorms is a program that encourages participants to design basic robots to complete specific tasks, as well as learn about engineering design and programming through hands on activities using Lego NXT Mindstorm kits. The program will meet on Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30 pm,

beginning April 9 and ending June 18. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to show off their work at the Owego Strawberry Festival, Tioga County Fair and the NYS Fair. Program meetings will be held at the Tioga County Office Building in Owego. The fee is $25 per participant and includes robotics notebook, supplies and use of NXT Robotics kits and programming. To register, call 607-687-4020. For more information, visit http://

Mandy Blood to Wed Westley Ciaramella Shari and Lee Blood of Apalachin are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mandy Blood, to Westley Ciaramella, son of Neida and Raymond Mazzei of Staten Island, NY. Mandy is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology and is Head Girls Designer at Ikeddi LLC. Westley graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology and is a Toy Inventor and partner at Catapult Concepts LLC. An April 2016 wedding is planned in Brooklyn, NY.

HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY AIDEN April 28th Chicken & Biscuit Dinner - April 25 A Chicken and Biscuit Dinner will be held Saturday, April 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at Apalachin United Methodist Church, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Cost is $9 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens, $4.50 for children

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Recruiting Young Adults for Work Readiness Program

It’s that time of the year again for employers to start seeking seasonal help. The Youth Employment Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Tioga County is currently recruiting more youth to participate in the work readiness class and help them be more prepared in this competitive job market. Through a partnership between Broome-Tioga Workforce New York and CCE Tioga County, the Youth Employment Program assists Tioga County’s youth (18-21) overcome or minimize barriers to employment and become life-long learners with the necessary skills to support long-term success in the job market.

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This past month one of the youth participants completed the CCE Work Readiness Class and obtained his Customer Service and Sales Certificate from the NRF Foundation. After many job applications and interviews, he finally obtained employment working for Walmart as a receiving associate. He is in the process of pursuing training to become employed someday as a carpenter. During the program, participants are able to increase their education and skill level, obtain their High School Equivalency diploma, secure local unsubsidized employment, and/or pursue post-secondary education degrees. Youth are able to overcome their employment barriers and increase our community’s skilled labor force. As a result, the community benefits from youth becoming tax paying, wage earners that are less dependent on public assistance. For more information about how to become a participant in the program call Cara Zampi, Youth Employment Educator, at 687-4020 (CCE office) or 6878501 (Employment Center M/W). Visit for more information about other programs offered in Tioga County.

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Owego Strawberry Festival Celebrates 35 Years The Historic Owego Marketplace in downtown Owego is pleased to announce plans for the upcoming 35th Annual Strawberry Festival to be held Friday night (block Party), June 19, from 5:30 to 10:30 pm, and Saturday (Craft Fair), June 20, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Committee co-chairs, Fran and Sandy Dunbar, are excited to be back again this year to help plan some new and exciting activities at the festival and promise to make this year's event another great success. This annual event is host to over 30,000 guests each year; with plenty to see, taste and enjoy. With more than 200 vendors offering unique crafts, delicious food and interesting activities for all, as well as lots of entertainment that includes two music venues featuring ten bands, two jugglers, puppet shows, a bicycle stunt show, parade, Friday night fireworks and so much more, downtown Owego is transformed into a walking

mall where the Owego Strawberry Festival is blended throughout the beautiful village streets in the center of our thriving mercantile district. The Strawberry Festival will also include: Friday Night Block Party Strawberry 5K Run/Walk "Straw Dogs Strut Their Stuff" parade Wine and Beer Tasting Tent Miss Strawberry Pageant Fireworks over the River Saturday Festival Parade Firemen Hose Race Wine and Beer Tasting Tent Rubber Ducky Derby Craft Fair Activities for kids Vendor applications, sponsorship opportunities, directions and other ways to get involved in the festival can be found on the web at:

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Country Roads Craft Show - April 18 The Country Roads Craft Show will be held at the Newark Valley Fire Department Hall along with the N V Fireman’s Auxiliary Fundraiser and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm The craft fair will feature more than 20 vendors and crafters for Mother's Day and spring decorating ideas. Admission is free.

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Benjamin Patterson Inn located in Painted Post is offering a Hearth Cooking Workshop. Learn to cook a delicious hearth dinner with foods used in spring time recipes. The menu includes dandelion green salad, pickled carrots, chicken and dumplings, cake with jelly and whipped cream. Food will be cooked on the hearth using historic cooking methods.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 2, and is limited to 12 participants, (adults and mature teenagers 14 years old and up with a parent). Do not delay, sign up by April 22. Cost is $45.00 for members, $55.00 for non members. To register for the workshop, call the Corning Painted Post Historical Society at (607) 937-5281.

Mobile Food Distribution by Lions - April 29 Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on April 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church

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

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Farmhouse Brewery in Newark Valley Tripling Its Production

The FarmHouse Brewery is the proud recipient of a grant through the Regional Economic Area Partnership of Tioga County in conjunction with the USDA, for the purchase of brewery and brewery-related equipment. A total of three 7-barrel fermenters are expected to arrive at the brewery in late April, tripling the beer production capacity for Tioga County’s only malthouse and farm brewery. The manufacturer of those fermenters is Mendon Precision of Rochester, New York ( The FarmHouse Brewery celebrated the

Grand Opening of their Tap Room location in Owego in July of 2014, offering 21 taps of NYS labeled farm brewery beers, farm cidery ciders and old-fashioned sodas. They are licensed as a “NYS Farm Brewery,” and one of only about 75 within the state. The farm brewery license requires a graduating percentage of hops and barley grown instate, eventually capping out at 90% in 2024. By operating their own in-house malting tanks, the brewery is easily meeting 100% of their own base malt grain bill, as well as a portion of the minimums for a select few breweries and distilleries across the state. In the coming months they will begin distributing their kegged beers to Owego area restaurants and pubs. The FarmHouse Brewery’s dedication to sourcing local ingredients doesn’t stop with beer; they make the greatest effort to find farm fresh seasonal grains, fruits and vegetables to incorporate into their handcrafted ales and hard ciders. At their Tap Room you will find baked goods, jams and jellies, soaps and craft items from local artisans. Even their glassware, kegs and brewing equipment are purchased from NYS suppliers whenever possible

Benefit for the Gifted … from the Talented A benefit for Camp Ahawaga will be held on Friday, April 17, at 7:00 pm in the Owego Middle School, Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego. The “Benefit for the Gifted … from the Talented” will feature: Galumpah: Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography. Kathy Hansen Dance: Kathy Hansen Dance School of dance has been committed to providing quality dance for 40 years. You’ll appreciate the arts

with a performance bursting at the seams with music, dance and dreams. Rick Pedro: Rick’s infectious blend of patriotic standards, ragtime barnburners and modern classics are fused with his unique stage presence. Rick comes alive, thrilling his audiences with fast paced melodies, soulful harmonies and uproarious comedy. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. For ticket information contact Amy B. at (607) 7614353 or Center Stage at 625-5595.

Apalachin Lions Highway Spring Clean Up Would you like to HELP? The Apalachin Lions Club is looking for help with clean up of Rt. 434 on Saturday. April 18, at 9:00 am. The clean up crew will meet at BEAM ELECTRONICS on Rt 434. The amount of time normally spent is

Fish Fry The Tioga County Rural Ministry will hold a Doug’s Fish Fry on April 16 at the Rite Aid Parking lot in Owego from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, for the benefit of the Tioga County Rural Ministry.




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The Tioga County 4-H Horse Program senior team won the South Central district 4-H Hippology (Horse Knowledge) contest on March 7. Team members Marta Lengyel, Marlie Lukach, Hannah Gehring and Anna Raymond, all of the Berkshire Broncos 4-H Club earned 1158.5 points to secure first place. In individual scores Marta Lengyel placed 2nd, Anna Raymond placed 6th, Hannah Gehring placed 7th, Marlie Lukach placed 9th, and Kristen Martin, Ranch Riders 4-H Club, placed 12th. During the contest, participants must take a written test of 50 questions, identify 35 horse related items, judge two horse show classes, and answer 40 one-on-one interview questions. The senior team must also present a team presentation on a horse related topic. The Tioga Co. Junior Hippology Team placed 3rd overall. The team members were Tammy Perrotta, Farm Fanatics 4-H Club, Alison Goodrich, Ranch Riders 4-H Club, Stacie Greene and Katie Greene, both of the Berkshire Broncos 4-H Club. In Individual scores

Alison Goodrich placed 4th, Stacie Greene placed 6th, Tammy Perrotta placed 11th and Katie Greene placed 13th. The Tioga Co. Novice Hipology Team placed 2nd overall. The team members and Individual scores were as follows: McKenna Murphy, Farm Fanatics 4-H Club, 4th place, Tess Bergford, Ranch Riders 4-H Club, 6th place, and Paige Lee, Berkshire Broncos 4-H Club, 7th place. The event was attended by 35 4-H horse program youth from six counties in the South Central District. Marta Lengyel will represent Tioga County on the NYS 4-H Senior Team at the NYS Hippology contest held during the NYS Fair in August. The three other senior team members will represent Chenango and Delaware counties. Anna Raymond is a Senior Team alternate, and Stacie Greene is a Junior Team alternate. For more information about the Tioga County 4-H Program contact the 4 -H Office, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County at 687-4020 or visit

APRIL 2015



Barn Fire 80 firefighters respond Fire spreads to island in Susquehanna

The Nichols Fire Department responded to a grass fire with possible extension to a barn at about 2:40 pm on Friday, April 2, on the dead end section of East River Road next to Route 17/86 in Lounsberry. The Tioga Center Fire Department was alerted immediately and that was shortly followed by Southside and Owego Fire Departments. Additional apparatus and manpower were requested from Windham Center and Athens Township Fire Departments in Pennsylvania. Arriving at the scene, Nichols firefighters found that the fire had spread to a large horse barn with a metal roof. All the horses were pastured in adjacent fields and were not threatened at any time. However, firefighters realized that the barn could be beyond saving. The barn's metal roof created a problem for extinguishing the fire. When metal roofs collapse, anything burning below them is sealed from water flow. In this case, a large construction excavator was used to remove the metal sheets and expose the fire underneath. Near the burning barn and separated by about 40 yards were a residence and another out-structure along with at least two 100-pound propane tanks. Electric service lines were an issue but that was quickly resolved. The firefighters' priorities included protecting the uninvolved structures and developing an aggressive water supply. Eighty firefighters were at the scene with approximately 18 pieces of apparatus. At least 9 tankers were used as a rolling pipeline and were re-filled from a hydrant across the highway from the Lounsberry Truck Stop approximately 1.5 miles from the scene. This was on a narrow, dead end road so the tankers had to back in for the last quarter mile where they filled two portable tanks. From there water was pumped to an aerial ladder waterway and several hand lines. An estimated 100,000 gallons of water were used to fight the fire. The

tanker shuttle which was quickly established allowed for an adequate water supply for the duration of the fire. During the early stages of the barn blaze, the wind blew embers to an uninhabited island in the Susquehanna River just north of the scene and a large grass fire soon developed. The Campville Fire Department was dispatched along with an airboat and crews to handle the island fire. The airboat was used to transfer personnel from shore to shore. To fight the fire on the island, firefighters used five-gallon back pack water supplies, rakes and grassfire brooms to control the flames. The response to the fire initiated a backup response with Newark Valley covering Owego, Apalachin covering Southside, and Waverly-Barton covering Nichols. Even though this was a defensive, exterior attack, respiratory protection was employed in the hot zone and included the excavator operator. As firefighters approached the perimeter they were checked for SCBA and structural firefighting gear. The scene was behind a DOT ribbon rail scant yards from the highway. As such, the traffic was impacted by driveby viewing. This was a very successful operation with excellent integration between the departments involved. Particularly apparent was the water supply training offered by the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control. This allowed all the players from many departments to work efficiently and smoothly. The Nichols Fire Company has practiced these evolutions with surrounding departments and it paid off with an excellent water supply. Most units were replenished, reloaded, washed and in service around 9:30 pm. Nichols Fire Department was involved beyond then. In spite of challenging conditions the call was handled well and cooperatively. This is impossible without formal training and inter-company drills.

OFA Jazz Band to Perform at Free Concert The Owego Free Academy Jazz Band will perform at this month’s Always On Sunday Concert, April 19, at 4:00 pm at the Owego Elks Lodge, corner of Front and Church Streets in Owego. The OFA Jazz Band is a group of talented local students who perform under the direction of Daniel Fabricius. In recent years the Jazz Band has attended the Mansfield University Jazz Festival, Festivals of Music in Toronto, and the Oneida Jazz Festival. The band has appeared twice at the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City. For the past

two years the OFA Jazz Band has attended the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festival and was awarded Gold ratings for both performances. Always on Sunday concerts are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. The Always on Sunday Concert series is made possible, in part, with funding from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation. This is the last concert of the season. For more information, contact the Tioga Arts Council at 687-0785.

Karaoke Saturday April 25th starting at 7pm

Saturday April 11th Starting at 2pm (also May 16 & June 20)

FREE POOL Tuesday nights 6-10 Saturday April 18th

Starting at 1pm


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APRIL 2015


Local Authors to Visit Apalachin Library The Apalachin Library will host two local authors this month. Joseph Falank will be at the library on Tuesday, April 7, at 7:00 pm. Falank is the author of a young adult novel titled Seeing. His second novel, The Painted Lady, will be released in August.

Freddie Remza will be at the library on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00 pm. Remza’s newest book is The Stolen Brooch. Freddie has traveled a lot and will talk about her book and her travels. The authors will have books for sale. All are welcome.

Donations for Our Troops The Vestal Elks #2508, 2071 Vestal Parkway West, are taking up a collection to send overseas to our troops, now till April 30. Donations can be dropped off in the main lobby.

The Vestal Elks are currently sending packages to five different soldiers located around the world. The Vestal Elks thank everyone in advance for their support.

Annual Pink Elk 5K Run/Walk, April 19 The Third Annual Pink Elk 5K Run/Walk will be held 11am on Sunday, April 19, at Vestal Elks Lodge 2508. Proceeds will benefit Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Lodge Veterans’ Committee. The cost is $20 if you pre-register and $25 the day of the race (T-shirts will be limited). Family price is $20 for the first runner, $10 for each spouse and child under age 18 (must preregister). Pre-registration includes a T-shirt, pasta dinner the night before, and a snack after the race. Registration the day of the race starts at 9:30 am - 10:45am on Sunday, April 19. For registration forms, go to or send an email to Jake Brown at

Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? On April 23, 2015, SUNY Broome Community College will welcome filmmaker Heather Arnet for a screening and discussion of her documentary “Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?” The film chronicles the election of the first female President of Brazil and asks “Why not a woman president of the United States?” The goal of the film, according to Arnet was not to point out how America has not succeeded in electing a woman president. Her aim, as her grandmother pointedly says in the film, was to figure out “How the hell did other countries do that?” This free community event will be held in the Decker Health Sciences Building, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, and promises to be a thought-provoking prelude to the 2016 US Presidential election.

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April 2015


Strawberry Festival 5K & Kids Shortcake Registration is open for the 2015 Strawberry Shake 5K and Kids’ 1 Mile Shortcake Run/Walk to be held in Owego on June 19 in conjunction with the Strawberry Festival. Last year, this annual event drew over 800 runners and walkers, and organizers are expecting more people to participate this year. This is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event on a certified course. It will be timed by the Triple Cities Runners Club and awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all age categories for both male and female. This mostly flat and fast 5K route takes participants through the streets of historic downtown Owego. Although there is plenty of room for a competitive spirit, this run is all about fun. Go for your best time, walk with your friends, run with your co-workers or just have a good time at this community fitness event.

Most participants will leave with a 2015 Race T-Shirt, but sizes are limited so early registration is advised. Water, snacks and other fun freebies will be available on site or in your race packet. After the race, head down to the village to the Owego Strawberry Festival Block Party and relax, refresh and celebrate. There will be live music, lots of places to eat, shopping, fireworks over the Susquehanna River and more as Owego kicks off 35th Annual Strawberry Festival. For more details, to register online, view the route or download a registration form, go to and search “Owego Strawberry Shake 5K”. Prices increase after the preregistration deadline on June 11 at noon. For more information, email or call Tioga County Tourism at 687-7440.

4 H’ers Participate in Presentation Event On March 21, fifteen Tioga County 4 -H members participated in the ninecounty 4-H District Public Presentation event held in Broome County. One of the participants, Cassie Hollenbeck of the 4-H Shooting Sports program, qualified to advance to the New York State 4H Public Presentation event on May 16 at Cornell University. The 4-H’ers began their journey in February at the Tioga County 4-H Public Presentation event where they were selected, based on their scores, to participate in the district event. The following are the categories, youth, club, and presentation title: • Junior Demonstrations (ages 9-12): Tammy Perrotta, Farm Fanatics 4-H Club, Sweet and Easy. • Junior Illustrated Talk (ages 9-12): Rachel Brennan, All Over Clover Kids 4-H Club, How to Gut a Deer; Layla Etienne, Berkshire Broncos 4-H Club, Dogs are Great; Megan Henry, Flora &

Fauna Friends 4-H Club, Writing Music; Broderick Hines, All Over Clover Kids 4-H Club, Star Wars Legos; Rosaria Hines, All Over Clover Kids 4-H Club, Oh My Gods; and, Jenna O’Connell, Flora & Fauna Friends 4-H Club, Added Sugars. • Senior Demonstrations (ages 13-19): Cassie Hollenbeck, 4-H Shooting Sports, Wan Bo-Tournament Style; and, Megan Holloway, Berkshire Broncos 4H Club, Horses Improve Our Lives. • Senior Illustrated Talk (ages 13-19): Haley Cornelius, Berkshire Broncos 4H Club, How Music Affects Your Moods; Staci Greene, Berkshire Broncos 4-H Club, Duck Commander; Emily Henry, Flora and Fauna Friends 4-H Club, Sports; Megan Klett, Animal Aholics 4H Club, A Day At the Dog Groomer; Marta Lengyel, Berkshire Broncos 4-H Club, Evolution of the Horse; and, Leah O’Connell, Flora and Fauna Friends 4H Club, Nutrition Suspicion.

Falls Prevention Workshop More than one third of adults over age 60 fall each year, resulting in serious injuries. Falls are not a normal part of aging, and muscle strength and balance can be regained at any age. The “Stepping On” Falls Prevention Wellness Workshop provides education to people over the age of 60, assisting them to remain independent and in their homes. Caregivers are also welcome to join the workshops. Strength and balance activities, home safety, bone health, nutrition, footwear, assistive de-

vices, and much more will be discussed. This program is coming to the Department of Aging (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego) on Mondays, April 20 through June 8 (no class May 25) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. The registration fee of $35 covers all classes and the program manual (financial assistance is available). Classes fill quickly, so register today. Call 607-757-0750 or 607-765-4180 for more information.

OWEGO LITTLE LEAGUE NEWS BRIEFS April Practices Baseball VP Chris Rieg is happy that Hyde Park is alive with 17 OLL teams practicing outdoors for the 64th season after the four inch snow cover melted. Completed online registrations and player drafts resulted in three Majors, five Minors, five Modified Tee Ball and four Tee-Ball Teams. Softball WP Dave York is coordinating the girls softball practice schedule. VP Jim Lavo says the Tri County Teener Baseball season starts later. Work Bee Saturdays Hyde Park’s annual field cleanup days will be Saturdays, April 11 and 18, starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers will come from the OLL families and the community at large. They’ll do actions from the “To Do List." Organizers say the annual spring cleaning days gets everyone together to do their part. Many hands make light work. Opening Day April 25 Saturday, April 25 - a week earlier - for Opening Day Parade, Hyde Park Ceremonies and a full day of games on the

five diamond complex. Traditional Parade. Players report to the Owego Police Station on Temple Street. Parade Marshall John Loftus lines up teams starting at 8 a.m. Parade marches at 8:30 a.m. past the Fire Station, up North Avenue, down George Street to Hyde Park. Ceremonies on Nick Raftis Memorial Field start at 9 a.m. Games start afterwards. Wanted: History Enthusiast Baseball History Enthusiasts - volunteers and editor - needed to research and write OLL history from 2001 to now. "A League of Our Own - Fifty Years of Memories" was edited by Steve Lawrence and distributed on the 50th Anniversary. Email your interest to OLL/Williamsport Web Sites Webmaster Eric Hawkins posts breaking news and field updates on the OLL Web Site Find newsletters for parents, players, managers and coaches on Williamsport


Tioga Opportunities Presents Decision Making Day Have you thought about a will, power of attorney, or health care proxy? You can learn more about these essential documents at Decision Making Day, Tuesday, April 28, 9:00 to 11:00 am, at the Countryside Community Center in Owego. Greg Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson will present important information on

wills, living wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and do-not-resuscitate orders. The program is open to the public, but registration is required. Call the Department of Aging at 687-4120 ext. 331 to reserve your seat. The Community Center is at 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd in Owego.

Energy Efficiency Adventure at the Library The cheapest, greenest energy there is, is the energy you don’t use. That fundamental fact has prompted the Apalachin Library to look for ways to tighten up the facility, starting with an Energy Audit on April 22, coincidentally Earth Day. “We’re so blessed to be in a community that supports the library through time, talent, and money,” Cathy Sorber, Library Director, said. “We have a deep commitment to use the community’s money wisely and well. Avoiding unnecessary energy costs is one huge way to do that.” The library is taking advantage of a

Veterans News

How to Join the VFW The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is the largest organization of combat veterans in the United States. The VFW was founded for one, single purpose: to assure those who've protected our country are protected in return. This protection comes in the form of programs, standing up for veterans rights in Washington, D.C., and reaching out with help in our community. The hard truth is the Glenn A. Warner Post 1371 Veterans of Foreign Wars can't do it all and urgently needs more resources from all veterans who are eligible for membership. The Owego VFW strives to continue to do good things for deserving people our veterans, their families and their communities. VFW members work every day to make a difference. It's the VFW's strength as an organization. And, with each individual membership, the VFW grows stronger. Membership Eligibility There are three primary requisites for membership in the VFW: 1) a United States Citizen or U.S. National, 2) Honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States, and 3) Those serving honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces in a foreign war or overseas operation recognized by a campaign medal. Veterans are eligible if in Korea after June 30, 1949, and recipients of hostilefire or imminent danger pay. Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon. Persian Gulf and Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan and other smaller expeditionary campaigns, as well as occupation duty, qualify. If you meet these requirements and wish to join, follow these few easy steps. Contact the Owego VFW to sign up. Go to the post located at 207 Main Street. Or call the Post at 687-1371 for an application. Quartermaster Dave Bensley will make sure it is mailed to your home and follow up with you if you have questions. By joining now, the Owego VFW pays your first year dues and your new membership will be valid for a full calendar year. A new Facebook page is on line. Access VFW Post 1371 for updates. Volunteer Opportunities Owego VFW Post 1371 has lots of volunteer opportunities for you to con-

free energy audit program offered through NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority). After the audit completes, the auditors will return in mid-June to review the results of the audit, and present recommendations for improving the buildings’ energy efficiency. The recommendations from the audit will provide the basis for planning and developing energy efficiency improvements to the library. If you’d like to learn more about this effort, please contact Janet Thomas at

sider. Among them a Post Officer, Honor Guard for Funeral Honors for deceased veterans wake, funeral or burial. March in veterans and community parades. Post Colors at dinners and ceremonies. Memorial Day weekend Invite school students to accompany you and educate them while placing American flags on veterans graves. March in parade. Teach children the meaning of Memorial Day and Freedom Isn't Free at the Tioga Veterans Memorial Service of Remembrance. Before Memorial and Veterans Days, share your service experience in elementary, middle school or high school classrooms. Organize programs for veterans in RivervView Manor Nursing Home, homebound and hospitalized. At Christmas time, take responsibility for one cemetery and make sure each veterans grave has an evergreen wreath thanking them for their service and sacrifice. Support to fund raising events such as Golf Tournaments, Children's Picnic, Free Children's Movie at Tioga Theatre, Free Children's Bowling, Children's Christmas Party in Warner Hall. Post events like Friday night dinners, Bingo, community benefits and other activities during the year. Who to Contact Updates coming to last week's VFW report on the Ladies Auxiliary, Men's Auxiliary, Vietnam Veterans of America like their support to the Rt. 38 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway of Valor Tribute Ride, support to the younger Veterans of Modern Warfare on their new "battlefield" - the home front and other VFW Post activities. Nearly every day, American veterans arrive home from Iraq or Afghanistan. The environment they return to makes a real difference in how the transition home goes. War zone veterans, their families and their communities would benefit from everyone getting involved and creating a welcoming, thoughtful and helpful environment. Tell us more what the community can do to make a difference in the lives of returning war zone veterans. In your own words, write your idea and email to VFW Post 1371 Memorial Day Chairman on special assignment for this purpose.

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