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Lions Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt - April 8

The Apalachin Lions Club will hold their 62nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 8, behind BOCES West School on Pennsylvania

Avenue in Apalachin. All children are invited to come and see the Easter Bunny and find the Easter eggs. In addition to the hunt, there will also be several indoor events: Free New Digital Vision screening for kids, Free Kids ID’s Tioga County Sheriff Department, and Free Children's Books from the O/A Family Reading Partnership. These events will be held inside the TLC -BOCES school from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. You can help others by bringing a non-perishable food item for the Lion’s local food pantry. Rain date for the event is April 15.

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Owego Kiwanis Radio Day

The Owego Kiwanis held their 55th Annual Radio Day on April 1 on WEBO/AM-1330/FM-107.9 in Owego. The event is an annual fund raiser for the club which supports youth activities of our community.

Little League Opening Day April 29 President Scott Rollison announced the 2017 Owego Little League Opening Day is Saturday, April 29. Highlights of the start of the 66th season include a parade, opening ceremonies as Hyde Park celebrates its 50th year, chicken BBQ, raffle, and a full day of games.

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Ribbon Cutting in Nichols - April 18 A ribbon cutting will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to celebrate the opening of the FedEx Freight service center in Nichols.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:15 am. There will be tours of the facility and light refreshments after the ribbon is cut.

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Construction continues on a new hotel at Tioga Downs in Nichols. The six-story hotel will have 161 boutique rooms and access to the casino gaming floor. Construction should be completed by November.

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Bridge players at the Vestal Bridge Studio collected masterpoints during 2016 from the American Contract Bridge League for winning sanctioned games. Games were played Monday morning, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday evening, Thursday afternoon, and Friday evening. The winners are: • Monday morning: Ceil Austenfeld in first and Mark Podgursky in second, • Monday evening: Greg Liebner in first and Michael Braheney in second, • Tuesday morning: Mary Poplawski in first, Tom Hipp in second and Ed Kadleck in third,

• Tuesday evening: Mark Podgursky in first and Mike Grenisin second, • Thursday afternoon: Ceil Austenfeld in first and Tom Hipp in second, • Friday evening: Harry Nuckols in first and Mark Podgursky in second. The year’s champion was Ceil Austenfeld, who gained the most overall masterpoints during the year and was the first overall winner of the club. If you would like more information about the Vestal Bridge Studio, contact Mary Poplawski at mpoplawski @stny.rr.com or (607) 786-5569.

Aging and Nutrition Lecture in Owego

Living Stations of the Cross Schedule

The Elderwood Community Education Series (CES) will present “Aging and Nutrition: Healthier You for a Better Tomorrow” from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 18, at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. Registered Dietitian, Allyssa Kline, and Speech and Language Pathologist, Jessica Pallozi, will explain what to expect from the normal parts of aging as they compare to the effects of chronic disease and explore the role nutrition plays day to day as we age. Stephanie Sinsabaugh, Assistant Administrator of Elderwood, will give an update on recent changes to the U.S. Healthcare system to include how area healthcare organizations are shifting to support a healthier community. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments and snack will be provided. Guests are encouraged to register ahead of time by calling Elderwood at (607) 565-2861 or the Countryside Community Center at 687-4120 ext. 331.

The Living Stations of the Cross presented by the youth of Blessed Trinity Parish and coordinated by the youth ministers of St. Margaret Mary Church in Apalachin will take place on Friday, April 7, 7:00 to 8:00 pm at St. Joseph Church in Endicott, and on Good Friday, April 14, 7:00 to 8:00 pm at St. Margaret Mary Church in Apalachin. Tioga County's

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Kennedy Running for Owego Town Clerk

Mary Carter Kennedy recently announced that she will be running for the position of Owego Town Clerk in the fall of 2017. She was appointed by the Town Board on January 1, 2017, to replace Michael Zimmer after he retired with one year remaining in his term.

She has hit the ground running by working to give Owego residents more convenient payment options by installing a drop box at the Town Hall. She is also pursuing credit/debit/on-line payment options. Kennedy lives in Owego with her husband, Brian, and son, Daniel. Kennedy said, “I’ve worked in the Town Clerk’s Office since 2013. I truly enjoy helping our residents. It is my hope to continue the high level of customer service taught to me while working for Michael Zimmer.” Kennedy is asking for the community’s support on Primary Election Day (September 12, 2017) as well as General Election Day (November 7, 2017). Any questions for the candidate can be sent to: mmkennedy939@yahoo.com

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• Pre-School Storytime Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am Children enjoy stories, music, and crafts every Tuesday and Thursday at the library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. • Knitters & Crocheters Tuesday April 11 & 25, 1pm Knitters and Crocheters meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the library. The library has yarn and needles or you can bring your own project. • Book Club Monday, April 24, 1pm Readers will discuss the novel “The Language of Flowers”

• Books du Jour Monday, April 24, 7pm Readers will discuss the novel “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende. • Master Gardener Tuesday, April 25, 7pm A master gardener will speak about container gardening. • LEGO Club - April 27 The Apalachin Library has a new LEGO club for young people age 5 and up. The LEGO Club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm for about an hour.

Work Bee for Apalachin Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery Association Apalachin asks lot owners and descendants to help with spring clean-up at a worker bee scheduled for Saturday, April 22, starting at 9:00 am. Bring your own rakes and/or shovels and dress accordingly; gloves and boots are recommended.

Riverside Cemetery-Apalachin is a non-profit organization and asks for volunteers in order to help balance groundskeeping costs. Volunteer help at any other time is appreciated. Information or questions can be directed to Roger Barton at (607) 625-3056.

Free Health Fair - April 29 The United Methodist Women of the Apalachin United Methodist Church, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin, will offer a free Health Fair to the community on Saturday, April 29, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The health fair will include the

Lourdes Mammography Van, eye testing by the Apalachin Lions Club, Blood Drive, cooking classes for children, and much more. The church's free Clothing Closet and Library will also be open to serve those in need.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Owego Gymnastics and Activity Center will hold its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 8, from 8:00 to 11:00 am at the Owego Moose Lodge on Waverly Road in Owego. Children can get a picture with the Easter Bunny and have their faces painted. There will also be a basket raffle. Tickets are $6 for adulta and $5 for seniors and children under 12. www.OwegoGymnastics.com

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The Apalachin Lions Club is looking for help with the clean up of Route 434 on Saturday, April 29, at 9:00 am. The clean up crew will meet at BEAM Electronics on Route 434. The amount of time normally spent is approximately two hours to pick up trash

on a three-mile stretch of Rt 434 in Apalachin. Bring gloves, and dress for the weather. All clean up supplies will be furnished. For more information call Lion Paul Huonker call at 625-2727

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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. John (607) 321-4085 03/17 DOG BOARDING: Pleasant Valley Dog Kennel, 5367 State Route 38, Newark Valley, NY 13811. 40 years in business, indoor/outdoor runs. Daily rates $14 one dog, $21 two dogs same run 607-6428776 09/17 WOOD FOR SALE: $60 facecord, well seasoned will deliver local to Little Meadows. Call Domenic 570-395-4151 03/17 WANTED: Your classified ad for our May 2017 issue. Please send in form below by April 25.

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Tioga Downs a World Series of Poker Official Location

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Poker players from novice to pro will feel at home at Tioga Downs Casino’s new World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) branded poker room. The dedicated poker room is located in the renovated space that once housed the Winner’s Circle Lounge and features a variety of poker games as well as utilizes poker management software from Bravo Poker that includes web and app connectivity for players. The 12-table poker room can accommodate up to ten players at each table and offers a variety of games including Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Stud Hi-Lo and Draw Poker games. Players of all skill levels are welcome to participate in live play. Beginning in April, Tioga Downs will host a wide range of tournaments from those with minimal buy-ins to major regional and larger events. Since the poker room has teamed up with the WSOP, it has been designed to meet World Series of Poker standards. As such, Tioga Downs will be eligible to host future World Series of Poker events as part of this agreement. “We are excited to welcome Tioga Downs Casino as a World Series of Poker official location, and we look forward to working with them to bring the excitement of WSOP to players at Tioga Downs,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. Tioga Downs uses Bravo Poker software and technology to run the room, which makes their information accessible through the Bravo Poker Live smartphone app. Players are able to sign up to play in tournaments ahead of time through the app or website. “We offer the games that the poker world wants to play. With a playerfocused approach, we will ensure we are clear frontrunners in listening to the demands of the poker community in both

live play and tournaments,” said Tioga Downs Manager Charlie Otto. Poker is now a part of Tioga Downs Casino as part of the recent award of a commercial casino gaming license by the New York State Gaming Commission. Table gaming and the new casino area at Tioga Downs officially opened last month. Meanwhile, expansion efforts to transform Tioga Downs into a world-class resort continue with construction underway on a brand new hotel as well as additional ongoing renovations. In addition to the opening of the casino, last year marked the tenth anniversary celebration for Tioga Downs. The entertainment complex offers live harness racing, casino gaming and live entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY as well as Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. With a commercial gaming license now officially granted and the casino open, Tioga Downs will continue to push forward on the buildout of the additional amenities for its world-class gaming and entertainment complex. These include a hotel, spa, additional restaurant, events/ convention center and more. Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 1,000 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, visit www.tiogadowns.com.

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Indoor Garage Sale - May 20 in Apalachin The United Methodist Women of the Apalachin United Methodist Church, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apalachin will sponsor an indoor “Community Garage Sale” on Saturday, May 20, at 7:30 am (set up at 7:00 am). You can rent an 8-foot table for $20 and bring in your rummage and sell it.

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Tioga Downs to Host Career-Building Events

Seeking to enable people from the local community to grow their careers, Tioga Downs will be hosting two careerbuilding events: the New York State Security Guard Training and a free Dealer Training Program. On Friday, April 7, Tioga Downs will host the New York State Security Guard Training. The training will take eight hours to complete, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at 139 Roki Boulevard in Nichols. The cost for participants is $100, but after completion of three months of employment as a security guard at Tioga Downs Casino, participants will be eligible for reimbursement for all NYS Security Guard license fees, a $250 value. Those interested in participating in this program should contact John Mele at jmele@tiogadowns.com. With the next training set to begin in late April/early May, Tioga Downs will

once again be hosting a free Dealer Training Program. This program will run for eight weeks with the option of day or night classes lasting for four hours. More information about the program can be found at www.tiogadowns.com/interest. The firm dates of the program will be announced in the very near future. “As we continue to expand, we look forward to bringing opportunities such as these career training programs to the region. We have a great workforce right here in the Southern Tier and we are grateful that the casino license has enabled us to provide even more great paying jobs and new opportunities for so many,” said Scott Freeman, president of Tioga Downs. For more info on Tioga Downs, visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Artfully SQUARED Exhibit in April

Artfully SQUARED works of art from a previous year’s exhibit. Artfully SQUARED, an exhibit of original art created and donated by the public, will be at the Tioga Arts Council (TAC) gallery this month. Creative people of all ages and skill levels created works of art measuring seven inches square. The art was donated to TAC. Each piece will be available for a $20 donation to benefit TAC. TAC members will have first dibs on artfully SQUARED pieces at a special members-only event on Thursday, April 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The artfully SQUARED exhibition opens to everyone on Friday, April 7 with a reception from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The last Day for purchased pick-up is Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Upcoming exhibitions at Tioga Arts Council are: May 2017 - NV and OFA

student exhibition; June 2017 - OFA art students; July 2017 - Frank Bocek; August 2017 - Andrew N. Fitzsimmons: Dante’s Vessels and other Clay Works. Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego. Their hours are Wednesday to Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, contact Tioga Arts Council at 687-0785 or visit

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County Legislature Meeting - April 11 The fourth regular meeting of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at Noon on Tuesday, April 11, in the auditorium of the county office building, 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetins will be held in the conference rooms

or the auditorium as listed. Individuals requiring accommodation or auxiliary aid should contact the legislative office at 687-8240. With advance notice, auxiliary aids will be provided at not cost to the requester.

Smokey Legend BBQ in Owego - April 7 Smokey Legend BBQ returns to Owego on Friday April 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the ballroom at the Owego Elks, 223 Front Street. Smokey Legends’ owner, Mike Mrva and his staff will serve a sampling of dinners, sandwiches and sides including beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken in white sauce. Smoked salmon and cod will also be on the menu in observation

of Lent. Sandwiches, full dinners, sides or sampler platters will be available. The event coincides with Owego’s First Friday ArtWalk. In case of inclement weather, the Elks Lodge ballroom will host entertainment that would normally perform on the Front Street river deck if it is scheduled.


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Sen. Fred Akshar's “Face Time With Fred” Town Hall Meeting was held on March 18 in Candor. On Saturday, March 18, more than 120 community members turned out for Senator Fred Akshar's Town Hall Meeting at the Town of Maine Town Hall and more than 70 attended his meeting in the Town of Candor. Discussion covered a wide range of issues, including taxes, job growth, economic development, abortion rights, gun control, natural gas drilling, health care. “It’s inspiring to see so many people in our community actively engaged with their government,” said Sen. Fred Akshar. “Thank you to all the folks who

came and allowed me to listen to their concerns. It’s the best way for me to properly represent the people of the 52nd District.” Akshar has held five “Face Time With Fred” Town Hall Meetings this year (Greene, Hancock, Windsor, Maine and Candor), with three more planned for the coming months in locations across the 52nd Senate District. Dates and locations will be available at Akshar.NYSenate.Gov when future meetings are scheduled.

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• Lake Street in Owego to Close for Three Months Owego merchants face an extra challenge this year because Lake Street will be closed for three months so repairs can be made to water and gas lines. The Historic Owego Marketplace (HOM) will work closely with village and county officials to minimize problems caused by this project especially the loss of parking on Lake Street. Mr. Millar is interested in bringing more shoppers to downtown Owego and helping merchants to develop a strong online presence since many shoppers use the internet to find stores, hours, directions and parking. At the HOM Meeting on March 22, plans to minimize parking problems while Lake Street was closed were discussed with Lee Ann Tinney, Tioga County Economic Development & Planning Director. • 2017 Strawberry Festival Theme The Historic Owego Marketplace sponsors the Owego Strawberry Festival (now in its 37th year), Holiday Showcase in November, Lights on the

River in December, First Friday Art Walk, and Farm to Fork Farmer’s Market on Thursday evenings. The theme for the 2017 Strawberry Festival is “Strawberry Memories”. The Vendor Coordinator for Strawberry Festival is Katie Chandler, (607) 972-7308 or katierchandler21@gmail.com. • Celebration of 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage In 1917, many Owego women were at the forefront of the women’s suffrage movement. Banners of purple, yellow and white (colors of the suffragette movement) are available from Tioga Tourism. • New Officers for HOM New officers of the Owego Historic Marketplace were elected in January. They are: President Kevin Millar, Vice President Lori Vogel (Artisan’s Townhouse), Treasurer Ike Lovelass (Owego Kitchen), and Secretary Janelle Malia (Black Cat Gallery). Members of the Board of Directors are Katie Jackson (Katie’s Kreations), Brad Crews (Original’s Lounge), and Pat Hansen (The Hand of Man).


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Tioga County Economic Development & Planning

by Brittany Woodburn Economic Development Specialist Tioga County Economic Development and Planning

Recently, I attended a conference where the key note speaker encouraged us to always speak positively about our communities with others, and not to dwell in past perceptions. His message, while seemingly simple, offered invaluable advice. Ultimately, it is the people of Tioga County who brand and market our community. The words we speak tell people what it is like to live, work and do business here. With this in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to build awareness and share my thoughts with you on the economic development activity that has been happening in our community within this past year. Often times, people ask how one actually measures the impact of economic development. Typically, the impact of economic development is measured over time, using statistics such as the unemployment rate, job creation, sales tax revenue, hotel and motel sales tax revenue, and residential home sales. In the last year, Tioga County’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.4% to 4.9%. The lowest this rate has been in nearly a decade. Sales tax revenue remained steadfast, hotel and motel sales tax revenue increased, and residential home sales increased from 350 to 435 from 2015 to 2016. Additionally, due to the completion of several new development projects there were 775 direct jobs and 1,200 direct construction jobs created within the county. While these statistics and figures are important factors when it comes to measuring our community’s progress, what they fail to give us is a glimpse into the exciting new businesses, projects and revitalization that have been taking place around the county. For example, in 2016 Tioga County welcomed many new startup businesses such as The Owego Kitchen (Owego), Technology Research Council (Nichols) and Farview Farms (Newark Valley). Ground was broken on several new development projects, including; Crown Cork & Seal (Nichols) – $133 million dollar project, Nichols Cross Dock

(Nichols) – $12.9 million dollar project, Owego Gardens (Owego) – $12.3 million dollar housing project, Tioga Downs Casino Expansion (Nichols) – $135 million dollar project and Upstate Shredding Expansion (Owego) – $5.4 million dollar project. Through the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) Loan Program there has been $185,000 lent in the Owego, Apalachin and Waverly communities, leveraging $782,250 in private investment in Tioga County. In addition, to date there has been over $230,500 in requests approved through the TCIDA Commercial Façade Improvement Loan Program for exterior improvements made in the historic downtowns of Owego, Waverly, Nichols and Newark Valley. As a result of a $300,000 New York Main Street (NYMS) Program award, eight properties on Broad Street in the Village of Waverly engaged in revitalization projects, spurring over $140,000 in additional private investment in the Village’s core. A streetscape enhancement project was also included in this award. It was announced in late December that Owego’s Parkview Restaurant and Hotel will receive $500,000 in matching grant funds through the NYMS Downtown Anchor program to renovate the historic property. These are just a few of the exciting projects that have been taking place right in our own backyards. There has been so much incredible progress in our community this past year, the effects of which are truly starting to be felt. Looking to the future, I know we can anticipate the announcement of many more exciting and innovative projects that mean great things for Tioga County. So, when we talk to others about what it is like to live, work and do business in Tioga County, let’s tell them the truth. Tioga County is “Smart” and “Strong”, and it is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of everything that is taking place in our community.

Chicken BBQ - April 15 A chicken BBQ will be held on April 15 at the Richford Fire Deparment from 11:00 am until gone. Dinner includes BBQ chicken, salt

potatoes, a choice of a side (baked beans, cole slaw, or macaroni salad), a roll, dessert, and water. A dinner is $9.00, halves are $6.00.

Free Community Luncheon - April 25 A free community luncheon sponsored by the Women’s Group of Aplalachin on Tuesday, April 25, at 12:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. The local women’s group wants to extend their fellowship to others by holding a free luncheon for anyone in

the local community. Take this opportunity to meet them at Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church, greet some neighbors, and share a meal. Free will donations will be accepted. The church is at 30 Glann Road in Apalachin.

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Ti-Ahwaga 2017-18 Season Tickets Available Tickets for the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players 2017-2018 season are now available on-line at www.tiahwaga.com. The season's line up includes: Big

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It’s time to help clean up Tioga County’s streams. May 12 through May 22, Tioga County Water Coordinating Committee will hold their 16th annual stream cleanup. If you are interested in cleaning up your environment or improving your community, then here is your chance. If you decide to volunteer you can select any stream within the county to cleanup or you will be assigned a location. Trash bags, gloves and gifts will be provided to all participants who help clean up our streams. The committee wishes to thank

Double Aught Lumber Inc., Equine Supply Trading Co, Hiawatha Island Boat Club, JB's Excavation Services, Jouchum Logging, Lopke Contracting Inc., Mead Farm, Owego Kiwanis, RB Robinson Contracting Inc., Taylor Garbage Service, Tioga State Bank, Wagner Millwork, LLC., and Ward & Van Scoy, Inc. If you are interested in registering a group for this year’ stream cleanup program, contact Ellen Pratt at 6878274 or go to www.tiogacountyny.com under NEWS. Registration deadline is May 5.

Easter Egg Hunt - April 9

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The Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Park Terrace United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday, April 9, at 2:00 pm, rain or shine. In addition to the Easter egg hunt, there will be crafts, games, and cupcakes. Come and have fun. There is something for everyone. Park Terrace Community United

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Women Helping Women Scholarships Awarded The NYS Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter is proud to recognize two young women in this year’s Women Helping Women Scholarship essays. On Wednesday March 22, 2017, at the Women Ties event held at Pheasant Hill Country Club, the “Women Helping Women” Scholarships were awarded to Jaclyn Forbes, an Ithaca grad student specializing in the Hearing and Speech Sciences for $1,000, and Lauren Michelle Pringle, PreMed student attending SAGE College of Albany for $500.

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The women wrote an essay on a Historical woman from Tioga County who made an impact on society and who they could identify with. This scholarship is open to women 18 years and older who are furthering their education, reentering the workforce and need to update skills, or renew a professional license. The scholarships are awarded annually. More information on the NY State Women Inc., Susquehanna chapter and the Women Helping Women Scholarship can be found at nyswisc.com.

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AFD Update

An open letter to the Apalachin Fire District taxpayers

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Dear Apalachin Taxpayers, As we head into April 2017, we anxiously await the birth of a local giraffe and the demolition and rebuild of our local fire station. I see a commonality rooted in the optimism that awaits the start of any major life event and the pride that we all have in our community where something like a baby giraffe or a new fire station brings us all together. This new fire station represents a significant milestone in the life of your volunteer fire department which has faithfully served our community for more than 100 years and it has been wonderful to see our community come together in support of our volunteers. For the past month, the contractors have been hard at work inside the old station completing asbestos removal. This work effort is expected to be completed by the time you are reading this article. The demolition of the old station should commence the first week of April. The community can expect to see several weeks of demolition work, excavation, and site development in preparation for the foundation work to begin in mid-May. Operations have been working out of our two satellite stations for a month now and the feedback I’m receiving from the community is that it has largely been successful and without interruption. This is a tremendous credit to our Fire

Chiefs and volunteers who planned accordingly, were flexible in their procedures, and focused on meeting the mission of the Department. While the new fire station work continues to move forward, the regular business of the fire district certainly doesn’t stop. The financial oversight and fiscal controls were reviewed again this month as they are on a regular basis. Two grants were approved for LED lighting upgrades to Stations 2 & 3. Fire Officer Qualifications were reviewed and updated to reflect new classes introduced by our regulatory body, NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) along with policy recommendations to further emphasize safety on the fire scene. The Fire Commissioners priority and the firefighter motto, “Everyone Goes Home”. If you don’t live off Pennsylvania Ave, perhaps you may want to drive by and see the progress around mid-April. We welcome your engagement and continued support for your fire department. In the interim, please feel free to reach out at any time with questions, concerns, or compliments. Sincerely, Brian Rieber Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman@apalachinfd.com 607-765-2974

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“Born to Farm” Exhibit at Museum “Born to Farm” exhibit is at the Tioga History Musuem now through September 30. There are two exhibits based on the farming experience in Tioga County. The first exhibit, Farming: The Original Family Business, features artifacts, images, and video, connecting visitors to Tioga County’s rich farming and agricultural history. Learn about the harvest production on small family farms throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, family roles on the farm, and the ongoing struggles of these local family-run operations. The second exhibit, Women: The Invisible Farmers showcases the history of women on the farm. Women played an important role on the farm, which is largely overshadowed. This exhibit exposes the hard work women put forth on the farm: from cooking,

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