Community Press - April 2018

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Little League Opening Day April 28

Open House for the New Apalachin Fire Station - April 29

Owego Little League Opening Day is Saturday, April 28. Highlights of the start of the 67th season include a parade, opening ceremonies at Hyde Park, chicken BBQ, raffle, and a full day of games.

Apalachin Fire Department News An open letter to the Apalachin Fire District taxpayers Dear Apalachin Taxpayers, As of February 15th operations have resumed out of our new Station 1. Thank you all for your support over the past year keeping an extra eye on the equipment and apparatus stored outside of our satellite stations and with your patience as volunteers response time was extended a couple minutes with the longer drives. Fortunately, we had no damage to our equipment during the construction period and response delays were an average of 2 minutes over the past eleven months of construction. With the new station complete, all of our apparatus is now able to be stored indoors. This has the immediate benefit of accelerating response times when volunteers arrive at the station and won’t have to scrape snow off the apparatus. The additional space can be felt immediately when entering the new station as firefighters can walk around the entire vehicle without squeezing between a garage door and a bumper. This station would not have been possible without the support of our community, our volunteer firefighters, and the leadership of a few members that went above and beyond their already heroic contributions. Specifically, I’d like to publicly recognize Fire Chief Mike George who in addition to leading day to day operations, regulatory requirements, and administrative tasks, took on the role of project manager representing the district. With his engineering and managerial experience, our community benefited tremendously from his leadership and legitimately saved the district at least $50,000 that would normally have been invested in a ‘Clerk of the Works’ on a project of this scale. I’d also like to recognize members of the Building Committee: EMS Chief Ray Standish, 1st Assistant Chief Andy Foley, and Commissioner Mary Ann Cascarino. These individuals literally put in hundreds of hours of additional volunteer time during preparation, planning, and execution phases of this project. Their keen eye and diligence led to more than 1,000 corrections and updates prior to the building plans being presented to the contractors for bids. The result of

their effort can be measured by the lack of change orders needed during construction. Overall, approximately ten change orders were executed across all contractors, mostly due to codecompliance, and the contingency fees were approximately 3% of the total construction budget. This is extraordinary where ‘success’ is often defined as ‘change-orders totaling less than 10% is outstanding’. This effort represents potential savings of $200,000 or more! Finally, I’d like to recognize the Fire District Treasurer Fred Meyn who retired February 28th but was enormously impactful at protecting the fire district assets, financial controls, and hundreds of hours of clerical work that is easy for most to overlook. Because of the efforts of the Board of Fire Commissioners and Treasurer Meyn, we also received an ‘A+’ Bond Rating from Standard & Poors. Although a bit early to tell, this will likely leed to additional tax savings in 2019 and beyond. Simply put, this project would not have been successful without the dedication of these and many other volunteers. We’d like to welcome all of you to share in this milestone with the district and your volunteer fire department. On Sunday April 29th, between 1:00 and 5:00 pm, we will host an open house at Station 1. Members of the public are all welcome and we look forward to answering your questions and providing a tour of the new facility. The Membership Committee will be present to accept new applications and provide a warm welcome for you to join the Apalachin Fire Department and learn how you can service your community during the annual Recruit NY event. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to visit our website at or follow us on Facebook by searching for Apalachin Fire Department. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Sincerely, Brian Rieber Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners (607) 765-2974

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Construction has started on the new Dollar General store in Apalachin on Route 434 across from the Millennium Bridge.

Apalachin Highway Spring Cleanup Would you like to help? The Apalachin Lions are looking for help with clean up of a section of Route 434 on Saturday, April 28, at 9:00 am. The clean up crew will meet at BEAM Electronics on Route 434 in Apalachin. The Lions normally spend about two

hours picking 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, 625-2727.

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St. Baldrick’s in Candor - April 8 The St. Baldrick’s Shave-aThon, a fundraising event to support the fight against childhood cancer, will be held on Sunday, April 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Candor Elementary School, 1 Academy Street. The event also features food, music, raffles, and other family-friendly activities. As in previous years there will be an “honor wall” where children and young adults share their stories of dealing with cancer. Event organizer Kelly Starkweather is inviting families with children who

have or had childhood cancers to share their stories of courage and hope. “These stories help others understand the importance of raising funds for cancer research,” said

Kelly. “They also serve to educate people about the different kinds of cancers children deal with. And sometimes the stories inspire other families going through the same thing.” If you know a child or an adult who dealt with childhood cancer, Kelly would like to invite them to add their stories to Candor’s St. Baldrick’s Honor Wall. Families may contact Kelly at or (607) 9724395. For more info, go to www. or visit their Facebook page, St Baldrick’s Event Candor, NY





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The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is on a mission to fulfill the dreams of our veterans, both men and women, who served in battle, as support, or in the medical field, to travel absolutely free to their war memorial(s) in Washington D.C. Top priority is given to senior veterans such as World War II survivors and those terminally ill who fought in later conflicts. On May 12, 2018, the Twin Tiers Honor Flight will be flying its 7th mission out of Binghamton with approximately 60 veterans for a day of honor and for the veterans to see their memorials for the first time. Plans are already in the works for future missions and Twin Tiers Honor Flight is looking for veterans who would like to travel. The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is a small - but mighty - organization, covering from Olean, New York, to the Wilkes-Barre area in Pennsylvania. Many veterans haven’t heard of the Twin Tiers Honor Flight and in turn,

don’t realize that they’re eligible for the trip, free of charge. If you know a veteran who would like to be part of an upcoming Twin Tiers Honor Flight, have them fill out an application at http:// or call 800-683 -5403. About Honor Flight The mission of the Honor Flight Network is to transport American veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. The Twin Tiers Honor Flight – one of over 146 established hubs in the United States as part of the national Honor Flight Network – is a not-forprofit, fully-volunteer organization. Honor Flight is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) organization, registered with the New York State Charities Bureau (New York State Registration Number: 44-32-54) and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations (Pennsylvania Registration Number: 105768). Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has escorted more than 200,000 veterans to their memorials, free of charge to the veterans. The cost of just one Honor Flight can range from $45,000 to over $80,000 per trip and flights are made possible through community gifts and contributions. Additionally, the Twin Tiers Honor Flight has been awarded Platinum Level for transparency on

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If you would like to know more about services and programs that are available to help veterans and their families, come to one of two presentations offered by Mike Middaugh from the Tioga County Veterans’ Service Agency: • Tuesday, April 10, 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego, or • Tuesday, April 24, 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Community & Fitness Center, 57 East Tioga Street in Spencer.

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County Legislature Meeting - April 10

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The 4th regular meeting of the Tioga County Legislature will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 12:00 pm, in the auditorium of the county office building, 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings will be held in the conference rooms or the auditorium. Individuals who require any accommodation or auxiliary aid may contact the Legislative Office at 6878240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person requesting assistance.

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In honor of Black History Month, the NYS Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter donated four worthy new picture books to the Coburn Free Library in Owego to offer a wonderful way to show children why Black women’s lives matter. Local author and artist Kathye Arrington’s book “The Little Pirates Quest” is ready to be reserved along with “Before She was Harriet” by Lesa Cline-Ransome, “Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison, and “Hey Black Child” by Useni Eugene Perkins. Karen Kretsch, committee chair and long standing member, presented the books to Meredith Gallaro director of the Coburn Free Library.

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Friends of Greater Two Rivers State Park Calls on Community to Get Involved A new organization is forming to help steward Waverly Glen Park and Two Rivers State Park in Waverly, NY. Friends of Greater Two Rivers State Park, Inc. is in the process of developing a board and volunteer base to work on projects in both parks. According to Rebecca Maffei, Director of Tioga County Tourism, the formation of the Friends Group is part of a larger initiative by the Village of Waverly, Tioga County, and New York State to upgrade the parks. “The Friends Group is part of a sustainability plan that will help maintain the improvements and investments being put into the park,” said Maffei In 2017, the village received funding from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation to commission a Master Plan for Waverly Glen Park. Also in 2017, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation awarded the Village of Waverly funds to implement Phase 1 of the Master Plan and that work is set to start in the Spring of 2018. “We are sure the improvements to the park will mean more visitors. The Friends Group will be able to help maintain the park, bring in events, and make sure the community has a stake in what happens at the parks,” said Maffei. The formation of the Friends of Greater Two Rivers State Park is supported

with funding from the New York State Park and Trail Partnership Program (NYSPTPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSPTPP is administered by Parks & Trails New York, in partnership with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Currently, the Friends Group is sponsored by the Carantouan Greenway, a Land Trust and environmental organization that is a public steward of several outdoor areas and provides educational programming. “The Carantouan Greenway has been vital to the development of the Friends of the Park group. Their knowledge, experience, and passion kept us moving forward. We look forward to a continued partnership and learning more from them,” said Maffei. Friends of Greater Two Rivers State Park, Inc. is currently looking for board members and volunteers board and volunteers for upcoming projects. Maffei says they need help in a variety of areas. “With everything from administration, to event planning, to clearing trails, there is a way for everyone to get involved. All you need is a love of the outdoors and these amazing parks,” she said. For more information on how to get involved, contact Tioga County Tourism at 687-7440 or Rebecca@ “QUALITY SALES & SERVICE SINCE 1947”

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Newark Valley Historical Society • Open House April 7, Saturday, 2 - 4pm Collections of Newark Valley Historical Society. NV Municipal Building. Free. Open to public. • Folk Art Paper - Paste Papers April 14, Saturday, 10am - 3pm Make beautiful papers, many decorative uses around the home. All materials provided, $30/$25 NVHS members. At Bement Billings Farmstead Museum. Register by 3/28. • Folk Art Paper - Coptic Book Binding April 21, Saturday, 10am - 4pm Create ancient style book, sewn spine. All materials provided, $30/$25 mem-

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Leadership Tioga 2018 is Underway The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize the kickoff of Leadership Tioga 2018. The program focuses on exposing current and emerging leaders to the issues that affect our communities, businesses and the public. Leadership Tioga is committed to inspiring and connecting participants to services in our community by promoting personal growth, leadership development, networking, and skill building. The 2018 Leadership Tioga Class has visited the Campville Fire Hall, Tiahwaga Community Playhouse and Owego Apalachin School so far this year. This year’s class consists of nineteen participants with a mix of representation by private businesses, government and not-for-profit organizations. The class has been honored to have volunteer speakers address the class. Bob Williams and Sister Mary O’Brien spoke about the importance of volunteering. Sonny DeWitt and Brandon Smith provided insight on the arts and culture, while Becca Maffei shared information about tourism in Tioga County and across the region. Class member Melanie Miller commented, “This class has given me opportunity to interact with some caring and professional members of Tioga’s workforce. I feel proud that they have chosen Tioga for their careers. Additionally, as a resident of this county for over 30 years, I am pleasantly surprised about how much there is to learn about Tioga.”

Kim Bahlatzis and Kathy Hamilton, Elmira Business Institute, facilitated an interactive class that focused on determining and balancing personality traits, while Owego Apalachin School Superintendent Corey Green spoke about education and provided a tour of the impressive STEAM academy. “I think the program has been great so far. The speakers really remind you what an awesome community we have in Tioga County and make me excited to share that experience with others. It’s awesome to learn about all the great programs and development happening in the county. I’m very glad to be a part of this program,” Rhonda Pasto shared. The class’ next sessions will include visits to Stateline Auto, Waterman Conservation Center, and Tioga Opportunities and will cover topics on agriculture, environment, human services, and economic development and planning. The 2018 class will continue to meet once a month through October and will culminate with a commencement ceremony in November. The Leadership Tioga project is offered by the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce and is in their 20th year. Chris Curry said, “Leadership Tioga has opened an avenue for me to discover so many things I have overlooked or did not know about the county I have lived in for 22 years. I am grateful that my involvement in the Tioga County Chamber and help with Team Tioga has given me this opportunity to learn more.”


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Founded in 1893 by Owego’s own Frank M. Baker, the Central association supports and serves the volunteer fire service of Central New York, its firefighters and the public they protect through education, legislation, communication, recognition and community service. The association builds camaraderie among its members and forms a positive partnership with related organizations. Area fire representatives from the 20county Central Association will meet from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to discuss pertinent fire and emergency services related issues. Following the meeting will be firematics were firefighters will test their skills at 2:00 pm. Local band the Spelunkers will round out the day’s activities performing at the Legion post at 5:00 pm. Both the firematic competitions and concert are open to the public. Incorporated as a not for profit in 2015, Owego Hose Teams, Inc. have been competing in firematics since 1951. 2016 year marked their 65th anniversary season. The Owego team is the reigning Central New York champion and will defend their title at the July Central association convention in Hammondsport, New York.

AMBA Wellness Program - May 19 NYS Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter is sponsoring their 46th Annual AMBA Wellness Program on Saturday May 19, from 6:00 to 10:00 am, at the Owego Methodist Church, 261 Main Street in Owego. The AMBA Wellness program includes a panel of blood tests for coronary disease, liver and kidney disease, anemia and diabetes. The cost is $47 which includes the NYS Women, Inc. sponsorship fee of $7.00. Checks for the blood lab are to be made out to AMBA Wellness Program, and the $7.00 sponsor

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Open House at Ballet School in Vestal - April 14 The Rafael Grigorian School of Ballet is celebrating the grand opening of its new Vestal studio with an open house on Saturday, April 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The studio is at 317 Vestal Parkway West, in Vestal (entrance and parking are in the back of the building). The open house will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:15 pm and live demonstrations at 2:00 pm. There will also be open registration, refreshments, and a door prize drawing. The school offers classes for students of all ages and levels. Classes available


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Riverside Cemetery Association News Riverside Cemetery AssociationApalachin is holding a meeting for lot owners and descendants on Monday, April 9, at 6:00 pm, at the Apalachin Library on Main Street in Apalachin.

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Pink Elk Run/Walk - April 29 The 6th Annual Pink Elk Run/Walk will held on April 29, at 10:00 am, at the Vestal Elks Lodge, and will honor Lynette House and Jocelyn Kline. The pre-registration price is $20. Family price is $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry (spouse and children under 18). Preregistration includes a T-shirt and a

breakfast ticket for the Saturday Packet picket event. Pre-registration deadline is April 21. Race day registration is $25. Proceeds from the event goes to Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Club Veteran Committee. Online registration can be found on Facebook Page - 6th Annual Pink Elk Run.

Senior Citizens Foundation Receives Bassett Fund Donation Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation (TCSCF) is the recipient of a donation from the Charles Hibberd Bassett Senior Citizen Fund. Donations help TCSCF pursue its mission statement, “to enhance the quality of life of senior citizens living in Tioga County, New York.” Each year TCSCF makes its distributions from the investment account to non-profit organizations and community agencies that have programs to benefit senior citizens in Tioga County. The Bassett Fund shares the same mission as TCSCF: the welfare of local senior citizens. Although run by volunteer directors, TCSCF has larger financial and organizational resources. The Bassett Fund has entrusted TCSCF to assist in accomplishing its mission by directing its own annual distribution to TCSCF. The Bassett Senior Citizen Fund is a field-of-interest fund established by James Thomas Bassett and his wife Silvia de la Garza and held at Com-

munity Foundation for South Central New York, Inc. Senior Citizens Foundation is grateful to the Bassett family for its trust and support. Receiving the Bassett gift also is a special honor. It maintains a strong connection to Charles Hibberd Bassett’s invaluable legal assistance. With Mr. Bassett’s help, TCSCF was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1982, following the close of the Home for Aged Women in Owego. Mr. Bassett passed away in 1994, having been born and raised in the Village of Owego and practicing law for 25 years with an office in Owego. All contributions to TCSCF qualify as charitable gifts for income tax purposes. Donations and gifts in memory are gratefully accepted. For more information on how financial gifts to TCSCF help make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, you are encouraged to visit the TCSCF website at

Chicken BBQ Dinner - April 14 A Chicken BBQ Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 am, at VFW Post 1371, 207 Main Street in Owego. Dinner includes half chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad, dinner roll, and

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display. Share new ideas for research. • Navigating FamilySearch May 3, Thursday, 7pm Susan Brandt of the Family History Center in Owego will explain how to access the Family History Library catalog, how to use Research Wiki, microfilm accessibility, and Family History Apps. For more information about the Southern Tier Genealogical Society, call (607) 659-7182 or email darylh20@

Spaghetti Dinner in Apalachin - April 28 The Park Terrace Nursery School together with the Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at the Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church, 30 Glann Road in Apalachin. The menu includes spaghetti, meat-

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Summer Concert Lineup at Tioga Downs

Rock and roll, country music to entertain fans this summer

With warmer weather quickly approaching, Tioga Downs is pleased to announce its 2018 summer concert series lineup that kicks off with country star Chris Janson. Five major concerts are part of the 2018 summer schedule that begins on Thursday, May 31 and ends Sunday, September 2. The 2018 concert series is sponsored by Mirabito. Chris Janson will perform at Tioga Downs at 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 31. The charismatic country artist recently joined the ranks of the genre’s greatest musicians when he was inducted into the prestigious Grand Ole Opry. The platinum-selling performer is expected to grace the stage at Tioga Downs with his chart-topping hits “Buy Me a Boat” and “Fix A Drink,” along with his current single “Drunk Girl.” Ticket prices for this concert begin at $20. Thursday, June 28, fans will get a taste of true rock and roll courtesy of Eddie Money. The legendary rocker’s performance is expected to include his timeless and unforgettable hits “Take Me Home Tonight” “Shakin’” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” The show kicks off at 8:00 pm, and is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. Tioga State Bank is proudly sponsoring this performance. Ticket prices begin at $20. Wynonna and The Big Noise will perform a special benefit concert to benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group on Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 pm Grammy-nominated country artist Wynonna will give the crowd at Tioga Downs an unforgettable experience delivering hits from her debut album with her new band, The Big Noise. All ticket sales will be donated to the organization and in addition, Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural has generously pledged to match all ticket proceeds. Tickets are available for $15 each. The Beach Boys, one of the most successful and iconic rock groups of all time, will take the stage at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 7. Since 1961, the band

has been delivering songs that have stood the test of time, like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” “Good Vibrations” and “California Girls”. The Beach Boys have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best -selling bands in world history. Tickets start at $40. Tioga Down’s summer concert series will go out with a bang, wrapping up with a Labor Day weekend performance from Michael Bolton. The show will be held at 8:00 pm on Sunday, September 2. The music legend has claimed two Grammy awards, six American Music Awards and has sold 75 million records worldwide over the course of his career. He’s expected to perform hits like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” “Steel Bars” and “How Can We Be Lovers.” Tickets start at $20. Tickets for the five concerts in this star-studded lineup will be on sale starting at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 27, in the Tioga Downs gift shop and online at and About Tioga Downs Tioga Downs, which opened in 2006, offers live harness racing, casino gaming and live entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York as well as Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York. Since opening the new casino in December 2016, Tioga Downs has expanded its gaming offerings to include 944 slot machines, 32 table games and a luxurious 12-table poker room, which is now affiliated with the World Series of Poker. The new Tioga Downs Hotel, which spans six stories and boasts 161 rooms, an events center and many other exciting amenities, officially opened in December 2017. 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

Daffodil Daze and Daffodil Festival in Candor Daffodils will be springing out throughout Candor in the next few weeks. It is time to celebrate daffodils and spring with the 10th annual Zamoiski family Daffodil Daze and the first annual Candor Daffodil Festival. The Candor Chamber of Commerce and Candor Forward are hosting the first annual Candor Daffodil Festival at the Candor Ball Fields on May 5 to support the Bread of Life Food Pantry/The Resource Center of Candor. The festival will feature live music all day, food, wine and beer tastings and lots of activities for kids and adults alike. A town-wide scavenger hunt is also being planned. The festival will run from10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The idea for the festival is built on the wonderful Daffodil Daze started by the Zamoiski family. Each spring, the Zamoiski family opens their fields for two weekends as a living tribute to Joy Zamoiski, who passed in 2014. Daffodil Daze started when the Zamoiski children honored their mother with a daffodil surprise in celebration of her 85th birth-

day. The first year, a host of 1,000 Dutch Master bulbs in classic yellow spelled out her first name, “Joy”, on the rocky hillside. Over the years they have added words spelled out in daffodils such as PEACE, LOVE and WELCOME. Spring 2016 marked the unveiling of the latest creation in daffodils, a breast cancer ribbon made with 1600 Pink Ribbon daffodils. Ten percent of the proceeds are donated to cancer research. This year, the Zamoskis mark their 10th year of presenting Daffodil Daze to the public. Save the dates for this year’s event, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 27, 28, and 29 and Sunday, May 4, 5, and 6, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Come see the 42,000-daffodil extravaganza and enjoy one of the best spring festivals in upstate NY. For more information, contact Gloria Ward at (607) 659-7312 or Rita Kellogg at (607) 222-0321 or email, or visit the Candor Chamber website


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It’s April 1993. Alan Kulwicki, the 1992 Winston Cup winner, is killed in a plane crash in Tennesee. Tributes for Martin Luther King, Jr. are held on the 25th anniversary of his death. Hugh Rodham, 82, father of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, dies in Little Rock, Arkansas, New York Governor Mario Cuomo withdraws his name for consideration for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Actress Marla Maples and her boyfriend, recently divorced New York businessman Donald Trump, are expecting a child in October. Trump has three children with his ex-wife Ivana: Donny, 14, Ivanka, 11, and Eric, 9. In Waco, Texas, members of the Branch Davidian religious sect die in a fire after a 51-day stand-off with Federal authorities. Winners of the Boston Marathon are Cosmas N'deti of Kenya, in 2 hrs, 9 min, 33 seconds, and Olga Markova of Russia in 2 hrs, 25 min., 27 seconds. Quarterback Joe Montana joins the Kansas City Chiefs. NBC names Conan O’Brien, 30, to take over as host of “Late Nght” after David Letterman moves to CBS. April showers bring floods - states of emergency are declared in the Village of Owego and Village of Waverly. Martin Marietta acquires GE’s Aerospace Division, including plants in Westover and Conklin. The second week of April brings more rain and flooding. States of emergency are declared in most Tioga County town and villages. Burt’s of Endicott announces it will close its Fashions for the Home store on Washington Avenue in May. Burt’s closed its main store in 1992. Burtsbooks


will remain open. Lolita Waterman of Apalachin passes away. In 1976, Mrs. Waterman donated 90 acres of land for the Fred L. Waterman Conservation Education Center. The third week of April brings more rain and a state of emergency is issued for all Tioga County villages and towns. Many roads are damaged. The observation bridge at Brick Pond is damaged. The Red Cross supplies food and shelter to flood victims. The Owego Town Board approves plans for an 18-hole link-style golf course on 200 acres on Marshland Road in Apalachin. Plans include 9 holes on each side of the road, a tunnel under the road, and a one-story clubhouse. A spring snowstorm on April 22 dumps more than 8 inches of snow on the Southern Tier. In Endicott, an old EJ building at North Street and Oak Hill Avenue is demolished to make way for a Price Chopper and other stores. Tri-Cities Opera performs “Carmen” at the Forum. Tickets cost $14 to $37. Earth Fest ‘93 is held at Grippen Park. Admission is $1. Movies playing in local theaters include The Adventures of Huck Finn, Cop and a Half, The Sandlot, Born Yesterday, and This Boy’s Life, Top tunes include Informer by Snow, Freak Me by Silk, I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston, She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful by Sammy Kershaw and Alibis by Tracy Lawrence. Wednesday night TV shows include Walker, Texas Ranger; The Wonder Years; Home Improvement; Coach; and Unsolved Mysteries. And a gallon of Crowley’s milk costs $1.68 and a 12-ounce box of Ritz Crackers costs $1.88.

“Eating Heart Healthy” Program - April 17 Did you know that more than 60% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese? Obesity and poor diet can have serious consequences. Join the Department of Aging when the American Heart Association presents “Eating Heart Healthy” on Tuesday, April 17, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at Elderwood, 37 North Chemung Street, in Waverly.

Topics covered will include tips to stay on track with your nutritional goals during the holidays, serving vs. portion sizes, “eating the rainbow,” and much more. There is no cost for this program, but registration is required. Call 687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat.

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

• National Library Week April 8 - 14 This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead”. Stop in during the week and look through the library if you haven’t lately. The librarians will be inviting folks to let them know why they think libraries are important in their lives and how the library has benefitted them and their family. Amnesty from fines that week, too! • Yoga Thursdays, 6:30 pm Yoga will held each Thursday evening in April at 6:30 pm. Let the librarians know if you will attend. • Spring Cleaning April 9, Monday, 6:30 pm Andrea Ochoa will talk about using nontoxic cleaning products and essential oils for cleaning our homes. Wendy will have information about how to recycle lots of things or where to donate things. • Story Hour Tuesdays, 10:30 am Participants read, play, dance, sing, do sign language, and a craft. For preschoolers and their adult. No registration is required. • Crafters April 10 & 24, Tuesday, 1 pm Crafters are welcome to bring whatever they are working on. This is a social time to see what everyone is working on and enjoy the company of other crafters.

• Book Discussions April 10, Tuesday, 1pm Readers will discuss Memory Man by David Baldacci • Mother and Daughter Alice in Wonderland Tea Party April 21, 10:30 am Children ages 4 -10 and an adult are invited to a magical tea party. Reservations required by April 13. • Book Discussion April 23, Monday, 1pm Readers will discuss Girl Underwater by Clare Kells. • Autism Awareness April 23, Monday, 6:30 pm April is Autism Awareness month. Join an open discussion about autism: possible causes, characteristics, strategies for success, community support and services. • LEGOS April 26, Thursday, 6:30 pm Build and have fun. Ages 5 and up. • Chess If enough people are interested in learning how to play chess, lessons can begin soon. Let the librarians know if you are interested. • American Girl Dolls The library has two American Girl Dolls - Mary Ellen and Melody. They are available to play with while you are at the library. Just ask a librarian.

APRIL 2018



Cooking with Chef Nick


Plumbing & Heating

by Nick Cavataio

As of March 20th at 12:15 EDT it was the official start of the Spring season. Now we can break out of the winter slump and move forward. With the emphases on the word move, let’s move more and eat less. Smaller portions will be our friend starting this spring. Smaller portions and healthy food choices offers us a better life style. It might take some time, but if you’re committed you’ll find (healthy and nutritious) meals that you’ll actually enjoy. I’ll stop here with all my words of wisdom on the subject –lol- and just give you a few really good recipes to get started with. Oh, one more thing. This one I really struggle with myself. Eat slower! I know it’s easier said than done, especially when it comes to a hot meal! We’ll start out with salads: Mom’s Orange Salad 4 Mandarin oranges peeled, and wedges separated 1 Kiwi fruit sliced thin 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 1 T extra virgin olive oil 2 T balsamic vinegar 1 t fresh rosemary, chopped fine 1 t fresh minced parsley 1 t freshly ground black pepper Lightly toss together oranges, kiwi, and onion. Whisk together oil, vinegar, rosemary, parsley and pepper. Pour oil and vinegar dressing over orange mixture; refrigerate overnight. Crunchy Carrot Salad 4 cups fine shredded carrots 1 T splenda 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds Mix all ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Makes 6 servings



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Marinated Vegetable Salad 2 medium tomatoes, cut in wedges 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 2 T snipped fresh parsley 2 T olive oil 2 T balsamic vinegar 2 T water 1 t crushed dried basil 1 clove garlic, minced Combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, and parsley; set aside. Combine oil, vinegar, water, thyme, and garlic, mix well and pour over veggie mixture; toss to coat. Let mixture stand for at least 30 minutes if not longer before serving. If you make it the night before, let stand 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.




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Tue –Steak Nite Wed - Shrimp Nite Thurs - Clam Nite

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Local Students Awarded Writing Honors Students in English classes at Vestal High School have recently been recognized with several awards from the Scholastic Writing Awards program as well as the Tri-Cities Women’s Club Writing Contest. The Vestal High School English department is pleased to announce that Mira Dhakal won a Silver Key award in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards for her personal essay entitled “My Global Citizenship.” Hannah Gennett also won a Silver Key award and an Honorable Mention for her personal essays “Normal People” and “Sometimes I Forget to Smile.” Receiving Honorable Mentions were Alyssa Dudinyak (Flash Fiction category for “Fallen Stars”); Grace Kim (Personal Essay category for “Andante”); Sana Malik (Poem category for “Sedated”) and Shaniya Morrison

(Poem category for her untitled poem). All of this year’s winners were seniors. Three of these very talented student writers also won awards in the Tri-Cities Women’s Club Youth Poetry and Short Story Contest. Shaniya Morrison took first place in poetry, with Sana Malik placing second in the same category for her poem “Good Morning.” Alyssa Dudinyak earned second-place honors with her short story. The students were awarded their TriCities Women’s Club certificates by the president of the GFWC Tri-Cities Women’s Club Dorothy Bachman on February 12. Shaniya’s poem was sent up to be judged by the Central District of the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs. Shaniya was awarded second place at the district level.

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Vestal School District Earns Safety Excellence Award Vestal Central School District is one of 152 school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the 2018 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group. This is the fourteenth year in a row that Vestal has been awarded the “Titanium with Honors” Safety Award, the highest level the company offers. Utica National officials presented the award at its 38th annual school safety seminar held on March 20, 2018, and Vestal Central School District received a certificate from the insurance company, as well as a $500 award for use in furthering the district’s safety efforts. Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program helps partici-


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Ticks, Lyme Disease Education in Local Schools

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Left: Tioga County Public Health Educator Kylie Holochak and Waverly student Cameron McIsaac. The project is dedicated to Cameron’s grandmother, Barbara McIsaac, for her spirit and inspiration. Right: Marty Borko of the Carantouan Greenway holds a white footed mouse for elementary students

Tioga County is facing a growing public health concern for Lyme disease, which accompanies the growing tick population in our region. In response, the Carantouan Greenway has sponsored the “Youth Ticks and Lyme Disease Educational Awareness Campaign”, bringing information resources and presenters to students at six Tioga County schools. The project involves a collaboration with Southern Tier Lyme Support, A

Hope for Lyme, PA Lyme Resource Network, Tioga County Public Health Department, Binghamton University, Waverly and Tioga Central School Districts, and the Carantouan Greenway. The program has been funded by Community Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York (CFSCNY) and the Floyd Hooker Fund of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT).

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