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MAY 2015

Volume 30

Tioga Downs Begins 10th Racing Season Number 5

Owego Little League Begins 64th Season

John Cummings Jr. sets track record of 1:52:1 with Bourbon Bay in the first race Tioga Downs in Nichols officially inaugurated the 10th season of live harness racing on Saturday, May 2, with their highly successful “Derby Fest 8” event.

Stephanie Woodward won first place in the Derby Hat Contest.

The public joined the festivities of the “Biggest Party of the Year” which included entertainment, food and fun. Live harness racing returned, with a post time of 5:15 pm. Everyone enjoyed watching and wagering on a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby. One lucky fan won $1,000 betting on one horse in the Kentucky Derby in Tioga Downs' Derby Dream Bet contest. Those looking to celebrate Derby Day in traditional style entered the annual Derby Hat Contest. The winner received a prize of $500. Guests enjoyed delicious refreshments, including Mint Juleps, the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, and tropical drinks available in Tioga Down's new “Tiki Hut”. Other exciting festivities of the day included giveaways of Race Date Tshirts and schedule magnets, and a spectacular fireworks display after the final race. (1-888-WIN-TIOGA)

Apalachin Firemen's Field Days, June 3 - 6 The Apalachin Firemen's Field Days will be held Wednesday, June 3, through Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Field Day Grounds in Apalachin. The event features rides, games, food, and a Chicken BBQ every night. There will be special price for rides from 6 to 7 pm on June 3; a bike give-away on June 3; a spectacular fireworks display on Friday, June 5, at 10pm; and the Little Miss Apalachin Contest on Saturday, June 6, at Noon. Parking is free. Advanced sale tickets (for the rides) are available now through June 3 at the following Apalachin businesses: Apalachin Pharmacy on Rt. 434, Gigi's

Place at the corner of Main St and Pennsylvania Avenue, Sweeney's Market on Rt. 434 , and Bud's Place on Route 434 in Apalachin.

Hyde Park celebrated its 48th Anniversary all day Saturday, April 25, with 14 games of Little League baseball and tee ball and girls softball. The day gave the children a chance to do things they don’t do every day: Parading 1.5 miles up North Avenue and down George St. while having fun all the way especially in the underpass, Listening to Owego Elementary School second graders set the theme by singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and fourth graders the National Anthem. on Nick Raftis Memorial Field, Showing respect to our flag and honoring those who serve our country and those who made the supreme sacrifice by saluting the new American and POW/MIA flags as they were raised for the 48th time on the Elks Flag Pole, Hearing teams and coaches introduced during Opening Day Ceremonies, Shouting

three times “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!” when prompted by MC Jim Raftis, Congratulating Dick Horton Memorial Plaque Volunteer of the Year recipient Dave York of Apalachin. He's the VP of Girls Softball, Listening to League President Ken Winters thanks his officers, directors and volunteers. Time, talent and treasure from members of the community are keys to the 64th season. Two Work Bee Days “spring cleaned” Hyde Park. Volunteers are always welcome for 6pm weeknight games and 10:30am Saturday games.

Memorial Day May 25 Memorial Day Parade 10:30 am in Owego followed by a ceremony at Courthouse Square.


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MAY 2015 Mother's Day Chicken BBQ A Chicken BBQ will be held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10 in Candor. Serving will begin at 11:00 am and continue until food is gone. This BBQ

TIOGA COUNTY COMMUNITY PRESS has sold out for the past 4 years before the actual date. To guarantee your dinner, buy tickets in advance from any squad member or by calling the office at 659-5529.

Dinner includes half chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, dinner roll and cookie. Cost is $10.


At the Apalachin Library At the Apalachin Library, you have access to Books Computers and internet access DVDs Children and adult programs Homework help Free library card Community gathering space Printing Resources from 33 libraries within the Finger Lakes Library System Vote “YES” on May 19 for Library Funding, Owego Apalachin School District Budget. You can vote at the Apalachin Elementary School or Owego Middle School from 12:00 to 8:0 pm. Absentee ballots are available from Marcy Hill 687-6215.

Thank You The family of Robert D. Purtell would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, donations and help during our time of loss.

Candor Community Yard/Garage Sale Candor groups, neighborhoods, families and friends can work together to host yard/garage sales on Memorial Day Weekend. Pick one day or all four, May 22 through May 25. What's good for one is good for all. There is always lots of traffic through the community. Send your location and the dates and times your sale will run to

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Owego Students Learn about Fiber and Weaving

607-759-9282 • Apalachin, NY Preschoolers at Zion Lutheran proudly display the fiber they dyed with Kool-Aid with D’Amone Popp, Agriculture in the Classroom volunteer. Students in Preschool through Grade 6 at Zion Lutheran School in Owego recently participated in a New York Agriculture in the Classroom program related to fiber and weaving. The mission of the Agriculture in the Classroom program is to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation of how food, fiber and natural resources are produced. The Agriculture in the Classroom program provided the Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon, as well as some wool. In the book the shepherd takes care of her flock and turns the freshly shorn, lustrous white wool into a weaving project. The shepherd dyes, cards, spins, and weaves the wool to create a beautiful woven scene of her sheep grazing in the pasture. After a volunteer read the story aloud, students worked with wool with wool by dyeing, carding, spinning, and weaving yarn on a small hand loom. Kindergartener Cooper Dember Katie and Daniel Popp of the Hoof and shows his fiber marble that he Claw 4-H Club of Tioga County providfelted. ed additional fiber including wool from Finnsheep, Rommney, and Jacob sheep, winder. Each student learned how to mohair from Angora and cashmere from warp a loom by wrapping yarn around Myotonic goats. Having an assortment the pegs of a small handmade looms. of fiber from different animals enabled Then they made the weft by weaving students to experience the similarities across interlacing their multi-colored and differences between different types yarn through the warp stands of yarn. of fiber. At the conclusion of the fiber and The students learned where fiber weaving project, some of Daniel and comes from and the steps required to Katie Popp's 4-H animals visited Zion turn wool into yarn in every color of the Lutheran School. The students enjoyed rainbow. Some of the students felted meeting a Myotonic goat, as well as a some of the dyed wool to make multiFinnsheep ewe, and her one-month-old colored marbles. To prepare their fiber lamb. Visit the Agriculture in the classfor weaving projects, the students used room website, drum and hand carders, a spinning for more information and resources. wheel, drop spindles, and a yarn ball

Touch A Truck on May 9 Touch A Truck, an interactive event which allows children to see, touch, and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles, will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Tioga County Health & Human Services Building, 1062 Rt. 38, in Owego. Vehicles that will be on display include construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, race cars, helicopter and tractors plus many others. Each vehicle will have an

operator in attendance to talk about the vehicle, its operation, and role in the community. The helicopter will be on display from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm weather permitting. The first 100 children will receive a free hat. There will also be a Safe Child ID Station Child seat Safety Check from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost is $5 per person, no cost for children under 2.

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The Tioga County Water Coordinating Committee will hold its 15th annual stream cleanup May 16 through May 24. If you are interested in participating, register with the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). You can select any stream within Tioga County to cleanup or be assigned a location. Trash bags and gifts will be provided to all participants who help clean up our streams. This year SWCD would like to thank their long time sponsors of the event, because without their support this event would not be possible: Thank you, Best

Buy, CNYOG, Hiawatha Island Boat Club, Jouchum Logging, Kenny Construction, Mead Farm, NYSDOT, Owego Kiwanis, Taylor Garbage Service, Tioga State Bank, Town of Owego, and Wagner Lumber Company. To register, contact the Soil and Water Conservation District at (607) 6873553 or stop by their office Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on 183 Corporate Drive, Owego. You can also register online at The registration deadline is Friday, May 8.

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Local Group Changes Name, Expands Mission RAFT - Residents Against Fracking Tioga, has expanded their mission and changed their name to RAFT - Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga. According to Maura Stephens, a founding member of RAFT, “Our new name, Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga, reflects our broader mission as well as the love we share for our county and region.” RAFT's next public forum, “Taking Control of Our Energy Future while Saving Big Bucks,” will be held on Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00 pm, at the Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street in Owego. For more information,


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Community Garage Sale - May 23 The Little Meadows Community Garage Sale Day will be held Saturday, May 23, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with garage sales held throughout town. Table spaces will be available at the Methodist Church - inside or bring your own table outside. Chicken or Ribs Bar-B-Q will be available at White Tails Bar and Grill, with Angels Café and the Little


Meadows Fire Company also participating This is an exciting year for the Little Meadows Fire Co. and Rescue Squad as they prepare to break ground for a new station. Please come out and support the community. For more information follow on Facebook at Little Meadows Community News.

St. Patrick’s School A Farewell Celebration on June 5


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School open for tours - all are welcome to attend After more than 150 years of educating the children of Tioga County, St. Patrick’s School on Front Street in Owego will permanently close its doors in June. The community, alumni, family, and friends are invited to an evening of special activities to celebrate St. Patrick’s School. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a prayer service for anyone that would like to attend. At 6:30 pm, the

school will be open for tours, food, music, and a special art show created by the students. Alumni are especially encouraged to attend the event and walk through their former classrooms, reminisce, meet other alumni, share memories, and say farewell to their alma mater. For more information on the event, contact the school at 687-1770.

Student Art on Display this Month The Tioga Arts Council invites you to celebrate the creative talents of our local art students. An exhibition, entitled Raise the Roof, which will include works by students from Newark Valley High School and Owego Free Academy, will be on display at The Tioga Arts Council through May 27.

The Tioga Arts Council is located at 179 Front Street in Owego and is open Mondays, 10 am to 4 pm and Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, visit or call (607) 687-0785.

Cooking on the Lite Side by Chef Nick Cavataio

Salad Is Not Just Green The first thing that comes to mind when we see the words “healthy salad,” is lettuce. Don’t get me wrong I love a fresh garden salad any day of the week. Now that we are getting into the spring season, I just would like to remind you about some of the other choices for salad other than lettuce. It’s really fun once you start making healthier choices with your diet and it doesn’t have to be blasé and boring. It can actually be colorful and tasty. For instance, we could take a basic black bean and corn salad recipe and create a very eye appealing, tasty dish by adding Spanish olives, chickpeas, chopped tomatoes, green onions or green bell pepper and red bell pepper and a little chopped cilantro. Now mix in a zesty lemon or lime dressing and you have a beautiful salad that has been kicked up a notch. That is just one example out of many. Here are some more healthy ingredients that could come to mind the next time you think salad: chicken, barley, tuna, apple, pineapple, cranberry, cab-

bage, pasta, cucumber, tomato, green beans, broccoli, kale, crab, couscous, strawberry, orange, quinoa, potato, rice, avocado, beets, beans, steak, shrimp, pear, pomegranate, mango, celery and asparagus. Wow! What a list and we are just getting started. I hope I have helped you expand your salad horizons. Here is a quick and easy recipe for Fruit Salad that I will share with you. This is one of my favorite recipes for a healthy breakfast. Nick’s Fruit Salad 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks 1/2 cup fresh banana, sliced 1/4 cup red seedless grapes 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, cleaned and cut in half 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced 1 tablespoon shredded coconut Mix fruit in bowl and sprinkle with coconut. Enjoy!

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YES! LEADers to Send Military Care Packages Please help and support the Owego Free Academy YES! LEADers as they put together military care packages for troops overseas. By choosing to collect items and send care packages, YES! LEADers will be able to show military men and women how thankful we are for their service. OFA YES LEADers are collecting: Beef Jerky , Ramen Noodles, Nuts and Trail Mix, Canned Meats, Cookies and Crackers, Non-melting Candy, Batteries, Kids Toys for Goodwill Gifts, Sunglasses, Sunscreen - HIGH SPF!, Toiletries, Personal Hygiene Products.


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Items can be dropped off at: May 3 - May 17 Abide in the Vine Church (1277 Taylor Rd. #4 Owego, NY 13827) Owego Church of the Nazarene (3732 Waverly Rd. Owego, NY 13827) May 4 - May 15 Owego Free Academy (1st period classes – 7:45 to 8:30 am) If you have a loved one serving in the military who would like to receive a care package, contact YES! LEADS advisor Whitney Wilcox at or (607) 687-6230. Feel free to contact Whitney with any questions.

The New York State Women, Inc. Susquehanna Chapter (formerly Owego Business and Professional Women) is sponsoring it annual AMBA Wellness Program on Saturday May 16, at the Owego Methodist Church at 261 Main Street, from 6:00 to 10:00 am. The AMBA Wellness Program includes blood tests for Coronary Disease, Liver and Kidney Disease, Anemia, Diabetes and other types of diseases. The cost for the full AMBA panel, including the NYS Women, Inc. sponsorship fee is $47.00. The following optional tests are also available for an additional fee and require a separate script from a physician: Prostrate Specific Antigen (PSA), TSH, Vitamin D - 25, Hemo-globin A1C and Insure Colon Rectal Kit. Pam Pringle chairperson stated, “With the changes in health insurance,

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through The DWTC Facebook page. The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigation into one of America's most disturbing secrets. Sexual assault in the military has reached epidemic levels; the Department of Defense estimates that there were 19,000 violent sexual assaults in 2011 alone. Possibly more horrific is the utter lack of institutional support that causes the vast majority of victims to remain silent. Women and men in the military who report their attacks are subjected to victim-blaming and backlash tactics including demotions in rank, discharges, and even retaliatory reports filed against them. The film, made by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering portrays the accounts of several young veterans who were sexually assaulted during their time in the military. Though each story is different, they all contain the common threads of isolation, lack of support, and absence of justice. The most commonly expressed sentiment is the feeling that they were violated a second time by the system they believed to be put in place to protect them. Due in part to the release of this film in 2012, things are beginning to change. Two days after viewing “The Invisible War,” then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued a directive that requires sexual assault cases to be handled by senior officers ranked Colonel or higher. He attributes this decision directly to his viewing of this film. There's also a push to remove the investigative process from the military entirely, but this idea has been met with considerable resistance. The event begins at 6:00 on Thursday May 7. After viewing the film, an open forum will offer the opportunity to express thoughts, feelings, ideas, and personal experiences, and to hear the same from other members of the community. Light refreshments will be provided. To buy tickets, follow the link at the Democratic Women of Tioga County Facebook page. For more information call (607) 7655209 or send an email to democraticwomenoftiogacounty@gmail. com.

Folk Art Series Round & Square Dance The Tioga Arts Council is pleased to present the 3rd dance in its 2015 Folk Arts series of round & square dances. Northern Harmony 2 will be featured on Saturday, May 9 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Goodrich Settlement Grange, 421 Glenmary Drive in Owego. For additional information, visit or call (607) 687-0785

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CNY Firemen’s Association Meeting in Owego

Wreath laying ceremony, meeting, BBQ highlight the day.


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The Owego Fire Department (OFD) hosted the Central New York Firemen’s Association (CNYFA) spring meeting in April. The day’s events included a wreath laying ceremony in honor of CNYFA hose racing scorekeeper Chrissie Hughes who unexpectedly passed away earlier this year and all firefighter spouses at the Baker Firemen’s Fountain; the association’s spring meeting held at OFD’s new training facility; and a barbeque put on by the Owego Hose Team. More than 50 members of the association participated in the meeting from all corners of Central New York. CNYFA represents firefighters and departments in 20 counties including Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Schoharie,

Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates. The 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 meeting was supported by OFD’s Emergency Support Services (ESS) who put on breakfast and past and present members of Owego’s championship hose team who provided lunch. The hose team presented the association with a new traveling overall points trophy after retiring the previous one last year. The Owego Fire Department last hosted CNYFA’s annual convention in July 2010.

Mother’s Day Breakfast - May 10 A Mother’s Day Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 10, from 8 to 11 am, at the Vestal Elks Lodge 2508 on Vestal Parkway West.

All mother's eat for free, for all other adults the cost is $8.00, for children under 10 the cost is $5.00.

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Yard Sale to Benefit Church - May 16 Apalachin Alliance Church will host a Community Yard Sale and Vendor Sale on Saturday, May 16, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. All proceeds benefit the church’s short-term missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

The Owego Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 93 West Avenue in Owego on April 20. Samantha King was home sleeping at the time. Samantha was not injured but five pets, two dogs and three cats, died in the fire. An electrical issue is believed to be the cause. Fire departments from Newark Valley, Campville, Apalachin and Tioga Center assisted at the scene

Spring Rummage Sale St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Owego will hold its 2015 Spring Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 7, from 4:00 to 7:00pm, and Friday, May 8, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the gymnasium. There will be lots of items and clothing for everyone. There will be a Bag

Sale for clothes only on both days. The event is sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW). St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is at 117 Main Street in Owego. Go to the elevator entrance from the parking lot off Liberty Street, down to basement.

Basket Raffle/Auction to Benefit Fire Dept Help a local fire department make the dream of a new fire station a reality The Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad will hold a Building Fund Basket Raffle/Auction on Saturday, May 30, from 1pm to 6 pm, at the current Little Meadows Fire Station, 1024 Maple Street in Little Meadows. There will be a silent auction for baskets and other items, a baked goods sale/auction, 50/50 raffles and other activities. To o donate items or baskets, contact Jessica Barnum at jessicabarnum828, Dorene Tomchich at or Jan Ikrupinski at maggiemay1220 Items can be dropped off at Whitetails Bar & Grille or at the Fire Station on Monday nights, 6:45 to 8 pm. Special arrangements can be made to ensure donations reach the proper destination (include picking up donations as well as scheduling times to collect items). All donations for baked goods as well as the silent auction are greatly appreciated.

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Last year’s winner Jordan Greeno Little Miss Apalachin 2014, last year’s runner up Lydia Brown, and 2013 runner up Jenna Patrick. Eligibility Requirements: Only preregistered 8 and 9 year old females residing within the Apalachin Fire District are eligible to participate. Time/Date/Location: The Contest will start promptly at Noon on Saturday, June 6, 2015, in the food tent on the Apalachin Firemen’s Field Day Grounds. The duration of the Contest is approximately one hour. The Contestants are requested to check in at the stage area between 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM to ensure a timely start of the Contest. Attire: Contestant’s Choice Judging Criteria: Appearance, Personality and Communication Skills Contestant to participate in a brief casual

conversation with the Master of Ceremonies while standing on the elevated platform on stage. Prizes: Winner: Receives a Tiara, Sash, Floral Bouquet, Trophy and $200.00 Runner-up: Receives a Floral Bouquet, Trophy and $100.00 Each Participant: Receives a Flower Pre-Registration Deadline: The completed pre-registration form below must be fully completed and received at the following address by 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015: Paul & Debbie Phillips 3 New St. Apalachin, NY 13732 Tel: 625-3604



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“The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd” at Ti-Ahwaga Players The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players next show is “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd,” a musical which examines the maintenance of the status quo between the upper and lower classes of British Society in the 1960’s. With music and book by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the show includes such well-known tunes as “Who Can I Turn To,” and “On A Wonderful Day Like Today.”

Performances will be on May 29, 30, 31, and June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm, Sunday shows at 2:00 pm. For tickets, go to or call 687-2130. Remember to tell them you read in in the Community Press The Ti-Ahwaga Players Performing Arts Center is at 42 Delphine Street in Owego .

Substance Use, Abuse Among Older Adults A representative from the Tioga County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse will be at the Countryside Community Center at 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego on Wednesday, May 20, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, to present information on substance use and abuse among older adults.

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En Plein Air - Art Sale & Garden Walk The Tioga Arts Council (TAC) is now accepting applications to the En Plein Air Art Sale & Garden Walk to be held July 19. This unique event, organized in partnership with the Tioga County Master Gardener Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), transforms the porches, lawns and gardens of the historic homes in downtown Owego into outdoor art galleries. Now in its 28th year, this event is designed to highlight the talents of artists in and around Tioga County, to underscore the beauty of our community, and to facilitate a meaningful connection between artists and their supporters. Entries must be postmarked by May 18, 2015. Entry forms are available at:

$179.95 or at the Tioga Arts Council. Submissions may be sent digitally to or mailed/ delivered to Tioga Arts Council, 179 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827. All works must be original creations by the artist and available for purchase. A completed, signed entry form and the $30 non-refundable entry fee ($20 for TAC Members) must accompany each entry. All forms of media are accepted. TAC is open Mondays, 10 am- 4 pm and Tuesdays - Saturdays, 9 am - 4 pm. The En Plein Air art sale & garden walk is on July 19, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For information, contact Abbey Hendrickson at (607) 687-0785 or


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Memorial Day is a time when we pay tribute and express our gratitude to those killed in the cause of freedom. Make plans now to be in Owego to march or attend the Memorial Day 2015 downtown parade starting at 10:30 am, Monday, May 25. Veterans and all community groups are invited. The Ceremony of Remembrance follows around 11:00 am at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial (TCVM), with the laying of remembrance wreaths, the roll call of past year's deceased veterans and a patriotic medley by the Owego Free Academy Marching Band. Also at the TCVM at 8:00 until

10:30 am, the Roll Call of deceased Tioga County veterans will take place. At 9:30 am, the VFW Post 1371 Honor Guard will remember Korean War Veteran and Quartermaster Jack Howie. Special fallen hero remembrances will be at 10:15 am. The Navy Wreath Ceremony, rifle salute, and taps move to the west side of the Court Street Bridge. “Flags In” details will place hundreds of small American flags on the graves of veterans before the Memorial Day weekend. For more information, contact VFW Post 1371 Memorial Day Chairman Jim Raftis by email

Tackling Crucial Conversations with Confidence The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunchtime edition of Bite-Sized Pursuits on Tuesday, May 19, at the Owego Treadway Inn. The topic will be Tackling Crucial Conversations with Confidence and the session will run from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. Do you put off or avoid having those difficult conversations with others? Does your job require you to respond to tough issues but you don’t know how to begin? This session will help you to handle crucial conversations more effectively and with less fear. You’ll learn how to spot the signs that a conversation is going the wrong way and how to quickly and safely get it back on track.

The speaker, Ruth Henneman, owner of Ruth Henneman Coaching & Consulting, LLC is a certified coach and consultant. She works with businesses and individuals to help them reach the success they desire through leadership coaching, life coaching, and enhancing their communication and interpersonal skills. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $13 non-chamber members if reservations are made by May 15. The cost will be $15 at the door. For reservations or information, please call the Tioga Chamber of Commerce at 687-2020.

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Tioga Downs in Nichols is excited to announce a series of five star-studded summer concerts coming to the complex this year. Guests of all ages are invited to attend the musical performances by a variety of rock and roll and country music artists. Rock legend Chubby Checker kicks off the summer concert series on May 30. Tickets are already on sale for this show, and they are going fast. Perhaps best known for his hit song from the 1950’s, The Twist, Chubby Checkers has a talent for getting people on their feet and onto the dance floor. He has continued to produce hit songs in the decades that followed with a recent ballad Changes credited to him in 2013. Tickets range in price from $20 to $30. Tickets for the shows in the summer concert series are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations and Next up on the summer schedule is Sara Evans, sponsored by Tioga State Bank, on Thursday, July 2. Sara Evans fans will recognize hit songs such as Born to Fly and Stronger. She has released eight studio albums in her career, including two just last year. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45. On Saturday, July 25, Tioga Downs hosts Hippiefest 2015. The evening features the musical stylings of several seasoned rock and roll bands—Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals, Lovin’ Spoonful, Rick Derringer and Badfinger. Tickets range

in price from $25 to $45. A special concert featuring Lee Greenwood is set for Saturday, August 15. All tickets are $15, and proceeds will benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. “It just seems fitting to plan an evening to support veterans around Lee Greenwood, a class act and a patriot,” said Jeff Gural, Owner of Tioga Downs. “We are so pleased to further our commitment to those who have served our country. In fact, we hope to be able to welcome and honor many veterans that night.” The summer concert series culminates with BIG & Rich with Cowboy Troy on Sunday, September 6. The country music duo Big and Rich is composed of Big Kenny and John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists and guitarists. Tickets for this country music concert range from $35 to $55. All concerts, except Hippiefest 2015, will begin at 8:00 pm. Hippiefest is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. All shows take place outside, regardless of rain. Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, 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, 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 Tioga Downs, visit

2015 Apalachin Lions Broom Sale It’s time again for the Apalachin Lions Annual Broom Sale. This is their Community Service Fund Raiser, and all proceeds go to community and humanitarian projects. They will be selling door-to-door in the Greater Apalachin area over May 11, 12, 13, and 14. This covers Apalachin and Campville in Tioga County, and Little Meadows, PA. The items being sold include brooms, cleaning cloths, sponges, grill brushes, and dusters. Each year the Lions typically contribute over $25,000 to help local resi-

dents. This is for activities including disaster relief, scholarships to high school seniors, Special Olympics, highway cleanup, pre-school eye screening, Christmas Baskets, Santa Phones, Easter Egg Hunt, eye exams and glasses, emergency expense assistance, and back-toschool gift certificates. The Apalachin Lions are only able to serve the community because the community supports them. Please be generous in your support of their Annual Broom Sale.

Tack Auction to Benefit Tioga County 4-H Horse Program A JP North Horse Tack Auction will be held Friday, May 8, in the 4-H Youth Building on the Tioga County Fairgrounds, Owego. A preview of new horse tack and supplies will begin at 5pm, and the auction will begin at 6 pm. The Tioga County 4-H Horse Program will benefit from the auction. The auction is open to the public, and Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express Cards are accepted. The 4-H horse clubs will also be accepting refundable cans and bottles for a can drive.

Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase. To find out more about the Tioga County 4-H Program contact the 4-H Office, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County at 687-4020 or visit our website at Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and that provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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2015 Schedule of Events and Workshops May 23 - Opening Day: Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing, Flax Processing, Woodworking, and Blacksmithing with Merle Eiffert. Reference librarian Pam Crane on site for the day. May 29, Friday- Great Wheel Workshop with Patricia Hilts. Great Wheel Spinning: adjustment of the wheel, suitable fibers, and basic spinning techniques. Also, special techniques for spinning long fibers, plying, and making boucle and beaded yarns. 10 – 4. Fee: $35. Materials: $10. Max 8. May 30 - Sheep Shearing Day with John Hudyncia. Also Candle Dipping with Juanita Smith; Great Wheel demonstrations; and a Lecture on the Great Wheel at 1:00 pm by Pat Hilts. Felt making for children (NIH).

Saturday, April 18, was a beautiful day for the Owego-Apalachin Solar Tour, part of Southern Tier Solar Work’s (STSW) effort to educate the public on where solar energy stands today and provide the opportunity to join a tenweek program aimed to minimize the cost for all. Four families generously offered to share with the community how their solar systems work, the clean energy they produce, the cost savings they create, and other details of their experiences thus far. Visitors were treated to the surprise of witnessing an operating wind turbine and let’s not forget the chickens, horses, and gorgeous rolling countryside! Liz and Joe Rowland have a 3.2 kilowatt (kW) solar electric system and a 10 kW wind turbine. These two systems provide power for their home and electric car, as well as Joe’s honey business. They use their electric car for honey deliveries and commuting 30 miles to work. While the Rowlands have had their solar panels installed a decade ago, the other three homes on the tour, owned by the Robinson, Frisbie, and Bocek families, solarized their homes just last year. All are happy with their systems and excited to share what they have learned with others in their communities. Rick Gridley, a Vestal resident and visitor on the tour, said, “I am most impressed with the amount of CO2 reduced [by going solar].” Cost savings was big on all of

the visitors’ minds and free solar electricity within just a few years was appealing. STSW’s 2014 pilot program in Broome and Tioga Counties installed 386 kWs of solar photovoltaic, surpassing its goal and thereby enabling customers to get the lowest price on their installations. This year’s campaign, called Solarize Southern Tier East, continues to include Broome and Tioga while adding Delaware, Otsego, and Chenango Counties to the campaign. STSW has contracted four companies to complete installations: ETM and Taitem, which have joined together for this project, Renovus, and Direct Energy Solar.

Community Meetings to educate the public on solar energy will continue until early June, at which time the campaign will end and installations will begin. For more information, go to the STSW website at , where a list of events and other details can be found, or call Program Manager Adam Flint at 607-873-9220.

Taking Control of Our Energy Future Have you taken all the steps you can to reduce your energy use? Have you heard about the new low temperature air source heat pumps that can efficiently heat your home when it is brutally cold outside and cool your home in the heat of summer? The public will have opportunity to learn and have their questions answered by a team of home energy experts on Wednesday, May 13 7 pm at the Tioga County Office Building, 56

Main Street. Dr. Gay Canough of ETM Solar Works, Pat Dundon, of Insulation Man, and Joe Keyes of Heat-Tek are pleased to present this free program sponsored by RAFT - Residents Allied for the Future of Tioga.

June 6 - Fleece to Shawl with local guilds. Also plant fibers into cordage. Reference librarian on site. Drop spindle spinning with Kathy Halton (NIH). June 13 - Rug Day: all types of rug making. Rag Rug Weaving. Young Visitors will learn to make rug braids with Joy McCracken (NIH). June 13, Saturday - Primitive Rug Hooking Workshop with Catherine Veleker. Design and hook a simple mat. 11:00 – 4:00. Fee: $25. Materials: $25. Class Size: Max 8. “No Idle Hands Events” (NIH) offer young visitors hands-on experience and a free kit for the first ten children. Kits include instructions and materials for the featured craft. Special Exhibits: “The History of the Great Wheel” and “The Farnham Family of Spinning Wheel Makers and their Influence” See for more information on Saturday events and the museum’s summer workshop schedule for 2015. For details call the museum at (570) 247-7175 or email:

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Tioga Arts Council Receives Grant The Tioga Arts Council (TAC) has received a $9805 grant from the Community Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York. The grant monies will be used for capital improvements associated with the Tioga Arts Council’s multi-studio Arts Incubator Project, a business-based infrastructure designed specifically to support arts and crafts entrepreneurs in Tioga County. Phase I of this project includes the replacement of outdated electric, repair of damaged flooring/ windows, painting, and restroom repair in TAC’s historic building. The Tioga Arts Council is a nonprofit arts organization serving Tioga Coun-

ty. Founded in 1976 and incorporated in 1978, TAC’s mission is to enrich the cultural lives of residents and visitors by initiating and facilitating creative opportunities and collaborations. Through exhibitions, performances, education and cultural experiences, the Tioga Arts Council provides a central platform for a creative community. The Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego, and is open Mondays, 10 am to 4 pm and Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9 am to 4 pm. For more information, visit or call (607) 687-0785.

Chamber Announces Annual Golf Tournament The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce has announced the date of the 11th Annual Golf Tournament, Friday, May 15, at The Links at Hiawatha Landing, Apalachin. The event begins with a shotgun start promptly at 12:30 pm. Registration and cart assignment will be at the clubhouse starting at 11:00 am. The fee for the event is $80 per person, $320 for a team, and includes golf, cart, door prizes, and dinner. Tee-hole signs are available for purchase for $100. A Corporate Sponsorship for $370 includes a golf team, carts, dinner and a golf tee sign. That means a savings of $50. The field is limited to 28 teams and teams are encouraged to register early. Payment is due at the time of registration. Check, Cash, or Credit Cards are accepted. Please contact the Tioga Chamber for registration or information at 607-687-2020 or email

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