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Tioga Downs Begins 12th Racing Season

Tioga Downs will begin their 12th harness racing season on Saturday, May 6, at 5:00 pm in front of thousands of fans combining opening day with the Kentucky Derby. Opening day will feature giveaways, a $1,000 Derby Dream bet, Derby hat contest, fireworks and much more. Tioga will race 59 days throughout the summer mixing in exciting overnight action with Grand Circuit stakes. Post time is 6:50 pm on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday post time of 1:00 pm. On Opening Day, May 6, post time will be 5 pm. For a complete listing of race dates and times go to: www.TiogaDowns.com 2016 top trainer Mike Deters and driving champion Scott Coulter return to defend their titles. Deters’s title was his 3rd Tioga Downs training title, including 2 of the last 3 years. His 34 wins beat out Tony Dinges by just 3 wins. Coulter, who won the driving title in his first full season at Tioga, will once again tangle with 2015’s top pilot Mike Simons who was just 5 wins short of Coulter’s 68 wins last season.

The track from Nichols will once again be home for some of the sports top stakes races. On Sunday, June 11, a leg of the Graduate series returns as 4yo pacers and trotters will compete for a purse of $75,000e. Sunday, July 2, features the $125,000e Tompkins-Geers 3yo Pace. In August, things really heat up with stake-laden Sunday’s. Beginning on August 13, NY’s finest 3yo pacers do battle in the $50,000e Empire Breeders Classic Eliminations. The following week on the 20th, the $500,000e Finals are held alongside the popular $175,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace, the $40,000e Miss Versatility featuring Open mare trotters and the $200,000e Tompkins-Geers 2yo’s. Finally the last Sunday of the month brings two new events to Tioga, formally held at Vernon Downs, the $175,000e Crawford Farms Open Trot and the $175,000e Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot. Paired with the new Tioga events, the $175,000e Artiscape Open Mare Pace and the $200,000e Reynolds 2yo’s make for an exciting last day of Grand Circuit racing at Tioga.

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Owego Little League Begins 66th Season

Hyde Park celebrated its 50th Anniversary all day Saturday, April 29, with full schedule 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., listening to Owego Elementary School second graders set the theme by singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on Nick Raftis Memorial Field, showing respect to our flag by saluting the new American and POW/ MIA flags as they were raised for the 50th time on the Elks Flag Pole, shouting three times “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!” when prompted by MC Jim Raftis, listening to League President Ken Winters thank his officers, directors and volunteers.

Memorial Day May 29 Memorial Day Parade 10:30 am in Owego followed by a ceremony at Courthouse Square.

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The Owego Hose Teams, Inc. in partnership with the Marine Corps League, is raffling off a used car courtesy of Greg’s Auto Sales of Owego, and other items valued at $100 or more in conjunction with their inaugural golf tournament being held on June 3 at the Tioga Country Club. A 2007 Pontiac G6, four door automatic with sunroof and 97,000 miles is the top prize this year. The car is valued at $5,675. Tickets are available at Greg’s Auto Sales on 17C where the car is located, Weaver Automotive, the Community Shop on North Avenue, or Early Owego Antique Center on Lake Street. Tickets can also be purchased through tournament organizers. Other raffle items include two tickets to a Washington Redskins home game with accommodations, Weber Grill, Stihl equipment, and several other prizes. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Winners will be announced at the golf tournament and you do not need to be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit a scholarship in memory of Louie Kies and Chris Franz and the restoration of the Baker Fireman’s Fountain in the Village of Owego’s courthouse square. Teams and sponsors for the inaugural

Owego Hose Teams Memorial Golf Tournament are encouraged to register through the team’s website at www.OwegoHoseTeams.com under the golf tournament tab. Paper registrations will still be accepted and are also available online. There is a 60 team limit with both morning and afternoon flights available on a first come basis. The tournament is expected to be at capacity. Owner of Greg’s Auto Sales, Greg Kies said he was more than excited to furnish the car in memory of his father Louie and cousin Chris who both passed away this year. “My dad and Chris were very community oriented. The scholarship in their names and work on the fireman’s fountain fit that spirit perfectly,” said Kies. Louie Kies was instrumental in developing the Owego Little League Baseball, Owego Teener League Baseball and the creation of Hyde Park Owego Little League Field. He was the Past President of the Owego Little League and Teener League Baseball and Past Commander of VFW Post #1371 and a life member of Croton Hose Co. #3. Chris Franz, a 22 year member of Croton Hose Co. #3 and the hose teams, worked at St. Patrick’s, was a leader of Boy Scout Troop 37; a member of the Owego Fire Police and the VFW Post

New 4-H Educator for CCE Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Tioga welcomes Melissa Watkins to their staff as 4-H Youth Development Resource Educator. Melissa brings with her an excitement for youth, 4-H, and Youth Development programs. She comes to CCE Tioga from the 4-H Pro-

gram in Cayuga County, where she was a 4-H Youth Development Educator for 8.5 years, working with teen programming, healthy living, STEM, natural resources, and civic engagement. In 2014, Melissa earned her Masters’ Degree in Recreation from SUNY Cortland. Outside of 4-H, Melissa is most likely volunteering, knitting, reading, enjoying the outdoors, or spending with her husband, Paul, and her dog, Mylee.

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Route 434, Apalachin, NY at Route 17 exit 66 • 625-5029 Catherine Rogers, a Farmers’ Market Initiative lottery winner, selects from the Farmers’ Market The Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) offers thanks to the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation for a discretionary gift of $2000. The grant will help TCRM continue their Farmers’ Market Initiative. The TCRM food pantry guests can submit an application to receive a $100 line of credit at the market during the harvest season. Based on the amount of money available for this

initiative, lottery winners are selected from among the applicants. TCRM created their Farmers’ Market Initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of the low-income guests whom they serve at their pantry by providing them with the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables during the harvest season.

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will be vendors and a variety of eateries offering food. This year, because of a scheduled water project on Lake Street, the vendors will be spread out through different areas in downtown Owego. Lake Street will be open and there will be a stage located in the Tioga State Bank lot for guests to relax and enjoy live music. The shops along Lake Street will also be open. The festival is still accepting applications for vendors, and vendor applications are found online at www.owego.org. For more information, contact Pat Hansen at 687-2556 or Wendy Post at (607) 972-7027.

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“Rockin’ for Aurora” Benefit - May 7 Rockin' for Aurora, a benefit for little Aurora Maria Hoellerer, will be held on Sunday, May 7, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at the Owego Moose Lodge. Pasty White and Doublewide, Voodoo Highway, Ruckus, Bobby G & Timeless and more will rock out for little Miss Aurora. There will be food, fun, and raffles. Aurora was born with a rare birth defect, proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD)/congenital femoral deficiency (CFD). The event will raise money for Aurora's medical expenses and travel costs to New York City for her surgeries. For more information, visit Rockin' for Aurora Fundraiser on Facebook or contact Lisa Grant at (607) 752-1354.

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Mother’s Day Chicken BBQ - May 14 A Mother's Day Chicken BBQ will be held on Sunday, May 14, at 12 Noon, at the Nichols American Legion Post 1624, 1 Dean Street in Nichols. The cost is $10 per dinner or $7 for

half chicken. Pre-order to guarantee your meal. Contact the Nichols Legion at (607) 699-7994. To-go orders should be picked up by 3:00 pm.

Friday July 7 – Mozzarella Cheese Making Workshop with Laryssa. 10 to 4. Fee $25, Materials: Basic Kit $20 if needed or Cheese Cloth $6. Class size: Max of 6.

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Special Exhibits: “Carding Mills and the Carding Mill Era” and “The Weavers’ Herald, a Forum for Rag Rug Weavers.” See www.hometextiletoolmuseum.org for more information on Saturday programs and the museum’s summer workshop schedule for 2017. For details call the museum at (570) 247-7175 or email: info@httm.org. Programs funded in part by the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency and the United Way of Bradford County.

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Friday June 23 – Grapevine Handle Basket Workshop with Deb Schildt, 10:00 am start. Fee $50 includes materials. Class Min: of 5. June 24 – Natural Dye Day with Laryssa Zahajkewycz. July 1 – HTTM Open for Tours.

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Topping-Out Ceremony for New Hotel at Tioga Downs

Do you have a family member, neighbor, or friend who helps you with activities of daily living such as personal care, housekeeping or errands? If so, consumer directed services may be for you! This program allows you, the consumer, to choose who can provide you with home care via your own trusted family member, neighbor, or friend. You interview and select your own staff, while we pay them! Call Stafkings Healthcare Systems today for more information on how to get started: 607-772-8080. www.stafkings.com Above: Tioga Downs employees sign the ceremonial final beam of the new hotel. Below: close-up of the beam. Bottom: the beam is raised into place

All employees of Tioga Downs in Nichols signed the new hotel’s ceremonial final beam which was then raised into place on April 25 in a small topping -out ceremony, a traditional builders’ rite, in front of a jubilant group of employees. Construction will continue through the spring and summer with an opening of the hotel planned for November and the opening of the event center planned for December. “Today marked another milestone for Tioga Downs as we transform into a full -service destination resort,” said Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment. “We look forward to finishing up construction and adding more jobs and revenue to the local economy in the very near future.” According to Scott Freeman, president and general manager of Tioga Downs, construction will proceed through the fall, with furniture set to be moved into the new hotel in October. The furniture for the hotel rooms is being provided by Jacob & Levi’s out of Sugarcreek, Ohio. “The furniture we chose gives the rooms a very polished and modern appearance. There is nothing better than using real wood to craft furniture here in the United States. Jacob & Levi’s have worked closely with us to customize every detail of the design to fit our exact needs,” Freeman said. The hotel itself will feature 161 guest rooms and will span a total of six floors. Guests may use any of three swimming areas—an indoor pool, an outdoor pool and a water slide. A spa center and fitness facility are also included in the plans for construction. The new hotel will accommodate special events in its event center. Banquets and receptions

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can seat up to 400 guests. Once the hotel is complete and open to the public, the casino will transition to a 24-hour schedule, pending regulatory approval. Once these additional amenities are added, Tioga Downs will be at approximately 800 employees, up from the 550 the casino currently employs. Tioga Downs recently acquired the Tioga Country Club and opened the golf course April 15 for the spring season. A new clubhouse is currently under construction and will be completed toward the end of the year, for the 2018 season.

Smokey Legend BBQ at Elks - May 5 Smokey Legend Gourmet BBQ will serve a sampling of Mike Mrva’s famous dinners, sandwiches, and sides on Friday May 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the ballroom at the Owego Elks at 223 Front Street in Owego. On the menu is

beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken in the Legends famous white sauce. You can purchase a sandwich, full dinner, sides or sampler platter. The Owego ArtWalk will be held the same evening in downtown Owego.

“Spread the Love” Benefits Food Bank Throughout the month of May, Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols is hosting Spread the Love, a peanut butter drive to benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program. Customers who donate a jar of peanut butter on “Food Bank Mondays” in May will receive a coupon for a $5 buffet at

the casino. The Food Bank’s BackPack Program provides children at risk of hunger with packs of nutritious food (including peanut butter) to take home over weekends and school breaks. More than 3,300 children participate in the program each school year.

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Students of Owego’s Zion Lutheran School recently participated in New York Agriculture in the Classroom activities which revolved around the children’s book, The Grapes Grow Sweet by Lynne Tuft and illustrated by Tessa DiCarlo. Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade learned how grapes are grown and processed and they enjoyed taste testing and comparing juice made

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from varieties of grapes grown in New York. After the juice taste tests, a copy of the book was donated to the second grade classroom and the school’s library. Ag in the Classroom is possible through a partnership of Cornell University, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Education Dept. Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Farm Bureau.

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Open House at Zion Lutheran School on May 3 Zion Lutheran School will host an Open House on Wednesday, May 3, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The school is on Rt 17C West, two miles from downtown Owego. Parents can tour the school, meet the teachers, and examine the curriculum. Zion offers three-year-old and fouryear-old Pre-Kindergarten programs, and has elementary school grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade. The school has an ongoing enrollment policy, accepting students throughout the academic year. The school offers small class sizes for the students. Students get full use of the school’s gym, library, computer lab, and cafeteria. The school welcomes families from all faith backgrounds who find value in the Christ-centered education Zion provides. Zion is an affordable option in Tioga County for those looking for an alternative to public school. Students receive a strong education that follows NYS guidelines as well as teaches positive morals and values. Small class sizes offer options for individualized attention. Multi-student discounts are available. Zion Lutheran School has an open enrollment policy for children of all denominations, races, color and ethnic origins. Limited scholarship funds are available for families in financial need. Zion serves the children of 5 local school districts including OwegoApalachin, Candor, Newark Valley, Union Endicott, Tioga Center, and parts of Vestal. Bussing is available for students from these districts. For more information, call 687-6376 or visit www.zionowego.org.


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Mother's Day Breakfast - May 14 A Mother's Day Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 14, from 8:00 to 11:00 am at Nichols American Legion auxiliary, 1 Dean Street, in Nichols. Cost is

$7.00 per person. Mom eats for free. Contact the Nichols Legion at 699-7994.

AMBA Wellness Screenings - May 20 The New York State Women, Inc. Susquehanna Chapter (formerly Owego Business and Professional Women) will sponsor its 44th Annual Spring AMBA Wellness Program on Saturday, May 20, 6 to 10 am, at the Owego Methodist Church, 261 Main Street in Owego. The AMBA Wellness program includes blood tests for coronary disease, liver and kidney disease, Anemia, and Diabetes. The cost for the full AMBA panel is $47 which includes the NYS Women, Inc. sponsorship fee. Checks for the blood labs are to be made out to AMBA Wellness Program, and the $7

handling fee to NYSWINC, Susquehanna chapter. 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, Hemoglobin A1C and Insure Colon Rectal Kit. Participants should contact their physician for permission to have test results sent to their office. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-234-8888 by May 19, 2017. The VFW will hold an all you can eat breakfast from 6:00 to 11:00 am at 207 Main Street in Owego. Cost is $7.


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Strawberry Festival 2017 Includes Block Party

Above: The Digital Circus, from Philadelphia, Pa., will offer a unique and artistic experience at this year’s Strawberry Festival Block Party in Owego on June 16. (Photo provided by the Digital Circus). Below: Sonny Weeks, pictured, is the lead singer with Wreckless Marci who will perform at the Strawberry Festival Block Party. (Photo provided by Sonny Weeks) This year’s Strawberry Festival will be held on Friday, June 16 and Saturday June 17, and will include the Strawberry Festival Block Party on Friday evening. The lineup for the Block Party includes Wreckless Marci, The Gents, Making the Band, Laughing Buddha Episodes, Several Sons, Four Eye Band and others who will take to three stages for music performances. To blend in with the music, the Digital Circus out of Philadelphia will bring their shows to the Strawberry Festival Block Party, and will be back on Saturday for the main festival event. The Digital Circus offers artists dedicated to bringing guests the “beautiful, the strange, and the unreal.” In collaboration with light shows offered by companies such as ISpinToys and flow artists with heart, the group combines to present as the Digital Circus. On June 16, their poi and flow will be choreographed, in part, with the music of Wreckless Marci for a colorful display. The Digital Circus will also present magic and illusions featuring Michael St. James, the successor to the Harry Houdini and Hardeen show.

Other Friday events at the two-day festival include the Miss Strawberry Pageant, The Strawberry Shake 5K and Kids’ 1-mile run, performers, entertainers, and a wine and beer tasting tent. The Strawberry Festival will continue on Saturday, June 17, at 9:00 am, with a parade beginning at 10:00 am. www.owego.org/strawberry-festival

Chicken BBQ in NV - May 7 A Chicken BBQ will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the First United Methodist Church of Newark Valley, 63 S. Main Street in Newark Valley.

The cost is $8.50 for a full dinner which includes half chicken, slaw, baked beans, roll, and cookies, or $6.50 for just a half chicken. Eat in or take out.

Tioga Downs Casino Adds Golf Course As Tioga Downs continues to evolve into a destination resort, the company has signed a 99-year lease with Tioga Recreation Association for the Tioga Country Club. One of the first action items at the new Tioga Golf Club is building a clubhouse. As soon as the deal was closed, demolition began on the existing clubhouse to make room for a new structure which will include a new dining location, pro shop, locker rooms and spacious banquet space for those looking to host special occasions at the club. During the construction period, guests will be accommodated with a temporary structure that will house registration/check-in, a pro shop as well as snacks and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages. Beverage service will also be available on the course. The club is also getting all new E-Z Go golf carts which will be available the beginning of May. Bob Taylor, manager of golf operations, will remain in his current position at the new Tioga Golf Club.

“The changes Tioga Downs is making at the club are going to raise the quality of the overall experience for guests. I’m excited to be a part of the growth and positive changes this will bring to Nichols,” Taylor said. Over the past year, Tioga Downs has dramatically expanded with the opening of Virgil’s Real BBQ last summer and the opening of the commercial casino in December which includes 944 new slot machines, 23 table games and a 12-table WSOP-affiliated poker room. The pace isn’t slowing down at Tioga Downs with construction well under way on the 161room hotel, event center, Ageless Spa and P.J. Clarke’s. “We’re looking forward to the completion of the hotel project in the late fall,” said Scott Freeman, president and general manager of Tioga Downs. “It’s the final piece that will transform the property into a full-scale resort destination.” For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

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Clifford Kasson has been selected as the new principal of Vestal High School. Mr. Kasson has been with Vestal schools for more than 10 years. He joined the district in July 2006, serving as an assistant principal at the Vestal Middle School until he moved to Vestal High School in August 2011, also as an

assistant principal. Mr. Kasson was a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and has been instrumental in coordinating PLTW courses at Vestal Middle and Vestal High Schools. Mr. Kasson has associate degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Technology from SUNY Broome, a B.S. in Secondary Education of Mathematics (Binghamton University) and a Certificate of Advanced Studies (SUNY Cortland). Before he joined the Vestal School District, Mr. Kasson was a teacher in the Susquehanna Valley School District for 13 years. He was a special education teacher for seven years, and spent six years teaching PLTW classes. During his summers as a PLTW teacher at Susquehanna Valley, he taught Digital Electronics at RIT as well as San Diego State University. Mr. Kasson and his wife, Deborah, live within the school district and have three daughters. One is a Vestal graduate, and the other two attend Vestal Middel and Vestal High Schools.

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Chamber Golf Tournament - May 19 The 13th Annual Tioga County Chamber Open Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 19, at Catatonk Golf Club in Candor. 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, game prizes, and dinner.

Tee-hole signs are available for purchase for $100. 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. Contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce for registration or information at 687-2020 or email: info@tiogachamber.com.

Mobile Food Pantry - May 31 Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from Noon at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking

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Apalachin Fire District News An open letter to the Apalachin taxpayers

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Apalachin Fire Dept. Station #1 on Pennsylvania Avenue is demolished Dear Apalachin Taxpayers, Thank you to all of you who’ve reached out and inquired or commented on the new fire station project. We are rapidly approaching an inflection point in our project as site work will come to a temporary pause in the middle of May for approximately a month. The reason for the delay is to allow for the curing of the concrete and awaiting the arrival of the prefabricated steel in mid-June. Accordingly, don’t be alarmed if you don’t see construction activity for a few weeks, it’s all part of the plan and as of right now, we’re still on schedule. As we’ve shared in the past, operations have been successfully moved to our satellite stations. I’d like to ask the public for their cooperation in avoiding the rear parking lot of Station 2 (Route 434 by the ball fields) during baseball and softball season. There are dozens of responders that now report to Station 2 and they will need all available parking spots at the Fire Station. It is possible, if not likely, that your vehicle could be blocked in when there is a 911 call they are responding to.

The interior LED lighting upgrades to Station 2 & 3 that the Fire District received a grant from NYSEG on have been completed. We expect to receive 20+ years of service from these upgrades in addition to lowering our operating costs. The district has also hired a parttime new caretaker to ensure the maintenance of our buildings and other assets are well cared for and preserved for many years to come. Following our first quarter review of the financials in April, your Fire District is running at or better than budget thus far. You have the commitment of all Commissioners to ensure we continue that trend. Thank you all once again for your support of our volunteer firefighters. If you have any questions, compliments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me with the details below. Sincerely, Brian Rieber Chairman, Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman@apalachinfd.com 607-765-2974

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Youth Collect Food for Pantry

Apalachin Troop 43 and Pack 43 distributed flyers and collected 750 pounds of food from the Park Terrace community. All the food was donated to the Park Terrace Food Pantry. The troop also stayed to help sort all

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