May 2021 Community Press

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Volume 36

Tioga Downs Begins 16th Racing Season

Number 5

Memorial Day - May 31

Tioga Downs in Nichols celebrated its 15th Anniversary with the opening of its 16th racing season on May 1, 2021. There will be 59 days of racing this season which ends on September 25. Post time is 6:15 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:00 pm on Sundays. For a complete list of race dates and times go to:

Memorial Day 1971

Kiwanis Club of Owego to Broadcast 59th Annual Radio Day - May 15

Tioga County will remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day, May 31. Memorial Day events will be livestreamed on WEBO AM/FM from their North Avenue studio - the Honored Roll Call from 8:15 to 10:20 am with Mary Beth Jones and Jo Ann Walter followed at 10:20 am with the Remembrance Service with Jim Raftis. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it is not possible to have the traditional parade and Rememberance Service at the veterans memorial this year. But like last year, there will be a special Patriotic Vehicle Convoy which will drive by the veterans memorial and through downtown and some residential streets. Vehicles in the convoy will be occupied by a veteran who served our country. You can view the convoy from the lawn

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or sidewalk - no gatherings will be allowed along the route. Because Memorial Day is traditionally a day of mourning, flags will remain at half staff from sunrise until Noon (to honor our fallen heroes) and at full staff the remainder of the day (to honor living veterans). Other ways to honor veterans include: wear a red poppy, visit veterans graves, place flowers or flags at veterans’ graves, pause at 3:00 pm for the National Day of Remembrance, watch the National Memorial Day Concert live from the U.S. Capitol, be thankful of fallen soldiers, and extend your thoughts and prayers to families of veterans. It is important to keep the tradition of the Memorial Day convoy/ parade alive and keep the meaning of ‘memorial’ in this sacred day.

Owego’s Strawberry Festival Canceled Again This Year Fred Brown File Photo: RADIO DAY 2013

The Kiwanis Club of Owego is thrilled to be broadcasting its 59th Annual Radio Day on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Kiwanis members will become DJs for the day, taking over WEBO Your Hometown Station (98.5, 101.3, 105.1, 107.9 FM and 1330 AM). The live remote broadcast will come from the Owego Parkview at 145 Front Street in Owego. The goal is to raise $10,000 to help support non-profit youthoriented programs in our community. The club provides support to Waterman Conservation Center, Tioga County Boys and Girls Club, Camp Ahwaga, VFW Summer Picnic and Children’s Christmas Party, the Owego and Candor High School Key Clubs, Owego Little League and Softball League, Owego Gymnastics, Ti-Ahwaga Players Youth Program, Tioga County Envirothon,

Tioga United Way, Kamp Kiwanis, and the Tioga County Rural Ministry. Kiwanis Club of Owego is encouraging everyone to participate by making a donation to this event. Donations can be made in person or mailed to Owego Kiwanis, PO Box 335, Owego, NY 13827. Contributors will have their names and or businesses mentioned throughout the broadcast day. In addition, the Kiwanis Club of Owego will also be collecting pantry supplies for the Tioga County Rural Ministry. Food donations may be dropped off at the Parkview during the event. For more information, go to Facebook: @owegokiwanisclub, or join the Kiwanis Thursdays at Noon at their current meeting location, the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 42 Delphine St. in Owego.

The Historic Owego Marketplace (HOM) Board of Directors unamimously voted to cancel the 2021 Strawberry Festival. “Attempting an altered or scaled back event proves difficult logistical-

ly and financially, even if restrictions are lifted by June,” said HOM board member Bradley Crews. “We are very optimistic this local tradition will return in 2022 as the event we’ve all come to love.”

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719 Main St., Apalachin, NY 625-3333 Welcome Back The Apalachin Library is offering appointments to come in to browse or use its computers on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Appointments will be 20 minutes long. Call the library (625-3333) to reserve a spot. Masks are a must and there will be hand sanitizer at the door. The librarians will be so glad to see you again. Curbside service will still be offered. Children’s Room Wait until you see what has grown in the children’s room thanks to the Apalachin Library’s very talented artist and theater person, Brianna. During this year things have changed a lot in the library and most especially in the children’s room. Many new books have been added, too. May 31, Memorial Day The library will be closed on Memorial day, Monday, May 31. Picnic Tables in the Pavilion There are three new picnic tables in the library’s pavilion thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Austin Tompkins. Thank you to Austin and his helpers for making this wonderful addition to the pavilion. The tables will make the pavilion much more usable. Job Now Database Available Job Now is a database available on the Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS) website and available to you. Log in with your library card number and password to see information about resumes, job interviews, and other career resources. Leaving Our Fingerprints FLLS has partnered with the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) for a new project, Leaving Our Fingerprints: A People’s History of COVID19. Erica Freudenberger and Jack Scott at SALS have developed a public website where people can share their story of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surveys have been created to collect responses that will be uploaded to the website and placed into special exhibits. Respondents can include text and images. All information collected will be anonymous. To participate, go to shareyourstory-flls. Meet Library Assistant Brianna Brianna O’Neill is one of the library

assistants. She was raised in Binghamton where she developed a love of sewing and theater. She studied costume technology at Purchase College, then moved to NYC and spent the next 12 years working on Broadway costumes. While specializing in custom beading, Bri made everything from Aladdin’s “Genie” costume to Helen Miren’s Queen Elizabeth costume and more Rockettes costumes than she can count. The library is lucky to have her. Summer Reading Summer Reading is coming soon to a library near you. The librarians are planning lots of summer fun for kids of all ages. The Book Barn The Book Barn is now open when the library is open again as long as everyone follows the Covid rules. Always wear a mask over your nose and mouth (even if you’re vaccinated). Use hand sanitizer. Only one person or family at a time and limit your time if others are waiting. There is a large number of cookbooks right now and the library will keep them for the month of May. Because of space issues, the library will not have them after May 31. Stop in this month and see what’s there. Thank You Thank you to Mel Baburchak for working on putting the library’s garden back together. The library’s beautiful front garden was destroyed when the new sewer system was put in. Mel is working on getting it back in shape. Keep watching the progress. Maker Space Room The Maker Space room is looking great. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the library will be having classes where you can learn new things and have fun. Is there something you’re interested in? Some type of craft or hobby? If you have ideas, let a librarian know. Little Blue Food Cupboard The libary’s Little Blue Food Cupboard on the front porch has lots of goodies to share. If you can use anything that is in it, please take it. That’s why it’s there. And thank you to all who have brought things to add. We all need to support each other – especially through this difficult time of Covid.

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NYS Women Inc. Scholarship The New York State Women Inc., Susquehanna Chapter is taking applications for Women Helping Women Scholarships for 2021. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm May 31, 2021. Applicants must be age 20 or older and work or reside in the Tioga County area for at least one year, who are interested in improving their current position

in the workforce or are looking to change their career, return to college, trade school or continuing their education through seminars or certifications. The announcement of the winner will be made the second week in June and the scholarship awarded at the June 28, 2021, Installation/Award dinner. For more information and to apply, go to

Historic Railroads of the Southern Tier Highlighting 150 Years of Railroading

In partnership with the Susquehanna Valley Railroad Society, the Tioga County Historical Society Museum in Owego will exhibit “Historic Railroads of the Southern Tier,” highlighting 150 years of railroading. The exhibit will be on display May 15 to September 18 and will feature many rare photos of early railroad locomotives and equipment. Photos include of all of Tioga County’s RR depots, and other RR sites in the county. This exhibit will contain historic information pertaining to Broome, Tioga, Tompkins, Chemung, Chenango, Cayuga, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties. Live presentations about the people,

places, trains, buildings, and bridges of the past 150 years of railroad history will take place on June 26, August 14 and September 11. Two musical performances next to the Susquehanna River by “Ridin The Rails” are scheduled for July 10 at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Tickets available at the door. The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is at 110 Front Street in Owego. For more information, call the museum at 687-2460 or via email at or visit

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50 Years Ago May 1971 It’s May 1971. Amtrak begins operation with 184 trains. It’s the tenth anniversary of the first U.S. spaceflight by Alan B. Shepard, Jr., aboard Freedom 7. The postage rate rises from six cents to eight cents. NBC announces that its peacock will no longer introduce every program. The Senate agrees to appoint girl pages. Virginia O’Hanlon, 81, dies. When she was 8 years old, the New York Sun responded to her letter with the answer, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Ogden Nash, poet of nonsense verse, dies at age 68. Audie Murphy, 46, is killed in a plane crash. The World War II hero earned more medals than any other soldier (24 from the American government, 3 from the French, and 1 from the Belgians). He also starred in the film “To Hell and Back,” an account of his war days. In the Village of Owego, construction is underway on the new Town of Owego Highway Department garage on Delphine Street. The total cost will be just under $100,000. The Owego Town Board endorses and approves a proposal by the Tioga County Board of Supervisors on a reapportionment plan to form a Tioga County legislature. The Owego Boys Club celebrates its 25th anniversary. Montogomery Ward announces plans to build a new store at the Tri-City Mall which is planned for Johnson City. The

store is expected to open in late 1972 and will replace the store in downtown Binghamton. Owego optometrist Dr. Stephen Solomon states that the safest colors for fire trucks are greenish-yellow and yellow. At Owego Free Academy, about 107 students play hookey on an unauthorized Senior Skip Day. One thousand sixth-graders from Tioga County attend the annual conservation field day at the Howard Cole Farm on McLean Road in Owego. Officials of the Montrose area school district say 1971 will probably be the last year for the one-room schoolhouse in Little Meadows. Nearly 1,000 students graduate from the State University at Binghamton at a ceremony held on campus in the men’s gymnasium. Thursday night TV shows include “Flip Wilson,” “Family Affair,” “Alias Smith and Jones,” “Lancer,” “Bewitched,” and “Dan August” starring Burt Reynolds. Movies playing in local theaters include “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Ryan’s Daughter,” and “Son of Flubber.” Top tunes include “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones, “Never Can Say Goodbye” by Jackson 5, “Want Ads” by Honey Cone, and “It Don’t Come Easy” by Ringo Starr. And a 5-pound box of Miracle Gro costs $3.00 and a dozen bedding plants (petunia, marigolds, or pansies) costs 75 cents.




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Vestal Central School District’s Winterguard team, comprised of students in Grades 7-12, just finished a virtual competitive season that ran from February to April. Performances were video-taped and submitted to judges for appraisal. After the championship video performance, Vestal’s Winterguard received the highest possible rating of “Superior.” Of the 17 guards participating in

the Regional A category across New York State, only six were rated “Superior.” Congratulations to the following 13 students and their coaches for showcasing the best in pageantry arts: Lily Cardone, Kyla Colburn, Anne Coleman, Arianna Condie, Hayden Dapolito, Jordyn Goldberg, Madison Haynes, Jazmyn Heidrich, Ivy Huth, Cara Miller, Ashlynn Orcutt, Mia Perfetti, and I’Desha Pittman.

Garage Sale & Chicken BBQ - May 15 Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church in Apalachin will hold a garage sale and chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 15, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event is part of the Tioga Terrace Annual Garage Sale. The garage sale will have books, toys, crafts, and other household

goods on display (no clothing). There will be a chicken BBQ and baked goods available to take out. Face masks and social distancing are required at the event. Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church is at 30 Glann Road in Apalachin.

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Community Care 100k Run/Walk


During the month of May, Tioga State Bank (TSB) and Owego Kitchen are co-hosting another virtual “Community Care 100k Run/Walk Challenge.” For each individual completing the challenge, TSB will donate $25 per 100k finisher (up to $5,000) to local food banks to directly help out members of our community. There will also be a chance each week to earn an extra prize for different mini challenges throughout the month. Every person who completes the 100k Challenge in May will receive a shirt with a custom logo for the event. Run/Walk your way to 100k and join in the fun through the Nike Run Club App (challenge is hosted in app by Owego Kitchen), as you get fit and help raise money for local food banks. Many local businesses are already joining in on the fun with donations and prizes for the participants. Weekly challenges and giveaways make it even more fun. Warmer days are here - get outside and enjoy it while helping give back to your community. Participants can join in for a healthy lifestyle and feel good about participating in “Caring for Our Community One Step at a Time!” (#CommunityCare100k)

The Challenge is organized through the Nike Run Club App and is hosted on a Facebook event here: e/4ui1rcm2x To sign up, download the Nike Run Club App. In the app, create your account. At the “Home” screen, click the “People” icon at bottom right of the screen, click “Add Friend” at top right. Search “Owego Kitchen” and click “Add.” The Owego Kitchen will then invite you to the challenge, so make sure you “accept” the invitation to officially join. (This is not done automatically, so it may take a bit to see the invitation on your account). From Nike Run Club app home screen tap the “People” icon at the bottom, then tap “Challenges” link near the top. “Invitation to 100k Challenge” will show up under “Invitations” (you may have to scroll down to see this section). Make sure to tap it and click “Accept.” Tioga State Bank, N.A. provides financial services to the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Pennsylvania with eleven conveniently located offices in Broome, Tioga, Chemung and Tompkins counties. The bank’s website is and phone number is 1-888-303-4872.

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Town of Owego Yard Waste Drop Off Beginning May 1 through October 16, Town of Owego residents will be able to drop off yard waste at the town’s property located on Kuenzli Road in Apalachin. Kunenzli Rd. is located off East Main Street between Billings Road and the Apalachin Creek Bridge. Yard waste can be dropped off on Wednes-

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Senior Citizens Foundation Grant Applications Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation (TCSCF) encourages community agencies and organizations that serve the older citizens of New York’s Tioga County to submit grant proposals before June 1 for the 2021 grant cycle.


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Jamieson to Drive at Tioga Downs in May

Due to the shutdown of Ontario racing, one of the top Canadian harness driving stars, Jody Jamieson, will spend his weekends at Tioga Downs in May. Jamieson, 44, has won over 8,000

races in his illustrious career. He captured the World Championship for Canada in 2001. In 2007 and 2009 he won the O’Brien Award as Canada’s driver of the year. He also won the North American dash crown with 796 wins in 2009. Jamieson will get to trade blows with Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Hennessey is the two-time defending Tioga Downs dash champion. Tioga fans will get the opportunity to witness two of the all-time greats of the sport go at it. Tioga Downs opened for the 2021 season on May 1. For more information go to

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Candor History Center Receives Grant The Candor Historical Society has been awarded a grant of $4,971 from The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History, a partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history. They also provide grants to provide signage in the form of roadside markers and plaques. The Museum Association of New York (MANY) inspires, connects, and strengthens New York’s cultural community statewide. MANY ensures that New York State museums operate at their full potential as essential components of their communities.

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The grant funds will be used to purchase some much-needed technology equipment for the Candor History Center to help researchers in their quest for information about Candor and the people and organizations that have been part of the community. Also, more filing and storage cabinets will be obtained to hold its ever-growing collection. The remaining funds will be used to purchase new tables for researchers’ use. The History Center is open Monday mornings 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon. If you need to come at a different time, call Georgia Westgate at (607) 659-7769 or Nancy Riggs at (607) 759-4001 to set up an appointment. For more information about the Candor Historical Society and the Candor History Center, go to For more information about the William G. Pomeroy Fund and the Museum Association of NY, go to


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2nd Annual Veterans Car Show - August 21 The Vestal Elks Lodge #2508 will have their 2nd Annual Veterans Car Show on Saturday, August 21, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be food, music, raffles, and fun for the whole family. The Elks are looking for a few more businesses to help sponsor the show, as well as looking for businesses and individuals to donate gift baskets/gift certificates to be raffled the day of the show. The event will have Open Classes; Participant Judging; and awards for Best of Show, Top 5, Best Engine, Best Paint, and People’s Choice. For the People’s Choice award, anyone (including spectators) can purchase a vote for $1. There will be no limit as to how many votes you can buy. Awards will be presented at 2:00 pm.

There is no charge for admission to this event, but there is a $10 per vehicle registration fee to put a vehicle in the show. Everyone who registers their vehicle in the show will automatically be entered into a door prize worth $100. Pre-registration is encouraged due to limited space. The car show will be held at the Vestal Elks Lodge #2508 at 2071 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal. To pre-register, become a sponsor, make a donation, or for more information, contact Mindi at (607) 259-3814.




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