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Volume 31

Apalachin Firemen's Field Days, June 1 - 4

The 2016 Apalachin Firemen’s Field Days will be held June 1 through June 4 in Apalachin. The field days will feature rides, games, refreshments, chicken BBQ every night. Parking is free. On Wednesday, June 1, rides will be a special price from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and two bikes will be given away at 9:00 pm. On Thursday, June 2, enjoy a chicken BBQ and rides galore. On Friday, June 3, the traditional and spectacular fireworks display will begin at 10:00 pm sharp. The Little Miss Apalachin Contest will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 4. The contest is open to residents

of the Apalachin Fire District, ages 8 to 9, only. The winner will receive a $200 savings bond, the runner-up will receive a $100 savings bond. Pay-one-price ride specials are available from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 4. The traditional parade begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 4. Advanced sale ride tickets are now available through June 1 at the Apalachin Pharmacy on Route 434 in Apalchin, Gigi's Place on the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin, Sweeney's Market on Route 434 in Apalachin, and Bud's Place on Route 434 in Apalachin.

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Owego Little League Begins 65th Season

Hyde Park celebrated its 49th Anniversary all day Saturday, April 30, with 15 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, 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 49th 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.

Tioga Downs Begins 11th Racing Season

Memorial Day May 30 Tioga Downs will celebrate their 10th Anniversary with the opening of their 11th racing season for 2016 starting on May 7 and ending on September 17. There will be 59 days of racing this season. Post time is 6:30 pm on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday post time of 1:30 pm. On Opening Day, May 7, post time will be 5 pm. For a complete listing of race dates and times go to:

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


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Grand Opening of Little Meadows Fire Station

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The Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad celebrated the grand opening of its new fire station and community hall on May 1, 2016. The landmark event celebrated the emergency and rescue organizations’ suc-

cessful drive to build a six-vehicle station with offices, a training area and attached community center. The celebration included a parade followed by ceremonies at the station. Speakers included Fire Company and Rescue Squad officials, local elected officials and representatives from Talisman Energy USA, a Repsol-owned company. Highlights of the day included the unveiling of Repsol/community donation recognition plaque and a special flagpole dedication for former Fire Chief Chip Barnum. This non-profit organization accepts donations, payable to LMVFC&RS, and sent to the LMVFC&RS Building Fund, PO Box 345, Little Meadows, PA 18830

NV Historical Society Benefit Auction The annual auction to benefit the Newark Valley Historical Society (NVHS) will be held Saturday, May 7, at the fire station on Route 38 south. The doors will open at 5:00 pm for a preview of the items, with the auction beginning at 6:00 pm. Evan Goodrich will be the volunteer auctioneer. Evan recently won the award of the number one NYS Bid Caller. A wide variety of items will be up for auction including dinners, sailboat rides, household goods, gift certificates, art works, and much more. There will be several silent auction items as well. The proceeds from the auction will help support the NVHS education and youth programs, Depot Friday Night series Veterans Day Dinner, as well as the maintenance of the Bement-Billings Farmstead and the Depot. Homemade desserts and beverages will be available. If you have an item or service you would like to donate for the auction, call the NVHS office (642-9516) or Ethel Curkendall (642-8313).

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Rural Ministry Cleanup Report


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Rental On a cold, snowy “Spring?” Cleanup Day, under the direction of Tioga County Rural Ministry, 40 volunteers from Tioga, Broome and Tompkins Counties ventured out into the towns of Owego and Apalachin to help their senior neighbors who were in need of some assistance. From dusting, vacuuming, spot cleaning and window washing to laying down mulch, clearing gardens, picking up sticks and twigs to trying to rake leaves through the snow, these hardy workers from Owego Free Academy and Candor High School, Binghamton University, Ithaca College and Cornell, along with volunteer drivers/supervisors worked at 41 sites. Sr. Mary of Tioga County Rural Ministry had the opportunity to sit down with Ithaca College and Cornell students, inviting responses to the question of why they volunteer to help. Teresa Clark’s response was immediate: “The

people are so welcoming and appreciative.” Cassandra, a grad student from Cornell spoke of her own personal need to do community service. She experienced the fulfillment of this need last year and so wanted to return. Nolan Hurst of Ithaca College noted that this is his third year coming: “The community that’s built here is a one of a kind thing. It is awesome and inspiring.” Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) is so grateful for these young adults who are willing to lend a hand. TCRM wants to honor the 30 adult volunteers who made this day possible by visiting sites beforehand, preparing lunches and serving as drivers/supervisors. TCRM thanks the First Presbyterian Union Church for allowing use of their kitchen for lunch preparation, and to its members, along with Kiwanis and Rotary members who supplied food and materials for lunches.

Chicken BBQ on Mother’s Day, May 8 Nichols American Legion Post 1624, 1 Dean Street in Nichols, will host a Mother's Day Chicken BBQ on Sunday, May 8 at 12:00 Noon. The cost is $9.50 per dinner or $6.50

for half chicken. To-go orders should be picked up by 3:00 pm. There will be a Bake Sale on the premises that day, also. Contact the Legion at (607) 699-7994.

Rummage, Food Sale in Apalachin - May 21 The Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church in Apalachin will hold a rummage and food sale as part of the Tioga Terrace Annual Garage Sale on Saturday, May 21, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The sale will include everything from books, clothing, toys, crafts and other

numerous household goods. In addition, pizza, hot dogs, a chicken barbeque, beverages and baked goods will also be available at the annual church event. Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church is at 30 Glann Road in Apalachin.



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4th Annual Pink Elk 5K – May 15 The 4th Annual Pink Elk 5K Run/ Walk will be held Sunday, May 15, at the Vestal Elks Club starting at 9:00 am. This year’s race is being held in memory of Donna Allis who passed way last year of cancer. The price to enter the race is $20. There is also a family price: $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional spouse or child under 18 years old. The pre-registration includes a T-

shirt and a breakfast ticket for the Saturday Packet picket event. The preregistration deadline is May 6, 2016. The price goes up to $25 the day of the race. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:45 am. Proceeds from this event go to Traci’s Hope and the Vestal Elks Club Veteran Committee. Register online or an entry from at

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TOP DOLLAR PAID: Wanted! Old fishing tackle, lures, reels, etc. Some items worth $500. and more!!! Call me first, collector not a dealer so I pay more. Walt 607-972-5739 09/16 WANTED: Highest Prices Paid for Antiques & Vintage Collectables. Like blue decorated crocks/jugs, old toys, watches pocket/wrist, jewelry men’s/women’s, banks, door stops, coffee grinders, fountain pens, military, firefighting items, and much more. Call (607) 372-7860 2/17

CONCRETE WALLS: Rent or hire us. Bridges, pole barns, driveways, additions. Dixon Builders 607-259-5029 12/16 FOR SALE: Weight Bench 100 lb. Weights, leg lift, Marcy Heavy Duty $75. Treadmill—like new $95. Both for $150. Call (607) 625-2921 or 760-4979 05/16 FOR SALE: Two Cooper 8’ shoplights, never used, 120v, hardwire, electric ballast, $29 each or $55 both, bulbs available Call 607-625-5916 05/16

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Strawberry Festival News

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The theme of this year’s 36th annual Owego Strawberry Festival is “Strawberry Peace.” Wear your tie-dye and peace signs! Come for fun, food, music, activities for kids, crafts and much more. On Friday, June 17, there will be a Friday Night Block Party from 5:30 to 10:30 pm, 5K run, four bands, food and more, and fireworks at 10:00 pm On Saturday, June 18, the Strawberry Festival is 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a

parade at 10:00 am. Activities include a craft fair, children’s entertainment, two Bicycle Stunt Shows, food, eight bands, and much more. The Owego Strawberry Festival is held in downtown Owego. On Saturday parking and busing will be provided from Hickories Park and the Tioga County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit and

Annual AMBA Wellness Program - May 21 The New York State Women, Inc. Susquehanna Chapter (formerly Owego Business and Professional Women) is sponsoring its annual AMBA Wellness Program on Saturday, May 21, 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. 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,

many people find themselves with high deductibles to be met before any services are covered. While this has been a valuable program for many years, it is even more so now, as those unable or unwilling to spend hundreds of dollars for routine testing can still get the screenings needed to maintain their health.” Anyone interested in participating should contact their physician for permission to have the test results sent to their office. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 1-800-2348888 by May 20, 2016. The NYS Women, Inc. Susquehanna Chapter is a state organization whose mission is to build powerful women personally, professionally and politically and to make a difference in the lives of working women.

Volunteers Needed to Cleanup Streams It’s time to help cleanup Tioga County’s streams. Tioga County Water Coordinating Committee will hold their 16th annual stream cleanup May 14 through May 22. If you are interested in cleaning up your environment or improving your community, then here is your chance. If you decide to volunteer you can select any stream within the county to cleanup or you will be assigned a location. Trash bags, gloves and gifts will be provided to all participants who help clean up our streams. Longtime sponsors of the event in-

clude 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. The event is possible because of their support. If you are interested in registering a group for this year's stream cleanup program, contact Ellen Pratt at 687-8274 or visit under NEWS. The registration deadline is Friday, May 13.

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Armchair Tour of Ireland - May 11 Have you ever wanted to visit Ireland? Here’s your chance. On Wednesday, May 11, at 2:00 pm at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego, Pat Kane will offer a slideshow presentation of his trips to Ireland, filled with interesting anecdotes and facts about Irish culture.


Red Cross to Host Volunteer Recruitment - May 7

Following the show, enjoy some light Irish fare and music while visiting with friends. This program is free to the public, but reservations are required. Call the Department of Aging at 687-4120, ext. 331, by Friday, May 6, to reserve your spot.

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Show Mom how much you love & appreciate her … Bring her to the Blue Dolphin Restaurant for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!


The American Red Cross will host a volunteer recruitment event on Saturday, May 7, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Tioga Opportunities Inc., Sheldon Guiles Boulevard in Owego. Last year, volunteers for Southern Tier Chapter helped 354 local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They trained 8,989 people in lifesaving skills, assisted 85 military members, veterans and their families, and collected 18,334 blood donations. Volunteers also went door-to-door in neighborhoods at high risk for home fires to install 228 smoke alarms and teach people about home fire safety. The recruitment event will review volunteer opportunities within different lines of services in the Red Cross: Disaster Services, Blood Services, Service to the Armed Forces, and Health and Safety Services.

Owego Businessman Donates $40,000 to BU

Mother’s Day May 8th 11:00 am – 9:30 pm

The head of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, Adam Weitsman, recently donated $40,000 to support Binghamton University’s Educational Opportunity Program, which identifies students facing economic challenges but show promise for success in a college

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The volunteer recruitment event is open to the public and welcome to volunteers of all skills and levels of experience. The event will start with an orientation and overview about the Red Cross and volunteer opportunities. Those interested in joining the Disaster Action Team and responding to local disasters in the community are welcome to stay for a Disaster Cycle Services Overview, as well as attend future classes. May 7, Disaster Cycle Services: Overview May 21, Shelter Fundamentals June 4, Psychological First Aid To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Zachariah Riley at or (607) 7857207.

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setting. “My wife, Kim, and I feel very strongly about helping young people pursue a higher education,” said Weitsman. “Students are often extremely bright but lack the means to pay for it. EOP gives students who otherwise might not go to college a second chance at a degree.” Binghamton University’s EOP program identifies students who have potential for mastering college-level work but demonstrate the need for financial assistance and other support. Once enrolled through EOP, students work to strengthen their personal development and academic skills as they transition to the university's social and cultural environment. Students in the program come from economically challenged backgrounds, so scholarship assistance significantly helps defray the cost of a college education. The EOP book allowance, which the Weitsman family has generously supported, is one important way these students can reduce their debt while going to school. Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling has been a long time corporate citizen, contributing to a number of nonprofit organizations and charities in the communities they serve. Over the past several years, Weitsman has donated over a million dollars in charitable contributions to help those in need. Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, operates 16 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania. For more information on the company, visit their web site at:


Would you like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss? Join the Department of Aging on Thursday, May 12, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego, when the Alzheimer’s Association presents “Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia: The Basics.” If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss or other behavioral changes, please come and learn the facts about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This program is free to the public, but registration is required. Call 687-4120, ext. 331, to reserve your seat.

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Owego Business Donates to Spencer Police Fund

Open: Tuesday-Sunday 7am to 3pm CLOSED MONDAY (607) 625-2212 A donation from Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling is giving the Village of Spencer Police Department a major financial boost. Last month, Adam Weitsman of Upstate Shredding presented Chief Michael Monteiro with a check for $10,000 to be used to help the department purchase needed items that they haven’t yet been able to afford. The donation is expected to cover the cost of two tasers, two body cams, a mobile radio, a heat alarm for the K-9 officer, an alco-sensor and a radar unit. Any remaining funding will be used to further update the equipment used by the department. “Being able to purchase these items will dramatically improve the safety of

our officers as well as their ability to communicate and serve the public effectively, we are extremely grateful to Upstate Shredding and the Weitsman family for their generosity and commitment to the community,” said Chief Monteiro. The Village of Spencer Police Department provides law enforcement services to residents, visitors, and businesses in the village. Three sworn police officers, including one canine unit, currently make up the force. Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling is the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, operates 16 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

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Riverside Cemetery AssociationApalachin asks lot owners and descendants to help with spring cleaning at an upcoming worker bee scheduled for Saturday, May 21, starting at 8:00 am. To kick-start the season, the nonprofit cemetery organization is asking volunteers for extra help and asks individuals to bring rakes and/or shovels to the worker bee. Regular groundskeeping will be per-

formed as usual, however any other volunteer help throughout the season is appreciated. Riverside Cemetery AssociationApalachin is also in need of various work tools. If you would like to make a donation or are interested in volunteering at another time, contact Roger Barton at (607) 625-3056 or Alan Short at (607) 321-8302.

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Lions Broom Sale in May 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. The Lions will sell door-to-door in the Greater Apalachin area May 9, 10, 11, and 12. This covers Apalachin and Campville in Tioga County, and Little Meadows, PA. Items being sold include brooms, cleaning cloths, sponges, grill brushes, and dusters. All are quality products and make great gifts. Each year the Lions typically contrib-


ute over $25,000 to help local residents. Activities include disaster relief, scholarships to high school seniors, Special Olympics, highway cleanup, Christmas baskets, Santa phones, Easter egg hunt, eye screening for pre-schoolers, eye exams and glasses, emergency expense assistance, and back-to-school gift certificates. The Apalachin Lions are only able to serve the community because the community supports them. They ask everyone to please be generous in supporting their Annual Broom Sale.

Susquehanna River Big Splash 2016 This year's Big Splash Event will take place May 28 and 29 at the Tioga County Fairgrounds (Marvin Park) in Owego, with performances by local and regional artists, innovations in sustainability,

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Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) will be conducting an area-wide collection of personal care products throughout the month of May. TCRM’s mission statement calls them to respond to the unmet needs of the poor, sick and elderly. Personal hygiene products and household cleaning items rise to the top of those “unmet” needs. These products are all items that are not covered by food stamps, like soap, dish and laundry detergent, shampoo, toilet tissue, and facial tissue. TCRM aims to involve the wider community in efforts

Garden Club to hold Plant Sale - May 7 The Tillers and Toilers Garden Club of Newark Valley will have their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 7, at the Village Green in Newark Valley, 8:30


Stop in and see Greg Kies today and see our newly expanded Lot with many more vehicles to choose from! See why we are the fastest growing dealer in the Southern-Tier, and what’s got everybody talking! Greg’s Auto Sales 770 Fifth Ave., Owego (607) 687-1535 Check us out on line at:

to meet those needs. You can help by donating an item or two. Even small sample sizes are welcome. Be on the lookout for area stores, businesses, churches and schools who are graciously hosting TCRM bins throughout the month of May. So far, the bins will be in over 35 sites in Owego. If you don’t see one of the bins, call Sr. Mary at Tioga County Rural Ministry, 687-3021, and she will be happy to cite some of the various locations. Or if you’d like to host a bin in your place of business, contact her.

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Chili Fest - May 5

“The Tioga County Democratic Committee will hold its annual Chili Fest Contest fundraiser on Thursday, May 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego. Local Democrat “chefs”

will make their favorite chili recipe and a panel of local judges will decide who made it best. Tickets are $10 per person and include as much chili and cornbread as you can eat until it’s gone. Send a check to: Jack Langan, 181 Cass Hill Rd., Candor, NY 13743 or email Chair Diane Lechner at for more information. For updates, visit

Dividing Perennials Workshop Offered Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on dividing perennials. You will learn how to dig and divide perennial plants, which plants should be divided in spring, and the benefits of this routine maintenance. Work with Master Gardeners to gain hands-on experience and learn proper techniques on dividing perennials. The class will be held Thursday, May

5, at 6:00 pm, in the auditorium of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Upper Front Street in Binghamton. Class size is limited so preregistration is required. Cost is $10 per person. Bring a pair of garden gloves. To register, call (607) 584-9966 or go online to gardening_203.


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Student Art Exhibition at the Tioga Arts Council The Tioga Arts Council invites you to help celebrate the creative talents of our local art students. The exhibition, entitled Modern Mythmakers, will include works by students from Newark Valley High School and Owego Free Academy, and

will be on display at the Tioga Arts Council from May 6 to May 24. A reception will be held on Friday, May 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm as part of Owego's 1st Friday ArtWalk. The Tioga Arts Council is located at 179 Front Street in Owego. It is open Mondays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit or call (607) 687-0785.

Robotics Programming Available in Owego Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County 4-H has announced two Robotics Programs for this spring. Lego WEDO is a starter robotics program for youth ages five to seven years old. Using Lego WEDO kits youth learn basic engineering design and programming. This program will be offered May 4 through May 18 at the Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building in Owego from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Youth must preregister for this program online at and the cost of the program is $15 per youth. Space is limited. Lego NXT – Mindstorms is a more advanced robotics program for youth ages eight to nineteen years old. The program encourages youth to design basic robots to complete specific tasks. Youth learn about engineering design

and programming through hands on activities using Lego NXT Mindstorm kits. This program will meet on Wednesdays, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, May 25 through June 8. Youth will have an opportunity to show off their work at the Owego Strawberry Festival, Tioga County Fair and the NYS Fair. Program meetings will be held at the Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building in Owego. Youth must preregister for this program online at and the cost to participate is $25 per youth. Space is limited. 4-H is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact Autumn Lavine, 4-H Youth Development Resource Educator, at 6874020 or go to youth-development

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will offer a presentation on Long Term Care Ombudsman program in Owego and Nichols. Many residents in long-term care facilities have family or friends who visit and help them adjust to living in their new home. But what does a resident do when no one is around? Who is there to explain their rights as residents? Oftentimes, long-term care facilities’ rules and regulations are difficult to navigate on one’s own. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is available to support individuals living in longterm care facilities. Action for Older Persons will present information on this program on the following dates: Friday, June 3, 1:00 to 2:30 pm, at

the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego and Tuesday, July 12, 1:00 to 2:30 pm at Community Care Network of Nichols, 139 Roki Blvd, Nichols This presentation will offer a brief history of the Ombudsman program, and will describe its critical role in supporting residents, family members, and facility staff. The responsibilities of an Ombudsman and how to become involved in the program will also be discussed. The presentation is free to the public, but registration is required. Call the Department of Aging at 6874120, ext. 331, to reserve your seat. Informational packets will be available upon request.

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The Vestal Central School District’s Board of Education is pleased to announce it has offered Mr. Jeffrey Ahearn the position as the new Superintendent of Vestal Central Schools. He will succeed Mark LaRoach, who retired at the end of December 2015. Mr. Ahearn’s selection concludes a five-month search led by a professional recruiting firm, which gathered input from stakeholders in the district and attracted a large pool of quality candidates. “The Board is very pleased to have selected Mr. Ahearn as our new superintendent,” said Board President Michon Stuart. “He has served the district well as interim superintendent, and we are confident that he will be a good leader for our students and our staff.” A native of Greenwood, New

York, Mr. Ahearn has more than 32 years of experience. He began his career in the banking industry, then moved into education, where he served as Director of Finance at Alfred State College. He was also the school business administrator for Addison Central Schools and then the Greater Southern Tier BOCES before joining the Vestal Central School District in September 2012 as School Business Administrator. In July of 2015, he was named Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations and Personnel. Following Mark LaRoach’s retirement, Mr. Ahearn was appointed Interim Superintendent of Schools by the Vestal Board of Education in January 2016. Pending the successful negotiation of a contract, the Board anticipates making a formal appointment at its meeting on May 10, 2016. It is anticipated that Mr. Ahearn will begin as Vestal’s new superintendent upon his appointment by the Board of Education. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students, parents, community members and other stakeholders who participated in this selection process. Thank you for your help and for your anticipated support of the new Superintendent of Vestal Schools.

Little Miss Apalachin 2016 Contest The 2016 Little Miss Apalachin Contest will take place during the Apalachin Firemen’s Field Days in Apalachin. Only pre-registered 8- and 9-years-old females residing within the Apalachin Fire District are eligible to participate. The contest will start promptly at Noon on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 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 and 11:45 am to ensure a timely start of the contest. The contestant’s can choose their own attire. Contestants are judged on appearance, personality and communication skills.

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Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. American flags are at half staff until noon. Churches remember veterans at their Sunday services. Here is the Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, Timeline for Owego/ Tioga County. Community organizations and veterans invited to parade and attend park ceremony. 8:00 to 10:40 am - 48th Annual Reading of Honored Names of Deceased Tioga County Veterans at Veterans Memorial. 10:15 - Tribute to Fallen Heroes. 9:00 a.m. - Memorial Day Mass in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Town of Tioga, and St. James Cemetery, Waverly. 10:00 am - Parade organizes on Temple Street by Police Station and First Presbyterian Union Church. All community organizations, school children, youth sports teams and veterans invited. Report to Parade Marshall John Loftus. 10:30 am - Downtown parade marches from OPD south on North Avenue, east on Main Street past VFW, south on Paige Street, west on Front Street past American Legion to south lawn of Tioga County Court House. 11:00 am - Service of Remembrance at Tioga County Veterans Memorial. General John Logan's Memorial Day General Order to Decorate Graves. OFA Band National Anthem. Invocation. Boy

Scouts read names of 170 Tioga County Fallen Heroes as Owego Elementary Students place their flag in patriotic basket. Wreath Laying at WWI, WWII, Tioga County, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq/ Afghanistan Memorials. “Salute to America's Finest” by OFA Band. Roll Call of past year’s deceased Tioga County veterans. Rifle Salute by 137th Voluntary Infantry. Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War note the 125th Anniversary of the Tioga County Union Civil War Memorial. Wreath cast into Susquehanna River from Court Street Bridge to remember Navy veterans. Rifle Salute by VFW Post 1371 Honor Guard. Taps by OFA Bugler.




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Plant Sale - May 13 & 14 A Plant Sale will be held at St. Paul’s Church, 117 Main Street in Owego on Friday May 13, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The sale includes local grown perennials, shrubs, houseplants, and seedlings (flowers and vegetables).

Tioga Co. 4-H Volunteer Named National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year The National 4-H Council has announced that John King, Owego, has been selected as the 2016 National 4-H Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer of the Year honoree. This award recognizes 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege. Each year, the 4-H Salute to Excellence honors one individual in each of the four U.S. regions as the National 4-H Volunteer of the Year, and one individual in each of the four U.S. regions as the Outstanding Lifetime 4-H Volunteer. King will be recognized for his accomplishment by the 4-H National Council at the 4-H Heritage Luncheon on October 7, 2016, at the National 4-H

Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. A cash award of $1000.00 will also be presented to the Tioga Co. 4H Program in recognition of his award. “John is an inspiration to 4-H youth. His work is a constant reminder that the life-changing 4-H experience would be impossible without caring adult mentors like him,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO, National 4H Council. 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

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Three Owego Hotels Sold Treadway to become Red Roof Inn

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includes the 74-room Holiday Inn Express, the 66-room Hampton Inn and the 80-room Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center. This property has been in operation for over 47 years and includes a 14,000 square foot conference center and a beautiful 3-meal dining operation that sits on the edge of the Susquehanna River. Rudra Management Company plans to invest over one million dollars in renovations and upgrades at the properties. “We intend to reclaim the Treadway Conference Center’s long held position as the premier banquet facility in the Southern Tier, and be the destination of choice for area weddings, business meetings and association business. All existing contracts will be honored, and we are excited to reach out to the community to bring even more business to this wonderful facility that is embedded in the fabric of the community.” The Owego Treadway Inn will undergo a significant transformation as it is to be re-branded as a Red Roof Inn. Grant states “while we recognize the tradition and value the Treadway facility has rep-

resented over the years, it was our belief that it was time to freshen up the hotel and acquiring a national franchise for the property is a good first step for us.” The Treadway property is currently open and will convert to the Red Roof flag within the next 60 days while the conference center will continue operation as the Owego Treadway Conference Center. “The Potter family developed this entire complex over 47 years ago and operated the properties until the sale. Not only did we acquire three wonderful hotels, but also coming on board with us is all the associates who have worked for many, many years at the various properties.” Grant says that “the decision to keep all of the staff intact was a simple one. We acquired the keys and kept operations running without missing a beat. With everyone pitching in, we transitioned from the Potter family ownership to ours with no downtime, and no gaps in service.” “This is a testament to the quality of the personnel that

were at the properties, and we were fortunate to maintain.” Each of these properties is open for business and looking to acquire even more customers. Rudra Management Company is based in Buffalo, New York, and currently employs over 650 associates.

Lalor Dental to Offer Day of Free Dentistry On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Lalor Family Dental will provide free dental care for those in need. The Lalor Family Dental team will offer one cleaning, filling or extraction, free of charge, to a minimum of 200 people. The 8th annual event will take place at Lalor Family Dental’s Main Office at 2521 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal. Registration begins at 7:30 am and patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis beginning at 8:00 am. Visitors are expected to come from Broome, Tioga and surrounding counties as the event is open to everyone in the community. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Lalor Family Dental has been providing for the dental care needs of the community for over 50 years. The practice was started by Dr. Robert T. Lalor, better known as “Doc,” whose great compassion for his patients and the community inspired the very first Free Dental Care Day event in 2009. Doc’s son and current practice owner, Dr. Robert A. Lalor, along with his wife Dr. Mary John and the rest of the Lalor Family Dental team, are proud to carry forward this tradition of giving back to the community. In addition to their annual Free Dental Care Day Event, Lalor Family Dental is giving back to their patients and the community all year long. Thus far in 2016, the practice has contributed over

$5,680 in donations and sponsorships to the community with many other approved donations in the works. During these difficult economic times, routine dental care is sometimes put aside, especially when dental insurance is not always available. Last May, Lalor Family Dental donated almost $37,000 in free dentistry to 196 people, and an even bigger turnout is eagerly anticipated this year. Recognizing the need for everyone to keep up good oral health regardless of insurance, Lalor Family Dental created their own inhouse Dental Savings Plan in 2013. There are single and family plans available, and all patients without insurance are welcome to enroll. For more information, visit the “Free Dental Care Day” page at, or visit the events section of their Facebook page. Lalor Family Dental is a full-service, state of the art dental practice located in Vestal and Binghamton, and is always accepting new patients, and offers a complimentary exam and full set of Xrays at the first visit. A sister office, Dinosaur Dental, opened in 2015. In addition to general family dentistry, the practice offers the latest technologies in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

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Kay Olan (right) watches as two girls hold a Hiawatha Belt. Last month, at Waterman Center in Apalachin, Kay Olan, Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan, told traditional stories about the Great Tree of Peace, and wisdom shared with the Founding Fathers that helped shape America and the U.S. Constitution. Karen Kucharski, a professional artist from the Owego-Apalachin area gave a presentation on the meaning of wampum and a glimpse at AmericanHaudenosaunee relations as related through her artwork. Karen is also creating a relief sculpture based on program themes for installation on the Waterman Center grounds, with a display of the work in progress on view in Waterman's interpretive building. An art reception will be scheduled for later this summer.

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Town of Barton Tire, Scrap Metal Cleanup Residential household in the Town of Barton (includes the Village of Waverly) can participate in the Town of Barton Tire and Scrap Metal Cleanup on Friday, May 13, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Town of Barton Highway Gravel Pitthe first right over the railroad off of Broad Street Extension and Ellistown Road in Waverly. Up to eight tires per residential household will be accepted at no charge (up to 19 inches). Up to an additional eight tires will be accepted for a fee of

$1 per tire. Tires on rims will be taken at no charge and will not be included in the eight tire limit. Any tires over 19 inches will count as two tires (up to 4 tires). Additional tires may be dropped off at $2 per tire (up to 4 tires). Larger tires will require residents to help load tires. Clean scrap metal will also be accepted at no charge. Proof of Town of Barton residency is required.

County Legislature Meeting - May 10 The Fifth Regular Meeting of 2016 of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, May 10, in the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium at 56 Main Street in Owego. Committee meetings will be held in the Legislative Conference Room, the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium, or

Conference Rooms as listed located at 56 Main Street, Owego. Individuals requiring any accommodation or auxiliary aid may contact the Legislative Office at 687-8240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person requesting assistance.

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July 4th Celebration in Candor Planned

Plans for a successful July 4, 2016 celebration in Candor, are well underway. If you are interested or know of a community member that is interested in being a part of the committee, email The next meeting is Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00 pm at the American Legion, 90 Spencer Avenue in Candor. New and fresh ideas are always welcome, as well as help with the fundraisers that are critical in making the Independence Day celebration a success. Funding is necessary to pay for fireworks, bands, entertainment, latrines/ sinks, and garbage removal. Kindly consider lending a hand or making a donation. Upcoming fundraisers include are: Saturday, May 7 – Pork Chop BBQ ($10) at the Candor Legion from 11:30 – gone (only 100 tickets and there are presale available now), along with a yardsale. (Clean and gently used items only accepted the week of May 2). Friday, May 20 – GWEN’s Fish Fry

($10) at 6:00 pm. Saturday, May 28 – Roadside Coin Collection with a vendor sale at the Legion. Reservations and information about table rental fee are available from Liz at Sunday, June 12 – The ever famous annual CANDUCKIE Derby! Tickets on sale soon and more details to follow. Thank you for always supporting your July 4 Community Committee to help make this year’s events, the best ever. For more information, email


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