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Make New “Memories” at Strawberry Festival - June 16 and 17

The 37th Annual Strawberry Festival will celebrate “Memories” as the theme for this year’s event, which kicks off on Friday, June 16, with a Block Party from 5:00 to 10:00 pm, and on Saturday, June 17, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in downtown Owego. For the main event on Saturday, the streets in Owego will be filled with vendors and entertainment. With the annual parade stepping off at 10:00 am. More than a dozen bands will perform at three different stages throughout the festival. Street performers will bring their talents to festivalgoer’s in a display of true public entertainment. Whether it is rock, pop, jazz, blues or bluegrass music, the festival offers a wide variety of musical entertainment.

This year’s festival will also offer entertainment for children and adults as the puppet show brings its marionettes this year, and Animal Adventure Park, which gained recent fame with April the giraffe, will bring some of its live animals for you to enjoy. New this year is a Digital Circus that will thrill guests with their artistic dance and some traditional magic. The mission of the Digital Circus is to bring a unique and beautiful flow of arts to the masses. There will be vendors, children’s activities, face painters, a pageant for children, and much more. A schedule of events and vendor information and applications can be found at www.owego.org.

Marks Running for Town of Owego Supervisor

Jonathan Marks of Owego has announced his candidacy for Owego Town Supervisor. He is planning to run in the September 12, 2017, primary election on the Republican ticket. Marks is an Owego native who has over 40 years of business management experience, including 18 years of being a successful Town of Owego small business owner. He graduated from Owego Free Academy and attended Syracuse University. Marks also currently serves as President of the Tioga County Fair

Board. Topping his concerns is the approximately 80% hike in the Town of Owego taxes over the past decade, while the national inflation rate for the same period is 17.9%. “I’m proud to live in the beautiful Town of Owego,” stated Marks. “It is my intention to keep it affordable by scrutinizing expenses, curtailing rising costs within the town and offering a higher level of transparency in spending for our voters. I feel I am a good listener, and get along well with people and am eager to work with our town department heads to attain higher levels of efficiency and better avenues of communication.” Marks added, “I am also committed to residents’ safety and feel it is important that we support the highway department and the maintenance of our town roads.” Marks is excited to meet with voters over the next few months at several upcoming events around the Town of Owego. He would like to hear from you - what are your concerns and issues? Email Jonathan Marks at JBMarks444@hotmail.com

Libertarian Party in Tioga County On April 25, 2017, seven members of the Libertarian party of New York who reside in Tioga county, assembled together at the Coburn Library in Owego to organize a Tioga County Governing Body. Bylaws were adopted and chapter officers were elected. Elected were Sara Price of Apalachin Chair, Melvin Foster of Candor Vice-Chair, Tami Bogausch of Candor Treasurer, and Rich Purtell of Apalachin Secretary.

The mission of this county organization is to advance the causes of individual liberty and freedom in Tioga County and beyond. Of particular interest for 2017, the chapter seeks to advance a qualified candidate with the proper values of "no victim-no crime" to run for Tioga County District Attorney. For more information, contact Sara Marie Kelly Price, chapter chair, at (607) 972-7008.

This year’s Strawberry Festial parade will step off at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 17, with colorful floats and a variety of entertainment

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SPC Charles E. Bilbrey, Jr. Inducted into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Specialist Charles “Charlie” E. Bilbrey, Jr. of Owego was recently inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2017 in Albany by Senator Fred Akshar. Each year, the New York State Senate honors veterans who have distinguished themselves in both their military and community service. “Ten years ago, Charlie made the ultimate sacrifice for his community and his country while serving in Iraq,” said Senator Fred Akshar. “It's important that we ensure that his story is never forgotten and that he is always remembered. On behalf of a grateful state and a grateful nation, we say thank you to Charlie and the Bilbrey family for their sacrifice and for allowing us to honor Charlie's life.” SPC Bilbrey deployed to Iraq in January of 2007 with the 5/7th Cavalry, and survived two vehicle bombings during the first three months of his tour. He carried Jolly Ranchers on patrol for Iraqi children who were thrilled by their col-

way in the village of Saqlawiyah, Iraq. It was his habit to volunteer for missions on his days off. On that mission, he and two other soldiers were killed when their HUMVEE tripped an IED. SPC Bilbrey was 21 years old. A college scholarship program was established at Owego Free Academy in Charlie’s name for students like SPC Bilbrey who possess a strong sense of honor, integrity and service to the nation. His parents, Charles, Sr. and Barbara, accepted the honor in Albany. More information about Senator Akshar (center) Charlie and a video of Mr. and with Charles Sr. and Barbara Bilbrey Mrs. Bilbrey discussing Charlie's ors. On July 26, 2007, SPC Bilbrey vollife can be found at unteered for a mission to secure a roadwww.Akshar.NYSenate.Gov.


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Zion Lutheran Church and School will be receiving a new pastor after an eight-month vacancy. Pastor Timmothy Heath, Jr., has accepted a Divine Call to serve the Owego congregation. He has visited the congregation, and the Village of Owego, and is looking forward to moving to New York very soon. In addition to his duties as pastor for Zion’s congregation, Pastor Heath will work with the families and teachers of Zion’s school. Pastor Heath is a 2013 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort

Wayne, Indiana, earning a Master’s of Divinity Degree (MDIV). His undergraduate work was at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, graduating with a BA degree in 2008. He served Trinity Lutheran in California as a Vicar in 2011-2012. Most recently he was Pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hilbert, Wisconsin, where he had served for over 3 years. He was ordained in July 2013. He is married to Hannah and they have four young children (pictured), two having been adopted from an orphanage in the Ukraine.

Father's Day Breakfast on Hiawatha Island Climb aboard Waterman Center's pontoon boat for the 27th Annual Hiawatha Island Father's Day Breakfast on June 18, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Enjoy a big, farm-style breakfast which includes eggs, bacon, home fries, baked beans, pastries, juice, coffee, and tea. Space is limited, reservations are required, and payment must be made by June 15. Parking is at Waterman Center boat

dock at the western end of Marshland Road in Apalachin. The last boat leaves for the island at 11. Cost is $18 per person, $25 per couple, $9 for children 512, and free for children under 5. Tickets are available at Waterman Center, 403 Hilton Road in Apalachin, 625-2221 or online at www.watermancenter.or/bookonline.

Tioga State Bank Promotes Brockner Tioga State Bank announced that Jennifer Brockner has been promoted to Vice President of Finance. Jennifer manages the day-to-day accounting responsibilities, as well as regulatory and management reporting. Her new responsibilities include buying and selling securities for the Bank’s Investment Portfolio. Brockner joined Tioga State Bank in

2002 as a Customer Service Representative. She transferred to the finance department as an Accountant II upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and was promoted to Senior Accountant/Supervisor and Finance Manager over the last several years. Brockner holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from Binghamton University.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY Danielle McMullen talking about Community Choice Aggregation at the Apalachin Elementary School last month. Photo by KC Ellis by K.C. Ellis Both the Village and the Town of Owego are examining a potential rate reduction for NYSEG customers under a project introduced by MEGA, The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance. A plan authorized in April 2016 by the NYS Public Service Commission, gives local governments the ability to aggregate utility customers to lower energy supply costs. The Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program would allow MEGA to bid for low fixed rates from Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) for a large pool of residential users. According to Danielle McMullen, a representative of MEGA, an aggregate pool of 40,000 customers has the leverage to bargain for a lower Kwh rate than individuals can get from NYSEG. If the local governments vote to take part, residents would have a fixed rate electric supply charge for a term of 18 to 36 months depending on how favorable the rates are for consumers. Over a hundred Apalachin residents attended an information session at the Apalachin Elementary School May 9 to learn about the program, “Community Choice Aggregation is a group purchase of electricity,” said McMullen. “With Community Choice Aggregation, you and your neighbors will increase your individual buying power.” Several steps are needed before citizens can see savings through the CCA. A minimum sixty -day education and community outreach period is required, then a local government needs to pass a law to authorize the

CCA at which point MEGA would solicit bids from energy service companies, select a low-bid supplier, negotiate a contract term from 18 months to three years and transfer the supply portion of the electricity from NYSEG to the chosen ESCO. Residents in the aggregate would automatically be covered, however individuals could opt out and if a customer currently receives energy from an ESCO they can continue with that supplier or opt in. If a customer is under contract with an ESCO and wishes to opt in after the contract expires they will be allowed to do so. Depending on the community, McMullen says, “it will enable residents to get access to renewable or green electricity.” MEGA envisions a base rate and possibly a renewable “opt up” option where consumers could choose to pay extra for renewable energy, according to McMullen. Community Choice Aggregation is not limited to Owego but includes the entire NYSEG service area of the Southern Tier and Central New York. The communities of Spencer, Burdett Village, Elmira, Hornell, the Town of Horseheads, Binghamton, Maine, The Town of Montour, Montour Falls Village and Canisteo are all exploring the program. Currently the program is limited to electricity supply and does not cover natural gas. More information about Community Choice Aggregation can be found on the MEGA websites, www.megaenergy.org and www.megacca.org.

Pasta Dinner to Benefit Catholic Charities Owego Town Supervisor Don Castellucci is cooking up an Italian feast on Wednesday, June 7, to raise money to support the good work of Catholic Charities in Tioga County. Join him for great food and inspiring stories about the ways Catholic Charities is transforming the lives of low income youth and families in Tioga County. The dinner will be held at the Owego Elks Lodge, 223 Front Street in Owego.

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2017 Schedule of Events and Workshops June 3- Rug Day: Rug Braiding, Hooking and Weaving. June 10 – Fleece to Shawl Day with the Cat’s Cradle Spinning Guild, the Friends in Fiber Guild, and the Bee-ewe-tiful Fiber Friends. June 17 – Cotton Day with Kathy Halton and Friends. 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.

Tioga Opportunities staff is available to answer any of your general questions online every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at www.tiogaopp.org. To send a message to staff, click on the “Chat” box on the right-hand side of the website.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about various resources that are available in our community. You can also call Tioga Opportunities at 6874120.

Depot Friday Night The Depot Friday Night Series in Newark Valley began its 13th season on June 2 with the return of the classic rock & roll band The Tarps, bringing music from the 50’s thru the 80’s. On June 9, author, photographer, and environmentalist Rick Marsi will present a slide show entitled “California Dreamin - Exploring Nature in the Golden State.” On June 16, the Depot welcomes back Rich Wilson and his amazing musical talents. Rich will entertain with a wide variety of standards from Sinatra, Dino, Tony Bennett, Elvis and others. His professional appearance and smooth vocals will have you believing you are at a night club in Las Vegas. Rich is a

member of the NYS Country Music Hall of Fame and songs from artists like Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson among others Country Music legends are often part of Rick’s show. The Depot in Newark Valley is on Depot Street and the doors open on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm with the programs beginning at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available. If weather permits, the musical programs will be outside, so bring a lawn chair. For more information call the Newark Valley Historical Society Office at 642-9516 and leave your name and address and they will mail the schedule to

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. July 8 – HTTM Open for Tours July 8 & July 15 – a two day Basket Worksho with Anne Special Exhibits: “Carding Mills and the Carding Mill Era” and “The Weavers’ Herald, a Forum for Rag Rug Weavers.” See www.HTTM.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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Owego Native Graduates from US Coast Guard program designed to provide cadets the knowledge and experience essential to become leaders of character. Cadets are required to devote themselves to an honor concept and after graduation go directly into positions of leadership in service to others. Information about the U.S. Coast Guard Academy can be found at www.uscga.edu.

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OES Raises Funds for Fireman’s Fountain Restoration A contest was recently held at Owego Elementary School (OES) with 4th and 5th Grade students to raise funds for the Baker Fireman’s Fountain Restoration Project. Students submitted drawings of the statute featuring a fireman holding a child in the Village of Owego’s Courthouse Square. The winning drawing (pictured) was submitted by 4th grader Kaelyn Katchuk. It will be featured on T -shirts sold at area events and at the Goat Boy on Front Street. All contestants (see photo on page 5) were treated to ice cream at Ice Cream Works with Kaelyn receiving an official hose team shirt and hat, and a ride in the Owego Hose Team’s 1969 Mack fire truck. Judges for the contest were were David Ostrander, husband of local artist and business owner Carol Livermore, Village of Owego Trustee Ken Henson, and Owego Hose Team members. The T-shirt contest was the product of 4th grader Grayden Stanton, his mother Betsi, grandmother Kelly Dennis, and OES Librarian Alicia Sherman. Stanton is no stranger to helping preserve the fountain. In 2015 he and eight other classmates volunteered to clean the fountain recognizing the fountain’s significance to Owego’s image and history. Grayden reached out the Owego Hose Teams, Inc., the local not for profit spearheading the restoration effort, who were happy to have him join the effort. Repairs are estimated to cost $60,000

and include cement and concrete replacement, repainting, pipe, plumbing and pump work, basin liner repair and updated landscaping. The hose teams recently secured grants from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation and the Fannie C. Hyde Charitable Trust for the restoration and are hosting a memorial golf tournament to support the cause.


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Ribbon Cutting at Kali’s Klub House A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last month for Kali’s Klub House at Fargnoli Farms in Apalachin. Kali’s Klub House, at 4041 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin, is a nonprofit organization which serves people with special needs, at-risk youth, and veterans using both mounted and unmounted equine activities. A team of volunteers, therapists and equine specialists dedicate themselves to the growth and empowerment of their individuals

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Tioga State Bank’s Catalano Promoted

Tioga State Bank announced that Anne Catalano has been promoted to

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Students Explore 4-H Poultry science

For the past two months, Kindergarten and First Grade students at Zion Lutheran School in Owego participated in an exciting series of hands-on poultry science activities. Volunteers from the Hoof & Claw 4-H Club of Tioga County helped the students explore poultry, incubation and embryology. Three different breeds of poultry visited the school. The class enjoyed meeting the Blue Splash Modem Bantam, Black Japanese, and Silver Phoenix Chickens. The students also handled and compared eggs from 4-H Club members’ pheasants, chickens, turkeys and geese. 4-H volunteers helped the students incubate and hatch a trio of chicks. The students learned how to use an egg candler to look inside the fertilized

egg throughout the 21-day hatching period. The class colored pictures illustrating the developmental process of the fertilized eggs at day 1, 7, 14, and 21. The students also learned how to set up a brooding pen to keep the newly hatched silver phoenix chicks warm and comfortable. The chicks, which the class named Kirby, Zelda, and Mario, stayed in the classroom for a week. 4-H Member Katie Popp, who provided the class with the fertilized eggs, will raise the chicks to maturity. Katie’s adult silver Phoenix chickens will be on display at the county fair this summer. If you are interested in meeting Kirby, Mario, and Zelda’s parents, visit the Tioga County Fair August 2 through August 5.

Beaded Netting Class - July 15 On July 15, the Folk Art Series: Beaded Christmas Ornament will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Bement Billings Farmstead Museum, 9241 Rt. 38 in Newark Valley. Create historic beaded netting for an iridescent “Ball Gown”. The craft of beaded netting dates back at least as far as Ancient Egypt. It was used to construct elaborate beaded collars, headdresses, and even gowns or overdresses. Because of the manner of construction, few intact pieces have been found as the stringing materials have disintegrated over time. A few pieces have been found, situated in such a way that they were able to be reconstructed. Bead netting is not a difficult craft to learn and offers many possibilities for embellishment. The "Ball Gown" being taught in the class is a very basic example which can be "dressed up" in many ways. The cost is $30 or $25 for Newark Valley Historical Society (NVHS) members. Materials are provided. Scholarships available. Register by June 28 by

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Senator Fred Akshar and YES LEADers Tioga Senator Fred Akshar and YES Safe Free Academy senior Morgan Dowches Choices were joined by local parents, believes the program has helped her teachers and school administrators to grow into a more confident person. honor 645 Broome, Tioga and Chenango “YES LEADS has shown me how to be YES LEADers at the YES LEADers fine with myself and to understand that I Change Lives Recognition Reception. don’t need to use drugs and alcohol YES LEADers are middle and high when I’m feeling alone. There will alschool students who visit classrooms ways be someone around who will listen and use hands-on activities to teach local and help.” elementary school students about the YES Safe Choices is a partnership dangers of substance abuse, the imbetween Senator Akshar and Lourdes portance of self-esteem and the value in Hospital. Owego-Apalachin, Tioga Cenmaking healthy choices as they grow up. tral, and Waverly school districts partici“The amount of time, effort and enerpate in the YES LEADS program. This gy that YES LEADers dedicate to our year’s LEADers, representing 13 school community is amazing,” said Senator districts, will have presented to over Akshar. “They’re touching countless 4,500 elementary students by the end of lives by teaching invaluable lessons to the school year. younger kids about committing to makFor more information about YES ing safe choices.” Safe Choices and YES LEADS, please As a four-year YES LEADer, Owego visit www.YesSafeChoices.org.

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With funding from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation (MFTF), the Carantouan Greenway is developing the local Park Mapping Project, designed to address the growing need of community park visitors in Tioga County to be “connected” to their surrounding parks via mobile devices. Through the establishment of GISbased maps for the parks, the project will establish and map GPS coordinates for native plant collections, bike paths, running and hiking trails and featured

park points-of-interest. The project will serve as both an education and safety based resource for park visitors. The ESRI geographic information system (GIS) software to be used for this project supports a digital location platform, resulting in park map accessibility via any mobile device. The Carantouan Greenway is working with Tioga County stakeholders, including the Waverly Recreation, Tioga County Tourism and Friends of Two Rivers State park in Waverly, to create maps of relevance to users of the Waverly Glen, Two Rivers State Park and Wildwood Reserve in Barton. As captured in the picture, MFTFgrant funded Androids and software were used to map hiking and biking trails at Two Rivers State Park’s “I Love My Park Day”, on May 6. If you have questions, contact tpipher@carantuoangreenway.org

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Strawberry Fields at Owego VFW During Strawberry Festival - June 17 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 1371, 207 Main Street in Owego, will sponsor a Craft/Vendor Fair during the Strawberry Festival on June 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This will include a variety of shopping and food all located inside. Both the front porch and side doors will be open for this event. Proceeds will benefit some of the many programs that the Auxiliary supports including the VFW National Home for Children where the families left behind by war can remain together, and The Cancer Program that provides grants to Auxiliary members afflicted by

this dreaded disease. Also included are the USO, Wounded Warriors, Paralyzed and Homeless Veterans, Scholarships, Americanism, Legislation and Hospital/ Nursing Home Support. Veterans of Foreign Wars Comrades will have items for sale to benefit their building fund. Eligible men and women are invited to join the Auxiliary to assist in helping as we strive to serve our Veterans of today and yesterday. Information on how you can sign up with this great organization will be available.

Free Ice Cream Social - June 22 June 22 is officially the first day of summer and a great opportunity to enjoy ice cream and each other’s company. Everyone is invited to a free ice cream social on Thursday, June 22, at 6:30 pm, Owego Free Academy YES LEADer Grace Oddo (center) helps the students with the Who to Believe activity, which demonstrates the influence that peer pressure can have on the decisions we make. Fourteen YES LEADers from Owego Free Academy last month presented a program on the dangers of drugs and alcohol to Owego Elementary School and Owego Apalachin Middle School students. YES LEADS is a peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention program run by YES Safe Choices, sponsored by Senator Akshar and Lourdes Hospital. YES trains high school and middle school LEADers, like those from Owego, to stand out as role models for younger students. Earlier this year, YES LEADers attended two days of leadership training where they learned effective methods to engage younger students in relatable ways. Since many YES LEADers are leaders in their schools and local communities, younger students see them as

role models and emulate the positive choices these students make to be drug and alcohol free. At their presentations, YES LEADers demonstrate the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the importance of positive self-esteem by using hands-on activities to help younger students understand the impact the decisions they’ve made can have on everyday life. These activities are designed to teach students important skills to resist peer pressure and make safe choices. Owego’s YES LEADers are also committed to helping their community. In addition to visiting classrooms, they participate in a variety of outreach activities, including hosting a Free Family Movie Night in the spring. For more information, visit www.YesSafeChoices.org.

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FFA Memorabilia Wanted The Tioga County Ag Society is organizing an exhibit for this year’s Tioga County Fair to highlight the history of FFA in Tioga County. They are looking for FFA Jackets, photographs, memorabilia, and trivia from all of the chapters, past and present, within Tioga County to be part of a display at the agriculture building. Items may be donated to the Tioga County Ag Society or loaned for use at the fair on August 5. Contact Michele Kline at michelelynnkline@gmail.com to make arrangements for your artifact to be included in the exhibit. The first donated FFA jacket (pictured) was provided by Cindy and Ben Goodrich. Ben was a member of the Owego FFA Chapter in 1961. His jacket will be on display at the Tioga County Fair in the Agriculture Building August 2 through August 5 at Marvin Park along with a photo of the Owego FFA Chapter from that same year. The blue corduroy jacket was adopted as part of the official FFA dress in 1933; since then over three million jackets have been issued. To an FFA member the jacket is a symbol that represents FFA's values. It is a common thread running from chapter to chapter. The

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