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The Berkshire Fire Department will hold an Open House on Saturday, July 30, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event is free to attend, and everyone is invited. Meet your local firefighters and EMS personnel. See the new ambulance. There will be a bike and helmet raffle, smoke detector giveaways, and blood

pressure checks for the adults. The children will enjoy the bounce house, games and crafts. A blood drive will be held from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. A Memorial Dedication Ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm. Food, drinks, and snacks will be available.

27th Apalachin Lions “Back to School” Program The first day of school is a day of new experiences, new friends and new clothes. Unfortunately not all families are able to buy new clothing or school supplies for that all important opening day.

The Apalachin Lions Club has been conducting a “BACK TO SCHOOL” program for the last 26 years, this year with cooperation from the Vestal Target. This program furnishes gift vouchers to eligible families, helping to defray some of the cost of getting their children equipped for school. People living in the Apalachin 13732; Campville 13760; and Little Meadows, Pennsylvania, 18830 Zip Code areas can obtain information on eligibility and the application. Eligibility for aid will be determined by the Apalachin Lions Club. For more information, email





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digital and print resources, to be made publicly available. Sign locations will include Wildwood Reserve, Waverly Glenn, East Waverly Park, and Apalachin’s Waterman Conservation Center. With over 25,000 total annual visitors at these locations, the impact potential for educational-awareness is immense. Web resources have been developed in cooperation with Binghamton University’s Biological Anthropologist Mandy Roome, and will soon be made available.

prime co-sponsor; Assemblymen Crouch and Friend are also co-sponsors. It was sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellino in the Senate, Senator Akshar is the prime co-sponsor of the Senate version. From the bill memo: Bill would classify sanitation (garbage) trucks as 'hazard vehicles' while engaged in the collection of refuse on a public highway, thereby including them in the 'Move Over' law. Since the Move Over Law was enacted, several accidents involving sanitation trucks have occurred, the bill would increase safety for sanitation workers, as well as vehicles in the vicinity of such trucks. The memo indicates 'This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.' Should it be signed into law by the Governor prior to November 1, it will take effect on November 1 of this year. Should he sign it after November 1, it would take effect November 1 of 2017.

Rabies Clinic - July 18 A Rabies Clinic will take place on July 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the new fire station in Little Meadows, Pennsylvania.


Slow Down Law Passed, Protects Safety of Sanitation Workers After a tragic workplace accident that caused the death of 27-year-old Taylor Garbage employee Shaun Tilghman last November, legislation has been passed that now requires that vehicles slow down and exercise caution around sanitation vehicles on the roadways in the State of New York. Taylor Garbage called a meeting of local and State legislators last November to get this law passed and last week it officially passed both the Senate and Assembly for incorporation. “The passage of this law is a significant milestone to help safeguard our workers that are on the roads day in and day out. After the loss of one of our own last November, we knew something needed to happen and happen fast. We would like to thank our local and State representatives for making this a priority and getting it passed so quickly,’ said Jared Taylor, General Manager of Taylor Garbage Service, Inc. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker in the Assembly, Assemblywoman Lupardo is the

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At the Apalachin United Methodist Church 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apalachin, NY (607) 625-2733 • Free Ice Cream Social Saturday, July 16, 6 - 8 pm Make Your Own Sundae at the Ice Cream Social. For those who prefer to donate, although not mandatory, new toys for the Toys for Tots Apalachin program will be accepted. • Doug’s Fish Fry Wednesday, July 20, 11am to 6pm Doug's Fish Fry will be at the church’s parking lot. The UMW will also hold a Bake Sale. The church’s Fellowship Hall will be open for your comfort and

convenience. Proceeds (shared with Doug's Fish Fry) will go towards upgrading the church’s library, and Bake Sale proceeds will go towards the mission work of the UMW. • Worship Picnic Sunday, July 24, 11am Hickories Park, Pavilion #4 Bring a dish to pass, your own table service, and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and fun. Grills will be available to cook your own meat; drinks will be provided.

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Apalachin Lions Award Scholarship for 2016 The Apalachin Lions Club awarded $3000 in scholarships for 2016. Each winner received $1000 at the awards ceremony. The scholarship is to promote and reward young people for service to their community and school. This year’s

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Saying Goodbye to Shirley Tiffany. by Dorothy Richter Executive Director

Saying goodbye is always difficult, especially for those we love. On Friday, June 24, Community Care Network of Nichols and the community said our goodbyes to our beloved co-founder Shirley Tiffany (pictured). As a Masters prepared Nurse Practitioner, Shirley dedicated her life to taking care of others. In 1999, Shirley teamed up with longtime friend and colleague Sandy McCoyCleveland to give life to the neighbors helping neighbors model in Nichols and its closely surrounding communities. Through a lot of hard work, diligence, and the help of many volunteers, CCNN was off to a good start and continues to grow and serve the people in our community and its neighbors. Community Care Network of Nichols and the members of our community will forever be indebted to Shirley Tiffany for her part in laying such a solid foundation and especially for playing such an instrumental role in helping our senior citizens and

Good Luck to all the Golfers at the Dick’s Open Stop in for breakfast, lunch & dinner before or after the Tournament! 625-3830 disabled individuals be able to access services and age in place. Thank you, Shirley, may you rest in peace and watch over us.

Miniature Golf Smackdown Benefits Arts Council Tioga Arts Council's Miniature Golf Smackdown is an adults-only mini golf tournament to be held on August 13 at Tioga Mini Challenger, located next to Metro's Restaurant on Rt. 96 in Owego. The event will feature 18 holes, each one sponsored by a local business, as well as food and drinks, a golf ball drop raffle, cash prizes, hand-painted golf balls, and more. Teams must register by July 29 at the

Tioga Arts Council or by calling (607) 687-0785. Registration forms are available at: The cost is $100 per team of four adults. Teams can choose from two tee times: 3:00 or 6 pm. Proceeds support TAC’s vision to support a creative community. For more information, call 687-0785, go to, or email tiogaartscouncil@

Lions, Kiwanis to “Squash Out Hunger” What to do with all that extra zucchini in your home garden? The Apalachin Lions Club and Owego Kiwanis are partnering up to help “Squash Out Hunger” in the Owego/Apalachin area this summer. Home gardeners are encouraged to donate extra produce to one of three local food banks: Tioga County Rural Ministry in Owego, Park Terrace Food Bank in Apalachin, and the Little Meadows Methodist Church Food Bank.

In Owego, produce can be donated directly to Tioga County Rural Ministry on North Avenue during normal business hours. In Apalachin two drop off bins are at Farmer Browns and BEAM Electrics/Robbie Produce, both on Rt. 434. “Squash Out Hunger” starts July 11 and runs through August 19. If you do not have a home garden, store-bought produce will be accepted.

Armchair Tour of Italy Offered in Owego An Armchair Tour of Italy will be offered on Friday, July 15, at 2:00 pm at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. Pat Kane will present a slideshow of his trips to Italy, complete with fun stories and interesting tidbits.

After the presentation, enjoy some Italian snacks and music while visiting with friends. This program is free to the public, but reservations are required. Call the Department of Aging at 6874120, ext. 331 to reserve your spot.

Miniature Golf Family Day - July 30 The Newark Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Miniature Golf Family Day on Saturday, July 30, at Chuckster’s in Vestal. Shotgun start at 9:00am. The cost is $15 per player,

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2016 Schedule of Events and Workshops July 9 – Dye Day. Natural, Chemical and Indigo Dyeing. Friday July 15 – “Drafting Longdraw” Spinning Workshop With Tracy Sayre from 10 to 4. Fee $25, Materials $25. July 16 – Exotic Textile Animals Day. Friday July 22 – Wool Applique Workshop with Deb Schildt From 10 to 4. Fee $25, Materials $25. July 23 – Weaving on Tape Looms. July 30 – HTTM Open for Tours.

Upstate Shredding Wins Award Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling announced they have once again received the top industry award in North America by leading trade media group, American Metal Market (AMM). The award for Scrap Company of the Year was announced at the annual AMM awards dinner at the Edison ballroom in New York City. The award for scrap company of the year represents the largest honor in scrap and recycling to be given to a firm in North America. “2015 and 2016 were two of the most trying years historically for the scrap metal recycling industry,” said Adam Weitsman, CEO of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling. “I was shocked when we won the award last year, but to win it again, in consecutive years, is

equally as shocking. This is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our employees throughout New York and Pennsylvania….it wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of our team members working hard day in and day out. This is the highlight of my professional career and I am honored to have been selected from the extremely deserving scrap metal recycling companies throughout North America. Thank you to America Metal Market and the esteemed judges for their recognition of my team’s tireless dedication to great customer service and commitment to excellence in the industry.” Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, has its headquarters in Owego.

August 6 – Small Loom Saturday: Rigid Heddle, Table and Peg Looms, Weaving on Cardboard, Saori Weaving. August 13 – Annual Wool Waulking. August 19 – Spinning Tweed Yarns Workshop with Pat Hilts from 10 to 4. Fee $25, Materials $15. August 20 – Caring for Antique Textiles at Home with Pat Hilts. August 27 – Open for Tours. Lecture on Grange history at 1 p.m. Special Exhibit: The Farnham Family of Spinning Wheel Makers. See for more information on Saturday events and the summer workshop schedule for 2016. For details call the museum at (570) 247-7175 or email: Programs funded in part by the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency and the United Way of Bradford County.

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Kids’ Expo at Tioga County Fair - July 8



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On Friday, July 8, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, a Kid’s Expo will take place at the Tioga County Fair, Marvin Park in Owego. There are plenty of activities in store for youth, ranging from facing painting and juggling, to puppets and live animals. The schedule is as follows. From 2:00 to 6:00 pm there will be face painting by Meg Merwin. Juggler Extraordinaire Will Stafford will entertain from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The Art Make and Take will offer hands-on activities for kids. Meet and get your photo with the Disney Princesses from 2:00 to 6:00 pm or have a free caricature done up by Jon Federowicz from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. The Zoomobile exhibit will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Shows planned during the Kid’s Expo include John Simon, musician, from 2:00 to 3:50 pm. John Simon is a musician from Ithaca who will be singing children’s songs. Simon mixes familiar favorites with originals, and his upbeat melodies and lyrics have kids dancing and singing along. Tom Knight Puppets will entertain kids from 4:00 to 4:50 pm. Tom and his band of handmade puppets will perform

Tom Knight Puppets will entertain kids during the Kid’s Expo at the Tioga County Fair on Friday, July 8. an energetic and delightful show for children with vibrant songs and skits. A Zoomobile Educational Presentation will take place from 5:15 to 6:00 pm. The Zoomobile will educate and enthrall children with its live animals and knowledgeable presenters from the Ross Park Zoo.

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Camp E.D.G.E at Little Meadows United Methodist Church will take place Tuesday, July 12, through Thursday, July 14, from 6:00 to to 8 pm. The camp is for children age pre-school through Grade 5. Children can meet Sparks the Fox and learn how to be closer to God at

Camp E(xperience) and D(iscover) G (od) E(verywhere). There will be crafts, recreation, story time, music time, discovery time, snacks, fun, friends. For more information, call the church at (570) 6232746.

Akshar’s Survey Results Senator Fred Akshar released the results of his Community Voice Survey on issues facing constituents across the 52nd Senate District. Earlier this year, Akshar distributed his first Community Voice Survey throughout his district. Responses were collected via mail and his website, Akshar.NYSenate.Gov. Over 5,000 digital and physical responses were received from local constituents weighing in on issues ranging from the state business climate, the heroin epidemic and ethics reforms. “If we're going to be successful as a community, elected officials need to be open and accessible to the people,” said Akshar. “This survey is another way to stay engaged with the people I represent.” Results: The Best Way to Stimulate Job Creation in the Southern Tier 48% - Reducing Regulations and Red Tape 37% - Cutting Taxes for Small Business 8% - Targeted Public Investment 7% - Tax-Free Programs like STARTUP NY for New Companies “The responses we received from the survey mirror the conversations I've had with local business owners: Small businesses know how to create jobs, they don't need Albany telling them how to succeed,” said Akshar. “The message to State Government is simple: Stay out of the way and let business thrive on its own.” Results: What Needs the Most Attention in Fighting Our Community's Heroin Epidemic? 29% - Enforcement 28% - Prevention 25% - Treatment Access 17% - Education

Results: Do You Support Supervised Heroin Injection Sites to Prevent Overdoses? 82% - No 18% - Yes “Community members were evenly divided on how to fight heroin,” said Akshar. “To me, this reinforces the need for a multi-faceted approach in fighting the heroin epidemic, with the help of the entire community and every level of government. Respondents did agree that supervised heroin injection sites were not a good idea.” Results: Do you think public officials found guilty of corruption in relation to their position should forfeit their pensions? 95% - Yes 5% - No Results: Should taxpayer dollars be used to fund political campaign ads, mail and robocalls? 95% - No 5% - Yes “The people expect and deserve the highest ethical standards from their elected officials,” said Senator Fred Akshar. “That's why I cosponsored legislation to strip pensions from convicted public servants. While more ethics reforms are needed, the people I represent were clear that using public taxpayer dollars to finance political campaigns is unacceptable.” "We live in a very diverse state with many different opinions on the issues, even within the borders of the 52nd Senate District,” said Senator Fred Akshar. “At the end of the day, my goal is to work hard to find the right compromises to help improve the lives of the people I represent.” Full results are available at Akshar.NYSenate.Gov

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Ribbon Cutting at Muldoon Gardens

We will be CLOSED Developed by the Carantouan Greenway and funded by the Tioga County Senior Citizen Foundation, residents of Waverly’s Muldoon Gardens celebrated their new Residential Living Wildlife Habitat Garden with a picnic and ribbon cutting ceremony. The garden was developed in support of wildlife habitat development for senior residential living. Many seniors leave behind their own gardens, perennial beds, and green space; in exchange for residential living. This projects aims to give some of that back. Based on a needs assessment conducted with residents of Muldoon Gardens, the project includes plant pollinators, a bird feeder, nesting box, birdbath,

and an architectural design to complement the historic Muldoon building. The turquoise color scheme throughout the garden is in honor of master gardener Julia “Judy” Joanne Kerwin DePumpo, whose spirit continues to inspire. Special thanks is also extended to Horn’s Gary Keene, craftsman Ralph Geiger, the Valley Garden Club, Marilyn Palmer, Melissa Coolbaugh, Louise O'Neill and Eileen Cole. The garden was recently certified by the National Wildlife Federation, as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. For more on pollinators and butterfly gardens, visit and click on Butterflies and Pollinators.

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Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) had the opportunity to honor the Tuskegee Airmen on their 75th Anniversary. The Tuskegee Airmen were pilots who served in a segregated unit during World War II. The airmen honored were Audley Coulthurst, William J. Johnson, Wilford R. DeFour and Herbert C. Thorpe. “Our chamber was in the presence of real live American heroes,” Friend said.

“The Tuskegee Airmen fought selflessly as part of the Greatest Generation and helped to defeat the greatest threats Western Civilization had ever known. They served on behalf of a country that still forced them to sit at segregated lunch tables and ride in the back of buses. They served for a love of country and a sense of citizenship. It was truly an honor to meet these men.”

Free Ice Cream Social - July 21 A free ice cream social will be held on Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 pm, at the Park Terrace United Methodist Church, 30 Glann Road in Apalachin.

Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy each other’s company and some delicious ice cream

New Skills Exchange Program at Vestal UMC Vestal United Methodist Church is beginning a new Skills Exchange Program on Wednesday, July 13, from 2:00 until 3:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public. Childcare is available to those who request it when registering. A Skills Exchange is people sharing their skills, talents, resources and knowledge to help others learn. The programs are designed for people of all ages and for families and friends to take the classes together if they wish. Each session will offer two classes which take place in the same room so parents and children can take the same or different

classes and still be in close proximity to each other. This session will offer: • ODDS, ENDS, ART! – create twodimensional art from paper, fabric and small objects. Led by Candace Murchie. • BEGINNER CANDY MAKING (peanut clusters) – you won’t be able to eat just one! Led by Jan Hallock. To pre-register please visit or call (607) 785-3367 by Monday, July 10. Vestal United Methodist Church is located at 328 Main Street, Vestal.

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Apalachin Lions Install New Officers The annual Installation of Officers dinner of the Apalachin Lions Foundation & Club was held June 11, 2016, at Traditions at the Glen. Judy Murphy (pictured) was installed as President for the Lions year beginning July 1. This is the first time in the 60-year existence of the Apalachin Lions that a female is heading the organization. The installation ceremony was conducted by Lion District Governor Elect Lynn Williams. In addition to Lion President Judy, the 2016-17 team of officers includes Past President Jake Brown, 1st Vice President Gerry Strazik, 2nd Vice President Dave Whritenour, 3rd Vice President Lee Blood, Secretary Chuck Tyrrell, first female Treasurer Naomi Rupright, Tail Twister Leigh Ericson, Lion Tamer Mark Strazik and Membership Director Rick Grey. Also installed were Board Directors Mike Baratta, Dave Houser, Paul Huonker, Bob Jensen, Joe Murphy and Dick Tulsey. In her installation remarks, Judy said that the Apalachin Lions are making an impact in our community and living up to the motto, “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.” She gave examples of the many ways the non-profit Foundation carries out its mission. Among them: detecting vision problems of preschoolers; helping to feed the hungry with gift baskets and by working with

food pantries and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier; conducting park mowing and road cleanups; and coaching and organizing Special Olympics events. At the dinner, Judy was also presented with the Lion of the Year Award for outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism. She, in turn, recognized the achievements and efforts the many longtime members have put forth to continue the longevity and success of the organization, and the mentoring that goes on to make new members feel a part of the team.

Conklin Native to be Head Chef At Tioga Downs’ Virgil’s BBQ Live music and world class barbecue is a winning combination and it’s coming soon to the Southern Tier. With Virgil’s Real Barbecue slated to open at Tioga Downs July 19, they have the deck stacked in their favor with Executive Chef, Nicholas Donahue. A native of Conklin, Chef Nick has the training and skills that would make any barbecue pit master proud. Trained under Virgil’s executive chefs in New York City for the past month, Chef Nick is bringing the southern comfort of good barbecue to the North. Born in Conklin and a graduate from Susquehanna Valley, Nicholas Donahue said he has felt the kitchen’s ability to bring people together since a young age. Cooking class in high school made him realize he could have a career doing what he loves, and his upbringing reinforced his passion for good, home cooked food. “I cannot remember a time when we didn’t have a barbecue smoker growing up. This is one thing my father always had and we used it every weekend,” said Donahue.

Along with Donahue’s expertise in the kitchen, he brings a level of authenticity and heart that is rarely found in today’s restaurants. Caring about the customer means caring about the food and at Virgil’s Real Barbecue, everything is homemade. Detailing his experiences at Virgil’s in his blog, Donahue shows the care that’s put into the food right down to the warm, flaky biscuits and baked beans. To follow along as Donahue heads up Virgil’s at Tioga Downs, you can visit Chef Nick’s blog at chefnick. “We go above and beyond to not just meet customer expectations, we work to exceed them,” Donahue said about the Virgil’s Real Barbecue staff. “We take the time to get to know every employee individually and forge positive relationships, so in turn, our employees can take that upbeat, positive attitude and make sure it reaches our guests.”

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New Guinness World Record for Longest Wiffle Ball Game

A group of 30 OFA students set out to break the Guinness World Book record for the longest marathon playing wiffle ball game. The record was 25 hours, 39 minutes and 33 seconds by a group from Medford Oregon on August 11, 2013. On June 22, the 30 students set out at noon to break the world record, 30 house later on June 24 the record was broken with a total time of 30 hours, 1 minute and 17 seconds. It may take several weeks to get confirmation back on the official record. The players were: Dominick Matarese, Trevor Hopler, Pat Elliker, Eri Hopler, Joe McCann, Tanner Harris, Jake Wilkert, Robbie Wilson, Nick Corey, Gary King, Sergio DeLaVega, Cole Paradise, Devon Buckland, Drew Riddleburger, Ethan Pryor, John Baron, Joe Kuchinski. Gabe Rodriguez, Ethan Pryor, Joe Kuchinski, Gabe Rodriguez, Dan Raftis, Jordan Dove, Sara Kies, Makenna Kallin, Makayla Grantham, Bella Coleman, Ruby Coleman, Ellizabeth Chin, Sarah Bouyea, Aaron Johnson, Dylan Simpson and Kenzie Hart


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Riverside Cemetery AssociationApalachin asks lot owners and descendants to help with weed trimming and/or mowing at an upcoming worker bee scheduled on Saturday, July 16, starting at 9:00 am. Bring your own weed trimmer.

The association is a non-profit organization and are asking for volunteers in order to help balance groundskeeping costs. Volunteer help at any other time is appreciated. Information or questions can be directed to Roger Barton at (607) 625-3056.

Concerts in the Park Free concerts are held Wednesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, through August 3 at Hickories Park in Owego: • July 13 - Pasty White & Double Wide

• July 20 - Mike Davis & the Laughing Buddha Episodes • July 27 - Woodshed Prophets • Aug 3 - Triple Play with Alice Detrick

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“Medicare 101” Seminar - July 28 A “Medicare 101” seminar will be held on Thursday, July 28, at 9:30 am at Tioga Opportunities, Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. Come and gain knowledge that could

prevent late enrollment penalties or coverage gaps. Learn ways to possibly enhance your finances. Call the Department of Aging at 687-4120, ext. 344 to sign up.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Presentation Tioga Opportunities will offer a presentation on Long Term Care Ombudsman program in 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 long-term care facilities. Action for Older Persons will present information on this program on Tuesday,

July 12, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at Community Care Network of Nichols, 139 Roki Boulevard in Nichols. The 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 687-4120, ext. 331 to reserve your seat. Informational packets will be available upon request.

Letter to the Editor

Short Sighted Savings End Up Costing Village More Dear Editor, The Village of Owego Board of Trustees had choices to make with the 2017 budget. They could cut non-critical items, over ride the tax cap or cut critical services. The board chose to cut critical services by eliminating two police officer positions. The village police department has been short staffed for the past two years due to the boards refusal to fill two positions and now those positions have been eliminated.This follows past motions by a village trustee "to disband OPD" and to "dissolve the village". It looks like the current board is heading in that direction. The board majority has the notion that some other entity, the town or county, will deliver the services that village residents want at no cost. No other entity will deliver the services that village residents expect and take for granted without passing the cost on to village residents. A comment on audits and accounting; When the full time bookkeeper resigned in November of 2011 the board steadfastly refused to hire a full time

bookkeeper. The lack of a full time bookkeeper resulted in late reports and audits. Now to correct that penny wise pound foolish decision the board has hired a CPA at $95 per hour to get the books caught up. A comment on increased legal costs; Most of the increased legal costs were the result of decisions by a majority of the past village board. Most of them are on the current board. The cost of attempting to form a fire district, the cost of a sex offender residency law and it's legal defense, and the cost of an ill advised "survey" and it's legal defense all generated extra legal costs. Residents may want the same village services, but for less money and some may think that's possible. But, as in the case of no full time bookkeeper, short sighted savings end up costing more in the long run. That cost may be in dollars and it may be in the quality of life in the village. Sincerely, Kevin Millar

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2 Nights of Demo Derby at County Fair


Vacation Bible School in Newark Valley Dive into exciting Bible adventures with S.C.U.B.A. - Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure, a vacation Bible school sponsored by Newark Valley United Methodist Church and St. John the Evangelist Church.

The school will be held July 11 to July 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Registration will be from 5:30 to 6:00 pm on Monday. The school will take place at St. John’s at 28 Rock Street in Newark Valley.

Children to Receive Summer Meals

The demolition derby returns for two evenings at the Tioga County Fair. The first night of demo derby will take place on Wednesday, July 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and returns for final action on Saturday, July 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The Tioga County Fair is held at Marvin Park in Owego. A memorable way to conclude the Tioga County Fair is with the demo derby finale at the grandstands on Saturday, and a new feature event this year to showcase that finale is the “Jesse Howe Memorial Derby.” Known as being an early founder of the demolition derby at the Tioga County Fair, Jesse Howe, Sr. passed away in February 2016. A popular driver who

devoted his lifetime to the demo derby, part of Howe’s legacy will remain as being a significant contributor who helped bring the Tioga County Fair demo derby back to life. Howe won multiple races and championships throughout New York State, including the New York State Fair, and was a winner of the “Triple Crown,” considered to be a major accomplishment in the field. The Jesse Howe Memorial Derby feature event will offer a payout of $2,500 for first place in the V8 class. For more information about the demolition derby, visit the Tioga County Fair website at derby.htm.

“Get It All Together” Owego Christian Women’s Club ladies luncheon, Wednesday July 23, 11:30am to 1:30 at the Owego Treadway

Inn, route 17c, Owego. For information contact Donna at 785-0048 or email to:

Coleman & Daniels

Nearly 400 children in Tioga County participated in the 2015 Summer Food Service Program, which provides free summer meals to students 18 and under. This data comes from “Closing the Gap on Childhood Food Insecurity”, a newly released assessment from the Food & Health Network of South Central New York (FaHN), a coalition that works to increase access to healthy, local food and support a strong regional food system. FaHN covers an eight-county region including Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. When school lets out, low-income children lose access to the free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches they receive during the school year. This leaves many children without reliable access to nutritious food, known as food insecurity. The Summer Food Service Program works to close the summer gap by providing free meals to food insecure children up to age 18 in a variety settings including schools, summer camps, community centers, churches, parks, and more. Working with hunger task forces and many community partners throughout the region, FaHN conducted the assessment to understand the barriers that prevent children and families from accessing free summer meals, and develop a collaborative strategy to reach more children in 2016 and beyond. The Taren

Family Fund and the Dick and Marion Meltzer Fund of the Community Foundation of South Central New York provided support for the assessment. “Summer meal sponsors, site supervisors, community organizations, and volunteers across the region are taking innovative approaches to reduce child food insecurity during the summer months. With the support of dedicated partners, the Food and Health Network celebrates success and identifies opportunities for collaboration to close the gap on summer hunger for more kids in the region,” said Maggie Reeger, AmeriCorps VISTA, Food and Health Network of South Central New York. Participation in summer meals grew from 6,330 in 2013 to 8,500 in 2015 across the FaHN region. In Tioga County, 53 more children received free summer meals from 2013 to 2015. Still, the program is underused. The number of students participating in summer meals equaled only 13% of those students receiving free or reduced price lunch during the school year. The Tioga County Anti-Hunger Task Force, formed in 2015, is working to increase participation in summer meals. Six new meal sites are available this summer. For more information about available summer meal locations in Tioga County, visit the Tioga County Anti-Hunger Task Force on Facebook, or call the 2-11 Helpline.

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Rhyne Maas of Owego Honored at Awards Ceremony

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has awarded the 2015-2016 FASNY Gerard J. Buckenmeyer Volunteer Scholarship to Rhyne Maas of Owego. On June 6, Rhyne received a certificate and scholarship of $1,500 for her volunteer service in the community from FASNY First Vice President Ken Pienkowski at Candor High School. Rhyne comes from a tradition of service, and has six family members with ties to the volunteer fire service. They

have long supported her, and continue to do so as she moves on to study Agricultural Business Management at SUNY Cobleskill this coming fall. “I have wanted to be a firefighter since I was old enough to understand what a firefighter was,” said Maas. “There wasn’t any one moment or incident that caused me to want to join. It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do, and always felt I was meant to do.” Rhyne is one of 15 students chosen for this scholarship out of a total of 115 applicants. “Receiving this scholarship has been an honor,” explained Maas. “To me, this honor exemplifies the notion that the fire service is one big “family,” as I’m feeling support from my not only my own fire department, but also from other departments and firefighters across the state.” Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an applicant’s volunteer service to his or her community, such as serving with a local fire department, scouting, church, school, work with senior citizens, fire prevention, and other projects. Additional criteria include consistent demonstration of good character and completion of a written essay.


Large Route 96 Flea Market The First Annual “Get Your Flea Fix on Route 96,” a large indoor/outdoor flea market and community-wide yard sale, will take place on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9. For flea market and yard sales enthusiasts, the “Get Your Flea Fix” event is going to be a big event. The Flea Market route stretches some 25 miles and will include hundreds of vendors selling household goods, antiques, handmade items and crafts, country and primitive selections, and nearly everything else imaginable. The mapped route starts on Route 96, Owego, at Up the Creek Consignments, 163 Main Street. Maps will be available here along with coffee and treats provid-

ed by Blackbird Bakery (also in Owego) and continuing on into Candor (Route 96) and through to Spencer – also on Route 96B in Candor through to Willseyville Food, refreshments and bathroom facilities will be available at different locations along the route too. Bostwick Auction/Kitchen is featuring Wings and Burgers on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and a Chicken BBQ on Saturday. Local businesses in Owego and Candor and within the Flea Market radius will be hosting special sales in conjunction with the event. For more information, contact Linda Cole (Candor Chamber of Commerce) at or 972-1443.

Classic Rock Concert In NV - July 16 A free concert featuring Last Call will be held Saturday, July 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at The Trout Ponds Park in

Newark Valley. Celebrate 25 years of classic rock. Bring your lawn chairs.

Horseshoe Lounge Playboys at Depot - July 8 The Depot Friday Night Series continues on July 8 when The Horseshoe Lounge Playboys with Randy Miritello return to the Depot for a concert of acoustic backwoods and Americana rocking roots music. Randy is a hometown star and this concert is always a favorite. The Horseshoe Lounge Playboys have played with Arlo Gutherie, Ricky Scaggs and Willie Nelson and are a high

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energy, enthusiastic band that will have you clapping your hands and tapping your toes. The Depot in Newark Valley is on Depot Street and the doors open on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm with programs beginning at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and refreshments are available. Weather permitting, the musical programs will be outside so bring a lawn chair.

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