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JULY 2021

Volume 36


Number 7

Owego Free Academy held their 198th Graduation ceremony on June 25 at the Christy J. Valvo Stadium

2021 Tioga County Fair is a Go! Aug. 10 - Aug. 14 in Owego

The Tioga County Agricultural Society announced that the 2021 Tioga County Fair is officially “A Go!” The Tioga County Fair will run Tuesday, August 10, through Saturday, August 14, with lots of exciting attractions on tap for the Biggest Event in Tioga County this year. Starting Tuesday night (August 10), the fully sanctioned Painted Pony Championship Rodeo thunders into town with competitors from all over the world. Come experience bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and more. Saturday’s (August 14) feature event is the Famous Outlaw Pulling series Tractor and Truck Pulls. Wednesday, August 11, and Friday, August 13, crowd favorites are the Demolition Derbies with multi-

ple heats and Big Cash Prizes. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks show on Thursday, August 12. Once again, the fair will host the Gillette family carnival. The Gillette family always brings spectacular rides and a fabulous midway with games and lots of your favorite fair food. The Tioga County 4H Youth program is ready to show you what they have been up to all year. See them in the newly renovated agriculture barns. Plus a zoo, arts and crafts, local vendors and more. Best of all, with a special $10 daily admission, you can ride all the rides, see all the shows, and enjoy free parking, too. This is the best County Fair deal in all of New York State.

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More than 150 out-of-town guests registered for the 127th annual Central New York Firemen’s Association (CNYFA) convention July 8 through 11 in downtown Owego will make an economic impact for the area as the region slowly comes out of COVID-19 restrictions. Representing 20 counties comprised of 500 fire departments, participants will be in Owego from as far away as Utica and Syracuse as guests of Owego Hose Teams, Inc. and the Owego Fire Department.

vention dinner at the VFW Saturday night (July 10) and the Community Shop is providing the convention lunch at the same location. Community Shop owner Dave Seaver is a Life Member of Ahwaga Ladder Co. #5, too, with wife Jody. Convention guests are staying at four area hotels including Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols where the convention golf outing is taking place at Tioga Golf Club. Eighteen teams will hit the course Friday morning. Convention apparel is being provided by All

“It brings a lot of business into the village for a whole weekend, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” said convention co-chair and former Owego Fire Chief Ed Bidwell. “It allows businesses to pick up additional business that weekend. It’s really worth it.” Not only businesses will benefit but also not-for-profits such as American Legion Post #401 and Veterans of Foreign War Post #1371. The Legion is hosting the Thursday night (July 8) welcome reception and Sunday (July 11) goodbye breakfast. They will also have firefighter themed drink specials for viewing the Grand Firefighter’s Parade Saturday at 5:00 pm. These events are open to the public. The VFW is serving as convention headquarters Saturday (July 10) that includes the convention lunch and dinner. Tickets are needed to attend the dinner and can be purchased on the Hose Team website. Fireworks at Draper Park on Friday (July 9) evening start at 9:30 pm. The Parkview will stay open to accommodate those wishing to have a front row seat for the display. From 9:00 pm to midnight, live entertainment will be at the Barleycorn Tavern. Owned by Croton Hose Co. #3 Life Member Steve Eschler, the tavern is a former firehouse, fitting for the convention afterparty to be there Friday night. The Beatles Band was scheduled to play but is a lastminute cancellation due to a band member medical emergency. Storm Front will play in their place. Saturday’s convention afterparty takes place at the Rainbow Trail on North Avenue with three bands starting at 6:00 pm. The Kitchen Sink Band, Blues Brothers of Central New York, and The Gents are on the bill. Owned and operated by Ahwaga Ladder Co. #5 and Hose Team Life Member Aaron with wife Stacey Riegel, the Rainbow has a long history of hosting local firefighter events. Mario’s Pizza is catering the con-

Star Sports of Owego with all print materials from Susquehanna Printers owned by Life Member of Wave Hose Co. #2 Jim Balshuweit with wife Betsy. The Central New York Fire Convention, July 8-July 11 in downtown Owego, includes a block party, fireworks, memorial service with awards, hose race, and parade. All events can be found at www.OwegoHoseTeams.com. This includes registration for the convention golf outing, dinner, and parade.

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Twice a month, the members of the nonprofit Apalachin Lions Club meet at Donoli’s restaurant in Apalachin to discuss activities to serve the communities of Apalachin, Campville, and Little Meadows. The club’s 65th year of service was quite a unique challenge due to COVID virus driven restrictions. Their annual projects normally include a Back-to-School Program, Special Olympics, Christmas Baskets, Easter Egg Hunt, Children Eye Screening, and Highway Cleanups, all of which had to be cancelled. Efforts were modified to provide donations to local food banks to help those in need. Fundraising activities were evaluated and adjusted to include Doug’s Fish Fry and All Year

Broom Sale activities. At a recent installation meeting, one Lion was honored for his commitment to the Lion’s Motto of We Serve. Naomi Rupright, the 2019 Lion of the Year, presented the 2021 Lion of the Year Award to Past District Governor (PDG) Lion Bob Jensen. Bob was chosen by previous winners of the award for his outstanding service and devotion to club activities. Jensen could always be counted on to help with projects and served as club secretary this past year. To learn more about the Lions Club, visit apalachinlions.com. The club’s e-mail is: weserve@apalachinlions.org




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12-and-13-Year-Olds Authorized to Hunt Deer with Firearm or Crossbow The Tioga County Legislature adopted Local Law No. 3 of 2021 at the Legislature’s regular monthly meeting on June 15, 2021. The local law permits 12-and-13-year-olds to hunt deer with firearms and crossbows under the supervision of an adult licensed hunter. Like adults, junior hunters must take and pass the proper coursework to obtain a NYS hunting license. Under the local law, both adult and youth hunters are re-

quired to wear fluorescent orange or pink clothing while engaged in hunting. The change in law at the local level comes after New York State included language as part of the 2021-2022 State Budget allowing junior hunters to use firearms for deer hunting in counties that pass a local law. The local law in Tioga County goes into effect immediately.

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Tioga Downs Casino Resort is excited to announce their 2021 Summer Concert Series. Mirabito Energy Products is back as the title sponsor for the Summer Concert Series, with Pepsi returning as a series cosponsor. After being closed last year, the casino resort is more excited than ever to bring three new bands to rock out with Tioga Downs guests. Starting the excitement is Blood, Sweat & Tears on July 29. This jazz rock group has been rocking since the 1960s and has recently picked up a new singer, Keith Paluso, after his appearance on The Voice. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for reserved seats. The second act in this series is Tanya Tucker on August 20. Tucker is a country musician who had her first hit in 1972 when she was 13, and has continued to create hit after hit since then. Tickets are $20 and 100% of the sales will benefit the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group.

Finishing up the summer concert is Cheap Trick on September 10, sponsored by Tioga State Bank. This Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been making headlines since 1974 and plans to continue rocking at Tioga Downs late summer. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for reserved seats. Tickets for Blood, Sweat & Tears are on sale at the Tioga Downs Casino Resort gift shop and online at ticketmaster.com. Tanya Tucker and Cheap Trick tickets will be announced in the near future. Follow Tioga Downs Casino Resort’s Facebook for more information. Tioga Downs, which opened in 2006, and expanded to Tioga Downs Casino Resort in December 2016, offers live harness racing, casino gaming, sports betting, dining, golf, indoor and outdoor live entertainment, and more. For more information on Tioga Downs Casino Resort, go to www.tiogadowns.com

Summerfest in Newark Valley is ON! This year’s Newark Valley Summerfest will be held on Saturday, July 31, and feature music, food, a duck race, fireworks, and lots of fun. The NV Summerfest will be held in two locations: the Village Green (Rt. 38) and at the Depot (Depot Street). The fun will start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm on the Green and at 9:00 pm at the Depot. There will be crafters and vendors, food trucks, chicken BBQ, music, classic cars, firetrucks, face painting and more. This year’s Duck Race will have a special twist - a man-made stream in the railroad tracks. The Newark Valley Fire Department will supply the water as the ducks are released. Duck race tickets are available at several local businesses in Newark Valley, Richford, and Berkshire. Make sure to get your Lone Duck or Quacker Pack of tickets for your chance to win. Tickets will be available at the NTCC booth the day of the race until 1:00pm. Also new this year is a Teddy Bear Parade for young children preschool through Kindergarten. The children can bring their favorite Teddy Bear or stuffed animal and dress them up (as well as themselves) to carry or pull in a wagon, etc. The parade will begin at 12:00 Noon at

the Depot. ROWDY from the RUMBLE PONIES will be leading the parade. There will be no regular parade this year due to lack of responses, possibly COVID related. Summerfest will close with fireworks which will be set off from Cook’s Hill which means the fireworks will be visible for miles around. Fireworks will start approximately at 9:00 pm with WEBO providing music for people to tune into from their home or their vehicle. Watch them from home, the Village, the NV High School or the soccer fields across from Bement Billings Farmstead—or just look up! Summerfest organizers are still looking for more vendors and crafters as well as any Farmers’ Market vendors. If you are interested or would like more information, emil NVSummerfest@ gmail.com or visit Facebook Northern Tioga Chamber and NV Summerfest

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President of Retail Banking, “we can now bring the bank to the customer’s computer, tablet or phone screen.” The video-chat service is offered at no extra charge and allows the customer to speak face-to-face with a Tioga State Bank customer service representative based in one of the bank’s neighborhood offices. TSB Video Banking is currently available for desktop video calls or mobile video calls, weekdays from 8am to 3pm. Mobile calls require a free, downloadable app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple Store. Tioga State Bank, N.A. provides financial services to the Southern Tier of New York State and Northern Pennsylvania with eleven conveniently located offices in Broome, Tioga, Chemung and Tompkins counties. The bank’s website address is www.tiogabank.com and phone number is 1-888-303-4872, Member FDIC.

Dangers of Placing Rechargeable Batteries in Recycling Bins or Carts You can help prevent fires in recycling trucks and at recycling facilities by keeping Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) and other rechargeable batteries out of your recycling bin or cart. Instead, take them to one of the many local drop off locations. The potential for an explosion or fire is significant when rechargeable batteries are improperly disposed of. Lithium Ion batteries are one of the leading causes of recycling truck fires. In fact, there was a fire at the local Material Recovery Facility in January 2020 due to an improperly disposed of Lithium Ion battery. Luckily no one was injured; however, properly disposing of your cellphones and any rechargeable batteries, especially Lithium Ion variety, is crucial to avoid dangerous fires and ensure safety. Some have suggested the cause for improper disposal of rechargeable batteries is likely due to a common misconception. When an item states it is “recyclable” many assume that you can recycle it in your recycling bin or cart; this is not the case. It is also important to note that rechargeable batteries cannot be disposed of in your trash either. Although the back of a trash truck is usually wetter and less likely to feed the sparks from these batteries and start a fire, they are still considered a household hazardous waste. They pose numerous health and environmental hazards. When you discard them, they must

be disposed of at a battery recycling drop off location, NOT placed in the trash or your recycling bin/cart. Here are some of the local locations Tioga County residents can properly recycle rechargeable batteries (NiCad, NiMh, Lithium Ion) and cellphones: ***ALL BATTERIES MUST HAVE THEIR TERMINALS TAPED OR PLACED IN PLASTIC BAGS*** Valu Home Center, 1149 Route 17C, Owego, 687-6800 and 1105 Broadway St, Elmira, (607) 7323200; Home Central, 151 Central Ave, Owego, 687-3284; Dollar General, 1140 Owego Rd, Candor, (607) 354-4421, and 7146 Route 434, Apalachin, 625-3922; Home Depot, Johnson City, NY; Lowes, Vestal, & Sayre, PA. If your CELL PHONE is NOT working: All cell phone dealers, large and small, are required by law to accept cell phones, regardless of brand or where they were purchased. More locations for recycling batteries and cellphones can be found on Call 2 Recycle’s website https:// www.call2recycle.org/locator/ Alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries are considered trash and should be thrown away. Keep rechargeable batteries out of your recycling bins or carts!





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Tioga Arts Council (TAC) last month launched its new youth gallery with a special exhibition titled Generations. The exhibition featured artwork from TAC patron artists and families, paying tribute to all those community members who have contributed to TAC in the past and present and to those who will keep it vibrant and creative in the years to come.

The exhibition is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, now through August 21. The purpose of the youth gallery is to establish a space where youth can display artwork in a professional arts organization, year-round. The goals of this new space are: 1) to champion youth art, 2) to encourage artistic expression among children and teenagers, 3) to provide a public space for such expression, and 4) to serve as a vehicle for arts education in Tioga County.

On October 28, 2020, Fannie C. Hyde Charitable Trust awarded $8,498 to TAC in order to create a Children’s Gallery Space and Zine Library in the back portion of the TAC building at 179 Front Street in Owego. In December 2020 and January 2021, volunteers began to clean out the space and prepare for demolition. An additional $1,000’s worth of work was donated by the following volunteers / TAC Board of Directors members: T. Benjamin Hobbs, Stanton Hill Studios; Tim Jackson, Tim Jackson Designs & Katie’s Kreations; Darryl Lindsay, M & T Bank; Suzanne Poe, Cloud Croft Studios; and Brandon Smith, Scott, Smith & Son. In February and March 2021, renovations were completed by TAC’s friends and business partners: Ahwaga Paint & Flooring Covering, Rick Arnold Mike Hatton, and Phil Pozzi.

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“Soap for Hope” Bins Overflow Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) offers profuse thanks to the community for the abundant supply of personal care and household cleaning items dontaed to TCRM by

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July Exhibit at Tioga Arts Council “Invite to Life” by Jessica Petrylak is on display this month, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Tioga Arts Council (TAC) at 179 Front Street in Owego. Petrylak’s work focuses on the collective commercialized millennial childhood experience through found objects in the physical and digital

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Leadership Program for Teenage Girls is Open for Registration Global Leadership Now (GLN), an amazing leadership program opportunity for teenage girls, is now open for registration. This year marks the 8th year that young women will have the chance to grow their leadership skills and leave as GLN 8 graduates. The mission of GLN is to empower future female leaders to be a change maker for themselves, their community, and their world. By building self-confidence, creativity, self-worth, and passion, leaders are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, while inspiring others to do the same. The sessions will be held at the Owego Elks, 225 Front Street in Owego, Monday July 26 to Wednesday July 28, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. The creator of GLN, Penny K. Bartlow, states “GLN is an exciting opportunity for girls ages 13-18 to

develop leadership skills and feel empowered to make a difference.” Girls will be engaged in the possibilities for their life, the opportunities they have today, and the belief that they can be successful leaders. The core components focus on the foundation of leadership skills, awareness of the global state of women, and empowerment to make a difference. GLN 8 is sponsored by Elks Club, CASA-Trinity INC. A New Hope Center, WEBO, PKB DESIGN LLC. Tuition is $49 for the entire three-day program, including lunch and snacks. Scholarships are available for students in need. This program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is advised. For more information and to register go to: www.GlobalLeadershipNow.com

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50 Years Ago July 1971 It’s July 1971. Wolf Trap Farm National Park opens. Evonne Goolagong, 19, wins the women’s singles finals at Wimbledon. Louis Armstrong, 71, passes away. New U.S. ambassador to the United Nations George Bush, 46, and his wife Barbara settle into their new home at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Jim Morrison, 27, lead singer of the Doors, dies in Paris. Georgina Rizk, an 18-year-old model from Lebanon, is crowned “Miss Universe.” Apollo 15 launches from Kennedy Space Center on July 26 with astronauts James Irwin, Alfred Wordon, and David Scott. It is the first mission to use the “lunar roving vehicle” or “Moon buggy” (pictured) on the moon. A Japanese fighter jet collides with a Boeing 727 pasenger jet. Eve-

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ryone onboard the Boeing 727 is killed. The fighter pilot parachutes to safety. IBM-Owego wins a $2,050,000 Navy contract to design submarine detection equipment, and a $1,500,000 Air Force contract for

computerized navigation and weapon delivery system. Geoff Bodine is racing at ShangriLa in Owego. The NYS Fire Fighters Association holds its 33rd annual convention at the Treadway Inn in Binghamton. The Owego Town Board passes an ordinance to set fees for the use of Hickories Park and to ban the use of skateboards and roller skates in the park. New officers for the Apalachin Lions Club are Jay Hofecker, president; Vince Hawley, James Guagliardo and Lawrence Kearney, Vice Presidents; James McRoy, Secretary; and Bernard Donache, Treasurer. In Owego, the Mary Lou Dress Company on Church Street announces plans to double the number of employees from 50 to 100 and to make improvements to its building. Top tunes include “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” by the Bee Gees; “Riders on the Storm” by the Doors; and “Take Me Home Country Roads” by John Denver. Saturday night TV shows include “Andy Williams,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Lawrence Welk,” “My Three Sons,” “Arnie,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Odd Couple,” and “Mannix.” Movies playing at local theaters include “Pinocchio,” “Willard,” “Evel Knievel” starring George Hamilton, “Summer of ‘42,” “Ryan’s Daughter,” “Big Jake” starring John Wayne, and “The Last Run” starring Georg C. Scott.



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New Assistant Principal at Vestal High School The Vestal Central School District announced that Jennifer Bittler has been selected as an assistant principal of Vestal High School. Mrs. Bittler comes to Vestal with 19 years of teaching experience, as well as four years serving as a Literacy Collaborative Coordinator for Union-Endicott Central Schools. She assumed her new duties on July 1, 2021. Mrs. Bittler began her teaching career as a Kindergarten and firstgrade teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary School in the Susquehanna Valley School District. She joined the Union-Endicott School District in 2005 where she supported students as a Reading Specialist and provided ELA, Math and AIS services at George F. Johnson, Ann McGuinness and Linneaus West Elementary Schools. Her educational resumé includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as a Master’s in Literacy Education from SUNY Cortland, and her Literacy Collaborative Intermediate Certification from Lesley University. Finally, she earned her Educational Leadership Certificate of Advanced Studies (SDL/SBL) from Binghamton University. In addition to her teaching, district literacy collaboration and intervention support, Mrs. Bittler served as an Administrative Intern for Un-

ion-Endicott High School Principal DiStefano and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Miller from May to December 2020. “I am honored and thrilled to join the Vestal CSD team,” said Mrs. Bittler. “I already have a personal connection since my husband graduated from Vestal. I am looking forward to serving the students, families, staff, administrators and greater Vestal community.” Mrs. Bittler and her husband of 20 years, David, live in Binghamton. They are avid travelers, outdoor adventurers and huge sports fans.

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Doug’s Fish Fry To Go will be in Apalachin on Friday, July 16, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, in the parking lot of the Visions Federal Credit Union on Route 434 (by Tioga Terrace). To avoid the wait, call Doug’s at (607) 753-9184 ext 2 on Friday, July 16 only, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Place your order, schedule a pick-up time, and your order will be ready. The event benefits the Apalachin Lions Club which serves Apalachin, Campville, and the Little Meadows area. www.dougsfishfry.com

Tioga Co. Legislature Meeting - July 13 The seventh regular meeting of 2021 of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, July 13, in the auditorium of the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego. Beginning in July, all committee meetings and

legislative worksessions will be held in the Legislative Conference Room. If you require any accommodation or auxiliary aid, call 687-8240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person who requests assistance.

Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers Awards $31,000 in Scholarships The Community Foundation awarded scholarships to the following students in Tioga County, NY: Alice Walker Cooper Family Scholarship, $5,350 to Faith Hand of Waverly High School. Faith will attend SUNY Cobleskill; Alice Walker Cooper Family Scholarship, $5,350 to Nathan A. Rick of Waverly High School. Nathan will attend Elmira College; Carl & Charlotte Lovejoy Scholarship, $4,400 to Kaitlyn D. Clark of Waverly High School. Kaitlyn will attend SUNY Cortland; Elizabeth Alamo Nursing Scholarship, $500 to Alexa Onsager of Waverly High School. Alexa will attend Alfred State College; Katherine P. Kerrigan Scholarship, $4,950 to Emilee T. Little of Waverly High School. Emilee will attend Corning Community College; Katherine P. Kerrigan Scholarship, $4,950 to Nicholas R. Wheeler of Waverly High School. Nicholas will attend Broome Community Col-

lege; Bill Davis Scholarship, $2,500 to Camryn Kopalek of Owego Free Academy. Camryn will attend Ithaca College Finkle Rosenberg Scholarship, $2,000 to Rebecca Hawkins of Owego Free Academy. Rebecca will attend Mansfield University; Owego Free Academy Alumni Scholarship $1,000 to Mackenzie A. Struble of Owego Free Academy. Mackenzie will attend Broome Community College. Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves Tioga County in NY and Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga counties in PA. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital communities now and into the future. www.twintierscf.org

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Owego Fallen Firefighter Memorial Golf Tournament - Sept. 11 The Owego Fire Department will hold its 9th Annual Captain and Crew Golf Tournament at Catatonk Golf Club on September 11, 2021. Registration begins at 9:30 am with a shotgun start of 10:28 am, the time the first tower fell on 9/11/2001. Just $320 per team (4), it includes 18 holes of golf with cart, awards, as well as dinner at the end of the tournament. The tournament was started to honor fallen firefighters that passed in the line of duty. This year the tournament takes on an even greater remembrance as it will take place on September 11th, and will honor those lost on that terrible day. The Owego Fire Department welcomes everyone to join them on this day by playing, sponsoring, or donating toward the event. Visit www.ffmgolf.com to play or become a sponsor, or to the Owego Fire Department Facebook page to print off the registration

form to mail in. An award to the team who has the most American patriotic outfit on during the tournament will be handed out, along with other raffles and awards. For more information contact Eric Hawkins, Tournament Director, at ehawkins1@stny.rr.com or (607) 341-0533. *COVID-19 Rules will be in effect during the tournament.


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“Thank You” from Owego Elks The members of the Owego Elks Lodge #1039 want to extend a huge thank you to the community for coming out to enjoy our Strawberry Lawn Party last Friday June 18, 2021. Your overwhelming support helped us add $4000 toward the Roof Replacement Fund. It was a pleasure to see friends and neighbors socialize, while enjoying the weather, food, shortcake, and entertainment. Thank you to Rick Fry and Tracey Neigh with his band Trick Shot for the live music. A huge thank you to Michael MacNaughton and his family for successfully running our first ever Cornhole Challenge. Congratulations goes out to the winners and thank you to all

the participants who came from all over the Southern Tier to play. We owe a debt of gratitude to our members, families, friends, neighbors, and local businesses. From donations to set-up, cooking to serving, your support made this event possible. Specifically we need to thank The Owego PennySaver, MJ’s Bar & Restaurant, Sugar Maple Café, Betsy and Jim at Susquehanna Screenprinters, Boy Scout Troop #38, and Girl Scout Troop #40234. Our Lodge committees are looking forward to planning more events in the future. Watch for event details on community calendars around the tier and the Lodge Facebook page, Owego Elks 1039.

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Reader’s Club Sign up to read a number of minutes per week that you choose, adopt a (stuffed) pet to read with, do your reading, stop in each week for a free book to keep. The first week is July 5-11 and goes on for 5 more weeks. A Listening Walk Go to Waterman Center, find the Boardwalk Trail, pick up a listening bingo card, walk the trail, reading the story along the way and finding things on your card. Bring the card back to the library for a free book called “The Listening Walk.” Leaving Your Fingerprints Be a part of Leaving Your Fingerprints, a New York State project to record living history about the pandemic. Stop by and tell a librarian how you are participating and get a bag of goodies. Story Hour Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am Story Hour will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am in the pavilion. Read, play games, sing, and have fun. Crafts will be in take home bags. Sign up anytime just call or come to the library. Library Hours - July 4th The library will be closed on Saturday, July 3, for the 4th of July holiday. The library will be open Monday, July 5. Christmas in July Thursday, July 15 The library celebrates the birthday of C. Clement Moore, author of the famous poem ’Twas the Night before Christmas. Come in and check out a Christmas book or movie. There will be take-home coloring and activity sheets for the children and Christmas cookies for everyone. Harry Potter’s Birthday July 31, 11am-1pm, in the pavilion Celebrate your favorite wizard’s birthday. Play games, make crafts, and of course, enjoy some birthday cake. No need to sign up and even Muggles are welcome!

Little Blue Food Cupboard The library’s little blue food cupboard is moving into the lobby. It will still be full of non perishable food and personal care supplies for anyone to take. And you can still donate. Also, the librarians are going to set up a table for garden produce that you would like to share with others. If your garden produces more than you can use, drop it off.




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The Book Barn There is a large selection of large print books. Hobby books will be only 25 cents each in July. Maker Space The library’s big room upstairs is now a Maker Space room with supplies for sewing, knitting, crochet, paper crafts, and STEAM activities. The librarians want your input What would you like to learn, do for fun, or even teach others? Let the librarians know when you stop in, or send an email. Wear a Mask in the Library In summer, lots of children visit the library. Since younger children cannot be vaccinated yet, the librarians ask anyone coming into the library to wear a mask - they’d be glad to give you one. If you are enjoying the convenience of curbside service, the librarians will keep that going, too. Audiobooks & e-Books If you’re traveling and want ebooks or audiobooks, don’t forget about Hoopla and Overdrive. They are available to you with an Apalachin Library card. Hoopla also has movies and music. You can find the apps on the Finger Lakes website www.flls.org on the catalog page. Library Assistant Wendy Decker Library Assistant, Wendy Decker has been with the library for 6 years and has done wonderful programs for adults and children. Wendy is a mom and a grandma to a beautiful baby boy. She is a certified teacher and taught at Park Terrace Preschool before coming to the library.


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Ridin’ The Rails to Perform in Owego - July 10 2 Shows at Tioga Historical Museum

Ridin’ the Rails is an entertaining look at the American Railroad through song and story with a three-piece band consisting of Darrel Varley (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle), Doug Roberts (vocals, guitar, and uke) and Jim

Hardaway (vocals, bass, and guitar) performing songs relating to trains. The group will give two performances at the Tioga County Historical Society in Owego next to the Susquehanna River on Saturday, July 10, at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm. Cost is $10 for adults, $16 for couples, $5 for children 12 and up, and free for children under 12. Tickets are available at the door. A sampling of some of the tunes they play include “Wabash Cannonball,” “Steel Rail Blues,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Midnight Special,” “500 Miles,” "King of the Road,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “The Gambler,” and “Gotta Travel

On.” The Tioga Historical Museum is at 110 Front Street in Owego. For more information, call the museum at 687-2460. The musuem’s regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


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