Community Press - August 2018

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Funding for Substance Use Disorder Treatment at Tioga County Jail

Senator Fred Akshar recently joined Tioga County Sheriff Gary Howard and Tioga County Legislature Chairwoman Marte Sauerbrey to announce $156,000 in state funding that will be used to bring jail-based substance use disorder treatment and transition services to the Tioga County Correctional Facility. As co-Chair of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, Senator Akshar advocated for, and secured, $156,000 in the 2018-19 State Budget to help implement, support, and expand these vital services in Tioga County. Tioga County Sheriff Gary Howard said, “For me, it’s fantastic because right now we don’t have these services at the Tioga County Jail. This will fill a muchneeded void for individuals who find themselves incarcerated because of their addiction. We’ve been without assistance in recovery and this funding comes at a perfect time.” Senator Fred Akshar said, “Jail-based addiction services are essential to our multi-faceted approach in fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic. Study after study shows that these services substantially reduce recidivism and more effec-

tively help individuals who find themselves incarcerated get back on the right track. By receiving treatment while on the inside, they’re put in a vastly better position to stay in recovery and become more productive members of society on the outside. I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes and tangible results achieved through this program as Sheriff Howard puts these funds to good use in Tioga County.” The funding will help implement addiction counseling for inmates in the Tioga County Jail along with support services to help bridge the gap for individuals transitioning into communitybased recovery upon release. Tioga County plans to oversee the program through the Department of Mental Hygiene, with the funding allocated through OASAS. County jails that offer treatment services have seen significant benefits, including decreased recidivism rates and cost savings. In Albany County, the SHARP (Sheriff’s Heroin Addiction Recovery Program) program has reduced re-incarceration by 28 percent for those who participated in the treatment program.

VFW Clambake - August 25 VFW Post 1371 and Auxiliary will hold the Annual Ed Martin Memorial Clambake at the post on Saturday, August 25, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Tickets cost $20 and are available until August 17. $4.00 per dozen clams purchased at event. Includes shrimp, steak sandwiches, hot & sweet sausages with peppers and onions, salt potatoes, corn on the cob and salads. Beer, wine and soda are also included. Steamed & raw clams

available at $4.00 per dozen. Reserve your tickets (only) by calling Julie Dodge at (607) 327-0113 or Linda Barrett at (607) 206-5512. Drop off or mail your check payable to: VFW Auxiliary Post 1371 (memo line, clambake) 207 Main Street, Owego N.Y. 13827. Proceeds from this event will be shared by the Post and Auxiliary to help with efforts to support veterans, their families, and our community.

Miniature Golf Smackdown - Aug 12 The Tioga Arts Council’s third Miniature Golf Smackdown fundraiser will be held on Sunday, August 12, at Tioga Mini Challenger, located next to Metro’s Restaurant on Rte 96 in Owego. The event will feature 18 holes, each one sponsored by a local business, as well as food and drinks, a raffle, handpainted golf balls, and cash prizes. Teams must register in advance at the Tioga Arts Council (TAC) or by calling


(607) 687-0785. The cost to participate is $50 for a minimum two players to $100 for a maximum of four players. Teams can choose from two tee times: 3:00 pm (family friendly) or 6:00 pm (adults only). Other ways to participate in the Miniature Golf Smackdown include sponsoring a hole on the course, forming a team and sponsoring a hole, and purchasing a Golf Ball Drop ticket.

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Apalachin’s Doug Hurley to Return to Space

NASA introduced to the world on Aug. 3, 2018, the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station – an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle’s retirement in 2011. The agency assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Among the nine is Apalachin’s Doug Hurley who will fly the test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon. The test is scheduled for around April 2019. Doug also piloted space shuttle Endeavor for STS-127 and Atlantis for STS-135, the final space shuttle mission. Pictured above is Doug Hurley (OFA Class of 1984) on a visit to OFA in 2009.

152nd Tioga County Fair

The 152nd Tioga County Fair, the longest running fair in the state, will kick off on August 7. Pictured above is last year’s ribbon cutting by Jonathan Marks, President Tioga County Fair Board. The first event of the fair will be the harness races. See page 2 for more info

Water Main Improvement Project in Owego Company Will Replace 380 Feet of Pipe on Church Street SUEZ will begin a major water main improvement project on Church Street starting on Monday, August 6. The company will replace 380 feet of water main to help improve service reliability, water quality, and fire protection. The project is expected to last about two weeks. The work will take place on Church Street from Main Street to Front Street. During that time, a portion of Church Street will be closed from Main Street to Auto Zone. Residents are reminded to proceed with care in the work zone for the safety of workers, other drivers and pedestrians. “This project is part of our ongoing investments to provide customers with excellent service,” said Jeff VanWagenen, manager of SUEZ operations in Owego. He noted that customers in the area

may temporarily experience short periods when they have low water pressure or discolored water due to harmless sediment which is stirred up in the main. While the water is safe, customers may prefer to wait until the water runs clear before drinking or washing clothes or dishes. VanWagenen also said that a few customers may have no water for a few hours on Monday or Tuesday. Those customers have been individually notified and advised to fill containers with water that can be used for cooking and drinking during this time. “We apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we make long-term improvements that will benefit our customers,” said VanWagenen. Customers with questions can call SUEZ at 687-1491.




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All-inclusive admission and new rides featured this year The Tioga County Fair Board is pleased to announce some exciting changes for this year’s fair, held August 6 to August 11 at the Tioga County Fairgrounds in Owego. An all-inclusive admission fee has been set this year at $10. This new admission fee includes the gate, the rides, the shows and the grandstand entertainment, along with three nights of demolition derby action. “It’s time for the fair to grow,” said Fair Board President, Jonathan Marks, adding, “We have new rides and a new price.” Monday is opening day, with the Sire Stakes on the track, 4-H activity and free admission. The rides will open on Tuesday at 5:00 pm, and then at 2:00 pm each day for the remainder of the fair. The rides this year are being provided by Gillette Shows, which is exciting news for fairgoers. The Midway and rides are the same featured at the former Apalachin Firemen’s Field Days and the Broome County Fair. An expanded schedule of daily activities is also featured at this year’s fair. Board members have worked in their department to bring in new features and to grow the fair. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H members have an ambitious schedule, with animal shows taking place all week, agricultural and horticulture activities, a Dairy Day, the Clover Café, and much more. You can find their schedule online at There will be live entertainment on the Show Stage this year beginning on Wednesday, and continuing through Saturday. Bug Tussell is one of the bands featured, along with several other local and regional bands to include Next to Kin, Friends with Benny’s, Nelson & Murdock, and Last Call.

The fair is also bringing back a beer and wine tent for this year’s fair, which will be located near the Show Stage. Guests can also enjoy the grandstand shows throughout the week to include the popular “Dash for Cash” on Tuesday, and a new event, the “Buckaroo Rodeo,” also on Tuesday. The popular demolition derby will be taking place three evenings this year at the fair. This year’s derby features qualifying heats on Wednesday, August 8 with finals scheduled on Friday, August 10. New this year is a Team Demolition Derby scheduled on Thursday, August 9. All three derby nights start at 7:00 pm. Also new at the fair this year, there is no separate admission to the grandstands to watch the derby. There will be an all day petting zoo, and the Zoo Mobile and Animal Adventure will be at the fair. Be sure to visit for the full schedule of events. The fair will wind down on Saturday with the Antique Tractor Pulls taking place in the morning. On Saturday afternoon, the Atlantic Coast Old Timers Vintage Auto Racing Club will display antique Midget and Sprint Cars in front of the Grandstand. They will be allowed track time beginning at 5:00 pm, so expect to see a number of different types of cars take to the track. This is an exhibition only, so don’t expect the blood curdling thrills of old, but the roar of the midgets will return! No charge for Grandstand seating. Other shows and displays include horse shows, rabbit shows, a Baywings Falconry Show, Veggie Car Races with Newark Valley FFA, an Owego Fire Department Chicken BBQ, vendors, crafters, and much more. Find them on Facebook, and visit for updates.

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The Apalachin Lions Club will host its 7th Annual Lion 5K Walk/ Run on Saturday, October 13. It will be held at the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Day Grounds at 10:00 am with registration opening up at 8:30 am. The race will benefit the Apalachin Lions Club Activities Fund, with all proceeds going back into the Apalachin, Campville, and Little Meadows communities. Pre-registration is $20 and includes an official race T-shirt. Preregistration deadline is October 6. Registration on the day of the race is $25, with limited T-shirts available.

A small snack will be available after the race. There will be prizes awarded to the Top Male, Top Female, and several different age brackets. A Kids Fun Run will also take place during the event. For more information, visit the Apalachin Lions Club website at or Twitter - @ApalachinLion5K and Facebook-7th Annual Apalachin Lion 5K or email Lion Jake Brown at or call Terry White at 625-4498.




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Thurs-Fri August 16-17 – Early Weavers Notation Workshop with Pat Hilts. Fee: $65, Materials: $20. August 18 – HTTM Open for Tours & Lectures: “Memories of the Pioneer Mothers” by Victor Hilts at 1 pm and “Scandinavian spinning wheels in the Midwest” by Curator Pat Hilts at 2:30 pm. August 25 – Annual Wool Waulking: visitors and staff finish fabric woven at the museum in the old way. The museum will also be open for tours. Come see antique spinning and weaving equipment used in the 1800s. Special Exhibits: “Carding Mills and the Carding Mill Era” See for more information on the museum’s Saturday programs and workshops. Questions: email or call (570) 247-7175. Programs funded in part by the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency and the United Way of Bradford County.



“Eating Heart Healthy” in Spencer Tioga Opportunities will offer a “Eating Heart Healthy” program in Spencer. “Eating Heart Healthy” is designed to educate people on the importance of good nutrition at any age. The program will be held on Tuesday, August 28, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, at the Community & Fitness Center, 57 East Tioga Street in Spencer.


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Topics covered will include tips to stay on track with your nutritional goals during the holidays, serving vs. portion sizes, “eating the rainbow.” There is no cost for this program, but registration is required. Call 687-4120, ext. 331 to register. Informational packets will also be available upon request.


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40th Anniversary of Master Gardener Program Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Broome County will celebrate the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program on Saturday, August 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the Ag. Development Center Atrium, 840 Upper Front Street in Binghamton. Join past and present Master Garden-

ers, staff, and special guests for refreshments, speakers, garden tours, information about the Master Gardener Volunteer program. Learn or reminisce while you watch slides of how the Master Gardener Program and Cutler Botanic Garden have evolved. Free of charge, but please RSVP by calling 772-8953.

“200 Years of Serving Our Country” Join Tioga Opportunities at the Tioga County Historical Museum in Owego (110 Front St., Owego) at 10:30 am on on Tuesday, August 14, to view their “200 Years of Serving Our Country” exhibit. On display is a collection of 200 years of uniforms, photos, and equipment used by United States service men and wom-

en from Tioga County who bravely served our country. A staff member from the museum will join the group to discuss the exhibit in detail and answer any questions. There is no cost to participate in this tour, but reservations are required. Call 687-4120, ext. 331 to register.

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National Panini Month Panini is basically the Italian version of a room temperature or warm sandwich. The meaning of the Italian word Panini [pa ni:ni] is (“small bread, bread rolls”). So, it is a grilled sandwich made from bread other than sliced bread. The most typically used breads are ciabatta, michetta, and baguette. There are all kinds, sizes, shapes and prices on the market for Panini grills! I have heard that the clam shell type of the George Forman grill also works well for grilling Panini. If you are willing to challenge yourself, you could use your culinary skills on an outdoor barbeque grill. The Panini sandwich ingredients and the combination of those ingredients can be left to your imagination. Recipes you might want to try: Turkey Provolone Panini 2 tablespoons fat free mayonnaise 3 teaspoons Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto (recipe below) 2 ciabatta rolls, sliced in half 4 oz. smoked turkey breast, sliced thin 2 oz. thinly sliced provolone cheese 4 (1/4 inch thick) slice tomato Combine mayonnaise and pesto, mix well. Spread inside of each roll half with

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Carantouan Greenway Seeks Public Support The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is offering the 2018 Robert Sullivan Grant Incentive to new and present Agency Endowment Partners. CFTT is offering to match up to $5,000 to those partners who add up to $5,000 to their endowment account. The Carantouan Greenway, an endowment principal, has accepted this challenge and is seeking to raise the $5,000 to bolster its long-term

public service viability. The Carantouan Greenway presents many public educational programs; ticks and lyme disease, trees, ecology of pollinators, fishing as well as maintaining free public access to its maintained trails at Wildwood and Forbidden Path for our community. Supporters may send contributions to PO Box 441, Sayre, PA 18840.




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NY PSC Approves New Rates for SUEZ Operations in Owego-Nichols $3.7 Million in System Improvements Enhance Reliability and Water Quality for Customers The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved SUEZ’ request for rate relief in its OwegoNichols operations that includes $3.7 million in investments related to customer service reliability and water quality. The new rates, effective August 1, will increase the typical residential customer bill by approximately $8.47 per month. The cost of water remains about one penny a gallon. The PSC last approved a rate request for Owego-Nichols customers in 2012. “We understand concerns about raising rates, so we work hard to control costs,” said Chris Graziano, vice president and general manager of SUEZ operations in New York. “While the nation continues to discuss the need to invest in infrastructure, SUEZ is taking a proactive stance with a $3.7 million commitment to the residents of Owego and Nichols.” Investments to ensure reliable water service and water quality 24 hours a day, 365 days a year include: Water main, service line and fire hydrant improvements including the replacement of 700 feet of water main on Lake Street in Owego. The original pipe was installed in 1892. A similar project is planned for Main Street. Well site improvements including new equipment for Well #4 in Owego to help safeguard the well from flooding. Equipment upgrades including a new generator, pumps and motors used to

deliver water and to comply with codes and regulations. Water meter replacements that ensure greater accuracy and can be used to detect household water leaks. Monthly Billing Will Add Convenience and Promote Conservation The PSC also approved the company’s request to move from quarterly to monthly billing. This change, which will take place in the fall, will enable customers to more efficiently budget and plan for their water use, just as they do for their electric, gas and telephone bills. More timely bills will promote conservation, help identify household leaks and reduce theft of service. Water Remains a Strong Value “We work hard to provide service in a cost-effective manner,” said Graziano. “Even with the new rates, the average household will pay about $1.37 for a day’s worth of water. Water service remains a strong value, especially when compared with other utility bills.” SUEZ serves residential homes and workplaces and supplies ample water for fire protection for approximately 5,500 people in Owego, Nichols and Tioga. About SUEZ With 90,000 people on five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimise their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performance, in line with regulatory standards.

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Ribbon Cutting at Quality Inn Owego

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 20 for the opening of the Quality Inn Owego & Bistro 1100 at 1100 Rt. 17C in Owego. The Quality Inn in Owego, owned by Rudra Management group, replaces what was formally the Red Roof Inn (formerly the Treadway Inn). The Quality Inn offers complimentary hot continental breakfast, an indoor heated pool, and free wireless internet access. Rooms have cable television, a coffee/tea maker, refrigerators on re-

quest, hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, free local calls, a desk, free toiletries, and air-conditioning. Call the hotel front desk, 687-4500, to make reservations or book online at Bistro 1100 restaurant offers a classic twist on popular American cuisine. It is open for dinner Monday through Saturday, 4:00 to 10:00 pm, and for traditional brunches on Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 6 to celebrate the opening of Giggle Box Playhouse in Apalachin. Giggle Box Playhouse is a New York State licensed daycare facility located at 31 Barton Road, just off Pennsylvania Avenue. They are open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, and offer individual classrooms to infants, tod-

dlers, preschoolers and school-age children 4 to 6 years of age. Giggle Box offers discounted tuition rates for employees of local big businesses, local teachers, and families with multiple children. For more information about Giggle Box Playhouse, contact Jes Jobmann at (607) 321-3343.

“Armchair Tour” of Gettysburg - August 30 A slideshow of Gettysburg will be shown by Pat Kane at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 30, at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. After the slideshow, there will be light refresh-

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 26 at Haefele Connect, 24 East Tioga Street in Spencer, to celebrate 35 years in business and a summer of changes including a new look and an updated name. Haefele was started by Lee Haefele as a local cable company. Lee Haefele got his start in 1982 with a technical background in television repair. He and his loyal employee base have since grown the company to include 22 municipalities within New York State. In fact, many of the employees have been with the company for more than 15

years. The company celebrates its local roots by giving back to the community through projects such as the renovation of Nichols Park Pond, supporting !nspire S-VE Community & Fitness Center, The Broome-Tioga County Relay for Life, and Tioga Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention. As Haefele Connect celebrates this milestone, they look forward to keeping their subscribers connected to world class media, maintaining their connection to the local communities that they serve, and delivering reliable, local service.

Tioga Chamber Plans Annual Tailgate Tioga The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Tailgate Tioga, an indoor tailgate party, will take place Thursday, October 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 at the VFW on Main Street in Owego. Attendees will be treated to a pregame tailgate party with lots of great food, games, and entertainment. Since it’s easier to do business with people we know, like and trust, this is where you can develop relationships with other business people in the area.

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Taste of Tioga - Farm to Feast on Sept. 7 The 17th Annual Taste of Tioga will be held on Friday, September 7, 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Banquet Room at Tioga Downs in Nichols. The Tioga Downs chef will prepare a bountiful array of dishes made from locally sourced farm and food products. Local wineries and breweries will also be on hand to provide tasting of select beverages. There will be live music as well. All proceeds from this event will go towards the educational programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extenion of Tioga County (CCE Tioga). If you would like to be a sponsor for the 2018 Taste of Tioga, contact Mena LaClair at 687-4020, ext 311 or


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Brindisi Demands Spectrum/Charter Provide Refunds to Consumers Before Co. Leaves NY Utility cannot be allowed to leave state without writing rebate checks for slew of broken promises Assemblyman First Sounded Alarm On Outrageous Price Spikes & Unfair Service—And Now That State Has Made Clear It’s All True, Brindisi Demands Company Make Things Right Before They Bounce, Not After Assemblyman Is Worried About Next Steps—Both Transition Of Service, Future Pricing, & Spectrum Rebates; Brindisi Wants Rebates Sent To Consumers As Part Of Any Deal Brindisi: Before Fleeing NY, Spectrum/ Charter Needs To Refund Local Consumers (UTICA) – With just 56 days left to provide New York State and local consumers with an orderly transition plan for cable and internet service, New York State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, who called for the Public Service Commission (PSC) to investigate Spectrum/ Charter in the first place, is demanding the State of New York hold the company’s feet to the fire on two fronts: transition of service that includes future pricing protections and rebates for current cable and/or internet customers. “If New York State is going to literally change the channel as it relates to cable and internet service locally, they need to make sure the transition plan is public from the get-go, with ample chances for consumers to respond, and that the transition plan better protects consumers against price gouging and slow internet service. Most importantly, New York must be sure that a rebate plan is part of any exit deal reached with Spectrum/Charter because people have watched their bills explode and they deserve to be reimbursed for enduring this chaos,” Assemblyman Brindisi said. Brindisi said he will be making available to state regulators specific information he recently received from constituents, who signed petitions asking for relief from high cable rates and poor service. Brindisi today issued a list of demands he is asking the PSC and the State Attorney General’s Office to collaborate on to go along with the order that Charter leave the state. The following is his request to consumer and utility regulators: • Charter should provide reasonable compensation in the form of rebate checks to its customers who have received cable rate increases significantly above the national average, which was 5.8 percent from July, 2016 to July, 2017. • Customers with Internet service from Charter who never received promised service upgrades should receive compensation in the form of rebate checks from the company • Any company petitioning the PSC to pick up Charter’s internet, cable, and phone service should pledge to negotiate in good faith with unions representing workers, and should agree not to cut vitally needed pension and health care benefits for workers. “The proof of Spectrum’s failure to live up to its franchise is truly in the pudding when I look at hundreds of emails, letters, and petition signatures from constituents who say they’re fed up with frequent rate hikes and poor service from this company. It’s only fair to provide some relief to New Yorkers who would have cut the cord with Spectrum months ago if there were another alternative available,” Brindisi said.

The following is the text of a letter Brindisi wrote to Attorney General Barbara Underwood, and Public Service Commission Chairman John Rhodes: Dear Ms. Underwood and Mr. Rhodes: I am writing to you as a follow up to the order issued by the New York State Public Service Commission on July 27, 2018 to revoke the 2016 merger agreement between Charter Communications, Inc. doing business in New York as Spectrum, and Time Warner Cable, Inc. This order is truly in the best interests of New York residents. For two years, I have received literally hundreds of emails, letters, and petition signatures from constituents who have endured frequent, often unexpected rate hikes, and who have watched flashy ads from Charter promising lightning-fast internet speeds, as they can barely pay bills or send emails through 1980’s-era infrastructure that has not been improved. I am respectfully asking that you collaborate to work on a three-point plan that addresses concerns I continue to hear from Charter’s cable and internet customers, as well as from the employees who work for the company. The following is my proposal for consideration by consumer and utility regulators: • Charter should provide reasonable compensation in the form of rebate checks to its customers who have received cable rate hikes significantly above the national average for cable rate increases, which was 5.8 percent from July, 2016 to July, 2017. • Customers with internet service from Charter who never received promised service upgrades should receive compensation in the form of rebate checks from the company. • Any company petitioning the PSC to pick up Charter’s internet, cable, and phone service should pledge to negotiate in good faith with unions representing workers, and should agree not to cut vitally needed pension and health care benefits for workers. The rate increases Charter customers received shortly after Charter’s acquisition of Time-Warner’s system have been staggering. One constituent in Utica was billed $91.92 for cable services in January, 2017—and in March, 2018, his bill was $129.26 for exactly the same service. Another constituent from Rome told me that she paid $108 a month for cable, internet, and telephone service in May, 2016—about the time Charter took over for Time Warner. By April, 2018, her bill was $200. These are increases many times the national average, all under the guise of ‘expiring promotional packages’ These cable rate hikes are just as serious a problem for consumers as Charter’s failure to live up to its promises to upgrade its broadband. Many of the consumers I have heard from are seniors on fixed incomes who depend on cable and internet for information and to communicate with family members. They should be compensated for what clearly is blatant overcharging. Thank you very much for all you are doing to protect New York consumers, and for your concern about this issue. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call. Sincerely, Anthony Brindisi Member of Assembly

Second Location for Owego Business A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 15, at 519 Hooper Road in Endwell, to celebrate the new, second location of Tom Ash Agency. The Tom Ash Agency has operated on Main Street in Owego since 1975 and now is expanding with another location in Endwell. Mr. Tom Ash started the

agency in the early 1970’s. It is now owned and operated by Jennifer Welch, who worked with Tom for 11 years before taking over the reins of the business. Tom Ash Agency is an independent insurance agency providing a wide range of services. The offices are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.







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The firematic hose races at the 125th Annual Central New York Firemen’s Association (CNYFA) convention held in Hammondsport, NY, on July 14 proved you don’t necessarily have to be the fastest on foot to win the races and that experience counts. With 14 overall points the “senior” Owego Hose Team #2 knocked off both the younger Owego #1 team and Hammondsport Fire Department. Forty year All American Hose Racer Louie Striley led the Owego #2 team to victory. Striley’s Owego #2 team placed first in both the Ladder and Wye races with a second place finish in the Straight Lay Race. The Owego #1 team placed first in the Straight Lay, second in the Ladder, and third in the Wye race. Hammondsport, running after a four year absence from firematics, took a second and two third place finishes with a total of 10 points. Winning Owego Team #2 members included Striley, with hose team veterans Tom Donovan Jr., Joe Ward and cousins Kevin and Tommy Ferguson. The races are timed events where firefighters test their skills. Teams of five members must connect nozzles to hoses, hoses to hoses, and hoses to the fire hydrant, and knock down targets in the quickest time in the ladder, wye, and straight lay competitions. Hose races improve basic firefighting skills. CNYFA was founded by Owego’s

own Frank M. Baker a former Owego Fire Chief. Baker also was a prominent member of the Fireman’s Association of New York (FASNY) and served in the Owego Fire Department with his son George Hobart Baker who tragically died in an automobile accident in 1913. The Baker Fireman’s Fountain is dedicated in his memory. Next year’s convention and hose races will be held in Homer, New York. Race Results Overall Points 1st Place Overall – Owego Hose Teams, Inc. Team #2 – 14 Points

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It’s August 1993. Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The US Senate approves the nomination of Ruth Ginsburg, to the Supreme Court with a 96-3 vote. A Price Chopper supermarket in Clifton Park, NY, is the first store to use a check-out system without a cashier. The customer scans his own purchases, and pays with cash, credit card, or check. Mark Martin wins the Budweiser at the Glen NASCAR race at Watkins Glen. World Youth Day '93 with Pope John Paul II is held in Denver. Young people from all over the world participate in the event. Upon arrival in Denver, the Pope is greeted by President Bill Clinton. An IBM computer named Deep Blue defeats the world’s top ranking female chess player. An explosion at a chemical plant in Elyria, Ohio, forces 5,000 people to evacuate their homes. Princess Diana and her sons spend three days at Disney World. David Letterman debuts his “Late Show” on CBS with guests Billy Joel Bill Murray. NASA’s space probe Galileo sends pictures of asteroid Ida back to Earth. The Tioga County Fair opens in Owego. For the first time, the fair has a one-time admission price of $6 per day which includes all the rides and grandstand entertainment. The Cider Mill Playhouse presents the musical “Cabaret.” Tickets are $15 and $17. Martin Marietta announces plans to close its Conklin facility. Vestal Town Council approves widening the intersection of Route 434 and Main Street at Vestal Four Corners.

AT&T announces it will close its office on Conklin Avenue in Binghamton. The closure is part of a nationwide plan to eliminate operators’ jobs. Ninety people are affected by the closing. The Tioga Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America holds its 8th annual Antique Car Show and Flea Market at Hickories Park in Owego. Admission is $1. The 6th Annual En Plein Air art show is held in Owego. The works of art are displayed on the porches and verandas of homes on Front Street. The US Navy awards IBM-Owego a $242 million contract for “Block II” upgrades to the LAMPS helicopter program. More than 1,700 freshmen arrive at Binghamton University. Tuition for instate undergraduates is $2,650 for the 1993-94 academic year. Lyceum begins its sixth year with a kickoff dinner at Binghamton University. Movies playing in local theaters include “The Firm” starring Tom Cruise, “Jurassic Park,” “Rising Sun” starring Sean Connery, “In the Line of Fire” starring Clint Eastwood, and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” Popular books include “The Streets of Laredo” by Larry McMurtry, “The Client” by John Grisham, “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel and “Without Remorse” by Tom Clancy. Top tunes include “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey, “Lately” by Jodeci, “I Can’t Break It to My Heart” by Tracy Lawrence, and “Why Didn’t I Think of That” by Doug Stone. And back-to-school specials at Philadelphia Sales include Mead 200 count filler paper for 49 cents, and a 64-count box of Crayola crayons for $2.29.

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719 Main Street Apalachin 625-3333 Mon, Tues, Thur 10am - 8pm; Fri, Sat 10am - 2pm • Movie Mondays • Board Meeting Mondays, 3 pm Tuesday, August 14, 6:30 pm Kid-friendly movies continue each Everyone is invited to attend. • Recipe Exchange Monday afternoon in August. • Story Hour Monday, September 10, 6:30pm Tuesdays, August 7, 14, and 21 Beginning September 10 at 6:30 pm, Thursday, August 9, 16, and 23 Debbie Burke will be offering a recipe Story hour will take a break after Auexchange program. • Crafters gust 23 until Tuesday, September 11. • Book Discussion Calling all painters, knitters, crochetTuesday, August 14, 1pm ers, quilters, etc. If you have a special Readers will discuss “Crunch Time” talent that you would like to teach othby Dinae Mott Davidson ers, talk to Cathy Sorber at the library. • Book Discussion There is an interest in offering classes in Monday, August 27, 1pm special skills at the library. Readers will discuss “Rebecca” by • LEGOS Daphne du Maurier. Thursday, September 6, 6:30pm • Yoga LEGOS will start again in September. • Thank You Thursdays, 6:30pm Bring your mat. This is a free proThank you to all the musicians who gram, but a “love” offering will be takdonated their time to the library’s preen. school summer reading story hour.

“The History of Owego” - August 24 Join Tioga Opportunities on Friday, August 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, at the Countryside Community Center to journey through “The History of Owego” with the Tioga County Historical Society. You will take a step back in time and discover interesting stories and

facts you may have never known before. There is no cost to participate in this presentation, but reservations are required. Call 687-4120, ext. 331 to register. The Countryside Community Center is located at 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego.




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On July 31, Senator Fred Akshar hosted two public events in Waverly aimed at collecting expired and unused prescription drugs and talking issues in a town hall-style meeting. First, Senator Akshar joined the Waverly Police Department, CASA-Trinity and the Waverly Free Library to host a “Shed the Meds” prescription take-back and Narcan training event at the Waverly Free Library. Volunteers collected over 30 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medication, including 20 bottles of prescription narcotics like oxycodone and fentanyl along with other controlled substances with an estimated street value of over $3,000. In addition to dropping off old prescription pills, community members participated in free Narcan training held at the Waverly Free Library and provided by CASA-Trinity. Upon completion of their training, each trainee received a free Narcan kit. Senator Fred Akshar said, “I’m so inspired to see our community continue to stay engaged and working together to be part of the solution to the heroin and opioid epidemic. As I have traveled the 52nd Senate District listening to parents and families, I’ve heard repeatedly that their children’s opioid addiction started from prescription medication. My message to the community is please get rid of your old prescriptions, it helps keep them out of the wrong hands and could save a life.” This event continues Senator Akshar’s commitment to fighting the heroin epidemic – as a co-chair of the Senate Heroin Task Force and passing legislation to enhance prevention, treatment and recovery for heroin addiction.

Over the past two years, Akshar's Shed the Meds events across the 52nd Senate District collected over 900 pounds of prescription and over-thecounter drugs, getting an estimated street value of $230,000 worth of drugs off the street, according to local law enforcement officials. Any residents who still need to dispose of expired or unused prescriptions can do so at the prescription drop box at the Waverly Police Department at 32 Ithaca Street, Waverly. After the prescription take-back, Senator Akshar hosted his 30th “Face Time With Fred” town hall meeting at the Rail House Restaurant & Tap Room to a packed crowd of nearly 50 community members to discuss a wide range of issues, including taxes, job growth, the environment and drug addiction. “The only way we can put forth good policy and generate meaningful change to make New York more affordable for the people who live here is for our community members to stay actively engaged with their government,” said Sen. Fred Akshar. “Thanks to all the folks who came and allowed me to listen to their concerns. It's the best way for me to properly represent the people of the 52nd District.” “Face Time With Fred” town hall meetings continue Senator Akshar's pledge to remain open and accessible to the people of the 52nd Senate District. Since taking office in 2015, Akshar has held 30 in-person town hall meetings across Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties.


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Third Shredder for Weitsman Ben Weitsman of Albany, a division of the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, has begun work on a multi-million-dollar project to add a 3,000 horsepower Riverside Engineering scrap metal shredder at the facility located at 300 Smith Boulevard in the Port of Albany. Once complete, all shredding for Albany will occur on-site which will enable final shred product to be sold and shipped direct from the Port of Albany via truck, barge, deep sea vessel and rail. The new shredder, which will add 20 additional positions at the Albany facility, has a 70-inch mill and is capable of shredding 80 tons of scrap material per hour. All ASR material, a by-product of the shredding process, will be sent to the main facility in Owego so the nonferrous can be further processed through the eddy currents, micro fines plant, wire chopping plant and newly commissioned dry media plant, a state-of-the-art processing technology that further processes zorba, a shredded mix of nonferrous metals consisting primarily of aluminum generated by eddy-current separator or other segregation techniques, to separate out the aluminum


from the heavies (copper, brass, zinc, and stainless). Ben Weitsman of Albany, which was a newly constructed scrap metal recycling facility that opened in August 2013, has become one of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling’s highest customer volume yards in the network. Weitsman has been credited in the industry with ushering in ‘the new age of scrap yards,’ complete with fully paved yards and brand-new buildings, technology, equipment, fencing and landscaping. The Binghamton, Jamestown and Owego Weitsman facilities were recently renovated and the Albany retail scrap yard and New Castle, PA retail scrap yard and shredder were recently built as new operations from the ground up. In addition, the Syracuse yard is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation and the company recently began operations at its brand new dry media plant in Owego. The micro fines plant, which extracts precious metals from shredder residue, will also be fully operational in Owego starting next month.

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Wynonna & The Big Noise Concert Benefits Veterans Support Group

Grammy-nominated country artist Wynonna and her new band, The Big Noise, performed a special benefit concert on July 28 at Tioga Downs in Nichols. All ticket sales will be donated to

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