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Young and old came out to the 103rd Annual Old Home Day held in Nichols on Labor Day. The day began with a parade at 10:01 am through the village to Kirby Park, followed by events and entertainment at Kirby Park.

Due to being short staffed and not having officers to fill all three shifts the Village of Owego Police will cut the 11:00 pm to 7:00 am shift, the “A” line, starting this month for up to a year. According to Mayor Kevin Millar “The time to hire a new officer is two or three weeks before a Police Academy Class stars. It will be some time before we are up to full strength due to the board voting to

not hire to fill the three budgeted vacancies and send them to the Police Academy Class that started on August 18. The Police Academy is six months long so we will probably be short staffed for 6 to 12 months.” Any police matters during the hours of 11:00 pm to 7:00 am will be handled by the Tioga County Sheriffs Department or the New York State Police.

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Tioga United Way Announces 2014-2015 Campaign Kick-Off The Tioga United Way is having its kick-off on Thursday, September 11, starting at 5:30 at the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club on Erie Street in the Village of Owego. This will be open to the public with a patriotic theme. An “all-American” dinner will be available which includes hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, drink and desert for $5.00 per person or $20 per family. There will be raffles for a Quilt-ofValor, a Baseball Hall of Fame autographed baseball bat, a patriotic basket,

free “LIVE UNITED” T-shirts to the first 100 attendees and other incentives. After dinner, there will be a free community movie night featuring the patriotic classic Yankee Doodle Dandy. “The kick-off is an important start to this fundraising effort. Our 32 Partner Agencies rely upon the Tioga United Way to fund many of their programs,” said Brian Eldridge, Executive Director of the Tioga United Way. Last year, Tioga United Way agencies helped over 16,000 county residents.

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The eleventh annual fundraiser for Traci’s Hope, a nonprofit organization, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4th at the Apalachin Fairgrounds located just off McFall Road in Apalachin. There will be lots of food, fun and raffles! For more information contact Mary Shiner, by email at marrysgarden213@aol.com or visit their web page at: www.tracishope.com


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Pickler Concert Proceeds Reach Record Goal

Kellie Pickler (center) with area Veterans before the concert Tioga Downs is proud to announce that ticket sales for the August 8th Kellie Pickler concert at Tioga Downs raised a total of $55,800, the entirety of which will be donated to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. Tickets for the show were available for $15. In addition, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural personally matched the amount for

every ticket sold for the concert. So, each ticket garnered a donation of $30 for the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group for a total donation by Tioga Downs of $111,600 – beating last year’s contribution by over $30,000. For the past several years, Tioga Downs and Mr. Gural have given back to our veterans with proceeds from a summer concert. Concert ticket sales have increased year over year with acts like Wynonna, the Oak Ridge Boys and last year’s Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan concert, allowing Tioga Downs to increase their donations annually. Mr. Gural stated, “This is an important way in which we are able to express our appreciation for those men and women who have so heroically served and protected us. We are pleased that this year’s concert surpassed all expectation and we thank all those in attendance for helping us do so.” Tioga Downs Casino is open yearround with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar and special entertainment events. It is located along the north side of Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols.

Do You Need Help With Fall Cleaning? Be among the first to sign up for fall cleaning. If you are 65 years old and live in the Town of Owego, you qualify. On Saturday, October 4, college and high school students will be on hand to assist with window washing, interior cleaning, and/or yard work. To sign up, contact Sr. Mary at Tioga County Rural Ministry at 687-3021. Earliest requests are given top priority. Tioga County's

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William “Bill” Ransom III Community Service Award Fund Established The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) announces the newly established William “Bill” Ransom III Community Service Award Fund. William “Bill” Ransom III passed away on July 10, 2014, after a long bout with cancer. William was a Valley businessman and extremely active in his community. He served on multiple boards and committees and always provided leadership and vision to these groups. He was most recently active in the Sayre Presbyterian Church, Waverly Rotary Club, Tioga State Bank, Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT), Sayre Historical Society, and Guthrie Healthcare System. He was committed to making his community a stronger and better place to live, work, and enjoy life. The recipient of this award will be someone who displays particular attrib-

utes that are consistent with Bill’s beliefs and his relentless contributions and dedication to our community. On an annual basis, nominations will be reviewed through a formal application process. The recipient of the award will then be given the honor of selecting a local charity to receive the award’s monies. This fund is in the process of being grown to $12,500, as it will be an endowed fund which will go into perpetuity. Bill’s character, integrity, spirit, and devotion to his community will forever be remembered through this fund. The fund was made possible by the Waverly Rotary Foundation. Thanks go to the community in advance for supporting it through donations. To find out more or contribute to this fund, contact CFTT at 570-888-4759 or cftt@stny.rr.com. Your tax deductable donation can be mailed to CFTT 104 W. Lockhart St. Sayre, PA 18840. Donations can be made online at www.twintierscf.org. Click on the “make a donation” tab and choose William “Bill” Ransom III Community Service Award from the drop down box.

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The Friends of the Coburn Free Library last month conducted a Book Give Away which attracted many book lovers and curious people. On Monday, August 11, 2014, hundreds of books of all types were displayed on the lawn of the Coburn Free Library at 275 Main Street in Owego. Attendees enjoyed browsing and collecting a few book or boxes and bags full of books, and taking them home. Although the books were free, patrons were invited to leave a donation, if desired. In its fourth year, the book give away was again a huge success. Donations

received at the event were given to the Coburn Free Library for the purchase of new materials. With all of the excess books gone, more storage room is now available in the library. The Friends of the Coburn Free Library are very grateful for help given by Boy Scout Troop 38 volunteers, under Scoutmaster John Metzner. The scouts helped to lift and move the many books. Help was also given by workers from Tioga Works, under leader Randy White. They carried many cartons of books from the basement to the front of the library. Later that afternoon, the scouts, their leaders and Randy White loaded the remaining books and transported them to the Open Door Mission. The Open Door Mission, at 425 North Avenue in Owego, agreed to take the excess books which they can sell in their own shop or recycle. The Friends of the Coburn Free Library give thanks to all involved and look forward to the Fifth Annual Book Give Away to be held next August.

Free & Reduced School Lunch The Vestal Central School District announced a free and reduced price meal policy for Vestal area school children. Local school officials have adopted the following family eligibility criteria to assist them in determining eligibility for the 2014-15 school year, which begins September 3, 2014. Households with incomes the same or below the amount of money listed for their family size may be eligible for and are urged to apply for free and/or reduced price meals. They may do so by completing the application forms sent home with a letter to parents. Additional copies are available in the main office of their child’s school. Applications may be submitted at any time to Erin Polovchak in the Food Service Department, 201 Main Street, Vestal. The information provided on the application will be confidential and will be used for determining eligibility. The names and eligibility status of participants may also be used for the allocation of funds to federal education programs such as Title I and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), state health or state education programs, provided the state agency or local education agency administers the

programs, and for federal, state or local means-tested nutrition programs with eligibility standards comparable to the NSLP. Eligibility information may also be released to programs authorized under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) or the Child Nutrition Act (CNA). The release of information to any program or entity not specifically authorized by the NSLA will require written consent from the parent or guardian. The school district has a right to verify, at any time during the school year, the information on the application. If a parent or guardian does not give the school this information, the child/ children will no longer be able to receive free or reduced price meals. Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits. An application for a foster child must contain the child’s name, the child’s personal use income and an adult signature. A designated official will review applications and determine eligibility. If dissatisfied you may make a request orally or in writing for a hearing to appeal the decision. Direct written requests to Mr. Jeffrey Ahearn at 201 Main Street, Vestal, NY 13850.

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Learn to Carve a Mini Duck Decoy Join the Newark Valley Historical Society Folk Art Series on Saturday, September 20, to learn how to carve a mini duck decoy. The workshop is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with Bill Underwood. The cost is $35, or $32 for members of NV Historical Society. Hear the history and learn the uses of decoys from working decoys to decorative ones. Workshop participants will work from a rough out to a finished duck, a miniature Green Wing Teal. You'll be introduced to the basics of carving, use of tools and provided

equipment and apply a light wash of color. You'll see the project at various stages and other beautiful carvings and examples. All materials and tools supplied including carving tool and glove; bring your own lunch. RSVP by September 14 by calling (607) 642-5412. See Bill Underwood’s work at www.underwoodwildlifestudio.com/ bio.htm. For more information, visit the Newark Valley Historical Society’s website at NVhistory.org.

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as outlined in the contest rules and draw, paint or sketch their interpretation of the theme. The deadline is October 7, 2014. The people to contact at the school districts are: Owego Apalachin Middle School - Jolene Williams; Vestal Middle School - Leigh Kaminsky or Lion Terry White 625-4498.

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St. Patrick School Fall Festival Band of Strings. The Falconers. Ultra Vibe and Making the Band. St. Patrick School is excited to announce the headline evening performers at its annual Fall Festival Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, at the school, 309 Front Street in Owego. The festival opens at 5:00 pm Friday, and the music kicks off at 7:00 pm with Band of Strings, a six-piece high energy acoustic band that stays true to its bluegrass roots performing original music and unique twists on contemporary and traditional standards. Following Band of Strings at 8:30 pm is The Falconers, an uplifting, heavyhitting, indie-rock group from Binghamton with influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and the Indigo Girls to the Foo Fighters and Pixies. Saturday evening’s entertainment kicks off with Daphne Braden at 5:30 pm and her wide variety of pop, rock, jazz, blues, country and classic hits. She creates a fun "variety show" atmosphere, with sing-alongs and props for audience participation. Following Daphne is the jazz, funk, blues and soul of Ultra Vibe at 7:00 p.m.. Ultra Vibe's brand of music is rooted in the spirit of jazz improvisation, with interpretations and new twists on blues, jazz and soul classics to original music. Capping off the weekend will be Owego Free Academy’s pop-rock cover band Making the Band at 8:30 pm. Saturday during the day showcases performances across the musical

spectrum beginning at 11:00 am with Trace of Grace, followed by Apalachin’s own Brooke Albright at 1:00 pm, Jack Breidenstein at 2:00 pm, and New Day at 3:00 pm. Throughout the weekend, in between and during the live music performances, will be carnival games with prizes, a bounce house, the return of the highly popular haunted house and Halloween “Boo-tique,” shopping at Buy the Book and Irish Alley Treasures, and plenty of food, drink and homemade desserts. The luminary ceremony takes place Friday at 6:45 pm and Saturday afternoon has ZUMBA at 12:00 Noon and a cake walk. All games, the bounce house and haunted house, plus shopping, and food purchases are ticket-based, and tickets can be purchased at the central ticket booth on the days of the festival. The live entertainment is free and welcome to all ages. More festival events are being planned for the weekend. For the latest details of the festival in the weeks to come, visit www.stpatrick owego.org or call (607) 687-1770. The Fall Festival is a tradition the community has looked forward to for over 45 years. With two days of all-ages live music, entertainment, games and food, the “Fall Fest” as it is more affectionately called, is one of the largest fundraisers for St. Patrick School, Tioga County’s only Catholic school serving families of all faiths for 155 years.

Tioga Opportunities to Host “Living Healthy” Workshops Do you, or a loved one you care for, have a chronic health condition? A series of “Living Healthy” workshops is being offered this fall at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd. in Owego. Topics to be discussed will include arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, and much more. The workshops will be held every Tuesday, September 9 through October

14, from 9:00 to 11:30 am. The program is free to the public, but registration is required. Contact the Rural Health Network at (607) 692-7669 to reserve your seat by September 3, 2014. With your registration, you will receive a relaxation CD, a book titled Living a Healthy Life, as well as healthy snacks during each session.

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A public hearing for the Eastern Southern Tier region, which has attracted three casino bidders, will be held from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on September 24 at The Hotel Ithaca at 222 S. Cayuga St. in Ithaca. Bidding for the casino license are Tioga Downs, an existing racino in Nichols, Tioga County; Traditions in the Town of Union, Broome County; and Wilmorite in Tyre, Seneca County.

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Congratulations to Bonnie Beuter, Administrative Secretary, Environmental Health! Bonnie has been selected Tioga County Employee of the 3rd Quarter for 2014. Bonnie began working for Tioga County Department of Social Services in July 2000 in the Foster Care Unit. After three years in this unit, she had ventured over to the Tioga County DMV. Then in April 2004, she found her dream job, working as an Administrative Secretary in the Health Department, a position she maintained until her retirement. Needless to say, she loves this job! Bonnie’s main responsibilities involved permitting facilities, enforcements, handling rabies calls, data entry into E-Hips, on top of all her other secretarial work. Bonnie comes to work early and stays until the job gets done. She stays up-to-date on procedures and is considered the “go to” lady for various departments. She is always willing to go above and beyond what her job duties require such as researching information online to help clients find certain information, she’ll help fill out paperwork for a permit, or she’ll just listen to stories about bed bugs and other critters. According to her co-workers, Bonnie has become the Master of all things in Environmental Health and assures that everything runs smoothly. She is very knowledgeable about all health department programs and other community resources so she is able to answer all types of questions the department receives. Bonnie is a leader. She is willing to participate in any event or help some place where an extra hand is needed, including flu pods, rabies clinics and registration tables. Bonnie also has

served on various committees while employed with Tioga County such as, Relay for Life; Tioga County Employee Recognition Committee and DSS Employee of the Quarter Committee Member; Team Member of the Quarter Committee Member for the Health Department; United Way Committee Member; Mixer Committee Member; and served as the CSEA Unit Vice President and CSEA Unit President. Adding to Bonnie’s most recent achievement of becoming Tioga County’s Employee of the 3rd Quarter, Bonnie has also received Employee of the Quarter for DSS in 2001 and Team Member of the Quarter for the Health Department in 2010. She takes the mission of Environmental Health very seriously, “to protect and serve the community”. Bonnie has dedicated 14 years of her life to serving the residents of Tioga County and knows several, if not all of Environmental Health clients by name and some of them request to deal with her only. She even knows some of their children by name which is a true testament to her passion and superior level of service that she has provided to them over the years. Every day for 14 years, Bonnie has gone the extra mile, whether it is workrelated or just to help someone around her, even if that means putting her own work behind. Anyone who knows Bonnie knows she has a great sense of humor and on days when the office is down, leave it to her to cheer everyone up. Thirty years ago, Bonnie moved from Kansas to Owego with her husband, Jack and their two sons. Bonnie has four granddaughters and one grandson between the two boys. She will be retiring at the end of August where she, her husband, and their dog will be enjoying their newfound freedom in the Sunshine State in their brand new home where she plans on spending all of time with her grandson and granddaughter in her new pool. When officially moved, Bonnie plans on becoming the next president of the Homeowners Association of Connerton… she just doesn’t stop! Bonnie will be recognized at the Legislative meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:00 PM, in the Hubbard Auditorium on 56 Main Street.

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Saturday Sept 20th starting at 8 am Stop in to register ($20 fee) CASH PRIZE FOR WINNER! Interested businesses should register now for the upcoming Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Show. The event will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center. Over 100 businesses participate annually in this exciting business show. The event provides a great opportunity to

showcase your business and services plus make new business contacts. Contact the chamber for a registration form to secure a booth at the event. The show is expected to sell out and businesses are encouraged to register early. Contact the Chamber at 687-2020 or info@tiogachamber.com Pictured above it the ribbon cutting from last years business show.

Electronics Recycling Day - September 6 Are you looking for a chance to recycle all of your old electronics in the most environmentally friendly way possible? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, 840 Upper Front St., Binghamton, is hosting an Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, September 6, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can drop off any and all of the following (and more): phones, cell phones, audiovisual equipment, microwaves, vacuums, fans, electric heaters, coffee makers (no glass pots, please), blenders (no glass containers, please), computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, cables, video game consoles, laptops, scanners, faxes, copiers, VCRs, DVD players, all TVs,

digital converter boxes and more. You will support CCE-Broome County and the environment by bringing your electronics and other items to this recycling event. All items will be safely recycled by REACT (Recycling Electronics And Computer Technologies, Inc.) and CCE-BC will receive money for each pound collected. CCE-BC staff and numerous United Way Day of Caring volunteers will be available to unload your items. Mark your calendar for this recycling event. For more information about dropping off items at another time, contact Carol at (607) 584-9966 or clf62@cornell.edu.

Mettle We Can Rely On As Fire Commissioner for the Village of Owego I am pleased to write this congratulatory message to three more of our Fire-Rescue-EMS team on their completion and certifications of Fire Officer 1 at the NYS Fire Academy at Montour Falls, New York, on August 25, 2014. They are Andy McDowell, Dan Gavin, and Jeff Hiller. Shortly we will add four more to our Fire Officer 1 (FO1) status and the list of signups for FO1 is growing as is those that are freshly joining the department. The Owego Fire Department’s (OFD) strength and pride is evident to all but we constantly are told by new applicants it is the department’s commitment to the serving our Village that is the main draw for them. I also wish to say thank you to Firefighter/EMS officer Jimmy Wagner for his stepping up and accepting the various mantels and workloads that have been placed on him. Jimmy has often taken leave from his job to be there in the department’s times of need. Along with a heavy EMS schedule, Jimmy has been our Fire Scene Commander for some time now. He is a good man and valuable resource that the Chiefs, the department and all OFD brothers and sisters can rely on. Unlike some adjoining Fire/EMS departments that have many paid positions, the Owego Fire Department is a “Volunteer” organization, i.e. they do not get paid for any of the time they put in for training or for responding to calls, nor any reimbursements for their vehicle

expenses when responding to emergency calls or training. The same holds true for the offsite trainings such as the Fire Officer 1 training that was just completed by Andy, Dan and Jeff. This took time away from the family lives and sometime their jobs. They made those sacrifices not for money but because our OFD members are committed to the community they swore to serve and protect. I make a side note here, but an important one, regarding the required higher training of our OFD officers. The two prior years of 2012/2013, the Village’s OFD budget provided the former Chiefs with a training budget of $5,000 to ensure that OFD officers were trained to the levels required by New York State. In those two years only $750 of the training monies were used and that was to train a very selective few. The prior OFD leaders’ focus was not directed to the required trainings but rather politically elsewhere. The current OFD leadership is not only focused on Fire-Rescue-EMS units’ trainings, it is also pursuing further avenues of development to better protect and serve you. I close with again saying congratulations to Andy, Dan and Jeff and a thank you to Jimmy. All are a good representation of the OFD brothers and sisters that has the strength, dedication and mettle we can rely on.

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Starzak Launches Campaign in Owego

Democratic Candidate for State Senate Anndrea Starzak kicked off her campaign last month in Owego. Dozens of supporters and press attended Starzak’s campaign kick-off on a rainy morning at the courthouse gazebo. She was introduced by Democratic official, Patricia Bence, Mayor Millar of Owego, teacher and co-worker Ben Frisbee, and other supporters. Starzak then spoke about why she was running and how she would bring trust and integrity back to the Senate seat to ensure that the Southern Tier is well represented. “This is a great opportunity to go across the 52nd district and meet the people who will be the backbone of support in this campaign” said Anndrea Starzak. “I will champion our communities’ priorities in Albany and be a Senator who Southern Tier families can trust to work for good jobs, good schools and good government.” She used this tour to highlight her priorities, including advocating for infrastructure improvement and developing long term industries.

Starzak, a retired teacher, also discussed her commitment to fair funding for education. With an overflowing turnout, supporters packed the gazebo to show their support. “I’m so glad all of you could make it here today,” said Starzak. “I need your help to fight for a better future for ourselves and our children. I need you to knock on doors and pick up the phone and tell your friends and neighbors that there is a better choice for Senator. We need to let everyone know that Anndrea Starzak will be a Senator who truly cares about each of you, and with your help, we will march forward to victory this November 4th.” Starzak is running in the New York 52nd Senate district which includes all of Tioga County. She is running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines. More information can be found on her website, www.starzakforsenate.com or her Facebook at facebook.com/ StarzakforSenate.

Christmas Items Needed The Tioga County Historical Society is in need of decorative items for children’s event during the annual O Tannenbaum Holiday Showcase, November 8 through December 13. Please consider donating the following new or gently used items: Christmas cards, fake poinsettia flowers, miniature decorations, round craft beads, and more. This November through December, O Tannenbaum returns to the TCHS Museum for its 11th year. O

Tannenbaum is a special time for children, adults, organizations, and corporations to experience friendship, camaraderie and the joy of the season. Plan now to visit the TCHS Museum for this special holiday event. The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 687-2460, email otannenbaum@tiogahisory.org, or visit www.tiogahistory.org.

Call for Actors Calling all actors! The Tioga County Historical Society is seeking volunteers to take part in the third annual “Living Among the Dead” annual cemetery walk on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Evergreen Cemetery. This program features a tour of the cemetery with several citizens of the area, long-deceased, telling their life stories. The historical society is seeking volunteers for the roles of: Pauper buried in Potter’s Field: In general, someone who could not afford burial costs, had no living family, or were unknown or undesirable to the local town. Rowena S. Beck (1892-1900): The first Tioga County woman to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She was also Deputy Tioga County Clerk for nine years and the first women to be elected President of the Tioga County Bar Association. Andrew (1837-1908) and Eudora Tiffany (1844-1925) Burgess: Andrew worked with Matthew Brady, operating his Washington, DC studio for a time and taking many photographs in the

field. He also invented, obtaining 894 patents related to firearms in his lifetime. Eudora and Andrew married in Owego in 1871. After Eudora died, her estate donated the original photographs from Burgess’s Brady collection to the Tioga County Historical Society. “Old Joe” Dewitt (1814-1876): The longest-serving fire chief in Owego history. He also operated a tavern/store/ candy factory. He was so well-regarded by the community that over 1,500 people attended his funeral. The historical society needs 6 Tour Guides. These volunteers will lead tour groups, two for each tour, to the four gravesites. Between stops, they will highlight features of the cemetery and describe the history of mourning as shown through images and graves present at Evergreen. Scripts will be provided for all roles. If you are interested, call 687-2460 or email director@tiogahistory.org for information. The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is at 110 Front Street in Owego and is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


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Ground Breaking at Wagner Lumber

The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Ceremonial Ground Breaking for Wagner Lumber. Wagner Lumber has been in business since 1976 and has expanded to employ about 250 people throughout New York State. In February of this year a fire destroyed the main sawmill on Gaskill Road. Displaced workers have

been commuting to other sites since then. Wagner’s groundbreaking is part of their commitment to their employees and clients to rebuild. It falls in line with their philosophy to assure that everyone's needs are being taken care of and expectations are being met.

Misericordia University Welcomes 446 First-year Students, Largest Enrollment in Campus History

Morgan Reed (center) of Apalachin and Jaccqueline Cormier (left) greet first-year student Michael Tuohey (right) at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA, near Wilkes-Barre. First-year student Michael Tuohey of Dickson City, Pa., right, is greeted with smiles from orientation leaders Jacqueline Cormier of Maywood, N.J., left, and Morgan Reed of Apalachin, center, as he signs in during First-Year Student Move-In Day on August 21 at Misericordia University in Dallas, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Tuohey, a 2014 Mid Valley High School graduate, is one of 446 first-year students who were welcomed to Misericordia as part of the second largest first-year class in the 90-year history of the institution of higher education. The University also welcomed 103 transfer students. With the new class of students, the University has a record 3,141 undergraduate and graduate students in full- and part-time academic programs for the fall semester. Enrolled as an accounting major, Tuohey says he chose to enroll at Misericordia because he liked the campus, the residence halls and the people he met when he visited. The first-year class hails from 12 states including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The class includes two international students, who both come from Saudi Arabia. The university has 1,020 students living in residence halls and townhomes on the upper and lower campuses. Cormier and Reed are both occupational therapy majors who were among a contingent of 79 orientation

leaders who trained throughout the summer to help direct the move-in and orientation process. Teams of staff, faculty, student athletes and alumni also helped transport belongings and serve refreshments. The event-filled day included the annual Convocation ceremony that welcomes first-year students and their families and acts as the official beginning of the academic year. The Convocation program included a welcome by Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., Misericordia University president, and an address by Sister Anne E. McLaughlin, RSM, D.Min., vice chair of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education Board. Dr. McLaughlin is a 1963 Misericordia graduate and held various positions in the university’s Department of Religious Studies spanning a period of 32 years. For more information about Misericordia University, call (570) 6746400 or go to www.misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2015 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review. www.twitter.com/MisericordiaU

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Challenger League Coach Wins D3 Award

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“We're all in it for the children.” That’s what Dan Hayes, this year’s recipient of the Dave Clark Pulling Each Other Along Award, had to say after Saturday’s Disability, Dream & Do event with the Binghamton Mets. The award was launched because of the kind acts received from those who provided encouragement throughout Dave Clark's incredible life journey. The presentation of the Dave Clark Pulling Each Other Along Award honors the notable contributions of those who have helped others achieve their dreams under exceptional circumstances. Winners are honored at D3 events. Hayes, a Vestal resident, was nominated for his many years of enthusiastic dedication to the Challenger League players, their families, and the community. Being a humble person, Hayes was reticent to accept the award without crediting the leaders who came before him as well as those who have worked alongside him all of these years. People like Jerry Shultz, Linda Safford, Leo Cook and Vestal Parks staff, to name a few. Hayes went on to say, “I'm impressed how the D3 program parallels our league. The people that were there can now believe how great these kids are,

the people that weren't there can't believe how great it was.” The day included skills stations that were conducted by the B-Mets players, helping the participants practice their hitting, throwing, and catching. Favorite events were the target practice, where the participants threw soft baseballs at the B-Mets players; and the High 5 game where the kids hit the ball and rounded the bases for a homerun, giving high 5s to all the volunteers and players. Several of the other volunteers agreed with Hayes’ sentiments, “We don't do it for money. We don't do it for recognition. To see the players so happy to be playing ball, and all the parents and families cheering them on, it almost brings you to tears.” The Challenger Little League of the Southern Tier is a baseball program for children and youth who have physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities within the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania (6 to 21 years of age if still in school). Youth can join the league throughout the season. There is also an adult league. For more information, visit the Challenger League website: www.southerntierchallenger.com


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Vestal Central School District seeks Hall of Fame Nominations Do you know a Vestal Central School District alumnus who has continued to exemplify the Vestal tradition of excellence? The Vestal Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Hall of Fame. Candidates should be at least 10-year graduates of the Vestal Central School District who have received local, regional, national or international recognition in one or more areas, including educational, professional, charitable or community support, athletics or the arts. Submitting a candidate for nomination does not mean the candidate will be inducted in the next Hall of Fame. Only three candidates per year are typically inducted, and the Hall of Fame Committee reviews all applications and makes the final decision on who is to be selected for induction.

Nominations can be submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee by mailing a completed nomination form and two letters of recommendation to Vestal Hall of Fame Committee at 201 Main Street, Vestal, NY, 13850. Nomination forms can be found on the “Alumni Info” page of the district website, www.vestal.k12.ny.us. Look for the link in the left menu of the Alumni Info web page that reads “Hall of Fame Nomination Form.” To have a nomination form mailed to you, call Kathy Loveland at 607-757-2241. Self-nominations will not be considered. Nomination forms for candidates not selected for induction are kept on file for five years and will be considered in subsequent years by the Hall of Fame Committee.

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Letter in Support of Coroner Bennett As a long practicing physician in Tioga County, New York, I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Stewart Bennett in his capacity of Tioga County Administrative Coroner. On each occasion I was impressed with his dedication and enthusiasm in conscientiously and comprehensively working the case to conclusion. I was equally impressed by his communication skills including his review of the completed investigations. Such a

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Letter to the Editor: “Thanks to Tioga Downs” To the Editor, “Thanks to Tioga Downs” is a sentiment that is heard repeatedly in Tioga County and beyond and I hope is never taken for granted. I’m happy to add my thanks once again to Tioga Downs for their timely and gracious assistance with the running of the New York State Sire Stake Races at the Tioga County Fair. The preparation for, and management of, this year’s fair comprised an amazing amount of volunteer and donated effort by many individuals and businesses, some of which had little experience in the specific tasks that needed to be done. For myself, I have always been a fan of harness racing, stemming, I suppose, from tagging along with my grandfather many years ago as he assisted local horse owners for the joy of it. Flash forward to 2014 and I found myself raising my hand, offering to guide the effort to bring the Sire Stakes back to the Owego Driving Park. Through the efforts of many, new stalls were built, officials put in place and the track itself graded and raised as much as 10 inches in some areas. Throughout this process there had been “back gate” cooperation between Tioga

Downs and the fair, involving the trading and lending of equipment and advice. Come race day, however, we had a problem. The track surface was simply too deep. When Jason, Adam and the rest of the Tioga Downs crew arrived to give us a hand as promised, a quick meeting was held and a plan made to harden the surface. Working together, the track was much improved and racing began after only a 50 minute delay. As my grandfather would have said, Tioga Downs pulled our chestnuts out of the fire and saved the race card. For that and everything else Tioga Downs did for the fair, I want to say thank you. Time will tell what lies in store for the old historic track, now that we have made a start at coming back from the ravages of the flood. It seems to me, however, that there will always be reasons for the fair and Tioga Downs to work together and I look forward to exploring how we might benefit each other in the future.

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local notables including Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Broome County Democratic Chair Jim Testani, and Broome County Working Families Chair Eileen Hamlin, Starzak welcomed her supporters who crowded the office.

Gourd & Artisan Festival The first annual New York State Gourd and Artisan Festival will take place at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Binghamton on Saturday, September 13, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, September 14, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Artists will be teaching a variety of classes each day. You can make gourd ornaments, lights, bowls, jewelry, goats milk soap, and learn how to wet felt and/ or needle felt. Pre-registration is recommended. Go to www.americangourdsociety.org/ NewYork Volunteers will be giving free demonstrations on various art & craft

techniques, growing and cleaning gourds and more. Volunteers will also have a booth offering inexpensive, mini (one hour) classes for adults and children that do not require pre-registration or any tools. Vendors will be selling finished art, tools and supplies for creating art. Meet the alpacas that will be on-site and the ‘Paca Pack 4-H group will be hosting a Beverage and Snack Bake Sale on Saturday. There will be daily raffles for gift baskets and art donations. For more information visit: www.americangourdsociety.org/NewYork

Polish Dinner in Newark Valley - Oct. 19 St. John the Evangelist Church, Rock Street, Newark Valley, is sponsoring its annual Polish Dinner on Sunday, October 19, from 12:00 Noon until 1:30 pm. The menu includes Holupki, Pierogi, Kielbasa, Noodles and Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Bread/Butter, Tossed Salad, Dessert, and drink. Take out is available.

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6th Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale

A Big Thank You We would like to say thank you to the Little Meadows and surrounding communities for all of your support during this difficult time. The benefit was a huge success because of this great community. To the many businesses, friends,

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Dear Citizens of Tioga County, On September 9, 2014 registered Republicans will be voting in a primary election for the office of Coroner in Tioga County. I am the incumbent in the position; my name is Warren “Stu” Bennett. I am asking registered Republicans to vote that day and support me to continue as your County Coroner. People question, just exactly what does a small county Coroner do? On television shows the Coroner shows up in a specially marked car, makes pronouncements, wisks the decedent off for an autopsy after a press conference. The entire investigation, toxicology testing and autopsy, interviews included, are wrapped up in a period of 45 minutes or so. As usual, real life is very different from scripted television shows. Coroners in New York State operate under the Coroner’s Law (NY Code Article 17A Sections 671-678 for those of you that love to Google). Large counties have Medical Examiner Offices with specially trained Forensic Pathologists to complete autopsies and Investigators to respond to scenes. In small counties, Lay Coroners are elected by the public. The County contracts with a Pathologist in a hospital for autopsy services. Tioga County contracts with Dr. James Terzian at Lourdes Hospital for autopsy and toxicology services; Dr. Terzian is a Board Certified Forensic Pathologist. By law, Coroners are required to respond to every violent death (whether by criminal violence or self-violence such as suicide) and every unattended death (not under medical care/supervision at time of death) in the county. Coroners are required, by law, to fully investigate the death and determine the means, manner and cause of death. The Coroner is given great latitude in investigations and can bring in Forensic Pathologists or attending Physicians to review the autopsy, medical records and death scene documentation to find answers. The means and manner of death is sometimes determined medically and sometimes determined by the evidence at the scene. Some deaths may have a criminal element that involves law enforcement; some deaths are ruled as natural cause. During the last 5 years, I had two complicated cases to investigate involving a fireman line of duty death. These cases required extensive medical documentation, interviews and reports to reconstruct the case and present material to insurance companies so the surviving family members can receive the benefits due them from their loved one’s death. I was successful in helping two families obtain these local, state and federal benefits. Without this extensive investigation and reports these families may have been denied benefits. Most deaths in Tioga County do not receive publicity; but all deaths involve family dealing with loss (sometimes a sudden loss) of a loved one. Surviving families are entitled to a Coroner who understands the law, accurately documents the scene and works with the decedent’s physician or Forensic Pathologist to find answers. Most important though, families should have a Coroner who is understanding and works with them through their initial period of

grief. I pride myself in being a Coroner who is available to answer a family’s painful questions, when they are ready to ask them, and can direct them to supportive, medical or legal services. The Coroner’s law clearly indicates that the Coroner’s job follows a fundamental US philosophy of checks and balances within government. Coroners are responsible to provide a record of an independent investigation of all deaths they investigate. Nothing as serious as a death should be “rubber stamped” with investigation left to others or the facts just assumed. I have been working in this field for over 30 years. I have an educational background in the field of forensic science and experience in law enforcement as a past Sr. Investigator of a Criminal Division. I started my own Forensic business and became an accredited Forensic Expert in Court (for both Prosecution and Defense). I have testified in Federal, State, County and Local Courts in both criminal and civil cases. Finally, I have the willingness to never stop learning about this field. In the course of my career I have forensically reconstructed two cases that gained nation attention. The first was Commonwealth of PA vs. Dr. Stephen Scher. The case involved a lawyer, Martin Dillon, shot by a doctor, Stephen Scher. The PA Coroner’s Office and Police ruled the death accidental. The Dillon family never believed the explanation and twenty years later asked me to review the case. I reviewed it and determined it to be a homicide and showed documentation for my position. Eventually, the PA Attorney General’s Office reinvestigated and arrested Dr. Scher. He was tried and convicted of murder. The second case was the People of NY vs. Reedy. This case involved famed NY Yankee’s Manager Billy Martin who died in a car accident in Broome County. I was hire to determine who the driver of the vehicle was at the time of the accident, Reedy or Martin. The case involved a criminal charge prosecuted by the Broome County DA’s Office and civil action. Through a reconstruction of the accident dynamics, review of medical records and injury patterns, I documented that Reedy was the driver at the time of the accident. In 2014, I and Dr. James Terzian organized the Coroners in 9 counties in the Southern Tier to document unattended death scenes and link them with toxicology reports conducted during autopsy to create a database to track drug overdose deaths in our communities. This data base was designed to help police agencies, drug task forces and DA’s to identify and track the drugs that are killing people in our communities. Recently I was informed statistics show only 3 percent of registered Republican voters show up for a county primary election. Remember we work for the people of Tioga County and you should have a say in want kind of person you want in the Office of Coroner. I ask for your support at the polls for the Republican Primary on September 9, 2014.

Respectfully, Warren “Stu” Bennett


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Apalachin Lions Club Highway Clean Up

STILL THE LOWEST PRICE IN TOWN

116 Vestal Road, Vestal, New York HOURS: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm Saturday 11 am – 4 pm Sunday Memorial Day to Labor Day 11-3

CALL FOR COMPETITIVE PRICES • 748-3989 •

PROPANE FUEL OIL • KEROSENE Would you like to help? The Apalachin Lions club is looking for help with the clean up of Route 434 on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 9:00 am. The clean up crew will meet at BEAM Electronics on Route 434. The amount of time normally spent is approximately 2 hours to pick up trash on the three-mile stretch of Route 434 in Apalachin. Please bring gloves, and dress for the weather, all clean up supplies will be furnished.

WOOD PELLETS & COAL by the Bag Buy now and avoid the winter rush!

Locally Owned & Operated since 1960 Don’t send your money out of town! Keep it locally, right here in the Southern Tier!

New Broil King gas grills in stock fully assembled Gas grill parts for all makes of grills in stock!

FALL REGISTRATION

Tioga County Friends of Hospice Fundraiser The Tioga County Friends of Hospice will hold a fundraiser on Friday, September 5, 2014 with Doug’s Fish Fry to Go, at the Comfort Inn Parking Lot, Rt. 434, in Apalachin, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Your continued support and funding are most appreciated as extra help for patients with incidental needs in Tioga County and Western Broome County. The Friends of Hospice are always looking for additional board members to represent all corners of the counties. Meetings are held at 7:15 pm on the second Tuesday of alternate months and the next meeting will be on September 9, 2014, at the Barton Education Building, Methodist Church, 261 Main St., Owego. Also supported are Traci’s Hope, Make A Wish Foundation and Danielle House. If you are interested in being on the board, contact any board member: Jim McFadden, Gary Jones, Denise Ahart, Pam Benthin, Mary and Gordy Shiner, Colleen Jones, Jen Haskins, Diane Craig, Jean Fisher, or just come to the meeting.

Pre- School , Recreational & Competition Teams

Classes Begin Monday September 8th! STOP IN TO REGISTER NOW! September 3-5 from 4-8pm September 6 from 10-2pm

Ages 5-12 Ages 13 thru Adults:

Open during KHSOD Reg Days & Times


SEPTEMBER 2014

TIOGA COUNTY COMMUNITY PRESS

Community Press File Photos:

A Moment in Tioga County History August 1996

In August 1996, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held in Owego to celebrate the opening of the Philadelphia Sales store in the former Jamesway building in Owego. Today, the building is the home of Value Home Center.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Help support

Sweeneys Plaza, Rt 434, Apalachin

Traci’s Hope

Saturday October 4th

Firemen’s Field Day Grounds

Peter Mertes Riesling 750 ml. ……………... $7.99 Assorted Alan Kura Wines from Argentina 750 ml. …….. $ 9.99 UV Blender Drinks 1.75 Liter. ……………... $11.99 Odesse Vodka 1.75 Liter. …………………... $12.79 Lady Bligh Flavored Rums 1 Liter. ………. $10.99 Brady's Irish Cream 1 Liter. ……………….. $12.99

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING? Personalized Labels for wine bottles are FREE with purchase of wine. Many styles available

Gift Certificates Available • Case Discounts on non-sale wines

1429 Main Street, Apalachin, N. Y.

HAPPY 91st BIRTHDAY NICK Sr. Sept 23rd Call Earl for an appointment

625-3015

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