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Volume 30

Dog Park Opens in Owego

A new dog park is now open in the Town of Owego. On September 4, guests and their canine friends gathered at Hickories Park in Owego for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the Rebecca Weitsman Memorial Dog Park. The nearly three-acre park has been a process spearheaded by the Owego Dog Owners Group (ODOG); Delta Engineers; Homer C Gow & Sons Inc. of Owego, the contractor awarded its construction; and was made possible through funding by Adam Weitsman of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling. The project was also accomplished through collaboration between ODOG and the Town of Owego. Weitsman donated the funding for the dog park as a gift to the community and to honor and pay tribute to his sister Rebecca (Becky) Weitsman, an avid dog lover, who passed away in September 2001. The highlight of the park’s opening was “Paws In”, in which community members and their dogs were able to enter the park for the first time. The dog park’s state-of-the-art con-

struction and design will withstand weather and ensure longevity of its use. The park has an area for large dogs, and area for small dogs, and an area containing agility equipment. Rules for use of the dog park are posted, and dog owners are expected to comply with those rules in order to use the park. Dogs using the park must be licensed (if applicable), and must have their vaccinations. For the long term, the Owego Dog Owners Group will perform some maintenance at the park. Because the park is located on municipal property, an agreement between ODOG and the Town of Owego is in place, and active ODOG volunteers will be needed to ensure the longevity of the park. Donations to the Owego Dog Owners Group are welcomed, because ODOG will be responsible, per the agreement with the Town of Owego, for any repairs that might be needed. ODOG is currently accepting new members. More information about the group can be found at

The arch at the entrance to the dog park offers a memorial to Rebecca (Becky) Weitsman. Becky’s brother, Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding – Weitsman Recycling, funded the project in memory of his sister. (ODOG Photo)

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Cruty Family Helps Library, Students

The Apalachin Library and the Cruty Family on September 1 launched the Irene J. Cruty Memorial Backpack Program to benefit the community and children served by the Tioga County Department of Social Services. Total funding to the library from the Irene J. Cruty Memorial is $7,000. Stephen Cruty presented a check for more than $5,000 to the Apalchin Library for programs and improvements to the library. A Memorial Reading Garden and large print reading resources will also be supported by this funding. Re-

sources will also support the Irene J. Cruty Memorial Backpack Program. The generous allocation of $1,000 for back to school supplies by the Irene J. Cruty Memorial surpasses the needs of patrons of the Apalachin Library. Recognizing a great need for backpacks and school supplies among the children in Tioga County receiving services from the Tioga County Department of Social Services and associated agencies, and in line with the Apalachin Library's commitment to serving the greater community of Owego and Tioga County, The Apalachin Library and Cruty family decided to donate surplus supplies to the Department of Social Services. Hundreds of children currently receive services in Tioga County every day, and they will benefit from this collection. Irene J. Cruty, a resident of Apalachin, passed away on August 20, 2014. She was an avid reader and a member, patron, and volunteer of the Apalachin Library. It was Irene’s desire to see the Apalachin Library continue to flourish, and arrangements were made with her family and estate to create and sustain the Irene J. Cruty Memorial to achieve that goal.

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OFA Boys Varsity Soccer Results Fall Boys Varsity Soccer Game Results: Monday Aug 31 2015 1:00 pm Chenango Forks @ Owego Venue: OFA Island Score: Owego Free Academy: 7 Chenango Forks Central Schools: 2 Game MVP: Headline: First Half: Owego 3, CF 0 Owego - Simon Davis 1-1, Allan Bishop 1 -2, Cam Neira 1-1, Ethan Pryor 4-1 Chenango Forks - Bryant LaMere 1-0, Withers 1-0, Shane Bowersox 0-1 Shots: Owego 15, CF 9 Corners: Owego 6, CF 2 Tioga County's


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Seneca County Supports Tioga Downs The Seneca County Board of Supervisors has declared its support of Tioga Downs’ application for the state’s final full gaming license, and members of the public are urged to do the same. During their last board meeting, board members passed a resolution affirming Tioga Downs’ plans for live gaming, citing the positive impact it would have on the community. As part of the resolution, Seneca County also recommended a 90-mile exclusivity zone to prohibit competition by another casino in the area surrounding Tioga Downs. Upon being granted the full gaming license, Tioga Downs plans to add to its staff as it expands the entertainment that the live casino gaming will offer. Throughout its history, Tioga Downs

has been dedicated to providing members of the community with opportunities for family-sustaining positions, and those opportunities will only increase with the granting of the license. “We look forward to growing the Tioga Downs family,” said owner Jeff Gural. “As a result of that growth and increase in revenue, we look forward to being able to give back even more to the community.” Tioga Downs is known for its generous contributions to local charitable organizations, such as veteran-related causes and the local food bank. Meanwhile, the New York Gaming Commission is currently seeking public comments that will aid in the license decision process.

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8 Delphine St., Owego, NY The Waverly Rotary Club Foundation established an endowment fund through the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) in June of 2012. The fund was set up to support the charitable work the Rotary Club does. As the endowed fund is grown, through investments, it allows the Rotary to have more money to put back into the community each year. At last week’s Waverly Rotary meeting Joe Picco, Rotary Club of Waverly Foundation President was presented with a $954.92 grant from the fund. They look forward to the continued growth of this fund and are pleased to have a vehicle such as the CFTT to allow them to focus on what services they can provide to the community. The CFTT establishes endowment funds for charitable purposes from contributions of citizens, corporations, other foundations, charitable organizations and government agencies. Endowment funds are grown through

investments. A percentage of earnings from the funds are used to make grants to organizations or projects. The remaining earnings and fund balance is continuously growing to give back forever. This creates long term sustainability for the organization or mission or the fund. The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is a non-profit public foundation established in 2002 by a diverse group of local leaders and residents. The Foundation encourages community philanthropy to enhance the quality of life for those who reside in Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State. If you have an interest in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund, contact the organization at (570) 888-4759 or or visit



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Craft Fair, Bake Sale - September 12 A Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 17 Main Street in Owego.

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OFA Class of 1965 50th Reunion in September The OFA Class of 1965 invites all classmates to celebrate their graduation 50 years ago. A variety of events are planned for the weekend of September 11 through 13, 2015. A mixer will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, September 11, at the American Legion on Front Street in Owego. The cost is $5 per person. Cash bar and snacks will be provided. Please preregister. Make Paypal cash payments at or mail your check payable to OFA Class of 1965 to B K Morlando 609 LaGrange Street,

Vestal, NY 13850. If you have not received your invitation, call Diane Pierce Szlucha at (607) 239-9055, or go to Facebook, search for Owego Free Academy Class of 1965, and ask for an invitation to be sent to you.

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Howard is Candidate for County Clerk

Debbie Howard has announced that she is running for the office of Tioga County Clerk. With the announcement of Robert Woodburn’s retirement, the current Tioga County Clerk, Debbie feels that now

is the time for her to seek this elected position and to continue to make strides to improve the quality of life in Tioga County. Debbie has lived in Tioga County most of her life and is actively involved in numerous community board activities, such as the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce, Guthrie Board of Women’s Health, Leadership Tioga, Rural Ministries and the Tioga County Republican Committee as well as the State and Judicial Committees. Debbie worked for past Assemblymen Gary Finch and is currently working for Assemblymen Chris Friend as District Director of Tioga County. “I am dedicated, hardworking and will do whatever it takes to serve the people of Tioga County and to make the county a better place to live.” Debbie lives in the Village of Owego with her husband Gary Howard.

Knapp-Dunbar Running for County Clerk

Sandra Knapp-Dunbar recently announced that she is running for the position of Tioga County Clerk on the Democratic Party ticket in the upcoming elections. She and her husband Fran own and operate Dunbar Antiques and the 'Erb Lady at 35 Lake Street in Owego, and she has lived and worked in the county for over 40 years. She has a degree in accounting and employment experience in banking, finance, and administration. “My focus as Tioga County Clerk,” Sandy said, “will be toward customer service, accessibility, accuracy and fiscal responsibility, to continue to move toward the future as well as benefit Tioga County. My job history, customer

service and financial background combined with the organizational skills I have developed through being involved in my community, make me the most qualified candidate for this position at this time. I care about Tioga County and understand the importance of the Clerk’s position.” In addition to her strong work related skill set, Sandy has long been actively involved in service related volunteering in the county. She and her husband Fran co-chaired the Owego Strawberry Festival in 2014 and 2015 and they successfully helped to raise funds to purchase and preserve Hiawatha Island in the Susquehanna River. She is also treasurer of the Historic Owego Marketplace, a notfor-profit merchant group that works to improve, promote and attract visitors to the village. Sandy encourages everyone in the county to vote. “I believe in the two party system,” she said. “Too often our local elections go unopposed and too few people come out to vote. I’m not content to let this happen. I intend to work very hard to win this election and carry on the high traditions of the County Clerk’s office. I am truly looking forward to serving the people of Tioga County. I am asking for your support and your vote on November 3rd.” Photo by John Dudak

Register for Tioga Business Show Interested businesses should register now for the upcoming Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Show. The event will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at the Owego Treadway Inn and Conference Center. More than 100 businesses participate annually in the event which provides a great opportunity to showcase business

and services, plus make new business contacts. Interested businesses should 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 (607) 687-2020 or

Runners Wanted 4th Annual Lion 5K Walk/Run The Apalachin Lions Club will host its 4th Annual Lion 5 K Walk/Run on October 17 at the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Day Grounds at 10:00 am sharp, with registration opening up at 8:30 am. The race will help to benefit the Apalachin Lions Club Activities Fund, with all proceeds going back into the Apalachin/Campville/Little Meadows Communities. The entry fee is $20 (pre-registration and includes an official race T-shirt) and $25 (day of the race, with limited Tshirts available); also 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 about the run visit the Apalachin Lions Club website at or Twitter - @ApalachinLion5K and Facebook4th Annual Apalachin Lion 5K, email Lion Jake Brown at

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Binghamton First Church of the Nazarene will host a 9/11 Memorial Service at 7:00 pm on September 11 at 1282 Chenango Street in Binghamton. The service will be led by Pastor Phil Dorries and music led by Worship Leader Steve Boel. The memorial service will include Pledge of Allegiance Flag-Led by Boy Scout Troop #155 and local Girl Scouts,

a short remembrance video, prayer for those lives lost on 9/11/2001, remarks about the places of lives lost, recognition of those serving in our community, message by Rev. Phil Dorries, and an ending service with Firing Squad Gun Salute and playing of Taps. The 9/11 Memorial Service is open to the public and a nursery will be provided for young children.

4-H Open Enrollment Day - Sept. 12 The Tioga County 4-H Program’s Open Enrollment Day is Saturday, September 12, at 10:00 am, in the auditorium of the Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building, 56 Main Street in Owego. An informative workshop will be held for adults and youth that want to learn more about the 4-H Program and the opportunities available. 4-H staff and leaders will be on hand to talk about the 4-H Program, special projects and opportunities, expectations, enrollment procedures, finding the right club, program goals and much more. The 4-H program is open to all youth from 5 to 19 years of age, as of January 1 of the current year. 4-H is a unique, informal educational program that supplements training received in home, school, church and other youth-serving agencies. 4-H utilizes a real-life work experience where the individual sets his/ her own goals for achievement. 4-H’ers learn problem solving, record

keeping, communication and decision making skills while working in a favorite project area. Through club and program work, they learn about their project area, explore vocations and careers, develop life skills, participate in community service, public presentations, and display their work in the county and state fairs. A sampling of 4-H projects include plants, animal science, market animals, personal development, communications and expressive arts, citizenship and civic education, environmental education and earth sciences, shooting sports, incubation and embryology, and science and technology. Teens participate in teen programs, leadership development, and educational trips. To find out more about the Tioga County 4-H Program, contact the 4-H Office, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County at 687-4020 or go to

Ski Club to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Triple Cities Ski Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary season with a kickoff meeting on Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 pm at Brothers 2 Banquet Facility, 2901 Watson Boulevard in Endwell. The club welcomes prospective members to join in the festivities of its banner year. The 425-plus member club is not just about skiing and boarding. Year round activities include hiking, biking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, camping, rafting, golfing, picnicking, and lots of meet-to-eats at local restaurants. At each meeting during the year, members will highlight various aspects of their semi-centennial including their community events (annual Ski Sale in November, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup and Warren Miller film), ski trip destinations, modeling vintage ski clothes, focusing on the myriad of relationships formed as a result of people meeting through TCSC, and culminating with a Reunion Party in May 2016. For only $10 a year, TCSC members enjoy discounted prices at area resorts and group-rated ski trips. This year the club is traveling to Les Trois Vallees,

Val Thorens, Savoie, France (the largest ski resort in the world) celebrating Fifty in France. Other trips are to Steamboat, CO, weekend Vermont trips to Sugarbush and Okemo, and day trips to Windham, Hunter and Belleayre in New York and Elk Mountain in Pennsylvania. Ann Smith, chairperson of the 50th Anniversary committee, said, “Members of this warm and welcoming club are skiers, boarders and non-skiers. People have heard such great things about the club that they participate in the many non-skiing activities that are offered and have made life-long friends.” Subsequent meetings are the first Thursdays of the month at Brothers 2 at 7:00 pm for pizza followed by the 7:30 pm meeting. (Exception: December meeting is December 10 due to a conflict.) Membership forms and contact information can be found by going to; email: info Communication about activities and making reservations are done through for members only.




Cruise-In at the Ransom Steele Tavern

NOW OPEN! The new “Ransom Steele Tavern” in Apalachin held their first Cruise-In on Wednesday, August 26. Over two dozen vehicles were on display on Main Street in front of the tavern. Owner Mike Liberty plans to have more “Cruise-In” events in the future. For information on upcoming events, check out their web site at:


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Tom Mitchell Receives Honorary Degree

Tom Mitchell, one of the world's most influential computer scientists, and son of Louise Bogaczyk Mitchell of Apalachin, recently received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in recognition of his influence and pioneering contributions to the fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience. Tom grew up in Apalachin and is a graduate of Vestal Senior High School, class of 1969, and is a 2010 Hall of Fame Honoree. He is currently the E. Fredkin University Professor and Chair of the Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Tom led the team that developed the NeverEnding Language Learner (NELL) the first computer system that simulates human learning. He was also one of the people who created the technology that led to Siri. In his speech to the Dalhousie graduates, Tom pointed out how fast technology is moving, comparing the technology of 2000 with 2015, and gave his predictions for the next 15 years: 1) Self-driving cars will be widespread, especially in cities where they will have their own car-pool lanes (no human drivers allowed); 2) Light bulbs will be "smart" with a camera, microphone, speaker, display and wireless connectivity, and have the ability to learn, making the room a "smart space"; 3) Computers will learn to read; and 4) The emphasis of medical care will shift from treatment to prevention and early detection as medical data is collected daily via wearable devices and home-based sensors.

Art of Taxidermy at Vestal Museum The Art of Taxidermy will be on exhibit at the Vestal Museum until November 14. The exhibit features works by Joe Havel, Mike Macey, Kyle Konecny, Scott Benjaman, pieces from the Roberson Museum Collection, and personal pieces from Vestal residents.

Fall museum hours are Thursday and Friday 12:30 to 4:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 2:00pm. The museum is at 328 Vestal Parkway East, next to the Vestal Public Library.



Ribbon Cutting at The Petal Pusher

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on August 5 at The Petal Pusher at 39 Lake Street in Owego. The Petal Pusher is a unique gift shop with handmade items, Ginger Snaps and other jewelry brands, handbags, soaps and lotions, pottery, scarves and many

other one-of-a-kind gifts and treasured décor items. The owners are cousins who enjoy working together to make their shop a fun and exciting experience. The Petal Pusher is open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Ribbon Cutting Held at Family Resource Center A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on August 12 at the Waverly Family Resource Center’s new location at

460 Broad Street (where Catholic Charities used to be).

NV Fire Dept Open House - October 10 The Newark Valley Fire Department Open House will be held on Saturday, October 10, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will include live fire extin-

guisher training, education and prevention materials, station tours, kids’ activities, and sheriff’s “Safe Child” program.


New Business in Newark Valley

The Newark Valley Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on August 26 for RB Artistry at 25 Main Street, Newark Valley. RB Artistry is open Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Their mission is to teach and inspire all young artists to not be afraid to make a career out of their passion. After years

of paying ridiculous fees to put work in local galleries and dealing with pretentious artsy farsty people, they now have our their place! A place where artists can sell and display their work and get promoted by RB Artistry at the same time. For mor information visit their web site

“Ghostbusters” to be Shown Outdoors “Ghostbusters” will be shown on a 24-foot inflatable screen at Draper Park on Front Street in Owego at dusk (approx-imately 8:30 pm) on Saturday, September 12. Come dressed as your favorite ghostbuster, bring a blanket, and enjoy a classic family movie under the stars. The event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Sponsors of the event are Visions Federal Credit Union and the Village of Owego. For more information, contact the Tioga Arts Council at 687-0785 or email tiogaartscouncil



Ribbon Cutting at Coffee/Art Bar - Sept. 9 A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at 11:00 am at Carol’s Coffee and Art Bar, 177 Front Street in Owego. Carol’s Coffee and Art Bar is an eclectic location that will stimulate your senses with the pleasantries of specialty coffees and local art in a comfortable setting. In addition to coffee, the shop serves hot mulled cider, cocoa, smoothies, baked goods, ice cream and soups. The gallery has a monthly featured artist and uncorked art classes. This is the perfect location to start your day, have a quick meeting (free Wi-Fi), engage in something artistic, spend some time with a friend, or grab something good to go.


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Call for Entries The Tioga Arts Council is seeking entries for its 3rd annual Members’ Exhibition. On display for the month of October, this exhibition is open to all current, renewing, and new Members of Tioga Arts Council (TAC). Members may submit one work each, and submissions may include any original artwork that has been created by the TAC member as a single piece or edition. There is no fee to enter. Drop-off dates are Tuesday, September 29, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Wednesday, September 30, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The works will be on display October 2 through October 30. A reception will be held on Friday, October 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Become a member or renew your membership when you deliver your work for the exhibition. For more information, call 687-0785, or go to The Tioga Arts Council is located at 179 Front Street in Owego, and is open Mondays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

County Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations to Bill Kenville, Safety Officer, for being selected as Tioga County Employee of the 3rd Quarter 2015. Bill started as the Tioga County Safety Officer on August 26, 2013, and within a short time period it was clear that he was the right person for the job. As the Safety Officer, Bill must ensure that departments are in compliance with rules and procedures which can sometimes be met with resistance as the safest way is not always the easiest or fastest way. However, Bill’s ability to communicate with employees in a diplomatic, non-threating manner ensures cooperation and achieves the desired goals and objectives. Bill works closely with Tioga County’s liability carrier, NYMIR, and largely due to Bill’s conscientious performance of his duties, the county received the NYMIR Risk Management Award in 2014. He also works with the NYS Department of Labor PESH consultant and

has been able to obtain free training which helps provide employees with the proper tools to do their jobs safely. He has taken a fresh look at the county policies that involve safety issues and has been involved in making needed revisions. He is very knowledgeable and willing to assist whenever he can. Recently he assisted the County Attorney in developing her portion of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) by researching COOP templates in other jurisdictions. In his role as ADA Coordinator, Bill developed brochures for handicap parking education. He has also improved ways to bring safety instruction to county personnel and researched other resources to expand safety topics for departments to access. The position of Safety Officer is parttime and Bill has established regular working hours which brings consistency to his availability for county personnel. At the same time when the needs of the county require flexibility, he willingly accommodates often rearranging his own time for the needs of the county. Bill has genuine concern for the safety and wellbeing of people and is always looking for new ways to improve upon how things are done. Bill lives in Binghamton with his wife Vickie and has two children. He is a retired Endicott Fire Captain who served in the Village of Endicott Fire Department for 25 years. In his free time, what little he may have, you might find Bill out on the golf course. Bill will be recognized as Employee of the 3rd Quarter at the Legislative Meeting at 6pm, September 15, in the Hubbard Auditorium at 56 Main Street.

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Polish Dinner in NV - October 18 A Polish Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015, from Noon to 1:30 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church, Rock Street, in Newark Valley. The menu includes holupki, pierogi, kielbasa, noodles and cabbage, sauerkraut, bread and butter, tossed salad, dessert, and drink. Take outs are available.

The cost is $7.50 for advance sale tickets or $8.00 at the door. Pickup deadline for advance sale purchases is 1:00 pm. A children’s hot dog meal will be available for $2.00. For advance sale tickets contact Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Office at 687-1068.


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Marissa Silba, left, and Kristina Knight, right, show off the chew toys they made for the dogs at Stray Haven. Marissa Silba and Kristina Knight from Newark Valley love animals. So when they decided to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award they knew they wanted to help out their local pet shelter, Stray Haven Humane Society & SPCA. Marissa and Kristina went to visit the shelter and realized there wasn’t a good sign at the road to tell people where the shelter was. There was also no sign on their building to let people know which building belonged to Stray Haven. Because of this they created and painted two wooden signs. They handmade stamps to paint paw prints around the sign. They also spent an entire day painting paw prints down the driveway leading to Stray Haven. They didn’t stop there. The girls also wanted to give something to the dogs inside the shelter so they took old T-

shirts that were donated and created 40 dog chew toys. To help earn the money to complete their project the girls held a can drive which raised $65 to purchase dog and cat food and supplies to donate to the shelter. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award girls in sixth through eighth grades can earn. Earning the award gives girls the chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their communities. To earn the award girls participate in activities of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and spend at least 50 hours working on a community service project that provides a positive lasting impact on their community.

Kristina Knight, left, and Marissa Silba, right, along the driveway that they painted paw prints on that leads up to Stray Haven.

Nursery School Accepting Applications Park Terrace Nursery School in Apalachin is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. All classes are from 9:00 to 11:30, 3 years of age: two or three days per week; 4/5 years of age: three or five

days per week. A $25 registration fee is required at the time of registration Children must be 3 or 4 years of age by December 1. To contact the school, call 748-2200.



Never Forget . . . Ceremony on 9/11 in Owego

The 14th annual Owego and Tioga County ceremony to remember and give tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, will be held at 8:46 am on Friday, September 11, at the Baker Fireman's Memorial Fountain on the north lawn of the Tioga County Court House off Main Street in Owego. People who were going about their daily routines on that day will recall how everything they were doing abruptly stopped - as they somehow heard the news of the attack - wherever they happened to be. Gratitude will be given to the emergency responders - fire, EMTs, police and others - who responded and who continue to risk their own lives to save others. Owego Fire Police Lieutenant and 9/11 Ceremony Coordinator John Hitch-

ings invites all participants to meet between 8:00 and 8:25 am at the Owego Central Fire Station on North Avenue. At 8:30 a.m. they will march on North Avenue to Main Street to the 101-yearold Fireman's Fountain. There the Honor Guard of the Glenn A. Warner Post 1371, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will post the colors. Andrea McBride will sing the National Anthem. Owego Fire Department Chaplain George Hall will give the benediction. Father Valenti will share his personal memories of 9/11. Fourteen years ago Father Thomas J. Valenti, now parochial administrator at St. Patrick's and Blessed Trinity Churches, served as Chaplain to the sports teams at Columbia University. Master of Ceremonies Jim Raftis will give Former Owego Fire Chief Ken Easton's personal account of his OFD fire and emergency personnel volunteer activity to support their brothers at the World Trade Center. Candles will be lit to honor seven deceased Owego fire and police personnel. Tolling of the bell signals "last alarm" for the fallen first responders. New York State Trooper Jeremy Allen will use his bagpipe to play Amazing Grace. The theme is to remember what happened, to never forget, and to recognize the first responders.

Lions Back To School Program The Apalachin Lions Club has conducted its Back To School program for the last 26 years. In cooperation with the Vestal Target, families were able to spend $70 for each school age child to

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Maple Confections Class Offered Learn about the art of making quality, repeatable, maple confections The Central Region of the New York State Maple Producers Association will host a Maple Confections Class at the Marathon Civic Center on Saturday September 26, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This class will cover the production of molded maple sugar, maple cream, coated maple sugar, and granulated maple sugar. The course will also cover the variables of temperature, air pressure, and invert-sugars that can affect the repeatability of making quality confections. The class will be taught by Steve Childs, Cornell Sugar Maple Program Director, NYS Maple Specialist. Steve is widely respected as being one of the top experts in all aspects of maple production and maple value added products.

This class can help those that are new to maple as well as the seasoned maple lover. The cost of the class is $25 per farm or family group, and requires that you bring a quart of syrup (one quart per group). A detailed Maple Confections Workbook will be included in the class fee. Directions: (coming from south of Marathon) Take Exit 9 from Route 81, left at the end of ramp, through the traffic light onto Main Street, left onto Peck Street (just before the bridge) Lovell Field Park is straight ahead and the Civic Center is on your left. To register, contact Sylvia Boice by September 19, 2015, via email at or call (607) 849-6689.

Owego Native Named Parochial Administrator Rochester Diocese Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has appointed Father Michael Fowler as Parochial Administrator to oversee the day-to-day functions of St. Agnes-Avon, St. Paul of the CrossHoneoye Falls and St. Rose-Lima.

Bishop Matano ordained Father Mike to the Sacred Priesthood on Saturday, June 20, and named him parochial vicar of the three-parish cluster. Father Mike is a native of Owego and a retiree of Lockheed Martin and IBM Owego.

New Director for Tioga United Way The Tioga United Way Board of Directors has selected Ms. Carolyn K. Palladino as their new Executive Director, effective September 3, 2015. Ms. Palladino, a Tioga County resident, has extensive experience in communications, event planning, fundraising, marketing, and project management from the Marine Military Academy, Tompkins County Office for the Aging, Ithaca based CBOARD Group, and most recently at Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts. She

also had significant volunteer experience at St. Patrick School in Owego. She replaces Brian Eldridge who has served the Tioga United Way for four years. Ms. Palladino looks forward to continuing the important work of the Tioga United Way along with its Board of Directors, and looks forward to meeting with the Partner Agencies at this year’s 2015-2016 Campaign Kick-Off .

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Gaming Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Tioga Downs Casino Application

A public hearing for the true Southern Tier region, will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on September 18 at SUNY Broome Community College (BCC) in the Baldwin Gym (Located in the Student Center) 907 Upper Front Street Binghamton, NY.

During this important public hearing, members of the public and organizations will be invited to express opinions directly to the gaming commission board. The public comment event is free, open to the public and does not require advance registration. This is a very important event as groups and organizations and the general public can show their support Tioga Downs. If you would like to support Tioga Downs, contact Jay Dinga by email at:

Works by Bocek, Freije on Display An exhibition of works by local artists Frank Bocek and Carol Freije is on display at the Tioga Arts Council through September 25. The exhibit features paintings, stained glass works, and photographs. Frank Bocek has been designing and creating Stained Glass Art since 1975. What started as a hobby evolved into a commercial studio, crafting window installations for restaurants, churches and private collectors. Frank's ability to work with glass and color has been an individual journey; having worked for a commercial glass repair company for two years where he learned the basics. He now designs windows, lamps and autonomous panels as though he is painting. Frank has studied with many artists over the years and has taken design and color theory courses at the college level. In the past he has studied glass design with Paul Marioni, an influential artist from Seattle and Narcissus Quagliata, a world renowned artist from Mexico City. He has studied oil and pastel painting with Carol Freije since 2011. He credits Carol with teaching him to truly see and to accurately communicate what he sees. For Frank, learning from others is important in the development of his craft. To see more of his work, visit Carol Freije is a Third Place Winner for her painting “Carol’s Mother, ‘Rose’” in the prestigious, 2015 Roberson’s Regional Art Exhibition, juried by Mark Schaming, Director & Assis-

tant Commissioner of the New York State Museum. Carol grew up on the South side of Binghamton as an only child of doting parents. They supplied her with coloring books, paper dolls, and paint by number sets; Carol wallpapered her bedroom. In later years as a teenager Carol took charcoal drawing from Harry Litchfield on the West side of Binghamton. He brought in kids from the neighborhood, put them on a stool with a spotlight on them, and they became models for Carol’s drawing. Carol also studied in Ireland with Trevor Geoghehen, an accomplished artist. At the workshop, students would paint every day near the Shannon River, Ballyvaugh. Carol has also taken workshops from wonderful, accomplished artists in their field of work: Still Life from Don Sali in Evergreen, Co. and Studies of the Human Form from Rod Hicks in Pueblo, Co. Lastly, and most important, was Carol’s association with Michael Tanzer at the Roberson Carriage House for several years. She learned so much from him and he was her good friend until he died at age 58 of cancer. If Carol is not painting, she is thinking of painting. The Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego and is open Mondays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit or call (607) 687-0785.

Foster Parent Training Offered The Tioga County Department of Social Services Foster Parenting Program will be offering the 10-week foster parent training starting September 15, 2015, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. These meetings will be held at the Tioga County Health and Human Services Building located at 1062 State Route 38 in Owego. This training is mandatory for all individuals interested in providing foster care or an adoptive home to children in need.

If you are interested, confirm your attendance by contacting the Tioga County Foster and Adoptive Homefinder, Sarah Moore, at 687-8346 or at If you are interested in learning more about the foster parenting program, an informational meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Tioga County Health and Human Services building.




Apalachin Highway Clean-up Would you like to help?

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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group A Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the 4th Thursday of every month at the Vestal Public Library, 320 Vestal Pkwy East in Vestal.

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Twenty-five youth from all over Broome and Tioga counties watched the Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday, August 30 at Skate Estate in Vestal. They are part of the Broome & Tioga Reality Check Program and were celebrating the new Legacy truth® ad that aired for the first time during the VMAs. The local Reality Check program was one of only four programs nationwide that won a mini-grant from Legacy to celebrate the airing of the new “It’s a

Trap” ad that cautions youth and young adults to realize that “social smoking” is not harmless, but a trap that often leads to regular tobacco use. The ad is part of Legacy’s #FinishIt Campaign. The campaign empowers the current generation to FINISH IT once and for all and create the first generation for whom tobacco use is a thing of the past. truth® is a national tobacco prevention counter-marketing campaign for youth and young adults. It provides young people with facts and information about the health and social consequences of tobacco and the marketing tactics of the industry that sells it. Throughout the evening, youth tweeted on the #FINISHIT twitter page with anti-tobacco industry messages, sharing with their friends the importance of not using tobacco. Reality Check is part of Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga and works to engage local stakeholders, educate community leaders and the public, and mobilize community members and organizations to strengthen tobacco-related policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use. Efforts also focus on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings, limiting exposure to secondhand smoke, and reducing smoking imagery through the media.

Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to Participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on October 28, 2015, from 12:00 Noon at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking lot, 110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apala-

chin. Please bring your own bags or boxes. Call Food Bank of the Southern Tier 607-796-6061 with any questions. In addition to The Mobile Food Pantry, The Owego Apalachin Family Reading Partnership will be distributing free children's books

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Respite Worker/Skill Builder

Pathways, Inc. is recruiting for Respite Worker/Skill Builder staff for families we serve through our OMH Waiver program in Tioga County. Positions serve to model or instruct certain functional skills to children, aid in participation of school/community activities and/or activities of daily living. Requirements: 18 years of age or older, High School Diploma/GED, a valid driver’s license/reliable transportation, must have experience working with children and youth. In addition all applicants are required to complete a NYS Central Register Database check, and fingerprinting, prior to employment. If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit our website to download an application. Please submit your application, and resume to Mindy Preston in Human Resources via email: fax: (607)937-3205 or postal mail. Pathways Inc., HR Dept. Attn: Mindy Preston., 33 Denison Parkway West, Corning, NY 14830 (607) 937-3200. If you are interested in any other openings here at Pathways please review the open positions under employment and current opportunities.



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Apple Festival in NV - October 3 & 4

Newark Valley's 36th Apple Festival will be held October 3 and 4, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum, 9241 Rt. 38, one mile north of Newark Valley The Apple Festival features “apple everything” and fun. There will be new apple desserts, Johnny Appleseed, Apple Annie, apples by the bushel or bag, BBQ, soup, salt potatoes, live music and

contra dancing, demonstration of 1800s skills, kids' activities and games, gift shop, mountain men - black powder, vendors, farmstead museum tours, horse and wagon rides, and much more. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for students, and $5 for members of the Newark Valley Historical Society (NVHS). Family rate is $18. Parking is free.

Music Fest on September 27 The Owego Apalachin Foundation for Excellence in Education Music Festival will be held at Hickories Park in Owego on Sunday, September 27, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. This is a family friendly event featuring the local bands Triple Down, Ultra Vibe, MTB, Mallory Evans & Friends, and The Falconers. There will be food for purchase provided by Gance’s catering.

The cost for is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children age 5 years and under. All Proceeds go to the OA Foundation, non-profit community organization that provides educational grants for innovative programs and scholarships to graduating seniors at Owego Free Academy.

Sustainable Health Expo - October 17 The annual Sustainable Health Expo will be held Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Owego Treadway Inn in Owego. The expo unites more than 45 vendors, such as farmers, fitness facilities, holistic health practitioners, and organizations, with our local community to gain the awareness of what our area has to offer in a way of health. Admission is free. Free totes to the first 300 attendees (Sponsored by Upstate Shredding Weitsman Recycling and Down to Earth). During the show there will be a free

giveaway each hour from each participating vendor . The Sustainable Health Expo was created by Dr. Alan Perestam and Christine Wilson. This year they have teamed up with Body Lab Wellness Center's John Perestam and Body Lab Pilates & Yoga Studio, Dr. Francine Finucan, and Finucan Chiropractic. For more info visit the expo’s Facebook page – Sustainable Health Expo, or Contact Christine Wilson at or (607) 687-0800.

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Candor Fall Festival - October 9, 10, 11 The annual Candor Fall Festival will be held Columbus Day Weekend, October 9 through October 11, throughout Candor. The festival features scarecrows, quilts, wood carvings, baked goods, book sales, tours, a Kick the Can fundraiser for the Bread of Life Food Pantry, good food, yard sales, and a variety of other great experiences. The fourth annual scarecrow contest is already in progress. The contest is open to all Candor residents and organizations. For more information contact Hope Van Scoy at (607) 659-5213, or PO Box 25, Candor, NY 13743 or check out the Candor Chamber of Commerce web page at or the Chamber’s Facebook page. Businesses, organizations and churches throughout Candor will sponsor open houses, bake sales, a community sing, antiques, yard sales, dinners, a bounce house, special sales and more. The 20th annual quilt show sponsored by the New Quilters on the Block will be at the EMS Building on Main Street and the popular Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers show will be at the Candor Fire Station on Owego Road.

Other popular events include the Iron Kettle Farm Spooktacular Display; Goat farm tours at Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, goat cheese and products, wine tasting, antiques, crafts, open houses and an atlatl contest at Side Hill Acres Goat Farm on Spencer Road. Businesses, organizations and churches participating include: Tioga State Bank, Millpond Antiques, Route 96 Power & Paddle, the Candor American Legion Post, the Candor Chamber of Commerce, the Candor Free Library, Pucky Huddle Delight, Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, Iron Kettle Farm, Thunderbird Atlatl, Punk’s Place, the Candor Congregational Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Candor Free Library, New Quilters on the Block, Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers, Candor Market, Main Street Spirits, Firehouse Coffee, Allen Memorial Baptist Church, Mystic Mood, Bread of Life Food Pantry, Candor Historical Society, Ozzie’s Brisket BBQ, Mercy’s Reach Community Church, McKendree Methodist Church, Home Central and the Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club.





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SERVING LUNCH & DINNER “Big & Rick” played to a packed house at Tioga Downs Sunday evening September 6. Over 3500 fans came out to here “Big & Rick” play their old favorites along with songs from their new project “Gravity”. This was Tioga Downs final concert of the Summer Concert Series for 2015. Check for upcoming events. More photos can be seen at

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Speed eating competitors and a large crowd of fans witnessed history at Tioga Downs last month during the 2nd Annual World Chicken Spiedie Eating Championship presented by Lupo’s Spiedies of Endicott. Defending World Chicken Spiedie Champion and eight-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut successfully defended his championship by guzzling down fourteen spiedies in ten minutes, setting a new record for the event. Chestnut is considered to be the greatest eater in history according to his Major League Eater “Bib Sheet” that states he holds “37 world records across 37 disciplines.” A total of thirteen contestants, twelve major league eaters and one local qualifier, stepped up to the challenge of taking down as many Lupo’s chicken spiedies as possible in ten minutes. Juan Rodriguez took second place with 11.75 spiedies eaten and Geoffrey Esper finished third with a score of 11. Lupo’s marinades meats for its spiedies for 24 hours in a family recipe that dates back to 1951. Today’s spiedies typically contain chicken or pork and sometimes lamb. Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker

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at NEW LOCATION! September 9th -11th from 4-8pm September 12th from 10- 2pm and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is the lone bidder for the state’s final full gaming license in the Southern Tier region. Once awarded, Tioga Downs will expand its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit

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SNOW REMOVAL & SALTING The 12th annual fundraiser for Traci’s Hope, a nonprofit organization, will be held on Saturday, October 3, at the Apalachin firemen’s field day ground located just off McFall Road in Apalachin. There will be lots of food, fun and raffles. For more information, contact Mary Shiner at or visit Tracis-Hope on Facebook.

Peace Poster Contest 2015 The Apalachin Lions Club is sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest as part of the 28th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The theme is Share Peace. The Apalachin Lions Club is sponsoring the program in two local schools: Owego Apalachin Middle School and Vestal Middle School. Students ages 11 through 13 are eligi-

ble to participate. Students select a medium as outlined in the contest rules and draw, paint or sketch their interpretation of the theme. The deadline is October 9, 2015. The contact person is Jolene Williams at Owego Apalachin Middle School and Leigh Kaminsky at Vestal Middle School.

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