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Baker Fireman’s Fountain Rededicated Historic weekend in Owego celebrates iconic fountain

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When the Owego Hose Team set out to restore the iconic Baker Fireman’s Fountain no one imagined the journey and final result that was on full display in downtown Owego on August 24, 2019, at the fountain’s rededication. Standing protectively over the village in the courthouse square, hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the historic landmark. The Owego Jayncess had floodlights installed at the fountain site in 1954 and the lighting returned Thursday night. Electric and plumbing was supplied to the site by Roy Legursky of Legursky & Sons for a new pump and lights that will illuminate the fountain from sunset to sunup. Judy Legursky, on behalf of Legursky & Sons, along with Hunter Morris, son of Owego Fire Chief and hose team member Jim Morris, flipped the switch and the lights brought the fountain to life in the evening air, dazzling onlookers.

Nichols Old Home Day, Labor Day September 2, was celebrated with a parade through the Village of Nichols, starting at the Fire Station on River Road and ending at Kirby Park. Due to weather conditions, the Old Home Day festivities at Kirby Park were canceled for the day. The annual chicken BBQ was moved to the fire station on River road.

The Baker Fireman’s Fountain, depicting a firefighter holding a child, is often described as the symbol of Owego and its community-minded residents, standing for the spirit of volunteerism that makes Owego great. The fountain was given to the Village of Owego and its firefighters in 1914 by Frank M. Baker as a memorial to his son, George Hobart Baker, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1913. Both men had been members and chief engineers of the Owego Fire Department. The fountain was last restored in 2000 and recently turned 105-years-old. A 250-person gala dinner was held August 23 at the VFW Post #1371 Hall on Main Street where special presentations were made to fountain restoration contributors in attendance. Grayden

Stanton was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the hose team for his work in raising funds for the fountain. Stanton, an elementary grade student at the time, rallied his friends to pitch in and help with the project. Other contributors and Baker family members, some who traveled as far away as Texas and Arizona to attend the festivities, were given an original brick and certificate from the fountain’s foundation. These bricks were manufactured from the Brick Pond in the Turtle Town area of the village and were in place for 104 years prior to the fountain’s removal last year for its restoration. The Beatles Band closed out Friday’s celebration with a cake made at What’s in Store shaped in complete replica of the fountain site. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

On Friday, August 30, the Nichols branch of the Community Bank was held up at gunpoint. Thanks to the quick action of the Sheriff’s Department and State Police, Adam M. Robinson of Nichols was apprehended and charged with robbery first degree, criminal use of a firearm, and grand larceny fourth degree.


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Distinguished Service Award to Lion Strazik

Lion Gerald Strazik was presented the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding service as long-time Chairman of the Christmas Basket Committee. This Lion Award recognizes Lions or non-Lions who assist clubs in their service to communities. The Christmas Basket Committee of the Apalachin Lions Club has coordinated the collection of food from the Post Office and local schools for many years. The food is delivered to food pantries for distribution. The committee also collects donated gifts and toys from multiple organizations and provides them to needy families in Apalachin, Little Meadows, and Campville each December. Lion Gerald, a member for 20 years, also serves as co-chairman of the Sight and Hearing Committee which provides sight screening at schools.

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The Apalachin Lions Club is hosting its 8th Annual Lion 5K Walk/Run at 10:00 am on October 19, at the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Day Grounds. Registration opens at 8:30 am. The race will 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, includes an official race T-shirt) and $25 (day of the race, limited T-shirts available). A small snack will be available after the race. The pre-registration dead-

line is October 12. Prizes will be awarded to the Top Male, Top Female, and several different ago brackets. A Kids Fun Run will also take place during the event. For more information, go to www. apalachinlions5K.com, or Facebook-8th Annual Apalachin Lion 5K, or email wmjbrown@gmail.com,

Highway Fall Cleanup

The Apalachin Lions are looking for help with the cleanup of Rt 434 on Saturday, October 5, at 9:00 am. The cleanup crew will meet at BEAM ELECTRONICS on Rt 434. The amount of time normally spent is approximately 2 hours to pick up and bag trash along a designated 3-mile stretch of Rt 434 in Apalachin. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather; all cleanup supplies will be furnished. For more information, call Lion Paul Huonker at 625-2727.

Peace Poster Contest

The Journey of Peace is the theme for the 2019 Peace Poster contest. The Apalachin Lions Club is sponsoring the program in two local schools. Students ages 11 through 13 are eligible to participate. Each participant selects a medium as outlined in the contest rules and draws, paints, or sketches their interpretation of the theme. The deadline is October 4. Contact person in the schools are: Owego Apalachin Middle School, Jolene Williams; Vestal Middle School, Christopher Gilligan. Contact Lion Terry White at 625-4498.

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Grant Will Help Evergreen Cemetery The Village of Owego is one of this year’s Preserve New York (PNY) grantees. Their grant of $8,000 will enable the Village of Owego to hire Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture of Northampton, Massachusetts to complete a Cultural Landscape Report of the Evergreen Cemetery. This report will help the Owego Village Cemetery Committee develop a long-term plan to guide preservation and management efforts as well as to correct some of the ongoing deterioration currently plaguing the grounds and structures. “Thank you to the Preservation League of NYS and Team Tioga for their generous support of Owego Evergreen Cemetery,” said Fran VanHousen, Village Trustee and Cemetery Commissioner. “The Preservation League grant funding for this Cultural Landscape Survey is an integral part of our ongoing Owego Renaissance.”

The Evergreen Cemetery was established in 1851 and was surveyed and platted by Stephen Dexter, who also laid out much of the Village of Owego. The cemetery is located on a hillside outside of the village downtown, due in part to the Rural Movement, a practical movement to address overcrowded cemeteries and population density in downtown areas. It is an important historic resource and landscape within the Village of Owego and residents and tourists often participate in walking tours or other public events surrounding Evergreen’s history. In recent years, the cemetery has suffered from deferred maintenance due to tight municipal budgets. Because of its location on a hillside, the cemetery has also been subjected to increased severe rain events, stormwater runoff, and drainage issues. More specific instances of neglect include subsided graves and tipped headstones.

Call for Entries - TAC Members’ Exhibition The Tioga Arts Council’s 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition will be on display in October. Current, renewing, and new members of the Tioga Arts Council (TAC) may submit one work each, and submissions may include any original artwork that has been created by a TAC member as a

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Walk Among the Dead Evergreen Cemetery Tour - Sept 28 “Walk Among the Dead,” a tour of Owego’s Evergreen Cemetery will be held on Saturday, September 28. The tour is presented by the Tioga County Historical Society. Learn about the beautiful and historic Evergreen Cemetery. Visit with some of the facinating people who are buried there. The event is not intended to frighten, and occurs rain or shine. Tours begin at the cemetery at 9:30

am, 10:45 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:15 pm. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 for members of the Tioga County Historical Society, $12 for non-members, and free for children 12 and under. To reserve your tickets, call 687-2460, email museum@tiogahistory.org, or stop by the museum. The Tioga County Historical Society is at 110 Front Street in Owego.

Owego Church Among Nonprofits Awarded Grants Totaling $64,534 Thirteen organizations in the region received grants totaling $64,534 from the Community Foundation for South Central New York’s Women’s Fund and Special Funds. The successful grants, which were awarded through a volunteer panel and board review process, will be used for a variety of capital projects, operations and programs at the organizations. Grants Awarded First Baptist Church of Owego: $2,500 for the KIND program, supplying diapers and wipes for families in need; A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Foundation: $5,000 for the food pharmacy program providing fresh food to patients by prescription; Broome County Council of Churches: $7,000 for the Chop and Chat program helping senior women fight food insecurity and social isolation; Catholic Charities of Broome County: $8,000 for emergency assistance for working women to help them maintain employment; Catholic Charities of Broome County: $5,000 for the Mother Teresa’s Cupboard emergency food assistance program; Crime Victims Assistance Program Chenango Child Advocacy Center: $1,800 for the Safety Backpack program for children on court mandated visits with parents; Family and Children’s Society: $2,250 for the Vocational Incentives program, supporting women with mental health diagnoses, to achieve and maintain employment; Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways: $8,000 for the construction of a STEM classroom at Camp Amahami in Deposit; Roberson Museum and Science Center: $3,000 for a collaborative capacity

building project with five other historic institutions; Safe Streets: $8,000 for a program to build social capital and employment skills among women on the North Side of Binghamton Southern Tier Zoological Society: $8,000 for Project VOICE, a project that will have female veterans plan and execute a mosaic at the zoo; Whitney Point Friendship Tree: $5,000 for back-to-school supplies for Whitney Point students in need; Valleyview Elementary School: $984 for a Kindergarten alternative seating program helping students with special needs maintain focus in the classroom. The Community Foundation for South Central New York serves donors and nonprofits in five New York counties: Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego. www. donorswhocare.org.

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said Steve Cruty. “We’re looking to improve our offerings through ‘on demand’ baking to ensure the freshest quality. In addition, we’ll be increasing our selection of freshly made baked goods, providing a greater variety of handmade and hand-selected chocolates, confections, sweets and savory treats and offering some of the best food and beverage products sourced locally from our home area.” Kimberly Cruty added, “And while we love to have everyone visit us at our stores, we understand how people shop today. In time, we’ll be improving and expanding our online shopping experience and look forward to working with our local educational and business community to help them with wholesale selections and corporate gifting needs. As long-term residents of Tioga County, we enjoy living here, and shopping here. We feel very fortunate to have been presented this opportunity to keep a local treasure local.”

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Food Pantry Extends Hours

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County Legislature Meeting - Sept. 10 The 9th regular meeting of the Tioga County Legislature will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10, in the auditorium of the county office building, 56 Main Street, in Owego. Commit-

After encountering some households who had difficulty getting to the food pantry before it closed, due to their work schedules, Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) has extended its food pantry hours on a trial basis. On the last Tuesday of the month, for the months of August, September and October, the food pantry will be open from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Anyone who is unable to pick up food during regular hours, is welcome to come at that time.

After October, TCRM will evaluate whether they will continue with the extended hours. TCRM is located around the corner from Home Central, off of Depot Street at Central Avenue in the Village of Owego. Regular pantry hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, call 6873021.

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A benefit will be held for Fred and Christine Ackley on Saturday, September 21, at Rusty’s Cabin in Little Meadows, PA. Fred and Christine lost their home and belongings to a fire on July 26. There will be basket raffles and 50/50s

from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Music by Giant Steps at 3:00 pm. If you would like to donate a basket for raffling or any type of donation, contact Debbie at Rusty’s Cabin, (570) 6232475, or Dorene Tomchick at (607) 2323255.

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TEAM Tioga Welcomes New Member

Tioga County Economic Development and Planning welcomes new staff member Abbey Hendrickson (pictured), who joined the TEAM on June 24.

Abbey is the past Executive Director of the Discovery Center and the Tioga Arts Council. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Buffalo and Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Brockport. She has taken the position of Community Development Specialist with TEAM Tioga. “We are incredibly pleased and excited for Abbey to join us,” stated LeeAnn Tinney, Director Tioga County Economic Development and Planning. “Abbey has a stellar reputation as a community spirited individual. Her knowledge and associations will continue to move our economic and community development efforts in the right direction.” Abbey resides with her husband, son and daughter in the Village of Newark Valley.

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NYS Women Inc, Susquehanna Chapter News

New Officers The Susquehanna Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. installed its 2019/2020 officers at its Scholarship Dinner held June 24 at MJ’s Restaurant in Owego. Pamela Pringle, Data entry specialist at Spencer Agency Inc., was installed as President. Other officers include Vice President Paula Fairbairn, Owner of PFD Creative Studio; Treasurer Karen Kretsch, retired IBM/Loral; and Secretary Lauren Pringle, grad student, EMT with Union Endicott. Deb Carlin, immediate past State President installed the officers.

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Applications for Floyd Hooker Youth Fund The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) is seeking applications for grants that will benefit the youth of Tioga County, New York. These grants will be awarded from the Floyd Hooker Youth Fund at the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers. The 2019 amount available to grant is $21,800. This is open to governmental or non-profit organizations that benefit the youth of Tioga County, NY. Floyd Hooker was a resident of Owego who dedicated a portion of his estate to benefit the children and youth of Tioga County. An application may be obtained from CFTT’s website www.twintierscf.org or by contacting info@twintierscf.org or by calling (570) 888-4759. You may also write

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If you have photos you would like to see on Memories of Little Meadows on Facebook, bring them and they will be scanned for you. Snacks, coffee, and lemonade will be provided. Sandwiches will be available for purchase. Bring a snack, dessert, or appetizer to share if you are able. For more information, call (570) 6232303.

Inspiration: An Exhibition by Frank Bocek and Patricia Kohn Inspiration: An Exhibition by Frank Bocek and Patricia Kohn is on display at the Tioga Arts Council in Owego now through September 28.

The Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego. For more information, call 687-0785.

Tioga County Restaurant Week - Sept. 10 - 20 The first annual Tioga County Restaurant Week will take place Tuesday, September 10 through Friday, September 20, 2019. “Tioga County has so many wonderful places to eat with a lot of variety,” said Gwen Kania, President of Tioga County Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to introduce Tioga County Restaurant Week and encourage locals and visitors to try something new and go to a place they have never been to before.” Restaurants will be offering special prices and menus to encourage guests to

tour Tioga County’s many diverse, independently owned restaurants. “We have many excellent restaurants throughout the county serving everything from home-cooked comfort food to global cuisine,” said Rebecca Maffei, Director, Tioga County Tourism. To learn more about Tioga County Restaurant Week and see menus of participating businesses, visit www.tiogachamber.com. To see promotions and contests, follow Tioga County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.

Rummage Sale in Campville - October 4 and 5 A rummage sale will be held on Friday, October 4, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am to 12 Noon, at the Campville United Methodist Church, 6110 Route 17C, in Campville.

There will be many items for sale including clothes, housewares, books, some furniture, and many holiday items. A lunch menu of soup and sandwiches will be available starting at 11:30 am on Friday, October 4.


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New Director of Golden Bear Athletics

Josh Gannon has been appointed as the new Director of Athletics & Physical Education for the Vestal School District. His appointment was effective July 1, following the retirement of Mike Rotondi at the end of the 2018-

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719 Main Street, Apalachin 625-3333 Hours: Mon, Tue, Thurs 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat 10am-2pm National Library Card Sign Up September is National Library Card Sign Up Month. Encourage people that you know to use the Apalachin Library. When you come to the library, bring your card - it helps avoid mistakes. YOGA Thursday, Sept 5 and 19, 6:30pm YOGA goes back to Thursdays at 6:30pm, with only two sessions in September. Mahjongg Mondays, 5:30pm Play Mahjongg, or learn how to play. Story Hour Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10:30am For preschoolers and their adult. We read, do a craft, sing and dance, and do some American Sign Language. No registration is required. STEAM at the Library Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30pm Building the longest straw that will work. Downton Abbey Fun Sept. 15 - 30 Celebrate the Downton Abbey movie with some Downton fun. There will be a trivia contest, tea and scones, information about the movie and TV show, and more.

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Friends of the Library Meeting Monday, Sept. 16, 6:30pm Discussing ideas for next year. New friends are welcome. Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:15pm If you are interested in serving on the board, ask for an application. Banned Book Week September 22 - 28 Banned book week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Be sure to see the library’s display to “read more about it.” The library will have lots of books that were banned at one time for you to check out. Daisy Girl Scouts Monday, Sept. 23, 5:30pm Informational meeting with Leader Rhonda Sorber about Daisy Girl Scouts for families of girls in Kindergarten or First Grade. There will be an activity and refreshments. If you have questions, call Rhonda at (607) 347-6756. STEAM at the Library Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30pm Abbie Chaffee will help make balloon powered cars.

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The Saturday rededication ceremony began promptly at 9:00 am at the fountain with hose team member, past President & Life Member of Croton Hose Co. #3 Jim Franz officiating. The Owego Free Academy Band provided prelude entertainment with refreshments from Mister Koffee Service. Local dignitaries with elected and fire officials addressed attendees. Hose team Captain and fountain restoration lead Patrick Gavin challenged attendees and village officials to keep up on the fountain maintenance so the fountain will last another generation and beyond. A highlight of the ceremony included a wreath laying in honor of Owego’s five fallen firefighters led by Past Owego Fire Chief Ken Easton as a bagpiper played Amazing Grace. The oldest living Baker descendent, Frieda Baker, 99, with two of the Baker family’s youngest generation, Anna and Sara Gavin, turned the fountain water on, completing the ceremony. Following the ceremony, a firefighter’s parade took place downtown. Local antique fire apparatus from the area along with the Owego Fire Department and Owego Hose Team units headlined the parade. Hose team members proudly

carried a life-size cardboard cutout of the fountain fireman atop their 1969 Mack pumper to the parade watchers delight. A firematic hose race took place on lower Front Street with three teams from Owego and a team called “The Shenanigans” made up of Tioga County Firefighters competing in the races. Hose races are timed events where firefighters test their skills. Teams of five members must connect nozzles to hoses, hoses to hoses, and hoses to the fire hydrant, and knock down targets in the quickest time in the ladder, wye, and straight lay competitions. Hose races improve basic firefighting skills. The Owego Company #1 team of Dayton Coney, Dan Gavin, Pat Gavin, Charlie Olmstead, and Alvin Smith edged out the Company #3A team with first place finishes in the ladder and hose cart races and second in the wye. Retired hose racers Larry Ferguson and Steve Tiffany were called into action to assist the #1’s team due to injuries. Ferguson and Tiffany hadn’t missed a beat carrying #1 to victory. At the end of the hose race an afterparty took place at the Rainbow Trail with music by The Gents. One attendee remarked, “One of the most nostalgic sights of home to a returning Owegoan is the stalwart fireman fountain.” The fireman stands proudly again as a testament to the community who rallied to save it. Additional work on the fountain will take place this fall and includes sealing and painting the fountain pool, poly sanding and sealing the bricks, and resolving a minor drain problem. The hose teams ask for patience while these tasks are completed.

Homeowners Sought for Annual Home Tour Tioga Arts Council’s Home Tour fundraiser will be held on Saturday, December 7. If you would like to have your

home featured in the tour, call 687-0785 or email tiogaartscouncil@ gmail.com.

Tioga Arts Council Member Appreciation Night The Tioga Arts Council (TAC) will host a Member Appreciation Night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 19, at Cloud Croft Studios at 1003 Sanford Road in Owego. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served in the refurbished barn. If you are a member of TAC and

would like to attend, RSVP to tiogaartscouncil@gmail.com or call 6870785 by Thursday, September 12. If you are not a member, you can purchase or renew your membership at TAC, 179 Front Street in Owego.

Announcement from Tioga County Boys & Girls Club Current Club members, Club Alumni, and all Community Supporters: Tioga County Boys & Girls Club wishes to inform you that we are going through some changes. We appreciate your support throughout the years, as well as during this time. While we enjoy the ability to offer a variety of adult program/events, our number one mission is to serve the youth population of Tioga County. As an organization we have been reviewing and revamping our ability to serve children within certain age groups. Due to regulations put out by the New York State Office of Family & Children Services we will need to phase our ‘drop -in hours’ for youth (12 & under) into a licensed child care program. What does this mean for our kids? Going forward the club will be required to classify children in one of the two categories, age 13 & up or age 5 to 12 yrs old. We will then enroll the child for the age appropriate program (School age child care OR teen program). Currently we operate a licensed School age child care program or SACC program, referred to as CLUB POSITIVE, in the Owego Elementary School building. This offers weekly afterschool child care for parents within the OACSD community. Any children, under the age of 12 yrs. that were using the Clubs’ ‘drop in’ services for the 2018-19 school year will have the option

of enrolling into this program, given all required paperwork has been completed. Please note that we may have a temporary wait list due to the restructuring. There will be multiple financial options for families to consider when enrolling; including weekly rates, child care subsidies (which we will assist you with) and a variety of scholarships. For future growth, the Club is planning to offer a licensed SACC location at the Club to serve children as well. During this time of evolution we will be operating our 201 Erie Street location 7am to 2pm daily for adult members, NO youth member activities or services will be provided temporarily at this location. Our youth athletic seasons, camps and family/community events will continue to take place as they have in years past. We are hoping to set open hours for our teens (13 yrs & older) in the near future at our main Club building. If you are in need of child care for any students currently 12 yrs old or younger, please consider enrolling them into our SACC Program, Club Positive. Children from OES, AES & OAMS may sign up. Enrollment papers & information can be picked up at 201 Erie Street location. Additional questions can be directed to Laura at our front desk from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm in the TCBGC Office, Monday to Friday, at (607) 687-0690.


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