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35th Annual Newark Valley Apple Festival

The 35th Annual Newark Valley Apple Festival was held Saturday, October 4, at the Bement-Billings Farmstead. The event sponsored by the Newark Valley Historical Society featured a living history museum, great food, music, dancing, apple everything, gift shop, kids' activities, horse & wagon, crafters. Costumed demonstrators included open hearth cooking, cider press, blacksmith, soap, candles, spinning, weaving, and black powder shooting.

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11th Annual Traci's Hope

The 11th Annual Traci's Hope Fund Raiser was held on Saturday, October 4, at the Apalachin Field Day grounds in Apalachin. All proceeds from the event will benefit those fighting breast cancer in Broome, Tioga, and Susquehanna Counties. The event featured a BBQ, music, raffles, and many activities for the children.

Annual Senior Citizens Dinner in Apalachin The Apalachin Lions Club will host its 51st Annual Senior Citizens Dinner on Wednesday, October 29, at Donoli’s Restaurant Banquet Room on Route 434 in Apalachin. The dinner runs from 5:30 to 8:00 pm and includes a traditional Thanksgiving meal and entertainment. This year the Lions are again limiting invitations to residents of the Apalachin

Apalachin Lions 5K Walk/Run on October 18 The Apalachin Lions Club is hosting its 3rd Annual Lion 5K Walk/Run on October 18, 2014. It will be held at the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Day Grounds at 10:00 am, with registration opening up at 8:30 am. The race will help to benefit the Apalachin Lions Club Activities Fund, with all proceeds going back into the Apalachin/Campville/Little Meadows Communities. The entry fee for this event is $20.00 (Pre-Registration and includes an official race T-shirt) and $25.00 (Day of the

race, with limited T-shirts 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 ago 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 Facebook-3rd Annual Apalachin Lion 5K email Lion Jake Brown at

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and Little Meadows communities. These are the areas where the Lions Club solicits funds to serve the local community. If you are a senior citizen in Apalachin or Little Meadows who would like to attend, call Lion Dick Masters at 7480857 or Lion Donald Castellucci, Jr. at 687-0965. The Lions’ routine mailing to their regular attendees will be sent shortly.

Tioga County Rural Ministry Holiday Food, Gift Sign-Ups Begin Applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food began October 1 and will end on Friday, October 31. Any low to moderate income Owego residents are welcome to apply. During this same time period, residents may also register for gifts for all Tioga County children, from infants to eighteen years of age. In order to streamline the sign-up process and to eliminate a long waiting period, the food pantry will be closed

from October 1 through October 10; during these two weeks, extra volunteers will be on hand to assist with the application process. The food pantry will reopen on Tuesday, October 14 and holiday sign-ups will continue until the end of the month. The deadline for all applications is October 31. If any family or organization is interested in "adopting" a family for the holidays, please contact Sister Mary O'Brien at 687-3021 or




Legislature Honors Ron Dougherty

On September 17, the Tioga County Legislature held a special meeting at the county office building at 56 Main Street in Owego to honor Ronald E. Dougherty. During the

meeting, the building was dedicated to Ron and renamed the “Ronald E. Dougherty County Office Building” in honor of his leadership and commitment to the citizens of Tioga County.

Rummage & Bake Sale - October 25

Little Meadows United Methodist Church, 843 Pennsylvania Ave., Rt. 858, are having a Rummage and Bake Sale on

Saturday, October 25, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch will be available. Bag sale begins at 2:00 pm.

Candlelight Vigil October 16 In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, everyone is invited to join A New Hope Center’s Candlelight Vigil to remember victims and honor survivors of domestic violence. The vigil will take place on Thursday, October 16, at 6:00 pm, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 Main Street in Owego. For more information, call A New Hope Center at 687-6887.

Volunteers Needed Tioga County Health Department Emergency Preparedness would like you to practice with them. They need people to play the “head of your household.” They also need Seniors Citizens to participate. The drill will take place on Wednesday, October 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Owego Free Academy High School, 1 Sheldon Guile Blvd. in Owego. For more information, call 687-8618.

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Tioga County Discontinues Bus Service


90 Years of Being … Like Family In a special meeting of the Tioga County Legislature on Thursday, September 18, 2014, the legislature approved a resolution to discontinue the county’s public transportation system (“Ride Tioga”) effective November 30, 2014. The Tioga County Bus System was created 20 years ago with the primary objective of getting Medicaid transportation costs under control. With State aid, Federal aid, and passenger fees, the system has operated with no cost to the county. In October 2013, New York State made substantial changes to the delivery of Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation services, shifting those services from county bus systems to other modes of transportation such as taxi service. The county had advance notice of this change, but had been assured by the state that funding to the county would not be impacted. However, a month later, Tioga County saw a significant reduction in state funding, resulting in a $40,000 per month cost to the county. The county immediately began efforts to find an affordable way to keep the bus system going, notify residents and get public input, and determine how many residents would be impacted if transportation services were reduced or eliminated. An analysis of ridership data showed that the number of nonMedicaid riders is approximately 300 per day, roughly 75% of which are residents commuting to/from work. The county spent the last 10 months working with NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Transporta-

tion, First Transit, and other agencies to try to keep the cus system going. Considering the significant reduction in service (ridership numbers), the county worked with First Transit to achieve a reduced cost. Bus fares were raised to help offset the reduction in state revenue. In response to the sudden negative impact on many rural county transit systems, including Tioga, the state agreed to work with counties to offset the unexpected costs in 2014. Tioga County anticipates significant, if not full reimbursement for this year, but that will not be the case going forward. NYS also agreed that if the county’s Medicaid per-trip rate was reduced to a level below the cost of taxi service, then the state would shift the Medicaid riders back to the county’s bus system. The county made changes to its bus routes and number of runs per route, making its per-trip rate less expensive than taxi service. The county presented this adjusted per-trip rate to NYS, and NYS agreed to shift Medicaid riders back to the county’s bus system. After a month, the county did not see a shift in ridership. Further discussions with NYS have not been successful in shifting riders, and revenue, back to Tioga County. With no other options to pursue, the Tioga County estimates the cost of continuing the bus system in 2015 to be approximately $500,000, increasing every year thereafter. That cost alone would require a 2.26% tax levy increase, which would put the Tioga County in violation of New York State’s property tax cap of 2%.

Elder Law Clinic Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Department of Aging, in conjunction with the NYS Bar Association, is hosting an Elder Law Clinic on Friday, October 17, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego, NY 13827.

Tioga County residents over the age of 60 can sign up for a free 30-minute legal consultation with a local attorney. To schedule an appointment, call 687 -4120, ext. 331 by 4:00 pm on October 15, 2014.

Halloween Party at the Elks Lodge A Halloween Party will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm, at the Owego Elks Lodge. The party begins at 7:00 pm with a tasting of Whines, Spirits and Brews featuring wine, distilled spirits and beers from local merchants, micro breweries and wineries. Beginning at 8:30 pm, rock out and dance the night away to live music from local band, After Dark. Members Tracey Neigh, Jeff Shepardson, Brian Vallet and Bob Kerber feature an array of tunes from the sixties to today, including rock, country and blues genres. There will be an adult costume contest at 10:00 pm with prizes awarded to the winners. Light ‘finger’ foods and delectable ‘bites’ will be served complimentary during the Whines, Spirits and Brews tasting. The bar will be open all evening and will feature fall brews and

Screaming Mimi martinis. The spirits tasting ends at 9:00 pm. Tickets for this event are $10. Advance tickets are available at the Lodge on Fridays 5:00 to 7:00 pm at ‘Happy Hour’ or by calling 687-1039 or Dan Martin at 687-7865. Tickets will also be available at the door. This is an adult event, no one under 21 will be allowed. The Owego Elks Lodge is at 223 Front Street in Owego. Proceeds from the event will support ongoing repairs and renovations to the Elks Lodge. The Elks Lodge provides affordable banquet and meeting options for everyone in the community. Their kitchen, ballroom, and bar are frequently the home for local groups to host events and fundraisers. For more information regarding their facilities, call the Elks Lodge at 6871039 or speak to a member.

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Bake Sale & Flea Market - October 11 Candor Historical Society is holding their Annual Bake Sale and Flea Market on Saturday, October 11, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Candor Masonic Lodge on Rt. 96B. Donation of items (no clothes) are welcome and can be dropped off on Friday, October 10, starting at 1:00 pm

(or contact Milt Dougherty to make other arrangements). Donation of baked goods are encouraged and should be dropped off on Saturday morning, starting at 8:00 am. For more information, contact Milt Dougherty at or (607) 659-7357.

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Call Dave today: (607) 972-1835 Email: Last month, Senator Tom Libous announced the finalized location for the new School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The 70,000 square foot facility will be located adjacent to the UHS Wilson Medical Center on an old EndicottJohnson site at Corliss Avenue in Johnson City. Construction is slated to start this spring. "Just as the BU Downtown Center brought activity and private investment to help revitalize downtown Binghamton, the School of Pharmacy will help revitalize downtown Johnson City," said Senator Libous.

Binghamton University intends to enroll 320 students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and 60 students in their PhD program once the new school reaches full capacity. "The facility will not only bring hundreds of students to downtown Johnson City, we'll be attracting private investments, businesses and research dollars from the pharmaceutical research industry," said Libous. "That means creating hope and opportunity for our next generation."

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner - Nov. 4 The Campville United Methodist Church, Rt17c, Campville (between Owego & Endicott) will hold their Annual Fall Chicken and Biscuit

Dinner on Tuesday November 4 from 4 to 6:30 pm. Adults $8, children $4 (under 5 free). Proceeds to benefit the building fund.

Harvest Dinner - October 17 A Harvest Dinner will be held at St. Margaret Mary’s Church Hall in Apalachin on Friday, October 17, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. The menu includes roast pork, baby potatoes, squash, applesauce, roll, and dessert.

The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children under 5. Dine in or take out. Call 625-3191 for take-outs. St. Margaret Mary’s hall is at 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin.

Candor Fall Festival - October 10, 11, 12 The Candor Fall Festival will be held Columbus Day Weekend, October 10, 11, and 12. There will be beautiful quilts, amazing woodcarvings, pumpkin carvings, special sales, food, baked goods, book sales, yard sales, tours and more. The third annual scarecrow contest is already in progress. The contest is open to all Candor residents and organizations. Businesses and organizations throughout Candor will sponsor open houses, bake sales, a community sing, antiques, yard sales, dinners, special sales and more. This year, Side Hill Acres Goat Farm is sponsoring a pumpkin carving demonstration and the Candor Historical Society will sponsor its annual flea market and bake sale at the Candor Masonic Lodge. The 19th annual quilt show will be at the EMS Building on Main Street and the popular 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 and goat cheese at Side Hill Acres Goat Farm; wine tasting; antiques; crafts; an atlatl contest; open houses and much more. Businesses and organizations participating include: Tioga State Bank, Millpond Antiques, Route 96 Power & Paddle, Two Hoots Flowers and Gifts, the American Legion Post, the Candor Chamber of Commerce, the Candor Free

Library, Pucky Huddle Delight, Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, Warner’s Stoker Stoves, Iron Kettle Farm, Thunderbird Atlatl, Punk’s Place, the Candor Congregational Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Candor Free Library, Candor Youth Association, New Quilters on the Block, Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers, Candor Market, Main Street Spirits, Candor Historical Society and the Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. And don’t forget to stop by the Catatonk Valley Woodcarvers Show on Saturday and Sunday and enter to win one of their hand-carved prizes, including their major drawing— acompilation of hand-carved, etched drawings by various woodcarvers of historic locations in the area, mounted into a frame, similar to a quilted wall hanging. Other door prizes, raffles and plenty of food options abound around the Candor Community October 9 through October 12, including the finale - an Ice Cream Social at the Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon. Check out the event brochures available throughout Candor or visit For more information about the Scarecrow Contest contact HopeVan Scoy at (607) 659-5213, or PO Box 25, Candor, NY 13743, or go to


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The Youth Engagement Services (YES) Program of Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga assists students within the Newark Valley School District through a generous donation from Community Care Network of Nichols. They provided the YES program with much needed school supplies from donations received from Salvation Army of Tioga County, Best Buy, Tioga United Way and Fidelis.

The YES program received backpacks, drawstring bags, calculators and pencil cases with pens and pencils. In addition to these items, they received $500 to purchase school supplies. All donations were distributed to each of the three buildings within Newark Valley School District. Catholic Charities is very grateful for this help for the students.

Tioga Downs Casino and Binghamton Harley Owners’ Group (HOG) raise funds through Christmas for Kids Ride On Sunday, August 24, over 100 participants and sponsors worked to raise $2,900 in this year’s John “Wah” Oleski Christmas for Kids Ride. Tioga Downs Casino Owner Jeff Gural has generously offered to match the amount raised for the event. The casino also provided the riders and participants with complimentary meals and free play coupons for their hard work and dedication. Tioga Downs Casino has been a big supporter of the ride’s mission for many years. The Binghamton Harley Davidson® Motorcycle group has raised over $120,000 to purchase toys for the program over the last 25 years. The ride’s name was recently changed in

remembrance of the event organizer, John “Wah” Oleski, who lost his courageous battle with lymphoma last year. The Christmas for Kids Ride departs from the Southern Tier Harley Davidson® dealership and cruises to Tioga Downs Casino along with a police escort. Hundreds of children throughout the Southern Tier will receive new toys due to the collaborative efforts of Tioga Downs Casino and the Southern Tier Harley Davidson® group. Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Letter to the Editor

Thankful for Late Summer Wild Flowers Thank you to all the landowners in eastern Tioga County who leave their fields and edge strips unmowed. Not only did the bees and butterflies have a feast available for their late-season feeding while I was visiting in late September, but we humans got to see the spectacle of bright goldenrod intermixed with purple and white asters almost everywhere I looked. These native plants are perfect sources of nectar just when pollinators need it and there isn't much else for them to eat. Also -- for anyone who thinks

goldenrod causes hay fever -- look instead to the dowdy green ragweed plants that are blooming profusely but less noticeably at the same time. Plants with colorful blooms are never allergens because their pollen is too heavy to become airborne. That's why they have to be pollinated by bees, moths, and butterflies. Unshowy flowers like ragweed have lighter pollen that is carried in the air. Pat Thompson Minnesota (originally from Newark Valley)

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On Wednesday, September 24th, over a period of many hours, I listened to a number of speakers present their thoughts on the best location for a gaming resort in the Southern Tier region. A number of speakers had a similar message emphasizing two points. They felt that the best location was Traditions due to its central location to a dense local population (including the universities) and that Broome County needs “help” in creating jobs. First, I thought the idea of a resort was to attract people from outside the area to support the new jobs being created, but more importantly, we need to address the logic of locating a gaming facility near so many young individuals. SUNY Broome with an enrollment of over 6,000 is a ten minute drive to Traditions, while Binghamton University with an enrollment of over 16,000 is a mere five minute drive. The recently announced Pharmacy School will be even closer. The gaming application requires the facilities to be actively involved with the issue of problem gambling. Would the location of a gaming facility so close to these universities be consistent with the Gaming Commissions mission of addressing problem gambling? Science

tells us that the cerebral cortex of the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25 and that one of its functions influences a person’s ability to reason. Location of a gaming facility so close to over 22,000 students is not a sound plan. Secondly, Broome County is getting “help.” In the last two months we have been informed of a new Pharmacy School and the new Southern Tier High Technology Incubator. These two projects represent $79 million of government funded help in creating jobs in Broome County. The START-UP NY initiative also creates 10 year tax free zones on and near the university where private companies can invest and grow jobs. Jobs that will have little impact on the population living in the western portion of the Southern Tier. As I stated at the public hearing, Tioga Downs offers the best location to impact jobs in the entire Southern Tier region. It is in the center of the “true” Southern Tier, creating job opportunities for all counties including Broome, Tioga, Chemung, and Steuben. Respectfully, Douglas W. Barton Owego




Owego School Starts 33rd Year


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Congratulations to Zane S. our Sept. Gift Certificate winner On September 3, the staff of Zion Lutheran School opened the doors for its 33rd year and welcomed students to their classrooms. Students from PreKindergarten through Grade 6 began the year with a chapel service, led by Zion’s Pastor, Aaron Schian. Zion students fulfill and meet all state standards, with Grades 3 - 6 taking the required state exams. The Parent-Teacher League fundraises and is able to assist the teachers by providing a teacher for gym, art and music classes. A computer lab and homemade hot lunches are some of the things that the children look forward to throughout the year. The children also got to try out a newly installed Rock

wall for the first time during recess. The students are eagerly anticipating field trips, celebrating National Lutheran School’s week, as well as putting on two concerts. Zion’s K - 6 teachers have received state certifications, and all of the classroom teachers are members of Zion Lutheran Church. Zion Lutheran School accepts children from all denominations and services other local districts including, Candor, Newark Valley, Union Endicott, Tioga Center and parts of Vestal. For more information about Zion, call 687-6376, or visit

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Final Curtain for Tioga Acting Guild NOT VALID WITH OTHER OFFERS

Tioga Acting Guild, Inc., (TAG) will no longer be hosting dinner theaters. As the incorporators, Mike and Robin Benesh, were ready to take a back seat to the theater productions, TAG was notified that it would no longer be able to rent out the Nichols Elementary Sch o o l fo r th e d in n er th eater productions. The board of directors voted for the corporation’s dissolution. TAG has been entertaining audiences for eight years and will miss the interaction with its audiences. TAG was started back in 2006 when two moms, Kelly Schweiger and Robin Benesh, wanted to offer additional opportunities for the Tioga Central High School students to enhance their acting skills. An improvisational group was held once a week, culminating with a performance of skits and sketches, many written by TAG members. Just a short time later, the group tackled the school’s first musical in decades, to a rounding success. TAG performed “Way out West in a Dress”, a musical comedy. TAG also performed an anti-bullying dramatization in cooperation with the New Hope Center, trying to raise awareness. In December of 2007, TAG took its act on the road as it visited the Albany Medical Center’s Children Hospital. Not only did TAG perform for the families there, but it took over $500 worth of items donated for the hospital’s wish list. TAG performed several dinner theater fundraisers for the Community Care Network of Nichols, as well as

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. TAG would like to thank all those who have supported TAG by attending its performances or sponsoring, which allowed TAG to donate to various charities including the following: The Open Door Mission, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, The TAG Community Service Scholarship, The Barton Community Club, The Bridge. In a last effort to ‘give back’, the board of directors voted to donate its kitchen supplies to the Barton Community Club. The majority of its set pieces and props will be sold\donated to the Tioga Central High School Drama Club. “It has been a wonderful experience, directing shows over the years. Watching the actors connect with their audience was priceless. I don’t know who was having more fun, the actors or their audience. We will all miss that aspect.” says TAG president Robin Benesh. “Some of my most precious memories were watching the newly recruited actors ‘blossom’ and get bit by the acting bug. Of course, watching my son Brandon entertain the audiences over the years was inspiring to all who worked with him. Brandon has been a part of TAG since its inception and has even directed and co-directed some of our shows. Though it saddens all of us ‘Tagsters’ to dissolve TAG, it has been a wonderful experience, one filled with a multitude of memories.” TAG will keep its Facebook page active with photos from past performances and any TAG news.




Final Beam in Place for Tioga Downs Parking Garage

On September 19, Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols held a press conference and ceremony for the last steel beam to be put into place for their new parking garage. Local dignitaries, Tioga Downs personnel, and media representatives signed the final steel beam before it was lifted into place.

The ceremony was held outside on the Winner’s Circle Lounge patio. Construction on the three-story parking complex, which is Phase One of Tioga Downs’ expansion project, began last November and is expected to be completed this month.

Annual Coat Drive The Apalachin Lions Club are collecting clean useable winter coats for those in need now through November 23, 2014. The coats can be left at Blessed Trinity at St. Margaret Mary’s in Apalachin (on the table at the right as

you exit Mass), the Apalachin Library during regular hours, Johnson’s Pools & Spas in Owego, and Physical Health and Performance in Sweeny’s Plaza. The Apalachin Lion thank you for your support.

Anndrea Starzak Visits Craft Brewery in Owego

Anndrea Starzak Senatorial Candidate for the NYS 52nd Senate District meets with Natalie and Marty Mattrazzo owners of the Farmhouse Brewery. In conjunction with NYS Agriculture Week, Anndrea Starzak Senatorial Candidate for the New York State 52nd Senate District met with Natalie and Marty Mattrazzo owners of the Farmhouse Brewery, 14 George St., Owego. Farmhouse Brewery is an excellent example of niche farming and food processing in Tioga County. Starzak had an informative discussion with Natalie about hops and malting barley as re-emerging niche crops

valuable to local farmers. Before Prohibition, New York State was the largest grower of these crops in the nation. Now, due to demand from craft breweries, these crops are being brought back to New York to establish new varieties for our area. Craft breweries have proven to be recession proof and are sustainable businesses. Starzak strongly supports agriculture and sustainable businesses in New York State.



Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation Supports Two Valuable Programs Offered By Tioga Opportunities, Inc.

Carolyn Wright, left, Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation board secretary presents a grant donation to TOI Community Services Director Fred Trzcinski and TOI Executive Director Kathleen Horner to be used to assist local food pantries and the agency-sponsored Group Workcamps program. The Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation recently stepped forward with two generous donations to Tioga Opportunities, Inc. to offset costs for two valuable programs offered by Tioga Opportunities, Inc. First, a grant was awarded to support this year's very successful 2014 Group Workcamps program held during the last week in July in Tioga County. During the weeklong program, property enhancements were completed for 56 county residents. In the eight years since Group Workcamps has been active in Tioga county, 368 homes have benefited from various improvements including exterior and interior painting, small porches or decks, wheelchair ramps and mobile home skirting. The estimated economic impact of the enhancements, as well as the dollars spent in Tioga County for supplies and materials, along with food and housing for the campers, is now well over $1 million. The donated funds will help tremendously with expenses incurred for

the purchase of needed supplies and materials for project completion. Secondly, a grant was awarded to support the seven food pantries and one soup kitchen located across the county and financially administered by Tioga Opportunities. Sadly as reported by Anne O. Stout in the September 3 issue of the Tioga County Courier, the Food and Health Network (FaHN) provided some very bleak statistics regarding "food insecurity" in Tioga County. Erin Summerlee of FaHN offered estimates of food insecure individuals in 2012 for Tioga County to be 2,170 children and 4,770 all residents; making it 18.3 percent of the children and 9.3 percent of residents. Such statistics are supported in the numbers of individuals who participate in the TOI food pantries and soup kitchen. Tioga Opportunities, Inc is grateful to the Senior Citizens Foundation for recognizing the value of these programs and then delivering the financial support crucial for their continued success.

John Stoughton and Nancy Hunt are volunteers with the Helping Hands Food Pantry, one of seven food pantries in Tioga County under the TOI umbrella. The pantry is open from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Mondays and 2 to 4 pm Thursdays and is located in the basement of the Berkshire Community Hall, 11 Jewett Hill Road in Berkshire.

NV Fire Dept Open House This Month The Newark Valley Fire Department Open House will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 pm. There will be live fire extinguisher

training, education/prevention materials, fire station tours, kids' activities. Doug’s Fish Fry will be available from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Auxiliary will hold a Bake Sale.




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Michael Yanchus (left) of Owego Free Academy and Eleni Riechers (right) of Newark Valley High School received scholarships from Owego Rotary. The Owego Rotary Club recently awarded academic scholarships to two graduating students, one from Owego Free Academy and one from Newark Valley High School. The key criteria for making the selection are involvement and leadership in high school activities, including athletics, clubs, and community service. At the commencement exercises for OFA, Michael Yanchus was awarded a $1,000 Rotary Club scholarship. In recognition of his dedication to helping others, Broome-Tioga BOCES also honored Michael this year with a Student Community Service Award. This fall, he

plans to attend the State University of New York at Oneonta. Eleni Riechers, from the Newark Valley High School, was also awarded a $1,000 Rotary Club scholarship at her school’s commencement exercises. She has volunteered extensively in her community, been a dance instructor since 2008 and is a member of the National Honor Society. Eleni plans to attend Elmira College this fall. Since 2001, the Owego Rotary Club has annually awarded academic scholarships to outstanding students from Tioga County.

At the Apalachin Library 719 Main St., Apalachin 625-3333 The Apalachin Library will host a series of wellness programs presented by area experts. The sessions will be take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evenings during the month of October and the first week of November. The programs are: • October 7- Essential Oils 101 by Rev. Janis Drennen Paz • October 14- Solutions for Fitness in a Busy World by Kevin Webb

• October 21- Top Ten Tips for Excellent Health by Aaron Lambert • October 28- Massage Therapy: The Power of Touch by Lynne Schopf, LMT and Heidi Eckerson, LMT • November 4- Bone Health: It's much more than Calcium and Vitamin D by Aaron Lambert The sessions are free.

The Owego Fire Department in conjunction with the Owego Hose Teams and Farmhouse Brewery are hosting a beer tasting to benefit the Owego Fire Training Facility. Farmhouse Brewery, Ithaca Beer Company, Cortland Beer Company and North Brewery have signed on offering beer samplings. The event will be held at the new training facility at 191 McMaster Street in Owego on October 18, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Tina and Sean Dolan will play an acoustic set followed by the Spelunkers. An additional band may be added to the bill. Food will also be provided. Cost is donation but $20 is recommended. Attendees will receive an authentic Owego Hose Team pint glass. Tickets are available at the following

locations: Farmhouse Brewery Taphouse on the Flats, Thompson Grocery, the Community Shop, Weaver Automotive, the Goat Boy, Early Owego Antique Center, and Gavin and Gavin on East Main Street. Tickets are also available online at tappingtower.html Work is progressing on the training facility classroom building, Phase I of the project, and should be near completion in mid-October. The project sat idle for a year after the passing of Chief Ed Franz however new leadership in the department has again made completing the training facility a priority. Drop by on October 18 to see the progress, hear some good music, and enjoy a pint or two from local breweries.




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Members of the Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad at the new building site, from left: Scott White, Alan Chase, Amy Gilbert and Carl Ernst. Other members include Leo Purtell, Chuck Darrow, Dave McGuigan, Penny Baldwin and Lonnie Darrow. With site work underway for a new fire station and training facility, the Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad has formally kicked off their fundraising drive. The new building, located on five acres off Maple Avenue and Rt. 858, will replace a nearly 60-year old station and will house the organizations that provide emergency coverage for approximately 83 square miles and 2,100 residents in two counties. Both the fire department and the rescue squad are comprised entirely of trained volunteers. The new building has an estimated cost of $825,000 A commitment of $350,000 from Talisman Energy USA, ensured the emergency response organization can move forward with the 6,200-squarefoot building that will house emergency vehicles and a training room. However, an additional $250,000 is needed to fully fund the project. “The commitment from Talisman has made this project possible,” says Chuck Darrow, president of the Rescue Squad. “But we are not all the way there, yet. We still need financial support from the residents and businesses who value the services provided by the fire department and rescue squad.” Local municipalities have supported the building construction through Impact Fee funding. A portion of the Impact Fee, paid by the oil and gas industry to the Commonwealth, is given to municipalities impacted by shale development. Little Meadows and Friendsville Boroughs, Apolacon, Warren, and Middletown Townships have all contributed some of their impact fee funding toward the construction of the building, as has Bradford County. “We are very appreciative to the boroughs, townships and county for their leadership in supporting the fire department and rescue squad,” Darrow said. “We are now asking residents and businesses to help fund this emergency services building.” The organization has established several levels of support for those considering a donation. For these levels, donors receive permanent recognition, displayed at the new building. The levels

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range from a $500 quilt block to $150,000 for naming the roadway. “These levels are just suggestions,” Darrow said. “We will be thankful for any amount received toward this important project and are open to recognition options.” Talisman’s donation is spread over three years, with the final amount conditional on the organization raising at least $50,000 in community donations. Talisman will donate $2 for every $1 the community donates up to $100,000. In addition to the main building, the fire department and rescue squad hope to add an additional extension that will have ample room for community activities. This could be accomplished by a single donation of $300,000, which would be acknowledged by a cornerstone or other permanent display of recognition. Those wishing to donate to the building fund may contact Leo Purtell at 607-349-8279 or Alan Chase at 570-623 -3587. The current mission of the Little Meadows Fire Company and Rescue Squad is to provide medical, fire, and rescue services to the residents and businesses in the Little Meadows and Friendsville Boroughs and the Apolacon, Middletown and Warren Townships of PA. The Rescue Squad provides emergency medical treatment and ambulance transport for personal and family emergencies, motor vehicle, jobrelated and residential accidents. The fire company provides fire fighting, extrication, rescue and fire police services as well as disaster response and other community services. The Fire Company and Rescue Squad have a coverage area of approximately 83 square miles and serve around 2100 residents. The Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad is comprised entirely of trained volunteers. Currently around 40 personnel give their time to respond to emergencies in the area. The Fire Company and Rescue Squad responds to an average of 110 ambulance calls and 30 fire calls a year. The need for professional, modern Fire and Emergency Medical Services has never been greater.

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New York State Women in Business Month A salute to professional and business women According to Bank of America's Spring 2014 Small Business Report, women small business owners are more optimistic about growth than their male counterparts: • 70% of women small business owners expect their revenues to increase in the coming year (compared to 66% of men) • More than half (56%) of women plan to hire more employees in the next 12 months (compared to 50% of men) • 68% of women plan to grow their business over the next five years (compared to 63% of men) While at the same time, more women report that they are able to spend more time with their family as a result of running a small business than their male counterparts: • 37% of women say they spend less time with their family as a result of being a small business owner (compared to 50% of men) • 33% of women say they get to spend more time with their family (compared to 24% of men) • 28% of women say running a small business has no bearing on the amount of time they spend with their family (compared to 25% of men)

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Nevertheless, around 1/3 of women small business owners feel the Influence of gender stereotypes and feel that their gender negatively impacts their business: • 31% of women feel they should be spending their time differently because of gender stereotypes • 29% feel they have less access to capital than their male counterparts • 32% feel they have less access to new business opportunities their male counterparts To our local women business owners, we say, "You go, ladies - we thank You for keeping the economy growing!"

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Holiday Fair Expo - Nov. 1 in Newark Valley The 12th Annual Holiday Fair Expo will be held Saturday, November 1, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Newark Valley Fire Department Hall, 7151 Route 38, in Newark Valley. The event features the NV Fireman’s Auxiliary Fundraiser and Chicken BBQ and Bake Sale, and

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Medicare Open Enrollment October 15 - December 7, 2014 Medicare’s open enrollment is coming soon. This period comes once a year, and is the only time you can make changes to your Medicare health plan coverage. Are your medications still covered by your current plan? Do you need to upgrade your current Medicare Part D plan to cover new medications? Would you like more information on Medicare Advantage plans and what

they offer? If you’d like to speak to someone about what options are available to you, call to make an appointment with Arline Wales, Tioga Opportunities, Inc.’s Aging Benefits Specialist, at 687-4120, ext. 344 or 1866-352-3680 (toll free). This is a free service, but scheduling an appointment is required.

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Wine and Romance at Main Street Spirits (must be over 21 to participate) —a blend of special discounted wines and a selection of Candor History Books, American Historic Novel (depicts Candor in the early years), and Romantic Suspense Novels. Carol Henry will be on hand Friday Night, October 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm to autograph books. Henry’s latest novel “Juelle’s Legacy” was chosen by The Wild Rose Press to jump-start a new series called Lobster

Cove—set in Maine. The book was released in August and has already made a great impact in the Lobster Cove Series. But don’t miss the adventure—Rio Connection, part of her ‘Connection’ Romantic Suspense series was also released in August—another 5 star review on Amazon. Come in and check them out, and pick up some wine while you’re at it. Chocolates and door prize are up for grabs.

Local Author Book Signing - October 10 Local author Carol Henry will hold a book signing at the Candor Masonic Lodge in conjunction with the Candor Historical Society’s Bake Sale and Flea Market event on Saturday, October 11,

from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Henry’s book “Ribbons of Steel” is based on the 1877 Rail Road Strike, and depicts Candor in the early years. There will be a door prize drawing.

Boiled Ham Dinner - October 11 The Candor Fall Festival Boiled Dinner (Ham/Cabbage/Taters/Rutabag/ carrots and all the fixins) will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 17 Main Street in Candor. A good will offering will be accepted,

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The Tioga County Historical Museum will host a series of genealogy clinics in Owego. Curtis Hartwig, PhD, will lead the following four clinics, meant for all skill levels, on how to conduct genealogical research. • Getting Started – October 11 Where to being researching your family history and genealogy • Local Resources – October 18 Learn what resources are available locally from the Tioga County Historical Society and others • Getting Organized – October 25 Resources you can use to organize the information you compile • Using the Internet – November 1 Learn what free and paid resources are available to you online Dr. Hartwig is a past President (2000 to 2003) of the Southern Tier Genealogical Society and is now the

editor of the of the STGS newsletter. He has given numerous presentations on genealogy and resources available to researchers. Space is limited to 10 participants per session, so reservations are required. First come, first served. Money is due at time of reservation. You can attend any number of clinics; all four, two, one – it’s up to you. Each clinic will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Tioga County Historical Museum at 110 Front Street in Owego. The cost is $10 per clinic, $7 for TCHS members, $35 for all 4 clinics, $25 for TCHS members. Registration is required. The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 687-2460 or email

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Ribbon Cutting for New Store on Lake Street A Ribbon Cutting was held September 16 at Lily Style Loft at 32-34 Lake Street in Owego. Lily Style Loft – The New Shopping Delight is a new clothing boutique with enchanting clothing collections and unique accessories that will be perfect for every reason and every season.

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Owego Rotary Club program by Jerry Acton about Marcellus Shale Gas Performance. The Owego Rotary Club has had a variety of interesting programs, including the one by Jerry Acton on September 23, 2014. Acton retired from employment after 31 years as a systems engineer for IBM and Lockheed Martin. Systems engineering is the process of examining complex problems, identifying patterns and interactions. Acton used his extensive background in systems engineering to study the Marcellus shale gas well production in PA and applied the results of the analysis to predict the possible outcomes in NY. Jerry explained his analysis process and that the analysis is based on publicly available gas well production data from six PA counties just south of Tioga, Steuben, Broome, and Chemung NY counties (1,795 wells).

Based on his analysis, New York State would not be expected to have any economically viable shale gas production. He also reminded us that all of the water in Tioga and Broome Counties is part of a Sole Source Aquifer System. If that aquifer is contaminated, there is no viable economic alternative. All of the rain that falls in the watershed reaches the Susquehanna River within 24 hours. This explains why the river rises so quickly during a rainstorm and why any effective spill response would be almost impossible. The Owego Rotary Club meets every Tuesday noon at the Owego Treadway Inn, there is a program each week and the public is welcome. The Owego Rotary Club supports many projects in Tioga County

Football season is well underway, and you know what that means! Time to grab your jersey, don your lucky socks, get ready to talk some smack and grab some munchies before kickoff. But can you keep it healthy at your tailgate party or football-watching bash? Yes! If you’re already firing up the grill and throwing some cold ones on ice, you need to check out our playbook to make sure your tailgate equals a touchdown. No need to bench the chili and wings. With just a few minor tweaks, your menu can go from second string to starter. We get it. A few “bad-for-you” snacks and drinks might not sound like a big deal now, but all those empty calories add up. Those poor choices today are setting your body up for a blitz in the long haul, and putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 health threats. Why should you switch out your seasonal favorites in favor of healthier choices? Simply put, Life is Why. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association set the scrimmage line with these tailgating do’s and don’ts: The Do’s: • Do choose your sides in moder-

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From Tioga Opportunities Tioga Opportunities, Inc.'s Department of Aging is excited to announce that we are the recipients of a very generous grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for 2015. Numerous programs offered through the Department of Aging will benefit tremendously from this gift, including Home Delivered Meals, Personal Emergency Response Systems, and the Senior Scoop newsletter. Many older adults in our county depend on these services; we appreciate the opportunity to help meet their needs. We are equally grateful for the contribution we have received from the Tioga County Senior Citizens

Foundation that will assist us in purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Countryside Community Center. Several members of our staff have been trained in the use of the AED in anticipation of acquiring the device for our facility. We are thankful that we will have this important safety equipment on-hand to help people in emergency situations. We would like to thank the Senior Citizens Foundation again for enabling us to continue to offer vital services to older adults in Tioga County. Your assistance is invaluable, and makes an important difference in the lives of many people in our community.

Deadline for 2015 Vestal Central Schools’ Hall of Fame Nominations The following are Naming Opportunities and donor categories for the Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad New Station & Training Center: • Roadway, $150,000 (Road Name, Permanent) • Flagpole Area & Landscaping, $40,000 (Brass Marker, Permanent) • Fire & EMS Offices, $20,000 ea. (Brass Nameplate above Doorway) • President’s Table, $10,000 (Engraved Nameplates on Wall Mounted Plaque)

• Chief’s Table, $5,000 (Engraved Nameplates on Wall Mounted Plaque) • Assistant’s Table, $2,000 (Engraved Nameplates on Wall Mounted Plaque) • Fire Ladder Rung, $1,000 (Engraved Nameplates on Wall Mounted Ladder) • Engraved Pavers, $1,000 (4” X 8” Concrete Entrance Walkway Paver) • Quilt Blocks, $500 (approx. 8” Square Embroidered Quilt Block) Also seeking a sponsor for the Community Building Addition of $300,000 (Cornerstone, Permanent)

The Little Meadows, PA, Volunteer Fire Company and rescue was founded in 1955 as a non-profit organization under Chief Frank Barnum. In 1957, the current firehouse was constructed. Local residents donated time and labor to construct the facility and raise money for materials. The station was constructed on a small, quarter-acre, of land and has served as an operating site of the community’s emergency services ever since. In 1976, the ambulance service (rescue squad) and a

third truck bay were added. In 1985, the second story training and office space was constructed. Many children and grandchildren of the original fire department members continue to reside in Little Meadows and neighboring communities, and have relied, along with all residents, on the emergency service coverage provided. With the exception of two renovation projects in 1976 and 1985, the facility remains unchanged from the one built in 1957.

Handle Increase; Track Records Highlight 2014 Tioga Downs Season An overall increase in handle (total money wagered) and seven track record performances marked a successful 2014 season at Tioga Downs, which concluded on Saturday, September 13. Overall handle on the 61-day meet was considerably improved in comparison to the 2013 season, with all-sources handle showing a 5.4% increase. This increase was largely due to a more involved simulcast audience, whose handle was 13.4% higher than in the previous season. "We thank our customers and horsemen for their support of our 2014 racing season," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga Downs. "We are proud of the great competitive racing on our 5/8 mile track, and that it continues to be well received across the North American harness racing audience." With respect to the record books, four -year-old distaff trotter Charmed Life and driver Jody Jamieson established a new overall record for trotters on New York State's only 5/8-mile track, winning their Miss Versatility preliminary in 1:52.2 as part of the Cane Pace undercard on Monday, September 1. Trotting

geldings Datsyuk (three-year-old, Charlie Norris), Obrigado (four-year-old, Aaron Byron), and Traverse Seelster (older, Brandon Simpson) also turned in track-record performances through the season, scoring in 1:53.1, 1:52.3, and 1:52.4 respectively. Two-year-old trotting filly Jolene Jolene (David Miller) equalled You Want Me's mark of 1:55.2 as well, completing the quintet of record established on the trotting side of the ledger. Additionally, a pair of pacers entered the Tioga record books, with Sweet Lou's 1:48.3 triumph in the Roll With Joe on Sunday, June 1 (Ron Pierce aboard) equalling Shark Gesture's past mark for older pacing entires. Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill, Jr.) set a new record outright for two-year-old pacing fillies, proving victorious in 1:52.1. Jim Marohn, Jr. claimed his third consecutive driving title with 91 wins on the meet, 13 more than runner-up Aaron Byron. Top training honors went to Mike Deters, who took his second training title and first outright with 33 wins. Normand Fluet and Gail Wrubel finished in a dead heat for second with 20 wins apiece.

Nominations for the 2015 Vestal Hall of Fame are due by October 17, 2014, to the Hall of Fame Committee. Candidates for consideration must have graduated at least 10 years ago from the Vestal Central School District. They also must 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 graduate for nomination does not guarantee that the candidate will be inducted into 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, Look for the link in the left menu of the Alumni Info web page that reads “Hall of Fame Nomination Form.” Or, call Kathy Loveland at 607-757-2241 to have a nomination form mailed to you. Self-nominations will not be considered. Nomination forms for candidates not selected for induction this year will be kept on file for consideration in subsequent years by the Hall of Fame Committee for a period of five years. The Vestal Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the Vestal High School, 205 Woodlawn Drive, Vestal.


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Libous Opposes Giving Illegal Immigrants the Right to Vote and Hold Office Senator Libous strongly opposes legislation (S.7879) sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera (D- 33rd District, Bronx) and Senate Democrats that would give illegal immigrants the right to vote and hold office in New York State. “We should be focusing on creating jobs and opportunity for hardworking families," said Senator Tom Libous. "The Senate Democrats are focused on handing individuals here illegally the right to vote and hold office. It’s clear what their priorities are…and it isn’t our hardworking taxpayers.”

In addition to the right to vote and run for and hold public office, the bill would also make hundreds of thousands illegal immigrants immediately eligible for taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, driving up property and state taxes. It would also allow illegal immigrants to serve on juries and hold professional licenses. "It’s irresponsible to reward illegal immigrants at the expense of our middle -class families,” said Libous. “I simply can’t support it – and I know the people of the Southern Tier feel the same way.”

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Non-Profits Receive Funds Thirty-two nonprofits in Tioga County have been awarded funds totaling $64,150 by Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation (TCSCF). Distributions are made annually to organizations that serve the needs and interests of senior citizens in Tioga County. Since formation in 1982, TCSCF has given nearly $1.8 million to benefit Tioga County’s senior citizens. A volunteer board directs the activities of this charitable organization. Receiving distributions in this year’s competitive grant process were: • Berkshire Community Association materials for a handicapped-accessible restroom at the Berkshire Community Hall. • Bread of Life Food Pantry replacement windows for the building. • Caring Quilters - supplies for projects. • Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga Outreach - emergency assistance to the elderly, such as food, transport, utilities, home/auto repairs. • Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) - insurance and volunteer support services. • Family Enrichment Network - Kinship Program services. • Kirby Band - new music. • Newark Valley Historical Society automated external defibrillator (AED) at the Depot building. • Nichols United Methodist Church lightweight tables. • North Barton Grange #45 - purchase of food for fellowship dinners. • Northern Tioga Neighbors Network (NTNN) - volunteer support services and program development. • Open Hearts Dinner - purchase of food for weekly free meals.

• Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) - programs and/or discounted senior admissions. • Tioga Arts Council - the “Always on Sunday” concert series. • Tioga County Open Door Mission emergency assistance to the elderly, such as food, transport, utilities, home/ auto repairs. • Tioga County Rural Ministry emergency assistance to the elderly, such as food, transport, utilities, home/ auto repairs. • Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Department of Aging – assistance for volunteer drivers in Meals on Wheels program; Personal Emergency Response Program; newsletter costs. Separately, funding was provided for an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Countryside Community Center. • Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Community Services Department - food purchase for food pantries and soup kitchens; materials purchase to repair and paint homes for the elderly (work performed by young volunteers of Group Workcamps). The libraries and senior citizen clubs in Tioga County also received varying grant amounts. TCSCF actively seeks and gratefully accepts tax-exempt contributions/ bequests to further its work. Find out more at Non-profits may request a grant application by visiting the web site or by writing to TCSCF at P.O. Box 117, Owego, NY 13827. Completed applications must be received by June 1, 2015.

Vestal High School’s Marching Band Prepares for Golden Circle of Bands The Vestal High School Marching Band will host its home competition, The Golden Circle of Bands, on Saturday, October 11, in the Dick Hoover Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 pm, and the first band takes the field at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $8 at the gate. This year Vestal’s Marching Band welcomes five school bands from BathHaverling, Horseheads, Johnson City, Norwich and Union-Endicott to the 2014 Golden Circle of Bands competition.

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 29th at1-p.m. at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church parking lot,

110 Penn. Avenue, Apalachin, NY. 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.

“Around the World: An 80-Day Journey” is the show theme for the Vestal Marching Band’s competitions this year. Here is the band’s remaining schedule for 2014: • 7 pm, October 18 - Norwich High School • NYS Field Band Conference Championships: Sunday, October 26 Syracuse’s Carrier Dome.

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