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Groundbreaking at Tioga Downs for Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Most significant milestone at Tioga Downs

Community leaders, supporters, politicians and Tioga Downs officials stood shoulder to shoulder and turned the earth with golden shovels on October 30, 2015, breaking ground on a major expansion at the entertainment complex in Nichols. Tioga Downs is moving forward with the multi-million dollar casino project now that the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board has recommended awarding the state’s final full casino gaming license to Tioga Downs. The ground breaking ceremony represents a

proactive approach to the buildout of the proposed destination resort in anticipation of the successful award of a full gaming license. Special guests US Congressman Tom Reed, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Assemblyman Gary Finch and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch all spoke on the significant investment in the community that this represents. The expansion will lead to local workforce growth in terms of 840 new direct and indirect jobs. Always committed to investing in the community, the expansion will allow Tioga

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Downs to further assist small businesses and charitable causes. The political leaders also thanked Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs, for his commitment to the Southern Tier and expressed their excitement for the abundant opportunity that a full gaming license will bring to the region. Jeff Gural thanked everyone for their support as Tioga Downs pursued the full gaming license. A thank you reception with a champagne toast to celebrate the announcement was held immediately following the groundbreaking.

“Today’s event represents the most significant milestone here at Tioga Downs since the doors opened for business many years ago,” said Gural. “We can’t say thank you enough to Governor Cuomo, the Gaming Facility Location Board as well as each and every person that demonstrated their support for a full gaming license at Tioga Downs. We would not be standing here today breaking ground on an exciting future without the help from every one of you.” www.tiogadowns.com.

Owego’s Holiday Showcase Saturday, November 14, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

A ribbon cutting ceremoney was held on October 29 at the county’s newly replaced East River Road Bridge over the Wappessening Creek in Nichols. The old bridge, built in 1920, was reaching the end of its service life. There was significant deterioration of the bridge deck and the concrete support structure. It was also prone to catching debris during high water events. The bridge project also allowed the

Village of Nichols to move the driveway to Kirby Park more west of the bridge to allow better sight distance for park goers to safely exit the park. The Village of Nichols, working with the county, Town of Nichols and the contractors, also put a pad for parking on the south side of the park. This pad helps alleviate parking in the mud, in the spring and during heavy rains, when the park has large events.

Start your holiday shopping at home on Saturday, November 14, when the Historic Owego Marketplace opens the doors on its festive Holiday Showcase. Santa will arrive in the village by horse drawn carriage at 11:00 am with a route through downtown. He then takes up his chair at the Tioga Arts Council on Front Street where all the children may visit him and pose for pictures taken by Mom or Dad. The enchantment continues with free carriage rides for all, departing from in

front of the Barleycorn until 3:00 pm. Stop by the Riverow Bookshop where the BonFed Cartoonictures will re-create your likeness as never before. Juggler Will Stafford will be performing throughout downtown, bringing fun and wonder to young and old. Watch out for that wandering Photo Booth that may catch the smile in your eyes in a wink of time. Music for sure and happiness for all. Don't miss it.


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Lions’ 5K Run Results

The Apalachin Lions Club held its 4th Annual 5K Run on October 17 at the Apalachin Fireman Field Grounds. Eighty-one runners braved the elements to run in this year’s race. The winner of the race was Brad Kaminsky of Vestal with a time of 20 minutes and 58 seconds. The top female was Kodie Tanner of Guilford, New

York, with a time of 22 minutes and 11 seconds. For complete race results and list of sponsors, visit the race website at www.apalachinlions5k.com. The Apalachin Lions look forward to seeing you at next year’s race on October 15, 2016.

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Interim Pastor at Owego Church The First Baptist Church of Owego (FBC-O) is pleased to announce that the Rev. William E. ‘Pastor Bill’ Kohler has been called to serve as Interim Pastor. Prior to retirement, Pastor Bill pastored the Windham Center Community Church, Windham Center, Pennsylvania, for 21 years. While at Windham Center, he led the congregation to develop a church constitution, to become incorporated and oversaw major capital projects, one of which was a 30-feet x 50feet Sunday School building with full amenities. Pastor Bill coordinates Tioga County Jail Services and has been ministering to inmates for the past 30 years. He has been actively involved at youth Bible camps and vacation Bible schools for over 50 years, ministering through the use of ventriloquist figures. Pastor Bill has been married to his wife and ministry partner, Dawn, affectionately called ‘Aunt Dawn’ by the members of previous congregations, for 56 years. They are the parents of three grown children. Currently, at the South Apalachin Baptist Church, Pastor Bill works with the youth ministry program and Junior Church while Aunt Dawn teaches the Ladies Sunday School Class. As part-time Interim Pastor, Pastor

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lead the way with Christmas caroling, and lit up floats will follow. This is being hosted by the Sons of the American Legion, with a little help from their friends. All floats must be registered and forms can be obtained from the Candor Market, Candor branch of Tioga State Bank, Quick’s Laundromat, and the Candor Post Office. Deadline for registration is November 15.

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The annual O Tannenbaum Holiday Showcase opens Saturday, November 7, at 10:00 am at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum on Front Street in Owego. This year’s theme is Christmas Memories. More than 100 trees, wreaths, and other items donated by the community are displayed throughout the museum as part of a silent auction. The event culminates on Final Bid Night with entertainment and refreshments.

All proceeds directly benefit the Tioga County Historical Society. O Tannenbaum runs November 7 through December 12, Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Tioga County Historical Museum will be closed November 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving. For more information, call 687-2460 or email museum@tiogahisory.org. www.tiogahistory.org

Turkey Party - November 19 A Turkey Party will be held on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 pm, at Neumann Hall on Rt. 267 in Choconut, PA. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available. The Turkey Party benefits St. Brigid

Parish of St. Francis Xavier Church in Friendsville and St. Augustine Church in Silver Lake.

Tap Take Over to Benefit OA Foundation A “Tap Take Over” to benefit the OA Foundation will be held 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, November 6, at the Farmhouse Brewery, 14 George Street in Owego. Music will be by Ultra Vibe.

The OA Foundation will pour your beer and their reward is your tip! All tips will go to Educational Grants and Scholarships. Please come and tip large.

Holiday Cookie Sale The Tioga County Rural Ministry will hold their 2nd annual Holiday Cookie Sale on Saturday, December 5, at the O-A Music Boosters Craft Sale from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. You will get

to choose from a variety of holiday cookies for $8.00 per pound. Bakers are needed for the event. If you are interested, call Florence at (607) 760-7452.

Looking For A Few Good Leaders The Apalachin Lions Club, in conjunction with our parent organization (Lions Clubs International), is sponsoring a sophomore student from Owego Free Academy and Vestal Senior High School to participate in the regional Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) workshop. It will be held in the spring of 2016.

The Apalachin Lions believe that HOBY will benefit the participant as well as his/her peers, the school, and the community at large. Ask your guidance department Kim Hahne at Owego Free Academy, and Rebecca Martino at Vestal Senior High School, about HOBY.

Church Receives Grant for New Furnace The Lockwood United Methodist Church (LUMC) received a grant for $8,000 from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. The funds will be used to replace two very old furnaces at the church. The furnaces are each more than 50 years old, one in the church and one in the annex, and have have failed on many occasions. The Lockwood United Methodist Church will purchase new propane gas furnaces to replace the current furnaces which burn fuel oil. New furnaces along

with new cold air returns need to be installed. The work was bid out to area installers. The new furnaces will ensure that a warm Lockwood United Methodist Church is available for welcoming friends and neighbors for worship every Sunday morning at 9:30 am, and to the Open Door Mission Emergency Food Pantry and the Church Care Bag Ministry held every Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


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Peace Poster Contest Winners

(left to right) Apalachin Lions President William Brown, Jolene Williams OAMS, Camryn Kopalek OAMS, Holly Stewart VMS, Leigh Kandinsky VMS and Lion V-Pres. 2 Gerry Strazik, and Lion Terry White. Owego Middle School (OAMS) student Camryn Kopalek and Vestal Middle School (VMS) student Holly Stewart and their families were guests of the Apalachin Lions Club at the club’s meeting on October 28. The two students were winners of the 28th Annual Peace Poster Contest Peace, Share Peace sponsored by the Apalachin Lions and Lions International. More than 57 students participated in the contest. The winning posters of Camryn and

Holly will go on for judging at the Lions district level. If selected, the posters will be forwarded to Lions International for judging against entries from over 150 countries. Lions Terry White presented each of the winners with a $50 savings bond. President William Brown expressed the Lions’ appreciation to teachers Jolene Williams (OAMS) and Leigh Kaminsky, (VMS) for their time and effort.

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The Owego Fire Department and the Owego VFW Post 1371 Men’s Auxiliary will host A Fall Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser on Saturday, November 14 from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at the Owego VFW Post 1371 Hall, 207 Main Street in Owego. A donation is asked at the door but $6 is recommended. Proceeds from the Monte Carlo will benefit the Owego Fire Department Training Tower Fund and the Owego VFW Post 1371 Men’s Auxiliary operating fund. Both organizations will split the proceeds.

The Owego Fire Department recently completed Phase I of its training facility which benefitted from funding raised at this event. The VFW Men’s Auxiliary and OFD have partnered on Monte Carlo Night in the spring and fall since 2007. All are invited to attend. Games will include Black Jack, Beat the Dealer, Money Wheel, Chuck-of-Luck, 50/50, Joker 7 and Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle. Food, drink and entertainment will also be provided. You must be 21 or older to attend.

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Owego Rotary News

Recent Owego Rotary Club speakers Marc Stemerman, General Partner and co-owner of Greek Peak Mountain Resort and Jill Darling of Triple Cities Ski Club (left) pose with Owego Rotary Club President Wendy Deis (2nd from right) and Meredith Bocek (right), Program Director. Darling talked about the advantages of joining a ski club with its

discounted rates at area resorts and group-rated trips. Stemerman announced the purchase of Toggenburg Mountain to coincide with Greek Peak in a two-forone season pass price. Greek Peak recently had the grand opening of its huge new deck at the base of the mountain for skiers and boarders to enjoy.

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Friday Art Walk in Owego - November 6 The Owego First Friday Art Walk continues into the deep fall season with gallery art openings, music, and local

shops open throughout the downtown area on Friday, November 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The Tioga Arts Council November exhibit will be works by Elmira based artist Rod Reynolds. Also on Front Street, The Black Cat Gallery will feature works by new member artists. On the corner and down the street, Riverow Bookshop, The Left Bank, The Quilt Shop, and Early Owego Antiques, will also be open. On Lake Street, Gallery 41's Holiday Show featuring members and guest artists work will be on display. Across the street Artisans' Townhouse will display a large selection of unframed works by popular Johnson City artist Georg Gyuri Schwartz. Dining options in Owego continue to abound, Las Chica's Taqueria and Originals will host live music, Carol's Coffee and Art Bar always has art, and coffee, good eats also of course at The Parkview, The Cellar, Tioga Trails, and Calaboose. During the dark months of late fall and winter, Music on the Deck, passport fun and prizes will hibernate.... But we won't, so all are invited to come to Owego walk the lovely downtown, find art and antique treasures, enjoy great people, good food and music.


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AMBA Wellness Program - November 14 The New York State Women, Inc. Susquehanna Chapter (formerly Owego Business and Professional Women) is sponsoring its semi-annual AMBA Wellness Program from 6:00 to 10:00 am, Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Owego Methodist Church at 261 Main Street. The AMBA Wellness Program includes blood tests for coronary disease, liver and kidney disease, anemia, diabetes and other types of diseases. The cost for the full AMBA panel, including the NYS Women, Inc. sponsorship fee is $47.00 (cash or check only). The following optional tests are also available for an additional fee and require a separate script from a physician: Prostrate Specific Antigen (PSA), TSH, Vitamin D - 25, Hemo- globin A1C and Insure Colon Rectal Kit. Pam Pringle chairperson said, “With

the changes in health insurance, many people find themselves with high deductibles to be met before any services are covered. While this has been a valuable program for many years, it is even more so now, as those unable or unwilling to spend hundreds of dollars for routine testing can still get the screenings needed to maintain their health.” Anyone interested in participating should contact their physician for permission to have test results sent to their office. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 1-800-234-8888 by November 13, 2015. The NYS Women, Inc. Susquehanna Chapter’s mission is to build powerful women personally, professionally and politically and to make a difference in the lives of working women.

Christmas Shop Opens on Black Friday The Christmas Shop in Little Meadows, PA, will open on Black Friday, November 27. The Christmas Shop has homemade crafts and arts, antiques, old and new treasures, and collectibles of all kinds. Enjoy hot drinks and homemade baked goods while you shop. The Christmas Shop will be open 9:00 am until dark on Black Friday, November 27, and from 10:00 am to 3:00

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Lions Club Toy Collection Your help is needed Your help is needed with the Apalachin Lions Club’s annual collection of new or like-new toys for distribution to needy families in the Apalachin (13732), Campville east to the Broome County line, and Little Meadows (18830) area. With the generous support of many individuals, and organizations in the Apalachin community, the Lions have been helping needy families for over 50 years with food and gifts during the holiday season, and with numerous other

forms of assistance throughout the year. Collection barrels will be in the lobby of the Apalachin Elementary School, Tioga Hills School, the Apalachin Pharmacy, the Apalachin Library and White Tails in Little Meadws from November 23 until December 8. Thank you for your past and future support. For more information, call Vince Hawley at 625-2365.

Toast to Tioga Benefits Arts Council - Nov. 14 Toast to Tioga, a wine pull fundraiser for the Tioga Arts Council, will be held on Saturday, November 14, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at 179 Front Street in Owego. In exchange for a $20 donation, participants choose a numbered cork and receive the bottle of wine with the corresponding number. Will it be your favorite vintage or a high-end bottle to save for a special occasion? This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Interested in donating wine to this event? Check out the special event wine registry at The Wine Connection 153

Main Street in Owego. As an added incentive, The Wine Connection is offering a 10% discount off your entire wine purchase when you purchase a bottle of wine to donate to Tioga Arts Council. They’ll even deliver the wine so you don’t have to. All funds raised help support Tioga Art Council’s vision to inspire and support a vibrant, creative community in and around Tioga County. For more information, call the council at 687-0785, or visit their website at www.tiogaartscouncil.org .

Ribbon Cutting to be held at Tanning Spa A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 6, at The Tanning Spa-New York, 77 North Avenue in Owego. The Tanning Spa is a new endeavor of entrepreneur Deborah Smith. Offering state-of-the-art tanning in a comfortable spa-like atmosphere, Deborah has created an oasis in the Historic Village of

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sports: a free program offered at Greek Peak Mountain Resort, which teaches physically and mentally challenged individuals how to ski using adaptive equipment with personal volunteer ski instructors. www.gpadaptive.org youtube.com/watch?v=MgP6OyoHQZc

An informational table will be available for people to join TCSC at $10 a year. The club’s 425 members enjoy discounted prices at area ski resorts and opportunities to go on ski trips at group rates to places in New York, Vermont, and an annual western trip, this year to Steamboat, CO. TCSC celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a Fifty in France trip at Les Trois Vallees. Val Thorens, the largest ski resort in the world. Participants are encouraged to sign up for trips soon as they’re filling up fast. Club meetings are held at Brothers 2 on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm, September through May, except December’s meeting will be the second Thursday. For more information call Tim Hanna at (607) 656-7680 or via E-mail at Sale@TripleCitiesSkiClub.com or go to www.TripleCitiesSkiClub.com

Thank You The poll workers in the Apalachin School polling place would like to thank Dunkin Dounuts and Donoli's Restaurant in Apalachin for providing breakfast

and dinner respectively. They did this for both the primary and general elections. It made a long day much better!

Veterans Day - November 11 You are invited to attend Veterans Day 2015. Owego and Tioga County will honor all who served and Purple Heart recipients for their valor, courage and sacrifice at 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 11, at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial on the south lawn of the Tioga County Court House in Owego. Veterans wear with pride your valor and service medals Officers of the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam and Modern Warfare from Iraq and Afghanistan say Veterans Day is intended to thank living veterans for their service and to underscore that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty. Gold Star Mothers and Families will place wreaths to remember the 173 fallen heroes from Tioga County. Not forgotten are POWs and MIAs from all wars. Tioga County Civil War veterans will be honored by the New York 137th and Pennsylvania 141st Voluntary Infantry and Daughters of the Union Veterans. Tioga County’s Purple Heart Recipients and the oldest living veterans over 90 years of age will be recognized. Free Dinner for Northern Tioga Veterans The Newark Valley Historical Society will honor veterans of all Armed Forces and spouses of deceased veterans from Berkshire, Newark Valley and Richford

at a free dinner on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, at 4:00 pm at the Newark Valley Fire Station. Contact Marcia Kiechle 642-8967 for more information. Sponsor Bridge Flags Donate now for new American flags to fly on the Court Street Bridge that will honor Tioga County’s fallen heroes for their service and sacrifice. Remembering Veterans with Wreath National Wreaths Across America Day is 11:00 am Saturday, December. 12, at Arlington Nation Cemetery. This year’s challenge is an evergreen symbol to honor ALL veterans at cemeteries in Tioga and Bradford Counties. Each wreath placed at a veterans headstone is a gift, from one appreciative American family to another who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. The mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach about the service of deceased veterans. www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ about/answering-why/ Who to Contact For more information on any of these items, contact Glenn A. Warner Post 1371 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Day Chairman Jim Raftis jraftis2@stny.rr.com or 687-4229.


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Vino at the Casino - November 7 Tickets are on sale now for a chance to sample the best beer and wine the region has to offer at the annual Tioga Downs “Vino at the Casino” on Saturday, November 7. The entire community is invited to this showcase of the best food and beverage offerings in town. Several breweries and wineries from the Southern Tier will be pouring samples of their best brews and wines for guests to try from 1:00 to 8:00 pm. Local cuisine is being provided by three vendors who were hand-selected to participate. Pacific Mountain Farms and Engelbert Farms are together known for their fresh meat, produce and dairy sourced right here in the Southern Tier. Meanwhile, Crystal City Olive Oils features a wide variety of flavor-infused oils, pastas and more. The event continues to capture the community spirit even down to the entertainment. Local musician Virgil Cain will be the featured musical guest throughout the event. Virgil is known for being a one-man show who manages

to create a full band sound. He performs on the keyboard, guitar and violin with a little help from technology to pull it together. Guests can enjoy a wide range of both original and cover songs in various musical styles. Later that evening, Andrew King will take the stage, performing after the tasting concludes, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. “We look forward to this event every year, because it highlights the gems of our community and gives our guests a chance to sample so much all under one roof,” said owner Jeff Gural. A $10 admission fee comes with 15 tasting tickets, which can be used for any combination of beer and wine. A $15 admission comes with 20 tasting tickets. All guests attending the event must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets can be purchased from the Tioga Downs gift shop or all Ticketmaster locations. For more information on Tioga Downs, visit www.tiogadowns.com.

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Last month, the New York Gaming Facility Location Board selected Tioga Downs for the state’s final full casino gaming license. Tioga Downs credits the outpouring of community, political and public support over the past several months for making this decision possible. “Many members of the community were instrumental in demonstrating to the State that awarding a license to Tioga Downs would positively impact our region,” said owner Jeff Gural. “I would like to personally thank the selection committee, Governor Cuomo and the many municipalities and community leaders who made this license for Tioga Downs a reality. In addition, we appreci-

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ate every single person who wrote a letter, sent an email or spoke in favor of a full gaming license for Tioga Downs at the public hearing. Your showing of support made all the difference in allowing us to move forward and begin transforming Tioga Downs into a full gaming resort.”

Once complete, Tioga Downs will be transformed into a $195 million regional entertainment destination. The expansion will also represent a significant investment in the local workforce in the form of 840 new direct and indirect jobs and $145 million of spending for the State of New York. Always committed to investing in the community, the expansion will allow Tioga Downs to further assist small businesses and charitable causes. To thank the community for its support, Tioga Downs on October 14 offered free dinner buffet to all guests. “It’s just one small way of saying thanks for believing in us and allowing us to move forward with this exciting new chapter at Tioga Downs,” said Gural.

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November 10, 2000 Apalachin Brownie Troop presented a new flag to the Apalachin Library last month. The flag was donated by Arlene and Gene Kucharski of Apalachin. They obtained the flag from Congressman Maurice Hinchey. Boy Scout Troop 32 of Apalachin (below) retired the old flag and presented it to the Owego VFW Ladies Auxiliary for proper disposal.

4-H Volunteer of the Year The NYS 4-H Office announced that John King, Tioga County, has been selected as the NYS 4-H Volunteer of the Year and Ron Niedemaier, Livingston County, has been chosen as our Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer. Both volunteers will be recognized at the New York State 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting on November 12, at the Moakley House in Ithaca. John and Ron's nominations have also been sent to National 4-H Council for regional and national consideration. Regional winners will be announced in February, and national winners in April during National 4-H Volunteer Week. John King is an eight-year 4-H Shooting Sports volunteer in Tioga County. He first became involved in the 4-H Program when he enrolled his three children in the 4-H Shooting Sports and Livestock Programs. He then became a volunteer, and is now is the lead instructor in the Tioga County 4-H Shooting Sports

Program. A parent in his group said, “He is an excellent youth mentor who promotes the 4-H Shooting Sports program at the county, state, and national level.” John continually focuses on firearms safety, leadership development, and encourages members to develop their skills and take advantage of 4-H leadership development opportunities. One of his 4Hers said, “Since that first air rifle class, the one that set off the spark in my enthusiasm for shooting sports, Mr. King has taught me and numerous other kids the importance of firearm safety, responsible behavior, and how to properly shoot.” He thoroughly understands the 4-H Program and is committed and dedicated to its principles and goals. One of John's fellow instructors says, “The enthusiasm John displays, the interest he takes in the development of the youth in our 4-H programs is infectious.”


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Each year, Community Care Network of Nichols (CCNN) recognizes an individual who has embodied the neighbors helping neighbors concept. At this year’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held on September 20, the efforts and contributions of the volunteers were recognized. Mary Jane Baker is the recipient of the 2015 Founder’s Award because of her dedication to her community and her commitment to carrying out CCNN’s mission. During the flood of 2011, Mary Jane came through CCNN’s doors and asked, “How can I help?” Four years later, she still asks the same question. Mary Jane has dedicated many hours

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and miles helping service the clients of Community Care Network of Nichols. She is always willing to step in and lend a hand with programs and fundraisers. Shortly after becoming a volunteer, CCNN recognized Mary Jane’s talents and willingness to assess clients’ needs to help ensure the appropriate services and coordination of volunteers to serve. Mary Jane also dedicates her time and efforts to helping others in her community. Her dedication to her church and her neighbors doesn’t go unnoticed either. She exemplifies neighbors helping neighbors. Congratulations Mary Jane, and thank you for all you do!

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