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Volume 30

“O Tannenbaum” in Owego

O Tannenbaum, a silent auction fundraiser for the Tioga County Historical Society Museum, is being held at the museum at 110 Front Street in Owego. On display and available for bidding are 34 6-foot trees, 41 3-foot trees, 20 wreaths, and more than 50 other holiday items such as quilts, wall hangings, dolls, The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closing day for O Tannenbaum is Saturday, December 12, bidding ends at 7:00 pm.

Phone Santa 625-HOHO Although Santa Claus is very busy this time of year, the Apalachin Lions Club has persuaded Santa to take phone calls for three nights in early December. Santa has been happy to do this for the children in the area for many years. He is looking forward to talking to his many young friends, again, so he will know what they want for Christmas. To talk to Santa, call 625-HOHO (625-4646) between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on December 7, 8, or 9.

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Winterfest at Tioga Downs Free Holiday Fun for All Ages

The magic of the holidays began last month at Tioga Downs in Nichols with the return of Winterfest, a free celebration of the season for the entire family. Winterfest features nightly attractions such as a new magical dancing light and music show, singing tree shows and horse drawn wagon rides from 5:00 to 9:00 pm (horse drawn carriage rides will not take place on Sundays with the exception of December 20 and December 27). The event takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. Additional event dates are planned for December 28, 29 and 30. Other special holiday activities are also part of Winterfest 2015, sponsored by Redneck Boots & Western Wear located on 163 Main Street in Owego. On Friday, December 11, a winner will be announced in the Holiday Wreath Contest. (Homemade wreaths must be delivered to the Players Club by December 11 at 8:00 pm to be considered for judging.) Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded to the winning wreaths. Tioga Downs will host a Holiday Craft Show Saturday, December 12, from 2:00 to 9:00 pm and Sunday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public both days. One of the most anticipated events is the annual Lighted Holiday Parade which takes place Saturday, December 19, at 8:00 pm. All are welcome to enter, and winning floats can earn a cash prize for first, second and third places with the top winner taking home $1000. To register your vehicle, contact Alison Meyer at (607) 321-9690 or amey- or Sarah Hoffman at (607) 425-9325 or Families are invited to a special Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 20. The event will be held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, the cost is $14.99 for adults and $6.99 for children. Winterfest will not take place on December 25, but it resumes December 26 with an Outrageous Sweater contest at 8:00 pm offering cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200, and a reindeer petting zoo from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Winterfest 2015 wraps up Wednesday, December 30 with closing night events set for 5:00 to 9:00 pm.




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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 6 at The Tanning SpaNew York at 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 creat-

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Pancake Breakfast with Santa - Dec. 12 A Pancake Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 12, from 8:00 to 10:00 am, at the West Candor Maple (aka Beebe Sap House), Route 96, in Candor. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Goodwill donation. The breakfast is sponsored by the Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club. Net profit from the breakfast will be donated to Angel Heart Dinner McKendree UMC, in Candor.

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Senator Akshar Commemorates Veterans Day

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Newly-elected New York State Senator Fred Akshar attended several community events on November 11 to commemorate Veterans Day and help honor all those who have served. Akshar visited the Tioga County Veterans Memorial in Owego, spent time at the Veterans Day parade in Binghamton, and finished the day at the Greene American Legion's Veterans Day Concert. On Friday, November 13, Akshar stopped by Binghamton University’s Veterans Day wellness event that pro-

moted local resources available for veterans. “It was my honor to help recognize, remember and thank veterans past and present at Veterans Day ceremonies around our region. It was good to see people of all ages in our community coming out to celebrate and pay their respects to those who served,” said Senator Akshar. “As important as it is to thank our veterans it’s even more important to give them the tools they need to succeed when they return home.”

Local Musician in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Jeff Gural and Tioga Downs, longtime advocates of the arts and Southern Tier youth, would like to congratulate 15 -year-old sophomore Shannon Clark, a tuba player from Greene High School for being selected to be a member of the 2015 Macy's Great American Marching Band. Shannon also plays sousaphone, trombone, and piano, and has studied with world renowned Tubist, Dr, Aaron Tindall. Shannon’s father is employed by American Racing and Entertainment, parent company of Tioga Downs. Macy’s Great American Marching Band, made up of 185 music students

from all 50 states, performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thanksgiving morning. First-year members of the band are selected after submitting an audition tape and application. Those who are chosen then spend six days in New York City before the parade learning the music and choreography with the other selected band members. For Shannon, this was her first experience performing in front of approximately 2.5 million spectators and 50 million TV viewers.

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Left to Right: Katie Lilley (Tioga State Bank), Sandra Cole (CFTT, Admin.), Jon Ward (Tioga State Bank & CFTT Advisory Board), Marty Borko (CFTT Board), Angela Klopf (CFTT, CEO), Richard Orth (CFTT Advisory Board), and Gail Barton (CFTT Advisory Board) Tioga State Bank recently presented a $500 check to the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT). The donation was collected during Tioga State Bank’s “Blue Jeans Friday” and additional contributions came from employees. “Blue Jeans Friday” allows an employee to have a dress down day in exchange for a donation that’s then awarded to vital community agencies. This donation was given to further grow the CFTT Tioga County, NY Discretionary fund. The CFTT Tioga, NY Discretionary Fund was established to distribute unrestricted funds through an annual grant making process. The Advisory Board oversees their county grant making process and awards grants based on the impact the grant will have on the everchanging needs in their community. While most funds at CFTT are created to address very specific areas of need as

well as the donors’ areas of interest, Discretionary Funds are extremely important because they make grants to organizations which address immediate and current community needs. These funds are the hardest to grow because we all have something close to our heart that we’d like to see our donation go towards. However, it’s important to keep in mind that our community needs are forever changing. This fund will allow for grants to be given to address the needs of today and the needs of tomorrow. If you are interested in contributing to this endowment fund, log onto the CFTT website at http:// www. twin tier scf.o rg / a n d click “donate”. Then choose “Tioga County Discretionary Fund” from the drop down list. Donations can also be mailed in or dropped off at the CFTT office at 104 W. Lockhart St. in Sayre.

“Prelude to Christmas” Concert - Dec 11 The choirs of St. Brigid Catholic Parish and Little Meadows United Methodist Churches will be uniting to offer the community an evening of "Prelude to Christmas" music. The event will be held at the Little Meadows United Methodist Church at

7:00 pm on Friday, December 11. Refreshments will be available following the concert. The choirs look forward to having you join with them for an evening of Christmas music and fellowship.

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‘Thank You’ for Helping with Coat Drive The Apalachin Lions Club would like to thank the community for the hundreds of winter coats donated for those in need. A special thanks to Blessed Trinity at

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Remember Pearl Harbor - December 7

74th Anniversary of the attack Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Monday, December 7, at 12:55 pm, at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial on the south lawn of the Tioga County courthouse in Owego. Five men from Tioga County were there that Sunday morning in 1941. Owego’s first casualty of WWII is 23year-old Seaman Delmar D. Sibley, still entombed in the sunken USS Arizona. Four others survived. One is living –

94-year-old Army Air Force Staff Sergeant Bill Kennedy of Owego – and three are deceased including Army Combat Infantryman Richard Hopkins of Berkshire, Army cook Don Stocks and Marine Buster Dunham, both of Owego. The American flags at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial are flown at half staff to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Handmade Gift Sale - December 12 St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Candor will hold a Handmade Gift Sale on Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. They have been working on various items which include hand crafted soap, handmade jewelry, decorated birdhouses, fancy door stops, quilted items such as walker caddies, table runners, potholders, as well cookies-in-a-jar, spice rubs and yummy homemade dog bis-

cuits. There will be a raffle for a hand quilted queen size quilt or a wine and cheese basket or a handmade wreath or 50/50. A holiday bake sale will be held at the same time. The proceeds will be used to increase the church’s annual outreach donations. The church is at 17 Main Street in Candor.

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William H. Lane Inc. Scholarship Recipients Announced

Drivers Needed for Home Delivered Meals Volunteer drivers are urgently needed for the Home Delivered Meals program in Tioga County. The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities provides more than 900 home delivered meals to homebound residents of Tioga County each week. This service enriches the lives of homebound older adults by providing a nutritious meal and friendly visit, and allows individuals to maintain safety and independence in their homes. Drivers are needed Monday through Friday in


Apalachin, Berkshire, Candor, Newark Valley, Owego, Richford, Spencer, and Waverly. Continued support from the community is essential to this valuable program. Volunteers are invited to work as much as they like--daily, weekly, or even once a month. Mileage reimbursement is available. For more information, contact Kristin Sherman, Nutrition Coordinator at 6874120 ext. 324 or ksherman@

The recipeints of this year’s William H. Lane Incorporated Scholarship, which supports students studying to enter the medical profession, are Binghamton University students Sarah Montgomery and Tanya Flash. Montgomery, 22, graduated from Binghamton High School in 2012. She comes from a long line of medical professionals. Her grandmother worked as an ENT nurse in Florida, and her godmother is going to school for her nurse practitioners license in New York City. “I wanted to make a difference in life and thought nursing would be the best career for me to do that,” Montgomery said. “I have faced many hardships after losing my father in 2003.” Her mother works to support the family as a single parent. “I will always respect her so much for that,” Montgomery said. She said the scholarship will allow

her to attend school without accruing any debt, which will help eliminate that stress to her and her mother. Tanya Flash, a third-year Binghamton University nursing student, currently works at Wilson Hospital where she serves as a triage assistant in the emergency room assisting the nurses with the care of all patients. She is CPR and helipad certified and is experienced with several emergency room skills. “I’m driven by zeal and passion in taking care of others but also assisting individuals in accomplishing their individual health goals,” Flash said. William H. Lane Inc., a longtime local construction firm, was founded in 1967 by current CEO William H. Lane. The company specializes in general construction, construction management and design/build services.

Vestal Central Junior Building Receives “National Historic Landmark” Signage The Vestal Central Junior building at 201 Main Street in Vestal has received its sign officially displaying its status on the National Register. The landmark sign was funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and this funding was applied for by The Vestal Historic Preservation Commission. The building was constructed between 1937 and 1938 by nationally famed architects, A.T. Lacey & Sons, and it was one of the many construction projects during that era financed under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Public Works Administration program. It came about after the consolidation of the 16 rural schools throughout the Vestal community into the “Central School District No. 1 of the Town of Vestal” in 1936. The building was dedicated and opened to students in January, 1939, and included art, science, music, industrial

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shop, and home economics rooms, plus student classrooms, a nurse’s office and cafeteria. Its exterior is almost 100 percent original, with the most significant modification being the addition of the administrative wing to the building’s west side. Inside, many corridors feature the original terrazzo floor and tilework, and the auditorium, adorned with many significant Art Deco features, is largely intact. The 1939 high school became known as “Central Junior High” and was used for junior high students until 1982. It now houses the Vestal Central School District administration offices, the Town of Vestal’s Senior Center, the Vestal Alumni office and various private-lease tenants. The sound of little feet still echo through the building, however, as one of these tenants is Cub Care Children’s Center, a third-party business that offers after-school child care to families in the Vestal School District and which is also one of the district’s contractors for its Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. The path to historic designation began in 2009 when a group of alumni from the Vestal 50-Plus Club alumni association approached the Vestal Board of Education. As a result, the application to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the building’s designation as a historic structure was submitted later that year. The application was approved, and on January 28, 2010, the building was officially added to the NYS and National Register of Historic Buildings. Key people instrumental in this designation were Town of Vestal Historian Margaret Hadsell, Vestal Class of 1962; Jim O’Hora, Vestal Class of 1957; Mark Capobianco, past Vestal Superintendent of Schools; Mark D. LaRoach, current Vestal Superintendent of Schools; Kim Myers, past Board of Education president; Kathleen LaFrank, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and Tania Werbizky, Preservation League of New York State and Vestal Class of 1969.




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On December 4, Apalachin Elementary students paraded through the gym and dropped off food and toys for the Apalachin Lions Club Christmas Basket Program.


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The food was boxed and delivered to the Park Terrace Methodist Food Pantry. The toys will be distributed to needy families in the Apalachin, Little Meadows and Campville area.

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Blackjack fans can now look no farther than Tioga Downs for their chance to play an electronic version of the popular card game. Special terminals for the games were just installed in the racino last week. Up to 12 players can play electronic blackjack at a time. Two sides have been arranged, featuring six seats per “table,” and each side has a separate virtual “dealer.” The minimum bet is $5 for the main game and $1 for each of the optional side bets. Blackjack pays 3 to 2, and the dealer must hit soft 17. “Our players have been asking for blackjack, and we are pleased to be able to add the game to our extensive offerings,” said owner Jeff Gural. “We anticipate that it will also draw additional blackjack fans from the area.” The new electronic blackjack games aren’t the first virtual table games to be played at Tioga Downs. Earlier this year,

the casino added electronic roulette to the 800 gaming machines on the casino floor. Other popular games include Sex and the City, Blazing 7's Hot Shot Progressive, Big City 5's Progressive and video poker. In addition to video lottery terminals, Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, live music and other entertainment. A variety of eateries are also part of the entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs is the lone bidder for the state’s final full gaming license in the Southern Tier region. Once awarded, Tioga Downs will expand its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs.

Christmas Auction Benefits Archaeological Center The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC), located at 345 Broad Street in Waverly, is hosting a Christmas Auction that is currently online and will go to a live auction on Saturday, December 12, at 1:00 pm. The auction items range from donated antiques to local gift certificates and authentic Star Wars memorabilia. People can visit and bid in the online auction by visiting the website and clicking on the menu item titled SRAC Christmas Auction. The live auction on December 12 will be part a family fun event for the public that is free to attend and will include free tours and refreshments. Auctioneer Henry Evans will be on hand with his “partner” Max the dog and will entertain everyone with his humorous auctioneer style. SRAC’s Director Deb Twigg added, “There is something for everyone at the SRAC Christmas Auction event on Saturday, December 12, and we hope that

the public will take part online and offline while winning some great items at a fraction of their market value. Thanks to all of the community members who have donated items to make this a reality”





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The Tioga Central Tigers won its first New York State high school football championship in Syracuse on November 27. As a nice gesture to help celebrate their victory, they formed a motorcade that paraded through the Tioga Downs property to thank Jeff Gural for helping to save their after-school and athletic programs earlier this year. Gural, owner of Tioga Downs, said, “I would like to congratulate the Tioga Central Tigers on their first New York State high school football championship, it is a well-deserved accomplishment for a wonderful group of student athletes.

From the moment we walked in the doors of the school we could feel the energy, excitement and pride associated with being a Tioga Central Tiger. For these students to go from a period of uncertainty surrounding their cherished programs to the pinnacle event for high school sports is a terrific ending to a long journey this year. We look forward to being involved with Tioga Central for years to come and are proud of all the students, athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers and parents on a tremendous victory.”

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Christmas Open House at the Depot - Dec. 11 The Newark Valley Historical Society invites you to a Christmas Open House on Friday, December 11, 4:00 to 8:00 pm, at the railroad Depot in Newark Valley. Carrying out the theme of a “Frosty and Heavenly Christmas”, angels and snowmen will be on display throughout the depot along with more than twenty

spectacularly decorated trees. Food, desserts, and hot and cold beverages will be available. There will be a chili contest at 5:00 pm. If you want to enter the contest, call the office at 642-9516 and leave your name and phone number. Live music will be provided by The Valley Harmony and Greg Neff.

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A Tioga County resident has been awarded $4,350 per year for the "AllAmerican Scholarship" to attend Alfred State. Rhyne Maas of Owego is slated to graduate in 2016 from Candor Central School and intends to enroll in the undeclared major program. The All-American Scholarship (free

board (14-meal)) is awarded to students who possess an 89 or better cumulative high school average through their junior year and who have achieved at least an 1150 combined SAT score or a composite ACT score of 24. Recipients must maintain a required grade point average to continue to receive free board in subsequent semesters.



Edmund Carrollton Millar (1953 - 2015) Edmund Carrollton Millar died Thanksgiving Eve, November 25, 2015. Eddie was born January 15, 1953 to Jean (Farrell) Millar and Kevin Millar of Roxbury, New York. He graduated from Roxbury Central School and attended Herkimer Community College. His love of the land and his generous spirit led him to many endeavors. He was a gardener, a cook, a stonemason, a farmer and a traveler. His travels took him from the Yukon Territories to the Baja, to the Gaspe, Quebec City, and Scotland. The wilderness of the Adirondacks and the Catskills was a backdrop for many, many adventures with his dear friends. He was a natural botanist, an observer of birds and an admirer of spring flowers—enthusiasms that he readily shared. Working with his hands and strong will, he built many local bridges, walkways and stone walls. He managed a ginseng farm in Bovina with Cold Mountain Farm. He built greenhouses at Roxbury Gardens where he grew flowers and made beautiful baskets, along with his partner Jean Stone. Always a produce man, he had vegetable stands at Roxbury and Arkville and then established a year round business, The Market Basket, selling organic and gourmet goods as well as cooking for his patrons. Over the years his cooking skills garnered awards, winning The Daily Star cooking contests and first prize in the RAG Louisiana Night food competition for his Cajun rabbit. He could always be counted on to bring good food and good music to any celebration. He leaves behind his mother, Jean

Millar, his sweetheart Elaine Grandy, brothers Kevin Millar and Andrew Millar and sisters Maureen Millar and Anne Rajs. Nieces and nephews: David Hadden, Christine Torres, Eamon Millar, Michael Millar, Allison Millar, Chloe Rajs and Olivia Rajs. He was predeceased by his father, Kevin G. Millar, brother, Peter Millar, and sister, Jean St. John. A service was held December 5, 2015, at the Gould Church on Main Street in Roxbury, followed by a reception at the Kirkside Barns. Calling hours were held December 4, 2015, at the Hynes Funeral Home in Roxbury, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roxbury Community Holiday Project, written to the Community Aid Fund c/o Bonnie Walker, 489 Pekrul Rd., Roxbury, NY, 12474.


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Place a Christmas Wreath on Every Veteran’s Grave by December 12 The goal of Wreaths Across America is to place a Christmas wreath on all veterans graves by December 12, and to remember the fallen, honor those who served, and teach children that freedom isn’t free. To complete the mission, help is needed from many individuals, families, veterans, churches, and all organizations. Participants are asked to report what you are doing for a summary story. Veterans do veterans memorials in Owego, Nichols, Candor, Spencer Van Etten, Waverly and The Valley. Fallen Heroes graves receive wreaths from Gold Star Mothers and Families or relatives. Families lay wreaths at their veterans’ graves. You can support Wreaths Across America by placing Christmas wreaths on all veterans graves in local cemeteries, donate a wreath, or volunteer to put a wreath on the grave of a veteran who has no family or whose family lives out of the area. Tioga County has 172 fallen heroes from all wars and many more from the Civil War. There are an estimated 5,000 deceased veterans in Tioga County. You can recognize the grave of a veteran by an American flag on or near the grave, many have a veterans memorial plaque on the back of the headstone or a war era inscription on the marker. The Tioga County Veterans Memorial and Tioga County Civil War Union Memorial in Courthouse Square will

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have wreaths placed by Gold Star Mothers and families supported by veterans from American Legion Post 401 and their Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, Chapter 480 Vietnam Veterans of America, Tioga County Marine Corps League, Glenn A. Warner Post 1371, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries, Veterans of Modern Warfare of Iraq and Afghanistan and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. American Legion Posts in Nichols, Candor, Spencer Van Etten, and Waverly and VFW Posts in Waverly and Sayre and Waverly Friends of the Cemetery will coordinate wreath laying and remembrance ceremonies. Thousands of wreaths will be laid at Arlington National Cemetery at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 12, and 1,000 participating locations in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 cemeteries overseas where Tioga County Fallen Heroes have been buried since World War II. Local contact is Glenn A. Warner Post 1371 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Chairman Jim Raftis or 687-4229. All of you in the community are our partners. “Don’t Say I Should Have. Say I Did” is the 2015 theme for local individuals to lay a wreath on every veteran’s headstone on or before National Wreaths Across America Day Saturday, December 12.

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November 2000 - (L to R) Assemblyman Winner, Senator Libous, and Senator Kuhl unveil a new 65 mph speed limit sign on Rt 17 in Nichols. 15 Years Ago - New 65 MPH speed limit signs were recently unveiled on Route 17 at the Tioga County Rest Area in the Town of Nichols by Senator Thomas W. Libous, Senator John "Randy" Kuhl, Assembly man George Winner, and NYS Department of Transportation Regional Director Peter White. The new speed limit is the result of legislation sponsored by Senator Libous and signed by Governor Pataki that will

eventually extend the 65 MPH speed limit across all of the Southern Tier. “This is another great step in the I-86 upgrade,” said Senator Libous. “We’re really going to see some major positive effects on our community - increased tourism, safer travel, and all-around better economy. It really shows our commitment to enhancing the quality of life here in the Southern Tier.”


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Tioga Opportunities’ Department of Aging received a $500 grant from Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation. The Home Delivered Meals program through the Department of Aging will benefit from this gift. Many older adults in our county depend on this service for access to healthy meals that help to maintain or improve their nutritional health. Tioga Opportunities, Inc. has served as the Tioga County Office for the Aging for 40 years, and depends on

the generous support of local foundations such as the Golub Foundation to meet the needs of the county’s seniors. Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation for the generous grant which will aide in continuing vital services to older adults in Tioga County. Local support such as this grant assists in the provision of services that make an important difference in the lives of many people in the community.

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“Thank You” from AFD Dear Apalachin Fire District Residents, On behalf of the Apalachin Fire District Commissioners and Fire Department, we wanted to thank you for the overwhelming support on November 17th on the Bond vote for replacing the Apalachin Fire Station #1. Over the past fifteen years, the fire eistrict has been evaluating building options to solve for the infrastructure and operational deficiencies the current station presents. We have had many conversations with you the taxpayers during that time and listened to your feedback in the recommended proposal you voted on November 17th. With almost a 2:1 vote supporting our recommended project, it is clear the majority of our community also felt we listened and we are grateful for your support. When the current station was built 63 years ago, fire apparatus were almost 40% smaller and thus no one knew the safety and operational impacts that would be felt decades later as the fire service and equipment evolved. The new station design provides adequate space for modern fire apparatus and any foreseeable changes to the fire and EMS services for many decades to come. We are absolutely confident that now is the right time to embark on this project: • Interest rates are at historic lows • The fire district has always been fiscally strong and is in arguably the best financial condition in our history

• We have consistently remained below the 2% property tax cap • Insourcing the EMS contract in 2015 is on track to save $50,000 this year and annually in years ahead • We have a 50 Year Apparatus Replacement Plan funded entirely through the Vehicle Reserve Plan – saving interest expenses on every piece of equipment • All major firefighter protection equipment has been modernized recently While we recognize that now is the best time to complete the station replacement, we also appreciate that for those on fixed incomes, any tax increase is burdensome. Taxpayers in the Apalachin Fire District will see an increase of $62.69 per $100,000 of taxable assessment, or less than $5.00 per month for the average taxpayer. We are optimistic that you will see we are good stewards of your tax dollars and the value the fire district offers you is dollar for dollar, the best value in government today. So what’s next? Over the next couple months the commissioners will complete required items such as obtaining a bond rating, issuing an RFP for the prime contractor, and finalizing building design with our engineers. In the interim, you will be able to find more information on the AFD’s website at and through press releases during the project. Thank you all for your generous support. Sincerely, Apalachin Fire District Commissioners

New Executive Administrator for IDA The Board of Directors of the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) welcomed Bryant Myers as Executive Administrator of the IDA. Bryant attended Mansfield University where he earned his degree in Business Administration. He has been working as an Economic Development Specialist with Tioga County. During his tenure with the county he worked as an economic analyst, grant writer and promoter of business development of programs. Before coming to Tioga County he in-

terned with The Northern Tier Regional Planning and Economic Development Office in Towand and the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration in Philadelphia. Bryant said, “I am excited about what is economically happening right here in Tioga County and look forward to being a part of the projects currently being worked on. Just think of the other opportunities that may develop due to the four projects going on now.”



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At Tioga Downs, even a weekend of celebration wouldn’t be complete without giving back to the community. Thanks to the generosity of its guests, Tioga Downs is donating more than 2,700 canned goods to the Foodbank of the Southern Tier. The entertainment complex broke ground last month on a major expansion in anticipation of being able to offer full casino gaming at the property. 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. In anticipation of the award of the full license, Tioga Downs celebrated its planned expansion as a resort destination by inviting the public to take part in special promotions. Each guest who brought two canned goods on Friday or Saturday was able to enjoy a $5 meal at the buffet. “We are so pleased to be able to help provide canned good to those in need

while allowing our patrons to join in celebrating such a significant weekend as we look towards a bright future,” said owner Jeff Gural. “We can’t thank the community enough for standing beside us and telling the state they supported Tioga Downs in the quest for this license.” Once full gaming revenues are generated at Tioga Downs, the casino has pledged that they will give a minimum of $1 million dollars in charitable contributions and $500,000 in small business loans annually to help those within the Southern Tier. Tioga Downs has a rich history of giving back to a variety of organizations that work to eliminate hunger, assist veterans and more. Tioga Downs is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond. Tioga Downs is in the process of expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming.

County Legislature Meeting - December 15 The regular meeting of the Tioga County Legislature will be held 6:00 pm, Tuesday, December 15, in the Edward D. Hubbard Auditorium at 56 Main Street, Owego. Individuals requiring any accommo-

dation or auxiliary aid may contact the Legislative Office at (607) 687-8240. With advance notice, necessary auxiliary aids will be provided at no cost to the person requesting assistance.

Vestal Athletes Sign Letters of Intent Jared Nelson and Tyler “T.J.” Wegmann signed their letters of intent together to accept Division I athletic scholarships from Binghamton University. The signing took place on November 16, in the lobby of the Vestal High School. Jared, son of Lynne and Scott Nelson of Vestal, signed with the Bearcats lacrosse squad. A four-year varsity member of the Golden Bears’ lacrosse team, Nelson made Section IV’s second team All-League his sophomore year and was named to the first team as a junior. He also played varsity basketball one year for the Vestal Golden Bears and is an

honor roll student at Vestal High School. When he starts at Binghamton University in the fall, he plans to major in management. Tyler, son of Tom and Jennifer Wegmann of Apalachin, will hit the Binghamton University diamond as part of the Bearcats’ baseball team. A threeyear varsity player on the baseball, basketball and football teams at Vestal, Wegmann earned All-Conference and All-State honors and was crowned an Academic All-Star each year in each of his sports. T.J. will be studying biology at Binghamton University.




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Neira Named to All-PSAC Women’s Soccer 2nd Team

East Stroudsburg University (Division II) placed three players on the All-PSAC women's soccer second team – including junior back Laurel Neira of Owego Free Academy.

Neira was named to the All-PSAC first team last fall and was a Daktronics All-America second team selection. Neira has made 54 career starts at center back in three seasons. She has a goal and an assist this fall after scoring six goals off corner kicks or free kicks on last year's PSAC championship team. She has helped ESU rank eighth of 17 PSAC schools in goals against average (1.18) after leading the conference at 0.50 goals against in 2014. ESU (10-6-1), the defending PSAC champion, advanced to the PSAC semifinals on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie at No. 2 seed West Chester on Tuesday. The Warriors travel to Gannon this weekend, facing No. 3 seed Slippery Rock (13-5-1) on Friday at 11:00 am. No. 1 seed Gannon (18-1) hosts No. 4 Edinboro (13-6) in the other semifinal at 1:30 pm. The championship game is Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Candor Community Chorus - Dec. 12 The Candor Community Chorus will perform at the Candor High School auditorium, Academy Street, on Saturday, December 12, at 7:00 pm.

Breakfast with Santa Enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 19, from 8:00 to 11:00 am, at the Newark Valley Fire Station, Route 38, Newark Valley. Free-will donation.

Lions Club Holiday Toy Collection 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 (zip code 13732), Campville east to the Broome County line, and Little Meadows, Pennsylvania (zip code 18830) area. With the generous support of many individuals, and organizations in the Apalachin community, the Lions Club has 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 are at the Apalachin Elementary School, Tioga Hills School, Apalachin Pharmacy, Apalachin Library, and White Tails in Little Meadows until December 8. The Apalachin Lions

Breakfast with Santa - December 12 Kids of all ages can enjoy a free breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 to 11:00 am, at the

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A Christmas Cantata in Newark Valley A Christmas Cantata “The Promise of Light” will be presented by a combined choir of singers from the churches of the Newark Valley area. This free musical celebration on Sunday, December 13, at 7:00 pm will be held at the Newark Valley United Methodist Church. The cantata will be directed by Mrs.


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