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Apalachin Elementary School Food Parade

On Thursday, November 29, Apalachin Elementary School students paraded through the gym and dropped off food and toys for the Apalachin Lions Club Christmas Basket Program and the Park Terrace food pantry

The 2018 Lights on the River Festival will be held on Friday, December 7, in downtown Owego. Santa Claus will turn on the holiday lights along the streets and the bridge. Everyone will enjoy the music, shopping, and the many activities. A fireworks display will close out the evening. Above: Mrs. Claus helps Santa turn the lights on. Left: the lights on the Court Street Bridge are reflected on the Susquehanna River. (photos from 2017)

The Apalachin Fire Department will hold an Open House on Sunday, December 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Station #1 on Pennsylvania Avenue. Ken Brinkman will be recognized for his 60 years of service to the Apalachin Fire Department and District. Stop by and thank Ken for his service.

Breakfast with Santa - Dec. 15 Santa will visit the Apalachin United Methodist Church, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue, on Saturday, December 15,

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Christmas Tea Event The Annual Christmas Tea Event will be held on Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 pm, at the Park Terrace Community

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Home Tour & Tioga Tales - Dec. 8 with JASON Saturday Dec 8th & Jan 5th

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Back by popular demand, Tioga Arts Council (TAC) will hold its Owego Home Tour on Saturday, December 8, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Enjoy the downtown area during the holiday season, and visit the participating locations: • Belva Lockwood Inn - 249 Front St. • 9 Front Street • 240 Main Street • 560 Fifth Avenue • 536 Fifth Avenue The Home Tour is designed both to highlight the homes’ extraordinary architecture and to exhibit the creative ways in which historic buildings are being used by contemporary families and businesses.

Tickets are $25, and $20 for TAC members. They can be purchased online, or at TAC either in advance or on the day of the Owego Home Tour. All ticketholders must check in at TAC on December 8, beginning at 11:30 am to get their bracelet and booklet for the tour. Ticket sales are non-refundable and all proceeds benefit Tioga Arts Council. After the home tours, enjoy Tioga Tales, a post-tour party at 5:00 pm at Tioga Trails Café at the corner of Lake and Main Streets. It’s a one-hour, live performance of irreverent merriment as local performers present a bit of fractured history, music, a reading from the Old Coot, and Tom McEnteer reading Santa Claus on a Lark. Enjoy rhymes from the Unnamed Poet, all brought to you by Swamp Root Herbal Remedies, the Owego Cruciform Casket Company, and the Hiawatha Wigwam Clam Bake. Hang Ten with Susquehanna Surfing classic songs such as “The Little Old Mobster from Apalachin” and “Help Me Belva (Lockwood).” April and George Swaney have generously provided the Tioga Trails venue for this performance. For more information, contact the Tioga Arts Council, 687-0785 or tiogaartscouncil @gmail.com

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Northern Tioga Chamber of Commerce The Newark Valley Chamber has received official certification from New York State allowing the chamber to be known as the Northern Tioga Chamber of Commerce. This will better reflect the chamber’s commitment to serve all northern Tioga County towns, including Newark Valley, Berkshire, and Richford. During 2018, the chamber embraced a new energy and enthusiasm for providing benefit to both member businesses and the community. It once again took part in the Berkshire Sappening event and the Richford Potato Festival. It also assumed sponsorship of the annual Newark Valley Summerfest (formerly Newark Valley Days), including the fireworks display, previously conducted by the NV Historical Society. A flag reclamation event was held for the first time, to collect old, worn U.S. flags for proper disposal. The chamber also subsidized ads for chamber business members on placemats printed for three area restaurants. A Welcome Wagon was started, to present new residents with a basket con-

taining gifts and coupons from local businesses. A weekly email blast was started, to alert members to upcoming activities and events in the area, and the chamber website provides a wealth of news and information on local happenings. The chamber is becoming a vital presence in the community. Looking ahead to 2019, the Northern Tioga Chamber of Commerce has plans that include continued participation in the events mentioned above as well as new fundraisers and other activities as may be proposed by the members. A proposal to conduct periodic Bingo games is under consideration as an ongoing fundraiser and a fun community activity. The chamber welcomes ideas and suggestions from all members. The Northern Tioga Chamber of Commerce welcomes all northern Tioga businesses to be active participants in the chamber, which is focused on its mission of “Helping businesses take flight.”

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Winterfest at Tioga Downs Fifth Annual Winterfest - free holiday fun and activities for all ages

The magic of the holidays can be felt at Tioga Downs with the return of Winterfest, a free celebration of the season designed for the entire family. Winterfest kicked off on Black Friday, and runs from 5:00 to 8:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays through December 22. You can take in the spectacular display of Christmas lights with horse-drawn wagon rides around the track, and children can enjoy train rides, visits with Santa and opportunities for priceless holiday photos. Tioga Downs will host competitions for ice carving, Christmas tree decorating, wreath de-

signing and, of course, crazy sweaters. Tioga Downs would like to thank Jim’s RV for their sponsorship, which makes possible the unforgettable holiday experience of horse-drawn wagon rides at Tioga Downs. For a complete schedule of Winterfest events and activities, visit www.tiogadowns.com/events/winterfest/

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Thus, Tioga County established the Institute for Advancement, a program intended for developing existing county employees with the goal of advancing their positions within the county. A yearlong training program was implemented beginning in January 2018. Topics covered included Tioga County Government 101; Tioga County Operational Procedures; Skill Building in the areas of Management/Hiring/Performance Evaluations and Supervision; Conflict Management; Team Building and Goal Setting; Real Colors/How to Identify and Work with Personality Temperaments; Budget Preparation and Fiscal Skills. The Institute for Advancement participants have completed their training for 2018 and will be honored by the Tioga County Legislature at the December 5 Work Session.

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Good Neighbor Day was created in 1971 by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana, and proclaimed a national day by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 to raise public awareness that good neighbors help achieve human understanding and build strong, thriving communities. It is celebrated annually on September 28 as a day of gratitude and community building.

Coffee with the Director Have you been to the Apalachin Library? If not, you really need to visit. Every Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 am during the winter months, Cathy Sorber, Director of the Apalachin Library, would love to

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More than 525 middle and high school students from 14 school districts in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, and Delaware counties came together last month for YES Ignites, a conference composed of workshops focused on role modeling, leadership and public speaking techniques. Students will use these skills as they participate in the drug-free peer leadership program YES LEADS. YES Safe Choices is a partnership between Senator Fred Akshar and Lourdes Hospital. YES works to help kids in our area learn skills they need to resist using alcohol and drugs. YES also provides parents with tips and activities to use as starting points in talking with their children about substance abuse, bullying, cyber safety, and stress. At the conference were students from Afton, Bainbridge-Guilford, Chenango Valley, Hancock, MaineEndwell, Norwich, Owego-Apalachin, Seton Catholic, Susquehanna Valley, Tioga Central, Union-Endicott, Vestal, Waverly, and Windsor school districts. Keynote speaker, Josh Drean, gave a presentation titled “REPresent” which focused on the positive ways students can learn to defeat bullying in schools. Drean explained his method of

“Mascoting” and standing as an ideal for other students. A representative from Youth to Youth International, Ty Sells, was also on hand presenting a workshop titled “Lead Now,” focusing on becoming a positive and receptive leader. Senator Akshar, attending his second YES Ignites conference, said, “I’m so proud to help kick-off YES LEADS again this year. Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to see how dedicated these kids are and the positive effect they have on our community. Today’s training will help instill in LEADers the valuable skills they’ll use to continue to be positive role models while sharing the importance of living a drug-free life.” Lourdes Youth Services Program Specialist Jill Alford-Hammitt, also attended the conference. YES LEADers will organize group presentations for elementary school students and will sponsor poster contests, and school/community events. By the end of the school year, YES LEADers will show more than 6,000 elementary school students across four counties practical ways to resist using alcohol and drugs as well as become positive leaders in their community.

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Ribbon Cutting at Gateway Building

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on November 10 at the Gateway Building at 200-204 Front Street in Owego. An open house followed the ceremony. Three businesses have opened in the new building. Realty Solutions Group, owned by Jeri Sarrge, relocated to the Gateway in October. Hygge Home, a boutique shop is a new business in the village owned by Mandy Neira. Simple

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Form Pilates is a new Pilates studio owned by Kathryn Thole offering private and group classes. The Gateway Building will house the Tioga Visitor Center operated by Tioga County Tourism. “It’s a gorgeous building and we are very excited to share the first floor with our new neighbors,” said Rebecca Maffei, Director of Tioga County Tourism.

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A new boutique called Hygge Home opened at the Gateway Building at 200204 Front Street in Owego. Hygge Home offers everything cozy from plush blankets, pillows and slippers to aromatherapy and candles, specialty lighting and décor to make that special place in your home a sanctuary. It also features handmade, repurposed pallet

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A new exhibit will be on display from December 7 through December 22 at the Tioga Arts Council at 179 Front Street in Owego. “Dappled Things: An Exhibition of Gratitude” is Annamarie Sullivan’s visual expression of gratitude for God’s beautiful and motley creations, executed in oil on canvas and gesso board. The exhibition opens on Friday, December 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm during Lights on the River. Gratitude is an appropriate theme for

the holidays and Sullivan captures it well. It is a theme also reflected in her decision to donate her sales proceeds to SUNY Broome’s Health for Haiti Project. Consider buying local art while supporting a worthy cause abroad. Come see this expression of glory and gratitude during the holiday season. The exhibit can be seen during Tioga Arts Council’s regular business hours Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 pm or by appointment.

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Senator Fred Akshar continues “Akshar's All-Stars” student recognition program at four schools in Tioga County Senator Fred Akshar continued the second year of his district-wide “Akshar’s All-Stars” student recognition program last month Tuesday by recognizing students at four Tioga County schools - Tioga Central, Waverly, Spencer Van-Etten and Candor. Each month, Senator Akshar recognizes local students selected by their school districts in the 52nd Senate District who have shown great leadership, compassion, school spirit or improvement amongst their peers. Last school year, Akshar recognized 30 students across school districts in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, and Delaware counties. This year, Akshar recognized students at Susquehanna Valley, Chenango Valley, Chenango Forks and Whitney Point. For each student recognized as an “Akshar All-Star,” Senator Akshar presents them with a T-shirt, framed certificate and a challenge coin. At Tioga Central High School, Akshar recognized senior Benjamin Coddington for his willingness to help “anyone and everyone with anything.”

trict used Halloween to support Kaleigh’s endeavors by asking for donations instead of giving out trick-or-treat bags within the buildings. At Spencer Van-Etten High School, Akshar recognized senior Daniel Snowman for his selflessness and supportiveness both inside and outside the classroom. An active volunteer at school and church, Daniel has been described by his peers and teachers as a compassionate

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In addition to his busy list of clubs, activities and musical performances, Ben is at the top of his class academically despite a course load comprised entirely of college courses. Ben has maintained perfect attendance throughout his school career and will graduate with an Associate's Degree through the TC4 program. At Waverly High School, Akshar recognized junior Kaleigh Akins for her selfless devotion to charity and giving back to her community. In addition to participating in various clubs, sports and music, Kaleigh volunteers her time at local child care centers. Kaleigh also founded the non-profit “Kaleigh's White Bags of Hope,” when she was just 14 years old. The organization delivers white handmade bags to those battling cancer in local hospitals like Guthrie and Lourdes. Kaleigh completely self-funds her organization and works off of donations and the occasional bottle and can collection. This year the Waverly Dis-

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Camp and was nationally recognized for her leadership by Key Club as a Regional Representative. Senator Fred Akshar said, “This is an amazing opportunity for us to meet and recognize outstanding young people doing wonderful things in their community and schools throughout the 52nd Senate District. Whether they’re in 2nd grade or a senior in high school, we want to bring attention to those students who are making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. They inspire us all by showing us the good that exists in our communities.”

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An open letter to the Apalachin Fire District Taxpayers. Dear Apalachin Taxpayers; As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for your generosity and support of your volunteer fire department and to keep you aware of what’s going on in the fire district. The Apalachin Fire Department started their annual appeal earlier last month for all residents of the fire district. On behalf of all your volunteers and leadership team, thank you for your generosity in supporting and recognizing the sacrifices our volunteers make serving you all year. We had a wonderful turnout at our Open House October 10th. This event provided us an opportunity to interact with dozens of our community members and to hear directly from you. We also received several new applications for new volunteers. Thank you to all who shared their voices and especially to those that stepped up to serve our community going forward. The commissioners completed their budget preparation for 2019 and submitted a plan to the state representing a 1.9% tax levy increase. We’re confident that this investment will support the current operational and capital improvement plan of the fire district. The largest increases in the 2019 budget are payroll, new insurance requirements, and an increased investment in new protective gear for interior firefighters. We recognize that any tax increase may present a hardship for our constituents, particularly those on a fixed income. We don’t take the responsibility lightly and are confident that your tax dollars are making a difference in our firefighter’s safety and capabilities to protect the public. Regarding safety, I was asked by our volunteers to mention the courtesy blue lights they use. Per NYS V&T law, a volunteer firefighter may use a blue light

to signal their response to a fire emergency when dispatched by our 911 center. I encourage you all to be alert, be courteous, and to yield the right of way to those dedicated volunteers responding to a 911 call. It’s certainly one of your neighbors on their way to help and it may very well be your friend or family member so thank you in advance for your consideration. Election Day isn’t over yet. On Tuesday, December 11, the polls will be open again to vote for your Fire Commissioner. Polls are open at Station 1 between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. Finally, I’d like to end on a high note. We are extremely blessed and fortunate to recognize volunteer firefighter and Fire Captain Ken Brinkman for 60 years of service to the Apalachin Volunteer Fire Department. Ken has faithfully served the public in many roles with the fire department including his current roles as a Director and Fire Police Captain, actively responding to calls still today. This is an extraordinary accomplishment and testament to his character, selflessness, and commitment to serve. On behalf of all firefighters, chiefs, and commissioners, we extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Ken and our gratitude to his family for their years of sacrifice in sharing him with us. We hope you will stop by and join us in honoring Ken and this milestone Sunday, December, 9, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, at Station 1. Any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out.

“The History of Waverly” - Dec. 10 How much do you know about Waverly? Even if you’ve lived in the area for your whole life, there are still plenty of tidbits to learn. Join Tioga Opportunities on Monday, December 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Waverly Municipal Building at 32 Ithaca Street in Waverly, to journey

through “The History of Waverly” with the Tioga County Historical Society. You will take a step back in time and discover interesting stories and facts you may have never known before. There is no cost to participate in this presentation, but reservations are required. Call 687-4120, ext. 331 to register.

Learn about Trusts - Dec. 17 Most people are familiar with wills, health care proxies, and powers of attorney. But what about trusts? Join the Department of Aging for a presentation on this topic on Monday, December 17, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. Attorney Greg S. Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, will provide information about this important

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Dr. Wagner and his staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Dr. Alfred A. Wagner, O.D. would like to announce the closing of his Optometry office at 8740 State Route 434, Apalachin, NY in March 2019. Dr. Wagner will continue to see patients through March and appointments may be scheduled by calling 607-625-2121

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Time magazine picks four “Men of the Year” - the Peacemakers Yitzhak Rabin, Nelson Mandela F.W. DeKlerk and Yasser Arafat. Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 95, author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” dies. IBM announces it is selling its Federal Systems Division - which includes IBM-Owego - to Loral Corporation for $1.6 billion. Edward Reid is appointed superintendent of Owego-Apalachin schools. Four days before Christmas, a winter storm brings more than a foot of snow to the Southern Tier. Singer Kenny Rogers performs his “Night Before Christmas” concert at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Thomas J. “T.J.” Watson Jr., CEO of IBM from 1956 to 1971, dies on December 31 in Connecticut, at age 79. Thursday night TV shows include “Second Chances,” “Matlock,” “Mad About You,” “Wings,” “Seinfeld,” and “Frasier.” Movies playing in local theaters include “Addams Family Values,” “Wayne’s World,” “The Pelican Brief,” “Grumpy Old Men,” “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,” “Tombstone,” and “Remains of the Day.” And in Apalachin, a cut-yourown Scotch pine Christmas tree costs $6 and a cut-your-own Douglas fir costs $12. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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• Holiday Craft Workshops Tuesday, December 4, 6:30pm and Saturday, December 8, 10:30am Make holiday decorations and crafts. Just drop in as you have time. Light refreshments. • Yoga Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 6:30pm Yoga class will take a break after December 20, and resume on Thursday, January 3. • Recipe Exchange Monday, December 10, 6:30pm Bring your favorite Christmas cookie recipe to share and your favorite tea cup. The library will have cookies and tea. We will talk about our Christmas celebrations. • Book Discussion Tuesday, December 11, 1pm Readers will discuss “The White Christmas Pie” by Wanda Brunstetter. The book is about Christmas in an Amish family. White Christmas pie, tea, and coffee will be served. Everyone is invited to attend. Reservations are appreciated. • Board Meeting Tuesday, December 11, 6pm Everyone is welcome to attend.

• Holiday Party for Kids Saturday, December 15, 10:30am Come to the library for a Peanuts Winter Festival. Reservations are a must. • Barnes & Noble Gift Wrap Day Monday, December 17 If you can help by wrapping gifts for a two-hour shift, the library could use your help. There is a sign-up sheet in the library. Support the library with your Barnes & Noble purchases. Shop at the store on Monday, December 17, or shop online December 17 - 22 using Bookfair ID 12336137. • LEGOS There will be no LEGOS Club in December. • Holiday Hours The Apalachin Library will be closed on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1. • Coffee with the Director Beginning Monday, January 7, 2019, 10am-11:30am Director Cathy Sorber will have coffee and time talk to you about the library and listen to your suggestions.


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Castellucci’s Annual Blood Drive - Dec. 20

Donald Castellucci Jr. donates blood at a recent blood drive. Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci Jr will sponsor his 22nd Annual Memorial Blood Drive in memory of his parents, Donald and Grace Castellucci Sr. This year’s drive is set for December 20 at the Owego Elks Club from

1:30 to 6:30 pm. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-redcross or visiting the web site www.redcrossblood.org. Each year since his father’s death on December 25, 1997, Don has held a blood drive in his memory. In 2010, he lost his mother to cancer as well and added her memory to the drive. Castellucci stated; “During their illness, blood and platelets were needed to extend their life. Our family was blessed by the generosity of a giving public. Each year in return, we try to give something back to help others. We have recruited approximately 660 donors helping 1980 patients to date. We are grateful to all who have joined us in helping others.” As in the past, a rigatoni and meatball dinner will be served to all donors. Also, the family asks that food items be brought to be donated to Tioga County Rural Ministry. Cash donations in the Castelluccis’ memory are also accepted and sent to the ministry as well.

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As a town resident, taxpayer, and highway superintendent, I feel it’s my responsibility to weigh in on some issues that we face as town residents. The first and foremost issue that will ultimately affect the taxpayers of our town is the skyrocketing cost of the proposed shared services building. The building is slated to go behind the town hall. The building will house parks and highway departments. The price is 10 million +, and climbing. Engineering alone is 1 million +, and climbing. To have water and sewer provided, they will have to bore under 434, 17 East&West, and the river, to hook into services available at Hickories Park. This hookup, at this point, is only for the proposed building and not for the possibility of future development in that area. The town received a grant a few years ago for 3 million +- to be used for construction of the complex, leaving the rest of the project requiring the town to obtain a bond for completion. The bond has to be paid on and the only place it can come from is cut in department budgets and/or tax increase. Since the highway budget is the biggest, inevitably it will take a hit. The proposed building project is shrouded in secrecy, from the cost to the design. Two years ago department heads gave their input to the engineers. It was a basic no frills recommendation. A year later, the supervisor and deputy supervisor, have made numerous changes to the design without any input from department heads. This cost as it stands, does not include highway storage areas used for salt, aggregate, pipe,etc. The town board ( minus 1 dissenting) vote, agreed to sell 30 acres where these were stored.

In closing, as it stands, the proposed building plans are not conducive to the operations of these departments. It needs to be simplified, practical, and affordable.

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Christmas Cantata - Dec. 9 A combined choir of singers from Newark Valley area churches will perform a Christmas Cantata “Go Sing It on the Mountain” celebrating the wonders and joys of the Christmas season. With a mixture of mountain melodies, folk hymns, spirituals, and familiar carols, this cantata is sure to surprise and delight proclaiming the good news of Christ’s birth. The cantata will be held on Sunday, December 9, at 7:00 pm at the Newark Valley United Methodist Church, Main Street in Newark Valley.

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