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Owego’s Holiday Showcase Saturday, November 8, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 31 at Tioga Downs celebrated the opening of a new parking garage which provides 275 parking spaces with direct access to the casino. There is no cost to park in the garage. The groundbreaking for the garage took place a year ago, with the foundation completed in April 2014, the assembly of the garage walls and floors began in early May, and the final beam was hoisted into place during a signing ceremony on September 19.

“Construction of the garage brought hundreds of jobs to the Southern Tier,” said Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs. “Not using a precast system kept these workers employed longer. The project also proves that Tioga Downs is the full gaming license candidate that would be quickest to market with a sustainable and appropriate plan. For this important regional economic development effort, approved by the voters in a referendum, Tioga Downs is the responsible pick.”

Enjoy your holiday shopping with Owego's festive Holiday Showcase in Historic Downtown Owego on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via horse and carriage at 11:15 am, and pictures with the merry couple will be taken from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at TCCA Art Space Gallery, 179 Front Street.

In addition to a great shopping experience as merchants hold special sales, give-aways, and presentations, there will be music, entertainment, children's activities, a mobile photobooth (11am to 3pm), and horse and carriage rides (11:30 to 1:30 in front of John Barleycorn, 216 Front St.). Owego Loves Shoppers!

Apalachin Lions Holiday Toy Collection

O Tannenbaum “A Country Christmas” Opens November 8 at Tioga County Historical Museum The Tioga County Historical Society Museum opens the annual O Tannenbaum Holiday Showcase Fundraiser on Saturday, November 8, at 10:00 am. This year’s theme is “A Country Christmas” You are invited to visit the museum at 110 Front Street in Owego and see more than 100 trees, wreaths, and other items up for auction. Antique toys will also be on display celebrating the society’s upcoming 100th anniversary. O Tannenbaum runs November 8 through December 13, with extended

hours beginning November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. The Tioga County Historical Museum will be closed November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Tioga County Historical Society. The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is open Wednesday through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 607-687-2460, email otannenbaum@tiogahisory.org, or visit www.tiogahistory.org.

Your help is needed with the Apalachin Lions annual collection of NEW or LIKE NEW toys for distribution to needy families in the Apalachin, Campville and Little Meadows area. With the generous support of 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, Apalachin Pharmacy, Apalachin Library and White Tails in Little Meadows from November 17 until December 10. The Apalachin Lions Club hank you for your past and future support.

Veterans Day Ceremony November 11, 11:00 am Courthouse Square Owego

Friday Nov 21 GREEK DINNER PARTY 6-9pm The classic Avgolemono (Egg-Lemon Soup), Phyllo Wrapped Garlic Chicken with Greek style Oven Roasted Potatoes, and Walnut Baklava should entice you to go Greek for the evening. $39.00 pp + tax. Saturday Nov 29 ITALIAN DINNER PARTY 6-9pm An Antipasti of Italian Vegetable Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing starts the evening out. Penne a la Vodka is the 62-64 North Ave., Owego,NY 687-8940 Primo with a Secondi of Porchetta style Roast Pork accomOpposite panied by Squash Risotto. Tonight's Dolci is fresh Fruit The Kitchen Store with Cassis Spiked Lemon Curd. $39.00 pp + tax.


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Crash Zone Safety Act Helps Keep Emergency Responders Safe on the Roadside

Answering the concerns of local firefighters in Afton, Senator Tom Libous announced his “Crash Zone Safety Act” at Prospect Terrace. The bill is designed to help keep emergency responders safer while they’re saving lives on the highway.

Monte Carlo Night in Owego - November 8 Members of the Owego Fire Department and the Owego VFW Post 1371 Men’s Auxiliary have teamed up to host a Fall Monte Carlo Night on Saturday,

November 8, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. The event will take place at the Owego VFW Post 1371 Hall, 207 Main Street, 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, and Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle. Food, drink and entertainment will also be provided. You must be 21 or older to attend.

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Veterans of Tioga County VFW Post 1371 present Rural Ministry with proceeds from their first annual Rural Ministry Benefit Golf Tournament held Oct. 5. From left are Dave Marcocci, Ralph Tappia, Dave Bensley, Linda Barrett, John Vandenburg, and Sister Mary O'Brien. Ralph Tappia thanked Sister Mary for the work Rural Ministry does, while Sister Mary said the additional money "means the world to us." As well as the food pantry and household consumables Rural Ministry provides to those in need, Sister Mary said Rural Ministry receives between $6,000 and $11,000 in requests for cash assistance each month. With several programs over budget, VFW's donation came at a most opportune time. The Owego VFW Post 1371 held their first golf tournament to benefit Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) last month. It was a great success for a first time tournament. Rural Ministry works to fill the gaps left by larger agencies helping underserved populations in Tioga County. Rural Ministry helps with information presented by representatives including NYSEG and Tioga Opportunities, as well as running a food pantry at their office at 143 North Avenue in Owego. Several wheelchair ramps are also built for elderly and disabled persons by TCRM volunteers every month, in addition to service

weekends incorporating college and local high school students to help out with household chores. The Owego Glen A. Warner VFW Post 1371 is an active veterans’ organization which seeks to help the community with activities like the annual Kid's Picnic and free movies and bicycle giveaway at the Tioga Theater. They recently undertook organizing a golf tournament to benefit TCRM in furtherance of their goal of continuing their service to the community and country. On behalf of TCRM, Sr. Mary expressed gratitude for the $2,000 gift which will help with holiday endeavors.

Lions Annual Coat Drive The Apalachin Lions Club are collecting clean useable winter coats for those in need. Coats can be left at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Apalachin (on the table at the right as you exit Mass), at the

Apalachin Library (during regular hours), at Johnson’s Pools & Spas in Owego, and at Physical Health and Performance in Sweeny’s Plaza. The Lions Coat Drive ends November 23. The Lions thank you in advance.

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was an accomplished secondary agricultural science teacher for many years. She taught at Southern Cayuga in Aurora, NY, and then led the New Visions in Life Sciences Program at Cornell University (Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES) in Ithaca. Michele has been recognized nationally for her accomplishments as an educator most notably for affording opportunities to engage youth with applied scientific research from project planning to publication. In addition to connecting Tioga County’s farmers with research-based knowledge of Cornell, Michele also serves as regional fruit and vegetable specialist for the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s South Central NY Agriculture Program. The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension is to put knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. They bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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Book Sale - Nov. 6, 7 & 8 The Friends of the Coburn Free Library announced that the fall book sale will be held November 6, 7 and 8. There will be a great selection of books, conveniently arranged by genre and author. There will be something for everyone, children to adult. The sale begins on Thursday night,

November 6 at 6:30 pm for two hours. On Friday, November 7, it runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, on Saturday, November 8, the sale will be open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Bag Sale (fill a grocery bag with books for only $2.50) starts at 2:30 pm on Saturday. For more information, call 687-3520.

Holiday Bazaar - November 15 Ross Corners Christian Academy will hold their 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 15, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the school gymnasium on Owego Road in Vestal. The bazaar will feature a wide variety of vendors selling gift items, homemade craft items, artwork, jewelry, baked goods, candles, etc. Food and

refreshments will be available. Admission is free. If you are interested in being a vendor at the event, send the Vendor Registration Form (found on the school’s website www.rccarams.org) and payment to RCCA, 2101 Owego Road, Vestal, NY 13850, by November 10, 2014.

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Berkshire The Town and People We Remember

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Let us do the cooking and join us for Thanksgiving Dinner 625-3830 The “Borax 20 Mule Team” passed through Berkshire in 1967. Lynch’s General Store is on the right. Ray Hunt and Maurice Stoughton just published the third book about Berkshire, “Berkshire The Town and People We Remember.” This book is a collection of new pictures and articles from the early days of the Town of Berkshire. The articles written by residents provide information from the early years of the town. This is an excerpt from one of many articles in the book: Memories of Blackman Hill by Lillian Gregrow "We had no electricity, no television nor all the things that young people have today. We enjoyed visiting with family and playing games. As young girls, my sisters and I loved to

play in grandma's attic. We dressed up in old fashioned clothes and looked through old photo albums. Grandma would tell us stories about the early pioneers and how they settled the hills." To order the book ($20.00) you can contact Ray at (607) 657-4416 or email rayhunt@frontiernet.net or Maurice at 642-5422 or email amstoughton @frontiernet.net. The book will also be available at the Berkshire Free Library. The first two books. “History and Life Around The Town of Berkshire, New York” and “More History and Life Around The Town of Berkshire, New York”, are also available from Ray, Maurice, and the library.

Veterans Day Dinner The Newark Valley Historical Society will host veterans of all Armed Forces and spouses of deceased veterans from Richford, Berkshire and Newark Valley with an appreciation dinner at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 11, at the Newark Valley Fire

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Christmas Shop Opens Nov. 27 The Christmas Shop opens on Black Friday, November 27, right in the town of Little Meadows, Pennsylvania. Watch for signs. Items for sale include vintage items, hand crafted items. and art work. The Christmas Shop will be open on Black Friday (November 27) from 9:00

am to 4:00 pm, and after that on weekends until the week before Christmas, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. During the week, call by appointment (570) 6232562. Good hot tea and delicious treats are available. If nothing else, come for a Christmas cheer.

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YES! Safe Choices for Kids Students Learn to Teach about Making Safe Choices

Harvest Soup and Bread Lunch There will be a Harvest Soup and Bread Lunch at the First Baptist Church, 228 Main Street (corner of Church and Main) in Owego, on Saturday, November 8, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Use the back ramp entrance off of the parking lot. Enjoy homemade soups with a delicious fresh roll. There will be a wide variety of soups to choose from and you can eat in or take out. The soup with a roll and coffee/tea or water is just $6.00.

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The funds raised will be used for the church’s youth ministry expenses and their continuing flood relief efforts. Help support the First Baptist Church as it continues the restoration from the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Lee. The luncheon is on the same date as Owego’s Holiday Showcase. Stop over at the church to warm your insides while enjoying the festivities in downtown Owego.

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tests, family movie nights and other school and community events. By the end of the school year, YES! LEADers will show more than 6,000 elementary school students across three counties practical ways they can resist using alcohol and drugs. “YES Ignites provides YES! LEADers with an important foundation,” said Tioga Central High School YES! LEADS Advisor Janice Barto. “For the rest of the year we’ll continue to build on the leadership and presentations skills that they learned. They work hard to put together presentations that will have a positive influence on elementary students. Not only are they building great leadership skills, they’re providing younger students with a drug-free role model. They’re really making a difference in our community.” Attending Tuesday’s training were students from Afton, BainbridgeGuilford, Chenango Valley, MaineEndwell, Norwich, Owego-Apalachin, Seton Catholic, Susquehanna Valley, Tioga Central, Union-Endicott, Vestal, Waverly and Windsor school districts. For more information on YES! Safe Choices for Kids and YES! LEADS, please visit www.yessafechoices.org.

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2014 CCNN Volunteer Appreciation 15th Anniversary Reception

Barbara Craig (left) with Barbara Crannell, Community Care Network of Nichols Board Chairperson (right). On Sunday, September 28, the Community care Network of Nichols (CCNN) held a reception to honor their many volunteers and to celebrate CCNN’s 15th anniversary. Guest speaker Cindy Middendorf entertained the guests with a short skit, which left the audience laughing. Barb Crannell acknowledged those volunteers who have been with the organization for 5, 10 and 15 years of service and thanked many others who helped with the various other programs or events throughout the past year. This year, Barbara Craig was selected as CCNN’s 2014 Founders’ Award recipient. Barb reached out to CCNN in

2009 about expanding services to those individuals living in the Southside Owego area. She committed long hours to this project, assisting with the planning and implementation in creating the Southside Owego Community Care Satellite (SOCCS). Barb continues to support those in need in this area, as well as Community Care Network of Nichols through a variety of personal endeavors. This year, she is being recognized for her dedication to her community and her commitment in carrying out CCNN’s mission. It was with great pride that Barb was selected as this year’s recipient. Congratulations, Barb.


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Apalachin Lions Honor 2014 Peace Poster Contest Winners

Owego Middle School (OAMS) student, Tyler Howe and Vestal Middle School (VMS) student, Hyeree Kim, along with family, were guests of the Apalachin Lions Club at its October 22nd meeting. The two students were winners of the 28th Annual Peace Poster Contest Peace, Love and Understanding sponsored by the Apalachin Lions and Lions International. More than 53 students participated in the contest. The winning posters of Tyler Howe and Hyeree Kim will now 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 Apalachin Lions appreciation to teachers Jolene Williams from OAMS and Leigh Kaminsky, from VMS for their time and effort with this project.

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First Annual Chilly Chase 5K and Kids’ 1 Mile Penguin Shuffle Run/Walk The committee that brought you the Owego Strawberry Shake 5K and Kids’ 1 Mile Shortcake Run/Walk is pleased to announce the First Annual Chilly Chase 5K and the Kids’ 1 Mile Penguin Shuffle on Saturday, November 15. This mostly flat run/walk route is sanctioned by the United States of America Track and Field (USATF) and is challenging and fun for all skill levels. This run is timed, so runners can go for their best time, enjoy the camaraderie of running or walking with a team, or simply have fun taking a tour on foot through the streets of historic Owego for a good cause. The first 250 adults and 50 kids to register will receive a race T-shirt, and all participants will be given free water, snacks and more. Men and women who

place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, will be recognized in each age category. Runners can find race details, sign up online, or download a registration form at www.runsignup.com. Pre-registration ends on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 12:00 pm. Race day registration will be accepted from at 8:00 to 8:45 am at the starting line at the Academy Street entrance of the Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street, Owego. The Kids’ Penguin Shuffle will begin at 9:00 am and the Chilly Chase 5K will begin at 9:45 am. The proceeds will benefit Owego Wrestling and future tourism events in Tioga County. For more information, contact Tioga County Tourism at 607-687-7440 or becca@visittioga.com.

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Dinner Benefits Butler Family A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Rick, Jess, Riley and Avery Butler will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on November 9 at the Owego VFW, 207 Main Street in Owego. Please come out and show your sup-

port for the Butler family who lost everything in a house fire in September. There will be a DJ, dancing, baked goods, and an auction. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 for a family.

Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed The AARP tax-aide program needs volunteers to help support the free income tax preparation assistance for the elderly and low-income families. The commitment is from February 2 to April 15, 2015, at locations around Broome County. Volunteers do both

Federal and New York State income taxes. AARP needs volunteers with knowledge of both computers and the 1040 Federal tax forms. Classes will begin on December 1, 2014. If you have questions or wish to volunteer, contact Joan Tassey, 625-2658.

Owego Fire Department Celebrates Grand Opening of New Training Facility

The Owego Fire Department last month hosted a grand opening of Phase I of its new training facility on McMaster Street in the village. Children enjoyed bounce houses, displays of fire apparatus and an emergency squad with hot dogs and hamburgers during the day. Adults celebrated in the evening with live music from Tina and Sean Dolan opening for the Spelunkers. Owego’s Farmhouse Brewery highlighted the beer tasting with three other area breweries. Overall it was a day of celebration for many of the OFD members who have diligently worked since 2002 to bring the project to life. The facilities classroom building, Phase I of the project, was completed this month. This includes a kitchen, classroom, weight room, and meeting area. The department lost its kitchen and weight room during the 2011 flood. Phase II of the project will focus on completing a live burn building. A main component of the overall facility, a liveburn building is designed to make training as realistic as possible. Tioga County currently does not have a live-burn building to train its firefighters. Department members expect construction on the burn building to continue next spring. Its foundation has already been placed. The department has been fundraising

for the project for since 2002 through community donations, Monte Carlo nights, the Owego Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament, car washes, chicken BBQs, and grants. Members are proud the majority of funding raised has been through non-governmental sources easing the burden on taxpayers. More than 600 individuals, businesses, and other private entities have contributed to the project over the years. During the event a plaque was presented to Owego Fire Chief Dan Gavin to commemorate the opening. Gavin’s father, Fallen Owego Firefighter Steve Gavin, was an original committee member on the project. The plaque read: Dedication – Phase I Training Facility Building – Oct 18, 2014 The Owego Fire Department members would like to thank the countless businesses, individuals, and organizations whose generosity has made this Phase I training facility building possible. OFD’s first responders in Owego and the greater Southern Tier will be better trained through this first class facility. A special thanks to Chief Richard “Dick” Fink and his original committee who started this project with a vision and a dream in 2001. Chief Fink’s perseverance will always be appreciated and he will always be remembered. A special thanks to Chief Edward “Bucka” Franz and his committee and volunteers that carried on to build the shell of this building and rejuvenate the dream of completing this project. Chief Franz will always be appreciated and he will always be remembered. A special thanks to the many volunteers who have given of their time and talents to be involved in this project in the past, present, and the future. Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.

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Honoring All Who Served and Purple Heart Recipients by Jim Raftis This Veterans Day, Owego and Tioga County will honor all who served and Medal of Honor recipients for their valor, courage and sacrifice at 11:00 am, Tuesday, November 11, at the Tioga County Veterans Memorial on the south lawn of the Tioga County Court House. Veterans are urged to wear with pride. their valor and service medals. Officers of the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans say Veterans Day is intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died have sacrificed and done their duty. Wreaths will remember the 173 fallen heroes from Tioga County. Not forgotten are POWs and MIAs from all wars. Tioga County’s Purple Heart Recipients and the oldest living veterans over 90 years of age will be recognized. The first step to designate Tioga County as a Purple Heart County is to honor those who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat, and for veterans who have made the supreme sacrifice. Many Purple Heart Recipients are reluctant to share the combat story of their Purple Heart. Know that they are eligible for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. It will take a special effort by families to identify and escort these veterans to the TCVM for the Veterans Day Ceremony. • 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, Tuesday, 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. • Afghanistan/Iraq Veterans Here’s how veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq can help their comrades: Join the VFW Post 1371 Honor Guard for military funerals. Place Christmas wreaths on veterans graves for Wreaths Across America Day Saturday, December 13. Organize a Veterans Day Program at Riverview Manor Nursing Home. • Remembering Veterans with Wreath 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. This year’s challenge is an evergreen symbol to honor ALL veterans at cemeteries in Tioga and Bradford Counties. National Wreaths Across America Day is 11 am Saturday, December 13, at Arlington Nation Cemetery - marking its 150th anniversary - and national and community cemeteries across the United States and overseas. The mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach about the service of deceased veterans. Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ about/answering-why/ • Contact Information 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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• Giving Thanks Pancake Breakfast November 23 Sunday, November 23, is the annual Giving Thanks Pancake Breakfast, 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon at St. Patrick Church Hall. The sixth-grade and second-grade students and their families will serve up pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and fruit, plus beverages such as coffee, tea, juice and milk. Free-will offering. • Lucky Leprechaun Calendars All month long, the school is selling its 2015 “Lucky Leprechaun” calendars. Purchase a calendar for $25, and if the assigned 4-digit number matches the one drawn daily at random, you can win $50 or $100 for a Saturday drawing. For more information, call 687-1770, visit www.stpatrickowego.org, or like the school’s Facebook page St. Patrick School—Owego. St. Patrick School is Tioga County’s only Catholic school and is located at 309 Front Street in Owego. It serves families of all faiths from preschool and pre-K to Kindergarten through Grade 6. St. Patrick School reinforces Christian morals and values while providing personal student attention in small classes. The curriculum aims for mastery of subject matter aligned to the Common Core Standards.


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Local Firefighters Complete Training On October 20, 2014, thirteen firefighters from around Tioga County completed the NYS Fire Officer I course. The FOI course is the first in a series of fire officer training courses offered in NYS to prepare all Fire Officers to perform their jobs safely and professionally. These students spent 18 weeks studying all aspects of leading firefighters and fire departments in both emergency situations and day to day business operations. All firefighters had to pass a written exam and several leadership skill exams. Back Row (left to right) Dan WoodyOwego, Robert Byrnes-Campville, Adam Johnson-Owego, Shaun Bennett-

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Ribbon Cutting on November 5 Bulk Food Market Celebrates Anniversary A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 5, at Everybody’s Bulk Food Market at 596 Fifth Avenue (Route 17C), in Owego, to celebrate the market’s one year anniversary. Kim Sullivan, owner of Everybody’s Bulk Food Market says there will be plenty of sample available for those attending the ribbon cutting. Everybody’s Bulk Food Market

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Free Energy Assessments Available Frigid winter weather is fast approaching. Prevent high heating bills from coming back this winter. A program from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) can help people make their homes more energy efficient while saving money on their utility bills. This program offers free energy assessments for homes by accredited contractors. After the assessment, the program helps homeowners through the process of financing their home improvements with grants (This is free money - Up to $5,000 for a singlefamily dwelling and up to $10,000 for a 2-4 family building that eligible homeowners do not have to pay back), or low-

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Lions 5K Run Results The 3rd Annual Apalachin Lions 5K Run was held on October 18, 2014. This year, 101 runners braved the elements on race day. The Top Male finisher was Daniel Seigers of Oneonta with a time of 17:12.6. The Top Female finish was Celia Alterio of Oneonta with a time of 20:12.2. All runners received a tote bag and water provided by Edward Jones Financial Advisor- Kevin Vestal. Also, a free game of bowling from Owego Bowl, a Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse, and coupons from Wendy’s, Healing Arts Massage with Heather Beck and Gigi’s Place. Other major sponsors included Lopke Gravel Products and Big Dipper BBQ. A big thanks goes out to the Apalachin Fire Police and EMTs for their assistance on the course during the race. The 2014 Lions 5K Sponsors were: Nick’s Garage, Edward Jones, Donoli’s Restaurant. the Kitchen Store, Double Tree by Hilton, Kwik Fill, Visions

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TCSC will also be conducting a bake sale during the ski sale with proceeds going to Greek Peak Adaptive Snowsports, a program offered at Greek Peak Mountain Resort, which teaches physically and mentally challenged individuals how to ski using adaptive equipment with personal ski instructors An informational table will be available for people to join TCSC at $10 a year, which gives members discounted prices at area ski resorts and opportunities to go on ski trips at group rates to places in NY, Vermont, and an annual western trip. 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 and January will be the second Thursdays. For information email Tim Hanna at Sale@TripleCitiesSkiClub.com or call (607) 656-7680. Check out their web page at www.TripleCitiesSkiClub.com

Comic and Pop Culture Convention at Tioga Downs Casino The River Road Expo, a comic and pop culture convention, will be held at Tioga Downs Casino on Sunday, November 2, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Fans can meet both professional and self-published writers and artists including the following: Dave Bullock is an Emmy Award nominated director of the Warner Brothers animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. Mr. Bullock has also directed episodes of The Spectacular Spider-Man and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. His artwork was recently in the comic mini-series Batman: Black and White. Brandon T. Snider keeps busy as both an actor and an author. He has appeared

in Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and Law and Order: SVU. He is the author of the best-selling book: The Dark Knight Manual. He also has written stories for Regular Show, a comic book series produced by Boom! Studios. Alex Sanchez’s artwork can be seen in DC’s Katana series. He also illustrated two issues of Marvel’s Elektra. Additional published creators; Mike Raicht, Tom Peyer, Mike Garland and Ethan Young will also be at the Expo. All ages are welcome to this fun, free admission event. Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols.

No Turning Back: a Film for Skiers & Riders Warren Miller Entertainment (WME) releases its 65th feature film, No Turning Back, for area skiers and riders at the Forum, 236 Washington Street in Binghamton, on Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 pm. WME, a pioneer in action sports cinematography since 1949, captures the tilts and turns of athletes like Josh Bibby and Tyler Ceccanti carving down Mount Olympus in Greece or Kaylin Richardson breaking trail in Norway. Attendees will delight in seeing top athletes like Sierra Quitiquit, Rob Kingwill, Ingrid Backstrom, and more push the boundaries in Niseko, Japan, the Swiss Alps, Montana, France, and other resort areas.

It’s a chance for moviegoers to get stoked for the season and an opportunity to win ski vacations, prizes and gear. All attendees gain access to exclusive resort and retail savings, which include lift ticket to Sugarbush, Smugglers’ Notch, Windham Mountain, Greek Peak and Swain Resort, and more. Representatives from the Triple Cities Ski Club will have a booth to take membership forms, talk about their 34th Annual Ski Sale on Sunday, November 23, and mention ski trips to places in NY, VT, and an annual Western trip— this year to Winter Park, CO. A $10 annual TCSC membership affords skiers and riders discounts at area resorts. www.triplecitiesskiclub.com Tickets to No Turning Back can be purchased at Berger's Ski & Snowboard Shop, 16 Lewis St., Binghamton for $18 cash or check or $19 credit card.


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OA Music Booster Club Holiday Craft Fair, Dec 6 The Annual Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by the Owego-Apalachin Music Booster Club will be held on December 6, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the gymnasium, cafeteria, and lobby of the Owego Apalachin Middle School, 3 Sheldon Guile Blvd. in Owego. A wide selection of items will be available. There will also be a cafeteria full of terrific food and drink from local eateries. All of this and wonderful holiday music supplied by the students of the music and chorus departments. The OA Music Boosters is an organization of parents, students, and teachers from the Owego Apalachin School District. The objective of the club is to assist the Directors of Music of the Owego Apalachin Music Departments to promote the development and growth of the Music Departments as a whole, to aide in the activities of these groups, and to assist in the musical and artistic growth of the students who participate in them.

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Dept. of Aging to hold Public Hearing - Nov 14 Tioga Opportunities’ Department of Aging invites residents of Tioga County to their annual public hearing on Friday, November 14, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, at the Countryside Community Center at 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego. Attendees will learn what the department has accomplished this past year, and can share their comments, ideas, and suggestions for the next year.

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Forty-five YES! LEADers from Tioga Central High School attended a special training aimed at building the skills they'll use to talk to elementary students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol later in the school year. Forty-five students from Tioga Central High School completed their training to become YES! LEADers. YES! LEADers are high school students who teach elementary school students about skills they need to resist drugs and alcohol, the importance of positive selfesteem in making safe choices and effectively handling peer pressure. The YES! Launch training program teaches YES! LEADers how to be role models for younger students through different team activities and educational sessions. Trained YES! LEADers are substance-free role models for younger students, who use their leadership skills to develop resistance skills in elementary school children through interactive activities and age appropriate entertainment.

In December, YES! LEADers will visit elementary classrooms for their unique, hands-on presentations. They’ll also sponsor a Christmas Social for elementary students. Tioga Central High School’s YES! LEADers are committed to helping their community throughout the year. In addition to visiting classrooms, they play an instrumental role in running the district’s Summer Recreation Program. YES! Safe Choices for Kids, a partnership between Senator Libous and Lourdes Hospital, is now in its 26th year. For more information about YES! LEADS, please visit www.YesSafeChoices.org.

Dear Editor, As temperatures drop, heating costs rise for all New Yorkers. This rise in heating costs forces some to make an impossible choice - pay to keep your home at a safe temperature or buy the groceries you need to stay healthy. For those New Yorkers facing this decision, SNAP could make it possible to heat their home and buy the food they need. SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, is a monthly supplement to your food budget. People that participate in the program are given a special debit card called an EBT card that is used to buy groceries. Because SNAP dollars are spent at local grocery stores and farmer’s markets, SNAP is helping the residents of our community and the businesses that serve them.

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Vestal Students Semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program Two Vestal High School seniors, Ethan Pan and Yousuf Shah, have qualified as Semifinalists in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship competition. They were among the 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists announced nationwide. Pan and Shah will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards totaling about $33 million that will be offered next spring. In addition, Samuel Barnum, Anika Kumbhakar, Saarav Patel and Emma Wenzinger have been named Commended Students in this year’s National Merit Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit

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Holiday Showcase - November 8, 2014 The Holiday Showcase will be held on Saturday, November 8, in Owego. Schedule of events: 10am - Art show by local artists' group at Artisan's Townhouse, 42 Lake St. Food Drive for Rural Ministries at Katie's Kreations, 194 Front. St. O'Tannenbaum Christmas Tree display at Tioga County Historical Society Museum, 100 Front St. Puppet show, cookies & giveaways on the front lawn of M&T Bank, sponsored by the Church of Owego. 11am - Get Framed mobile photo booth providing pictures at various locations in Owego's historic shopping district until 3pm Sounds of the Season by Rachel Lawler at Tender Loving Care by Maureen, 7 Lake St. Harvest soup & bread lunch at First Baptist Church, 288 Main St. (until 2pm) 11:15am - Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive to town on horse and carriage. 11:30am - Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus at Tioga Arts Council, 179 Front St. (until 1pm) Horse and Carriage Rides in front of

the John Barleycorn, 216 Front St. (until 1:30pm) 12noon - Caricatures by Jon Bon Fed at Riverow Bookshop, 187 Front St. Juggler Will Stafford performing downtown Pet paw-traits to benefit Stray Haven at BioLife Solutions, 171 Front St. Sponsored by Prestige, LifeTouch School Portraits. 12:30am - OFA Jazz Band Quartet at the Goat Boy, 175 Front St. 1pm - Musician Daphne Braden performing for Kids Day at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum, 110 Front St. Harpist Meredith Bocek at East of the Sun, West of the Moon, 206 Front St. 2pm - Weaving demonstration by Sue Szcotka at Black Cat Gallery, 190 Front St. 3pm - China-painting demonstration by Joyce Stewart at Black Cat Gallery, 190 Front St. Trumpeter Rev. Terry Steenburg strolling downtown. 5pm - Toast to Tioga wine pull fundraiser at Tioga Arts Council, 179 Front St.

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Nonprofits Receive Awards Nineteen organizations in the region, including fifteen in Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties, received grants totaling $159,090 from the Community Foundation for South Central New York’s Community Fund, Women’s Fund and special funds, in the fall 2014 competitive grant cycles. Sixty organizations submitted proposals for over $542,000 in funding requests. The successful grants, which were awarded through a volunteer panel and board review process, will be used for a variety of capital projects, operations and programs at the organizations. Community Fund Grants • Cider Mill Playhouse $8,820 for equipment upgrades (Broome) • Susquehanna River Archeological Center $4,107 for display cases (Tioga) • The Addiction Center of Broome County $6,787 to create a Vivitrol program, medication assisted therapy for substance users. (Broome) • SUCO Children’s Center $6,138 to upgrade food services to code (Otsego) • Samaritan Counseling Center of the Southern Tier $12,765 for operating expenses for a children and youth counseling program (Broome) • The Impact Project $15,000 for supplies and labor for low-income/senior home repair and maintenance program (multiple counties including Broome and Chenango) • The Place-Norwich $15,000 salary for a VISTA volunteer (Chenango) • The Church Commons $8,890 for a new furnace (Tioga) • Delhi Campus Childcare $10,000 for childcare subsidies (Delaware) • SUCO Children’s Center $15,000 for childcare subsidies (Otsego) • Jewish Community Center $15,000 for childcare subsidies (Broome) • Wilson Children’s Center $7,283 to replace carpet (Broome) • Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church $2,000 for a supplies cupboard (Broome)

• VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments) $15,000 for the youth summer employment program (Broome) • Otego Community Food Pantry $2,000 to help residents grow and use their own vegetables and greens (Otsego) Women’s Fund Grants • Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga $3,000 for personal care supplies for women and girls (Tioga) • Opportunities for Otsego $6,000 for emergency counseling for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes (Otsego) • Tioga County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse $3,685 for purchase of equipment and programming to add a physical fitness component to substance abuse prevention programming for adolescent girls (Tioga) • Union Endicott High School $2,315 for a transition program and support group for 9th grade at-risk girls transitioning to high school (Broome) • SUNY Broome Entrepreneurial Assistance Program $300 for two scholarships for a six week training program for women starting their own business (Broome) The Community Foundation for South Central New York, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 and headquartered in Johnson City, encourages and facilitates personal and institutional philanthropy throughout the region by managing 80 funds within the Foundation’s endowment that are established by donors to achieve specific charitable goals. From these funds, the Foundation has awarded over $8.2 million in grants to the area’s nonprofits to help address community concerns and improve the quality of life in the region. The Community Foundation serves donors and nonprofits in five New York counties: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga. More information about the Foundation can be found on its website at www.donorswhocare.org.

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner - Nov. 8 A Chicken & Biscuit Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 8, from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 pm in VanEtten. There will also be a bake sale and a raffle. The prizes for the raffle are $200 1st prize, $150 2nd prize, and $100 3rd prize. The drawing will be held at the

dinner on November 8. The dinner will be held at the Community Fire and Rescue, 321 St. Rt. 224 in VanEtten, NY. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. For more information, or to buy tickets, call Colleen Beach, (607) 857-9838.

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TIOGA COUNTY COMMUNITY PRESS

Letter to the Editor

Nichols Downtown Revitalization Program What can be accomplished with $325,000.00? Come to the Village of Nichols to see! The Village was awarded a $250,000 New York Main Street grant in 2012. They partnered with Tioga County, agreeing to have the Economic Development and Planning Office apply for and administer the grant. The awarded grant funds along with the property owner’s investment have brought over $325,000 of improvements to the designated area. The funds were used to complete interior and exterior renovation within the targeted historic downtown business district. Property owners within this chosen area were eligible to apply for a grant for 75% of their costs. Nine property owners applied and completed improvements to their buildings. The work completed included improvements to both commercial and residential units. The end result was seven commercial units renovated including one new unit, and four residential units renovated including one new unit. Teresa Saraceno, Deputy Director of Tioga County Economic Development and Planning states, “The New York State Main Street Program is a vital resource that boosts the efforts of our rural downtown communities. The program encourages the improvement and stabilization of properties making them more energy efficient, handicapped accessible and viable for the future.” If you drive around the Village you will see that the exterior and interior renovation work stabilized these historic

properties. You will see improvements including a new awning, electric and fire suppression systems, roofing, insulation, gutters, soffits and downspouts, porch and wood trim, wood siding, clapboard replacement along with painting of walls, new flooring, new handicapped entrance, furnace and air conditioning upgrades, new bathrooms and kitchens. You will also notice the Streetscape Enhancements made by the Village- to the tune of $14,825 in grant funds. These efforts include the planting of trees, and the installation of planters, benches, historic plaques and signs. These enhancements complete the picture in beautifying this wonderful historic downtown. Village Mayor Lesley Pelotte commented, “Our rural historic downtowns are a treasure to our region and programs such as these make much needed improvements possible.” She went on to say that the partnership between the Village and County was crucial in the plan to improve the downtown area. “The Village of Nichols simply does not have the capacity to manage a program such as this. We are pleased and appreciative of the County’s assistance in bringing this opportunity to our Village”. The Tioga County Department of Economic Development and Planning has since applied for 2014 funding from the New York Main Street program on behalf of the Village of Waverly. Announcements on the award for that request are expected by the end of the year.

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Vestal Boy Scouts trek through New Mexico Wilderness A crew of Scouts and their leaders from Vestal Troop 221 went on a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet. The boy’s hiked over 60 miles. The group consisted of Chester Bennett, Hunter Carter, Joey Haefner, Andy Isaacs, Eric Lethin, Jay Lethin, Preston Moore, Josh Tomaka along with advisors, Bob Haefner, Rick Isaacs, & Peter Lethin. These Scouts and their advisors carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participat-

ed in backcountry programs along the way including: rock climbing, rappelling, geocaching, .30-06 rifle shooting, black powder rifle shooting and horseback riding. The trek included a conservation project where the scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s fragile ecosystem. Along the trek, Scouts endured tough challenges including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs, and inclement weather. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world serving over 1 million participants since 1938.

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While domestic violence has experienced a recent boost in awareness due to recent events, women and children in the Southern Tier Region of New York are in need of housing, resource and support programs as they flee abusive situations and work to rebuild their lives. A New Hope Center in Owego received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual Shelter Grant program to maintain critical services and programs. The Mary Kay Foundation awarded a total of $3 million in funding to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

“It’s been a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors open and grants from The Mary Kay Foundation are a vital part in helping shelters move forward in their missions,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “The shelter grants are a signature program of the Foundation and represent just one of the ways Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic violence. We are proud to support local shelters like A New Hope Center that are on the front lines of helping women and children who need shelter and support from abuse.”

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Toast to Tioga Fundraiser to Benefit Tioga Arts Council Gather your friends and come raise a glass of wine to benefit Tioga Arts Council (TAC). TAC is pleased to announce Toast to Tioga, a wine pull fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, November 8, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, at Tioga Arts Council. Here’s how Toast to Tioga works: 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? It’s a surprise, but one that you’ll enjoy. 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 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 TAC’s vision to inspire and support a vibrant, creative community in and around Tioga County. Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front Street in Owego, and is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information, go to www.tiogaartscouncil.org or call (607) 687-0785.

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