October 2013 community press

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Volume 28

10th Annual Traci's Hope The 10th Annual Traci's Hope Fund Raiser was held on Saturday, October 5, at the Apalachin Field Day grounds in Apalachin. All proceeds from the event will benefit those fighting breast cancer in Broome, Tioga, and Susquehanna Counties. The event featured a BBQ, music, raffles, and many activities for the children. Traci's Hope is a non-profit organization founded by Traci Gibson who knew firsthand the difficulties of keeping finances afloat while dealing with breast cancer. Traci wanted to ensure that she was helping many people even after she was gone. To date, Traci's Hope has helped hundreds of people, all of them here in our local communities, just as Traci wanted.

Traci's family would like to thank you for supporting her dream to help others afflicted with breast cancer in some way.

Pictured above: Traci Gibson’s sisters, Tami (left) and Terry (right), and her niece Ashley

Number 10

Runners Wanted 2nd Annual Lions 5K Run/Walk

The Apalachin Lions Club is hosting its 2nd Annual Lion 5K Walk/Run on October 19, 2013. It will be held at the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Day Grounds at 10 am sharp with registration opening up at 9 am. The race will help to benefit the Apalachin Lions Club Activities Fund, with all proceeds going back into the Apalachin/Little Meadows Communities. The entry fee for this is event is $20.00 (Pre-Registration and includes an official race T-shirt) and $25.00 (Day of the race, with limited T-shirts available); also a small snack will be available after

the race. There will be prizes awarded to the Over winner, Top Male, Top Female, and several different ago brackets. There will also be a Kids Fun Run during the race. Door prizes will be available to these who run in the 5K from many of our sponsors after the race. For more information about the run, visit the Apalachin Lions Club website at www.apalachinlions5K.com or Twitter @ApalachinLion5K and Facebook-2nd Annual Apalachin Lion 5K email Lion Jake Brown at wmjbrown@gmail.com

Candlelight Vigil and Benefit Concert for A New Hope Center A New Hope Center will host its annual Candlelight Vigil beginning at 5:30 pm, October 17, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 Main Street in Owego. The vigil is held to remember victims and honor survivors of domestic violence. Following the vigil, there will be a Music and Dance Benefit from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Tioga Trails, 50 Lake Street in Owego. Music will be provided by The Woodshed Prophets and Triple Down. Dancer and choreographer Kate

Pulling will perform two dances, accompanied by Susannah St. Clair. There will be a minimum $10 cover charge for the event which is payable at the door. Tickets will be available for pre-sale through Tioga Trails and A New Hope Center, and at the door. For more information, call A New Hope Center at (607) 687-6887 or visit www.anewhopecenter.org or www.facebook.com/anewhopecenter.


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Rotary Teams with Master Gardeners to Renovate Village Plantings


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The flood of 2011 greatly damaged the beautiful plantings in the Village of Owego alongside the Riverwalk and at Courthouse Square. Thanks to collaboration between the Owego Rotary Club and the Master Gardeners, renovation of the damaged areas is now underway. The all-volunteer crew of Rotary club members and Master Gardeners began work on August 27. Three projects will be completed: (1) rehabilitation of the two 40' x 6' flowerbeds that serve as Gateway Gardens on either side of the Court Street bridge; (2) restoration of the native plantings along the 1,200 foot Owego Riverwalk; and (3) rehabilitation of the Veteran’s Memorial Garden in Courthouse Square, to include perennials and a few trees. Jamie Howard, a Master Gardener for the past 11 years, is excited about these revitalization efforts. “It’s a great chance to properly design these planting areas with hardy plants chosen to produce color throughout the growing season. Ease of maintenance will also be a factor.” Wendy Deis, President-Elect of Owego Rotary, is proud to help continue the club’s tradition of helping to beautify the village. To help fund this project, the club has obtained a $1,500 grant from

Rotary District 7170 and is also donating $1,000 of its own funds. Owego Rotary members will also provide many volunteer hours towards helping the Master Gardeners rehabilitate the three planting areas. Ms. Deis also noted, “The late Ed Arrington, former three-term mayor of Owego and a Rotarian, worked tirelessly towards making the Owego Riverwalk a reality. Upon completion of this revitalization project, my hope is that the Gateway Gardens will be renamed in his honor.” The Master Gardener program is offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), which provides training for prospective volunteer gardeners over a twelve-week period. Currently there are approximately 25 Master Gardeners in Tioga County. Under the direction of CCE, they take on a variety of beautification efforts in the county, including plantings along the Riverwalk, in Courthouse Square, and around the County Office Building. CCE also offers classes for adults and one-on-one horticultural advice through a volunteer-manned hotline. For more information call Susanah Reese, the CCE Master Gardener Program Director, at (607) 687-4020 Ext. 304, or go to ccetioga.org/horticulture-program.

Rummage, Bake Sale - October 19 A Rummage and Bake Sale will be held at the United Methodist Church, 843 Pennsylvania Avenue (Rte 858),

Little Meadows, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be available. A Bag Sale will start at 1:00 pm.

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Help Tioga County Taxpayers By Voting “YES” “On November 5, 2013 (on the reverse side of the voting ballot), there will be Proposal #1 in the upper left hand corner. Voting YES on this proposal to amend the New York State Constitution to permit gaming resorts could create additional revenue that will provide tax relief for local governments and school districts. According to New York State Division of Budget, the minimum estimated fiscal impact could result in a

1.6 million dollar windfall for Tioga County. If Tioga County is fortunate enough to become the host county for the casino, we would be in line for a 4.7 million dollar yearly gain. Your vote for Proposal #1 would be greatly appreciated.” Thank You Dale Weston Chairman, Tioga County Legislature

Join Me In Supporting Casino Gaming “I fully support Governor Cuomo’s plan to promote further economic development in Upstate New York through casino gaming. Under the Governor’s plan, Tioga County stands to gain over $664,000 on an annual basis – not to mention more than $1 million that would go our school districts every year. This is a common-sense approach utiliz-

ing an asset that New York already has, but has not been capitalizing on. I encourage voters to join me in supporting the casino gaming referendum on November 5th.” Martha C. Sauerbrey President & CEO Tioga County Chamber of Commerce

Voting NO Will Increase Gambling, Not Stop It! “In the event that the gaming referendum does not pass, the Gaming Commission is authorized to competitively site up to four video lottery gaming facilities, one per region, in the Capital District, Eastern Southern Tier, Catskills, and Nassau County, based on revenue gener-

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Local golfers represent Owego Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament at Dixon Golf Amateur BIG Tournament regional Pair has opportunity to win additional monies for training tower/scholarship fund.

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Two local golfers will represent the Owego Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament at the Dixon Golf Amateur BIG Tournament regional on October 7 at the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course outside of Buffalo. Dave Brink and Scott Sanyshyn will compete against 19 other teams for additional monies for the tournament’s scholarship and training tower fund. Dixon Golf was a corporate sponsor of the Owego tournament held at the Links at Hiawatha Landing in June. As part of the sponsorship the top team was invited to its regional tournament. The winning two-person scramble team from each Regional Tournament wins $1,000 for their charity and free entry and accommodations for the National Championship in Las Vegas. In addition, the second and third teams at each regional will win $500 and $250 for their respective charities as well as the chance to win invitations to the National Championship. The national winning team of The BIG Tournament will take home the grand prize of $10,000 for their charity. “It is an honor to represent the Owego Fallen Firefighters and great opportunity for us to contribute more funds to the cause,” said Brink. Brink’s

team won the Owego tournament finishing 14 under par. He selected Sanyshyn, an avid area golfer, as his partner. Brink and Sanyshyn were classmates of Fallen Owego Firefighter Matt Porcari and were coached in area youth athletic leagues growing up by Fallen Owego Firefighter Steve Gavin. “I’m really looking forward to playing some good golf,” said Sanyshyn. Brink and Sanyshyn are members at the Links and golf together in the Monday night league there. Brink is a service technician at Time Warner Cable and Sanyshyn works at Metro’s, his family’s business. Both businesses sponsored the Owego tournament. Sixty-five teams and 260 golfers played in the Owego tournament this year. The monies raised from the tournament support two important causes that include scholarships for graduating Owego Free Academy seniors pursing further education in a first responder field and building/operating costs for the OFD Training Facility. A $2,000 scholarship was awarded to Owego Firefighter Lowell Hines at graduation this year. Due to the overwhelming support the tournament is expected to be back for a second year in June 2014.

Soup & Salad Supper - October 19 A Soup & Salad Supper will be held at The First United Methodist Church, Main Street in Newark Valley on

October 19, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Takeout is available. Free will donations are accepted.



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Harvest Dinner on October 18 A Harvest Dinner will be held on Friday, October 18, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at St. Margaret Mary Church Hall, 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. The menu includes roast pork,

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Ribbon Cutting at Life Choices

A Ribbon Cutting was held on Thursday, October 3, at Life Choices, 6 McMaster Street, in Old Mill Professional Building across from Agway, in Owego. Life Choices Center is a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services to people facing an unplanned pregnancy. Life Choices Center has been serving the greater Binghamton community for more than 20 years. With an office location across from Binghamton High School and now

also in Owego, Life Choices provides free and confidential services to both Broome and Tioga Counties. Free services include: free pregnancy tests, parenting classes, pregnancy resources, one-on-on mentoring and more. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday 12:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information, go to www.lifechoicescenter.org

Polish Dinner on October 20 A Polish Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 20, from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church, Rock Street, in Newark Valley. The menu includes Holupki, Pierogi, Kielbasa, Noodles & Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Bread/Butter, Tossed Salad, Dessert & Drink. Take outs are

available. A children's Hot Dog Meal will be available for $2.00. Donation: $7.50 advance sale tickets or $8.00 at the door. The pickup deadline for advance sale purchases is 1:00 pm. For advance sale tickets contact Blessed Trinity Catholic Church Office at 687-1068.

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Pumpkin Carnival, Halloween Hikes - Oct. 26 There will be a Pumpkin Carnival and Halloween Hikes at Waterman Center, 403 Hilton Road in Apalachin, on October 26, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Participants can hike on candlelit trails and meet costumed interpreters dressed as forest creatures, such as a bear, deer and an opossum. These engaging animals will converse with visitors about themselves, such as what they like to dine on and how they cope during the cold winter months. Hikes leave every ten minutes. Each hike is up to one hour long and is not frightening.


There will be an array of Pumpkin Carnival activities for the kids, such as games, crafts, and face painting. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Feel free to come in costume. The evening will be family friendly and freakishly fun. Reservations are highly recommended for this unusual event so call early (625-2221) and reserve your spot. The cost is $6 for members of Waterman Center, $8 for non-members, and free for children age 3 and under.

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“After 38 years of dedicated service to our community, I look forward to serving you for another four years. I am humbled by your past support and ask for your vote in the November Election.” Dean A. Morgan GENERAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Nancy Dow has been selected as the Tioga County Employee of the 3rd Quarter 2013. Nancy has worked at the Public Health Department as a Typist in the Primary & Preventative Division since she started in 2005. Nancy wears several hats, and excels in all of them. She is the ‘go to’ person for numerous things, and is her supervisor’s “right arm”. Nancy tracks and compiles all of the patient and departmental historical information, and her accuracy is phenomenal. Numerous times her reporting was more accurate than what NYS had on record for our county. In addition, Nancy is the voice many people know through her handing the scheduling of Health Clinic appointments. She represents the department

and County very well. Nancy is always polite, professional and compassionate. She demonstrates initiative on a daily basis, always looks for a more effective way to do things while never seeking any recognition. Nancy has even trained herself on how to do new things on the computer so she could implement them. Nancy’s colleagues appreciate and respect her, as shown when she was selected the very first Public Health Team Member of the Quarter when the honor was started in 2008. Nancy resides in Barton with her husband Dan. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Nancy is also very active with the Living Water Baptist Church in Owego. The employees and citizens of Tioga County are blessed to have Nancy serving them. Nancy will honored at the Legislative Meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 15 at noon in the Hubbard Auditorium

Coat Drive in Apalachin The Apalachin Lions Club are sponsoring a Coat Drive now through November 24. They are collecting clean, useable winter coats for those in need. The coats can be left at St. Margaret Mary’s Church on Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin (leave the coats on the

table at the right as you exit Mass), at the Apalachin Library on Main Street during regular hours, at Johnson’s Pools & Spas in Owego, and at Physical Health and Performance in Sweeny’s Plaza.

Holiday Fair Expo in Newark Valley - Nov 2 The 11th Annual Holiday Fair Expo will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Newark Valley Fire Department Hall, 7151 Route 38 in Newark Valley. A Chicken BBQ will begin at 12:00 Noon until sold out. (Come early - the chicken sells quickly!) The event is a fundraiser for the Newark Valley Firemen's Auxiliary.

The Holiday Fair Expo will feature more than 20 vendors and crafters for holiday shopping and special orders Admission is free. Clip this article from the Community Press and get a free cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa at the Holiday Fair Expo. The sponsors are still looking for vendors and crafters. For more info call Kat at (607) 237-9477.

ELECT Craig Jochum

VOTE REPUBLICAN Commitment ...Experienced Leadership... Vision...

Town of Owego Councilman


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Town of Owego

Biography: Reside: Apalachin, NY Married: Kimberlee, 3 sons CJ, Dustin, Matt Education: OFA 1979, SUNY Morrisville 1982 Forestry /Conservation.

Professional Organizations: Craig Jochum Logging (30 years) Provide forest management assistance to private individuals, industry, and New York State Empire State Forest Products Association - Board of Directors New York Logger Training- President NY Lumbermen's Insurance- Executive Advisory Committee

Community Service: Sponsored teams and helped coach little league and soccer. Active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts: ten years Assistant Scoutmaster. Chair of advancement committee.

Maintaining balance between Business, Nature and the Town’s Growth.

I am asking for your vote on November 5, 2013

Donald Castellucci Jr. Town Supervisor Dean A. Morgan Town Board Craig Yochum Town Board Mark Clark Highway Superintendent




Zombie Fest in Owego on October 26 The Owego Parkview Hotel and Restaurant will present the first annual “Owego Zombie Fest” on October 26 at their 145 Front St. establishment. The event includes a performance of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller", a Flash Mob, and a Zombie Walk through Owego. The event will culminate at the Parkview with a performance by “Recycled Zombies” from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The event is free. From 3:00 to 4:30 pm, the community is invited to come to the Parkview to “Get Your Zombie On.” Artists will assist with face painting and aesthetics for a $2.00 donation. From 4:45 to 5:15 pm, students from Full of Grace Dance Studio in Berkshire will emerge from a smoke-filled stage in front of the Parkview, and entertain with a full performance of Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" complimented by a nearby Flash Mob, who will lead the Zombie Walk. A 4:00 to 4:30 pm registration by participating zombies will earn them a chance to win prizes throughout the evening to include a barbecue and zombie hunt at Turkey Trot Acres, a Zombie Fest T-shirt, or dance lessons at Full of Grace Dance Studio. T-shirts for the event will be on sale throughout the evening, and will also be available earlier in the week at the Tioga Co. Visitor’s Center, 80 North Ave., Owego. Portions of Front Street from Park Street to Parker Lane will be closed throughout the event, and the Zombie Walk will proceed through the Village of Owego (the route to be determined). At the conclusion of the walk, the

Recycled Zombies will entertain guests from 6:30 to 9:00 pm with their “metal meets rock” style and their ghoulish theatrics on stage. Recycled Zombies are growing in popularity, and will rock with songs like Abercrombie Zombie, a favorite among fans. Because of their style that blends metal with rock, the Recycled Zombies were recently invited to perform at the Ronnie James Dio Tribute held in Cortland, NY. The idea for the zombie event came to organizers during Shelter Slam, held in August at the Choconut Inn in Pennsylvania. While observing the Recycled Zombies perform, with their bloodied ax and machine gun guitars, a thought came across, “Why not host them in Owego, and bring in all the Zombies out there?” Recycled Zombies member Tom Sedlock was quick to oblige, along with members James (Packrat) Bates, Jim Popeck and Bob Phelps. “We love to do this kind of stuff,” said Sedlock of the scheduled Zombie Fest. Beth Johnson from the Parkview plans to ready her business for Halloween, and notes that signs of hauntings within the building will make the experience even better for guests. Because of the nature of these events, the organizers are recommending that only those 16-years-old and older participate. However, those younger than 16 may arrive to view the performance and walk if accompanied by an adult, and at the discretion of their parent or guardian. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Senior Citizen Dinner - October 30 The Apalachin Lions Club invites you to attend the 50th Annual Senior Citizen Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Donoli’s Restaurant, Rt. 434, Apalachin. The Lions are again limiting invitations to residents of the Apalachin and Little Meadows communities. Infor-

mation will be mailed to regular attendees. If you know a Senior Citizen in Apalachin or Little Meadows who would like to attend but does not receive a letter, have them call Lion Dick Masters at 748-0857 or Lion Don Castellucci at 687-0965. RSVP by Oct 23.

Spaghetti Dinner - October 19 A Spaghetti and Meatballs Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Owego, 228 Main Street in Owego. The menu also includes salad,

bread and butter, beverage, and dessert. The suggested donation is $7.00, and $5.00 for children 10-years-old and younger. Proceeds will benefit the church's restoration fund.

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Ribbon Cutting at The Comfort Inn

A Ribbon Cutting on September 19 celebrated the opening of The Comfort Inn, at 7662 State Route, 434 in Apalachin. The Comfort Inn is a new hotel, open year around with several large suites that provide for potential long term stays, some with a kitchenette and rooms with Jacuzzis. All rooms have HD TV’s, refrigerator, microwave, ironing board/ iron, coffee maker, desk, wireless

Internet. A complimentary hot breakfast is offered each day and USA Today is available weekdays. There is a fitness center as well as a guest laundry available. The Comfort Inn is a 100% non-smoking hotel. Wedding parties, sports teams, business travelers and leisure guests will find a perfect hotel to fit their individual needs. www.Comfortinn.com/hotel-apalachinnew_york-NY550

Halloween Party at Owego Elks - Oct 26 It’s about to get spooky with Halloween fun and shenanigans at the Owego Elks Lodge on Saturday October 26. That evening, from 7 to 11 pm, the doors open inviting the community to a party that is sure to be an event to ‘die’ for. The party will begin at 7:00 pm with a tasting of Whines, Spirits and Brews featuring wine, distilled spirits and beers from local merchants, micro breweries and wineries. Beginning at 8:30 pm, rock out and dance the night away to the music styling of local band, After Dark. Members Tracey Niegh, Jeff Shepardson, Brian Vallet and Jason Vrooman feature an array of tunes including rock, country and blues genres. Check out their page on Facebook to learn more! Rounding out the evening will be a Costume Contest at 10 with prizes awarded to the winners. Light ‘finger’ foods and delectable ‘bites’ will be served complimentary during the Whines, Spirits and Brews tasting. The bar will be open all evening and will feature fall brews and Screaming Mimi martinis. Snack foods will be available after 9:00 pm. Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Lodge on Fridays 5:00 to 7:00 pm at ‘Happy Hour’ or by calling (607) 687-1039 or Dan Martin at (607) 687-7865. Tickets at the door will be $15. The Owego Elks Lodge is located at 223 Front Street in Owego. All proceeds for this event will support the ongoing repairs and renovations to the Lodge. Very familiar to everyone in the community, the Lodge is still upgrading and making repairs incurred from the Flood of 2011. Recently, they cleaned out and painted the banquet kitchen and hope to update the service bar. The ballroom, kitchen and bar offer an affordable option for those looking for wedding or banquet facilities for their event. Celebrate the SPIRITS of the season, on Saturday October 26, come if you dare!

Concert & Rib Roast A concert by "Heartsong" a multigenre-Christian experience and a RibRoast will be held on Saturday, October 12, at the First Baptist Church of Owego, 228 Main Street in Owego. The event starts at Noon. Suggested donation is $8.00 for adults, and $6.00 for kids age 10-years-old and younger. Proceeds will benefit the church's restoration fund.

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Ribbon Cutting for YeaMan Athletics & Nutrition

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on September 20 at YeaMan Athletics & Nutrition, 103 Southside Drive, Suite #6, in Owego. YeaMan Athletics & Nutrition offers functional fitness training classes, one on one and small group personal training, nutritional consults, personal grocery shopping experience and kitchen makeovers. Personal training and nutritional consulting by appointment.

They also offer classes for children. The hours of operation are: Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Saturday from 10:00 am to Noon. Classes for children are Monday and Wednesday for 5 to 9 year olds at 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Thursday 10 to 14 year olds at 4:00 pm. They also offer strength and conditioning for athletes. Their phone number is (607) 427-0411.


"Harvey" to Charm the Ti-Ahwaga Audiences

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will present "Harvey," by Mary Chase, on October 4, 5, 6, Oct. 11, 12, 13, and

October 18, 19, 20, at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine Street in Owego. "Harvey" is a charming and uplifting comedy about one of theater’s most lovable characters, Elwood P. Dowd, and his steadfast friendship with a sixfoot-three-and-a-half-inches-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets, which embarrasses his socialclimbing sister, Veta, who tries to have him committed to a sanitarium. A comedy of errors ensues, though, when Veta is accidentally committed instead. "I'm delighted to present this classic Pulitzer Prize winning play," director Shawn Yetter said, "because it gives us the opportunity to take our audiences back to a time when well written theater was about making us think while always remembering that the bottom line is to entertain; and in this case, to let us laugh for a couple hours." The cast includes Brenda Aulbach as Veta Simmons, Ken Barton as Dr. Sanderson, Irv Cook as Judge Gaffney, Bob Dunphy as E.J. Lofgreen, Annie Fabiano as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Kristina Jackson as Nurse Kelly, Ryan Kay as Elwood P. Dowd, Judy McMahon as Betty Chumley, Jane Nichols as Ethel Chauvenet, and James Osborne as Dr. Chumley. Shows start at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. General admission is $18. Friday admission for students with ID cards is $10. Sunday admission for seniors 60 and over is $15. Fine wines, beers, soft drinks and snacks are available to enjoy at your table during the show, and there isn't a bad seat in the house. The show is underwritten in part by Katie’s Kreations, Keith A Nichols, MD, PLLC, and Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP. To reserve seats, call the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 687-2130. www.tiahwaga.com

Harvest Dinner on November 9

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A Harvest Dinner will be held on November 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Apalachin United Methodist Church, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. The cost is $8 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens (60+), $4.50 for youths ages 6 to 12, and free for children age five and younger. Take outs are $8.00. For more information, contact the church secretary at 625-2733 or email apalachinumc@frontiernet.net.




Dog Park Gets Approval to Move Forward

Owego Town Supervisor Donald Castellucci (left) and Dean Morgan (right), chairman of Parks, Grounds and Recreation are pictured during the September 17th Town Board meeting. (ODOG Photo)

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On Tuesday, September 17, the Town of Owego Board voted unanimously to allow the Owego Dog Owner’s Group (ODOG) to move forward with their plans to construct a dog park in Hickories Park in Owego. The vote followed a public hearing and vote to make changes to the local law regarding leash laws within the park. The vote was also contingent on paperwork requested from ODOG that would allow the process to continue moving forward. For members of ODOG, which is a 501c3 (applied) organization, the vote to move forward was welcome news. The next step for ODOG is to submit a final design for the park for board approval, and provide them with some

legal documents needed to seal the deal. It is hoped by ODOG members that the construction of the park can begin this fall, and while the park is already closed for bridge and sewer repairs. If all goes well, the first paws could hit the ground at the park, which will be known as the Rebecca Weitsman Memorial Dog Park, or Becky’s Bark Park, by spring of next year. To learn more about ODOG, and how you can become a member and get involved, go to www.facebook.com/ OwegoDogOwnersGroup. With a $15 fee to join, new members receive a free T-shirt, and a discount at EuPawria, located on Route 434 in the Johnson’s Pools and Spas plaza.




Letter to the Editor

Support Mark Trabucco for Town Council

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Of all the issues facing the town of Owego, high-volume hydraulic fracturing has the greatest potential to drastically change the character of our town. We need members of the town board that will carefully examine this issue and have as their priority the protection of our water, air and zoning. If the town's water gets polluted, no one will want to live here. If our air contains toxins, no one will want to live here. If our residential zones become industrial zones, no one will want to live here. The New York state courts have ruled that towns can enact moratoriums or bans on gas extraction and we need town board members that will advocate for those options until this method of extraction is proven safe. We need town board members who will not allow this industry to come into our town and ignore our zoning codes that protect our residential zones from industrial activity. Having lived in our town for over 44

years and having served on the town board for 18 years, including 14 years as town supervisor, I cannot imagine any issue that has more potential to change our town and negatively affect our quality of life. This quality of life issue crosses party lines. I am asking for your support for Mark Trabucco for town councilman. Mark has been a member of the Tioga County legislature and has extensive small business experience. I worked with Mark when he served on the legislature and was very impressed with his integrity, his thoughtful and informative style, his fiscal conservatism, and his ability to reach consensus and get things done. He will serve the town well. Your vote for Mark Trabucco on November 5 is vital to maintain the quality of life in our town! Carol Sweeney Apalachin, NY

Harvest Dinner - November 2

A Harvest Dinner sponsored by St. Brigid Parish will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Neumann Hall on Route 267 in Choconut, PA. The menu includes turkey, mashed

potatoes, gravy, stuffing, squash, green beans, cranberry sauce, coffee, tea, and cider. The cost is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children, and free for children under age five years.

Saturday October 26 Cooking with Kids 2 – 5 pm Join Stephanie and cook with your kids making Candy Corn Quesadillas , Trick or Treat cookies, and Graveyard Dirt Cup. $29.00 + tax for parent and one child.

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To the voters of the Town of Owego: I am Mark Trabucco, and I am running for a seat on the Owego Town Council. I have represented many of you previously, as a Tioga County Legislator. I am a 39-year resident of the Village, ran a business (Joe Trabucco Chevrolet) for 25 years, and ran for office for the first time to prevent the County from taking on too much debt while doing irreparable harm to the Village, the County seat. And I succeeded. I believe in open government, and wrote a 400-600-word article on County issues roughly once a month for the four years I was on the legislature. I believe the most critical issue facing us now is the potential for unconventional gas drilling in the Southern Tier. In Owego, we sit atop a pristine body of water, the Clinton Street Ballpark Aquifer that is designated a “sole-source aquifer.” It is where all of us in this valley get our drinking water. It sustains us. If there is even a hint that it is becoming tainted, our property values will plummet. It would not have been worth the very few small fortunes that the optimists believe will be created. Most of us would not be expected to participate in the profits anyway, only in the inconveniences. The other reasons you should consid-

er me to represent you are also practical. I am of the “other” party. We are seeing, all over the country, the rancor that is the result of one-party dominance. I was the only Democrat on the Legislature. This in no way precluded us working together, and we presided over the biggest spate of construction that County government had seen or will likely see again. We did all of the building and renovations on time and within budget. We did not borrow a dime. I am a problem-solver by training and temperament. I represent all of my constituents, listen to anyone who wishes to speak with me, and the criticism leveled against me, “He asks too many questions” is, to my ears, the highest praise. I am conscientious, don’t invite, nor shy away from confrontation, and I don’t miss meetings. Please vote for me. I am running with Patricia J Bence, a 31 year resident, who is a thoughtful and diligent first-time candidate. She is a retired Professor Emeritus from a public community college with exemplary organizational skills. If elected, we would be a voice of caution, conservation and reason on hydrofracking and all other issues concerning Owego Town government, and not the servants of any party apparatus. We have not, and will not, take money from “special interests.”

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The annual Candor Fall Festival will be held on Columbus Day Weekend, October 11, 12 and 13, throughout Candor. Coming back is the scarecrow contest which is open to all Candor residents and organizations. For more information, contact Hope Van Scoy at (607) 659-5213, hvanscoy@frontier.net or PO Box 25, Candor, NY 13743; or go to www.candornychamber.org. Businesses and organizations throughout Candor will sponsor open houses, bake sales, a community sing, antiques, yard sales, dinners, special sales and more. The 18th annual quilt show will be at the EMS Building on Main Street and the popular woodcarvers show will be at the Candor Fire Station on Owego Road. Other popular events include the Iron Kettle Farm Spooktacular Display; Goat

farm tours, goat cheese, wine tasting, antiques, crafts, a visit from the Ross Park Zoomobile and an atlatl contest at Side Hill Acres Goat Farm on Spencer Road; anniversary celebrations; open house at Tioga State Bank, Millpond Antiques, Route 96 Power & Paddle, Two Hoots Flowers and Gifts, and the American Legion Post. Yard sales will be sponsored at Warner’s Stoker Stoves site on Owego Road and by the Candor Chamber at 228 Owego Street. Punk’s Place will have special dining and a DJ. There will be a boiled dinner at the Episcopal Church. There will be a bake and book sale at the Candor Free Library, and a 11th anniversary celebration at Pucky Huddle Delight on Owego Road. Many businesses will be offering specials.

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Get the Dope on Soap Making

I finished mixing the last of my solution for making homemade soap and poured it into my oblong pan. Ah, the joys of homeschooling, filled with projects that brought our family back to hearth and home just like the olden days. The boys learned to sew by making their own frontiersmen outfits. They learned cooking skills by making hard tack (yeastless bread), dipped candles and now soap.

“AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!” I shrieked in terror as the liquid soap bubbled, hissed, foamed, fumed and looked like a chemistry experiment gone awry. I quickly grabbed the volcanic pan before it erupted and set it outside. The number one rule in soap making: don’t use anything aluminum, which will cause a dangerous reaction. It did. I thought when the directions stated, “No aluminum,” that meant the flimsy, disposable pie and casserole aluminum pans. Everything else is metal— synonymous to stainless steel, right? Wrong. Oh well, I never was very good in the kitchen, and now I had one less aluminum pan in the cupboard. Once the liquid hardened and the soap was out of the pan, I could see pitted, crater-like holes all over the bottom. Thankfully, the volcano didn’t spew all over the kitchen, which would have had us in the market for new counter tops, cupboards and linoleum! I vowed to never make soap again. Here I am twenty-five years later at a soap making class. This time with experienced instructors who know what

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they’re doing, at Bement -Billings Farmstead Museum’s workshop in Newark Valley. Kathy and Kathy Brennan, a mother-in-law/daughterin-law team were our instructors on a crisp fall -like Saturday, September 14. Kathryn Brennan started Berkshire Hills Soap Works in 1985 and her daughter-in-law Kathleen took over the business four years ago. The Brennans sell soap and other products at the Newark Valley Apple Festival. Instead of being unarmed and dangerous in my previous escapade with no protection, I was decked to the hilt in an apron, gloves and goggles, with stainless steel pans in tow. Stations were set up for everyone, pans were checked beforehand and safety precautions checked off. Both Kathys were very knowledgeable and hovered over us to make sure we were all on track. They mentioned how important it is to attend a class and learn how to do it the right way instead of launching out on your own, which prompted me to share my volcano story. We mixed the ingredients together, being extremely cautious with the lye mixture—which can eat a hole in your hand or disintegrate your eyes—and stirred and stirred and stirred. Don’t answer the phone or go to the restroom, we just kept stirring—for about an hour or so. Once the mixture reached the desired consistency, we added things like oatmeal or calendula flower petals and our chosen essential oil scents. I picked calendula petals and rosemary. Then we poured the mixture in our non-aluminum pans, plastic-lined shoeboxes or plastic containers. The next day, at home, we cut the soap into bars and let it set to cure for three weeks. You don’t want to use it right away, because the soap needs to cure, otherwise you may have an unexpected chemical peel. What a difference this time around! Instead of a toxic stench from my prior experiment, the house smelled like hearth and home and I’ve found a new hobby—soap making.

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The Susquehanna Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. (formerly Owego BPW) would like to express our gratitude to all the women and men who fight for the right of women to receive a paycheck equal to that of a man doing the same work with the same educational back ground. Please make sure you take the time on November 5, 2013 to cast your vote. This is a valuable right and privilege that should never be taken for granted. Women-owned firms continue to grow in number and economic stature. They are standing toe-to-toe with competitors in a broad range of industries, including construction and transportation, where women-owned firms are just as likely as all firms in those sectors to generate more than $500,000 in annual revenue. The growth in the number (up 59%), employment (up 10%) and revenues (up 63%) of women-owned firms over the past 16 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly- traded firms. In fact, the number of women-owned firms is growing at 1½ times the national average. As of 2013, it is estimated that there are over 8.6 million womenowned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people, according to the 2013 "State of Women-Owned Businesses Report," commissioned by American Express. Still, only 10% of businesses in the U.S. with annual revenue of more than $1 million dollars are women-owned businesses, and while the number of female Fortune 500 CEOs is at a record high, they represent only 4.25% of the total. (Center for Women's Business Research Reports) Women business owners employ 35% more people than all Fortune 500 companies combined. (Source: JobProfile.com, February 2010) Over 40% of all privately held firms in the Unites States are at least 50% owned by women. (Source: Alice E.Eagly, and Linda L.Carli, Through the Labyrinth, 2007). Every day, an average of 1,400 to 1,600 women leaders are leaving Fortune 500 companies to start their own businesses or work for competitors – twice the rate of their male counterparts. (Source: Linda Coughlin, Ellen Wingard, and Keith Hollihan, Enlightened Power, 2005). For more information on our programs and membership contact Kathleen at 607-687-5085 or kath29@virtualforum.com




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Local Author Releases Novel

A pair of world records were set and nine track records were matched or broken, highlighting the recently concluded live racing season at Tioga Downs. All-sources handle on the track’s signature race days was up, including the fourth-highest single day handle in the track’s eight-season history set on Roll With Joe & Artiscape Day in June. Live handle was also up nearly 10 percent on Cane Pace Day in September. For the season, export handle, which includes wagers on Tioga Downs races from off-track locations nationwide, was down 1 percent. Live handle, which includes only wagers on Tioga Downs races made on-track, was down 12 percent thanks to an unusually cold and rainy early part of the season. “Obviously we’re disappointed any time our handle is down, but we’re a sport that’s played outdoors and unfortunately you can’t do anything about Mother Nature,” said Jason Settlemoir, Vice President of Racing and Simulcast. “However, I am very encouraged by our strong business on our signature race days that we have worked very hard to promote to both our on-track guests and also to the fans and bettors around North America.” Among the highlights of the 61-day


meet were record-setting wins by a “who’s who” of the sport’s top horses. World champion Pet Rock equaled the fastest time ever at Tioga Downs with his 1:48.1 win in June’s Roll With Joe Open Pace while recent Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation proved his dominance in New York with a worldrecord setting 1:48.3 victory in August’s Empire Breeders Classic. For the second year in a row, Tioga Downs played host to the Cane Pace, opening leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown. The sport’s biggest star, Captaintreacherous, brought an enthusiastic Labor Day crowd to its feet by narrowly holding off longshot Word Power. With a total purse of $360,211, the Cane Pace was the richest single race ever conducted at Tioga Downs. Jim Marohn, Jr. captured his second straight driving title with 76 wins while also becoming the first locally based driver to win the Tioga/Vernon All-Star Drivers Championship against the premier drivers in the sport. Jamie Paquet became the first female to win the Tioga Downs training title with 24 wins. On the equine side, Eastend Eddie and Aruba Vacation both repeated as pacer and trotter of the year, respectively.

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Local author Susan G. North of Owego has released her novel "The Wakers" on Amazon.com. The novel is a young adult fantasy about animals. In "The Wakers", Animals are spirits hiding in flesh and blood form; the prototypes for our angels and demons. The Animals are split into two factions: The Resurrectors, who want to go back to the way things were when early humans feared them, and The Protectors, who want the true nature of Animals revealed to humans, so that Animals can live alongside and teach the human race. In the Animal kingdom lore, two children – the ‘Wakers’ – will be born, who will ‘wake up’ humanity to the true nature of Animals. The Wakers, unaware of who they are, are here. They are 9-year-old Tara Blackstone and 11-year- old Sam Jones. What happens to people will depend on which Animal faction finds the Wakers first. The story reaches its climax in Owego.



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Happy 90th Birthday to Lion Nick Rossi

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Give us a call today 607-206-6396 Pictured, left to right: Lion John Crosby, Lion Nick Rossi, Mary Rossi, Lion VP-1 Jake Brown The Apalachin Lions Club celebrated Lion Nick Rossi 90th birthday and 51 years of service to the community, September 11, 2013. At the celebration, Lion Nick was presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.

The recipients of this award are model Lions because of their exemplary service to their club and the community which it serves. Lion Nick was selected Lion of the Year in 1982 and became club president in 1984. He has been co-chairman of the club’s Health and Welfare Committee for 18 years. He has tirelessly worked on the Special Olympics Committee for 29 years.

Apalachin Highway Cleanup Would you like to help? The Apalachin Lions club is looking for help with clean up of Route 434 on Saturday, October 12, at 9:00 am. The clean up crew will meet at BEAM Electronics on Rt. 434. The amount of time normally spent is approximately two

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Life Choices Center Receives $2,500 Grant Life Choices Center of Tioga County has received a $2,500 grant from The Floyd Hooker Foundation to purchase parenting curriculum for their Smart Choices program which is available to new or expecting moms or dads in the community. Life Choices Center is a nonprofit organization serving the Greater Binghamton Region with free and confidential services for people facing an unplanned pregnancy or related situation. Formed in 1992, Life Choices Center now operates in both Broome and Tioga Counties and educates and equips women and men with the knowledge and resources needed to properly care for their children. The Floyd Hooker Foundation grant will be used to purchase parenting curriculum to enable their new Owego office to provide weekly Smart Choices classes and one-on-one mentoring. Weekly classes are free to new or expecting moms or dads and are offered on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm. “Parenting classes are such a vital part of what we offer to our clients at

Life Choices Center,” said Deb Van Brunt, Center Services Director. “Having the most appropriate, up-to-date curriculum materials on a variety of topics really helps to connect new or expectant moms and dads with real-life parenting situations, empowering them to become the best parents that they can be. We appreciate The Floyd Hooker Foundation supporting us as we bring this valuable program to Owego and positively impact the lives of many children.” Life Choices Center opened their Owego office in July and is located across from Agway in the Old Mill Professional Building at 6 McMaster Street. Regular hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Wednesday 12:00 to 5:00 pm; Smart Choices, Wednesdays at 3:00 pm. Text/ call (607) 358-5599. For more information on Life Choices Center or how you can support its community efforts, please call Laura at 607-205-8506 or visit their website www.LifeChoicesCenter.org.

Vestal High School Identified as High Achieving Reward School Vestal High School was recognized as one of the high achieving Reward Schools by the NYS Department of Education under the state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver. New York State Commissioner John B. King, Jr., released this year’s list of high achieving and high progress schools Reward Schools. Vestal High School was identified as a school having the highest achievement in the state that did not have significant gaps in student achievement that are not being closed. Under New York’s approved waiver from the U.S. Department of Education in May 2012, the school and district

accountability designations that previously included “in need of improvement,” “in need of corrective action” or “in need of restructuring,” have been replaced with new designations implemented with the 2012-13 school year. The new designations will identify “Focus Districts,” “Priority and Focus Schools” and “Reward Schools.” For more information on the ESEA waiver designations, please visit the NYS Department of Education’s website at www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ ESEADesignations.html. A list of NYS Reward Schools can also be found on this web page.


5K Pre-Registration Pre-registration is still open for the 2013 Apalachin Lions 5k on October 19. Pre-Registration is $20 and includes a TShirt and post-race snack. The preregistration deadline is October 11. Registration day of the race is $25 and T

-shirts will be limited. Awards will be given to the top runners and there are many door prizes to be awarded. For more information and an entry form, go to www.apalachinlions5k.com.

Dog Obedience and Puppy Manners Classes Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County will be offering Dog Obedience and Puppy Manners classes on Wednesdays. Cost is $70 per student and $60 for 4-H Members or returning clients. Puppy Manners runs from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and Dog Obedience (CGC)

runs 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Register at www.training4k9s.com. These are clicker based classes and the instructor will work with you at the level you and your dog/puppy are at. Please call 206-9889 for registrations.

Voter Registration Deadline Did you know that close to 75 percent of Americans who are registered to vote make it to the polls in major election years? Unfortunately, nearly 1 in 4 Americans is not registered to vote. Imagine what our communities and country might look like if every single eligible American was registered to vote. Voter registration is the key to engaging all Americans in the political process. To vote in New York State you must be a U. S. citizen, be 18 years old by the date of the primary or general election in which you wish to vote, live at your present address for at least 30 days before an election, not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction or claim the right to vote elsewhere. You will need to show some form of identification. You can obtain registrations forms at your county Board of Elections on any business day, at your Town Clerk’s office, local post office, a state agency or from www.elections.ny.gov and follow the prompt from the State Board of Elections page to download a Registration Form. The deadline to postmark a newly registered voter form is Friday, October 11, 2013. The Board of Elections must be in receipt of a voter’s change of address not later than Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in order to process your application to be eligible to vote at the

correct polling location for the General Election on November 5. A registered voter must apply to change their enrollment/political affiliation by completing a registration form. A change of enrollment must be received by this office not later than Friday, October 11 to take effect one week after the General Election. Enrollment changes received after October 11, 2013 will be held in a sealed enrollment box per New York State Election Law, until one week after the November 2014 election. Absentee Ballot applications are available daily during business hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday or also from the website. The Board of Elections will offer extended hours of 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, Thursday, October 24, Monday, October 28, and Wednesday, October 30. Additionally, there will be the following dates of Saturday, October 26 and November 2 from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon to apply for and complete an Absentee Ballot at the Tioga County Board of Elections office. Students who will be away at college planning to vote must apply annually for an Absentee Ballot. Those with permanent health concerns may apply to be put on a Permanent Absentee Ballot Mailing List.

Fall Workshops for Children & Adults The Tioga Arts Council is offering

the following Fall Workshops for children and adults:

PROPOSITION #1 Architectural Awareness Month in Owego During the month of October, the Tioga Arts Council will be hosting an exhibition and events focusing on Owego’s Historic Architecture. Owego, which was settled in 1787, has long been proud of its history and beauty. That pride and architectural awareness led to a Federally Designated Central Historic District created in 1980 that protects approximately 90 buildings. For over 20 years, the OwegoApalachin Middle School has reinforced this history for Owego’s young people by offering an Architectural Awareness Program that is truly hands-on. These students not only study Owego’s architecture and history, but also construct a large scale model of a chosen structure each year. Many of the models constructed over the years will this month be on exhibit at the Arts Council Gallery and also at various business locations for Owego’s Third Friday ArtWalk, on October 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Participating locations include: Early Owego Antique Center (EOAC) at 43-45 Lake Street; St. Patrick School at 309 Front Street; St. Paul’s Church at 117 Main Street; and the Tioga Theater at 208 Main Street.

Several supporting events are scheduled in October around this theme: • Saturday, October 12, 2 pm at Early Owego Antique Center, 43-45 Lake Street, Owego Mark Trabucco, President of the Owego Historic Preservation Commission, will talk about the work of the commission and some successes and challenges it has faced. Free admission, open to public. • Friday October 18, 5 to 8 pm at Tioga Arts Council, 179 Front St. Don Schultz, teacher-advisor to the middle-school program, and some students will give an informal presentation on how students research and construct these impressive models. Free admission, open to public. • Saturday, October, 26, 10am to Noon “Space Making” Architecture Workshop This workshop for kids, will be hosted by Emily Pellicano at the Tioga Arts Council. The cost is $15 per participant ($10 members), including materials. Tioga Arts Council is located at 179 Front St. in Owego and is open MondayFriday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call (607) 687-0785 or email at tiogaartscouncil@gmail.com.

• Friday Night Felt, October 11 • Friday Family Fun Craft, Mask Making, October 25 • Space Making Architecture Workshop, October 26 • Galaxy Mobiles, November 2 • Harmonica 101, November 2 • Friday Night Felt, November 8 • Tasty Art, November 9 • Children's Intro to Needle Felting, November 16 • Family that Felts Together, November 23 • Paste Paper, November 30 • Gingerbread House workshop, December 6

For course descriptions and registration, call Tioga Arts Council at (607) 687-0785 or visit www.tiogaartscouncil. Workshops for children at Tioga Arts Council are made possible, in part, with funding from the Floyd Hooker Foundation. Tioga Arts Council offers a limited number of scholarships for children who may otherwise be unable to participate in our programs. For details, call Abbey Hendrickson, 687-0785. Tioga Arts Council is at 179 Front St. in Owego and is open Monday-Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Lions to Sponsor Students for HOBY Leadership Workshop The Apalachin Lions Club, in conjunction with our parent organization (Lions Clubs International), is sponsoring a sophomore student from Owego Free Academy and Vestal Senior High School to participate in the regional Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) workshop. It will be held in the spring of 2014. The Apalachin Lions believe that HOBY will benefit the participant as well as his/her peers, the school, and the community at large. Ask your guidance department Kim Hakne at Owego Free

Academy, and Rebecca Martino at Vestal Senior High School, about HOBY. The first HOBY leadership seminar was put together in 1958 by actor Hugh O'Brian (famous for his portrayal of Wyatt Earp) after a nine-day inspirational visit to Dr. Albert Schweitzer in Africa. At first, the seminars were held only in Los Angeles for sophomores from California. In 1968, the program grew to include national and international participants. The program now includes regional seminars.




Greek Peak’s Owners Speak at TCSC

From Senator Tom Libous

Talking to Your Doctor About Prostate Cancer Could Save Your Life Here’s the hard truth: If I hadn’t talked to my doctor about prostate cancer screening four years ago, I wouldn’t be alive today. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, but being proactive is yearround. If you’re at risk, please talk to your doctor about it. If someone you love is at risk, please encourage them to do the same – their lives may depend on it. Here are some things you should know about prostate cancer: • Older age, and a family history of the disease can all increase the likelihood of a man being diagnosed with the disease. • As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases exponentially. I was only 57 when I was

diagnosed. • Prostate cancer is treatable in its early stages but it usually doesn't show any signs or symptoms. • Approximately one out of six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. • Screening for prostate cancer can be performed in a doctor’s office using two tests: the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and the digital rectal exam (DRE). My experience with cancer drove me to partner with Lourdes and UHS to create I Turned Pro: Proactive on Prostate Cancer. Please check out ITurnedPro.com for more information on prostate cancer, and why you should talk to your doctor about it.

From Senator Tom Libous

“Texting Zones” Might Save You a Ticket, Your License and Your Life Last month, Governor Cuomo unveiled special "Texting Zones" to combat distracted driving all across the state. Park-n-Ride facilities, rest stops, and parking areas along the Thruway and Highways will give drivers a pull-off area to park and use their cell phone. A total of 298 signs will be placed along the highway to let drivers know where the “Texting Zones” are located. Across the state there will be 91 Texting Zones. The “Texting Zones” come on the heels of increased penalties for distracted driving. The penalties can include up to 5 points on your driver’s license or even license suspension for new drivers.

Here’s where you’ll find local Texting Zones: Broome I-81 Penn State Line Chenango I-81 Whitney Point Delaware NY 17 East Branch Tioga NY 17 Nichols Tioga NY 17 Owego Still not taking texting-while-driving seriously? This summer, State Police issued 21,580 tickets for distracted driving, compared to last summer's total of 5,208 tickets. That’s almost four times as many tickets, and you don’t want to get one. Be smart. Be safe. Don’t text while driving.

National Paper Clover Campaign Supports Broome 4-H Youth Shoppers at the Vestal Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Broome County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be

donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities in Broome County. The Paper Clover Campaign will take place October 9 through October 20, 2013.

Paying for Skilled Nursing Home Care and Medicaid Eligibility Are you interested in learning more about the relationship between Medicaid and paying for skilled nursing home care? If so, come to the Countryside Community Center in Owego on November 6 and 13, from 9:30 to 11:00, to learn about ways to protect your assets from potential skilled nursing home care costs,

as well as how you may inadvertently jeopardize your eligibility for Medicaid coverage if you someday need skilled nursing home care. Greg Catarella from Levene Gouldin & Thompson will present this important information. To attend this event, please call Christine at 687-4120 ext 331 to reserve your seat.

Taste of Tioga - October 11 New flavors and old favorites return this year as guests experience the best in local fare at the 12th Annual Taste of Tioga on Friday, October 11, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Owego Treadway Inn. Tioga County restaurants are supplied with ingredients from local farms and are asked to prepare a dish highlighting one or two local ingredients. You get the chance to taste high quality gourmet style dishes including appetizers, main entrees and desserts, NY State wine and craft beer tasting all for $35 ($30 in advance). While you enjoy the good food and drink, you’ll be entertained by the band

Phillips Head and have a chance to win prizes. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction with hundreds of dollars worth of prizes donated by local businesses and residents. Proceeds go toward supporting local Extension programming in Tioga County. Tickets are on sale now at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County located in the Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main St, Owego. For more information, go to www.tasteoftioga.com or call Cornell Cooperative Extension: Tioga County at (607) 687-4020.

Greek Peak's new owners John Meier and Marc Stemerman address the packed house at TCSC's kickoff meeting of the season. Triple Cities Ski Club and the entire skiing community eagerly awaited the news about the fate of Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, NY, when the property was auctioned last spring. Skiers and boarders were elated to hear that the new owners were local businessmen and even more thrilled to hear that they had were dedicated Greek skiers who, along with their families, had skied on the mountain for decades themselves. John Meier and Marc Stemerman are aggressively upgrading the mountain and its amenities with skiers in mind. They’ve spent $4M in preparation for this ski season. The Elmira businessmen spoke at TCSC's kickoff meeting Thursday night, September 5, to a packed house at Brothers 2 in Endwell, the location of TCSC's monthly meetings. James Sherrick, owner of Bergers Ski and Ride Shop in Binghamton, and Cliff Conger of Cliffhouse in Vestal were also present. The biggest improvement is the fixed grip high-speed quad chair lift at 1A that replaces one of several antiquated 35 year-old lifts. The lift will be operational on opening day, December 14. A detachable quad is slated for the future. Also on tap is improved snowmaking equipment along with a Piston Bulley 600 groomer and ZAAG attachment for half pipes. In addition to a new state-of-theart tuning and ski repair facility, 1100 pairs of new Rossignol Skis and 200 new snowboards were purchased. The proprietors plan to expand the mountain with more skiable terrain and put in the ever-popular glades (narrow ski runs through wooded areas). They also want to create cross-country ski trails, mountain biking trails and hiking trails.

The base lodge restaurant/bar will be completely refurbished with a huge stone and wood deck. The deck is proposed for the 2014-15 ski season. New management/cookstaff and contemporary cuisine promises a more inviting menu. The restaurant will be opened year round, to include catering and delivery and the deck will be a platform for year-round concerts. The owners have a long list of changes in store for the mountain’s future, but must prioritize them and tackle the most pressing needs first. TCSC will hold its next meeting on Thursday, October 3, at 7:30 pm, with pizza served beforehand at 7:00 pm. Featured guests from Elk Mountain in Union Dale, Pennsylvania, will talk about special events and discounts they’ll be offering during the ski season. Members receive discounts on season passes and lift tickets at Greek Peak and discounts at most area ski resorts by showing their membership cards—it’s $10 a year become a member. November TCSC events include having a booth at the Warren Miller Film at the Forum in Binghamton on Thursday, November 21 and hosting our annual Ski Sale held at Brothers 2, Endwell, November 23 and 24. Upcoming TCSC trips will be to Killington, VT; Smuggler's Notch/ Stowe, VT; Windham, NY; and Aspen, CO. TCSC is also a year round social club and boasts many non-skiing members—twenty percent are non-skiers. Social events include dining out, wine tours, hayrides, canoeing and kayaking, biking, hiking, Adopt-a-Highway and more. www.triplecitiesskiclub.com

Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution - Oct 29 Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to Participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on October 29, from 1-2pm, at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church parking lot, 110

Pennsylvania Avenue in Apalachin. Please bring your own bags or boxes. Call Food Bank of the Southern Tier 607 -796-6061 with any questions. In addition to The Mobile Food Pantry, The Owego Apalachin Family Reading Partnership will be distributing free children's books.

From Senator Libous

Get Your Flu Shot Early The weather’s still warm, but vaccines are already showing up for the 2013-14 flu season. Now’s the best time to make sure you get one. Last year’s flu season was difficult and lasted well into May in the Southern Tier. The flu peaked in New York with more than 4,000 confirmed cases each week in December and January. Statewide, 14 children died of the flu. The Department of Health recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months be immunized against the flu. Kids under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with vulnerable im-

mune systems especially should get the shot or spray. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more than 135 million doses of vaccine have been produced in anticipation for this year’s season. “Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season,” says the CDC. You and your family can get the flu anytime, so think about getting the vaccine before you’re stuck inside for the winter.