Valley News Digest
Sayre library to host authors
The Sayre Public Library will host two "Meet the Author" events in January, according to information from the library.
Sean Michael O'Dwyer, author of "A Voice in the Wilderness," will give a lecture and performance at the library from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, according to information from the library. O'Dwyer, who also goes by "The Pilgrim of St. James," will discuss his book and the spiritual exercise of pilgrimage as well as its costs and rewards.
The library's Teen Advisory Council will present Northeast Bradford High School graduate Stormy Corrin Russell at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, according to information from the library. Russell is the author of "Divine," a novel about a girl who discovers her dreams have started to come true.
To register for either program, stop by the South Elmer Avenue library or call (570) 888-2256.
Still time to register for Safe Ride Home
Greater Valley EMS continues to accept registrations for its Safe Ride Home program, which provides free rides on New Year's Eve to people who may have been drinking.
The program, which is operated by an all-volunteer group of GVEMS transporters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and friends, is sponsored by Williams Auto Group and will transport registrants within a 10-mile radius of Sayre, according to information from the organization. The program helps to eliminate the possibility of participants being involved in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.
This year, Safe Ride Home volunteers are anticipated to transport approximately 500 passengers within a ten-mile radius of the organization's Sayre headquarters, according to a release from GVEMS.
Reservations can be made by calling (570) 888-6000 or visiting the Greater Valley EMS website at www.gvems.org.
Tioga Downs to start New Years' Eve celebration early
Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols plans to offer guests a full day of New Year's Eve fun and festivities, according to a release from the casino.
A "Noon Year's Eve" celebration will take place beginning at 11 a.m. Dec. 31, with complimentary hats, noisemakers, beads and champagne available to those wishing to celebrate the New Year early. A special ten-second countdown to 12 p.m. will ring in Noon Year's Eve, the release states.
The event is a relatively new tradition at the casino, said Tom Osiecki, president and general manager of Tioga Downs, in the release. "Our guests enjoyed a Noon Year's Eve countdown and drawings last year and requested that we make it a tradition," Osiecki said.
The casino will also have a buffet from 4 to 11 p.m., a free performance from Virgil Cain from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a countdown to midnight and giveaways of $2,013 in cash at both 12:13 p.m. Dec. 31 and 12:13 a.m. Jan. 1, according to the release.