Valley News Digest

Valley Fireworks set for Saturday

Engine Company No. 1 of the Sayre Fire Department is making the final preparations for this year's 23rd annual Valley Fireworks show, set for Saturday night.

Gates for Saturday's activities, held at Riverfront Park, will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, according to information from the department. Food and games concessions will open then, and the band Mutts Road will begin performing at 6 p.m. leading up to the fireworks show.

The large fireworks display will start at 10 p.m. and will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack to be aired on Choice 102 Radio. Spectators are encouraged to stick around for the show's famous five-minute finale.

An admission fee of $5 per carload or walk-in admission of $2 per person helps to cover the show's expenses, according to the department. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held Sunday, July 7.

Parts of Lehigh and Thomas avenues and Madison, Lincoln, Maple, Chemung, Hayden and Desmond streets will be closed between 5 and 11 p.m. Saturday to non-fireworks traffic.

Seats still available for library summer programs

The Sayre Public Library still has openings in its summer reading programs for children, teenagers and adults, according to information from the library.

The library's adult reading program, "Groundbreaking Reads," is held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. The program includes book discussions and snacks. The teen reading program, "Beneath the Surface," for middle and high school-aged children, will start July 5 and be held from 1 to 2 p.m. every Friday. This Friday, teenagers will make a dirt-themed dessert, according to library information.

The summer reading program for children, "Dig into Reading," is also well underway. The program, for children in pre-K through elementary school, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday mornings throughout the summer. Over 140 children are already participating, according to information from the library.

The programs are free, but require registration. For more information, stop by the library on South Elmer Avenue or call (570) 888-2256.

Students selected for United Way program

A Waverly student was among eight rising seniors from Tioga County, N.Y. recently selected to participate in the Tioga United Way's Student Engagement Program, according to a release from the United Way.

Bailey Tryon of Waverly High School will join students from across the county in working with several area non-profit organizations this summer, the release states. The organizations include the Family Resource Center, Community Care Network of Nichols, A New Hope Center and Tioga Boys and Girls Club.

A grant from the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers will provide stipends to the students to help defray transportation and other expenses, the release states.

"This is the first year of what will be an ongoing and growing program to increase student awareness and involvement," said Brian Eldridge, executive director of the Tioga United Way. "These students will gain valuable insight into the workings of a non-profit and the significance of philanthropy in supporting the important missions of these agencies."