Blessing of the Animals to take place at St. Paul's Church in Owego

On Sunday, Oct. 7, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, located at 117 Main St. in Owego, N.Y., will host a special service, Blessing of the Animals. The service will take place at 10 a.m.

The community is invited to bring their beloved fur friends and fur family members to be blessed by Father Geoff in honor of St. Francis, Patron Saint of Animals. All domestic animals are welcome. It is asked that dogs and cats are on a leash or otherwise contained.

Patty Chamberlain joins Birth N' Beyond L.L.P.

Birth N' Beyond L.L.P. providers Tammy Brant, C.N.M. and Erin Spring, C.N.M. have announced that Patty Chamberlain, F.N.P. has joined them in providing comprehensive women's health care to our region.

Chamberlain has 18 years experience as a family nurse practitioner. Chamberlain previously served the community in Owego, N.Y. as nurse practitioner at the Guthrie Clinic on North Avenue, which has since relocated to the complex at Route 38.

Services provided at Birth N' Beyond L.L.P. include women's health care services for teens through menopausal women, well-woman physicals, birth control, acute sick visits and maternity care.

Appointments can be made with Patty Chamberlain by calling (607) 732-1515. They accept most major insurance plans and are located at 600 Fitch St., Suite 206, Elmira, N.Y., in the Health Center for Women building.

'A Christmas Story' auditions at Ti-Ahwaga

The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will hold auditions for their upcoming production of "A Christmas Story" from 7 to 9 p.m. each day on Monday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center, 42 Delphine St., Owego, N.Y.

Parts are available for two male and two female adults plus five boys and two girls seven to 12 years old. Auditioners should prepare a two-minute monologue and may be asked to read from the script.

The production opens on Dec. 6, 2012, and runs for two weekends. Rehearsals will begin in October.

Contact Jane Nichols at (607) 765-6050 or the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at (607) 687-2130 with any questions and to schedule an appointment.

Tioga County Democratic headquarters opens

Democratic headquarters are now open at 211 Main St. in the Village of Owego, N.Y. Hours generally will be weekly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is closed on Sundays. Tioga residents are encouraged to visit and call ahead to make sure someone is there - (607) 223-4184 or (607) 223-4380.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Motorcycle ride to benefit Stray Haven

A motorcycle ride to benefit Stray Haven Humane Society and SPCA Inc. will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14. The 50-mile ride begins and ends at Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, N.Y. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with a noon ride departure time. Lunch is being donated and catered by the Railhouse Tap Room, Waverly, N.Y.

There will also be a dice run for interested bikers. The ride will be kicked off by the Tioga County Sherriff's Department. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be available throughout the event. Registration will be on the day of the event, and the cost is $15 per rider, and $5 per passenger.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call Jody Tackley at (607) 425-5344.

Second annual Tioga State Bank Coat Drive needs your help

Tioga State Bank (TSB) has announced that its second annual TSB Coat Drive, co-sponsored by Moreton Cleaners, has begun. There are many people this year who do not have a warm coat, and with temperatures dropping quickly, they need your help.

New and gently used coats are being collected in all sizes at the Tioga State Bank offices located in Spencer, Candor, Owego, Newfield, Van Etten and Waverly. Coats can also be dropped off at Moreton Cleaners in Waverly. Gently used coats will be cleaned by Moreton Cleaners and distributed locally.

Last year coats were donated to Tioga Catholic Charities, the Open Door Mission, the Salvation Army of Sayre, Spencer-Van Etten Food Pantry, Allied Christians of Tioga Food Pantry in Owego, Waverly Central Schools, Candor Food Pantry, Candor Central Schools and the Newfield Good Neighbor fund.

"We are happy to partner with Moreton Cleaners again this year to provide this important community outreach," said Kim Depew, marketing manager at Tioga State Bank.

She continued, "Last year was our first year and we collected almost 300 coats. Every coat collected was given to someone who really needed it. So many people were generous last year and we hope people will support our Coat Drive again this year."

Coats are being accepted now through Nov. 16, so hurry in and drop off your coat donation. For more information, call Kim Depew at (607) 565-3570 ext. 0721.