Scouts partner with SRAC to benefit homeless animals

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) and Waverly's Boy Scout Pack 4011 teamed up recently to collect dog and cat food for Stray Haven. Several bags of food were collected and two trips were made with food for the animals.

SRAC's Deb Twigg said, "Thank you to Peg Tracy and Pack 4011 for joining up with SRAC to get food for Stray Haven. What a great example we set for the kids today about what community means."

Toy collection underway for annual Community Christmas Party

The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce will be collecting toys for the 8th Annual Community Christmas Party sponsored by the Tioga County Corrections Association and Tioga Opportunities. The event is being held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Countryside Community Center in Owego, N.Y.

If you would like to donate, organizers are accepting new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth to 12 years old. You can drop the gifts off at the Chamber office located at 80 North Ave. in Owego before Dec. 7.

For more information, contact the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce by calling (607) 687-2020.

U.S. Navy selects Lockheed Martin to modernize C-139T Aircraft

The U.S. Naval Air Systems command awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $30 million contract to integrate new avionics and software on multiple C-130T aircraft as part of its avionics upgrade program.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will incorporate the Department of Defense's Future Airborne Capability Environment conformant cockpit, which gives the Navy unprecedented flexibility capability for reuse across multiple aviation platforms.

Lockheed Martin also will develop and deliver nine initial cockpit kits, providing the Navy with the ability to outfit its C-130T aircraft with the latest avionics and software technology, extending the fleet's mission capability for an additional 20 years.

"This award validates the Navy's confidence in our cockpit solution and expands our product offerings beyond the Common Cockpit for MH-60 helicopters," said Mark Swymeler, vice president, Electronic Product Line at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors business. "This program is an integral part of the Department of Defense's avionics obsolescence upgrade program and will affordably enhance flight crew situational awareness, productivity and safety."

The contract includes a communication, navigation surveillance/air traffic management capability solution, complete display system upgrade, and will provide significantly improved human machine interface. Work will be performed in Owego, N.Y., and is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2016.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

Legion to host Department of New York Officer's Visitation

The Tioga County American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons will host the Department of New York Officer's Visitation on Dec. 1. Department of New York Commander Tim Van Patton and Department of New York President Sally Johnston will visit the American Legion Posts in Waverly, Nichols and Owego, and finish in Candor at 2:30 p.m.

Commencing at 3 p.m., there will be a mid-day meal in Candor along with an overview of the good works that the American Legion Family organizes and presentations for their veteran's projects. Meal tickets, for $12, will be held at the door but an RSVP is needed by calling (607) 659-4724 no later than Nov. 24.

Further information is available at the same number. All paid up members are invited to attend.

Newly incorporated Tioga Acting Guild Inc. (TAG) donates to Open Door Mission

Tioga Acting Guild's Board of Directors has announced that it became an official not-for-profit corporation on Oct. 29, and has subsequently applied for its tax-exempt status. This is TAG's first fulfillment of its unique mission, to donate to local charities.

Due to the success of their recent show, "Mixed Nuts," which took place Nov. 2-4, TAG was able to donate $500 of its proceeds to the Open Door Mission and their holiday food baskets. For every $20 donated, the Open Door Mission is matching that gift to provide two turkeys and the trimmings to needy families for the holidays. TAG's donation will enable 50 families to become recipients. If you attended that show, you are the ones who really contributed. TAG is just the means through which people can donate to local charitable activities. TAG also donated some of its surplus food from the dinner to the men's dormitory at the Open Door Mission. That is TAG's mission, to provide theatrical entertainment and donate to local charities. They are "the ACT that gives back".

TAG's next show will take you back to the golden age of radio, featuring, "It's a Wonderful Life, a Live Radio Play", by Joe Landry for two days, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. These two performances will consist of the "live" radio show and a free dessert for $10. If you or your business would like to become a sponsor of TAG and its charitable activities, contact TAG President Robin Benesh at (607) 565-9849.

Holiday Share-A-Thon offers free ham dinner

Come to the annual Share-A-Thon from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Tioga Central High School cafeteria. Bring an unwrapped gift or make a monetary donation and receive a free ham dinner.

One gift equals one dinner and all gifts are donated to local families in need of our support this Holiday season. Any gift is welcome, especially board games and hand held games (please include needed batteries). Personal hygiene products are also needed.

Entertainment by Tioga Center School student musicians will be provided from 2 to 4 p.m., accordion and bag pipes will entertain from 4 to 5 p.m., and the Phillips Head Band, featuring Dean Smith, Paul Phillips and Tom Woodburn, will perform from 5 to 6 p.m. for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Please join with the Community Care Network of Nichols to help insure a happy Holiday for many, while enjoying a delicious meal and great entertainment.

Hospice Tree of Lights ceremony planned in Nichols

On Dec. 1, the Tioga-Nichols Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts will come together to sing traditional Christmas carols in front of the Hospice Tree at Sutfin's Funeral Chapel in the Village of Nichols, N.Y. The evening's event will start at the Tioga Center School hospice tree at 5:30 p.m., and then move to Sutfin's Funeral Chapel at 6 p.m.

Following the lighting of the Sutfin's Funeral Chapel hospice tree, the participants will carol throughout the Village of Nichols, followed by refreshments at the Nichols Masonic Hall.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of this event. The hospice lights, which are paid for by donors, are in memory of terminally ill relatives and friends. This event is open to the public.

VFW collection underway to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy

The VFW Post 1371 in Owego is collecting good clean coats, hats, boots, blankets, sneakers and shoes for distribution downstate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Please drop off your items at the VFW located on Main Street in Owego between the hours of 1 and 8 p.m. until Nov. 30. You can also drop off items at the American Legion Post 1624 in Nichols, N.Y.