Community Foundation has scholarships available

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT) has several scholarships available to high school seniors. Thanks to several donors they have five different scholarship funds that valley seniors can benefit from.

The Rockman's Apparel/Babe and George Tymoski Scholarship offers a scholarship to a graduating senior that's going on to pursue a business degree. This scholarship is available to a senior in any of the valley schools.

The Elizabeth Alamo Scholarship offers a scholarship to a Waverly High School graduate that's seeking a degree in nursing.

The Don and Linda Jayne Scholarship offers a scholarship to a student that's involved with the Waverly High School wrestling program and is going on to obtain a bachelor's degree.

The Tioga Tae Kwon Do Scholarship offers a scholarship to a graduating senior that's excelled in both education and martial arts.

The Katherine Kerrigan Scholarship offers four scholarships a year to Waverly High School students going on to an accredited institution of higher education, which can show financial need.

Interested students can contact their school guidance counselor or CFTT to get more information.

Anyone interested in learning more about these or other available scholarships, establishing a scholarship fund, adding funds to existing scholarships, or the CFTT can contact them by calling (570) 888-4759; or online at

Democratic Women hold kickoff event

On Saturday, March 23, the newly formed Democratic Women of Tioga County held its kick-off event at the Culture House in Waverly, N.Y. A group of 18 women and men, including Leslie Danks-Burke, former Democratic primary candidate for New York's 23rd Congressional District and Dorothy Stevens, former candidate for Tioga County Judge, gathered to discuss how women have been disproportionally affected by recent legislative initiatives, biased media stereotypes and limiting self-perceptions.

The discussion was led by Melissa Dobson, also a former candidate for the 23rd District and Diane Lechner, former Team Leader for Organizing For America. The mission of this new group is to unite the women of Tioga County, empower them to improve their lives and provide support so they can attain leadership positions in business and politics.

Their next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 2. For more information, contact Diane at

What you should know about New York State's 'Do Not Call' Law

Join Tioga Opportunities Department on Aging Inc. on Thursday, April 18, for an hour-long presentation on the New York State "Do Not Call" Law with Lisa R. Harris-Eglin, director of the Division of Consumer Protection with the New York State Department of State. The presentation will be held at 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard in Owego at the Countryside Community Center, and will start promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Guests are cordially invited to stay for lunch at the Community Center after the presentation. Reserve your seat by contacting Russell Duncan at (607) 687-4120, ext. 344 by April 5 at 4 p.m.

An evening of music and dance at Mello-Dear Hall

The Royal Blues Big Band and the Mello-Dears Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps will present a dance social from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Mello-Dear Hall located at 107 Central Ave. in Owego, N.Y. The dance is free, however donations will be welcome to support the building maintenance fund. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Royal Blues has performed at many venues throughout the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania for a number of years. The Mello-Dears, known as "The Sweethearts of the Southern Tier" are still "Sweethearts," and after 50 years were on the march again, having participated in a number of parades in 2011. The Royal Blues will play everything from Glenn Miller to the Beatles for your dancing and listening pleasure.

The Royal Blues, organized, several years ago, is a select group of dedicated musicians who enjoy playing all types of music. Current members of the Royal Blues are Janine Callear, Bob Gottschall, Bob Spaulding and Matthew Smith (Trumpet), Darlene McGinnis, Bill Garrett, Sandy Carlin, Laurie Holdridge (Alto Sax), Jim McGinniss (Tenor Sax and Clarinet), Rocky Rockwell (Baritone Sax), Grace Troutman (Clarinet), Jay Kosta (French Horn), Jon Allen (Trombone), Carl Larson (Baritone), Amanda Smith and Katie Replogle (Keyboard), Ken Williams (Percussion) and Don VanScoy (Musical Director and Conductor).