Tioga County Museum to host first installment of Spring and Summer lecture series

The Tioga County Historical Society is excited to announce a new Spring and Summer lecture series starting this month. The series will feature local historians presenting programs on a variety of historical topics.

At 11 a.m. on April 27, Binghamton University graduate student Dan Pearson will give a lecture entitled: "Our Former Neighbors." Pearson's talk is an in depth look at how the people of the newly-formed United States of America, including former loyalists, created and reorganized their communities despite the lingering tensions remaining from the War of Independence.

The program is free of charge, but donations are appreciated.

The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is located at 110 Front St. in Owego, N.Y. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Call (607) 687-2460, email museum@tiogahistory.org, or visit tiogahistory.org for more information.

Free energy assessments for homeowners

A program from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority called Green Jobs Green New York can help people increase the energy efficiency of their houses and save money on their utility bills.

The Home Performance with Energy Star Program offers free energy assessments of homes by accredited contractors. After the assessment, the program helps homeowners though the process of financing their home improvements with free money, grants ($5,000 up to $10,000, which eligible homeowners do not have to pay back), low-interest loans, and an on-bill repayment program, which allows customers to repay the financing of improvements directly on their energy bill.

For more information or to sign up for a free energy assessment, call Euphemia Martin at (607) 723-0110 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, email Martin at emartin@ppefny.org or visit upgradeupstate.org/SouthernTier.

Catholic Charities launches 'Soap for Hope' campaign

Catholic Charities, Tioga Outreach Center is looking for donations for their "Soap for Hope" campaign that is running from April 18 to May 7. Some of the items needed are laundry soap, dish soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Catholic Charities would like to thank the following businesses who are displaying their tubs for this worthwhile campaign - Tioga State Bank in Waverly, Hollenbeck's Shur Fine in Newark Valley and Big M in Spencer. They would also like to thank Tim Clark of Ted Clarks in Waverly for a donation of a case of dish soap.