Hike scheduled to benefit Heifer International

Organizers have planned a six-mile Heifer Hike on Sunday, Sept. 23 to support Heifer International.

The hike will begin at 2 p.m. at the Waverly Presbyterian Church on Park Avenue and follow Pennsylvania Avenue through South Waverly and into Sayre, according to a release from organizers. The group will stop halfway at the Sayre Presbyterian Church on South Elmer Avenue, then end at the Athens Presbyterian Church on South Main Street.

A van will cruise the route to offer water or rides as needed, organizers said. At the end of the hike, walkers will be treated to refreshments and driven back to Waverly by van.

There is no fee to walk, but donations will be accepted to purchase farm animals through Heifer International, a non-profit organization that provides livestock and training to communities in poverty. Last year's walk was canceled following the flood, so organizers are hoping for a successful hike this year, according to the release.

Sayre Public Library receives grant

The Sayre Public Library recently received a grant from the Lisa Libraries Foundation.

The Books for Children grant, valued at over $4,500, will provide the library with 400 books for children and young adults, according to a release from the library.

The Lisa Libraries Foundation was established in 1990 by author Ann M. Martin and friends to honor and memorialize children's book editor Lisa Novak. The foundation offers inner-city and rural libraries the opportunities to acquire new, quality children's books, according to information from the library.

Since its founding, the Lisa Libraries Foundation has contributed over 300,000 books to organizations across the country.

Tioga County hazard mitigation plan draft prepared

The public is invited to comment on a hazard mitigation plan draft recently developed for Tioga County, N.Y.

The updated plan will make Tioga County, participating municipalities and school districts eligible for federal disaster mitigation grant funding, according to a release from the county's Soil and Water Conservation District, which has led the plan's creation along with county emergency management and planning officials.

The plan addresses a variety of potential natural hazards that could affect county residents, the release reads. The goal of the plan is to identify projects that can reduce damages from future natural hazards, and includes a risk assessment and hazard mitigation strategy. In addition to flooding, other potential hazards analyzed include drought, severe storms and earthquakes.

The document is available on the county's website, www.tiogacountyny.com, or at the county legislative office in Owego.