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The salutatorian of the Spencer Van Etten Class of 2020 is Ava Bruehwiler of Spencer. The daughter of Carlen Sill and Leonard Bruehwiler, she is known for her love of soccer and her work ethic on the field. That work ethic is the same one she brought to her academic studies, where she earned…

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Every high school student looks forward to their senior year, when they will be the “top dogs” with many special activities – prom, senior trip, graduation itself, and often an all-night post-graduation chem-free party at a special venue. The Class of 2020 missed out on many of those special…

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In a world where we are all adapting to the changes brought about by the coronavirus, an unwelcome change came on June 13. McAnn’s Bar and Restaurant closed. This was a tragedy for all those who knew and love Bob and Ruthie Bowen. They wanted to retire for some time and the coronavirus lockd…

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McAnn’s has been a fixture in the Spencer-Van Etten community for more than the 49 years Bob Bowen has worked there. McAnn’s was opened by Mickey and Ann Herko, hence the name (a combination of their two names). They sold it to John and Ruth Sandusky, who hired Bob in 1971. Bob ended up taki…

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Tioga County Legislative Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey reported on June 4 that a 22nd person has passed away from COVID-19 in Tioga County. According to the press release, the death is "associated" with the Elderwood Nursing facility in Waverly.

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In what is now the “new normal,” the Spencer Village Board met for its May 4 meeting by Zoom, with each trustee in their own home and several members of the public online by Zoom, too. Ben Syden of the Laberge Group joined them by Zoom to update them on the dissolution process, given the dis…

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Martha Sauerbrey, Chairperson of the Tioga County Legislature, started the fourth press conference on May 20 by stating, “Phase one has started, sun shining, numbers flattening out and hope is gaining.” She went on to stress caution for this weekend as residents pay tribute to our veterans. 

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In what is now the “new normal,” the Spencer Village Board met for its May 4 meeting by Zoom, with each trustee in their own home and several members of the public online by Zoom, too. Ben Syden of the Laberge Group joined them by Zoom to update them on the dissolution process, given the dis…

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On a cold, blustery, snowy May 9, something special happened in the Spencer-Van Etten School District. A convoy of trucks and cars drove through the village of Spencer and then out to other parts of the school district delivering free turkeys and hams to families for Mother’s Day. The idea f…

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The COVID-19 death total in Tioga County has risen to 18 after two more deaths were reported by the health department on May 10. These are the second and third deaths reported in the past two days, and the third and fourth this week.

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Tioga County Legislative Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey reported on May 9 that one individual passed away today from COVID-19, bringing the death total to 16 in the county.

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COVID-19 has caused us to mostly forget about the upcoming presidential election, as neither candidate can really campaign at this time. What was all-consuming for the last two years is suddenly much less important than the daily survival routines of hand washing and wearing a face mask. Sim…

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In a press release issued on April 29, Tioga County Legislative Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey reported that four more individuals have died at the Elderwood nursing home in Waverly due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 10 in Tioga County.

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Last Saturday was a very sad day for anyone who has lived in Spencer for a while. Barney Smith passed away and our deepest sympathy goes out to his family. He had a stroke a week ago, and with all this COVID-19 isolation, Melody and his son Bret were not able to go to the hospital with him. …

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The Tioga County Health Department confirmed another death from COVID-19 in the county, according to Tioga County Legislative Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey's report on April 19.