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Van Etten has one very special resident who, as of Aug. 24, is 100 years old. Robert Stein has been looking forward to this birthday for several years, and as it grew closer he spoke of it frequently. One-hundred years is a long time by any standard, and Stein, known to his friends as Bob, h…

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Tioga County Soil and Water started the spillway modification at Spencer Lake last week. Spencer Town Supervisor Al Fulkerson told the Spencer Town Board at its Aug. 11 meeting that the dam project was scheduled to start on Aug. 12 and would likely take five to six weeks to complete. This pr…

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The long-delayed Spencer Village elections and dissolution vote are rapidly approaching. Sept. 15 is the big day for both votes, but before that date there will be a public information meeting to present the findings of the Laberge Group study on whether or not dissolving the village governm…

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Some people go about their lives just quietly helping other people and serving their community, not looking for accolades and recognition. However, others do notice and in this case, after many years of service, Virpi and Jim Loomis were honored by the New York State and Bermuda Lions Founda…

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The good news at the Spencer Village Board meeting on July 6 is that work on the two village bridges has finally begun. The bad news: a third bridge, on Meadow Street, failed to pass its last engineering inspection and was closed to all vehicle traffic. It is open for foot traffic only at th…

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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.