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  • Chemung County Executive Race: Chris Moss (R) 55% Jerome Emanuel (Dem) 29% Krusen (I) 16%
  • 1st District: Pastrick (R) 57% Pucci (Dem) 43%
  • 2nd District: Manchester (R) 69% Saglibene (Con) 30%
  • 3rd District: Sweet (R) 53% Lynch (Dem) 40%
  • 4th District: Brennan (R) 64% Bond (Dem) 35%
  • 5th District: Margeson (R) 64% Stow (Dem) 20% Miller 15% (I)
  • 7th District: Sonsire (Dem) 63% Milliken (R) 36%
  • 8th District: Woodard (R) 58% Callas (Dem) 41%
  • 9th District: Burin (R) 74% Fairchild (I) 25%
  • 12th District: McCarthy (Dem) 50% Collins (R) 45%
  • 13th District: Drake (R) 65% Logan-Lattimore (Dem) 34%
  • 14th District: Smith (R) 68% Heyward (Dem) 31%

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Fall is when I tend to reflect on a year of many blessings as we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving and remembering the first celebration of thanks just a few centuries ago. On Thanksgiving Day, we realize once again that we have so much to be thankful for. God has blessed us all in so many ways, yet we often (me included) tend to take much in life for granted. And I cringe every time I hear this special day called Turkey Day, instead preferring to think that deep within each of us is a heart of thanksgiving for all the blessings showered upon us each and every day. As a nation, we treasure the story of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving celebration at Plimouth Colony in 1621. (The Pilgrims of Plimouth are not to be confused with the Puritans who settled the Boston area; they are each of different religious backgrounds.) The original Mayflower passengers numbered 102, with about 50 crew members, when they set sail for the intended destination of the Virginia Colony. Blown northward off course, they arrived in 1620 to a barren landscape amidst cold and bitter November winds and snows. These hardy souls struggled to survive as the ravages of disease took a toll on board ship where they wintered. Only 53 passengers and half the crew remained alive in the spring. This left a straggling group of humanity to emerge from winter’s stark bleakness to face the early days of spring. But, the days were bright with hope and promise as the warming sun nudged green buds alive on plants and trees. They had survived! And, with God’s help, they were determined to succeed in their endeavor to settle this new land. Building huts within the protection of a fort and its cannon, they moved from the hold of the ship to life on shore. They learned to grow vegetables and hunt wild game and fish. Native Americans who had befriended them were of great assistance in teaching the best methods for growing their gardens, and hunting and fishing. At the end of harvest in October 1621, a feast was held for three days, traditionally considered the first Thanksgiving. From records kept, 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans attended this great feast. By 1623, their failed communal farming effort had been given over to the more productive privatized individual family farming. With an abundant harvest following a drought and subsequent beneficial rains, Gov. William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that same year: “Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forest to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” The Pilgrims’ annual tradition was followed in 1630 by the Puritans’ first celebration, in 1639 by settlers of Connecticut, and in 1644 among the Dutch of New Netherlands. Each group also set aside an annual day of thanksgiving in future years. By the 18th century, various colonies designated a day of thanksgiving for military victories or bountiful crops. In December 1777, a national day of thanksgiving within all thirteen colonies was declared and set aside by General George Washington after British General Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga. On October 3, 1789, President Washington set aside the first Thanksgiving Day, and proclaimed such a day again in 1795. Since then, a national day of thanksgiving was proclaimed by future presidents, but not necessarily annually. It was President Abraham Lincoln who established a national Thanksgiving Day to be held on the last Thursday of November 1863. Since then, Thanksgiving has been observed annually. However, change again took place in 1941 when President Franklin Roosevelt set the fourth Thursday of each November as the official date, and there it has remained. What foods were on the menu for the first Thanksgiving Day feast in 1621? From writings kept, the Wampanoag Native Americans killed five deer. The colonists shot wild fowl – likely geese, ducks and turkey. Indian corn was used since what we know as field and sweet corn were not yet available. Jennifer Monac, spokesperson for the living-history museum at Plimouth Plantation, has said they “likely supplemented their venison and birds with fish, lobster, clams, nuts, and wheat flour, as well as vegetables such as pumpkin (not in pie), squash, carrots and peas.” However, what we consider traditional foods for our Thanksgiving dinner (mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing and pumpkin pie) were not found on their table – these foods had not even been introduced into their diet yet! What sets this day apart for you and your family? What makes your heart thankful? What special memories or traditions of Thanksgiving Day do you share with family and friends? I’d love to hear your memories! Thanksgiving has always been a family day for us, whether during my childhood or with my husband and our children. When I was a small child, my dad had farm chores; but, we always attended a morning worship service. In my late teens, and no longer on the farm, and no worship service at our church, he often took us hunting. For my husband, Ed, every holiday was wrapped in never-ending milking and barn chores, continuing after we married. I especially enjoyed the big dinners after church at my dad’s parents’ home in Clifton, New Jersey in my early teens. With her Dutch accent, my grandmother always welcomed us at the door with her cheery “Hello, Dear!” My grandfather, a general contractor, had fully shed his accent, though they both spoke Dutch when we grandkids were not to know the content of their conversation! And I well remember their food-laden table, surrounded by their three children and spouses, and all of us grandchildren. Thanksgiving Day also brings to mind the quintessential painting by Norman Rockwell of the family gathered around the table - Grandma setting down the large platter of turkey, eagerly awaiting Grandpa’s carving. I began a fun tradition of naming our birds either Sir Thomas or Henrietta, depending on size. Growing up, our children always enjoyed watching the Thanksgiving Day parades. I often had to work this holiday years ago, and looked forward to coming home to the delicious aroma of turkey dinner begun by my husband and children. Now, with our two remaining children grown and married, and each with children of their own, they celebrate with their respective spouse’s family. Ed and I celebrate with a small quiet dinner. And then, we eagerly anticipate Christmas and the return of our family for a few days. Thanksgiving Day also never fails to remind us of those who have left behind an empty chair and a hole in our hearts – our oldest daughter, both my husband’s parents, and my dad and step-mother. Yet, sweet memories of their love cast a warm glow over all. With thankful hearts for the many blessings God has so generously bestowed on each of us, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!
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  5. Breakfast With Santa At South Creek Lions

    The South Creek Lions will be holding our 5th annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 9th, 7-10am. The menu includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham, eggs. Adults $8.00, Children under 12 free, Santa will be on hand for the kids from 8-10am, bring your camera. The South Creek Lions Club is located on Route 14 in Gillett, Pennsylvania.
  6. Thanksgiving Blood Drive

  7. Water St lot next to Holiday Inn...sorta

    Haven't heard anything, but I'll keep an ear out.
  8. Across from the new Culligan water or before the Holiday Inn, there is a paved parking lot. It has been vacant for a long time. It now has a sign about a Planning Board meeting...Anyone know what is being planned?
  9. This festive, family-friendly event welcomes guests and the community to Wisner Park from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Countdown to the exciting tree lighting as you enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, carolers and a visit from a special someone. We look forward to see you!! For more information contact: Elmira Downtown Development @ (607) 734-0341 or email: jherrick@elmiradowntown.com
  10. Elmira Holiday Parade

    10 am The parade will consist of costume characters, floats, marching bands, and of course Santa Claus. Sponsored by The Community Bank, NA
  11. Chemung County 4-H will be hosting their 1st Green Friday Pancake Breakfast on Black Friday November 23rd from 4:30-10:30am at the Chemung County Fair Grounds (4H Building). $7 per person includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Gift wrapping will also be available on site for a donation. Feel free to share! Thanks!
  12. Craft Beers

    Last night in Cazenovia there was some beer and scotch tastings. Since there wasn't a whole lot of people there ( great for us, made the acoustic performance better overall, more intimate ) the guy from Buried Acorn brewery in Syracuse gave us a few cans to try. I got the pale ale, which he said was actually more bitter than the IPA. It was pretty good, definitely hoppy, but enjoyable. The IPA was also pretty good, I'm not a fan on IPA's but occasionally find one that tastes good. I only had a sip of this one. I told him I'd pass along a good word about their beers, and asked if rhe distribute down here. He said they do, through A.L. George.
  13. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    Moss - 55% Emanuel - 29% Krusen - 15% Last night went pretty much like I thought, although I thought for sure Pucci would win the 1st handily. Emanuel did better than I thought he would, being a new comer. I'd be unterested to know what the three campaigns spent overall.
  14. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    About one out of four people didn't vote on the library prop. This ballot design is horrible.
  15. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    Appears as though the Chemung County Government will be looking like this: County Exec - Chris Moss Deputy County Exec - David Sheen 1st District - John Pastrick ( Incumbent ) 2nd - David Manchester ( Incumbent ) 3rd - Tom Sweet ( Incumbent ) 4th - Joe Brennan ( Incumbent ) 5th - Mark Margeson 6th Brian Hyland ( Incumbent ) 7th - Sonsire 8th - Woodard ( Incumbent ) 9th - John Burin 10 - Marty Chalk ( Incumbent ) 11th - Robert Briggs 12th - Bill McCarthy 13th - Scott Drake 14th - Michael Smith 15th - Rodney Strange ( Incumbent )
  16. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    where are you seeig any local info?
  17. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    I know it's early(ish) but there are some seriously tight races right now. I feel it's safe to say that there will be a huge turnover in the county legislature, though I could be wrong.
  18. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    Would that we had ACTUAL local TV news media; Christ on a pony,someone needs to Zach Wheeler's ass on nights
  19. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    Nationally speaking, NBC news has just said twice, there appears to have been no "blue wave" with Republicans maybe even picking up some seats. I'm curious how that's going to affect local elections, if at all.
  20. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    My favorite post of the election.
  21. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    Sounding like huge voter turnout both locally and nationally. Now the question is whether it's the "blue wave" or people turning out in continued support for the current administration for another two years.
  22. Students at Elmira High School saw Christmas come a little early today after a "book drop" took place, bringing a total of 5,400 new books to the high school according to Beth Manwaring, the district Public Information Coordinator. The books are being provided by Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project which works to uphold and expand the company's global commitment to reading and literacy. Begun in September 2016, Pizza Hut's goal for the project is to transform the lives of 100 million people during the course of 10 years by helping them become their best through literacy and reading. Pizza Hut has partnered with First Book, an award-winning, nonprofit social enterprise that works to improve education equity for children in need. The Literacy Project fundraising and awareness campaign is designed to enable access to reading, empower teachers with greater resources and inspire a lifelong love of reading. Since 1984, Pizza Hut has helped develop a love of reading among 65 million young people through the BOOK IT! Program. The award is being made in conjunction with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise.
  23. County Inmate Charged With Harassment

    The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 year-old Kharii E. Monroe of Elmira for Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate, a Class E Felony. According to the Sheriff's office this arrest stems from an October 2018 incident in the Chemung County Jail, where Monroe was housed as an inmate. Police say on October 26th while incarcerated in the Chemung County Jail on unrelated charges, Monroe threw toilet water on a Correction Officer. He was arraigned on the aforementioned charge and remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $500.00 cash bail and $1,000.00 property bond and is due back in the City of Elmira Court on November 7th, 2018.
  24. Corning Man Arrested On Drug Charges

    Earlier to day the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of 31 year old Robert B. McNett of Corning, NY. Police say shortly after midnight, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being operated by McNett on Holden Road in the Town of Southport. He was found to be in possession of cocaine and marijuana and was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class C Felony. The investigation also revealed that he was wanted on a Bench Warrant for Petit Larceny out of the Town of Horseheads Court. McNett was arraigned in the Town of Southport Court and remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash, $20,000 property bond.
  25. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    So , I voted ... I will say I DO hate the ballots probably always will ! Fill in the circle ... right , OCD makes me have to stay in the circle , tremors say no no , scribble outside the circle . Mark one wrong , especially this cycle with so many on the ballot and BAM , machine kicks it out . More of a pain in the ass than it’s worth sometimes ... just my opinion !
  26. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    I was # 112 at around 1130 this morning. That seems kinda high for that time of the day.
  27. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    Desperation move there !
  28. Election Day 2018 General Chat

    It looks like a whole bunch of Moss signs are missing up the road. This is along a stretch where signs from all candidates are placed. I suspect someone/no no one acquired permission to place the signs. Why would a land owner give permission to both opponents? I also saw Krusen signs placed inches on either side of a Moss sign on CR64.
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