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Towanda paints the town dead

TOWANDA BOROUGH — Towanda high school students continued their over 50 year tradition of painting windows on Main Street for the Halloween season on Wednesday. This year’s theme is “Super Halloween.”

Approximately 150 students participated in the paintings during the school day as an approved field trip. The students submitted drawing for approval and then were assigned windows to paint downtown.

New this year will be a People’s Choice Award. The award will be given to the window painting that gets the most paper and online votes. To vote for a painting, one can get a paper ballot at Vincent’s Pizzeria or the Dandy Mini Mart on Main Street or vote online on the school’s official Facebook page “Towanda Area School District.” The deadline to vote is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The winner will be announced at the Halloween parade.

Aside from the People’s Choice Award, small cash prizes will be given to the first second and third place winners from students in grades 7-9 and 10-12.

GVCC brings crowd for tastes, auction to support playland

WAVERLY — Those attending Thursday’s Tastes of the Valley and Fall Auction had plenty of options when it came to the age old question: What’s for dinner?

Instead of just one restaurant, they had the offerings of more than 15 area establishments as part of the 11th annual Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce event.

Part of the night’s proceeds went to support a wide range of upgrades planned for the Valley Playland, which is currently about $50,000 short of its fundraising goal, according to Friends of Valley Playland President Lori Unger, although she added that a few pending grants could bridge that gap.

“We are overwhelmed by the support from our community,” she said, “and it’s so important because we will not be able to complete our project without it.”

The work will bring the more than 20-year-old park into ADA compliance, improve visibility and safety, and utilize structural plastic expected to last more than 75 years.

Through past efforts, the GVCC’s Fall Auction and Tastes of the Valley has raised more than $22,000 for a variety of local causes including animal shelters, parks, organizations helping the needy and preserving local history, and EMS response.

“As far as the chamber, being able to give back to the community through our membership and the support is great,” said GVCC President Sue Williams.

An $800 advertising package, fitness memberships, a variety of gift certificates, overnight stays, concert tickets, crafted home goods, and gift baskets were among the countless items lining the LOOM’s upstairs banquet room until the auction got underway around 7 p.m.

Williams hoped all of these items would get winning bidders and, in general, everyone would come away having had a good time.

“It’s a great networking time, too,” Williams added.

Those looking to donate to the Friends of Valley Playland can visit futurescapes.org/valley-playland and contribute via PayPal, or find donation information on the group’s Facebook page.

Bradford County Airport board receives new interest for flight school

TOWANDA TOWNSHIP — The Bradford County Airport might soon house a new flight school service after receiving a notice of intent from a local aviation company, according to Airport Manager Kerry Spaulding.

The airport’s board was notified Morelli Aviation’s intent to continue flight training on the Towanda Township site during their meeting Wednesday. Spaulding said owner Anthony Morelli has already provided his liability insurance documents to airport management and will be formally submitting an application to the board in the near future.

This comes after Quigley Aviation recently advised airport management that he would no longer be able to service flight students there so he could focus on his active customer base at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.

According to Spaulding, Morelli will offer primary and advanced flight training “in a 180hp Piper Archer that is fully equipped with state of the art GPS and instrument flight navigation avionics.”