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  • Writer's pictureCatherine White

A Note from Managing Editor: Catherine White

April Brings Spring Celebrations of Community

Happy April and April Fools’ Day!

Roses are red. Violets are blue.

In April, Southern Tier Life is waxing poetic for you.

April is National Poetry Month and I’m excited to welcome local poet Aleathia Drehmer, who's hosting an Open Mic Poetry Night at Card Carrying Bookstore in Corning April 28. She is a guest columnist who will share her love of poetry all month long.

Southern Tier Life will also launch the new feature Southern Tier Helping Hands in April, which celebrates the people and organizations working to make the region a welcoming and hopeful place for all of its citizens and visitors. This month, we have a testimonial from Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, Inc. volunteer Barb H. Stay tuned for more information about this great local charity and a great way that MoW of Chemung County, Inc. is collaborating with Food Bank of the Southern Tier on some initiatives to help even more citizens in the area.

The STL website is also launching Sweet Home Southern Tier in April, an occasional feature that will profile those who’ve made the area their home sweet home, examining what makes the region such a lovely place to live. The feature kicks off with an introduction to Tanglewood staff member Ryan Donnelly, whose interest in nature began in Horseheads, took him to the Carolina coast to wrassle with ‘gators and more, then brought him back to the area for a dream job that's both challenging and familiar.

STL’s Upstate Geechie Sky Moss celebrates spring and his first garden planting as warmer temperatures soften the Southern Tier soil. He also spotlights a basketball tourney benefit for Jeremey A. Scharborough's family, scheduled for April 23 in Elmira.

We’ll also continue to post Elmira humorist Jim Pfiffer’s comical takes on life, and add new features that celebrate the Southern Tier community.

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Email your story ideas to From local business to community events, outdoor recreation, arts, history and culture; I hope you’ll explore, share and celebrate all that makes the Southern Tier a great place to live and love.



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