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New Subaru dealership to break ground soon

ATHENS — Within the next three weeks, Williams Subaru will be breaking ground on a new 22,000 square foot car dealership in front of the former P&C building on Elmira Street.

According to Williams Auto Group Operating Manager Dalton Williams, the target opening date is October or November next year.

“Subaru of America is doing their final design review,” Williams said. “We are working through submissions with Athens Township.”

“We are awarding project bids this week,” he added.

In addition to the car showroom and service garage, project plans show a parking lot extended north and east for more vehicles on display.

The lot would stretch over to Clinton Street behind the UPS facility, with a lot access point on that road.

Earlier this year, the current Spring Street dealership had broken an all-time sales record.

Williams previously said that the dealership’s staff levels would increase by up to 10 people.

Preserving history: Friends of Waverly Cemetery Preservation group looking for more volunteers

WAVERLY — It may be spooky season, but volunteers in Waverly have been working hard all summer to make the village cemeteries a little less ominous.

The Friends of Waverly Cemetery Preservation, a nonprofit group led by resident Ron Keene, have made it their mission to clean up the municipality’s three cemeteries — the Glenwood Cemetery located by Waverly Glen Park; the Forest Home Cemetery located on Elm Street; and the Factoryville Cemetery located between state Route 34 and Ball Street.

The group was first established in 2008, but now volunteers are looking to revamp efforts to maintain and preserve the cemeteries.

“We had a solid crew,” member Kyle McDuffee said. “But we kind of want to get the group back together and focus on fixing up these cemeteries.”

For the time being, that means just simply straightening the headstones, many of which — especially older headstones — have been shifted and tilted severely over time.

“There are headstones in here from the Civil War — even the Revolutionary War,” said Dan Eiklor, referring to the Factoryville Cemetery. “A lot of the people buried here don’t have local families around anymore. So someone has to remember them and keep this place maintained.”

“It’s really a self-fulfilling job and it feels good to help,” McDuffee added. “All of the people buried here had families here at one point. There’s just so much history.”

After fixing up the headstones, the group plans to look into methods to bring out the names and dates on the old stones to make them more legible.

Until then, McDuffee said the group is looking for a few more volunteers who recognize the importance that cemeteries have to communities.

“All you really need is some gloves and a shovel,” he said. “We only work for a couple of hours at a time, because we know people are busy and can only put in so much time.”

Those interested in learning more about the group or possibly volunteering are asked to contact Keene at 607-575-9377 or McDuffee at kylemcduffee@yahoo.com.

Sayre High holding prom dress sale next weekend

SAYRE — For high school girls, winter formals and proms are an important part of their year. For parents, that can mean digging deep into their pockets to buy dresses for those special moments.

Fortunately for local high schoolers — and their parents — Sayre High School will once again be holding a prom dress sale with gowns and dresses going anywhere from $5 to $70.

The dress sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sayre High. Attendees should use the Brock Street Entrance.

“It’s something that I thought would be neat to do for years, and last year a couple of my (senior class) officers were on board and said ‘lets try this because we wear these dresses one time and why should we spend $600 on a dress that we’re wearing for three hours,’” said Sayre High teacher and senior class advisor Kara Cochi.

Cochi wasn’t sure what to expect when she asked for people to donate their old prom dresses, but she would quickly realize there would be no shortage of gowns at their sale last year.

“We put it out there in the paper last year and said ‘hey, if anyone has any old gowns they want to give us, any dresses — bridesmaids, prom, whatever — we will take them,” Cochi said. “We got way more dresses than I could have ever anticipated, ever. So we ran the sale a couple of times (last) fall and we did it a couple of times in the spring as well.”

With a ton of dresses still in stock last spring, Cochi and company decided to open the sale up to surrounding communities.

“In the spring, we reached out to the schools in Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga counties and up in New York state as well and that brought a lot of extra traffic in. I mean we probably sold 65 or 70 gowns last year and I still have almost 200 gowns to sell this year,” said Cochi.

There was still around 150 gowns and dresses left over from last year and Cochi said she has received at least 50 more for this year’s sale.

The key for parents will be the affordability, while the high school students will have plenty of styles to choose from.

“They are very affordable. Some of them are brand new. Some of them have been worn one time — you can tell they have been worn one time,” said Cochi. “We’ve got pretty much everything and anything you could possibly want — short, long, skinny, poofy.”

Cochi, who also noted that there are sizes from 0 through 22, said that she received a positive review from someone who took advantage of the sale last year.

“(One mother) said it was the best investment she had ever made,” said Cochi. “(She told me) ‘my daughter came and bought a beautiful gown for $40 and wore it for three different dances.’”

All money raised from the sale will go into the general fund for the Sayre High senior class. Cochi said funds will be used for senior trips, banquets and graduation.