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“Lion’s Den” Provides New Home for Apalachin Club’s Necessities

The end of the Apalachin Fireman’s Field Days tradition created an eventual dilemma for the Apalachin Lions Club.

The grounds at Field Day Drive in Apalachin are for sale, and it was on those grounds the Lions used a building, one with a prior life as a post office, to store the club’s equipment. This equipment is used for the Lions’ events and fundraisers such as Easter egg hunts, Santa phones used for calls answered by the jolly old man himself, sports equipment used by the Special Olympics Apalachin “A” Team, brooms for the annual broom sale, and much more.

The hunt began for a new location and a new building along with seeking funding and cooperation to make it all happen. On November 4, the Lions held an open house to showcase their brand-new “Lion’s Den” storage building now housed in Muth Park off Pennsylvania Ave., in Apalachin, as well as publicly acknowledge the people and organizations who made the new building possible. Recognized at the open house for their assistance in the project were Town of Owego Board members and staff. In addition, three Foundations providing financial assistance through grants were also recognized: The New York State & Bermuda Lions Foundation, the Community Foundation for South Central New York, and the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation.

The Lions can now focus their energies on all the events and fundraising they do for the community. Their annual coat drive is now in full swing through November 21. Clean, usable winter coats are being collected and may be dropped off at the following locations: Blessed Trinity at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Apalachin on the table at the right as you exit Mass, the Apalachin United Methodist Church at 303 Pennsylvania Ave., the Apalachin Library during regular hours, and Johnson’s Pools and Spas in Owego.