Newark Valley’s 11th annual Holiday Magic community celebration is this Saturday from 4-8pm. This year’s event will kick off with a parade to honor the Newark Valley varsity football team which won its first state title this year. Holiday food, music, crafts, and activities will then be available at both the Noble Room of the Newark Valley Post Office, and at the former train depot for the remainder of the evening.
Wednesday is the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and a special remembrance ceremony is being held in Owego. This year’s ceremony has been moved indoors to the Dale Sibley Memorial Dining Room in the basement of the VFW on Main Street in Owego. The keynote speaker this year will be Bill Kennedy, an Owego resident, who is a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The remembrance ceremony will begin at 12:55pm on Wednesday.
Jim Raftis, an organizer of the event, joined us on today’s WEBO Morning Show to tell us more. The full interview with Raftis can be heard below.
The Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth is a local non-profit that provides a variety of services for area youth, including foster care. According to the organization, there is an overwhelming need for foster parents in Broome and Tioga Counties. If interested in fostering a child, the first step is to research what it takes. If you’re still interested, you can then contact the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth. A background check, home review, and special education will be required. If interested in fostering a child or for more information, you can call the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth at 607-772-3123.
Kristina Kiehl is an employee of the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth. She joined us on today’s WEBO Morning Show to tell us more. The full interview with Kiehl can be heard below.
Today is the grand opening of the new casino portion of Tioga Downs. The doors open this afternoon to the 23 new table games including blackjack, roulette, and craps, 461 brand new slot machines, and the 12-table Poker Room. Many of the slot machines also include USB stations so guests can charge their phones while they are playing. Another 300-plus slots will be installed by the end of January. Besides the continuing Winterfest activities, the casino’s opening weekend will include t-shirts for the first 1,500 guests and live music. Britta Erickson is the Vice President of Marketing. “A lot of work has gone into getting to this day,” she told WEBO minutes before the ribbon cutting. “Not just for us, but really for the entire community who has been so supportive. To finally be right here at the finish line feels amazing.”
The gambling floor will be open daily from 9am to 3am. Photos of the new casino area are available on the WEBO Facebook Page and video of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Kim’s Diner inside of Bostwick Auctions in Candor is baking your holiday pies this season! In addition to a variety of pies, Kim’s Diner boasts a full menu of great food items every day. Kim’s Diner also offers catering options. Bostwick Auctions is located at 1121 Owego Road in Candor.
We talked with Kim of Kim’s Diner on today’s WEBO Morning Show. The full interview can be heard below.
The official grand opening for Tioga Downs casino is today! The grand opening comes after Tioga Downs officially received its state casino gaming license on Wednesday. The doors to the new gaming facility, which now includes 33 table games and new video lottery machines, will open to the public at 3pm. In addition, Tioga Downs’ WinterFest continues for its second weekend today. More information on the Downs’ holiday festivities is available at TiogaDowns.com.