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NYPAN conference coming to Binghamton Sunday

The New York Progressive Action Network, a grassroots organization that rose out of the Bernie Sanders movement, will host a full day of panels and presentations at Binghamton High School on Sunday. The event will include guest speakers like Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and former gubernatorial challenger Zephyr Teachout. The conference will run from 9am to 5pm in the BHS auditorium at 31 Main Street in Binghamton. Admission is $10 to $50, sliding scale. Students are free with ID. Event organizer Steve Carpineta – the Tioga County Progressive Committee Director – was a special guest on today’s WEBO Morning Show. The full interview is available below.

Winter Weather Advisory until 11am Friday

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Southern Tier until 11am. The National Weather Service says freezing rain and sleet will move into our region this morning, which could make for a slippery morning commute. WEBO Meteorologist Heather Morrison of Spectrum News says the winter mixture will change to all rain as temperatures rise into the mid-40s later today.

Teens charged with arson at Vestal High School

Two teens have been charged with setting a fire that destroyed a storage shed behind the Vestal High School Wednesday night. Besides the shed, the fire also caused damage to a nearby field. Vestal Police have arrested 18-year-old Travis Kipp and 17-year-old Mark EagleElk-Sola, both of Vestal, and charged them with arson in the third-degree. The two were sent to the Broome County Jail without bail. Police say their investigation continues and more charges are possible. They did not say if the teens are students at VHS.

Candor Community Showcase tomorrow

The Candor Chamber of Commerce will hold their seventh-annual Community Showcase tomorrow at the Candor Fire Hall on Route 96B. The free event will run from 11am to 3pm and include door prizes, a petting zoo, and vendors from local businesses and organizations. A Bake Sale and Food Drive will be held to benefit the Candor Food Pantry and food from Ozzie’s BBQ in Endicott will be available for purchase. More information is available on the Candor Chamber of Commerce website at www.candornychamber.org.

Visit Sweetrees Maple Products this weekend

Sweetrees Maple Products in Berkshire is holding another open house this weekend. You can watch, smell, taste, and learn all about the process of making pure New York maple syrup. They also have many different maple products. Tomorrow will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department, and will also include a run and other family activities. For more information, visit www.sweetreesmaple.com.

Bill’s Restaurant on WEBO Thursday

Bill Nadon, the owner of Bill’s Restaurant, was a special guest on the WEBO Morning Show Thursday. The menu of the restaurant at 53 South Depot Street in Owego continues to evolve, and is now offering some new items. Those include handmade chicken tenders that can be dipped into Bill’s own honey mustard, or the Blazing Bourbon Burger – a bacon cheeseburger topped with an onion ring and their special “blazing bourbon sauce.” Bill brought some samples into the WEBO Morning Show, and they are as good as they look! Besides food, the restaurant is also expanding their entertainment offerings. Check out their Facebook page or website for more information. You can hear the full interview with Bill below.

Some local districts exceed snow days

After taking snow days during the Blizzard of 2017, many local school districts will now have to change vacation days into school days after they exceeded their allotted snow days for the year. That includes Owego-Apalachin, where Friday, May 26 will now be a full day of classes for students instead of the first day of a four-day weekend. Students in Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Union-Endicott, and Vestal will also be in session that day. In addition, U-E and M-E students will have to return from spring break one day early to attend classes April 21. State law requires schools to be in session for a total of 180 days. School districts normally plan for a maximum of four to six snow days per year.

Mayor fires two employees after storm response

Binghamton Mayor Rich David has fired the two people in charge of Public Works and says they will look at overhauling the department’s policies following multiple complaints that the city took too long to clear roads after the Blizzard of 2017. Mayor David says its unacceptable that it took an additional 18 hours to clear the city’s roads after the main part of the storm. David says the blizzard response exposed issues that have been going on in the department for years. In addition to the personnel changes, he says they will look to update their decades-old snow removal policies and see if they need to purchase new equipment.