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.
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.
A Spencer man is facing grand larceny charges after taking five long guns from another property. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office took 21-year-old Brandon Schmeltz in custody on Saturday. In addition to the theft, he is also accused of failing to return a vehicle. He was arraigned in Town of Owego Court and remanded to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail or $40,000 property bond.
It was close, but the Taxpayers First Party swept all three trustee positions up for election in Owego yesterday, meaning that the party now has all six seats on the village board and the mayor position. Ken Henson beat out incumbent Phoebe Morris 212-192 in the First Ward, while Second Ward Trustee Rob Manville won re-election over Mike Baratta 218-182. Nick Ruiz was unopposed and elected as the new Third Ward trustee.
The Village of Waverly has a new Mayor, as former Deputy Mayor Patrick Ayres was running unopposed for the position yesterday. Rick Gorman was elected as the new village justice, beating out John Sobol 221-167. Three spots were open on the village board. Charlie Havens and incumbent Jerry Sinsabaugh were the top two vote-getters. Eric Reznicek edged out incumbent Chris Brewster by two votes for the last seat.
The Village of Nichols had three positions up for re-election, with two incumbents running unopposed on the ballot. Mayor Lesley Pelotte was re-elected along with Trustee Michael Woods. Trustee Jefferson Hunt was re-elected via write-in after he was not listed on the ballot.
In Broome County, Whitney Point re-elected Mayor Ryan Reynolds and elected two trustees – Danielle Hoeppner and Michael Hakes. All three were running unopposed.
The Tioga Arts Council is now accepting submissions for the fifth-annual artfully SQUARED collaborative art exhibition. Artists are urged to use any medium that makes a 7-inch square to create an original piece of artwork and donate it to the arts council. The artwork will be sold for $20 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Tioga Arts Council. Submissions are due March 31 and the exhibition will be open from April 6 for members and the next day for the public. Executive Director Christina DiStefano was a guest on today’s Morning Show. You can hear the full interview below.
Tioga Downs will hold a job fair today, the first of two scheduled for this week. Director of Human Resources Karen Shelp says they have many positions available. Today’s job fair will be held at Virgil’s from 3-7pm. A similar event will be held Saturday from 9am-2pm. The first hour of each job fair is open for veterans only. Applicants must be 18 years or older and should apply online before the event on the Tioga Downs website. The 11th season of harness racing begins May 6 at Tioga Downs.
Snow removal efforts continue along roads and streets in the Southern Tier today, including in the Village of Owego. Snow removal began in the business district, then to narrow roads and one-way streets, and will finally move through the rest of the village. Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Soules was a special guest on today’s WEBO Morning Show. In a wide-ranging interview, he thanked the state DOT for sending workers from Buffalo to help clear the snow. It was loaded on dump trucks and taken to Marvin Park so it doesn’t create flooding issues in the village when it melts. In the interview, we also discussed the start of a pipe replacement project on Lake Street that will close the street to vehicle traffic from May until September. That project is slated to begin May 8. The full interview is available below.
Village elections will be held in Owego, Waverly and Nichols today. Owego voters will elect three trustees to the village board. Residents can vote at the Central Fire Station on North Avenue. In Waverly, voters will elect a new mayor, a new village justice, and three trustees today. Residents can vote at the Waverly Village Hall. Nichols will elect the positions of mayor and two trustees. Voting will be held at the former Nichols Elementary School. Polls will be open from noon to 9pm in all three villages. We will have the full results on tomorrow’s WEBO Morning Show.