The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual golf tournament on Friday, May 19 at Catatonk Golf Club. All chamber members are invited to participate in this year’s 13th-annual Tioga Chamber Open. The cost is $320 per team for the captain and crew event, which includes the cost of the golf, cart, dinner, and prizes. The registration deadline is May 11 and can be done online at www.tiogachamber.com. Chamber President and CEO Gwen Kania was on the WEBO Morning Show today to discuss the golf tournament and other upcoming events. You can hear the full interview below.
It’s “Kids Night Out” this Saturday in Owego. The animated movie Sing will play on the screen for Kids Night Out at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center this Saturday in the first of three movie nights planned for this spring and summer. The program is presented by the Tioga Arts Council with additional funding from the Floyd Hooker Foundation. The movie is free and open to the public. The movie starts at 7pm Saturday. Snacks will be provided. Call the Arts Council at 687-0785 to reserve your seats for Sing.
The Owego Little League will begin their 66th season on Saturday, April 29 with their annual Opening Day parade from the Owego Police Department to Hyde Park. This year marks the 50th year that the baseball and softball teams have called Hyde Park home. The parade will begin forming at 8am Saturday, and the on-field ceremonies will start at 9am at Hyde Park. Games will begin at 10:30am. Opening weekend will continue on Sunday, as Hyde Park hosts a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run event at 10am and a home run derby at 1pm for boys and girls ages 7-14. Owego Little League President Scott Rollison was a special guest on today’s WEBO Morning Show. You can listen to the full interview on our website.
Owego’s Police Chief has announced her retirement. Karen Vinti will retire as Owego Police Chief in June after five years in charge of the department. She announced her decision in a letter addressed to Mayor Steve May and members of the village board that she will retire on June 19 after this year’s Strawberry Festival. Vinti has worked for the OPD for 27 years and has 31 years of total law enforcement experience. She was appointed chief after the Flood of 2011. She tells WEBO that she will do everything she can to make the transition to a new chief as seamless as possible. The village board has been discussing making the police chief position part-time, but did not make a final decision at their meeting on Monday. The full letter is posted below.
A new event is in the planning stages to highlight arts and agriculture in Tioga County. The idea behind the first-ever Tioga Arts and Agriculture Trail is to showcase what artists and farmers do every day in the studios and farmland. The trail will take its participants on a self-guided tour through the county on its roads less traveled. Farms and artists with interesting work to share are urged to contact the Tioga Arts Council at email@example.com to get listed on the tour … no entry fees or admission tickets. Submit your work to be highlighted by the end of June. The inaugural Arts Trail is scheduled to take place on two Saturdays: on September 23 and October 7 from 11 AM – 5 PM at locations still to be determined.
Tioga County has received what is called a Land Bank designation … one of only 20 across New York State. Tioga County Economic Development and Planning has formed the necessary nonprofit organization that will take a look at what can be done at vacant, abandoned, blighted and tax delinquent properties. The idea is to find ways to reuse the property through renovation or demolition. After improvements to these rundown properties, the land could be purchased and used for new business or other development, put the property back on the tax roll and encourage others in the area to help improve neighborhood through Tioga County. These land banks have access to state money not available to others for redevelopment. Other land banks in the Southern Tier Land Banks are located in Broome, Chemung and Steuben counties.
The brand new FedEx Freight Service Center is now open in Lounsberry. Congressman Tom Reed and other elected officials cut the ribbon yesterday at the location on Buck Road, which is just off Stanton Hill Road near the Best Buy Distribution Center. The new FedEx location employs 43 workers who worked at the previous center in Kirkwood. The new 52-door facility is nearly double the size of the structure in Kirkwood and will serve an area from Hammondsport to Norwich.
Part of Fulton Street in Waverly is now closed in the area of Leprino Foods for a sewer replacement project. Police say they had hoped to keep one lane of the road open through the project, but that is no longer possible. The street will be closed during the daytime hours through the end of this week. Drivers are asked to seek an alternate route.