The Tioga County Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Trinity Casa have rescheduled their Nichols panel discussion on the heroin crisis for Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 7-8:30pm at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street. The event had to be canceled this week due to hazardous weather conditions. The format will remain the same for the “Nichols Community Talks about Substance Abuse” night, with members from law enforcement joining with organizations and people affected by the heroin and opioid crisis sharing their experiences and answering questions from audience members. Visit the Tioga ASAP Facebook page for more information.
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.
Tioga Downs has finalized the financing for its $134 million expansion into a full-blown casino and resort. Once the expansion is complete, Tioga Downs will offer 33,000 square feet of casino space with 942 slot machines and 44 table games, a 161-room hotel, three restaurants, three bars, a banquet center, a spa, and an 18-hole golf course off-site. Tioga Downs expects the project to be fully completed by October of next year.
Fire damaged the kitchen of Wit’s End in Nichols yesterday. A structure fire was reported at the bar/restaurant around 1pm. Nichols firefighters were dispatched to the scene and requested mutual aid from Tioga Center. Scanner reports say the fire was contained to the kitchen area of the business at 35 North Main Street in Nichols and out within an hour. No injuries were reported.
Sitting Nichols Town Justice Howard Quick has died. Quick passed away yesterday following battle with prostate cancer. he has served as a Nichols Town Justice for the past 9 years. Prior to that, he served on the Nichols Town Board for 6 years.
Quick was a 1966 graduate of Tioga Central High School. He later graduated from Broome Tech, two years later, before finding a 32-year-long career with Xerox.
The viewing for Justice Howard Quick is being held tomorrow from 4-7pm at Sutfin Funeral Chapel on Main Street in Nichols. Funeral services will then be held on Saturday at the Nichols United Methodist Church at 10am.
The Village of Nichols Board of Trustees is seeking help from the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office. After last week’s string of burglaries and collision of a car into a fence a Kirby Park by minors, Village of Nichols Trustees are looking to once again enforce a curfew. The curfew, which was never officially revoked, was passed by Village lawmakers in the year 2000, and calls for all individuals under the age of 18 to stay off of the streets from 11pm until 6am unless accompanied by an adult.
New York State Police have already declined the Village’s request to help enforce the curfew.
Two minors have been arrested in connection to the recent string of car burglaries, which ended when a car was stolen then later crashed into a fence at Kirby Park in Nichols. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it has arrested a 17-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy in connection to the crimes, but is withholding more detailed information due to their age. The incidents took place in Nichols Tuesday evening. The 17-year-old has been arraigned and sent to the Tioga County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. The 14-year-old boy is also facing numerous charges and has been referred to the Tioga County Probation Department.
The missing Town of Nichols man has been found alive. 78-year-old William Caloroso who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease was found safe last night in Scranton. Authorities have not commented on Caloroso’s condition.