Major leaguers open spring training in Florida and Arizona this week. It’s not likely to be warm and sunny in the Southern Tier but the upcoming baseball and softball seasons are still on the minds of local players and coaches. Owego Little League is getting ready for the season with registration on the organization’s new website at www.owegolittleleague.com … click on registration in the menu area. New this season is a spring training program from 1030 am to noon Sundays at OFA by registration for players ages 9 to 12. Registration is also open for the annual coaches and players clinic. This event for players ages 8 to 13 is scheduled from 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday.
Teams are now being accepted for the fifth-annual Owego Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament. The event will be held on May 13 at the Pheasant Hill Country Club in Owego. The tournament annually raises funds for the Village of Owego Fire Department Training Facility and a scholarship for a graduating senior at Owego Free Academy. The cost for this year’s tournament is $320 for a team of four golfers. You can register your team online at www.ffmgolf.com.
Lockheed Martin in Owego has been awarded $66 million in new contracts from the US Navy. The money will be used to create and deliver upgraded radar kits for the Navy’s helicopters and also integrate advanced warfare electronic technology, according to Senator Charles Schumer’s office. The helicopters that will be upgraded are used for anti-submarine warfare, search-and-rescue and medical evacuations among other duties. All of the work will be done at the Lockheed facility in Owego and will be completed by 2020.
Owego, Newark Valley, and Endicott are just a few of the local beneficiaries of $40 million in Restore New York grants. The Village of Owego has been awarded $500,000 for a gateway project in the historic district, while the Village of Newark Valley will receive $100,000 to demolish a former ladder factory. The Village of Endicott has been awarded $440,000 to tear down a property on Madison Avenue and construct a parking lot in its place. Their award will also be used to rehabilitate the former Broad Street Elementary School into a building that can be used by other businesses.
A regional state budget presentation will be made at the Tioga County Office Building today. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball will present a regional version of the governor’s budget proposal at 10am. All are invited and there will be time for questions from the audience. County legislators and other municipal leaders will pay special attention to the section that asks them to share or consolidate services or risk losing millions of dollars in funding this year. Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey says Tioga County could lose $10 million in state funding due to Cuomo’s consolidation mandate proposal. The governor wants municipalities to prepare plans for shared services to be put up for vote from taxpayers, or withhold funding if that is not done. We will have a full recap of the meeting later today on WEBO.
Members of the public can hear details about the governor’s budget proposal on Friday in Owego. State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball will present the governor’s budget proposal at 10am in the Hubbard Auditorium of the Tioga County Office Building. There will be time set aside for questions and answers. Ball has been traveling the state holding similar events over the past few weeks.
No one was injured in a kitchen fire last night on upper North Avenue in Owego. The call came in around 5:30pm for a working structure fire at the building, between East/West Avenues and Talcott Street. Owego firefighters had the fire out within 20 minutes and damage was confined to the kitchen of the apartment. Dispatch information said the fire was sparked by an appliance. Traffic was tied up on North Avenue and surrounding side streets for about an hour. An additional crew from Campville Fire Station 3 stood by at the scene, and a crew from Apalachin FD was cancelled en route as the fire was extinguished.
The former Owego-Apalachin Administration Building and onetime Talcott Street School was demolished yesterday. It has been vacant since the Flood of 2011 damaged it beyond repair. Built as an elementary school for residents of the village’s “Flats” neighborhood, it was later turned into the district offices and also housed the board of education meeting room. The building is being demolished with FEMA funds, and the district has built their new offices on the main campus.