Kids Night Out this Saturday in Owego

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.

Owego Little League Opening Day April 29

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 Police Chief has announced she will retire

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.

OPD Retirement Letter

Owego Village Board considering ways to save money

Many financial items were brought up for discussion during a packed Village of Owego Board Meeting last night. Mayor Steve May says the village’s expenses are more than their tax revenue, so they have look at some measures to reduce expenditures. One of those lingering issues continues to be a plan to dissolve the Owego Police Department, but the village may have to forfeit a state grant they received to consolidate the department after failing to reach a buyout agreement with the village’s officers. However, the board would like to change the full-time Police Chief position to part-time. Also up for discussion last night was a measure to abolish the village court next year, changing the elected clerk/treasurer position to appointed, and outsourcing village payroll. Also last night, the village board heard a presentation from local business owner Ike Lovelass, who would like to purchase the village’s Central Fire Station. Village board members stressed that the building is not currently for sale. The next village board meeting will be held at 7pm on May 1.

Town of Owego public information sessions

The Town of Owego will hold two public information sessions today about the Community Choice Aggregation program, which would allow the town to help residents save money on utility bills.The program would allow the Town of Owego to select a supplier and buy energy in bulk for the entire town to save money, avoid sudden rate spikes and avoid marketing campaigns.Supervisor Don Castellucci said today’s hearings are set for 11:30am at Tioga Opportunities in Owego at 6pm at the Owego Apalachin Middle School in the auditorium. Town of Union officials are also looking at the possibility of implementing this program.

Town of Owego Branch and Brush Pickup 2017

The Town of Owego Highway Department is currently taking names and addresses for this year’s tree branch and brush pickup. Town crews will be picking up tree branches and brush on Mondays and Tuesdays May 15 through June 1. You must call 687-2641 to sign up for this pick-up, and all items must be piled neatly in front of your home. If you don’t call, your brush will not be collected.

Program could save town residents money on utilities

The Towns of Owego and Union are looking at a program that could save residents on their utility bills. The state’s Community Choice Aggregation program allows municipalities to select the supplier of energy services for the entire town, allowing residents to save money, avoid sudden rate spikes, and combat energy telemarketers and door-to-door salespeople. Town of Owego Supervisor Don Castellucci and Town of Union Councilman Tom Augostini were special guests on today’s WEBO Morning Show. Union will hold a public hearing to discuss the issue on Thursday at 5pm at the Town Hall. Owego will hold a similar meeting at 11:30am next Tuesday at Tioga Opportunities and at 6pm in the Owego-Apalachin Middle School. All residents are invited to attend. The full interview from today is available below.

Registration now open for Strawberry Shake 5K

Registration is now open for the sixth-annual Strawberry Shake 5K Run/Walk. The race is run on the Friday of Strawberry Festival Weekend in Owego and will be held this year on June 16. Besides the 5K, there is also a mile fun run for kids. The first 750 runners to sign up receive a shirt, and there are age group awards and other prizes. There is a link to register for the race and more information available online at www.owego.org.