Owego

Lights on the River Tonight

Owego is hosting their fourth annual “Lights on the River” festival Friday.

The village’s special holiday lights will be turned on together at 6pm, once Santa flips the switch at the Tioga County Courthouse with WEBO’s Lew Sauerbrey.

Downtown shops and restaurants will stay open late for the festival, which will also offer musical entertainment and horse-drawn wagon rides. It will be capped off by a special fireworks display over the river at 8pm.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.lightsontheriver.com.

Lake Street will be closed for the festival, along with the portion of Front Street from Church to Court.

Parking will be available at Marvin Park. Shuttle buses will run from 5 to 9pm.

WEBO 2010-11 High School Basketball Schedule

The Radigan Broadcasting Group is pleased to announce that News Radio, WEBO will again broadcast high school basketball this season.

WEBO will broadcast both boys’ and girls’ basketball games from both Owego Free Academy and the Union-Endicott High School, featuring several different Southern Tier Athletic Conference teams.

Below is the 2010-11 high school basketball schedule on WEBO…

Fri 12/10 Norwich at Owego (Boys) 7:45pm
Wed 12/15 Johnson City at Owego (Boys) 7:45pm
Fri 1/7 Seton at Owego (Girls) 7:45pm
Fri 1/14 Windsor at Owego (Boys) 7:45pm
Fri 1/21 Binghamton at Union-Endicott (Boys) 7:45pm
Fri 1/28 Ithaca at Union-Endicott (Girls) 7:45pm
Fri 2/4 Johnson City @ Owego (Girls) 7:45pm
*Schedule Subject to Change*

All games will be broadcast live on 1330AM, 107.9FM and online for out-of-town alumni, family and friends at www.newsradiowebo.com.

Once again this year, the “High School Game of the Week” will be a companion to WEBO’s coverage of the Syracuse men’s basketball team as a member of the Syracuse Sports Network.

Mayor Arrington on WEBO Morning Show

Village of Owego trustees will make a decision Monday on a deal with Inflection Energy that could mean millions of dollars over the next 10 years.

The Denver-based natural gas drilling company wants to purchase the effluent, or treated water, from the village’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The contract has the potential to generate at least $36.5 million in revenue for the village over the next 10 years, according to Mayor Ed Arrington, who was on the WEBO Morning Show Friday.

“There are a lot of benefits that [Owego] can get out of [this contract],” Arrington told Chris Schmidt and Lew Sauerbrey. “There’s no up front money from the village, all the money will come from the drilling company.”

The mayor says the revenues from the contract could be used instead of taxes to lower sewer rates and replace aging sewer lines.

The village board meeting will begin at 7pm on Monday at the Hubbard Auditorium in the Tioga County Office Building.

The company’s powerpoint presentation is available online at www.villageofowego.com.

State Police Asking for Help from Public

State Police are asking for the public’s help to find the man who robbed a store in Nichols at gunpoint on Wednesday.

Around 8pm, investigators say a white male entered the Dollar General Store on East River Road, wearing blue jeans, black sneakers and a black hoodie. After lingering for a short time, police say he approached the cashier, displayed a black handgun and demanded money. He fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber is described as a white male, around 5-foot-6, and in his 20s. He was last seen on Cady Avenue in Nichols.

Anyone with information is asked to call New York State Police in Owego at 687-3961.

Stem Cell Advocate Passes Away

A local author and stem cell transplant advocate has lost her battle with cancer.

Carol Franz of Owego passed away Thursday. She was 68 years old.

Carol lived most of her life in Owego and became a staunch advocate of stem cell research after receiving transplants of adult stem cells into her own body. That advocacy included a chance to meet President George W. Bush at the White House in 2007.

Carol is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bill, as well as their three children, four grandchildren, a sister and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 4 to 7pm at the Estey, Munroe and Fahey Funeral Home on Park Street in Owego. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held there on Tuesday.

Village to Consider Potential $36.5M Deal

Village of Owego trustees will make a decision Monday on a deal with Inflection Energy that could mean millions of dollars over the next 10 years.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Rod Marchewka says the Denver-based company wants to purchase the treated waste water from the village’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. He says the contract has the potential to generate at least $36.5 million in revenue to the village over the next 10 years.

Marchewka says the revenues could be used instead of taxes to lower sewer rates and replace deteriorating infrastructure throughout the village.

The village board meeting will begin at 7pm on Monday at the Hubbard Auditorium in the Tioga County Office Building.

The company’s powerpoint presentation is available online at www.villageofowego.com.

Town Supervisor to Host Blood Drive

Town of Owego Supervisor Don Castellucci has announced the details for his annual blood drive.

The 14th annual event will be held from 1:30 to 6:30pm on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the Owego Elks Lodge.

Castellucci dedicates the drive each year to his father, who died of cancer in 1997, and his mother, who passed away in May.

This year’s goal is 50 donors. Each will receive a rigatoni and meatball dinner, cooked by Castellucci himself.

To make an appointment, call 687-0965 or the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

O-A Residents to Vote on Bus Purchase

Owego-Apalachin School District residents will vote Tuesday on a plan to purchase four new school buses.

It is part of the district’s replacement plan, which calls for buses to be taken out of service after 10-12 years on the road.

Owego-Apalachin is looking to replace three full-size buses and one smaller bus. Combined, the four have logged more than 560,000 miles.

The new buses would cost the district around $11,000 a year for the next five years after state aid is figured in. Owego-Apalachin Superintendent Dr. Bill Russell says that state aid will go elsewhere if O-A voters reject the bus proposal.

Besides the state aid, the district says the new buses would save around $100,000 in fuel costs over the next 10-12 years.

Voting will be held from 1 to 8pm on Tuesday at both the Owego and Apalachin Elementary Schools.