Communities that Care Blood Drive Wednesday

The American Red Cross will hold their annual Communities that Care Blood Drive in Owego Wednesday.

The drive will be held from 11:30am to 6:30pm at the Owego Treadway Inn. It is sponsored by News Radio, WEBO.

The Red Cross is aiming for 125 donations this year. Each one can save up to three lives. All blood types are needed, especially Type O Negative.

All donors in the month of January will receive a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee and will be entered into a drawing for a year of free coffee.

Walk-ins are invited to attend the drive, please allow an hour to donate.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org for an appointment or more information.

Hinchey to Announce Contracts at Lockheed Martin

Congressman Maurice Hinchey will be in Owego Tuesday to announce two new contracts for Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Navy contracts will call for the company to develop new technology for the H-60 helicopter program. Hinchey’s office says they should help Lockheed Martin sustain jobs at their Owego plant.

The details of the new contracts will be announced this afternoon.

Pilot Killed in Yates County Plane Crash

One person was killed in a small plane crash in Yates County, NY Wednesday night.

The sheriff’s office says the plane was reported down in the Town of Barrington around 8pm. The small town near Keuka Lake is about an hour and a half away from Owego.

The sheriff’s office says the single-engine aircraft crashed head-on into trees eight miles after taking off from the Penn Yan Airport.

The pilot, 56-year-old Michael Lippe of New Jersey, was found partially ejected from the plane. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers.

Lippe was an Emergency Room doctor who was scheduled to work Thursday at a hospital in Geneva.

Both the FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash.

Owego Women Accused of Stealing from Mello-Dears Hall

Two Owego women are facing charges after police say they broke into a local business and stole $3,000 in cash.

On Nov. 20, Owego Police say 22-year-old Samantha Vanderkarr and 18-year-old Victoria Middleton allegedly entered the Mello-Dears Hall on Central Ave. and stole the money from an unlocked safe.

The women are accused of using the stolen cash to purchase several items including jewelry and cell phones. Police were unable to recover any of the stolen money.

Both women were released after they were arraigned on felony burglary charges. They live on Spencer Ave.

Police say they are still investigating and more arrests could be on the way.

OFA Girls’ Win at SV, Waverly Rallies for Wrestling Win

Senior Brittany Rando scored a game-high 16 points to lead Owego to a 45-30 girls’ basketball victory at Susquehanna Valley Wednesday night.

The Indians will play in the Waverly Christmas Tournament next week.

In other games from Wednesday…
Sophomore Katherine Vienneau scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Union-Endicott past Maine-Endwell 47-37. Lauren Kozlowski had seven points and 12 boards for the Spartans.

Binghamton was too much for Vestal, winning 66-33. Melanie Patterson led the Golden Bears with 12 points.

Several of the local girls’ teams will play in the Pete Hyde Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Johnson City next week.

In wrestling, Waverly rallied from 21 points down to pull out a dramatic 41-40 victory over their rivals from Tioga, Newark Valley beat Dryden and Owego lost at Chenango Valley.

Yanchus Scores 35 as OFA Wins, Other Games

Stephen Yanchus scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Owego boys’ basketball team to a 75-65 win over Susquehanna Valley Tuesday night.

Only five players scored for Owego, including 13 each from Mark Merritt and Matt Warchocki along with 11 from Robbie Black.

Brendon Normile scored 25 points for the Sabers, who went 22-for-25 at the free throw line.

Johnson City dropped their first game of the season, 66-63 to Norwich, in a battle of STAC Central Division unbeatens. Ryan Clark led the Wildcats with 20 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.

Binghamton held on for a 49-48 win over Vestal. Chris Bowe had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears.

In the IAC, Candor beat Newark Valley 61-56 and Spencer-Van Etten handed Tioga a 69-52 loss.

In college basketball, Binghamton University lost 61-56 to St. Peter’s College at the Events Center Tuesday. The Bearcats are 3-7 on the year.

Communities that Care Blood Drive Jan. 5

The American Red Cross has announced the details for the 2010 Communities that Care Blood Drive in Owego.

The drive, proudly sponsored by News Radio, WEBO, will be held from 11:30am to 6:30pm at the Owego Treadway Inn.

This year’s goal is 125 donations. Each one can save up to three lives. The Red Cross says they desperately need all blood types, especially Type O Negative.

All donors at the Jan. 5 drive will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org for an appointment. Walk-ins and new donors are invited.

Owego Sends Water Deal for State Review

There was no vote in the Village of Owego Monday as trustees decided they need an environmental review before agreeing to sell their treated water to a natural gas drilling company.

In front of a packed house at the Tioga County Office Building, trustees briefly discussed the potential agreement with Inflection Energy before passing a motion to hire the law firm Hancock and Estabrook to help prepare the documents for a state review. Mayor Ed Arrington says he is not sure when that review will be done.

This was the third time that trustees have met to discuss the issue and held off on a vote.

There were no protests, despite several rumors of plans swirling around the village.

In other news from Monday’s meeting, the board voted to leave a trustee seat open until elections in March after they could not come to a consensus on who to appoint to the position. Four people volunteered Monday.

The village will be left with five trustees until the spring. Four votes are needed for a quorum.