Village Elections will be held in Owego on March 21 for three trustee seats. The two parties with candidates running for the positions will hold meet and greet events with village residents. The first will be held tonight, as the Taxpayers First Party will hold an information meeting at 7pm in the Owego VFW. The party includes Trustee Rob Manville, who is running for re-election in Ward 2, along with newcomers Ken Henson and Nick Ruiz. The two are running for spots in Wards 1 and 3, respectively. The Oak Tree Party will hold their meet and greet event next Wednesday at 6pm in the Calaboose Grill. The party includes Trustee Phoebe Morris, who is running for re-election in Ward 1, and newcomer Mike Baratta, who is running against Manville for the Ward 2 trustee position. Both parties have set up Facebook pages for more information.
The Tioga County Rural Ministry will hold their annual Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 8. High school and college students will help seniors in Owego and Apalachin with yardwork, indoor cleaning, washing windows, or anything else they need. Any seniors in Owego and Apalachin that would like to participate can call Sister Mary at the Rural Ministry at 687-3021 to get on the list. The spring cleanup will run from 10am to 4pm on April 8.
A well-known landmark in downtown Owego will get a facelift with the aid of a local foundation. Time has taken a toll on the Baker Fireman’s Fountain at Courthouse Square. Last restored 17 years ago, the monument needs attention. The Owego Hose Teams received a $20,000 grant last week from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation to restore the fountain. In all, it’s been on duty for over 100 years in downtown Owego. Frank M. Baker donated it to the village and its firefighters in 1914 as a memorial to his son George Baker who was killed in an automobile accident. Patrick Gavin, who is president and captain of Owego Hose Teams said the teams are known for speed and restoring the statute will be a trophy for the teams and the community. The overall estimate for the restoration is $60,000. Make a donation online at the teams website or mail a check to Owego Hose Teams, 461 East Main Street, Owego, with “foundation restoration” on the subject line.
An Owego woman has been accused of stealing more than $20,000 in cash from her employer. The Owego Police Department arrested 28-year-old Katelyn Miller, Friday on charges that she stole $21,500 in cash from her employer, Ben Weitsman & Son on Main Street in Owego. Miller is now facing felony charges for grand larceny and tampering with evidence along with a misdemeanor count of conspiracy. Her boyfriend, 35-year-old Brooks York, was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal possession of stolen property and also tampering with evidence. Both were sent to the Tioga County Jail after arraignment in village court.
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.