Voting on Tioga County’s 2017 budget proposal tonight

The Tioga County Legislature is scheduled to vote on its 2017 budget proposal this evening. Next year’s proposed budget includes a zero percent county-wide tax increase. Next year’s proposed budget would also remain under the New York State tax cap, as well as decrease general fund expenditures. Tonight’s Tioga County Legislature meeting is scheduled to begin at 6pm in the Tioga County Office Building on Main Street in Owego.

Owego-Apalachin CSD releases new logo

15078626_1345486348797307_9080305986057510892_nOwego-Apalachin School District officials have released the school’s new logo (Seen in the image above). The new logo is just part of a larger rebranding effort by school administrators. Those behind the new design say that it will be phased in slowly. Additional details on Owego-Apalachin’s rebranding efforts are expected to be released soon.

Town of Owego looking at LED lighting


The Town of Owego is looking to convert it’s street lamps to LED technology. Town officials and SmartWatt vendor representatives held a planning meeting at the Owego Town Hall Wednesday to discuss initial details of the project. The Town is looking to replace roughly 550 street lamps with the LED technology. Preliminary estimates suggest that the move to LED bulbs could save town taxpayers upwards of 60% in energy and maintenance costs for street lighting. The entire project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

Town of Owego budget hearing tonight

The Town of Owego will be voting on its proposed 2017 budget during a meeting tonight. The budget includes a zero percent tax increase for residents, however, town water rates would increase 32 cents per thousand gallons of water. The board will be voting on the preliminary budget at the Owego Town Hall at 6:30pm.

Owego Elks holding free meal for veterans

The Owego Elks are holding a free meal for area veterans this Sunday from 3pm until 6pm. The meal includes manicotti, homemade meatballs, salad, and various fixings. A DJ will provide entertainment throughout the evening as well. Registration is not necessary, however, supplies are limited. The Owego Elks Lodge is located at 223 Front Street in Owego.

TCHS O Tannenbaum opens Saturday


The Tioga County Historical Society’s annual O Tannenbaum event will open this Saturday. The annual event showcases Christmas trees, wreaths, and other displays of donated items from local businesses. People can bid on the items, and all funds raised benefit the Historical Society. O Tannenbaum will run until Dec. 17, with free entertainment every weekend. The museum is open on Front Street in Owego Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4 and Sundays from 11-3. Executive Director Staci Becker was on the WEBO Morning Show today. You can listen to the full interview below.

Owego-Apalachin to begin demolition of Admin Building next month

The Owego-Apalachin Central School District will demolish their former Administration Building at 36 Talcott Street next month. All Around Excavating of Johnson City won the bid to demolish the building, which was destroyed in the Flood of 2011. They are planning to begin and finish demolition of the building during the month of November. All Around Excavating’s winning bid was for a total cost of $126,249. The demolition will include asbestos abatement, and will be paid for by FEMA.

OFA looks to replace football field with artificial turf

14606443_10154364569395218_7438046012818966947_nThe Owego-Apalachin School District is looking at installing a new, multipurpose artificial turf field at Christy J. Valvo Stadium at no cost to taxpayers. The FieldTurf surface would be able to host home football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse games. The existing natural grass surface needs to be replaced, and field turf would cost about the same, according to Director of Athletics Andy Buchsbaum. He says an artificial surface would save the district more than $300,000 in maintenance costs over a 10-year period, as well as give the district the opportunity to host more sporting events, community events, and physical education classes nearly year round. Leftover funds from FEMA would be used to pay for the project. The district will wait to finish the maintenance building construction before making a final decision. If approved, they hope to have it ready for the fall sports season next year.