The Unadilla chamber of commerce will meet this morning at 8:15 AM. The meeting will be held at Green’s Long River Inn at 54 route 357, chamber members & directors are encouraged to attend.
An American Red Cross Blood drive will be held in Sidney today at Tri-Town regional hospital. The Blood drive will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
The Unadilla chamber of commerce will meet this morning at 8:15 AM. The meeting will be held at Green’s Long River Inn at 54 route 357, chamber members & directors are encouraged to attend.
6 Sidney area residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges Friday evening by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Sidney Village Police Department and State Police, following a 5 month investigation, and the execution of a search warrant Friday. Arrested were 43 year old Gabriel Bonacci, on 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, for Heroin, 27 year old Rene Hurlburt of Unadilla, for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for Cocaine. Also arrested was 64 year old Donna Bonacci of Sidney for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to sell for the intended sale of cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs & marihuana. Police also charged 53 year old Belinda Davis of Sidney on 3 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Oxycodone, 32 year old Randal Babcock of Sidney for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance for allegedly selling Xanax & 34 year old Chad Walters of Mount Upton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. All werearraigned & were remanded to the Delaware County Jail without bail, additional arrests & drug charges are pending.
State Police & Vestal Police arrested 21 year old Kenneth Godfrey of Binghamton for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to sell. Members of CNET and the Vestal Police Department executed a search warrant on Godfrey, his vehicle and residence last Wednesday, seizing 371 envelopes of heroin, & cash. Godfrey was arraigned in City Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
YES! Safe Choices for Kids, from Senator Libous and Lourdes, will host over 500 students from across the Southern Tier at their YES! Ignites Training today at the Binghamton DoubleTree from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. YES! Leaders are trained to provide substance abuse prevention education to elementary school students, from Afton, Bainbridge-Guilford, Chenango Valley, Norwich, Windsor & other Broome & Chenango County school districts. Senator Libous will kick off the opening session with introductory remarks.
Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will have their next regular meeting at Unadilla Fire Station this morning at 8:00 AM. Unadilla Mayor Dave Welch will give update on Bishop Lot. Chamber members are encouraged to attend.
The Chenango County Farm Bureau will hold their 59th annual meeting this evening. The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Silo Restaurant in Greene, the Guest Speaker will be Farmers Veterans’ Coalition president Jamie Critelli, who recently appeared on the Rachel Ray show.
Oneonta Police responded to a call of a fight in progress in the area of 368 Main Street Sunday. Officers found a victim on the ground bleeding from his head with labored breathing. Police arrested 18-year-old Joseph Schof from Bullville for 2nd degree Assault. The victim was later transported to Albany Medical Center with serious head injuries. Schof was arraigned in the City of Oneonta Court and released on $5,000 cash bail. The unidentified victim from SUNY Oneonta is currently listed in critical condition, the investigation is continuing.
The Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will meet on today at 8:00 am at The Unadilla Fire Station on Clifton Street. All directors and members are urged to attend
Delaware Opportunities will continue its participation in the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program for 4 more years through a contract with Hunger Solutions New York. The goal is to increase the number of eligible people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service programs. More information is available at 746-1670.
The Chenango county health department will hold a free rabies clinic today for dogs, cats & ferrets. The event will be held at the South New Berlin fire station from 6:00 to 7:00 PM more information is available at 337-1673.
The next meeting of the Oneonta Common Council will be held this evening at City Hall. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Common Council Chambers.
The proposed “Dream Act”, that would have allowed the children of illegal aliens to access financial aid to college, doesn’t have enough support to make it to the Governors desk. Assemblyman Cliff Crouch explains:
This year’s legislative session is scheduled to end this Thursday.
Investigators have been unable to determine exactly what caused the fire that destroyed the Ellis Brothers furniture building in Binghamton. The April 30th fire caused heavy damage throughout the building, which was torn down because of the danger of collapsing. Fire officials believe the fire may have started in a maintenance room, but there were too many other possible causes that could not be narrowed down, officials have closed the investigation.
A new Sienna research institute poll regarding how the state is doing compared to 4 years ago, shows that voters are divided. 32% believe that New York is better off now, 26% believe the state is worse off, and 40% believe the state’s condition is unchanged. Regarding the voters personal situation, 28% believe they are better off, with 23% feel their situation is worse, and nearly believe their situation is the same. 39% to 50% of New Yorkers say the state is headed in the right direction, Upstate New Yorkers; however, say the state is going in the wrong direction by a 5-point margin.
The Delaware County Department of Public Works will be closing county route 16 in the towns of Franklin & Walton, to through traffic to replace a bridge just north of Douglas Hill Road, the project should take about 3 weeks, weather permitting, motorists should seek alternate.
New York will no longer add a sales tax to the charge for tastings at wineries, and the state is creating a $350,000 fund to research hops and malting barley for beer. The announcement by Governor Cuomo comes after wineries pushed for the change at an April summit in Albany. Wineries conducting tasting were already exempt from paying a use tax. The governor has been bullish on the state’s wineries and its expansion of beer production. There’s a website to tout the state’s products at taste.ny.gov.
Proposed legislation in New York would require high school students to learn CPR. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mark Grisanti, would require students to learn CPR before they graduate. In a 30-minute class, students can learn how to operate an AED. The Board of Regents would be responsible for implementing the training, and school districts would have to fund it. It passed the Senate, but has to be voted on by the Assembly and approved by the governor, before it can become law.
The Unadilla Chamber of Commerce will hold their next meeting tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM At the Unadilla Fire Station. The chamber’s next big event is the annual Carnival of Sales on Saturday July 12th, volunteers are needed for that event, those interested can volunteer by calling 369-2614.
Broome County Executive Debbie Preston said she is continuing to recover from lung cancer and is feeling better each day. Preston said she has been cleared to return to work on June 30, starting with half days and working up to full days. In April, Preston announced she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She has since undergone surgery in New York City. She recently had a follow-up appointment with her doctors at Sloan Kettering. Her next follow-up appointment is set for December.
State Police responded to a reported robbery yesterday at Arby’s Restaurant on State Route 7 in Oneonta. A white male approximately 6’ to 6’ 2” tall, medium build, wearing a full face mask, dark colored hooded sweatshirt with Monster & Fox Racing logos & work-gloves entered the store, presented a note to the cashier and indicated that he possessed a gun. No gun was displayed; the subject left the store with an undetermined amount of cash. No vehicle was observed at the scene, anyone with information is requested to contact the State Police at 432-3211.
Governor Cuomo announced the winners of New York Rising to the Top competition for the best Reconstruction Plans following the last 3 years of extreme weather events across the state. Communities receiving assistance include the villages of Sidney, Margaretville, Johnson City, & Endicott, the City of Binghamton, & the towns of Conklin & Union. A complete list of New York Rising Communities is available at stormrecovery.ny.gov.
Work is continuing at the Sidney school district athletic fields, with the bulk of the work scheduled for after the school year. Sidney Superintendent Bill Christensen explains:
(Bill Christensen 4-25-14)
Christensen said that the fields would be completed in mid-august of this year.
The Unadilla Fire Department is holding Recruitment Day & Open House Saturday. Chief Dennis Harris comments:
(Chief Dennis Harris 4-25-14)
The Unadilla fire department is located on Clifton Street in the village; more details are available at 369-9150 or recruitny.org.
The Unadilla chamber of commerce will hold their annual dinner on Sunday, at the Unadilla 1st Methodist church. The event begins at 4:30 PM Sunday, the chamber will honor LaFever Tree Experts as the business of the year, Chet & Donna French as the Good Neighbor award winners and the community pride award to Anna Ritchey.
Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale fundraiser this weekend. County residents and businesses donate merchandise, and 100% of the proceeds go to OCCA’s programming. Sale hours are Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM & Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. More information is available at occainfo.org
Hunters harvested approximately 243,550 deer during the 2013-14 hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to last year, according to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. The 2013 deer take included approximately 128,850 antlerless deer and about 114,700 adult bucks, both estimates being within 4% of the 2012 take. More information is available at dec.ny.gov/outdoor.
The “Life is Good” Tri-Town Relay for Life Committee will be holding a fundraiser tomorrow from 6:00 pm to Midnight at the Sidney Elks Club. A DJ, Buffet Dinner, Door Prizes, Raffles, & refreshments will be provided. Tickets available at the door. The team is raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s upcoming relay for life event.
The New York Jets will return to SUNY Cortland for training camp this year, under a renewal of the team’s partnership agreement with the college. The Jets will report to campus in July for its fifth year in Cortland under head coach Rex Ryan. Definite dates for training camp have not yet been determined, but will be posted at cortland.edu as soon as they are available.
24-year-old Robert Griswold of Harpursville was charged Thursday, with felony second-degree burglary by state police. Police investigated a home burglary on Doolittle Road in Colesville on September 21st; Griswold is accused of entering the home without permission and taking property. Griswold was arraigned at the Colesville town court and sent to the Broome County jail without bail.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office has charged 23 year old Jeffrey Blunk of Endwell with Criminal Possession of a Weapon Friday afternoon; he is accused of possessing a homemade explosive device. Blunk is also wanted by the State of Illinois in connection with possessing explosives and methamphetamine. The investigation in Broome County is continuing and other charges are likely in this case. Blunk was arraigned in the Town of Union Court and was be remanded to the Broome County Jail without bail.
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Free Collaboration dinner to include Bainbridge, Sidney and Unadilla Chamber members today at Main Street Grill and Bakery in Afton. The social will be at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:00 pm.
4 people are running for 2 seats on the Sidney town board this year. Pete Cordes is the only incumbent running, under the democratic party line, he told WCDO News what he thinks needs to be done:
(Pete Cordes 10-3-13)
Cordes will participate in the town board debate at the Smart Community Room at the Sidney Library starting at 6:00 this evening. Town Supervisor candidates Gene Pigford & Bill Heath will also debate.
Governor Cuomo is reminding small business owners of the state’s annual MWBE forum today & tomorrow at the empire State Convention center in Albany, it’s the largest statewide event for minority & women owned businesses. Attendees will learn about the state procurement process, attend informational sessions and connect with decision makers from the public & private sectors; more information is available at governor.ny.gov
The Greater Afton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Free Collaboration dinner to include Bainbridge, Sidney and Unadilla Chamber members on Monday, October 14 at Main Street Grill and Bakery, Afton with dinner at 6:00 pm. Reservations are being taken at 639-1274, the deadline to register is tomorrow.
The Chenango County Sheriffs Department arrested 44-year-old Mark Youngs of Plymouth on a charge of 2nd degree harassment. Youngs was charged following a complaint in the Town of Plymouth, he had previously advised by Deputies to leave the victim alone following an earlier incident. Youngs will appear in the Town of Plymouth Court at a later date.
Commerce Chenango, The Chenango Foundation, Inc. and the Advisory Committee of Leadership Chenango announced that Robert Wadsworth is the 2013 recipient of the Harry Tecklenburg Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the Kick-off Dinner for the Leadership Chenango Class of 2014 tonight at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich. Wadsworth served as Chairman and CEO of Preferred Mutual Insurance Company in New Berlin, from 1997 until his retirement in 2008.
The Delaware County Clean Sweep Disposal days begin today for farms & businesses and tomorrow for households. County solid waste manager Sue McIntyre told WCDO News what is being accepted this year:
(Sue McIntyre 9-20-13)
McIntyre said that more information can be found on the Delaware county website, at the solid waste tab.
The Unadilla chamber of commerce will hold the 4th Annual Autumn Fest tomorrow at the Unadilla Community Field beginning at 10 a.m. Unadilla chamber co-president Brenda Brooks comments:
(Brenda Brooks 9-20-13)
More information is available at 434-5361.
Sidney Center’s 4th Annual Tractor Parade will be Saturday. Sidney center improvement group president Mike Sellitti explains:
(Mike Sellitti 9-20-13)
Sellitti said that the parade line-up begins at 10:00 AM and the parade begins at Noon. Last year over 80 vehicles participated, more than 100 vehicles are anticipated, some coning from out of state.
State Senator Jim Seward announced that he will make an announcement late this afternoon in downtown Oneonta, at the Kim Muller Plaza. Senator Seward will join City of Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller to announce special legislative funding to assist in a downtown redevelopment “green initiative.” At 5:30 PM during Oneonta’s Fabulous Friday event.
A benefit is being held for TERESA SCHERMERHORN, Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Hitchin’ Post on route 7 on Belden Hill in Port Crane. Area musical acts will perform including The Short Change Band, Jason Wicks & 9-1-1. $10 Donations are encouraged, the fund raiser will include the Live Music, Food, Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffles, Chinese Auction, money raised will BENEFIT Teresa, who suffered a series of strokes, all money raised will help pay medical bills.
5 clinics have been added through Bassett Hospital, to the line up of services at Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney. CEO Dan Ayres explains:
(Dan Ayres 1-24-13)
Ayres said that a dedication for the wing named after the Late Bruce Wilhelm, would be scheduled for the spring. Wilhelm was a Sidney native who served as Tri-Town Regional Hospital’s first CEO.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of threatening statements made by a student in the Afton School District yesterday. The threat was investigated and steps were taken to mitigate the threat and protect the safety of the students and staff in the Afton School District. the Sheriff’s Office secured 3 long guns, they ask that any suspected violence or possible threats to a school, its students or staff be reported immediately to Law Enforcement for a thorough investigation. The name of the student is not being released.
The Broome County Sheriffs department arrested 21-year-old Juliana Porter of Conklin for DWI, unsafe lane change and driving with a Blood Alcohol content above .08, following an accident in Conklin Wednesday morning. Porter was driving on Carlin Road on the wrong side, while Cherie Duke attempted to swerve to avoid Porter, who also swerved, and both cars collided head-on. 23-year-old Alexander Burrows of Saint Petersburg, Florida was a passenger in the Porter Vehicle, he suffered a head injury and was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, another passenger in Porter’s car was not injured. Porter was released on appearance tickets for Town of Conklin Court.
Sidney village police arrested 44-year-old Eric Knoll of oxford Saturday, on charges of Aggravated driving While Intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Knoll is due back in Sidney Village Court on January 29th to answer to the charges.
Firefighters responded to 55 Riley Road in Windsor this morning. The fire was reported at around 9:00 AM crews from Windsor and West Windsor responded, 2 adults and a toddler escaped, however 3 family dogs died in the blaze. A faulty basement Wood Stove may have caused the fire; cold temperatures hampered fire fighters.
State troopers in Oneonta arrested 26-year-old Jeffrey Edwards of Middlefield on a Bench Warrant issued by the Town of Milford Court for failure to appear on the charges of 4th degree Criminal Mischief and 2nd degree Criminal Trespass. Edwards was arraigned in the Town of Milford Court and remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $1,000 bail.
State Troopers in Binghamton arrested 52-year-old James Harder of Conklin for Felony DWI, following a motor vehicle accident on Conklin Forks Road. Harder was arraigned before the Town of Conklin Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail pending future court action.
The current version of the state GED test will run through the end of this year, starting next year, the test will be run by a private firm and will have a cost attached. Those who would like to get their GED this year free of charge, can do so through the Oneonta school district, spokesperson Karen Rowe explains;
Last year, nearly 800,000 people took the GED test, more information is available at 433-3645 extension 331.
Tomorrow is the deadline for Sidney chamber of commerce members to notify the chamber office regarding attendance at the CHAMBER COLLABORATION DINNER MEETING on MONDAY, JANUARY 28th. The dinner meeting will be hosted by the Unadilla chamber of commerce beginning at 5:30 pm; with dinner at 6:00 at the Unadilla Community Center on Main Street. The Sidney chamber office number is 561-2642.
The Unadilla chamber of commerce announced several Christmas activities in the village of Unadilla tomorrow. Unadilla chamber president Jackie Carey explains:
Refreshments and special sales from Unadilla merchants will also be feature tomorrow during their annual Christmas celebration.
The Sidney center improvement group will host the annual “Holiday in the Hamlet” in Sidney center Saturday night. Group Director Michael Sellitti explains:
The Sidney center improvement group will also continue to work to improve surrounding waterways to prevent future flooding; the group was formed following the 2006 flooding of Carr’s creek.
A Sidney native will share the spotlight in an artistic exhibit at the Wilber mansion in downtown Oneonta, with the opening reception tonight. Beth Brown told WCDO news about the exhibit:
Brown is a photographer and educator currently based in Brooklyn; she previously had an exhibit at the Sidney library Smart community room.
The Oneonta Theater has shows scheduled tonight, Saturday night as well as later in the month, and on New Years Eve. Theater Director Tom Cormier explains:
Cormier said that a meeting is scheduled next week regarding future funding opportunities for the theater, to keep it open into 2013.
Mannheim Steamroller will perform live for two performances at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton Sunday, at 3:00 & 7:30 PM. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, ticket master.com or at the arena box office.
The Chenango county health department has scheduled another free rabies clinic for dogs, cats & domesticated ferrets on Saturday. The event will be held Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 at the city of Norwich fire station. More information is available at 337-1673.
State Troopers arrested 27-year-old Manaseh Anim of Oneonta for Driving While Intoxicated and other Vehicle & Traffic charges. The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on the Exit 14 ramp of Interstate 88 in Oneonta, Anim was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the City of Oneonta Court on December 19th.
State Troopers arrested 66-year-old Robert Hoag of Colliersville for vehicle and traffic charges and on an Arrest Warrant issued by the City of Oneonta Court for 2nd degree Criminal Contempt. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop on Interstate 81 in the Town of Dickinson, Hoag was arraigned in the Town of Fenton Court and was remanded to the Broome County Jail on $500 cash bail.