The convoy is made up of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve volunteers and Dunkin’ franchisees that travel across New York State to deliver coats and toys to children and their families. The convoy will be at Binghamton University Lot C from 2:30 to 3:05 p.m. Dunkin’ has donated $30,000 for the purchasing of the toys and coats that will be handed off to the children. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Convoy of Hope will make a stop at stop at Binghamton University Saturday afternoon to benefit “thousands” of local residents and non-profit organizations. After leaving Binghamton University, the Convoy of Hope says it will make a “special” stop in Bainbridge.
Employees say they will miss the memories they have shared with the customers and says the final day of serving food will be emotional. Owner Pat Hensen announced her retirement earlier this year as well as her decision to close her beloved store and cafe. Penfield’s daughter, Heather Macneill, reminisced on the Christmas childhood memories she had at the eatery. “We’d like dress up in matching Christmas coats and come here and we always ate at the cafe and we always got the same sandwich and so like we have so many memories of year after year coming here,” said Macneill. “It’s very sad really because it brings warmth to the store and it makes people feel cozy so when you don’t have the cafe you’re missing all those wonderful aromas and friendly feelings,” said Hensen. “For so many years me and my two daughters and friends have come here and this has always been our number one go-to place. When we say ‘where do we want to go for Christmas?’, it’s always this cafe and this store and the owner is such an amazing woman that we were just crushed when we heard it was closing,” said Dr. Lorrie Penfield from Elmira. The Hand of Man store, however, will remain open until April. The River Rose Cafe, located inside the Hand of Man store in Owego, will be making its final food orders on Saturday, December 28. Hensen says Upstate Shredding CEO Adam Weitsman will be purchasing the property to turn it into a new restaurant. The River Rose Cafe will serve food for the final time Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. “Everyday for the past two months. Three months. There’s not a day that goes by where people don’t tell us how sad they are and how much they loved coming here,” said Blair. OWEGO (WBNG) – Longtime customers are saying goodbye to a local cafe after 20 years of business. Head chef Becky Blair says it will be a bittersweet day for her and the community. Longtime customers say they were devastated to hear the news of their favorite cafe closing. “There’s going to be some tears and probably some regulars that we probably won’t ever see again,” said Blair. read more
—– The cause of the fire is under investigation. Spencer Fire, Lockwood Fire and the Tioga Center Fire Departments assisted with the incident. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. SPENCER (WBNG) — Fire officials say a fire on Hagadorn Hill Road resulted in a family losing their garage. SPENCER (WBNG) — Emergency crews are responding to a garage fire at 19 Hagadorn Hill Rd. in Spencer Friday afternoon. 3:08 P.M. UPDATE: As of 1:25 p.m, dispatchers are unable to comment on any other details. According to Halsey Valley Fire Chief Thomas Cole, the garage was “fully engulfed” in flames by the time crews arrived to the residence. The house at the address, he says, was mostly untouched by the fire and is okay. Cole says people were inside the home when the fire broke out but no injuries were reported. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates. read more
“It’s a way to reduce their carbon footprint, and at the same time, live a little bit of a healthier life,” said Cook. “It’ll give people the opportunity to think about, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t get in a car,'” said NYSDOT Region 9 Public Information Officer Scott Cook. DOT officials say the new pathway will make shopping along Route 434 and in downtown Binghamton more accessible to both residents and students. “It often does stimulate economic activity, it increases healthiness for the residents in the area, and in most cases it actually brings property value up,” said Cook. The two and a half mile trail, called the Greenway Project, would run mostly down Route 434, connecting downtown Binghamton to Binghamton University. (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Transportation hosted a public hearing session to discuss new plans for a possible trail linking Binghamton and Vestal. The trail is estimated to cost $18.8 million to construct. DOT officials say the cost is worth working toward other methods of sustainable travel. After the public hearing, the DOT plans to work on finalizing plans, with the intent on breaking ground in the Fall of 2020. read more
The Division of Humane Rights says it has found not enough evidence for that to be the case. Binghamton Mayor Rich David tells 12 News that the city takes all allegations of racism seriously. Hamlett also said he was not given an assignment due to his race. 12 News reached out to Hamlett’s legal counsel, but is awaiting to hear back. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The New York State Division of Human Rights says there is “no probable cause” to believe Binghamton Police Officers engaged in discriminatory practices against a veteran officer. Hamlett has 60 days to appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court. On our news app? Click here to read the PDF. 12 News will have more information about this story in its 11 p.m. newscast. The divisions’s report says Christopher J. Hamlett filed a report against Captain John Ryan. The report says Ryan was “known to be a racist” and denied Hamlett a promotion based on race. The full report can be read below: read more
Current Tioga County statistics: TIOGA COUNTY (WBNG) — Tioga County sent a press release to 12 News with updates on the coronavirus. 1 confirmed case46 mandatory quarantine1 precautionary quarantine62 tests pending Tioga County offices are operating on reduced staff. It is recommended that the public calls ahead before going into the office. 16 pallets of food were delivered to the Owego Free Academy on Friday. Volunteers will be putting together food boxes for distribution starting Monday, March 23. Where to get school meals: For more coverage on the coronavirus, click here. The Tioga County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The EOC will become virtual. For any questions or assistance, do not hesitate to call. The phone number to call is (607) 687-8477 For further information: https://www.tiogacountyny.com/departments/legislature/news/covid-19/ Tioga County Public Health – 607-687-8623 Tioga County Mental Health – 607-687-4000 NYS COVID Hotline 888-364-3065 Tioga County EOC 607-687-8477 Newark Valley School District: Breakfast and lunch 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Newark Valley Middle School, Berkshire Community Center and Richford Town HallCandor School District: Breakfast and lunch 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Food box delivery available. Owego Apalachin School District: breakfast and lunch 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Owego Elementary and Apalachin Elementary. Call (607) 687-7307 ext. 7777 for deliveryWaverly School District: March 17 to April 18 High School and 11 locations in the communityTioga Center School District: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, High School, Call the Main Office of your child’s school or to make alternate arrangements for backpack delivery call (607) 687-8006 ext. 2 read more
Wednesday, April 8 they will be delivering them to Lourdes Hospital, Thursday, April 9 they will deliver to UHS locations and then on Friday, April 10 they will be delivering to Guthrie Robert Packer. They said all of the bagels will be delivered around 7:30 a.m. (WBNG)- Over the next few days the Tioga State Bank will be providing breakfast for healthcare workers at hospitals in our area. In a press release, the bank said that they will be delivering 12 dozen bagels and cream cheese from Best Bagels to three different healthcare places in the Southern Tier, as a way to honor and support them.
OWEGO (WBNG) — The village of Owego Fire Department announced it was awarded a federal grant for new technology. The department will be replacing its air packs, which are the equipment that helps firefighters breathe in a fire. Chief Morris says the air packs include tracking technology. If one firefighter is injured or not moving, others will be able to find where they are. The village was awarded $150,000 for the project. Owego Fire Chief Jim Morris says this equipment has life saving potential. “It protects the firefighters against harmful particles in the air,” says Morris. “We use them when in a structure fire and stuff like that or in hazardous conditions.”
November 7 – 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.November 12 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. APALACHIN (WBNG) — The Tioga County Health Department issued a public health alert after someone who visited the facility tested positive for coronavirus. The health department asks anyone who was at the restaurant to monitor for symptoms for 14-days after exposure. Below are the dates and times of the possible exposure: According to a news release issued late Monday afternoon, someone who visited Donoli’s Restaurant in Apalachin before testing positive for the virus on November 7 and November 12.