Economic development an ongoing process for Village of Owego

first_imgAfter Owego was awarded the funding, more than fifty projects were proposed to receive some of that funding. From that list, a 15-person committee led by Baratta and Tioga County’s Director of Economic Development and Planning Leann Tinney narrowed it down to $13 million worth of projects. From there, the state’s economic development council eventually selected the 17 projects to be funded, for a total of $9.8 million. OWEGO (WBNG) — One year after winning ten million dollars, Owego’s mayor says the village’s future is brighter than ever. Owego was one of the regional winners of New York State’s 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative. That ten million dollars is funding 17 projects in the village, ranging from improvements to the fire station to the creation of a brand new art park, a park that incorporates things like sculptures with the natural landscape around it. “Obviously we want jobs. In a downtown like this, a lot of jobs are in retail; we do have some manufacturing and they got a little bit of money to expand their operations,” Baratta told 12 News Thursday. “Obviously we want to attract people here, and we want them to want to stay here.” Mayor Mike Baratta says the village has two economic goals for the use of this funding.last_img read more

Photo contest focuses on conservation, appreciating the outdoors

first_imgBut these rules zooming in on a key focus of the contest: studying what’s around us. The contest had nine categories, more than $2,000 in prize money, and brought in photos from people in 12 states, and even from Israel. The Waterman Conservation executive director Chris Audette supported the program because of it’s unique way to look at ways to help the environment. APALACHIN (WBNG) — Photographers from around the country were honored on Saturday, as awards were handed out for the 2019 #NatureNow Photo Contest through the Waterman Conservation Education Center. The contest ran from August until November, encouraging participants to go outside and organically capture the images of nature. “My eyes have been really opened up by the interest in photography in this area,” said Teri Franzen, the contest administrator. “I am just so proud of all my students that entered. All the local photographers, and I’m just so proud this program has been so well-recognized and that we are continuing to expand our reach.” “We get people out in the field and we get them to go take their pictures and get them to come back and learn more about the subjects they’ve photographed,” Franzen said. “If you spend ten minutes in nature and just sit still, things come out of the woodwork. It’s just amazing what you see.” “We didn’t allow baiting, we wouldn’t allowed photos from zoos or game farms or any other controlled environment,” Franzen. “As a wildlife photographer, I’m really concerned about photography ethics, influencing your wild subject and not influencing your wild subject.”center_img “That gets them more attuned to nature and more interested in maybe maintaining those ecosystems and that’s kind of our bridge to conservation,” Franzen said. A total of 52 photographers submitted a combined total of 253 photos to the competition. “We’re getting to a point where we’re looking for creative ways to send the message that we have to conserve the environment and that there’s amazing things out there to be seen,” Audette said. The program, Natural History Through The Lens, is all about focusing on conversation efforts by getting people to appreciate the great outdoors. All participants were bound to strict guidelines to help keep the true meaning behind wild and free. Both Franzen and Audette told 12 News Waterman Conservation plans to hold another photo contest.last_img read more

Farmers hand out milk to Tioga County residents to prevent dumping

first_imgOrganizers of the milk give-away say this is just another example of the neighbors helping out in Tioga County. With the food supply chain disrupted, dairy farmers are struggling to get their product processed and distributed. This can lead to milk being dumped. They say nearly 850 families were able to pick up the milk Tuesday. They are putting it in the hands of people who need it and are helping out other dairy farmers.center_img (WBNG) — Dairy Farmers of America are buying $15,000 worth of milk and then giving it out. PHOTO CREDIT: Isaiah Bishop/aerial.evolutionlast_img read more

A closer look at rapid testing capabilities

first_imgThe Hologic Panther, however, can take between 250 and 500 samples and process them within 4 to 6 hours in order to determine whether a person has tested positive or negative for the coronavirus. (BINGHAMTON) – Yesterday, Lourdes Hospital announced three testing platforms it’s using to ramp up COVID-19 testing in our area, and today, 12 News took a closer look at them. The hospital is limited in the number of tests it can perform each week, and prioritizes patients based off of the severity of illness, age and symptoms shown. “It was a real struggle to get supplies for any of these testing platforms in the beginning,” Dr. Zur said. “That money allowed us to double the capacity on our BioFire platform. It’s all very helpful in expanding our testing capabilities.” The speed of these tests means some accuracy can be lost, but Dr. Zur doesn’t just look at one test. Dr. Zur says these kits have been extremely helpful in terms of getting information to patients quickly, as well as conserving PPE for nurses and doctors, because the longer the waiting period, the more time staff must assume a person is COVID-19 positive. “We don’t rely on one test method to prove somebody is negative for COVID-19,” Dr. Zur said.center_img “We’re able to test more patients now than we would’ve before,” said Dr. Michael Zur, the director of the testing lab. “You can be pretty confident that if somebody tests positive through these, they are positive and we will treat them accordingly.” Zur and the lab try to send tests out to New York State if they feel like a patient still might have COVID-19 even after testing negative with one of the kits. The three tests include ID Now, BioFire and the Hologic Panther, each of them providing speedy results for patients and doctors. The ID Now test can process samples and deliver a result within five to 15 minutes. BioFire’s system can give results within 15 to 45 minutes. A recent $125,000 grant from the Decker Foundation helped the hospital in gaining testing supplies, like these kits.last_img read more