The hose team says the steamer and showroom are rare pieces of American Fire Service History and present historical, educational and training opportunities. The project will cost over $100,000. Financial support has been secured from the various local charities. To see how you can help the Owego Hose Team, click here. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Owego Hose Team announced its plans for rebuilding pieces to be used at the Owego Fire Station Tuesday. The groups plans to bring it back to its original glory and give it a showroom similar to the steamer house located in Marathon, N.Y. The team is restoring the Owego Fire Department’s 1866 Steam Fire Pumper and is building a steamer house on North Avenue next to Owego Fire Station 2. In 1987, the steamer was the oldest licensed steam pumper in the nation. The thinning of the steamer’s boiler makes it unsafe for operation, now.
McKeever says only with this added context can we truly understand how the economy is doing. “When you seen an unemployment rate at 13, or 15 percent, that’s extremely high but you wanna make sure you have it in context,” McKeever told 12 News Friday. “Is it structural unemployment, meaning that there’s a reason this is going to persist indefinitely, or is this temporary unemployment caused by disruptions with the coronavirus?” (WBNG) — While the job market might be turning around the question has become what does that mean for the entire economy? Binghamton University Professor Dan Mckeever says while these numbers are a good sign, they don’t tell the whole story. He says much like the stock market, statistics can be misleading, which is why you have to look at several factors as a whole. McKeever said he expects the unemployment numbers to continue to drop because he said most of the lost jobs will return as the economy reopens. He also said he doesn’t foresee the nationwide protests having an impact on the economy.
With football classified as a high-risk sport, 13 states across the country have made the call to postpone it until spring. “I think all players and coaches would sign up for it as long as there’s a guarantee we’d be able to play,” said Sorrenti. Along with physical concerns, Chenango Valley football coach Nick Sorrenti said mental health goes hand-in-hand. “Anything that indicates we can be back together is obviously positive,” said Buchsbaum. “Right now we’re hopeful for September 21 but we’re also keeping an eye on what’s going on across the country.” Sorrenti said he is unable to provide any guidance to his team right now, and it would be beneficial if coaches could oversee workouts. Owego Free Academy Athletic Director Andy Buchsbaum said the news was encouraging, but there is still a long way to go before students can return to the field. “A lot of that depends on our actual reopening of schools and what that looks like, but whatever we’re allowed to do I believe we’ll be ready to do,” he said. “If they’re going to allow any sport to have a season, I think all sports should have a season I don’t think it should be pick and choose,” said Sorrenti. “We as educators can make sure they’re following guidelines and we want to do that,” he said. “We’re willing to do whatever’s necessary to make sure our season happens.” “If at some point this school year if we’re able to get kids out and competing for our school I think that’s a win,” said Buchsbaum. Right now, kids are left training on their own as Cuomo remains undecided and organized team practices are still banned. Buchsmaun said injuries are his main concern. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo giving schools the green light to reopen this fall was a step in the right direction for interscholastic athletics. Released this memo to clarify athletic eligibility for students in remote only education. @NYSEDNews Bona Fide Student Regulation provides eligibility if student is taking 3 courses + PE. NOTE: interscholastic sports are still prohibited by NYS officials at this time. @NYSPHSAA pic.twitter.com/Xb5Su3JL72— Dr. Robert Zayas (@RobertZayasNY) August 10, 2020 The New York State Public High School Athletic Association released the following statement following Friday’s news: “We are pleased that schools can reopen and there will continue to be a dialogue about returning to interscholastic athletics. Today’s announcement is a positive one for our association and the student-athletes. We can continue to work towards getting them back to practice. We are encouraged that interscholastic athletics were brought up on the call Friday and state leaders realize its something we need to come up with a plan for.” “It needs to come down to what’s the best for the kid and what’s the best for these kids’ futures,” said Sorrenti. “Sometimes with any sport it’s the only way out, the way to escape.” “For me it’s about getting back into the mix, getting their bodies into a situation where they’re physically able to compete and minimize risk and injury as much as possible,” he said. Buchsbaum says OFA is trying to steer clear of hypothetical situations, but if it comes down to select sports being allowed the school will adjust. Today, NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas released a memo stating students receiving remote learning are eligible to play sports if and when a season is allowed. Both Buchsbaum and Sorrenti are confident coaches and athletes will be happy as long as their is a season at some point this academic year. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.