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2013 In Review: Part 2

As 2014 quickly approaches, we take a look back at the year that was.
We pick up in July with a firefighter graduation ceremony. 13 new firefighters that are serving around our region graduated from a training academy held in Binghamton.

A Johnson man was charged with murdering his downstairs neighbor. Police say Christopher Davis, 43, killed Patricia LaCaprara, 50, at her home on Brown Street in the Village. There was an apparent burglary before the murder.

Endicott Interconnect Technologies filed for bankruptcy protection. After numerous months, Integrian Holdings, which is owned by the Matthews family, which owned part of E.I., ended up with the winning bid. The sale took place in September. E-I's new name is i3.

A memorial service was held for a Town of Barton soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. 25-year-old Sergeant Justin Rogers died at Bagram Airfield. He was described as a special person who was disciplined and had pride in his country.

July 22nd marked 100 years since the tragic Binghamton Clothing Company fire. 31 people died in the blaze, behind what is now Boscov's downtown. Back then the building was considered safe, although history proves otherwise.

Former Owego Mayor, Ed Arrington, passed away due to a heart issue. He was 70. He worked for IBM for more than 30 and was a member of the Owego Emergency Squad in addition to leading the Village for three terms.

On a lighter note, the Village of Owego tried out using sheep as lawn mowers for a time at Evergreen Cemetery. They certainly are cuter and less noisy than gas powered machines.

In August, the revelation came that Binghamton's Calvin Coolidge Elementary School had to closed due to asbestos contamination. The school reopened earlier this month.

Another Dicks Sporting Goods Open and another big success. Bart Bryant went home with trophy and country music fans enjoyed Tim McGraw's concert.

President Obama visited Binghamton University. The stop was part of his "Making College More Affordable" tour. The President actually took unscreened and unscripted questions from the audience.

The proposal for a large irrigation project in Delhi was unveiled. The move would allow two of its major manufacturers to expand.

In October, a kosher dairy company announced that it was preparing to breathe new life into the dormant Crowley milk processing plant on Binghamton's south side. Mountain Fresh Dairy bought the plant earlier this year.

Binghamton police officers and firefighters sprang to action as a man threatened to jump from the Washington Street Bridge. The man was hanging from the bridge when police got here. Officers grabbed the man's wrists and firefighters put a rope around the man's waist and eventually got him to a hospital for mental help.

A Town of Tioga man was charged with killing his roommate. Police say Douglas Every, 62, of Thorn Hollow Road, stabbed Milton Jump, 39.

Willow Run Foods in Kirkwood became the first regional food distributor in the Northeast to add compressed gas trucks to its fleet. The company is leasing 15 new CNG tractors from Ryder Systems.

In November, two men were arrested after torturing Jordan Dordell, 23, and his girlfriend at their Mygatt St. home in Binghamton. Nigel Saunders, 25, and Julian Talamantez, 21, are charged with murder.

Rich David was elected as Binghamton's new mayor. He'll take over the City's reins tomorrow. Johnson City Mayor, Greg Deemie, also easily defeated his challenger.

Voters in New York State also approved allowing full-fledged casinos off of Indian lands. Tioga Downs in Nichols and Traditions at the Glen in Union are trying to position themselves to get one of the licenses.

Endless Mountains Health Systems cut the ribbon on its new hospital in Montrose, Pennsylvania. The new facility is more than four times larger than its old one and will offer expanded services.

Binghamton City Council approved selling the Greenman Center to Red Barn Computers in the Town of Chenango. The former senior center on Pine Street ran into problems when its old heating and cooling system collapsed.

Ground was broken on what will eventually be a new Owego Elementary School. It will be at the same spot as the former OES before the record 2011 flood. It's scheduled to open in September of 2015.

And, in December Lourdes started construction on a new three story, $7 million parking garage. It will add more than 200 additional spaces for vehicles.

The proposed school merger between the Chenango Forks and Chenango Valley School districts did not go through. There was likely record turnout in both districts.

The Australian Navy received its first two state of the art MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin in Owego. The country will be getting 22 more by the end of 2016. Lockheed equips the choppers with state of the art electronics systems.

The Southern Tier Independence Center celebrated its 30th anniversary.

And, the Southern Tier Region secured about $82 million of New York State economic development funds. The Southern Tier was again rated a top performer.
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