first_imgDonald Burton Sr. was not only an employee of the Binghamton Department of Parks and Recreation, but he also was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Donald Burton Sr. was only 40 years old when he was just trying to help people clear the pathways of snow on February 11, 1970. He took his tractor with a snow sweeper on it to clean off the bridge, but his tractor broke through the walkway and he crashed below in the icy waters. He left behind his wife and five children. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — 50 years after local city employee, Donald Burton Sr., plunged to his death on the Exchange Street Bridge, his family and community honored him with a memorial at the end of the bridge. His son, Donald Burton, says he was a baby when this happened, so he never really got to know his father. He says his mother would tell him stories of his dad.center_img While many may remember this day as a tragedy and feel sorrow when thinking about Burton Sr., his family wants him to be remembered as someone who would always give back, since he was doing just that when he died. “My mother told me the story of every night about the time he would have come home.” Burton paused to take a moment. “I would bounce my crib to the front door and he didn’t come home…you know…”last_img read more

first_img(WBNG)– With the start date for a potential fall sports season just over one month away, parents of athletes are growing frustrated with the unknowns. “I am in full support of students being able to play,” said Sexton. “I also think it should be left up to individual parents and athletes.” Sexton’s son Parker is a three-sport athlete. He is waiting to see if he’ll be able to begin his senior football season next month. “I don’t think the end decision should be up to the governor or the state,” she said. “I think a lot of responsibility also goes back on us to make sure we’re taking care of our student athletes,” she said. Sexton said she is confident schools and teams will implement policies to keep kids healthy and safe, but added the responsibility should be shared between parents, schools and coaches.  “Anytime you step on the field or court there’s going to be a risk to injury,” said Merrick. “This is no different.” Ava plays volleyball in the fall, and Merrick also says she believes the decision should be left up to parents. “It’s that little bit of a carrot dangled in front of them that says hey, let’s work just a little bit harder to get to where you need to be to do the things you want to do in life,” said Sexton. Chenango Forks mother of four Pennie Merrick agrees. Merrick made a difficult decision this summer to let her 13-year-old daughter Ava play softball after recognizing it was best for her mental health. Merrick said the benefits of letting Ava play softball this summer outweighed the risks. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association said the state has not provided guidance or a timeline to determine whether or not the season will begin on September 21. Sexton said playing sports or being involved in extracurricular activities provides an outlet and pushes kids to do better in school. “You’re trying to make plans but you don’t know what you’re planning for or when you’re planning for it,” said Spencer-Van Etten mom Heather Sexton. “She was becoming very withdrawn,” said Merrick. “And at that point, we decided this was a decision that needed to be made whether we were gonna take the risk of COVID, versus whether we needed to get her back out there.”last_img read more