316 get diplomas at RFA commencement ceremony

Education The 147th Commencement ceremony for Rome Free Academy was held this morning. Marching onto the field at RFA Stadium, the 316 members of the class of 2016 were accompanied by the school band playing the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.” The class and assembled family, friends, teachers and school administrators then stood while the band played the National Anthem. Devante... 4:02pm 06/25/16

RFA teacher receives state award

Education A state award for an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, and school district employee of the month recognition for a speech therapist teacher and a teacher assistant, were noted by the Board of Education. Diane Stevenson, an ESL teacher at Rome Free Academy, received an Empire State Excellence in Teaching award that was presented by state Office of General Services... 4:00pm 06/25/16

NYSSD graduate earns scholarship

Education 4:00pm 06/25/16

First full day of testimony heard at Word of Life Church trial

Public Safety Lucas Leonard, age 19, was dead on arrival at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Hartford. But that didn’t stop hospital personnel from trying to save his life. His half-sister, Sarah Ferguson, is on trial for her role in killing Leonard, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The first full day of testimony on Friday revealed what happened when members of the Word of Life... 4:00pm 06/25/16

RFA valedictorian advises peers, ‘don’t be afraid of new experiences’

Education Rome Free Academy class of 2016 valedictorian Nicholas Wilson addressed his classmates and assembled guests this morning, saying: “Good morning families, teachers, and Class of 2016. It’s hard to believe that this is the last day we’ll all be together, but I’m really glad to have a chunk of it set aside for me to talk at you. Now, the majority of you sitting out there don’t... 4:00pm 06/25/16

Oriskany graduates earn honors

Education Here’s a rundown of the awards and honors received by members of the Oriskany Central School Class of 2016: Alyson Amodio: NY State Academic Excellence, Utica College Presidential Scholarship, Oriskany Post No.1448 American Legion History Silver Award, Sara D. Thaler Memorial Scholarship, Oriskany Teacher’s Association Award for Highest Average, Students Against Destructive... 4:00pm 06/25/16

Council gets update on water, sewer projects

Rome The Common Council was briefed about two major water and waste water system improvements Wednesday at a work session. The northwest water system expansion continues but is being split into three phases rather than two for efficiency. Meanwhile, the Railroad Street interceptor sewer will help ease the strain on the system in that area. The large expansion of the city’s water... 4:00pm 06/25/16

Church honors graduates

Religion DURHAMVILLE — The Durhamville Baptist Church recognized graduates June 19 during the morning Worship service. They were: General Board member Sandra Reed recognized each graduate and presented them with a gift certificate, some inspiring words and a prayer. Following the service there was a reception. The Durhamville Baptist Church is an American Baptist Congregation at 5294... 4:00pm 06/25/16

Bloodmobile, Stone Soup in Verona church

Religion VERONA — A bloodmobile Wednesday and Stone Soup Thursday are scheduled in the Verona First Presbyterian Church on the Corner of Rock Road and Main Street. There are still openings for donors at an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 29 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm. To donate go to redcrossblood.org or contact Pastor Peg Ward at 480-4174. On Thursday, June 30, the... 4:00pm 06/25/16