Dairy farmers share concerns with county officials at forum

County WHITESTOWN — Low milk prices and the challengers farmers in the dairy industry face each day to maintain their farms were topics of the Dairy Farmer Forum hosted by County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. Wednesday at Cornell Cooperative Extension. Between 30-40 area farmers spoke out about issues at the county, state and federal levels that need to be addressed because their... 4:00pm 05/24/18

French and Indian War Weekend returns to Fort Stanwix

Rome From Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, Fort Stanwix National Monument will host the annual French and Indian War Weekend. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the events of the war on the Oneida Carry and the activities of the British units at the fort. Events will include military drills and daily fort life activities. Children will have the opportunity to... 4:00pm 05/24/18

City reaches five-year pact with police union

Rome The city has reached a tentative agreement with the police union for 2018 through 2022. The Board of Estimate and Contract voted unanimously today to approve a tentative agreement with the Philip S. McDonald Police Benevolent Association. The city in late 2017 forged agreements with the other three unions representing city employees. They all cover 2018 to 2022 as well. The... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Kirkland Bird Club to offer hike

Meetings / Events The Kirkland Bird Club is offering a “rain date” walk to make up for a gathering that was cancelled on May 22 due to inclement weather: • Tuesday, May 29: Nelson Robinson will lead a trip to Wood Creek Trail on Hogsback Road. This is in the western part of the Rome Sand Plains. The group will meet at the McDonalds on Erie Boulevard West at 10 a.m. Please bring bug spray or... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Council OKs bonding for used fire truck; higher sidewalk rebate

Rome BY STEVE JONES Staff writer The Common Council Wednesday approved bonding for a used fire truck to replace a backup engine that is no longer capable of service. The current Engine Six, a backup vehicle, has a cracked frame, noted Fire Chief Ronald Brement at the meeting. It was expected to serve in a reserve role for five to 10 more years, but is no longer safe to be on the... 12:00pm 05/24/18

Great Swamp to host free event with expert angler

County CANASTOTA — On Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the Great Swamp Conservancy (GSC), Inc. will host a free event with renowned fisherman Spider Rybaak.  Come ready to have fun and learn from an expert. The event will be held at Simpson Park, just 1/10 mile south of the main GSC property at 8375 N. Main St. in Canastota.  All equipment will be provided by Rybaak. Each... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Patrols to be out in force Memorial Day weekend

Public Safety The state police and other local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drunken and dangerous driving over the Memorial Day weekend, the agencies have announced. The crackdown will run from Friday, May 25 through Tuesday, May 29. Authorities said the Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest traveling holidays of the year because it marks the unofficial start of... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Movies — May 24, 2018

Meetings / Events Cinema Capitol: “Kiki’s Delivery Service” (G) 7. “RBG” (PG) 7:15. Rome Cinemas: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” 3D (PG-13) 8. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) 7, 10. “Avengers: Infinity War” (PG-13) 3:25, 6:40, 9:55. “Book Club” (PG-13) 4:35, 7:10, 9:35. “Breaking In” (PG-13) 3:35. “Deadpool 2” (R) 4:45, 5:25, 7:30, 8:15, 10:15. “Life of the Party” (PG-13) 4, 7, 9:30. “Show Dogs”... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Clinton girls run to fifth straight sectional crown

Sports The Clinton girls track and field team won its fifth straight Section III championship on Wednesday, racing to the Class B-2 crown in Canastota. The Warriors had 145 points to easily outdistance runner-up Cazenovia, which had 95. Holland Patent finished with 23 points and Adirondack had two points. Winning for Clinton were Emmeline MacPherson in the 400-meter dash and 100... 4:10pm 05/24/18

Sports agate — May 24, 2018

Sports Agate BASEBALL VVS 15, Phoenix 3 Phoenix 000 003 0 — 3 5 3 VVS 020 661 X — 15 17 1 W: Roden. L: Sisera. 2B: VVS, Roden, Musacchio, VanDreason, Farina; Phoenix, Sutliffe; HR: VVS, Roden. RBI: VVS, Roden 2, Moffett 2, Musacchio 2, Rotach, Palmer, Miller, Karim, Anater, Kipp; Phoenix, Sutliffe, Carlson, Redhead. Oriskany 15, Morrisville-Eaton 2 M-E 002 000 0 — 2 3 5 Oriskany 234 060 X... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Season-ending loss for Westmoreland JVs

Sports The Westmoreland junior varsity softball team suffered an 11-5 season-ending loss to West Canada Valley on Wednesday. M’Kayla Tierney had five strike outs on the mound for the Bulldogs and recorded a double. Kylie McGowan had three hits for Westmoreland, which ended their season with an 8-5 record. Josh Zyskowski drove in the go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh inning to... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Cinema screens animated movie with all-star cast

Entertainment Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., will present the animated comedy “Isle of Dogs” Friday through Thursday. Written, produced and directed by Wes Anderson, the movie tales place in a dystopian near-future Japan. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Pianist Laussade performs in Lee Center Tuesday

Entertainment LEE CENTER — St. Joseph’s Church in Lee Center will present internationally renowned classical pianist Elyane Laussade as part of its 65th Anniversary Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is located at 5748 Stokes-Lee Center Road. Suggested donation is $10 per person for the concert. For more information, contact Ted Lenio at 315-335-0090... 4:00pm 05/24/18

Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association hosts Season Kickoff Party May 27

Entertainment VILLAGE OF OSCEOLA — Good food, entertainment, and celebration will mark this year’s “Season Kickoff Party” as the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association’s celebrates the grand opening of its new “Fiddler’s Kitchen from 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Scheduled are a dish-to-pass luncheon at 12:30 p.m., Kitchen Ribbon Cutting at 2 p.m. and a fiddle jam from 1-5 p.m., all... 4:00pm 05/24/18