Lee officials hope digital sign will help curb speeding

County TOWN OF LEE — Responding to complaints about speeding vehicles in subdivisions and other locations, the town is buying a portable digital speed sign that can be set up alongside roadways in hopes of slowing down drivers. The Town Board on Tuesday night approved pursuing an approximately $3,000 purchase of an Evolis radar-speed sign from Elan City Inc. of Long Island City. The... 4:01pm 08/17/18

Band to celebrate 40th year of performing with new CD

Rome VERONA — Fritz’s Polka Band of Verona is gearing up to release an album in commemoration of their 40th year performing. A release date has not yet been set. “I thought recording a new CD would be a cool way to celebrate this band milestone,” explained band leader Fritz Scherz in a statement. “While the recording project is not completed yet, we have made great strides in... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Boy Scouts begin countdown to annual Leadership Dinner

Oneida NEW HARTFORD — The 2018 Boy Scouts of America local Leatherstocking Council began the countdown to its biggest annual event — The BSA Leadership Dinner — with a luncheon Thursday at the Yahnundasis Country Club. The luncheon began the 60 day-countdown to the annual dinner, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17. At the dinner, Eve Van de Wal, regional president of Excellus... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Four accused of making meth at campsite

Public Safety TOWN OF ORWELL — Two City of Oneida residents were among four charged with cooking methamphetamine at a campsite on state-owned land in Oswego County on Sunday. State police said they were called to the Town of Orwell for suspicious people at a campsite off Dam Road, where they found four people and an active meth lab. Troopers said one of the four threw a portable meth lab... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Rock the Cap benefit Saturday

Rome Rock the Cap 2018 on Saturday will be a night of music featuring area cover bands Remedy and Nervous Rex, with special opening act Lillie Moffett. The event starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6. Tickets are $5. The event is a benefit fundraiser to help commemorate the Capitol Theatre’s 90th Anniversary with all proceeds going to the restoration fund of the Capitol Arts Complex.  4:00pm 08/17/18

Mayor to walk neighborhood Tuesday

Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo is scheduled to walk another neighborhood in the coming week. On Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m., she and city officials will walk Oneida Street, covering Gansevoort Avenue and Panasci Avenue. 4:00pm 08/17/18

Tenney, Brindisi camps work on scheduling debates

County U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney has agreed to three debates with Anthony Brindisi, who is challenging her in the November election for the 22nd Congressional District, her campaign office announced Wednesday. However, Brindisi campaign manager Ellen Foster said details still are being worked out for debates. Brindisi, of Utica, currently is a state Assemblyman. The campaign office... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Pour Your Heart Out event to aid Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter

Rome The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter will host the Pour Your Heart Out fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Teugega Country Club, 6801 Golf Course Road. The Friends of The Arc Foundation will honors 2018 state Special Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medalist Lauren Marraffa. Marraffa receives services from The Arc, Oneida-Lewis, including her involvement in the StageWorks... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Backpack Giveaway Saturday at MVCC's Utica Campus

County Mohawk Valley Community College and the Compassion Coalition are holding a Backpack Giveaway event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Information Technology Building on MVCC’s Utica Campus. Five-hundred backpacks were filled with school supplies for students in grades 7-12, including items such as notebooks, a ruler, glue sticks, colored pencils, pens, markers,... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Oh No Three Oh fires late to win Vernon Downs feature

Sports VERNON — Oh No Three Oh and driver Jeff Long charged in the stretch to win featured trot at Vernon Downs Thursday. Kabu and driver John MacDonald went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions. Oh No Three Oh was in fourth after three-quarters. Owned by Charlene Long and trained by Paul Long, the eventual winner took the lead just before the wire to win in... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Sports calendar — Aug. 17, 2018

Sports Tonight’s Schedule...ProfessionalHarness racing — Vernon Downs, first post 6:10.Saturday’s Schedule...ProfessionalHarness racing — Vernon Downs, first post 6:10.Note: The schedule for some events is weather-permitting. For calendar updates, visit: romesentinel.com/sports 4:00pm 08/17/18

Sports agate — Aug. 17, 2018

Sports Agate National Football League Preseason Thursday’s Games New England 37, Philadelphia 20 Washington 15, N.Y. Jets 13 Green Bay 51, Pittsburgh 34 Friday’s Games N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 7 Kansas City at Atlanta, 7 Miami at Carolina, 7:30 Buffalo at Cleveland, 7:30 Arizona at New Orleans, 8 Saturday’s Games Jacksonville at Minnesota, 1 Oakland at L.A. Rams, 4 Cincinnati at Dallas, 7... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Free cabaret at Stanley to feature high school students

Entertainment UTICA — The Stanley Theater in Utica will present a free cabaret show tonight at 7:30 p.m., to feature high school students from across Oneida County. Each student will perform a musical theatre song of their choice, including selections from popular musicals “Hamilton” and “The Sound of Music,” according to the Stanley Theater announcement. Doors for the event will open at... 4:00pm 08/17/18

Documentary tells the story of triplets separated at birth

Entertainment Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., will present the documentary “Three Identical Strangers” from Friday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Aug. 23.  Directed by Tim Wardle, “Three Identical Strangers” follows the bizarre, true story of three strangers who are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different... 4:00pm 08/16/18

Final performance of the summer for Boonville Concert Band

Entertainment The summer is slowly winding down, and the Boonville Concert Band will be presenting their final concert of the summer season this Friday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Erwin Park lower pavilion. This week’s concert is presented in celebration of the Woodsman’s Field Days, and Fireworks will follow. The band is made up of talented professional and amateur musicians. Boonville... 4:00pm 08/16/18

View hosts Sweetback Sisters

Entertainment OLD FORGE — The Sweetback Sisters will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at View, 3273 Route 28. View will have bistro style seating so you can dance and purchase wine, beer, and soft drinks during the performance. Expect honky-tonk, rockin’ female harmonies, and a swinging six-piece country band.  The Sweetback Sisters come from Brooklyn, but... 4:00pm 08/16/18