A ‘very useful’ engine to delight tots at Union Station

Community UTICA — All aboard for a day out with Thomas the Tank Engine. The famed storybook engine will be chugging into Utica’s Union Station for two weekends in June. On back-to-back weekends, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride with their favorite engine and enjoy a day of themed activities, including arts and crafts and storytelling. Adirondack... 4:00pm 02/28/15

Attorney general renews push against ‘zombie’ properties

County State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is resuming his quest for legislation against “zombie” properties. So-called zombie properties are labeled as such when they’ve fallen into foreclosure and have been vacated by the homeowner but have not been repossessed by the foreclosing lender. The houses can sit vacant for long periods of time, with little or no maintenance. They... 4:00pm 02/28/15

Google Surveys now on Romesentinel.com

Beginning Feb. 16, users of the Sentinel’s website at www.romesentinel.com will have an opportunity to participate in Google Surveys by answering questions about varioustopics.  Taking part in the surveys, which are optional and can be answered anonymously, will help the Sentinel enhance its content for readers. The Sentinel will receive payments from Google based on the... 12:00pm 02/12/15

Meetings — March 2, 2015

Meetings / Events MondayCounty Executive’s hearing, 10 a.m. Public comment on local laws changing numbering of Rome election districts. 10th Floor, County Office Building, 800 Park Ave., Utica.Clinton Village Board, 7 p.m. Lumbard Memorial Hall, North Park Row.  Oneida Castle Village Board, 7 p.m. Village Fire Station.  Ava Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Town Hall, 11468 State Route 26.Verona... 4:00pm 02/28/15

Dozens of groups seek county grants

County Nearly 60 arts and cultural groups and programs related to science, technology, engineering and math education have requested funding from Oneida County. Almost $850,000 was included in this year’s budget for the grant program. A total of 38 requests were received seeking a share of the $330,000 set aside to increase the promotion of and access to arts and culture activities... 4:00pm 02/28/15

Five area wrestlers still in the hunt for state championships

Sports Five area wrestlers advanced to the semifinals of the Division II New York State High School Wrestling Championships on Friday at the Times-Union Center in Albany. Adirondack junior Derek Spann at 120 pounds, Holland Patent sophomore Hunter Richard at 138, Camden senior Garrett Mitchell at 145, Holland Patent junior Alex Herringshaw at 160 and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill senior... 4:10pm 02/28/15

Welsh hymns planned Sunday for St. David’s Day

Religion ORISKANY — In celebration of St. David’s Day, Sunday, Welsh hymns will be sung during the worship service in Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1117 Utica St. It’s at 10 a.m. The service will include communion.   St. David, one of the influential monks of the sixth century, is the Patron Saint of Wales.  Above the legends surrounding his life, everyone recognizes his... 4:00pm 02/28/15

World Day of Prayer service March 6

Religion LEE CENTER — A World Day of Prayer service open to everyone will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the United Methodist Church, 5531 Lee Center-Taberg Road. The church is handicapped accessible with parking in the rear off Church Street. The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Lee Center. The program — “Jesus said, ‘Do you understand what I have done for... 4:00pm 02/28/15