State, city to monitor flooding situation

Rome The state wants those living in places near streams and rivers to take precautions against flooding as this week the forecast calls for unseasonable warm temperatures and rain. Parts of the Mohawk River are being monitored. The combination of warm temperatures, rainfall and snowmelt could lead to ice jam movement and minor flooding this afternoon into Thursday, noted Gov.... 4:01pm 02/20/18

Threat against RFA investigated

Public Safety A threat of violence made against Rome Free Academy during a private conversation late last year has been investigated by the Rome Police Department. Police spokesman Detective Jeffrey M. Lanigan said two friends were chatting privately on social media in early December when one of them, a 16-year-old boy, made a “shooting threat” in regards to the school. Police said the... 4:01pm 02/20/18

BOCES students among regional winners

Education Several students at BOCES programs that are based in Verona and New Hartford were among top-three finishers in various categories at the recent SkillsUSA Area II Regional Competition at Morrisville State College. SkillsUSA is an education-industry partnership that engages students in technical skills competitions and fosters leadership development.  • Madison-Oneida BOCES,... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Meetings — Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Meetings / Events Wednesday Annsville Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town Hall, 9196 Main St., Taberg. Augusta Town Board, 7 p.m. Town Hall, 185 N. Main St., Oriskany Falls. Forestport Town Board, 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 12012 Woodhull St. Holland Patent Board of Education, 6:30 p.m. Board Room, Annex, 9601 Main St. Lewis Planning Board, 7 p.m., Town of Lewis Municipal Building, 1039 State Route 26, West... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Utica Zoo has volunteer post for you

County Utica Zoo is looking for individuals to join its team of docents in 2018. A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher or guide who is committed to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation and the Utica Zoo.  Docents assist with education classes both on and off zoo grounds, promote the venue’s mission by acting as a zoo ambassador, educate zoo visitors on... 4:00pm 02/20/18

MVCC to screen animated film ‘Coco’ Saturday

Education A screening of the film “Coco” will be featured Saturday, Feb. 24 at noon at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus, in Festine Auditorium, and at MVCC’s Utica campus, in Schafer Theater. The screening is being featured by the MVCC Cultural Series as part of the Family Fun Series, the college said. Admission is $5 general, $2 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Oneida County tax deadline Feb. 28

Rome Wednesday, Feb. 28, is the last day to pay 2018 Oneida County taxes. Payments must be postmarked by Feb. 28 or dropped in the night depository on the north side of City Hall by 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1. The Treasurer’s Office is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. weekdays. Payments can also be made online at 4:00pm 02/20/18

Roman charged with menacing

Public Safety A 28-year-old man is accused of chasing another man with a breaker bar on Canal Street Monday afternoon. Police said two men were arguing outside a residence on Canal Street shortly before 6 p.m. Police said a third man, Marcus E. Randall, of 307 Lawrence St., came out of a residence and started chasing one of the men with a metal breaker bar. Nearby, a city police officer on... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Tenney to make re-elect announcement March 3

County It comes as no surprise, but Republican Congresswoman Claudia L. Tenney will formally announce next week she is seeking a second term in the 22nd District. She will launch her bid at an event March 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at her campaign headquarters in Plaza 5, 8469 Seneca Turnpike, Suite 105, New Hartford. There will be a similar rally March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Comets extend AHL points streak to 16

Sports BELLEVILLE, Ont. — The Utica Comets extended their American Hockey League points streak to 16 games with a 5-4 road victory over Belleville on Monday afternoon. The 16-game streak matches the longest in the AHL this season. The Comets jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Tony Cameranesi scored off of a face-off won by Cole Cassels. Zack MacEwen made it 2-0 Utica five minutes... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Sports agate — Feb. 20, 2018

Sports Agate BASKETBALL Boys Section III Playoffs Class AA Friday West Genesee 66, Cicero-North Syracuse 55 Henninger 96, Baldwinsville 81 Nottingham 66, Corcoran 56 Auburn 76, Proctor 73 Tuesday No. 8-West Genesee at 1-Liverpool, 7. 5-Henninger at 4-Bishop Grimes, 7. 7-Nottingham at 2-Rome Free Academy, 7. 6-Auburn at 3-Central Square, 7. Class A Friday East Syracuse-Minoa 79, Carthage,... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Tri-Valley YMCA offering archery classes starting in March

Sports ONEIDA — The Tri-Valley YMCA is teaming with Oneida Heritage to offer the Character Through Archery Program. Classes are taught by USA Certified Archery instructors with a special emphasis on character development training for youth. Character traits taught include empathy, personal development, relationship  building, emotional management and responsibility. Registration is... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Sports calendar — Feb. 20, 2018

Sports Tonight’s Schedule...Scholastic boysBasketball — Section III quarterfinals, Class AA: Nottingham at RFA, 7. Class B: Oneida at Homer, 7; General Brown at VVS, 7. Class C: Tully at Westmoreland, 6. Class D: DeRuyter at Oriskany, 7.Hockey — Section III Division II semifinal: Clinton at Cortland-Homer, 7.Scholastic girlsBasketball — Section III quarterfinals, Class AA: RFA at... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Red Cross seeks blood donors at upcoming drives

Health During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Alzheimer’s Association lists meetings for March, April

Senior The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter welcomes those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to attend one of its support groups that meet throughout the region. Support groups are a community of peers that exist to support one another. The peer- or professionally-led groups for individuals, caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Center screens ‘Patriot’s Day’ Wednesday

Senior Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St., will show the free movie, “Patriot’s Day,” based on the true story of the Boston Marathon bombings, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Food will be for sale including $1 hot dogs and water, and 50-cent soft drinks. Sign up at the center or call 315-337-8230. 4:00pm 02/20/18

Meet new friends at Ava Dorfman event

Senior Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St., will host an event for area residents to make new friends and enjoy homemade doughnuts and coffee from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. The purpose of the event is to get acquainted with the senior center and meet new people. A donation of $2 will be accepted. For more information, contact the center at 315-337-8230. 4:00pm 02/19/18