Clerk gets some backing from lawmakers at budget hearing

Oneida Oneida County Clerk Sandy DePerno, facing a rare challenge to re-election to a fourth term over how the local Division of Motor Vehicles offices are run, blamed problems largely on burgeoning demand for enhanced driver’s licenses and lack of personnel — and got some backing from some county legislators. Former Republican New Hartford county legislator David Gordon is running... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Blood recipients winners in ‘Battle of the Badges’

Public Safety A total of 43 pints of blood was collected during the “Battle of the Badges” blood drive competition last month, exceeding the Red Cross’ goal. The friendly competition involved donors giving blood in the name of either “Team RFD” for the city fire department or “Team RPD” for the city police department, officials said. Donors received a free “Battle of the Badges” T-shirt for... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Economic panel to hold outreach meeting Oct. 25

County Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. (MVEDD) will hold an outreach meeting on a comprehensive economic development strategy on Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Oneida County Department of Planning, Union Station at 321 Main St. in Utica. During the annual update session on the strategy as required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the MVEDD agency... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Rome-Area Hunger Walk steps off Sunday

Rome Food is a basic need and many of our neighbors require assistance including children, the elderly and the infirmed, according to organizers of the Rome-Area Hunger Walk. The annual Rome-Area Hunger Walk helps agencies throughout the city and surrounding areas to provide this basic need. Last year, the agencies supported by the walk served over 300,000 meals. This year’s walk... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Drugged driving charged in Lewis County

Public Safety TOWN OF CROGHAN — A Lewis County man was charged with driving under the influence of drugs early Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s deputies said Jonathan P. Dugan, 23, of 9768 Route 812, Croghan, was pulled over on Third Road at about 2 a.m. after he was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road. Once stopped, deputies said it was learned that Dugan was driving on a suspended... 4:00pm 10/17/18

‘Skull Detectives’ Family Fun at Rogers Center on Oct. 20

County SHERBURNE — On the third Saturday of every month, Friends of Rogers hosts “Family Fun” programs designed to provide participants of all ages the opportunity to experience hands-on learning about the natural environment. Recent “Family Fun” titles have included Snowy Scenes, Winter Wanderings, Fantastic Forests, “Bed” Time, Ensuring the Future, and Fish Prints. Corporate... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Take Back the Night Thursday at City Hall

Public Safety A Take Back the Night event — to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impacts on victims and families —will be hosted at Rome City Hall on Thursday evening. According to an announcement by event organizers, the Take Back the Night event will feature a group walk starting and ending at City Hall on North Washington Street, followed by candlelight vigil and a public... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Meetings — Thursday, Oct. 17, 2018

Meetings / Events Griffiss Local Development Corp. Board of Directors, 4 p.m. EDGE offices, 584 Phoenix Drive.  Oneida City Planning Commission, 7:30 p.m. Common Council chambers, City Hall, 109 N. Main St. Floyd Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, 8299 Old Floyd Road.   Trenton Joint Fire District Board of Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Municipal Center, 8520 Old Poland Road, Barneveld. 4:00pm 10/17/18

Madison County man accused of welfare fraud

Public Safety TOWN OF LENOX — A Madison County man is accused of unlawfully receiving more than $2,000 in public assistance. Sheriff’s deputies said Justin T. Marris, 26, of 5693 Lebanon Road, Earlville, forged another person’s signature on his public assistance paperwork to claim he was working for that person, and that was a lie Deputies said Marris’ claim that he was working meant he was... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Utica on verge of shattering record streak for AHL sellouts

Sports UTICA — All the seats in the house are taken tonight, so the Utica Comets will tie the AHL record for consecutive regular season sellouts at 120. On Friday, the team will break that record, as those tickets are all gone as well. The Vancouver Canucks’ affiliate, now in its sixth season in Utica, would break the record set by the St John’s IceCaps from Oct. 14, 2011 to Oct. 26,... 4:10pm 10/17/18

VVS will host state cross country meets in 2020 and 2022

Sports SARATOGA — Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School will host the 2020 and 2022 cross country championships, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced at the quarterly meeting of its executive committee on Tuesday. The committee also approved three proposals that relate to wrestling. One was for the deadline to finalize schedules and two more for weight... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Sports briefs — Oct. 17, 2018

Sports UTICA — Utica City FC has announced the signing of Joey Tavernese for the upcoming 2018-19 MASL season. Terms were not disclosed. Tavernese tallied 54 points on 28 goals and 26 assists in 22 games with the Syracuse Silver Knights last season. The Queens native has appeared in 101 games between the MISL and MASL, collecting 106 goals and 77 assists. Prior to turning pro, the... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Center to host Halloween party for kids

Entertainment UTICA — The Empowerment Center in Utica will host a Halloween party on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Costumes will be given away to children who attend. On site will be crafts, face painting booths, and refreshments. Donations for the costume giveaway are still being sought, and may be dropped off at: For more information, contact the Home Ownership Center in Utica... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Stained glass holiday pin workshop Saturday

Arts & Learning OLD FORGE — View Arts Center in Old Forge will host a beginning copper foil stained glass holiday pin workshop on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with stained glass artist Mary Pokerentowski. The cost of participation is $110, $95 for View members, which covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required. The holiday pin workshop will explore each step for... 4:00pm 10/17/18

Fall Book Sale in Holland Patent

Arts & Learning HOLLAND PATENT — Holland Patent Free Library will host its Fall Book Sale Oct. 22-27. The sale will be at the library with books costing $3 per bag.  The library is open Monday and Tuesday from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 2-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is located at 9590 Main St.  For more information call 315-865-5034. 4:00pm 10/17/18

Historian explores how colonial New York was settled

Arts & Learning Independent historian Terry McMaster plans a presentation exploring settlement and development along colonial New York’s western frontier at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 in the main gallery of the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee St., Utica. McMaster is an independent historian whose research focuses on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley and on the settlement patterns,... 4:00pm 10/17/18