Whitesboro man takes command of Air National Guard unit

County Lt. Col. David Bartczak, a Whitesboro resident, formally took command of the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Support Squadron Thursday during an assumption of command ceremony at the Eastern Air Defense Sector at Griffiss Business and Technology Park. The 224th Support Squadron is a subordinate unit of the 224th Air Defense Group (ADG). The 224th ADG conducts the mission... 4:00pm 08/26/16

Steuben gears up for Old Home Days

County TOWN OF STEUBEN — It’s a celebration that recognizes the fruits of farmers’ labor — where the end of hot, sticky summer days meets autumn’s harvest season. Steuben Old Home Days will mark its 90th year this weekend — Aug. 27 and 28 — but the tradition is still going strong. “It’s part of the fabric of the community,” said Town Supervisor Joseph M. Rowlands. “People just look... 4:00pm 08/26/16

Strough renovation two months behind schedule, officials say

Education The anticipated construction start for a massive 2-year renovation of Strough Middle School is about two months behind schedule — but school district officials say an on-time completion is not in jeopardy at this point. Regarding an August 2018 deadline to finish so that students can return to the building after being relocated elsewhere during the $25.4 million project,... 4:00pm 08/26/16

Manager accused of thefts from Sears Outlet Store

Public Safety A manager at the Sears Outlet Store on Route 69 is accused of stealing nearly $3,000 from the company. Sheriff’s deputies said store manager Benjamin R. Simonds, 31, of Glenfield, stole $2,706.75 from the store through fraudulent returns sand sales adjustments in June and July. Deputies said Simonds completed at least seven fake transactions. The Sears Outlet Store is located... 4:00pm 08/26/16

Vernon Downs summer racing slate winds down with high stakes races

Sports VERNON — With the summer racing season dwindling down, Vernon Downs has two action packed weekends planned. First, starting tonight, the race card at Vernon Downs will be hosting the Crawford Farms Trot and the Muscle Hill Trot to bring in the older trotters in all of North America. Winnings for the two races is estimated to be $200,000 apiece. Tonight’s card will also feature... 4:00pm 08/26/16

Jervis Recycling Day Wednesday

Home Weekend to-do list: Get items sorted to take to Jervis’ Recycling Day. In its continuing efforts to divert waste from the landfill and to encourage sustainable thinking, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, Jervis Public Library will host its semi-annual Recycling Day in the library parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Community members are invited to bring the following items: “This... 4:00pm 08/26/16

Tuesday is Beef Day at State Fair

Home SYRACUSE — Dozens of amateur chefs and grill masters will descend upon the Great New York State Fair’s Chevy Court and the New York Beef Council will kick off a “Beef Day Donation” to celebrate the State Fair’s Beef Day, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Beef Day provides an opportunity for fairgoers to interact first-hand with the State’s high-quality producers and learn more about this... 4:00pm 08/26/16