‘Old Home Day’ event may replace Lee Center field days

County TOWN OF LEE — The Lee Center Volunteer Fire Department field days, an 84-year-old local tradition around the July 4 holiday, may be replaced by an “old home day” event. Difficulties in finding an amusement ride vendor for the field days are prompting fire department leaders to consider changing to a one-day fundraiser that could include a band, parade, food, softball... 4:00pm 03/30/15

Blankenbush backs panel on teacher evals

County Assembly member Kenneth Blankenbush, R-117, Black River, says he’s encouraged by talks about a panel to discuss state teacher evaluation process. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state lawmakers, as part of ongoing budget negotiations, have discussed creating a special commission that would craft a new teacher evaluation system, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County,... 4:00pm 03/30/15

BOCES offers upcoming courses

Education Courses involving nurse aides, conversational Italian, digital photography and heavy equipment operation are being offered by Madison-Oneida BOCES Continuing Education, with the first course starting April 6. • Certified Nurse Aide — At the BOCES Utica Access site: April 6-June 5, Monday-Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday noon-4 p.m. Tuition is $1,400. • Conversational Italian — At the... 4:00pm 03/30/15

Potential school board candidate picks up petitions

Education The first potential candidate for the Board of Education in the May 19 election is Guy Martin, 1006 N. George St. Martin has picked up nominating petition forms from the Rome school district business office. To become an official candidate, he must file petitions signed by at least 100 eligible voters who live in the district. Martin has spoken at some recent board meetings;... 4:00pm 03/30/15

Comets move closer to division title

Sports UTICA — The Utica Comets took one step closer to clinching the American Hockey League’s North Division after winning their seventh game in a row on Saturday night, 4-2, over the Rockford IceHogs at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Joe Cannata made the most of his third start of the season by tallying his second win and stopping 37 shots of the 39 he faced from the IceHogs, who... 4:10pm 03/30/15

Jewish Nation film location changed

Arts & Learning CLINTON —  Filmmaker Gloria Greenfield will screen her documentary, Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation, at Hamilton College at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson Building. It is free and open to the public and sponsored by the AHI Undergraduate Fellows. See:... 4:00pm 03/30/15

Hazardous waste facility opens Wednesday

County The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s household hazardous waste facility opens Wednesday for the season. The regional collection point on Leland Avenue in Utica is intended for residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties. There is no charge for residents to deliver items such as oil-based and latex paints, pesticides, oven cleaners and photographic chemicals to the... 4:00pm 03/30/15