Report: Region has highest percentage of children in poverty

Education School districts in the Mohawk Valley region in 2015 had the highest percentages of children in poverty and of students eligible for free or reduced price lunches, compared to other New York regions, says a new state comptroller’s report. In addition, school districts in the local region, along with the neighboring North Country region, depended less on local property taxes... 4:00pm 02/27/17

NY Dairy Grazing Apprentice looking for dairy farmers

County CORTLAND — Wanted: aspiring dairy farmers and Dairy Master Graziers to stem the tide of retiring dairy farmers in New York State. Cornell Small Dairy Support Specialist Fay Benson is recruiting participants for the New York edition of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, a nationally-recognized apprenticeship program for the agricultural industry. Modeled after... 4:00pm 02/27/17

School district treasurer Donohoe leaving

Education The Rome school district again is in the market for a treasurer. The current treasurer, Benjamin Donohoe, submitted a resignation letter last week indicating that he was resigning for personal reasons, effective March 17, said district Director of Employee Relations Frank Conestabile. The district has placed ads for the position, indicating a starting salary of $65,000 and... 4:00pm 02/27/17

Mohawk Valley Police Academy graduates 21 new officers

Public Safety The Mohawk Valley Police Academy in Utica graduated 21 new law enforcement officers on Friday. The officers underwent 25 weeks of both classroom training and practical exercises. They will now join six local police departments. • Rome Police: Rory Spain, Stacie Skidmore and Matthew Hall. • Sheriff’s Office: Edward Constantine, Michael Gibbons, Lauren Marleau and Nicholas... 4:00pm 02/27/17

HP’s Hunter wrestles to third straight state crown

Sports ALBANY — Holland Patent’s Hunter Richard claimed his third consecutive state wrestling title on Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany. Richard defeated Ross McFarland from Phoenix by a 4-1 decision to claim the Division II 152-pound crown. Richard also defeated McFarland in the Section III final on Feb. 11. Richard finished the season with a 47-0 record. In his... 4:10pm 02/27/17

Cancer Center gets clinical director

Health Dr. Brij Sood, a board-certified radiation oncologist with 21st Century Oncology, has been named clinical director at the Mohawk Valley Health System Cancer Center. Prior to joining MVHS, Sood served most recently as director of the cancer program and director of the department of radiation oncology at PinnacleHealth Cancer Center in Harrisburg, Pa. He earned his bachelor of... 4:00pm 02/27/17

Volleyball programs raise $2,022 for cancer patients

Health Sauquoit Valley High School athletes raised $2,022 last month to benefit local patients and their families receiving care at the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Breast Care Center. The girls junior varsity and varsity volleyball programs hosted their ninth annual “Think Pink” game on Jan. 27, at Sauquoit Valley Middle School. The event featured a presentation to honor breast... 4:00pm 02/27/17