RCS festival to return

Education After a one-year absence, the longtime Rome Catholic School festival is resuming with a new location for the fundraiser. The festival will be May 11-13 on the grounds of Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus, with the entrance off Bell Road, said RCS Principal Patty Bliss. It will be from 5-10 p.m. on May 11; noon-10 p.m. on May 12; and noon-5 p.m. on May 13. Admission... 4:10pm 04/19/18

Federal reps seek funds to fortify security at Rome Lab

County Congressional members representing the area are aiming to enhance security for the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, including the proposed addition of a perimeter fence around the Griffiss park site. The efforts in support of the facility, commonly called the Rome lab, were announced Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer, D-NY, and Rep. Claudia... 4:00pm 04/19/18

Farmer, politician seek answers after reported ICE raid

Public Safety TOWN OF LEE — A Thomas Road farmer, and local elected officials, are looking for answers after the farmer claimed agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement took one of his farmhands into custody Wednesday morning. John Collins said several ICE agents took worker Marcial de Leon Aguilar into custody on Collins’ property Wednesday morning and refused to produce a warrant... 4:00pm 04/19/18

Local officials blast Tenney criticism of eminent domain in hospital project

County The use of eminent domain to acquire parcels for a proposed downtown Utica hospital site drew objections Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, prompting responses by Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri. In the event that property owners refuse to sell their sites that are in the new hospital’s footprint, two agencies will acquire... 4:00pm 04/19/18

Mayor to give State of the City speech May 8

Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo will give her second State of the City address at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus in the Plumley Complex’s multi-purpose room. Izzo, who is in the third year of her four-year term, skipped the annual address in her first year in office and put her review and look ahead into the fall budget address that year.... 4:00pm 04/19/18

Tax deadline approaching

Rome Monday, April 30, is the last day to pay the second half of the school taxes, the first half of 2018 combined city taxes and the second quarter metered water and sewer fees without penalty, according to an announcement by city officials. Payments must be postmarked by April 30 or dropped in the night depository on the north side of City Hall by 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1. The... 4:00pm 04/19/18

City to host Spring Fling

Rome The city will hold a Spring Fling noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Griffo Green at City Hall. There will be a bounce house, food trucks, cotton candy, lawn games, music and face painting at this family event, according to the city announcement. 4:00pm 04/19/18

SUNY Poly to highlight student research

Education MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute students will highlight their research, scholarly and creative activities, and academic projects that were completed over the past year during a Student Project Showcase on Friday. The event will be from noon-4 p.m. Friday in SUNY Poly’s Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing at its Marcy campus. Included will be capstone projects, course... 4:00pm 04/19/18

Community Foundation pledges $5M to coalition to fight lead poisoning

County The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties has reaffirmed its commitment to reduce childhood lead poisoning, announcing it will invest $5 million to support Lead-Free MV Coalition’s work over the next decade. Community Foundation President Alicia Dicks made the announcement at an event marking the second anniversary of the coalition’s inception. “As The Community... 4:00pm 04/19/18

RFA girls track team extends dual meet streak

Sports The Rome Free Academy girls track team extended its dual meet winning streak to 46 with a pair of Tri-Valley League victories over Whitesboro and Central Valley Academy on Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights defeated the Warriors, 99-42, and the Thunder, 109-31. Whitesboro defeated Central Valley, 83-48. Winning for RFA was the 3,200 meter relay team of Alexis Flint, Marian... 4:10pm 04/19/18

Sports agate — April 19, 2018

Sports Agate SOFTBALL Holland Patent 17, Canastota 5 Canastota 201 002 0 — 5 5 0 HP 101 942 X — 17 14 3 W: Reinold. L: Cashel. 2B: Canastota, Hood; HP, Acevedo. 3B: Canastota, Hood, Smith; HP, Spoon. HR: Canastota, Smith; HP, Spoon 2, Healey. RBI: Canstota, Smith; HP, Spoon 2, Healey. TENNIS Canastota 3, Clinton 2 Singles Racioppa, Clinton, def. Cesario, Canstota, 6-2, 6-3; Burbank,... 4:00pm 04/19/18

Colgate hockey team headed back to Ireland in 2019

College Sports HAMILTON — The Colgate men’s hockey team will be heading back to Belfast, Ireland in 2019 as the Raiders will be playing in the Friendship Four tournament. Joining the Raiders will be newcomers Princeton and New Hampshire. Returning to the tournament will be Northeastern. The games are set for November 29-30, 2019 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, the home of the Belfast Giants.... 4:00pm 04/19/18

Spektral Quartet to perform at Hamilton College April 21

Entertainment CLINTON — Hamilton College Performing Arts presents Spektral Quartet on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.  Tickets for this event are $20, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. All seating is general admission. For more information, call the box office at 315-859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu. The... 4:00pm 04/19/18

MWPAI Concerts in the Court Hosts Tribute to Jazz Legend

Entertainment UTICA — Two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet brings “Bird’s Eye View: A Tribute to Charlie Parker” to the Concerts in the Court series 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute’s Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court. “This high-flying program pays homage to the legendary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The genius of his... 4:00pm 04/19/18