Construction begins on two medical offices downtown

Rome Construction has begun on the two medical offices that will occupy the American Corner at the parking lot across West Dominick Street from Berkshire Bank. The plan is to put a dental office and an urgent care office there, according to plans submitted to the Code Enforcement Office. The project was approved by the city Planning Board last fall. The Cameron Group is... 4:01pm 03/21/18

Police urge residents to be on guard for IRS scams

Public Safety Rome Police are warning residents to be careful of IRS scams now that tax returns are coming in the mail. Lt. James P. Boyer said one Rome resident fell victim to scammers who claimed to be from the IRS and demanded money. Police are investigating the incident after the resident paid the scammers.  Law enforcers said that scammers tell their potential victims that they owe... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Police provide tips to gym-users in light of Syracuse-area thefts

Public Safety In light of a rash of thefts that have occurred at YMCAs in Onondaga County, local police are warning area residents to keep their personal belongings safe if storing them inside a locker. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating at least two cases at area YMCAs where several male suspects have broken combination locks on members’ lockers and removed credit cards... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Tenney seeks more funds for Civil Air Patrol

County Rep. Claudia L. Tenney wants to increase funding for the Civil Air Patrol in the 2019 federal budget. Rep. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, led a bipartisan letter to highlight the need for additional funding for operations and maintenance needs and vehicle and aircraft procurement. The Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary force of the Air Force, plays what Tenney called “a key role in... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Utica man accused of selling counterfeit goods

Public Safety The state police Special Investigations Unit in Utica charged a man with selling counterfeit merchandise, according to the law enforcers. Investigators seized approximately $ 4,000 worth of counterfeit apparel which consisted of: North Face Jackets, Nike sneakers, name brand purses, a small amount of U.S. currency and a 2016 Dodge Caravan used to transport and sell the... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Madison County man accused of welfare fraud

Public Safety MORRISVILLE — A 52-year-old man was charged with receiving Social Services benefits he was not entitled to on March 14. Madison County Sheriff’s investigators said an investigation revealed that from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 of last year, Russell S. Smith, of 23 Union St., failed to disclose that he was employed and earning income. As a result, Smith was paid $1,272 in public... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Home Expo to include pet contest

Rome The 43rd annual Rome Home Expo, hosted by the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, April 14 and 15, at Kennedy Arena, 500 W. Embargo St., will include the “Paws-itively Precious Pet Contest” sponsored by AmeriCU Credit Union. In addition to over 80 vendor booths, the 17,000 square foot exhibition floor will include product and how-to demonstrations, shopping and family-friendly... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Oriskany village voters select justice, trustees

County Several area towns and villages held elections on Tuesday.  • In the Village of Oriskany, elections were held for village justice and two village trustee positions. Daniel Appler won the village justice position over Long Gu with a count of 89 votes to 70 votes.  Winning the two village trustee positions were Christopher Burtch, 128 votes, and John Kasprzk, 97 votes. A third... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Students interested in teaching invited to apply for Rossetti award

Education High school seniors in the Madison-Oneida (MO) BOCES region who are considering a career in teaching are invited to apply for an Andrew D. Rossetti Scholarship Award, involving two $2,500 scholarships. The two scholarships will be awarded to area students in that BOCES region who are planning to enroll in accredited teacher preparation programs, said MO BOCES. Scholarships are... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Sports briefs — March 21, 2018

Sports ONEIDA — The Kallet Civic Center will show a NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional basketball doubleheader on the big screen on Friday night. Doors open at 7. Clemson plays Kansas in the first of the two Sweet 16 games being played in Omaha, Neb. at 7:07 p.m. before Syracuse plays Duke in the second game at 9:37 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available for... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Sports agate — March 21, 2018

Sports Agate KING PIN LANES Crisan/Panek Tuesday Classic League Josh Talbot, 289 and 779. Merle Foster and Jeff Harrington, 735s; Mark Rundle Sr., 727; Jim Giordano and Joe Rosati, 724s; Rick Adams, 705; Ed Holmes, 700; Kevin Kotary, 699; Bryan Rondeau, 698; Tyler Sloan, 687; Edwin Chang, Collin Laguzza and Rick Whiting, 677s; Scott Ingersoll, 668; Jim Burger, 664; Mark Rundle Jr., 663;... 4:00pm 03/21/18

Sports calendar — March 21, 2018

Sports Thursday’s Schedule...Scholastic boysLacrosse — Clinton at RFA, 4:15.Scholastic girlsLacrosse — Clinton at Jordan-Elbridge, 6:30.Note: The schedule for some events is weather-permitting. For calendar updates, visit: 2:00pm 03/21/18

Utica Glass Co. topic of meeting

Arts & Learning VERNON — The Vernon Historical Society’s program this month will be on the Utica Glass Co., and will be held 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday at Town of Vernon Offices, 4305 Peterboro Road. The company operated from 1810 to 1822 in Marcy, and produced crown window glass. Except for the Glass Factory Road sign and a historical marker where the glass factory was located, little is known to... 4:00pm 03/21/18

View hosts Homeschool Day March 28

Arts & Learning OLD FORGE — On Wednesday, March 28, View Arts Center hosts its first Homeschool Day. Families and friends are invited to take part in a variety of art and ceramic workshops, group activities, a scavenger hunt through View’s art galleries and the Young Entrepreneurial Fair. The day begins with View’s Morning Yoga Session at 10:45 and creative workshops where participants can... 4:00pm 03/21/18

OPL hosts Irish music group Amadan March 28

Entertainment ONEIDA — Oneida Public Library welcomes the Amadan trio for a free concert of “Songs of Drinking and Blackguarding” from Ireland on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Amadan (Irish for “fool’s errand”) features Mike Carroll on flute and bones, Bill Fahy on guitar and mandolin and Mike Hoke on fiddle. All share in the vocals for the lively and provocative songs. The Amadan trio is... 4:00pm 03/21/18

History center holds annual telethon April 3

Arts & Learning The Oneida County History Center will hold its 13th annual telethon broadcast LIVE on WUTR-TV from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Call 315-735-3642 during the telethon to pledge support. Callers can renew their membership or make a donation. The special event is the history center’s largest annual fundraiser. The telethon will be held at the history center, located at 1608... 4:00pm 03/21/18