Former Roman named president of state Funeral Directors Association

Rome VERONA — Jeffrey A. Jennings of Fairport, and formerly of Rome, was installed as president of the state Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) at the organization’s annual convention, which concluded Thursday, in Verona.  Jennings is the son of Louis and Helen Marquette Jennings (deceased) and still has strong ties to the area with six siblings residing in Rome. He will serve... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Public hearing on tax levy in Oneida on Tuesday

County ONEIDA — The City of Oneida’s Common Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal to raise the property tax levy above the state limit on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. A state law passed in 2011 caps the rate at which localities can increase the property tax levy, unless that locality passes a law allowing the cap to be exceeded. The council waived the cap during last year’s... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Adirondack Scenic Railroad launches rail bike excursions

County The Adirondack Scenic Railroad announces delivery of its first order of rail bikes to be put in service in Thendara. The prototype has been in testing for eight weeks and has been built to a specific design under the supervision of Adirondack Scenic Executive Director, Jack Roberson. The rail bikes are built in the United States, in Utica. Official kick-off is expected at... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Madison County deputies probe fatal crash

Public Safety GEORGETOWN — An Onondaga County man was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a suburban on Route 26. Madison County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the cause to the crash. Motorcycle driver Brian L. Livingston, 59, of Liverpool, was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies said a 2012 Jeep Patriot driven by John Anderson, 77, of Georgetown, was northbound... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Crash sends three to hospital as driver tries to avoid deer

Public Safety TOWN OF TURIN — Three people were hospitalized after a motor vehicle in Lewis County swerved to avoid a deer early this morning and instead hit a utility pole. Sheriff’s deputies said Niyon R. Sloan, 20, of Fort Drum, was driving on Route 26 at about 4 a.m. when he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and his 2015 Chevy sedan hit a utility pole. Sloan was uninjured,... 4:00pm 08/18/18

AmeriCU honored with award

Business AmeriCU was honored with the 2018 Financial Capability Innovation Award presented by the national’s leading education technology company, EverFi, Inc. The award recognizes AmeriCU’s significant efforts to improve the financial capability of the community they serve through unique, interactive, educational programs that are delivered at no cost to the school or the taxpayer.... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Vernon Downs results — Aug. 18, 2018

Sports Agate Vernon Downs Saturday's Results 1ST RACE--Trot 1 Mile. Purse $4,000.4 Roc Royal (G. Harrison) $7.10 $3.80 $2.201 Baby Wants (J. Macdonald) $2.10 $2.106 Secret Love (J. Whittemore) $2.20Off: 6:13 Time: 1:58.4ALSO STARTED: Nanuet, R C Heaven Sent, Grand Finale, Blazin DianeExacta (4-1) Paid $10.20.Trifecta (4-1-6) Paid $6.00.2ND RACE--Pace 1 Mile. Purse $6,500.1 Skip Jive (J.... 4:13pm 08/19/18

Met’s Hall wins Zweig Memorial Trot

Sports VERNON — Met’s Hall and driver Andy Miller won the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot for 3-year-olds at Vernon Downs on Friday. Met’s Hall went straight to the lead and won by a nose in a personal best time of 1:52. Manchego was second best. Six Pack finished third. Met’s Hall is a 3-year-old colt by Cantab Hall. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Stoy Inc. and Andy Miller... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Sports calendar — Aug. 18, 2018

Sports Tonight’s Schedule...ProfessionalHarness racing — Vernon Downs, first post 6:10.Sunday’s Schedule...ProfessionalAMA Motocross — Utica Rome Speedway, gates open at 7 a.m. and racing begins at 10 a.m.Note: The schedule for some events is weather-permitting. For calendar updates, visit: 4:00pm 08/18/18

Kenwood Library hosts Gold Rush Day

Entertainment SHERRILL — Kenwood Library will host Klondike Gold Rush Day from 1-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Attendees will learn about Skookum Jim and Dawson Charlie’s discovery of gold in Rabbit Creek that started the Yukon Gold Rush. About 100,000 “stampeders” headed north to the Yukon, with 30,000 surviving the treacherous trek to Dawson City and 4,000 finding gold. Participants will pan... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Children: Investment for the future

Religion These commandments I give you today are to be set upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road , when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6,7 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6   I have been involved in children’s ministry... 4:00pm 08/18/18

Mount Calvary marks anniversary

Religion The Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 203 Erie Blvd. E., will celebrate its 91st anniversary during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 19. Guests include the Rev. Sarah Millner, pastor of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Whitesboro, along with her choir and congregation. The Rev. Tommy Ray Jackson, Sr. invites the public to join the celebrations. 4:00pm 08/18/18

Service and picnic Sunday in Oriskany

Religion ORISKANY — The Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church will hold a service at the Eastern Star Home Pavilion at 1400 Utica St., on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. Following the service will be a picnic. E-Z Strings from the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association will provide gospel music during the service. The service is open to the public. For... 4:00pm 08/18/18