Danfoss coming to fruition soon at SUNY Poly

Oneida MARCY — Danfoss Silicon Power anticipates its silicon-carbide power module production plant on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus will be in operation in the second half of 2018 with 60 to 75 employees. That was the assessment of Michael Hennessey, the facility’s onsite general manager, this week when he spoke at the Mohawk Valley EDGE meeting. He highlighted what’s... 4:10pm 12/16/17

Pair sentenced in U-Haul truck crash into carport at Barry Funeral Home

Public Safety The two people charged in the U-Haul crash into the carport at Barry Funeral Home earlier this year have been sentenced in City Court. Chappell D. Carter, 45, of Utica, was sentenced to 30 days in county jail and was ordered to pay a $80 surcharge after pleading guilty to third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, according to court officials. His girlfriend, Jackie L.... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Wanted in Walmart robbery

Public Safety A man and woman are wanted for stealing $98 worth of frozen seafood from Walmart on Rome-Taberg Road. State police said the black male was captured on security cameras selecting the seafood out of the freezer section and then walking out of the store at about 8:25 p.m. Dec. 10. The black female is believed to be connected with the male, troopers said. The man is described with... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Woods Valley opens for season

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Winberg sworn in as assistant secretary for fossil energy

Rome WASHINGTON — Former Roman Steven Winberg was ceremonially sworn in by Energy Secretary Rick Perry as the new assistant secretary for the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy Thursday. Winberg was officially sworn in as assistant secretary on Nov. 22. As assistant secretary, Winberg will oversee FE’s research and development program, encompassing coal, oil, and... 4:00pm 12/16/17

MVCC’s Strategic Gaming Club raises money for Children’s Miracle Network

Education Mohawk Valley Community College’s Strategic Gaming Club raised $2,100 for the Children’s Miracle Network at St. Luke’s Hospital in a 24-hour gaming marathon, MVCC announced. The club participated in Extra Life, a nationwide fundraiser uniting gamers around the world, the college said. To mark its fifth year of participation, the club had set a fundraising goal of $2,000 in... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Snowfest planned for Griffo Green Dec. 28

Rome This winter recess the City of Rome is offering Snowfest, fun for the whole family on the Griffo Green. Snowfest will take place on Thursday, Dec. 28 from 2-4 p.m. on the Griffo Green behind City Hall at 198 N. Washington St.  Snowfest is an opportunity for families to enjoy outdoor activities during the winter recess break from the Rome City School District. The event will... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Olympic luge team includes Hamlin and first-timers

Sports LAKE PLACID (AP) — Taylor Morris’ eyes filled with tears, for good reason. For four years, he’s carried around a burden. He missed qualifying for the 2014 Olympic team by a ridiculously small sliver of time — four one-thousandths of a second. And over those four years, he’s dealt with injuries and plenty of doubt. No more. He’s finally an Olympian. Morris claimed one of the 10... 4:10pm 12/16/17

Area non-profits receive Excellus BlueCross BlueShield awards

Health Twelve non-profit organizations in the Utica/Rome/North Country region have been chosen from among more than 40 applications to receive Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Fall 2017 Community Health Awards. Each award recipient will receive up to $4,000 of the $36,000 allocated by the company to help fund health and wellness programs in its 14-county Utica/Rome/North Country... 4:00pm 12/16/17

Zion Episcopal Church hosts Messiah Sing Sunday

Religion Zion Episcopal Church, 140 W. Liberty St., will hold its 31st annual Messiah Sing at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Soloists this year are Erin MacDonald, soprano; Megan Montana, mezzo-soprano; Robert Dunlap, tenor; and David Kolb, baritone. G. Roberts Kolb, from Hamilton College, will once again conduct the event, and Sar-Shalom Strong will serve as piano accompanist. The community... 4:00pm 12/16/17