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John J. Smothers

John J. Smothers, 86, of Rome, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2011. He was born April 29, 1925, in Florence, New York, the son of Martin and Victoria Preczkiewicz Smothers. He was married to the... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Alfred M. Griessen

@Body.10. no-hyphen:Alfred M. Griessen, 89, formerly of Lee Center, passed away on December 12, 2011, at Rome Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. He was born on June 24, 1922, in Lee, the s... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Funeral notices

FREEDMAN — Dr. Thelma B. Freedman, 81, of Canastota, on Dec. 10, 2011. Services 3 p.m. Friday at Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, 260 Main St., Oneida. Calling hours 1-3 p.m. prior to the serv... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

MVCC’s lists speaker for fall commencement

The speaker at Mohawk Valley Community College’s fall commencement ceremony will be Denise DiGiorgio, retired vice president emerita for student services, the college said. The event is T... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

City treasurer won’t be part of new mayor’s administration

City Treasurer Frank Puma will leave office at the end of the year, returning full-time to his accounting firm, he said today. Puma, age 61, took the treasurer’s job at the request of May... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Woodgate Library has train display

WOODGATE — The American Flyer model train working operation will once again be at the Woodgate Free Library through mid-January. AF, which was a product of the former A.C. Gilbert Company... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Birth

STERPE — To Rusty Sterpe and Kaylee Lamb, of Canastota, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at Oneida Healthcare Center, a son, Camren Charles. [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Police log

To report an emergency: 911 Website: www.romepd.com Tuesday 12:06 a.m. Steuben St., attempt to locate. 12:15 a.m. Railroad St., suspicious activity. 12:54 a.m. Floyd Ave., suspi... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Picente puts squeeze on Board of Elections

County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. is calling for an external audit of the county Board of Elections, and has asked the Comptroller’s Office to arrange for and oversee the process. In a ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

More time for 32 postal jobs in Utica

A moratorium on closing or consolidation of post offices and mail processing facilities until May 15, buys more time for a regional facility in Utica and a three small rural stations in Oneida, Lew... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Literacy Volunteers seek tutors

Literacy Volunteers of America/midyork, Inc. is presenting a tutor training workshop in English as a Second Language at Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St. next month. The deadline to registe... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

County Airport weather report for Tuesday

Temperatures: 25 to 40 Normal Range: 22 to 36 Records: -7(2005), 55(2001) Rainfall: 0" Snow: 0" Monthly rainfall: 4.55" Rainfall for year: 49.54" Sno... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Making Ends Meet
in Oriskany Library

ORISKANY — The free Making Ends Meet workshop, presented by Heat Smart New York, will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in Oriskany Public Library, 621 Utica St. The workshop provides ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Jervis presents RFA Strolling Strings

Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., will host a Holiday Concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday featuring a performance by Rome Free Academy’s Strolling Strings, a student ensemble. The free,... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Building permit

Rome Housing Authority, 200 N. Levitt St. (Liberty Gardens) building 500, $3,319,866, alteration of multi-unit building. [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Mystic again gives bonus

CAMDEN — For the 32nd straight year, Mystic Stamp Co. will pay a December bonus. Company President Don Sundman said Mystic has achieved another positive six months of profit, even in a di... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Auditor honored, leads regional group

NEW HARTFORD — Paul H. Peruzzi, director of premium audit with the Utica National Insurance Group, has been named Auditor of the Year by the Northeast Regional Insurance Auditors Association ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Sports Briefs

RFA alumni game on Dec. 26 The 23rd annual Rome Free Academy Alumni Basketball game will be held on Monday, Dec. 26 at the Strough Middle School’s Stan "Buddy" Evans gymnasium s... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Lottery

ALBANY (AP) — Here are the winning state Lottery numbers selected Tuesday in the midday drawing: Daily: 9, 8, 4; Lucky Sum: 21; WinFour: 8, 5, 2, 9; Lucky Sum: 24. Here are the winnin... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Rain showers then snow showers; high in the 40s

Tonight — Rain. Lows in the mid 30s. Southeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent. Thursday — Showers. Highs in the upper 40s. South winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 3... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Sports Calendar

Tonight’s Schedule... Professional Hockey — American Hockey League: Syracuse at Albany, 7. Scholastic boys Basketball — Oriskany at Old Forge, South Lewis at Lafar... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

La Banda Rossa (Red Band) releases recording Saturday

La Banda Rossa (The Red Band) of Utica will release its recording, "Ancora Viva" at the Oneida County Historical Society’s main exhibit gallery at 1 p.m. Saturday. Light refresh... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Free Irish session on Dec. 21

Craobh Dugan, the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, will be hold a free traditional Irish music session at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at The Mill, 601 E. Dominick St. The sessions ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Serial rapist arraigned in murder at Utica motel

Serial rapist Robert W. Blainey is facing charges of murder, rape, robbery and burglary in the death and sexual assault of Utica motel-owner Linda Turner. The District Attorney’s Office w... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Poster included with photo show

OLD FORGE — The first 600 paying admission to the "Adirondack View Finders" a photography exhibition on display at View through March 3, will receive a commemorative gift. John Radi... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Saving money on money

A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about thr... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Heavy metal lost in theft from RR shop

Several thousands of dollars worth of train parts were stolen from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad workshop at the Griffiss Park sometime Monday night. Detective Commander Timothy J. Bates said ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Fire in the night

TOWN OF WESTMORELAND — A family of four is temporarily displaced from their home after an early morning chimney fire forced them into the cold early this morning. Volunteers from four dif... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

CABVI promotes, hires officials in Utica

The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Utica has announced promotions and hirings. Tony Talerico is the association’s new vice president of marketing and business ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Fire log

To report an emergency: 911 Tuesday 9:31 a.m. 125 E. Garden St., first aid. 10:32 a.m. 333 W. Dominick St., first aid. 11:13 a.m. 124 Brookley Road, telephone alarm. 3:46 p.m. 5... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

County aims for fewer meetings and committees

Cutting board meetings by 10 and consolidating committees are major changes proposed for the Board of Legislators that will be sworn in next month. Board Chairman Gerald J. Fiorini, R-20, Rome,... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

19th century Trenton Falls paintings on display in Utica

Two "beautiful and regionally significant landscape paintings" of Trenton Falls by the 19th-century American artist Thomas Hicks (1823-90), recently acquired by the Munson-Williams-Procto... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Cashier accused of lining pockets

NEW YORK MILLS — An Oriskany man is facing 40 felony and misdemeanor charges after law enforcers said he repeatedly stole from the register while working at Rite Aid on Commercial Drive. ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Raiders arrest three on drug, weapon, stolen property charges

Three Romans have been charged with drug, weapon and stolen property possession after three separate drug raids Tuesday: at Pine Haven Trailer Park, Park Drive Manor, and the Colonial II Apartments... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Sheriff’s log

To report an emergency: 911 Tuesday 12:09 a.m. Skyline Drive, Westmoreland, missing person. 12:27 a.m. Route 46, Verona, car/animal. 2:17 a.m. Route 5, Vernon, accident/injury. ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Camden musicians play at final farm market of year in Utica

The Oneida County Public Market celebrates Christmas Saturday inside Union Station in Utica. Local foods and products offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include meats, dairy items, baked goods,... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Adopt a pet after Christmas

The Humane Society of Rome, along with Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association, Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Angels of Fur and Wayward Paws will hold the Mega... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

‘The Lacuna’ topic
for book discussion

"The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, 310 Genesee St., Utica. A limited... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

MWPAI dancers present Nutcracker

The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute School of Art dance program presents four performances of the Holiday classic, The Nutcracker 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at M... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Oriskany grad performs

WHITESBORO — Kelly McGlynn, of Whitesboro, performed as part of the Buffalo State Wind Ensemble at Kleinhans Music Hall. Kleinhans is home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. McGlynn, ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

State police log

To report an emergency: 911 Tuesday 1:32 a.m. Blue Road, Deerfield, abandoned call. 2:02 a.m. Route 5, Vernon, accident/injury. 2:34 a.m. Lawson Road, Augusta, alarm. 3:06 a.m. ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Mutual aid log

To report an emergency: 911 Tuesday 2:02 a.m. Vernon, Route 5, accident/injury. 9:25 a.m. Vernon Center, Route 26, Vernon, false alarm. 9:37 a.m. Westmoreland and Verona, Route 26, ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Rome JVs turn back Whitesboro

The Rome Free Academy junior varsity girls basketball team tallied a 53-39 triumph over Whitesboro on Tuesday night in their home opener. Teresa Anken helped the Lady Knights pick up their thir... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Holland Patent quilter captures popular vote

OLD FORGE — As the 25th Annual Quilts Unlimited came to a close, View announced that Audrey VanVranken of Holland Patent captured the Popular Vote award for her quilt "Flowers in the Vin... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Free Candy Cane Lane Saturday

A free Candy Cane Lane for children ages 10 and under with parents/guardians will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturay in the living room of the Rome Art And Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St. ... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Harden peeling 9,000 acres of timber

McCONNELLSVILLE — The Harden Furniture company is selling over 9,000 acres of local timberlands that have long been a source of materials for its products — but CEO and owner Greg Harde... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

5 to 1 vote to keep village police force

YORKVILLE — This village of 2,500 is keeping its 3-man police department, after a proposal to eliminate it was rejected Tuesday by a wide margin of residents. The tally in the special vot... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

HP rebounds from RFA defeat with TVL win over Whitesboro

The Holland Patent team bounced back from a last-second defeat against Rome Free Academy by posting a 70-57 home victory over Tri-Valley League foe Whitesboro for its first win of the season. T... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Wings offer some positive signs in loss to Poland

It wasn’t the home opener that Rome Catholic boys basketball coach Steve Campbell had wanted for his Redwings, but he left the game with a positive attitude and the knowledge that his squad s... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Holland Patent boys swim to home victory over Sherburne

Barrett Celecki claimed two individual wins to help the Holland Patent boys swimming and diving team capture a 57-42 victory over visiting Sherburne-Earlville on Tuesday. Celecki was victorious... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Happy homecoming for Black Knights

After two weeks of being away from their home ice, the Rome Free Academy hockey team returned to the Kennedy Arena and certainly put on a show for their fans on Tuesday night. Following a score... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Tabloid Tales of the Past

Dec. 14, 2001 The last Common Council meeting of the year was a quick affair, with only a handful of legislation passed. The four outgoing councilors took the last few minutes of the meeting to... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

Treasure what America still offers

Like most Americans, you probably spent Thanksgiving weekend eating turkey once or twice and then sitting stuffed on the couch watching interminable football games or dozing off to be roused only w... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011

meetings

THURSDAY Planning Board, 6 p.m. Review and hearing on subdivision at 5817-5819 Rome-Taberg Road. Council Chambers, City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. Griffiss Local Development Corporation, 4... [more...]

Published: 12/14/2011
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