AmeriCU named a top workplace

Rome-based AmeriCU Credit Union, whose network of offices serves members across Central and Northern New York, has again been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2018. The Best Companies list is compiled annually by the Best Companies Group, an independent firm that conducts the surveys on a regional, state and national level. The list has been an... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Buttenschon leads MV Chamber Alliance

Marianne Buttenschon, president of the Marcy Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley this year. Buttenschon is is co-owner of Buttenschon Christmas Tree Farm. She is also the dean of social science and business information sciences at Mohawk Valley Community College. The new alliance president succeeds Ray Durso, executive director of the... 12:00pm 02/23/18

All Seasonings Ingredients expanding operations

ONEIDA — All Seasonings Ingredients, Inc., will be able to obtain machinery and equipment as part of an effort to expand operations, with help from a $162,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Program award. Also, the 1043 Freedom Drive company plans to add 11 more employees over two years, after expanding from 12 employees to 60 during the past 10... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Heritage and tradition: Prince-Boyd & Hyatt marks its 150th anniversary

Prince-Boyd & Hyatt Home for Funerals, Inc., 210 W. Court St., is celebrating 150 years of serving the community in 2018. Jerome B. Wiggins founded the business in 1868. He operatedthe funeral home with his son, John T. Wiggins, as the Wiggins Company Furniture Store and Funeral Directors in the 200 block of W. Dominick St., also known as the Wiggins Block, until 1919. Both... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Olney’s Flowers has new open-air flower cooler

In addition to the newer varieties and those one can never be without, Olney’s has also brought back a few “blasts from the past” like Charmed Wine oxalis and ornamental oregano. Oregano Kent Beauty was a softly pastel green and lavender blooming plant, perfect as an accent for hanging baskets and window boxes, with that distinctive oregano scent to the foliage. It was last... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Danfoss to launch production this year

MARCY — Danfoss Silicon Power will soon start production as the company steadily progresses with preparing and equipping a new facility inside the Quad-C building on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus. As the ramp-up continues, Danfoss says it is gaining a unique position as the only independent silicon-carbide power module manufacturer in the U.S. It wants to be a leader... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center features quality, affordable programs

BOONVILLE — The following are events and class currently slated for 2018 at Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center, 106 Schuyler St. For tickets or more information, call 315-942-5133. Thursdays 10:15-11:15 a.m.: come Shake, Rattle and Rock, with Donna Muck’s Open to ages birth to 6 years. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon: Computer/tablet classes by appointment... 12:00pm 02/23/18

View is dedicated to national exhibitions

OLD FORGE — Some of the upcoming workshops and exhibits slated for 2018 at View arts center, 3273 Route 28, include: Pre-registration is required for most events. To register and for more information call 315-369-6411 or go online to “Wood Transformed” on display through March 17 Since the beginning of human experience trees have been venerated in cultures and... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Nicky Doodles To Go warms hearts with cold treats

Local restaurant chain Nicky Doodles is warming the hearts of ice cream lovers through the cold winter months at the new Nicky Doodles To Go. The store is located at 1165 Erie Blvd. W., in the former Urbanik Paint Store next to the store’s main location. It offers soft serve ice cream and also hard ice cream in pint-sized portions from noon-6 p.m. each day except for Mondays.... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Community Bank System income advances

Community Bank System, Inc., which is based in Dewitt and has several local branches, reported 2017 net income of $150.7 million, up about $47 million from the prior year. Among its area sites are Rome, Boonville, Camden, Oneida, Vernon and Westmoreland. Much of the increase occurred in the 2017 fourth quarter that ended Dec. 31, when net income of $72 million was up about $45... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Net income, diluted earnings rise for NBT Bancorp

Net income and diluted earnings per share both rose in 2017 for NBT Bancorp Inc. The Norwich-based company, which has several area locations, reported net income of $82.2 million for the year ended Dec. 31, up from $78.4 million in the prior year. Diluted earnings per share totaled $1.87, up from $1.80 for 2016. Among highlights cited by NBT: • Net income, up 4.8 percent, was... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Utica Zoo has volunteer post for you

Utica Zoo is looking for individuals to join its team of docents in 2018. A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher or guide who is committed to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation and the Utica Zoo.  Docents assist with education classes both on and off zoo grounds, promote the venue’s mission by acting as a zoo ambassador, educate zoo visitors on... 4:00pm 02/20/18

Taste NY generated records sales in 2017

Sales of food and beverages made in New York state at highway rest stops, parks and special events increased 23 percent last year compared with a year earlier. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his Taste NY program produced $16.1 million in sales of fruits, vegetables, beer, candy, baked goods and other foods from producers in the state. That’s a $3 million increase from... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Rome native Marrello to manage new casino

Rome native Jerry Marrello has been named general manager of Point Place Casino, set to open on March 1. Over his 13-year career at Turning Stone Resort Casino, he has been part of the evolution of the Central New York entertainment venue and has earned a reputation in the entertainment industry for his innovation and creativity. “I’ve had many different positions since I... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Drone registration soars to new heights

The number of drones registered with the Federal Aviation Administration topped one million last month. This number includes 878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all the drones they own and 122,000 commercial, public, and other drones, which are individually registered. “The tremendous growth in drone registration reflects the fact that they are more... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Governments vie for drone-based development

The Federal Aviation Administration is in the process of narrowing down a list of applications from state and local governments that want to be a part of the nationwide Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program. The three-year pilot program was launched last fall to solicit proposals for advanced UAS operations that will expand commercial drone operations and help the... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Farm Bureau sets state legislative priorities

New York Farm Bureau will push the state to fund efforts that would mitigate labor expenses and expand research at a time when commodity prices have dropped without a corresponding decrease in costs.. The Farm Bureau’s 2018 state legislative priorities seek to address a significant loss in farm income across the state. The overall goal is to help make costs more manageable and... 12:00pm 02/16/18

With 70-plus years in the equipment business, White’s Farm Supply is still learning

Willard and Nettie White started White’s Farm Supply in 1946 in Oneida Valley on the corner of Routes 31 and 316. Now there are five stores with the couple’s sons, Dale, Art and Doug as well as two of Dale’s sons, Jeff and Greg, guiding the business into the future.  The company has thrived on service to the customer. Its technicians fix what others can’t and, with 24/7... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Total knee replacement patient goes home same day as surgery

WESTMORELAND — Apex Surgical Center, 5325 Route 233, reports it was the first ambulatory surgery center in New York to perform a same-day total knee replacement. A same-day total joint replacement is defined as a patient recovering in the comfort of their home on the same day as the surgery. Surgeon Andrew Wickline performed the first same-day total joint at Apex in December.... 4:00pm 03/14/18

About Mohawk Valley Health System

• Cancer services: The MVHS Cancer Center is accredited in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology and by the Commission on Cancer. • Cardiac Services: MVHS provides technologically-advanced cardiac care from diagnosis to rehabilitation. St. Elizabeth Medical Center received the Blue Distinction Center+ designation in the area of cardiac care. • Dialysis... 12:00pm 02/23/18

MVHS saluted for its bariatric surgery

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has recognized the Mohawk Valley Health System with a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Each year, more than 450 bariatric (weight loss) surgeries are performed annually at the St. Luke’s campus. Bariatric surgeon William Graber is the medical director for the program... 12:00pm 02/23/18

Rome hospital introduces hereditary cancer risk screening

Enhanced screening for mammography patients to determine hereditary risk factors for certain cancers is now offered at the Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital. The screening program is designed to help individuals and health care professionals make more informed decisions and take a personalized, proactive approach to care based on the results of genetic testing,... 12:01pm 02/16/18

About Oneida Healthcare

Address: 321 Genesee St. Top executive: Gene Morreale, president and CEO  Oneida Healthcare serves an area comprised of about 29 communities in Madison and western Oneida counties with a population of approximately 100,000.  Operated by Oneida Health Systems, Inc, a nonprofit corporation, the organization includes a 101-bed acute care hospital, emergency department, surgery... 12:00pm 02/16/18

About Rome Memorial Hospital

Mission: To provide quality care with compassion President/Chief Executive Officer: David Lundquist Main campus: 1500 N. James St., Rome Year founded: 1887 Telephone: 315-338-7000 Website: Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary and specialty care to... 12:00pm 02/16/18

When it’s time to see an orthopedic physician, patient recommends ‘Dr. Mike’

Teresa Hughes of Rome put up with her sore knee for a long time. “It had been giving me problems for years,” said Hughes. “It hurt a lot, it was wobbly at times and sometimes it would give out all together. “The pain and swelling made it hard for me to get around, I had trouble going down stairs and I really could not stand very long before it was hurting so much that I had to... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Griffiss center plans new operating rooms

The outpatient surgery center in Griffiss business park plans to add two operating rooms. Griffiss Surgery Center, 105 Dart Circle, is making plans to outfit and equip 6,500 square feet of vacant space as two multispecialty ambulatory surgery operating rooms and associated support facilities.  The center initially focused on eye-related procedures, opening as the Griffiss Eye... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Lending his voice to a new cause

“Alright! You’re hanging out with Dana Crouse here on the Moose,” a phrase that people in the North County set their watch to during Dana’s 25-year career as a disc jockey on WBRV-FM, The Moose radio station in Lowville. A family decision to move to Rome meant signing off for the last time and searching for a new career that eventually led him to The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter.... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Oneida Healthcare delivers for patients

ONEIDA — 2017 was an unprecedented year for Oneida Healthcare. Building on its success in 2016 success, Oneida Healthcare continued to produce quality results in the areas of patient safety and experience that ranks them among the best in the nation. Patient safety For a third consecutive time, Oneida Healthcare’s hospital received an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for its... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Knee replacement patient goes home same day as surgery

WESTMORELAND — Apex Surgical Center, 5325 Route 233, reports it was the first ambulatory surgery center in New York to perform a same-day total knee replacement. A same-day total joint replacement is defined as a patient recovering in the comfort of their home on the same day as the surgery. Surgeon Andrew Wickline performed the first same-day total joint at Apex in December.... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Joint exhibitions show Israel through eyes of photographers

In a joint endeavor looking at a complex issue, the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University and the Wellin Museum at Hamilton College are presenting “This Place,” a traveling exhibition that includes the works of 12 established photographers from around the world.  These artists captured images of the contested spaces of Israel and the West Bank between 2009 and 2012.... 4:00pm 03/28/18

About Herkimer County Community College

Campus: 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer Top executive: Cathleen C. McColgin president Educational programs: More than 40 associate degree and certificate programs in the areas of art, business, communication arts, criminal justice and law, education, health care and service, liberal arts and sciences, and STEM. The Internet Academy offers degree programs and certificates, as well... 12:00pm 02/23/18

MWPAI’s offerings target an array of regional visitors

UTICA — Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a fine arts center “serving diverse audiences through three program divisions — Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art.” The museum is located at 310 Genesee St. For tickets or more information, call 315-797-0000 or go online to Current events and exhibits slated for 2018 include: Goitse... 12:00pm 02/23/18

About Mohawk Valley Community College

Campuses: 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, and 1101 Floyd Ave., Rome Top executive: Randall J. VanWagoner, president Degrees and certificates offered: 90 plus degree and certificate higher education programs Number of students (full-and part-time) in fall 2017: 6,525 Employees: 417 Year founded: 1946 Main telephone number: 315-792-5354 Website: 12:00pm 02/16/18

Free-tuition scholarship boosts interest in SUNY

Applications at State University of New York four-year schools and City University of New York institutions are up, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo attributes the boost to the Excelsior Scholarship, the first-in-the-nation program providing cost-free tuition at New York’s public colleges and universities. SUNY institutions saw a 9 percent increase in year-over-year freshman... 12:00pm 02/16/18

About SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Marcy campus: 100 Seymour Road. (There’s an Albany campus as well. SUNY Poly is the result of the merger of the Marcy-based SUNY Institute of Technology and the Albany-based College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2014.) Top executive: Bahgat Sammakia, interim president Degrees offered: 40 Number of students (full and part-time) in fall 2017: 2,931 Employees: 668 Year... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Update ushers in new era for MVCC’s Rome campus

Mohawk Valley Community College held a ribbon-cutting event a year ago in the Plumley Complex atrium on the Rome campus, 1101 Floyd Ave., to formally mark the completion of the $30 million modernization that began in June 2015. Area dignitaries attended and spoke at the event, including MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner, MVCC Board of Trustees Chair William Calli Jr., state... 12:00pm 02/16/18

Rome, at the heart of hospitality careers

The hospitality program at Mohawk Valley Community College has kicked its style up with state-of-the-art kitchens, cooking labs and an all new dining room as part of the Floyd Avenue campus revitalization project. The program, available completely in Rome, offers associate degrees and certificates. “Our programs give graduates the inside track because you are coming in... 12:00pm 02/16/18

About Hamilton College

Name of school: Hamilton College Address: 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton Top executive: President David Wippman Degrees offered: Bachelor of arts degree; liberal arts education Number of students (full-and part-time) in fall 2017: 1,850 Employees: 688 Year started: 1812 Main telephone number: 315-859-4011 Website: 12:00pm 02/16/18

Joint exhibitions at Hamilton and Colgate show Israel through the eyes of 12 photographers

In a joint endeavor looking at a complex issue, the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University and the Wellin Museum at Hamilton College are presenting “This Place,” a traveling exhibition that includes the works of 12 established photographers from around the world.  These artists captured images of the contested spaces of Israel and the West Bank between 2009 and 2012.... 12:00pm 02/16/18