Rome man grateful to be alive

SevenDay Michael J. Mastro is thankful to be alive. The alternative, of course, was drowning.  “I’m doing pretty good, in comparison,” Mastro, age 56, said with a chuckle in a recent interview.  “I don’t believe in death. I’ve been dead several times,” he joked. “I always come back.” Mastro, of Hamilton Street, suffered a cardiac episode while waist deep in the swimming area at Lake... 9:00am 10/14/18

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RACC honors volunteers with dinner, brick display

SevenDay The Board of Trustees of the Rome Art and Community Center honored its volunteers with a reception held at the center on Sept. 24. Ann Peach Lynch, chair of the center’s board of trustees, praised the volunteers for their efforts and dedication, saying that their involvement was essential to nearly every facet of the center’s operations. “Volunteers are critical to non-profit... 9:00am 10/14/18

Friends of Rogers’ members invited to celebrate ‘National Reptile Awareness Day’ on Oct. 20

SevenDay SHERBURNE — Friends of Rogers will again host “Animals of Halloween” the evening of Oct. 20 at Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne. Prior to this annual community festival, current Friends of Rogers members are invited to a free “National Reptile Awareness Day” celebration from 4-5 p.m. Established not just as a celebration for reptile lovers, “National Reptile... 9:00am 10/14/18

Lead actor makes ‘Venom’ watchable

SevenDay If the “Avengers” movies from Marvel Studios are the popular name brand you can trust, then Sony Pictures and their new “Venom” movie are the knock-off brand that will be fine, just not as good. “Venom” is a sub-standard superhero movie made watchable by a truly standout lead performance. Tom Hardy plays down-on-his luck journalist Eddie Brock, who loses his job, girlfriend... 9:00am 10/14/18

Autumn is great time to prepare your lawn for winter, spring

SevenDay As the garden season winds down, there are things you should do to maintain your lawn. A little maintenance now will insure that your lawn is ready for winter as well as next spring. Keep your grass 2 to 2-1/2 inches tall throughout the fall. If the grass is left too tall, you invite disease issues such as snow mold. If you cut too short, the grass cannot make and store... 9:00am 10/14/18

A.J. is a vocal — but loving and devoted companion

SevenDay Hey there Winston: I am A.J., how are you? I am an almost 4-year-old Boxer/Retreiver, Lab Mix canine who has been at the shelter since the beginning of September. What can I tell you about me? Well, I have a great personality (so I have been told) and can be a little bit nervous around new surroundings, but once I am comfortable,  I am just fine. I get along good with both... 9:00am 10/14/18

MVCC to host info sessions on Human Services program

SevenDay Mohawk Valley Community College is hosting several information sessions about a Human Services degree program format tailored for adult learners, which is scheduled to begin in January. The information sessions are at 6 p.m. on Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and 28, and Dec. 12, in Plumley Complex room 120 at MVCC’s Rome campus, 1101 Floyd Ave. The Adult Degree Program allows students to... 9:00am 10/14/18