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Celebrate National Mentoring Month

3 days ago

A great way to start a New Year: Participate in National Mentoring Month, January 2020. Established by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership & Harvard’s School of Public Health in 2002, …

Don’t ignore Census surveys

5 days ago

Want to pay more taxes? Here’s a surefire way to inspire a hike — ignore your U.S. Census survey. Each resident in our area brings in state and federal money to local governments by being counted …

Critical need for blood donors

Wednesday, January 22

Wanted: Blood donors. Winter is a notoriously difficult time to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. And this year is no exception, the Red Cross says in a plea for more …

Vernon Center residents deserve answers about water

Friday, January 17

VERNON CENTER — Without water, there is no life. That goes for just about everything — from planets to people. In Vernon Center, for years, residents have dealt with undrinkable well water, and …

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Points of Pride

Everyone benefits in recycling competition

Tuesday, January 21

One way to promote recycling is to make it a competition. That’s what the annual Plastic Film Recycling Challenge sponsored by the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority does. The rules went like …

A career seeking justice for children

Tuesday, January 7

We wish to congratulate and send best wishes to First Assistant District Attorney Dawn Catera Lupi, who has retired after working three decades as a prosecutor seeking justice against those who would …

Gospel artist’s successful ‘journey’

Thursday, January 2

Good luck to Rome native Gabriel Day, who is competing for a top award in the gospel music world. Day’s gospel album — “Church” — a 10-song collection released in January of this year, is …

FFA: Bigger than ever

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Today we join state officials in saluting the New York Future Farmers of America. The New York FFA has been congratulated by state Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on its significant growth …

Community puts family on road to recovery

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Our upstate communities come together in times of need. It’s a tradition we can be proud of. It’s therefore gratifying to see the effort to help a Vernon Center area family that could have been …

BC-History, ADV24

4 days ago

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2020. There are 342 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 24, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime …

BC-History, ADV23

5 days ago

Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2020. There are 343 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States …