College to host Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive

Herkimer County Community College is hosting Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Robert McLaughlin College Center, upper lobby.

Each year, 18,000 Americans are diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or another blood cancer. For many, the only long-term cure is a stem cell transplant. If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, patients need you. Donors in this age group provide the best chance for transplant success. Patients are most likely to match someone who shares their ancestry. While all donors are needed, donors urgently needed are African American, Latino, Asian, American Indian or mixed race. Joining the marrow registry is easy – just get your cheeks swabbed and fill out a short health questionnaire.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can join online at https://join.bethematch.org/HerkimerSaves.

For information, call 315-574-4032 or email studentactivities@herkimer.edu.



Radio Association

to teach class

The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association Inc. will be teaching an entry level Technician Class licensing course from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 19 through Dec. 12 at the Town of German Flatts Hall on state Route 5S adjacent to the old Fort Herkimer Church between Herkimer and Little Falls. Classes will not meet if any Tuesday is a holiday or there is inclement weather that day.

The cost of the course is $40.

The class is open to all ages. Each student will be provided the book “The Ham Radio License Manual — All you need to become an Amateur Radio Operator!” published by the American Radio Relay League Third Edition.

For information and to register for the class, call 315-894-3222 or 315-429-3927 or email at bouck01@twcny.rr.com or alannicolette57@gmail.com.



SUNY Poly to host

Red Cross blood drive

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Center.

Call 800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to donate. Walk-ins are welcome. Use Rapid Pass to save time checking in at the drive. For information, visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.

Power Red Cell Donation is offered if you are O Negative, O Positive, A Negative or B Negative.



Go Red For Women kick-off event set

Meet the newest members of the Go Red Survivor Class as the American Heart Association kicks off its Go Red for Women event.

The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Sadaquada Golf Club, at 4983 Henderson St.

The Go Red Leadership Reception and Survivor Class Reunion is at 5 p.m. followed by the kick off program at 6 p.m.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association kicks off its newest Go Red For Women season, raising awareness and funds for the fight against heart disease – women’s number one killer.

The Go Red Survivor Class features women who are heart disease survivors with inspiring stories to share.

For information, call 315-580-3964.



Brew Ha Ha

set for Sept. 23

Tickets are now on sale for Rome Hospital Foundation’s Seventh Annual Brew Ha Ha.

The craft beer tasting event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Woods Valley Ski Area, 9100 state Route 46.

The ticket price includes the ability to taste more than 50 types of craft beer and wine, and food prepared by Teddy’s Restaurant. Enjoy live entertainment by Strung Sideways, a string band described as playing everything from southern rock to great acoustical sound.

Since its inception in 2011, Rome Hospital Foundation’s Brew Ha Ha has raised more than $90,000 to support the mission of Rome Memorial Hospital in delivering quality healthcare to the Greater Rome community.

Advanced tickets for the Brew Ha Ha are $40 each and $75 for a pair. Designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets sold the day of the event are $50 each. Tickets can be purchased by calling 315-338-7181 or online at romehospitalfoundation.org or by visiting Copper City Brewery, 1111 Oneida St., Rome.

Proceeds benefit Rome Hospital Foundation.



Association offers education programs

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering the following programs at Mohawk Reformed Church, 20 S. Otsego St.

n The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease will take place Wednesday, Sept. 20. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and explores how the brain works, difference between normal aging and dementia. An overview of the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association also is presented.

n Effective Communication Strategies will take place Monday, Oct. 2. Learn how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The program was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

Both programs will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.

Those planning to attend may call 315-866-4292 or email mrcoffice@verizon.net.



Adult support group offered for diabetes

The Mohawk Valley Health System’s Central New York Diabetes Education Program adult support group for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes, “Trading Up,” will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at in the Community Room in the Center for Continuing Care Services at the St. Luke’s Campus, 1676 Sunset Ave.

New members are welcome to attend. The group provides an outlet for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. Attendees have the opportunity to speak with others who are living similar lifestyles and dealing with the daily impact of diabetes management.

Each meeting includes the most current news and information about diabetes and provides a conversation forum between members. The topics for discussion are introduced by the group’s peer leaders.

To register, call 315-624-5620. Those responding should leave their full name and telephone number.