REGION

 

Solid Waste Authority recognizes America Recycles Day

 

Wednesday, Nov. 15, marks the 20th annual America Recycles Day, a nationwide initiative dedicated to increasing awareness and showcasing the accomplishments of recycling.

 

Currently, Oneida and Herkimer Counties have a recycling rate of 55 percent, while recycling rates across the nation stand at approximately 34 percent.

 

The Solid Waste Authority continually monitors recycling markets to find long-term, secure markets for material. This allows the Solid Waste Authority to provide recycling opportunities for as many materials as possible. Expanding the list of recyclable items not only allows the Solid Waste Authority to recover items that would otherwise be land-filled, but also preserves valuable resources and conserves energy.

 

Users can search for hundreds of items to easily learn how to properly recycle or dispose of them by visiting www.AmIRecyclable.com and www.ohswa.org.

 

The Solid Waste Authority continues to promote its Business Recycling Program and its Go Green School Recycling Program.

 

For information on recycling and other programs, visit www.ohswa.org or call 315-733-1224, ext. 1600.

 

 

 

UTICA

 

Christmas on Main Street puts out call for volunteers

 

Christmas on Main Street is looking for adult volunteers. Individuals and groups can participate. Volunteers will be needed from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Union Station, 321 Main St.

 

Duties include monitoring the line for Santa, selling Christmas light-up toys, set up and take down, keeping the area clean, making hot chocolate and popcorn, distributing refreshments, assisting with wagon ride, disassemble stage, and take down various decorations and trees.

 

Groups are encouraged to schedule their volunteers in two to three blocks throughout the day.

 

For information and to volunteer, email Sonia@mvlautica.org.

 

 

 

VERONA

 

Thank you for … support of annual Veterans Dinner

 

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone (volunteers and attendees) who helped make my seventh annual Thank You Dinner for Town of Verona Veterans on Nov. 11, a success. It is people like you who make a community great. I am so honored to call these great people my friends and Verona my hometown.

 

To see photos from the dinner and read the complete version of this thank you which includes the names of volunteers and businesses who helped out, visit www.fritzscherz.com.

 

Fritz Scherz, councilman, Verona Town Board

 

 

ROME

 

Make your reservations for EIG Alumni Christmas Party

 

The 22nd Annual 485th EIG Alumni Christmas Party will take place Friday, Dec. 1, at the Franklin Hotel, 301 S. James St.

 

The party will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

 

The cost of the dinner is $26 and must be paid in advance. Deadline for reservations is Monday, Nov. 27.

 

The 485th Engineering and Installation Group was disbanded by the Air Force when the base was closed in 1995. However, the former employees, their families, and friends continue to gather together every year for the Annual Christmas Party.

 

Former 485th EIG employees, their spouses, friends, and public are welcome to attend.

 

To make a reservation, checks should be mailed to Steve Yax, 8101 state Route 12, Barneveld, NY 13304.

 

For information, call 315-896-6840 or email runnersy@msn.com.

 

 

NEW HARTFORD

 

New members welcome at CNY Parkinson Support Group

 

The Parkinson Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at Presbyterian Home for Central NY, 4290 Middle Settlement Road.

 

The event begins with a meet and greet at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the Emmaus Room at the Presbyterian Home for CNY, followed by a guest speaker at 1 p.m.

 

There are no membership fees, although donations are accepted.

 

The support group’s mission is to educate, assist and support individuals with Parkinson’s disease, also their family, friends and community. The group also promotes research into the causes and cure of Parkinson’s.

 

New members are welcome.

 

For information, call 315-797-7500.

 

 

CLINTON

 

Kirkland Town Library to host Social Security workshop

 

Retirement Solutions will be presenting a free Social Security information workshop for pre-retirees ages 55 and older at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Kirkland Town Library, 55 1/2 College St.

 

Topics covered include:

 

· When is the best time to claim benefits?

 

· How much money can one earn before getting penalized?

 

· Survivor benefits.

 

· Recent changes in legislation and how they will impact benefits.

 

· Avoiding frequent claiming mistakes.

 

· Why Social Security is crucial to women.

 

There is no cost to attend. Advanced registration is required by calling 315-853-1785.

 

TURIN

 

Snowmobile Safety Course offered Nov. 25

 

Turin Ridge Riders Inc. is conducting a Snowmobile Safety Course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Turin Fire Hall, 4239 state Route 26. Lunch will be provided.

 

Children ages 10-13 must take this course to be allowed to operate a snowmobile on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed while accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years old or older.

 

Children ages 14-17 must take this course to be allowed to operate a snowmobile on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed without being accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years old. Each student taking the course must have reached his or her 10th birthday on or before the day the course ends in order to be eligible to receive a snowmobile safety certificate.

 

To register, call 315-376-5270. Walk-ins are welcome.

 

For information, call 315-376-5221 or email: mikeleviker@lewiscounty.ny.gov.

 

ROME

 

Comedy dinner and show set for Dec. 12

 

The Ava Dorfman Senior Center announces the comedy show, "All She Wants for Christmas," is being presented Tuesday, Dec. 12, at The Beeches, 7900 Turin Road.

 

Enjoy a buffet at noon followed by the show at 1:30 p.m.

 

The cost is $46.95 per person. Transportation is on your own; no bus will be provided.

 

Reservations with pre-payment is due by Monday, Dec. 4, at the Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St.

 

For reservations, call 315-337-8230.

 

ONEIDA

 

Share a Caring Christmas set for Dec. 2

 

For the 34th year, the Nye Automotive Group is hosting its annual Share a Caring Christmas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Nye Ford, 1479 Genesee St.

 

Big Frog 104 will broadcast the festivities live throughout the event, and a full line-up of musical entertainment has been scheduled, including musical selections performed by area schools and Fritz’s Polka Band.

 

Refreshments will be served and guests can expect a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

 

Participants are asked to bring any unwrapped new or gently used toys to be distributed to needy families.

 

Toys can be dropped off in advance at any NYE Auto location in Oneida and Rome during regular business hours. Donations will continue to be accepted until Dec. 20.

 

A Share the Warmth coat drive will continue this year, where individuals can donate unwanted coats and winter items to help keep our community warm. Those wishing to donate to Share the Warmth, can drop off donations at any Nye Auto location in Oneida and Rome.

 

Local groups or organizations who wish to help the effort by collecting toys or to volunteer, can call 315-363-1000, ext. 4256 or 315-725-8420.

 

CLINTON

 

Tickets available for 'The Nutcracker'

 

"The Nutcracker" presented by the Kirkland Art Center and Center Stage Dance Studio will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Clinton Performing Arts Complex, 75 Chenango Ave.

 

Advance sale tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets at the door are $15 general admission and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

 

For tickets, call 315-853-8871 or visit www.eventbrite.com.