Health screenings coming to area March 13

Residents living in and around Herkimer can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening.

Screenings will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Reformed Church of Herkimer, 102 Church St.

Screenings can check for: The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health; HDL and LDL cholesterol levels; diabetes risk; bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis; kidney and thyroid function and more.

Screenings are convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking.

Free parking is available.

Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors.

Registration is required by calling 877-237-1287 or register online at www.lifelinescreening.com.



Shredding and plastics collection

The city of Sherrill is hosting a free shredding and plastics collection from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, at the Transfer Station, 210 Elmwood Place.

Bring any paper that needs to be shredded including folders and envelopes. There is no need to remove paper clips or staples.

Acceptable plastics include beverage crates, clean plastic drums, totes, empty garbage cans, plastic buckets/pails, toys, tool and gun cases, plant/propagation trays and flower pots, pallets and shelving, laundry baskets, lawn furniture, pet carriers, cat litter containers, recycling bins and carts, and water jugs.

Items not accepted include plastic bags, film, Styrofoam, plastic appliances, vinyl siding, water hoses, toys with circuit boards or battery packs, pool/chemical containers, driveway sealant containers, paint cans and motor oil containers.



Support for those with health, wellness challenges

Through the collaboration of the Center for Family Life and Recovery and Rome Memorial Hospital’s Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine, a new support group has been created for anyone coping with health and wellness challenges.

The support group, "Give it a Whirl" for Wellness is an opportunity for people learning to cope with challenges, whether it is quitting smoking for good, overcoming illness or treatments, or facing life changes, to meet with others in similar situations.

The free meetings will be centered around an activity and take place Fridays at Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine, 107 E. Chestnut St.

The schedule is as follows.

2 p.m. Feb. 16: Learn to Paint.

6 p.m. Feb. 23: Paper Quilling.

2 p.m. March. 2: Story Writing and Telling.

6 p.m. March 9: Cake Decorating.

2 p.m. March 16: Charcoal Drawing.

6 p.m. March 23: Jewelry Making.

For information, call 315-768-2650.


Drone Competition informational meetings slated

CNY Drones, in cooperation with the Utica Jewish Community Center and the Academy of Model Aeronautics University Model Aviation Student Club at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, is hosting informational meetings for those interested in forming teams for the area’s first open team drone competition, Rig Rescue.

The meetings will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 16, and March 16, in the Jewish Community Center Auditorium at 2310 Oneida St. Learn more about the competition, pick up information to start a team, or to sign up a team. 

Teams can be any combination of 2 to 5 members, ages 11 and older. Registered teams are invited to attend and practice with their drones using field elements or get advice on their building projects. 

Rig Rescue is an inclusive, low cost, STEM-based Team Drone Challenge that utilizes Next Generation Science Standards to offer nine real-world field elements. This year’s competition will take place Sunday, April 15, at the SUNY Poly Campus Center Gym, a new location from the originally planned Parkway Recreation Center.  The 2018 program is limited to 10 teams and will grow to 16 teams for future presentations. Six regional teams have already confirmed that they are building and practicing for the event. 

For information on Rig Rescue and other CNY Drones programs, visit www.CNYDrones.org or email CNYDrones@gmail.com.  


YMCA to offer Lifeguard Training Program

The Little Falls Family YMCA, 15 Jackson St., is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program.

To be eligible for this course, participants must be at least 16 years of age, a strong swimmer and knowledgeable of swim strokes.

This program will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays, March 4, 11 and 18.

The First Aid/CPR Training component for the course will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. CPR renewals also will take place at the same time.

These courses will be instructed by YMCA Aquatics Director and Mohawk Valley American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Instructor Lisa Sarto.

Class size is limited and registration is required by calling 315-823-1740.



Vendors, exhibitors, sponsors sought for Earth Festival

Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking sponsors, vendors and exhibitors for the 14th annual Earth Festival.

Established in 2005, Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities and vendors. This year’s theme is Reduce, ReUse, Recycle, and will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford.

Contributions and sponsors are being sought to help defray the costs of the event and registration is now open for vendors and exhibitors interested in attending the event. Each vendor and exhibitor will have an eight-foot table for their display.

Sponsorships are being accepted through April 13. For information on how to get involved, either as a sponsor or vendor/exhibitor, call 607-547-4488, or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/.



Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser

"Secrets At The Suiter House" is the theme of an upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner planned for Saturday, March 31, at the Ilion Moose Lodge, 302 Barringer Road.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Written by Cynthia Quackenbush, trouble arises as the next display is being planned at the Suiter Museum, even murder. Guests can help solve the crime, win prizes and enjoy an "all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner.

The event also includes a silent auction.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased in advance at the Herkimer County Historical Society during regular business hours or by sending a check to the Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY  13350.

The event is a fundraiser for the Herkimer County Historical Society.


MVHS surgeon to host hernia screening

Dr. Jonathan Blancaflor, medical director for Robotic Surgery at Mohawk Valley Health System, will be hosting a free, private hernia screening that will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Holiday Inn, 1777 Burrstone Road.

Presentations will take place at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

A specialist in general, colorectal and thoracic surgery, Blancaflor joined the MVHS Robotic Surgery Group in November 2017.

During this event, attendees will hear about benefits of minimally-invasive hernia repair using robotic-assisted technology; engage in dialogue with Blancaflor; and may have a screening if they experience nausea, groin pain or a bulge in the lower abdomen. “Test drives” and demonstrations of the robot will also be available. Light refreshments will be served.

In addition to general surgery, robotically-assisted surgery is also available at MVHS in urology, gynecology and ear, nose and throat surgery.

Space for this event is limited and registration is requested. To register, or for more information, please call 315-624-4919 or email cfrenyea@mvhealthsystem.org.




Fine food pairing dinner set for April 29

This year, The Event Co. and The Restaurant Equipment Company has added new elements to its series of food pairing events.

The next in the series is a fine food pairing dinner taking place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Stanley Center for the Arts, 259 Genesee St.

Pairing options have been expanded to allow diners to opt for either wine or craft beer from one of the region’s fine wineries or craft breweries to accompany each course.

The Social Hour starts at 4 p.m. in the Stanley lobby with wine, craft beer and liquor sampling, along with cheeses and other light food samples from fine local eateries.

​The evening then shifts to the stage for a four-course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Jeffrey Daniels and his staff from Daniele of Valley View.

Live music and additional entertainment will accompany the dinner hour.

Tickets are $75 per person. Both individual tickets and tables of eight will be offered. Advance purchase is required by April 23. Tickets are available at The Stanley Box Office or by calling 315-724-4000.

Proceeds will benefit the Stanley Center for the Arts.


Stanley welcomes new board members

The Stanley Center for the Arts has appointed new members Mark Montgomery and John Jadhon to its Board of Directors.

Montgomery is an associate dean of social sciences and public services at Mohawk Valley Community College.

Jadhon is a partner in the Matt Law Firm, and Of Counsel to Barclay Damon.


Annual Herb and Flower Festival June 16

Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County’s annual Herb and Garden Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Parker F. Scripture Botanical Gardens at the Oneida County Farm and Home Center, 121 Second St.

The festival includes four classes for gaining new gardening knowledge, and nearly 50 garden merchants selling abundant plants including trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable plants. Other items related to gardening also are available for purchase.

The Master Gardener booth offers information on a variety of topics and the chance to ask gardening questions.

For information and schedule, visit www.cceoneida.com.


Youth Job Fair set for April 24

A Job Fair for youth ages 14-21 will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the City of Utica Youth Bureau, 220 Memorial Parkway.

Applicants are encouraged to "dress to impress." Bring identification/proof of age, working papers and a resume.

For information, call 315-223-4320.


Levi is Kiwanis Student of the Month

The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks has selected Laura Levi as its Student of the Month for February.

She is the daughter of Dan and Georgia Levi of Inlet and a senior at Town of Webb Union Free School.

Levi will receive $50 and with her parents be invited to an upcoming Kiwanis Recognition Event to make a brief presentation.



Thank you for...support of good pantry

The results are in. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this year’s "Souper Bowl of Caring." Through our efforts and your generosity we collected $731, and 342 food items in 2018. This collection is for the direct benefit of St. Margaret's Food Pantry at Grace Church. Thank you for helping us to raise food, funds and awareness to help those in need.

Grace Church Episcopal



Marchese appointed to board of Catholic Charities

Wendy Marchese has been appointed to the Board of Catholic Charities of Herkimer County.

Marchese, who resides in Little Falls, is a counselor at Herkimer County Community College.

In her professional career she has worked with individuals and groups in crisis counseling, one-on-one sessions and program development.

For information, visit www.ccrcda.org/.



Thank you for...coming to aid of a home fire

Many thanks to the unknown gentleman who had the presence of mind and determination to stop and warn us of the recent fire at our home on Arlington Road. You undoubtedly saved us and our pets from injury or death. You truly were our Guardian Angel.

Also, thank you to all of the Utica Fire Department and Utica Police Department first responders who extinguished and investigated the fire. Your expertise, skill and professionalism are second to none.

A  heartfelt thanks to you all.

Don, Donna and Sarah Gerace