Oneida County History Center's telethon set

Join the Oneida County History Center for its 13th annual telethon.

This event is the history center’s largest annual fundraiser and will be broadcast on WUTR-TV from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, from the history center, 1608 Genesee St., hosted by longtime emcee Joe Kelly and Oneida County Tourism Executive Director Kelly Blazosky.

Several special prize drawings will take place during the broadcast. Viewers who join or renew their memberships during the telethon, and nonmembers who make a pledge, will be eligible to win an Oneida County Tourism gift basket, Oneida County History Center gift package or other prizes from the local business community.

The phone number to call in a membership renewal or pledge is 315-735-3642.

The telethon benefits the history center’s ongoing operations and public service efforts. Funding is used in part to build new exhibits, underwrite special programming, and support operation of the center’s library for historical and genealogical research.



Bailey is Kiwanis Student of the Month

The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks has selected Fern Bailey as its Student of the Month for March.

She is the daughter of Jon and Leslie Bailey of Old Forge and a senior at Town of Webb Union Free School.

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



Kopernik Memorial Association Scholarship returns

The Kopernik Memorial Association is offering a scholarship to two deserving students who have completed at least one year of college, are at least 25 percent Polish descent and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

The application is available online at PCCutica.com.

The submission deadline is June 14.

Scholarship recipients are required to attend the rewards reception scheduled for Oct. 20.



Annual Diversity Affair set for March 17

Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP Ninth Annual Diversity Affair will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Hart’s Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St.

This year’s honorees include WKTV, Diane Berry, Dr. Joseph Mouk, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, and Chris Sunderlin, executive director of Midtown Utica Community Center.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

For information and tickets, call 315-798-5543.



Bunny Cares event for children with special needs

Sangertown Square is presenting Bunny Cares from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, welcoming children of all abilities and spectrums of special needs to a photo environment supportive of their sensory, physical and developmental needs.

The sensory-friendly event will take place prior to mall hours in a comforting and physically accommodating setting designed to lessen behavioral triggers.

Visits with the Easter Bunny are free. Keepsake Easter photo packages will be available for purchase during the event. Space and time is limited.

To make a reservation, visit sangertown.com.



Food drive at parade to benefit Mother Marianne's

For the 10th year in a row, the Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade will host a food drive beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Oneida Square.

Nonperishable food items will be collected during the parade route to benefit the Mother Marianne's Westside Kitchen, at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church, 702 Columbia St.

Spectators are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be collected in wheelbarrows along the parade route.

Containers also will be available for those wishing to make monetary contributions.

This year’s goal is to exceed collecting 3,509 food items and $1,870 in monetary donations.

Since its inception, nearly 9,500 food items and more than $10,000 have been collected and donated to Mother Marianne’s Westside Kitchen.



CMH Family Health Centers promotes living healthy

Community Memorial Family Health Centers encourage area residents to lace up and attend the second in a series of Walk With a Doc events at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Class of 1965 Arena on the campus of Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive.

“Walk With a Doc” is inspired and led by family medicine provider, Paula Welsh, nurse practitioner from the Hamilton Family Health Center. The program combines a one mile casual walk with a brief, informative healthcare lesson, which focuses on gastrointestinal health.

“Walk With a Doc” program is a series of events taking place once a month on Sundays throughout the year. Additional dates include April 15 and May 20, all beginning at 2:30 p.m..

New healthcare topics are covered at each session and participants are rewarded with the health benefits of walking. The events take place rain or shine and are free.

To register, visit walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/hamilton-ny/.



Trash or treasure? Find out at Antique Appraisal event

Unity Hall’s Antique Appraisal event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at 101 Vanderkemp Ave.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

After a brief talk, John Secor, owner of Back of the Barn Antiques in Remsen, will be doing appraisals for attendees with a limit of three items per person.

Information about this and other Unity Hall events is available online at www.unityhall.com and Facebook/HistoricUnityHall.



Oneida County Office Building goes blue

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month the Oneida County Office Building will be lit blue during the month of March. The Health Department also is sponsoring a dress down day Friday, March 23, in which county employees are encouraged to wear blue jeans and purchase a blue bracelet for $5 with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s work toward finding a cure for colon cancer.

The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties is urging everyone to talk to their doctor about testing options for colorectal cancer, also referred to as colon cancer. With recommended screening, the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by at least 60 percent.

The CSP of Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties offers colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening to eligible uninsured and underinsured individuals in the tri-county area.

For individuals insured through Medicaid, Medicare and commercial health plans, including those participating in the New York State of Health, colorectal cancer screening is covered with no cost to the patient.

For information, call 315-798- 5248 or visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/colorectal/screening.htm.



MHHS selected as Hannaford Helps program beneficiary

The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program has selected the Mohawk Valley Health System as its beneficiary for the month of March. The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program launched in October 2015 and is designed to support local non-profits through the sale of the reusable community bags.

For every reusable community bag purchased in March at the Hannaford at 4593 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, MVHS will receive a $1 donation. The store manager can provide assistance locating the reusable bag rack if needed.

For information on how you can help and to learn more about specific areas currently in need of charitable support, call 315-624-5600 or visit mvhealthsystem.org/foundation/ways-to-give.



Summer session registration at Herkimer College open

Online registration for summer session classes at Herkimer County Community College will take place now through Sunday, May 13.

Classes will be offered in a variety of subject areas including business, criminal justice, education, health, humanities, mathematics, physical therapy, science and social science. Most classes are available online and some will run on-campus including Anatomy and Physiology I & II.

For information and to register for summer courses, visit www.herkimer.edu/summer.