Volunteers needed for Writers Honoring Veterans project

The country is losing World War II veterans at the rate of 492 per year. Last year, selected veterans received written tributes prepared by volunteer writers who gave their time and talents to recognize and present their stories. This special project, titled Writers Honoring Veterans 2017, culminated in a special ceremony during which the writers presented copies of their literary tributes to the veterans and their families.

The project seeks Central New York residents to volunteer to work to prepare written tributes for Writers Honoring Veterans 2018.

Seasoned writers, amateur or professional, or a novice writer willing to dedicate their time and talent to honor our veterans are encouraged to email Writers Honoring Veterans 2018 Administrators Brian Miga at or Bob Sblendorio at

The writers will be chosen by March 19 and this year’s veterans will be selected thereafter. The veterans will be presented in November.



Francesca Hollenbeck fundraiser set for March 18

Holy Cross Academy, 4020 Barrington Road, is hosting a chicken barbecue and talent show Sunday, March 18, to benefit 5-month-old Francesca Hollenbeck, who is battling leukemia.

The chicken barbecue will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Eat in or drive thru.

The talent show will follow at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Basket raffles will take place throughout the day.

For information or to make a donation, call 315-363-1669.



Comedy mystery dinner to benefit Music Boosters

Frankfort-Schuyler Music Boosters is hosting a dinner and "whodunit" comedy mystery at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the St. Francis DiPaola Society Club, 152 Eighth Ave.

Enjoy a turkey dinner as 15 students from the high school theater classes perform. Audience members will be invited to weigh in on who they think is the culprit. A raffle also will take place.

Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased by March 15. Tickets are available through the high school music department and by emailing No tickets will be sold at the door.



9-pin bowling fundraiser set for March 18

A nine-pin singles no-tap bowling tournament will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Boonville Bowl, 200 Post St.

Entry fee is $20 per person.

Proceeds will be used to help purchase a new standing power chair for local teen Ryan Berwick before his graduation in June from Adirondack High School.

The event will feature a 50/50 and silent auction. Prizes will be awarded.

To register, call 315-942-4395 or 315-942-5539.



Student presents at psychological conference

Alysa Matt of Ava was among the students continuing the strong tradition of student research at The College of Saint Rose, as a dozen students presented projects at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting in Philadelphia in March.

Matt presented on "Victim Status and Blame: The Rolls of Justice Beliefs and Classism."



Rebuild your life after separation or divorce

The Separated & Divorced Support Group meets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every other Sunday at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Road. Upcoming meetings include March 18, April 8 and 22.

The group meets in a warm, caring, confidential environment designed to help you learn skills and practical information that will guide you in rebuilding your life after your separation or divorce.

The group is free. For information, call 315-735-6210, email or visit



Wish you had a better marriage?

The Third Option support group for married couples meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every other Sunday at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Road. Upcoming meetings include March 18, April 8 and 22.

Learn to handle anger more constructively, resolve conflicts, and communicate better. Hear couples share how they overcame problems in their marriages.

For information and to register, call 315-735-6210, email or visit



Annual wine tasting event set for March 18

St. Anthony Crusaders is hosting its wine tasting fundraiser from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Herkimer VFW, 129 Mohawk St.

A $10 donation gets you into the event featuring more than 10 wine makers, samplings from vendors, prizes, raffles, and more.

The vintners are a mix of professionals and hobbyists including Moonshine tasting by DikinDurt Distilleries, Bottom of the Barrel and Thousand Island Winery to name a few.

Proceeds will benefit the Church of St. Anthony and Joseph.

For tickets, call 315-360-3608 or email You may also get tickets at Dominick’s Deli, 122 W. Albany St.



Christian Women's Club to host luncheon

The Mohawk Valley Christian Women's Club is hosting its monthly meeting titled "A Fashionable Spring Time Luncheon."

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Hart's Hill Inn at 135 Clinton St.

The special feature will be a fashion show by The Dress Barn. Guest speaker Sharon Ditton of Schenectady will speak on "Lost and Alone Were her Companions."

Enjoy musical selections by Ruben Montalvo.

The cost is $13 per person. Free child care made by reservation. Bring a bag lunch for your child.

To make a reservation, call 315-733-2085 or 315-733-1638. Walk-ins are welcome.



Raffle fundraiser to benefit drum, bugle corps

Upstate Independent Drum and Bugle Corps of Oneida are hosting a Kid’s Easter Basket Raffle and Easter Holiday Meat Raffle from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Nothin Fancy Party Venue, 10 Ruth St.

The event will feature Easter basket raffles, 50/50, and a meat raffle consisting of holiday hams, pork loins, steak and shrimp combo and chicken tenders.

Upstate Independent Drum and Bugle Corps is in its third year and currently are New York State American Legion Champions and will defend that title this summer in Rochester.



Six to be honored as Women of the Year

The Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women Inc., in conjunction with New York State Women in History month, will host its Women of the Year awards dinner 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Daniele’s Banquet Specialists on Seneca Turnpike. 

This year’s honorees are:

• Mary Hayes Gordon, Young Scholars Liberty Partnership, Utica College, director of Program Operations.

• Dawn Catera Lupi, Oneida County first assistant district attorney and Special Victims Unit bureau chief.

• Karen McBride, Utica City School District, retired; and League of Women Voters Board member/voter service chair.

• Adele Bottini Pacilio, Pretty Woman Beauty Salon, Utica, established 1980, owner and operator.

• Kathryn R. Stam, SUNY Polytechnic professor of anthropology; and Midtown Utica Community Center Board president.

•  Eve Van de Wal, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, regional president; and numerous community organization board positions.

Tickets are $40 per person. For tickets and reservations, call 315-292-4874.



Tenney announces Congressional Art Competition

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) has announced the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, which is open to students in 11th and 12th grades in the 22nd Congressional District.

The competition takes place every spring to showcase talented art students across the nation. Each Member of Congress receives submissions from students throughout their district. Submissions will be judged by a panel in the district, and the winning piece will be prominently displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

Acceptable mediums include: paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.; drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal; collages (must be two dimensional); prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints; mixed media; computer-generated art and photographs.

High schools in the 22nd District have been notified, and students have begun submitting in their artwork. All art work is due on April 27, and must be delivered in person to Rep. Tenney’s New Hartford Office at 555 French Road, Suite 101.