4-H youth compete in regional horse knowledge contest

Eleven youth in the Oneida County 4-H Horse Program competed on Tuesday, March 20, at the Regional 4-H Horse Bowl Contest, along with youth from Madison and Onondaga counties.

Horse Bowl, which is a horse knowledge contest done in a quiz-bowl format allows the youth to test their horse knowledge in a fun and exciting game.

The following are the Oneida County youth and Horse Bowl placing which qualify them for the State Horse Bowl Contest on April 14, at Cornell University.

• Senior Division: First Place: Anne Born of Westernville; Second Place: Sophie Norton of Utica; Fourth Place: Alyssa Buck of Rome.

• Junior Division: First Place: Robin Litts of Lee Center; Third Place: Lanelle Vile of Port Leyden; Fourth Place: Julia Waterhouse of Boonville; Fifth Place: Skylar Erickson of Waterville.



Greene is Kiwanis Student of the Month

The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks has selected Emily Greene as its Student of the Month for April.

She is the daughter of William and Ann Greene of Old Forge and a senior at Town of Webb Union Free School.

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



First Chiefs Association presents awards at banquet

Herkimer County Fire Chief's Association hosted its Annual Banquet at the Dolgeville Fire Station, where the following awards were presented.

• Excellence in Service Awards were presented to Past Chief Ronald Gatto of the Frankfort Fire Department, Past Chief Richard Nichols of the Salisbury Fire Department, and Past Chief Michael McEvoy of the Newport Fire Department.

• Firefighter of the Year Awards were presented to Lieutenant Richard Macri, Firefighters Rick Judd and Daniel Mabbett Jr., all of the Herkimer Fire Department; Past Chief John Coy and Firefighter Arthur Gage, both of the Cedarville Fire Department; Firefighters Leea Tripple and Zach Otis, both of the Schuyler Fire Company; Past Chief Daniel Mabbett Sr. and Firefighter Norman McKnight, both of the Mohawk Fire Department.



Register now for Art of Theorem Painting Workshop

Madison County Historical Society continues its Heritage Handicrafts: A Leisure Arts Workshop Series with its Art of Theorem Painting Workshop.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, with instructor Pamela Vogan Lynch, a professional artist and retired director of Art for the Oneida City School District.

Theorem Painting is an early American decorative technique that dates back to the first half of the 19th century, a leisure art form that enabled the average non-professional artist to create acceptable art forms for decoration and personal enjoyment. Participants will learn the steps of theorem painting to create an original painting of their own. All theorem materials will be provided.

This workshop is for adults and children aged 13 years and older.

The workshop will take place at the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main St.

The cost for the workshop is $30. Space is limited to 20 participants.

For information and to register, call 315-363-4136, or email



New York State History Day needs judges

New York History Day is looking for historians, educators, and others to judge student projects at this year’s contest, which takes place Monday, April 23.

Each year, more than 450 students in grades 6-12 conduct extensive research on topics related to an annual theme and present their findings in historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, and websites. The winners in Cooperstown will represent the state at National History Day in Washington, DC.

Orientation for judges begins at 7:30 a.m. at Fenimore Art Museum. Evaluation and discussion with your judging team occurs from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and takes place at various locations throughout the village including Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, The Clark Sports Center, The Otesaga Resort Hotel, and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

New York History Day will offer training, and free breakfast and lunch.

If you are interested in participating in New York History Day, email, call 607-547-1414, or visit



Auditions near for Emerald City Idol

Auditions for the annual Oz-Stravaganza Emerald City Idol singing competition for youth in seventh through 12th grade, will take place from Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21.

Auditions will take place at the following venues.

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave., Manlius.

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Morrisville Public Library, 83 East Main St., Morrisville.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Sullivan Free Library, 101 Falls Blvd., Chittenango.

There is no fee to audition and no appointment is needed. Be prepared to sing a song of your choice a cappella.

Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The winners will move on to the live finals Saturday, May 5, at Chittenango High School.

For information, visit, Emerald City Idol on Facebook, or email



‘Sip into Spring’ fundraiser benefits RACC

The Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., is hosting a “Sip into Spring” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

The event will showcase a selection of fine wines, local craft beer, handmade chocolates, cheeses, desserts and more.

Individuals will be able to sample wine, beer and whiskey with tastings of savory and sweet treats and more.

Participants include Copper City Brewing Company, Villa Verona Winery, Thousand Isle Winery, Old Home Distillers, Myers Chocolate, River Rat Cheese, Spressos, Jakes Gouda Cheese, Sweet Escape Chocolate Lounge, Popcorn Bar by Squeezers Lemonade and Popcorn Truck, Vern Pritchard’s Pastries and Pies and others.

Enjoy live music by the Key Notes Jazz Trio.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Rome Art and Community Center for $20 or at the door on the day of the event for $25.

For information and tickets, call 315-336-1040 or visit



Vendors sought for Indoor Flea Market

Helping Animals Live Organization (H.A.L.O.) is hosting its Indoor Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Mohawk American Legion, 43 W. Main St.

Table rental fees are $20 for one table, and $30 for two tables.

The event also will feature basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, refreshments and an adoption clinic featuring friendly kitties at H.A.L.O. House.

All proceeds will benefit H.A.L.O.

To reserve a table, call 315-520-3112 by April 23.



Lyme and arthropod borne diseases topic of Lunch and Learn Series

Diane Ward, Emergency Preparedness coordinator at Little Falls Hospital, will be providing an educational session on Lyme and arthropod borne diseases as part of the hospital’s Lunch and Learn Series.

The program will take place at noon Thursday, April 26, in the hospital’s Conference Room A, 140 Burwell St.

Ward will discuss what Lyme disease looks like, how it is treated and could you or a loved one have it.

Seats are limited. To make a reservation, call 315-823-5326.



Power of the Purse Luncheon set for May 8

The Women’s Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties Inc. is hosting its Power of the Purse Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Hart’s Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon will celebrate the 21st year of The Women’s Fund and its mission to empower women and girls to realize their dreams.

The guest speaker will be Amy Dickinson who writes the "Ask Amy" column, widely syndicated through North America with a readership estimated at 20 million. 

This year’s recipient of the Alumnae Award is Resource Center for Independent Living.

This year’s recipient for the Dream Maker Award is Mary Finkle. This award is given annually to an individual who has had a positive impact on our community. Finkle worked for 15 years at Community Health and Behavioral Services in Rome counseling adults and children with mental health needs. In 2003, she became the Clinical Supervisor at Mental Health Connections in Utica, leaving in 2006 to become Director of Clinical Services at the YWCA which included counseling individuals in domestic violence situations, all the while still providing both group and individual counseling to people with mental health needs in Rome. She also took on the role of Director of Heath and Counseling Services at PrattMWP, providing guidance to staff and counseling to students.  Currently she has consolidated her counseling practice to become the Safe Harbour Coordinator, providing counseling and advocacy to youth who have been labor or sexually trafficked.

Tickets for the luncheon are $45 per person. The luncheon will feature raffles, awards and grant announcements. 

Reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 1, by visiting or email



Furball fundraiser set for May 18

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society is hosting its annual Furball from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Yahnundasis Golf Club, 8639 Seneca Turnpike.

The event will feature champagne, hors d'oeuvres, cash car, food stations, music and dancing to the sounds of Stage Road, a vacation package bidding to benefit the Raise the Roof Fund, a 50/50 and jewelry raffle.

Tickets are $75 per person and $125 per couple.

For information and tickets, visit