UTICA

Lead-Free MV Coalition recognizes June as National Healthy Homes Month

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes is sponsoring National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) during the month of June. This month-long celebration offers an opportunity to learn more about how to "Check Your Home; Protect Your Family."

The HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes recommends keeping homes dry, safe, clean, pest-free, contaminant-free, well-maintained, ventilated, and at an adequate temperature.

Learn more about how you can make your home healthier and keep your family safe by completing the HUD’s Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home - Room by Room Checklist at www.leadfreemv.org/healthyhomes or by downloading the "Healthy Homes Basics" app from Google Play or the iTunes store.

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties launched the Lead-Free MV Coalition in 2016 to help reduce lead poisoning rates in Herkimer and Oneida counties. The coalition is a collaborative effort of nearly 50 organizations that address health and environmental hazards in the two-county region.

For information about Lead-Free MV, visit www.leadfreemv.org or call 315-731-3736.

COOPERSTOWN

Free admission for dads on Father’s Day at Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum

Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, both on state Route 80, will recognize Father’s Day by offering free admission to all fathers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17.

At Fenimore, view the collections and seven current exhibitions including the new Thomas Cole and The Garden of Eden and Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist. After, take a stroll along the lakeshore and then head across the street to The Farmers’ Museum. There, experience Hops on Tap, a new program to learn about hops and craft brewing - past and present. Take the Hoppy Trails Tour at 11 a.m. to hear a brief history and discussion of beer, brewing, and hops–starting at Bump Tavern. At 1 p.m., join in on the Garden Hacks program where you’ll learn tried-and-tested gardening tips. Afterward, discover the antique tool collection and explore the historic village.

For information, visit FarmersMuseum.org and FenimoreArt.org.

  

ROME

Register now for Artletics summer day camp

The Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., is again hosting its summer day camp, Artletics.

The day camp will run from June 25 through Aug. 16.

The staff will be bringing back the Thursday afternoon "show" for parents as theme weeks.

This year’s theme weeks are as follows.

• Week One: Super hero.

• Week Two: America (No camp on July 4).

• Week Three: Dinosaurs.

• Week Four: Dr. Seuss.

• Week Five: Disney.

• Week Six: Olympics.

• Week Seven: Nickelodeon.

• Week Eight: Harry Potter.

The day camp will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an additional after camp from 3 to 5 p.m.

For information and to register, visit romeart.org/artletics or call 315-336-1040.

 

WESTMORELAND

Fundraiser supports restoration, reopening of town pool

The Westmoreland Summer Activities Association, the non-profit organization that is working to restore and reopen the town pool, has hosted a chicken barbecue and craft fair fundraiser every June for the past three years.

This year’s event took place Saturday, June 2, and also included entertainment for the first time. Attendees enjoyed the music of the Pride of Westmoreland marching band, the Westmoreland Select Chorus, and performances by local musicians.

The event and other fundraising efforts throughout the spring have raised $8,000, in addition to the $70,000 raised in previous years, to help support the restoration and reopening of the pool.

  

HAMILTON

Colgate University receives recycling grant

Colgate University is one of two New York state colleges to receive a $2,500 “College Council Grant” from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR 3 ), the professional recyclers’ association for New York State.

Colgate University’s award will go toward improving the recycling infrastructure in Alumni Hall (a carry-in, carry-out academic building), by purchasing and installing two centrally located, customized Colgate recycling stations. The customized Colgate recycling stations are sturdy enough that they are unlikely to be removed and are not easily damaged, and also will house all three waste streams available in Madison County: landfill waste, paper recycling and plastics/glass/aluminum recycling.

 

UTICA

Ireland trip raffle tickets

The Great American Irish Festival is gearing up for its 15th Season of bringing first class Celtic music and Irish cultural events to the Herkimer County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28.

Several new events are planned for the festival this year and include a "sip and paint" session and Irish Comedians along with the NYS Highland Games Championship tournament starting Friday under the lights and continuing on Saturday afternoon.

This year, the festival is conducting a raffle for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to Ireland.

Tickets are $20 each and only 1,000 tickets will be sold.

The winner will be drawn on at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Irish Fest by the band "The Elders."

To purchase raffle tickets, email Knappsl@twc.com.

 

UTICA

Ferguson is named Best Buddies chapter president

Emma Clare Ferguson is the new chapter president of Best Buddies at Thomas R. Proctor High School.

Best Buddies is an advocacy group fostering leadership and friendship between people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Ferguson has been invited to attend Indiana University this summer for an international leadership conference.

She is the daughter of Kathryn Ferguson and Sean Ferguson.

 

REGION

Cazenovia College grads receive academic excellence awards

Cazenovia College's recent commencement ceremony featured several academic awards, recognizing the achievements of outstanding students in the 2018 graduating class including the following.

• Amie Olson of Newport received the Academic Excellence Award in the Division of Art & Design.

• Samantha Vail of Ilion received the Academic Excellence Award from the Center for Adult & Continuing Education.