Auditions for ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

The Ilion Little Theatre will host auditions for the play "The Trip to Bountiful" from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Nov. 11-12, at "The Stables," 13 Remington Ave.

Six men and three women of varying ages are needed for a variety of roles.



Thinking about homeownership? Now’s the time to act

The UNHS HomeOwnershipCenter (HOC) will be presenting at the free Homeownership Workshop hosted by the Utica Municipal Housing Authority at 5:30  p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., in the second floor Music Room, starting at 5:30 p.m.

HOC’s Homeownership Center Manager Kristen Graves will be presenting a summarized version of the Home Buyer Education class covering the steps to take to become a successful home owner. Information on the down payment assistance options that are available will be presented as well.

Rides are available. For information, call 315-735-5246, ext. 25.



Get a running start for Heart Run & Walk

America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk has been saving lives for 45 years, thanks to the incredible Mohawk Valley community. To help make the 45th event the best yet, the American Heart Association is giving participants the chance to get a running start on fundraising.

Runners, walkers, and team coaches can pick up Heart Run & Walk materials early at a special open house event from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Thursday, Nov. 15, at American Heart Association, 125 Business Park Drive, Suite 106.

American Heart Association staff will be standing by throughout the day to help participants sign up for the event and plan their team fundraising. Stop by the office for everything you need to be a relentless force for longer, healthier lives.

The 45th anniversary America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk will take place March 1 and 2 at Utica College. Participants can sign up and get more information at



YWCA MV seeking donors for Adopt-A-Family

The season of giving is around the corner, and YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) wants your help making the holidays special and safe for survivors of violence.

Adopt-A-Family gives YWCA MV the ability to provide happy holiday memories to the survivors and families they serve while keeping them safe and secure. Through the generosity of the community, the agency distributes gifts to each individual survivor and family member in their emergency and transitional housing programs.

This year, Adopt-A-Family also will expand to include the children YWCA MV serves at the Child Advocacy Center in Herkimer County, who are survivors of sexual and severe physical abuse.

YWCA MV is now looking for donors for Adopt-A-Family for the 2018 holiday season. Each donor will be given a Wish List from their assigned family member(s), listing up to four items valued at or less than $25 each. For safety purposes, YWCA MV will act as a third-party distributor for gifts donated through Adopt-A-Family and assign a Gift Code to each Wish List.

For donor information, visit for a registration form. The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 16. For information, email

Wish Lists will be distributed to donors by Monday, Nov. 19. Gifts must be dropped off at YWCA MV’s main office at 7 Rutger Park from Monday, Dec. 10, through Friday, Dec. 14. YWCA MV staff will then deliver the holiday gifts to each family. For supporters who do not wish to shop, monetary donations also will be accepted, and YWCA MV staff will do the shopping for you.



Rome Twigs announces Tree of Lights Campaign

The Tree of Lights, the Rome Twig’s annual fundraiser at Rome Memorial Hospital, is underway and has received $1,000 from Barry Funeral Home.

The Tree of Lights reception and ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the hospital lobby. At 7 p.m. the event moves outside to light the tree. The Rev. Sam Pendergrast, pastor of Rome’s First Presbyterian Church, will be honored for his many years of devoted service to the community. A scroll displaying the names of donors and their honored persons will be displayed at the event.

Contributions to the Tree of Lights campaign help the Twigs, a not-for-profit organization, continue its long tradition of dedicated service in support of the hospital and its mission. All monies are used for the purchase of hospital equipment and to support programs of the hospital. Last year’s Tree of Lights campaign raised more than $10,000. Those dollars, along with other monies raised by the Twigs, go toward programs that contribute to patient comfort and care at Rome Memorial Hospital.  

Individuals may purchase lights to honor a living person, remember a deceased loved one, or express thanks; each light on the tree represents a gift of love and remembrance. In order to be included on the scroll, donations of $5 or more for a light must be received by noon Friday, Nov. 16, addressed to Rome Memorial Hospital, Attention Tree of Lights, 1500 N. James St., Rome, NY 13440. Make checks payable to Rome Twigs.



Foster awarded Elmira College Moser Freshman Prize

Elizabeth Foster of Frankfort was one of two students recently awarded the 2018 Moser Freshman Prize at a ceremony during Elmira College's Family Weekend.

Foster is a political science and legal studies double major and an officer for Model UN, Amnesty International, Pre-Law Club and Active Minds.

She also is an Elmira College Key Award recipient and recently was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma International Freshman Honor Society.

The Moser Freshman Prize was established by Raymond and Nancy Crane Moser '34 to acknowledge and support the academic tradition at Elmira College. The prize is presented annually to the student achieving the highest grade point average at the end of the first year of full-time academic work.



Get kids growing with cabbage program

Vegetable gardening teaches kids where food comes from, healthy eating and gets them outdoors, engaging with nature.

A great way to get kids started in the garden is the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. It’s free to any third grade classroom in the country and third grade teachers can register now at for the 2018 program.

Bonnie Plants trucks two-inch cabbage plants to every third grade classroom in the country in spring whose teachers have registered online for the program.

Teachers distribute the 2" cabbage plants Bonnie delivers, with instructions provided by Bonnie, to students to carry home and grow. At the end of the growing season, teachers select a class winner, based on size, appearance and maturity and that submission is entered in a state-wide scholarship drawing. The 48 state winners are randomly selected by each state’s Director of Agriculture, and Bonnie Plants awards a $1,000 scholarship for education to one student in each state.

For information, visit



Benson participates in Wig and Buckle's ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ performance

Sarah Benson of New Hartford is participating in Wig and Buckle Theater Company's upcoming production of "Little Shop of Horrors" at Lebanon Valley College.

Benson is a member of the ensemble.

A graduate of New Hartford Sr. High School, she is pursuing a bachelor of science in music education at the college.



AmeriCU continues support for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals

AmeriCU and its members recently have increased their support for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals within the communities the credit union serves.

In April, as part of Credit Union Youth Month, AmeriCU encouraged members to begin building healthy savings habits early. For every deposit of $50 or more in a Youth Savings Account, AmeriCU pledged to donate to the CMN. With the help of AmeriCU members and a Miracle Match donation from CO-OP Financial Services, AmeriCU was able to donate a total of $12,000 to the three CMN hospitals in our area — Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare of Utica, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital of Syracuse and Samaritan Medical Center of Watertown.

As part of the Utica-Rome Chapter of the New York Credit Union Association, AmeriCU and other local credit unions were proud to donate $15,176 to Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in 2017. This donation enabled the hospital to remodel the children’s procedure room to make the space more comforting during treatment and purchase a VECTA Station, a colorful, mobile, multisensory machine with fiber optic lights, music, soothing projections and colorful bubbles for visual and audible stimulation to help children feel more relaxed and comfortable.



Home Health Care vs. Assisted Living topic of Lunch and Learn

In recognition of November as National Caregivers Appreciation month, Valley Residential Services at 323 Pine Grove Road is hosting the program "Home Health Care vs. Assisted Living: Which Option is Right for You?" at noon Thursday, Nov. 29, as part of its Lunch and Learn series.

Fascilitators will discuss their programs and services, benefits and amenities, in an effort to provide seniors with information and resources so they can determine which option is best for them. Facilitators include Jennifer Miller, Administrator, Valley Residential Services, Herkimer, and Teresa Rudd, RN, Superior Home Health Care, Herkimer.

If you are a senior who is contemplating making a change in your living arrangements or are curious about the housing options available for your aging parent, this is an informative session that will provide you information and resources for making a life-change decision.

Seating is limited. A light lunch will be provided.

To register, call 315-219-5700 before Nov. 20.



YWCA’s Reclaiming Freedom Celebration raises funds

YWCA Mohawk Valley raised more than $15,500 at its 10th annual Reclaiming Freedom Celebration, a fundraiser dedicated to the domestic violence services they provide, on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Reclaiming Freedom Celebration is designed to celebrate survivors of domestic violence and their newly found independence.

This year’s celebration honored local law enforcement for their contributions to YWCA MV’s mission.

The celebration is part of YWCA MV’s programming for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event helps YWCA MV generate awareness on domestic violence in Oneida County by bringing together survivors, agency partners and the county community in a show of support and solidarity.