Mohawk Valley Health System to host blood drive
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Sister Johanna Conference Room at the St. Elizabeth Campus, 2209 Genesee St.
For information or to make an appointment, call 315-801-8294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also register online at redcrossblood.org, or the day of the event at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
New York Air National Guard's 224th ADG recognizes 4
Major General Raymond F. Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of two members of the New York Air National Guard's 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.
The 224th ADG ceremony Nov. 26 included the promotion of one Royal Canadian Air Force member assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector's Canadian Detachment and an award presentation for another Canadian member.
Promoted and recognized airmen are as follows.
• Erica Campbell, Whitesboro, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Campbell is a Mission Crew Commander at the 224th Air Defense Squadron (ADS).
• Michael Kidd, New Hartford, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Kidd is a 224th ADS Mission Crew Commander.
• Mark Keown, Royal Canadian Air Force, North Bay, Ontario, and residing in Rome, to the rank of Master Warrant Officer. Keown serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader at the Eastern Air Defense Sector's Canadian Detachment.
• Capt. Colin Wiley, Royal Canadian Air Force, Meaford, Ontario, and residing in Utica, received the Deputy Commander, NORAD Commendation in recognition of his outstanding performance over the last three years.
The 224th ADG is composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C., area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector's (EADS) mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.
Complimentary yoga class being offered at View
View, 3273 state Route 28, is now offering a complimentary yoga session for new attendees. One initial session is available at no cost.
Classes are underway and will meet at 8:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, and 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Beginners are welcome.
Ten session punch cards are offered at $100 for guests and $70 for View members. Walk-ins are welcome at $12 for guests and $10 for View members.
To sign up online or for information, visit ViewArts.org or call 315-369-6411.
Rescue Mission to host Christmas concert Dec. 18
The Rescue Mission of Utica is hosting "A Very Slambovian Christmas" concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at The Dorothy Smith Center for Advocacy at RCIL, 1607 Genesee St.
Guest artists The Slambovian Circus of Dreams will provide an evening of traditional Christmas songs with a twist, a sprinkling of original holiday tunes and a generous helping of creative music that will enchant everyone. Enjoy a special Hanukkah-inspired intermission.
Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased online at UticaMission.org, by emailing email@example.com, or calling 315-735-1645, ext.2104.
Tickets will be $25 at the door.
Seating is limited.
All proceeds will benefit Rescue Mission of Utica as the organization prepares to feed thousands of our neighbors in need during the next few weeks.
The Rescue Mission will be collecting nonperishable food items at the door for the holiday season.
For sponsorship opportunities, email Susan.Woods@uticamission.org or call 315-735-1645, ext. 2115.
Students to compete in ‘Constitutional Speech Contest’
The Harold Provost Memorial American Legion Post 1686 is conducting a "Constitutional Speech Contest" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the CNY Veterans Outreach Center, 726 Washington St.
The contest is part of the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students.
The contest is based on the contestant’s knowledge of the Constitution and assigned topics on Constitution amendments. Judges will determine contest winners based on speech content and delivery skills. Scholarship awards are awarded on four levels - local and county, state and zone, with winners moving on to the state level and then a national contest.
The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000.
The community is welcome to attend to support our area’s youth.
Utica National Group Foundation Fund awards $100,000
Utica National Insurance Group continues to invest locally through the Utica National Group Foundation Fund, a donor-advised fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
Since its inception, the Utica National Group Foundation Fund has awarded 10 grants totaling more than $500,000 to support a variety of programs and organizations throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties.
The fund’s 2018 grants include the following recipients:
• Hope House - A $25,000 grant was awarded to cover the cost of meal programs and provide necessary equipment improvements including intake tables to temporarily store donated food, a new washer and dryer to ensure cleanliness of aprons and mops, and an ice machine.
• Johnson Park Center - $50,000 in funding was received to support the Head, Hand and Heart: Family Enrichment Program, designed to prepare children in the Johnson Park community for kindergarten. Children ages 3 to 5 are given the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, supportive environment through individual tutoring, interactive workgroups and home visits.
• Thea Bowman House - A $25,000 grant was awarded to support child care programming and to provide new tables, chairs, cubbies and furniture for classrooms. Thea Bowman House provides child care for 170 children ages 18 months to 12 years and offers a universal pre-K program.
The Utica National Group Foundation Fund was created in 2013 with a $1 million gift in celebration of Utica National Insurance Group’s 100th anniversary in 2014. The fund awards $100,000 in grants annually to organizations that work to address the root causes of the community’s greatest needs.
Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Niccolls Church assist Salvation Army
The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks, Knights of Columbus and Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church members rang the bells for the Salvation Army during the Old Forge Christmas on Main Street weekend, Nov. 23-25.
Salvation Army kettles and bell ringers were set up at Walt’s Diner and Souvenir Village along Main Street.
Volunteers spent 29 hours ringing the bell during that weekend, collecting more than $1,700.