224th Air Defense Group recognizes airmen

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 promotion ceremony which took place on Nov. 28, also recognized two New York Air National Guardsmen who recently earned the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Promoted airmen are as follows.

• Jason Taylor of Warners, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Taylor is the assistant director of operations at the 224th Support Squadron.

• Kyle Kuc of Camden, to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Kuc is a tracking technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron.

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) test is a strenuous examination of physical fitness and military skills and the award is one of the few foreign medals U.S. military personnel can wear on their uniforms. The 224th ADG conducted the test in June and two Airmen qualified for the badge. They were:

• Staff Sgt. Caleb Adam of Canastota. Adam qualified at the highest level and received the Gold GAFPB.

• Master Sgt. Sean Redden of Camden, earned the Bronze GAFPB.



School receives funding to develop coding programs

VVS Middle School’s Media Center has received $500 from the American Library Association to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education Week 2018 (Dec. 3-9) and beyond.

VVS Middle School is one of 250 school and public libraries around the country to receive this microfunding from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of the American Library Association.

The 250 libraries selected for CS Ed Week funding will each host activities based on Google’s free CS First curriculum, which uses video-based instruction to introduce CS to kids through block-based coding.

Libraries will pursue projects that reflect Ready to Code themes critical for advancing youth learning, especially for building computational thinking literacy.

For information, call 315-829-7425.



Johnson Park Center to host food, gift giveaway

To assist low-income families, children, elderly and individuals in creating a memorable Christmas this year, the Johnson Park Center is hosting its "Christmas Free Food & Present Give-A-Way" from 2 to 7:30 p.m. on  Monday, Dec. 17, at the JPC Food Pantry, at 1404 West St.

Parents and caregivers must complete an intake form and have a valid ID for each child ages 17 and younger to receive a Christmas present.

Sign-up and registration will take place at the event.

For information, call 315-734-9608 or email



Hospital hosts free breastfeeding class Dec. 12

Rome Memorial Hospital is hosting a free breastfeeding class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the hospital’s classroom to help mothers-to-be recognize the benefits of breastfeeding and give them the encouragement to overcome some of the obstacles.

Use the Bartlett Wing entrance off East Oak Street for easy access to the hospital’s second floor classroom. There will be signs to direct you.

The speaker, Sandy Graichen, R.N., is a maternity nurse at the hospital.

The class also will feature a breastfeeding video, a display of breastfeeding products, several information sheets to help reinforce the material presented and a list of people to turn to for support.

For information, call 315-338-7143.



Food Sense program registration underway

Registration for the January Lee Center Food Sense program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, and 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at its new location: the Lake Delta Fire Department, 8508 Elmer Hill Road.

The price is $20.50. The pick-up date is Friday, Jan. 25.

The projected list of foods includes chicken tenderloins, Italian meatballs, Pollock fillets, Italian sausage, veal patties, spaghetti sauce, pepperoni pizza, cheese ravioli, frozen strawberries, diced tomatoes and two fresh produce items.

Specials including popcorn chicken, stuffed pork chops, shrimp, pantry box, mozzarella sticks, meatloaf and more may be ordered separately.

New customers and volunteers are welcome.

For information, call 315-336-0742.